ATTICA, OH -- Greg Wilson recorded the biggest win of his career Sunday night at Attica Raceway Park in the All Star sprint 40-lap East of Chicago Pizza Attica Ambush feature. The wire-to-wire win was worth $10,000, but it didn't come easy. Rob ...
ATTICA, OH -- Greg Wilson recorded the biggest win of his career Sunday night at Attica Raceway Park in the All Star sprint 40-lap East of Chicago Pizza Attica Ambush feature. The wire-to-wire win was worth $10,000, but it didn't come easy. Rob Chaney hounded Wilson the entire distance and made his move on the last lap for the lead, but spun out while trying to duck under Wilson in turn three and ended up 22nd.
After climbing atop his roll cage and saluting the crowd, Wilson said, "On a rubber down race track like this when you see someone duck down under you like Rob you try to do whatever it takes to win this thing. It's just unbelievable to win a race this big in front of this many people at Attica. This is awesome!" His No. 63 Maxim is owned by Bob Hampshire with a Hampshire powerplant and rode on American Racer Tires.
A huge crowd saw Wilson on the pole for the start with Chaney alongside and Jeff Shepard and Jason Johnson in row two. Byron Reed and Kenny Jacobs made up row three when the green flew and Wilson jumped out into the lead over Chaney and Shepard. Reed took over third on lap four with a move under Shepard, but Shepard battled back and regained the spot the next lap.
At a lap ten caution for a stalled Butch Schroeder, the order was Wilson ahead of Chaney in the Stan Courtad 9x, Shepard, Reed and Alvin Roepke up from 11th starting spot. Wilson pulled out to another huge lead when the green came out again, and Chaney was still second but all eyes were on the battle for third among Shepard, Reed and Ropeke. Using the top groove of Attica's surface, Wilson pushed out to a quarter lap advantage over Chaney as Reed and Shepard battled furiously, changing positions every lap as Roepke watched the battle. At the halfway mark Wilson entered lapped traffic again, allowing Chaney to close. Chaney kept inching closer and closer to the leader, and on lap 28 they were side by side on the backstretch and bumped wheels, with Wilson still staying on top.
"If you got out of the rubber that was there, you got real loose, and I got sideways," Wilson recalled of the bump. "I just stayed on the gas and Rob ducked underneath me and we bumped a little bit. He kept charging and was right there at the end." Three laps later Chaney made another move for the lead, diving low in turn four, but he got a bit sideways, allowing Wilson to pull out to a three car length lead. Three laps later Chaney tried again, but lapped traffic thwarted his pass attempt. Wilson pushed out to the lead he held prior to Chaney's move, but Chaney reeled him back in again. Lap 39 saw Wilson hold a one length lead. Going down the backstretch for the last time Chaney was right on Wilson's bumper and he dove under Wilson in turn three but he again got sideways as he hauled it in too hard and spun out and luckily the rest of the field missed his stalled car.
This allowed Reed to finish second over Shepard.
"I was catching the leaders a bit and a couple of lapped cars passed me on the top, so I jumped up there," Reed said of his late race strategy which put him second.
Jason Johnson ended up fourth ahead of Jacobs and Chad Kemenah. Kelly Kinser started 12th and used the low groove to get seventh ahead of Mark Keegan, who was shut out of Attica's victory lane this season for the first time in his career. Bill Rose started 16th and drove a nice race to finish ninth ahead of Roepke.
The B&B Products heat went to Mike Wagner, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by and Kelly Kinser and the TP Wings heat fell to Tony Kennedy. Kemenah won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main. Fast time by Crown Battery heat and Haulmark Dash winner Kenny Jacobs was worth $100 courtesy of Fisher Performance. Dean Jacobs hit the turn four concrete during his heat race and the rear end housing broke loose and hit his driver's seat. He was taken to Willard hospital for a checkup of his sore tailbone and back and he emerged with only bruises.
Knoxville Raceway track champ Terry McCarl drove 12 hours to get to Attica after racing at Knoxville Saturday night but could only muster sixth in the B Main, missing the feature.