By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Cale Thomas got around Joey Saldana with 10 laps to go Friday, May 25 and drove to his career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobile 1 victory at Attica Raceway Park on Steinle Chevrolet Buick GMC/Foster Auto Body Night.
Thomas, from Fairland, Indiana, set up the winning move following a restart with 12 laps to go. He got a great run when the green came out and actually banged wheels with Saldana who had led the first 29 laps.
“We had that red flag (with 17 laps to go) and I was running hot the whole race and I got time just to think about what I wanted to do. I knew Joey (Saldana) was running the bottom of one and two and the top of three and four and I was decent but I had to go some place he wasn’t and I started to roll the middle of one and two and run the bottom of three and four and did my best Byron Reed impersonation. I got under him in four and he went to block me into one and I didn’t really want to give the spot up. I knew if I could give him a little tap and move him up the race track a little bit…it worked. I don’t like driving like that but it was just open and I had to take it. I was faster on that restart,” said Thomas beside his Engler Machine and Tool, Ohio Heating, Milhone Motorsports, Factory Kahne, Indy Race Parts, Lucas Oil, SFE Service, J&J Racing backed machine.
“Since I have the stage right here, during the off season I went on a mission trip to Cambodia through Rapha House which helps girls that are less fortunate that have been through slavery. I got to see how Rapha House helps them so much. I want to thank the Lord up above for everything he does for me,” Thomas added in the Engine Pro Victory Lane. Continue reading
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Just three days ago Stuart Brubaker’s sprint car was a bare frame. He had backed it into the fence at another race track the previous Saturday and had free-revved his engine so that had to go back to the shop. His crew rolled up their sleeves and got the car and engine back together and the Gibsonburg, Ohio driver drove to his second Callies Performance Products 410 Sprint win of the year on American Powersports presents the Eric Phillips Classic at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 18.
To add to the intrigue, Brubaker tangled with Broc Martin as the pair battled for the lead in lapped traffic with 10 laps to go with Martin taking a nasty tumble. It was Brubaker’s 7th career 410 win at Attica and he garnered very valuable points in the chase for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics title. He came into the night third in the FAST standings and finished ahead of Craig Mintz and Cap Henry.
“I feel horrible about what happened. Me and Broc are friends and I get along with his family. He was on the outside and I came down across the bottom and the car drifted up and I didn’t see him any more and my right rear hit his left front. Hopefully this week I can give him a call and we can work this out,” Brubaker said in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.