Holtgraver Is West Virginia All Star
RIPLEY, W. Va. — Don’t look now, but a new sprint car team is starting to gel and it could mean trouble for the competitors on the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions tour.
Danny Holtgraver capped a fantastic weekend Saturday at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, W. Va., by taking his fourth career UNOH All Star win.
On Friday, Holtgraver won one of the two features at Attica Raceway Park to add to his King of the 360s win earlier this year in Florida and an open win at Mercer Speedway a couple of weeks ago.
It wasn’t easy for the former Lernerville track champion Saturday. It looked like UNOH All Star point leader Dale Blaney would pick up the win, but after taking the white flag, his car quit running and coast to a stop on the back stretch. Blaney said it appears his Ti22 Performance machine suffered some sort of engine problem and he did not run out of fuel as some had speculated.
All Star officials called for a fuel stop, setting up a green, white, checkered finish and Holtgraver held off 410 rookie Paige Polyak of Tiffin, Ohio, to score the victory.
“I thought we were going to have to settle for second. Dale and I raced hard throughout that deal. Then we come out of two on the last lap and I see him stopped. I knew I just had to hit my marks on the restart and we’d be fine,” said Holtgraver of his Bryan Grove/Rob Hunter owned No. 45. “This is huge for us…it’s a big confidence booster.”
Danny Holtgraver, Paige Polyak, Jim Stinson, Cole Duncan, Cap Henry, Kory Crabtree, Justin Henderson, Tim Shaffer, Josh Davis, Chris Myers, Sam Ashworth, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Dickson, Trey Gustin, Mark Imler, Caleb Helms, Nathan Skaggs, Aaron Higgins, Dale Blaney, Bob Howard, Danny Smith, Jason Dolick, Wes McGlumphy, Bryan Sebetto.