Sunday, July 11, 2004

Hemphill beats field, rain to win ARCA 150

Kentucky Speedway notes

By Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writer

SPARTA, Ky. - Rain interfered with the ARCA/REMAX Series Kentucky 150 for the second time in 24 hours Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway. But the bad weather held off this time just long enough to determine a winner.

Rookie Ryan Hemphill, 23, in the TRIMSPA Dodge, led all 67 of the scheduled 100 laps completed before the race was called. Hemphill started in the fourth position based on series points standings after qualifying and the race were rained out Friday night. He passed polesitter Frank Kimmel high on Turn 1 of the first lap, reportedly on a suggestion from his spotter, his stepmother.

"It feels real good to be back in Victory Lane. It has been a rough past couple races," Hemphill said. "We destroyed a car in Michigan on a bad tire and ran out of gas at Pocono. We got to bring a brand new car to Kentucky. It had never seen the track this year, and I think the new paint scheme from TRIMSPA must have been good luck."

This is the fourth win and sixth top-five finish for Hemphill, who also won the ARCA/REMAX Channel 5-205 at Kentucky Speedway on May 8.

David Ragan and Tandy Marlin finished second and third Saturday.

Kimmel finished in fifth.

"All in all, we are happy with a top-five, I guess," Kimmel said. "The car wasn't running real great, so I'm unhappy with that. ... I know that we had enough fuel to go all the way, so it would have been cool to see the race go another 10 laps, because I think a bunch of guys would have had to pit. That's how it goes."

The race was slowed by four cautions for 25 laps.

QUALIFYING MARK SAFE: After Friday's Craftsman Truck qualifying was canceled, the drivers didn't get a chance to break the Speedway's NCTS qualifying record of 169.641 mph, set by Jon Wood last year.

START YOUR ENGINES: Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall was the honorary starter for the Built Ford Tough 225 Saturday night.

PARTNERSHIP EXTENDED: The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers and Ford Racing extended their contracts to sponsor Kentucky Speedway's Craftsman Truck Series event through 2007.

ARCA results



At Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Ky.

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Starting position in parentheses)

1. (4) Ryan Hemphill, Dodge, 67.

2. (35) David Ragan, Dodge, 67.

3. (38) Tandy Marlin, Dodge, 67.

4. (34) Walt Brannen, Dodge, 67.

5. (1) Frank Kimmel, Ford, 67.

6. (2) Boston Reid, Chevrolet, 67.

7. (11) Christi Passmore, Ford, 67.

8. (6) Mark Gibson, Chevrolet, 67.

9. (10) Todd Bowsher, Ford, 67.

10. (17) Bobby Gerhart, Pontiac, 67.

11. (16) Michael Simko, Chevrolet, 67.

12. (3) Brent Sherman, Ford, 67.

13. (7) T.J. Bell, Chevrolet, 66.

14. (8) Jason Jarrett, Chevrolet, 66.

15. (30) Jimmy Henderson, Chevrolet, 66.

16. (12) Joe Cooksey, Pontiac, 66.

17. (18) Brandon Knupp, Ford, 66.

18. (37) Brian Keselowski, Mich., Dodge, 66.

19. (36) Frank Kapfhammer, Chevrolet, 66.

20. (26) Howard Bixman, Ford, 66.

21. (20) Greg Sarff, Ford, 66.

22. (14) Mike Buckley, Chevrolet, 66.

23. (4) Billy Venturini, Chevrolet, 66.

24. (13) Darrell Basham, Chevrolet, 65.

25. (9) A.J. Fike, Chevrolet, 65.

26. (24) Mike Harmon, Pontiac, 65.

27. (19) Brad Smith, Ford, 65.

28. (15) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 65.

29. (23) Ken Weaver, Pontiac, 64.

30. (31) Johnny Leonard, Chevrolet, 62.

31. (22) Anthony Hill, Ford, 61.

32. (29) Burt Ingle, Chevrolet, 61.

33. (28) Tim Turner, Pontiac, 60.

34. (39) Benny Chastain, Chevrolet, 28, acci..

35. (25) Tim Mitchell, Chevrolet, 26, ovrht..

36. (21) Travis Powell, Chevrolet, 12, accident.

37. (27) Todd Antrican, Chevrolet, 10, handling.

38. (33) Matt Hagans, Dodge, 0, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of race: 59 minutes, 57 seconds.

Margin of victory: under caution.

Caution flags: 4 for 25 laps.

Lap leaders: Hemphill 1-67.

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