Four miles south of Ohio Turnpike Exit 91, in the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, you'll find Fremont Speedway. The one-third mile semi-banked clay oval is a familiar site for Sandusky's Chris Andrews, it's practically in his backyard after all, and it suits his driving style just dandy.
The victory at Fremont Speedway tells the crew and Andrews that they are finally getting back on the winning track for the rest of the season.
Last Saturday night Andrews Motorsports team raced at Fremont and Andrews set the quick time in qualifying. In the A-Main Andrews kept drama alive by waiting until lap 17 to make his move. Then, in the course of one lap, he went around second and first place to take the lead. Towards the end of the race Andrews got hung up in lapped traffic, but he was able to win the drag race to the checkered flag.
"To get this win means a lot to me because of the tough competition, those guys that were in that race are the best in the country. If you're able to run up front, and can beat them, you know you're in the right ball park."
Andrews won the track championship last year at Attica Raceway Park, another track favorite of his, and overall it was perhaps the best year so far in his young career. 2010 hasn't been as kind to him, so far anyway.
"We've been struggling all year with these new Goodyear tires, which has put us behind the eight ball. It's a very inconsistent tire that reacts completely different in clean and dirty air, which makes it hard to get a good balance on your racecar," explained Andrews.
"But, my crew didn't give up, they kept working, and kept trying to keep me positive. We started to turn things around during Speedweek, slowly but surely, and then we had the good run last night (he started nineteenth and finished ninth at Attica Raceway Park Friday) and then to win here the next night. I normally don't run well on this type of track, when it's slicks off, but the car felt good on the bottom tonight," commented Andrews after the race.
Andrews says that part of the struggle for him this year has been the tire rule change, but the team is starting to find the car's balance and they should be good for running up front again consistently now.
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"We still have fifteen races yet this season between Attica Raceway and Fremont Speedway with the F.A.S.T. Series, as well as four more races with the All-Star Circuit of Champion races," says Andrews, "And we're starting to feel pretty good now."
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