Sheldon Haudenschild Holds Off Dale Blaney for Arctic Cat All Star Victory at Hartford Speedway

Inaugural Dirty 30 On Deck

HARTFORD, MI – July 2, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild held off one of the best in the business for 25 laps on Saturday night, July 2, at Hartford Speedway, clinching a tenth career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory and his first ever at the Hartford, Michigan, half-mile. The pilot of the Southern Pacific Farms/No. 93 started from the pole position and led every lap of the “King of Michigan” program, holding off fellow front row starter Dale Blaney and recently crowned Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket champion Chad Kemenah at the final checkers. Haudenschild’s Arctic Cat All Star victory, the fourth of his 2016 campaign, was worth $5,000.

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Sheldon Haudenschild celebrates with friends and crew in Hartford Speedway victory lane
Paul Arch Photo Credit

“Bonzai Bruns and Zach Ames have this car rolling right now,” Haudenschild explained. “That makes my job a lot easier. That track was awesome tonight. It feels really good to have four wins in one season. I don’t think we’ve ever done that before. We’ll take this one and move on from here.”

Clean air and momentum were key elements in Haudenschild’s dominate performance at the front of the field. A perfect jump during the opening green flag allowed Haudenschild to establish both, all while utilizing the very topside of the speedway. Dale Blaney would settle into second, followed by Bloomington, Indiana’s Kraig Kinser at the completion of lap one.

By lap five, Haudenschild worked to a sizeable lead over Dale Blaney and Kraig Kinser, only to lose that advantage due to a caution on lap six. Green flag conditions resumed with Haudenschild returning to the topside of the speedway. The distance separating Haudenschild and Blaney returned to a half-straightaway, only to be halted once more for a caution on lap ten.

Dale Blaney’s strongest challenge to overtake the top spot occurred during the lap ten restart when the defending Arctic Cat All Star champion dived to the bottom of turn one in an attempt to slide in front of Haudenschild. Haudenschild used momentum to power back around Blaney at the exit of turn two, ultimately resetting his familiar pace at the front of the running order.

Haudenschild and Blaney reached traffic for the first and only time on lap 15, each having to negotiate slower cars for three circuits before caution conditions appeared again on lap 18. In the meantime, Danny Holtgraver worked his way to third in the running order from fifth, tracked by sixth row starter Chad Kemenah.

One last caution halted the feature field on lap 21, resulting in a last-ditch effort for Dale Blaney. Unfortunately for Blaney, his efforts were not threatening, maintaining second at the exit of turn two. Sheldon Haudenschild went on to win the “King of Michigan” program featuring the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Dale Blaney finished second, followed by Chad Kemenah from 12th, Randy Hannagan, and Danny Holtgraver.

“I saw Dale (Blaney) get below me there in one and two,” Haudenschild said. “I knew I would have to get to the top a little quicker during any other restarts. I think clean air really helped us, but I wasn’t afraid of the slower cars. I feel like I would have worked through them, maybe even a little bit better than Dale. I had a really good car and I feel like I could have raced it anywhere. I just never had to go to the bottom. We’re excited to try again tomorrow.”

Tony Stewart Presents the Inaugural Dirty 30 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan, will wrap up Independence Day weekend for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. It will be the final Michigan appearance of the 2016 season for the Arctic Cat All Stars, awarding a $5,000 winner’s share after 30 laps of green flag competition. In addition, the UMP super late models will also be on the Dirty 30 agenda competing for a $1,500 top prize. The evening will conclude with a holiday fireworks display.

Dirty 30 at I-96 Speedway pit gates are scheduled to swing open at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, July 3. Main stands will open at 3, with the Tony Stewart autograph session beginning at 4:30. Arctic Cat All Star hot laps are slated for 7. More news and information will be released later in the week. For more news and information, visit I-96 Speedway on the Web at www.i96speedway.com.

Contingency Awards/Results – Hartford Speedway – Saturday, July 2, 2016:
Event: “King of Michigan”
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 33 Entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Dallas Hewitt – 16.510 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Randy Hannagan – 16.873 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Dallas Hewitt
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Danny Holtgraver
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Bill Balog
Daido Engine Bearings Heat #4: Hunter Schuerenberg
JE Pistons Dash: Sheldon Haudenschild
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Sheldon Haudenschild
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Russel Borland (+10)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Danny Holtgraver
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Hunter Schuerenberg
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Taylor Ferns (16th)
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse; Need decal to qualify for contingency award)

Qualifying
1.11N-Randy Hannagan, 16.873; 2.11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.915; 3.1-Dale Blaney, 16.934; 4.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.998; 5.21-Cap Henry, 17.012; 6.70-Danny Holtgraver, 17.177; 7.71H-Brad Lamberson, 17.205; 8.10H-Chad Kemenah, 17.285; 9.17B-Bill Balog, 17.285; 10.11R-Chase Ridenour, 17.287; 11.7C-Taylor Ferns, 17.313; 12.7K-Dallas Hewitt, 17.426; 13.10-Carl Bowser, 17.475; 14.8M-TJ Michael, 17.527; 15.51-Roger Campbell, 17.534; 16.2M-Dustin Daggett, 17.643; 17.57X-Andrew Palker, 17.665; 18.20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 17.669; 19.40-Caleb Helms, 17.674; 20.60-Kory Crabtree, 17.693; 21.19-Joe Kubiniec, 17.738; 22.12-Daniel Harding, 17.834; 23.25M-Ken Mackey, 17.871; 24.1A-Mark Aldrich, 17.940; 25.35R-Ronnie Blair, 17.968; 26.23-Russel Borland, 18.006; 27.7-Joe Swanson, 18.104; 28.38-DJ Foos, 18.127; 29.1080-Jordan Mackison, 18.314; 30.95-Hunter Mackison, 18.380; 31.49H-Bradley Howard, 18.510; 32.19M-Brett Mann, 99.040; 33.81-Lee Jacobs, 99.480;

Heat 1, Group A –  (8 Laps)
1. 7K-Dallas Hewitt[1] ; 2. 21-Cap Henry[4] ; 3. 11R-Chase Ridenour[2] ; 4. 12-Daniel Harding[6] ; 5. 71H-Brad Lamberson[3] ; 6. 10-Carl Bowser[5] ; 7. 23-Russel Borland[7] ; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard[8]

Heat 2, Group B –  (8 Laps)
1. 70-Danny Holtgraver[2] ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[3] ; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser[4] ; 4. 60-Kory Crabtree[5] ; 5. 7C-Taylor Ferns[1] ; 6. 25M-Ken Mackey[6] ; 7. 7-Joe Swanson[7] ; 8. 1080-Jordan Mackison[8]

Heat 3, Group C –  (8 Laps)
1. 17B-Bill Balog[2] ; 2. 11N-Randy Hannagan[4] ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah[3] ; 4. 40-Caleb Helms[6] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[1] ; 6. 51-Roger Campbell[5] ; 7. 35R-Ronnie Blair[7] ; 8. 95-Hunter Mackison[8]

Heat 4, Group D –  (8 Laps)
1. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg[1] ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney[4] ; 3. 2M-Dustin Daggett[3] ; 4. 57X-Andrew Palker[2] ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs[8] ; 6. 38-DJ Foos[7] ; 7. 19-Joe Kubiniec[5] ; 8. 1A-Mark Aldrich[6]

Dash 1 –  (6 Laps)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[1] ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney[2] ; 3. 21-Cap Henry[3] ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser[6] ; 5. 70-Danny Holtgraver[7] ; 6. 11N-Randy Hannagan[8] ; 7. 71H-Brad Lamberson[4] ; 8. 17B-Bill Balog[5]

B-Main 1 –  (0 Laps)
1. 10-Carl Bowser[1] ; 2. 38-DJ Foos[9] ; 3. 25M-Ken Mackey[4] ; 4. 23-Russel Borland[7] ; 5. 51-Roger Campbell[2] ; 6. 35R-Ronnie Blair[6] ; 7. 1A-Mark Aldrich[5] ; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard[12] ; 9. 19-Joe Kubiniec[3] ; 10. 7-Joe Swanson[8] ; 11. 1080-Jordan Mackison[10] ; 12. 95-Hunter Mackison[11]

A-Main 1 –  (0 Laps)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[1] ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney[2] ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah[12] ; 4. 11N-Randy Hannagan[6] ; 5. 70-Danny Holtgraver[5] ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser[4] ; 7. 21-Cap Henry[3] ; 8. 12-Daniel Harding[14] ; 9. 2M-Dustin Daggett[13] ; 10. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg[10] ; 11. 60-Kory Crabtree[15] ; 12. 11R-Chase Ridenour[11] ; 13. 40-Caleb Helms[16] ; 14. 23-Russel Borland[24] ; 15. 17B-Bill Balog[8] ; 16. 7C-Taylor Ferns[18] ; 17. 10-Carl Bowser[21] ; 18. 81-Lee Jacobs[20] ; 19. 7K-Dallas Hewitt[9] ; 20. 49H-Bradley Howard[25] ; 21. 38-DJ Foos[22] ; 22. 8M-TJ Michael[19] ; 23. 71H-Brad Lamberson[7] ; 24. 57X-Andrew Palker[17] ; 25. 25M-Ken Mackey[23]

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (7/2/2016):

  1. Chad Kemenah: 2668
  2. Dale Blaney: 2656
  3. Sheldon Haudenschild: 2560
  4. Cap Henry: 2496
  5. Danny Holtgraver: 2460
  6. T.J. Michael: 2434
  7. Kraig Kinser: 2414
  8. Lee Jacobs: 2326
  9. Caleb Helms: 2260
  10. Andrew Palker: 2080

Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info

Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit their official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.

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.

About Arctic Cat

The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.

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