BURLINGTON, Iowa — Chad Kemenah wrapped up the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions’ three-race Midwest swing with a victory Sunday night at 34 Raceway.
Kemenah won his third feature of the season, holding off Bill Balog and Kerry Madsen for the $5,000 payday and his 33rd All Star victory.
Kemenah led all but four circuits during the 30-lap main event on Sunday evening at 34 Raceway, surrendering the top spot to only Bill Balog before regaining command less than five laps later. Balog held on to finish second, followed by Kerry Madsen, Brian Brown and Paul Nienhiser.
“I have to keep winning if I want to keep my son from catching me,” Chad Kemenah said in victory lane regarding his son’s go-kart career. “He’s going to be coming for my job here pretty soon. But really – I can’t say enough about this team. Things are going really well right now and we are all having fun. I have so many people to thank, my brother included. He does a phenomenal job with this car. It’s just him and I out here this weekend, so we’ll definitely be celebrating the entire way home.”
Despite an opening lap caution flagthat halted the Arctic Cat All Star main event, the result of a multiple car incident in turns one and two, as well as a car getting upside-down in turns three and four, Chad Kemenah would go on to lead the feature field to green from the pole position, wasting no time opening his command to nearly a half-straightaway by lap three.
Utilizing the very bottom of the three-eighths-mile oval, Kemenah reached the back of the running order by lap six, which in turn allowed Ryan Smith and Kerry Madsen to keep the Hunter Racing/DKW Transport/Bonnell’s Rod Shop/No. 10h in reach.
By lap 15, traffic started to intensify for Kemenah, with most of the field that was racing directly in front of him also working the bottom edge of the speedway. Meanwhile, Bill Balog, who restarted sixth on the feature grid after the opening lap tangle, was beginning to make moves all alone on the topside of the speedway; capturing third on lap 14, second on lap 15, and eventually taking command from Kemenah on lap 20, ending a two-lap, side-by-side battle on laps 18 and 19.
Despite Balog’s impressive march forward on the cushion, his command was short-lived, surrendering the lead back to Chad Kemenah on lap 24. The defending Arctic Cat All Star champion went the remaining distance undisturbed, crossing under the final checkers nearly three seconds ahead of Balog and Kerry Madsen.
“I tried not to screw up, but the bottom was just so good tonight,” Bill Balog explained. “We can’t be disappointed with this one. We’ve been running pretty well. We’ll take this and move forward.”
Kemenah leads the All Star standings by 180 points heading into Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
“This is a perfect momentum boost for us heading into Ohio Sprint Speedweek,” Chad Kemenah stated. “When you head into Speedweek on a good note, you’re bound to have good things happen to you. We’re all pretty excited to get started.”
Chad Kemenah, Bill Balog, Kerry Madsen, Brian Brown, Paul Nienhiser, Danny Lasoski, Dominic Scelzi, Ryan Smith, Tony Stewart, Brooke Tatnell, Cap Henry, Tim Kaeding, Caleb Armstrong, Brandon Spithaler, Max Stambaugh, Austin McCarl, Ian Madsen, Caleb Helms, T.J. Michael, Tayler Malsam, Jake Blackhurst, Tyler Esh, Josh Schneiderman, Brandon Matus.