All Star Sprint Results -- Attica Raceway Park - Fri. 4/19/02 ATTICA, OH -- Greg Wilson passed Dale Blaney on the last lap Friday night at Attica Raceway Park to win the exciting All Star sprint 30-lap feature. The event was co-sanctioned by the...
All Star Sprint Results -- Attica Raceway Park - Fri. 4/19/02
ATTICA, OH -- Greg Wilson passed Dale Blaney on the last lap Friday night at Attica Raceway Park to win the exciting All Star sprint 30-lap feature. The event was co-sanctioned by the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and 72 sprint cars were on hand. Blaney had taken the lead on lap 22 in his first race of the season for owner Dick Sabo, but Wilson led when it counted, at the checkered.
"Dale snookered me on the last restart, and the only thing I could do was keep on him," Wilson recalled. "I had to try to get him in traffic." Wilson drove Bob Hampshire's Maxim on American Racer Tires, with sponsorship from Barfield's Gift Fruits.
"I wish it was a 29 and a half lap race," Blaney stated afterward. "That's the way it goes." His machine was a car he ran last season and sold to Sabo this spring.
IRA driver John Haeni started on the pole with Wilson alongside, and Blaney and Byron Reed made up row two. Haeni spun on the initial start, putting Blaney on the pole for the second start. Dean Jacobs spun in turn three after the second start, with Rodney Duncan sliding to a stop to avoid him. Both restarted at the tail. Bill Rose did a 360 on the third start, so the fourth time was a charm for a start with Wilson jumping out into the lead over Reed and Alvin Roepke before another yellow on lap three for a three car spin. Wilson held the lead through another two cautions and the green remained out from lap eight on.
Blaney moved past Roepke for third on lap 11 behind Wilson and Reed and the leaders moved into lapped traffic on lap 13. In traffic it was a battle royal for the lead as Reed closed right on Wilson and they were nose to tail on lap 16. Blaney moved into the picture on lap 17 and was second a lap later. As the top three maneuvered through lapped traffic, Reed and Blaney waged a side-by-side war with Blaney in the high groove, Reed low and Wilson using the top groove when not in lapped traffic. A Mike Lutz turn two flip on lap 21 stopped the action again, preventing Blaney from making a pass for the lead.
Wilson was first for the restart, followed by Blaney, Reed and Roepke. Reed lost the handle exiting turn two on the restart, with Todd Kane tagging him. This put Roepke back into third with Mark Keegan fourth and Kenny Jacobs fifth. Blaney dove low in turn two after the green reappeared, but Wilson fought back in turn three, but Blaney emerged with the lead. Blaney looked like he had things well in hand until he entered lapped traffic with just three laps to go. Wilson dove low to take the lead on lap 28, but Blaney got him back on the backstretch and led at the white flag. Wilson made his move on the last lap, passing Blaney going down the back stretch as Blaney tried desperately to pass a lapped car on the low side, enabling Wilson to nip Blaney at the finish line. Roepke ended third, followed by Jacobs and Kinser.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Blaney, the B&B Products heat went to Haeni, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Reed and the TP Wings heat fell to Wilson. John Ivy and Mike Stefka won the twin B Mains. Jeff Shepard was leading the second B Main when his machine experienced rear end failure, ending his evening. The two non-qualifier races fell to Bill Warren and Kevin Frey. Eric Hysong took a hard flip in his heat into the frontstretch cement and was taken to Willard Mercy Hospital for a precautionary checkup with a sore neck and ankle.