By: Joe Burrage: After missing last weekends action at the Tulare Thunderbowl due to a concussion Chad Kemenah was back behind the wheel of his CKR (Chad Kemenah Racing) No.63 sprinter to race for the very first time at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track located in Stockton, California.
Kemenah started his evening off by timing in 16th quick overall and put him on the front row of the fourth and final heat race. Kemenah took complete advantage of the front row starting position as he went on to win his heat race and transfer directly Dash and the A-Main later in the evening. Starting in the tenth position for the Dash Kemenah had very little time to make his way forward and when the dust settled around the 3/8 mile track Kemenah would be scored in the ninth position.
Racing on 3/8 mile tracks has been good to Kemenah over the past couple of season and the Stockton 99 Dirt Track was very similar to the Clay County Fair Raceway located in Spencer, Iowa and Kemenah finished second there last year. The racing action began Kemenah played it cool and stayed patient as he quickly settled into a groove. After ten laps or so the track started to come to the Findlay, Ohio driver and the white and blue No.63 was on the move and nearly cracked the top five on numerous occasions.
Trying to do everything he could to finish in the top five Kemenah would run out of laps and would have to settle for a sixth place finish in front of sold out standing room only crowd.
“We were pretty good tonight and I did everything I could get in the top five but it just was not there tonight,” said Kemenah. “The car felt great tonight, Brandon did an excellent job preparing this thing for me and I can’t thank everyone enough for checking in on us while I was out of action it feels great to be back and hopefully we can continue to finish inside the top ten tomorrow night at the Mini Gold Cup in Chico, California.”
The following night Kemenah made the short trip to the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California for the Mini Gold Cup. Timing in fourth quick overall and finishing fourth in his heat race would force Kemenah to start the 40-Lap; feature event in the 11th position.
Just like last night at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track Kemenah quickly settled into a groove and the ¼ mile bullring track slowly came to him. Kemenah would run most of the race around the bottom of the track where he was able to slowly make his way into the sixth position and the car kept getting better and better as the night progressed.
The final stages of the race were very dramatic as a series of yellow flags and red flags would come out forcing multiple double file restarts and on the final restart Kemenah was able to get around Tony Stewart for the second position but a heavy price was as he flipped his way across the finish line, Kemenah was ok after the accident but the four time All Start Champion was not happy about his car and equipment getting tore up.
“I am happy that we were able to finish in the second position tonight here at Chico because that is the best finish we have ever had here at this facility,” said Kemenah. “On the other hand these double file restarts are not good a lot of drivers are tearing up equipment left and right and this stuff is not cheap to replace. Overall I am happy about the weekend with the two finishes but we have to stop destroying stuff right away, I have to thank everyone that has helped us out here my wife Tracy, Bob Hampshire, Brandon Ikenberry, Radio City Hospitals, Maxim Chassis, Champion Racing Oil along with K&N Air Filters, Media Camping Centers and Kears Speed Shop, we are getting closer to that first win of the season and hopefully it comes next weekend for us.”