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Jobbers Performance Warehouse sponsors WISSOTA

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

The WISSOTA Promoters Association is very pleased to announce that Jobbers Warehouse Supply, Inc. (JPW) of Minneapolis, MN has joined its group of marketing partners as the “Official Engine Parts Supplier” of WISSOTA. “JPW is an intricate part of the chain that all works together in supporting and bringing the sport of stock car racing to our area tracks every week throughout the season,” said Terry Voeltz of WISSOTA. “JPW is the main engine parts supplier to most if not all of our region’s top engine builders for WISSOTA drivers,” continued Voeltz. “One of their specialties is components for the WISSOTA Modified, Midwest Mod and Street Stock Concept Engines,” he added.

“Tom Marks, the President & CEO , Terry Saunders, the Director Sales & Marketing, and the whole staff at JPW have done an outstanding job with sales and growth of their company. Now they are showing their appreciation by giving back to those that do business with them in the WISSOTA market. That is the way it is supposed to work,” said Voeltz, “and it’s very much appreciated.” Jobbers Warehouse Supply is the region’s official source for these brands and many, many more used in building quality race engines: ARP Fasteners, ATI Balancers, Callies Crankshafts, Champion Oils, Mahle/Clevite Engine Parts, Cloyes Timing Components, Cometic Gaskets, Comp Cams, Compstar, Carillo, CVR Products, Dart Machinery, Diamond Pistons, Driven Oil, Eagle Specialty Products, Fel-Pro Gaskets, Fast Ignition, Ferrea Racing, Icon/KB Pistons, Isky Cams, JE Pistons, PAC Racing Springs, Jesel Rockers & Lifters, Kevko Pans, King Engine Bearings, Lunati,, Manley Performance, Mahle Motorsports, Melling Engine Parts, Edelbrock, Russell, MSD, Holley/Quick Fuel, Moroso Pans, Scat Cranks, Speed Pro, Total Seal Rings, Weiand Intakes, Wiseco Pistons and World Products.

Marks had this to say about the newly formed partnership with WISSOTA:

“One of the keys of having a successful business and our main philosophy is about having strong relationships. From the manufactures that we purchase product from, to the machine shops, parts stores and engine builders that we sell to, there is always a relationship that we try to build. Our customers know that dealing with JPW is not just about “The Sale” it’s about how we get there. We see this opportunity of partnering up with WISSOTA as strengthening our current relationships and making new ones along the way. WISSOTA is a great sanctioning body that we are proud to support not only in the 2017 racing season, but we hope for many years to come.” Saunders added, “When we learned about WISSOTA developing a Concept Engine, we were all in and wanted to be a key part this new program. We knew that it would benefit the race fans, tracks, racers, engine builders, manufacturers and local business. Everybody wins with the Concept. We would like to thank WISSOTA and the engine builders for letting us be a part of it.” “Welcome aboard JPW and thank you for your support of WISSOTA Auto Racing,” concluded Voeltz.

In addition to high performance and racing engine components, JPW also supplies components for a variety of other uses to parts stores, rebuilders and repair facilities throughout the region, including Automotive Aftermarket, Medium Duty Diesel, Ag/Tractor/Industrial/ Forklift parts. For more information about Jobbers Warehouse Supply, (JPW) visit www.enginepartspro.com.

Shaw Trucking becomes Challenge Series title sponsor

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

ABERDEEN, SD – WISSOTA Auto Racing is very pleased to announce that Shaw Trucking, Inc. has become the Title Sponsor of the WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series for 2017.

“Not only is Don Shaw a fierce competitor wherever he races, but Don and his wife, Brenda, are well known throughout WISSOTA land in many different areas because of their strong support of our sport,” stated Terry Voeltz, Executive Director of WISSOTA.

“Shaw Trucking has been there many times in assisting area tracks with not only sponsorships, but equipment needs, track renovations, special promotions and other benefits over the years. It is wonderful to see people like Brenda and Don put something back into the sport we all love,” continued Voeltz.

“We are thrilled to have Shaw Trucking as the Title Sponsor of the Late Model Challenge Series,” said Craig Sullivan, Series Director. “Shaw Trucking has been a huge part of racing across the region for many years and we are excited to team up with them for the upcoming season,” noted Sullivan. “The addition of Shaw Trucking as the Title Sponsor of the Late Model Challenge Series comes at a great time; the series is set to have one of its largest years on record with 17 shows scheduled in a single season,” added Sullivan.

Don Shaw of Shaw Trucking said, “We are happy to come aboard. Racing is a passion of ours that we don’t want to see die out. We want to thank Craig and Callie for the time and effort they have put into the Challenge Series to put together an awesome schedule for this year. Along with Terry, Brenda and I putting this sponsorship together, we also have some other really good shows coming in 2017. I am excited to be a part of this; it’s good for the drivers and fans alike.”

Shaw Trucking is a premier trucking company in the upper midwest, specializing in hauling all types of construction materials. Shaw Trucking features belly dump, side dump, end dump and flatbed trailers – plus quad and quint dump trucks – and no job is too big or too small. You are welcome to call Shaw Trucking for all your construction hauling needs. Owner-operators are encouraged and welcome to join the Shaw Trucking team.

For more information on Shaw Trucking, visit www.shawtruckinginc.com or call (763) 434-3300.

For more information on the Challenge Series, visit www.wissotachallengeseries.com.

Specials Highlight ’17 ABC Raceway Slate

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Ashland, WI — The staff of the ABC Raceway is putting the finishing touches on an action-filled schedule for the 2017 stock car racing season.

When finalized, the 17-event schedule will include four major regular-season special events, a rare Friday night program, and all of the Raceway’s traditional fan-favorite shows, as well as the 42nd annual Red Clay Classic. The ambitious slate will include one first-time stop and one long-awaited return appearance by two long-running regional touring series.

The award-winning three-eighths-mile red-clay oval located just south of Ashland will be the site of the 53rd consecutive season of action under the direction of the all-volunteer Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association, and it will once again present racing under the sanction of the WISSOTA Promoters Association. The schedule will include weekly five-division race programs on every Saturday night but one from mid-May through the end of August, featuring WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks, as well as the track’s own Six-Cylinder division, before capping off the season with the popular Red Clay Classic invitational in late September.

Making its first-ever appearance ever at ABC will be the Advantage RV Modified Tour, which consists of 12 stops at tracks in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, broken into four stages. The visit to Ashland will be part of the second of the stages, known as the “Race to the Hill Swing.” The four-race stage will begin at Grand Rapids, MN, on Thursday, June 8, then continue to Superior on Friday the 9th before its inaugural run at Ashland on Saturday, June 10.

Modified drivers from at least four states and parts of Canada are expected to visit the northern Wisconsin speedplant for a crack at a $1,500 feature winner’s paycheck. The track’s other four regularly-run divisions will also be a part of this special program.

The stage concludes at the prestigious “King on the Hill” event on Sunday, June 11, in Proctor, MN. Mike Stearns of Hecla, SD, is the Tour’s defending champion; Ashland’s Kevin Eder competed in the series on a somewhat regular basis for the first time last year, winning two of the Tour’s 12 events and finishing sixth in the overall standings.

Returning to the ABC Raceway for the first time since 2009, the WISSOTA OneMain Financial Late Model Challenge Series includes 17 premier events at tracks in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The tour heads into the local area for a three-day visit beginning on Friday, August 11, in Menomonie, and continuing north to Ashland on Saturday the 12th before closing out the weekend on Sunday the 13th in Proctor.

While at ABC the Late Models will compete for a shot at a starting spot in a 40-lap feature, which will pay $2,000 to win. The event should draw nearly all of the region’s big-name Late Model stars, plus quite possibly a few additional drivers from the western and southern reaches of WISSOTA country who have never been here before but will be chasing the Series’ big-money points fund. The headline class will be joined by WISSOTA Modifieds, Midwest Mods and Pure Stocks on this night.

Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, who claimed his fourth Red Clay Classic Late Model feature win here last October, was the Challenge Series champion in 2016. Redetzke also won in the Series’ last visit to Ashland.

Also returning to the ABC Raceway after a one-year hiatus will be the Interstate Racing Association’s 410 “outlaw” winged sprint cars. The 800-horsepower winged sprinters will stop at Ashland for the tenth of their 35 events on the IRA’s 2017 schedule on Saturday, May 27, and speeds of over 100 mph will be the norm on the sticky red-clay surface.

Billy Balog of Brookfield, the IRA’s all-time A-main win leader, has claimed each of the three features the series has run at ABC, in 2011, ’12 and ’14; the event was rained out twice, and scheduling conflicts kept the tour from competing in Ashland last summer.

ABC’s oval will also be the middle stop for the FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series, to be held July 21-23. On the Friday of that weekend the third annual running of the Series kicks off at AmsOil Speedway in Superior, and after the stop at Ashland on Saturday the 22nd it culminates at the Proctor Speedway. Curt Myers of Cameron (2015) and Scott Lawrence of Superior (’16) have each collected Series points titles.

The one exception to regular Saturday night racing on the Raceway’s 2017 schedule will be on June 30, when the track will offer a free-admission night to all fans in the grandstands for its five-division race program. On that night fans will be invited to donate to a free-will offering for the annual American Cancer Society “Relay for Life” fundraiser organized by the Raceway and Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland.

The 2017 season kicks off with the May 13 season opener presented by Northern State Bank of Ashland, and it concludes with Championship Saturday Night, presented by Pepsi, North Star Beverage of Hurley, and WIMI 99.7 FM of Ironwood, MI, on August 26. The final schedule will also include popular annual events such as the “meet the drivers” night and kids’ bike races; the “Mid-Mod Madness,” Six-Cylinder “Summer Sizzler” and “Pure Excitement 25″ Pure Stock specials; the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and more.

The Raceway will also again offer a Kids’ Club during the 2017 season, with a variety of special activities, gifts and prizes for the younger fans on race nights. More information will be available on these items soon.

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 www.wbszfm.com, 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, www.abcraceway.com.

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, www.abcraceway.com .