ATTICA, Ohio – Craig Mintz hasn’t finished out of the top three all season at Attica Raceway Park and that didn’t change Friday night.
The Gibsonburg, Ohio, driver dominated Friday on Croghan Colonial Bank/All Pro Cylinder Heads Night to score his second win of the season in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints.
For Mintz, the defending Attica track champion, it was his first Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series win. Mintz is gunning to repeat as the FAST champion and become the first three time FAST champion. FAST is a separate point fund from that of both Attica and Fremont and pays the champion $10,000 at season’s end.
“These guys behind me know how to put a race car under me. I just drive it. They do a ton of work during the week. Ti22 makes a really good race car and the Pro Shocks Jim Linder gives us are awesome. The pill draw starting up front definitely helps,” Mintz said.
“I actually looked up at the board during one of those cautions and seen the Chad (Kemenah) was second and I knew he started third row so I knew he had to be pretty good. I knew if I ran the top as hard as I could and try to get through lapped cars as fast as I could and make him beat me,” added Mintz.
Mintz and Caleb Helms would bring the 410 sprint feature to the green for their 30-lap affair but before a lap could be completed DJ Foos would spin with a flat front tire. On the second attempt Mintz would bolt into the lead over Helms, Stuart Brubaker, Chad Kemenah, Byron Reed, Danny Holtgraver, Chris Andrews and Brian Lay. Kemenah would drive into third on lap three as Mintz set a torrid pace.
Mintz would catch the back of the field by lap seven with Helms comfortably in second while Kemenah, Andrews, Reed and Holtgraver gave chase. Andrews would slide off turn four on lap eight to bring out the caution. When the green flew so did Mintz as he powered away from the field while Helms had his hands full with Kemenah with Reed, Holtgraver and Lay in pursuit.