ALLSTAR: 2003 season review

All Star 2003 Sprint Car Championship to Chad Kemenah for Second Time CAMARGO, IL -- When the curtain fell on the 2003 All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series, Chad Kemenah was crowned the series champion for the second consecutive ...

All Star 2003 Sprint Car Championship to Chad Kemenah for Second Time

CAMARGO, IL -- When the curtain fell on the 2003 All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series, Chad Kemenah was crowned the series champion for the second consecutive season. The Findlay, Ohio resident drove the Harble Motorsports Eagle chassis to five feature wins during the 46 race season, recording a total of 39 top ten finishes. Kemenah also recorded seven fast times, eight Haulmark Dash wins, 13 heat race wins and five B Main checkered flags.

Kemenah's team, with his brother Brian serving as his crew chief, is supported by Underground Utilities, Inc., Hyundai, American Augers, Kear's Speed Shop, Kistler Engines, Hoosier Tire, Sander, Pro-shocks, Design 500, Flocon, Banshee Graphics and SSE Helmets.

For the record, Kemenah visited victory lane five times, earning wins at the new Delta Bowl Speedway in Mississippi, Eldora, Fremont ($10,000/win) 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 ($10,000/win) and at 81 Speedway. Johnson, who finished 330 points behind Kemenah, recorded 26 top ten finishes, set four quick times, won four dashes, nine heats and two B mains.

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. Wilson was the fifth place points finisher in 2002, so he moved up one position in the standings this season.

Ryan Coniam of Burlington, Ontario, Canada was named the 2003 Rookie-Of-The-Year with nine top ten finishes. Coniam campaigned the number 6c owned by Ryan and his father, supermodified legend Warren Coniam. Coniam's best performances on the season were three sixth place finishes.

Jeff Shepard, driving for two different teams, won four features at East Bay, Butler, Delta Bowl ($10,000/win) 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.

Bill Rose was seventh in the points with a season best third place finish at Butler. The 2002 Rookie-of-the-Year improved his 2002 ninth place in the final points by two positions.

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. Kinser logged 18 top ten finishes.

The season opened with the traditional Florida Speedweek events in February. Coming home with the biggest paydays were Lance Dewease at Volusia Speedway Park and Danny Lasoski with $15,000 in the East Bay Nationals. Other Florida feature winners were Joey Saldana, Johnson, Craig Dollansky and Shepard.

Wilson was the winner of the Attica Spring Nationals and he won the preliminary of the Attica Ambush on Labor Day weekend before the Attica final was rained out, one of ten rainouts on the season.

In Ohio Speedweek action in July, Kemenah won the Speedweek opener at Attica, with Kinser Monday's winner at Wayne County. Dale Blaney won the next two nights at Fremont and K-C, with Jason Johnson taking the final two Speedweek events at Fremont and Portsmouth. Friday's Lima event was a washout, and Blaney was crowned the 2003 Ohio Speedweek Champion.

Terry McCarl captured the Pella Windows Classic, worth $15,000, at Knoxville Raceway and Dewease captured the Front Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway. The Thunder through the Plains tour, co-sanctioned with the NCRA, saw three different winners in three events. Shepard won at Mid-Nebraska, Johnson at 81 Speedway and Brooke Tatnell at Tulsa Speedway. A total of 13 events were co-sanctioned with NCRA in 2003.

Kemenah captured the $10,000 September win at Fremont Speedway with Blaney garnering $12,000 with his Hoosier Fall Classic win at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Capturing the first career All Star wins this season were Jason Myers (Knoxville), Tim Montgomery (Farmington, MO) and Paul May (Benton, MO). Other feature winners making up the list of 22 different victorious drivers throughout the season were Joey Saldana (Volusia), Craig Dollansky (East Bay), Sean Michael (Lincoln), Greg Hodnett (Williams Grove), Tim Shaffer (Knoxville), Kasey Kahne (Eldora), Kenny Jacobs (Lawrenceburg) and Ed Lynch, Jr. (Mercer).

Statistically speaking, there were 24 different drivers who set fast time with seven new track records. Heat race competition saw 83 different winners, with 16 different Haulmark Dash winners and 30 different B Main winners. An average of 41 cars were on hand throughout the season. New tracks visited in 2003 included Delta Bowl (Tunica, MS), Capital Speedway (Holts Summit, MO), Auto Tire and Parts Racepark (Benton, MO) and Southern Iowa Speedway (Oskaloosa).

The All Stars were supported this season by presenting sponsor Haulmark Trailers and Motorcoaches. Other sponsors included Bazell Race Fuels, the "Official Race Fuel of The All Star Circuit of Champions." Arizona Sports Shirts was the "Official Merchandise of the All Star Circuit of Champions" and Sander Engineering was the "Official Racing Wheel of the All Star Circuit of Champions." Honda East was the "Official 4 Wheel Utility vehicle of The All Star Circuit of Champions." The other corporate sponsor aboard this season was Vortex Spray on liner by Autosport.

"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.

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. United Aluminum Window Sales and Consulting was the series' B Main sponsor and 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.

For more information visit www.allstarsprint.com or call 217-352-9221.

Final 2003 All Star Driver Points:
1. Chad Kemenah, 3971
2. Jason Johnson, 3641
3. Dean Jacobs, 3313
4. Greg Wilson, 3132
5. Ryan Coniam, 3118
6. Jeff Shepard, 3046
7. Bill Rose, 2917
8. Barry Ruble, 2117
9. Bruce Robenalt, 2069
10. Kelly Kinser, 1954
11. Kenny Jacobs, 1935
12. Dale Blaney, 1328
13. Jan Howard, 1013
14. Byron Reed, 822
15. Ed Neumeister, 709
16. Hud Horton, 523
17. Rob Chaney, 484
18. Chad Blonde, 334
19. Jimmy Hawley, 322
20. Mark Keegan, 250.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Brooke Tatnell , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Jason Myers , Greg Wil , Bill Rose , Chad Kemenah , Jason Johnson , Paul May
Teams Williams