Dean Jacobs has been so close to finding victory lane this year. The Wooster,
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Ohio driver finally found it at Fremont Speedway July 3 in a make-up feature, handing car owners Joe and Diane Seeling their first 410 sprint victory.
Not to be outdone, Chris Andrews may have salvaged his season as the Sandusky driver won the regular 410 sprint feature.
Jimmy Colvin, 17, held looked like a seasoned-pro, hitting his marks every lap to score his first career victory at the Track That Action Built in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints.
The two features – a make-up from two nights – featured some great side-by-side racing in the Dirt Trucks. Castalia’s Dan Hennig would battle all 20 laps of the first feature with Jimmy McGrath Jr. before securing his second win of the season. In the second feature, McGrath battled with Kent Brewer, Hennig, Steve Endicott and Bob Dible before claiming his second win of the season.
In the first feature, Jacobs battled with Rob Chaney the last half of the race
before driving under him exiting turn two on the white flag lap to take the lead. Jacobs would go on to earn his second career victory at Fremont.
“That was awesome. We started ninth there and I didn’t know…there were a lot of good cars in there. My hats off to Rich (Farmer, speedway promoter). This race track last week was a little rough. To come back this week and still have this good of a race track…phenomenal. It was racy. You could just run the crap out of the car and that’s what racing is all about. It was really a blast,” said Jacobs beside his No. 97.
In the night’s regular 410 feature, Kevin Lee looked like he would score his first career victory. Leading laps 6 through 17. However, fast qualifier Andrews had other ideas, as he took second from Brandon Wimmer on lap 14 and then hunted down and passed Lee for the lead on the bottom of turn four on lap 18. Andrews would hit lapped traffic with 10 laps to go, allowing Craig Mintz to close. As Andrews took the white flag, Mintz was on his rear bumper. Andrews would run the bottom groove of turns three and four and won the drag race to the checkered for his third career Fremont victory.
In the first dirt truck feature, McGrath Jr. and Hennig would wage a torrid battle throughout the event. When McGrath bobbled in turn three on lap 12, Hennig was there to pounce into the lead. A couple of cautions on laps 14 and 15 gave McGrath a couple of shots at Hennig, but he was able to hang on for his sixth career Fremont victory.
“I was just waiting for him to make a mistake and take over. Last year I tried to go for more wins and it cost me…we decided to be more consistent and patient this year and it’s paying off,” said Hennig beside his No. 32H.
In the regular truck feature, McGrath Jr. grabbed the early lead, only to watch Kent Brewer steal it away on lap 3. The racing from first through fourth was fantastic between Brewer, McGrath Jr., Hennig and Steve Endicott. McGrath would driver around Brewer into the lead on lap 12, and then had to survive five cautions over the last eight laps to score the victory.
“I was pretty pleased with how the truck responded to the high side, it just kept getting better and better,” said McGrath beside his No. 5jr.
In the first 410 feature, rookie Shawn Valenti jumped into the early lead with Bryan Sebetto, Jody Keegan, Phil Gressman, Rob Chaney and Dean Jacobs in tow. Sebetto would drive under Valenti into the lead on lap three and hit set a blistering pace, hitting lapped traffic by the sixth circuit. Gressman would take second from Valenti on lap 17 and began to close on Sebetto.
Disaster struck for the two top cars on lap 12, when the caution flew for a stalled Caleb Helms. As Sebetto took the yellow, Gressman ran over the back of his car and flipped on the front stretch. Gressman was done for the night, while Sebetto’s car suffered heavy damage to the top wing. On the restart, Sebetto’s wounded car only held the lead for one lap as Chaney and Jacobs drove by. On lap 14 Chaney and Jacobs ran nose to tail with Byron Reed and Lee Jacobs battling for third.
As Chaney hit lapped traffic with 11 laps remaining, Jacobs kept applying pressure while Reed, Lee Jacobs, Kevin Lee, Valenti and Andrews raced hard behind them. Jacobs would use a lapped machine to drive under Chaney exiting turn two as they raced to the white flag. Jacobs would go on to take the win with Chaney, Reed, Jacobs and Lee rounding out the top five.
“I got to running in the middle in turns one and two…there was a brown spot there that was good. I was really good on the bottom. I heard his guys tell him (Chaney) once he got into the lead to get up top and let’er eat and I knew I could beat him if he did that and it just worked out,” added Jacobs. “We’ve been really fast all year and just been snake bit every night. We’ve passed a million cars all year but just can’t get a win. My crew chief Matt…he’s pretty much doing this by himself, working his butt off. We did all nine nights of Speedweek and he pretty much did all the work himself.”