ATTICA, Ohio – official release — Danny Holtgraver would lead all 30 laps Friday’s UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions feature to score the victory at Attica Raceway Park.
It was the third UNOH All Star win of the year for Holtgraver and the third overall career win at Attica for the driver of the Rob Hunter Racing No. 10h. Holtgraver has seven total wins in 2014.
“I didn’t want to see the lapped cars with five to go. I caught them pretty quick and I thought I might be able to get around them but they were just as fast. I was struggling there. I knew Caleb (Griffith) would be there. Clean air definitely helped tonight…I was able to get out front and go,” said Holtgraver.
“I can’t thank Rob Hunter enough for giving me this opportunity. And my dad, Earl, Josh, Pup…everyone that helps out. It’s a lot of fun and hopefully we can turn things around here at the end of the season and get some good runs,” added Holtgraver.
“Anyone that knows me knows I’m not real comfortable on the cushion and I wasn’t really beating it down. There was enough there to keep up my momentum. I knew I could run the bottom, luckily I was good enough to get it done. We were fast out of the box tonight and that’s where we’ve been struggling at the beginning of the night. So hopefully if we can come out tomorrow like this. It makes your night a lot easier,” concluded Holtgraver.
After a fantastic battle with Rob Chaney and Byron Reed, Attica’s 2014 track champion Caleb Griffith would take the second spot.
“We were pretty good night. I saw Big Dan (Holtgraver’s dad) come out on the red and he changed his line so I thought I could switch my line around and it looked okay for awhile and I thought we were going to get to him. But then he legged it out a little and when he got stuck in traffic Rob (Chaney) got to us and raced us hard. Bringing home second is a good effort,” said Griffith.
Byron Reed, who scored his first win of the season last Saturday at Attica, would storm from his 11th starting spot for a third place finish.
“This isn’t generally the type of track I do well on so it feels good to run well on this. I think if I would have found the top in one and two sooner I could have gotten up there to run with them. But, once I got back up there I started catching them again. I happy with how we did,” said Reed.
Rob Chaney and Holtgraver would bring the field to green. But, before a lap could be completed Lee Jacobs would spin in turn two, collecting Caleb Armstrong. On the ensuing restart, Holtgraver would drive into the lead over Chaney, Duane Zablocki, Caleb Griffith, Cap Henry, Sheldon Haudenschild, Chris Andrews and Byron Reed.
Griffith would drive into third on lap two and battled with Chaney for the runner-up spot. Holtgraver would blast away on the high line as Griffith took second on lap four. The race would grind to a halt on lap seven when Jody Keegan tipped over in turn three. The restart order was Holtgraver, Griffith, Chaney, Zablocki, Reed, Sheldon Haudenschild, Henry, Andrews, Jac Haudenschild (up from 16th) and Dale Blaney (up from 18th).
Holtgraver got a tremendous restart but Griffith stayed within striking distance as Chaney and Reed battle for third. Brian Lay would spin in turn four on lap 10 for another caution. A lap later and Stuart Brubaker spun for the race’s final caution.
The restart with 19 laps to go had Holtgraver over Griffith, Chaney, Reed, Sheldon Haudenschild, Zablocki, Henry and Jac Haudenschild. As Holtgraver held his line to maintain the lead when the green reappeared, Griffith, Chaney, Reed and Sheldon Haudenschild waged a darn good battle. Reed would take third on lap 14 only to see Chaney regain the spot a circuit later.
Holtgraver could not shake Griffith as Chaney and Reed continued their war for third with Sheldon Haudenschild, Zablocki, Henry and Blaney in tow. Holtgraver finally caught the back of the pack with five laps remaining and had to move his high line to the bottom and Griffith closed. Reed would use the traffic to finally take third on lap 27.
Holtgraver would navigate through the traffic to take the win over Griffith, Reed, Chaney and Zablocki.