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Published: Thursday, 5/20/2004

Local racing: Speedway hopes for a dry Friday

BY C.J. LANDRY
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

After two of their first three races this season were rained out, the folks at Toledo Speedway had their fingers crossed when they opened the gates last Friday. But the gates weren t open long when it happened again - rain. Feeling that the odds have to be with them, the Toledo crew will try once again this Friday night to go racing.

It will be Autograph Night, with fans allowed on the track to meet their favorite drivers. The ARCA sportsman, figure 8 s, factory stocks and 4-cylinder stocks will provide the racing action. Jed s Barbeque and Brew will serve as the race-night sponsor, and the Meijer Prize Give-Away is also on tap, with more than $2,000 in prizes to be given out to fans.

wThe auto racing gods were, while not perfect, a bit better to area tracks Saturday night.

At Toledo s sister track, Flat Rock Speedway, Dave Kuhlman dominated the competition in winning the Royal Truck and Trailer/G Tec Truck Equipment Gold Cup 100.

Rain caused the cancellation of racing at Fremont Speedway last Saturday. Track crews worked all day, and come race time Saturday night there were 33, 410-cubic-inch winged sprint cars, 41 305-cubic-inch winged sprint cars and 39 pickup trucks in the pits ready to race.

But just before the cars rolled onto the track, promoter Jim Ford asked the drivers if they wanted to chance racing on the wet track. “Due to safety concerns, and the input from the drivers, we decided not to chance it. We don t need these guys tearing up a bunch of expensive equipment and maybe having someone getting hurt. We still have a lot of racing left this season,” Ford said.

Fremont Speedway will be back in action Saturday with Roots Poultry Night. Besides the 410 sprints, Fremont s 305 sprints will challenge the 360 sprints of the Sprints on Dirt (SOD) organization in a special $1,500-to-win feature. One can expect to see close to 90 winged sprint cars in the pit area when the first race gets underway

While the clay track east of Toledo was dark, it was racing as usual at the clay track west of town, Wauseon s Oakshade Raceway.

With another large field of late models on hand, the feature race was tough to qualify for. More than twice as many teams (44) had to pack things up and watch the feature from the stands as the number of cars (20) actually started the feature.

Maumee s Brian Ruhlman made it a clean sweep, winning his heat and making it look easy in his win in the late model feature. It was Ruhlman s first feature win in eight years at Oakshade Raceway and only the second of his career. His first feature victory came on the first night he ever raced at Oakshade.



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