Blaney Wins Another One At Lima
LIMA, Ohio — Friday night at Limaland Motorsports Park, Dale Blaney recorded his third victory in five Ohio Sprint Speedweek Friday’s stop at Limaland Motorsports Park.
Blaney inherited the lead when Jamie Veal smacked the frontstretch wall on lap 27 and went on to record his 103rd career UNOH All Star victory. It was Blaney’s fourth series win of 2014 and he now has five All Star wins at Limaland.
“We had a good car. It didn’t take off the best but I knew we were going to have a good car by 40 laps,” Blaney said. “We kind of picked our way and I saw where they were running and the car got better and better. I can’t say enough about Tony (Kennedy, car owner). He’s put together a great team and we’re having some fun. George (Fisher, crew chief) is focused as I’ve ever seen him.
“I’ve made so many laps around here and I know the track’s going to move. I knew when I had to get up on the track and to the middle. The guys give me a great car and it’s second nature for me to go do those spots.”
Greg Wilson, who started in the fourth row next to Blaney, closed on Blaney late in traffic on the quarter-mile oval, but had to settle for second.
“We fell back there early but man we had a bad fast race car there at the end. Dale and George and the Kennedy team…they’re a team to beat anywhere in the country. To run second to them…it sucks but we had a car that could run with them tonight and I’m proud of that for our team,” said Wilson. “But damn I wanted to win that thing.”
Byron Reed finished third and considering how up and down his year has been, this may be the shot in the arm his team needed.
“This feels good. I’ve been doing this a lot of years and it can be very humbling. Sometimes I wonder if I know what I’m doing any more. But I know now we can still do this and I just need to get the confidence up,” said Reed. “We got beat by two better cars but they weren’t a lot better. We’re getting there. Hopefully we can build on this.”
By lap 15 the leaders were approaching heavy lapped traffic and Reed closed
In the five Ohio Sprint Speedweek events, Blaney has not finished outside of the top two as he looks to wrap up his fifth speedweek title at the finale at Fremont Saturday.
Rob Chaney was the fast qualifier for the 45-car field with an 11.569-second lap.
Jeff Babcock won the modified feature.
Dale Blaney, Greg Wilson, Byron Reed, Travis Philo, James McFadden, Rob Chaney, Stevie Smith, Shane Stewart, Max Stambaugh, Andrew Palker, Brandon Wimmer, Dean Jacobs, Randy Hannagan, Lee Jacobs, Jac Haudenschild, Danny Holtgraver, Duane Zablocki, Tim Shaffer, Jamie Veal, Jack Sodeman Jr., Sheldon Haudenschild, Derek Hagar, Ronnie Blair, Paul May.