PONCE INLET, FL - The All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars and the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) will do battle for five nights Wednesday June 13 through Sunday June 17. Several of the tracks on this tour have hosted the...
PONCE INLET, FL - The All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars and the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) will do battle for five nights Wednesday June 13 through Sunday June 17. Several of the tracks on this tour have hosted the All Stars as far back as 1970, with all but Bedford hosting the modern day version of the All Stars starting in 1980.
The inaugural All Stars vs. NCRA Eastern Challenge will feature action at five different speedways in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Action starts Wednesday night June 13 at the Fabulous Bedford Speedway in Bedford, PA. Thursday June 14th action moves to the Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Friday night June 15, action is at the Cannonball Speedway in Morristown, OH (near St. Clairsville). Saturday's action on June 16 pays $7,000 to win at K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, OH. Sunday's finale is set for Tri-City Speedway near Franklin, Pa. on June 17.
Several of the speedways in this five-race series have a rich history for All Star sprint racing, with Tri-City running an event on Bud Miller's original version of the All Star circuit in 1970 and again in Miller's 1973 Series. Atomic Speedway (now called K-C) and St. Clairsville (now Cannonball) hosted events for the Wellman Lehman run Midwest All Star Super Sprint series in 1976. Bert Emick's current All Stars were started in 1980.
Tri City opened for business in 1954 as a quarter mile clay oval and was reconfigured at its current half-mile length in 1969. On July 1, 1970, Tri-City hosed the All Stars (with a $5,000 total purse) and Bobbie Adamson won the 100 lap feature after leader Lee Osborne blew his engine on lap 93. Adamson defeated Lou Blaney, Ralph Quarterson, Gene Varner, Paul Kekich, Henry Jacoby, Jan Opperman, Dick Cotterman, Buddy Cochran and Paul Barnes in the race.
Tri City's 1973 event was held Aug. 15, with Steve Smith the winner over Bobby Allen, Lee Osborne, Kenny Weld and Lou Blaney. Jan Opperman was the '73 series points winner.
In modern day All Star action, Tri City has run 10 events, with eight different winners: Dale Blaney (2), Jeff Shepard (2), Steve Smith, Danny Smith, Bobby Allen, Keith Kauffman, Rocky Hodges and Joey Saldana.
St. Clairsville opened as a quarter-mile oval in 1965, and ran through 1972. The speedway then reopened in its current location as a 3/8 mile in 1974 and hosted the Midwest All Star series on Aug. 18, 1976. The $900 winner's check that evening went to Bobby Allen over Kramer Williamson, Gary Griffith, Ed Murphy, Gary Young, Willie Keegan, Johnny Beaber, Keith Boston, Jack Sodeman and Clark Kothera.
St. Clairsville hosted the modern-day All Stars three times in 1980, with Rick Ferkel capturing the June 6 event and Bobby Allen capturing a pair of wins on Aug. 23 with one of the features a rainout make-up. Allen was the points champion that season.
Bedford Speedway has never hosted the All Stars, but is the oldest track on the tour, opening for business at the fairgrounds in 1938.
K-C, which opened in 1953, has hosted the All Stars 56 times since 1980, with 27 different winners. Kenny Jacobs is the leading feature winner at K-C with eight victories, followed by Kelly Kinser with six and Kevin Huntley with four.
K-C has traditionally been one of the most competitive speedways on the All Star tour. In fact, there have been 11 different winners in the last 11 events contested at K-C since 6/20/98. The list includes Frankie Kerr, Joey Saldana, Kelly Kinser, Kenny Jacobs, Dean Jacobs, Byron Reed, Butch Schroeder, Alvin Roepke, Kasey Kahne, Rodney Duncan and Kevin Huntley.
Lincoln Speedway also opened in 1953 and has hosted the All Stars 14 times, including an event earlier this year won by Steve Siegel. The seven other Lincoln All Star winners include Fred Rahmer (5), Lance Dewease (2), Steve Smith (2), and single winners Jimmy Horton, Bobby Allen, Johnny Mackison Jr. and Kenny Jacobs.
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