ATTICA, Ohio — Some times it takes awhile for a driver and mechanic to gel. For Bryan Sebetto and his new Hammer Pallets 410 sprint car team, it only took a month.
Sebetto, the 2011 Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) Champion, took the lead from Craig Mintz on lap 19 after a great side-by-side battle over several laps, and went on to score his fourth career victory at Attica Raceway Park Friday on True Value of Woodville/Construction Equipment & Supply Night.
It was the first night of the FAST series presented by Engine Pro and KS Sales and Service at Attica.
“Last week at Fremont, I tried to set the car up and it was horrible. So tonight I let Aaron (Hammer) and the guys set it up. Then, before we went out to the feature, I was thinking about changing some things and decided to stick with what they gave me and it was awesome. Aaron and I are starting to get on the same page,” said Sebetto beside his JLH General Contractors, R3 Nutrition, Crown Battery Gressman Powersports, Keizer Wheels, OC Shocks backed #24h. “This car was so good…when I got to Craig (Mintz) and saw he had his wing all the way back and I hadn’t even touched mine, I knew I was going to be better. I could almost flat-foot it around here. I could get a great run through one and two and that allowed me to pass a lot of cars down the back stretch.”
In the Sunoco American Late Model Series $3,000 to win event, Rusty Schlenk and Jon Henry put on a tremendous show for the fans, as the two battled hard throughout the 30-lap affair. It was a red flat when Chris Ross tore down a large section of the front stretch fence (he was okay) with 7 laps to go, that proved to be the difference. Schlenk’s crew made wholesale changes to his Lazer Chassis, Micro-Armor Lubricants, Main & Company, Zeller Automotive backed machine during the 23 minute delay as track personnel patched up the fence. The difference was quickly obvious, as Schlenk drove around Henry on the restart and never looked back on route to his 12th career win.
“I made the wrong decisions for the initial set-up…we were junk. But, when the red came out the crew thrashed on this thing and when they dropped the green I knew we had this,” said Schlenk, the 2010 National UMP Champion. “They guys also told me that if Jon wins he would tie me for most career wins here…I wasn’t going to let that happen.”
Defending Attica 305 sprint champion Nate Dussel took advantage when Dustin Stroup bobbled in turns three and four with eight laps to go to take the lead. However, the Bradner, Ohio driver made the same mistake on the white flag lap, but was able to gather his Berrier Fabrication, Kylynn Manufacturing machine back up and held off Caleb Griffith for his fourth career Attica victory.
“It was tricky up top. I just got excited and drove it in way to hard and when I saw Caleb’s nose, I drove it in harder in turn one. We got a new car this winter and have worked hard to figure it out. This team has set the bar very high and running sixth and seventh just isn’t acceptable,” said Dussel beside his Kistler Racing Products, Design Graphics Group, Dussel Welding, Conrad Transport backed #1.