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Rice Lake Speedway Racers Gather

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Rice Lake WI – The 2016 racing season was officially concluded Saturday night, January 28th when racers, crews, fans, sponsors and track employees all gathered for the annual Rice Lake Speedway banquet, hosted by track owners Adams-Hansen Inc. A full house gathered at the Rice Lake Elks Club for the banquet meal that was followed by the awards presentation, door prizes and dancing.

A moment of silence was held before the meal began in memory of four very important people to the racing community that have been lost following the 2016 racing season. Kyle Runkle, Duane Mahder, Jerry Amundson and Tammy Clark were all a big part of the local racing family, and their presence will be sadly missed.

Co-owner Dave Adams was the first to come to the podium following the meal and he gave a brief rundown on what the likely schedule will be for the track in 2017. The annual car show will be held at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall on March 30-April 2. The sixty fifth consecutive season of auto racing in Rice Lake will commence on Saturday night, April 15th. UMSS Sprint Cars will invade the speedway on May 27th. The annual Firecracker special will be held on Monday night, July 3rd. The WISSOTA Challenge Series for Late Models will be at the track on Saturday night, July 29th. The Street Stock Little Dream race is tentatively slated for Tuesday night, August 8th with a rain date of August 9th. The season will conclude with the annual Labor Day weekend doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd. Also on the schedule are Kid’s night, bicycle races, the Hall of Fame night, Aquafest Trophy night and several more special events yet to be booked. The schedule is expected to be finalized toward the end of February.

Adams announced that all five divisions that race at the track will return in 2017 and the only significant change will see the Pure Stock class also sanctioned by WISSOTA for the coming racing season.

Adams then presented one of the evening’s most significant awards on behalf of Mitch Hansen and himself. The “Thanks a Lot “ award goes to an individual who’s help and support of the Rice Lake Speedway has been significant. This year, in a change of pace, Adams presented the award to a loyal race race. Terming her a track “Super Fan”, Adams stated that this lady has never missed a race since he and Hansen took over the track seven years ago and that she is always the first one in the grandstand on race night and also is the first person to return their reservation for the track banquet. The plaque was presented to Irene Galetka.

Ed Reichert then took the stage to give a brief synopsis of the 2016 racing season as well as update the crowd on some of the track’s more significant ongoing events including the Little Dream and the all time feature wins totals for the track.

It was then time for Master of Ceremonies Ben Brost to introduce the top ten in track points in each division, pass out the plaques and trophies and interview some of the drivers.

The Pure Stocks came to the stage first. Moving up from third in track points in 2015, the 2016 Pure Stock point champion was Jason Havel from Rice Lake. Also taking trophies in the top five were James Clausen from Rice Lake, Joel Hinrichs from Chetek, Tucker Quinn from Ladysmith and Rob Holmstrom Jr. from Cameron. Receiving plaques for their sixth through tenth place finishes were Austin Workman from Barron, George Richards from Mondovi, Mike Grover from Chetek, Michael Miller from Rice Lake and Andy Ladd from Cumberland. The Rookie of the Year in the Pure Stocks was Holmstrom.

For the second straight year, the point champion in the Street Stocks was Cody Kummer from Medford. He was followed by Kevin Bogdanovic from Wausau, Kolby Kiehl from Barron, Hunter VanGilder from Rice Lake and Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake. Sixth through tenth in points were C.J. Wagner from Rice Lake, Jay Kesan from Weyerhaeuser, Cooper Berlin from Rice Lake, Ashley Wahlstrom from Rice Lake and Shawn Amundson from Rice Lake. The Street Stock Rookie of the Year was Wagner.

Advancing from a third place finish in 2015, the 2016 point champion in the Midwest Modified division was Ryan Viltz from Chetek. Runner up honors went to Shane Halopka from Greenwood with the rest of the top five comprised of Austin Ellis from Rice Lake, Travis Anderson from Colfax and Denny Cutsforth from Rice Lake. Completing the top ten were Tim Ekdahl from Cameron, Bryce Johnson from Barron, Joe Chaplin Jr from Cameron, the late Kyle Runkle from Chetek and Josh Wahlstrom from Rice Lake. Cutsforth was also named Midwest Modified Rookie of the Year.

Advancing from runner up honors in 2015, Eric Olson from Ladysmith was the 2016 Super Stock point champion. He was trailed very closely by Curt Myers from Cameron, Simon Wahlstrom from Rice Lake who was also named Rookie of the Year in the class, Adam Soltis from Ladysmith and Nick Traynor from Barron with both Soltis and Traynor also being rookies in the class. Completing the top ten were John Erickson from Rice Lake, Jim Cimfl from Turtle Lake, Aaron Wilson from Eau Claire, Kyle Helling from Rice Lake and Lucas Schultz from Cameron.

For the third straight year, Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson finished first and second in the Modified point standings. In the closest battle of the five divisions, Adams, from Cameron, edged out Anderson, from Colfax, by a mere four points to break the track record for point titles won by a driver. “Pistol” Pat Hoffman from Rice Lake finished a strong third followed by Wayne Poteet from Spooner and Steve Hallquist from Eau Claire. The second five consisted of Tim McMann from Duluth MN, Ashley Anderson from Elk Mound, Neil Balduc from Bessemer MI, Mark Hessler from Menomonie and Dave Baxter from Eau Claire.

The evening concluded with the drawing for a multitude of door prizes donated by area merchants, following by dancing and fellowship.

ABC Raceway Banquet Honors 2016′s Best

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Ashland, WI, — Another full-house crowd of over 230 gathered at the AmericInn in Ashland for the ABC Raceway’s Awards Banquet, celebrating the 2016 stock car racing season and officially crowning its season champions.

A buffet-style meal prepared by Ashland’s Breakwater Restaurant was enjoyed by the drivers, crews, track sponsors and volunteer workers in attendance for the annual event, after which Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association president Eric Erickson took a few moments to congratulate the points champions of the track’s five divisions and paid special tribute to the sponsors, all-volunteer work staff and Board of Directors of the award-winning three-eighths-mile red-clay speedplant.

Event emcee Nick Gima then presented those drivers who finished in the top ten in points in each of the divisions after the 2016 season, as well as others who earned special recognition for their accomplishments. Those in the top ten received trophies, while the divisional champions were also awarded commemorative jackets, and points fund checks were also presented.

Bessemer, MI’s Neil Balduc earned his first-ever ABC Raceway points championship, topping the WISSOTA Modified division by the smallest winning margin of any of the 2016 champs. Despite not winning a feature at Ashland, Balduc used a formula of consistent finishes, including six top-five efforts, for the title.

Five-time track champ Steve Stuart of Ashland was runner-up to Balduc in the final standings, while Bill Byholm of Glidden earned his best points finish in eight seasons by landing third. Defending ABC “big Mod” champ Al Uotinen of Superior and Iron River’s Brian Mikkonen also wound up in the top five in points.

Rick Rivord of Superior was sixth in the Mods, while Scott Hudack of Ashland finished seventh. Six-time track champ Jeff Spacek of Phillips tied with Steve Lavasseur of River Falls for eighth, and Ashland’s Kevin Eder, who led the division in feature wins with four, completed the top-ten.

One season after winning his first-ever points title in Superior, Nick Oreskovich of Mason claimed his first WISSOTA Super Stock championship at his home track. “The Flyin’ Farmer” enjoyed the most successful season of his career here, garnering three feature wins and either second- or third-place runs in five other regular-season A-mains, while also finishing in the top-ten in WISSOTA national points.

Superior’s Scott Lawrence, who has more championships at ABC Raceway than any other driver in its history, finished second to Oreskovich, while Patrick Beeksma of Ironwood, MI, completed a solid transition from the Six-Cylinders to the Super Stocks with a third-place effort. Two-time Pure Stock champ Cory Casari of Montreal was right on Beeksma’s heels in fourth, and Shane Kisling of Park Falls, who won two features here in 2016, took home the fifth-place trophy.

The second five in Super Stock points was led by defending champ Jeff Klopstein of Tomahawk, with Myron Basina of Washburn finishing an impressive seventh, ahead of Terran Spacek of Phillips, Shawn McFadden Jr of Ashland, and Terran’s dad, Randy Spacek of Phillips.

Paul Suzik of Ironwood, MI, was the only driver to successfully defend their track championship from 2015, with his second title in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Suzik chalked up his third career feature win in the track’s WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier and has now finished in the top-five in points at ABC after each season of his five-year career.

Suzik led a top-ten in Mid-Mod points that hints at an exciting youth movement in the division in Ashland, with second-generation racer Tanner Hicks of Ashland earning a career-best runner-up finish in the points. Ashland’s Ryan Adamzak took his sixth top-four finish in the standings by landing third, Tad Bretting of Ashland finished in the top-ten for the second time in his three seasons of racing, and a surprisingly-consistent Brady Mesko-Jokinen of Mellen earned fifth.

Double-duty driver Eder, who led the division with five heat and three feature wins, took sixth place just three points ahead of young gun Jeremy Lindquist of Ashland, and veteran Wayne Stricker of Highbridge held on to third just ahead of up-and-comers Cole Spacek of Phillips and Bayfield’s Ryan Barningham.

Tiffany Hudack of Ashland, who became the first female driver to ever win a points title at ABC in 2014, won her second after the 2016 Six-Cylinder campaign. Hudack’s season was nothing short of dominant, as she won five of the nine features run during the season and finished second in each of the other four. She duplicated those statistics in heat-race qualifying, winning five and taking second in four others, and finished the season with the largest points margin (51) of the five champions.

Scott Ovaska’s return to racing after two seasons off was successful, as the Marengo native claimed runner-up honors for the second time in his career. Ashland’s Forrest Schultz finished in third, marking his third-straight top-five finish in Sixes points, while Bubba Anderson of Trego ended up as the only other driver in the division to win a feature, taking four of them and teaming up with Steve Martin of Trego for a fourth-place trophy just ahead of Ashland’s DeJay Jarecki.

The second five in Sixes included Adam Traaholt of Ashland; the Spooner-based team of Josh Saunders, Matt Larson and Cory Cook; Lindquist; Joe Newago Jr of Bayfield; and Ashland’s Brendon Ottman.

The 2016 racing season will be one that Justin Weinberger will remember for a long time. The Park Falls youngster not only won his first-ever WISSOTA Pure Stock points championship in Ashland, but he won one in Superior as well, and finished sixth in WISSOTA’s national standings in the division. At ABC, Weinberger won three heats and his third career feature en route to the second-largest winning margin of the season – 41 points.

Runner-up Iron River’s Andrew Hanson won his first career feature at ABC in 2016 and finished in the top-ten in national Pure Stock points. The third-place finish for Brandle Pupp of Ashland was the best of his five-year career. Fourth-place Randy Graham of Trego led the division in heat wins with four, and his class-leading three feature wins were the first of his career. And fifth-place Jeff Christman of South Range finished in the top-ten in eight of the nine features run here last year.

Andy Poll hauled all the way from Two Harbors, MN, to finish sixth in Pure Stock points here, followed by Hayward racers Randy Conner and Brock Beilke, three-time Pure Stock champ Matt Deragon of Ashland, and Don Livingston, also of Ashland.

Lindquist was honored with the track’s Most Improved Driver award, particularly for his efforts in his Mid-Mod, while the coveted Sportsman of the Year award was given to Super Stock driver Don Muzzy of Ironwood, MI. Rookie-of-the-year honors went to Ashland drivers Aaron Mashlan (Supers) and Tyler Hudack (Mid-Mods), Newago (Sixes), and Beilke (Pure Stocks); there were no qualifying rookies in the Modifieds.

Erickson presented the annual President’s Award to Kurt Beeksma, the former Raceway president who guided the organization to become nationally recognized as one of the most successful in short-track racing. Erickson also handed out “Valuable Volunteer” awards by recognizing Roberta Hudack, Donna Hmielewski-Kurilla, Tom Adamzak, Brandon Bowers and Jeremy MacArthur for their long-time contributions and hard work behind the scenes at the track.

A generous giveaway of door prizes and deejay-provided music rounded out an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.

The 2017 stock car racing season at the ABC Raceway is set to begin in mid-May with a very ambitious and highly anticipated schedule, details of which will be released soon. The track is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information, log on to the track’s website, .

Rice Lake Speedway Banquet Set

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Rice Lake WI – The date has been set for the 2016 awards banquet for the racers of the Rice Lake Speedway. Track owners Adams-Hansen Inc has selected Saturday night, January 28th for the banquet which will be held at the Rice Lake Elks Club, located one block East of North Main Street at 36 East Eau Claire Street.

Set to be honored are the top ten drivers in each of the five divisions that race on a regular basis at the speedway led by the five point champions, Kevin Adams, Eric Olson, Ryan Viltz, Cody Kummer and Jason Havel. Also set to be honored are the top rookie drivers in each of the classes. The top ten drivers in each class will also be eligible for a cash drawing that will take place for those drivers in each class that are in attendance.

The social hour begins at 6 pm with dinner to be served at 7 pm. The awards will be make after dinner and there will be door prizes for those in attendance also.

The cost of the banquet is twenty five dollars per person. The cut off date for reservations is January 28th and payment along with the number of people attending should be mailed to Adams-Hansen Inc at PO Box 303, Camerson WI 54822.

Call Dave or Mitch at 715-205-2861 or 715-205-1122 with any questions.

Dustin Strand Stomps the Stampede; Claims WISSOTA National Title

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota – Not only did Dustin Strand win the annual Jamestown Stock Car Stampede for the second-straight year in his RH Rebel Storage #71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating/ Longhorn Late Model, but he also claimed the WISSOTA Late Model National Championship.

“Wow, what a season this has been,” said Strand. “Things started a little slower than we might’ve liked this season, but when things finally kicked into gear, we put together a phenomenal year.”

Dustin concluded by noting, “It’s very special to get my first WISSOTA National Championship in the Late Model division. I want to thank all of my sponsors, crew members, family, and fans for their support and belief in my racing program!”

Competing in both his Super Late Model and Midwest Modified, Dustin Strand visited Jamestown Speedway (Jamestown, North Dakota) on Friday for the 45th annual Stock Car Stampede. In a field of 23 Late Models, Dustin scored a heat race win early in the night, locking his spot into the main event on Saturday evening. Outdueling Curt Gelling at the finish line, Strand reeled in his 25th victory of the season over Gelling, Brad Seng, Cole Schill, and Mike Balcaen. Pocketing a $3,000 payday, Dustin Strand also captured the WISSOTA Late Model National Championship. This marked the first time he’s won the title in the Late Model ranks and the second WISSOTA National Championship of his racing career.

In the Open Wheel Modified division, Strand started the night off again with a heat race win in his Millenium Chassis, positioning him 5th on the starting rundown for the feature. Holding his position, Dustin notched a 5th-place finish behind Ryan Schroeder, Tyler Peterson, Zach Laqua, and Ryan Lehr. For full results from the event, please .

Dustin’s 2016 season has now drawn to a close. He claimed 25 victories and 39 Top 5 finishes in 60 events. In addition to the WISSOTA title, he also claimed the River Cities Speedway Late Model Track Championship, the WISSOTA North Dakota State Championship, and finished second in the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) standings.

Strand Racing is now busily preparing for 2017. Keep your browsers directed for the latest team news and notes.

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Forks Mobile Wash, Schill Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, McCaughen Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, Bemidji Welders Supply, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, Parallel Technologies Inc., Troy Pecka Trucking, R-n-R Stix, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home .

Stovall rallies from deep in the field to win Fall Nationals night one

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Friday’s opening round of the 3rd Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals had a little bit of everything … lead changes, contact and heartbreak.

Billy Moyer sat on the pole and showed the way early on, prior to jumping the berm in turn two on lap 13. Tucson, Arizona’s Jake O’Neil seized the opportunity and took control of the race. He led until a yellow waved for Joseph Gorby who hit the wall in turn four.

While under yellow, O’Neil pulled to a stop on the track and was pushed to the pits. Later, it was determined he had a mud clod pass thorugh his radiator causing his engine to run hot.

Moyer re-assumed the point and looked to be well on his way to the win, until Jesse Stovall and Bobby Pierce came to life. Stovall started 19th and was involved in a 13 car wreck in the middle of three and four on the opening lap. Pierce snuck through, and both went to the front as the laps clicked away.

Stovall was running second and took the lead for the first time on lap 35, Moyer passed him back, before Stovall took the lead for good. With two laps left to go, Stovall got into Brantlee Gotschall whom he was trying to lap. It caused damage to both cars and setup a two lap shootout to the checkers.

Lucas Oil MLRA rules call for a single file restart in the main event with less than five laps to go. Bobby Pierce who passed Moyer before the yellow, fired at Stovall’s tail. The two were racing so closely they had no margin for error. The #00 had just enough left to seal the deal and win the opening night of the Fall Nationals for the second straight year, it is Stovall’s eighth win of the season and fifth with the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“It was awesome to start that deep in the field and work your way up through there,”said Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “At the end of the day, we’ve got something else were working for here. Hopefully we can calm down a little bit tomorrow and just go out and race.”

Pierce seems to have a knack for charging through the field at Wheatland. He’s done it in the Spring Nationals and Show Me 100 both earlier this season.

“This was a lot of fun,”commented Pierce. “The track was very race-able. I like coming here. The dirt is just a little different than what we are used to. I’m glad with the run we had, starting in the back like that. Maybe tomorrow we can just be a little bit better.”

There were a couple other things of note form the evening. Brian Shirley made his first appearance in over a month Friday. He suffered a concussion earlier this season and had been away from the seat for several weeks. He was running third late and jumped over the pesky turn two berm and fell to fifth before coming back one spot.

The Comp Cams Super Dirt Series also had their share of excitement as far as pointsare concerned. Hunter Rasdon got together with another car in hot laps and damagedhis car to a point where they had to unload the backup. He was part of the 13 carpileup, like Stovall, in the feature’s opening lap. Ultimately he left the track on the hook early and surrendered several points to seventh place finishing JackSullivan. The CCSDS championship battle will come right down to the wire Saturday.

Racing begins one hour earlier Saturday, with hot laps at 6:00 PM and racing at 6:30 PM. The Street Stocks will also be in action completing their $5,000 to win program. Champions from both the Lucas Oil MLRA and Comp Cams Super Dirt Series will be crowned.

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