ATTICA, Ohio — Dale Blaney rewarded his new car owner with a $10,000 victory to open Attica Raceway Park’s season Saturday night.
“The Low Rider” led all 40 laps of the Construction Equipment and Supply/ HD Supply Spring Nationals to score his 100th career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory.
Blaney came alive the final seven circuits to pass Craig Mintz and score the win aboard his Tony Kennedy owned No. 14h. The victory is Blaney’s 18th career win at Attica of which 14 have been UNOH All Star triumphs.
“Thanks to George (Fisher) he does all the work on this thing,” Blaney said. “I’m awful happy to get No. 100 with Tony…our first win together. To make it 100 and to make it here at this race is pretty special. I love this place. Western Ohio has been very good to me.”
“We were really good on the short runs. I really wasn’t that great after about 10 laps. I kind of got stuck behind Sebetto (Bryan) and he and Chris Bell were racing. I saw the 09 beside me in one and two and I knew where he was running at so I just picked the pace up a little bit and was really, really fortunate to go down into three and Chris Bell moved to the middle and it left me with the bottom and after that I was running like a scared dog. Craig (Mintz) runs really good here so to get that one is cool,” added Blaney.
Mintz finished second.
“I think Dale was kind of just pacing himself. When he picked up the pace I didn’t have anything for him. I burned everything up trying to catch him,” said Mintz beside his Real Geese Decoys/Erie Shore Propane/KS Sales and Service backed No. 09. “That’s why he has 100 victories because he got through that lapped traffic a little bit better than we did.”
Four-time UNOH All Star champion Tim Shaffer would continue his early season strong runs with a third-place finish in the Bryan Grove No. 45.
“Hats off to Bryan Grove, James Chambers and everyone that’s helping us. When you have everybody behind you 100 percent….it’s showing. We missed it a little bit in the feature but we’re in it every night,” said Shaffer.
Ryan Markham won the UMP late model feature and John Ivy topped the 305 sprint car main event.
Dale Blaney, Craig Mintz, Tim Shaffer, Danny Holtgraver, Dean Jacobs, Shane Stewart, Chad Kemenah, Cole Duncan, Caleb Griffith, Chris Andrews, Andrew Palker, Byron Reed, Duane Zablocki, Brian Lay, Bryan Sebetto, Lee Jacobs, Christopher Bell, Caleb Helms, Brandon Martin, Jac Haudenschild, Danny Smith, Jody Keegan, Brad Bowman, Brandon Wimmer.