ATTICA, Ohio – Travis Philo scored his first career 410 sprint win at Attica Raceway Park last season. He started on the front row that night, but he felt he didn’t really earn that win though he held off a veteran racer on a late race restart.
On Friday the Waterville, Ohio, driver charged from his third starting spot to take the lead on lap 16 and then traded sliders with defending track champion Craig Mintz late before driving to the win on Smith Family Foods Night. Philo became the 10th different driver to win in 10 A-mains at Attica Raceway Park in the O”Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints this season.
“I was good on the top down here (turns three and four) but Craig showed his nose. He could have taken me out if he wanted to. He’s a class act. The bottom of one and two is where I passed all my cars. I felt real good down there,” said Philo.
“Last win I started on the front row. Tonight I passed some cars so that was pretty cool. I have to thank my Uncle Dave and Control Design Solutions, Dave and Kyle at Kistler Racing Products, Paul Kistler did a hell of a job. We had to get a motor freshened and he turned it around in a week. I have to thank my Dad and Mom, my grandpa and grandma, Bryan Darling and Gary Bowe,” added Philo.
Mintz would come home second to pad his lead in the $10,000-to-win Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series with just a handful of FAST point races remaining at both tracks.
In a caution-free 25-lap late model feature, Rusty Schlenk dominated. At times he had built a five second lead. He had one close call late in the race when a lapped car drove up in front of him and made contact, pushing a bar into his tire. But, the McClure driver nursed his machine home for the fourth win of the season at Attica and the eighth overall of 2013. Schlenk now has 18 career wins at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant.
“A lapped car changed directions on me in the middle of the straight-away. He went high and I thought he was staying low. I tried missing him but ended up getting into him and it pushed my t-bar down into my tire. I could see it smoking and smell it the whole last part of the race so I backed myself down to make sure I wasn’t pushing it too hard. I’d hate to lose it with a flat tire,” said Schlenk. “I have to thank all the guys that stuck with me this week. It’s been very busy week with the Hell Tour ending.”