Byron Reed Scores the Ohio Sprint Speedweek Opener

From Brian Liskai, image courtesy of Mike Campbell

ATTICA, Ohio – All looked lost for Byron Reed when he slid off the track while leading late in the race. But redemption was just around the corner for the Monclova, Ohio driver when leader Tim Shaffer ran out of fuel with five laps remaining, handing Reed the lead. He would go on to take the opening night of Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Attica Raceway Park Friday, his second O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of Champions win at the track this season.

Reed was given the lead on lap 22 as he pressured Stevie Smith in lapped traffic and Smith spun in turn two. Reed pulled away on the restart, but a caution for Smith on lap 26 bunched up the field. Again Reed pulled away from All Star point leader Shaffer with Bryan Sebetto and Dale Blaney waging a tremendous battle for third. Disaster struck for Reed on lap 32 as he slipped off the high side of turn two, allowing Shaffer to drive under him for the lead.

A caution on lap 35 for a Brandon Martin spin in turn four was almost trouble for leader Shaffer, as he narrowly missed hitting him, squeezing between Martin and the front stretch guard rail. Sebetto’s great run would end on the next lap as he drove off turn three. During the caution, Shaffer and Blaney would stop after running out of fuel, necessitating a fuel stop and sending them to the tail.

All Star officials said the rule is 40 laps or one hour from the time the first car pushes off. They indicated 14 minutes were still remaining before a fuel stop would be necessary and since Shaffer and Blaney stopped they would go to the tail.

That handed the lead back to Reed and he would drive away for his third Attica win of the season on Legends Sports Pub & Grille Night. Last week’s winner Mark Keegan, who drove into the rear of Reed’s car as the field stopped for the red flag fuel stop, damaging the front wing of his car, would come home second while 16th place starter Dean Jacobs would race into another third place finish.

Reed, a five-time Attica champion, now has 25 career victories at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant, good for second on the track’s all-time win list. It was his ninth career All Star victory as well.

“I made a mistake and thought it was over. I must have had a pretty good lead…when I came back on the track I was still in second. I knew Tim (Shaffer) was having fuel issues..I know I was close but I think I would have made it. This JEI chassis and Kistler engine is running great,” said Reed beside his Reebar Diecasting, Weld Wheels backed #5. “Isn’t this great…the two locals running first and second.”

For Keegan, the second place run means he’ll go to night #2 of the nine-night Ohio Sprint Speedweek at KC Raceway.

“I was looking up to see how many more laps were left and Byron stopped for the red and I hit him. I thought I was done, but they pushed me around and the crew said other than front wing it was okay. We nursed it home second. This is awesome for the local guys to beat a field like this,” said Keegan beside his Midwest Transportation, Jon Wright Custom Chrome Plating #X.

Jacobs has been a consistent top three finisher this season and is happy with the progress of his young team.

“I just keep getting a great race car…it’s been a blast to drive. We will get wins,” said Jacobs beside his Northwest Ohio Towing and Recovery, NAPA Truck and Auto Center backed #97. “These guys need to put bigger fuel tanks on. It’s their own fault they ran out of fuel. We put a 33-gallon tank on and had plenty of fuel. They know the rule and it bit them.”

After an opening lap red for a crash involving Brian Lay, Cole Duncan and David Gravel, Smith, the 2009 Ohio Speedweek champion bolted into the lead with Reed, Shaffer, Blaney and Sebetto in tow. Another red flag for a Cap Henry tip over which collected Brandon Wimmer after one lap was scored wiped out Smith’s lead. On the ensuing restart Smith began stretching out his lead with Reed and Shaffer comfortably in second and third while Blaney and Sebetto raced side by side for fourth.

Jody Keegan would drive off turn three on lap six while running sixth, to bring out a caution. Once again Smith pulled away with the lead on the restart with Reed, Shaffer, Blaney and Sebetto in tow. Sebetto would take fourth from Blaney on lap 11 and that’s the way the remained until a caution on lap 11 for Kevin Lee. Every time Smith would build a lead, the caution would fly as it did on lap 15 for Lee Jacobs who stopped on the track.

Smith set a torrid pace on the restart, catching the rear of the field just seven laps later, allowing Reed to close on his rear bumper. As the pair raced nose to tail into turns one and two trying to pick their way through traffic, Smith would spin, bringing out the caution and sending him to the tail. Now Reed led over Shaffer, Sebetto, Blaney and Keegan. The running order would remain that way until lap 26 when Smith would stop on the track for another caution. Reed pulled away on the restart while Shaffer ran comfortably in second with Sebetto and Blaney still racing hard for third.

On lap 32, Reed missed his marks in turn two, driving off the high side of the track, handing the lead to Shaffer, as Reed reentered the track in second. Then began the bizarre events on lap 35 when the caution flew for Brandon Martin, as Shaffer narrowly missed hitting him. On the restart Sebetto would drive off turn three and another caution would see the fuel issue come into play.

In the 25-lap Fultz Fabrications and Speeds Shop UMP Late Model feature, Wooster, Ohio’s Doug Drown put on a dominating performance, opening up over a half track lead. Only two cautions on lap 16 and 17 would slow his march to victory lane. He would power to his second Attica win of 2010.

“We wasn’t even going to come here tonight, but we knew the World of Outlaws are coming here at the end of July and we wanted to try some things and boy did they work,” said Drown beside his Wooster Glace, D.J. Directional Services, Lazer Chassis backed #12.

Wayne Maffett Jr. would drive from his 11th starting spot to second with Ken Hahn, Jeff Babcock and Ryan Missler rounding out the top five.

Attica Raceway Park will be back in action Friday, July 2 as Kear’s Speed Shop Presents Fan Appreciation Night. For just $10 admission, fans will see the 410 sprints, late models, 305 sprints and dirt trucks.

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Attica Raceway Park – 6/18/2010

Legends Sports Pub & Grill Night

All Star Circuit of Champions (43 Cars)

Qualifying – Kistler Engines

1. 83-Tim Shaffer, 12.30; 2. X-Mark Keegan, 12.39; 3. 60-Jody Keegan, 12.49; 4. 5R-Byron Reed, 12.50; 5. 1Z-Stevie Smith, 12.52; 6. 16-Bryan Sebetto, 12.61; 7. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.68; 8. 24H-Lee Jacobs, 12.73; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.77; 10. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.78; 11. 22-Cole Duncan, 12.83; 12. 2+-Brian Smith, 12.84; 13. 11B-Brock Mayes, 12.84; 14. 6-Bill Rose, 12.84; 15. 312-Mike Linder, 12.91; 16. 17-Tyler Walker, 12.91; 17. 89G-David Gravel, 12.92; 18. 97-Dean Jacobs, 13.05; 19. 3J-Kevin Lee, 13.05; 20. 9XC-Rob Chaney, 13.05; 21. 4K-Kody Kinser, 13.06; 22. O-Brandon Wimmer, 13.07; 23. 53-Phil Gressman, 13.08; 24. 27-Scott Euler, 13.09; 25. 28V-Shawn Valenti, 13.13; 26. 20X-Craig Mintz, 13.15; 27. O4-Cap Henry, 13.15; 28. 28-Todd Kane, 13.18; 29. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.21; 30. 12-Jarred Ridge, 13.27; 31. 15C-Chris Andrews, 13.33; 32. 11M-Brandon Martin, 13.35; 33. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.36; 34. 45-Brian Lay, 13.39; 35. 47-Caleb Helms, 13.43; 36. 9X-Gary Wright, 13.56; 37. 5M-Jamie Miller, 13.65; 38. OM-Bill Morrison, 13.71; 39. V92-Mathew Reed, 13.75; 40. 71AU-Matt Bulter, 14.14; 41. 15H-Mitch Harble, 14.18; 42. 9-Ryan Myers, 14.66; 43. 4-Danny Smith, 100.00

Heat 1 – Ultra Schield Race Products (10 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 89G-David Gravel; 2. W20-Greg Wilson; 3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4. 1Z-Stevie Smith; 5. 83-Tim Shaffer; 6. 4K-Kody Kinser; 7. 3C-Cale Conley; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 9. 28V-Shawn Valenti; 10. 5M-Jamie Miller; 11. 15H-Mitch Harble

Heat 2 – Bell Racing (10 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 97-Dean Jacobs; 2. O-Brandon Wimmer; 3. 16-Bryan Sebetto; 4. 6-Bill Rose; 5. 45-Brian Lay; 6. X-Mark Keegan; 7. 20X-Craig Mintz; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 9. 9-Ryan Myers; 10. OM-Bill Morrison; 11. 12-Jarred Ridge

Heat 3 – Friendship Food Stores (10 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 53-Phil Gressman; 2. 2-Dale Blaney; 3. 312-Mike Linder; 4. 22-Cole Duncan; 5. 60-Jody Keegan; 6. O4-Cap Henry; 7. V92-Mathew Reed; 8. 3J-Kevin Lee; 9. 47-Caleb Helms; 10. 15C-Chris Andrews

Heat 4 – Tin Lizzy Collision (10 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 9XC-Rob Chaney; 2. 5R-Byron Reed; 3. 17-Tyler Walker; 4. 11M-Brandon Martin; 5. 24H-Lee Jacobs; 6. 2+-Brian Smith; 7. 9X-Gary Wright; 8. 71AU-Matt Bulter; 9. 28-Todd Kane; 10. 27-Scott Euler

B-Main – Computer Man Inc. (12 Laps – Top 4 Transfer)

1. X-Mark Keegan; 2. O4-Cap Henry; 3. 20X-Craig Mintz; 4. 3J-Kevin Lee; 5. 2+-Brian Smith; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 7. 4K-Kody Kinser; 8. 15C-Chris Andrews; 9. 47-Caleb Helms; 10. V92-Mathew Reed; 11. 5M-Jamie Miller; 12. OM-Bill Morrison; 13. 27-Scott Euler; 14. 3C-Cale Conley; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 16. 15H-Mitch Harble; 17. 28V-Shawn Valenti; 18. 71AU-Matt Bulter; 19. 28-Todd Kane; 20. 9-Ryan Myers; 21. 9X-Gary Wright

A-Main – (40 Laps) [#]-Starting Position

1. 5R-Byron Reed[1]; 2. X-Mark Keegan[11]; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs[16]; 4. 11B-Brock Mayes[10]; 5. 53-Phil Gressman[20]; 6. 9XC-Rob Chaney[18]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson[8]; 8. 20X-Craig Mintz[21]; 9. 17-Tyler Walker[14]; 10. 89G-David Gravel[15]; 11. 11M-Brandon Martin[23]; 12. 2-Dale Blaney[5]; 13. 83-Tim Shaffer[6]; 14. 16-Bryan Sebetto[4]; 15. 1Z-Stevie Smith[2]; 16. 6-Bill Rose[12]; 17. 312-Mike Linder[13]; 18. 24H-Lee Jacobs[7]; 19. 3J-Kevin Lee[17]; 20. 60-Jody Keegan[3]; 21. O4-Cap Henry[22]; 22. O-Brandon Wimmer[19]; 23. 22-Cole Duncan[9]; 24. 45-Brian Lay[24]

Hard Charger: 53-Phil Gressman[+15]

Fultz Fabrication & Speed Shop – UMP Late Models (25 Cars)

Heat 1 – Ultra Schield Race Products (8 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 50Y-Ryan Missler; 2. 23C-Jeremy Canada; 3. 27-Ken Hahn; 4. 55T-Tom Ordway; 5. X3-Dan Wallace; 6. 3-Thomas Baker; 7. 29-Rocky Owens; 8. 99-Steve Sabo; 9. 92S-Cody Scott

Heat 2 – Bell Racing (8 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 1-Jeff Babcock; 2. 12D-Doug Drown; 3. 5H-Ernie Haynes; 4. 40-Wayne Maffett Jr.; 5. 56-B.J. Gregory; 6. 30-Nate Potts; 7. 12M-Bobby Michaels; 8. 18-Jim Gingery

Heat 3 – Friendship Food Stores (8 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 15B-Mike Bores; 2. 48-John Bores; 3. 21-Larry Kingseed; 4. 85-Chuck Hummer; 5. 12-Michael Stiltner II; 6. 36-Matt Irey; 7. 22-Mike Stiltner; 8. O6-Kyle Perry

B-Main – Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps – Top 5 Transfer)

1. 29-Rocky Owens; 2. 3-Thomas Baker; 3. 36-Matt Irey; 4. 30-Nate Potts; 5. 22-Mike Stiltner; 6. 92S-Cody Scott; 7. 99-Steve Sabo; 8. 12M-Bobby Michaels; 9. 18-Jim Gingery; 10. O6-Kyle Perry

A-Main – (25 Laps) [#]-Starting Position

1. 12D-Doug Drown[3]; 2. 40-Wayne Maffett Jr.[11]; 3. 27-Ken Hahn[1]; 4. 1-Jeff Babcock[4]; 5. 50Y-Ryan Missler[12]; 6. 21-Larry Kingseed[2]; 7. 55T-Tom Ordway[5]; 8. 23C-Jeremy Canada[10]; 9. X3-Dan Wallace[13]; 10. 5H-Ernie Haynes[9]; 11. 85-Chuck Hummer[7]; 12. 29-Rocky Owens[16]; 13. 3-Thomas Baker[17]; 14. 12-Michael Stiltner II[15]; 15. 56-B.J. Gregory[14]; 16. 48-John Bores[6]; 17. 22-Mike Stiltner[20]; 18. 36-Matt Irey[18]; 19. 15B-Mike Bores[8]; 20. 30-Nate Potts[19]

Hard Charger: 40-Wayne Maffett Jr.[+9]