Saldana Steals The Show In Dirt Classic Ohio

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Joey Saldana celebrates after winning Saturday’s Dirt Classic Ohio at Attica Raceway Park. (Paul Arch photo)

ATTICA, Ohio — Joey Saldana stole the show on Saturday night at Attica Raceway Park, taking the top spot away from Cole Duncan on a lap 37 restart and leading the final four circuits of the 40-lapper to win the Dirt Classic Ohio and $10,000.

The victory, his second of the season and fifth at Attica with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, raised Saldana’s career win total to 73 with the All Stars.

After leading the first 36 circuits, Duncan held on to finish second to help close out the Attica Raceway Park season, followed by Cap Henry, Travis Philo and Chris Andrews.

“I can’t thank Betsy and Bernie enough for giving me the opportunity to race these cars,” Saldana said after climbing from the Indy Race Parts No. 71. “They are so expensive to race and be competitive. They definitely give me a car that is competitive enough to win every night. Tonight we showed everyone we had those capabilities.”

Duncan and Saldana led the 26-car field to green, with Duncan earning the early jump, leading Saldana and Henry by the flag stand for the first time. It was not until lap seven when Duncan reached traffic for the first time, but his efforts through the back of the field were short-lived, as the main event’s first caution flag appeared on lap nine.

After a pair of caution flags on lap nine, Duncan led the field back to power, quickly returning to a lengthy advantage ahead of Saldana and Henry.

Duncan’s lead was interrupted again on lap 15 as red flag conditions took over the speedway, this time for Carson Macedo, who was battling for a top-five position just before losing control at the exit of turn two.

Green-flag conditions returned over the speedway once again, with Duncan still in control over Saldana and Henry. As the trio raced into turn one, Saldana made an impressive bid for the top spot, sliding across the nose wing of Duncan as they raced through Turns 1 and 2.

Duncan was able to drive back by Saldana, only to be slid again as the pair raced into turn three. Like before, Duncan was able to turn down the race track and cross back underneath Saldana.

After a quick battle with Saldana, Duncan drove off, quickly gaining ground on the field for the next several circuits. Unfortunately for Duncan, all his momentum was lost when the red flag returned on lap 21, this time for sprint car youngster Justin Peck.

Peck ended his night upside-down, but was unharmed.

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