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Driver of the week and Mike Hensel information!

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Driver of the week and Mike Hensel information!


Featured driver for Aug. 15th:




Brandon Perkins is the driver of the #01 602 Late Model at Fremont Speedway.




Brandon is 29 years old and lives in Republic. He had been racing super late models for several years at Attica Raceway Park and around the area before joining the new division at Fremont Speedway.




Brandon is married to Ashley and they have two children, Agden and Embrie.




He’s a co-owner of Off the Map Trucking.




The crew on the #01 includes Bill, Billy, Mike, Logan Lavrna. The car is sponsored by MC Insurance, Sonic Hauling, Shawn Auck Chiropractic, and Buckeye Trailers.




Brandon, despite a late start to the 2015 racing season, has two third place finishes and a pair of fourth place runs at Fremont to go along with a seventh place finish.











Mike Hensel loved auto racing, but foremost non-wing, open wheel racing.




He grew up in Genoa, Ohio and him and his wife of 44 years, Shirley, lived in Elmore, Ohio before his passing in 2010.




Mike and Shirley had two sons, Bob and Troy and three grandchildren, Faith, Jack and Evan.




Mike’s father raced cars and motorcycles and as a youngster Mike started to attend racing and his love affair with the sport began.




Mike worked for 33 years and retired fro the Chrysler Corporation. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.




Mike drove sprints at Fremont, Findlay, Lima and Orrville from 1970-75. He was one of the last to leave the track after the races and enjoyed having a few cold beers and hanging out with his friends. He attended many USAC events throughout the U.S. and upon retirement he ran his 1947 midget with the AARA, North Coast Vintage Oval Racers and VARC.




When not on the track you could find Mike “bench racing” and sharing his vast knowledge and history of the sport and its drivers.




“For every Jim Linder, Harold McGilton and Al Franks racing there was a Mike Hensel…a guy who showed up every week and tried his best on a shoestring budget and fought to make the feature,” said Mike’s son, Bob.




“Dad put this family first before racing but he loved to be around all the fans and fellow drivers and race teams,” added Troy.




Mike’s racing heroes were Jimmy Bryan, Troy Ruttman, A.J. Foyt and Jan Opperman.




The Hensel Family is honoring Mike by sponsoring the Second Annual Mike Hensel Memorial featuring the Mo Vaughn Transportation Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series at Fremont Speedway.





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