Max Stambaugh’s rookie campaign with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions ended on a high note. Not only did the Elida native score a top-ten finish at Eldora Speedway, but he did so in fantastic fashion; hard charging from 20th on the grid to finish tenth during a non-stop, 30-lapper. Stambaugh’s performance was solid enough to earn Hard Charger honors.
“Well, it’s over. I’m proud to say we completed our first season with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions,” Stambaugh said. “I can’t thank Ray Marshall and the entire team enough for this opportunity. It hasn’t been an easy path for us, but to come out as the leading rookie is pretty exciting. I learned a lot this season, as well as made some great connections that I can carry forward. I’m not sure what the future has planned yet, but we’ll have something finalized as soon as possible.”
Stambaugh’s final weekend of Arctic Cat All Star competition ignited officially with a visit to the Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio, on Friday, October 13. “Double Down at Mansfield,” featuring two, full Arctic Cat All Star features, resulted in a success story for Stambaugh and Ray Marshall Motorsports, earning a 12th place performance, as well as a top-ten; seventh during the evening’s make-up feature from May 28.
“Mad Max” accumulated 13 top-ten finishes in 40 main event starts with Ray Marshall Motorsports in 2017, ending the year fourth in the final Arctic Cat All Star driver standings.
“I want to take a minute to thank all of our great partners for making this season possible,” Stambaugh included. “The names on our car are the most important puzzle pieces. We had a demanding schedule this season, but none of that would have been possible without their help. My goal is to continue what I’m doing and compete with the Arctic Cat All Stars in the future. Hopefully that is the case.”
2017 Highlights: Qualified for all three main events at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL.) with Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Opened year with Ray Marshall Motorsports with top-five at Attica Raceway Park on March 24. Finished eighth against Arctic Cat All Stars at Atomic Speedway on April 9. Finished sixth against NRA Sprint Invaders at Limaland on April 21. Earned two consecutive top-five finishes in Michigan on May 5-6; third against GLSS Sprints at I-96 Speedway and fourth against SOD Sprints at Crystal Motor Speedway. Third against NRA Sprint Invaders at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Saturday, May 27. Earned 12th place finish against Arctic Cat All Stars at Mercer Raceway Park on June 3. Finished ninth at Macon (IL) Speedway on Saturday, June 10; won respective race heat race. Finished ninth at Muskingum County Speedway during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. Finished ninth at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, on Saturday, July 1. Charged from 17th to seventh at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Monday, July 24. Finished ninth at Lebanon Valley (NY) Speedway on Sunday, July 30. Climbed from 11th to finish sixth during Open Wheel Championships preliminary at Atomic Speedway on August 25. Earned top-ten finish (ninth) during Attica Raceway Park’s Ohio Sprint Speedweek make-up feature on Saturday, September 2. Finished third during 4-Crown Nationals main event at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, September 23. Finished sixth during action at Wayne County Speedway on Saturday, October 7. Finished seventh at Mansfield (OH) Motor Speedway during May 28 make-up feature. Hard charged from 20th to finish tenth at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, October 14; All Star finale. Clinched Arctic Cat All Star Rookie of the Year honors.
2017 Stats: Clinched Arctic Cat All Star Rookie of the Year honors. Earned 13 top-ten finishes in 40 Arctic Cat All Star starts. Ended year fourth in All Star driver standings.
Max Stambaugh and Ray Marshall Motorsports would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc., Fastenal of Kenton, DPI Ink Graphics, Hempy Water, Lima Powder Coating, Blue Room, Biggies Coast to Coast, Triple JJJ, Dale’s Concrete, Fully Injected Motorsports, and Specialized Therapy