On a cold, blustery evening at Fremont Speedway, Fremont’s John Ivy got around Nate Dussel late in the 305 sprint feature, which was a JLH General Contractors FAST event, and went on to score the victory. Ivy then hoped in a dirt truck and led all 20 laps to take the victory. The back-to-back wins move Ivy’s career total to 38 at the track, just two behind tying hall of famer Harold McGilton for 8th on the track’s all-time win list.
In the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint main, Nate Dussel would lead the first 18 laps, but Ivy would nip him at the start/finish line by .003 seconds on lap 19 with Dussel regaining the advantage but for naught, as the caution would fly. That meant the restart order went back to the last fully completed lap and that Ivy in the lead for the restart. Ivy would pull away the last six laps for the win.
“I tried to not hit that rut in turn four but I couldn’t help but get into it a couple times. But, it worked out for us,” said Ivy, who would catch the rut again with two laps to go, nearly losing a big lead. “I was just trying to stay away from it. I kept moving down lower and lower…I remember those tires at Attica the other week and I thought ‘I can’t do that.’ I’m just glad we got to finally get up here to make up for a couple of weeks ago at Attica. I have to thank everyone who’s on here….Kistler Engines, B&L Plumbing, of course Kenny and Karen and Fremont Fence, Sonny’s Machine Shop, Kear’s Speed Shop, Miller Rigging, Willey’s…everybody. Joey and my brother have been working real hard at it and we finally get up here the first time.”
In the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Truck feature, Ivy would drive from his fifth starting spot under the trucks in the first two rows to take the lead right away. Art Ball, who leads the track’s all-time win list, would hound Ivy the entire 20 laps, but could not pass as Ivy drove to the checkers. Ivy was perfect in competition on the night, winning his heat in both the 305 sprints and trucks and the features in each division.
“Hopefully we aren’t done winning. The truck took off real good on the start and I thought ‘yeehaw here we go.’ I have to thank Charlie and Craig and everybody that helps out on this thing…Level Performance, Vision Quest, Diversified Machine and Welding, Sonny’s Machine Shop. This is great…two for two what a hell of a way to start the year out,” said Ivy.
In the 25-lap 305 sprint feature, Jess Stiger and Dussel would bring the field to the green with Dussel gaining the advantage. Dussel could not shake Stiger as Paul Weaver battled Bobby Clark, Dan Hammond, Seth Schneider and Ivy for third. Ivy would drive from his seventh starting spot into fifth by lap three.
Dussel would continue to tempt fate in turn four lap after lap as he bounced in the rut in turn four, but Stiger could not close as Clark and Ivy waged a terrific battle for third. As the leaders prepared to catch the rear of the field on lap 9, Clark began pressuring Stiger for second and was soon joined by Ivy. Clark would grab second on lap 10 as Stiger stayed on his rear bumper. With 13 laps in, Ivy got around Stiger to take third and would drive around Clark on lap 15 for second. The caution would fly for a Brandon Moore spin, putting Ivy right on Dussel’s rear bumper. On the restart T.J. Michael would spin off the top of turn three. On the restart, Dussel would have his hands full with Ivy and Clark with Dustin Dinan and Alvin Roepke ready to pounce. The lead trio of Dussel, Ivy and Clark waged a fantastic battle with Ivy getting the slight advantage at the start finish line to officially lead lap 19.
Dussel would drive back into the lead as they raced into lap 20, but Jeremy Shambaugh would spin, bringing out the yellow and giving Ivy the lead back as the race went back to the last fully completed lap. On the restart Ivy would pull away as Dussel and Clark battled for second with Dinan, Roepke, Sticker and Weaver in pursuit. Clark would drive into second on lap 20 bringing Dinan into third.
Ivy would drive to the win over Clark, Dinan, Dussel and Roepke.
Ball and Kent Brewer would pace the field for the 20-lap dirt truck main, but it was fifth place starter Ivy who would drive under all of them to grab the lead at the drop of the green. Ball would stay glued to Ivy’s rear bumper while a fantastic battle ensued for third between Brewer, Jeff Ward, Shawn Valenti, Cory Ward, Brian Melnek, Jimmy McGrath and Jim McGrath.
The first caution would fly on lap five for a Dana Fry spin. On the restart Ivy and Ball pulled away from Brewer, Valenti, the Wards and the McGraths. Valenti would take third on lap 10 and closed on Ball as the caution flew for a Jeff Ward spin on lap 11. Again Ivy and Ball would pull away on the restart with Valenti, the McGraths, Cory Ward, Dan Roepke Jr. and Dustin Keegan in pursuit.
The final caution flew for debris on lap 16, setting up a four lap shoot-out. But, Ivy was up to the task and drove to the win over Ball, Cory Ward, Valenti and Roepke.