ATTICA, Ohio – Dave Baker won Friday’s DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals feature at Attica Raceway Park thanks to a little bit of luck.
Baker inherited the lead after leaders Jeff Babcock and Taylor Cook made contact with two laps to go and were sent to the tail of the field. Baker then held off a challenge from Brad Wilson during the final two circuits to pick up the victory.
“We got lucky but hey, we’ll take it,” said Baker.
Babcock and Cook brought the field to the green with Babcock having a slight advantage over Cook with Baker, Collin Thirlby and Mark Anderson in tow. Just as Babcock and Cook began racing side by side for the lead, the caution flew for a Dean Taylor spin with two laps recorded. On the ensuing green Cook, who won the Hell Tour race at Attica in 2012, would drive under Babcock for the lead with Baker, Thirlby, Anderson and Brad Wilson in pursuit.
The caution would fly again on lap six for Taylor and Cody Basinger. On the restart Dave Golembrewski would spin. When the green came back out Cook lead with Babcock searching the track for the faster lane with Baker, Thirlby, Anderson, Nathan Loney, Brad Wilson and Jason Kinney in tow. Wilson would blast into fifth on lap 11.
While Cook was glued to the bottom groove, Babock would find the top side to his liking and closed when the caution flew on lap 13 for another Golembrewski spin. On the restart Babcock charged to Cook’s outside as the pair raced side by side with Wilson, Thirlby, Anderson and Kinney giving chase. With two laps to go Babock tried to slide under Cook for the lead in turn one and contact was made with Cook spinning and Babcock continuing. UMP officials put both drivers at the tail and they would both go pit side.
That handed the lead to Baker with Wilson, Thirlby, Kinney, Anderson and Zachary Schroeder giving chase. Baker would hold off Wilson the final two laps for the win with Thirlby, Kinney and Anderson rounding out the top five.
Dave Baker, Brad Wilson, Collin Thirlby, Jason Kinney, Mark Anderson, Zachary Schroeder, Nathan Loney, Josh Scott, Ray Jackson, Bill Keeler, Corey Bevard, Jacob Gamber, Jack Waldfogel, Taylor Cook, Jeff Babcock, Scott Gerdeman, Cody Basinger, Dave Golembrewski, Brad Johnson, Dean Taylor, Ryan Sutter.