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Dale Blaney became the 12th different World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature winner of the season Friday night at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park's Kistler Engines Classic. (Mark Miefert Photos)

Attica Provides 12th Different Winner in 2015 in WoO Sprints

May 30, 2015 • App, Archives, Dirt Cars, Ticker

Attica, OH – A mid-race restart proved pivotal in the battle for Friday night’s Kistler Engines Classic at Attica Raceway Park, as Dale Blaney was able to battle past Cody Darrah and best the Outlaws to become the 12th different World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series winner of the season.

Blaney, who came into the night as the reigning winner of the Outlaws event at Attica, picked up the quick time early on in the night and started on the outside pole of the feature after charging from sixth to second in the Dash.

Through the early portion of the feature Blaney battled with Darrah for the lead. As the two drivers came around to complete lap five, they got side-by-side off of turn four. Blaney got hung up at the top and was forced to give up his run for the position.

“I had a couple of runs on him getting into three but it was a 40 lap race and I didn’t want to do anything to negate what we were both doing up there,” Blaney said. “I knew the last 20 was going to tell the tale.”

The caution flag flew for the first and only time of the night on lap 15. D.J. Foos got caught up with Dean Jacobs and cut a tire down.

When the feature returned to green, momentum and a mistake changed the narrative of the night.

“I just got a good restart there,” Blaney said. “I kind of kept my speed up a little bit and we came to the line together but I had a head of speed going.”

Blaney charged forward in his No. 1 Muddy car, taking over the lead as the two drivers dove into turn one.

For Darrah, the restart captured a familiar frustration.

“I’ve been struggling with my restarts here lately and I’ve been getting yelled at,” Darrah said. “I got a little anxious and went a little too early and had to get my tires back under me and it just gave him enough time to get around me. And then once he got in front of me I throttled down and put myself in a wheel stand. Just made one bad mistake and then another one after that.”

Blaney caught traffic on lap 30 and Darrah was able to close a several car length lead for Blaney. Through the late going though, Blaney held firm, and scored his 10th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory.

“I was a little bit better than Cody was early but then once we got to traffic we were the same and I couldn’t do anything with him,” Blaney said. “I don’t know how we were in the open traffic. To defend what I did last year just makes it even more special.”

Blaney, a regular competitor with Darrah in the All Star Circuit of Champions, complimented the Red Lion, Pennsylvania-native. Blaney currently leads Darrah by 35 points in that series’ championship points standings.

“I get to race with Cody every night with the All Stars and for him to be up here with us is really good – he’s a great kid and we’re going to have a great battle this year,” Blaney said.

Darrah, who got his best Outlaws finish of the season with his No. 89 J&K Salvage car tonight, shared a similar sentiment.

“It felt like we had a great car,” Darrah said. “We were right on him there in traffic, it’s just when it slows down like this it’s really hard to get grip. I’ve learned so much here racing behind (Blaney) in the last couple of (All Star) races. He’s been kicking our butt but we’re closing up on the way he gets around the race track.”

If the restart proved critical for Blaney and Darrah, it was a big break for David Gravel. When the race returned to green, Gravel, who started the night in 11th, restarted in the eighth position. By the time he came around onto the backstretch he had driven his No. 7 Destiny Motorsports car to fourth.

Following a three lap battle with Joey Saldana for third, Gravel drag raced past him down the backstretch on lap 28 and then held him off as the two exited turn four. Gravel closed on Darrah in the waning laps but was not able to find a way around him.

It was the second Outlaws feature in a row that Gravel finished on the podium.

“We had a great car,” Gravel said. “I wish it was 50 laps. Cody was catching Dale a little bit and I was catching them. It was getting interesting.”

Of his transition with a still fairly new team for him, Gravel said, “It’s been a work in progress. Everybody’s been working hard to make this better.”

James McFadden was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger recipient after advancing 16 positions from 24th to finish in eighth.

Donny Schatz, who finished the night in sixth after starting the feature in 15th, expanded his championship points lead over second place Shane Stewart to 105.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night for the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information on the event and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/i-96-speedway.

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Attica Raceway Park Notebook

RACE NOTES: With his win tonight, Dale Blaney became the 12th different driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event this season… This was the 10th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of Dale Blaney’s career… Dale Blaney took home the quick time tonight. He is the 15th different driver to take home quick time this season… Cody Darrah, who finished the night in second, led the first 15 laps of the feature… James McFadden was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 16 positions to finish in 8th.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): D.J. Foos; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Dale Blaney; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): David Gravel; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Donny Schatz;JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Jason Sides; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brad Sweet;Super Flow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): David Gravel;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): James McFadden; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Cody Darrah;Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Shane Stewart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Shane Stewart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jamie Veal.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 11 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Shane Stewart – 3 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1); Rico Abreu – 2(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Paul McMahan – 2(Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Brad Sweet – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2);Dale Blaney – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7);Greg Hodnett – 1(Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Attica Raceway Park; Attica, Ohio; May 29, 2015

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 1-Dale Blaney [2] [$10,000]; 2. 89-Cody Darrah [1] [$5,500]; 3. 7-David Gravel [11] [$3,200]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [4] [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [15] [$2,300]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [8] [$2,200]; 8. 3G-James McFadden [24] [$2,100]; 9. 9X-Rob Chaney [10] [$2,050]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [16] [$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [18] [$1,200]; 13. 45-Tim Shaffer [14] [$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21] [$1,050]; 15. 5T-Travis Philo [17] [$1,000]; 16. 33M-Caleb Griffith [13] [$900]; 17. O9-Craig Mintz [23] [$800]; 18. 5-Byron Reed [22] [$800]; 19. 2-Shane Stewart [7] [$800]; 20. 53-Cap Henry [12] [$800]; 21. 41-Jamie Veal [20] [$800]; 22. 51-Paul McMahan [19] [$800]; 23. 97-Dean Jacobs [3] [$800]; 24. 21-D.J. Foos [9] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Cody Darrah 1-15, Dale Blaney 16-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3G-James McFadden [+16]

Qualifying – 1. 1-Dale Blaney, 12.508; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.525; 3. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.765; 4. 21-D.J. Foos, 12.780; 5. 9X-Rob Chaney, 12.800; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.828; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.894; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.906; 9. 97-Dean Jacobs, 12.915; 10. 7-David Gravel, 12.917; 11. 53-Cap Henry, 12.978; 12. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.022; 13. 89-Cody Darrah, 13.102; 14. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.124; 15. 33M-Caleb Griffith, 13.136; 16. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.141; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.167; 18. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.201; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.276; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.297; 21. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.326; 22. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.337; 23. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.350; 24. 63-Kody Swanson, 13.376; 25. 41-Jamie Veal, 13.398; 26. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.416; 27. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.441; 28. 5-Byron Reed, 13.455; 29. O9-Craig Mintz, 13.519; 30. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.535; 31. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.537; 32. 3G-James McFadden, 13.571; 33. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.578; 34. 16-Stuart Brubaker, 13.580; 35. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.602; 36. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.609; 37. 40DD-Nate Dussel, 13.668; 38. 45L-Brian Lay, 13.695; 39. 19A-Chris Andrews, 13.715; 40. 9P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.727; 41. 40I-Mark Imler, 14.049

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 89-Cody Darrah [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs [2]; 4. 1-Dale Blaney [4]; 5. 5T-Travis Philo [6]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks [9]; 7. 41-Jamie Veal [7]; 8. O9-Craig Mintz [8]; 9. 9X-Rob Chaney [3]; 10. 40I-Mark Imler [11]; 11. 40DD-Nate Dussel [10]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 7-David Gravel [2]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs [7]; 7. 16-Stuart Brubaker [9]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 9. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [5]; 10. 45L-Brian Lay [10]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 2. 33M-Caleb Griffith [1]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 5. 53-Cap Henry [2]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9]; 7. 40-Caleb Helms [4]; 8. 59-Danny Holtgraver [8]; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3]; 10. 19A-Chris Andrews [10]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer [1]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 4. 3G-James McFadden [8]; 5. 5-Byron Reed [7]; 6. 9P-Parker Price-Miller [10]; 7. 19-Paige Polyak [2]; 8. 21-D.J. Foos [4]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 10. 63-Kody Swanson [6]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 89-Cody Darrah [1]; 2. 1-Dale Blaney [6]; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs [2]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [7]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [8]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 19M-Brent Marks [1] [-]; 2. 16-Stuart Brubaker [2] [-]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3] [$150]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [$150]; 5. 45L-Brian Lay [6] [$150]; 6. 40DD-Nate Dussel [5] [$125]; 7. 9P-Parker Price-Miller [8] [$125]; 8. 40I-Mark Imler [9] [$125]; 9. 19A-Chris Andrews [7] [$125]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 21-D.J. Foos [2] [-]; 2. O9-Craig Mintz [10] [-]; 3. 9X-Rob Chaney [3] [-]; 4. 41-Jamie Veal [8] [-]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11] [$300]; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [6] [$250]; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver [12] [$225]; 8. 63-Kody Swanson [7] [$200]; 9. 19M-Brent Marks [13] [$200]; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah [4] [$200]; 11. 16-Stuart Brubaker [14] [$200]; 12. 81-Lee Jacobs [9] [$200]; 13. 19-Paige Polyak [5] [$200]; 14. 40-Caleb Helms [1] [$200]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

4093

0

11

19

26

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

3988

-105

3

15

22

4

3

49

Brad Sweet

3906

-187

2

11

21

2

4

29

Kerry Madsen

3886

-207

0

10

23

4

5

51

Paul McMahan

3852

-241

2

15

20

4

6

71M

Joey Saldana

3831

-262

0

9

20

3

7

9

Daryn Pittman

3809

-284

3

11

20

1

8

7s

Jason Sides

3713

-380

0

7

13

0

9

7

David Gravel

3695

-398

0

4

13

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

3482

-611

0

2

6

1

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

3377

-716

0

1

7

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

2942

-1151

0

1

5

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

2788

-1305

0

0

0

0

14

83

Craig Dollansky

2332

-1761

0

1

4

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

2102

-1991

2

4

7

2

16

7H

Jojo Helberg

1487

-2606

0

0

0

0

17

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-2612

1

3

6

0

18

41

Jamie Veal

1354

-2739

0

0

1

0

19

83

Kyle Hirst

1334

-2759

0

1

3

0

20

89

Cody Darrah

1185

-2908

0

1

2

0

Story: WoO PR – Photo: Mark Miefert

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