By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – If you are a dirt sprint car fan or you like the rumble of late models, Attica Raceway Park will satisfy your need for speed in 2012.
Ohio’s Finest Racing venue has 21 exciting nights of racing action planned with some of the biggest names in sprint car and late model racing to pay a visit trying to collect the over half million dollars in prize money.
For the sprint car fans, besides the weekly winged O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints and Fremont Fence 305 Sprints, there are several big shows planned. The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions will visit Attica four times in 2012, including the traditional HD Supply Spring Nationals on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7; to kick off the 30th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek on Ohio Caterpillar Night, Friday, June 22; and to wrap up the track’s season with the Attica Ambush on Baumann Auto Group Night, Saturday, Sept. 1. The World of Outlaws will return to ARP for the Kistler Engines Classic on Friday, June 1 for the $10,000-to-win event.
Then throw in the 10 races in the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series with four of those events paying $3,000 to win and the Kistler Racing Products Mark Keegan Classic Championship Night on Saturday, Aug. 25 which will also pay $3,000 to win.
The 305 sprint teams will also have the traditional 305 Sprint Engine Builders Challenge presented by R&R Auto on Friday, May 4, and will have five point races in the resurrected FAST 305 Sprint Championship Series.
Late model fans will also have their share of excitement at Attica in 2012. Besides the weekly Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model events, the national stars of racing will come to Attica for the Central Ohio Farmers/Summit Racing Equipment Night as part of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour along with the UMP Modifieds on Friday, July 13. And a new twist has been added to Attica’s schedule as the late models roofs will come off for a night of topless late model action on Friday, May 4. Also on True Value of Woodville Night the American Late Model Series will compete at ARP in a $3,000-to-win event.
Another special event will be the traditional Kear’s Speed Shop Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, July 6 when general admission is only $10 for four exciting divisions of racing.
“We continue to work to keep the fans excited about coming to Attica Raceway Park every Friday. John (Bores, promoter) has put together a great team here and we are all working to make sure the fans and race teams have a great experience every week,” said Rex LeJeune, ARP Director of Operations. “This schedule has all of the traditional events the fans have shown their support and enthusiasm for over the years and some new events that put more money into the hands of our loyal race teams,” added LeJeune.
The action will kick off Friday, March 30 (rain date of Saturday, March 31) with the winged O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints, Fultz Fabrications and Speed Shop UMP Late Models and Fremont Fence 305 Sprints. Racing continues nearly every Friday throughout the summer with the 410 and 305 sprints, UMP late models and dirt trucks.
Friday, March 30 Columbus Equipment Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints (Raindate, Saturday, March 31)
Friday, April 6 H D Supply Spring Nationals – All Star Sprints ($3,000 To Win), UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints
Saturday, April 7 H D Supply Spring Nationals – All Star Sprints ($5,000 To Win), UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints
Friday, April 13 UUI / Bazell Race Fuels Night – UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints, Dirt Trucks
Friday, April 20* Construction Equipment & Supply Night Presented by Goodyear Tire – 410’s ($3,000 To Win) , UMP LM’s, 305’s
Friday, April 27* True Value of Woodville Night – 410’s, ALMS Late Models ($3,000 To Win), 305’s – Open Pits/Meet the Drivers
Friday, May 4 305 Engine Builders Challenge / R & R Auto Wrecking Night – UMP Late Models (Topless), Dirt Trucks
Friday, May 11*# Sutton Bank / Scouts Night – 410 Sprints ($3,000 To Win), UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints + Vintage Race Cars
Friday, May 18* Merrill Lynch / All Pro Aluminum Heads Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints
Friday, June 1 World of Outlaws Sprints – Kistler Engines Classic ($10,000 To Win), UMP Late Models
Friday, June 8*# Croghan Colonial Bank Night – 410 Sprints, 305 Sprints, Dirt Trucks
Friday, June 15* Burns Electric / Fisher Performance Mid Season Championship Night Presented by Goodyear Tire
410 Sprints ($3,000 To Win), 305 Sprints, Late Models, Dirt Trucks (DOUBLE POINTS)
Friday, June 22 Ohio Sprint Speedweek – Ohio Caterpillar Night – All Star Sprints ($5,000 To Win), UMP Late Models
Friday, July 6 Kears Speed Shop Fan Appreciation Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints, Dirt Trucks
($10 General Admission – Open Pit Area / Meet the Drivers – $1 Hot Dogs, 50 cent Popcorn)
Friday, July 13 UMP Late Model Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” ($5,000 To Win) – Central Ohio Farmers
Summit Racing Equipment Night – UMP Modifieds, 305 Sprints
Friday, July 20*# Smith Family Foods / Quality Welding Night – (Christmas In July) 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints
Friday, July 27* Bud Light / Yuengling Beer / Ohio Logistics Night 410 Sprints, ALMS Late Models ($3,000 To Win), 305 Sprints
Friday, Aug 3*# Edward Jones of Clyde Night / Mike Neill Financial Advisor – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints
Friday, Aug 10 NO RACING – ATTICA FAIR
Saturday, Aug 18*# WNWO NBC Toledo Ch 24 Night – 410 Sprints ($3,000 To Win), UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints, Dirt Trucks
Saturday, Aug 25 Kistler Racing Products Presents Mark Keegan Classic Season Championship Night (DOUBLE POINTS)
410 Sprints ($3,000 To Win), UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints, Dirt Trucks
Saturday, Sept 1 Baumann Auto Group Night – Attica Ambush All Star Sprints ($5,000 To Win), UMP Late Models, Dirt Trucks
*F.A.S.T. 410 Sprint Point Races
#F.A.S.T. 305 Sprint Point Races