In 2009, the F.A.S.T. Series paid out $30,000 in cash to the Top 10 teams and added another $30,000 in contingency awarded to the Top 20 teams. Plans for 2010 are very much in line with what the series was able to do in its inaugural season. Another thing that is attracting teams to Northern Ohio is the weekly purse at these two venues. Attica pays $2,200-to-win and Fremont pays $2,500-to-win, with each track paying well all the way back through the field; and that keeps teams coming back weekly and many outsiders trying to swoop in for a quick day. "We see some of the best local talent in the country every weekend at Attica and Fremont," says series co-founder Kettman.

F.A.S.T. Rules and Procedures With one season in the books, changes to the formula were minimal. "I don't think we've made any drastic changes. Our goal is to improve on something that was already pretty darn good," said Porter. For the most part, things remained the same as they were in 2009, other than the increase of "show up points" from 25 to 50 points, the elimination of "non-transfer" points in the heat races, and the elimination of owner points.

The car rules themselves are typical of 410 Sprint series around the country. The methanol-guzzling, fuel-injected 410ci motors put out 850 hp pushing the 1,375-pound car to speeds well beyond 140 mph depending on the track. Both tracks have a spec tire rule requiring Goodyear rubber across the rear with a maximum width for the right rear wheel of 18 inches. The maximum width for the left rear wheel is 15 inches.

While the rules are the same for both tracks, race procedures are not. They are governed and set entirely by each track. But even in the race procedures, the differences are minimal. Attica utilizes a pill draw while Fremont qualifies. Beyond that, the rest of each track's program mirrors one another; heat races, followed by B Main and A Main. They don't run a fast dash like some traveling series and the inversion is determined by a dice roll of 2, 4, 6, or 8.

The Competitors' thoughts on the F.A.S.T. Series Gibsonburg, Ohio's Craig Mintz captured the inaugural season F.A.S.T. Championship on the heels of four wins and 10 Top 5s in 16 starts. "I felt honored to be the first-ever Champion of the F.A.S.T. series," notes Mintz. "To be crowned champion of this series with the amount of talent that is in the F.A.S.T. area made it even more special to my team and me."

On the F.A.S.T. impact of 2009, Mintz was not at a loss for words. "The advantages of having the F.A.S.T. series is being able to race at your home tracks that you would normally participate at anyway and receive travel-like rewards. It also brings people into the stands that sometimes normally would not be there. F.A.S.T. puts an added drama and suspense into our weekly racing providing better entertainment for the fans. Most drivers and teams forget that we are a sort of entertainment, and without fans in the stands there isn't a race to be run. So anything we can do as teams, or owners, or series developers is great."

Mintz says that with today's tight economy and job loss at the highest it has ever been, it's hard to spend money on something other than putting a roof over your head and food on the table. "F.A.S.T allows us to run locally and put more money into our pockets than it would be for any other normal local shows," he says.