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Archive for January, 2009

7th Annual Winterfest Only Two Weeks Out!

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Winchester, TN (January 31, 2009) – The much anticipated 7th Annual Winterfest is only two weeks away. The early entries are rolling in and it’s shaping up to be one of the best Winterfests yet. It all kicks off Friday afternoon, February 13 with an open practice session for all classes. Gates open at 2pm and practice will run from 4 until 8pm. Then at 8pm, the Super Late Model drivers and Open Wheel Mod drivers will battle it out in the King of the Hill battle. Super Late Model drivers will compete for $1,000 to win and the Open Wheel Mod drivers will compete for $500 to win. Race day rules apply to the King of the Hill battle for both classes.

Gates open Saturday, February 14 at 8am. The drivers’ meeting will be held at 12:30pm. Hot laps will commence at 1pm. Then it’s wall to wall racing action as seven divisions kick off the 2009 racing season. Super Late Models will run 40 laps for $3,000 to win and $300 to start; Open Wheel Mods will run 35 laps for $1,500 to win and $150 to start; and the 2 Barrel Late Model/Crate Late Model/Late Model Stock class will run 30 laps for $1,000 to win and $100 to start. Other classes running include Super Stock, Pure Stock, Outlaw Pony, and Mini Stock.

Adult General Admission for Friday’s practice and King of the Hill battle is $10; pit prices are $20. Adult General Admission for Saturday’s race is $17; pit prices are $30. Children age 11 and under are admitted free both days. For more information, visit www.winchesterspeedwayonline.com or call (931) 434-0691.

MIS Banquet Brings Out the Best of 2008

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Oregon, WI Over three hundred drivers, teams, sponsors, and friends gathered at The Heights in Verona, Wisconsin, for the annual Madison International Speedway banquet recognizing the accomplishments of the 2008 racing season. Five track champions and competitors from all five weekly divisions were honored along with many other special awards and door prizes.

Nathan Haseleu of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, won his first-ever championship at MIS in the Weaver Auto Parts Super Late Models. Haseleu led the division with four feature wins, set fast time on six nights and finished in the top five eleven times.

“I’d like to thank MIS for having the Super Late Models race. The competition level and racing was great every week. I am honored to be track champion in the Super Late Models with guys like Dick Trickle and Joe Shear. When I started racing it was guys like Ron Breese, Dave Feiler, Scott Ollerman, and Bob Wilberg and we’ve raced hard over the years so I’m really honored to be on a list with them. I would like to thank all of my crew guys… and all of my sponsors,” said Haseleu.

“I’ve got to thank Joe Hunter. There’s a song that says you find out who your friends are. He helped us out a lot this summer and whenever I hear the song it reminds me of our friendship.”

Steve Rubeck of Monroe Center, Illinois, was runner-up in the division thanks to four feature wins and ten top fives. DeForest, Wisconsin, driver Andrew Morrissey finished in third place and notched one feature win and nine top five finishes in 2008. Rubeck was voted Favorite Driver by the fans and Zack Riddle won Rookie of the Year honors.

Bobby Wilberg of Beloit, Wisconsin, made it back to back championships in the Rockweiler Insulation Limited Late Model division. Wilberg set fast time on seven nights, picked up ten top five finishes and added one feature win. This year’s title was his tenth at MIS since the track re-opened in 1992.

“I have to thank all of our sponsors for being with us. It was a lot of fun racing with these guys this year especially Ross (Kenseth). I want to thank Jon and the boys from Illinois (crew) for all of their work because consistency pays off. We’re
looking forward to next year when this will be the premier division at MIS,” noted Wilberg who also took time to thank his fellow competitors in the super late model division.

Runner-up honors went to sixteen year old Ross Kenseth of Spring Valley, Illinois, who finished in the top five eleven out of twelve races and picked up two feature wins and a heat win. Kenseth was also named Rookie of the Year in the Rockweiler
Insulation Limited Late Models. Ryan Goldade of Stoughton, Wisconsin, finished in third place powered by six top five finishes including one feature win. Goldade was also named Fan Favorite for the Limited Late Models.

Donna Forsythe presented the Wayne’s Custom DIECAST Dash Series and Hard Charger Awards. Donna’s husband Wayne lost his battle with cancer during the off season and those in attendance at the banquet honored both Wayne and Donna with a standing
ovation.

“Looking back knowing that you gave your all, win or lose you finish a champion,” said Donna as she shared one of Wayne’s favorite Dale Earnhardt quotes. She then presented the Dash Series trophy to Ryan Goldade. Six different drivers won dash
events in 2008 and although Goldade was not one of them he proved that consistency has its rewards.

Wilberg won the Hard Charger Award based on points received for passing cars during feature events. “This award really means a lot to me. Wayne did a lot for racing,” noted Wilberg.

Jay Kalbus of Watertown, Wisconsin, won his first-ever track championship at Madison International Speedway by taking home top honors in the Bryden Motors Area Sportsman division. Kalbus won a division high four features along with two heat wins and set fast time on one night.

“We had a lot of fun doing this in the past and this year was really fun. I’m looking forward to getting back to the track in 2009,” said Kalbus.

Scott Lawver of Roscoe, Illinois, finished second in the points fueled by eleven top five finishes, two heat wins and a feature win. Steve Dickson of Rockton, Illinois, finished in third place and set fast time on one night and won two heat races.
Dickson was also honored as Rookie of the Year after moving up from the Bandit division while TJ Goldade of Stoughton, Wisconsin, won both the Fan Favorite Award and Best Appearing Car.

Max McNamara of Ingleside, Illinois, was crowned champion in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends after a strong season that found him winning seven feature events including a string of six in a row. “Mad Max” also set fast time on seven occasions and won five heat races on his way to the title.

“I really want to thank all of my fellow competitors and MIS for letting us race here. We really had a lot of fun and hope to keep doing it in 2009. Hopefully next year will be as good as this year was for us. I really have to thank all of my sponsors and my dad for making this happen.” McNamara was also recognized as “Favorite Driver” as voted on by the fans.

Aaron Moyer of Eden, Wisconsin, finished in the runner-up position despite not winning a feature in 2008. Moyer also won Rookie of the Year honors in the division. Alex Arelano of Frankfort, Illinois, began the season strong but suffered mechanical issues that forced him to miss a couple of events finished in third place. Arelano won four features and also picked up two wins in non-points races.

Chester Ace of Oregon, Wisconsin, took home top honors in the Roto Rooter Bandits. On his way to the title Ace picked up seven feature wins including five in a row. He also led the division by setting fast time on eight nights. Ace was also
recognized as “Fan Favorite” for the Bandit division.

“I want to thank all of my sponsors and friends and family especially my mom and dad because I couldn’t do it without you. This was a lot of fun this year. My fellow racers made it fun every night. We are looking at a couple of possibilities for next year,” said Ace who hinted that he may be back to defend his title.

Stephen Scheel of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, finished in second place in the Bandit division while Cory Skolaski of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, finished in third place. Pat Richgels of Middleton, Wisconsin, was Rookie of the Year based on his seventh place
overall finish.

Five Star donated two stock car bodies for the drivers with Cliff Rucks and Bob Wilberg being randomly selected as the lucky winners. Chad Stevens won a chassis donated by Lefthander Chassis. Many other door prizes were also presented to those
in attendance. MIS would like to thank Five Star and Lefthander for their gracious donations along with all of the area businesses who donated door prizes.

Madison International Speedway General Manager Dave Grueneberg recognized The Oregon Fire Department and EMS for all of their efforts at MIS and long-time fan Gary Schmelzer was honored with a plaque designating him as “Official Historian” of MIS.
Grueneberg also thanked the race teams, fans and sponsors for all they do for racing at MIS. Grueneberg also indicated that the Speedway Educational Series for high school students will continue in 2009 with participating students who are members of
pit crews or drivers can win scholarships to Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, Ohio. This will be the second year this program has been offered at MIS and more students are expected to participate this year. He also mentioned that drivers in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Model division in 2009 will be eligible for the ASA Member Track Champion program.

MIS Owner Terry Kunes also thanked the racers and discussed the New Fan Initiative for 2009 in which teams will be encouraged to invite new fans to the track. Kunes also mentioned that adult admission for regular weekly events will be $9.00 in 2009.

The 2009 racing season begins at Madison International Speedway with two practice sessions on Saturday, April 25th and Saturday, May 2nd. The season opener will be on Sunday, May 3rd with the ASA Midwest Tour and Big 8 Series. Weekly Friday night racing featuring Late Models, Area Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Legends, and Bandits will begin on Friday, May 8th.

For more information about MIS checkout the track website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.
By John Wells

Ocala Ready for the O’Reilly Sprints and UMP Mods

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Ocala Speedway owner Mike Peters called his staff together on Saturday morning for a final meeting to discuss this week’s big events before the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions, and the UMP DirtCar Modifieds, begin to invade Ocala on Wednesday. This is the biggest and most prestigious event held at Ocala Speedway in decades, and the very first 410 sprint car races of 2009 held anywhere in America, and Peters wanted to be certain that his staff was ready for the challenge as fans and racers from all corners of the nation and Canada descend on Florida’s oldest and most historic race track. And Peters himself has been busy, spending 7 days a week working at the track, making improvements and repairs, and promoting the upcoming special events. This will be an exciting and historic event for sprint car racing and for Ocala Speedway, and the track has received requests for info from as far away as California as racers and fans plan to attend.

The Ocala Speedway Winternationals officially get underway on Thursday with the first night of competition, but race teams begin
arriving as early as Wednesday in preparation for the three night series of races. A practice session is scheduled on Wednesday evening to allow the teams some track time, and both the O’Reilly 410 sprint cars and the UMP DirtCar Mods will take advantage of the extra time to adapt to Ocala Speedway’s tricky layout. Ocala Speedway has the reputation of being the toughest 3/8ths mile in the southeast, and drivers are anxious to attempt to tame it.

The practice will run Wednesday night from 5PM until 8 PM on Wednesday and admission to the pit area will be $10 per person. Seating will be available in the turn one bleachers which afford an excellent view of the entire racetrack, and fans are welcomed to come. Since fans will be inside of the actual pit area, insurance requirements dictate that all attendees must sign a pit area waiver and be banded in order to be admitted.

Racing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, will include multiple heat races and B mains in order to set the fields for the A
main feature races. Most of the top sprint car racers in the country are expected to be there to race, with Steve Kinser announcing via the “Dirt World” racing talk show on Real Racin’ USA that he will be in Ocala and ready to race. Several World of Outlaws drivers are planning on using the Ocala races as a tune up for their 2009 season, and the O’Reilly All Stars welcome them to the competition. There are very few chances to see drivers from the two top sprint car series on the same track together,
making this a rare and exciting occasion for the fans.

The UMP DirtCar Modifieds are also bringing an impressive field of racers to Ocala, including Kenny Wallace and Buzzy Reutimann. The cancellation of a major modified race out west freed up a multitude of top modified teams from all over America, and many of them have contacted Ocala Speedway and have announced their intentions to come and race in this event. And there is no shortage of regional and local modified drivers who want to put their skills and machines up against the best of the best. They include champions like Jeff Mathews, John Bradley, Dave Barber, and more. And a some top names are still on the fence about coming to Ocala for this race. Ken Schrader and David Reutimann have not said what their definite plans are at this point, but
both could be there if they can fit it into their schedules.

Mike Peters said early on that he wanted the Ocala Speedway Winternationals to be “affordable” for most race fans, and Peters set admission prices for the three night event accordingly. Peters’ idea is to allow fans to see some of the top racers in America, and do it for less than what most tracks charge for racing of this caliber. An adult grandstand admission ticket is $25 for Thursday and Friday night’s races, and $30 for Saturday’s finale. Children 12 and under are admitted for $15, and there is no charge for infants. Pit admission is $35 per night. The grandstand gates will open at 5 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. RV camping is available at the speedway for $10 per night. Call the speedway at 352-622-9400 to reserve space for your RV, or to
get additional information on Winternationals events. Fans can also access additional information by going to ww.OcalaSpeedway.com, or the Ocala Speedway MySpace at www.MySpace.com/OcalaSpeedway.

Ocala Speedway
9050 N.W. Gainesville Rd.
Ocala, Florida 34482
Telephone: (352) 622-9400

Ocala Ready for the O’Reilly Sprints and UMP Mods

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Ocala Speedway owner Mike Peters called his staff together on Saturday morning for a final meeting to discuss this week’s big events before the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions, and the UMP DirtCar Modifieds, begin to invade Ocala on Wednesday. This is the biggest and most prestigious event held at Ocala Speedway in decades, and the very first 410 sprint car races of 2009 held anywhere in America, and Peters wanted to be certain that his staff was ready for the challenge as fans and racers from all corners of the nation and Canada descend on Florida’s oldest and most historic race track. And Peters himself has been busy, spending 7 days a week working at the track, making improvements and repairs, and promoting the upcoming special events. This will be an exciting and historic event for sprint car racing and for Ocala Speedway, and the track has received requests for info from as far away as California as racers and fans plan to attend.

The Ocala Speedway Winternationals officially get underway on Thursday with the first night of competition, but race teams begin arriving as early as Wednesday in preparation for the three night series of races. A practice session is scheduled on Wednesday evening to allow the teams some track time, and both the O’Reilly 410 sprint cars and the UMP DirtCar Mods will take advantage of the extra time to adapt to Ocala Speedway’s tricky layout. Ocala Speedway has the reputation of being the toughest 3/8ths mile in the southeast, and drivers are anxious to attempt to tame it.

The practice will run Wednesday night from 5PM until 8 PM on Wednesday and admission to the pit area will be $10 per person. Seating will be available in the turn one bleachers which afford an excellent view of the entire racetrack, and fans are welcomed to come. Since fans will be inside of the actual pit area, insurance requirements dictate that all attendees must sign a pit
area waiver and be banded in order to be admitted.

Racing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, will include multiple heat races and B mains in order to set the fields for the A main feature races. Most of the top sprint car racers in the country are expected to be there to race, with Steve Kinser announcing via the “Dirt World” racing talk show on Real Racin’ USA that he will be in Ocala and ready to race. Several World of
Outlaws drivers are planning on using the Ocala races as a tune up for their 2009 season, and the O’Reilly All Stars welcome them to the competition. There are very few chances to see drivers from the two top sprint car series on the same track together, making this a rare and exciting occasion for the fans.

The UMP DirtCar Modifieds are also bringing an impressive field of racers to Ocala, including Kenny Wallace and Buzzy Reutimann. The cancellation of a major modified race out west freed up a multitude of top modified teams from all over America, and many of them have contacted Ocala Speedway and have announced their intentions to come and race in this event. And there is no shortage of regional and local modified drivers who want to put their skills and machines up against the best of the best. They include champions like Jeff Mathews, John Bradley, Dave Barber, and more. And a some top names are still on the fence about coming to Ocala for this race. Ken Schrader and David Reutimann have not said what their definite plans are at this point, but both could be there if they can fit it into their schedules.

Mike Peters said early on that he wanted the Ocala Speedway Winternationals to be “affordable” for most race fans, and Peters set admission prices for the three night event accordingly. Peters’ idea is to allow fans to see some of the top racers in America, and do it for less than what most tracks charge for racing of this caliber. An adult grandstand admission ticket is $25 for Thursday and Friday night’s races, and $30 for Saturday’s finale. Children 12 and under are admitted for $15, and there is no charge for infants. Pit admission is $35 per night. The grandstand gates will open at 5 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. RV camping is available at the speedway for $10 per night. Call the speedway at 352-622-9400 to reserve space for your RV, or to get additional information on Winternationals events. Fans can also access additional information by going to www.OcalaSpeedway.com, or the Ocala Speedway MySpace at www.MySpace.com/OcalaSpeedway.

by BJ Cavin

Winged Outlaw Modifieds Return to Cedar Lake Speedway!

Friday, January 30th, 2009

New Richmond, WI Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to announce that 2009 brings the return of Winged Outlaw Modifieds to the legendary track. Plans are in place to showcase this unique class four times throughout the upcoming season. Originally debuted in 1984 these cars were the most exciting class at the Cedar Lake Speedway at the time. Winged Outlaw Modifieds were unique to Cedar Lake and sported full sized sprint car wings above the roof and nose wings mounted to the front bumper. During their
tenure at the track they boasted high car counts, ultra competitive racing and lap times faster than the late models of their era. 1991 was the last year of the class as they were replaced by the current non-winged modified class at the track the following year.

Cedar Lake Speedway hopes to recreate the same excitement this class brought to the track during the late 80′s. Several drivers have shown interest in fielding a car and the track is actively pursuing more drivers to participate. Drivers will utilize the current Cedar Lake Speedway modified rules and can use any standard sprint car wing along with nose wing. Hydraulic cockpit wing adjusters are not allowed.

May 16th marks the first time in 17 years these cars will turn a lap on the legendary 3/8 mile speed mill. This date will allow drivers the opportunity to test & tune their car during one of the first 3 practice sessions scheduled for Thursday evenings. That night is also Cedar Lake’s annual School Bus event. This has become one of the “don’t miss” events as area schools customize a bus and race it for bragging rights. Thursday’s June 18th & July 30th will include the Winged Outlaw Modifieds as they are added
to the preliminary nights of the Masters & USA Nationals. With many out of town fans in attendance Cedar Lake hopes to thrill the crowd with a car most have never seen. Saturday, August 22nd is the last Winged Mod show as Cedar Lake appreciates all their fans with a full race program and free corn on the cob. More details coming soon. The Winged Outlaw Modifieds ran at Cedar Lake Speedway from 1984 thru 1991.

Winged Outlaw Modified Champions:

1984 Dan Thorsbakken
1985 Ron Jones
1986 Rick Egersdorf
1987 Rick Egersdorf
1988 Mike Kelley Jr.
1989 Jim Bruggeman
1990 Jim Bruggeman
1991 Dave Siercks

Jamie Nutzmann www.cedarlakespeedway.com