4.14.06 Results

McCarl Survives Feature To Win Opening Night Of Coors Light All Star Spring Nationals

By Brian Liskai: ATTICA, Ohio (April 14, 2006) – It’s called a sprint car race, but the opening night of the 15th Annual Coors Light Spring Nationals for the All Star Circuit of Champions at Attica Raceway Park was more like a marathon, with Altoona, Iowa’s Terry McCarl surviving for the victory.

The 40-lap feature took over an hour before the checkered flew, as there were three red flags and four cautions slowing the action.

McCarl, who currently sits third in the World Of Outlaws point standings, admitted he was nervous leading.

“I have had so many shows won here only to slip off the banking. They did a nice job with the track tonight and you could race all over the place,” said McCarl beside his Big Game Tree Stand, Bosma Poultry sponsored #24. “This wasn’t easy by any means. The All Stars are tough and the Attica regulars always race you hard. I screwed up at one point…moving my wing too far back and it made the car too tight. On that last restart I moved the wing forward and the car just took off.”

The start of the feature saw Kevin Huntly spin in turn one. On the restart, 2005 ARP champion Byron Reed and Paul May flipped hard down the front stretch. The third time wasn’t the charm, as Ryan Coniam looped his Miller Rigging car in turn four on the next restart.

On the fourth try, Mark Keegan, the all-time winningest driver at Attica, bolted into the lead from his outside front row starting spot, with Greg Wilson, Andrew Palker, McCarl and Stevie Smith in tow. The red would fly on lap five when Jon Trudeau tipped over in turn four, as Rob Chaney, driving a team car to Craig Mintz, stopping to avoid the crash.

Before the green would waive, Palker, who had moved into second, would duck into the pits to replaced his fuel cap and would have to go to the tail. On the restart Keegan used the rim to build a lead over Wilson, Smith, David Harrison and Mike Linder who had moved up from his 15th starting spot. All eyes were on Todd Kane who had moved from 17th up to ninth.

Just two laps later the caution would fly again for a Brock Mayes spin in turn two. The running order now was Keegan, McCarl, Wilson, Smith, Harrison, Linder, Dale Blaney, Chad Blonde, Kane and fast qualifier Butch Schroeder.

McCarl would execute his winning move on the restart, using the slide job to move in front of Keegan exiting turn four. The caution would fly a lap later for a Huntley spin. With 32 laps to go it was McCarl, Keegan, Wilson, Linder, Smith, Harrison and Blonde, up from 16th.

After the restart, McCarl pulled away, but the yellow would come out again on lap 14, as Wilson slid off the high side of turn two and would coast to a stop in turn four with a flat tire. McCarl would lead on the restart with the lapped car of Caleb Griffith between he and Keegan. Linder had moved into third with Smith fourth, Blonde up to fifth, Harrison and Kane in tow.

A lap later disaster would strike in turn three as Kane ended up on his lid. Once the track went back to green, the longest run of the feature would take place, as McCarl built a lead only to have it vanish in heavy lapped traffic as Keegan and Blonde closed. The final caution would fly on lap 30 for Harrison who slid off of turn three. That gave McCarl a clear track and he
pulled away for the win. Behind him though, Keegan and Blonde raced side by side for second, with the All Star Rookie of the Year candidate from Litchfield, Mich., edging Keegan at the line. Linder would come home fourth, followed by Dale Blaney, Smith, Rob Chaney, Lee Jacobs, Jimmy Stinson and Coniam rounding out the top 10.

In the limited late model feature, Larry Kingseed and Jeff McCoy raced side by side the last five laps of the feature, with Kingseed winning by a nose at the checkered for his second Attica win of the season.

“Jeff McCoy is one of the best drivers out here. He raced me clean and I did the same for him…those last few laps were a blast,” said Kingseed beside his John M. Allen Co., A&S Graphics sponsored #21.

Attica Raceway Park 4-14-06
AllStar Circuit of Champions
1. 7K-Butch Schroeder, 11.939; 2. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.007; 3. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.016; 4. K-Andrew Palker, 12.044; 5. 19-Stevie Smith, 12.102; 6. X-Mark Keegan, 12.102; 7. OH-Tim Hunter, 12.121; 8. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.206; 9. 10-David Harrison, 12.213; 10. 11B-Brock Mayes, 12.231; 11. 70-Kevin Huntley, 12.232; 12. 71M-Paul May, 12.238; 13. 12M-James Mosher, 12.242; 14. 16-Lee Jacobs, 12.252; 15. 11M-Brandon Martin, 12.254; 16. 5-Byron Reed, 12.268; 17. 2G-Caleb Griffith, 12.272; 18. 3L-Mike Linder, 12.284; 19. 5B-Chad Blonde, 12.287; 20. 78-Todd Kane, 12.376; 21. 23-Jon Trudeau, 12.378; 22. 60-Jody Keegan, 12.425; 23. 8S-Craig Mintz, 12.443; 24. 2X-Ryan Coniam, 12.448; 25. 8-Rob Cheney, 12.487; 26. 37Z-Brian Scott, 12.507; 27. 84-Jimmy Stinson, 12.628; 28. 27-Scott Euler, 12.655; 29. F1-Jon Finsel, 12.661; 30. 25M-Ken Mackey, 12.680; 31. 10S-Roger Shammo, 12.688; 32. 8C-Bobby Clark, 12.741; 33. 4N-Niel Shepard, 12.775; 34. 63R-Barry Ruble, 12.819; 35. 45-Bryan Grove, 12.859; 36. 55-John Ivy, 12.864; 37. 11N-Ed Neumeister, 12.880; 38. 98-Bruce Robenalt, 12.907; 39. 48-Mike Burkin, 13.084; 40. 99-Alvin Roepke, 13.979; 41. 33-Nick Patterson

Heat 1 (top 5 transfer to the A-main)
1. 2G-Caleb Griffith; 2. 10-David Harrison; 3. 19-Stevie Smith; 4. 23-Jon Trudeau; 5. 8-Rob Cheney; 6. F1-Jon Finsel; 7. 7K-Butch Schroeder; 8. 12M-James Mosher; 9. 11N-Ed Neumeister; 10. 4N-Niel Shepard;

Heat 2 (top 5 transfer to the A-main)
1. 60-Jody Keegan; 2. 16-Lee Jacobs; 3. 2-Dale Blaney; 4. 3L-Mike Linder; 5. X-Mark Keegan; 6. 11B-Brock Mayes; 7. 37Z-Brian Scott; 8. 98-Bruce Robenalt; 9. 63R-Barry Ruble; 10. 25M-Ken Mackey;

Heat 3 (top 5 transfer to the A-main)
1. 5B-Chad Blonde; 2. 70-Kevin Huntley; 3. 24-Terry McCarl; 4. 8S-Craig Mintz; 5. 84-Jimmy Stinson; 6. 11M-Brandon Martin; 7. OH-Tim Hunter; 8. 45-Bryan Grove; 9. 10S-Roger Shammo; 10. 48-Mike Burkin;

Heat 4 (top 5 transfer to the A-main)
1. 78-Todd Kane; 2. 2X-Ryan Coniam; 3. 5-Byron Reed; 4. W20-Greg Wilson; 5. K-Andrew Palker; 6. 8C-Bobby Clark; 7. 55-John Ivy; 8. 99-Alvin Roepke; 9. 27-Scott Euler; 10. 71M-Paul May;

1. 5B-Chad Blonde; 2. 24-Terry McCarl; 3. W20-Greg Wilson; 4. 2-Dale Blaney; 5. X-Mark Keegan;

B-main (top 4 transfer to the A-main)
1. 7K-Butch Schroeder; 2. 71M-Paul May; 3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4. 8C-Bobby Clark; 5. 55-John Ivy; 6. 25M-Ken Mackey; 7. 27-Scott Euler; 8. 37Z-Brian Scott; 9. 10S-Roger Shammo; 10. 4N-Niel Shepard; 11. 11N-Ed Neumeister; 12. 63R-Barry Ruble; 13. 11M-Brandon Martin; 14. OH-Tim Hunter; 15. 99-Alvin Roepke; 16. F1-Jon Finsel; 17. 48-Mike Burkin; 18. 45-Bryan Grove; 19. 98-Bruce Robenalt; 20. 12M-James Mosher;

A-main Starting Position []
1. 24-Terry McCarl[5]; 2. 5B-Chad Blonde[16]; 3. X-Mark Keegan[2]; 4. 3L-Mike Linder[15]; 5. 2-Dale Blaney[6]; 6. 19-Stevie Smith[3]; 7. 8-Rob Chaney[22]; 8. 16-Lee Jacobs[12]; 9. 84-Jimmy Stinson[23]; 10. 2X-Ryan Coniam[21]; 11. 10-David Harrison[8]; 12. K-Andrew Palker[4]; 13. 8C-Bobby Clark[24]; 14. 70-Kevin Huntley[10]; 15. 7K-Butch Schroeder[7]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson[1]; 17. 60-Jody Keegan[19]; 18. 2G-Caleb Griffith[14]; 19. 78-Todd Kane[17]; 20. 11B-Brock Mayes[9]; 21. 8S-Craig Mintz[20]; 22. 23-Jon Trudeau[18]; 23. 71M-Paul May[11]; 24. 5-Byron Reed[13];

Limited Lates
Heat 1 – Budweiser – Griff’s Engines (top 5 to A)
1. 101-Chester Fitch; 2. O3-Jim Gingery; 3. 67-Chris Keller; 4. 69-John Mayes Jr.; 5. 92-Brandon Perkins; 6. 2-Steve Kester; 7. 8K-Kevin Koerper; 8. O14-Paul Brown Jr.; 9. 77C-Craig Corfman; 34-Kevin Miller (DNS)

Heat 2 – Tin Lizzy (top 5 to A)
1. O1-Art Ball; 2. 48-John Bores; 3. 55-Chuck Hummer; 4. C4-Bill Clapp Jr.; 5. 71JS-Joe Smith; 6. 12M-Mike Stiltner; 7. 26R-Scott Runion; 8.30-Nate Potts (DNS); 9. 29-Matt Potts (DNS); 10. 98-Tim Sabo (DNS)

Heat 3 – Bell Helmets (top 5 to A)
1. 45-Mike Marteney; 2. O2-Jeff McCoy; 3. 15B-Mike Bores; 4. 21-Larry Kingseed; 5. 2D-Curtis Deisenroth; 6. 94-Chris Smith; 7. 99-Steve Sabo; 8. 71-Rusty Smith; 9. 50-Ryan Missler; 10. 12-Michael Stiltner;

B-main (Top 5 to A)
1. 94-Chris Smith; 2. 50-Ryan Missler; 3. 99-Steve Sabo; 4. 71-Rusty Smith; 5. 2-Steve Kester; 6. O14-Paul Brown Jr.; 7. 34-Kevin Miller; 8. 77C-Craig Corfman; 9. 8K-Kevin Koerper; 10. 29-Matt Potts; 11. 12-Michael Stiltner; 12. 30-Nate Potts; 13. 26R-Scott Runion;
A-main Starting Position []
1. 21-Larry Kingseed[12]; 2. O2-Jeff McCoy[5]; 3. 101-Chester Fitch[7]; 4. 15B-Mike Bores[3]; 5. 50-Ryan Missler[10]; 6. 92-Brandon Perkins[13]; 7. O1-Art Ball[2]; 8. 67-Chris Keller[15]; 9. 99-Steve Sabo[17]; 10. 55-Chuck Hummer[14]; 11. 2-Steve Kester[18]; 12. 71-Rusty Smith[20]; 13. 2D-Curtis Deisenroth[1]; 14. 69-John Mayes Jr.[9]; 15. 48-John Bores[4]; 16. 94-Chris Smith[16]; 17. 71JS-Joe Smith[19]; 18. C4-Bill Clapp Jr.[11]; 19. 45-Mike Marteney[8]; 20. O3-Jim Gingery[6];

All Stars Head to Attica Coors Light Spring Nationals

CAMARGO, IL (4-10-06) – The All Star Circuit of Champions will head to the high banks of Attica Raceway Park for the 15th Annual Coors Light Spring Nationals this weekend, April 14th & 15th. Over the years this annual event has become a tradition in the state of Ohio signaling that the racing season is fully underway and warm weather won’t be far behind.

The All Stars will face the tough as nails Attica regulars on their own turf, but many of the All Star regulars have turned many laps at this North Central Ohio speed plant. Located in close proximity to Fremont Speedway, most of the weekly Attica regulars compete at both tracks and many of the top guns have moved up into the All Star ranks over the years.

This weekend we’ll face Byron Reed, Mike Linder, Mark Keegan, and a host of other Attica regulars as Greg Wilson, Butch Schroeder, Chad Blonde, Dale Blaney, Barry Ruble, Tim Hunter, Brandon Martin, Brock Mayes, Paul May, and James Mosher bring the All Star tradition back to Northern Ohio for the first time this season.

(Note: All Star member Danny Smith is currently taking some time away from racing due to an illness in his family. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers).

Attica Raceway Park Fast Facts

Location: Northeast of the intersection of SR 4 & US 224 in the Attica Fairgrounds, Attica, Ohio.
Track – 3/8 mile high banked clay oval; Track Phone: 419-426-8911; Web Site: www.atticaracewaypark.com
76 total ASCoC races with 31 different winners
Most ASCoC Wins – Frankie Kerr (8)
Most Recent ASCoC Winner – Greg Wilson 6/26/05 (6 wins total)
Other Recent ASCoC winners – Dale Blaney (6), Jeff Shepard (6), Mark Keegan (4), Kenny Jacobs (4), Kelly Kinser (3), Danny Smith (3), Butch Schroeder (2), Byron Reed (2), Rob Chaney, Dean Jacobs, Stevie Smith, and Alvin Roepke (1)

Cold Weather Chills Attica Action For Saturday

By Brian Liskai: ATTICA, Ohio (April 8, 2006) – Mother Nature finally got her way. Friday thunderstorms gave way to falling temperatures Saturday, April 8, forcing the cancellation of racing at Attica Raceway Park for the weekend.

“The wind is whipping in from the Northeast…right into the stands. They are calling for temperatures reaching only the low 40s during the day and dropping to the upper 20s by race time. Add that wind and it would be very, very uncomfortable for the fans and the race teams,” said Attica Operations Director Rex LeJeune.

A big weekend of racing is on tap at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, when the All Star Circuit of Champions open their northern schedule with the Coors Light Spring Nationals. The All Star sprints and limited late models are in action Friday while the 305 sprints join the All Star sprints on Saturday.

The Coors Light Spring Nationals have seen some of the best racing in the 19 year history of ARP. Frankie Kerr and 12-time ARP track champion Mark Keegan dominated the first three years of the nationals (1992-1994). In 1995 two new faces graced victory lane in Dale Blaney and Joey Saldana. Bobby Teeple shocked the racing community in 1996 by winning opening night of the nationals with Danny Smith finishing first the next night. Gary Wright and Butch Schroeder scored Coors Light Spring National wins in 1997, with Jeff Shepard and Frankie Kerr following in 1998. Only one night of racing was run in 1999-2001 because of rain, with Kenny Jacobs, Craig Dollansky and Byron Reed picking up victories. In 2002, Greg Wilson and Shepard picked up national wins, with Chad Kemenah and Wilson scoring victories in 2003. Kemenah would pick up the only nationals win in 2004.

The 2005 version of the Coors Light Spring Nationals was one of the most exciting on record. Stevie Smith and Craig Mintz battled on opening night, with Smith edging the Gibsonburg, Ohio youngster for the win. On the second night, it looked like Smith would cruise to the weekend sweep, only to get caught up in a tangle with a lapped car in the closing laps to allow Danny Smith to sneak by for the win.

Gates on Friday will open at 5 p.m. with racing slated for 8 pm. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with racing at 7:30 p.m.

Admission prices are $20 for adults each night (16 and up); $18 for senior citizens; $15 for teens 11-15 years of age; and children 10 and under get in free. Pit passes are $25 per person each night.

For more information log onto www.atticaracewaypark.com or call the track office at 419-680-5606 or 419-681-2941. On race day call the track phone at 419-426-8911 or 419-426-8910.

Friday Racing Action Rained Out; Still On For Saturday

By Brian Liskai: ATTICA, Ohio (Friday, April 7, 2006) – Very heavy rains Friday morning forced the cancellation of racing at Attica Raceway Park for Friday, April 7. Plans to have the 410 sprints, 305 sprints and limited late models in action Saturday, April 8 are still on.

“The entire fairgrounds are saturated from the parking areas to the pits to the track,” said ARP Operations Manager Rex LeJeune. “There’s just not enough time to get the facility ready by race time. They’re also calling for more heavy rains later this afternoon.”

LeJeune said for now the raindate of Saturday, April 8 is still on, and should the weather change, a decision would be made early tomorrow to give race teams and fans time to make their plans.

Gates will open Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with racing slated for 7:30 p.m. (note this is a half hour earlier than for Friday’s shows).

General admission tickets for adults are $14 each; $12 for senior citizens; $10 for teens 11-15; and children 10 and under are free. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

For more information call the track phone at 419-426-8911 or the track office at 419-680-5606. Or log onto www.atticaracewaypark.com

Plans For Second Week Of Racing Announced

By Brian Liskai: ATTICA, Ohio (April 5, 2006) – After a very successful season opener Saturday, April 1 (after the original opening date of Friday, March 31 was rained out), Attica Raceway Park will be back in action Friday, April 7, with the 410 winged sprints, 305 winged sprints and limited late models in action. And, for the second straight week, the following day – Saturday, April 8 – is a rain date for “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue.

“Having the next day rain date for these early shows gives us a better chance of getting some racing in,” said ARP Operations Manager Rex LeJeune.

On Friday, gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing set to begin a 8 p.m. If racing is postponed until Saturday, gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and racing will start at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults (16 and older); $12 for senior citizens; $10 for teens 11-15; and kids 10 and under get in free. Pit passes are $25.

For more information, call the track office at 419-680-5606 or on race day at 419-426-8911 or 419-426-8910.