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Baker Racing Engines Returns as Rumble Quarter Midget Sponsor

Popular McClure, OH Engine Builder to Sponsor ‘On the Gas’ Award

 

 

FORT WAYNE, IND (Nov 20, 2022) – Baker Racing Engines (BRE) is one of the most recognized names in Quarter Midget racing with their focus on quality rather than quantity and prides themselves on the race results of their customers. Their presence at this year’s 24th running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales will return as they sponsor the Quarter Midget ‘On the Gas’ Award December 30 and 31.

 

Each day, BRE owner Javin Mendoza will reward one Quarter Midget team with a $50 gasoline gift certificate, based upon a drawing at the pre-race driver meeting.

 

“The Rumble in Fort Wayne is all about discipline and precision; two of the key components to our operation,” stated Mendoza.  “The Rumble attracts the best of the best and it takes a lot of effort to get into the winner’s circle. Teams come from great distances to support the race and we look forward to giving a couple of the teams a small reward for their dedication.”

 

Quarter Midget racing at the Rumble is unique and challenging. The biggest difference is the track size; a typical track size for Quarter Midget racing is 1/20 of a mile while the purpose-built concrete oval inside of Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum measures 1/6 of a mile, nearly 3-times larger. With the amplified size comes increased speeds that require a completely different driving style and chassis set-up.

 

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne features a full program (qualifying, 2 rounds of heats and an A-Main) for the six classes of Quarter Midget racing being offered and will join the full-sized Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets and Go-Karts in the 24th presentation of the annual indoor racing event.

 

Advance tickets are available through any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum box office, and on race-day.

 

Complete event information may be found at www.rumbleinfortwayne.com


Fremont Speedway to reward race teams Nov. 27; A look at the top 10 in points

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022

 

By Brian Liskai

 

FREMONT, Ohio – The top 10 in points for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and the Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks will receive their awards and point fund money at an informal gathering Sunday, Nov. 27 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Flower Building at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.

 

Drivers in the top 10 in points and the rookies of the year are encouraged to attend between noon and 3 p.m. to receive their trophy and point fund check. A photographer will be present. Light snacks will be provided.

 

Following is a look at the season for the top 10 in points for each division:

 

Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints

Champion – Craig Mintz, Gibsonburg, Ohio – Fremont’s 2010, 2012 and 2018 track champion added his fourth title in dramatic fashion, charging through the field on championship night. The 2022 title was something Mintz and his family aimed for as it was the 50th anniversary of friend Johnny Auxter’s track title (1972). After celebrating the pair’s titles at the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame, Auxter passed away two weeks later. Mintz competed in 17 of the 18 features in 2022, missing only the Oct. 7 All Star Circuit of Champions event. He scored three wins (July 30, Aug. 6 and Sept. 17) to run his career total to 17 at the track. Mintz posted 15 top 10 finishes and 12 top five runs. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable fifth.

 

2. – DJ Foos, Fremont, Ohio. Foos, Fremont’s 2021 410 sprint and 2012 305 sprint track champion and 2013 410 rookie of the year competed in all 18 features in 2022. The 2017 FAST and 2019 and 2021 Attica Fremont Championship Series titlist racked up 14 top 10 runs and nine top five finishes including six podium runs (four runner-up runs). His average A-main finishing position was 7th.

 

3. – John Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. Fremont Speedway’s three time 410 track champion (2001, 2002 and 2004), four time 305 champion (1994, 2013, 2018 and 2019) and 2013 dirt truck champion, competed in 14 of the 18 A-mains in 2022. Ivy, who sits fourth on the track’s all-time win list with 60 feature wins, recorded four top 10 finishes including a season best third on Sept. 17. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.

 

4. – Cole Macedo, Lemmore, Calif. The 2022 Attica Fremont Championship Series champion put together a remarkable 2022 at the track, winning four 410 features and a pair of 360 victories to raise his career total at Fremont to 10. Macedo competed in 15 of the 18 A-mains in 2022. He racked up 10 top 10 finishes and eight top five runs including five podium finishes. Macedo’s average A-main finishing position was seventh.

 

5. – Troy Vaccaro, Castalia, Ohio. Fremont’s 1997 305 sprint champion competed in 12 of the 18 A-mains in 2022. He recorded a pair of top 10 finishes including a season-best 7th on Sept. 24. His average A-main finishing position was 15th.

 

6. – Stuart Brubaker, Fremont, Ohio. Fremont’s 2008, 2010 and 2011 305 track champion and 2012 410 rookie of the year competed in 12 of the 18 A-mains in 2022. He posted six top 10 finishes including a season best pair of sixth place runs. Brubaker’s average A-main finishing position was 12th.

 

7. – Travis Philo, Bowling Green, Ohio. Philo battled in 13 of the 18 A-mains in 2022, posting 10 top 10 finishes and six podium finishes including his first ever Fremont win on Aug. 13. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.

 

8. – Chris Andrews, Huron, Ohio. Andrews competed in 14 of the 18 A-mains in 2022, racking up seven top 10 finishes and four top five runs including a pair of season best runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.

 

9. – Darin Naida, Adrian, Mich. Fremont Speedway’s 2022 rookie of the year competed in 10 of the 18 A-mains in 2022. He recorded a pair of top finishes including a season best seventh on Aug. 6. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.

 

10. – Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Oho. Fremont Speedway’s 2021 rookie of the year competed in eight of the 18 A-mains in 2022, posting a season best 7th place finish on May 14. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.

 

Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints

Champion – Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio. Weaver added his fourth 305 sprint track championship at Fremont Speedway (2005, 2006, 2021, 2022) and his third straight Attica Fremont Championship Series title (2020, 2021 and 2022). Weaver competed in all 15 A-mains in 2022, never finishing out of the top nine. He posted seven wins in 2022 at Fremont (June 12, June 25, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Sept. 24 and Oct. 8) to run his career total to 71 at the track, putting him third on the all-time win list. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable fourth.

 

2. – Steve Rando, Lindsey, Ohio. Rando competed in all 15 A-mains in 2022, recording nine top 10 finishes and six top five finishes including three podium runs with a pair of season best runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.

 

3. – Kasey Jedrzejek, LaGrange, Ohio. Jedrzejek, competing in his second year of 305 racing, battled in all 15 A-mains in 2022. He recorded 11 top 10 finishes and seven top five runs including three podium finishes. He scored his first Fremont Speedway win on the fair race on Aug. 22. Jedrzejek’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.

 

4. – Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio. Miller, Fremont’s 2022 dirt truck track champion, competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains in 2022, missing only the July 23 event. He posted 11 top 10 finishes and six top five runs including a win on opening night, April 23. His average A-main finishing position was eighth.

 

5. – Mike Keegan, Fremont, Ohio. Keegan battled in all 15 A-mains in 2022. He recorded nine top 10 finishes and four top five runs including a season best pair of fourth place finishes. Keegan’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.

 

6. – Brandon Moore, Clyde, Ohio. Moore competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains in 2022, missing only the final event of the year. He recorded seven top 10 finishes and a pair of podium runs including a season best runner-up finish on May 28. His average A-main finishing position was 11th.

 

7. – Kelsey Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. Ivy competed in all 15 A-mains in 2022, racking up four top 10 finishes including a season best pair of fourth place runs. Her average A-main finishing position was 12th.

 

8. – Jim McGrath Jr., Clyde, Ohio. McGrath battled in 13 of the 15 A-mains, missing only the May 28 and July 23 events. He scored seven top 10 finishes including a season best third on Sept. 24. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.

 

9. – Dustin Stroup, Fremont, Ohio. Stroup competed in 13 of the 15 A-mains in 2022, missing only the June 25 and July 9 events. He recorded 11 top 10 finishes and seven podium finishes including his eighth win at Fremont on the season finale. Stroup’s average A-main finishing position was sixth.

 

10. – Shawn Valenti, Risingsun, Ohio. Fremont’s four time dirt truck track champion competed in 13 of the 15 A-mains in 2022, missing only the April 30 and June 25 events. He recorded six top 10 finishes including wins on May 14 and July 23. Coupled with his four truck wins in 2022, Valenti now has 73 career feature wins at Fremont, placing him second on the all-time win list, just three away from hall-of-famer Art Ball. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.

Rookie of the year – Haldon Miller, Clyde, Ohio. Miller competed in eight of the 15 A-mains in 2022 and finished 14th in the 305 points. He recorded a season best fifth place finish on the season finale. His average A-main finishing position was 17th.

 

Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks

Champion – Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio. Miller battled in 15 of the 16 A-mains, missing only opening night. Other than a 14th place finish on Aug. 6, Miller never finished out of the top seven. He scored seven wins in 2022 (April 30, May 28, June 11, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14)  and coupled with a 305 sprint win in 2022, now has 38 career feature wins at Fremont, placing him 12th on the all-time victory list. Miller’s average A-main finishing position was a remarkable third.

 

2. – Jeff Babcock, Cygnet, Ohio. Babcock competed in 14 of the 16 A-mains, missing only the May 14 and Oct. 14 events. He posted 12 top 10 finishes and 10 podium finishes including wins on July 30, Aug. 6, Sept. 10 and Oct. 7 to run his career total at the track to five. His average A-main finishing position was fifth.

 

3. – Ben Clapp, Republic, Ohio. Clapp battled in all 16 A-mains in 2022, racking up 14 top 10 finishes and five top five runs including a pair of season best runner-up finishes. Take out a 12th place finish on opening night and an 11th place run on the season finale and Clapp never finished out of the top eight. His average A-main finishing position was 6th.

 

4. - Dustin Keegan, Fremont, Ohio. Fremont’s 2017 dirt truck and 2018 limited late model track champion competed in 15 of the 16 A-mains in 2022, missing only the season finale. He scored 13 top 10 finishes and seven top five finishes including a season best pair of runner-up finishes. Take out the season opening 13th and an 18th on July 23, Keegan never finished out of the top nine. His average A-main finishing position was 7th.

 

5. – Jim Holcomb, Tiffin, Ohio. Holcomb, Fremont’s 2016 truck rookie of the year, competed in 14 of the 16 A-mains, missing only the July 23 and season finale. He battled to 11 top 10 finishes and five top five runs including a season best runner-up on July 30. Holcomb’s average A-main finishing position as 7th.

 

6. – Dave Gumby Jr., Ottawa Lake, Mich. Fremont’s dirt truck rookie of the year competed in 14 of the 16 A-mains in 2022, missing only May 14 and Sept. 10. He recorded 12 top 10 finishes and 10 top five runs. Take out a 19th place finish on Sept. 14 and a 12th place run on Oct. 7 and Gumby did not finish out of the top seven. He scored his first ever Fremont wins on July 9 and Oct. 1. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.

 

7. – Shawn Valenti, Risingsun, Ohio. Fremont’s 2014, 2019, 2020 and 2021 dirt truck track champion battled in 15 of the 16 A-mains, missing only the April 30 event. Other than a 20th place finish on July 30, he never finished out of the top eight, posting 10 podium finishes. Valenti recorded wins on April 23, May 14, July 23 and Aug. 13. Valenti’s average A-main finishing position was fourth.

 

8. – Keith Sorg, Fremont, Ohio. Fremont’s 2016 and 2018 dirt truck track champion competed in all 16 A-mains in 2022. He scored seven top 10 finishes including a season best runner-up on May 14. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.

 

9. - Kent Brewer, Fremont, Ohio. Fremont’s 2015 dirt truck track champion battled in 15 of the 16 A-mains in 2022, missing only the Sept. 24 event. He posted nine top 10 finishes including a season-best pair of fourth place runs. His average A-main finishing position was 11th.

 

10. – Cody Laird, Fremont, Ohio. Laird competed in 13 of the 16 A-mains in 2022. He recorded six top 10 finishes including a season best sixth on Oct. 7. Laird’s average A-main finishing position was 11th.

 

For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com or on Facebook at www.facebook/FremontSpeedway or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FremontSpeedway

 


LABORERS’ INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA RETURNS AS RUMBLE SPONSOR

Coalition Powerhouse Continues Support of Non-Winged 600 Midgets With Achiever Award

 

ROSSBURG, OH (Nov. 19, 2022) – Non-Winged 600 Midgets at this year’s 24th running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales will again be under the sponsorship of the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LiUNA).  New to the sponsorship this year will be the LiUNA Achiever Award – a $250 bonus to the driver accumulating the most points over the course of the two-day event, December 30 and 31.

 

LIUNA is a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build the United States and Canada. At a half-million strong, LIUNA members are a skilled and experienced union workforce trained to work safely in the construction and energy industries.

 

“Recently, our LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan was quoted as saying – let’s rise to every challenge, let’s seize every opportunity, let’s overcome every setback and let’s win every battle,” commented LiUNA representative Gary Bretz.  “We see those same traits among the many Non-Winged 600 Midgets that move their racing program indoors each December and feel proud to attach our name to their chase.”

 

“Their efforts will not go unnoticed,” continued Bretz. “From qualifying, to the heats and through the main event, points will be earned by the racers and at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition, we will be recognizing the driver accumulating the most points with the LiUNA Achiever Award.”

 

Utilizing the same basic set-up that they use throughout the summer on dirt tracks throughout the area, the Non-Winged LiUNA 600’s move their program indoors to the purposely built 1/6-mile concrete oval inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum each December. Each night they are joined by Midgets, Winged 600 Midgets, Go-Karts, and Quarter Midgets in complete racing programs of qualifying, heat races and a main event.

 

Justin Harper and Tyler Gunn toppled the veterans last year and are the defending Non-Winged 600 Midget winners

 


 

DTS RENEWS SUPPORT FOR FLAT ROCK STREET STOCKS FOR 12 YEARS RUNNING; TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF JOY FAIR MEMORIAL TO CONTINUE

 

Flat Rock, MI—November 21, 2022:  Since 2012, DTS Drive Train Specialists have affixed their business to the title sponsorship of one of the most competitive weekly classes in the State of Michigan.  And now, for the 12th consecutive year, Flat Rock Speedway officials announce the return of DTS as the title sponsor of Flat Rock’s ARCA Street Stock division for the upcoming 2023 racing season. 

DTS will also continue its title sponsorship of the Joy Fair Memorial 100 for the ARCA Outlaw Super Late Models, which carries the date of Saturday, May 27.  The 2023 edition of this event adds a new twist with the addition of the Midwest Modified Series to the schedule of events, in addition to action from the track’s ARCA Figure 8 division.

“We are very pleased to announce the return of DTS Drive Train Specialists as the sponsor of the ARCA Street Stock division,” noted Ron Drager, Owner and Promoter of both Flat Rock and Toledo.  “Twelve consecutive seasons of our partnership with Claude Plante Jr. and his staff at DTS shows their support and dedication,” said Drager.  “We are very grateful to Claude and the folks at DTS for their long-term commitment to our race teams.”

One of the most competitive weekly racing divisions in the state, the Street Stocks will again have backing from the Warren, MI business.  The class averaged 25 cars per night of action at “The Rock in 2022, which has been a staple of weekly racing at Flat Rock since 1977.

In addition to their Street Stock title sponsorship and the Fair Memorial, DTS will also continue its associate sponsorship of both the Stan Yee Memorial 150 at Flat Rock and Toledo Speedway’s Glass City 200.

Additional information and the complete 2023 schedule are expected to be released during the holiday season.  Check out www.flatrockspeedway.com for updates.



Macon Speedway Officials Announce Ownership Change for 2023 Season
 

(Macon, IL) The world’s fastest 1/5-mile dirt oval will have new ownership at the helm in 2023.

Macon Speedway, located in Macon, IL, has been under the leadership of Bob Sargent as owner/promoter since 1985, when he took the reins from original owner Wayne Webb. In 2007, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart, and Kenny Wallace joined Sargent as speedway co-owners.

Built in 1946, Macon Speedway’s 78th season of racing and beyond will now be under the ownership of Chris Kearns, longtime race official, promoter, and race enthusiast. Kearns is well known for the popular Wild West Shootout. Held in January each year, the Wild West Shootout is a six-race event which Kearns owns and promotes for National Late Models, Modifieds, and X Mods.

“Macon Speedway has been my favorite dirt track in the country, ever since I attended my first Herald & Review 100 20+ years ago. Now, owning and promoting Macon Speedway is very surreal for me,” stated Kearns.

Other notable achievements for Kearns include owning the Western Allstars Late Model Series from 2006-2007, promoting Santa Maria Speedway from 2009-2012, and working for USAC Racing for 13 years as director of CRA, Western Midgets, and West Coast Sprint Cars. Recently, Kearns has been involved with Greg Biffle’s Sand Outlaw Series and has race directed Tony Stewart’s SRX Series.

Kearns added, “I am very excited about what we can do at Macon Speedway. Track manager, Adam Mackey, and I have a great game plan to do improvements to the facility and bring some marquee events to the track, while keeping the regular Saturday night program and classes in place. We really want this to be the dirt track that everyone wants to attend.”

Kearns will follow a tenure led by Sargent, who has claimed the DIRTcar Promoter of the Year Award, National Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, and Bob Memmer Award, among many other accolades while at the helm of Macon Speedway.

Sargent and the speedway have had great working relationships over the years with many sanctioning bodies and series including DIRTcar UMP, NASCAR, World of Outlaws, POWRi, Lucas Oil Late Models, USAC, MOWA, All Star Sprints, plus Motorcycle and Monster Truck groups, and more.

Sargent explained, “I feel very fortunate to have the support I’ve had for so many years at this track, right in my hometown. From my father, who greatly enjoyed helping with construction projects, giving advice, and helping in operations to my friends and longtime officials, and sponsors who helped put it all together to give our many talented drivers a place to race.”

Sargent is not stepping away from the race promotions business, continuing as a promoter at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, TN. In addition, Sargent continues as President of Track Enterprises, a racing promotions company which has a full schedule of special events from the dirt miles of Springfield and Du Quoin, to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Milwaukee Mile, nationally televised SRX Series races, ARCA, USAC, and more.

“Macon Speedway has given me a great learning experience and the opportunity to expand and build a large company with Track Enterprises. We are now around 80 events in 14 states and growing,” stated Sargent.

Recently, Sargent and Track Enterprises have stepped up involvement in the asphalt late model world, purchasing the Champion Racing Association, ARCA Midwest Tour, and partnering with the Southern Super Series to create the STARS National Late Model Series.

While much of the great local racing with the several regular classes will remain unchanged, Kearns is excited to build on the excitement and overall experience for fans and drivers alike.

“I added the slogan, “Coolest Bullring in the Country”, because that is exactly how I feel about Macon Speedway. It’s a wide, high-banked 1/5-mile that has been around since 1946, with an enclosed air-conditioned bar high above turn four. How does it get any cooler than that? I love this place,” exclaimed Kearns.

The 78th season of Macon Speedway racing is set to begin with the season opener on Saturday, April 8, 2023. Marque national events along with a heavy dose of weekly racing will again be on tap, including the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Mods, Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, 51 Bistro Street Stocks, DIRTcar Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.

A special meet the new owner/driver meeting will be held on Sunday, December 11th at the Macon Community Center, located at 1039 S Woodcock Rd in Macon, IL. Doors will open at 1:30 that day with the meeting at 2:00.

For continued updates and details on the new season of racing, maconracing.com as well as Macon Speedway’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter will be the places to go.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection's $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

 
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