Inaugural Racers Chili Challenge Ready to Reach its Boiling Point

The smell of methanol will have to wait for nearly another month to kick off Ohio’s 2009 dirt track racing season, but that won’t stop the local racing community from getting together on Saturday, February 21st for the Inaugural Racer’s Chili Challenge presented by BK Sears Motorsports, Hoserville Ohio , & the Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.). Melt away your cabin fever with a hearty bowl of chili and get ready for the 2009 racing season in Northern Ohio with some bench racing with friends and drivers. Proceeds from this event will be divided between the Hoserville Ohio Injured Driver’s Benevolent Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Racer’s Racing for A Cure, & the 2009 F.A.S.T. Points Fund.

“Without the help of many individuals from the local racing community in and around the Fremont area this event would not have been possible,” said FAST on Dirt, Inc. President Bryan Autullo, “Without Darin Dukeshire, Crissy Carrothers, Scott Porter, Jenny Leimann, Tera and Kellie Sears, Kurt Humbert, Craig Mintz, Lindsay Bowe, Ross Paulson, and Duane Hancock this event would not have been possible. We’re looking forward to a successful event to promote local racing and we hope to see a lot of chili consumed.”

You can count on the heat of chili peppers to fill the air inside the Flower Building located in the Sandusky Country Fairgrounds in Fremont , Ohio (Fremont Speedway) as 23 chili teams will be serving up their favorite chili recipes to the hungry masses. 3J Motorsports, Robenalt Racing 98, Top Gun Enterprises 09, BK Sear Motorsports 20X, & Hammer Motorsports 24H will be competing in the 410 Sprint Car Division. Wilson Motorsports, Double J Racing 23, Britt Racing/ Fremont Water Blasting, Colvin Racing #9 will be competing for the 305 Sprint Car crown. Chuck Roelle Racing, KCD Motorsports, & Schwochow/Awesome Racing will be competing in the Dirt Truck/ Late Model division. The Fans & Media Division collected the most entries with 11 teams getting their chili on with Fairwinds Fans, Humbert Trucking, Fan of Cricket (Craig Keel), HotrodHon, Fremont Shell/ Hy-Miler, Schiets Motors, 4th Turn Freaks, Joanie’s Trash to Treasures, Cricket’s Race Fans, Black Swamp Chili Group, and Racing World all joining in on the fun. Seven unique chili pot trophies will be up for grabs with one being rewarded to best chili of each division (410 Sprints, 305 Sprints, Trucks/Late Models & Fans/Media Division). Also trophies will be awarded to the “Best Appearing Team” and the grand prize trophy to the “Chili Chief Champion” with the general public crowning “The People’s Choice” winner as well. The taste buds of sprint car racing legends and special guest judges Brad Doty, Kenny Jacobs, Jim Linder and Darl Harrison will have the difficult task of deciding many of the winning teams. Judging starts at 2 pm and the winners will be announced at 4 pm to conclude the chili portion of the afternoon.

The Racer’s Chili Challenge will be hosted by Fremont Speedway & Attica Raceway Park track announcer Brian Liskai. Interviews with local racing drivers will be held throughout the afternoon to help fans learn about the upcoming plans of the stars and cars that compete weekly at Fremont and Attica.

The Sprint for Wishes 2009 Pedal Car presented by BK Sears Motorsports /Team 20x for the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be on display. This special promotion runs during the entire race season and the drawing date will be September 12th on Kistler Engine & Season Championship Night at the Fremont Speedway. This will be the first time for this years event tickets will go on sale to the public. Bobby & Kellie Sears, along with the help of the entire Make-A-Wish Foundation of NWO, hope to make another special dream come true for an area child. Raffle tickets for the pedal car will go on sale for only $1 each or six tickets for $5 making it affordable for everyone.

Several other events will be taking place to keep fans entertained throughout the afternoon, like several driver autograph sessions featuring the special guest judges along with the tentative scheduled appearances of Byron Reed, Craig Mintz, Craig ‘Cricket’ Keel, Mark Keegan, Phil Gressman, Mike Linder, David Harrison, Chris Andrews, Cory Ward, Jake Trevino, Stuart Brubaker, DJ Foos, Zach Kramer, Cory Ward, Chuck Roelle, Curtis Deisenroth and more.

Also, a Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament hosted by Ross Paulson of Computer Man, Inc will feature a kids bracket (17 & under) and adult bracket with the bracket winners meeting to determine the overall champion and trophy winner. Contestants can sign up and find out more information at the Computer Man Inc’s display table once the doors open. Hoserville Ohio will host its first-ever Charity Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament as well. You’ll want to bring your A-game so brush up on your gambling strategies here – Contestants must be 21 years of age or older with identification on hand. Poker registration is set to begin at 2 pm and will close after the first 100 players sign up. Any who don’t make it can at least keep their skills sharp for next time with or similar sites. We will be shuffling up the cards and dealing at 3 pm sharp.

Tim?s Racing Simulators will be on hand to give fans the opportunity to get behind the wheel inside a real sprint car chassis and virtually tear up the dirt around Fremont Speedway and Attica Raceway Park . A 50/50 raffle will also take place to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. In addition to the cash prize, several door prizes will also be handed out including hats, t-shirts, tote bags, and much more!

Everyone involved in making the Inaugural Racer’s Chili Challenge would like to thanks our gracious sponsors: Alliance of Construction Professionals –, Gressman Powersports, Fremont Speedway, Schiets Motorsports, Hy-Miler/Shell of Fremont, Ohio, Golden Graphics, Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips, Wendy’s of Tiffin, Linder’s Speed Equipments, Dale’s Towing, Aaron’s Sales & Lease, DPM Automotive, Tireman, North Coast Security, Hasselbach Meats, Level Performance, Computer Man Inc., Fremont Fence Company and Real-Geese.

Come out and support one of the most affordable forms of family entrainment in 2009 – dirt track racing! Doors to the first ever Racer?s Chili Challenge are set to open to the public at 1 pm and only costs $5 for adult general admission. Children 12 years of age and under will get in free with a paid adult. Everyone will get a sample cup to take around to the various chili teams to sample their chili for FREE and larger portions will be available from any team for only a dollar. Also hot dogs and refreshments such as pop and water will be available at the concession stand.

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