Pete Smith



You could not ask for a better March night  

You could not ask for a better March night for race then we had at Attica Raceway Park Last night and the extra day of track prep paid dividends as the drivers were treated to a smooth well prepared surface all evening. Hot laps saw 32 All Star Circuit of Champions cars on track for their first race in the Ohio region. Cap Henry set fast time in qualifying followed Stuart Brubaker , Dale Blaney , Randy Hannagan and Tim Shaffer. In heat race action it became evident early that the driver had not prepared for the slick track surface. The first heat race sponsored by Kears Speed Shop saw both the 57x of Andrew Palker and the 5r of Byron Reed spinning in the first corner, Reed would go on to have an impressive drive finishing 5th and putting the 5r in a transfer position , with Craig Mintz taking the heat race win, other transfers in order were, 54-Cap Henry (who looked very impressive in the run) , 83-Tim Shaffer and 4-Danny Smith. the All Pro Aluminum Heads Heat two saw the 40g machine piloted by Caleb Griffith charge from a 7th starting position outside the inversion to a 3rd place finish with 9B of Jamie Barnes picking up the win followed by 97-Phil Gressman and the 35-Stuart brubaker and 5t- Travis Philo rounding out the top 5.  Dragon Race Fuel Heat 3 saw Justin Henderson in his new ride the Ferkel owned 0 pick up the win after a lengthy battle with the 93 of Sheldon Haudenschild who would finish 2nd , the battle for the last transfer was intense throughout the whole race with 2-Dale Blaney, 7K-Chad Blonde (coming from a 7th starting place)  and 40- Caleb Helms picking up transfers. The Kinsler Fuel Injection Heat 4 saw the 24H- Bryan Sebetto pick up the win flowed by 9z-Duane Zablocki , 66- Randy Hannagan, 2m-Dustin Daggett and 55-Brad Bowman, Bowman picking up the transfer on the penultimate circuit after starting 7th and battling with the 45 machine of Danny Holtgraver intensely during the ten lap heat.

The draw for the Outerwears Performance Products dash which sets the top 6 starting positions for the feature saw Tim Shaffer getting the 1 one spot and being unchallenged throughout  the 2 of Dale Blaney picked up  the 2nd spot , 40-Caleb Helms  , 54-Cap Henry , 35-Stuart Brubake rounded out the top five. The 66 of Randy Hannagan came to a stop on the front stretch prior to the green with apparent front end damage.

The MSD Ignition B-main USAC standout Brady Bacon pick up the win in dominant fashion with 29-Cole Duncan, 45-Danny holtgraver and 9x Brandon Martin also picking-up transfers to the A. A nod should be given to the 27p of Paige Polyak the only female to win a sprint feature at both Attica Race Park and Eldora speedway,  shemissed the feature by one spot but for her first night in a 410 and running with the Allstars she looked very comfortable in the car, expect great things from her later in year .

As the 40 lap University of Northwestern Ohio Feature came to the line for the green everyone in the house was expecting a Blaney , Shaffer duel with the pair starting on the front row, but it was the 54 of Caleb Helms the surprised everyone diving by the 40 of Caleb Helms and the 83 of Tim Shaffer on the first corner.  A spinning Brady Bacon, who seemed to be combating handling issues all evening, slowed the field on lap two. On the Restart Henry shot underneath Blaney to take the lead, and quickly began gapping “the Buckeye bullet” until the dual encountered lap traffic on lap 12. This allowed blaney to regain ground and began stalking the 54 machine, as the two sliced through heavy lapped traffic Henry seemed to be able to counter the moves of Blaney, who showed Henry a nose on almost every circuit. Cap Henry’s luck would run out as dual came around to complete the 23rd lap, as the 9z of Duane Zablocki slide high in front of Henry permitting Blaney to slide by on the inside and as Henry attempted to clear the 9z and begin his pursuit of Blaney, the two made contact and spun, sending a disappointed Henry to the tail.  This left the top three2- Dale Blaney, 40-Caleb Helms and 93- Sheldon Haudenschild. The pace would again be slowed on lap 29 as the 9 of Jamie Barnes  spun.  Lap 33 would see Cap Henry’s luck go from bad to worse, as he was blazing a trail back to the front of the pack, the wounded 5t machine of Travis philo , turned down in front of him clipping his right rear and sending him into a tumble.  Henry was okay but was done for the night. The ensuing restart brought the 93 of Sheldon Haudenschild to the rear bumper of Blaney, but it was quickly evident he had nothing for Blaney who held on for the win with the Haudenschild capturing 2nd and 66-Randy Hannagan 83-Tim Shaffer and 09 Craig mintz rounding out the top 5

In Summit Racing Equipment  UMP late models saw a quality field  27 cars with the 3 of Matt Miller picking up the win.

The Foster Auto Body 305 sprints saw 25 cars sign in with the 00 machine of Alvin Roepke picking up the win

Attica raceway  and promoter Rex Legeune should be credited for running a very timely show starting on time, having a full complement of profession push trucks and for very efficient work when dealing with on track incidents.  March shows in Ohio are never easy and its allows great to get one in the books Attica Raceway park will be back in action  Friday April 5th with 410 sprints , UMP late Models and 305 Sprints. If your interested in attending visit Attica is a very clean well run facility, I personally like to thank the staff for their hospitality, if your ever in Northern Ohio on a Friday during race season ARP is a must visit















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