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Lamar Burkin

 

Lamar began driving a modified in 1962.  He raced on and off for several years but gladly gave up the seat to other racers like Hall of Famers Johnny Auxter, Lamar Berryman, Fred Linder, Bob Knoll and others like Bill Northcut, Larry Nahm, and Rollie Alvers.

 

In 2002, Lamar's son convinced him to turn his 'vintage' sprint car into a 305 team.  With Andy Shammo behind the wheel, the team won the Attica Raceway Park championship in 2006 and the Fremont Speedway title in 2007.  The team also won the Computer Man Dash championship in 2007.

 

Lamar continued to own a 305 sprint car until 2009.  He is a regular at Fremont Speedway cheering on his grandson, Mike.

 

Ken Nemire, Sr

 

Ken drove in the third stock car race in the Toledo area.  When his friend Don Riffner bought a car, Kenny, or "old lead foot as he was known", took the motor out of his passenger car and put it in the famous Sweet 16 and his racing career was off and running.  The #16 - which was used by his son Jerry and is currently used by by his great-grandson Austin - came about because Kenny was only 16 when he started driving and he was the 16th to sign up in the first stock car association in Toledo.

Kenny recorded four career wins at Fremont Speedway and was the track's 1956 mid-season champion. 

Kenny lost his life on July 6, 1957 when he crashed while leading the Australian Pursuit at Toledo Raceway.