Andrews gets late race 410 win at Attica, Jacobs earns championship; Missler dominates late models, Shiels wins 3rd track title; Weaver gets 8th 305 win, Miller earns title

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Friday, Sept. 10, 2021

By Brian Liskai

ATTICA, Ohio – Chris Andrews and his Jay Kiser Racing team have been fast all season but have had terrible luck. The Sandusky, Ohio driver put it all together Friday, Sept. 10 at Attica Raceway Park, taking the lead with just three laps to go and driving to the 410 sprint win on Kistler Racing Products/Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating presents the Mark Keegan Classic Championship Night.

Shreve, Ohio’s Trey Jacobs earned the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprints track title, joining his dad, Dean who won the Attica championship in 2011.

“It’s really cool. We lucked out to have that big of a point lead coming into the final night because really that was probably the worst night we’ve had all year. We weren’t really planning on doing the point deal but then we get part way through the year and we’re out front so I had to stick it out. It’s nice to claim a track championship at a place that most would consider the premiere weekly track in Ohio. Something to build off us and something to help this team out a little bit,” said Jacobs.

Andrews, a two time Attica champion, earned his 10th career victory in the 410 sprint division and it was worth $7,000 thanks to added money from the Baumann Auto Group.

“I didn’t get too excited. Stuart (Brubaker) gets going there and he gets excited early and Caleb (Griffith)…we were pretty equal. I couldn’t get too excited…every time he and I get around each other it’s like we run the tires off…I’ve done it a few times and I’ve learned from it. The car was good and the Kistler motor was running strong, Jay, Glenn and Jerry had the car great and we finally got a win. A lot of the season just wasn’t meant to be but we put it all together tonight,” said Andrews beside his Best Performance, Jimmy Bukket’s, Automatic Fire Protection, NAPA of Bryan, Shellukes, Kistler Racing Products, BH41, Burdue Insurance, American Drain Solutions, Berryman Shocks, Keizer Wheels, Fremont Fence, Vantage Branding, C Dub Designs backed #23.

The battle for the Attica championship for the Dirt Nerds Podcast/Propane.com UMP Late Models was very tight – only 19 points separated the top three – coming into the night. Britton, Michigan’s Devin Shiels just needed to finish a few spots in front of Ryan Markham to secure the title and he did just that, coming home second in the feature behind Bellevue, Ohio’s Ryan Missler to secure his third track title and second in a row by just 12 points over Markham.

“I felt a little pressure coming into this but it wasn’t double points so it was a little easier. This is the second time we’ve double up the championships for here and Oakshade,” said Shiels. “I really feel bad for Markham (Ryan) and Irey (Matt) for losing some motors this year. I’m glad we were in the hunt all season long. I think there was only one night when we were outside the top 10,” said Shiels.

For Missler, a five time Attica champion, it was a dominant performance as he led all 25 laps to secure his second feature win of the year and 16th of his career in the super late model division.

“The car was really good…I have to give my crew chief props. We went to Eldora last Sunday and when you go to different tracks you can learn different  things about your car and we learned a little something. I have to thank Attica Raceway Park for the good track surface…we go to a lot of places and it’s rough but Attica, even though it’s a little dirty, is smooth and we can race on it. I want to thank my father-in-law Dave, my wife and Evan…they’ve really been helping on the car during the week. We’ve been busy in the shop and I don’t have time to work on it like I used to. I can’t do it without them,” said Missler beside his Golden Giant Building Systems, Big D’s Pizza, MGX Technologies, Kepling Flooring, Handy Grafix, Rich Farmers’ Napa group, Schuder Technologies, York Fabrication, T-Town Lawn Care, Terry McConnell Excavating, NAPA of Bryan, SCS Gearbox, Keizer Wheels, Missler’s Sweets, Accu-Force backed #50.

In the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints Fremont’s Paul Weaver, a five time track champion, dominated the feature, winning by nearly six seconds for his 8th victory of 2021 at Attica. He now has 64 career wins for the division to lead all drivers in the history of the track. He has 13 total feature wins in 2021, having five at Fremont Speedway as well.

“It’s easy to start up front…it’s a world of difference here. I kept the momentum up top…I got a little tight but that was probably a good thing and not get loose and hanging out and not going forward,” said Weaver beside his B&B Drain Service, Hampshire Racing Engines,  M&L Excavating, Adkins Motorsports, Weaver Performance backed #1W.

Fremont’s Jamie Miller came into the night with such a huge point lead all he had to do was take the green and he wrapped up his third career Attica championship. It was a good thing too as he was involved in an early race crash, sidelining him from the feature. In fact, coming into the final two nights of the year Miller hadn’t finished outside of the top four, but the past two weeks saw an 11th and a 22nd place finishes.

“I must have did this just right. I had a big enough lead coming in all I needed to do was take a green flag and it was in the bag. The car was actually good tonight we just didn’t have any speed and we don’t know why. We finally hit back on it in the feature and I tangled with a guy spinning it out and it ended the evening. We probably could have snuck a top five out of this,” said Miller.

Andrews and Harli White brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint A-main with Andrews fending off White for the lead with Stuart Brubaker, Caleb Griffith, RJ Jacobs and Craig Mintz in tow. With two laps in Jacobs and Cole Macedo tangled ending their night. On the restart Brubaker made a two-for-one pass to take the lead over Andrews, White and Griffith.

Brubaker, who has a win at Attica in 2021, pulled away while Andrews and Griffith battled for second with White holding off Mintz for fourth. By lap 10 Andrews began to reel in Brubaker but in heavy lapped traffic it was Griffith who stole second to chase down Brubaker. Brubaker’s great run ended on lap 17 when he cut a tire, giving the lead to Griffith over Andrews, Mintz and White.

For the next two laps the top three battled one another to the delight of the fans. With eight laps to go Griffith had secured the top spot and pulled away slightly from Andrews, Mintz, Greg Wilson and White. With four laps to go the leaders encountered two lapped cars that were racing side by side. Andrews used the situation to his advantage and drove under Griffith for the lead coming to complete lap 27.

Andrews held off a last ditch slider from Griffith for the win with Mintz, Wilson and White rounding out the top five.

Pole-sitter Missler grabbed the lead at the drop of the green for the 25-lap late model feature and after a first lap challenge from Shiels, never looked back, driving to the victory. Shiels battled with Rusty Schlenk early for second but Schlenk pulled off on lap six with mechanical issues. Only a lap 10 caution would slow Missler’s march to victory lane. Once the green came back out he drove away to the victory over Shiels, Eric Spangler, Mike Bores and Matt Irey.

Weaver battled with Zeth Sabo the first five laps of the 305 A-main before pulling away. A couple of early race cautions kept the field close, but after the final yellow flew on lap 9, Weaver checked out, winning by 5.7 seconds. A good battle ensued most of the race for second involving Sabo and Logan Riehl. Sabo got by Riehl coming to the checkers for second with Matt Foos and Mike Keegan rounding out the top five.

Attica Raceway Park would like to thank all the race teams, fans, marketing partners and employees for a fantastic 2021 season that saw 20 events take place.

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Bayston gets late race pass to sweep biggest shows of the year at Attica Raceway Park

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Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021

By Brian Liskai

ATTICA, Ohio – Just like the previous night, the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 feature came down to the closing laps in dramatic fashion Saturday at Attica Raceway Park. In an event that was rushed through because of impending weather, Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston took the lead from Friday night’s winner Zeb Wise on lap 36 of the 40-lap affair and drove to the $10,000 Attica Ambush victory, to make it a sweep of the track’s biggest paydays in 2021 as he also won the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics in July.

The win on All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night was Bayston’s fifth career All Star victory and the third career win at Attica. The All Stars have now competed at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue 132 times.

“That was a lot of fun. That whole time I felt like we were just waiting on rain. I didn’t get as good of a dash as I should of and was behind a little bit there…I knew rain was coming. I thought if I could be as aggressive as I could at the start and be as far as we can knowing it was coming. Really really came to life the last half of that race. The long run really helped. I got my wing back and was kind of moving around and got pretty comfortable with what I was doing. I was the only one running the top in one and two…could hit the top where the lip was up and kind of transition my momentum that way. This was kind of back to my outlaw win here….slick as can be and we get this thing really really settled and get me really comfortable,” said Bayston of his Mike McGhee and Associates/XYZ Machining/Winters Performance Products/Champion Racing Oil/FK Rod Ends backed #11.

“What’s cool to think about the last two years I’ve been sitting at home watching these races and now we’re out here. That’s all to Mike McGhee and Sam and Kevin and all their hard work and Kathy and all they’ve put into this program and given me a chance and opportunity,” added Bayston.

While understandably disappointed Angola, Indiana’s Wise put the weekend into perspective as his first year team had a round past couple of weeks.

“You never want to get beat like that…that’s the second time here I’ve gotten beat late. After the month we’ve had I’ll take a first and a second, can’t really be too disappointed with that,” said Wise of his Sun Dollar Restoration/Quick Pits Auto/Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales/Bills Towing and Repair #10.

Current All Star point leader Tyler Courtney also put his best Attica finish into perspective after having lots of issues the previous night.

“I think that’s our best finish at Attica. Last night was just one of those nights you forget about and move on. All around that probably was my worst night in a race car as a driver over the last couple of years. Everyone here at Clauson/Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink they stand behind me and we ended up with our best finish here,” said Courtney.

Fremont, Ohio’s Paul Weaver, a five time and defending Attica champion, took the lead of the Fremont Fence 305 feature on lap three and other than a few cautions, dominated the 25-lap affair for a $1,000 pay day. It was Weaver’s seventh win of the year at Attica and the 63rd of his career at the track.

“I didn’t want to catch the lapped cars because you could see the loose dirt rolling across there and it was like a skating rink. At the beginning I thought this thing was too fast too early and would fade at the end. I have to thank Bob Hampshire. We were up there piecing another motor together for a spare and I told him I want to run it since we got it together…it runs pretty good,” said Weaver of his B&B Drain Service/Hampshire Racing Engines/M&L Excavating/Adkins Motorsports backed #1w.

Jac Haudenschild and Craig Mintz brought the All Star field to green for the 40 lap Attica Ambush with Mintz gaining the advantage over Haudenschild, Wise, Gio Scelzi and Courtney. Wise moved into second on lap two a challenged Mintz for the lead by lap seven as Scelzi and Courtney battled for third. A caution on lap seven slowed the tremendous battle up front.

On the restart Wise went back to work on Mintz as Scelzi and Courtney continued their battle for third. Wise drove around Mintz for the lead on lap 10 but Mintz returned the favor the next lap.

Mintz was able to pull away slightly from Wise while Courtney battled with Scelzi, eighth starter Bayston and Justin Peck for third. With 15 laps to go Wise was on the move. He and Mintz battled side by side for two laps until Wise took the lead on lap 28. Bayston was now the driver on the move having took third from Courtney on lap 25.

With seven laps remaining with Wise holding a couple of car length lead, Bayston pulled around Mintz and took second with Courtney moving into third a lap later. As the field took the five to go signal Bayston was racing to the outside of Wise and took the lead on lap 36 and drove away to the win over Wise, Courtney, Mintz and Peck.

In the 25 lap 305 feature Shawn Valenti jumped into the lead with Kasey Jedrzejek and Weaver challenging. Weaver took second on lap two as a light rain fell and drove into the lead on lap three. Weaver built a substantial lead of nearly four seconds until the caution flew on lap 11.

The restart running order was Weaver, Zeth Sabo, Jedrzejek, Valenti and Matt Foos. Weaver again pulled away when the green flew while Sabo ran comfortably in second while Jedrzejek and Valenti battled for third. Jedrzejek brought the caution out on lap 17 and on the other end of the track Sabo also sat side ways.

When the green flew so did Weaver, driving away to nearly a five second victory over Valenti, Kasey Ziebold, Seth Schneider and Foos.

Attica Raceway Park will wrap up the 2021 season Friday, Sept. 10 on Kistler Racing Products/Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating presents the Mark Keegan Classic Season Championship Night. The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products 410 Attica Fremont Championship Series Presented by the Baumann Auto Group will be in competition battling for $4,000 to win. The Napa of Bryan 305 AFCS Presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales competitors will battle for $1,000 to win and the Dirt Nerds Podcast/Propane.com UMP Late Models will also be in action.

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