Brad Bowman had to sit out nearly a month of racing because his low-budget team didn’t have a motor. While his car sat without an engine, Bowman raced go-karts and it paid off Saturday as the Shelby, Ohio driver picked up his first career 410 sprint car win on Kistler Racing Products Season Championship Night at Attica Raceway Park.
“This is incredible. We’ve been racing up here for like 10 years and this is my first win here and to do it in a 410 is crazy. You have Jac Haudenschild, my childhood hero and I just won my first 410 feature with him behind me,” said Bowman beside his Kilgore and Hearing CPAs/Gressman Powersports/Snyder’s Floor Covering/Meggit Powdercoating/Paul’s Drive-In/Fred Wolff Auctioneer/Fremont Waterblasting/Innovative Graphics backed No. 55.
“I didn’t want all those yellows…it was making me nervous. Last week we went 30 laps straight and once I got in the lead I was like ‘okay let’s keep it going.’ I was thinking I was going to get slid in turn one. The car was super…it drove itself the whole race. We got this motor back and me and Mike Britt talked and we are just doing basic set-ups,” added Bowman.
“I have to thank Mike Britt…he owns the car and Jeff Elliott, he did a deal for us with the motor the last three years. My Dad, my brother and Joe Ridley, he’s part owner too and Dave Deyo at Kistlers, he’s kept us racing the last three years and all my great sponsors.”
Gibsonburg’s Craig Mintz suffered a blown engine with seven laps to go while running fourth, but he would still lay claim to his second straight track championship in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints.
“We were pretty good early and started reeling those guys in. Don’t know if I had anything for the 55 but right before those two cautions the motor started to go sour and I thought I could nurse it but it didn’t make it. Our goal was to win the track championships at Attica and Fremont and the FAST deal. Hopefully we get another bullet back…Paul (Kistler) is pretty good with that…for next week,” said Mintz beside his Real Geese Decoys/R2C Filters/Erie Shore Propane/Kistler Racing Engines/Design Graphics Group/Keller Chevrolet/Walby Construction/KS Sales and Service/Story Equipment backed No. 09.
The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature was a dandy as Ada, Ohio’s Jon Henry slid past race-long leader Ryan Missler on the last lap to get his second win of the season. Missler would wrap up his fifth consecutive track championship. It is Henry’s 13th career feature win at Attica.
“I had my work cut out. Ryan was really good and I had nothing to lose there on that last lap…I had to give it a shot. I hope I gave him enough room. So many people to thank this week. Fultz Fabrications…I spent probably one hard, hard week there. I got probably five hours of sleep every night. This is a new Rayburn Race Car and I’m happy to get into victory lane for them. I have to thank Keith Berner at Accuforce. I spent a day with him and really just dissect this car and go through it and here we are in victory lane,” said Henry beside his Mean 15 – Fultz Fabrications, Henry Farms, Mike and Sheila Keller, Truman Quarter Horses, Lehman & Lehman, Norada Lanes, Associated Plastic, Home Savings and Loan, William H. Bass Trucking, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Jim Weber Motorsports, Automated Transport, In Memory of Darrell Kirsch, Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio, and Fremont Speedway backed machine.
For Missler, 2013 was a frustrating season at Attica as he could garner no wins.
“I couldn’t have done this without all the help from my crew and sponsors. We wanted to win that one bad but we seem to be snake bit at the end of every race here. We just couldn’t buy any luck here this year but I’m happy to get the championship,” said Missler beside his York Fabrication/Quality Welding/Taze DJ Service/Terry McConnell Excavating/King Industrial Supply/Twin Lakes Golf Course backed No. 50Y.
Castalia, Ohio’s Jordan Ryan would drive under race-long leader Paul Weaver with five laps to go to pick up his first win of the season at Attica in the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprints. It is Ryan’s second career win at Attica.
“I messed up there on the last lap and about gave that one away. I’ve watched Dale Blaney run the bottom for years and I try to run my car like that and it’s been working,” said Ryan beside his J&J Automotive/Kistler Racing Products/Frosty Frog/Village Pizza House/Walton’s Cutting Crew/Griff’s Engines backed No. 5. “Griff’s Engines gave us a great motor and my Dad had this thing set up perfectly.”
With his fourth place finish Bradner, Ohio’s Nate Dussel would lock up his third consecutive track championship in the 305 sprints.
“I knew I had my work cut out for me starting 12th. I had to be patient which is hard for me. I have to thank Steve Rando. He raced me clean and gave me a lot of room,” said Dussel beside his Berrier Fabrication/Kylynn Manufacturing/Kistler Racing Products/Dussel Welding/Conrad Transport backed No. 1. “I like to win races more than anything but today I was looking at those championship banners in the garage and I knew I wanted another one.”
In a crashed filled feature for the Bob’s Machine Shop Dirt Trucks, Dan Roepke Jr. would go unchallenged for his fourth win of the season.
“I never thought those cautions would end. Unfortunate for that one bad night we had we could have had a championship. I thought we were going to get it tonight but I heard over the radio he (Dustin Keegan) got us by one point. All I could do was win tonight,” said Roepke beside his Perkin’s Tree Service/Johnny’s Electric/Vision Quest backed No. 88.
Dustin Keegan cut a tire on the first lap, got it changed and started on the tail. He would have to finish fourth or better to lock up the dirt truck track championship. He sat fifth with three laps to go when the caution would fly. On the restart he would get around Brian Sorg for fourth and that’s where he finished to claim his first ever track championship by just one point.
“When we cut that tire it took out the brakes. I ran the whole feature without brakes. I knew I had to get one more spot and luckily Brian messed up there in turn two and I got underneath him,” said Keegan beside his Foster’s Auto Body/Paul’s Drive Thru/York Fabrication/Gressman Powersports/LST Excavating/Advance Auto Parts backed D1. “I can’t Joe West my owner and my crew enough. My Dad and Ted Foster, my girlfriend and my son and all the guys who work on this.”
Gibsonburg racer Craig Mintz, standing with his crew, laid claim to his second straight track championship in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints. (Photo courtesy of Action Photos)