ALLSTAR: Tri City Speedway Rain & Pit Notes

All Star Sprint Western Pa. Notes By Scott Hall 6/11/00 FRANKLIN, PA - Early afternoon rains washed out the All Star sprint Western Pa. Speedweek finale scheduled for Sunday at Tri-City Speedway. With the rainout, Chad Kemenah was crowned...

All Star Sprint Western Pa. Notes By Scott Hall 6/11/00

FRANKLIN, PA - Early afternoon rains washed out the All Star sprint Western Pa. Speedweek finale scheduled for Sunday at Tri-City Speedway. With the rainout, Chad Kemenah was crowned the 2000 Speedweek champion by two markers over Mark Keegan. The event will not be made up. The All Stars return to action next Saturday Night June 17 at K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, OH.

Final Western Pa. Speedweek Points: 1. Chad Kemenah 383; 2. Mark Keegan 381; 3. Jerrod Hull 375; 4. Rodney Duncan 369; 5. Frankie Kerr 364; 6. Kenny Jacobs 349; 7. Barry Ruble 286; 8. Byron Reed 284; 9. Brian Ellenberger 283; 10. Ed Lynch, Jr. 270.

Current All Star Sprint Points: 1. Rodney Duncan 1299; 2. Frankie Kerr 1248; 3. Kenny Jacobs 1232; 4. Jerrod Hull 1106; 5. Todd Gracey 1081; 6. Kelly Kinser 927; 7. Chad Kemenah 876; 8. Daryl Stimeling 816; 9. Byron Reed 718; 10. Brian Ellenberger 573.

With Sunday night's rainout, Chad Kemenah became the 2000 Western Pa. Speedweek champion. The top three in points, Kemenah, Mark Keegan and Jerrod Hull, each had four top ten finishes. Among those in the parking lot at Tri City, waiting for the rain to stop, were Boston Reid and Fred Rahmer. The Speedweek wins by Mark Keegan, Sean Michael and Chad Kemenah were their first career Speedweek wins. Western Pa. Speedweek history shows 18 different feature winners in 32 shows run over eight seasons. On the All Star tour 2000, there have been a dozen different winners in 21 races this season. A total of 70 different drivers competed in this Speedweek with Ryan Flynn, Kenny Jacobs, Rodney Duncan, Frankie Kerr, Todd Gracey, Daryl Stimeling, Jerrod Hull, Barry Ruble, Mark Keegan, Robert Huisken and Chad Kemenah attending all four shows. Car counts averaged 32 per night. Huisken, from Marne, Mi. and Flynn from Chico, CA were suprise entries. Huisken is a former New 96 (MI) Speedway track champion, and Flynn also competed with the All Stars in February's Florida Speedweek tour.

Frankie Kerr was feeling ill Friday at Lernerville and spent until 3 a.m. Saturday in a local hospital getting IV's for dehydration after he had a 104 degree temperature. He was diagnosed with bronchitis and strep throat.

Sikeston, Missouri's Jerrod Hull was a fast man in Pa. He set a new track record Wednesday at Mercer, and also recorded quick time Saturday at PPMS. Hull, who drives for Illinois car owner Guy Webb, has one of the nicest looking "spider webb" themed tow rigs on the circuit and wheeled his Eagle chassis to sixth at Mercer, eighth at Port Royal, ninth at Lernerville and sixth at PPMS.

Todd Gracey had a Speedweek to forget. Wednesday, his hauler broke down on the way to Mercer. Thursday, he suffered engine problems and had to use a provisional starting spot at Port Royal to earn any points. Friday at Lernerville, he missed his time trial spot, so had to time last. Although he set seventh quick time, he was scheduled to start 11th in the main under All Star rules. He was pushed off for the feature, then his car stalled and would not re-fire for the main with a bad engine, allowing first alternate Robert Huisken into the main. So for Saturday night, Gracey called back home to Hanover Pa. for his car owner Ken Cooper to bring the engine from his son Pat's car for Gracey to run Saturday night. The engine carried him to a ninth place finish. Kenny Jacobs also had a rough week. He pitted for repairs Wed. at Mercer, coming back to finish 13th. While leading Thursday, his car jumped out of gear after a restart, sending him pitside. And while on the move toward the front Friday, the lapped machine of Ryan Flynn spun in front of him, leaving Jacobs no where to go, eliminating both machines. Saturday he earned redemption, leading the main wire-to-wire. This is Jacobs' 27th season of running sprint cars. Rodney Duncan suffered from overheating problems most of Speedweek and Ed Lynch Jr. discovered a bad rear end bearing was the cause of his vibrations Friday. Then the crew discovered a broken lifter while preparing for Saturday's show. Chad Hill made his All Star debut Saturday at PPMS. It was his fifth time ever in a 410 sprint after graduating from the micro-sprint ranks. Hill is Lynch Jr.'s brother in law and spent a year crewing for Lynch. He also was the 1997 Western Pa. Cavalcade Rookie-of-the-year. Three of the four Western Pa. Speedweek shows were broadcast live over the internet on RSBN.net. The broadcast was hosted by DJ Johnson with color commentary by former sprint car driver Bob Felmlee. An average of 200,000 listeners tuned in per night. Speaking of Felmlee, his broadcast career started exactly one year and a day after his career ending crash at Tri-City Speedway, which is only on mile from his home. Felmlee may have to have two of his neck vertebrae re-fused back together as his neck is still giving him problems. There were several hard crashes this Speedweek. Doug Kekich, who timed an impressive eighth quick at Mercer, took a hard flip over the backstretch concrete Wednesday. He was removed from his machine on a backboard, but refused to go to the hospital. Thursday at Port Royal, Daryl Stimeling hit the concrete wall hard and flipped, destroying his machine. The impact even cracked his helmet! He returned Friday in a new J&J. Friday at Lernerville, Glen Noland tee-boned Rich Kerstetter in the B Main. Both drivers complained of sore knees after the impact and Kerstetter had a very sore ankle which was examined at a local hospital. The All Star 1200 lb. minimum weight rule came into play Thursday at Port Royal as the first two drivers of the year were disqualified after the feature for failing to make weight. Mark Richard was dropped from seventh and Johnny Mackison Jr. from 11th. One of the machines was just three pounds under the minimum (after losing a torsion arm on the last lap, which was found on the speedway surface, which would have enabled him to make weight.) The other was six pounds under.

The first Annual Brad Doty Golf Classic will be held Thursday, July 13. This is the perfect opportunity to relax after the All Star sprint Brad Doty Classic held at Attica Raceway Park on Wed. July 12. The outing will be at Sycamore Springs Golf Course located in 11492 Twp. Rd, 25 in Arlington, Ohio. Registration is limited to the first 144 golfers (36 foursomes) and registration must be postmarked by July 1. Single players are welcome. The Ramada Inn in Findlay is offering a special rate for the 1st Annual Brad Doty/Attica Raceway Park Golf Classic. For more information concerning the Ramada call 419-423-8212. For information regarding the 1st Annual Brad Doty/Attica Raceway Park Golf Classic on July 13 contact Karl Best at Best Motorsports at 419-365-2378. His fax is 419-365-5741 or email bestmotorsports@aol.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Boston Reid , Chad Kemenah