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  • 2018 Fremont Speedway News/Results

    It's on Facebook. I'm looking forward to 2018 at Fremont, especially the Open Wheel Shootout on June 30. An all open wheel event is a rare treat. The Ethanol Latemodel Series back to back with Attica is going to be a great weekend. I enjoyed the ALMS race at Fremont last season. This race could be even better.

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    National Speed Sport News carried a story today ( Oct. 17 ) indicating that the Sandusky County Fair Board has purchased back the Fremont Speedway name , and that the current promoter will remain in place. Basically, this simply means the Fair Board will be responsible for the P& L. Not much of a change really, other than any profit or loss will be in their laps. I am surprised to see this, since earlier this summer they launched a $ 1.2 million, 5 year " Capital Campaign " in order to generate money to maintain the grounds and make improvements. I interpreted that move to mean they were short on funds to undertake the projects. One has to read and reread today's announcement very carefully to avoid reading too much into this latest move.

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    • #3
      Probably smart move for Farmer. Doesn't have to worry about the profit/loss and can just run the track and the FAST series.

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      • #4
        My guess is this will smooth over who is signing the contracts with the All Stars to get them back. Think as long as Farmer was the owner the All Stars would not come back.

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        • #5
          As a follow up to my initial post, National Speed Sport News was apparently paraphrasing the announcement, and didn't do a very accurate job of it. In looking at the other version on the track website, the Fair Board is actually the promoter of record but Farmer stays on to manage the facility and events. I'm surprised the track didn't seek out a promoter to lease the track, as I don't believe there is a profit to be had given the current climate. Just an observation / opinion. Not busting anyone, but I don't think the Sandusky County Ag. Society has the resources to operate the track in the red.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by staggerman View Post
            My guess is this will smooth over who is signing the contracts with the All Stars to get them back. Think as long as Farmer was the owner the All Stars would not come back.
            Well that would be nice for the local fan-base and maybe something the fair-board was thinking on this move?

            Originally posted by Racing's Vigilante View Post
            As a follow up to my initial post, National Speed Sport News was apparently paraphrasing the announcement, and didn't do a very accurate job of it. In looking at the other version on the track website, the Fair Board is actually the promoter of record but Farmer stays on to manage the facility and events. I'm surprised the track didn't seek out a promoter to lease the track, as I don't believe there is a profit to be had given the current climate. Just an observation / opinion. Not busting anyone, but I don't think the Sandusky County Ag. Society has the resources to operate the track in the red.
            This could be interesting to see what kind of races go forward at Fremont?

            Does this move mean the fair board was happy enough to keep him on because of how he ran the local shows and events at Fremont, but wasn't happy with Farmer and the direction he was taking the track in regards of not getting WoO race or losing the All-Stars 4-5 times a year as well and nothing that seemed like it would change for next season and beyond?

            I am betting the track isn't losing money or going into the red like your stating ... if they was they wouldn't be taking back the track like they did or would have looked to get somebody else to promote the track.

            Look at Attica for example that track is making money not only for the fair board, but the promoters as well. They have really upgraded the entire fair grounds since Attica started racing there. At one time they had all old buildings on the grounds and now all you see is a lot of bright shiny new big buildings ... the only buildings that are old are the main concession stand and the photo/souvenir building.

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            • #7
              Another possibility is that the track does lose money but it has been portrayed as making money. Addionally, if it has been profitable, why would the promoter give up the business but then stay on ? I hope the ASCOC , especially those in their employ with no racing background, reconsider their punitive actions and reinstate the track in 2018.

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              • #8
                They had another all open wheel night with the 410s, BOSS and NRA 360vsFAST 305 challenge. I’m gonna try and be there for that for sure
                2018 Race Counter: 13
                Atomic (1), Attica (4), Mansfield (2), Wayne Co. (1), Fremont (2), Montpelier (1), Eldora (1), Waynesfield (1)

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                • #9
                  I never made it to Fremont last year.
                  i know what the car counts were from reading results.
                  Were the grandstands filled last year?
                  I have heard various answers lots being the crowds were down.
                  Just wondeted if they were doing different things to bring more fans in. Especially with fairboard being back on board.

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                  • #10
                    Attendance was not very good. Looks to have declined over the years, which is true of many tracks, so not unique to Fremont. To accurately estimate attendance, you can’t sit in the stands and look back and forth. You have to be directly across ( heads on view ), know what the capacity is, and then go from there without bias. They do things for the kids, but need more novel approaches to being live bodies in now. The Sandusky County Agricultural Society will be in for some financial surprises. Been a regular there for decades, so I keep my fingers crossed.

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                    • #11
                      I'd say down, but not drastically. Definitely not standing room only but far from dead

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                      • #12
                        I saw they did not have as many races on the schefule so just wondered.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RRacer70 View Post
                          I never made it to Fremont last year.
                          i know what the car counts were from reading results.
                          Were the grandstands filled last year?
                          I have heard various answers lots being the crowds were down.
                          Just wondeted if they were doing different things to bring more fans in. Especially with fairboard being back on board.
                          Last season is over. How big will the crowds be this season? Go to a race and find out. Or you could go to the tractor pull. That's a way to get new people to Fremont Speedway who might come back to see if they like sprint car racing. There really isn't a good way to get young people interested in racing. Car culture has skipped two generations. Tractor culture is worth a try.

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                          • #14
                            Actually attended a lot of races at Fremont previously and it was always packed. Snarky attack for just asking question. Now these days with work limiting my travel, I support tracks within one hour drive with a few longer trips. Did around 30+ this year and saw one track shrinking in attendance. Used to do 3 nights weekly from Ohio, PA and WV. Fremont is over 2 hours away. Fremont usually never had crowd problems of filling the stands when other tracks did. I take new people every year and several make return trips. Taking 4 to 6 people several times. Even got one of my newbies interested enough they sponsored an event. Lots of tracks adding in tractor pulls to get something new. Just saw Fremont had less races scheduled this year which surprised me. Though seeing they dont race against Mansfield's shows this year makes their race count go down. Several tracks shuttered business last year from lack of fans.
                            I anticipate crowds will be bigger this year at well run tracks as racing seems to be getting more public interest again. Hopefully good publicity will help regrow some fan attendance. Have already been checking racing schedules against work schedule to see what works. So looks like 40 races possible so I do get out and see.

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                            • #15
                              People don't like to hear this because they believe you should go to the track no matter what, BUT ...

                              Most people go to a event because it is a big event or it is something they like along with the product you put on the track matters to most fans.When you have local type events your only going to get local type support. You bring in the WoO's your likely going to get a lot bigger support and fans traveling further to come see them especially with not many events of theirs in the area. The same with the All-Stars where you get more support outside of the local area.

                              Look at the Indians for example ... when they was really good (mid 90's-early 2000's) they was packed, sold out, hard to get a seat. The last 15 years a lot easier to get a seat compared to back then, but they have improved the past couple of years and fans are coming back to see them. No different than the Detroit Red Wings when they was king of the ice they had sold out arenas, place was buzzing, etc...

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