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    A Night To Remember – Chad Kemenah World of Outlaws Win At Fremont Speedway 2016
     

    By: Joe Burrage

    The World of Outlaws were at Fremont Speedway on June 3rd, 2016 to Chad Kemenah it was another chance to try and beat the World of Outlaws at a track he learned to race at when he first started racing.

    “When I first started racing sprint cars I wanted to beat the World of Outlaws because they were the best and if you could beat Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Dave Blaney and Mark Kinser you were doing something right,” said Kemenah. “To win a World of Outlaws race in Ohio in front of family and friends that helped jump start my career in racing is truly special and this night at Fremont Raceway was a great night that not only for our Team but for our family as well.”

    Chad Kemenah and David Gravel set the tone for the feature event in Dash where they engaged in a fierce battle for the pole and a front row starting position in the A-Main. Gravel would get the advantage and take the lead away from Kemenah on the second lap running the bottom of the track, and Kemenah was running the cushion that was nearly gone but he did learn something in that Dash that helped him for the feature.

    “When we pushed off for the Dash I was thinking the top of the racing surface was faster than the bottom at that point of the night,” said Kemenah. “I got a great start to get ahead of Joey Saldana and I immediately went to the cushion, then all of the sudden I see David Gravel running the low line and pulling away from me. I continued to run the cushion as we started to gain on Gravel towards the end of the Dash and the car hooked up really good so I knew if we could run consistent laps in the feature we would be great shape for the feature.”

    “We lined up on the outside of the front row and when we went green I stayed in the middle of the track because there was some pretty good grip there and no one else was running there, until I saw Donny Schatz nearly pass me after an early restart.”

    “Donny Schatz is one of the smartest sprint car drivers out there and when he nearly passed me going through the middle of turns three and four I knew I was going to have my hands full for the rest of the race so I kept telling myself to stay calm hit your marks, hit your marks and stay patient. After that restart Gravel went to the bottom in turns one and two and the top in three and four and I followed him for a few laps until another caution flag would come out and then I decided to try something on the restart.”

    “I knew Gravel would not be leaving the bottom of the track so if I could keep my momentum going and keep pace with him I knew exactly how to get around him when or if the opportunity presented itself. I remember thinking and saying Gravel is staying put on the bottom and all of the sudden he jumped to the cushion in three and four and I was not close enough to try and make a move but if he continued to run up there I could try to make a move later if we were close enough. We continued to race and we were gaining on Gravel and another yellow flag would come out and I did not want that to happen because the car was feeling great and I was in a perfect rhythm.”

    “During the caution flag I knew Schatz was going to be around and then I saw Greg Wilson had made his way forward and I have raced with Wilson enough to know if he was moving forward he had the bottom of the track wired so I could not make a mistake in the middle or the cushion or I would go from second to third in a blink of an eye.”

    “I remember we had a restart and Schatz got a great run on us on the outside and actually passed me going into turns three and four and that really surprised me but luckily the yellow came out and that was a quick reminder I can’t miss my marks. The next restart I was able to keep our momentum up and stay close to Gravel and he went back to the top in three and four like he did earlier and this time I was right there. I continued to stay close to Gravel and was able to pass him a few laps later using the middle line.”

    “Once I got by Gravel and was in the lead I knew the track was going to slick off and if I could run a mistake free race and make the right moves in traffic I had a chance to win this race. After getting the lead I was in clean air for what seemed like forever then traffic was just ahead. I was able to negotiate traffic with no problems and when I saw the white flag I talked myself through the final lap telling myself don’t screw up Chad don’t screw up, and it was a great feeling to take the checkered flag and get the win.”

    “Winning that World of Outlaws race at Fremont Speedway was a great feeling, my brother Brian (Kemenah) gave me a great car that worked anywhere on the track and when Fremont Speedway gets slick it’s one of the most technical tracks in Ohio and if your car is dialed in and you can be patient anything can happen. Getting that win in front of our friends and family was special and I wish Rob Hunter was there with us because he has never seen his car win a World of Outlaws race. It takes a lot of good people to run a top caliber sprint car team and the Hunter Racing Team was an excellent team with great partners and I can’t thank them enough.”

       Contact Joe Burrage djburrage63@gmail.com

     


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