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ABC Raceway and 141 Speedway Next For Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

After what was destined to be the biggest weekend for sprint cars in the state of Wisconsin was lost to rain, the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association is set to get back on the road for another two-day weekend. May 27th the series will make its return to Ashland, Wisconsin’s ABC Raceway. Then on the 28th the IRA will make its first of three appearances at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wisconsin.

Saturday, the fans in the North Woods will be treated to the return of the IRA for the first time this season, and the first appearance at ABC Raceway since 2014. On three occasions the IRA has completed events at ABC, and each time Bill Balog stood victorious at night’s end. Fans will be sure to keep their eyes on the “North Pole Nightmare” as he attempts to keep his perfect record. This year, however, Balog will face his toughest challenge yet on the red clay: series point leader Scotty Thiel. In 2014, his rookie season, Thiel charged from his 8th place starting position to 2nd behind Balog. This year he brings with him seasons of experience and multiple trips to victory lane. Scotty Neitzel has also proven in the past to be a contender in Ashland, as he has recorded two 3rd place finishes and a 5th, making him the only driver besides Balog to record a top 5 on every appearance at ABC Raceway.

On Sunday, the teams head south to the unique 141 Speedway. The high banked 1/3rd mile oval hosted its first IRA event in 2010 and quickly became a fan favorite. Bill Balog has won 8 of the last 10 events at the formerly paved oval. His strongest challenge on Sunday night will likely come from the Meyer Electric 85m piloted by Steve Meyer. Meyer who currently sits 4th in points has shown great speed all season and is always in contention to win at 141 Speedway. Another likely challenge could come from Aurora, Illinois’ Blake Nimee. Nimee’s 79 team has had great speed all year, including setting fast time at Beaver Dam Raceway earlier this year but mechanical issues have plagued the team thus far. With the mechanical gremlins ironed out for this weekend Nimee is sure to be a front runner.

Saturday tickets at ABC Raceway will be $22 for adults and $8 for children with hot laps starting at 6:15. Sunday Pit Passes will be $30 with $20 for grandstand admission.

Article Credit: Gared Tennyson

Rain dooms USMTS debut at Devils Lake Speedway

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

CRARY, N.D– The inaugural event for the Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental at the Devils Lake Speedway will have to wait.

Rainy weather has forced officials to cancel Saturday night’s event at the 1/3-mile clay oval in Crary, N.D.

A tripleheader of events in the Northern Region are on tap for Memorial Day Weekend. On Friday, May 26, the series heads to Fountain City, Wis., to battle at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and then it’s on to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday, May 27.

The whirlwind weekend wraps up on Sunday, May 28, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

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Too Wet at Red Cedar Speedway

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin- The Serve Pro of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties sponsored races at the Red Cedar Speedway were cancelled due to weeklong rains. The Red Cedar Speedway will return to action on Friday, May 26, 2017, with the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars plus the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Red Cedar Hornets. The Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Modifieds, and Late Models will not be on the card.

June 2, 2017 brings the Modified Special with unsanctioned modifieds plus the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Super Stocks, and Midwest Modifieds presented by E.O. Johnson Business Technologies.

Wet Week, Cold Forecast Forces ABC to Cancel

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Ashland, WI — A miserable week of cold, wet weather combined with an unpleasant forecast has forced track officials to cancel Saturday’s scheduled Salute to the Troops Night at the ABC Raceway.

Nearly six inches of rain, accumulating over the course of the entire week, has turned the three-eighths-mile oval into a quagmire, and with more rain and cool temperatures in the forecast, the Raceway’s Board of Directors had little choice but to call off the five-division PolyDome Dirt Track Series race program, which was to be sponsored by the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We were discussing the (cancellation) matter as early as Thursday afternoon,” said Raceway Board president Eric Erickson, “and we all came to the same conclusion. With the amount of rain that has hit the area, and a strong chance of more to come, plus the cold temperatures expected, we didn’t think the conditions would make for an enjoyable show for our fans or drivers.”

The award-winning red-clay oval located just south of Ashland will next host the Interstate Racing Association’s 410 “outlaw” winged sprint cars on Saturday, May 27, in a program to be presented by the NAPA Auto Parts stores of Ashland and Washburn.

After a one-year hiatus, the 800-horsepower winged sprinters will make Ashland the tenth of their 35 stops on the southern Wisconsin-based touring series’ 2017 schedule, with speeds of over 100 mph expected to be the norm on the sticky red-clay surface. Billy Balog of Brookfield, the IRA’s all-time A-main victory leader, has claimed each of the three features the series has run at ABC, in 2011, ‘12 and ‘14. The series’ regular annual visit has also been rained out twice, and scheduling conflicts kept the tour from competing in Ashland last summer.

The Raceway’s WISSOTA-sanctioned Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds, plus its Six-Cylinders, will join the sprinters for this special program. Last weekend Shane Kisling of Park Falls captured the Super Stock A-feature, Michael Truscott of Chippewa Falls did likewise in the Mid-Mod main, and Bubba Anderson of Trego led the way for the opening-night win in the Sixes.

Kevin Eder of Ashland (WISSOTA Modifieds) and Andrew Hanson (WISSOTA Pure Stocks) also collected wins in last Saturday’s season opener.

Hot laps will start at 6:15 pm, followed by timed qualifying for the IRA sprints. The racing action is slated to start at 7. For this special event, adult tickets are $22 each, and kids’ tickets will be priced at $8.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live each Saturday on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream on, from 4:30-6 pm with up-to-date track news and weather information. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s website,

Hughes chalks up 150th USMTS win at I-94 Speedway

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Jason Hughes was behind the eight-ball all night Friday at the I-94 Speedway, but after the checkered flag waved the three-time USMTS national champion was in front of the cameras and standing in victory lane for the 150th time after a United States Modified Touring Series feature race.

Meanwhile, a crop of rookie drivers took their shots at the front. Brent Dutenhoffer garnered the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award but it was Jacob Bleess taking control at the drop of the green flag-both drivers in search of their first-ever USMTS win.

Hughes, meanwhile, drew the eighth starting spot for his heat. After squeaking into the main event redraw with a third-place finish, the 42-year-old from Watts, Okla., drew the eighth position for the 40-lap feature.

Bleess paced the first 24 circuits but a pair of cautions on laps 23 and 25 kept the field close behind the leader with Hughes snagging the point as they completed the 25th lap.

From there, Hughes led the rest of the way while surviving two late-race yellow flags and a fierce final charge by Zack VanderBeek who settled for the runner-up paycheck while Hughes reaped the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money in the Northern Region opener.

Johnny Scott was third at the finish line while Cade Dillard, who traveled all the way from Robeline, La., to Fergus Falls, Minn., drove from 14th to fourth in the main event. Stormy Scott finished fifth and Dan Ebert was sixth.

Four Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contenders rounded out the top 10, including KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award winner Kelly Estey who finished seventh after starting 18th. The rest of the top 10 were R.C. Whitwell, Kyle Prauner and Travis Saurer.

The Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental makes its maiden voyage to the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday, May 20, for the inaugural USMTS event presented by Envision & Schill Construction.

Midwest Mods, Pure Stocks, Hornets and Circle Track Mini-Trucks will round out the five-division program. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and grandstands opening at 5 and racing action getting started at 7.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at the Casey’s General Store located at 309 N. U.S. Hwy. 281 in Carrington. Visit to find the location nearest you.

The Devils Lake Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1.3 miles east of Doyon on US 2 between mile markers 287 & 288, then south. For more information, call (701) 398-3577 or (218) 469-0576 or go to online.

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