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Joey Saldana Earns First Wayne County All Star Victory Since 1999

Story By: Tyler Altmeyer / All Star Series Media

Photos By: Paul Arch / Racersguide.com

ORRVILLE, OH -July 2, 2017 – Despite 18 years separating Joey Saldana from his last visit to Wayne County Speedway, the result remained the same; a victory against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Saldana, aboard the Indy Race Parts/No. 71, led 15 of the 30 circuits on Saturday night to claim the $5,000 winner’s share at Orrville’s Historic Oval, utilizing a lap 16 restart to slingshot underneath early race leader, Chad Kemenah. The victory, his first Arctic Cat All Star victory since 2014 at Volusia Speedway Park, increased Saldana’s overall Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions win count to 72, five of which at Wayne County Speedway which ties “The Brownsburg Bullet” with Sheldon Haudenschild for the most all-time.

Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan charged from seventh to finish second at Wayne County Speedway, followed by Chad Kemenah, Ryan Smith and pole-sitter Dean Jacobs.

“This just goes to show how important it is to be around a great team,” Joey Saldana explained in victory lane. “Sprint car racing is really tough, and it is really easy to get down on yourself. Tonight just goes to show that it’s not just you, it’s a whole team, and tonight I had a whole team. I raced with the All Stars for a long time. It was the feeding ground for the World of Outlaws. Racing with this Series did a lot for me. Luckily for me I was lucky enough to take that next step and move forward.”

Before Saldana made his winning move on lap 16, it was all Dean Jacobs and Chad Kemenah at the front of the running order. Despite a number of cautions halting action, one of which during the opening green resulting in a four car pile-up, Jacobs and Kemenah battled relentlessly, racing side-by-side nearly all the way around Wayne County Speedway.

Jacobs led the first six circuits officially, ultimately losing the lead to Kemenah on lap seven, only to regain control again to officially lead laps eight through 11. Kemenah drove back under Jacobs at the entrance of turn three to solidify himself back on top of the field on lap 12, only to be halted by red flag conditions on lap 13, and another caution on lap 16. By that point, Saldana had already worked his way into second, now setting his sights on the five-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion.

When green flag action returned, Saldana chased Chad Kemenah into turns one and two, ultimately setting up a drag race through turn three where Saldana would drove under the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/DKW Transport/No. 10H. From that point forward, “The Brownsburg Bullet” was the show, and despite one more caution pausing his momentum, Saldana would pull ahead to win by 3.3 seconds.

“It feels really good to be back here, and to be tied with Sheldon Haudenschild is pretty cool,” Saldana said. “He’s the next best thing in sprint car racing. He has a lot of talent.”

The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue competition on Saturday evening, July 8, with a visit to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio; the second and final visit by the Arctic Cat All Stars in 2017, as well as the 100th overall appearance since the Series first made the trek to Hartford in 1970.

The 9th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial, honoring the late National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, will headline competition at the state-of-the-art facility on Saturday evening. The Arctic Cat All Stars will battle for a $5,000 top prize.

Sharon Speedway will open gates at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 8. Racing will hit the 3/8 -mile oval at 7:00pm, sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Sharon Speedway live on the Web at www.sharonspeedway.com.

Contingency Awards/Results: Wayne County Speedway – Saturday, July 1, 2017:
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 37 Entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Ryan Smith – 14.997 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Cole Duncan – 14.621 seconds
Ford Performance Heat #1: Dean Jacobs
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Brandon Spithaler
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Max Stambaugh
Daido Engine Bearings Heat #4: Danny Mumaw
JE Pistons Dash #1: Dean Jacobs
Kistler Racing Products Dash #2: Chad Kemenah
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Mitch Harble
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Chad Kemenah (3rd)
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Jordan Mackison (+12)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Dean Jacobs
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Tyler Esh
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Brandon Matus
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)

Qualifying
 Group (A)
1. 71-Joey Saldana, 14.822; 2. 57X-Andrew Palker, 14.869; 3. 8-Dean Jacobs, 15.102; 4. 59-Ryan Smith, 15.24; 5. 15H-Mitch Harble, 15.517; 6. 33D-Tyler Dunn, 15.533; 7. 13-Brandon Matus, 15.582; 8. O8-Dan Kuriger, 15.896; 9. 83X-Nate Reeser, 16.023; 10. 5-Jordan Harble, 16.157

Group (B)
1. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 14.991; 2. 35-Tyler Esh, 15.015; 3. 45-Trevor Baker, 15.314; 4. 8M-TJ Michael, 15.493; 5. 56R-Ryan Myers, 15.798; 6. 22D-Josh Davis, 16.149; 7. 33-Brent Matus, 16.614; 8. 4K-Kris Davis, 16.798; 9. C1-Clay Riney, 18.303

Group ( C )
1. 27Z-Sean Zemunik, 15.008; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs, 15.317; 3. 33M-Max Stambaugh, 15.505; 4. 9M-Jordan Ryan, 15.567; 5. 17-Caleb Helms, 15.573; 6. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 16.021; 7. 23K-Brad Haudenschild, 16.165; 8. 7-Troy Kingan, 16.221; 9. 51-John Garvin, 16.906

Group (D)
1. 22C-Cole Duncan, 14.621; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 15.264; 3. 16-Danny Mumaw, 15.435; 4. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 15.452; 5. 4-Danny Smith, 15.57; 6. 95-Hunter Mackison, 16.273; 7. 23-Nick Patterson, 16.425; 8. 7DK-Dylan Kingan, 17.083; 9. 6J-Jarrett Gerber, 19.708

Heat #1 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 8-Dean Jacobs [2]; 2. 71-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 59-Ryan Smith [1]; 4. 57X-Andrew Palker [3]; 5. 5-Jordan Harble [10]; 6. 15H-Mitch Harble [5]; 7. O8-Dan Kuriger [8]; 8. 13-Brandon Matus [7]; 9. 83X-Nate Reeser [9]; 10. 33D-Tyler Dunn [6]

Heat #2 – Group (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 22-Brandon Spithaler [4]; 2. 8M-TJ Michael [1]; 3. 45-Trevor Baker [2]; 4. 56R-Ryan Myers [5]; 5. 35-Tyler Esh [3]; 6. 33-Brent Matus [7]; 7. 22D-Josh Davis [6]; 8. C1-Clay Riney [9]; 9. 4K-Kris Davis [8]

Heat #3 – Group ( C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 33M-Max Stambaugh [2]; 2. 9M-Jordan Ryan [1]; 3. 81-Lee Jacobs [3]; 4. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [4]; 5. 17-Caleb Helms [5]; 6. 23K-Brad Haudenschild [7]; 7. 7-Troy Kingan [8]; 8. 1080-Jordan Mackison [6]; 9. 51-John Garvin [9]

Heat #4 – Group (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 16-Danny Mumaw [2]; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3]; 3. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [1]; 4. 22C-Cole Duncan [4]; 5. 4-Danny Smith [5]; 6. 23-Nick Patterson [7]; 7. 95-Hunter Mackison [6]; 8. 7DK-Dylan Kingan [8]; 9. 6J-Jarrett Gerber [9]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 8-Dean Jacobs [2]; 2. 22-Brandon Spithaler [4]; 3. 16-Danny Mumaw [1]; 4. 22C-Cole Duncan [5]; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker [3]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3]; 2. 71-Joey Saldana [5]; 3. 9M-Jordan Ryan [4]; 4. 8M-TJ Michael [2]; 5. 33M-Max Stambaugh [1]

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 15H-Mitch Harble [1]; 2. O8-Dan Kuriger [4]; 3. 13-Brandon Matus [3]; 4. 1080-Jordan Mackison [5]; 5. 33D-Tyler Dunn [2]; 6. 51-John Garvin [14]; 7. 23-Nick Patterson [11]; 8. 22D-Josh Davis [7]; 9. 95-Hunter Mackison [10]; 10. 83X-Nate Reeser [6]; 11. 7-Troy Kingan [9]; 12. C1-Clay Riney [16]; 13. 33-Brent Matus [12]; 14. 4K-Kris Davis [13]; 15. 6J-Jarrett Gerber [17]; 16. 23K-Brad Haudenschild [8]; 17. 7DK-Dylan Kingan [15]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 71-Joey Saldana [4]; 2. 22C-Cole Duncan [5]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2]; 4. 59-Ryan Smith [11]; 5. 8-Dean Jacobs [1]; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [14]; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs [13]; 8. 16-Danny Mumaw [7]; 9. 33M-Max Stambaugh [10]; 10. 35-Tyler Esh [17]; 11. 17-Caleb Helms [19]; 12. 1080-Jordan Mackison [24]; 13. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [15]; 14. 15H-Mitch Harble [21]; 15. 13-Brandon Matus [23]; 16. 22-Brandon Spithaler [3]; 17. 8M-TJ Michael [8]; 18. 9M-Jordan Ryan [6]; 19. 57X-Andrew Palker [9]; 20. 56R-Ryan Myers [16]; 21. 4-Danny Smith [18]; 22. 5-Jordan Harble [20]; 23. 45-Trevor Baker [12]; 24. O8-Dan Kuriger [22] Lap Leaders: Dean Jacobs (1-6, 8-11); Chad Kemenah (7, 12-15); Joey Saldana (16-30)

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (July 1, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah – 3272
2. Ryan Smith – 3012
3. Caleb Armstrong – 2994
4. Caleb Helms – 2882
5. Max Stambaugh – 2756
6. T.J. Michael – 2624
7. Brandon Spithaler – 2459
8. Tyler Esh – 2397
9. Tim Shaffer – 2378
10. Brandon Matus – 2376

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/schedule/.

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.

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