The 2012 “Racer’s Chili Challenge” is returning to the Sandusky County fairgrounds in Fremont.
The Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) organization and Hoserville Ohio have teamed up to bring the chili challenge to the new Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame, located behind the speedway grandstands.
The event includes teams from the sprint car divisions as well as late models and dirt trucks. It will also pit fans and media bringing their best chili recipes against their favorite racers.
The winner of the Chili Challenge will receive $100 cash and the coveted “Chili Pot” trophy.
Doors open to the public at 4 p.m. and general admission is $5 at the door. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult. Admission includes a sample cup and spoon to taste each team’s chili creation. Attendees are encouraged to visit all the competitors’ booths and vote for their favorite for the ‘The People's Choice” award.
Besides great-tasting chili, the event will also include a Texas Hold `Em Tournament presented by the Hoserville Ohio group to benefit their injured drivers benevolent fund.
Other fun events planned include a Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament and a Jalapeno-Eating Contest with cash prizes, a 50/50 raffle and other contests.
A portion of the proceeds from the chili cook off will directly benefit the F.A.S.T. Series point fund for the 2012 racing season. Donations can also be made to the Hall of Fame to help with operational costs.
The celebrity judges for the 2012 Chili Challenge include racing legends Jim Linder, a 2009 Fremont Hall of Fame inductee; 2011 Hall of fame inductee Harry Kresser and Tim Sabo who will inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
The event was established to bring fans, teams, promoters and drivers together in the off-season for some fun, great chili and a little bit of bench racing before the green flags wave once again at Attica Raceway Park (March 30) and Fremont Speedway (April 14) in 2012.
Randy Mapus from the Hall of Fame and Rich Farmer, Fremont Speedway promoter, offered the use of the Hall of Fame in order to bring fans and the general public together to view the rich history of Fremont Speedway through photos, videos, fire suits, trophies and other racing memorabilia.