ALMA, OH -- Chad Kemenah survived Saturday night at K-C Raceway to win the All Star sprint Freedom 40 feature. His second win of the season was worth $6,000 and came after several frontrunners slid off the edge of the track surface and after...
ALMA, OH -- Chad Kemenah survived Saturday night at K-C Raceway to win the All Star sprint Freedom 40 feature. His second win of the season was worth $6,000 and came after several frontrunners slid off the edge of the track surface and after leader Jeff Shepard banged the wall and flipped.
"Jeff (Shepard) got by me in the middle, I think I had a tire sealing up a bit and I don't think I had anything for him, he was pretty good," Kemenah recalled. "But I guess you have to finish--and we finished." His winning ride was Jim Harble's Eagle Chassis with Kistler power and rode on Hoosier Tires. Sponsorship comes from UUI, Kear's Speed Shop, Pro-shocks and Hyundai Construction Equipment.
Jimmy Stinson started on the pole with Greg Wilson alongside and Kenny Jacobs and Mark Keegan comprised row two. Stinson jumped out into the early lead with Wilson and Jacobs in tow. Lap six saw action stop as a red flew for a Nick Naber flip with Wes Harbour and James Fisher involved. Following the restart it was Stinson ahead of Wilson, Jacobs, Keegan Jeff Shepard and All Star points leader Kemenah. Wilson kept working the low side of the leader with Jacobs holding third until he slid off turn two on lap 11 for a caution. Fourth place Keegan slid off turn four for a lap 14 caution and then third place Wilson slid off two for a caution at the halfway mark. The restart order then was Stinson, Kemenah, Shepard, Dean Jacobs and Kelly Kinser.
Kemenah got beside Stinson going down the backstretch to take the lead on lap 21 and then Shepard began challenging Stinson for second. Shepard secured that spot on lap 24 and Kinser followed him by Stinson. Lap 31 saw Shepard ride the Imperial Packaging No. 92 high around Kemenah into the lead after banging the frontstretch wall trying to make a pass on the previous lap. As the leaders entered lapped traffic Shepard ran the ragged top groove of K-C's 3/8 mile and he got too high in turn four on lap 34 and tagged the concrete wall, flipping violently and careening right into oncoming traffic. Eddie Slone spun into Shepard and third place Kinser also slid into the mess as Kemenah avoided the melee and emerged with the lead.
Once the track was cleared, Kemenah jumped into a nice lead over D. Jacobs and Stinson. Stinson took second from Dean on lap 37 and Blaney followed him by a lap later and that's how they finished.
Runner-up Stinson stated, "I'm just glad to be here on the frontstretch. We just had to keep it on the track tonight. I probably chose the wrong right rear tire. I think those guys made the right choice," he concluded, motioning to Kemenah's winning mount.
Blaney said of third, "I fooled around on the bottom and needed to get to the front earlier. We had that first red and actually that helped us a ton. George Fisher worked on it and got it way better. If not for that we'd have struggled for the next 36 laps."
Dean Jacobs was fourth after starting ninth, with Kevin Huntley, the new pilot of Stan Courtad's No. 9x was fifth. Danny Smith, who started 18th, was sixth ahead of Rob Chaney and the new pilot of the Harrison Trucking No. 22, Jason Johnson. Kenny Jacobs recovered from his off track excursion for ninth ahead of Byron Reed.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Kelly Kinser, the B&B Products heat went to Byron Reed, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Tony Kennedy and the TP Wings heat fell to Todd Kane. Shepard won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main after starting dead last. Kemenah captured the Haulmark Dash and his fast time was worth $400 courtesy of K-C Raceway and All Pro heads.