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Two years ago the first class was inducted into the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame. Now work has officially begun

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to construct a facility to house the hall of fame and other memorabilia associated with “The Track That Action Built.”

On Saturday, July 10, prior to the night’s races at Fremont Speedway, a ground-breaking ceremony for the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame was held. Hall of fame inductees “Gentleman” Johnny Auxter, who raced at the track’s first event 59 years ago, and De Genzman, who won track championships at the track and currently owns a sprint car that competes there weekly, turned the first shovels of dirt for the facility.

The dream of a building at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds became a reality when recently inducted Genzman contributed $10,000 to the building project. Thanks to donations from other hall of fame inductees and from the many loyal Fremont Speedway fans, over $20,000 has been raised in just two years for the project.

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Brandon Martin has been so close to finding Fremont Speedway’s victory lane over his 10-year 410 sprint car driving career, but it just didn’t come to be.

That all changed for the Attica driver July 10 as he took the lead with 10 laps to go and picked his way through traffic for the win.

Fremont’s Paul Weaver dominated the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, winning the make-up feature that was rained out last month, and then scoring the victory in the night’s regular feature event. Weaver, a two-time track champion, has now won three features in 2010 to take his career total to 28 at “The Track That Action Built,” good for 12th on the all-time win list.

Wayne, Ohio’s John Brooks waged a tremendous battle throughout the E-mod feature with Bill Keeler before edging him for his second win of the year at Fremont.

Martin started third in the 410 sprint feature and moved into second on lap three. He caught Lee Jacobs by lap six with Dustin Daggett and Craig Mintz right on their tails. Jacobs would hit lapped traffic by lap 11 as Martin continued to pull along side of him on the bottom of turns three and four. By lap 17, the crowd was on their feet watching a three-car battle for the lead with Jacobs, Martin and Mintz putting on a show. With 10 laps to go, Martin made his move, driving high in turn four to pass Jacobs for the lead. Martin would pick his way through traffic and take the checkered over Mintz, Lee Jacobs, Dale Blaney and Dean Jacobs.

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Manager Larry Parrish became the all-time winningest manager in Toledo professional baseball history July 6 as the Mud Hens defeated Columbus, 9-4.  The win was No. 541 for Parrish, passing Cal Ermer (manager for Toledo 1978-85).

On July 24, Parrish will be recognized as such in a pre-game ceremony prior to the game versus Buffalo.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the pre-game presentation scheduled for approximately 6:40 p.m.

Also, the team will recognize hitting coach Leon “Bull” Durham and athletic trainer Matt Rankin for their dedication and service to the team as both are celebrating their 10th season with Toledo.

Parrish is in his seventh season as Mud Hens manager.  The 56-year-old led the club to Governors’ Cup championships in 2005 and 2006 and was named the 2005 Sporting News Manager of the Year.  Parrish has guided the Hens to a 541-522 record (.509) since 2003 and currently ranks second in Toledo history in games managed at 1,063 (Ermer – 1,115).

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Giving money to people along road

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