Chad Kemenah Ready to Tackle Attica

By Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director: (Attica, OH) Chad Kemenah cut his teeth racing on the tracks in his native state of Ohio. For the driver that calls Findlay, Ohio home, one track that he has always enjoyed racing at is Attica Raceway Park, which is just a scant hour drive from his house. He will get the chance to compete at the recently revamped 1/3-mile facility on Friday, April 20, as the World of Outlaws return to the track for the first time since 2005. Last season rain interrupted a schedule appearance at the high-banked track.

“We’re very excited to head to Attica,” said Kemenah. “We don’t get to go back there very often anymore. It’s good to get back home and see the people that we don’t get to see very much. Hopefully Mother Nature will hold out and we can go there and put on a good race for the fans.”

Kemenah, the reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has won five times at Attica with the All Star Circuit of Champions. In 2005, the last time the World of Outlaws competed at the track, he set fast time with a very stout field of 48 cars in attendance.

“Having a lot of laps at Attica definitely has helped in our success over there,” explained the driver who has two career World of Outlaws A-Feature wins. “They have changed the track the last couple of years and we haven’t raced there very much. Hopefully we can get the track figured out pretty quick and get to the front.”

With a number of his fellow competitors staying in the Buckeye State this week, after an event at Eldora Speedway last weekend, Kemenah has been a pretty popular guy. While he has had some of his fellow competitors visit his shop, he also has had many people from his home town looking to catch up on old times.

“We’ve had a number of people stopping by this week,” he admitted. “Jason Martin is staying at the house. We’ve had a lot of people from Findlay come by, and we’ve talked to a lot of them.”

After putting his own team together in a matter of days, a little over a month ago, Kemenah has been working closely with his father-in-law (renowned engine builder, Bob Hampshire) as well his nephew (AJ). While the trio has put countless hours in at the shop, Kemenah is also quick to point out just how important the support of his wife (Tracy) was during a very trying early portion of the season.

“It does make it a little easier having family members helping out,” said Kemenah. “I’ll have my father-in-law with us for a few more weeks, and then it will probably just be AJ and I for a while. We’ll manage and get through it as best as we can.”

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In just his fifth race in his own car, Kemenah earned a season-best finish of third at Paducah International Raceway on April 6. He began that night by turning the sixth-fastest lap in time trials. He earned a spot in the A-Feature through his heat race, and quickly worked his way into the Top-10 and then the Top-Five after starting 11th.

“The results at Paducah really made us feel good,” said the four-time All Star Circuit of Champions title winner. “We ran third and we didn’t start on the pole and run third. We started 11th and made it all the way up to third. We were certainly going in the right direction in that event. Last weekend at Eldora we were pretty good. We’re making the shows and we’re qualifying better. I think we have things turning in the right direction. We’ll just keep working hard.”

With the World of Outlaws schedule picking up in the next couple weeks as the weather warms up, Kemenah looks to get into a rhythm as he returns to many tracks that he visited for the first and second times last season.

“Everyone is looking forward to racing more,” he commented. “Getting in a groove definitely helps. It can be tough when you are sitting around all week.”

With the demands of running his own team, Kemenah has made sure to make the most of what little free time he has, including spending some time on the links, enjoying a round of golf. He also has made sure to spend plenty of time with his family, as time will be scarce when he hits the road in the next few weeks.

“We had some time this week, and Jason Martin and I went out on the golf course and knocked the ball around,” said the always determined driver. “I’ve been spending a lot of time with my wife and kids, because we will be running the whole race team ourselves here very soon, and that extra free time will fade away.”

After enduring some bad luck to begin the season, Kemenah feels like things are moving in the right direction. With tracks on the schedule in the next few weeks that he is very familiar with, he looks to continue to build momentum heading into the bulk of the season. With the demands of the World of Outlaws schedule, he knows that hard work and perseverance are keys in being successful during the course of the nine-plus month campaign.

“We’ll just keep plugging away and rolling on, and hopefully at the end of the year, we’ll have a smile on our face,” he said.

On Friday April 20 at Attica Raceway Park, adult general admission tickets will be $28, with reserved tickets $30. General admission tickets for those ages 8-15 will be just $15, while children 7-under will be admitted free of charge.

4.20.14 Race Preview

By Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director: (Attica, OH) Two bullrings await the World of Outlaws this weekend, beginning on Friday, April 20 at the recently revamped Attica Raceway Park in Ohio. This will be the series first visit to the always racy facility since 2005, after last season’s event fell to rain. In the six previous A-Feature events contested at the track, there have been five different drivers visit victory lane.

Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz will continue their torrid battle atop the World of Outlaws standings as they head to Attica Raceway Park. The pair is separated by just four points heading into this weekend’s events.

Saldana, driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne has racked up four wins, including three in-a-row at the end of March. His first win of the season came at Thunderbowl Raceway in California, which like Attica Raceway Park is a high-banked 1/3-mile. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 12 Top-10 finishes in the first 13 races of 2007. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana, leads the series in laps led with 122. He also has set fast time in qualifying on four occasions, which is also tops in the series. He also has a dash win which earned him a pole position earlier in the season. He has turned numerous laps at Attica in the past with the World of Outlaws as well as with the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws champion is coming off a very strongsecond-place run at Eldora last weekend. It was his series leading 10th Top-Five finish of the season. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has three wins in 2007, including on the opening night of the season. He has led 68 laps on the season, in addition to winning two dashes to earn two pole positions. Also, the 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, has stopped the clocks first in time trials once this season. In the series last visit to Attica in 2005, Schatz earned a Top-10 finish.

Steve Kinser , the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion has won twice at Attica. He is the only driver to have multiple wins at the 1/3-mile in the series previous six visits. He won in the World of Outlaws inaugural trip to the track in 1990, and followed that up the next season with a victory as well. He earned his 534th win with the series earlier this season at USA Race Park in Arizona in his first ever visit to the track. The native of Bloomington, Indiana currently is eighth in championship points on the strength of seven Top-10 finishes.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, who hails from Findlay, Ohio, which is right down the road from Attica, has had plenty of success at his home track over the years. He has won five times at the 1/3-mile with the All Star Circuit of Champions. He earned a season best finish of third, on April 6 at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky.

Daryn Pittman enters the event at Attica third in points, on the strength of 10 Top-10 finishes. He picked up a win in the finale of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals in Florida in February. That win marked his 20th career triumph with the series for the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma is only 104 points out of the top spot as he chases his first World of Outlaws title.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, has been one of the mostconsistent drivers this season. He heads to Attica fourth in the points, after winning his first race of the season on April 6 at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky. He has nine Top-10 finishes on the year and is only 158 markers behind Saldana.

Craig Dollansky ran a very solid third last time the World of Outlaws visited Attica in 2005. He won at the track in 2000 with the All Stars. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion is fifth in points entering this weekend, on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes. He is one of only two drivers that have transferred to the A-Feature by way of his heat race, in each of the first 13 events of the season.

Terry McCarl who has won at Attica for the first time with the All Star Circuit of Champions in 1997, is sixth in points as he chases his first series title. The native of Altoona, Iowa, who is a multi-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset’s Speedway champion has eight Top-10 finishes on the year. He is just 15 markers out of the fifth spot in the standings.

Jason Meyers earned his first win of the season last weekend at Eldora Speedway and vaulted into the seventh spot in the point standings. He has six Top-10 finishes on the year. The native of Clovis, California has won two dashes so far this season to earn just as many pole positions. He also has set fast time once.

Jac Haudenschild moved into the ninth spot in points after a fourth-place finish at Eldora last weekend, in which he led a large portion of the event. The native of Wooster, Ohio has six Top-10 finishes on the season. He finished fourth in the World of Outlaws last event at Attica Raceway Park in 2005.

Brooke Tatnell, one of only two Australian-born drivers to have earned a World of Outlaws A-Feature triumph, is 10th in points heading to Attica. In his last visit to the track with the series, he picked up a runner-up finish. In his first season driving for Larry Woodward, the always affable driver has seven Top-10 finishes.

Other drivers that will be on-hand at Attica Raceway Park include: Paul McMahan driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart, Jason Solwold, who along with Dollansky has transferred from his heat race into each of the first 13 A-Feature events of the season, current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader Kerry Madsen, from Australia, who earned his first series win during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals, 2003 Rookie of the Year Jason Sides, Tim Kaeding, who won earlier this season in California, 1999 Rookie of the Year Tim Shaffer, second-year driver Justin Henderson, 1995 Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan, second-year driver Jeremy Campbell who has competed at Attica in the past with the All Stars, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, who earned a career-best finish of fourth on April 6, and veteran Brian Carlson, who has raced at Attica in the past with the All Stars.

A hearty crop of six Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award contenders will be on hand including: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, Madsen, and James Mosher of New Mexico.

On Friday April 20 at Attica Raceway Park, adult general admission tickets will be $28, with reserved tickets $30. General admission tickets for those ages 8-15 will be just $15, while children 7-under will be admitted free of charge.

4.14.07 Race Cancelled

By Brian Liskai: (Attica, OH) Unseasonably cold weather, with forecasts of rain, freezing rain and snow, have forced the cancellation of racing activities planned for Quality Welding Night, Saturday, April 14 at Attica Raceway Park.

Kistler Engines Presents the World of Outlaw Sprints at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue on Friday, April 20, paying $10,000 to win! Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with grandstand gates to follow at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begina round 6 p.m. with qualifying to follow and racing action to begin at 8 p.m. The Fultz Fabrication & Speedshop Attica Late Models will also be in competition with an increased purse on the line.

The excitement is building as “The King of the Outlaws” Steve Kinser and Danny “The Dude” Lasoski return to battle 2006 WoO Champion Donny Schatz, Joey Saldana, Daryn Pitman and 2006 WoO Kevin Goebrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah. They will fact a stiff battle from tough Attica regulars like 2006 champion Byron Reed, 12-time Attica champ Mark Keegan, Lee Jacobs, David Harrison, Mike Linder and others like 2006 All Star Champion Greg Wilson and Dale Blaney.

Reserved seating is available at a price of $30 (add $2 to a credit card). The top five rows of the middle grandstand sections D, E, F and G are available.

For more information log onto or call the track office at 419-680-5606.

2007 Spring Nationals Rescheduled

By Brian Liskai: (Attica, OH) Due to the unstable spring weather, Attica Raceway Park announces several changes to its 2007 schedule.

The traditional Coors Light Spring Nationals featuring the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 4, as Coors Light/UUI/Bazell Race Fuels Night will pay the All Star feature winner $5,000 to win. The Fultz Fabrication & Speed Shop Attica Late Models will also be on the racing card paying $1,000 to win ($100 to start). There will be no 305 sprints or dirt trucks in action that night.

On Friday, May 25, it will be a “super sprint” and “super late model” affair at “Ohio’s Finest Racing.” The Coors Light/Fultz Fabrications & Speed Shop Night will feature the make-up race (from Friday, April 6) of the O’Reilly All Star Sprints from the Coors Light Spring Nationals. The feature will pay $3,000 to win ($300 to start). The Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) will also be in action, with the feature paying $2,000 to win.

Other schedule changes include Friday, June 1, as fans will get in for only $10 (general admission, no World Auto Parts of Huron & Cleveland 410 Sprints in action) on Burns Electric Night . The racing will feature the 305 Engine Builders Challenge (moved up from the June 8 schedule), paying the 305 sprint feature winner $1,200! The Fultz Fabrication & Speedshop Attica Late Models and the door-banging dirt trucks will also be in action.

4.4.07 Rained Out

By Brian Liskai: (Attica, OH) Only in Northwest Ohio can you mow your lawn wearing a t-shirt and shorts one day and shovel snow the next. That unstable spring weather has prompted Attica Raceway Park officials to cancel the Coors Light Spring Nationals featuring the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 6th and 7th.

A cold front moved into the area Wednesday and is forecasted to stick around through the weekend with high temperatures only in the 30s with nightly lows in the 20s, along with snow showers.

“It just wouldn’t be an enjoyable experience for the fans and race teams to have to endure that kind of weather. With temperatures below the freezing mark, track preparation and maintenance would be nearly impossible. We all remember the night several years ago when the track actually froze up…it was like an ice-skating rink during the B-main and the rest of the night was cancelled,” said Attica Raceway Park Operations Manager Rex LeJeune.

The good news is the All Star races have been rescheduled at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue. The April 7th show – paying $5,000 to win for the All Star sprints – has been reset for Friday, May 4th on Coors Light/ Underground Utilities/ Bazell Race Fuels Night. The Fultz Fabrication & Speedshop Attica Late Models will also be in action, running for $1,000 to win ($100 to start). The April 6th show – paying $3,000 to win and $300 to start for the All Star Sprints – will be made up on Friday, May 25th on Coors Light/ Fultz Fabrication & Speedshop Night. The American Late Model Series will also be in action that night.

“We really want to thank the fans and teams for such a great opening night (March 30). We were presented with some wonderful opportunities including a huge crowd and good racing that created some issues we will resolve such as getting the fans through ticket lines quicker and speeding up the program,” said LeJeune.

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