ATTICA, Ohio — It took Spencer Bayston just 15 winged sprint car starts to find his way to victory lane, as the Indiana native took the spoils of victory in Saturday night’s finale to the 28th annual HD Supply Spring Nationals at Attica Raceway Park.
Bayston topped a 47-car field, charging forward from seventh starting spot to secure his first-career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions win and take car owner Kevin Swindell to victory lane at the third-mile dirt oval.
“Holy crap, we’re in victory lane at Attica,” the 18-year-old said. “I didn’t even know how to get to victory lane or where to go. I drove on to the front stretch, but I figured out pretty quick that was wrong. This place is absolutely packed. A big ‘thanks’ to all of the fans for coming out here tonight. Hopefully you guys enjoyed it.”
“I can’t thank Kevin and Jordan (Swindell) enough … they built this program. It’s unbelievable what they have done to get me comfortable. We ran a handful of races last year, just because Kevin bought a frame … and then he bought this and he bought that and we borrowed a trailer and went and ran as many races as we could. Then we came out this year and they put some serious time and effort into this thing. It’s going to be a fun year.”
Pole-sitter Cole Duncan took command on the initial start, leading Shawn Dancer and California native Carson Macedo by the flagstand for the first time. The Lockbourne, Ohio native maintained the top spot during the first seven circuits, but surrendered the top spot to Macedo on lap eight.
It took Macedo two attempts to get around Duncan, with the young gun eventually using a textbook slide job between turns three and four to officially take command. Utilizing the very top of the speedway, Macedo cruised out in front of the field for the next five circuits, but mechanical woes on lap 14 ended his chances at the win.
From that point forward, Bayston was the man in charge; having climbed up to second by lap 11. After inheriting the top spot, Bayston opened up a gap immediately, doing so without any distractions.
The former USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year hit traffic for the first time just beyond the halfway mark, but still maintained a three second advantage, eventually increasing his margin to four seconds by lap 30.
While a caution with eight laps to go put Duncan and Tim Shaffer right on his rear bumper, Bayston hit his marks perfectly and pulled away for the win.
“There in traffic we were getting through … I thought pretty clean, but I wasn’t sure who was behind me,” Bayston admitted. “I was just trying to conserve my tires until I could start to feel the rubber build. What a night.”
Duncan ended the night second, a full two seconds adrift of Bayston’s No. 39 at the checkered flag.
“Spencer was too good all weekend,” Duncan said. “He was probably the best car all weekend. Congrats to those guys. They are going to be fun to race with this year.”
“We were really bad in the heat race and just kind of hung on, but my guys went to work. I can’t thank Jamie and my dad and the rest of my crew enough. We threw everything but kitchen sink at it for the dash and made a big stride. We were pretty good in the feature and were probably a third place car … just did all we could tonight.”
Shaffer, Dale Blaney and Chad Kemenah completed the top five finishers.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions concludes its April tour of the Buckeye State with a stop at Wayne County Speedway on April 22.
Full race results can be viewed on the next page…