Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS – BROWNSBURG, IN – Since its initial release just before Thanksgiving, the 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule has undergone a number of changes, one of which involving Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket.
All three previously scheduled events at Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Oh., have been cancelled. Despite the loss, two out of the three events have been replaced including the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale.
Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, already hosting the All Star Circuit of Champions twice in 2018 including the point-season opener on Friday, April 6, will host the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale, paying $10,000, on Saturday, June 23. In total, the Atomic highbanks will feature All Star competition twice during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, first welcoming the All Stars on Wednesday, June 20. The Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale will be known as the Rick Ferkel Classic.
Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Oh., arguably one of the most exciting dirt ovals on the circuit, will get a second All Star Circuit of Champions date in 2018 replacing the cancelled Millstream Speedway appearance scheduled for Sunday, May 27. The added Waynesfield Raceway Park date will be known as the Bob Hampshire Classic.
Shane Helms will lead the promotion of both the Atomic Speedway Speedweek finale and the Waynesfield event on May 27.
“I appreciate the support of the Brad (McCown) and Greg (Shobe) on getting these events back on the schedule after cancelling our Millstream dates,” said Shane Helms. “I’m looking forward to both events in May and June. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this happen.”
The All Star visit to Millstream Speedway scheduled for Monday, September 3 – Labor Day – will not be replaced. Instead, Wayne County Speedway will utilize Monday night as a rain date for their annual Pete Jacobs Memorial program on Sunday, September 2.
As previously mentioned on social media, Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Oh., added an All Star Circuit of Champions program to their 2018 schedule, padding an already impressive Labor Day/Attica Ambush weekend slate with a second visit by the All Stars on Friday, August 31. The Friday night program, also awarding a $5,000 top prize, will act as the preamble for the highly anticipated Dirt Classic Ohio on Saturday, September 1.
Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., will utilize a rain date of Friday, June 1, for their event scheduled for Friday, May 4. If the rain date is needed, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will try to find a neighboring facility to schedule an event for Saturday, June 2.
The visit to McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa., scheduled for Sunday, July 8, has also been removed from the schedule.
Forty-nine events remain on the 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule, all accumulating points toward the 2018 All Star championship. Currently, 20 teams will be traveling full-time with “America’s Series” during the upcoming season. With Florida events not accumulating points toward the overall Series championship, the Atomic Speedway visit on Friday, April 6, will officially kick-off the 2018 championship chase.