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Johnny Scott onslaught continues at Ogilvie

Friday, August 17th, 2018

OGILVIE, Minn. –Johnny Scott’s stranglehold on USMTS victory lane continued with an impressive win at the Ogilvie Raceway during Saturday’s 7th Annual Chubbs Performance Modified Madness presented by U.S. Army.

With his second straight triumph in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the 28-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., now residing in Cameron, Mo., brought his weekend take-home pay to nearly $7,000 and eclipsed the $50,000 mark in season-long earnings heading into Sunday’s clash at the Mason City Motor Speedway.

The win was Scott’s eighth of the year in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit, and tenth overall-exactly one-quarter of his 40 career United States Modified Touring Series wins.

While this was Scott’s first first-place finish at “The Big O,” his twin brother came up two spots shy of capturing his fourth checkered flag here after climbing from 11th on the grid to finish third behind Lucas Schott in the non-stop, caution-free 40-lapper.

Jake O’Neil garnered fourth-place money and Terry Phillips held on for fifth. Jeremy Nelson, Rodney Sanders, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez and Justin Oestreich completed the top ten.

On Sunday, the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, hosts the 7th Annual Diamond Jo Casino “All-In 77″ at the historic North Iowa Fairgrounds clay oval now in its third year under USMTS legend Al Hejna.

This will be the ninth USMTS event held here. Six different drivers won each of the first six, beginning with Ryan Ruter’s victory in 2009. Mike Steensma, Kelly Shryock and Jason Hughes also tasted USMTS glory when the track was still known as I-35 Speedway.

Two events were staged in 2016 with Rodney Sanders and Cade Dillard topping those shows. Ryan Gustin won both main events last year after an early-season rain-out in June forced double features for the August show.

Sunday’s blockbuster will also feature Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin’ USRA Tuners running for increased prize money as well as track, regional and national points in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and hot laps begin at 6 with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors (65+), members of the military and first responders get in for $17. Juniors ages 11-16 are just $10 and kids 10 and under are free. A pit pass costs $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Store locations in Clear Lake, Forest City, Garner, Lake Mills, Manly, Mason City, Nora Springs, Northwood, Osage, Sheffield and St. Ansgar.

“Big Daddy” Joe Duvall will have his Spike Hardcore Energy No. 91 machine at the Casey’s located at 6 Plaza Dr. in Clear Lake from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 at the North Iowa Fairgrounds (3700 4th St SW, Mason City, IA 50401). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Jake Smith Wine First in a Big Mod

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– The Eagle Valley Speedway and Haas Sons presented kids night with the WISSOTA Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Jake Smith, Tommy Richards, Danny Richards, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Rob Blackburn.

The WISSOTA Modified heat was won by Jake Miller as Jake Smith started the feature from the pole and led cover to cover in impressive fashion. Mike Anderson moved from fifth on the grid to finish second behind Smith’s comfortable win. Anderson himself had an advantage over third finishing Michael Truscott as Steve Hallquist and Mike Knopps rounded out the top five.

Tommy Richards and Terran Spacek won Super Stock heats as they both came from the fourth row of the feature to take turns at the point. It took two attempts to get under green but once they did, Lukas Koski led the pack. It was Spacek finding his way to second very quickly as Tony Falkner settled into third. On lap four, Spacek swept to the lead and one lap later, Richards moved to second. Richards worked the bottom line and eventually caught the leader, moved side by side, and into the lead. At the halfway point, Richards had gotten away from Spacek as Spacek had done to same to the remaining field. They continued to run first and second to the checkered flag as Koski finished a fine run in third. It was Kevin Hager and Wayne Dean, who started the race in 14th, finishing in the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds saw Jimmy Davis and Bob Wood win heats as Craig Haas and Dan Larson Jr graced the front row of the feature. It was second row starting Wood to the lead out of the box as fifth starting Calvin Iverson used the low line to close in and challenge, taking the point from Wood. As Iverson moved away from the field, Shane Halopka raced his way into the runner up position. Just past the halfway point, Davis spun in turn two, drawing the field back together.

It took three attempts to get back running as cautions ruined Halopka’s plan of driving below Iverson in turns one and two. The third time though was a clean restart with no mishaps and Iverson regained control. Coming to the white flag, Larson Jr spun creating a green, white, checkered shootout. Iverson was up to the task though as he picked up his second feature win of the season and his career. Halopka rode home in second as Tommy Richards finished third. Davis was a rocket as he moved from the last spot on a midrace restart to finish fourth over Josh Smith.

Karl Knopps and Danny Richards won Street Stock heats as Bob Seidler led the feature early. As Richards was rooted out of his groove and recovered one position from the back of the pack, Knopps raced low on the track and overtook the lead on lap two. Meanwhile, Michael Knudtson broke into the top three. A caution flag for Russ Chester slowed the pace soon thereafter.

On the restart, Knopps remained in control as they went three-wide for second. As they settled into position, it was Parker Anderson taking over second as Richards had moved his way back into third and Knudtson ran in fourth. Richards wasn’t done however, as he continued his march into the runner up position and then ran down the leader. With two laps remaining, he patiently slipped by into the lead and on to the checkered flag. The strong running Knopps was forced to settle for second as Anderson, Knudtson, and Dalton Hazelton finished in the top five. It should be noted, the winners check was much less than the check Richards picked up a handful of days earlier when he earned well in excess of $16,000 for winning the Little Dream Street Stock race at the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

With his assault of the record books coming up one race shy of winning every Pure Stock feature at the Eagle Valley Speedway in 2017, George Richards had picked up where he left off last year. With an eleven straight feature win streak in hand and having won every event in 2018 at the Valley, Richards again won his heat, along with Nicholas Hazelton. At feature time, he ran from eighth on the field to yet another dominating win. However, he did not clear tech and was disqualified for the event. Tyler Wahlstrom was named the winner at that point.

The race itself saw a two-wide battel of the lead early between Hazelton and Tyler Hallquist. Hazelton took over the lead on his own until lap four, when Richards moved to the point. One caution slowed the pace, but Richards checked out. It was Wahlstrom making a last lap pass over Hazelton which later proved to be the winning move. Dean Pronschinske, Pat Smith, and Hallquist were the remainder of the top five finishers.

The EVS Hornets were swept by Rob Blackburn as Scott Westaby lead the feature early. Behind the leader they raced two-wide for second and again two-wide for fourth. Chad Prissel first took over second place but it was short lived as Blackburn took the position. A caution slowed the pace, but back under green, Blackburn blasted the low side of the raceway and moved beside and then past the leader. Blackburn left the remaining field well behind as Chad Prissel finished second over Dean Butler. Dan Prissel was in fourth as a four-car battle for fifth was settled on the final circuit when Jesse Helgeson claimed the position.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Sunday, August 12, 2018 with the Heros in Action race. The WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will all be racing. Oium Well Drilling and Oium Black Top will once again give away one bicycle each for both a boy and a girl just as they do every race night at the Eagle Valley Speedway!

ABC Raceway Mid-Mod Special Washed Out

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Ashland, WI — Saturday’s $1,000-to-win “Mid-Mod Madness” special at the ABC Raceway was cancelled due to persistent showers and wet conditions.

There will be discussions among Raceway officials this coming week as to the possibility of rescheduling the 12th annual running of the popular event, which was to be presented by Lake Shore Cafe of Ashland. Any decision on this will be announced later this week.

Next up, on Saturday, August 11, at the award-winning three-eighths-mile red-clay oval will be the Afco Shocks Race of Champions qualifiers for the Raceway’s WISSOTA-sanctioned divisions – the Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks. The feature winners in these four classes will earn invitations to the Afco Shocks Race of Champions event during the WISSOTA 100 at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, on September 12-15.

ABC Six-Cylinders will also be in action, with hot laps starting at 6:15 pm and racing getting underway at 7. Adult admission tickets are just $11 each, and kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

“Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates. Fans can also listen to the pre-race coverage by downloading the free HCG Radio app onto their smart phone, tablet or other mobile device.

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, www.abcraceway.com.

Richards and Adams at Eagle Valley

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Jim Falls, Wisconsin – The Eagle Valley Speedway presented the First Annual Don Hazelton Memorial with the Afco Race of Champions Qualifier. The draw and redraw format was used to line up the heats and features with the winners in the WISSOTA sanctioned classes earning the right to race in the Afco Race of Champions at the 2018 WISSOTA 100. Winners included Kevin Adams twice, Tommy, Danny, and George Richards, as well as Armond Love in the EVS Hornets.

The WISSOTA Modifieds heats were won by Kevin Adams and Michael Truscott as Adams redrew the front row of the feature and drove to his second feature win of the evening. It was Adams using the high side to bolt away from the pack at the drop of the green. Truscott settled into second as Steve Hallquist moved to third. Mike Anderson and Cory Mahder waged a battle for the fourth position, which was eventually taken by Anderson. The first half of the race was essentially uneventful as the modifieds spread out and knocked down laps.

After the mid-point, it was Hallquist making a move as he worked below Truscott for the runner up position. Hallquist was able to overtake the spot and began to eat into Adams’ advantage. Adams left his line and began to seek a quicker way around the oval, but it was Anderson finding the groove. Anderson closed the gap on Truscott and took the third position and continued to close the gap on Hallquist, who in turn was moving toward the leader. With one lap remaining, Anderson caught Hallquist for second position as he was able to steal it away at the checkered flag. Adams won with Anderson and Hallquist scoring podium finishes. Truscott and Mahder rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks heats were won by Tommy Richards and Terran Spacek. At feature time, Richards used his outside front row redraw to nab the quick lead. However, Curt Myers moved in from third and they began a fine battle for position. Meanwhile, Spacek had moved from sixth to the third position. A turn four Lukas Koski spin reset the field and as Richards led them to green, Spacek struck and took second from Myers. Spacek was able to move beside the leader, but Richards held his own.

Wayne Dean came to a stop on the raceway which once again slowed the pace. This time Richards controlled the restart and built himself a small cushion. Although Spacek was able to close the advantage somewhat leading up to the halfway point, Richards simply moved back out to an advantage as the laps counted sown. Spacek too was well out front of Myers who had driven to a sizable lead over Kevin Hager and Tony Falkner, who had a good race going for the fifth position. The running order did not change in the closing laps as they finished with Hager having won the battle for fifth.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds made it appear as if it was invitational time with the names of the competitors. It was outstanding racing as Jake Smith, Kevin Adams, and Calvin Iverson won heats. At feature time the first two laps saw Tommy Richards and Michael Truscott driving door to door for the point. However, a two-car crash reset the field and saw Richards with the advantage at the line at the last completed circuit. Once again, Richards lead from the restart, but Tony Bahr was in the house and he first tried to overtake the lead down low and then moved to the higher line.

Adams had found his way to third and he closed and began a tussle for position with Bahr. Another caution flew slowing the pace and as Richard lead the charge, it was Bahr using the high groove to overtake the lead and by the halfway point, the top three remained in tight formation. Shane Halopka who had lost some positions at the start, recovered and moved into fourth. As Adams was able to secure the second position, a red flag condition halted the action. Craig Haas and Brad Edington tangled on the front stretch and made very hard contact. Both of their nights ended on the wrecker.

The restart saw Adams challenge for the lead, but Bahr remained undaunted. Adams continued to pressure the leader and at the white flag, they found themselves side by side in lapped traffic. Adams was quickest around the raceway on the last lap and he took the exciting victory. Bahr was forced to settle for second after an impressive run. Truscott, Halopka, and Richards finished in the top five of an event which left some marquee names in the sport outside of the top ten at the end.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks saw Danny Richards sweep the night winning both the heat and feature. Karl Knopps won the other heat. Russ Chester lead out of the gate and looked strong until Mike Knudtson closed the gap and overtook the position three laps in. There was solid racing in tow as Dalton Hazelton challenged and Knopps moved through the field. Knopps overtook second and as the halfway marker was shown to the drivers, Danny Richards had moved his way from seventh on the grid to third.

A Chester spin saw Travis Hazelton called for the foul. The restart saw Richards move to challenge for the lead. He took it but Knudtson battled back and they swapped positions. Richards didn’t quit though, and he was able to regain the lead and secure the same for the remaining distance of the race. Knudtson was second over Knopps, and Dalton and Travis Hazelton as they rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Pure Stock heats were won by Patrick Smith and Andrew Hanson. It was Hanson who made the feature exciting though. Hanson, who came to Eagle Valley specifically because he was aware of George Richard’s dominance of the class. He wanted to knock him out of his throne and he brought a fast race car and the skills to back it up.

As Richards started fifth and Hanson in eighth, it was Smith taking the early lead over Tyler Hallquist. A turn two caution reset the field and Smith once again showed the way. However, soon Richards, who ran the low groove, moved to the point. Hanson was in his shadow and he followed him into second. Hanson remained very close and at times put physical pressure on Richards’ rear bumper. The majority of the race saw the two drive nose to tail on the bottom. With one to go, Hanson rooted Richards off of the far inner groove and coming down the backstretch, Richards gave him room as he drove under him as they entered into turns three and four. They remained side by side and drag raced to the finish line where Richards won by literally inches. Hanson however was very close to disallowing Richards yet another trip to victory lane. Behind them, Tyler Wahlstrom, Cooper Berlin, and Smith finished in the top five.

The Hornets saw Armond Love sweep the nights action in his most impressive evening of racing since his return to the class. It was Dean Butler leading early, but on lap two, Love took over. There was amazing racing behind the leader where cars ran two-wide, two-wide two-deep- and three-wide for lap after lap. They swapped positions multiple times before the finish where Chad Prissel was runner up over Derek Krumrie, Scott Westaby, and Dan Prissel.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return Sunday, August 05, 2018, for the Hass and Son’s Kid’s Night. The WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will all be in action.

Nine New Inductees Join ABC Hall of Fame

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Ashland, WI, — The ABC Raceway Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 inductees were formally presented to an appreciative crowd on hand at the northern Wisconsin stock car track on Saturday night.

The honorees included four retired drivers, four current and former members of the track’s all-volunteer work staff, and a local business recognized for its long-term service. North Star Beverage of Hurley was a unanimous choice as this year’s honorary inductee. The popular and successful business has maintained a close and supportive relationship with the Raceway for over 40 years, in large part due to the active involvement in the local racing scene by its former owner, the late Don Koivisto, who was a popular racer and race car owner. However, North Star’s current management and staff have continued to work generously with the track in providing quality refreshments for the Raceway’s fans to enjoy. The induction plaque was presented to sales manager Tony Cunico, who accepted on the behalf of the business. Drivers who are inducted into the Raceway’s Hall of Fame are required to be completely retired from active racing for a minimum of five years. They are also considered for induction based upon their accomplishments at Ashland’s track and others, as well as their positive contributions to ABC and to the sport in general.

Ashland’s Ray Gregor raced successfully in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, earning eight feature wins as well as the 1970 Hobby Stock championship, behind the wheel of his popular blue number 10 Chevelles, which were always fast and very well-presented. The popular driver was considered a true gentleman in the sport, and he continues to support the efforts of the Raceway. Greg Jaeger of Mellen found his success in the Raceway’s Six-Cylinder division, in which he earned two points titles (2007, ‘10), 14 victories, and eight other top-ten points finishes from 2003-’12. He has also served on the Raceway’s Board of Directors, and he donates his time as an on-track official, with track preparation, and as part of the Raceway’s Six-Cylinder rules committee. Tim Mackey, another popular and successful Ashland driver, collected 20 feature wins in the Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Super Stock classes during the 1990s. He won his first track title in the Hobby Stocks in 1993, then grabbed another title when the division was changed to Street Stocks in 1994. He finished his career in the Super Stocks, where he accumulated three more top-ten points finishes.

Ashland’s Bob Mattson piloted what were considered some of the fastest cars on the track back in the late 1960s to very early ‘70s. He amassed ten feature wins over his career, including four during his 1967 championship season. He was a master mechanic and fabricator, but he was also known for being extremely polite and kind to fans, track employees and his fellow drivers. Those inducted into the track’s Hall of Fame under the Volunteers & Contributors category are required to have a minimum of ten years of service to the facility and are considered if they have contributed significantly to the success of the facility and positive growth to the sport in general. Current Raceway president Eric Erickson has long been one of the most dedicated members of the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association in its 54-year history. Having performed nearly every imaginable duty for the club and on its Board of Directors, he has also served as president of this organization twice before, plus in that same capacity for the WISSOTA Promoters Association.

A highly respected person in the community as well as at the race track, Gordy Gilbertson earned a reputation for being very dependable. He has served as a Board member, including as Association secretary, and has provided help with trackside security. Gordy and his wife Judy have also worked several seasons manning the driver draw booth in the pit area, and more recently he has been active on the Hall of Fame committee. Cheryl Klobucher is considered invaluable to the organization as its long-time treasurer. She has served for many years on the Raceway Board, and her administrative, organizational and promotional skills and in-depth understanding of finance have helped the Raceway in nearly every aspect of its operation. In recent seasons she has headed up the Raceway’s growing social media efforts. The late Pete & Carol Seemuth spent over 20 years assisting with important tasks throughout the organization. Pete assisted with countless maintenance projects and track preparation, while Carol worked the ticket booths and welcomed fans. Both were known for their dependability and punctuality, and their sons Brian and Dean became enthusiastic race fans because of their parents. Dean Seemuth accepted the induction on behalf of his parents.

The inductees, along with their invited families and friends, joined other ABC Raceway Hall of Famers and their guests for a relaxing social luncheon earlier in the afternoon at Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall, which also presented the race program later at the track. The induction ceremonies were held on the front straightaway of the historic three-eighths-mile red-clay oval during intermission of Saturday’s race program. The addition of this year’s group of honorees brings the total number of ABC Raceway Hall of Fame members to 49. The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road.