Fremont Speedway to induct 16 into Hall of Fame
FREMONT — The fourth class to be inducted into the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame has a distinct “All Star” feel. Of the 16 to be enshrined at “The Track That Action Built,” several have ties to the All Star Circuit of Champions.
Fremont Speedway has hosted over 100 events sanctioned by the All Stars over its 61 year history, though if you go back to the original All Stars back in the early 1970s, the total would be more. Fans can remember those early All Star Wednesday night specials that drew the stars of the Pennsylvania area like Bobby Allen, Lynn Paxton, Kramer Williamson, Steve Smith and Jan Opperman.
When Fremont Speedway hosts its Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to the racing on Vision Quest Night, Saturday, June 9, among those being inducted include two-time All Star champion Fred Linder; former All Star champion Jack Hewitt and Bert and Brigitte Emick, who resurrected the All Stars in 1980 and ran the organization until 2002 until they turned the reins over to the current series’ management.
“Only Eldora Speedway has hosted more All Star shows than Fremont…and we’re catching them. This class of inductees once again speaks to the history of racing not only at Fremont, but throughout the country. We are proud and honored to pay them recognition,” said Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame Trustee Brian Liskai. “On behalf of Rich Farmer (promoter at Fremont Speedway) and myself, we would like to thank fellow hall of fame trustee Randy Mapus and his wife, Jane. They work tirelessly on this hall of fame and throughout the year, but particularly when it comes to the induction ceremony.”
Fremont Speedway’s 2012 Hall of Fame class includes: car owners Grover Ritter and Ron Boos; driver and car owner Ken Clark; car owner and builder Tom Schemmer; driver and car owner John Cook; car owner Don Linton; Hewitt; Linder; driver Tim Sabo; the Emicks; driver Rick Ferkel; driver Jim Keegan; team and track sponsor John Forsythe; former track promoter Joe Stelter, engine builder Earl Griffith; and engine builder Ed Smith.