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In fantastic fashion, Sheldon Haudenschild earned his second consecutive UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victory on Sunday night, driving to victory at Wayne County Speedway.
The Wooster, Ohio native earned the $5,000 winner’s share from near mid-pack; charging to the front after starting tenth on the evening grid.
Haudenschild’s fifth UNOH All Star main event win in 2015 came as he dominated the feature field, crossing under the checkers with a near seven second advantage.
Dale Blaney and Rob Chaney rounded out the podium finishers.
“This is the best the track has ever been,” Haudenschild said. “Hats off to the track crew. I really hope the fans enjoyed that — thank all of you for coming out tonight. I just want to thank all of my guys again, including Bonzai and Zach, and we couldn’t do it without Southern Pacific Farms. They help make all of this happen.”
Ryan Smith and Blaney led the 24 feature starters to green, but red flag conditions involving a half-dozen competitors would bring the field to rest during the initial start. Travis Philo would suffer the most, getting upside-down just before the flag stand, but would walk away unharmed.
Green flag conditions would return with Smith taking the early advantage. The Kunkletown, Pa. native kept sole command over Blaney and Danny Holtgraver for the first ten circuits, but by the 11th circuit, Haudenschild was already in hot pursuit — charging his way into third around Holtgraver. Haudenschild would then make a big move to the top spot the following lap, driving by Blaney and Smith on the high-side at the exit of turn two.
Even with red flag conditions returning to the speedway on lap 18 for Parker Price-Miller, Haudenschild’s momentum never suffered. The 22-year-old rolled away from the field following the lap-18 restart, climbing to a near full straightaway advantage by the final circuit and subsequent checkered flag.
“I kind of figured most of the guys starting ahead of me would run the bottom,” added Haudenschild. “The door kinda opened up for me on top and we made it happen.”
Blaney, the current UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions point leader and an 11-time season winner, finished second on Sunday night. Millersburg, Ohio’s Rob Chaney raced his way forward from an eighth starting position, ultimately finishing third during the 30-lap main event. Chaney made his move into a podium position on lap 29, getting by Ryan Smith at the exit of turn four.
Tim Shaffer made a move around Ryan Smith on the final circuit to secure a fourth place finish, with Smith settling for fifth.
RESULTS: UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions; Wayne County Speedway; September 6, 2015
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 2. 1-Dale Blaney; 3. 9X-Rob Chaney; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer; 5. 94-Ryan Smith; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong; 7. 38K-Brad Haudenschild; 8. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 9. 40-Caleb Helms; 10. 16M-Danny Mumaw; 11. 83M-Broc Martin; 12. 89-Cody Darrah; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 14. 9-Jordan Ryan; 15. W20-Greg Wilson; 16. 22S-Brandon Spithaler; 17. 19-Chris Andrews; 18. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 19. 57X-Andrew Palker; 20. 70-Dean Jacobs; 21. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr; 22. 5T-Travis Philo; 23. 81-Lee Jacobs; 24. 22-Cole Duncan.
CREDIT: UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions