Kemenah scores season's best finish of 3rd at Paducah! Paducah, KY (4/7/2007) To say that last year's Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year presented by Butler Built has had a rough sophomore season with the World of Outlaws would be like saying...
Kemenah scores season's best finish of 3rd at Paducah!
Paducah, KY (4/7/2007) To say that last year's Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year presented by Butler Built has had a rough sophomore season with the World of Outlaws would be like saying that the Chicago Cubs are on a bit of a dry spell when it comes to the World Series. Kemenah in the course of the last 30 days had to build a team from scratch and hit the road with the best sprint car drivers in the world. In only his fifth race with his own team Kemenah finished 3rd last night at Paducah International Raceway and with a little luck and a few more cautions could have been contending for a win.
The evening started off with Kemenah timing in 6th quick and a battle with Tim Schaeffer in the heat for the final transfer position which Kemenah would claim in the last two laps. In the feature he charged from the 11th starting spot to come home third. He gained two spots on the opening lap of the race, and found himself in the Top-Five on the 26th circuit. He waged a ferocious battle with close friend and traveling partner Jason Martin for the 3rd spot in the closing laps which he would claim for his best finish of the season.
"It feels so good to race competitively, instead of just going out and taking up space," said Kemenah, driver of the Maxim Chassis/Hampshire Racing Engine/Stage 8 Locking Fasteners/K&N Filters machine. "We haven't been off to a good start this year at all. We built this new team so fast, and have spent the last few weeks getting organized. I'm just really really happy. The track was very racy it was great for the fans that braved the cold to come out and watch."
Kemenah picked up his first Top-Five of the season. While he made the passes on the track, he was quick to credit his team and those people that have stuck with him through a very trying early portion of the season. With the next three events in his home state of Ohio, the native of Findlay is confident the team has things going in the right direction.
"With the season we have been having, to go out and run in the Top-10, we would have been tickled to death," said the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "I have to really thank my father-in-law and wife. We have been through quite a bit. I have to thank Pete Grove as well. Even though we separated, he let me use his truck and trailer to make sure we got to these races. Most of all, I have to thank Chuck Merrill from Maxim Chassis. If it wasn't for Chuck and Maxim, we probably wouldn't be here period. I have so many people from around home to thank."