After competing in Florida, throughout Ohio, and in Central PA already this year, Tony Stewart's All Star Circuit of Champions are heading to Western PA for the first time in 2016 this weekend with trips to Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park.
The All Star contingent is led this year by veterans Dale Blaney and Chad Kemenah. Both drivers have gotten off to great starts and will be the favorites on Friday and Saturday night. Other touring series drivers we can expect to see are Kraig Kinser, Sheldon Haudenschild, Ryan Smith, Cap Henry, T.J. Michael, Tim Shaffer, Lee Jacobs, Danny Holtgraver, Caleb Helms, Kory Crabtree and Brad Howard.
With that stout field in mind, the diverse field of Western PA drivers will give them a run for their money. Carl Bowser, Jack Sodeman Jr., A.J. Flick, Brandon Spithaler, Brandon Matus, Eric "Turkey" Williams and others have a shot at earning one of the $5,000 paydays.
Lernerville Speedway will be hosting their 35th ASCoC race. Dating back to the 1st one that took place in 1989, 20 drivers have nabbed a series victory at the historic 4/10 mile oval. Tim Shaffer leads the way with 4 wins at The Action Track, but last year it was Dale Blaney that found victory lane.
ASCoC @ Lernerville Win List
34 RACES - Tim Shaffer , Keith Kaufman , Chad Kemenah , Dale Blaney , Bobby Allen , Ed Lynch Jr. , Mark Kinser , Jeff Shepard , Dean Jacobs , Robbie Stanley, Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Tyler Walker, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Coniam, Danny Smith, Stevie Smith, Kenny Jacobs, Danny Holtgraver, Lee Jacobs
Mercer Raceway Park will cater to the All Stars on Saturday night for the only time this season and 21st time in the track's long history. It was Chad Kemenah, Lee Jacobs and Ryan Smith that found the winner's circle in their three shows last season.
ASCoC @ Mercer Win List
20 RACES: Tim Shaffer , Jeff Shepard , Daryn Pittman , Danny Holtgraver , Bobby Allen, Johnny Beaber, Dean Jacobs, Mark Keegan, Shane Stewart, Ed Lynch Jr., Jac Haudenschild, Dale Blaney, Chad Kemenah, Lee Jacobs, Ryan Smith
Now that we've set the facts straight, it's time for the fun part: Odds and Predictions.
|Current ASCoC point leader Dale Blaney|
|2010 Lernerville track champion Danny Holtgraver|
|2013 Lernerville track champion has wins at Lernerville and |
Mercer this season
5 Bold Predictions
1. Chad Kemenah continues hot streak with 2 "Top 5" finishes
2. A former Lernerville track champion reaches victory lane on Friday (Blaney, Shaffer, Holtgraver, Bowser, Flick, Spithaler)
3. No driver will win both of their heat races.
4. Both features will see a pass for the lead in the final 10 laps.
5. Non-touring drivers will occupy at least 2 of the top 5 finishing positions both nights.