ATTICA, Ohio — In front of a full house at Attica Raceway Park Friday night, Dale Blaney battled from fifth starting position to capture the Kistler Engines Classic for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and lead an all Ohio podium.
“It’s special to win here, especially being an Outlaw race,” said Blaney. “I’ve won an All-Atar race here and a regular show here and now an Outlaw race here. We’ve always run good here… It’s funny, I won this race in 2009 and I started in the fifth spot and I started fifth tonight. I told the guys back there fifth was a good spot for us.
“I’ve been looking forward to this race for two years now,” Blaney said. “It was a beautiful day and as I said we just put ourselves in position and that’s all I wanted to do coming in.”
Blaney credited a good draw earlier in the day that allowed him to qualify 13th out of 46 cars. He said that early time helped him eventually come out on top of qualifying.
A little good luck helped him along the way too, Blaney said. Early on in the race he had fallen back and was battling Daryn Pittman for sixth. Pittman got around Blaney, but immediately afterward the caution flew and Blaney was moved back into the sixth position. Blaney said that restarting on the third row gave him the opportunity he needed to start the charge to the front.
“If we had restarted seventh who knows where I could have ended up,” Blaney said. “So actually that yellow coming out at that time probably won me that race even though it was on lap six.”