ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park wrapped up its 25th season of racing by crowning its four division champions and rewarding the top 10 in points at its reward banquet on Friday, Nov. 23.
Gibsonburg, Ohio’s Craig Mintz earned the track title in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints. Mintz’ first Attica championship capped off a season that saw him score three wins, including his first UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions win on a last lap pass during the Spring Nationals.
Mintz competed in all 15 features at Attica in 2012, scoring three wins – on April 7, May 11 and June 8. Besides his 3 wins which runs his career total at Attica to 8, Mintz also recorded five second place finishes and a third. He scored 10 top five finishes, including a stretch from April 6 through June 22. Craig also recorded 12 top 10 finishes. Mintz’ average A-main finishing position was 5th.
“My guys worked hard for me this year. I have to thank my dad and mom…if it weren’t for them I couldn’t be doing this. I want to thank my fiancée for putting up with all of this and all my great sponsors like R2C filters, Ti22, KS Sales and Service, Real Geese Decoys, Design Graphics Group, Keller Chevrolet and Kistler Engines,” said Mintz. “I don’t know for sure what we’re doing next year, but we will be racing.”
Bellevue, Ohio’s Ryan Missler earned his fourth straight championship in the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models. He competed in all 15 A-mains in 2012 and recorded two wins – June 22 and Aug. 25 – to take his career total to 9 in the late models. Ryan also recorded four runner-up finishes on route to posting 8 top five finishes and 11 top 10 runs. During a stretch from April 14 through June 22, Missler finished no worse than 9th. Ryan’s average A-main finishing position was 8th.
“We finally got some wins after going last year with out any. I really have to thank Jerry Huff and York Fabrication and the rest of my crew, Dave Gulick, Chase Gulick and Dave McElwain. I have great sponsors and couldn’t do this without them. I want to thank Quality Welding, Taze DJ Service, Crave Energy, Level Performance, Terry McConnell Excavating, J&H Concrete, Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cenpeco Lubricants, TNT Farms, Gordon Lumber, SCS Gear Box, the Bellevue Beverage Center, and everyone who gives us help,” said Missler.
Bradner, Ohio’s Nate Dussel grabbed his second straight championship in the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints. He competed in all 15 A-mains in 2012. Nate posted two wins – April 27 and July 13 – to run his career total to five at Attica. He also recorded a pair of runner-up finishes on route to scoring 9 top five finishes. During a stretch from May 18 through the end of the year – 9 races – Nate never finished out of the top 8! In fact, Nate only finished out of the top 8 twice – a pair of 11th place finishes. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable fifth.
“The way D.J. (Foos) started the year; we figured we didn’t have a chance at the championship. So, we just decided to go out and try to win as many races as we could. Then, we started consistently finishing in front of D.J. and got a little luck at the end. I have to thank my crew and my family for all their support. I want to thank Berrier Fabrication, Kistler Racing Products, Gressman Powersports, Kylynn Manufacturing, Jeff’s Bar and Grill, Craig and Les Mintz and Conrad Transport,” said Dussel. “We will be back and will win more races next year.”
Vickery, Ohio’s Andy Keegan claimed his first ever championship in the Bob’s Machine Shop Dirt Trucks at Attica. He competed in all six events in 2012 and never finished out of the top three. Keegan posted his first career win on April 14 and followed with another win on June 15. He also scored a pair of runner-up finishes and a pair of thirds. Andy’s average A-main finishing position was an incredible second.
“What a year.I couldn’t have imagined this coming into the season. I want to thank my dad for all he has done and my wife for all the sacrifices. I have great sponsors in G&H Restoration, Log Home Dreams and B&K Auto,” said Keegan.