Findlay, OH – Dale Blaney made history on Sunday night in Findlay, Ohio, by clinching a record sixth career UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions title. The “Low Rider” secured his spot in the history books with a flag-to-flag UNOH All Star victory at Millstream Speedway on Sunday evening, September 27. Blaney led all 30 laps of main event competition, leading Red Lion, Pennsylvania’s Cody Darrah and Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson at the final checkers. The win gives Blaney a 206 point advantage over Cody Darrah entering the UNOH All Star season finale at Eldora Speedway on October 10; a deficit that is impossible to overcome. The series victory at Millstream was Blaney’s 12th of the season and the 127th of his storied career.
“We’ve had a tough go the last month or so” explained Dale Blaney, “The guys never give up and keep working hard. We made some changes over the last few nights and the car has really been taking off. Tonight we were really good all night. I can’t say enough about CH Motorsports. All of the guys do a great job. I love coming to this place so hopefully that continues to happen.”
Cody Darrah and Dale Blaney led the UNOH All Star feature field to green at Millstream Speedway on Sunday night. Blaney gained the early advantage on lap one and stayed in control for the first six circuits with pole sitter Cody Darrah in tow. Caution flags appeared for the first and only time on lap seven for a spinning Thomas Meseruall, ending a near straightaway lead for Dale Blaney. Racing continued shortly after, allowing Blaney to resume his position on point over Cody Darrah and Chad Kemenah. The pilot of the GoMuddy.com, Big Game Treestands, CH Motorsports, #1, maintained the top spot for the remaining 24, caution-free laps; surviving periods of intense traffic and late race charges by Chad Kemenah to secure the $5,000 top prize.
“I didn’t really know where anyone was behind me” said Blaney, “It’s hard when you get out there by yourself and start running laps. You constantly think you are racing in the right spot, but you just don’t know. I kinda got held up a little bit there a couple laps, but we got through it ok. I can’t say enough about my guys. They got me here again tonight.”
“This sixth championship is really special” explained Blaney, “I guess I am the only guy to win sixth of these so far. That could very well change in the next few years. We’re just going to come and try to win as many races and championships as we can. I don’t know how many years I have left. The team I have now is behind me one-hundred percent. We’re gonna keep racing as long as we can.”
Hunter Racing’s Chad Kemenah followed Blaney for nearly 20 laps, but would suffer from a flat right rear tire with less than two circuits remaining. Kemenah would have to settle for 10th. Cody Darrah finished second at the Millstream Speedway half-mile on Sunday night after racing behind Chad Kemenah for much of the 30-lap main event. Tanner Thorson finished third after starting on the inside of the fifth row.
“We feel pretty good after that one” said Cody Darrah, “This is a beautiful race track. Awesome to see the fans come out and support this place. We had a really good car all night, just a little too free during the feature. Tough deal for Chad (Kemenah) getting that flat. Happy to run second, but the old man beat me again.”
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will end their 2015 campaign on Saturday evening, October 10, during the UNOH Sprintacular at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The regional travelers will headline a trio of open wheel sprint car divisions on October 10, sharing “The Big E” with the NRA 360 Sprint Invaders and the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.) non-wing sprint cars. Dale Blaney will officially be crowned “champion” during the Eldora Speedway/UNOH All Star finale.
Eldora Speedway pit gates are scheduled to open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, with hot laps slated for 4:30. Racing action is set to ignite at 6. For more information regarding the UNOH Sprintacular featuring the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions, please visit Eldora Speedway live on the web at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Contingency Awards/Results – Millstream Speedway – Sunday, September 27, 2015
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Chad Kemenah – 15.016 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Cody Darrah
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Ryan Smith
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Chad Kemenah
Kistler Engines Heat #4: Dale Blaney
JE Pistons Dash: Cody Darrah
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Dale Blaney
MSD A-Main 3rd Place Finisher: Tanner Thorson
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Chad Kemenah
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Danny Smith
1.10H-Chad Kemenah, 15.016; 2.45-Tim Shaffer, 15.112; 3.11N-Randy Hannagan, 15.229; 4.22-Cole Duncan, 15.314; 5.81-Lee Jacobs, 15.339; 6.1-Dale Blaney, 15.356; 7.W20-Greg Wilson, 15.405; 8.89-Cody Darrah, 15.411; 9.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.415; 10.63-Kody Swanson, 15.439; 11.3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 15.466; 12.38-Jared Horstman, 15.519; 13.59-Danny Holtgraver, 15.547; 14.94-Ryan Smith, 15.565; 15.19-Chris Andrews, 15.566; 16.9X-Thomas Meseruall, 15.610; 17.5-Byron Reed, 15.648; 18.9P-Parker Price-Miller, 15.684; 19.19P-Paige Polyak, 15.690; 20.57X-Andrew Palker, 15.693; 21.4-Danny Smith, 15.746; 22.5T-Travis Philo, 15.805; 23.55-Tyler Gunn, 15.813; 24.21-Cap Henry, 15.823; 25.49-Tanner Thorson, 15.847; 26.35-Jared Zimbardi, 15.857; 27.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 16.113; 28.40-Caleb Helms, 16.120; 29.97-Dean Jacobs, 16.246; 30.23-Jimmy Light, 16.271; 31.9-Jordan Ryan, 16.363; 32.10J-Jarrod DeLong, 16.642; 33.6-Sean Hosey, 99.200;
Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps)
1. 89-Cody Darrah ; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 6. 38-Jared Horstman ; 7. 55-Tyler Gunn ; 8. 9X-Thomas Meseruall ; 9. 23-Jimmy Light
Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps)
1. 94-Ryan Smith ; 2. 22-Cole Duncan ; 3. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak ; 5. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 6. 21-Cap Henry ; 7. 63-Kody Swanson
Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 2. 19-Chris Andrews ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 6. 35-Jared Zimbardi ; 7. 40-Caleb Helms ; 8. 10J-Jarrod DeLong
Heat 4, Group D – (8 Laps)
1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. 49-Tanner Thorson ; 3. 4-Danny Smith ; 4. 5-Byron Reed ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 6. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 7. 5T-Travis Philo ; 8. 9-Jordan Ryan
Dash 1 – (6 Laps)
1. 89-Cody Darrah ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney ; 3. 94-Ryan Smith ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 6. 22-Cole Duncan ; 7. 19-Chris Andrews ; 8. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 9. 49-Tanner Thorson ; 10. 11N-Randy Hannagan
B-Main 1 – (12 Laps)
1. 63-Kody Swanson ; 2. 9X-Thomas Meseruall ; 3. 21-Cap Henry ; 4. 38-Jared Horstman ; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 6. 5T-Travis Philo ; 7. 35-Jared Zimbardi ; 8. 55-Tyler Gunn ; 9. 23-Jimmy Light ; 10. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 11. 10J-Jarrod DeLong ; 12. 40-Caleb Helms
A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. 89-Cody Darrah ; 3. 49-Tanner Thorson ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. 19-Chris Andrews ; 6. 21-Cap Henry ; 7. 22-Cole Duncan ; 8. 94-Ryan Smith ; 9. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 11. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 12. 5-Byron Reed ; 13. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 14. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 15. 4-Danny Smith ; 16. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 17. 19P-Paige Polyak ; 18. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 19. 38-Jared Horstman ; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 21. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 22. 63-Kody Swanson ; 23. 9X-Thomas Meseruall ; 24. 45-Tim Shaffer
Those seeking additional information regarding the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions should visit the official online home of the UNOH All Stars at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions event here: www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.
About the 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. The 2015 schedule includes 54 events in Ohio (29), Pennsylvania (14), Florida (5), Michigan (3), Indiana (1), New York (1) and Wisconsin (1).
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