Sarver, PA (May 31, 2017) Lernerville Speedway will be invaded Friday night as Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions get ready to tangle with a strong local and regional contingent for $5,000 and all the bragging rights that come along. Series points leader Chad Kemenah comes into the Friday’s festivities with a 94 point lead and will be looking to add to it. But to do so, he’ll have to fend off some strong competition including series mates Caleb Armstrong, Caleb Helms, Ryan Smith and “The Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer, a driver who knows how to get it done all to well at The Action Track.
Shaffer has accumulated four All Star wins at Lernerville over the years as well as a track championship in 1993 and might represent the best chance to bring home the win for the All Star side, having had a terrific start to the 2017 campaign thus far. Caleb Helms has one previous start at Lernerville this season and almost took the win, falling just short of catching Logan Wagner in a feature earlier in April.
Friday will also serve as a homecoming of sorts for former weekly drivers Brandon Matus, Brent Matus, John Garvin and Brandon Spithaler who set out on the All Star trail earlier this season. Spithaler has looked very impressive at different points early in the season, including a performance that saw him break a track record at Angell Park Speedway before rains put a stop to the racing.
They’ll be facing a home side that has some big race experience under it’s belt though.
Dan Shetler has scored a feature win at Lernerville so far in 2017 and also managed a top five finish with the All Stars in action at Bedford Speedway earlier this season. And former track champion AJ Flick has been taking his game to Central Pennsylvania on Saturday nights, competing at Port Royal Speedway on several occasions in addition to weekly action at Lernerville where he currently leads the points and is coming off back to back second place finishes.
“It absolutely helps,” Flick said regarding being able to sharpen his skills against a high level of competition. “I feel like our setups are a bit more advanced and useful. Maybe a bit more diverse and we should be more prepared for different types of track conditions. But when its said and done, no setup with help you qualify against the bigger dollar equipment. It’ll come down to driving hard and having a bit of luck on your side to make the show.”
The young pilot also spoke of what a good performance might be able to do for his momentum at this point of the year.