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Archive for May, 2008

Lakeside Speedway Race Night Notes

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

In the Factory Stock division, Buz Kaster pulled off some late race heroics and won the race in the last 100 feet. Kasters margin of victory was that of a single front fender.
The fans were on there feet as Kaster made his run to the flag stand. It was one of those truly, great moments in racing. The fans wouldn’t stay in there seats long.

Nic Bidinger has been the hot driver in the Grand National class so far this season. Coming into last Friday’s race, he has won 4 of 5 races, including 3 in a row. Put it down now as 5 of 6 races on the season and 4 in a row. The pressure will mount!

In the Modified feature, it was another different winner last week. As a matter of fact, it was the 6th different winner on the year. Allan Lawrence defied the odds and won. It was another one of those great moments in racing. Kid works hard, keeps nose clean and gets the win.

Knowing Lawrence and his family this was an important win for him and one that he deserved. What’s next?

Swartz, Truscott, Myers, and Anderson WISSOTA Winners at Eagle Valley Speedway

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Fortunately the racing for the night was hot enough to keep a nice crowd of spectators glued to their seats, some of us to the bitter end! It also had to be very cold in the race cars for the 98 drivers who blazed their way around the track.

Feature racing action began in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified division with Reid Tiegs (1a) and Josh Smith (21j) on the front row. With the drop of the green flag everyone was fighting for position with Josh Smith leading the pack. As the cars were coming out of turn three, Smith lost a rear wheel sending it careening toward turn four. Fortunately, the wheel caused no major problems and Smith pulled off the track, his night done. With Smith in the infield, there was a total restart with Michael Truscott (22), who had
started third, inheriting the pole. Truscott was off and running, taking advantage of his new starting postion and led with challenges from Ronnie Rihn (29), heat winner of heat four, who had started fifth and ran second for the first ten laps. By the end of lap eleven, winner of heat three, Shane Halopka (3jr), who had started eighth, and had been picking off cars during the first ten laps, moved into second and gave chase to Truscott. Truscott, though, had
two things going in his favor-a substantial lead and momentum. Halopka’s best efforts were not enough, as Truscott went on to take the win.

With a field of fourteen cars, the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were next to the starting line for their feature race with Paul Erikson (4) and Jeff Dregney (44D) in the front row. At the drop of the green, Erickson was off to a quick lead, with Dregney following closely behind. Two laps into the feature, Chad Zastrow (28z), who was running seventh, spun coming out of turn one, causing the first caution. In an attempt to avoid Zastrow, Mike Keller (31), who was running eighth at the time, made a defensive move to the infield,
damaging his car and ending his night. On the restart, Eriksonagain jumped out to the lead with Eric Olson (1e), who had started sixth, in pursuit. Olson did pass Erikson at the end of lap four, but Erikson reclaimed the lead for laps five through eight and Olson had to settle back to second. Meanwhile, back in the pack, heat winner, Curt Myers (91), who had started eighth, was working his way up and by lap eight had passed Olson for second. By the end of lap nine, Myers had passed Erikson. With a restart, after a brief delay for an incident between Mark Stender (27) and Jeff Dregney, which
sent Dregney to the back, Myers again dominated, taking the lead, with heat winner, Shane Kisling (6), moving up to second from his fourth-place starting position, but Erikson and Olson had not yet given up and reclaimed their spots to give chase to Myers. Myers proved to be too much for the rest of the field and took the win.

Up next, the mighty WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds with Jay Richardson (R1) and Jake Hartung (05) in the front row. Hartung shot to an early lead with Richardson threatening. By lap two, Richardson had passed Richardson, but Richardson was not to be denied and made the pass by lap three, leading the next two laps. Not to be outdone, Hartung again passed Richardson and led for the next three laps. Back in the pack, Ryan Aho (33) was working his way up from his sixth-place starting spot and had worked up to third. A caution for
a spinning Cory Crapser (07) gave Aho the opportunity he was looking for and by the end of lap eight, Aho had taken the lead with Hartung and Mike Anderson, who had started fifth, at his heels. Aho continued to lead with Anderson picking up second by lap sixteen. Anderson passed Aho for one lap during lap seventeen, but Aho regained the lead, with Anderson seemingly going to have to settle for second. With just one lap left to go and Aho in the lead, Anderson gave it one last try and screamed past Aho, coming out of
turn four for the win.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next for their feature, with Scott VonHaden (14) and heat winner, Jay Kesan (12) on the front row. Kesan was off to a quick lead with Von Haden dropping back to fourth and heat winner, Mike Conrad (M76), moving up to second. The order remained the same for the top two spots, with Kesan showing the way and Conrad right on his bumper. Clark Swartz (18), who had started third was still running third, Von Haden was
running fourth and Adam Soltis (9), who had started eighth, was running fourth. A caution just prior to the completion of lap nine for Conrad, whose car stopped coming out of turn one after losing a wheel, changed the running order a bit with Kesan still in the lead, Swartz in second, VonHaden in third, Soltis in fourth and Butch Kummer, who had started sixth, in fifth. Kesan continued to lead, Kummer dropped out of the top five to be replaced with Gary Kasperek (2) moving up to fifth. Kesan led the remainder of the race with
the exception of the one lap that really counts, when he was passed by Swartz.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with what could be best explained as self-inflicted mayhem. This feature was plagued with cautions, not caused so much by accidents, but by cars spinning and other one car incidents. By this time the temperatures were extremely cold and the attention span of the drivers may have been affected?

One more Hornet joined the ranks for Eagle Valley Hornets this week for their feature.. Travis Anderson (37) again dominated the Hornet feature, easily taking the win with Brittany Olson (08) having to settle for second.

Be sure to keep Sunday, June 1 on your schedule is when the races will be sponsored by B.D. Roycraft Excavating featuring WISSOTA Modifieds, WISSOTA Super Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Pits open at 4:00 PM with a cut off time of 5:30 PM. Hot laps begin at 5:30 PM with Racing at 6:00 PM.

Jan Howard Wins Third Event of 2008

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Jan started the night off by picking up a win in his heat race behind the
wheel of his #46 Maxim/Dale Howard Racing Engine Sprinter. In the feature
event, Jan would power his way to the lead and never looked back en route to
the win. The victory marked his third feature triumph of the 2008 season in
the wingless 305 Sprint Car division at Riverside International Speedway.
Jan did not compete in the 360 Sprint Car division over the weekend.

This Saturday night Jan, will once again be pulling double duty at Riverside
as he competes in both his #4x Lofton Motorsports Maxim/Dale Howard Racing
Engine 360 Sprint Car as well as his 305 Wingless Sprinter Car. For more
information, please visit www.RiversideInternationalSpeedway.com.

Jan would like to thank all of his sponsors for 2008 including Brim’s Snack
Foods, Carpenter Steel Erectors, K&N Filters, Mason Water Wells, Trumann
Paramedics, Interior Trim Works by Jay Henderson, Carpenter Homes, Skull
Covers By Gator, Lofton Motorsports, Ray’s Auto Collision, Truck Parts
Specialists, A.T.R.O.M. Transmissions, Sanders Pest Control,
www.WideOpenWorldTravel.com, Cole & Desmon, special thanks to Kristy and
Tony Graves, and MSRMafia.com .

For more information on Jan Howard, please visit www.HowardRacing.net .

Justin Larson Owns Limited Race at DeSoto

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models

Justin Larson took his brand new racecar to the front and never looked back as he cruised to the victory. “We practiced Thursday and really have this car dialed in,” said Larson. Several cautions slowed the field and Joe Winchell gave it his all closing in and challenging for the top spot but Larson was able to hold him off and pull away. Winchell would settle for the second spot.

James Glover would top off his three-race night with a solid third place finish with Dustin Chisholm and Patrick Staropoli battling for the fourth spot with Chisholm taking it.

Mod-Mini Shoot Out

James Glover hopped into the ride of Marty Niekins and took it to the winner’s circle in the fifty-lap Mod-Mini shoot out. Everyone’s eyes though were on points leader Brian Dorer as he would be sent the rear of the pack but he would rub, slice and his dice his way back towards the front several times and would end up in third spot behind a great running Mitch Webb. Finishing in the fourth spot was fast qualifier Dustin Perez with Glen Kelley took fifth.

Street Stock Shoot Out

Greg Krom not only the fast qualifier for the fifty lap feature but also took the feature win. Behind the winner Krom, Joey Barnes took the second spot, third went to Max Bennett, and fourth across the stripe was James Nanney. The race though was farther back in the pack between “Chucky” Ramsey and Todd Freed Jr. battling for the fifth spot, Freed wore out the back bumper of Ramsey but Chucky was able to hold him off for the fifth spot.

Pure Stocks

James Glover was the winner in the Pure Stock feature after “the Silver Bullet” Randy Johnson was Dqed in the post race inspection. Finishing in the second spot was Chelsea Lau. This was Lau’s first visit to the winners circle and when it came to her turn she said, “I’m not used to not being lapped” as the crowd cheered her on. Third was Troy Meredith, fourth went to Robert Crisp and fifth Anthony Easton.

Back on track at the Langlade County Speedway!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

In the first of six feature races the IMCA Sport Modifieds took to the track. Marcus Yarie would use his row 1 starting position to his advantage as he captured the lead on lap 1 and would maintain the top spot for all 12 feature laps. Newcomer Chad Jaje held strong to the leaders for the first few laps as Dave Stoffer, Chad Guyette, Brent Schultz and Jake Solin all battled it out with their sights set on Yarie. As checkers flew it was Yarie picking up the first feature win of the 2008 season.

The IMCA Stock Cars were up next and they didnt disappoint with some great
competition between the 2007 track champion, Dan Michonski and former champion Larry Karcz Jr. As the green flag dropped it was Jamie VanOoyen and Luke Uttecht leading the pack. Michonski, Karcz and Chas VanOoyen Jr., soon took over the top spots as fans were treated to some close racing action. When 15 laps were in the books it was Karcz Jr. who was able to maintain the top spot. OFFICIAL RESULTS: (Karcz Jr., Michonski, VanOoyen Jr., Gross, VanStraten, VanHaren, Stankowski, Uttecht, Wilcox, Otto)

With some drivers switching divisions only 6 Wissota Street Stocks were on hand for opening night. For the first night of racing, Wissota rules state that the feature race will be lined up (straight up) from how drivers finished their heat race, so grabbing the pole in this one was Gary Kasperek and along side of him Jeremy Wolfe. Kasperek was able to maintain the lead in this contest but not without a fight from the Wolfe and the Christjohn brothers, Lee and Carl. As double checkers flew it was Kasperek getting his first feature win of the 2008 season.

24 IMCA Modifieds made the trip to Antigo. Jerry Muenster drew the pole in the 15 lap contest along with John Peters on the outside. After the green flag drop, racing remained close with a lot of side by side mid-pack racing. As Muenster drove hard to maintain the top spot, David Diemel, Michael ?Beetle? Bailey, David Werbelow and Charlie Wild were gunning for the top spot. After a lap 13 caution helped Werbelow passed Wild for a top 4 spot, Diemel was able to pass Bailey for 2nd. On lap 15 it was Muenster crossing the finish line first, unfortunately he could not be credited with the win after failing to comply with post race procedures, which left Diemel claiming the win.

Next up were the Wissota Late Models and after claiming heat victories it was Troy Springborn and Nick Anvelink leading the pack of 12 cars in the 20 lap feature. Springborn held the lead for 2 laps as Anvelink than took over the top spot, as the two locked horns it was Gordie Seegert Jr., coming up from the 3rd row to push the leaders. With Terry Anvelink staying close to the top 3, Blashe, Buhler and Flannery battled it out mid-pack. As the checkered flag was dropped it was Nick Anvelink who would claim the first feature victory of the 2008 race season.

The final division of the night was Antigo?s own, UTRA Truck Division. As the trucks lined up for their 12 lap feature it was a race that certainly didn?t disappoint race fans. Scott VanProoyen and Robin Procknow would lead the pack as Travis Widder, JP Remington, Jeff Becker and Harold Harvey didn?t take long to work their way towards the front. Van Prooyen would only give up the lead on lap 2 and a caution on the white flag lap would be the end of this contest.

Langlade County Speedway would like to thank the fans, drivers and race teams for their support on opening night, and a sincere thank you goes out to track sponsor, Forest County Potawatomi Community, who were also the evenings sponsor. We hope to see you back next week as all six divisions take to the big 1/2 mile, racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Parents make it a family night, bring the kids for a chance to win in our weekly bike giveaway. Each week at intermission there will be a donated bike given away to one lucky younger race fan, also kids, don’t forget to pick up your coloring/activity book available to each child in attendance at the races.