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Sheldon Haudenschild lived up to his family’s exciting reputation on Friday evening at Lernerville Speedway, mastering all areas of an action-packed racing surface to earn his first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory of the season.
Haudenschild started third, earning his spot at the front of the field during a lap-10 restart. Despite heavy periods of traffic, multiple cautions, and repetitive charges by Chad Kemenah, Danny Holtgraver and polesitter Tim Shaffer; Haudenschild held on to capture a seventh career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory, his first at the historic Lernerville Speedway.
Danny Holtgraver finished second, followed by Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer and Andrew Palker.
“You have to show up and be ready to race at these All Star races,” explained Haudenschild. “We were pretty good all night. During the feature, we were challenged quite a few times. I could see guys trying to drive below me. I knew if I kept hitting my marks and stayed out of trouble, we would be okay. I really can’t thank this team enough. We’ve been showing a lot of speed so far this year. We hope to continue that.”
After a restart due to a caution on the opening lap, Shaffer showed the way. Haudenschild showed speed almost instantly and raced just behind Shaffer, making heavy challenges for the lead during the first five circuits. A battle in traffic between Shaffer, Haudenschild and Kemenah would eventually unfold, allowing Kemenah to slip by Haudenschild on lap six before taking command over Shaffer on lap seven.
Unfortunately for Shaffer, a tangle with the turn-two cushion would force the pilot of the Rudzik Racing/No. 49 off of the racing surface, allowing Haudenschild to reclaim second in the running order.
A caution, followed by red flag conditions on lap 10, would halt the feature field. When green flag conditions resumed, Haudenschild made a bid for the lead and succeeded, driving by Hunter Racing’s Kemenah. The pilot of the Southern Pacific Farms/No. 93 rolled ahead of the field for the next ten circuits, but not unchallenged. Holtgraver, who started on the inside of row three, climbed his way into a podium position by halfway, eventually racing bumper to bumper with Haudenschild in traffic before caution flags reappeared on lap 20.
Green flag conditions resumed, but only for three circuits. The main event’s second red flag was displayed on lap 23, resulting in a fuel stop.
Shaffer, who was fourth on the lap-23 restart, made a huge bid for the top spot after passing the frontstretch cone, but would come up short, drifting back to fourth by the feature finish. Shaffer’s attempt to slide by the top three would hold up Holtgraver and Kemenah, not allowing any attempt at catch Haudenschild.
Haudenschild would go on to capture the $5,000 top prize, not affected by traffic that stacked two to three wide in the closing circuits. Holtgraver followed in second, with former Arctic Cat All Star champion Kemenah rounding out the podium finishers.
“Man, it feels good to be home and up here on this platform,” said Holtgraver. “I think we may have had something for Sheldon there at the end, but we just kinda got hung up on that last restart. Regardless, I can’t thank my guys enough. They gave me a great race car. We’ll take this second place finish and move on to tomorrow and work for one spot higher.”
Brian Schaeffer and Joe Kelley won sportsman features.
RESULTS: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions; Lernerville Speedway; May 13, 2016
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 2. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 4. 49-Tim Shaffer ; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 6. 21-Cap Henry ; 7. 1-Dale Blaney ; 8. 22-Cole Duncan ; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 10. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 11. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 12. 7W-Logan Wagner ; 13. 8M-TJ Michael ; 14. 4-Danny Smith ; 15. 23JR-Jack Sodeman ; 16. 40-Caleb Helms ; 17. 13-Brandon Matus ; 18. 35-Jared Zimbardi ; 19. 33-Brent Matus ; 20. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 21. 8D-Billy Dietrich ; 22. 51-John Garvin ; 23. 7-Eric Williams ; 24. 10-Carl Bowser ; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 26. 22s-Brandon Spithaler ; 27. 8-Bryan Sebetto ; 28. 46-Michael Bauer.
CREDIT: Arctic Cat All Stars