Kemenah Sets Sights on World of Outlaws Win at Attica Raceway Park
Ohio native’s strong performance in 2011 gives him edge for home state victory
CONCORD, N.C. — May 17, 2011 — Chad Kemenah is a bit of a throwback on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series tour. The Ohio native runs a relatively small outfit in the shadows of larger teams like Tony Stewart Racing and Kasey Kahne Racing. In fact, Kemenah and lone crewman Adam Brough race around the country in a toterhome, usually forgoing a motel room at the end of the night.“We have everything we need right in there so it doesn’t really make sense to get the room,” Brough said.
This weekend, though, travel will be relatively easy for Kemenah, who hails from Findlay, Ohio. He and the World of Outlaws invade Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park on Friday (May 20) and I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., on Saturday (May 21). Kemenah has quietly been running strong all season in the #63 Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks Maxim, highlighted by a Top-Five finish at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, and his recent quick time at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
“We’ve been very good during our qualifying runs this year, better than I can remember in quite some time,” said Kemenah, who’s married with a son and daughter. “We probably haven’t kept up with the track as the night has worn on and that’s hurt us a bit, but we’ve been fast.”As the Outlaws head to Attica Raceway Park for the 12th time in series history, Kemenah is aiming to continue his recent string of positive finishes. This season Kemenah has four Top-10 runs, and in his career he has more than 20 victories at the high-banked, one-third mile oval in Attica.“Attica is a track that I grew up racing on and have always seemed to have success with,” said Kemenah, a four-time All-Star Circuit of Champions titlist who enjoys golf when trying to clear his mind from racing. “However, the competition is going to be very tough and I haven’t raced there as much as I used too. I think we stand a chance of coming out of there with a good run, though.”
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at a Glance:
Attica Raceway Park in Ohio and I-96 Speedway in Michigan
CONCORD, N.C. – May 16, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invades Ohio and Michigan this weekend for events on Friday, May 20, at Attica Raceway Park and Saturday, May 21, at I-96 Speedway.
Weather got the best of the Outlaws last year at Attica, but Jason Meyers captured the Rumble in Michigan for the second year in a row at I-96 Speedway. Meyers, the defending series champion who is still looking for his first victory of 2011, should be a contender this weekend as he competed at Attica once this season on a non-race weekend for the Outlaws, and his record at I-96 is impressive, finishing no worse than seventh in seven starts at the half-mile oval.
That leads to several questions to be answered this weekend: Will Meyers make it three in a row at I-96 Speedway? Can four-time champion Donny Schatz find Victory lane for the first time in 2011? Will hometown hero Chad Kemenah of Findlay, Ohio, use recent strong runs to propel himself into the winner’s circle? Can World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series points leader Joey Saldana rebuild his lead after Steve Kinser closed the gap at Williams Grove Speedway this past weekend? These questions and more will be answered beginning Friday evening, tune into DIRTVision.com to listen to all the action.
WHENFriday, May 20, at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m., grandstand gates at 4 p.m. and racing kicks off at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. Qualifying will be at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m.
Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park is at 100 Fairground Rd, Attica, OH 44807.
I-96 Speedway is at Exit 64 on I-96. Go 0.5 miles south, then 0.7 miles west. ABOUT THE TRACKS
Attica Raceway Park is a high banked, one-third mile oval. The track record is 11.306 seconds, established by Butch Schroeder on Sept. 9, 1998.
I-96 Speedway is a semi banked, half-mile oval. 14.834 seconds, established by Joey Saldana on May 22, 2010
World of Outlaws A-Feature winners at Attica Raceway Park
2009- Dale Blaney on May 29
2008- Donny Schatz on May 30
2007- Joey Saldana on April 20
2005- Stevie Smith on July 13
1994- Sammy Swindell on May 21
1993- Joe Garte on May 21
1992- Joey Allen on August 7
1991- Steve Kinser on August
1990- Steve Kinser on May 18
World of Outlaws A-Feature winners at I-96 Speedway
2010- Jason Meyers on May 22
2009- Jason Meyers on May 30
2008- Steve Kinser on July 25
2007- Craig Dollansky on July 27
2005-Steve Kinser on June 9
2004-Steve Kinser on Sept. 24
1997 -Steve Kinser on June 15, Stevie Smith on October 7
1996 -Sammy Swindell on July 22
1995 -Joey Saldana on July 24
ONE-THIRD AND HALF-MILE WINNERS:Attica Raceway Park is a high banked, one-third mile oval. So far in 2011, there has been one race on a track that size . Joey Saldana – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19.)
I-96 Speedway is a semi banked, half-mile oval. So far in 2011, there have been seven races on a track that size. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 3) Jason Sides – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2) Joey Saldana – 2 (the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 2, Eldora Speedway on May 6) Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13)