By Jacob Hord, @HordRaceWatcher
Henry Malcuit is impressive: Getting lost in the Brandon Spithaler-Cole Macedo battle for the 410 win at Attica Friday, was the fact that Wayne County Speedway Regular Henry Malcuit finished fourth from his tenth starting spot. Malcuit was certainly impressive in his heat race as well, holding off Macedo all race for the win. Malcuit has had a good start to his season, opening up the Wayne County season with a second place run. He could be turning himself into a solid contender each night if he keeps it up.
Don’t Tell Me There’s No Passing In Sprint Car Racing: Looking at the top three finishers of the Attica BMain; Byron Reed, Greg Wilson, and Dean Jacobs, you would think that it was the podium of the AMain. And I’m sure these three have shared the podium many times at Attica. What was looking to be a ‘meh’ kind of night, turned into a solid night for these veterans, with all three coming home in the top ten of the Feature. Reed claimed the hard charger award, gaining nine spots to come home seventh from his 16th starting spot, Wilson also gained nine spots, starting 17th and finishing eighth. Jacobs rounded out the top ten after starting 18th. Not to be outdone by his father, Trey Jacobs also went +8, coming home sixth after starting 14th. These four made Justin Fiedler proud Friday night.
Listening to the racers: For as long as I can remember, Attica has used the pill draw to line up the 305’s and late models. Granted, there have been some special occasions where they’ve gotten to qualify for their heat race spots, but the 410’s have used group qualifying and it left many of the 305 and late model racers wondering why they use the pill draw. Well, that all changes next week. Attica announced before the action started that the 305’s and Late Models will also use group qualifying, like the 410’s, to determine heat race lineups. It isn’t known if there will be an invert of the four fastest times in each heat like the 410’s, but nevertheless, it’s a good step. Hat shake to Attica for listening to their racers.
-There have been seven 410 shows so far in the Buckeye State, and there haven’t been any repeat winners. Hunter Schuerenberg, DJ Foos, TJ Michael, Justin Peck, Cole Duncan, Broc Martin, and now Brandon Spithaler have all won.
-This was the first time that Attica has been able to race on their normal Friday night slot. The first three shows all took place on a Saturday afternoon. Sure, I got home later than I had been, but the track was mint for racing all night long.
-Three 410 shows headline next weekend, as Attica has a regular night of racing Friday night, the FAST series returns to Waynesfield Saturday, and the King of the County 410’s hit Wayne County for the first night of that series.