ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 24, 2016) –The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions concluded Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Eldora Speedway, which hosts some of the largest and most popular dirt racing events in the country.
Dave Blaney ripped around the Eldora half-mile track in time trials, qualifying third overall in a field of 36 cars with a best lap of 13.417 seconds. The Motter Equipment Mohawk Northeast Beltline Body Shop 71M driver was second quick in his heat group.
Based on the All Star format, the Buckeye Bullet occupied the third starting position in the third heat. When the green flag flew, Jac Haudenschild shot to the lead. Blaney lost positions early when he had to lift to avoid making contact with a car in front of him. Though he tried to reel in the front runners, he ran out of laps, finishing one shy of the A Main transfer position. His sixth place finish meant he had to be one of the first four finishers in the B Main to earn a transfer position to the feature.
Starting from the pole in the B Main, Blaney vaulted to the lead and began to distance himself from the rest of the field, soon building up a cushion more than a straight away long. Blaney was motivated and on a mission diving through traffic as he lapped most of the field. He was the wire-to-wire winner of the B, earning the 21st starting position on the A Main grid.
Polesitter Chad Kemenah brought the field down for the start of the feature and led the early laps. Tim Shaffer and Jac Haudenschild were close behind and in pursuit.
With only seven laps completed, Blaney’s night was done.
Meanwhile, the battle for the lead continued among the top three contenders. At the checkered flag it was Jac Haudenschild with the victory, Tim Shaffer was second and Chad Kemenah finished third.
The Buckeye Bullet finished 22nd.
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