The Press Newspaper
Not to be outdone, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints put on a fantastic race at Attica Speedway last weekend.
For most of the season Genoa’s Brian Lay has served notice he was going to be a force to be reckoned with at Attica this season with numerous top five runs. He finally closed the deal Friday, storming from 15th starting spot to take the lead with a slider on Craig Mintz on a lap 24 restart and going on to score his first career 410 sprint car win on dirt.
“I knew this was coming eventually. I just tried and tried…I’ve put my dues in. I’ve flipped, I’ve crashed, I’ve wrecked and I came back for more. Right now this is what it’s all about. It’s for the fans, it’s for more crew and it’s for my old man,” said an emotional Lay beside his Seagate Blasting/Local 85 Boilermakers/Fremont Floor Covering/Wood Court Collision/Gary Shumaker Fuel Transport/Black Berry Corners/Kistler Racing Products/Dave Story Equipment Repair #45.
“I pulled a Hail Mary…I pulled the wing all the way to the trunk and said go and I did,” said Lay of his winning strategy. “I knew I could get him (Craig Mintz) in one and two I just had to get a good restart. I said ‘it’s now or never’ and I told my guys that I gave people room before and I’m not giving it any more.”
In the 30 lap sprint feature, Cole Duncan and Stuart Williams would lead the field to the green with Duncan getting the upper hand over fourth starter D.J. Foos, Williams, Bryan Sebetto and Shane Stewart. Sebetto would grab third the next lap with Stewart taking fourth a lap later. Foos began racing to Duncan’s inside to challenge for the lead on lap four as Stewart moved into third.
Greg Wilson would come to a rest on lap four to bring out the caution. On the restart, Duncan and Foos resumed their battle up front with Stewart joining the fun while Craig Mintz and Byron Reed moved around Sebetto into the top five. The lead trio of Duncan, Foos and Stewart continued their exciting battle as they hit lapped traffic by the 10th circuit, which allowed Stewart to take second. Meanwhile Lay, who started 15th, had worked his way up to seventh.
Just as Stewart was challenging Duncan for the lead on lap 14, Chris Andrews would spin, bringing out the caution as Mintz took third. The restart order was Duncan, Stewart, Mintz, Foos, Lay and Reed. When the green reappeared, Mintz and Lay both drove around Stewart as Duncan pulled away slightly.
Mintz would close the game on Duncan on lap 17 as Lay steadily gained momentum. Mintz executed a perfect flier on Duncan for the lead on lap 18. With 10 laps to go, the leaders raced into lapped traffic again and Lay was racing under Duncan for second. With eight laps to go, the leaders were in heavy lapped traffic which Lay used to take second. The final caution would fly on lap 23 for a Rodney Hurst spin. On the restart, Lay shot to the bottom of turns one and two and slid up in front of Mintz to take the lead with Stewart rebounding to move into third.
Lay began to pull away as Mintz battled Stewart for second with Duncan and Foos giving chase. Lay would get a little hung up behind a lapped car with two laps to go, but Mintz and Stewart couldn’t get close.
Lay blasted to the checkers over Mintz, Stewart, Duncan and Foos.