Drown Picks Up ALMS Opener
ATTICA, Ohio - April 16. While the cold
temperatures and wind made for achilly night Friday on True
Value of Woodville Night at Attica Raceway Park, Wooster, Ohio's Doug Drown
was hot as he held off Rusty Schlenk, Jeep Van Wormer and Steve Casebolt
to claim the opening feature win of the 2010 Sunoco American Late Model
For the first 26 laps of the 30-lap feature Drown and Ryan
Missler swapped the lead, then sixth starter Schlenk got involved along
with 10th starter VanWormer as they diced it out in lapped traffic.
Drown held off Schlenk and VanWormer the last three laps for the win, his third career victory at Attica.
After a couple of bad starts
that saw multi-car yellows, Missler, the defending Attica champion, bolted
into the lead from his pole-starting spot with Drown, Ryan Markham, Jeremy
Canada and Schlenk in tow. Missler, Drown and Markham raced nose to tail
as Schlenk moved into fourth on lap three in the non-stop affair. Missler
used the extreme high side of the track to pull into lapped traffic by lap
nine as Drown closed in, with Markham comfortably in third.
Meanwhile, Schlenk, Steve Casebolt and Van Wormer waged a great
race for fourth.
As Missler methodically worked his way
through traffic, Drown remained in striking
distance until the leader Missler chose the
bottom to deal with traffic exiting turn
two, and Drown pounced on the opportunity to drive to the outside and take the lead on lap 15. Missler wasn't ready to give up, as
he raced side-by-side with Drown in lapped traffic. With
and Casebolt right behind, the top five could
have been covered by a napkin over the next few laps. During the closing circuits, Schlenk, the opening night feature winner at ARP, pressured
Drown, who patiently followed lapped traffic on the high side,
but with two laps to go, Drown was able to get a
little bit of clear track and hold his line to
score the win over Schlenk, VanWormer, Missler and
"I learned from Ryan in lapped traffic," Drown
said after the race. "He was the first one there and he dove down low and I thought "I've got him.' I learned a lesson there - it
wasn't really a mistake. When you're leading you have to do
whatyou have to do. They were just as fast as us,
so you have to stay in line as long as possible. I
got into the one car, which I apologize for, but it's going for the win and you're in lapped traffic three wide. You have to do what
you have to do."