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Archive for September, 2008

Great Pumpkin Races On Deck At Tri-Oval Speedway

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

FOUNTAIN CITY (September 29) – Tri-Oval Speedway is setting up for their two-day season finalethe second weekend in October to close up the WISSOTA season.  There will be a lot in store for this year’s Great Pumpkin Races.  Not only will there be the absolutely awesome WISSOTA Street Stocks who pretty much always put on a whale of a show, but there will be big money to be made in the WISSOTA Midwest Mods.  The WISSOTA Super Stocks will be ready to rev up some excitement as well.  USRA Modifieds will storm the track and the Hornets will provide their own assortment of fun.  The Vintage Cars will be on hand as well as the Outlaw Mini Cars.

This will be two complete shows for National Points and will be a draw/redraw event.  WISSOTA Street Stocks will be racing for $500 to win while the WISSOTA Midwest Mods will be vying for a big payoff of $1000 to win.  WISSOTA Super Stocks will be charging to the front for a $600 paycheck.


The main gate will open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10th.  Adult ticket prices are $15 per day or a two-day pass is available for $25.  Kids’ tickets will be $5 per day or a two-day pass will be available for $7.  Heat races for the Midwest Mini Mods will begin at 6:30 and all regular classes will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Pit Passes for the Great Pumpkin Races will be $30 each night or a two-day pass will be available for $55.  There will be a costume contest for both adults and kids on Friday with the awards being announced at Saturday’s show.


Saturday, October 11th there will be a pancake breakfast available from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  The Noon-to-1:30 p.m. time slot will provide the kids with a Great Pumpkin Hunt.  From 2 – 3:30 p.m. there will be a Kids’-Tour-The-Pits Event.  All kids will get a pit pass with the purchase of their ticket at the main gate.  The kids will be able to meet their favorite driver(s) and there will be a Dunk-The-Driver dunk tank.  All kids MUST exit the pits by 3:45 unless they have purchased a regular pit pass.


The race card for Saturday the 11th will host the same classes as Friday night.  The Midwest Mini Mods will begin at 6 p.m. and the main show will begin at 7 p.m.  There will be trophy presentations for the top three in each class in Victory Lane as well.


Also on the event list will be a Haunted House both nights as well as prizes galore!  In the event a rain date is needed, races will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday the 12th.


Camping (without hookups) is available at the track for the Great Pumpkin Races, so make it a weekend, and close your season with Tri-Oval Speedway.

Ryan Desgrange outlasted the competition in Sunday afternoon’s 200 Lap Enduro race at Oakshade Raceway.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Jim Sayler and Josh Siebenaler were early leaders in the race with Dan
Dippman finally taking command well before the midway point of the race.
Dippman appeared to be the car to beat as the earlier leaders suffered
bad luck and fell way back in the running order.

Dippman went on to open up at least a 10-lap lead over Ryan Desgrange
toward the end of the race. Dippman had completed 199 laps with no real
issues and just as it appeared the race was over, Dippman slowed down
the backstretch. He went into turn tree and spun around off the high
side of the track as he lost a rear wheel. Dippman tried to nurse the
car the final quarter lap back to the checkered flag but could only get
as far as the middle of turns three and four where he sat up high in his
disabled car and watched his victory slip away.

Ryan Desgrange soldiered on for about ten more laps and his car survived
the entire 200 lap race to take the checkered flag. Dippman's 199 laps
complete were enough for a second place finish with Jeremy Grover third,
finishing 192 laps even after a hard head-on collision earlier in the race.

Neil Shaw went 177 laps to finish fourth and Chris Williams was an early
contender until his right front wheel gave out after 155 laps which
resulted in a fifth place finish.

by Scott Hammer

Action Heats Up at Columbia Motorsports Park as Season Comes to a Close

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Lake City, FL (Sept.  29, 2008) Late Models return this Saturday night  at
Columbia Motorsports Park along with the Sportsman, Pure Stock, V-8 Bombers,  A&
B Hornets, and Queenbee Hornets.

With only four weeks left to the 2008 season, points are tight and  racing is
hot and heavy.  You won't want to miss one moment of racing  action.

Pit gate will open at 4 pm with racing at 7:30 pm.  Grandstands  open at 6 pm.

Don't miss the action this Saturday as we see the 2008 season coming to a

Stunt Wars Takes over Orlando SpeedWorld for 3 day Event this Weekend

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Orlando, FL (Sept. 29, 2008)  More than 100 competitors and over  15,000
spectators are expected for the three-day, extreme sports event being  held on
October 3 - 5, 2008. Circle Wheelies, 360-degree Stoppies, the Leap of  Faith,
Tank Insane and the Apehanger are just a few of gravity defying stunts  that
will be on display. 

Other entertainment will include FMX freestyle, car drifting and street  bike
freestyle, as well as a Bikini Bike Wash, a Custom Bike Show and live music
from Underground Sound. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet the riders
 during activities each and every day. 

This year's StuntWars will feature some of the sport's highest profile
riders, including Bill Dixon, Dan Jackson, Aaron Colton, Nick Apex, and Teach
McNeil. Tickets, ranging in price from $5 for practice rounds to $20 for the  main
event and entertainment on Sunday, October 5, can be purchased by calling
877-stunt83, or purchased at the gate. Tickets should also be available online
at STUNTWARS.COM by midweek. Discounts are available to StuntWars Association

The gates open at 9 a.m. daily with practice, qualifying and  competition
throughout the day until 5 p.m. More than 40 vendors offering the  latest in
gear, apparel and accessories will be on site daily. Stunt bike riders  from
around the world will be competing for over $12,000 in cash and prizes at  this
event, while providing spectators with adrenaline- charged events that  amateurs
should not try at home.

This event is round four in the StuntWars 2008 point series where the
top-three riders compete to win $25,000 at the end of the season. 

Regular racing will return to Orlando SpeedWorld October 10th with the
Southern Sportsman 50.

Cryderman, Marshall, Peterson & Barth are Badger State Nationals Champions

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
The final night of the FYE Motorsports promoted Badger State Nationals
closed out the racing season at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday
September 27.  Joel Cryderman earned the title in the late model division by
leading all 50 laps enroute to the victory while fellow Thunder Bay, Ontario
native Jeff Marshall took top honors in the Midwest modifieds.  Chris
Peterson claimed the $1,000 top prize for his street stock feature win, and
Eric Barth came back from a wreck the previous night to win the Legends main
event on a cool autumn evening.

With full programs in the street stock and Legends divisions, heat races
were necessary.  The Midwest modifieds and late models ran B Mains, Last
Chance Races, and their Championship Features.  The Legend cars opened the
third straight night of racing at the Badger State Nationals with three heat
races for the 25 cars on hand.  Spencer Wilson defeated early leader Kevin
Brill in the first heat.  Tom Wagner and Eric Barth swapped the lead several
times in the second heat with Barth making a last lap pass for the win.  Cam
Schaefer led all the way to win the third heat in front of last night's
feature winner Joel Wyttenbach.  For the street stocks, three heat races
were also necessary for their 23 car field.  Chris Peterson dominated the
first heat to win by a good margin over Shawn Kammerud.  Kevin Schmidt held
off a determined bid by Friday night feature winner Chanda Fjorden-Nord to
garner the top spot in the second heat.  Cory Rosen led all the way for the
win in the third heat, but Jeff Heintz applied the pressure throughout the
nonstop 10 lap race.

Three B Mains in the Midwest modified division would transfer the top four
finishers in each to their championship feature.  Karth Mitchell topped Luke
Hines and 7th starter Chad Patterson in the first 15 lap B Main.  Matt
Weisman defeated Clayton Wagamon and Jesse Ogston in the second B Main.
Jeremy Houle bested Randy Vezina and A J Roschen in the last B Main.
Finishing in the top six positions in the two late model B Mains earned a
starting spot in the championship feature race.  Eric Breeschoten showed the
field the quick way around in the first 15 lap B Main to finish in front of
Rick Egersdorf, Ashley Anderson, Marshall Fegers, Chuckie DeSmith and Zach
Johnson.  A caution-free run in the second late model B Main saw Cory Mahder
defeat Keith Foss, Duane Mahder, Scott Gilberts, Tim Isenberg and Ricky
Weiss to earn transfer spots.

There was one more chance to get into the championship feature races in the
Midwest mod and late models divisions.  Each class would see those cars not
already qualified run a 15 lap Last Chance Race with the winner tagging the
tail of their upcoming feature race.  A starting field of 19 midwest mods
took the green for their Last Chance Race.  Following an early caution, the
race ran 13 laps nonstop to the finish with Jason Gross earning the final
berth in their feature.  The 15 lap late model Last Chance Race also had
only one caution to slow the pace.  Caley Emerson blasted away from the
field and went on to record the win.  All feature race lineups were now set
and it was time to bring out the hardware for the title races.

The Legends were up first with their 20 lap main event.  Tom Wagner and
Warren Ropp brought the field to the green with Wagner taking the early
lead.  A four car crash on lap 2 exiting turn four eliminated the cars of
Cam Schaefer and Ropp.  As the race restarted, Tom Fraser and Tony
Brockhouse made contact entering turn three.  Brockhouse's car executed a
series of violent flips bringing out the red flag.  Brockhouse was
transported to a local hospital complaining of some chest pain after being
removed from his heavily demolished car.  When the green blinked back on,
Wagner continued to hold a slim lead over Troy Speten and Eric Barth.  Barth
worked his way past Speten several laps later and put the pressure on
Wagner.  On lap 10, Barth moved around Wagner for the lead.  Two laps later
Joel Wyttenbach got by Speten for third.  Spencer Wilson moved up to third
on lap 16 behind Barth and Wagner.  The race continued under green until lap
18 when an engine fire in John Elewerer's car brought out the final caution
and set up a two lap dash to the checkers.  Eric Barth held off Tom Wagner
for the win.  Spencer Wilson, Joel Wyttenbach and Troy Speten rounded out
the top five.

The street stocks lined up 23 cars strong for their 25 lap feature paying
$1,000 to the winner.  Friday night feature winner Chanda Fjorden-Nord lined
up outside the front row next to runnerup Chris Peterson.  Fjorden-Nord took
the lead at the drop of the green, but the race was under yellow just one
lap in when Justin Vogel slammed into the tires that protect the beginning
of the concrete wall at the pit entrance in turn one.  Vogel was okay, but
his car was out of the race.  On the restart, a three car incident on the
backstretch brought out another caution.  All cars were able to continue.
The race finally got going with Fjorden-Nord holding a small lead over
Peterson, Shawn Kammerud and Cory Rosen.  Peterson slowly closed the gap
until the final caution of the race waved when Jeff Heintz and Jay Kesan
made contact on the low side entering turn one on lap 11.  Heintz' car shot
into the infield and came back out on the track in turn two.  Kesan was
relegated to the rear of the field.  Fjorden-Nord again held the lead on the
restart with Peterson close behind.  Rosen, Kammerud, Andy Miskowic and
Kevin Schmidt battled for third.  On lap 17, Peterson was able to move
underneath Fjorden-Nord for the lead.  Chanda closed back in a few laps
later but was unable to overtake the leader.  Chris Peterson capped off a
successful month of September by winning the Badger State Nationals after
also winning the Legendary 100 at CLS.  Chanda Fjorden-Nord settled for
second.  Cory Rosen raced back to third after jumping the cushion and losing
several positions.  Shawn Kammerud and Andy Miskowic completed the top five.
Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Schmidt, 23rd starter Ryan Kostreba,
Jeff Heintz, Kris Peterson and Rusty Kollman.

Racing for 35 laps, a field of 25 cars lined up for the Midwest modified
main event.  Preliminary feature winners Matt Leer and Bob Smith brought the
field to life at the start.  Leer raced into the lead using the low line on
the track.  A caution for debris in turn three slowed the pace just two laps
into the race.  On the restart, Shane Sabraski moved by Smith for second
while Jeff Marshall, Ron Jones and Jason Vandekamp battled for third.
Marshall took third on lap five.  A long green flag run saw the leaders
encounter lapped traffic on lap 16.  Leer worked traffic well while Sabraski
and Marshall battled for second.  The red light blinked on with 22 laps
completed for a safety call on the seventh place car of Ron Jones.  Jones'
car had flames coming out of the back side of the car.  The fire was
extinguished and Jones was able to continue in seventh.  On the restart,
Steve Strandlund and Clayton Wagamon made contact and collected the cars of
Chad Patterson and Jesse Ogston on the frontstretch.  Karth Mitchell dropped
out of the race while some of the battered cars were able to continue.  The
final caution flew with 28 laps in when Jeremy Kerzman spun in turn 2 and
pulled into the infield.  The battle up front would get interesting
following this caution.  Jeff Marshall had moved past Sabraski one lap
earlier, and when the race went back green began to put the pressure on
Leer.  Marshall moved to the outside of Leer on lap 30 to take the lead
while Sabraski also got by for second.  A lap later Ron Jones and Brock
Gronwold moved by Leer.  Jeff Marshall held off Shane Sabraski for the win
with Ron Jones, Brock Gronwold and Matt Leer completing the top five.
Ronnie Rihn, 16th starter Luke Hines, Jason Vandekamp, Jason Hoffman and
Wayne Dean rounded out the top ten.  The initial ninth and eleventh place
finishers, Jeremy Houle and Jason Gross, were disqualified for an
altercation in the pit area following the race.

The final race of the 2008 season motored trackside with 25 high-powered
late model competitors set to do battle for 50 racing laps.  Preliminary
feature winners Lance Mathees and Joel Cryderman paced the field.  Mathees
got the jump at the start, but his lead was nullified when Caley Emerson
spun in turn three on the opening lap requiring a complete restart.  This
time Joel Cryderman grabbed the lead over Mathees.  Jake Redetzke got by
Mathees for second a couple laps later with Pat Doar and Brent Larson close
behind.  As the laps clicked by, 9th starter Chad Mahder was on the move
forward.  Mahder moved to fifth on lap 11, fourth on lap 13, and got by
Mathees for third on lap 16.  The yellow light blinked on with 18 laps in
when Eric Breeschoten stalled on the backstretch and required wrecker
assistance with a broken rear-end in his car.  At this point Cryderman
continued to lead Redetzke, Mahder, Mathees and Doar.  Just two laps after
the green replaced the yellow, Doar moved up to fourth while Don Shaw moved
from seventh to fifth.  The leaders encountered lapped traffic 34 laps into
the race with the top five of Cryderman, Redetzke, Mahder, Doar and Shaw
remaining unchanged until the caution appeared with 39 laps in for Chuckie
DeSmith's stalled car in turn four.  One lap later, Shaw moved past Doar and
Chad Mahder into third.  The final caution slowed the pace with 42 laps
scored for a five car pileup in turn four.  On the restart, Shaw got by
Redetzke for second but could advance no further during the final seven
laps.  Joel Cryderman turned in a very strong run to earn the victory in the
inaugural Badger State Nationals, leading all 50 laps in a dominating
performance.  Don Shaw, Jake Redetzke, Pat Doar and Chad Mahder completed
the top five.  Steve Laursen, Brent Larson, Lance Mathees, Rick Hanestad and
Jeff Wildung rounded out the top ten.  Eighteen of the 25 starters finished
the race.
By Greg Parent