Kemenah Earns His First World of Outlaws Sprint Series Victory - Pevely, MO — July 9, 2005 — By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer …Car after car tried to knock down the wall in Turns 1 and 2 Saturday night at I-55 Raceway, but the wall took a defiant stand and threw every car back onto the track, some upright and some not. Chad Kemenah and Donny Schatz didn’t chance it. Instead, they set up their cars to work on the bottom of the high-banked 1/3-mile oval. While Shane Stewart started on the pole and powered his way along the cushion, which in some spots was the concrete fence, Kemenah and Schatz tip-toed along the very bottom and found themselves finishing first and second.


For Kemenah, a three-time champion with the All Stars, it was the first World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory in his career. Kemenah, Stewart and Jason Solwold thrilled the packed stands with side-by-side, back-and-forth duels before Stewart finally succumbed to the concrete, flipping in Turn 2 with 12 laps to go.


Stewart tried to recover, especially to keep pace in the March to the Mean 15, but one lap later he looped his car in Turn 2 just as Solwold surged in front of Kemenah for the lead. With the lap not complete, Solwold was moved back to second and on the restart Kemenah shot to the front as a wild scramble for second ensued. Solwold fended off Schatz, Steve Kinser and Brooke Tatnell, but the slicing and dicing never let up.


Kemenah, who surprised everyone by going high on that final restart, quickly moved back down when he realized the peril of challenging the wall and began to pull away. Schatz raced his way along the bottom and was strong enough to catch and pass Solwold for second. Then Tatnell moved down to a middle groove and got Solwold for the third on the final lap with Kinser hanging on for fifth in the 40-lap feature.


“This is probably my biggest win,” said Kemenah, who has been the fastest qualifier on three nights this season with the Outlaws before collecting $10,000 for winning Saturday night.


“Knoxville was really cool last year to run second, but when you can say you won your first Outlaws race, that’s in the elite there. “Me and Shane got going there for a while and it was really good for the fans. I had to stay on the bottom because I didn’t think I could get around the outside of him. I saw him get tangled up with the fence. I didn’t want to see that. I wanted to try to beat him while he was running but I’ll take it whenever I can get it.”


Nobody was more surprised than Schatz when Kemenah went high on the final restart, but without any mirrors in a sprint car, Kemenah had no idea who was running directly behind him, only knowing that most of the cars were trying to get around on the top of the track.


“When you’re leading you don’t have any idea where you’re at,” said Kemenah, of Findlay, Ohio. “I went up there just to try to get the car as wide as I could. I don’t care how it happened, I was the first one to the checkered flag. I’ve been so close, I’m just tickled to death. “We do concentrate on that All Star deal, but we like to come race with these guys whenever we can because we feel it makes our whole team better.”


Schatz’s second-place run, one night after winning at Route 66 Raceway, signals that he definitely has his program turned around as the series heads into the Month of Money.


“We just need to put up good finishes,” said Schatz, a four-time feature winner this season. “I guess at the end we were there. There were a lot of cars better than us, but they made mistakes on the last couple of laps. I really thought I was going to get him there. With two laps to go I got to second and started to catch him a little bit and he got off the bottom and that’s where I was good. I just got overdriving it, I guess. That happens from time to time.”


What benefited Schatz the most is the knowledge he can’t run on the top at a track like I-55 Raceway. He never even considered running that line during the night. “I know I can’t run up there and do it smoothly on a track like this so I just don’t do it,” said Schatz, a Mean 15 racer from Fargo, N.D. “I guess a lot of those other guys are better at it. Ten years ago I could, today I can’t. That’s just the way it is. If you know you’re not going to be any good there or it’s going to jerk you around and you’re going to get in trouble, get away from it. I watched the modified race and a lot of those guys got in trouble up there. That’s not my kind of racetrack anymore.”


By sneaking into third, Brooke Tatnell extended his advantage in the March to the Mean 15, a five-race challenge to determine the newest member of the Mean 15. Tatnell now owns a 16-point lead over Solwold, a 26-point lead on Stewart and a 32-point lead on Terry McCarl. “It was cut and dice,” said Tatnell, a native of San Souci, New South Wales, Australia, who moved into the Top 10 in points despite missing four races in February. “It was one of those deals where you had to keep moving around. I was good on the top and made a bad decision on the restart to go to the bottom and lost three or four spots. I got back on the top and had to work twice as hard to make up those three spots we lost.“ The cushion was the fence. It was a foot-wide cushion and if you hit it wrong it would suck the front end into the fence. You couldn’t really slide up and hit it. You sort of had to be on it or just below it, but you couldn’t slide up to it. I feel bad for Shane because he had a good run going.”


Solwold posted his most impressive run since he finished second in a preliminary feature in April at Eldora Speedway. Solwold was clearly determined to push his to the front, and had the cautions not worked against him, he might have been the one celebrating his first Outlaws victory. Instead, Solwold will settle for knowing that he jumped from fourth to second in the March to the Mean 15 with three races to go. “That last yellow with 11 to go, I was actually catching up to Kemenah and I had a pretty good rhythm going,” said Solwold, a former track champion at Skagit Speedway and native of Mt. Vernon, Wash. “Then we had the restart and I drove it in hard a couple of times trying to catch him and backed up to fourth, but that was the closest we felt to winning all year. I felt we had something for him. I liked the feeling so hopefully it will come back around.“ The cushion was hard. If you didn’t hit it just right, something was going to happen to you. You’d bounce the front end over and into the wall. I got a little antsy after that last yellow. But we made it home in fourth. It’s another good top 10 finish and that’s what we need right now.”


Points-leader Steve Kinser earned his 28th top-five finish this season, riding the cushion and surviving the wild finish. “It had a real bad cushion on it,” said Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind. “It was grabbing everybody. It was so slick to it, you just slide to it and hit it. If you ran in there too hard and hit it you could get upside down real easy. I’d run in there hard enough where I could hit it but it wouldn’t upset but it wasn’t going to turn me over. I’d like to run a little bit harder, but I wasn’t working that good and I had a little too hard of a tire on.”


I-55 RACEWAY NOTEBOOK• I-55 Raceway is a 1/3-mile oval. Last night’s race was the 10th this season on a track that size, including preliminaries, with five different winners. Chad Kemenah earned the first World of Outlaws victory in his career Saturday night.


• In the second Dash that set the outside top six rows of the A-main, Kraig Kinser began his quest for a repeat at I-55 by easily taking the checkered flag. Craig Dollansky, a feature winner on Wednesday at Powercom Park, finished second, followed by Danny Lasoski, Friday night winner Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman and Paul McMahan.

• In the B-main, fast-qualifier Joey Saldana quickly powered to the lead as Jesse Hockett cut into second. Saldana was too strong for the field, motoring back into the lead after three cautions. Hockett held onto second with Terry McCarl settling for third and Jimmy Hurley earning the final transfer spot to the feature.

• In the first heat, Jac Haudenschild raced the Dennis Roth-owned No. 83jr to the front in Turn 2 and held off Jason Sides to the checkered flag. Kraig Kinser cruised to the finish in third with Shane Stewart in fourth. The race for the fifth and final transfer spot was intense as Joey Moughan fought off the night’s fastest qualifier, Joey Saldana.

• In the second heat, Tim Shaffer shot to the front as Steve Kinser dove from fourth to second. Pole-sitter Jesse Hockett then blew a motor, moving Chad Kemenah up a spot. On the restart, Shaffer rushed back to the lead and held off Kinser as the field raced the rest of the way single-file. Wimmer finished third, Danny Lasoski was fourth and Kemenah fifth.

• In the third heat, Jason Meyers and Tim Kaeding raced side-by-side into the first turn before Meyers slid in front down the backstretch. Meyers, Kaeding, Donny Schatz and Jason Solwold pulled in front leaving Paul McMahan and Terry McCarl to fight for the final transfer spot. With McCarl on the cushion, McMahan powered through the low groove. The two were side-by-side coming off of the final turn with McMahan blowing a motor but still barely holding off McCarl at the checkered flag.

• In the fourth heat, Jeff Shepard and Brian Paulus raced to the front as Brooke Tatnell, Daryn Pittman and Craig Dollansky went three-wide down the backstretch. Paulus edged in front on Lap 4 and drove to the checkered flag. Tatnell was second, followed by Hockett, Dollansky and Pittman.

• Joey Saldana paced the 32 cars that went through time trials with a lap around the 1/3-mile oval in 10.509 seconds at 114.187 mph. Stevie Smith owns the track record in an Outlaws event after turning a 10.189-second lap on March 30, 2002. “It’s good because our motor still isn’t running very good,” Saldana said. “I know we qualified fast time, but I don’t think Pevely is a track where you know if your motor really runs. We just ran a nice clean lap and we went out early, but I think we’re still fighting some motor issues and hopefully we can get it figured out before Eldora.”

• The Outlaws next head July 13 to the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park and then next weekend to Eldora Speedway for the prestigious Knight Before the King’s Royal and the King’s Royal.

• The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 13 the Duel in the Dakotas from Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D.

• Dirtvision will offer July 13 On-Demand coverage of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series race run Friday at Route 66 Raceway and July 14 the race run Saturday at I-55 Raceway. For more information, go to

• If fans can’t get to a track to see the series, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on through the DIRT Radio Network. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail


World of Outlaws Statistical Report; I-55 Raceway; July 9, 2005


Qualifying1) Joey Saldana, Woodward 2, 10.5092) Chad Kemenah, Harble 15K, 10.6183) Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 10.6464) Brooke Tatnell, Rush Racing 8, 10.7295) Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 10.753 6) Jason Solwold, Carnahan R19, 10.766 7) Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 10.7918) Shane Stewart, Rudeen Racing 26, 10.7989) Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 10.80610) Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.80811) Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 10.81912) Daryn Pittman, Titan Racing USA 21, 10.86913) Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 10.86914) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 10.88115) Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners Racing 7TW, 10.89916) Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 10.90317) Jac Haudenschild, Roth 83JR, 10.93018) Tim Shaffer, Parsons 6, 10.94619) Jason Meyers, Elite Racing Team 14, 10.95120) Jeff Shepard, Kahne 9, 10.99921) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Fast Effects 40R, 11.07122) Tim Kaeding, Roth 83, 11.11623) Jesse Hockett, Hockett 77, 11.12824) Joey Moughan, Moughan 2M, 11.25625) Lance Gullo, Gullo 3G, 11.34126) Jimmy Hurley, Hurley 35, 11.60327) Jason Keith, Keith 28X, 11.67728) Daniel Adler, Adler 50, 11.78229) Chris Sloan, Sloan D12, 12.00530) Adam Jones, Jones 1A, 12.16031) Jimmy Brayton, Jr., Brayton 3, 12.27432) Kent Buckley, Buckley 1, 12.442


First Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Jac Haudenschild2) Jason Sides3) Kraig Kinser4) Shane Stewart5) Joey Moughan6) Joey Saldana7) Lance Gullo8) Chris Sloan


Second Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Tim Shaffer2) Steve Kinser3) Brandon Wimmer4) Danny Lasoski5) Chad Kemenah6) Jimmy Hurley7) Adam Jones8) Jesse Hockett


Third Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Jason Meyers2) Tim Kaeding3) Donny Schatz4) Jason Solwold5) Paul McMahan6) Terry McCarl7) Jason Keith8) Jimmy Brayton, Jr.


Fourth Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Brian Paulus2) Brooke Tatnell3) Jeff Shepard4) Craig Dollansky5) Daryn Pittman6) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.7) Daniel Adler8) Kent Buckley


Stacker 2 Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined inside first 6 rows of A-feature)1) Shane Stewart2) Jason Solwold3) Chad Kemenah4) Brooke Tatnell5) Brian Paulus6) Steve Kinser


Second Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined outside first 6 rows of A-feature)1) Kraig Kinser2) Craig Dollansky3) Danny Lasoski4) Donny Schatz5) Daryn Pittman6) Paul McMahan


B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Joey Saldana [$20]2) Jesse Hockett [$20]3) Terry McCarl [$20]4) Jimmy Hurley [$20]5) Daniel Adler [$200]6) Jimmy Brayton, Jr. [$180]7) Chris Sloan [$175]8) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.[$160]9) Jason Keith [$150]10) Lance Gullo [$150]11) Adam Jones [$150]12) Kent Buckley (DNS) [$150]


A-main (40 laps)1) Chad Kemenah [$10,000]2) Donny Schatz [$5,750]3) Brooke Tatnell [$3,500]4) Jason Solwold [$3,000]5) Steve Kinser [$2,750]6) Daryn Pittman [$2,500]7) Tim Shaffer [$2,300]8) Joey Saldana [$2,250]9) Danny Lasoski [$2,150]10) Paul McMahan [$2,100]11) Jason Meyers [$1,700]12) Craig Dollansky [$1,400]13) Jason Sides [$1,300]14) Terry McCarl [$1,200]15) Tim Kaeding [$1,000]16) Jeff Shepard [$1,000]17) Shane Stewart [$1,000]18) Brandon Wimmer [$900]19) Jimmy Hurley [$900]20) Joey Moughan [$900]21) Brian Paulus [$900]22) Jac Haudenschild [$900]23) Kraig Kinser [$900]24) Jesse Hockett [$900]Lap leaders: Shane Stewart 1-15, 21-28; Chad Kemenah 16-20, 29-40


Notes: Jesse Hockett was running 3rd in heat race #2 when he stopped in turn 3.Hockett was unable to restart. … Paul McMahan changed engines after his heat race. … Daryn Pittman changed engines after his heat race


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