SARVER, Pa. — Logan Wagner earned his first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.
The Harrisonville, Pa., native started from the pole and led all 30 circuits, crossing under the checkered flag nearly three seconds ahead of the competition. Danny Holtgraver finished second, followed by Chad Kemenah, Cole Duncan and Tim Shaffer.
“I can’t even put tonight into words,” Wagner explained. “I gotta thank everyone that helps me out. My dad (Mike), especially, who does so much for me and my career. I didn’t think I was really that good tonight, but I was good enough to win and that is all that matters. This is amazing.”
Wagner took command at the drop of the initial green flag and immediately opened his advantage, stretching his lead to nearly two seconds by lap 10, ultimately pushing that margin to nearly three seconds during other segments of the main event.
A total of four cautions, three during the first 11 circuits, halted feature competition during the 30-lapper, and despite all four creating the potential for a takeover attempt, the clean air and open race track proved to be nothing more than an advantage for Logan Wagner. Even when traffic came into play during the midpoint of the main event, as well as during the last six circuits, Wagner’s preferred line around the thin, top edge of the speedway allowed for the most momentum.
“I just knew I had to run [turn one] the best that I could without getting up over the edge,” Wagner said in victory lane. “I know I went over the backstretch three or four times tonight. I was really tight through turns three and four, so I had to muscle my way around there. But I was able to really capitalize in turns one and two.”
Holtgraver, Ryan Smith, Kemenah and Duncan each made their presence known with heated battles for the remaining positions inside the top-five. Holtgraver, the main event’s seventh starter who was making his first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions appearance of the season, solidified the runner-up position on lap 21, ending a near-10-lap battle with Hunter Racing’s Chad Kemenah.
“It feels good to be back in a sprint car,” Holtgraver explained. “We haven’t raced that much this year, but when we do plan to race, we plan to have fun and work for results like this. Tonight was a lot of fun.”
Logan Wagner, Danny Holtgraver, Chad Kemenah, Cole Duncan, Tim Shaffer, Ryan Smith, A.J. Flick, Lee Jacobs, Carl Bowser, Caleb Armstrong, Parker Price-Miller, Dean Jacobs, Dan Kuriger, Caleb Helms, Max Stambaugh, Brandon Matus, T.J. Michael, Dan Shetler, Danny Mumaw, Brent Matus, John Garvin, Tyler Esh, George Hobaugh, Anthony Fiore, Brandon Spithaler, Michael Bauer, Jack Sodeman Jr.