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Dale Blaney Dominates at Fremont Speedway Like No Other. He Lands His Second Ohio Sprint Speedweek Win.Credit: Mike Campbell/campbellphoto.com

Dale Blaney Rediscovers Fremont Victory Lane for Second Ohio Sprint Speedweek Win

By Brian liskai

FREMONT, Ohio (Thursday, June 26, 2014) – Fremont Speedway was Dale Blaney’s personal ATM in 2013. But, after opening the track’s season with a win in April, “The Low Rider” has been held winless at “The Track That Action Built.” That all changed Thursday during night #4 of the 32nd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek with the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions.

The four time and defending UNOH All Star Champion took a major step to claiming an unprecedented fifth series title by blasting past James McFadden on a restart at the half-way point of the feature and driving to his second Ohio Sprint Speedweek win. The victory is Blaney’s 102nd career UNOH All Star win and the third series victory of 2014. He now has 21 career victories at Fremont, of which, 15 have been All Star triumphs.

Blaney now holds a commanding lead in the Ohio Sprint Speedweek point standings as he looks to claim that title for the fifth time in his career. In fact, he has not finished out of the top three in any of the four speedweek events. He also pads his point lead in the UNOH All Star’s national and Ohio region points.

“I was really really tight entering the corners. Him (McFadden) in front of me…it had me all balled up. I was able to get a good run on him in one and two and in three he saw me and he had been running down and he caught it and I got around him and moved to the top. The car got really good the last 12 laps. I was able to get off two really well,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Penske Shocks/Ti22 Performance/GF1 Chassis #14k.

“George and Tony and Donny and Skippy…they do an awesome job with this thing. It’s such a pleasure for me to drive this right now. Those guys do 80 percent of the work and the credit should go to them…I just get to drive it,” added Blaney in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.

For McFadden, Fremont Speedway has been fantastic to the Australian driver as he scored a $10,000-to-win victory back in May at the track and followed with a second place run Thursday on “I’m Your Guy Water Proofing Night.” The battle he had with Jac Haudenschild for second the last hand full of laps kept the big crowd entertained to say the least.

“I really like this track…it’s a lot like home. The track’s a little bit flatter but slicker than I’m used to. The team gave me an awesome car and it’s a pleasure to drive and it’s easy to get around here,” said McFadden beside his Tim Norman/Joe Gaerte owned #3G.

“It is always fun racing with someone like Jac. I probably used him up a little too much coming into three…didn’t expect to move up as much as I did…it kind of got away from me and I’m sorry about that. But, this gives us a lot of momentum going into the last two races,” added McFadden beside his Gaerte Engines/XYZ Machining/Red Line Oil/All Star Performance backed machine.

Haudenschild, who won the speedweek event the previous night at Atomic Speedway, is happy with the direction of his Rick Rogers backed team.

“James and I had a real good race there…we slid back and forth a couple of times. That was fun. We’re getting better here and I’m looking forward to coming back here in a couple of days. I said it about a month ago…this team is starting to gel,” said Haudenschild beside his Mondak Portables/Triple X Racing/Renegade Rentals/Champion Oil/Destiny Racing backed #9w.

After the field of 51 cars – second highest car count of the week – was whittled down to the 24-car starting grid for the 40-lap feature, McFadden and Lee Jacobs would make up the front row. Jacobs, who holds the track record at Fremont Speedway, would bolt into the lead over McFadden, Blaney, Gary Taylor, Cap Henry and Haudenschild.

Jacobs set a blistering pace, hitting lapped traffic by the 7th circuit with McFadden, Blaney and Taylor closing. Taylor would use the lapped cars to steal third on lap 8. As Jacobs and McFadden tried to negotiate through the traffic, Taylor and Blaney closed. As Jacobs tried to maintain the lead and get around the lapped car of Brandon Wimmer, the two touched wheels with Jacobs slamming into the front stretch wall, ending his night and handing the lead to McFadden. Taylor too would suffer a flat tire and relinquished his second running spot to Blaney.

The restart order was McFadden, Blaney, Henry, Haudenschild, Christopher Bell, Chad Kemenah and Randy Hannagan. Haudenschild would move into third on lap 13 with Bell taking fourth by lap 16, bringing Kemenah to fifth. Travis Philo would spin on lap 19 to bunch up the field and on the restart; Blaney drove around the high side of McFadden in turns one and two to grab the lead.

Just past the half-way point the running order was Blaney, McFadden, Haudenschild, Kemenah, Bell and Henry. The car on the move was Chris Andrews who started 19th and was up to 7th by lap 24. With 11 laps remaining both McFadden and Haudenschild were closing on Blaney with Kemenah fourth and Andrews fifth.

The final caution would fly with five laps to go when Broc Martin spun. With a clear track Blaney would drive away as McFadden and Haudenschild put on a heck of a show battling for second with Andrews grabbing fourth. Haudenschild would move into second on lap 37 but McFadden squeezed back by a circuit later.

At the checkered it was Blaney over McFadden, Haudenschild, Andrews and Kemenah.

As a way to thank the teams for supporting Fremont Speedway during the Ohio Sprint Speedweek event, track promoter Rich Farmer added extra funds to the B-main.

For more information go to www.allstarsprint.com

Fremont Speedway – 6/26/2014

All Star Circuit of Champions (51 Cars)

[#]-Starting Position

Qualifying – Kistler Engines

1. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 12.234; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.280; 3. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 12.285; 4. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 12.317; 5. 77AU-Darren Mollenoyux, 12.353; 6. 14K-Dale Blaney, 12.365; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs, 12.423; 8. 3G-James McFadden, 12.425; 9. 53-Cap Henry, 12.453; 10. 83M-Broc Martin, 12.470; 11. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 12.480; 12. 67-Christopher Bell, 12.492; 13. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.495; 14. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.502; 15. 45L-Brian Lay, 12.502; 16. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr., 12.506; 17. 70-Derek Hagar, 12.518; 18. 35AU-Jamie Veal, 12.523; 19. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.542; 20. 16-Chris Andrews, 12.572; 21. 45-Tim Shaffer, 12.574; 22. 5T-Travis Philo, 12.579; 23. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.599; 24. 2+-Brian Smith, 12.604; 25. 11F-D.J. Foos, 12.610; 26. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.614; 27. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 12.623; 28. 57X-Andrew Palker, 12.627; 29. 60K-Jody Keegan, 12.668; 30. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.668; 31. 49-Cole Duncan, 12.684; 32. 71MX-Paul May, 12.701; 33. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 12.727; 34. 11X-Brandon Martin, 12.742; 35. 78-Todd Kane, 12.750; 36. 44W-Austin Wheatley, 12.751; 37. 9-Dean Jacobs, 12.780; 38. 21-Dallas Hewitt, 12.800; 39. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.817; 40. 71AU-Ryan Davis, 12.826; 41. 5R-Byron Reed, 12.869; 42. O7X-Dain Naida, 12.888; 43. 97-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 12.906; 44. 83-Stevie Smith, 12.940; 45. 40I-Mark Imler, 12.960; 46. 312-Mike Linder, 12.966; 47. 46AU-Stuart Williams, 13.023; 48. 38-Dennis Wagner, 13.389; 49. 39M-Matt Merrill, 13.818; 50. 5-Dave Glennon, 99.991; 51. 19P-Paige Polyak, 99.992

Heat 1 – Kears Speed Shop (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 45-Tim Shaffer[1] ; 2. 70-Derek Hagar[2] ; 3. 1ST-Gary Taylor[6] ; 4. 99-Brady Bacon[3] ; 5. 53-Cap Henry[4] ; 6. 9-Dean Jacobs[10] ; 7. 77AU-Darren Mollenoyux[5] ; 8. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[9] ; 9. 5R-Byron Reed[11] ; 10. 60K-Jody Keegan[8] ; 11. 11F-D.J. Foos[7] ; 12. 39M-Matt Merrill[13] ; 13. 40I-Mark Imler[12]

Heat 2 – All Pro Aluminum Heads (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 2-Shane Stewart[3] ; 2. 35AU-Jamie Veal[2] ; 3. 5T-Travis Philo[1] ; 4. 83M-Broc Martin[4] ; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney[5] ; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah[6] ; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[7] ; 8. 21-Dallas Hewitt[10] ; 9. 312-Mike Linder[12] ; 10. O7X-Dain Naida[11] ; 11. 5-Dave Glennon[13] ; 12. 11X-Brandon Martin[9] ; 13. 40-Caleb Helms[8]

Heat 3 – Dragon Racing Fuels (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 48-Danny Dietrich[1] ; 2. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[4] ; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker[2] ; 4. 45L-Brian Lay[3] ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs[5] ; 6. 40DD-Caleb Griffith[6] ; 7. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[7] ; 8. 49-Cole Duncan[8] ; 9. W20-Greg Wilson[10] ; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak[13] ; 11. 46AU-Stuart Williams[12] ; 12. 97-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[11] ; 13. 78-Todd Kane[9]

Heat 4 – Kinsler Fuel Injection (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 16-Chris Andrews[2] ; 2. 2+-Brian Smith[1] ; 3. 3G-James McFadden[5] ; 4. 11N-Randy Hannagan[6] ; 5. 67-Christopher Bell[4] ; 6. 83-Stevie Smith[11] ; 7. 57X-Andrew Palker[7] ; 8. 71AU-Ryan Davis[10] ; 9. 38-Dennis Wagner[12] ; 10. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr.[3] ; 11. 44W-Austin Wheatley[9] ; 12. 71MX-Paul May[8]

Dash – Howard Johnson Hotel – Lima, OH (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature

1. 3G-James McFadden[1] ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs[2] ; 3. 53-Cap Henry[3] ; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney[5] ; 5. 11N-Randy Hannagan[4] ; 6. 1ST-Gary Taylor[6]

C-Main – Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature)

1. W20-Greg Wilson[1] ; 2. 83-Stevie Smith[6] ; 3. 97-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[5] ; 4. O7X-Dain Naida[4] ; 5. 46AU-Stuart Williams[9] ; 6. 19P-Paige Polyak[13] ; 7. 40I-Mark Imler[7] ; 8. 39M-Matt Merrill[11] ; 9. 38-Dennis Wagner[10] ; 10. 71AU-Ryan Davis[2] ; 11. 5-Dave Glennon[12]

B-Main – MSD Ignition (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 63-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 2. 40DD-Caleb Griffith[2] ; 3. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr.[4] ; 4. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[7] ; 5. 77AU-Darren Mollenoyux[3] ; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[6] ; 7. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[13] ; 8. 9-Dean Jacobs[17] ; 9. 57X-Andrew Palker[8] ; 10. 83-Stevie Smith[20] ; 11. W20-Greg Wilson[19] ; 12. 44W-Austin Wheatley[16] ; 13. 11X-Brandon Martin[14] ; 14. 78-Todd Kane[15] ; 15. 60K-Jody Keegan[9] ; 16. 49-Cole Duncan[11] ; 17. 21-Dallas Hewitt[18] ; 18. 11F-D.J. Foos[5]

A-Main – University of Northwestern Ohio (40 Laps)

1. 14K-Dale Blaney[4]; 2. 3G-James McFadden[1]; 3. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[8]; 4. 16-Chris Andrews[19]; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah[11]; 6. 11N-Randy Hannagan[5]; 7. 67-Christopher Bell[9]; 8. 35AU-Jamie Veal[17]; 9. 45L-Brian Lay[14]; 10. 40DD-Caleb Griffith[12]; 11. 53-Cap Henry[3]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart[13]; 13. 70-Derek Hagar[16]; 14. 1ST-Gary Taylor[6]; 15. 99-Brady Bacon[10]; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich[22]; 17. 5T-Travis Philo[21]; 18. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[24]; 19. 2+-Brian Smith[23]; 20. 83M-Broc Martin[7]; 21. 35-Stuart Brubaker[18]; 22. 81-Lee Jacobs[2]; 23. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr.[15]; 24. 45-Tim Shaffer[20]

Hard Charger: 16-Chris Andrews[+15]

About Mike Neff

Mike Neff
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike works as track announcer and does Sales and Marketing for Myrtle Beach Speedway. He announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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