ATTICA, Ohio – Byron Reed hasn’t raced much this year, but the veteran sprint car driver still knows his way around Attica Raceway Park.
Reed, an eight-time track champion, held off a charging Hunter Schuerenberg to score his second 410 sprint car win of the year Friday on Sutton Bank/Craig Miller Trucking/Burns Electric Night.
The victory was the 41st of Reed’s career at Attica as he inches closer to the top of the Callie’s Performance Product 410 Sprint Car division’s all-time win list. Mark Keegan is the all-time 410 division win record holder with 56 victories.
A solid third place finish for Cap Henry puts him closer to Buddy Kofoid in the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by the Baumann Auto Group standings.
For Reed, it was only his fifth race of the season at Attica and while the final finish shows he led all 30 laps of the 410 sprint feature, he withstood early challenges from Buddy Kofoid and the last six laps from a surging Schuerenberg for the victory.
“I’m not usually a top groove type guy for a long period of time like that. But watching the B-main I felt like that’s where you had to be. Every year you get a little bit older and you think ‘can I still do this.’ Young guys come in and they’re really fast…confidence means a lot and mine hasn’t been real good lately,” said Reed. “This is one of my more satisfying wins. I want to thank Paul Kistler of Kistler Engines and Crown Battery and I had a new shock on from Doug Berryman…I felt like that might have made a difference in trying to run the top. Also, I know Rick Susong passed away recently…I’ve known the guy for 30 years so it’s sad to hear that.”
Reed and Kofoid brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature but a multi-car incident involving Jess Stiger, Ryan Broughton and Travis Philo necessitated another attempt. On the second try, Caleb Griffith stopped in turn two and last week’s winner Chris Andrews spun in turn three. On the third try Reed bolted into the lead over Kofoid, Cap Henry, Nate Dussel, D.J. Foos and Schuerenberg.
Kofoid stayed glued to Reed’s rear bumper while Henry ran comfortably in third with a great battle for fourth involving Dussel, Foos and Schuerenberg. Kofoid was battling with Reed for the lead on lap nine, when he spun off of turn four, handing second to Henry. On the restart Danny Mumaw and Brock Martin tangled but when the green flew again the race would go to it’s conclusion without another stoppage.
Reed pulled away on the restart with Henry working to stay within striking distance while Foos and Schuerenberg battled for third with the later taking the spot on lap 12. At the half way point Reed held a commanding lead over Henry, Schuerenberg, Foos and Dussel. With 10 laps to go all eyes were on Schuerenberg who found the top side of the track to his liking as he took second on lap 24 and closed quickly on Reed who was into heavy lapped traffic.
Reed made the move of the race with three laps to go, splitting two lapped cars as Schuerenberg was right on his bumper. Reed was able to hit his marks perfectly the final three laps and took the close win over Schuerenberg, Henry, Foos and Dussel.
A week ago former Fremont Fence 305 Sprint track champion Jamie Miller was struggling after having a phenomenal year in 2018. The team took the car to a Tony Beaber’s chassis repair shop and Miller went on to score the win last Saturday at Fremont Speedway.
The competition better take note, as Miller is again on a hot streak as he dominated the non-stop feature at Attica Friday, lapping up to 10th place and winning by 7.5 seconds. Miller now has 20 career victories at Attica Raceway Park, placing him fifth on the division’s all-time win list.
The win puts Miller back in the thick of things in the KS Sales & Service AFCS Presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales points battle for the 305 sprints.
Miller jumped into the lead from the drop of the green in the 305 A-main and never looked back. In fact, at one time his lead was over nine seconds or nearly three-quarters of a lap ahead of the competition.
“The car is really working good…I was pretty hooked up. I have to thank Tony Beaber for the chassis fix and everyone who worked on this thing tonight. It’s back to it’s old self so I hope to be on the horse track a lot more,” said Miller.