ASCoC: Holtgraver Takes All Stars Downtown At Brownstown For 12th Win

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Danny Holtgraver won Saturday night's Arctic Cat All Stars feature at Brownstown Speedway.

Danny Holtgraver won Saturday night’s Arctic Cat All Stars feature at Brownstown Speedway.

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. — Danny Holtgraver dominated Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition on Saturday night at the Brownstown Speedway, leading all 40 circuits to capture his third Arctic Cat All Star victory of the season in the first Arctic Cat All Star race at Brownstown since June of 1999.

Holtgraver, pilot of Pete Grove’s Premier Motorsports/Premier Pallets/Bonnell’s Rod Shop/DKW Transport/No. 70 entry, started from the outside-pole position at the quarter-mile bullring, eventually holding off charges by Dale Blaney, Randy Hannagan and Sheldon Haudenschild to score the $5,000 top prize.

“Man, I can’t thank my guys enough for all that they do for me,” Holtgraver said. “Pete Grove gave me a great opportunity this year. I can’t thank him enough for that. He allows me to come out here and do what I love to do each and every weekend. Cody Jacobs, my dad, Mike, Al; they all bust their butts and I truly appreciate it. We needed another one of these. The last few weeks haven’t been too great for us for a number of reasons. We’ll celebrate this one and get ready to try again tomorrow.”

Holtgraver wasted no time getting to the front of the feature field, taking control after the initial green flag to lead lap one over Kraig Kinser and Arctic Cat All Star point leader Chad Kemenah. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native relied on Brownstown Speedway’s heavy curb for momentum, racing on top undistracted by a near-two second margin until traffic came into play, easing the pace for the first time on lap six.

Even as traffic intensified, Holtgraver kept his composure; using momentum to keep a lengthy advantage while negotiating lapped cars. Meanwhile, Kemenah, Blaney, and Haudenschild created a three-car battle for positions two through four, a battle that would last for nearly 15 circuits. After multiple slide jobs and crossovers, Blaney eventually settled into second, followed by Haudenschild and Kemenah.

A caution on lap 18, and a late red flag incident on lap 35, proved to be no distraction for Holtgraver, ultimately racing on to park himself in Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory lane for the 12th time in his career.

Blaney, aboard his familiar Game Treestands/CH Motorsports/No. 1, finished second after starting fifth, followed by Randy Hannagan, who climbed from the outside of row five to earn his podium performance. The “Hurricane” made his first appearance in a podium position on lap 33, driving under the familiar No. 93 of Haudenschild in traffic.

“I just felt really comfortable from the start. Cody and the guys had this thing exactly where it needed to be,” Holtgraver said. “The top was where I felt the strongest. It started to get pretty tricky; not a lot left toward the end of the race. You kinda had to tip-toe your way around there and make sure you didn’t get sucked over the edge. Traffic was tough at times, but we were able to get through it pretty well without too many hiccups. I’m just really happy to be back in this position. We’ll try to double-up on the weekend tomorrow night at Millstream.”


RESULTS: All Star Circuit of Champions; Brownstown Speedway; Aug. 27, 2016

A-Main (40 Laps): 1. 70-Danny Holtgraver[2] ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney[5] ; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan[12] ; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[11] ; 5. 21-Cap Henry[20] ; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah[3] ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser[1] ; 8. 22-Cole Duncan[10] ; 9. 71-Jac Haudenschild[19] ; 10. 71m-Paul May[17] ; 11. 8M-TJ Michael[4] ; 12. 40-Caleb Helms[7] ; 13. 81-Lee Jacobs[9] ; 14. 4K-Kody Kinser[6] ; 15. 67-Carson Macedo[8] ; 16. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[15] ; 17. 21C-Carson Short[14] ; 18. 57X-Andrew Palker[18] ; 19. 60-Kory Crabtree[23] ; 20. 85-Mike Terry[16] ; 21. 4-Danny Smith[22] ; 22. 56R-Ryan Myers[21] ; 23. 1080-Jordan Mackison[24] ; 24. 22B-Ryan Broughton[13]

CREDIT: All Star Communications

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