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Henry gets late race pass for AFCS Fremont 410 win; Stroup earns fantastic 305 victory

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Cap Henry continued his hot streak to open the 2023 racing season with a late race pass to take the 410 sprint win at Fremont Speedway Saturday, May 20. Since joining the Jeff Ward Racing team in the off season, Henry, from Bellevue, Ohio, has put together a very solid start to the racing year, as Saturday’s win was his second at Fremont.

Henry, who started seventh in the 30-lap, $4,000-to-win feature on Great Lakes Truck Center Night, waged a great battle with Zeth Sabo whose team drove from New York after an All Star Circuit of Champions event was rained out. The pair nearly collided exiting turn four with Sabo making contact with the front stretch wall on lap 22, putting Henry into the lead. Henry drove away for his 14th career win at “The Track That Action Built.”

It was also a great weekend for Henry who battled the best in sprint car racing Friday at Attica Raceway Park, finishing sixth in the World of Outlaws event. The win Saturday will also put Henry in the thick of the battle for title of the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by the Baumann Auto Group, a crown Henry won in 2020.

“Early there we weren’t very good…the car was really good but the driver wasn’t. I got to second….I finished second to Howdy (Sabo) last year when I drove that 29 car and I had to make sure I got one back. This car has been so fast. We struggled when we went to Wayne County Tuesday and I know everyone was bumped. Gary (Griffith) the 1985 Wayne County track champion helped us out and we got this thing rolling again. Man this is a lot of fun,” said Henry beside his Jeff Ward Demolition, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts, Premier Planning Services, Tony Elliott Foundation, Primal Tee Shop, SCS Gear Box, Napa of Fremont backed machine.

The Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature turned into one of the best races at Fremont for that division in a long time. Dustin Stroup and Bryan Sebetto battled each other hard the last four laps after a caution. The duo traded slide jobs every lap with Sebetto actually leading by a nose laps 22 and 23 before Stroup executed a slider to regain the top spot coming to the white flag. The pair raced side by side in turns one and two and banged wheels down the back stretch before Stroup was able to secure the win. It was his ninth career win at Fremont.

Stroup’s win also makes for a close battle for the title of the Napa of Bryan Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales.

“That was tough. I looked up there when we had that caution (lap 21) and saw Sebetto in second…this is me and Sebetto’s type of track. I knew he was going to race me hard and I was going to race him hard back. We did bang wheels a couple of times…nothing is tore up and I’m sure we’ll go have a couple of beers and talk about this later. I have to thank everyone on this thing. We changed up our engine program this year with Frank Myers of Ness City, Kansas. He builds one hell of a runner. We went with Brandon Riehl and RCF Chassis and this thing has been great,” said Stroup beside his Myers Racing Engines, The Pizza House, Advance Auto Parts, Vantage Branding, Sulfur Town Pub, CWH Construction Services, GCE LLC, Riehl Custom Fab, RCF Chassis, Berryman Racing Shocks, Sherry Stroup at Century 21 Wilcox and Associations backed machine.

In the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature, Travis Philo lead the first 11 laps before Sabo took over. Once Henry moved into second on lap 14, he quickly closed on Sabo before taking the lead on a restart on lap 22. Henry took the checkers nearly five seconds ahead of Philo with Cole Duncan charging from 12th to finish third while Stuart Brubaker and Byron Reed rounded out the top five.

While Stroup led all 25 laps of the 305 sprint feature, building a four second lead by lap 11, once the leaders hit lapped traffic Sebetto closed quickly. A caution with four laps to go gave Sebetto the chance to throw a slider at Stroup on the restart and the battle was on the final four circuits. Stroup took the checkers just ahead of Sebetto with Seth Schneider, Paul Weaver and Logan Riehl rounding out the top five.

Fremont Speedway

Saturday, May 20, 2023

305 Sprints - Napa Auto Parts of Bryan presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales

Truman Quarter Horses Qualifying

1.5Jr-Jimmy McGrath Jr, 13.709; 2.9R-Logan Riehl, 13.771; 3.10X-Dustin Stroup, 13.778; 4.49I-John Ivy, 13.811; 5.26-Jamie Miller, 13.921; 6.5-Kody Brewer, 13.937; 7.1W-Paul Weaver, 13.945; 8.36-Seth Schneider, 13.956; 9.19R-Steve Rando, 14.040; 10.X15-Kasey Ziebold, 14.052; 11.01-Bryan Sebetto, 14.080; 12.20i-Kelsey Ivy, 14.120; 13.34-Jud Dickerson, 14.180; 14.4X-Bobby Clark, 14.181; 15.78-Austin Black , 14.293; 16.4K-Blayne Keckler, 14.304; 17.2-Brenden Torok, 14.319; 18.13S-Drew Siferd, 14.378; 19.7M-Brandon Moore, 14.385; 20.47-Matt Lucius, 14.418; 21.16-Lee Sommers, 14.537; 22.10TS-Tyler Schiets, 14.672; 23.3M-Logan Mongeau, 14.803; 24.0-Bradley Bateson, 14.805; 25.8-Jim Leaser, 14.963; 26.6-Jimmie Ward, 15.037; 27.63-Randy Ruble, 15.066; 28.51M-Haldon Miller, 15.393; 29.27-Calob Crispen, 15.395; 30.1S-James Saam, 15.451; 31.2s-Jackson Sebetto, 15.557; 32.98-Dave Hoppes, 16.312;

Crown Battery Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps)

1. 1W-Paul Weaver[2] ; 2. 78-Austin Black [1] ; 3. 49I-John Ivy[4] ; 4. 5-Kody Brewer[3] ; 5. 47-Matt Lucius[6] ; 6. 13S-Drew Siferd[5] ; 7. 2s-Jackson Sebetto[8] ; 8. 1S-James Saam[7]

Riehl Fab & Chassis Repair Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps)

1. 2-Brenden Torok[2] ; 2. 4X-Bobby Clark[3] ; 3. X15-Kasey Ziebold[4] ; 4. 3M-Logan Mongeau[5] ; 5. 0-Bradley Bateson[6] ; 6. 8-Jim Leaser[7] ; 7. 10TS-Tyler Schiets[1] ; 8. 27-Calob Crispen[8]

Rohr Total Lawn Care Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps)

1. 01-Bryan Sebetto[1] ; 2. 10X-Dustin Stroup[4] ; 3. 26-Jamie Miller[3] ; 4. 19R-Steve Rando[2] ; 5. 4K-Blayne Keckler[5] ; 6. 63-Randy Ruble[7] ; 7. 98-Dave Hoppes[8] ; 8. 7M-Brandon Moore[6]

Fremont Fence Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps)

1. 36-Seth Schneider[2] ; 2. 5Jr-Jimmy McGrath Jr[4] ; 3. 20i-Kelsey Ivy[1] ; 4. 9R-Logan Riehl[3] ; 5. 6-Jimmie Ward[7] ; 6. 16-Lee Sommers[6] ; 7. 51M-Haldon Miller[8] ; 8. 34-Jud Dickerson[5]

20th Century Lanes B-Main 1 - (8 Laps)

1. 4K-Blayne Keckler[2] ; 2. 47-Matt Lucius[1] ; 3. 13S-Drew Siferd[3] ; 4. 7M-Brandon Moore[8] ; 5. 2s-Jackson Sebetto[5] ; 6. 1S-James Saam[7] ; 7. 98-Dave Hoppes[6] ; 8. 63-Randy Ruble[4]

Terra State College B-Main 2 - (8 Laps)

1. 0-Bradley Bateson[1] ; 2. 16-Lee Sommers[4] ; 3. 6-Jimmie Ward[2] ; 4. 8-Jim Leaser[3] ; 5. 27-Calob Crispen[7] ; 6. 10TS-Tyler Schiets[5] ; 7. 51M-Haldon Miller[6]

JF Construction A-Main 1 - (25 Laps)

1. 10X-Dustin Stroup[1] ; 2. 01-Bryan Sebetto[4] ; 3. 36-Seth Schneider[8] ; 4. 1W-Paul Weaver[10] ; 5. 9R-Logan Riehl[3] ; 6. 19R-Steve Rando[16] ; 7. 2-Brenden Torok[5] ; 8. X15-Kasey Ziebold[11] ; 9. 5-Kody Brewer[14] ; 10. 78-Austin Black [7] ; 11. 20i-Kelsey Ivy[13] ; 12. 3M-Logan Mongeau[15] ; 13. 49I-John Ivy[2] ; 14. 5Jr-Jimmy McGrath Jr[6] ; 15. 0-Bradley Bateson[18] ; 16. 26-Jamie Miller[12] ; 17. 47-Matt Lucius[19] ; 18. 4K-Blayne Keckler[17] ; 19. 13S-Drew Siferd[21] ; 20. 16-Lee Sommers[20] ; 21. 6-Jimmie Ward[22] ; 22. 4X-Bobby Clark[9]

410 Sprints – Kistler Racing Products All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads presented by Baumann Auto Group

Local Napa Auto Care Centers Qualifying

1.99-Skylar Gee, 12.726; 2.5T-Travis Philo, 12.841; 3.35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.862; 4.5-Byron Reed, 12.883; 5.A79-Gary Taylor, 12.895; 6.2+-Brian Smith, 12.926; 7.23-Zeth Sabo, 12.927; 8.15C-Chris Andrews, 12.986; 9.32-Bryce Lucius, 12.995; 10.X-Mike Keegan, 12.996; 11.22B-Ryan Broughton, 13.093; 12.12-Kyle Capodice, 13.126; 13.8M-TJ Michael, 13.129; 14.12J-Kasey Jedrzejek, 13.155; 15.33w-Cap Henry, 13.161; 16.22C-Cole Duncan, 13.174; 17.41-Thomas Schinderle, 13.223; 18.7N-Darin Naida, 13.266; 19.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.272; 20.21-Larry Kingseed, 13.328; 21.5E-Bobby Elliott, 13.343; 22.22M-Dan McCarron, 13.546; 23.1A-Mark Aldrich, 13.557; 24.55T-McKenna Haase, 13.586; 25.5J-Jake Hesson, 13.597; 26.75-Jerry Dahms, 13.606; 27.2-AJ Aldrich, 13.683; 28.3V-Chris Verda, 13.788; 29.7-Alex Aldrich, 15.329; 30.12G-Corbin Gurley, 99.999;

Crown Battery Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps)

1. 32-Bryce Lucius[2] ; 2. 35-Stuart Brubaker[3] ; 3. X-Mike Keegan[1] ; 4. 8M-TJ Michael[5] ; 5. 99-Skylar Gee[4] ; 6. 41-Thomas Schinderle[6] ; 7. 2-AJ Aldrich[8] ; 8. 1A-Mark Aldrich[7]

Terry Henricks Ford Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps)

1. 12-Kyle Capodice[1] ; 2. 22B-Ryan Broughton[2] ; 3. 5-Byron Reed[4] ; 4. 2+-Brian Smith[3] ; 5. 21-Larry Kingseed[5] ; 6. 3V-Chris Verda[8] ; 7. 5E-Bobby Elliott[6] ; 8. 75-Jerry Dahms[7]

LiUNAHeat 3, Group C - (8 Laps)

1. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[2] ; 2. 23-Zeth Sabo[3] ; 3. A79-Gary Taylor[4] ; 4. 22M-Dan McCarron[1] ; 5. 55T-McKenna Haase[5] ; 6. 7-Alex Aldrich[6]

Engler Machine & Tool Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps)

1. 33w-Cap Henry[1] ; 2. 5T-Travis Philo[4] ; 3. 22C-Cole Duncan[5] ; 4. 12J-Kasey Jedrzejek[2] ; 5. 15C-Chris Andrews[3] ; 6. 7N-Darin Naida[6] ; 7. 5J-Jake Hesson[7]

Hoosier Tire Midwest B-Main 1 - (10 Laps)

1. 99-Skylar Gee[1] ; 2. 15C-Chris Andrews[4] ; 3. 7N-Darin Naida[8] ; 4. 21-Larry Kingseed[2] ; 5. 55T-McKenna Haase[3] ; 6. 3V-Chris Verda[6] ; 7. 41-Thomas Schinderle[5] ; 8. 5E-Bobby Elliott[10] ; 9. 2-AJ Aldrich[9] ; 10. 1A-Mark Aldrich[12] ; 11. 75-Jerry Dahms[13] ; 12. 7-Alex Aldrich[7] ; 13. 5J-Jake Hesson[11]

JF Construction A-Main 1 - (30 Laps)

1. 33w-Cap Henry[7] ; 2. 5T-Travis Philo[2] ; 3. 22C-Cole Duncan[12] ; 4. 35-Stuart Brubaker[5] ; 5. 5-Byron Reed[8] ; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[6] ; 7. 7N-Darin Naida[19] ; 8. A79-Gary Taylor[10] ; 9. 8M-TJ Michael[13] ; 10. 12-Kyle Capodice[3] ; 11. 12J-Kasey Jedrzejek[16] ; 12. 22M-Dan McCarron[15] ; 13. X-Mike Keegan[11] ; 14. 3V-Chris Verda[22] ; 15. 55T-McKenna Haase[21] ; 16. 23-Zeth Sabo[4] ; 17. 22B-Ryan Broughton[1] ; 18. 32-Bryce Lucius[9] ; 19. 99-Skylar Gee[17] ; 20. 2+-Brian Smith[14] ; 21. 21-Larry Kingseed[20] ; 22. 15C-Chris Andrews[18]

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