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ABC Raceway Staff Hoping for Biggest-Ever Red Clay Classic

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Ashland, WI, September 16 — It can be argued that the ABC Raceway’s 42nd annual Red Clay Classic could be the biggest and best one yet. The traditional finale of the Northland’s stock car racing season, the Red Clay Classic is one of the most popular events on the calendar for race fans. In its four decades-plus of existence, it has grown to become one of the best-attended, highest-paying events of its kind in the Midwest.

If the recent efforts of the Raceway’s Board of Directors and nearly 50 volunteer workers pay off, this year’s edition – slated for Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, and to be presented by FastLane Motorsports of Ashland and Tim’s Automotive Machine of Bloomer – may become one of the most successful ever. So much has been added to make the 42nd running of the PolyDome Dirt Track Series event a special one that it’s hard to pin down any one item as a featured attraction. “One of our goals every year is to come up with different things that make the Red Clay Classic stand out from all of the other racing invitationals during this time of year,” Raceway president Eric Erickson explained recently. “Whether it’s changes to the purse for the drivers, special activities for the fans, or upgrades to our facility, we want to keep improving the Classic to make it memorable for all who attend.”

Changes to the purse are always of interest to the drivers, so the ABC Raceway recently announced a significant increase to the overall payout, to an event-record $90,000. This purse bump should once again attract upwards of 200 WISSOTA Late Model, Modified, Super Stock and Midwest Modified drivers to the three-eighths-mile red-clay oval. Because of the increase, approximately 30 percent of the finishing positions in this year’s four Red Clay Classic features will pay out higher than in 2016, and each of this year’s four feature winners will take home larger paychecks than were handed out to last year’s RCC champions. The winner of the Mid-Mod A-feature will claim a $1,200 share, while the Super Stock champ will take home $2,500. First place in the Modified A-main now pays $3,500, and the Late Model feature winner will earn a track-record $5,000 payday.

Additional bonuses will be provided during Friday’s heat race action, which will be sponsored by Gatorade and North Star Beverage of Hurley. The winners will receive limited-edition commemorative shirts compliments of SSR Race Cars of Spring Valley and Champ Pans of Eau Claire – a tradition that was started last year and found to be greatly appreciated by the drivers. After each of Saturday’s features, Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland will award a $150 bonus to the driver that posts the fastest lap in their respective race, based on the track’s electronic scoring and timing system. And the hugely popular “Bridesmaid’s Challenge” will again be offered to each feature’s second-place finisher, providing cash bonuses if those drivers don bridesmaid’s gowns during their post-race Victory Lane interviews in front of the huge crowd expected to be in attendance.

Also of benefit to the drivers is that the draw fee for this year’s Red Clay Classic has once again been waived. Drivers will need only pay the $65 two-day pit-pass fee in order to compete during the race weekend, saving them some significant entry money. As for the racing itself, two interesting changes are planned for the program. On Friday night, a special race is in the works honoring 2008 Red Clay Classic Late Model champion Harry Hanson. The fan-favorite driver from Eveleth, MN, who is closing out his 45th season in racing and 28th in a Late Model, has announced that this year’s Classic will be his last race event in that division. Details are still being finalized and should be announced soon.

On Saturday, the Raceway will also honor Duane Mahder, the 1990 RCC Late Model champ from Eau Claire who lost his life in a tragic vehicle accident shortly after last year’s Classic. In Mahder’s memory, the ABC Raceway Board has voted to run this year’s Late Model feature at a distance of 55 laps, rather than the traditional 50, to match the car number of the popular racing legend. For the fans, a variety of activities will be offered, both at the track and throughout the area. On Friday night immediately after the races there will be a party with live music at the grandstand pavilion area, and on Saturday fans can vote online via the Raceway’s website for a “fans’ choice” entry into one of the feature races from those drivers that did not otherwise qualify through Friday’s heats.

Also on Saturday, the annual Red Clay Classic scramble golf tournament will be held at the Chequamegon Bay Golf Club beginning at 9:30 am, with prizes to be awarded afterwards at the course’s Niblick restaurant. Fans are reminded that Ashland’s downtown merchants will have a variety of “MarketFest” sidewalk sales going on during Saturday of the race weekend, and that the city’s Historic Mural Walk is also downtown and convenient to enjoy before race time. Other opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and exploring abound in neighboring communities such as Washburn, Bayfield, Odanah and Mellen.

The festivities start on the Thursday evening prior to the race weekend, when the Neighborly Bar of downtown Ashland will host a pre-Red Clay Classic party, offering special RCC apparel for sale with proceeds going toward the “Bridesmaid’s Challenge” fund. Fans who have reserved camping sites on the Raceway property will be allowed to bring their RVs onto the grounds beginning at 5 pm on Thursday evening. At-the-track campers will be required to check in immediately upon arrival at the main grandstand ticket office before setting up at their sites.

For those still looking for camping near the track, the owner of the property directly adjacent to and east of the Raceway grounds will have sites available on a first-come, first-served basis (no advance reservations), beginning on Thursday evening. On Friday the pit gates will open to the race teams at 12:30 pm, while the main grandstand ticket windows and gates will open at 3. Hot lap sessions will start at 5:30, followed by heat races for all four divisions beginning at 7 pm.

On Saturday, the pits will open at noon, the grandstand gates will open at 2:30 pm, and racing will begin with semi-feature action at 5. The four big A-mains will then follow the last-chance semi-features. Adult grandstand tickets are available at $22 for Friday’s program, $25 for Saturday, or $42 for a two-day pass. Tickets for kids ages 6-12 are $13 each night, while a two-day kids’ pass is just $23. A limited number of reserved grandstand seats can still be purchased with any two-day pass for an additional $10 charge.

New for this year, a limited number of locations along the top walkway of the main grandstand are marked for bring-your-own lawn chair seating. These spots can be reserved for the price of an adult two-day pass plus the $10 additional charge. To buy tickets or reserve a seat, fans can call (715) 682-2672 Monday through Friday (evenings only) or send an e-mail to tickets@abcraceway.com.

A limited number of reserved pit spots are still available for just $30 each by calling (715) 746-2390 (evenings) or by e-mailing to tickets@abcraceway.com. Prior to each night’s race program, “Z-93 Race Night” will provide up-to-date Red Clay Classic news and weather information live from the track on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and online at www.wbszfm.com, from 3-4 pm.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. Additional event information is available on the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com. Additional Ashland area hotel and community information is available by visiting www.visitashland.com.

Anderson Brothers Top Rice Lake Speedway Winners

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Rice Lake WI,– Colfax racing brothers Mike and Travis Anderson both earned trips to victory lane as the Rice Lake Speedway concluded its sixty sixth year of consecutive racing action on Sunday night. The holiday race was run after the first half of the weekend doubleheader was rained out on Saturday by severe storms. Joining the Anderson brothers in victory lane were Andrew Hanson, Jeff Brauer and Eric Olson.

A season high one hundred and forty two racers from three states were on hand to compete in a twenty seven event program that saw two first time winners for the 2017 racing season.

Mike Anderson had to pass a very strong Michael Truscott to take the win in the Modified feature race. After two early yellows for minor spins and stalls, Truscott got the jump and continued to lead after starting on the outside pole. Anderson pulled in quickly and started to challenge while Ryan Viltz and Kevin Adams fought for the third spot. Anderson was able to make a low side pass and slide up in turn four and take over the lead while Adams did the same to Viltz to grab third.

Anderson then started to stretch his lead as Adams closed on Truscott but Michael proved a tough competitor to pass as Adams had to work very hard before he finally was forced to adjust his line to the high side of the track and he then drove around Truscott in turn four to take second.

Anderson was sailing along comfortably in the lead while Adams tried to cut into the margin as the laps ran down. Adams many have narrowed the margin slightly but Anderson still had a comfortable lead as the laps ran down and he drove home for his third Rice Lake Speedway Modified victory of 2017. Adams settled for second while Truscott finished an impressive third. Viltz also had a good run with Steve Hallquist completing the top five.

Brother Travis led all the way in the Midwest Modified feature but he had his hands full from start to finish as he was challenged by several different drivers. As Anderson took the early lead, his first challenger was Paul Suzik who started on the outside pole. However, Suzik was soon overtaken for that spot by Truscott, who was doing double duty racing both open wheel divisions on this night.

Truscott put some heavy pressure on Anderson as they raced hard for the lead between yellow flags which flew four times in the first six laps.

Shane Halopka was on the move after starting in the fourth row and he drove up to second and began to challenge Truscott for that position. Following a yellow, Halopka was able to drive around Truscott to take second and then he set off after the leader.

However, another yellow flag slowed the action and this time it was Truscott who got the jump and he returned to second. Halopka was not done however, and he raced his way back past Truscott and set off after Anderson who still continued to hold several car lengths on the field. Halopka really picked up the pace and by the time the white flag waved, he was within a car length of the leader.

Anderson was very careful on the final tour and while Halopka pulled to his rear bumper, Travis was careful not to give Halopka an opening and he drove on to his first feature win of the year at Rice Lake. Truscott finished several car lengths back in third while the drive of the race was accomplished by Tommy Richards. Normally a standout Super Stock racer, Richards was driving a new car that was a second entry from the Iverson Racing Team and he moved all the way from twelfth to fourth at the finish with Aric Lindberg completing the top five.

A big field of Pure Stocks was on hand but Andrew Hanson, the point champion at the ABC Raceway in Ashland, was game to take on all comers as he started on the outside pole and led all the way for the win. In the early going he was battling with Cole Hill but then C.J. Wagner, Kyle Copp and Jay Folz all moved in to provide a challenge. After a stall triggered a yellow with five laps complete, Hanson continued to lead but Wagner and Folz were both putting on heavy pressure. Hanson maintained his line however, and started to put some small distance on the field as the race for second continued to be hotly contested.

Hanson, with few starts at this track for experience, didn’t let that phase him as he continued to drive a strong and smooth race and as the laps ran down, he was able to maintain his margin as he drove home for the win. Not only was it his first win of the season at Rice Lake, it was also the first career win at the track for the high school student from Iron River.

Folz, who was making his first start in two years driving the car that he owns that Jason Havel has raced with so much success in recent years, finished a remarkable second. Before the race, the Pure Stock drivers did a four wide procession to honor Havel, who was in the pace truck and waving to fans as he continues to battle serious health issues.

Wagner finished a strong third driving for the first time the #16 car normally run by Rob Grabon who moved up to the Street Stocks Sunday. Mike Blevins, current national point leader in the Pure Stocks, started seventh and finished fourth with a late rush while Dustin Doughty, currently second in the national points, finished right behind Blevins racing his wife’s car on this night.

The closest feature race of the night was in the Super Stocks where Brauer made a turn four pass on the last lap to beat Nick Oreskovich by a nose to win the main event.

The Super Stocks had a terrible time getting their main event going with five yellow flags in the first two laps as everyone was more than a little anxious to get racing. Finally, after everyone settled down, the last eighteen laps of the race clicked off nonstop.

Oreskovich and Brauer shared the front row and they battled mightily in the opening laps as the traded the lead back and forth. Finally, Oreskovich was able to secure the top spot and he moved out by about two car lengths on the field. Brauer was under the gun for second as Terran Spacek moved up to challenge him and in fact did take over the second spot at the midpoint of the race.

Brauer looked like he was stuck in third but he then made an adjustment on the track as he moved up higher with his racing line and it quickly paid off dividends. He drove around Spacek to regain second and then started to close up on Nick O as the laps ran down.

With only a couple laps to go, Brauer was on the rear bumper of Oreskovich with two lapped cars directly in front of them. While those cars caused no problems, trying to decide which line to take on the final lap was dicey. As they entered the final corner, Oreskovich had Brauer right on his bumper and Nick opted to go wide exiting the corner to race to the line. Brauer cut his car tight to the inside and got a great run while Oreskovich seemed bogged down and Brauer moved in and edged past and as they raced to the line, it was Brauer in front by the narrowest of margins as the crowd was stunned.

Spacek completed his strong run with a third place finish as he had Shane Kisling close behind while Nick Traynor completed the top five after starting twentieth.

It was the second win of the year at Rice Lake for the Minnesota driver.

Eric Olson drew the pole for the Street Stock feature and that was bad news for the rest of the field as he led from start to finish to record his fourth victory in that car despite the fact that it didn’t hit the track until August. Olson pulled away at the beginning with Hunter VanGilder sticking close behind for several laps until Olson began to stretch his margin. Ron Hanestad moved into third but Danny Richards overtook him and tried to reel in the top two runners.

The lone yellow of the event set up a three lap dash to the finish but it caused no problem for Olson who pulled away and ran home uncontested for the win. VanGilder, Richards and Hanestad were next in line with rookie driver Travis Loew having a fine run to complete the top five as he held off another rookie in Braden Brauer.

The 2017 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway is now complete. Check the speedway website and face book page for announcements relative to the 2018 racing season and also the speedway banquet date and site.

Jon Henry Earns $2,000 ALMS Win At Oakshade

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Forty-one American Late Model Series (ALMS) drivers showed up for the final ALMS event of the season at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night. The current ALMS point-leader, Jon Henry, came out on top, earning his second ALMS win of the weekend.

A huge seven-car pile up, that took out Oakshade point leader Devin Shiels, slowed things down after completing the first lap of the 30-lap ALMS main event. Ada, Ohio’s Jon Henry started on the pole and led the first handful of laps, but Steve Kester hounded Henry and finally took the lead on lap seven. Kester then opened up his advantage over Henry until the unthinkable happened on lap 15. Kester spun while working through lapped traffic which brought out the yellow flag, forcing him to restart at the back of the field. Last week’s feature winner Rusty Schlenk inherited the lead for the restart and Henry, who had slipped back to third, found himself back in second and starting alongside Schlenk for the double file restart. Henry took advantage and jumped back out to the lead from the high side over Schlenk. Schlenk tried to battle back on the inside, but after a few laps of side by side racing, he slipped back. Schlenk had one last shot at Henry after a late caution flag flew with just three laps remaining. After winning the night before at Attica Raceway Park, Henry was able to hang on and pick up his 12th career ALMS win. Schlenk ended up second with Matt Miller finishing third. Brian Ruhlman made up some ground in the Oakshade Raceway point standings with a fourth place finish after Shiels’ early exit from the race. Casey Noonan ended up fifth.

Swanton, Ohio’s BJ Gregory has been on a tear the past few weeks at Oakshade Raceway, picking up his third straight UMP Sportsman feature win. Gregory started inside the second row and took over the lead by lap four. Mathew Chapman got by Joel Morton for second on lap eleven and a caution on lap 14 tightened up the field one last time behind the race leader. Unfortunately for everyone else, Gregory was able to pull away once again after the restart to sew up his third consecutive feature win. Chapman settled for second followed by Mike Jessen, Joel Morton and current Sportsman point leader Drew Smith.

Craig Dippman appeared to be on his way to earning his second Bomber A Main victory after leading much of the race. Jeff Foks Jr. from Holland, Ohio, had other plans and took over the race lead with six laps remaining and went on to his third Bomber A Main win of the year which increases his points lead to 36 over Tim Hancock with only two weeks of points racing remaining. Dippman held off Rich Riffe for a second place finish with Chris Henry moving up 14 positions to finish fourth. Roscoe Stetten was fifth.

The Compact class at Oakshade Raceway has a great point battle heading into the final couple of weeks of competition. Brogan Rehklau went on to pick up his 10th feature win of the season after battling with Nathan Goodman early in the race. With the win, the Waldron, Michigan, driver closed to within 18 points on Jeff Foks Sr. who ended up finishing second in the race. Jason Deshler finished third and currently sits third in points, 79 behind Foks.

Scott Robertson led the majority of the night’s final event, the Bomber B Main, but his night would end prematurely on the hook. Robertson seemed to have something go wrong with his car and ended up off turn four on lap nine of the 12 lap race. Robertson was towed back to the pits ending his night. That turned the race lead over to Holland, Ohio’s Gabe Mueller who went on to pick up his first feature win of the year after starting deep in the field. Cody Stetten finished second followed by Zach Stotz, Dustin Willier and Mike Villena.

The American Ethanol Modified Tour makes a stop at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday, September 9th. UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts will also be in action with gates opening at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

Eagle Valley Speedway Ends Season on the Trailer

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin -The Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel the final races of the season and Season Championships due to rain. They will return to racing in the Spring of 2018. The Weigel’s thank the fans, drivers, and sponsors, along with all the employees for a successful 2017 season.

Congratulations to the top five in each class for final points:

Modifieds: Mike Anderson, Kevin Adams, Mike Knopps, Steve Hallquist, Josh Hessler

Super Stocks: Tommy Richards, Jeff Brauer, Troy Fransway, Lukas Koski, Tony Falkner

Midwest Modifieds: Nick Koehler, Shane Halopka, Calvin Iverson, Jake Smith, Denny Cutsforth

Street Stocks: Danny Richards, Travis Hazelton, Dalton Hazelton, Robert Seidler, Braden Brauer

Pure Stocks; George Richards, Nicholas Hazelton, Dean Pronschinske, Cole Hill, Stefan Hogue

Hornets: Kasey Gross, Dan Prissel, Jake Halterman, Dean Butler, Jason Holte.

Red Cedar Speedway Championships

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway, Keyes Chevrolet, Mars Racing, Snap-On by Aaron Wold, and Quality Auto Body presented the 2017 Season Championships. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets were all in action. Feature winner included Mike Prochnow, Kevin Adams, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and William Voeltz.

In the Season Championship format, heat races are lined up according to season points with the highest on the pole and working the way back down through the points. The features are lined up straight up from the heat finishes. Rains throughout the week and both on race day and shortly before the scheduled start of the event saw a delay in the beginning of the night’s action. The track crew and driver’s alike scrambled to get the track back into racing condition. The racing surface was very tacky and fast but also provided for a relatively narrow racing groove. Heats and features were shortened up somewhat to allow all classes to be able to compete on the evening.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models saw Mike Prochnow win his heat and sweep the night in the feature. Prochnow was never seriously challenged on his way to the win. There was little passing as the premium class assaulted the track at high speeds. Ricky Hanestad started on the outside of row one and drove home in second, in front of Jake Redetzke, John Kaanta, and Mark Hessler.

The Tim’s Automotive and Machine Modified heats her won by Kevin Adams and Josh Hessler as Adams made short work of starting on the pole, grabbing a large lead, and driving to the win. Mike Anderson settled into second but broke down before the finish, relinquishing the position to a very stout appearing Tony Schill. Steve Hallquist, Kerry Halopka, and Hessler rounded out the top five.

The General Beer Super Stock heats were won by Tommy Richards and Jesse Redetzke. The pole sitter Richards went on to win the feature, but it was more difficult than in the two higher classes. Richards lead from the green flag as Redetzke and Ben Hillman raced side by side for second. Redetzke took the position, closed on Richards, and challenged for the lead on the high side. A caution for a spin reset the action and Redetzke chose to start on the outside of row two.

On the restart, is was still Richards up front, but Hillman took control of second as Dan Gullixson took over third. Redetzke faded somewhat to fourth. Once again, a spinner slowed the race and this time Hillman chose the outside of row two on the restart. Richards brought them to green and led the remainder of the event as Hillman shadowed him to the line. Gullixson finished in third ahead of Redetzke as Steve Thomas rounded out the top five.

Nick Koehler, Travis Anderson, and Shane Halopka scored heat wins in the Midwest Modifieds as Koehler led the field to green in the feature. Koehler got bound up on the first lap with a bobble in turn two which trapped Anderson behind him and Halopka took advantage moving from third to the lead. A caution flag on lap five reset the field with no change in the running order. One lap after the restart, the 15 car spun, collecting Denny Cutsforth. The restart saw a multicar melee which delayed the action once again.

Back under green, Halopka went high in turn two and Koehler made an impressive move to get by for the lead. Koehler set sail as Halopka settled into second and Josh Smith along with Grant Southworth moved up and Anderson sat in fifth. A second spin by the 15 car slowed the action for the last time. The green flag flew and the top five ran to the checkers without a change in the running order.

The Street Stocks saw Danny Richards and Mike Knudtson win the heats and finish one two in the feature. Richards was never challenged until late for the win. Initially, Knudtson had to hold off a hard charging Danny Hanson but they settled in throughout the race. A sudden spin by a fifth running Ashley Wahlstrom saw much of the field scramble to miss her with Jake Hessler sustaining damage. The race was restarted but the yellow flew when much of Hessler’s body on the passenger side of the car tore free and came to rest on the track.

The restart saw Knudtson attempt a bold pass by driving well over the tires with little but his outside tires still on the raceway. He was able to get underneath Richards twice, but Richards withstood the challenge and drove on to the win. Knudtson finished second over Danny Hanson, Kolby Kiehl in fourth, and a last starting Braden Brauer who drove through the field for a fifth place finish.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Kent Harmon and George Richards and it was Harmon leading the first several laps of the feature. Richards first looked under the leader but could not make the pass. He readjusted and moved up the track and was able to drive to the point. Once out front, Richards drove away as Harmon was able to finish second over Pat Smith, Krysta Doughty, and Jeff Tisdale.

William Voeltz and Derrick Krumrie won their heats and they too finished one two in the feature. It was Voeltz bolting out front to lead every lap as Krumrie was able to run with him but not challenge for the pass. A distance behind, Jordan Langer, Dean Butler, and Bradley York ran together to settle the eventual top five.

Realtor Shelly Watkins paid out $50.00 to the hard charger as second starting George Richards was the only non-pole starting winner on the night. All six classes were won from the front row.

The Red Cedar Speedway has concluded its regular season and will not race again until September 21, 22, and 23 for the 38th Annual Punkt Manor Challenge of Champions presented by Bill’s Distributing and Tim’s Automotive and Machine.