INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The month of May has been uneventful for Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, with Mother Nature’s stubbornness held mostly responsible. A complete washout in Western Pennsylvania on May 5-6, followed by three straight days of weather interference in the Upper Midwest on May 19-21, has left the Arctic Cat All Stars with zero main event starts during the month of May. But that is all about to change as “America’s Series” prepares to revisit parts of The Buckeye State for a Memorial Day weekend double.
Led by defending Series champion and current point leader, Chad Kemenah, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will visit Attica Raceway Park and Mansfield Motor Speedway during their holiday weekend tour of Ohio, beginning with a Friday night appearance at the Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on May 26. The Memorial Day weekend special will award a $5,000 top prize; the second of four Arctic Cat All Star appearances at the one-third mile, clay oval in 2017. Spencer Bayston is the most recent Attica Raceway Park winner during Arctic Cat All Star competition, holding off Cole Duncan and Tim Shaffer for a first-ever Series victory during the annual HD Supply Spring Nationals on April 15.
Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio, will host the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during the inaugural Memorial Classic on Sunday evening, May 28. The state-of-the-art complex, originally a dirt facility until converted to an asphalt surface in 1999, recently made the transformation back to dirt and will host the Arctic Cat All Stars for the first time since July 6, 1988. Mansfield Motor Speedway hosted “America’s Series” on 11 separate occasions before making the switch to asphalt, three of which conquered by National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, “The Mouse” Kenny Jacobs.
Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah, pilot of the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/DKW Transport/No. 10H, holds the top spot in the championship standings with a 118-point advantage. Kemenah, a one-time winner thus far in 2017, has finished inside the top-ten during eight of 11 contested events, five resulting in top-five performances. The defending Arctic Cat All Star champion will hunt for Series victory number six at Attica Raceway Park on Friday evening, all while attempting to crack into the win column for the first time ever at Mansfield Motor Speedway.
Caleb Armstrong, a second year, full-time competitor with the Tony Stewart-owned organization, will attempt to use the holiday weekend to his advantage; working to chip away Kemenah’s impressive command at the top of the standings. The New Castle, Indiana, native currently finds himself second in the championship hunt, earning three top-five finishes on the season, qualifying for all 11 contested main events.
Findlay, Ohio’s Caleb Helms will enter Memorial Day weekend third in the championship ranks with just 30 points separating himself and Armstrong. The “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith and the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer currently round out the top-five, also separated by 30 markers.
Elida, Ohio’s Max Stambaugh, aboard the familiar Ray Marshall Motorsports/Buckeye Machine & Fabricators/No. 33M, leads the current Arctic Cat All Star Rookie of the Year chase. The former NRA “360” Sprint Invaders championship runner-up has one top-ten finish on the season, currently finds himself sixth in the overall championship standings, and has qualified for seven of 11 Arctic Cat All Star main events conducted thus far. There are 11 Rookie of the Year contenders on the road full-time with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions in 2017.
Attica Raceway Park will open pit gates at 3:30pm on Friday, May 26, with main gates to follow at 4. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:45pm, sharp. Mansfield Motor Speedway will swing open pit doors at 2:00pm on Sunday, May 28. Spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, with qualifying to follow at 6:15pm. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit each facility live on the Web at www.atticaracewaypark.com and www.mansfieldmotorspeedway.com
Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (May 24, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah: 1480
2. Caleb Armstrong: 1362
3. Caleb Helms: 1332
4. Ryan Smith: 1284
5. Tim Shaffer: 1254
6. Max Stambaugh: 1160
7. T.J. Michael: 1128
8. Brandon Matus: 1046
9. Greg Hodnett: 1016
10. Brent Matus: 1014
Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit its official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/
About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first ‘outlaw’ Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.
About Arctic Cat:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.