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Clauson wins Speedweek show at Sharon

From Tyler Altmeyer

Hartford, OH — (June 21, 2016) — For the first time in his career, Bryan Clauson earned top honors during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, scoring round five of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. The Noblesville, Indiana, native is the fifth different feature winner during Ohio Sprint Speedweek thus far, leading the last 24 circuits to score the $5,000 top prize. Cap Henry followed Clauson to the finish, followed by Danny Holtgraver, Dale Blaney, and Dean Jacobs.

“We were really good last year when we were here, so I knew we had a really good baseline to start with,” explained Clauson, pilot of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Elk Grove Ford/No. 17W. “My guys worked hard on this thing all night. Sometimes we aren’t where we need to be every night, but we keep getting better and better. I just tried to get out front and run as fast as I could.”

Bryan Clauson started fourth on the main event grid and raced his way to third after the initial start. Fortunately for Clauson, bad luck struck early leader Chad Kemenah on lap six, resulting in the Hunter Racing entry nearly spinning to the infield in turn four, collecting second place running Caleb Griffith in the process. Clauson inherited the point, followed by Cap Henry and Dean Jacobs.

Green flag action resumed with Bryan Clauson showing the way. The recent Indianapolis 500 starter set the pace at the top of the speedway, racing nearly unpressured for the remaining distance. Traffic came into play by the midpoint of the race, allowing Cap Henry and Dean Jacobs to close the gap. Despite heavy traffic increasing by lap 25 of 30, Clauson kept his distance, ultimately becoming the 205th different Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature winner in series history.

“I didn’t think I’d win a race during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, so this is pretty cool,” said Bryan Clauson. “This is really special. You look at what we did a few nights ago and you’d think we would never be up here. My guys just keep digging and keep working hard. I’m glad to put 30 solid laps together for them tonight and get a win during Ohio Sprint Speedweek.”

The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue the 34th edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket with round six on Wednesday evening, June 22, at the Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. The Arctic Cat All Stars made three attempts to host competition at the Atomic highbanks in 2016, with all three losing to Mother Nature. Dale Blaney earned the 2015 Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory at Atomic Speedway, holding back Cole Duncan and eventual speedweek champion Greg Wilson.

Atomic Speedway will open pit gates at 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon, June 22. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30, followed by warm ups at 6:15. For more information regarding round six of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket, fans should visit Atomic Speedway live on the Web at www.atomicspeedway.net.

UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions
Sharon Speedway
Hartford, OH
Tuesday June 21, 2016

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 17W-Bryan Clauson[4]; 2. 21-Cap Henry[3]; 3. 70-Danny Holtgraver[8]; 4. 1-Dale Blaney[20]; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs[5]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson[9]; 7. 49-Tim Shaffer[7]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu[11]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[19]; 10. 81-Lee Jacobs[6]; 11. 8M-T.J. Michael[17]; 12. 35-Stuart Brubaker[15]; 13. 71M-Dave Blaney[22]; 14. 73-Chris Andrews[12]; 15. 4-Kasey Kahne[21]; 16. 33M-Caleb Griffith[1]; 17. 40-Caleb Helms[25]; 18. 27Z-Sean Zemunik[24]; 19. 22S-Brandon Spithaler[13]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser[16]; 21. 8-Bryan Sebetto[14]; 22. O8-Danny Kuriger[10]; 23. 46-Michael Bauer[18]; 24. 10H-Chad Kemenah[2]; 25. 46AU-Stuart Williams[23]

B-Main (12 Laps): 1. 4-Kasey Kahne[1]; 2. 71M-Dave Blaney[4]; 3. 46AU-Stuart Williams[5]; 4. 27Z-Sean Zemunik[2]; 5. 5T-Travis Philo[13]; 6. 71MX-Paul May[12]; 7. 13-Brandon Matus[6]; 8. 51-Roger Campbell Jr[3]; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson[7]; 10. 09X-Carson Macedo[10]; 11. 26-Tayler Malsam[11]; 12. 41X-Dominic Scelzi[15]; 13. 17-Josh Baughman[17]; 14. 24P-Alex Paden[9]; 15. 40-Caleb Helms[16]; 16. 57E-Gary Edwards[14]; 17. 57X-Andrew Palker[18]; 18. 4N-Jim Morris[8]

C-Main (10 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman[4]; 2. 57X-Andrew Palker[2]; 3. 91-Cale Thomas[5]; 4. 33-Brent Matus[13]; 5. 23-Darren Pifer[9]; 6. D12-Jason Dolick[8]; 7. 4W-Eric Williams[11]; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard[14]; 9. AUS96-Andrew Caruana[10]; 10. 40H-George Hobaugh Jr.[12]; 11. 12-Daniel Harding[1]; 12. 60-Kory Crabtree[3]; 13. 10-Carl Bowser[6]; 14. 16M-Danny Mumaw[7]; 15. 5K-Adam Kekich[15]

Dash (6 Laps): 1. 33M-Caleb Griffith[2]; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1]; 3. 21-Cap Henry[3]; 4. 17W-Bryan Clauson[4]; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs[5]; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs[7]; 7. 49-Tim Shaffer[6]; 8. 70-Danny Holtgraver[8]

Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 97-Dean Jacobs[2]; 2. 49-Tim Shaffer[1]; 3. 17W-Bryan Clauson[3]; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs[4]; 5. 4-Kasey Kahne[5]; 6. 27Z-Sean Zemunik[6]; 7. 13-Brandon Matus[9]; 8. 46AU-Stuart Williams[8]; 9. 51-Roger Campbell Jr[7]; 10. 26-Tayler Malsam[11]; 11. O7-Jacob Wilson[10]

Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah[4]; 2. O8-Danny Kuriger[1]; 3. 22S-Brandon Spithaler[8]; 4. 8M-T.J. Michael[6]; 5. 24P-Alex Paden[2]; 6. 4N-Jim Morris[3]; 7. 57E-Gary Edwards[5]; 8. 16M-Danny Mumaw[9]; 9. 60-Kory Crabtree[7]

Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 73-Chris Andrews[1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 8-Bryan Sebetto[4]; 4. 46-Michael Bauer[3]; 5. D12-Jason Dolick[6]; 6. 40-Caleb Helms[5]; 7. 23-Darren Pifer[7]; 8. AUS96-Andrew Caruana[8]; 9. 40H-George Hobaugh Jr.[10]; 10. 4W-Eric Williams[9]

Heat Race #4 (8 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson[1]; 2. 33M-Caleb Griffith[4]; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker[2]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 5. 71MX-Paul May[7]; 6. 09X-Carson Macedo[6]; 7. 10-Carl Bowser[10]; 8. 57X-Andrew Palker[9]; 9. 71M-Dave Blaney[3]; 10. 12-Daniel Harding[8]

Heat Race #5 (8 Laps): 1. 70-Danny Holtgraver[2]; 2. 21-Cap Henry[1]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser[3]; 4. 1-Dale Blaney[4]; 5. 17-Josh Baughman[7]; 6. 91-Cale Thomas[8]; 7. 5T-Travis Philo[5]; 8. 41X-Dominic Scelzi[6]; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard[10]; 10. 33-Brent Matus[9]

Qualifications (2 Laps): 1. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.594; 2. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 13.637; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs, 13.782; 4. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.816; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.867; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.895; 7. 49-Tim Shaffer, 13.904; 8. 4-Kasey Kahne, 13.962; 9. 27Z-Sean Zemunik, 14.084; 10. 33M-Caleb Griffith, 14.124; 11. 51-Roger Campbell Jr, 14.124; 12. 71M-Dave Blaney, 14.149; 13. 46AU-Stuart Williams, 14.200; 14. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 14.204; 15. 13-Brandon Matus, 14.206; 16. 21-Cap Henry, 14.215; 17. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 14.225; 18. 8-Bryan Sebetto, 14.291; 19. O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.308; 20. 57-Kyle Larson, 14.308; 21. 4N-Jim Morris, 14.332; 22. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.353; 23. 24P-Alex Paden, 14.355; 24. O8-Danny Kuriger, 14.359; 25. 46-Michael Bauer, 14.382; 26. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.390; 27. 09X-Carson Macedo, 14.420; 28. 26-Tayler Malsam, 14.441; 29. 71MX-Paul May, 14.460; 30. 5T-Travis Philo, 14.461; 31. 57E-Gary Edwards, 14.476; 32. 8M-T.J. Michael, 14.478; 33. 73-Chris Andrews, 14.479; 34. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 14.501; 35. 40-Caleb Helms, 14.569; 36. 12-Daniel Harding, 14.639; 37. 57X-Andrew Palker, 14.643; 38. 60-Kory Crabtree, 14.649; 39. 17-Josh Baughman, 14.657; 40. 22S-Brandon Spithaler, 14.679; 41. 91-Cale Thomas, 14.697; 42. 10-Carl Bowser, 14.779; 43. 16M-Danny Mumaw, 14.902; 44. D12-Jason Dolick, 15.075; 45. 23-Darren Pifer, 15.117; 46. AUS96-Andrew Caruana, 15.128; 47. 4W-Eric Williams, 15.346; 48. 40H-George Hobaugh Jr., 15.462; 49. 33-Brent Matus, 15.698; 50. 5K-Adam Kekich, 99.290; 51. 49H-Bradley Howard, 99.730