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Brian Lay became Attica Raceway Park’s first repeat 410 sprint winner of 2013 Saturday.

Lay passed early race leader Chris Andrews on lap 18 and pulled away for his second career sprint victory on WNWO NBC Channel 24-Edward Jones of Clyde Night. Lay, from Genoa, is the son of racer Kent Lay.

In the caution-free 30-lap feature, only nine cars finished on the lead lap as Andrews and Lay set a blistering pace.

“There’s been a lot of monkeys on this back and as long as I can get as many trophies as monkeys that I had we’ll be doing just fine,” said Lay beside his Seagate Blasting/Local 85 Boilermakers/Gary Shumaker Fuel Transport/Black Berry Corners/Wood Court Collision/Kistler Racing Products backed No. 45.

“I have to thank all my sponsors, my dad, Uncle Kenny, my cousin Rick…all the guys that come with me and help me on a weekly basis. It takes so much time and so much effort to get this thing to go around let alone the money but it’s so sweet when you are standing here,” added Lay in the Engine Pro Victory Lane as his car belched steam. “It was about 250 (degrees) when I crossed the line…I hope she ain’t hurt. But, we’re celebrating tonight.”

Despite having a hiccup in his heat with some mechanical woes, Gibsonburg racer Craig Mintz managed to rally from his 15th starting spot to finish eighth which nearly wraps up his second Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series title and it’s $10,000 payday. There’s one FAST night left, that coming next month at Fremont Speedway. Mintz also adds to his Attica Raceway Park point lead as he heads into the championship night next week looking for his second straight track title.

Butler, Pennsylvania’s Garrett Krummert and defending track champion Ryan Missler put on a whale of a show in the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature. The two raced side by side nearly the entire race and when Krummert threw a slider on Missler with two laps to go, it nearly took both of them out. But, while Missler went to the pits with a flat tire, Krummert went on to score his third career Attica win.

“I don’t know what it is about this track but I love coming here…wish it was closer, we’d come every Friday night,” said Krummert beside his Krummert Automotive/Alternative Power Sources/East End Powder Coating/Diamond Tanning backed No. 29. “We’ll finish the year out here. We’ll be back next week and for the Lucas Oil Late Model deal.”

“I almost crapped my pants when I threw that slider. I never even seen him when I came back on the race track. I feel bad that I got into him but I don’t think he even knew I was there,” added Krummert of his winning move. “I have to thank my mom and dad…without them this wouldn’t be possible. And my beautiful fiancée Jo and my best friend Ryan and his wife Amy. I have to thank Mike Spinewebber from TRD Race Cars and Brian from Turbo Start.”

Missler’s misfortune keeps the point race tight for the late model track championship. Cody Scott’s third place run and Matt Irey’s second place finish – after going to the tail early after changing a tire – pulls them close to Missler going into the championship night and it’s double points.

Nate Dussel took the lead from Jordan Ryan by a bumper when the caution flew in the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprint feature. On the restart Dussel ran off and was never seriously challenged again as he scored his sixth victory of the season at Attica. It is his 11th career win at Attica, moving him into a tie with John Ivy and Scott Miller for 11th on the track’s all-time win list for the division. The victory is also the 11th of the season for Dussel who also has five wins at Fremont Speedway.

“That was fun racing with Jordan. He races you clean. My guys had this thing hooked up tonight,” said Dussel beside his Berrier Fabrication/Kylynn Manufacturing/Conrad Transport/Kistler Racing Products/Gressman Powersports backed No. 1. “I want to dedicate this win to Cody and Shanna White’s little boy Nolan who lost his life this past week. We had his sticker on the car and he was definitely riding with me tonight.”

Dussel still can’t breathe easy going into championship night as Dustin Dinan and Jordan Ryan remain within striking distance. Also, John Ivy’s second place run keeps him close to Dussel in the JLH General Contractors FAST Championship point standings with one race remaining.

In the Bob’s Machine Shop Dirt Trucks, Dan Roepke Jr. of Woodville, Ohio, dominated the event, leading all 15 laps for his third win of the season. The win – the sixth of his career at Attica – moves him closer to point leader Dustin Keegan heading into the season championship night.

“The truck was awesome tonight. The guys have been working hard and making changes to it and it paid off,” said Roepke beside his Perkin’s Tree Service/Village of Elmore/Johnny’s Electric/Village Inn/Vision Quest backed No. 88.

In the 30-lap, $3,000 to win O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprint feature, Andrew Palker, who earned his second straight championship the previous night at the NAPA Wayne County Speedway, and Chris Andrews, who scored his first UNOH All Star win at Attica last month, led the field to the green. Andrews would charge to the lead with Palker, D.J. Foos, Brad Bowman, Lay, Jody Keegan and Randy Hannagan in tow.

Lay would use the bottom groove to move into third by lap four as Andrews hit lapped traffic with a sizeable lead. But, lapped machines racing side by side in front of Andrews allowed Palker and Lay to close. Lay would steal second on lap 11 and quickly closed on Andrews.

With 17 laps in the books, Andrews and Lay were nose to tail and a circuit later Lay slide by for the lead while Palker, Bowman, Foos, Jody Keegan and Travis Philo gave chase. With eight laps to go it was now Lay who encountered heavy lapped traffic but Andrews could not make up any ground. Meanwhile Palker had his hands full with Bowman and Foos.

Lay would slice his way through traffic to take the win with Andrews, Palker, Bowman and Foos rounding out the top five.

Cody Scott and Nate Potts paced the field to the green for the 25-lap UMP late model main that was slowed several times in the early going by cautions. Potts lead lap 1 over Scott, Missler, Dave Hornikel, Larry Kingseed and Krummert before the caution flew for a tangle between Matt Irey and Ryan Markham. Irey would go to the pits to change a tire and would rejoin the field at the tail.

A lap and another caution for a Steve Sabo spin. On the restart Scott drove under Potts for the lead with Missler, Hornikel, Kingseed and Krummert in tow. Missler would rocket into the lead on lap four but couldn’t shake Scott as Hornikel and Krummert stayed close. The caution would fly on lap seven for a Josh Haynes spin and on the restart Hornikel would loop his machine in turn two. When the green reappeared Missler lead as Krummert drove into second with Scott third and Ky Harper and Kingseed rounding out the top five.

The caution would fly again on lap nine for a Potts spin with the running order Missler, Krummert, Scott, Harper and Mike Bores. When the green flew the battle for the lead was on as Krummert and Missler ran side by side. But, another caution on lap 13 for a Jamie Reed and John Mayes Jr. tangle would slow the fight.

On the ensuing green, Krummert drove into the lead by a nose to lead lap 14 but Missler regained the top spot a lap later as the two continued to battle back and forth. Behind them Scott was locked in a great race with Bores for third. Missler and Krummert would drive into lapped traffic on the 18th circuit. On lap 23 Krummert would drive into the lead and he and Missler made contact with Missler stopping with a flat tire after the white had flown.

With the green and white waving together, Krummert drove unchallenged the final lap for the win over Irey who stormed from the rear after his early race mishap, Scott, Bores and Tim Sabo.

Dustin Dinan and Jordan Ryan would bring the field to the green for the 25 lap Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprint main. Ryan would get the upper hand to lead while Dussel drove into second with Dinan, Jamie Miller, John Ivy and Dan Hammond in tow.

With Ryan hugging the bottom Dussel would blast to his outside lap after lap challenging for the lead. Dussel would lead by a bumper on lap eight as the caution flew for debris. On the restart Dussel would pull away from Ryan as Dinan was locked in spirited battle with Ivy and Jamie Miller for third.

With eight laps to go the leaders raced into heavy lapped traffic as Ryan stayed close to Dussel while Dinan and Ivy tried to hold off Paul Weaver, Miller and Bobby Clark. Someone made contact with one of the infield tire barriers, necessitating a caution on lap 19.

With a clear track, Dussel pulled away from Ryan as Ivy took third with Dinan, Miller and Weaver in tow. As the white flag flew Jeremy Duposki would spin in turn four. With the green and white flying on the restart, Dussel had his hands full with charging Ivy. But, the Bradner, Ohio driver was able to hang on for the win as Ivy, Ryan, Dinan and Weaver rounded out the top five.

Defending Attica champion Andy Keegan and Roepke would bring the field to the green for the 15 lap Bob’s Machine Ship Dirt Truck feature. Roepke would get the upper hand over Keegan, Dustin Keegan, Kyle Cline and Ivy before the caution flew for a stalled Shawn Valenti.

Two more laps and a caution for a Brandon Stuckey spin with the running order Roepke, Andy Keegan, Dustin Keegan, Ivy, Cline, Willie Keegan and Art Ball. Roepke would pull away as Andy Keegan ran comfortably in second with Dustin Keegan and Ivy battling for third. Ivy would take the spot on lap 11.

Roepke built his lead to over three seconds as he drove to the win over Andy Keegan, Ivy, Dustin Keegan and Cline.