By: Joe Burrage: Racing with the World of Outlaws is a difficult thing, there are nights when things just click and nothing can go wrong, and then there are the difficult nights when you ask yourself what else can go wrong with the car?
Last Saturday night Kemenah made the long trip to the Rolling Wheels Raceway looking to get back on track, and he did just that.
Kemenah kicked off the evening by timing in eighth quick overall around the huge 5/8 mile oval. The solid qualifying effort put Kemenah on the front row of the second heat race with an excellent chance to grab a spot in the Dash later in the evening. Things would change minutes later as the white No.63 sprinter slowed to a stop with apparent motor issues and Kemenah would finish his heat race in the eighth position.
Kemenah was pushed back to his trailer where crew members Matt Cochrane and Adam Brough were waiting for him. Kemenah quickly ran to the back of his trailer and immediately pulled out his only spare engine he had and the motor change was underway.
After changing motors Kemenah was scheduled to start on the front row of the B-Main. Looking to finish inside the top six to transfer to the feature event Kemenah knew he had to run a flawless race and he did just that by finishing in the fourth position and the Alvada, Ohio driver was pleased with how the car responded after the engine change and not having any laps on the track before the B-Main took place.
Starting in the 12th position for the feature event was not the best place but Kemenah turned in some solid finishes at the Rolling Wheels Raceway in the past and that had him feeling pretty confident as he waited for the racing action to begin.
Kemenah took the green flag and quickly went to the bottom of the track to settle in to the 11th position. From there he slowly started to move forward as the race continued. Around the halfway point of the feature Kemenah was able to move into the ninth position as he slowly started to catch Steve Buckwalter. Kemenah would make the pass and move into the eighth position and that is where he would finish the race.
“The past couple of weeks have been tough on us,” said Kemenah. “The car felt really good in qualifying and then we had to change motors and run the B-Main but to come home in eighth place is not too shabby I guess. I have to thank Matt Cochrane for helping me out this season tonight is his last race because he has to go back home to Australia but he worked his tail off this summer and he always put forth 100% effort. We will take the time off and get things ready to go for the upcoming World Finals and I would love to get a win down there to cap off our 2013 season.”
Chad also plans to race the upcoming Short Track Nationals in the Ron Hammons No.6 sprint car. The Short Track Nationals is one of the most intense 360 sprint car races in the country and Kemenah is feeling pretty good about driving the white and blue Hammons No.6 car again.
“The Short Track Nationals is a fun race and it’s loaded with action from start to finish,” says Kemenah. “Ron called me and asked if I would drive his car for STN and I did not hesitate, he has some really good equipment and if we can get the car dialed in we have a great chance to finish in the top three. Last time we ran the Short Track Nationals we were pretty good and I always look forward racing at the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas.”