Chaney Conquers Attica Sprints
ATTICA, Ohio — Rob Chaney knows a good race car when he sits in it. He teamed up with mechanic Daniel Smith Friday on Bud Light, Yuengling Beer, Edward Jones Financial Services Night at Attica Raceway Park Friday and dominated the 30-lap 410 sprint feature.
Chaney led all 30 laps of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprint feature for his 9th career Attica win, and even avoided a run-in with a lapped car with two laps to go to dominate the event which was a Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series event.
“Well, when you have Byron Reed behind you it might as well be Donny Schatz (four time World of Outlaws champion). There was no chance I was letting up. I don’t care…I would have crashed before I lost that race. When you see that five on the board you know you have to get it on,” said Chaney beside his Hoy’s Bar, Level Performance, Kear’s Speed Shop backed machine.
“It’s the fourth time I’ve run this car. I have to thank Rich Farmer and Daniel Smith. Daniel and I ran 360 car together several years back and won a lot of races and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get back with him for a long time and I’m real happy to be back racing with him right now,” added Chaney of his third win of 2012, the other two coming at another race track in another car.
“I was just trying to keep up with the car. I haven’t raced that much this year and the track was pretty demanding. I’m not young any more but I tried to pretend I was out there. This car has been fast every time it has hit the track. Shane Stewart ran it some (won an All Star race) and I’ve run it some. It’s a great opportunity for me,” concluded Chaney. “I have to thank, all the fans. You know Attica and Fremont….you go race a lot of places and coming back here…this is one of the best places in the country to race. I hope all the fans realize how lucky they are to have these tracks and the cars that come run at these tracks on a weekly basis.”
In the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models, it looked like Rusty Schlenk was headed to his fourth win of the season at Attica. But, a flat tire handed the lead back to Charing Cross, Ontario, Canada’s Chris Ross, who had led early and then stayed close to Schlenk. Ross then held off Ken Hahn the last five laps for his first career Attica victory.
“He left me in his dust and I thought I was running for second. But then he just started to slow down after that one caution and I thought well maybe we’ll get a little luck our way and get one back. I love coming here. I wish I could come here every Friday, but being three and half hours away and working every day…it’s kind of hard,” said Ross beside his Field Electric, Great Canadian Oil Change, Lube Tech, Autotech, backed #18r.
“I did a lot better than the last time I was here. I almost hit the flagman,” added Ross, who crashed into the front stretch fence, tearing down a big section. “I want to thank my wife, Shelley of course, and Scott Gressman who built me an awesome motor.”
In the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints, Paul Weaver came back after missing six weeks following surgery, and passed defending track champion Nate Dussel on a restart with five laps to go, and went on to his 29th career victory. Weaver first victory of the season keeps him atop the track’s all-time win list for the division.
“Thank God for cautions. The top just looked so much faster I was afraid to go down there. If you wanted to settle for third or fourth you might as well stayed there but I didn’t want to settle,” said Weaver beside his M&L Excavating, Weaver Performance, Buckeye Mobile Coating, Hampshire Engines, Schiets Motorsports backed #1w. “After missing six weeks, if I can wake up and move in the morning I might think about racing tomorrow night. Hopefully none of those other guys can catch me. I have to keep racing and keep adding to my win total.”