Dean Knittel Memorial Ahead For All Stars

Dean Knittel Memorial
Tim Shaffer (49x) and Aaron Reutzel race in All Star Circuit of Champions action at Atomic Speedway last year. (Todd Ridgeway photo)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Continuing their late season trend of flip-flopping between Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions will resume their final month of competition with another big money weekend in the Buckeye State.

This time, the All Stars will make the trip to southern Ohio’s Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe for the second annual Dean Knittel Memorial, Sept. 12-14.

The 2019 edition of the Dean Knittel Memorial was originally slated for just two days on the calendar, but with the Ohio Sprint Speedweek date at Atomic Speedway resulting in a cancellation, monster weekend at Atomic was created by rescheduling the Speedweek date for the night before the Dean Knittel Memorial opener.

‘Speedweek: Reloaded’ will activate the long weekend at Atomic Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 12, awarding a $5,000 top prize that is just a fraction of the total weekend winner’s share, which exceeds $22,000.

Dean Knittel Memorial competition headlines the next two evenings on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14.

The Night Before The Knittel and Dean Knittel Memorial programs will award $5,054 and $12,554, respectively, as well as a guaranteed $754 to each A-Main starter on Saturday.

In addition, a non-qualifiers event will also take shape on Saturday night awarding a $1,254 top prize. Those not qualifying for the Dean Knittel Memorial A-Main on Saturday night will be eligible to participate in the non-qualifiers feature.

If the non-qualifier feature winner should choose to do so, they may forfeit their non-qualifier feature earnings and tag the back of the A-Main lineup.

Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel will lead the All Star charge into Chillicothe on Thursday afternoon. The recent Tuscarora 50 champion, earning $52,000 in the process, holds a 44-point lead in the All Star championship chase entering Dean Knittel Memorial weekend.

Six-time series champion and all-time series win leader Dale Blaney is currently second in the title hunt, followed by Rudeen Racing’s Cory Eliason, Nashville’s Paul McMahan, and three-time season winner Brock Zearfoss.

In total control of the 2019 win column, Reutzel will enter Atomic weekend with 12 victories on the season. Dale Blaney and Brock Zearfoss each own three on the year, followed by Cory Eliason and non-series regular Danny Dietrich, each with two in the ‘W’ column.


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