Rocky Owens Picks Up Attica ALMS Win

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By Brian Liskai

ATTICA, Ohio – Cap Henry is making things exciting in the drive to the Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) Championship Series Presented by KS Sales and Service title. The Bellevue, Ohio driver led all 30 laps at Attica Raceway Park Friday to garner his second win of the season at the track and tighten the point battle for the $10,000 Kistler Cup.

Henry came into the night second in the FAST standings, only 40 points behind two times series champion Byron Reed. He would gain very valuable points as Reed would finish fourth. With Attica’s points for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints also paying $10,000 this year, former track champion Dean Jacobs padded his point lead with a solid second place run as well on Culy Contracting/Smith Family Foods Night.

“I was trying to pace myself and not catch those guys (lapped cars) too soon and ran the top in one and two one lap to open up the bottom to see if someone was down there and I saw Dean and I was like ‘better get back to blocking’ because it’s one go with him,” said Henry beside his Genzman Racing, Ludwig Propane, Level Performance, Kear’s Speed Shop, Handy Grafix, J&J Auto Racing backed #53.

“This whole team…Guy, Marilyn, Ralph, Jamie and David…they’ve been working really hard. It’s actually been a lot of fun. We put this car away for a little while and got it back out and I think we made the right decision,” added Henry of his fourth career Attica win.

A couple of weeks ago Rocky Owens lost a feature on the last lap by a bumper. This Friday Owens patiently waited until five laps to go and started to pressure race-long leader Ryan Missler and took the lead with four laps to go. Owens, from Mansfield, Ohio, would drive to his second career win at Attica against the Sunoco American Late Model Series stars.

“This car has been fantastic the last three weeks here. I’ve got a great group of people helping me this year and it’s starting to show now. Doug Heath is the owner and he’s keeping us going. My dad and Rod Lucas and Steve Day and Shawn…we all put what all we have into this and Doug keeps us going. I have to thank him for everything,” said Owens beside his sponsorless #29.

“I had to bide my time. I kept peaking over at the laps and I was waiting until about five to go and really start pushing it,” added Owens.

Fremont’s Bobby Clark would battle Dustin Stroup for several laps before taking the lead with 10 to go in Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprint feature and driving away to his second straight victory at Attica. It is his 18th career 305 sprint win at the track and moves him into a tie with Phil Gressman for fourth on the track’s all-time win list. Clark has 7 victories thus far in 2015 including four at Fremont and one at Millstream to go with his two at Attica.

“I kind of looked at the scoreboard and saw Weaver (Paul) had stuck up there and so I thought I better move it. Hopefully we can keep picking up a few more. My crew is phenomenal and has these cars working well. We have three cars and all of them work good,” said Clark beside his Fremont Fence, Nagy Equipment, Big D’s Pizza, Kear’s Speed Shop, B&L Plumbing and Heating, Miller Rigging, Shelluke’s Bar, Willey’s Towing, Kistler Engines, Schiets Motorsports backed machine.

In the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks, Matt Foos would rub fenders with Dan Roepke Jr. coming to the checkers to score a close victory. It was his third win of the season at Attica and the fifth of his career at the track.

“I tried to pinch him (Roepke) as cleanly as possible without tearing both of these things up. He was pretty respectful of me and I am of him and it worked out,” said Foos beside his Fremont Fence, Level Performance, Automatic Fire Protection, M&L Excavating, Pit Stop Convenience Stores, CA Kustoms, D&R Transmissions backed #2.

“What are the chances that a wrench falls down and busts my car owner in the lip. I put the radiator in at five o’clock today but we made it. So appreciative of all the guys who help me…what a year. We deserve this after the rough two weeks we had,” added Foos.

The 30 lap feature for the 410 sprints would see Henry and Nate Dussel in the front row with Henry gaining the advantage when the green flew. Henry would lead Dussel, DJ Foos, Dean Jacobs, Craig Mintz, Broc Martin and Byron Reed when the only caution would fly on lap five for Gary Taylor.

On the restart Henry would pull away slightly from Dussel while Foos and Jacobs battled for third. Jacobs would take the position on lap 10 and moved into second on lap 12 when Dussel bobbled. As the leaders raced into lapped traffic on lap 14 Jacobs was driving under Henry to challenge with Foos, Dussel, Mintz, Martin, Reed, Tyler Gunn and Caleb Griffith in pursuit.

Henry would patiently pick his way through traffic with Jacobs staying within striking distance. With seven laps to go the battle on the track was for third between Foos, Dussel and Reed. Dussel would take the third spot on lap 24 with Reed moving into fourth on lap 26, bringing Mintz to fifth.

With two laps to go Henry and Jacobs were in heavy lapped traffic which allowed Dussel to close. Henry would pick his way through and drove to the win over Jacobs, Dussel, Reed and Mintz.

Ryan Missler and Steve Casebolt brought the field to green for the 30 lap ALMS feature with Missler gaining the upper hand over Casebolt, Matt Westfall, Owens and Ky Harper. The caution would fly on lap two for a Josh Haynes spin with the restart order Missler, Westfall, Casebolt, Owens, Harper, Ryan Unzicker, Ryan Markham, Rich Bell and Doug Drown.

Missler was able to pull away slightly with Westfall, Casebolt and Owens locked in a tremendous battle that would continue to the halfway point. Ben Mott would spin in turn four right in front of the lead cars to bring out the only other caution of the feature.

On the restart Missler led Owens, Westfall and Casebolt as the later trio continued a great battle for second. By lap 17, Owens was showing he was better than Missler on the bottom of turns three and four while Missler was better in the middle of turns one and two.

With five laps to go Owens was racing side by side with Missler in turns three and four with Westfall, a charging Unzicker, Drown and Casebolt in pursuit. Owens would lead by a bumper on lap 26 as Missler raced to his outside over the next four laps.

As Owens took the white flag he had pulled away to a two car length lead over Missler. Owens drove to the win over Missler, Westfall, Unzicker and Drown.

Steve Rando and Dustin Stroup brought the field to green for the 25 lap 305 sprint feature but before a lap could be scored Landon LaLonde would tip over in turn three. On the restart Rando would grab the lead over Stroup with Kyle Capodice, Clark, Trey Jacobs, Luke Griffith, Brandon Moore, Alex Hill and Paul Weaver giving chase.

Stroup would pressure Rando for the lead while Capodice and Clark battled for third. The caution would fly on lap eight with the running order Rando, Stroup, Clark, Capodice, Jacobs, Griffith and Weaver. Rando would get a great restart and continue to lead Stroup, Clark, Capodice and a closing Weaver.

Stroup would drive under Rando for the lead on lap 12 with Clark also working to the inside as he took second on lap 13 and quickly closed on Stroup. Stroup and Clark battled side by side over the next couple of laps before Clark took the lead on lap 15.

The leaders raced into traffic on lap 18 with Clark leading Stroup, Rando and Weaver. A caution for debris on lap 19 helped Rando who had drive off the high side of turn two and lost several spots. He was able to restart third with six laps to go.

When the green flew Clark did as well, driving away from Stroup with Weaver, taking third from Rando. Weaver would challenge Stroup for second the last hand full of laps but couldn’t get the pass completed. Clark drove to the victory over Stroup, Weaver, Rando and Jacobs.

Eric Devanna and Foos brought the field to green for the 15 lap dirt truck feature. But, before a lap could be completed Brandon Stuckey would spin. On the next green Foos would grave the lead but Devanna kept pressure with Roepke, Dustin Keegan and Brian Arnold staying close. Foos would have a slight lead over Devanna who was getting pressure from Roepke.

The caution would fly on lap five for Randy Ryan with the running order Foos, Roepke, Devanna, Keegan, Arnold, Keith Sorg, Dana Fry and Brandon Leighton. When the green flew the battle between Foos and Roepke began as the pair raced side by side for the next eight laps until a Curt Inks spin with just two laps to go.

On the restart Foos protected the bottom line with Roepke racing to his outside while Devanna and Fry were locked in a good battle for third. As they hit turns three and four the final lap Roepke drove to Foos’ outside. Foos let his truck drift upward and the two made contact as they drove to the checkers.

Foos would get the narrow win over Roepke, Devanna, Fry, and Sorg.

Attica Raceway Park will be back in action Friday, Aug. 7th on Edward Jones of Clyde/Mike Neill Financial Advisor Night. It will be the final Kistler Racing Products FAST Championship Series event at Attica for 2015 as well as the final JLH General Contractor 305 FAST Championship Series event for the 305 sprints. It is also an Attica Raceway Park/Wayne County Speedway Late Model Challenge Series event with the dirt trucks also in action.

For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com

Attica Raceway Park
Culy Contracting/Smith Family Foods Night
Friday, July 31, 2015
Starting position [*]

O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints (23 cars)

Qualifying
1.21-DJ Foos, 12.437; 2.19-Chris Andrews, 12.545; 3.16-Stuart Brubaker, 12.601; 4.53-Cap Henry, 12.606; 5.5-Jordan Harble, 12.639; 6.83M-Broc Martin, 12.738; 7.97-Dean Jacobs, 12.759; 8.09-Craig Mintz, 12.761; 9.8M-TJ Michael, 12.762; 10.5R-Byron Reed, 12.772; 11.15H-Mitch Harble, 12.805; 12.1st-Gary Taylor, 12.846; 13.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.862; 14.45L-Brian Lay, 12.907; 15.40DD-Nate Dussel, 12.921; 16.33M-Caleb Griffith, 13.145; 17.68G-Tyler Gunn, 13.172; 18.9-Jimmy Colvin, 13.204; 19.9R-Jordan Ryan, 13.215; 20.73-Joe Armbruster, 13.533; 21.3T-Tony Beaber, 13.663; 22.96AU-Bruce White, 14.014; 23.8-Kevin Shelbo, 14.052;

Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps, top 8 to A)
1. 09-Craig Mintz[2] ; 2. 83M-Broc Martin[3] ; 3. 33M-Caleb Griffith[8] ; 4. 5R-Byron Reed[5] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[1] ; 6. 16-Stuart Brubaker[4] ; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[7] ; 8. 1st-Gary Taylor[6]

Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps, top 8 to A)
1. 97-Dean Jacobs[1] ; 2. 21-DJ Foos[4] ; 3. 45L-Brian Lay[6] ; 4. 68G-Tyler Gunn[7] ; 5. 73-Joe Armbruster[8] ; 6. 5-Jordan Harble[2] ; 7. 19-Chris Andrews[3] ; 8. 15H-Mitch Harble[5]

Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps, top 7 to A)
1. 53-Cap Henry[4] ; 2. 9R-Jordan Ryan[1] ; 3. 40DD-Nate Dussel[3] ; 4. 9-Jimmy Colvin[2] ; 5. 3T-Tony Beaber[5] ; 6. 8-Kevin Shelbo[7] ; 7. 96AU-Bruce White[6]

A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 53-Cap Henry[1] ; 2. 97-Dean Jacobs[6] ; 3. 40DD-Nate Dussel[2] ; 4. 5R-Byron Reed[10] ; 5. 09-Craig Mintz[7] ; 6. 21-DJ Foos[3] ; 7. 83M-Broc Martin[4] ; 8. 68G-Tyler Gunn[11] ; 9. 8M-TJ Michael[13] ; 10. 33M-Caleb Griffith[8] ; 11. 16-Stuart Brubaker[16] ; 12. 19-Chris Andrews[20] ; 13. 9R-Jordan Ryan[9] ; 14. 45L-Brian Lay[5] ; 15. 9-Jimmy Colvin[12] ; 16. 1st-Gary Taylor[22] ; 17. 3T-Tony Beaber[15] ; 18. 73-Joe Armbruster[14] ; 19. 8-Kevin Shelbo[18] ; 20. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[19] ; 21. 96AU-Bruce White[21] ; 22. 5-Jordan Harble[17] ; 23. 15H-Mitch Harble[23]

Sunoco American Late Model Series (25 cars)

Heat 1 – (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. C9-Steve Casebolt[1] ; 2. 54-Matt Westfall[4] ; 3. 24-Ryan Unzicker[8] ; 4. 240-Doug Drown[7] ; 5. 27-Rusty Schlenk[3] ; 6. 56-Russ King[2] ; 7. 21-Larry Kingseed[6] ; 8. 36-Matt Irey[5] ; 9. 1-Ben Mott[9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 50Y-Ryan Missler[2] ; 2. 12-Ky Harper[4] ; 3. 5M-Ryan Markham[6] ; 4. 5J-Josh Haynes[1] ; 5. M14-Brandon Thirlby[8] ; 6. 03-Jim Gingery[7] ; 7. 69R-Doug Baird[3] ; 8. 92-Cody Scott[5]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 29-Rocky Owens[1] ; 2. 21B-Rich Bell[3] ; 3. 00-Chris Keller[6] ; 4. 15B-Mike Bores[2] ; 5. 75-Dusty Moore[4] ; 6. 9C-Troy Cattarene[7] ; 7. 30-Nate Potts[8] ; 8. 4-Jason Playter Jr[5]

B-Main 1 – (12 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 56-Russ King[1] ; 2. 36-Matt Irey[7] ; 3. 21-Larry Kingseed[4] ; 4. 03-Jim Gingery[2] ; 5. 30-Nate Potts[6] ; 6. 1-Ben Mott[10] ; 7. 92-Cody Scott[8] ; 8. 9C-Troy Cattarene[3] ; 9. 69R-Doug Baird[5] ; 10. 4-Jason Playter Jr[9]

A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 29-Rocky Owens[3] ; 2. 50Y-Ryan Missler[1] ; 3. 54-Matt Westfall[4] ; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[7] ; 5. 240-Doug Drown[10] ; 6. C9-Steve Casebolt[2] ; 7. 27-Rusty Schlenk[13] ; 8. 00-Chris Keller[9] ; 9. 15B-Mike Bores[12] ; 10. 5M-Ryan Markham[8] ; 11. 56-Russ King[16] ; 12. 36-Matt Irey[17] ; 13. 12-Ky Harper[5] ; 14. M14-Brandon Thirlby[14] ; 15. 21B-Rich Bell[6] ; 16. 75-Dusty Moore[15] ; 17. 21-Larry Kingseed[18] ; 18. 1-Ben Mott[21] ; 19. 03-Jim Gingery[19] ; 20. 5J-Josh Haynes[11] ; 21. 30-Nate Potts[20] ; 22. 4-Jason Playter Jr[22]

Dirt Trucks (13trucks)

Heat 1 – (8 Laps, to 7 to A)
1. 2-Matt Foos[5] ; 2. 37-Eric Devanna[2] ; 3. 88-Dan Roepke[7] ; 4. 22-Brandon Leighton[1] ; 5. 85S-Brandon Stuckey[3] ; 6. 7F-Dana Frey[6] ; 7. 13-Len Benyak[4]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps, top 6 to A)
1. 17X-Dustin Keegan[2] ; 2. 33-Brian Arnold[1] ; 3. 33C-Kyle Cline[6] ; 4. 4S-Keith Sorg[4] ; 5. 9-Curt Inks[3] ; 6. 25-Randy Ryan[7]

A-Main 1 – (15 Laps)
1. 2-Matt Foos[2] ; 2. 88-Dan Roepke[3] ; 3. 37-Eric Devanna[1] ; 4. 7F-Dana Frey[11] ; 5. 4S-Keith Sorg[8] ; 6. 17X-Dustin Keegan[4] ; 7. 13-Len Benyak[13] ; 8. 33C-Kyle Cline[5] ; 9. 22-Brandon Leighton[7] ; 10. 85S-Brandon Stuckey[9] ; 11. 9-Curt Inks[10] ; 12. 25-Randy Ryan[12] ; 13. 33-Brian Arnold[6] ; 14. P51-Brad Keckler[14]

305 Sprints (29 cars)

Heat 1 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 8-Bobby Clark[4] ; 2. 77X-Alex Hill[3] ; 3. 11G-Luke Griffith[8] ; 4. 22M-Dan McCarron[6] ; 5. 97-Kyle Peters[5] ; 6. 36-Seth Schneider[7] ; 7. 27-Cody Gallogly[2] ; 8. 4T-James Taddeo[1]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 3J-Trey Jacobs[2] ; 2. 1X-Dustin Dinan[5] ; 3. 25-Jason Keckler[7] ; 4. 2L-Landon LaLonde[3] ; 5. 94K-Kurt Huber[6] ; 6. 42-Kevin Shirey[1] ; 7. 7-Dylan Kingan[4]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 1W-Paul Weaver[4] ; 2. 12-Kyle Capodice[2] ; 3. 19R-Steve Rando[1] ; 4. 39-Jamie Miller[7] ; 5. 2-Ricky Peterson[3] ; 6. 4*-Tyler Street[5] ; 7. 26-Ryan French[6]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 7M-Brandon Moore[1] ; 2. 5R-Jordan Ryan[4] ; 3. 10X-Dustin Stroup[6] ; 4. 7S-Thomas Schinderle[5] ; 5. 18-Frank Neill[2] ; 6. 13-Jeremy Duposki[7] ; 7. 75-Jerry Dahms[3]

B-Main 1 – (10 Laps, top 6to A)
1. 97-Kyle Peters[1] ; 2. 2-Ricky Peterson[3] ; 3. 36-Seth Schneider[5] ; 4. 4T-James Taddeo[12] ; 5. 27-Cody Gallogly[9] ; 6. 4*-Tyler Street[7] ; 7. 13-Jeremy Duposki[8] ; 8. 75-Jerry Dahms[11] ; 9. 18-Frank Neill[4] ; 10. 42-Kevin Shirey[6] ; 11. 26-Ryan French[10] ; 12. 94K-Kurt Huber[2]

A-Main 1 – (25 Laps)
1. 8-Bobby Clark[3] ; 2. 10X-Dustin Stroup[2] ; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver[12] ; 4. 19R-Steve Rando[1] ; 5. 3J-Trey Jacobs[6] ; 6. 5R-Jordan Ryan[9] ; 7. 12-Kyle Capodice[4] ; 8. 7M-Brandon Moore[8] ; 9. 11G-Luke Griffith[5] ; 10. 7S-Thomas Schinderle[16] ; 11. 36-Seth Schneider[19] ; 12. 2-Ricky Peterson[18] ; 13. 1X-Dustin Dinan[11] ; 14. 25-Jason Keckler[7] ; 15. 77X-Alex Hill[10] ; 16. 22M-Dan McCarron[13] ; 17. 4*-Tyler Street[22] ; 18. 97-Kyle Peters[17] ; 19. 4T-James Taddeo[20] ; 20. 27-Cody Gallogly[21] ; 21. 39-Jamie Miller[15] ; 22. 2L-Landon LaLonde[14]

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