**F.A.S.T. Unveils New Logo**
Black Swamp Media Group's design guru Scott Porter has just put the
finishing touches on the F.A.S.T. logo to assist in the branding and
marketing of this Championship title for the 2009 racing season and
beyond. The logo will be modified once the title sponsor has been
announced and the presenting sponsor slots are filled. The new logo
design can be seen on the F.A.S.T. web site (which will be undergoing
significant changes this winter) by logging on to www.FastOnDirt.com
**F.A.S.T. Fest Details Announced; Local Charities to Benefit
The connection between the automobiles and rock-n-roll music was
immediate in the 1950s. And ever since that era, whether it is an
afternoon cruise or a night at the local race track, rock and racing
are still locked together as part of American culture.
That connection between loud cars and loud amplifiers takes another
step forward on the night of November 15th when three local bands
take to the stage at the Fremont Eagles (2570 N. State Street,
Fremont, OH) to help raise money for two local racing charities.
F.A.S.T., short for Fremont/Attica Sprint Title was formed to
provide a combined points championship between Fremont Speedway and
Attica Raceway Park for the first time in history beginning in 2009.
This additional point fund will benefit drivers in the winged 410
Sprint Car division. F.A.S.T. Fest was conceived to not only help
raise funds and awareness of the concept, but also to aid two local
charity efforts with deep ties to the racing community.
Local racer, Keith Whaley, makes an effort each holiday season to
feed a couple of area families who have fallen on hard times. Keith
always manages to do a great job picking out local families in need
of assistance this time of year. This year, F.A.S.T. Fest is hoping
to increase the number of good deeds Mr. Whaley will be able to
perform by accepting donations of non-perishable food items or
unopened toys in exchange for $2 off the ticket price at the door.
All items will be donated to Mr. Whaleys Checkered Flag Christmas.
In addition, a monetary donation will be given to Racers Racing for
a Cure a charity organization started by the Burkett family this
past summer after Alex Burkett passed away as the result of
pancreatic cancer. They will be selling t-shirts at this event with
proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society and the
American Red Cross. Alex was a long time supporter of local racing
and F.A.S.T. will show support for this cause in his honor.
The benefit concert will take place at the Eagles in Fremont November
15th. Doors open at 7pm with the first of three local rock bands
taking the stage at 8pm. Admission at the door is $10&or $8 with a
new toy or non-perishable food donation.
Newly formed Fremont band Down Under Thunder, featuring the sounds
of AC/DC, will headline the event. Local rockers Mr. Bone, along with
Mourning Wood, will also be rocking the stage.
Mourning Wood, a favorite of the club/festival set, will open the
show. A sampling of some of the more eclectic Classic Rock songs, not
often tackled by cover bands, will be featured along with some of the
more popular favorites from the likes of the Eagles, Neil Young and
the Little River Band. Outstanding vocal harmonies help to set this
Mr. Bone, another group that is often found working the club and
festival circuit throughout Northwest Ohio, will be the second group
on stage. With a set list that ranges from Ted Nugent, to Guns and
Roses&up to modern tunes from bands like Weezer and Velvet Revolver.
Mr. Bone features two Clyde natives, Ben Archer on vocals, and Neal
Barrett on guitar&the first band either of them have played for. Matt
Miller, also from Clyde, has played drums for several different bands
over the course of two decades.
Bass player Randy R.C. Cress, is a veteran of the local and
regional rock scene. R.C. was a founding member of the Wuzz Band back
in the 70s, opening for such national acts as Brownville Station, REO
Speedwagon and Cheap Trick. The journeyman player has also been a
part of other local bands including the likes of the Noize Monkeys
and Geezer Rampage.
The nights headliner, Down Under Thunder, combines an interesting
mix of veteran and upstart musicians, all carrying the hard rock
torch lit by Aussie rockers AC/DC.
The project was the brainchild of guitar player John Shetzer. Shetzer
is a founding member of Fremont based blues rockers Rude Mood. He
also played with the Wuzz Band among others in the 70s and 80s. A big
fan of the blues sounds of S.R.V. and Tommy Castro among others,
Shetzer and some of his fellow Rude Mood band mates were looking for
an outlet for their hard-rock sides. They found it with Thunder.
The rhythm section from the Rude Mood band was on-board for the
effort. Drummer Shane McConnell, a former metal band skin-pounder
from Fremont, along with versatile bass player Gary Keaton, provides
the backbone for Thunder.
Aaron Klos, local rock guitar phenom from the Big Dead Toe band,
and singer Tim Damien Twiss from the hard rocking band Dirty
Polly round out the lineup. Fans of AC/DC will be taken on a journey
through rock history.
The bands set list focuses on the hard rock faves from AC/DCs Bon
Scott years&but also mixes in some of their later tunes&making for a
high-powered, Marshall amplifier soaked show. A few surprise tunes
are mixed in to keep toes tapping and heads banging.
With an affordable admission price&some hard rocking bands&and the
ability to help some worthy charities&F.A.S.T. Fest promises to be a
way to bring together area race fans with the local community to
benefit a good cause and to increase awareness that there is some
great weekly entertainment on tap for the 2009 racing season at both
Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. For more information, visit
the F.A.S.T. web site at www.FastOnDirt.com or visit
www.atticaracewaypark.com and www.fremontohspeedway.com for
additional information on these two great local facilities.
Support Those Who Support F.A.S.T.**
We'd like to remind you all to visit www.MyHeroCards.com
and contact Jesse for all of your printing needs as you prepare for
the 2009 racing season. Jesse has been a big help by becoming the
"Official Hero Cards of F.A.S.T." Make sure to let him know we sent
Also, Bob Altman at www.RacingFansDirect.com
still has packages available for the World Finals at Charlotte, NC
at the end of this month. Contact him right away for your travel
planning. He does his best to help race fans get discount packages
for all the major events nationwide. Tell him F.A.S.T. sent you.
Many other sponsors will be announced soon. Stay tuned.