The full moon was last week, but it looked like it appeared again Saturday, Aug.
1 at Fremont Speedway, as there were several nasty crashes. But when the dust settled, Bucyrus, Ohio's Brock Mayes picked up his third 410 sprint victory of the season on Kistler Engines Night.
Scoring his second victory of 2009 at Fremont was Bradner, Ohio's Nate Dussel in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, while Cory Ward grabbed the lead coming out of turn four for the checkered when Dan Hennig lost power, to score his fourth win of the year in the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks.
Mayes, who took the point lead at "The Track That Action Built," used the fast high side to overtake David Harrison on lap 16 and then flexed his muscles to pull away to the victory aboard his J&F Construction, Mansfield Cement, Kinn Brothers Heating and Cooling, Mortiz Concrete backed #11B.
"I was gurgling the last five laps," said Mayes about running low on fuel due to the numerous cautions in the feature. "The center of the corner was a handful because I had no power steering. I was just praying it would stay green. I saw at the end Byron (Reed) must have been up to second (from his 18th starting spot)...I talked to him earlier tonight and told him all he needed was one good run and he got it so he'll be something to deal with the rest of the year."
"I was debating where to go. I was waiting for the top to get cleaned off somewhat...thought a few of the guys in the back would run up there, but it didn't look like too many guys were. It got beat up a little bit so I pulled the wing back and was getting after it," added Mayes of his eighth career Fremont victory on night #18 of the Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title Championship Series.
"I have to thank all the guys, Daniel and Keith and Davey and my fiancée Alisha and my dad...if it wasn't for dad none of us would be out here. We've been a little frustrated the last month...we had a good speedweek...but we're going to put the old car back together...the one that we crashed and see what it could do. That was if we didn't win tonight, but now who knows.
We do like the other car a little better. We have to get over the hump a little," concluded Mayes.
Dussel took the lead from Jimmy Colvin on the second lap and held off several charges from Brad Haudenschild to nab his third victory in 2009 (he also has a win at Attica Raceway Park) aboard his Berrier Fabrication, OC Shocks, Dussel Welding backed #1.
"The winnings might have to go toward putting the motor back together because this thing ran 250 (degrees) the whole race. I was pretty close to pulling off a few times," said Dussel in the Engine Pro Victory Lane. "But, the win is more important I guess."
"The difference this year (his second driving) is I have Craig and Mike working on this thing and they have me fast every night," added Dussel.
Dan Hennig looked certain to grab his third win of the season in the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks, but a big puff of smoke came out from under the hood with four laps to go, and coming down to the checkered, his mount lost power.
Sandusky, Ohio's Cory Ward was there to capitalize, as he scored his 17th career Fremont victory, to move him into a tie with his dad, Jim, for 28th on the track's all-time win list.
"I don't know what happened to Dan, but I'll take it," said Ward beside his Excuses Lounge, Budweiser, East Side Cafe, Precision Auto Body backed truck.
"All I know is I tied my dad with this win."
Fremont Speedway will be back in action Saturday, Aug. 8 for Burger King Night with the 410 and 305 sprints and dirt trucks in action. For times, ticket prices and more log onto www.fremontohspeedway.com