July 23rd, 2014
Quincy, Illinois-Bobby Pierce, Steven DeLonjay, Abe Huls, Tony Dunker and Austin Bercerra all took feature event wins at Quincy Raceways on Sunday July 20 during Heetco Summer Sizzler Night at the Races.
Bobby Pierce took home the $2000 winner check in the Big Ten Series for the Kick Start UMP Super Late Model Special event but he had to work hard for it over the first ten circuits as Ricky Frankel held steadfast onto the lead. Pierce managed to slip past Frankel on the eleventh lap to take over for the rest of the thirty lap distance. Mark Burgtorf climbed past Frankel on lap twelve to take over the second spot but it was all for naught as he fell out of the feature on the twenty second lap with a broken bolt in his rear suspension. Brian Diveley then inherited the second spot but was unable to gain much ground on Pierce over the closing laps and had to settle for the second spot. Gordy Gundaker grabbed third over Rickey Frankel in fourth and Denny Woodworth in fifth. Justin Reed set the fast time in qualifying with Woodworth, Pierce and Frankel all taking heat race wins.
Steven DeLonjay scored the feature event win in the Miller Lite UMP Modified main event but he too had to work hard for it. Dave Wietholder took the early lead and held on through the first four laps when he gave way to Michael Long for the lead. Long then increased he lead to several car lengths but a caution flag on lap seventeenth lap gave DeLonjay the chance to move into the top with only eight laps to go. DeLonjay held off a closing Michael Long to take the win with Long in second, Jared Schlipman in third, Dave Wietholder in fourth and Shawn Deering in fifth. Long set the fast time in qualifying with DeLonjay and Wietholder scoring the heat race wins.
Abe Huls took the win in the Powder Coat Plus IMCA Stock Car main event after a huge battle with Brandon Savage and Jake Powers. Powers, Savage and Huls crossed the finish line three wide at the white flag mark with Huls edging ahead during the final lap to take the win. Savage scored the second spot with Powers in third followed by Beau Taylor in fourth and Gabe Harrison in fifth. Taylor and Terry Houston were the heat race winners.
Tanner Klingele looked like he was well on his way to the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod feature event win but a caution flag on the fifthteenth lap brought Tony Dunker to his rear bumper on the restart. Dunker powered past Klingele on the high side on the restart and went on to take the feature win with Klingele settling for the second spot. Brad Holtmeyer came home in third with Bobby Anders Jr. in fourth and Jeff DeLonjay in fifth. Joey Gower and Klingele were the heat race winners.
Austin Bercerra scored another feature event win in the IMCA Sport Compact division. Bercerra took the lead on the eleventh lap after battling throughout the first ten laps with Brandon Lambert. Lambert settled for the second spot followed by Kimberly Abbott in third, Cliff Spencer in fourth and Adam Scott in fifth. Bryce Baker and Brandon Lambert were the heat race winners.
Coming up next at Quincy Raceways will be a very special event for the two modified divisions as the Miller Lite UMP Modifieds will be duking it out for a $1260 to Win $150 to Start feature event and the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern Sport Mods will be racing for $500 to Win feature event on Sunday July 27. Visit Quincy Raceways online at www.quincyraceways.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quincyraceways or call the Hotline at 217-224-4100 for more information.
July 23rd, 2014
South Bend, IN–Third generation driver, Jasmine Schafer and Eryn Hartz both took their first ever feature wins at South Bend Motor Speedway on a beautiful
Friday evening as Charlie Hanna added another win to his already impressive total. Rich Boal picked up his third win while Mark Swan and Zachery Newgent each picked up their second wins of the season in front of a good crowd.
Opening the evening’s festivities, the Pro Late Model 30 lap main only seven of the nine entrants able to make the call. Rich Boal of Plymouth overtook early leader Brian McFadden of South Bend near the halfway point and won the event going away. McFadden held on for second over Rodney Smith of Elkhart and Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte. Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle was next ahead of Billy Stevenson of Rolling Prairie and Jimmy Klimowicz of South Bend. Smith took the heat race over Brown Jr and Boal.
In the Mini Stock 25 lap feature, the largest field of the year took the green from starter Mike Stutsman. South Bend’s Howie Fisette took advantage of his front row starting position and jumped out to an early lead before Zachery Newgent of South Bend and LaPorte hot shoe, Jason Cogswell motored past. As Cogswell attempted to get around Newgent, the pair came together and spun in turn one, relegating both to the tail. As Cogswell made his move back toward the front, a miscue with a slower ar caused a cut tire, ending his night. Lap after lap, Fisette led as Newgent slowly worked back through traffic. On the final lap, Newgent barely got by, nipping Fisette at the line and taking his second win of the year. For Howie, it was his best finish to date as Ryne Balsley of Plymouth was third ahead of Kevin Davis of South Bend and Chad Lindsey of LaPorte. Ed Martz of Niles was next while Terry Kline of Centreville, MI, Jason Harman of Elkhart, Joe Bucker of Niles and Cogswell rounded out the top ten. Aaron Zimmerman took the win in heat one over Newgent and Lindsey while Cogswell took heat two over Kevin Davis and Balsley.
The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model feature event saw Charlie Hanna of Goshen leading all 30 laps to take the win over Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan and Cory Pressler of South Bend. Defending series champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton was next over Fred Malecki of Elkhart, making his return to competition following a serious crash earlier in the season. Jerry Zachary of Dowagiac, Brandon Zachary of PawPaw, Scott Ross of Plymouth, Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Rick Hahn Jr or Indianapolis completed the top ten. In heat race action, Jerry Zachary took heat one over Ross and Robert Haisley of South Bend while Brandon Zachary took heat two over Hahn and Tutino.
The always competitive Street Stock 25 lap feature saw Mark Swan of Mishawaka benefitting fromt he ‘luck of the draw’ as he lined up with a pole starting position. As Swan led, the other drivers jockeyed for position behind him. At the finish, Vernon Knight of Michigan City took home second over A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton and South Bend drivers, Richie Nyari and Ronnie McLean. Scott Fairchild of Mishawaka was next with Doug Fox of South Bend, Rich Hensley of South Bend, Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Addison Davis of North Liberty rounding out the top ten. As the checkered flag flew, Davis’ engine exploded, resulting in a lengthy cleanup of the racing surface. In heat race action, Fairchild topped Fox and Knight in heat one while Coffin took the win in heat two over Tom Taylor of Michigan City and Derek Wunder of South Bend.
The Front Wheel Drive cars always put on an exciting race and this night was not exception. From her second row starting position, third generation driver, Jasmine Schafer moved to the point and held on to take a very close win ahead of some of the best FWD drivers in the area. Sean Stuart of North Liberty battled Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth for second with James Trussell of Niles and Mike Long of South Bend in fifth. Helmut Forstinger JR, Jason Horton and Ronnie Holaway, all of South Bend were next as Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawka and Doug Close of Elkhart completed the top ten. Ragsdale won heat one over Matt Maurer of Granger and Trussell while O’Dell scored the win in heat two over Drew Davis and Horton.
Closing out the night, the Hornets took to the track for their 15 lap main with Eryn Hartz of South Bend taking his first feature win in convincing fashion over Derek Danley of Mishawaka and Bobby Alwine of Bremen. Richele Wolkens of Niles, driving the Martz Racing house car was fourth with Terry Britain Jr of South Bend and Lizzy Wolkens of Niles following. Dominic Yankauskas of Michigan City, Scott Binkley of Goshen and Michael Werntz of South Bend rounded out the field. Hartz also took the heat race win ahead of Yankauskas and Britain.
This Friday night will feature “Kid’s Night” with special activities planned for our younger fans. Big wheel races along with a special “Soap Box Derby” are on tap. For the Soap Box race, kids are asked to decorate a cardboard box as a race car. They will then wear that box for a special race from turn four to the start finish line. A good time is certain to be had by all.
With just five Friday night races remaining, bring a friend and come on out for some of the best racing around. Gates open at 5 with racing set to go at 8 pm. Adults are just $12 with kids 6-12 admitted for only $5 and those 5 & under are free with an adult. Small (six pack type) coolers are welcome but NO alcohol or glass containers are allowed. Tell your friends, you neighbors, your in-laws, your outlaws, your brother’s girlfriend’s sister’s cousin’s uncle. Tell everyone you know and we will see you at the races.
July 23rd, 2014
WEST UNION, IA. – Curt Luhmann motored to his third win of the season Friday night at the 3/8-mile Fayette County Speedway, extending his points lead in the championship standings.
Luhmann passed Joe Provinzino for the lead on a lap five restart, where Provinzino says the car shut off in front of the field. Provinzino was forced to retire from the race early, but Luhmann never looked back. He led the last 15 laps, virtually unchallenged.
“(It’s) just a great feeling, to come out here and win to build our points lead. The hard work is starting to pay off, and hopefully we can stay on top for the remainder of the season,” a celebratory Luhmann stated after the race.
Continuing a recent hot streak, Eli Hershberger was second in the feature. It was Hershberger’s sixth top-10 in the last six races, and his season-best in the Liquid Nitro Series.
“Yeah we had a good run tonight, but I’m more excited to see these other guys who deserve good runs get them like they did tonight. I owe a lot of them credit for helping me out, so it’s just great to see everyone get their due,” Hershberger said.
Two other drivers also recorded season-best finishes; John Griffin in the K9, who posted a third-place finish, and winner of his heat, Adam Rogich, who placed fifth in his No. 7 machine.
July 23rd, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — Sioux Falls Sprint Car driver Eric Lutz has been a picture of consistency at I-90 Speedway this season. Had he not missed opening night, he would be a serious threat to Troy Schreurs lead in the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car class. Lutz came from sixth to win Saturday night’s feature – his second of the season. Kevin Flowers led the opening 13 laps until his car got loose in turn four. Flowers’ car had already started to get sideways when Lutz hit him from behind. It was the second time that Lutz had caught up to Flowers during the race. With the caution sending Flowers to the rear, Lutz outlasted Schreurs to the finish. “This is the best track he had all year,” Lutz said of promoter Lyle Howey III who also does track prep. Always gracious in victory lane, Lutz praised Howey for his efforts throughout the season and Schreurs for being a top competitor. “He’s already one of the top drivers out here,” Lutz added. In nine starts, Lutz has two wins, three second place finishes and two thirds. His win also allowed him to move into third in the point standings. Dale Furby passed Matt Ziebarth late in the race to score a third place finish. Ziebarth used the cushion to get by Furby earlier. Ziebarth used the high side to his benefit for a season best fourth.
The Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division remains one of the most exciting divisions, well, anywhere! Kipp De Groot led twice but also had the lead taken from him twice. It happened first on lap six when Eric Moser got by, but De Groot stole the lead right back on the following lap. He also had Gary Brown Jr. follow him all over the track for most of the race. But Brad Van Voorst came on strong late in the event and passed De Groot on lap 14. Van Voorst came from the sixth row to take down the pole-sitter and lead the final two laps for the win. The race had four lead changes. It was Van Voorst’s first feature win in over 13 years at I-90 Speedway. It was also the first night this season in which the father/son team of Brad and Zach Van Voorst both finished inside the top five. Cory Yeigh took second and De Groot wound up in third.
For the second straight week, the driver who ended up in victory lane turned out not to be the winner of the USRA B-Modified feature. First, two early red flags pared the field down considerably. Cory Gronewold came out of turn four too hard on the opening lap. He hit the outside wall solidy and rolled his car. Gronewold was okay. On the second lap Nick Barger, Brock Hess, Nick Wranek and Tim Dann got together with Dann’s car ending up on its roof. All four drivers were okay but their cars were extensively damaged. Once the race got going, Cameron Vande Weerd battled with Tyler Tesch for the lead. Vande Weerd ran the cushion while leading the first 11 laps. However, Dennis Martin was making up time running the bottom groove. Martin passed Vande Weerd on the 12th lap and went on to the checkered flag. In tech, Martin was disqualified for a brake issue and the win went to Vande Weerd, his first of the year. Miah Christensen was scored in second with Cody Ahrendt third.
The USRA Hobby Stock feature was a nail biter even though it was cut from 12 laps to nine due to the track imposed time limit. Travis Vanden Top started on the pole and then had Dustin Gulbrandson nipping at his heels the entire race. Vanden Top ran a great race to beat Gulbrandson for his first win. Zach Olivier came from sixth to third after breaking from a close pack that included Mike Chaney, Jason Bradley and Matt Steuerwald. Chad Carpenter was overjoyed to be in victory lane or the first time in almost six years. The Sioux Falls driver grabbed the lead in the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers point standings just last week. He passed Justin Peterson on the fourth lap of the 10 lap A-Main. “It was hookin’ up right and I bought two new tires,” said Carpenter who now leads Josh Lien by 96 points.
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stops present a $1000 to win/$200 to start 360 Sprint Car Special on Saturday, July 26. All five Paramount Racing Series divisions are in action. For more information log onto www.i90speedway.com, see our Facebook page or follow on Twitter @racei90.
July 23rd, 2014
Sauk Rapids, MN – Both winged and wingless Sprint Cars stopped by the Granite City Speedway Sunday night for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night of action was sponsored by Mathison Motors and Kyle Thell, Brandon Opsahl, Brooke Tatnell and Mike Mueller took home the hardware while Tim Johnson took home double.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up for the night’s features and Billy Kendall battled Tom Gill for first. Tim Johnson, Bud Martini and Ashley Mehrwerth went three wide for third while Gill locked in first. Johnson moved into second as the yellow waved. Gill was first on the restart but Johnson moved to his outside and soon took the lead. Martini drove to Gill’s door and took second and Denis Czech stole third. Czech made the move into second after another restart and Travis Schulte challenged Martini. Czech moved low and battled Johnson for first. Johnson broke away from Czech, and with one lap to go, the yellow flew again. The green, white, checkered restart kept Johnson on his toes, but he drove to the checkers and put the #97c in victory lane. Czech, Martini, Schulte and Gill were the top drivers.
Anita Hillebregt and Davey Kruchten brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks on the clay for the next event. Justin Pogones jumped to the high side as the green flew and quickly took first. Kruchten, Aaron Johnson and Tim Johnson battled for second as T. Johnson pulled ahead. T. Johnson caught Pogones for first, and after a quick battle, T. Johnson took the point. Pogones held onto second as the leaders drove away. A. Johnson finally locked in third and began to chase Pogones while Brad Schmidt and Andy Miskowic fought over the third point. After a couple laps, Schmidt broke away but Miskowic found his way back with four laps to go. They remained side by side until the checkers flew. Pogones, A. Johnson, Schmidt and Miskowic rounded out the top five while Tim Johnson put his Wollak Construction streeter into victory lane.
Jamie Flickinger took the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four race began. Tommy Bawden moved high and passed Flickinger for first. Matt Halls took second while Kyle Thell, Brandon Linquist and Flickinger went three wide for third. Halls made the pass on Bawden for first and Thell took second. Thell chased after Halls and moved to his side. Thell took the lead and Halls fell to second. Linquist also passed Halls for second and Dustin Zieske moved to Halls’ side. Thell led the final laps and took the win with Linquist, Zieske, Halls and Flickinger as top drivers.
The Wingless Sprints rolled on the track for their feature with Mike Walters and Rob Caho, Jr. on the front row. Caho, Jr. grabbed the lead as the green flew with Walters and Brian VanMeveren in tow. Caho, Jr. immediately stretched out his lead as Chase Viebrock came in strong. Viebrok took over second and started towards Caho, jr., but Mike Mueller was on his trail. Mueller took third, then moved to Viebrok’s side, and took second. Caho, Jr. was in lapped traffic while Mueller slowly reeled him in. With two laps to go, Mueller was at Caho, Jr.’s side. Mueller made the pass for the lead and took the checkers. Wingless Sprint heat wins went to Cam Schafer and his #54 and Chase Viebrock and his #50.
The Hornets were up next and Dana Voigt took the lead. Brandon Opsahl moved into second and then to Voigt’s door. Opsahl took the lead and Justin Schelitzche took second. Opsahl and Schelitzche drove away from others while Jeff Ahlquist moved from ninth to fourth. Ahlquist and Ashley Bell battled Voigt for third and Ahlquist took the position. Opsahl and Schelitzche continued to drive away as the laps dissipated. Opsahl took the win with Schelitzche, Ahlquist, Voigt and Bell as the top drivers.
The UMSS Winged Sprint Cars wrapped up the nights events with Jerry Richert, Jr. and Sye Anderson leading the way. As the green dropped Davey Reskin moved into first. Brooke Tatnell and Richert, Jr. took second and third as Ryan Bowers put pressure on Richert, Jr. Bowers moved to Richert, Jr.’s side and after a short battle, Bowers took the point. Tatnell kept close to Heskin but got a great run out of the curve and shot into the lead. Tatnell was lapping drivers as the half way flags waved. Tony Norem moved into third and chased down Heskin for second. Tatnell had a big lead as Norem took the runner up spot. Bowers also reeled in Heskin and took third with a lap to go. Tatnell took the win with Norem, Bowers, Heskin and Jamey Ogston in the top points.
The UMSS winged Sprint Car heat winners were Davey Heskin and Sye Anderson. The challenge race winners were Tony Norem and Jerry Richert, Jr.
Next Sunday, all eight of our regular classes will be back in action for the Race of Champions Qualifier. Gates open at 4 and tires will hit the clay at 5:30.
July 23rd, 2014
Ogilvie, MN – WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was in full effect Saturday night at the Ogilvie Raceway. It was Meet the Drivers night and kids were able to meet all their favorite drivers and participate in a candy toss sponsored by D&N Trucking of Princeton. Justin Pogones, Kyle Thell, Travis Schulte, Dave Mass, Jeremy Nelson and Dannie Burkholder took home the hardware.
The JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks were first up and Dan McCain took the lead. Brian Friez, Allen Gessell, Jr. and Justin Pogones ran three wide for second. Pogones took second but Gessell, Jr. moved to his door. They moved aside McCain and were three wide for first. Gessell, Jr. and Pogones pulled away for the lead but the caution waved. Gessell, Jr. led through a couple restarts with Pogones on his bumper. Pogones went low and moved to Gessell Jr.’s side. They were side by side for first along with Andy Miskowic and McCain for third. Pogones pulled into the lead as the yellow waved again. Three more cautions occurred and Gessell, Jr. kept the pressure on Pogones. Pogones took the checkers in his JNP sponsored Street Stock. McCain, Josh Laney, Kurt Becken and Allen Gessell, Jr. were the top finishers.
Ryan Buer took the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Kyle Thell grabbed the high side and moved next to Buer. Buer fell to second and Thell took the lead while Keith Thell took third. Keith Thell moved into third, drove next to Buer, and then spun out causing a caution. Kyle Thell was first on the restart with Mitch Hribar and Buer in tow. Hribar took second but Buer retook the point. Keith Thell was back in fourth and next to Hribar. Keith Thell took third and chased down Buer. Kyle Thell was checked out as Keith Thell battled Buer. Keith Thell, Buer, Hribar, Nick Jelacie took top points while Kyle Thell drove into victory lane.
Shane Gerwing, Jeffrey Lien, Jr. and Jeremy Nelson went three wide for first as the green flew in the 26 car deep WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Lien, Jr. and Nelson pulled away and battled for first as Nelson took the point. Bud Martini moved into second and Travis Schulte drove to Lien’s side. Nelson drove away and soon began to lap as the yellow flew. Nelson was alone on the restart but Martini went to his door. Nelson nosed ahead but scrapped the wall and fell back. Martini drove into the lead as the yellow waved. As the drivers were aligned, Martini was docked two points for jumping the previous restart, therefore Schulte took the lead. Martini and Lien, Jr. battled for second as the white waved. One more caution slowed the drivers and put Martini on Schulte’s bumper. Schulte sped away as the green flew but Martini moved to his side. Schulte held off Martini enough to take the win, Martini, Lien, Jr. Nelson and Mark Froehlich were the top five.
The Hornets were up next and Chris McClain took the lead. Dannie Burkholder moved into second as the yellow appeared and McClain exited with a flat. Burkholder assumed the lead and Levi Voss pulled into second. Gavin Rowland took third and rode Voss’s bumper. Voss pulled away as the battle for fourth heated up. Quain Busitzky, Brandon Opsahl and Zach Gaslin went three wide for fourth, started to break up, then back to three wide. After many laps, Opsahl took fourth and closed in on Rowland. They were side by side for third and moved in on Voss. Burkholder held off the competition for the win with Opsahl, Voss, Rowland and Gaslin as the top drivers.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay with Donna Jo Schmdit, Brett Johnson, Andy Grymala, and Matthew Dibb four wide for third. Grymala pulled into the lead but the yellow soon flew. Grymala was first on the restart, Johnson went high and Dibb grabbed the middle but Johnson pulled away in the lead. Dave Mass grabbed the high side, took second and moved to Johnson’s side. Mass and Johnson were door to door but Mass drove away. The leaders spaced out and Mass began to lap. Mass led the remaining laps and rolled into victory lane. Johnson, Grymala, Chris Wark and Dan Gullikson rounded out the top points.
J.T. Johnson and Jeremy Nelson led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green for the night’s final feature. Nelson moved into first and Jeff Patchen took second. The yellow light flickered as Tim Swanson spun in turn two. Nelson was first on the restart and sped away while Patchen and Johnson battled for second. Jody Bellefeuille kept close and joined them in a three way battle. Patchen and Johnson again pulled away as the yellow reappeared. Jeremy Nelson grabbed the high groove and drove away and Johnson locked in second as the green dropped. Bellefeuille and Patchen battled for third and Dave Mass joined them. Mass took third and soon passed Johnson for second. A final restart slowed Nelson down, but he sped away as the race resumed. Mass took second but Bellefeuille moved to his side. Mass and Bellefeuille battled side by side until the checkers flew. Mass, Bellefeuille, Andy Jones and Johnson finished in the top five as Nelson drove his D&N Trucking sponsored #06 into victory lane.
Next week is the 3rd Annual Ron Jones Sr./ Ron Fleischer memorial race at the Ogilvie Raceway. WISSOTA Midwest will race for a payout of $773.00 and WISSOTA Modifieds will race for $1073.00. All regular classes will race with added pay for the two classes. Racing will resume at 6:30 pm.
July 23rd, 2014
Shawano,WI—A strong field of 101 cars and a grandstand full of fans turned out for the fourth annual Racing For A Reason night at the Shawano Speedway. Paul Parker and Lucas Lamberies picked up wins for a second consecutive week, while Mark Weisnicht, Brandon Czarapta, and Grant Kastning each won their first features of the season. Late Model racer Joel Bennett has been plagued by bad luck all season long. He was looking to turn things around in this weeks late model feature. Bennett took the lead on the opening lap of the race with Tim Rothe following in second. Eighth place starter Paul Parker raced his way to second on lap eight while Bennett continued to lead. Parker began to challenge Bennett for the lead on lap nine. The duo raced side by side for the next three laps before Parker finally gained the upper hand with an inside pass for the lead coming off turn two on lap twelve. On lap fifteen Tim Rothe passed Bennett for second. The bad luck would continue for Bennett after his car coasted to a stop on lap sixteen ending his night and bringing out a caution. This would set up a four lap dash to the finish. On the restart of the race Nick Anvelink moved into the second spot. Parker rode the outside groove to his second victory in a row. Anvelink took second for the second straight week. Rothe finished in third, Troy Springborn was fourth, Tom Naeyaert took fifth.
The IMCA Modified feature saw Mark Weisnicht take the lead on the first lap. The race was stopped after lap two when Tony Wedelstadt’s car took a hard right turn into the front stretch wall near the end of pit lane. The incident ended Wedelstadt’s night and sent track worker Loren Rouse to the hospital as well. Once the race was restarted Weisnicht continued to lead the field. Jerry Wilinski and Marcus Yarie were in hot pursuit of the leader. By the midpoint of the race Weisnicht still held the edge out front. The rest of top five Wilinski, Yarie, Jared Siefert, and Mike Mullen were locked in a furious battle for positions. Weisnicht led the entire twenty lap feature to secure his first feature win of the season. Yarie battled to second, Mike Mullen finished third, Siefert took fourth, and Wilinski came home fifth.
The IMCA Stock Car feature saw Gary Kasperek grab the lead on the opening lap. He would hold it until lap three when Ray DePew overtook Kasperek for the lead. DePew lead for two laps before Nate Michonski powered to the lead on lap five. By lap seven it became a four car battle for the lead as Brandon Czarapata, Travis VanStraten, and Mike Schmidt joined Michonski at the front of the field. Michonski ran the top side of the speedway while Czarapata chose the inside lane and the two drivers raced side by side for the lead on laps eight and nine. VanStraten stayed right on the back bumper of the lead pair looking for room. Czarapata was able to pass Michonski on the inside coming off turn two on lap thirteen. VanStraten and Schmidt continued to pester the lead pair. At the end it was Czarapata winning his first Shawano Speedway feature of the year. VanStraten passed Michonski for second on the final lap. Schmidt finished in fourth. Shawn Wagner finished fifth after taking the challenge and starting in last, twentieth position. Lucas Lamberies shot from his sixth place starting position into the lead on lap one of the IMCA sport Mod feature. Wyatt Block, Tracy Wassenberg,and Joey Taycher chased Lamberies for the lead until a lap fourteen caution slowed the field. On the ensuing restart Block got too high in turns one and two and hit the wall ending his night and bringing out another yellow flag. On lap fifteen of the race Taycher raced past Wassenberg for second. Over the final five laps Taycher pressured Lamberies for the lead. The pair of racers ran side by side for more than one lap. In the end though, Lamberies expertly ran the outside line to his second consecutive victory. Taycher had to settle for second, Wassenberg took third, Brock Saunders and Jordan Bartz rounded out the top five. Grant Kastning led wire to wire to win his first Mighty Four feature of the season. Brad Wedde held off Josh Slewinski to take second. Tanner Westphal and Scott Blanke finished fourth and fifth. Brian Welch returned to victory lane in four and six cylinder spectator eliminators. Mike Sortino outduelled Dave Stoffer to win the V8 spectator eliminators.
Next week is Shawano Speedway Hall Of Fame night. Jerry “Medina” Smith and Cubbly Lamberies will be honored. Racing begins at 6:30. More information is available online at www.shawanospeedway.net
July 23rd, 2014
Spring Valley MN-Huge thank you to the Minnesota Corn Growers for their Tasseldega Nights promotion as a huge turnout of fans were on hand to take advantage of the free admission to the races. A special thanks to all of those organizations and businesses who were on hand to provide solutions and answer questions about corn production and ethanol production. Those on hand learned many facts about ethanol and corn production.
The first race of the night was the Six Two Graphics WISSOTA Street Stock Feature event. Fred Prudoehl and Kory Adams charged out of turn two trying to settle the
top spot. On the completion of lap one Prudoehl took the spot. Kyle King sat in third and pulled alongside of Adams for the second spot. Behind them Nick Schwebach and Mike Blowers battled for the fourth spot. With five down Schwebach dispatched Blowers and moved under King for the third spot. Schwebach and Adams made contact battling for second on lap six but both continued on. On lap seven Adams pulled alongside of Prudoehl for the lead. Adams took the spot with Schwebach following past Prudoehl into the second spot. Blowers and Jason Barber started a race for the third spot now that continued for the next five laps. A caution flew on lap fifteen and on the restart Adams and Schwebach battled for the top spot. As the two raced through three and four Schwebach’ s car slid up the track and Adams tried to find a little extra room up top but ran out of room scraping the outside wall and allowing Schwebach to pull away for the win. Heat races were won by Barber and King
The next feature on the track was the Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modified with a three wide race for the lead out of turn two we all knew it was going to be a good one. Bryan Hernandez came out of the battle with the top spot. Dustin Scott and Casey Trom raced for the second spot. Scott took control of that spot on lap two while Cory Crapser moved past Trom for the third spot. Josh Crary took over the fourth spot on lap four while Dan Wheeler, Jacob Bleess, Jared Boumeester and Andrew Bleess where four wide for sixth behind Trom. Boumeester took the spot them moved past Trom for the fifth spot. With ten down the action up front heated as Scott and Crapser battled for second and gained ground on Hernandez up front. Crapser, Hernandez and Scott were now three wide on lap eleven with contact made and a caution flew over the field with Scott restarting at the tail. Hernandez again took off into the lead and with fourteen laps down J. Bleess, Boumeester and Crary were three wide for the third spot while up front Crapser pulled alongside of Hernandez and took over the top spot. Boumeester took over the third spot and as the checkers were falling over the field he flew into turn four and slid up in front of Hernandez for the second spot. Hernandez was prepared and immediately cut back down and regained the second spot as they crossed the line. Crapser took home the win followed by Hernandez, Boumeester, Crary and J. Bleess. Jonathan Olmscheid started twenty first and finished sixth. Heat races were won by Wheeler, Hernandez and Boumeester.
Victory lane for the Wagner Trucking WISSOTA Super Stock feature lane was very emotionalafter a father son duo crossed the line one, two. Schatney Sanders jumper out to the early lead with Ed Sanders in second. Brian Fetting jumped into third after clearing Dave Solum on lap five. Jeff Brauer started to move towards the front and took third away from Fetting on lap seven. Gary Wiersgalla moved past Solum for the fifth spot on lap eight. Brauer started to put pressure on Ed Sanders at the halfway point but was unable to make a pass. On lap sixteen Fetting got around Brauer for the third spot but by lap eighteen Brauer worked back into the third spot. At the finish it was Schatney Sanders with the win followed by his dad Ed in second. Brauer, Fetting and Wiersgalla rounded out the top five. Heat races were won by Wiersgalla and the old veteran Harlan Morehart who had the crowd cheering for him as he held off Brauer for the win.
Another huge field of 36 Elma Performance and Fabricating USRA b-Modifieds pulled into the pit area tonight. Shaun Walski and Kylie Kath took home the “B-Feature” wins. Ben Moudry and David Pitz paced the field for the feature event. Moudry took the early lead while they battled four wide for the fourth spot. Erik Kanz worked into second early on while the first caution flew on lap four. On the restart Kadden Kath and Kanz were side by side for the lead with Moudry now in third. Another caution flew on lap six. On the restart Kath took the lead while Moudry and Kanz battled for second. Kylie Kath moved into the third spot on lap nine. Jacob Bleess worked into the top five on lap ten and on lap eleven took over the fourth spot. Shaun Walski and Cory Crapser battled for the fifth spot as a final caution flew on lap fourteen. On the restart Kadden led with Bleess and Kylie Kath racing for the second spot. Cole Queensland and Kanz battled for the fourth spot as the laps wound down. At the finish it was Kadden Kath with his first ever feature win at the speedway ahead of Bleess, Kylie Kath, Queensland and Walski.
The final race of the night was the NAPA Auto Care USRA Modified feature event with Josh Angst jumping out to the early lead. Brandon Davis quickly moved past Joel Alberts for the second spot. Keith Foss and Lucas Schott rounded out the top five early on. Foss moved past Alberts for third on lap three with Schott and Alberts now racing for fourth. With five down Foss continued his charge forward moving around Davis for the second spot. Jason Cummins moved past Alberts to take over the fifth spot while Foss challenged Angst for the lead. Foss led lap eight while Schott and Davis battled for the third spot. Schott took the spot with Cummins moved past Davis for the fourth spot on lap eleven. Schott moved into second on lap thirteen. A caution flew on lap eighteen and on the restart Foss led while Davis made a strong move into the second spot. Brad Waits worked into the top five. With twenty two down Cummins moved into third as Schott started to slide back as the top side started to fade. With twenty two down Waits moved into the fourth spot and on the next lap shot under Cummins for the third spot. At the finish it was Foss with the win, Davis, Waits, Lance Hofer and Cummins rounded out the top five. Heat races were won by Alberts, Dustin Scott, Davis and Waits.
Racing resumes next week with the Red Tail Tackle World Dirt Track Championship featuring USRA Modifieds racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the $15,000 first place check.
July 23rd, 2014
GREENWOOD, Neb.–Rodney Sanders extended his United States Modified Touring Series win streak to six Saturday night as the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, completed the weekend sweep of the Silver Dollar Nationals for the second year in a row.
After coming from the eighth starting spot on Friday night to capture the $3,000 victory, Sanders had to claw his way from the 12th starting position to collect the $4,000 top prize on Saturday in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the I-80 Speedway. Early in the 40-lap main event Rookie of the Year contender Dylan Smith appeared poised to capture his first USMTS win, leading the first 21 laps and slowly pulling away from the field. However, the former IMCA national champ suffered a flat tire and pulled to a stop on the track to bring out the races second caution.
Terry Phillips inherited the lead for the restart with Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes and Sanders in tow. While Phillips churned away at the thick cushion around the high side of the 4/10-mile of clay, Sanders used the low groove to pick off Hughes on lap 22 and then VanderBeek on lap 26. Sanders slowly reeled in Phillips and the two put on a nail-biting performance for the next ten laps before Sanders crossed the start-finish line as the leader for the first time on lap 37.
The defending USMTS national champion held on for the final eight left-handers to garner his second win of the weekend, sixth in a row, 15th of the season and 33rd of his career while Phillips reluctantly settled for the runner-up paycheck for the second straight night. VanderBeek and Hughes held on for third and fourth, respectively.
The thrilling race for the lead may have caused most in attendance to miss the stellar do-over runs by Smith and Stormy Scott, who spun on lap 3 and restarted at the rear of the field.
Although the box scores show that Smith and Scott started the feature race in the second and third slots, both drivers bounced back from earlier incidents and raced from the back of the pack to finish fifth (Scott) and sixth (Smith). Not to be outdone, Kelly Shryock came from 17th to take seventh, Thomas Tillison Jr. was eighth, Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award winner Adam Penn came from 21st to finish ninth and John Allen rounded out the top 10.
Prior to his eighth win in the region, Sanders clinched the Major League Bowhunter Central Region points title and the $5,000 that goes with it when he took the green flag in his heat race. Finishing second through tenth in the final regional points were VanderBeek, Smith, Stormy Scott, Shryock, Daniel Hilsabeck, Dereck Ramirez, Johnny Scott, Austin Siebert and Joe Duvall.
Bryan Rowland, Trevor Hunt, John Allen, Rick Beebe, Lance Town and Darron Fuqua also punched their tickets to the USMTS Hunt for the Caseys National Championship powered by Swan Energy.
The month of July wraps up Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24-26, as the USMTS joins forces with the United States Racing Association (USRA) for the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with no less than $17,000 going to the winner of Saturdays 100-lap main event.
From there, the The Hunt begins on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Batesville Motor Speedway near Locust Grove, Ark.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts
July 23rd, 2014
Rice Lake WI, – Racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway saw two more new drivers join the list of feature winners for 2014 while the top winner at the track won yet again. Dave Baxter and Jimmy Randall won the WISSOTA Modified and Street Stock features respectively and took home their first wins at the track
this year while Jason Havel added to his top winning total for the year. Others winners on a balmy and breezy Saturday night included Ryan Viltz, Willy Johnsen Jr.
and Curt Myers.
Baxter has shown times this year when he has been very fast but has not been able to put together a complete race, but that all changed Saturday as Dave led from start to finish in the Modified main event. He came off the top side to take the early lead with pressure being applied by Pat Hoffman and Steve Hallquist. As Baxter continued to race the cushion, Cory Mahder started to move forward after starting fifth in the field. He got past Hallquist and then Hoffman to take over second and then tried to track down the leader.
Two quick midrace yellows for minor incidents bunched the field and on the final green, Baxter got a surprise as Hoffman got a great restart on the low side and shot into the lead down the back chute. However, Baxter got back up on the cushion and blasted past Pat through turn three to again claim the top spot.
The last few laps of the race saw Baxter continue his solid pace and while Mahder could run within a few car lengths of the leader, he never was able to make a solid challenge for the lead. Mike Anderson made a late charge to move up to third in the finishing order after starting in the fourth row and Mark Hessler and Hoffman ran next in line.
For Baxter it was only his second ever Modified win at Rice Lake with the last one coming during the 2012 racing season.
Randall has been making noise recently at area tracks and Saturday night he added Rice Lake to his list of tracks won at as he fought off a tough field of Street
Stocks with a late race move that proved to be the winning one. Once again, Simon Wahlstrom was one of the major players in the Street class as he again led a number of laps during the main event. Kirk Bogdanovic was his early challenger with Ron Hanestad and Randall then moving in to join the group fighting for the lead along with Sam Fankhauser, Scott Clark and Adam Soltis as a seven car wad battled all around the track, changing lanes and positions on the track on nearly every corner.
Wahlstrom continued to show the way while Hanestad and Randall had a great battle
for second with Bogdanovic before Randall finally found an opening on the high side and shot into second. He then began to pressure the leader, looking to his outside lap after lap when finally, with only three laps to go, he shot past Wahlstrom to take over the lead.
Randall didn’t have any breathing room however, as Clark was now the driver on the move as he wedged his way into third and then pressured Wahlstrom.
The final two lap sprint to the finish after a spin triggered another yellow saw Randall maintain a two car length lead as “The Blade” drove on to his first of the
year at Rice Lake and became the eighth different Street Stock winner to date in 2014. Clark continued his charge as he got past Wahlstrom for second with Hanestad
and Fankhauser completing the top five.
The Pure Stocks put on perhaps their best feature race of the year as eighteen cars took the green, the race ran nonstop on only one car failed to complete the distance with none being lapped.
Havel had to work his hardest to get the win Saturday and it took until the white flag lap for him to see the front of the field. Bob Thompson led many laps of the feature as he tried to get his first win of the year. Behind him a great battle took place as Hunter Van Gilder and Rob Grabon went side by side for a number of laps battling for second with Havel having worked up from the ninth starting position to ride behind and try lap after lap to pass both of then, unsuccessfully. Finally, with only a couple of laps left, Grabon got pass Van Gilder but both cars slid up the track and Havel drove under both of them.
Jason then closed on leader Thompson and when he slid up the track in turn one, Havel drove under him to take over the lead. On the final lap Grabon made the same move as Thompson settled for third after having led most of the contest. Van Gilder and Joel Hinrichs completed the top five. For Havel it was his track leading seventh win overall as he has lost only three feature races at the track all year.
Other than a lap two collision that eliminated the cars of Josh Wahlstrom and Terry Sirek, the Midwest Modified feature also went without a stoppage and this enabled Ryan Viltz to race up from the fourth row and win his second main of the year.
Rookie Austin Ellis led the first few laps and he proved tough to pass as he improves every week. Viltz had to work his way through traffic and a low side move saw him gain much ground and put the leader in sight.
Finally, after attempting on a couple of occasions, he was able to make a move and drive past Ellis to take over the lead. Once in front, he disappeared from the field and built up nearly a straightaway lead over the pack as he cruised home for the win. Brother Tito made a late race charge and passed Ellis for second with only a couple of laps remaining. Shane Halopka came back from a heat race breakdown to claim fourth ahead of Travis Anderson.
The Super Stocks ran twin features that included a makeup feature from June 28th that was held over due to rain. In that event, point leader Willie Johnsen Jr. got to the front early and lead the rest of the contest to record his second feature win of the year. Jason Forehand chased Johnsen and did close up at the end, but Johnsen hung on for the win. Eric Olson settled for third with Kyle Helling and Derek Baskin completing the top five.
Saturday’s regularly scheduled main saw Myers get past Jim Harris after some hard battling and then put distance on the field. A spin on lap seven bunched the pack but Curt again pulled away from the field.
Bart Steffen made a strong run up to second and at one point was gaining on the leader but Myers again picked up the pace in the late going for take his second win of the year here. Forehand settled for third at the finish ahead of Harris and Johnsen Jr.
All five classes will be on hand again next Saturday night for a race program that begins with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. ON July 26th bike races for the kids and adults will be the halftime entertainment and entries are already rolling in for the Street Stock Little Dream race scheduled for Aug. 5th with a rain date of Aug. 6th. Modifieds will be the support class for the Little Dream with $1,000 on the line for the winner of the open wheel cars.
Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for information on the races or FYE Motorsports for special news on the Little Dream.
July 22nd, 2014
St. Croix Falls, WI, –The vintage cars from the Northern Vintage Stockcar Racers joined the weekly regulars at St. Croix Valley Raceway on Friday night, with Butch Bethke and Greg Scheffer winning their respective vintage feature races. Ms. St. Croix Falls and the rest of the Wannigan Days royal court was on hand to sing the national anthem as well as present winner’s trophies throughout an evening which was highlighted by a photo finish in the UMSS Micro Sprint feature.
In the early stages, the UMSS Micro Sprint feature looked like it might turn into an easy win for reigning series champion, Ty Sampair, who had jumped out to a sizable lead from his pole starting position. Val Urman, who owns a pair of wins this season, was giving chase but he was feeling the heat from Lake Elmo’s Jack Berger. Berger had a strong run out of turn two on the second lap and the pre-teen was in the runner-up spot heading down the back chute. Out front, Sampair looked to be getting even stronger as his lead was continuing to grow. However, as the laps clicked off, Sampair’s advantage began to shrink. Berger was working his #19 sprinter over every square inch of the SCVR quarter-mile in search of speed, and he kept finding what he needed. With just a few laps remaining, the outcome was no longer a foregone conclusion as it was clearly evident Berger had enough car and enough time to mount a serious challenge. With the lead do well in front of the rest of the field, the pair came screaming out of the final turn at full song in a dead heat, Berger up high and Sampair sticking low. In quite possibly the closest finish in the history of the raceway, Sampair completed the clean-sweep victory a mere eyelash in front of the curre t series point leader. The narrow victory had Sampair celebrating in Anderson’s Maple Syrup Victory Lane for the third time this summer. Urman came home third in front of Dave Madsen, Shawn Kelley, Al Sachs and Kayla Lallier.
Mike Mueller and Chase Viebrock paced the fourteen UMSS Traditional sprinters to Shaun Cimfl’s green flag for their 25 lap main event Viebrock finding the point early, pursued by fourth-starting Rick Kobs. First heat race winner Cam Schafer was active again in his #54 mount, working any open clay he could find to move up from his fifth starting spot. On lap three, it was Jimmy Kouba falling victim to Schafer and Mueller gave up the third spot to Schafer on lap eight. After bringing out an early caution, Kevin Bradwell had charged through the field and was up to sixth place with just eight laps remaining. Out front, Viebrock, just thirteen days removed from his first career sprint win at Hibbing Raceway, was looking strong and steady while Schafer continued his charge, taking second away from Kobs on a lap eighteen restart. A final restart with three laps to go did nothing to change the outcome as Viebrock parked in Anderson’s Maple Syrup Victory Lane for his first SCVR win over Schafer, Kobs, Rob Caho Jr. and Mueller.
Mitch Niebur won his heat race and redrew the pole for the Future Four/Minivan feature with Derrick Johnson starting to his right. At the drop of the green, the front row starters grabbed the top two spots while Team Rollover, Duane and Damon Roberts moved through the field. For winning the last three consecutive weeks, Damon Roberts earned the privilege of starting his heat and feature from the tail. The Grantsburg hotshoe worked through the field, making his way up to challenge Duane Roberts for fourth just past halfway. Niebur was still strong in front of Johnson when Nick Axelsen sprang to life, moving from seventh to third in the space of four laps. Unfortunately for Axelsen, he slowed and pulled to the infield with just two laps remaining, yielding his position to Damon Roberts, who was continuing his charge. As the double checkers waved, it was a clean-sweep win for Niebur and his fluorescent lime green #2 over Johnson, Damon Roberts, Duane Roberts and Adam Nelson. Johnson later failed post-race technical inspection moving Steven Johnson into the top five.
In Pure Stock competition, Kyle Dahlheimer was also looking for the clean-sweep after winning the heat race and starting outside the front row for the feature. Dahlheimer quickly grabbed the lead followed points leader Ben Kaphing. Kaphing got underneath Dahlheimer in turns three and four, taking over the lead on lap four. Once out front, Kaphing built up a straightaway lead over Dahlheimer and Darren Kohler, who were battling for second. At the finish it was Kaphing picking up his fourth of the season over Dahlheimer, Kohler, Casey Ogilvie and John Remington. Kaphing failed post-race safety inspection, however, and was disqualified, awarding the win to Dahlheimer, his first in 2014.
John Remington led the first five laps of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature from his outside front row starting spot with fourth starting Mitch Weiss giving chase. First heat race winner Joe Chaplin Jr. ran third followed by Jason VandeKamp, Jeffery Lien Jr., Josh Bazey and Kyle Hallin. The middle portion of the race saw the lead see-saw between Remington and VandeKamp before VandeKamp finally took over for good at the race’s midpoint. A late cautioned jumble the order a bit with VandeKamp winning his track-best seventh feature of the summer over Weiss, Bazey, Remington and Lien.
Cautions and carnage was the unfortunate theme for the final race of the night, with just five racers still running at the end of the WISSOTA Modified main event. Jason Gross looked to have his first SCVR win in years wrapped up when he slowed and pulled off after a late race restart. Gross’ departure handed the lead to Scott Miller, who looped his #68 hotrod on the next restart while running near the front, collecting several cars. Keith Tourville, who had been running third behind Gross and Miller, was next to inherit the lead. A final restart with four laps remaining didn’t provide a wide enough opening for Buzzy Adams to take over as Tourville was powerful enough at the point to fend off all challengers and claim his second SCVR win of the season over Adams, Justin Oestreich, Kyle Steffen and Jeffery Lien Jr.
This Friday at The Valley will see the UMSS winged sprint cars returning to the bullring, joining the Traditional and Micro sprints. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds will also race in addition to the Future Four/Minivans and Pure Stocks. More information may be found on the track’s website, www.SCVRaceway.com, as well as their Facebook page.
July 22nd, 2014
Lansing, MN-It was a picture perfect evening for racing on Auto Value Parts Stores along with R&S Racing night at Chateau Raceway. This week’s program also featured the candy drop for the kids at intermission along with a big number of prizes for the fans in attendance.
The Y-Waste Removal Hornet feature looked to be a lock for Ralph Hanks when he led every lap of the race. That was until the leaders encountered lapped traffic on the final lap. Hanks got pinned behind the slower car and Bobby Blowers vaulted by Patrick Wells and Hanks to win his third feature of the season. Polesitter Matt Miller led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks with Jason Newkirk close by in second. Newkirk would steal the lead on lap three, but Miller reclaimed the lead in turn two on lap four. The top four cars ran in tight formation in a really good race. Miller pushed up the track on lap seven and that allowed Newkirk to take over from there. Newkirk’s car started to smoke late in the race, but he cruised to his third win of the season. Miller’s best run of the year ended in second with Stacy Krohnberg third and Matt Brooks fourth. Brady Krohnberg finished fifth after he started in the eleventh position.
The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature would see a speedway legend end a long dry spell. Tanner Johnston led lap one with Mark Wytaske and Chris Weigert in tow. After winning their heat races, Cory Crapser and Kylie Kath both accepted the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge and would start from the back. Crapser was up to eighth on lap two from the 15th spot. Wytaske drove past Johnston for the lead on lap three and Weigert went after Johnston for second. This race was marred by several cautions at this point. There were a couple of multi-car incidents and one for a cone violation that sent Crapser to the tail. That was the fifth yellow of the event and five laps were knocked off the 18-lap race to set up a green, white, checkered finish. Mark Wytaske would glide to the feature win his first win since June 20, 2003 when he won a WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Weigert ended up second while Josh Mattick got to third. Kadden Kath wound up fourth and older brother Kylie ended his run in fifth.
The nine car Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature would end up being cut also. There were three cautions in the first five laps while Mike Blowers led the field. Bobby Kilby and Kory Adams had a good battle for second as the fifth yellow came out on lap 10. Again, it would set up a two lap shootout to the finish. Another caution came out when Kilby and Adams collided and that would sen Kilby to the tail. Blowers would win his second feature in a row with Adams second. Bernie Adams would finish in third with Noah Grisntead fourth and Jim Connors would get his first top five finish.
Jason Born, Jake Stark and Jesse Hernandez got the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature off to a wild start with a three wide move into turn one. Hernandez would take the lead as Bryan Hernandez would move up and challenge Born for second. Cory Crapser hit one of the infield cones to trigger a yellow on lap three. On the restart, Bryan Hernandez went after his son Jesse for the lead and Robbie Franklin was up to fourth behind Born. The top four were tight on lap six and Franklin zipped past Born and then got by Bryan Hernandez for second. Jesse Hernandez led until lap nine when he got a little high in turn four and Franklin bolted by for the lead. The yellow came out on lap 15 for Crapser’s second cone violation that sent him to the pit. On the restart, Jesse Hernandez slipped high and that gave Bryan Hernandez and Dan Wheeler the chance to slip past. Then on the final lap Jesse Hernandez got a piece of Wheeler and sent him into a spin to bring out the yellow. Hernandez was sent to the tail and Wheeler got his spot back. Franklin would lead the final lap for his third win of the season. Bryan Hernandez would finish second with Wheeler in third. Jayme Hiller had a great run to finish fourth and Born would round out the top five.
Damon Haslip has had nothing but back luck so far in 2014 as mechanical issues have sidelined him twice this year. Tonight was his night however and he won the heat race and then dominated the 25-lap French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Haslip jumped to the lead from row one and kept Todd Scharkey at bay for the entire distance for his first win at the track. Scharkey was second with Doug Hillson in third. Darwyn Karau finished in fourth and Joe Horgdal was fifth.
Just a reminder that there is no racing at Chateau Raceway next Friday, July 25. Racing will resume on Friday, August 1 with racing in all six divisions along with the Gold Rush for the kids. It is also the AMSOIL Race Of Champions qualifier night for the WISSOTA Street Stocks and WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.
July 22nd, 2014
Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Whelen Engineering Night Saturday, featuring a six division racing program. Whelen sponsors NASCAR’s weekly racing series at tracks across the country. Picking up wins in Whelen All-American Series action included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI who dominated the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco of Berlin won for the seventh time of the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Josh Galvin of Franklin picked up his eighth Street
Stock victory. Other NASCAR wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks and Paul French of Andover checkered the SK Light Modified race. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars race rounding out the night’s victors.
James turned in a flawless performance to romp to victory in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature, his second of the season. The win was by nearly a five second margin, almost half the track, ahead of the competition. James took the lead on the outside of Jeff Gallup following the only caution flag of the race, which came on lap-8.
Gallup used his pole starting position to lead rookie competitor Paul Kusheba from the start. Diego Monahan moved past Kusheba into second and James followed to third in the opening green flag run. That ended when Monahan lost control of his car in turn three, spinning from second position to bring out the lone yellow flag for the single car spin. James lined up outside Gallup for the restart, timed the green flag nearly perfectly, and powered into the lead out of turn two.
Once in front James steamed ahead, amassing his lead. Kusheba took second from Gallup on lap-12, only to turn the position over to Rob Janovic Jr. a lap later. Keith Rocco was on the move, slicing through the field to take third spot on lap-16. He closed in on Janovic, diving underneath into second position on lap-20. Ahead, James’ lead was already over three seconds. He was on cruise control and Rocco was unable to cut into the lead. Over the final laps James actually increased his lead as he closed in on the tail of the field. Rocco finished runner-up and Janovic was third. Tyler Chadwick was fourth and Ed Puleo finished fifth.
Rocco’s win in the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature came after a hard fought battle with Nick Sowa, a first year driver in the division. Sowa held the lead until Rocco moved in and challenged, pulling inside Sowa on lap-7. The pair raced side-by-side for five laps in a great duel until Rocco got away on lap-12. Rocco slowly stretched his lead through a lap-28 caution flag when Jeff Smith spun out of fourth position, setting up a wild finish behind the leader.
Sowa spun from second going into turn one on the restart, collecting others directly behind. Rocco was not challenged on the next restart and went on to his seventh win of the year in the division. Smith was able to avoid the late trouble to rebound from his lap-28 spin to finish second. Bruce Thomas Jr. also overcame a rough time in the feature to place third.
Galvin lived up to his nickname of “The Comeback Kid” in the night’s 25-lap Street Stock feature. Al Stone III, a two-time champion, looked poised to slow Galvin’s hot streak in the division. Stone moved out front following a lap-9 restart and then held back Galvin’s outside bid over the next 12 laps, much of which featured clean side-by-side racing between the two. A late caution flag with two laps remaining, however, reset the field for a final restart just after Stone had shaken Galvin from his outside. The restart enabled Galvin to once again run outside Stone for the final two lap sprint to the finish. Out of turn four on the final lap, Galvin won the drag race to the checkered flag by inches in a photo finish. Stone settled for second and Monte Gibbs finished third.
Cassidy looked to be back in top form during the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock event. He ended a dry spell which dated back to May 31 to record his fourth victory of the season. Cassidy, the division’s all-time wins leader, moved up through the field and took the lead on lap-12, never looking back. Garrett Denton moved into second position following a lap-15 restart but had nothing for Cassidy. He finished second and Joe Liskiewicz was third after leading early. Two yellow flags slowed the race.
French won for the second time of the year but first time since May 10 in the SK Light Modifieds. The 25-lap race was non-stop and French led from the green to checkered flags. Rick Williams finished second to record his best finish since winning the season opener, and Larry Goss was third.
Christopher continued his impressive season in the INEX Legend Cars, piling up the accolades. The 25-lap race marked his fourth consecutive victory in the track’s Saturday series for the division, and seventh overall on Saturday’s for the year. Combined with his wins in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series Christopher has won 15 times in 2014. He took the lead from Dana Dimatteo on lap-8 in another non-stop feature. Dimatteo ended up second and George Whitney finished third.
Next Saturday, July 26 is Nostalgia Night at the track, one of summer’s popular weekends at the track each year. The NEMA Midgets visit for the Shane Hammond Memorial, plus vintage racing clubs NEAR and STAR turn back time for fans with displays and exhibition races. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® compete in the Charlie Mitchell Memorial and are joined by the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks.
July 22nd, 2014
(Warrensburg, MO) A warm but pleasant night for race fans and drivers was the recipe for success at Central Missouri Speedway on KDKD 95.3 Radio race night. Jim
Moody motored back to the front to win his fourth feature in the USRA Modified class, Jacob Ebert grabbed his second B-Modified feature win this season, Brett Wood
claimed his seventh feature win in the Street Stocks and Gary Akers drove to his second win in the Pure Stocks as Kory Schudy received the double checkers in the
Allstar Midget feature! The Pure Stocks have seen new drivers from around the Missouri and Kansas area during their first season at CMS. Gary Akers from Buckner took the first heat win of the night with Lee Scott and Don Johnson following in the top three.
The feature event started with Akers driving down low in turn one as the early leader with Lee Scott getting loose and almost spinning out but hanging on to
continue the event. Johnson moved into the second spot and appeared to gain ground on Akers especially after a lap four caution for Scott when his car slowed to a stop on turn two. In the end, Akers captured the Pure Stock main event followed byJohnson, then point leader Leroy Morrison, Jr., and Scott in fourth.
Last weekend Scotty Martin claimed the B modified victory as fans wondered if they would see a new race winner this weekend. During the three qualifying heat races, Warrensburg driver and point leader, Dean Wille took the initial heat race with Jacob Ebert out of Oak Grove moving up for the win in the second heat. Then, Ben Stockton from Kansas City claimed his first heat race victory in heat three.
The feature began as Ebert turned hard into turn one until the yellow flag flew for Dean Truelove who hit the tire down low in the turn for the first caution flag. The complete restart didn’t seem to faze Ebert as he once again charged to the front with Wille stalking him while working hard to find a line around him. Chad Staus then charged into third around Stockton and started to make some noise behind Wille. A lap four caution for Darren Phillips and later one for Jordan Clemons and Jeff Douty, in turn two briefly slowed the feature. Ebert stayed on the low side for most of the night and hung on to take his second feature of the season ahead of hard a hard charging Wille. Staus looked strong in third. Eddie Bray ended up fourth after starting inside row five in the ninth position while Johnny McGinnis moved into fifth.
The Allstar Midget Series returned to the Burg for their second visit of the season. The opening midget heat race had Kory Schudy from Republic in a close battle with Rick Murko for the win and Tyler Nelson out of Olathe in the final midget heat race setting the starting line-up for the feature.
Schudy started on the front row with Nelson and drove low into turn one coming out of turn two with the lead meanwhile several cars bounced into the front side wall with Merril Lamb sliding to a stop. Lyle Dietrich and Rick Murko received most of the damage from the melee. After the wreck, Murko helped Dietrich get back into his car as Murko’s machine went to the infield on the hook. Schudy regained the lead in front of Nelson on the restart and continued with Nelson on the high side and Kory’s Dad, Pat Schudy, on the mid to low line worked in second and third.
Just behind them Mitchell Davis from Auburn, IL, was on the move and passed both drivers on lap five up into second with an eye on the leader. A final caution flew on lap 12 for Dietrich in turn four when he made contact with an uke tire. Now, with the Schudy and Davis bunched up again the race restart, the race for the double checkers was on as Kory Schudy hung on the feature win just in front of Davis. The series points leader, Pat Schudy made a late move into third with Nelson fourth and Todd Jackson fifth.
In the Street Stocks division drivers were attempting to improve their racing programs to dethrone Warrensburg driver, Brett Wood after he claimed his sixth feature win the previous weekend. The two checkered flag heat race winners included Wood in the first heat and Allen Perryman from Belton in the second and final heat race.
As the feature started, Wood dashed out to the early lead put some distance on the rest of the field. On lap three, Jay Prevete spun out of turn two. A determined Prevete re-started tail back on the restart, but gains several spots as he starts his climb back up front. By lap 10, Prevete moved into fifth with Bobby Raybourn side by side until Raybourne spun in turn two. Now, with Perryman and Jay Lyle in front of Prevete, he finally made a late charge into second with only Wood in front of him. In the end, Wood was too strong and won his seventh win of the season, Jay Prevete came on strong hard to finish second. Perryman settled for third while the veteran driver, Jay Lyle, was fourth and Jeremiah Wilson came from tenth to fifth. Each week the heat races at CMS bring close racing with drivers attempting to gain valuable passing points to set their main event starting spots. On Saturday evening Brian Johnson from Independence, Danny Scrogham from Peculiar and Eddie Bray of Archie, Missouri worked hard to gain their respective USRA heat race wins.
Brian Johnson has been stepping up his racing and it showed again Saturday as he led the early part of the USRA modified feature with “high side” Terry Schultz unusually using the low side attempting to move past Johnson. By lap 10, Schultz worked his magic on the high side to grab the lead with Scrogham, Dean Wille and Dalton Kirk looking fast in the top five. Schultz, Johnson and then Wille occupied the front spots with Jim Moody, who started ninth, patiently moving into the top four by lap 17.
Schultz appeared to be on his way to a second consecutive victory but Moody grabbed the lead on the low side on lap 20 restart. It appeared the top side went away for Schultz as Moody kept the USRA modified championship points battle close by claiming his fourth victory at CMS this year. Schultz hung on for second, Kirk made a late charge to third; Wille looked strong in fourth with Gunner Martin rounding out the top five.
Next week, weekly racing continues with the USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Guest Class, Grand Nationals!
July 22nd, 2014
Elko, MN-Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won the second MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature in front of a huge crowd at the Eve of Destruction Saturday night and took over the point lead at Elko Speedway. Goede had a good points night, he started 7th in the 17 car field of NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Models in feature number two. He wound up on top by avoiding the wrecks and holding off Darrin Giles from New Market (MN) by .852 seconds to take the win, it was his second victory at Elko Speedway this year.
Steve Anderson of Lakeville (MN) started up front and stayed there to win the first Super Late Model feature of the night, he beat Paul Paine from Mound (MN) to the checkers by .206 seconds to score his second win of 2014. Jacob Goede now leads in the standings by 5 points over Paul Paine with Chad Walen only 6 points out of the top spot in this closely contested race.
The Genz-Ryan Thunder Cars thrilled the crowd again this week with 23 cars taking the green flag. Michael Gilomen from Northfield (MN) just edged Adam Wiebusch from Shakopee (MN) by .182 seconds to win the first of two feature events. Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) grabbed the top position after Conrad Jorgenson and Brent Kane spun while battling for the lead in feature number two. Wolff then held off James Lindgren from Apple Valley (MN) by .134 seconds for his first victory of the season at the Midwest Center for Speed. Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) had a rough night, finishing 7th and 17th in the two feature events, he still leads in the standings but now only by 10 points over Wolff.
Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) had impressive first and second place finishes in the BIG 8 division. He started on the front row and held on to win the first feature by 1.17 seconds over Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN). Maybe just as impressive was his run up to second place in the second feature after starting 15th on the grid. Joe Neisius from Rosemount (MN) won the second BIG 8 feature, it was his first win since 2007. “We had a good car tonight and a good starting spot, and I was able to work my way up there,” said Neisius. Joe misses some race nights at Elko Speedway to help Nick Murgic who races Super Late Model touring series events across the country. “When I’m home we race and have fun when we do it,” said Neisius. Chris Marek has won four feature events so far this year and he leads the standings by 9 points over rookie Cole Anderson who has one win.
It was a first and second place finish for the father-son team from Shakopee (MN) of Derek and Jon Lemke in the Great North Legends feature event. Both Lemke drivers came up through the pack to finish up front, they started 8th and 9th on the grid of 19 drivers. With his second win of the year Derek Lemke extended his point lead to 18 points over Shon Jacobson from Oak Grove (MN), who got into a wreck and finished 17th. Paul Neisius from Hastings (MN) filled in for his son Cole who was not in attendance and won the Pepsi Power Stocks main event at Elko Speedway. Paul has not won at Elko Speedway in nearly ten years and then he did it on the same night as his brother Joe who won in the BIG 8 division.
Paul started 11th of the 24 cars in the feature and worked his way to the front, “just takes patience” said Neisius “I had to wait for some guys to make mistakes and capitalize on them, I’ve had a lot of track time here.”Neisius beat Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) to the finish line by .236 seconds to take the win. Oxborough still leads by 11 points over Grant Brown in the standings.
Bryan Adams from Norwood (MN) won his second feature of the year in the Mini Stock division at Elko Speedway. He started 10th in the 22 car main event and beat Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) to the checkered flag. He extended his lead to 15 points over TJ Christenson in the standings.
For full results to go www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS
Up next at Elko Speedway is NASCAR Whelen All American series racing on Saturday July 26th with an outdoor post-race concert by 80′s Rockers Hairball. Gates open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm, the concert will immediately follow the races.
The Champions Drive-In will not be open Saturday night due to the concert this one night only.
Get more information on family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities by calling (952) 461-RACE or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com
July 22nd, 2014
Ashland, WI- As part of the celebration of its 50th season of operation, the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association paid tribute to several very special men, women and organizations by introducing them as the first-ever inductees into the newly-formed ABC Raceway Hall of Fame during an emotional ceremony during a break in Saturday night’s racing action at the northern Wisconsin dirt track. The Hall of Fame, which has been in the works for over two years, was created to honor and recognize those who built, maintained and raced at what has become one of the most popular and successful short-track stock car racing facilities in the
The inaugural Hall of Fame class – including four retired drivers, three couples and two individuals selected for their volunteer efforts and contributions, and
three specific honorary selections – were chosen based on their involvement since the very beginning of the Association’s existence. Each made significant contributions to the success of the ABC Raceway and to area stock car racing in general, and all exemplified unselfish involvement and contributions and defined
the true spirit of volunteerism that has been the basis of the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association’s success for the past 50 years.
In what is widely considered their rightful place, the late Frank and Verna Brevak were introduced as the very first of the inductees to be presented before a very
supportive and enthusiastic crowd at the ABC Raceway. The first of three Honorary Inductees unanimously chosen by Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Frank & Verna were the original owners of property that the Raceway occupies today; Frank constructed it as the Chequamegon Raceway in 1957 and maintained the grounds and
buildings for many years, while Verna helped with everything from food concessions to ticket sales.
Even after the Brevak family sold the property to the newly-formed Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association on October 31, 1965, both Frank and Verna remained
actively involved with the Raceway and the club right up until their deaths. When Frank passed away in November 2001, friends, relatives and Raceway officials
arranged for his funeral procession to take a final “victory lap” around his beloved race track. Longtime Brevak family friend and Raceway official Weaver
Wherritt best described the impact of the Brevaks by stating, “Without Frank and Verna, we would not (have this race track) today. How many of us would have taken
money saved to build a house for our family and use it to build a race track for the area’s young people to race on and to keep them off the streets?”
Frank and Verna’s son Bob Brevak accepted their induction plaque on their behalf. The Northern State Bank of Ashland has provided financial support for the Racing
Association since 1965, and it is for this reason that it was introduced as an Honorary Inductee. Besides offering a long-time trusted source of banking, NSB
offered the Association the backing of the loan to purchase the track from the Brevak family in 1965. The late Frank Phillips, during his tenure as president of
the Bank, arranged other loans to the club for the purchase and installation of lights in the early 1970s and again in 2008 for the purchase of a new tractor.
Phillips even guaranteed the purse for the track when it held its first-ever Red Clay Classic in 1976. Northern State Bank continues to provide financial services to Association and has become a long-time season sponsor of the races at the ABC Raceway. Current Bank officer Tom Malyuk accepted the honor on the Bank’s behalf.
Always generous in their support and active membership since the Raceway’s earliest days, the Vernon family and their business, Northern Clearing Inc, were also named as Honorary Inductees. Brothers Wayne and George Vernon competed as racers for many of the track’s earliest years of existence, and George’s wife Louise has always been generous in assisting in the concession stands. Later George’s sons Todd, Richard and Craig raced here and took active roles in support of the track,
including sponsorships of several race cars and as a season-long sponsor of the track iteslf. Cousins Tyler Vernon and Colten Vernon currently race as the third
generation to support the Raceway. Northern Clearning has generously donated time, equipment and personnel on many occasions to help with track projects over the past 50 years, and at least three times its crews have assisted with track reconditioning work. The Vernon family has always been first in line to donate when the Raceway staff has needed heavy equipment for larger projects.
George Vernon’s wife received the Hall of Fame commemorative plaque on behalf of the family and the business. Bob Brevak was one of four men to be honored as part of the Class of 2014 in the Retired Driver category. The driver of the popular number 18 was a two-time track champion – in 1968, when the Raceway ran a single division, and again in 1970 in the Late Model division. Bob also served as the Association’s president in 1968-’69. After 16 career feature wins on the red-clay oval, Brevak went on to compete successfully in several national stock car series, such as ARCA and the NASCAR Truck Series; he raced to the ARCA national championship in 1990.
The late Dwaine Erickson was also inducted under the Retired Driver category. “Oulu,” as he was affectionately known, traveled weekly from Superior to win five
track championships – in 1973-’75 in the Super Stock division; and in 1977 ’80 in Late Models. His 44 total feature wins at Ashland still ranks among the top-ten
all-time here. A successful and respected racer throughout the region, he also won Late Model points titles in the former Northwest Racing Circuit in 1977 & again in ’80. He was inducted into the Superior (now AmsOil) Speedway Hall of Fame in 2003. The driver of the number 62 passed away this past June 5 after a long battle with cancer; his wife Mary Erickson was present to accept his Hall of Fame induction. Ron Hmielewski was a long-time racer who competed at the ABC Raceway since its first season. A winner of four career features, “Hemi” was a contributor both as a popular driver as well as a long-time volunteer, Association member, and member of the club’s Board of Directors. He represented the Raceway well while competing at other area tracks and was always considered a front-runner.
Ron was known for his competitive spirit, but also for his willingness to help his fellow racers and to respresent the ABC Raceway in a positive light. Since retiring from racing he has assisted in other aspects of the track’s operation, but in recent years the livery of his familiar black number 55 has since been displayed on his son Ron’s race cars. Bob Root became one of the most successful and influential drivers of the Chequamegon Bay region. The driver of the popular orange-&-black number 37 was a five-time track champion; he was the ABC Raceway’s first-ever champ in 1966 (single division), and then he scored titles in 1973, ’76, ’79 & ’83 in the Late Model class. His 45 feature wins still ranks among the top-eight all-time at the track. When racing away from ABC, Root won the Northwest Racing Circuit’s Late Model points titles in 1973 & ’76, and he also won track championships at Superior, Proctor, MN, and Ironwood, MI, as well as the Modified feature at the 1995 Silver 1000 in Proctor. Root was inducted into the Superior Speedway Hall of Fame after he retired from racing in 2004. He was a local hero to many young race fans, and his positive influence prompted several racers to start their racing careers during his four-plus decades of racing.
Those selected for induction through the Volunteer and Contributor category were recognized for significant positive contributions to the existence and success of the Association and the Raceway. As Hall of Fame Committee spokesman Eric Erickson pointed out, “This category was the most difficult to decide (who to select), as there have been literally dozens of hard-working people who have given so much of their time and efforts, and there’s only so much space we could come up with for this year’s class. “Our intention is to recognize everyone eventually, but it will take some time.” Dennis Asbach got involved with the Racing Association through his marriage to his wife Jane, whose family had been part of the club since the beginning. Jane is the person credited with coming up with the name “Red Clay Classic” for the track’s big season-ending event.
Dennis became club treasurer in 1972 and served in that capacity for 11 years, then assisted for another four years. He also served or assisted as treasurer for the Red Clay Classic for 22 years, and he served many terms on the Association’s Board of Directors. In all, Dennis has served the Association for over 40 years as a trusted, responsible volunteer of high integrity. For Ron and Jeanne Hmielewski, the ABC Raceway has been a family affair, as both have been involved with the Association since its beginnings, and over the years each of their children – Karen, Sue, Ron and Donna – have contributed significantly in one form or another as well. Ron and Jeanne have each served terms on the Board of Directors, with Ron acting as one of original members of the Board in 1965. He has assisted in nearly every aspect of running the club and maintaining the racing facility ever since.
Jeanne has worked at the track for 46 years, serving as the club’s secretary and its first publicist early on, and in more recent years as the Raceway’s chief
scorer and points director. She has also received the Raceway’s Chuck Anderson Award for outstanding volunteer service and its Outstanding Service Award for her
committment to the organization, and was recognized by the National Race Promoters Hall of Fame in the early 1990s.
Bob and Sandy Root have also been involved in the Association since its beginning. Bob was directly involved in the purchase of the property now known as the ABC
Raceway and was elected as the club’s first president in 1965, serving in that capacity at three different times for a total of five years. He also served as its
vice-president in 1977 and was voted to the Board of Directors for at least nine years. Sandy, who passed away a few years back, acted as the club’s secretary for ten years and as Red Clay Classic treasurer for another eight years. She was a detail-oriented person who was instrumental in helping to keep the Association’s
books in order for many years. Additionally, Bob and Sandy’s trucking business donated equipment to the club and assisted with its transportation needs for many
years, and both were enthusiastic ambassadors of the ABC Raceway wherever they went. A member of the Association since 1969, Bob “Weaver” Wherritt has served as club president twice for a total of eight years, and was vice-president three times for a total of 15 years, including for the past 11 years. He has served as a Board member for a total of 40 years – a period of time unmatched by any other active Association member.
Even to this day, Weaver is eagerly involved in the day-to-day operations of the track. He has chaired or worked on a number of important committees for the
organization, and he has received a great deal of recognition for his efforts, including the Outstanding Service Award, ABC Raceway President’s Award, and Chuck
Anderson Award, and he was recognized by the National Race Promoters Hall of Fame. He is a highly-respected leader and representative of the ABC Raceway. Earl and Chris Zar have been members of the Association since the very beginning. Earl joined the club in 1965 and was later elected to the Board of Directors before
serving as Association vice-president for two years and president for five years in the late 1980s. Earl has worked at the track in nearly every capacity, from
managing the adult-beverage consession to working as part of the infield safety and technical inspection crew.
Chris has run the adult-beverage concession for over 40 years and continues to do so to this day. Their children have also been involved with the track, with son
Eric learning track preparation directly from Frank Brevak for several years, and daughter Lisa helping in every was from selling 50/50 tickets to running the
grandstand concession and eventually helping her mom in the “beer stand.” A banquet attended by the inductees and their families was held at Zar’s south of Ashland on Saturday afternoon. The ABC Raceway will soon construct a display for the names of its Hall of Fame inductees at the track.
July 21st, 2014
WEST HAVEN, VT – Ron Proctor waited nearly two years to carry a checkered flag at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait became worth it as the veteran driver won the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship in dominant fashion on Friday, July 18. Proctor headlined a list of winners that also included Bucko Branham, Jamy Begor, and Chris LaVair.
The outcome of the 25-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division was never in question, as Proctor’s No. 27 Charlton Oil/Timco Transportation Teo Pro car jumped from its outside-pole starting position to lead the opening lap, and was never challenged. It was the Charlton, NY driver’s first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory since August 2012.
Runner-up Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, NY ran lap times nearly identical to Proctor’s throughout the well-driven, caution-free race, but was never able to mount a serious charge. Joey Roberts and Todd Stone waged a long battle for third place with Stone making several outside-lane attempts in the final laps, but Roberts held on for the spot. Stone was fourth with Johnny Scarborough fifth.
“This was a long time coming,” two-time track champion Proctor said of the win. “You have to really enjoy these victories, because you never know when the next one is coming.” Proctor became the eighth different driver to win in 11 Modified races in 2014. Stone stretched his championship lead only slightly, and now paces Roberts by 37 points.
Bucko Branham of Plattsburgh, NY used a much-improved car and a dash of luck to win the 30-lap Late Model feature. Branham led the opening laps before Joey M. Laquerre took over, but an ill-fated three-wide attempt at the lead by Emily Packard left her car in a dramatic crash with Jamie Fisher and Josh Masterson. Packard, Fisher, and Masterson entered the race separated by just nine points for the championship lead.
Laquerre survived heavy contact in the incident to retain the lead at the restart, but Branham overpowered him three laps later and sped to the win, the first of his career at Devil’s Bowl. Fisher, of Shelburne, VT, made a brilliant run through the field after restart in the back following the lap 15 crash to nip Jamie Aube at the finish line for second place by less than a foot. Robert Bryant, Jr., finished fourth, just ahead of Masterson.
Packard took sixth, while Laquerre suffered a flat tire late in the race and did not finish. Fisher took over the point lead, topping Masterson by three points and Packard by 10.
Long-time Airborne Park standout Jamy Begor hauled from the Canadian border town of Mooers Forks, NY to make his first start of the season in the Renegade division, and ended up in victory lane. Begor stalked leader Jim McKiernan for the first 15 circuits of the 20-lap race before making his move, bringing Robert Gordon along with him. Gordon made a bid on the inside on the final lap, but a spin by a backmarker forced the caution flag to wave, freezing the field. Begor was scored as the winner with Gordon second and McKiernan third. Richard Lowrey, III and Dylan Rabtoy rounded out the top five.
Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY used a car borrowed from fellow competitor Dan Collins to take his second win of the season in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division. LaVair diced with brother Bobby LaVair in the early stages, but pulled away over the 20-lap distance. Point leader Chuck Bradford slipped by for the runner-up finish, followed by Bobby LaVair, Jake Noble, and John McCarron.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway will take its annual summer break on Friday, July 25, but returns to action on Friday, August 1 with the third annual C.J. Richards Memorial presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete. The Northern Modified Challenge Series joins the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions for the 67-lap event run in honor of the track’s late founder and the facility’s inaugural 1967 season.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.
July 21st, 2014
A terrific night – thanks to all who had a hand in it!
Ashland, WI– Phillips’ Jeff Spacek gained an $800 paycheck after Saturday night’s “Modified Mayhem” feature at the ABC Raceway, highlighting a program during which the track honored its first-ever Hall of Fame inductees. A windy, overcast afternoon turned clear and muggy after nightfall as 80 racers competed on another fast, racy track during the five-division AmsOil Dirt Track Series program presented by the NAPA Auto Parts Stores of Ashland and Washburn.
Prior to the features, the first 12 inductees of the ABC Raceway Hall of Fame were introduced to an enthusiastic crowd. Three of the enshrined – the late Frank and Verna Brevak, who built the original race track; Northern State Bank; and the Vernon family and their business, Northern Clearing, Inc – were chosen as unanimous Honorary Inductees by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee. Also included were four in the Retired Driver category – Bob Brevak, Ron Hmielewski, Bob Root, and the late Dwaine “Oulu” Erickson – and five in the Volunteers and Contributors category – Dennis Asbach, Ron and Jeannie Hmielewski, Bob Root and his late wife Sandy, Weaver Wherritt, and Earl and Chris Zar.
Spacek, who started on the front row, beat polesitter Rick Rivord through the first pair of corners and, with no caution flags to slow down the 20-lap WISSOTA Modified headliner, was never challenged, building a 1.5-second lead within the first three laps. Behind him, however, were a series of serious dogfights for position, including one for second place with Kevin Eder and division points leader Steve Stuart right on Rivord’s tail.
On lap 4 Eder worked inside to take second away from Rivord, and then Stuart duplicated the move for third one lap later. For the next ten laps the two Ashland pilots put on a thrilling side-by-side battle, which allowed Spacek to stretch his lead to over two-and-a-half seconds. Spacek’s only concern came on lap 10, when he closed on backmarker Zach Pagels. Not being able to pass the “big Mod” rookie, Spacek allowed Eder to close to within 1.26 seconds, but once Spacek cleared Pagels he sped away again and rebuilt his ocmmanding lead. Pagels posed a problem for Eder and Stuart as well when they caught him with three laps left, and when both tried to clear the slower car they bumped each other hard. Stuart righted his ride first and took over the runner-up spot before Eder could regain control of his car, and Stuart held on to the position the rest of the way. Spacek’s second straight win and third overall on the season here was also his 56th at Ashland, moving him into sole possession of third place on the track’s all-time win list. Eder’s third-place paycheck was bolstered by earning the Northern Clearing Inc-sponsored fast-lap bonus with a time of 16.630 seconds during the run, while visiting Jesse Glenz drew close late to finish fourth ahead of Scott Hudack.
Dave Flynn of Superior followed up an impressive feature-winning run at AmsOil Speedway on Friday night with his second win of the season here Saturday in the WISSOTA Super Stock 20-lap main event. Flynn also started outside on the front row and was scored as the leader on every lap, but unlike Spacek he was seriously challenged for the lead throughout.
The first 18 laps ran off non-stop as Flynn tried to pull away from a fierce battle for second between Cory Casari, Nick Oreskovich and Scott Lawrence, all of whom got by pole starter Ken Truscott within the first few laps. On lap 6 Oreskovich and Lawrence moved into second and third, and within a lap Lawrence overtook Oreskovich and set his sights on Flynn, who had built up a half-second lead.
In just two laps Lawrence eliminated the deficit and worked Flynn over, moving to both the inside and outside lanes in an effort to shake the leader loose. But Flynn kept his cool and fended off every move offered by the ten-time defending champ. Lawrence eventually settled for following in Flynn’s tire tracks for a while as the leaders drew up on slower traffic, and Casari – who took third on lap 11 – and Oreskovich copied the lead pair’s line. With just two laps remaining Flynn and Lawrence tried to get by the slower Myron Basina, and Lawrence took a shot at the lead. But before the lap was completed Basina bobbled, causing the cars of fifth-place Shane Kisling and sixth-running Wayne Stricker to break loose and tag each other hard enough to knock both from the event. With the green-white-checkered restart based the last completed lap, Flynn resumed from the point held on for a car-length advantage over Lawrence at the checkers and his second feature win here this season. Casari and Oreskovich came home a close third and fourth, and Randy Spacek finished fifth for the fourth straight week here. DJ Keeler came home ninth and, by virtue of a ramdom draw and displaying the Raceway’s 50th Anniversary decal on his car, earned a $100 bonus.
Divisional points leader Mike Truscott has had the dominant WISSOTA Midwest Modified at Ashland this season, winning five of the first six features here to date. But Truscott got caught up in traffic and flipped his car violently during his heat race, leaving this week’s feature up for grabs.
Through some very hard work, Truscott and his crew were amazingly able to get the car ready for the 15-lap A-main, and he wheeled it from a tenth-row starting spot to a sixth-place finish. But it was first-night visitor Nick Koehler from Bloomer who came away with his second career win here. After a first-corner six-car pile-up, rookie Brad Seavers began an impressive run from the pole by battling with Tyler Vernon for the first couple of laps before scooting away to a three-quarter-second lead. Mickey Nosser took second away from Vernon on lap 4 and closed on Seavers, and just after Koehler moved past Vernon for third on lap 6, John Kallas and Tanner Byholm got together to bring out the race’s second yellow flag. That touched off a series of stoppages for a variety of reasons, but in between the slowdowns Nosser passed Seavers for the lead, and Koehler grabbed second. Then, just after Koehler passed Nosser for the lead on lap 8, debris was spotted on the track, but Koehler had the lead for good after that restart. Cody Carlson’s spin with three laps left gave Nosser a last chance to threaten the leader, but Ryan Adamzak took advantage and swiped second, allowing Koehler to slip away to a half-second edge at the stripe. Seavers held on for a solid fourth-place finish, while Tanner Hicks also impressed by coming home fifth. Nosser claimed the other Northern Clearing Inc fast-lap bonus after posting a circuit of 17.587 seconds during the run.
Like the Mid-Mod main, the Six-Cylinder 15-lap feature was plagued by caution flags, but Hayward’s Dale Coddington patiently persevered over the back half of the run to score his second win of the summer and 19th overall here. Coddington, who failed to start last Saturday’s feature for mechanical reasons, started outside on row 4 but quickly sliced his way through the field into second place within just four laps behind Pagels, who started just ahead of him on row 3. On lap 6 Coddington worked down low in an attempt to take the lead, but the first of a succession of caution-flag slowdowns put Pagels back out front. Coddington did take the lead within a lap after the restart, and he stayed there after a stoppage on lap 8 for points leader Tyler Hudack’s spin and three more slowdowns within lap 9 for various spins.
Duane Dunbar secured second when Pagels’ car incurred a flat tire and faded, bringing Tiffany Hudack along into third. Over the final six laps the race stayed green long enough for Coddington to extend his final margin of victory to 1.66 seconds over Dunbar and Tiffany Hudack, while 13th-starting Peter Jokinen worked his way to fourth, and Tyler Hudack recovered to claim fifth Ashland’s Matt Deragon held off a late charge by Glenn Dammer to claim his fourth Pure Stock feature win of the season. Deragon worked his way up from the third row into second place within just two laps, and after two more circuits he used an outside pass to get around Jeff Christman for the lead, with Dammer following him into second.
Fourth-place Terran Spacek’s spin on lap 5 was the only delay in the 12-lap finale, after which Deragon and Dammer sped away to decide the finish between themselves. Deragon held off Dammer by a car-length to pad his points lead, while Christman, Steve Udeen and a resurgent Spacek completed the top five.
Prior to the race program, Mod driver Bill Byholm of Glidden was severly injured when a door from his hauler fell on him. He was life-flighted to Duluth, MN, and treated for broken ribs and an injured lung. His son Tanner was competing for the last time on this night, as he is scheduled to report for US Marine training this week.
The Interstate Racing Association’s 410 outlaw winged sprint cars will bring triple-digit speeds to the ABC Raceway on Saturday night, in a program presented by Northern State Bank. Also, FastLane Motorsports and Custom Powdercoating will present its annual “Super Stock Challenge,” with the track’s Six-Cylinder and Pure Stock classes adding to the program. Adult admission is $20, fans ages 6-12 get in for $5, and kids under age 6 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Hot laps are set for 6:15 pm, followed by sprint car time trials. Racing is scheduled to start at 7. “Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates. The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com.
July 21st, 2014
GREENWOOD, NE – Scott Bloomquist led all 80 laps to win the Fourth Annual Silver Dollar Nationals on Saturday Night at I-80 Speedway. Bloomquist, in his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sweet-Bloomquist Ford earned $30,000 for his first-ever victory in the event. Brian Birkhofer finished second, followed Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, and Jason Feger. The event was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil Midwest Racing Association.
“We have run well all year long, but it has been frustrating the last month with all the second place finishes. Finally all the testing we’ve done has paid off. We had timing issues with the car yesterday, and seriously considered running the back-up, but the crew worked their tails off and got us out there. We were fortunate enough to start on the pole. The track was just tremendous. We could run anywhere on it. I didn’t want to see those last cautions,” said the winner, who recorded his 50th career LOLMDS win.
Bloomquist darted out to the lead with Jaosn Feger running in second. Bloomquist held the lead through traffic which was developing quickly after only 14 laps. The first caution came out on lap 38 when fifth-place running Ryan Gustin ended his night with a blown tire, putting him up against the turn two wall. Bloomquist then battled heavy traffic with less than 20 laps to go. Bloomquist’s lead started to shrink as both Birkhofer and Owens closed the gap on Bloomquist.
Birkhofer was closing in on the leader when back-to-back cautions came out with 14 laps to go. On the final restart Bloomquist pulled away from Birkhofer and headed to the finish line for his fourth series win of the year.
“Like I said before, we didn’t want those last couple of cautions. But the car restarted brilliantly and that was the difference. I have to thank Penske Shocks, Hawkeye Trucking, Base Fuels, Lucas Oil Products, and Andy Durham Racing Engines.”
Birkhofer, in his ASi Racewear, Cheap Cars, Rocket Chevrolet came up short in trying to become the first 2-time winner of the event. “No, I didn’t want to see those last cautions, because our car was better on the long runs. After those restarts, there was no way we could keep up with him [Bloomquist]. I was just trying to hold off Jimmy [Owens] for second. Once he [Bloomquist] cleared those three cars he had in front of him, it was pretty much over. I had fun racing these guys tonight and in front of this huge crowd! It was great to put on a show for the fans.”
Owens maintains the LOLMDS points lead and was in the hunt to win back-to-back Silver Dollar Nationals, but he had to settle for third. “We had a good car all night long. We were able to roll through the corners better than almost anybody. Birky and I raced hard, and it seemed like we were out there forever. He was up top and I was in the bottom to the middle. I really like this track. We could run anywhere on it and I am sure the fans saw a good show these last few nights.”
With his third place finish, and his recent wins at Lakeside Speedway Lucas Oil Speedway, Owens won the $1,000 Crawford Supply/Traeger Grills bonus for the most points earned in those three races.
Completing the top ten were Don O’Neal, Brandon Overton, Chad Simpson, Steve Francis, and Dennis Erb, Jr. Amongst the 54 entrants, Steve Francis, Brandon Overton, Chad Simpson, Tommy Weder, and Billy Moyer won their respective first-round heat races. Jared Landers, Ryan Gustin, Jason Feger, Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Owens won their respective second-round heat races. Jeremy and John Anderson won their respective B-Mains. Tony Jackson Jr. won the Belt Bash Non-Qualifiers Race and elected not to take the $3,000 first prize, and start last in the main event.
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July 21st, 2014
MACON – Bobby Beiler didn’t lead much of the Street Stocks feature race, but he led when it counted the most.
After Steve Ewing led the entire race, Beiler roared around the final turn to pass Ewing andf win by a bumper during Kid’s Castle Night at Macon Speedway Saturday. Ewing, of Decatur, had led from the drop of the green flag, but Beiler, of Blue Mound, led when it counted the most.
In the Big Ten Series late model feature, Ryan Little, of Pleasant Plains, won the from the pole position despite attempts from a talented field to work past him. Eventually, Brian Diveley, of Springfield, finished second with Greg Kimmons, of Pleasant Plains, came across in third.
Another close finish thrilled the crowd in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlin, got the win as Ethan Schnapp, of Springfield, couldn’t hold the lead late and a flat tire doomed the night for Decatur’s Dave Crawley, Jr. late in the race as he was leading.
In Sportsman, Jeremy Nichols cruised to the win. The main battle was for second place as Scott Landers got the fourth turn last-lap pass to nip Tim Bedinger in a battle between two Taylorville drivers. The Outlaw Hornet feature was claimed by Decatur’s Jeremy Reed, and Brady Reed, of Decatur, won in the Stock hornet class.
The crowd was fired up for the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race, renamed after the defending race champion from GT Church who passed away last summer. Pastor Rick Spangler defended the honor of his congregation and Nevitt by flying through the field from the fifth place starting position to win in convincing fashion, ahead of Rod Hite, of Destiny Fellowship. Richard Chappell, of Body of Christ Ministries, was third, with Mark Amenda, Mazon United Methodist Church,in fourth. J.J. Hairston, of Galilee Baptist, rolled to fifth, and Maranatha’s Doug Lowery finished sixth.