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Archive for June, 2010

Storms Wash Away Red Cedar Speedway Racing

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Menomonie WI, – It was an afternoon of severe weather in the Dunn County area, and as a result , the racing action Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway was cancelled by late afternoon. It was scheduled to be Dirt Track Specialties/Baxter Speed Shop night at the track and that event will be rescheduled.

Open wheel cars take center stage at the Red Cedar Speedway next Friday night as the Red Cedar Racing Association presents a WISSOTA Modified special. The open wheel cars will be running for a $1,500 top prize in a forty lap main event using the draw/redraw format. Also on the card will be WISSOTA sanctioned Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks. The Late Models will have the night off. The best news is that even with the special event, there will be no increase in spectator admission to attend this special event. July 2nd will also be Hudson, Knapp and Boyceville night at the track and residents of those communities can receive a discounted adult admission ticket with proof of residence.

Race time is 7 p.m. at the Dunn County Rec Park. Information is available by calling 715-235-8175 or the race day number of 235-6318. Log on to the speedway website for more information at www.redcedarracing.com

Jeremy Miller Wins Construction Labor Management 40 Wilberg, Fassett, Ace, and McNamara Also Victorious b

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Oregon, WI- Defending champion Jeremy Miller won for the second time in 2010 in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models by taking top honors in the Construction Labor Management 40 in front of a great crowd on a perfect night for racing at Madison International Speedway. Miller was not the only driver to return to victory lane as Bobby Wilberg (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Don Fassett (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Max McNamara (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) also picked up wins. Craig Jarvis won the Faster Pastor race.

Miller Holds Off Wilberg for Late Model Win

Jeremy Miller didn’t mind starting on the outside on a double file restart as he used it to his advantage to take the lead on lap 27 and hold off Bobby Wilberg to pick up his second feature win of the season. Following a fourteen car invert, the twenty-five car field was led to the green flag by Steve Rubeck and Kevin Knuese. Rubeck would show the most speed early on as he took the lead coming out of turn two with Scott Broughton moving by Knuese for second place.

Rubeck would continue to lead with Broughton and Knuese in tow as the three put some distance between themselves and the fourth and fifth place cars of Tyler Kelley and Miller. Broughton would begin closing the gap on lap 10 and would move to the
inside of Rubeck coming down the backstretch on lap 13 and take over the lead coming out of turn 3. Broughton would continue his leading ways until the caution flag came out for a spin on lap 18. The green flag would wave shortly thereafter with Miller able to work his way up to second before Dan Lensing made heavy contact with the outside wall in turn three on lap 19. Lensing would be ok, but his car would need the help of the flatbed to get back to the pit area.

After the restart Miller would try to get to the inside of Broughton on the backstretch but would be unsuccessful for the time being. Ryan Goldade and Wilberg would each move past Rubeck on lap 23 for third and fourth place respectively before the caution flag and eventually red flag would come out once more for an accident in turn four involving Cliff Rucks and Don Wickstrum.

Now it was time for another double file restart with Broughton on the inside and Miller on the outside. This time it would be Miller getting past Broughton coming out of turn two followed by Goldade and Wilberg. But things would only get worse for Broughton as he and John Baumeister Jr. would get together on lap 29 bringing out the caution and sending both drivers to the rear of the field. Miller would continue his lead following the restart with Wilberg following closely in second ahead of Goldade, Kelley, and Chad Wood. Even though it appeared that Wilberg might have enough to get by Miller, forty laps would not be enough as Miller held him off for the win. “I am happy for this win,” said Miller. Wood set fast time with a lap of 18.975 with Rucks, Broughton, and Knuese earning heat wins. Jeremy Miller leads the points race with a 383-355 advantage over Chad Wood. Bobby Wilberg is in third place with 351.

Rockweiler Insulation Late Models

Wilberg Runs Away With Area Sportsman Checkered Flag Bobby Wilberg picked up his third feature win of the season by winning the 15 lap feature. Tommy Wutke and Russ Nicholson brought the seven car field to the green flag and it would be Wutke who would show the most speed early on as he quickly got out front. On lap 3 Mike Taylor would move to the low side of the track coming out of turn two to take over the top spot with Wilberg right behind him. Taylor would only be able to hold off the hard charging Wilberg for another lap before surrendering the lead coming out of turn 3.

From this point on all it was all Wilberg who would build a solid advantage over the field. Taylor and Stephen Scheel would fight it out for second place with Scheel getting by on lap 6. But tonight nobody would catch Wilberg as the current point leader cruised to victory followed by Scheel, Taylor, Robert Hansberry, and Wutke. “This car has been real good. We were cruising tonight,” said Wilberg. Wilberg set fast time with a lap of 20.478 with the heat win going to Hansberry. Wilberg is the current points leader with a 468-411 advantage over Scheel. Taylor is in third with 401 points.

Ace Continues Dominance in Roto Rooter Bandits

Can anyone beat Chester Ace? For the fifth straight time he set fast time, started twelfth in the feature, and worked his way to the front by weaving his way through traffic to earn his way to victory lane. This time he had to hold off his brother in law Lee Haag for the win in the 23 lap feature held in memory of Kasey Baley of Madison (girlfriend of Bandits driver Joe Solem) who was killed in an automobile accident on June 11th. Rob Nuti and Darren Arndt led the fifteen car field to the green with the action
going three wide right from the start. Nuti would get a slight lead over Arndt and Haag before Haag would take the lead on lap 2 by getting by Nuti on the outside coming out of turn two.

Haag would quickly build a multi-car lead over the field, but the action behind him was very hot. On lap 6 Jon Coker would move up to second followed closely by Kyle Padfield, Nuti, and John Beale. By lap 7 Ace had broken into the top five as Haag continued to check away from the field. It looked like Haag had what it took to get to victory lane before the first caution flag of the night waved on lap 11 for a spin on the backstretch. Following the restart Haag would continue his lead with Padfield getting by Coker for second. On lap 12 Ace would work his way past Coker for third and three laps later overtake Padfield for second after running side by side for a lap.

On lap 16 Haag and Ace were side by side and would remain that way for the next four lap before Ace made his move to the outside coming into turn two to take over the lead. But Haag was not about to let this one go as he fought valiantly but came
up just short of breaking Ace’s stranglehold on the Bandit field. Rounding out the top five behind Ace and Haag would be Padfield, Coker, and John Beale. Ace made it another clean sweep by setting fast time with a circuit of 15.360 and getting a heat win. Other heat winners were Jo Rupp and Haag. Rupp also was the winner in the 12 lap Last Chance Race. Ace leads the points chase with 484 followed by Padfield at 425 and Haag in third with 343.

Fassett Wins a Close One in Club LaMark Hobby Stocks
Don Fassett won for the second time in 2010 in a very competitive 12 lap feature for the Hobby Stocks. Chad Knaus and Terry Ciano Jr. brought the field of six cars to the green flag with Knaus jumping out to the lead. After the first circuit Fassett would move to second followed by Todd Ambrose and Ciano Jr. By lap 4 Fassett had closed the gap and made his move for the lead coming into turn one and eventually taking over the point coming out of turn 2. But Knaus, Ambrose, and Ciano Jr. were not about to give it up for Fassett as the four battled it out the rest of the way. In the end Fassett would be able to hold off the field with the tight battle for second won by Knaus with Ciano Jr. edging Ambrose for third. “This is my second win and it’s definitely harder than the first one especially after Todd (Ambrose) set a new track record,” said Fassett. Ambrose was best in qualifying with a new track record lap of 21.434 with Knaus winning the heat race. The team of Brad Luck and Todd Ambrose have a 438-424 points lead over Fassett with Ciano Jr. in third with 398.

Mad Max is On a Roll in the Legends

“I’m finally back on a roll. This is two in a row,” said two-time defending track champion Max McNamara after winning the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Tony Moyer and Steve Narr would have the honors of bringing the fourteen car field to the green flag with Narr getting out to the early advantage before the car of Josh Kreyer made heavy contact with the inside wall in turn four sending a tire flying and the caution flag waving. Once the field was reset Moyer would regain the lead followed by Dave Terrafino and Andy Jones. Moyer would continue to show the way out front before Adam Rawski would prove to be too quick and capture the lead on lap 5 when he dropped to the inside. Meanwhile, McNamara was working his way up through the field and was quickly applying heavy pressure to Rawski. Despite the cones taking away the low side coming out of turn four, McNamara was able to find room inside Rawski to take over the lead on lap 7. McNamara would waste no time building his lead and working his way through lapped traffic on his march to victory lane. The competition behind McNamara was putting
on a great show too as Tommy Jones, who moved up to second when McNamara took the lead, would hold off Brandon Heisler to finish second. Rounding out the top five would be Andy Jones and Daniel Ivaska.

It was a clean sweep for McNamara who won a heat race and was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 14.179. Also winning one of the two heat races was Steve Narr who was declared the winner after a last lap caution. McNamara has a one point lead over Tommy Jones (439-438) in the points race while Andy Jones sits in third place with 413.

Jarvis is the Fastest Pastor

“This was fun,” said Craig Jarvis of Verona after winning the 10 lap Faster Pastor race. “I guess I learned how to do this by driving the beltline.” Jarvis is the pastor of the Memorial Baptist Church in Verona who was participating in his first race. After winning his heat race, Jarvis started in the back row of the six car field and like his heat race, went right to the start on the first lap and never looked back. Other competitors and their finishing order in the feature were Terry Erickson of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Brandon Courts of High Point Church, Steve Cook of Capital Chaplains, Todd Christopherson of MIS and Team Jesus Racing Ministry, and Rob Knight of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Heat winners were Jarvis and defending champion Cook.

Doug Van Essen of Crossroads Church, Mike Tess of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Mickey Best of Point of Grace Church, Shell Goar of Capital Chaplains, and Jorge Hernandez of Capital Chaplains also competed. A big thank you to Steve Cook for helping organize this event which raised over $2,200 for the Oregon / Brooklyn Food Pantry.

Racing continues at Madison International Speedway on Tuesday, June 29th when theASA Midwest Tour comes to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile as part of the Swiss Colony All Star Challenge featuring Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. Practice is from Noon
- 3:30 with qualifying at 4:00 and the first race set for 7:00. The 100 lap All Star Challenge is slated for 8:00 PM. The ASA Midwest Sportsman will also be appearing. Then on Friday, July 2nd it will be the Gordie Boucher Fireworks Extravaganza featuring
the area’s best fireworks display from ThunderCat Fireworks. Highlighting the racing action will be the Big 8 Late Model Series, ASA Midwest Trucks, Club LaMark Hobby Stocks, and International Four Cylinders. Pit gates open at 3:30 with hot laps at
4:45, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30. Special event pricing applies to this event.

For more information on Madison International Speedway checkout our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com
or at our Facebook group.

Race 9-Kid’s Night #2 Regular Weekly Racing Program

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

tazewell.jpgOne week ago the crowd was on their feet watching the great exciting side-by-side racing between Travis Fultz and Jason Trammell. On this hot June night Gary Hall’s Tazewell Speedway once again celebrated its young race fans. Every kid under 12 years of age received a free hot dog and Coca-Cola. The drivers also came out of the pits and joined in the festivities by signing photos and talking to the young and older race fans alike. However, the night was meant for racing and as soon as the hot laps were finished the cars took to the clay surface for the qualifying sessions.

Qualifying first was the Modified Street class and Brad Davis on his first lap back at the Taz this season laid down the quick time at 13.901 seconds in his newly assembled Chevrolet Camaro. Joining him with the Classic Division pole honors was Joe Keck with a fast lap of 14.911 seconds. The Tazewell Late models attacked the high-banks next and the fast lap was recorded by Travis Fultz at a time of 11.785 seconds. Joathan Miracle won the pole award for the Pure Street Class with a time of 15.356 seconds.

The Modified Street class were the first group of cars to race tonight. On the front row was Brad Davis and Warren McMahan. As the green flag dropped Davis fell back to second and Allen Holt found trouble as he suffered damage causing a restart. This time Davis took the lead and began pulling away. On lap four Davis fell off the pace victim of a right rear flat. McMahan took over the top spot with Tony Horton and Mike Simpson in pursuit. On lap eight the caution flag flew and lined up the cars for another chance at McMahan. On the start Jordon Horton got around Craig Moore for fourth. McMahan however, drove away and took the win over Tony Horton and Mike Simpson.

Next on the track was the Classics with the front row being made up of Joe Keck the “Hot Rod” and Robbie “The Rocket” Sands.

After one failed attempt to start the race Keck got the jump with Drew Kennedy and Sands in chase. On lap three Sands began to work the low side trying to get second back. A caution flag flew on lap seven. On the restart the top three were still Keck, Kennedy and Sands. Phillip Shockley got third on lap eight and went hard after second. The leader Keck, pulled away as racing contact between Shockley and a hard racing Sands ruined Shockley’s hopes for second. Keck won his second race of 2010 while Kennedy finished second and Sands grabbed third.

The kids took to the track next and were showered with thousands of pieces of candy just before the Tazewell Late Model feature.

On the front row of the thirty-lap feature event was the points leader and last week’s winner Travis Fultz. Alongside him was Steve Carr. Fultz took the early lead with Carr and Brad Hall battling for second. Fultz made it through two early cautions and remained ahead of Carr and Hall until lap traffic got in the way. Hall got around Fultz as a caution flag flew for Phillip Helton who took a wild ride in turn four. Greg Estes got part of the incident and suffered a little damage on the front end of his ride. Fultz got slight damage also but thanks to the caution remained in first for the restart over Hall, Carr and Estes who was able to remain on track. Fultz got the lead again and Hall was bouncing off the outside wall trying to run him down. Gary Blanken spun on lap fifteen bringing out another caution and giving the top three another shot at Fultz. On lap sixteen the field lined up again after a caution with no changes in the top three. On lap twenty-three Hall used a lap car and took the lead but unfortunately made contact with another lap car and created yet another caution. Fultz was now the hunter and Hall the hunted. On the lap twenty-seven restart Hall looked faster than Fultz and pulled away as Carr began pressuring Fultz for second. With two laps to go the field lined up for one more restart. Hall had enough to pull away for the much earned win leaving Fultz in second and Carr third. The leaders found out that lap traffic at the Taz is always an adventure and many times a race changer.

Jonathan Miracle and Kevin Smith led the Pure Street class to the green. Miracle led the first six laps without incident but Smith found lap traffic to be tough as contact with Toby Turner left him stalled in turn three. Steve Smith benefitted from Kevin’s tough luck and moved into second. Jason Long moved into third on the restart. Miracle had the field covered and drove away capturing the victory over Jason Long and Steve Smith.

Making his first start at the Taz this year was kid favorite Kurt Owens in his 7-Up four-cylinder. On the front row was Bubby Braden and Allen Holloway. Chuck McMahan drove into the lead in just a few laps as Owens brought his car up through the field. Wayne Woodward broke on lap 11 and the ensuing caution created a restart that Owens hoped to use to his advantage. McMahan would remain at the point until the checkers flew. The hard-charging Owens dash to the front stalled at second place just ahead of Joey Allen who at one time had to restart from the rear due to mechanical issues.

The racing program concluded a little later than usual (12:15) due to longer track packing efforts and all the kid’s night festivities.

On July 3rd, Tazewell Speedway welcomes the World of Outlaws dirt late model series into town for the Coca-Cola 50 lap, $10,000 to win feature race. Once again the speedway will host the best of the best that dirt racing has to offer. Also racing
will be the Modified Street class, Pure Street and the Four-Cylinders. Along with the fireworks on the track there will be fire in the sky as Tazewell Speedway celebrates the 4th with a fireworks show. For information on this and other Tazewell Speedway promotions log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.

Rain soaks USMTS show at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

FOUNTAIN CITY, WIS. – The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour indeed stormed into the Mississippi Thunder Speedway Friday for a $2,000-to-win event, but they blew right back out after the three heat races were complete when heavy rains engulfed the track several hours earlier than forecasted.

The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 13. Grandstand tickets and pit wristbands will be good for that night. If you are unable to attend that night, your other option is to use your “rain check” for the USMTS “Hunt” race on Friday, Aug. 20.

The tireless touring titans get a well-deserved summer vacation with nearly three weeks off before returning to action at the
Mississippi Thunder Speedway on July 13 for the first of five straight nights of racing in the State of Minnesota. Once they fire ‘em back up, the campaign doesn’t let up again until the 12th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Sept. 23-25.

Action moves to the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson on Wednesday, July 14, then to the North Central Speedway in Brainerd on Thursday, July 15, before wrapping up the swing on Friday and Saturday, July 16-17, for the 2nd Annual Dirt Nationals at the Elko Speedway in Elko.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also
follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Don O’Neal clean sweeps UMP Summernationals race at Farmer City Raceway Friday night!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

This was the twenty-second year for the UMP Summernationals to come to Farmer City Raceway. And Don O’Neal came to town, this time driving the Moring Motorsports #1 car. In 2005, O’Neal joined Billy Moyer (then Jr.) and Bill Frye as the only three time winners of this annual event. And now, O’Neal stands alone as the only four time winner, and he did it in style, never being seriously challenged for the lead beyond the opening lap. Ryan Unzicker started outside front row, and came home second, but only after a race long battle with Dennis Erb Jr and Eric Smith, who finished in that order as well. Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bull, Frank Heckenast Jr, Jack Sullivan, Brian Shirley, and Jason Feger to round out the top ten. Eleventh went to Shannon Babb, followed by Jeep VanWormer and Jason Jamison, all on the lead leap, with Jim Moon being the last car still running one lap down to the leaders.

Fast time of the 45 late models on hand went to Don O’Neal as well with the time of 12.646 seconds. The first heat went to Ryan Unzicker over Frank Heckenast Jr, JasonFeger, Shannon Babb and Donnie Walden. The second heat went to Eric Smith over Scott
Bull, Brian Harris, Ryan Dauber and Richie Hedrick. The third heat went to Brandon Sheppard over Chris Simpson, Derek Chandler, Jim Moon and Wendell Wallace. The fourth heat went to Don O’Neal over Dennis Erb Jr, Rodney Melvin, Jeep VanWormer and Guy Volk. The C-mains went to Cory Daugherty over Jimmy Dehm, and to Jason McBride over Joe Harlan. The B-main took the top two finishers into the main event, with the win going to Wendell Wallace over Jason Jamison, and Billy Moyer Jr being the first
man left out in the cold.

The 30 UMP Modifieds on hand saw the first heat go to Cory Schwengel over Justin DeLong, the second heat went to Mike Spatola over Bryan Lynn, and the third heat going to Jay Ledford over Jeff Leka. Mckay Wenger went to victory lane in an exciting finish over Jeff Leka, Brian Lynn, Bollinger, Mike Spatola, Gabe Menser, Jay Ledford, Justin DeLong and Jeb Friedman.

The UMP Crate Late Models, also known as Pro Late Models, had 15 drivers in attendance, with the heats going to Bobby Pierce and Roben Huffman. The feature event saw another exciting finish as Bobby Pierce won with Larry Bunning alongside and Nick Bauman in third, also alongside the top two finishers, oh, yes, and they were lapping another car at the time.

The UMP Street Stocks saw perennial track champion Jim Quinn work the entire distance to win the race by getting around Greg Rubenacker on the final lap. The duo ran the entire distance almost side-by-side. Jeff Semmons was right on their rear bumpers at the end for third place. There were 124 cars in the pits in five divisions (including hornets) and all racing was complete just past 11:30 pm