MERCER, Pa. – Using a late caution to his advantage to outrun Parker Price-Miller, Chad Kemenah drove to his second Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory of the season Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park.
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 and his second at Mercer Raceway Park during the last two seasons. The victory was worth $5,000.
“This was an important win for us tonight,” 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.”
Kemenah, who started from the outside pole, took command when the initial green flag waved with Price-Miller and 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 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,” Price-Miller said. “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 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 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.”
Chad Kemenah, Parker Price-Miller, Tim Shaffer, Jack Sodeman Jr., Ryan Smith, Justin Barger, Dean Jacobs, George Hobaugh, Caleb Armstrong, Danny Holtgraver, Brandon Spithaler, Max Stambaugh, Caleb Helms, Michael Bauer, Lee Jacobs, Carl Bowser, T.J. Michael, Hunter Mackison, Jordan Mackison, Bradley Howard, Dan Kuriger, Dan Shetler, A.J. Flick, Brandon Matus, John Garvin.