Congrats to Danny & entire 45 team on their 1st All Star win together!!!
Per the ASCoC website: Holtgraver caps off good weekend with UNOH All Star Win at I-77 Raceway!!RIPLEY, W. VA. –
Don’t look now, but a new sprint car team is starting to gel and it could mean trouble for the competitors on the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions tour.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Danny Holtgraver capped a fantastic weekend Saturday at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, W. Va., by taking his fourth career UNOH All Star win. On Friday, Holtgraver won one of the two features at Attica Raceway Park to add to his King of the 360s win earlier this year in Florida and an open win at Mercer Speedway a couple of weeks ago.
It wasn’t easy for the former Lernerville track champion Saturday. It looked like UNOH All Star point leader Dale Blaney would pick up the win, but after taking the white flag, his car quit running and coast to a stop on the back stretch. Blaney said it appears his Ti22 Performance machine suffered some sort of engine problem and he did not run out of fuel as some had speculated.
All Star officials called for a fuel stop, setting up a green, white, checkered finish and Holtgraver held off 410 rookie Paige Polyak of Tiffin, Ohio to score the victory.
“I thought we were going to have to settle for second. Dale and I raced hard throughout that deal. Then we come out of two on the last lap and I see him stopped. I knew I just had to hit my marks on the restart and we’d be fine,” said Holtgraver of his Bryan Grove/Rob Hunter owned #45. “This is huge for us…it’s a big confidence booster.”
Holtgraver said it just took time for the new team to come together. “We had a new team, new tires…I think I just put too much pressure on myself. Bryan or Rob didn’t put any pressure on me. I just needed to communicate with Brian (Kemenah, crew chief) and relax and drive the car,” he said. “I have to thank Canton Erectors, Berlin Natural Bakery, DKW Transport, Kistler Engines, J&J Racing, Classic Ink and VRP Shocks for all of their support…we couldn’t do this without them.”
Blaney and Jim Stinson would bring the field to the green for the 30-lap feature with Blaney grabbing the top spot while Holtgraver drove from fourth into second. Blaney and Holtgraver were off and running while the action behind them heated up. Stinson and Bryan Sebetto battled for third before Sebetto jumped the cushion and smacked the wall, ending his run.
Later, Blaney would bobble on the cushion, allowing Holtgraver to shoot buy and take the lead.
Meanwhile Polyak, who is the first female to win a sprint car race at Fremont Speedway, Attica Raceway Park and Eldora Speedway while driving a 305 sprint, was moving to the front. After a spirited battle with Cory Crabtree early, she caught Stinson for third and the pair ran side by side for several laps and were closing on Holtgraver and Blaney.
When the leaders caught lapped traffic, Blaney made his move to regain the top spot and seemed headed to his second UNOH All Star win of 2013. But, after taking the white flag, Blaney’s machine shut off down the back stretch, necessitating the fuel stoppage and the green, white, checkered finish.
Holtgraver held off Polyak for the win with Stinson, Cole Duncan and 12th starter Cap Henry rounding out the top five. Henry’s performance was a shot in the arm as the team suffered three blown trailer tires getting to the track, and then Henry got upside down in his heat with the crew making quick repairs to get him to the B-main where he would earn a feature transfer spot.
For Polyak, the experience of a new track with tough competition was a confidence booster.
“This place reminded me a lot like Lima. It was a fine line between being aggressive and wrecking. I talked to my dad before we went out for the feature and I decided to take my time. In the middle of the race I started slowing my entrance to the corners and the car worked well. It was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to race with the All Stars at Fremont next weekend. I have to thank John and Duane and my sister for coming down here with me,” said Polyak beside her Steyer Seeds/H.E. Rudy Trucking/JLH General Contractor/Handy Graphix/Circle H Tire/NAPA of Bryan/Pitstop/Meggitt’s Powdercoating backed #27.
The UNOH All Stars head to the historic Fremont Speedway for a two-day battle on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, with Sunday’s finale paying $10,000 to win.
For more information go to http://www.allstarsprint.comI-77 Raceway Park - 5/18/2013
All Star Circuit of Champions (29 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 83-Tim Shaffer, 11.190; 2. A79-Aaron Higgins, 11.200; 3. 2-Dale Blaney, 11.214; 4. 60C-Kory Crabtree, 11.243; 5. 84-Jim Stinson, 11.272; 6. 24H-Bryan Sebetto, 11.280; 7. 45-Danny Holtgraver, 11.340; 8. 27P-Paige Polyak, 11.356; 9. 54-Cap Henry, 11.404; 10. 4-Danny Smith, 11.408; 11. 40-Caleb Helms, 11.460; 12. 22-Cole Duncan, 11.504; 13. 22S-Brandon Spithaler, 11.558; 14. 22D-Josh Davis, 11.571; 15. 22B-Ryan Broughton, 11.571; 16. 92-Sam Ashworth, 11.581; 17. O-Justin Henderson, 11.590; 18. 40I-Mark Imler, 11.663; 19. 25-Chris Myers, 11.708; 20. 49-Bob Howard, 11.917; 21. 12D-Jason Dolick, 11.949; 22. 80-Trey Gustin, 11.962; 23. 7A-Dave Dickson, 11.998; 24. 3F-Rick Fraley, 12.017; 25. 35-Wes McGlumphy, 12.037; 26. 9J-Jesse McCreary, 12.041; 27. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 12.102; 28. 41-Randy Fink, 12.551; 29. A76-John Shewbrooks, 12.739Heat 1 - Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 92-Sam Ashworth ; 2. 4-Danny Smith ; 3. 22S-Brandon Spithaler ; 4. 45-Danny Holtgraver ; 5. 60C-Kory Crabtree ; 6. 83-Tim Shaffer ; 7. 80-Trey Gustin ; 8. 25-Chris Myers ; 9. 35-Wes McGlumphy ; 10. 41-Randy Fink Heat 2 - All Pro Aluminum Heads (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. O-Justin Henderson ; 2. 40-Caleb Helms ; 3. 84-Jim Stinson ; 4. 22D-Josh Davis ; 5. 27P-Paige Polyak ; 6. 49-Bob Howard ; 7. 7A-Dave Dickson ; 8. A79-Aaron Higgins ; 9. A76-John Shewbrooks ; 10. 9J-Jesse McCreary Heat 3 - Dragon Race Fuel (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 22-Cole Duncan ; 2. 40I-Mark Imler ; 3. 24H-Bryan Sebetto ; 4. 2-Dale Blaney ; 5. 2S-Nathan Skaggs ; 6. 12D-Jason Dolick ; 7. 54-Cap Henry ; 8. 3F-Rick Fraley ; 9. 22B-Ryan Broughton Dash - Outerwears Performance Products (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 2-Dale Blaney ; 2. 84-Jim Stinson ; 3. 24H-Bryan Sebetto ; 4. 45-Danny Holtgraver ; 5. 83-Tim Shaffer ; 6. 60C-Kory Crabtree B-Main - MSD Ignition (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. A79-Aaron Higgins ; 2. 54-Cap Henry ; 3. 80-Trey Gustin ; 4. 7A-Dave Dickson ; 5. 25-Chris Myers ; 6. 35-Wes McGlumphy ; 7. A76-John Shewbrooks ; 8. 3F-Rick Fraley ; 9. 41-Randy Fink ; 10. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 11. 9J-Jesse McCreary A-Main - University of Northwestern Ohio (30 Laps
)1. 45-Danny Holtgraver;
2. 27P-Paige Polyak; 3. 84-Jim Stinson; 4. 22-Cole Duncan; 5. 54-Cap Henry; 6. 60C-Kory Crabtree; 7. O-Justin Henderson; 8. 83-Tim Shaffer; 9. 22D-Josh Davis; 10. 25-Chris Myers; 11. 92-Sam Ashworth; 12. 22S-Brandon Spithaler; 13. 7A-Dave Dickson; 14. 80-Trey Gustin; 15. 40I-Mark Imler; 16. 40-Caleb Helms; 17. 2S-Nathan Skaggs; 18. A79-Aaron Higgins; 19. 2-Dale Blaney; 20. 49-Bob Howard; 21. 4-Danny Smith; 22. 12D-Jason Dolick; 23. 35-Wes McGlumphy; 24. 24H-Bryan Sebetto
Hard Charger: O-Justin Henderson[+9]