HEMPHILL SCORES ARCA RE/MAX SERIES WIN IN FIRST KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY START Rookie Ryan Hemphill scored a win in his first Kentucky Speedway start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5-205" on May 8, 2004. Hemphill led 116 of 137 laps to set a new...
HEMPHILL SCORES ARCA RE/MAX SERIES WIN IN FIRST KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY START
Rookie Ryan Hemphill scored a win in his first Kentucky Speedway start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5-205" on May 8, 2004.
Hemphill led 116 of 137 laps to set a new series single-race record in a race that saw a series track record 58 laps through eight caution periods. Hemphill and his No. 64 TrimSpa Dodge crew gambled on fuel mileage, allowing the Apollo, Pa., driver to lead the final 77 laps and claim his first career series win.
Five-time series champion and three-time Kentucky Speedway race winner Frank Kimmel's streak of five top-two Kentucky finishes ended in the race after Kimmel finished 20th, 28 laps off the pace. He was knocked out of contention on Lap 22 when his No. 46 Advance Auto Parts-Pork Producers Ford incurred significant rear end damage when it spun into the wall between Turns 2 and 3. Kimmel failed to register a top-10 finish at Kentucky for only the second time through nine career starts.
Kimmel saw his series points lead cut from 105 to 45 over Billy Venturini, who registered a Kentucky-best second place finish in the race. The series returns to action Sunday, May 16, on the half-mile paved oval at Toledo Speedway and returns to Kentucky Speedway for a 150-mile race on July 9 for a 150-mile race on "700 WLW Pole Night."
The evening also features NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying for "The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers."
BUSCH, HAMILTON, JR., GRAB NASCAR BUSCH SERIES TOP-FIVE FINISHES AT GATEWAY
Two drivers expected to be major players in the Kentucky Speedway "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" NASCAR Busch Series event brought home top-five finishes at Gateway International Raceway on May 8.
Defending "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" champion Bobby Hamilton, Jr., earned a fourth-place Gateway finish to register his second top-five finish in his past five series starts and fifth top-10 finish of the season. Despite his top-five efforts, Hamilton, Jr., slips one spot in the series standings to eighth and trails new points leader and Gateway winner Martin Truex, Jr. by 217 points.
Former Kentucky Speedway ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner Kyle Busch continued his top-10 tear with a fifth-place finish at Gateway. Busch charted his sixth straight top-10 finish of the season and fifth top-five finish of the season, but also lost a spot in standings. He slides from second to third and enters the week trailing Truex, Jr., by 29 points.
Truex, Jr., assumes the series points lead with this third victory of the season and second win in his past three starts. He dominated the race by leading 123 of 200 laps and enters this Saturday's race at Richmond, Va. leading the second-place Michael Waltrip by 16 points.
The series returns to Kentucky Speedway June 18-19 for InsightMedia Pole Night and "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo."
LAGASSE, JR. DECLARED AMERICAN SPEED ASSOCIATION WINNER AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
Twenty-one-year old Scott Lagasse, Jr., was declared the winner of the wild American Speed Association (ASA) National Tour debut at Kentucky Speedway on May 7.
The St. Augustine, Fla., native and his No. 20 Lagasse Motorsports Chevrolet survived a 125-lap, 187-mile battle, and passed Wade Day and his No. 96 Medicine Shoppe Chevrolet in the final 200 yards of the frontstretch to win by less than a quarter car length.
Lagasse, Jr., had been in sixth place, a half lap behind Day, with 20 laps to go before mounting his late race charge. He entered the race 20th in the series standings and took his first win and top-five finish of the season.
The series resumes its 2004 campaign on May 29 at Lake Erie Speedway and returns to Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 15, along with the I-Power DASH Series and NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series for "The V-TAPS Tripleheader Fall Classic."