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Brubaker finally breaks through at Fremont; Stroup dominates 305s; Valenti tames trucks

Brubaker finally breaks through at Fremont; Stroup dominates 305s; Valenti tames trucks

Saturday, July 6, 2024
By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – There were times during the 2024 racing season that Stuart Brubaker probably thought about quitting as his family-owned 410 sprint team struggled with performance and crashes, switching chassis and set-ups trying to find speed. But, the veteran didn’t give up and it finally paid off at Fremont Speedway Presented by Gill Construction Saturday, July 6 in thrilling fashion on Roots Poultry Night.

A three-time Fremont Speedway 305 track champion, Brubaker, from Helena, Ohio, watched an over four second lead evaporate as he struggled with lapped traffic late in the caution-free 30-lap Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature. Brubaker held off a charging Cap Henry to score his first win of the season by just .196 seconds. DJ Foos, Larry Kingseed and Mike Keegan rounded out the top five.

It was Brubaker’s 9th career victory at “The Track That Action Built.”

“I was a little bit faster than the lapped cars but if I moved off the bottom then I opened a lane for him (Henry) and them guys ain’t afraid of crashing. To say we’ve struggled this year is a huge understatement. We’ve tried different cars… we changed everything and this car is the one we started the year with. It’s my guys, Bill and Brad and Ron…they never gave up. They have been busting their asses all year trying to get me better,” said Brubaker beside his Pit Stop, Black Swamp H&C, Story Equipment, Josh Kromer’s Seamless Gutters, Finish Line Race Fuels, Gressman Powersports backed #35.

With his second place finish Henry, the 2023 All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by the Baumann Auto Group champion, closes the gap on Cale Thomas and Zeth Sabo who entered the night one and two in the series’ standings as Thomas finished 10th and Sabo 13th at Fremont.

Just like Brubaker, Fremont, Ohio’s Dustin Stroup has struggled at Fremont Speedway in 2024. A night after his car suffered a rear end issue at Attica Raceway Park, Stroup was able to dominate the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature that saw only one caution flag for his first win of 2024 at the track. Stroup’s 10th career victory at Fremont came in dominating fashion as he won by six seconds over Jamie Miller, Tyler Schiets, Zack Kramer and Kasey Ziebold.

“Last night we blew a rear-end up at Attica so Dad and I stayed up late and got it all changed and Jamie and the guys came over and we got it all squared away. I felt really good but not six seconds good…that’s awesome. I gotta thank everyone on this thing…Jamie and Renee for letting me drive their car. My mom and dad and my girlfriend Katie and my daughter Layla, Tracey…everybody that helps out,” said Stroup beside his Sulfur Town Pub, BSE Welding, Meru Safety, Velocity Print, The Pizza House, Sunrise Designs, Momma Dukes from Shelluke’s Bar and Grill, GCE LLC, Handy Grafix, Mitten Painting, Myers Racing Engines, Rohr Total Lawn Care, Eye Candy Custom Cycles, DJ Johnson & Family, GWH, Advance Auto Parts, BRS, J&J Auto backed #12x.

Miller’s second place run will keep him atop the NAPA of Bryan Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales standings though Stroup’s win will narrow that gap.

Despite a lot of cautions, the 20-lap Burmeister Trophy Dirt Truck feature was very entertaining up front. Dustin Keegan led the first two laps before Steve Miller took the lead for four circuits. Keith Sorg drove into the top spot on lap seven before surrendering it to Shawn Valenti on lap 12. Sorg inched back ahead for lap 14 before Valenti regained the lead on lap 15. Valenti ran the top shelf while Sorg hugged the bottom and pair raced side by side the last five laps and coming to the checkers Valenti edged Sorg by .083 seconds for his third win at Fremont in 2024 with Dan Hennig, Keegan and Kent Brewer rounding out the top five.

Valenti’s third straight truck win is the 77th of his career at Fremont and puts him in second on the all-time win list, surpassing hall of famer the late Art Ball and just three behind Paul Weaver.

“I grew up watching Art Ball and got to race with him with him quite a bit and I think his last win…he got me on that one. To surpass him…hats off to his career. It’s amazing to be up here with that many wins. Hats off to Babcock and all my guys on this brand new truck…the thing is amazing. I wasn’t sure if I should leave the top on either end and obviously I shouldn’t have…he (Sorg) drove it in there pretty hard on the last lap,” said Valenti beside his Craig Miller Trucking, Conrad Transportation, Dave Story Equipment, A Plus Auto Center, Concrete Material Supply, S&S Hauling and Excavating backed #7B.

Fremont Speedway will be back in action Saturday, July 13 with the AFCS 410 and 305 sprints and dirt trucks in action on Crown Battery Night.

All events at Fremont Speedway Presented by Gill Construction in 2024 will be streamed on DirtVision. Keep up to date with Fremont Speedway by going to or on Facebook at www.facebook/FremontSpeedway or on Twitter at or follow on My Race Pass at

About Gill Construction –
Owned and operated by Ray Brooks, and headquartered in nearby Port Clinton, Ohio, Gill Construction specializes in an array of land and water services, utilizing over five decades of experience to build an extensive repertoire which includes site excavation, site utilities, demolition, trenching, and marina service. Gill Construction boasts a dynamic, diverse, and experienced workforce, guaranteed to perform and complete any task with the utmost customer satisfaction.

About Root’s Poultry -
Wayne Root was stringing phone lines when the Great Depression hit. To support his family, Root began buying produce and other foods from local farmers and taking them to market in the Cleveland area. In Cleveland, he would purchase products to bring back and sell to the farmers. At some point Wayne started raising his own chickens to butcher and take to market and that evolved into a chicken processing facility.
The facility where Roots Poultry is located today near Fremont opened in early 1956. It still had an area in the back where chickens were brought in, a processing area in the middle and, in the front, a retail store. Due to a change in federal law, Wayne quit raising and dressing his own chickens and Roots became a processor. Later, Wayne’s grandchildren Mark and Mike Damschroder were working in the business and in 1985 bought it from their grandmother.
The company had evolved to the point that it was producing ready-to-eat chicken products. Shredded chicken became the company’s bread-and-butter product, but later the company added barbeque pork and other pork and beef products under the Daisyfield brand. Today Roots produces over two dozen products and all can be found in the freezer section at area retail stores.

Fremont Speedway
Saturday, July 6, 2024
410 Sprints - Winged 25 Entries
A Feature 30 Laps | 00:12:44.307

  1. 35-Stuart Brubaker[1]; 2. 33W-Cap Henry[5]; 3. 16-DJ Foos[3]; 4. 21-Larry Kingseed Jr[9]; 5. X-Mike Keegan[2]; 6. 9-Trey Jacobs[6]; 7. 101-Kalib Henry[8]; 8. 22M-Dan McCarron[11]; 9. 14-Sean Rayhall[4]; 10. 23-Cale Thomas[7]; 11. 5-Kody Brewer[14]; 12. 19-TJ Michael[13]; 13. 29-Zeth Sabo[17]; 14. 15C-Chris Andrews[16]; 15. 4-Josh Turner[12]; 16. 2+-Brian Smith[18]; 17. 28M-Conner Morrell[15]; 18. 4S-Tyler Street[10]; 19. 7M-Brandon Moore[19]; 20. 13-Van Gurley Jr[20]

B Feature 10 Laps | 00:13:04.391

  1. 15C-Chris Andrews[1]; 2. 29-Zeth Sabo[3]; 3. 2+-Brian Smith[2]; 4. 7M-Brandon Moore[7]; 5. 13-Van Gurley Jr[4]; 6. 17S-Shelby Rankin[9]; 7. 3V-Chris Verda[6]; 8. 75-Jerry Dahms[5]; 9. 98-Robert Robenalt[8]; 10. (DNS) 88JR-Jimmy McCune

Heat 1 8 Laps | 00:07:18.000

  1. 33W-Cap Henry[2]; 2. 21-Larry Kingseed Jr[1]; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker[3]; 4. 4S-Tyler Street[4]; 5. 19-TJ Michael[5]; 6. 29-Zeth Sabo[9]; 7. 3V-Chris Verda[7]; 8. 2+-Brian Smith[6]; 9. 88JR-Jimmy McCune[8]

Heat 2 8 Laps | 00:04:39.000

  1. 23-Cale Thomas[2]; 2. 101-Kalib Henry[4]; 3. 9-Trey Jacobs[3]; 4. 22M-Dan McCarron[1]; 5. 5-Kody Brewer[5]; 6. 13-Van Gurley Jr[6]; 7. 7M-Brandon Moore[7]; 8. 17S-Shelby Rankin[8]

Heat 3 8 Laps | 00:05:42.000

  1. 16-DJ Foos[2]; 2. 14-Sean Rayhall[3]; 3. X-Mike Keegan[5]; 4. 4-Josh Turner[6]; 5. 28M-Conner Morrell[4]; 6. 75-Jerry Dahms[8]; 7. 98-Robert Robenalt[7]; 8. 15C-Chris Andrews[1]

Qualifying 1 1 Laps | 00:00:26.000

  1. 4S-Tyler Street, 00:13.060[2]; 2. 101-Kalib Henry, 00:13.069[3]; 3. 28M-Conner Morrell, 00:13.114[23]; 4. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 00:13.165[16]; 5. 9-Trey Jacobs, 00:13.166[10]; 6. 14-Sean Rayhall, 00:13.167[19]; 7. 33W-Cap Henry, 00:13.169[5]; 8. 23-Cale Thomas, 00:13.200[12]; 9. 16-DJ Foos, 00:13.316[25]; 10. 21-Larry Kingseed Jr, 00:13.335[24]; 11. 22M-Dan McCarron, 00:13.363[18]; 12. 15C-Chris Andrews, 00:13.432[14]; 13. 19-TJ Michael, 00:13.467[1]; 14. 5-Kody Brewer, 00:13.538[7]; 15. X-Mike Keegan, 00:13.583[20]; 16. 2+-Brian Smith, 00:13.667[13]; 17. 13-Van Gurley Jr, 00:13.776[21]; 18. 4-Josh Turner, 00:13.825[15]; 19. 3V-Chris Verda, 00:13.861[22]; 20. 7M-Brandon Moore, 00:13.968[6]; 21. 98-Robert Robenalt, 00:13.990[17]; 22. 88JR-Jimmy McCune, 00:14.042[11]; 23. 17S-Shelby Rankin, 00:14.251[8]; 24. 75-Jerry Dahms, 00:17.222[4]; 25. 29-Zeth Sabo, 00:17.436[9]

305 Sprints - Winged 28 Entries
A Feature 1 25 Laps | 00:13:33.484

  1. 12X-Dustin Stroup[2]; 2. 26-Jamie Miller[7]; 3. 10TS-Tyler Schiets[1]; 4. 8K-Zack Kramer[4]; 5. X15-Kasey Ziebold[3]; 6. 01-Bryan Sebetto[8]; 7. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath[6]; 8. 2-Brendan Torok[9]; 9. 1W-Paul Weaver[5]; 10. 78-Austin Black[12]; 11. 3X-Blayne Keckler[11]; 12. 8DD-Dustin Dinan[15]; 13. 9R-Logan Riehl[10]; 14. 0-Bradley Bateson[13]; 15. 26S-Lee Sommers[19]; 16. 7M-Brandon Moore[17]; 17. 19R-Steve Rando[14]; 18. 28-Shawn Valenti[18]; 19. 12-Dylan Watson[16]; 20. 51M-Haldon Miller[20]

B Feature 12 Laps | 00:18:07.000

  1. 12-Dylan Watson[2]; 2. 7M-Brandon Moore[4]; 3. 28-Shawn Valenti[3]; 4. 26S-Lee Sommers[6]; 5. 51M-Haldon Miller[8]; 6. 3M-Logan Mongeau[9]; 7. 8-Jim Leaser[1]; 8. 18-Ben Watson[7]; 9. 11-Brayden Harrison[11]; 10. 98-Dave Hoppes[12]; 11. 85-Dustin Feller[5]; 12. (DNS) 1S-James Saam; 13. (DNS) 88-Jimmy McCune Jr

Heat 1 8 Laps | 00:11:34.000

  1. 12X-Dustin Stroup[2]; 2. 26-Jamie Miller[4]; 3. 2-Brendan Torok[1]; 4. 9R-Logan Riehl[3]; 5. 0-Bradley Bateson[5]; 6. 28-Shawn Valenti[7]; 7. 85-Dustin Feller[9]; 8. 18-Ben Watson[6]; 9. 1S-James Saam[8]; 10. (DNS) 88-Jimmy McCune Jr

Heat 2 8 Laps | 00:09:06.000

  1. 10TS-Tyler Schiets[2]; 2. 01-Bryan Sebetto[4]; 3. 8K-Zack Kramer[3]; 4. 3X-Blayne Keckler[6]; 5. 19R-Steve Rando[7]; 6. 12-Dylan Watson[5]; 7. 8-Jim Leaser[1]; 8. 51M-Haldon Miller[9]; 9. 11-Brayden Harrison[8]

Heat 3 8 Laps | 00:04:34.000

  1. X15-Kasey Ziebold[1]; 2. 1W-Paul Weaver[4]; 3. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath[3]; 4. 78-Austin Black[2]; 5. 8DD-Dustin Dinan[6]; 6. 7M-Brandon Moore[8]; 7. 26S-Lee Sommers[7]; 8. 3M-Logan Mongeau[5]; 9. 98-Dave Hoppes[9]

Qualifying 1 2 Laps | 00:16:45.000

  1. 26-Jamie Miller, 00:13.818[12]; 2. 01-Bryan Sebetto, 00:13.934[4]; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver, 00:14.056[8]; 4. 9R-Logan Riehl, 00:14.073[24]; 5. 8K-Zack Kramer, 00:14.075[1]; 6. 5JR-Jimmy Mcgrath, 00:14.076[14]; 7. 12X-Dustin Stroup, 00:14.254[26]; 8. 10TS-Tyler Schiets, 00:14.283[13]; 9. 78-Austin Black, 00:14.295[2]; 10. 2-Brendan Torok, 00:14.295[23]; 11. 8-Jim Leaser, 00:14.333[3]; 12. X15-Kasey Ziebold, 00:14.345[19]; 13. 0-Bradley Bateson, 00:14.346[6]; 14. 12-Dylan Watson, 00:14.438[25]; 15. 3M-Logan Mongeau, 00:14.490[5]; 16. 18-Ben Watson, 00:14.555[11]; 17. 3X-Blayne Keckler, 00:14.555[18]; 18. 8DD-Dustin Dinan, 00:14.565[21]; 19. 28-Shawn Valenti, 00:14.571[22]; 20. 19R-Steve Rando, 00:14.576[20]; 21. 26S-Lee Sommers, 00:14.590[9]; 22. 1S-James Saam, 00:14.608[17]; 23. 11-Brayden Harrison, 00:14.638[7]; 24. 7M-Brandon Moore, 00:14.703[27]; 25. 85-Dustin Feller, 00:14.774[15]; 26. 51M-Haldon Miller, 00:14.807[28]; 27. 98-Dave Hoppes, 00:14.948[10]; 28. 88-Jimmy McCune Jr, 00:17.709[16]

Dirt Trucks 25 Entries
A Feature 1 20 Laps | 00:29:51.569

  1. 7B-Shawn Valenti[8]; 2. 8-Keith Sorg[6]; 3. 32H-Dan Hennig[5]; 4. 17X-Dustin Keegan[1]; 5. 8KB-Kent Brewer[9]; 6. 88-Cory McCaughey[2]; 7. 5S-Bradley Stuckey[4]; 8. 28-Cody Laird[13]; 9. 7X-Dana Frey[12]; 10. 8S-Brandon Stukey[19]; 11. 34-Todd Warnick[11]; 12. 4M-Jamie Miller[7]; 13. 7XP-Cyle Poole[14]; 14. 18S-Randy Swiecicki[18]; 15. 9-Curt Inks[10]; 16. 20-Caleb Shearn[20]; 17. 1M-Scott Milligan[16]; 18. 99-Eric Potridge[15]; 19. 95-Steve Miller[3]; 20. 9S-Tony Parker[17]; 21. 51-Dave Bankey[21]; 22. (DNS) P51-Dave Golembiewski

Heat 1 8 Laps | 00:10:17.000

  1. 95-Steve Miller[3]; 2. 88-Cory McCaughey[5]; 3. 32H-Dan Hennig[4]; 4. 9-Curt Inks[1]; 5. 28-Cody Laird[9]; 6. 1M-Scott Milligan[7]; 7. 8S-Brandon Stukey[8]; 8. P51-Dave Golembiewski[2]; 9. 51-Dave Bankey[6]

Heat 2 8 Laps | 00:06:16.000

  1. 4M-Jamie Miller[3]; 2. 8-Keith Sorg[2]; 3. 5S-Bradley Stuckey[1]; 4. 34-Todd Warnick[4]; 5. 7XP-Cyle Poole[5]; 6. 9S-Tony Parker[7]; 7. 35-Ron Miller[6]

Heat 3 8 Laps | 00:12:00.248

  1. 7B-Shawn Valenti[3]; 2. 17X-Dustin Keegan[2]; 3. 8KB-Kent Brewer[1]; 4. 7X-Dana Frey[4]; 5. 99-Eric Potridge[7]; 6. 18S-Randy Swiecicki[5]; 7. 20-Caleb Shearn[6]

Qualifying 1 2 Laps | 00:01:04.000

  1. 32H-Dan Hennig, 00:17.870[12]; 2. 4M-Jamie Miller, 00:17.902[18]; 3. 7B-Shawn Valenti, 00:17.910[9]; 4. 95-Steve Miller, 00:17.972[20]; 5. 8-Keith Sorg, 00:18.016[17]; 6. 17X-Dustin Keegan, 00:18.025[6]; 7. P51-Dave Golembiewski, 00:18.054[7]; 8. 26-Kyle Lagrou, 00:18.117[19]; 9. 8KB-Kent Brewer, 00:18.195[15]; 10. 9-Curt Inks, 00:18.238[23]; 11. 5S-Bradley Stuckey, 00:18.329[16]; 12. 67-Ben Clapp, 00:18.360[3]; 13. 88-Cory McCaughey, 00:18.442[13]; 14. 34-Todd Warnick, 00:18.553[10]; 15. 7X-Dana Frey, 00:18.683[21]; 16. 51-Dave Bankey, 00:18.748[8]; 17. 7XP-Cyle Poole, 00:18.767[14]; 18. 18S-Randy Swiecicki, 00:18.952[2]; 19. 1M-Scott Milligan, 00:19.075[5]; 20. 35-Ron Miller, 00:19.227[11]; 21. 20-Caleb Shearn, 00:19.236[25]; 22. 8S-Brandon Stukey, 00:19.290[24]; 23. 9S-Tony Parker, 00:19.318[4]; 24. 99-Eric Potridge, 00:19.332[1]; 25. 28-Cody Laird, 00:19.547[22]
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