FREMONT, OH -- "Man it's awesome to win a Speedweek show," John Ivy exclaimed after he scored a hometown win Thursday night at Fremont Speedway in the All Star sprint Arizona Sport Shirts Ohio Speedweek 40-lap Miller Beer sponsored feature. The...
FREMONT, OH -- "Man it's awesome to win a Speedweek show," John Ivy exclaimed after he scored a hometown win Thursday night at Fremont Speedway in the All Star sprint Arizona Sport Shirts Ohio Speedweek 40-lap Miller Beer sponsored feature. The $6,000 to win event was run in front of a sellout crowd and the program started two hours late due to an afternoon thundershower.
"I don't think I could have run two more laps. The stress of running out front, trying to keep Dale Blaney behind me and trying to keep the thing straight-- Thank God the yellows came out when they did. Whew!" Ivy said from victory lane standing beside the Carousel Racing Kistler powered Eagle on Hoosier tires. Dale Blaney was second and Greg Wilson third at the end.
Todd Kane was on the pole at the start in Dick Sabo's No. 8s with Rodney Duncan's Harrison Trucking 22 alongside. Kane jumped out to the immediate lead as Duncan began to fade, so Jeff Shepard took over second with Phil Gressman and fourth starter Ivy battling for third. Duncan stopped on the track near the pit entrance on lap four causing a caution. He exited, as did runnerup Shepard. This made the restart lineup Kane, Gressman, Ivy and Mike Wagner. Gressman jumped the cushion on lap six, getting sideways and allowing Ivy to take over second. Then Dale Blaney moved around Gressman with a dozen circuits in the books for third as Ivy began to challenge Kane in lapped traffic. Lap 13 saw Kane, Ivy and Blaney three wide for the lead at the flagstand with Kane leading, holding a slight edge. The next lap Kane drifted high and clipped the lapped car of Shawn Chaney, allowing Ivy to duck under and lead the race. Blaney and Gressman also got past Kane, with Greg Wilson now fifth.
Ivy got sideways in turn four on lap 18, allowing Blaney to close right on his bumper, but Ivy recovered in time to maintain the lead. A red flew on lap 21 when the ninth and tenth place cars of Kelly Kinser and Mark Keegan tangled, with Kinser flipping and Keegan smacking the wall. Paul McMahan changed a tire under red, sending him to the rear for the restart.
Blaney tried to get Ivy on the restart, but Ivy fought back and held him off. The leaders got into lapped traffic again by lap 30, but another caution flew for a Byron Reed spin. Blaney got alongside Ivy when the green reappeared, but another yellow nullified the move, setting up a nine lap dash top the finish. Ivy pulled away on a clear track, with Blaney second, Wilson third and Kenny Jacobs now up to fourth. Ivy continued to pull away and won by four car lengths over Blaney, Wilson, Jacobs and Mike Wagner. Next were Gressman, Danny Smith up from 14th, Dean Jacobs, Joe Gaerte and Chad Kemenah who jumped the cushion on lap 35 and fell back from eighth to tenth at the end.
"The only time I passed him (Ivy) the yellow came out," Blaney recalled after finishing second. "That's just the way it goes."
The Crown Battery heat fell to Byron Reed, the B&B Products heat went to Paul McMahan, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Bobby Clark and the TP Wings heat fell to Dean Jacobs. Greg Wilson won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main while Rodney Duncan captured the Haulmark Dash.