All Stars Ready For Tuscarora 50

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Cody Darrah (89) fights Brent Marks during All Star competition at Port Royal Speedway. (Dan DeMarco Photo)
Cody Darrah (89) fights Brent Marks during All Star competition at Port Royal Speedway. (Dan DeMarco Photo)
Cody Darrah (89) fights Brent Marks during All Star competition at Port Royal Speedway. (Dan DeMarco Photo)

PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will make one final trek into the heart of the Keystone State to challenge the Pennsylvania Posse during one of the most historic and competitive events in Central Pennsylvania — the Tuscarora 50.

Hosted in conjunction with the 162nd annual Juniata County Fair, Tuscarora 50 weekend will feature two, complete programs for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and Pennsylvania Posse, battling head-to-head at the Port Royal Speedway. The two-day showcase will be capped off with the 49th running of the 50-lap, Tuscarora 50 main event.

Tuscarora 50 weekend, set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, will ignite officially on Friday evening, Sept. 9, with the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 preliminary program.

The Night Before The Tuscarora 50 will feature a complete Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions program, awarding full points, as well as a $5,000 top prize. It will be the first Arctic Cat All Star appearance at the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” since April 23 when Dale Blaney parked his familiar Big Game Treestands/GoMuddy.com/CH Motorsports/No.1 on the victory lane stage, earning $5,000 for capturing the inaugural Keith Kauffman Classic title.

Tuscarora 50 weekend will continue on Saturday evening, Sept. 10, with the 49th running of the 50-lap, Tuscarora 50 main event paying a minimum of $12,000 to the winner. In addition to the five-figure payday, lap money will also be awarded, accumulated by leading laps during the 50-lap finale.

Brent Marks, a Pennsylvania Posse regular who has qualified for 12 Arctic Cat All Star main events in 2016, is the defending Tuscarora 50 champion, sweeping the entire Tuscarora weekend in 2015 by capturing the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 and Tuscarora 50 programs.

Sheldon Haudenschild will lead the Arctic Cat All Star stampede into Central Pennsylvania, not as the championship point leader, but as the series’ leading winner and hottest driver on tour, scoring three consecutive victories including two for a combined $20,000.

The pilot of the Southern Pacific Farms/Walker Performance Filtration/Factory Kahne/ No. 93 has earned eight victories on the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions trail thus far in 2016 and sits third in the championship chase, just 46 points out of the top spot.

Despite Haudenschild’s recent hot streak, defending Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Dale Blaney continues to hold down the championship lead, maintaining an eight point advantage over of fellow former series champion Chad Kemenah, and a 46 point advantage over Haudenschild.