UNOH All Stars to award over $120,000 in purse money

Dale Blaney earns unprecedented sixth UNOH All Star title in 2015

Indianapolis (October 15, 2015) – After nearly nine months of criss-crossing the northeast, contesting close to 50 events in seven different states, the 2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions campaign has finally reached its conclusion. Tony Stewart’s “New” UNOH All Star organization will award over $120,000 in prize money during the championship ceremony in early December. The top-eleven teams in the final UNOH All Star standings are eligible for championship purse money, with Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney earning top spoils equaling $35,000.

“First off , congratulations to CH Motorsports and Dale Blaney on their well earned 2015 championship”, said Tony Stewart, owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions.  “Further, I want to personally thank each and every team owner, driver, crew member, sponsor, track owner, promoter and most importantly the fans for supporting the All Stars this year.  Early 2015 was a time of uncertainty for all constituents and we were able to get the ship turned around.  We very much look forward to building upon this year’s developments and getting back to racing in early February next year.”

For the sixth time in his illustrious career, the “Low Rider” Dale Blaney will conclude his UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions campaign as a series titlist. Blaney, driver of the familiar GoMuddy.com, Big Game Treestands, CH Motorsports, #1, earned his sixth series championship on the strength of 12 UNOH All Star series victories, along with 28 top-five and 39 top-ten finishes during 45 contested events. Included amongst his 12 victories was an impressive stretch of five consecutive, extending from July 24 until August 2. The 127-time feature winner with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions, leading the series all-time, ended his 2015 title chase with a runner-up finish during Eldora Speedway’s UNOH Sprintacular on Saturday, October 10.

Red Lion, Pennsylvania’s Cody Darrah ended his rookie campaign with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions as a runner-up in the final standings and will be awarded $20,000 in point fund earnings for his efforts. Darrah, who also captured “Rookie of the Year” honors with the UNOH All Stars, ended his 2015 campaign with three victories, as well as 18 top-five and 27 top-ten finishes. The pilot of the J&K Salvage, Factory Kahne, U Pull It, #89 will receive a free chassis kit from the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions as reward for his “Rookie of the Year” honor.

Former multi-time series champion Chad Kemenah concluded his UNOH All Star trek third in the final championship hunt. Kemenah, driver of the Hunter Racing, Seneca Energy, Brilex, #10H, earned two victories during series competition, including the UNOH All Star finale at Eldora Speedway on October 10. In dramatic fashion, Kemenah secured his position on the championship podium by a mere three points over fellow former series champion Greg Wilson. Hunter Racing will be awarded $15,000 in point fund earnings for their championship performance.

A pair of veterans round out the top-five in the final UNOH All Star championship standings. Greg Wilson, the 2015 Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket champion, ended his 2015 campaign fourth in the championship chase, winning three main events in the process, and will collect $10,000 in point fund earnings. The “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer, a two-time UNOH All Star main event winner in 2015, finished fifth in the championship hunt. The Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native will receive $8,000 for his efforts on the UNOH All Star trail.

Sheldon Haudenschild’s breakout year in 2015 landed the Wooster, Ohio, native sixth in the UNOH All Star standings. Haudenschild earned five feature victories during his campaign across the northeast, while also capturing  an impressive 15 top-five finishes. Haudenschild’s list of victories include a stretch of two consecutive during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket on June 21-22, as well as a second stretch of two consecutive on September 5-6.

After spending time in central Pennsylvania competing against the “Pennsylvania Posse,” the “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith hit the road in 2015 and joined the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions as a full-time competitor. The UNOH All Star “Rookie of the Year” candidate earned three victory lane appearances during his travels, visiting many of the facilities for the first time in his career. Despite the “Madman” Kerry Madsen earning the year’s first official UNOH All Star win at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida, on February 6, it was Ryan Smith earning the first point-earning victory on the 2015 circuit; dominating the Attica Raceway Park “Spring Nationals” program on Saturday, April 4.

Danny Holtgraver, Danny Smith, Travis Philo, and Andrew Palker will also receive point fund awards in 2015. Teams that participated in at least 80% of the completed events are eligible for championship prize money.

Additional information regarding the 2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions awards banquet will be released in the near future. Other breaking news, including the release of the 2016 UNOH All Star schedule, will also be made public at a later time.

“We are putting the puzzle pieces together as it relates to the 2016 schedule and received some great feedback from our drivers and owners meeting last weekend at Eldora that will improve our product next year”, said Stewart. “We plan on evaluating our format and possibly use our Florida events in February to see how these format tweaks pan out with the drivers, tracks and fans.  We also hope to see a few more teams and drivers make the full time commitment to the 2016 Series; we are definitely seeing increased interest.”

2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Final Standings/Point Fund Totals:

1

Blaney, Dale

1

CH Motorsports Inc.

5123

$ 35,000.00

2

Darrah, Cody

89

Darrah Motorsports, LLC

4903

-220

$ 20,000.00

3

Kemenah, Chad

10H

Hunter Racing Ltd

4811

-312

$ 15,000.00

4

Wilson, Greg

W20

Greg Wilson

4808

-315

$ 10,000.00

5

Shaffer, Tim

45

Bryan Grove

4647

-476

$ 8,000.00

6

Haudenschild, Sheldon

93

Sheldon Haudenschild

4624

-499

$ 6,829.27

7

Smith, Ryan

94

Ryan Smith Racing, LLC

4592

-531

$ 6,500.00

8

Holtgraver, Danny

59

Tom Leidig

4244

-879

$ 5,707.32

9

Smith, Danny

4

Danny Smith

3787

-1336

$ 5,500.00

10

Philo, Travis

5T

James Philo

3748

-1375

$ 4,878.05

11

Palker, Andrew

57X

Andrew Palker

3489

-1634

$ 4,170.73

Those seeking additional information regarding the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions should visit the official online home of the UNOH All Stars at  www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions event here: www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.

About the All Star Circuit of Champions:

All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing.  Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first ‘outlaw’ Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years.  Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.  The 2015 schedule includes 54 events in Ohio (29), Pennsylvania (14), Florida (5), Michigan (3), Indiana (1), New York (1) and Wisconsin (1).

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