ATTICA, Ohio – Paul Weaver was struggling during the early part of this season. He teamed up with a former 305 track champion and even switched chassis a couple of times.
But, within the past couple of weeks the Fremont, Ohio driver has found something to his liking. He led all 30 laps Friday to win the 305 sprint Engine Builders Challenge worth $1,200 at Attica Raceway Park.
It was Weaver’s first win of the season at Attica after having posted a win a couple of weeks ago at Fremont Speedway. It was Weaver’s 30th career win at Attica, tops all-time in the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprint division.
“I just had trouble with these Hoosier tires on the black slick. When it’s wet like this I can go. The bottom, I just don’t want to do it. I only had fun on half the track tonight,” said Weaver. “It’s been a long time since I was in victory lane here…was wondering if I could ever get here again. I wanted lapped traffic but then again I didn’t.”
The first six rows of the starting grid for the 305 sprint feature were set by the finish of two dashes. Weaver and Steve Rando would bring the field of 22 to the green for the 30-lap affair. But, before a lap could be completed Dan Hennig would stop on the back stretch. On the ensuing restart Seth Schneider would spin. The third time was the charm and Weaver would gain the advantage over Rando, Dean Jacobs, Jordan Ryan, Nate Dussel and Zack Kramer.
With five laps recorded Trey Jacobs would spin and the ensuing restart order was Weaver, Rando, Ryan, Jacobs, Dussel, Kramer, and Dustin Dinan. When the green flew Weaver held a slim lead over Rando as Ryan, Jacobs and Dussel battled for fourth. By lap eight Ryan was racing under Rando for second as Weaver continued to lead. Rando and Ryan raced side by side over the next hand full of laps. Weaver would catch the back of the pack by lap 13 with Rando and Ryan closing while Dussel, Jacobs, Dinan, Kramer, Jason Keckler, T.J. Michael, Bobby Clark and John Ivy in tow.