From Bryan Autullo – FAST Public Relations
MAUMEE, OH — Plans are underway for the “2nd Annual Racer’s Chili Challenge” and race teams and fans should mark Saturday, February 20th on their calendars. This year’s event will be held in Fremont, Ohio once again, but this time at the Ballville Township Community Hall located at 1413 East Cole Road (across from the fire station). The Kistler Racing Products Fremont/ Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) organization will once again be heading up the planning of the chili cook-off along with the help of the Hoserville Ohio gang and several other generous volunteers. This event was established to bring fans, teams, promoters & drivers together in the off-season for some good fun, great chili, and a little bit of bench racing before the green flags wave once again at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway in 2010.
The doors will open to the public at 1 p.m. and general admission is just $5.00 at the door. Children 12 & under will be admitted free with a paid adult. Admission includes a sample cup and spoon to taste each team’s chili creation. Be sure to visit your favorite team’s booth often and vote for them as “The People’s Choice” award.
“The Inaugural Racer’s Chili Challenge was a big success,” says F.A.S.T. co-founder Bryan Autullo. “There were about 22 entries last year in 4 different categories and a lot of really great chili was consumed by the large crowd that showed up on a cold and snowy winter day.”
Last winter’s celebrity judges (Brad Doty, Kenny Jacobs, Jim Linder, and Darl Harrison) voted the WFIN radio “Racing World” team as the “Grand Champion” and fans came from as far away as Western Pennsylvania to sample the chili, mingle with the Fremont & Attica drivers and the local racing legends throughout the afternoon. “We’re sticking to pretty much the same formula for 2010,” Autullo added. “We’re going to do a few things differently, but for the most part it will be the same recipe for a good time that we cooked up in 2009. We’ll have celebrity judges, games for the kids, a driver autograph session, and a couple of show cars this February.”
Celebrity judges will once again determine the best chili in each of the three divisions (Sprint Cars, Late Models/ Dirt Trucks & Fans/Media) and the winning team will receive a chili pot trophy and prize packs from Fremont Speedway, Attica Raceway Park, the F.A.S.T Series, and Hoserville Ohio. “The People’s Choice” chili will be voted on by the general public and the winner will receive the Grand Champion chili pot trophy and their choice of either a $100 gift certificate to Kistler Racing Products or $100 cash.
Scott Porter, co-founder of the F.A.S.T. organization commented, “We’re also bringing back the KS Sales & Service Hot Head Jalapeño Eating Contest and thanks to Kevin Shammo we’re doubling the prize money to $100 for the winner. This event was the highlight last year as Jason Tomczyk consumed 15 peppers in five minutes, while the event left several other contestants in tears.” Another event returning is the Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament for the kids (17 & under) presented by Computer Man, Inc. of Fremont, Ohio. New in 2010 will be a beanbag tournament presented by Hoserville Ohio – a charity organization that helps injured drivers with their medical expenses. Registration for the tournaments will take place the day of the event.
Updates about the 2nd Annual Racer’s Chili Challenge will be posted at www.fastondirt.com and can be heard on “The Last Lap FASTcast” on Wednesday nights leading up to the event at www.lastlaplive.com or www.dirtvision.com.
Here’s How To Enter Your Team Into The 2010 Racer’s Chili Challenge:
Entry into the 2nd Annual Racer’s Chili Challenge is FREE and teams will consist of two team members.Team members will be admitted for free to the event. There will be three divisions this year in which you can enter: Sprint Cars (410s/305s), Late Models/Dirt Trucks, and Fans/Media.
The Racer’s Chili Challenge fliers/entry forms are available to download at the official web site of the F.A.S.T. Series (www.fastondirt.com) and will also be available at Kistler Engines & Kistler Racing Products starting this Saturday, January 9th at their annual open house event. The entry deadline for competitors is Monday, February 1st. Please sign up early, as booth space is limited.
About Our Title Sponsor:
Kistler Engines builds lightweight, high performance racing engines and quality is their commitment. They pride themselves in high tech, innovative designs, producing highly competitive engines for Sprint 410’s as well as Late Models, 360’s, Midgets and 305’s. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment, the highest standard quality parts, and constant research and development, Kistler Engines is setting the standard in the highly competitive field of dirt track racing today. Customers powered by Kistler Engines have consistently set fast times and track records, and have won with the World of Outlaws, All Stars, and numerous feature events including the Knoxville Nationals. Kistler Engines has also earned a reputation for service among professional race teams with quick turnaround time on rebuilds in most cases. In addition to complete engine building and machining services, Kistler Engines also stocks a wide variety of “hard core” engine parts. With a vision of adding a complete sprint car parts store, Kistler hired key staff members to be able to offer the same type of service at Kistler Racing Products as he has with his engine business. Brian Kemenah and Dave Deyo take care of the day to day operations of KRP. Kemenah is a 4-time All Star Crew Chief of the Year and is a major asset to Kistler Racing Products as customers are able to ask technical questions and receive race proven answers. You can also visit Kistler racing Products at their parts truck every weekend in the pits at Attica and Fremont.