July 31st, 2014
Varney, On- Full Throttle Speedway had an unexpected guest for racing action Friday night in fact a whole team of them, Moose Racing from Edmonton Alberta dropped in to take part in the racing action. The Pure Stock race team is doing a tour of race tracks in Ontario and wanted to try the highbanks and fast racing action which Full Throttle is known for. In addition to taking part in the racing action they also had their car on display in front of the grandstand at intermission for kids to sign along with handing out free T-shirts to all kids in attendance.
In Pure Stock action feature one 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore took full advantage of his pole starting position. He was able to hold off all attempts from 43 Joey Schouten from Mount Forest during the first half of the race, and in the dying laps of the race it was 17 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest in his rear view mirror. At the checker it was Farrow, Clarke, Schouten with fourth going to 14 Luke Bos from Conn and rounding out the top five was 29 Rob Fountain from Edmonton Alberta. Feature two of the night saw more clean fast racing out of the Pure Stock drivers and this time it would be 17 Nick Clarke returning to his winning ways of the past. Second
would go to 14 Luke Bos, third 01 Travis Farrow, fourth 43 Joey Schouten and fifth 34 Don Tremble from Durham.
Mini Stock saw an increase in car counts this week with increased payouts on the line. Fans got to see some outstanding Mini Stock action, with 3 out of the top 10 ranked drivers in the province in the line up you know it is going to be great racing action! In feature one the fans weren’t disappointed. Even though any driver in this field could take their car to victory lane the main contenders would find themselves starting mid pack. From the drop of the green 68 Brandon Crumbie from Cookstown would improve on his fifth place starting position bring along 36 Corry Young out of Owen Sound with him. Then a lap thirteen caution would set the
front row for the run to the finish with 68 Brandon Crumbie on the inside and 36 Corry Young on the outside, all the rest of the field could do was watch as these two took off with Young gaining the advantage on the high side. At the finish it would be Young, Crumbie followed by 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, fourth would go to 64 Dave Crumbie from Cookstown and rounding out the top five would be 06 Ryan Hardy from Markdale. Feature two started with a first lap stack up of cars in corner four as the third place running car 06 Ryan Hardy got into the second place car 73 Kyle Woods collecting almost the entire field. Luckily everyone only suffered cosmetic damage with the exception of 9 Tessa Cremasco from Mount Forest who had her car
almost stand on it’s nose after being hit by 35 Tim Tolton. Check out the video here http://youtu.be/eP2_i8-pyy4 On the restart 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo jumped out in front of the field and use lap traffic to his advantage as he and 36 Corry Young would drive their way through the field with 7 Paul Boyd in hot pursuit. As the white flag came out Hartman would have to use every trick in his book to hold off 36 Young as he made one last dive inside coming to the checker but it was not enough. It would be Hartman, Young, Boyd then 68 Brandon Crumbie for fourth and rounding out the top five 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph.
V8 Thunder Stock action also saw some new cars this week as they would test driver and machine running three twenty lap features. In feature one 27 Mark Fenton from Tiverton would take advantage of his pole starting position and build a good lead on the rest of the field. The main battle in this race was for the second position between 17 Tristan Gill of Waterloo and 18 Terry Pardy of Mount Forest along with 277 Ray Flynn from Clinton. In the end it would be Gill for second, Pardy for third, Flynn for fourth and rounding out the top five was 05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. Check out the video of this race at http://youtu.be/mcQP7nmimV0 Feature two saw fast runner Fenton on the trailer with transmission trouble dashing his hopes of being another three feature winner this season. This race was again all about starting position as pole sitter 17 Tristan Gill would take this race flag to flag in another great run. Close behind was 55 Scott Field from Hepworth who was busy working bugs out of his car which caused him an early exit from feature one. Third this time would go to 277 Ray Flynn, fourth 18 Terry Pardy with fifth going to 05 Steve Brook. In the third and final feature pole advantage did not work out for 05 Steve Brook and with a lap eight caution for a spin the field would reset with 55 Scott Field and 17 Tristan Gill on the front row and these two would battle inside and outside for the remainder of the race working through lap traffic. In the end the young gun from Waterloo just came up short to the veteran from Hepworth as it was Field, Gill followed by 18 Terry Pardy, fourth went to 277 Ray Flynn and fifth 5 Dave Grey Jr out of Hanover. Train action this week had a first never witnessed before a tie at the finish. With it being to close to call both teams decided to have the winner decided in train stay, best burn out wins. Once it was over it was Texas Traincar Massacre from Mount Forest by a burn out over Rockford Rednecks, third was Jonathon Bates Roofing from Owen Sound and rounding out the field Here We Go from Listowel. For feature two Rockford Rednecks held nothing back as they built up a good lead on the field on way to the checker followed by Texas Traincar Massacre, third was Jonathon Bates Roofing.
Next racing action will be this Friday Aug 1st for MILITARY NIGHT with Pro Late Models, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks for a $1000 to-win bonus if one driver can win all three features plus Crazy Trains! Also don’t forget it is the 1st Annual “Portraits of Honour” 2014 International Motorcycle Jamboree on Aug 2nd and 3rd with show and shine, swap meet, Legends Tributes both Saturday and Sunday afternoon with Elvis, John Denver, Bruno Mars and Tim McGraw along with seven bands performing from noon to late both days. The cost for the entire weekend (racing plus shows and camping) is just $20.00 per person for full details check out the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com
July 31st, 2014
Wheatland, MO – Lucas Oil MLRA officials recently made some schedule changes to the remaining dates on the 2014 schedule. Series and track officials from both Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas and Outlaw Motorsports Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma have mutually agreed to forgo their scheduled dates.
Thunder Hill Speedway was scheduled for Saturday, August 23. The series worked to find a companion race for that date on Friday, August 22 and nothing emerged. Outlaw Motorsports Park had a two day race booked for October 19 and 20.
“We really take a hard look at putting two dates together for every race weekend,” commented Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “We aren’t always able to do that, but for some of our dates it’s a must. We hate to lose our second date at Thunder Hill, but it’s really in the best interest of all involved. Outlaw is a new ownership group for us to work with, and we had a couple of outstanding races there back in May. They have had a lot of big events this season, and it just wasn’t in the cards for us to race there again this year.”
The Lucas Oil MLRA is very much looking forward to returning to Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska, August 8 and 9. The annual King of the Hill Late Model Shootout is always a fan favorite, and draws the top competitors across the Midwest to the Friesen family’s beautiful facility.
July 31st, 2014
Headingly, Manitoba, Canada – Ricky Weiss entered a trio of events over the weekend with the WISSOTA Blaine Brothers Challenge Series in his #7 Derrick’s Sandblasting/Bloomquist/ Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model and came away with his first career win with the tour as well as his tenth win of 2014.
Action began on Thursday evening at Brown County Speedway (Aberdeen, South Dakota). Twenty-nine WISSOTA Late Models registered for the event, and a tenth to fourth run in his heat race earned Ricky a spot in the evenings redraw. Weiss drew the second starting spot to lock into the outside-front-row for the feature alongside Donny Schatz. In the main event Weiss ran second for much of the race before falling back to fourth late in the event. He managed a third place finish in the final rundown behind race winner, Jeff Wildung, and Donny Schatz. David McDonald and Zach Johnson rounded out the top five finishers.
On Friday night action shifted to Dacotah Speedway (Mandan, South Dakota) for the annual North Dakota Governor’s Cup, as twenty-nine entries converged on the oval. Ricky drew the eighth starting spot for his heat race, and despite starting in the back of the pack he advanced to a second place finish. In the redraw Weiss was the recipient of the sixth starting spot in the main event. During the course of the feature he raced his way up to the second spot when the caution flag waved with six laps remaining. On the restart Weiss slipped back to third where he would finish behind race winner, Zach Johnson, and John Kaanta. Jake Redetzke rounded out the top five finishers.
Round #2 of the Governor’s Cup was contested on Saturday night, which saw Ricky snare his first ever victory with the Blaine Brothers Challenge Series. Weiss won his heat race from the pole position, then drew the outside-front-row starting spot alongside Zach Johnson for the $2,000-to-win finale. Weiss outdueled Johnson for the race lead at the drop of the green flag, but Johnson would not give up easily. The duo swapped the lead several times throughout the course of the event, but it was Weiss who would go to Victory Lane over Johnson, Jake Redetzke, Jeff Wildung, and Eric Mass.
Full results from the events are available at www.WISSOTA.org .
Action with the WISSOTA Challenge Series continues this week with an event on Thursday night at Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, Montana) before moving to Gallatin Speedway (Bozeman, Montana) on Friday and BMP Speedway (Billings, Montana) on Saturday.
Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Hands On Excavating Inc., J&C Trucking, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Speedworld Indoor Kart Track, New Vision Graphics, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at www.WeissRacing7.com .
July 31st, 2014
Rice Lake WI – On Saturday, July 26th, the Rice Lake Speedway was hit by a dangerous storm just as the Pure Stock feature was completed. The other four feature races in the WISSOTA classes were originally all rescheduled for Saturday, August 2nd. However, the owners at the Rice Lake Speedway have decided to modify that make up schedule.
On Saturday, August 2nd the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks will make up their feature races from last Saturday. The WISSOTA Modifieds and Street Stocks will make up their feature races on the following Saturday, August 9th.
” We have bike races scheduled for this coming Saturday, and we don’t want the evening to last too late,” stated track co-owner Dave Adams. “Also, with the Little Dream coming up the following Tuesday, August 5th, we don’t want to force the Streets and Modifieds to run too many races this coming weekend, and potentially damage their cars so they can’t race the Little Dream.”
Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on August 2nd with racing to follow. Kids are reminded to bring their bikes and join in the racing.
For more information, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or call Adams at 715-205-2861.
July 31st, 2014
I-35 Speedway track owners Mike and Kyle Johnson are proud to announce USRA B-Mod will pay $500 to win the feature this Saturday Night 8/2/2014. This is Walker Excavating and “Kids Night” at the Races and promises to be an exciting night of great action and family fun.
We will be giving away back packs filled with school supplies to as many preschool, grade school, middle school, high school and college kids as possible. We would like to thank all those that have donated to this great cause.
In addition we will see the return of Non-Winged Sprint Cars and Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers along with Grand Nationals, E-Mods, USRA Stock Cars, USRA Hobby Stock, USRA B-Mods ($500 to win this class), and USRA Modifieds. Come out and see the best of the best challenge USRA National Point Leader Chad Clancy in the B-Mod class for the $500 prize! All classes put on a great show each and every Saturday Night for your enjoyment.
See you there!!!!
July 31st, 2014
USRA Modified make up feature from July 12, 2014 would kick off a great night of racing action at I-35 Speedway. Derrick Hicks #78 would lead every lap only to be denied the victory when dealing with lap traffic and damage to the rear fender would cripple his chances for the win. Metal would fly loose from the #78 and snatch the victory away on the final lap as Jim Hopkins #71 would claim the victory. Hopkins was a tight second place the entire race and the beneficiary of Hicks’ misfortune as the #71 would hold off all challengers on a green white checkered finish. Shane Bailey #5d would drive his way to second with Bud Wilson #75 third. John Hanson #2h would finish fourth and the one-time leader Derrick Hicks, in two laps, would come from last to place fifth.
Growing in numbers each week the E-Mod class would see the familiar face of point leader and heat race winner Kit Bailey #77 pick up the feature win. Other heat race winner John Brown #36j would make a heroic last lap move passing both LeRoy Cameron #6a and Allie Mulich #90 to finish second. Cameron would end the feature in third, as Mulich would place fourth with Jarrett Ross #42 fifth.
USRA Hobby Stocks were next to tackle the three-eighths mile of dirt with Greg Gilbert #23g visiting victory lane for the first time this 2014 racing season at I-35 Speedway. Mich Ross #34 in his own back-up car race his way to second, with USRA National Point Leader and heat race winner Gary Ainsworth #83, also in a back-up car, placing third. Bradley Sheetz #27 in his first time out this season would end the feature in fourth.
Grand Nationals would see an emotional victory lane on Kaster Celebration Night at the Races as Buz Kaster #54 would pilot “Wamba” to McCarthy Auto-Group Victory Lane. Second place in the feature would go to Austin Johnson #98, as heat race winner Houston Johnson #97 would place third and Marty Powell #9p fourth.
Big in numbers the Midwest Lightning Sprints would witness a new winner Ryan Kent #30 in victory lane. Kent would charge to the lead early and never look back as Tom Brown #b20 would challenge late but come up short to finish second. Bobby Layne #01 was the big mover of the race coming from the rear of the field to place third. Ken Billings #85 and AJ Tice #81 would race side by side to the checkers with Billings gaining the advantage at the line to place fourth, leaving Tice in fifth. Heat race winners were Tom Brown #b20 and Tony Layne #71.
In a locked and loaded field of USRA B-Mods Chad Clancy and Randy Ainsworth would duke it out to the bitter end. When the checkers were shown Chad Clancy #21c would emerge victorious with Ainsworth #57 a very close second. Early race leader Doug Keller #7k would slip late only to recover and place third. Jason Billups #33j would finish fourth, with Sam Schuler Jr #44 rounding out the top five. Heat race winners included Jim Cameron #96c, Richard Biggs #52r, and Nic Hanes #9h.
As always the USRA Stock Car feature would have all in attendance on the edge of their seats for the entirety of the race. Breaking out the new colors of the Mopar powered #77 Dean Wray would win back to back at I-35 Speedway. Thomas Roberts #65x would race his way through the pack passing both high and low on his way to an impressive second place finish. Back in the familiar yellow colors Jeff Dixon #88 would battle for the lead the entire race only to slip to third in the latter stages. Kevin Anderson and Eddie Ingram would battle side by side to the flag stand with Anderson’s #417 fourth, and Ingram’s #54 fifth. Heat race winners were Thomas Roberts #65x and Kevin Anderson #417.
In their second feature of the evening the USRA Modifieds were high in both quality and quantity. Bud Wilson #75 would pilot his 604 Crate Motor to victory lane for the first time this season. Dennis Elliott #29 as usual was a top contender, battling for the lead only to come up just a little short and place second. Kyle Covert #7d7 in only his second appearance at I-35 Speedway would impress those in attendance with a solid third place run. Jim Hopkins #71 would find the high line to his liking moving from the back of the pack to finish fourth. Steven Glenn #26s would start shotgun on the field and was the hard charger of the feature, racing all the way to the fifth position. Heat race winners were Jim Hopkins, Dennis Elliott, and Bud Wilson.
I-35 Speedway would like to congratulate our two bike winners Laynee Hites and Sy Wilkinson, enjoy those new bikes. We would like to thank Buz and Becky Kaster and Allie Mulich Racing for donating the bicycles. We would also like to thank all those in attendance for braving the hot weather and enjoying a night of great racing action. We would like to thank the entire Kaster family for allowing us to be a part of Kaster Celebration Night at the Races. Please join us next week as the Non-wing Sprint Cars and Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers will make their return to I-35 Speedway on Walker Excavating Night at the Races. It will also be Kids Night at the Races with backpacks filled with school supplies to be given out during the night. See you next week for more “Dirt Trackin at its Best”.
July 31st, 2014
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–After 50 grueling nights of dirt track racing, the regular season concluded this past weekend at the World Modified Dirt Track Championship, and now the playoffs begin with the rugged road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series embarking on their annual crusade in pursuit of the most lucrative title in all of dirt modified racing.
The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship powered by Swan Energy will begin on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Ark. The following day, action moves to the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo., before wrapping up the tripleheader opening weekend at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo., on Sunday, Aug. 3.
When the checkered flag drops on opening night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., the tireless touring titans will have 20 more races under their belts and the USMTS will crown its 16th national champion.
Thirty-five drivers have earned a chance at becoming the 2014 USMTS National Champion by virtue of finishing in the top 15 in points and/or having perfect attendance in one of four regions. Each of the 35 drivers qualified for The Hunt have a legitimate shot to pocket the $20,000 prize that goes with being the champion of the dirt modified world.
Any driver can enter, compete and possibly win a USMTS event during The Hunt but just one of 35 names will be embellished on the 2014 USMTS National Champion trophy.
With 11 wins and two regional championships to his credit this season, Stormy Scott comes into the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship atop the rankings for the second time in three years. Last year his twin brother, Johnny Scott, held the top spot coming into the championship chase but neither has yet to seal the deal.
Johnny Scott sits third this time around behind Daniel Hilsabeck, and one spot ahead of defending USMTS nation champion Rodney Sanders, who captured this years Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports and is arguably the hottest driver on the planet right now with six straight USMTS victories to date and 15 overall during the 2014 campaign including the $10,000-to-win King of America IV in March.
Kelly Shryock is fifth in the standings—just 13 points behind Stormy Scott and is seeking his tenth USMTS national Championship. Dereck Ramirez is sixth, Bryan Rowland is seventh and Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region champ Zack VanderBeek is eighth. Joe Big Daddy Duvall and Rookie of the Year contender Jake Gallardo round out the top 10.
The 2014 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship powered by Swan Energy will award $20,000 to the champion, and any driver competing in all events is guaranteed a minimum of $1,000 from the year-end points fund. By virtue of winning two regional championships, Stormy Scott is eligible for a $20,000 bonus if he can become the 2014 USMTS National Champion which, including his two regional titles, would bring his season-long points fund earnings to more than $50,000.
While the drivers participating in The Hunt will be grappling for their piece of more than $80,000 in year-end points fund cash and thousands in contingency awards, all entrants will lock horns on a nightly basis for at least $3,000 to win and more than $400,000 in prize money up for grabs during the 20-race campaign.
Proving that any driver who qualifies for The Hunt is capable of winning the title, Jason Krohn captured the 2007 title after entering the first event with just seven points and ranked 18th in the standings. He became just the second driver to wear the USMTS crown, dethroning Kelly Shryock who had captured all eight previous titles.
Similarly, Tim Donlinger found himself outside of the top-10 after the first two races of the 2008 championship crusade. He won the third event, but was only seventh in the rankings with 11 races to go. He went on to upset Shryock for the 2008 title, sealing the deal with a thrilling victory on the final night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree.
Despite winning just two races all season, Shryock went on to claim his ninth USMTS National Championship in 2009 by just 33 points, beating an 18-year-old up-and-comer named Ryan Gustin.
Jason Hughes finally secured his first USMTS National Championship in 2010 while
Gustin settled for runner-up honors again, but The Reaper roared back in 2011 to claim his first title, and then did it again in 2012 to join Shryock as the only other multi-time champion.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: At each of the USMTS Caseys Cup Series regional events, drivers earned points toward the regional championship. The champion of each region received 20 points to begin The Hunt with second-place getting 19 points and so on back to the 15th-place finisher who got 6 points. All drivers with perfect attendance in the region regardless of where they finished also received 10 points toward their base points for The Hunt. From here on out, the traditional USMTS points system is used for each event in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship.
USMTS POINTS SYSTEM: “A” Main Finish – 1. 100 points, 2. 95 points, 3. 91 points, 4. 87 points, 5. 84 points, 6. 81 points, 7. 78 points, 8. 76 points, 9. 74 points, 10. 72 points, 11. 70 points, 12. 68 points, 13. 66 points, 14. 64 points, 15. 62 points, 16. 60 points, 17. 58 points, 18. 56 points, 19. 55 points, 20. 54 points, 21. 53 points, 22. 52 points, 23. 51 points; all other A Main starters earn 50 points while non-qualifiers get 45 points each. In addition, each driver who leads at least one “A” Main lap earns 1 point and the driver leading the most A Main laps earns another 2 points.
CASEY’S CREW: John Allen, Daniel Hilsabeck and Kelly Shryock will represent Caseys General Stores and their affiliated brands during each race of The Hunt in 2014.
All three members of the Caseys Crew will have unique graphics for their USMTS Modifieds, snazzy new branded driving suits, autograph cards and more. Plus, each driver will be making appearances at local Casey’s General Stores locations at various events.
Allen will be driving the #98 GRT Chassis with sponsorship from Sour Patch Kids and Oreos. Hilsabeck will represent AMP Energy Drinks with his #22D Hughes Chassis and Shryocks familiar #3 Skyrocket Chassis will be carrying the Snickers logo and colors.
Be sure to stop by a Caseys General Store location before and after the races for all your supplies and needs, and remember to get your $2-off admission coupons available on race day at most events during The Hunt. Check out www.caseys.com for more information or to find the location nearest you.
TOP DOG BONUS: Beginning with Fridays kick-off at the Batesville Motor Speedway, all drivers ranked among the top-10 points in are guaranteed a minimum of $400 in earnings at each event. Each driver must maintain perfect attendance during the campaign to remain eligible.
PROVISIONALS: All drivers in The Hunt are guaranteed two provisionals for the first ten (10) races with one additional provisional added after the tenth event.
Celebrating its 16th season in 2014, the United States Modified Touring Series is the fastest-growing and most popular dirt modified series in the world. Attracting the most talented and professional drivers in North America, the fan-friendly format and exciting show creates an enthusiastic and loyal fan base, and the USMTS routinely competes in front of capacity crowds. When it comes to a touring series that features the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing, the USMTS has no equal.
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, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv
July 31st, 2014
Sauk Rapids, MN – There was rain in every direction, but the Granite City Speedway dodged the weather and completed a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. It was also Race of Champions qualifier night and Dave Cain, Matthew Dibb, Shane Sabraski, Tim Johnson and Brandon Linquist took the WISSOTA wins along with Alex Wolff, Charlie Sheik and Dan Larsen taking the others.
Shane Sabraski and Tim Johnson brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the clay for the first feature. They green waved and they drove side by side. Three laps passed and they were still door to door as the yellow flew for debris. Johnson was alone on the restart but Sabraski moved back to his side. Danny Vang pulled into third as they leaders drove off. Another yellow appeared as Bud Martini spun and exited the track. Drivers were grouped together again and the battle for first continued. Johnson ran the high groove and Sabraski ran to his left. Sabraski pulled a slider on Johnson securing his lead position. Sabraski led the remaining laps and took the checkers. Johnson, Danny Vang, Denis Czech and Jason VandeKamp took top points.
The WISSOTA Street Stock feature was next with a pair of Justin’s on the front row. Justin Vogel and Justin Pogones sped off as the green waved and Vogel took the lead. Pogones grabbed second but Tim Johnson moved to his side. Johnson took second and caught Vogel. They ran parallel in the turns and Johnson took a slight lead. The yellow then waved and drivers were realigned. Johnson was first on the restart with Vogel and Pogones in tow. Johnson immediately drove away while Pogones worked Vogel for second. Pogones made the pass while everyone settled into their positions. Johnson continued to stretch out his lead and took the win in his Wollak Construction #1jr. Pogones, Vogel, Davey Kruchten and Brad Schmidt were the top finishers.
The WISSOTA Mod Fours drove to the green with Matt Halls and Keith Thell in a battle for first. Thell nosed ahead of Halls as the yellow flew. On the restart, Brandon Linquist flew around the high side and next to Thell as Kyle Thell followed him. Kyle Thell tried to move past Linquist but Linquist shut the door. Just then, the yellow waved as drivers collided in turn four. The cars were sorted and Keith Thell was back in front on the restart. Linquist took second and was at Keith Thell’s side in the track’s curves. Keith Thell was faster but Linquist was close and Halls also closed in. With three laps to go, the #3 of Linquist finally made the pass for first. Linquist led through one more caution, but kept his lead and took the win. Keith Thell, Halls, Dustin Zieske and Kyle Thell were the top five.
After a couple of quick cautions, the Hobby Stocks were in full force with Alex Wolff in the lead. Tyler Berry grabbed second and Ashley Bell took third while Justin Schelitzche, Matt Fester and Jeff Ahlquist went three wide for fourth. Drivers in points two through five battled close as Wolff stretched out his lead. Schelitzche maneuvered his way into second and began to chase down Wolff. Lap by lap Schelitzche grew closer to Wolff, but Wolff took the checkers for the win.
Charlie Sheik claimed the lead when the Pure Stocks took the green. Devin Larson and David Dosh took second and third while Jake Hagemann and Brandon Fah battled for fourth. The #10 of Fah then spun and the yellow flew. Dosh retired to the infield as Sheik retook the green. Larson and Hagemann battled for second and Larson took the point as Hagemann also rolled into the infield. Sheik, Larson and Fah were the only drivers left and they finished in that order.
Matthew Dibb and Tim Johnson drove side by side for first as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. Dave Mass moved in behind them while they battled. Not until seven laps in did a leader break out, and it was Rookie Dibb. Dibb pulled ahead while Mass latched onto his bumper. Johnson moved to Mass’ side and Shane Sabraski joined the action. Mass drove higher in the groove and moved to Dibb’s side. Sabraski followed Mass and took the second point while Dibb kept on the low groove. Sabraski squeezed in behind Dibb and kept him on his toes, but Dibb didn’t let the heat from Sabraski bother him. Dibb held his line and took the checkers in his Bradford Garage #22. Sabraski, Mass, Johnson and Andy Davey took top points.
The Hornets hit the track with Darin Lenk in first. Brandon Opsahl took second and Jeremy Jutz settled in third as Dana Voigt was on the move. Voigt took third and then second but Dan Larsen was on his way. Larsen took over second while Justin Schelitzche battled Voigt. The yellow waved and drivers slowed with Lenk in the lead. Larsen retook second and moved aside Lenk. Larsen made the pass for first and held the position as the race winded down. Larsen and his #7k drove into victory lane with Lenk, Schelitzche, Voigt and Brennan Gave as the top drivers.
Shane Sabraski drove off as the green waved for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Dave Cain, Larry Zeller and Clayton Wagamon went three wide for second and Zeller dropped to fourth. Cain and Wagamon kept at it for second and Cain took the point. Cain then chased down Sabraski and moved to his side. Cain made the pass for first but Sabraski remained close. Cain and Sabraski had a good lead over the others as Dave Mass and Larry Zeller battled for third. Mass took the point and set eyes on the leaders, but not many laps remained. Cain retained the lead and put his Wehrs Machine sponsored #2c in victory lane. The top five drivers were Sabraski, Mass, Zeller and Don Eischens
Next Sunday will feature all regular classes in action, but it will be the WISSOTA Mod Four Special. Mod Four drivers will get to race for increased payout as well as bonus pay for a couple random drawn names. Gates will open at 4 pm and racing will begin at 5:30.
July 31st, 2014
JIM FALLS, WI – Bob 99.9 FM sponsored the Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, IRA Interstate Racing Association, 410 Sprint Cars along with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks. Winners including Bill Balog, John Feirn, Adam Soltis, and George Richards.
After a daylong threat of rain, the crowd was greeted with cool weather and amazingly fast racing. The Midwest Modified feature had Darrel Hazelton and John Feirn setting the pace with Feirn announcing very early he was going to be difficult to contend with for the lead. As Feirn secured the top spot, Michael Truscott raced to second and Cory Crapser to third. In the early going, there were moments of three wide racing for the point, but Feirn fought off the challenges. Soon, Feirn, who was running a perfect race on the high side gained a slight edge and the two CRC team cars battled aggressively for the second spot. Two caution flags resetting the field did not unsettle Feirn as he flawlessly drove to the win. Truscott finished second as back row starter, Nick Koehler finished a fine run to third, getting Crapser for the position late in the race. Shane Halopka closed out the top five in an exciting event.
The Street Stock feature was scheduled to have Travis Hazelton on the pole, however, he was on his way to the hospital as his significant other was flirting with labor in the pits. With perhaps another racing Hazelton on the way, the race was started with Bill Skoug showing the way. However, Adam Soltis raced to the lead and never looked back, dominating the event. A fast paced race found Mike Knutson finishing a strong second, followed by Skoug, and Heidi Karshbaum.
The Pure Stock feature was started with Cody Tisdale and Jay Barnier Jr. on the front row. Barnier Jr. looked strong on the start but George Richards roared to the lead on lap one. Richards never looked back as he raced to yet another feature win. Todd Roshell drove from the back row to second as Barnier Jr. had a very impressive run to finish third. Pat Smith and Nicholas Hazelton-Perry filled out the top five.
The IRA Sprint Cars took to the track to run their 30 lap feature to highlight the evening. In a situation that is seldom seen, the leaders of the race actually turned lap times in the feature which were faster than the qualifying times which were held on a heavier racing surface. There was one caution flag in the event, slowing the pace long enough for lap counters to regain their spots and fans to take a breath. All 30 laps were led by front row started Bill Balog as he won his fourth feature of the weekend and his eight out of 13 starts on the season.
The speeds were breakneck and truly the fastest to have ever been run in racing completion at Eagle Valley Speedway. The leader drove sub 13 second laps as he raced himself into heavy lapped traffic. The other top five cars were not shaken however, as they followed through, literally slicing and dicing their way through a maze of cars. Balog was followed to the checkers by Mike Reinke, three time champion Travis Whitney, World of Outlaw driver Booke Tatnell, and Bill Rose.
Racing will resume on Saturday, August 02, 2014, at 2 pm for the Enduro Race. Sunday August 03, 2014 brings the Quality Propane Night with all six classes in racing action. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!
The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.
July 31st, 2014
Fayette County Speedway,West Union, Iowa–Bob Cisewski had the 17-car field covered Friday night at a misty Fayette County Speedway, en route to his first Liquid Nitro feature win of the season, after coming up one position short last Sunday at Cresco Speedway.
For Cisewski the win was not only redemption, but also more rewarding, as he got to share the win with his wife Jenny, as she was in attendance. “It’s a great feeling, been one of my goals for this year, and I’ve really been working at it. I was finally able to beat Curt (Luhmann) and of course, like anything else, it took a little luck out here tonight.”
Eli Hershberger was the runner-up, which matches his highest finish this season, and is one to keep an eye on for his first career Liquid Nitro win. He credits his run to “loosening the car up, and it just got better and better throughout the night. I just drove it.”
Curt Luhmann, the overall series points leader, came home third after starting outside the top-five. He put it quite simply after the race; “Can’t win ‘em all. So happy for Bob though, he really had us covered tonight.” Luhmann maintained his points lead heading into Mississippi Thunder Speedway in two weeks.
July 30th, 2014
Quincy, Illinois-Rusty Griffaw, Terry Houston, Tony Dunker and Kimberly Abbott all took feature event wins at Quincy Raceways on Sunday July 27 during the Casey’s Country Stores Racing Series.
Griffaw jumped into the early lead of the $1250 to Win Miller Lite UMP Modified feature event at the drop of the green flag and held off a determined Michael Long through all thirty laps. Griffaw worked traffic flawlessly with Long keeping pace but Long was unable to gain enough ground to work his way around Griffaw. Long settled for the second spot followed by Dave Wietholder in third, Donovan Lodge in fourth and Craig Spegal in fifth. Long, Griffaw and Steven Delonjay were the heat race winners.
Terry Houston grabbed the lead of the Powder Coat Plus IMCA Stock Car main event on the sixth lap and held off Beau Taylor the rest of the way to the checkered flag. Taylor settled for second followed by Abe Huls in third, Jerry Jansen in fourth and Brandon Savage in fifth. Savage and Jansen were the heat race winners.
Jim Gillenwater jumped into the lead of the $500 to Win Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod feature event at the drop of the green flag and held onto the lead until a restart on lap thirteen. Contact between Joey Gower and Gillenwater sent Gillenwater spinning with both drivers being sent to the tail for the restart. On the restart, Tony Dunker inherited the lead and held on through the final laps to claim his third feature win in a row. Tanner Klingele gave Dunker all he could handle but had to settle for the second spot with Gower recovering to claim third, Brad Holtmeyer fourth and Bobby Anders fifth. Holtmeyer and Dunker were the heat race wines/
Kimberly Abbott started the IMCA Sport Compact feature event in the fourth row but claimed the lead by the end of lap one and held on to claim the feature event win. Austin Bercerra claimed the second spot with Brandon Lambert in third, Craig Bangert in fourth and Casey Lambert in fifth. The heat race wins went to Abbott and Casey Lambert.
July 30th, 2014
Wheatland, MO-Hot temps and hot action on the track were the themes of the night this past Saturday, July 26th as Kerry Davis, Jeremy Kelley, Kris Jackson, and David Hendrix all visited RACEceiver Victory Lane on US 97 Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night at Lucas Oil Speedway.
After track officials did a little minor prep work on the 3/8th mile dirt oval during the intermission, the Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts Factory Stocks were the first class to hit the grid for their main event. Once again, “The Buckhorn Bullet” David Hendrix held off a bevy of challengers to score yet another feature win at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2014. Chip Shaddox put up a valiant effort charging from his sixth starting spot but came up short at the end to finish in the second spot. Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll also worked his way forward after starting in the eighth spot to finish in third. Mark Carter and Randy Gilmore rounded out the top-5 in fourth and fifth respectively.
Next up were the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods as 2-time and defending champion Kris Jackson started on the pole with 14-year old Andy Bryant to his outside. Bryant took command early to lead the majority of the 20-lap main but Jackson proved that it was still his house as Bryant changed his line late and Jackson motored by to take the win after a late race caution. Wheatland’s Mike Striegel continued his string of third place finishes. Springfield Raceway regular Ryan Gilmore made a rare appearance in Wheatland and charged from his 12th starting spot to finish in fourth. Nevada, Missouri’s Dustin Campbell started sixth and finish in fifth.
J.C. Morton, also making a rare appearance in Wheatland, started 11th on the grid and was challenging for the lead after a late race caution but spun out going for the lead ultimately finishing in the 16th spot.
Jeremy Kelley topped the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Model field as the former track champion utilized the extreme bottom groove of the race track to score the win after starting all the way back in the 12th spot. Kelley also earned an extra $100 from Keyser Manufacturing as the Keyser Hard Charger of the Race. Ethan Young debuted a former Jesse Stovall Victory Circle Chassis and led a good portion of the event but ultimately settled for second at the finish. Larry Ferris made a return visit to the speedway after taking a couple of weeks off to finish in the third position in the final rundown. Rounding out the top-5 were veterans Larry Jones and Tommy Cordray. 18th starting Harlen Kennedy was the recipient of the AR Bodies $50 product certificate as he lined up shotgun on the field. The featured class of the evening was the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and it was easily the event of the night as Parkville, Missouri’s Kerry Davis beat Tim Setzer by a mere three feet at the AAA Finish Line to take the $750 win presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Setzer debuted a new Phoenix Chassis and utilized his favorite top groove to chase down race long leader Davis as Davis used the traction on the bottom groove. It appeared as if Setzer may eke out the win after leading several laps late in the race but the saavy veteran Davis had other ideas and stood victorious in the winner’s circle. Jeff Cutshaw rallied from his 12th starting spot to finish in third with Jason Russell and Chase Domer scored in the fourth and fifth position in the final rundown.
WITNESS THE THUNDER! Wheatland, MO will ROAR and RUMBLE with the nation’s most competitive MONSTER TRUCKS, FMX Stunt Riders, and TUFF TRUCKS as they storm into The Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, August 2nd. See these incredible, high jumping, ground pounding, car crushing, axle wrenching giants race in side-by-side drags, wheelie shootouts, and then go completely insane with amazing freestyle action during this Monster Truck Thrill Show! Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party on the track. Lucas Oil Speedway is “America’s New Motorsports Destination”.
Over 70,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder!
* Lucas Oil BIGFOOT…The Original Monster Truck
* RAMINATOR… He’s Back in Black
* RAMMUITION… Yeah It’s a HEMI
* MOPAR MUSCLE… This truck packs a serious punch
* STINGER…This Scorpion’s sting paralyzes the competition
* HEAVY HITTER… This Bull Dawg Can Fight
* RIVER RAT… This Rat Rod Takes the Cheese
PIT PARTY & DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION…Come early, meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos of the drivers and their Monsters.
SERGEANT SMASH RIDE TRUCK…Get the kids and buckle in for the ride of your life on-board a real Monster Truck during the Pit Party and Intermission!
FREESTYLE INSANITY MOTO X …Top FMX Stunt Riders will soar up to 50 feet in the air from take-off ramps performing daring stunts including the Coffin, Cliffhanger, Double Grab, Whip , Superman Seat Grab, “Hart” Attack and fan favorite THE BACKFLIP!
TUFF TRUCKS…Watch as your everyday trucks battle it out on a windy and crazy course. They are battling just to see who has the toughest truck.
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July 30th, 2014
Spring Valley MN–Last week it was announced that the winners check for the USRA Modified portion of the Red Tail Tackle World Modified Championship was changing from $15,000 to $17,000 thanks to Randy and Patty Eastvold of Red Tail Tackle. They also added $500 for the second through fifth spot in the feature event. Tonight Randy and Patty’s dog Angel added an additional $3,000 to the winners check making it $20,000 to win for the champion. Also have to give proper thanks to other great sponsors of the event, Randy Norby, Dakota Bumpers and also thanks to Hyland Motors and Ziegler Cat for all the equipment to make the week successful.
The first feature of the night on the speedway was the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Jayme Hiller jumped out front at the drop of the green. Dustin Scott sat in second while Josh Crary and Jared Boumeester battled for third. Boumeester took the spot on lap four while Cory Crapser and Dan Wheeler battled for the fifth spot. Scott took control of the race on lap five before the first caution of the event flew. On the restart Scott, Crapser and Boumeester were three wide for the lead. Crapser took over control of the race at this point with Scott in second. Crapser continued to hold off challenges from Scott until lap thirteen when he started to pull out front. Travis Saurer Boumeester and Jacob Bleess had the best race going on over the last five laps. Saurer took control of the third spot as the white flew over the field. At the finish it was Crapser with the win, Scott, Saurer, Boumeester and Bleess rounded out the top five. Bleess also took home the NFG Hard Charger after starting fourteenth on the field.
After all the Qualifying rounds, the last chance qualifiers and the “C” & “B” feature events the field was set for the three wide 27 car starting field. Craig Thatcher was top point getter and started on the pole for the feature. Thatcher led out of two with Brent Larson taking the second spot and Rodney Sanders in third. Terry Phillips and Thomas Tillison Jr. battled for fourth while Larson pressured Thatcher up front. Larson took the lead and on lap ten Sanders moved past Thatcher and started to pressure Larson for that spot. Sanders took control of the spot and set the pace for the feature. On lap seventeen Brandon Davis started to pressure Thatcher for the third spot Davis and Thatcher had the show through the early stages while right behind them Zach VanderBeek, Jason Hughes and Thomas Tillison Jr. were racing for sixth. On lap thirty Davis took over third while Hughes moved into fifth. Davis then pressured Larson for the second spot and took it while Hughes also continued to charge towards the front. Hughes moved into fourth on lap thirty two and on lap thirty five was all over Larson for the third spot. The first caution flew on lap thirty eight with Sanders leading at the drop of the green. Hughes jumped past Davis to take over the second spot. Zack VanderBeek and Thatcher battled for the fourth spot. Phillips who had dropped outside the top five decided around lap forty it was time to start his move. He went towards the topside of the track and moved into fifth. On lap forty seven he moved past VanderBeek for the fourth spot. Unfortunately everyone behind Phillips started to follow him and the track slowly started to clean off in this preferred line. On lap fifty three Phillips was really moving and worked past Davis for the third spot. Up front Hughes was keeping pace with Sanders and making sure he knew if he made a mistake he was there. The long stretch of green flag laps ended on lap eighty six. By that time the preferred line started to take some rubber and it would be difficult to make a pass at this point. Jason Krohn jumped inside the top five and on lap ninety three moved past Davis for the fourth spot. At the finish it was Sanders taking home the globe and trophy. Hughes, Phillips, Krohn and Davis rounded out the top five. Krohn was awarded the Hard Charger Money from NFG after starting eighteenth
July 30th, 2014
(HARTFORD, S.D.) — As Ryan Bickett celebrated on the top wing of his Sprint Car, he reflected on a season of ups and downs. Bickett, the 2013 track champion, had yet to see victory lane before Saturday night. “I almost forgot where it was,” he exclaimed after leading all 20 laps of the Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car special. Bickett almost lost the lead on three occasions as the field raced through slower traffic. Each time, Bickett was slowed by a backmarker which allowed Troy Schreurs to pull alongside the leader. Schreurs, however, had difficulty in holding his momentum once clearing said backmarkers. It was a problem that eventually allowed Dusty Ballenger to get around Schreurs late in the race. Bickett said, “It’s not easy with these guys. Every one of these guys is good out here.” Tommy Barber stormed to third late in the race. He was followed by Schreurs in fourth and Joe Riedel in fifth.
It was a game of “Catch-22″ in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stocks. Gary Brown Jr. dominated the field in a division that has been razor-close this year. “We’ve had a lot of highs and we’ve had a lot of lows this season,” Brown said. The Street Stock ace won three features and was runner-up twice in the first six weeks of racing. Since then, mechanical problems forced a pair of DNFs. Brown checked out on the field to lead all 15 laps Saturday night for his fourth win of 2014. Points leader Travis Schreurs was sent to the back of the field after a second lap caution after getting together with Matt Jensen. Schreurs raced his way back up to seventh. The difference allowed Brown to climb to within 15 points of Schreurs in the standings. John Hoing finished second, Kipp De Groot was third and Brad Van Voorst came from 13th to fourth.
“Either I wreck something or it’s mechanical. It’s feels good to get the monkey off my back,” said Dustin Kruse who has been so close to victory lane in several trips to I-90 Speedway. It seemed odd that Kruse was without a win at the track when checking the records! But Kruse led all 15 laps of Saturday’s USRA B-Modified feature with Cody Ahrendt and Tim Dann right behind him at the finish line. Tim Dann’s third place finish allowed him to take over the points lead from Brock Hess. Dann, the defending B-Mod champion, now leads Dave Kennedy by 11 points.
For many, the green/white/checker finish of the USRA Hobby Stock A-Main made up for a race plagued by caution flags and the time limit. The race was red-flagged on the third lap as Charlie Koepp made contact with the outside wall on the frontstretch. After more cautions, track officials dropped the feature to a green/white/checker finish that saw Zach Olivier scoot past Brian Hoing in the final corner to take his third win of the season. “I love this track,” said Olivier in victory lane. For his efforts, he took home a five-foot-tall trophy which flagman Chuck Hanisch sponsors once each season. Hoing hung on for second with Dustin Gulbrandson a close third. Mike Chaney was involved in an early accident on the frontstretch. He was unable to continue, causing him to lose the points lead to Gulbrandson.
The Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers experienced a 40-minute delay just one lap into their heat race. With the track still slick, three drivers got sideways in turns three and four. Justin Peterson rolled violently and ended up on his side. He was able to stand outside his car under his own power, although he was transported for observation.
In the feature, Michalob Voeltz passed Laura Ebbesen on the second lap and then outdistanced the field for his fifth win in just eight starts. Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center presents Paramount Racing Series action this Saturday night with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. Racing follows at 7:00. In two weeks the Late Models return to I-90 Speedway for one night as Arby’s presents the Late Model Challenge ($750 to win/$200 to start). For more information, log onto www.i90speedway.com, like I-90 Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @racei90.
July 30th, 2014
Spring Valley MN–Night number two saw a drizzle fall over the speedway and during an extended caution in the Modified feature the heavier rain fell causing the mod feature to be ran on Saturday. The first feature to hit the track though was the Six Two Graphics WISSOTA Street Stocks. With an added $200 to the feature winner from an anonymous donor it was a hard fought battle. Fred Prudoehl took to the early lead with Shaun Mann and Derek Ludington battling for the second spot. The first caution flew on lap six and on the restart Prudoehl continued to lead with Ludington and Mann resuming their battle. Nick Schwebach and Mike Blowers battled for the fourth spot. With eight complete Mann started to work on Prudoehl until a caution flew on lap nine. On the restart Blowers joined Mann and Prudoehl in the race for the top spot. Mann took the spot with Schwebach joining Blowers in the race for second. Schwebach took over the second spot with Blowers and Mann battling until Blowers took the lead on lap fifteen. Schwebach raced with Mann for the second spot on lap sixteen until Mann suddenly slowed and pulled off the track. As the white waved Schwebach had a good run and ran side by side with Blowers. Blowers had a better run off turn four taking home the win by two feet. Blowers also took home the NFG Hard Charger award after starting seventh. Schwebach, Noah Grinstead, Tony Shaner and Prudoehl rounded out the top five.
Randy and Patty Eastvold of Red Tail Tackle added $500 to the winner’s check for tonight’s feature event in the Iron Man USRA B-Modifieds. Deer Creek’s anonymous donor program put up an extra $200 to the second place driver and $100 to the third place driver. Ben Anderson used his pole position to jump out to the early lead. Cory Crapser sat in second while Scott Demmer ran in third early on. Cole Queensland and Tyler Creely were battling for the fourth spot. With five down Queensland sat in fourth while Anderson was checking out over the field. On lap ten Queensland moved past Demmer for the third spot. On lap fourteen Anderson caught lapped traffic allowing Crapser to catch up to him as he negotiated the slower traffic. A caution flew on lap sixteen and on the restart Queensland powered by Crapser to take the lead. Dustin Sorensen slid between Alex Williamson and Jacob Bleess to take over the fourth spot. At the Finish it was Anderson with the win followed by Queensland, Crapser, Sorensen and Williamson. Sorensen received the NFG Hard Charger award for passing 10 cars.
After completing three laps tonight the remaining laps were ran on Saturday afternoon before the start of the alphabet soup races. Craig Thatcher led from the start with Jordan Grabouski in second. Thomas Tillison Jr., Brent Larson and Lucas Schott rounded out the top five early on. Three quick cautions saw Tillison Jr. work into second on lap six restart with Larson working into the third spot right behind him. Jason Cummins worked past Schott for fifth on lap twelve. With twenty laps completed another caution flew. On the restart Thatcher led with Larson taking over the second spot. Cummins moved to the top side and took over the fourth spot as Stormy Scott and Grabouski raced for the fifth spot. With twenty three down Cummins moved past Tillison Jr. for the third spot while Scott moved into the fifth spot. Brad Diercks moved into the fifth spot as he worked past Scott on lap twenty six. Cummins moved into third as the white flew over the field. At the finish it was Thatcher with the win, Larson, Cummins, Tillison Jr., and Diercks rounded out the top five. Kelly Shryock received the NFG hard Charger awrd.
July 30th, 2014
Spring Valley MN–The opening night saw perfect conditions for racing with the Wagner Trucking WISSOTA Super Stocks pulling onto the speedway first for their feature event. Matt Olson jumped out to the early lead with Tommy Richards following into second on the opening lap. Jeff Brauer moved up the track and found a great run moving past AJ Hoff to take over the third spot before the first caution of the event. ON the restart Brauer and Olson were side by side for the lead. Brauer took the spot and on lap six Richards moved into the second spot as another caution flew over the speedway. On the restart Brauer continued to lead followed closely by Richards and Olson. Brian Fetting, Gary Wiersgalla and Jon Duffy battled for the fourth spot with Fetting taking the spot on lap eight. Another caution flew on lap eleven with Brauer again leading but Richards hung close, Wiersgalla and Olson battled for third. Olson held onto the third spot while Wiersgalla was now joined by Duffy. The two traded spots until lap fifteen when Duffy took over fourth. On lap sixteen Richards caught his bread and moved under Brauer for the lead. Richards held onto the lead to the finish ahead of Brauer, Olson, Duffy and Dan Nissalke. Phil Kendrick took home the National Fleet Graphics $250.00 Hard Charger award finishing seventh after starting fifteenth.
The next feature on tap was the USRA Iron Man Stock Car Feature with Shawn Peter, Andy Altenburg and Tom Schmitt running three wide for the lead out of turn two. Schmitt ended up with the lead followed closely by Altenburg. Lynn Panos started working forward and with five down took over the third spot and quickly moved past Altenburg for the second spot. Peter and Todd Staley were locked in a battle for the fifth spot and then Staley worked into the fourth spot. With eight down Staley had worked into the second spot while Peter and Altenburg raced for third. With ten down Panos who had slipped outside of the top five now started to charge forward and took over the fifth spot. With twelve down Staley and Altenburg made contact with Staley ending up with a flat and bringing out the caution. On the restart Schmitt led but Panos was close behind in second. Another late restart saw Panos take over the top spot as Schmitt had a tire going down. At the finish it was Panos with the win, Mitch Hovden made a late charge and finished second. Peter, Schmitt and Shay Curtin rounded out the top five. Kevin Donlan took home the NFG hard charger award after starting nineteenth and finishing seventh.
The final feature of the night was the Qualifying feature for the 100 lap $17,000 to win feature on Saturday. After all preliminaries the 32 car 30 lap feature was set. Johnny Scott jumped out to the early lead with Terry Phillips quickly moving into second. A caution flew with two down with Scott leading on the restart. Phillips held onto second with Tommy Myer moving into the third spot. On lap six Rodney Sanders moved past Myer for the third spot with great racing through the field. Myer now was in a three car battle with Austin Siebert and Zack VanderBeek for the fourth spot, Siebert dropped back as Myer and VanderBeek continued their battle. VanderBeek took the spot on lap nine while the racing up front started to heat up. Sanders was pressuring Phillips while Phillips was showing his nose to Scott. Phillips led lap fifteen and sixteen by inches. By lap eighteen Phillips held the lead but Sanders was now working past Scott for second. By lap twenty one Brandon Davis, VanderBeek and Siebert were three wide for the fourth spot. Davis took the spot and then on lap twenty three Sanders moved past Phillips for the top spot while Davis took over third. VanderBeek moved past Scott on lap twenty five for the fourth spot while Davis took over second on lap twenty seven. At the finish it was Sanders taking home the win. Davis, Phillips, VanderBeek and Jason Hughes rounded out the top five. Stormy Scott passed 16 cars enroute to the NFG hard Charger award.
July 30th, 2014
South Bend, IN –There had to be a full moon somewhere as the South Bend Motor Speedway celebrated Kid’s Night with special activities for the younger fans. There were big wheel races and ‘Soapbox Derby” races for kids as well as some of the adults. A good time was had by all in attendence. However, it was “Murphy’s Law 101“ for the stock car portion of the show as Jason Cogswell, Vernon Knight and Kyle O’Dell made return visits to victory lane while Brian Ross and Mike Tutino picked up their first win of the season and Derek Danley scored his first ever feature win. Aside from the surprise power failure, it was a night of fun for everyone as 85 cars crammed the pit area.
Action got underway with the largest field of Mini Stock drivers taking to the track first on the card. Heat one set the tone for the evening as the event was calledcomplete after only two of the eight laps had been completed. In the 25 lap feature, Eric Frazier of Warsaw jumped out to the early lead and appeared headed for his first win of the season. As the laps wound down, Jason Cogswell of LaPorte moved up to challenge. As the pair rounded turn three on the final lap, Frazier spun, collecting Cogswell and setting up a green, white, checker finish with Frazier going to the tail of the field. Cogswell took a hard fought win over last week’s winner, Zachery Newgent of South Bend and Chad Lindsey of LaPorte. Kevin Davis of South Bend and Wayne Kline of Centreville, MI were next as Frazier recovered to finish sixth. Marcus Carlson of Elkhart, Howie Fisette of South Bend and Dennis Frazier of Warsaw rounded out the top ten. Wayne Kline took the win in heat one over Mike Kline of Centreville, MI and Linsdey. Cogswell topped heat two over Derek Davis of South Bend and Newgent.
The Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Model 30 lap main saw twelve cars set to take the green. As the field charged into turn one, a multi car pileup brought the action to a halt with the mount of Shawn Amor of Mishawaka suffering the most damage and sidelining him for the remainder of the event. During the cleanup, the infield lights went out, leaving the track in near total darkness. Following a lengthy delay and several more caution periods, defending champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton picked up his first win of the season by holding off challenges from Scott Ross of Plymouth and Cory Pressler of South Bend. Kenny Lollar Jr of Buchanan was next over Nick Kretchmer of Granger and Terry Lombardi of Elkhart. Charlie Hanna of Goshen, who smacked the wall hard, ended up seventh as Scott Bennison of Benton Harbor, Amor and Andrew DeVreese of Mishawaka rounded out the top ten. Hanna posted the win in heat one over Lollar and Amor while Pressler took heat two ahead of DeVreese and Tutino.
The 25 lap Street Stock feature was red flagged when the race truck of David Schieber of South Bend spewed oil all over the track, collecting several of the top runners. When the checker finally flew, it was Vernon Knight of Michigan City picking up his third win of the season over jay Coffin of Hamlet and Rich Hensley of South Bend. Dennis Kaiser of North Liberty was next over South Bend drivers, Ronnie McLean and Doug Fox. Frankie Fairchild of Osceola, Derek Wunder of South Bend, A.J. Lubelski of Walkerton and Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty completed the top ten. In heat race action, McLean topped Wunder and Jeff Kaiser in heat one while Fox beat Dennis Kaiser and Mark Swan of Mishawaka in heat two.
As had been the case all night, the Front Wheel Drive 20 lap feature ran without incident. Kyle O’Dell of Plymouth picked up his second win of the season holding off repeated challenges Sean Stuart of North Liberty and James Trussell of Niles. South Bend drivers, Mike Long, Craig Ponsler and Drew Davis were next as Bryant Ragsdale of Mishawaka was seventh ahead of James Austin, Mike Shewchuk and Helmut Forstinger Jr, all of South Bend. Shewchuk took the win in heat one over Ponsler and Jasmine Schafer of Bremen as O’Dell took heat two over Trussell and Stuart.
The 15 lap Hornet feature also ran green to checker as the clock ticked just past the midnight hour. Derek Danley of Mishawaka made a bold move as the field came to the green and led every lap to score his first ever win ahead of last week’s winner Eryn Hartz of South Bend and Richele Wolkens of Niles. Rick Wolkens of Niles was next over Tyler Mead, also of Niles. Terry Britain Jr of South Bend, Scott Binkley of Goshen, Lizzy Wolkens of Niles, Michael Werntz of South Bend and Corey Woods of South Bend rounded out the top ten. In heat action, Hartz topped Mead and Woods in heat one while Rick Wolkens bested daughter Lizzy and Britain in heat two.
In the final event of the evening, Brian Ross of Plymouth picked up the win in the Pro Late Model 30 lap main over Michael Mast of New Paris and Rodney Smith of Elkhart. Steve Stacy of Plymouth took fourth with fourth generation driver, Nick Stremme from South Bend taking fifth. Matt Sullivan of Hartford, Rich Boal of Plymouth, Danny Brown Sr of New Carlisle, Danny Brown Jr of LaPorte and Ales Pratt of Elkhart completed the top ten. Nick Stremme took heat one over Smith and Ross as Mast was awarded the win in heat two ahead of Boal and Pratt.
Racing returns this Friday with another Six Pack Special for Bellman Oil Outlaw Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, FWD and Hornets. With just a handful of races left, the season is winding down quickly. Gates open at 5 pm with racing set to get underway at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and 5 & under are free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but no alcohol or glass containers allowed. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, your in-laws, outlaws, your sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s cousin’s uncle’s next door neighbor. Tell everyone you know and we’ll see you at the races.
July 30th, 2014
Ogilvie, MN– It was the 3rd Annual Ron Jones Sr. / Ron Fleischer Memorial Race at the Ogilvie Raceway, and drivers filled the pits for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Members of the families were present and both WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds raced for increased pay. Bud Martini won in the Midwest Modifieds for the 3rd consecutive time, and Jones’ grandson, Andy Jones, won in the Modifieds.
Evan Neumann and Brian Friez brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks out for the night’s first event. Friez grabbed the lead while Neumann and Josh Laney followed. Friez then got loose and Laney, Neumann, Allen Gessell, Jr. and Jim Gullikson flew by him. Laney assumed the lead as the yellow waved. As the drivers rounded turn two on the restart, Neumann’s car fell off the pace and drivers made contact. Neumann’s car then flipped in the air and the race stopped. Neumann was ok, and the drivers were sorted. Gessell, Jr. moved into the lead after another restart with Gullikson and Pogones in tow. Pogones shot to Gessell, Jr.’s outside for first and they drove side by side. Pogones nosed ahead into the lead but Gessell, Jr. kept on his rear. Pogones slowed pulled away and took the checkers in his Lake State Recycling sponsored #01. Gessell, Jr., Gullikson, Dan McCain and Kyle Laney took the top points.
There were only five WISSOTA Mod Fours on the track, but they put on a great feature. Gerry Nohner and Nick Jelacie led the drivers to the stand but Matt Halls went low and Keith Thell went high to move ahead of them. Thell moved into first with Halls on his trail. Halls moved aside Thell but Thell pulled away. Halls never backed down and was next to Thell in the curves. Thell retained the lead but Halls kept after him. With few laps to go, Halls got a run into turn one and moved to Thell’s side. They were door to door the remaining laps and as the checkers raised, Thell crossed the line first and took the win. Halls finished in a close second followed by
Kyle Thell, Jelacie and Nohner.
Jake Bayerl grabbed the lead as the Hornets went green. Gavin Rowland moved aside Dan Rick for second and Quain Busitzky joined them. The three way battle ended quick as Busitzky moved into second. Busitzky slid past Bayerl for the lead and Brandon Opsahl took second. Opsahl began to work on Busitzky as the yellow waved. Busitzky was first on the restart with Rowland and Opsahl on his bumper. Rowland dove low and drove next to Busitzky on the final lap. Rowland took the lead in turn three and held it to the finish line. Rowland took his first feature win as his family celebrated in victory lane with him.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up for the first race of the Jones/Fleischer memorial. Justin Oestreich and Charlie Zander took their positions on the front row and Zander took the lead as the green flew. Oestreich went low and stole first while Bud Martini made his way next to Zander for second. Mack Estey took third and Martini moved next to Oestreich for the lead. Martini made the pass and began to pull away as top drivers spaced out. Martini began to lap slower cars while race action covered the whole surface. Martini was weaving through traffic but soon the yellow flickered on and drivers were sorted. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but Martini was alone on the restart with four laps to go. Estey and Oestreich battled for second as the green dropped and Estey took the point. Martini drove away and took the double checkers, the six-foot trophy and the check. Estey, Oestreich, Shane Howell and Jeremy Nelson were the top finishers.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks hit the clay with Mike Loomis and Brett Johnson on the front row. Dan Gullikson grabbed the high side and went from sixth to second before they left turn two. Gullikson moved next to Johnson for first and took the point. Matthew Dibb and Dave Mass moved to Johnson’s side and they were three wide for second. Dibb took the point and chased down Gullikson. Mass took third and closed in on the leaders as Dibb moved to Gullikson’s door. They ran side by side for first as Dibb pulled ahead. Mass passed Gullikson for second and reeled in Dibb. Mass kept the pressure on Dibb lap after lap, but the Rookie stayed ahead of him. With two laps to go, Mass nosed ahead, but Dibb was faster out of the turn and retook the lead. Mass moved back to his side, and with the checkers in sight, they came to the finish line panel to panel. With a difference of just .035 seconds, Matthew Dibb took the win. Mass settled in second with Gullikson, Johnson and Loomis as the top five.
The WISSOTA Modifieds finished out the night’s races, and was the second race of the Jones/Fleischer Memorial. Jeff Patchen and Andy Jones led the drivers around the clay surface, and Jones sped away as the green flew. Patchen took second and set after Jones, but Jones was already stretching his lead out. Jody Bellefeuille made his way into third and soon caught Patchen’s side. Bellefeuille took second and set eyes on Jones. Jones was off in the distance but Bellefeuille was on a mission. Dave Mass worked the high side and moved into third and Dave Cain moved into fourth. Cain kept close to Mass with few laps to go. The white waved and Bellefeuille was a couple car lengths from Jones, but Jones ran his line and took the win. Jones and his family celebrated in victory lane and Jones dedicated his win to his grandpa, Ron Jones, Sr. Bellefeuille, Mass, Cain and Patchen were the top drivers.
Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will also be the WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier. It will also be Kid’s night featuring a bike giveaway and kids 14 and under will be free. Racing will resume at 6:30.
July 30th, 2014
The 20th edition of the annual Street Stock Little Dream Race is quickly approaching at the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014.
The event features one of the most unique purse structures in all of motorsports where fans and local businesses are asked to donate and contribute to the purse to see how high the winner’s share can grow to throughout the event.
In 2013, winner Sam Fankhauser raced away with a WISSOTA Street Stock record payoff of $8,020 to win this traditional mid-week event. 2012 winner Jim Randall took home a then record $6,108. The event has seen payouts over $3,000 in each of the last four events and should easily break the $5,000 to win mark in 2014 for the third consecutive year.
Fankhauser said when asked about the biggest win of his career, ‘it was definitely unbelievable! The Little Dream is a race that I always wanted to race in when I was growing up, so to be able to win it was unreal. I can’t thank everyone enough that has helped me get to this level in my racing career. I was so shocked that I had won it, I didn’t really know how to take it or even believe that I won it until the next day! I am definitely looking forward to trying to become a back to back Little Dream champion this year!’
The Little Dream has seen 4 multi event winners during the previous 19 seasons with Eric Olson, Scott Clark, Scott Paulson and Cory Crapser winning the event twice. Olson and Clark will be looking for their third Little Dream title this season, while Tim Johnson, Jay Kesan, Randall, Royce Jawaski and Fankhauser will be looking to win the event for the second time. Fankhauser will also be looking to become the only back-to-back Little Dream champion since Crapser did it in 2006 and 2007.
The 2014 edition will once again feature WISSOTA Street Stocks as the headline division with 10-lap heat races, an 8-lap pole dash, 12-lap b-mains, a new 15-lap non qualifier race that pays $500 to win / $100 to start and the traditional 30-lap main event. Passing points will be used for this event for the second straight year as well. The 8 drivers out of the pole dash will automatically qualify for the feature along with the next 8 in total passing points from the heat races. 8 more drivers out of b-mains will also qualify for the feature event and the driver that tows the farthest to compete will be given the 25th and final starting spot in the main event.
The base payout for this event is already a very good $800 to win / $200 to start event. If drivers pre-enter by August 1st, the start money in the feature raises to $300 to start.
St. Cloud, Minnesota based FYE Motorsports Promotions has been hired to come in and operate the event for the second straight season and will bring many of its own staff to assure a smoothly run operation from start to finish. WISSOTA Modifieds will also be on the card as the second division in action on the night with a $1,000 to win / $125 to start program.
The event is sponsored by www.BuzzSigns.com and Mahle Pistons.
Gates will open at 4pm with draw cut off at 6:45pm. Racing action is set to begin at 7pm.
Street Stock car entry fee of $100 will be required along with the regular $25 pit pass. Modified drivers will be required to pay a $25 fee at the draw window along with the regular $25 pit pass.
Entry forms can be found at www.FYEMotorsports.com/events/littledream.
If anyone would like to donate to the purse before the event takes place, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or be sure to stop by the donation table at the base of the announcer’s booth on race day to place your contribution.
For more information, please check out www.RiceLakeSpeedway.net or call Chris at (715) 497-8916.
July 30th, 2014
Ashland, WI – Day two of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints “Northwoods Tour” was another example of how sometimes it’s not about the most laps lead, it’s a matter of which one. Bill Balog would pace the final one this evening, and as a result he continued his stronghold on victory lane at ABC Raceway. A track where he has now captured wins in all three contests held at the facility.
In tonight’s show Mother’s nature put forth occasional sprinkles during the 30 lap A-main contest as officials and drivers hustled to complete the program. Travis Whitney of Coon River, MN appeared to have a tight grip on the lead, and was only 4 laps away from streaking under the checker flag. Four laps however, is a long distance when being chased by six-time IRA champion Bill Balog. Still, Whitney’s speed seemed enough as the laps wound down, the field had clicked off 26 of the first 30 laps without interruption, and then the contest became an entirely new race. On lap 26 heading into turn three, Jordan Goldesberry slipped in turn three taking a spin. The field skillfully avoided him, but the caution had to appear, and now the field was bunched up on Whitney’s read nerf bar, Perhaps most frustratingly for Whitney, Balog was right behind him was the green flag flew. When Whitney’s car stumbling to gain speed, Balog whipped past taking over the top spot, that’s when Whitney’s night got even worse. As he headed into turns three his machine locked wheels with Blake Nimee who was attempting to pass, when the pair disconnected, Whitney wound up spinning to the bottom of turn four, resulting in a final slowdown.
Whitney retired from a race where he had gone from first to a DNF, in less than a lap. Nimee, who was also on the verge of his first podium finish saw his efforts erased. Balog on the other hand was able to pace the final circuits. The end result has his seventh win of the 2014 season. The battle for second waged down to the final two laps when Rookie of the Year contender, Scotty Thiel, muscled his was past Scott Uttech. Thiel had a frustrating weekend to this point, having had additional engine issues with his 410 engine the prior evening at Langlade County Speedway in Antigo. He unloaded his ASCS powered 360 machine for tonight’s race at ABC Raceway, a car which was a near perfect match for a somewhat slick racing surface.
The second place performance was his best of the 2014 racing season, improving upon his third place run at 141 Speedway back in May. Uttech’s third place podium earning performance matched his best effort of the 2014 season. He had previously reached the podium with a third place effort at Oshkosh in early May. A nearly picture perfect afternoon turned into a surprisingly weather challenged night. Officials, knowing rain was in the area hustled to get the starting field for the A-main trackside as light precipitation began to fall. The 30 lap contest on the banked third-mile clay oval was to have seen Scott Biertzer begin the contest on the pole,
but his machine refused to fire, elevating Uttech to the position. 2012 Wilmot Raceway champion, Tommy Sexton, opened the contest from outside the front row becoming the initial leader of the event. Whitney, who had started fourth, powered his way to the front on lap three while second place became a the focus of the fans attention, as Uttech, Sexton, Balog, and Blake Nimee all maneuvered to various grooves on the track to find a way to hold that position. Balog got a grasp on the second spot by the fifth lap, but by now Whitney had motored away from the field with a full straightway lead.
Uttech meanwhile, held fast to the inner groove placing a hold on the third spot, with Nimee driving a backup machine owned by Wayne
Modjeski having laid claim to fourth. Whitney, a former two-time series champion, was showing the speed and skill he had utilized to win his two titles several seasons ago. He was able to maintain his lead on Balog as the pair started working back markers and the race quickly past the halfway point. With the field strung all the way around the track, Whitney carefully picked off lapped cars with Balog continuing to apply the pressure. Whitney appeared to have the race in hand when the caution flew on lap 26 for oldesberry’s spin. Whitney’s engine stumbled on the restart and Balog taking advantage of the situation flying into the lead. Before the end of the lap the tangle between Whitney and Nimee forced a second caution, and ended what would have been a solid evening for both drivers. This setup a four lap dash to the checker with Balog showing the way, followed by Uttech. Thiel, suddenly found himself in third, with Sexton and Neitzel now in the top five. The race resumed with Balog clearly in command. Thiel meanwhile muscled his way past Uttech to grab the second spot as the pair engaged in battle for runner-up honors. This left Balog free to pace the final circuits taking the victory. Thiel managed to reach the finish line just ahead of Uttech for second, with Uttech having to settle for third. Sexton had rim rode his way to a fourth place finish followed by Scotty Neitzel who completed the top five finishers. Last evening’s runner-up finisher, Steve Meyer earned sixth. Mike Reinke, Bill Rose, Ben Schmidt and Lance Fassbender completed the top ten finishers. Earlier in the night Rose, Reinke and Neitzel collected heat races.
The planned B-main was not needed after Dave Uttech had the misfortune of expiring a motor. The other notable event of the evening was Hayley Reinke, daughter of Mike Reinke who made her debut in sprint car racing. She took qualifying laps behind the wheel of a machine normally piloted by Russel Borland who had to miss the this event due to other commitments. She qualified the car with a respectable time but opted out of further competition in the program. A total of 25 drivers had signed in for the race program this evening. Balog had topped the qualifying efforts tonight but times were well off the track record. Schmidt turned in the second quickest lap of the evening while Rose turned in the third best qualifying performance. The three event weekend now wraps up as the teams head south to Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wisconsin on Sunday evening July 27th.
The track is a large three-eights mile oval with a unique layout. The high-banked turns are ideal for the Winged Outlaw sprints, which barely have to use the brakes in the corners. The raceway is also unique in the fact that the front stretch goes slightly downhill, while the backstretch is slightly uphill.Balog has captured the last three contests held at the track including last year’s show where he made a late race pass on Brooke Tatnell for the victory.Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will be joining the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints providing fans with a variety of high speed action.Pit gates are to open at 4:00pm for this year’s show with the spectator gates opening at 4:30pm. Hot laps are to get underway at 5:30pm with racing set to begin at 6:00pm.For ticket pricing information please call the raceway at: 715-382-5367 or consult the track website at www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net
Eagle Valley Speedway is located just north of Jim Falls, WI just off Highway 178. Head north out of town of Highway 178 and turn west (left) onto 150th Avenue.IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.