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Winged sprint car racing returns to Sandusky County Fair

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By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Winged sprint car racing will return to the Sandusky County Fair in Fremont, Ohio for the first time in 40 years. The event – featuring 305 sprint cars – will open the fair on Tuesday, Aug. 23 on the clay oval of the historic Fremont Speedway.


Thanks to Joe and Fran Darmofal, the event will pay $1,200 to win the 30 lap feature and $175 to start. Also, thanks to Steve Klisz, the ladies dirt truck powder puff race will pay $500 to win.


The 305 sprint car event is open to any legal 305 sprint car in the country. Fremont Speedway has hosted racing since 1951 and the last time sprint cars raced on “The Track That Action Built” during the fair was 1976.


“We are hearing some of the 410 sprint car drivers are securing rides for this event and even some cars from out of the area are coming in. The more the merrier. This event will expose our great sport to new fans. It also is nostalgic for our long time fans who remember how special the fair race used to be,” said Rich Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter.


Admission is $8 to get into the fairgrounds which offers all the sites, sounds and fun of the fair. Admission into the race is just $7.


Farmer wants to remind race teams of the following logistics:


  • The pits will be in the lot of the old sugar beet plant at the intersection of Haynes Ave. and N. Front Street. Pits will be open at 4 p.m. and pit passes are required.
  • Cars and equipment will be shuttled into the track’s infield. Trailers and trucks will be made available to transport the equipment into the infield
  • NO ATV’S will be allowed in the infield. Teams that have small utility trailers may put them in the infield.


“We are planning a unique format for this special race,” said Farmer.


Farmer said once the races are complete, teams will be allowed to bring their trailers to the infield to load their equipment.


Hot laps will take place around 6:15 p.m. with racing under way at 7 p.m. The track’s grandstands will open at 5 p.m.


For more information contact Farmer at 419-307-4241 or go to