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Published: Friday, 5/26/2006

Blown engine no problem for Fremont's Sebetto

<i>'As someone who has
portrayed athletes in films, I
have a lot of respect for NASCAR
drivers and what they do. </i>
Actor </b>Adam Sandler</b>, who
will be the grand marshal
for the 3M Performance
400 June 18 at Michigan
International Speedway. <i>'As someone who has portrayed athletes in films, I have a lot of respect for NASCAR drivers and what they do. </i> Actor </b>Adam Sandler</b>, who will be the grand marshal for the 3M Performance 400 June 18 at Michigan International Speedway.

Last Saturday night at Fremont Speedway, 305 cubic inch winged sprint car driver Bryan Sebetto, Fremont, and his crew gave a new meaning to the real estate phrase location, location, location.

After winning his heat in the Third Annual Roots Poultry ASCS SOD 360/Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint Challenge, the motor in Sebetto's sprint car blew up. With no backup motor on hand, he and his crew loaded up their sprint car and drove to the nearby shop of engine builder Scott Gressman. Once there, the crew finished building a motor which Gressman had been working on and installed it in the 01. With a fresh motor in their car, Sebetto and crew returned to Fremont Speedway just in time to start the 25-lap feature. And for the perfect ending to what had to be a made-for-TV movie script, Sebetto won the feature.

While celebrating his win, Sebetto told track announcer Brian Liskai: "My car owner [Matt Poltner] went to watch the World of Outlaws ... he isn't here tonight. He was probably upset when we called and told him we blew the motor. Wait until he gets this next phone call."

I wonder how many other short tracks across the nation ever draw more than 100 sprint cars for a one-night program. The Fremont Speedway pits were packed with 66 360/305 sprint cars and 37 Fort Ball Pizza 410 sprint cars last Saturday for a total of 103 race cars.

DRIVER RECOVERING FROM CRASH: Mark Wilkins, driver of the #157 Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 sprint car, is recovering from injuries he sustained in a crash Saturday at Fremont Speedway. Wilkins was taken to Fremont Memorial Hospital and later transported to the Medical University of Ohio, where he was diagnosed with a fracture of the T-6 vertebra.

Race fans wishing to drop Wilkins a card or note can mail them to: Mark Wilkins, 839 Nutmeg Lane, Findlay, Ohio, 45840.

STARS TAKE ON ATTICA REGULARS: Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, and the rest of the stars of the National Sprint Tour will challenge the track regulars tonight at Attica Raceway Park. The feature event will pay $10,000 to win. The total A-main purse is $49,400. "We will do everything possible to get the show in Friday. But, in case of bad weather, Attica Raceway Park and the National Sprint Tour have set Sunday ... as a rain date," said ARP Operations Director Rex LeJeune.

TOLEDO ACTION: Tonight at Toledo Speedway, it's the Burge Wrecking Night of Destruction with school bus figure-8s, ARCA figure-8s, and factory stocks, and four-cylinder stock cars on the quarter-mile oval. Plus roll-over contest and Racecar Bowling. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. The re-scheduled Royal Truck and Trailer Sales Glass City Gold Cup 100 for the ARCA Super Late Models is Sunday. A field of 41 drivers have entered for the 100-lap event. A factory stock figure-8 race and the Flat Rock B/C street stocks will also compete in feature events. Time trials are at 6:30, and racing begins at 7:30.

SUBWAY RACE AT FLAT ROCK: At Flat Rock Speedway tomorrow night, the ARCA Casite figure 8s will stage their biggest race of the season with the Subway Sandwiches 100-lap feature. The street stocks will also be in competition. Racing begins at 7 p.m. The Pepsi 250-lap Enduro race starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

FREMONT SPRINTS: Legendz Sports Bar and Grill sponsors the racing tomorrow night at Fremont Speedway with the 410 sprints, 305 sprints, and the dirt trucks in action - the trucks will have double features. Then on Monday, True Value Hardware of Woodville presents the American Late Model Series along with the 305 sprints and dirt trucks.

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