Off-Season Maintenance at "Ohio's Finest Racing" Speed Plant
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The ARP track maintenance staff led by Brandon “Pork Chop” Smith and crews from Underground Utilities Inc. have been busy hauling and adding 140 truck loads of fresh clay to the racing surface.

Rex and volunteers have also been busy making other upgrades to and water sealing bleacher boards.
 
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 September 2014 )
 
Thank You To All The Race Teams, Drivers, Sponsors & Fans For Your Support During 2014
Sunday, 31 August 2014
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 August 2014 )
 
Attica Ambush Photos
Thursday, 04 September 2014

ImageCheck out last week's racing action through the lens of our local area photographers.

A collection of photos from Action Photos & Rick Sherer from the season ending Attica Ambush have been posted in the photo gallery.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 )
 
Markham Crowned Attica Raceway Park/ Wayne County Speeedway Late Model Challenge Series Champion
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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By Mike Swanger

(Orrville, OH) Being consistently good will go a long way in winning championship’s and that was the key for Ashland’s Ryan Markham as he takes the crown for the Attica Raceway Park and NAPA Wayne County Speedway’s Late Model Series. Starting the opening week-end with a fourth place finish on May 2nd in Attica and his only series win the next night at NAPA WCS, Markham would take the points lead for good following his second place finish on May 24th at the Orrville speedplant. With finishes of sixth, fourth, 15th and third in the last four races to go along with his four heat race wins, which earned him the Innovative Graphics Award for most heat race wins, no one could challenge Markham for the title and the $1500 and $200 Fultz Fabrication Gift Card.

Mike Bores’ second place finish on the last night edged him past Shane McLoughlin for second place in the series by just two points. McLoughlin finished 13th in the last feature to finish third in the points. Both Bores and McLoughlin recorded feature wins in the series but both also did not make a feature.

Larry Kingseed missed the next to last race of the series but still ended up fourth in the points with a best finish of third in the series. Missing the opening week-end, Keith Berner won the last two features to grab the fifth position in points.
Filling out the top ten were Matt Irey, John Bores, Doug Drown, Ryan Missler and JR Gentry.

Drivers will receive their awards at their home track awards banquet.

Thanks to Fultz Fabrication ( $50 feature winner, $25, 2nd and $20 for 3rd), Hoosier Tire (highest finisher on Hoosiers), American Racer (highest finisher on American Racer), VP Fuels Hard Charger Award and Summit Racing.

ATTICA RACEWAY PARK/ NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY
LATE MODEL CHALLENGE SERIES TOP-10

POS
DRIVER
POINTS WINSTOP-3 WINS
 1 Ryan Markham
 391 1 3 4
 2 Mike Bores
 344 1 2 2
 3 Shane McLoughlin 343 1 1 1
 4 Larry Kingseed
 314 0 1 1
 5 Keith Berner
 309 2 3 2
 6 Matt Irey
 227 0 1 1
 7 John Bores
 199 0 0 0
 8 Doug Drown 184 0 3 2
 9 Ryan Missler
 177 0 1 1
 10 JR Gentry
 169 1 2 1
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 September 2014 )
 
Congratulations To Our 2014 Track Champions
Monday, 25 August 2014
O'Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprint Cars
Caleb Griffith #40DD
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Summit Racing Equipment UMP DIRTcar Late Models
Jeff Babcock #1B
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Foster Auto Body 305 Sprint Cars
Jordan Ryan #5R
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Fremont Fence Company Dirt Trucks
Shawn Valenti #7B
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Last Updated ( Monday, 25 August 2014 )
 
Attica Ambush: Baumann Auto Group Night Results
Saturday, 30 August 2014
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Blaney Gets By Chaney Late To Take UNOH All-Star Win At Attica, Berner Nabs Late Model Win; Clark Tames 305 Sprints; Valenti Claims Truck Victory

By Brian Liskai

Image(Attica, OH) Dale Blaney gave his daughter Leah a fantastic 19th birthday present Saturday at Attica Raceway Park – a victory.
 
The Hartford, Ohio driver got by Rob Chaney with five laps to go and went on to score his 13th University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions feature win of 2014 to close out the track’s season on Baumann Auto Group Night. The previous night the Tony Kennedy owned team had experimented with a different chassis and decided to put another car together for Saturday’s event and it paid off.
 
The victory is the second most All Star wins in a season for Blaney – he won 17 in 1996 – and runs his career total to an amazing 112 with the series. The victory was the fourth win of 2014 at Attica for “The Low Rider” and runs his career total to 21 at the track to move into third on the track’s all-time win list. Blaney leads all drivers in UNOH All Star wins at Attica with 15 victories.
 
“I was as good as what he was (Chaney)…it’s hard being behind a guy. He was kind of running where I wanted to in one and two and three and four he was taking up some ground. He had a really good car. It’s bitter sweat for me. He’s my best buddy out here. We talk all the time. He’s been going really, really, really good. I can see he has a lot of confidence. I love to win races…he’s going win a lot here. Those guys are going pretty good,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Penske Shocks/Ti22 Performance/GF1 Chassis/Tom’s Sewer and Septic Service backed #14k.
 
“We switched cars from last night…put this one together. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the other one. I told George (Fisher, crew chief) after the race ‘my car is back.’ Awful proud of all the guys. Tony is putting together a great team. We’ve had unbelievable success in his first year as an owner. Just looking forward to the rest of the races. Looking forward to getting back to Fremont in a couple of weeks…looking forward to some outlaw races. George has this thing dialed in,” added Blaney.
 
For Millersburg, Ohio’s Rob Chaney, running second after leading 23 of the 40 laps was bittersweet as well. He looked like he had the race in hand when the caution flew with seven laps to go and Blaney pounced soon after.
 
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. I’m happy to run second. We got beat by the heavy weight champ. If you give him (Blaney) that many opportunities he’s going to find a way and he did. He does what he does to everybody…to outlaws…it doesn’t matter, he finds a way,” said Chaney beside his Stan Cortad Racing #9x.
 
“Our guys have worked real hard. We struggled really badly early in the year and we have this car rolling now and have a lot of confidence in it,” added Chaney.
 
Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan would get by Byron Reed the final two laps to score the third place finish.
 
“I screwed up early and let some guys get by me and it really cost us there for awhile. No body had anything for Dale. Him and George had that thing rolling from the drop of the green so you have to congratulate them. It feels good to come back and get third after we struggled so badly last night,” said Duncan of his Motorcity Auto Transport/Wolfden Products/Industrial Special Powder Coating/Gressman Powersports backed #22.
 
Keith Berner and Shane McLoughlin battled side by side the first 16 laps of the 25-lap Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature. Unfortunately a lapped car spun right in front of McLoughlin and collected him, ending the fun. Berner would drive to his fourth career Attica win, the first of the season for the Millersburg, Ohio driver at “Ohio Finest Racing” speedplant. He announced in victory lane this was his last year of driving as he was retiring at season’s end.
 
“We were running so hard…it just went my way there with that lapped car. I knew it was going to be pretty dicey and Shane was running really good tonight and things just went my way. I guess you have to have some luck sometimes,” said Berner beside his Bud’s Place/AccuForce Shock Dyno/Village Motors/Massillon Transmissions backed #18.
 
“This is my third win in only my eighth night out this season. This is it…I’ve been really fortunate to still be very competitive. My business has just been crazy. So I’m calling this my year-end tour,” added Berner.
 
With his third place finish Markham would wrap up the first ever Attica Raceway Park/NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway Late Model Series Challenge and the $1,500 payday.
 
In the Foster Auto Body 305 Sprints, Fremont, Ohio’s Bobby Clark executed a daring move, splitting the first and second place running cars of Ricky Peterson and Paul Weaver as they exited turn two with five laps to go to take the lead. Clark would them drive to his third win of the season at Attica. It was the 16th career victory for Clark at the track, moving him into a tie with Joe Keegan for fifth on the track’s all-time win list.
 
“I had my eye on them and I was catching them little by little. When I pulled in Dave (Foos,crew chief) said ‘nice job splitting them.’ I don’t remember doing it. He’s got the car real nice. I wish we would have started the season out with this thing,” said Clark referring to the change in chassis a couple of weeks ago.
 
“We started out kind of bad. We’ll take back to back wins and get more at Fremont,” said Clark of his Fremont Fence/Kistler Engines/Kear’s Speed Shop/Little Bar on the Prairie/B&L Plumbing/Nagy Equipment Sales/Big D’s Pizza/CRF Concrete/Willey’s Towing backed #18.
 
In the non-stop 15 lap Fremont Fence Dirt Truck feature Kent Brewer and Shawn Valenti battled each other tough the first 11 laps before Valenti used the high line to blast away to his fifth win of the season. Valenti now has 9 career Attica dirt trucks wins and is tied with Brian Arnold for fourth on the track’s all-time win list. He has 15 truck wins in total in 2014.
 
“I always try to get this thing hooked up on the cushion…wasn’t much left tonight but it was able to stick. I have to thank Kent for racing me clean. It’s been one hell of a year and I just keep thinking I’m going to wake up one of these days,” said Valenti beside his Craig Miller Trucking/Best Performance Motorsports/JP Enterprise/Daydream and Memories/KT Enterprise/Conrad Transportation/Burns Petroleum/Gressman Powersports backed #7b.
 
Duncan and Chaney would bring the field to green for the 40-lap All Star feature with Chaney gaining the upper hand with Cap Henry sliding into second and Duncan back to third. Henry would immediately challenge Chaney for the lead on lap two when the caution flew for a Caleb Armstrong spin in turn four.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 September 2014 )
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Attica Ambush: Detroit Chocolat Night Results
Friday, 29 August 2014
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Bloomquist Scores Attica Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win; Holtgraver Takes UNOH All Star Victory

By Brian Liskai

Image(Attica, OH) Making his first ever visit to Attica Raceway Park, Scott Bloomquist survived a two-lap dash to the finish for his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season worth $10,000 on Detroit Chocolat Night.

Bloomquist led all 50-laps in his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Lucas Oil Products sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist entry. Bloomquist, from Mooresburg, Tenn., earned his 51st career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory out dueling Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, and Mason Zeigler to round out the top five.

“It was a little bit of work out there. Depending on how you came off the corners with those…mobiles I guess you’d call them…they’d definitely throw you around. You had to pay attention where the wall was at. The car was awesome…I could run anywhere on the race track. But with two to go I felt something..like something jarred on the car. Like a lot of races this year I was wondering if I’d lose this on the last lap,” said Bloomquist.

“This is our first time here; everyone knows our winning percentage at new tracks in my career is pretty good. This is really a nice track. I hoped the fans enjoyed this show,” said the 50-year-old veteran.

“We are a little short of help this weekend, but everybody did a great job. I had to groove the tires and do some other things, but overall the car handled so well all night long. We have been so close to winning other races this year; I was determined to win this tonight. I have to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Hawkeye Trucking, Base Fuels, Lucas Oil Products, and Durham Race Engines."

Both Francis and Pearson took a shot at Bloomquist in the final two circuits, but they came up short of going to victory lane.

“I caught a rock about half way through and tore the face shield off so we just were trying to see where we were going. It’s our second straight runner-up finish,” said Francis, who brought his Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot, Barry Wright Race Cars entry across the line for another podium finish. “We are really running well here lately. It’s great to be back in the mix for a win. Scott could run straighter up off the corner than we could. I slipped back to fifth at one point, and the car was so much better up top. We just didn’t have anything for Scott on that final restart. The way it turned out, we were fortunate to hold off Earl for second.”

Pearson finished third in his Bobby Labonte Racing, Lucas Oil Products, Longhorn Chevrolet. “With the way our season has gone this year, I didn’t know what was going to happen on that final restart. The car was good all race long, it would run better down low on the track. I thought I was going to get by Steve there a couple of times, but we will take this finish…I think we run third here last year. Hopefully when we come back we can move up a spot or two.”

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Danny Holtgraver would lead all 30 laps of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions feature to score the victory. It was the third UNOH All Star win of the year for Holtgraver and the third overall career win at Attica for the driver of the Rob Hunter Racing #10h. Holtgraver has seven total wins in 2014.
 
“I didn’t want to see the lapped cars with five to go. I caught them pretty quick and I thought I might be able to get around them but they were just as fast. I was struggling there. I knew Caleb (Griffith) would be there. Clean air definitely helped tonight…I was able to get out front and go,” said Holtgraver beside his Seneca Energy Corp. /Berlin Natural Bakery/Bonnell’s Rod Shop/DKW Transport backed machine.
 
“I can’t thank Rob Hunter enough for giving me this opportunity. And my dad, Earl, Josh, Pup…everyone that helps out. It’s a lot of fun and hopefully we can turn things around here at the end of the season and get some good runs,” added Holtgraver.
 
“Anyone that knows me knows I’m not real comfortable on the cushion and I wasn’t really beating it down. There was enough there to keep up my momentum. I knew I could run the bottom…luckily I was good enough to get it done. We were fast out of the box tonight and that’s where we’ve been struggling at the beginning of the night. So hopefully if we can come out tomorrow like this…it makes your night a lot easier,” concluded Holtgraver.
 
After a fantastic battle with Rob Chaney and Byron Reed, Attica’s 2014 track champion Caleb Griffith would take the second spot.
 
“We were pretty good night. I saw Big Dan (Holtgraver’s dad) come out on the red and he changed his line so I thought I could switch my line around and it looked okay for awhile and I thought we were going to get to him. But then he legged it out a little and when he got stuck in traffic Rob (Chaney) got to us and raced us hard. Bringing home second is a good effort,” said Griffith beside his Al Davis Carpet/McDonald’s/JLH General Contractor/Shelluke’s Bar/Crown Battery/B&L Plumbing/Griff’s Engines/Bethesda Care Center/Erlin Trader/Ballville EZ Shop backed machine.
 
Byron Reed, who scored his first win of the season last Saturday at Attica, would storm from his 11th starting spot for a third place finish.
 
“This isn’t generally the type of track I do well on so it feels good to run well on this. I think if I would have found the top in one and two sooner I could have gotten up there to run with them. But, once I got back up there I started catching them again. I happy with how we did,” said Reed beside his Crown Battery/Kistler Engines/ProShocks backed #5.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 September 2014 )
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