dominates night #3 of Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Millstream
Sunday, June 20, 2010
By Brian Liskai
FINDLAY, Ohio – Dale Blaney
had one goal coming into the 28th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek – win a
fifth Speedweek championship. He took a big step toward that goal Sunday,
winning night #3 at Millstream Speedway in a dominating performance on
Kistler Engines/Kistler Racing Products Night.
It was the “Low Rider’s”
74th career O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of Champions victory and
his second at Millstream in the 51st appearance of the series at the track.
“It was great the modifieds
ran first…they kind of cleaned off the track a little bit. I knew once
it got cleaned you could run all over. You could run up or down. George
said I was okay on that yellow so I was just running it smooth and easy,”
said Blaney beside his Ti22 sponsored George Fisher Racing #2. “George
and Troy (Psurney) are two awesome guys and they had the car really, really
Blaney, a three-time All
Star champion, took the lead from Mike Linder on lap 9 and pulled away
from the field. Only two late race cautions would slow his pace as he took
the checkered over Phil Gressman, Lee Jacobs, Greg Wilson and Stevie Smith.
“I had some trouble with
some lapped cars and I can’t be messing around once you get Dale out front…we
needed to be right behind him. But all and all we had a good car. I’m happy
with the guys and everyone’s hard work,” said Gressman beside his Genzman
Racing, Level Performance, G&C Construction backed #53. “I feel like
we’ve put together a pretty good team. I just don’t get a chance to go
to enough All Star races, but we’ve got a good car and a good team and
we’re going to stay focused on what we’re doing and keep working hard.”
Jacobs, who started eighth,
hung around the top five most of the race.
“I had a good car from the
get-go. I could pass cars on the top and the bottom. Aaron Hammer did a
hell of a job tonight…the whole crew, Timmy, Kyle, Larry and Randy Hammer.
Thanks to the whole Hammer family and the opportunity to drive their race
car. For what they had to work with the track was unbelievably racy. It
was a fun race track to race on,” said Jacobs beside his Hammer Pallets,
Berlin Bakery Classic Turning Products backed #24H.
In the 20-lap Emod feature,
Clarklake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman put on a dominating performance to
take the win over Shawn Bayliff , Todd Sherman, Tony Anderson and Zachary
“I love this place. I’ve
always run good here and the track was great tonight,” said Ruhlman.
At the drop of the green
in the O’Reilly Auto Parts A-main, Mike Linder jumped into the lead with
Stevie Smith, Blaney, Bill Rose and Gressman in tow. Linder would pull
away until a Kevin Lee spin on lap three brought out the caution. Linder
set sail on the ensuing with Blaney racing side-by-side with Smith for
second, taking the position on lap four. Blaney caught Linder on lap 8
and raced to his outside in turns 3 and 4 to take the lead a lap later
with Gressman getting by Smith for third.
While Blaney pulled away,
Linder and Gressman battled for second while Rose and Smith raced each
other tough for the fourth spot. Blaney hit lapped traffic by lap 13, but
Gressman, who drove around Linder on lap 12 for second, could not close.
By the half-way point, Blaney had a straight-away advantage over Gressman
with Linder, Rose, Jacobs and Smith following. Rose would dispose of Linder
on lap 17 for the third spot and closed in on Gressman. With Blaney picking
his way through traffic, Gressman and Rose would swap the runner-up spot
in every turn. Meanwhile hometown favorite Greg Wilson had marched his
way forward from his 16th starting spot and moved into sixth by lap 20.
With five laps to go, Smith
and Linder made contact with Linder coming to a stop exiting turn four
for the second caution of the race. On the ensuing restart, Blaney had
four lapped machines between himself and second place running Gressman,
allowing him to pull away to a comfortable lead with a clear track. Jacobs
would drive around Rose into third on lap 26, but could not close on Gressman
as he battled lapped cars. Brandon Martin and Cap Henry would stop on lap
28 with flat tires, necessitating a green, white, checkered finish.
This time Blaney had two
lapped machines between himself and Gressman and he once again pulled away
for the victory.
During the evening, the drivers
went through the stands and collected $3,860 from the very generous fans
for injured sprint driver Danny Smith. Smith broke his back in a horrific
crash at Attica Raceway Park on Friday and was scheduled for surgery Monday
Millstream Speedway - 6/20/2010
Kistler Racing Products
Night/Kistler Engines Night
AllStar Circuit of Champion's
410 Sprints (35 Cars)
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 5R-Byron Reed, 15.175;
2. 89G-David Gravel, 15.306; 3. 2-Dale Blaney, 15.706; 4. 6-Bill Rose,
15.730; 5. 53-Phil Gressman, 15.740; 6. 1Z-Stevie Smith, 15.740; 7. 5M-Jamie
Miller, 15.745; 8. 312-Mike Linder, 15.750; 9. 97-Dean Jacobs, 15.781;
10. 4K-Kody Kinser, 15.785; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.812; 12. O4-Cap
Henry, 15.813; 13. 24H-Lee Jacobs, 15.850; 14. 3J-Kevin Lee, 15.855; 15.
3C-Cale Conley, 15.867; 16. 11M-Brandon Martin, 15.877; 17. O-Brandon Wimmer,
15.884; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.894; 19. 17-Tyler Walker, 15.924; 20. 11B-Brock
Mayes, 15.969; 21. 28V-Shawn Valenti, 15.982; 22. 9X-Gary Wright, 16.002;
23. 45-Brian Lay, 16.015; 24. 15C-Chris Andrews, 16.033; 25. 9XC-Rob Chaney,
16.035; 26. 83-Tim Shaffer, 16.144; 27. 7K-Kyle Sauder, 16.162; 28. 27-Scott
Euler, 16.240; 29. V92-Mathew Reed, 16.324; 30. 78-Todd Kane, 16.509; 31.
47-Caleb Helms, 16.510; 32. 14-Aaron Fry, 16.583; 33. 5T-Travis Philo,
16.633; 34. 15H-Mitch Harble, 16.846; 35. 12-Jarred Ridge, 25.306
Heat 1 - MSD Ignition (8
Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. O-Brandon Wimmer; 2.
97-Dean Jacobs; 3. 53-Phil Gressman; 4. 9XC-Rob Chaney; 5. 24H-Lee Jacobs;
6. 5R-Byron Reed; 7. 5T-Travis Philo; 8. 28V-Shawn Valenti; 9. V92-Mathew
Heat 2 - Kears Speedshop
(8 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. W20-Greg Wilson; 2. 83-Tim
Shaffer; 3. 9X-Gary Wright; 4. 3J-Kevin Lee; 5. 1Z-Stevie Smith; 6. 89G-David
Gravel; 7. 4K-Kody Kinser; 8. 78-Todd Kane; 9. 15H-Mitch Harble
Heat 3 - All Pro Aliminum
Heads (8 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 17-Tyler Walker; 2. 3C-Cale
Conley; 3. 2-Dale Blaney; 4. 5M-Jamie Miller; 5. 45-Brian Lay; 6. 7K-Kyle
Sauder; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 8. 47-Caleb Helms
Heat 4 - Outerwear's Performance
(8 Laps - Top 5 Transfer)
1. 11M-Brandon Martin; 2.
6-Bill Rose; 3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4. 27-Scott Euler; 5. 312-Mike Linder;
6. O4-Cap Henry; 7. 15C-Chris Andrews; 8. 14-Aaron Fry
Dash - Rubbn' Repair (6 Laps)
1. 24H-Lee Jacobs; 2. 6-Bill
Rose; 3. 11M-Brandon Martin; 4. 1Z-Stevie Smith
B-Main - UNOH (12 Laps -
Top 4 Transfer)
1. 89G-David Gravel; 2.
5R-Byron Reed; 3. 7K-Kyle Sauder; 4. O4-Cap Henry; 5. 28V-Shawn Valenti;
6. 78-Todd Kane; 7. 4K-Kody Kinser; 8. 47-Caleb Helms; 9. V92-Mathew Reed;
10. 12-Jarred Ridge; 11. 15C-Chris Andrews; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild;
13. 5T-Travis Philo; 14. 14-Aaron Fry; 15. 15H-Mitch Harble
A-Main - O'Reilly Auto Parts
(30 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 2-Dale Blaney; 2.
53-Phil Gressman; 3. 24H-Lee Jacobs; 4. W20-Greg Wilson; 5. 1Z-Stevie
Smith; 6. 6-Bill Rose; 7. 89G-David Gravel; 8. 11B-Brock Mayes;
9. 97-Dean Jacobs; 10. 83-Tim Shaffer; 11. O-Brandon Wimmer;
12. 17-Tyler Walker; 13. 5R-Byron Reed; 14. 11M-Brandon Martin;
15. 3C-Cale Conley; 16. 7K-Kyle Sauder; 17. 27-Scott Euler;
18. 3J-Kevin Lee; 19. 9XC-Rob Chaney; 20. 45-Brian Lay; 21.
O4-Cap Henry; 22. 312-Mike Linder; 23. 5M-Jamie Miller; 24. 9X-Gary
Hard Charger: W20-Greg Wilson[+12]
UMP E-Mods (15 Cars)
Heat 1 - Computer Man (8
1. 1-Brian Prezpiora; 2.
65-Todd Sherman; 3. 55S-Zachary Schroeder; 4. 20K-Bill Keeler; 5. 22T-Tony
Anderson; 6. 17R-Nick Rosselit; 7. 31J-Ray Jackson; 8. 12-Tom Jacobs
Heat 2 - Bell Racing Products
1. 49-Brian Ruhlman; 2.
45P-Brian Post; 3. 5X-Shawn Bayliff; 4. 22B-Andy Bibler; 5. 26-Scott Knapley;
6. 6-Dave Sibberson; 7. 13-Bill Stuttz
A-Main - (20 Laps)
1. 49-Brian Ruhlman;
2. 5X-Shawn Bayliff; 3. 65-Todd Sherman; 4. 22T-Tony Anderson;
5. 55S-Zachary Schroeder; 6. 22B-Andy Bibler; 7. 1-Brian Prezpiora;
8. 17R-Nick Rosselit; 9. 20K-Bill Keeler; 10. 31J-Ray Jackson;
11. 12-Tom Jacobs; 12. 26-Scott Knapley; 13. 45P-Brian Post;
14. 13-Bill Stuttz; 15. 6-Dave Sibberson
Hard Charger: 22T-Tony Anderson[+5]
©2010 - Results Provided
by: Computer Man Inc. Fremont, OH