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Jim Ward. Jim is another who grew up at Fremont Speedway and followed hall of famer Paul Strasser’s career as a child. When he raced later in life, Jim recorded championships in the Sports Stock Class at Fremont in 1978 and 1979 also adding championships on the asphalt at Sandusky Speedway. Jim recorded 17 career feature wins at Fremont and around 25 at Sandusky . Jim credits his father-in-law Mike Beechler for much of his racing success. Jim has remained active in racing, owning a dirt truck his son, Cory drives and the duo won the Fremont championship in 2007.