INDIANAPOLIS – The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions point chase will officially begin in a big way during the upcoming weekend, with three scheduled events on three consecutive nights in two states.
The series, accompanied by 14 full-time travelers from all areas of the northeast, led by six-time and defending champion Dale Blaney, will trek through areas of Ohio and Pennsylvania during their upcoming three-race excursion, competing for a top prize of $5,000 on all three nights.
The championship was intended to begin on Saturday, April 2, but has since been pushed back two weeks due to Mother Nature.
“Hopefully last weekend was the last of the ‘Arctic’ weather this year,” said Tony Stewart, owner of the Arctic Cat All Stars. “We’d love to be able to get all five races in over the next two weekends in Ohio and Pennsylvania. This is going to be a fun year for sure.”
The tripleheader weekend will begin on Friday evening, April 15, at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. The rescheduled HD Supply Spring Nationals, originally set to take shape on Saturday, April 9, but was moved due to cold weather, will take center stage at the Attica oval on Friday night, complete with the first full Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions point program of the year. Ryan Smith is the defending HD Supply Spring Nationals winner, holding off charges by Andrew Palker and Greg Wilson.
Competition will continue on Saturday evening, April 16, with a visit to the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. Saturday’s program will be the first of four appearances by the traveling Arctic Cat All Stars at Wayne County this year. It was Sheldon Haudenschild visiting victory lane during the most recent visit by the Arctic Cat All Stars on Sept. 6, keeping eventual series champion Dale Blaney at bay, followed by Rob Chaney. Haudenschild’s victory at Wayne County Speedway was his fifth and final All Star win of the 2015 season.
The Coffee Pot Classic at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway will conclude the triple-header weekend for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. The Bedford, Pa., half-mile oval will not only welcome the highly talented roster of Arctic Cat All Star travelers, but a competitive field of Central Pennsylvania competitors, better known as the “Pennsylvania Posse,” are also expected to join in on the action, including defending event winner Greg Hodnett. Hodnett and fellow “Posse” competitor Danny Dietrich swept the top two spots on the podium on June 7, 2015, followed by three-time All Star main event winner last season Smith.
“I think we are all pretty excited to get the point season started,” said Blaney. “The weather hasn’t been too cooperative, but things look to be OK for all three days this weekend. Despite the last two weekends getting distracted with weather, our mind frame and focus hasn’t changed. The road to another title starts this weekend. We have to take everything one race at a time, but it is still important to get a solid start to the year. We’ll head into the weekend with the intent to win all three.”