FREMONT , Ohio – Coming into the 32nd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Dale Blaney had only one UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions win, that coming in April.
Now he wishes every week could be speedweek.
Blaney took the lead from James McFadden on lap 42 and drove to his fourth win of speedweek and a $10,000 payday at Fremont Speedway Saturday night. Blaney never finished out of the top two in the six speedweek events (3 nights were lost to rain).
He now has 104 career All Star victories. It was his third win of the season at Fremont and he now has 22 career victories at “The Track That Action Built,” 16 of which are All Star wins.
For Blaney, the week was worth around $30,000 in earnings. He and car owner Tony Kennedy agreed to donate $1,500 to the Kick-It Foundation to help combat childhood cancer. Fremont Speedway has a goal to raise at least $50,000 by September for the foundation.
For Blaney, he becomes the first five-time Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion (also in 1995, 2003, 2004 and 2006) and took a huge step in becoming the first five-time UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions sprint-car champion.
“We should have speedweek every week. I love coming to all these Ohio tracks, they’ve been really great to me and the fans have really been great to me and I appreciate it more than you know,” said Blaney. “My guys are awesome. George (Fisher, crew chief) is unbelievable right now. We’re working so good together and Tony has put together a great team and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive this thing.”
McFadden and Danny Holtgraver brought the field of 24 to green for the 50-lap All Star feature. The race would stay green through the first 35 laps.
McFadden took the lead over Holtgraver, Rob Chaney, Caleb Griffith, Brian Lay and Veal. Griffith would drive into third on lap two and around Holtgraver for second a lap later. With five laps in McFadden had a comfortable lead over Griffith, Holtgraver, Veal, Chaney, Lay, Chad Kemenah and ninth starter Blaney.