Gibsonburg’s Craig Mintz honored at Attica banquet
Attica Raceway Park fans and race teams helped put an explanation point on the 25th anniversary season of “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speed plant at a gala banquet that crowned the track’s four champions and celebrated the rest of the top 10 in points.
Gibsonburg’s Craig Mintz wrapped up his second straight Attica championship in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 sprints. The 2013 Kistler Racing Products FAST champion competed in 14 events in 2013, missing only the Aug. 30 All Star show. Mintz scored his ninth career Attica win on July 5. He recorded an incredible 11 top 10 finishes and eight top five runs. Besides his win, he recorded four runner-up finishes. His average feature finishing position was seventh.
Attica Promoter John Bores announced all the major sanctioning bodies that competed at the track in 2013 will be back in 2014. He added the track crew is looking at addressing lighting issues around the track’s back stretch and more clay has been brought in.
Here’s a look at the rest of the top 10 in points in the 410 sprints:
10. Brian Smith, Fremont – The 2004 Attica 305 sprint champion competed in nine events in 2013. He recorded six top 10 finishes and earned his second 410 feature win at Attica on April 26. Smith’s average feature finishing position was 10th.
9. Stuart Brubaker, Fremont – the 2008 Attica 305 sprint champion and last year’s 410 rookie of the year competed in 12 events in 2013. He recorded a pair of top 10 finishes including a season-best fourth on July 26. His average feature finishing position was 15th.
8. Brian Lay, Genoa – Brian competed in 14 features at Attica in 2013, missing only opening night. He racked up his first two ever Attica wins on July 19 and Aug. 17. Lay recorded five top 10 finishes and besides his wins scored a pair of third place finishes. His average feature finishing position was 12th.
7. Duane Zablocki, Tiffin – He competed in 12 events in 2013, recording a pair of top 10 finishes including a season-best sixth on July 5. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.
6. Byron Reed, Monclova – The six-time Attica track champion competed in 12 events in 2013. He recorded 11 top 10 finishes and four top five runs. He picked up his 29th career 410 sprint win on June 14 and now has 29 for his career, good for second on the track’s all-time win list. Reed’s average feature finishing position was seventh.
5. D.J. Foos, Fremont – The 2013 Attica rookie of the year and the 2010 305 sprint track champion competed in 13 features this season. Foos recorded 10 top 10 finishes and six top five runs. He scored a season-best runner-up finish on May 17. Foos’ average finishing position was ninth.
4. Travis Philo, Waterville – Philo competed in 12 events in 2013, recording five top 10 finishes. He scored his second career Attica win on July 26. His average feature finishing position was 12th.
3. Chris Andrews, Sandusky – The 2009 Attica 410 champion and 2006 305 track champion competed in 14 events at Attica in 2013, missing only opening night. Andrews posted eight top 10 finishes and four top five runs. He scored his fourth career Attica win on June 21 against the All Stars. He also had a runner-up finish and a pair of third place runs. Chris’ average feature finishing position was 10th.
2. Caleb Griffith, Sandusky – The 2003 Attica 305 champion competed in all 15 A-mains in 2013. Griffith recorded an incredible 12 top 10 finishes and four top five runs. His best finish was back-to-back third place runs in June. He had a streak of nine straight top 10 runs from April through July. Caleb’s average feature finishing position was eighth. (— Brent Liskai/Attica Raceway Park Sports Information)
Portage Inn gets ‘Choice’
“The Portage Inn’s technique really makes their pizza stand out among the rest. That, along with the great portion size of the toppings, truly makes the pizza one of the best,” said Woodmore High School senior Erich Greulich, enthusiastically.
This is why it was not a surprise when Portage Inn’s pizza won the Cat Pizza Challenge.
The Annual Cat Pizza Challenge is an event hosted by Woodmore High School in which local pizzerias enter their pizza into the contest for vote by the general public.
The varsity girls’ soccer program organized this event for its second year due to its popularity. The team would like to thank all of the following contestants for participating: Marcos Pizza of Woodville, Becks Pizza of Woodville, Pisanellos Pizza of Elmore, The Portage Inn of Elmore and The Country Keg of Graytown.
The event was held on Oct. 18. Single item pizza slices were sold to fans before the Homecoming game. One vote was provided to fans for each piece of pizza they bought. The pizza with the most votes in the end was deemed the prestigious ‘Cat Choice’ award.
The Portage Inn of Elmore successfully obtained the title of “Cat Choice” this year and for the second year in a row. D.J. Greenhill, and his wife, Patty, own The Portage Inn and have assumed control of the business for about nine years. On the day of the contest, Greenhill and Carly Borowicz prepared and served pizza to Wildcat fans in the same fashion as they would with regular customers.
During the Woodmore-Otsego football game, The Portage Inn was awarded the winning banner by the varsity girls soccer team, a banner of which Greenhill is very proud.
“I absolutely intend on participating next year; it is a good fundraiser for local programs and that is what’s important,” said Greenhill. “It’s a title I don’t plan on giving up.”
Greenhill also hopes more pizza parlors participate as it raises more money for the school and gives him more challengers to beat.
(— by Window To Woodmore staff writer Nathan Krebs. Reprinted with permission from Window To Woodmore, a student publication)
Attica Speedway track champions, left to right — Craig Mintz (410 sprints), Ryan Missler (UMP late models), Nate Dussel (305 sprints) and Dustin Keegan (trucks). (Photo by Action Sports)