Dale Blaney battles to the win in WoO feature at Attica Raceway Park

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Win makes him the 15th different WoO winner so far this seasom

In front of a full house at Attica Raceway Park Friday night, Dale Blaney (in photo from a previous race) battled from a fifth place starting position to capture the Kistler Engines Classic and lead an all Ohio podium.

“It’s special to win here, especially being an Outlaw race,” said Blaney, a Hartford, Ohio native. “I’ve won an all-star 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.”

Blaney, the 1998 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Rookie of the Year, became the 15th different winner of the season. This is the ninth Outlaws win of his career.

Dean Jacobs, a native of Wooster, Ohio, led the field to the start in his Northwest Ohio Towing car with Joey Saldana, Cody Darrah and Brad Sweet following.

The caution flew before the first lap could be put into the books. A four car wreck out of turn three ended the nights of Travis Philo and Cap Henry.

The early battle for the lead had Joey Saldana trying different lines through turns one and two and three and four, attempting to reel in Jacobs.

Another caution flag on lap six for James McFadden gave Blaney the chance he needed. When the green flag flew again he took fifth and set his sights on Darrah in fourth. By lap nine, Blaney found his way around Darrah and began making moves forward.

He battled Kerry Madsen and then Madsen and Saldana, who were running third and second at the time. On lap 24, as Madsen found his way around Saldana, Blaney found an opening and got around both drivers on the front stretch to take over the second position.

On lap 29, as lapped traffic came into play, Blaney got the opportunity he needed to get around leader Jacobs.

Three more cautions and a late surging Mintz were not enough to stop Blaney. He took the checkered flag with Mintz in second and Jacobs in third.

Mintz, a native of Gibsonburg, Ohio, who started 13th in his Ti22/Real-Geese car, said staying out of the wrecks and balancing the demands of a longer race helped him advance forward.

“You know it got to the point where I just tried to be patient as much as I could,” Mintz said. “Forty laps is a long time around this place. But with the quality of the cars we’re racing against, you’ve got to get going.”

“We started passing racecars, we got into some clean air, got into sixth, seventh and I could feel we were pretty good - and then the cautions late helped out too,” Mintz said. “We just try to pick them off one by one and we missed it by one.”

Jacobs, who led laps one through 29, complimented his competition.

“It’s nice to know who’s behind you because the guys I race with, I usually know what they’re going to do,” Jacobs said. “I was really shocked to see Craig [Mintz] pass me on the outside. That’s not him. He did a good job. Dale went in there and I’m trying to protect the bottom and Dale was running that thing in the middle and go by me like I wasn’t there. I’m OK – I’d been able to run second and then someone spun down here and I ended up third. That ain’t bad.”

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars returns to the track at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. for the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble on Saturday. Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind. hosts the Outlaws on Wednesday, June 4.

ATTICA RACEWAY PARK NOTES: Dale Blaney’s win made him the 15th different World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars winner of the season... Donny Schatz was tonight’s KSE Hard Charger winner, advancing 18 positions. He also moved to second place in the championship points standings, just six points behind leader Daryn Pittman... In addition to winning the A Main tonight, Dale Blaney was also fastest during qualifying.

SEASON WINNERS: Daryn Pittman – 7 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6 and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20); Donny Schatz – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6 and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27); David Gravel – 3 (Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, and Wilmot Raceway on May 9); Joey Saldana – 3 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 12 and Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8 and Calis qwtoga Speedway on April 5); Kerry Madsen – 2 (Stockton Dirt track on March 22 and El Paso Speedway Park on April 15); Paul McMahan – 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10); Rico Abreu – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15); Dale Blaney – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 30); Christopher Bell – 1 (Jacksonville Speedway on May 7); Cody Darrah – 1 (Kings Speedway on April 11); Steve Kinser – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16);Stevie Smith – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14); Shane Stewart – 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 2) ; Sammy Swindell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26).

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Attica Raceway Park; Attica, Ohio; May 30, 2014

A-Main - (40 Laps) - 1. 14K-Dale Blaney [5] [$10,000]; 2. O9-Craig Mintz [13] [$5,500]; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs [1] [$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [23] [$2,500]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [8] [$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [11] [$2,200]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [22] [$2,100]; 9. 81-Lee Jacobs [19] [$2,050]; 10. 83-David Gravel [10] [$2,000]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell [12] [$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25] [$400]; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$1,100]; 14. 11X-Brandon Martin [15] [$1,050]; 15. 77X-Wayne Johnson [17] [$1,000]; 16. 11-Steve Kinser [24] [$900]; 17. 63-Chad Kemenah [21] [$800]; 18. 71M-Joey Saldana [2] [$800]; 19. 9X-Rob Chaney [16] [$800]; 20. 45L-Brian Lay [7] [$800]; 21. 4-Cody Darrah [3] [$800]; 22. 3G-James McFadden [18] [$800]; 23. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [20] [$800]; 24. 5T-Travis Philo [9] [$800]; 25. 53-Cap Henry [14] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Dean Jacobs 1-29, Dale Blaney 30-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+18]

Qualifying - 1. 14K-Dale Blaney, 12.135; 2. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.190; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.225; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.231; 5. 5T-Travis Philo, 12.290; 6. 83-David Gravel, 12.314; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.322; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.322; 9. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.352; 10. 97-Dean Jacobs, 12.394; 11. 45L-Brian Lay, 12.401; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.448; 13. O9-Craig Mintz, 12.481; 14. 53-Cap Henry, 12.489; 15. 11X-Brandon Martin, 12.490; 16. 9X-Rob Chaney, 12.515; 17. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.524; 18. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 12.527; 19. 3G-James McFadden, 12.538; 20. 81-Lee Jacobs, 12.543; 21. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 12.545; 22. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.546; 23. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.586; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.599; 25. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.623; 26. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.633; 27. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.637; 28. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.654; 29. 22-Cole Duncan, 12.705; 30. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.716; 31. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 12.720; 32. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 12.735; 33. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.758; 34. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.794; 35. 55-Brad Bowman, 12.864; 36. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 12.867; 37. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.878; 38. 46AU-Stuart Williams, 12.886; 39. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 12.899; 40. 16-Chris Andrews, 12.904; 41. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.013; 42. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.190; 43. 21-Dallas Hewitt, 13.207; 44. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.327; 45. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.334; 46. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.340

Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 2. O9-Craig Mintz [1]; 3. 5T-Travis Philo [3]; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney [4]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [5]; 7. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [6]; 8. 5R-Byron Reed [11]; 9. 22-Cole Duncan [8]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [9]; 11. 40-Caleb Helms [10]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [12]

Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 97-Dean Jacobs [2]; 2. 83-David Gravel [3]; 3. 53-Cap Henry [1]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 5. 77X-Wayne Johnson [5]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [7]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 8. 35-Stuart Brubaker [9]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [6]; 10. 46AU-Stuart Williams [10]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [11]; 12. 4S-Danny Smith [12]

Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 45L-Brian Lay [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [7]; 6. 11N-Randy Hannagan [8]; 7. 55-Brad Bowman [9]; 8. 21-Dallas Hewitt [11]; 9. 3G-James McFadden [5]; 10. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [10]; 11. 11X-Brandon Martin [1]

Heat 4 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 9X-Rob Chaney [1]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs [5]; 6. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [8]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 8. 16-Chris Andrews [10]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 10. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [9]; 11. 45-Tim Shaffer [11]

Dash - (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 97-Dean Jacobs [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney [6]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [8]; 7. 45L-Brian Lay [7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [5]

C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature) - 1. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [2] [-]; 2. 16-Chris Andrews [6] [-]; 3. 21-Dallas Hewitt [9] [$125]; 4. 40-Caleb Helms [3] [$125]; 5. 5R-Byron Reed [7] [$125]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] [$100]; 7. 55-Brad Bowman [1] [$100]; 8. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [5] [$100]; 9. 46AU-Stuart Williams [4] [$100]; 10. 45-Tim Shaffer [10] [$100]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [11] [$100]; 12. 4S-Danny Smith [12] [$100]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11X-Brandon Martin [1] [-]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [5] [-]; 3. 3G-James McFadden [3] [-]; 4. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [4] [-]; 5. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [2] [$200]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [7] [$180]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6] [$175]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10] [$160]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [13] [$150]; 10. 11N-Randy Hannagan [11] [$150]; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8] [$150]; 12. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [15] [$150]; 13. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [12] [$150]; 14. 35-Stuart Brubaker [14] [$150]; 15. 16-Chris Andrews [16] [$150]; 16. 22-Cole Duncan [9] [$150]

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