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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The 2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions campaign will continue during the upcoming weekend with a visit to the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. The 8th annual “Jim Ford Classic” doubleheader weekend will take over the Fremont Speedway grounds this Friday and Saturday, September 18-19, complete with back-to-back UNOH All Star programs, as well as other special events during the course of the weekend.
Action will ignite on Friday evening, September 18, with a $3,000-to-win main event for the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions, followed by the “Jim Ford Classic” finale worth $10,000 on Saturday, September 19. Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney is the defending event champion, sweeping both nights of competition in 2014. The defending UNOH All Star champion has earned “Jim Ford Classic” high honors three times during its seven year existence, winning titles in 2008, 2013 and 2014. Tim Shaffer is also a three-time champion, winning two in a row in 2009 and 2010, as well as one more in 2012. Former Fremont/Attica Sprint Title champion Bryan Sebetto kept Tim Shaffer from winning four consecutive with a “Jim Ford Classic” victory in 2011.
Fremont Speedway has been a home to UNOH All Star competition for over 35 years, making 119 total appearances since June 21, 1980. UNOH All Star travelers last visited “The Track That Action Built” back on June 25, 2015 during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. It was Greg Wilson earning the $5,000 payday, holding off Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney during the 40-lap contest. Wilson would go on to win the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket crown.
The “Jim Ford Classic” doubleheader will count for two of the last five shows on the 2015 UNOH All Star calendar. The “Low Rider” Dale Blaney sits in command of the 2015 title chase with 4670 points, a 207 point advantage over Red Lion, Pennsylvania’s Cody Darrah. Blaney owns 11 UNOH All Star victories thus far in 2015, as well as 26 top-five and 36 top-ten finishes. Cody Darrah and Greg Wilson find themselves second and third in the current UNOH All Star point standings, separated by 99 markers with three series victories each.
Only two points behind Wilson sits fellow former series champion Chad Kemenah. Kemenah is a one-time winner during UNOH All Star competition in 2015, entering the weekend with a near 150 point advantage over Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer. Shaffer, known by most as the “Steel City Outlaw,” is also a one-time winner this season, only two points ahead of five-time series winner Sheldon Haudenschild. Ryan Smith, Danny Holtgraver, Travis Philo, and Danny Smith round out the top-ten in the current UNOH All Star championship standings.
In addition to back-to-back UNOH All Star programs, a full slate of off-track activities are scheduled throughout the entire “Jim Ford Classic” weekend. The “Kick-It For Childhood Cancer” kickball game will take shape at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, September 19, rain or shine. Teams planning to participate should arrive on the speedway grounds by 9:30 a.m. to register. Also on the weekend agenda is the annual Fremont Speedway Queen contest, scheduled to happen in the Fremont Speedway “Hall of Fame” at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
All fans are invited to attend the post-race concert in the Fremont Speedway campground at the conclusion of each racing program. The concert, as well as all of the other planned activities, are scheduled to happen rain or shine.
Gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m on Friday and Saturday at Fremont Speedway, with racing slated for 7 p.m., sharp. A Sunday, September 20, rain date will be used for Saturday if necessary. Gates will swing open on Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by racing at 5:30 p.m. Please visit Fremont Speedway live on the web for further details regarding the entire weekend schedule, www.fremontohspeedway.net.
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/.