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Biggest payday in USMTS history at Cedar Lake Speedway in 2017

November 21st, 2016

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Officials from the Cedar Lake Speedway and United States Modified Touring Series have announced a change to the tracks annual Masters event that will produce the biggest winners check in the history of the USMTS.

Set for Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17, 2017, the 19th Annual Modified Masters event will feature a whopping $50,000 top prize to the winner of the Modified main event with a minimum of $2,000 to take the green flag.

Mirroring the tracks USA Nationals $50,000-to-win Late Model show in August, the Modified Masters presents a complete $3,000-to-win USMTS show on Thursday, followed by Modified Masters qualifying on Friday and the big finale on Saturday.

Tickets and camping reservations are on sale now at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.

Following Thursdays USMTS RealTruck.com Northern Region points race, each driver will run two heat races on Friday with starting positions and drivers mixed. Each heat race will feature 12 or more starters for 12 laps, giving drivers the chance to advance as much as possible.

Points will be combined for the two heat races with the top 12 drivers locked into Saturdays championship race. The next 12 in points (13th-24th) will be locked into Saturdays B Main, the next 12 into the C Main and the remainder will run in Last Chance races on Saturday.

Saturdays Modified Masters main event payout is as follows: 1. $50,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $6000, 5. $5000, 6. $4000, 7. $3500, 8. $3250, 9. $3000, 10. $2800, 11. $2650, 12. $2500, 13. $2400, 14. $2300, 15. $2200, 16. $2100, 17. $2075, 18. $2050, 19. $2040, 20. $2030, 21. $2025, 22. $2020, 23. $2015, 24. $2010, 25. $2005, 26. $2000.

Drivers not advancing out of the B Main are guaranteed a minimum of $500 to start. Drivers not advancing out of the C Main will get no less than $350 with a minimum of $200 for all non-qualifiers in the Last Chance Races.

The entry fee is $400 if paid prior to March 31. The entry fee is $450 if paid after March 31 but prior to May 31. The entry fee is $500 after May 31. No refunds on entry fees for drivers not attending event (EIRI). Entry form is available at https://goo.gl/m0ZW7z.

RULES: USMTS/USRA rules apply with the following variances: Tire permitted is American Racer KK-704 racing tire (no grooving or siping on rear tires). Chip rule is 8,000 RPM. Five-inch spoiler permitted for all cars. Rest of USMTS/USRA spoiler rules will be in effect. All USMTS/USRA shock, spring and body rules will apply. Weight for USMTS/USRA spec engine, USMTS/USRA, Wissota-type and IMCA-type flat tappet steel head motors and GM 525 crate (standard USMTS rules will apply) will all be 2,450 pounds. Weight for GM 604 crate, USMTS/USRA or Wissota concept engine will be 2,400 pounds. All other engines with 23-degree heads must be 2,500 pounds. Any engine utilizing heads less than 23 degrees will be 2,550 pounds. If utilizing aluminum heads for either option, must add 25 pounds in front of motor plate. No USMTS points will be awarded on Friday or Saturday. For rules questions email tech@usmts.com. Draw for heat race starting spot on Friday ends 15 minutes before hot laps. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete USMTS rules at www.usmts.com or USRA rules at www.usraracing.com.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call (612) 363-0479 or (715) 248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Cedar Lake Speedway Announces June 2017 “Modified Masters” Weekend to Pay an Unprecedented $50K to Win

November 6th, 2016

New Richmond, WI – Cedar Lake Speedway, in association with DIRT NATION, announce a transformation of the annual Masters weekend set for June 15-17, 2017.

The Open Wheel Modifieds take top and exclusive billing the entire weekend with a $50,000-to-win top prize and a hefty $2500-to-start payday for this elite event.

The Modified Masters kicks off on Thursday, June 15, with a $3000-to-win United States Modified Touring Series event. Friday, June 16 will be Modified Masters Heat Races and June 17 will include B Mains and the $50,000 Main Event. Friday and Saturday of the Modified Masters will be unsanctioned. Offical rules, entry, and event details will be announced at a later date.

“The Masters is a historic event on our schedule that has featured Late Models, Sprint Cars, and Modifieds,” stated Steve Kaufman of Cedar Lake Speedway. “Going into our 19th year of the event, Cedar Lake Speedway wanted to establish a premier Open Wheel Modified race that is a true crown jewel and tremendous payday for the competitors.”

In addition to the massive payday, The Modified Masters will be produced and promoted by DIRT NATION with extensive social media coverage, podcasts, video features, in-house event production, and internet streaming pay per view coverage available at www.dirtnation.tv Follow @dirtnationtv on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and YouTube for frequent event updates.

Details and Information of the Modified Masters will be shared on the official website at: www.modifiedmasters.com and @modifiedmasters on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat.

Cedar Lake Speedway can be reached by Phone at 866-4-CLS-FUN, online at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or on Facebook/Twitter @racecedarlake

Arneson battles back into USMTS winner’s circle

June 22nd, 2016

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Through 42 laps of maneuvering around a tricky Cedar Lake Speedway and navigating thick lapped traffic, Austin Arneson found his way back to the USMTS winners circle Saturday night.

It was the first victory for the 24-year-old from Fargo, N.D., since winning the first three races of his career during Winter Speedweeks in February of last year.

“The track was treacherous but once I figured out how to get through turn two and work the lapped traffic we held on,” Arneson said in Widow Wax Victory Lane to wrap up the two-day Masters event.

After a dominant run last season early on, Arneson struggled to regain his rhythm and was winless during this years four-week stretch down south.

“It helped to go home and regroup and get back to the basics after getting my ass kicked in Texas to start the year,” he added.

It was Arneson doing the kicking on Saturday, but there were plenty of others keeping him on his game the entire race.

Cade Dillard took off and built a huge advantage at the start of the 42-lap main event while Arneson kept him in his sights through the first half of the contest.

Just as the race reached the halfway mark, Arneson made his move and wrestled the lead away from Dillard on lap 22.

Soon thereafter, Friday nights runner-up, Lucas Schott, got by Dillard and applied heavy pressure on Arneson, who had his hands full with an endless stream of lapped cars.

A handful of miscues in turn two allowed Schott to nearly pull even a few times, but Arneson was smooth enough and fast enough to never relinquish the top spot.

While Arneson collected the $3,000 winner’s check, Schott settled for his second second-place finish in as many nights while Dillard held on to claim the third spot on the podium.

Rookie Matt Leer capped a strong weekend with a fourth-place finish ahead of last years USMTS Wookie of the Year, Jesse Sobbing.

Rodney Sanders, Jason Gross, 18th-starting Ryan Gustin, Darrell Nelson and Jacob Bleess rounded out the top 10.

RealTruck.com Northern Region points leader Jason Hughes suffered a torn up race car in his heat race and used a provisional to start in the 25th position, but with no cautions to aid his march to the front he could only muster a 12th-place finish.

Hughes continues to lead the regional points battle, however, with a 51-point advantage (651 to 600) over Dillard. Johnny Scott is third with 560 markers, followed by Bleess (536) and Dan Ebert (510).

UP NEXT…

Good seats are still available for this week’s inaugural Widow Wax Summersota Modified Nationals the second mega-event in the Widow Wax Four-Crown Series presented by MAVTV.

The I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., is locked and loaded for the June 22-25 show that will showcase the best dirt Modified drivers in this solar system grappling for their chance to take home the $15,000 winners paycheck.

Featuring USMTS Modifieds, WISSOTA Midwest Mods and WISSOTA Street Stocks, the event will be filmed for broadcast on the MAVTV Motorsports Network later this summer.

While online ticket sales have ended, there are still plenty of great seats available for fans as well as several unique ways to witness the show including general admission seating, tailgating, RV overnight camping, VIP overnight parking and pit passes.

General admission is $25 Thursday, $25 Friday and $30 Saturday.

Competitors can get a three-day pit pass for $110 which also includes free admission to Wednesdays practice session from 6-9 p.m.

Racing begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. USMTS competitors will start three-wide in Saturdays 52-lap championship race.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at
www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Hughes claims opening night victory at 18th Annual Masters

June 21st, 2016

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Lately it seems the only thing that can stop Jason Hughes is the weather.

On the heels of two rained-out events on Tuesday and Wednesday, the defending USMTS national champ from Watts, Okla., made it two in a row Friday during opening night of the 18th Annual Masters at the Cedar Lake Speedway.

In scoring his ninth feature win of the year and 142nd of his 17-year career, Hughes deposited another $3,000 check into his bank account and padded his points lead in the RealTruck.com Northern Region points standings.

Polesitter Dan Ebert led the first lap before Mason Big Eagle gained the first position before a second lap was completed.

Lucas Schott moved in to challenge Big Eagle on lap 5, but was unable to find a way around the leader so he slid into the high line on lap 11 just in time to thwart Eberts oncoming charge around the top.

Two laps later, Schott passed Big Eagle around the outside and began to pull away until the races first and only caution for Joe Duvalls flat tire on lap 16.

Two laps after the restart, Hughes showed his nose to Schott and the leader changed his line to run the bottom and block Hughes advance, but Hughes reciprocated by inhabiting the high line.

After a couple of side-by-side laps, Hughes led for the first time on lap 26 and never trailed again over the final 16 laps.

Schott withstood a late-race challenge from Cade Dillard to hang on for the runner-up finish while Ebert and Big Eagle completed the top five finishers.

Thirteenth-starting Matt Leer was sixth, followed by Craig Thatcher, Jacob Bleess, Jesse Sobbing and Jason Gross.

The Masters continues Saturday with another full program featuring another $3,000 winners share of the prize money. UMP Hell Tour Late Models will share the spotlight with racing getting started at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students ages 6-16 and kids; 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40.

Trackside parking available for the entire weekend only. Regular parking available for the day or weekend for free. Camping is available for $35 for the entire weekend. Call (612) 363-0479 for details.

The event will also be carried live via pay-per-view at www.DirtonDirt.com.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call (612) 363-0479 or (715) 248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

All roads lead to the highly-anticipated inaugural Widow Wax Summersota Nationals, June 22-25, at the I-94 Raceway in Fergus Falls, Minn., where a $15,000 payday awaits the winner.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at
www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

McCarl Passes Brown for Third Richert Triumph

September 14th, 2015

In a feature event that saw just one yellow flag, Terry McCarl used savvy and veteran patience to track down Brian Brown to take the 15th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday night. It was the third time the Altoona, Iowa, driver had driven to victory in the prestigious event but the first time since 2004. The show was co-sanctioned by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and the FVP National Sprint League and drew a great field of 39 Sprint Cars.

On the original start, Brian Brown raced from outside row number one to out duel polesitter Tim Kaeding for the lead. Tasker Phillips spun early in the race to bring out a yellow flag but that would be the last stoppage. Near the midway point, McCarl started closing the gap on Brown and then pounced on a slight miscue by Brown in turn two with a turn three slide job to take the top spot. Brown repassed McCarl briefly but could never make it stick and the veteran McCarl drove away from him to win the 30-lap feature and the $3,500 winner’s check. Brown held on for second of Bronson Maeschen, Tim Kaeding and Bill Balog. McCarl’s win pushed the IRA streak of new winners to 16 consecutive races. Heat races were won by Steve Meyer, Blake Nimee, Lynton Jeffrey and Craig Dollansky while Bill Balog was the first car out on the track and set quick time over the 11.141. Tasker Phillips prevailed in the B-main, which saw IRA Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Marten take a wild ride down the frontstretch.

He was uninjured but it was not the ending he was hoping for in his Cedar Lake Speedway debut.

Sanders scores 50th USMTS victory on opening night at The Masters

June 17th, 2015

NEW RICHMOND, Wis.–Rodney Sanders captured his 50th career United States Modified Touring Series victory Friday night as the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental invaded the Cedar Lake Speedway for round 1 of The Masters.

Although the two-time defending USMTS National Champion from Happy, Texas, led every lap of the race, he was never more than two car-lengths ahead of his challengers.

USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Jesse Sobbing challenged the 25-year-old for the first five laps until Cade Dillard snuck past and began to pressure the leader.

Sobbing regained the second spot ten laps later and chased Sanders to the white flag when Joey Jensen made a bold move to secure the runner-up spot by a bumper over Sobbing, who settled for a third-place paycheck.

Dillard held on for a fourth-place finish with Craig Thatcher finishing fifth to register his third top-five finish in as many nights.

Cory Crapser, Matt Leer, Dan Ebert, Zack VanderBeek and Brent Larson completed the top ten.

The second night of The Masters continues at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday with another $3,000-to-win main event for the USMTS road warriors.

Grandstands open at 4 p.m. and race time is 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $30, kids ages 6-16 are $15 and children ages 5 and under are free.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64 (in Somerset), then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information call 715-248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

13th Annual Stars & Stripes Shootout which was rained out Memorial Day Weekend at the Upper Iowa Speedway will take place at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday. Hot laps start at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

The event will also put the spotlight on the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks will also be in action at the mighty Howard County Fairgrounds.

The Cresco Speedway is a high-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 0.2 miles north of SR 9 on SW 7th (at the Howard County Fairgrounds). For more information call 563-547-3400.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Madsen’s Surprise Late Race Charge Nets 14th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial Victory

September 9th, 2014

New Richmond, WI – The 14th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial race at Cedar Lake Speedway, was one for the record books. Thanks to the Jerry Richert family, the event posted an IRA record purse. Never in the history of the history of the series had the teams of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints competed for such a lucrative pot which included a $7,000 first place prize. The payout was like honey to a bee, as teams from all over the Midwest descended on Cedar Lake Speedway. All tallied drivers on the check in sheet represented seven states and two countries. The racing was going to be epic. The main event didn’t disappoint, and the showdown involved two of the best in the business. Six-time, and defending IRA champion Bill Balog found himself in the lead with a handful of laps to go, while newly crowned 2014 Knoxville Raceway champion Ian Madsen from St. Mary’s Australia was on the move. Balog has been seen so many times making a late race charge, reeling in the leader. While the leader saw his lead evaporate. Tonight, the roles were reversed; it was Balog, trying to find the pace to reach the checkered flag first, with Madsen, driving on the edge slicing away at Balog’s lead. On lap 28, the clash of the titans came into play.

The circuit began with Madsen performing a perfectly timed slider. This briefly gave Madsen the upper hand. Balog countered with a successful cross-over heading for the white flag to briefly retake the top spot. Madsen however was up to the challenge, and his second sweeping maneuver past Balog would stick leaving Balog no opportunity to take another shot at Madsen’s lead the final circuit. Madsen had stolen the victory, by three car lengths, with Balog making his way to the finish in second. Madsen had succeeded in performing a rare fete to earn his $7,000, and that fete was making a pass on Balog on the final lap, for the win. Madsen obviously enjoyed his trip to victory lane. “It was a great honor to win the Knoxville point championship, and thankfully we got that over with. Now we can have some fun. Like tonight you can go race for the money, and just go for it”, Madsen said with excitement. “I was just kind of struggling and going nowhere. With about ten (laps) to go the car just came on, and I just went for it. I figured I was going to win it or just junk it here. Thankfully we won it,” claimed Madsen.Madsen was also aware of the efforts to bring such an event to the area. “It’s an awesome event put on by the Richert family. It’s just an honor to win it”, he noted. “I have to tank my team KCP Racing and the whole crew it’s an awesome deal to be a part of”, Madsen concluded. Balog was a bit more reserved but still pleased with his run. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed. But we did a good job, we beat some good cars”, Balog stated. There was an element of surprise to Madsen’s late race charge.

“I didn’t know where those guys were. I believe I looked up at the scoreboard with about five laps to go and saw the 55 (Tatnell) still there in second. I was just running as hard as I could”, claimed Balog. “I just couldn’t beat em tonight, but I’m happy, and it was a good payday for us. I have to say thanks to the Richert family and everyone who puts this event on”, as Balog acknowledged the efforts to put on this event. The 30 lap A-main prepared to accept the green flag amid a fireworks ceremony that briefly delayed the start of the contest. Polesitter, John Sernett, got the jump on outside front row starter Brooke Tatnell setting the initial pace. Balog was on the move from his fourth place starting spot. He swept past last evening’s IRA event winner Dusty Zomer who had won the sprint car portion of the Northern Nationals at Amsoil Speedway in Superior to grab third, and before the completion of the second lap he rocketed past Tatnell for second. Sernett had been showing the way with a slim lead on Balog, when he jumped the cushion and tagged the wall. His machine then climbed the concrete and he began to tumble end for end into turn three before coming to rest upside down. Sernett emerged from his battered ride unhurt but the lead was now handed to Balog who had Tatnell, Madsen and fast qualifier Terry McCarl directly behind him. One more lap went into the books when Chris Marten clipped the wall, and flipped in nearly the exact same spot as Sernett. Fortunately like Sernett, Marten was able to climb from his ride unhurt. Balog was back in command for the next green flag stretch, showing the way around the banked, 3/8 mile oval, using the cushion effectively to fend off Tatnell when the caution appeared for a Dennis Spitz spin in turn four on the eighth circuit. It was the final slowdown of the contest as the last 22 laps ran without incident. With the green flap back in the air Balog went back to showing the way. This time he began to build a gap on Tatnell who was able to stay just ahead of a torrid battle between McCarl, and Madsen who tossed the third spot back and forth.

By the hallway point of the contest Balog began to extend his lead, further bolstered as he effortlessly picked off lapped machines. McCarl now began to show his hand working by Madsen and Tatnell to reach second by lap 20. McCarl could go no further and soon he began to lose grip and was overtaken by Tatnell. With the battles behind him Balog had opened up a dozen car length lead, and as the war waged for second it began to look more and more like Balog might be finding the winner’s circle. Madsen however had other plans. Using the highest possible line, Madsen now showed remarkable speed, shooting past McCarl for third, and then running down Tatnell for second. With five laps to go it also became apparent that Balog could not match the pace he had set earlier in the contest. The chase was on. With each lap Madsen sliced off chunks of Balog lead until reaching Balog’s rear nerf bar on lap 28. The pair exchanged the top spot before Madsen secured the position, pulling away after accepting the white flag. Madsen took the victory with an approving cheer from the crowd. Balog maintained his advantage on Tatnell to accept second. Tatnell comprised the final podium spot in third. McCarl crossed the line in fourth. Last year’s Jerry Richert Memorial winner Mark Dobmeier was able to move from his 13th starting spot up to fifth at the finish. Zomer backed up last evening’s victory with a sixth tonight. Craig Dollansky was seventh. Rookie of the Year contender Scotty Thiel earned an eighth place finish while Mike Reinke and Bill Rose completed the top ten finishers. 20 of the 24 car starting field was still on the racing surface at the finish, with cars were still on the track at the finish with the top 12 drivers still on the lead lap. Earlier in the program Austin Johnson rebounded from a flip in his heat race to comfortably capture the B-main event to transfer to the big show. Steve Meyer, Marten and Kris Spitz finished second through fourth respectively to earn a spot into the A-main. Jason Johnson was first alternate with a fifth place finish. Scott Uttech overcame mechanical problems that arose early in the evening. He was unable to qualify, or take the green flag in his heat race. He did however come from dead last in the B-main up to sixth in a non-stop event narrowly missing a transfer to the feature contest. Heat races were captured by McCarl, Rose, Madsen and Jeremy Schultz 36 drivers had signed in to do battle tonight. McCarl topped the qualifying ranks with a lap of 11.765 seconds. He was the only driver to crack the 12 second barrier. Dollansky was second quick with a 12.000 second effort while Madsen was third fastest overall with a time of 12.230 seconds. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series now enters it’s final four events. First up is a trip to the Plymouth Dirt Track located at the Sheboygan County Fairpark in Plymouth, Wisconsin next Saturday night September 13. The following weekend Beaver Dam Raceway presents a show on Saturday September 20th.

The season concludes with a double header weekend which will begin with a show presented by Six-Four Promotions at Luxemburg Speedway on Friday Night September 26th. The final race of the 2014 season takes place the following night at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Saturday night September 27th. IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Final ‘Road Trip Weekend” Takes Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints to Amsoil Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway

September 6th, 2014

Appleton, WI – The last major road trip for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will feature the popular 410 winged touring series as an integral part of two major racing events this coming weekend. Bolstered by increased purses, success in those events can lead to a big weekend paycheck in excess of $9,500. Even starting the A-main in both shows will earn drivers $800 making it the richest weekend for the tour of the entire 2014 season.

Amsoil Speedway located in Superior, WI will get the weekend underway as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are the featured division of the opening night of the prestigious Northern Nationals on Friday night September 5th. Last season Scotty Neitzel proved to be the class of the field stopping Bill Balog’s win streak at three in the annual event. The semi-banked 3/8 mile oval was in prime condition last year as Davey Heskin established a new track record at the facility with a blistering lap of 12.653 seconds. Interestingly, the past three IRA events have seen new track records set, with Mike Reinke earning three consecutive quick time efforts, each establishing new records. If the track record were to fall at Amsoil Speedway it would mark the fourth straight event the series has established a new qualifying record. Pit gates will open at 3:00pm on Friday afternoon, with hot laps set to take place at 6:00pm. Qualifying for the evening’s program is set to get underway at 6:30pm with racing to follows. WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds are also part of Friday evening’s show. Adult grandstand admission is $25. For additional information on the Northern Nationals please consult the track website at www.amsoilspeedway.com The raceway is located at 4700 Tower Avenue in Superior, WI

The stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints then travel two hours to the south to participate in the 14th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial race which will be held on Saturday night September 6th at the Cedar Lake Speedway. Knoxville Raceway track champion Ian Madsen along with Craig Dollansky, Terry McCarl, Davey Heskin, Brooke Tatnell, and Dusty Zomer will challenge the best of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints including series veterans Balog, Neitzel, Mike Reinke, Kris and Dennis Spitz, Scott and Dave Uttech, Russel Borland, Wayne Modjeski and many more. Also expected to challenge for top honors is this years talented rookie class including former World of Outlaws regular Bill Rose, multi-time Plymouth Dirt Track champion Ben Schmidt, and hard charging Scotty Thiel who already has captured a win in his rookie season. Add to that roster 2013 IRA rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz, along with hard charging youngsters Blake Nimee, and Jordan Goldesberry as potential candidates for the top prize.

It all adds up to an amazing showdown between the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series regulars, and many of the top drivers from Knoxville Raceway, and beyond. With the announcement of a payout boost to the payout from Big Game Tree Stands, the main event will pay $7000 to win, $4000 for second, $2800 for third and $1000 for tenth with $500 to start the A main. This makes the Jerry Richert Memorial one of the best paying single day races in the Midwest. Last year Mark Dobmeier added his name to the winners list by outrunning Brook Tatnell who had captured top honors in the contest in 2008 and 2009. Steve Meyer fared best of the IRA regulars last season edging Travis Whitney for the final podium spot. Both Whitney, and Meyer are also expected to run for top honors again in they year’s contest. The all-open wheeled show will also see the UMSS 360 sprints join the program as well as area Vintage cars. Grandstands will open at 5:00pm, with racing set to start at 6:00pm. Adults tickets are $25, with a student ticket available for $12 for younger fans ages 6 through 16. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult. Admission prices are $25 for adults; $12 for students ages 6 to 16; while children 5 and under are FREE. Preliminary events are scheduled to begin at 6:00pm.

Additional information on Cedar Lake Speedway can be found at www.cedarlakespeedway.com To reach the track take Highway 94 West to Highway 63. Travel North on 63 and travel 14 miles to Highway 64. Turn left on 64 (West) and travel approximately 7 miles to Highway 65. Turn right on 65 (North) and travel approx.. 1.5 miles to 210th Ave. Turn left on 210th and travel approx. 4 miles to County Road CC. Turn right on County Road CC (where the Outpost Bar is). Track is 1.5 miles on the right. The 2014 season is beginning to wind down with 6 races left on the planned 31-event schedule. IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Dierks masters Cedar Lake Speedway for first USMTS win

June 18th, 2014

NEW RICHMOND, Wis.- Brad Dierks took the lead from Kelly Shryock nine laps into Friday night’s main event at the Cedar Lake Speedway, and then dominated the final 26 laps to capture his career-first United States Modified Touring Series win.

The win was worth $2,000 to the racer from Clarence, Iowa, while Shryock held on for the runner-up paycheck.

And although Shryock didn’t get the win, it was some measure of consolation that the winner steered one of his Skyrocket Chassis into victory lane.

“I have to thank Kelly Shryock,” an exuberant Dierks said after the win. “That’s why I bought this car. When we go on the road I need help and he’s there for me, so I owe it all to Kelly.”

But Dierks wasn’t exactly giving everything to the nine-time USMTS national champion.

“I tried a new set-up tonight, and it worked,” Dierks admitted. “I don’t know if I’m going to tell Kelly that though.”

While Dierks was alone out front, Brent Larson charged from 15 on the starting grid to claim the third spot while Josh Angst took fourth and Darrell Nelson netted the fifth position.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Brandon Davis, Lucas Schott, Rodney Sanders, Jeremy Houle and Austin Arneson.

It was a tough night for the top three in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region points standings.

Points leader Zack VanderBeek dropped out on lap 23 and finished 22nd out of the 24 starters.

But what might have been an opportunity for Stormy Scott to close the gap was anything but as he dropped out one lap earlier and wound up 23rd.

Third in points, Johnny Scott, struggled to a 14th-place finish.

With his second-place finish, Shryock not only cut VanderBeek’s advantage in half but also moved past Johnny Scott and into a tie for second with Story Scott with two more nights remaining to determine the regional champion.

The 16th Annual Masters continues Saturday night at the Cedar Lake Speedway, followed by a date at the Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wis., on Sunday for the final points race in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Weekend Washout for IRA Outlaw Sprints

June 2nd, 2014

Appleton, WI. – The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints anticipated an exciting weekend of racing with major events at both Cedar Lake Speedway and Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI. Unfortunately sometimes in spite of the best planning something can go
amiss. That something… was rain, and too much of it.This weekend, for the first time since May 2011, the series suffered a complete weekend washout. Teams had gathered Saturday evening at Cedar Lake Speedway when the track was hit by several downpours, the last of which occurred at 6:00pm forcing track officials to throw in the towel and cancel the show in spite of a valiant effort to complete the program.

A full field of cars had gathered at the 3/8 mile banked clay oval. The next currently scheduled event for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at the track will be Saturday night September 6th.A dismal forecast and imminent rain threat also put a damper on the scheduled “1st Annual Norm Nelson Classic” at Angell Park Speedway. The show was to mark the return of the 410 sprints to the third-mile clay oval after an absence of 29 years. The return of 410 sprints to the track will now have to wait until July 20th.Racing for the series will return next weekend with a trip to Beaver Dam Raceway for a Saturday Night show on June 7th.The contest will mark the third appearance this season at the track and both prior events have seen tremendous on track action. The both those races have been won by Phillip Mock who seems to have a stranglehold on victory lane at the banked, third-mile clay oval.

Mock edged out former World of Outlaws regular Bill Rose for the victory in the first contest, while he managed to outrun a hard charging Mike Reinke in the second event.Mock heads into the forthcoming Beaver Dam program second in the current standings behind Bill Balog. Balog, the six-time and defending series champion, swept the most recent weekend of racing claiming wins at Wilmot Raceway and 141 Speedway.Scotty Thiel, a contender for the Rookie of the Year title this season, heads to the event third in points after scoring his first career podium finish at 141 Speedway last weekend.Rose has turned in a pair of podium runs seeking to break
into the win column. Traveling all the way from Indiana, Rose has made a dedicated effort to the series so far in 2014.2013 Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Schultz has clawed his way back into the point chase currently sitting in fifth just ahead of two-time title holder Scotty Neitzel.Mike Reinke was runner-up in his last two appearances and is surely due for an A-main victory. His on track performances have been so strong that he sits seventh in the standings in spite of missing an event.

Other drivers expected to show include Rookie of the Year challenger Ben Schmidt, Lance Fassbender, Russell Borland, Blake Nimee, Jereme Schroeder, Brandon Thone, Wayne Modjeski and Allen Hafford.Veteran racer Steve Meyer will also be on hand celebrating his 25th year behind the wheel, Meyer has also been extremely close to victory this season having taken a second place finish to Craig Dollansky at Oshkosh. The IRA racing families will also be back in action at Beaver Dam with cousins Scott and Dave Uttech joining the battle along with the father and son team of Dennis and Kris Spitz. The June 8th race program will see the pit gates opening at 3:30 pm and the grandstand will open at 4:30 pm. Racing action is set to get underway at 6:30 pm.The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints should have nearly 30 of the best 410 sprint drivers in the Midwest on hand. The IRA sprints will be joined by the tracks own Sport Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Legends divisions.

General admission is $20 for adults, with a youth ticket being sold for $10 to fans ages 6 through 11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE with a paid adult.

Event information can be found on the Beaver Dam Raceway website at www.wismotorsports.net or by calling the track at (920) 887-1600. Beaver Dam Raceway is located on Racetrack Road just east of the intersection of Hwy 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.The 2014 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will consist of 30 shows to be held at 15 different area tracks.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series Partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

VandeKamp Keeps Winning At Cedar Lake Modified Dirt Tracker Leads NASCAR Division IV

September 6th, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- A Midwest dirt track racing veteran is determined to overcome a family loss and conclude the season with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship.

Jason VandeKamp, 35, of Seardia, Minn., leads the NASCAR Midwest Modified track point race at Cedar Lake Speedway, a .375-mile clay oval in New Richmond, Wis. He also tops the NASCAR Finalist Division IV dirt track standings.

VandeKamp has about a half-dozen track championships in his career, including the 2009 NASCAR Midwest Modified title at Cedar Lake, where the love for racing was fostered in his youth.

“My dad Ron raced modifieds when I was little and I’ve been going to Cedar Lake Speedway since I was three,” VandeKap said. “My grandparents (Bob and Merodie Nelson) started taking me to races every week. We’d sit there and watch and I told
them way back then that someday I’d race there.”

VandeKamp’s grandmother, Merodie, passed away in March before the racing season began. In the family grief, VandeKamp made it his mission to win the 2013 Cedar Lake track championship in her honor. Prior racing commitments caused him to miss a couple of track point races earlier in the year.

VandeKamp surprised himself when he took three early season wins, and did not expect the dominant season he’s having.

“We didn’t change anything on the car from last year to this year that would improve our performance. I just think grandma’s riding with me,” VandeKamp said. VandeKamp broke through to the top of the 2013 NASCAR Finalist Division IV dirt
track standings during week 14 of the points race. That’s when he won his ninth feature of the season in a mid-week race on Aug. 14. His 11-race record has since improved to 10 wins and 11 top fives. “Not in a million years would I have thought we would have this kind of season,” VandeKamp said. “We’re a small family team.

“We get between 26 and 30 cars on most nights. The top three finishers in the heat races draw for starting spots 1-12 in the feature, and my redraws are horrible. I’m starting between eighth and 12th almost every week.” Cedar Lake Speedway operates on Saturdays. VandeKamp usually competes at other tracks on Fridays and Sundays, and picks up mid-week specials and invitationals. By the time he’s done racing for the year in mid-October, he’ll have raced his annual average of about 60 events. He does it all with a single race car.

The car has evolved from the original chassis into a hybrid that incorporates elements of three different chassis manufacturers. VandeKamp shies away from calling himself an owner-driver. “It’s really a family deal. My dad (Ron), mom (Renee Leaf), and younger brother Jaryd are all involved,” VandeKamp said.

Team members also include Jason Holmstrom, Greg Scheffer and his daughter Ellie, Andy Nelson and the driver’s 13-year-old son Carter. Grandpa Bob returned to the track. VandeKamp and his wife Katie also have 15-month-old twins Parker and Gavin. VandeKamp recalls first grade school’s “career day,” where kids talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up.

“I said I wanted to be a cop because I wanted to drive fast,” VandeKamp said.

His career is in law enforcement. VandeKamp has been a probation agent for Isanti County, Minn., since 2000. Non-racing friends and peers at the Isanti County Government Center in Cambridge, Minn., will drop into Cedar Lake Speedway just to see him compete.

VandeKamp said racing can provide a happy diversion from a profession that can engage challenging situations.

“Racing can be a relief from work. You’ve got the racing, the competition and the challenge. But you get more than that at a small local hometown track. There’s a social atmosphere where you hang out with friends and fellow drivers. All you’ve got to do is keep it fun. I have more friends at the track than I did in high school,” VandeKamp said.

Chris Gullikson of C&S Automotive is the engine builder. Other sponsors include FYE Motorsports, Premier Real Estate Services, Nelson’s Show-N-Go and Holmstrom Farms.

VandeKamp is looking forward to Cedar Lake Speedway’s three day “Legendary 100″ weekend that culminates with seven divisions of feature events on Sept. 14.

“I want so badly to win that race,” he said of the Midwest Modified main event. “I’ve finished second several times so I’m hoping this is the year.”

The NASCAR Finalist Division program recognizes drivers who compete in support divisions at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks. With “Division I” being each track’s top division, the NASCAR Finalist Division line-up at each track highlights drivers competing in their second, third, fourth and fifth tier divisions. Through Sept. 15 a NASCAR-licensed driver’s best 14 finishes are counted toward their final point total for the year. Points are kept separately for dirt and asphalt tracks.

More information on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is available at www.nascarhometracks.com.

Five fast and furious Northern nights next for USMTS road warriors

August 14th, 2013

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. –United States Modified Touring Series drivers are locked and loaded as the next five events in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup take place this Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 14-18, at five fan-favorite dirt ovals in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Each event will pay a minimum of $3,000 to win with the top prize ballooning to $5,000 for drivers taking part in the Big Dog Buy-In. If one driver can win all five, he or she will go home with as much as $25,000 during the 100-hour span.

Action kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 14, for the rain-delayed second half of the 15th Annual Masters at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. Pro Stocks and Midwest Modifieds will also be on the program with racing set for a 7:00 start.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students ages 6-16 and kids age 5 and under are free. Lucas Schott and his AMP Energy USMTS Modified will be on hand for a meet & greet at the Casey’s General Store located at 5321 Wyoming
Trail in Wyoming, Minn., from 11:30-1:30 on Wednesday.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call 612-363-0479 or 715-248-7119 or check out
www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, the mighty USMTS Modifieds return to the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wis., for a 40-lap main event presented by Bill’s Distributing. Also racing will be WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Race time is 7:00.

On race day, fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in North Branch and Wyoming, Minn.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile north of Rice Lake, between SR 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained by calling 715-205-2861 or by
checking the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Friday, Aug. 16, will find the fearless USMTS lead-footed speed freaks at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway near Fountain City, Wis. Presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona, the action will be joined by USRA B-Mods,
WISSOTA Street Stocks and 600 Mods with the first green flag scheduled for 7:00.

Get there early to watch the Midwest Mini Mods and Outlaw Mini Mods at 6:00 on the short track. A family pass pack is just $40 and gets in two adults and up to three children. Adult general admission is $18, seniors get in for $16, students ages 13-18 are $9 and children ages 12 and under get in for free.

Coupons good for $2 off adult general admission will be available Friday at Casey’s General Stores locations in Sparta as well as Oronoco, Preston and Rochester in Minnesota.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked dark clay oval located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

Day four goes down on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn. Midwest Modifieds Street Stocks and Hornets will join the on-track action at the four-year-old facility with a start time of 6:30.

Adult grandstand tickets are $20 and pit passes are $35. Fans can get $2-off coupons at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cambridge, Milaca and Princeton on race day. From 11:30-1:30, Steve Whiteaker Jr. and his Cheetos-sponsored machine will be at the Casey’s located at 810 N. rum River Dr. in Princeton.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located about 2 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. The grandstands have a seating capacity of nearly 2,000 and also features reserved track-side parking for people to view the race from turns 1 and 2 from their vehicles. For more information, call 763-267-4572 or check out www.ogilvieraceway.com online.

The five-day work week for the rugged USMTS road warriors wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 18, with an encore performance at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn. Midwest Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Hornets, Street Stocks and Mod Fours will also be on the racing card presented by Viking Coca-Cola and Luther Honda.

Doors open at 3:00 with races getting underway at 5:30. Adult grandstand tickets are $17, seniors and military personnel are $15, students ages 7-17 are $5 and children ages 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

On race day, race fans can find coupons good for $2 off adult admission at the Casey’s General Stores locations in Foley, St. Cloud, St. Joseph and Waite Park. Steve Whiteaker Jr. and his Cheetos car will be hanging around the Casey’s located at 656 Lincoln Ave. SE in St. Cloud from 12:00-2:00 on Sunday.

The Granite City Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 2.5 miles north of SR 23 on US 10, then 2 miles east on Golden Spike Rd. (CR 3). For more information, call 715-497-8916 or check out www.gcspeedway.com online.

Be sure to stop by a Casey’s General Store location before and after the races for all your supplies and needs, and remember to get your $2-off admission coupons available on race day at most events during The Hunt Check out www.caseys.com for more information or to find the location nearest you.

With four of the seventeen Hunt races in the books, Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., sits atop the points standings in what is shaping up to be the most thrilling, nail-biting conclusion to the USMTS National Championship chase ever.

His older twin brother, Stormy Scott, is second and trails by just 18 points with 2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes another 20 markers back in third, Rodney Sanders another three points behind in fourth and Zack VanderBeek close behind in fifth.

While the drivers participating in The Hunt will be grappling for their piece of more than $60,000 in year-end points fund cash and thousands in contingency awards, all entrants will lock horns on a nightly basis for at least $3,000 to win ($5,000 to win with the Big Dog Buy-In) and nearly than $400,000 in prize money up for grabs during the 17-race campaign.

More than $40,000 in points fund money has already been doled out to top points-getters in the three regional campaigns, with another $50,000 or more in points fund cash earmarked for drivers in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. The champion will pocket at least $15,000, and any driver competing in all events during The Hunt will earn a minimum of $1,000 at seasons end.

The 2013 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup will wrap up on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on the first night of the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

TOP DOG BONUS: All drivers ranked among the top-10 points in are guaranteed a minimum of $400 in earnings at each event. Each driver must maintain perfect attendance during the ‘Hunt’ to remain eligible.

BIG DOG BUY-IN: This program give competitors the opportunity to take home an extra $2,000 at every USMTS points race. Each race during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup pays a minimum of $3,000 to win, but for drivers who pay an
additional $100 when they register for the event, the winners paycheck expands to $5,000. The bonus will be in effect whether just one driver takes part or every driver in the field joins the party.

Celebrating its 15th season in 2013, the United States Modified Touring Series is the fastest-growing and most popular dirt modified series in the universe. Attracting the most talented and professional drivers in North America, the
fan-friendly format and exciting show creates an enthusiastic and loyal fan base, and the USMTS routinely competes in front of capacity crowds. When it comes to a touring series that features the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing, the USMTS has no equal.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Loomis Winning Back Home At Cedar Lake Bids For First NASCAR Finalist Division Track Title

July 7th, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A 15-year racing veteran returned to his NASCAR Home Track this year to compete for a long-sought championship.

Mike Loomis, 42, of Columbus, Minn., is enjoying his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series homecoming. He posted his fourth win in five NASCAR Pro Stock starts Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway, a .375-mile banked clay oval in New Richmond, Wis.

“We started out this year just going to the races as usual, and swept the first three races,” Loomis said. “We’re a little surprised. I knew we were good at Cedar Lake. I didn’t know I was going to do this well this soon.”

Loomis returned to Cedar Lake after spending several years away racing at several tracks in the region.

“Cedar Lake Speedway is closest to home and it’s where my family, friends and sponsors are,” Loomis said. “It’s the premier track around here. It’s one of the best facilities.”

Pro Stocks are designated as NASCAR Finalist Division III at Cedar Lake Speedway. Loomis is 17th in Division III standings despite having half the starts as the division leaders. April weather delayed the track’s opening this year.

“We were snowed-out for the first month of the season,” Loomis said.

The NASCAR Finalist Division program recognizes drivers who compete in support divisions at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks. With “Division I” being each track’s top division, the NASCAR Finalist Division line-up at each track highlights drivers competing in their second, third, fourth and fifth tier divisions. Through Sept. 15 a NASCAR-licensed driver’s best 14 finishes are counted toward their final point total for the year. Points are kept separately for dirt and asphalt tracks.

Loomis is a second generation driver at Cedar Lake. His dad Gary raced there through the mid-1980s.

“I’d go to the races every week with dad,” Loomis said.

Loomis began his own racing career in the late 1990s in the Street Stock division at Cedar Lake and won the track championship in 2001. He moved up to Pro Stocks in 2004.

He’s been a contender for the Pro Stock track championship, but the closest he’s gotten to the title was six points. He leads the current track standings by 100 over Cody Campeau.

“I seem to be a second-place in points guy,” Loomis said of his hapless luck. “I finish second in points just about every year.”

Loomis placed fourth in an event won by Dave Mass on June 13. It was the only Cedar Lake feature he hasn’t won this season.

He’s optimistic he’ll have the chance to break through to the title this year.

“I love it,” he said of his success so far. “We’re having a lot of fun.”

Loomis, an auto mechanic, is an owner-driver. His Chevy SS race car is based on a 2010 Lou Feger’s chassis and powered by a Scott’s Engine Shop motor. He credits a veteran crew chief Ray Robbins, 71, for a lot of his success. Sponsors include J&C Trucking, T&S Stucco, GRP Motorsports and Blacksmith Lounge. Loomis has three daughters, Marissa, 20, Ashley 18, and Micayla, 13.

More information on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is available at http://hometracks.nascar.com.

Sanders stymies Schott at Cedar Lake

June 17th, 2013

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Rodney Sanders chased race-long leader Lucas Schott for 29 laps Friday night, took command with six laps to go and then held on to win the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series event at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.

Two weeks ago, the pair took advantage of a “bye week” on the USMTS campaign to make a trip to Cedar Lake for some “seat time” at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval. They finished first and second with Schott getting the trophy and $5,000 top prize.

Moving into second on lap 7, Sanders kept Schott in his crosshairs throughout Friday night’s 35-lapper, but the 23-year-old from Happy, Texas, spent the better part of the race slugging it out with Joey Jensen, Craig Thatcher and Darrell Nelson for second place.

With Sanders down low, Jensen in the middle and Thatcher up high, the first five laps saw more three-wide racing than not before Sanders broke free on lap 5 with Schott nearly a straight-away ahead in the distance. Heavy lapped traffic near the midway point allowed Sanders to close the gap on Schott, and Several back-to-back cautions on lap 20 kept the whole field close together for the last 15 laps of the race.

Nelson powered ahead of Sanders on the last of the restarts with the left front of Sanders’ machine climbing the right rear tire of Nelson, but Sanders regained control and the runner-up spot three laps later. The duo swapped positions two more times during the next four laps before Sanders took the spot back for good on lap 28.

One lap later, ‘The Rocket’ blasted by Schott and went on to win by three car-lengths en route to a $4,000 payday. It was his 14th career USMTS victory, tying him with Terry Phillips for tenth on the all-time wins list. Schott, who turns 17 next month, had to settle for the runner-up spot for the second night in a row. He led most of Thursday’s feature at the Eagle Valley Speedway but relinquished the lead to Ryan Gustin with six laps to go in that one too. Eleventh-starting Trent Follmer got by Nelson with three laps to go and scored a third-place finish while Joey Jensen rounded out the top 5 finishers. Craig Thatcher, Dereck Ramirez, Daniel Hilsabeck, Kelly Shryock and Jason Miller completed the top 10.

Shryock passed 11 cars from his 20th starting spot to earn the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Miller, Thatcher, Sanders and Schott captured heat race checkers while Mike Steensma and Gustin won the two Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains, but were the first two competitors to drop out of the main event. A second night of action is on tap at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday night featuring the USMTS Modifieds and UMP “Hell Tour” Late Models on the same bill. The first heat race is slated to start at 7 p.m.

USMTS Modified feature highlights from both nights of The Masters is available for RacinDirt.com subscribers. Click here and become a Premier Member to get on-demand, high-definition, flag-to-flag coverage of most USMTS races this season. In addition to high-quality crystal clear video, RacinDirt.com also offers a huge archive of original content from some of the best writers and photographers in dirt track racing.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Kertscher Collects $5k Victory – Tops Prestigious Jerry Reichert Memorial Race at Cedar Lake!

September 12th, 2012

New Richmond, WI – One of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events of the 2012 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint schedule is the Jerry Reichert Memorial race at Cedar Lake Speedway. The Reichert family puts countless hours into making the event a success and that includes one of the best payouts in 410 Sprint Car action in the Midwest.

Over the years winners taking home top honors in the event represent some of the finest drivers to wheel a 410 sprint. This year, IRA star Mike Kertscher added his name to the list by leading the contest wire to wire and in the process pocketed a healthy $5,000 winner’s check by topping the 12th Annual Jerry Reichert Memorial event.

The victory was Kertscher’s third of the 2012 season in IRA competition having captured victories at 141 Speedway and Beaver Dam Raceway earlier this summer.

31 drivers would check into the pit area and when timing was complete Brooke Tatnell found himself atop the leaderboard when he turned in a blistering lap of 10.757 seconds around the banked three-mile oval.

That time equaled the track record set by Terry McCarl back in 2004.

The main event saw 22 starters take the green flag with the opening laps having their fair share of cautions. Kertscher had captured the opening lead when four-time IRA champion and current point leader Bill Balog looped his machine forcing the first caution. Balog would restart at the tail of the field. Under caution Austin Johnson had the engine fail in his machine making him the first DNF of the event.

One more lap went in the books when Skylar Prochaska making his first IRA start of the season in his #35 machine spun. The next restart would see two-time IRA champion Travis Whitney tumble down the front stretch after contact with another car.

Racing finally resumed in earnest with Kertscher again assuming command while Davey Heskin, Mark Dobmeier and Tatnell give chase.

Phillip Mock’s machine would slow on the track coming to a halt on lap eight resulting in the field again bunching up on Kertscher’s rear nerf bar.

With the green flag again waving Kertscher pulled away from Dobmeier who continued to fend off the challenges of Tatnell, Heskin and Justin Henderson.

Kertscher was able to extend his lead with each passing lap as the event passed the halfway point of the contest. On lap 21 current point runner-up Mike Reinke experienced an engine failure but was able to pull off the racing surface. The DNF for Reinke would mark only the second time this season that he failed to finish in the top ten.

With seven laps to go in the contest Scott Winters, the evening second fastest qualifier rolled to a halt on the track forcing the final caution flag to fly.

In the dash to the checkered flag Kertscher was able to comfortably hold onto the top spot outrunning Dobmeier for the victory. Tatnell would lay claim to a third place finish. Henderson would finish in the fourth spot ahead of a fast closing Balog who hard charged from the tail of the field up to fifth by the checkered flag.

Heskin, Jody Rosenboom, Jim Moughan, Scott Neitzel and Steve Meyer completed the top ten finishers. 17 of the 22 starters were still on the track at the conclusion of the event with 16 drivers still on the lead lap.

Earlier in the evening a B-main was needed to fill the final spots for the main event. The race was captured by Kris Spitz who outran Scott Uttech and Wayne Modjeski for the victory. Among the cars transferring from the B-main to the feature contest Brett Triplett made the most progress taking 11th.

Heat victories were taken by Prochaska, Johnson and Kertscher.

Only three races remain for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints before the 2012 season concludes. First up is the Frank Filskov Memorial event held at the Sheboygan County Fairpark on Saturday, September 15th. The following Saturday Night on September 22nd the rain delayed Jim Wipperfurth Memorial event will take place at Beaver Dam Raceway. The 2012 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Season will conclude at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Saturday Night September 29th.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/irasprints and the series is also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ira_sprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Mike Marlar Impressive in Cedar Lake Debut

August 8th, 2012

Winfield, Tennessee – Despite not ever competing at the facility Mike Marlar was able to make a lot of noise over the weekend in his #5 Bryson Motorsports/Rocket/Clements Super Late Model at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) during the 25th Annual USA Nationals.

After seeing Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws (WoO) Super Late Model event at Shawano Speedway (Shawano, Wisconsin) nixed by rain Mike entered his first-ever event at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) on Thursday evening. A $5,000-to-win, Corn Belt Clash Series event was held as a talented field of fifty-seven competitors entered the event. Mike would advance from the fifth starting spot in his heat race to a second place finish, which locked him into the Quick Six Dash. However, the team discovered a broken rack after heat race action, and had to skip the dash to get it fixed. As a result he started sixth on the grid for the 50 lap feature and would battle to as high as the fourth position before mechanical woes late in the race brought his night to an early end in the 20th position.

On Friday and Saturday evening Mike took part in the $50,000-to-win, 25th Annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin). Fifty-three competitors entered the World of Outlaws (WoO) Super Late Model event, and in time trials on Friday evening Mike registered the second fastest time. With the top three starters inverted in each heat Mike
started third in the fourth heat race and would race to a second place finish behind race winner, Billy Moyer. Via his heat performance he earned a starting spot in the pole dash, and via the pill draw received the fifth starting spot. A sixth place finish in the dash left Mike starting sixth on the grid for Saturday night’s 100 lap finale.

As Saturday’s feature went green in front of a capacity crowd, Mike quickly worked his way into the top five and would settle in there as the first sixty laps went caution free. However, after a lap 60 caution Marlar would catch fire as he raced past Jimmy Owens and set his sights on the leader, Darrell Lanigan. Lap 76 saw the caution fly again, and on the restart Owens would race back into the second spot. Over the remainder of the race Marlar battled for the second position before registering a third place finish behind race winner, Lanigan, and Owens. Overall it was a great weekend for the team!

“Cedar Lake is really a fun race track. I just hate that it’s taken me this long to go up there. I can’t wait to go back next year. We had a great car all weekend, and while I obviously would’ve loved to get the win, I’m proud
of a third place finish. My team is really working hard right now, and I can’t wait to get to Florence (Speedway) next weekend,” noted Marlar.

Full results from the weekend are available at www.WoOLMS.com .

This weekend, August 10th-11th, Mike and Bryson Motorsports will travel to Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) for the 30th Annual Sunoco North/South 100. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) event will be highlighted by a $50,000-to-win finale, which will be taped for a future airing by the SPEED TV cameras. For more information on the event, please visit www.LucasDirt.com .

Mike Marlar would like to thank his sponsors and marketing partners including Bryson Motorsports, ASI Racewear, Convenient Lube, Currin Construction, FK Rod Ends, FK Bearings, CV Products, DT52 Photos, DWT Racing, GW Performance, Hawk Performance, Hoosier by Pup, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Outerwears, Peterson Fluid Systems, Rhino Wraps, SEG, Sweet Manufacturing, VP Racing Fuels, R2C Performance Products, Wiles Driveshafts, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services

For the latest information on Mike Marlar please visit www.MikeMarlar.net .

Brent Larson Battles In Double Duty At Cedar Lake Speedway Dirt Late Model Driver Adds Full Time Modified Competition

July 19th, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and state champion has successfully doubled his Saturday night racing efforts this year.

Brent Larson, 34, of Lake Elmo, Minn., leads the NASCAR Division I dirt Late Model track points and is second in NASCAR Division II dirt Modified track points at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. He won the .375-mile track’s Late Model championship in 2007 and 2008, the latter accompanied by the NASCAR state championship. He’s vying for his first Cedar Lake Modified title this year.

“We’ve been racing the Modified for years.” Larson said. “The Modified fields keep growing so we decided we might as well bring both cars every week.” Larson leads Cedar Lake’s Late Model division point race over defending track champion Rick Hanestad this week with a record of one win, five top fives and eight top 10s in eight starts. He’s 10th in the state point race. Larson placed fifth in Cedar Lake Late Model points last year. He’s one point behind track point leader Craig Thatcher in the dirt Modified division with a record of two wins, five top fives and six top 10s in seven starts.

Larson is a full-time racer who competes between three and five times each week. Cedar Lake Speedway is his Saturday night NASCAR racing home. He also operates Quality Fab Inc., a sheet metal fabrication company specializing in dirt Late Model bodies. He does new race car body work for Shaw and WRC chassis and has his own customers for new and replacement body panels.

As a driver, Larson finds dirt Late Models and Modifieds to be two completely different experiences.

“Late Models are more about traction and handling than horsepower,” Larson said. “Modifieds don’t have a lot of power, but they require a lot more driver input. I really enjoy the Modifieds. They’re fun to drive and they’re always on the edge.”

Larson is a second generation driver. His dad Dennis was Cedar Lake’s Limited Late Model champion in 1975-76. Dennis stopped racing in 1977 when Brent was born. When the boy was old enough, he got to go hang out at Cedar Lake Speedway with his dad, and knew it was a sport he wanted to be part of.

At 16, Larson was saving his money to purchase a snowmobile. His dad knew the youngster’s true desire was to race cars, so he made a not-so-subtle suggestion. “Dad said we could probably buy a race car for the same amount of money,” Larson said. “That was all the permission I needed to go racing.”

Larson bought a Super Stock, a Limited Late Model type of car, and headed to the track. “The first year was a learning year; the second year a won some races, and the third year we dominated and won the Cedar Lake championship,” Larson said. “By the time I got out of high school I was ready for a Late Model.”

An “all-in” racer, Larson had to have the best equipment available. He bought his first Late Model from Craig Geller, car owner for 13-time Cedar Lake Late Model champion Rick Egersdorf.

Over the years he won track championships, series championships and more than 60 features, but he didn’t focus on a single Saturday night campaign at Cedar Lake until recent years. He won the 2008 Wisconsin state championship by one point over 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Steve Carlson. Carlson races pavement Late Models at LaCrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway.

Larson is owner-driver of his Larry Shaw chassis dirt Late Model. His crew chief is Jim Weeks along with crewmen Tyler Warnke, John Bauer, Tom Donahue and Ben Fischer. Sponsors include Olson Carriers, HANCO Corp. operated by his dad, and Professional Drain Services. The car’s number, B1, refers to the B1 Bomber U.S. Air Force aircraft. The number gives track announcers a ready-made nick-named car and driver.

The Modified is owned by John Evenson. Its number, IOU1, refers to Innovative Outreach United, a Christian outreach organization led by Rev. Kraig Kestner, the pastor who wed Larson to his wife Nena. The Larsons have two children.

Billy Moyer Jr. Has $20,000 Streak During UMP Summernationals First Week

June 20th, 2012

Batesville, Arkansas-Billy Moyer Jr. went on an absolute tear during the opening week of the UMP DIRTCar Summernationals. The 24-year-old competitor piloted his #21jr Henderson Motorsports/Car City/Imperial Motors/Victory Circle M1 Chassis By Moyer/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model to three wins in four events, including a $10,000 victory at Cedar Lake Speedway, during the opening week of the twenty-nine event extravaganza.

Below is a blog-style recap of Billy’s experiences during the opening week of the UMP DIRTCar Summernationals.

June 13th, 2012 – While the 2011 UMP DIRTCar Summernationals might not have been very kind to Billy Moyer Jr., he served notice on Wednesday night that he plans to get redemption on the tour in 2012 by claiming the $5,000 win in the series’ opener at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana). Forty-nine cars crowded the pit area for the event, and after qualifying second fastest in his group he claimed the win in his heat race to lock into the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he received the pole starting position, with his Dad, Billy Moyer, joining him on the front row. As the 40 lap race went green Billy bolted to the lead, and despite five caution flags that bunched the field he would be relatively unchallenged in claiming his fourth win of the season and his first career, Summernationals victory. He was followed across the line by Brian Shirley, Billy Moyer, Terry Casey, and Jason Jameson. The $5,000 payday tied his biggest career win.

June 14th, 2012 – The Hell Tour rolled into Kankakee County Speedway (Kankakee, Illinois) on Thursday evening for a $5,000-to-win event as forty-five competitors passed through the pit gate. In qualifications Billy recorded the fourth fastest time in his group, which earned him the fourth starting spot for his heat race. Unfortunately midway through his heat he would spin, which forced him to the back of the pack. He would rebound a few spots, but was forced to start deep in a c-main. As a result, he utilized a series’ provisional to start nineteenth in the main event. During the course of the feature he advanced six spots on his way to a thirteenth place finish.

June 15th, 2012 – As big as Wednesday night’s win at Brownstown Speedway was for Moyer Jr., on Friday night he reached an even bigger accomplishment as he claimed the $5,000 UMP DIRTCar Summernationals win at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin). Cedar Lake Speedway has never been a very good place for Billy as he tends to struggle on hammer down tracks, but on Friday evening he put it altogether and topped a talented field of 37 competitors for his second win of the week on the tour. He began the night by setting fast time in his group to earn the pole position for his heat race with Don
O’Neal starting alongside. Billy out-dueled O’Neal to claim the heat win, and in the redraw for the feature he received the second starting spot alongside Brian Shirley. As the race went green Moyer Jr. shot to the lead and would withstand early race charges from Shirley before having to fend off a hard-charging Brian Birkhofer late in the race to claim his fifth win of the season. Birkhofer, Shirley, Moyer, and Jimmy Mars rounded out the top five finishers.

June 16th, 2012 – Billy’s dream week continued on Saturday night as he scored the biggest win of his career by topping the $10,000-to-win, UMP DIRTCar Summernationals event at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin). Despite an unfavorable forecast and threatening skies throughout the day, the fourth round of the Hell Tour was contested on
Saturday evening at the 3/8 mile oval. Thirty-two competitors registered for action, and Billy paced the way in qualifying by setting fast time in his group to earn the pole starting spot for his heat with his Dad, Billy Moyer, starting alongside. Billy blazed to the heat race win to again find himself in the redraw, where he received the second starting spot for the 50 lap finale with Jason McBride joining him on the front row. When the green flag dropped on the feature Moyer Jr. assumed the top spot and would find the going easy early in the event. However, as the race approached its closing stages Brady Smith moved in to challenge for the lead. Billy would hold him off on his way to the biggest win of his career, and his sixth win of 2012! He was followed across the finish line by Smith, Shannon Babb, Jason McBride, and Brian Shirley.

June 17th, 2012 – Sunday night found the team rolling into Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, Wisconsin) for another $5,000-to-win, UMP Summernationals events. With thirty-one entries entered, Billy found himself behind the eight ball early in the night by only managing the fifth fastest time in his group, which left him starting deep in his heat race grid. After managing only a sixth place finish in his heat he started in the middle of the field for the b-main and would advanced to a third place finish. However, only the top two cars moved onto the feature, so he was forced to use a provisional to start the main event in the nineteenth position. During the course of the 40 lap event he advanced seven spots to finish twelfth at the checkered flag.

“It’s just been a dream week for me,” noted an elated Moyer Jr. “I grew up going to these tracks and these races, and if you would’ve told me that I would win one Summernationals race this year I would’ve been thrilled. But to win three of the first four, that is just unbelievable to me. My guys are busting their tails out here, and hopefully we can keep performing and make a run at this title. I have to thank all of my great sponsors for their support!”

The upcoming week of racing is shown below:
June 19th: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL) – $5,000-To-Win
June 20th: Highland Speedway (Highland, IL) – $5,000-To-Win
June 21st: Fayette County Speedway (Brownstown, IL) – $5,000-To-Win
June 22nd: Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, IL) – $10,000-To-Win
June 23rd: Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, IL) – $10,000-To-Win
June 24th: I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI) – $5,000-To-Win

For more information on the events and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.TheHellTour.com .

Sanders masters Cedar Lake Speedway

June 20th, 2012

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. – Rodney Sanders scored a convincing win on the final night of the 14th Annual Masters Saturday night at the Cedar Lake Speedway, capturing his third USMTS Casey’s Cup Series win of the season and pocketing the $2,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

Polesitter Zack VanderBeek led the field to the green flag for the start of the 35-lap main event, but it was outside front row starter Jason Krohn edging ahead to lead the first lap.

Krohn continued to set the pace for the next six laps with VanderBeek tucked in close behind until Steve Wetzstein’s spin on lap 6 brought out the race’s first caution flag.

Back under green, Krohn continued to lead the march with his first win of the 2012 campaign in his crosshairs, while VanderBeek now had his hands full fending off Jon Tesch for second place and three-time Cedar Lake Speedway winner Ryan Gustin wrestled with Brent Larson for the fourth spot.

Krohn’s advantage was five car-lengths by lap 17 when the second and final yellow flag waved for Stormy Scott as he came to a stop atop turn 2 with mechanical woes.

When the race resumed, Krohn shot to the high line while VanderBeek took the middle groove and Gustin hugged the low line. The trio exited turn 2 three wide but the 2007 USMTS National Champion was able to maintain the lead as they completed lap 18.

Sanders made his presence known the next time around. ‘The Rocket’ went around Gustin, scooted underneath Tesch and then powered around the outside of VanderBeek to grab second by the end of the 19th lap.

Pulling alongside Krohn down the back-stretch, Sanders made his move in turns 3-4 the next time around and crossed beneath the flagstand with a half-car-length advantage to complete lap 21.

From there, the race was for second place as Sanders blistered the field over the final 15 laps en route to recording his eighth career USMTS victory. Even more impressive, it was the 14th top-five and 16th top-ten finish in 17 starts for the
USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points leader.

Krohn fended off the challenges of VanderBeek, and then comfortably rolled to a runner-up finish with Tesch coming home fourth and Larson finishing fifth. Dave Cain came from 15th to finish sixth, Gustin faded to seventh, Ryan Ruter ended
up eighth, Scott Duval nabbed the ninth spot and USMTS rookie Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top-10 at the finish line.

Next up is a USMTS National Championship Series doubleheader next Friday and Saturday, June 22-23. On Friday, the series returns to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., for the first time since the King of America II Modified Nationals
in March. Saturday will find the USMTS touring titans back at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., for the second $4,000-to-win race of the weekend.

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

Reinke Rocks Cedar Lake Speedway for First Victory of 2012

June 5th, 2012

New Richmond, WI – It was a festival like atmosphere at Cedar Lake Speedway as the 3/8 mile high-banked clay oval presented it’s inaugural Triple Crown event. With fireworks displays and rock music introductions it was a high energy evening of racing. Especially for those reaching victory lane.

It would be Mike Reinke of Howards Grove, WI making his way to the tracks victory lane as he paced the final two laps of
the 30 lap main event collecting the $3,000 first place prize for his efforts.

It was his first feature win since his victory at Dodge County Fairgrounds in July of 2011. The win was his 22 A-main
checkered in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints.

For much of the contest Reinke would be chasing four-time and defending series champion Billy Balog who appeared to be
on his way to his fourth victory of the season by the mid-portion of the contest. However as laps wound down Reinke began to reel in Balog closing within a couple car lengths when the evening’s only red flag flew.

On Lap 28 Scott Broty flipped his machine between turns three and four . Broty would emerge from his machine unhurt and while the safety crew was removing Broty’s car from the track Balog retired to the pit area, the victim of engine problems. This ended Balog’s night and continued a streak of bad luck which has resulted in three DNF’s in the past four events.

This left Reinke in the lead of the event. A position he would hold for the two lap dash to the checkered flag.

Earlier in the evening Travis Whitney turned in the fastest qualifying lap of the night. Fresh off his win the evening before at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minnesota, Whitney clocked in at 11.759 seconds. The effort edged out Neitzel who earlier has turned in a time of 11.798 seconds. Four drivers got under the 12 second mark. Heat race victories would go to Balog, Scott Pribnow and Kaley Gharst.

With preliminaries out of the way, Cedar Lake Speedway officials groomed the racing surface prior to the start of the main event for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars. This left a smooth racing surface for the 23 drivers starting the contest. Phillip Mock would be sitting on the pole with Jim Moughan to his outside. Balog and Reinke would hold down row two as the green flag appeared.

Moughan blasted into the lead as racing got underway. Balog was quick to maneuver past Mock to garner second before the first lap was complete. Cars were three wide in the middle of the pack as everyone sought to find their preferred groove on the freshly groomed racing surface. Brook Tatnell, who had started in the third row would work the low line past Balog for second on lap three. Moughan who preferred running the high groove held a six car length advantage on Tatnell who preferred a much lower line around the raceway with Balog, Reinke and Mock giving chase with five laps in the books.
Tatnell’s efforts to catch Moughan ended on lap eight when he looped his machine in turn two after closing within a
couple car lengths. The spin was one of just two cautions in the contest.

Moughan would have Balog and Reinke on his rear bumper for the restart. Mock and Scott Neitzel would round out the top five as racing resumed. Underway again Moughan assumed command of the race pulling away from Balog who has his hands full fending off the challenges of Reinke.

Once the leaders started to encounter lapped traffic Balog began to slice into Moughan’s lead. On lap 15 Balog caught Moughan in lapped traffic. Diving to the bottom of the track he sliced past Moughan for the lead. The pair would duel in heavy lapped traffic with Balog attempting to keep cars between himself and second running Moughan. The pair were frantically lapping backmarkers when Balog made contact with Kris Spitz. Spitz would have his machine stall in turn
two as he attempted to make his way to the infield forcing the second caution of the event. The contact did not appear to affect Balog’s ride and he continued to pace the field with Moughan, Reinke, Neitzel all nose to tail for the restart. Reinke would dart past Moughan on the restart to garner second and he then set out to run down Balog. Slowly Reinke began to reel in the leader, closing within a couple car lengths when Broty flipped his car with only two laps left in the contest.

Reinke inherited the lead when Balog headed to the pit area with engine troubles giving Reinke the lead for the final restart. Once underway, Reinke was able to pull away from Moughan taking the victory by two car lengths. Neitzel would reach the finish line in third less than a car length behind Moughan. Tommy Sexton made a late race charge advancing to the fourth position in the closing laps after having started the contest in ninth place. Leading rookie Robbie Pribnow turned in a solid performance running among the lead group all evening. He would finish the contest in fifth place.

Bill Wirth in one of his strongest showings of the year finished sixth. Kaley Gharst, Mock, Tatnell and Travis Whitney who won the IRA main event ay Jackson (MN) Speedway the night before completed the top ten finishers. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series now concludes their triple-header weekend with a trip to Eagle Valley Speedway
in Jim Falls, WI. The Sunday night, June 3rd program is set to begin on the 3/8 mile clay oval at 6:00pm. Adult admission tickets are just $20 for an event which will also include WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks
and Eagle Valley Speedway’s own Pure Stocks.

Next week The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series makes it’s third appearance of the 2012 season at Wilmot Raceway
for an event on Saturday Night June 9th. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Jason Rauen Opens Eyes in 24th Annual USA Nationals

August 12th, 2011

Farley, Iowa – It obviously wasn’t the win that Jason Rauen had hoped to claim, but even the normally subdued, Rauen, had to smile after piloting his #98 Rauen Motorsports/MB Customs Super Late Model to a fourth place finish in the finale for the 24th Annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) last weekend.

Jason entered the first night of the 24th Annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) on Thursday night. The Corn Belt Clash-sanctioned event drew a field of 49 cars for the $5,000-to-win event. On the heels of charging from his fifth starting spot to a third place finish in his heat race, Rauen earned the thirteenth starting spot for the
main event. The team would try some different setups for the feature as they tested for the remainder of the weekend, and Rauen would ultimately record a 15th place finish at the checkered flag. Full results are available at www.CornBeltClash.com.

On Friday night, the second leg of the 24th Annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway was held, which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Super Late Models and served as the opening night of the $50,000-to-win program. It would prove to be a very memorable night for Rauen.

With 54 of the nation’s top Super Late Models entered, Jason would start the night by blazing to the fastest time in qualifications. With a four invert in effect, Jason would start fourth in his heat race, but it wouldn’t matter as Rauen blazed to the lead in just the first five laps of his heat and never looked back on his way to locking into the pole-sitter’s dash for the feature. For the dash, he received the third starting spot in the redraw, but after a failed attempt to get the race underway, the pole-sitter, Chris Simpson would be moved back one row as Rauen was promoted to the pole position alongside Chris Simpson. Jason would quickly grab the lead in the dash, and led all ten laps to win the $500 dash bonus as well as the pole position for Saturday night’s, 100 lap finale.

Saturday evening saw a very heavy race track as late afternoon rains drenched the oval. Rauen set by anxiously as he watched b-mains and the last chance qualifier held on the oval prior to the 100 lap feature. As the feature grid took to the track in front of the capacity crowd Rauen was joined on the front row by Jimmy Mars. At the drop of the green flag Rauen
and Mars would began to duel for the lead, but as the field completed the first lap it was Rauen, who held down the top spot on the field. Rauen would maintain the lead through several caution flags over the first half of the race as Josh Richards worked into the second spot.

Rauen would hold the lead until lap 77, when Richards used the low-line to slip past in turns one and two. Over the next few laps, Rauen would lose two more spots as Birkhofer and Mars also slipped past before regaining his composure. Jason would go on to record a fourth place finish at the checkered flag behind race winner, Richards, Birkhofer, and Mars. Full results are available at www.WoOLMS.com.

“I wanted that win bad, but to finish fourth against that caliber of competition is really a big deal for me and my team. There late in the race I got away from where my car was the best, and it cost me a few spots, but I definitely learned from it. This gives us something to build upon,” commented Rauen.

Jason was back in action with the World of Outlaws Super Late Models on Monday night at Independence Motor Speedway (Independence, Iowa). With 34 Super Late Models on hand for the $10,000-to-win event Jason qualified 14th fastest on the grid to earn the fourth starting spot for the second heat race. After finishing in the fourth position in the heat, Jason would lock into the 14th starting spot for the 50 lap main event. He would compete around midpack for much of the event before mechanical issues brought his night to an end on lap 38. He would be credited with a 16th place finish in the final rundown. Full results are available at www.WoOLMS.com.

The upcoming weekend has the team slated to tentatively enter a pair of Corn Belt Clash events with the first on Thursday, August 11th at Redwood Speedway (Redwood Falls, Minnesota) and the second on Friday, August 12th at Chateau Speedway (Lansing, Minnesota). For more information on the events, please visit www.CornBeltClash.com .

Jason Rauen would like to thank all of his sponsors including Rauen Precision Machinery, MB Customs, Mars Race Cars, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Burco Farms & Tractor Sales, H-D Trucking, Simon’s Trucking, Motion Industries, Loctite, Imperial Stone, Wemzel’s Towing, Ruf Equipment, M-K Matic, VP Racing Fuels, Bell Picture Frames, B&B Racing Engines, Tri-State Polishing, X-Treme Graphics By J-Rod

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One month later, Gustin completes Cedar Lake Speedway sweep

July 19th, 2011

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. – Ryan Gustin dominated the field when the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy invaded the Cedar Lake Speedway on June 17 for the first of two nights of racing at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval in New Richmond, Wis.

Inclement weather forced the postponement of the second half of the Masters race back one month to Saturday night, but the results was the same albeit the road to victory lane was a little rockier this time for ‘The Reaper.’

The first half of Saturday night’s 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main saw a see-saw battle up front with six lead changes among three drivers, but Gustin became the fourth and final different leader with 13 laps to go as the 20-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, raced off to his 15th win of the season and 39th of his young career with the United States Modified Touring Series.

From the outside of the front row, Mike Steensma grabbed the lead from polesitter Ryan Ruter, but Ruter battled back to pace the second and third laps. Steensma led the next pair of laps but Ruter edged ahead to get scored as the leader of lap 6 before Steensma regained control on lap 7.

Corey Dripps worked his way to the front and began pressuring Steensma on lap 14, and then snagged the top spot away as they completed the 16th lap. Dripps maintained his grip on the lead position when the caution waved on lap 25 when Ruter slowed with a flat tire.

Meanwhile, Gustin had clawed his way into contention after starting ninth. After the restart, Gustin found his way around Dripps with 27 laps in the books. As the pair raced into turn 1, Dripps found the outside guardrail of the Cedar Lake Speedway and a broken suspension ended his night and brought out the second yellow flag.

Back under green, another lap could not be finished before the red flag was waved for a crash on the back-stretch.

Battling for fifth and sixth, contact between Jason Miller and Craig Thatcher sent Thatcher’s machine darting to the inside where he clipped the right rear of Tommy Myer’s car that sent Myer’s #65 GRT Chassis into a series of roll-overs.

Myer was transported to a local hospital with an apparent ankle injury, but there were otherwise no serious injuries.

2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn was also caught up in the melee and was forced to retire from the race while Miller and Thatcher were able to continue.

On the restart, Gustin blasted out to a four-car-length advantage and set sail from there to score the $2,000 triumph while Steensma held on to collect the runner-up paycheck.

Jason Hughes came from the 16th starting spot to finish third. With Miller and AFCO Pole Award winner Rodney Sanders rounding out the top 5 finishers. Sixth through tenth went to Jon Tesch, Brent Larson, 24th-starting Kelly Shryock, Jason Grimes and Dereck Ramirez.

Officials have announced that next year’s edition of the Masters will again feature USMTS Modifieds in conjunction with the UMP Late Models on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, 2012, with the possibility of a third day added on Thursday. Tickets and
camping reservations are available now at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.

The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy is back in action this Tuesday, July 19, at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa. The event was rained out on June 21 and again this past Tuesday.

This will be the third straight year the series has invaded the North Iowa Fairgrounds. Ryan Ruter captured the inaugural event in 2009 while Mike Steensma won his career-first USMTS feature in last year’s standing-room-only tilt.

Also running on Tuesday night will be B-Mods. With just two classes on the card drivers and fans can expect a smooth, fast show.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. The I-35 Speedway is semi-banked half-mile clay oval located off of I-35 at exit 194, then 5.1 miles east on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call the track hotline at 641-424-6515 or visit www.i-35speedway.com online.

On Wednesday the USMTS Modifieds make their way to the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, during the Southern Iowa Fair, and on Thursday will move 45 miles to the south with this year’s only stop at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Iowa, and the final points race in the Arnold Motor Supply Central States Region.

On Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, all eyes point to the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for a two-day event during the $25,000-to-win Late Model show that will close the curtain on the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region.

The blockbuster event that everybody has been waiting for happens the following Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30, as more than 150 drivers are expected to descend on the Deer Creek Speedway for the inaugural $20,000-to-win World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Hanson Tire Service.

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.

2011 USA Nationals Best Appearing Race Car Contest

July 7th, 2011

FARMINGTON, Minn. — Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to partner with Baileigh Industrial and announce a new event: the USA Nationals Best Appearing Race Car presented by Baileigh Industrial. The event will be held in conjunction with the 24th Annual USA Nationals presented by U. S. Steel on Aug. 4-6.

The contest will offer cash prizes for the winning teams as well as the winning graphics designer. The winning graphic designer will also receive exposure in Late Model Illustrated Magazine and with DirtonDirt.com. The winning car will be announced Saturday, Aug. 6, prior to the evening racing action.

“The USA Nationals is such a huge event, Baileigh wanted to deepen our involvement beyond having our demonstration trailer at the event,” said James Newberg of Baileigh Industrial. “The Best Appearing event just seemed to be a great way to get more involved in the event, build our brand awareness and create a unique event for drivers and fans.”

Baileigh Industrial has grown into one of the largest and most respected Sources of metal fabrication and cutting machines worldwide. Baileigh will have a demonstration trailer onsite the entire race weekend of the USA Nationals for product demonstrations and questions.

“We can’t wait for the USA Nationals and to see the many incredible graphic designs that will via for the inaugural title of the USA Nationals Best Appearing Race Car,” Newberg added. “Cedar Lake always strives to find new ways to make the USA Nationals more than just a race,” said Cedar Lake Speedway co-owner Bob Kaufman. “We want the USA Nationals to be an experience — an event — for both the fans and the drivers. By partnering with a terrific company like Baileigh Industrial and offer this contest it is yet another reason for fans and drivers to come and experience USA Nationals weekend.”

The contest, which will be judged by the fans, has a straight-forward rules format:

• Entry form must be received on or before Wednesday, Aug. 3 at midnight (no entry fee)
• All Dirt Late Models in competition that weekend are eligible to enter contest (NASCAR and Open Late Models)
• Cars must contain a color contingency-sized logo on both sides of the front fenders of the USA Nationals and Baileigh Industrial logos
• Graphic design must be an original design and different than the drivers normal graphic scheme
• No requirements on design elements
• Overall winner will be judged by cars overall look and appeal as it is viewed by the fans from the grandstand

The best appearing contest will provide cash and awards to the top three finishers including the graphic designer for the first place finisher. Just announced, the winning graphic design company also will receive a cash award in the contest. The winning race team and graphics designer will win more than $4,000 in cash and prizes combined. A detailed listing of the cash and prizes available:

*First place:*
•$2,500 cash to race team
• $500 cash to graphic design company
• Trophies for both race team and graphic design company
• Late Model Illustrated free full-page color ad for graphic design company
• DirtonDirt.com video coverage of winning team and graphic design company
• Best Appearing 3-by-8-foot banner

*Second place:*
• $750 cash to race team
• Trophy

*Third place:*
• $250 cash to race team
• Trophy

A complete set of rules, registration form, and USA Nationals/Baileigh Industrial logos can be obtained by emailing Rich Olson at FANSFund@gmail.com. All entries must be received by Aug. 3 at midnight and entrants must comply with contest rules or be disqualified. Entry forms may be submitted via email to FANSFund@gmail.com or mailed to:

FANS Fund
Attn: Rich Olson
19160 English Avenue
Suite 100
Farmington, MN 55024

*About Baileigh Industrial* Baileigh Industrial, Inc. has consistently proven to be the leader of providing quality metal fabricating equipment to the respective industries in Canada, Mexico, The United States, and now Europe! The Baileigh Industrial product line as grown to include: tube and pipe benders, mandrel benders, tube and pipe notchers, sheet metal notchers, cold saws, band saws, sheet metal brakes and more. For more information on how our products can help your business, visit www.baileighindustrial.com

*About Cedar Lake Speedway*
Cedar Lake Speedway is in its 54th year of operations. The 3/8′s mile clay oval dirt track located in New Richmond, Wis., races each Saturday beginning in early April and ending in late September. Cedar Lake hosts several special events throughout the year including The Masters June 16-18, the 24th Annual USA Nationals Aug. 4-6, and the Legendary 100 Sept. 15-17. For tickets and information call 866-4CLS FUN or go to www.CedarLakeSpeedway.com

FANS Fund
19160 English Avenue
Suite 100
Farmington, MN 55024
☎ 612.578.1669

Gustin masters Cedar Lake Speedway

June 20th, 2011

NEW RICHMOND, Wis.- The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy last invaded the Cedar Lake Speedway ten years ago when Ryan Gustin was just ten years old.

Friday night at the historic high-banked clay oval in New Richmond, Wis., Gustin looked like a seasoned veteran as the rising USMTS star boldly went where no other man would go and sailed into victory lane for the thirteenth time this season.

Gustin’s first bold move of the night came in the fourth heat race. He started on the pole and quickly slid up in front of fellow front row starter Kelly Shryock to take command of the fast lane. The pair made contact in the exchange which carried over to an exchange of bumps and hand gestures to each other during a caution period two laps later.

After winning the heat, Gustin drew sixth for the start of the 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main. When the green flag waved, it was apparent that ‘The Reaper’ was on his way to the front.

Jason Krohn led the first five laps before Rodney Sanders edged in front to lead the sixth lap. As they entered the first turn the next time around, Gustin powered around the high side of the racing surface and took control.

A caution on lap 10 sent several cars to the pit area following a six-car melee on the back-stretch. The restart saw Zack VanderBeek and Jason Hughes running fourth and fifth after starting twelfth and thirteenth, respectively, and looking like they might be the ones to give Gustin a challenge.

But nobody had anything for the 20-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, as he flawlessly churned the clay on the high side of the track and ran away from the field over the final caution-free 30 circuits.

With a $500 bonus added from a local business and former racer plus an extra $100 as part of his perfect attendance for the season, Gustin pocketed $2,600 for his third win in four starts in the tough Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region campaign.

Sanders held on for second while Hughes got by VanderBeek for the third spot and Dave Cain raced from eleventh on the 28-car starting grid to claim the fifth spot.

Mike Steensma scored the sixth-place paycheck, Joey Jensen won the second Real Racing Wheels “B” Main and climbed his way to seventh in the main event, Krohn slipped to eighth at the finish line, Craig Thatcher nabbed the ninth spot and Corey Dripps rounded out the top 10 finishers.

A field of 51 USMTS Modifieds were on hand Friday night, but only 50 of the entries started the heat races. Jon Tesch had his car unloaded and ready to race when his phone rang and he was informed that his wife was going into labor. Tesch and his team loaded up and headed down the highway for a 250-mile trek back to Watertown, S.D.

Action continues on Saturday at the Cedar Lake Speedway with another $2,000-to-win event on tap as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy share the spotlight with the UMP Late Models during their annual Summer Nationals grind. Hot laps begin at 6:30 and heat races will start around 7:30.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is located 1 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call 612-363-0479 or 715-248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

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.

Mars, Gross, Davis and Smith Score CLS Opener Victories

May 11th, 2011

(New Richmond, WI) The 2011 racing season officially kicked off at the Cedar Lake Speedway after five straight rain outs on Saturday night, May 7th with racing by NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Midwest Modifieds at the 3/8 mile Western Wisconsin clay oval.

Cory Davis and Ryan Wiome lead the small but stout field of NASCAR Pro Stocks to the green in the first feature event of the 2011 racing season. Davis took the top spot on the opening circuit and drove off completely uncontested during the non-stop 20-lap event. Wiome ran in the runner up spot for most of the event, until 18 year old Adam Ayotte snuck by late in the event to snag the second spot at the finish. Justin Stahl raced from 8th to 3rd throughout the event and started his 2011 campaign on a positive note with a solid third place finish. The win was Davis’14th career feature victory at Cedar Lake.

The Midwest Modified feature event was set to be a great one with the two most previous track champions Jason VandeKamp and Bob Smith sharing the front row for the 20-lap affair. Smith got the jump on the field with VandeKamp in tow as Dave Siercks, Ryan Olson and Josh Bazey gave chase. Smith, Olson and VandeKamp ran three wide for several circuits and swapped the top spot over and over while the rest of the field followed closely behind. The event was slowed by five cautions, keeping the field bunched close together and on each double file restart the trio once again began their spirited battle. Smith ran the middle, Olson on the low side and VandeKamp up on the cushion throughout the mid-point of the event, allowing Olson to sweep by into the race lead. Several cautions later, Smith was able to regain the lead on a restart and never relinquished it, racing to his first CLS win since July of last season. Bazey pulled along in and around the top five throughout the entire event and stole second from Siercks for his best career finish at Cedar Lake.

Terry Hanson and rookie Mike Gibson lead the field to the green in the NASCAR Open Wheel Modified feature event. Hanson took command at the drop of the green with Craig Thatcher stealing second, only to see a caution fly on lap one, scrubbing the original start and setting up a complete restart. On the second try, Hanson again took the top spot, but this time Jason Gross made the bottom of the speedway work and swept by Thatcher into second and began to chase down Hanson up front. The duo battled for the lead with Thatcher close in third. Several laps later, Gross stole the lead and began to drive off, while Thatcher snatched second away and began to pound the cushion to try to run down Gross out front. Gross began to encounter lapped traffic while Thatcher was running after the race leader. Once Gross got to traffic, Thatcher was there and snuck inside of Jason through turns 1 and 2 stealing the lead in the process. Just as Thatcher took command, the caution flew for a blown tire on Craig Brightbill’s #4, wiping out the pass and putting Gross back out front. Jason then took off and lead the final five laps uncontested for his second consecutive opening night victory at CLS. Thatcher was forced to settle for second in his return to the track where he has five track titles. Hanson rounded out the top three ahead of Scott Splittstoesser and 12th starting Jason Schill.

Rick Egersdorf and Rick Hanestad circled the speedway out front on the opening lap of the NASCAR Super Late Model feature event, with the two Ricks battling door to door on the opening lap of the 30-lapper. The duo was quickly joined by third starting Adam Hensel in a three car battle, while Tim Isenberg, Chad Mahder and 7th starting Jimmy Mars were on the move toward the front. Hanestad finally tussled the lead away from Egersdorf and began to run away from the field as Mars worked by Mahder into the top five at the midpoint of the event. Hanestad was long lout front, while Isenberg and Hensel were in a great battle with Egersdorf until a crash occurred damaging Egersdorf’s machine and setting up the only restart of the event. Hanestad took back off, but Mars was not going to be denied as he swept into second and two laps later blasted by Rick into the lead. Once out front Jimmy would not be challenged again and cruised the final laps for the impressive win. Hanestad and Hensel rounded the top three spots on opening night.

Racing resumes at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday, May 14th with a one of the most anticipated special nights of the year featuring the annual school bus spectacular plus NASCAR Midwest Modifieds, Pro Stocks and a visit by the Northern Vintage Stock Cars. Racing will begin at 6:00pm on Saturday. Check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com for more information.

Brent Larson Dominates Second Night of NASCAR Action During USA Nationals!

August 15th, 2010

New Richmond, WI- On Friday night, Brent Larson had to race his way from the back of the pack following an early caution to earn a fourth place finish.  On Saturday night at the USA Nationals, Larson found his outside front row starting position in the 30 lap NASCAR Late Model main event much more to his liking.  With five-time and Friday night winner Chad Mahder drawing the pole position, many on-lookers wondered if he would race to his sixth win at CLS this season.  Larson had a different agenda though, as the Lake Elmo, Minnesota driver dominated the feature race.  A strong field of 34 NASCAR Late Models were on hand to run a full program as the companion division to the World of Outlaws late models.  A very large crowd, one of the biggest in track history, filled the popular western Wisconsin Cedar Lake Speedway for the final night of the 23rd Annual USA Nationals.

The NASCAR Late Models lined up prior to the prestigious USA National 100 for their 30 lap feature event.  Chad Mahder and Brent Larson brought the 24 car field to the green.  Unlike the previous night, the main event would run the full 30 lap distance nonstop.  Larson gained the advantage over Mahder on the opening lap and would never look back, as the 2008 track champion
raced to his first victory of the season at CLS.  Mahder fell into the runner-up spot ahead of Pete Parker and Toby Patchen in the early part of the race.  Ashley Anderson moved by Patchen for fourth on lap seven and then snuck under Parker the next time around for third.  Ninth starter Pat Doar began to make his presence felt in the top five one lap later.

Larson began lapping the back part of the field twelve laps into the race, as he held a comfortable lead over Mahder.  With laps flying by under green, Doar kept his march forward in motion as he moved around Anderson for third on lap 22.  At the same time, 20th starter A. J. Diemel cracked the top ten. Doar reeled in Mahder.  On lap 25, Doar got around Mahder and continued to
close the gap on the leader.  With Larson working lapped traffic under green flag racing, it appeared Doar would need a caution to make a serious bid for the lead.  No such luck for Doar, as Brent Larson raced to his first CLS NASCAR Late Model feature win of the season.  Pat Doar finished second ahead of Chad Mahder, Ashley Anderson and 13-time track champion Rick Egersdorf.
Likely the fastest car on the track during the last half of the race, A. J. Diemel came from his 20th starting spot to finish six.  Rounding out the top ten finishers were Joel Cryderman, 19th starter Lance Matthees, John Kaanta, and Jake Redetzke.

NASCAR heat race winners included Joel Cryderman, Ashley Anderson, Toby Patchen and Chad Mahder.  Mike Nutzmann topped the B Main with Marshall Fegers, Tom Naeyaert and Jeff Patchen earning the final transfer positions to the feature.  In the feature, only two cars failed to finish the 30 lap distance with fourteen cars still on the lead lap at the end.  This was in stark contrast to the USA National 100 that followed where only eight of the original 26 starters took the checkered flag.

When the 23rd edition of the USA Nationals concluded, race fans had witnessed a total of 464 laps of late model racing action in the two divisions over the course of three nights.  Racing continues at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday August 14 with a full program of NASCAR Whelen Series action in the four weekly divisions featuring the late models, modifieds, pro stocks and Midwest modifieds.  The following Saturday will be the Faster Pastor races, and then the Elmer Cook Memorial rounds out the month of August.  September will see the 10th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial on Saturday September 11, the 4th Annual Legendary 100 on Thursday September 16 through Saturday September 18 with the 6th Annual Enduro closing out the season on September 26.  For more information, please visit our website at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 1-866-CLS-4FUN.

Lanigan Earns Pole For USA Nationals 100 With Strong Qualifying Effort Friday At Cedar Lake Speedway

August 10th, 2010

NEW RICHMOND, WI – - Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., put himself in position for a signature victory on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with a powerful effort during Friday night’s USA Nationals qualifying program at Cedar Lake Speedway. The national tour’s 2008 champion won the five-lap dash for Friday’s five heat-race winners, earning himself the pole position for Saturday night’s 100-lap A-Main. He will chase the $50,000 top prize that’s on the line in the 23rd annual USA Nationals, which this year carries presenting sponsorship from U.S. Steel Corporation and is part of the WoO LMS schedule for the first time since 2005.

“The car’s good right now, but man, a hundred laps out there is gonna be treacherous if the track’s like it was tonight,” said Lanigan, who raced off the pole to lead the entire dash in his Rocket car. “I’m telling you, it’s tough out there. It’s wicked-fast right now up on the cushion. “It’s tough, but it’s definitely racy. The fans get their money’s worth here. I guarantee that for 100 laps tomorrow there’s gonna be no relaxing.”

Arguably the hottest driver on the WoO LMS with three wins and nine top-three finishes in his last 10 starts, Lanigan captured the second heat race and then outgunned fellow front-row starter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., to take control of the dash. Lanigan crossed the finish line in the short sprint nearly a half-straightaway ahead of first-heat winner Josh Richards, who got out of shape in turn two early in the dash but recovered to finish second and secure the outside pole starting spot for the USA Nationals.

Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., who was fastest during the evening’s 51-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials session with a lap of 14.167 seconds and won the fifth heat, drove Larry Moring’s car to a third-place finish in the dash to position himself on the inside of the second row for the start of the 100. Fourth-heat winner Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., and third-heat winner McCreadie, who won Thursday night’s 40-lap DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned tuneup feature, finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and will start the USA Nationals from those spots.

Lanigan, 40, will shoot for his first-ever USA Nationals victory. His only previous starts in the event resulted in finishes of 10th (1995) and 13th (2005). “We’ve never really been that great up here,” said Lanigan, who sits second behind Richards in the current WoO LMS points standings. “But we’ve got a pretty good car, so hopefully we’ll be there at the end. We’ll see what we
got tomorrow night.”

Lanigan hasn’t won a crown-jewel dirt Late Model event since he captured both the Dream at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and the Dirt Track World Championship at Kentucky’s Bluegrass Speedway in 2003, but he’s knocked on the door to Victory Lane in several major events over the past several seasons. He’s been especially close to a big-money score at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., finishing second in the Firecracker 100 for the past three years.

Friday’s qualifying program was very good to the WoO LMS regulars. Eight of the tour’s 12 travelers on hand made the cut through a heat race and will start among the top 11 spots in the USA Nationals 100, including heat winners Lanigan, Richards, Francis and McCreadie as well as Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga. (starts sixth), Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga. (seventh), Rick Eckert of York, Pa. (10th) and rookie Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del. (11th).

Outlaws still looking to transfer on Saturday through one of two B-Mains or the last-chance race are Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., Russell King of Bristolville, Ohio, and rookie Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The two biggest winners in the history of the USA Nationals – five-time victor Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., and four-time winner Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. – will run B-Mains on Saturday after falling short in heat action. Moyer led the first 11 laps of the fifth heat before being shuffled back to fifth after a lap-13 restart, and Bloomquist missed by one spot after finishing fourth in the hard-fought fourth heat.

Saturday’s grand finale program, which includes B-Mains, a last-chance race and the 100-lap USA Nationals and a full show for Cedar Lake’s NASCAR Late Models, is scheduled to begin with hot laps at 6:30 p.m.

Additional details and ticket info on the USA Nationals can be obtained by logging on to www.cedarlakespeedway.com.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Biertzer Beats Tatnell for Masters Night 1 Victory!

June 23rd, 2010

He started outside row one and led every lap of the 25-lap feature event, but the box score does not even begin to tell how hard Scott Biertzer worked en route to his second career IRA Sprint Car win on Friday night during the Masters at Cedar Lake Speedway.

The West Bend, Wisconsin, racer blasted by pole-sitter Bill Balog down the backstretch on lap one and maintained the top spot through a lap three red flag for a series of backstretch barrel rolls by Nick Alden, and a yellow for a spin by Phillip Mock with nine laps in . With each stoppage, Brooke Tatnell worked his way closer and closer to the lead from his eighth starting spot. During laps 8 and 9 Tatnell moved from fourth to second and then back to third again, as Balog, Tatnell and Reinke swapped positions numerous times. Tatnell got around Balog on lap ten and set his sights on the leader.

The Cedar Lake surface, beat hard by heat and wind all day, finally began to turn black towards the twenty lap mark, and as Biertzer worked his way around the lapped cars, Tatnell closed the gap with each lap. With just a handful of laps remaining, Biertzer made contact with the lapped car of Scott Uttech, who nearly careened into Tatnell. Tatnell had been seriously challenging Biertzer for the top spot, but this close call allowed Biertzer to gain a little breathing room again. Tatnell closed back in again.

The white flag flew and the large crowd, obviously rooting for the underdog Biertzer, followed the top two cars around the track and exploded when Biertzer grabbed the win, his first at CLS and second career IRA triumph. “I can’t believe we just won the Masters,” exclaimed Biertzer in victory lane before climbing atop the wing to soak in the cheers. Tatnell settled for second while Bill Balog, Mike Reinke and first time Cedar Lake starter Jim Moughan rounded out the fastest five.

Heats for the 29 cars went to Reinke, Tatnell and Kris Spitz while Bill Warren scored the B-feature. Osborne and Sons Trucking qualifications were not held, so drivers used a passing point system to determine lineups throughout the evening. Heat action saw Davey Heskin and Rob Kubli each make hard contact with the concrete wall in turn two. Heskin’s car remained upright while Kubli’s sprinter tipped on its side. Both were uninjured but finished for the night.

The IRA Sprints return to Cedar Lake Speedway for night two of the Masters on Saturday night, June 19, 2010. Scott Biertzer will be looking for the clean sweep while many other strong contenders will be vying for a chance to grace victory lane.

United States Steel Corporation Named Presenting Sponsor at 2010 USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway!

June 19th, 2010

New Richmond, WI-Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to announce that United States Steel Corporation will be the presenting sponsor of the 2010 USA Nationals. “Cedar Lake Speedway is excited to begin our relationship with United States Steel on our marquis event, the USA Nationals” says owner Steve Kaufman. “We look forward to welcoming general manager Scott Coleman and his associates to the racetrack. I have enjoyed working with Scott and appreciate his passion for and knowledge of dirt late
model racing.”

The twenty third annual crown jewel event welcomes the best dirt late model drivers in the country to the legendary high banks of the western Wisconsin speed mill. Boasting fantastic racing, an exciting atmosphere, over ¼ million dollar purse with $50,000 going to the winner, the USA Nationals is a must see event for race fans from coast to coast.

United States Steel Corporation (USS) headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA., is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 31.7 million net tons. The company manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries. The company operates two iron ore mines through its Minnesota Ore Operations on the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota: one in Mt. Iron (Minntac) and one in Keewatin (Keetac).

Advanced tickets for the USA Nationals are available by calling 1612-363-0479& 612-363-0479 or by visiting
http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/&

For more information on United States Steel visit:http://www.ussteel.com/

Badger State Nationals Cancelled Due To Weather

October 4th, 2009

St. Cloud, MN-It is with great regret that we announce tonight that the 2nd annual Badger State Nationals at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI has been cancelled due to the impending weather forecast, which includes a high percentage of rain, cold temperatures and wind.

The forecast over the next four days calls for a high percentage of rainfall on Thursday, Thursday night, Friday and Friday night. Couple that with the chance of rain and the low temperatures forecast for highs on Friday and Saturday, the fear is that the forecasted overcast skies and cool temperatures will not allow the facility proper drying time so that the event could be run on Saturday and/or even on Sunday as previously planned. The forecast calls for a chance of rain on Saturday, Saturday night and late Sunday as well.

Event promoter Chris Stepan stated ‘I have been looking forward to this event for months now and have had a ton of drivers calling me regarding information about the event, so it is very disappointing that we need to cancel it, but I would hate to get all of the racers and fans here from all over the Midwest and then be forced to cancel because of the weather once everyone is here. Fuel isn’t free and I’d hate to basically force racers and fans to get on the road only to have to cancel the event once everyone has already begun their travels.’

‘ I wanted to be sure to get the announcement out early enough to get the word out to folks before they begin traveling here to New Richmond and so that they can go support other events in the area if they so choose and so they don’t waste any of their time or money for no reason.’ Stepan also stated ‘Cedar Lake Speedway and I plan to host the event again at the end of the 2010 racing season, so racers and fans should keep an eye on http://www.fyemotorsports.com/ for updates throughout the winter.’

Anyone who reserved ramp parking spots, pre-paid for contingency awards or reserved camping spots will be refunded their money within the next 14 days.

Don’t forget the 7th annual Viking Fall Classic is just around the corner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 8th, 9th and 10th 2009 at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN.

Cat Daddy Going to ‘Let ‘er Eat’ at USA Nationals!

July 18th, 2009

lint Smith of Senoia Georgia will pull his trailer carrying the well-known #44 to Wisconsin to attend the 22nd Annual Cedar Lake Speedway USA Nationals. Known to Fans and drivers as the “Cat Daddy,” Smith runs is a regular in his JP Drilling GRT’s with the World of Outlaws.

Clint and a few of his crewmembers and other World of Outlaw drivers were just finishing a game of football when we talked. “We are over here in Wyoming just trying to kick back and relax a little before tomorrow race,” mentioned the Dirt Late Model pilot. “We have been doing this tour a couple years now and with the travel schedule we have some time between races to do
a little site seeing and other things.”

Smith, who is a second-generation racer to the famed Roscoe Smith, talked about the Northern tour. “It sure is a long way from home but the Fans up there treats us so well. While it is a lot of work to be out on the road, the people up here really make the difference,” concluded Clint.

The discussion then turned to the USA Nationals and the opportunity to win $50,000. “That show is a tough one to make because we have a string of races in Ohio and Pennsylvania the week prior to the Cedar Lake deal. But we are racers and I want to be out on the road and race and you can’t get no better opportunity than to race for $50,000,” said Smith. “You can count on us being up there.”

Check out the Cat Daddy’s website at www.clintsmith.com <http://www.clintsmith.com/> . He has some great old photos on the bio page (can you name the three other drivers with Clint in the picture from Australia)?

The Cat Daddy is on the prowl and coming to Cedar Lake to “Let ‘er Eat.” We wish Clint a successful return to Cedar Lake Speedway for this year’s 22nd Annual USA Nationals. For more information on the USA Nationals or tickets, visit www.CedarLakeSpeedway.com <http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/> .

Rich Olson

www.FANSFund.com

2008 World of Outlaws Champion Darrell Lanigan Wants To Add USA Nationals Crown To His Mantle!

July 18th, 2009

Darrell Lanigan is the defending World of Outlaws Champion and currently sits in second place in the points in 2009. Darrell and his Fusion Energy crew will make the tow up from Union Kentucky to vie for this year’s crown of USA Nationals Champion and the $50,000 prized that accompanies it.

Lanigan and I spoke during his day off between events on the WoO Great Northern tour. “Last time we were up to Cedar Lake must have been 3 or 4 years ago,” remembered Lanigan. “I don’t think our car was that good that night and we finished in the middle of the pack somewhere.” When I reminded him he finished 13th he laughed and said, “We have things rolling a little better now so I think we will have something for them when we return.”

We spoke of his runs in the Upper Midwest and Darrell said, “At some of those tracks up there we have really been able to figure things out and run real well. We have great set-up for tracks like Cedar Lake so I am confident that if all goes well we will be up front racing for the win.”

I talked to Darrell briefly about the FANS Fund and he stated, “That is pretty incredible that you have Fans up there that are willing to do that for racers. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it. For me, we are going to have to really hustle to get back out to the Nationals. The Outlaws have a four-day swing in Ohio and Pennsylvania the week prior. We will have to really plan to have a couple of cars ready, return to the shop, reload and come up there to Wisconsin. That money is really going to help us offset expenses with our travel budget,” finished Lanigan.

If you want more information on Darrell and his #29 Fusion Energy team, visit http://www.laniganautosports.com/. We look forward to Lanigan’s return to Cedar Lake Speedway for this year’s 22nd Annual USA Nationals. For more information on the USA Nationals or tickets, visit http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/.

Rich Olson
www.FANSFund.com

Mr. Smooth Billy Moyer Confirms Bid for Record Sixth USA Nationals Crown!

July 18th, 2009

Batesville Arkansas’ Billy Moyer has confirmed that his #21 Victory Circle M1 by Moyer will be in the pit area at Cedar Lake Speedway for the 22nd Annual USA Nationals. Moyer, who is the only five-time winner (’88,’89, ’90, ’92, and ’93) of the prestigious event, will be gunning for his unprecedented sixth win.

In talking with Billy and Joyce who were at their shop, you can hear Billy’s confidence in his program and his car come through loud and clear over the phone. “Our program is rolling real good right now and we have the car driving real well,” stated Moyer. Billy is just coming off a big $10,000 win this past weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway and a third the night prior at North Alabama Speedway. Joyce said jokingly, “Billy has got to keep winning as it is expensive to keep me looking this good.” It is easy to see the Moyer’s are having fun and why they are so well liked and respected at the racetrack.

Billy confirmed that he and his Banner Valley Hauling, J and J Steel, and New Vision Graphics Dirt Late Model will be racing Thursday evening at the WDRL portion of the USA Nationals. Then of course, Billy and team will ramp up and prepare to run the weekends events in pursuit of the USA Nationals crown.

Our discussion quickly turned to Billy Moyer Jr. Joyce said, “Billy Sr. asks me who finished behind or in front of Billy Jr. and I will say ‘I don’t know I was too busy watching Billy Jr. to notice.’” As a mother, you can tell she worries about her son racing these 2300 pound 850+ HP machines but says “it is what he wanted to do. and he is doing it on his own and he runs his own team.”

Billy Jr. has been running the MSRA series and “Kid Smooth” is currently leading the series points. Due to a rainout on June 12 at Malden Speedway, the make-up event is scheduled for Friday, July 31st, which will conflict with the USA Nationals date. Unless something changes, seeing Mr. Smooth and Kid Smooth on the track at Cedar Lake Speedway will have to wait another year.

For more information on Billy Moyer, please visit http://www.billymoyer.com/. If you have a moment, click on Billy’s profile as it has a questions and answers to items that you may have never known before about Billy.

We wish the entire Moyer Racing Team the best of luck at this year’s Nationals in their pursuit of an unprecedented sixth USA Nationals crown.

Fans, we will see you July 30th to August 1st for this year’s USA Nationals. For more information and tickets, go to http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/

Rich Olson

14 Year Old Tyler Reddick to “Hang Ten” with Dirt Late Model at Cedar Lake Speedway’s USA Nationals!

July 17th, 2009

Fourteen-year-old Tyler Reddick called to confirm that he and his #11 Gatorz and America’s Incredible Pizza sponsored Rocket will be attending this year’s USA Nationals. Reddick, a native of Corning California is referred to as “The California Kid.” By participating at the Wisconsin 3/8′s mile speed plant, Tyler will become the youngest driver ever to race at the USA Nationals and at Cedar Lake Speedway.

At only 14, Tyler brings an already impressive resume as he has raced the follow machines:

Outlaw Karts
Mini Sprints
Midgets
Non-Wing 410 Sprints
Dirt Late Models

Not only has he raced, to date with over 400 races and counting, he has over 150 wins, 13 championship wins, four Rookie of the Year titles in various racing sanctions, and three National Championships! Following the footstep of NASCAR star Jeff Gordon, Reddick hopes to race in all various forms of racing to hone his skills in hopes of someday being a NASCAR star.

For 2009, Tyler has teamed up with Tim Fuller Racing to assist in his dirt late model program. Tim, a perennial driver on the World of Outlaws tour, offers Tyler and his crew and family help in setting up their team and assisting them in teaching them the finer points in setting up and driving a Dirt Late Model.

Tyler, not one to shy away from competition, has been racing for Rookie of the year honors this year with the World of Outlaws. Reddick currently sits fifteenth in series points. Tyler called to confirm this weekend right after his run with the World of Outlaws Late Models this past Friday where he finished 13th.

For more information on this rising star, visit http://www.tylerreddick.com/ His web host has lots of video and information regarding this young talent. Also, don’t forget to visit Tyler at in the pits at Cedar Lake Speedway. You will not believe how fast this young man can race and more interesting is the adjustments the crew has to make in the drivers compartment to make Tyler “fit” into the 2300 pound 850+ HP monster.

We say to Tyler, “Dude, we so like look forward to seeing you at CLS. later dude.”

Squirrel Just N U T S About Coming to USA Nationals via FANS Fund!

Brian Shirley of Chatham, Illinois confirmed that he gladly accepts the FANS Fund offer and will attend this year’s USA Nationals. I caught up with “Squirrel” via phone while he was out on the road returning home after a busy week of racing. This week Brian was in Minnesota to race the Gopher 50 (I hope everyone can see the irony in a guy nicknamed ‘Squirrel’ running the Gopher 50) on Wednesday and then hustled out to Ohio to catch the last two events of the Summer Nationals tour on Friday and Saturday.

“Ed (Petroff) and I were talking about the Nationals a couple weeks ago,” stated Shirley. “I know Ed said Babb would be up there and Babb really likes it up there. If it is good with Petroff, we will be making our way up there.”

Brian went on to say, “this deal with the FANS Fund really helps us make our decision as it will really help us offset costs. Sponsor funding has dropped this year and we have had to be real selective on where we race to make sure we can make money. I just think it is great that Fans thought enough of us to vote us in on these deal. That is awesome!”

“Kermit,” Brian’s lime green hauler that you cannot miss on the road or in the pits, had made a brief stop at CJ Rayburn’s shop before returning home to begin preparing Brian’s dirt late models for the coming weeks races. He will be running around home before preparing his cars and making the haul over to Cedar Lake Speedway for the USA Nationals July 30th to August 1st.

Brian has one of the most unique driver websites that you will ever find. For more information about Brian and maybe sign up for “Squirrel Trax” which is Brian’s text service, visit www.BrianShirley.com. In looking over Brian’s website, it says he carry’s the distinction of being the fourth youngest driver to ever win a Crown Jewel event. At the young age of 25 years and 5 months in 2006 he won the Knoxville Late Model Nationals. The youngest you ask, Marshall Green at 24 years and 3 months followed by Jeff
Purvis and Scott Bloomquist.

In a related note, Cedar Lake Speedway is considering a rename of their pit area. Bob Kaufman, one of the owners of Cedar Lake Speedway stated, “with the Silver Shark, the Intimagator, and now the Squirrel who will be bringing ‘Kermit’ with him to the Nationals we may have to refer to the pit area as ‘The Cedar Lake Speedway Zoo.’” I myself will call it “crowded” as Cedar
Lake has been getting many confirmations of drivers attending this year’s Nationals. A large and stout field of late models is expected for the 22nd running of the Upper Midwest classic.

Farley Iowa’s Jason Rauen To Make Boarder Jump To Cedar Lake Speedway and the USA Nationals!

Jason Rauen confirmed today that his #98 race team would make the haul up to Cedar Lake Speedway for this year’s USA Nationals.

Jason runs primarily on American Racer rubber and is unsure if he will run the WDRL event but said “yeah, we will be making the trip up to Cedar Lake this year.” We talked about Cedar Lake Speedway and also all that there is to do at Cedar Lake once the races are over. Especially the always-inviting Apple River tubing that drivers and crews enjoy on Sunday once the race weekend is complete.

Jason just came off a great run at his home track of Farley on Tuesday night when he finished third behind Brian Birkhofer and Chad Simpson for the $10,000 to win Tornado Tuesday event. “We ran real well at that event and took home a great finish,” stated Jason.

I look forward to Rauen’s first trip to Cedar Lake and his entire #98 race team at this year’s USA Nationals.

For more information visit http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/ and don’t forget to make plans to be at the USA Nationals July 30th thru Aug 1st.

Jamie Nutzmann | <http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com
651-245-2299

Wolkowski Wows ‘Em at Cedar Lake, as Borgeson, Miller and Mars Win Again

June 5th, 2009

New Richmond, WI–Young Thunder Bay, Ontario racer Cody Wolkowski had a memorable night in his second appearance ever at the Cedar Lake Speedway on May 30 when he topped a fantastic NASCAR midwest modified main event to earn his first-ever career feature win in that division. A beautiful but breezy late spring day brought fans and racers to the western Wisconsin facility for another action-packed evening of dirt track racing in the four NASCAR weekly divisions. With racy track conditions, fans were entertained with several very good races throughout the course of the evening high-lighted by the midwest modified main event. Repeat winners were the norm in the other three classes, as Tim Borgeson overcame recent driveline problems to pick up his fourth win of the season in the always competitive NASCAR super stocks. Jason Miller grabbed his second NASCAR modified win of the season and his fourth over all at CLS holding off Ron Schreiner in the process. Jimmy Mars became the first repeat winner in the NASCAR late model division this year besting a fine field of 25 cars, as he passed race leader Mike Nutzmann on lap 17 in a nonstop run to the checkers.

The race of night was the first feature event to come trackside. A talented starting grid of 24 NASCAR midwest modifieds were about to wow the crowd in their 20 lap feature race. In a race that saw four different leaders and produced an exciting finish, Lucas Milz and defending track champion Shawn Phillips brought the field around for the green flag. Phillips immediately propelled his car to the lead with Vince Corbin and Bob Smith battling for second. The race was under caution just two laps into the run when John Clark and Mike Gibson got together entering turn three. Clark went to the rear and the race resumed. A lap later the yellow blinked on again for a father-son incident in turn two. Steve Strandlund Jr spun and collected his dad. Both cars retired to the pits. Smith had just passed Corbin for second while Jeremy Houle and 10th starter Andy Jones were racing for fourth. Two more green flag laps and the final caution flew for a Patrick McCarthy spin in turn two. This set the stage for an incredible 15 lap run to the checkers for the midwest modifieds! Andy Jones had moved up to third with Thunder Bay drivers Cody Wolkowski and Jeff Marshall challenging Houle for fourth. Phillips continued to lead Smith, as the racing for the top spots kept the fans attention focused up front. Smith was able to gain the lead on lap 8 while Jones moved to second on lap 9 and began to close in on the leader. At the halfway mark, it was Smith, Jones, Phillips, Wolkowski and Houle in the top five while Marshall was a close sixth. Lap 11 saw Wolkowski race to third and Marshall move past two cars into fourth. A great battle for the lead ensued in the last half of the race with Wolkowski and Marshall advancing and Jones putting the pressure on Smith. Jones was
able to gain the top spot on lap 15 running the top side, but it was all eyes on young Cody Wolkowski working down low.

Wolkowski got by Smith a lap later with Marshall moving up to third on lap 17. It was soon a three car battle for the lead. On lap 19, the leaders were three wide entering turn three. Wolkowski emerged as the new leader at the white flag with Jones and
Marshall very close behind. The young Thunder Bay driver was able to hold on to earn a very popular and exciting win in just his second year of racing in the midwest modified division. It was his first CLS win in just his second appearance and his first-ever in the midwest modified division. Marshall edged past Jones on the final lap to make it a Thunder Bay sweep of the top two spots. Jones settled for third ahead of Smith and Houle. Rounding out the top ten were Phillips, Clark Perry, 16th starter Eric Herbison, 19th starter Jason Vandekamp and Dave Siercks. Heat race winners were Perry, Jones and Marshall. Vandekamp won the B Main when the apparent race winner was DQed.

A strong 24 car NASCAR super stock field lined up for their 20 lap feature race with rookie Tyler Boumeester and Lyle Archambeau on the front row. Archambeau grabbed the lead on the opening lap with Boumeester a close second. The race was under its first caution after just one lap when Frank Fabio and Marcus Berget got together. Fabio tagged the tail. Berget joined him in the rear of the field when he spun on the restart and brought out the second caution. When the green replaced the yellow, Boumeester raced underneath Archambeau for the lead while Tim Borgeson blasted into second. Borgeson passed Boumeester on lap 6 but moments later the yellow flew when Boumeester looped his car in turn three. Scoring reverted back a lap with the young rookie driver relegated to the rear of the field. Borgeson took off on the restart. Greg Nippoldt had just passed Ryan Wiome before the
caution, so Nippoldt was now in second and set his sights on the leader. Cory Davis and 10th starter Mike Loomis battled for fourth. Nine laps into the race, the yellow waved again for a spin by Archambeau. A lap later at the halfway point, the fifth and final caution blinked on for a Jim Gullikson spin. Two time winner Jason Schill had just cracked the top ten, but he exited the track under caution and retired from the race. It would be 10 green flag laps to the finish. Borgeson continued to show the way up front, but Nippoldt was close behind. Loomis got by Wiome for third on lap 11 with Davis in fifth. Justin Stahl began reeling in Davis while Nippoldt was now putting the pressure on Borgeson for the lead. As the laps clicked by under green, Nippoldt pulled alongside Borgeson a couple of times but was unable to gain the lead. Stahl moved to fifth on lap 18 right behind the Loomis and Wiome battle for third. Borgeson was able to hold off Nippoldt to earn his fourth win of the season, as the two cars put on a very good battle during the last half of the race. Wiome got by Loomis on the final lap to grab third with Stahl close behind in fifth. Completing the top ten were Davis, Mike Bruggeman, Justin Dodge, Dale Gangl and rookie Shawn Kammerud. NASCAR super stock heat races were won by Stahl, Borgeson and track point leader Loomis.

With Jason Schill scratched due to an engine failure, Chris Magistad and Lance Hofer paced the 18 car starting field for the NASCAR modified 20 lap feature race. Hofer held off Scott Splittstoesser to lead the opening lap with Jason Miller and four time winner Darrell Nelson close behind. The race was soon under caution for Erik Peterson with just one lap in. On the restart, Tim Siercks brought out the second caution with a spin in turn three. Splittstoesser tooled past Hofer on the ensuing restart and took the lead. It was short-lived though, as Jason Miller went from fourth to first on lap 3. Darrell Nelson moved by Splittstoesser a lap later to grab the second spot. Miller and Nelson began to pull away from the field while Splittstoesser ran third ahead of Ron Schreiner. The complexion of the race changed up front on lap 12 when Keith Lepinski’s harmonic balancer flew apart and spread debris on the track. Nelson ran over a piece and cut down a tire while Splittstoesser also hit the debris, causing much more serious damage to his car. Both the second the third place cars were out along with Lepinski. This moved Schreiner up to second behind Miller. Craig Brightbill was now third in front of Terry Hanson. Two laps later Hanson spun in turn four to bring out the fourth and final caution. Mike Kelley Jr had raced his way forward from his 17th starting position, but he was docked two spots for jumping on the previous restart. This did not impede his forward progress, as Kelley continued to advance. Schreiner stayed close to Miller over the final six laps, but he was unable to mount a serious bid for the lead. Jason Miller went on to record his second NASCAR modified win of the season. Schreiner stayed close to finish second. Mike Kelley Jr raced his way up to third at the finish with Craig Brightbill and Jeremy Gross rounding out the top five. Shaun Kelley, Terry Hanson, Don Brightbill, Lance Hofer and Tim Siercks completed the top ten. Heat races were won by Miller and Craig Brightbill.

The thunder of the 25 car starting field in the NASCAR late model division filled the air for the final event of the fast-paced evening. Mike Nutzmann and Adam Hensel brought the field to the green with plenty of talented drivers right behind them. An exciting opening lap saw Nutzmann race to the lead up top followed by last week’s winner Rick Egersdorf from his fourth starting spot. Hensel held third in front on John Kaanta. Jimmy Mars moved into the top five on lap five. Just six laps into the race, Nutzmann began to encounter lapped traffic. Jake Redetzke got back by Mars for fifth, but Mars returned the favor the following lap. On lap 8, Mars moved by Kaanta for fourth. Mars was on the move, and he raced under Hensel for third on lap 9. With the leaders continuing to work lapped traffic, Hensel slipped back in front of Mars for one lap. Mars was back to third again on lap 11
though. Mars got around Egersdorf for second on lap 13 and began to reel in the leader. At the halfway point, it was Nutzmann, Mars, Egersdorf, Hensel and Kaanta in the top five. The race remained under green with the leaders in lapped traffic. Mars was closing in fast on Nutzmann. Nutzmann was continuing to run high while Mars was using his favorite low groove on the track. On lap 17 with two lapped cars right in front of the leaders, Mars moved underneath Nutzmann to grab to the top as Nutzmann got pinched a bit by lapped traffic. On the same lap, Darrell Nelson got past Kaanta for fifth. Mars began to stretch his lead just a bit, but Nutzmann and Egersdorf stayed within shouting distance. The race continued under green with the leaders working lapped traffic. Nutzmann and Egersdorf began to close in on Mars. The gap narrowed, as race fans were wondering if either of them could overtake the fleet #28 machine of Mars. In the waning laps of the race, Egersdorf pulled even with Nutzmann a couple of times in the battle for second just several car lengths behind Mars. In lapped traffic, Mars took the white flag with Nutzmann and Egersdorf close behind. Jimmy Mars became the first repeat winner in the NASCAR late model division in 2009, earning his second victory in three appearances so far at CLS. The battle for second came right down to the finish line, as Rick Egersdorf edged past Mike Nutzmann to claim the runnerup spot. Adam Hensel and Darrell Nelson rounded out the top five. Finishing sixth through tenth were John Kaanta, Jake Redetzke, Chuck DeSmith, Steve Laursen and Rick Hanestad. Heat races were won by Hensel, Joel Cryderman and Laursen.

Exciting racing action continues next Saturday night in the four weekly NASCAR sanctioned divisions at the Cedar Lake Speedway. The second round of the Hot City Nights promotion continues with race fans from the Hammond and Roberts communities admitted free to the grandstands for the June 5th & 12th race nights. To check out the race schedule, view point standings, race results or obtain ticket and camping information, please visit our website at www.cedarlakespeedway.com. See you at the races!

Egersdorf and Weber Take First Wins, Nelson and Marshall Repeat at Cedar Lake Speedway

May 28th, 2009

Marshall in MWMNew Richmond, WI–The seventh race of the season saw two new winners emerge while two other drivers earned repeat feature victories on a pleasant spring evening at the Cedar Lake Speedway during Saturday night racing action on Memorial Day weekend. A strong field of 107 cars signed into the pits to race for top honors in the four weekly NASCAR divisions. Jeff Marshall drove to his second win of the season, his first since the opening night, in the NASCAR midwest modified division in dominating fashion. Mike Weber took full advantage of his pole starting spot leading all the way in the NASCAR super stock main event, but he had to withstand a late challenge from Jason Schill to secure his first win of the 2009 season. Darrell Nelson has been a dominating force in the NASCAR modified class so far at CLS, and tonight was no different as he garnered his fourth victory in six attempts. The NASCAR late model division remains the only class to see a different feature winner each night so far in 2009. Multi-time track champion Rick Egersdorf took his first win in several seasons when he topped a very strong field of late models.

 

 

 

For the second week in a row, an incredible field of 33 NASCAR late models was on hand. Following heat race wins by Jim Carlson, Chuckie DeSmith, Jeff Patchen and Jake Redetzke, a late model B Main was once again necessary. It is not very often that you see Pat Doar in a B Main, but tonight was such an occasion. Doar pulled away for the win over Keith Foss, Adam Hensel and Jeff Martire. The field was now set for their feature event. Jake Redetzke and first-time 2009 visitor Mike Prochnow paced the 24 car starting grid, as race fans would feel the rumble of the late models for 30 racing laps around the high-banked 3/8 mile oval. With the first start attempt called back for a jump by outside front row starter Prochnow, the second attempt saw veteran racer Rick Egersdorf move up one row and switch spots with Prochnow. Egersdorf, who literally has tens of thousands of laps around the track, wasted no time in finding the quick lane and got the lead over Redetzke. A spin in turn one with three laps scored brought out the second caution of the race, as Joel Cryderman and Jeff Patchen made contact. Cryderman retired to the pits with what appeared to be some kind of front suspension or steering damage. Third place runner John Kaanta got by Redetzke on the restart and settled into the runnerup spot behind Egersdorf. One final caution for a six car incident in turn two one lap later kept the field bunch up. It would be 26 laps nonstop to the finish when the green blinked back on. A tremendous battle developed for the fourth spot for several laps between Prochnow and opening night winner Rick Hanestad. Hanestad finally secured the spot near the midway point of the race. On lap 20, Darrell Nelson moved past Prochnow for fifth. The leaders remained the same for the remainder of the race, as Rick Egersdorf held a comfortable margin enroute to his first win at CLS in a number of years. John Kaanta, Jake Redetzke, Rick Hanestad and Darrell Nelson rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten finishers were Mike Prochnow, Jim Carlson, Jeff Patchen, Chuckie
DeSmith and Kelly Anderson.

 

 

 

Darrell Nelson has ruled the roost in the NASCAR modified division this season at CLS. After driving to a heat race win, Nelson lined up sixth on the starting grid for their 20 lap A Main. Pole sitter Jason Gross took the lead over fellow front row starter Craig Brightbill at the drop of the green. The race was under caution after just one lap for a four car crash in turn two. Chris Gorka’s mod required wrecker assistance. Again Gross led Brightbill on the restart with Darrell Nelson from sixth to third ahead of Jason Miller and Ron Schreiner. The yellow was displayed a second time for a spin by Dave Friendt in turn two with eight laps in the books. Miller had slipped back to sixth with the winner of the other heat race, Rick Kobs, now in fifth. Two laps later, it was Miller with a spin in turn four relegating him to the tail of the field. Bad luck struck race leader Jason Gross on the restart when something let go in the rear end of his car and he immediately drove off the track into the pits. This gave Nelson the lead. One more slow down for a spin by Bruce Mattison, and it was Nelson earning his fourth NASCAR modified win of the season. Ron Schreiner worked his way past Craig Brightbill on lap 17 to grab the runnerup spot. Jeremy Gross and Mike Kelley Jr completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Dave Lear, Rick Kobs, Marc Johnson, Scott Splittstoesser from 19th, and Shaun Kelley.

 

 

 

Although he’s had a fast race car each night he has been at CLS this season, Mike Weber had not been able to earn a trip to Victory Lane yet. With the good fortune of a pole starting position, Weber blasted into the lead over two time winner Jason Schill. Ryan Wiome was quickly up to second followed by Mike Keller who was making his first appearance of the season. A very good battle soon developed for the third through sixth positions. The first caution slowed the pace with 12 laps scored when Ryan Olson spun in turn two. Weber’s lead now evaporated with Wiome, Schill, Keller and Jim Gullikson occupying the top five spots. Gullikson got past Keller on the restart while Schill was looking for a way past Wiome. Schill moved to second on lap 15 and began to close in on Weber. A good battle right behind Schill saw Wiome, Gullikson, Keller, Mike Loomis and Greg Nippoldt involved. The second yellow was displayed when Wiome and Gullikson made contact and spun in turn four while battling for third. It was a tough call, but track officials deemed Wiome to be at fault and he had to tag the tail. On the restart, Tyler Boumeester and Jeff Pellersells got together on the backstretch. Pellersels’ car needed two wreckers to remove it from the track. Another restart attempt was foiled by a spin in turn four by Brian Lick. Lick pulled off the track with a flat tire. This set the stage for a green-white-checker dash to the finish. Schill tried to work to the inside of Weber, but Weber was able to withstand the challenge to earn his first win of the season. Gullikson was third ahead of Keller while Loomis edged past Nippoldt for fifth on the final lap. Completing the top ten finishers were Justin Dodge, Cory Davis, Chad Johnson, and Cody Campeau. Heat race winners included Nippoldt, Justin Stahl, and Weber.

 

 

 

With the 29 car field in the NASCAR midwest modified division pared down to 24 starters, the 20 lap feature saw Jason Vandekamp and Andy Jones bring the field to the green. Jones charged hard into turn one up top, but his car looped around in front of the whole field. Cars scrambled every which way to avoid him, but several cars were collected. Only Alex Gerlach was unable to continue. With Jones now at the back of the field, A J Roschen moved up to the outside front row starting spot. A four car crash on the next attempt to start the race saw Dave Siercks, Dennis Jones and Jake Miller eliminated while Jeremy Houle went to the work area. Houle returned to tag the tail. Roschen liked the outside lane and edged past Vandekamp to lead the opening lap when the race finally got underway. The green flag was short-lived though, as the race was under its third caution with just one lap in for a spin in turn four. When the green replaced the yellow, Roschen was battling Vandekamp and Jeff Marshall for the top spot when he spun in turn three to put the race under its fourth caution. This gave the lead to Vandekamp. On the restart, Marshall got by Vandekamp for the top spot. Once again, the race was under caution a lap later when John Clark tagged the turn four wall and stopped. Finally, the race was able to put together a string of green flag laps after this. As Marshall pulled away from the field, fans were keeping tabs on the progress of Jones and Houle from the back. Jones was back up to tenth in just a couple of laps. When the final caution waved for Mike Gibson’s contact with the turn one wall on lap 13, it was Marshall, Vandekamp, Bob Smith, Clark Perry and Josh Bazey in the top five. Jones and Houle were seventh and eighth behind Eric Herbison. Two laps later Smith moved past Vandekamp for second, but the battle for positions five through eight was spectacular at times. Houle moved to sixth on lap 15 while Herbison and Jones swapped the seventh spot behind Bazey. Clark Perry began to fade a bit in the late stages of the race with Houle and Bazey now battling for fourth. Bazey retook the spot from Houle on the final lap. Jeff Marshall was in control up front and recorded his second win of the season. Bob Smith and Jason Vandekamp completed the top three in front of Bazey and Houle. The remainder of the top ten were Andy Jones, Clark Perry, Eric Herbison, B Main winner and 21st starter Clayton Wagamon and Kyle Steffen. Midwest mod heat races were won by Steffen, Marshall and Smith.

 

 

 

Racing action continues next Saturday May 30 at the Cedar Lake Speedway. The Hot City Nights promotion is once again in effect. The program for the four regular NASCAR divisions is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 PM. Come on out to the Cedar Lake Speedway and see who will earn top honors in the late model, modified, super stock and midwest modified divisions. For more information, please check us out on the web at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 1-866-4CLS-FUN.

 

 

 

by Greg Parent

Huge Crowd Descends on CLS for School Bus Night, as Miller and Mars Master Large Field

May 22nd, 2009

New Richmond, WI–The 5th Annual School Bus Race Night once again proved to be a gigantic success at the Cedar Lake Speedway with the largest crowd of the season on hand along with season-high turnouts in the NASCAR late model and midwest
modified divisions on Saturday May 16. The much anticipated return of the winged outlaw modifieds was also a success, as one of the larger crowds in the history of the track filled the popular western Wisconsin facility to near capacity on a cool spring evening. Jason Miller had a memorable night, as he subbed for Sam Nelson in the NASCAR midwest modified division and
showed the 38 car field the quick way around the 3/8 high-banked oval for his first 2009 victory in that division. Coming off a win the previous week in the modified class, Miller donned a wing on his mod and topped a talented field of winged outlaw modifieds in the return of that division after a 17 year absence at the track which made the class famous. Jimmy Mars raced to
victory over a season-high stellar field of 33 NASCAR late models. In the always popular school bus races, the feature event saw the Baldwin-Woodville us narrowly defeat the Osceola bus in a slam-bang race filled with excitement.

With the School Bus Race Night continuing to gain in popularity each year, the 5th Annual event proved to be the biggest yet with local area high schools providing a band, choir and tons of students. School buses from six area local high schools were painted in various schemes and driven by teachers from Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Osceola, New Richmond, Somerset and Unity. Add in two additional buses, one from the Cedar Lake Speedway driven by Ron “The Swamp Man” Bernhagen and the other piloted by stunt driver Clay “The Wild Man” Gallagher, and you have a formula for a very entertaining evening. Local area high school students and their families packed the place cheering for their respective buses with each school painting and preparing their bus ahead of time. One bus even had a wing on top while another was painted to the Bat Man theme. With Osceola and Amery winning the two heat races, the stage was set for the big feature event. As school buses raced two and sometimes even three wide, the wild event was filled with slam-bang crashes and dramatic moments for the large crowd. The New Richmond Bat-Mo-Bus thrilled the crowd with a two wheel effort one time while nearly rolling over. The speedy Osceola bus was involved in an early crash on the frontstretch, but was able to get going again and overcame a huge deficit to make for an exciting finish. With flagman Jeff Stacken waving the checkers, the Baldwin-Woodville bus narrowly held off the Osceola bus for a popular victory. Finishing third on back was Amery, New Richmond, Unity and Somerset. Where were Ron and Clay? Well, their buses sustained some damage and brought up the rear of the field. Following the race, “Wild Man” Clay jumped his bus through a burning wall of flames in the infield. The popular promotion will return next May for what will likely be another record-setting night at the Cedar Lake Speedway, as local area high schools vie for bragging rights on a fun-filled evening at the races.

It’s always fun to race in front of a large crowd, and the two NASCAR sanctioned divisions in action joined right in with their largest car counts of the season so far. The NASCAR midwest modified division usually produces the highest turnout each race night, and tonight was no exception. A season-high field of 38 cars was on hand. Following heat race wins by Kyle Jumbeck, Clark Perry, Dustin Scott, and Jeremy Houle, Clayton Wagamon topped a 17 car B Main to set the stage for the 20 lap feature event. Paced by front row starters Dan Wheeler and Clark Perry, a wild scramble for the lead at the completion of one lap saw cars cross the line three wide with sparks flying. Bob Smith led the opening lap, but it was fifth starter Jason Miller on the move. Miller, subbing for Sam Nelson, blasted his way to the front on the second lap. The race was under caution with three laps scored for debris from Clark Perry’s car that resulted from the first lap scramble for the lead. Perry was done for the night. With Miller continuing to show the way, a tremendous battle for the runnerup spot developed behind him when the race returned to green amongst the cars of Smith, Wheeler, Wayne Troseth, Jason Vandekamp and defending track champion Shawn Phillips. The race was back under caution on lap nine for a four car crash in turn four. The battle behind Miller saw Wheeler, Troseth, Vandekamp and Phillips in the top five. Vandekamp moved to third on lap 12 and took second the next lap from Wheeler only to have Wheeler return the favor on lap 14. The third caution slowed the pace with 14 laps in the books for a spin in turn four.
On the restart, Phillips went from fourth to second in just two laps with 10th starter Taylor Leuthner cracking the top five. A final caution for a spin in turn four with 17 laps in set the stage for three lap dash to the checkers. Jason Miller proved to be too strong and went on to record his first NASCAR midwest modified win of the season. Shawn Phillips won the spirited battle for second ahead of Jason Vandekamp. Dan Wheeler and 2008 Legendary 100 winner Taylor Leuthner completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Jeremy Houle, Wayne Troseth, 15th starter Dennis Jones, Kyle Jumbeck, and 21st starter Clayton Wagamon.

Not since the end of the 1991 season have the winged outlaw modifieds raced at the Cedar Lake Speedway. The long awaited return saw a talented field of cars on hand. Several drivers from the previous era returned to the popular class while several drivers were making their winged modified debut. When the final checkers waved, the return of this class of cars was deemed to be a success for their first time back. Heat races were won by Rick Kobs and Jason Gross. Mike Kelley Jr and Jason Miller brought the 11 car starting grid to the green for their 15 lap main event. Miller, fresh off a win in the midwest mod division, wasted little time in motoring into the lead. The race was under caution immediately when Shaun Kelley snapped a drive shaft
and rolled to a stop in turn two. Called for a jump on the restart, Mike Nutzmann was moved back one row when the yellow blinked backed on. The third time was the charm, as Miller once again set a blistering pace. The winged outlaw mods were turning laps nearly as quick as the late models, as Rick Kobs settled into the runnerup spot behind Miller. Brad Waits, Mike
Kelley Jr and Jason Gross mixed it up for the third spot for several laps before Waits settled in. Just three laps into the race, Les Duellman pulled to the infield when the air cleaner cover flew off his winged mod. Not taking any chances to incur engine damage, the veteran Fountain City driver pulled off. A final caution blinked on for debris in turn four with nine laps in. The running order up front remained the same with the field once again closed up. Six more quick laps rolled by, and it was Jason Miller recording his second win of the night and etching his name in the CLS record books by winning the winged outlaw modified feature race. Rick Kobs finished second ahead of Brad Waits, Mike Kelley Jr, Jason Gross, Scott Gilbertson, Mike Nutzmann driving the Lepinski #87L car, Dave Lear, and Lonnie Louschke. Les Duellman and Shaun Kelley did not finish. With word that several more cars will bolt on wings for the second show of the season, the popular class will return to the Cedar Lake Speedway on Thursday night June 18 to help kick off The Masters weekend.

The final event of the evening featured the ground-pounding action of the NASCAR late model division. The weekly car counts have been strong all season long in the late model division at CLS, but tonight would see the largest turnout so far with a tremendous field of 33 cars on hand. Rick Egersdorf, Lance Mathees, Pat Doar and Ashley Anderson topped heat race action. Most weekly tracks do not have enough cars to run a B Main for the late models, but on occasion CLS needs to do so. Tonight was such an occasion. Doug Herrick bested Jake Redetzke, Keith Foss, and Don Copp for the four transfer positions into the 30 lap feature race. With the starting field determined, Rick Egersdorf and Jimmy Mars brought the field to life as track announcer Chris Stepan pumped up the crowd. Jimmy Mars is certainly no stranger to the Cedar Lake Speedway having won a track point title, Masters championship, and USA Nationals event to his credit amongst numerous other victories. Mars wasted little time in showing the field the quick way around with Egersdorf and Eric Breeschoten the top trio. Making his first appearance of the season, Ashley Anderson began working his way forward from his 8th starting spot. Anderson moved to fourth on lap five and engaged in a very good battle with Breeschoten for several laps. While the race remained under green, Anderson moved past Breeschoten for third on lap 13 as the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic. A couple of laps later, Lance Mathees moved past Steve Laursen for fifth. With Egersdorf quickly closing the gap on Mars in traffic, the lone caution of the race blinked on.
Unfortunately it was for third place runner Ashley Anderson. Anderson jumped the cushion entering turn one and contacted the concrete wall. His night ended with a ride on the wrecker. The race then ran 13 laps nonstop to the finish with Mathees getting by Breeschoten for third a couple laps after the green replaced the yellow. In his second appearance of the season, Jimmy Mars recorded his first NASCAR late model victory. Another strong performance saw Rick Egersdorf in the runnerup position. Overcoming some bad luck from a few weeks ago at CLS, Lance Mathees ran a solid third. Eric Breeschoten and Steve Laursen completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten was Pat Doar, Jesse Redetzke, Brent Larson, Rick Hanestad, and last
week’s winner Darrell Nelson.

Weekly NASCAR racing action returns to the Cedar Lake Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend with a full show of late model, modified, super stock and midwest modified events on Saturday night May 23. The racing has been entertaining and exciting so far in 2009 with good car counts, good track conditions and well-run programs ending at a very reasonable hour on Saturday nights. Please join us for another fun-filled experience at west central Wisconsin’s fastest piece of real estate, the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway. Thank you to all the drivers and fans for your support so far during the 2009 racing season. With plenty of great racing and stellar events still to come, we shall see you at the Cedar Lake Speedway! For more info visit http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/

New Winners Plentiful on Quick-Paced Night at Cedar Lake Speedway

May 18th, 2009

New Richmond, WI- New winners were plentiful on the fifth night of the season at the Cedar Lake Speedway in a very quick-paced evening of NASCAR dirt track racing action. A cool spring evening on Whelen Night for the weekly NASCAR racing
divisions saw new winners emerge in three of the four classes. Making his first appearance of the season, Andy Jones returned to the track where he recorded his first win a couple of years ago and drove past last week’s winner Bob Smith on lap 6 enroute to victory in NASCAR Grand Casino Midwest Modified division. Jason Schill was the only repeat winner, as he put on a strong performance in the NASCAR Goodyear Super Stocks taking the lead on lap 8 from Ryan Wiome in a race slowed only once for an early caution. It was Schill’s second win of the season at CLS. Although the NASCAR Amsoil Modifieds had some difficulty getting their feature race underway, the final 17 laps ran green with Jason Miller picking up his first win of the season when he moved around race leader Darrell Nelson just past the halfway mark. The 30 lap NASCAR Impact Printing Late Model feature ran nonstop and showcased a very good battle between Pat Doar and Darrell Nelson for a good share of the race. Nelson was able to gain the advantage in lapped traffic and went on to record his first late model victory of the season.

As usual, the NASCAR Midwest Modifieds are the first class to come trackside for their feature event. Bob Smith and Dave Siercks brought the 25 car field to the green for 20 laps of racing. The race was immediately under the red flag on the opening lap when Jared Gorka bounced off the concrete wall exiting turn two and came down the track in front of several cars. Todd Steffen, E J Heitala, and Ryan Nieters had nowhere to go and got collected in the wreck. All four cars were out. The second attempt saw Bob Smith edge past Dave Siercks to lead the opening lap, but Siercks came back strong and returned the favor on lap 2. Smith regained the top spot the next lap. A caution with four laps in for a Kenny Jordan spin kept the field bunched up. Two laps after the green replaced the yellow, fifth starter Andy Jones moved around Smith for the lead. A lap later, the race was under caution when fifth place runner Tony Schill looped his car in turn four. Jones led Smith and Siercks on the restart. The race then ran eleven green flag laps with Jones maintaining the lead over Smith. Jeremy Houle worked his way to third while Shawn Phillips and Jason Vandekamp were working their way forward from their row six starting spots. With 17 laps
in, the third place car of Jeremy Houle got sideways in turn two and collected the lapped car of Ben Johnson. This set the stage for a quick three lap dash to the checkers. Andy Jones was able to hold on for his first win of the season in his first appearance, as positions changed hands behind him. Both Phillips and Vandekamp were able to get past Smith on lap 19 in a wild scramble for the runnerup spot. Shawn Phillips rode home in second ahead of Jason Vandekamp while Bob Smith settled for fourth in front of Mike Gibson. Completing the top ten were Eric Herbison, Dave Siercks, 14th starter Lucas Milz, 23rd starter A J Roschen, and 19th starter Kyle Steffen. Heat race winners included Jones, Siercks and Houle.

The NASCAR Super Stock feature race saw Mike Loomis and Cody Campeau on the front row. Loomis led the opening lap, as a pack of cars battled for the top spots. Ryan Wiome came from fourth to first in just two laps, as the lone caution of the race waved for a spin by rookie Mike Dyrdahl. It would be 18 nonstop laps of green flag racing to the finish. Wiome continued to lead Loomis and a host of others on the restart. Jim Gullikson, Jason Schill and Greg Nippoldt were making their presence felt in the lead group along with rookie Tyler Boumeester. Schill got past Gullikson for third on lap 5 while Nippoldt cracked the top five a lap later. As Wiome and Loomis raced for the lead, Schill was hooked up and hauling. On lap 8, Schill moved from third to first with a whisper of white smoke trailing his car. Tim Borgeson came from 15th to run sixth when he nudged past Justin Stahl on lap 8 as well. With Schill showing the way up front, the battle continued behind him. At the halfway mark, Loomis had regained the runnerup spot ahead of Nippoldt, Wiome and Gullikson. Nippoldt moved past Loomis for second a lap later while Gullikson edged by Wiome. Schill began working lapped traffic on lap 13, but the lapped cars did little to hamper his strong run. With 17 laps in, Stahl moved by Wiome for fifth. The running order up front remained the same to the checkers with Jason Schill earning his second victory of the season at CLS since joining the Mueller team three weeks ago. Greg Nippoldt, Mike Loomis, Jim Gullikson and Justin Stahl completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Tim Borgeson, Ryan Wiome, Chad Johnson, Brian Lick and rookie Shawn Kammerud. Heat race wins went to Gullikson and Justin Dodge.

It was a tough time getting the NASCAR Modified main event underway in the early laps with no less than five cautions in the first three laps. The race then went 17 laps nonstop to the finish. Rick Kobs and Craig Brightbill paced the field to the green. Kobs grabbed the lead on the opening lap, but Brightbill blasted by up top to lead the second lap. This is when the race got bogged down under caution. The first yellow appeared when Jason Gross and Dave Lear stopped in turn three. Gross retired from the race while Lear continued. A series of three spins on three attempts to restart the race prevented a lap from being completed. Finally the race got going with Brightbill up front, but just one lap later the fifth and final caution waved when Scott Kobs slowed to exit the track and Jake Jay glanced off his car and smacked the turn one wall head on. The red light was
displayed in order to make sure Jay was okay. He was and the race resumed. The race would go nonstop to the finish then. Darrell Nelson moved past Kobs for second a couple laps after the green blinked on while Jason Miller cracked the top five. On lap 7, Nelson drove underneath Brightbill for the lead while Miller moved past Kobs for third. Miller continued his march
forward, taking second from Brightbill two laps later. Ron Schreiner was also advancing from his 9th starting spot and edged by Brightbill for third. At the halfway mark, it was Nelson, Miller, Schreiner, Kobs and Brightbill. With Miller working the middle area of the track and Nelson glued to the inside lane by the tires, Miller drove around Nelson for the lead on lap 11. The running order up front remained the same the rest of the way, as Miller held the lead over Nelson. Jason Miller went on to earn his first victory of the season over three-time winner Darrell Nelson. Ron Schreiner ran a solid third ahead of Rick Kobs and Craig Brightbill. The remaining top ten spots were occupied by Mike Kelley Jr, Jeff Lein, 17th starter Scott Duvall, Jeremy Gross, and Dave Friendt. Heat races were won by Erik Peterson and Schreiner.

With light sprinkles falling, the sound of the big Late Model motors filled the air with 23 cars slated for 30 fast-paced laps of NASCAR dirt track racing. The famous words of announcer Chris Stepan rang out over the PA system, as Pat Doar and Darrell Nelson brought the field to life. Doar bolted into the lead at the drop of the green, but just one lap later Nelson worked underneath Doar for the top spot. Nelson found the bottom lane to his liking just like he had in the modified feature and proceeded to hold off Doar while Rick Hanestad ran third. A very entertaining battle for the lead began to play out as the laps rolled by under green between Nelson and Doar. The two drivers were never separated by more than a few cars lengths.
Doar continued to charge back in the middle and high lanes while Nelson stayed on the bottom. Doar regained the lead on lap 12, as the leaders began to encounter a few lapped cars. The side-by-side race for the top spot saw Nelson once again move under Doar on lap 18 for the lead. With a group of three lapped cars just in front of them and Hanestad closing in from his third spot, Nelson worked the lapped traffic masterfully over the course of the next two laps. When Nelson emerged from the lapped cars on lap 20, he was able to open up a several car length lead over Doar and Hanestad. With no caution to close the margin, Darrell Nelson earned a hard fought victory for his first NASCAR Late Model win of the season. Pat Doar held off Rick Hanestad for second with 10th starter Rick Egersdorf fourth ahead of Eric Breeschoten who was making his first appearance of the young
season. Completing the top ten finishers were Kelly Anderson, Jake Redetzke, Steve Laursen, 17th starter John Kaanta, and Adam Hensel in the 30 lap nonstop run to the checkers. Earning heat race wins were Laursen, Doar and Hensel.

The quick-paced program was completed shortly after 9:00 PM, and the threat of rain only materialized with a few sprinkles during the Modified and Late Model features. Fans had ample time to head to the pits, back to their campers or make their way home at the conclusion of another fun-filled evening of Saturday night dirt track racing at the western Wisconsin track. Racing action continues next Saturday night May 16 with the 4th Annual School Bus Race Night. There is always a large crowd on hand for this popular event featuring race buses from several local area schools. An added attraction will see the return of the Winged Outlaw Modifieds with their first appearance of the season at the track that made this class of cars famous during the 1980s era. A full program of NASCAR Late Models and Midwest Modifieds will also be in action. The NASCAR Super Stocks and
regular Modifieds have the night off, although several modified teams are expected to bolt a wing on their Mod and give the winged racing a try. Racing action gets underway at 6:30 PM with regular admission prices in effect. Come on out and enjoy another entertaining evening of Saturday night dirt track racing at the Cedar Lake Speedway.

by Greg Parent

Pember, Nelson, Borgeson and Smith Top Thrilling Night at Cedar Lake Speedway

May 7th, 2009

The fourth night of the season continued to provide fans with some fantastic racing action at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday May 2. A couple of new winners emerged while a couple of drivers once again found Victory Lane to their liking at the popular western Wisconsin track. A fine field of 115 cars signed into the pits in the four weekly NASCAR racing divisions. Bob Smith made his second appearance of the season work when he passed Wayne Troseth at the midway mark to earn the win in the NASCAR midwest modified main. In an incredible three car battle in the NASCAR super stocks, race leader Jim Gullikson was on the verge of victory when a flat tire on the last lap deflated his chances and allowed second place runner Tim Borgeson to ride home with his third win of the young season. Also earning his third win in four races, Darrell Nelson zipped past early leader Craig Brightbill in the NASCAR modified main event and held off Rick Kobs for top honors. Another fantastic three car battle developed for the top spot in the NASCAR late model feature that saw the lead change hands seven times between Eric Pember and Darrell Nelson. In his first appearance of the season, Eric Pember emerged the victor while John Kaanta made a late race charge to edge past Nelson for the runnerup position ending another entertaining evening of dirt track racing at the 3/8 mile high-banked oval.

The weekly NASCAR late model field at CLS is full of talented drivers, and May 2nd saw the largest turnout so far with 30 cars on hand. After paring the field down to 24 starters following four heats and a B Main, Adam Hensel and Eric Pember brought the ground-pounding field to life for 30 racing laps of fast-paced feature action. Pember powered to the lead at the drop of the
green, but the race was under caution before one lap could be completed when contact with another car sent Steve Hucovski nose first in the concrete wall exiting turn four. The restart hardly got going when five cars bunched up off of turn four knocking Paul Brust out of the race. The third time was the charm, as Pember once again grabbed the early lead over Hensel. Darrell Nelson, running his late model for the first time in 2009, quickly moved from sixth to third. The third caution blinked on when John Hinkemeyer made contact with Steve Laursen who in turn contacted Rick Hanestad sending Hanestad into the infield in turn one. Although all cars kept going, the yellow flew and track officials charged Hinkemeyer with the caution. A fantastic three car battle would develop for the lead after this caution between Pember, Hensel and Nelson. Nelson and Hensel swapped the second spot several times during the next two laps until a yellow for debris in turn two once again slowed the pace. It would be 20 straight laps of incredible green flag racing then. Following the lap six caution, Nelson raced underneath Pember for the lead on the following lap with Hensel also in the mix. Pember charged back to retake the top spot on lap 9. As the race for the lead kept fans focused up front, the laps rolled by. Soon the leaders approached lapped traffic. Nelson once again edged under Pember for the lead on lap 18. Pember returned the favor on lap 21 and found himself in first again. Hensel also remained in the battle for the top spot challenging Nelson for second, but it was Nelson returning to the lead on lap 23. The seventh and final lead change took place on lap 25 when Pember bolted past Nelson in lapped traffic. With 26 laps in, the final caution of the race waved when third place runner Adam Hensel got into the lapped car of Toby Patchen. Patchen spun in turn two, and track officials made the tough call to send Hensel to the tail. With only four laps left, Hensel retired to the pits. The final four laps saw fifth place runner John Kaanta change lanes and rocket forward while Pember continued to lead Nelson. With one to go, Kaanta moved past Nelson for second but Pember had opened up a small lead that could not be overcome in just one lap. Eric Pember earned his first win of the season in a thrilling 30 lap NASCAR late model feature while John Kaanta gathered another second place finish to go along with an earlier win in his third appearance of the season. Darrell Nelson’s first late model race of the season found him a key player in the race-long battle for the top spot with Nelson eventually finishing third. Tenth starter Rick Egersdorf turned in another strong performance to finish fourth ahead of 14th starter Joel Cryderman. Like Kaanta, Cryderman also moved to a different line during the final four laps and raced forward. Rounding out the top ten finishers were opening night winner Rick Hanestad, Steve Laursen, 15th starter Jake Redetzke, Mike Bear, and 2008 track champion Brent Larson. Laursen, Egersdorf, Pember and Hanestad won heat races while Mike Nutzmann topped the B Main.

Darrell Nelson has been a dominating force in the NASCAR modified division so far in 2009, as a field of 24 of the always popular open wheel mods were on hand to try and dethrone Nelson. Last week Rick Kobs was successful. This week Nelson would make it three out of four. Ron Schreiner and Craig Brightbill shared row one of the feature. It was Brightbill, well known amongst race fans as the Wild Child, blasting into the early lead up top. The race was under caution quickly though, as Jeff Lien made contact with Lonnie Louschke and collected a couple other cars. Lien was out, and track officials called for a complete restart. Brightbill once again took command up top on the cushion when the green replaced the yellow. Darrell Nelson quickly moved from fourth to second when the yellow reappeared for debris on the backstretch. The right side door on Jason Miller’s car had been peeled
off and part of it got wedged underneath Scott Kob’s mod. With the cleanup completed, the race returned to green for a couple of laps until the final caution flew for a Keith Lepinski spin in turn two. The race then went 16 laps nonstop to the finish.

Brightbill continued to run up front against the cushion while Nelson worked the low lane. On lap 6 Nelson moved underneath Brightbill exiting turn four and edged past into the lead, a lead Nelson would not relinquish. As the laps clicked off under green, 12th starter Rick Kobs was on the move forward. Kobs eventually got by Brightbill and set his sights on Nelson up front. On several occasions, Kobs was able to close the gap but was unable to make a serious bid for the lead. Darrell Nelson went on to record his third NASCAR modified win of the season at CLS while Rick Kobs settled for second. Craig Brightbill held off Mike Kelley Jr for third with Ron Schreiner rounding out the top five. Completing the top ten were Jason Miller, Dave Friendt, Dave Lear, Jody Bellefeuille, and Jeremy Gross. Heat race winners included Nelson, Schreiner and Miller.

Greg Nippoldt and Jim Gullikson paced the field for what would prove to be an incredible 20 lap NASCAR super stock feature race. Although the race had a few problems getting going in the early stages, the three car battle that would develop for the lead was very entertaining. The opening lap saw Mike Weber get sideways entering turn one and collect six other cars in the melee. Last week’s winner Jason Schill ended up with a flat tire and went to the work area while Weber was relegated to the tail of the field for the restart. Just like on opening night, Weber would race his way back into the top five. Jim Gullikson grabbed the early lead, but the race was under caution once again with just one lap in when a crash on the backstretch collected several cars. All cars were able to continue with varying degrees of sheet metal damage. The race returned to green but a lap later the red flag was displayed for a three car crash exiting turn four. Mike Raboin got crossed up and collected Todd Carter and Jason Schill. Schill’s car rode up the side of Carters but stayed upright. Raboin’s car had significant body damage, as most of it had been torn off the car in the wreck. All three cars were out. Gullikson continued to lead Nippoldt and 9th starter Tim Borgeson on the restart. The fourth and final caution of the race waved for a spin by rookie Tyler Boumeester with seven laps in the books. This would set the stage for an incredible 13 laps of nonstop racing up front. Even though Jim Gullikson had led the first seven laps, Greg Nippoldt was applying some serious pressure. Tim Borgeson was now a factor up front as well. These three cars proceeded to put on a whale of a battle for the top spots. Gullikson narrowing held off Nippoldt and Borgeson for several laps. Borgeson eventually got by Nippoldt for second on lap 11 and began working on Gullikson for the lead. Mike Weber had also raced his way back to fifth on lap 11. Borgeson took the lead on lap 14, but Gullikson blasted back on the cushion to regain the front spot on lap 15. Borgeson kept working underneath with Nippoldt also in the battle. As the white flag appeared, Gullikson led Borgeson by a couple of car lengths. A twist of fate would flatten Gullikson’s hopes for a victory when entering turn one on the final lap, a tire went down. Although Gullikson was able to limp home with a sixth place finish, his stellar run up front ended less than one lap from victory. Tim Borgeson was the benefactor of Jim Gullikson’s misfortune, as he went on to record his third win of the season in the competitive NASCAR super stock division. Greg Nippoldt, who finally got his car working well, raced to a strong runnerup finish just behind Borgeson. Mike Weber’s charge from the rear of the field was impressive, and even if overshadowed a bit by the great race up front, Weber was able to advance up to third at the finish. Mike Loomis turned in a steady drive for fourth ahead of Ryan Wiome. Rounding out the top ten was an unfortunate Jim Gullikson, Cory Davis, rookie Shawn Kammerud, Justin Dodge and Justin Stahl. Heat race winners for the 23 car field included Stahl, Borgeson and Weber.

With 24 cars set to do battle in the NASCAR midwest modified feature out of the 34 cars on hand, front row starters Chad Patterson and Wayne Troseth brought the field to life at the drop of flagman Jeff Stacken’s green. Troseth, making his first appearance of the season, grabbed the early lead from his outside row one starting spot. Bob Smith and opening night winner Jeff Marshall were also on the move forward. The first caution appeared when Kyle Steffen got into Robbie Franklin in turn two with four laps in. Steffen tagged the tail on the restart while last week’s feature winner Jeremy Houle went to the work area and returned. On the restart, Bob Smith applied the pressure on Troseth for the lead. Troseth held strong up front with Jeff Marshall in third. A couple of cars were also on the move, as 12th starter Shawn Phillips and 15th starter Jason Vandekamp were making
their presence felt while advancing forward. At the midway mark, Smith moved past Troseth for the lead. The second yellow for a Robby Caho spin in turn two bunched up the field at the halfway mark with Smith leading Troseth and Marshall. One lap later, Jake Miller got into the turn three wall and brought out the caution. While under yellow, the fourth place car of Mike Gibson was called to the infield for a fire under the hood. The flames were extinguished and Gibson restarted the race in fourth trailing some smoke. On the restart, third place runner Jeff Marshall broke while heading down the backstretch and dropped to the infield. The caution blinked on for debris. Gibson exited the track, as the problem on his car became terminal. Three laps after the green flag reappeared, second place runner Wayne Troseth lost the handle in turn two and spun. Troseth dropped out of the race under this final caution. The race ran green the rest of the way with Smith recording his first win of the season. A fine run forward from 15th saw Jason Vandekamp finish second ahead of 12th starter Shawn Phillips. Clark Perry rode home in fourth while Jeremy Houle came from the tail of the field following his lap 4 work area visit to garner a fine fifth place finish. The remaining top ten finishers included Michael Truscott, Dave Siercks, Josh Bazey, Robbie Franklin, and Chad Patterson. Heat race wins went to Phillips, Troseth, Smith and Marshall. Robby Caho won the B Main.

Racing action for the four NASCAR divisions continues next Saturday night May 9 at the Cedar Lake Speedway. The NASCAR late models, modifieds, super stocks and midwest modified divisions are slated to get underway at 6:30 PM. More information is available at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or by call 1-866-4CLS-FUN.

Foss, Kobs, Schill, Houle & Kennedy are Kings for a Night at Cedar Lake Speedway

May 1st, 2009

New Richmond, WI -The 52nd season of racing at the Cedar Lake Speedway continued on Saturday April 25 highlighted by the running of the 7th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial for the UMSS 360 sprint cars. A cool spring evening did not put a damper on the racing action, as a field of 116 cars were on hand in the four weekly NASCAR divisions along with the sprint cars. Lou Kennedy Jr. from Winnipeg became the seventh different winner of the Billy Anderson Memorial when he passed early leader Jason Tostenson on lap 7 and held off Jody Rosenboom for the win in 360 sprint car action. Keith Foss ducked underneath John Kaanta on lap 10 enroute to victory in the nonstop 30 lap NASCAR late model main event. Rick Kobs led all the way in the NASCAR modified main, but Darrell Nelson applied the pressure in the latter half of the race. In only his second night behind the wheel of a NASCAR super stock, Jason Schill turned in an impressive performance to earn top honors. Jeremy Houle was making his first appearance of the season, and it certainly turned out to be a good one as he hustled his way past early leader Mike Gibson and then had to keep Dan Wheeler at bay in the NASCAR Midwest modified feature.

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The 52nd season of racing at the Cedar Lake Speedway continued on Saturday April 25 highlighted by the running of the 7th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial for the UMSS 360 sprint cars. A cool spring evening did not put a damper on the racing action, as a field of 116 cars were on hand in the four weekly NASCAR divisions along with the sprint cars. Lou Kennedy Jr. from Winnipeg became the seventh different winner of the Billy Anderson Memorial when he passed early leader Jason Tostenson on lap 7 and held off Jody Rosenboom for the win in 360 sprint car action. Keith Foss ducked underneath John Kaanta on lap 10 enroute to victory in the nonstop 30 lap NASCAR late model main event. Rick Kobs led all the way in the NASCAR modified main, but Darrell Nelson applied the pressure in the latter half of the race. In only his second night behind the wheel of a NASCAR super stock, Jason Schill turned in an impressive performance to earn top honors. Jeremy Houle was making his first appearance of the season, and it certainly turned out to be a good one as he hustled his way past early leader Mike Gibson and then had to keep Dan Wheeler at bay in the NASCAR Midwest modified feature.

The NASCAR Midwest modifieds lined up for the first feature race activity of the evening with a full 24 car starting grid. Robbie Franklin and Mike Gibson brought the field to flagman Jeff Stacken’s green with Gibson gunning into the early lead. The race was only two laps old when Patrick McCarthy brought out the first caution with a spin on the backstretch. Vince Corbin got into Jeremy Houle on the restart resulting in a trip to the tail for Corbin. Gibson continued to lead with Dave Siercks in second. Contact in turn two between Bob Smith and Jason Vandekamp on lap 7 ended up with last Saturday night’s feature winner, Vandekamp, on the hook to the pits. Houle and Smith had worked their way into the second and third running positions behind Gibson. Houle took the top spot a couple laps after the race went green again, as Smith also wrestled the second spot from Gibson. A spin by John Clark in turn four collected Steve Strandlund nine laps into the race and resulted in the fourth caution. It was Houle, Smith, Dan Wheeler, Gibson and Clayton Wagamon holding the top five spots on the restart. Wheeler moved to second on lap 11 and set his sights on Houle. The final caution waved with 18 laps scored when fifth place runner Clayton Wagamon’s run ended on the hook. This set the stage for a two lap dash to the checkers. Wheeler tried to get past Houle, but to no avail. Jeremy Houle earned his first win of the 2009 season in his first appearance at CLS. Wheeler finished second ahead of Smith. An impressive performance for 22nd starter and defending track champion Shawn Phillips saw him race forward to finish fourth in front of 18th starter A J Roschen. Heat race wins for the NASCAR midwest mods were captured by Vince Corbin, Clayton Wagamon, Mike Gibson, and Jeremy Houle. Rob Caho Jr. topped Phillips and Josh Bazey in the B Main.

The NASCAR super stocks are always competitive and tonight was no exception. Ryan Wiome and Jason Schill paced the field. The race was under caution right away when rookie Tyler Boumeester got into Mike Loomis in turn two. Boumeester was relegated to the tail of the field. It was Schill with the upper hand when the race went green, although the second yellow blinked on just one lap into the race when Todd Carlson turned sideways in front of the field in turn four. All cars managed to avoid him. The race then settled in for a green flag run with Schill showing the way up front. Jim Gullikson soon worked his way into the runnerup spot while Justin Dodge raced to third ahead of Wiome and Greg Nippoldt. Last week’s doubleheader winner Tim
Borgeson was on the move forward from his 14th starting spot and took fifth from Nippoldt on lap 8. Borgeson’s night ended when he snapped the driveshaft in two 15 laps into the run. Second place runner Jim Gullikson was docked two spots under caution for jumping the previous restart, so the running order saw Schill in first followed by Dodge, Wiome, Gullikson and Loomis. In the five remaining laps, Dodge made a couple of bids for the lead. Schill held strong and went on to win in only his second time behind the wheel of a super stock. Dodge turned in his best performance of the young season with a fine second place run. Wiome also had his best run so far with a third place finish. Gullikson and Nippoldt completed the top five when apparent fourth place finisher Mike Loomis ended up being moved back two spots for jumping on the final restart. The two heats for the
NASCAR super stocks were won by rookie Tyler Boumeester and Greg Nippoldt.

Darrell Nelson was looking to make it three straight in the NASCAR modified division, but Rick Kobs had a different idea. Kobs and Mike Kelley Jr. paced the 22 car starting field for 20 racing laps. Kobs rocketed to the lead over third starter Jason Miller on the opening lap with fourth starter Darrell Nelson moving to third. A safety call three laps into the race slowed the pace so track officials could check a fuel leak on Dano Ostrander’s car. A lap later, Adam Ackes spun in turn four and Ostrander exited the track under caution unable to resolve the fluid leak. With five laps down, Kelley spun in turn four and collected Ron Schreiner. Terry Hanson also sustained some damage and required wrecker assistance to the pits while Ron Schreiner was also unable to continue. Kelley restarted at the rear. The top three running order remained the same, but Nelson moved past Miller a lap later. The fourth and final caution flew 7 laps into the race when Jeff Lien nosed into the turn one wall. The final 13 laps would see a very good race develop up front between Kobs and Nelson. Nelson applied some serious pressure on Kobs on several occasions, but he was not able to complete the winning pass. Rick Kobs held off Nelson to score the win. Jason Gross got past Miller at the halfway mark and settled for third at the finish ahead of Miller and 2007 Midwest modified track champion Greg Chesley. NASCAR modified heat races were won by Kelley and Schreiner.

With three cars unable to take the green, John Nelson and Jason Tostenson paced the 17 car starting grid for the scheduled 20 lap UMSS Billy Anderson Memorial sprint car feature race. Tostenson blasted into the early lead from his outside front row starting spot, but it was 7th starter Lou Kennedy Jr. the big gainer on the opening lap. Kennedy moved all the way to second by the end of lap one with Nelson running third. Just as 4th starter Jody Rosenboom moved to third with seven laps in the books, contact with the lapped car of rookie driver Mike Louks caused his Mighty Mouse #27 sprinter to spin sideways in turn one. Even though it was not his fault, under UMSS rules if a car stops on the track it must tag the tail of the field on the restart. Rosenboom would be on a mission over the course of the next 13 laps. Kennedy had also just taken the lead from Tostenson. When the green reappeared, Kennedy held the point over Tostenson with Brad Barickman holding off Nelson for third. The second caution of the race waved when fifth place runner Jerry Richert Jr. looped his sprinter in turn four with 12 laps in. Kennedy continued to show the way with Tostenson, Barickman, Nelson and Chris Graf in the top five. Rosenboom had already raced his way back to the sixth position, but his charge forward was certainly not done by any means. Just one lap after the race went green, young Thomas Kennedy spun in turn two to bring out the third yellow. The running order remained the same, but that would change soon. Two laps after the green blinked on, Rosenboom moved past Graf for fifth while the second spot swapped around a couple of times. The final caution came when Kevin Nickel spun his sprinter in turn four with 16 laps in the books. This set up a four lap dash to the finish. Rosenboom had just passed Nelson for fourth while the top three
spots remained unchanged. Not for long though, as the drivers raced hard during the final four circuits with several positions changing hands more than once. With just two laps to go, Rosenboom got by Barickman for third and set his sights on Tostenson. At the white flag, Rosenboom edged past Tostenson for the runnerup position while Barickman applied the pressure.
Rosenboom was clearly the fastest car on the track, but he did not have enough laps left to catch Kennedy. Lou Kennedy Jr rode home first followed by Rosenboom. Barickman was able to get past Tostenson for third on the final lap. Nelson completed the top five finishers. Rounding out the top ten was Graf, Leigh Thomas, Tony Norem, and Richert from the back after his
lap 12 spin and Thomas Kennedy, son of race winner Lou Kennedy Jr. Young Robby Wolfgang appeared headed for a top ten finish, but a complete 360 spin in turn four following the lap sixteen restart dropped him down in the running order at the finish. Wolfgang was able to keep going, so no caution was necessary.

The ground-pounding action of the NASCAR late models rounded out the weekly racing action with 25 cars lined up for 30 laps of feature race action. Following the sprint car feature event, the late models would see the track. Kaanta led the first nine laps until 5th starter Keith Foss drove underneath him in turn two for the lead on lap 10. Foss had steadily worked his way forward during the first five laps of the race and was really hooked up. Kaanta tried to battle back during the next couple of laps, but Foss was just too strong. Keith Foss earned the victory in his second appearance of the season while last Saturday night’s feature winner John Kaanta settled for second. Joel Cryderman, defending track champion Brent Larson, and Steve Laursen completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten was John Henkemeyer, Jim Carlson, Rick Egersdorf, Chad Mahder, and Pat Doar. Heat race winners in the 26 car NASCAR late model field included Doar, Larson and Mike Nutzmann.

Racing continues next Saturday night May 2 at the Cedar Lake Speedway featuring fast-paced action in the NASCAR late model, modified, super stock and Midwest modified divisions at the western Wisconsin dirt oval. The next appearance for the UMSS 360 sprint cars will not be until the opening night of The Masters. Start time on race nights is scheduled for 6:30 PM. May 2nd will be the first regular race program featuring the Kids 10 and Under Free promotion. Come on out and enjoy a Saturday evening of dirt track racing at the high-banked 3/8 mile facility located near New Richmond, WI.

Cedar Lake Amends Modified Engine Rule

April 23rd, 2009

Thru conversations with drivers, engine builders & car owners and keeping with their promise to evaluate rules in the event of competitive advantages Cedar Lake Speedway has chose to amend their 2009 Modified engine rules in regards to USRA type and non-spec engines.

Effective immediately and to be enforced on April 25th and beyond the following engine changes have been made:

USRA Type engine configurations are allowed. 50 lbs must be placed in front of the engine plate and the car must weigh 2600 lbs after the race.

Non-Spec headed engines are allowed with the following provisions. Approved Heads: Chrysler and Ford cast heads except W-2 or SVO. Chevrolet straight plug heads with the following castings numbers: 040, 041, 041x, 186, 187, 291, 461, 461x, 462 & 492. Angle plug or turbo heads are not allowed. These heads may be ported. Roller rockers are allowed. Roller cams or raised intake runners are prohibited. Non-Spec cars must weigh 2450 lbs with driver after the race.

Jamie Nutzmann | <http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com>

Cedar Lake Speedway Announces Hot City Nights Promotion

April 23rd, 2009

New Richmond, WI- Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to announce “Hot City Nights”! A new promotion encouraging race fans living in the communities surrounding the track added incentive to enjoy some ultra competitive weekly races. Throughout the summer Cedar Lake Speedway will host “Hot City Nights” featuring free general admission for individuals living in select communities. Race fans living in that night’s “Hot City” will get into the races free of charge with proof of residency. Each city will have two opportunities to take advantage of these savings.

Talking with people living in the area we hear all the time that they haven’t been to the track in years. They remember the great times they had and the great racing but just haven’t had time to get back there”, stated Steve Kaufman of CLS. “We hope this offer will allow our neighbors to rediscover the track their parents brought them to. Over the years Cedar Lake Speedway has undergone many changes. Recently the track joined the NASCAR family of home tracks. The cars are faster reaching nearly 120 mph and the racing is extremely competitive! One thing that hasn’t change over the last 52 years is the atmosphere. Cedar Lake Speedway is still one of the least expensive, family friendly bang for your buck forms of entertainment in the area. Only a few miles from your home, bring your kids they will love the cars, the sounds and the food.

The Hot City Night dates are as follows:
May 23 &30 Turtle Lake, Amery, Clayton & Clear Lake
June 6 & 13 Hammond & Roberts
June 27 & July 4 Somerset & Star Prairie
July 18 & 25 New Richmond
Aug 8 & 15 Osceola, Dresser & St. Croix Falls
Aug 22 & 29 Hudson & North Hudson

Note: Hot City Nights promotion entitles guests to free general admission to the spectator area and is not valid for the pit area.

A special thank you goes to our friends at Bernick’s; distributors of Pepsi, Dr. Pepper & Miller brands in Western Wisconsin & Western Minnesota for helping with this promotion.

Cedar Lake Speedway features weekly racing every Saturday night beginning at 6:30 sharp. Over 100 NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks & Midwest Modifieds take to the track each and every night. Cedar Lake Speedway also features special events throughout the year including school bus races, weekly & World of Outlaw sprint cars, a night of destruction, fireworks & touring late models. Please check out our complete schedule at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 1-866-4CLSFUN for more info.

Jamie Nutzmann | <http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com>

Marshall, Borgeson, Nelson and Hanestad cap off exciting opening night at Cedar Lake Speedway

April 22nd, 2009

New Richmond, WI – Sunny skies and very pleasant seventy degree weather greeted race fans and drivers, as the 52nd season of racing at the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway got underway on Friday evening April 17. Great racing action was the norm in the four NASCAR divisions on the first night of a doubleheader opening weekend.

Jeff Marshall was the very first feature winner of the 2009 season at CLS when he passed race leader Jason Vandekamp with two laps to go in the NASCAR midwest modified nonstop 20 lap feature. Tim Borgeson turned in a strong performance in a very entertaining 20 lap NASCAR super stock main event to earn his first win of the season. Darrell Nelson and Jason Miller dominated the NASCAR modified main event with Miller leading the first half and Nelson taking command at the midpoint enroute to victory. A fantastic finish to the evening saw the 30 lap NASCAR late model feature go 27 laps nonstop to the finish with four different leaders and a last lap pass for the win by Rick Hanestad.

Cedar Lake Speedway Postpones 2009 Season Opener to April 16th Through the 18th

April 8th, 2009

New Richmond, WI – The 52nd year of racing at Cedar Lake Speedway has been postponed one week and is now scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 16th and run through Saturday, April 18th. All drivers are invited to get their race cars ready during practice on Thursday, April 16th from 6-9 p.m. Any type of race car is invited. Then the action heats up on Friday and Saturday with a full race program each night for late models, modifieds, super stocks, and midwest modifieds.

“The unseasonably cold weather the past two weeks had us nervous about opening on our initially scheduled weekend”, said Chuck Kaufman of Cedar Lake Speedway. “The white stuff on the ground this morning along with significant frost still in the ground has forced us to push opener back one week. We decided to get an announcement out today so that people can make other plans for Easter weekend. However, make sure your plan is to be at CLS for the best opener in 52 years on April 16th through the 18th as this extra week should give the ground time to thaw and dry out and we will be ready to go!”

The 2009 season is targeted to be one of the best yet as CLS. For starters, the addition of Superior Speedway to the NASCAR weekly racing program will make for more cars than ever at CLS as drivers battle for the largest point funds ever in this area – over $50,000 between the two speedways. Further, management has a ton of promotional ideas that will be coming your way to make sure you are spending your summer weekends at the legendary speedway. Most recently, the track announced FREE entry for kids age 10 and under for all regular race nights at the track and 2 huge sandboxes that the kids can
play in before and during the races. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks!

Racing gets underway each night of opener at 6:30 with driver cutoff at 6:00. Pit gate opens at 3:00 and grandstands open at 5:00. For more information, go to www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 612-363-0479.

Cedar Lake Speedway was founded in 1957 and is a premier 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval track that has developed into one of the nation’s leading short track facilities. The weekly Saturday night racing program features NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Midwest Modifieds.

Jamie Nutzmann | http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Viebrock Performance named Goodyear tire vendor at Cedar Lake Speedway in 2009!

March 30th, 2009

New Richmond, WI – Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to announce that Viebrock Performance will be the sole distributor of Goodyear tires in 2009 at Cedar Lake Speedway. Kevin Viebrock, owner of Viebrock Performance, is currently one of the parts
vendors at the track and will now have Goodyear tires added to his already extensive stock of racecar parts at the track and at his shop located in Somerset, Wisconsin. In the past, revenue generated by the sale of Goodyear tires was used to supplement the track’s point fund. This newly formed partnership still allows profits made from Goodyear tire sales to supplement the record-breaking $25,000 point fund in 2009.

Having Viebrock Performance take over all aspects of the Goodyear tire program including ordering, stocking & selling will undoubtedly make it easier to purchase tires as well as provide excellent customer service to our racers. Viebrock uses the Goodyear tire weekly on his #50 NASCAR Modified at Cedar Lake and has vast knowledge of how the tire works and can help with tips on their use.

Viebrock Performance is located north of Somerset, Wisconsin at 591 205th Avenue or can be found at Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday evenings & Kopellah Speedway on Fridays. Kevin is open weekdays from 6-9 Monday thru Thursday & 10 till noon on Saturdays. Kevin encourages anyone with questions or concerns to contact him directly by phone, 715-247-3666.

In addition, Goodyear has made a few changes to the tire used by the lower divisions at Cedar Lake Speedway. First, the tread pattern was changed slightly from a parallel block pattern to a staggered block pattern. Second, the tire will now be stamped G65 a slightly harder tire than last year’s version.

In 2009, the Late Model division may use the G45, a slightly softer version of the G50 tire currently used in that division.

Cedar Lake Speedway recently returned their entire 2008 tire inventory to Goodyear. The new tires have been ordered and are currently being shipped to Viebrock Performance. Kevin will have them on Tuesday March 31st for immediate purchase.

With these changes the tire rule at Cedar Lake Speedway in 2009 will be:

Late Models: Goodyear G45 & G50, Hoosier WRS2-55, American Racer 56 Spec Tire. Grooving & siping allowed.

Modified: Goodyear G60 & G65, Hoosier E-Mod H40, American Racer G60 & KK704 Grooving allowed on Goodyear & American Racer. Outside groove only may be grooved on Hoosier. All three brands may be siped.

Super Stock: Goodyear G60 & G65, Hoosier E-Mod H40. Grooving & siping allowed.

Midwest Modified: Goodyear G60 & G65, Hoosier E-Mod H-40. Grooving & siping allowed. Note: Goodyear 8″ G60 is also allowed.

Overall, Cedar Lake Speedway believes these changes will continue to meet the expectations of the Goodyear short-track tire program; economically priced, competitive with other brands, extended tire life and continued re-firing capabilities. Cedar Lake Speedway is excited about the 2009 season and its sophomore year under the NASCAR Home Tracks banner.

For more information regarding Cedar Lake Speedway visit http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/

For more information regarding Viebrock Performance and the Goodyear tire please call 715-247-3666.

For more information on NASCAR and NASCAR Home Tracks visit www.NASCAR.com

Jamie Nutzmann | <http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Kids 10 & Under Free at Cedar Lake Speedway in 2009!

March 30th, 2009

New Richmond, WI – Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to announce that all kids age 10 and under will get in absolutely FREE to all regular race nights at CLS in 2009. “Everyone else seems to have a “stimulus package right now so we figured we needed one
as well”, stated Bob Kaufman of CLS. “I have 4 kids and it gets expensive to go to the movies, mini golfing, bowling, or anything else. This offer will allow families to come to the races on Saturday nights and not have to pay a cent for admission for kids 10 & under.”

Getting children and younger audiences interested and involved with the racing is the key to our success in the future. Children need to be entertained and parents are looking for the best way to stretch every dollar they can. Increasing the age to 10 will allow more families the opportunity to enjoy the great NASCAR racing we deliver each and every week.

Better yet, Cedar Lake Speedway is building 2 HUGE sandboxes at the Speedway. Each play area will be 10-20 times the normal size of a home sandbox and will be loaded with trucks, cars, and diggers provided by CLS. One will be on the front stretch and one will be on the backstretch. What could be better, the chance to watch great racing and play in a sandbox. We’re sure some great racing will also take place on the home made tracks in the sandboxes each week as well. So bring the entire family as Cedar Lake
continues to be the least expensive and fastest form of entertainment found anywhere in the area all summer long!

For more info and details, visit our website at www.cedarlakespeedway.com. See you at the races!

Jamie Nutzmann | <http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Cedar Lake Speedway announces 2nd Annual Midwest Meltdown inside Amsoil Sandbox Arena

February 6th, 2009

Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Midwest Meltdown inside the state of the art Amsoil Sandbox Arena on Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th. The event will include six classes of Speedway Flat Karts (Junior 1 Heavy, Junior 2 Heavy, Stock Heavy, Briggs Animal Medium, and Briggs Animal Heavy) as well as 4 classes of Winged Outlaw Karts (Box Stock/Junior Wings, 125 Winged, 250 Winged, and 500 Open Winged). In addition, the event will feature Micro 600 Outlaw Sprints along with Quads, Legends, and Hornets.

The weekend promises to be action packed as Cedar Lake is anticipating a huge field of competitors. Cedar Lake Speedway is requiring all competitors to pre-register on its website http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/ by clicking “purchase tickets” and following the instruction from there. Cedar Lake and Sandbox Arena management require a minimum of 250 entrants prior to February 15th to ensure the event takes place. Competitors must pay the first day car entry fee of $40 (micro sprints are $75). Pit passes are $20 per day for the event and will be sold at the arena. Each competitor will be required to purchase a minimum of 3 pit passes per day.

“We are excited to host this event”, stated Steve Kaufman of Cedar Lake Speedway. “The exact purse will depend on the number of entrants but is guaranteed to be one of the largest that these guys have ever run for in the area. Better yet, since we are running indoors, weather is not a factor and everyone has the itch to get out and race after a long, cold winter. We look forward to a great event!”

The festivities will kick off on Friday, April 3rd with practice for all competitors from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Then, action will shift into high gear with heats starting on Saturday, April 4th at 1:00 and features beginning at 6:00. Sunday, April 5th will include another full race program with heats starting at 11:00 and features at 4:00. This schedule allows traveling competitors flexibility to come on Saturday and return at a reasonable time on Sunday.

For more info on Cedar Lake Speedway, visit us online at http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/ or call 612-363-0479.

Jamie Nutzmann http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Winged Outlaw Modifieds Return to Cedar Lake Speedway!

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

Cedar Lake Speedway Celebrates 51st Season at 2008 Banquet

January 29th, 2009

New Richmond, WI Cedar Lake Speedway celebrated their 51st season at Grand Casino in Hinckley Minnesota on January 17th. This year’s banquet spotlighted accomplishments by their loyal drivers and upcoming events on tap for the 2009 season. Most of all, Cedar Lake Speedway was proud to hand out the largest track point fund in the area, a whopping $25,000!

Festivities began around 4:00 with a social hour outside the banquet hall. This gave drivers, crew members and families the opportunity to catch up on winter activities, talk about plans for the upcoming season and reflect on the past season’s accomplishments. At 5:30 nearly 250 people filed into the banquet hall for the meal and DVD presentation which followed. This year’s DVD presentation highlighted the top 10 in each division along with images of special events and guests at the Cedar Lake Speedway in 2008. After a short break the awards portion of the banquet began with an introduction by track owner Brad Both. Brad thanked everyone for the largest turnout in Cedar Lake banquet history and for the great season behind them. Brad
touched on all the upcoming events for 2009 and how excited everyone at Cedar Lake Speedway was to continue their relationship with NASCAR.

Cedar Lake Announcer, Chris Stepan was brought to the stage to begin the trophy and point fund check distribution. But first, Kevin Nevalainen, NASCAR Whelen All-American Representative was asked to talk about NASCAR and their involvement with dirt short track racing and specifically Cedar Lake Speedway. Kevin talked about how NASCAR focuses on families and their
efforts to continue promoting grassroots racing at select tracks like Cedar Lake Speedway and Superior Speedway. Kevin looks forward to continuing their relationships with corporate sponsors like Whelen, USG and others who have the same passion for short track racing. Following Kevin, 2008 Cedar Lake Speedway & NASCAR Wisconsin State Champion Late Model driver Brent
Larson from Lake Elmo, Minnesota was asked to share his experience he and wife Nena had in Las Vegas at the NASCAR Whelen banquet. Brent was impressed with NASCAR’s efforts to make them feel welcomed and important. Brent was proud to be part of a truly 1st class presentation and looks forward to defending his championship and battling for the national title. For his efforts Brent was rewarded an additional $4,000 along with a Bell helmet, Sparco racesuit, shoes & gloves emblazoned with the NASCAR Whelen colors.

The top 10 in each class were brought to the stage one by one and given their point fund check along with trophy or plaque. Drivers finishing in 6th thru 10th received a photo plaque displaying their accomplishments in 2008 and their point fund earnings. Trophies and point fund checks awaited the top 5 in each division. In addition, the top 3 received beautiful plaques from NASCAR. NASCAR also rewarded Lou Woods, Rick Hanestad’s pitman with the Cedar Lake Speedway crew chief of the year with a plaque, $100 cash & a $450 credit for Craftsman tools. Warren Gerbauer, Brent Larson’s pitman was named the Wisconsin crew chief of the year and received $500 cash. Following short interviews with the champions, group photos were taken. After a short break the audience was entertained by hypnotist, Frankie Z. Several drivers and pit men participated in the show.

Cedar Lake Speedway would like to thank all the drivers, fans, sponsors, NASCAR & families for a fantastic 2008 season and equally entertaining banquet.

Jamie Nutzmann www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Larson Rewarded at NASCAR Banquet in Las Vegas

November 24th, 2008

Wisconsin Champion Brent Larson.jpg(New Richmond, WI 11/16/08) Last week as winter began to settle in on the Midwest, Cedar Lake Speedway’s Late Model Track & NASCAR Wisconsin state champion Brent Larson traveled to Las Vegas for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Banquet. NASCAR series champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, VA along with state champions were rewarded for their 2008 achievements in a nearly week long celebration.

 

The celebration opened on Wed., Nov. 5 with the Jim Hunter Invitational Golf Classic at Las Vegas Desert Pines Golf Club. Hunter, NASCAR’s Vice President for Corporate Communications and long-time devotee of NASCAR short tracks, hosted the event at what Golf Digest has recognized as one of the best new upscale courses in the country.

 

Thurs., Nov. 6 featured a complimentary state champion seven course dinner for drivers and their spouses. Earlier that day NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track operators and various champions competed in go-karts at Pole Position Raceway, Las Vegas’ famous quarter-mile road course, enclosed in a massive 60,000 square-foot facility. National Champion Philip Morris
received a special bonus as he and his family enjoyed a helicopter excursion and lunch in The Grand Canyon.

 

The week’s main event, Fri., Nov. 7 first class banquet was preceded by an awards recognition gathering in the afternoon. Track and State champions were recognized and awarded by series sponsors with several items including a NASCAR jacket, a champion’s shirt, an award plaque, a custom Sparco driving suit, a painted helmet from Bell, shoes from Sparco, and a driver’s
gear carrying bag. Later that night banquet attendees were treated to a first class meal, welcoming comments by NASCAR president Mike Helton, entertainment from comedian Craig Shoemaker and video congratulatory remarks from several NASCAR personalities including Darrel Waltrip, Matt Kenseth, Jimmy Johnson and more. Track and State champions were again recognized for there achievement with on stage trophy presentations. National Champion Philip Morris received a trophy weighing 120 pounds, a $25,000 check, a car owner’s check for $5,000 and championship ring. Philip’s wife received a matching championship necklace and pendant. Philip’s crew chief Chad McCoy received a check for $3,000 as well.

 

Cedar Lake Track champion and Wisconsin State Champion Brent Larson stated “It was an amazing experience. NASCAR is first class, the food, the stage, the awards and the people are the finest around. Hanging out with Mike Helton, Dick Berggren and Mike Joy at the Champions dinner was a real treat! NASCAR stops at nothing to make their drivers feel welcome. After receiving my State Champion check for $4,000, Sparco race suit & shoes, helmet, jacket, shirt, bag, plaque and trophies I was wondering how I was gonna get this stuff home? Turns out NASCAR was one step ahead, after the ceremonies all of the champion’s awards and gifts were shipped back to there homes at NASCAR’s expense. Attending my first NASCAR banquet has really inspired a desire to not only defend my state championship but to go after the National Championship in 2009.”

 

Brent Larson overall finished 22nd in NWAAS with 6 wins, 14 top 5′s 16 top 10′s with just 16 starts. Larson was the highest finishing competitor with fewer than 20 starts. By comparison, NWAAS Champion Philip Morris had 14 wins, 23 top 5′s & 26 top 10′s with 28 starts. NASCAR awards points for a driver’s best 18 shows. Larson’s State championship came down to the last race as he edged Lacrosse Fairground’s Steve Carlton by just one point. “Winning the State championship by one point over last year’s National Champion was great! I wasn’t sure how the year would go with Cedar Lake joining NASCAR. After all was said and done it worked out pretty good for me and all the other drivers at the track!” commented Larson during an interview Saturday. “I want to thank all my fellow racers, my crew, Cedar Lake, NASCAR and most of all my family for their efforts and time”

 

In 2008, Cedar Lake Speedway joined NASCAR creating a partnership benefiting their loyal drivers, the track and NASCAR. With this partnership CLS drivers will receive the largest track point fund in the Midwest. The annual banquet is scheduled for January 17th at Grand Casino Hinckley, MN. The track is now able to market the NASCAR name to casual fans in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. The NASCAR name is recognized by all fans and lends professionalism to the track. NASCAR is proud to call Cedar Lake Speedway one of their own. Founded in 1957, the track has grown into one of the elite facilities in the country hosting numerous special events and is home to some of the greatest local talent in the country. Cedar Lake Speedway looks forward to the 2009 season as they continue to strengthen their relationship with NASCAR and promote the extraordinary things NASCAR is doing for their local driver base.

 

For more photos or information on Cedar Lake Speedway, NASCAR and their Whelen All-American Series or Brent Larson please follow the links below.

 

http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com
http://www.nascar.com
http://localracing.nascar.com/series/3
http://www.brentlarsonmotorsports.com

 

Jamie Nutzmann
http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com

CLS Announces 2009 Rule Changes and Other Important Updates

November 5th, 2008

NASCAR Sanctioning
2008 brought several changes to the Cedar Lake Speedway; the partnership with NASCAR was by far the biggest. “Our partnership with NASCAR allowed our track the flexibility to market and operate the track differently than other area race tracks” mentioned owner Brad Both. NASCAR’s contribution to Cedar Lake Speedway has and will benefit both the track and its competitors. First, the NASCAR name alone gives the track the ability to market to casual race fans locally and in the metro area as well as a true sense of professionalism to the weekly program. Second, drivers benefit from a comprehensive participant insurance policy provided by NASCAR. Finally, under the NASCAR umbrella, Cedar Lake Speedway drivers will receive the largest individual area track point fund in history, over $25,000! In addition, NASCAR will provide additional $4,000 to Wisconsin State Champion Brent Larson, Cedar Lake’s Late Model division point champion. Brent will be awarded at the NASCAR banquet next week in Las Vegas for his accomplishments. Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to announce that they will again partner with NASCAR for the 2009 season and look forward to the season ahead.

Street Stocks
After discussions with fans, crews, drivers and sponsors, Cedar Lake Speedway will remove the Street Stock division from their weekly program. Dwindling car counts and skyrocketing costs have caused this class to no longer be a beginner class as initially intended. The Street Stock division at Cedar Lake Speedway has always been competitive and has had some of the nicest cars in the area. This was a tough decision and we value every competitor and their crew and look forward to them racing at Cedar
Lake in another class or in the Street Stock division during special events. Cedar Lake Speedway’s weekly program in 2009 will consist of four classes (Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks & Midwest Modifieds). During the year Cedar Lake will add other divisions for special events such as Sprint Cars, Hornets, Legends, Pure Stocks & Street Stocks.

2009 USA Nationals
Cedar Lake Speedway officials have changed the dates of the USA Nationals from the previously announced dates of August 6th-8th to July 30th-August 1st. This change is being made to not conflict with other crown-jewel late model events in the country. Those who already purchased tickets or camping need to change the date on their tickets and/or camping reservations but do not need to send them back. They will be honored at the event during the new date.

“Last year this happened because of a mis-communication with other promoters”, stated Bob Kaufman of Cedar Lake Speedway. “This year, we were 100% sure and on the same page as CLS owners and promoters at Knoxville (Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals) and Florence Speedway ($50k to win North/South Late Model event) all planned on pushing their events back one week as Labor day is one week later next year. Unfortunately, NASCAR released its schedule a few weeks ago and they did not push some of their events back. In particular, the Bristol race has always been the week before Labor Day. In 2009, it is 2 weeks before labor day. This change forced the Topless Late Model event in Batesville, AR to move to Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 to not conflict with the Bristol show. Then, the North/South had to move to Aug 8, 2009. With that race closer to many of the top drivers in the country, we chose to move the 22nd running of the $50,000 to win USA Nationals to one week earlier to accommodate the drivers and allow them to compete at both events.”

Additional communications will go out over the coming weeks. However, please share the new date with anyone you speak with and make sure you change your vacation plans! We appreciate your understanding and look forward to an event that is as great as the 2008 USA Nationals was!

Rules
With the following modifications to our rules in 2009 Cedar Lake Speedway fans will see the most diverse group of cars in the area. All of these changes will be strictly optional and will be monitored to allow for equal competition and amended as needed in the event of competitive inequality. Watch our website for complete details on these changes very soon.

Late Models- Aluminum engines will be allowed with the addition of weight. This will allow area competitors with open engines the chance to use them not only at our specials but weekly.

Modifieds- Quick Change Rear Ends will be allowed. A 10″ wheel will be allowed on the right rear only and the track is also looking to including other engine packages used on other regional modifieds during their weekly program.

Super Stocks-A rear spoiler will be allowed to help finish the look on these cars.

Midwest Modifieds- Quick change transmissions will be allowed resulting in huge savings over time.

2008 Banquet

The 2009 Cedar Lake Speedway driver banquet will be held January 17th at Grand Casino located in Hinckley Minnesota. Cedar Lake Speedway will honor their loyal drivers with an awards presentation, DVD highlights and dinner. The largest point fund ever at Cedar Lake Speedway and the largest in the upper Midwest – over $25,000 – will be paid out that night!
Go to www.cedarlakespeedway or call 612-363-0479 for details.

Jamie Nutzmann www.cedarlakespeedway.com

2009 USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway

November 4th, 2008

Cedar Lake Speedway officials have changed the dates of the USA Nationals from the previously announced dates of August 6th-8th to July 30th-August 1st. This change is being made to not conflict with other crown-jewel late model events in the country. Those who already purchased tickets or camping need to change the date on their tickets and/or camping reservations but do not need to send them back. They will be honored at the event during the new date.

“Last year this happened because of a mis-communication with other promoters”, stated Bob Kaufman of Cedar Lake Speedway. “This year, we were 100% sure and on the same page as CLS owners and promoters at Knoxville (Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals) and Florence Speedway ($50k to win North/South Late Model event) all planned on pushing their events back one week as Labor day is one week later next year. Unfortunately, NASCAR released its schedule a few weeks ago and they did not push some of their events back. In particular, the Bristol race has always been the week before Labor Day. In 2009, it is 2 weeks before labor day. This change forced the Topless Late Model event in Batesville, AR to move to Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 to not conflict with the Bristol show. Then, the North/South had to move to Aug 8, 2009. With that race closer to many of the top drivers in the country, we chose to move the 22nd running of the $50,000 to win USA Nationals to one week earlier to accommodate the drivers and allow them to compete at both events.”

Additional communications will go out over the coming weeks. However, please share the new date with anyone you speak with and make sure you change your vacation plans! We appreciate your understanding and look forward to an event that is as great as the 2008 USA Nationals was!

For more info on Cedar Lake Speedway, visit us online at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 612-363-0479.

Jamie Nutzmann www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Going NASCAR Pays Off For Larson at Cedar Lake Speedway!

October 4th, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2008) - Cedar Lake Speedway's decision to add
NASCAR sanctioning paid off for Brent Larson. The Lake Elmo, Wisc., driver
finished third in the track's final feature event Sept. 12 to claim the
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Wisconsin state championship by one point
over defending state and national champion Steve Carlson.

Larson's margin of victory was the smallest for the 25 U.S. state and
Canadian province champions announced by NASCAR today.

"It's a pretty neat deal," said Larson. "I'm pretty impressed with the
NASCAR program. I know the guys at the track are happy to get some
recognition."

Larson didn't think it would be that close. His finish Sept. 12 gave him
just enough to edge Carlson, but the track had two more races scheduled for
that final weekend before the Sept. 14 deadline for points to count toward a
driver's total. Rain, however, washed away those two races.

"I knew what we needed to do coming in," Larson said. "After we finished
third, I thought, it's good but we have a couple more days to add to it.
Turns out, it was a good thing we got it done on Thursday."

Larson earned the top prize in the state and an invitation to join all of
the NASCAR Whelen All-American track and state/province champions at the
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet Friday, Nov. 7 at the Rio
All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas.

Other highlights among the U.S. state and Canadian province champions:

. Erica Thiering became the first female to win a NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series championship. The 18-year-old won the Osman Auction-Family Motors Cam
FM NASCAR Feature Stocks Division title at Edmonton International Raceway
and captured the Alberta province title.

. National champion Philip Morris won his second straight Virginia state
title. Brian Harris, who finished two points behind Morris in the national
title race, earned his first Iowa state championship with his performance at
Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, Farley Speedway and West Liberty Raceway.
Third-place Marty Ward won his first South Carolina state championship by
virtue of his performance at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

. Morris, Bruce Yackey (Colorado), Bub Bilodeau (Maine) and Andy Bozell Sr.
(Michigan) were the only drivers to successfully defend their state
championships. Bilodeau held off challenger Bobby Babb Jr. at Beech Ridge
Motor Speedway by just 14 points. Yackey won his title driving Colorado
National, while Bozell competed at Kalamazoo Speedway. 

The crowning of U.S. state and Canadian province champions was resumed in
2007, continuing a NASCAR tradition of honoring the top drivers at the
regional level that dates back to the earliest days of NASCAR. The list of
NASCAR drivers who have won state championships includes Richie Evans, Red
Farmer, Ned Jarrett, Jerry Cook, Ralph Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, David
Pearson, Sterling Marlin, Harry Gant, Geoff Bodine and Jack Ingram.

Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the
race winner will receive two points for every car in the event up to 25
cars. Second place will receive two fewer points, and so-on through the
field. For example, if there are 25 cars, the winner receives 50 points,
second gets 48 and third 46. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 30
points, second gets 28 and third 26. New this year, drivers receive five
bonus points for a win.

For additional information, contact:
Jason Christley, NASCAR Public Relations, (386) 947-6788 or
jchristley@nascar.com

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

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

Cryderman, Smith, Fjorden-Nord & Wyttenbach Show the Way on Night #2 of the Badger State Nationals

September 28th, 2008
With summerlike weather conditions, the second night of the first Badger
State Nationals took place on Friday September 26 at the Cedar Lake
Speedway.  The FYE Motorsports promoted program featured some truly
outstanding main event racing action for the field of 123 cars on hand at
the 3/8 mile high-banked Wisconsin speedplant.  When the last lap of racing
had been completed, race fans had witnessed some of the very best feature
racing seen at CLS in quite some time in the street stock and Midwest
modified mains.  Earning hard-fought victories tonight in the street stock
division was popular female driver Chanda Fjorden-Nord while veteran racer
Bob Smith topped an incredible battle in the Midwest modified main.  Joel
Cryderman turned in a solid performance passing Don Shaw on lap 8 of the
late model feature race enroute to victory while Joel Wyttenbach came out
ahead of a great two car battle for the win in the Legends feature.

For the second night of the Badger State Nationals, passing points were
again in use during heat race competition.  The 28 car Legends field kicked
off the racing program with three heat races.  Cam Schaefer came from 7th to
win the first heat race over Ivan Sailer.  Mike Miller grabbed the lead from
his outside row two starting spot to lead all the way in the second heat
with 7th starter Eric Barth in the runnerup spot.  Nathan Speten only led
one lap in the third heat, but it was the most important final lap of the
race as he passed Jeff Steenbergen for the win.  All three heats ran
caution-free.  Many of the Legends cars came from the Wisconsin Legends
Racing Dirt Series in Southern Wisconsin while several others made the trip
south from North Dakota where they run weekly at the Nodak Speedway in
Minot.  A few Legend cars on hand were from the local area where they run
weekly on the pavement at Elko Speedway.

With some cars unable to return for the second night, the street stock
division had two heat races for the 17 cars on hand.  Chris Peterson led all
the way to post the win in the first 10 lap heat race over 9th starter
Chanda Fjorden-Nord.  Cory Rosen drove the final seven laps of the race with
a flat left front tire but held on to finish third.  Jeff Heintz was strong
up front in the second heat, as he led the entire distance while Shawn
Kammerud and Jay Kesan swapped the runnerup spot a couple of times before
Kammerud regained it for good on lap 7.

A solid field of 43 Midwest modifieds were on hand.  Although the top five
finishers from the Thursday night prelim feature were already locked into
the Saturday night championship main event, a couple of drivers attempted to
improve their starting positions by racing in the Friday night show.  Shane
Sabraski, who turned in a fifth place finish in the prelim feature race the
night before, drove away from the field in the first heat to post the win.
Bob Smith came from 8th to finish second.  A J Roschen led the first three
laps in the second heat, but it was 8th starter Jason Vandekamp on a mission
to the front.  Vandekamp took the lead on lap 4 and went on to record the
win over Luke Hines.  Roschen saw his night end with mechanical problems
while running second.  Bryan Siercks grabbed the early lead in the third
heat race until 4th starter Brock Gronwold moved by on his way to victory.
Kevin Monteith also got by Siercks with one lap to go to finish second.  The
fourth heat would see Karth Mitchell lead all the way for the win with
Ronnie Rihn in the runnerup spot.  Matt Weisman led the opening lap of the
final heat race, but 2008 CLS track point champion Shawn Phillips took
command a lap later.  Weisman stayed close to Phillips but had to settle for
second.

Four heats for the 35 late models would see Jim Carlson lead the first two
laps of the opening heat until Joel Cryderman blasted by for the win to
finish in front of Cory Mahder ten laps later.  Pat Doar led all 12 laps in
the second heat over Don Shaw.  Rick Hanestad and Eric Breeschoten traded
the lead four times in the first four laps of the fourth heat race until
Hanestad took over for good.

Two Midwest modified B Mains transferred the top three finishers to the
prelim feature race.  Wayne Dean came from 4th to take the lead and eventual
win on lap 10 of the first 15 lap B Main.  Eric Herbison and Rusty Kollman
took the remaining transfer spots with Kollman getting by Dane Durbin off
the final turn on the last lap for third.  Jeremy Houle led all 15 laps in
the second B Main, as he built up a comfortable margin over second place
finisher Bryce Johnson and Sam Nelson.  Scott Erickson finished third but
was docked two spots for jumping on the lap 2 restart, as the race went
nonstop the final 13 laps.

The top six finishers in the late model B Main would earn the final transfer
spots to their prelim feature.  Keith Foss led the first three laps, but Tim
Isenberg drove past Foss for the lead on lap 4 and never looked back.
Following the leaders were Jim Bruggeman, Shawn Mahder, Patrick Hoffman and
Gregg Hill.  A brief intermission followed this race with some blade work
done to the track in turns one and two prior to the first of four big
feature races for the night.

The Legends feature race was up first and all 28 cars rolled trackside with
Joel Wyttenbach and Ivan Sailer pacing the field for their 25 lap race.  At
the drop of flagman Jeff Stacken's green, it was third starter Jeff
Steenbergen grabbing the lead at the end of lap one.  Wyttenbach battled
back to lead laps 2 & 3 before the first caution flew for a spin in turn 4.
Steenbergen regained the top spot on the restart and led the next three laps
until the second caution waved when Tom Fraser broke.  When the race went
green again, fifth starter Spencer Wilson took the top spot with 11th
starter Eric Barth moving into second.  Contact on the frontstretch between
Wilson and Barth two laps later ended with a multi-car crash in turn one.
Barth rode the hook to the pits while Wilson and several other cars pitted
for repairs.  On the restart, the red flag appeared when Robert Lever lost
the right rear wheel on his car and flipped hard several times in turn one.
Lever was taken to a local hospital for observation.  When the green
replaced the red, an incredible battle for the lead developed once again
between Wyttenbach and Steenbergen.  Over the course of the next 13 laps,
the two raced side-by-side with Steenbergen holding a slim lead at the line
during laps 10-18 only to see Wyttenbach edge by to lead laps 19-20.
Steenbergen barely led lap 21, but it was Wyttenbach regaining the top spot
a lap later.  Wyttenbach opened up a couple car length lead during the final
three laps enroute to the victory.  Steenbergen, 14th starter Tony
Brockhouse, 19th starter Troy Speten and Tom Wagner completed the top five.
Eighteen cars finished the 25 lap distance in a very entertaining race.

All 17 cars lined up for the Street Stock feature event.  What race fans
would witness over the course of 20 nonstop racing laps likely will be
described as one of the best street stock feature races run in CLS history.
Chanda Fjorden-Nord grabbed the early lead with 2008 Legendary 100 champion
Chris Peterson a close second.  Peterson gained the lead on lap 3, as Cory
Rosen and Jeff Heintz joined the battle up front.  Peterson and Fjorden-Nord
raced hard with Chanda retaking the top spot on lap 8.  Peterson battled
back into the lead on lap 11 and appeared as though he may be able to hold
off the other three drivers.  Fjorden-Nord slipped back to third at one
time, but she charged back to put the pressure on Peterson for the lead and
regained the front running position on lap 16.  Rosen briefly got by
Peterson for second on lap 17, but Peterson passed Rosen on lap 18 and
closed in on the leader.  Fjorden-Nord held off a furious charge by Peterson
over the final two laps to emerge with a thrilling $500 victory in a race
that was nothing short of spectacular.  Rosen finished a close third with
Heintz just a few feet behind in fourth.  The top four finishers were never
more than a few car lengths apart for a good share of the race.  Jay Kesan
completed the top five with Shawn Kammerud, Kris Peterson, Justin Vogel,
Kevin Schmidt and Rusty Kollman rounding out the top ten.  It was a popular
win for the weekly female competitor, as fans cheered her on to victory.

With the crowd still buzzing from the street stock feature, a very strong 24
car Midwest modified preliminary main event lined up for 20 racing laps.
The top five outside row starting spots in their Saturday night championship
feature race were at stake, so it figured to be another great battle.  The
Midwest mod drivers did not disappoint, as they raced caution-free for 20
laps in what turned out to be another outstanding feature race.  Jason
Vandekamp and Bob Smith brought the field to the green with Smith leading
the opening lap.  Brock Gronwold quickly moved from his third starting spot
to the lead on lap 2.  Smith charged back around Gronwold to lead lap 3.
Gronwold edged back inside of Smith to retake the top spot a lap later.
While the leaders traded the front spot back and forth, Vandekamp and 7th
starter Shane Sabraski were right in the mix too.  The second through fourth
spots changed hands numerous times throughout the remainder of the race.  At
the halfway mark, it was still Gronwold with a narrow lead over Smith.
Smith moved back by on lap 11 as the top four cars ran in a group lap after
lap.  With just a few laps to go, Sabraski emerged from the battle to take
second when Gronwold slipped up over the cushion a bit in turn two.  Bob
Smith defeated Shane Sabraski, Jason Vandekamp and Brock Gronwold for an
exciting win.  Jason Hoffman finished a close fifth.  Luke Hines, Ronnie
Rihn, Matt Weisman, Jeremy Kerzman and Clayton Wagamon completed the top
ten.  Only two cars failed to finish the race.

The fans had already witnessed three great feature races, but it was now
time for the rumble of the big late models to take center stage for their 25
lap preliminary feature race.  Again, one of the top five all-important
finishing positions would earn a driver a starting spot in the big
championship feature race on Saturday night paying $12,000 to win.  Don Shaw
blasted into the lead from his outside front row starting spot with Joel
Cryderman in tow.  Shaw set a fast pace on the cushion until he drifted a
bit high in turn 3 on lap 9.  Cryderman seized the opportunity and took the
lead.  Shaw recovered to run a close second as the leaders slowly began
working their way towards lapped traffic.  As the leaders worked traffic
just past the halfway mark, Cryderman made a tremendous move to split two
lapped cars and put a little distance between himself and second place.
Once Shaw and third place runner Pat Doar cleared the two lapped cars, they
closed in on Cryderman.  Cryderman, making his first CLS appearance of the
season, knows his way around the 3/8 mile oval very well though.  With the
laps clicking by, Cryderman continued to lead over Shaw, Doar, Jeff
Hinkemeyer and Duane Mahder.  Doar tried several times to get underneath
Shaw exiting turn two but could not.  On the final lap, Shaw jumped the
cushion in turn two and Doar drove by.  At the checkers, it was Joel
Cryderman earning the win over Pat Doar, Don Shaw, Jeff Hinkemeyer and Jeff
Wildung.  Duane Mahder had held the coveted fifth place spot until the final
corner on the last lap when he jumped over the cushion and lost two spots.
The race ran 25 laps nonstop to the finish with only one car dropping out.
By Greg Parent

Gullikson, Leer & Matthees Are Victorious on Opening Night of Badger State Nationals

September 27th, 2008
As afternoon overcast gave way to sunny skies, the opening night of the
inaugural Badger State Nationals got underway on Thursday September 25 at
the Cedar Lake Speedway.  The FYE Motorsports promoted event saw a field of
110 cars sign into the pits for the first of three nights of racing action
at the 3/8 mile high banked Wisconsin dirt oval.  When the final checkers
had waved, Lance Matthees topped a very strong field of late models, Matt
Leer earned his first CLS feature win in the Midwest modifieds, and Dan
Gullikson returned to his roots with a win in the street stock division
driving the potent Allen Gessel Jr car.

Heat race action for the first two nights of the Badger State Nationals
would see the passing point system in effect.  The top eighteen cars in
passing points in each division would line up in the first nine rows of
their feature event while the remainder of the field would be filled from B
Main action in the Midwest modified and late model divisions.  The street
stocks did not need a B Main on the opening night.  The street stocks ran a
complete race program while the late models and Midwest mods also ran
complete preliminary programs with the top five finishers in the feature
race guaranteed a starting spot on the inside five rows for the championship
features on Saturday night.  Racing action was intense in many of the heat
races, especially in the late model division with the ultimate prize of
$12,000 on the line for a victory on Saturday night.

The street stocks started the race program with three heats for the 22 cars
in attendance.  Although the car count was not as large as a few weeks
earlier at the Legendary 100, the quality of the field was outstanding.
Perennial front runner in the street stock division Scott Paulson grabbed
the early lead in the first heat race, but it was Chanda Fjorden-Nord coming
from her fourth starting spot to take command on lap 3 enroute to the win.
North Dakota driver Rusty Kollman finished second with Paulson holding on to
third in the nonstop 10 lap race.  Jeff Heintz blasted into the lead from
his outside front row starting spot in the second heat and held off 2008 CLS
track point champion Devin Neske for the win with sixth starter Ron Hanestad
riding home in third.  On the opening lap of the third heat race, contact
amongst several cars on the backstretch resulted in Kelly Knutson rolling
over on his roof.  As the green replaced the red, Kevin Schmidt took the
early lead.  Schmidt led the first four laps before seventh starter Cory
Rosen moved by for the lead and eventual win.  Tommy Richards got past
Schmidt a few laps later to finish second while Schmidt held on to third
just in front of Dan Gullikson.

A large turnout of 50 cars in the Midwest modified division would see five
heat races to determine the top eighteen cars in passing points.  Veteran
modified racer Ron Jones, driving the Mike Kyllonen owned Midwest mod, took
control from the outset of the first heat race.  Young Clayton Wagamon came
from sixth to run a close second to Jones while another veteran modified
racer Bob Smith finished third.  Sam Nelson led the opening two laps in the
second heat until third starter Jeff Marshall drove by and disappeared from
the field to post a convincing win.  Nelson finished second in front of
seventh starter Jeremy Kerzman in the nonstop 10 lap race.  Another
caution-free run in the third heat saw 2008 CLS track point champion Shawn
Phillips lead all the way from his pole starting spot.  Ronnie Rihn, who had
one CLS win during the 2008 season, ran second in front of ninth starter
Matt Leer.  Leer would ultimately earn the top spot in passing points with
his strong run forward in this heat.  Mark Gerth led all 10 laps to garner
the win in the fourth heat in front of fifth starter Karth Mitchell and
North Dakota driver Patrick Sobolik.  An incredibly tough fifth heat race
saw multi-time champion Shane Sabraski lead all the way from his outside row
one starting position.  Rookie Midwest mod driver Jason Vandekamp held off
another North Dakota driver, Rusty Kollman, for the runnerup spot.

The ground-pounding late model division had a very stout and talent laden 38
car field on hand for the opening night of the Badger State Nationals.  The
heat race action was intense!  Marshall Fegers led all 12 laps to post the
win in the first heat in front of veteran racer Jeff Hinkemeyer and young
phenom Cory Mahder.  In probably the toughest heat race lineup of the
evening, the second late model heat provided fans with some incredible
action.  Even though Steve Laursen led all the way from his outside front
row starting spot, the battle behind him was fantastic.  Keith Foss held off
eighth starter Lance Matthees, Joel Cryderman and tenth starting Pat Doar to
earn the second spot.  Jeff Wildung was strong in the third heat and showed
the way to the checkers.  Duane Mahder came from fifth to finish second in
front of Chuckie DeSmith.  Rookie late model racer Shawn Mahder was having a
strong run until his car rode the frontstretch wall and had to be towed to
the pits.  The final heat race had a couple of cautions in the early going,
but when the race settled down in was a Rick Hanestad and Jake Redetzke
battle for the win.  Hanestad led the first two laps, Redetzke led lap 3,
but Hanestad came back to lead laps 4-6.  Redetzke would not be denied and
retook the lead for good on lap 7.  Brent Larson got by Hanestad in the
waning laps to finish second.

The Midwest modifieds needed two B Mains to complete their preliminary
feature race lineup.  The first 15 lap B Main ran nonstop.  Matt Weisman led
the first six laps before fourth starter Brock Gronwold, coming off two big
wins in recent events, took the lead on lap 7 and held it to the checkers.
Randy Vezina earned the final transfer spot to the feature with a third
place finish behind Weisman.  Jason Gross, driving Mike Gibson's Midwest
mod, finished a close fourth behind Vezina.  The second Midwest mod B Main
was slowed twice under caution, but polesitter A. J. Roschen held on to lead
all the way for the win over Wayne Troseth.  Wayne Dean came from 14th to
grab the third and final transfer spot to the feature.

The 15 lap late model B Main had 16 cars make the call.  Caley Emerson saw
his bid to make the main event end up on the hook after contact with Ricky
Weiss on the opening lap sent his car into the concrete wall on the
backstretch.  After a couple of more cautions slowed the pace, the race
settled down with Scott Gilberts getting by Joel Cryderman to lead the first
10 laps.  Chad Mahder kept moving forward and on lap 11 took the lead from
Gilberts.  Mahder showed the way for the remainder of the race.  Gilberts,
Cryderman, Rick Egersdorf, 12th starter Eric Breeschoten and Zach Johnson
completed the top six transfer positions to earn their way into the prelim
feature event.  Johnson narrowly beat Tim Isenberg for that final spot.

A strong field of 21 street stocks had tons of talent in the lineup for
their $500-to-win 20 lap feature race.  Polesitter Cory Rosen grabbed the
early lead with a huge pack of cars battling two and three wide for several
positions behind the leader.  Chanda Fjorden-Nord and Jeff Heintz had
settled in for second and third when the first caution waved for a spin in
turn 3 seven laps into the race.  Just two laps later, 13th starter Dan
Gullikson moved to second and began applying the pressure on leader Rosen.
The race was slowed again at the halfway mark when Justin Vogel crashed into
the wall exiting turn 4 and sustained heavy front end damage.  On the
restart, Gullikson drove around Rosen in turn two but a spin on the
backstretch by Jay Kesan collected the cars of Adam Burrows, Rusty Kollman
and Scott Splitstoesser.  This put Rosen back in front, and he immediately
drove to the top side in turn one on the restart.  Rosen led the next three
laps, but Gullikson continued to look for a way around and found one on lap
14.  The last caution flew for debris in turn one with 16 laps scored.  On
the restart, it was Gullikson, Rosen and Ron Hanestad in the top three
spots.  Four laps later, Gullikson crossed the finish line to become the
first feature race winner at the Badger State Nationals.  Rosen, Hanestad,
Tommy Richards and Jeff Heintz rounded out the top five.  Andy Miskowic came
from 15th to finish sixth ahead of 17th starter Kris Peterson, 18th starter
Adam Soltis, Chanda Fjorden-Nord, and Rusty Kollman to complete the top ten.
Legendary 100 winner Chris Peterson saw a top five finish disappear when he
slowed on the final lap with mechanical woes.

The Midwest modifieds came out 24 cars strong for their 20 lap preliminary A
Main.  The top five finishers would earn a starting spot in their
$3,000-to-win championship feature event on Saturday night.  Polesitter Matt
Leer jumped into the lead at the drop of the green with Clayton Wagamon in
pursuit.  Just three laps into the race, something let go on Wagamon's car
sending him into the concrete wall in turn 4.  It took two wreckers to
remove his car to the pits.  Jeff Marshall was now in second followed by Ron
Jones.  After a very ragged restart resulted in damage to a couple of cars,
the race went green for 14 straight laps.  Marshall and Jones traded the
runnerup spot a couple of times during this stretch, but Leer was well in
control up front.  A spin by Brock Gronwold with 17 laps in closed the field
up for what would be an exciting three lap dash to the checkers.  The
biggest benefactor of this caution was seventh running Jeremy Kerzman.  On
the restart, Kerzman went from 7th to 4th.  Leer again pulled away a bit
during the final three laps to earn his first-ever CLS feature win and more
importantly put himself on the pole for the championship feature on Saturday
night.  Jeff Marshall held off Ron Jones for second while Kerzman earned a
Saturday night starting berth with a fine fourth place finish.  Shane
Sabraski rounded out the top five.  Ronnie Rihn, who was in the top five
prior to the final restart, had to settle for sixth ahead of rookie Jeremy
Houle, rookie Jason Vandekamp, Mark Gerth and 15th starter Bob Smith.

The final event of the night featured 24 thundering late models for 25
racing laps in their prelim feature.  The top five finishers would earn
starting spots for their big championship feature race on Saturday night.
It did not take long for the first caution to fly, as Duane Mahder got a bit
crossed up in turn one on the opening lap.  Cars scattered and spun with
Marshall Fegers, Cory Mahder, Pat Doar and Eric Breeschoten involved.  Fifth
starter Jeff Wildung ended up with a right rear flat tire and had to go to
the work area while third starter Duane Mahder was charged with the caution
and relegated to the tail of the field.  Keith Foss also sustained some
right front damage but was able to continue.  The second start attempt went
much better with Lance Matthees moving into the lead immediately at the drop
of the green from his outside row one starting spot followed by Jake
Redetzke and 2008 CLS track point champion Brent Larson.  Just six laps into
the race, Keith Foss slowed and was forced to drop out of the race with the
right front towed out.  Fans suddenly took note of 19th starter Chad Mahder
during this caution.  Mahder had raced his way up to ninth already.  When
the green replaced the yellow, it was Matthees, Redetzke, Larson, Fegers and
Steve Laursen in the top five spots.  Sixteen laps into the race, Marshall
Fegers saw his chance for a top five end when something broke in the right
front of his car while entering turn one.  Jeff Hinkemeyer also retired from
the race with a flat tire under caution.  One lap later, contact between
Kerry Hanson and Cory Mahder saw Hanson's car slam hard into the concrete
wall at the exit of turn four.  The race was under red to make sure Hanson
was okay.  He was, but his car was done for the night.  Cory Mahder drove
his car to the pits.  During the final eight laps, Chad Mahder continued his
march forward taking fourth on lap 20 from Laursen.  Laursen battled back
and reclaimed the fourth spot a lap later.  At the checkers, it was Lance
Matthees with a dominating performance to take top honors over Jake
Redetzke, Brent Larson, Steve Laursen, and Chad Mahder.  These five drivers
earned starting spots in the inside five rows for their championship feature
race on Saturday night.  Completing the top ten finishers were 12th starter
Ashley Anderson, 17th starter Don Shaw, Pat Doar, 16th starter Adam Hensel,
and Jeff Wildung who returned from his tail-end starting spot after his crew
changed the flat tire on his car following his opening lap misfortune.
By Greg Parent

Mars, Cain, Kobs, Richards & Dwyer & Rain Top Night 2 at the Legendary 100

September 23rd, 2008

After rain pushed back the second night of the Legendary 100 at the Cedar Lake Speedway to Friday evening September 12, the pits swelled with a huge field of 196 cars in five divisions.  For race fans it was well worth the wait, as the CLS track crew had the racing surface in great condition which produced some incredible racing action throughout the night.  Earning preliminary feature wins in the three NASCAR racing divisions were Jimmy Mars in the late models, Dave Cain in the modifieds and Rick Kobs in the super stocks.  In their first-ever appearance at the Legendary 100, Steve Dwyer made the trip north to capture the win in the Hornet division while the Richards brothers battled for the victory in the Pure Stock class with Danny Richards defeating Tommy Richards.Once again the passing point system was in place during heat race action.  Many of the heat races featured some very intense racing and numerous battles for position, as drivers strived to move forward as far as they could while others raced hard to hold on to their top spots in an effort to be one of the top eighteen cars in points after the heats in each class.  Also adding additional interest to the night was the fact that it was a NASCAR points race for not only track points but also state, regional and national points.  In the late model division, this helped draw Davenport, Iowa racer and current national NASCAR Whelen Racing Series point leader Brian Harris to the track.  Harris drove a local late model car owned by Jim Carlson.  Area late model standout Brent Larson was also looking for track, state and regional points along with veteran racer Rick Egersdorf.  Track announcer Chris Stepan kept race fans updated throughout the night on the status of each driver's point race battles.

Kicking off what would end up being an astounding 315 laps of green flag racing for the entire evening, the NASCAR super stock division had a 50 car field with five heat races.  Making his first-ever CLS appearance, Derrick Lemke led all 10 laps enroute to the win in the first heat over 9th starter and defending Legendary 100 champion Dale Gangl.  Steve Thomas wasted no time in grabbing the early lead from his pole starting spot in the second heat and went on to record a close win over current CLS track point leader Dan Carlson.  Rick Kobs, driving a new Fegers super stock, came from third to first on the opening lap of the third heat and ten laps later captured the victory over 7th starter Larry Boumeester.  The fourth heat race featured a good battle for the top spot.  Justin Stahl led the opening lap, but Mike Bellefeuille drove underneath him to lead the second lap.  Stahl battled back on the top side to regain the lead the next lap and was able to hold off Bellefeuille for the win.  The final heat race saw Rich Bishop lead the whole way for the win in front of Mark Stender.  The first red flag of the night waved in the fifth heat when contact with Mike Weber in turn one sent Dave Flynn on his roof.

A very strong field of 66 NASCAR modifieds produced some exciting and entertaining racing during their six heat races.  Brent Larson led the opening lap of the first heat before current track point leader and defending track champion Dave Cain came from the fifth starting spot to blast into the lead on lap two.  Cain never looked back and ended up with a comfortable margin of victory over Jamie Lemke.  The second heat was a very good race.  Jake Jay led the opening couple of laps until Brent Prochnow got by.  While Prochnow held the point, 11th starter Jason Miller was on the move forward.  Miller moved to second on lap 7 with a pass of 8th starter Joey Jensen and soon was challenging Prochnow for the lead.  As the leaders completed lap 9, contact between Miller and Prochnow in turn one saw Miller turn sideways.  Prochnow was deemed to be the cause and was relegated to the tail of the field for a two lap dash to the checkers.  Miller held off Jensen for the win.  Scott Splittstoesser moved from fifth to first on the opening lap of the third heat race and 10 nonstop laps later took the win over Scott Gilbertson.  Jason Schill bolted into the lead from his outside front row starting position and led all the way for the win in the fourth heat over 9th starter Pat Zdroik.  The fifth heat saw the second red of the evening displayed when Dave Storck made contact with another car and launched over the outside concrete wall on the backstretch.  His #57 mod then rolled into the safety fence.  The race was delayed until repairs could be made to the fence.  Storck was okay, and it was reported that his car had actually not been severely damaged in the wild-looking mishap.  Les Duellman led all the way to pick up the win over veteran modified standout Ron Jones.  The sixth and final heat race featured a great finish.  Ted Marrs led the first three laps from his third starting spot until fourth starter Mark Hanson took over up front.  In the closing laps, Brad Loveday got going on the high side and coming off turn four on the final lap made the winning pass to grab an exciting win over Hanson.  Current CLS track points runnerup Craig Brightbill saw his night go up in smoke eight laps into the race, as his car dumped down a lot of oil on the frontstretch.

A top-notch field of 47 NASCAR late models thrilled the crowd with five heat races.  The action started off fast and furious in the first heat with Mike Bear grabbing the early lead.  Bear looped his car four laps into the race, thus handing the lead over to Scott Gilberts.  Gilberts only led one lap, as 4th starter Kerry Hanson took over the first place spot on lap 6.  Hanson held off 5th starter Brent Larson for the win in what ended up being a very good heat race.  A nonstop second heat saw pole sitter Ashley Anderson and 6th starter Rick Hanestad provide fans with some great side-by-side racing on a couple of occasions.  Anderson led the first seven laps until Hanestad edged past for the lead and eventual win.  Just after Anderson crossed the finish line, the engine let go in a cloud of smoke ending his night.  Anderson did not scale, so this moved Brian Harris into the runnerup spot at the finish.  Another very good heat race saw young Shawn Mahder hang on to the lead for the first nine laps in the third heat, but it was Nick Herrick moving to the cushion and making a last lap pass for the win.  Farley, Iowa driver Jason Rauen led the first three laps in the fourth heat before John Kaanta raced to the front.  Sixth starter Jimmy Mars, driving a new late model owned by Midwest mod driver Ronnie Rihn, got by Kaanta for the lead on lap 8 and went on to post the win in another caution-less race.  The final heat race also ran nonstop to the finish.  Duane Mahder led the vast majority of the race, but he did not win it.  On the final lap it was his son Chad Mahder, who had moved to the top side a few laps earlier, getting past his dad exiting turn four to record an exciting win at the line.The lone Hornet heat race for their 12 car field was won by Steve Dwyer over Shawn Mann and Dean Grube.  The Pure Stocks had 21 cars on hand with two heat races.  Danny Richards defeated his brother Tommy Richards to win the first heat.  Young female competitor Ashley Huseby held off fellow RCS racer Nick Field to earn a popular win in the second heat, as the two often raced side-by-side in the caution-free 10 lap race.

With all heat races completed, one B Main in each of the three NASCAR divisions would fill out the starting lineups for their feature races.  The NASCAR super stocks had 20 cars make the call for their 15 lap B Main.  In a race slowed six times under caution, Destin Lorimor led all the way for the win over Joel Collins.  Completing the top six transfer positions to the feature race were Ryan Wiome, 15th starter Cory Davis, 12th starter Jim Gullikson, and by a slim margin for sixth Charlie Obermueller.  A whopping 25 cars came trackside for the 15 lap NASCAR modified B Main.  Following an opening lap spin in turn one which collected several cars, a big wreck on the backstretch on the second attempt to start the race saw lots of cars involved and the red flag unfurled when the track became blocked with battered race cars.  At last the race was underway and Scott Gilbertson blasted into the lead from his pole starting position.  Six laps in, it was Jeff Spacek working his way to the front from his outside row two starting spot.  Spacek went on to post the victory over 14th starter Trent Follmer, Gilbertson, Brent Larson, Jay Richardson and Shaun Kelley, as those drivers earned starting spots in their feature event.  The final B Main of the evening had 23 NASCAR late models vying for the top eight finishing positions in order to race one more time in their main event.  Jake Redetzke led all 15 laps in a race only slowed twice under caution.  Mike Goodremote, Charles DeSmith, Eric Breeschoten, Jeff Keeney, Justin Ritchie, Mike Bear and 16th starter Dave Cain earned the rest of the transfer spots.  It was now time for feature race action to get underway.

The Hornets were the first class to run their feature.  In a caution-free 10 lap dash to the checkers, Steve Dwyer completed the clean sweep and became the first CLS Legendary 100 winner in the division's first appearance.  Shawn Mann, Dean Grube, Damon Stusek and Kevin Bradwell completed the top five.  The Pure Stocks followed the Hornets with their 15 lap feature race.  In a race only slowed once under caution, Ashley Huseby led the opening lap before the Richards brothers raced by.  Tommy Richards came from sixth to lead by the end of lap 2, but Danny Richards kept applying the pressure.  A caution at the halfway mark saw the battle for the lead resume when the green light blinked on again.  A couple of laps later on lap 9, Danny Richards got by Tommy Richards for the lead.  Tommy kept it close the remainder of the way, but he was unable to regain the top spot from his brother.  In a reversal from the 2007 Legendary 100 finish, Danny Richards topped Tommy Richards.  Ashley Huseby, Nick Field and Will Hargraves completed the top five.

With Tim Borgeson scratching from the 20 lap NASCAR Super Stock A Main due to a blown engine, a very competitive 23 car starting field took the green with polesitter Dale Gangl grabbing the early lead.  Rick Kobs came from fourth to second in one lap, and one lap later found himself in the lead.  Kobs steadily began pulling away from the field, as cars jockeyed for positions behind him.  The first of just two cautions waved with 13 laps in the books for a spin in turn 4.  Contact on the restart between Mike Loomis and Dan Carlson saw the last caution of the race.  Loomis restarted at the rear of the field.  Rich Bishop had been working on runnerup Dale Gangl, and shortly after the race returned to green flag action, Bishop drove underneath Gangl and into second.  Bishop tried to reel in Kobs, but Kobs was just too strong up top on the cushion.  Rick Kobs went on to record the win over Rich Bishop, Dale Gangl, Mike Bellefeuille, Dan Carlson, Justin Stahl, Aaron Wilson and Matt Sinna.  Those eight drivers earned their way into the championship feature on Saturday night and will start in the first eight rows on the inside.  Destin Lorimor came up one spot short at the finish with a fine run forward from 19th to 9th.  Greg Nippoldt finished tenth from his 16th starting spot.

A full 24 car starting grid in the 20 lap NASCAR modified main event thundered to life.  The race was quickly under caution when Mike Kelley Jr broke a rear suspension and spun in turn one, thus requiring a complete restart.  The race would then run 20 laps nonstop to the finish.  It didn't take Dave Cain long to grab the lead from his fourth starting spot, as the five time CLS track champion had the top spot by the end of lap one.  The battle for the runnerup spot was a good one though, as Jason Miller and Joey Jensen raced close for a good share of the distance.  In the end, Dave Cain went on to record the win with Miller holding off Jensen for second.  Ron Jones, Rick Kobs, Jason Schill, veteran racer Les Duellman and Scott Splittstoesser completed the top eight finishers and locked themselves into the Saturday night championship feature race.  Mark Hanson and B Main winner Jeff Spacek completed the top ten, as 19 cars were still running at the end of the race.

Race fans had certainly seen a full night of racing already, but one bigger feature race was still to come.  The NASCAR late models lined up 26 cars strong for 25 racing laps.  Rick Hanestad came from inside row two to pass polesitter Jimmy Mars on the opening lap and grab the early lead.  Just a couple of laps into the race, Joey Jensen stopped in turn four and tagged the tail for the restart.  Hanestad led one more lap before Mars drove around him for the lead.  Hanestad kept steady pressure on Mars for the next few laps until the second yellow of the race slowed the pace for a Shawn Mahder spin in turn four.  Mars and Hanestad resumed their battle with 7th starter Brent Larson now in third.  Cory Mahder and Chad Mahder traded the fourth spot a few times before Cory settled into fourth.  As the laps rolled by, Mars began to open a slight lead on Hanestad until the leaders began working lapped traffic.  While in heavy traffic on lap 18, Hanestad closed the gap on Mars and was soon right behind him.  A couple of times, Hanestad pulled alongside Mars but could not regain the top spot.  With 22 laps in, the lapped car of Mike Bear made contact with Hanestad in turn one and spun to bring out the third and final caution of the race.  Mars pulled away a bit during the final three laps, as it appeared Hanestad's car was not quite as good as it had been before the caution.  Jimmy Mars picked up the win with Rick Hanestad, Brent Larson, Cory Mahder, Chad Mahder, Keith Foss, Kerry Hanson and Brian Harris capturing the coveted top eight finishing positions to earn their way into the big Saturday night championship feature race.  John Kaanta and Rick Egersdorf completed the top ten.

Racing action was scheduled to resume with a full day of activity at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday September 13 however Mother Nature failed to cooperate.  Events were planned for an all day affair on Sunday but excessive rain and saturated grounds ended the chances for completing the show.  The decision was made early Sunday to issue refunds to competitors as well as spectators.  For those who were unable to receive a refund at the track visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com for full instructions on how to receive a refund.

Cedar Lake Speedway would like to extend thanks to Wilson Oil for their generosity providing free methanol and race gas to all the competitors on Friday.  Late Models received 20 gallons of methanol, Modifieds received 15 gallons of methanol and Supers received 5 gallons of race gas.  Please support Wilson Oil for all your racing fuel needs.

Cedar Lake Speedway would also like to thank Greg Parent for his support of the track throughout the year as well as his contributions including the boost to the purse for Wednesday’s event.  His dedication to local teams and the sport have made him a true friend of racing.  Please thank him if you see him at the track.

Cedar Lake Speedway looks forward to September 25th thru 27th as they along with FYE Promotions present the 1st annual Badger State Nationals featuring Late Models, Midwest Modifieds & Street Stocks all three days.  This will be the must see invitational as Lates battle for $12,000 to win and Mid Mods duke it out for $3,000 to win.

 09/12/08 By Greg Parent

Peterson & Leuthner Post Thrilling Opening Night Legendary 100 Wins at CLS

September 11th, 2008

By Greg Parent

With a very strong field of 40 NASCAR street stocks and 69 NASCAR Midwest
modifieds signed into the pits, the opening night of the annual Legendary
100 got underway at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Wednesday night September 10.
Although it was a somewhat cool and breezy late summer evening, race fans
were treated to some great racing action throughout the course of the night
capped off by two very entertaining championship feature races.  Chris
Peterson defeated Cory Rosen by a matter of inches to claim his second
straight Legendary 100 title in the street stock division while young Taylor
Leuthner passed race leader Matt Leer with less than four laps to go to grab
an exciting victory in the Midwest modified main event.

Cedar Lake Speedway track point titles were also determined on this evening,
and the point championship in the NASCAR Midwest modified division came down
to the final feature race of the season with Shawn Phillips edging out Clark
Perry by a mere one point to earn his first-ever CLS track point title.
Devin Neske also claimed his first CLS track point championship in the
NASCAR street stock division, as he continued his strong performances dating
back to the first race of the season.  Congratulation to these two fine
track champions!

Racing at any of the big season-ending specials always places extra emphasis
on having a strong run in your heat race.  The passing point system is used
during the running of the Legendary 100, so a less then desirable starting
spot in your heat race does not necessarily mean a driver cannot earn a
feature race starting position.  The top eighteen cars in passing points
from the heat races transferred to the main event in each division while the
remainder of the field would have to qualify through a B Main.  A number of
drivers scored well in the passing points, coming from deep starting
positions to earn good finishes in their heat races.

Racing action for the evening got underway with four NASCAR street stock
heat races featuring ten cars for ten racing laps.  Polesitter Kelly Knutson
grabbed the early lead in the opening heat until the yellow blinked on when
Shawn Kammerud and Trisha Nyreen made contact in turn 3 just three laps into
the race.  On the restart, 7th starter Devin Neske took the lead and went on
the record the win ahead of 5th starter Jeff Heintz and 8th starter Tommy
Richards.  In the second heat, Cory Rosen drove to a commanding win from his
pole starting spot, but a very good battle was waged for the runnerup
position during the last half of the race.  Justin Vogel was able to hold
off Chanda Fjorden-Nord for second, as the pair swapped the spot a couple of
times with 10th starter Chris Peterson looking on from his fourth place
position.  The third street stock heat race ran nonstop, but also featured a
good battle for the lead.  Cory Hanson led the first half of the race, but
in a side-by-side battle on lap 6, Jimmy Randall emerged with the lead and
eventual win.  Adam Soltis came from 7th to finish second ahead of Ryan
Kostreba.  The final heat race saw a tremendous battle develop for the lead
late in the race.  Pole starter Ron Hanestad grabbed the early lead only to
see the yellow wave with two laps in for a multi-car crash on the
frontstretch involving four cars.  In all, five cars were out of the race at
this point leaving only half the field.  As the race returned to green, the
laps clicked by and suddenly Butch Kummer was applying the pressure on the
leader. Kummer led lap 8, but Hanestad came back strong to retake the lead
with one to go and hold off Kummer for the win in front of 7th starter Mark
Schuenemann.

The large field of NASCAR Midwest modifieds would see six heat races with 11
or 12 cars in each running for 12 laps.  Sam Nelson led the opening lap of
the first heat before Alex Gerlach stormed to the front on lap two.
Following a couple of cautions, Karth Mitchell applied the pressure and took
the top spot on lap 8.  The first red flag of the evening flew shortly
thereafter when Ryan Bauers flipped on the frontstretch after contact with
the concrete wall.  Ryan was okay, but the car was done for the night.
Mitchell went on to defeat Gerlach and Nelson.  Although Lonnie Louschke led
all the way in the second heat, he only won by a small margin in the end.
Sixth starter A J Roschen and Shane Patrin put on a show for second until
Roschen took control late in the race and then moved right in on the leader.
Roschen nearly got Louschke on the last lap, but he had to settle for
second.  The third heat race featured numerous lead changes and an exciting
finish.  Tim Siercks led the first three laps before rookie Jeremy Houle
motored by.  Track point leader Shawn Phillips was steadily on the move
forward and closed in on the leader.  Phillips got by Houle for the lead on
lap 9 only to see Houle regain the top spot a lap later.  Phillips moved to
the front again on lap 11 and held off Houle by several feet for the win.
Taylor Leuthner raced from 11th to finish third.

Dan Wheeler came from fifth to first to lead the opening lap of the fourth
Midwest mod heat race and went on to post the win eleven laps later.  Steve
Strandlund and 11th starter Clark Perry rounded out the top three.  Another
multiple leader heat race was on tap for the fifth heat.  After an opening
lap caution caused a readjustment to the starting lineup, Brad Hudson came
from the second row to lead the first four laps with Dane Durbin close
behind.  Durbin grabbed the point on lap 5 only to see Hudson regain the
lead on lap 6.  On lap 7, 8th starter Jason Miller had worked his way into
the battle and passed both cars to take the lead.  Less than a lap later,
contact between Durbin and Hudson saw Durbin’s car spin exiting turn 4 while
a short time later Brett Hoium lost a rear wheel.  The caution had already
been displayed and Hudson was sent to the tail.  Miller led the remainder of
the race with Durbin second and Justin Oestreich third.  The last heat race
was loaded with talent and went nonstop.  Wayne Dean led the first six laps
before 8th starter Matt Leer drove to the front.  Leer held off Dean and
Clayton Wagamon for the win just in front of Brock Gronwald and Andy Jones.

Following some track maintenance to blade off a couple of rough areas and do
some misting, the track was ready for B Main action.  All 22 starters made
the call for the only street stock B Main.  Shawn Kammerud led the opening
lap with Kevin Schmidt taking over on lap 2.  The race was slowed early
under caution and then under red when Ed Puariea rolled his car on the
frontstretch with three laps in.  Fortunately Ed was okay.  The race then
ran 12 laps nonstop to the finish with Schmidt maintaining his lead over
Kammerud.  Earning feature race transfer spots behind the lead duo were
Scott Splittstoesser, Leon Sorell, newly wed Gary Pischke, and Rod
Debernardeaux.  It was then time for three 15 lap NASCAR Midwest modified B
Mains.  Only the top two finishers in each would garner the remaining six
transfer positions into their feature race, so the racing would be intense
for those two prize finishing positions.

The first NASCAR Midwest mod B Main lined up 15 cars strong.  Veteran
modified racer Ron Jones led the first three laps until, following a restart
for a spin by Justin Oestreich, contact between second runner Brock Gronwald
and Jones in turn two saw Jones’ car spin around and collect Bruce Belland
and Eric Herbison.  All three cars required wrecker assistance and were out
of the race while Gronwald was tagged with the caution.  This gave the lead
to Dan Svee.  Svee would lead the remainder of the race, but many fans were
watching the progress of young Brock Gronwald.  After restarting tail-end,
Gronwald drove past eight cars to grab the second and final transfer spot.
In the second 15 car B Main, Clayton Wagamon moved from third to first on
the opening lap and proceeded to lead the first four laps.  On lap 5, fifth
starter Brad Hudson drove to the front.  The lone caution waved with 8 laps
in when Wayne Dean looped his car in turn 4.  Hudson went on to record the
win with Wagamon holding off Brock Haines in a tight battle for second with
plenty of back-and-forth racing.  Tim Siercks led the entire 15 lap distance
in the final B Main, but 8th starter Ronnie Rihn made it very close at the
finish in a race slowed only once under caution with three laps in.  With
the starting grids set for the big Legendary 100 feature races, it was
show-time at the popular West central Wisconsin 3/8 mile high-banked dirt
oval.

Pacing the 25 lap NASCAR Street Stock Legendary 100 feature race were Devin
Neske and Adam Soltis.  As starter Jeff Stacken brought the field to life
with the drop of the green flag, Neske immediately took the lead.  Just one
lap into the race, the red flag was displayed when Mark Schuenemann rolled
his car on its side on the backstretch.  Track workers righted the car, and
Schuenemann was able to restart in his running spot with the caution being
charged to another car.  When the green replaced the yellow, Neske picked up
where he left off with 6th starter Chris Peterson moving to second on lap 2.
As the laps rolled by, Soltis, Jimmy Randall, Tommy Richards and Cory Rosen
battled for the 3-6 spots.  Peterson, in search of his second straight
Legendary 100 win, closed in on Neske and began to apply the pressure.  On
lap 13, Peterson squeezed by on the inside of turn 4 and took the top spot.
With 18 laps in, the yellow was displayed when Kelly Knutson slowed in turn
4.  This set the stage for an exciting seven lap dash to the finish.
Peterson continued to lead Neske on the restart, but Cory Rosen had moved up
top and was coming forward in a hurry.  Rosen moved by Tommy Richards a lap
later and then sped around Neske on lap 20.  Rosen closed in on Peterson
during the next couple of laps and soon the battle was on for the lead.
With the white flag flying, Rosen pulled alongside Peterson exiting turn
four but Peterson led by about a car length at the line.  It was Peterson
down low and Rosen up top, as the pair raced hard during the final lap.
With the momentum off the high side exiting turn four, Rosen pulled
alongside Peterson once again.  As the crowd rose to their feet, Rosen came
up short by just inches in his bid for the win.  Chris Peterson had held off
Cory Rosen in an exciting finish to earn his second straight Legendary 100
victory and a $1,000 pay check.  Devin Neske held on to third in front of
another close finish for fourth place with Tommy Richards narrowly defeating
13th starter Jay Kesan.  Rounding out the top ten finishers were Jimmy
Randall, Kris Peterson, Mark Schuenemann, Chanda Fjorden-Nord, and B Main
winner Kevin Schmidt.  Adam Soltis crossed the finish line in seventh, but
was disqualified when he failed to go to the scales following the race.

The final race of the night would prove to be plenty entertaining and have
some drama play out for the NASCAR Midwest modified track point title.  A
stout field of 24 Midwest mods was led to the green by Jason Miller and Matt
Leer for their 25 lap feature event.  The race was immediately under caution
for a two car incident in turn one involving Alex Gerlach and A J Roschen
requiring a complete restart.  Under this caution, polesitter Jason Miller
exited to the pits with mechanical woes.  On the second start attempt,
contact on the backstretch between Steve Strandlund and A J Roschen saw
Roschen’s night end on the wrecker.  Jason Miller returned to the race at
this time and tagged the tail.  The third start attempt would see one lap
completed, but a blown engine by Jeremy Houle and a large cloud of white
smoke brought out yet another yellow.  With not all cars being scored due to
the smoke, a fourth complete restart was called for by track officials.

This time the race would go green for 14 laps.  Some great racing took place
during this run.  Matt Leer grabbed the early lead from his outside front
row starting spot with Shawn Phillips, Taylor Leuthner and Dan Wheeler
running right behind him.  A number of cars were on the move forward from
deep starting spots.  As Leuthner moved past Phillips for second, fans were
also keeping tabs on 17th starter Andy Jones.  Jones had quickly moved to
7th on lap 3, battled with Wheeler for 5th & 6th on laps 4-6, and then raced
to fourth on lap 8.  Jones got by Phillips for third on lap 10.  Just as
Jones was edging past Leuthner for second, Ronnie Rihn’s engine erupted in
smoke with 14 laps scored.  Under this caution, the drama for the track
points battle developed when fourth running Shawn Phillips exited the race
with transmission/rear-end problems.  Suddenly Clark Perry had a shot at the
track point championship, as he was running in 11th place.  When the green
blinked on again, Leer continued to hold a slim lead over Leuthner and
Jones.  With 20 laps down, Brock Gronwald saw his night end with an ignition
failure.  Gronwald had come from 22nd to 7th.  It was Leer, Leuthner, Jones,
Wheeler and Jason Vandekamp in the top five with Jason Miller from the tail
now running in sixth.  A very entertaining final five laps were in store for
the fans.  Leer held a slim lead on the restart, as Leuthner and Jones were
running high with Leer in the low lane.  Leuthner continued to build
momentum each lap while Jones searched for a way around both of them.  On
lap 22, Leuthner had the run off the high side to propel him into the lead.
Leer fought back on the bottom though.  Jones was also in the mix.  Taylor
Leuthner now held a small margin over Matt Leer and Andy Jones on laps 23 &
24.  The three leaders raced across the line with the white flag flying.
Leuthner up top and Leer on the bottom.  Off of turn four it was Taylor
Leuthner by about a car length over Matt Leer for his biggest win of his
young career and the $1,000 payday.  Andy Jones finished a close third ahead
of Dan Wheeler.  Although Jason Miller crossed the finish line in fifth, he
was later relegated to a 24th place finish when it was determined by track
tech officials he had not performed the repairs to his car in the work area.
Jason Vandekamp rode home in fifth from his 13th starting spot with 14th
starter Jesse Ogston, 16th starter Wayne Troseth, Karth Mitchell, Clark
Perry and 23rd starter Clayton Wagamon rounding out the top ten finishers on
a track that had multiple racing lanes.  Clark Perry came up one point short
in his bid for the track point title.

Under moon-lit skies, the winners and track point champions celebrated their
victories, racers relived some of the moments from the evening, fans headed
for home, the pits or the camping areas, and race haulers exited and entered
the pit area.  The second night of the Legendary 100 would soon be in store
for racers and fans with the NASCAR late models, modifieds and super stocks
taking center stage on Thursday night September 11, a full qualifying
program including heats, B Mains and Features highlights the program for the
three NASCAR racing divisions.  For the first time ever, the local area
Hornet class is also running a full show on Thursday night at the 100.  Come
on out and enjoy an action-packed and entertaining final three nights at the
one and only Legendary 100 at the Cedar Lake Speedway.

GRP Sweetens Purse at Legendary 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway!

September 8th, 2008

“I absolutely love the format at the Legendary 100″ stated Greg. “With Wilson Oil helping out the Supers, Mods & Lates with free fuel I thought it only fitting I help out the other two classes”.

Cedar Lake Speedway truly thanks Greg’s involvement with the track and
appreciates all that he does for the racing family!

Wednesday Sept 10th. kicks off night one of four for the Legendary weekend
featuring complete shows for Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. For
complete details on the Legendary 100 visit: www.cedarlakespeedway.com

8th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial Saturday at Cedar Lake

September 5th, 2008

This event has grown to be the marquis stop on the Interstate Racing Association’s (IRA) sprint car schedule. With over 35 cars expected to compete Saturday fans can expect one of the most talented field of sprint drivers in the nation. The IRA & Richert family also welcomes the weekly hot shoes from the famed Knoxville Speedway again to this event. The IRA’s top 3 point contenders Billy Balog, Scotty Neitzel & Mike Rienke along with regional favorites like Jerry Richert Jr, Travis Whitney & John Sernett will compete Saturday. In addition Brooke Tatnell, Davey Heskin, Caley Gharst, Matt Wasmund, Dusty Zomer, Kaylene Verville, Gary Dewall, Scott Winters, Mark Dobmeier, Ricky Logan, Wayne Johnson and many more plan to attend this year’s event.

Jerry Richert Sr was one of the most prolific sprint car drivers to ever
man-handle the open cockpit cars. Jerry began racing in 1953 at tracks
surrounding the Twin Cities. He posted his first ever IMCA Sprint car
victory in 1958 in Hutchinson, Minnesota and became their champion in 1964.
He defended his championship in 1965 and 1966 and once more in 1968. Jerry
was Cedar Lake Speedway’s Super Modified champion in 1971. Jerry continued
to dominate throughout the seventies and into the early eighties and
eventually retired after a bad tumble in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1985.
Jerry passed away in November of 1998 leaving a legacy of over 100 feature
wins, memories shared at the track and a family rich with pride. Jerry
Richert Jr and his family invite you to the 8th Annual Jerry Richert
Memorial this Saturday. The Richert family also invites all fans and
drivers to their trailer after the races for a free BBQ along with
storytelling and reminiscence.

Accompanying this great Sprint car card is the Northern Vintage Stockcar
Racers (NVSR). This group of over 70 members was established in 1999 and
features vintage rides preserving the nostalgia of years past. These cars
are the perfect fit for this event as we celebrate the life of the senior
Richert. For more info on the NVSR visit www.northernvintageracers.com

Come early and meet many of the drivers as they will be signing autographs
from 4:30-5:30 Saturday afternoon. The Richert family will have many
vintage photos, cars & memorabilia on display. Gates open at 4:30. Tickets
are $22 for adults and $11 for students 6-16. 5 and under are Free.

For a complete list of victories and chronicle of Jerry Richert Sr’s life
visit Stan Meissner’s site at www.gotomn.com and click on the history page. Special thanks to Greg Parent for the article.

Wilson Oil Offers Free Fuel to Competitors at Cedar Lake Speedway’s Legendary 100!

September 4th, 2008

All drivers in attendance on Thursday, September 11th will receive a certificate at the pay window for FREE fuel that can be used on Friday or Saturday of the 100. Late Models will receive 20 FREE gallons of methanol, Modifieds will receive 15 FREE gallons of methanol and Super Stocks will receive 5 FREE gallons of race gas.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wilson Oil on this promotion”, said Brad
Both of Cedar Lake Speedway. The Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks race
just one day for the largest purse around on Wednesday, September 10th.
However, the other three divisions are there for three days. We wanted to
find a way to support those three divisions as they offer a lot of racing to
the fans with complete shows on both Thursday and Friday. This promotion
will help cover the costs of that racing and support the drivers that are
supporting the 100 at Cedar Lake”.

As already announced, the Legendary 100 at Cedar Lake will again feature the
best and biggest total purse in the nation on September 10th – 13th and a
race format that fans have raved about over the past two years. The 100 at
Cedar Lake highlights complete shows each night featuring the best drivers
in the Midwest. The 2008 version of the Legendary 100 will again use
qualifying features on Thursday and Friday to qualify the Lates, Mods &
Supers for the big dance on Saturday night. Compared to other shows in the
area, this format gives drivers a chance to race each and every night. “Who
wants leave their car in the trailer one night or only race a heat one
night?”, stated Chuck Kaufman of Cedar Lake. “Our Legendary 100 allows
drivers to compete in features each and every night which is what they want
to do – not to watch like they will have to at other area events. Better
yet, our fuel promotion will allow them to race with FREE fuel.”

The legendary weekend kicks off Wednesday, September 10th with complete
shows for street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. Wednesday night’s action
will utilize passing points to set the field for the main event that
evening.

Thursday night September 11th will feature complete shows for Super Stocks,
Modifieds and Late Models. First, drivers will run a heat determined by
pill draw; second the 18 drivers with the most passing points will
automatically transfer to that night’s qualifying feature. 19th thru 42nd in
passing points will race a b-main with the top 6 finishers transferring to
the nightly qualifying feature. Thursday’s qualifying features will be 25
laps for Late Models with 20 laps for Modifieds and Super Stocks. The top 8
finishers will stack the inside row of Saturday’s Legendary feature.
Thursday night will also present a full show of 4-cylinders for their first
appearance at the Legendary 100.

Friday September 12th will again feature complete shows for Supers,
Modifieds & Late Models. The same format as Thursday night will be used
however the top 8 finishers in the qualifying feature will stack the outside
row of the Legendary feature. Friday will also present a fill show of Pure
Stocks as they return to the Legendary 100 after an entertaining show in
2007.

Saturday night September 13th boasts feature races only with B Mains in all
three divisions to fill rows 9-11 of the Legendary feature. Non qualifying
drivers thru 8th place in the B Mains will run a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)
race with the top 2 drivers qualifying for the Legendary feature.
Throughout the weekend drivers who have not qualified for the Legendary
feature on Thursday or Friday will use their accumulated passing points from
their heats and qualifying features to determine their starting position in
the B Main on Saturday. The Legendary features will be 40 laps for Late
Models with 30 laps for Super Stocks and Modifieds.

As an added bonus to all of the excitement the previous three days,
Saturday’s program will also include the postponed Billy Anderson Memorial
360 Sprint Car Showdown.

“This event’s format has proven to provide the most non stop racing action
over four days. Drivers have up to four chances to make the big show!”
commented Jamie Nutzmann Cedar Lake’s race director. “It is obvious we have
hit the nail on the head with this format when other races a starting to
mimic ours”.

Cedar Lake Speedway will use their track rules and will again allow Hoosier,
American Racer, and Goodyear tires at the Legendary 100. This allows every
local racer the opportunity to race at Cedar Lake Speedway without any major
changes to the car. Cedar Lake’s rules are easily found at
www.cedarlakespeedway.com

The Legendary 100 tire rule:

Late Models: Goodyear G50, Hoosier WRS2-55 or American Racer MD56 spec tire. Grooving and siping is allowed on all brands.

Modifieds: Goodyear G60, Hoosier E-Mod H40 or American Racer G60. Grooving and siping is allowed on all three brands however the outer most groove is the only groove that may be touched on the Hoosier.

Super Stocks: Goodyear G60 or Hoosier E-Mod H40. Grooving and siping is allowed on both brands.

Mods: 8″ Goodyear G60 or Hoosier E-Mod H40. Grooving & siping is allowed on both brands.

Street Stocks: 8″ Goodyear G60 or Hoosier E-Mod H40. Grooving & siping is allowed on both brands.

2008 has marked many great changes to the speedway including the change to
NASCAR sanctioned weekly events. This change has brought professionalism to
the program as well as a marketing tool to help lure new fans and drivers to
our track. Throughout the weekend our loyal racers will continue to earn
needed points to help with National and State NASCAR point chases. They
will also use the Legendary weekend as their last chance to pin down their
finishing positions in the track’s point standings which is expected to pay
over $25,000!

Competitors that do not already have a NASCAR license DO NOT need one to race at the Legendary 100.

As always, don’t forget about the legendary party in the pits on Thursday and Friday and camping fun all 4 days! A DJ will be present on Thursday and live music will highlight Friday’s party as the band “Kick the Dog” will be at Cedar Lake Speedway entertaining fans. Cedar Lake recently added nearly 200 more campsites east of the track adjacent to the Amsoil Sandbox Arena. Those convenient new sites are in high demand and all sites are going fast. Call today to reserve your site – they are only $30 for all 4 days! For advanced tickets or reserved camping, visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 612-363-0479.

Detailed Race Format:
Wednesday September 10th. 7:00 start Complete show for Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks Details: Heats determined by pill draw. Top 18 in passing points transfer to the 20 lap Legendary features. Remaining cars line up by passing points in equal B Mains. Top 3 (assuming 2 B’s) transfer to Legendary feature.

Thursday September 13th, 7:00 start Complete show for 4Cylinders, Super Stocks, Modifieds & Late Models Details: 6 heats determined by pill draw. Top 18 in passing points transfer to Thursday qualifying feature. 19th thru 42nd in passing points (24 cars) transfer to a B Main with the top 6 transferring to Thursday’s qualifying feature. 43rd on back will be done for the evening.
Feature events are 25 laps for Late Models and 20 laps for 4Cylinders, Supers and Modifieds. Top 8 finishers will fill the inside rows of the Legendary 100.

Friday September 13th, 7:00 start Complete show for Pure Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds & Late Models Details: 6 heats determined by pill draw. Top 18 in passing points transfer to Thursday qualifying feature. 19th thru 42nd in passing points (24 cars) transfer to a B Main with the top 6 transferring to Friday’s qualifying feature. 43rd on back will be done for the evening. Feature events are 25 laps for Late Models and 20 laps for Pure Stocks, Supers and Modifieds. Top 8 finishers will fill the outside rows of the Legendary 100.

Saturday September 14th, 6:00 start B Mains for Supers, Mods and Late Models
Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) Complete show of 360 Sprint Cars Legendary Features Details: B-features for Super Stocks, Modifieds & Late Models lined up by accumulated passing points from Thursday and Friday. Top 2 drivers
transfer to Legendary feature. Last Chance Qualifier: 3rd thru 8th finishers in B Mains will transfer to last chance qualifier. The top 2 cars in the last chance qualifier will transfer to Legendary feature. Legendary features are 40 laps for Late Models, 30 laps for Supers and Modifieds.

Note: If a driver qualifies for the Legendary feature on Thursday, they may
run on Friday to better their position and for NASCAR points. Those drivers
will not forfeit their Legendary feature position from Thursday if they fail
to better their position Friday.

Wild Night Sees Neske, Rihn, Bishop and Larson Victorious at Cedar Lake Speedway

August 30th, 2008

It was a bit of a wild night with two rollovers and a couple of other big crashes hampering the racing action while the midwest modified division had a dramatic final lap in their feature event.

When the final checkers waved, late model racer Brent Larson rode home with top honors in his first night out in a brand new modified owned by John Evenson. The car was touching dirt for the first time ever, and what a great way to debut it with a NASCAR modified feature win. Rich Bishop used his familiar high line to record his second CLS feature win of the season in the NASCAR super stock division. The NASCAR midwest mods had a wild last lap which saw fifth running Ronnie Rihn move to the front to pick up his first-ever CLS feature win. The race for the win in the NASCAR street stocks came down to the final corner on the final lap, as Devin Neske drove to the outside of race-long leader Adam Soltis to grab an exciting win. Soltis had been gunning for his first CLS win, but Neske denied him that chance with his last lap pass. Earlier in the evening, a silent protest was filed and following the races Neske’s engine was torn down. The motor was found to be completely legal, so the win stood up with Neske well on his way to winning his first track point championship at CLS.

Fan Appreciation Night kicked off with a corn feed and reduced prices on hot
dogs and pop prior to and during heat race action. As is typical, the NASCAR street stocks got the racing program underway with two heats. Ron Hanestad looked to be well in command of the first heat when the caution blinked on with two laps left. This allowed last row starter Devin Neske to restart on his bumper. Neske battled hard and was able to take the lead and win on the final lap from Hanestad in what turned out to be a very good finish. Last week’s feature winner Jeff Heintz led all the way to pick up the win in the second heat race.

Heat race action in the NASCAR midwest modified division would see four heats for the large 36 car field on hand. Chad Patterson led the opening couple of laps in the first heat before sixth starter Bob Smith drove by for the lead. Smith led the remainder of the race for the win. The nine car starting grid in the second heat had six midwest mod rookies in the field. Jason Vandekamp bested the other five enroute to leading all the way for the win. After a couple of early race cautions slowed the pace in the third heat, Alex Gerlach led the first seven laps. Rookie Eric Herbison made the winning pass on lap 8 to gain the top spot. The final heat saw three different leaders. Jake Miller led the first four laps before doing a complete 360 spin and continuing. This turned the lead over to Toby Meyer who lead the next four laps. With less than two laps to go, Kyle Steffen moved to the front and drove to the checkers in first.

Three heats for the 24 car NASCAR super stock field saw two-time track champion Mike Weber lead all the way in the first heat, although Tim Borgeson was a close second for a good share of the run. The second heat was a dandy. Mike Bruggeman led the first seven laps until Greg Nippoldt moved by for the eventual win on lap 8. Nippoldt was followed closely by Bruggeman and Rich Bishop in a quick ten lapper. The third heat had two-time and defending track champion Larry Boumeester on the outside of row one. Ten nonstop laps later it was Boumeester besting Jim Gullikson for the win.

A strong 28 car field in the NASCAR modified division would require three heats. The first heat had three yellows slow the pace, but in the end it was Craig “Wildchild” Brightbill taking the lead on lap 4 from Terry Hanson to record the win. The second heat had fifth starter Scott Duvall moving up one row when Lonnie Louschke broke on the opening lap. Duvall wasted no time in grabbing the lead on the restart and never looked back. Current track point leader in the NASCAR late model division, Brent Larson, made his 2008 modified debut in a brand new car owned by John Evenson. Brent led all the way for the win in the third heat ahead of seventh starter and current track point leader Dave Cain.

As usual, the NASCAR midwest modifieds needed a B Main to complete their starting feature race lineup. The 15 car starting grid had 12 laps to sort out the top four cars that would transfer to their feature. Vince Corbin raced ahead of the field for the first nine laps enduring a couple of restarts for spins early on. The final caution of the race proved to be his undoing though, as Stan Thom moved into the lead on lap 10 and defeated 15th starter Bryan Siercks, Clark Perry and Mike Kyllonen. Corbin slipped back to sixth in the final few laps. It was then time for some track prep work including watering and blading prior to the feature races.

With a fresh track to race on, the NASCAR street stocks lined up for their 15 lap main event. Polesitter Adam Soltis immediately blasted into the early lead with a pack of cars battling for the runnerup spot. Five laps into the race, contact between Jared Gross and Chanda Fjorden-Nord while racing for fourth brought out the first caution. Gross was relegated to the rear of the field for the restart. Again Soltis drove ahead of the field while a group of cars raced for the 2-5 spots. Ron Hanestad ran second, but one lap after the race restarted current track point leader Devin Neske moved past Hanestad. Soltis had built up a considerable lead, but Neske began to slowly close the gap. Neske closed in on Soltis and by lap 9 was right on his rear bumper. The two raced that way for the next three laps. The two leaders ran side-by-side on laps 12 & 13, as Neske looked for a way past Soltis. The second and final caution waved for a spin by Dan Berglund while Shawn Kammerud made contact and cut down a tire. This would set up a two lap dash to the checkers between Soltis and Neske. The final two circuits proved to be just as entertaining as the previous five laps. Neske first tried low and then eventually went to the outside of Soltis on the final lap in the final turn. Neske emerged with the lead exiting turn four and won the race to the finish line to complete an exciting final few laps. Soltis, who was looking for his first-ever CLS feature win, had to settle for second ahead of Hanestad, Jay Kesan and Chanda Fjorden-Nord.

The 24 car starting field for the NASCAR midwest modified feature race saw
polesitter Toby Meyer and third starter Jason Vandekamp battle for the lead on the opening lap with Vandekamp ahead by inches at the line. Karth Mitchell, current track point leader Shawn Phillips and Bob Smith quickly assumed the battle for second. Just three laps into the race, a five car crash on the frontstretch brought out the first red flag of the night when Bryan Siercks rolled his car over on its roof. Siercks emerged unharmed from his upside down racer. Bryan Siercks, John Clark, Jake Miller and Dave Siercks were unable to continue while the other car involved, Alex Gerlach, changed a flat tire and returned to the race. When the green replaced the red, Vandekamp continued to lead with pressure from runnerup Mitchell. Mitchell took the top spot on lap 8, and less than a lap later the yellow flew for a hard crash near the end of the backstretch. Josh Bazey had slight contact with Kyle Steffen, causing Steffen’s car to move into Sam Nelson’s machine. The contact sent Nelson’s car slamming into the inside concrete wall near the end of the backstretch with heavy front end damage the result. Bazey was tagged with the caution and restarted at the tail. A run of nine green flag laps saw Mitchell ahead of the field with cars battling for the runnerup spot close behind him. A final yellow with 17 laps in set up a green-white-checker dash to the finish, as the time limit was up due to the long red early on. The final two circuits would prove to be very entertaining. As the lead group of five cars took the white flag, contact in turn two on the final lap amongst the leaders saw a wild flurry of action take place. Fifth running Ronnie Rihn dove to the low side and the whole group roared down the back stretch into the final corner with Rihn holding a very narrow lead. The pack emerged from turn four and it looked like it could be anybody’s race to win. Rihn held the top spot at the finish line in what looked like an improbable win just one lap earlier. Bob Smith ended up a close second ahead of Vandekamp. The leader at the white flag, Karth Mitchell, crossed the finish line in fourth just in front of Shawn Phillips. It was Rihn’s first-ever CLS feature win for the Bloomer, WI driver who has been an occasional visitor this season at the high-banked 3/8 mile oval.

With the crowd still buzzing from the wild midwest modified final feature race lap, the 24 car field for the NASCAR super stock main event lined up with Rich Bishop and Justin Stahl on the front row. A seven car crash on the front stretch at the drop of the green immediately eliminated the cars of Cory Davis, Tom Chrest and Jason Sorum from the race and caused the second red flag of the night to be displayed. The second start attempt went much better, as Rich Bishop bolted to the high side of the track and blasted into the lead. The yellow light blinked on two laps in for a spin in turn 2 with Greg Nippoldt and Dan Carlson trailing Bishop. On lap five, Larry Boumeester moved by Carlson for third. The running order up front remained the same when the final caution waved on lap 12 for a two car crash in turn four which saw Jeff Pellersels knocked out of the race with a broken radiator hose. Two laps later Boumeester moved by Nippoldt for second and set his sights on the leader. Boumeester closed the gap, but Bishop was running strong in his favorite part of the track, up top against the cushion. Boumeester tried the low side during the final couple of laps but was unable to overtake Bishop. Bishop went on the record his second CLS feature win of the season. Boumeester, Nippoldt, Carlson and 12th starter Tim Borgeson completed the top five, as most cars found the top side to be the fast way around.

Just like the previous week, a whopping 28 cars made the call for the NASCAR modified feature race paced by front row starters Jake Jay and Shaun Kelley. Jay led the opening lap before third starter Jason Schill raced by on the inside. Brent Larson moved by Jay for second on lap four. One lap later, the pace was slowed under caution when the fifth place car of Jeremy Gross came to a stop in turn four and was pushed to the pits. Schill remained the leader on the restart in front of Larson, Jay, Mark Hanson and Scott Duvall. Just past the halfway mark of the race, Larson moved by Schill to lead lap 11. Before the field could complete another full lap, the yellow light blinked on again for a spin in turn one. Under this caution, current track point leader Dave Cain retired to the pits with a flat tire. One lap after the race went green, Hanson and Duvall had moved by Schill to run second and third. Larson, who had started out running the middle groove, had now moved up top on the cushion with Hanson, Duvall, Schill and several others on the bottom. With 15 laps scored, the red flag waved for the third time during the night when Kevin Viebrock’s car suddenly darted from the top side of turn 2 across the track. Lonnie Louschke had nowhere to go and slammed into Viebrock’s car. The impact sent Louschke’s car on its roof. Fortunately nobody was injured in the crash. While lining up to go back to green, fourth place runner Jason Schill’s car stalled and could not refire thus ending his night with a push to the pits. Brent Larson led the final five laps for his first modified win at CLS this season in his first night out in the car. Although Mark Hanson was looking for his second straight win in as many nights, having won at another local area track the night before, he had to settle for the runnerup position. Scott Duvall, 11th starter Scott Splittstoesser, and 12th starter Rick Kobs completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten finishers was Jason Gross just narrowly edging past Craig Brightbill at the line for sixth, Shaun Kelley, Jake Jay and Dave Lear. Twenty of the 28 starters finished the race on a track that had widened out with multiple racing lanes.

With the regular season now in the books, the focus shifts to four big special events in the month of September at the Cedar Lake Speedway. After an off-weekend next week, racing action returns for the 8th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial on Saturday September 6 featuring the IRA Outlaw Sprints against several Knoxville and local area cars. Then it’s four big nights packed with tons of racing at the Legendary 100 on September 10-13 including the makeup of the rained out Billy Anderson Memorial for 360 sprint cars on September 13. Eight different classes of cars will compete over the course of the four nights in this year’s edition of the always popular mid September special event. On Saturday September 20, the 4th Annual $10,000-to-win Enduro race returns with a 5:00 PM scheduled start time. The season will conclude the next week with three big nights of racing at the 1st Annual Badger State Nationals presented by track announcer and big-event promoter Chris Stepan under his FYE Motorsports banner on Thursday September 25 through Saturday September 27. The three night extravaganza is highlighted by the $12,000-to-win late model feature race and $3,000-to-win midwest modified main event on Saturday September 27 while the street stocks run a complete race program on Thursday September 25 for $1,000-to-win. The legend cars are also part of the event. Be sure to make plans to attend these great season-ending special events at the Cedar Lake Speedway. Details and more information is available at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or for the Badger State Nationals visit www.fyemotorsports.com on the internet.

Doar, Cain, Boumeester, Wagamon & Heintz are Winners at Cedar Lake Speedway

August 21st, 2008

Young Clayton Wagamon earned his first career CLS feature victory in the Midwest modified division while Jeff Heintz raced to his second win of the season in the street stocks. Defending track champion Larry Boumeester drove to his third win of the season in a caution-filled super stock feature. Dave Cain was well on his way to earning his fifth track championship when he passed
Joey Jensen late in the race to garner his seventh win of 2008 in the
modified division. Pat Doar raced ahead of a strong field of late models to
post his first main event win.

The racing program got underway with two NASCAR street stock heat races for
their 16 car field. Track point leader Devin Neske and his closest pursuer
Shawn Kammerud were the winners. The NASCAR Midwest modifieds had four
heats for the 34 cars on hand. Rookie Jeremy Houle, Vince Corbin, Clark
Perry and Sam Nelson were the victors, as the yellow waved only once during
the four heats. Three heats for the 25 car NASCAR super stock field saw
track point leader Dan Carlson, Mike Loomis and young Josh Anderson come
home first. It was Anderson’s first appearance of the season. The first
NASCAR modified heat was a dandy, as Terry Hanson held off a pack of cars
for the win. Jason Miller and Joey Jensen led all the way in the other two
heats. The NASCAR late models equaled their season-best regular night car
count with 30 competitors on hand. Current track point leader Brent Larson,
John Kaanta and Rick Egersdorf were the heat race winners.

The Midwest modified and late model divisions required B Mains due to their
large car counts. Last week’s feature winner Jason Vandekamp led all the
way for the win in the 12 lap Midwest mod B Main. Rob Caho Jr and back row
starters A J Roschen and Steve Strandlund Sr. earned the other feature
transfer positions in a race slowed by three cautions. Kerry Hanson
survived a couple of cautions to lead all the way in the 12 lap late model B
Main. Bob Slater, Brent Mueller, Bryan Wennen, Dennis Larson and Dave
Friendt got the final feature transfer spots. With B Main action completed,
several activities for the kids including bike races were held in the
infield during intermission.

Sixteen NASCAR street stocks lined up for the first feature race action of
the evening. Jared Gross and Scott Splittstoesser paced the field for what
would be 15 incredible laps of racing. Splittstoesser grabbed the early
lead with a huge pack of cars battling behind him. The 2-5 spots changed
hands every lap and usually several times per lap, as the race rolled along
under green. Splittstoesser held a slim lead just in front of several cars
including Jeff Heintz, Ron Hanestad, Devin Neske, Adam Solits, Mike Raboin,
Jared Gross, and Chanda Fjorden-Nord with several more cars just behind that
group. The lone caution waved when Gross and Fjorden-Nord got together in
turn 2 with just four laps left. Chanda’s car was done for the night while
Gross tagged the tail for the restart. Splittstoesser was looking for his
first win in the division, but with two laps to go Jeff Heintz emerged from
the pack racing behind him and took over the top spot. Heintz was able to
hold off Splittstoesser for his second win of the season. Devin Neske, 12th
starter Ron Hanestad and 10th starter Adam Soltis completed the top five in
a very entertaining street stock feature event.

A full field of 24 NASCAR Midwest modifieds were brought around for 20
racing laps by front row starters Clint Larson and Alex Gerlach. Gerlach
raced to the lead at the drop of the green, as several cars jockeyed for
positions just behind him. The lone caution of the race waved with three
laps in when Larson spun in turn 4 and collected the cars of current track
point leader Shawn Phillips, Vince Corbin and A J Roschen while several
others took evasive action. All four cars were unable to continue. When
the green replaced the yellow; Clark Perry moved by Gerlach for the lead but
it was young Clayton Wagamon on the move forward. Wagamon had started 10th
and was passing cars each lap. On lap 6 Wagamon moved by Perry for the
lead, a lead he would never relinquish as the race ran 17 laps nonstop to
the finish. Wagamon went on to earn his first career feature win at the
Cedar Lake Speedway much to the delight of his fans. Perry, Gerlach, Sam
Nelson and 12th starter Bryan Siercks completed the top five with 15th
starter Adam Archer a close sixth at the line. Although Wagamon had the
field covered once in got the lead, the racing behind him turned out to be a
very competitive for several positions.

Unlike the previous two feature races, the 25 car NASCAR super stock feature
would see full moon fever hit with six yellows and one red flag slowing the
pace and ultimately reducing the run by one lap due to time limit. Josh
Anderson and Mike Loomis brought the field to life with Loomis grabbing the
early lead. Yellow fever hit on lap 3 and would see the yellow light blink
on four times with only one lap completed during this span. That one
completed lap though would see Larry Boumeester work underneath Loomis for
the lead on lap 4. With Boumeester up front, a strong battle for the
runnerup position developed between Loomis, Tim Borgeson and Mike Weber.
Two more cautions for spins slowed the pace through lap 8. A run of four
green flag laps came to a close when the red light blinked on for a crash in
turn 2. Borgeson had worked his way into the second place position, but
while entering turn 2 on lap 13 the rearend broke in his car. The trailing
arm broke off the car and dug into the track. As luck would have it, Josh
Anderson pitched his car sideways to avoid major contact but his fuel cell
was punctured by the debris in the track. Anderson slid up against Borgeson
and fuel began pouring out. Fortunately no fire ensued, but track officials
quickly called for a red flag in order to clean up the spilled fuel and
remove both cars from the track. When the race resumed, Loomis and Weber
continued their battle for second behind Boumeester. It looked like the
race might run green to the finish, but with 17 laps in Tom Chrest broke and
nosed into the turn 2 wall. It would be a two lap dash to the finish with
Boumeester in the lead. Loomis had crossed the line just inches ahead of
Weber the previous lap, so he would run second. Boumeester led the final
two circuits for his third win of the season, but Mike Weber was once again
able to get past Mike Loomis to garner the runnerup position. Behind the
lead trio, Dan Carlson and Rich Bishop rounded out the top five.

Although CLS track officials expected some attrition during the heat races
and did not schedule a B Main for the NASCAR modifieds, all 28 cars on hand
made the call for their feature race. Jay Richardson and Doug Gustafson
would lead the field to the green for 20 laps of racing action. Following
an opening lap incident on the backstretch, all cars restarted and the race
was underway with Gustafson, making his first appearance of the season,
jumping into the early lead up on the cushion. Several cars battled for the
2-5 spots until the second yellow blinked on with 6 laps in for a spin in
turn 3. Gustafson continued to lead, but it was Joey Jensen and 10th
starter Dave Cain on the move. Jensen grabbed the lead on lap 9 from
Gustafson and one lap later the final caution flew for a Scott Duvall spin.
Dave Cain was now in fourth behind Jensen, Gustafson, and Jason Gross.
During the final 11 lap run to the finish, some very good racing took place
for several positions. Cain continued to edge forward and moved into the
second spot on lap 15. Cain closed in on the leader and on lap 18 while
exiting turn two slid up in front of Jensen with some contact being made.
Cain drove ahead for his seventh win of the season with Jensen a close
second. Jensen showed his displeasure following the race with the move Cain
made to take the lead. Jason Gross, Doug Gustafson, and Jason Miller
completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Terry Hanson, Pat
Doar, Jay Richardson, Larry Zeller Jr and Jeremy Gross.

The final feature event of the evening would see 24 ground-pounding NASCAR
late models racing for 30 laps. Fresh off his modified victory, Dave Cain
and Pat Doar would lead the field to starter Jeff Stacken’s green flag. The
race was immediately under the red flag for an eight car accident exiting
turn two and down the backstretch on the opening lap. Amazingly, seven of
the eight cars involved were able to restart with only Kerry Hanson’s car
riding the hook to the pits. On the second start attempt, Mike Bear spun in
turn 1 and was out of the race since the first caution had also been charged
to the veteran driver. The third time was the charm and the race would go
30 laps nonstop. Pat Doar blasted into the lead from his outside front row
starting spot with Dave Cain in second. Soon it was Rick Hanestad getting
past Cain for second, as the driver of the #71H car set his sights on the
leader. Hanestad slowly began reeling in Doar, as the leaders soon
encountered lapped traffic. With Doar running up high and Hanestad running
low, the margin continued to shrink but so did the laps left in the race.
Cain was solidly in third while Mike Nutzmann and Mike Goodremote traded the
fourth spot back and forth for several laps before Nutzmann locked it in.
Current track point leader Brent Larson was slowly working his way forward
from his ninth starting spot. As the leaders continued to work lapped
traffic, Hanestad was never able to pull within more than a few car lengths
of Doar. In the late stages of the race, Doar put three lapped cars between
himself and second place enroute to the victory. It was Doar’s first main
event win of the season after having won a qualifying feature race on Double
Feature Night earlier in the season. Hanestad continued his strong
performances at CLS with a solid second place finish. Dave Cain, Mike
Nutzmann and Brent Larson completed the top five. Mike Goodremote, Rick
Egersdorf, Cory Mahder, Marshall Fegers and last week’s winner John Kaanta
rounded out the top ten.

Racing action continues next week at the Cedar Lake Speedway for the final
regular night of competition this season featuring the NASCAR modifieds,
super stocks, midwest mods and street stocks. The NASCAR late models have
the night off.

Following a weekend off for the Labor Day holiday, racing returns for the
8th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial on Saturday night September 6 featuring
the popular IRA versus Knoxville Challenge along with the Northern Vintage
Racing Association stock cars and super modifieds. The 410 sprint car
turnout is expected to be around 40 cars that night.

The following week the Legendary 100 comes to the Cedar Lake Speedway with
four straight nights of action beginning on Wednesday September 10 and
concluding on Saturday September 13. Details on the exact format will be
released very soon, but it is expected to be very similar to previous years.
The Saturday night September 13 finale will also feature the makeup for the
rained out 7th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial. A complete program of 360
winged sprint car racing will take place that night with a field of 20-25
cars expected.

Then on Saturday September 20 the 4th Annual $10,000 to win Enduro race
returns with a 5:00 PM scheduled start time.

The season will conclude the next week with three big nights of racing at
the 1st Annual Badger State Nationals presented by FYE Motorsports on
Thursday September 25 through Saturday September 27 highlighted by the
$12,000 to win late model feature race and $3,000 to win midwest modified
main event. Race fans will want to make plans to attend these great
season-ending special events at the Cedar Lake Speedway.

Bloomquist survives wild last lap at Cedar Lake

August 9th, 2008

After taking the white flag, Bloomquist felt serious heat – along with a couple of bumps from the nose of Babb’s car – in racing towards his fourth
USA Nationals trophy. The Mooresburg, Tenn., Hall of Famer’s victory wasn’t
guaranteed until he swept wide off of turn four heading for the checkered
flag, blocking Babb’s high-side momentum, allowing him to flash across the
finish line just barely ahead of Babb and an onrushing Birkhofer. The
track’s tradition of bringing the top three to victory lane was fitting on a
night when the top three crossed the finish line within milliseconds of one
another.

The ninth-starting Bloomquist’s admired strategy of pacing 100 laps to be at
his best at the finish worked once again, but it might not have worked for
101 laps against the polesitting Babb, who fell back as far as fourth, and
the fifth-starting Birkhofer, who twice had to pit to change flat tires.

“At the end, we looked to the right and saw Shannon, and I was like, ‘Whoa!’
” said Bloomquist, who collected $50,000 after surviving a mini-collision
with Babb just before taking the checkered flags. “When you’re going for 50
on the last lap, it’s all good. We had a little contact, but nothing too
severe.”

Babb, who led laps 27-33 and again from lap 40-52, made a do-or-die move on
lap 99 by jumping to the high side as the leaders negotiated the slower car
of Matt Miller in turn three. Bloomquist slipped under Miller just as Babb
swept around him and the leaders flew into turn one with Babb cocking his
car sideways as he nuzzled up to Bloomquist’s rear bumper in turn two. He
stayed up top through turns three and four but couldn’t get alongside
Bloomquist before the leader shut the door on him at the frontstretch wall.

“You can always throw those Hail Mary’s in there. Sometimes they work,
sometimes they don’t,” Babb said. “It was close. It was one of those deals
where I went for it, but I had to lift a little bit, or I’d be in the
fence.”

Birkhofer, who led laps 34-39 before a flat tire helped Babb get by him on a
lap-39 restart, did his best to rally from a pair of pit stops and was
poised to pounce if the top two bobbled on the final lap. But he knew
Bloomquist wasn’t going to make it easy on anyone.

“Scott made it as wide as he could going down the front straightaway,”
Birkhofer said. “I’d have done the same thing. You’ve gotta make that car
wide on the last lap, especially when it’s that tight.”

Bloomquist added the $50,000 payday to a $42,000 victory at West Plains
(Mo.) Motor Speedway’s Show-Me 100 and a $100,000 victory at Eldora (Ohio)
Speedway’s Dream XIV while Babb and Birkhofer – both $40,000 winners this
season – settled for second and third. Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark.,
looking for his first USA Nationals victory in 15 years, started outside the
front row and led 26 laps but was a fading fourth at the finish, just ahead
of first-time Cedar Lake visitor Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., who rallied from
19th to finish fifth in a race slowed by nine cautions and a red flag.

Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started third and aggressively attacked
the high groove to take the lead from Babb on lap 53, but the center of his
right rear wheel ripped out on the 71st lap, knocking him out of contention
for his first victory at Cedar Lake.

The race was hampered by three stoppages in the first five laps, including
for Eric Pember’s slow rollover in turn four that brought out a red flag.
Pember wasn’t injured and Moyer resumed his lead through the early stages.
Moyer never got comfortable up front, though, as Babb and McCreadie hounded
him for several laps. When Moyer was briefly hung up by the slower car of
John Kaanta, Babb made an inside move on the frontstretch to take control on
lap 27.

But Birkhofer was right in the mix, too, and when Babb got too high exiting
turn two on lap 34, Birkhofer rolled past and was leading Babb, Moyer, Matt
Miller, Darren Miller, Bloomquist and McCreadie when Chris Simpson slowed to
draw a lap-39 caution.

Babb went ahead on the restart as Birkhofer soon slowed with a flat
right-rear tire. Matt Miller also had a flat a few laps later and Babb led
at the halfway point over Moyer and McCreadie, who picked up speed when he
committed to the high side. McCreadie blew around Babb exiting turn four to
lead lap 53 and stayed in control through lap 70. But his right rear wheel
bounded off the car on lap 71, and Bloomquist’s 100-lap pacing appeared to
be playing out just right as he inherited the lead.

The race ran caution-free the rest of the way, and Bloomquist wasn’t able to
put Babb away. Birkhofer worked from sixth to third over the final 29 laps
and when the frontrunners came upon Miller’s car in the closing laps, it set
up the late-race theatrics that left the huge crowd at Cedar Lake buzzing
following the track’s most prestigious event.

Second consolation

Polesitter Adam Hensel raced to victory over fellow front-row starter James
Ward while a flurry of drivers battled for the third spot behind them. Kerry
Hansen held the third spot through most of the race, but he had his hands
full with Curt Martin, Nick Anvelink and Chris Wall in the closing laps.
Martin lifted Hansen’s rear end at the flagstand on the 12th lap before
dropping back, then Anvelink got rolling on the low side in the final laps.
Anvelink edged ahead in the lower groove in turns three and four on the
final lap, but Hansen’s high-side momentum carried him to the third and
final transfer spot. Third-starting Jason Utter, who battled with Hensel for
the lead early and restarted second on the eighth lap, had a tight battle
for third with Hansen for a few laps before slowing to draw a lap-11
caution. The race’s first caution appeared on the eighth lap when Bryan
Wennen slowed in turn four.

First consolation

Jack Sullivan won a duel with polesitter and fellow front-row starter John
Kaanta through the first half of the 20-lapper, then edged away for a
victory in the caution-free prelim. Fourth-starting Rodney Melvin got the
third and final transfer spot over fellow second-row starter Jake Redetzke
in a battle of 27s. Bill Frye drove Gregg Hill’s car to a ninth-place finish

Finish: Jack Sullivan, John Kaanta, Rodney Melvin, Jake Redetzke, Chad
Simpson, Justin Fegers, Frank Heckenast Jr., Dave Eckrich, Bill Frye, Jeff
Provinzino, J.D. Auringer.

Friday Night Recap- Babb earns USA Nationals pole at Cedar Lake

Action is under way at Cedar Lake Speedway for the 21st annual Young Oil USA Nationals at the 3/8-mile oval in western Wisconsin. Shannon Babb was the fastest of 50 qualifiers on preliminary night (all results unofficial; the top three drivers in each heat transfer). The $50,000-to-win feature is scheduled for Saturday:

Pole dash

Polesitter Shannon Babb led all the way in an eight-lap pole winner’s dash
to earn the pole position for Saturday’s $50,000-to-win USA Nationals
100-lap feature. Fourth-starting Billy Moyer finished second ahead of a
hard-charging Tim McCreadie while outside front-row starter Jeep Van Wormer
slipped back to finish fourth. Matt Miller was fifth ahead of Brian
Birkhofer, the only non-heat winner who was added to the dash lineup by
virtue of being among the top two qualifiers. Chris Simpson was seventh. The
seven cars will line up the way they finished to start Saturday’s main
event.

Sixth heat

Polesitter Matt Miller fought off a lap-eight challenge from Keith Foss and
went on to capture the final 15-lap heat race. Foss, who started third,
nearly got alongside Miller, but his broken momentum dropped him several car
lengths back. Still, he finished second ahead of fifth-starting Will Vaught,
who drove a Bill Frye-owned car into his first-ever USA Nationals feature.
Jason Utter started outside the front row but was a distant fourth. Curt
Martin came from the tail to finish fifth in the eight-car field. The race
ran caution-free.

Fifth heat

Polesitter Chris Simpson blasted away to a big lead early in the race and
cruised the rest of the way in the low groove. A higher-running Brady Smith,
who started outside the front row, separated himself from the pack after a
few laps and cut into Simpsons’s lead, but he couldn’t catch the winner.
Denny Eckrich, meanwhile, won an exciting duel for third that included his
brother Dave, Jake Redetzke and Jeff Provinzino. Provinzino fell out of the
battle when he spun into the infield in turn four, kicking up a huge cloud
of dust and sending a photographer scurrying away. Both Eckriches and
Redetzke each held the third spot at one time or another before Denny
Eckrich claimed it for good in the caution-free event.

Fourth heat

Polesitter Billy Moyer cruised to an effortless victory, outrunning
runner-up Rick Hanestad by more than a full straightaway in the 15-lapper
slowed by one early caution. Hanestad wasn’t challenged for the second
position while fifth-starting Rob Moss got the third and final transfer spot
over James Ward, who was battling a car with right-front damage after an
early skirmish. Ward pulled within a few lengths of Moss midway through the
race, but faded the rest of the way to finish a distant fourth.
Fourth-starting Chris Wall’s race ended on the second lap when he and fellow
Louisianan Ward got together, and Wall’s car ended up getting torn up at the
end of the backstretch. The nosepieceless car was towed off the track and
Ward had to restart on the tail after being charged with the caution.

Third heat

Third-starting Tim McCreadie won a lengthy side-by-side duel with polesitter
Eric Pember, sliding ahead for good on the seventh lap and going on to a
heat race victory. A lap-12 caution bunched the field late, but McCreadie
still cruised away for the victory, finishing more than a half-straightaway
ahead of Pember. Pember had his hands full with Jimmy Mars in the final
laps, and Mars edged ahead at the white flag, but Pember’s high-side
momentum carried him back ahead on the final lap. The third-starting Mars
was third while Jack Sullivan, who started on the front row but slid back to
fifth early in the race, was fourth. Chad Simpson ran third until Mars
squeezed underneath in turn one on the 10th lap, but Simpson spun two laps
later in turn two to fall from contention. Another caution appeared on the
lap-12 restart when JD. Auringer took an infield detour. Justin Fegers
nearly got into the turn-two wall on the fourth lap, but he rebounded and
continued racing.

Second heat

Tail-starting Scott Bloomquist couldn’t get around Jeep Van Wormer’s wide
car in the final laps as the polesitting Van Wormer completed a 15-lap
victory. Bloomquist switched grooves a couple of times late in the race, but
he only lost ground in settling for second behind Van Wormer, whose No. 55
took up plenty of racetrack. Kevin Weaver, who inherited the second spot for
a lap-five restart, got the third and final transfer spot over Brian
Birkhofer, who ran a lackluster fourth despite entering the race as the
fastest qualifier among the nine starters. Lance Matthees, who started
outside the front row, ran second the first five laps before slowing and
coming to a stop at the flagstand. His No. 90 was pushed to the pits during
the race’s only caution period.

First heat

Fourth-starting Shannon Babb worked underneath front-row starter on the
sixth lap and cruised to victory in overcoming the four-car heat race
inversion. Wallace lost the second spot to tail-starting Darren Miller on
the ninth lap, but he held on for third over polesitter John Kaanta in the
15-lapper slowed by a single caution. Miller made up a little ground on Babb
in the second half of the race but still finished more than a
half-straightaway behind. The race’s lone caution appeared on the second lap
when Dustin Hapka spun in turn four and Ashley Anderson spun to avoid him.

Time trials

Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., posted fast time in preliminaries for the
$50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway. Babb, one of just four
qualifiers to crack the 14-second mark, had a lap of 13.696 seconds on the
3/8-mile western Wisconsin oval.

The top 24 qualifiers are inverted (four cars per heat), meaning unofficial
24th fastest qualifier Matt Miller of Waterville, Ohio, will start on the
pole of the sixth heat race. The top three finishers from each of six heat
races will earn transfer spots to Saturday’s main events. Everyone else will
run consolation races on Saturday. (Correct Miller’s heat starting position)

Pre-race notes

Some top drivers had serious problems in time trials. Three-time USA
Nationals winner Scott Bloomquist got into turn-two wall on his first lap
and his right-front tire peeled off the rim. He didn’t get a time. Darren
Miller posted a time (14.513) that would’ve put him in the front row of a
heat race, but he failed to go to the scales and was disqualified. … As
qualifying went on, the cushion got heavier and trickier and many drivers
got caught up in it during either one or both of their two qualifying laps.
Justin Fegers actually spun in turn four after getting bogged down in the
heavy stuff. … While most drivers used unlimited open-competition
powerplants, several regional drivers used spec engines. Besides the USA
Nationals action, Cedar Lake’s weekly Late Model division is running a full
program. … Also, the World Dirt Racing League is running a $5,000-to-win
makeup event from a race rained out at Cedar Lake’s June 14 Masters.

Local Talent Shines during USA Nationals!

August 9th, 2008

On a warm summer evening, a fine field of 50 WDRL late models and 18 NASCAR
super stocks opened three straight nights of racing for the 21st Annual USA
Nationals held at the Cedar Lake Speedway. A complete program for the WDRL
late models and NASCAR super stocks meant the large crowd would see plenty
of action on the 3/8 mile high-banked oval. The drivers did not disappoint,
as Mike Weber captured his second A Main win of the season in the super
stock division while Elk Mound, Wisconsin driver John Kaanta earned a very
popular victory in the WDRL 50 lap late model feature race.

Two heat races for the NASCAR super stocks found Mike Weber leading all ten
laps to win the opening heat. Rich Bishop led the first eight laps in the
second heat, but it was defending track champion Larry Boumeester making a
late race pass for the win following a caution. After the heat races, B
Mains and pole dash for the WDRL late models were completed, the NASCAR
super stocks lined up for their feature.

Steve Thomas and Rich Bishop brought the field down for the 20 green flag
racing laps. A ragged start on the first attempt saw the yellow wave
immediately. The second try was much better with Steve Thomas grabbing the
early lead. It did not take fourth starter Mike Weber long to move into the
runnerup position. Weber soon began to put the pressure on Thomas for the
lead. The yellow blinked on for the second time with three laps in for a
spin in turn 4. On the restart, Weber moved past Thomas for the lead. A
good battle for the 4-7 positions developed, as the race ran green until lap
18. With debris in turn three, the final caution set up a two lap dash to
the checkers and erased the comfortable margin that Weber had built. Mike
Weber held strong up front and went on to record his second A Main win of
the season in addition to a preliminary feature win earlier this year.
Steve Thomas drove a solid race and came home in the runnerup position ahead
of Rich Bishop, Larry Boumeester and Greg Nippoldt. Completing the top ten
finishers were 14th starter Mike Loomis, Jim Gullikson, Dan Carlson, Jeff
Lien and Justin Stahl in a race that saw only one car unable to finish.

Racing action continues with the open late models taking to the track on
Friday night August 1 for qualifying and heat race action at the 21st Annual
USA Nationals. The NASCAR late models will run a complete program for
$2,000 to win their feature race. The evening will conclude with the makeup
50 lap WDRL feature race that was rained out back in June at the Masters.
Race fans will once again have a full night of activity to enjoy on Friday
before the big $50,000 to win USA National 100 lap feature race takes place
on Saturday August 2. The NASCAR late models will once again run a full
show on Saturday night with their feature race paying $3,000 to win. The
Legendary Cedar Lake Speedway continues to bring fans a great program of
top-quality late model racing at the prestigious 21st Annual USA Nationals.

Hanestad Tops Doar in NASCAR Late Model Thriller at Cedar Lake Speedway

A great evening for racing brought out a large crowd for the Friday night
show at the 21st Annual Young Oil USA Nationals at the Cedar Lake Speedway
on August 1. Time trials, heat races and a pole dash for the open late
models would begin their attempt to qualify for the $50,000 to win 100 lap
USA Nationals feature race on Saturday night. A complete program for the
local area NASCAR late models saw Rick Hanestad defeat Pat Doar in a superb
30 lap race. The action concluded with a spectacular 50 lap WDRL late model
makeup feature race for their event that was rained out at the Masters back
in June. Brady Smith held off Ashley Anderson by a matter of a few feet to
earn a thrilling victory in the WDRL makeup event.

A fine field of 34 NASCAR late models provided fans with some great racing
action throughout the night. Ashley Anderson led all ten laps enroute to
the win in the first heat race. Each heat would transfer the top five
finishers to the feature event with the top three cars eligible for the
all-important redraw. Celebrating his 50th season of racing, veteran
Canadian driver Tom Nesbitt led the opening three laps in the second heat
before pole starter Rick Hanestad blasted by for the win. Fans cheered as
underdog and underfunded local driver Jeff Keeney led the first six laps of
the third heat race prior to giving way to eventual winner Adam Hensel. The
first and only red flag of the evening flew in the fourth heat race for a
crash involving five cars just one lap into the race. None of the cars were
able to continue. Making his first CLS appearance of the season, Steve
Laursen raced to a dominating win.

NASCAR late model B Main action would see twelve cars line up for 12 laps
with the top four finishers earning the final transfer spots into their 30
lap main event. After an opening lap incident in turn four required a
complete restart, the race clicked off 12 straight green flag laps. Pole
sitter Jim Carlson took the early lead with Mike Nutzmann and Keith Foss
trailing. Foss moved to second a few laps into the race and soon was
challenging Carlson for the lead. On lap 6, Foss made the winning pass.
Nutzmann took second a lap later while 8th starter Eric Breeschoten rode
past Carlson for third on the next lap. Carlson was able to hold on to the
last transfer spot ahead of Mike Hesselink.

Following the pole dash for the open late models and prior to the WDRL
makeup feature, the NASCAR late models lined up 24 cars strong for 30 racing
laps. The large crowd was in store for some great racing on the finely
prepared 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval. Marshall Fegers and Pat Doar
brought the field around for the green with Doar immediately driving to the
top side to take the lead. With Doar showing the way up front, Adam Hensel
moved past Fegers for second on lap five. Sixth starter Rick Hanestad was
hooked up on the bottom and moving forward. Hanestad got by Hensel for
second on lap 7 and set his sights on the leader. With Hanestad reeling in
Doar, the lone caution of the race tightened the field up with 13 laps in
the books when Eric Breeschoten stopped at the end of the front stretch and
required wrecker assistance to the pits. This would set the stage for a
very entertaining 17 lap run to the finish. With Doar running high and
Hanestad running low on the track, the race resumed as a great battle for
the top spot developed. Hanestad got by Doar on lap 16 for the lead, but
two laps later Doar moved back by at the same time Brent Larson drove past
Hensel for third. Doar narrowly led three laps before Hanestad came back to
the front on lap 21. Two laps later Doar resumed the lead in lapped traffic
with Hanestad applying the pressure. Hanestad was not to be denied, and he
once again got underneath Doar on lap 26 for the lead. Hanestad was able to
hold off Doar over the remaining four laps enroute to a thrilling victory.
Doar finished second ahead of Larson, Hensel and 12th starter Ashley
Anderson. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Dave Cain, Cory Mahder,
Steve Laursen, 16th starter Joey Jensen, and Kelly Anderson. Although fans
had just watched a superb NASCAR late model feature, they were in store for
a spectacular WDRL Masters makeup race as well.
Larson Defeats Mathees in Exciting NASCAR Late Model Main at Cedar Lake
Speedway

Anothe electric evening for racing saw the largest crowd of the season and
likely the largest in USA Nationals history on hand for the 21st Annual
Young Oil USA Nationals at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday August 2.
Racing action tonight was spectacular in both the NASCAR and USA open late
model programs. Brent Larson narrowly edged past Lance Mathees on the final
lap to earn his sixth win of the season in NASCAR late model action while
Scott Bloomquist held off Shannon Babb by about a half a car length for an
exciting victory in the 100 lap $50,000 to win USA Nationals feature race.

With $3,000 to win the NASCAR late model feature race tonight, a very strong
field of 37 cars signed into the pits. A. J. Diemel led the first six laps
in the opening heat before seeing his bid for a win go up in smoke on lap 7.
With Diemel’s blown engine, veteran competitor Rick Egersdorf assumed the
lead and raced to the win just ahead of another veteran driver Lance
Mathees. Racing for only the second time this season at CLS and only his
fourth time overall, Kerry Hanson drove to a convincing win in the second
heat. A nonstop run in the third heat saw three different leaders. Mike
Nutzmann led the opening lap before Barry Underdahl got by. Steve Laursen
got the win with a lap 8 pass of Underdahl. The fourth and final heat race
saw Joey Jensen lead all the way. The top five finishers from each heat
transferred to the feature race while the other finishers would find
themselves in the B Main.

The final four transfer spots were up for grabs in the 15 lap NACAR late
model B Main. With two cars scratched, 15 drivers took the green in a race
that was only slowed once under caution at the halfway mark. Keith Foss led
all the way for the win. Adam Hensel came from sixth to finish second in
front of pole sitter Mike Goodremote. Making the drive over from Shawano,
Tom Naeyaert made the trip worthwhile when he earned the final transfer
position into the A Main.

With the NASCAR late models putting on a tremendous feature race the night
before; fans were once again looking forward to their 30 lap A Main. Just
like the previous night, the local area NASCAR drivers put on another
fantastic show. Barry Underdahl and Kerry Hanson brought the 24 car field
to the green. Hanson quickly blasted into the lead running the high side.
Several drivers who started a bit further back in the field were on the move
early. Current CLS track points leader Brent Larson moved to second on lap
3, but Hanson had already built up a sizeable margin. Two laps later Lance
Mathees moved past Underdahl for third. The first of just two cautions
slowed the pace 12 laps into the race when Tom Nesbitt slowed on the track.
Hanson’s lead was now erased with Larson, Mathees, Pat Doar and Steve
Laursen running in the top five. On the restart, Larson began working on
the leader while Doar and Larson battled for the fourth spot. Larson got by
Hanson on lap 17 for the lead, but Hanson battled right back to the front to
lead laps 18-19. Lap 20 mixed things up with Larson regaining the lead and
Mathees moving into the runnerup spot. A lap later the final caution waved
when Chuck DeSmith stalled in turn 4. It was now Larson, Mathees, Hanson,
Doar and Laursen in the top five. When the green replaced the yellow,
Mathees immediately used his familiar bottom line to apply the pressure on
Larson in what would be an outstanding battle for the lead over the final
nine laps. Lap after lap the two leaders raced side-by-side with Mathees
actually gaining the top spot on lap 25 only to have Larson come back to
lead laps 26-28. Once again Mathees was the leader at the white flag. With
the entire crowd on their feet cheering wildly, the two raced hard through
the final corner. At the finish it was Brent Larson topping Lance Mathees
by about a half a car length to earn his sixth CLS feature win of the
season. Pat Doar, Steve Laursen and Friday night winner Rick Hanestad
completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Joey Jensen, Rick
Egersdorf, early leader Kerry Hanson, 18th starter Jake Redetzke, and Mike
Nutzmann.

The huge crowd was still buzzing from an incredible NASCAR late model main
event, but they were soon in store for yet another entertaining and
spectacular grand finale. The 100 lap $50,000 to win USA Nationals was
about to get underway.

135 Cars Pack Pits at Cedar Lake Speedway!

August 1st, 2008

Several drivers found their way to Victory Lane for the first time this season with rookie midwest modified driver Jeremy Houle earning his first career feature win. Cory Davis in the super stocks and Craig Brightbill in the modifieds earned their first CLS wins of the 2008 season. Point leader Devin Neske took top honors in the street stock division for his second win of the season while Brent Larson continued his winning ways with his fifth feature win in late model competition.

A very good turnout in the NASCAR street stocks saw 17 cars on hand. Heat race winners included Devin Neske and Ron Hanestad who was making his first appearance of the season. The NASCAR midwest modifieds had their largest car count of the season so far, topping the charts with 41 cars on hand. Bob Smith, Tim Siercks, and rookies Jason Vandekamp and Josh Bazey recorded heat race victories. The NASCAR super stocks had three heat races for their 24 car field. The first two heats were exceptionally good with Tim Borgeson and Lyle Archambeau earning wins. The third super stock heat race saw the first red flag of the evening when a grinding crash involving Justin Stahl and Brandon Jensen occurred in turn one. Both cars were done for the night. Mike Weber claimed the win. A strong field of 26 NASCAR modifieds found Larry Zeller, in his first appearance of the season, taking top honors in the first heat. Dave Cain led all the way from the pole to win the second heat. Jason Miller paced the field for 10 laps in winning the third heat. Even with a late model special at another track to the north, a very good field of 27 NASCAR late models were on hand. Mike Goodremote, Chuck DeSmith, and Eric Breeschoten were victorious in the three heats.

The only division requiring a B Main was of course the NASCAR midwest modifieds. Earning transfer spots to their feature race were Steve Strandlund Jr, Chad Patterson, Mike Gibson and Kyle Matuska. The stage was now set for feature racing action, and Cedar Lake Speedway officials kept the program moving right along with only minimal track maintenance work during the course of the evening.

The NASCAR street stock main was first up. Trisha Nyreen and Derek Borchardt led the field down to the green flag. Third starter Devin Neske grabbed the lead at the end of the opening lap though. A couple of early cautions slowed the pace, as Neske continued to show the way over Nyreen and Ron Hanestad. The race was slowed a couple more times in the middle stages for spins. Fifth starter Scott Paulson worked his way forward as the laps clicked off and eventually moved into the runnerup spot a couple of laps from the finish. Devin Neske went on to record his second win of the season, and his first since opening night in his bid to win the track point championship. Scott Paulson, also in his first appearance of the season, rode home in second ahead of Trisha Nyreen, Ron Hanestad and Chanda Fjorden-Nord. Of interest this evening, one quarter of the field was comprised of female competitors with Trisha and Chanda turning in strong top five runs in the always competitive street stock division.

Bob Smith and Tim Siercks brought the NASCAR midwest modified field around for 15 green flag racing laps in their feature. Smith, looking for his second CLS win of the season, immediately bolted into the lead. The race was under caution a few times early on before settling in for a long green flag run. The attention of the fans was generally focused on a couple of cars advancing forward, as row five starters Jeremy Houle and Dan Wheeler were on the move. Smith held the early lead over Tim Siercks, Dane Durbin and track point leader Shawn Phillips. The top five spots continued to get shuffled around some and eventually Jeremy Houle passed Durbin and Phillips to grab the runnerup position with Wheeler also moving forward. As green flag racing continued, the stage was set for an exciting finish with Smith holding a narrow lead over Houle at the white flag. With Smith running high and Houle running a bit lower on the track, the two came off turn four side-by-side. Houle just edged past Smith for his first career feature win in his rookie season in the midwest modified division. Dan Wheeler was close behind in third while Dane Durbin and Shawn Phillips completed the top five.

It was yellow fever night for the NASCAR super stock main event. It took four attempts to get the race underway with pole sitter Cory Davis grabbing the early lead. Although several more cautions waved for spins and minor incidents, when the race was under green the action up front was very good. The battle amongst the top five positions stayed close due to the yellows, as the second and third spots changed hands numerous times between Dan Carlson and Tim Borgeson. After each caution, Davis would continue to hold a narrow lead over either Carlson or Borgeson depending on who was in second at the time. The final yellow waved with 17 laps in the books and track officials called for a green-white-checker dash to the finish. Earning his first win of the 2008 season, Cory Davis was able to keep Dan Carlson and Tim Borgeson behind him. Riding home close behind the lead trio was Jim Gullikson and 11th starter Larry Boumeester who just edged out Tom Chrest for fifth.

Twenty five NASCAR modifieds were able to make the call for their 20 lap feature race. Row one starters Craig Brightbill and Larry Zeller paced a very strong field. Brightbill, who saw a win go up in smoke several weeks ago, immediately took the lead at the drop of the green with a pack of cars behind him. The first of three cautions flew with just one lap completed for an accident in turn three. Brightbill was soon under pressure from 4th starter Jason Miller on the restart, but just a couple of laps later the second yellow waved when 5th place runner Jay Richardson spun. While under caution, Miller suddenly turned into the infield and then drove off the track with apparent mechanical problems thus ending his feature race early on. Ninth starter Dave Cain, looking for his fifth win in a row, now found himself in fifth place following this caution. Cain would steadily advance forward. The final yellow flew with 16 laps in the books. Cain had passed Zeller for second on lap 13 and would now be right behind Brightbill. Cain tried a couple of times to move inside of Brightbill for the lead when the race went green again, but Brightbill was too strong up top. Earning a popular win, Craig “Wild child” Brightbill returned to victory lane at CLS for the first time in many years. Dave Cain settled for second ahead of Larry Zeller, 12th starter Scott Duvall, and 17th starter Rick Kobs on a track that had multiple lanes for drivers to use.

The final event of the evening spotlighted 27 NASCAR late models against each other for 30 racing laps. Mike Bear and Eric Breeschoten brought the large field down to flagman Jeff Stacken’s green flag as track announcer Chris Stepan called out his famous words. Breeschoten blasted into the early lead with several cars jockeying for running positions in the top five. Brent Larson, looking for his fifth win of the season, was on the move forward from his sixth starting spot. Near the 1/3 mark of the race, Larson moved past Mike Goodremote for second and set his sights on the leader. On lap 13, Larson moved around Breeschoten for the lead. Breeschoten battled back and stayed close for several laps, especially in lapped traffic. Larson was finally able to put a little breathing room between his car and Breeschoten’s as the race continued under green. With anonstop run to the checkers 30 laps later, Brent Larson earned his fifth win of the season. Breeschoten turned in a fine run for second ahead of Mike Goodremote. Ashley Anderson finished fourth about a car length ahead of 11th starter Rick Hanestad. Completing the top ten were Dave Cain, Chuck DeSmith, Mike Nutzmann, Rick Egersdorf, and Kelly Anderson. The race saw little attrition with 23 cars still running at the end.

Racing action continues this week at the Cedar Lake Speedway with the 21st Annual USA Nationals getting underway on Thursday July 31 featuring a full program of WDRL late model racing along with the NASCAR super stock division. On Friday August 1st, the open late models take to the track for qualifying and heat race action to help determine many of the starting positions for their big show on Saturday night. Race fans will have plenty of activity on Friday night with a full program of the weekly NASCAR late models and the 50 lap makeup WDRL feature race that was rained out on night #2 of the Masters back in June. On Saturday night August 2, B Mains the USA Nationals 100 lap open late model feature event paying $50,000 to win highlight the racing action along with another full program of NASCAR late models. Fans certainly will not want to miss three straight nights of action-packed racing at the famous Cedar Lake Speedway July 31-August 2.

Cedar Lake Speedway Reschedules Billy Anderson Memorial Sprint Car Show

July 16th, 2008

A complete program for the 360 sprint cars, sponsored in part by GRP Motorsports, will be held during the final night of the Legendary 100 adding yet another dimension to an already spectacular four nights of racing at the legendary Wisconsin speedway. “We worked hard to find a date that would have the least number of conflicts and September 13 was a good fit” stated Ron Bernhagen who helps assist Cedar Lake Speedway with the scheduling of their sprint car shows. Support for the Billy Anderson Memorial in past years has been strong amongst the 360 sprint car drivers around the region. The late season date should make it possible for several teams to travel to the event, as their regular tracks will be done racing for the year. The race was scheduled to pay $1,200 to win back in April, but GRP has added some additional sponsorship support increasing the first place payout to$1,500 with $1,000 for second.

Previous winners of the Billy Anderson Memorial include Tony Norem (2002), Bill Boles (2003), Jerry Richert, Jr. (2004), Loren Langerud (2005), Jake Peters (2006), and Chuck Swenson (2007). Area sprint car fans were hoping that the event would be rescheduled in order to continue to the tradition. With the 8th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial IRA/Knoxville/NOSA Challenge for 410 sprint cars scheduled to run the previous Saturday night September 6, sprint car fans will have two chances to watch two different groups of the “winged warriors” do battle on the 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval in
September.

Larson and Cain Complete Clean Sweeps on Windy Evening at CLS

July 16th, 2008

Brent Larson in the late model division and Dave Cain in the modified class swept to victories while Greg Nippoldt returned to victory lane after a several year absence in the super stock division. A caution plagued midwest modified feature saw Dan Wheeler make a late race pass of Shawn Phillips for the win. Shawn Kammerud recorded his third win of the season in the street stock class.

With Dr. Dick Berggren from Speedway Illustrated Magazine on hand, racing
action got underway with three heats for the 27 car NASCAR midwest modified
field. Paul Fontecchio led all the way to garner the win in the first heat.
Rob Caho Jr led the first seven laps in the second heat before Shawn Phillips got by for the win. Bryan Siercks was strong up front, as he drove to victory in the third heat. The NASCAR street stocks saw the “Fastest Woman in Western Wisconsin” Chanda Fjorden-Nord lead all the way to win the first heat while current track point leader Devin Neske did likewise in heat #2.

Mike Weber and Tim Borgeson topped the two heat races held for the 20 NASCAR
super stocks on hand. During the second heat, a mud clod hit the helmet of
Brandon Jensen stunning him and giving him a bloody nose. Brandon would later return to race in the feature event. A strong field of 31 NASCAR modifieds required three heat races. Joey Jensen, Dave Cain and Shaun Kelley were the winners. The NASCAR late models also ran three heats with Rick Hanestad, Jim Carlson and Brent Larson racing ahead of the field. A nasty flip on the front stretch in the second late model heat race destroyed the #44H car of Paul Hipsag. Jake Hiatt got crossed up exiting turn four and made contact with Hipsag’s car. The car turned sideways and ended up rolling/flipping over two times. Hipsag’s car was very badly damaged and required the assistance of not only the flatbed rollback truck but also a regular wrecker to remove it from the track.

The NASCAR modifieds required the only B Main of the night. Making his first CLS appearance of the season, Jay Richardson led all 12 laps enroute to victory over Mike Kelley Jr and Mark Froehlich. The program kept moving right along, as the NASCAR street stocks rolled trackside for their feature race. Jeff Heintz grabbed the early lead from his outside front row starting spot. Following a caution with one lap in, Heintz continued to show the way. Soon Shawn Kammerud and Devin Neske were battling with Heintz for the lead. On lap 3, Kammerud moved to the outside while Neske went inside in a three-wide battle. Kammerud narrowly led at the finish line. With Kammerud the new leader, Heintz and Neske battled for the runnerup spot for a lap before the final caution waved for a spin in turn 4. Kammerud opened up a small lead on the restart while Heintz and Neske continued to vie for the second spot. On lap 7, rookie Jared Gross joined the battle and soon moved past Heintz and Neske. Gross began reeling in Kammerud, but the feature race was only 10 laps tonight and Gross did not have enough laps to close the gap to the point where he could contend for the lead. Shawn Kammerud recorded his third win of the season at CLS followed by Gross, Heintz, Neske and Chanda Fjorden-Nord in the top five.

The NASCAR midwest modified main event was scheduled for 20 laps, but with a
large 26 car starting grid the race ended up being plagued by yellow fever.
Flagman Jeff Stacken waved the yellow flag no less than eight times in a race reduced by time limit to 13 laps. The midwest mods had a difficult time completing laps on what had become a dry racing surface. Shawn Phillips, looking for his sixth win of the season, bolted into the lead from his outside front row starting spot but the race was quickly under caution. Phillips again took the lead on the restart. Four laps were completed before the next caution flew. It then took four more attempts before a lap could be completed. Finally a couple more laps were in the books with Phillips leading Dan Wheeler. With seven cautions in only six laps, the race was reduced to 15 laps. On lap 11, Wheeler moved past Phillips for the lead and less than a lap later the final yellow blinked on. This set up a green-white-checker dash to the finish, as the time limit was up. Wheeler held off Phillips for his first win of the season at CLS. Clark Perry, Bryan Siercks and Bob Smith rounded out the top five.

Following an intermission to do some track prep work, the 20 car starting field in the NASCAR super stock division saw Lyle Archambeau and Rich Bishop
lead the field to the green. Archambeau took the early lead with a pack of cars battling behind him. A spin with one lap in kept the field bunched up. When the green replaced the yellow, Archambeau led a couple more laps before Greg Nippoldt moved by on the inside coming off turn four for the lead. Contact between Archambeau and defending track champion Larry Boumeester in
turn two on lap 5 saw Archambeau’s night end on the hook while Boumeester was relegated to the tail of the field on the restart. Mike Weber was now in second but under attack from Bishop and Dan Carlson. The third and final caution waved with nine laps in for a spin in turn 4. The race would then run 11 laps nonstop to the finish. On lap 11, a three-wide battle developed for second place between Carlson, Weber and Bishop. Bishop finally established himself as the runnerup and began to track down the leader. Tim Borgeson and Mike Loomis joined the battle for third with Borgeson eventually gaining the spot. Bishop closed in on Nippoldt in the waning laps but could not make a serious bid for the lead. Nippoldt went on to record his first CLS win in several years while Bishop settled for second. Borgeson, Loomis and Weber completed the top five.

Joey Jensen and Kevin Viebrock paced the 24 car starting field in the NASCAR
modified division’s 20 lap feature race. Jensen immediately took control of the lead. A couple of cautions in the early going slowed the pace. On lap four, Dave Cain moved to second ahead of Craig Brightbill. Following a lap 7 caution for a stalled car, Cain took the lead on the restart from Jensen with a low side pass exiting turn 2. Lap 13 proved to be unlucky for Brightbill, as his car was pushed to the pits while under caution for a Mike Mueller spin on the backstretch. Brightbill had been running in third. One lap later, Shaun Kelley hit the turn 1 wall and stopped in turn 3 with rear end damage to his car. Cain continued to show the way up front. Six green flag laps later it was Dave Cain earning his fifth win of the season. Joey Jensen finished second ahead of Jason Schill, Scott Duvall and Kevin Viebrock. Only three cars failed to finish the race. Several strong runs from deep starting positions saw Mark Hanson come from 18th to 7th, Jay Richardson from 19th to 10th and Mark Froehlich from 21st to 11th.

The final feature race of the evening would find 23 NASCAR late models battling for 30 racing laps. Brent Larson drew the pole position, so his fellow competitors knew they had their work cut-out if they were going to defeat him. Larson raced ahead of Toby Patchen for the lead. Rick Egersdorf got by Patchen for second just before the first caution flew for a four car incident in turn 2 that put Mike Bear and Brent Laursen out of the race after just two laps. It was back to green flag racing with Rick Hanestad on the move forward from his 7th starting spot. Hanestad got by Patchen for third on lap 4. On lap 11, Patchen pulled off the track while running in fourth. Hanestad closed the gap and was soon battling Egersdorf for second. The pair had a good battle for a few laps before Hanestad got by on lap 17. The leaders were working lapped traffic and Hanestad quickly closed in on Larson. With 19 laps in, Jeff Keeney slapped the turn three wall and the right front tire grabbed the wall and literally pulled his car up and over the wall and into the grassy area before the catch fence. Keeney’s car sustained frame damage and was done for the night. Larson continued to lead Hanestad when the race returned to green, but debris in turn 3 brought out the final caution 21 laps into the race. The debris was the nosepiece off of Ashley Anderson’s car. Anderson had started 17th and was battling for fourth with Kelly Anderson when contact caused the nosepiece to fly off his car. Anderson would eventually drop out of the race with handling problems. The final nine laps ran green with Hanestad challenging Larson for the lead, pulling along side a couple of times. Larson was able to keep Hanestad behind him, as he recorded his fourth win of the season in his quest to contend for the NASCAR state and regional point titles. Rounding out the top five behind Hanestad was Egersdorf, Mike Nutzmann and Kelly Anderson. Completing the top ten were Chuckie DeSmith, Mike Hesselink, Jeff Patchen, Doug Herrick and Jim Carlson.

The race program for next Saturday night will feature all five NASCAR divisions again but with a couple of changes to the original schedule. The
only division that will be running Double Features will be the NASCAR late models. The modifieds, super stocks, midwest mods and street stocks will run a regular race program consisting of heats and features. Racing action is slated to get underway at 6:30 PM at Wisconsin’s only NASCAR sanctioned dirt track.

Stars Shine on NASCAR Night at Cedar Lake Speedway

July 13th, 2008

A field of 30 NASCAR modifieds including Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader along with 23 NASCAR late models with Paul Menard making his initial dirt track debut highlighted the regular racing program for the night. Feature winners this evening included four-time and defending track champion Dave Cain in the NASCAR modifieds and Ashley Anderson with his third win of the season at CLS in the NASCAR late models. A special NASCAR All-star Race was held at the conclusion of the evening with each NASCAR star on hand wheeling a locally owned late model car in the event which featured two 10 lap segments. Travis Kvapil scored the win in the first segment with Kenny Schrader riding home under Jack Roush’s checkered flag to capture the second segment.

Following autograph sessions for the NASCAR stars and interviews with track
announcer Chris Stepan, the racing program got underway with three 10 lap
heat races for the NASCAR modified division. The strongest modified field
seen at CLS in some time was on hand, as heat race winners included Dave
Siercks, Dave Cain with a last lap pass of Kenny Schrader, and Kenny Wallace. The second and third modified heats were especially strong with lots of top contenders in each. The NASCAR late models then ran a couple of 10 lap heat races with Brent Larson and Scott Gilberts earning wins.

The NASCAR modifieds required a B Main in order to set their 24 car starting
field. Winning the 12 lap B Main after suffering mechanical woes in his heat race was modified standout Steve Arpin. Rookie Chris Gorka led the first five laps before Arpin motored by for the lead and eventual win. Kevin Viebrock, Gorka, Lonnie Louschke, Scott Pomeroy and Brady Peterson garnered the remaining spots to earn their way into the feature race. With autograph sessions continuing for the NASCAR stars, the CLS track crew did some touch-up work to the track during intermission in order to provide the best possible racing in the two upcoming features.

A very talented field of 24 NASCAR modifieds saw front row starters Terry
Hanson and Kenny Schrader bring the field to life for 20 racing laps. Schrader immediately blasted into the lead in his #9 mod with Jason Gross in tow. The first caution waved with 2 laps in when Chris Gorka and Joey Jensen slowed on the track. Gorka dropped out while Jensen restarted at the tail of the field. The race returned to green with Schrader showing the way. Fans not only kept their attention on the two NASCAR stars but also on the progress being made by Dave Cain and Craig Thatcher. At the halfway mark, Cain had moved from 8th to 3rd with Kenny Wallace’s #36 mod in 4th. Meanwhile Thatcher had advanced from 18th to 9th. Cain worked past Gross on lap 12 and began closing the gap on leader Schrader. On lap 15, Cain made the winning pass while exiting turn 2. The caution flew for the second time a lap later when rookie Keith Tourville made contact with the turn 2 wall and stopped on the track. At lap 16 it was Cain, Schrader, Gross, Scott Duvall and Craig Brightbill running in the top five. A couple of laps after going back to green, the third caution blinked on for a spin in turn 3 by Keith Lepinski. Under this caution, current CLS track point leader Craig Brightbill saw his fine run come to an end with a flat right rear tire after contact with Gross while battling for third a lap earlier. Suddenly Craig Thatcher appeared in the top five running order in fourth. One lap later the fourth and final caution slowed the pace for a two car incident in turn 3. Scoring reverted back to lap 18, as all cars had not completed the lap. This would set the stage for a green-white-checker dash to the finish. Dave Cain went on to take a popular win, his fourth of the season at CLS, over NASCAR standout Kenny Schrader. Craig Thatcher thrilled the fans with his charge from 18th starting spot to finish a close third behind Schrader. Scott Duvall and popular NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace rounded out the top five in what proved to be a very entertaining modified feature event.

All cars on hand made the call for the 30 lap NASCAR late model main event
paced by front row starters Paul Hipsag and Scott Gilberts. As track
announcer Chris Stepan called out his famous words, flagman Jeff Stacken waved the green and 23 cars roared to life. Paul Hipsag bolted into the early lead with Scott Gilberts a very close second. Three laps into the race the yellow slowed the pace when Mike Nutzmann spun in turn 3 and ended up against the concrete wall on the top side of the track. Nutzmann restarted at the tail of the field and would be on the move forward after that. Two laps later, Gilberts got by Hipsag for the lead. Seventh starter Eric Breeschoten moved to second on lap 7 and then grabbed the top spot on lap 8 from Gilberts. Tenth starter Ashley Anderson worked his way to fourth on lap 8. Less than a lap later the second caution waved when Harry Hanson slowed in turn 4 and Dave Cain spun to avoid contact. Hanson dropped out of the race. Breeschoten led lap 9 while Anderson moved past Gilberts for second. One lap later, Anderson drove by Breeschoten and into the lead exiting turn four. It was at this point, an incredible battle developed for the third place position with five cars all bunched up. A few laps later Chuck DeSmith and Rick Egersdorf swapped the third spot several times. Soon Rick Hanestad rejoined the battle and put the pressure on Egersdorf for third. The final caution blinked on for debris on the front stretch and in turn two following contact between Hanestad and Egersdorf. Both cars were okay and quickly resumed their battle for third with Anderson and Breeschoten up front. Hanestad grabbed third on lap 25 only to see Egersdorf regain the spot on lap 27. Hanestad took third back on lap 28 but it was Egersdorf edging past on lap 29. As Ashley Anderson rode home with his third CLS victory of the season a short distance in front of Eric
Breeschoten, Hanestad regained the third spot by less than a car length at the line over Egersdorf. Brent Larson completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Toby Patchen from 15th, Chuckie DeSmith, Joey Jensen, Dave Cain and Mike Nutzmann.

The final race of the night featured the NASCAR stars racing locally owned late models for two 10 lap segments with Jack Roush doing the flagging honors. Travis Kvapil looked impressive in the first 10 lapper enroute to
the win. The field was then inverted for the second segment with Paul Menard and David Ragan up front. Menard led early but soon veteran driver Kenny Schrader moved past and went on to score the win with Kvapil moving up to second. All six NASCAR drivers were then interviewed following the race with many positive comments made regarding the night and the track itself. Jack Roush concluded the comments by stating that it was one of the best track surfaces he’s seen for a dirt track in quite some time. The drivers then made a lap around the track in the back of a couple of pickup trucks near the fence, so fans could get a close-up view and photo opportunity before heading out. With all activities concluding prior to 10:00 PM, race fans filtered out of the track and headed for home or down to the pit area.

Race fans will want to be sure to be on hand for another entertaining and
enjoyable evening featuring the NASCAR late models, modifieds, super stocks,
midwest mods and street stocks in a regular weekly program at the legendary
Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday July 12. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30
with racing action slated to get underway at 7:00 PM for the weekly dirt
track stars of the NASCAR Whelen Racing Series.

Schatz Scores World of Outlaw Win at Cedar Lake Speedway!

July 1st, 2008

That all changed on Sunday night, as he picked up third consecutive win and sixth in the month of June, as he was victorious at Cedar Lake Speedway in New
Richmond, Wisconsin to wrap up the month for the series.

The win was the first in Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car
Series competition for Schatz at the high-banked 3/8-mile. He now has 79
career A-Feature victories with the series, including a series-best nine
this season, and is just two wins out of the fifth spot on the all-time win
list. He pocketed $10,000 on Sunday night, as he also extended his streak of
being the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 24 events this
season.

“It was a good last week and a very good month,” said Schatz, the two-time
defending series champion. “I’m glad to put the Armor All machine in victory
lane again tonight and cap off three in a row. We have things rolling so to
speak. These guys are on top of their game and we are where we need to be at
the right time. The hard part is trying to continue that.”

The race began with Kerry Madsen taking the lead from Schatz who started on
the pole, as the pair charged into the first turn. Madsen used the momentum
he found on the high side of the speedway to quickly jump to a four- car
length advantage. Also on the opening lap, Joey Saldana gained a spot and
moved into third, with Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild just behind him
battling for the fourth spot.

Madsen entered lapped traffic just four laps into the 30-lap event, with
Schatz gaining ground as the pair negotiated the slower machines. While in
heavy traffic on the seventh lap, Schatz looked high off the fourth turn for
a way around Madsen and then dove to the low side of the second turn on the
next lap. Madsen retained the lead for another lap, before Schatz powered
his way to the lead exiting the third and fourth turns on the 10th laps,
using the high side of the track.

“Kerry (Madsen) has been doing a very good job and he was setting a good
pace,” said the Schatz. “I didn’t know what the race track was going to do.
My car wasn’t any good on the bottom and his car rolled around there. We had
to play it cool. That is where all of these races are won and lost, in
lapped traffic. You have to make the right decisions and I am glad that I
made the right one and got around him. It’s fun to race in lapped traffic. I
feel like I have an advantage when I get to it, and can get my car to go
wherever I need to go. It really helps me.”

Once in the lead, Schatz quickly pulled away with Madsen keeping ground in
second. At the same time, Steve Kinser and Joey Saldana were entrenched in
an epic battle for the third spot. Kinser would take that position on the
18th lap. Jason Meyers who was running fourth gained some ground on the pair
at this time as well.

As Schatz continued to slice through traffic in the Armor All J&J, the
Top-Five began to get strung out a bit, before the first caution of the
night flew on the 18th lap. The restart saw Schatz maintain his lead over
Madsen, while Saldana again battled Kinser for the third spot. Just two laps
after the restart, the leaders were in lapped traffic, with Madsen right on
Schatz.

The caution flag flew once more on the 22nd lap, setting up a final eight
lap shootout for the win. Schatz again used a strong restart to open about a
four-car length lead over Madsen.

“I had a really good car on the restarts,” noted the North Dakota native.
“It would stick when the tires cooled down. You could feel the extra heat in
the surface tonight. That caused everything to get hot, the rear end, the
driveline, even the seat. I knew that as long as I kept the tires underneath
me and kept them cool and didn’t spin them that I was going to be in good
shape.”

With five laps remaining, as the leaders were yet again in heavy traffic,
Madsen tried a slide job on Schatz in turns one and two and nearly took the
lead, coming up just a couple feet short. He slipped up the track a little
bit, allowing Kinser and Saldana to get around him. With two laps to go,
Kinser tried everything he could to track down Schatz, but ran out of laps.

“Championships are won and lost on nights that you don’t win on,” shared
Schatz. “We try to win everything. We are pushing for the tracks that we
have not been good at it. I have started up front here in the past and given
some races away and this kind of makes up for that tonight. Now we don’t
have to come back to Cedar Lake (Speedway) and say that we have never won an
Outlaws race here.”

Kinser who has five career wins with the World of Outlaws at Cedar Lake
Speedway and has finished in the Top-10 in all but one of his 23 career
starts at the track finished a very solid second on Sunday night. It was
eighth Top-Five finish of the season, as he moved to within four points of
the Top-Five in the championship standings aboard the Q Oil Maxim.

“We used the car that we ran well with in Pennsylvania here tonight,” said
Kinser, the 20-time series champion. “It’s a car that I feel comfortable in.
We just need to get a little more smoke in this thing, but the chassis was
working pretty good tonight. We had a good night tonight. Whether we cured
anything or not, I don’t know. I have always felt good in this race car and
hopefully we’ll get going faster, because the big stuff is coming up.”

Saldana earned the final podium position after battling Kinser for most of
the 30-lap contest to finish third. For the second generation driver, it was
14th Top-Five finish of the season driving the Budweiser/Open Joist
Mopar-powered JEI for Kasey Kahne Racing. He gained a spot late in the race
as Madsen slipped high as he attempted to take the lead.

“It was a good solid run for us,” said Saldana. “I thought on that restart
the bottom was better than what it was and cost myself a spot. At the end,
Kerry (Madsen) was working on Donny (Schatz) pretty good and Steve (Kinser)
and I was able to get by him. At least we got that spot back. We’re still
struggling, but if we keep doing what we are doing, we are learning and
getting better. If we can continue to run in the Top-Three hopefully we can
get some more wins.”

Madsen led the first nine laps of the event on Sunday night, as he was in
contention for a win for the second consecutive race. He would wind up
fourth to earn his second Top-Five finish of the season and his 15th Top-10,
as he continues to close in on his first win of the season in the TK
Concrete Maxim.

“We are happy to be running this well right now,” said Madsen. “I zigged
when I should have zagged. We had a shot and I didn’t get the slide job
cleared. I didn’t catch the best breaks in traffic and didn’t do what I
should have and dropped a couple of spots. Overall it was a great night for
us. The car worked excellent and the team worked great. If we can keep
running like this, we’ll get some wins for sure.”

Jac Haudenschild was fifth in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. Jason
Meyers began the night by setting fast time in time trials and came home
sixth in the A-Feature aboard the GLR Investments KPC. Brooke Tatnell was
seventh in the Leading Edge Repair Maxim. Craig Dollansky came from the 17th
starting spot to finish eighth in the Snap-on Tools/Auto Value Parts Stores
Maxim, earning the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award in the process.
Paul McMahan picked up his first Top-10 finish in just his second start
behind the wheel of the Casey’s General Stores Maxim for car owner Lonnie
Parsons, as he finished ninth, after turning the second quickest lap in time
trials. Chad Kemenah rounded out the Top-10 in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim.

Kinser started the A-Feature in third and lost that spot to Saldana on the
opening lap, before battling him for the remainder of the race. The native
of Bloomington, Indiana used strong restarts after both of the cautions to
gain ground. He also picked a spot when Madsen slipped high up the track,
though he was right on Madsen for a number of laps after the halfway point
of the race.

“For the first 10 laps wherever you came off the second corner is where you
were running, until the track slicked up a little bit,” explained Kinser.
“They it went back to the top. It got pretty racy over the lap few laps with
the lapped cars in there. I would have liked to have had that all the way
through the race. You never know though, it could have benefited us or hurt
us. The main thing is that we got around there pretty good tonight.”

While he was pleased with his third-place performance, Saldana wondered what
might have been if the race had been longer. His car was handling very well
in lapped traffic and he did not want to see the two cautions on Sunday
night, especially not the one with just eight laps to go.

“You get going and get in lapped traffic and that can do a lot of things,”
he said. “If this had been 40 laps things probably would have gotten pretty
interesting. It was 30 laps tonight and we’ll take a third and go on to
Huset’s (Speedway).”

Anderson and Cain Double Up at Cedar Lake Speedway

June 29th, 2008

Ashley Anderson in the late models and Dave Cain in the modifieds were able to sweep to victories in both the preliminary and main feature events tonight. Other main event wins went to Larry Boumeester in the super stocks, Shawn Phillips with his fifth win of the season in the midwest modifieds, and Shawn Kammerud in the street stock division. Other preliminary feature winners included Devin Neske in the street stocks, Jason Vandekamp and Dane Durbin in the midwest mods, Mike Weber in the super stocks, and Craig Brightbill in the second modified prelim.

During Double Feature Night programs, each class of cars races a preliminary
qualifying feature and a main event for the evening. Depending on car count, some divisions require two prelim features. The midwest modified division also needed a B Main. The first feature lines up by the draw method. Finishing and passing points are calculated and determine the lineup for the main event later on in the evening.

The popular NASCAR late model division produced a 23 car starting field for their 20 lap qualifying feature event. Pole sitter Pat Doar wasted no time racing into the lead at the drop of the green while fifth starter Ashley Anderson soon moved into the runnerup position. The first of two cautions waved after nine laps for a two car incident in turn one that sent Jay Poidinger’s car nose first into the large tires that protect drivers from the beginning of the concrete wall at the pit entry area. Poidinger, making his first appearance of the season driving for Brent Laursen, sustained enough front end damage in the crash and was done for the evening. When the race resumed, Ashley Anderson moved to the inside of Doar entering turn one and blasted by for the lead. Four laps later the pace was slowed when Chuckie DeSmith encountered some mechanical problems and slowed while entering turn 3. Anderson continued to lead Doar on the restart, as the two leaders put some distance between themselves and the battle for third place. Seven quick laps later Anderson rode home with the win while Doar settled for second. The third through sixth positions changed hands on the final turn coming down for the checkers with Jeff Keeney turning in a fine run for third in front of Kelly Anderson, Bryan Wennen and Rick Egersdorf. Completing the top ten were Toby Patchen, 20th starter Brent Larson, Mike Nutzmann and Mike Hesselink.

Two preliminary feature races were needed for the strong 27 car field on hand in the NASCAR modified division. The first 12 lap qualifier saw Jason Miller lead the first eight laps until the lone caution flew. Dave Cain had steadily been working his way forward from his seventh starting spot, and when the race went green again he was able to make the winning move on Miller. Pat Doar came from ninth to finish third. Tenth starter Dave Lear was fourth while Kevin Viebrock rounded out the top five. In the second modified qualifier, Scott Duvall led the opening lap before current track point leader Craig Brightbill blew by for the lead and eventual win. The race was slowed three times under caution. Following Brightbill was Shaun Kelley, Rick Kobs, Dave Siercks and 12th starter Chris Magistad.

In NASCAR super stock qualifier action, 17 cars lined up for their 15 lap race. Greg Nippoldt led the opening lap from his pole starting spot. Mike Weber moved by Nippoldt on lap 2 and went on to post a solid performance for the win. Only one caution slowed the fast pace at the midway point. Justin Stahl raced to his season best finish of second with Dale Gangl moving up four spots to finish third. Rich Bishop and Nippoldt completed the top five. 2007 CLS track champion Larry Boumeester advanced the most positions in his run from 13th to 6th.

The NASCAR midwest modifieds also required two prelim feature races for their 32 car field. The first 12 lap qualifier had some trouble getting going with a yellow and then a red flag before one lap was ever completed. On the second start attempt, Kenny Jordan Jr rolled his midwest mod in turn 4 while collecting three other cars in the wreck. Jordan ended upright but was done for the night. When the race finally got going, Mark Trog took the early lead and held the top position for the first eight laps before rookie midwest mod driver Jason Vandekamp powered past for the win. Sam Nelson recovered from an opening lap spin to apparently finish second, but he was docked two positions for jumping the lap 6 restart so Trog was credited with second and another rookie Jeremy Houle placed third. Behind Nelson was Vince Corbin who also recovered from the accident on the opening lap to place fifth. A nonstop run in the second midwest mod qualifier saw Dane Durbin bolt into the lead at the drop of the green and never look back enroute to victory. Paul Fontecchio crossed the finish line in second, but he was DQed following the race for failing to go to the tech area. Completing the top five then were Dave Siercks, Bryan Siercks, Shawn Phillips and Kyle Steffen. The midwest mods also needed a B Main to fill out the starting lineup for their main event with Matt Durbin, duplicating his son’s earlier effort, leading all the way for the win over Alex Gerlach.

The first main event of the evening saw a slim field of NASCAR street stocks
race 12 laps nonstop. Shawn Kammerud led all the way for his second win of
the season topping prelim feature winner Devin Neske. Jeff Heintz, Jared Gross and Mike Raboin rounded out the top five finishers, as these same five
drivers also occupied the top five spots in the first feature with only seven cars on hand tonight.

During intermission, several activities were held for the kids in attendance
including the popular bus rides around the track. Then it was time for the
NASCAR midwest modified main event lining up with a full 24 car starting grid for 15 racing laps. Jason Vandekamp drove into the early lead from his pole starting spot followed by Dane Durbin. Just two laps into the race, Durbin stopped in turn one with a broken gear and was done. After another caution for a spin on the restart, Vandekamp continued to lead with Shawn Phillips now looking for a way past. Phillips motored by Vandekamp on lap six and then endured a couple of cautions for spins with seven laps in the books. Phillips held strong up front during the final eight green flag laps for his fifth win of the season. Vandekamp won the battle of the rookies topping ninth starter Jeremy Houle for the runnerup spot. Sam Nelson came from 13th to finish fourth with 10th starter Kyle Steffen running a solid race to place fifth in front of Bryan Siercks. A couple of the B Main cars made their way into the top ten with great runs, as Alex Gerlach came from 22nd to 7th and Matt Durbin from 21st to 9th with Clark Perry in between the two. Mark Trog completed the top ten.

Fans certainly took notice of the front row lined up for the NASCAR super stock 20 lap main event with a couple of former track champions Mike Weber and Larry Boumeester pacing the field. Boumeester took the lead and the high line with Weber falling into second. The race was quickly under caution just one lap in when Tim Borgeson spun in turn four and collected the cars of Greg Nippoldt, Ryan Wiome and Mike Bruggeman. Borgeson rode the hook to the pits while the other cars were able to restart. One lap later the race was under caution again for a spin in turn four. Boumeester continued to lead Weber. On lap five, Jim Gullikson and Mike Bruggeman made contact on the backstretch bringing out the third yellow of the race. Both cars were done. Dale Gangl was running in third at this time with 10th starter Dan Carlson working the low line up to fourth. The race then went 15 laps nonstop to the finish. Gangl, also a former track champion, moved past Weber for second on lap 9 and soon began applying some pressure on the leader. Boumeester did not make a mistake and was able to hold off Gangl for his second win of the season. Weber held off Carlson for third with Rich Bishop running up high for a fifth place finish. Rounding out the top ten were Mike Loomis, Ryan Wiome, Justin Dodge, Greg Nippoldt and Tony Gates.

Four time and defending track champion Dave Cain was on the pole for the NASCAR modified main event with 26 cars slated for 20 laps. It was however current track point leader Craig Brightbill coming for his fourth starting spot to take the early lead over Cain. The “Wild Child” set a blistering pace up front before the race was under its first caution for a spin in turn two three laps in. Two laps later 8th starter Jason Miller moved to third but his car slowed two laps after that bringing out the second caution. Miller retired to the pits with Pat Doar now in third. Another spin with nine laps in kept the field bunched up, as Brightbill was blasting the cushion up high ahead of Cain. Lap 13 proved to be unlucky for the leader, as Brightbill’s car slowed on the frontstretch and came to a stop in turn one with a motor failure. Dave Cain became the new leader on the restart and led the final eight circuits enroute to his second main event win of 2008. Pat Doar finished second in front of Rick Kobs, who was driving the Mueller #87 car for the first time at CLS. Jason Gross and Dave Lear completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Shaun Kelley, Chris Magistad, Jeremy Gross, 23rd starter Scott Duvall, and Terry Hanson.

With track announcer Chris Stepan calling out his famous words, the 22 car field for the NASCAR late model main event roared to life for 25 laps of ground-pounding action. Ashley Anderson narrowly led the opening lap over Jeff Keeney and then proceeded to open up a good lead from his pole starting
spot. The first of three yellows slowed the pace with four laps in when Bryan Wennen stalled in turn four. Anderson now had company up front with Brent Larson glued to his bumper on the restart. The two leaders began to put a little bit of distance on third place runner Pat Doar until the second yellow waved with 13 laps scored. Again Anderson and Larson worked the high line on the restart. The final caution flew 16 laps into the race for a spin in turn four. Anderson held off Larson over the final nine laps to record a clean sweep of feature racing action at CLS tonight. Doar rode home in third ahead of Mike Nutzmann and Rick Egersdorf. Rounding out the top ten were Kelly Anderson, Eric Breeschoten, Randy Gullixson, 20th starter Barry Underdahl and Toby Patchen.

NASCAR racing action continues next Saturday night June 28 with the always
popular Firecracker Special featuring a huge fireworks display. The NASCAR
late models, modifieds, super stocks and midwest mods will be in action with
the street stock division getting the night off. Then the following night
on Sunday June 29, the World of Outlaw 410 sprint cars conquer the
high-banked 3/8 mile oval for their annual appearance at the Cedar Lake
Speedway. Also on the program that night will be the NASCAR midwest
modified division. The weekend of June 28 & 29 will be one you do not want
to miss with plenty of free camping available at the track for two great
nights of dirt track racing!

Winters Sweeps IRA Sprints During the 10th Annual Masters at the Cedar Lake Speedway

June 21st, 2008

Scott Winters made it a clean sweep by winning the 30 lap IRA feature race just as it began raining. The WDRL late model portion of the show was not able to complete their scheduled 50 lap feature race, forcing track and series officials to postpone the main event until the USA Nationals. Further details on when the feature race will be made up will be released soon.

For tonight’s program, the IRA sprint cars did not run time trials. They lined up their heat races by draw and then used the passing points system to
determine the top sixteen cars that would advance to the feature race. Once
again there were 32 cars on hand to participate in IRA competition. The first heat was a quick one with Mike Reinke leading all the way in the nonstop run. Joe Symoens led the first seven laps in the second heat before suffering a flat tire which then handed the lead over to Brian Kristan. The race ended with a hard flip on the frontstretch by Mike Sitzmann Jr. coming down to the checkers after contact with Bill Wirth. Sitzmann walked away from the crash, but his car was done for the rest of the night. Kristan ended up winning the heat. Brad Barickman led the first two laps of the third heat before Dave Uttech powered by for the lead and eventual win in the caution-free event. The final heat saw pole sitter Tim Sernett take the lead at the drop of the green and 10 laps later cross the finish line in first. Brian Kristan ended up leading the passing points standings follow heat race action.

The IRA B Main started 15 cars trying to earn one of the top six finishing
positions in order to transfer into the feature race. Two time IRA champion
Scotty Neitzel blasted into the lead on lap one and went on to record the
win. The race was slowed twice under caution for spins and once under red
when Jason Johnson tipped his sprinter on its side. The stage was now set
for the feature race, but storm clouds were gathering to the west.

With threatening weather approaching, track and series officials moved the
program along quickly and soon it was time for the 22 car starting grid to push off for 30 racing laps in the IRA sprint car main event. Jerry Richert
Jr. immediately grabbed the early lead, but the race was under caution with two laps completed when Scott Biertzer spun in turn 2. Five laps later, Billy Balog spun his sprinter in turn 4. Under this caution, third place runner Brooke Tatnell had a left rear tire go down. Tatnell and Scott Winters had been battling for the runnerup spot behind Richert. A quick change of the tire by the Olson crew, and Tatnell was back on track at the tail of the field. When the race resumed, Travis Whitney continued his march forward for this 11th starting spot. On lap 13, Winters moved past Richert for the lead while exiting turn two in lapped traffic. Two laps later the yellow waved when Tim Sernett did a complete 360 spin in turn two but kept going. Winters continued to lead with Travis Whitney now up to third. Once Whitney got by Richert, he tracked down Winters in traffic and began looking for a way to get past. The battle for the top spot was interrupted when Billy Hafemann spun in turn 4 with 24 laps in the books. This would give Winters a clean track with Whitney right behind him. The race only ran one green flag lap before the red appeared when Kim Mock tipped his car on its side up in turn 3. Dave Uttech and Scott Biertzer were also involved in the incident, as all three cars were unable to continue. This set the stage for a quick five lap dash to the checkers, as the wind picked up and light sprinkles began falling. Just in time to beat the heavier rain, Scott Winters completed the sweep by winning the feature on the second night of the Masters. Travis Whitney finished second ahead of John Haeni, Mike Reinke, early leader Jerry Richert Jr. and Scotty Neitzel. Billy Balog raced from the back of the field following his spin to narrowly edge past Steve Meyer for seventh at the line. Brooke Tatnell recovered from his flat tire and was able to make his way back up to ninth in the end. Rounding out the top ten was 18th starter Donny Goeden.

Scott Winters became the second driver to sweep both feature events at the
Masters, as Travis Whitney pulled off the same feat in 2007. Whitney still
leads with three Masters IRA feature wins followed by Winters now with two and one each for Scotty Neitzel and Wayne Johnson. Racing at the Cedar Lake Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night June 21 with the second
Double Features & Kids Night of the season featuring racing in five NASCAR
weekly divisions.

Winters Scores Win Night #1 of the Masters at the Cedar Lake Speedway

June 21st, 2008

Time trials were held for 29 IRA sprint cars, as three teams were delayed in
arriving at the track due to road closures in southern Wisconsin. Jerry Richert Jr. turned in quick time with a lap of 11.555 seconds, as Minnesota
drivers filled three of the top five time trial positions. Four heat races
for the IRA sprints saw John Haeni pass early race leader Donny Goeden on lap 3 enroute to victory in the first 10 lap heat. Brooke Tatnell, driving the Olson #34 sprinter, came from his third starting spot to lead all 10 laps in a nonstop run in heat #2. The only red flag of the evening was displayed on the opening lap of the third heat race when third quick timer Scotty Biertzer hopped the right rear tire of Leigh Thomas’ car while entering turn one. Biertzer’s sprinter launched skyward in a series of wild endos, exiting the track in turn one and eventually ending in an upright position on the road that goes to the track scales. Biertzer was not injured, but his car was done for the evening. The race restarted and then ran caution-free to the end with Kurt Davis leading all the way. The final heat race saw Steve Meyer bolt into the lead from his outside row one starting spot to lead from start to finish. The top four finishers in each heat transferred to the main event while the remainder of the field would vie for the final starting positions in the B Main.

The final six transfer positions would be determined from the 12 lap B Main. Three time Masters IRA winner Travis Whitney found himself having to run a B Main tonight. Travis wasted no time in driving away from the field for the win. Following Whitney were Dave Uttech, current IRA point leader Bill Balog, Scott Uttech, Jason Johnson and Ryan Irwin to garner the remaining feature race starting spots.

The IRA sprint cars lined up 22 cars strong for their 30 lap main event paced by front row starters Leigh Thomas and Scott Winters. At the drop of the green, Winters blasted into the lead and set a blistering pace up against the cushion on the high side of the track. Brooke Tatnell was quickly on the move forward from his 10th starting spot, passing several cars in just a few short laps. When the only caution of the race waved with ten laps in the books for a John Haeni spin in turn four, Winters had already lapped four cars while Tatnell had raced forward to the third place spot behind sixth starter Jerry Richert Jr. When the race resumed, Winters once again disappeared up front while Tatnell and Richert battled for the runnerup spot. Winters soon encountered lapped traffic and had to move between the top and bottom of the track on several occasions. Once Tatnell got by Richert for second, he set his sights on the leader. Winters had built up a large margin, but Tatnell began carving away at it. With no further cautions to close up the field, Winters was able to ride home with his first CLS IRA sprint car feature victory while Tatnell settled for second with a bent front nose wing on his car. Jerry Richert Jr. continued his strong 2008 IRA finishes with a fine third place run while young Davey Heskin turned in an impressive fourth place finish in front of Bill Balog.

Opening Night of 10th Annual Masters Sees Miller, Jensen, Phillips & Heintz Victorious at CLS

June 20th, 2008

Earning feature race victories tonight were Jeff Heintz with his first win of the season in the street stock division, Shawn Phillips with his fourth CLS victory so far in the midwest modifieds, Brandon Jensen with his first tally in the win column in the super stock class, and with a thrilling last lap turn four pass for the win Jason Miller in the modified division.

Two NASCAR street stock heat races got the program off and running with Adam
Soltis passing early leader Chris Peterson for the win in the first heat while Shawn Kammerud took home the win in heat #2 after leader Devin Neske went up in smoke just past the halfway mark. The NASCAR midwest modified division numbered 30 cars strong requiring three heat races. Matt Leer led all ten laps enroute to victory in the first heat. Justin Schill did likewise in heat #2 to ride home with the win. The third heat featured a very good battle for the lead with Mark Turner topping Dane Durbin. Two heats were in order for the NASCAR super stocks. Rich Bishop left no doubt who would be the winner in the opening heat race, as he pulled away for the win. Dan Carlson led the first half of the second heat, but an uncharacteristic spin exiting turn four following a restart collected the cars of Jeff Pellersels and Justin Dodge. Carlson was able tag the tail of the race and continue while the other two cars were out. Curt Myers, making his first CLS appearance of the season, took over the top spot and raced to the win. A stout 27 car field in the NASCAR modified division would see Jason Miller come from 5th to 1st in the first heat. Coming off his wild ride last Saturday night, Dave Cain was driving Dale White’s Tracer modified tonight and came from 8th to 1st in the second heat which saw four different leaders. Jason Schill raced ahead of the field for an apparent win the final heat, but he was disqualified after the race for losing a muffler giving the win to Bill Stettner.

As is typical, the NASCAR midwest modified division turns out a large field of cars requiring a B Main. Tonight that class would be the only division to run a B Feature. Last Saturday night’s feature winner Bryce Johnson found himself on the pole for the B, and he drove ahead of the field for the win. Six of the ten starters transferred to the feature race with Jason Vandekamp coming back from a late race spin to earn the final spot.

The NASCAR street stock division may have been down a few cars tonight, but there was no lack of talent amongst the ten starters able to make the call for their 15 lap feature event. Jeff Heintz used his pole starting spot to full advantage, as he immediately blasted into the lead at the drop of flagman Jeff Stacken’s green. Three laps into the race, Shawn Kammerud moved past Jared Gross for the runnerup spot. Over the next several laps, Chanda Fjorden-Nord applied the pressure on Gross and eventually got around him for third on lap 8. Heintz was gone up front and 15 nonstop laps later earned his first CLS win of the season. Kammerud, Fjorden-Nord, Gross and last Saturday’s feature winner Chris Peterson completed the top five finishers.

Although the scheduled 15 lap NASCAR midwest modified main event ended up being shortened by a couple of laps due to time limit, the 23 car starting grid provided some interesting and entertaining racing. Polesitter Mark Turner led the opening lap before fellow front row starter Alex Gerlach moved into the lead on lap 2. A five car pileup on the frontstretch one lap later eliminated the RED1 car of Dan Wheeler. In just a few short laps, Wheeler had moved up several spots from his 15th place starting position but his night ended early. Gerlach held the lead on the restart, but Shawn Phillips moved past for the lead on lap 4 looking for this fourth win of the season. A series of four more yellow flags from laps 7 through 11 would eventually see the race go green-white-checker to the finish after the last caution, ending up two laps short of the 15 lap scheduled distance. Phillips maintained his lead and went on to take his fourth win at CLS this so far this season. Making his first appearance of the season, Adam Archer turned in a strong run for runnerup honors. Gerlach held on to finish third in front of Dane Durbin while early leader Mark Turner rounded out the top five. The movers in this race however were two cars from the B Main. Bryce Johnson raced past 13 cars on his way to a sixth place finish while 22nd starter Jason Vandekamp roared by 14 cars to cross the finish line in 8th.

With attrition from the heat races knocking three cars out of the starting lineup, 15 cars took the green flag for 20 racing laps in the NASCAR super stock main event. Brandon Jensen jumped out into the lead from his outside row one starting spot, as cars jockied for positions behind him. In just two laps, Curt Myers moved from 7th to 3rd while polesitter Rich Bishop held the second spot. Three laps into the race, contact on the frontstretch between Myers and Bishop saw Rich’s car get sideways entering turn one. Tom Chrest bounced off the side of Bishops car and was then slammed into by Cody Campeau’s car under full throttle bringing out the red flag. The impact was
incredible as was the damage to those two cars. Bishop was able to restart
the race at the tail of the field while Campeau’s mangled machine needed the
rollback truck from Twin City Towing. Chrest’s car sustained heavy rear-end
damage and was towed pitside. Jensen took off again when the green replaced
the red and set sail up front. Tim Borgeson steadily moved forward from his
9th starting spot, and following the restart found himself in 4th place on
lap 4, 3rd on lap 5, and 2nd on lap 6. Defending track champion Larry
Boumeester was also making strides forward from his 11th starting spot.
Contact between Greg Nippoldt and Mike Loomis seven laps in brought out the
final caution of the race with Loomis tagging the tail of the field for the
restart. The remaining thirteen laps ran nonstop with Borgeson looking for
a way to get around Jensen. Meanwhile Boumeester continued his march
forward going to 5th on lap 8, 4th on lap 15 and finally up to 3rd on lap
18. Jensen went on to defeat Borgeson and Boumeester. Ryan Wiome turned in
a solid performance for a fourth place finish while Curt Myers slipped back
to fifth in the end.

The final feature race of the evening found 26 NASCAR modifieds lined up for
their 20 lap main. Plenty of talent made up the starting grid with Joey
Jensen taking command of the lead on lap one from his third starting spot.
Jason Miller wasted no time in getting his car to the runnerup position on
lap 2. A couple of cautions for spins on laps 4 and 6 kept the field
bunched up, as Dave Cain had just moved into the third place position prior
to the second yellow. From this point on, Jensen and Miller proceeded to
put a on good battle for the lead. The race was slowed one more time under
caution for a spin at the halfway mark and then went nonstop to the finish.
Miller tried several times to work inside of Jensen coming off turn four,
but Jensen’s momentum would help him maintain his lead at the finish line
each lap. The laps continued to click off with most race fan’s focused on
the battle up front. Jensen held off Miller until the final lap when Miller
made the winning pass in turn four coming down for the checkered flag to
bring the crowd to their feet. Dave Cain finished in third behind the two
leaders while Terry Hanson came from 9th to finish 4th followed by current
track point leader Craig Brightbill. Completing the top ten finishers were
Shaun Kelley, Dano Ostrander, Brady Peterson, rookie Keith Tourville, and
Dave Lear.

The exciting modified feature finish capped off the racing action on the
first night of the 10th Annual Masters. The WDRL late models and the IRA
Outlaw 410 sprint cars will now take center stage for complete shows each
night on Friday and Saturday with $5,000 up for grabs to the late model
feature winner each night.

Full Night of Racing Action Highlights CLS June 7 Program

June 17th, 2008

Race fans certainly watched a lot of racing on this night at CLS,
as a total of 362 laps of competitive action took place at the 3/8 mile
high-banked Wisconsin oval. Feature race winners for the June 7 program
included Cory Mahder with his first-ever career late model feature victory,
Jason Gross with a strong run in the modified division, Jim Gullikson with
his first 2008 CLS win in the super stocks, Bryce Johnson with his
first-ever CLS victory in the midwest mods, and Chris Peterson topping a
very good street stock main event.

NASCAR heat race action for the large 130 car field got underway with two
street stock heats. Jeff Heintz led all the way in the first heat while
Devin Neske got past Chanda Fjorden-Nord just past the halfway mark to win
the second heat. Four midwest modified heats would be required for the 36
car field on hand. Sam Nelson, Clayton Wagamon, 8th starter Bob Smith, and
Chad Patterson earned victories in the four heats. Rich Bishop and Mike
Loomis led all the way in each of the two super stock heat races. A stout
field of 26 modifieds would see Dave Lear, Jason Gross, and Jason Miller top
the three heats. A season-high 30 car field for the NASCAR late models
found Rick Hanestad, Ashley Anderson and Nick Herrick race to heat wins.
Two B Mains were necessary before feature race action could get under way.
Topping the 12 lap affairs in each division, Jason Vandekamp won the midwest
mod semi while Mike Prochnow retook the lead from Mike Nutzmann to earn the
top spot in the late model semi.

Following the five makeup features from the May 31 program, it was now time
for the regular feature races to get underway for the June 7 show. A lot of
laps had already been run, but fans were in store for more great feature
race action at the popular Wisconsin speedway. The NASCAR street stocks
were up first for their 15 lap main event. In a race that ran nonstop,
Chris Peterson drove ahead of the field for the win. Peterson was under
constant pressure all race long, as Shawn Kammerud tried inside and outside
to get around Peterson pulling alongside on several occasions. A great
battle waged for positions 3 through 6 immediately behind the two leaders.
In the end, Chris Peterson held off Kammerud with Jared Gross, makeup
feature winner Corey Rosen, and Devin Neske rounding out the top five.

The 24 car starting grid in the NASCAR midwest modified division was brought
to life by pole sitter Paul Fontecchio. The race was immediately under
yellow when track officials called Fontecchio for jumping the initial start.
Fontecchio was put back one row. Clark Perry was the new pole sitter and
powered into the early lead over Mark Trog. Making his first CLS visit on
the season, Bryce Johnson soon moved into the runnerup spot behind Perry.
On lap 6, Johnson raced by Perry for the lead. A lap later, the final
caution of the race waved for a spin in turn 1. Johnson continued to show
the way up front on the restart over Perry, as he slowly began to pull away.
Vince Corbin had moved from 6th to 3rd. The race remained green to the
finish with Bryce Johnson recording his first-ever CLS feature victory.
Clark Perry, Vince Corbin, 13th starter Matt Lear, and three-time winner
Shawn Phillips came from 18th to complete the top five finishers. The
victory was especially satisfying for Johnson, who as a little kid spent
many nights spectating at CLS and then many nights helping as a crew member
for Mike Kelley, Jr. before starting his racing career several seasons back.

Given the amount of racing laps already recorded, CLS redid the track for
the final three feature races of the evening. The NASCAR super stocks would
see a fast track for their 20 feature race and pole sitter Jim Gullikson
wasted no time in blasting into the lead. Dan Carlson quickly moved from
4th to 2nd, as the caution waved after two laps for a spin in turn 2.
Gullikson set sail on the high side on the restart with Carlson in tow.
Ninth starter Tim Borgeson and 13th starter Brandon Jensen continued their
moves forward. The final caution flew with 12 laps scored for a two car
incident in turn 4. Once again, Gullikson powered ahead of the field on the
restart with Carlson in second. The final eight laps clicked off quick.
Jim Gullikson pulled away for his first win of the season. Dan Carlson,
looking to make it two wins in one night, had to settle for the runnerup
spot. Tim Borgeson fine run forward ended up with a third place finish
while Ryan Wiome turned in a strong run to ride home in fourth. Brandon
Jensen advanced eight positions to complete the top five, as 20 of the 21
starters finished the race.

Jason Gross and Craig Brightbill paced the 24 car starting field in the
NASCAR modified feature event. Following a spin on the opening lap, the
race got underway with Gross gaining the advantage over Brightbill. Another
caution for debris on lap 4 slowed the fast pace. Three laps later, the
yellow waved again when now second place runner Jason Schill lost a
driveshaft ending his strong run. Gross continued to show the way with
Brightbill now back in second. The final caution was displayed when Shaun
Kelly’s car suffered a flat tire and came to rest on the backstretch. Jason
Miller had now moved up from 12th to 3rd. Miller battled with Brightbill
for several laps before finally gaining the second place position on lap 18.
Gross had built up a bit of an advantage by this time and Miller was unable
to catch him. Jason Gross drove to the win in the 20 lap feature race ahead
of Jason Miller and Craig Brightbill. Terry Hanson, who already has a
feature win to his credit this season at CLS, came from 8th to finish 4th.
Some confusion following the race resulted in Jeremy Gross initially being
disqualified for failing to scale but later was reinstated to his fifth
place finishing position. Earning hard charger honors driving the Lepinski
#87 mod, Dave Friendt raced from his 22nd starting spot to finish 11th.

The final feature race of the night pitted 24 ground-pounding NASCAR late
models against each other for 30 racing laps. With track announcer Chris
Stepan calling out his famous words at the start, flagman Jeff Stacken waved
the green flag. Young Cory Mahder, in just his second season in the late
model division, quickly bolted into the lead from his outside front row
starting spot with Nick Herrick in second. A few laps into the race, fourth
starter Rick Hanestad moved by Herrick and set his sights on Mahder.
Hanestad closed in as the first caution flew for a five car incident in turn
4 on lap 11. Mahder was strong on the restart and opened up a slight lead.
As the laps rolled by, Hanestad closed in on Mahder and soon the lead duo
approached lapped traffic. Brent Larson had come from 8th to 3rd by this
time. Mahder and Hanestad worked lapped traffic with Hanestad trying to get
by. The final yellow waved with 22 laps in for a spin in turn 2 setting up
an eight lap dash to the finish. Again Mahder got a strong restart but
Hanestad was soon right on his bumper. With the white flag waving, the
leaders again were approaching lapped traffic. Mahder slipped just a bit
exiting turn 2 which allowed Hanestad to close right in. With a lapped car
immediately in front on Mahder entering turn 3, Hanestad made a bid to the
inside for the lead coming off turn four. Mahder was able to hold off
Hanestad and get past the lapped car to earn his first-ever late model
feature win of his young racing career. Hanestad finished a close second
just a short distance in front of Brent Larson. Rick Egersdorf turned in
another strong drive to finish fourth with makeup feature winner Ashley
Anderson riding home fifth. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Nick
Herrick, Doug Herrick, Tom Nesbitt, Scott Gilberts and Randy Gullixson.

Race fans left the track knowing that they had certainly witnessed more than
a full show of NASCAR weekly dirt track racing action at the Cedar Lake
Speedway on June 7. The track will be back in action with three nights of
racing at the 10th Annual Masters this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday
nights. The Thursday night June 12 program highlights four weekly NASCAR
divisions including the modifieds, super stocks, midwest mods and street
stocks. The Friday and Saturday portion of the Masters features the WDRL
late model touring series along with the IRA Outlaw sprint cars. Complete
racing programs for the WDRL and IRA series will take place each night
giving fans a great opportunity to watch more action-packed activity at the
famous 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval.

MARS WINS NIGHT ONE OF THE MASTERS

June 17th, 2008

“I can’t thank my brother enough,” Mars was quick to say in Victory Lane. “This new car is awesome. I wasn’t really worried, even driving through
traffic. I could put it anywhere. “I don’t want to get to overconfident (about the win), but we feel good about tomorrow night. The car was great. The Pro Power Engine was great. Wow! I just can’t believe how good the car was.”

Mars battled Eric Pember and Chad Simpson hard for the lead as the race started. The trio pulled away from the field while going two and three wide at times. Pember was leading when his right rear tire hopped over the cushion, and that allowed Mars the chance to clear him and pull away on lap 22. Brian Harris quietly ran the bottom on the track, moving from 18th to fourth by lap 26. We were way too tight to run the bottom,” Harris explained after the races. “We had a long run of green laps, and the tires heated up. That yellow (on lap 36) helped cool the tires, and the car came back to us.” Harris was locked in a heated battle for second. Matt Miller, Brady Smith and Eric Pember raced door to door for the final 10 laps of the feature event. Harris finished second. Smith passed Miller on the final turn of the final lap for third. Miller had to settle for fourth, and Pember rounded out the top five.

Night 2 of the Masters featured another complete show of WDRL top guns. Heats, B-Mains & Pole Dash were completed but as the A-Main cars were taking the track rain moved into the area washing away any hope of completing the 50 lap event. Race officials agreed to run the race during the USA Nationals event July 31st, Aug 1st & 2nd. Visit www.cedarlakespeedway for make-up race details. Cedar Lake Speedway would like to thank all fans and competitors for their support of the 10th Annual Masters at Cedar Lake Speedway.

Features Delayed One Week As Cedar Lake Speedway Completes Race Program

June 11th, 2008

A solid field of 110 cars were on hand to compete in the five NASCAR weekly racing divisions. As the skies darkened and weather warnings were issued for the area, heat racing action was moving along at a fevered pace. With all but one heat race in the books and storm sirens sounding, rain began falling forcing officials to postpone the remainder of the program until June 7. Most cars returned the following Saturday night to complete their program with one late model heat race and all five feature races in addition to the regular program scheduled for that night. One week later, feature race winners from the May 31 makeups included Corey Rosen in the street stocks, Shawn Phillips in the midwest modifieds, Dan Carlson in the super stocks, Jason Miller in the modifieds, and Ashley Anderson in the late models.

Heat race winners on May 31 included Jeff Heintz and Chanda Fjorden-Nord in
the street stocks. Bob Smith, Jason Vandekamp and Shawn Phillips topped the
midwest mod heats. Lyle Archambeau raced ahead of the field in the first
super stock heat while Brandon Jensen was declared the winner in the second
heat when apparent race winner Tom Chrest weighed in light at the scales.
Modified heat winners saw Jason Miller come from the back to win the first
heat and Dave Cain power his way to victory in the second heat. Two late
model heats were completed before the rains came with Kelly Anderson and
Mike Bear taking top honors. The third late model heat race was run the
following Saturday night with Brent Larson taking the win.

The features for all five classes were postponed one week until Saturday night June 7. The NASCAR street stocks saw 13 of the scheduled 14 starters take the green for their 15 lap feature race. Corey Rosen used his pole starting position to full advantage, as he raced ahead of the field for the lead. Devin Neske ran a close second all race long, but was not able to get by Rosen in a race slowed only once under caution. Rosen drove to victory ahead of Neske with Jared Gross, Chanda Fjorden-Nord and Jeff Heintz rounding out the top five finishers.

The NASCAR midwest modified feature started 25 cars strong for 15 racing laps. Only one caution slowed the fast-paced race though. Bob Smith bolted
into the lead from his outside row one starting position, as Dane Durbin applied the pressure. Laps continued to roll by with Smith and Durbin running up front and Shawn Phillips on the move forward. With 10 laps in, Clayton Wagamon blew a rear tire and debris littered turns 1 & 2. Mark Trog and Clark Perry spun in turn 1 while Dane Durbin saw his bid for a win end with a right front flat tire. Durbin drove pitside while Trog and Perry were given their spots back in the running order due to the debris caution. Two laps after the race returned to green, Shawn Phillips got by Smith for the lead. Phillips led the remaining laps enroute to his third straight feature victory at CLS. Completing the top five were Smith, Jason Vandekamp, Sam Nelson and rookie Jeremy Houle. Vince Corbin crossed the finish line in fifth but did not scale, negating what had been a fine run forward from his 14th starting spot.

Dan Carlson and Greg Nippoldt brought the NASCAR super stock field down for the green flag, as 16 of the scheduled 20 starters made the call for 20 laps of nonstop action. Carlson immediately grabbed the lead and never looked back. Mike Loomis drove past Nippoldt for second near the halfway mark. Mike Weber took over the third position from Nippoldt on lap 16. Carlson raced to the victory in front of Loomis, Weber, Nippoldt and 11th starter Cory Davis in the caution-free event.

Twenty two high powered NASCAR modifieds roared to life for their 20 lap feature race. The caution quickly flew as Mike Mueller slowed entering turn
3 requiring a complete restart. Scott Splittstoesser narrowly edged out fellow front row starter Kevin Viebrock to lead the opening lap. Viebrock raced by for the lead on lap 2 and proceeded to show the way for the next four laps. Jason Miller and Dave Cain were working their way forward from their 6th and 7th starting spots. Miller grabbed the lead on lap 6 from Viebrock and Craig Brightbill moved into second a lap later. Cain got by Brightbill and set his sights on Miller. On lap 12, Dave Cain slipped past Miller for the lead and began to slowly widen his margin. Suddenly as Cain entered turn one on lap 16, his car slammed into the turn one wall with the right rear, then the right front slapped the wall and a series of wild-looking flips ensued with his car coming to rest upright between turns 1 & 2. The crowd was stunned and the race was under red. Dave soon climbed from his battered racer to survey the damage. The car sustained heavy damage and was loaded on to the flatbed wrecker. For the four-time CLS track champion, his night would end early and he would not be able to race in the regular program that followed. Miller reassumed the lead at this point and held off Brightbill for the remaining five laps to record the win. Viebrock, Terry Hanson and Dave Lear completed the top five.

A strong field of 24 NASCAR dirt late models lined up for their 30 lap main
event. It took a couple of tries to get the race underway, but when it went
green Mike Bear blasted into the early lead from his outside row one
starting position. Rick Egersdorf quickly assumed the runner-up spot and
moved past Bear into the lead on lap 5. Brent Larson was steadily advancing
from his 9th starting spot, and on lap 9 he took over the top spot from
Egersdorf. The race was under its final caution less than a lap later when
Jake Hiatt’s car jumped out of gear and stalled in turn 4. Larson continued
to lead when the race resumed. On lap 14, Ashley Anderson powered to the
inside of Egersdorf in turn 2 to take over the second spot. Anderson quickly began closing the gap on the leader. Anderson raced ahead of Larson on lap 17. The race continued to run green all the way to the finish with Anderson earning the victory in front of Larson. Egersdorf held on to third in front of 10th starter Rick Hanestad. Kelly Anderson ended up fifth when Jim Carlson failed to go to the tech area after crossing the scales, nixing a fine fifth place finish for the 7c car. Completing the top ten were Mike Bear, Doug Herrick from 14th, Mike Nutzmann, Cory Mahder and 24th starter Randy Gullixson. It may have taken one extra week to complete the show, but the full program was now in the books instead of the weather having the final say.

Cedar Lake Speedway Announces Increased 2008 Point Fund and Purse

May 3rd, 2008

Points will be calculated consistent with the NASCAR methodology. This point fund is guaranteed through monies that will be paid by NASCAR and Cedar Lake Speedway and will be paid at the annual banquet.

Cedar Lake Speedway is also pleased to announce an increase to their 2008
weekly payout as Modifieds and Super Stocks will now run for more money to
win. Modifieds will pay $600 to win and Super Stocks will pay $400 to win.
This brings the total purse to over $17,000 on a weekly basis and is the
highest weekly purse of any track in the upper Midwest.

“We are thrilled to pay our drivers more than anyone else in the area”,
stated Brad Both of Cedar Lake Speedway. “Our partnerships with Goodyear
and NASCAR differentiate us from other dirt tracks in the area and allow us
to pay our competitors more than anyone else. We are excited for the 2008
season to finally begin and are pleased to announce these large sums of
money that will be paid to competitors that support Cedar Lake Speedway on a
weekly basis.”

Cedar Lake Speedway was founded in 1957 and is a premier 3/8-mile
high-banked clay oval track that has developed into one of the nation’s
leading short track facilities. The weekly Saturday night racing program
features NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks Street Stocks, and
Midwest Modifieds. For more info on the Speedway, please visit
www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call toll-free 866-4-CLS-FUN

Cedar Lake Speedway Welcomes USG Building Materials & 360 Sprint Cars Saturday April 26th!

April 27th, 2008

This event has become very popular with open wheel fans and this year’s version will include many great racers including Travis Whitney Brooklyn Center MN, Leigh Thomas Duluth MN, Brett Geldner St. Peter MN, Tony Hargrave North Branch MN, Johnny Parson III Owatonna MN, Dave Becker Bell Plaine MN, Mike Sitzmann Jr Fargo ND, Eric Lutz Sioux Falls SD, Kenny Melanson Duluth MN, Lee Groz Harwood ND, Tom Kamrath Oakdale MN, Mark Toews Spirit Lake IA, Kevin Nichols Rice Lake Wisc, Chuck Swenson Watertown SD, Jerry Richert Forest Lake MN, Joe Kouba Lino Lakes MN, Tony Norem Dassel MN, Wade Nygaard Harwood ND, Dave Glennon Fargo ND, & Chad Meyer Sioux Falls SD. This event also remembers sprint car driver Billy Anderson and his passing. That night’s event also includes NASCAR Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks.

Saturday night is also USG Building Materials night. USG is the world’s
leading producer of gypsum wallboard, joint compound and a vast array of
related products for the construction and remodeling industries. USG’s
14,000 employees working in more than 30 countries are dedicated to helping
their customers and partners achieve success. They are committed to the
highest levels of customer satisfaction and quality in everything they do.
Cedar Lake Speedway is proud to welcome USG to the track. For more
information on USG Building Materials and how they can assist you with all
your building projects visit: www.usg.com

Cedar Lake Speedway would also like to thank Greg Parent with GRP
Motorsports, a long time fan and supporter of the track for contributing to
the 360 Sprint Car purse for this event.

Racing begins at 6:30 Saturday night. Gates open at 4:30. Tickets are $15
for Adults, $7 for Students 6-16 and 5 and are Free. For complete schedule
and to learn more about Cedar Lake Speedway visit: www.cedarlakespeedway.com

USA Nationals Driver Incentive Announced at Cedar Lake Speedway!

April 22nd, 2008

The 21st Annual USA Nationals is set for July 31st, August 1st & August 2nd.
The country’s best Late Model drivers will be competing for one of the
biggest money shows in the nation. The dates for the USA Nationals have
been moved forward a week so as not to conflict with other national events
around the country.

The winner of Saturday’s 100 lap main event will take home a whopping
$50,000 and total monies paid out over the weekend will be near one quarter
of a million dollars! To add to the excitement, this year’s USA Nationals
will present a full race program of WDRL Late Models and a winner’s check of
$5,000 on Thursday July 31st. This creates 3 days of top Late Model racing
as many of the best drivers will be present on Thursday to prepare for the
huge event on Friday and Saturday. Thursday’s program will also include a
full program of NASCAR Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks.

Friday’s program consists of preliminary events leading up to the $50,000 to
win feature Saturday night and a complete show of NASCAR Late Models
providing feature racing each and every night! On Saturday, the intensity
and competition will be at a fever pitch as drivers compete for bragging
rights and the huge $50,000 winner’s check. To round out the program,
another complete show of NASCAR Late Models will be in action.

Tickets are available at the door and nobody will be turned away. Reserved
camping on the front stretch is sold out. However, there is plenty of
camping available in the new campground located on the backstretch; reserved
sites are available by calling 612-363-0479. A reserved site is $25 for all
three days. There are also a limited number of free sites available on a
first-come, first-served basis. Cedar Lake Speedway welcomes campers all
week for the USA Nationals. Be There!

For those who have already purchased tickets or reserved campsites you need
not do anything. Your tickets and camping reservations will be valid for
the new date. Please just make sure that you note the change on your
calendar and we even recommend writing the new date on your tickets or
campsite reservation NOW so that you don’t forget.

Don’t forget about the party in the pits Thursday & Friday nights. They
have become legendary! Share a few drinks with your favorite racers!

Thursday, July 31st
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Full program of WDRL Late Models with NASCAR Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks
Post-Race Party under the tent in the pits!

Friday, August 1st
8:30am Breakfast buffet served in West concession stand
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Time Trials (The two fastest times are guaranteed a spot in the dash), Heats (The fastest 24 cars will be inverted)and Dash for Open Late Models including a full show of NASCAR local Late Models Post-Race Party under the tent in the pits!

Saturday, August 2nd
8:30am Breakfast buffet served in West concession stand
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 B-Main and 100 Lap, $50,000 to win, $2,000 to start A-Main and a full program of NASCAR local Late Models

Rules: Cars must be WDRL legal. Tire Rule: American Racer 56, Goodyear G60
and Hoosier LM40 or shoulder plated D55

Ticket Information
Adult Student* Pits
Thursday only $20 $10 $25
Friday only $25 $12 $35
Saturday only $30 $15 $40

*Students are age 6-16. 5 and under are free.

Note: Reserved seats and discounted price offered if you purchase a 2-day
pass prior to July 26th.

For more information on camping and lodging visit: call 612-363-0479 or
visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com

2007 USA Nationals participants included: Brian Birkhofer, Scott Bloomquist,
Tim McCreadie, Don O’Neal, Brady Smith, Matt Miller, Garrett Durrett, Jimmy
Owens, Billy Drake, Jimmy Mars, Billy Moyer, Dan Schleiper, Wendell Wallace,
Steve Laursen, Chad Simpson, Donnie Moran, Jeep VanWormer, Shannon Babb,
Earl Pearson Jr, Michael England, Jason Utter, Dale McDowell, Terry Casey,
Justin Fegers, Rick Scheffler, Rob Moss, Jason Rauen, Chris Simpson, Austin
Dillon, Brian Harris, Eric Pember, Pat Doar, Joel Cryderman, Tim Isenberg,
Rick Hanestad, Matt Furman, Bryan Wennen, Steve Hucovski, Ashley Anderson,
Dave Eckrich, Lance Mathees, Jake Redetzke, Kerry Hansen, Mitch Johnson,
Dave Cain, Denny Eckrich, Mike Goodremote, Andrew McKay, Kelly Anderson, Ace
Ihm, Adam Hensel, Darrell Nelson, Cory Mahder

USA Nationals Past Winners:
1988 Billy Moyer
1989 Billy Moyer
1990 Billy Moyer
1991 Rick Aukland
1992 Billy Moyer
1993 Billy Moyer
1994 Jack Boggs
1995 Jack Boggs
1996 Jimmy Mars
1997 Rick Aukland
1998 Donnie Moran
1999 Scott Bloomquist
2000 Davey Johnson
2001 Dale McDowell
2002 Rick Eckert
2003 Scott Bloomquist
2004 Brian Birkhofer
2005 Dale McDowell
2006 Scott Bloomquist
2007 Brian Birkhofer
2008 ???

Cedar Lake Racing this Weekend. Practice moved to Friday.

April 17th, 2008

Originally CLS planned to practice this Thursday however since the other
area Friday tracks have postponed their opener we felt it best to move
practice to Friday night instead. An extra day of sun and wind will
ultimately help stiffen the grounds up and it will also make it easier for
travelers to make the Friday practice and hopefully make it a weekend at the
track. Practice will be Friday night from 6-9. All cars are welcome to
practice. Car entry fee for practice is $30. Pit entry is $5 and the
grandstands are free.

The 51st season at the Legendary Cedar Lake Speedway kicks off Saturday
night as track champions Brent Larson, Dave Cain, Larry Boumeester, Greg
Chesley & Keith Tourville look to defend their titles in 08. Pit gates open
at 3:00 with racing at 6:30. Grandstand tickets are $12 for adults and $6
for students 6-16. Children under 6 are free. Remember camping is always
free at the track. Come down for practice Friday night and stay for the
racing on Saturday.

The tire rule for this weekend will be the same as previous openers and
Legendary 100s.

Late Models- Goodyear G50

Modifieds- Goodyear G60 or Hoosier “H” on RR and “H” or “A” on other 3
corners. Grooving is limited to the outermost groove on the Hoosiers.

Super Stock- Goodyear G60 or Hoosier “H” on RR and “H” or “A” on other 3
corners. Grooving is allowed on the Hoosiers.

Midwest Mods- Goodyear 8″ G60 or Hoosier “H” on RR and “H” or “A” on other 3
corners. Grooving is allowed on the Hoosiers.

Street Stocks- Goodyear 8″ G60 or Hoosier “H” or Dirt Stocker on RR and
“H”, “A” or Super Dirt Stocker on other 3 corners. Grooving is allowed on
the Hoosiers.

New for 2008, Cedar Lake Speedway is now a NASCAR Home Track. Along with
many great benefits NASCAR offers, a comprehensive $1,050,000 insurance
policy is available to all NASCAR member drivers and crewman. Cedar Lake
Speedway will provide free of charge a NASCAR membership to all their
drivers and up to 3 crew members. NASCAR membership is not required to
enter the pits or to compete at the track however we encourage our drivers
to take advantage of the benefits. Please get to the track as early as
possible as we want to get most of the NASCAR paperwork out of the way prior
to racing. Don’t worry we won’t be doing the applications at the pit gate.

Remember RACEceivers are mandatory in Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks &
Midwest Modifieds. Please dig out your RACEceivers and slap a battery in
them to make sure they still work. Batteries and replacement headsets along
with rental units are available at the track.

FYE Motorsports Introduces Badger State Nationals in September

April 16th, 2008

The FYE Motorsports Badger State Nationals is set to take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 25th, 26th and 27th 2008 with an inclement weather date of Sunday, September 28th if necessary.

St. Cloud, Minnesota based FYE Motorsports Promotions has leased the Cedar
Lake Speedway and will present the 1st annual Badger State Nationals which
will wrap up the 2008 racing season at Cedar Lake in a grand fashion with an
incredible $12,000 to win NASCAR/WISSOTA-type Late Model event, in
conjunction with a whopping $3,000 to win NASCAR/WISSOTA-type Midwest
Modified event, plus $500 to win Street Stocks (Thursday night only) and two
complete high paying shows for the National Touring Legends Division on
Friday and Saturday nights.

The Late Models and Midwest Modifieds will run a complete program with heat
races, b-features and a preliminary main event in each division on Thursday
night, with the top 5 finishers in each preliminary feature locking
themselves into the Saturday night Badger State Nationals main event in
their respective division. These drivers will fill in the inside first five
rows in Saturday’s main event. The Street Stocks will be on the schedule
Thursday night as well with a complete program, paying the winner $500. Time
permitting, the Legends will come in and compete in several open practice
sessions as well on Thursday night.

The same format will be run on Friday night for the Late Models and Midwest
Modifieds with the top 5 finishers in the preliminary main event in each
division locking themselves into their respective Badger State Nationals
main event on Saturday as well. These drivers will fill in the outside first
five rows in the main event. The top two drivers in combined points that
have not already transferred into the feature from Thursday and Friday in
each division will also be locked into the Badger State Nationals main event
and will start 11th and 12th respectively. Additionally, the National
Touring Legends Division will compete in a complete program on Friday night.

Saturday, the Legends will compete in another complete program as the Late
Models and Midwest Modifieds will line up in qualifying races based on
combined points from Thursday and Friday nights. The top 3 finishers
(assuming there are 4 qualifying races per division) will then transfer to
the Badger State Nationals main events. Finishers 4 through 8 in each
qualifying race will then line up based on finishing position, into a last
chance race, where the winner will also transfer to the Badger State
Nationals main event in each division.

The Late Models will be racing for an incredible $12,000 to win and $1,000
just to start the 50-lap a-main, while the Midwest Modifieds will be running
for an unprecedented $3,000 to win and $200 just to start their 40-lap
a-main. The Legends will be racing for a larger purse than they normally
compete for each night as well.

FYE Motorsports Owner Chris Stepan said “As everyone knows, over the past 5
years, FYE has tried to stage bigger paying shows to give back to our local
area drivers. In my opinion, we have some of the most talented drivers in
the entire country right here in our back yard and I think it is appropriate
that they get to race for some ‘big money’ on a handful of occasions. This
event should feature some of the best Upper Midwest racers vying for some
great paychecks throughout the course of the weekend. Partnering with Cedar
Lake was a no-brainer for this race because CLS has an unmatched,
state-of-the-art facility, which should allow the fans to enjoy this event
even that much more.”

In addition, Cedar Lake Speedway co-owner Bob Kaufman stated “We are
thrilled to partner with FYE Motorsports on this event and are confident
that the Badger State Nationals will prove to be one show you surely don’t
want to miss!”

Event details are as follows: Late Model car entry fee will be $250 for the
weekend. Midwest Modified car entry fee will be $150 for the weekend. Street
Stock car entry fee will be $40 for the night. Pit passes will be $30 each
day. There will be no multi-day pit passes available. Drivers not qualifying
for the Badger State Nationals feature events on Saturday will receive their
pre-entry car entry fee back as tow money provided the driver starts a
b-main.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Thursday: Adults – $15.00, Children (6-15yo) – $6.00
Friday: Adults – $20.00, Children (6-15yo) – $6.00
Saturday: Adults – $25.00, Children (6-15yo) – $10.00
All three days: Children under 6 are free
No multi-day tickets will be available

Tire Rule:
Late Models: Goodyear G50 or WISSOTA Hoosier D-55 on all 4 corners
Midwest Modifieds: Same as Legendary 100 Tire Rule (Open to Goodyears and Hoosiers)
Street Stocks: Same as Legendary 100 Tire Rule (Open to Goodyears and
Hoosiers)

Restarts: Single file restarts will be used in all heat races, b-features,
qualifying races and last chance races. Double file restarts will be used in
preliminary and championship features in all divisions. RACEceivers will be
mandatory all three nights in all divisions. They will be available for rent
at the event.

Thursday Start Times: Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm with Grandstand Gates
opening at 4:00pm. Draw Cut Off will be at 6:00pm, with Hot Laps at 6:00pm
and Racing starting sharply at 6:30pm.

Friday Start Times: Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm with Grandstand Gates
opening at 4:00pm. Draw Cut Cut Off will be at 6:00pm, with Hot Laps at
6:00pm and Racing starting sharply at 6:30pm.

Saturday Start Times: Pit Gates will open at 1:00pm with Grandstand Gates
opening at 2:00pm. Draw Cut Off will be at 4:00pm, with Hot Laps at 4:30pm
and Racing starting sharply at 5:00pm.

Lap Distances:

Thursday & Friday: All Classes – Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks & Legends
Heat Races will be 10 laps (Late Models will be 12 laps); All B-features
will be 15 laps; Late Model preliminary feature: 30 laps; Midwest Modified
preliminary feature: 20 laps; Street Stock feature: 20 laps (Thursday only);
Legends feature 20 laps (Friday only).

Saturday: All Classes – Qualifying Races will be 15 laps; Last Chance Races
will be 15 laps; Late Model feature will be 50 laps; Midwest Modified
feature will be 40 laps; Legend feature will be 20 laps.

Entertainment: A traditional Cedar Lake Speedway Party In The Pits will take
place after the races on both Thursday and Friday night under the big white
tent on the backstretch. Music and refreshments will be available.

If you are interested in reserving a camping spot for the weekend, please
visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com to reserve your favorite spot.

If you are interested in a limited number of premier ramp-tier parking spots
to view the event from the comfort of your RV, please call (715)497-8916 or
email clsracer@hotmail.com for availability.

Vendor and sponsor inquiries are welcome at (715) 497-8916 or at
clsracer@hotmail.com. Also, check out www.fyemotorsports.com for more updates as the date creeps closer.

Weekend Order of Events

Thursday, September 25th
Hot Laps at 6:00pm
Hot Lap Order:
Street Stocks
Midwest Modifieds
Late Models

Racing at 6:30pm
Racing Order:
Street Stock Heats (4)
Midwest Modified Heats (8)
Late Model Heats (6)
Street Stock B-feature (1)
Midwest Modified B-features (4)
Late Model B-features (2)
Street Stock Championship Feature
Midwest Modified Preliminary Feature
Late Model Preliminary Feature

Friday, September 26th
Hot Laps at 6:00pm
Hot Lap Order:
Legends
Midwest Modifieds
Late Models

Racing at 6:30pm
Racing Order:
Legend Heats (6)
Midwest Modified Heats (8)
Late Model Heats (6)
Legend B-features (2)
Midwest Modified B-features (4)
Late Model B-features (2)
Legend Championship Feature
Midwest Modified Preliminary Feature
Late Model Preliminary Feature

Saturday, September 27th
Hot Laps at 4:30pm
Hot Lap Order:
Legends
Midwest Modifieds
Late Models

Racing at 5:00pm
Racing Order:
Legend Heats (6)
Midwest Modified B-mains(4)
Late Model B-mains (4)
Legend B-features (2)
Midwest Modified Last Chance Race (1)
Late Model Last Chance Race (1)
Legend Championship Feature
Midwest Modified Championship Feature
Late Model Championship Feature

Miller, Anderson, Knutson & Carpenter Capture Feature Wins in the MidwestMod Meltdown at the Amsoil Sandbox Arena

April 6th, 2008

Jason Miller led all the way in the 20 lap Midwest Modified feature and became the first-ever indoor winner in this popular division. Multi-time champion Shane Sabraski pressured Miller in the early laps for the lead, but Miller held strong up front to score the $500 feature victory. The 500cc Winged Outlaw Karts were back in action again this week and Lance Anderson passed racelong leader Travis Emerson on lap 12 of the caution-free 15 lap main event to earn top honors. Robert Carpenter swept both the heat and feature race for the Hornet division while Troy Knutson led all the way in the 15 lap Quad feature.

In 10 lap Quad heat race action, Troy Knutson and Mike Barth rode home to victory. The Winged Outlaw Karts saw two caution-free heat races with Travis Emerson and Jalen Morris earning top honors. The Midwest Modifieds ran a series of four 10 lap heat races with the lineup inverted for heats 3 & 4 from the first two heats. Shane Sabraski came from fourth to first in just three laps when he passed early leader Eric Gadach enroute to the win in the first heat. Jason Miller used his pole starting position in the second heat to full advantage, as he won by a wide margin. Following the Quad Feature, the second round of Midwest Mod heats were held. This time Shane Sabraski bolted into the lead from his outside front row starting spot and steadily pulled away for the win in the third heat. Jason Miller had to start fifth in the fourth and final heat, but an opening lap caution allowed him to move up one row for the restart. Miller trailed Bob Smith for two laps and when Smith drifted high in turn four on lap 3, Miller made the most of the opening and raced ahead for the win. The feature event lineup would be determined by finishing and passing points, so this meant Miller had the edge on Sabraski for the pole starting spot.

The first feature event of the afternoon saw 10 Quads lined up in two rows of five wide based on their heat race finishes. Pole sitter Troy Knutson immediately blasted out into the lead at the drop of flagman Jeff Stacken’s
green. The lone caution waved with seven laps scored when Todd Belamy and
Kim Klandy tangled in turn 4. When the race returned to green, Knutson maintained his lead throughout the 15 lap feature event to post the win. Following Knutson were Dennis Setzafante, Nick Gallow, Jeff Suebert and Greg
Johnson to round out the top five.

The Winged Outlaw Karts started 12 strong on the 1/5 mile oval. Unlike last
Saturday’s marathon feature event, this 15 lap affair ran green to checker.
Pole sitter Travis Emerson grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with
Jalen Morris in second. Seven laps into the race, Morris suddenly slowed
and pulled into the infield. Lance Anderson was now in second and gaining
quickly on the leader. On lap 12, Anderson moved past Emerson for the lead.
Three laps later it was Lance Anderson first trailed by Travis Emerson,
Jared Gorgus, Dave Griffith and last Saturday’s feature winner Merrick
Gardner in fifth.

The fifteen lap Hornet feature would see the exact same finishing order as
their 10 lap heat race. Robert Carpenter from Black River Falls led all the
way for the win. Dean Grube in the yellow g00ber car finished second with
Mike Raboin, Jeremy Kaufman and Bruce Lutgen completing the five finishers.
Both the heat and main event race without a caution.

For the final event of the afternoon fans would witness history in the
making, as the Midwest Mod division was racing for the first-time ever at an
indoor facility. Jason Miller, driving Ray Olson’s #27 midwest mod, and
Shane Sabraski in his familiar orange #7A car brought the field down for the
green. On the first start attempt, contact in turn one left Dane Durbin
with a flat left rear tire. Durbin pulled to the infield and was out while
Mike Truscott went to the pits to change his right rear flat. Truscott
rejoined the race at the tail of the field. On the second attempt, Miller
edged into the lead over Sabraski. Sabraski kept it close. On laps 4 & 5
Sabraski nearly had Miller passed at the finish line. Miller regained a
car-length advantage for just a little breathing room on the following lap.
The second caution of the race flew with 6 laps in the books when Bob Smith
nosed into the turn 3 concrete outer wall. Smith’s car sustained right
front damage and was done. Shane Halopka also retired to the pits under
this caution. On the restart, Eric Gadach spun in turn 2. He tagged the
tail for the final restart. The race then went 14 laps nonstop to the
finish. Miller was able to hold off Sabraski for the win, as the lead duo
actually encountered lapped traffic late in the race. Jason Miller put his
name in the record books as the first-ever indoor winner in Midwest Modified
competition and taking home the $500 paycheck. Sabraski stayed close to
finish second ahead of the only Canadian driver in the field, Tom Smart.
Truscott overcame his flat tire and placed fourth with Jason Hall completing
the top five. The sixth through tenth spots went to Eric Gadach, Patrick
McCarthy, Halopka, Smith and Durbin, as ten cars were the most track
officials decided could run on the smaller, tighter indoor track.

The second day of the Midwest Mod Meltdown was canceled due to several cars
being unable to return and the forecast for adverse weather for the outdoor
pit area. With temps in the mid 60s on Saturday, the weather was ideal for
pitting and working on cars outside. Thus the 2008 edition of the first
Midwest Mod Meltdown is in the record books as a one day event. Thanks to
those who participated in the various divisions and to the fans who turned
out to watch indoor racing on a beautiful early spring afternoon.

Dave Darland Scores Clean Sweep on Day 2 of the Badger Midget Indoor Event at the Sandbox Arena

April 2nd, 2008

Darland jumped into the lead from the pole at the start, followed by Jerry
Coons Jr. Scott Hatton moved from seventh to third place on the opening lap.
Three caution flags for minor spins slowed the race between laps 7-11. After
the restart Darland, Coons and Hatton broke away from the field, the final
caution appeared at the halfway point.

On the restart Darland again held off Coons. The final twenty laps saw Coons
glued to Darland’s, with Coons trying several attempts to move under Darland
but none succeeded. Darland finished one car length ahead of Coons when the
checkered flag was displayed. Hatton, Aaron Fiscus and Bubba Altig completed
the top five.

After a capacity crowd on Saturday Night and a large Sunday crowd, event
promoters and the Badger announced the two-day event would be again held in
March 2009, with the exact date announced in the upcoming months. The Cedar
Lake Speedway, Amsoil Sandbox and Badger group worked flawlessly this
weekend to provide an ultra fast and smooth track for the drivers, a truly
memorable event for the fans and a terrific base to build of from for future
indoor events at the arena. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the 2nd
Annual Badger Midget Indoor event in the Amsoil Sandbox Arena at Cedar Lake
Speedway. See you at the big track this summer!

Waelti Captures First Ever Indoor Midget Event in Amsoil Sandbox Arena at Cedar Lake Speedway!

March 31st, 2008

Running multiple grooves Darland, Waelti, Bubba Altig and Jerry Coons Jr. pulled away from the field. Four cautions between laps 7-12 slowed the event. Darland and Waelti crossed the line separated by inches at the midway point.

Exiting turn two Waelti drove under Darland for the lead. Waelti’s two car length lead was erased with eight laps remaining when third and fourth place running Coons and Altig came to a stop in turn two. On the restart Waelti and Darland changed grooves with Waelti running the high side and Darland tried several low side passes, coming up two-car lengths short at the finish. Waelti drove the Jim Fiscus/Spike/Ford-Esslinger#7, and was followed by Darland, Aaron Fiscus, fast qualifier David Gough and Nick Lundgreen. The series along with the legends cars and outlaw winged karts will run another complete program Sunday afternoon.

Cedar Lake Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing, and 3M Team up to bring NASCAR Stars to CLS on Wednesday, July 9th!

March 23rd, 2008

“We are really happy to participate again in NASCAR Night at Cedar Lake
Speedway,” stated Bob MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing and
Sales for 3M. “We were involved last summer and we all had a great time.”

“We are proud to host a NASCAR Night each summer,” declared Chuck Kaufman of
Cedar Lake Speedway. “Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and
many others have been to Cedar Lake over the past few years, but we believe
this is going to be our best NASCAR Night event ever!”

All seats on July 9th are general admission and tickets are on sale
effective today at www.cedarlakespeedway.com or by calling 612-363-0479. If
purchased in advance, tickets are just $25 for adults and $15 for students
age 6 to 16. Children 5 and under are free. At the door, tickets are $30
for adults.

3M employees should visit the 3M Racing site on 3M Source or call E Group at
612-339-4777 to purchase special 3M event tickets.

Cedar Lake Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned track founded in 1957. It is a
3/8-mile high-banked clay oval track that has developed into one of the
nation’s leading short track facilities. The weekly Saturday night racing
program features Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks Street Stocks, and
Midwest Modifieds. For more info on Cedar Lake Speedway, visit
www.cedarlakespeedway.com. For more info on the Roush team, visit www.roushracing.com. For info on 3M racing, visit www.3m.com/racing.

Winged Outlaw Karts Added to Badger Midget Indoor Event at CLS

March 22nd, 2008

The Winged Outlaw Karts boast over 100 hp, weigh less than 250 lbs and are
expected to reach speeds over 70 mph. Racing weekly at Thunderhill Speedway
these drivers are looking forward to ripping up the track and providing an
ultra competitive event along with the Badger Midgets and Legends as
previously announced.

The Karts, Legends and Midgets will practice Friday evening at 6:00 pm and
race complete shows at 6:00 pm Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at 1:00
pm. Advanced tickets are still available by calling 612-363-0479 or by
visiting www.cedarlakespeedway.com Advanced tickets are $25 per day or $30 per day at the door. Get your tickets now as this event is expected to sell out!

For more information on the Winged Outlaw Karts visit:
www.thundehill-speedway.com

Slingshots Added to Mid Mod Meltdown Indoor Event

March 22nd, 2008

The Slingshots have grown in popularity throughout the country as a low
budget highly competitive class for drivers of all ages. Resembling Big
Block Modifieds the Slingshots utilize a 600cc sealed V-Twin engine and can
reach speeds over 70 mph. Cedar Lake Speedway is expecting over 20 cars to
add to the excitement of the first ever indoor Midwest Modified event.

The Midwest Mod Meltdown will feature two complete shows Saturday and Sunday
April 5th and 6th with racing to begin at noon. Advanced tickets are still
available by calling 612-363-0479 or by visiting www.cedarlakespeedway.com
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

For more info on the Slingshots visit: www.oakridgefabrication.com

Legends Event Added to Badger Midget Opener at Amsoil Sandbox Arena!

March 3rd, 2008

Event organizers are proud to announce the addition of Legends to the already highly anticipated event. “This event is shaping up to be one of the greatest events in the Midwest in recent history.” stated Ron Bernhagen, event coordinator. “Not only do we have top notch Midget drivers lined up we are bringing in some well known Legends racers along with local talent to race!”

Scheduled to race are:

Ross Kenseth- Matt Kenseth’s Son
Nelson Stewart- Tony Stewart’s Father
Cam Schaffer- 2007 Pro Champion & Legends Racer of the Year
Nathan Sperten- 2007 National Semi Pro Champion
Joel Wyttenbach- Past Legends Champion
Bryan Wennen- CLS NASCAR Late Model Driver
Eric Barth- 2007 National Masters Champion
Rob Caho- Local Racer
John Lemke- Past Asphalt Late Model Standout

With over 25 Legend cars and drivers expected from North Dakota, Indiana,
Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois & Wisconsin this is a must see event for 2008!

The 120,000 square foot facility opened in October 2007 and has hosted
weekly motocross racing on the dirt motocross track. In mid-March, track
officials will replace the motocross design with a clay oval measuring
between 1/4-1/5-mile, and wall and safety fencing will also be put in place
for the event. The facility currently seats approximately 4,000 spectators.

This event will be the season opener for the Badger Midget Auto Racing
Association, the country’s oldest midget auto racing organization, and will
feature two complete shows. A complete field of Badger drivers and cars
along with many nationally known open wheel drivers are expected to compete.
Practice will be on Friday night, March 28 with racing both Saturday night
and Sunday afternoon.

Advance tickets are on sale now. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit
www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call (612) 363-0479. Buy NOW – limited seating
available. Tickets are $25/day for a 2-day pass in advance (by March 26) or
$30/day at the door

Eight indoor winners ready for Badger Midget opener-March 29

March 1st, 2008

The field is headed by Arizona’s Jerry Coons Jr. who captured 14 features
during the 2007 season, including five in Badger sanctioned events. Coons
won the Friday Night preliminary night feature victory at the 2004 Chili
Bowl. Other feature winning indoor drivers entered are: Dave Darland, Scott
Hatton, Davey Ray, Aaron Fiscus, Mike Hess, David Gough, and Robbie Ray.
USAC Triple Crown Champion Darland has two Chili Bowl preliminary feature
victories in addition to a victory at the RCA Dome in 2004. Three-time
Badger Series Champion Hatton captured the 1988 Chili Bowl Championship,
while 2003 Badger Champ Davey Ray won a Chili Bowl preliminary night feature
victory in 2007. Fiscus captured the most recent Badger indoor event at the
Milwaukee Arena on January 22, 2000. Hess and Gough who will be teammates
during the season driving for car owner Jerry Hardy captured their victories
at DuQuoin and the RCA Dome. Robbie Ray’s victory also came at DuQuoin in
USAC Ford Focus Midget competition.

The 120,000 square foot facility opened in October 2007 and has hosted
weekly motocross racing on the dirt motocross track. In the weeks leading up
to the event, track officials will replace the motocross design with a
semi-banked clay oval measuring between 1/4-1/5-mile, a wall and safety
fencing will also be put in place for the event. The facility currently
seats approximately 4,000 spectators. Limited advance tickets are still
available, for more info, or to purchase tickets, visit
www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call (612) 363-0479.

Cedar Lake Speedway signs with NASCAR!

February 15th, 2008

Cedar Lake Speedway, founded in 1957 has evolved from a small circle track in a western Wisconsin swamp to one of the nation’s premier dirt track facilities. The addition of NASCAR only solidifies this position. “We couldn’t be happier about the partnership with NASCAR” stated Bob Kaufman, CLS owner.

“NASCAR brings a comprehensive sponsorship and huge marketing benefits. In addition, our drivers will compete for the largest track point fund ever and by far the largest track point fund of any dirt rack in the upper Midwest. Finally, and maybe the single most important aspect for the change to NASCAR is their $1,000,000 participant insurance policy for every member in the pit area.” Cedar Lake Speedway now will have piece of mind knowing that every person in the pit area that supports the track week in and week out will have significant accident insurance. “Wisconsin has always been a hot bed of short-track racing,” stated George Silbermann, NASCAR Managing Director of Racing
Operations. “We are pleased to welcome Cedar Lake Speedway into the NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series and look forward to some great racing action.”

Cedar Lake Speedway believes that NASCAR is undoubtedly the next step for
the track and their drivers. That said, this closely guarded change
obviously prompts many questions. We have tried to answer a few below. If
you have any further questions regarding Cedar Lake becoming a NASCAR
sanctioned track, please call 612-363-0479 or email
info@cedarlakespeedway.com

Q. How can Cedar Lake be involved with NASCAR and DTRA at the same time?
A. In prior years, many tracks carry multiple banners. For example, late model drivers at RiverCities supported NLRA and DTRA while streets and midwest modifieds supported both MDRA and DTRA. In a similar fashion, Cedar Lake Speedway drivers will benefit from the offerings of DTRA and will also be NASCAR sanctioned and benefit from what NASCAR offers.

Q. Why NASCAR? Aren’t they focused on pavement racing?
A. No, NASCAR concentrates on successful tracks in the country and assists them in many ways. NASCAR alone is marketable to a whole new audience and Cedar Lake Speedway will build on their success. In addition, NASCAR sanctioning gives our drivers more point fund money than ever before and $1,000,000 of insurance coverage for all NASCAR members.

Q. What rules will Cedar Lake Speedway use for their classes of cars?
A. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series does not have specific rules. The 50+ NASCAR member tracks utilize industry standard rules in their area. Cedar Lake Speedway will utilize standard rule templates which are posted on the Cedar Lake Speedway website.

Q. What tires will Cedar Lake Speedway use in 2008?
A. Cedar Lake Speedway will continue to support their relationship with Goodyear. Cedar Lake Speedway believes the longer lasting, less expensive Goodyear spec tire is the best choice for their drivers and fans.

Q. Does NASCAR sanctioning affect the premier events scheduled at Cedar Lake Speedway?
A. No, the Masters, Nationals, World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, The Legendary 100 and all other specials will continue as planned.

Q. Do I have to join NASCAR in order to race at Cedar Lake Speedway?
A. No, however in order to participate in the point funds an annual membership is required.

Q. Do I have to be a NASCAR member to get in the pits?
A. NASCAR does not require everyone in the pits to be a member. However, unlicensed people in the pits are not covered by the $1,000,000 participant insurance policy provided by NASCAR. Cedar Lake Speedway would like to see everyone covered by this policy. See below for plans to do this.

Q. What do I get when I become a NASCAR member?
A. The benefits NASCAR provides include the $1,000,000 participant insurance coverage, discounts on NASCAR sponsors products, complimentary subscription to Speedway Magazine and many others.

Q. How big are the point funds?
A. The total Cedar Lake Speedway local track point fund will be over $30,000! The Late Model point fund will pay $4,000 to win, Modifieds will pay $3,000 to win, Super Stocks pay $2,000, Midwest Modifieds pay $1,000 to win and Street Stocks will run for $750 to win. In addition, Late Models will compete for NASCAR state championship money that pays $4,000 to win and a national championship that pays $25,000 to the winner.

Q. How do I become a NASCAR champion?
A. Each track designates a division of cars called their premier class. The drivers in that class compete against all the other premier class drivers at the other NASCAR tracks. The 2007 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion was won by Steve Carlson, a Late Model driver at the LaCrosse Fairground Speedway in West Salem Wisconsin. He won the championship by racing at his home track only. 22 starts and 8 feature wins brought the national title to Wisconsin!

Q. Will I need to fill out a NASCAR application?
A. Yes, in order to be a NASCAR member and to receive their benefits a completed form must be filled out.

Q. How much does a NASCAR membership cost?
A. A NASCAR membership for all drivers (except late model drivers) and pit men is $90. A Late Model competitor’s license is $185. However, because it is important to Cedar Lake Speedway that all drivers and pit crew are covered by the $1,000,000 insurance policy and receive the other NASCAR benefits, CLS has decided to cover the entire cost of licenses for all CLS weekly drivers and up to four (4) pit crew members.

More info about Cedar Lake Speedway visit: www.cedarlakespeedway.com
More info about NASCAR visit: www.nascar.com
More info about the Whelen All American series visit:

http://www.nascarlocalracing.com/content.php?Series_ID=23

Cedar Lake Speedway Hosts Indoor Midget Event

January 7th, 2008

The 120,000 square foot facility opened in October 2007 and has hosted weekly motocross racing on the dirt motocross track. In mid-March, track officials will replace the motocross design with a clay oval measuring between 1/4-1/5-mile, and wall and safety fencing will also be put in place for the event. The facility currently seats approximately 4,000 spectators.

The event will be the season opener for the Badger Midget Auto Racing
Association, the country’s oldest midget auto racing organization, and will
feature two complete shows. A complete field of Badger drivers and cars
along with many nationally known open wheel drivers are expected to compete.
Practice will be on Friday night, March 28 with racing both Saturday night
and Sunday afternoon.

Advance tickets will go on sale Monday, January 14. For more info or to
purchase tickets, visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call (612) 363-0479. Buy NOW -limited seating available. Tickets are $25/day in advance (by March 26) or
$30/day at the door.

Doar, Waits, Gangl and Richards win Legendary 100 titles

September 19th, 2007

Sunny skies and warmer temperatures brought out a large crowd of fans for the final night. Following the B Mains and Last Chance Races, the Championship Features were won by Pat Doar in the late models, Brad Waits in the modifieds, Dale Gangl in the super stocks and Tommy Richards in the pure stocks.

Racing got underway with B Main qualifying races in the three DTRA
divisions. The super stocks ran three 15 lap B Mains with the top two
finishers transferring to their championship feature race. Darrin Meierotto
raced ahead of the field for the win in the first B Main with Ben Hillman
holding on to the final transfer position in a race slowed only once under
caution. The second B Main ran green all the way with Ted Marrs topping
Zach Wolhers. Another nonstop race in the third B Main saw Mike
Bellefeuille come from the inside second row to the lead by the end of the
first lap. Bellefeuille raced to victory over Mark Stender.

The modifieds also ran three 15 lap B Mains with the top two finishers
advancing to their championship feature race. The first modified B Main saw
the only red flag of the night. With five laps in, Dan Hesch hit the wall
on the front straightaway and collected Rick Cannata and Dallas Gulbarnson.
Cannata’s car flipped over wildly before coming to rest right side up.
Cannata was okay, but all three cars were done. The race itself had three
different leaders. Jeff Spacek led the first six laps before something
broke and sent his car into the turn 1 wall and out of action. Shaun Kelley
then led the next three laps until a mechanical failure sent him to the
infield. Kevin Viebrock inherited the lead and paced the field for the
remaining six laps to grab the win. Eric Bjorklund held off Jeremy Kerzman
for second. The second B Main ran clean and green with Jaymie Lautigar
pulling away for the win. Scott Splittstoesser passed Pat Zdroik on lap 11
for second and was able to keep Zdroik at bay over the final four laps to
garner the final transfer spot. The third B Main was slowed only once under
caution when the second place car of Jim Chyba tapped the concrete wall
entering turn 3 and rode the hook to the pits. Steve Wik led all the way,
but Jay Richardson stayed close behind over the final nine laps for second.

Two 15 lap B Mains in the late model division would see the top three
finishers earn a starting spot in their championship feature. Both races
ran caution-free. Repeating his super stock B Main win, Darrin Meierotto
topped the first late model B Main by leading all the way. Shaun Peterson
and last year’s runner-up Justin Ritchie also advanced. Rookie late model
driver Cory Mahder defeated veteran Tom Nesbitt in the second B Main while
crate late model driver Justin Hirt earned the final transfer position.

Several drivers still had one more chance to earn a starting berth in the
championship feature races in the DTRA super stock, modified and late model
divisions. The format is driver-friendly with the Last Chance Races still
transferring two more cars to the tail end of the feature races. The 15 lap
super stock Last Chance Race was slowed three times under yellow, as the
leaders raced hard for the top two spots. Kurt Kromschroeder led the
opening two laps before his night ended against the turn 2 wall after being
tagged by Mike Loomis. Dave Emerfol led the next six laps until 17th
starter Cory Davis took over the top spot. Davis led the final four laps,
as the race was reduced to 12 laps due to time limit. Emerfol held on for
second. The 15 lap modified Last Chance Race also had plenty of action up
front. Marc Johnson led the opening lap. Jeremy Kerzman took over the lead
on lap 2. One lap later a five car melee in turn 2 slowed the pace.
Kerzman continued to lead when the race went back green. On lap 12, Al
Uotinen raced underneath Kerzman for the lead and eventual win. Ryan Muzik
closed in on Kerzman, but Kerzman was able to maintain the second place
finishing position. The late model Last Chance race had 12 cars for 12
laps. Caley Emerson led all the way with Jeff Keeney earning the final
transfer spot for their feature race. The fields were now set for
championship race action.

Following driver introductions for all three DTRA divisions and a fireworks
display while the cars circled the track three-wide, the first Legendary 100
title of the evening would be decided in the DTRA super stock division. The
24 car starting field would race 30 laps to determine the victor.
Qualifying feature winners Tim Borgeson and Dale Gangl brought the field
around for flagman Jeff Stacken’s green flag. Dale Gangl grabbed the early
lead with a group of cars battling behind him. The race was under the first
of three cautions for a spin by Dave Emerfol in turn 2 with three laps in.
On the restart, Zach Wohler spun in turn 2 to bring out the second yellow of
the race. Dale Gangl continued to lead Tim Borgeson when the race returned
to green. With nine laps in, the final caution waved when Brandon Jensen
broke something in the rear end of his car and stalled in turn 3. Gangl
continued to lead over Borgeson, Jim Gullikson and Mike Weber. At the
midway point of the race, the running order remained the same up front with
Randy Spacek in fifth. Mike Weber began moving forward, as he raced to
third on lap 17 and then to second on lap 19. Over the next four laps,
Weber and Borgeson swapped the second spot before Weber took control. While
the leaders worked lapped traffic, Gullikson passed Borgeson for third on
lap 25 with Dan Carlson also moving into the top five. Dale Gangl completed
a remarkable turn of events after being involved in a nasty wreck on
Thursday night when he crossed the finish line to win the Legendary 100
title in the super stock division. Finishing second through fifth was Mike
Weber, Jim Gullikson, Tim Borgeson, and Dan Carlson. Completing the top ten
finishers were Charlie Weber, Randy Spacek, Dustin Nelson, Eric Olson and
Matt Sinna. Cory Davis advanced the most positions coming from 23rd to
finish 11th, as just three cars failed to finish the race.

With preliminary feature winners Darrell Nelson and Jason Miller pacing the
24 car DTRA modified field, the green flag flew for 30 racing laps. Darrell
Nelson took the early lead with Jason Miller close behind. Brad Waits and
Joey Jensen battled for third. As the race stayed under green, Waits closed
in on Miller to battle for second while Dave Cain began working on Jensen
for fourth. Cain was soon in fourth. On lap 10, Waits moved by Miller for
second and set his sights on Nelson. It was Nelson running high and Waits
running low, as the track was in great racing condition. On lap 13, Waits
drove by Nelson for the lead while Cain raced past Miller for third. At the
midway point, it was Waits, Nelson, Cain, Miller and Jensen in the top five
with Les Duellman a short distance back in sixth. The race continued under
green with Cain passing Nelson for second on lap 21. Jensen got by Miller
a lap later to run fourth. In a nonstop 30 lap run to the checkers, Brad
Waits and his Goodyear tire shod Modified traveled north and conquered the
field for an impressive victory over many strong contenders. Waits would be
crowned the 2007 Legendary 100 champion in the modified division. Dave Cain
finished second ahead of Darrell Nelson, Joey Jensen and Jason Miller.
Finishing sixth through tenth was Les Duellman, Paul Knauf, Jody
Bellefeuille, Scott Hudack and Kelly Estey. Al Uotinen moved up the most
positions in this race, as he gained eight spots to finish 16th with 20 of
the original 24 starters running in the end.

Defending DTRA 100 champion Pat Doar and 2007 DTRA national point champion
Brent Larson led the field to the green in the 40 lap DTRA late model
feature race for the Legendary 100 title. Doar took the early lead over
Larson with Joel Cryderman close behind. Larson moved underneath Doar for
the lead on lap 3 while Ashley Anderson and Adam Hensel swapped the fourth
and fifth spots. Larson began to distance himself from the field, but on
lap 8 his B1 machine began trailing some smoke. Larson came upon lapped
traffic 12 laps into the race, as the leaders were generally running up high
against the cushion. Larson’s smoking mount continued to lead. Chuckie
DeSmith passed Hensel for fifth on lap 17. Suddenly with 19 laps in the
books, leader Brent Larson slowed exiting turn 2 and came to a stop in turn
3 to bring out the first caution of the race. A broken birdcage and flat
tire ended his bid for the win, as he rode the hook to the pits. Pat Doar
inherited the lead. One lap later at the midway point of the race, it was
Doar, Cryderman, Anderson, DeSmith and Hensel in the top five. DeSmith
moved past Anderson on lap 24 for third. Cryderman began challenging Doar
for the lead on lap 28, as the two often raced side-by-side. Doar was able
to hold on. Anderson moved back past DeSmith for third on lap 28 and began
closing in on the leaders. The final caution of the race waved on lap 37
when Cory Mahder stopped in turn 1 with a breakdown. With scoring reverting
back to lap 36, this would set the stage for a four lap dash to the finish.
On the restart, misfortune struck second place runner Joel Cryderman when he
hit the cone. Cryderman applied the pressure on leader Doar over the next
two laps and drove by for the lead on lap 38. Cryderman crossed the finish
line for an apparent victory; however, track rules clearly indicate that
when a driver hits the cone on a restart a five position penalty is
assessed. This gave the win to Pat Doar. Ashley Anderson finished second
with Chuckie DeSmith in third. Adam Hensel and Steve Laursen completed the
top five. Following the penalty, Cryderman was scored in sixth ahead of Ron
Schreiner, Mike Goodremote, Terry Casey and Mike Nutzmann. Justin Hirt
gained ten positions in coming from 22nd to finish 12th. More drama on top
of what had already been an entertaining four nights of racing will keep
fans talking about the 2007 Legendary 100 for some time.

Racing was not done by any means though, as 22 of the local area pure stock
cars rolled on to the track for their 15 lap feature race. Tommy Richards
took the lead from his pole starting position at the drop of the green. The
race was slowed six times under caution, but each time Richards would
maintain his lead. His brother, Danny Richards, soon began to apply the
pressure for the lead following each yellow flag. In the end, it was Tommy
Richards leading all the way for the win over Danny Richards. Following the
two brothers were Josh Smith, Jared Amundson and Carolyn Nosser in the top
five. Completing the top ten finishers were Nathan Fisk from 17th, Josh
Bazey from 16th, Ashley Huseby from 18th, Austin Blom and Mike Knudtson.

The final three events of the evening would be the DTRA Race of Champions
for the top eleven cars in the point standings. Twelve laps would be the
distance in each race with the super stocks up first. Larry Boumeester led
the opening lap, but Mike Bellefeuille raced to the lead on lap 2. The
battle up front was very good in this race. On lap 9, Mike Weber worked his
way past Bellefeuille for the lead. Weber led the remaining four laps for
the win over Bellefeuille, 8th starter Jim Gullikson, Boumeester and Dale
Gangl to earn the $750 top prize. The modified Race of Champions also ran
nonstop, as Dave Cain left little doubt who would win the $1,000 top prize.
Cain led all the way for the win with Joey Jensen a close second. Jason
Miller finished third ahead of Darrell Nelson and Luke Schilling. The final
race of the night was for $2,000 to win the late model Race of Champions.
Brent Larson’s crew was able to make repairs to his car following his
breakdown in the late model feature race, and he immediately took the lead
from his pole starting position. A caution two laps into the race for Ron
Schreiner contacting the turn 1 wall slowed the pace. Larson blasted into
the lead again on the restart and took control for the remaining 10 laps to
win by a comfortable margin. Pat Doar, Steve Laursen, Chuckie DeSmith, and
Rick Egersdorf rounded out the top five.

Cedar Lake Speedway would like to thank the drivers, pit crew members, race
fans and sponsors for supporting this event and the track throughout the
2007 racing season. The third annual Enduro paying $10,000 to win will be
held on Saturday afternoon September 22 starting at 1:00 PM. The following
day Sunday September 23 will be the final event of 2007 at the speedway when
CLS hosts a large demolition derby slated to start at 1:00 PM.

Larson, Miller and Gangl are winners on the third night of the Legendary 100

September 19th, 2007

When the 21 event program concluded, a hearty group of fans had witnessed a
dramatic battle for the DTRA national point championship in the late model
division that came right down to the feature race with Brent Larson needing
to win. Dale Gangl returned with a repaired race car from the big wreck the
night before in the super stock division to earn a popular and very
satisfying victory. Jason Miller wasn’t satisfied with his fourth place
finish the previous night in the modified division, so he returned to earn
the outside front row starting position for the big championship feature
race on Saturday night by winning the modified qualifying feature. Indeed,
plenty of interesting racing action and drama played out once again on
Friday night at this popular mid September event held each year at the Cedar
Lake Speedway.

Five heat races for the field of 55 DTRA super stocks on hand got the racing
action underway. Lyle Archambeau was not able to attend the Thursday night
qualifying program, but he made up for his absence by leading all the way in
the first heat. Dale Gangl amazingly returned to action with a repaired race
car from the big wreck in the feature race the night before and moved from
seventh to finish second. Greg Nippoldt had suffered a broken nose the
previous night when he was hit in the face shield with a large mud clod, but
he was back in action and finished third. The second heat was a quick 12 lap
affair with Mike Bellefeuille besting newcomer Cory Davis and J. B. Stortz
for the win. Steve Hallquist held off Randy Spacek and rookie Zach Wohlers
in a caution-free victory in the third heat. Another nonstop run in the
fourth heat saw Matt Sinna pull away for the win over Dustin Nelson and
Darrin Meirotto. Ben Hillman showed the field the quick way around the 3/8
mile CLS speedway by leading all the way in the fifth heat to defeat Justin
Dodge and 11th starter Mike Weber.

A field of 54 DTRA modifieds also ran five heat races. Eric Bjorklund
defeated Kevin Viebrock and Scott Splittstoesser for the win in the first
heat. Even though Darrell Nelson had won the qualifying feature the night
before, he returned to run a heat race on Friday and won by a wide margin
over second place finisher Steve Wik. Kelly Estey came from eighth to finish
third. Pat Zdroik led the first two laps of the third heat before Joey
Jensen blasted by. Jensen led the remaining ten laps for the win over Zdroik
and Jody Bellefeuille. Paul Knauf led the opening lap in the fourth heat,
but Scott Hudack showed the way for the remainder of the race. Knauf settled
for second ahead of 11th starter Jason Miller. The fifth heat saw four
different leaders. Luke Schilling took off into the lead for the first three
laps, but a spin in turn four relegated him to the rear of the field. Rick
Friendt then led the next three laps with sparks spewing from underneath his
car. Friendt’s machine finally broke something in the driveline and he was
done. Rookie driver Mark Froehlich led the next four laps, but Jeff Spacek
drove past on lap 11 for the lead and eventual win. Froehlich held off 9th
starter Jamie Lemke for second.

The DTRA late models had 33 cars, so three heat races were in order. Terry
Casey kept Steve Laursen behind him for 12 laps to win the first heat with
Mike Goodremote moving up three spots to finish third. Darrin Meiretto was
smooth up front in the second heat and led all the way. Ron Schreiner and
8th starter Pat Doar trailed. Brent Larson needed to win the third heat in
order to have a shot at the DTRA national point title. After Caley Emerson
led the opening lap, Larson moved into the lead from his fourth starting
spot and never looked back. Darrell Nelson finished second ahead of 7th
starter Chuckie DeSmith.

Two heats for the 24 pure stocks on hand would see two of the four Richards
team cars earn victories. Kris Berg led the first three laps in the opening
heat before Jared Amundson got by. Amundson led two laps until 9th starter
Tommy Richards raced by for the win. Amundson finished second with Chris
Wert in third. George Richards led all the way in the second heat, but Danny
Richards applied the pressure from mid race on. Danny settled for a close
second with 9th starter Josh Smith riding home in third. The pure stocks
will return for their feature race on Saturday night.

A full 24 car starting field for the 15 lap super stock B Main rolled on to
the track. It would be the final attempt for six drivers to earn starting
berths in the qualifying feature race. Just two cautions for multi-car
accidents slowed the pace in the early laps, but then 13 straight green flag
laps saw a very good battle for the top spot take place. Lance Leu led the
first six laps, but Mike Bear blasted by on the high side on lap 7. Bear led
through lap 12, but Leu retook the lead on lap 13 and was able to hold on
for the win. Completing the top six transfer spots were Bear, Zach Wohlers,
Cy Hoaglan, Mike Loomis and Dave Emerfoll.

Another full 24 car starting grid for the modified B Main would see six
drivers move on while the rest would load up and watch. Jaymie Lautigar
grabbed the early lead after an opening lap spin by Mike Wood required a
complete restart. With one lap in, a big wreck on the backstretch involving
eight cars brought the race under the red flag. Steve Lavasseur’s modified
rolled over in the incident. Kevin Rogers’ car went underneath the rear end
of Troy Jordan’s machine rupturing the fuel cell and spilling a full load of
fuel on the low side of the track. Other cars involved in the wreck included
Dave Siercks, Tim Van Meter, Rick Cannata, Mike Wood, and Scoot
Splittstoesser. All drivers were okay, and four cars were unable to
continue. Due to the long red flag, the race was reduced to 12 laps.
Lautigar continued to lead when the green replaced the red, but a yellow
with three laps in for a spin by Alan Mondus slowed the pace. Luke Schilling
was sent to the rear for causing it. Jim Chyba eventually worked his way
past Lautigar for the lead on lap 6 and went on to win. Lautigar held off Al
Uotinen for second with Mondus and Joe Bean completing the top five. The
final transfer spot came right down to the wire, as Luke Schilling raced his
way back up through the field, passed Mike Mueller on the last lap, and just
edged out Ryan Muzik by inches at the finish line to earn the final starting
spot in the qualifying feature.

The late model B Main saw two cars scratch, so 13 starters would be racing
for the six transfer positions into their feature race. This race had some
problems, as four cautions waved for various incidents. The race was
ultimately reduced to 12 laps, as only eight cars ended up finishing. Rick
Egersdorf led all the way for the win. Justin Hirt, Steve Hucovski, Paul
Hipsag, Jeff Keeney and Jim Carlson also earned their way into the feature
race. Brent Mueller and Bryan Wennen were close behind Carlson for the final
transfer spot.

Mike Weber and Dale Gangl brought the 24 car starting field around for the
green flag in the 20 lap super stock qualifying feature race. The top eight
finishers would earn starting spots on the outside of the first eight rows
for their Legendary 100 championship feature race on Saturday night. Gangl
edged past Weber for the lead at the drop of the green with Dustin Nelson
third and Randy Spacek fourth. The race was under the first of three
cautions with five laps in when Lyle Archambeau had something break in the
rear end of his car in turn 3. He collected the cars of Ben Hillman, Mike
Bellefeuille, Justin Doge and Greg Nippoldt. Archambeau and Nippoldt were
done. On the restart, Rod Dregney and Cory Davis got locked together in turn
4 to bring out the second yellow of the race. Davis was relegated to the
rear of the field. Under green again, Dustin Nelson moved underneath Mike
Weber on lap 8 for second but Weber regained the spot on lap 10. At the
midway point, the final caution flew when Lance Leu stalled in turn 2 with a
breakdown. The top four running order remained the same with J. B. Stortz
now up to fifth. The race then ran 10 laps green to the finish. Weber
applied the pressure on Gangl in the late stages of the race, but he was not
able to gain the lead. Dale Gangl and his crew had worked all night and day
to repair what appeared to be a totally destroyed race car from the night
before and came back for a well-earned victory. Mike Weber finished second.
Randy Spacek got by Dustin Nelson on the final lap to finish third with J.
B. Stortz completing the top five. The all-important final three transfer
positions into the Saturday night championship feature saw Matt Sinna, Eric
Olson and Rod Dregney finish sixth through eighth.

With Thursday night feature winner Darrell Nelson electing not to start,
Jeff Spacek and Jason Miller paced the 23 car qualifying feature field to
the green. The original start was called off when Jim Chyba spun in turn 1.
On the second start attempt, Jason Miller raced into the lead. One lap later
the race was slowed under caution when Mike Goodremote spun in turn 1, but
track officials decided to do a complete restart for scoring purposes. The
third time was the charm and Miller again took the lead. With one lap in,
Rick Rivord and Jeremy Kerzman got together exiting turn 2 with Rivord
spinning. Kerzman was tagged with the caution. The race then went 19 laps
nonstop to the finish. Joey Jensen passed Jeff Spacek on lap 2 for second
while 7th starter Kelly Estey got by Spacek on lap 4 for third. Miller and
Jensen then proceeded to have a very good race for the lead. Jensen actually
claimed the top spot at the halfway mark on lap 10, but Miller stormed back
to regain the #1 position a lap later. As the laps clicked by, the battle
for the eighth and final transfer spot into the Saturday night championship
feature heated up. Miller continued to hold off Jensen up front. Four cars
were battling for the seventh through tenth positions late in the race
including Paul Knauf, Jamie Lemke, Mark Froehlich, and Jody Bellefeuille. At
the finish, it was Jason Miller with the win over Joey Jensen. Finishing
third through eighth were Kelly Estey, Jeff Spacek, Scott Hudack, Ron
Schreiner, Paul Knauf and Jody Bellefeuille. Some post-race drama played out
when fourth place finisher Jeff Spacek did not go to the tech area and was
disqualified. This moved the ninth place finisher Mark Froehlich up into the
eighth finishing position which meant he was headed to the main event on
Saturday night.

Race fans had already witnessed some entertaining and interesting events,
but the drama would continue with the final race of the night. The DTRA
national point championship in the late model division had come down to this
race. Brent Larson had to finish first in order to win the championship by
one point over Pat Doar. Larson would start from the pole while Doar would
go from fourth. At the drop of flagman Jeff Stacken’s green flag, Brent
Larson and Adam Hensel brought the 24 car field to life. Larson edged past
Hensel for the lead with Doar running in third. The leaders encountered
lapped traffic eight laps into the race. Contact between the second place
car of Hensel and the lapped car of Steve Hucovski on lap 13 brought out the
lone caution of the race, as Hensel and Hucovski got hooked together
entering turn three. Hucovski’s car slid into the concrete wall. As the
wrecker crews were separating the two cars, the yellow turned into a red
when one of the crew members was sprayed in the face by a antifreeze from
the 88 car while on the hook. Fortunately he only required a brief stay in
the back of the ambulance. When the race returned to green, Larson continued
to lead Hensel and Doar. Terry Casey moved past Scott Gilberts for fourth on
lap 17 and the leaders were in lapped traffic again on lap 18. Larson worked
the traffic well and maintained his lead. Coming down to take the white
flag, Doar passed Hensel for the second spot with Larson several car lengths
in front. At the checkers, Larson defeated Doar and accomplished exactly
what he needed to. Brent Larson had not only won the race but also won the
DTRA national point championship, capping off a stellar night for the young
Lake Elmo, MN driver. Hensel finished third in front of Casey. Chuckie
DeSmith was fifth followed by Gilberts, Ron Schreiner, and Mike Goodremote
in the top eight spots.

The stage had now been set for the final night of racing action at the
Legendary 100. Saturday night September 15 will see a full show of B Main;
Last Chance and Championship Feature races take place. Tim Borgeson and Dale
Gangl will lead the super stock field in their feature race while Darrell
Nelson and Jason Miller will comprise the front row of the modified main
event. Pat Doar and Brent Larson will be on the front row of the late model
feature. The pure stocks will also run their feature event with the Richards
family comprising three of the top four starting positions. The Race of
Champions in the DTRA late model, modified and super stock divisions will
also take place following feature race action. Fans can watch another great
evening of racing and see who will be the 2007 Legendary 100 champions in
the four classes in competition. Racing is slated to get underway at 6:30 PM
on Saturday.

Doar, Nelson and Borgeson top second night features at the Legendary 100 at CLS

September 16th, 2007

A field of 167 cars was on hand including 65 super stocks, 65 modifieds and 37
late models. Once again, clear skies and breezy conditions made another cool
late summer evening feel much more like fall weather. When the 22 event race
program concluded, fans had witnessed some great racing action, a big wreck
in the super stock feature, and a total power blackout while the late models
were under green flag racing in their feature. Through it all, Tim Borgeson
bested a very good race for the top positions in the super stock feature,
Darrell Nelson raced to a win in a very competitive modified main event, and
Pat Doar was victorious in the late model qualifying feature.

Six heat races for the DTRA super stock division began the racing program.
Passing points would be utilized in the heat races in all divisions with the
top 18 cars locked into the qualifying feature race later in the evening.
Cars finishing in point positions 19-42 would run a B Main. Those who
finished outside the top 42 in points would have to wait for Friday night to
race again.

Tim Borgeson raced ahead of the field for 12 laps to win the first super
stock heat race, but Dale Gangl made it close in the end to settle for
second place ahead of Kurt Kromschroeder in a nonstop run to the checkers.
Larry Boumeester, tied for second in the national DTRA point standings
coming in to the night, wasted no time in charging into the lead from his
pole starting position in the second heat. Boumeester won by a comfortable
margin over Marcel Hoaglan and Gary Wiersgalla. Rod Dregney also used his
pole starting position to blast into the lead in the third heat and 12 laps
later was first across the finish line. Jason Gabrielson started ninth and
gained seven spots to finish second ahead of rookie Mike Bruggeman. Ted
Marrs led all the way in a quick 12 lap race to win the fourth heat with
Ryan Olson and Winnipeg driver Scott Brown trailing. The fifth super stock
heat race saw three different leaders. Josh Bartell led the opening lap
before 2006 DTRA Rookie of the Year Jim Gullikson drove by on the high side.
Gullikson led the next eight laps, but it was sixth starter Rick Kobs with a
pass exiting turn two on lap 10 taking the lead and the eventual win.
Gullikson was a close second in front of rookie Justin Stahl. The final heat
race was another nonstop affair, as Rich Bishop planted his car against the
cushion on the high side and set sail. Charlie Weber stayed closed behind
but could never mount a serious bid for the lead. Ben Hillman finished a
short distance behind Weber.

The race program kept rolling along with six heats for the DTRA modified
division. A very competitive battle for the lead in the first heat saw the
spot change hands a couple of different times. Jamie Lemke led the opening
lap until Luke Schilling snuck underneath. Schilling proceeded to lead the
next eight laps, but Lemke was persistent in applying the pressure and
eventually regained the lead on lap 10 for the win in a nonstop 12 lap race.
The first red flag of the night flew in the second modified heat race when
Justin Schill rolled his modified entering turn one on lap 4. Justin was
okay, but the car was done for the night. Surviving two other cautions,
veteran driver Les Duellman led all the way over Mike Goodremote for the win
with another veteran driver, Steve Wik, returning to racing in third. Pat
Zdroik led the first 10 laps in the third modified heat, but seventh starter
Darrell Nelson drove past on lap 11 for the lead and the win a lap later.
Late model driver Terry Casey, racing an RJR Loose Gruff chassis car, came
from 8th to finish second ahead of Jim Chyba. Joey Jensen, one of three
drivers battling for the DTRA national point championship, swept past the
front row starters in the fourth heat and went from fourth to first. Jensen
led all 12 laps. Doug Gustafson raced his way forward from 10th to finish
second in front of 8th starter Scott Hudack. Rob Fenske held off Mike
Anderson and Larry Zeller to run up front in a quick 12 lap fifth heat race.
The final heat for the modifieds had plenty of top cars and drivers, as both
Dave Cain and Jason Miller were in this race. Both of these drivers are also
racing for the DTRA national point title. However, it was Kasson driver Brad
Waits moving from fourth to first on the opening lap and then holding off
Dave Cain and Paul Knauf for the win. Jason Miller came from 10th to finish
fourth.

In DTRA late model heat race action, Steve Laursen blasted into the lead at
the drop of the green in the first heat and 12 laps later raced in front of
Eric Breeschoten for the win. Rick Egersdorf held off 9th starter Terry
Casey for third. Larry Stockwell led the first two laps in the second heat
before 6th starter Ashley Anderson drove by. Anderson led the remaining ten
laps, but 8th starter Pat Doar applied the pressure throughout a good share
of the race. Brent Larson raced his way forward from 9th to finish 3rd. Doar
and Larson were tied atop the DTRA national point standings coming into the
evening. Jeff Keeney led the opening lap of the third heat, but Darrin
Meierotto drove past him on the second lap and held the top spot the
remaining 11 laps. Mike Nutzmann and Chuckie DeSmith moved forward to finish
a close second and third behind the leader. The final heat race for the late
models went nonstop with outside front row starter Mike Goodremote leading
all the way. Joel Cryderman and Ron Schreiner stayed close.

With 16 heat races now in the books, the passing points had been determined
and 18 cars in each division were locked into their feature. The next 24
cars in passing points in each class then ran a B Main with the top six
finishers in each advancing to their qualifying feature race. A full 24 car
field took the green in the 15 lap super stock B Main. Just two cautions
slowed the pace, as the track was in very good condition and the super
stocks ran well with 21 cars finishing the race. Rookie driver Mike
Bruggeman led the first seven laps before Dan Carlson made the winning pass
on lap 8. Eric Olson raced his way forward several positions to run second
ahead of Bruggeman, Mark Stender, Brandon Jensen and Scott Brown. Another
full 24 car starting grid roared to life in the 15 lap modified B Main. Like
the super stocks, the modifieds ran well and their race was also was only
slowed twice under caution with 21 cars finishing. Scot Danzeisen led the
first nine laps before Larry Zeller got by. Zeller would lead the final six
circuits for the win. Veteran racer Danzeisen held on to finish second with
Paul Knauf, Wayne Troseth, Jim Chyba and Kelly Estey earning transfer
positions to the feature race. Adam Hensel brought the 19 car field to the
green for the late model B Main. Fifteen laps and two caution flags later,
it was Hensel racing in front of the 17 finishers for the win. Mike Bear
drove past several cars to finish second. Tom Nesbitt, Justin Hirt, Jeff
Keeney and Larry Stockwell garnered the remaining feature race transfer
positions. Stockwell narrowly held off Bryan Wennen for the sixth spot.

The 24 car super stock feature lined up for 20 racing laps. A spin on the
opening lap required a complete restart. Rick Kobs led the first two laps,
but while attempting to complete the third lap his car suddenly darted into
the outside concrete wall on the frontstretch. A huge wreck resulted when
cars under full throttle slammed into each other just past the start-finish
line. The carnage was tremendous. A total of nine cars were damaged in the
wreck with seven of them unable to continue. The cars of Dale Gangl and Rich
Bishop appeared to be totally destroyed. Justin Stahl was momentarily
knocked unconscious in the accident, and his damaged car veered into the
infield and headed towards the pond. Stahl regained his senses just in time
in order to stop his car before it went in. The front nose was actually just
inches from the water. Also involved in the crash were the cars of Kobs,
Ryan Olson, Gary Wiersgalla, Ted Marrs, Zach Wohlers and Scott Brown. Brown
somehow managed to drive through the wreck while Wohlers went to the work
area and returned to tag the tail of the race. Several other cars stopped to
avoid the accident or took evasive action. It took several minutes to clean
up the accident scene and remove the damaged cars.

When the race went green again, Jason Gabrielson had become the new leader.
His reign on top was short-lived though, as Tim Borgeson moved by on the
restart to grab the lead. From hereon out, a great battle for the top spots
developed. A few laps later, the race was under caution when Larry
Boumeester got into Gabrielson in turn two, causing Gabe’s car to spin.
Boumeester was sent to the rear of the field. The battle up front continued
to wage between Borgeson and Charlie Weber with Gabrielson also in the mix.
Soon 10th starter Jim Gullikson was in the picture and took second on lap 7.
23rd starter Brandon Jensen moved to fourth on lap 9 while Weber took second
back on lap 10. The stage was set for some great racing in the top four
spots amongst Borgeson, Weber, Gullikson and Jensen. Lap after lap these
cars raced hard. Borgeson narrowly held the lead for several laps before
Weber took over on lap 14. The race stayed green with Weber leading
Borgeson. Gullikson and Jensen were close behind. 19th starter Dan Carlson
closed in on the leaders to make it a five car race up front over the last
few laps. On lap 19, Borgeson regained the top spot from Weber. Borgeson was
running high and Weber low. On the final lap, Gullikson got by Weber to
finish a close second behind race winner Tim Borgeson. Weber held on to
third ahead of Jensen and Carlson. Mike Weber, Mike Bruggeman and Jason
Gabrielson completed the top eight finishing positions, as the top eight
cars locked themselves into the inside eight rows for the big championship
feature on Saturday night. Despite a nasty wreck, the super stock feature
race proved to be very entertaining.

With race fans still talking about the action in the super stock main, the
24 car starting field for the modifieds rolled trackside for their 20 lap
qualifying feature. Doug Gustafson led the field down for the green and
immediately took the lead. The first of three cautions flew with two laps in
when Larry Zeller contacted the turn three wall and was unable to continue.
Gustafson paced the field for one more lap until Darrell Nelson drove by on
lap 4. Brad Waits, Joey Jensen, Dave Cain and Jason Miller were close behind
the lead duo. The yellow waved again with seven laps in when Terry Casey got
into Les Duellman in turn three. Casey was sent to the rear. On the restart,
Waits got by Gustafson for second. At the halfway mark, it was Nelson,
Waits, Gustafson, Jensen, Cain and Miller having a good race in the top six
spots. The final caution blinked on with 13 laps in when Tyler Keyser got
into Rob Fenske in turn four. Shaun Kelley spun to avoid Fenske. Fenske’s
car ended up with a flat tire and he retired from the race. Keyser was sent
to the tail for causing the caution but drove off the track instead. The
final seven laps featured some very good racing up front, as Waits put the
pressure on Nelson. DTRA national point leader Dave Cain was slowly working
his way forward. Cain moved past Gustafson on lap 18 for third. Nelson and
Waits were just a few car lengths ahead. Jason Miller took fourth at the
white flag. Darrell Nelson was able to hold back Brad Waits for the win.
Dave Cain was a close third with Jason Miller right behind him. Doug
Gustafson held on for fifth in front of Joey Jensen. Les Duellman and Scott
Hudack completed the top eight finishers and earned starting berths on the
inside eight rows for the championship feature on Saturday night.

What would end up being the final race of the night, the late model feature
cars lined up 23 strong for 25 laps of racing. Kelly Estey was unable to
start. This race would have a bizarre event take place. With four laps in
the books and Pat Doar leading, suddenly the entire facility went dark.
Pitch black dark for a few seconds until the backup power kicked in for the
scoring tower, PA, flag stand and a couple of other areas. The entire race
track was cast in blackness with 23 cars under full throttle. What
transpired next was just short of a miracle. All 23 cars managed to get
slowed down and stopped without any cars wrecking or sustaining any damage.
Truly an amazing job by 23 talented drivers, as some drivers reported
afterwards that they simply looked ahead at either the gauges or brake
rotors of the cars in front of them to judge where they were. The power
outage encompassed several homes around the area, so it was more than just a
track issue. The power was restored in short order and the big track lights
needed to cool off a bit before they could be relit. Track officials decided
to postpone the Race of Champions scheduled for the super stock and modified
divisions, as the curfew loomed. The late model race would be completed
though. This was the first time in a long time that anyone could recall the
track being cast in total darkness due to a power outage. Reminiscent of the
very early days 50 years ago, the motor homes and vehicles in the turn 3-4
tier parking turned on their headlights immediately after the track went
dark in order to cast some light on the track and help officials and drivers
to see where the race cars were located.

With power and lights restored, the late model feature race restarted. The
race then ran 21 laps nonstop to the finish. Mike Nutzmann drove past Ashley
Anderson on the restart for second with Steve Laursen, Brent Larson and Joel
Cryderman soon battling for positions 4-6. These three drivers swapped those
spots several times. As Doar continued to lead and work lapped traffic, the
race for third heated up when this group caught up to Ashley Anderson.
Suddenly Mike Nutzmann was just in front and the race was now for second
from lap 20 to the finish. Pat Doar maintained a comfortable lead as the
laps clicked off. As flagman Jeff Stacken’s waved the checkered flags, Pat
Doar drove under for the win. Mike Nutzmann finished second with Joel
Cryderman just barely edging past Ashley Anderson for third at the finish
line. Brent Larson placed fifth with Steve Laursen sixth, Terry Casey
seventh and Ron Schreiner eighth. The top eight drivers earned the right to
start on the inside eight rows in the championship feature on Saturday
night.

Any of the top eight finishers in the feature races tonight could elect to
try to better their starting spot in the Saturday night championship feature
race for the Legendary 100 title by running again in another full qualifying
race program on Friday night September 14. The late model, modified and
super stock divisions will be in action again along with three Race of
Champions for these classes and heat races for the pure stocks. Several of
the top eight finishers from the Thursday night qualifying features will
likely elect to keep their spot and not race in the Friday night program.
Racing action is slated to get underway with the first heat taking the green
at 7:00PM on Friday, as the third night of racing at the Legendary 100 takes
place at the Cedar Lake Speedway. On the heels of an entertaining and
somewhat bizarre Thursday night program, who knows what kind of great racing
and events may take place on Friday evening

Peterson and Chesley are Victorious on Opening Night of Legendary 100 at CLS

September 15th, 2007

Heat race action in the street stock division got underway with the first of
five races kicking off the 2007 edition of the annual mid September
gathering at the Cedar Lake Speedway. Passing points would be utilized in
the heat races in both divisions with the top 18 cars locked into the main
event while the remaining cars would have to run in a B Main. Butch Kummer
led all the way in the nonstop first heat topping Joe Potter and Jim
Geringer who started 8th. The second heat featured a great battle all race
long amongst the top three cars, as Keith Tourville held off Ron Hanestad
and Jason Vandekamp for the win. 2007 DTRA National Champion Steffen Snare
took the lead on lap 4 of the third heat from Steve Bemboom and raced ahead
of the field for the win. Bemboom and 7th starter Butch Madsen trailed.
Jimmy Randall blasted into the lead on the opening lap of the fourth heat
and never looked back. Michael Truscott and Nathan House, from the back of
the pack, completed the top three. The final street stock heat race was a
quick 10 lap affair with the Kisling team cars garnering the top two
positions. Kori Richter bested 8th starter Shane Kisling while Gary Pischke
settled for third.

A large field of Midwest modifieds would require eight heat races. After the
lineup was jumbled slightly when pole sitter Taylor Leuthner jumped the
initial start, Ryan Olson charged into the lead from the outside front row
enroute to the win. Young Troy Berends and 10th starter Jeremy Kerzman
followed in a race that was slowed under caution three times. Brad Hudson
showed the field the way for 10 laps in the second heat with defending DTRA
100 champion Brady Peterson in second and 8th starter Jim White in third.
2006 CLS track champion Justin Schill was quick in the third heat, as he
raced in front of Jonny Zastrow and rookie Skeeter Estey. With 32 feature
wins already recorded in the 2007 season, Dustin Strand took the lead from
George Sniezek on the second lap of the fourth heat on his way to victory.
Sniezek held off Travis Krause for second. Rookie Adam Archer worked his way
past leader Alan Bohlman on lap 6 of the fifth heat and fended off the
challenges of Bohlman who kept this race close to the end. 11th starter
Jason Miller, driving a Ray Olson owned machine, moved up eight positions to
finish third. The sixth heat was a very good one. Patrick Sobolik jumped
into the lead from his outside row one starting spot, but it was the fourth
row starters Dan Wheeler and Greg Chesley who were on the move. Following a
lap 4 caution, the battle for the top three spots was very entertaining.
Sobolik managed to narrowly defeat Chesley at the line with Wheeler a close
third. Rookie driver A. J. Roschen raced to an apparent victory in the
seventh heat, but in post-race tech was DQed for having an illegal tire (too
soft) on his car. This handed the win to Erik Peterson who had a spirited
battle with Vince Corbin and Nate Szymoniak for what would have been the
second place position. The final heat race saw Curt Myers come from 7th to
the lead on lap 6. Paul Fontecchio led the first five circuits and settled
for second but kept the pressure on Myers. Bruce Belland moved up six spots
to finish third.

With heat race action in the books, the Race of Champions for the street
stock division rolled out on to the track. This 10 lap race featured the top
eleven cars in the DTRA National point standings. All eleven were on hand,
and the race was lined straight up. After an opening lap caution required a
complete restart, Keith Tourville came from fourth to first in one lap. His
lead only lasted one lap though, as Steffen Snare powered by on lap 2 for
the lead. Tourville and Jason Vandekamp battled for second for a couple of
laps before Vandekamp set his sights on the leader. Vandekamp was able to
close in on Snare in the waning laps. Steffen Snare held off Vandekamp by
less than a car length for the win. Tourville, Ron Hanestad and Chris
Peterson completed the top five.

Greg Chesley left little doubt as to why he is the 2007 national champion,
as he ran a solid 10 laps in the DTRA Midwest Modified Race of Champions to
earn top honors. Ryan Olson, Andy Jones, Dan Wheeler and Dustin Strand
trailed. The top eleven cars were also on hand in this division, as the Race
of Champions returned to this type of event after a long absence.

Following a brief break for some track maintenance to knock down the cushion
a bit, the first of five B Mains headed trackside. The street stocks would
need two B Mains while the Midwest modifieds would require three. Gary
Pischke led the first ten laps of the first street stock B Main, but it was
2006 DTRA Rookie of the Year Ryan Kostreba moving by on lap 11 for the lead
and eventual win in this 15 lap race. Cory Crapser also got by Pischke for
second while Pischke was able to hold off Kylan Gamez for the third and
final transfer spot to the feature. The second street stock B Main saw the
first red flag of the evening wave for a hard crash on the backstretch. Kris
Peterson lost a left right tire and slammed into the wall while Scott
Herrick also made hard contact with the concrete, causing significant damage
to the right front of his car. Both drivers were okay. The race was reduced
to 10 laps by time limit, and it was Cory Rosen leading all the way. Chanda
Fjorden-Nord raced her way past several cars to earn the second place
finishing position ahead of Steve Eggersgluess.

Andy Jones led all the way in the first Midwest modified 15 lap B Main.
Taylor Leuthner got past Vince Corbin for the second and final transfer spot
to the feature. Trailing Corbin was Wayne Troseth and Cory Williams. Skeeter
Estey led the first three laps of the second B Main before Alan Bohlman
blasted by. Estey kept it close though and soon found himself under pressure
from Jason Gross. With a few yellow flags keeping things tight up front, the
race was reduced to 12 laps. Bohlman defeated Estey for the win with Gross,
Travis Krause and Ronnie Rihn rounding out the top five. The third B Main
had some problems and was shortened to 10 laps by the time limit. Rookie
Klye Jumbeck led the first eight laps before Troy Jordan moved by. In a two
lap dash to the finish, Jordan raced ahead of Jumbeck for the win while
Bryan Lepier, Paul Fontecchio and Jesse Ogston would be watching the main
event. It was now time for championship feature race action to get underway.

The street stocks were up first and the starting grid was loaded with talent
for their 20 lap feature event. Shane Kisling charged from his pole starting
spot into the lead on the opening lap with Nathan House and Steffen Snare
close behind. Two laps into the race, the red flag flew when something broke
on Mike Conrad’s car and caused him to roll over while exiting turn two.
Conrad was okay. Kisling continued to lead with Snare now in second and 8th
starter Chris Peterson already in third ahead of House, Jim Geringer and
Keith Tourville. Eight green flag laps later the race was under caution for
debris on the frontstretch. The top three cars remained the same, but it was
Chris Peterson putting on an amazing display of power and driving on the
restart. Peterson came from third to first and charged into the lead by the
end of lap 11. Peterson proceeded to distance himself from the field while
several cars battled for positions a little further back and fans kept their
attention on 18th starter Jason Vandekamp and 21st starter Cory Crapser.
Those two drivers were moving forward as the laps rolled by. Another red
flag waved with 18 laps in when Nathan House rolled over several times at
the end of the frontstretch and ended up in the pit exit lane right side up.
House was okay. This erased the huge lead Peterson had built and set up a
two lap dash to the finish with Kisling and Tourville looking to get past.
Chris Peterson was able to hold off Shane Kisling by a few car lengths to
earn a very satisfying victory for the local Somerset, Wisconsin driver.
Peterson later reported in his Victory Lane interview that his car had
dropped a cylinder on the last restart and he was happy to see the checkered
flag waving. Kisling finished second with Keith Tourville third. Jason
Vandekamp came from 18th to finish fourth while Cory Crapser was the hard
charger coming from 21st to ride home in fifth place at the end. Jim
Geringer, Steffen Snare, Kori Richter, Cory Rosen from 20th, and Jeff Heintz
completed the top ten. Richter, Rosen, Heintz and Chanda Fjorden-Nord moved
up one spot in the top ten when seventh place finisher Steffen Snare failed
to scale and go to the tech area following the race. Snare was disqualified,
but he had already locked up the national championship prior to this race. A
protest following the race saw Jason Vandekamp tore down. Vandekamp’s car
was found to be legal.

The final event of the evening was the 24 car 20 lap Midwest modified
championship feature. With 2007 DTRA National Champion Greg Chesley earning
the pole position through passing points, it would be a daunting task to
defeat him. Chesley immediately drove into the lead at the drop of starter
Jeff Stacken’s green flag with Erik Peterson, Curt Myers and Jason Miller in
tow. The lone caution in this race flew with three laps scored when Brady
Peterson looped his car in turn four. Ryan Olson pulled off during this
yellow with heavy smoke trailing from his car. Brad Hudson also drove to the
pits. The race then ran 17 laps nonstop to the finish. Greg Chesley put the
exclamation mark on his 2007 season by earning a championship feature
victory at the Legendary 100. Jason Miller got by Curt Myers to finish
second with Myers third. Jeremy Kerzman and Dustin Stand rounded out the top
five. Erik Peterson saw a top five finish vanish when his car stalled on the
high side in turn four on the last lap with a mechanical breakdown. Rookie
Adam Archer finished sixth ahead of Dan Wheeler, 18th starter Justin Schill,
16th starter Troy Berends, and Dustin Nelson. The same scenario played out
in the Midwest mods as it had in the street stocks when seventh place
finisher Dan Wheeler failed to scale and go to the tech area following the
race. Wheeler was DQed. This moved Jim White into the top ten finishers.

Racing action at the Legendary 100 continues on Thursday night September 13
at eh Cedar Lake Speedway with a full qualifying program of heats, B Mains
and feature races for the DTRA late model, modified and super stock
divisions. Those three classes return on Friday evening September 14 for
another full qualifying show plus pure stock heats. The Legendary 100
concludes on Saturday evening September 15 with B Main, Last Chance and
Championship Feature races for the late models, modifieds, super stocks and
pure stocks. Racing is slated to get underway at 7:00PM each night.

What fans can expect at the 2nd Annual Legendary 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway.

September 14th, 2007

Format: The same format used last year will again be implemented for 2007.
Fans raved about the format with features each and every night! Drivers
will draw for heat starting position with passing points determining their
advancement to nightly qualifying features or b-main. Drivers finishing 8th
or better in the nightly features qualify for the big dance on Saturday.
For the drivers 9th on back we will use accumulated passing to set the grid
for the multiple b-mains on Saturday. Wednesday night’s program features a
full show of Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. Thursday and Friday
features heats, b-main and a-main qualifiers for Super Stocks, Modifieds and
Late Models. Saturday’s program includes b-mains, last chance qualifiers
and the main events. Friday and Saturday also includes Pure Stocks, back by
popular demand. Pures will run heats Friday and features on Saturday.

Race of Champions (ROC): This newly added race will feature the top 11 in
Young Oil DTRA points. The best of the best in the DTRA Nation will do
battle for bragging rights and cash. Street Stock and Midwest Modified ROC
is Wednesday night. Super Stock & Modified ROC is Thursday while Late
Models run their ROC on Friday. These races are not for points and will be
lined up by current point standings. If drivers fail to attend the
Legendary 100 the next driver in points will fill the starting grid. Point Chases: This is what makes the Legendary 100 at Cedar Lake a must see
event. The Young Oil DTRA point structure utilizes a driver’s 10 best shows
thru July 31st. Afterwards the top 10 drivers are locked into their own
group and no further than 5 points behind the guy in front of them. The
Young Oil DTRA then uses the 5 best shows thru August and September with the
Legendary 100 being the last point event. Fans get to see the final point
chases unfold in front of them. The Friday night Late Model qualifying
feature in 2006 saw a battle between the top 5 to determine the 2nd thru 5th
positions for final Young Oil DTRA points. Those that were there can attest
to the importance and excitement these races generate. This year the points
battles are even closer coming into this all important weekend.

*Arnie’s Sleds & Trailers Late Models: It all comes down to this! Brent Larson and defending champ Pat Doar are tied up going into this weekend. No other race all year matters as much as these.
*Bernick’s Pepsi Modifieds: defending DTRA champion Dave Cain holds a very slim 3 point lead over the V2 machine of Joey Jensen. Jason Miller in the 12M, last years Legendary 100 winner looks to keep 3rd position from the others.
*Winners Go Goodyear Super Stocks: Defending champion Ryan Aho holds the top spot while Larry Boumeester, Mike Bellefeuille, Mike Weber and Dale Gangl round out the top 5. Those positions are up for grabs at the Legendary 100.
*Merchant Card Intl. Midwest Modifieds: Greg Chesley has 1st place handled while the battle for 2nd, 3rd & 4th couldn’t be any closer with 2 points separating Andy Jones, Ryan Olson & defending champ Dan Wheeler!
*Grand Casino Street Stocks: DTRA’s western tracks are represented well with Steffen Snare & Jim Geringer holding the top 2 spots. Jason Vandekamp follows a close 3rd. Behind him it is all knotted up.

These exciting point races will all shake out at the Legendary 100! Don’t
miss the last point races of the season!

Camping: Cedar Lake Speedway recently completed a new 200 site campground
just East of the track which is filling fast. To reserve your campsite or
for advanced tickets, visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 612-363-0479. Spend your weekend at Cedar Lake!

Party: A Cedar Lake Speedway tradition. The parties in the pits have
become legendary! Fans and drivers will be entertained by a DJ on Thursday
and Friday nights! Remember no motorized recreation vehicles are allowed on
the Cedar Lake grounds.

Rules: DTRA rules will apply for this weekend. However, Hoosier tires will
again be allowed to compete with the Young Oil DTRA Spec Goodyear tires.
Pure Stocks will utilize their home track’s rules. If your Pure Stock is
legal at your home track then it is legal at the Legendary 100.

For more information about race format, purse, camping or reserved tickets
visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 612-363-0479. For more information about the Young Oil DTRA current points, rules and procedures visit www.dtraracing.com

Eight Features Close out Regular Season at Cedar Lake Speedway

November 30th, -0001

Four features were makeups from August 11 plus four Season Championships in the DTRA modified, super stock, midwest modified and street stock divisions. The August 11 makeup feature served as the DTRA late model Season Championship. Earning 2007 Cedar Lake Speedway track point championships were Brent Larson in the late models, Dave Cain in the modifieds, Larry Boumeester in the super stocks, Greg Chesley in the midwest modifieds, and Keith Tourville in the street stocks.

Racing got underway early with the first of four makeup features. The DTRA
Midwest Modifieds had 20 of the scheduled 24 starters return for their
August 11 feature race. Outside front row starter Dan Wheeler wasted little
time in grabbing an early lead after a caution on the opening lap required a
complete restart. Wheeler opened up a lead over second place runner Ryan
Olson, but the second and final caution erased that margin with five laps in
the books when Greg Chesley spun in turn 4. Chesley’s fortune would improve
as the night worn on though. Wheeler began distancing himself from the rest
of the field when the race went back to green flag racing and proceeded to
click off ten green flag laps to the finish. Wheeler pulled away for the
win followed by Dave Lear, Shawn Phillips, Ryan Olson and Jason Gross in the
top five spots. Olson, who was in a heated battle with Chesley for the
track point title, ran second until the last lap of the race when he slipped
back a couple of positions.

The DTRA Super Stocks had three cars unable to return for their makeup
feature race, so front row starters Mike Weber and Dan Carlson brought a 21
car field to the green. Carlson was able to grab the early lead coming off
turn 2 and raced to the win in a nonstop 20 lap feature. The track was fast
and not a great deal of passing took place. The leaders began working
lapped traffic at the midway point, but the running order remained the same.
Dan Carlson defeated Mike Weber, Larry Boumeester, Jim Gullikson and Brandon
Jensen. Of the cars in the top twelve starters, Rich Bishop advanced five
positions from 12th to finish 7th as most of the other cars advanced a few
spots or lost a few spots.

All 24 starters were on hand for the DTRA Modified makeup feature event.
Some races have problems and this one was one of those. A total of seven
cautions waved in the 20 lap race for various accidents, spins or mechanical
failures. Three attempts to get the race started with the standard
two-by-two starting grid did not work, so track officials called for a
single file start on the fourth attempt. That didn’t work either as eight
cars were eliminated from competition before a single lap could be
officially completed. When the race finally got going, Dave Cain took the
lead from Dave Siercks exiting turn 2. Cain had been collected in an
earlier accident on the third start attempt, but his car fortunately did not
sustain much damage and he was able to continue on. The race would be
slowed three more times under caution on laps 1, 11 and 18. Each time Cain
would take command up front on the restart. With just 12 of the 24 starters
around at the end of the race, Dave Cain scored another feature victory.
Completing the top five finishers were Doug Gustafson, Ron Schreiner, Joey
Jensen and Shaun Kelley. Schreiner actually had to come from the 24th
starting spot, since he just barely made the call for the start of the race
after making some suspension repairs to his car. Schreiner was originally
scheduled to start fourth. Shaun Kelley also moved up a long way from his
initial 19th starting position. A lot of attrition in this race; with eight
cars sustaining accident damage, one car breaking a driveshaft, and another
one losing a right rear spring.

The final makeup feature race would be the only race of the night for the
DTRA Late Model division. With the late models originally scheduled to have
the night off, 18 cars returned to complete their August 11 show. This race
would also be their season championship. The late models had their fair
share of problems in this race. Joel Cryderman immediately bolted into the
lead at the drop of the green flag from his outside row one starting
position with Mike Nutzmann, Steve Laursen and Pat Doar close behind. Two
laps into the race Jeff Keeney broke a driveshaft and ended up against the
inside concrete wall on the front stretch with some front steering damage as
well. His night was done early. While running second, Mike Nutzmann
brought out the second caution when his car slowed and then came to a halt
in turn 4 on lap 8 after showing some smoke the previous lap. Nutzmann’s
car was pushed to the pits. A spin one lap later saw the third caution flag
fly. Cryderman continued to lead with Pat Doar now second and Steve Laursen
third. With 11 laps in, leader Joel Cryderman’s car suddenly darted into
the turn 1 wall after something let go in the right front. Cryderman’s car
rode the hook to the pits. Steve Laursen had passed Doar a lap earlier and
became the new leader of the race. The fifth caution flew on the restart
for a spin. Laursen held the point two laps before Pat Doar made the
winning pass on lap 14. Another spin on lap 15 closed the field up for the
sixth and final time. The remaining 15 laps went green to the finish,
although the race finished under the checker and yellow when Chuckie
DeSmith’s car sustained some right front damage and came to rest at the pit
exit in turn one on the final lap. Pat Doar went on to post the win over
Steve Laursen, Brent Larson, Mike Bear and Ron Schreiner. Brent Larson
wrapped up the track point title by virtue of simply starting the feature
race.

At last the regular Season Championship race night could begin with the DTRA
Street Stock heats. Two heats were in order for the 17 cars on hand. Jason
Vandekamp fell back to 8th on the opening lap of the first heat race but
roared back to take the win. Chanda Fjorden-Nord led the first 8 laps
before Vandekamp got by at the end of lap 9. Keith Tourville led all the
way in the second heat for the win ahead of Ron Hanestad. The largest car
count of the season in the DTRA Midwest Modified division would see 41 cars
race in four heats. Greg Chesley came from 8th to 1st in the first heat
after passing leader Adam Archer on lap 7. Archer, who was making his first
career CLS appearance, and 10th starter Shawn Phillips trailed. It was Alan
Bohlman in his first appearance of the season leading all the way in the
second heat to defeat Justin Schill and Mike Hernke. One of the best races
of the night was the third midwest mod heat race. Four different leaders
and four lead changes kept this one very interesting up front. Making a
last lap pass for the win, Sam Nelson came from his eighth starting spot to
narrowly defeat Steve Alsaker and Taylor Luethner in a nonstop 10 lap run.
Luethner was also making his first-ever CLS appearance. Stan Thom finished
a close fourth. Each of the top four runners led at one point or another.
The final midwest mod heat race had Dan Wheeler leading all the way for the
win. Trailing the fleet RED1 machine was Clark Perry and Lonnie Louschke.

A total of 32 DTRA Super Stocks were on hand with three heat races. Jim
Gullikson led all the way in the first heat. Larry Boumeester came from 9th
to finish second ahead of Mike Bellefeuille and Brandon Jensen. The second
heat found Mike Loomis up front for all 10 laps with pressure from Mike
Weber. Dave Friendt and J B Stortz completed the top four feature redraw
finishing positions. Tim Borgeson never looked back from his pole starting
spot enroute to victory in the third heat. Dan Carlson moved up four spots
finish second in front of Ryan Wiome and Dave Flynn. Flynn was also making
his first CLS start of the season. The DTRA Modifieds had one less car than
the supers, so three heats were also scheduled for their 31 car field. It
was Dave Cain all the way in the first heat, but Joey Jensen kept close to
finish second ahead of Ron Schreiner from the back and Doug Gustafson in a
quick 10 lap run. Tyler Keyser led the first four laps of the second
modified heat, but Jody Bellefeuille moved by up top on lap 5 and went on to
earn the win. Keyser ran second with rookie Mark Froehlich and Scott
Splittstoesser completing the top four spots. The third and final heat race
of the night proved to be a troublesome one. No less than six cautions
waved and the race ended up being reduced to eight laps due to time limit.
Surprisingly, nine of the ten starters finished. Jason Gross led early
until Jason Miller took over. Miller recorded the win while Kevin Viebrock,
Shaun Kelley from 9th and Eric Bjorklund rounded out the top four. Gross
was running in second on lap 6 when his car snapped its second driveshaft of
the night.

Three classes required B Mains. A large 21 car field came trackside for the
Midwest Modified B Main. Six yellows later and two laps short of the
scheduled distance, first time 2007 visitor Bobby Swanson rode home with the
win ahead of Keith Johnson, another first time visitor John Sertich, and
Matt Potvin. Potvin made a last lap pass of Kyle Steffen to garner the
final transfer spot into the feature. Only 11 cars finished. Extremely bad
luck on the opening lap of this race saw Ryan Olson get clipped by Patrick
McCarthy. Olson’s potent #21 car sustained right rear damage and was done
After suffering a flat tire in his heat race, Olson needed to transfer out
of the B Main and into the main event in order to have a realistic shot at
the track point title. His misfortune meant that Greg Chesley needed to
finish 21st or better in the A Main. Subbing for Al Koren in the super
stock division, veteran driver Mike Bear wheeled home with the win in the 12
lap DTRA Super Stock B Main. The top six finishers moved to the feature
race. Likewise in the DTRA modified B Main, the top six cars would move on.
As it turned out, only six cars finished the race so it was cut to 8 laps.
Dale Mathison posted the win. The feature fields were now set for Season
Championship Night.

The DTRA Street Stocks were first up for their feature race. With Brian
Loss unable to start, 16 streeters took the green flag. The point battle
was still up for grabs between Keith Tourville and Jason Vandekamp.
Tourville drew the pole position while Vandekamp started eighth. Misfortune
on the opening lap saw Vandekamp head to the work area to change a flat
tire. He returned to tag the tail of the field. The race then went nonstop
for 15 laps. Keith Tourville raced into the lead at the drop of the green
and cruised to the victory, his 30th over all for the 2007 season.
Tourville locked up the track point championship with his first place
finish. Rounding out the top five finishers were Chanda Fjorden-Nord, Jason
Vandekamp from the back after changing his flat tire, Shawn Kammerud and Ron
Hanestad. Only one car dropped out of the race.

In the DTRA Midwest Modified division, Greg Chesley found good fortune with
his redraw. Chesley would lead the 24 car field to the green flag from the
pole. Chesley immediately grabbed the lead in front of Steve Alsaker. Alan
Bohlman and Dan Wheeler slowly but surely began working their way forward as
did 14th starter Andy Jones. The race was only slowed twice under caution,
and each time Chesley was able to race ahead of the field. Like Tourville
in the street stocks, Greg Chesley went on to post the win and garner the
2007 track point title. Alan Bohlman advanced seven positions to finish
second in front of Dan Wheeler. 2006 track champion Justin Schill finished
fourth in front of 2006 DTRA Rookie of the Year Andy Jones. Jones earned
hard charger honors with a gain of nine spots to finish fifth. Only one car
failed to finish the race.

A full 24 car starting field in the DTRA Super Stock class would also see
the point battle waged between Larry Boumeester and Mike Weber. Making his
first visit of the 2007 season, Dave Flynn raced into the early lead from
his outside row one starting spot. A yellow flew with three laps in for a
spin in turn 2. When the green replaced the yellow, it would remain that
way for the final 17 laps. Flynn held the top spot for the first six laps,
but Larry Boumeester slid up in front of him in turn 4 on lap 7 to take over
the lead. Boumeester proceeded to lead the remaining circuits, but Ryan
Wiome closed in and kept things interesting up front. Continuing the trend
set by the first two season championship race winners, Larry Boumeester went
on to victory and the 2007 track point title. Wiome turned in a solid
second place run, his best of the season. Trailing the lead duo were Mike
Loomis, Mike Weber, and Dan Carlson. Only one car failed to finish this
race as well.

The final feature race of the regular season would also be the best one of
the night. The DTRA Modifieds roared to life with 24 cars ready for 20
racing laps. Dave Cain had already locked up the 2007 track point title,
but Cain would be looking for another win from his 10th starting spot.
Jason Miller blasted into the lead on lap one and pulled away from the
field. A healthy six car battle developed for the second spot before the
first caution waved with nine laps in when Dan Hesch ended up against the
turn 2 wall with right front damage. Cain had moved up to fourth at the
time. Miller pulled away again but two laps later the caution light was
back on for a spin on the backstretch. Cain had now moved into second and
was setting his sights on Miller. Two more laps and the third and final
caution came out when Tyler Keyser ended his night in the wall on the
frontstretch. The final seven circuits would feature some great racing
between Jason Miller and Dave Cain. Miller was generally running the high
line while Cain searched on the bottom and then moved up to kind of diamond
the corners. Lap after lap Miller narrowly led Cain the line, as the two
drivers had the attention of the crowd focused on them. Coming down to
complete lap 19 with the white flag flying high, Dave Cain edged past Jason
Miller by about a foot or so. Miller fought back hard on the final lap and
repassed Cain to take a close victory. Jody Bellefeuille, Shaun Kelley and
Joey Jensen completed the top five finishers. Although Cain could not
continue the trend of season championship feature winners also being crowned
season point champions, he was able to win the makeup feature earlier in the
evening enroute to clinching the point title. The exciting finish in the
modified main event closed out the regular season at the Cedar Lake
Speedway!

Racing action will return to the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday September 8
when the track hosts the 7th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial
IRA/Knoxville/NOSA Shootout for 410 sprint cars. The DTRA modifieds will
join the race program that night for a national points race. The vintage
cars will also be on the program September 8. They had originally been
scheduled for August 25, but with four makeup features and four regular
features on tap they were moved back a couple of weeks. The Jerry Richert
Memorial usually draws a strong field of sprint cars numbering 40 or more.
Past champions include Kim Mock, Don Droud Jr, Terry McCarl (twice), Justin
Henderson and Mike Reinke. See you at CLS on September 8.

Cedar Lake Speedway and DTRA release details for the Legendary 100!

August 18th, 2007

Complete shows featuring 3 classes of cars each night was a new twist and a success! The 2007 edition of the Legendary 100 will again use qualifying features each night to qualify for the big dance on Saturday night. Another race has been added each night featuring the top 11 in DTRA points, the Race of Champions, which rewards drivers with another grab for cash.

The legendary weekend will kick off Wednesday September 12th with complete
shows for Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. Wednesday night’s action
will utilize passing points for the heats and also include the Race of
Champions for both divisions. The 2007 DTRA Street Stock and Midwest
Modified champions will be crowned that night.

Thursday night September 13th will feature complete shows for Super Stocks,
Modifieds and Late Models. First drivers will run a heat determined by pill
draw, second the 18 drivers with the most passing points will automatically
transfer to that night’s qualifying feature. 19th thru 42nd in passing
points will race a b-main with the top 6 finishers transferring to the
nightly qualifying feature. Thursday’s qualifying features will be 25 laps
for Late Models with 20 laps for Modifieds and Super Stocks. The top 8
finishers will stack the inside row of Saturday’s Legendary feature.
Thursday night’s event will also include the Race of Champions for Super
Stocks and Modifieds featuring the top 11 in DTRA points.

Friday September 14th will again feature complete shows for Supers,
Modifieds & Late Models. The same format as Thursday night will be used
however the top 8 finishers in the qualifying feature will stack the outside
row of the Legendary feature. Another twist and back by popular demand, the
Pure Stocks will again invade Cedar Lake Speedway. This ultra competitive
class was a huge hit last year. Pure Stock drivers will race heats on
Friday and b-main and a-main on Saturday. Friday night’s action will
include the Race of Champions for Late Models featuring the top 11 in DTRA
points. Also the remaining DTRA champions will be established on Friday.

Saturday night September 15th boasts feature races only with b-mains in all
three divisions to fill rows 9-11 of the Legendary feature. Drivers
finishing 3rd thru 8th in the b-mains will run a Last Chance race with the
top 2 drivers qualifying for the Legendary feature. Throughout the weekend
drivers who have not qualified for the Legendary feature on Thursday or
Friday will use accumulated passing points from their heats and qualifying
features to determine their starting position in the b-main on Saturday.
The Legendary features will be 40 laps for Late Models with 30 laps for
Super Stocks and Modifieds.

“We have taken the luck of the draw out of the equation. Drivers will earn
their position in the big dance by racing in, and fans get to enjoy the
ride” stated Jamie Nutzmann, CLS race director.

Cedar Lake Speedway will again allow Hoosier tires at the Legendary 100 in
all classes except Late Models. This will allow drivers who have made Cedar
Lake their place to race in September the chance to take home part of the
huge purse.

The Legendary 100 tire rule is as follows:

Drivers will establish which tire brand they intend to run that night in
their heat. The same brand must be used in the nightly qualifying feature.
Mixing of tires is not allowed all Goodyears or all Hoosiers. Once a driver
has qualified for the Legendary feature either tire can be used.

Late Models: Goodyear G50 only
Modifieds: Goodyear G60 or Hoosier E-Mod “H” on the right rear and
“A” on the other 3 corners. Siping is allowed on the Hoosiers only.
Super Stocks: Goodyear G60 or Hoosier E-Mod “H” on the right rear and “A”
on the other 3 corners. Siping and grooving is allowed on the Hoosiers only.
MW Mods: 8″ Goodyear G60 or Hoosier E-Mod “H” on the right rear and
“A” on the other 3 corners. Siping and grooving is allowed on the Hoosiers only.
Street Stocks: 8″ Goodyear G60 or Hoosier Dirt or Super Dirt Stocker. No
grooving or siping allowed.

The Legendary 100 will again be a DTRA sanctioned point event on Wednesday,
Thursday & Friday. Drivers choosing to run Goodyears will be rewarded
points. Drivers running Hoosiers will not receive DTRA points and will be
removed from the line-up and Goodyear shod cars will slide into those
positions for points.

The DTRA will also use this event to again reach out to the drivers for
direction regarding potential rule and procedural changes in their
respective divisions. Drivers will have a forum to discuss topics important
to them with current DTRA board members. Midwest Modified and Street Stocks
will meet on Wednesday. Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models will meet
on Friday. Then, similar to last year, drivers can vote online and help
steer their organization forward.

Recently signed DTRA title sponsor, Young Oil Corporation will hold an
informational seminar Saturday at 1:00 regarding Young Oil’s involvement
with the DTRA and their vision forward. Young Oil spokesman Tom McConnell
will discuss potential investment opportunities with their firm. Young Oil
Corp. is a privately owned Oil and Natural Gas exploration company that
allows investments to be made directly for qualified investors. This
informative seminar is open to all interested parties.

Don’t forget about the party in the pits on Thursday and Friday and camping
fun all 4 days! A DJ will be present on Thursday and live music will
highlight Friday’s party as the band “Kick the Dog” will be at Cedar Lake
Speedway entertaining fans.

Cedar Lake has recently added nearly 200 more campsites east of the track.
Those new sites are in high demand and all sites are going fast. Call today
to reserve your site – they are only $30 for all 4 days! For advanced
tickets or reserved camping, visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com
or call 612-363-0479.

Detailed Race Format:

Wednesday September 12th. 7:00 start
* Complete show for Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks
* Race of Champions for Midwest Modifieds & Streets
* Details:
- Heats determined by pill draw.
- Top 18 in passing points transfer to the 20 lap Legendary
features. Remaining cars line up by passing points in equal b-features.
Top 3 (assuming 2 B’s) transfer to Legendary feature.
- Race of Champions feature DTRA Top 11 as of September 11th.

Thursday September 13th, 7:00 start
* Complete show for Super Stocks, Modifieds & Late Models
* Race of Champions for Super Stocks & Modifieds
* Details:
- 6 heats determined by pill draw.
- Top 18 in passing points transfer to Thursday qualifying feature.
19th thru 42nd in passing points (24 cars) transfer to a B-feature with the
top 6 transferring to Thursday’s qualifying feature. 43rd on back will be
done for the evening.
- Feature events are 25 laps for Late Models and 20 laps for Supers
and Modifieds.
- Top 8 finishers will fill the inside rows of the Legendary 100.
- Super Stock and Modified Race of Champions feature DTRA Top 11 as
of September 11th

Friday September 13th, 7:00 start
* Complete show for Super Stocks, Modifieds & Late Models
* Race of Champions for Late Models
* Pure Stock Heats
* Details:
- 6 heats determined by pill draw.
- Top 18 in passing points transfer to Thursday qualifying feature.
19th thru 42nd in passing points (24 cars) transfer to last chance race with
the top 6 transferring to Thursday qualifying feature. 43rd on back will be
done for the evening.
- Feature events are 25 laps for Late Models and 20 laps for Supers
and Mods. Top 8 finishers will fill the outside rows of the Legendary 100.
- Late Model Race of Champions feature DTRA Top 11 as of September
11th

Saturday September 14th, 6:00 start
* B-features for Supers, Mods and Late Models
* Last Chance Qualifiers
* Pure Stock Feature
* Legendary Features
* Details:
- B-features for Super Stocks, Modifieds & Late Models lined up by
accumulated passing points from Thursday and Friday. Top 2 drivers transfer
to Legendary feature.
- Last Chance Qualifier: 3rd thru 8th finishers in b-features will
transfer to last chance qualifier. The top 2 cars in the last chance
qualifier will transfer to Legendary feature.
-Legendary features are 40 laps for Late Models, 30 laps for Supers and Modifieds.

Note: If a driver qualifies for the Legendary feature on Thursday, they may
run on Friday to better their position and DTRA national points. Those
drivers will not forfeit their Legendary feature position from Thursday if
they fail to better their position Friday. Also, drivers will be moved into
the Race of Champions using DTRA points if the top 11 fail to appear for the
event.
Tickets Prices:
Adult Student* Pit Pass
Thu-Sat Pass** $50 $25 $75
Wed Only $15 $7 $25
Thu Only $15 $7 $25
Fri Only $18 $9 $25
Sat Only $20 $10 $25
* Students are age 6-16. 5 and under are free.
** 3 day discounted tickets are available if purchased prior to Sept. 10th.
Entry Fee*:
Late Models $50
Modifieds $40
Super Stocks $30
Midwest Mods $25
Street Stocks $25
Pure Stocks** $15
* Entry fee is for the car only and does not include a pit pass for the
driver

** Pure Stock entrants may bring 2 individuals and receive a discounted
2-day pass (Fri-Sat) They must accompany the car when it arrives at the
track on Friday.

Birkhofer Wins 20th Annual Young Oil USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway!

August 11th, 2007

Time trials would set the lineups for the six 15 lap qualifying heat races later in the evening. Special significance would be focused on being one of the top two time trialers, since those drivers would be guaranteed a starting spot in the pole dash if they did not qualify through their heat race. Justin Fegers of Mound, MN electrified the partisan local crowd when he set fast time with a lap of 13.375 seconds around the high-banked 3/8 mile oval. New London, WI driver Terry Casey was second fastest with a lap of 13.381. The top 24 cars in time trials would be inverted for the heat races. The top three finishers in each heat would earn a starting spot in the 100 lap USA Nationals feature on Saturday.

The serious business of earning a starting spot in the USA Nationals feature
race got underway with the first of six heats. Each heat race was loaded with talented drivers and the fans were about to be entertained with some great racing action. In the first 15 lap heat, Scott Bloomquist immediately took the lead from his outside front row starting spot with Tim McCreadie and Brian Birkhofer in tow. Lap after lap the top trio battled for the all-important first place position and a spot in the pole dash. Bloomquist maintained the lead for the first ten circuits with McCreadie applying the pressure. On lap 11, T-Mac brought the crowd to their feet when he passed Bloomquist and took over the top spot. McCreadie would go on to lead the remainder of the race, but the second place position would change hands before the checkers waved. On lap 14, Brian Birkhofer brought a roar from the crowd when he also got by Bloomquist for second place. The nonstop first heat would set the tone for the other heat races, as the crowd was buzzing with excitement.

The second heat saw Thunder Bay driver Joel Cryderman lead the first three laps before Don O’Neal powered past and set the pace for the remaining 12 laps. Some extremely good racing for the second and third place positions
would take place behind O’Neal. Solon Springs, WI driver Brady Smith eventually moved up from his sixth starting spot to finish second.
Pittsville, WI driver Eric Pember bested Ohio’s Matt Miller for the third
and final transfer position to the USA Nationals feature race in another
nonstop 15 lap run. The third heat had a couple of strong contenders on the
front row. Jimmy Owens got the lead from Jimmy Mars with Billy Drake and
Brian Harris close behind. As Owens continued to lead, Drake moved past
Mars and began applying tremendous pressure on the leader. Drake raced
side-by-side with Owens on several occasions but was never able to gain the
top spot. Jimmy Mars held on for third in another caution-free 15 lap race.

A couple of young drivers, Austin Dillon and Chad Simpson, comprised the
front row of the fourth heat race. Iowa driver Chad Simpson quickly bolted
into the lead on the high side of the track and set a blistering pace.
Donnie Moran moved past Dillon for second on lap two while Michigan driver
Jeep Van Wormer raced to third on lap three. The top three drivers rocketed
around the track lap after lap, as the crowd focused their attention on the
battle for the lead. Moran made a couple of attempts to gain the top spot,
but Chad Simpson was able to fend of the challenges and earn not only a
starting spot in the 100 lap USA Nationals feature race on Saturday night
but also a spot in the pole dash later in the evening. Van Wormer finished
third ahead of Chad’s brother Chris Simpson in yet another green to checker
race.

The fifth heat race was a dandy but also featured the first bit of real
controversy for the evening. Dale McDowell got the jump on Shannon Babb and
led the first four laps before Babb got by McDowell in turn 4 on lap 5.
McDowell came right back and retook the lead on lap 6 from Babb. Earl
Pearson and Terry Casey were also in the mix, as the top four cars were
putting on a great show for the fans. Babb wasn’t done by any means, and he
raced back ahead of McDowell on lap 9. Pearson got by McDowell a lap later
and set his sights on the leader. Babb and Pearson raced hard for the lead
while McDowell and Casey raced hard for the third spot. On lap 13, contact
between Casey and McDowell sent Dale’s #07 car into the turn 3 wall.
McDowell was visibly upset with Casey and gestured his displeasure several
times as he walked back to the pits while the wrecker crew hooked up his
disabled car. Opinions circulated throughout the large crowd on what had
taken place, as the race went green again for a quick two lap dash to the
finish. Babb held off Pearson for the win while Casey rode home in third.

The sixth and final heat race of the night came trackside with the crowd
still stirred up from the fifth heat. Five time USA Nationals champion
Billy Moyer left no doubt about who the winner was going to be in this one.
Moyer steadily pulled away from the field and cruised to victory in a quick
caution-free 15 lap run. Dan Schlieper ran solid in second with Wendell
Wallace moving up from fifth to finish third. Local driver Steve Laursen
missed a feature race transfer position by one spot with his fourth place
finish.

The Pole Dash for the open cars was comprised of the six heat race winners
along with the two fastest time trialers. This meant the starting lineup
would be McCreadie and O’Neal on row one, Owens and Chad Simpson and row
two, Babb and Moyer and row three, and Casey and Fegers on row four. The
“Real Deal” Don O’Neal left little doubt in this one, as he led all ten laps
enroute to the win. The only caution waved when Tim McCreadie jumped the
cushion in turn 2 on lap 3 and slowed, thus bringing out the yellow. T-Mac
was relegated to the rear of the field on the restart which put Chad Simpson
in the second place position. Simpson held on to finish second ahead of
Casey from 7th, Babb, Owens, Moyer, McCreadie and Fegers. It would be Don
O’Neal and young Chad Simpson on the front row for the big 100 lap USA
Nationals feature on Saturday night.

The open late models would need two B Mains to fill the field for their 100
lap feature race, and those events came trackside following the DTRA heat
races. The top three finishers in each 20 lap B Main would earn transfer
positions into the 100 lap USA Nationals feature. The first B Main ran
nonstop with local driver Dave Cain, in a second Terry Casey car, racing
ahead of the field for all 20 laps to garner the win. Ashley Anderson and
Michael England completed the top three finishers. Dale McDowell came from
15th to 8th and failed to transfer to the feature. He was however added as
a provisional starter. The second B Main saw Matt Miller lead the first 11
laps before bad luck befell the Ohio driver. A flat tire forced Miller to
the work area. Chris Simpson inherited the lead and appeared headed to
victory. On the final lap, local driver Pat Doar got by Simpson in the
final corner for a crowd-pleasing win. Simpson finished second ahead of
another local area driver, Rick Hanestad. Matt Miller was not able to
advance any further than 8th place after changing the tire. The field was
now set for the USA Nationals 100.

The final event of the evening was the USA Nationals 100 lap feature race
paying a whopping $50,000 to the winner. Following driver introductions and
a brief fireworks display with the cars in their four-abreast salute to the
fans, the race was ready to go green. Suddenly pole sitter Don O’Neal
slowed and headed to the work area. The caution light remained on in order
to find out what the problem was on the #71 machine. It was soon reported
that O’Neal had a broken axle and would elect to start at the tail of the
field, complete one lap, and pull off. O’Neal’s misfortune meant that Terry
Casey would now be elevated to the pole position. Casey got the jump on
Chad Simpson at the drop of the green and powered into the lead. A large
pack of cars raced for positions coming off turn 2. Scott Bloomquist, who
started 15th, suddenly slowed on the backstretch and dropped back as far as
24th place before getting going again. It was later reported that a mud
clod had struck Scott’s helmet, momentarily dazing him and causing a bloody
nose. Bloomquist soon regained his composure and quickly began working his
way forward. The first caution flew four laps into the race when Wendell
Wallace spun on the frontstretch. During this caution, Jeep Van Wormer
headed pitside while Jimmy Mars went to the work area with a flat tire.
Mars crew also discovered a broken tie rod and he was done for the night.

The race went back green with Casey continuing to lead, but the second
yellow blinked on one lap later when Pat Doar nosed into the turn 2 wall.
Doar drove his car to the pits and retired from the race. At this time,
Billy Drake had already moved from 11th to 5th. The race attempted to get
going again, but Michael England spun in turn 2 on the restart and the third
caution waved. England tagged the tail. Two laps later the race was under
its fourth caution when the cars of Donnie Moran and Dale McDowell made
contact on the backstretch. Both cars drove to the work area. Moran
retired from the race while McDowell was able to return. Billy Drake was
now running third behind Casey and Tim McCreadie. Two more laps under green
and another yellow flew when Justin Fegers slowed in turn 4 after contact
with Chad Simpson sent his car careening off the backstretch wall. Fegers
went to the work area and returned to the race.

When the green replaced the yellow, Terry Casey continued to lead over
McCreadie and Drake. With 20 laps in, Dave Cain and Chris Simpson made
contact while exiting turn 4 and Simpson’s car spun sideways on the
frontstretch. Leader Terry Casey had nowhere to go and pitched his car
sideways, make heavy side-to-side contact with Simpson. Casey was able to
drive his battered car away from the scene and was placed back in front of
the field as the leader. A fairly long delay during this caution ensued as
several lead cars were not certain why Casey was still the leader. The
caution was called on Simpson. It took several consultations to communicate
this to various drivers. During this caution, Fegers and McDowell went to
the work area and returned to the race. Cain and Chris Simpson were out.
As Terry Casey brought the field around for the restart, his car lost its
left rear wheel on the frontstretch shortly after taking the green. Earl
Pearson drove over the errant wheel and tire but managed to keep going. All
other cars avoided Casey as he glided up the track and out of the way.
Casey’s night was over though and Tim McCreadie became the new leader. Dan
Schlieper and Rick Hanestad pitted under this caution and returned to the
race. Four laps after the race went green, Justin Fegers spun in turn 4 to
bring out the eighth yellow of the race. Ashley Anderson and Wendell
Wallace pitted and returned when the race restarted. The race then went 21
laps before the next caution. Earl Pearson got by Tim McCreadie on lap 27
to become the third leader of the race.

Billy Drake’s fine run came to an end on lap 45 when his car dropped oil on
the track, thus bringing out the ninth caution. Pearson was leading
McCreadie, Babb, Moyer and Birkhofer. Bloomquist was looming back in 8th.
The tenth caution of the event waved for Billy Moyer on lap 53, as he slowed
and eventually dropped out of the race. A light mist began to fall at this
time, but it was very light and did not interfere with the racing action.
Brian Birkhofer was now in second and immediately went to work on Pearson
when the race restarted. Pearson and Birkhofer battled side-by-side for the
next six laps before Birky made the winning pass on lap 59. As Birkhofer
raced ahead of the field, a good battle then developed for the third place
spot between Scott Bloomquist and Shannon Babb on laps 64-66 with Tim
McCreadie slipping back to fifth behind Jimmy Owens. Soon this duo caught
up to Pearson and it was a three car battle for second from laps 72-78.
Bloomquist went to third on lap 74 and then moved into the runner-up spot on
lap 77. McCreadie got back around Owens for fourth on lap 82. The final
caution of the race appeared with 84 laps scored when Jimmy Owens had a
right rear tire go flat on his car. Owens pitted and changed the deflated
tire in order to return to the race. At this time, a light rain began
falling so the remaining cars continued to circle the track. Chad Simpson
retired from the race. The light rain subsided and the track was ready to
race on again, but it certainly had changed in complexion due to the
moisture. It would be Birkhofer, Bloomquist, Pearson, McCreadie and Wallace
in the top five spots for the 16 lap shootout to the finish.

The running order over the course of the final 16 circuits did not change,
but Scott Bloomquist was able to pull right up on the bumper of Brian
Birkhofer in the late stages and appeared poised to make a move for the win.
Birkhofer held strong and raced to the $50,000 payday ahead of Bloomquist.
The crowd roared in approval and the Iowa fans on hand cheered loudly. Of
the twelve cars that finished, the final running order was Birkhofer,
Bloomquist, Pearson, McCreadie, Wallace, McDowell, Owens, Babb, and Ashley
Anderson on the lead lap with three lapped cars including Justin Fegers,
Rick Hanestad and Eric Pember. A jubilant Birkhofer was interviewed by
track announcer Chris Stepan in victory lane as were the second and third
place finishers to close out what ended up being a long evening of racing.

146 Cars Highlight Great Action at Cedar Lake Speedway

August 1st, 2007

As Peterson and Vandekamp battled up front Cory Rosen and Shawn Kammerud were putting on a good show for the third spot. As the laps began winding down the battle really heated up for the lead with Peterson finally edging out Vandekamp with two laps remaining. Despite a late attempt by Vandekamp, it was Peterson taking the checkers by a car length to claim the feature victory.

DTRA Midwest Mods were up next with Dave Lear and Greg Chesley redrawing the
front row for their feature. Chesley used the high line to take control
early on with Lear falling back to third as Andy Jones slide past into
second. The field followed suit until a hard crash on lap six involving
Lear and Justin Schill coming off turn two. Both drivers were OK following
the incident but neither machine was able to continue. That set off a
series of restart attempts with Chesley having to fend off Jones and now Dan
Wheeler in the third spot. One the field finally started clicking off laps,
some great battles formed throughout the field but up front it was still all
Chesley. Wheeler was putting heavy pressure on Jones for second but ran out
of time as Chesley took the checkers for his third feature win of the year
and first since opening weekend in April.

DTRA Super Stocks marched out next with Matt Sinna and Mike Loomis handling
front row duties. Sinna and Loomis went side-by-side for the first lap
before Loomis assumed command. That was short lived though as a multi-car
wreck at the back of the pack brought the field down under caution on lap
two. On the restart Sinna motored back around and took the lead until a
massive collision heading down the backstretch turned cars sideways and
ultimately sent Brandon Jensen barrel rolling. Brandon and everyone were OK
after dust settled but it sent several cars to their trailers. On this
restart Tim Borgeson and Mike Weber immediately went to the front and began
trading paint in a great battle for the lead. Soon Jim Gullikson made it a
three car battle up front with Sinna no long after making close to a four
car battle for the lead. Weber eventually emerged at the leader with
Borgeson and Gullikson only a car length behind. In the end Weber was too
strong down low and fought off the rim-riding Borgeson to hold on for the
feature win; a great race from the drop of the green all the way through to
the checkers.

DTRA took to the speedway next with Owen Grube and Jason Miller up front.
Miller ripped the top side on the first lap and went out front early on.
Miller’s leads was short lived as Joey Jensen drove underneath Miller on lap
three to put his name at the top of the leader board. Miller settled into
second with Ron Schreiner, Jason Schill and Dan Hesch rounding out the top
five. The yellow flew on lap eight for Jody Bellefeuille’s breakdown. On
the restart Jensen again held strong despite pressure from Miller and
company. With the laps winding down Dave Cain began to make his presence
known to the leaders after starting back in 11th spot. At the white flag
Miller had pulled even with Jensen for the lead but couldn’t quite hold the
position as Jensen powered back around to claim the checkers in a great
feature.

DTRA Super Late Models thundered onto the speedway for the last event of the
night with Pat Doar and Steve Laursen showing the way to the green. Doar
took the early lead with Laursen settling into second and Brent Larson
moving to third. A caution flew as Mike Nutzmann helped turn Ron Schreiner
around on lap three. Doar took control of the restart but that quickly
emerged as a battle with both Laursen and Larson for the lead. Brent Larson
used the low line to pull even with Doar who was running up top at the
halfway marker. Joel Cryderman had pulled into third by this time and began
setting sights on the two leaders who were trading some good paint coming
off the corners. Larson threw a great slide job on Doar on lap 20 to take a
small advantage. Doar fought back on the outside and the two were again
side-by-side for the lead. Cryderman was a distant third with Steve Laursen
and Eric Breeschoten rounding out the top five. Larson used some lapped
traffic to put a barrier between himself and Doar; and that was all the
advantage he needed as he claimed the victory by five car lengths.

Check out the website www.cedarlakespeedway.com for track information, upcoming events, news and results. Also call the toll free number 866-4CLSFUN for directions or race information. We look forward to seeing you in the grandstand for the next race at the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway.

Young Oil Corporation presents the 20th Annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway

July 29th, 2007

Consistent with Cedar Lake’s decision to go unsanctioned in 2006 for this event, the purse has been increased yet again; however, ticket prices have remained the same as 2006. Last place in the main event pays $3,000 while the winner of Saturday’s 100 lap main event will take home a whopping $50,000 and total monies paid out over the weekend will be near one quarter of a million dollars!

To add to the excitement, this year’s USA Nationals will present a full race program of WDRL Late Models and a winner’s check of $5,000 on Thursday August 2nd. This creates 3 days of top Late Model racing as many of the best drivers will be present on Thursday to prepare for the huge event on Friday and Saturday. Thursday’s program will also include a full program of DTRA Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks.

Friday’s program consists of preliminary events leading up to the $50,000 to win feature Saturday night and a complete show of DTRA Late Models providing feature racing each and every night! On Saturday, the intensity and competition will be at a fever pitch as drivers compete for bragging rights and the huge $50,000 winner’s check. To round out the program, another complete show of DTRA Late Models will be in action.

Tickets are available at the door and nobody will be turned away. Reserved camping on the front stretch is sold out. However, there is plenty of camping available on the backstretch. The backstretch camping was recently re-done and reserved sites are available by calling 612-363-0479. A reserved site is $25 for all three days. There are also a limited number of free sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be There!

The USA Nationals is brought to you by Young Oil Corporation – the largest Oil and Natural Gas exploration company in Tennessee. Young Oil is a private company that allows investments to be made directly for qualified investors and all drilling is done in the states so there is no need to invest overseas. In fact, Young Oil recently struck the largest Oil well in history in the state of Tennessee. If interested in investing in Young Oil, please contact Cedar Lake Speedway by calling 612-363-0479 or emailing info@cedarlakespeedway.com. Info on Young Oil can be found at www.youngoilcorp.com

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, August 2nd
All Week Speedway opens for campers to arrive
5:00 Grandstand gates open
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Full program of WDRL Late Models with DTRA Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks
Post-Race Party under the tent in the pits!

Friday, August 3rd
8:30-11:00Breakfast buffet served in West concession stand
3:00 Grandstand opens
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Time Trials, Heats and Dash for Open Late Models including a full show of DTRA Late Models
Post-Race Party under the tent in the pits!

Saturday, August 4th
8:30-11:00 Breakfast buffet served in West concession stand
11:30-1:00 Last chance to reserved same seats or campsite for the 2008 USA Nationals
1:30 All open 2008 USA Nationals seats & campsites are open for reservation
3:00 Grandstand opens
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 B-Main and 100 Lap, $50,000 to win A-Main and a full program of DTRA Late Models
Ticket Prices Adult Student* Pits
Thursday only $20 $10 $25
Friday only $25 $12 $35
Saturday only $30 $15 $40
*Students are age 6-16. 5 and under are free.

Note: Reserved seats and discounted price offered if you purchase a 2-day
pass prior to July 31st.

For more information on camping and lodging visit: www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Winning Streaks Continue at the Cedar Lake Speedway

July 25th, 2007

With their second largest turnout of the season, the 35 car DTRA midwest
modified field would see four entertaining heat races. Fresh off his first
career win a couple weeks earlier, 2006 DTRA Rookie of the Year Andy Jones
made a thrilling last lap pass of 2006 DTRA National Champion Dan Wheeler to
earn top honors in the first heat. Greg Chesley, currently sitting second
in DTRA national points, finished a short distance back in third. Jason
Gross led all the way for the win in the second heat over rookie Sam Nelson
and Bryan Siercks. Another very good race in heat #3 would see Lonnie
Louschke hold off hard charging Ryan Olson and Shawn Phillips in a
caution-free run. Making his first appearance of the season, Alan Mondus
defeated Justin Schill by a couple of feet at the line to win the fourth
heat with Jim Schweitzer in third

Three heats for the 26 DTRA super stocks were up next. Dan Carlson held off
Tim Borgeson, Mike Weber and Ryan Wiome to earn first place in the opening
heat. Brandon Jensen, driving the Jim Mueller owned super stock formerly
piloted by Mark Chamernick, led the first two laps in the second heat before
track point leader Larry Boumeester took over. Boumeester went on to win
with Jensen, 9th starter JB Stortz and Mike Loomis completing the top four
spots for feature redraw positions. A quick 10 laps in heat #3 saw
infrequent visitor Cory Davis post the win over Mike Bellefeuille, Jeff
Pellersells and Justin Stahl.

The DTRA modifieds saw their largest car count so far with 31 cars on hand.
The first of three heats would see Jeff Doriott lead the first three laps
before Jason Gross made the winning pass. Luke Schilling came from 11th to
finish second ahead of Shaun Kelley and rookie Mark Froehlich. Dennis
Jones, driving Koen Van Meeteren’s #11k modified, blasted into the lead from
his pole starting position and never looked back enroute to victory in the
second heat. 7th starter Tyler Keyser finished second in front of 8th
starter Dave Lear and Owen Grube. Ron Schreiner led the first two laps of
the final heat before Dave Cain raced to the front on the third lap.
Schreiner kept it close, but Cain was the victor. John Doelle, making his
second CLS appearance of the season, rode home in third ahead of fellow
Arcadia driver Dan Hesch.

A strong field of 29 DTRA late models raced three competitive heats. In the
first heat, Lance Mathees led the opening lap until Jeff Patchen got by.
Mathees came back to lead the final 8 laps to post the win in a very good
race that saw Mike Goodremote, Ashley Anderson and Eric Breeschoten complete
the top four spots. Jim Carlson led the first lap in the second heat, but
it was track point leader Brent Larson from thereon out. Pat Doar raced
from 10th to finish a close second in front of Steve Laursen and Mike
Hesselink. Making his first DTRA start in the AC80 car, Adam Hensel held
off Rick Egersdorf, Ron Schreiner and Chuckie DeSmith in another
entertaining final heat race.

The midwest mods, modifieds and late models would require B Main action
tonight. In the midwest modified division, their 8 lap B Main clicked off
without incident and it was Keith Johnson pacing the field for the win.
Todd Steffen, Bob Hanson and Kyle Steffen earned feature race transfer
spots. The modified 12 lap B Main was slowed by three cautions, but Jody
Bellefeuille remained the leader throughout. Brandon Kallenbach, Mike
Kelley Jr, Chris Carlson, Allen Stettner and Marc Johnson finished in the
transfer spots to their main event. The late models ran green to checker in
their 12 lap B Main, as Kelly Anderson showed the way up front for the win
ahead of Toby Patchen, Scott Gilberts, Bob Slater, Jeff Keeney and Jon
Chrest. The feature fields were now set and the street stocks were rolling
out for the first main event of the evening.

All 18 cars made the call for the 15 lap DTRA street stock feature race.
When initial pole sitter Matt Raboin elected to start at the tail of the
field, track point leader Keith Tourville found himself elevated to the pole
position. A spin on the opening lap by rookie Joey Martinson would require
a complete restart. Tourville wasted no time in blasting into the lead at
the drop of the green. Fourth starter Cory Rosen was quickly in to the
second place spot and the race was on up front. Rosen put the pressure on
Tourville, as the two leaders were running against the cushion up top.
Several times Rosen pulled along side Tourville. Rosen was able to narrowly
grab the lead at the line on lap 9, but Tourville fought back strong to
regain the top spot. The second and final yellow flag flew with 12 laps in
for a spin by Wes Howland. Several strong contenders were battling for
positions behind the lead duo, but the attention of many fans returned to
the battle for the lead. Keith Tourville was able to hold off Cory Rosen
for the win. It was Tourville’s fifth straight feature win at CLS and
seventh over all for the season. Allen Gessel Jr, Jason Vandekamp, and
Chris Peterson completed the top five finishers.

As is usually the case, a full 24 car starting grid in the DTRA midwest
modified division roared to life for 15 feature racing laps. Shawn Phillips
took the early lead from his pole starting spot with young Andy Jones a
close second. A spin with just one lap in kept the field tight, as the
green soon replaced the yellow. Phillips was running about a lane up off
the bottom while Jones was against the cushion up top. Three more laps with
Phillips holding a slight lead each time over Jones were recorded before the
final caution blinked on when Todd Steffen stopped with a flat tire. The
final 11 laps would be superb. Phillips continued to lead by a slim margin
at the line each time, as Jones raced to his outside. Ryan Olson, Greg
Chesley and Dan Wheeler battled for the 3-5 spots. On lap 8, Andy Jones
gained the lead over Phillips. Lap after lap Jones would now hold a car
length or less lead at the line. The battle continued as lapped traffic
loomed on the horizon. In the waning laps, Greg Chesley moved into the
second spot with Ryan Olson getting by Phillips for the third. Jones was
now feeling the pressure from Chesley, but Olson and Phillips were right in
the mix too. As the leaders moved past some lapped cars in the final few
laps, Andy Jones was able to hold off his fellow competitors to record his
second straight CLS feature win and second ever in his young career. A
jubilant Jones was all smiles in victory lane, as was his proud father
Dennis. Greg Chelsey, Ryan Olson, Shawn Phillips and 9th starter Justin
Schill rounded out the top five finishers in what turned out to be one of
the best feature races of the season so far with strong runners like Dan
Wheeler, Sam Nelson, Jason Gross, Lonnie Louschke and Erik Peterson
completing the top ten spots.

With the crowd still buzzing from watching a great midwest mod feature race,
the CLS track prep crew did some blade work and misted the track prior to
the scheduled 20 lap DTRA super stock main event. A field of 25 cars took
the green flag, but this race would see yellow fever hit early and often.
Mike Weber grabbed the lead from his 3rd starting spot, but the race was
under caution just two laps in when Mike Bellefeuille spun in turn 3. JB
Stortz was sent to the tail and Bellefeuille returned to his second place
spot in the running order. A lap later, debris in turn 3 slowed the pace.
One more lap and the field was under yellow again for a spin by Dave
Emerfoll when Brandon Jensen lost power and slowed in turn 1. Just two laps
later another caution flew for a spin by Jim Harstad in turn 4. At the same
time, a crash on the backstretch involving the cars of Dan Carlson, Jim
Gullikson and Jeff Pellersells occurred. Dan Carlson’s car sustained enough
front end damage to cause him to retire from the race. Gullikson went to
the work area while Pellersells continued on. Mike Weber was still in
control up front. On the restart, Larry Boumeester had come from 12th to
5th but got into the back of Mike Bellefeuille in turn two. Bellefeuille’s
car spun around and Boumeester was headed to the tail of the field.
Gullikson rejoined the race from the work area at this time Mike Weber
continued to lead and the race got four more laps in under green before a
spin by Justin Stahl on lap 10 slowed the pace once again. Fans took notice
at this time of the progress of Charlie Weber, coming from 19th to run 5th
by lap 10. Tim Borgeson and Ryan Wiome were having a good race for the
runner-up spot with Borgeson finally moving into second when the race
returned to green. The seventh and final caution flew with 12 laps in for a
spin by Kevin Ayotte. With the time limit exceeded, track officials called
for a green-white-checker two lap dash to the finish. On the final lap, Tim
Borgeson moved inside of Mike Weber in turn 3 and took the lead coming off
turn 4 to steal an exciting win at the line. Mike Weber, who had led all
the way until that point, would have to settle for second ahead of his
brother Charlie Weber. Charlie advanced 16 positions in the feature race to
finish third. Ryan Wiome and Mike Bellefeuille completed the top five while
current DTRA national point leader Larry Boumeester raced his way back up to
sixth after restarting 18th on lap 6.

The DTRA modifieds started strong with a 24 car feature field slated for 20
laps. In the early going, it appeared as though this race would run off
without too much trouble. That would not be the case though. Dennis Jones
charged into the lead from his outside front row starting spot with Luke
Schilling moving into second. Two laps in, the race was slowed when a crash
on the backstretch eliminated the cars of Rick Friendt, Allen Stettner, Marc
Johnson, Chris Carlson and Brandon Kallenbach. Could Dennis Jones become
the first father-son duo in track history to record wins on the same night?
Jones continued to lead on the restart, but on lap 6 Luke Schilling moved by
on the bottom. With 12 laps in, second place runner Dennis Jones slowed in
turn 4 with a right rear flat tire thus ending his bid for a possible
history making win. Schilling was leading over Mark Froehlich and Dan Hesch
at this time while 7th starter Dave Cain was fourth. The race then went
four laps under green until a spin by Jason Gross collected Mike Kelley Jr.
Joey Jensen was sent to the tail of the field on the restart while Gross and
Kelley got their spots back. Dave Cain had just taken the lead from
Schilling on lap 16. This is when the race just simply got bogged down and
seemingly would never end with yellow after yellow. On the restart, John
Doelle stalled in turn 3 with a breakdown. Dan Hesch got a break on this
yellow, as he had spun in turn 2 but the caution was on fellow Arcadia
driver Doelle. Hesch returned to his third spot. The second attempt to get
the race underway saw the second place car of Luke Schilling suddenly slow
on the backstretch with Mark Froehlich and Dan Hesch making significant
contact. Hesch continued on while third place runner Froehlich retired with
a flat tire and right side damage. Schilling also pulled off at this time
with mechanical woes. Hesch now found himself in second behind Cain. The
third attempt to restart saw Mike Mueller spin in turn 2. Another lucky
break for Dan Hesch, as he had spun in turn 4 shortly after Mueller did.
The caution was on Mueller and Hesch was back in second on the restart. The
time limit was up, so it would be a two lap dash to the finish but not
before the seventh caution waved for a three car pileup exiting turn 2.
Dave Siercks and Mike Mueller rode the hook to the pits while Shaun Kelley
restarted and Kevin Viebrock was sent to the rear for causing it. The race
then ran the final two laps with track and current DTRA national point
leader Dave Cain recording his third straight and ninth win of the season at
CLS. Tyler Keyser came from 12th to finish second ahead of Dan Hesch, Ron
Schreiner and Dave Lear while Jason Schill advanced nine spots to finish
sixth in a race that got stuck on lap 16 with five cautions.

The ground rumbled with 24 DTRA late models for the final feature race of
the night. Unlike the previous two feature races, the late models ran 30
laps nonstop. Brent Larson started outside front row and never was
seriously challenged for the win. Brent went on to post his second straight
win and fifth over all at CLS this season, as he padded his track and DTRA
national point lead. Steve Laursen closed in late in the race but had to
settle for second ahead of Ashley Anderson, Rick Egersdorf, and 9th starter
Pat Doar. Ron Schreiner, Adam Hensel, Mike Goodremote, Eric Breeschoten and
Chuckie DeSmith completed the top ten. Mike Nutzmann moved the farthest
forward, as he advanced seven spots from 18th to finish 11th.

Action continues at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday July 28 with Back to
the 50s Night featuring the five regular DTRA divisions on the program.
This will be the final weekend of racing before the top ten positions are
determined in the DTRA national point standings for The Chase. The first
race in The Chase to the Championship will then take place on Thursday
August 2 for three DTRA divisions at CLS when the opening night of the 20th
Annual USA Nationals features the WDRL late models along with the DTRA super
stocks, midwest mods and street stocks. The street stocks will be racing
for an increased purse that night highlighted by $750 to win and $500 for
second place and increased pay in many other feature race finishing
positions along with some other bonuses. Much more exciting and
entertaining racing action is in store for fans in the upcoming weeks at the
legendary Wisconsin speedplant.

Cedar Lake Speedway Announces $25,000 Point Fund for 2007!

July 20th, 2007

“While DTRA provided funds to some member tracks, Cedar Lake Speedway is funding this extra large point fund from profits generated from tire sales. We are thrilled to be able to give back to the drivers that support us week in and week out.” The winner of the Late Model class will receive a whopping $4,000; the Modified champ will take home $2,000; Super Stocks $1,000; and Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks $500 each. The point fund will pay the top 10 positions and as always will include free entry into the banquet for those who compete in at least 75% of Cedar Lake’s 2007 events.

Watch www.cedarlakespeedway.com for
more details about the banquet which will once again be held at Grand Casino
Hinckley. The exact date is yet to be determined but will be a Saturday in
March and serve as a kick-off to the 2008 race season.

Cedar Lake Speedway was founded in 1957 and is a premier 3/8-mile
high-banked clay oval track that has developed into one of the nation’s
leading short track facilities. The weekly Saturday night racing program
features DTRA Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, and
Midwest Modifieds.

Chuck Swenson tops Billy Anderson Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway

July 17th, 2007

With the street stocks and midwest modifieds having the night off, the DTRA
super stocks kicked off the program with three heat races for their 25 car
field. Tim Johnson held off Tim Borgeson to win the first heat with 8th
starter Jim Gullikson and Mark Chamernick completing the important top four
redraw positions. After the pole sitter jumped the initial start, Dan
Carlson found himself elevated one row and took full advantage to post the
win in the second heat over Larry Boumeester, JB Stortz, and Dave Emerfoll.
A quick 10 lap run in the third heat saw Mike Bellefeuille lead the first
seven laps before 7th starter Charlie Weber took command on lap 8 and went
on to earn the victory. Bellefeuille finished a close second ahead of Mike
Weber and Mike Loomis.

Three heats for the 22 car DTRA modified field found current track point
leader Dave Cain on the pole in the first heat. Ten laps later it was Cain
well out in front for the win over Luke Schilling, Owen Grube and Chris
Carlson. The second heat saw a similar situation play out, as polesitter
Ron Schreiner raced ahead of the field for the win. Shaun Kelley, Tyler
Keyser and Mark Froehlich completed the top four positions. Continuing with
front row winners, the third heat saw Joey Jensen lead all the way from his
outside front row starting spot. Jason Schill kept this race close but had
to settle for second ahead of Dave Lear and Mike Mueller.

Several track regulars in the DTRA late model division were at a special
event in South Dakota, but a good field of 21 cars still turned out in this
popular class. Chuckie DeSmith led all the way in the first heat to defeat
Rick Egersdorf, Bryan Wennen and Steve Hucovski. Ashley Anderson did
likewise in the second heat with Mike Hesselink, Jeff Hinkemeyer and Ron
Schreiner rounding out the top four. Schreiner edged out Mike Bear for the
final feature redraw position by inches at the line. Brent Larson was long
gone in the third heat leaving Mike Nutzmann, Kelly Anderson and Jeff
Patchen to complete the top four spots. Patchen and Jim Carlson put on a
good battle for the fourth spot in this one.

The ASCS 360 sprint cars also ran three heats. Curt Lund passed Eric Lutz
on the second lap enroute to victory in the first heat. Chuck Swenson moved
past Lutz on lap 6 to finish second while Tony Norem raced his way into the
third spot on lap 9. On the final lap, Jerry Richert Jr powered around Lutz
coming off turn 4 for the fourth finishing position. Scott Winters led all
the way for the win in a very quick second heat race. Dave Glennon, a
winner at CLS back in April, finished a distant second with Bill Balog and
young Lee Grosz in tow. The third heat proved to be the most competitive
heat race of the night. Tony Hargrave led the first five laps before
veteran driver Kenny Melanson moved by. Melanson was utilizing the very
bottom groove on track. Hargrave fought back and retook the lead on lap 9
only see Melanson regain the top spot on the final lap for the win. Dave
Becker was also able to get by Hargrave on the final circuit to finish
second. Hargrave was third with Brad Barrickman fourth.

No B Mains were necessary in any of the divisions tonight, but the ASCS 360
sprints ran a pole dash for the top two finishers in each heat race. Five
laps clicked off quickly and it was Scott Winters defeating Dave Becker,
Kenny Melanson, Curt Lund, Dave Glennon and Chuck Swenson. The finishing
order in the dash set the starting lineup for the first three rows in the
feature race.

With two cars scratched, including the scheduled inside row three starter
Mark Chamernick, the DTRA super stocks brought a 23 car field trackside for
their 20 lap feature event. A pileup in turn 3 on the opening lap saw the
cars of Jim Gullikson, Tim Johnson, Ryan Wiome, Tom Gebauer, and Kevin
Ayotte get bunched up. Dave Emerfoll was sent to the tail of the field for
causing it. Fortunately all cars were able to restart with only minimal
sheet metal damage. The race went green on the second start attempt with
outside front row starter Dan Carlson taking the lead over polesitter Larry
Boumeester. Two laps later a spin by Brian Lick in turn 4 slowed the pace.
Boumeester continued to apply the pressure on Carlson for the lead when the
race went back to green. With five laps in, Jeff Pellersells spun in turn 1
and collected the cars of Jake Hiatt, Justin Stahl, and Brian Lick.
Pellersells headed pitside with a flat tire while the other cars were able
to continue. The battle for the lead picked right back up on the bottom of
the track. The fourth yellow waved for debris in turn 4 three laps later.
Boumeester continued to work for the lead with Carlson hanging on to the top
spot. A spin by Dave Emerfoll at the halfway mark brought out another
yellow. Two laps later Dave Friendt stopped in turn 2 with front end
damage, negating a pass for the lead by Boumeester. Carlson was back in
front on the restart. Just one lap later, debris in turn 3 brought out the
seventh and final caution. Boumeester had once again gotten by Carlson for
the lead but scoring reverted back one lap and Carlson found himself in the
#1 spot still. On the restart, Boumeester moved up off the bottom and on
lap 15 made the winning pass. Carlson finished second ahead of 8th starter
Charlie Weber. Mike Bellefeuille and Jim Gullikson rounded out the top five
finishers. It was Boumeester’s fourth win of the season at CLS.

The 22 car starting grid for the 20 lap DTRA modified feature event roared
to life under starter Jeff Stacken’s green flag, but the race was under a
red flag after just one lap. The cars of Mike Mueller and Chris Carlson
made contact entering turn one. Carlson’s car launched off the right front
of Muellers car and slammed into the turn one concrete wall very hard.
Fortunately Chris was okay, but his badly damaged #7c modified needed two
wreckers to remove it from the track. Mueller was sent to the rear on the
restart and dropped out a lap later with right front damage to his car. As
was the case when the race started, Luke Schilling raced ahead of the field
when the green replaced the red. Current track point leader Dave Cain was
on the move forward from his 11th starting spot as the laps rolled by. Cain
cracked the top five on lap 6, then went to fourth on lap 7 and third on lap
9. Cain moved past second place runner Shaun Kelley on lap 12 and set his
sights on Schilling up front. Luke had built up a fairly comfortable lead,
but Cain began cutting into the margin. A second and final caution flag
flew when both Jason Schill and Dana Lerum stopped on the high side of turn
4 with mechanical woes. This was the last thing that Luke Schilling wanted
to see but a welcome sight for Dave Cain with 14 laps in the books. Two
laps after the race went green, Cain made the winning pass coming off turn
2. Schilling pulled alongside Cain on lap 17, but the potent #2c machine of
Cain pulled ahead and took command up front for his eighth feature win of
the season at CLS. Schilling recorded his best CLS feature finish with a
fine second place effort. Shaun Kelley, still driving the Joe Beebeau #67
modified, ran a steady race for the third place finishing position. The 8th
and 9th starters Tyler Keyser and Ron Schreiner completed the top five.

All 21 cars on hand took the green flag for the 30 lap DTRA late model main
event. Current track point leader Brent Larson drew the pole position, so
it would be a real challenge to unseat him from the #1 spot. Larson
immediately bolted into the lead. Three laps into the race, Jeff Martire
spun while exiting turn 4 to bring out the caution. A lap later, Mike
Nutzmann passed Jeff Patchen for the second spot. Chuckie DeSmith moved
into third on lap 6. Fans soon focused on the 9th and 11th starters, as Ron
Schreiner and Ashley Anderson were on the move forward. Schreiner took 5th
on lap 7 with Anderson moving to 6th on the same lap. Schreiner was in
fourth on lap 8 and got by DeSmith on lap 9 for third. The race then saw a
flurry of yellows with nine laps scored. The second caution of the race
waved for a spin by Jeff Keeney in turn 2 after contact with Don Shaw.
Keeney got his spot back and Shaw tagged the tail. This was a timely yellow
for DeSmith, as he had gotten sideways in turn 4 and took an excursion
through the infield. DeSmith would get his fourth place spot back under the
yellow. On the restart, Keeney got sideways exiting turn 4 and Don Shaw
spun around to avoid him. Keeney would now join Shaw at the back of the
pack. The second restart attempt found Jim Carlson splashing into the water
on the inside of the track in turns 1 and 2. Rain the night before had left
some standing water and it created some problems when drivers got into the
edge of it and sprayed it out on to the track in the bottom lane. Several
cars spun in the aftermath, and Carlson was relegated to the rear of the
field. One lap after the race went green, Jeff Martire spun in turn 4 to
bring out the fifth and final caution. The race then went 20 laps nonstop
to the finish. Larson continued to hold the lead with Nutzmann in second
and Schreiner third. Schreiner got by Nutzmann on the restart for second,
but Mike came right back on lap 13 to regain the #2 spot. Ashley Anderson
also got by DeSmith for fourth on lap 13. As Larson paced the field,
Schreiner moved back around Nutzmann for second on lap 21 with Ashley
Anderson grabbing the third place spot also on the same lap. Schreiner,
Anderson and Nutzmann closed in on the leader in lapped traffic, but Brent
Larson held strong up front to record his fifth CLS win of the season.
Schreiner, Anderson, Nutzmann and Rick Egersdorf completed the top five.
DeSmith, Jeff Hinkemeyer, Tom Nesbitt, Kelly Anderson and Paul Hipsag
rounded out the top ten in a race that saw only two cars not finish.

The final event of the evening was the 6th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial
feature race for the ASCS 360 sprint cars. The 21 car starting field was
paced by polesitter Scott Winters for a 25 lap run to the finish. Winters
immediately went to the cushion and blasted into the lead. Just one lap
into the race, Johnny Parsons found the water on the inside of turn 2 and
splashed it out on to the track while spinning around. Following several
laps to dry it up, the race returned to green flag condition. Winters again
raced ahead of the field. Curt Lund closed the margin in lapped traffic
several laps later and the battle for the lead was on. The second caution
waved with 10 laps in when Tom Kamrath got chopped up into the turn 4 wall.
His #6 sprinter was towed pitside. The third and final caution flew on the
restart when ASCS officials thought Brett Geldner was going to return to the
race, but Brett retired from the event with driveline problems. The race
then ran 15 laps straight through to the finish. Winters held the lead for
another lap until Curt Lund moved by on lap 12. Winters regained the lead
on lap 13. Suddenly sixth place starter Chuck Swenson was in the picture.
Swenson was the first car to find the rubber groove that was starting to
develop and moved past Lund on lap 14 for second and then blew by Winters
for the lead on lap 15. Lund followed Swenson and also moved past Winters
on lap 15. Winters fought back and was able to regain the second place spot
on lap 23 in traffic. Chuck Swenson went on to record his first career CLS
feature win. On the final lap, Curt Lund dove underneath Winters exiting
turn two to ride home in second place with Winters a close third. Dave
Glennon and Bill Balog completed the top five with Tony Hargrave, Dave
Becker, John Nelson, Tony Norem, and Lee Grosz rounding out the top ten.
Swenson joined Tony Norem, Bill Boles, Jerry Richert Jr, Loren Langerud and
Jake Peters as winners of this event. Jerry Richert Jr and John Nelson
continued their string of qualifying for all six Billy Anderson Memorial
feature races.

Racing action in all five regular DTRA divisions returns next Saturday July
21 at the Cedar Lake Speedway. Look for details to be released soon
regarding an increased payout for the street stock division for their
Thursday August 2 race during the opening night of the USA Nationals.
Several sponsors are helping to add to their feature race payout that night.

Largest Crowd in Cedar Lake Speedway History Turns Out on Earnhardt Jr Night.

July 14th, 2007

The first NASCAR driver to arrive was Kenny Wallace. Kenny immediately
headed to the pits to check on his modified ride and to familiarize himself
with the late model cars he would be racing for the evening. As the crowd
continued to swell, Greg Biffle and Todd Kluever arrived. The anticipation
was building amongst the fans. Soon a caravan of pickup trucks entered the
pit area and drove trackside with Dale Earnhardt Jr and Sterling Marlin.
The entire group of NASCAR drivers then did interviews with track announcer
Chris Stepan. Following the interviews, the five NASCAR drivers dispersed
with Dale Jr heading for the large autograph tent behind the west side
concession building and the others heading to either the pits or another
autograph area on the east side of the track. It was then time for racing
action to get underway.

The first of three DTRA modified heats rolled trackside to get the
competitive racing portion of the program started. The first heat had some
heavy hitters in it. Shaun Kelley, driving Joe Beebeau’s modified,
immediately raced into the lead at the drop of the green flag. The first
caution of the evening flew with four laps in when Dave Cain, Craig Thatcher
and Ron Schreiner raced three-wide coming off turn four. Contact amongst
these cars resulted in the cars of Thatcher and Schreiner receiving some
damage. As Schreiner slowed, Tyler Keyser had nowhere to go and ran into
the back of his car. Thatcher, Schreiner and Keyser were out. Kelley held
the lead through the first six laps, but on lap seven Dave Cain drove by
enroute to the win. Kelley held strong for second with Rick Friendt and
Owen Grube completing the redraw positions. The second heat ran ten laps
nonstop. Mike Kelley Jr grabbed the lead on the opening lap and appeared
headed for the win, but Jason Schill came from behind after dropping back as
far as sixth place and made a last lap pass to steal top honors. Kelley Jr
finished second ahead of Jake Hartung and Jamie Lemke. The final heat race
featured Kenny Wallace in his own St. Louis Cardinals modified. Joey Jensen
looked strong up front, as Wallace picked off car after car to move into the
second place spot. A caution with seven laps in closed things up, but
Jensen held the point on the restart. Suddenly while entering turn 1 on lap
nine Jensen’s car slowed. Kenny Wallace and the rest of the field sped on
by, as Jensen pulled into the infield the next time around with a breakdown.
Wallace went on to win, much to the delight of the huge crowd, with Mike
Mueller, Kevin Viebrock and Jason Gross completing the top four finishers.

Three heats for the DTRA Late Models followed the modifieds. Mike Nutzmann
raced in front of the field in the first heat race and survived a couple of
restarts to post the win. Scott Gilberts, in his first DTRA appearance of
the season at CLS, ran a strong second with Tom Nesbitt and Bryan Wennen
placing in the top four spots and earning a chance in the redraw for feature
race starting spots. Todd Kluever, driving for the first time ever in a
dirt late model, finished ninth. Current track point leader Brent Larson
led all 10 laps in a nonstop second heat race. Caley Emerson, Jeff Keeney
and Rick Egersdorf rounded out the top four finishers. Kenny Wallace was in
the third and final late model heat race. Unlike his modified, Kenny did
not win or even place in a feature race transfer position. It was Rapid Ron
Schreiner leading all the way in another 10 lap caution-free race. Steve
Laursen advanced to second place from his 7th starting spot. Ashley
Anderson was third and Mike Bear fourth. In both DTRA divisions, the top
six heat race finishers transferred to the feature race with the remaining
cars having to run a B Main.

As the NASCAR stars signed autographs and participated in VIP functions, the
B Mains for each division were brought up to the staging area and soon the
DTRA Modifieds were on the track and ready to race. Slowed by just one
yellow flag, the modified B Main saw Dave Lear lead the first couple of laps
before Ron Schreiner came from the back of the pack to take the lead.
Schreiner went on to lead the final nine laps. Tyler Keyser, Lear, Steve
Lavasseur, Scott Splittstoesser, and Al Stettner earned feature race
transfer positions. No sooner than the mods were done, the DTRA Late Models
were ready to rumble for their 12 lap B Main. Kelly Anderson held off Eric
Breeschoten in a quick caution-free 12 lap race for the win. Joey Jensen,
driving Kevin Ayotte’s car, was third with Kenny Wallace, Jeff Martire and
Don Shaw also gaining entry to the feature race.

The race program kept moving right along with the 24 car starting field for
the DTRA Modified feature race set to go. Marc Johnson was unable to start,
so 23 cars roared to life under flagman Jeff Stacken’s green flag. With
Dave Cain starting outside front row, it would basically be a battle for the
runner-up spot. NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace started 12th, as the redraw was
not kind to him. Only one caution slowed the fast-paced 20 lap race with
seven laps in the books when Shaun Kelley’s car suffered a flat tire and
spun exiting turn two. Kelley’s crew was able to change the tire and he
returned to tag the tail. This caution was very timely for Jake Hartung.
Hartung was running third when his car looped around in turn 4, but the
caution was already waving for Kelley. Mike Kelley Jr experienced some
problems with his car during this caution and drove pitside, joining Dave
Mass as early retirees from the feature. The race then ran nonstop to the
finish. Dave Cain dominated up front to garner his 7th CLS feature win of
the season and the $1,000 top prize. Kevin Viebrock held off Jamie Lemke
for second. Lemke, in his first CLS appearance of the season, turned in a
strong performance to ride home in third. Jason Schill finished fourth
while Kenny Wallace advanced seven positions to complete the top five
finishers. Rounding out the top ten were Jason Gross, 18th starter Tyler
Keyser, Jake Hartung, rookie mod driver Mark Froehlich, and Chris Carlson.
Twenty of the twenty three starters finished the race.

Following Dave Cain’s Victory Lane celebration, the 25 car starting grid for
the DTRA Late Model main event rolled on to the track. Todd Kluever was
added as a provisional starter. Mike Nutzmann and Ashley Anderson brought
the field down for the green flag to get the 30 lap feature underway.
Nutzmann took the lead with Anderson a close second. Just one lap into the
race, Don Shaw and Todd Kluever tangled on the backstretch. Both cars were
able to restart. Nutzmann continued to lead when the race went back to
green with Anderson in second. Ron Schreiner, Brent Larson and Steve
Laursen were slowly working their way forward as the laps clicked off. The
second and final caution flew on lap 12 when Jeff Martire turned around on
the frontstretch. This wiped out a good size lead that Mike Nutzmann had
built up. The race for the top spot would stay close after this. Anderson
was still second with Scott Gilberts third, Schreiner fourth, Rick Egersdorf
fifth and the Larson and Laursen duo sixth and seventh when the green
replaced the yellow. Ashley Anderson immediately put the pressure on
Nutzmann for the lead. Anderson was able to take over the top spot on lap
19, but Nutzmann came back strong to regain the #1 spot on lap 20. Anderson
made several more attempts, as the leaders began working through lapped
traffic. The raced stayed green, as the large crowd focused on the battle
for the lead. A couple of times Anderson pulled to the inside of Nutzmann
coming off turn four, but Mike had the momentum up top and would edge back
by for the lead. At the conclusion of 30 laps, it was Mike Nutzmann holding
off Ashley Anderson for the $2,500 win. Anderson finished a few car lengths
back. Ron Schreiner got by Scott Gilberts on the final lap to finish third.
Steve Laursen completed the top five. Brent Larson, Rick Egersdorf, Tom
Nesbitt, Eric Breeschoten from 20th, and Caley Emerson rounded out the top
ten in what ended up being a very good and very entertaining DTRA late model
feature race. Only three cars dropped out of the race.

Very few fans had left at this point, since it was soon time for the special
two-part Race of Champions to take place. With Dale Earnhardt Jr in the
flagstand, the remaining four NASCAR drivers brought four late model cars
out to compete against each other. In addition to the two Patchen Racing
machines painted in event sponsor 3M colors, the feature winning car of Mike
Nutzmann and one owned by Larry Stockwell were used. Greg Biffle and Todd
Kluever drove the #16 & #06 3M cars while Kenny Wallace was in the Nutzmann
#2 car and Sterling Marlin wheeled the Stockwell #8 machine. The first
8-lap segment saw Sterling Marlin pass Greg Biffle just past the halfway
mark for the lead and eventual win. Wallace was third and Kluever fourth.
The second segment would see the cars inverted from the way they finished
the first half. Kenny Wallace took the lead and never looked back to win
the final segment over Greg Biffle, Sterling Marlin and Todd Kluever. It
was then time for the NASCAR drivers to parade around the perimeter of the
track for the fan photo opportunity. Many fans in the large crowd ringed
the inside of the fence to get a close look before the stars had to head
back to Chicagoland for the NASCAR racing weekend, thus concluding a very
entertaining and well run racing program at the Cedar Lake Speedway.
Earnhardt Jr remarked to some of the track owners that he had really enjoyed
himself and would like to return for another visit some time in the future.
The large crowd began to head for home after a fun evening spent at one of
the nation’s premier dirt track facilities.

Racing action at the Cedar Lake Speedway continues on Saturday night July 14
with the 6th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial for the ASCS Northern Plains
Region 360 sprint cars. The DTRA late models, modifieds and super stocks
are also on the program scheduled to get underway at 6:30pm at the track
where champions race and stars shine. See you at another fun-filled 2007
racing event at the Cedar Lake Speedway soon!

A Night of Firsts at CLS as Jones, Stortz, Larson and Tourville are Victorious

July 10th, 2007

As is the case on most race nights, the DTRA Street Stocks got the racing
program underway with a couple of quick 10 lap heat races. Matt Raboin
recorded his first win ever at the track when he led flag-to-flag in the
first heat to defeat Chris Peterson and Jason Vandekamp. Chanda
Fjorden-Nord, the first female feature winner at the Cedar Lake Speedway,
raced ahead of the field in the second heat race to earn the win. Troy Voth
and Keith Tourville completed the top three.

The DTRA Midwest Modifieds were up next with three heats for the 26 cars on
hand. Like the street stocks, the midwest mods also ran nonstop in all of
their heats. First time 2007 visitors Jonny Zastrow and Brett Schmidt from
Bemidji finished one-two in the first heat. Zastrow took the lead on lap 7
from Sam Nelson with Schmidt moving into second a lap later. Nelson held on
to finish third. Lonnie Louschke put together a strong run in the second
heat to hold off the challenges of Dan Wheeler and Greg Chesley. Bryan
Siercks was in command throughout the third heat race with Jason Gross
running a close second and Justin Schill charging from 7th to 3rd on the
opening lap to finish in that spot.

DTRA Super Stock heat race action for their 26 car field would also see
three heats. Mark Chamernick had the field covered in the first heat as he
pulled away for the win. Larry Boumeester and Ryan Wiome trailed. The
first yellow flag of the night finally waved in the second super stock heat
race. Mike Weber blasted into the lead on the opening lap of the second
heat and never looked back. Mike Loomis and Tim Borgeson completed the top
three. Like his brother, Charlie Weber led all the way to pick up the win
over Dan Carlson and J B Stortz in the third heat which went nonstop.

The modified division had the night off, so the DTRA Late Model class
followed the super stocks with three heats of their own for the 22 cars in
attendance. Eric Breeschoten showed the way in the first heat to pick up
the win over Brent Larson and Ron Schreiner. Jim Carlson narrowly edged out
Jeff Keeney for the victory in the second heat while Roger Herrick finished
third. The final heat of the evening saw veteran driver Rick Egersdorf race
in front of the field to defeat Mike Nutzmann and Doug Herrick. It was then
time for the kids to have some fun on the track with bike, trike and big
wheel races. Other activities for the kids at CLS tonight included face
painting and free root beer floats. On a hot summer night, a cold root beer
float was certainly a favorite treat amongst the youngsters on hand and for
several adults too.

Following some more track prep work, the first feature of the night rolled
trackside. All 15 cars in the DTRA Street Stock class made the call for
their feature race. At the drop of the green flag, Chanda Fjorden-Nord
immediately drove into the lead from her outside row one starting spot.
Chanda led the first four circuits until the first of two cautions flew for
an accident involving Jeff Heintz and Wes Howland in turn 4. On the
restart, Keith Tourville passed Chanda in turn 2. On lap 7, Chris Peterson
moved into second place with Chanda now in third. Shawn Kammerud lost the
fourth spot to 10th starter Jason Vandekamp a lap later. The final caution
waved with 11 laps in when Jake Miller spun in turn 4 while Fjorden-Nord and
Vandekamp were battling for the third spot just to the outside of his car.
Although Chris Peterson stayed relatively close over the final four laps,
Keith Tourville went on to claim his sixth CLS feature win of the season and
fourth in a row. Chris Peterson finished second. Jason Vandekamp got by
Chanda Fjorden-Nord late in the race to run third with Chanda finishing
fourth. Shawn Kammerud rounded out the top five.

A 25 car starting grid in the DTRA Midwest Modified division had some
problems getting underway. A total of four cautions were needed before the
race ran 15 laps nonstop to the finish. The first attempt to get the race
going saw a couple of strong contenders eliminated, as Dan Wheeler and Greg
Chesley ended up pitside following a crash in turn 3. The pole position
wasn’t the place to be on the next two attempts, as both Jonny Zastrow and
then Clint Wiffleif spun in turn 3 on successive tries. The fourth time was
not the charm either, as Dan Larson and Jared Gorka collided in turn 1. At
this point, track officials decided it was time for the cars to line up
single file. This worked out fine, as no more yellows were necessary.
Young Andy Jones found himself the lead car on the fifth start attempt and
immediately pulled out to a comfortable lead. Brett Schmidt was on the move
forward from his 6th starting spot. Several laps into the race, Schmidt
raced into the second place position and began to close the gap on Jones.
On a couple of occasions, it appeared as though Schmidt would be a contender
for the win but Jones would put a little distance between himself and
Schmidt each time Brett closed in. 15 laps later Andy Jones recorded his
first career feature win. Brett Schmidt’s first visit of the season was a
good one, as he rode home in second place. Justin Schill was third. Cory
Jorgenson, also making his first CLS appearance of 2007, finished fourth
ahead of 17th starter Ryan Olson. Dave Lear also advanced 12 positions from
his original 19th starting spot to finish 7th behind Lonnie Louschke.

Another 25 starting field took the green flag in the DTRA Super Stock main
event. Rookie driver Mike Bruggeman grabbed the early lead from his outside
row one starting spot. A large pack of cars battled early on for the second
spot. On lap 5, 10th starter J B Stortz emerged from that pack and one lap
later passed Bruggeman for the lead. Ryan Wiome soon got by for second.
The race for positions 3-8 during the next several laps saw cars grouped
together. Charlie Weber finally held the third spot and soon tracked down
second place Ryan Wiome. Weber moved into second on lap 11. The only
caution of the race came on lap 13 when Mark Chamernick lost power and came
to a halt in turn 4. Stortz continued to lead on the restart with Weber a
close second. Larry Boumeester picked up the pace following the restart and
moved up to fourth on lap 15 while Dan Carlson grabbed the fifth spot on the
same lap. One lap later Boumeester passed Wiome for third. Dan Carlson
followed suit the next lap to run fourth. Charlie Weber applied the
pressure up front while Boumeester quickly closed in on the lead duo. The
crowd remained focused on the race for the lead, as it looked as though any
of the three leaders could be the winner. J B Stortz ran a very strong
final lap and went on to record his first-ever CLS feature victory. Charlie
Weber held off Larry Boumeester for second. Dan Carlson finished a short
distance back in fourth. Ryan Wiome was able to hold on to round out the
top five.

30 laps of ground-pounding DTRA Late Model feature race action closed out
the night. With Brent Larson occupying the outside front row starting spot,
many fans figured they would be watching the battle for second place. They
were right. Larson proceeded to pull away from the field as starter Jeff
Stacken waved the green flag. Rick Egersdorf moved up from his 6th starting
spot to run second on lap 3. Mike Nutzmann took over the third spot on lap
7 while Ashley Anderson moved up to fourth on the same lap. A lap later,
Chuckie DeSmith grabbed the fifth place spot in the running order. The
first of two cautions flew with 9 laps in the books when Toby Patchen
stopped on the high side of turn 2. Toby was able to restart at the back of
the field. Brent Larson’s big lead was now gone, but he quickly
reestablished his lead when the race returned to green flag condition. Ron
Schreiner began moving forward after the caution, as he took the sixth spot
on lap 10. A fairly long green flag run found heavy traffic in front of the
leaders with Egersdorf and Nutzmann closing in on Brent Larson. Just as it
appeared they might get close, the final caution was displayed when Jeff
Patchen stopped on the back stretch with steam coming from his car. He was
pushed pitside. This gave a clear track to the leader, and Brent Larson
proceeded to pull away. Nutzmann got by Egersdorf on lap 23 when Rick
allowed his #17 car to slip up a little high in turn 4. Schreiner raced his
way into the fifth position on lap 25 and the was able to get by Ashley
Anderson on lap 29 for fourth. Brent Larson went on to record his fourth
feature win of the season at CLS. Mike Nutzmann held off Rick Egersdorf for
second. Schreiner finished fourth ahead of 13th starter Ashley Anderson.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were Chuckie DeSmith, Winnipeg driver
Mike Balcaen, Eric Breeschoten, Doug Herrick and Jeff Keeney.

The next racing action at the Cedar Lake Speedway will take place on
Thursday night July 12 when Dale Earnhardt Jr and friends descend upon the
legendary Wisconsin track. Although his contract will not allow him to
race, Dale Jr will be on hand to sign autographs, do an interview, meet and
greet sponsors, and maybe even flag a race before he parades around the
track for a photo opportunity for all fans. Also expected to be on hand are
NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace, Greg Biffle, Sterling Marlin, and Todd
Kluever. Racing action gets underway at 7:00 pm. The DTRA late models will
be gunning for the $2,500 to win first place payout while the DTRA modifieds
will be racing for $1,000 to win. It will be a great chance for drivers to
race in front of what is anticipated to be the largest crowd of the season
and possibly one of the largest in track history. Following this special
event, Cedar Lake Speedway swings right back into action on Saturday night
July 14 with the ASCS Northern Plains Region sanctioned 6th Annual Billy
Anderson Memorial for 360 sprint cars. The racing activity just keeps
rolling along at CLS during an eventful 50th Anniversary season filled with
plenty of variety.

McMahan Masters Cedar Lake Speedway: Earns Second Win of 2007

July 6th, 2007

McMahan found himself at the head of the field, as he claimed his second
A-Feature win of the season and collected the $10,000 top prize. While
celebrating in Victory Lane, he shared the credit for the triumph with his
team, who has been putting in countless hours working on the car the last
few weeks.

“I can’t say enough for Jimmy Carr and Mike Kuemper, busting their butt’s
and believing in me,” said McMahan, driver of the Bass Pro Shops Eagle.
“They give me a race car that is capable of winning every night. We haven’t
been able to prove that every night, but we know we can do it.”

The race began with Justin Henderson using a strong start to take the
initial lead as he charged into the first turn with pole sitter Kerry Madsen
in-toe. McMahan started fourth and pass Joey Saldana at the drop of the
green and by the end of the opening circuit he charged around Madsen using
the high side of the track, and set his sights on Henderson.

McMahan patiently ran second with Henderson leading and opening up a couple
of sizeable leads in open race track. As traffic began to become more
prevalent, McMahan began to reel Henderson in. On the 20th lap he dove to
the inside of Henderson and took the lead exiting the second turn. Henderson
fought back on the high side as the pair entered the third and fourth turns.

With heavy lapped traffic encompassing the field for the last eight laps of
the event, McMahan was able to put a distance between himself and Henderson
and later Jason Meyers.

“You are always in a better spot when you are in lapped traffic and in
second,” noted the winner. “I’ve been here enough to know that once they
rework the race track that the bottom is usually the fastest way around.
Justin (Henderson) had a good lead on me and I was able to get the wing back
and start gaining on him. I kept the car on the bottom and came away with
the victory.”

Jason Meyers was able to slip around Henderson with just three laps
remaining to finish second. He was pleased with his finish, but wondered
what may have been if he would have had a few more laps to chase McMahan.

“We definitely had a great race car tonight,” said Meyers, driver of the
Primerica Financial Maxim. “We set up for the end of the race. Normally it’s
a 40-lap race here and we set up for a 30 lap one, but if it would have been
40 laps, I think the car would have been even better.”

Henderson earned his best career World of Outlaws finish with his
third-place effort on Sunday night. While he was disappointed he did not win
after leading the first 19 laps of the event, he was pleased with how hard
his team worked and how fast of a car they gave him for the A-Feature.

“It was a strong night, but a little disappointing,” said Henderson, driver
of the Jolt Energy Gum Rocket. “Third is our best result, so we just have to
capitalize on that and keep the momentum going. We’re a proud team right
now, but it still hurts to lead a lot of laps and wind up third.”

Joey Saldana was battling with McMahan early in the race when the latter was
running in the second position. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana was
running fifth late in the race when he slipped around Madsen on the 21st lap
for the fourth spot to earn his 23rd Top-Five finish of the season.

“We had a pretty good run,” said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist
Mopar-powered JEI. “We got going pretty good and the car got way too free.
When the track got slick it was like someone turned on a light switch and it
got slick. It was solid run and hopefully we can build on that.”

McMahan and his Tony Stewart Racing team had debuted a new car during the
Duel in the Dakotas over the weekend, and used that car again on Sunday
night at Cedar Lake Speedway. After finishing in the Top-10 in the first two
races out in the machine and winning on Sunday, he feels like the team has
the car sorted out pretty well.

“We’ve been struggling the last month or so trying to figure out our race
cars, and getting the balance on them right,” explained McMahan. “We made
some changes the last few nights and the crew put a new car together for the
race on Friday night at Grand Forks (River Cities Speedway). It seemed to
help. I think we found something tonight.”

While many of the drivers were surprised that the event went non-stop,
McMahan was not, as the lightning fast pace tested each driver both
physically and mentally on what was a pleasant night after a very hot
afternoon.

“When you have the best in the world racing, we should do that day in and
day out,” explained the native of Nashville. “Certain circumstances happen
where we can’t do that. Thirty laps non-stop, it sure was a fast race.”

McMahan who won at Eldora Speedway last month has run very strong on
high-banked tracks this season. The next stop of the schedule is Huset’s
Speedway in South Dakota, which is another high-banked 3/8-mile, and he is
looking forward to that one.

“Whenever you have a race car that is handling well you want to jump right
back in it,” smiled McMahan. “I wish we could go out now and run another 30
laps. We’ll come back on Tuesday at Sioux Falls (Huset’s Speedway), where I
have been good before and see if we can come up with another victory.”

Meyers had one of the fastest cars on the track during the last five laps of
the event. He used the high side of the track to gain ground on McMahan
after he charged past Henderson. Considering all that his team has endured
since a hard flip on Saturday night at Red River Valley Speedway, a
runner-up finish was just as good as a win.

“We had a mishap last night and the crew got up at 6:30 this morning after
two hours of sleep and built me a brand new car,” Meyers proudly stated.
“They are still going right now, and who knows what time it is. My hats off
to them for building me such a great car. That is the sign of a good team.”

Henderson who won in his last visit to Cedar Lake Speedway in 2005 began the
night by setting quick time in time trials, to garner that honor for the
first time this season. With a large contingent of fans cheering him on,
Henderson ran a very smooth and consistent race.

“I really like this race track and always have,” he shared. “My family lives
just down the road in Stillwater. We are so happy to get to come here and
finish well.”

Like McMahan, Henderson was glad to see the race go 30 laps non-stop. Even
more remarkable was the fact that all 25 cars that took the green flag were
still running at the end. He believed that having no cautions was to his
advantage.

“I like to go that many laps under green,” he said. “A young buck like me
doesn’t mind going 30 laps in-a-row. That way it doesn’t give the old guys a
chance to rest and sit back up in the seat and pass us. We are excited to
run 30 laps green.”

Kerry Madsen earned his first Crane Cams Dash win of the season to earn the
pole position for the A-Feature. He finished fifth in the Selma Shell Maxim
to record his second Top-Five finish in the last four races.

Terry McCarl was sixth in the Big Game Treestands Eagle, with Steve Kinser
seventh in the Q Oil Maxim. Jac Haudenschild who won on Saturday night at
Red River Valley Speedway finished eighth in the Wright One Construction
Maxim. Daryn Pittman was ninth in the Titan Garages Maxim, with Jason Sides
rounding out the Top-10 in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim.

Donny Schatz the current World of Outlaws championship point leader earned
the KSE Race Product Hard Charger Award after starting 18th and finishing
13th in the Snap-on Tools J&J.

Tourville, Wheeler, Boumeester and Larson Celebrate CLS 50th Anniversary with Victories

July 5th, 2007

Holding true to form, the 17 cars in the DTRA Street Stock class got the racing action underway with two fast-paced 10 lap heat races. Chris Peterson was in command all the way in the first heat over James Berglund and Jason Vandekamp. The second heat saw Wes Howland lead the first four laps before Keith Tourville moved by for the lead and eventual win. Shawn Kammerud and Cory Rosen rounded out the top three.

A strong turnout of 35 DTRA Midwest Modifieds would require four heat races. Jason Gross led the first 8 laps in the opening heat race until Justin Schill powered by for the win with Gross and Jim Schweitzer holding down the redraw spots. An amazing move in the first turn on the first lap of the second heat saw eighth starter Dan Wheeler move past seven cars to grab the lead by the midpoint mark of the backstretch. Wheeler, who was driving Shawn Phillips midwest mod, easily pulled away for the win in a race that had a lot of attrition. Keith Johnson and Bob Hanson completed the top three. Erik Peterson took the lead from Vince Corbin on lap 2 of the fourth heat race and went on the finish first over Lonny Louschke and eighth starter Ryan Olson. The fourth heat was also a battle of attrition, as Andy Jones held the point for all 10 laps over A J Roschen and Jim Schulz. Only four cars finished this one with Dave Lear coasting across the line in fourth.

The largest turnout of the season so far in the DTRA Super Stock division saw 30 cars on hand for three heat races. Dave Friendt, fresh off a fifth place feature finish the week before, kept Jake Hiatt’s backup car ahead of the field for 10 quick circuits to win the first heat race over rookie Mike Bruggeman and 2006 track point champion Larry Boumeester. Mike Weber moved
by Charlie Obermueller on lap four of the second heat race to pace the field
for the win over Charlie Weber and Obermueller. Mike Loomis led all the way
in heat #3, as a bunch of cars battled for second in this one with Jim Gullikson besting J B Stortz for the runner-up spot.

Two heats for the 20 car DTRA Late Model field went green from start to finish. Ron Schreiner had the field covered in the first heat to defeat Paul Hipsag and Tom Nesbitt. Bryan Wennen led the opening lap of the second heat before Chuckie DeSmith drove around him on the high side for the lead. DeSmith was able to fend off a strong field to earn the victory over Joel Cryderman and ninth starter Steve Laursen in what turned out to be a very entertaining second heat.

A couple of B Mains were necessary to fill out the feature race lineups in the DTRA Midwest Mods and Super Stock divisions. Vince Corbin led all 8 laps enroute to the win in the Midwest Mod B Main, as Bryan Siercks, Chad Patterson and Mark Trog also earned feature race starting spots. The top six finishers in the super stock B Main moved forward to their feature race. Tim Borgeson got the win ahead of Mark Chamernick and Joel Collins.

After the conclusion of the Super Stock B Main, a special tribute to the Cook family was held during intermission to help commemorate 50 years of racing at the Cedar Lake Speedway. Many family members were interviewed in Victory Lane. It was extra special to have Lorraine Cook on hand, as Lorraine and her husband Elmer founded the track 50 years ago.

Following the tribute, the program kept moving right along with the DTRA
Street Stock feature race the first of four main events. After the first
start was negated by a spin, the second attempt found James Berglund grabbing the early lead. Following some contact in turn 4, Keith Tourville moved past leader Berglund on lap 2. Soon Cory Rosen and Chris Peterson were running behind Tourville Another spin with 4 laps in the books bunched the field up, but it was Tourville continuing to show the way up front after the restart. Cory Rosen stayed a close second and tried on a couple of occasions to get past Tourville, but in the end Keith Tourville earned his fifth feature win at CLS this season and 18th over all. Rosen, Peterson, Jason Vandekamp and James Berglund rounded out the top five.

The 24 car starting grid for the DTRA Midwest Modifieds rolled out onto the
track following the street stock feature. Andy Jones led the first three laps before a caution flew for a spin by third place runner A J Roschen. Dan Wheeler drove past Jones on the restart and never looked back. One more caution for a spin in turn 2 and a crash in turn 4 on the same lap bunched
the field up a few laps later, but Wheeler drove away again as the race then
ran green all the way to the finish. Dan Wheeler would go on to earn his
second CLS feature win of the season with Andy Jones a distant second.
Ninth starter Ryan Olson was on the move forward, but his progress could
only bring him up to the third spot at the end of the race. Justin Schill
ran strong to come home fourth while Lonny Louschke completed the top five
finishers. Following the conclusion of racing action for the night, a silent protest against the 8th place finishing car of Erik Peterson resulted in his engine being torn down. After a thorough inspection, Peterson’s engine was found to be perfectly legal during a process that lasted into the early hours of Sunday morning.

With the skies dark enough, a spectacular fireworks display got underway after the conclusion of the midwest modified main. Cedar Lake Speedway always has one of the very best fireworks displays found anywhere in the area. This year there was more than ever before to keep the crowd entertained. It is a tradition at CLS to have many families come out on this night to enjoy the fireworks that have been sponsored by Lou Fegers Racing and Justice Brothers for many years.

Once the smoke from the fireworks had cleared and the track lights were turned back on, it was time to go DTRA Super Stock feature racing. J B Stortz took advantage of his pole starting position to lead the first five laps, but sixth starter Dan Carlson was looking for his second straight feature win. Carlson moved by Stortz on lap 6. The first caution waved with 9 laps in for debris on the front stretch. The race then had some problems getting restarted. On the first restart attempt, a wreck involving nine cars in turn 4 quickly brought the race under yellow for the second time. Much to the surprise of leader Dan Carlson and many fans in the stands, track officials called the caution on him for apparently brake-checking on the restart. Carlson was relegated to the rear of the field handing the lead back to J B Stortz. The next try to get the race going saw the cars of Mike Bruggeman and Matt Sinna come together in turn 2, so the third yellow of the race waved. Bruggeman was out while Sinna got his spot back in the running order. Finally the race got underway again. One more yellow on lap 11 for a spin by 6th place runner Tim Johnson tightened the field up. Stortz continued to show the way, but a couple of laps later Larry Boumeester powered by. Boumeester went on the claim his third CLS win of the season J B Stortz held on for second with Charlie Obermueller turning in a very good run to place third ahead of Dale Gangl and Mike Weber. Dan Carlson made his way back to finish 9th in just 11 laps after restarting 22nd.

The final feature of the night had 20 DTRA Late Models running for 30 racing
laps. Doug Herrick and Paul Hipsag brought the field to life under starter
Jeff Stacken’s green flag, but it was third place starter Brent Larson in
first at the conclusion of lap one. A spin with just three laps in bunched
the field up. Sixth starter Steve Laursen was now in the second with Joel
Cryderman third. Larson pulled away on the restart. Ron Schreiner moved
into fourth two laps later. Larson encountered lapped traffic on lap 14, as
Steve Laursen and Cryderman began closing the gap. Eric Breeschoten moved
past Schreiner for fourth on lap 16 while Cryderman went to second on lap
19. Laursen was back around Cryderman a lap later to retake the runner-up
spot behind Brent Larson who had once again opened up a bit of a lead. Tom
Nesbitt moved into the top five on lap 21. The second and final caution
flew for a spin in turn 2 with 23 laps scored. This tightened the field up
once again. Joel Cryderman passed Steve Laursen for second on the restart
and set his sights on leader Brent Larson. Cryderman closed the margin, but
a few laps later Brent Larson’s B1 car was working well once again and he
went on to record his third feature win of the season at CLS. Cryderman
finished second in front of third place runner Steve Laursen. Eric
Breeschoten held on for fourth with Ron Schreiner getting by Tom Nesbitt
late in the race for fifth. Nesbitt, Pat Doar, Chuckie DeSmith, Roger
Herrick, and Rick Egersdorf completed the top ten.

Another entertaining night of racing action was in store for fans the
following night Sunday July 1, as the World of Outlaw sprint cars were
scheduled to make their annual appearance at the track. The DTRA Modifieds
had the night off on June 30, but they were slated return to action with the WoO sprints. Many fans elected to camp out at the track overnight on Saturday June 30, as they prepared for the popular return of the outlaws.

Cedar Lake Speedway Turns 50

June 29th, 2007

The growth and success of the speedway is solely credited to the hard work and dedication of the entire Cook family. Over the years nearly every member of the family has lined up cars, made hot dogs, taken tickets or cleaned up at the track at one time. Truly a family business!

Join us Saturday June 30th as Cedar Lake Speedway begins their year long
celebration of the first 50 years. This night will be dedicated to the hard
work and perseverance of the Cook family as they will be honored with an
intermission dedication and fireworks display. The Cook family would like
to invite old friends, drivers and fans to help them celebrate this great
night of racing and reminiscing.

Don’t forget that Cedar Lake Speedway’s fireworks presentation has become
legendary. Ordinances are shot from the infield and explode above the crowd
giving a different perspective to the display. Truly a kid’s favorite.

Also on tap this weekend is the annual invasion of the World of Outlaw
Sprint Cars. This year’s installment welcomes the winged warriors on Sunday
July 1st. In years past the Monday event created conflicts with traveling
fans, hopefully this year fans won’t have to take a day off from work on an
already shortened work week. For more information on the World of Outlaw
sprint cars visit: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com/Sprint/

Camping is always free at Cedar Lake Speedway and for more information visit
www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 612-363-0479

Schreiner, Cain, Carlson, Peterson and Tourville top CLS Features

June 27th, 2007

As usual, the DTRA Street Stock class got the program underway with a couple
of quick 10 lap heat races for the 16 cars on hand. Keith Tourville led all
the way in the first heat over Jason Vandekamp and Jeff Heintz. Chris
Peterson took command on the opening lap of the second heat and went on to
win over Shawn Kammerud and Ron Hanestad. The 31 DTRA Midwest Mods in
attendance raced in three heats. Shawn Phillips led early in the first
heat, then Justin Schill took over the point, but it was Ryan Olson with a
last lap, last corner pass for the win at the checkers. Schill finished
second with rookie driver Sam Nelson in third. Jim Schweitzer led the first
half of the second heat before Erik Peterson took over to lead the second
half and earn the victory. Schweitzer held on for second over Vince Corbin.
Bryan Siercks raced to the lead from his pole starting spot in the third
heat to lead all 10 laps. Clark Perry and 9th starter Greg Chesley
completed the top three.

Three DTRA Super Stock heats for the 24 car field would see Dale Gangl pass
leader Joel Collins on lap 6 and go on to win the first heat race. Collins
held off Ryan Wiome to finish second. Larry Boumeester pulled away from the
field to win the second heat over Mark Chamernick and Jim Gullikson. The
final heat race win went to Cale Berry. Dan Carlson finished second with
rookie Mike Bruggeman in third. The DTRA Modifieds would also need three
heats for the 23 cars on hand. The first heat was a good one, going green
all the way with three different leaders. Ron Schreiner passed leader Dave
Lear on lap 4 enroute to victory. Lear held on for second over Larry
Zeller. Jason Schill showed the way for all 10 laps in the second modified
heat race while Rick Friendt and Owen Grube turned in strong efforts for
second and third. The third heat was a strong one on paper, but an opening
lap accident eliminated a couple of contenders. Kevin Viebrock led early
until Jason Miller made the winning pass on lap 4. Dave Cain ended up
second with Joey Jensen in third.

Two heats for the 18 DTRA Late Models proved to be competitive. Paul Hipsag
led the opening lap in the first heat before Bryan Wennen went by. Wennen
led three laps only to see Hipsag retake the top spot. Wennen came back
strong to lead laps 6-7. Brent Larson moved by both cars to take the lead
for good on lap 8. Wennen and Hipsag followed. Toby Patchen raced ahead of
the field for a couple of laps in the second heat, but Ron Schreiner got by
on lap 3. Schreiner lead the remaining laps for the win. Rick Egersdorf
and Joel Cryderman rounded out the top trio. As soon as the late model
heats concluded, the Midwest Modified B Main came trackside. Ten cars
started and 10 laps later it was Lonnie Louschke defeating Shawn Phillips
for the win. The top six finishers earned starting spots in the main event.
It was now time for a little bit of track maintenance in order to get ready
for the feature races.

DTRA Street Stock feature race action was soon underway on the freshly
prepared racing surface. The track was fast and passing would not be easy.
Keith Tourville bolted into the lead from his outside row one starting spot
and never looked back. The battle was basically for second place in this
race. Tourville led all the way for his fourth feature win of the season at
Cedar Lake and his 15th over all. Jason Vandekamp drove home with a second
place finish while Chanda Fjorden-Nord secured the third spot late in the
race. Chris Peterson came from 9th to finish 4th. Ron Hanestad completed
the top five finishers in a race that was only slowed once under caution.

A full 24 car starting grid in the DTRA Midwest Modified division roared to
life under starter Jeff Stacken’s green flag. Ryan Olson, who was looking
for his fourth CLS win of the season, immediately raced into the lead from
his outside row one starting position. A spin with two laps in bunched the
field up again. Olson continued to hold the top spot while 8th starter Greg
Chesley was moving forward. Suddenly on lap 8, Olson slowed and came to a
stop on the high side of turn 2. Olson’s #21 car would need wrecker
assistance with something broken in the rear end, thus ending his bid for
another win. Chesley had moved up to second at this time, so he inherited
the lead. It did not last long though, as Erik Peterson drove underneath
Chesley on the restart in turn 1 to gain the top spot. Chesley fought back,
and despite one more caution for debris on the track a couple laps later,
Erik Peterson was able to fend off the challenges of current DTRA national
point leader Chesley and record his first win of the season at CLS. Greg
Chesley finished a close second with Vince Corbin, Jason Gross and Jim
Schweitzer rounding out the top five cars.

A new winner would also emerge from the 23 car starting field in the DTRA
Super Stock division. In a race only slowed once under caution with 4 laps
scored, Dan Carlson proved that a color change on his #24 super stock this
year could not prevent him from finding victory lane. Carlson led all 20
laps, but it was 12th starter Larry Boumeester that had many fan’s attention
in this race. Boumeester raced his way past 10 cars to run second 12 laps
into the feature race, but with no more yellow flags to tighten up the
field, he could only chip away at Carlson’s lead. As the laps ran out,
Boumeester would have to settle for the runner-up spot. A spirited battle
on the final lap with some bumping and banging would find Mark Chamernick
get the third place finishing position over rookie driver Mike Bruggeman.
It was Bruggeman’s best feature race performance so far during the 2007
season. Dave Friendt, racing a backup car for Jake Hiatt, finished fifth
utilizing the smaller 8″ Goodyear tires. Eighteen cars finished the race
with all but one car on the lead lap at the end.

For a good share of the 20 lap DTRA Modified feature event, it appeared as
though a new winner might emerge in this division as well. Jason Miller
bolted into the lead at the drop of the green flag, but one lap later the
race was under caution for a crash on the backstretch that eliminated the
car of Jeremy Gross. Miller continued to lead when the race returned to
green. The caution waved again with 8 laps in when Ron Schreiner had
something break on the front suspension of his car, ending his night. It
was at this point track announcer Chris Stepan pointed out the progress that
drivers Shaun Kelley, Tyler Keyser and Scott Splittstoesser were making from
starting spots at the back of the field. All three were marching forward.
Jason Schill was also closing in on the lead duo of Miller and Luke
Schilling. One lap after the green flew, the race was under caution for the
third time when Dave Lear’s car broke a ball joint and slowed. Contact
amongst a few other cars kept track officials busy pulling out body work on
those cars under the caution. When the race resumed, Miller continued to
lead over Jason Schill who had taken away the #2 spot on lap 9. One more
caution with 12 laps in for Rick Friendt’s broken driveshaft and suddenly
Dave Cain was now in the picture running in fourth place. One lap later,
Cain was third. Cain passed Schill for second on lap 14, and then suddenly
two laps later Schill slowed and pulled off the track. The final eight laps
went green, as Cain continued to track down the leader Jason Miller. Cain
moved by Miller on lap 18 for the lead. On the final circuit, Miller
attempted a big slide job in turns 1-2 but Cain was able to hold him off
while recording his sixth CLS feature win this season. Miller finished
second ahead of Joey Jensen. Luke Schilling completed his strong feature
race run in fourth. Tyler Keyser came from 21st to 5th, Scott
Splittstoesser raced forward from 23rd to 7th, and Shaun Kelley charged from
22nd to 8th.

The final event of the evening rolled trackside with 17 DTRA Late Models
racing 30 laps in their feature. The race ran nonstop from green to
checker. Ron Schreiner quickly pulled away from the field in the early
stages. Joel Cryderman eventually made his way from 6th to 2nd while Brent
Larson moved forward from 9th to 3rd by lap 19. As Schreiner began working
lapped traffic, Cryderman slowly closed in on the leader. Brent Larson,
Rick Egersdorf and Mike Nutzmann were close behind. With the laps clicking
by, Schreiner maintained his lead over Cryderman. In the end, Rapid Ron
Schreiner posted his first win of the season with Joel Cryderman a close
second and Brent Larson not far back in third. Mike Nutzmann and Rick
Egersdorf completed the top five. Pat Doar, Steve Laursen, Toby Patchen,
Mike Bear and Paul Hipsag rounded out the top ten finishers.

Next weekend the Cedar Lake Speedway will host a couple of big racing
events. The very popular Fireworks Night will highlight Saturday June 30
racing action, as the track will also kick off its 50th Anniversary
celebration. The fireworks display is always one of the best in the area.
Four regular DTRA classes will be in action that night with the DTRA
modifieds getting the night off. The mods will return the following evening
in support of the traditional World of Outlaws sprint car show held this
year on Sunday July 1. Many race fans are expected to camp at the track
overnight next weekend. Plenty of free camping is available. Come out and
enjoy a weekend of exciting dirt track racing at the legendary Cedar Lake
Speedway, as we offer a variety of racing entertainment June 30-July 1st.

Rain Postpones the Features on Night 2 of the 9th Annual Masters at the

June 22nd, 2007

For the Friday night portion of the Masters, the IRA sprint cars ran time trials while the WDRL late models lined up their heats by a draw and then
used passing points to determine feature starting positions. Following sprint car time trials and a break to condition the track, the WDRL late models were up first for five heat races. A very strong field of WDRL cars and several other top-notch teams would mean some tough competition was in order for the heats. Jimmy Mars, Darren Miller, Steve Laursen, Pat Doar, and Kerry Hansen earned victories. The third and fourth heats were especially competitive, keeping the fans entertained as track regulars defeated the invaders. The IRA 410 sprints also had a quality field of cars scheduled to run four heat races. Donny Goeden made a last lap, last turn pass for the win in the first heat. Dusty Ballenger, Scott Biertzer and Bill Balog rode home with top honors in the remaining heat races. It was at this point of the program that the weather started to loom as a potential factor, so track officials kept the program moving along swiftly while making a few changes in the order of events.

The WDRL late models moved quickly through two 12 lap B Mains with the top three finishers in each earning their way into the feature event. John Kaanta bested Rick Hanestad and Dave Eckrich in the first B Main while Chris Madden, driving a Scott Bloomquist second car, powered to the front in the second B Main to win over Eric Pember and Chad Simpson. The IRA sprint cars would also need two B Mains. Following a caution for a spin and then a red flag when Tony Norem crashed hard into the turn 1 concrete wall and flipped wildly down the track, the first IRA B Main was reduced to 10 laps. Mike Reinke defeated Jerry Richert Jr. and Mike Sitzmann Jr. in the first B Main, as those three cars earned starting spots in the feature race. With the threat of rain close by, IRA officials decided to reduce the second B Main to 10 laps as well. Todd King raced in front of Steve Meyer and Dave Uttech to garner the win just as it started to rain very lightly.

With a light rain falling, the WDRL late model feature race was brought trackside. The cars continued to circle the track waiting for the rain to subside. After several minutes, the rain intensified to the point where
track officials sent the cars to the pits in hopes that the rain would end
and the track could then be worked into racing condition. The persistent
light rain just would not diminish, so the decision was made to postpone the
two feature races until Saturday night. The two features would be run early
during the Saturday show. Race fans would certainly have a full night of
action coming up

With IRA sprint car hot laps and group qualifying for the WDRL late models completed on Saturday evening June 16, the two make-up feature races from
the night before were on tap. The 25 lap $2500 to win IRA 410 Outlaw sprint
car feature was held first. Kim Mock jumped out into the early lead. The
red flag waved for an easy rollover by Scott Uttech with 6 laps in the books. Mock continued to lead over Travis Whitney when the green flag replaced the red. On lap 12, Mock’s #1M sprinter drifted high in turn 3 and made contact with the concrete wall. The car rode the wall but did not flip over. Dave Uttech and Scott Winters made contact with the R19 car of Winters flipping. All three cars were out, as the race was once again under a red flag. Travis Whitney inherited the lead at this point. A couple of yellows slowed the pace a few more times, but each time Whitney was able to build up a comfortable margin when the race went back to green. Current IRA point leader and defending 2006 IRA champion Travis Whitney went on to score a popular win at what he calls his home track. Scotty Neitzel, Bill Balog, Donny Goeden, and Mike Reinke completed the top five.

It was now time for 50 laps of WDRL late model racing action with $10,000
going to the winner. The field of 26 cars roared to life with local driver
Steve Laursen taking an early lead. Another local standout, Pat Doar, battled with Laursen for the first five laps before moving past for the lead on lap 6. Doar would lead laps 6-10, but Laursen came back to repass Doar on lap 11 for the lead. Doar wasn’t done yet, and he retook the top spot from Laursen on lap 12. The first of three cautions waved with 13 laps in for a spin in turn 4 by Ace Ihm. Doar was leading Laursen with Jimmy Mars in third. Scott Bloomquist was also on the move forward. On the restart, a four car pileup in turn 4 saw Chris Madden and Jake Redetzke go to the tail of the field on the restart. Doar continued to lead with Jimmy Mars moving by Steve Laursen for second. On lap 20, Mars moved past Doar for the lead, but Doar came right back again on the high side to lead laps 21-22. The battle up front continued with Mars the leader once again on lap 23. The final caution flew with 26 laps in when Denny Eckrich stopped on the track with a flat tire. On the restart Mars began to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, but many fans were watching Scott Bloomquist work his way to the front. As the laps clicked by, Bloomquist closed in on leader Mars in lapped traffic. The potent #0 Bloomquist machine moved ever so closer to Jimmy Mars #28. With just a few laps remaining, Bloomquist had tracked down Mars. Bloomquist was strong but so was Mars. Jimmy Mars was able to hold off the challenges of Scott Bloomquist, as the crowd cheered him on to victory. It was Mars third straight WDRL win on the Badger State Tour and was a great way to kick off his Masters weekend. Bloomquist finished a close second followed by Steve Laursen, Ashley Anderson and Brady Smith. Pat Doar, Brian Harris, Chris Madden from the back, John Kaanta and Darren Miller completed the top ten
finishers.

A day later than planned, the second night of the 9th Annual Masters was now
in the record books. Still to come was a full show for the third and final
night, as the large crowd knew they were in store for a lot of racing on
Saturday evening. After all, they had already watched 75 laps of feature
racing from the night before.

Opening Night at the 9th Annual Masters sees Richert, Jensen and Tourville top Cedar Lake Speedway Features.

June 19th, 2007

The freshly painted concrete wall got its first mark in sprint car hot laps
when a violent crash occurred in turn 2. A front suspension part broke on
Leigh Thomas’ sprinter sending him straight into the wall. The impact was
one of the hardest witnessed by many veteran track observers. Leigh’s
sprinter appeared to be headed over the wall, but it bounced around on top
of it for a very moments and returned to the track. Much to the relief of
everyone, Leigh was able to walk away from his destroyed car.

The DTRA street stocks were the first class on the track for competitive
heat race action A field of 19 streeters ran two nonstop heats. The first
heat saw Shawn Kammerud lead the first four laps before Allen Gessel Jr.
made the winning pass on lap 5. Gessel went on to post the victory with
Chris Peterson moving into second late in the race followed by 9th starter
Shane Kisling. In the second heat, popular female competitor Chanda
Fjorden-Nord bested a strong field of cars in what turned out to be an
extremely entertaining 10 lap run. Ron Hanestad and Jason Vandekamp
finished a close second and third with Keith Tourville also in the four car
battle for the lead.

Three heat races for the 26 DTRA modifieds in attendance would find three
drivers lead all the way. The first heat was slowed early on for a crash
into the turn 3 wall involving veteran racer Mike Kelley Jr. Mike’s car
sustained front end damage and was done for the evening. Joey Jensen led
all 10 laps from his outside row one starting spot to earn the win followed
by Luke Schilling and Canadian driver Brad Loveday. Current track point
leader Dave Cain powered away from the field for the win in the second heat
race leaving Jason Miller and Ron Schreiner to battle for the second place
position in a quick 10 lap run. Jason Schill led all the way in the third
heat. Tyler Keyser kept it close and finished second with back row starter
Al Uotinen racing forward to place third.

The 360 sprint car field was pared down by one car with Leigh Thomas out of
action after destroying his car in hot laps. The remaining 19 cars ran two
heats. The first heat race went nonstop and saw Curt Lund charge away from
the pack for the win. Dusty Ballenger and Chris Graf battled for the second
spot. The second heat would see the new inside track tires claim its first
victim. Scott Winters hooked a tire in turn 3 and flipped upside down three
laps into the race. The R19 crew would work hard and later have his car
ready to start the feature event. Winters eventful night was not done by
any means. Jerry Richert Jr. led all the way enroute to victory in the
second heat. Tony Norem and Bill Balog rounded out the top three.

Keeping the program moving right along, eighteen DTRA street stocks rolled
trackside for their 15 lap feature event. The street stock division has
been putting on a great show many nights this season at CLS, and tonight
would once again see a very competitive race for this class. Misfortune
befell Chanda Fjorden-Nord before the race ever started. Chanda had motor
trouble with her car following her heat race. She elected to give up her
scheduled pole starting position and start at the back of the pack in order
to make one lap and pull in. This moved Keith Tourville up one row.
Tourville immediately raced to the lead in front of Ron Hanestad. A
tremendous battle for the runnerup spot soon developed between Hanestad,
Kisling, Gessel and current track point leader Jason Vandekamp. During the
middle stages of the race, these drivers traded spots on several occasions
often times running two and three wide as Tourville continued to pace the
field up front. As the laps clicked by, 10th starter Chris Peterson would
join this group while Gessel would eventually fall out of the race with
mechanical woes. Vandekamp finally broke free of the second place pack and
closed the gap on Tourville. With just a couple laps to go, Vandekamp
closed up to the rear bumper of Tourville’s car but was not able to overtake
the leader. Keith Tourville held the point for his third win of the season
followed closely to the finish line by Jason Vandekamp and Ron Hanestad.
Shane Kisling and Chris Peterson rounded out the top five in a race that
went green from start to finish.

With three cars scratched from the DTRA modified main event, 23 cars roared
under starter Jeff Stacken’s green flag for 20 racing laps The first of
three caution flags waved immediately when Shaun Kelley’s #1k modified broke
a tie-rod and slowed coming off turn 2 down the backstretch. Several cars
had to slow down dramatically and darted around to avoid the slowing car.
Kevin Viebrock stopped in turn 4 to bring out the caution while Kelley drove
his car pitside. A complete restart would see all remaining cars get their
original starting spots back. On the second start attempt, a big melee in
turn 2 resulted when pole sitter Brad Loveday got crossed up in front of the
whole field. Several cars stacked up in the ensuing mess with Dave Cain and
Ron Schreiner sustaining front end damage to their machines while Al Uotinen
had to go to the work area and change a flat tire. Cain and Schreiner were
done, thus ending Cain’s bid for five straight feature wins. Uotinen
returned to tag the tail of the field with Loveday also relegated to the
rear for causing the accident. Track officials redid the lineup by
criss-crossing the first six rows, since four of the original inside
starters were involved in the first two cautions. The third attempt to get
the race underway was the charm. Jason Miller quickly moved from inside row
two to lead the opening laps. Joey Jensen soon worked his way into the #2
spot behind Miller and began to close in on the leader. On lap nine, Jensen
passed Miller for the lead in turn 4. Fans were also watching the progress
of 9th starter Darrell Nelson and 19th starter Al Uotinen, as these Twin
Ports area drivers were on the move forward. One final caution for a spin
with 12 laps in the books closed up the field. Jensen continued to show the
way up front followed by Miller and Jason Schill. A quick eight lap run to
the checkers and it was Joey Jensen earning his second feature win of the
season Jason Miller finished second with Jason Schill third, Darrell Nelson
fourth, and Luke Schilling fifth. Al Uotinen advanced 10 positions
following his tire change to finish 9th. 19 of the 23 cars were able to
able to finish the race.

The final event of the night would end up being a bit of a marathon, but it
would also have a very close and exciting finish which would be followed by
some post-race drama. The 360 winged sprint car feature saw 19 cars take
the green. The first of two red flags flew on the opening lap when third
starter Mike Sitzmann Jr. spun sideways in turn 4 and collected Chris Graf.
Graf’s car tipped over while Sitzmann’s machine ended up in the infield.
Amazingly, the remaining cars were able to avoid the incident. Graf’s crew
tipped his car upright, took the nose wing off, and Chris was able to
restart the race. Sitzmann’s night ended on the hook with front end damage.
The second attempt to get the race underway also resulted in a red flag when
Joseph Kouba hooked an inside track tire and flipped upside down. The Kouba
#55 car was righted and pushed to the pits with a pancaked top wing. Also
at this time, 7th starter Tony Norem went to the work area for some repairs
and returned to the tail of the field. The third start went okay and the
race was underway with Jerry Richert Jr. blasting into the lead from his
outside row one starting spot. Scott Winters was definitely on the move
from his 19th starting spot as was Tony Norem from the back of the field. A
series of five yellow flags for spins on laps 4, 9, 10, and twice on lap 16
would continue to hamper the pace of this race. By lap 11, Scott Winters
had moved into third place in the running order behind Richert and Dusty
Ballenger. Tony Norem was up to fourth by lap 12. Winters moved past
Ballenger on the lap 16 restart and set his sights on Richert. The final
four laps went green and on the final circuit Winters roared around the high
side of turns 3-4 while Richert worked the bottom groove. Richert still had
the lead coming down to the checkers, but Winters had the momentum. With
the crowd on its feet, Winters crossed the finish line just inches in front
of Richert to earn an apparent victory and thrill the crowd with an exciting
finish. Following the victory lane celebration, the R19 team failed to
bring their sprinter directly to the scales and ended up being disqualified.
A very tough break for sure, but the rule clearly indicates the car and
driver must scale before going to the pits. This did not happen, so Jerry
Richert Jr ended up with the victory after leading all but the final few
feet of the race. Rounding out the top five finishers were Dusty Ballenger,
Tony Norem, Bill Balog, and 14th starter John Nelson in a race that seemed
to have a little bit of something for everyone even if it was a long drawn
out affair.

The 9th Annual Masters weekend would then continue over the course of the
next two nights with the WDRL late models and IRA 410 Outlaw winged sprints
taking center stage at the Cedar Lake Speedway. One night was in with two
more to go!

Racing Action Returns to Cedar Lake Speedway with Vandekamp, Wheeler, Sinna,

June 11th, 2007

Season-high cars counts were prevalent in several classes with 36 DTRA Midwest Modifieds topping the charts along with 28 super stocks, 27 modifieds, 22 late models and 21 street stocks signed into the pits.

Two heat races in the street stocks saw Cory Rosen run strong for the win in
the first heat over Jeff Heintz and 9th starter Jason Vandekamp. Chandra
Fjorden-Nord moved to the front in the second heat race followed by 7th
starter Chris Peterson and Ryan Kostreba. Heat race action in the Midwest
modified division would see the need to run four races due to the strong car
count. 2006 DTRA Rookie of the Year Andy Jones turned in a solid effort to
win the first heat over Justin Schill and Mike Hausken. A last lap, last
corner pass for the win in the second heat saw current DTRA point leader
Ryan Olson top race-long leader Clark Perry and 7th starter Lonnie Louschke.
Defending DTRA National Champion Dan Wheeler pulled away for the win in the
third heat leaving Bryan Siercks and Cory Williams to battle for second. In
the final heat, Erik Peterson defeated Jason Gross and 9th starter Vince
Corbin for the win.

The largest field of the season in the DTRA Super Stocks would see back row
starter Larry Boumeester charge to the front for the win in the first of
three heats over Dan Carlson and Dave Emerfoll. Mike Loomis led all 10 laps
enroute to victory in the second heat with Charlie Weber and Mark Chamernick
next in line. Justin Stahl had a scare in the second heat when his #47
super stock climbed the backstretch concrete wall and nearly rolled over.
Fortunately the car returned to all four wheels and Justin was able to make
the feature race later in the night. The final heat race for the super
stocks also saw Mike Weber lead all the way. Matt Sinna came from 9th to
finish second with Ryan Wiome in third.

DTRA Modified heat races numbered a total of three. Dave Cain came from his
3rd starting spot in the first heat to pass leader Mike Mueller on lap 3, as
the potent #2c machine then pulled away. Mueller held strong for second
with Shawn Peterson nearly edging him at the finish line. Ron Schreiner led
the final nine laps in the second heat with 7th starter Jason Schill moving
past the ZOOM car of Owen Grube for second late in what turned out to be a
very good heat race. Tyler Keyser picked up the win in the third heat by
besting first-time 2007 visitor Luke Schilling and Shaun Kelley. The DTRA
late models completed their two heat races with a few more problems than
they normally have. Eric Breeschoten held the point all the way in the
first heat over Chuckie DeSmith and Ron Schreiner. Coming from his outside
row four starting spot, Pat Doar took the lead on lap 6 of the second heat
and went on to post the win over 7th starter Brent Larson and Paul Hipsag.
Jon Chrest, Hipsag and Doar all led laps in this heat race.

The Midwest modified B Main had some trouble getting going, as the yellow
flag waved three times before one lap could be completed. The race then
went 10 laps nonstop with Greg Chesley topping Brady Peterson, Keith
Lepinski and Stan Thom for the four transfer positions into the feature
race. A couple of school bus rides around the track and pit area were then
given to the many kids in attendance. Soon the street stock feature was
lined up and ready to go.

The DTRA street stocks have been putting on a good show at Cedar Lake
Speedway and tonight was no exception. Jason Vandekamp quickly moved to the
lead from his pole starting spot with a bunch of cars racing hard behind him
for several positions. The race was slowed under caution with three laps in
for a spin. Shawn Kammerud had moved from 8th to 2nd at that time while
Rodney Debernardeaux had advanced seven positions from his 17th starting
spot. Another yellow two laps later would be the final caution. Chandra
Fjorden-Nord, who already has one victory at CLS so far this season, was now
running second. During the ten lap green flag run to the finish following
this caution, the battle for positions two on back really got interesting.
Jason Vandekamp became the sixth different driver to earn a victory in this
competitive class this season with Chris Peterson, Corey Rosen, Ron
Hanestad, and Shawn Kammerud rounding out the top five in another very good
15 lap street stock feature race that saw several spots behind leader
Vandekamp change hands several times.

Following some minor track prep and a few more school bus rides around the
track for the kids, the DTRA Midwest modifieds were ready for their 15 lap
main event. Just like their B Main, the feature race also had trouble
getting underway. Three yellows and no laps in the books jumbled up the
starting lineup a bit, but the fourth try was successful. The race then
went 11 straight laps before the final caution slowed the pace. Dan Wheeler
drew the pole position and he led all the way for his first CLS victory of
the season. Jason Gross rode home in second followed by 12th starter Andy
Jones, 19th starter Greg Chesley, and 11th starter Erik Peterson. Peterson
actually had to come from the back of the field following an altercation
with another car on the third start attempt, so he was one of the cars
really making a strong run forward in this race. Misfortune befell third
place runner Justin Schill on the final lap with a spin in turn 2. There
were differing accounts of what happened, but the official call scored
Schill at the tail end of the lead lap cars.

With 27 of the 28 cars on hand able to start their feature race, the DTRA
Super Stocks definitely had a full field for their 20 lap main event.
Making his second appearance of the season, and looking for his second win,
Matt Sinna jumped out into the lead from his outside row one starting spot.
Dave Emerfoll moved into the lead on lap 2 however. A caution for a spin
and it was Emerfoll leading. Chris Gorka found the middle lane to his
liking and drove past Emerfoll on lap 4. Gorka opened up a bit of a lead,
but that advantage was wiped out with 8 laps in for spin in turn 2. By this
time, Sinna was back into second after running as low as fourth. On the
restart, Sinna powered by on the high side to retake the lead. Action was
slowed two more times for a crash on lap 14 and debris on the track on lap
16. In the end, Matt Sinna kept his feature race record perfect at Cedar
Lake in 2007, making it two wins in two appearances. Chris Gorka turned in
a career best second place finish at CLS. Mike Weber, Dan Carlson and
Charlie Weber rounded out the top five. Only two cars failed to finish.

Like the super stocks, the DTRA modifieds also had a 27 car starting grid
for their 20 lap feature race. It certainly did not take current point
leader Dave Cain long to move to the front. Cain passed leader Luke
Schilling on lap 2 and easily went on to earn his fourth straight feature
win at CLS this season. The race was only slowed twice under caution.
Scott Splittstoesser moved up four spots to finish second while Shaun Kelley
advanced six positions for a third place finish. Luke Schilling was fourth
and Tyler Keyser slipped past Mike Mueller at the line on the final lap to
grab the fifth place position. Joey Jensen raced from 22nd to finish 9th.

The DTRA late models were ready to rumble for the final event of the
evening. Four cars were unable to start after suffering crash damage or
mechanical breakdowns in the heats, so 18 cars lined up to do battle for 30
laps. Pole sitter Mike Nutzmann bolted into the lead at the drop of the
green flag. Ron Schreiner was soon second. A caution with three laps in
tightened up the field again. Nutzmann continued to lead. Brent Larson
also continued to work his way forward from his 6th starting spot. Larson
was running in second when the final yellow waved with 11 laps scored for an
incident on the backstretch involving two cars. On the restart, Larson
immediately moved past Nutzmann in turn 1 for the lead and never looked
back. Nineteen green flag laps later, Brent Larson scored his second CLS
win of the season. Brent had won the makeup feature at Superior the
previous night while finishing second in the regular feature race, so he
capped off a successful DTRA racing weekend with two firsts and a second.
Mike Nutzmann finished second. A very good battle for many laps for the
third spot ended up with Ron Schreiner in front of Rick Egersdorf. Chuckie
DeSmith raced from 10th to round out the top five finishers.

A big three night race weekend is in store for fans when the Cedar Lake
Speedway kicks off the 9th Annual Masters on Thursday night June 14. The
360 sprint cars along with DTRA modifieds and street stocks are on the race
program. Then on Friday and Saturday June 15-16, the WDRL late models and
IRA 410 Outlaw sprint cars run complete shows each night. We look forward
to seeing many race fans at the Masters event. Come out and enjoy the great
sport of dirt track racing at the Cedar Lake Speedway!

9th Annual Masters at Cedar Lake Speedway

June 8th, 2007

The Masters Weekend has evolved into a race fan’s dream whether you like your racing with or without fenders. This weekend kicks off Thursday night June 14th with complete shows for the local 360 Sprint Cars, DTRA Modifieds and Street Stocks. Friday & Saturday we turn the big dog WDRL Late Models and the 410 IRA Sprint cars loose as both classes will feature complete shows each night.

The United Trailers, O’Reilly Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts IRA Sprint Cars will thrill 410 sprint car fans with two complete shows Friday and Saturday. Kim Mock, Scotty Neitzel, Steve Meyer and current IRA point leader and high flyer Travis Whitney are sure to deliver heart pounding open wheel warfare on Cedar Lake’s clay 3/8 mile speed mill. For more info on the IRA go to www.irasprints.org

The Polydome WDRL Late Models will also compete in two 50 lap $10,000 to win events both Friday and Saturday. Current WDRL point leader and Cedar Lake
Speedway veteran driver Justin Fegers will be looking to keep his lead as he
battles with Brian Harris, Dave Eckrich and Wisconsin drivers John Kaanta,
Eric Pember & Jimmy Mars! For more information on the WDRL go to
www.worldraceleague.com

Just Announced: As a bonus the loyal Cedar lake Speedway sponsors have graciously donated an additional $5,000 to make Friday night’s feature
$10,000 to win.

Advanced tickets are available by calling 612-363-0479 or by visiting
www.cedarlakespeedway.com

Masters Weekend Tire Rule: In addition to the Hoosier WRS-55 &Wissota D55
the Goodyear G50 tire is also allowed at these events and Cedar Lake
Speedway and the WDRL welcome all DTRA & Wissota Late Model drivers interested in competing for the twin $10,000 to win shows.

Tickets:
Thursday $15 Adults, $7 Students 6-16 & Pit Pass $25
Friday $25 Adults, $12 Students 6-16 &Pit Pass $35
Saturday $30 Adults, $15 Students 6-16 & Pit Pass $40

Cedar Lake Speedway is celebrating their 50th Anniversary and will kickoff
the celebration on June 30th. DTRA Late Models, Super Stocks, Midwest
Modifieds and Street Stocks are on the card along with the best fireworks
presentation in the area.

Cedar Lake Speedway would like to thank the following loyal sponsors: Bernicks Pepsi, Bernard’s Northtown, 3M, Grand Casino, Impact Printing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Arnie Ranta Motorsports, Dodge, Amsoil, Justice Brothers, Frattalone Excavating.

Tourville, Phillips, Weber, Cain & Cryderman Top Strong Field at Cedar Lake

May 31st, 2007

With light showers moving through the area earlier in the day, a brisk westerly wind cleared the skies in the afternoon and set the stage for an
evening of racing action at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday May 26
during the holiday weekend. A strong field of 120 cars were on hand, as some
area tracks were forced to cancel their programs due to inclement weather
while others were running specials with certain classes not in action. A
very stout field of 28 DTRA late models, 21 modifieds, 22 super stocks, 29
midwest mods, and a season-high 20 street stocks signed into the pits to
compete in the nineteen event program featuring thirteen heat races, a B
Main, and five feature races. The very capable track maintenance crew was
kept busy with over three inches of rain falling during the week and another
strong wind blowing on race night presenting some challenges to keep the
surface in good racing condition.

The DTRA Street Stocks got the racing action underway for the evening with
two heat races. Melvin Raska led the opening lap in the first heat before
defending track champion Keith Tourville took over on lap 2. Chris Peterson
came from his fifth starting spot to move past Tourville on lap 7 enroute to
victory. Tourville finished second ahead of ninth starter and last week’s
feature winner Chanda Fjorden-Nord. The second heat race saw Jason Vandekamp
lead all the way for the win over fifth starter Cory Rosen and seventh
starter Shawn Kammerud. Rosen was making his first appearance of the season
at CLS.

In heat race action for the DTRA Midwest Modifieds, Vince Corbin raced in
front of the field for 10 laps to take the win in the first heat over Erik
Peterson and Andy Jones. Ryan Olson, who was looking for his fourth straight
win at CLS, paced the field in the second heat Clint Larson, also making his
first CLS start this season, stayed a close second with Shawn Phillips just
behind him in third. The final heat race was all Justin Schill up front.
Charlie Hillukka and Sam Nelson completed the top three.

Three heats were also in store for the DTRA Sunoco Super Stock division.
Larry Boumeester grabbed the lead from race-long leader Joel Collins on the
final lap for the win in the opening heat race. Mike Weber topped Dave
Emerfoll in the second heat in a race that was shortened a few laps when an
accident involving four cars took out half the field late in the run.
Another driver making his first start of the season, Dave Friendt, put Jake
Hiatt’s backup car under the checker first in the final heat. Dan Carlson
was close behind in second. Apparent third place finisher Brandon Jensen had
misfortune strike when his car came up light at the scales following the
race.

The DTRA Amsoil Modifieds would see yellow fever strike in their two heat
races. Shaun Kelley put together a solid run to capture the win in the first
heat followed by ninth starter Jody Bellefeuille and Dave Cain. Cain had to
come from the back of the field after being charged with the caution six
laps into the race for a spin in turn 1. Joey Jensen defeated Jason Miller
and eighth starter Scott Splittstoesser in the second heat race.

The strongest field of the season so far in the DTRA Impact Printing Super
Late Model division put on three very good heat races for the fans. Terry
Casey passed leader Toby Patchen on lap 2 on his way to the win in the first
heat. A good battle waged for the second place spot on back for several laps
with Mike Nutzmann finishing second in front of Pat Doar. In the second
heat, Joel Cryderman passed Jim Carlson on lap 2and went on to take the win.
Once again, some very good racing took place behind Cryderman Paul Hipsag
led the third heat for seven laps, but it was Brent Larson, who had been
busy during the day making repairs to the front end of his car following a
crash the night before at the Fox Ridge Speedway, moving to the front on lap
8 to lead the final three circuits. Hipsag held on for second over Keith
Foss. The midwest mods then ran their B Main with Stan Thom posting his
first CLS win over rookie Keith Lepinski and Bryce Johnson. It was now time
for feature action to get underway.

The 20 car starting grid in the DTRA Street Stock class had a bunch of
strong contenders looking for the win in their 15 lap feature race. Racing
for an increased payout in the top three spots thanks to GRP Motorsports,
the street stocks put on a great show. Keith Tourville took the lead from
his outside front row starting spot while fourth starter Cory Rosen quickly
moved into the second place position. The first caution waved for a hard
crash in turn four involving the cars of Matt Raboin and Brian Loss.
Raboin’s car slammed head-on into the wall and sustained some significant
damage. A few laps later a spin in turn 4 brought out the caution with
Tourville, Rosen and seventh starter Chris Peterson occupying the top three
spots. One more yellow a lap later slowed the pace, but once the race
restarted it ran green to the finish and featured some very good racing for
the top spots. Rosen managed to get by Tourville for a couple of laps.
Tourville drove back around Rosen on lap 8. Chris Peterson was also right
there in the mix for the top three positions. The three leaders raced in and
out of lapped traffic all the time staying close together. Rosen pulled
alongside Tourville on a couple of occasions, but he could not get by. On
the final lap, Chris Peterson passed Rosen and raced hard around turns 3&4
in an effort to get past leader Tourville. Peterson came up about a car
length short at the finish. Keith Tourville became the first repeat winner
of the 2007 season in the street stock division. Chris Peterson, Cory Rosen,
Jason Vandekamp, and Shawn Kammerud completed the top five. Not only was
there a good battle up front, but there was also some very good racing
taking place for several other spots in an exciting and entertaining feature
race.

Tonight it was the DTRA Midwest Modified division’s turn to experience
yellow fever. A total of eight cautions waved in what ended up being a
time-shortened main event. Shawn Phillips earned his first win of the
season. Greg Chesley came from seventh to finish second. Clint Larson went
from ninth to third to finish ahead of Vince Corbin. Eleventh starter Justin
Schill rounded out the top five. Twelfth starter Ryan Olson’s bid for four
straight wins ended with a sixth place finish. Bryce Johnson was able to
advance thirteen positions from 22nd to 9th. The midwest mods had a decent
field of cars, but for whatever reason they just could not seem to complete
many laps before a yellow flag would wave.

The 20 lap DTRA Super Stock feature race pitted 20 cars against each other.
Dan Carlson took the early lead from his pole starting position. With two
laps in, a hard crash on the backstretch involving Charlie Weber, Jake
Hiatt, Destin Lorimor, and Cody Campeau actually brought the race under a
red flag condition. Weber’s car had sustained a hard impact in the driver’s
door, but fortunately Charlie was okay. His car as well as Lorimor’s car
were done though. Despite a heavy hit on the front his machine, Jake Hiatt
was able to continue as was Campeau. Two laps after the race went green,
Mike Weber moved past Carlson into the lead. A lead he would not relinquish.
The final caution waved on lap 13 for a crash involving four cars in turn 2.
Only Jake Hiatt was unable to continue. The caution would have been
necessary despite the accident, as the entire roof on Jeff Beer’s car
literally flew off and landed on the front stretch. Beer ran the remaining
eight laps in his topless super stock. On the restart, bad luck struck the
fourth place runner Dave Friendt when a right front tire went down forcing
him to retire from the race. Mike Weber held the point for the final eight
laps and earned his first CLS win of the season. Tim Borgeson, Dan Carlson,
tenth starter Larry Boumeester, and Mike Loomis completed the top five. Jim
Gullikson moved forward from 13th to 6th while Brandon Jensen raced his way
from 19th to 9th.

Dave Cain was attempting to make it three straight wins in the 20 lap DTRA
Modified feature race. Scott Splittstoesser jumped out front from his
outside row one starting spot to lead the first nine laps. Dave Cain blew by
for the lead at the midway point. The race ran green for 12 laps before the
first caution flew for a spin in turn 3. This closed up the field, but Dave
Cain just was too strong. One more caution for another spin on lap 16 would
give the other drivers another chance for the win. The battle proved to be
for second though. Dave Cain went on to record his third straight win and
fourth overall of the season. Joey Jensen finished second ahead of Jason
Miller, Scott Splittstoerser, and tenth starter Shaun Kelley. Jason Schill
was the big gainer in this race, moving from 17th to finish 6th.

The final feature race of the evening was for the “big iron” DTRA Late Model
division. An extremely strong field of 28 cars started with Joel Cryderman
blasting into the lead from his pole starting spot. 30 green flag racing
laps later it was still Joel Cryderman showing the way in the nonstop event.
Cryderman notched his second win of the season. Pat Doar finished second,
eighth starter Brent Larson moved up to third, 13th starter Ashley Anderson
rode home in fourth, and Lance Matthees rounded out the top five. Only three
cars dropped out of the fast-paced race.

Next week is Kids Night at the Cedar Lake Speedway where all kids under 10
are admitted free. Come join us for some entertaining Saturday night racing
action with all five DTRA divisions slated to be on hand.

Fjorden-Nord, Boumeester, Cain and Laursen win features at Cedar Lake on

May 22nd, 2007

School Bus Race Night is always a hit amongst the area high school students, as teachers from five local area schools race full-size school buses against each other as well as a couple of Cedar Lake Speedway personalities. In the regular racing action for the evening, a field of 92 cars in four DTRA divisions was on hand to entertain the large crowd. There were 26 late models, 25 modifieds, 25 super stocks, and 16 street stocks signed into the pits. The midwest modified division had the night off.

Under clear skies and a cool northerly wind, the DTRA Street Stocks got the
night’s racing action underway with two heat races. A last lap pass for the
win in the first heat would see Chanda Fjorden-Nord defeat Shawn Kammerud.
Many fans in the large crowd were cheering for this popular female
competitor, as she did not disappoint them in a very good 10 lap race.
Defending track champion Keith Tourville came from 6th to the lead in just
two laps enroute to victory in the second heat race over Jason Vandekamp.

Three heats were in order for the DTRA Super Stocks. Charlie Weber led all
the way in the opening heat race with a couple of young drivers, Jake Hiatt
and Mike Bruggeman, putting in strong runs to finish second and third. 2006
track champion Larry Boumeester pulled away from the field to take the top
spot in the second heat race over Ryan Wiome and Kevin Ayotte. Mike Loomis
ran strong up front in the third heat to take the win with JB Stortz and Dan
Carlson in tow.

The first of three DTRA Modified heat races was a good one. Troy Girolamo
came from his 6th starting spot to pass leader Eric Bjorklund on lap 7.
Girolamo led the remainder of the race with Tyler Keyser and Jason Gross
moving past Bjorklund to finish second and third. The second heat also
proved to be a good one. Joey Jensen led the first three circuits before
Dave Cain moved to the point. Jensen stayed close, but Cain would prevail
in this one. On the last lap, Jason Miller slipped past Jensen to finish
second. Jason Schill led all the way in the third heat. Making his first
appearance of the season, Rick Friendt finished second a short distance in
front of Scott Splittstoesser.

Following some brief track work, the first of three heats for the DTRA late
models rolled trackside. Ron Schreiner quickly moved to the top side and
raced ahead of the field for the win over Ashley Anderson and Rick
Egersdorf. Joel Cryderman led nine of the ten laps in the second heat, but
it was Pat Doar leading the important final lap for the win. Fellow
Canadian Tom Nesbitt finished third behind Cryderman. Last week’s feature
winner Brent Larson passed Eric Breeschoten on lap 3 and went on to victory
in the third heat. Steve Laursen eventually got by Breeschoten to finish
second.

The crowd was then ready for the school bus heat race. Teachers from Amery,
New Richmond, Osceola, Baldwin and St. Croix Central high schools were on
hand along with Ron Bernhagen and Brad Both from the Cedar Lake Speedway. A
mystery short bus joined the action shortly after the green flag waved for a
total of eight buses. Students from the schools had helped paint and
decorate each bus to get ready for the races. The bright red New Richmond
school bus was victorious in the heat race, much to the delight of New
Richmond students and fans.

As the temperatures continued to plummet, it was now time for feature race
action to begin. Fifteen cars made the call for the 15 lap DTRA street
stock feature race. Jason Vandekamp bolted into the lead for his pole
starting position. Soon fourth starter and first heat winner Chanda
Fjorden-Nord was in second and challenging Vandekamp for the lead. Keith
Tourville was also on the move from his eighth starting spot. As the crowd
cheered, Chanda raced past Vandekamp on lap 4 coming off turn 2 and into the
lead. Tourville also moved past Vandekamp coming off turn 4 to grab the
second place spot. Tourville slowly began narrowing the gap to the leader,
but Chanda was having a solid run. Meanwhile, Vandekamp and Kevin Schmidt
were having a very good battle for the third spot for several laps. A group
of five cars jockeyed for the fifth position during this time too. As the
laps wound down, Chanda Fjorden-Nord remained the leader with Tourville a
couple of car lengths back. Earning her second CLS career victory, Chanda
Fjorden-Nord posted a popular win over Keith Tourville, Jason Vandekamp,
Kevin Schmidt, and 10th starter Ron Hanestad.

Again the CLS track crew did some quick maintenance work and misting prior
to the 20 lap DTRA super stock feature race. Like last week, the first part
of the race ran well with Mike Loomis leading the opening lap. Charlie
Weber took the lead on the second lap and held off Mike Loomis and Dan
Carlson until the first yellow waved with nine laps in for a spin in turn 4.
Then yellow fever hit again, as the relentless wind began to dry the track.
Another spin and an accident in turn 1 slowed the pace a couple more times.
Just as Larry Boumeester took the lead, another incident in turn 2 brought
the race under caution again with 15 laps in the books and negated that
pass. On the restart, Boumeester moved to the high and made the winning
pass. Charlie Weber continued to challenge Boumeester for the lead, as the
two traded slide jobs a couple of times. Another spin with 17 laps in set
the stage for a real battle. One problem, the race had trouble getting
restarted. Another spin that collected a few cars and then another accident
in turn 2 finally caused CLS officials to make the decision to go
green-white-checker to the finish. The race was finally able to end with
Larry Boumeester capturing his second CLS win of the season. Following
Boumeester was Dan Carlson, Charlie Weber, Mark Chamernick, and Mike Loomis.
Rookie super stock driver Mike Bruggeman ran a very good race for an
impressive sixth place finish in the end.

The 20 lap DTRA modified feature race got off to a slow start when a spin
collected several cars in turn 3 on the opening lap. All cars were able to
restart. On the second start attempt, outside front row starter Kevin
Viebrock lead the opening lap. It didn’t take Dave Cain long to move past
Viebrock and into the lead on lap 2. The second of three cautions slowed
the field with four laps in when Jason Gross coasted to a halt in turn 2.
Joey Jensen was now in second and it appeared as though he would challenge
Cain for the lead. The potent #2c car held firm and eventually pulled away
a bit for the win despite one more caution with eleven laps in for another
spin. Joey Jensen finished second ahead of Jason Schill, Scott
Splittstoesser, and Jason Miller. Tyler Keyser came from 12th to finish
6th.

After a four car crash slowed the pace on the opening lap, veteran driver
Tom Nesbitt showed the way in the early going in the 30 lap DTRA late model
feature race. Another caution for a spin with five laps in kept the field
bunched up. Nesbitt’s lead would last through lap 7. Steve Laursen, in a
brand new car, moved past Nesbitt on lap 8. The final caution would wave
with 19 laps in when Justin Dodge spun in turn 1. While trying to avoid
Dodge, Eric Breeschoten and Tom Nesbitt made contact. Breeschoten’s car
sustained heavy front end damage. It ended up being a long caution, as it
took the wrecker crew quite a while to get Eric’s #66 hooked up and hauled
off the track. Dodge drove his car to the pits while Nesbitt was able to
continue with body damage on the left rear of his car. Steve Laursen raced
ahead of Joel Cryderman to ride home with his first CLS win of the season.
Trailing Laursen were Joel Cryderman, Brent Larson, Ashley Anderson, and Pat
Doar.

The chilled crowd then got ready to cheer on their favorite school bus in
their 15 lap feature race. By virtue of the heat race win, the New Richmond
school bus would start last. No clean sweep tonight though, as the New
Richmond bus ended up rolling over in turn 3 in the early laps. The bus
righted itself and for a moment it looked as if the bus might continue on.
That was not to be though. The Osceola bus ran away up front for the win.
Lots of bumping and banging in this one. After the race had officially
ended, Ron Bernhagen took the CLS #1 bus for a ride on its side. Soon many
of the Osceola students were celebrating in victory lane.

Even though it was only around 10:30pm, the pits and stands emptied out
rather quickly due to the unseasonably chilly air and strong wind. On a day
that started out feeling like spring in the morning, then much more summer
like in the afternoon, it ended up like a brisk late fall evening. Cedar
Lake Speedway would like to thank the hearty crowd for their support along
with the drivers. Hopefully a return to more seasonable weather next
weekend will be in store when the eighth program of the season is set to get
underway at 6:30pm on Saturday night May 26 during the Memorial Day Weekend.
All five DTRA racing divisions will return to action. See you at CLS!

Two repeat and four new winners at Cedar Lake Speedway with Larson, Mass,

May 13th, 2007

It was a night that would see a couple of very good feature races while a couple of classes had a bit of the yellow fever syndrome to slow the action in their main events.

In typical fashion, the DTRA street stocks kicked off the night with two
heats for their 15 car field. Last week’s feature winner Chris Peterson led
all 10 laps enroute to victory in the first heat race with Shawn Kammerud
moving up from 6th to 2nd. The second heat would see Ron Hanestad, making
his first CLS appearance of the season, lead the first seven laps before
Jason Vandekamp worked past for the win as these two drivers battled side by
side on several occasions. They would resume their battle in the feature
race a bit later on in the evening.

Usually drawing the largest amount of cars on race nights, the DTRA Midwest
Modifieds had a strong field of 31 cars to run three heats. Vince Corbin
went green to checker all the way to pick up the win in the first heat with
Jason Gross coming from 6th to finish 2nd and young Andy Jones from 10th to
3rd. Greg Chesley, a two-time feature winner at CLS in 2007 so far, went
from 9th to 1st to top the second heat. A caution with 6 laps in would see
Chesley bolt from his third running position at the time to first all in one
corner. Former sno-cross racer and DTRA Midwest Mod rookie Sam Nelson held
off defending track champion Justin Schill to earn the victory in the third
heat.

Making their inaugural CLS appearance, the Fastrak Upper Midwest Region crate late models only had a 4 car field on hand. This class is in its very first season in the area, so it appears as though it will take some time to build up a group of cars. The class has grown very quickly in other parts of the country, and it is expected to eventually gain a following in this area too. Dave Mass led all the way to pick up the six lap heat race win.

The DTRA Super Stock division would see a couple of heat races for the 21 cars on hand. Jim Gullikson showed the way for the first six laps in the opening heat, but it was defending track champion Larry Boumeester racing past Gullikson on lap 7 on his way to victory. Opening night feature winner Tim Borgeson led all 10 laps to win the second heat.

Three heats for the 26 cars in the DTRA Modified division got underway with
the first heat having a few yellows. Larry Zeller came from his 9th starting spot to pass leader Chris Magistad on lap 5 on his way to the win. Celebrating his 30th season of racing, Ron Schreiner had things his way in the second heat with a green to checker run. Joey Jensen did likewise from his pole starting spot in the third heat race to defeat Dave Cain. Darrell Nelson passed five cars to finish third.

Two crate late models elected to run with their bigger counterparts, so the
DTRA late model class ran 3 heats for the 24 cars signed in. Brent Larson
pulled away for the win in the first heat. Eric Breeschoten, winner on
opening night, blasted away from the field in the second heat. Ashley Anderson moved forward six spots to finish second. Pat Doar, looking to make it three straight wins, had no problems in leading all 10 laps in the third heat. Both crate cars were in the final heat, and Dave Mass managed to earn the final redraw position with a fourth place finish. Dave would later draw the pole position for the feature race.

The Midwest Modifieds usually need to run a B Main and tonight was no exception. Only 7 of the scheduled 13 starters made the call, so just one
car would not make the feature from the consi tonight. Paul Fontecchio topped Jim Schweitzer for the win in the 6 lap race. On most race nights, an intermission is taken following this race. Not so tonight, as CLS track officials decided to run the street stock feature event first prior to the
break.

Following a couple of cautions on the first two attempts to start the race,
the DTRA Street Stock 15 lap feature would then run nonstop and showcase a
great battle up front between Ron Hanestad and Jason Vandekamp. These two
drivers picked right up where they left off in the heat race. With the
original pole sitter gone due to a spin, Ron Hanestad moved up a row and
immediately took the lead. Jason Vandekamp quickly went from his fourth
starting spot to run second at the end of the first lap. Hanestad was
generally running the bottom groove while Vandekamp worked the high side.
Vandekamp moved past Hanestad on lap 3 for the lead. Vandekamp led through
lap 6 only to see Hanestad come back strong on the bottom again to retake
the lead on lap 7. Vandekamp returned the favor to lead laps 8-10.
Hanestad again moved back to the front, this time to stay, on lap 11. Ron
Hanestad led the final five circuits enroute to his first feature victory of
the season in his first appearance of the season. Jason Vandekamp stayed
close to finish second. The three through five spots also saw a very good
battle between three drivers. Jeff Heintz rode home in third followed by
Chris Peterson and Shawn Kammerud. 2006 track champion Keith Tourville
moved up from his 11th starting position to finish 6th. So far in 2007, the
street stock division has had four different winners in the four nights they
have raced.

After a break to groom the track and give fans a chance to visit the
concession stand, the scheduled 24 car starting field for the DTRA Midwest
Modified division came trackside. One car scratched, so 23 cars would take
the green flag for 15 racing laps. Ryan Olson was gunning for three
straight wins and his pole starting spot put him in a great position for
that to happen. Olson quickly jumped out into the lead. Winner of the
first two midwest mod features this year, Greg Chesley went from 4th to 2nd
in less than two laps. It looked like the two titans would battle it out
following a caution for debris, but suddenly on lap 4 Chesley turned his #97
machine around in turn 4 and was contacted by Clark Perry. Both cars rode
the hook to the pits, thus ending Chesley’s bid for his third win of the
season. Ryan Olson continued to pace the field, as last year’s DTRA Rookie
of the Year Andy Jones was on the move from 6th to 2nd. A couple more
cautions for spins would keep the field close, but it was Ryan Olson leading
all the way to post his third straight win of the season. Andy Jones held
strong for second followed by Justin Schill, Shawn Phillips and 13th starter
Bryan Siercks. Loren Inman advanced nine positions to earn hard charger
honors over Siercks coming from 17th to 8th at the end. Defending DTRA
National point champion Dan Wheeler suffered a breakdown in his heat race
and was unable to return to competition for the remainder of the evening.

The Fastrak crate late models then held their 12 lap feature. Brent Mueller
led all 12 laps to earn what was an apparent victory and etch his name in
the record books at CLS. In his excitement following photos and an
interview in victory lane, Brent forgot to head to the scales after leaving
the track. Because of this, second place finisher Dave Mass ended up
garnering the victory and putting his name in the records as the first-ever
Fastrak Upper Midwest Region crate late model feature winner at the Cedar
Lake Speedway. Justin Dodge was second, Dan Hesch third, and Brent Mueller
would end up last. A disappointed Mueller indicated that he is certain he
will never forget to scale again after a win. It would have been his first
career feature victory, but that milestone will have to wait for another
evening. Brent is not the first driver to have this happen to him, and
based on his strong run, he stands a good chance to find himself in victory
lane again before the season is over.

With one car unable to start the 20 lap DTRA Sunoco Super Stock feature
race, 20 cars roared under starter Jeff Stacken’s green flag. J B Stortz
took command up front, but he was soon under pressure from Matt Sinna and
the Weber brothers. These four cars had a good race going on up front. On
lap 8, Sinna moved past Stortz for the lead. The race continued under green
until the halfway mark. This is when things went downhill for the super
stocks. The caution first waved for a spin. On the ensuing restart, another spin in turn 4 collected a couple of cars. Chris Gorka ended up on the hook, ending his night. The next start attempt saw an accident occur in turn 1. 2006 track champion Larry Boumeester rode the hook to the pits while J B Stortz was sent to the tail. Six laps later, a stalled car in turn 4 brought out the fourth yellow. Dan Carlson had been steadily moving forward from his 12th starting position. Two more laps and a spin in turn 4 saw the yellow flag fly once again. Things did not go well at all on the restart. In fact, a big mess on the frontstretch saw lots of carnage take place after the leaders got all bunched up. Mike Weber slammed hard into the concrete wall, causing extensive damage to his car. Also involved in the crash was Jim Gullikson, Jake Hiatt, Conrad Rivard, and Chris Crotty Mike’s brother, Charlie Weber, was sent to the rear but a number of fans expressed a different opinion on what had happened. The race then ran two laps to conclude with Matt Sinna capturing his first win in his first CLS attempt in 2007. Tim Borgeson finished second, Dan Carlson ended up third, Ben Hillman also in his first appearance was fourth, and J B Stortz raced forward from the back at the halfway mark to round out the top five. After the race was over, a group of unhappy drivers converged on the scale area and the #7 car of Sinna. They appeared to be upset about a couple of the restarts!

Yellow fever was not done yet, as the 26 car starting grid for the DTRA
Modifieds would also see six cautions fly in their feature race. The
scheduled distance was shortened to 17 laps due to time limit. Despite the
cautions, all of them for spins, the race itself had three different
leaders. Tyler Keyser led the opening two laps. Following the first
yellow, Ron Schreiner took over the top spot. Rapid Ron survived a caution
with five laps in, but two laps later Dave Cain motored by. Cain led lap 8
but the race was soon under yellow. Two more laps and another spin slowed
the pace. Another spin on the restart and the fifth caution waved. Finally
with 15 laps in, the final caution flew. It would then be a green-white-checker dash to the finish. Dave Cain defeated Ron Schreiner to earn his second win of the young season. Tyler Keyser, Shawn Peterson, and 12th starter Darrell Nelson rounded out the top five. Jason Miller charged forward from 17th to 6th.

Lightning was flashing in the far southern sky when the 24 car DTRA Impact
Printing Late Model feature was led to the green flag by polesitter Dave
Mass in his crate division car. A melee on the backstretch on the opening
lap saw four cars dart around to avoid each other. Darrell Nelson ended up
tagging the tail and a complete restart was in order. The race then went 30
laps nonstop and featured a very good battle for several laps for the top
four positions. Steve Laursen grabbed the early lead from his outside row
one spot with Ashley Anderson, Brent Larson, and Pat Doar close behind.
Larson moved past Anderson for second on lap 14. Two laps later he got by
leader Laursen. Anderson moved past Laursen on lap 18. It looked like
Ashley was going to stay close, but Brent Larson’s B1 car got faster and
faster to pull away a bit. Doar drove past Steve Laursen on lap 21 for
third. The running order up front would remain the same for the rest of the
race, as Brent Larson lapped up to the 12th place car. Larson recorded his
first win of the season followed by Ashley Anderson, Pat Doar, Steve Laursen
and Eric Breeschoten. Dave Mass earned the $200 GRP Crate Late Bonus for
being the highest finisher between the two crate lates that elected to run
in the DTRA division, as Dave rode home in 12th place five spots ahead of
Brent Mueller. The final checkers waved a few minutes before 11:00pm.

Next week the popular School Bus Night will be held at the Cedar Lake Speedway. Area teachers and some track personnel race against each other for bragging rights in school buses. A school bus or two has been known to get upside down in years past. This night is quite popular with many local area high school students. The DTRA late models, modifieds, super stocks and street stocks headline the racing program next week with the midwest mods having a night off. Racing is slated to get underway at 6:30 pm on Saturday May 19. See you at CLS for the 3rd Annual School Bus Night.

Rain Stays Away allowing Doar, Nelson, Loomis, Olson and Peterson to show

May 7th, 2007

Only some light sprinkles fell at the track and soon the skies cleared a bit, the sun appeared and racing took place on a somewhat cool and very windy spring
evening. A solid field of 119 cars signed into the pits to compete in five
DTRA racing divisions with 31 midwest modifieds, 26 modifieds, 24 late models, 20 super stocks and 18 street stocks on hand.

As usual, the first DTRA class to get the night underway was the Street
Stocks. Cale Berry led all the way in the first heat race with Jason
Vandekamp a close second. The second heat race saw Shawn Kammerud grab the
lead on lap 1, but fifth starter Keith Tourville was quickly on the move and
into the lead by lap 2. One lap later Tourville slowed and pulled into the
pits with a breakdown. Kammerud held off Chris Peterson the rest of the way
for the win.

The first of three DTRA Midwest Modified heats was a good one. Erik
Peterson held the point for the first five laps before last week’s feature
winner Ryan Olson got by for the lead. Peterson would not be denied the
win, as he retook the lead on lap 7 and kept Olson behind him. Justin
Schill had things his way in the second heat race with a dash from the pole
position to lead Clark Perry to the checkers for the win. 2006 DTRA Rookie
of the Year Andy Jones moved from fourth to first on the opening lap of the
third heat and raced ahead of the field for the win. Making his first-ever
competitive start in the midwest modified division; Skeeter Estey ran a
solid third behind Paul Fontecchio.

Mike Weber bolted from his outside front row starting spot enroute to
victory in the first DTRA Super Stock heat with Dan Carlson close behind.
Charlie Weber moved from seventh to third in a hurry and finished there.
After a caution waved on the opening lap of the second heat, 2006 CLS track
champion Larry Boumeester was called for jumping the start on the second
try. This meant he would be moved back one row. J B Stortz became the new
polesitter and took the lead over 2006 DTRA Rookie of the Year Jim
Gullikson. Boumeester moved into second a few laps later and took the lead
for good on lap 5. Gullikson eventually got by Stortz for second.

A strong field of DTRA Modifieds returned to action after having last week
off. The first heat race had a few yellows, but Kelly Estey paced the field
for 10 laps to earn the win over Shawn Peterson and seventh starter Dave
Lear. With defending track champion Dave Cain on the outside of the front
row for heat #2, it was basically a matter of who would finish second.
Scott Splittstoesser moved forward from his fifth starting spot to finish
there behind Cain with Darrell Nelson coming from seventh to third.
Following a spin in turn 4 on the opening lap, Troy Girolamo raced from the
back to earn the all-import fourth place and final redraw position in heat
#2. The third heat saw Shaun Kelley return to action after injuring a motor
on practice night in his Mopar powered modified. Shaun would lead the
opening lap. Tyler Keyser powered by on lap 2 and appeared headed to
victory. On the final lap fifth starter Jason Miller thrilled the crowd
with turn 4 pass for the win ahead of Keyser. Ron Schreiner came from
seventh to third.

The 24 car DTRA Late Model field would see three eight car heats. Veteran
driver Tom Nesbitt raced ahead of fellow Canadian Joel Cryderman to lead the
opening lap of the first heat. Cryderman took the lead for good on lap 2
with Nesbitt staying close. Pat Doar blasted away from the field from his
outside front row starting spot in heat #2, as a good battle for the second
and fourth spots took place for several laps. Brent Larson held off Don
Shaw for second. The final heat race of the night had Ashley Anderson on
the pole in his first night out in his new MasterSbilt. Ashley looked
strong in leading all the way for the win over Steve Laursen. Late-arriving
Tom Thompson was making his first CLS appearance in several years, and he
raced forward from the back to finish fourth behind Mike Hesselink.

One B Main would be necessary in the DTRA Midwest Modified division. Nine
cars of the scheduled thirteen made the call to battle for the top six
transfer positions. Former street stock driver Mike Conrad led the first
three laps before Lonny Louschke took the point. Jim Schweitzer moved past
Louschke on lap 9 to lead the final two circuits for the win in the nonstop
race. It was then time for some light blade work on the track along with
some moisture being laid down to get ready for feature race action.

On the freshly prepared surface, a 17 car starting grid took the green flag
in the DTRA Street Stock division. A very good race quickly developed for
the top five positions between Jason Vandekamp, Jeff Heintz, Shawn Kammerud,
Chris Peterson and Allen Gessel Jr. A caution with 5 laps in the books
found 14th starter Keith Tourville up to 8th place. Vandekamp led Heintz on
the restart, but Chris Peterson was on the move passing Kammerud and then
Heintz one lap later to run second. The final yellow flew for debris on the
track with 7 laps completed. Two laps after going green, Peterson moved
past Vandekamp for the lead with Gessel working to get by Heintz and
Kammerud. The leaders worked some lapped traffic and Vandekamp nearly
repassed Peterson on lap 11. Peterson was able to put just a little bit of
distance between himself and Vandekamp during the next couple of laps.
Gessel managed to race past Vandekamp on lap 14 for second. Chris Peterson
scored his first victory of the season followed by Gessel, Vandekamp, Heintz
and Tourville in what turned out be a very good 15 lap street stock main
event.

A 24 car field started the 15 lap DTRA Midwest Modified main event. Looking
to make it two straight wins in two weeks at CLS, Ryan Olson found his
redraw number very much to his liking. Pacing the field from the pole,
Olson quickly moved into the lead followed by last year’s DTRA 100 winner
Brady Peterson. With Olson up front, some very good racing took place for
the next several positions. The lone caution waved with five laps in for a
spin in turn 4. Checking the progress under the yellow, fans could see that
Erik Peterson, Greg Chesley and Dan Wheeler were on the move. Andy Jones
raced into second but soon 9th starter Peterson was applying the pressure.
The two drivers had a good battle for a couple laps before Peterson moved
by. On lap 8 Chesley had moved from 12th to 4th. Three laps later the
fleet #97 machine moved past Andy Jones for third. While Olson continued to
pace the field, Chesley passed Peterson on lap 13 and quickly began closing
the gap. Dan Wheeler was also progressing forward from his 13th starting
spot. On the final lap, Chesley moved right behind Olson. On the final
turn, Chesley, who was looking for his third win of the season, pulled
alongside Olson. The two blasted off turn 4 with Olson winning by just a
couple of car lengths over Chesley. Peterson rode home in third while
Wheeler moved past Jones for fourth late in the race. Ryan Olson made it
back-to-back wins, but there were several cars making nice gains forward in
this very competitive division.

With two entertaining features already completed, the DTRA Super Stocks came
trackside for their 20 lap feature race. Last week’s winner Mark Chamernick
and Charlie Weber comprised the front row. Weber grabbed the early lead
running up top on the cushion. Larry Boumeester was looking for his second
CLS win of the 2007 season and wasted no time in moving past Chamernick for
second. Boumeester, running below the cushion, drove past Weber on lap 4
for the lead. The first of five cautions slowed the pace with five laps in
when Dan Carlson spun in turn 4 following a power steering failure. Carlson
retired from the race. During this caution, second place runner Charlie
Weber had a right rear tire go flat. Weber’s crew was able to change it and
get him back on the track for the restart. After three cars got together on
the restart, the race returned to green flag action with Mike Loomis now
applying some serious pressure on leader Boumeester on laps 6 & 7. Loomis,
who was also running the high side, moved past Boumeester coming off turn 4
to lead lap 8. At this point, many of the cars had migrated up top to find
some bite against the cushion. The strong winds had helped to dry the track
out and it was getting slick in the middle to bottom lanes. Another spin on
lap 10 bunched the field up for the restart. Boumeester was right on
Loomis, but he too had moved up to the top groove. During the next five
laps, Mike Weber and Tim Borgeson had a good battle for the fifth spot
behind J B Stortz. With Charlie Weber nearing the top 10 again, suddenly he
slowed on lap 15 in turn 4 and drove slowly down the frontstretch. The full
field was quickly upon his car and the yellow waved shortly thereafter just
as seventh runner Jake Hiatt spun around, with some help, in turn 2. The
caution was called on the 26w of Weber, so all cars remained in their
running positions. Loomis continued in first with Boumeester and Chamernick
behind. The final caution flew two laps later when Ronnie Malecki broke a
rear axle and spun around in turn 3 minus his left rear wheel. The three
lap dash to the checkers saw only the fifth spot change hands. Mike Loomis
went on to record his very first career CLS victory in the super stock
division followed by Boumeester, Chamernick, Stortz and Borgeson. In
another career first, young Jake Hiatt got his first top ten finish when he
rode home 8th at Jeff Stacken’s checkered.

The popular DTRA Modified division brought a strong 25 car starting field to
the line. The preferred line certainly appeared to be the high side.
Darrell Nelson jumped into the lead from his pole starting position and
raced to the cushion in front of Troy Girolamo. Dave Cain moved past
Girolamo for second on lap 3, but Nelson had already built up a comfortable
margin. Tyler Keyser went to third on lap 6 with Girolamo holding down the
fourth spot. A spin with nine laps scored brought the field under the first
caution. Things would not go so well after this, as seven more cautions
would eventually cause the race to be reduced to 15 laps from the scheduled
20. On the restart, Girolamo broke a driveshaft. Announcer Chris Stepan
indicated that this was the third time this season that had happened to the
#2G car. When the green flag replaced the yellow, Jason Miller was moving
forward from his 10th starting position. Miller ran fifth on lap 11 and
then fourth on lap 12. Lap 12 proved to be the real problem, as it seemed
like the race just could not get going after a spin brought the field under
yellow for a third time, then a fourth time for debris, and then a fifth
time when Kelly Estey and Ron Schreiner made contact in turn 2. Estey
brought his car pitside after running in sixth while Schreiner tagged the
tail. We still weren’t done with lap 12 yellow fever though. A spin in
turn 4 brought out the sixth yellow. One lap later another spin in turn 2
saw the seventh yellow. It would be a green-white-checker to the finish,
but not before a final caution waved on lap 14 for another spin. This would
set the stage for the two lap dash to the finish. Up until this point,
leader Darrell Nelson had not been seriously challenged for the top spot.
That would change. On the final lap, Nelson jumped the cushion in turn 4
and Dave Cain seized the opportunity to race underneath him. The pair raced
side-by-side to the checker with Nelson edging out Cain by about a foot.
Tyler Keyser held strong to finish third while Jason Miller completed his
march forward in fourth. Joey Jensen rounded out the top five.

As Darrell Nelson celebrated his modified victory, his late model was
already loaded up after breaking during hot laps. This meant a 23 car field
would take the green in the 30 lap DTRA Late Model feature race. Tom
Nesibtt and Pat Doar brought the field to the starting line. Pat Doar on
the outside of row one is pretty much the story. Doar had a strong car all
night long and this race would be no different. Doar was gone up front and
started getting into lapped traffic on lap 9. Meanwhile, the battle behind
him saw Joel Cryderman advancing from his 8th starting spot. The first
caution came with 14 laps in when second place runner Tom Nesbitt came to a
stop in turn 2. His familiar blue #1 car was silent and pushed pitside.
Ron Schreiner was now in second with Cryderman third and Tom Thompson
fourth. During the next seven laps, Schreiner and Cryderman waged a good
battle for the runner-up spot with Doar pulling away again. Cryderman got
by Rapid Ron for second on lap 21. On lap 22, the cars of Don Shaw and Rick
Egersdorf made contact in turn 2. Shaw headed to the pits while Egersdorf
got his spot back in the running order. Doar again drove away from the
field on the restart. With 24 laps completed, the fine run by Tom Thompson
came to end when his power steering failed and his black #12 car scraped the
backstretch wall and came to a halt in turn 3. Thompson’s car sustained
enough damage to require a ride on the hook to the pits. Two laps after the
race went green, Ashley Anderson moved past Schreiner into third. A final
caution slowed the pace on lap 27 for a spin in turn 1, setting up a three
lap run to the finish. Doar completed his sweep for his second straight
late model win in front of Cryderman and Anderson. Brent Larson got by
Schreiner on the final lap to grab the fourth place spot. A tip of the hat
to Brent Mueller who raced his crate engine late model to a 13th place
finish.

Racing action concluded at 10:45pm on a cool and extremely windy night, but
we were fortunate to be racing as several other area tracks succumbed to the
weather. Racing continues next Saturday night May 12 with a full program of
action getting underway at 6:30pm at the 3/8 mile high-banked Cedar Lake
Speedway. Be sure to come out and enjoy a Saturday evening of dirt track
racing on Mothers Day weekend. See you at the races for our fifth night
during the 2007 season!

Glennon, Doar, Chamernick and Olson top Cedar Lake Speedway features

April 29th, 2007

The Modifieds and Street Stocks had the night off. A good
field of 19 sprint cars along with 18 late models, 21 super stocks and 26
Midwest Mods made for a fast-paced night of dirt track racing action on the
third night of the 2007 season.

The evening’s racing got underway with three DTRA Midwest Modified heats.
Dan Wheeler, Clark Perry, and Jim Schweitzer ran strong to earn the wins as
all three heats ran caution-free. DTRA Super Stock heat race victories went
to Dan Carlson and Ryan Wiome with each race going 10 laps nonstop. Toby
Patchen showed the field the quick way around the 3/8 mile high-banked oval
to win the first DTRA Late Model heat race, as opening night winner Eric
Breeschoten challenged for the win. Mike Nutzmann held off a strong field
in the second DTRA Late Model heat to grab the top spot After a couple of
early yellows slowed the pace in the first 360 sprint car heat race, Dave
Becker held off Billy Balog for the win. In the second sprint car heat,
Chad Meyer bolted from his pole starting spot to earn the top spot in a fast
10 lap run.

During intermission, the CLS track crew groomed the track for the upcoming
feature race action. A 25 car starting grid in the DTRA Midwest Modified
division moved trackside for the first feature race of the night. Jim
Schweitzer immediately drove into the lead from his outside row one starting
position with Bryan Siercks and Ryan Olson close behind. Schweitzer
continued to pace the field until the first caution flew with 9 laps in for
a stalled car in turn 3. On the restart, fifth starter Ryan Olson was
running in second and drove by Schweitzer for the lead. The second and
final yellow waved for a crash in turn 2 with 12 laps completed involving
four cars in the lead pack. Bryan Siercks and A J Roschen would see their
night end with a ride to the pits on the hook. Dan Wheeler restarted the
feature at the tail. As the race went green again, current track point
leader Greg Chesley suddenly was right there challenging Olson for the top
spot. Chesley was trying to make it three straight wins, but Ryan Olson
would not be denied his first Cedar Lake Speedway feature win as well as his
first DTRA victory. Olson was able to hold off Chesley. The 2006 DTRA
Midwest Modified Rookie of the Year Andy Jones rode home in third followed
by Jim Schweitzer and 16th starter Jason Gross.

The 21 car field for the 20 lap DTRA Super Stock main event had plenty of
top contenders. Shortly after the race went green, contact in turn 1
involving two cars brought out the first caution. A complete restart would
be necessary. A little over one lap later, Charlie Obermueller got sideways
in turn 1 and collected the cars of Conrad Rivard and Wayne Stricker. All
three cars sustained damage and were out of the race. The race then went
green for several laps. Dan Carlson set the pace followed closely by Larry
Boumeester. During the green flag run, Charlie Weber and Chris Gorka had a
good battle for the 3rd and 4th spots with Mark Chamernick just behind them.
A spin in turn 2 with 14 laps scored bunched the field up, as Carlson and
Boumeester had pulled away a bit from the rest of the pack. This is when
things got real interesting up front. Mark Chamernick had been running the
top side and restarted in fourth place. Continuing to march forward up top,
Chamernick moved past Charlie Weber and closed in on the leaders. Carlson
and Boumeester were running well in the bottom lane. Chamernick soon was
right behind them. On lap 18, he moved past Boumeester for second.
Boumeester moved right back past Chamernick on the final lap to retake
second, but Chamernick was not done by any means. Mark powered around the
high side in turns 3 & 4 on the final circuit with Carlson and Boumeester
down low. As the crowd rose to their feet, Chamernick had the momentum off
the top side and ended up winning by just inches over Carlson at the line.
Boumeester settled for third in what turned out be a very exciting last few
laps. Charlie Weber finished fourth while Chris Gorka held off Jimmy
Gullikson for fifth.

The 30 lap DTRA Late Model feature took the green with pole sitter Toby
Patchen jumping into the lead. Brent Larson and Pat Doar moved by Patchen
on lap 2 to set the stage for a good battle. On lap 3, Larson and Doar ran
side by side a couple of times. Seventh starter Eric Breeschoten was
quickly on the move and into third. Larson continued to lead Doar. The
only caution of the race slowed the pace on lap 9 for the car of Jeff
Patchen who had stalled in the turn 1 pit entrance area. On the restart,
Breeschoten blew by both Doar and Larson to move from third to first coming
off turn 2. Two laps later Doar got by Larson for second and set his sights
on leader Breeschoten. It did not take long for the potent double one
express of Doar to move by for the lead. With their roles reversed from the
opening night, it was now Breeschoten’s turn to track down and pursue Doar
through lapped traffic. Eric closed the gap, as he chased the red car of
Doar through traffic on lap 20. In the end, Doar was just too strong as he
pulled away during the final six circuits for his first 2007 feature win.
Breeschoten, Brent Larson, last Saturday night’s winner Joel Cryderman, and
Ron Schreiner ran second through fifth at flagman Jeff Stacken’s checkereds.

The final event of the evening would feature the wild winged 360 sprint cars
for their 25 lap main. It did not take long for the red flag to fly.
Outside front row starter Billy Balog took a wild ride in turn 1 on the
opening lap, as cars scattered every which way to avoid his flipping
sprinter. Billy was not seriously injured, but it was reported that he
banged up his knee during his ride on the wild side. On the second attempt
to start the race, Dave Becker and Curt Lund made contact on the low side of
turn 2 with Lund’s sprinter tipping on its side. The red flag was unfurled
again. A second incident in turn 3 after the caution light was already on
saw Tony Norem and Jerry Richert Jr come together. All four cars in both
accidents were knocked out of the race. The third time was the charm. Chad
Meyer quickly moved out front. Just two laps in, the yellow appeared for a
spin in turn 1. Second place runner Eric Lutz managed to hook the inside
tires in turn 2 on the ensuing restart and found himself relegated to the
tail of the field when his sprinter spun around. The green replaced the
yellow and the race finally started to settle down. On lap 5, leader Chad
Meyer suddenly pulled into the infield with a mechanical breakdown. Dave
Glennon then found himself as the new leader of the race. The final caution
waved with 10 laps in for debris in turn 2. The race then ran 15 laps green
to the finish. Around lap 20 the lead trio of Glennon, Dusty Ballenger and
Wade Nygaard were running close together. These three cars remained in a
group for the final five laps. Earning his first Cedar Lake Speedway
victory was a jubilant Dave Glennon from North Dakota. Dave held off South
Dakotan Dusty Ballenger and fellow North Dakota driver Wade Nygaard.
Another North Dakota driver young Lee Grosz finished fourth with Tom Kamrath
in fifth

A large group of fans headed pitside following the conclusion of racing
action at 9:50pm. Many young fans were busy gathering driver cards or
getting their pictures taken with various drivers in the pits. The 360
sprint cars are scheduled to make two more appearances at the Cedar Lake
Speedway in 2007. They will be on hand on the opening night of the Masters
weekend Thursday June 14 and return for the ASCS sanctioned 6th Annual Billy
Anderson Memorial on Saturday night July 14. Racing continues next Saturday
night May 5 at the Cedar Lake Speedway with all five DTRA divisions in
action. Check our website at www.cedarlakespeedway.com for schedule,
special events, points and all other CLS racing information during our 50th
Anniversary season. You may also contact CLS by phone at 866-4-CLS-FUN.
See you at the races!

Cedar Lake Speedway Kicks off 50th Year! Night One

April 22nd, 2007

The first night of the
scheduled two night season opener lifted the lid on the 50th season of dirt
track racing at the popular 3/8 mile high-banked Wisconsin track. Each of
the five DTRA racing divisions had several top runners on hand to put on a
fast-paced and entertaining show for the fans. The CLS track prep crew did
an awesome job, as many fans and drivers commented that the opening night
track conditions were the best they had seen for many years.

With the voice of the Cedar Lake Speedway, Chris Stepan, starting his 10th
season of calling the racing action, the DTRA street stocks officially
kicked off the 2007 season with their 10 lap heat race. Veteran driver Butch
Madsen of Rice Lake passed leader Shawn Kammerud on lap 8 enroute to
becoming the first winner of the year. Two DTRA midwest modified heats went
nonstop with division rookie Shane Kisling winning the first heat and
defending CLS track champion Justin Schill taking top honors in the second
heat.

An accident on the opening lap of the first DTRA super stock heat race saw
the cars of Jeff Pellersels and Larry Boumeester make contact exiting turn
2. Pellersels car lost the right front tire and sustained enough damage to
require a ride on the hook. Jeff was done for the night. 2006 CLS track
champion Larry Boumeester’s car was damaged after contacting the concrete
wall on the backstretch, forcing him to head to the pits. Making his
first-ever CLS appearance, Jason Gabrielson held off 2006 track points
runnerup Dan Carlson for 10 laps to pick up the win in heat #1. Mike Loomis
led all the way for the win in the second super stock heat race.

Jason Miller held off Dave Cain for several laps to earn the win in the
first DTRA modified heat. The second DTRA modified heat race saw a
spectacular flip in turn 1 on the second lap of the race. Returning to CLS
after a few years absence, Steve Arpin was challenging for the lead when the
right front of his #00 mod rolled over, hooked into the track and sent him
spiraling skyward. Steve’s aerial flight in his mod was easily as high as
any sprint car flip seen at CLS in recent years. Landing hard on the front
end of the car, the #00 rolled over upside down and came to rest on its
roof. Fortunately the popular young Fort Francis, Ontario native was not
injured. In fact, Steve caught the attention of many fans when he even
helped pick up some mud clods and fill in the hole where his car had dug
into the track. When racing resumed following the red flag, Darrell Nelson
passed leader Jason Gross on lap 7 and went on to take the win.

Pat Doar won by a large margin in the first DTRA super late model heat.
Racing in his 49th season, Tom Nesbitt was a solid second in heat #1. Rick
Egersdorf returned to CLS in the very familiar orange #17 late model colors
to post the victory in heat #2. Action in the second heat was halted on lap
4 when the car of Jon Chrest suddenly veered right and smacked the concrete
wall on the frontstretch. Jon’s car was heavily damaged and done for the
night.

Following an intermission for a quick touch-up on the track surface, the
first feature of the season came trackside. Rice Lake driver Shane Kisling
bolted from his pole starting position to lead all 15 laps of the DTRA
street stock feature. Butch Madsen quickly moved from 4th to 2nd and then
applied the pressure on Kisling. Butch was unable to overtake Shane’s #6
streeter and had to settle for the runnerup spot. Rounding out the top five
were Shawn Kammerud, Brian Loss, and Jason Vandekamp with a late race
breakdown.

The 15 lap DTRA midwest modified feature saw 2006 track points runnerup Greg
Chesley take the lead from the pole starting spot. Jason Gross stayed a
close second, but Chesley held the point for 15 laps to take the opening
night feature win. After suffering a mechanical breakdown in his heat, Ryan
Olson came from the back of the pack to finish third with a last lap turn 4
pass of Chad Patterson. Close behind Patterson in fifth was Jimmy
Schweitzer. Shane Kisling’s luck in his midwest modified was not so good, as
he was a DNF in the main event.

The DTRA 20 lap super stock feature race proved to be a dandy! Mike Weber
grabbed the early lead from his pole starting position. On lap four, 4th
starter Tim Borgeson powered by on the outside to take the lead from Weber.
One lap later, Mike Loomis moved by Weber into second. As the lead trio ran
close together, Dan Carlson took 4th from Jimmy Gullikson on lap 7. On lap
11, 13th starter Larry Boumeester moved into the sixth spot. On lap 14, Mike
Weber got back around Mike Loomis for second. By this time, Dan Carlson had
closed in on the leaders. Weber put the pressure on Borgeson, but he was not
able to get by. Tim Borgeson held off Mike Weber for an exciting win. Dan
Carlson slipped past Mike Loomis coming off of turn 4 on the final lap to
grab third at the finish. Jimmy Gullikson rounded out the top five in what
turned out to be a very good super stock feature that saw the race go 19
laps green after the lone caution.

The 20 lap DTRA modified feature turned out to be kind of a battle of
attrition. Jason Gross led early then broke. Jason Miller then led to the
halfway point and broke. Joey Jensen led the final 10 circuits over Darrell
Nelson to put his name into the opening night winner’s column. Tyler Keyser,
Chris Carlson, and Marc Johnson rounded out the top five. Defending track
and DTRA national champion Dave Cain was done early in the main event when
his car reportedly broke a gear.

The final feature race of the evening would be another superb race for the
DTRA super late models. Although Eric Breeschoten ended up leading all 30
laps to earn his second career opening weekend victory (his last was in
2004), Pat Doar applied serious pressure on numerous occasions throughout
the race. A couple of times Doar pulled alongside of Breeschoten and nearly
led lap 27 as the leaders worked lapped traffic. In the end, Breeschoten
held off Doar by about a car length at Jeff Stacken’s checkereds. Rounding
out the top five were Joel Cryderman, Brent Larson, and Rick Egersdorf. The
next five at the finish were Mike Balcaen, Tom Nesbitt, Ron Schreiner, Steve
Laursen, and Terry Lillo. The main event ran 25 laps nonstop following the
only caution five laps into the race.

Thanks to all the fans and drivers who were on hand to help the Cedar Lake
Speedway get their 50th season underway.

Cedar Lake Speedway Opener Set For April 6th & 7th

March 18th, 2007

The tire rule for the first weekend will be as follows:
* Late models: Goodyear G50 only
* Modifieds, and Super Stocks: Goodyear G60 (8” or 10” tire) or Hoosier “H” on the RR an “A” on the other 3 corners.
* Midwest Modified: Goodyear G60 8” tire or Hoosier “H” on the RR and “A” on the other 3 corners.
* Street stocks: Goodyear G60 (8” tire) or Hoosier Dirt or Super Dirt Stocker

No DTRA national points will be awarded on opening weekend. Starting with the first regular weekly show at CLS (scheduled for April 14th), all drivers must comply with the DTRA rule of the Goodyear G60 for the Modifieds and Super Stocks (10” or 8”) and the 8” only for Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks on all four corners.

Racing gets underway each night at 7:00 with driver cutoff at 6:15. For more information, go to www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call 612-363-0479.

Cedar Lake Speedway was founded in 1957 and is a premier 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval track that has developed into one of the nation’s leading short track facilities. The weekly Saturday night racing program features DTRA Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks Street Stocks, and Midwest Modifieds.

Reinke Leads Wire to Wire to Take Jerry Richert Memorial

September 11th, 2006

36 sprint cars from the IRA, NOSA, and Knoxville sprints filled the field at the 5th annual challenge and Jerry Richert Memorial as well as 29 DTRA Midwest Modifieds came ready to compete with 9 of the top 10 in the DTRA national points on hand to try to claim their stake at the points lead before heading into the season finale DTRA 100 next week here at the Cedar Lake Speedway. With some fantastic sponsors offering tons of bonuses. The sprint cars were rewarded for many things including winning a heat, leading a feature lap, to total purse. Every lap of every race was intense all night. Both the IRA/NOSA/Knoxville 410 sprints cars and the DTRA Midwest Modifieds put on some fast heat races to lead us up to our features.

The first feature to make their way out onto the Cedar Lake Speedway was the DTRA Midwest Modifieds. Jim Schweitzer and Dane Durbin lead he field to the green from the front row. Schweitzer used his poll position to his advantage and took the lead on lap 1 and was followed by Durbin and the fast Dan Wheeler from row 2. Another fast car off the start was Alan Bohlman as he jumped up into fifth behind Andy Jones on lap 3. Soon after Bohlman was able to move ahead of Jones to fourth a caution flew after a spin in turn 4. On the restart Durbin made a run at Schweitzer but couldn’t quite get him coming out of turn 2, and while all of this was happening Wheeler took advantage of the battle in front of him and took the lead out of turn 4. Another caution flew on the next lap as the fourth place car of Bohlman spun in turn 2. On the following restart Wheeler was able to show his dominance out front and move into a straightaway lead over Durbin. Schweitzer and Jim White did battle for the third position behind Wheeler and Durbin as the laps clicked down. Wheeler continued to dominate out front all the way to take the checkered and was followed by Durbin, Schweitzer, White, and Justin Schill.

Next up was the main event, the 5th annual IRA, NOSA, Knoxville 410 Challenge and Jerry Richert Memorial. Redrawing the front row for the big feature was Donnie Goeden on the inside and Mike Reinke on the outside. When the green flew Mike Reinke jumped up on the cushion and took the lead out of turn 2, but a breakdown by Dusty Zomer in turn 2 behind the leaders brought out a yellow flag and forced a fresh restart. On the following restart, Reinke did the same and used the cushion to lead lap 1 over Goeden. Jerry Richert Jr. used his second row start to jump up into third followed by Wade Nygard in fourth. As the field began to spread out and Reinke extended his lead, Kerry Madsen took a wild ride as he got upside down on his roof in turn 3 bringing out the red flag. Madsen did eventually end up on his wheels and was able to walk away ok from the crash. On the ensuing restart Reinke really flexed his muscle and took off into a straightaway lead over Goeden. Richert Jr. was right on the rear bumper of Goeden but couldn’t get by him. On lap 7 as Richert Jr. was trying to come out of turn 2 he got into the outside wall and lost control of his car and turn it over on his roof down the back stretch, a tough ending to the night for Richert Jr. on his father’s memorial. After the cleanup the field was able retake the green, but not much changed as Reinke took off out front again until another yellow flag on lap 13. Reinke continued to just shake off the yellow flags and really took off this time and used some lap traffic behind him to move to almost a half lap lead over Goeden by lap 18. Another breakdown resulted in the yellow flag flying again over the field on lap 20, setting up a 10 lap dash to the checkered. Lapped traffic starting up front on the restart held up Goeden quite a bit and allowed Reinke to once again take a huge lead over the field. Goeden was challenged for second by a fast running Mark Dobmier. Just as it looked like Reinke was finally going to take the checkered, Steve Meyer took the craziest ride of them all as he rolled numerous times down the front stretch on lap 28. Meyer was ok as he walked away from the wreck ok. After the cleanup, the field prepared themselves for a green, white, checkered finish. As he had showed plenty of times Reinke was not fazed by the yellow flag as he took of from the field and took the checkered flag over Dobmier and Goeden.

Check out the website www.cedarlakespeedway.com for track information, upcoming events, news and results. Also call the toll free number 866-4CLSFUN for directions or race information. We look forward to seeing you in the grandstand for the next race at the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway.

Doar, Cain Claim 3rd Straight Track Championships at Cedar Lake

August 20th, 2006

A full program of heat races and three B features were run before the five main events. DTRA Street stocks were the first features of the night with Ryan Kostreba and Brian Loss redrawing the front row. Kostreba held on to the early lead as Loss fell back in traffic. Keith Tourville came from the fifth starting spot and moved past Kostreba and company to take the lead on lap three. Once out in clean air Tourville had no trouble walking away from the field and cruised off uncontested to the feature victory.

DTRA Midwest Mods were up next with Alan Bohlman and Jason Gross leading the field to the green. Bohlman launched like a rocket ship and grabbed a quick five car length lead on Gross early on. The first yellow flew on lap four as National Point leader Greg Chesley spun the 97C machine. On the restart Bohlman and Gross ignited a fierce battle for the point over the next few circuits until Bohlman eventually won the battle and solidified the position. Behind the two leaders, Dan Wheeler was charging hard through the pack and soon was pressuring Gross for second. A lap 13 pass put Wheeler in second, but too little too late as Bohlman had built up too much of a lead for Wheeler to run down. Bohlman walked off to the checkers and picked up the feature win.

DTRA Super Stocks marched out next with Dave Emerfoil and Kelly Anderson out front. Anderson used the high side to dart out to the early advantage over Emerfoil and Larry Boumeester until a lap two caution flew for a Ryan Wiome spin. On the restart Anderson held strong out front with now Boumeester in second and Emerfoil shuffled back to third. Boumeester took only four laps to catch Anderson and complete the pass for the lead. Boumeester looked rock solid out front as he continued to put distance between himself and the field despite a series of caution flags. Behind Boumeester it was Anderson, Jim Gullikson, Emerfoil and Dave Friendt rounding out the top five. The best battle on the speedway was four the fifth spot with four or five drivers each taking the spot at one time or another. As the race wound on, Anderson began reeling in Boumeester just when a caution flew on lap 17 bunching up the field for a restart with three laps remaining. But the caution mattered little as Boumeester held on for his fifth feature victory of the season followed across the stripe by Anderson and Greg Nippoldt with a great run coming from the 16th starting spot.

DTRA Modifieds were up next with Jason Gross and Shawn Polonoski out front. Gross used the low line to take the early lead but only two laps into the event he had company from track points champion Dave Cain as Cain quickly got by for the lead. As Cain began pulling away from the field, he soon found himself with a whole lot of Craig Thatcher to deal with Thatcher moved into second and began putting pressure on Cain for the lead. Behind them it was Gross, Joey Jensen, Darrell Miller, Brent Larson and Ron Schreiner all trading point for the fifth spot. But back up front Cain found another gear and again put distance between himself and the rest of the field led by Thatcher. As quickly as the race started it ended as it went green-white-checkered straight to the finish with Cain in fitting fashion taking the checkers and picking up his eighth feature win of the year in addition to the track championship.

DTRA Super Late Models stormed out next with Tom Nesbitt and Darrell Nelson handling front row duties. Nesbitt led lap one but Nelson came back on the high side to lead lap two. Mike Nutzmann saw the fun up front and he split the pair and lead lap three. Nutzmann found a third gear and literally walked away from the field as he had built a straightaway advantage over Nesbitt and company by lap eight. As Nutzmann was dealing with lapped traffic up front, Terry Casey and Nesbitt were waging a battle for the second spot with Joel Cryderman waiting in the wings for an opening. Casey eventually moved by Nesbitt with Cryderman following suit and moving into third on lap 19. Not long after a great battle erupted for the second spot with track champion Pat Doar and Brent Larson joining Casey and Cryderman. You could have thrown a blanket over the four of them as they were almost four-wide at one point. Casey ended up winning that battle but up front Nutzmann was literally in a class of his own tonight at he took the checkers over a straightaway ahead of the pack. Certainly an impressive win for Nutzmann with the fans also getting a treat tonight in the form of the awesome battle for second throughout the entire race. With the fourth place finish, Doar locked up his third track championship in a row and now sets his sights on the DTRA National point’s championship.

Check out the website www.cedarlakespeedway.com for track information, upcoming events, news and results. Also call the toll free number 866-4CLSFUN for directions or race information. We look forward to seeing you in the grandstand for the next race at the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway.

Chase for the DTRA Championship Heats Up at Cedar Lake Speedway

August 13th, 2006

Many racers who normally don’t race at Cedar Lake on a regular basis have begun making random visits to scope out the speedway in anticipation of the upcoming DTRA 100 year-end event. “The 100” as it has appropriately been dubbed is now four weeks away and has teams already trying to gain valuable seat time at the track. The 100 is again expected to be the premier race for DTRA cars with the best teams in the region all gearing up for the four day show. But before The 100, Sept 13th-16th, the Chase for the DTRA National Championship comes to a conclusion next weekend, August 19th, for Super Late Models and Modifieds.

After a full slate of great preliminary heat races, DTRA Street Stocks took to the speedway for the first feature of the night with Kevin Schmidt and Mark Froehlich redrawing the front row. Froehlich jumped out early but soon gave up the point to third place starter and season track points leader Jason Vandekamp. Vandekamp slowly pulled away from Froehlich who was holding down second in front of a good third place battle between Keith Tourville and Schmidt. Tourville soon won that battle and quickly got by Froehlich for second as well. It didn’t take long to track down leader Vandekamp either and soon Tourville found himself the lead dog with only a few circuits remaining. That was all he needed as Tourville was easily the fastest machine on the speedway this night as he picked up the feature win.

DTRA Midwest Mods marched out next with Shawn Phillips and Jim Schweitzer on the front row. Phillips assumed the early lead with Schweitzer falling to second and Justin Schill claiming the third spot. Schill quickly got Schweitzer and set his sights on Phillips out front. Greg Chesley found the third spot and by when the caution flew for the first time on lap 12, the fifth spot was claimed by Dan Wheeler in the RED1 after starting from the 22nd starting spot. A three lap dash to the checkers was led by Phillips and company. On the 13th lap Schill tried the high line and it paid off as he blew past Phillips for the lead. Phillips charged back but didn’t have quite enough as Schill took the checkers a car length ahead of Phillips to claim the feature victory.

DTRA Super Stocks took to the speedway next with Tim Borgeson and Jim Gullikson handling front row duties. The front row starters went side-by-side for the first few circuits before Borgeson claimed the spot. But that was a short lived move as Dan Carlson found an extra gear and drove right past both Gullikson and Borgeson to take the lead away. Carlson quickly put distance between himself and now new second place runner Larry Boumeester. Boumeester was flying around the speedway and tracking down leader Carlson when the caution flew with only three laps remaining as Brent Mueller’s machine lost the drive shaft on the racetrack. This put Boumeester, Borgeson, Gullikson, and fifth place runner Mike Loomis right up on the bumper of the 24 machine. On the restart Boumeester pulled even with Carlson on the white flag lap and made one final attempt in the last corner but couldn’t make it stick as Carlson took the checkers by half a car length ahead of Boumeester and Borgeson in the third spot.

DTRA Modifieds hit the high banks next with Tyler Keyser and Joey Jenson taking the green flag out front. Jensen fought off a fast jump from Craig Thatcher in the second row to lead lap 1, but as Thatcher fought to the inside on lap 2, the yellow flag flew due to a spin in turn two. On the restart Jensen and Thatcher soon found themselves looking at the rear of the 2C machine of Dave Cain as Cain drove right past both cars on the first lap back under green. The second yellow of the event flew a few circuits later for a spin in turn three. Cain launched off the restart and put a good sized gap between himself and the battle for second between Thatcher and Jensen until the yellow flew for Ryan Olson’s driveshaft coming off in turn one. Cain again led the field to the restart and again put some clay between himself and Thatcher who had secured the second spot. Jensen settled into third with Ron Schreiner in fourth and Darrell Nelson solidly holding down the fifth spot. Jensen moved to the high side and pulled even with Thatcher in a good battle for the second spot with five laps remaining. Just as Jensen got by Thatcher the yellow flew yet again for a tangle between Everett Rose and Chris Carlson. Cain dove low on the restart and held off Thatcher who went high. That was all the security Cain needed as he walked away from Thatcher and company to pick up his 15th feature win of the season.

DTRA Super Late Models thundered out next for the final event of the evening with Mike Hesselink and Joel Cryderman firing from the front row. Cryderman took the point on the first lap but soon had company in the form of Brent Larson and Pat Doar. Larson made the pass to the inside and took the lead away on lap three with Doar settling into the third spot close behind. Terry Casey quickly joined the lead pack as he was pushing Doar by lap eight from the fourth spot. Cryderman found the top side of the speedway and made a great pass on lap nine to reclaim the front spot from Larson. At the halfway point it was still Cryderman looking strong out front with Larson, Doar, Casey, and Steve Laursen leading the top five. The leaders had to evade lapped machines while still battling each other for position as the laps wound down. On lap 20 Larson dove low entering the first turn and pulled even with Cryderman shooting down the backstretch. The pair continued to go side-by-side for a number of laps until Larson completed the pass on lap 24. Behind the front two, Doar, Casey and Laursen were all trading paint and wheel doughnuts over the remaining circuits. Larson held on out front despite almost wrecking several times over the final three laps. Cryderman come home a close second after a great race with Doar, Casey and Laursen rounding out the top five. A great race to cap off the evening!

We will crown the DTRA Late Model and Modified Cedar Lake Speedway track Champions next Saturday, August 19th, here at the Cedar Lake Speedway with Streets, Supers, and Midwest Mods the following Saturday! Check out the website www.cedarlakespeedway.com for track information, upcoming events, news and results. Also call the toll free number 866-4CLSFUN for directions or race information. We look forward to seeing you in the grandstand for the next race at the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway.

Bloomquist Pockets $50,000, Takes USA Nationals Title

August 7th, 2006

As for the drivers, the $50,000 winner’s check along with the bragging rights brings the best late model pilots the country has to offer. “The track up here is always extremely fast. And with the corners this wide and this banked, it makes for great racing every time we visit” said Earl Pearson Jr who calls Jacksonville, Florida home. Defending race winner Scott Bloomquist added, “The Nationals are always a highlight on our schedule, both the race track and the race fans are some of the best we see all year.” That was evident as 66 high performance open late models entered the event and vied for their share of one of the biggest late model purses in the country.

The show was divided into two full evenings of racing. Friday night showcased the 66 machines time trialing around the lightning fast, high banked oval. The six heat races were set up by the time trial results, except with an interesting twist added to the mix. The top 24 qualifiers were inverted for their heat races. The inversion placed top qualifier Earl Pearson Jr in the fourth starting spot in the sixth heat race; second fast qualifier Terry Casey to the fourth starting spot in the fifth heat and so fourth. The six heat race winners that advanced to the dash later in the evening included in this order; Brian Birkhofer, Pat Doar, Steve Casebolt, Denny Eckrich, Scott Bloomquist, and Don O’Neal. The two fastest time trial qualifiers were also guaranteed a spot in the dash, meaning Earl Pearson Jr and Terry Casey earned spots in the dash as well.

In addition to the USA Nationals open late model show, the DTRA Super late model series also held two complete shows on the weekend. The great thing about these shows is that Cedar Lake has such a high caliber local late model division that not only do the fans get a great open late model show, but the local show is usually just as entertaining. Many of the local guys enter the open show and in the past have run right with the traveling teams. In the DTRA portion of Friday night’s show, four heat races were run with twin ‘B’ features setting up the night’s feature race. In the $2,500 to win 30 lap feature, Joey Jensen started up front and battled with Pat Doar for almost the entire race before crossing the stripe first to pick up the feature victory in front of the near capacity crowd. It was also the first night of the “Chase for the DTRA championship” for the local late models in which the top 10 in season points were split from the rest of the field and became eligible to win the series season championship.

On Saturday night, twin ‘B’ features set the final six spots in the 24 car field for the 19th annual USA Nationals event to conclude the weekend. The DTRA late model feature was run before the USA Nationals 100 lap feature. In that race Brad Seng and Lance Mathees started on the front row for the 30 lap event. It didn’t take long for Joel Cryderman to make his way out front and lead the field through the majority of the event. But a few cautions flew throughout the event, each time bringing the field to the bumper of Cryderman. One of the cars using the yellows to his advantage was Pat Doar as he quickly pulled even with Cryderman at the halfway point and soon disposed of him as he took command of the show. Once out front it was all Pat Doar as Cryderman pedaled hard to keep up but didn’t have enough as Doar cruised to the checkers to pick up the cash and checkers. Doar quickly had to refuel and change tires as he was also slated to start in the sixth spot in the USA Nationals main event next.

The big show was the only one left on the weekend with “Birky” Brian Birkhofer and “The Real Deal” Don O’Neal leading the absolutely stacked field to the green flag of the 100 lap event. The capacity crowd shook the grandstand as the field took the green flag with Birky taking the early advantage over O’Neal and Bloomquist who started the event from the inside of the second row. Behind Bloomquist it was Earl Pearson Jr,., Terry Casey, Deny Eckrich, Shannon Babb, Darren Miller, Brady Smith and Steve Casebolt rounding out the top ten positions. At the 25 lap mark it was still all Birkhofer with O’Neal three car lengths back and Bloomquist two lengths behind O’Neal. Lapped machines became a factor as Birky and company laid down a blistering pace.

At the 35 lap mark Bloomquist dove to the inside of O’Neal and the pair went side-by-side for the second spot for several laps until Bloomquist completed the pass and set his sights on leader Birkhofer. The first caution of the event flew on lap 40 as the 21H machine of Brian Harris spun right in front of leader Birkhofer coming off turn two. Both machines were OK and Birkhofer was given the lead back. On the restart Birkhofer now had a whole slew of hungry predators on his tail lead by the dreaded 0 car of Bloomquist. Birky held the lead but soon had a new suitor in Darren Miller as he got by Bloomquist for the position. Just nearing the halfway mark the caution flew for the second time as third place runner O’Neal pulled out of the groove and pulled into the pit area. His night was finished. Leader Birkhofer lead Bloomquist and Miller the line at the restart with Bloomquist diving low into turn one but not able to make it stick as Birky held strong up top. Behind Bloomquist it was Miller, Babb, and Pearson Jr rounding out the top five. Bloomquist pulled even with Birky as the pair hit the 55 lap mark with Bloomquist down low and Birky up top as the pair went side-by-side. At the 60 lap mark Birky still held off Bloomquist up front but Elk Mound, WI driver Jimmy Mars had driven into the sixth spot and was working on Pearson Jr for the fifth spot. On lap 66 Bloomquist threw a grand slide job at Birky and almost took out both machines. It didn’t’ work that lap but on the next lap Bloomquist tried it again and this time it stuck as he inherited the lead on lap 71. Once out in clear air Bloomquist began putting distance between himself and Birkhofer in second.

Behind Birkhofer it was still Miller, Babb and now Mars who was coming strong. Birky soon caught the black and silver car of Bloomquist by lap 78 and the pair again continued the race-long battle. Bloomquist got stuck behind lapped machines on lap 80 and that allowed Birky to pull even with the leader as the crowd rose to their feet! Birky just didn’t have quite the momentum needed to complete the pass as Bloomquist held strong. With 10 laps left Bloomquist still held all the cards as Birky had about 5 car lengths to make up. As the final laps wound on, it was all Bloomquist as he was simply the machine to beat tonight. Bloomquist drove off into the money as he took the double-checkers ahead of Birkhofer and staked claim to the title of USA Nationals Champion and the accompanying $50,000 payday! Congr