Sample, Ward complete Fast Shafts All-Star fieldDan Engledow
BOONE, Iowa – Cory Sample and A.J. Ward will complete the Friday, Sept. 9 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational starting field.
Sample, from Winnemucca, Nev., has the highest national point total among Modified drivers on the All-Star ballot who have pre-registered for the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.
Ward makes the trip to Boone Speedway from Ionia, Mich. He’ll qualify by virtue of 21 40-point feature wins, a total that won’t be matched or surpassed by any other All-Star candidate before the start of Super Nationals.
Sample made his first All-Star appearance in 2012 and finished seventh in the 2014 event. Ward’s All-Star start is his third in as many years.
Thirteen states are now represented in the 13th annual invitational. The 30-lapper pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start.
Also on the starting grid for the All-Star race will be
Chris Abelson of Sioux City, Kyle Brown of Madrid, Kellen Chadwick of Oakley, Calif., Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., Corey Dripps of Reinbeck, Corey Gearhart of Turpin, Okla., William Gould of Calera, Okla., Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, Neb., Kevin Green of Waco, Texas, Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Richie Gustin of Gilman, Travis Hagen of Williston, N.D., Scott Hogan of Vinton, Brian Irvine of Oelwein, Cody Laney of Torrance, Calif., Lance Mari of Imperial, Calif., Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Mo., Jeremy Mills of Garner, Jay Noteboom of Hinton, Brad Pounds of Bakersfield, Calif., Ryan Ruter of Kanawha, Scott Sessions of Milton, Fla., Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Ricky Stephan of South Sioux City, Neb., Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., Kevin Sustaire of Emory, Texas, Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., and Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D.
The 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is a qualifying event for the 2017 ballot.