Chad Kemenah drove from 17th to 1st to win 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Day 1 opener at Bubba Raceway Park. Kemenah, driver of the DKW Transport and Bonnell’s Rod Shop-backed, Hunter Racing entry, charged past 16 other competitors to get to the front. Overcoming ten cautions, two of which were red flags, to earn his 34th-career All Star victory, his first ever in the Sunshine State.
“We were really consistent the last two years, so I hope this is a sign because I need to win more,” Chad Kemenah said. “Starting that far back and working to the front says a lot about our efforts in the winter time. My brother, his wife, and Luke are always working in the shop. Rob and Rita Hunter just give us what we need to compete and compete competitively, anywhere we go. That’s all we can ask for.”
“When my brother came out during the red, he asked me what I thought,” Kemenah continued. “I told him I felt good. I just needed to bide my time because there were cars everywhere. The race track was beautiful. The mechanic did his job and all I had to do was drive it.”
Tony Stewart finished second during the All Star opener at the Ocala, Fla., venue, followed by Dave Blaney, Parker Price-Miller, who led the first 21 circuits before giving up the top spot, and Carson Short.
“I'm not sure anyone was going to have anything for those guys,” Tony Stewart said. “We just needed things to go green for a little while longer. I’m proud of my guys. I think this team has gained a lot over the winter. I feel really good about how things got started.”
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