Kentucky II: Ryan Hemphill preview

July 6, 2004 (Mooresville, North Carolina) - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Ryan Hemphill looks to regain some momentum and what a better place to do so than the site of your first win in the series. Hemphill and his ...

July 6, 2004 (Mooresville, North Carolina) - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Ryan Hemphill looks to regain some momentum and what a better place to do so than the site of your first win in the series. Hemphill and his #64 TRIMSPA DODGE trot into Bluegrass country this Friday for the running of the Kentucky 150 on 700 WLW Pole Night. Earlier this season the 22-year-old "Rookie Sensation" collected his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at the 1.5-mile track in dominant fashion after leading 116 of the 137 lap event.

"For obvious reasons I look forward to returning to Kentucky," said Hemphill. "We have had a rough last few races and need to regain some of the positive momentum we had earlier in the year. The guys have been working hard in the shop and I think we are all focused on what we need to do to get out of our little slump here. And I can't think of a better place to do so than at Kentucky."

Hemphill will be bringing a new hot rod with him this week for the 100 lap event. The #64 TRIMSPA ride that the Apollo, PA native used in his three wins thus far this season - including Kentucky - was severely damaged during his last race in Michigan. The new TRIMSPA DODGE is out of the Chip Ganassi Racing stable and was raced last by Sterling Marlin at California.

"I really look forward to getting this new car on the track," stated Ryan. "We wanted to go to the open test last week at the track but we were not ready, so we are taking the car this week without having any track time on it for us. My guys have worked hard on getting the car ready and I am sure that we will quickly dial in this TRIMSPA DODGE. With good horsepower under the hood courtesy of Ernie Elliott - I look for a strong run and a chance to win it at the end."

Hemphill has burst onto the ARCA RE/MAX Series scene this season with three wins, three poles and six top-10 finishes in only eight starts. He sits a close third in the highly contested battle for the Rookie of the Year despite running three less races than the other competitors.

The running of the Kentucky 150 is scheduled to go green at 8:00 p.m. EST with LIVE coverage on SPEED Channel.

To learn more about Ryan and his TRIMSPA team, please visit them at www.ryanhemphill.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ryan Hemphill , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing