(Tom Myers) Fremont, Ohio – This year’s Jim and Joanne Ford Classic race, the 13th annual edition, was the final event on the 2020 calendar for both Fremont Speedway and the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series. The race was co-sanctioned by the All Stars and the FAST series and it was also Kears Speed Shop night. The Friday race paid $5,000 to the winner and the Saturday final paid $10,000 to the winner. This year’s Friday and Saturday shows featured more money being paid back through the field, with Saturday’s 2nd place paying $3,000, 3rd $2,200, 4th $1,650, 5th $1,500, 6th $1,450,7th $1,400,8th $1,350,9th $1,300,and 10th $1,250. If you start the feature you get $700.
The temperatures were in the mid 70’s and it was overcast and breezy with the sun peeking through on occasion. There were 41 cars on hand Saturday to battle for the All Star loot. In addition to the All Star followers and local regulars, there were some other notable racers in the pits. It was really neat to see Bill Balog again. He was here a few years ago for this race and he is always fast. With a nickname like Bill’s got, “The North Pole Nightmare,” he’s got to be a threat to win right? Tim Shaffer was on hand along with Shane Stewart, Jac Haudenschild, Hunter Schurenburg, Ian Madsen, Cale Conley, Cole Duncan, and Max Stambaugh. A few ladies were also on hand to race, Paige Polyak and McKenna Haase.
We arrived at 3:45 and the spectator gates were not open yet. As we stood in line waiting to enter the facility, an older fellow from Michigan gave me an earful, as he talked about his opinion of Fremont Speedway, track surface, the racing format and sprint car racing in general. Then another fellow, who said he drove 3 hours to get there was angry because the gates were not open yet. He let the track official at the gate know that he was not pleased and then he stormed off. This same fellow was spotted at the concession stand later in the evening, with a big smile on his face. So, I guess something has to be said about patience and understanding and being thankful for racing, especially this year. Come on folks, let’s all get along! We all can have a good time if we let ourselves have a good time! Ha Ha