All-Star Circuit of Champions 2022 schedule features 56 races in 11 states

ASCoC 2022 schedule
All-Star Circuit of Champions

The All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) will run a 56-race schedule across 11 states that also features a 35 percent increase in the season-ending prize fund in 2022. The winner of the championship will be presented with a record $80,000 check, which is $15,000 more than 2021. Second-place will pay $60,000.

“We’re really excited to get the schedule released so that our teams and fans can begin making their 2022 plans,” said Tony Stewart, owner of the All-Stars series in a release. “To be able to expand the points fund next year is something that I am absolutely thrilled about.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the extended support from our tracks and partners. … It is humbling to see the continued interest from tracks that continue to grow our events, and partners that want to utilize our platform to promote their brands. This growth can be attributed to the team owners and drivers that support our series; we wouldn’t be in this position without them all.”

The race action begins in less than three months with a set of six non-points races in Georgia and Florida in early to mid-February.

It will conclude the weekend of October 7-8 with a two-night stand at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway.

The first points’ paying races will begin with a two-night show at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park in April, which bookends the series in the Midwest.

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Highlighting the schedule will be several lucrative events including the $55,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway as well as the $29,000-to-win Bob Weikert Memorial on that same track, the $26,000-to-win Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race, which moves to I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, Mo. for 2022 and the $20,554-to-win Dean Knittel Memorial at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park

New dates on the 2022 All Star campaign trail include Sharon Speedway’s Sharon Nationals, an $18,000-to-win weekend which is set on Friday and Saturday, September 2-3, a pair of $12,000-to-win visits to Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway in Ransomville and Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, New Jersey and Atomic Speedway’s Freedom 40 awarding $15,000-to-win.

“Fans will continue to see all of our staple events in 2022,” said Stewart. “It’s also important to continue to evaluate new opportunities and expand to new markets or revisit tracks that we don’t necessarily get to race at every year.”

2022 All-Star Circuit of Champions Schedule

* Friday-Saturday, Feb. 4-5 – Senoia Raceway
* Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 8-9 – Volusia Speedway Park
* Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 14-15 East Bay Raceway Park

Friday-Sautrday, April 8-9, Attica Raceway Park
Thursday, April 21, Bloomsburg Fair Raceway
Friday, April 22, Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, April 23, Port Royal Speedway
Sunday, April 24, Bedford Speedway
Saturday, April 30, Sharon Speedway

Sunday, May 1, Waynesfield Raceway Park
Friday, May 13, I-96 Speedway
Saturday, May 14, Dirt Oval at Route 66
Friday, May 20, Wilmot Raceway
Saturday, May 21, Plymouth Dirt Track
Sunday, May 22, Angell Park Speedway
Friday, May 27, Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday-Sunday, May 28-29, Port Royal Speedway

Friday, June 3, TBD
Saturday, June 4, Atomic Speedway
Friday, June 10, Attica Raceway Park
Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, Fremont Speedway
Monday, June 13, Wayne County Speedway
Tuesday, June 14, Sharon Speedway
Wednesday, June 15, Atomic Speedway
Thursday, June 16, Waynesfield Raceway Park
Friday, June 17, Limaland Motorsports Park
Saturday, June 18, Portsmouth Raceway Park

Friday, July 8, Ransomville Speedway
Saturday, July 9, Stateline Speedway
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, Lake Ozark Speedway
Thursday-Friday, July 28-29, I-70 Motorsports Park
Saturday, July 30, Knoxville Raceway

Friday, August 8, Outlaw Speedway
Saturday, August 20, Utica-Rome Speedway
Sunday, August 21, Weedsport Speedway
Wednesday, August 24, Bloomsburg Fair Raceway
Thursday, August 25, Bridgeport Speedway
Friday, August 26, Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 27, Lincoln Speedway

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 2-3, Sharon Speedway
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 8-10, Port Royal Speedway
Friday, Sept. 16, Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, Sept. 17, Lincoln Speedway
Saturday, Sept. 24, Eldora Speedway

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8, Fremont Speedway

* No Points

Justin Grant prevails over Kyle Larson in the Turkey Night Grand Prix

Grant Larson Turkey Night / DB3 Inc.

On the heels of his Hangtown 100 victory, Justin Grant worked his way from 13th in the Turkey Night Grand Prix to beat three-time event winner Kyle Larson by 1.367 seconds. The 81st annual event was run at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the sixth time.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant said in a series press release. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”

With its genesis in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium, a quarter-mile dirt track in Los Angeles, the race is steeped in history with winners that include AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Gary Bettenhausen and Johnnie Parsons. Tony Stewart won it in 2000. Kyle Larson won his first of three Turkey Night Grands Prix in 2012. Christopher Bell earned his first of three in 2014, so Grant’s enthusiasm was well deserved.

So was the skepticism that he would win. He failed to crack the top five in three previous attempts, although he came close last year with a sixth-place result. When he lined up for the feature 13th in the crowded 28-car field, winning seemed like a longshot.

Grant watched as serious challengers fell by the wayside. Mitchel Moles flipped on Lap 10 of the feature. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid took a tumble on Lap 68 and World of Outlaws Sprint car driver Carson Macedo flipped on Lap 79. Grant saw the carnage ahead of him and held a steady wheel as he passed Tanner Thorson for the lead with 15 laps remaining and stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the event.

“It’s a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Grant said.

Kyle Larson follows Justin Grant to the front on Turkey Night

The 2012, 2016 and 2019 winner, Larson was not scheduled to run the event. His wife Katelyn is expecting their third child shortly, but after a couple of glasses of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and while watching some replays of the event, Larson texted car owner Chad Boat to see if he had a spare car lying around. He did.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson said. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end.

“I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into [Turn] 1 and get clear off [Turn] 2 if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

Larson padded one of the most impressive stats in the history of this race, however. In 10 starts, he’s won three times, finished second four times, was third once and fourth twice.

Bryant Wiedeman took the final spot on the podium.

As Grant and Larson began to pick their way through the field, Kofoid took the lead early from the outside of the front row and led the first 44 laps of the race before handing it over to Cannon McIntosh, who bicycled on Lap 71 before landing on all fours. While Macedo and Thorson tussled for the lead with McIntosh, Grant closed in.

Thorson finished 19th with McIntosh 20th. Macedo recovered from his incident to finish ninth. Kofoid’s hard tumble relegated him to 23rd.

Jake Andreotti in fourth and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top five.

1. Justin Grant (started 13)
2. Kyle Larson (22)
3. Bryant Wiedeman (4)
4. Jake Andreotti (9)
5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1)
6. Logan Seavey (8)
7. Alex Bright (27)
8. Emerson Axsom (24)
9. Carson Macedo (7)
10. Jason McDougal (18)
11. Jake Swanson (16)
12. Chase Johnson (6)
13. Jacob Denney (26)
14. Ryan Timms (23)
15. Chance Crum (28)
16. Brenham Crouch (17)
17. Jonathan Beason (19)
18. Cade Lewis (14)
19. Tanner Thorson (11)
20. Cannon McIntosh (3)
21. Thomas Meseraull (15)
22. Tyler Courtney (21)
23. Buddy Kofoid (2)
24. Brody Fuson (5)
25. Mitchel Moles (20)
26. Daniel Whitley (10)
27. Kaylee Bryson (12)
28. Spencer Bayston (25)