Menomonie, Wisconsin (May 04, 2018) the Red Cedar Speedway presented the 3rd annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker, PLUS Kid’s Club Night presented by Accurate Construction, T&T Construction, and Dirt Track Specialties. After the event had been cancelled the previous two weeks due to weather, clear skies and comfortable temperatures greeted race fans and drivers alike.
Red Cedar Speedway has developed the opening weekend to honor Randy Buss, a local man who spent his life working for the good of the track. Randy eventually passed after a long and courageous battle with cancer and his memory and support of the Red Cedar Speedway is not forgotten. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models (17), Modifieds (14), Super Stocks (17), and Midwest Modifieds (27), took to the track as Jimmy Mars, Dave Cain, Tommy Richards, and Kevin Adams stood in victory lane at the end of the evening.
The WISSOTA Late Models saw three heats won by Darrell Nelson, Jesse Glenz, and Mike Keller as the feature was paced by Mike Prochnow and Glenz. At the drop of the green, it was Mike Keller who blasted from row two to grab the early lead as Prochnow settled in behind him. Jimmy Mars was quick to show he was a factor as he moved from the sixth position to third and then underneath Prochnow into the runner up position.
The caution flag was displayed on lap four as Denny Cutsforth spun into the infield edge as you enter turn three. The restart saw Prochnow regain second but a lap later, he went high and Mars went low to split the leader coming off turn four. It was Mars blasting to the lead, a position he would not relinquish on his run to the checkered flag. As Mars dominated the remainder of the event, it was Nelson who carved his way, passing both high and low to move to second. Glenz, who had faded somewhat early, began to find his groove as he raced his way back to third as Prochnow and Keller rounded out the top five.
The WISSOTA Modifieds saw Kevin Adams and Dave Cain win their respective heats as the two held the front row with Cain on the pole for the feature. It was Adams taking early command as Cain settled into second and Mike Anderson raced from fifth to third. However, Adams began to show tire smoke which became greater and greater as Cain dug on the low side to take advantage. Adams tire couldn’t hold out as he retired from the event inside of turns one and two. Cain now led the parade as Mike Anderson ran in the runner up position. Ashley Anderson was parlaying bad luck from his heat as he drove from the last starting position to third.
Cain began to stretch his advantage as Ashley Anderson pounded the raceway, taking the rough areas of the springtime racing surface head on. Ashley Anderson caught Mike Anderson, drove underneath and set out toward the leader. Cain had built a solid margin however, and was the first under the checkered flag. It was Anderson and Anderson as Ashley finished an impressive second and Mike came home in third. Cory Bruggeman was scored fourth as Michael Truscott brought his A Mod from starting 12th on the field to fifth at the line.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks ran three heats which were won by Nick Oreskovich,
Tommy Richards, and Dan Gullixson as Oreskovich and Luke Schultz held the front row of the feature. It was Oreskovich on the jump, but a spinning Matt Deragon forced a complete restart. Once again it was Oreskovich to the lead as second row starter, Dave Mass moved into second. Jesse Redetzke came from the fifth starting position to challenge and took second position from Mass as Ben Hillman settled into fourth.
Deragon drew a second caution with a turn four spin and the field was reset. As Oreskovich continued to lead, Tommy Richards carved his way toward the front, using the high groove to take over second. The final caution flag flew for a spinning Tyler Lamm. On the restart, the leader continued to look strong as Richards clawed to get beside him. Coming off of turn four, Oreskovich jumped the cushion and Richards pounced.
As Richards drove to the checkered flag, Oreskovich maintained second position. Redetzke finished third as Hillman beat the late charging Dan Gullikson to the line as they closed out the top five.
In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds Calvin Iverson, Nick Koehler, Michael Truscott, and Dan Wheeler each won heats as Travis Anderson and Tyler Vernon led the field to green. It was Anderson early as Vernon settled into second and Truscott moved from seventh to third. As Vernon challenged and Anderson withstood in the lead, the caution flag flew for Matt Klukas who spun to the inside of turn four. He was not able to continue as Shane Halopka was called for the foul and restarted at the rear of the field.
The restart proved that passing was going to be the tone of the evening as Truscott went low in turn one to take the lead from Anderson. Anderson fought back and tried to move side by side to retake the point. Suddenly, Kevin Adams appeared in the top three as he worked the low groove and had come through the crowd from his 11th starting spot. A caution flag regrouped the field as Josh Wahlstrom retired for the night.
The restart saw Truscott leading Anderson but it was Adams who drove low and made an impressive pass of both cars on the inside of turns one and two. Truscott stayed near to battle for the win as Anderson began to fade. Tommy Richards moved from 14th on the grid to finish in the third position as Adams drove to the win with Truscott in tow. Shadow Kistner looked very strong, finishing fourth as Vernon scored a top five.
The Red Cedar Speedway will return to action on Friday, May 11, 2018, as PLUS Kid’s Club Night is sponsored by Keyes Chevrolet, Mars Racing, and Air Tec Sports. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifies, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and the Red Cedar Speedway Hornets will all be in action.