Duncan Triumphs, Shaffer Is Speedweek King

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Cole Duncan won the Ohio Speedweek finale at Atomic Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway photo)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Cole Duncan won his first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car feature in nearly four years, claiming the finale of the 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Saturday at Atomic Speedway.

The pilot of the Helms Construction/Motor City Auto Transport/Ohio Heating/No. 22c earned his $5,000 payday from the outside of row three, utilizing a lap-21 restart to take command officially on lap 22 over Muskingum County Speedway winner Spencer Bayston.

Duncan chased Bayston for six circuits before making the winning move, eventually driving under the familiar Kevin Swindell-owned No. 39 through turns three and four.

Bayston held on to finish second on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway, followed by D.J. Foos, Tanner Thorson and Caleb Armstrong.

“Man, I’ve been waiting to talk to you for a long time,” Duncan explained. “I just want to thank all of the fans for coming out tonight. It was a near-perfect night for racing. The track was in perfect shape. I’m so glad Brad (McCown) opened this place back up and did what he did. It feels so good to be in victory lane during an All Star event at my home track. This is the first Speedweek I’ve ever completed. I’m so proud of everyone.”

Cole Duncan won the battle on Saturday night, but it was the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer who won the war, claiming his third Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket point championship worth $1,000.

Shaffer’s Speedweek run ended with two victories, the first at Eldora Speedway and the second at Waynesfield Raceway Park, as well as five top-10 finishes, edging out Duncan and Chad Kemenah in the final Ohio Sprint Speedweek title fight by 14 points.

“This was definitely a whole group effort. They did a great job, which made me look even better than I was,” said Shaffer. “We’re running well at a perfect time of the year. I’m having more fun now than I ever have. They gave me a great car here tonight. We have the engines and the parts; everything we need to be better.”

The finish:

Cole Duncan, Spencer Bayston, D.J. Foos, Tanner Thorson, Caleb Armstrong, Tim Shaffer, Brandon Wimmer, Lee Jacobs, Kevin Thomas Jr., Carson Macedo, Ryan Smith, Chad Kemenah, Andrew Palker, Max Stambaugh, Danny Smith, T.J. Michael, Craig Mintz, Brandon Spithaler, Cale Thomas, Tyler Esh, Duane Zablocki, Caleb Helms, Ronnie Blair, Sean Zemunik, Mitchell Wormall, Cale Conley.