Black Bandit Raids Ohio Speedweek
WAYNESFIELD, Ohio — Sprint car drivers are, by definition, highly competitive. This can lead to them pushing themselves too hard at times.
Such has been the case for Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Stevie Smith.
Though he is a veteran of many years of racing, 2012 brought a new team and many challenges for Smith.
But, his team has worked hard, and Saturday, it paid off as Smith passed race-long leader Cap Henry with eight laps to go to take night two of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions’ 30th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Waynesfield Raceway Park.
“I was just a little tight in the beginning. I had to keep telling myself ‘you need to calm down’ because I’m on the verge of tearing something up every night just trying to get this first win for this team. It’s not my style to get into this many bumps and bangs but I’ve been doing it…it’s been all on my own. Now we have our first win with the CL Motorsports team and we’re going to build off of that,” said Smith of his 17th career UNOH All Star victory. “That 54 car has been pretty darn fast and that team has been working hard and he’s getting hard to beat.”
For Henry, who led the first 36 laps of the Ohio Sprint Speedweek opener the previous night at Attica Raceway Park, only to get caught up when a lapped car flipped in front of him, possibly taking away his first All Star win, once again leading much of the race and coming home second was a bit of redemption.
“I was just trying so hard, especially knowing Stevie was behind me. I knew he had a good car when I got him at the start, but in traffic I knew it was going to be tough,” said Henry beside his Stanton Mopar/FK Rods/Lucas Oil backed #54. “This definitely helps heal some of the wounds from last night. I was having flash backs with 30 laps in. I thought ‘here we go again,” but it was a good night…I can accept this.”
Three-time and defending UNOH All Star champion Tim Shaffer waged a race long battle with Paul McMahan, Byron Reed, Bryan Sebetto and Sam Hafertepe Jr. before claiming third.
“That was a really awesome race. To slide back and forth was fun. My guys gave me a really good car tonight…we really felt good tonight,” said Shaffer. “Hopefully we’re getting back on track. We’ll take a third place….It’s going to be a tough week and we have a lot of tough competition…the kids are getting faster.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Bryan Sebetto filled the top five.
Henry was fast qualifier for the 45-car field.
Stevie Smith, Cap Henry, Tim Shaffer, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Bryan Sebetto, Paul McMahan, Greg Wilson, Rob Chaney, Byron Reed, David Gravel, Danny Smith, Danny Holtgraver, Dean Jacobs, Brandon Martin, Phil Gressman, Travis Philo, Stuart Williams, Chad Wilson, Stuart Brubaker, Lee Jacobs, Cole Duncan, Ed Neumeister, Dale Blaney, Craig Mintz.
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