FAST Championship Battle Heating Up
ATTICA, Ohio – The coveted Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship for the 410 sprints and JLH General Contractor FAST Championship for the 305 sprints is coming right down to the wire after an exciting night of action Friday at Attica Raceway Park.
Caleb Griffith passed race-long leader Greg Wilson on the last lap to score his first ever O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 sprint win at Attica on Ohio Logistics Night. The win moved Griffith into second in the $10,000-to-win FAST points with a hand full of events left in 2014. Chris Andrews came into the night leading the FAST and Attica points and stormed from his 12th starting spot for a third place finish to maintain the point leads but by just 14 markers over Griffith.
“The restart previous to the last one (with two to go) I kind of spun the tires so I knew I had to do something different. We weren’t getting a good run like he (Wilson) was down through the bottom. I got such a good run off the top I thought I’d have to slide him because if I got stuck in the middle coming off of four…I didn’t want to see someone dive bomb both of us and pass us coming off of four. I thought he would double turn me and come underneath me,” said Griffith of his winning move.
The night looked bleak for Griffith early as he experienced mechanical woes during qualifying.
“The Lord really blessed us tonight. We doused two mag boxes with power steering fluid and found some plugged nozzle lines. It was an uphill battle since we unloaded tonight. My guys are some of the oldest in the pits but no one works harder,” added Griffith.
In the 30-lap 410 sprint feature Duane Zablocki and Greg Wilson brought the field to green with Wilson gaining the advantage. Wilson would pull away from Zablocki with Brian Lay, Caleb Helms, Rob Chaney, Byron Reed, Griffith, Travis Philo and Craig Mintz in tow. Helms would spin on lap four to bring out the caution.
On the restart Wilson again pulled away with Zablocki holding off Lay for second with a wild battle for fourth between Chaney, Reed, Griffith, Chris Andrews and Mintz. Chaney would take third on lap six but could not close on Zablocki as Wilson held a comfortable lead. The battle for fourth continued between Lay, Griffith, Reed, Andrews and Mintz.