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Fremont Speedway crowned Byron Reed (410 sprints), Stuart
Brubaker (305 sprints) and Jim McGrath (dirt trucks) the 2008 champions
during the annual awards banquet Saturday, Nov. 1.

Brubaker, a Gibsonburg High grad from Helena, was joined in Fremont’s top 10 lists by fellow Gibsonburg racer Craig Mintz and Woodville racer Andy Maynard.

The top 10 in points in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont
Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks took home
point fund money.

Also, Promoters' Choice Awards were presented to Bobby and Kellie Sears for their work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Alex Burkett family for their fund-raising efforts for the American Cancer Society, and Mike
Dukeshire and Tina Roberts for all of their work on the track's July 5
Salute to America's Heroes...our military's men and women. The Engine Pro
Engine Builder of the Year Award went to Level Performance and the Alex
Burkett Business Awards went to Crown Battery and the Baumann Auto Group.

Reed, the 2003 and 2007 Fremont champion, competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains during the track's 57th season of racing, missing only the non-wind finale.

He recorded four wins on the year - June 7, June 14, July 26 and Aug. 10.
Reed, who has won the last four track titles at Attica, finished out of the top 9 only once. Besides his four wins, he recorded two runner-up finishes and a third. Reed’s average A-main finishing position was a remarkable fifth.

McGrath, of Clyde, Ohio, had an incredible season, never finishing out of
the top 7. He recorded a win on opening night and finished in the top five 12 of the 14 features. His average A-main finishing position was a
remarkable fourth.

The rest of the top 10 in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints were: 2nd - David Harrison, Burgoon, Ohio. The 1989 Fremont rookie of the year
competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the Sept. 7 All Star show and the last non-wing race. Harrison opened the season with a win, scored the All Star Sprint Speedweek victory and visited the Engine Pro Victory Lane again on Aug. 2. During the first seven shows of the season, he finished no worse than 10th. Harrison’s average A-main finishing position was eighth.

3rd - Mike Dussel, Burgoon, Ohio. The 2008 Rookie of the Year proved he can wheel a 410 sprint car with the best of them. Dussel competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the season ending non-wing event. He scored 5 top tens including a season-best runner-up finish and a third place run. Dussel's A-main average finishing position was 11th.

4th - Craig Mintz, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Mintz was “Mr. Runner-Up” in 2008. Of the 11 A-mains he competed in during the season, he had 7 top 10 runs
including three second place finishes and a third. His average A-main
finishing position was 9th.

5th - Mike Linder, Fremont, Ohio. The 2005 and 2006 track champion competed in 10 of the 14 A-mains in 2008. Linder recorded 6 top 10 runs including a season best second and a third. Linder's A-main average finishing position was 11th.

6th - John Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. The 1994 305 sprint champion and 2001, 2002 and 2004 410 sprint champion competed in 11 of the 14 feature events in 2008. Ivy recorded five top 10 runs including a season-best fifth. His
average feature finishing position was 13th.

7th - Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio. The 2007 national 410 sprint car rookie of the year competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in 2008, missing only the third race of the season and not participating in the non-win finale. Andrews recorded three top 10 runs including a season best fifth. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.

8th - Mark Keegan, Fremont, Ohio. The 8-time Fremont champion competed in 10 of the 14 A-mains in 2008. He recorded 5 top 10 runs including a season-best fourth. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.

9th - Brian Smith, Fremont, Ohio. Smith - the 2004 305 Fremont champion -
competed in 9 of the 14 A-mains in 2008. He recorded 6 top 10 runs including a season-best 6th with the All Star Circuit of Champions. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.

10th - Jody Keegan, Fremont, Ohio. Keegan - the 1996 305 Fremont champion
competed in 8 of the 14 A-mains in 2008. He recorded a season-best eighth
place finish on route to an average feature finishing position of 14th.


The rest of the top 10 in the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks were:

2nd - Cory Ward, Sandusky, Ohio. Ward, the 2008 Attica Raceway Park
champion, battled to the end to repeat his 2007 Fremont title run, coming up just 25 points short. He led all drivers in the division with five wins in 2008, including a stretch of three in a row. He recorded 10 top 10 runs with 9 of those being top five showings. His average A-main finishing position was 6th.

3rd - Bob Dible, Fostoria, Ohio. Dible had another consistently good season. In the 14 A-mains he competed in, he scored 11 top 10 finishes, including 7 top fives. He scored a win on May 10 and added a pair of runner-up finishes.His average A-main finishing position was 7th.

4th - Dwight Waltermeier, Wayne, Ohio. Waltermeier also competed in all 14 A-mains in 2008, recording 11 top 10 runs and 7 top fives. Toss out the 3 non-top 10 finishes, and Waltermeier never finished worse than eighth. He scored a win on Aug. 2. His average A-main finishing position was 5th.

5th - Steve Endicott, Risingsun, Ohio. Endicott had a break-out season in
2008, competing in all 14 A-mains. He recorded 9 top 10 runs, including 7
top fives. He scored a pair of wins while recording an average A-main
finishing position of 8th.

6th - Steve Sabo, Fremont, Ohio. Sabo, the 2001, 2002 and 2004 Fremont
Speedway champion, competed in all 14 A-mains. He scored 11 top 10 finishes, including 6 top five runs. He scored two wins in 2008 and now has 27 career victories to sit 12th on the all-time win list. His average feature finishing position was 8th.

7th - Andy Maynard, Woodville, Ohio. Maynard competed in all 14 A-mains in 2008 and recorded 11 top 10 finishes. His best finish was a second on Sept. 6. He only finished out of the top 11 once. His average A-main finishing position was 8th.

8th - Art Ball, Tiffin, Ohio. Ball competed in all 14 A-mains in 2008,
recording 6 top 10 finishes and three top fives. Ball - the 1973 and 1975
Fremont late model champion - picked up his 69th career feature win on Sept. 6 as he continues to lead the track’s win list. His average A-main finishing position was 11th.

9th - Brad Mitten, Fremont, Ohio. Mitten compted in 13 of the 14 A-mains in 2008. He recorded five top 10s with a season best 8th on opening night. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.

10th - Dave Gibbs, Republic, Ohio. Gibbs competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in 2008. He scored 4 top 10s with a best finish of 7th on two occasions. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.

Rookie of the Year: Jimmy McGrath Jr. competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in
2008. He recorded five top 10s including four top fives. His best finish was a second on May 31st. His average A-main finishing position was 12th and he finished 11th in the point standings.