The Press Newspaper
Toledo Mud Hens
Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin, 41, will be in his second season at the helm this year. The Mud Hens finished 67-77 in 2011.
A number of special events and promotions are held throughout the season, including fireworks displays planned after 25 games this year. Every Sunday home game, two Mud Hens players will sign autographs and kids run the bases after the game.
Fifth Third Field offers visitors a wide variety of food choices that goes way beyond the traditional hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn, including Philly steak sandwiches, gyros, chicken, fried bologna and more. For 2012, stadium concessions include new treats including a Mexican hot dog topped with nacho cheese sauce, chili, diced onions, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream on a hot dog bun; pulled, slow-smoked chicken sandwich with “We Be Ribs” barbecue sauce served on a Kaiser bun and more. As Homer Simpson says: Mmmmmmm.
For more info or tickets, call 419-725-HENS or visit www.mudhens.com
While the Walleye haven’t had the success that of late that got them to the playoffs in their first season in 2009-2010, they remain one of the league’s biggest attractions. The team has been near the top of the 20-team league in attendance and attracted 225,060 fans in the 2011-12 season, In total, the Walleye have attracted 665,946 fans – including 30 sellouts – in their first three seasons at the Huntington Center. The fourth season begins in October.
For tickets or more info, call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com.
ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
The speedway features a half-mile, semi-banked oval and quarter-mile figure eight in the middle. Events include Monster Truck racing, sportsman, figure-8, street stocks, winged sprint cars and 4-cylinder racing.
Special events during the season include a “Rusty Wallace Racing Experience” where you have the opportunity to drive or ride in a stock car, the annual running of the Glass City 200, special Kids Nights with free hot dogs, chips and drinks, smashing school bus figure-8 races and more.
For more info about the speedway, call 419-727-1100, or visit www.toledospeedway.com.
Besides big shows, the “Track that Action Built” plans to offer some diversity this season, said Fremont Speedway promoter Rich Farmer.
“We understand our top priority is providing entertainment and excitement to keep our loyal fans interested and bring in new fans to racing. Our 2012 schedule does all of that,” Farmer says.
Competing nearly every Saturday on the one-third mile, semi-banked clay 0val track will be the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks. The schedule is highlighted by six appearances of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars, including three $10,000-to-win events.
Fremont Speedway is teaming with Wayne County Speedway for a special Summer Sizzler weekend Aug. 10-11. On Friday, Aug. 10, Wayne County will host the first leg of the inaugural event with a $2,500-to-win affair. Then on Saturday, Aug. 11, Fremont will host the Auto Value Group Night 305 verses 360 sprint race with the 410 sprints competing for the $2,500-to-win purse. If the same team wins at Wayne County and at Fremont that weekend, there is a $2,000 bonus.
The Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) Championship Series has 10 events at Fremont Speedway as well as at Attica Raceway Park with a separate point fund from that of both tracks worth $10,0000 to the champion
The 13th Annual 305 Sprint Invitational – one of the largest purses in the nation for that division – will feature 305 sprints and a special ladies Powder Puff Dirt Truck event. Kids will have bicycle races based on age classes
For more info about events and tickets, call 419-307-4241 (office), 419-333-0478 (track), or visit www.fremontohspeedway.com.
If you enjoy being close to the action, Summit is the place to be. Every ticket gets visitors access into the pit areas to visit the racers and watch them work on their vehicles. Photos are welcome and you may be able to get an autograph or two.
For a complete schedule and more info, call 419-668-5555, or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com.
• Bay Center Recreation, 3316 Navarre Ave. (SR 2), Oregon. 419-691-3593
• Eastern Freeway Lanes, 3511 Woodville Rd. at I-280, Northwood. 419-691-8551
• Toledo Sports Center, 1516 Starr Ave., Toledo. 419-693-0687
• Tri County Bowling Lanes, 512 Lime St., Woodville. 419-849-3400
• 20th Century Lanes, 1284 S. SR 19, Oak Harbor. 419-898-8701
For more info, call 419-693-1421.