Pocono II: Ryan Hemphill race notes

Hemphill Comes Home with the Six-Pack "Impressive Rookie Earns Third Straight Win" August 2, 2004 (Long Pond, Pennsylvania) 0x2022 The magical season for Ryan Hemphill was capped off with one missing piece 0x2022 a win in his home state in front...

Hemphill Comes Home with the Six-Pack
"Impressive Rookie Earns Third Straight Win"

August 2, 2004 (Long Pond, Pennsylvania) 0x2022 The magical season for Ryan Hemphill was capped off with one missing piece 0x2022 a win in his home state in front of family and friends. The Apollo, Pennsylvania native steered his #64 TRIMSPA DODGE back from a lap down after a blunder in the pits and charged away to the win in the Giant 200 at the Pocono International Raceway.

"This one is very special," stated Hemphill. "To come home with a win at the tricky track in my home state with so many people in the stands cheering for me 0x2022 that is just awesome. The guys on this team just continue to amaze me with their hard work and determination. We had the best car out there today but our only pit stop just about ruined the day. We were short handed on over the wall people this week and went over to the Cup garage to get some help and anytime you throw something together like that at the last minute it usually does not turn out for the better. But the car was just so good that I was able to make up the time we lost on that stop."

Hemphill and his TRIMSPA team were strong right off the trailer at the tricky 2.5-mile track. On Thursday afternoon, the 22-year old earned his fifth Pole Award of the season after posting a lap of 54.155 seconds for a speed of 166.190 mph 0x2022 nearly a full second ahead of the nearest competitor. Despite the loss of Happy Hour on Friday due to weather, Ryan and his team knew that their #64 TRIMSPA DODGE was strong and set for the 200 mile challenge on race day.

With the weather having cleared on Saturday, the green flag dropped on the 80 lap event with Hemphill charging away from the field and displaying the strength of his DODGE machine. As the laps ticked away the lead continued to grow. The only two cautions of the day came in the early stages of the race with the second and final one occurring on lap 18. Back to green flag racing, Hemphill continued his dominance as he stretched out to a demanding lead.

With those early cautions helping the fuel mileage situation, Ryan and his team decided upon just one pit stop which occurred under green flag conditions on lap 41. The stop turned disastrous with a few problems on the servicing of the front tires on the TRIMSPA DODGE. The result was Ryan returning to the track one lap down from the new race leader. In a testament to just how dominant his car was, Hemphill stormed back to racing on the lead lap within only 6 laps and eventually re-took the lead for good on lap 64.

"I think it shows that the best car definitely won out there today," said Hemphill. "I thought we may have lost the race there in the pits but my guys kept me focused and I got up on the wheel and give the car all it had. The car was just flawless around here 0x2022 and that is no easy task at this place. Greg Tester (crew chief) and these guys sure do make me look good and I cannot thank them enough. I will remember this win for a long time."

The win was an astonishing sixth of the season for Hemphill in only 11 starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. It was also his third in a row after previously winning at Kentucky and Gateway. With his strong performances, Ryan keeps his sights set on winning the ARCA Rookie of the Year award and the prestigious Superspeedway Challenge honor.

For more information on this sensational rookie, please visit www.ryanhemphill.com

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series ARCA
Drivers Ryan Hemphill