Kemenah Masters Mercer Raceway Park

Chad Kemenah

“This was an important win for us tonight. Hopefully we can use this to our advantage and continue to build some positive momentum." (Photo: Paul Arch)

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Using a late caution to his advantage to outrun Indiana native Parker Price-Miller, Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah drove on to score his second Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event victory of the 2017 season, this time earning $5,000 at the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania. For Kemenah, who led 29 of the 30 circuits at the Mercer County short track, it was his 32nd appearance in Arctic Cat All Star victory lane; his second at Mercer Raceway Park during the last two seasons.

“This was an important win for us tonight,” Chad Kemenah explained. “Hopefully we can use this to our advantage and continue to build some positive momentum. I’m proud of everyone on this team. My brother busts his butt and always gives me a great car. Rob Hunter provides us with the best equipment to make all of this possible. We’ll move on and try to do it again next weekend.” 

Chad Kemenah, who started from the outside-pole position, took command at the drop of the initial green flag with Parker Price-Miller and the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer in tow. The defending Arctic Cat All Star champion maintained the top spot for the first 17 circuits, surviving one restart after a caution on lap seven, as well as periods of heavy traffic and tight racing just before the midpoint of the 30-lap program. 

Kemenah’s first and only challenge for the top spot occurred on lap 18 when Kokomo, Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller pressured the driver of the familiar Hunter Racing entry, eventually driving around Kemenah through turns three and four to officially lead the 18th circuit. Price-Miller’s campaign at the front of the field was short lived, driving off of the edge of the backstretch which allowed Kemenah to drive underneath the recent World of Outlaws winner to regain command on lap 19.

“I kinda got a little too high coming off of [ turn two] and drove off of the edge,” Parker Price-Miller explained. “I’m a little disappointed, but I’m still proud of what we accomplished. All in all, it was a great weekend for us. We’re going to keep plugging away and work to get one of these All Star wins soon.” 

One final caution on lap 23 halted the feature field, once again giving Kemenah an open track to navigate. Despite one final surge by Parker Price-Miller during the final two circuits as the front-runners reached traffic, Kemenah held on strong, crossing under the final checkers nearly eight car lengths ahead of the field. Price-Miller held on to finish second, followed by Tim Shaffer, Jack Sodeman, Jr. and Ryan Smith. 

“I felt pretty confident that we would get Parker [Price-Miller] back after he got around us,” Kemenah explained. “It worked out for the best.”

Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue the 2017 season on Friday through Sunday, June 9-11, with three events in three days throughout areas of Illinois and Iowa. “America’s Series” will ignite their Midwest road trip with a second-ever visit to the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois, on Friday, June 9. 

Less than an hour down the highway, Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois, will host the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions for the first time since 2004 on Saturday evening, June 10. The “World’s Fastest 1/5-Mile Clay Oval” has hosted the Arctic Cat All Stars on seven separate occasions since the Series first visited Macon, Illinois, on June 3, 1981. 

The Arctic Cat All Stars will conclude their swing through the Midwest on Sunday, June 11, with a visit to “God’s Country,” attempting to tame 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, for only the second time in Series history. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Jacobs is the first and only Arctic Cat All Star winner at 34 Raceway, taking the checkers on May 31, 1998. 

Those seeking additional news and notes regarding the upcoming visits to Lincoln Speedway, Macon Speedway and 34 Raceway should visit each facility live on the Web at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, www.maconracing.com and www.34raceway.com. 

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