ALVADA, Ohio – Chad Kemenah has announced he’ll be driving the No. 45 sprint car for team owners Shannon and Cheri Wheatley this year.
The No. 45, which will carry sponsorship from Redlined Welding, Kent Performance Chassis and Morrison Racing Engines, will make its season debut against the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Feb. 27-28 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.
The team will stay with the World of Outlaws through most of the California Swing.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to drive for Shannon and Cheri Wheatley. They are great people that have been around sprint car racing for a long time and understand what it takes to run a competitive team that can win races anywhere in the country,” said Kemenah. “I am very excited for the World of Outlaws races in Las Vegas and California, Shannon Wheatley helped me out when I was driving my white No. 63 car and we clicked instantly, and I had my best ever West Coast Swing with the World of Outlaws so I am very thankful for this opportunity in 2019 and I am going to go out there and try to win as many races as I can for them.”
The Redlined Racing Team will be running a true Outlaw style schedule in 2019. The team will race with the World of Outlaws and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions as well as competing in Central Pennsylvania. The team also has plans to visit Knoxville Raceway for some weekly shows along with all the high profile races throughout the United States.
“Right now we have the Las Vegas and California World of Outlaws races set along with the high profile races but more will be announced soon,” said Kemenah. “Shannon and Cheri Wheatley are not only car owners but they both own successful businesses and we will make sure they have plenty of time to race and they will also get back home to make sure their businesses are running smoothly. My family and I are very grateful for this opportunity and I also would like to thank Champion Racing Oil, they have been racing with me for close to ten years now and there support has been fantastic, they produce the best racing oil and they are also tremendous people to work with.”
While Kemenah won’t be competing for Shannon and Cheri Wheatley in Florida next month, Kemenah does have plans to compete. He’s teamed up with Liz Matus Racing, who previously worked with driver John Garvin, to compete at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park against the All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws.
“When John Garvin and Liz Matus were running with the All Star Series the past few season I was very fortunate to get to know them and help them out on the road since they have not seen a lot of the tracks outside of Western Pennsylvania,” said Kemenah. “Starting the season at Bubba Raceway Park will be fun, last year we able to pick up the win from the 17th starting position along with a third place run. I am very grateful that Liz Matus Racing is giving me an opportunity to race in Florida, the competition is tough in Florida to start the year but LMR has good equipment and we will have everything all ready to go here in the coming weeks.”
When not racing a 410 sprint car, Kemenah plans to drive in the USAC Silver Crown Series for his father-in-law Bob Hampshire and family friend Clark Lamme. The trio plans to compete in select Silver Crown events on dirt.
“This deal just kind of came up when I was at Bob Hampshire shop we were talking about Champ Car Races and it just turned into how about we run a few of the dirt races when you’re not racing the wing car,” said Kemenah. “Bob Hampshire has been successful with the Champ Car the past few season and it will be fun racing out there, I have never ran a Champ Car in a competitive race before but I am more than confident Bob Hampshire and Clark Lamme will have everything ready to go.”