Fremont Speedway handed out awards and prize money to the drivers who finished in the top 10 in points in the 410 sprints, 305 sprints and dirt trucks at a packed banquet on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Crowned champions were Bucyrus, Ohio's Brock Mayes in the Fort ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Liepsic, Ohio's Todd Heuerman in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, and Risingson, Ohio's Steve Endicott in the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks.
Mayes competed in all 15 A-mains in 2009, scoring 12 top 10 finishes and an incredible 10 top five runs. He won on May 9, June 6, and Aug. 1 and had a runner-up finish at the June 27 All Star show. He also scored a third at the May 23 All Star race and the Sept. 26 All Star race.
Brock’s average A-main finishing position was 5th.
Heuerman competed in all 17 A-mains in 2009, recording an amazing 15 top 10 finishes and 11 top five runs. There was a stretch during the season - from June 27 through Sept. 12 - where he did not finish out of the top five. Heuerman scored a win on April 25, and recorded one runner-up while compiling four third place showings. His average A-main finishing position was 6th.
Endicott competed in all 14 A-mains and never finished out of the top 10 and recorded a remarkable 10 top 5 finishes. In fact, during the entire season, his worst finish was an eighth on June 6. Endicott scored wins on May 2 and Sept. 12 and had a pair of runner-up finishes and three third place showings. His average A-main finishing position was an incredible fourth.
Besides the top 10 in points, the rookies of the year were also honored. In the 410 sprints it was Bellevue's Cap Henry with Ottawa Lake, Michigan's Tim Bottles being named the top rookie in the 305 sprints and Fremont, Ohio's Keith Sorg getting the honor in the dirt trucks.
Also, the Alex Burkett Business Partner Award went to Kistler Racing Engines and Kistler Race Products and Fort Ball Pizza Palace. The Engine Pro Engine Builder of the Year went to Level Performance as their engines graced the Engine Pro Victory Lane at "The Track That Action Built" more then any other of the builders.
Receiving special service awards for their behind-the-scenes work at the speedway were Ross Paulson, Chris Kiser, Randy Mapus and the Fremont Attica Sprint Title.
It was announced Fremont Speedway will incorporate a spec. right rear and left rear Goodyear tire in 2010 in the sprint divisions.
Following is a look at the top 10 in points in all three divisions:
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints:
2. Byron Reed, from Monclova, Ohio. A three-time Fremont 410 sprint champion, Reed finished just three points behind champion Brock Mayes.
Reed competed in all 15 A-mains, recording an incredible 12 top 10 finishes. He scored 4 top five finishes, including a win on Sept. 12 and a pair of runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 7th.
3. Craig Mintz, from Gibsonburg, Ohio. Mintz, the 2009 Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title champion, competed in all 15 A-mains in 2009. He scored 11 top 10 finishes and finished in the top 5 in half of the features he competed in. He scored wins on May 2 and July 1 and had a second place run and three third place showings. His average A-main finishing position was 8th.
4. Mark Keegan from Fremont, Ohio. A nine-time Fremont champion, Keegan competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains, missing only the Sept. 19 feature. He scored 8 top 10 finishes and 3 top five runs including a season best 2nd on July 11. Keegan's average A-main finishing position was 11th.
5. Mike Linder from Fremont, Ohio. A two-time Fremont 410 champion, Linder competed in 13 of the 15 A-mains missing only the June 6 and June 27 features. He recorded 4 top 10 runs and 3 top 5 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 13th. He scored a win on Aug. 15.
6. Lee Jacobs, from Dalton, Ohio. Jacobs competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains, missing only the June 6 show. He scored 7 top 10 finishes and 4 top 5 runs. He had three runner-up finishes including the May 23 All Star show. His average feature finishing position was 9th.
7. David Harrison, from Burgoon, Ohio. Harrison competed in 10 of the
15 A-mains and recorded a pair of top five runs, including a season-best third on Aug. 1. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.
8. Cap Henry, from Bellevue. The 2009 rookie of the year competed in 9 of the 15 A-mains in 2009, picking up four top 10 runs. He recorded three season-best 6th place finishes including the May 23 All Star show. Henry's average A-main finishing position was 11th.
9. Kevin Lee, from Green Springs. A rookie in 410 sprint action in 2009, Lee competed in 12 of the 15 A-mains, recording a pair of season-best 10th place finishes. His average finishing position was 15th.
10. Brian Smith from Fremont. A former 305 sprint track champion, Smith competed in 8 of the 15 sprint races in 2009. He recorded 3 top 10 finishes including a season-best 6th on May 9. His average feature finishing position was 12th.