By Brian Liskai: ATTICA, Ohio – The deal was made just Tuesday for Carson Macedo to drive Pete Grove’s #70 sprint car at Attica Raceway Park Friday, Aug. 18. The Lemoore, California driver made it pay off to the tune of $3,000 as he recorded his first ever 410 sprint win at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant.
It wasn’t an easy win for Macedo as a mistake on the last lap nearly cost him the victory. Macedo, who spent much of the 30-lap feature blasting around the cushion, went to the bottom on the final two turns to block the advance of Rob Chaney. Chaney crossed over and it was a drag race to the checkers with Macedo scoring the win by just .073 seconds on WNWO NBC 24/Tusing Builders/UBS Financial Services Night.
“I went down there because I was hoping not to get slid getting into three. Obviously it wasn’t the right decision. We came back across the line and I was like ‘ooh that was pretty close.’ I looked up and saw our number atop the board. I can’t say enough about this team; Pete Grove, both of his kids Ben and Alex, Mikey…just everybody. It’s a team effort and everybody did their job tonight and that’s what it takes to win races. Pete’s got awesome equipment, great motors…the whole package and that’s what it takes,” said Macedo beside his Olympic Forest Products, Lute’s Custom Furniture, J&J Auto Racing backed #70.
“We exchanged words on Tuesday…it’s all about racing all the time. For me the 3G team is my full-time ride…I love driving for Joe Gaerte and Tim Norman…great people and phenomenal race car. They wanted the weekend off after a long week at Knoxville which I totally understand. Me and Pete got a hold of each other and made this deal happen. I’m pretty excited we did. This is surprising really because this place is hard to win at. This place gets pretty slick and technical and it was again tonight. I won at Fremont (Speedway) a couple of times and Attica and Fremont are the places you hear about back home in California. To pick up a win here is pretty awesome,” Macedo added in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
Ashland, Ohio’s Ryan Markham nearly destroyed his late model at Attica a few weeks ago. His crew went to work and it paid dividends Friday as he led all 25 laps for his third Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature of the year and 13th of his career at the track. It wasn’t easy for Markham as he had to withstand several restarts.
“This is the same race car…first time we’ve been back out here since we got it fixed. There about 10 to 12 people that pitched in to get it back together and I have to thank all of them. I knew we were good but I didn’t want to burn a tire up so I was being kind of conservative and then I saw him (Rusty Schlenk) sticking his nose in there at the end so I was like if we burn it up we burn it up…I have to go,” said Markham beside his H&T Demolition; Harriger Towing; Accu-Force Shock Dyno; Innovative Graphics backed #5M.
Fremont, Ohio’s Paul Weaver survived a one lap shoot out to score his seventh Fremont Fence 305 Sprint car win of 2017 at Attica. Weaver lost the lead to Kyle Capodice on lap 11 while battling through heavy lapped traffic, regained it on a restart with 10 laps to go and other than the a couple of cautions late, was able to hang on for his 42nd career victory in the division at Attica.
“For the first time in probably 10 years I put a brand new tire on the right rear. We figured if we could at least win it would pay for itself. The caution in traffic helped. When you get older and you can’t see….when you come up on them you run their speed and the dust was so bad. The whole race I didn’t run high enough. But leading the points, one race to go, don’t run off the track…you know how it goes. I want to thank Bob Hampshire, Dave Rice, my wife Andrea, Daniel, M&L Excavating, Miller Rigging, Schiets Motorsports and probably one I’ve never mentioned that bails me out when I bend something is Mark Keegan,” said Weaver.
In the Hammer Pallets 410 Sprint feature Tyler Gunn and Chris Andrews brought the field to green for the 30-lap affair with Andrews grabbing the lead. After a lap was scored the caution flew for Stuart Brubaker and Justin Peck as both went to the pits with damage. When the green reappeared Andrews continued to lead while DJ Foos, Byron Reed and Gunn battled for second while seventh starter Macedo moved into fifth by lap three.
Reed took second on lap four and quickly closed on Andrews with Foos, Macedo, Rob Chaney and Gunn giving chase. Utilizing the bottom groove Reed raced under Andrews on lap eight with the leader chopping off his advance the next lap. Macedo moved into third on lap 10 as Andrews and Reed continued battling for the lead. Reed was off the pace and went to the pits on lap 11. Macedo would rim-ride into the lead on lap 13 with Foos taking second from Andrews a circuit later.
A caution for debris on lap 16 gave everyone a chance to catch their breaths with Macedo leading Foos, Chaney, Andrews, Gunn and Cap Henry. On the restart Macedo could not shake Foos and Chaney with Andrews locked in a great battle with Henry and Gunn. With seven laps to go the car on the move was 17th starter Craig Mintz who had moved into eighth. The top three ran nose to tail until three laps to go when Chaney began making his move, driving into second and closing quickly on Macedo.
As Macedo took the white flag, Chaney took a peak to his inside in turns one and two. Entering the final two turns Macedo dove to the bottom and Chaney headed to the cushion. The pair had the crowd on their feet as they blasted to the checkers. Foos would finish third to maintain his lead in the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics, with Henry and 13th starting Jordan Ryan rounding out the top five.
In the 25-lap late model feature Ben Mott and Markham paced the field but Steve Kester and Dave Hornikel tangled causing a second start. On the second attempt Markham bolted into the lead over Mott, Cody Scott, Devin Shiels and Mike Bores. Scott took second on lap three just prior to a caution for a Bob Mayer spin. On the ensuing restart Ky Harper spun. When the green reappeared Markham led Scott, Shiels, Bores, Rusty Schlenk, Doug Drown, Mott and Ryan Missler.
While battling for second on lap nine Bores and Scott tangled with Bores stopping. When the green flew Markham again maintained his lead as Schlenk drove into second over Scott, Shiels, Drown, Missler and Brewer. Mott spun on lap 17, keeping the leaders out of lapped traffic. On the restart Markham was able to hold off Schlenk with Shiels and Drown battling for third. The final caution came with six laps to go. Just as he had done the entire race Markham executed a perfect restart to maintain his lead over Schlenk, Shiels, Drown, Brewer and Missler.
Schlenk began to close on Markham with three laps to go, but a bobble on the tricky cushion in turn four allowed Markham to pull away for the win. Schlenk, Shiels, Drown and Brewer rounded out the top five.
Weaver and Capodice brought the field to green for the 25 lap 305 sprint feature with Weaver blasting into the lead. Weaver and Capodice quickly established themselves as the class of the field, pulling away from a terrific battle for third involving Frank Neill, Luke Griffith, Seth Schneider and Nate Dussel. Dussel would eventually take the third spot and edge closer to the front duo as they prepared to race into very heavy lapped traffic on lap 10.
Capodice utilized the lapped cars to take the lead on lap 11 and he and Weaver ducking in and out of lapped cars running side by side. Neill would bring out the first caution on lap 13 with Capodice leading Weaver, Dussel, Griffith and Bobby Clark. A lapped was scored after the restart before Jerry Dahms spun. On the ensuing restart Weaver blasted to Capodice’s outside to regain the lead while Dussel had his hands full with Bobby Clark for third. Dussel drove off the high side of the track on lap 18 ending his bid for the win.
With a clear track Weaver pulled away as Capodice now fought with Clark for the runner-up position. Steve Rando drove off the track on lap 21 putting Capodice and Clark on Weaver’s rear bumper. Weaver pulled away again on the restart and was cruising to the win when Griffith stopped in turn two on the final lap setting up a one-lap shoot out.
Weaver blasted to the cushion and drove to the win to help add to his JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship series presented by Engine Pro point lead as he looks to score back-to-back championships. Capodice, Clark, Schneider and Ricky Peterson rounded out the top five.
Attica Raceway Park will host crown its champions on Friday, Aug. 25 on Kistler Racing Products/Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating presents the Mark Keegan Classic Night. Double points are on the line for all three divisions.
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Attica Raceway Park
Aug. 18, 2017
UBS Financial Services/Tusing Builders/WNWO NBC 24 Night
410 Sprints – Hammer Pallets
1.83-Rob Chaney, 12.432; 2.70-Carson Macedo, 12.479; 3.16-Chris Andrews, 12.501; 4.5R-Byron Reed, 12.560; 5.23-DJ Foos, 12.634; 6.35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.666; 7.7-Shawn Valenti, 12.726; 8.5K-Adam Kekich, 12.741; 9.97-Broc Martin, 12.747; 10.22M-Dan McCarron, 12.760; 11.22-Cole Duncan, 12.789; 12.8J-Jess Stiger, 12.813; 13.7K-Cale Conley, 12.814; 14.9-Jordan Ryan, 12.866; 15.60-Jody Keegan, 12.868; 16.9X-Cap Henry, 12.872; 17.11N-Craig Mintz, 12.895; 18.5B-Chade Blonde, 12.916; 19.3J-Trey Jacobs, 12.920; 20.5T-Travis Philo, 12.924; 21.68G-Tyler Gunn, 12.934; 22.45L-Brian Lay, 12.967; 23.4-Danny Smith, 13.161; 24.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.177; 25.5X-Justin Peck, 13.188; 26.45-Trevor Baker, 13.208; 27.78-Todd Kane, 13.345; 28.4AU-Chris Ferrall, 13.669; 29.3T-Tony Beaber, 13.976; 30.8-Kevin Shelbo, 14.019; 31.14-Daryl Daugherty, 14.343;
Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 70-Carson Macedo ; 2. 23-DJ Foos ; 3. 5R-Byron Reed ; 4. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 5. 11N-Craig Mintz ; 6. 4-Danny Smith ; 7. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 8. 8J-Jess Stiger
Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 16-Chris Andrews ; 2. 9X-Cap Henry ; 3. 5T-Travis Philo ; 4. 5B-Chade Blonde ; 5. 7K-Cale Conley ; 6. 45L-Brian Lay ; 7. 8-Kevin Shelbo ; 8. 14-Daryl Daugherty
Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 97-Broc Martin ; 2. 83-Rob Chaney ; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 4. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 5. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 6. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 7. 78-Todd Kane ; 8. 4AU-Chris Ferrall
Heat 4, Group D – (8 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 60-Jody Keegan ; 2. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 3. 22-Cole Duncan ; 4. 5X-Justin Peck ; 5. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 6. 45-Trevor Baker ; 7. 3T-Tony Beaber
B-Main 1 – (10 Laps, top 4 to the A)
1. 11N-Craig Mintz ; 2. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 3. 4-Danny Smith ; 4. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 5. 7K-Cale Conley ; 6. 45L-Brian Lay ; 7. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 8. 78-Todd Kane ; 9. 45-Trevor Baker ; 10. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 11. 8-Kevin Shelbo ; 12. 4AU-Chris Ferrall ; 13. 14-Daryl Daugherty ; 14. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 15. 3T-Tony Beaber
A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 70-Carson Macedo ; 2. 83-Rob Chaney ; 3. 23-DJ Foos ; 4. 9X-Cap Henry ; 5. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 6. 16-Chris Andrews ; 7. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 8. 11N-Craig Mintz ; 9. 22-Cole Duncan ; 10. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 11. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 12. 5T-Travis Philo ; 13. 97-Broc Martin ; 14. 4-Danny Smith ; 15. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 16. 60-Jody Keegan ; 17. 5R-Byron Reed ; 18. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 19. 5X-Justin Peck ; 20. 5B-Chade Blonde
Hard Charger: 3J-Trey Jacobs +10
305 Sprints – Fremont Fence
Heat 1 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 66-Jamie Miller ; 2. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 3. 36-Seth Schneider ; 4. 25-Jason Keckler ; 5. 11X-Jordan Ryan ; 6. 4*-Tyler Street ; 7. 70-Rick Donovan ; 8. 09-Justin Adams
Heat 2 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 8-Bobby Clark ; 2. 97-Kyle Peters ; 3. 75-Jerry Dahms ; 4. 2F-Matt Foos ; 5. 19R-Steve Rando ; 6. 44-Kyle Farmer ; 7. 63-Tad Peck ; 8. 99-Alvin Roepke
Heat 3 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 2. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 3. 88N-Frank Neill ; 4. 2L-Landon LaLonde ; 5. 66D-Chase Dunham ; 6. 94K-Kevin Mingus ; 7. 14-Luke Daugherty
Heat 4 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 11G-Luke Griffith ; 2. 1-Nate Dussel ; 3. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 4. 77I-John Ivy ; 5. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 6. 11XE-George Englert ; 7. 47-Matt Lucius
B-Main 1 – (10 Laps, top 6 to A)
1. 19R-Steve Rando ; 2. 11X-Jordan Ryan ; 3. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 4. 4*-Tyler Street ; 5. 47-Matt Lucius ; 6. 66D-Chase Dunham ; 7. 44-Kyle Farmer ; 8. 09-Justin Adams ; 9. 11XE-George Englert ; 10. 14-Luke Daugherty ; 11. 94K-Kevin Mingus ; 12. 70-Rick Donovan ; 13. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 14. 63-Tad Peck
A-Main 1 – (25 Laps)
1. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 2. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 3. 8-Bobby Clark ; 4. 36-Seth Schneider ; 5. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 6. 77I-John Ivy ; 7. 66-Jamie Miller ; 8. 2L-Landon LaLonde ; 9. 11X-Jordan Ryan ; 10. 25-Jason Keckler ; 11. 2F-Matt Foos ; 12. 47-Matt Lucius ; 13. 4*-Tyler Street ; 14. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 15. 1-Nate Dussel ; 16. 66D-Chase Dunham ; 17. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 18. 19R-Steve Rando ; 19. 88N-Frank Neill ; 20. 11G-Luke Griffith ; 21. 75-Jerry Dahms ; 22. 97-Kyle Peters
Hard Charger: 77i-John Ivy +10
Late Models – Summit Racing Equipment
Heat 1 – (8 Laps)
1. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk ; 2. 15B-Mike Bores ; 3. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 4. 03-Jim Gingery ; 5. 36-Matt Irey ; 6. 69R-Doug Baird ; 7. 30-Nate Potts
Heat 2 – (8 Laps)
1. 240-Doug Drown ; 2. 19-Cody Scott ; 3. 77-Steve Kester ; 4. 59-Shane McLoughlin ; 5. 28-Kent Brewer ; 6. 42*-Bob Mayer ; 7. 17X-Dustin Keegan
Heat 3 – (8 Laps)
1. 50Y-Ryan Missler ; 2. 51-Devin Shiels ; 3. 1-Ben Mott ; 4. 34-Ky Harper ; 5. 71-Dave Hornikel ; 6. 69-Jeff Warnick
A-Main 1 – (25 Laps)
1. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 2. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk ; 3. 51-Devin Shiels ; 4. 240-Doug Drown ; 5. 28-Kent Brewer ; 6. 50Y-Ryan Missler ; 7. 71-Dave Hornikel ; 8. 59-Shane McLoughlin ; 9. 77-Steve Kester ; 10. 36-Matt Irey ; 11. 03-Jim Gingery ; 12. 30-Nate Potts ; 13. 42*-Bob Mayer ; 14. 1-Ben Mott ; 15. 69-Jeff Warnick ; 16. 69R-Doug Baird ; 17. 19-Cody Scott ; 18. 34-Ky Harper ; 19. 17X-Dustin Keegan ; 20. 15B-Mike Bores
Hard Charger: 28-Kent Brewer +9