ORRVILLE, Ohio – For the second time in as many days, Sheldon Haudenschild pocketed $10,000 during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, this time in dominating fashion during a non-stop main event at the Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.
Haudenschild, pilot of the Southern Pacific Farms/Finzer Farms/Haudenschild Racing/No. 93, led all 35 circuits of the Pete Jacobs Memorial at “Orrville’s Historic Oval” on Sunday night, September 4, crossing under the final checkers nearly three seconds ahead of the competition. Now with eight victories on the season, as well as three consecutive since August 28, the Wooster, Ohio, native now finds himself on top of the victory leader-board during Arctic Cat All Star competition in 2016.
“Man, this crowd. Everything about this is just awesome,” Sheldon Haudenschild said in victory lane. “That’s what this is all about. To win in front of this crowd, in front of my hometown, is just awesome. Hats off to the entire track crew here tonight. They did a really good job preparing the race track. They worked in the top and bottom for us to race on, which really proved itself. I just can’t thank my guys enough for this. Everyone’s help is truly appreciated and I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Sheldon Haudenschild took the Pete Jacobs Memorial green flag from the inside of the second row, eventually driving by Dale Blaney at the exit of turn two, as well as Cap Henry at the exit of turn four, to officially lead lap number one over the pair of Ohio natives.
Haudenschild’s pace at the front of the field was untouchable, gaining a straightaway advantage by lap five using his familiar line at the top of the speedway. Traffic came into play for the first time shortly thereafter, but proved to be no distraction for Haudenschild, stretching his commanding lead to nearly five seconds by lap 18 of 35. Slower cars utilized the bottom lane of the speedway, allowing Haudenschild to work his line without losing momentum.
By lap 25, traffic started to intensify with cars battling two and three wide for position in front of the leader. Despite the potential road block, Haudenschild continued to navigate the outer rim of the speedway, still keeping a three to four second advantage over second place running Cole Duncan. In repeat fashion, Haudenschild kept his nose clean during the final ten circuits, driving on to score a 14th career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory, his 13th since June of 2015.
“That’s just my mindset every time we hit the track, ya know,” Haudenschild explained. “You have to make every lap count. I really tried to minimize my mistakes, which was really hard on this race track. Both corners were different and sometimes got me caught up. I almost got balled up once or twice, but it was all worth it and a lot of fun.”
Cole Duncan finished just behind Haudenschild after starting on the outside of row two, followed by current Arctic Cat All Star point leader Dale Blaney, Chad Kemenah, and Cap Henry. Duncan raced inside the top-five during the entire main event, battling in the third position permanently by lap 19, all before sneaking by Dale Blaney in traffic for the runner-up spot on lap 24.
“Sheldon (Haudenschild) was in a different zip code all weekend,” Duncan explained after finishing second. “I’m not sure if we really had anything for him. I saw him at the end a little bit and thought maybe we were catching him. It would have been one thing to catch him, but a completely different thing to pass him. I can’t thank all of my guys enough for this opportunity. We are all really happy to end the weekend on a good note.”
With the Pete Jacobs Memorial officially in the books, only 46 points now separate Sheldon Haudenschild from the top spot in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title chase, currently third behind Chad Kemenah and Dale Blaney. Blaney owns a slim, eight point advantage in the championship, with Kemenah just 38 points ahead of Haudenschild in second.
The Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” will welcome the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions to Central Pennsylvania for the final time in 2016 on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, joining the notorious “Pennsylvania Posse” for two nights of Tuscarora 50 weekend competition. Tuscarora 50 weekend will comprise of two, full days of Arctic Cat All Star/”Pennsylvania Posse” competition, headlined with the 50-lap, $12,000-to-win, Tuscarora 50 main event on Saturday evening, September 10.
Like previous editions, the Friday night portion of Tuscarora 50 weekend will feature a complete Arctic Cat All Star format and program, followed by a special Tuscarora 50 format on Saturday awarding show-up points to all Arctic Cat All Stars who choose to compete. For those seeking additional information, please visit Port Royal Speedway live on the Web at www.portroyalspeedway.com.
-All Star Circuit of Champions Press Release. Photo credit: Paul Arch