Philo gets 410 Attica win, Foos earns championship; Miller wins 5th straight 305 feature and track title, Valenti gets close truck win

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Friday, Aug. 23, 2019
Contact: Brian Liskai – liskai2x@roadrunner.com

By Brian Liskai

ATTICA, Ohio – Travis Philo has been very close all season to getting a 410 sprint win at Attica Raceway Park. The Waterville, Ohio driver held off several challenges to score the victory on Kistler Racing Products/Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating presents the Mark Keegan Classic Season Championship Night.

One of those challenges was from Chris Andrews who was vying for his third track championship. Andrews seemed to have the title in hand running second but with just three laps to go the rear-end broke, moving DJ Foos into second. Foos, the track’s 2010 305 sprint champion, was able to capitalize and his runner-up finish earned him his first 410 Attica Raceway Park championship.

“I about gave that one away there on that one restart…I kind of took off late. I thought Chris (Andrews) was going to get us there but I was able to pass him back and kind of slid him late and drive back around him. I was kind of glad to see him sitting there on the back stretch because he was a threat there late. We had a good car all night. My dad and Keith Cramer gave me really good car. My buddy Logan from work and a couple of other buddies were here for the first time so that was pretty cool,” said Philo of his fifth career Attica win and his second straight year winning the championship night feature.

Philo also took the blame for a crash with Cap Henry the previous week as they battled for second at Attica. “Last week…that was completely my fault. I ran over Cap. I’ve apologized to him and to Brett Lane. I just want to thank all those people who talk on that crap on the internet but can’t say anything to my face. I want to thank all the haters…it just gives me motivation,” added Philo beside his Interior Supply/Control Design Solutions/Columbus Equipment Company/Banshee Graphics/Tire Slick/Classic Ink USA/Kistler Engines/Kistler Racing Products/Berryman Racing Shocks backed machine.

“The friend in me as I drove by Chris was ‘damn dude that sucks…you have this championship won’ but the racer in me that won this championship was like ‘hell yeah we got it done.’ I started running the bottom because I couldn’t pass them running with them up top. Everything worked out for us. Congrats to Travis. I’m happy to get this Burmesiter team a championship. They deserve this. I’m hoping to get the triple crown (Attica Fremont Championship Series and Fremont Speedway). I had that FAST championship and that was pretty cool but I really, really want to sweep this deal. I can’t thank them enough. Last year at this time I didn’t know if I was going to race. To be able to put a championship together with a great group of guys is pretty awesome…pretty spectacular where we’ve been able to do this year,” said Foos.

Fremont, Ohio’s Jamie Miller held off a couple of challenges from second year driver Mike Keegan to score his fifth straight Fremont Fence 305 Sprint win to lock up his second Attica championship. It was his 24th career 305 win at Attica, placing him third on the division’s all-time win list, just one away from Mike Linder. Miller, the 2005 Attica 305 track champion, celebrated the win and the championship on his 44th birthday!

“Once we started winning here we just kept winning. We didn’t want to go quite as far with the car this week…we were kind of conservative. I wish we would have went further. I saw Mike under me and I thought ‘man I better get my shit together.’ I was worried about those lapped car racing in front of me and they were throwing all that loose stuff up there and I couldn’t see the cushion and I was kind of driving blind. Then I saw that orange nose wing and I knew I had to get it together and then that caution came out and that kind of saved me,” said Miller beside his Pen Monster.com/Sonic Hauling/Brad’s Barbecue/Napa of Attica/Avon by Angie/Griff’s Engines/Color Street by Jaime Henning/Reedtown Tavern/Fostoria Mod Shop/York Carpet Outlet/Crown Battery/Branham Builders/Imprint Logo/Phil Rister Racing backed machine.

Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti battled the last six laps of the dirt truck feature side by side with Kent Brewer before taking the lead by a bumper at the white flag and holding off Brewer by inches for his third victory of the year and 18th of his career at Attica.

“I know Kent was trying just as hard as I was trying and he raced me clean and that’s all you can ask for. I thought I was going to stuff it into the front stretch wall here…I think I actually hit it once. I was trying to use it all up there a couple of laps then I switched it up and went to the bottom but wasn’t making any time,” said Valenti beside his Babcock Racing/A Plus Auto Center/Craig Miller Trucking/Best Performance Motorsports/Speedways Bar and Grill/KS Sales and Service/Real Geese Decoys/Gressman Powers backed #7B.

In the 30 lap Callie’s Performance Products 410 sprint feature Philo and Foos brought the field to green with Philo gaining the advantage as sixth starter Andrews jumped to the cushion and drove into second with Trey Jacobs, Craig Mintz, Foos and Cap Henry in pursuit. Philo pulled away slightly from Andrews as Jacobs and Mintz battled for third with Mintz taking the spot on lap four. While battling for fourth, Jacobs and Henry tangled with Henry tumbling off turn three. Though it was his second flip in two weeks battling for position, Henry was not injured.

The restart order was Philo, Andrews, Mintz, Foos, Caleb Griffith and Max Stambaugh. When the green flew Philo again pulled away as Andrews settled into second. With 10 laps scored, the leaders were preparing to encounter heavy lapped traffic and Andrews chopped into Philo’s lead. Bradley Ashford sopped on the track with 12 laps scored, giving Philo a clear track. On the restart Buddy Kofoid came to a stop with brakes issues.

This time on the restart Andrews was able to get a run on Philo and took the lead on lap 13 but Philo returned the favor in turns one and two to retake command of the race. After several laps of an intense battle for third, Foos took the position on lap 17 just before the caution came out for RJ Jacobs. Philo used the clear track to once again pull away slightly from Andrews with Foos now applying pressure for second with Mintz, Nate Dussel, Griffith and TJ Michael in pursuit.

With 10 laps to go Philo’s lead was 1.3 seconds over Andrews but lapped traffic with six laps to go allowed Andrews to close quickly and chop that lead in half. However, Andrews’ championship run came to an end with three laps to go as he coasted to a stop on the back stretch. With a clear track once again, Philo drove away for the win over Foos, Mintz, Griffith and Dussel.

Mike Keegan and Miller brought the field to green for the 25 lap 305 sprint feature with Miller grabbing the lead over Keegan, John Ivy, Steve Rando, Kody Brewer, Zeth Sabo, Shawn Valenti and Ricky Peterson. Miller could not shake Keegan who stayed within a couple of car lengths while Ivy and Rando battled hard for third and a terrific six car battle ensuing for fifth involving Sabo, Brewer, Tyler Street, Peterson and Paul Weaver.

Justin Adams spun on lap nine but when the green flew Miller and Keegan pulled away from the Ivy and Rando duel. Another caution on lap 11 for Kyle Peters kept the field close. When the green flew Miller was able to open up a 1.4 second lead with 10 laps remaining but heavy lapped traffic came into play and Keegan closed rapidly, even sticking a nose under Miller just before the caution flew for fifth place running Paul Weaver.

With a clear track Miller was able to pull away the final six laps for the win over Keegan, Ivy, Rando and Street.

The 15 lap dirt truck feature was action-packed with Jeff Ward grabbing the early lead over Dan Hennig, John Brooks, Kent Brewer and Valenti. Brewer was able to take second on lap three and when Ward got a bit sideways in turn four two laps later Brewer capitalized as Brooks challenged. Brewer and Brooks ran side by side for three laps with Valenti joining the fun just past the half-way point. Those three waged war over three laps before Brewer and Valenti were able to separate somewhat.

With three laps to go Valenti got into the turn four cushion and nearly into the front stretch wall as he battled with Brewer. Valenti was able to get a run to take the lead at the white flag by a front bumper. Brewer did not give up as the pair raced side by side through turns one and two and down the back stretch for the final lap. Coming the checkers they were door to door with Valenti winning by a front bumper. Brooks, Daniel Roepke and Henning rounded out the top five.

Attica Raceway Park will wrap up the 2019 season with the Attica Ambush featuring the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobil 1 for the 31st Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Presented by Racing Optics on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31. Friday’s event will feature the All Stars and championship night for the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models featuring double points and $2,000 to win the feature event. Saturday the All Stars will battle for a $10,000 payday with the 305 sprint racing for $1,000 to win.

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Andrews uses late race restart to grab 2nd 410 win of year at Attica; Schlenk holds off Drown for late model victory; Miller dominates 305 sprints

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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Contact: Brian Liskai – liskai2x@roadrunner.com

By Brian Liskai

ATTICA, Oh. – Chris Andrews used a restart with five laps to go to grab the lead and drove to his second 410 sprint win of the season at Attica Raceway Park on Columbus Equipment/Central Ohio Farmers Night, Friday, Aug. 16. The win gives Andrews a little bit of breathing room heading into season championship night on Friday, Aug. 23 as he seeks to wrap up his third Attica championship.

Andrews, from Sandusky, Ohio, admits prior to the red flag on lap 25 of the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprint feature, he might have been thinking about points as he came into the night with a slim three point lead over Cap Henry with DJ Foos only five points back. In fact, he had slipped to fifth in the feature before Henry and Travis Philo tangled and flipped while battling for second. But, like his first win of the season earlier this year, when the time came to get up on the wheel, Andrews did just that, driving to the outside of Buddy Kofoid on the restart. It was Andrews 9th career win at Attica.

“I’ve come to the end of the season many times close on points and you think about that non-stop. I road around on the bottom a lot at the beginning of the race and that’s not my style. A few guys wrecked out and…shit I wanted to win. I was going to just ride in third and what ever and points race. I don’t race as much as I used to but we want to win,” said Andrews of his Mackey Motorsports machine.

“I was being a wimp at the beginning running the middle and bottom and DJ (Foos) got underneath me and I started throwing hail Mary’s into one and it was sticking and on that restart clean air helped out and the car was good. I have to thank Ken and Duane Mackey and Griff’s Engines and the whole crew,” added Andrews beside his Griewahn’s Concrete/Design Graphics Group/Kistler Racing Products/Scotty’s Body Shop backed #25M.

Just as important was the second place finish of DJ Foos and third place to Buddy Kofoid. Both came into the night along with Henry with just one point separating the three for the $10,000 championship of the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series (AFCS) Presented by the Baumann Auto Group. Henry’s misfortune late in the race sets up a dramatic championship battle on the final point night coming up at Fremont Speedway on September 6.

McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk drove around Doug Drown with all four wheels over the cushion in turn four to grab the lead in the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature and then held off a late race charge from Drown to score his second win of the season at Attica. The victory places Schlenk in a tie for most career late models wins at the track with Drown, each recording 27. Schlenk now has 204 career victories on his resume as well.

“I have to apologize, I got into Doug a little bit there. He was driving down off top and leaving a lane open up there. I committed that lap nd he slid up further than I thought he was going to and we made a little contact. I got out of it and let him straighten it up. I love racing up front with him. I had to come and defend that most wins deal…he had taken that away from me.I have to thank all these guys standing behind me for busting their butts all night for me. I have to thank Velocita Fire Suits, Tom Finch Automotive, Dominator Race Products, Bilstein Shocks, VP Race Fuels, Carillo Rods, CP Pistons, Buckeye Concrete…everybody that makes it possible,” said Schlenk.

Fremont, Ohio’s Jamie Miller, a former Attica 305 sprint track champion, took the lead on a lap four restart and never looked back. Miller held an eight second lead when he took the white flag and drove to his fourth Fremont Fence 305 Sprint feature win of the year worth $1,000 thanks to Griff’s Engines. Miller’s 23rd career victory places him in a tie with Bobby Clark for third on the all-time win list for the division at Attica. Miller also took over the point lead for the 305 sprints as defending track champion Paul Weaver suffered mechanical woes.

“We were good tonight that’s for sure. Passing was pretty easy. I just tried to stay calm, hit my marks and not get into trouble,” said Miller beside his Brad’s Barbecue/Pen Monster.com/Sonic Hauling/Napa of Attica/Avon by Angie/Griff’s Engines/Color Street by Jaime Hennig/Reedtown Tavern/Fostoria Mod Shop/York Carpet Outlet/Crown Battery/Branham Builders/Imprint Logo/Phil Rister Racing backed #26.

The victory pads Miller’s lead in the $2,500 to win KS Sales & Service AFCS presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales.

Philo and Kofoid brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature with Phil jumping into the lead over Kofoid, Cale Conley, Andrews, Shawn Dancer and Foos. Philo began to pull away slightly while Conley and Andrews battled for third. But, six laps into the feature Kofoid started to close on Philo just before Caleb Griffith would drive off the high side of turn two to bring out the caution.

When the green reappeared Philo again pulled away but Stuart Brubaker suffered mechanical issues to bring out back-to-back cautions with nine laps scored. On the restart Kofoid stayed with Philo this time as Conley, Andrews, Cap Henry, Byron Reed and Foos battled for third.Just past the half-way point, Kofoid executed a slider on Philo to take the lead but Philo did not give up and the pair exchanged sliders at each end of the track before encountering heavy lapped traffic on lap 18.

Lapped traffic allowed Conley to close as Andrews fended off Henry and Foos for fourth. It appeared Conley made contact with a lapped machine, breaking the front end of his car and bringing out the caution on lap 22. On the restart both Henry ad Foos got by Andrews, dropping him to fifth. On lap 24 Henry slid in front of Philo and the pair got together entering turn one, sending both flipping. Both drivers were uninjured but that gave second back to Andrews. On the ensuing restart Andrews blasted to Kofoid’s outside and took the lead with five laps to go. Foos drove under Kofoid for second a lap later but could not close the gap on Andrews who drove to the win. Kofoid, Reed and Nate Dussel rounded out the top five.

Drown and Matt Irey paced the field for the 25 lap late model feature with Drown blasting into the lead over Irey, Schlenk, Ryan Missler and Mike Bores. Schlenk quickly took second and stayed within a car length of Drown. A caution for a Bob Mayer spin followed by Devin Shiels coasting to a stop kept the field close. On the restart Drown and Schlenk pulled away from the field while Irey, Missler, Ryan Markham and Bores gave chase. Irey pulled into the pits on lap nine to surrender third to Missler with Drown and Schlenk holding an eight car length advantage out front. Schlenk began closing on Drown and used a daring move above the cushion in turn four on lap 12 to take the lead. Schlenk could not shake Drown who stayed within a couple of car lengths.

Schlenk and Drown began picking off lapped machines and with two laps to go had placed all but nine cars a lap down. Drown tried a couple of low moves for the lead the last to laps but Schlenk was just too strong and drove to the win. Missler, Markham and Bores rounded out the top five.

Jimmy McGrath Jr. and Brandon Riehl paced the field for the 25 lap Fremont Fence 305 Sprint Feature with McGrath gaining the advantage at the drop of the green over Kyle Capodice, Riehl, Kyle Peters, Miller, Weaver and DJ Foos. Weaver drove off the track with three laps scored and retired to the pits just as Miller had moved into third. On the restart Miller grabbed second just before the caution flew for a stalled Luke Griffith. When the green reappeared Miller drove to the outside of McGrath to take the lead and never looked back as the feature went the rest of the distance under green.

Miller pulled away steadily as Capodice took second from McGrath while Foos worked his way forward, taking third by lap 14. Miller built his lead to eight seconds with two laps to go and was content to ride behind a tremendous battle for ninth involving three cars, not forcing the issue to put them a lap down. Miller easily drove to the win over Capodice, Foos, Tyler Street and McGrath.

Attica Raceway Park will decide it’s 2019 track champions in the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprints and Fremont Fence 305 Sprints on Kistler Racing Products/Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating presents the Mark Keegan Classic on Friday, Aug. 23. Double points are on the line for the sprints with the dirt trucks joining the racing action.

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