||Kemenah Dodges the Carnage to Claim Victory at Eldora
The Ohio native picks up his first World of Outlaws win since 2009
...ROSSBURG, Ohio - There had to be a full moon hiding behind the incoming storm Friday night at Eldora Speedway.
A variety of issues plagued drivers running in the top five and a wild crash eliminated four competitors in the top 10 with seven laps remaining on Night 1 of the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear.
It all worked in favor of Ohio native Chad Kemenah, who survived the melee to record his first World of Outlaws victory since 2009.
"We got lucky there," he said after an emotional appearance in Victory Lane. "You don't want to win like that, but we've given some away so I'm not complaining. A win is a win and they pay the same.
"When you're this close to home it makes it that much better. It's only an hour and a half to home, so this is kinda like home to me."
As lightning loomed in the distance, the feature began with a blazing start. Polesitter Jac Haudenschild was easily the quickest in the field and he proved it by maintaining a sizeable lead against runner-up Steve Kinser, who owns a series-best 35 World of Outlaws feature wins at the high-banked, half-mile oval.
After a caution on lap three for Randy Hannagan's stalled car on the frontstretch, Haudenschild quickly powered to a straightaway advantage as he entered traffic on lap eight. However, a red flag for Stevie Smith, who flipped in turn two on lap 17, erased more than a three-second lead for Haudenschild.
That mattered little as he again drove to a large lead only to have the caution flag wave on lap 18 because debris shattered one of the lights on the frontstretch. The race resumed with Haudenschild setting a blistering pace as David Gravel, Sammy Swindell and Tim Shaffer battled in a thrilling three-wide race for fifth place.
With 10 laps remaining, things became hectic. While running second, Kinser's left rear tire gave way in turn four. He returned from the pits at the last minute and restarted 14th.
Haudenschild again rocketed to the front as Swindell and Kerry Madsen traded slide jobs for fourth place for a trio of laps. On lap 24, Swindell brought out a caution while running fifth because of a left rear tire issue.
During the caution, Haudenschild gave up the lead and pulled to the pits because he ran out of fuel. That provided second-running Dale Blaney the top spot, but a lap later - while the race was still under caution - Blaney drove into the pits because of a flat tire.
That moved Gravel into the lead, which was also short-lived. Gravel chose the outside lane for the double-file restart with Madsen lining up inside. The two viscously collided on the bottom in turn one, sending both flipping up the track.
Craig Dollansky and Tim Shaffer, who were competing for top-five positions, had nowhere to go and smashed into the mess. Paul McMahan was also caught up in the incident, which forced all five cars to the pits for the remainder of the night and left debris scattered across turns one and two.
That also advanced Kemenah to the lead, which he didn't relinquish en route to a victory at his favorite track.
"I could see there was going to be a wreck going in there," he said after leading the final seven laps. "I just aimed for the bottom. I figured they were going to the outside.
"Any time you get an opportunity like that, you've just got to seize the moment and go get it."
Donny Schatz drove from 12th to earn the runner-up position, which moved him into the World of Outlaws championship standings lead by one point over Swindell.
"There were a lot of things going on and I'm glad we weren't in it," Schatz said. "We had a so-so car; it wasn't the greatest. We were just kinda riding around and trying to be cautious and stay out of trouble."
Kinser rebounded to round out the podium as he held off a late charge from 13th-starter Cody Darrah to claim third place.
"Just one of those nights," Kinser said. "I'm awful lucky after having a flat tire there to miss everything and to finish third."
Daryn Pittman, who started 11th, finished fifth and Swindell was sixth. NASCAR star Tony Stewart, who owns Eldora Speedway, charged from 17 th to seventh and Joey Saldana placed eighth. Kraig Kinser earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after piloting from 20th to ninth and Cap Henry moved from 19th to round out the top 10.
Gravel set quick time in qualifying with a lap of 13.228 seconds before Blaney, Dollansky, Madsen and Swindell each won a heat race. Kraig Kinser led all 12 laps to win the Last Chance Showdown.
The World of Outlaws concludes the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear at Eldora Speedway on Saturday.
Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear Notebook
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Chad Kemenah; Armor All (case of product): Jason Sides; STP ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; UNOH ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; JE Pistons (set of rings): Kerry Madsen; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Wix Filters ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen;Superflow ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky.
WINNERS - Donny Schatz - 3 (Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Sammy Swindell - 3 (Knoxville Raceway on April 28, Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30); Craig Dollansky - 2 (Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Tim Kaeding - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Joey Saldana - 2 (Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Chad Kemenah - 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 4); Danny Lasoski - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18).
TIME TRIALS - David Gravel was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 13.228 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Chad Kemenah (4 points), Steve Kinser (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Jac Haudenschild (1).
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Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; May 4, 2012
A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz  [$5,000]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser  [$3,000]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah  [$2,700]; 5. 27-Daryn Pittman  [$2,500]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell  [$2,200]; 7. 14-Tony Stewart  [$2,000]; 8. 9-Joey Saldana  [$1,800]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$1,600]; 10. 54-Cap Henry  [$1,450]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides  [$1,300]; 12. 5-Jac Haudenschild  [$1,200]; 13. 2-Dale Blaney  [$1,100]; 14. 89G-David Gravel  [$1,000]; 15. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$950]; 16. 83-Tim Shaffer  [$900]; 17. 7-Craig Dollansky  [$850]; 18. 45-Paul McMahan  [$750]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson  [$725]; 20. 55-Trey Starks  [$700]; 21. 19-Stevie Smith  [$700]; 22. D4-Danny Holtgraver  [$700]; 23. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto  [$700]; 24. 1X-Randy Hannagan  [$700]. Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-23, Chad Kemenah 24-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser [+11].
Qualifying - 1. 89G-David Gravel, 13.228; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.231; 3. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.277; 4. 27-Daryn Pittman, 13.286; 5. 5-Jac Haudenschild, 13.291; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.295; 7. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.305; 8. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.320; 9. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.334; 10. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.355; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.374; 12. 83-Tim Shaffer, 13.385; 13. 55-Trey Starks, 13.386; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.399; 15. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.404; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.453; 17. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.478; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.480; 19. 54-Cap Henry, 13.489; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.518; 21. 45-Paul McMahan, 13.547; 22. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.558; 23. 1X-Randy Hannagan, 13.596; 24. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 13.604; 25. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto, 13.631; 26. 6-Bill Rose, 13.673; 27. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.801; 28. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.829; 29. 56R-Ryan Myers, 13.853; 30. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.886; 31. 19T-Todd King, 13.927; 32. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 13.946; 33. OO-Jim Nier, 14.077.
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2-Dale Blaney ; 2. 5-Jac Haudenschild ; 3. 55-Trey Starks ; 4. 89G-David Gravel ; 5. 14-Tony Stewart ; 6. 45-Paul McMahan ; 7. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto ; 8. 56R-Ryan Myers ; 9. OO-Jim Nier .
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-Craig Dollansky ; 2. 9-Joey Saldana ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz ; 4. 7S-Jason Sides ; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 6. 6-Bill Rose ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe .
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 11-Steve Kinser ; 3. 19-Stevie Smith ; 4. 4-Cody Darrah ; 5. 54-Cap Henry ; 6. 1X-Randy Hannagan ; 7. 28-Brian Paulus ; 8. 19T-Todd King .
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 2. 83-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 27-Daryn Pittman ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. D4-Danny Holtgraver ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 7. 2M-Dustin Daggett ; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley .
Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 5-Jac Haudenschild ; 2. 11-Steve Kinser ; 3. 89G-David Gravel ; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 9-Joey Saldana ; 6. 2-Dale Blaney ; 7. 83-Tim Shaffer ; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky ; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen .
B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [-]; 2. 45-Paul McMahan  [-]; 3. 1X-Randy Hannagan  [-]; 4. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto  [-]; 5. 6-Bill Rose  [$200]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley  [$180]; 7. 28-Brian Paulus  [$175]; 8. 2M-Dustin Daggett  [$160]; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$150]; 10. OO-Jim Nier  [$150]; 11. 56R-Ryan Myers  [$150]; 12. 19T-Todd King  [$150]; 13. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$150].
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Goodyear Tires (Official Tire), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Superflow Dynos and Wix Filters; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Astro Titanium, ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.