Tyler Courtney to conquer Attica – SPEED SPORT
Tyler Courtney in victory lane at Attica Raceway Park. (Photo Frank Smith)
ATTICA, Ohio — Reigning All Star Circuit of Champions title winner Tyler Courtney kicked off the new season with a dominating performance on the first night of the Spring Main and Main Nationals Friday night at Attica Raceway Park.
Driving the No. 7 Clauson Marshall Racing, Courtney steered the final 11 home runs of the Attica opener to win the $6,000 payday, dueling fellow full-timer Justin Peck in a slugfest between laps 28 and 30.
It was Courtney’s 10and All-Star victory.
Starting third on the starting grid, Courtney was a surefire contender early on, fighting his way to second place behind Craig Mintz just after a lap 10 warning.
At the time, Justin Peck of Monrovia, Indiana was the race leader, using pole position via a dash victory to fight his way to the point. The aforementioned caution led to a long period of green flag racing forcing Peck to face traffic. Despite her ability to maneuver through slower cars, using Attica’s outside curb to maintain her momentum, Courtney held on, keeping the entrance to Buch Motorsports close at hand.
A lap 28 warning would give Peck a break, but the slowdown was just what Courtney needed. The ensuing restart turned into a battle almost instantly, as Courtney bid for the lead on back-to-back laps, actually slipping past Peck twice before he returned the favor.
A final slider on lap 30 finally broke the cycle for Courtney, diving into turns three and four to slide past Peck on the exit of the turn.
Unfortunately for Peck, in an attempt to back under Clauson Marshall Racing’s entry, he spun resulting in a caution.
From that point on, it was all Tyler Courtney, leading to winning with Greg Wilson and Craig Mintz in tow.
“I just gave up. I was walking through and I felt like I gave him a chance to go or not go and he chose to go. I’m sure he’s upset about it, but it was just a racing thing for me. I would never run over someone to win the race…we didn’t touch each other at all. It is what it is, but I’m not going to let it ruin our night,” Courtney said. “The last year has been pretty incredible, but we have to keep going. It’s been a pretty slow start for us this season, but hopefully the weather is cooperating and we can race every weekend for the rest of the summer.
Devin Shiels won the late model feature.
Characteristic (40 rounds): 1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney ; 2. 97-Greg Wilson ; 3. O9-Craig Mintz ; 4. 7-Scott Bogucki ; 5. 11-Parker Price Miller ; 6. 17B-Bill Balog ; 7. 4-Cape Henry ; 8. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 9. 13-Justin Peck ; 10. 18-Cole Macedo ; 11. 26-Cory Eliason ; 12. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr. ; 13. 9PM-Brady Bacon ; 14. 5T-Travis Philo ; 15. 10-Zeb Sage ; 16. 14-Chad Kemenah ; 17. 28-Tim Shaffer ; 18. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 19. 91-Kyle Reinhardt ; 20. 19-Chris Windom ; 21. 3C-Cale Conley ; 22. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 23. 22-Brandon Spithaler ; 24. 22C-Cole Duncan