ORRVILLE, Ohio — Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their April march through The Buckeye State with a visit to the NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway.
Wayne County Speedway’s season-opening Arctic Cat All Star invasion will take shape on Saturday evening, April 22. Similar to Atomic Speedway and Attica Raceway Park, a stout, local contingent of Ohio regulars are expected to be on hand to defend home dirt against a roster of nearly 20 full-time All Stars, each battling for a $5,000 payday.
Saturday’s visit will be the first of four for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions in 2017, returning to the three-eighths-mile, clay oval during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket, Labor Day weekend for the $10,000-to-win Pete Jacobs Memorial, and finally during the early segment of October.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions made their most recent Wayne County Speedway appearance on Sunday, Sept. 4, when Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild earned the inaugural Pete Jacobs Memorial victory worth $10,000. The win was Haudenschild’s third in a row during Arctic Cat All Star competition, also capturing victories at Millstream Speedway and Attica Raceway Park on Aug. 28 and Sept. 3, respectively.
Chad Kemenah, the five-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion, will lead the Series into competition on Saturday night at Wayne County Speedway. The pilot of the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/No. 10h sits on top of the current standings with an 80-point advantage, earning six top-ten finishes, four of which inside the top-five, during his first seven Arctic Cat All Star feature starts.
Kemenah has one victory on the season; earning $5,000 at Atomic Speedway on Sunday, April 9.
Caleb Armstrong will enter Wayne County Speedway gates currently second in the Arctic Cat All Star championship chase, followed by Caleb Helms, Ryan Smith and Donny Schatz.
Armstrong has finished inside the top 10 on four occasions thus far in 2017, most recently at Attica Raceway Park on Saturday, April 15, when the New Castle, Ind., native moved forward from 15th to finish eighth.
NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway will open gates at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Warm-ups, followed by qualifying time trials, are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.