The first two heats were not too eventful as the front cars stayed there. In heat three, Carson Macedo, driving the Joe Gearte 3g car tonight, punted Max Stambuagh into the air at the turn two exit. Stambaugh gets good air but lands on all fours and keeps going! In the fourth heat, Mintz hurts A SECOND motor and is done for the evening. In heat six, DJ Foos and Roger Campbell tangle out of turn four and Foos flips it…trashing his car. He would later return after changing almost everything on the car….except the engine. They changed the front axle, rear axle, wheels, shocks, wings, hood cowling….it looked like a different car! Rob Chaney flips his ride in the seventh heat. Repairs were quickly made and he made it back out later in the program. As the night went on, a hump developed after the turn four exit. This hump, combined with the tacky track, produced a plethora of wheelies down the front stretch that were quite entertaining.
When we got to the feature, the lineup was Cole Duncan on the pole with Saldana on the outside, Cap Henry in third starting position alongside Carson Macedo. Foos started fifth alongside Sammy Swindell. Shaffer was starting twenty second so it didn’t look good for him to win another race on this evening.
At the start, Duncan grabbed the lead with Saldana close behind. Duncan would get to lapped traffic and a yellow would come out. Actually, there were many yellows and stops in this race. On lap 9 the yellow flew and on lap 15 there was a red for Macedo. Each restart, Duncan would battle Saldana to keep the lead. A couple of times they exchanged the lead a few times on the same lap with Duncan finally able to get out ahead and extend the distance…and then another stoppage. This time on lap 21 for Justin Peck who flipped off of turn two but he was okay. Then two more cautions kept Duncan from extending his lead, but he was able to keep Saldana behind him on each restart….until the last one with three laps to go. Joey got a good run and was able to make the winning pass in turn two and he made it stick to the checkers. Saldana was patient and finally got a good run and took the $10,000. I felt bad for Duncan…he raced his butt off…. but Saldana looked like a real pro. You have to hand it to Saldana. He’s the real deal….like a big bass just laying in the weeds. The 71 Indy Race car parts car has a good motor in it…it hums along like new and Joey drives the heck out of it.
Wow, what an awesome evening of racing. Henry finished third followed by Philo, Andrews, Reed, Shaffer, who was up from the twenty second spot, Swindell, Kemenah and Foos. Sammy won the wheelie award as he executed quite a few during the feature. Unfortunately, he broke a lifter on the final lap and that ended the weekend for the Swindell team. Shaffer, on the other hand, ended up adding another $1,320 to his Attica take for a total of $14,320 dollars. Now, off to Wayne County for the Pete Jacobs Memorial. The fourth race in three days for me!