ATTICA, OH -- Despite losing his brakes at the end of the race, Greg Wilson held off Dale Blaney and Chad Kemenah Saturday night at Attica Raceway Park to win the Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap Coor's Spring Nationals feature. Wilson's first...
ATTICA, OH -- Despite losing his brakes at the end of the race, Greg Wilson held off Dale Blaney and Chad Kemenah Saturday night at Attica Raceway Park to win the Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap Coor's Spring Nationals feature. Wilson's first win of the year was worth $6,000 in Bob Hampshire's No. 63. Despite a frigid wind blowing all evening long, the hot on-track action kept the large crowd warm and on the edge of their seats as Blaney and Kemenah put on quite a battle for second."
"Hamp's got the race car working great here," Wilson complimented his car owner from victory lane. "That was the most nerve wracking 40 laps ever. I saw Chad duck under me, he's the guy to beat right now. They're the team to beat. To come out of here with a win is just great. At about five laps to go I lost my brakes but I knew if I got by a couple of lapped cars I could roll the top nice and be alright." Wilson's Maxim is sponsored by Barfield's Gift Fruits, Lima Auto Mall and Hampshire Racing Engines.
Wilson was on the pole at the start with Brandon Wimmer alongside. Paul McMahan and Rob Chaney gridded in row two with All Star points leader Chad Kemenah and Blaney in row three. Wilson jumped out into a nice lead at the drop of the green, utilizing Attica's outer groove with Chaney tucking in behind. Wimmer executed a 360 degree spin on lap two, dropping from fourth to tenth as everyone avoided him and he kept going. When Mark Keegan and John Ivy collided on lap six for the first caution, the running order was Wilson, Blaney, Kemenah, Chaney and McMahan. Wilson then stretched out his lead again until he was slowed by lapped cars, allowing Blaney to close on his bumper on lap 13. But Blaney's challenge was blocked by the lapped cars, allowing Wilson to again pull away. Wilson survived a scare on lap 19 when lapping Ben Rutan, who slid right in front of the leader, but Wilson emerged unscathed and kept right on leading the race.
With a dozen laps remaining, Kemenah finally wrestled second from Blaney and got alongside the leader. Wilson was in the high groove and Kemenah low, but Wilson had enough momentum to retain the lead. This action went on for three laps, with lapped traffic playing a part as neither of the leaders had a clear track. With four to go, Blaney got past Kemenah for second and had one shot at Wilson, but lapped cars again blocked his path. At the checkered it was Wilson by three car lengths over Blaney, who was a car length ahead of Kemenah. McMahan ended up fourth with seventh starting Byron Reed fifth. Chaney rolled home sixth ahead of 10th starting Stevie Smith, Jason Johnson, Dean Jacobs and Kenny Jacobs.
"We got up to second but the traffic fell Greg's way," Blaney said after finishing second. "We went to the bottom but I messed up and needed to get my wing back a little more."
"I think we had a first place car," Kemenah lamented after finishing third. "We just kind of got bottled up in lapped traffic a bit and Greg snuck through."
The Crown Battery heat fell to Jason Johnson, the B&B Products heat went to Kemenah, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Rob Chaney and the TP Wings heat fell to Dean Jacobs. Lee Jacobs got pinched off the top of turn on at the start of his heat race, resulting in a flip. Brandon Martin also flipped in heat two as did Phil Gressman in heat four. Neither were injured. Ryan Coniam won the Outerwears Pre-filters C Main and Stevie Smith won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main. Wilson captured the Haulmark Dash and Dale Blaney was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier. Jeff McCoy won the limited late model main.
"America's Series, The All Star Circuit of Champions" will present a slate of over 60 sprint car race dates in 2003 from February to October in action at 31 speedways in 17 states. America's favorite dirt track series is in its' 23rd year and has presented fans with the largest average car count and greatest number of different race winners in the United States over the past two decades.