All Star Champion Chad Kemenah Makes Highly Anticipated Jump to World of Outlaws Norman, OK -- Jan. 3, 2005 -- Chad Kemenah will finally turn a dream into reality in 2006 when he joins the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, becoming the final...
All Star Champion Chad Kemenah Makes Highly Anticipated Jump to World of Outlaws
Norman, OK -- Jan. 3, 2005 -- Chad Kemenah will finally turn a dream into reality in 2006 when he joins the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, becoming the final member of the Mean 15 in his UUI/Chad Kemenah Racing Eagle.
The winner of the past four All Star Circuit of Champions crowns, Kemenah, 34, is the most talented touring sprint car racer in the world who has never made an attempt to win a World of Outlaws championship -- until now. His highly anticipated shift into the 2006 Mean 15 completes the best collection of touring sprint car racers in the world.
"It has been a dream of mine," said Kemenah, a native of Findlay, Ohio. "After the success we've had the past few years, we wanted to try the next level on a full-time basis."
Last season, Kemenah proved he was more than capable of challenging the Outlaws. In 29 events, he earned eight quick times with six top-five finishes and 13 top-10 runs. He also captured the first World of Outlaws A-feature victory in his career with a win in July at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.
"That kind of opened the door for us in our thoughts to take the next challenge and try to run with them," Kemenah said. "The quick times and the Outlaws win probably just let us know that we're capable of competing."
Kemenah started racing street stocks in 1988 and moved into sprint cars in 1992, where he quickly climbed the ranks with back-to-back track titles in 1995 and '96 at Buckeye Speedway.
With his brother, Brian, as crew chief, Kemenah jumped to the UUI/Harble Motorsports team in 1997. Soon after, the team found success throughout Ohio and joined the touring All Star Circuit of Champions series, where in 1999 Kemenah picked up his first series victory in the Hoosier Fall Classic in Lawrenceburg, Ind. As he and his brother developed a working relationship, they would prove to be one of the most dominating teams in the series. It was important to Kemenah that they remained together as they embark on the 2006 Outlaws tour, which begins Feb. 9 at Volusia Speedway Park.
"That is probably the most important thing, simply because we have the right chemistry to make things work," Kemenah said.
Kemenah gained more experience in 2000 by racing in Australia during the winter, where he earned four top-fives. A year later he finished second in All Star points to Kenny Jacobs, who is sharing driving duties in 2006 for the Mean 15 Woodring Racing team, before ascending in 2002 to the top of the series. Kemenah remained on top for the past four consecutive years.
It was those runs with the All Star series that gave Kemenah the confidence to make the jump to the Outlaws.
"The biggest thing would be that I had to learn how to be consistent to win the championships," he said.
With the 2006 season right around the turn, Kemenah is excited to have the opportunity to race for his first World of Outlaws title.
"I'm looking forward to learning how to race with them night after night," Kemenah said. "I am also looking forward to working with Shane Carson and Brian Carter, who I gained a lot of respect for over the last several months."
Kemenah will join an already impressive lineup featuring drivers such as 2005 top-10 Outlaws Craig Dollansky, Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Terry McCarl and Brooke Tatnell, along with returning Outlaws stars Jac Haudenschild, Randy Hannagan and Dion Hindi as well as the Woodring Racing team, which will include long-time sprint car star Kenny Jacobs sharing driving duties with rookie Becca Anderson.
Other racers running full-time for their first World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship include Jeremy Campbell, Brian Carlson, Justin Henderson, Jason Martin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The 2006 Mean 15 will take to the track Feb. 9 at Volusia Speedway Park to open its nine-month quest to earn a share of the $850,000 points fund. Fans can catch all the action every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern on The Outdoor Channel.