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John Ivy picked up an unprecedented two track championships – in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks.

A three-time 410 track champion and the 1994 305 sprint track champion, John competed in all 16 feature events in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints in 2013. John finished out of the top six only twice, an 18th place finish on Sept. 13 and a 12th on the final night. That’s right, he finished no worse than sixth from the beginning of the year through Sept. 13. John scored 3 wins in the 305 sprints and 6 wins in the dirt trucks to run his career total at Fremont to 45, moving him into a tie for 6th on the track’s all-time win list. John had 11 top five finishes. Besides his three wins, he also recorded five runner-up finishes. John’s average feature finishing position was fifth.

In the dirt trucks, John competed in 13 features this season, missing only the April 27th and Sept. 13th events. His worse finish of the season was a fourth on Sept. 14th – that means John finished in the top three in 12 features in 2013. He scored six wins this season – nearly half of the events he competed in - and John’s average A-main finishing position was an incredible 2nd.

Following are the top 10 in the 305 sprints:

10. Dan Hammond, Fort Seneca, Ohio -  Dan competed in 15 features in 2013 and had two top 10 finishes including a season best eighth on Sept. 7th. His average feature finishing position was 13th.

9. Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Ohio – Last season’s rookie of the year competed in 15 features in 2013, missing the opening night A-main. Tyler recorded nine top 10 finishes and two top five runs to end the season including a season-best fourth on the final night. His average feature finishing position was 9th.

8. Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio – The 2005 and 2006 305 sprint track champion competed in 15 features in 2013, missing only the June 15th event. He scored two wins this year to bring his career total to 33 and into 11th on the track’s all-time win list. Paul recorded 13 top 10 runs and 8 top five finishes. Besides his wins, he scored a pair of runner-up and two third place finishes. His average feature finishing position was sixth.

7. T.J. Michael, Plano, Texas. The 2013 rookie of the year competed in all 16 A-mains this season. He picked up his first career win to close out the season and had 11 top 10 finishes. He racked up three top five finishes including his win, a runner-up finish and a third place run. His average feature finishing position was 9th.

6. Jason Keckler, Fremont, Ohio. A former rookie of the year, Jason competed in 15 feature events in 2013, missing only the Sept. 7th event. He recorded 10 top 10 finishes and 7 top five runs. His best finish was a third on Sept. 13th along with three fourth place finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 8th.

5. Dustin Dinan, Fremont, Ohio. He competed in 13 features in 2013, missing the last three events. Dustin recorded 7 top 10 finishes and 6 top five runs. He posted three consecutive wins to take his career total to 7 at Fremont. He also scored a runner-up finish and a third. His average A-main finishing position was 9th.

4. Alvin Roepke, Elmore, Ohio – Alvin competed in 15 features in 2013, missing only the final night. He recorded 12 top 10 finishes and 8 top five runs. He scored a pair of third place runs and three fourth place finishes. His average feature finishing position was 7th.

3. Jordan Ryan, Castalia, Ohio – Jordan competed in 15 features this season, missing only the Sept. 13th event. He recorded 13 top 10 finishes and 11 top five runs. He scored his first career win on May 25th. Jordan had a pair of runner-up finishes and five third place finishes. Jordan’s average A-main finishing position was 6th.

2. Nate Dussel, Bradner, Ohio – The 2013 Attica Raceway Park champion competed in all 16 features in 2013, finishing out of the top 10 only once, a 13th place finish on June 15th. Nate racked up 6 feature wins to run his career total to 13 at Fremont. He recorded a remarkable 12 top five finishes. Besides his 6 wins, he recorded a pair of runner-up and third place finishes. Nate’s average A-main finishing position was 4th.

Following are the rest of the top 10 in the dirt trucks:

10. Jeff Ward, Sandusky, Ohio – Jeff competed in 13 events in 2013, recording three top 10 finishes including a season-best 4th on July 27th. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.

9. Keith Sorg, Fremont, Ohio – Keith competed in 14 events in 2013, missing only the Sept. 7th show. He recorded 4 top 10 finishes including a season-best 4th on May 11th. His average feature finishing position was 12th.

8. Ben Good, Fremont, Ohio – Ben competed in all 15 features in 2013. He chalked up 4 top 10 finishes including a season-best 7th on June 15th. His average feature finishing position was 13th.

7. Matt Foos, Fremont, Ohio – The 2013 Rookie of the Year, Matt competed in all 15 events this season. He compiled 12 top 10 finishes including opening the year with7 in a row. Matt scored his first two feature wins – on May 26th and Sept. 13th. He also scored 6 top five finishes including a runner-up and a third. His average feature finishing position was 8th.

6. Art Ball, Tiffin, Ohio – Fremont Speedway’s all-time winningest driver and the 1973 track late model champion and the 2011 and 2012 truck champion competed in 13 events this season, missing only the Sept. 13 and 14 races. He recorded 10 top 10 finishes and 5 top five runs including a season-opening runner-up finish. His average A-main finishing position was 7th.

5. Cory Ward, Bellevue, Ohio – The 2007 Fremont truck champion competed in 14 features in 2013, missing only the Aug. 3rd event. He recorded 13 top 10 finishes and 7 top five runs. He picked up his 22nd career Fremont win on April 27th and is tied for 22nd on the track’s all-time win list. Cory started hot, recording eight straight top 10 finishes. His average feature finishing position was a fantastic 6th.

4. Dustin Keegan, Fremont, Ohio – The 2013 Attica champion competed in all 15 features this season. He recorded 13 top 10 finishes and 7 top five finishes. Dustin opened the season strong, recording five top eight finishes. He scored a pair of runner-up finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 6th.

3. Daniel Roepke, Woodville, Ohio – Daniel competed in all 14 features in 2013, missing only the July 27th event. He never finished out of the top 10…in fact his worst finish of the season was a pair of seventh place runs. He scored an incredible 10 top five finishes including picking up wins on Aug. 3rd and Sept. 7th. In fact, he never finished outside of the top three the final six events of the season. Daniel now has 8 career wins at Fremont. His average feature finishing position was a remarkable 4th.

2. Shawn Valenti, Risingsun, Ohio – Shawn, a former 410 sprint rookie of the year and a Limaland stock car champion, competed in all 15 events in 2013. He recorded 13 top 10 finishes and an incredible 12 top five runs. The final 11 events of the season he never finished out of the top 8. Shawn scored wins on May 4th, July 27th, and the final two events of the year on Sept. 14th and 28th and now has 9 for his career at Fremont. His average A-main finishing position was an unbelievable 4th.

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