INDIANAPOLIS – The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions is set to welcome 17 full-time travelers from five different states for the series’ 51-event schedule across the Midwest and Northeast.
Of the 17 confirmed travelers, 10 will tackle the nine month campaign for the first time in their careers.
Leading the list of confirmed competitors is defending series champion Chad Kemenah, who captured the 2016 title by just 20 points over Dale Blaney. The Findlay, Ohio, native will return to the driver seat of the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy No. 10H.
Other experienced travelers returning to the road include Pennsylvania native and 2015 Jim Ford Classic winner Ryan Smith, former USAC Kenyon Midget champion Caleb Armstrong, Caleb Helms, 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion Kraig Kinser, T.J. Michael and native Bradley Howard.
Joining Smith and Howard, seven of the 10 rookie contenders hail from various parts of the Keystone State. Among them are Former Lernerville Speedway champion and Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.) non-wing ace Brandon Spithaler, the father-son duo of Brent and Brandon Matus, former Lernerville Speedway super late model champion turned open-wheel competitor John Garvin, 358ci sprint car graduate Tyler Esh and the third generation family duo of Hunter and Jordan Mackison.
Also running the full schedule in 2017 will be Ryan Linder, Dane Lorenc and Max Stambaugh.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions campaign will begin Feb. 9-11, with three nights of Winter Nationals competition at the Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala, Fla.
CREDIT: All Star Communications