ASCoC: Kemenah Takes UNOH Sprintacular Honors; Blaney Crowned Champion at Eldora

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ROSSBURG, Ohio — official series release — Campbell Photography/Eldora Speedway photo —

Despite losing the top spot to 2015 UNOH All Star champion Dale Blaney just before the halfway mark, Hunter Racing’s Chad Kemenah persevered and charged back around Blaney for his second UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victory of the season Saturday at Eldora Speedway.

Kemenah, who swept the UNOH All Star portion of the UNOH Sprintacular program, now has 29 career UNOH All Star main event wins and will officially end his campaign third in the final championship standings.

“I just need to thank my car owner and everyone who helps me,” said Kemenah. “I’m really speechless right now. I’ve been so mentally beat up this year. We tried to reinvent the tire for at least six months and all we figured out is that it is still round. I can’t thank (Brian Kemenah) enough. He works his butt off.”

Kemenah and Steve Kinser brought the 24 starters to green. Kemenah took the early advantage and maintained the top spot for the first 13 circuits, reaching the back of the pack by lap five. Blaney, who worked into the runner-up position after the initial start, chased Kemenah through traffic, eventually working under the Hunter Racing machine on lap 14. The field was halted for the first time on lap 19 for Sheldon Haudenschild, who found himself upside down in turn four.

Green-flag conditions returned with Blaney back on point. Kemenah chased the six-time UNOH All Star champion and made a bid to retake the top spot on lap 22 and succeeded. Despite one last caution and a late race charge by Blaney, Kemenah held on and led the last eight circuits to receive the final checkered flags of the UNOH All Star season.

“When I got passed, it made me mad,” said Kemenah, “I’m tired of losing. I just need to get back up on the wheel and get after it; win it or wear it. Hopefully, this means we are going to win some more because we still have some racing to do.”

Blaney held on to finish second during the 30-lap UNOH Sprintacular main event after starting on the inside of row two. The pilot of the Game Treestands/CH Motorsports No. 1 was officially awarded his sixth UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions title after the event.

“I just want to thank my car owners and sponsors for what they do for me,” said Blaney. “This was a great year, but really, really disappointed how it ended tonight. Chad (Kemenah) has had a great car the last few weeks. I probably made a few mistakes that cost us this race, but overall, we are really, really happy.”

Steve Kinser, Tim Shaffer and Rico Abreu, who started 22nd, completed the top five.


RESULTS: UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1]; 2. 1-Dale Blaney[3]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser[2]; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer[4]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[22]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson[7]; 7. 7W-Logan Wagner[5]; 8. 21-Cap Henry[8]; 9. 89-Cody Darrah[14]; 10. 59-Danny Holtgraver[12]; 11. 1ST-Gary Taylor[11]; 12. 8-Bryan Sebetto[6]; 13. 19M-Brent Marks[9]; 14. 17W-Bryan Clauson[15]; 15. 94-Ryan Smith[16]; 16. 11N-Randy Hannagan[17]; 17. 49-Tanner Thorson[10]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen[20]; 19. 81-Lee Jacobs[23]; 20. 25J-Jimmy Seger[19]; 21. 57X-Andrew Palker[26]; 22. 19-Chris Andrews[24]; 23. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[21]; 24. 2L-Logan Forler[18]; 25. 4-Danny Smith[25]; 26. 25-Jack Sodeman Jr[13]

CREDIT: UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

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