Chad Kemenah honored at All Star Awards Ceremony, $157,000 paid out in cash to top 11 Owners/Drivers DAYTON, OH -- The Haulmark.com All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series honored 2003 points champion Chad Kemenah at an awards ceremony...
Chad Kemenah honored at All Star Awards Ceremony, $157,000 paid out in cash to top 11 Owners/Drivers
DAYTON, OH -- The Haulmark.com All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series honored 2003 points champion Chad Kemenah at an awards ceremony and holiday party Friday night at the Nutter Center located on the campus of Wright State University in Dayton.
All the top drivers and cars owners were honored, with $50,000 in cash presented to Kemenah and his car owner Jim Harble. A total of $157,000 in a cash points fund was paid out to the top 11 owners and driver in the series. Kemenah received his award in cash from All Star president Guy Webb, and the rest of the points fund was paid out in certified checks. Kemenah was shocked when Webb placed many stacks of cash on the podium as Kemenah's reward.
For the record, Kemenah visited victory lane five times, earning wins at the new Delta Bowl Speedway in Mississippi, Eldora, Fremont and twice at Attica Raceway Park.
Runner-up in the point standings was the Cajun Sensation, Jason Johnson in the Harrison Trucking No. 22 wrenched by Shane Wisbon. Johnson's five wins came at Volusia Speedway Park, Sharon, Fremont, Portsmouth and at 81 Speedway. Johnson, who finished 330 points behind Kemenah, recorded 26 top ten finishes. Johnson had just returned from Australia, and will remain home for Christmas before jetting back to the land down under.
Aboard the Ray Pullins No. 29, Wooster, Ohio's Dean Jacobs finished third in the standings with three feature wins. He visited victory lane at Jetmore (KS), Tri-State (IN) and Capital Speedway (MO). With 25 top ten finishes, Jacobs set two fast times, won three dashes and eight heat races.
Greg Wilson in the Bob Hampshire No. 63 was the fourth place man in points, with three wins, a pair at Attica and a K-C Raceway win. Wilson finished in the top ten 24 times, set fast time twice and won two dashes, six heats and three B Mains.
Ryan Coniam of Burlington, Ontario, Canada was named the 2003 Rookie-Of-The-Year with nine top ten finishes. He earned a $3,000 check for taking the top rookie honors. "Manufacturers Rookie of the Year" Contingency Sponsors were Shank Motorsports, Hanks Performance Products, Super Shox, Kear's Speed Shop, Fisher Performance and Fuel Safe Inc. Dave Mateer of American Race Tires also contributed to this award.
Jeff Shepard, driving for two different teams, won four features at East Bay, Butler, Delta Bowl and Mid-Nebraska and finished sixth in points with 34 top ten finishes. He also won ten heat races along the way. His car owner for most of the season was Denny Ashworth, with Shepard driving the Miller Rigging No. 2 earlier in the season. Ashworth, after accepting his awards, announced he has no plans to field a team for the 2004 season, but will return to action in the future.
Bill Rose was seventh in the points with a season best third place finish at Butler. Next were Barry Ruble and Bruce Robenalt in eighth and ninth. Ruble qualified for eight A Mains and improved on his 2002 tenth place points showing. Robenalt, who raced in 11 A Mains, also moved up in the standings from 11th last season to ninth this year.
Long time All Star campaigner Kelly Kinser finished tenth, winning features at Fremont and Wayne County Speedway.
Special awards went to Brian Kemenah as Outerwears Crew-Chief-of-the-Year and the Huggins Cams fast qualifier award went to Kemenah. Kemenah also won a set of heads from Bob Williams of All Pro Heads and Shirley Valentine of Kear's Speed Shop awarded championship jackets to the entire Kemenah-Harble team.
The All Stars were supported this season by presenting sponsor Haulmark Trailers and Motorcoaches. Other sponsors included Bazell Race Fuels, Arizona Sports Shirts, Sander Engineering, Honda East and the other corporate sponsor aboard this season was Vortex Spray on liner by Autosport.
Crown Battery of Fremont Ohio was the first heat race sponsor this season. B&B Oval Track Products from Mentor, OH sponsored heat race number two throughout the season, with Engler Machine and Tool from Princeton, IN heat race number three sponsor. TP Wings from Bloomington, IN was the heat race number four sponsor. The C Main Sponsor was Outerwears Pre-Filters and Racing Accessories. Huggins Cams sponsored the Fast Time Award at each event.
All Pro Heads, ATL Fuel Cells, Bailey Racing Products, Benic Enterprises, Coastal Unilube, Conroy Pneu Control, Donovan Engineering, Eagle Chassis, Gaerte Engines, Ham Signs, Intercomp Scales, J&J Auto Racing, Kistler Engines, KSE Racing Products, Maxim Chassis, QA1 Precision Products, Rodeck Aluminum Blocks, Royal Publishing, Schoenfeld Headers, University of Northwestern Ohio and Team Simpson Racing make up the list of those who contributed to the year-end awards as contingency award sponsors. Tire company support came from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Competition Tire West, Race Tire America, American Racer-Dayton Enterprises and Hoosier Racing Tires.
In other news, Webb announced the 2004 25th anniversary season schedule will be released shortly. Plans are also underway to provide live audio of all 2004 events on the internet at RSBN.net, and a 10-race television deal with the Outdoor Channel is currently being negotiated.