ROSSBURG, OH - It was the first win of the season for Chad Kemenah Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature. An excited Kemenah took a Polish victory lap around the speedway after winning the event and took over the...
ROSSBURG, OH - It was the first win of the season for Chad Kemenah Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature. An excited Kemenah took a Polish victory lap around the speedway after winning the event and took over the series point lead in the process by one point over Kenny Jacobs, who finished second. Eldora's 48th anniversary race paid $5,000 to win and a huge crowd was on hand for "The Best Bargain of the Year" which featured a general admission ticket price of only $10.
"We're off to a really great start this season," Kemenah said in victory lane. "I have to thank the whole team, my brother Brian, my nephew AJ, my wife and family, most of all John from UUI and the Harble family. Also Hyundai Construction, American Augers, Hoosier Tires for a great tire and my engine builder Paul Kistler, it's his first sprint car win here. We changed our car around after a race last night and it feels like a whole new race car." Kemenah became the 13th different winner in 21 series' races this season.
Jacobs started on the pole with Phil Gressman alongside when the green flew. Jacobs led the first two circuits until Gressman dove under him with a classic Eldora slide job to lead lap three. As Gressman entered lapped traffic on lap six, Chad Kemenah began applying pressure to Jacobs, and he dove low exiting turn two, pulled alongside Jacobs going down the backstretch, and took over second on lap seven. The yellow flew on lap nine when Michigan driver Marvin Pifer hit the wall and spun to a stop.
Gressman held off Kemenah following the restart, with Butch Schroeder now third and Jacobs fading back to fourth. Gressman in the Miller Rigging Maxim and Kemenah's Eagle pulled away from Schroeder and by the half way point of the 15 mile run Kemenah was only one car length behind the leader. Lap 16 saw the lead duo side by side and Kemenah dove low exiting turn two the next circuit to snare the lead on the backstretch and lead lap 18. Jacobs finally got by Schroeder for third at this point and Paul McMahan was on the move after starting tenth. McMahan pulled alongside Schroeder in a battle for fourth on lap 23, and passed Schroeder on the high side for position on lap 24. Then two laps later McMahan's United Expressline Eagle got by Gressman for third. Meanwhile, at the front, Kemenah pulled away to a commanding win over Jacobs by a full straightaway.
"There's no such thing as a great second place run," Jacobs said after the race, "We had motor trouble, we thought, earlier, so we changed motors and went out and this one wouldn't run either, so I guess we've got a fuel tank problem or something. I guess we had a second place car no matter what we did to it."
"We didn't qualify so good and had to start tenth," McMahan said after finishing third. "Chad did a heck of a job, I never even saw him. At the checkered flag I was wondering who won. But our car was real good tonight."
Seventh starting Shepard was fourth at the end ahead of Gressman, Schroeder, 13th starting Dean Jacobs, Greg Wilson, Danny Smith and Mike Wagner in a brand new race car.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Mike Wagner, the B&B Products heat went to Dean Jacobs, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Greg Wilson and Phil Gressman captured the Haulmark Dash. Rob Chaney was scheduled to start second in the A Main, but when he did not take a green in his heat race, he was forced to start last in the 23-car field.