2016 Ohio Sprint Speedweek Preview

Blaney 2016 SpeedweekBy Brian Liskai: ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park will kick off the 34th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Presented by Cometic Gasket on Friday, June 17. ARP will be the first of eight race nights at eight different Ohio tracks all over the course of nine days.

 

Friday’s speedweek opener will mark the 111th visit of Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant. The All Stars have competed at ARP twice in 2016 with six time series champion Dale Blaney winning both events. Blaney, who has 25 career wins at Attica of which 18 have been All Star events, is coming off a series win this past Saturday at Butler Battlegrounds Speedway. It was his 131st career All Star victory. He also scored the speedweek win at Attica in 2004, 2007 and 2015.

 

Blaney and All Star competitors Chad Kemenah (21 career wins at ARP), Sheldon Haudenschild (2 career wins at ARP), Danny Holtgraver (3 career wins at ARP), Cap Henry (4 career wins at ARP), TJ Michael, Lee Jacobs (4 career ARP wins), Caleb Helms, Kraig Kinser and Andrew Palker (1 career ARP win) will have their hands full with the tough Attica weekly stars. Seven time track champion Byron Reed scored his first win of the season this past Friday and now has 32 career ARP victories. Former track champions Caleb Griffith and Chris Andrews have also posted victories in 2016. Throw in Brian Lay who owns two career victories at Attica and recorded a second place runFriday, Travis Philo (2 career ARP wins), Jordan Ryan, Jody Keegan, Stuart Brubaker (4 career ARP wins), DJ Foos, Tyler Gunn and regional competitors and it will be an entertaining battle.

 

Gates for Kistler Engines/Ohio CAT Night will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7:45 p.m. Adult general admission tickets are $22; senior citizens $20; teens (ages 11-15) $10; kids 10 and under free; and pit passes are $35.

 

Also racing will be the Summit Equipment UMP Late Models in a complete program and the make-up B-main and A-main from the May 20 rain out.

 

There is plenty of camping area available with limited areas with electric.

 

For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com

 

Ohio Sprint Speedweek History at Attica Raceway Park

Year Winner
1990 Sammy Swindell
1991 Sammy Swindell
1992 Terry Shephard
1993 Gary Wright
1994 Frank Kerr
1995 Mark Keegan
1996 Frank Kerr
1997 Joey Saldana
1998 Dean Jacobs
1999 Kenny Jacobs
2000 Jeff Shepard
2001 Byron Reed
2002 Greg Wilson
2003 Chad Kemenah
2004 Dale Blaney
2005 Greg Wilson
2006 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2007 Dale Blaney
2008 Rain
2009 Rain
2010 Byron Reed
2011 Tim Shaffer
2012 Danny Holtgraver
2013 Chris Andrews
2014 Rain
2015 Dale Blaney

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