FAST Championship Battle Heating Up
Helms would tumble in turn four on lap 11 to bring the action to a halt. He was unharmed but done for the night. The restart was wild with Wilson leading Zablocki while Chaney got crossed up and fell back four spots. Griffith now ran third with Lay, Reed, Andrews, Chaney and Mintz in pursuit.
At the half-way point the running order was Wilson, Zablocki, Griffith, Lay, Andrews, Reed and Mintz. By lap 17 Griffith was racing to Zablocki’s outside to challenge for second and he would finally take the runner-up spot on lap 19. With 7 laps to go Wilson found heavy lapped traffic racing in his bottom line and that allowed the high flying Griffith to close quickly with Zablocki holding off Andrews for third while Mintz rounded out the top five.
Just as Griffith was going to make his move for the lead the caution flew with five laps to go when Dain Naida and Cap Henry tangled. It seemed with a clear track Wilson had the race in hand as it took Griffith a few laps to get his momentum on the high side.
When the green flew Wilson went back to the bottom and Griffith sailed to his outside to challenge with Andrews sliding around Zablocki for third with Mintz, Lay and Reed in pursuit. Again, just as Griffith had gotten his momentum to challenge the caution would fly with two laps to go for an Andrew Palker spin.
When the green flew Griffith raced to Wilson’s outside with Andrews, Lay, Zablocki and Mintz staying close. After taking the white flag Griffith executed a slider under Wilson in turns one and two to grab the lead. Griffith then sailed around the high line of the final turns to take the win over Wilson, Andrews, Mintz and Lay.
For the third time this season the Wood County Connection came through – three drivers who live within 10 miles of one another all won features in their respective divisions at Attica. Wayne, Ohio’s Jeff Babcock would win a thriller in the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models while Bradner, Ohio’s Nate Dussel would take the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprint win and Risingsun, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti would get the exciting Fremont Fence Dirt Truck victory.