ATTICA, Ohio – official release — Mike Campbell photo — Dale Blaney gave his daughter Leah the perfect 19th birthday present on Saturday at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park – a victory.
The Hartford, Ohio driver got by Rob Chaney with five laps to go and went on to score his 13th University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions feature win of 2014 to close out the track’s season. The previous night the Tony Kennedy-owned team had experimented with a different chassis and decided to put another car together for Saturday’s event and it paid off.
The victory is the second most All Star wins in a season for Blaney – he won 17 in 1996 – and runs his career total to an amazing 112 with the series. The victory was the fourth win of 2014 at Attica for “The Low Rider” and runs his career total to 21 at the track to move into third on the track’s all-time win list. Blaney leads all drivers in UNOH All Star wins at Attica with 15 victories.
“I was as good as what he was (Chaney), it’s hard being behind a guy,” he said. “He was kind of running where I wanted to in one and two and three and four he was taking up some ground. He had a really good car. It’s bitter sweat for me. He’s my best buddy out here. We talk all the time. He’s been going really, really, really good. I can see he has a lot of confidence. I love to win races. He’s going win a lot here. Those guys are going pretty good.”
“We switched cars from last night and put this one together. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the other one. I told George (Fisher, crew chief) after the race ‘my car is back.’ Awful proud of all the guys. Tony is putting together a great team. We’ve had unbelievable success in his first year as an owner. Just looking forward to the rest of the races. Looking forward to getting back to Fremont in a couple of weeks…looking forward to some outlaw races. George has this thing dialed in,” added Blaney.
For Millersburg, Ohio’s Rob Chaney, running second after leading 23 of the 40 laps was bittersweet as well. He looked like he had the race in hand when the caution flew with seven laps to go and Blaney pounced soon after.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. I’m happy to run second,” Chaney said. “We got beat by the heavyweight champ. If you give him (Blaney) that many opportunities he’s going to find a way and he did. He does what he does to everybody, to Outlaws, it doesn’t matter, he finds a way.
“Our guys have worked real hard. We struggled really badly early in the year and we have this car rolling now and have a lot of confidence in it.”
Lockbourne, Ohio ’s Cole Duncan would get by Byron Reed the final two laps to score the third place finish.
“I screwed up early and let some guys get by me and it really cost us there for awhile. No body had anything for Dale. Him and George had that thing rolling from the drop of the green so you have to congratulate them. It feels good to come back and get third after we struggled so badly last night,” said Duncan of his Motorcity Auto Transport/Wolfden Products/Industrial Special Powder Coating/Gressman Powersports backed No. 22.