Darrah Leads the Way in Attica Ambush Opener

by Tyler Altmeyer, ATTICA, Ohio (September 4, 2015) – Red Lion, Pennsylvania’s Cody Darrah led all but the opening lap of UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions feature competition on Friday evening, September 4, at Attica Raceway Park, securing the $3,000 spoils to help kick-off the “Attica Ambush” weekend in Attica, Ohio. For Darrah, it was a fourth-career UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victory and his third of the 2015 season. The driver of the familiar J&K Salvage sponsored #89 survived two main event cautions, while holding off two generations of the Haudenschild family, to clinch a career-first Attica Raceway Park victory.

“This is a place where I used to struggle” said Darrah, “I’ve learned so much this year racing with (UNOH All Stars) and racing with Dale (Blaney). Where I’m from in central PA, we are spoiled with race tracks and race fans, but (Attica Raceway Park) is one of the premiere tracks in the country.”

After starting on the outside of the front row, Sheldon Haudenschild jumped out to an early advantage and led the opening lap, but Cody Darrah would waste no time re-taking command of the position in which he started. Darrah, who earned the evening’s pole position after winning the JE Pistons Dash, reclaimed control on lap two just before the event’s first caution was displayed. The former World of Outlaws “Rookie of the Year” would bring the field back to green with two laps recorded and pace the main event until the second caution appeared on lap nine. Once again, Darrah paced the field back to life, but this time, with no more interruptions; maintaining control of the remaining laps while utilizing the topside of the speedway.

“We started those restarts really slow but we were able to make it work…we kinda made everyone just as bad as we were on the restarts” explained Darrah, “This is a big win for me. My brother is here with us. He is our tire guy this weekend and this is our first win together. I just need to thank my family and crew for giving me the opportunity to do this. We’ll try to double-up tomorrow night.”

Despite his ability to make the bottom lane around Attica Raceway Park work during late stages of the main event, Sheldon Haudenschild would be forced to settle for second. The son of legendary Jac Haudenschild raced in the runner-up position for 29 circuits, desperately attempting to work his way around leader Cody Darrah. The Wooster, Ohio native inched his way within less than a car-length of Darrah, but would not clear the #89.

“I was running second and tried a few things” said Sheldon Haudenschild, “(Cody) was mostly on the top and cheating it a little bit. I just tried to slow down a little bit and make the bottom work. I got right up to his bumper at one point but couldn’t really do anything. He was good all night so congratulations to him.”

The “Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild would finish third after starting third on the A-main grid. The 28-time UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions winner over the course of his career raced in the final podium position throughout the entire main event. Cole Duncan would rally four positions to finish fourth after starting on the outside of row four. Current UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions point leader Dale Blaney rounded out the evening’s top-five after starting 13th.

The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will return to competition later this evening, Saturday, September 5, back at the Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio for the second half of the “Attica Ambush” weekend. The regional travelers will battle the best in Ohio for a $5,000 top prize on Saturday night; helping Attica Raceway Park officially close-out its 2015 season.

Pit gates are scheduled to open at 3:30PM on Saturday, September 5, with main gates swinging open at 4:00PM. Competition is set to hit the racing surface at 7:00PM. Those seeking additional information should visit Attica Raceway Park live on the web at www.atticaracewaypark.com.

(Photo courtesy of DB3 Imaging/Dave Biro Photography)

Contingency Awards/Results – Attica Raceway Park – Friday, September 4, 2015:

Entrants: 33
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Jac Haudenschild – 12.244 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Rob Chaney
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Andrew Palker
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Cap Henry
Kistler Engines Heat #4: Sheldon Haudenschild
JE Pistons Dash: Cody Darrah
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Cody Darrah
MSD A-Main 3rd Place Finisher: Jac Haudenschild
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Greg Wilson
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Andrew Palker

Qualifying
1.73-Jac Haudenschild, 12.244; 2.45-Tim Shaffer, 12.388; 3.6M-Max Stambaugh, 12.413; 4.57X-Andrew Palker, 12.448; 5.19-Chris Andrews, 12.510; 6.97-Dean Jacobs, 12.561; 7.91-Cale Thomas, 12.562; 8.22-Cole Duncan, 12.588; 9.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.637; 10.33M-Caleb Griffith, 12.665; 11.9x-Rob Chaney, 12.672; 12.68G-Tyler Gunn, 12.680; 13.23JR-Jack Sodeman, 12.680; 14.1-Dale Blaney, 12.738; 15.21-Cap Henry, 12.769; 16.89-Cody Darrah, 12.771; 17.5-Byron Reed, 12.809; 18.10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.833; 19.16-Stuart Brubaker, 12.834; 20.94-Ryan Smith, 12.854; 21.45L-Brian Lay, 12.881; 22.W20-Greg Wilson, 12.960; 23.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 12.968; 24.4-Danny Smith, 13.016; 25.5K-Adam Kekich, 13.051; 26.8M-TJ Michael, 13.054; 27.9-Jordan Ryan, 13.059; 28.59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.069; 29.5T-Travis Philo, 13.105; 30.11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.168; 31.3J-Trey Jacobs, 13.330; 32.40i-Mark Imler, 13.886; 33.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 99.200;

Heat 1, Group A – (10 Laps)
1. 9x-Rob Chaney[2] ; 2. 22-Cole Duncan[3] ; 3. 23JR-Jack Sodeman[1] ; 4. 6M-Max Stambaugh[4] ; 5. 5-Byron Reed[5] ; 6. 5T-Travis Philo[9] ; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver[8] ; 8. 45L-Brian Lay[6] ; 9. 4-Danny Smith[7]

Heat 2, Group B – (10 Laps)
1. 57X-Andrew Palker[3] ; 2. 73-Jac Haudenschild[4] ; 3. 91-Cale Thomas[2] ; 4. 16-Stuart Brubaker[5] ; 5. 9-Jordan Ryan[7] ; 6. 5K-Adam Kekich[6] ; 7. 33M-Caleb Griffith[1]

Heat 3, Group C – (10 Laps)
1. 21-Cap Henry[2] ; 2. 89-Cody Darrah[1] ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney[3] ; 4. 68G-Tyler Gunn[4] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[6] ; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[5] ; 7. 11N-Randy Hannagan[7] ; 8. 40i-Mark Imler[8]

Heat 4, Group D – (10 Laps)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[1] ; 2. 19-Chris Andrews[3] ; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs[2] ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah[5] ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson[7] ; 6. 94-Ryan Smith[6] ; 7. 45-Tim Shaffer[4] ; 8. 3J-Trey Jacobs[8]

Dash 1 – (8 Laps)
1. 89-Cody Darrah[1] ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[4] ; 3. 73-Jac Haudenschild[5] ; 4. 19-Chris Andrews[2] ; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs[9] ; 6. 6M-Max Stambaugh[3] ; 7. 9x-Rob Chaney[8] ; 8. 22-Cole Duncan[6] ; 9. 57X-Andrew Palker[7] ; 10. 21-Cap Henry[10]

B-Main 1 – (12 Laps)
1. 45-Tim Shaffer[1] ; 2. 94-Ryan Smith[2] ; 3. 45L-Brian Lay[3] ; 4. 59-Danny Holtgraver[7] ; 5. 5T-Travis Philo[8] ; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[4] ; 7. 3J-Trey Jacobs[10] ; 8. 4-Danny Smith[5] ; 9. 11N-Randy Hannagan[9] ; 10. 5K-Adam Kekich[6] ; 11. 40i-Mark Imler[11]

A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 89-Cody Darrah[1] ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[2] ; 3. 73-Jac Haudenschild[3] ; 4. 22-Cole Duncan[8] ; 5. 1-Dale Blaney[13] ; 6. 97-Dean Jacobs[5] ; 7. 19-Chris Andrews[4] ; 8. 23JR-Jack Sodeman[11] ; 9. 91-Cale Thomas[12] ; 10. W20-Greg Wilson[20] ; 11. 6M-Max Stambaugh[6] ; 12. 16-Stuart Brubaker[14] ; 13. 21-Cap Henry[10] ; 14. 59-Danny Holtgraver[24] ; 15. 57X-Andrew Palker[9] ; 16. 45L-Brian Lay[23] ; 17. 94-Ryan Smith[22] ; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah[16] ; 19. 9-Jordan Ryan[18] ; 20. 5T-Travis Philo[25] ; 21. 5-Byron Reed[17] ; 22. 9x-Rob Chaney[7] ; 23. 8M-TJ Michael[19] ; 24. 68G-Tyler Gunn[15] ; 25. 45-Tim Shaffer[21]