Kentucky: Ryan Hemphill race notes

Hemphill Outlasts Field For First Win "Rookie Sets Yet Another Record In Only His 3rd ARCA RE/MAX Series Race" May 10, 2004 (Sparta, Kentucky) 0x2022 The third time proved to be a charm for Ryan Hemphill on Saturday night. After dominating...

Hemphill Outlasts Field For First Win
"Rookie Sets Yet Another Record In Only His 3rd ARCA RE/MAX Series Race"

May 10, 2004 (Sparta, Kentucky) 0x2022 The third time proved to be a charm for Ryan Hemphill on Saturday night. After dominating the Nashville race last month only to have it torn out of his grasp by a lap car, Hemphill was certain to not let the same happen again and he did just that. In yet again dominating fashion, he led 116 laps on his way to victory in the running of The Channel 5 0x2022 205 at the Kentucky Speedway under the lights. The win marked the first for Hemphill in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in only his third career start.

"What can I say, this team gave me another great car and we stayed out of any trouble all day." stated Hemphill. "The #64 TRIMSPA DODGE was very strong all weekend and my crew made the right decisions. I hate that the #46 had some problems because I think it would have been pretty fun with the show we would have put on between us. But I am just happy to come out of here with our first win. I really want to thank the guys on this Braun Racing team and TRIMSPA for coming on board with us."

After starting the race from the outside of the front row, the Braun Racing team used a strong race car and a little bit of pit strategy to lead them to the victory. While the rest of the teams in the field made at least 2 pit stops, crew chief Greg Tester decided to gamble a little and only pit once on Lap 60 and run the last 77 laps on one tank of fuel. With a Kentucky Speedway record of 58 laps under caution, the decision proved to be the correct on and the #64 TRIMSPA DODGE was able to stretch the fuel to the end.

"I put my faith in my team's decision and just did what they told me to do," said Ryan. "The Ernie Elliott engines always seem to get great fuel mileage and the Braun Racing guys had it calculated just perfectly. The last few cautions we got really sealed the deal for us regarding the fuel situation."

After setting a new track record in qualifying last month at Nashville, Hemphill turned around this time and set a new Kentucky Speedway record by leading 116 of the 137 laps. In fact, the last two ARCA RE/MAX Series speedway events has seen the Chip Ganassi Racing developmental driver led a total of 189 of the 250 laps run 0x2022 or just over 75% of the laps.

In just three races this season, the 22-year-old Hemphill has been extremely impressive. With his record setting pace and winning in just his third event, this young man has caught the attention of many in the racing world. Although Ryan has run in only 3 of the 4 ARCA races thus far this season, Hemphill is a solid 3rd in the overall drivers points standings and if he has just started that 4th event he could comfortably be in the lead. However, Hemphill and his #64 Braun Racing team are only scheduled to compete in the superspeedway events for the series and maybe a handful of short track races towards the end of the season.

Hemphill and his #64 TRIMSPA DODGE will now focus their attention on the May 27th event at the Lowe's Motor Speedway by participating in the ARCA test session this Wednesday. The running of the Quaker Steak & Lube 100 is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. start on the evening of the 27th 0x2022 following Pole qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ryan Hemphill , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing