ALLSTAR: Attica Raceway report 2002-06-14

ATTICA, OH -- Kelly Kinser snapped a two-year long All Star winless streak Friday night at Attica Raceway Park in the All Star sprint vs. NCRA Eastern Challenge 40-lap feature. It has often been said that the man who leads at Attica on lap 30 does...

ATTICA, OH -- Kelly Kinser snapped a two-year long All Star winless streak Friday night at Attica Raceway Park in the All Star sprint vs. NCRA Eastern Challenge 40-lap feature. It has often been said that the man who leads at Attica on lap 30 does not lead lap 40, and that axiom was proved true once again as Greg Wilson led lap 30, but was passed by Kinser on lap 34.

"Man, I needed this one," Kinser stated in victory lane. "I was getting down on myself. I just went back to the basics and it paid off. I thought Wilson was the car to beat and I didn't think we'd win it but it was just our time, I guess." Kinser's Eagle rode on Hoosier's with a Gaerte engine.

Danny Smith led the field to the green, with NCRA regular Gary Wright alongside. Smith grabbed the initial lead with Wright second and Kenny Jacobs following in third. With three laps in the books, Alvin Roepke spun in turn four, stopping the action for a yellow flag just after Kinser snared third from Jacobs.

Smith led again when the green fell and Wilson took over second on lap six and went low under Smith to grab the lead on lap eight. As Wilson entered lapped traffic in Bob Hampshire's no. 63 on lap 14, Smith and Kinser, who started fourth, put on a classic side by side duel for second, trading the spot officially six times at the flagstand in the next 20 circuits. Smith and Kinser began closing on Wilson, and on lap 33 traffic held up the now runner-up Kinser's pass for the lead. But a lap later, he ducked under Wilson off turn four to take over the top sport for good. Smith got past Wilson for second with a pair of laps to go, and he finished there.

"We were just a bit off," runner-up Smith recalled. "That was a heck of a race, side-by-side (with Wilson). I'm getting too old for this stuff."

Wright held on for fourth, with Phil Gressman fifth, Jacobs sixth and Mark Keegan seventh after starting 15th. Rodney Duncan, Rob Chaney (from 13th) and Travis Rilat completed the top ten.

The Crown Battery heat fell to Rob Chaney, the B&B Products heat went to Butch Schroeder, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Dale Blaney and the TP Wings heat fell to Mark Keegan. Boston Reid won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main while Shepard captured the Haulmark Dash. Fast time, courtesy of Ramsey Trucking, was worth $200 to Kenny Jacobs.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Travis Rilat , Boston Reid , Greg Wil