George tops Mercer Sprints, Fink, Burns, Bauer, Pfeuffer, and Longwell also WIn
Mercer, PA (April 12, 2014): Rod George raced to victory in the 410 Sprint Car feature presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling, Ralph Butch, Inc. and New Wilmington Motors. George's win snapped a three-year run for Brandon Spithaler in capturing the first checkers for the winged machines at the Park.
Kyle Fink topped the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds after wrestling the lead away from Lonny Riggs. Tim Burns made a late-race pass to earn the win in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Michael Bauer opened up his title defense the best way possible, taking the win in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Likewise, Shane Pfeuffer scored a win to begin his run for a second straight championship in the Modified Lites presented by Big Daddy's Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Steve Longwell, Jr. took the nightcap for the Mini Stocks, offered by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles.
George and company had to make repairs to the brakes of his Sprinter after the heat race, and the adjustments proved to be highly successful. "The older I get, the harder it gets," the veteran mused. "These kids keep coming up and they're faster, there are some young guys that are really fast," he added. Indeed, George had to chase down one of the youngsters to claim the win.
Brandon Matus and Brandon Spithaler were paired up on the front row for the first Sprint Car feature of the season. The third-generation driver from Wampum, PA got the jump on Spithaler, who ran second until the halfway mark in the event. That was when he brushed against the frontstretch wall and, soon afterwards, he surrendered second spot to Rod George.
George was closing rapidly on Matus as the laps clicked off. Just when it appeared that the Kittanning Comet would make his bid for the lead, a caution was displayed for the disabled racer of Adam Kekich, who was racing in the top five before the stoppage. Matus was no match for George when racing resumed with 16 laps complete. George dove low entering turn three and he came off the fourth corner with the lead.
George began stretching things out , but the action behind him was furious. A yellow with two laps remaining bunched the field up again, and that enabled Carl Bowser to pick up several positions in the final tally.
At the checkers, it was George over Matus. Bowser climbed to third, bringing Eric Williams with him. Arnie Kent crossed in fifth, making a rare appearance with a wing over his head. Spithaler was scored in sixth, as his car was beginning to show the ill effects of the incident earlier in the event. Defending divisional champion Jack Sodeman, Jr. turned in a seventh place performance. Cole Duncan was eighth, with Scott Priester, and Jimmy Seger completing the top ten.
Heat winners were Kuriger, Matus and George. Kuriger was the first car out of the race. There was no B Main.
Seger was unhurt in a pit fire after completing his heat race.
Lonny Riggs and Jordan Eck had the front row for the 358 Modified start. Eck never got the chance to show his stuff, though, as he spun to the apron of turn four coming down for the initial start. Riggs powered away with the lead when the race did officially start, but Fink was hounding him right away. The duo raced side by side for several laps until a caution for spins by Jimmy Holden and Rich Whitney slowed the pace. Holden was unable to continue, but Whitney returned, and scored a career-best fourth place finish.
When the race went green again, Fink snagged the lead. This time, it was Riggs nipping on his heels. Fink maintained his advantage over Riggs to the checkers. Fink survived a scare late in the race, when he ws putting a lap on Jordan Eck. Fink swerved to avoid impact, but managed to get the car straight again before Riggs could capitalize on the miscue. "All I knew was that I wasn't going to take myself out of the race, if I lost positions, I could make them back," he said. Fink went on to complete the remaining laps without incident.
Shawn Fleeger ran a smooth race to earn third, his best ever finish at the Park. Rich Whitney came back up through the field to get fourth. Makayla Guidace also turned in a stellar run, taking fifth.
Clyde Gumpp, Brian Schaffer, Jordan Eck, Rocky Kugel and Jeff Schaffer, Jr. were the next five finishers.
The heat winners were Fink, Holden, and Whitney. There was no B Main.
In the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Mike Miller took the early lead, with defending champ Michael Bauer racing in second. Bauer worked by Miller with just nine laps in the books. He led the rest of the way to be one of only two champions to score a win on the first night of points at the track.
Miller outpaced Jimmy Morris for second. Rob Felix placed fourth, just a notch ahead of George Hobaugh, Jr., who was making his first start in a full-sized Sprint car. Cody Bova, another rookie in the class, was sixth. Positions seven through ten went to C.J. Jones, Eric L. Williams, Evan Kornbau, and Chad Matthews.
Chris Matthews and Felix scored in the heats. There was no B Main.
Mike Murano, III, was transported to the hospital after suffering burns when his Outlaw Sprint Warrior caught fire before the start of hot laps.
410 Sprint Cars: Rod George, Brandon Matus, Carl Bowser, Eric Williams, Arnie Kent, Brandon Spithaler, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Cole Duncan, Scott Priester, Jimmy Seger, Dennis Wagner, Todd Hoddick, Brent Matus, Francis Sesco, John McCracken, Jr., A.J. Flick, Bob McMillen, Adam Kekich, Dan Kuriger.
358 Modifieds: Kyle Fink, Lonny Riggs, Shawn Fleeger, Rich Whitney, Makayla Guidace, Clyde Gumpp, Brian Schaffer, Jordan Eck, Rocky Kugel, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Kyle Martell, William Schaffer, Jamie Duncan, Max Smoker, Eric Gabany, Jimmy Holden, Frank Guidace, Matt Reeher (DNS), J.R. McGinley (DNS).
Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Michael Bauer, Mike Miller, Jimmy Morris, Rob Felix, George Hobaugh, Jr., Cody Bova, C.J. Jones, Eric L. Williams, Evan Kornbau, Chad Matthews, Alex Paden, Darren Pifer, Devin Litwiler, Chris Matthews, Andy Feil, Cody Braden, Sye Lynch, Mike Murano, III (DNS).
“SPRINT CAR 101: THE KNOXVILLE FIRE & RESCUE TEAM”
SET FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 17, AT NATIONAL SPRINT CAR MUSEUM
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 7, 2014) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum will host “Sprint Car 101: The Knoxville Fire & Rescue Team” program on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, and it will feature past and present members of the famed Knoxville Raceway Fire and Rescue team.
According to museum curator Tom Schmeh today, “I spoke with Barb O’Brien last fall about this type of a program, which was suggested by one of our regular Sprint Car 101 attendees, and she was very supportive. With Knoxville Raceway’s opening night coming up on April 19, this just seemed like the right time to have this program and to learn about life on the Fire & Rescue team. It is a group, currently led by Mark Worrall, that is respected worldwide, so it will be interesting to learn about this part of the sport from their perspective. Hopefully we can get some video to show of them in action, too. The program will again be held on the museum’s second floor.”
Those individuals interested in learning more about the “Sprint Car 101” Third Thursday Series at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum are urged to visit www.sprintcarhof.com.
Blaney scores 100th All Star Win with Victory at Attica
ATTICA, Ohio – Dale Blaney rewarded his new car owner with a $10,000 victory Saturday to open Attica Raceway Park’s 2014 season. “The Low Rider” led all 40 laps of the HD Supply/Construction Equipment and Supply Spring Nationals to score his 100th career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions win.
It wasn’t easy for Blaney, as reminiscent of the 2012 Spring Nationals when he and Craig Mintz put on an exciting show for the two nights, Mintz again challenged Blaney late. But, Blaney came alive the final seven circuits to score the win aboard his Tony Kennedy owned #14K. The victory is Blaney’s 18th career win at Attica of which 14 have been UNOH All Star triumphs.
“Thanks to George (Fisher) he does all the work on this thing. I’m awful happy to get number 100 with Tony…our first win together. To make it 100 and to make it here at this race is pretty special. I love this place. Western Ohio has been very good to me,” said Blaney beside his Ti22 Performance/Penske Shocks, Kennedy Cattle Company backed machine.
“We were really good on the short runs. I really wasn’t that great after about 10 laps. I kind of got stuck behind Sebetto (Bryan) and he and Chris Bell were racing. I saw the 09 beside me in one and two and I knew where he was running at so I just picked the pace up a little bit and was really, really fortunate to go down into three and Chris Bell moved to the middle and it left me with the bottom and after that I was running like a scared dog. Craig (Mintz) runs really good here so to get that one is cool,” added Blaney, a four-time and defending UNOH All Star champion.
“I think Dale was kind of just pacing himself. When he picked up the pace I didn’t have anything for him. I burned everything up trying to catch him,” said Mintz beside his Real Geese Decoys/Erie Shore Propane/KS Sales and Service backed #09. “That’s why he has 100 victories because he got through that lapped traffic a little bit better than we did.”
Four time UNOH All Star champion Tim Shaffer would continue his early season strong runs with a third place finish in the Bryan Grove #45.
“Hats off to Bryan Grove, James Chambers and everyone that’s helping us. When you have everybody behind you 100 percent….it’s showing. We missed it a little bit in the feature but we’re in it every night,” said Shaffer beside his Canton Erectors backed machine.
In the 40-lap UNOH All Star feature Blaney and Andrew Palker would bring the field to the green with Blaney gaining the advantage. Palker would run comfortably in second with Shaffer, Danny Holtgraver, Duane Zablocki and Mintz in tow. Mintz would move into fifth on lap five and would take fourth on lap 8 as the leaders raced into lapped traffic.
Blaney continued to lead unchallenged with Palker, Shaffer, Mintz, Holtgraver, Zablocki and Dean Jacobs in pursuit. Mintz grabbed third on lap 10 as the race’s only caution flew for Brandon Wimmer who stopped on the track. With a clear track, Blaney would drive away from the field as Palker now had his hands full with Mintz. Mintz drove into the runner-up spot on lap 13 with Palker, Shaffer, Holtgraver, Jacobs and Chad Kemenah in tow.
The leaders would hit lapped traffic again on lap 19 allowing Mintz to close the gap on Blaney. Palker, Shaffer and Holtgraver were also battling hard for third with Shaffer gaining the position on lap 22. The only change in the top five over the next few laps saw Holtgraver and Jacobs get around Palker.
With seven laps to go, Blaney was in heavy lapped traffic and Mintz closed quickly. On lap 34 Mintz drove to Blaney’s outside in turns one and two, but Blaney was able to hold him off and then picked up the pace to pull away for the win. Mintz, Shaffer, Holtgraver and Jacobs – who flipped hard in his heat race – would round out the top five.
Attica Raceway Park - 4/5/2014
ASCoC Sprints (36 Cars)
UNOH A-Main - (40 Laps)
1. 14K-Dale Blaney; 2. O9-Craig Mintz; 3. 45-Tim Shaffer; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver; 5. 787-Dean Jacobs; 6. 77-Shane Stewart; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah; 8. 22-Cole Duncan; 9. 40DD-Caleb Griffith; 10. 16-Chris Andrews; 11. 57X-Andrew Palker; 12. 5R-Byron Reed; 13. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 14. 45L-Brian Lay; 15. 33M-Bryan Sebetto; 16. 81-Lee Jacobs; 17. 53C-Christopher Bell; 18. 40-Caleb Helms; 19. 11X-Brandon Martin; 20. 9W-Jac Haudenschild; 21. 4-Danny Smith; 22. 60K-Jody Keegan; 23. 55-Brad Bowman; 24. 24H-Brandon Wimmer
Hard Charger: 40DD-Caleb Gr
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.380; 2. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 12.535; 3. 57X-Andrew Palker, 12.562; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney, 12.580; 5. 787-Dean Jacobs, 12.662; 6. O9-Craig Mintz, 12.663; 7. 60K-Jody Keegan, 12.678; 8. 45-Tim Shaffer, 12.696; 9. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.697; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.716; 11. 77-Shane Stewart, 12.884; 12. 16-Chris Andrews, 12.985; 13. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.046; 14. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.064; 15. 45L-Brian Lay, 13.068; 16. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 13.105; 17. 55-Brad Bowman, 13.122; 18. 21-Dallas Hewitt, 13.133; 19. 4-Danny Smith, 13.138; 20. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 13.199; 21. 53C-Christopher Bell, 13.231; 22. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.246; 23. 11X-Brandon Martin, 13.263; 24. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.292; 25. 33M-Bryan Sebetto, 13.293; 26. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.317; 27. 80-Trey Gustin, 13.330; 28. 46AU-Stuart Williams, 13.408; 29. 83-Stevie Smith, 13.444; 30. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.471; 31. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.474; 32. 17-Scott Euler, 13.548; 33. 2-Nathan Skaggs, 13.570; 34. 53-D.J. Foos, 13.665; 35. O7X-Dain Naida, 13.699; 36. 7-Troy Kingan, 14.502
Heat 1 – Kear’s Speed Shop (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)1. 53C-Christopher Bell ; 2. 55-Brad Bowman ; 3. 22-Cole Duncan ; 4. 33M-Bryan Sebetto ; 5. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 6. 2-Nathan Skaggs ; 7. 83-Stevie Smith ; 8. 787-Dean Jacobs ; 9. 40-Caleb Helms
Heat 2 – All Pro Aluminum Heads (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 2. 5R-Byron Reed ; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver ; 5. O9-Craig Mintz ; 6. 21-Dallas Hewitt ; 7. 5T-Travis Philo ; 8. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 9. 53-D.J. Foos
Heat 3 – Dragon Race Fuel (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 4-Danny Smith ; 2. 11X-Brandon Martin ; 3. 45L-Brian Lay ; 4. 77-Shane Stewart ; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 6. 60K-Jody Keegan ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 8. 80-Trey Gustin ; 9. O7X-Dain Naida
Heat 4 – Kinsler Fuel Injection (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 40DD-Caleb Griffith ; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 9W-Jac Haudenschild ; 4. 16-Chris Andrews ; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 6. 46AU-Stuart Williams ; 7. 17-Scott Euler ; 8. 7-Troy Kingan
Dash – Outerwears Performance (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature 1. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 2. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 3. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver ; 5. O9-Craig Mintz ; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki
B-Main – MSD Ignition’s. (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 787-Dean Jacobs ; 2. 40-Caleb Helms ; 3. 24H-Brandon Wimmer ; 4. 60K-Jody Keegan ; 5. 83-Stevie Smith ; 6. 46AU-Stuart Williams ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 8. 53-D.J. Foos ; 9. 5T-Travis Philo ; 10. 80-Trey Gustin ; 11. O7X-Dain Naida ; 12. 2-Nathan Skaggs ; 13. 7-Troy Kingan ; 14. 21-Dallas Hewitt ; 15. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 16. 17-Scott Euler
Attica Cancels Friday Racing, Saturday's Spring Nationals Still On
ATTICA, Ohio – Heavy rains throughout Thursday night forced the cancellation of the first night of the HD Supply/Construction Equipment and Supply Spring Nationals at Attica Raceway Park for Friday. However, Saturday’s racing is still on at Attica.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed. The forecast calls for warmer, dryer, windy weather throughout the afternoon Friday and we’re hopeful that provides significant drying and we can get Saturday’s races in,” said Rex LeJeune, Director of Operations at ARP.
LeJeune said Attica officials will make a more definitive decision on Saturday’s racing by Saturday morning.
Gates open Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with racing underway at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s race will be the 102nd appearance of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions at Attica and they will be gunning for $10,000 to win. The UMP Late Models and 305 sprints are also on the racing card.
More information may be found at www.atticaracewaypark.com
APRIL 5 ELDORA TEST AND TUNE DAY CANCELED
April 12 UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals Now First on Eldora Menu – Little Eldora Still on for Sunday
ROSSBURG, OH (April 3) – Unrelenting rain showers and unseasonably cool temperatures have worked against the Eldora Speedway track crew and their staunch efforts to produce an ideal racing surface for Saturday’s (April 5) scheduled Test and Tune Day. As a result, the session has been canceled.
The Test and Tune cancelation on Eldora’s historic .500-mile clay oval has not affected Sunday’s (April 6) season opening SpringBuster event for go-karts on the 1/7 mile Little Eldora Speedway, located on the northeast corner of the property. Featuring free general admission, multiple classes of karts are scheduled to take their first green flag at 12:30 p.m.
With the Saturday cancelation, Eldora’s first action on the infamous high-banks has moved to Saturday, April 12 with the UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals presented by Allstar Performance. In competition will be the UMP DIRTcar Modified and Late Model divisions with a pair of $5,000 to win feature events are on tap to close out the season-opening night.
Admission gates on April 12 lid-lifter will swing open at 1 p.m. On track action begins at 3 p.m. with practice and time trial sessions, followed by a complete racing program which will take the green flag at 6 p.m.
Advance ticket purchases for the UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals presented by Allstar Performance, and the other exciting race events on the 2014 Eldora calendar are available on the track’s website www.EldoraSpeedway.com.
FOURTH FLOOR TICKETS AVAILABLE AT NATIONAL SPRINT CAR MUSEUM FOR KNOXVILLE SEASON
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 2, 2014) - The 34-night 2014 racing season begins on Saturday, April 19, at the Knoxville Raceway and tickets remain available for seats on the second-floor of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, which is located on the legendary half-mile dirt track’s turn number two. Tickets for seats on the second-floor are available for the entire racing season, in addition to nightly tickets being available for both Saturday night sprint car racing and all special events at Knoxville Raceway.
Second-floor, club-level seating is an open area which can provide viewing for groups and parties as large as 150 people. The second floor of the museum is also heated and air-conditioned, and offers closed-circuit television, wireless internet, and the track's public-address system. Also, second-floor ticket-holders can bring in their own food and drinks on race nights. At this time, tickets are available for all race nights on the second floor, including for the Wednesday-Saturday, August 6-9, fifty-fourth annual FVP Knoxville Nationals, which will be sanctioned by the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series.
The 34-night season at the Marion County Fairgrounds oval, which begins on April 19 and extends through September 27, is highlighted by these special events:
April 19, Season-Opener for sprint cars
June 13, Classic Flat Track National Championship Series (CFTNCS) Vintage Motorcycles,
June 14, World of Outlaws (WoO) & 360 Sprint Cars,
June 15, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Pro Flat Track Series Motorcycles,
July 19, International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modifieds & SportMods,
July 31-August 2, ASCS Arnold Motor Supply 360 Sprint Car Knoxville Nationals,
August 3, Ralph Capitani Classic 410 Sprint Cars,
August 6-9, WoO FVP 410 Sprint Car Knoxville Nationals,
September 19-20, Monster Trucks,
September 25-27, Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.
Those individuals interested in watching races from the museum are urged to e-mail Bob Baker at email@example.com or call him toll-free at 1-800-874-4488.
UNOH All Stars ready to kick off Ohio Region with Attica Spring Nationals
ATTICA, Ohio (Wednesday, March 26, 2014) – It has become one of the most anticipated events in sprint car racing – the Spring Nationals at Attica Raceway Park.
The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions will kick off the Ohio Region point battle at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5 with the HD Supply/Construction Equipment and Supply Spring Nationals. The event has been held at Attica since 1992. This year’s Spring Nationals will mark the 102nd and 103rd visit to Attica by the UNOH All Stars.
Gates will open Friday for the $3,000-to-win event at 4 p.m. Gates will open for Saturday’s $10,000-to-win affair at 3:30 p.m.
Last year’s Spring Nationals saw the opening night lost to rain but the finale found Dale Blaney in victory lane. Blaney’s 13 All Star wins at Attica are the most by any driver since the first All Star show was held at Ohio’s Finest Racing speedplant in 1989. The winners of UNOH All Star events at Attica in 2013 were Blaney, Chris Andrews (Ohio Sprint Speedweek) and a sweep of the season-ending August events by Tim Shaffer.
The UNOH All Stars have held three events in 2014 with Dave Blaney, Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana taking wins. Again the UNOH All Stars will incorporate a regional point system in 2014 – the Ohio Region, Eastern Region, Great Plains Region and over-all championship. So far the 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year David Gravel leads the Eastern Region and National points for the UNOH All Stars.
Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney picked up his fourth series title in 2013 and also claimed the Ohio Region championship. Blaney also became the UNOH All Stars’ most prolific winner in 2013, surpassing hall-of-famer Kenny Jacobs in career series wins with 99 total.
Blaney will have his hands full in trying to defend his title in 2014. Besides four time champion Tim Shaffer, who currently sits second in All Star National and Eastern Region points, former four time champion Chad Kemenah is gunning for his fifth title and sits third in the 2014 points.
Danny Holtgraver, who had a break-out year in 2013 with the All Stars, is riding in the fourth place in points followed by Greg Hodnett, Dale Blaney, Jac Haudenschild, Danny Dietrich, Dave Blaney and Caleb Helms.
Others expected to battle for the UNOH All Star championships in 2014 include former national 360 sprint champion Wayne Johnson, two-time Napa Wayne County (Ohio) Speedway champion Andrew Palker, and more.
As always, when the UNOH All Stars come to Attica, they will have to battle the tough weekly competition like 2013 champion Craig Mintz, who has 9 career wins at the track; six time track champion Byron Reed who has 29 career Attica wins; former track champion Andrews (4 career wins), Bryan Sebetto (8 career wins), former track champion Dean Jacobs (10 career wins), Lee Jacobs (4 career wins), Brandon Martin (3 career wins), Brian Lay (2 career wins), Brian Smith (2 career wins), Travis Philo (2 career wins) and more.
Throw in two-time All Star champion Greg Wilson, who has 19 career Attica wins, Stevie Smith, who is expected behind the wheel of the Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook #83 machine – Smith has 4 career Attica wins - and the possibility of some of the Pennsylvania Posse teams making the trek to Attica and it could be another exciting weekend.
Of the UNOH All Star contingent of drivers, Kemenah sits third on Attica’s all-time win list with 20 victories followed by Blaney with 17 (5th on the track’s all-time win list); Shaffer with 12 (9th on the track’s all-time win list); and Holtgraver with 2 wins.
Nier Opens Atomic 410 Season With Win
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-A full grandstand and a stout field of cars featuring winners from three states kicked off the 2014 racing season in a big way at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway Saturday night March 22, where Piketon, Ohio's Jimmy Nier brought home the 410 sprint car win and 4-time AMRA Champion Chris Garnes, Evans, West Virginia captured the AMRA Late Model victory. Verona, Kentucky driver Dave McWilliams claimed the Advance Services AMRA Octane Modified win, while Jackson, Ohio youngster Harley Martin blitzed the Sport Mod field. For owner Brad McCown and staff it was another home run, as the racy highbanks of Atomic Speedway produced some great racing throughout the evening and the final feature was completed by 9:18 p.m. Racing continues next Saturday night March 29.
Next week, March 29 racing will begin with the same early start times of racing at 4 p.m. with Pit gates opening at noon, and main gates opening at 2 p.m. March 29 is EMS/Fire Department/ and Police Department Night with Atomic Speedway honoring these civil servants with a $5 admission . General Admission is $12 and $30 pits.
In the Pine Tree Towing and Recovery 410 sprint car main, pole-sitter Caleb Griffith fell victim early to Helena, Ohio's Stuart Brubaker and Jimmy Nier. The northern Ohio driver Brubaker continued to impress the large crowd, bringing them to their feet on lap two when he recaptured the lead on a crossover move to overcome a turn one pass by Nier. The races only caution flew seconds later for a Nate Reeser spin, but from that point on the feature went green-to-checkered.
Brubaker survived a Nier challenge on the restart and appeared to have the race well in hand for the next ten laps. Both Brubaker and Nier were masterful in traffic, as battles for position continued throughout the pack. A high quality field of sprint cars once again graced the high banks of Ohio's fastest 3/8 mile high-banked track.
On lap 12 Nier started to gain some ground as All-Star champ Dale Blaney dueled for third with a feisty Griffith. For much of the race Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Brad Bowman, Cole Duncan, and Jimmy Stinson battled within inches of each other for track position. Smith eventually prevailed in that group despite great runs from Bowman and Philo.
Meanwhile, Nier's Maxim/Charlie Fisher Powered mount decimated Brubaker's lead and blasted by on lap 18. Brubaker challenged a couple laps, however, it appeared his tires went away just enough to enable Dale Blaney to enter the mix. Blaney sailed by and began a run at Nier, but time ran out with Nier capturing a popular six car length win. Rounding out the top ten were Brubaker in third, Caleb Griffith, Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Brad Bowman, Cole Duncan, Jimmy Stinson, and Ron Blair. Heat wins went to Nier, Blaney, and Griffith.
"It's great to see this place open," said Jimmy Nier to a gaggle of cheers from the crowd. "I give Brad (MCown) and his staff a lot of credit for getting this track prepped tonight and thanks to the fans for braving the cold to support (racing). The track was fast and racy and as good as it gets with the wind and all this time of year."
The Gullion Enterprises AMRA Late Model main was also a barnburner. Jeremy Scott and Billy Gullion paced the field to Frank Lemaster's green flag, where Gullion immediately took charge. Steve Breeding from Isom, Kentucky quickly filed into second where he and Flyin' Ryan Markham began hot pursuit. As a result of the redraw, Chris Garnes started fifth, but was quick to make his way to the front. Garnes quickly made Markham his prey, then two laps later moved into second ahead of Breeding. While Gullion ran a smooth, fast line on the point, one of the best races of the night was the battle for third between Markham and Breeding.
Throughout the run Kevin Wagner, the third heat winner, dueled with former AMRA champ Andy Bond, Mike Sampson, and ADRA champion--The Coshocton Ironman--Bryan Casey.
Gullion survived several slide jobs from Garnes, and then began a march that padded his lead through the midpoint of the race with Garnes in tow. The ever-improving Gullion worked traffic to perfection, but the veteran Garnes had a little more bite later in the race, passing Gullion for the top spot on the 20th circuit. Garnes' new Swartz Extreme Chassis rocketed to the checkered flag just ahead of Gullion, Markham, Breeding, and Wagner. Rounding out the top ten were Bond, Sampson, Casey, Mike Unger, and Dylan Huron.
Garnes and Gullion also brought home heat wins.
Garnes said in victory lane, "These Audie Swartz cars drive the same new or old--they really hook up. Any time you win its good and right now we are looking to be here (at Atomic) running for an AMRA championship at least through the NDRL show."
The summary: March 22, 2014
410 Sprint Cars (17)
Heat One: Jimmy Nier,Stuart Brubaker,Danny Smith, Jimmy Stinson,Jesse McCreary, Mark Imler
Heat Two: Dale Blaney, Travis Philo, Cole Duncan, Josh Davis, Trey Guston, Nate Reeser
Heat Three: Caleb Griffith, Ron Blair, Brad Bowman, Ryan Broughton, Bryan Nuckles
Feature: Jimmy Nier, Dale Blaney, Stuart Brubaker, Caleb Griffith, Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Brad Bowman, Cole Duncan, Jimmy Stinson, Ron Blair, Josh Davis, Ryan Broughton, Trey Guston, Mark Imler, Bryan Nuckles, Nate Reeser, Jesse McCreary
AMRA Late Models Feature: Chris Garnes, Billy Gullion, Ryan Markham, Steve Breeding, Kevin Wagner, Andy Bond, Mike Sampson, Bryan Casey, Mike Unger, Dylan Huron, Daniel Kattine, Jeremy Scott, Billy Staker, Tim Stewart, Dillon Bledsoe