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Adams, Brauer, and Koehler all on the High Side

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–Eagle Valley Speedway presented the best tradition in auto racing with Kid’s Night sponsored by Coca-Cola. All the racecars took to the track after the heats and the kids and kids at heart were allowed to mingle among the cars and drivers. They got treats, pictures, and autographs with laughter stemming from every direction. Once the track was cleared, the features were run with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. The feature winners on the night were Kevin Adams, Jeff Brauer, Nick Koehler, Ron Hanestad, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Brian Uthe.

The modified heats were won by Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson after both had started in the back row of their respective races. It was a pair of Hesslers on the front row of the feature with Anderson and Adams side by side, directly behind. Adams got the jump and took an early lead and restarted at the point after a quick caution. It was Anderson moving into second on the restart and a mirror image of the classic battle the two held in their last race at Eagle Valley began. Adams assaulted the top side of the race track as Anderson shadowed him in the same groove but a slightly different line.

Anderson moved down lower on the race track and Adams looked better up high. Adams began to stretch his advantage as third running Adam Hensel closed on Anderson. Anderson moved back up the track, regained an advantage over Hensel, and began to close on the leader. Catching Kevin Adams is never an easy task though as Adams blasted through lapped traffic. Anderson did close the distance to a few car lengths but it was Adams impressively to the finish line. Hensel ran a solid third as Justin Oestriech and Scott Duval rounded out a very tough top five finishers.

Tommy Richards won the Super Stock heat as the front row of Troy Fransway and Luke Schultz lead the feature to green. The opening lap saw the field three wide at the end of lap one but soon, Brad Ingram spun to draw the caution. The leader on the restart, Troy Fransway, spun in turn four, collecting Eric Schultz and Tommy Richards, ending Schultz’s night. With Fransway relegated to the rear, Jeff Brauer led them to green on the restart but Luke Schultz had a fine run to move to the point. Brauer used his topside momentum and closed back in and retook the lead as Richards moved into second. Richards fought down low to get under the leader as they crossed under the flag stand side by side when a caution flew for a spinning Lukas Koski and Troy Fransway, ending Fransway’s night.

The green flag saw little delay in the fine battle for the lead as Richards continued to storm the bottom of the track as Brauer drove hard on the high side. Ever so slowly, Brauer inched back out and into control, leading the remainder of the race to the win. Richards was a strong second as Luke Schultz looked very good in third. Koski and Tony Falkner finished in the top five.

Shane Halopka, Jay Richardson, and Nick Koehler, won their Midwest Modified heats and Tyler Werner and Bob Wood owned the front row for the feature. As the green flag dropped, it was Wood to the front and he looked very strong for the first half of the race. Calvin Iverson raced impressively in second as Shane Halopka worked his way to third and eighth starting Jay Richardson moved to fourth. The yellow flag flew as Jason Vokovan spun in turn two, resetting the field. Under green, Richardson didn’t come to speed and faded to the back of the pack before he rebounded and began to accelerate.

The caution was shown for a Denny Cutsforth spin and under yellow, Richardson stalled and was pushed from the raceway. It was Shane Halopka driving from inside row two past Wood for the lead and soon thereafter, Vokovan spun, drawing a yellow. Halopka stayed at the point as Wood and Iverson held row two. The restart saw Koehler enter the picture as he moved to the ultra high side of the raceway. Koehler moved into the top three, overtook second, and blasted into the lead. From there, he never looked back as he impressively drove away from the others on his way to the checkered flag. Halopka came home in second over Iverson as Jake Smith and Michael Truscott used late race passes to secure top five positions.

In the Street Stocks, Braden Brauer won his first heat at Eagle Valley Speedway and Danny Richards added to the extensive collection of his heat wins. Brauer was on the front row with Jacob Hessler but it was second row starting Ron Hanestad moving into the lead coming off turn four on the first lap. Hanestad never looked back on the way to the checkered flag. Hunter VanGilder chased him the entire distance in second as Richards finished in third. Jay Kesan and Travis Hazelton rounded out the top five finishers in the caution free event.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Dean Pronschinske and George Richards as Cole Hill and Nicholas Hazelton led the feature to the start. The first attempt to go racing was aborted and the second attempt was scarred by a stalling Hazelton. Before the race was underway, the entire front row was eliminated when Cole Hill left the track under yellow. Third starting Dean Pronschinske become the pacesetter and he took the lead early. The ever strong George Richards raced to second, closed on the lead and took the top spot. However, soon after, his car lost a rear when and axle, sending him spinning. Pronschinske was back in the lead for the restart, but is was Tyler Wahlstrom on the prowl as he moved from his seventh starting position to drive under the leader for the point. Wahlstrom led the remainder of the race relatively comfortably as Pronschinske beat Pat Smith in third. Mike Grover finished a fine fourth over Ken Larson in fifth.

The Hornets saw Jason Holte, Dean Butler, and Jason Bauer win heats, and although all were involved in the race for the feature win, none could tame Brian Uthe. It was Uthe from the pole as Butler snuck by to lead lap one. Uthe wasn’t going to have any of it as he moved back into the lead the following lap. Holte moved into third and was involved in a physical battle for position with Kasey Gross. Gross took the third position as Kaden Baldwin pounded the front stretch wall, drawing the caution. It was Uthe in the lead as seven cars drove in a tight pack racing for the second position. Uthe used it to his advantage and drove to the checkered flag for the win. The gaggle for second saw Bauer beat Butler in a drag race to the checkers coming off the final turn. Kasey Gross and Chad Prissel finished in the top five as Derek Krumrie, Scott Westaby, and Dan Prissel finished closely behind.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will not be racing on Sunday, July 30, 2017, but will return on Sunday, August 06, 2017, with the WISSOTA AFCO Race of Champions qualifier. All regular weekly WISSOTA classes will be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night. They gave away six on this night of racing!

Mass Scores Opening-Round Super Stock Series Win at ABC

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Ashland, WI, — East Bethel, MN’s Dave Mass waited out an hour-and-a-half rain delay, started on the pole, held off a determined Scott Lawrence, overcame heavy lapped traffic, and led every lap to win the opening round of the third annual Northland Super Stock Series, presented by FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating, at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

For the third straight week the northern Wisconsin speedplant hosted a triple-digit car count – a season-high 130, including 49 WISSOTA Super Stocks – for its weekly five-division PolyDome Dirt Track Series program in front of a huge crowd. With the inclusion of make-up features for the WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds from the rain-shortened July 8 show, even a passing thunderstorm couldn’t deter the 26-race program. Mass led the entire way in the headliner, which ran 33 laps in honor of the late former area racer and car owner Don Koivisto, whose cars sported that number for years at ABC. But Mass was unable to shake the challenges of Lawrence, the 14-time track titlist and defending Series champion.

Mass, Lawrence and Shane Kisling ran in tight formation for the first couple of laps before first-time visitor Shane Sabraski shook loose from his early-race battle with Jeff Klopstein for fourth and caught up with the leaders. Mass ran a high line around the track, while Lawrence took the short way around, with Kisling staying in Lawrence’s tire tracks and Sabraski following Mass’ path around Kisling to third on lap 3. The laps clicked off quickly on the lightning-fast, smooth red-clay surface, and by the race’s mid-point Mass had already caught up to track points leader Nick Oreskovich, who was mired behind a thick pack of slower cars. Mass’ three-quarter-second lead disappeared in a hurry as he worked hard to maneuver through the backmarkers, with Lawrence never less than a car-length back. It was in this heavy traffic that Kisling retook third from Sabraski with 12 laps remaining.

Mass and Lawrence broke free of the traffic with three laps left, but coming for the white flag Mass had to make an abrupt evasive move to avoid contact with a slowing Charlie Anderson, allowing Lawrence to pull to Mass’ rear fender. Mass held on for an exciting half-second margin of victory, while Lawrence edged a fast-closing Kisling for second. Sabraski was a distance back in fourth but still had plenty of breathing room between himself and fifth-place DJ Keeler. The 33-lap feature took little more than ten minutes to complete, paced by Mass’ race-best 17.246-second lap. Seventeenth-starting Kevin Burdick was awarded hard-charger honors after a ninth-place finish.

The Series was scheduled to start on the Friday night before at the AmsOil Speedway in Superior, but a massive thunderstorm ended that program before it could really get started. The Series was slated to continue at the Proctor (MN) Speedway on Sunday, July 23, with the rescheduled conclusion to be held on Friday, July 28, at Superior. In the regularly-scheduled WISSOTA Modified A-feature, Steve Stuart of Ashland ran the high groove to his second feature win of the season here. It was the second time on this night and the fourth straight time that the Mods ran their 20-lap main event non-stop.

Jeff Spacek slipped under polestarter Steve Lavasseur and claimed the top spot coming out of the very first corner. But it only took a couple laps for the high-riding Stuart to come from the outside of the third row to sweep around Lavasseur to take second place, and within another circuit he was repeating the move to steal the lead from Spacek.
By lap 5 Stuart had built up a 1.5-second advantage on Spacek, with Lavasseur well back. The best battle on the track was for fourth, where points leader Bill Byholm had his hands full fending off visitors Jody Bellefeuille, Mike Anderson and Sabraski. Over the final seven laps Stuart swept around slower traffic, but he held enough of a cushion to score the 31st ABC feature win of his career. Spacek did trim a half-second off the final margin of victory, well ahead of Lavasseur, while Anderson and Sabraski won the battle to claim the fourth and fifth spots. Stuart’s 16.303-second lap, set just after he took the lead, was the fastest of the race.

In the make-up Mod main from the rain-shortened July 8 show, Spacek had the pole, but the run belonged to Jacob Hiatt of Mason, who led all 20 circuits for his first-ever feature win in Ashland. Hiatt made quick work of Spacek by flying around the high side of the track, and over the course of the first eight laps Hiatt had a nearly two-second lead. Hiatt also found himself slogging through backmarkers before the run was complete, and after Stuart slipped by Spacek for second with three laps remaining he closed the gap on the leader. Hiatt survived one tense moment in which he tried to go high-side to put Jason Zdroik a lap down and nearly flattened his car against the concrete wall coming out of turn 4, but he managed to hold off the charging Stuart by seven-tenths of a second. Spacek, Pat Cook and Al Uotinen filled out the top five. The race took only six minutes and 12 seconds to complete, with Hiatt setting the fast lap at 16.965 seconds.

In recent weeks the Midwest Mods have been coming to the ABC Raceway in droves to compete, and Saturday night was no exception, as 34 entries came to play on the clay. But while caution-filled features had been the norm for them, on this night they spun off two 20-lap A-mains with just three yellow flags thrown between them. Ashland’s Kevin Eder tacked his A-mod tin to a Mid-Mod and stormed to the front early in the regularly-slated 20-lapper, coming from his third-row starting spot to drive past Tanner Hicks and Tyler Hudack into second within the first two laps. Eder was in the process of taking the lead from polestarter Justin Weinberger when the first of two cautions was thrown for Hudack’s spun ride on lap 3, and after John Kallas went around on that restart, Eder completed his task and paced the rest of the run. Hicks got by Weinberger for second within a couple laps after that second re-do and spent the rest of the race about a second back of the leader. Twelfth-starting Paul Suzik quickly picked his way into the top five and battled with Tyler Vernon for a few laps before claiming third with five to go, and Ryan Adamzak stayed in the top-five throughout most of the run and landed a fifth-place paycheck.

The last 17 laps ran off without a hitch as Eder sped to his 27th career feature win at Ashland and seventh in a Mid-Mod, leading Hicks by .894 seconds at the checkered flag and setting the fastest lap of the race at 17.293 seconds. But perhaps the most dramatic turn of the race occurred on the very last lap, when points leader Wayne Stricker’s car suffered a rear-end gear failure and stalled, delegating him to a 22nd-place finish and allowing Vernon to pull to within a point of Stricker in the standings.

Front-row starter Marcus Dunbar looked strong early in the Mid-Mod make-up feature, which kicked off tonight’s show, and led the field until the lone stoppage of the race, after a five-car mess on lap 2. But two laps after the restart, two-time defending track champ Suzik, of Ironwood, MI, dove low on Dunbar and led the 16 remaining non-stop laps for his second feature win of the year.

Hicks worked his way by Dunbar for second just prior to the halfway point of the race but could not get close enough to challenge Suzik the rest of the way. Adamzak had gotten past Jesse Aho for fourth on lap 5, but he wasn’t able to track down Dunbar.

Suzik had just started working his way into slower traffic when the white flag waived, and he led Hicks by a full second at the final stripe while setting the fast lap of the race at 17.415 seconds in the process. The win was Suzik’s fifth of his career at ABC.

The fast, sticky track was very much to Tiffany Hudack’s benefit, as she stuck to her favored bottom groove and ran off to her third feature win of the season in the Six-Cylinder 15-lap headliner. Hudack, the defending division champ from Ashland, had a rare motor failure last Saturday that knocked her from the feature, but on this night she started on the outside of row 3 and patiently worked her way forward in heavy traffic, taking second from Josh Saunders on lap 5 and restarting behind leader John Darwin after Vernon and Forrest Schultz tangled while battling in the top five during the next circuit.

Hudack made her move just a lap after the restart with a low-line pass, as Darwin couldn’t make his car wide enough to block both her and points leader Scott Ovaska, who was challenging him to the outside. Once in the lead Hudack sped away, while Ovaska needed another tour around the oval before displacing Darwin. Randy Graham snuck by Darwin as well for third and engaged in a dogfight with Ovaska over the next few laps, allowing Hudack to build on her lead.

Devin Dalbec’s spin with three to go drew the field back to Hudack’s rear bumper, but in the sprint to the finish Hudack re-established her advantage, winning by 1.25 seconds and setting a race-best lap of 18.088 seconds. Ovaska edged Graham for second but saw his points advantage trimmed to just five over Hudack, while Vernon and DeJay Jarecki followed at a distance in fourth and fifth, respectively.

The WISSOTA Pure Stock feature saw a penalty factor into the final results. Jake Nevala took the early lead from polstarter Annika Hammitt and held off Chad Nikstad for the first few laps, while three- and four-wide racing became the norm behind them. Nikstad worked to the inside on Nevala to take over the lead on lap 4, and a lap later Kyle Copp followed suit into second, bringing Michael Brennan along to third.

Copp then used a low-groove move to get past Nikstad for the lead, and over the next few laps positions behind Copp were being swapped frequently. But with two laps to go Tyler Keup’s car, which had been troublesome all night for him, broke down and stalled. On the first attempt of a green-white-checkered finish Nevala spun in traffic on the front stretch, and on the second try Andrew Hanson, who had restarted sixth, got a huge run on the field and passed several cars to steal second.

Hanson immediately pulled alongside Copp for the lead, and the pair battled side-by-side before Hanson edged ahead under the checkers. But the run he got on the last restart was too good, in fact, as Hanson was called for a “jump” of the start and penalized two positions in the final finishing order, giving Copp, of Brule, his fourth feature win of the season here and solidifying his points lead. Nikstad also gained in the rundown for a career-best second-place finish, and Brennan and Graham completed the top five.

Just as the checkered flag was flying over the final heat race of the night, a strong band of thunderstorms swept quickly over northern Ashland County and dumped a significant amount of rain on the Raceway grounds. However, the storm cleared out less than 20 minutes later, and the track prep crew hustled to run in the precipitation on the wet oval.

Within an hour-and-a-half after the rains first began, race cars were called out onto the track to help put the finishing touches on the track-packing effort. The end result was an incredibly fast, sticky, smooth race surface that allowed for feature lap times that were within a half-second of the Raceway records in each of the four electronically-timed divisions. Drivers were very generous in their praise of the efforts and hard work by the prep crew.

Saturday, July 29, will be a very special night at the ABC Raceway, as the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association will honor its fourth Hall of Fame class with formal induction ceremonies at the track during intermission of its five-division show, to be presented by Zar’s Banquet Hall of Ashland. In addition, Northern Clearing Inc and Heartland Communications, both also of Ashland, will sponsor the Raceway’s annual “Race to a Cure” cancer research and awareness fundraiser, and the track will catch up on the features postponed from the July 8 program with that night’s Pure Stock A-main starting off the show.

All fans in attendance will be admitted into the main grandstands free of charge for this one very important night of racing and special activities. Free-will offerings will be accepted throughout the race program for the fundraiser, with all monies collected donated directly to Chequamegon Bay area cancer awareness and treatment programs. Hot laps start at 6:15 pm, followed by qualifying heats at 7. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information log onto the track’s website, or on race days call (715) 682-4990.

Savoy Snares ‘Pure Excitement 25’ Win at ABC

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Ashland, WI — Ryan Savoy slipped past Justin Weinberger after a mid-race restart and held off steady challenges for the win in the 14th annual “Pure Excitement 25” feature, presented by the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsman’s Club, at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

A season-high 111 cars – including 26 WISSOTA Pure Stocks – were entered for PolyDome Dirt Track Series action on the northern Wisconsin oval on a sunny, humid 85-degree night in front of a large crowd. The result was a 23-race program that included two make-up features from the rain-shortened July 8 show. Savoy, of Foxboro, started on the outside of the second row of the 25-lap headliner and stayed right with front-row starters Weinberger and Michael Blevins through the first eight laps, which were interrupted frequently by caution flags. The lead trio consistently pulled away after each restart, with Blevins threatening often to take the lead on the outside. The pace of the race was slowed on laps 5 through 8 due to a number of bumps and spins, including a half-rollover by rookie James Vendela after contact with another car on the front straight on lap 8; the rookie driver was unhurt. From then on, however, the race ran nonstop, and it was after that final restart that Savoy took advantage of a bobble by Weinberger to dive to the inside coming out of turn 4 and take the lead while completing lap 9. Blevins, the 2014 event winner, took the outside line around Weinberger to claim second, but the Raceway’s defending Pure Stock points champ charged back to retake that spot on lap 11. The running order stayed fairly steady until late in the run, when lapped traffic came into play. Savoy expertly slipped past the slower Aaron Bernick, but Weinberger decided to pass the backmarker on the outside, opening up the bottom for Blevins to sneak by and take second for good. Chad Carlson had grabbed fourth after that lap 8 restart and never gave it away, and 19th-starting Dylan Shelton picked his way through the field over those final 17 laps to finish fifth and claim hard-charger honors for the race. Savoy’s second career feature win at ABC paid him $1,252 – easily the biggest paycheck of his career. At least 17 of the 26 drivers who started the event took home paychecks larger than what a Pure Stock driver receives after a regular-night win here.

It helped that Jeff Spacek of Phillips started on the pole, and it also helped that the 20-lap WISSOTA Modified A-feature clicked off without a yellow flag. But had the race been any longer, Spacek may not have picked up his 58th career ABC Raceway feature win. Spacek swapped the lead with Jake Hiatt over the first couple of laps before gaining the advantage with a low-groove pass on lap 2. As the six-time track champion pulled away for what looked to be a runaway win, Neil Balduc threatened to take second from Hiatt but was unsuccessful. However, Kevin Eder later completed a pass of Hiatt on lap 4. Points leader Bill Byholm, who started on the fourth row, picked his way forward over the next few laps, overtaking Balduc on lap 6 and then Hiatt on lap 7 to move into third. Spacek’s lead was more than a full second as Byholm worked inside on Eder during the race’s middle stages, and once Byholm completed the pass with four laps to go he began to chip away at the difference. Spacek’s lead had dwindled to two-thirds of a second when he saw the white flag waive, but he had just enough in his overheating race car to hold on for his first win in Ashland since August 2014. Byholm was within just a quarter-second at the checkers, while Eder held off a charging Paul Niznik for third. Pat Cook, who started dead last on the 14-car grid, came home in fifth.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks overcame a first-lap spin to run off 18 uninterrupted laps before a grinding crash brought about a green-white-checkered finish, with Shane Kisling of Park Falls picking up his first win here since opening night in dominant fashion. After the Don Muzzy spin to open the 20-lapper, Cory Casari swept around polesitter Colten Vernon to lead lap 1, but Vernon charged by on the low side to retake the top spot. After Casari reclaimed the point on lap 3, Kisling, who started on the inside of row 3, followed him into second, while Shawn McFadden and Dave Flynn took turns displacing Vernon for third and fourth. On lap 9 Casari held a half-second lead, but within three circuits Kisling completed an inside run on him and took the lead away. From there the two-time Red Clay Classic champ pulled to a lead of over 2.1 seconds before lap 18, when backmarker Aaron Mashlan turned in front of McFadden and Flynn while they were battling for third under the flagstand. The hard hit caused significant damage to McFadden’s machine, but Flynn was able to continue. In the final two-lap sprint Kisling easily held off Casari for a winning margin of over a second, while Flynn came home a close third. Matt Deragon made a gutsy inside move on the final lap to pass three cars and come home fourth ahead of Randy Spacek.

In the make-up feature from the July 8 show, Flynn held the lead for another green-white-checkered finish, but Nick Oreskovich swept around to nip Flynn at the line by 75 one-thousandths of a second for his fourth win at ABC this year. A massive eight-car pile-up after a lap 2 restart badly damaged some very strong contenders, but Vernon – who also started on the pole for this race – worked hard to hold off McFadden and Flynn before they ganged up on him and took over first and second, respectively. After a lap 10 restart Flynn used an inside move to overtake McFadden, and with three laps remaining Oreskovich went up a lane to get by McFadden for second. Mashlan and Myron Basina made contact on the front straight with the white flag in the air, causing Mashlan to spin and forcing the two-lap shootout. Oreskovich took advantage of his outside second-row restart position and pulled alongside Flynn under the white flag, then edged Flynn by that slimmest of margins under the checkers. McFadden, Jeff Klopstein and Kisling completed the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature had more than its share of drama – much of it coming after the race was over. Brandon Copp got by polestarter Brady Jokinen to take the initial lead, but Ryan Adamzak made his way around Copp to become the new leader on lap 2. Adamzak was flying around the top lane of the smooth, wide race surface and quickly built up a lead of over a second-and-a-quarter by lap 5. By that time Wayne Stricker had moved into second place, and after the restart for Jokinen’s stalled car on lap 6, the divisional points leader stayed right in the race leader’s tire tracks. Delays on laps 9 and 11 kept the field close to Adamzak’s rear bumper – especially a surging Dan Kingsley, who found the bottom groove to his liking. Kingsley drove under Stricker to second with seven laps to go, and he continued to work the low side to reel in and pass Adamzak on lap 14. Kingsley pulled to a full-second lead on the field by lap 18 and crossed under the finish line by nearly twice that much two laps later, while Tyler Vernon managed to slip past Adamzak for second with less than two laps left. That pass ended up being very crucial for Vernon, of Ashland, as it later resulted in his second Mid-Mod victory of the season after Kingsley’s car was deemed to be guilty of a technical infraction after a post-race inspection. Adamzak and Stricker were awarded second and third, Jesse Aho scored fourth-place money, and Paul Niznik, in his season debut in a Mid-Mod at Ashland, claimed fifth.

Each of the two ABC Six-Cylinder features involved some interesting subplots regarding that division’s points chases. In the regularly-scheduled 15-lapper DeJay Jarecki grabbed the early advantage from polestarter Bella Bretting, while rookie John Darwin followed into second. After a couple laps Scott Ovaska, who led the points coming into the night, and Tiffany Hudack, who trailed Ovaska by a slim margin, claimed third and fourth. On lap 5 Hudack’s car suffered a rare engine failure and crept to a stop, knocking her from the event. Then, after a spin by Bretting, Randy Graham, who restarted fourth, drove under Ovaska and Darwin into second, and within a lap he slipped by Jarecki for the lead.
Darwin’s stopped car on lap 7 allowed Ovaska to grab second from Jarecki on that restart, and Vernon recovered from his spin with six to go to get by his brother Cole Vernon and Jarecki over the closing laps to take third. But there was no catching Graham, of Trego, as he scored his third win of the season by nearly two-and-a-half-seconds on Ovaska. Forrest Schultz, who restarted at the tail of the field after a cause-of-restart penalty on lap 7, stormed home to fifth.

In the earlier make-up feature, Ovaska was involved in a three-car crash on the opening lap that knocked him from the event. Ironically, he would be scored as the 13th-place finisher – just as Hudack would be later after her engine failure in the regularly-slated race. Darwin, who was also involved in the melee, led the field through two restarts, during which Vernon and Bubba Anderson passed polestarter Dalton Truchon for second and third, respectively. But Anderson’s car broke loose and he fell back and out of the race, moving Jarecki to third. The lead trio pulled away from the balance of the field, and on lap 8 Vernon used and inside pass to take the lead away from Darwin. Hudack led a second pack of three and caught the leaders with four to go, and as the white flag was waiving Jarecki made a move to pass Darwin but slipped, causing both he and fifth-running Graham to spin. Vernon led the field through the green-white-checkered sprint for the first of his two feature wins on this night, with Hudack a second back as runner-up – just as Ovaska would finish in second later. Graham, Darwin and Schultz completed the top five. Hudack held the points lead for little more than about four hours but did gain one point on Ovaska in the standings by virtue of a better finish (her second-place run versus Ovaska’s third) in heat race action on this night.

Fast-timers on the night were Eder in the Mods (16.423 seconds), Casari (17.076) and Flynn (16.696, make-up) in the Supers, Adamzak in the Mid-Mods (18.003), and Graham in both Sixes mains (18.574, and 18.363 in the make-up).

A huge number of racers, teams, businesses and fans contributed to a total purse of $5,887 – just three dollars short of the event’s all-time record payout set in 2013. The Raceway sends out its sincere thanks to Al Rapp, Auto Value Auto Parts of Ashland, Battle Axe Saloon, Bob’s South End Towing of Superior, Brandon Copp, Breakwater Restaurant of Superior, Chicago Iron & Supply, Dirt Track Racing in the Northland Facebook Page, FastLane Motorsports, Greg’s Towing & Repair, Grymala Racing, Janet Chmielak, Jokinen Racing, Ken & Cheri Deragon, Lake Shore Sales & Service, NAPA Auto Parts, Cheryl & Nick Gima, Oliver’s Service of Superior, Pizza Parlor of Iron River, Security State Bank of Iron River, Steve Stuart, Trail’s End Pub & Grill of Sanborn, Upper Cut Salon, Zar’s Bar, 4Q2 Performance, and especially the many fans who donated, for their generosity in making the event such a huge success.

On Saturday, July 22, the ABC Raceway will host the second stop of the third annual FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series. The three-day, three-track series is expected to draw over 50 drivers from as far away as Montana, the Dakotas and Canada, as well as Minnesota and Michigan, to compete for well over $12,000 in purse monies and contingencies.

The Series will kick off on Friday night, July 21, at AmsOil Speedway in Superior before Saturday’s show in Ashland, which will culminate in a 33-lap WISSOTA Super Stock feature to honor former driver and car owner Don Koivisto, who passed away this Spring. The Series concludes on Sunday, July 23, at the Proctor (MN) Speedway.

Hot laps on Saturday start at 6:15 pm, followed by a full five-division race program, including heats, semi-features and A-features, at 7. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information log onto the track’s website, or on race days call (715) 682-4990.

Pure Stocks to Run for Big Money at ABC

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Ashland, WI — The Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsman’s Club will present the 14th annual “Pure Excitement 25” special this Saturday night at the ABC Raceway.

The popular headline event for the entry-level WISSOTA Pure Stocks will include a 25-lap A-feature that is expected to pay at least $1,250 to win out of an overall purse in excess of $4,900 at press time. The winner’s share is roughly ten times that of a first-place check on a regular night at the northern Wisconsin oval, and that should draw upwards of 30 drivers or more from tracks throughout the region.

The initial purse for the event was set by the Raceway Board at around $3,500; since then contributions from fans, businesses and race teams have significantly bolstered the coffers. Everyone is welcome to continue to help build the purse by contributing any amount to any finishing position in the feature, right up until just prior to the start of the race.

The event record for overall purse is just shy of $5,900, collected for the 2013 race. The largest first-place check ever written for the PE25 was $1,413, awarded to Michael Blevins of Hibbing, MN, after the 2014 running.

There have been 11 different winners of the “Pure Excitement 25,” but only one driver is a repeat champion – current WISSOTA Super Stock driver Cory Casari of Montreal, who won the first two editions in 2004-’05. Shawn Amundson of Barron is the most recent winner of the special, collecting his first and only ABC Raceway feature win during this event in 2015.

Last year’s PE25 was rained out, and the Raceway was unable to reschedule.

Members of the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsman’s Club will be at the track on Saturday selling tickets for their annual fundraiser raffle, with the final drawing to be held at the Raceway prior to Saturday’s features. Prizes include some very high-end rifles and shotguns, or cash alternatives, with proceeds going toward the Club’s many outdoor educational programs.

Because of wet weather interrupting last Saturday’s race program just prior to the kids’ bike races and feature action, there will be a lot of bonus racing scheduled for fans to enjoy over the next few weeks. The make-up of the July 8 features for the ABC Six-Cylinders and Super Stocks will kick off this Saturday’s show, while the WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Mods will run their missed A-mains from that night as part of the track’s FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series special on July 22.

The Pure Stock make-up feature will be added to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and “Race to a Cure” cancer awareness fundraiser night on July 29, which will also offer free grandstand admission. The kids’ bike races are slated to be added to the “Summer Blast” fan appreciation night on August 19.

All five regular weekly divisions will be in action on Saturday, with hot laps starting at 6:15, followed by heat races at approximately 7 pm. Adult grandstand admission tickets are priced at just $11 each, and younger fans accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free. “Z-93 Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream live on, from 4:30-6 pm with up-to-date track news and weather information.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s website,

Bauer in the Swarm and Anderson in a Classic

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–Eagle Valley Speedway presented the 2nd Annual Hornet Swarm sponsored by Coors Light – Lee Beverage featuring all regular WISSOTA classes. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. The feature winners on the night were Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Michael Truscott, Danny Richards, Lucas Kallenbach, and Jason Bauer.

Fans are not going to be disappointed when the modifieds enter the track and it is Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams owning the front row. Anderson won the heat earlier in the night but it was Adams to the point first in the feature. Adams pounded the cushion on the high side and set a torrid pace. Anderson, who used the low line ran very evenly with the leader. Throughout the event. Adams would secure a car to a car and a half length advantage only to find Anderson closing it back up to attempt to pull even.

The laps clicked off as the two modified aces attacked the track in very different fashions. With five laps remaining, Anderson changed his line slightly to drive even lower in the corners. He began to eliminate what little gap was between the two as he clawed his way under Adams and to the lead with slight advantage at the line with 17 laps complete. Anderson continued to gain and pulled ahead of Adams as it was Adams’ turn to chase the leader. Both drivers were flawless in what was an outstanding feature event. With Anderson driving under the checkered flag first.

There was a yellow flag on the final lap in turn two which drew the caution but the leaders had already finished under green Adams finished second over a fine run by David Baxter in third. Steve Hallquist and Mike Knopps finished in the top five.

Tommy Richards swept the Super Stock action on the night. Wayne Dean lead the feature for the first lap but Richards motored by below him to lead by lap two and never look back The race was slowed by one caution but it did not affect Richards’ run to the checkers. Jeff Brauer ran a strong second over a very fine run for Luke Schultz in third. Wayne Dean finished fourth and Eric Schultz fifth as Dean debuted his Super Stock last week and Schultz did the same on this evening.


Michael Truscott and Nick Koehler won their heats and finished the feature first and second respectively. It was Jason Richardson leading the feature early and looking good out front. A spinning John Mueller reset the field and on the restart, it was Truscott taking the lead away using the low line. A second caution slowed the action and Truscott led them back to green. Koehler used the highline and pulled even with the leader and perhaps slightly into the lead himself when the yellow flew once again for debris on the raceway. The restart saw Koehler choose the outside of row two placing Jake Smith below him. Smith blasted into second under green, but Koehler found his groove again and regained the position. Truscott himself moved to the high side for the last run to the checkers and won the event. Smith drove home in third over Shane Halopka and rookie Calvin Iverson, who had faded back somewhat and made a charge back to finish an impressive fifth.

One won the battle and the other won the war in the Street Stocks as Travis Hazelton won the heat but Danny Richards charged from his last place starting position in the feature to not only win, but to do it decisively. As Richards stormed through the crowd and before he drove off into the night, rookie and youngster Braden Brauer led early. Jake Hessler, who has been getting more and more impressive as of late, took the point a few circuits later. The race found itself going four wide for the lead as Hazelton and Richards joined the top two with Richards squeezing to the front. Richards was unchallenged in the lead as Hessler claimed the runner up spot. Hazelton drove to third as Brauer and Dalton Hazelton rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stocks were swept by Lukas Kallenbach but George Richards hounded him the entire distance. He was attempting to make is a three feature win night for the Richards brothers for the second week in a row. Kallenbach was too fast though as he got the best of the field on this night and drove home to the win. Richards settled for second as Nicholas Hazelton beat Tyler Hallquist in his first ever night in a race car finishing in fourth. Hallquist, driving the familiar numbered 27, looked very smooth and was certainly not afraid to drive the car hard or out near the wall. His grandfather is a current modified driver and he has an uncle and many cousins involved in the sport. It was quick to see, he has it in his genes. Stefan Hogue finished in fifth.

The Hornet Swarm was the highlight event on the card for the night. The Hornets raced three heats, won by Jason Bauer, Dean Butler, and Chad Prissel. The top twelve cars raced for one hundred dollars to win a dash to decide the starting order of the feature. Kasey Gross won the pole. The drivers decided in the driver’s meeting to start the race traditionally in a two wide set instead of starting the race three wide. Twenty two cars started the feature as Gross lead them to green and took early control.

The first of five cautions in the thirty lap even flew when Ashley Seidler found the front stretch wall. It was Gross in the lead again but Bauer had closed and challenged below him. The yellow lights blinked again when Clinton Wolfe crashed in turns three and four. Once again Gross set the pace but Bauer moved beside him and worked his way to the lead. Gross fought back and regained the point when Lukas Bracken was sent into the turn two wall. Bracken regained his running spot as they were lined up and Bauer was awarded the lead as he had led the last completed lap.

Bauer drove away from Gross in second as Jake Halterman drove into third. It was Chad Junker suffering a flat tire, and as he was limping around the raceway, Lukas Bracken apparently did not seen him and drove hard into is rear in turn two. Junker went to the work area and returned to the rear of the field but Bracken was done for the evening. Under green, Bauer was in control but Gross suddenly slowed running in second, drawing the last caution flag of their event. It was Bauer with no issues driving to the six hundred dollar payday with the win. Jake Halterman won a battle over Chad Prissel in third as Brandon Gleiter and Chad Waldera finished strongly in the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will not be racing on Sunday, July 16, 2017, but will return on Sunday, July 23, 2017, with Kid’s Night sponsored by Coca-Cola. All regular weekly WISSOTA classes will be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.