ATTICA, Ohio – Byron Reed has been around sprint car racing long enough to know sometimes all you need is one good run to boost your confidence.
The Monclova, Ohio driver started the year a little slow, but over the past month the team has picked up the pace and it paid off at Attica Raceway Park Friday as he took his first win of the season on Burns Electric/Ohio Logistics Mid-Season Championship Night.
Reed, a six-time Attica track champion in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints, dueled with Travis Philo the first half of the race before taking the lead. He then survived a late race restart and held off Craig Mintz for his 29th career win at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant.
“We came into the season with a new tire package and we changed a lot of what we do. We over thought and made too many changes. We got down on ourselves and it snowballed. We went back to the basics and it’s paying off. We got a lot of help from Maxim Chassis and my confidence is a lot better,” said Reed beside his Crown Battery/Reebar Diecasting backed #5. “Speedweek starts next week and I’m excited. We’re going to run most of the shows and I think we can get on a roll.”
With double points on the line, Ontario, Ohio’s Cody Scott new he had to have a good run in the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models if he wants to unseat four time track champion Ryan Missler. Scott did just that, passing Missler with eight laps to go to take the lead and then held off Missler on a late race restart to claim his first ever feature win.
“Those yellows flags were terrible. I didn’t know if I had enough to hold off Missler and I saw Dusty (Moore) came up so I was just hoping I could hang on,” said Scott beside his Fultz Fabrications and Speed Shop/Bubba’s Crap & Scrap/M.R. Trucking/Innovative Graphics backed No. 92. “I’ve had a lot of help from Keith Berner and my parents…if it weren’t for them this would never have happened. This is my first real full season running. Being in high school I didn’t run too much and last year we had a blown engine at the start of the season. I want to thank Bernie…he comes over all the time to help, This is awesome…a dream come true.”
Bradner, Ohio’s Nate Dussel is having a dream season and it continued in the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprints as he passed Dustin Dinan on the white flag lap and went on to score his third win of the year at Attica. It is the 7th total win for Dussel in 2013 as he has four at Fremont Speedway. He now has 8 career wins at Attica.
“He (Dinan) drove a great race. I just kind of snuck up on him late and used lapped traffic. I could probably run the bottom as good as he could but I wasn’t going to pass him down there. I tried in one and two but was about spinning out so I just followed him in one and two and built momentum in three and four. This is a dream season and it’s because of all the hard work these guys put in to build an awesome program,” said Dussel beside his Berrier Fabrications/Dussel Welding/Kylynn Manufacturing/Gressman Powersports/Conrad Transport backed No. 1.
Fremont, Ohio’s John Ivy has five dirt trucks wins at Fremont Speedway in 2013 to go with a pair of 305 sprint wins there. Ivy added to his season win total by driving from his 12th starting spot into the lead on lap 11 and driving to his first truck win at Attica. It was the second career dirt truck win at Attica for Ivy, who is a former 305 and 410 sprint champion at the track.
“I’m glad I made it through that crash. I hit pretty hard there,” said Ivy of his Diversified Machine & Welding/Sonny’s Machine Shop/Level Performance backed #00. “This thing has been good all year and a lot of fun. I went forward in both the 305 and truck tonight…that’s all I can ask for.”
Brian Smith and Travis Phil would bring the 410 sprint field to the green for the 30 laps feature with Philo blasting to the lead while fourth starter Reed would slide into second with Smith, D.J. Foos, Caleb Griffith and Stuart Brubaker in tow. Foos would take third on lap three as Reed closed on Philo. With six laps in, Foos moved in to challenge the top two while Griffith ran third followed by Smith and 10th starter Craig Mintz.
As they raced to the line to complete the 7th circuit, Foos tried to make it a three car battle for the lead but his car hooked up tight and he tumbled exiting turn four. On the ensuing restart Chris Andrews would get upside down. When the green reappeared, Philo slammed the door on Reed’s repeated attempts to take the lead before the caution flew on lap 10 for debris.
On the restart Reed once again hounded Philo with Griffith locked in a tight battle with Mintz for third while Smith gave chase. Philo and Reed would race side by side from lap 10 through lap 18 as Mintz closed to make it a three car battle.
Reed would drive under Phil for the lead on lap 18 with Mintz taking second a lap later. When Reed caught the rear of the field with 10 laps to go, Mintz quickly closed as Phil rebounded to challenge. As they raced through lapped traffic, Griffith and 15th starter Brandon Martin would join the fun at the front. The caution would fly for Brandon Wimmer on lap 23 and when the green came back out Mintz drove back around Philo for second and closed quickly on Reed.