Series Cedar Lake spotlight - Chad Kemenah

Continued Consistency: Kemenah Starts Season Strong & Looks for Solid Run at Cedar Lake Speedway Cedar Lake, WI-- June 28, 2008-- Consistency is something that everyone chases over the course of the always demanding Advance Auto Parts World...

Continued Consistency: Kemenah Starts Season Strong & Looks for Solid Run at Cedar Lake Speedway

Cedar Lake, WI-- June 28, 2008-- Consistency is something that everyone chases over the course of the always demanding Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season, and in many cases it is very tough to find. Chad Kemenah has found consistency in 2008 as he continues his first full season behind the wheel of the No 8K for the Hard 8 Racing team.

Kemenah is currently eighth in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship standings on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes. He finished eighth on Friday night at River Cities Speedway in the opener of the 2008 Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour and looks to keep that momentum going through the finale of the weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin on Sunday, June 29. It will be his second career visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile.

"That's a very racy track and puts on a good show for the fans and we are looking forward to going up there," shared Kemenah, who drives the Kantor Oil Company Maxim. "I learned a few things there last year that will hopefully help us this year."

For a majority of the last month Kemenah has been working with just his nephew A.J. Havens as his crew, which is very impressive due to the fact that they are competing night in and night out with a number of teams that have three and some even four crew members. This has made for some long days and nights, especially with the vast amount of travel that the World of Outlaws do, but Kemenah hasn't minded.

"So far, I am pleased with how things are going," noted the native of Findlay, Ohio. "We had a crash at Granite City (Tri-City Speedway) while running in the Top-Five, but other than that we are pretty happy. The boss (car owner-Jon Kantor) had a meeting with us last weekend to make sure things were going ok, and he is tickled to death. You want to win and everybody wants to win, but there is only one of those each night. We just have to work on being more consistently in the Top-Five or Top-10 cars."

While being a crew member short left Kemenah and Havens with more work to do, the veteran driver was not fazed by this and even found a silver lining in just having one crew member on the road. Recently, the team added Adam Brough, an Ohio native to the team to help turn the wrenches.

"It makes it tougher, but it's a lot less arguing," Kemenah said with a smile and a chuckle. "We can't argue with each other, because we can't get rid of each other. It's better now that we have another guy out here. A.J. can concentrate more on what he is doing, rather than have to do all the other stuff. It has its pluses and its minuses. The biggest thing is that I am the only one that is able to drive the truck, so that makes it a little tougher. As long as they keep the car up, I can drive the truck wherever we are going."

Kemenah has been a very hands-on driver for most of his career and he doesn't see that changing any time soon. With the Hard 8 Racing team moving its base to his shop in Findlay, Ohio over the winter, he was able to part of all of the off-season preparations which are paying off with every strong run that he has.

"I like to work on the car, but sometimes I like to be home too," Kemenah said. "I'm always going to work on the cars. I enjoy the every day maintenance and the work we do on the car at the race track. It seems to be working out pretty good so far and hopefully we can stay consistent."

The race at Cedar Lake Speedway on Sunday will continue a stretch of 10 shorts track races in an 11-race period. Kemenah finished fourth at Huset's Speedway on June 13 in the first race of this short track swing and also was fourth in the opener at Dodge City Raceway Park last weekend.

"They are good for the fans, but I still like the bigger track," he stated. "I grew up on smaller tracks, so it really doesn't matter to me. As long as the race track is raceable and we can put on a good show for the fans that is what it's about."

Kemenah has been close to winning a couple of times this season, including at Lernerville Speedway in May, when he finished a very strong third. Last weekend he started on the pole at Dodge City Raceway Park, before trouble at the spot dropped him back a few positions, before he battled back to finish fourth. The following night he was set to start second in the Crane Cams Dash when he had engine trouble. Starting the main event in the 10th spot, he worked way up to sixth, before again woes struck again.

"I feel like it is and I hope that it is," he optimistically said of his first win of the season being just around the corner. "It's hard to get wins out here. Maybe when you get that first one knocked out of the way we can roll off a couple of them."

The 2008 campaign marks Kemenah's third full-season with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. After winning four consecutive titles with the All Star Circuit of Champions, he claimed the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award with the World of Outlaws in 2006. He has two career wins with the series, at I-55 Raceway in Missouri and Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

On Friday night at River Cities Speedway he picked up his 11th Top-10 finish of the season. He is quick to point out that the level of competition with the series is at an all-time high this season, as there are currently 17 drivers following the series full-time.

"It's really tough," he explained of running up front with the World of Outlaws. "It's a totally different deal out here. I found that out for myself. I won four championships and came out here and got a quick dose of reality. The guys up front, it doesn't' seem to matter where they qualify, they always seem to end up at the front and that is the key to be up there every night. You can do it every now and then, but when you back up a fourth-place finish with a 19th you are back to square one again trying to get back in the Top-10. Consistency is the key."

On Sunday, June 29th at Cedar Lake Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $30, with general admission tickets for children $15. For tickets visit: www.clstickets.com/tickets.asp or call 1-866-425-7386

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Series World of Outlaws
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