Ryan Litt Wins World's Fastest Short Track Show at Toledo

Audio Clips:  Ryan Litt - Jason Blonde

Story By Kyle Larson

TOLEDO, Ohio (June 13, 2014) – Ryan Litt had a successful return to the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints with winning the third event of the season at Toledo (OH) Speedway in the All American Coach/Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Fastest Short Track Show on Friday, June 13.

Litt passed early race leader Jason Blonde on the 13th circuit and then led the remainder of the 30-lap event. Blonde was second in the final rundown with Davey Hamilton Jr. placing in third spot. Fourth was Troy DeCaire, who was penalized two positions after jumping a restart. Fifth place went to Travis Miniea.

“It feels great to be back and I’ve wanted to win at Toledo for a while. We have always been fast, but just never seemed to have the luck. It was a pretty good day all around, besides the issue in the heat race. It was my mom's birthday, so it's a good birthday gift for her,” said feature winner Ryan Litt. “I had a steering problem in the heat race, so in the first half of the race I was taking it easy. I just tried to stay with the top two and make my way around them. Jason (Blonde) slid up and I was able to get a good run."

At the drop of the green flag, Blonde got the jump on Jimmy McCune to the lead with Kyle Edwards running in the third position. In the early stages, 11th place starter DeCaire was on the charge with a move up to sixth spot.

After just three circuits, Davey Hamilton dropped out of the event with mechanical issues.

At the sixth lap mark, Litt passed Edwards for third position and one lap later Edwards spun in turn 2 and caught the turn 2 inside wall.

When racing action resumed, Blonde led McCune, Litt, Hamilton Jr. and DeCaire. The yellow re-appeared on lap 12 as McCune’s hope for a second consecutive series victory ended with heavy smoke coming from his No. 88.

That advanced Litt to the second spot and on the 13th lap exiting turn 4, Litt dove low and was able to take the lead with Blonde setting in second spot. Once out front, Litt constructed a lead of 2.066 seconds.

With about 10 laps remaining, DeCaire passed Blonde for the runner-up position. The final yellow appeared on the 22nd go-around when Teddy Alberts stopped in turn 2 with engine issues.

Litt dominated the remained of the event to score his 11th career victory. In the revised finish, five-time series champion Jason Blonde placed second, earning his second runner-up finish in the opening three races. The remainder of the top five included Davey Hamilton Jr., Troy DeCaire and first-time starter in 2014 Travis Miniea

In heat race action, victories went to Dustin Daggett, Troy DeCaire and Jason Blonde. In Hamilton Trucking Qualifications, Ryan Gillenwater earned his second quick time of the 2014 season. He toured the half-mile oval in 12.619 seconds at 142.642 mph.

The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints returns to action on Saturday, June 14 at M-40 (MI) Speedway.

A MAIN RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 5 07L Ryan Litt 30
2 1 42 Jason Blonde 30
3 7 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 30
4 11 22A Troy DeCaire 30
5 9 82 Travis Miniea 30
6 8 27 Cody Gallogly 30
7 14 61 Kevin Feeney 29
8 10 70 Dustin Daggett 29
9 15 88N Frank Neill 29
10 12 26 Jeff Bloom 29
11 13 44 Teddy Alberts 22
12 2 88 Jimmy McCune 12
13 17 87 Brian Gibbs 9
14 3 11 Kyle Edwards 7
15 16 11x Jim Payne 5
16 4 91 Davey Hamilton 3
17 6 45 Ryan Gillenwater 0
18 18 38 Dave Baumgartner 0


HEAT RACE #1 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 3 70 Dustin Daggett 8
2 4 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 8
3 1 11x Jim Payne 8
4 6 45 Ryan Gillenwater 8
5 2 44 Teddy Alberts 8
6 5 11 Kyle Edwards 8


HEAT RACE #2 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 2 61 Kevin Feeney 8
2 5 88 Jimmy McCune 8
3 3 22A Troy DeCaire 8
4 4 27 Cody Gallogly 8
5 1 87 Brian Gibbs 8
6 6 07L Ryan Litt 6


HEAT RACE #3 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 4 42 Jason Blonde 8
2 2 26 Jeff Bloom 8
3 3 82 Travis Miniea 8
4 1 88N Frank Neill 8
5 5 91 Davey Hamilton 8
6 6 38 Dave Baumgartner 1


QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS   # DRIVER TIME   DIFF MPH
1 45 Ryan Gillenwater 12.619 - 142.642
2 07L Ryan Litt 12.624 0.005 142.586
3 91 Davey Hamilton 12.656 0.037 142.225
4 11 Kyle Edwards 12.863 0.244 139.936
5 88 Jimmy McCune 12.863 0.244 139.936
6 42 Jason Blonde 12.986 0.367 138.611
7 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 13.057 0.438 137.857
8 27 Cody Gallogly 13.065 0.446 137.773
9 82 Travis Miniea 13.127 0.508 137.122
10 70 Dustin Daggett 13.159 0.540 136.789
11 22A Troy DeCaire 13.412 0.793 134.208
12 26 Jeff Bloom 13.682 1.063 131.560
13 44 Teddy Alberts 13.742 1.123 130.985
14 61 Kevin Feeney 13.752 1.133 130.890
15 88N Frank Neill 14.259 1.640 126.236
16 11x Jim Payne 14.354 1.735 125.401
17 87 Brian Gibbs 14.555 1.936 123.669
18 38 Dave Baumgartner No Time