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Archive for June, 2015

Logan Martin and Crew Celebrate in Victory Lane

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – On a Chamber of Commerce type summer evening with unseasonably mild temps and nearly 100 cars in the pits at Lucas Oil Speedway, Logan Martin doubled down to take top honors in both the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the USRA B-Mods. Kenny Carroll cruised to the win in the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks while Jon Binning captured the win in the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models.

The first feature event of the evening was the 20-lap Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stock main with Kenny Carroll and Shawn Whitman leading the field to the green flag from the front row. Carroll once again had his Josh Franklin Motorsports machine dialed in as he jumped out to the lead early on and cruised to his third feature win of 2015. Wheatland’s Chip Shaddox charged from fifth to second at the finish. Republic, Missouri’s Bobby Barnett had his best run of 2015 to cross the Foley Equipment Finish Line in third spot. Johnny Coats started seventh and finished in fourth while Shawn Whitman slipped back to fifth at the finish after starting second. Carroll also captured the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championship picking up an extra $100 bill from track promoter Dan Robinson as well as a 12-quart jug of Lucas Racing Oil.

Hermitage Lumber put up extra cash for the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds as the special $750 to win main event was captured by West Plains, Missouri’s Logan Martin in a caution plagued event. Jeff Cutshaw started second and finished second but only after he was forced to go tailback after bringing out a caution early in the race as he slowed in turn 2. The 2014 Lucas Oil Speedway track champion put on an absolute driving clinic as he weaved his way to the front running out of laps at the end to challenge Martin for the win. Cutshaw did capture the Mid-Season Championship by virtue of his second place finish. Hermitage, Missouri’s Eric Turner slid back to third at the finish after starting on the pole. A pair of “racin’ Jasons” finished in fourth and fifth with Jason Russell in fourth and Jason Pursley in fifth at the finish. The main event was cut to 20 laps due to time limits.

Payton Looney and Jon Binning led the field to green in the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models with Looney charging to an apparent win and mid-season championship. However in post race inspection, Lucas Oil Speedway officials determined a non-operating rev limiter did not conform to the ULMA rule book handing the win to Binning. Looney was officially scored in 24th in the final run down. Justin Russell worked his way from fifth to second at the finish. Todd McCoin started third and finished third while also capturing the mid-season championship. Harrisonville, Missouri’s Ethan Young crossed the line in fourth while Jonathan Melloway from Hallsville, Missouri took the fifth spot. Tommy Cordray also failed post race inspection as the rev limiter in the #5 did not conform to specifications set in the ULMA rule book.

The final main event of the evening once again saw West Plains, Missouri’s Logan Martin as the last man standing in the Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane as he led flag to flag for the win. Wheatland’s Mike Striegel took the second spot and the mid-season championship. 3-time and defending track champion Kris Jackson took the final podium spot with his third place finish. Shane Essary made a rare appearance driving Chuck Dobson’s #6 to finish in fourth with Stockton’s Robb Ewing rounding out the top-5.

Coming up this Thursday, July 2nd Casey’s General Stores and KY3 TV present a special Thursday Night Thunder edition of the Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Championship Series as the drivers battle in the ALPS Food Stores Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks, and the USRA B-Mods. The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models will be the featured class of the evening as they run a special 25-lap, $1,000 to win main event courtesy of Rain’s Ice in the first leg of the 2015 ULMA Triple Crown Shootout.

Visit participating area Casey’s locations for $2 Discount Coupons to the night’s activities. As part of the evening’s “Salute to America” all Veterans with ID and Scouts in Uniform will be admitted FREE. The Lake Area’s Wildest Fireworks Show courtesy of AM Pyrotechnics will light up the night sky at the conclusion of the racing program as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence.

There will be no racing at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, July 4th. For complete event information, please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Outlaw Super Late Models Return To Baer Field Speedway For Midweek Show

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Fort Wayne, Indiana: Baer Field Speedway is in the midst of preparations for one of the biggest races of the season. The Panacea Powder & Ceramic Coatings Hoosier 100 for Outlaw Bodied Super Late Models is set for Wednesday, July 15th and the Entry Form is available. The one and only appearance of the 2015 racing season by the high powered wedge bodied machines to the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked paved oval in Fort Wayne, Indiana will see the Outlaw Supers go for a $3,000 payday and $900 just to start the 100-lap main.

The Panacea Powder & Ceramic Coatings Hoosier 100 Entry Form is available and due at the BFS Offices by Monday, July 13th. To download the Entry Form, click on the Hoosier 100 Event Information page located on the BFS website. For the direct link and the Hoosier 100 Entry Form, click on the link provided: http://www.baerfieldspeedwayin.com/event-schedule-results/event-information-wednesday-july-15th-hoosier-100-outlaw- super-late-models/

The heavy hitters are began filing there entries for this race and are led by three-time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion, Scott Hantz who is also the 2013 ARCA Gold Cup Series Champion. The Angola, Indiana veteran has five career victories at Baer Field in template Super Late Model competition and a multitude of wins in Outlaw Super Late Model action as well. Auburn, Indiana veteran, Brent Jack, along-with his son, 15-year-old Hunter Jack, a rookie of the year title contender in the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series have both filed their entries and so has Two-Time Main Event Racing Series Champion, Bud Perry who is the first Buckeye State representative to turn in his Hoosier 100 Entry Form.

Even though this event is independently sanctioned, the Outlaw Super Late Models will be utilizing the procedures and rules from the ARCA Gold Cup Outlaw Super Late Model Series as well as the Main Event Racing Series while also incorporating Late Model Alliance rules. In addition, International Championship Auto Racing (ICAR) officials will be overseeing this event. The tires to be used for this race will be the Hoosier 3035s and 3045s. This event is a minimum four (4)-tire race. Sunoco Race Fuel will also be available at the track.

The Hoosier 100 will be 100 green flag laps as caution flag laps will not count. In Qualifying, the top 16 will be locked in with four more starters coming from the 15-lap Last Chance Race(s). There will be one Provisional reserved for the highest driver in points not locked into the show after Qualifying and the Last Chance Race(s) from the ARCA Gold Cup Series and Main Event Racing Series. Finally there will be two additional Promoters Choices added to the back of the field for 24-car starting grid.

Joining the Outlaw Super Late Models for the special midweek show will be the tracks weekly Emma Warehouse Modifieds who will also race on the 1/2 mile in a special non-points 30-lap Feature. Last but not least, the traveling stars of the Vore’s Compact Touring Series will be on hand as well to take part in their originally scheduled event from the April 25th rainout. The Fort Recovery, Ohio series will also be racing on the big 1/2 mile as they take on the cars and stars from the tracks weekly Grote Automotive Compact division.

There will be an optional Test and Tune day scheduled for the day before on Tuesday, July 14th. The Pit Gates will open at 4:00p.m., with rotating Practice going from 5:00-8:00p.m. Pit Passes will be $15.00 and Grandstands admission will be absolutely Free. For Wednesday, July 15th, the Pit Gates will be opening at 11:00a.m., a Mandatory Outlaw Super Late Model Drivers only Meeting will start at 1:30p.m. Practice begins at 2:00p.m., with Qualifying set for 4:45p.m., and Racing starting at 6:30p.m. Tickets Prices for Wednesday, July 15th are: Grandstands (16 and Over) – $20.00, Kids (10-15) $12.00, Children (9 and Under) – FREE. In addition, Pit Passes – $35.00.

Test and Tunes continue throughout the remainder of the season on Wednesday and Thursday nights with the Pit Gates opening at 4:00p.m., and Rotating Practice going from 4:00-8:00p.m. Pit Passes are $15.00 and Grandstand Admissions is Free. In addition, the BFS Drag Racing Series resumes this Friday, June 26th and continues every Friday night throughout the summer months. The Pits Gates open on Fridays at 4:00p.m., with one on one Drag Races starting at 6:00p.m. Pit Passes are $15.00 and Grandstand Admission is absolutely Free for the Drag Races.

Baer Field Speedway is located at 4331 Winters Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information about the rest of the 2015 racing season at the historic Summit City speed plant, the track website is available and located at: www.baerfieldspeedwayin.com The tracks Facebook page can also be found at: www.facebook.com/BaerFieldSpeedway and the Twitter page is available to view at: www.twitter.com/BaerFieldSpdwy.

First North VS South combo race next at Angola Motorsport Speedway on Saturday, July 18th

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Angola, Indiana (Monday, June 29, 2015): The Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour announces a couple of schedule changes affecting the 2015 racing season in the Northern Division. Due to the weather related cancelations that have plagued the 2015 campaign at Auto City Speedway (MI) as well as tough economic times, both ICAR and Auto City officials have mutually agreed to cancel the ICAR North event scheduled for Saturday, July 11th. This event was to be the third race of the year at the Clio, Michigan speed plant. Travis Eddy and Jason Parish have wins there.

In addition, the Saturday, September 19th event scheduled at Springport Motor Speedway will be moved to another facility in the state of Michigan as Springport Officials have also cited weather related cancelations of weekly events as well as tough economic times. ICAR Officials are working diligently to replace the Springport race with another venue within the Great Lakes State. While ICAR Officials will make every effort to keep the date the same for the 2015 ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Northern Division Season Championships, a date change is also possible for this event as well.

“Times are tough right now up in Michigan and all of us at ICAR certainly don’t want to be the reason a track has financial troubles. We wish Joe DeWitte and his staff at Auto City as well as Jeff Parish and his staff at Springport the very best.” Offered ICAR President, Dave Muzzillo. “Hopefully both tracks can get things moving in the right direction and in the future, we can go back to both tracks. We thoroughly enjoy bringing 25-30 plus of the best Modifieds in the Midwest to each track and hope to do so again down the road.” He added.

The first combination race pitting the Northern and Southern Divisions head to head is the next race on the schedule. The fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked paved oval of Angola Motorsport Speedway, located just south of the Indiana / Michigan state line and near the ICAR Home Offices in Angola, Indiana will host the Genuine Broaster Chicken 50 Presented by Sweet Leaf Tea on Saturday, July 18th. The Entry Form is now available and due at the ICAR Home Offices by Thursday, July 16th. In the first appearance for ICAR back on June 6th for the Southern Division, Trei Deubel scored the win ahead of Danny Jackson, Bud Adams, Brian Nester and Josh Nester the top five.

The next week, both divisions will head in opposite directions and race at two tracks that have both hosted ICAR only one other time. On Saturday, July 25th the Southern Division will head to the 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked paved oval of Sandusky Speedway (OH) in Sandusky, Ohio as part of the prestigious 38th Annual Hy-Miler Nationals for ISMA Supermodifieds. The ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Southern Division will race in the Genuine Broaster Chicken 50 Presented by Hy-Miler Convenience. In their 2014 appearance at the historic Buckeye State oval, Tyler Shullick took the win ahead of Travis Eddy, Chad Poole, David Dobbins and Kenny Sharp who completed the top five.

The following day, on Sunday, July 26th the Northern Division will head north to the 1/4 (0.250) mile semi-banked paved oval of Spartan Speedway, located south of Lansing in Mason, Michigan for the Brian Heeney Memorial Wild Child 100 Presented by Performance Automotive Northwest. In last year’s appearance at the immaculate Great Lakes State facility, Jordan Pruitt, now a rookie of the year title contender in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, took the win ahead of Travis Eddy, Brian Nester, Dan Loughan and Jim Butler were the top five. This is the tracks signature event for Modifieds and for the first time, it will be an ICAR event. Entry Forms for both Sandusky & Spartan will be available starting on Friday, July 3rd.

For more information about the remainder of the 2015 racing season within both the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour, go to the series website located at: www.topspeedmods.com. You can also follow along all season long on the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/TopSpeedModifieds and on Twitter as well at: www.twitter.com/ICARModifieds.

For more information about Angola Motorsport Speedway, the host track for the first Northern VS Southern Division combination race of the 2015 season, go to their website at: www.raceangola.com Finally for more information about Sandusky Speedway and Spartan Speedway, go to their respective websites located at: www.sanduskyspeedway.com and www.spartanspeedway.com.

Horgdal & Ludington Nab Career Firsts At Chateau

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Lansing, MN–More heavy rains hit the Lansing area earlier in the week and thunderstorms just missed the speedway on race day. Lake Chateau in the infield was higher this week as the Cedar River continues to run high just off the backstretch. This week’s racing was presented by Lake Geo Travel Plaza in Dexter.
Two drivers would score career first feature wins, another got his first win of the season and the rest added to their win totals.

Blake Dorweiler continues to be the dominant driver in the Y-Waste Removal Hornets. Patrick Wells led the first five laps until Dorweiler took over from there. It would be Dorweiler’s sixth win of the season and runs the win streak to three. Wells finished second with Ralph Hanks third and Cody Hyatt fourth. However both Hanks and Hyatt were disqualified for illegal tire sizes on their cars. That moved Bailey Wolff, Bobby Blowers and Dan Lewison up two spots.

Ross Spitzer led the entire 15-lap Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature after he started on the pole. Jason Newkirk and Brady Krohnberg had a race long battle for second while Matt Brooks tried to remain close to the top three. A late race caution set up a two lap race to the finish. Spitzer led but Newkirk had an amazing run on the final lap and got up alongside Spitzer as they raced towards the checkered flag out of turn four. Spitzer hung on for his second win with Newkirk second and Krohnberg was third. Brooks would finish in fourth and Jesse Stahl was fifth.

The KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mod feature got off to a rough start with a couple of early cautions. On the start, Taylor Ovrebo and Blake Arndt bounced off each other and that allowed A.J. Zvorak to take the lead. Jason Schlangen vaulted to second while Ovrebo broke and came to rest for another yellow.

Schlangen zoomed past Zvorak for the lead on lap four while Arndt slipped past for second. Kylie Kath drove past Zvorak for third and then by Arndt for second. Kath continued his drive to the front and challenged Schlangen for the lead on lap 6. Kath worked the high groove and took the lead one lap later.
Kath led the rest of the way for his second win of the season. Schlangen was second with Zvorak Third, Arndt fourth and Kadden Kath fifth.

The Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stocks had another dandy of a main event. Zach Elward led the field being chased by Bernie Adams and Derek Ludington. Adams spun in turn one and triggered a six car melee. Adams went to the tail for the restart and Elward took off again. Ludington and Brent Holland raced side-by-side for second while Mike Blowers was up to fourth.

Elward got loose in turn two on lap three and that really tightened the back down the backstretch. In the scramble into turn three, Fred Prudoehl tagged Blowers and another five car incident was underway. Elward continued to lead with Ludington second and Blowers was right with the leaders. Kory Adams was fourth while Bernie Adams sliced his way back up from the tail.

Adams drove past Blowers for third as the top four were in a tight battle. Ludington now challenged Elward for the lead on lap five and drove by on lap five. Kory Adams got by Elward for second on lap eight while Ludington opened up the lead. Ludington would win his first ever feature event with Kory Adams second and Blowers was third. Bernie Adams would end up in fourth with Prudoehl in fifth.

There would be a different winner in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds this week. Dan Wheeler had won four in a row but was unable to make the feature with fuel pressure issues. Jesse Baer would lead the first three laps until he pushed up the track to allow Jeremy Misgen to snag the lead. Misgen would drive from the pack and was well out front for most of the race.

The race behind him was good with Robbie Franklin going to fourth by Garitt Wytaske and then zipped past Jason Born on lap 11 for third. Franklin then continued his drive from row four to pass Baer for second. At this point of the race Misgen had almost a straightaway lead on Franklin. Born, Baer and Wytaske had a great race for third while Franklin tried to chase down Misgen.

Misgen came up on Luke Hainka and tried to put him a lap down. Hainka held his line and Misgen just could not get past. Franklin quickly reeled in the leader and all of a sudden the race for the lead was on when the white flag flew. Franklin drove by Misgen to get his first win of the season. Born would finish third with Bryan Hernandez in fourth and Wytaske fifth.

Brandon Davis drew the pole position for the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. As the race came trackside it was reported that some fans came together and wanted to offer Davis a challenge. They wanted Davis to go to the rear of the field and if he could come through and win would receive a $300 bonus. Davis accepted the challenge and the put Joe Horgdal and Todd Scharkey in row one for the 25-lap race.

After a caution on lap one, Horgdal took the lead and Jason Cummins slipped past Scharkey for second. A lot of eyes were on Davis as he drove from 10th to fifth in two laps. Horgdal and Cummins stormed away from the field and Davis was now up to fourth on lap seven. Cummins was right on Horgdal for the lead on lap 10, but Horgdal fought him off.

Davis got by Darwyn Karau for third on lap 16 and the battle up front was tight between Horgdal and Cummins. Cummins could get close, but Horgdal maintained his advantage up front. Cummins would take to the top side of the speedway and got up to the leader once again. They were close on lap 21 burt Horgdal had the answer every time Cummins made a move.

At the checkered flag it was Horgdal who won his first ever feature race much to the delight of the crowd. Cummins was a close second and Davis’ run ended in a third place finish. Karau would finish the race in fourth with Doug Hillson fifth.

Racing will continue this Friday, July 3 with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. On July 10 the track will continue its tradition with the annual fireworks show plus a full night of racing.

Richter Shocks Rice Lake Speedway Regulars

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Rice Lake WI,– Due to schedule quirks and rain, it’s been eighteen days since the last race at the Rice Lake Speedway. So, when racers pulled into the track on Saturday, it was almost like the opener again with a number of new cars and drivers on hand for the first time this year. It was also Kid’s night at the track with over sixty bicycles given away along with many door prized for the adults on hand too.

Making the most impact of any of the new drivers by far was Kori Richter. The veteran from Rice Lake, who ran a Super Stock one night this year at the track but hasn’t seriously raced since he retired in 2007, put together a Street Stock along with another veteran racer Mark Ewert and they debuted the car Saturday night. When the final checkered flag flew, Richter had left the strongest field of Street Stocks of the season in his dust as he drove to a feature win in his initial appearance of the year.

It was a good night for the Anderson brothers from Colfax too as both Mike, in the Modifieds and Travis in the Midwest Mods, won their second feature races of the season at the track. Other winners included Shawn Amundson, who had a special night of his own as he won his first ever feature race at the track and Tim Johnson who dominated the Super Stock feature.

Sixteen Street Stocks took the green flag for their main event in a field that included defending national champion Tim Johnson but it was Jay Kesan and Simon Wahlstrom who battled for the early lead. Hunter VanGilder looked to be part of the lead pack also with Richter quickly moving up after starting in the fourth row. Kesan Wahlstrom and VanGilder continued to battle for the lead but others like Cody Kummer were also on the move as a pack of about ten cars ran in the lead group, changing positions and trading lanes on the track on every lap.

Two yellows with five laps completed for spins bunched the field even further and Richter, who had worked his way up to third, took off like a rocket on the restart as he drove to the cushion and powered around Kesan to take over the lead. Richter, looking quite comfortable in the lead despite his lack of experience driving this car, started to edge away from the field as the field for second got more intense with Kummer and Sam Fankhauser challenging Kesan for second.

One more late yellow when Adam Soltis got turned set up a two lap sprint to the finish. Richter took off but nearly jumped the cushion as Kesan got beside him down the back chute. But using lots of speed, Richter was able to outrun Kesan on the high side and came home with a two car length win. Kummer came from the fifth row for third trailed by Fankhauser and Soltis. For Richter, it was his first Street Stock feature win since a lone triumph during the 1998 racing season and it first win at the track since 2007.

Also scoring a significant feature win was Shawn Amundson. The third generation racer from Rice Lake has been solid in his first full year of racing and Saturday everything fell into place as he recorded his initial checkered flag. Amundson started on the outside pole and quickly pulled away from Tucker Quinn to take the early lead. As Amundson added to his advantage, a big battle broke out for the second place with C. J. Wagner moving into that position where he was soon challenged by Jason Havel and Mike Knopps. Havel and Wagner were battling very hard for that spot when they bumped and Knopps took advantage of the situation to drive by both of them and take over second.

Meanwhile, Amundson was solid as a rock as he put distance on the rest of the field until a late race spin set up a three lap dash to the wire. Once again Amundson took off strong as we wasn’t about to allow the three car battle behind him affect his position. He put distance on the field and wasn’t truly challenged as he drove on for the significant win. A bumper banging duel for second saw Havel prevail over Knopps for second with Wagner and Nick Traynor next in line.

Travis Anderson was driving a rocket ship Saturday as he dominated the Midwest Modified field to record his second win of the year at Rice Lake. He started on the pole and quickly put distance on the field as Kent Baxter, Grant Southworth and Ryan Viltz battled for second. Viltz was the driver on the move as he dove low and moved past both Baxter and Southworth to take over second. While Anderson put distance on the field, Tito Viltz and Shane Halopka also joined the battle for second as four cars raced for the spot.

Spins on lap five and seven bunched the field and both times Ryan Viltz made a big dive low in turn one in an effort to get past Anderson but both times Travis fought off the challenge and then gradually put a little distance on the field. Ryan remained strong in second but the race for third saw Southworth and Tito Viltz continue to duel with Michael Truscott making a big charge after he had a bad opening lap and dropped to midpack.

As Anderson motored on to the win with Ryan Viltz chasing, Truscott continued his charge as he dove low and took over the third spot late in the race. Southworth held off Tito to complete the top five.

Johnson, chasing the absent Curt Myers in the national Super Stock point race, won a strange Super Stock feature. Spins and crashes dominated the early part of the event after the three previous feature races had been run off exceedingly smooth. Four yellows in the first two laps reduced the field by over 50% when they finally decided to settle down and start racing.

Johnson started on the outside pole and managed to stay in front of all the carnage early, and when nonstop racing finally broke out, he quickly moved away from the pack. Showing significant speed after a slow start to the season, Aaron Wilson moved into the second spot and was able to stay with Johnson once the racing broke out. The top two put distance on the rest of the field and for the last eighteen laps, Johnson continued to maintain about a three car length margin over Wilson, who refused to go away.

However, Johnson has not won multiple national championships by making mistakes and he continued to motor on for his first win of the year at Rice Lake in the Supers. Wilson finished a fine second with the promise of perhaps even better things in the near future. Mike Anderson passed a slowing Jason Forehand late in the contest to finish third with Bart Steffen completing the top five.

The biggest field of the night was in the Modified class and all nineteen cars on hand took the green flag for a race, that unfortunately, closely resembled the Super Stocks in terms of number of yellows and the high rate of retirees from the event.

Mark Hanson took the early lead in the race with Matt Leer and Mike Anderson challenging him. The top three were putting on a good race for the lead with both Dave Baxter and Tim McMann moving in to add to the lead pack.

The first yellow flew with six laps complete when current national point leader Kevin Adams rolled to a halt after contact. His night was done and on the restart, Anderson was able to get around Hanson to take over the lead. Leer, Hanson and Baxter then engaged in a good battle for second as the race remained under the green until past the halfway point when the yellow flag became a far to common occurrence.

As Anderson continued to lead, Leer challenged Hanson for second until mechanical issues sent him to the pits and later Hanson would spin while battling for second which ruined his night. Gradually, Tim Johnson, doing triple duty as usual, worked his way into contention after starting in the fourth row. Through the last five laps of the race, he became the main competition for Anderson as he looked to drive around Mike on the high side on the last few restarts.

Through things got close on the last couple laps, Anderson put off the challenges from Johnson to hold on through the long contest to record his second Rice Lake win of the year. Baxter finished a solid third with McMann and rookie Kerry Halopka completing the top five.

Racers will now make a quick turnaround as the biggest spectator drawing event of the year at the track takes place next Thursday, July 2nd when the speedway presents its annual Firecracker special. Trying to get off the holiday night when most communities have their fireworks displays, and with July 3rd being the legal holiday this year, the speedway will hold its annual Firecracker special on Thursday night. Spectators are urged to get to the track early to secure the best seats, as this event typically packs the facility to its limits. The draw for racers closes at 6:30 p.m and racers running late are encouraged to call to get a spot in the lineup. For the racers, the draw/redraw format will be used for this race with with hot laps and racing to follow the 6:30 p.m cutoff. All five classes will be in competition on Thursday. It will also be Relay at the Races night with many activities planned as a part of the American Cancer Society relay.

If the Thursday, July 2nd race gets rained out, the rain date for the fireworks will be on Saturday, July 4th. However, if racing is completed as scheduled on Thursday, there will be no racing at the track on July 4th.

Call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122 with any questions or check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the speedway facebook page.