Kofoid Raises the Flag at Fremont

Fremont, Oh – Forced to settle for second after getting overtaken with five laps remaining one night prior at Attica Raceway Park, Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid redeemed himself in a big way during night two of Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires, eventually leading all 35 circuits to score a second-ever Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory in front of a packed house at Fremont Speedway.

Starting from the pole position by way of dash victory, Kofoid’s campaign at the front of the field was relatively uncontested, with his only real challenges in the form of restarts, three in total, and a long altercation with lapped traffic.

Although a sure-fire favorite in any All Star main event, two-time and defending Series champion, Aaron Reutzel, was unable to apply any pressure on Kofoid after attaining the second spot on lap 15. Reutzel would drive home second, followed by Cole Duncan, Greg Wilson, and the evening’s fast qualifier, Josh Baughman.

“Yea, shit, I don’t know what to say,” Buddy Kofoid said in Fremont Speedway victory lane, driver of the Ed Neumeister-owned/Gill Construction/Linder’s Speed Equipment/No. 11N sprint car. “Last year if the track was like this, we would have been a podium or a top-five car. The guys have really picked it up and we got our car so good on slick tracks like this. Even at Attica last night, we were so good. I can’t thank Ed Neumeister and everyone enough for what they do for me. They let me come out and have some fun. This is only my third sprint car race this year, so to have a first and a second with the All Stars is pretty damn cool.”

Despite a pair of red flag stoppages on lap five resulting in an early fuel stop, as well as an additional caution on lap 15, it was smooth sailing for Kofoid at the front of the field, and with the first-half cautions negating any chances for traffic, it was not until lap 23 when the frontrunners reached slower cars for the first time.

By lap 27, traffic intensified, now stacked-up two and three wide in front of Kofoid and second-place running Aaron Reutzel. In a desperate attempt to navigate by a potential roadblock, Kofoid drove high through turns three and four and passed two lappers at once, clearing the pair just before completing lap 28. The move essentially sealed the deal for Kofoid, opening up to a near-straightaway advantage by the 35th and final circuit.

“We had some lapped cars there at the end that kinda made things a little interesting, but I was able to get them,” Kofoid continued. “I knew once we had some cars behind us, I figured it would maybe take some time for the guys behind me to get them.

“I have to leave after Monday to go run the (Keith Kunz Motorsports) midget, so hopefully some of you guys will watch the midget race, too!”

The $5,000 All Star triumph was Kofoid’s first at Fremont Speedway, with his first-ever All Star victory taking shape at Wayne County Speedway during the 2019 edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

What’s Next:
The 2020 edition of Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires will continue on Sunday evening, July 5, with a second consecutive visit to Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. For those seeking additional news and notes pertaining to Fremont Speedway, please visit online at www.fremontohspeedway.com.

Online Coverage:
Each and every event on the 2020 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule will be broadcast live exclusively at www.floracing.com. To access live and on-demand racing action from the All Star Circuit of Champions, visit www.floracing.com and become an annual PRO subscriber. The subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast. To check out exclusive content, visit https://bit.ly/2XR863e.

Contingency Awards/Results: Fremont Speedway – July 4, 2020:
Event: Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires
Entries: 40
C&R Racing Warm-Ups: Chad Kemenah – 13.110
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Josh Baughman – 12.841
Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Cale Conley
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: Tim Shaffer
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Greg Wilson
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Cole Duncan
Kear’s Speed Shop Dash #1 Winner: Buddy Kofoid
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Dash #2 Winner: Josh Baughman
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner: Trey Jacobs
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: Nate Dussel
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet A-Main Winner: Buddy Kofoid
Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Cap Henry (+10)

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.179; 2. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 13.209; 3. 5-Byron Reed, 13.247; 4. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.256; 5. 3J-Trey Jacobs, 13.302; 6. 19R-Jordan Ryan, 13.331; 7. 22B-Ryan Broughton, 13.391; 8. 8M-TJ Michael, 13.520; 9. 15-Mitch Harble, 13.536; 10. 2+-Brian Smith, 13.627

Group (B)
1. 17-Josh Baughman, 12.841; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 13.104; 3. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.473; 4. 28-Tim Shaffer, 13.493; 5. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.502; 6. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.560; 7. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.646; 8. 4-Cap Henry, 13.720; 9. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 13.783; 10. 21N-Frankie Nervo, 13.992

Group (C)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.329; 2. 77I-John Ivy, 13.541; 3. 16-DJ Foos, 13.614; 4. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.714; 5. 15k-Chad Kemenah, 13.904; 6. 23-Cole Macedo, 13.909; 7. 1-Nate Dussel, 14.025; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 14.037; 9. 5h-Jordan Harble, 14.242; 10. 4S-Tyler Street, 14.282

Group (D)
1. 5K-Adam Kekich, 13.436; 2. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.541; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.557; 4. 70-Sye Lynch, 13.720; 5. 5x-Justin Peck, 13.735; 6. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.801; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.847; 8. 9j-Dean Jacobs, 14.051; 9. 22C-Cole Duncan, 14.062; 10. 6-Frank Rodgers, 14.638

Heat #1 – Group (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 3C-Cale Conley [1]; 2. 11N-Buddy Kofoid [3]; 3. 5-Byron Reed [2]; 4. 3-Jac Haudenschild [4]; 5. 19R-Jordan Ryan [6]; 6. 3J-Trey Jacobs [5]; 7. 8M-TJ Michael [8]; 8. 2+-Brian Smith [10]; 9. 15-Mitch Harble [9]; 10. 22B-Ryan Broughton [7]

Heat #2 – Group (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 28-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 99-Skylar Gee [2]; 3. 11-Zeb Wise [3]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [5]; 5. 17-Josh Baughman [4]; 6. 4-Cap Henry [8]; 7. 35-Stuart Brubaker [7]; 8. 5T-Travis Philo [6]; 9. 21N-Frankie Nervo [10]; 10. 2L-Landon Lalonde [9]

Heat #3 – Group (C) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. W20-Greg Wilson [1]; 2. 16-DJ Foos [2]; 3. 15K-Chad Kemenah [5]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 5. 77I-John Ivy [3]; 6. 1-Nate Dussel [7]; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [8]; 8. 4S-Tyler Street [10]; 9. 23-Cole Macedo [6]; 10. 5H-Jordan Harble [9]

Heat #4 – Group (D) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 22C-Cole Duncan [9]; 2. 5K-Adam Kekich [4]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. O7-Gerard McIntyre [6]; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs [7]; 6. 9J-Dean Jacobs [8]; 7. 5X-Justin Peck [5]; 8. 6-Frank Rodgers [10]; 9. 70-Sye Lynch [1]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [2]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 11N-Buddy Kofoid [1]; 2. 3-Jac Haudenschild [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 4. 28-Tim Shaffer [5]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 17-Josh Baughman [1]; 2. 22C-Cole Duncan [2]; 3. 5K-Adam Kekich [4]; 4. 3C-Cale Conley [5]; 5. 11-Zeb Wise [3]

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 3J-Trey Jacobs [1]; 2. 4-Cap Henry [3]; 3. 8M-TJ Michael [6]; 4. 9J-Dean Jacobs [5]; 5. 1-Nate Dussel [4]; 6. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [18]; 7. 5T-Travis Philo [10]; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [9]; 9. 2+-Brian Smith [11]; 10. 35-Stuart Brubaker [7]; 11. 5X-Justin Peck [8]; 12. 15-Mitch Harble [14]; 13. 21N-Frankie Nervo [17]; 14. 2L-Landon Lalonde [19]; 15. 4S-Tyler Street [12]; 16. 6-Frank Rodgers [13]; 17. 22B-Ryan Broughton [2]; 18. 23-Cole Macedo [16]

A-Main (35 Laps)
1. 11N-Buddy Kofoid [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5]; 3. 22C-Cole Duncan [4]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [9]; 5. 17-Josh Baughman [2]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee [11]; 7. 3-Jac Haudenschild [3]; 8. 3C-Cale Conley [8]; 9. 13-Paul McMahan [14]; 10. 28-Tim Shaffer [7]; 11. 5-Byron Reed [13]; 12. 4-Cap Henry [22]; 13. 15K-Chad Kemenah [15]; 14. 3J-Trey Jacobs [21]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [16]; 16. O7-Gerard McIntyre [17]; 17. 19R-Jordan Ryan [18]; 18. 5K-Adam Kekich [6]; 19. 8M-TJ Michael [23]; 20. 9J-Dean Jacobs [24]; 21. 81-Lee Jacobs [20]; 22. 11-Zeb Wise [10]; 23. 16-DJ Foos [12]; 24. 77I-John Ivy [19] Lap Leaders: Buddy Kofoid (1-35)

2020 Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires Standings: (As of July 4, 2020):
1. Buddy Kofoid – 296
2. Aaron Reutzel – 290
3. Greg Wilson – 278
4. Cap Henry – 276
5. Cale Conley – 274
6. Paul McMahan – 270
7. Jac Haudenschild – 268
8. Josh Baughman – 262
9. Skylar Gee – 258
10. Lee Jacobs – 238

2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (As of July 4, 2020)
1. Aaron Reutzel – 2176
2. Cory Eliason – 2068
3. Zeb Wise – 2018
4. Paul McMahan – 2004
5. Greg Wilson – 1902
6. Josh Baughman – 1898
7. Skylar Gee – 1870
8. Tony Stewart – 1702
9. Danny Dietrich – 1678
10. Brock Zearfoss – 1632

2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Winners:
Volusia Speedway Park, Fla. (2/5/2020): Brad Sweet
Volusia Speedway Park, Fla. (2/6/2020): Aaron Reutzel
East Bay Raceway Park, Fla. (2/10/2020): Aaron Reutzel (2)
East Bay Raceway Park, Fla. (2/11/2020): Kyle Larson
Park Jefferson International Speedway, S.D. (5/29/2020): Aaron Reutzel (3)
Park Jefferson International Speedway, S.D. (5/30/2020): Austin McCarl
Red Dirt Raceway, Okla. (6/5/2020): Aaron Reutzel (4)
81 Speedway, Kan. (6/7/2020): Kyle Larson (2)
Lawton Speedway, Okla. (6/8/2020): Kyle Larson (3)
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Texas (6/10/2020): Kyle Larson (4)
Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Okla. (6/11/2020): Brock Zearfoss
Monarch Motor Speedway, Texas (6/12/2020): Danny Dietrich
Lonestar Speedway, Texas (6/13/2020): Aaron Reutzel (5)
Chatham Speedway, Louisiana (6/14/2020): Dominic Scelzi
Port Royal Speedway, Pa. (6/24/2020): Anthony Macri
Volunteer Speedway, Tenn. (6/27/2020): Aaron Reutzel (6)
SW: Attica Raceway Park, Ohio (7/3/2020): Cap Henry
SW: Fremont Speedway, Ohio (7/4/2020): Buddy Kofoid

– ASCOC Press Release

Kofoid Raises the Flag at Fremont