FINDLAY, Ohio — The “Low Rider” Dale Blaney broke through and earned his first Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket victory of the 2016 season on Sunday evening in Findlay, Ohio, advancing 12 positions in 30 laps to win at Millstream Speedway. For Blaney, the victory was his fifth of the season with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, raising is career win total to 132. The pilot of the GoMuddy.com/Big Game Treestands/CH Motorsports/No. 1 started 13th on the feature grid, taking command from Chad Kemenah on lap 21.
“We had a pretty good start which kinda set up our progress,” explained Dale Blaney. “We’ve won some races here before when the track cleans off like this. We haven’t really been struggling as of lately, but we haven’t really been consistently fast night in and night out. Tonight we were able to show speed from start to finish. George had the car right where it needed to be. We’ve been searching around quite a bit lately, not sure what we’re missing. This is a big turnaround for us. Happy to be here.”
Dale Blaney started his impressive charge to the front of the field right from the start, making his first appearance inside the top-three just before the midpoint of the main event. The Hartford, Ohio, native worked into the runner-up position by lap 15, setting up an eventual battle with race leader Chad Kemenah. By lap 20, Blaney worked to the back bumper of Kemenah, driving by the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/No. 10H on lap 21. A late caution on lap 28 proved to be no distraction for the defending Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist, holding on the last three circuits to score the $5,000 top prize. Chad Kemenah finished second, followed by Kyle Larson for a third straight podium finish.
“The good thing about Ohio Sprint Speedweek is there is always tomorrow,” said Dale Blaney. “This is a great booster into tomorrow for when we head over to Wayne County Speedway, as well as a great booster for the rest of the week. I’ve said it a hundred times, but I can’t thank this entire team enough for what they do for me. We’ll work to do this again tomorrow.”
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their 2016 Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket campaign with round four on Monday evening, June 20, this time visiting the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. Sheldon Haudenschild earned the Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory at the Orrville oval in 2016, holding off Indiana native Parker Price-Miller and Aussie invader James McFadden.
Wayne County Speedway will open pit gates at 3:00 pm on Monday afternoon, June 20. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30, followed by Arctic Cat All Star hot laps at 6. Those seeking additional information should visit Wayne County Speedway live on the Web at www.waynecountyspeedway.com.
-All Star Circuit of Champions Press Release
-Photo Credit: Vince Vellella