T.J. Michael Set For Full-Time All Star Sprint Return

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T.J. Michael (8m), seen here in 2019, will return to All Star Circuit of Champions action as a full-time driver next year. (Todd Ridgeway photo)

PLANO, Texas – T.J. Michael will rejoin the All Star Circuit of Champions next year, picking up right where he left off at the end of 2017 as a full-time competitor.

The Plano, Texas, native – who headquarters his race team in Fremont, Ohio – will hit the road with recently hired hand A.J. Havens.

Havens, an experienced wrench with victories on all levels, including the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions, will call the shots on the Michael Motorsports No. 8m during the new year.

Kicking things off with non-point competition in Georgia and Florida, next year’s All Star Circuit of Champions agenda consists of 59 dates across 13 states.

The All Stars will visit 32 tracks during their travels, all of which, with the exception of Screven Motor Speedway, East Bay Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park, are scattered across the heart of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have A.J. Havens join our team in 2021. We’re confident he has the knowledge and the experience necessary to maximize our team’s potential. Building a team to run with the All Stars again wouldn’t be possible without AJ’s insight,” said Michael. “We have a lot of work to do, but we’ll be ready to go. We’re going all in and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Improving significantly since his last outing with the All Stars, Michael’s most recent full-time campaign with the All Star Circuit of Champions was highlighted with a pair of top-10 finishes, eventually ending his season with 28 feature starts.

Recent highlights with the traveling All Stars include a top-10 performance at Attica Raceway Park on Sept. 4, ending his evening with a rally from 24th to 10th.

Michael owns one victory during 410 sprint car competition, earned during FAST Series action at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Aug. 2, 2019.

The victory during the Rick Ferkel Classic earned Michael a $5,000 payday.

“Running with the caliber of teams that will be racing full-time with the All Stars next season is only going to make me better as a driver, as well as help us improve as a team,” Michael noted. “The more laps, the more you learn; that’s the bottom line. I can’t wait to get started.”