Jon Henry Aces Attica Late Model Go


Ryan Markham and defending ALMS champion Brian Ruhlman would bring the field to the green in the 30-lap late model event with Ruhlman grabbing the lead. Henry, who started 7th, would drive into third by lap two and blast into second on lap three. On lap four, Henry would race inside Ruhlman to take the lead with VanWormer, running third. A caution on lap five for Ryan Missler and John Mayes Jr. would bunch the field up with the running order Henry, Ruhlman, VanWormer, Brandon Thirlby, Markham and Cody Scott.

When the green flew Henry would pull away slightly as Ruhlman and VanWormer raced door to door for second. VanWormer would finally gain the advantage by lap eight and slowly closed on Henry. By lap 12, VanWormer raced to Henry’s outside and the duo raced that way over the next four laps until VanWormer took the lead on the high side on lap 17.

With nine laps to go, Henry moved off the bottom and drove to the outside of VanWormer who was hung up trying to get through lapped traffic. The caution would fly for Chris Keller with Henry leading VanWormer, Ruhlman, Thirlby, Rusty Schlenk and 18th starter Matt Miller. When the green came back out, Henry would pull away slightly as both Miller and Schlenk drove around Thirlby. With five laps to go, Miller had caught VanWormer as they battled for second, allowing Henry to pull away.

Henry took the checkers about three car lengths ahead of VanWormer, Miller, Schlenk and Ruhlman.

In the 30-lap 410 sprint main, Phil Gressman and Reed would pace the field to the green with Gressman gaining the advantage over Reed, Smith, Jacobs, Mintz and Todd Heller. Gressman, Reed, Smith and Jacobs ran nose to tail over the first four laps until Jacobs used the extreme high groove to vault into third on lap five and second a lap later. Jacobs above the cushion on lap seven to take the lead.

Reed would drive into second on lap 11 as the leaders raced into traffic. Meanwhile Smith drove his consistent laps on the bottom to stay close and on lap 13 moved into third with Craig Mintz taking fourth and Caleb Griffith into fifth. At the half-way point, both Reed and Smith had caught Jacobs who was having difficulty getting around lapped traffic.

The caution would fly for a Bryan Sebetto spin with 10 laps to go, giving Jacobs a clear track. On the restart Jacobs went right to the top while Reed ran the middle, which opened the bottom for Smith to take second. Smith would then drive under Jacobs on lap 23 to take the lead with Reed following.

The caution would fly on lap 25 for Stuart Brubaker. On the restart Smith was able to pull away slightly from Reed while Mintz moved into third. A lap and another caution for Bryan Lay, setting up a four lap battle for the finish.

When the green came back out, Smith was able to drive away from Reed who had his hands full with Mintz while 11th starter Greg Wilson blasted into fourth, bringing Heller into fifth. Smith would drive to the win as Mintz would steal second on the last lap while Reed, Wilson and Heller rounded out the top five.