Orrville, Ohio (October 13, 2012) The final race of the 2012 season is in the books as the annual DJ Directional Services Freedom Fighters 40 put the wraps on the racing season. The gates swung open under sunny skies but clouds and the threat of rain quickly moved in.
For the DJ Directional Services Freedom Fighters 40 the field took the green flag dropped on the field a light rain started to fall. Pole sitter Doug Drown jumped out to the early lead just ahead of Zack Dohm, Russ King, Keith Barbara, Jared Hawkins, Shane McLoughlin and Tim Senic. As Drown held the point the racing though the field was intense as they raced three and four wide. On lap eight Dohm closed the gap on Drown looking for daylight to move past the leader. On lap nine Dohm got a run down the back stretch and dove under Drown to take the lead. Dohm did not waste any time and immediately began stretching his lead. A tight battle between Senic, King and Hawkins for second place ensued as they raced door handle to door handle. Senic took the position and set his sights on the leader. Ninth starting Jared Miley moved into fifth place on lap nine. Dohm began working back markers which allowed Senic to close the gap on the leader. Miley blasted past Hawkins, King and attempted to catch Senic for second place. On lap twenty seven Miley powered past Senic for second place but Dohm still held a straight away lead. On lap twenty nine the first of two cautions flew for George Lee and erased the comfortable lead Dohm had built. On the restart Dohm held the point but Miley did not give up. Miley moved up the race track and ran the high grove as Dohm was glued to the bottom. As the checker flag flew Dohm took the win just ahead of Miley, Senic, Barbara, King and Keith Berner. Dohm, Berner, Drown, Barbara and McLoughlin won heat races. Dohm set fast time.
As the Freedom Fighters 40 finished a light shower passed the track. The Fisher Performance sprints were called to the track. As a light drizzle fell sprints kept the track run in and racing resumed. During this time outside front row Danny Mumaw went pit side. Under All Star rules teams are only allowed one push off or they must go to tail. General Manger Jason Flory sent Mumaw to tail. This moved Chris Andrews to the front row outside pole sitter Chris Myers. When the green flag flew Myers powered to the point ahead of Andrews, Lee Jacobs, Eric Williams and Jimmy Pooler. Ch. Myers set a torrid pace and by lap three was closing on lapped traffic. Jacobs dove under Andrews to snag second and attempted to chase Ch. Myers. On lap eleven Mumaw had moved up to seventh place. On lap twelve Ch. Myers who was leading pulled up to turn four pit/track exit and stopped with his car on fire. He rapidly exited with his drivers’ suit on fire near his feet and lower legs. Ch. Myers dropped and rolled attempting to put out the fire as track personnel arrived to assist in putting out the fire. Their attempts failed as he continued to roll and track workers tried patting it out. Track Fire personnel arrived and extinguished the fire and Ch. Myers was alert and talking to track workers. The ruptured fuel line on Ch. Myers car resulted in the lead being handed to Jacobs. On lap fourteen a great battle between Jacobs and Andrews broke out as they exchanged slide jobs on each end of the race track. Back and forth they battled which resulted in Andrews wrestling the lead away from Jacobs. Jamie Myers after watching his brother catch fire blast past Jacobs and closed up on Andrews. Ja. Myers moved past Andrews to take the lead. Andrews had shock fall off and attempted to hold off challenging Mumaw and Williams. At the finish line it was Jamie Myers taking the win ahead of a charging Mumaw, Jacobs, Andrews and Williams. Mumaw and Chris Myers won heat races.