Auto racing: Blaney wins feature as Attica wraps season

ATTICA “” Hartford’s Dale Blaney 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 as Attica Raceway Park’s season came to a close on Saturday.
The victory was the second most All Star wins in a season for Blaney “” he won 17 in 1996 “” and ran his career total to 112 with the series. Blaney’s fourth Attica win of 2014 ups his career total to 21 and moved him into third on the track’s all-time win list. Blaney leads all drivers in UNOH All Star wins at Attica with 15 victories.
Millersburg’s Rob Chaney, who led 23 of the 40 laps, appeared to have the race in hand until a caution flag came out with seven laps remaining, opening the door for Blaney to surge into the lead after the restart. Chaney was second and Lockbourne’s Cole Duncan got by Byron Reed on the final two laps to finish third.
Keith Berner and Shane McLoughlin battled side by side the first 16 laps of the 25-lap Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature. McLoughlin was taken out when a lapped car spun in front of him, however, and Berner continued on for his first win this season at Attica and his fourth overall. Berner announced after the race that he was retiring at season’s end.
Ryan Markham was third in the race and wrapped up the first ever Attica Raceway Park/NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway Late Model Series Challenge.
Fremont’s Bobby Clark split the first- and second-place cars with five laps to go and held on to win the Foster Auto Body 305 Sprints, and Shawn Valenti edged Kent Brewer to take the checkered flag in the 15 lap Fremont Fence Dirt Truck feature.
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