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In the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks, Woodville’s Dan Roepke Jr. held off John Ivy the last half of the race to score his first win of the season Saturday at Fremont Speedway. It was the seventh win of his career at the track.


“I didn’t know who was behind me but I wanted to see this thing go flag to flag with being able to start up front. I heard Johnny back there but I wasn’t going to give him any room…that’s for sure,” said Roepke beside his Perkins Tree Service/Johnny’s Electric backed #88. “I have to thank Dennis Level. We blew a motor last week and he got one back together. I want to thank my dad and Adam for helping get this thing back together.”

Dan Roepke Jr races to his first win of the season Saturday night at Fremont Speedway.
(Photo by Andrew Myers)

Dan Roepke and Jeff Ward brought the field to the green for the 20 lap feature for the dirt trucks with Roepke gaining the advantage. As Roepke pulled away from Ward a torrid battle ensued for third between Matt Foos, John Ivy, Kent Brewer, Shawn Valenti and Art Ball. Ivy would take third on lap three with Valenti moving into fourth with five laps scored. Just as Roepke had built a huge lead Willie Keegan would lose a wheel on lap seven to bring out the caution.

A lap and another caution for a tangle involving Brewer and Cory McCaughey. On the ensuing restart Ward would spin. The restart running order with 12 laps remaining was Roepke, Ivy, Valenti, Foos, Ball and Dustin Keegan. Ball would spin on lap 11 and when the green flew Ivy was glued to Roepke’s rear bumper.

Following the final caution on lap 13, the last seven laps became the Roepke, Ivy and Valenti show as that trio pulled away from Dustin Keegan, Brian Melnek and Andy Keegan. Roepke would not budge from the bottom groove and went on to the win over Valenti, Ivy, Dustin Keegan and Andy Keegan.

Persistent rain showers last Friday evening forced the cancellation of racing on Edward Jones of Clyde/Mike Neill Financial Advisor Night at Attica Raceway Park.

Ohio’s Finest Racing speedplant was off Aug. 9 for the annual Attica Fair but will resume racing on Aug. 17. There are just four races left in the 2013 season at Attica Raceway Park.

Aug. 17 will be a Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series point event for the O’Reilly Auto Part 410 Sprints and a JLH General Contractor FAST Championship Series point event for the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprints. The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models and Bob’s Machine Shop Dirt Trucks will also be in action.

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