MAUMEE, OH (9-5-13) by Bryan Autullo – F.A.S.T. Public Relations
The 2013 season will conclude for the Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) presented by KS Sales & Service on Saturday, September 7th at Fremont Speedway with one driver hoisting the big $10,000 check in victory lane. This season saw several lead changes in the F.A.S.T. Kistler Cup point standings, but since mid-summer its been all Craig Mintz holding off Byron Reed and looking to collect his second $10,000 championship in FAST series action between Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. Mintz won the inaugural FAST Series title in 2009 and has remained a contender each season for the championship. He has used his consistent finishes to vault into the points lead without winning a race in FAST competition in 2013.
Mintz will roll through the gates with a 90 point lead over 2010 F.A.S.T. champion Byron Reed. Reed would probably like to see Mintz’s hauler break down on the way to the track as the Championship is out of his reach once Mintz unloads the car and fires his motor for hotlaps. Reed sits solidly in 2nd place with a 56 point advantage over the next closest competitor. Sitting 146 points out of 1st place is Chris Andrews who is essentially out of the championship picture, but looking to hold off Caleb Griffith for the 3rd spot. Griffith is just 20 points behind Andrews in 4th place waiting to pounce if Andrews has a bad night. 2013 F.A.S.T. Rookie of the Year DJ Foos rounds out the Top 5 and is just 38 points behind Andrews. Another good run could vault him into 3rd place when the checkers fall.
Brian Lay has moved up the charts in 2013 with his aggressive runs in recent weeks that landed him in victory lane at the last FAST event at Attica and moved him into 6th place in championship points. Lay will be looking to hold off veteran Dean Jacobs who trails by just 9 points. Jacobs has struggled a bit in 2013 bouncing from ride to ride, but will be focused on a strong finish this weekend.
8th place Brian Smith will battle 9th place Duane Zablocki on the final night with Smith having a 2 point advantage over Zablocki. Zablocki has shown lots of improvement in 2013 and will finish in the Top 10 for the first time in 5 tries. If either Lay or Jacobs has a bad night, either of these drivers could move into 6th place with just 47 points separating 6th from 9th place. Travis Philo rounds out the Top 10 with a 61 point advantage over 11th place Bryan Sebetto who won the FAST Series title in 2011 and 2012, but spent part of 2013 chasing the All Star series around Ohio.
Saturday night will also be the last event for the JLH General Contractors F.A.S.T. 305 Championship Series in 2013. Young gun Nate Dussel, one of the winningest sprint car drivers in the country this season, leads the chase for the FAST Series title by just 28 points over seasoned veteran John Ivy. Dussel has three FAST Series wins in 2013 and Ivy has one. Ivy will pull out all the stops and use his veteran skills to try to pull off the upset on Saturday night.
Young up and comer Jordan Ryan sits in 3rd place looking to catch the leaders if either should have a bad night. Ryan is 51 points behind Dussel and it is not out of the question for him to drive to a championship win but he will battle with Dustin Dinan who is just 1 point behind him. Dinan has put his car in victory lane 3 times this season in FAST competition and another win on Saturday could mean a championship trophy and a big payday. Dinan’s agressive driving style could pay off if the chips fall in the right places throughout the night.
Alvin Roepke and Paul Weaver are tied for 5th place as they both sit 113 points out of 1st place. Youngster TJ Michael holds onto 7th place and is just 3 away from 5th place hoping to pull ahead of both veterans by the end of the final event. Jason Keckler (-146 pts), Bobby Clark (-158 pts), and Seth Schneider (-195 pts) round out the Top 10 while Tyler Gunn is on the outside looking in just 4 points out of 10th place.
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FAST On Dirt, Inc. would like to thank the following contributors to the 2013 Fremont/Attica Sprint Title point fund:
Kistler Racing Products, KS Sales & Service, JLH General Contractors, Engler Machine & Tool, CP-Carillo Pistons, Design Graphics Group Inc., SCS Gearbox, Pukka Inc., Reebar Die Casting, Hoseheads.com, Level Performance, Young’s RV Centers, Custom Ink Screenprinting, Avitus Group, Gressman Powersports, Hoserville Ohio, Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating, JD Automotive, Midwest Transportation, Fast Traxxx Electric Slot Car Racing, October Hills Farms, Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway.
Also, a very special thanks to all of our contingency award sponsors:
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Henry Motorsports, Fuel Safe, Productive Tools & Equipment, Hinchman Indy Racewear, OC Shocks, J&J Auto Racing, Kear’s Speed Shop, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kinsler Fuel Injection, KSE Racing Products, Linder’s Speed Equipment, Outerwears Performance Products, Pro Shocks, R2C Performance Products, Rocket Headers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ti22 Performance, Weld Racing Wheels, Wings Unlimited, SpeedMeetsArt.com, Golden Graphics & Design and Zemco Headers.