FREMONT, Ohio — Who would have thought going into the final night of the 31st annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Dale Blaney — a three-time series and four-time speedweek champion — wouldn’t have won a feature during the six nights of racing?
But Blaney remained confident…he knew speedweek was wrapping up at Fremont Speedway, where the “Low Rider” scored a $10,000 All Star win last month.
Blaney took the lead from Tim Shaffer at the halfway point of the 50-lap feature Saturday and held off a charging Kyle Larson to take home another $10,000 on Ludwig Propane Night.
The win, the third UNOH All Star victory of the season for Blaney, is his 96th career with the series, just two shy of tying Kenny Jacobs for the all-time win lead. Blaney has more UNOH All Star wins at Fremont Speedway — 13 — than any other driver and now has 18 total wins at “The Track That Action Built.”
And while Blaney took home the big money, it was Larson and Shane Stewart who had the huge crowd on its feet. The pair started in row 11 — the 21st and 22nd starting spots and stormed to the front. Larson pressured Blaney the final seven laps as they raced through traffic. But “The Low Rider” held true to his name, not budging off the bottom groove to take the victory.
“On the red (on lap 32) I knew they (Stewart and Larson) were fourth and fifth and I knew there weren’t many lapped cars in there. To me those two guys are two of the best in the country no matter where you go. Shane’s been running so good this year and has been a threat every night. And Larson…I’ve watched him run a little bit…that guy is as talented a race car driver as I’ve ever seen in anything. It’s a good thing they didn’t start 10th and 11th,” said Blaney in the Engine Pro Victory Lane beside his Ti22 Performance/GF1 Chassis backed No. 2.