Schatz Outlasts Kemenah At Kings
HANFORD, Calif. — Wearing an ear-to-ear grin, Chad Kemenah hopped out of his car and hugged Donny Schatz.
Kemenah had just finished second to Schatz in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series return to Kings Speedway on Friday night.
“That’s just what happens when you get a race track to race on wide enough,” Kemenah said. “These fans come out and just get a hell of a show. That was a lot of passing.
“I just want to thank all the fans for coming out here and Donny for such a good race. They got their money’s worth and we’re excited.”
Schatz was a bit more subdued in celebrating his first career victory at the three-eighths-mile track, which has featured a different winner in each of the last seven World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series main events.
“It was fun to have a good enough car to go around the race track in perfect condition to be able to go on the top and the bottom all the way around the whole track,” Schatz said. “It was fun, but it was definitely not an easy win.”
Despite nine caution flags that kept the leader out of traffic, the race showcased seven official lead changes and possibly twice as many actual ones. Schatz and polesitter Tim Kaeding swapped the lead five times in the first 10 laps before a flat right-rear tire derailed Kaeding around the midpoint of the 35-lap feature.
But as Kaeding faded before eventually spinning off the track in turn two on lap 20, Kemenah picked up the heat on Schatz and rocketed to the top spot exiting turn two on lap 17. He held onto the lead until Schatz powered around him in turn two on lap 22.