Thursday, June 10, 2021

39th edition of Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires commences Friday at Attica $12,000 points fund to be awarded to top-five in Speedweek standings


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 9, 2021) - Perhaps the most grueling nine days in all of motorsports, as well as the pinnacle of the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 season, the 39th edition of Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires is set to blast off on Friday evening, June 11, activating an eight-race/nine-day brawl across the Buckeye State.

Set to face-off against a stout contingent of local and regional competition, the traveling All Stars will compete at eight different ovals during their 2021 Ohio Sprint Speedweek campaign, battling for a total winner’s share equaling $59,554. In addition, a $12,000 Ohio Sprint Speedweek points fund will be spread among the top-five in the final Speedweek standings; $5,000 awarded to the champion and $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 awarded to second through fifth, respectively.

Ohio Sprint Speedweek will kick-off, officially, with a visit to Attica Raceway Park on Friday, June 11, followed by a stop just 45 minutes northwest at Fremont Speedway on Saturday, June 12. The only off day on the schedule, Sunday, June 13, will also be utilized as a rain date for the Attica and Fremont events. Speedweek competition will resume on Monday, June 14, with a visit to “Orrville's Historic Oval” at Wayne County Speedway, flanked by a stop further east at Sharon Speedway in Hartford on Tuesday, June 15.

Back-to-back visits to Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield and Muskingum County Speedway in Dresden will take up the mid-week segment of the Ohio Sprint Speedweek agenda on Wednesday and Thursday, June 16-17, followed by an appearance at the bullring at Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday, June 18. The first seven stops on the schedule will award $6,000 top prizes.

Concluding the 39th running of Ohio Sprint Speedweek, the annual Dean Knittel Memorial, once again contested at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, will cap the eight-race march with a $17,554-to-win blockbuster on Saturday, June 19; a $2,000 bump from the year prior. Boasting a total purse exceeding $60,000, the Dean Knittel Memorial will guarantee a minimum of $954 to each A-Main starter. Elk Grove, California’s Kyle Larson is the defending Knittel winner; one of 14 All Star victories for “Yung Money” in 2020.

Three-time All Star champion and Clute, Texas-native, Aaron Reutzel is the defending Ohio Sprint Speedweek titleholder, scoring a Fremont Speedway win along the way before capping his championship run by 82 markers over Vienna, West Virginia’s Cale Conley. Nashville, Tennessee’s Paul McMahan was third in the 2020 Ohio Sprint Speedweek standings, followed by Cory Eliason and Zeb Wise.

Kyle Larson, the aforementioned defending champion of the Dean Knittel Memorial/Speedweek finale, scored two Speedweek victories in 2020, the first occurring just two nights prior of the Knittel at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex.

Republic, Ohio’s Cap Henry, who has since returned to the road as a full-time All Star competitor, also scored a pair of Speedweek victories last season; first during opening night at Attica Raceway Park and the second just three starts later at Wayne County Speedway.

A pair of Californians in Buddy Kofoid and Rico Abreu each scored one Speedweek win in 2020, doing so at Fremont Speedway and Muskingum County Speedway, respectively.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and Hartford, Ohio-native, Dale Blaney is the all-time leading champion of Ohio Sprint Speedweek, scoring a total of six titles between 1995 and 2019, three of which accomplished in four years. Other multi-time Ohio Sprint Speedweek champions include Frankie Kerr (4), Tim Shaffer (3), Stevie Smith (2), Sammy Swindell (2), Joey Saldana (2), and Chad Kemenah (2).
The only active All Star who has earned a Speedweek championship is Paul McMahan. The pilot of the CJB Motorsports entry, who is currently eighth in the All Star driver standings despite a late start in establishing “full-time” status for CJB, earned his Speedweek title in 2018, opening the week with a victory at Attica Raceway Park.

“Sunshine” Tyler Courtney will lead the traveling All Stars into Ohio Sprint Speedweek competition as the leading Series championship contender, scoring five victories to date with his most recent at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, on Friday, June 4. Ian Madsen, who is on a stretch of three consecutive runner-up finishes, is second in the title chase, followed by Hunter Schuerenberg, Bill Balog, and Cory Eliason.

Courtney may be the championship leader, but the “Northpole Nightmare” Bill Balog is the hottest competitor on tour currently, scoring the last two All Star victories, the first two of his career, while jumping ahead to fourth in the driver standings. Balog earned his All Star triumphs at Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, respectively.

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Weekend Outline:

Friday, June 11:
Attica Raceway Park
Attica, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 5:30 p.m. | Hot Laps: 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 12:
Fremont Speedway
Fremont, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 5:15 p.m. | Hot Laps: 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 13:
Off Day | Rain Date

Monday, June 14:
Wayne County Speedway
Orrville, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 5:45 p.m. | Hot Laps: 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, June 15:
Sharon Speedway
Hartford, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 5:45 p.m. | Hot Laps: 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, June 16:
Waynesfield Raceway Park
Waynesfield, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 5:45 p.m. | Hot Laps: 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, June 17:
Muskingum County Speedway
Dresden, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 5:45 p.m. | Hot Laps: 6:15 p.m.

Friday, June 18:
Limaland Motorsports Park
Lima, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 6:15 p.m. | Hot Laps: 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 19:
Portsmouth Raceway Park
Portsmouth, Ohio
Driver’s Meeting: 6:15 p.m. | Hot Laps: 7 p.m.
*Rain Date set for June 20

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