Plenty Of Sprint Cars During Fremont’s 69th Season

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Plenty Of Sprint Cars
A busy schedule of sprint car racing is on tap for Fremont Speedway this year. (Todd Ridgeway photo)

FREMONT, Ohio – The 69th anniversary season at Fremont Speedway will be filled with plenty of sprint car racing nearly every Saturday night.

Located in the historic Sandusky County Fairgrounds in the heart of Fremont, Ohio, Fremont Speedway will kick off its season on Saturday, April 18.

The 2020 racing season marks the second year for the new Sandusky County Agricultural Society-appointed speedway promotional board, and board member Ryan Schiets is excited about the schedule, which will feature the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 sprints and Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 sprints.

“Last year was a huge learning curve for all of us. We made some mistakes, but I think we made steady improvement,” said Schiets. “We received a lot of constructive comments and support and we really appreciate the patience and help. We are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were this time last year and we are excited about the 2020 schedule.

“We can’t thank all the fans, race teams and our fantastic marketing partners enough for their support and encouragement.”

Fremont Speedway will utilize a different race format for the 410 sprints in 2020. Cars will qualify one car at a time, but qualify within their heats. For example, the first eight pill draws will be in heat one and the next eight in heat two.

Below is the procedure:

– Pill draw for hot lap and qualifying order. Qualifying determines only heat race lineups. Groups will be split up equally into heat races (depending on number of cars). Qualify against only the cars in your heat race group.

For example: 24 cars divide into three heat races (eight cars in each heat). The first eight on the draw sheet go in the first heat, etc. If you miss your heat race group or you miss your qualifying position by two or more spots, you can come out at the end when the entire division is done qualifying and get one lap, but the best you can start in your original heat race is fifth.

If you do not draw a pill, you will be placed on the tail of a heat race.

In a three-heat format:

Invert four, the top five transfer, and top three finishers in each heat – plus the fastest overall qualifier that transfers but did not finish in the top three – redraw for the first 10 starting positions in A Main.

Fourth- and fifth-place finishers line up starting 11th through 15th in the A-main.

Positions 16-20 line up as the top five transfers from the B-main, the way they finish in the B-main. If a B-main is not run, the fastest overall qualifier must finish at announced position to be eligible the for redraw.

In a four-heat format:

Invert four, the top four transfer, and the top two finishers in each heat – plus the two fastest overall qualifiers that transfer but did not finish in the top two – redraw for the first 10 starting positions in the A-main.

Positions 17-20 will be filled by the top four transfers from the B-main, the way they finish in the B-main.

“We wanted to simplify the format for the race teams and fans to be able to understand it better. It’s the same as Attica’s, with the exception of single car qualifying,” Schiets noted.

The 305 sprints will continue to group qualify to set their heat line-ups.

The 2020 season includes a pair of events featuring Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1.

Fremont Speedway – one of the original stops of Ohio Sprint Speedweek – is back on the traditional event docket, hosting leg No. 7 of Speedweek on Thursday, June 18.

The All Stars will return to Fremont on Saturday, July 4.

The second season of the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by the Baumann Auto Group for the 410 sprints and the AFCS presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales for the 305 sprints will feature several higher paying events.

The 410 AFCS will visit Fremont Speedway 10 times in 2020. Those dates are April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30, June 6, June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 1, with the championship night closing the slate on Sept. 12.

There will be three $4,000 to win AFCS 410 races, and the championship night will pay the feature winner $5,000.

The AFCS 305 sprints will compete at Fremont for eight events, including May 16, May 30, June 6, June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug. 1 and the championship night on Sept. 12.

There will be $1,000 to win AFCS events on May 16, June 27, Aug. 1 and Sept. 12.

The FAST 410 winged sprints will make three trips to Fremont Speedway, with a solo visit on May 23 joined by the Jim and Joanne Ford Classic on Sept. 18-19.

The season-ending Ford Classic will pay the FAST feature winner $10,000.

Besides the AFCS 305 events, the 305 sprints have several big events at Fremont Speedway in 2010. The Open Wheel Shootout on May 2 will feature the AFCS 410 sprints and the 305 sprints taking on the NRA Sprint Invader 360 sprints, with the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series also on the racing card.

Another all sprint car night will be June 27 featuring the AFCS 410 and 305 sprints and NRA 360 sprints. The 305 sprints take center stage during the Sandusky County Fair, competing in front of the historic grandstands on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The 305 sprints will also battle for $1,000 to win events both nights of the Jim and Joanne Ford Classic.

The traditional non-wing sprints from BOSS will battle at Fremont Speedway on May 2, June 13 and Aug. 8.

“We are working with some marketing partners and others to add some special paying events for the trucks this season,” Schiets noted.

The annual Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame inductions will take place prior to the night’s racing on June 6.

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