ATTICA, Ohio – Brad Bowman had to sit out nearly a month of racing because his low-budget team didn’t have a motor.
While his car sat without an engine, Bowman raced go-karts and it paid off Saturday as the Shelby, Ohio, driver picked up his first career 410 sprint car win on Kistler Racing Products Season Championship Night at Attica Raceway Park.
“This is incredible. We’ve been racing up here for like 10 years and this is my first win here and to do it in a 410 is crazy. You have Jac Haudenschild, my childhood hero and I just won my first 410 feature with him behind me,” said Bowman.
“I didn’t want all those yellows. It was making me nervous. Last week we went 30 laps straight and once I got in the lead I was like ‘okay let’s keep it going.’ I was thinking I was going to get slid in turn one. The car was super. It drove itself the whole race. We got this motor back and me and Mike Britt talked and we are just doing basic set-ups,” added Bowman. “I have to thank Mike Britt. He owns the car and Jeff Elliott, he did a deal for us with the motor the last three years. My Dad, my brother and Joe Ridley, he’s part owner too and Dave Deyo at Kistlers, he’s kept us racing the last three years and all my great sponsors.”
Gibsonburg, Ohio’s Craig Mintz suffered a blown engine with seven laps to go while running fourth, but he would still lay claim to his second straight track championship in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints.
“We were pretty good early and started reeling those guys in. Don’t know if I had anything for the 55 but right before those two cautions the motor started to go sour and I thought I could nurse it but it didn’t make it. Our goal was to win the track championships at Attica and Fremont and the FAST deal. Hopefully we get another bullet back. Paul (Kistler) is pretty good with that…for next week,” said Mintz.
The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature was a dandy as Ada, Ohio’s Jon Henry slid past race-long leader Ryan Missler on the last lap to get his second win of the season. Missler would wrap up his fifth consecutive track championship. It is Henry’s 13th career feature win at Attica.
“I had my work cut out. Ryan was really good and I had nothing to lose there on that last lap. I had to give it a shot. I hope I gave him enough room. So many people to thank this week. Fultz Fabrications. I spent probably one hard, hard week there. I got probably five hours of sleep every night. This is a new Rayburn Race Car and I’m happy to get into victory lane for them. I have to thank Keith Berner at Accuforce. I spent a day with him and really just dissect this car and go through it and here we are in victory lane,” said Henry.
For Missler, 2013 was a frustrating season at Attica as he could garner no wins.