Makes winning pass with five laps remaining
to clinch 130th career All Star win
ATTICA, OH – May 28, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the second time in 2016, Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney earned his place in Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory lane at Attica Raceway Park. The six-time and defending series champion had to earn top honors the hard way, charging forward from seventh on the main event line-up, all before making the winning bid during a lap 36 restart. For Blaney, the $5,000 victory equalled 130 with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during his illustrious career, raising the Attica Raceway Park tally to 18 out of the 130. Blaney, a now three-time winner during Arctic Cat All Star competition in 2016, led the last five laps of the 40-lap main event, holding off sixth row starter Byron Reed and former series champion Chad Kemenah.
From left to right: Byron Reed (2nd), Dale Blaney (1st), and Chad Kemenah (3rd)
in Attica Raceway Park victory lane
Attica Social Media Photo Credit
“We were really good from about lap 20 until the end…this is the first time in a long time that I’ve actually been able to say that,” said Dale Blaney in Attica Raceway Park victory lane. “This is a brand new car that we brought out tonight. This thing was almost flawless right from the start. I just can’t thank all of my guys enough for their hard work. George, Skippy, the entire group; I wouldn’t be up here without them.”
Pole sitter Broc Martin jumped out to an early advantage during the main event, controlling the top spot for the first four circuits around the bottom groove of Attica’s surface. Chad Kemenah, who started fourth on the feature grid, made a bid for the top spot with just five laps recorded and succeeded, driving around the outside of Martin to officially lead lap five of 40.
Kemenah, pilot of the Hunter Racing/No. 10H, navigated the very topside of the speedway during his campaign at the front of the field, surviving two cautions and periods of intense traffic during the first 27 circuits. While Kemenah kept control at the front of the field, the action behind him would increase. Positions two and three were juggled frequently over the course of the main event, with eventual winner Dale Blaney, who started on the inside of row four, making his first appearance in a podium position by lap 26, even after making contact with James McFadden while racing for position.
The main event’s third caution allowed Blaney to make a move for the runner-up spot, eventually driving around Cap Henry during the lap 33 restart. Meanwhile, Chad Kemenah continued to show the way, separating himself from Blaney even after the restart. Blaney would get the break he needed with just five laps remaining. A fourth and final caution appeared during lap 36, setting up a five lap shootout between the “Low Rider” and Chad Kemenah.
Green flag conditions returned with Kemenah on point and Dale Blaney in tow. Blaney followed Kemenah through turns one and turn, setting up a great run down the backstretch, ultimately allowing a slider in turns three and four to seal his winning fate. Byron Reed climbed his way to second from 12th by the final checkers, followed by Chad Kemenah, Cap Henry, and Chris Andrews.
“The guys ahead of me were kinda showing me where I needed and wanted to be,” explained Dale Blaney. “On the restarts, I was able to use the outside line to my advantage. I wasn’t exactly sure what Chad (Kemenah) was going to do during that last restart. I got a great run down the backstretch and drove it underneath him and made it stick. Feels really good to be up here. We were good all night. Haven’t had a chance to say that in a while. We’ll try again tomorrow at Wayne County.”
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their Memorial Day weekend swing through the “Buckeye State” on Saturday evening, May 28, at the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. Like Attica Raceway Park, it will be the second appearance by the Arctic Cat All Stars in 2016, with local favorite and Wooster native Jac Haudenschild earning the main event win in April. It was Haudenschild’s first ever Arctic Cat All Star win at Wayne County Speedway.
Wayne County Speedway will allow pit access beginning at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, May 28. A mandatory drivers meeting will be held at 5:30, followed by warm-ups at 6. Racing action is set to hit the speedway at 7. If needed, a rain date of Sunday, May 29, will be utilized. For more information, please visit Wayne County Speedway live on the Web at www.waynecountyspeedway.com.
Contingency Awards/Results – Attica Raceway Park – Friday, May 27, 2016
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 46 Entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Rico Abreu – 12.822 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Chris Andrews – 12.595 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Broc Martin
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Cap Henry
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Travis Philo
Kistler Racing Products Heat #4: James McFadden
JE Pistons Dash: Broc Martin
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Dale Blaney
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Kraig Kinser (+18)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Chris Andrews
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Travis Philo
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Rob Chaney
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse; Need decal to qualify for contingency award)
1.73-Chris Andrews, 12.595; 2.99-Brady Bacon, 12.616; 3.24-Rico Abreu, 12.659; 4.1-Dale Blaney, 12.749; 5.6M-Jac Haudenschild, 12.771; 6.81-Lee Jacobs, 12.808; 7.83M-Broc Martin, 12.822; 8.10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.833; 9.87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.854; 10.70-Danny Holtgraver, 12.854; 11.9x-Rob Chaney, 12.864; 12.8-Bryan Sebetto, 12.865; 13.21-Cap Henry, 12.901; 14.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 12.918; 15.9R-Jordan Ryan, 12.928; 16.23-DJ Foos, 12.954; 17.09x-Carson Macedo, 13.041; 18.11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.098; 19.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.119; 20.5-Byron Reed, 13.159; 21.57X-Andrew Palker, 13.217; 22.3G-James McFadden, 13.323; 23.40-Caleb Helms, 13.328; 24.60K-Jody Keegan, 13.337; 25.3J-Trey Jacobs, 13.349; 26.95-Hunter Mackison, 13.388; 27.45L-Brian Lay, 13.404; 28.5T-Travis Philo, 13.456; 29.16-Stuart Brubaker, 13.469; 30.97-Dean Jacobs, 13.481; 31.27Z-Sean Zemunik, 13.553; 32.9-Jimmy Colvin, 13.662; 33.40i-Mark Imler, 13.682; 34.60-Kory Crabtree, 13.721; 35.46AU-Stuart Williams, 13.829; 36.8J-Jess Stiger, 13.835; 37.8M-TJ Michael, 13.889; 38.68G-Tyler Gunn, 13.956; 39.7-Shawn Valenti, 13.987; 40.49H-Bradley Howard, 14.034; 41.33M-Caleb Griffith, 14.065; 42.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 14.137; 43.5B-Chad Blonde, 14.209; 44.19-Joe Kubiniec, 14.315; 45.25M-Ken Mackey, 14.380; 46.1080-Jordan Mackison, 99.550;
Heat 1, Group A – (10 Laps)
1. 83M-Broc Martin ; 2. 73-Chris Andrews ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney ; 4. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 5. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 7. 8-Bryan Sebetto ; 8. 23-DJ Foos ; 9. 40i-Mark Imler ; 10. 95-Hunter Mackison ; 11. 6M-Jac Haudenschild ; 12. 60K-Jody Keegan
Heat 2, Group B – (10 Laps)
1. 21-Cap Henry ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 3. 99-Brady Bacon ; 4. 09x-Carson Macedo ; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 7. 9R-Jordan Ryan ; 8. 9-Jimmy Colvin ; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 10. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 11. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 12. 27Z-Sean Zemunik
Heat 3, Group C – (10 Laps)
1. 5T-Travis Philo ; 2. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 3. 40-Caleb Helms ; 4. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 5. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 6. 46AU-Stuart Williams ; 7. 5B-Chad Blonde ; 8. 24-Rico Abreu ; 9. 19-Joe Kubiniec ; 10. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 11. 9Z-Duane Zablocki
Heat 4, Group D – (10 Laps)
1. 3G-James McFadden ; 2. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 3. 5-Byron Reed ; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 6. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 7. 8M-TJ Michael ; 8. 45L-Brian Lay ; 9. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 10. 25M-Ken Mackey ; 11. 1080-Jordan Mackison
Dash 1 – (8 Laps)
1. 83M-Broc Martin ; 2. 99-Brady Bacon ; 3. 21-Cap Henry ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 3G-James McFadden ; 6. 73-Chris Andrews ; 7. 1-Dale Blaney ; 8. 57X-Andrew Palker
C-Main 1 – (0 Laps)
1. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 2. 46AU-Stuart Williams ; 3. 8M-TJ Michael ; 4. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 5. 5B-Chad Blonde ; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 7. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 8. 1080-Jordan Mackison ; 9. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 10. 19-Joe Kubiniec ; 11. 25M-Ken Mackey ; 12. 33M-Caleb Griffith
B-Main 1 – (12 Laps)
1. 24-Rico Abreu ; 2. 6M-Jac Haudenschild ; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 5. 9R-Jordan Ryan ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 7. 8-Bryan Sebetto ; 8. 9-Jimmy Colvin ; 9. 46AU-Stuart Williams ; 10. 23-DJ Foos ; 11. 40i-Mark Imler ; 12. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 13. 27Z-Sean Zemunik ; 14. 60K-Jody Keegan ; 15. 95-Hunter Mackison ; 16. 45L-Brian Lay
A-Main 1 – (40 Laps)
1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 4. 21-Cap Henry ; 5. 73-Chris Andrews ; 6. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 7. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 9. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 10. 5T-Travis Philo ; 11. 8M-TJ Michael ; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 13. 24-Rico Abreu ; 14. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 15. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 16. 09x-Carson Macedo ; 17. 40-Caleb Helms ; 18. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 20. 99-Brady Bacon ; 21. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 22. 83M-Broc Martin ; 23. 3G-James McFadden ; 24. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 25. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 26. 6M-Jac Haudenschild
Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (5/27/2016):
- Dale Blaney: 1224
- Chad Kemenah: 1196
- Sheldon Haudenschild: 1150
- Cap Henry: 1128
- T.J. Michael: 1078
- Danny Holtgraver: 1068
- Lee Jacobs: 1030
- Caleb Helms: 982
- Kraig Kinser: 972
- Caleb Armstrong: 946
Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info
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About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first ‘outlaw’ Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.
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