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Electric City Speedway opens with Montana Spring Roundup

April 29th, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont – Electric City Speedway opens the 2016 race season with the Montana Spring Roundup, paying Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds $500 to win both nights of the Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 special.

Twenty cars take the green flag in each main event, which pay a minimum of $75 to start. Tow money is also $75.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded for each show. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students ages 12-17, and free for kids 11 and under. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $25.

Pit passes are $10 and admission to the grandstand is free for the open practice that starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

Additional information about the Montana Spring Roundup is available from promoter Dan Mann at 406 727-4884 and at the www.electriccityspeedway.com website.

End of a Good Run

June 12th, 2015

Lots of action filled the air in Great Falls this past weekend with two nights of racing for Wissota Streets, Supers, and Mid West Modifieds. Also on the card were the ASCS Frontier Region Sprint Cars. It was fire and fright on Friday with several of the Wissota cars having issues with oil fires and at least three of the Winged Warriors having trouble with flying too high.

But a tacky track due all the spring rains made the racing fast we all enjoyed plenty of racing action. On Saturday it was the opposite with the track dry slick and much of the action near the bottom and close to the tires. It was too close for Mid West Mod driver Cody Kuglin who tagged one of the tires in turn 4 and flipped hard. An inexperienced eye says the car is totaled, but who knows sometimes these guys can work magic when it comes to putting things back together. Cody walked away unhurt except after having to go to the back and working his way up to third his heart was broken with the crash.

#67 Casey Steffenson claimed the victory both nights for the Superstock special. He drove like a man on a mission though his race ended on Friday night with a cloud of smoke and a blown engine. He was back Saturday with a new bullet with even more power to drive away from the field.

In the Mid West Mod class #15 Marvin Gonzales appeared to have the race in hand on Saturday night until 2nd year driver Kody Harvie methodically worked his way to the front and took the lead on the last lap for his first win in the Mid West Mod Class. Gonzales had to settle for second place both nights after #50 Ron Sasek stole the win on the last lap Friday.

In the Street Stock Class #73 Brad Norris put together back to back wins to sweep the week end. Friday he had a strong challenge from the #12 Taylor Falkenhagen and on Saturday it looked like the 2nd year driver #97 Kelan Kropp might take his first checkers until a little traffic problem turned his story into still a best ever finish of 4th place.

Complete results are available at our website www.ElectricCitySpeedway.com and for the Sprint cars at http://www.ascsracing.com/frontier for the sprint cars.

It Was a Night for Rookies!

May 27th, 2015

#69 Rodney Hunter proved it was not an accident when he won in his second night out in the street stock division by winning again this Saturday after starting eleventh!!Now that should quiet the hoot owls! #73 Brad Norris started outside pole and took the early lead.With lots of green flag racing #69 Hunter slowly moved up and took the lead near
the end of the race.#62 Ron Mattern looked to be the winner until a flat right front took him out with only two laps to go.

And another Rookie in the Modified division won after starting 9th!Way to go #9k Kory Wermling!He had his work cut out as # 37 Joey Price put on a side by side show with Kory for several laps.#01 Paul Leach did his best to get up there to get the win but ran out of laps.Another “near” rookie #6tc Tommy Bush looked real strong until a little run in with some iron bent a trailing arm.He still finished in 5th behind rookie #4z Zack Olson.

Superstock started out to be a wreck fest taking several of the top runners out but the Deer Lodge boys made a real race of it with #07 Paul Lease coming from the back to win!Hot on his tail was another Deer Lodge charger the #00 Beau Brown followed by our local “Mr Excitement” Chuck Fleming out for the first time this year.Finishing 4th was another rookie the #68 Kenneth Hunter also from Deer Lodge!We appreciate the fellows from over the mountains making the 300 mile trek each week to race with us.

Mid-west Modified racing was a real show with #07 Greg Tacke looking fast and like he was about the lead the whole show, but hot shoe Paul Leach in the #01 Loenbro machine moved up from a 6th place start to squeeze out a victory!Tacke made a real race of it on a couple of restarts but Leach was able to hold him off!

Complete results are at the speedway website.www.ElectricCitySpeedway.com

His Dad said he was a total Rookie.

May 6th, 2015

Yup, that’s for sure. In his second race he wins the feature! Congratulations to Rodney Hunter from Deer Lodge on his 1st Feature win in the Wissota Street Stock Friday night at Electric City Speedway. Rodney follows the “family tradition” to Victory Lane. His dad Marty Hunter won many features during his career as a driver he has trained his boys very well. Last year brother Kenneth Hunter dominated the Street Stock class at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade. Taylor Falkenhagen was in hot pursuit with #62 Ron Mattern, #82 Frank Pearson and #14 Joey Tinker dueling it out for 3rd, 4th and 5th. There was only one caution for the streets when the #13 of Rip Berg got into the #74 Kyle Jarvey putting Jarvey out after crashing into the tires on the inside of the track.

Last week #8 Tim McCune was the early leader in the feature but he crashed out. This week he was not to be denied! Taking the early lead he was challenged repeatedly by the #01 Paul Leach. Leach tried every way he could to get by McCune racing him hard but clean to the very last lap. McCune held on even though he had a broken ball joint on the left front! Exciting racing. Finishing 3rd was #15 Marvin Gonzales with #28 Kelly Blixt 4th and #71k Kody Kuglin 5th.

In the Super stock class #02 Mike Pistelak took the early lead and might have finished that way except for a flat tire. #67 Casey Steffenson jumped at the chance as Pistelak’s tire went down and never looked back. The Deer Lodge Super team of #00 Beau Brown, #07 Paul Lease, #58 Nick Hunter and 2015 Rookie #69 Kenneth Hunter filled in the top five for the super stock class. The race went from Green to Checkered!

Another great night for the Modifieds with 17 local cars on the track. The #9 of Mark Wermling looked like he had the field covered and he did until something broke. Behind him was the #30 of Gary Hill and he never misses when it is time to go. Gary moved to the lead and never looked back taking the win! Finishing 2nd was the Rookie #9k of Kory Wermling with another Rookie the 4z of Zack Olsen 3rd, Joey Price driving his grandpa’s #56 this week was 4th and #97 Jody Kropp finishing 5th.

Complete results are at http://www.electriccityspeedway.com/results/

Record Breaking Car Count for Modifieds

April 27th, 2015

In the 26 seasons that we have run Modifieds this (27) is the all time record for cars in this class. Great way to start the season. Car count in the other three local classes is also strong.

The racing was very competitive in all the classes, but the race of the night was the Super Stock feature between #85 Pat Lamere and #67 Casey Steffenson. Early leader #07 Paul Lease slipped up a little and Lamere made a move for the lead but his first attempt was called by a yellow flag. Then #67 took the lead with Lamere in hot pursuit when Steffenson slipped, Lamere charged to the lead. Steffenson did not go away easy and made many attempts to pass again for the lead but Lamere made no mistakes eventually finishing with a good lead.

The Modified event was a field filled with regional stars from North Dakota and Idaho making this and event to remember. Including in the star studded field was the multi time Wissota 100 Champion Steve Arpin. Arpin is youngest driver on record to capture the prestigious Wissota 100. Arpin charged from 12th to finish 3rd with the Pole starter Travis Peery leading from green to checkers.

The Wissota Mid West Mods was a dramatic event also with #8 Tim McCune taking the early lead and then crashed while leading. #01 Paul Leach took over with #50 Ron Sasek making a run to take the lead. It looked like Sasek had in the bag until last turn last lap tire failure turned the victory over to #15 Marvin Gonzales. Sasek had to settle for 2nd finishing on a flat right rear with the 01 of Leach right behind.

In the streets it was the 2014 Champion winning again to start the 2015 season with the #14 of Joey Tinker right behind. Tinker moved back into streets this year after trying out a MW Mod for a season or two, he said he just liked the streets better. Looks like he made a good decision with his very competitive finish in his first time out.

Complete results are available at Speednet Direct.

Ricky Weiss Lights ‘Em Up at Electric City; Leads Challenge Series Points

August 7th, 2014

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada – Ricky Weiss once again parked his #7 Derrick’s Sandblasting/Bloomquist/ Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model in WISSOTA Blaine Brothers Challenge Series victory lane over the weekend and along the way took the lead in the series standings.

Ricky Weiss continued his chase for the WISSOTA Blaine Brothers Challenge Series title on Thursday night at Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, Montana). Twenty competitors registered for the $2,000-to-win program as Ricky drew the fourth starting spot for his heat race. He charged to the heat race win, locking him into the fifth starting spot for the feature. In the main event Weiss overtook seventh-starting John Kaanta to score his second series victory in the last three events with Kaanta, Jake Redetzke, Kelly Hample, and Dave Smith rounding out the top five finishers.

On Friday night the team traveled to Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, Montana), which saw the winner’s check increased to $3,000. Twenty-one entries were on hand for the event, and despite mechanical issues early in the night Ricky managed a fifth to third run in his heat race. Weiss drew the fourth starting spot for the finale, and raced around the top five for much of the event before crossing the finish line in fourth behind race winner, Chad Becker, John Kaanta, and Jake Redetzke.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday evening with a $3,000-to-win, Challenge Series event at Billings Motorsports Park (Billings, Montana). Twenty WISSOTA Super Late Models registered for battle as Ricky looked to carry his momentum to the 3/8 mile oval. He came from the fifth starting spot to win his heat race, earning him a spot in the redraw where he was the recipient of the fifth starting for the feature. Weiss ran third for much of the main event until the race’s final caution waved with three laps to go. Ricky took control on the restart but was unable to hold off a hard-charging Jake Redetzke and settled for a second place finish at the checkered flag. John Kaanta, Dave Smith, and David McDonald rounded out the top five finishers.

Weiss currently leads the latest Challenge Series standings by just 7 markers ahead of John Kaanta. Full results and the latest series’ standings are available at www.WISSTOA.org

The Blaine Brothers WISSOTA Challenge Series rages on this week with events on Thursday and Friday at Norman County Raceway (Ada, Minnesota) and AMSOIL Speedway (Superior, Wisconsin) before drawing to a close with the WISSOTA Challenge Series Championship on Saturday at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie,
Minnesota).

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Hands On Excavating Inc., J&C Trucking, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Speedworld Indoor Kart Track, New Vision Graphics, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at www.WeissRacing7.com .

Electric City postpones Spring Roundup to May 2-3

April 27th, 2014

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Electric City Speedway has postponed its season-opening Mon­tana Spring Roundup to next Friday and Saturday, May 2-3.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $500 to win and a minimum of $75 to start in their first appearances in Montana since the mid-1990s. An open practice starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.

The Spring Roundup was originally scheduled for this weekend and no change was been made in race day times: Pit gates at Great Falls open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

Electric City has been designated a border track so drivers from the Dakotas and Saskatchewan can also make the trip to earn Belleville Motorsports North Central Region points.

There is no entry fee and pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $7 for stu­dents ages 12-17, and free for seniors 70 and over and kids 11 and under.

More information about the Spring Roundup is available from promoter Dan Mann at 406 727-4884 and at the www.electriccityspeedway.com website.

The event marks the start of the 61st continuous season of operation at Great Falls, a 3/10-mile high-banked clay oval.

IMCA Modifieds headline Electric City’s Spring Roundup

April 25th, 2014

Friday and Saturday night features each pay $500 to win and a minimum of $75 to start. The Spring Roundup starts the 61st continuous season of operation at Great Falls, a 3/10-mile high-banked clay oval.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

Electric City has been designated a border track so drivers from the Dakotas and Saskatchewan can also make the trip to earn Belleville Motorsports North Central Region points.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

There is no entry fee; pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students ages 12-17, and free for seniors 70 and over and kids 11 and under.

More information about the Montana Spring Roundup is available from promoter Dan Mann at 406 727-4884 and at the www.electriccityspeedway.com website.

IMCA Modifieds made their last appearance in Montana as part of the Mountain State Series in the 1990s.

First IMCA sanctions in Montana are at Electric City, Billings

November 23rd, 2013

VINTON, Iowa – IMCA will sanction its first tracks in Montana next season. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will run Friday nights at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls and Saturdays at Billings Motorsports Park.

Both venues will be part of the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region. Electric City is a 3/10-mile high-banked clay oval in north central Montana; Billings, located some 220 miles to the south, is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval and will be designated as a border track, meaning Modified drivers from North and South Dakota can race there for home region points.

Both tracks previously sanctioned their Modified divisions with WISSOTA, Electric City since 1990 and Billings for the past two seasons. “We’ve been talking to IMCA for 12 years, maybe longer. Their rules, and the cost of racing influenced our decision,” said Electric City promoter Dan Mann. “Our economy hasn’t progressed the way engine costs have. Something is getting squeezed.”

Next season will be the 61st of continuous operation for the Great Falls track and its 25th under direction of the Mann family. Pit area parking was expanded two years ago. A thousand yards of new clay have already been added to the racing surface in preparation for 2014. Electric City will open with the April 25-26 Spring Roundup. Points continue through the 20th annual Montana Roundup Aug. 29-31.

Mike Quigley reopened and has promoted Billings Motorsports Park for two years. He contacted IMCA about sanctioning late this summer.
“There are numerous reasons why we looked into it. Economics is one factor and I believe the crate motor has a lot of potential,” he said. “We were on an island here with WISSOTA. We had a special here last year that paid $1,000 to win and no new drivers came.”

“I think we have a really good chance of getting more cars with IMCA and that’s what we want. Now we have a chance to really grow. We want to have a special with a lot of cars and decent pay,” he continued. “IMCA makes very few changes in its rules and I think that’s a good thing. The majority of our Modified drivers think so, too. They prefer IMCA.” Opening night at Billings is to be announced, as is the date for the inaugural Modified Rebel Meltdown special.

Championship Night will be Sept. 20. “We’ve known Dan for a lot of years while Mike is a more recent acquaintance. They have been involved with racing and promoting for very different amounts of time but both chose to sanction with us for similar reasons,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. “That leads me to believe we’re doing something right. We look forward to working with both tracks and their drivers next season.”

IMCA sanctioned Modifieds previously ran in Montana as part of the Mountain State Series in the 1990s. ASCS Sprint Cars and WISSOTA Late Models and Super Stocks will also run at Electric City and Billings next season.

Montana Street Stocks and Montana Modifieds also take turns on race programs at Great Falls while NSA Sprints and WISSOTA Street Stocks and B Modifieds run at Billings.

Electric City Speedway Wraps Up 2012 with the 19TH Annual MT Round Up

September 12th, 2012

Great Falls, MT–Friday, August 31, 2012 was the beginning to the end of the 2012 racing season at Electric City Speedway. The 19th Annual Montana Round Up was set to begin with the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Late Models and Big Sky Sprints. Drivers and fans from all over the northwest and Canada were anxious for the weekend of action packed racing to begin.

With track championships scheduled for Saturday evening the points race in the WISSOTA Street Stocks as Marvin Gonzales was sitting only eleven points ahead of Troy Weninger. Being in separate heats Gonzales and Weninger took the opportunity to try to spread out the deficit. However, both drivers took the top spot and neither was able to gain ground. While running in a pack Gonzales attempted to give Ron Mattern a push down the backstretch. Be it chance or a fluke Mattern spun in front of the field and Gonzales was sent to the back of the pack for the restart. With this new development in the chase for points Weninger capitalized with a feature win. Gonzales wound up finishing eleventh. What did this do to the points going into the final night? Fans would be treated with an epic battle between Gonzales and Weninger the following day as the eleven point feature difference tied the drivers up at the end of the evening.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were set to run with Doug LaPierre having a comfortable lead over his fellow competitors. Having to make a start in order to secure the championship, LaPierre captured the second heat victory. Patrick and Marty Harvie claimed the other two heats. Missing from the lineup was second place driver Zach Olson. LaPierre wasn’t going to leave anything to chance though. In the feature, LaPierre captured his final victory of 2012.

Back for a second week the WISSOTA Late Models ran third in the cycle of events. Rory Minster and Mark Fowler II grasped the heats. With a few additional drivers making the drive down from our neighbors to the north the feature held thirteen drivers racing for the right to claim the victor. An incident that had Chris Dunn into the outside wall of turn four was the only caution of the feature. Rock Degele added another feature to his list of victories.

Finally the Big Sky Sprints were able to take their turn on the track. Twenty-two drivers arrived at the track to see who would be the top dog of this Labor Day Weekend. Brock Lemley, driving once again for Peterson Racing, took the first heat. Joe Ramaker claimed the second heat with Trever Kirkland coming out on top of the third. Through multiple cautions Lemley gained the lead and ticked off the laps. In front of the ever growing crowd of fans, Lemley earned his fifth of seven possible victories this season.

A full to overflowing event was scheduled for Saturday, September 01, 2012 as the WISSOTA Super Stocks and Modifieds joined the previous night’s classes for the final night of 2012 racing at the speedway. With championships to be decided 94 drivers packed both the infield and outer pit areas. Having all six available classes on the card the fans flooded into the grandstands to see who would claim bragging rights in the off season.

Starting the evening off the WISSOTA Street Stocks had championship contenders starting in separate heats. Marvin Gonzales set the bar for Troy Weninger with the victory in the first heat. With nothing to gain and a few points to lose Weninger met the challenge with a victory of his own in heat two keeping the points race at a tied battle going into the feature. The luck of the draw had Gonzales starting in the third position and Weninger in sixth. In true champion form both drivers dug in and battled lap after lap for position. Side by side throughout most of the event, they kept fans in a guessing game each time they crossed the start/finish line. Brad Norris and Warren Samoy were also running in the front of the field throughout the event. Norris crossed the checkered flag ahead of Samoy for the victory and Gonzales squeezed in a third place finish just ahead of Weninger. As Norris went to take the trophy for the win Gonzales was finally able to relax and celebrate his 1 point Championship victory over Weninger. Ron Mattern squeezed Rookie Cody Ryan out of third by two points.

Though not as close as the Street Stock points battle the WISSOTA Super Stocks had Curt Popham needing to start the heats in order to claim his 2012 track championship. Rock Degele claimed the first heat in which Popham finished fourth. Second place points contender Pat LaMere gained a little ground on the 40 point deficit he had to Popham with a heat two victory. Rock Degele proved strong in his Super Stock as he claimed the feature victory. Curt Popham procured his right to claim 2012 Track Champion with a 35 point lead over LaMere. Jake Tucker settled for third in the season overall three points behind LaMere.

With the arrival of two additional drivers the WISSOTA Late Models were third to run for a second night in a row. Kelly Hample and Rock Degele took the heat wins. In a single caution feature event Hample was back in victory lane after engine trouble took him out of the previous week’s event and kept him from making Friday’s race.
Up next were the Big Sky Sprints. Though a few cars fell out after Friday’s event twenty cars were on hand for the final 2012 Sprint event at the track. Kelly Miller, Kyle Bates and Brock Lemley were victorious in the heats. With another weekend sweep Lemley found himself in victory lane in front of not only the wonderful fans but family that made the trip from Demming, Washington.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds followed the Sprints for the evening. Tim McCune, Marty Harvie and Jerry Sangrey Jr. were the heat winners. With the stroke of midnight minutes away 19 of 21 drivers took the green flag for the feature. Marty Harvie made his way from third to first in no time and claimed the victory. Doug LaPierre became the 2012 Track Champion. Chris Hill and Ron Sasek took second and third respectively. With Zach Olson’s absence this past weekend he slipped from second in points to fifth as Jake Tacke secured fourth.

The final class to run was the WISSOTA Modifieds. Chad Johnson and Paul Leach were the heat victors. After over 7 hours of racing track conditions were optimal for Leach. Starting on the pole he shot out at the start and there was no looking back. Jerry Baertsch said after the event that once Leach got around him, putting him a lap down, he expected the rest of the field right away, but it had taken a little time for them to get to him. On the final lap Joey Price had made progress and was right behind Leach when the final flag flew on the 2012 season. Gary Hill finished the feature in fifth place, but claimed the Track Championship for the season with an 85 point lead over Maurice Myre. John Price closed out his season with a third place points finish.

See everyone next season!

Dave Freeman Back in Victory Lane at Electric City Speedway

September 1st, 2012

The WISSOTA Late Models were on hand at Electric City Speedway on August 25, 2012. Joining them were the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks found a few different names out on top at the end of the heats. Michael Price, Kory Wermling and Taylor Martin were the victors. In the feature, Martin didn’t fare as well and was the first car out of the event. Cody Ryan had a double run of bad luck as he ran his event. After finding himself up on the tires in turn four Ryan made his way back onto the track with the help of Carl’s Exxon’s wrecker. After a few laps he had to pull in with engine troubles. Starting from the eighth position, Marvin Gonzales found his way to the front and to his third victory in a row.

Chuck Fleming and Pacer Popham took the WISSOTA Super Stock heats. After a spin in turn two on the initial start the drivers got into a rhythm of racing with Jake Tucker out in front. A caution flew for Dolan Sevalstad losing a spring as he was attempting to get off the track in the turn one upper pit entrance. Curt Popham used the restart to his advantage and made his way around Tucker. Curt wasn’t in the clear for a victory though. His brother Pacer was closing in quickly. As the brothers were coming to the white flag side by side, Pacer made his move and the victory was his.

The WISSOTA Late Models had a little excitement in their second of two heats as JD Olsen went up on the backstretch wall and rode it most of the way down. The height of the wall helped prevent Olsen from rolling completely over, but his car suffered major damage to the right side. Kelly Hample and Jody Kropp were the heat winners. With the help of a few of his competitors, family and other racers Olsen was back out for the feature event. Starting from the pole position, Dave Freeman took the cautions in stride. Leading the entire event Freeman captured the victory. Speedway fans were thrilled to see the 11x back in victory lane.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds finished off the evening with Zach Olson, Doug LaPierre and Paul Leach as heat victors. The first caution of the feature had LaPierre restarting in the back of the field of seventeen. Zack Olson battled with Chris Hill and Tim McCune for the lead in the early laps. After making his way to the front Olson was unstoppable. As Olson was collecting the checkered flag for his parade lap LaPierre pulled up beside him to give his congratulations.

UP NEXT: The final two races of the season are upon us. Friday, August 31, 2012 Electric City Speedway hosts its first night of the 19TH Annual Montana Round Up with Sprints, WISSOTA Late Models, Street Stocks & Midwest Modifieds. TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS will be decided on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Joining the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds will be the WISSOTA Late Models and Big Sky Sprints. This will be the final event for Electric City Speedway in 2012! Don’t miss a minute of it!

Also racing on September 1, 2012 and September 2, 2012 will be the Mountain Country Quarter Midget Association. Their events will begin at 10:00 am on both days at 4900 10th Avenue South (The Old Big R parking lot). Please come out and support the kids as they race their hearts out.

Electric City Speedway Hosts Two Nights of the NSA Shootout

August 23rd, 2012

It was a busy week for Electric City Speedway as it hosted two nights of Sprint action for the NSA Shootout.  The Shootout had drivers from all over the west coast, Wyoming, Canada and Montana.  Along with the sprints the WISSOTA Street and Super Stocks were on the schedule for both nights with the WISSOTA Modifieds joining them on Saturday Night.

Wednesday morning arrived with moist weather threatening the opening night of the Shootout.  However, by the afternoon the temperatures remained cool and the rain held at bay.

Taking to the track first Pacer Popham and Pat LaMere captured the heat victories for the WISSOTA Super Stocks.  The feature showed only one caution for Curt Popham’s spin in turn four.  The feature found John Lighthizer out front.  Throughout the race he held off Pacer Popham for his first victory of the season in the class.

Marvin Gonzales and Brad Norris were the top dogs in the WISSOTA Street Stocks for their two heats.  Kory Wermling jumped to an early lead in the feature.  As the laps counted down, Wermling battled with Gonzales for his chance in victory lane.  With three laps to go, Gonzales maneuvered his way around Wermling and claimed another victory for the season.

After running an event at Gallatin Speedway on Friday night the Shootout returned to the Electric City for its third night on Saturday.  Almost thirty degrees warmer and much clearer skies were on the agenda for the events of the evening.  Jeff Sekuterski and Marvin Gonzales found themselves at the front of the WISSOTA Street Stock heats and Pacer Popham and Casey Steffenson were victorious in the WISSOTA Super Stocks.  Meanwhile, Mark Wermling and Joey Price grasped the checkers in the WISSOTA Modifieds.

With three cautions in the Street feature the Yellow/Black rule came into effect.  A final caution for debris, the race had Marvin Gonzales in Victory Lane for the second time in only four days.  Gonzales regained his points lead edging Troy Weninger out by five points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took to the track second Saturday evening.  After receiving the Yellow/Black crossed flags, the only caution that flew for Pacer Popham and Casey Steffenson.  Their close rivalry had both drivers near pushing the envelope and when Steffenson was found turned around in turn one the decision came down that both drivers were at fault and sent to the pits due to the rule.  This decision gave third place driver Chuck Fleming a clear track and when the final flag threw he held off Wednesday’s winner John Lighthizer for his first victory this season.  In Victory Lane fans were greeted with an excited Fleming.  Jumping on his roof he celebrated the victory with enthusiasm.

Three cautions in the WISSOTA Modified feature had the crossed flags coming out yet once again.  Joey Price appeared to be the dominate car through the event.  A miscalculation on Price’s part had him falling back in the pack.  Mark Wermling was knocking on Price’s door when the error occurred.  Wermling gained another victory for the season.

The NSA Shootout had the Sprint drivers chasing Roger Crockett on the first three nights.  The final event was held at BMP Speedway on Sunday.  Jamie Barnes claimed the final night victory.

Next Week:  The WISSOTA Late Models return to the speedway.  Joining them will be the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks

The final event of the season will occur the following weekend, August 31, 2012 and September 1, 2012.  Saying farewell to the 2012 season the Big Sky Sprints and WISSOTA Late Models will be joining the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds on Friday night.  The return for a full card of classes on Saturday night as the WISSOTA classes of Street Stock, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds make their final bids for track points.

Electric City Speedway Celebrates Life

August 16th, 2012

Saturday evening at Electric City Speedway began with the annual Celebration of Life.  In the pre-race events drivers and fans took a moment to remember John Dowson, who started the annual event in memory of his son, Derek Dowson, Ryan Fleming and others who are no longer with our close knit community.  After a prayer by track chaplain Steve Fowler, the National Anthem and firing of the track’s cannon racing was set to begin.

Taking to the track first this week the WISSOTA Super Stocks came out in three heats.  Curt Popham, Pacer Popham and Paul Lease claimed the victories.  Three spins had Chuck Fleming, Pat LaMere and Pacer Popham lining up at the back of the pack and brought out the yellow/black warning.  Jake Tucker’s night was cut short when his 33 caught the outside tire barrier at the upper pit entrance in turn three.  A pile up in turn two had Jeremy Meirhofer headed to the pits under the caution rule.  Hard charging his way through the field, Pacer worked his way up into a third place finish while his brother Curt found himself in victory lane.

Mark Wermling, Jody Kropp and Jeremy Meirhofer captured the heat victories in the WISSOTA Modifieds.  In the feature, Sean McBee spun in turn two and Dave Azure collided with him.  Azure suffered major front end damage and was unable to continue the event.  Paul Donnelly lost an engine further on in the event and his bid for the victory was over.  Jeremy Meirhofer showed his strength and held off Jody Kropp and Gary Hill for the win.

Cody Ryan and Troy Weninger took top spots in the WISSOTA Street Stock heats.  In the feature the two had a close battle as Weninger made his way around Ryan.  Keeping a bumper to fender length lead in the closing laps Weninger took the checkers just ahead of Ryan.  Meanwhile, point leader Marvin Gonzales had another rough week that had him pulling off before the finish.  After all was said and done, Weninger managed to take the points lead by a single point from Gonzales.  Ryan sits just 24 back in third.

Finishing off the evening the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds held three heats.  Doug LaPierre, Zach Olson and Jerry Sangrey Jr. claimed the heats.  The start of the feature found Marty Harvie getting caught up with a few drivers that were out of shape.  Marty ended up into the backstretch infield tires.  Harvie was able to continue and brought home a fifth place finish for car owner Roger Kuehn.  Subject to the yellow/black rule, Bobby Myre and Chris Hill were sent to the pits.  Paul Leach was reeling in Doug LaPierre in the closing laps; however, LaPierre captured his third victory in a row.  This is LaPierre’s sixth victory in 2012.

This week:  Quigley’s NSA Sprint Shootout comes to town on August 15, 2012 with the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Super Stocks.  The tour will continue to Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade Montana on August 17, 2012.  Saturday, August 18, 2012 they return for another night at Electric City Speedway.  The WISSOTA Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Modifieds join them on Saturday night.  The completion of the NSA Shootout will be held at BMP Speedway in Billings, Montana on Sunday, August 19, 2012.  For Electric City Speedway ticketing information go to www.electriccityspeedway.com

Electric City Speedway Hosts the AMSOIL Qualifiers

August 9th, 2012

Saturday night at the speedway had a few extra drivers in attendance as it was the WISSOTA/Amsoil Qualifier events in the Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds.  Winners of the feature events are given the opportunity to run the Race of Champions race at the WISSOTA 100 in Huron, South Dakota in mid-September.

First up for the evening were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.  Three heats ran caution free as Patrick Harvie, Jerry Sangrey Jr., and Doug LaPierre captured the top spots.  The feature held heartbreak for Mike Pistelak when he lost on engine entering turn one and caught fire on the backstretch resulting in a red flag for the field.  Chris Hill also had engine troubles as Doug LaPierre was taking the white flag.  For another night this season LaPierre stood victorious.

Curt Popham took the first of two heats in the WISSOTA Super Stocks.  The second heat was restarted after track officials didn’t like the initial start.  Rich Wermling had mechanical issues that had him out of the heat early.  Ty Clemens won the second heat.  After three cautions for spins in the feature the yellow and black were displayed informing drivers any more cautions and the person responsible would be watching the end of the race from the pits.  Curt Popham had a spin in turn two and had to watch his brother Pacer take another checkered flag this season.

Gary Hill had engine trouble in the first heat for the WISSOTA Modifieds while Mark Wermling was victorious.  Dave Azure took the second heat.  A spin by Sean Higginbotham on the start of the feature brought out the first caution.  Higginbotham’s luck turned south a couple laps later when something broke sending him into the backstretch wall and ending his evening in the back of the wrecker.  Another caution flew bringing out the yellow and black warning.  Sean McBee and Maurice Myre were both sent to the pit area for causing two separate incidents.  The final restart resulted in a Green-White-Checkered finish and Mark Wermling brought home the victory ahead of Dave Azure and John Price.

Cody Ryan and Marvin Gonzales won in their respective heats for the WISSOTA Street Stocks.  During the feature Bill Handel was victim to a huge pileup coming out of turn four.  Proving strong this week, Troy Weninger brought his #20 to victory lane in a close final lap battle with Cody Ryan.  Point leader Marvin Gonzales lost some of his points lead to Weninger after having difficulties in the event.

Next week:  The regular classes of WISSOTA Street Stock, Midwest Modified, Super Stock and Modified will take to the track.

Quigley’s North American Sprint Tour returns to Great Falls on August 15, 2012 and August 18, 2012.  The Street Stocks and Supers will be in attendance both nights and Modifieds are set to join them on the 18th.  Go to www.electriccityspeedway.com for details on tickets.

 

 

Smiley Returns to Electric City Speedway

August 2nd, 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012 saw the return of “Smiley” at the speedway. After Mother Nature tore it down earlier in the season track promoters Dan and Barbara Mann promised the return of the 23 year tradition of the Smiley face in the center of turns three and four. The arrival of “Smiley” coincided with Kid’s Night. During the intermission all the children in the grandstands were led down in front of the new and improved Smiley banner and released 23 yellow balloons to commemorate the occasion. Afterwards the kids were given time to join their favorite drivers on the front stretch for photos and autographs.

In racing action the WISSOTA Street Stocks Jeff Sekuterski, Kyle Jarvey, and Marvin Gonzales were victorious in the heats. After three cautions flew in the feature the Yellow and Black flags were displayed to the field informing the drivers that any further cautions would have the person who caused it sent to the pits. Cody Ryan worked his way to the front of the field and started pulling away, but after driving it into the corner a little too hard Ryan spun with four laps to go. The caution flew after a melee occurred when the pack caught up with him. Ryan’s car suffered some damage and he was done for the night. Three more cautions flew before Marvin Gonzales brought his car to victory.

Jerry Martin, Paul Leach, and Doug LaPierre captured the heats in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. During a racing incident in the feature Patrick Harvie rolled into the back infield pit lane bringing the red flag out. After a close inspection by tech officials Harvie returned to the track to finish eleventh of nineteen. The Yellow/Black flew for the Midwest Modifieds as well and a few drivers were sent to the pits after causing a restart. Making his way to the front of the pack, Doug LaPierre captured his fifth victory of 2012.

Pacer Popham swept the heat and feature in the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Pat LaMere suffered damage in the first caution of the feature and after the restart had to pull off.

Losing a drive shaft seems to be the ongoing battle with the WISSOTA Modifieds this season. Maurice Myre was victim to the drive shaft issue in the second heat. Jody Kropp took the first heat with Chad Johnson victorious in the second. At the start of the feature Kropp lost his drive shaft ending his bid for a win. The Yellow/Black rule came into effect in the event and Johnson, Jesse Baertsch and Sean Higginbotham were sent out after their spins in turns three and four. The final lap of the feature had leader Mark Wermling suffering damage when attempting to pass Pat Wallace on the back stretch. Though Wermling held on through turn four, Hill reached the finish line ahead of him. Wermling managed to get a second place finish.

Next Week: The Celebration of Life/Amsoil Qualifier with the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds.

Mark your calendars: Quigley’s North American Sprint Tour returns to Great Falls on August 15, 2012 and August 18, 2012. The Street Stocks and Supers will be in attendance both nights and Modifieds are set to join them on the 18th.

Chris Gets It Dunn at Electric City Speedway

July 23rd, 2012

Christmas? In July? That is what fans and drivers were asking themselves Saturday night at Electric City Speedway. Ninety-two degree temperatures did not deter this season’s celebration of “Christmas in July” as the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Late Models and Super Stocks took to the track in Great Falls, Montana.

Three caution free heats of WISSOTA Street Stocks started the evening off. Marvin Gonzales, Kyle Jarvey and Stephan Foley collected the victories. The feature however, had multiple attempts at a start and had to be shortened due to time constraints. Once the event got started Nick Hunter made his way to the front of the field. After being sent to the rear of the 17 car field Troy Weninger worked his way up to battle for the lead with Marvin Gonzales setting up for a bid as well. Hunter didn’t want to see the late race caution that flew allowing Gonzales and Weninger to restart directly behind him for the Green-White-Checkered finish. In a three wide battle on the final lap Gonzales managed to clear Hunter for the victory and Weninger was scored third.

Mike Pistelak, Aaron Liscum, and Paul Leach claimed the heat victories for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. The 20 car feature had Pistelak and Jerry Sangrey Jr. battling in the early laps. When the caution flew on lap 6 Pistelak was scored as the leader. Paul Leach worked his way to the lead. Pistelak and Sangrey settled into a battle for seconds. An incident involving Pistelak and Sangrey brought out a caution. A few laps after the restart Sangrey slowed on the front stretch. When the caution flew Alan Riley spun into the rear of Sangrey and the field was stopped on the backstretch to allow for track crews to assist Riley off the track. Zach Olson had worked his way through the wrecks and field of cars to restart behind Leach for another Green-White-Checkered finish. Olson just couldn’t get around Leach and went home with a second place finish.

Back after a month off of racing the WISSOTA Late Models took to the track third. Chad Johnson and Rock Degele were the heat winners. In what one could call a “Christmas Wish Come True” Chris Dunn took off at the start of the feature and was gaining some distance from the battle for second place. A couple of cautions found Kelly Hample sitting in the second position behind Dunn. The final two laps had fans out of their seats as Hample made it a side by side battle with Dunn. Coming off of turn four Dunn and Hample went all out for the checkered flag. In his 52nd start as a Late Model driver, Dunn successfully beat Hample by 0.038 of a second gaining his first career victory in the class.

The first heat of WISSOTA Super Stocks had Rowdy Gillen and Curt Popham swapping cautions and both drivers were sent to the pits after their second one. Pat LaMere took the top spot in the heat. Jake Tucker dominated heat two. The start of the feature had the father and son duo of Rich and Alex Wermling running side by side. Rich maneuvered his car past that of his son and began pulling away from the field. An incident involving Curt Popham and Casey Steffenson had Steffenson being sent to the pits as this was the second caused by the driver in the same event. Rich continued his lead as Alex held off the field after the restart. Rich was unstoppable during the event and Alex held on for a second place finish.

Next Week: The regular classes of WISSOTA Street Stock, Midwest Modified, Super Stock and Modified are on the schedule. There was an adjustment made to the schedule for the future event of the 19th Annual Montana Roundup on Aug 31/Sept 1 Sprint Cars and Late Models have been added to the event. Friday night the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds join them. The final event at Electric City Speedway will be September 1, 2012 hosting all six classes.

Electric City Speedway Races Wednesday & Saturday

July 18th, 2012

A busy week just transpired at Electric City Speedway as they hosted two events. Wednesday, July 11, 2012 had the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds joining the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series. Saturday, July 14, 2012 the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds took to the track for their regularly scheduled event.

The Wednesday event had sixteen Midwest Modifieds set to battle for the feature win. In the two heat events Zach Olson and Mike Pistelak were victorious. The feature event had Jerry Sangrey Jr., Chris Hill, and Mike Pistelak battling the laps and each other to determine the winner. In the final laps Pistelak crossed the checkers with Hill and Sangrey Jr. finishing second and third. Zach Olson, coming off of a feature win at BMP Speedway, finished in the fourth position. Brock Lemley captured his first National ASCS Feature win in front of the hometown crowd of car owners Richie and Nubby Peterson.

After over a week of extreme temperatures Saturday’s forecast was rather bleak to get racing in. Keeping an eye on the weather drivers, fans and track officials were set for a full night of racing.

Starting the evening off the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track in three heats. Dave McCune, Jerry Sangrey Jr. and Paul Leach captured the top spot in their respective races. The feature event was red flagged in the late laps due to Jake Tucker scattering fluid and rear end parts across the backstretch. After the track was cleared Doug LaPierre kept Paul Leach behind him to claim his fourth victory this season.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks gained another entry as Rich Wermling joined his son Alex on the track. In the heat Curt Popham led the field across the finish line. The feature had the cars of brothers Curt and Pacer Popham in the front once again. At the end of twenty-five laps Pacer defeated his brother.

Jody Kropp and Maurice Myre grabbed heat victories in the WISSOTA Modifieds. Paul Leach, who was driving a perfect race in his heat, lost a driveline and was out for the night. The beginning of the feature had drivers colliding in turn two. Jody Kropp took the brunt of the damage and was unable to continue. The final laps held great racing as Maurice Myre and Gary Hill ran side by side in their quest for the lead. At the white flag they were within a few feet of each other. Myre managed to hold off Hill in a close finish.

A tight points battle has developed in the WISSOTA Street Stocks between Marvin Gonzales, Troy Weninger, and Cody Ryan. The first heat had these drivers running together. Gonzales finished the heat ahead of Ryan and Weninger adding to his lead in the standings. Ron Mattern took the second heat. The feature held an early caution that put Gonzales to the back of the field for the restart. Powering his way through the field Gonzales came up just short of the victory. Troy Weninger claimed his second win this season. Ryan came in third. The points may have been shaken slightly, but Gonzales still maintains the lead. Next Week: Christmas in July with the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Late Models.

Electric City Speedway Celebrates Independence Day

July 12th, 2012

Sunny clear skies greeted racing fans on Independence Day at Electric City Speedway. The perfect panoramic view of the city on the horizon and great racing was on the card for the night.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started the evening off with three heats. Coming out victorious were Paul Leach, Doug LaPierre and Jeramy Myers. Starting in mid pack Doug LaPierre powered his way through the field to claim his second victory in as many weeks.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks also ran three heats with Kory Wermling, Marvin Gonzales, and Dwayne Fowler taking the top spots. As the class was to take to the field for their feature each driver held and American Flag with Brenton Collins carrying the POW/MIA flag. Led by track promoter Dan Mann the drivers made three wide parade laps as Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” played over the speakers. In a single caution event, Marvin Gonzales took his fifth place starting position and turned it into a first place finish.

Curt Popham led the field of WISSOTA Super Stocks to victory in their single heat. A two caution feature for spins both credited to Alex Wermling found Casey Steffenson adding another feature win to his collection.

Gary Hill and Jody Kropp were victorious in the two WISSOTA Modified Heats. Paul Leach took an early lead in the feature. Multiple cautions and the upcoming time for the city’s fireworks display didn’t distract Leach from his mission. A final Green-White-Checkered finish had fans watching both Leach and the beginning of the spectacular display the city puts on every year.

The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series comes to the speedway on Wednesday, July 11, 2011 with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds set to join them. Advanced discounted ticket sales are available on Monday and Tuesday July 9-10 between 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the main (upper) ticket windows with Credit/Debit cards being accepted. Phone orders and “will call” are available. Call 406-453-8519 with charge card ready, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm MDT, through Tuesday July 10, 2012. Ticket gates open at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Additional parking will be available through the Big Sky Bus Lines parking lot starting at the same time. If parking in the bus lot, please remember to remove your vehicle before going down into the pits after the event.

The regular classes of WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds return to the speedway on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

LaMere Back in Victory Lane at Electric City Speedway

July 12th, 2012

Electric City Speedway hosted the regular classes of WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds Saturday night. During the Street Stock feature the previous week’s winner, Donavon Sorenson worked his way through to the front to claim his second victory in as many weeks. The battle in the event was for fourth place between Jeff Sekuterski and Troy Weninger. Sekuterski got a little loose coming off of turn four on the final lap turning Weninger around. Weninger came across the checkered flags backwards in the fourth place finishing position. As the remaining drivers were racing to the finish BJ Warehime hit Weninger head on just past the flag stand.

Doug LaPierre found his way to the front of the Midwest Modifieds and secured a second victory this season. On a track designed for him, Chad Johnson dominated the Modifieds.

After over two years without a visit to Victory Lane, Pat LaMere found his line and held off Jake Tucker and Pacer Popham. LaMere’s family joined him in Victory Lane for the trophy presentation.

The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series comes to the speedway on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. For advanced tickets and information go to www.electriccityspeedway.com

Jeramy Myers Takes First Career Victory

June 30th, 2012

Electric City Speedway hosted the WISSOTA Late Models, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks this past Saturday. Throughout the week promoter Dan Mann spent some time adding extra clay to the track’s surface and preparing for the event. Many drivers said at the end of the racing event that the track had a smoother surface that quickly turned into dry slick. What this meant for the fans… much closer racing and a chance to watch a couple of firsts again this week.

With only a couple of spins in the WISSOTA Super Stock heat, a green-white-checkered finish had Casey Steffenson coming out as the victor. The newly implemented “After the third caution, anyone causing a restart would be sent to the pits.” rule came into effect in the feature after spins caused by Jake Tucker, Curt Popham and Clay Irwin. Alex Wermling brought out the fourth caution with a spin in turn four. Mike Pistelak spun in turn two just after taking the lead from Steffenson and had to retire his car for the evening as well. Steffenson found himself in victory lane when the final flag flew on the event.

Three heats of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track second in the rotation. In caution free heats Jeramy Myers, Doug Lapierre and Zach Olson led their respective fields to the checkered flag. Dusty Muzzana jumped into Patrick Harvie’s car for the evening. In the heat Muzzana had transmission issues that resulted in flames shooting out from under the car on the final lap. The feature had Myers and Joey Ray starting on the front row. Myers was on rails. Doug Lapierre and Zach Olson each made a bid against Myers in the final laps but neither driver could get around him. After a couple seasons filled with a lot of heartbreak Myers claimed his first career victory.

Returning to the speedway for their second full event this season the WISSOTA Late Models ran a single heat. Billings driver Kelly Hample started on the pole and finished in the top spot with Jody Kropp finishing second. A racing incident at the start of the feature had Bradley Kerrison facing the opposite direction and a full restart realigned the field. A spin by Mick Halverson was the only other caution in the event. Hample swept up the feature receiving the victory.
Rounding out the evening were the WISSOTA Street Stocks. In the first of two heats, Ron Mattern was victorious after a tight battle early on in the event. Marvin Gonzales worked his way from a sixth place starting position to the front of the field in heat two. During the feature Stephan Foley brought out the only caution with a spin in turn two. BJ Warehime was out in front in the early laps, but lost the lead to Donavon Sorenson as the laps wound down. The long drive home to Williston, ND has been made a little easier for Sorenson as he captured his first feature win.

The next couple of weeks will be very busy for the speedway as the next event is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, 2012 featuring the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds.

It doesn’t end there either. As said many times before the place to be on Independence Day is the Speedway! Racing will resume with the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds on July 4, 2012. Watch some great racing action with a full panoramic view of the Electric City. It is the perfect seat for the city’s fireworks display and viewing of the celebrating across the city.

Wednesday July 11, 2012 the ASCS National Sprint Tour will be running with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Details can be found at www.electriccityspeedway.com

Weninger, Price x2 and Popham Victorious at Electric City Speedway

June 22nd, 2012

Warm temperatures along with Montana winds greeted fans Saturday Night at Electric City Speedway. The WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds were set for a full night of racing.

Two heats of WISSOTA Street Stocks started the evening off. Kory Wermling led the field to the checkers in the first heat. After spinning in turn four during the second heat, Marvin Gonzales had to restart in the back of the pack. Charging his way back through the field he captured the second heat. At the driver’s meeting the drivers were told there were adjustments to the caution rule. After 3 cautions the black and yellow cross would fly and any following cautions would result in the driver who caused it being sent into the pits. This went into effect in the feature after a few cautions for spins.

An incident involving most of the field on the final lap behind leader Troy Weninger resulted with many cars suffering major damage. Therefore, finishing positions behind Weninger were determined by the previous lap in accordance with the track rules posted to the track’s website under “Driver Info: Race Procedures”. White Flag: One lap to go. In the event that the White Flag has been displayed and for any reason the track is blocked by an accident or some other problem, the payoff and points may be made using the order the cars crossed the finish line on the last complete lap except that the car or cars causing the blockage on accident shall be scored at the end of the lap they were running on and if there are multiple cars, they will beplaced at the end of the lap in the order they stopped. In this case, no one was charged with the case of the blockage.

Paul Leach, Doug Lapierre and Zach Olson were victorious in their heats for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. The black and yellow caution rule came into effect in the feature for this class as well. Ron Sasek and Alan Riley ended tangled on the backstretch to bring out a fourth caution. After track officials were unable to separate the cars Alan Riley pulled away and Sasek was credited with the caution. Riley was attempting to catch up to the field when his car burst into flames in turns three and four. After the fire crew extinguished the flames and assessed the damage, Riley was able to continue. In the final laps, Joey Price and Joey Ray jockeyed for position. Though Ray had to settle for second place it was his best finish to date in only his second season racing.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took to the track third in the lineup. During the heat, a couple of cautions flew for spins. Casey Steffenson took his second spot starting position and turned it into a first place finish. Jake Tucker brought out the first caution in the feature. Casey Steffenson and Pacer Popham were battling for position that resulted in Casey going around in turn two. Steffenson was sent to the back for the restart. A couple more autions for spins were the remaining incidents, but the fans were on their feet as Jake Tucker had made his way back up to the front to try to put leader Pacer Popham behind him. A close battle in the final laps had Tucker coming up a little short of victory. Popham has had back to back wins this season.

The final class to run was the WISSOTA Modifieds. During the heat drivers were flying by a spot in turn three that when hit would throw their cars out of whack. Gary Hill was victim to the spot as he set for the corner and ended up against the outside wall with a right front tire. Sean McBee found his way around it and claimed the heat victory. McBee had a great feature as well. In the one caution event McBee found his groove. Coming from the last place starting position Joey Price worked his way through the field and put a damper on McBee’s chance at a Modified event sweep. Price visited victory lane for the second time in the evening.

Next week: The WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Late Models

Donnelly Takes Two, Lemley Three-Peats at Electric City Speedway

June 15th, 2012

After a tough weather week in Great Falls, Montana Electric City Speedway had to say farewell to a familiar face.  Tuesday evening’s tornado warnings carried with them high winds and the tall wooden fence in turns three and four couldn’t hold up.  “Smiley” suffered damage along with the rest of the fence.  Though he is no longer standing in the center of the turn, he will be back later in the season.

It was a strange feeling when looking toward the East and not seeing “Smiley” Saturday night when the Big Sky Sprints returned to Electric City Speedway.  Running with them were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Modifieds.

When a class grows to the point of needing a B-Main things can get a little exciting.  This happened with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds as three heats set the field for the feature event.  Ronnie Harvie, Zach Olson, and Mike Pistelak were victorious in caution free races securing their spots in the feature.  With a Top 6 to transfer to the Feature the class started thirteen drivers fighting for position.  A large wreck in turn three had Tommy Bush, Josh Olsen, and Taylor Falkenhagen out of the race.  Dave McCune was disqualified for causing the incident.

With a restart ready to go, Aaron Liscum was penalized two positions for jumping the initial start of the race.  Liscum took the penalty but it didn’t slow him down.  Making his way back to the front after the restart he claimed the victory and advancing to the feature.  Racing their way into the feature were Liscum, Alan Riley, Joey Tinker, Travis Cushman, Beau Brown and Jake Tacke.

Taking an early lead and gaining distance Zach Olson powered through the laps and cautions with the hopes of capturing a second win in as many weeks.  Paul Donnelly wasn’t having any of Olson’s campaign.  Working his way through traffic Donnelly closed the gap on Olson.  As they were battling for the lead Olson drove a little too hard into turn two causing a single car spin and dashing his hopes at a win.  Donnelly drove his way to the checkers.

Second on the card were the Big Sky Sprints.  In the first heat Jerry Brown Jr. got tangled with another car that resulted in Brown rolling over in turn four.  Vernon Hill captured the victory in that heat.  The second heat had Mark Sweet spinning out on the start.  Brock Lemley took the win.  In the feature, Josh Ostermiller spun in the middle of turns three and four and Brian Brown & Shane Ainscough tangled on the backstretch.  Phil Dietz dominated the feature as Lemley worked his way through the field.  The caution for Brown/Ainscough was the break Lemley needed.  Squeezing his way between the tires in three and those of Dietz, Lemley gained the lead in the final laps and snatched a three-peat victory for Peterson racing.

Paul Donnelly and Maurice Myre grasped the heat victories for the WISSOTA Modifieds.  Starting on the outside pole Donnelly jumped to an early lead.  After a few cautions for spins he was still maintaining his lead, but Chad Johnson and Jody Kropp were determined to grab the lead for themselves.  The loss of a drive shaft took Kropp out of contention though.  Sean McBee worked his way into second as Johnson slipped to fourth.  The feature was all Donnelly and fans were greeted with a second trophy presentation for the driver.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks rounded out the heats and features.  Victorious in the heats were fellow Deer Lodge drivers Paul Lease and Beau Brown.  The feature ran for many laps caution free until Michael Price spun in turn two.  A series of four more cautions in turns one and two followed preventing the completion of a single lap.  Drivers were given the Green-White-Checkered order so fans could watch the finish of the feature under green flag conditions.  Brown successfully grasped another victory this season.

Next week:  The WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds will run.

Electric City Speedway Had a Couple of Firsts for Its Drivers on Saturday

June 8th, 2012

With the unpredictable Montana spring weather some folks were leery of whether or not Electric City Speedway would get in a night of racing. Putting an optimistic spin on things track promoter Dan Mann posted to his facebook page: “The Weatherman Says 60% chance of …………. RACE”. Heavy storm clouds loomed over the Electric City for the better part of the day. When it came time to open the gates there was still a slight chance of an isolated storm, but the drivers began arriving. As the pits were starting to fill, more and more blue replaced the gray. By race time it had warmed up a little and the sun was shining brightly.

First to run were the WISSOTA Modifieds. Two heats bearing only one caution had Chad Johnson and Joey Price claiming victory. The father/son team of John and Joey Price brought the field of eleven to the green flag in the feature. John got the early lead and held it for most of the event. Two separate cautions for spins in turns three and four weren’t slowing him down. As the laps wound down though John had Joey and Rookie Sean McBee were knocking on his door. Unable to hold them off, John had to settle for a third place finish. The final laps found Joey and McBee setting up for a great finish. Maneuvering his blue and orange 35 into the lead, Sean captured his first victory in six starts as a WISSOTA Modified.

The WISSOTA Street Stock heat number one had Marvin Gonzales holding off Ron Imberi and Ron Mattern in three wide battle through lapped traffic. Cody Ryan claimed the second heat. The first caution that flew resulted with three drivers stopped on the track in different areas. Another spin and a caution for debris were also called. Marvin Gonzales was on a hunt for victory moving through traffic from his eighth starting position. However, Brad Norris wouldn’t hear of it. Gonzales’ bid for victory was cut short as Norris captured the checkered flag.

Doug Lapierre and Zach Olson won heats one and two in the WISSOTA Modifieds. The third heat had Patrick Harvie and Jeramy Myers running side by side past the white flag. Digging a little too deep Myers spun in turn four allowing for Harvie to win. The feature had some great racing action as A and Z Motorsports teammates Aaron Liscum and Zach Olson worked their way up through the field. With less than five laps to go, Joey Price was leading as Olson negotiated his way in front of him. With the white flag in the air and one lap to go Price went into the final turn a little harder than needed and Liscum was able to follow his teammate for a second place finish. This was Zach’s first victory ever in a racecar.

Rounding out the evening the WISSOTA Super Stocks ran two heats with the Popham Brothers falling victorious. Curt in the first and Pacer in the second. Early laps of the feature were treacherous for Pacer as a spin in turns three and four had Mike Pistelak sliding into him rather hard. However, he was able to continue in the event. A series of spins had the caution flag flying many times throughout the event. John Lighthizer led a majority of the event until a racing incident caused him to get a flat tire. Pacer claimed his first victory of the season.

Next week: The Big Sky Sprints are in town along with the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds.

Gary Hill Three-Peats & Lemley Sweeps CAN/AM Challenge

May 29th, 2012

Very cool temperatures greeted drivers and fans Friday night at Electric City Speedway as it hosted its first night of two for the weekend. The CAN/AM Sprint Challenge was on the slate for both nights. With drivers travelling south from Alberta, Canada they were set to challenge drivers from the Big Sky Sprints. Also running events were the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks.

In three heats the WISSOTA Street Stocks started the evening. Ron Mattern, Paul Lease and Troy Weninger took the top spots. Paul Lease and Marvin Gonzales started in the fourth row. While working his way through the field, Lease lost an engine. Kory Wermling also suffered engine troubles. Gonzales kept a forward motion and after 20 laps finished in front of pole sitter Warren Samoy.

The first heat of the WISSOTA Super Stocks ran caution free with Casey Steffenson coming across the checkered flag in front of the Popham Brothers. In heat two Jake Tucker’s hood flew up at the start and Tucker had zero visibility until he could pull off the track safely. Sharid Lee was declared victorious. The feature held many cautions as Richard Azure had mechanical difficulties, debris and a few spins had the field set up for a Green-White-Checkered restart with Curt Popham in the lead position. As they were coming to green Popham got turned and Mike Pistelak, Clay Irwin and Gordo Oppelt took severe damage eliminating them from the race. John Lighthizer was also involved but able to continue. After the green flew again Pacer Popham and Casey Steffenson were both credited with getting into Curt causing a spin. Curt was able to continue and the field was reset for a third G-W-C restart. Popham held of Sharid Lee and his brother to claim his first victory of the season.

The Sprints ran third in the rotation. Joe Perry, David Hoiness, and Casey Adams took the heats. The feature was red flagged after Cody Brown spun on the front stretch. Mark Sweet failed to stop and hit Brown in the driver’s side causing him to flip over. Brown suffered a few bumps and bruises but would return to racing for Saturday’s events. A spin out by Vernon Hill had the field set up for a Green-White-Checkered. Brock Lemley, driving for local owners Nubby and Richie Peterson, brought the 23N to victory lane in the Big Sky Sprints season opening feature.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds finished off the card. Joey Price and Zach Olson were victorious in their heat races. After six cautions for spins drivers were given the yellow and black flag cross letting them know any future cautions would have the initiator headed to the pits. Leading most of the event, Zach Olson lost the lead to Joey Price. Though it appeared Price would be the clear winner in the event Olson didn’t give in. Coming to the checkers Price and Olson were near side by side. Crossing the line by only 0.123 seconds Price captured the victory.

The weather on Saturday was a slight bit warmer and the track hosted another night of CAN/AM Sprint racing, WISSOTA Street Stock, Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds.

Running first for another night the WISSOTA Street Stocks went caution free in their heats. In the feature the drivers weren’t so lucky. During one of the cautions, BJ Warehime got into the wall on the backstretch. As he came off Brenton Collins wasn’t clear and Ron Weber, Lyle Imberi, and JT No Runner became victims as the field piled up on the back stretch. Brian Barnhart spun up onto the tires bringing out a caution and the time clock continued to tick down on the event. A final caution for a spin on the front stretch had track officials declaring Hunter the winner under caution as the race had already ran over the 25 minute time limit. Rookies Cody Ryan and Kory Wermling had top 5 finishes.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ran second on Saturday. On the start of the first heat the front row drivers spun in turn two and the field was reset with them headed to the back. Chris Hill won the first heat. The second heat ran caution free with Mike Pistelak leading the pack to the finish. Jake Tacke took an early lead but lost it in turn four when he spun out in front of the field. Drivers were able to maneuver around him but Tacke had to restart in the back. Coming from a fourteenth starting position Doug Lapierre claimed his first victory in the class.

The Sprints were back for a second night. While leading the first heat, Jerry Brown Jr. and Phil Dietz got caught behind lapped traffic. As they were exiting turn two Brown ended up on the outside wall. After safety crews assisted the car off the wall Brown was able to continue. Dietz went on to become the winner. The start of heat two had fans on their feet as Josh Ostermiller went up over the tire of Sean MacDonnell. Ostermiller went airborne just before the flag stand and landed after a few tumbles just past it. Ostermiller was alright and working on loading his car into the hauler later in the evening. As the drivers were restarting the race MacDonnell clipped another car and went airborne himself in turn four. MacDonnell was also doing well after his wreck. Joe Ramaker took heat two. Heat three went caution free with Brock Lemley finishing ahead of Trever Kirkland. One final flip for the sprints on the evening happened in the feature as Chris Roberts went airborne in turn two. The safety features in these sprint cars are exceptional and Roberts was also fine. Dennis MacEachern led most of the event with Lemley reeling him in. As cautions flew MacEachern appeared to get a better start and Lemley would catch him as they started getting into lapped traffic. However, Lemley was able to get around MacEachern in the final laps and claim a feature sweep for Peterson Racing.

Closing out the evening were the WISSOTA Modifieds. Chad Johnson and Gary Hill were victorious in the heat races. John Price spun in the feature. Hill spun to avoid him and was able to continue the event. Just past half way Sean Higginbotham spun in front of Pat Wallace and suffered left front damage preventing him from continuing. As the laps ticked off Jody Kropp was creeping up on Hill, but ran out of laps. Gary Hill claimed his third clean sweep victory in a row this season.

Next week the speedway hosts the regular classes of WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds.

Mother Nature Cooperates with Electric City Speedway

May 15th, 2012

It may have taken a few rainy weekends, but Electric City Speedway hosted a full night of racing action this past Saturday. Starting the evening the speedway took a moment to remember a few members of the racing family that were lost over the off season. While Justin Mann and Pat LaMere made parade laps during a tribute put together on behalf of the families of Gary Wagner, Darcy Mann and Ken LaMere, Ken Mann set to release 42 black and white balloons.

A slow to fast running order was on the cards for the evening as the WISSOTA Street Stocks took to the track en masse for three heats. Paul Lease and Jeremy Castro battled in the first heat with Lease claiming the victory. Cody Ryan grabbed an early lead on Beau Brown and kept gaining distance in the second heat. After gaining the lead in the third heat from Troy Weninger, Marvin Gonzales took the top spot. The feature was a completely different event. Twenty three cars started the event. Paul Lease led most of the laps with Beau Brown knocking on the back bumper. Taking advantage of lapped traffic Brown made his way around Lease. Gonzales caused one caution and had to start at the rear of the field. After multiple cautions, one resulting in winding down the time clock the race was called after fourteen laps under caution. Though he was on the move Gonzales had to settle for a third place finish. Lease was runner up to Brown.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were in perfect form for the evening. Jim Myre had mechanical issues that prevented him from competing with the other nineteen drivers. Ron Harvie, Doug Lapierre and Chris Hill were victorious in the heats. At the start of the feature one could tell the hunger of the drivers for the lead. Ron Harvie was nudged out of the way in the first turn and had to pit for a flat. The pack kept battling and as laps wound down Chris Hill, Mike Pistelak and Doug Lapierre had fans out of their seats as a three wide battle for first continued for a few laps. With a final turn pass on Hill, Pistelak inched his way ahead and claimed his first victory of the season.

Two heats of WISSOTA Super Stocks started of the class’ night. Curt Popham held of his brother Pacer for the first heat victory. Clay Irwin was dominating the second heat until a caution for Richard Azure stopping on the track flew. Casey Steffenson and Ryan Fasching took advantage of the restart to get around Irwin. Steffenson was the final victor. Surviving was the name of the game in the feature, as numerous cautions claiming multiple cars appeared to set the scene. After five caution flags flew drivers were given the yellow/black warning informing them whoever caused the next cautions was eliminated from the event. Casey Steffenson was the tough luck receiver as he had nowhere to go when Dolan Sevalstad got out of shape in turn four. A final caution for debris had the field lining up for a green-white-checkered scenario. Ryan Fasching held off Pacer Popham in a close battle across the finish line.

The WISSOTA Modifieds ran two fast heats with Gary Hill and Mark Wermling declared the winners. In the feature, Sean Higginbotham brought out the first caution spinning in turn four. The red flag flew when Mark Wermling made contact with Sean McBee after a bump by McBee in turn four. Wermling spun and was collected by Azure and Chad Johnson with Azure landing on his roof in a destroyed car. Brining out his second caution Higginbotham had to park his car for the night. Gary Hill took the events in stride and claimed his second victory of 2012.

The WISSOTA Late Models were freaky fast in both their heat and feature events. Jody Kropp claimed the heat. The feature was all Rock Degele as he took an early lead and dominated the caution free event.

Next week the CAN/AM Challenge featuring Sprints on both Friday and Saturday nights. The Street Stocks & Midwest Modifieds will join them as well with the Super Stocks running Friday night and Modifieds running Saturday night. Pit Entry: $20.00. Grandstand Tickets are: Adult – $14.00, Youth – $10.00, Children – $3.00 and Seniors are free.

Mother Nature: Friend or Foe?

May 1st, 2012

Rain and snow were on the agenda across the Big Sky this past weekend preventing the two night Montana Spring Roundup at Electric City Speedway. Track promoters made the decision to add May 4, 2012 to the schedule making the roundup a two night event this coming weekend. The WISSOTA Late Models have been rescheduled for May 12, 2012 as well.

One must ask though if the weather was really a bad thing. Usually most if not all drivers are ready for the season to start the last weekend in April, but Mother Nature has most times than not been uncooperative to starting the racing season in Montana this early. Some of our drivers didn’t rush to get their cars done this year, had something come up, or needed to make repairs and adjustments from the “Teaser” race that was held on April 22, 2012. This postponed weekend gave them a little extra time to get their cars ready for the 2012 season. Some that wouldn’t have made it to the track this past weekend are now one step closer if not finally ready for their season to start.

The weather reports look good, with daytime temperatures set to be in the low to mid 60s, precipitation no higher than 20% and night time lows in the upper 30s. So this week we try it again.

In the past, people have signed up to receive SMS text updates from the speedway in cases of rained out events. With their new website and system that data was unable to be transferred. If anyone wishes to continue to receive these updates they must go to www.electriccityspeedway.com and click on the Rained Out banner.

See you at the track!

Electric City Speedway Hosts a Sunday “Teaser” Race

April 27th, 2012

Track promoters Dan and Barbara Mann opened the gates to Electric City Speedway with a Sunday afternoon “Teaser” race this past weekend. As a special to fans in the grandstands there was no fee for the spectators. When the racing wrapped up fans saw some great racing action, got a little sunburned and are geared up for the 2012 racing season.

The Official season opener is scheduled for April 27, 2012 and April 28, 2012. Our “Montana Spring Roundup” will include Street Stock, Mid-West Modifieds, Super Stock, and Modifieds running both nights. Pit Gate opens at 5:00 pm with a $25.00 entry fee each night of the Roundup. Grandstand admission will be Adult $10.00, Youth $7.00, Child 6-12 $1.00 & Under 6 & 70+ free.

With the elimination of the Not So Pure Stock class the WISSOTA Street Stocks have become a little more populated. Starting the afternoon with two heats Marvin Gonzales successfully battled with Beau Brown to take the first heat. The second heat hosted the remaining Deer Lodge guys as Paul Lease held off Nick Hunter for the top spot. In the feature Lease took an early lead from Gonzales and managed to keep Hunter behind him in the closing laps for his first victory this season.

The WISSOTA Mid-West Modifieds followed the Street Stocks in the running order. Ron Sasek and Joey Tinker claimed victories in their heat races. Joey Tinker and Tim McCune had a great battle going in the early laps. Aaron Liscum kept a comfortable third looking for his opportunity to capitalize on the battle for the lead. A caution coming out when Tinker ended up spun and broke in turn four shut the door on Liscum though. McCune held Chris Hill and Aaron off for the victory.

Keeping with the slow to fast format the five WISSOTA Super Stocks of Pat LaMere, Jake Tucker, Casey Steffenson, Chad Bykonen and Mike Pistelak took their time on the track. Steffenson was on a roll holding off LaMere in the Heat. During the feature the five cars had spread out with Steffenson leading LaMere and Tucker until Bykonen spun in turn one. This regrouped the field and gave Pistelak a chance to get around LaMere. Steffenson wasn’t looking back though and captured the checkers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds ran two heats as well. Kasey Brown and Gary Hill were victorious in these. The feature held a few single car spins. Brown had a spin in turn two that put him to the back of the field. Dave Azure brought out the next to last caution when his car lost some rear suspension parts on the front stretch. On the restart at lap 14 the field piled up on the front stretch. Track officials declared Gary Hill the victor as more than half the field was involved in the tangled mess. The cars of Sean McBee and Kasey Brown had to have safety crews assist in removing Brown’s right front from under McBee’s left rear quarter panel.

All in all it was a great day of racing and an opportunity for drivers to get the bugs out before the official season opener on Friday and Saturday nights this week.

Electric City Speedway Gears up for the 2012 Racing Season & Awards Its 2011 Champions

March 13th, 2012

The Gold Dust Casino hosted Electric City Speedway’s Kickoff/Awards on Saturday, March 10, 2012 to its largest crowd of fans and drivers. In this new spring meeting, its second year as such, track promoters Dan & Barbara Mann were able to update drivers on current plans for the track, rule and schedule changes and award the previous season’s top dogs.
Over the past few years the track has been developing the outer track area to become level with the track’s surface and the well known “black hole” is no longer there. This outer area has become the upper pits over the years and allowed the track to have the enclosed haulers park there making a better viewing of racing action for spectators and track officials. Turns 1 & 2 have been used in recent years and this new addition will allow for even more outside parking once it is completed.

A new website was launched this year and has many new features for fans. A new logo & look, driver biographies, news stories, photos and information can be found at: www.electriccityspeedway.com

With all the new changes to the speedway, some things will remain the same. The Annual OP car show will be held at the OP, 1200 9th Street South, in Great Falls on April 14, 2012 from Noon to 5 pm. Drivers will show off their 2012 rides and Classic cars will be on display for car enthusiasts. The best viewing of the Independence Day fireworks will still be attending the July 4, 2012 Fireball Special at the track. Quigley’s North American Sprint Tour in August.
However, there are a few changes to scheduling. The Spring Montana Round-Up will still be held the final weekend in April with a double header, but it won’t be the first race. Sunday April 22, 2012 will start racing off at 2 pm. We will be racing with the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series National Tour on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Additionally, the track has moved its annual Fall Montana Round-Up ahead three weeks to Labor Day weekend. Previously, this event followed the WISSOTA 100 and was the final chance for fans to see racing in Montana as it closed out all dirt track racing events.

Drivers travelled from as far as Billings, Deer Lodge and Helena to receive their awards on Saturday. One of the few drivers missing from the group was the Not So Pure Stock Champion Cody Ryan. A trip to see the NASCAR event in Las Vegas didn’t prevent him from receiving the award though. In his absence his biggest fan and supporter Mary Flesch graciously accepted the trophy on Cody’s behalf. The Rookie of the Year award goes to the highest finishing rookie in the class. This year’s Midwest Modifieds had a slew of rookies battling for the title. However, in taking the championship Sean McBee also claimed the Rookie title. Bri Henrie accepted Josh Aho’s Rookie of the Year award as well.

With pizza consumed, fun and jesting had by many, updates given and awards presented the 2012 Dirt Track Season is ready to kick off. See you at the track.

Awards presented for 2011 are as follows:
Not So Pure Stock: Rookie of the Year – Shannon Cote, Third Place – Patrick Harvie, Second Place – Kory Wermling, Track Champion – Cody Ryan
WISSOTA Street Stock: Rookie of the Year – Bryant Kruckenberg, Third Place – Nick Hunter, Second Place – Paul Lease, Track Champion – Beau Brown, and Montana State Champion – Beau Brown
WISSOTA Midwest Modified: Rookie of the Year – Sean McBee, Third Place – Jacob Tacke, Second Place – Ron Sasek, Track Champion – Sean McBee, and Montana State Champion – Sean McBee
WISSOTA Super Stock: Rookie of the Year – Josh Aho, Third Place – Mike Pistelak, Second Place – Pat LaMere, Track Champion – Pacer Popham, and Montana State Champion – Pat LaMere
WISSOTA Modified: Rookie of the Year – Pat Wallace, Third Place – Paul Donnelly, Second Place – Maurice Myre, Track Champion – Gary Hill, and Montana State Champion – Chad Johnson
WISSOTA Late Model: Rookie of the Year – Mark Steven Fowler, Third Place – Chris Dunn, Second Place – Jim Zaremski, Track Champion – Kelly Hample

Electric City Speedway Hosts Final Race of the Season

October 1st, 2011

The 2011 racing season in Montana is officially in the books as Electric City Speedway hosted the Montana Round Up on September 23rd and 24th. With track championships already decided for the season Cody Ryan and Sean McBee ran in new classes for each of them. Ryan took the opportunity to run with the WISSOTA Street Stocks while McBee joined the WISSOTA Modifieds. Both drivers intend on running a full season in these classes in 2012.

The Not So Pure Stocks started the show on both evenings. Kory Wermling started his night with a heat win. After making the decision to run in a higher class, Ryan decided his car would pull the double duty and put Nicole Pankratz in the driver’s seat. Pankratz took the second heat and would start on the outside of Wermling on the front row. Though the drivers occasionally spun on the track most were able to keep going and the race continued under green. Two cautions for debris and one for a spin attempted to slow Wermling down. However, Wermling grasp the checkered flag and claimed his tenth feature win this season.

Running second the WISSOTA Super Stocks ran caution free heats. With their heat wins, Casey Steffenson and Chuck Fleming secured front row starting positions for the feature. After taking the checkered flag in the second heat Justin Rieker caught fire and had to stop on the track so safety crews could extinguish it. Rieker’s evening didn’t improve either. After an incident on track that had him spinning into the tires, Justin took his frustrations out under caution and was disqualified for rough driving. Ryan Fasching came through the field from mid-pack to claim Friday’s feature victory.
Caution free heats greeted the WISSOTA Modifieds as well. Joey Price and Paul Donnelly claimed the heat victories. Sean McBee lost control during the race and Paul Leach ended up into the tires in turn four. Mark Wermling claimed his fourth victory of the season.

The single heat race in for the WISSOTA Late Models had Kelly Hample and David Smith scrambling to make the feature. Hample suffered some radiator issues and was able to get his car back out for the feature. Smith had engine issues. A slippery track greeted the drivers for the feature. David Smith worked his way through from the seventh starting position to claim the victory.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified class has grown over the past two seasons. With an average field of over fifteen drivers the class has been able to run three heats most of the season. Tim McCune, Aaron Liscum, and Jake Tacke were the heat winners. The feature was a tough starter as the track was starting to really slicken up. With spins bringing out a majority of the cautions track officials had no choice but to give the yellow and black flag warning. As Joey Ray was slowing to enter the pit area, leader Jack Norris was flying around turns three and four on the bottom groove. Norris was unable to adjust his line and took a hard hit to the nose of his car. This set the field up for a green white checkered finish, but Marty Harvie’s spin held the field under caution for the final time. In the second attempt to get the checkered, Joey Price held off Paul Leach for the victory.

The final class to run was the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Caution free heats had Marvin Gonzales and Dwayne Fowler starting the feature on the front row. Just after taking the green flag, Gonzales gets a little loose and slides up into Fowler. Both cars shoot to the front stretch wall. In a head on collision Gonzales flips bringing out the red flag. With assistance from track officials Gonzales get free from his car and walks away uninjured. Fowler had to make a trip to the pits so his crew could assess the damage and make repairs. The restart had Vance Lorenz and Nick Hunter starting on the front row. Fowler made it back out in time for the start. Paul Lease was on a mission throughout the event. Taking an early lead he started putting distance on the field. Though Hunter made a valiant effort he was unable to catch Lease. Lease claimed his fifth victory of the season.

Track Champions Were Decided Over Labor Day Weekend at Electric City Speedway

September 7th, 2011

Electric City Speedway was a very busy place over Labor Day Weekend as the CAN/AM Sprint Challenge was on hand along with Track Championship races and WISSOTA Late Models. After being rescheduled from a rain out earlier in the season Sprints from Washington, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Canada arrived for their event. On Friday night the WISSOTA Late Models, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Not So Pure Stocks joined the card for some ground pounding racing excitement.

With only 8 points separating leader Cody Ryan and second place Kory Wermling at the start of the evening track position was ever so crucial for the heat. An ever so wet track had a play in the heat race as Ryan’s car collected enough of the track’s mud that he had a difficult time seeing in front of him. Wermling worked his way through the field and gained 3 points knocking down the deficit to only 5 points.

The feature event would determine the track champion. With nine cars in attendance Wermling would have his work cut out for him. Starting fifth, Wermling had worked his way to the lead within two laps. JJ Johnson lost his front bumper bringing out the first caution. A flat on Wermling’s car had the caution flying. After a quick stop to the pits, Wermling had to start at the back on the field. Cody Ryan was in the lead for the restart. Working his way back from ninth place Wermling was able to gain six positions for a third place finish. Cody Ryan fought of Bill Handel at the finish for a close victory. When the dust settled Ryan was again 8 points ahead of Wermling for the 2011 Not So Pure Stock Track Championship. During the trophy presentation, Ryan was doused by his crew with water in celebration.

Still battling the wet track conditions, the WISSOTA Late Models take to the track. Jim Zaremski started the event in the sixth of seven positions. Working his way through traffic Zaremski cleared the checkers in front of the field. Rock Degele failed to start the second heat. With Degele out of the line-up, Brian Saipe moved into the fourth starting position. Chris Dunn had the back row to himself at the start. Within four laps Dunn was in the lead. Steve Fowler and David Smith were unable to catch Dunn by the end of the event. Though finishing in the third position, David Smith was disqualified in the heat for failure to drive over the scales.

Dave Freeman claimed the early lead in the feature. However, Jim Zaremski was hot on his wheels and the two had gained a good lead on the remainder of the field. Freeman slowed up on the back stretch and Zaremski took advantage to get by him. Working through lapped traffic he was able to gain some distance on Freeman. A caution flew late in the race that allowed Jody Kropp to get past Freeman on the restart. A second caution for debris was called bunching the field up once again. On the restart, Rock Degele stacked up the field on the back stretch bringing out caution number three. Brian Saipe ended up with his front end into the infield tires during this event. Though Kropp gave it his best shot, Zaremski was unstoppable and captured the victory.

Jumping the start in the first heat, the field was quickly brought to caution for a restart. Kelly Miller grabbed the early lead with Phil Dietz in second. After the laps wound down Jerry Brey had worked past traffic to finish third behind Miller and Dietz. Jeremy McCune took his pole starting position and turned it into a victory in the second heat followed by Casey Adams and David Hoiness. Joe Perry launched himself out in front of the field in the third heat. Brock Lemly and Jesse Dakus had to settle for second and third as Perry was unstoppable.

The first attempt at a feature start had the field stacking up coming to the start. It appeared pole-sitter Kelly Miller lost control on the start moving up the track into Phil Dietz. The chaos that ensued had multiple drivers flipping and wrecking into each other. After red flag conditions and clearing the damaged cars from the track, it was decided to run the Midwest Modified feature before attempting to run the feature. This would give those cars that had minor damage time to make repairs and join the event.

In the first heat, Ron Sasek and Chris Hill had to work their way past Joey Ray. Sasek gained an early advantage as Hill had a little difficulty getting by Ray. Jim Myre worked his way to third. Paul Leach put some distance on the field for the second heat followed by Joey Tinker and Jeramy Myers. Sean McBee worked his way to the lead after a few laps and Tim and David McCune battled it out for second and third. On the second attempt at starting a feature, Casey Adams got loose in turn two and slowed up. Brock Lemly, David Hoiness and Jeremy McCune were caught up in a tangle with Adams on the back stretch. Hoiness and Adams were done for the night. After getting a tire replaced, Brock Lemly had to start at the back of the field. A caution for Chris Roberts’ spin in turn one had fans entertained as Lemly’s suspension was broken. Under the slower conditions he was bouncing around like a pogo stick. The damage was evaluated and Lemly was able to continue. Canadian Colton Akerstrom claimed the victory. Lemly had worked his way back into a fifth place finishing position.

Joey Tinker led the field of cars to the start of the feature event, but on the first lap a slow car on the backstretch had them lining up for a full restart. Chris Hill and Ron Sasek were in another battle for the lead. Sasek gained the lead and opened up a lead on the field. Tommy Eubank brought out the second caution with a spin in turn two. Sasek and Hill again battled for the lead. Jake Tacke slowed to a stop on the front stretch. The caution flew once again. Chris Hill turned Tim McCune into the tires in turn three just after the restart. On the restart, Hill then turned Jonathan Scarber in turn one. Kelly Blixt and Michael Shure were caught up in the action. This resulted in Hill being disqualified for rough driving. In the lead after the restart, Tim McCune had Sasek, Sean McBee and Marty Harvie close behind. Harvie worked his way around McCune and Paul Leach arrived in the front pack. The red flag flew when Tommy Eubank caught fire. Jonathan Scarber lost an engine just before Eubank caught fire. Tim McCune lost a left rear tire ending his night. Marty Harvie claimed another victory this season. Rookie Sean McBee became the 2011 WISSOTA Midwest Modified Track Champion.

The 9k of Kory Wermling Takes Victory #9

September 4th, 2011

After a spin in his heat that had him finishing sixth, Kory Wermling claims his ninth victory in the Not So Pure Stock class at Electric City Speedway.  Bill Handel appeared to have the victory wrapped up as he lead 23 of 25 laps Saturday night.  As Handel was coming up on slower traffic, Wermling saw an opening and drove his way to the lead.  With the season winding down, Ryan is 8 points ahead of Wermling and 15 points ahead of other young gun Patrick Harvie.

With the WISSOTA Super Stocks taking to the track Mark Rieker of Billings claimed the first caution free heat.  While leading the second heat Rich Wermling suddenly slowed and had to pull off the track leaving the path clear for John Lighthizer to take the checkers ahead of the rest.

The caution free heats did not carry on to the feature event.  On the first lap Mark Rieker and Casey Steffenson get together causing Casey to spin in turn three.  Rich Wermling had to be pushed into the pits under this caution.  With zero laps in the books there was a complete restart.  Turn four was treacherous on the restart for John Lighthizer, Clay Irwin and Pacer Popham as they got caught up in a pile-up that started when Mike Pistelak got a little too sideways in front of the field through the middle of the corner.  Dolan Sevalstad was behind Pistelak when he went sideways and was unable to check up in time.  Suffering damage Sevalstad was able to continue for a few laps but unable to finish.  Irwin and Popham were both taken to the pits with severe damage to their cars.  Lighthizer had front bumper damage and ran most of the race but didn’t finish as well.  After Jake Tucker spun in turn four the 25 lap feature was shortened to 20 laps.  Rowdy Gillen was the final Super Stock victim of turn four.  Gillen was a little too sideways in the entry to the corner and hit the infield tires just before the exit of the corner.  It was a drivers from Billings night as Ryan Fasching, Mark Rieker, and Justin Rieker filled the top three positions in the end.  Pacer Popham leads the points race with a 32 point advantage over Pat LaMere.  Mike Pistelak is 53 points behind Popham in third.

When the WISSOTA Street Stocks take to the track Marvin Gonzales is victorious in the first heat.  In a preview to the feature second heat Dwayne Fowler, Beau Brown and Paul Lease had a very tight battle with Fowler finishing ahead of Brown and Lease.  The feature had Ron Mattern going around in turns three and four.  Marvin Gonzales had to pit for a right front flat and was able to get back into the race before they went back to green.  Caution was called on Tom Miesmer.  Ron Weber spins in turn three a little later on as well.  The final caution came ½ a lap after Mattern spins in turns one and two collecting Miesmer and Lease.  They were able to continue on but both drivers lost control in turn three.  Dwayne Fowler led most of the race with Beau Brown following.  As Fowler came up on the slower car of Michael Price, Brown managed to get around him.  Paul Lease was hot on the trail as well.  Brown’s impressive pass allowed him to gain another victory this season.

A margin of 35 points separates the top four drivers in the Street Stocks.  Beau Brown is the current leader.  Lease is down 12 points followed by Nick Hunter and Marvin Gonzales.  Hunter and Gonzales have a points battle of their own for third with only four points separating them.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds are growing as nineteen drivers arrived ready to run.  Sean McBee dominated the first of three heats.  However, Dan Steber’s heat was cut short due to a left front flat had him into the pits.  After getting into Jim Myre, Steber had the field stacking up behind him and Jeramy Myers and Joey Price had to spin to avoid the incident.  On the restart Jake Tacke got into Myre and turned him up into Steber.  Marty Harvie dominated his heat and Ron Sasek rounded out the third and final heat with a win.

Kelly Blixt lost control on the start of the feature collecting Sean McBee, Tim McCune and Jonathan Scarber.  After the restart Scarber slows up on the back stretch and finally comes to a stop in the middle of turns three and four.  Sean McBee and Ron Sasek got together on the front stretch and McBee was unable to continue.  A caution flew for Jim Myre as he came to a stop trying to find an opening to the infield pit area.  The final caution flew for Joey Ray who spun in turn one.  Drivers were given the yellow and black warning; meaning the next caution would have whoever caused it headed to the pit for the remainder of the race.  Though Chris Hill had a strong showing he spun in turn four and pulled off the track avoiding sending the race into a caution situation.  Marty Harvie had a few drivers knocking at his door, but didn’t let it stop him from claiming his second victory in the class.  Sean McBee sits 39 points ahead of Ron Sasek for the points lead.  Jake Tacke is only 6 points ahead of Joey Ray in their battle for third and fourth place.

Gary Hill is only 12 points ahead of Maurice Myre for the WISSOTA Modified points and Paul Donnelly is 31 points out.

Kelly Hample has a 12 point lead on Rock Degele in the Late Models though Chris Dunn is back 19 points followed by Jim Zaremski at 22 behind.

Next weekend:  September 2nd and 3rd the WISSOTA Late Models and Sprints return for a double header CAN/AM event.  Track Championships are to be decided as well.  Additional parking is available in the Big Sky Bus Lines parking l.

Sprints Shoot It Out in Montana

August 27th, 2011

It was a very busy week for Electric City Speedway. Hosting two of the three Montana races for the NSA Sprint Shootout the speedway held events on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 and Saturday, August 20, 2011. The Not So Pure Stocks and WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ran in the middle of the week leaving the WISSOTA Street Stocks and WISSOTA Modifieds to run on the weekend.

The shootout consisted of drivers from Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Canada. The activities didn’t end at the track as the sprints had Thursday off and ran at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Montana on Friday night. The North American Sprint Tour arrived on Wednesday after previously running three nights of the shootout in Yreka, California; Medford, Oregon and Cottage Grove, Oregon. On their off day of Thursday, August 18, 2011 some of the out of town drivers took the opportunity to work on their cars for the final two nights, see some old friends, and even attend a BBQ hosted by the Cripple Creek Casino/Longhorn Lounge in Great Falls.

With packed stands on Wednesday night the young guns of the Not So Pure Stock class treated fans to some great racing. Stephan Foley had a spin just after the start in turn four bringing out the first caution of the night. Matt O’Connell and JJ Johnson both had spins in the heat, but were able to keep going. However, Johnson suffered left front damage. In the feature, Adam Evalt lost the hood of his car just after the start to bring out a caution. Starting in the fifth position Kory Wermling picked his way through the field and by the third lap was in a position to take the lead when Matt O’Connell lost a tire in turn two. O’Connell was able to get his car around the track and into the pits without drawing a caution. Wermling never looked back. As laps wound down he gained a sizeable lead. Cody Ryan and Bill Handel fought a good clean race for second place. The lapped car of Larry Gonzales had Handel going high and Ryan low. Handle slipped back to third. Wermling had half the field lapped before the white flag. With the lapped car of JJ Johnson and a straight stretch between them, Kory claimed his eighth victory of the season.

During the first of three Midwest Modified heats, Sean McBee jumped to the lead. As McBee was leading, Vernon Hill was closing in on him. After putting Marty Harvie a lap down, McBee had a little cushion for a few laps while Hill worked his way around Harvie. Hill finally managed to get around Harvie and was closing the distance on the leader. McBee came out of turn two a little high and got into the marbles. McBee’s car shot to the backstretch in front of the field. With little time to react, Harvie clipped the back of McBee’s car when it ricocheted off the wall. Both McBee and Harvie were out of the race. Hill finished the heat ahead of the remaining field. Ron Sasek dominated the caution-free second heat. Paul Leach put the distance on the field in the third heat. Tim McCune had to pull off the track with mechanical a mechanical failure that left fluid on the top groove.

During the feature, Chris Hill grabbed the lead at the start and had put some distance on Joey Price when Kelly Blixt’s car caught fire bringing out a red flag. After the restart Price was able to keep to the back of Chris and make a pass for the lead within a few short laps. David McCune came to a stop in turn two. The caution flew. After a few more green flag laps Chris Hill got sideways in turn four hitting Paul Leach in the right rear. Though it appeared the drivers were able to continue Leach’s night came to an abrupt halt less than half a lap later. A broken birdcage had Leach losing a drive line at the entry of turn one. Chris Hill attempted to stop but to no avail. Leach hit the infield tires. Due to the initial damage being caused by Hill’s sideways actions in turn fours officials put him to the back for causing the caution. Chris was disqualified from the race for poor sportsmanship. Joey Price received his second victory in as many weeks.

As the sprints took to the track for their hot laps fans were greeted with a pleasant change in the number of the only Great Falls based car, owned by Nubby and Richie Peterson. In honor of long time friend and retired driver Gary Wagner the Petersons changed the number on the wing of their car to 130. Stephen Allard of Sacramento, California was in the driver’s seat. After having four major surgeries in the past year and a current battle with cancer, benefit to help with medical expenses was held for Wagner on Saturday afternoon as well. Wagner, who is one of the pioneers of sprint car racing in Montana, was in attendance on both nights.

After running timed qualifying laps and the running of the non sprint class heat races, the time arrived for the sprint cars to run their heats. A caution came out early in the first heat as Shane Ainscough spun in the entry of turn three. Jerry Brown Jr. pulled out of the race early and Ainscough had come to a stop in turn four. This caution tightened up the field eliminating Joe Ramaker’s large lead over second place Jason Solwold. Ramaker jumped out on the restart and captured the checkers. The second heat head David Hoiness in the early lead. Working his way around Mike Monahan, Allard began closing the distance on Hoiness, but had to settle for second in the heat race. The final heat race went all green flag laps with Jeremy McCune taking the victory.

A trophy dash set by a pill draw had Allard starting on the pole. The dash would set the first six starting positions for the feature. Allard was victorious and would start on the pole for the feature. Damon McCune brought out the first caution of the feature when his car spun to a stop at the entry to turn three. With one lap complete Allard led the field down to the restart. Ainscough spun in turn four with five laps complete grouping the field up yet once again. Jason Solwold made a bid for the lead on the backstretch just after the green flew again, but Allard was too strong and began putting lengths between them. While battling for position, David Hoiness and Jeremy McCune got together coming out of turn four. McCune’s car ended up flipped over just in front of the grandstands. Track officials quickly had McCune right side up and reported the driver was okay. Hoiness suffered damage and was unable to continue the event as well. Getting a few more laps in Allard, made his way through a couple of lapped cars when Damon McCune spun in the middle of three and four. The fifth caution flag flew when TJ Hartman suffered some heavy front end damage and was stopped on the track just out of two. As they were quickly ticking off the final laps, Solwold closed the distance between him and Allard. However, it was all Allard all the way.

Back in victory lane fans were treated to a special guest as Wagner was able to watch the event and see the car that was numbered in his honor victorious over the rest of the class. Wagner made his way to the front stretch and accepted the trophy with Allard. A very special night was had by all.

As Saturday rolled around many of the drivers and fans attended the benefit for Wagner. There is nothing like good food and great friends to put people in the racing mood. The final night of the NSA Shootout held standing room only in the grandstands and lots of racing action on the dirt.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks started the evening with their heats. Paul Lease maneuvered around Mike Anderson and captured the first heat. Beau Brown took heat two. Kenneth Hunter landed in the tires in turn two bringing out the first caution in the feature. Tom Miesmer had to pit for damage due to an incident with Michael Price. Nick Hunter brought out a caution with a spin in turn two. Miesmer was able to rejoin the field after repairs. Beau Brown got sideways on the front stretch in front of the field. After getting pin balled by the remaining drivers he came to a stop just in front of the flag stand. Marvin Gonzales lost the lead to Mike Anderson on the restart. Behind him the “Deer Lodge Street Gang” battled for second place. Brown cleared the other two drivers and was on Anderson’s bumper as the white flag flew. Brown and Lease battled for second as Mike Anderson was only the second driver to shut down the Deer Lodge guys this season.

The WISSOTA Modifieds got off to a rough start as Mark Fowler spun in turn two on the start of the first heat. Maurice Myre, Mark Wermling and Gary Hill battled for a few laps three wide for the lead. Hill got the advantage while Wermling and Myre battled, but a bobble in turn two on the final lap allowed Myre and Wermling to catch back up. As they were coming through turns three and four, Myre hit Hill sending him up the track and into the wall. Though Mark Wermling crossed the checkered flag first, track officials scored the field back a lap giving Hill the win. Chad Johnson captured heat two.

In the feature tight quarters made for getting through treacherous turn two difficult. Maurice Myre gets loose and turned around. Drivers stack up as they were slowing down. Mark Fowler goes around on his own on the back stretch bringing out caution number two. Chad Johnson and Gary Hill raced for the lead after the restart. Johnson was successful in getting the lead while Hill slipped back to fourth place. After a few laps Johnson then had to contend with Vernon Hill for the top spot. Gary spins on the back stretch for a caution. Joey Price managed to stick to Vernon’s side for second. After a few laps, Price was successful in taking the position. A few laps later as they were entering turn three Vernon clips Price with his right front sending Joey spinning through the turn. Vernon was disqualified for rough driving. Maurice Myre gets sideways down the back straight away after the restart. With a few laps remaining, Joey manages to get by Johnson as he checked up to get through turns three and four. Getting sideways exiting the final corner, Price hits Johnson and was unable to correct it, giving Johnson the opportunity to win the event.

During the two lap qualifying Roger Crockett broke Phil Dietz’ track record for the fastest time.

Ivan Worden led most of the first heat race, but Stephen Allard got by him with two laps to go. During heat two Josh Ostermiller spun to a stop outside of turn two bringing out the caution. Jeremy McCune held off Kelly Miller in the final laps. Damon McCune goes around in turn two on the start. Trever Kirkland clips him and has to go to pits for some damage repair. Kirkalnd gets back out. Restart had to be restarted as flagman didn’t like the start.

Kelly Miller draws the pole for the dash with Joe Ramaker starting on the outside. With a final lap pass Jason Solwold finished the dash ahead of Ramaker.

After the final four wide parade lap of the shootout Jason Solwold led the field of 21 to the green flag. Clearing Ramaker, Solwold jumps to the high side and in turns one and two Ramaker makes a dive to the bottom and blows by Solwold. Within a few laps the leaders came up on the slower car of Damon McCune and put him a lap down. As McCune was going around turn two, Trever Kirkland makes contact and McCune comes to a stop on the track. For laps Ramaker led with Solwold closely behind. Working through lapped traffic until a group of slower cars allowed Trever Kirkland to catch Solwold. Just after Ramaker put the 77 of Russ Yeager down a lap, Kirkland used it to his advantage hugging the bottom groove. Solwold had to check up behind Yeager giving Kirkland his chance to take second place. With three laps to go Yeager flips in the bottom of turn one bringing out the red flag. Joe Ramaker had the cushion of Mike Monahan between first and second place Joe Ramaker was unstoppable. Leading all of the laps in front of his hometown fans on his favorite track, Joe Ramaker became the sixth and final feature winner in the 6 night NSA Shootout.

The sprints will be returning to Electric City Speedway Labor Day Weekend in a make-up event from earlier in the season. Next week: Not So Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, and Super Stocks.

A “Topless” Celebration of Life and AMSOIL Qualifier at Electric City Speedway

August 12th, 2011

Each year Electric City Speedway hosts a Celebration of Life night. This night is a way to remember those loved ones who we have lost; racers or race fans alike. With six classes in attendance this year’s celebration hosted great racing and a different view of the drivers for the fans. Going “topless” is where drivers remove the roofs of their cars. This gives fans a chance to see the driver’s movements that aren’t normally seen during the race night. Drivers were given the option to go “topless” with a bonus added to any driver who did and won the feature. All feature winners were took advantage of the bonus as every car in victory lane was without a roof.

Added to the event was the AMSOIL Race of Champions Qualifiers. Drivers winning in WISSOTA classes would earn a spot in the Race of Champions, a part of the WISSOTA 100’s events in Huron, SD September 13-17 2011. After a few in memory parade laps racing was set to begin.

Up first were the Not So Pure Stocks in their single heat race. Carl Sangrey’s spin in turn two brought out the only caution. Cody Ryan led JJ Johnson and Kory Wermling to the checkers. At the start of the feature Ryan makes contact with Patrick Harvie causing a spin in the middle of turns 1 and 2. With five laps to go, Sangrey spins in turn three bringing out a caution. Kory Wermling, who had worked his way to battle for the lead, noticed strange sounds coming from his car. He pulled up to an official during this caution and was unable to finish the event. Cody Ryan had worked his way through the field to challenge Tim Doyle for the lead when Patrick Harvie lost control in turn two. With just a few laps to go Ryan found himself in the second position. In the final two laps Ryan inched ahead of Doyle. As they rounded turns one and two Ryan had a clear lead and claimed another victory this season.

A caution for debris in the first WISSOTA Midwest Modified heat closed the field back up. Joey Ray lost control in turn one and caused Joey Price to spin out in two. As drivers were attempting to clear Price, Jake Tacke ran out of room and damaged the right rear of the car. Vernon Hill captured the checkers in heat one. Heat two was all Aaron Liscum. Starting from the pole position, Liscum lead the entire caution free race. Paul Leach finished closely behind him. After a large scramble in the pits throughout intermission that included major rear end work and some welding, Jake Tacke was able to join the feature event. However, Jake was the first to bring out a caution with a spin in turn four. A stack-up in turn two had Jeramy Myers, Michael Shure, and Tim McCune headed to the pits. Myers was able to rejoin the field. On the restart Vernon Hill spun in two and the field piled up. After repairs in the pits, Hill, Paul Leach, and Jonathan Scarber were able to continue. The final caution came when Chris Hill spun Sean McBee. Paul Leach and Vernon Hill worked their way through the field from the back of the pack and finished third and fourth respectively. Marty Harvie maneuvered his way from a seventh place starting position to claim his first victory in a Midwest Modified.

With only eight WISSOTA Late Models on hand all drivers were “topless” and in a single heat. The words of the day for the late models were “Caution Free” as both the heat and feature went incident free. Jimmy Zaremski had to pull off early in the heat race but was able to compete in the feature. Kelly Hample dominated the night and claimed a clean sweep. Rock Degele and Chris Dunn had strong showings as well finishing second and third in both races.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks had a great evening as the only caution in the heat races had Brian Bernotas, in his first time at the speedway, sliding up into Bob Feist and finishing in a spin. Feist continued on but had to pull off the track early due to damage in the rear end. Dolan Sevalstad also had right rear problems ending his night. Working diligently through intermission, Feist was able to reweld a trailing arm mount and replace a damaged u-joint and join the feature. Though Justin Rieker and Sharid Lee had to pull into the pits early Pacer Popham led the field of super stocks in a green to checkered race.

The WISSOTA Modifieds held the most action of the evening. Jake Donnelly had to pull off in heat one and take his turn with the welder in order to run the feature. In heat two as the field had taken the white flag, Dana Lerum spun in turn one and Chad Johnson had to spin to avoid him. Pat Wallace was unable to slow up and caused some major damage to Johnson’s car. The finish was reverted to the previous lap giving Johnson a second place finish. Johnson, Wallace and Lerum were unable to start the feature. With the feature underway, Joey Price spins in turn three collecting Vernon Hill and Paul Leach. The race was red-flagged as track officials assisted Hill out of his car. Hill had suffered a hit to the left knee by a door bar. He walked off the track on his own volition. Maurice Myre was the first driver to fall subject to the cause two cautions and you are done rule. Joey Price was the other when on the final caution he spun in turn 3. Just before the halfway point Paul Leach took the lead and held off driver Gary Hill for many laps. However, as they were coming to the white flag, Hill worked his way under Leach. Gary Hill claimed his third victory of the season as Leach was unable to get back around him.

Lastly, the WISSOTA Street Stocks took to the track. Beau Brown won the first heat in a caution free race. The start of the second heat did not work for the flagman and drivers were brought under caution to line up and try again. In the feature ten drivers battled for the top spot in a, final of three, caution free feature event. Beau Brown and Paul Lease competed for the victory throughout the event swapping the lead a couple of times. Lease was victorious over Brown as he managed to get the final lead as closing laps wound down. Marvin Gonzales and Warren Samoy had some rough racing on the final lap that resulted in Gonzales losing two finishing positions for rough driving. Samoy received a disqualification for his actions after the checkered flag flew.

Next race is the Prelude to the Downpour on Thursday, August 11, 2011. Event is set so fans can enjoy the Downpour Festival at Centene Stadium August 12-14.

Kid’s Night at Electric City Speedway

August 3rd, 2011

Despite competing with the first full day of the Montana State Fair, the Charlie Daniels Band in concert and the Flight over the Falls Blue Angels Air Show, Electric City Speedway hosted the Not So Pure Stocks, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and WISSOTA Modifieds for a night of racing. During the intermission kids were able to go out on the front stretch and collected driver cards and even posed with their favorite drivers for photos.

After a rough night the week before Matt O’Connell scrambled to get a motor together to run the night’s events. During the heat race O’Connell put on a show taking a great start and turning it into a victory. The feature event, however, was another story. After taking the lead from JJ Johnson in the early laps O’Connell spins in turn two. The second caution, caused by Patrick Harvie spinning in turn two, proved detrimental to him. As cars were slowing up, O’Connell lost both the driveline and transmission ending his night with just ten laps completed. JJ Johnson lost a tire while leading and had to go to the pits under green flag conditions. It appeared that the kids of the class were struggling through the early laps, but Kory Wermling, Cody Ryan, and Patrick Harvie held firm and found their grooves by the end of the event. Wermling took home his sixth feature of the season.

Chris Hill was the only victim in the heat races of the Midwest Modifieds by losing a right rear tire. Within the first lap of the feature Jake Tacke spins in turn 3 and David McCune loses a motor on his first night in the class. Zach Olson had a strong showing leading most of the first half of the race. Vernon Hill battled his way through traffic to the front and was the leader when a caution came out with sixteen laps complete. Finishing out the event with a great lead Hill claimed another victory in the Midwest Modifieds. After the night’s events the top five drivers were whistled and were within the regulations set forth by WISSOTA.

The WISSOTA Street Stock heat had Ron Mattern out front the entire race. After a strong showing in the heat, Mattern was caught up on a tangle with Warren Samoy that had both cars headed to the pits for the night. Troy Weninger lost a motor. This left Gonzales and the “Gang” left to battle for the top spot. Nick Hunter was on a roll leading most of the race. Gonzales brought out the final caution with a spin in turn four setting it up for a green, white, checkered finish. Nick Hunter hit his marks and kept his 58 out front.

Gary Hill had a strong showing in both the heat race and feature. Running from green to checkered flag the first heat was led entirely by Hill. After leading in the second heat Maurice Myre slows up coming out of turn four and stops in turn two. Dana Lerum had trouble in the heat as well and pulled off the track without incident. Mark Wermling was popping and cracking throughout the heat, but was able to figure out the problem and join the feature. Chad Johnson ran a flawless feature only losing the lead briefly to Joey Price, but Price had mechanical issues causing him to slow to a stop on track bringing out the second caution of the race. With ten laps complete drivers attempted to work past each other to reach Johnson. The caution flew again when Maurice Myre came to a stop in turns three and four. Myre was battling with Gary Hill and a miscalculation had Myre damaging his right front. Joey Price slowed to a stop again on the track and was asked to the pit area for causing his second caution. A great race for the Modifieds as track conditions were optimum for fast paced passing. Johnson claimed his victory in front of Mark Wermling, Gary Hill, Vernon Hill and Paul Donnelly finishing behind him.
Next week is “TOPLESS” Night at the speedway. Come out and see as our drivers remove their roofs for a bird’s eye view of the driver as he makes his way around the track. Six classes are on hand with the Not So Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models.

“Christmas in July” at Electric City Speedway

July 30th, 2011

Electric City Speedway with the help of Captain Jack’s Restaurant in Helena, Montana welcomed the Big Sky Sprints, Not So Pure Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and WISSOTA Super Stocks to “Christmas in July” on Saturday night in Great Falls, Montana. Captain Jack’s owners, Kelly and Angela Blixt, provided t-shirts, gift certificates and even trophies for the top three in each feature event. Along with the prizes they brought a couple of bus loads of employees and members of the Montana Army Guard 90 miles up the interstate for a night of celebration.

The Not So Pure Stocks started the evening with two heats. Cody Ryan, starting in the first heat, took an early lead that led him to victory despite the single caution that had two cars surviving a three wide battle for second down the front stretch. Stephan Foley’s night ended with the incident. Tom Miesmer was back in action after years of absence in the second heat. Going from the back to the front and avoiding three cations Miesmer crossed the checkers in front of nephew Patrick Harvie. Marcus Hunter had to pull off early for motor issues. The feature event was all action as Miesmer took the lead yet again. Kory Wermling worked his way through traffic and claimed the lead briefly. Getting up in the marbles, Wermling kicked up some debris that snapped the belts on the engine ending his bid for a sixth victory. As laps wound down, Bill Handel, Cody Ryan, and Tim Doyle battled for second place. Miesmer developed overheating issues with two laps to go. On the final lap Handel, Doyle, and Ryan battled through Miesmer’s smoke screen to finish in the top three spots. Pulling off the track, Miesmer’s car caught fire and had to be extinguished by track officials and the Ulm Volunteer Fire Department. After the night’s events track officials performed a tear down of Miesmer’s engine and found the motor to be within the legal parameters set forth in the class’ rules.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks ran two flawless heat races. In the first heat, a three wide battle ensued in the final laps between Pat LaMere, Chuck Fleming, and Pacer Popham. As the white flag flew it was still anyone’s race. Pat LaMere managed to get a slight lead and the victory. The second heat was dominated by Casey Steffenson who had taken the lead on the first lap coming out of turn two. He pulled away from the field. The feature had the evening red flagged when the 24c of Dolan Sevalstad slowed on the backstretch. Fire crews were dispatched to put out another fire as Sevalstad scrambled out of the car. Coming from a behind a mid pack starting position, Sharid Lee took the lead followed closely by Casey Steffenson and Pacer Popham. As the laps wound down Steffenson and Popham battled behind Lee for second. In what could be described as a photo finish, Popham was declared the second place finisher with Steffenson in third. An after race incident had Steffenson disqualified for the race and Pat LaMere was given third place.

David Hoiness and Phil Dietz were the victors in the two Big Sky Sprint Heats. During the feature 14-year-old Damon McCune got up on the outside wall in turn three and finished with a flip in the middle of the corner. The race was red-flagged while track officials and medical crews could get him into the ambulance. Damon was checked out and released at the track. Hoiness and Kirkland recorded DNF’s with tire damage after separate incidents while running in the top 3. Joe Ramaker used a rim riding pass on a lap 16 restart to get by Alberta’s Kelly Miller and take the win.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rounded out the evening. During the first heat Joey Ray and Mike Pistelak were involved in a tangle caused by Tim McCune that resulted in both cars attached and in need of wrecker assistance to continue. Marty Harvie claimed the heat’s top spot. Heat two had Jim Myre overheating and losing water. Sean McBee took the second heat. During the feature, Jeramy Myers a head on hit to the backstretch wall followed by the car spinning and backing into the wall. Under red-flag conditions, paramedics tended to Myers on the track. He was conscious and communicating with medical staff. After the race resumed Myers was then transported to a local hospital for further observation. Joey Ray and Jonathan Scarber were involved in an incident that resulted in Ray being disqualified for rough driving. Kelly Blixt led most of the race, but the Ray/Scarber caution gave McBee the opportunity he needed to get to the front and claim his fourth victory of the season.

Ken Schrader Visits Electric City Speedway

July 19th, 2011

NASCAR Driver Ken Schrader arrived at Electric City Speedway on Saturday, July 16, 2010 to race with the WISSOTA Modifieds. It was one of the many stops Ken had planned on his month long road-trip with his son Sheldon. Race fans came out in droves to meet Ken and watch him compete with the speedway’s top drivers. Ken took time for drivers and crews before heading up into the grandstands for autographs with and photos with the fans. Sheldon kept pretty busy himself by selling his dad’s merchandise.

After the Midwest Modifieds and Not So Pure Stocks ran their heats and the first of two Modifieds took to the track, Mother Nature tried her best to shut the show down. With rain starting to fall Ken along with Maurice Myre, Mark Wermling, Chad Johnson, Emory Wells, Joey Price, Tony Steward and Gary Hill started their heat. Choosing not to run a few hot laps prior to the show this was Ken’s first opportunity to race the track’s overly tacky surface. Within the first lap the track’s regulars had shuffled Schrader to the back. However, it didn’t take him long to figure the corners and start picking the field off. By the end of the heat Schrader had worked his way back to a fourth place finish. No sooner than the finish of the heat did the sky let loose with a deluge of rain and hail.

After an hour and thirty-five minute delay for the rain and packing racing resumed with the Street Stocks running their heats followed by the second Modified heat. A brief intermission occurred so lineups could be posted.

The Midwest Modifieds were the first to run their feature event. Chuck Bowley slowed on the backstretch to bring out the first caution. Mechanical issues had him finished for the evening. Dan Steber had to pit for a flat tire and was unable to return to the track before it went green. Tommy Eubank brought out his 29 “Green Machine” for the first time this year, but after packing and getting on the gas just a little a broken pinion gear in the rearend had him watching the entire evening. Maurice Myre had transmission issues that kept him from completing the final lap.

The “kids” were at it again in the Not So Pure Stock class. Losing his car’s nose piece didn’t stop Cody Ryan. Gaining the lead after Carl Sangrey put leader Brian Chaon into the backstretch wall, Ryan crossed the checkers for his third win of the season. Sangrey and Jeremy Ivie were both disqualified in the event for rough driving. Last week’s winner, Kory Wermling, battled a few issues and finished seventh overall. Stephan Foley lost an axle causing a green, white, checkered finish.

Ron Mattern shot out like a rocket at the start of the Street Stock feature. Pulling away from the field Mattern had a few great laps of open track. After a caution for debris the field reconnected. Warren Samoy was hot on the bumper of Mattern for a few laps at the restart. Unable to get around Mattern on the backstretch Samoy got under him in turn 3 and began hammering him up the track. Both drivers’ night was abruptly ended by the front stretch wall. Samoy was disqualified for rough driving. This gave Marvin Gonzales the opening he needed to shut out the Deer Lodge guys. Battling with Paul Lease, Gonzales took the lead and fought his way to a third victory this season. Lease had to settle for second place.

The feature event everyone was waiting for was coming up as the WISSOTA Modifieds took to the track. Following the pace truck of Ken Mann fourteen drivers started were set to start the race. Lap two had drivers stacking up in turn two as Emory Wells took the corner a little hard and spun in front of most of the field. Gary Hill and Wells were unable to continue. Maurice Myre led the first few laps and started lapping cars. Mark Wermling used the slower cars to his advantage and captured the lead in turns three and four. Myre ran out of track and rode the front stretch wall briefly. Keeping it going a caution didn’t come out until Myre spun in turn two. After an in race incident with Vernon Hill, Paul Donnelly retaliated under caution sending both drivers to the pits with a disqualification for the evening. A third caution had Mark Fowler stopped on the front stretch with credit given to Dave Azure. The final caution had Mark Fowler, Pat Wallace, and Paul Leach tangled on the front stretch. Pat Wallace had to restart at the back of the field.

Ken Schrader and Mark Wermling battled lap after lap. Just as the two took the half way signal from flagman, Schrader passed Wermling on the inside. Within a lap both drivers came upon the slower car of Pat Wallace. Schrader chose the outside and Wermling dove down to the inside of Wallace. Wermling emerged in the lead. Though Ken could drive up the inside of Mark in the corners the black and red number 9 would pull away on the straight stretches. Mark emerged victorious. In Victory Lane a very shaky Wermling pounded on his roof and was all smiles for post race interviews. He even stated that he was thankful for the last caution because it gave him a chance to catch his breath. Schrader said afterwards, “The track was a little too wet to start, but overall it was nice.” When asked about the feature event, “ I played the lapped car all wrong , but it was fun.”

Next week is “Christmas in July” with the Sprints, Not So Pure Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, and Super Stocks. The Big Sky Bus Lines lot will be open for additional parking.

Tempers Weren’t the Cause of Fired Up Racing at Electric City Speedway

July 14th, 2011

Fans at Electric City Speedway were given another great show on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Moisture in the track’s surface allowed for dust free spectating and wonderful racing. With only four classes on the schedule the features hosted 25 laps instead of the normal twenty.

During the Not So Pure Stock feature Larry Gonzales got a little high coming out of turn two and was sucked up against the backstretch wall causing him to roll over bringing out the red flag. Fans held their breath waiting to see if Gonzales was okay and cheers went up as track officials and Marvin Gonzales assisted Larry out of an upside down car that had fluid leaking onto the track. Just as officials righted the car, spectators were in awe as the leaking fluid was gasoline and the car was quickly consumed in a ball of flames. Gonzales could only look on as fire crews put out the flames. Though the driver is alright the car may take a bit longer to recover from the incident. After racing resumed 15-year-old Kory the “Flying Werm” Wermling worked his way to the lead and fifth victory of the season.

Sean McBee was on a roll in the Midwest Modified class as his half a lap lead in the heat race had him geared up for the feature event. At the start, McBee was caught up in a turn two incident that had three cars spun. Chuck Bowley was given credit for causing the caution and sent to the back of the pack for the restart. Many different leaders appeared in this feature. Joey Ray led the first lap and a great battle between Ron Sasek and Joey Tinker ensued for the top spot. Timothy McCune had his shot at the lead and was leading at the half way point. Joey Tinker took another turn out front, but McBee was unstoppable and captured his third victory this season.

After a few weeks off at the speedway Kenneth (KJ) Hunter returned with determination. Taking the early lead, Hunter shot out front and put a little distance on the field. On lap sixteen Jim Davis and Michael Price got together and spun coming out of turn four directly in Hunter’s path. With quick thinking KJ was able to get on the binders and avoid the wreck. The restart had the field closing back up but Hunter again started to pull away from the field. Fellow Deer Lodge drivers and Marvin Gonzales were battling for second behind him. With four laps remaining, Kyle Jarvey lost a driveline and transmission and a little fire started as he got slowed down. During the red flag, track officials let him know he was blowing a lot of smoke and Kenneth gave up his lead and pulled into the pits. On the previous two laps he had been turning less RPMs than normal and was just hoping the motor held off until the finish. No such luck. Nick Hunter was slated the leader for the restart. Paul Lease lost a tire that had him slowing down and giving up a top 5 finish. Nick captured the victory followed by Marvin Gonzales and Beau Brown.

After five laps in the Super Stock feature Casey Steffenson had worked his way from an eighth place starting spot to the lead. After running up front in the early laps Birthday boy Jeremy Castro fell back in the pack due to being a little too tight. As laps wound down and having to restart in the back of the field for an early race caution Pacer Popham was knocking on the door battling lap after lap behind Steffenson. Pat LaMere was securely in third when a broken gas pedal had him slowing on the back stretch and eventually to a stop in the middle of turns three and four. As Steffenson and Popham battled Chuck Fleming, leader at the start of the race, and Castro had worked their way up through the field for third and fourth place finishes. Steffenson claimed another victory.

Scheduled to be at the track on Saturday, July 16, 2011 is Ken Schrader racing with the Modifieds. Advance tickets are available through July 14, 2011 for $14.00 and will be $16.00 at the gate on race night. Ken will be signing autographs for 45 minutes in the grandstands. Additional parking is available in the Big Sky Bus Lines Lot up behind the grandstands.

Brown & Leach Three-Peat as Electric City Speedway Celebrates Our Nations Birthday

July 7th, 2011

Clear skies and hot temperatures had fans searching for shade on Independence Day at Electric City Speedway as six classes were scheduled to run. With full to bursting grandstands fans knew the track was the best place to see great racing action and a panoramic view of the fireworks throughout the city.

Starting strong in the Street Stock feature, Marvin Gonzales was determined to make a bid for his third victory this season and an attempt to upset the dominance of the Deer Lodge Street Gang. However, Beau Brown and Paul Lease had other plans. With four victories in the previous five races in the state, Beau Brown is dominating the Street Stock class. Monday night was no exception as Brown claimed his fifth feature win and third in a row at the speedway.

The Modified feature hosted its second repeat winner in seven total events of the season. After a couple of weeks of engine issues and with a new motor in the car, Gary Hill took the lead on the first lap and never looked back. Joey Price kept up with Hill in the early laps, but damage to the right front had Price watching the final laps from the pits. Dave Azure’s night was abruptly put to a halt as problems in the rear of the car had him backed into the front stretch wall. Paul Donnelly also battled with engine issues throughout the night.

Kelly Hample was on a roll in his Late Model during both the heat and feature events. Rock Degele, Chris Dunn and Jim Zaremski were strong competitors but Hample was unstoppable. Hample has claimed both features titles this season.

Coming off a victory at Gallatin Speedway the Friday before, Ty Clemens was on a mission to sweep the Super Stocks in Montana. However, a caution came out he lost a right front that had him shooting up the track into the outside wall in turn one. After a quick pit to change the tire, Clemens had to go to the back of the field for the restart. Sharid Lee crossed the checkers ahead of the rest for his second victory this season. Clemens had to settle for a fourth place finish. Mike Pistelak was disqualified in the feature for being too light on the scales.

A month and a half of bad luck and faster drivers has plagued Cody Ryan this season. Turning seventeen on July 3rd Cody had plenty of fans giving him Birthday wishes of luck announced through the “rollover fund”. The crowd went wild at the end of the feature as all the well wishing and some great driving by Cody had him victorious over his fellow competitors for a second time this season. It appears the “kids” have the skills this season as Ryan, Kory Wermling, and Patrick Harvie have claimed seven of the eight possible victories.

With the final feature of the night yet to run, the Midwest Modified drivers took a few moments to honor our great nation and remember the troops. In a three wide pack carrying “Old Glory” with Alan Adams carrying the POW/MIA flag at the front drivers proceeded to make laps to “God Bless America”. Fans were on their feet, cheers were heard over the motors, and even a few eyes filled with tears as these laps were made. As what has become the norm these days, there is always some loved one we think about that has served our great country or is currently serving away from home. This year’s celebration allowed for everyone to remember and rejoice in the successes of our armed forces. And the racing wasn’t done. With the sky darkening and anticipation of the city’s fireworks show, fans had yet to see the Midwest Modifieds run their feature. Aaron Liscum took the early lead, but was unable to hold off Paul Leach and Jeramy Myers throughout the event. With just a few minutes to spare before the fireworks, Paul Leach claimed his third victory in as many weeks. The speedway shut out the lights for the show and presented trophies afterwards. This was a change from previous years as mother nature usually had the racing action interrupted for the show and resumed later.

Wermling Takes Third Feature in a Row

June 30th, 2011

Mechanical issues from broken belts, loose hoses, flat tires, an engine, distributor, ignition failure, suspension parts, and multiple transmission failures had many drivers headed to the pits early on Saturday night. With seven of eight total heats going caution free, Tommy Bush in his Modified brought out the first caution in the final heat as he got sideways down the front stretch. As he was attempting to avoid a collision, Tony Steward went low on the track but was unable to get clear before Bush came down the track and hit him on the right side.

During the Not So Pure Stock feature fifteen-year-old Kory Wermling worked his way up from a seventh starting position to claim his third consecutive victory this season. Wermling now has four total victories this year. Matt O’Connell attempted to start the event after his second place heat finish, but a bad transmission had O’Connell headed to the pits just after the green flag flew. Bill Handel returning to the track after 25 years of not racing brought home a solid fourth place finish.

The Midwest Modifieds are still off to a rocky start as new drivers are trying to get the feel of their cars. Beau Brown had to watch from the pits as he lost another transmission during his heat. Sean McBee worked his way up from a fifteenth place starting position and multiple wrecks to a second place finish. Paul Leach crossed the checkers ahead of the rest for a second week in a row.

Beau Brown and Nick Hunter were at it yet again in the Street Stock feature. Paul Lease was with them for a bit but a miscalculation had him spinning into the infield pit area. As Lease was off the racing surface, he had to wait for a caution to rejoin the race. Brown and Hunter continually swapped the lead as the laps wound down. With two to go they were only separated by a foot, but Brown was just a little stronger this past week and managed to get the advantage when the white flag flew. Hunter had to settle for second this week.

The Modifieds got off to a rocky start as two cautions flew before the first lap was completed. Mark Wermling went out with distributor issues. Joey Price and Vernon Hill kept fans on their feet as a great battle ensued for the victory. Lap after lap Price would get inside Hill, but just didn’t have enough to clear him. Vernon claimed his first victory in the Modified class for the season.

The speedway will not have a Saturday show this week due to the Fourth of July celebrations on Monday night. Racing will start at 6:00 p.m. with the Not So Pure Stock, Street Stock, Midwest Modified, Super Stock, Modified, and ground pounding Late Models. The best place in Great Falls, Montana to view the fireworks as the show will be interrupted when the city fires off their spectacular show. Racing will resume following the display.

Long Awaited Late Models Return to Electric City Speedway

June 23rd, 2011

After rain cancelled a double header weekend in May of 2011, fans and drivers came out in droves to watch the ground pounding WISSOTA Late Models on “Thunder Hill”. Weather reports were threatening storms, but a night with five classes went off without anything more than an occasional drop or two.

The Not So Pure Stocks started the evening with Cody Ryan taking the first heat. At the start of the second heat JJ Johnson lost the fuel cap and after it was replaced the race resumed. After causing Jeremy Ivie to spin in turn two Johnson was given a black flag warning for unsportsmanlike driving and sent to the back of the field. Kory Wermling hit a hole in the mud coming off turn two and lost control spinning on the backstretch. No caution called as Wermling was able to recover and continue the race. With what looked like a second place heat finish Matt O’Connell got loose in turn four on the final lap and hits the tires in the turn four pit opening. After all the early race excitement, Johnson claimed the victory in heat two.

During the feature, Wermling was called for causing a caution that had Johnson spinning in turn two making hard contact with the infield tires. With Wermling in the back Cody Ryan takes the lead on the restart. Matt O’Connell goes around in turn three and Patrick Harvie shoots up the track to avoid him., Wermling was on the outside of Harvie and took a hard hit into the concrete with the right front but able to continue. Charging his way through the field from the back of the back Kory Wermling claimed his third victory of the season. On the cool down lap, Wermling was unable to turn his car to take the checkers around for a victory lap. During the trophy presentation Wermling said the only thing that was holding his right front on was the brake caliper.

The WISSOTA Late Models gave fans two perfect heat races. However, a broken tandem belt kept Dave Freeman from participating in the night’s events. Fans were greeted with a three wide parade lap just before the start of the main event. During the feature event Jim Myre landed his car backwards on the turn one outside wall. Pole sitter, Kelly Hample of Billings, added yet another Electric City Speedway victory to his career finishing ahead of Jimmy Zaremski.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks held little excitement in the heats other than a left rear flat on Ron Mattern causing him to hit the backstretch wall. The start of the feature was filled with action as a spin in turn two had most of the field scrambling to avoid the event. Unlucky in the melee was Marvin Gonzales putting him out for the night. It looked as if Kenneth Hunter would get his first ECS victory of the season, but again had to settle for a top five finish. Beau Brown crossed the checkers with the remaining three Deer Lodge drivers following suit. Paul Lease and Nick Hunter split the track around a lapped car at the finish with Lease finishing just ahead of Nick. Kenneth rounded up the gang with a fourth place finish. Brown had struggled throughout the race with no power steering.

During the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, Alex Wermling spins in turn two and Rowdy Gillen took to the pits to avoid a collision. Dolan Sevalstad had his own issues with turn two resulting in losing a spring on the backstretch. Dorn Jeske had some electrical issues and both Sevalstad and Jeske were out of the event. Pacer Popham brought out the final caution with a spin in turn two as well. Casey Steffenson worked his way up from an eighth place starting position to be the first across the finish and claiming his third victory of the season.

A miscommunication during the first WISSOTA Midwest Modified heat had drivers racing for a green white checkered finish. The second heat had Dan Steber spun in turn four with the assistance of Ron Sasek. The only caution in the feature was the result of spins in turns one and two. Jake Tacke was sent to the back of the field for the restart. After running in the front pack for most of the race, Beau Brown had to pull off the track with a bad transmission. Sean McBee and Paul Leach swapped the lead a couple of times throughout the event. In the end Leach was able to hold off McBee for his first win this season.

Gonzales Singlehandedly Takes on the “Deer Lodge Street Gang”

June 19th, 2011

With the Big Sky Sprints on the card for Saturday’s events at Electric City Speedway the WISSOTA Super Stocks were given the night off. With pitting conditions a little better than the previous week drivers still showed their cooperation in the change in pitting procedures to allow for the large haulers to use the infield pit area.

The Midwest Modifieds started the evening with two heats of cars. Beau Brown brought out the first caution of the night with a spin. In the second heat, Marty Harvie had mechanical issues in his heat and was done for the night. As they were coming to the checkered flag Sean McBee and Aaron Liscum spun off turn four resulting in DNFs for both drivers. Filling in for car owner/driver Paul Leach, Paul Donnelly claimed the victory.

The Sprints held some excitement as the starts of the heats were less than desirable for at least one of the front row starting cars. In Heat 1, Jerry Brey spun in turn three and ended up being towed off the track with a broken right front axle. Heat two had Damon McCune stalling in turn four. Phil Dietz had to pull in for a right rear flat after incidents on the start caused it to go down. David Hoiness had fans on their feet after he put his car into the turn one catch fence landing backwards and on the driver’s side. A closed red flag was posted as track officials and safety crews extricated the wing from the fence and Carl’s Auto Care was able to get hooked up to the car. Hoiness suffered a minor cut on his forehead, but the fence did its job keeping spectators and drivers in the upper pit safe. Officials deemed a full restart. Stephen Allard took off like a rocket and worked his way through lapped traffic. With only four laps remaining in the event Jerry Brown Jr. brought out the only other caution in the feature. With the caution tightening up the field Allard, Joe Ramaker, and Phil Dietz were the only drivers remaining on the lead lap and a four lap shootout ensued. Unable to catch Allard, Ramaker and Dietz settled for second and third.

Marvin Gonzales’ determination was high as anyone in Montana knows the guys to beat are Beau Brown, Paul Lease, Nick Hunter and Kenneth Hunter, A.K.A. the “Deer Lodge Street Gang”. After having mechanical issues the previous evening Kenneth was unable to make the event, but the other three drivers took an early lead in the feature. Closely following them was the 15 of Gonzales and the top four cars drove away from the remaining cars in the race. Still the daunting task of victory lay ahead of Gonzales. Through patience and persistence Gonzales worked his way through the field ahead of him for his second victory this season.

The Not So Pure Stocks were ready for a challenge to see if there would be another name to add to the winners list or if a repeat winner would become victorious. In the second heat race Stephan Foley ended up in the backstretch wall with the help of Brian Chaon. Chaon was disqualified for rough driving and suffered a broken A-arm on the right front. In the feature Matt O’Connell got turned in turn two and as drivers were attempting to slow down was hit in the right front ending his bid for a second win. In a close three way battle, Kory Wermling was the first driver to claim multiple victories for the 2011 season.

During the WISSOTA Modified’s single heat race, Jody Kropp lost an engine on the backstretch. In the feature Paul Donnelly took the lead on the first lap and started to put a little distance on the field. As laps started winding down Mark Wermling, Gary Hill, and Maurice Myre were hot on his tail. A late race caution bunched the field back up and gave Wermling and Hill the opportunity they needed to work around Donnelly. On the final lap Wermling claimed his second win in as many weeks with Hill right behind him. Myre was penalized two positions for rough driving as he forced his way around Donnelly. Myre’s finishing position was fifth behind Donnelly and Chad Johnson respectively.

The WISSOTA Late Models are scheduled to race Father’s Day Weekend.

McBee Survives Multiple Cautions to Claim His Second Victory in the Midwest Modifieds at Electric City Speedway

June 8th, 2011

With unseasonable amounts of snow and rain fall in Montana, Electric City Speedway has had its own battle with Mother Nature and a slow start to their 2011 racing season. After two weeks of cancellations due to rain the weather decided to cooperate for Saturday evening’s scheduled event. However, with the almost half an inch of rain Great Falls received on Friday the already oversaturated ground took a beating. By early afternoon on Saturday promoter Dan Mann was still unable to start packing in the track due all the water from the previous few days of rain. Concrete barriers in turn four had fallen flat onto the track as the ground gave way to the moisture. As things began to start drying out Richie Peterson from Apple Valley Backhoe Service was able to temporarily repair the damaged wall so racing could go on as scheduled.

The determination to race was strong and persevered over all the wet. Midwest Modified driver Ron Sasek said, “Right now we can worry about getting into the pit. We will race and then worry about getting out.”

As it came time for drivers to start arriving at the track the infield was fairly dry and Mann used the grader to move a majority of the standing water in the upper pit out of the way for parking. This still caused a dilemma as the upper pit has been designated for enclosed trailers and all open trailers have been told to use the infield pit area. Simplest fix was to inform drivers as they pulled in to switch roles for the evening. Those that usually park in the infield parked in the top to allow for drivers with the heavier tow vehicles and trailers to park in the dryer infield.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks got the honor of starting things out. During the heats Rich Wermling had problems and was the only car unable to finish. Dorn Jeske had a few fuel issues during the feature and brought out the caution as he was trying to make it into the pit. Sharid Lee suffered a broken tie rod. Chuck Fleming who led a few laps had to pull in for a right front flat. Once Casey Steffenson took the lead there was no looking back as at one point he was half a lap ahead of Pacer Popham who was in second. Pacer was reeling Steffenson in but ran out of laps.

During the WISSOTA Modified first heat Gary Hill, the previous event’s feature winner, was leading when he lost oil pressure. Hill was out for the rest of the evening. After two attempts at a good start in the feature the front row of Joey Price and Vernon Hill were sent to the back of the pack and drivers Tony Steward & Maurice Myre were moved to the front. During the initial attempt at a start Pat Wallace and Chad Johnson wreck in turn one. Johnson was unable to get back out onto the track. Tony Steward, Pat Wallace, and Joey Price had separate issues preventing them from finishing the race. It appeared Maurice Myre had the car to beat as he dominated the feature event but had to settle for second place. Mark Wermling came from the eighth place starting spot to work his way around traffic and passed Myre as they took the white flag.

The determination of the drivers in the Not So Pure Stocks was evident from the beginning of the race as Kory Wermling made his way to the front. Driver Cody Ryan took a hit that damaged the transmission and ended his evening. Larry Gonzales had two different spins and was victim of the cause two cautions and you are out rule. As Wermling appeared to be a shoe in for the victory track conditions and Patrick Harvie had other ideas. Harvie muscled his way through to Wermling and some rough racing ensued. Harvie came out successful and Wermling suffered a blown tire in the battle. Stephan Foley was unable to finish as he ended up just off the racing surface with two laps to go. Matt O’Connell was catching Harvie but was spun in turn 3 and though he kept it going was unable to catch Harvie. On the cool down lap Edward Freeman’s steering locked up and as he jerked it free he launched off the tires lining the infield on the backstretch flipping his car a couple of times. Freeman landed just a few feet from the nose of the Midwest Modified of Joey Price. Freeman walked away from the incident without injury.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks had uneventful heats, but fans were not disappointed in the feature as Kyle Jarvey suffered a left rear flat in turn four that dug into the track’s surface causing him to almost flip over onto his roof. Kenneth Hunter had some problems with his car and pulled off track just before Jarvey’s wreck. Beau Brown and Paul Lease battled with Warren Samoy in the final laps. Brown and Lease battled side by side and the win was set to be a great finish in the late laps. After a restart, less than desirable track conditions had Brown struggling for control. Lease was victorious.

With almost twice as many WISSOTA Midwest Modified as there were in previous weeks sixteen drivers set out for the opportunity to be victorious. Ron Sasek spun in turn one early in the race. A few laps later while attempting to pass Vernon Hill on the inside in turns three and four Sean McBee hit a rough spot in the track that had him shooting up into Hill. Paul Leach was outside of Hill at time of contact and fell victim to the craziness. Hill was out for the night and McBee was sent to the back for causing the caution. Leach was able to return to the track briefly but lost a driveline and was able to make it into the infield without incident. Jonathan Scraber spun in turn three collecting Dan Steber. Both drivers were able to continue. Turn three hosted the second multi-car incident as five drivers stacked up sideways. Joey Ray was sent to the back for causing the caution. Jerry Sangrey Jr. and Joey Price wreck bringing out yet another caution. The black and yellow crossed flags appeared letting drivers know any further cautions would result in the offending driver being sent to the pits. Jeramy Myers was the first to receive the penalty. Drivers were informed the 20 lap feature would be shortened to 15 as they hadn’t completed even 5 laps. With five laps remaining Jake Tacke spins bringing out yet another caution. Marty Harvie, who had been losing oil all night, finally lost the battle and broke down in turn three. After the early race penalty of going to the back Sean McBee survived the many wrecks and cautions to maneuver his way back to the front claiming his second victory in three races for the class.

Turn Two Treacherous for Drivers Saturday at Electric City Speedway

May 20th, 2011

Sunny skies and high winds greeted racers and fans Saturday at Electric City Speedway. Mother Nature decided to throw a twist to the wind and in what is typically a headwind on the front stretch drivers had the wind at their backs. Promoters dropped a little extra water to help keep moisture in the track longer due to the wind as well.

A slow to fast lineup set the field as the Not So Pure Stocks started the evening on a very sloppy track. Though they fought the track more than their fellow competitors their heat races were caution free. During the feature event the cautions were in turn two. First was a spin by Matt O’Connell and Stephan Foley with O’Connell going to the back for the restart. On the restart, leader Kory Wermling went in the turn a little too deep and spun. Cody Kuglin and Robert Feller made contact with Wermling. Wermling and Kuglin were out for the event. Feller was able to continue. JJ Johnson battled with Brian Chaon’s smoking race car for the lead for a large part of the first half and was leading at the halfway point. Chaon’s mechanical issue appeared to be the transmission giving out on him and he pulled off the track before the end of the race. All drivers left in the race with the exception of Matt O’Connell were thirsty for their first win this season and they had a very clean battle. However, some drivers spun but keep their cars going and kept the race going. Thirstiest of all was Cody Ryan, who the previous weekend finished 3rd Friday and 2nd on Saturday, started in the last position. Battling his way to the lead Ryan claimed his first victory this season.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks had a little excitement during their heats but it was not race related. With caution free races the show was moving along at a fast pace and driver Beau Brown of Deer Lodge was still trying to get to the track. Brown works some Saturday’s and has to make the trip up as soon as he gets off at five o’clock. Battling head winds he pulled in as the first of two heats was ready to take the track. Crew members for the other three Deer Lodge Street racers crossed to the upper pit to assist Brown in unloading the car and belting in so he could join the other three drivers in the next heat race. First heat went 8 laps caution free. The Deer Lodge Street Gang took the first four finishing positions of six available. During the feature Ron Mattern spun in turn two and was the only caution of the race. Leading most of the race, Marvin Gonzales held of the Deer Lodge guys for his first victory this season.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were the first class to bring out a caution in their heat races. During heat two, Pacer Popham and Alex Wermling both have individual issues with turn two. Josh Aho brought out the first of many cautions in the feature. After a caution for a bad restart, Alex Wermling, Mike Pistelak, Aho, and Troy Hyde were credited with the remaining cautions. Drivers were given the yellow and black flags warning them that the next caution would cause a disqualification. Casey Steffenson took the lead. Pacer Popham was making a valiant attempt but Steffenson managed to get his first win of the season in as well.

During the first WISSOTA Modified heat race Dave Azure pulled off the track with motor issues. Joey Price, driving his dad’s car Miss Dixie, caused the caution in the second heat. Pat Wallace hit the wall pretty hard but was able to pull his car off the track without caution. With Azure and Wallace out for the night, a field of eleven took the green. A caution for debris came out in the early laps. Vernon Hill, Chad McFadden and Tony Steward were all victims of spins in turn two. Vernon Hill pulled off the track as the laps were winding down for mechanical problems. Gary Hill took the lead before halfway and captured his first victory of 2011.

After only 2 ½ hours racing in Great Falls, Montana came to close for another week. Next scheduled even is the CAN/AM Challenge with Sprints, Late Models, Not So Pure Stocks and Midwest Modifieds on Friday, May 20th and Sprints, Late Models, Not So Pure Stocks & Street Stocks on Saturday, May 21st.

Finally! Electric City Speedway Hosts Its Season Opener and Racing Begins in Montana

May 10th, 2011

After a two week delay, Mother Nature cooperates in Montana and Electric City Speedway holds its long awaited, season opening, double header. With five classes on the card for both nights, fans were greeted with some racing excitement and all around great racing. Though Victory Lane held some familiar faces, this weekend was a weekend of firsts for a few drivers.

The running order for Friday allowed fans to watch Kory Wermling’s 9K, the 2010 Rookie of the Year in the Not So Pure Stock class, dominate from a pole starting position to claim his first win. With ten cars making an appearance the heat races went very smoothly. David Flansburg 9 was the only driver with complications shaking off the cobwebs of the 7 ½ month off season.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took to the track and with only a first lap jumble on the front stretch in heat one drivers made it through their heats with ease. The feature, on the other hand, had Brian Barnhardt 17B spinning a few times to avoid other drivers that had spun in front of him. Battling on Barnhardt managed to finish in fifth.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified class entered its Sophomore season at the speedway. Many familiar faces joined the class along with some new drivers as this class is growing in interest among the local drivers. Heat one held a few that had never even been in a race car until the speedway’s first practice that was held on April 27, 2011. A caution for debris on lap 2 flew in the second heat as Vernon Hill 2x and Jeramy Myers 24 tangled coming out of turn 4. A warning was issued to Hill. During the feature 2 cautions within the first 3 laps were attributed to Aaron Liscum 4 and his night was done. Going into turn 3 on the second restart, Hill and Myers were again the excitement resulting in a huge wreck in the middle of the corner bringing out the red flag. Hill’s car took major damage and he was unable to continue the event. Myers pit for a left rear flat and rejoined the field. Beau Brown 00 pulling a double duty this season in both the WISSOTA Street Stock and WISSOTA Midwest Modified claimed his first victory in his new class.

With plenty of time to reflect over the previous season the WISSOTA Super Stocks were extremely mild compared to past seasons. After leading a few laps early in the first heat, Bob Feist 87 pulled into the pits on the final lap with rearend issues. Alex Wermling 5 spun in turn 2 during the second heat. Feist unable to fix his mechanical issues at the track pulled in on lap 2 of the feature ending his night a little early. Josh Aho 23 brought out the first of three cautions. With only 5 laps remaining the third caution flew for Wermling’s second of the event. Close battling between Pacer Popham 32 and Casey Steffenson 67 gave fans what is hopefully to be a preview of their continuing close but competitive clean racing as these drivers have had some memorable races in the past.

The WISSOTA Modified wrapped up the evening. Heat one had Dave “Cherokee” Azure 81 and Tony Steward 89 tangling bringing out its only caution. Joey Price 37 blew a motor in the second heat making it off track without incident. During the feature Pat Wallace 16 struck the outside wall in turn 4 ripping off his right side body and the first caution. Sean Higginbotham 29 lost his motor a few laps later. Azure and Steward in separate incidents had the yellow flying. Paul Donnelly 12 lost a drive line ending his night with the last caution. Vernon Hill 1x developed mechanical issues but was able to pull his car off without incident.

With sunnier skies on Saturday racing resumed at the speedway. Another first time winner appeared in the Not So Pure Stock class. The first heat went smoothly yet once again. Jeremy Ivy 86 smacked the back stretch wall in heat two and was the only caution in the heats. On the first lap of the feature David Flansburg 9 spins and with nowhere to go JJ Johnson 3 collides with Flansburg. Joshnson was done for the night. Matt O’Connell 42 is called for jumping the start and put back 2 positions. Flansburg returns to the track but pulled in shortly after restart unable to continue. After taking advice of a veteran racer O’Connell reworks his way to the front and dominates the event. Cody Ryan 8ONE8 was catching him but fell a few laps short of a pass for the victory. This was O’Connell’s first victory and emotions were running high as he crossed the scales.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks had an eventful heat one as Justin Damm 50 and Jordan Tocci 2C alternated the four cautions resulting in both being sent to the pits for causing 2 restarts. Heat two was incident free. The feature was caution filled and shortened to a green/white/checkered finish due to time limits. Ron Mattern 62 brought out the first caution as Damm pulled in for a flat. Kyle Jarvey 74 and Bryant Kruckenberg 01J tangle in turn two for the second caution. Slow to start Mattern was rear-ended by Kruckenberg causing debris to fly all over turn 4 and a caution came out for the clean-up. In a close battle going into turn 3 Paul Lease 07 gets Brian Barnhardt 17B loose causing him to spin in the middle of three and four and drivers including Lease had to get on the brakes to avoid a collision. Ron Mattern pulls off the track. With the final caution Lease finds himself stuck up on the tires in turn 2. Being the second caution called on Lease he is done for the night. Nick Hunter battled most of the race up front and in final laps pulled off his weekend sweep in the class.

With only 9 cars appearing in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds they ran one heat. Jake Tacke 07 brings out the first caution and does not finish the heat. Sean McBee 35 and Jeramy Myers 24 both spin in separate incidents making only three cautions in the heats. Myers luck didn’t change in the feature as he seemed to get stuck behind Joey Ray 52 when he spins for the first time in turn two. Meyers had to pull off the track for repairs and was able to get onto the track from the turn 2 upper pit entrance as the class was taking the green in turn 4. A little overdriving and Myers spins trying to catch up. Alan Adams was leading and a flat tire on a caution sent him to the pits. The race resumed before he could get back on track. Ray spins a second time and doesn’t finish the event. McBee, though a seasoned winner in the Not So Pure Stock class, claims his first victory in a new class.

Still trying to get a handle of his car Alex Wermling 5 spins in turn two on lap one of the first WISSOTA Super Stock heat. Wermling again has problems bringing out a second caution. As drivers are slowing down Pacer Popham 32 and Josh Aho 23 tangle on the front stretch. The second heat went much smoother for the Supers. The feature had drivers trying to find a different line due to the bottom of three and four started losing its stability and becoming rough. Mike Pistelak 02 gets sideways going into the turn but manages to straighten out. Checking up Chuck Fleming 6 spins. Pistelak credited with the caution. Fleming caused the second caution with a spin in turn 2. Aho spins in two for the third caution. Pat LaMere 85 and Dolan Sevalstad 24c wreck on the front stretch. Frequently swapping the lead Sharid Lee 10x and Casey Steffenson 67 battle continuously throughout the race. Lee survives the battle on the final lap for the victory.

Closing out the night the WISSOTA Modifieds had Maurice Myre 57 breaking a tie rod in the first heat and Dave Azure 81 spinning. Pat Wallace 16 brought out the only caution of heat 2. Paul Donnelly 12 pulls off during the feature and Wallace brings out the caution. Battling up front Jody Kropp 97 and Chad Johnson 3J make it an event as both drivers do exceptionally well on a dry slick track. Kropp claimed the victory.

During the drivers meeting both nights officials made the following announcement:
Speedway Pit Gates and Procedures: Over the past couple of years the speedway has been developing an upper pit on the west side of the track. This is for all enclosed trailers as the infield pit area is dedicated to open trailers. The east side pit gate is open for the infield pitters until 6:00PM. Anyone arriving late must use west entrance. However, if using an open trailer drivers must still pit in the infield. Those drivers violating the open trailer in infield / enclosed trailer in upper pit rule are subject to a track parking fee. This rule is for safety purposes and makes it easier for officials to see what is going on around the entire track.

By Vikki Higginbotham

Two drivers throw their hats into the race for 2010 All Star Rookie-of-the-Year

December 24th, 2009

Camargo, IL – The 2009 Rookie-of-the-Year battle for the O?Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions was one of the closest in recent history with four rookies vying for the title. It took up until the last race of the season for Daron Clayton to clinch the title of being the top rookie of 2009. In 2010, look for these rookie competitors to contend not only with each other, but also with the veterans of the series each race.

Cap Henry

At nineteen years old Cap Henry is quickly making a name for himself in the 410 sprint car world. The young gun had 26 starts in 2009 and made 19 A-main events with an average finishing position of twelfth. He had six top ten finishes, including a sixth and ninth place finish with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Overall Henry managed to place in the top ten in points in his Rookie Year finishing sixth overall at Fremont Speedway, eighth overall at Attica Raceway Park, and eighth overall in the F.A.S.T. series (Fremont Attica Sprint Title). Henry collected 410 Rookie-of-the-Year Honors at Fremont Speedway, Attica Raceway Park and The F.A.S.T. series championship. In fact, Henry has clinched five Rookie-of-the-Year titles in just two years of dirt sprint car racing.

Jerrod Ridge

A young gun that will be shooting for the Rookie-of-the-Year title will be Jerrod Ridge of Snohomish, Washington. Ridge will be trading his 360 engine with the ASCS and moving to the 410 full time with the All Star Circuit of Champions. In both 2008 and 2009 Ridge has finished second in the ASCS Northwest Region point standings. The Washington native also collected two wins this season in ASCS action at Electric City Speedway and Southern Oregon Speedway. In 2008 Ridge made his first start at the 360 Knoxville Nationals and placed eighteenth out of 125 cars present.

Keep your computer bookmarked to www.allstarsprint.com for the most up to date information as the 2010 season begins to take shape as there will be more drivers announced, and the 2010 season schedule will be released in the near future.

Magnolia Motor Speedway Hosts Mississippi State Super Late Model Event

May 24th, 2009

Columbus, Mississippi – Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi is back in action this Sunday Night, May 24th with the annual Memorial Day Weekend Showdown. The Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series (MSCCS) Super Late Models will be competing in a 50 Lap, $2,500 to win event presented by NOS Energy Drink.

Along with the MSCCS Super Late Models, the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Late Model Stock, Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stock, and Mini Stocks will also be on hand on this very special weekend.

The weekend will kick off on Saturday Night with an open practice session that will also feature

Magnolia Motor Speedway’s new “Dirt Track Stock Car Experience” where race fan can enjoy a “Ride of a Lifetime” trip around the track. The 5 lap experience is $ 25.00. Fans will be able to win a free ride on Sunday night.

Saturday pit gates open at 4pm, with $15.00 pit admission and free grandstand admission.

Sunday grandstand admission is $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for Seniors, Military, Students, and children 10 & under are free when accompanied by an adult. Pit admission is $30.00.

The pit gate opens at 3pm with the grandstand gating opening at 5pm. Racing action starts at 7pm.

For more information call 662-240-3478 or visit the Magnolia Motor Speedway website at http://www.magnoliamotorspeedway.net/.

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Sprint Double Header

May 20th, 2009

                            Can/Am Challenge at Electric City Speedway  by Lu Johnson  Electric City Speedway (May 15 & 16)  One way to fill the stands at any raceway in Montana is to host the touring Sprint racers.  The Big Sky Sprint Tour is always a favorite for fans who enjoy fast-paced action and speed.    The two-day race was the first race of the season for the visiting Sprint racers who hailed from Idaho, Washington, Wyoming,  Canada and Montana.    The Amsoil Wissota Modified, Super and Street classes gave their share of excitement to the fans.  The new is off the cars and most of the bugs worked out which gives the thumbs up for some hard racing.    Mother Nature finally cooperated to give racers and fans alike some long awaited warm weather.      Electric City Speedway’s Can/Am Challenge packed the stands both nights.  The three exciting heat races separated the top starters for the main event of 21 racers on Friday night and 22 racers on Saturday.  As if the excitement of having 22 Sprints roaring around the track isn’t enough excitement, the fans always hold their breath waiting for the first big caution of the night.  It is just a fact that if the Sprint class has a rollover, most likely it will happen fast and will bring you to your feet.  There were several cautions but the question of a possible roll turned into a reality on Saturday night when Casey Adams #12 of Edmonton, Alberta got caught up in heavy traffic toward the back of the pack and rolled his 360 Sprint multiple times directly in front of the grandstands.   The Sprint main on Friday night slotted #98 Joe Raemaker on the pole and Brent Kronfuss #23 starting on the outside.  Raemaker held the lead for over half the 25 lap main but Kronfuss took the lead and led the field to the checkered.  Austen Wheatley #44w came from his 6th place starting position to claim third place honors.   Once the field of racers got a solid start,  racers took advantage of both a bottom and top line. Heat 1 on Friday night  gave up some excitement when Dennis MacEachern #39C  came out of turn four on the outside line with #45 Colton Akesstrom on the inside.  MacEachern caught the wall just out of the corner hitting hard.  The recoil threw the car up and off the ground but the  360 winged warrior landed on all fours.   The pole sitter for Saturday’s main was #73 Danielle Huson from Sedro Wolly, Washington with #98 Joe Raemaker sitting outside.  Huson led the race until she got into lap traffic and Raemaker took his chance on the outside to take the lead to the finish.  Joe Perry #28 held his third place start to the finish.    Josh Ostermiller of Billings needed a few more laps to get to the  front of the pack but was on the move from his 22nd place starting position finishing 9th. The Amsoil Wissota classes spared no horsepower in filling the rest of the night with excitement both nights.  Modified, Supers & Streets filled the card for racing each night. The Wissota Modifieds had a small field for both nights races.  Jody Kropp #97 won the heat race and started the field on the pole for Friday nights races.  At the caution restart, #12 Paul Donnelly moved up to challenge Kropp for the win.  The race went to the wire with Donnelly coming out ahead by inches.   Saturday fielded Kropp the heat leader and pole sitter for the main.   Mark Wermling #6 moved up from his sixth place start and got a nose up but Kropp held the lead for the win.  Gary Hill #30 found an opening and some moisture on the bottom to take second but Wermling’s momentum pushed him back into second place at the finish. The Wissota Supers started the race on Friday night with an exchange of leads from the dropping of the green and that lead changed with multiple challengers.  The final challenge for the win was between #32 Pacer Popham and #85 Pat Lamere with Lamere coming out the winner in the field of 13.  David Azure filled the top three. The early leader in Saturday nights Wissota Supers was Curt Popham #13 who started in the 4th place slot.  Popham denied Lamere #85, David “Cherokee” Azure #81 and #2 Richard Azure’s advances for the lead throughout the race.   Lamere took second with #32 Pacer Popham claiming third.   The Wissota Street Stock main on Saturday night featured a field of 17.  Starting on the pole was the 38C of Cody Bailey.  Beau Brown started driving the field from his 6th place start to the front of the pack followed by #58 Nick Hunter and #61 Billy Warehime.  .  Brown lost the lead to #58 Nick Hunter briefly but battled back to take the win with  Bailey in second and Warehime claiming the slot for third.   There was a 19 car field for the Friday night race in the Not So Pure Stock class.  Cody Kuglin #96 and Josh Aho #23 won their respective heat races and started on the front line for the main.  Josh Aho, the pole sitter took the field around for the green but a caution on the starting lap restarted the field.  Alex Wermling moved his blue #5 from a 6th place start up to challenge Aho but  Wermling developed engine trouble and fell off the pace.  The next challenger was Matt O’Connell #42 who found a hole and moved into the slot for 2nd.   Murphy Benson #14 and Matt Mann #78 both advanced in the field heading to the front of the pack.   With multiple cautions the race went to a green, white, checkered with Aho holding off all advances to take the win.  O’Connell cornered second with Murphy Benson coming up from his 7th place start to take 3rd.   My pick for “Racer of the Week” goes to Matt Mann who advanced from his 15th place start in the Not So Pure race to end the night in 4th place.   Kudos Matt!!  Summary Sprint Friday Night Feature – Brent Kronfuss, Joe Raemaker, Austen Wheatley, Joe Perry, David Hoiness, Casey Adams, Trevor Turnbull, Jeremy McCune, Paxton Lambrecht, Tyler Gable, ColtonAkesstrom, Dennis MacEachern, Shane Moore, Chip Roe, Kelly Miller, Jerry Brown, Jr., Stuart Selby, Danielle Huson, Mark Sweet, Trever Kirkland, Phil Dietz  (21) Heat 1 – J. Raemaker, J. McCune, T. GableHeat 2 – C. Adams, D. Hoiness, K. MillerHeat 3 – B. Kronfuss, A. Wheatley, J. Brown, Jr. Saturday Night Feature -  J. Raemaker, D. Huson, J. Perry, A. Wheatley, B. Kronfuss, P. Dietz, J. McCune, T. Gable, J. Ostermiller, P. Lambrecht, K. Miller, S. Selby; D. MacEachern, T. Turnbull, Kyle Bates, C. Roe, J. Brown, Jr., C. Akesstrom, S. Moore, D. Hoiness, M. Sweet C. Adams (22) Heat 1 – A. Wheatley, J. Raemaker, B. KronfussHeat 2 -  D. Huson, J. McCune, K. MillerHeat 3 -  J. Perry, P. Dietz, T. Turnbull  Wissota Modified FridayFeature – Paul Donnelly, Jody Kropp, Maurice Myre, Joey Price, Jack Norris, Gary Hill, John Price, Howard Hahn, Dave Freeman, Paul Leach Heat 1 – J. Kropp P. Donnelly G. HillHeat 2 -  M. Myre, J. Norris, J. Price SaturdayFeature – J. Kropp, Mark Wermling, G. Hill, J. Norris, M. Myre, Joey Price, P. Leach, J. Price, P. Donnelly Heat J. Kropp, J. Norris, M. Myre Wissota Supers FridayFeature – Pat Lamere, Pacer Popham, David “Cherokee” Azure, Casey Steffenson, Bob Feist, Scott Hirschi, Jake Tucker, Curt Popham, Chuck Fleming, JD “Buddah” Olsen, Clay Irwin, Sean Higginbotham, Richard Azure Heat 1 – C. Popham, P. Popham, D. AzureHeat 2 – P. Lamere, J. Tucker, S. Higginbotham Saturday  Feature – C. Popham, P. Lamere, P. Popham, D. Azure, J. Tucker, R. Azure, B. Cooper, S. Higginbotham, JD Olsen, C. Steffenson, S. Hirschi, B. Feist, Clay Irwin Heat 1 – C. Steffenson, C. Popham, B. Cooper Heat 2 – D. Azure, P. Popham, S. Higginbotham  Wissota Streets Saturday Feature – Beau Brown, Cody Bailey, Billy Warehime, Mike Anderson, Troy Weninger, Daron Falkenhagen, Mike Pistelak, Paul Lease, Marvin Gonzales, Hank Adams, Tina Martin, Nick Hunter, Ron Sasek, Mark Mann, Joey Tinker, Logan Manzanares, Michael Price Heat 1 – D. Falkenhagen, M. Gonzales, B. WarehimeHeat 2 – B. Brown, R. Sasek, P. LeaseHeat 3 – C. Bailey, N. Hunter, M. Mann Not So Pure FridayFeature – Josh Aho, Matt O’Connell, Murphy Benson, Matt Mann, Kenneth Hunter, Taylor Falkenhagen, Greg Azure, George Grubb, Tommy Bush, Jeremy Myers, Marilee Woyth-Brinkman, Cody Kuglin, Cody Ryan, Chris Pettibone, Alex Wermling, Kyle Jarvey, Dennis Bever, Joshua Olsen, Jeremy Ivie Heat 1 – J.Aho, K. Jarvey, M.  O’ConnellHeat 2 – C. Kuglin, T.  Bush, A. Wermling     The next race at Electric City Speedway is May 23 with Pure, Street, Super & Modifieds classes racing.   Gallatin Speedway  opens it’s racing season  next Friday,  May 22 in Belgrade.       

Sad News

May 18th, 2009

We are deeply saddened to report that our close friend and announcer, Gary Johnston, passed away last night.  The cause is not known at this time.

Gary had been the announcer for close to 30 years, even he did not know for sure how long he had taken such good care our racers and sponsors.

There will be no way that we can replace him.

Finally Racing

May 11th, 2009

Electric City Speedway, Great Falls, Montana 

Weather conditions in Montana are always a challenge and this spring brought snow and more snow.  Two postponed openers and a snow-filled track early in the week left racers unsure if a third weekend of racing would be postponed.   The two-day scheduled race left Friday’s race cancelled but the gates of the Electric City Speedway were open on Saturday, May 9th, for the long-awaited 2009 Wissota season opener.  Sixty-five racers unloaded and were ready to race before the driver’s meeting was called. 

Dan Mann, ECS promoter, had the track in prime shape with a tacky and smooth surface to start the heat races.   Veteran drivers eagerly awaited the drop of the green flag for racing on a heavy track and for the Rookie drivers the learning curve would be an easy one to start out a first race.

Starting in sixth position , Russ Wolfe #00, making his Late Model debut, wasted no time heading to the front of the field of twelve on the second lap.   Wolfe drove a tight line on the bottom the entire 20 lap race.   Jim Zaremski #68, drove hard and strong moving up from his eighth place starting position to challenge Wolfe early in the race.   Zaremski and Gary Hill #30, found a caution with no one the winner and both cars done for the night.  Veteran Dave Freeman, #11x, back in the action after taking two years off from racing in the Late Model class, found himself next in line to test Wolfe for the lead.  Freeman checked for the littlest opening under Wolfe to get a nose in but found none.  Wolfe said, “I heard him coming and saw a black nose but just held my line”.  Wolfe was more than aware of Freeman’s talent as a veteran driver as they have been weekly competitors in the

Wissota Modified class for many years.   Wolfe fought off the assault by Freeman to take his first win in his debut race in the Wissota Late Model class.  Pacer

Popham #32, and Rookie John Lighthizer #68 found a caution that took both drivers out for the rest of the race.  The field finished Wolfe, Freeman, Marty Harvie #49, Jody Kropp #48 & John Dowson #40 for top five finishers.

The Wissota Modifieds small field of racers started with Jody Kropp #97 on the pole with #30 Gary Hill outside, leading the racers to the green.  Kropp came from a fifth place start in his Modified heat race to take the win.  Rock Degele #1, took the lead in the second lap of the main feature and left the field behind hitting setup for the dry-slick track on the nose.  Joey Price #37, was on the move to the front but Degele gave up nothing to the end and was a winner in this race by a large margin.  The Wissota Mods top five were Degele, Price, Kropp, Hill, & Maurice Myre #7v who is also back from taking a year off. 

The edge of the seat race for the night was the Wissota Super class main feature.  Casey Steffenson #67 started the race outside second row.  Steffenson, Curt Popham #13 and #2 Richard Azure were three wide in the first lap getting the race off to a barn burner start.  The fans were on their feet from the drop of the flag in this race.  Azure fought to keep the lead but Steffenson wasn’t to be denied.  Steffenson fought to keep his lead thru the first twelve laps.   With eight laps left in the main feature, Popham took the lead from Steffenson only to have Steffenson claw his way back to the lead the next lap.  That battle of these veteran Super racers never let up to the waving of the final flag.   Steffenson took the checkered flag in a tight race for the season opener and took his victory lap in a close tight-margined win.   The Wissota Supers finished with Steffenson, Popham, David “Cherokee” Azure # 81, and Richard Azure.

Seventeen racers entered the main for the largest field of the night in the Wissota Street Stock class.  The hard driving in this class was enjoyable to watch and kept the fans interest on the race and not the very cool night air.  Troy Weninger driving the #20 took the pole with Mike Pistelak #2 on his outside.  Pistelak had started on the pole in his heat race and left no doubt that his intentions for the night were all business.  Weninger had started second in his heat and gave the same aggressive attitude which makes for some exciting anticipation for the main.  Mike Anderson #2 started fifth but moved up to take advantage of a moment in traffic to jump to the lead.  That lead was short lived with Anderson falling back.  Daron

Falkenhagen #12, starting in the third place spot patiently waited for his chance to move up to take the lead and he had no trouble keeping it from the entire field thru cautions and restarts.  Falkenhagen drove an outstanding race to take the win in the Wissota Street Class.   Beau Brown #00 started ninth and raced hard to fight his way to third place at the finish of the race.  Brad Norris #72 is my pick of the night for “hardest driving racer”.  Norris started dead last in his field of seventeen cars filled with Rookies only to finish the race in fourth place.   This class is always exciting filled with oohs and gasps in moments when two racers vie for the same space.   The Wissota Street Class rounded out the top five racers with Falkenhagen, Weninger, Brown, Norris and Billy Warehime #61.

Postponed Again!

April 30th, 2009

Opener POSTPONED

Racing is postponed until May 8th and 9th

NEW TIME!  Racing @ 7:00 PM

Streets, Supers, *Mods, Pure Stock and Late Models

Both Nights

*Mods will be awarded Wissota Points, but NO track points since they were not scheduled to run this weekend.

Postponed Again!

April 30th, 2009

Streets, Supers, Mods, Pure Stock and Late Models

Both Nights Mods will be awarded Wissota Points, but NO track points since they were not scheduled to run this weekend

New Time for Racing at Electric City

April 23rd, 2009

The 2009 season at the always exciting 3/10 mile Electric City Speedway in has taken shape and proves to be one of the most explosive in the track’s history. Track owners Dan & Barbara Mann are celebrating their 20th Season as the track’s operator’s. Fans of all types will enjoy what the speedway has to offer at some point in 2009 and the schedule reflects a large range of events, including Sprint Cars, Late Models and our regular classes which all fans find thoroughly entertaining.

Fans will find additional seating, a fast paced show and lots of action and some very exciting special events including the NORTHAMERICAN SPRINT CARS SERIES on June 24 & 25th featuring Sprints from New Mexico to Edmonton, Alberta and the Northwest United States.

All this action makes Electric City Speedway the place to be all summer long!

NEW TIME FOR RACING!

Fans will also note that the start time has been moved up to 7:00pm for all racing events, which means draw cut off and the pit meeting will be at 6:15pm sharp, with hot laps to follow at 6:45pm, so the first green flag can fly at 7:00pm.

Ticket prices will be; $9 for adults (18-69 years old), Seniors FREE (70 &older), $6 for teens (13-17 years old) and children (6 to 12) are $1.00 Pit passes will be $20 each night.

News From Electric City Speedway

January 21st, 2009

Great Falls, MT- Beginning April 24th & 25th a full season of fun for Great Falls and continuing Saturday nights until the end of September. The complete Schedule for 2009 is available at the track web site: www.ElectricCitySpeedway.com

After having to cancel the 3rd appearance at Electric City Speedway of the Fred Bownfield NST sprint show following his tragic death in 2007, sprint car racing in the Northwest has been searching for a replacement.

No one will ever replace Fred, but the good news is that the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) has set up a Northwest Region group that will provide an anchor for sprint racing throughout our area.

Now for the really big news! On June 26th and 27th a combination of all sprint racing in the western part of North America will gather in Great Falls for what could be the largest sprint racing event ever in Montana History. Big Sky Sprint Tour will join with the Rocky Mountain Region of ASCS combined with the Northwest Region of ASCS and the members of the Alberta Sprint Tour will all compete at the Historic track located on Thunder Hill in Black Eagle.

Over the years many famous racers have competed at this facility. Some our own have toured with the World of Outlaw Sprint tour including home town hero’s Eddie Polich and Craig Smith to name a couple. A few years back a very young Kasey Kahne put on a great show at one of our sprint events. Over the years Steve Bietler and Jason Solwold also were regulars at our sprint events. You never can tell who might show up.

Sprint Events planned to 2009 are:

May 16th & 17th Can/Am Challenge with members of the Alberta Sprint Tour (AST) and the Big Sky Sprint Tour (BSST)

June 26th & 27th North American Nationals with members of the AST & Northwest ASCS & Rocky Mountain ASCS & BSST

August 1st Big Sky Sprint Tour (tentative)

September 5th & 6th BSST & Rocky Mountain ASCS with members of AST

Big Sky gears up for Labor Day weekend triple-header Andrew Kunas

August 30th, 2008

Friday will see the series visit Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. The 3/10-mile clay oval near the Gallatin Airport has been known for some of the Big Sky Sprint Tour’s best crowds. After that, the tour goes north for two nights of racing at historic Electric City Speedway in Great Falls. The half century old speed plant has been synonymous with sprint car racing in Montana for decades.

On top of that, a number of teams from the Alberta Sprint Tour will head down from Canada as the two nights in Great Falls will also be points races for them. At least one Alberta driver, Casey Adams of Le Duc, is expected to race in Friday’s event at Gallatin Speedway. A pair of drivers from Washington will also be heading over the Continental Divide. Eighteen-year-old Danielle Huson of Sedro-Woolley has already raced at Electric City Speedway earlier this season, but she will be making her debut at Gallatin Speedway. Seth Bergman of Snohomish has never raced in Montana before and will be seeing both tracks for the first time this weekend.

On the home front, Boise, Idaho driver Joe Ramaker, who originally hails from
Choteau, Mont. is the current Big Sky Sprint Tour points leader, going into the
weekend with a 130-point advantage over defending series champion Phil Dietz of
Billings. Ramaker is coming off a clean sweep in last Saturday’s BSST event at
Billings Motorsports Park, giving him three victories in BSST action this year.
Interestingly enough, all of his BSST victories have come by way of a clean sweep as he won his heat race and cash dash in addition to the main event each time.

David Hoiness, a 21-year-old out of Billings, is enjoying a top-five run in the
points, sitting only four tallies behind Dietz for second, and on August 9 he scored his first career sprint car victory at Billings Motorsports Park. 2006 series champion Paxton Lambrect of Billings, Joe Perry and Helena’s Trevor Kirkland also in the points chase.

On this weekend a year ago, cars based out of Alberta did very well in a Can-Am
showdown between the Big Sky Sprint Tour and Alberta Sprint Tour at Electric City Speedway. British Columbia’s Travis Rutz, driving for the Alberta-based Winterhawk Racing team, won Saturday’s feature. Former World of Outlaws drivers Tim Gee then won a thrilling Sunday feature over Brent Kronfuss and Joe Ramaker.

Though the two-day sprint car events commonly held at Electric City Speedway over the years have always been a popular destination for Alberta teams, the drivers of the Big Sky Sprint Tour are looking to turn the tables against the Alberta teams this time around and get a little payback for last year. Ramaker himself has been hot lately. One night before his BSST victory on Saturday, Ramaker drove to the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region victory at Casper Speedway in Wyoming.

All three nights there will not be much quiet time on the track as there will be support classes every night. Fans at both Gallatin Speedway and Electric City Speedway will see a complete night of racing. More information on the Big Sky Sprint Tour can be found online at http://www.bsstracing.com.

Also on the web…

Gallatin Speedway – Belgrade, MT: http://www.gallatinspeedway.com
Electric City Speedway – Great Falls, MT: http://www.electriccityspeedway.com
Alberta Sprint Tour: http://www.albertasprinttour.com
BSST: Big Sky Sprint Tour http://www.bsstracing.com

Electric City Speedway

August 24th, 2008

Because anyone who had the privilege of knowing these two fantastic kids in life would know that, this is exactly what they would have wanted and expected for their memorial. Derek was also very involved in the Special Olympics program and the athletes from this program lined the stands in tribute to this noteworthy occasion.

To start the night were the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class with Ryan Wells of Hingham behind the wheel of his #5 racing machine. Ryan is currently in second in the point standings by only three points. Coming in behind him to take the second place finish was Emory Wells of Belgrade with local Casey Steffenson in the midst of the action to land third.

The Wissota sanctioned alcohol fueled Modified class, local Jody Kropp took the
honors of carrying the checkered flag for this feature event. Jody took this win not without challenge, as he had the current points leader local Mark Wermling coming from an eighth place starting position, climbing his way forward putting on a bit of pressure on the leader but would settle for the second place finish. Local Dave Freeman is always loads of fun to watch, and from an eleventh place start, he picked off the completion one by one to run with the leaders, to land the third
place-finishing slot.

In the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock class, Adam Burrows of Belgrade pulled to the front of the pack and drove directly to the winners circle. Marvin Gonzalez of Black Eagle would settle for the second place finish with local Troy Weninger came from a ninth place start to finish third.

Next to set the stage was another of our fastest Wissota sanctioned alcohol fueled class that frequents the Electric City Speedway, the “ground pounding” Late Model class. After putting on a spectacular display by driving side by side during the National Anthem to honor those who are no longer with us, they put the pedal to the floor and the race was to begin. Kelly Hample of Billings came out and defeated the competition to bring his car down victory lane. Rock Degele of Glasgow coming from a tenth place starting position “three wheeled’ his machine giving every thing he had to take home the second place trophy, while local Jody Kropp, after taking first in the Modified feature event, finished third.

In the local Not So Pure Stock class, ironically enough the top three to finish this feature event, finished in the same order that they currently hold in the points standing. Kenneth Hunter of Deer Lodge claimed his first ever feature event win. He travels here with his cousins of Deer Lodge who also are drivers at the track, Beau Brown and Nick Hunter. Looks like he goes home with the bragging rights tonight. David Flansburg of Great Falls came in for a second place finish with Steve Henle rounding out the top three.

As always, we at the Electric City Speedway would like to thank everyone who came out and invite everybody to come out this Saturday night, one of five scheduled events left for the 2008 season, on August 23rd. We where be featuring the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, and Modified classes, as well as our local Not So Pure Stock class. Gates open at 6:00p.m. with racing to begin at 7:30p.m. If you would like further information, please contact our hotline at 727-4884 or you can contact our website at www.electriccityspeedway.com Hope to see you there!

Electric City Run Down

August 15th, 2008

The Price family put on a terrific display of just that on Saturday night at the Speedway as both Joey and Michael Price took the honors of carrying the checkered flag for the Price family racing team in each of their respective classes.

We kicked off the night with our Wissota sanctioned Street Stock class. Our current points leader Beau Brown of Deer Lodge, coming from an eighth place start was to be the one and only to claim a clean sweep victory with a win in both his qualifying and feature events. Coming in behind him was Marvin Gonzalez of Black Eagle for a second place finish with Nick Hunter of Deer Lodge claiming third place.

Next to take to the field was the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class with the 2007 Street Stock track champ local Casey Steffenson to claim his first victory over the competition in this much faster class. Casey is a true gentleman and it is nice to see him rewarded for a job well done. The current points leader for this class, David “Cherokee” Azure of Great Falls ran hard for a second place finish, while another local driver, Pacer Popham was hungry to move to the front of the pack from his seventh place starting position would settle for a third place finish.

In the ever so fast alcohol fueled Wissota sanctioned Modified class, Joey was to set the stage for a fantastic night for the Price family racing team with his first feature win since moving this year from the Street Stock division. He put on a great display of clean competitive racing as he pulled to the lead position and led the entire race to drive his grandfathers racing machine, which is wheeled generally by his father, John Price, in victory lane. Did I say this was a family affair or what; three generations embracing the spirit of the sport of racing, weaving each generation to a level of closeness that can only be described as admirable. Russ Wolfe of Great Falls gave Price a run for his money but settled for the second place finish, while the current points leader for this class, local Mark Wermling rounded out the top three.

Rounding out the night of racing action was our local Not So Pure Stock class with another of Price family racing team members Michael Price of Great Falls driving the wheels off “Lightning McQueen” to claim his victory. Brice Miesmer of Great Falls landed the second place finish with Jason Driear of Boulder coming from an astounding eighteenth starting position to claim the third place finish.

We at the Electric City Speedway thank everyone who came out and invite everyone out to our next scheduled event, the Derek Dowson memorial race, where we will be featuring our local Not So Pure Stock class, the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, Modified and the “ground pounding” Late Model classes. We look forward to seeing you there.

Racing at Electric City Speedway

August 4th, 2008

We started the show with our local Not So Pure Stock class. For the second of two consecutive races in seven years, the Randall/Falkenhagen team brought the “117 Randall machine” driven by local Taylor Falkenhagen to the winners circle. Josh Aho also of Great Falls came from a sixth place starting position and landed the second place finish, with our current points leader local Michael Price bringing “Lightning McQueen” all the way from an amazing number twelve starting position to a third place finish.

Next to take the stage was our Wissota sanctioned Street Stock class with the first of two clean sweep victories to be claimed by our current points leader, Beau Brown of Deer Lodge with a win in his qualifying and feature events. Beau is a true sportsman, traveling all over the state of Montana looking for a racetrack; from his home town of Deer Lodge to the Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, where he earned the title of track champ for the 2007 season for the Street Stock class, and traveling here to the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls where he is running down the dream of holding the title of the 2008 seasons track champ for the Street Stock class with the pedal to the floor. He also races in Billings at the Billings Motor Sport Park. Coming in to claim the second place honors was Marvin Gonzalez of Black Eagle with another of Deer Lodges’ drivers Nick Hunter rounding out the top three.

After several drivers pulled to the front to lead the feature event, the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class was to see the second of two to clean sweep the competition with the current points leader for this class, local David “Cherokee” Azure behind the wheel. Local Pacer Popham was hot on his bumper and settled for the second place finish, with Chuck Fleming also of Great Falls, to finish out the top three.

The Wissota sanctioned Modified class finished the night of slated action with
another current points leader, Mark Wermling of Great Falls, coming from a seventh place start to claim the victory. Local Jack “Hacksaw” Norris “wheeled” his car for all that she would give to claim the second place, while local driver Dave Freeman came from an eighth place starting position and nabbed the third place finish.

As always, we at the Electric City Speedway would like to thank everyone who came out and invite everybody to come out this Saturday night, August 2nd, where we have the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, and Modified classes, as well as our local Not So Pure Stock class scheduled to take the stage. Gates open at 6:00p.m. with racing to begin at 7:30p.m. Hope to see you there.

Electric News From Electric City

July 19th, 2008

We started the night with our local Not So Pure Stock class shattering for one
family a seven year dry spell. The Randall family is one of the things that comes to the forefront of all of our minds, and an inspiration to many, at the Electric City Speedway. They have been pillars of the racing community since the 1950′s and neither father or son “wheel” their car. They do however build and own the “117 Randall machine” and their car is on the track, week after week. They put local youngster Taylor Falkenhagen in the seat this year, which has been occupied by some of the most respected names that have taken to the track, and he brought her to the winners circle. The Randall/Falkenhagen team would take this bit of good luck, as it is a huge factor on any given night of racing action, while another of Great Falls drivers Keith Laverdure would lead almost this entire race, only to have his transmission go in the final lap of the feature and settle for the second place finish. Local Brian Chaon came from a tenth place start to round out the top three.

In the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock class, Beau Brown of Deer Lodge, who is the current points leader for this class, came from an eighth place starting position and claimed the first of two clean sweep victories of the night with a win his qualifying and feature events. Local Brad Norris was not about to make this an easy task as the two dueled throughout the entire race, leaving us all to question to the end who was going to claim the win, and after an intense battle, Brad would settle for the second place finish. Marvin Gonzalez of Black Eagle finished third.

Ryan Wells of Hingham was the victor for the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class. Coming from an eighth place start, he would patiently await his opportunity to edge out his competition to the front of the field to display why he is the 2007 Regional and State champion and was thirteenth in the Nation for the year. He respectively holds the third place position in the point standings at the speedway thus far this year. Local Curt Popham took the second place finish while another of Great Falls drivers, Casey Steffenson coming from a twelve place start climbed his way forward and landed the third place finish.

Finishing our slated action were the Wissota sanctioned Modified class. In the
second of two to post a clean sweep victory in both qualifying and the feature
events was local and current points leader for this class, Mark Wermling. Jody Kropp of Great Falls coming from an eighth place staring position claimed the second place honors with local driver, Dave Freeman hot on his tail to claim the third place finish.

We at the Electric City Speedway thank everyone who came out and invite every one to come out on Thursday this week, July 17th, where the DART Late Model series is guaranteed to keep you pinned to the edge of your seat with a report of at least thirty Late Models coming to the track for the first of four days of racing around Montana! They are going to take center stage with another of the fastest alcohol fueled machines, the Wissota sanctioned Modified class, that Wissota offers up. This is definitely one race you won’t want to miss. To obtain more information about the speedway, go to www.electriccityspeedway.com or call the hotline at 727-4884. Gates open at 6p.m. with racing to begin at 7:30p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

Electric City Speedway

June 28th, 2008

On this particular night, we celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the racetrack. We ran all five classes in honor of some of the finest entertainment on a Saturday evening, and occasionally a Friday evening, that Great Falls has to offer.

Slated to run first was the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class. Ryan Well
of Hingham, the current points leader for this class, came from a sixth place
starting position pulling out in front to take the first place win. It is
always a treat to have him visit our track here in Great Falls as he shows a
tremendous amount of sportsmanship and always has a smile on his face.win,
loose or draw. Local driver Casey Steffenson had just moved up to this faster
class but was driving as though he were a veteran of the class. He started in
the fifth place position and waited for his opportunity to challenge the
drivers in front of him to claim a second place finish. Local Pacer Popham
never disappoints when he pulls onto the track in either of his two racing
machines. Amazingly, Pacer started in the fourteenth position only to claw
forward to run with the front-runners and land a third place finish.

Impressive!

In the local Not So Pure Stock class, it was again Michael “Lightning Mc
Queen” Price, who is also the points leader for this class, and ran the first
of two clean sweeps of the night from qualify to finish. He came from an
eighth place start to wheel his ‘Lightning Mc Queen” car to the winners
circle. Local Taylor Falkenhagen, driving the “Reid Randall” machine, worked
his wheels off for a second place finish, with Kenneth Hunter of Deer Lodge to
finish out the top three.

It was now time for the Wissota sanctioned Late Model class. As has been
mentioned in previous articles, this class is really one to watch; as they are
the fastest Wissota sanctioned alcohol fueled class. The speed coupled with
such great accuracy.on slippery mud, is astounding! Coming in to again claim
the bragging rights over his brother, who also races in this class, was native
Marty Harvie, who led his race and drove himself directly to the winner
circle. But not without a bit of pressure from fellow driver and a very tough
contender local Jim “Zoom Zoom” Zaremski hot on his tail. Jim would settle
for the second place finish, with Rory Minster rounding out the top three.
In the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock class, Adam Burrows of Belgrade pulled
out front until he got the checkered flag in his hand to run his victory lap.

Adam is the second of two to clean sweep from qualify to finish on this
night. No easy task. He is a great sportsman and a tough contender and we
appreciate that he makes the travels to come out and put on a show for us.

Most of this race was between the second and third positions with Nick
Hunter, of Deer Lodge, taking over the second place finish. Meanwhile,
concluding the top three was local Brad Norris to settle for the third place
finish following an intense battle of will and twisted metal.
Concluding our night of racing was the Wissota sanctioned Modified class.

Local driver Dave Freeman coming from a fifth place start, is a very patient
driver and his patience paid off as he pulled to the front. Local Jody Kropp,
coming from the Late Model class, jumps into the seat of his Modified to run
right on Freemans’ bumper, but just could not pull in front of him and from an
eighth place starting position landed the second place finish. Mark Wermling
also of Great Falls put up a good fight and from a seventh place start took
the third place honors.

We at the speedway would like to thank all who came out. We would also like
to invite you to our next race, which is a two day event with the CAN/AM
Sprint car tour taking center stage. In addition, we will be featuring on
Friday the local Not So Pure Stock, and the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock
and Super Stock classes. Saturday, the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super
Stock, and Modified classes will share the stage with the CAN/AM Sprint tour.

Please visit our website at www.electriccityspeedway.com for pricing
information. We look forward to seeing you there this Friday and Saturday
nights!

Saturday June 14th is Electric!

June 22nd, 2008

It was the Wissota Sanctioned Street Stock class to start the night. The current points leader of this class, Beau Brown from Deer Lodge came to town to clean sweep the night with a win in his qualifying and feature races. Marvin Gonzalez of Black Eagle was to take the second place finish from a sixth place starting position, while Brad Norris of Great Falls, currently second in the point standing, came from an eleventh place start, biding his time, climbed through the pack to take the thirdplace finish.

In the Wissota sanctioned Modified class, with a seventh place starting position, it was obvious that local Jody Kropp had only one thing on his mind.winning. Jody’s win was only the beginning of what would be the end of a memorable Fathers Day racing event. Unbeknownst to him, his son was going meet him in the winners circle, as he was randomly selected to present the trophy to the winner of this feature event! Coming in the for the second place finish was Gary Hill of Black Eagle, while Chad Johnson of Great Falls drove his heart out and claimed his stake to the third place finish.

Next up was our local Not So Pure Stock class, bringing with them “nail biting”
action, as local driver Ginnie Saksa drove her car along the concrete barrier on the front stretch, rolling completely over on her “lid”. All awaited in anticipation for the emergency crews to free her from her car to toss a hand to the crowd letting them know that she was alright. In addition to our feature events, the speedway included to their agenda the Pit Man race, where the people that typically work on the car take the drivers seat. To everyone’s amazement, her car made it to the line up, AFTER this very unfortunate incident. However it was our current points leader coming from an eighth place start, driving the “Lightning McQueen” car, Michael Price of Great Falls to claim the victory for this feature event. Alex Wermling also of Great Falls landed the second place finish with local Keith Laverdure rounding out the top three.

In the final feature event, it was the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class. There is a record number of cars in this class and they are really one to watch this year. With some stiff competition, Sharid Lee of Great Falls pulled out in front to take the win in this feature event. John Lighthizer of Cut Bank came from an eighth place starting position to take over the second place finish, while local and former Street Stock champ Casey Steffenson, displaying his impeccable ability to “wheel” these that are the fastest on gasoline run motors at the track, drove his car for all that she was worth for a third place finish.

We at the Electric City Speedway to all who came out and invite everyone out for our next event on June 21st for our 55th Anniversary where slated to run are the local Not So Pure Stock class, and Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, Modified and Late Model classes. We look forward to seeing you there.

Electric City Highlights

June 8th, 2008

Kicking off the night was our local Not So Pure stock class. It was local Carl
Sangrey to come out and take the win for both his qualifying and feature races. But it was not an easy task as he had the current points leader Michael Price, also of Great Falls, on his bumper putting on a little additional pressure to come in for the second place finish. Robert Feller, of Great Falls, rounded out the top three.

Next up were the Wissota sanctioned Late Model class to take the stage. This alcohol fueled class is so fast that if you don’t pay close attention there is a good chance you may miss something! These cars are driven into the corners at approximately eighty miles per hour in the ever so slippery mud, and with the kind of precision that these drivers display, it is an incredible sight to witness. In this class, we are also fortunate enough to see two brothers battle it out on the track, locals Marty and Ron Harvie. On this particular night it was Marty Harvie putting on a wonderful show for the spectators who was to take home the bragging rights. Pacer Popham wasn’t about to make it easy for him as he challenged for the trophy but came out with a second place finish. The current points leader, and always a tough contender was local Jim “Zoom Zoom” Zaremski, who was right in the mix coming from an eighth place starting position to take third.

In our Wissota sanctioned Modified class, we had some “edge of your seat”
excitement. The current point leader for this class, local Mark Wermling, came out to clean sweep the night with a win in the qualifying and in the feature races. One might think that with as many wins as this guy has under his belt that his mantle would be lined with trophies, as I’m sure it is. But these days, he is quite interested in getting the youth involved and hands his trophies over to the kids at the track. A great display of the dedication that the drivers feel about getting the next generation involved in the sport of racing. Leading most of this feature event was Jack “Hacksaw” Norris, also of Great Falls, who always shows a tremendous amount of good sportsmanship, takes the second place finish with local Jody Kropp, another very tough contender, to take the third place finish.

To round out the night, it was our Wissota sanctioned Street Stock class. Coming from Deer Lodge it was Nick Hunter, starting from a seventh place position and climbing his way through the pack to claim the win. It was a good night for the boys from Deer Lodge. The current points leader for this class, Beau Brown also of Deer Lodge, after being pushed completely off the track into the “black hole” during his qualifying race, surprised us all when he started the feature in the eighth position. He then started picking cars off one by one to earn the second place finish. Mike Anderson, of Havre, ran with the leaders to claim third.

As always, we at the Electric City Speedway, would like to thank all of you who came out and to invite everyone back on Saturday, June 7th, where we will be again be featuring the our local Not So Pure Stock class, and our Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Modified, and Late Model classes.

CAM/AM Sprint Car Challenge

May 25th, 2008

We featured four classes both nights, with the CAM/AM Sprint Car Challenge coming in for the first of three scheduled two night events here in Great Falls, an exciting, nail biting attraction, as always.

Our first night of racing, we started with our Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class. Ryan Wells, of Hingham, started in the eighth position, climbing ever so patiently to claim his first place finish, showing us all why he is the early points leader this season. Coming in to land the second place finish was Sharid Lee, of Great Falls, while Pat Lemere, also of Great Falls, rounded out the top three.

Next up was our feature attraction. The CAN/AM Sprint challenge was underway, with Jason Sowald, traveling in from Bellingham, WA., to take home one of our Montana trophies. Brent Kronfuss, of Belgrade, is no stranger to Electric City Speedway, and is always a pleasure to watch. He came from the tenth place start to claim the second place finish. Joe Ramaker, of Boise, ID., came from the sixth place start to take the third place finish.

In our Wissota sanctioned Modified class, Mark Wermling, of Great Falls, also the point leader for this class, started in sixth, and drove his way to a first place finish. Clawing his way through the pack from a tenth place start, is the very talented and seasoned driver, local Jody Kropp, to earn the second place finish. His friend and rival, Jim Zaremski, also of Great Falls, came from the eighth place start to land the third place finish.

In our Not So Pure Stock class, there were many changes in position, but it was Josh Aho, of Great Falls, holding most of the race to claim the trophy. Local Taylor Falkenhagen, always a great sport and a tough contender, took the second place finish. Followed by another of our early point leaders, starting in the ninth place, was local Michael Price to finish third.

In our second night of racing excitement, we again kicked off the night with Our Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class. Coming from the eighth position was John Lighhizer, of Cut Bank, working his way to the front of the pack to claim the win. In the seventh place starting position was Pat Lamere, of Great Falls, to gain the second place finish, followed by local Sharid Lee to finish third.

Following was our second of a two night showing of the CAN/AM challenge, with Jason Sowald, a man of so many words, traveling in from Bellingham, WA., to clean sweep the week end and take the second of two trophies home. “Smokin” Joe Ramaker of Boise, ID., came from the seventh place start to close in on a second place finish. With Brock Lemly, of Denning,WA., after completely rebuilding his car from his unfortunate rollover the night before, came out to awe us all as he worked his way up from the eighth position to finish third.

It was anybody’s race in the Wissota sanctioned Modified race. However, it was local Dave Freeman to pull out front and take the first place finish. Not without a little heat from local Jody Kropp, who took the second place finish. Chad Johnson, of Great Falls, put up a good fight for third.

As was the case for previous night, there were several changes in position in the Wissota Street Stock class. Marvin Gonzalez, of Black Eagle, came from the sixth place start to claim the trophy. Coming in behind him, Beau Brown, of Deer Lodge, never gave up, and his persistence landed him the second place finish. Local Brad Norris drove his heart out and settled for the third place finish.

We, at the Electric City Speedway, would like to thank all of you who came out, and would like to invite everyone to come out next Saturday, May 24th, where we will be featuring Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, Modified, and our local Not So Pure Stock classes.

Gates open at 6:00p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30p.m.

CAM/AM Sprint Car Challenge

May 25th, 2008

Our first night of racing, we started with our Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class. Ryan Wells, of Hingham, started in the eighth position, climbing ever so patiently to claim his first place finish, showing us all why he is the early points leader this season. Coming in to land the second place finish was Sharid Lee, of Great Falls, while Pat Lemere, also of Great Falls, rounded out the top three.

Next up was our feature attraction. The CAN/AM Sprint challenge was underway, with Jason Sowald, traveling in from Bellingham, WA., to take home one of our Montana trophies. Brent Kronfuss, of Belgrade, is no stranger to Electric City Speedway, and is always a pleasure to watch. He came from the tenth place start to claim the second place finish. Joe Ramaker, of Boise, ID., came from the sixth place start to take the third place finish.

In our Wissota sanctioned Modified class, Mark Wermling, of Great Falls, also the point leader for this class, started in sixth, and drove his way to a first place finish. Clawing his way through the pack from a tenth place start, is the very talented and seasoned driver, local Jody Kropp, to earn the second place finish. His friend and rival, Jim Zaremski, also of Great Falls, came from the eighth place start to land the third place finish.

In our Not So Pure Stock class, there were many changes in position, but it was Josh Aho, of Great Falls, holding most of the race to claim the trophy. Local Taylor Falkenhagen, always a great sport and a tough contender, took the second place finish. Followed by another of our early point leaders, starting in the ninth place, was local Michael Price to finish third.

In our second night of racing excitement, we again kicked off the night with Our Wissota sanctioned Super Stock class. Coming from the eighth position was John Lighhizer, of Cut Bank, working his way to the front of the pack to claim the win. In the seventh place starting position was Pat Lamere, of Great Falls, to gain the second place finish, followed by local Sharid Lee to finish third.

Following was our second of a two night showing of the CAN/AM challenge, with Jason Sowald, a man of so many words, traveling in from Bellingham, WA., to clean sweep the week end and take the second of two trophies home. “Smokin” Joe Ramaker of Boise, ID., came from the seventh place start to close in on a second place finish. With Brock Lemly, of Denning,WA., after completely rebuilding his car from his unfortunate rollover the night before, came out to awe us all as he worked his way up from the eighth position to finish third.

It was anybody’s race in the Wissota sanctioned Modified race. However, it was local Dave Freeman to pull out front and take the first place finish. Not without a little heat from local Jody Kropp, who took the second place finish. Chad Johnson, of Great Falls, put up a good fight for third.

As was the case for previous night, there were several changes in position in the Wissota Street Stock class. Marvin Gonzalez, of Black Eagle, came from the sixth place start to claim the trophy. Coming in behind him, Beau Brown, of Deer Lodge, never gave up, and his persistence landed him the second place finish. Local Brad Norris drove his heart out and settled for the third place finish.

We, at the Electric City Speedway, would like to thank all of you who came out, and would like to invite everyone to come out next Saturday, May 24th, where we will be featuring Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, Modified, and our local Not So Pure Stock classes.

Gates open at 6:00p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30p.m.

Rutz scores AST/BSST victory at Great Falls

September 7th, 2007

Just over two years later, Rutz made his second visit to the Montana clay
oval a more memorable one on Saturday night, and in a good way. He won this
time.

The 19-year-old Rutz of Langley, Brit. Col. took the lead from Billings driver Phil Dietz early and would win the 25-lap Can-Am Border Battle winged 360 sprint car event between the host Big Sky Sprint Tour and the visiting
Alberta Sprint Tour. Rutz, who earned $1,000 for the win, won previously
with the AST and the old Northern Sprint Tour, but his first win at Electric
City Speedway was also his first with the Big Sky Sprint Tour.

Unfortunately for Rutz, his father Doug wasn’t around to see it, being
unable to attend. It was the first time ever, as far as Rutz could remember,
that his father was not with him at any of his races since he five-year-old
and racing go-karts.

“Fifteen years, and never had my dad not been around,” Rutz said. “It’s nice
to win it, but still.”

As a result of his second place finish in the Cash Dash race, Rutz started
alongside Boise, Idaho’s Joe Ramaker on the front row. Ramaker took the lead
on the initial start ahead of Dietz and Rutz, but slid back to third on the
second lap. Dietz held the top spot for about four laps until Rutz
challenged, taking the lead on the high side exiting turn four. Rutz then
had to withstand challenges by Dietz and Brent Kronfuss to secure the
victory.

Rutz, who won July’s Gold Cup Race of Champions in Edmonton aboard his
father’s car, won for the second time in Richard Saumure’s No. 39c
Shark-powered Triple X entry. All three victories, including Saturday’s
co-sanctioned event with the BSST, have been with the AST.

“I’m having a lot of fun, had a nice run. I just want to say thanks to
Richard,” Rutz said. “I’m happy to win this for Richard and keep his car
owner lead in the AST going. I heard they had a one groove track, follow the
leader type thing here, but it was great tonight. I really like this place.”

As the bottom dried out during the B-Main and support class feature races,
the top groove of the 3/10-mile, high-banked clay oval came into play in the
A-Main. Rutz and others sailed around the top of the track in the turns
while others were still using the bottom, making the track a competitive
one.

About halfway through the feature, Dietz challenged Rutz for the lead. Rutz
and the BSST point leader diced for about two laps before Rutz again
established himself as the leader. Rutz found himself in traffic a number of
times, but said he never felt bothered by it.

“I feel really comfortable in traffic,” Rutz said. “I actually feel like I’m
at an advantage.”

Bozeman, Mont. driver Brent Kronfuss, who leads the BSST in victories this
season with six, passed Dietz for second in the latter half of the event and
closed in on Rutz in the closing laps, also using the high groove. Kronfuss,
however, couldn’t attempt to make a move.

“I think we were faster than Rutz on the long run, but ultimately he put it
to work when it counted. I’m just happy to finish where we finished,” said
Kronfuss, who won the May 19 AST/BSST event at Electric City Speedway. The
fifth and final yellow flag of the event came with only three laps
remaining. It was on restarts where Rutz was strongest. The initial start of
the event was what hurt Kronfuss the most, as he slid back from his fourth
starting position and had to work his way back up.

“The car was good. We started fourth, but we had a bad start and moved
backwards,” said Kronfuss, who settled for second aboard the Attack
Motorsports No. 9k USA-Triple X entry.

Ramaker, who drove Saumure’s car late last year and earlier this year,
started fifth on the final restart but picked off both Dietz and defending
AST champion Tim Gee of LeDuc, Alberta to take third at the finish in his
own No. 98 Ostrich-powered J&J after racing hard with the other two drivers
and Bill Boyce all race long.

“The track was pretty good, two lanes. The top went out a bit at the end, so
the fast way was around the bottom. Fortunately, no one was using it and I
was able to pass two cars at the end,” said Ramaker, who won the May 18
event in Great Falls before being bested by Kronfuss the next night.

“I was set up too tight,” said Ramaker, who leads the AST point standings.
“We were fastest at the end, but we were too tight earlier.”

Dietz, who carried a slim six-point lead in the BSST into the event,
finished fourth in his own No. 72 RFast-powered Rocket. Gee, who calls
LeDuc, Alberta home and is second in the AST points, finished fifth in his
own No. 41 Shark-powered Triple X after breifly running as high as third.

Bill Boyce, out of Lethbridge, Alberta, finished sixth in his own No. 1
White-powered Eagle. Helena, Mont.’s Trevor Kirkland in his No. 37 Triple X
and LeDuc’s Rocky Borys in the Tim Gee No. 4q Maxim followed. Danielle
Huson, the 17-year-old rookie out of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., drove her father
Marc’s No. 73 Shark-powered Rocket to ninth in her first time racing on any
Montana track. Jeremy McCune of Billings rounded out the top ten in his own
No. 0J Triple X. Paxton Lambrecht, the defending BSST champion out of
Shephard, Mont., finished 14th.

Kyle Bates of Lethbridge scored a surprising victory in the 12-lap B-Main
when he held off the superior 360 sprint cars with his sportsman motor.
Bates, who usually drives with the MDM Sportsman Tour in Alberta, hugged the
bottom of the track during the entire event and earned a transfer position
to the A-Main, being followed by McCune, Calvin Stumpf and David Hoiness.
Bates finished 19th in the A-Main.

Ramaker’s win the eight-lap Cash Dash was won over Rutz, Dietz, Kronfuss,
Borys, Gee, Kirkland and Boyce. The drivers earned their spots in the dash
by virtue of points accumulated, both finishing and by making passes, during
heat race action. Eight more cars were locked into the A-Main by the same
method, while the remaining cars went to the B-Main.

Kronfuss scored the win in the first heat while Kirkland took the checkers
in the second heat for the BSST and Borys won the third heat Ramaker took
the checkered flag in the fourth and final heat race for the AST.

Twenty-seven drivers took part in Saturday’s event, respresenting Montana,
Alberta, British Columbia, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. The AST had a
strong showing on Saturday, as about ten drivers, either with the AST or
having strong ties to the AST, were on hand and all made the A-Main.

The drivers of the Alberta Sprint Tour and Big Sky Sprint Tour will go at it
again tonight in the final night of the Can-Am Border Battle at Electric
City Speedway. Ramaker for the AST and Kronfuss for the BSST split the May
weekend, while Rutz’s victory on Saturday gives the AST a 2-1 advantage in
head-to-head encounters in Great Falls this season. The drivers of the BSST
will look even things up on Sunday.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets for
spectators ages 13 and older are $14. Kids between six and 12 years of age
get in for $6. Kids younger than six and senior citizens older than 70 are
in for free.

Electric City Speedway News

August 18th, 2007

This race is for those people in the community who help support the drivers throughout the racing season. It was definitely the race that caught the attention, and breath, of all who witnessed the #39, owned by local Kody Harvie, fly through the air, only to land in the pit area on top of a fellow driver, Rock Degele of Glasgow, truck and trailer. There were no injuries in this mishap, unless you talk to Degele regarding his equipment. But knowing him, the way we all in the racing community know him, he’d likely respond, “Ah heck.it’s all a part of racing”. Degele is well known across the western United States for his ability to “wheel a car”, as he races in three of the six Wissota sanctioned classes.

However it wasn’t all hard luck for Degele last Saturday . In the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock feature event, it was Rock Degele bringing his car from the eighth place start, straight to the winners circle. With Ryan Wells of Hingham, starting in the seventh position, on his tail the entire race, this was no easy task. But, as it often does, experience won out. Wells went home with a second place finish. David “Cherokee” Azure of Great Falls rounded out the top three.

In the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock feature race, it was local Casey Steffenson all the way. Steffenson is the points leader of this class. In addition, he was the only contender of the night to clean sweep the competition from qualify to finish. Mike Anderson of Havre came in second place. Brad Norris of Great Falls, taking the third place finish. Norris has finished in the top three in the last four races he has driven here.

In the Wissota sanctioned Modified feature race, it was anybody’s race. Almost right up to the end, when Jody Kropp of Great Falls, starting in the sixth position, finally pulled out front. His competitors knew that they had been beat. Gary Hill of Black Eagle took the second place finish, while Rock Degele settled for third.

In the local Not So Pure Stock feature event, Chris Miesmer of Black Eagle, starting in the sixth position. He waited patiently, then moved his way up the field to claim his trophy. Dustin Moore of Great Falls, also coming from the middle of the pack, staked his claim to the second place finish. While local birthday boy, Taylor Falkenhagen, coming all the way from the fifteenth start to take the third place finish. Not bad kid!!!

As always, from the Electric City Speedway, we thank all that were in attendance and invite you out for racing at a special time on Saturday, August 18th . At the Dowson Memorial race, gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with racing to commence at a special time, 7:00 p.m. We invite everyone to come on down to the pit area immediately following the races, where the live band, Triple X, will be rocking the track, celebrating the life of Derek Dowson. We look forward to seeing you there.

Second Generation Racer Wins Third Insider Drawing

August 9th, 2007

Anderson spent last winter building his own car with the help of his wife Pat, and the two of them are having the time of their lives racing all over Montana. They consider Electric City Speedway their home track because it is “only” a 120 mile haul, but they’ve also competed at tracks in Belgrade and Billings. Anderson’s Street Stock is sponsored by Oil City Saloon, Havre Brake and Muffler, Beaver Creek Designs and the Starlit Motel but adds that he is always looking for more sponsorship money to help offset the high costs of traveling.

The County Commissioner and retired fireman currently sits in fourth place in the Street Stock class at Electric City, but after a bit of rough luck last weekend – he bent the rear axle housing – he was very happy to receive the $100 Speednet Direct Championship Insider gift card.

Anderson won a drawing held at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, MN on July 28th as part of Speednet Direct’s summer promotion for their Championship Insider membership program.

Championship Insiders get behind-the-scenes access to the point battles for WISSOTA and DTRA national, state and rookie championships as well as a chance to win a limited-edition $100 gift card at select events through September 1st.
Everyone who signs up for Speednet Direct Championship Insider membership in 2007 is eligible to win. Championship Insiders have access to detailed statistics for WISSOTA and DTRA National and State point championships as well as driver stats for nearly 200 tracks and series that use the Speednet Race Management software.

Fans and drivers can sign up to be a Championship Insider and get insider access through the end of the year for only $19.95 by going to www.speednetdirect.com and clicking on the Championship Insider link. “Everyone who signs up or renews their membership for this year will be included in the prize drawings,” said company president Kevin Spiddle, who added “the sooner you sign up the better your chances of winning.”

There are still five drawings left this year, so fans and drivers are encouraged to sign up quickly to better their chances of winning. The next drawing will be held on August 10 at Tri-Oval Speedway in Fountain City, WI.

NAPA-MDA at Electric City

July 28th, 2007

In our Wissota sanctioned Modified feature race, local and incredibly talented Jody Kropp brought home yet another trophy. Kropp also races in the Late Model class and has shown that he can successfully drive just about anything with four wheels. Mark Wermling, also of Great Falls, came from the eighth place start, making his way through the pack to land the second place finish. And, like Kropp, Rock Degele of Glasgow, also driving in the Late Model division, rounded out the top three.

With the NAPA-MDA Late Model tour came several out of state drivers and their
families. We would first like to thank each and every one of them for making the travels and would extend an invitation for you all to come back anytime!

The Late Model feature was riveting! They brought with them some of the top Late Model drivers in the Western United States. Starting on the outside pole position, John Bey, of Deadwood, SD, pulled out front and drove his car for all that it was worth to take his car to the winners circle. Mike Stadel, of Rapid City, SD, had to work a little harder to land his finishing position. He started in the eighth place, only to claw his way up to the front of the field to land the second place finish. Chris Johnson, of Spearfish, SD, started on the pole and stayed with the leaders throughout the race, and landed the third place finish.

Because this was a fund raiser event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, we are happy to report that our fans and supporters raised nearly $2,000.00 for MDA.

We at the Electric City Speedway would like to thank all that were in attendance and would like to invite you back on Saturday, July 28th. We will be featuring the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, and Modified classes, as well as our local Not So Pure Stock class. The gates will open at 6:00p.m., with racing to begin at 7:30p.me. We look forward to seeing you there.

Great Racing from Electric City

July 18th, 2007

The new track conditions made for some unpredictable racing. There were many changes in positions in all of the classes. In our Wissota sanctioned Street Stock class, local Troy Weninger looked like he might win this feature race, as he lead most of the race, but as luck would have it, he ended up in the “slop” and gave the lead and the win to Mike Pistelak, also of Great Falls. Local driver, Brad Norris, started in the eighth position, and waited for his opportunity to move up, one spot at a time, and his patience landed him the second place finish. Weninger finished third.

In a very competitive Wissota sanctioned Super Stock feature race, it was anybody’s race. Several of the drivers took the opportunity to pull out front and lead, but the question was who was going to hold onto the position across the finish line. It turned out to be one of our local drivers, birthday boy, Patrick Lemere to take home the trophy. But not without a fight, as Ryan Wells, of Hingham, came in a close second, with Sharid Lee, also of Great Falls, following in third.

Our Wissota sanctioned Modified feature was the only class to see a clean sweep from qualifying to finish. This accomplishment was achieved by another one of our local drivers, the very talented and seasoned racer, Dave Freeman. Freeman started the feature in the seventh position and climbed his way to the front of the pack to take the win. He sets a strong precedence of clean and competitive racing, as well as a strong sense of sportsmanship, and it is nice to see him be rewarded for a job well done. Paul Donnelly, also of Great Falls, finished in second, and local Jim Zaremski, coming from the ninth place start, rounded out the top three.

In our local Not So Pure Stock class, it was Josh Aho, of Black Eagle, leading the pack across the finish line. Kody Harvie, of Great Falls, starting in the tenth position, made his way through field to claim the second place finish, with local Robert Feller following in third.

We, here at the Electric City Speedway, always have a good time, and like to add different things to the venue whenever possible. During intermission on this particular night, we invited a remote control truck club to put on a ten lap race on the front stretch. We raced four remote control trucks, being operated by Vic Vickster, Bret Nash, Carl Halcrow, and Fred Burrow. If you are interested in introducing your motor sport at the speedway, go to our website at www.electriccityspeedway.com.

We will be back racing at the speedway on Thursday this week, July 19th. The
NAPA-MDA Late Model tour is coming through and will be sharing the stage with our Wissota Sanctioned Modified class. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30 p.m. Two of our fastest classes. SURE TO STOP
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New Dirt, New Banking and Hot Racing

July 12th, 2007

Next up the Wissota Mods tried out the new track. Throw out your set ups sheets boys, it is a new day in Great Falls. The always fast Dave Freeman smoked the field in the first heat. Heat two saw Jim Zaremski on the pole with Mark Wermling on the outside. The Outlaw (Wermling) was on a terror with Chad Johnson and Rock Degele hot on the trail. It does not matter the track conditions, Mark Wermling will be a contender or most likely a winner. Heat three put Darryn Waldo on the pole with Jody Kropp and Paul Donnelly in chase mode. The chase did not last long for Jody who rocketed to the front with Darryn and Paul now side by side.

Now the Late Models took the field under the watchful eyes of flaggers Matt Mann & Jerry Hill. Lots of drivers doing double duty this year with Jody Kropp, Jim Zaremski, Darryn Waldo and Rock Degele all hopping from Mods to Late Models. We enjoyed our visiting Canadians in the Wissota Late Model division too. Dave Smith and Brad Cameron making the 600 mile tow from Edmonton, Alberta. The first heat was all Jody Kropp with Pacer Popham taking the win in the 2nd heat of lates.

Pure stocks on probation this week due to too many restarts started the feature
event single file and what do you know, they actually raced without a restart until debris caused a caution. Lightning McQueen (Mike Price) lead field for a long time until Josh Aho took over. Luckiest driver in this race was probably Dustin Moore who’s car was smoking. Story was that he ended the race with no oil left in the motor. But he did take solid control of the season points race with a second place finish. Aho fell out due to a flat tire and Chris Miesmer stepped up for the win.

Streetstock started off great unless your name was Adam Burrows. The motor lew as Adam was entering turn one on lap two with most of the field still tight on his heals. He took a pretty hard hit from behind which helped him make it to the pits on his own. Racing continued as DJ Amundson moved through the field to take second. And then running alone in turn 4 he spun and tagged Troy Wenninger who spun and was hit head on by Lonnie Moore. They were both out for the night and DJ continued. Matt Smith ran a great race but just came up short finishing 7th in the end.

The now dry track saw Paul Donnelly take an early lead in the Mods but it was a wild start with at least six restarts needed just to get them going. Finally taking a page from the Purestock, the Mods started single file and then they really had a race. Jody Kropp took it to the high line and made it work. The new dirt and different banking was a real challenge for the drivers.

On the pole for the Late Models was Rich Herman. Pacer Popham, on a mission since only racing one lap in the 2006 season moved to the lead on lap two. Jody Kropp also with a mission in mind to win both the mods and latemodels went to the high line again to take over with about 10 to go. But a broken axel ended that plan and Pacer was not to be denied. Taking the win in just his 4th complete late model event his rookie status is still intact. Last Lap Rock made an attempt but came up about 12′ short.

Fourth of July, Fireball Special in Great Falls, Montana

July 11th, 2007

The Rockstar Juiced Not so Pure stocks followed with Amanda Sandvig #3m, from Great Falls, MT spinning on the start. Robert Feller Great Falls, MT #8 made a pass for the lead as Wes Aho #23 lost control in turn four bringing out the yellow. Feller started back in 2nd place behind Dave Miller, Great Falls, MT #82 and made the pass again to take the win. Brice Meismer Great Falls, MT #18 drove away from the field in his brother’s car. The third heat had Dustin Moore Great Falls, MT #88 on the front row and he never looked back. Young driver Brian Shaon Great Falls, MT #22 made it tough for the drivers to get by in only his second weekend ever in a racecar.

Budweiser Modifieds were next up and Joey Price, Great Falls, MT #37 was chased down by his mentor Gary Hill Black Eagle, MT #30 Price would eventually fall to Third as veteran Darryn Waldo from Billings, MT #2 made a good showing for his first time here this year. Vernon Hill, Black Eagle, MT #1x started out front in the next heat and Mark Wermling, Great Falls, MT #9 would take advantage of Hill’s blown corner to move away from the field.

Troy Weninger from Great Falls, MT #20 led the O’reilly Autoparts Streetstocks out for heat number one. B.J. Warehime Choteau, MT #61 made a long trip backwards through the field on the backstretch of the first lap as he struggled to hang on to his swerving car. State Champion Casey Steffenson Great Falls, MT #67 and runner up Adam Burrows Belgrade, MT #18b made their way through the field as they both caught the leader Matt Smith Bozeman, MT 7s on the last lap but could not quite pass him.

As the track got sticky and fast the Napa Late Models brought the crowd to their feet with their first heat of the night. Pacer Popham Great Falls, MT #32 and Darryn Waldo Billings, MT #2 fought side by side for a few laps but were not fast enough to catch Jody Kropp Great Falls, MT #48. Rich Herman Billings, MT #4II and Marty Harvie Great Falls, MT #49 started up front and couldn’t decide who would take the lead as Herman took the low groove and Harvie took the high groove. John Dowson Great Falls, MT #40 spun and bought the first caution of the Late models. Herman would make the pass for the lead stick on the restart and Harvie would have to settle for second place.

The Rockstar Not so Pure stocks started the fireworks early as the B-main got
underway and ended in one wreck. The #74 car of Jeremy Olsen ran into the #22 car of Brian Shaon collecting the entire field leaving only three cars running, Amanda Sandvig seemed to be on her way to the win as her steering wheel fell off coming out of the final corner and she piled into the wall. Olsen would get the win followed by 14 year old Logan Ozwald finishing second.

The Miller Light Superstocks had the first main of the night following the 2005
Monte Carlo pacecar. Degele #1 made the first turn but the outside row flew off the first turn and out to the parking lot. All cars would return with no damage. Curt Popham #13 gave Degele a run for the lead but couldn’t get by. Ryan Wells #5 would charge up on the dry slick track and made an aggressive move on the inside of Popham and was put into the tire barrier, Popham and Wells both started at the back and were both charging hard as Richard Azure #2 spun in front of the crowd amazingly every car missed his. Degele would secure the win followed by Sharid Lee and Mike Waller.

The Rockstar Juiced Not so Pure stocks sent Alex Wermling soaring as he made contact with Wes Aho in turn one of lap one and hit the dirt barrier like a ramp landing on his top. After several cautions from rookie drivers and a few veterans as well, Dustin Moore got out to an early lead and never gave it up as he got his second win in five days.

The Budweiser Modifieds followed with sparks flying as Vernon Hill rode the
frontstrech wall on the start. Rock Degele showed the bottom was not the only line as he and Maurice Myre raced side by side for nearly a quarter of the race. Degele again went to the outside of Chad Johnson and Joey Price as Dave Shanks spun and the City’s display of fireworks started in the distance. As Mark Wermling took the win and parked his car the track lights went off and the view of the city lights and fireworks grew bright.

O’Reilly Autoparts Streetstocks brought the excitement back on the track with cars side by side all across the track. Casey Steffenson showed why he is the leader in points in two tracks including Electric City Speedway as he moved through the field passing cars easily. Brad Norris tried to climb the backstretch wall and on the restart several cars got together and spun around. Steffenson took his car to the pits while leading with a broken water pump handing the lead over to Adam Burrows. Burrows went on to win in a borrowed car after loosing a motor for the third time in three races on the third of July.

The feature class of the night was next up, the Napa Late Models. Jody Kropp was off to an early lead as Rory Minster spun in turn one. Kropp followed by Rich Herman and rookie Pacer Popham lead the field around the dry slick dirt. Pacer, although a rookie in his Late Model, is a past national champion in Street Stocks and multiable state champion in Super Stocks. Pacer runs double duty in his super stock and late model ordinarily but he gave a ride to a driver out of Lodi, CA for this weekend. Jody Kropp also pulls double duty in his Modified and races Peewee Drazitch’s Late Model. Jody Kropp was leading on the third until a broken axel handed the lead over to Pacer but on the Fourth of July Jody would capture the trophy and force Popham to settle for second.

Electric City Speedway

July 4th, 2007

In the Wissota sanctioned Super Stock feature, it was local Sharid Lee to claim the win. Coming in a close second is Mike Waller of Cut Bank, with Ryan Wells of Hingham to take third.

In the Wissota sanctioned Modified feature, it was Troy Leiker, coming all the way from Gillette, Wyoming to take home the trophy. Troy is the National Wissota points leader and came out to the Electric City Speedway to show us why. He put on a splendid, clean, and fast paced race for us all. Our local driver Mark Wermling gave him a bit of challenge, and landed the second place finish. Chad Johnson of Cut Bank, always a joy to watch, came in a close third.

In our Not So Pure Stock feature, local Joey Tinker in his “grocery go-getter”
brought his station wagon to the winner circle this week. After just one half of a lap of racing, Carl’s Exxon, who comes out every week on voluntary basis, removed local Dustin Moore from the tires in the middle of the 1-2 corner. Moore was able to continue racing and landed the second place finish. Chris Miesmer, also of Great Falls, ran hard for the third position.

As always, The Big Sky Sprint Tour came in to entertain us all. Tim Gee of Leduc, AB., was having a great night. He came to the Electric City Speedway to claim the win in his heat race, the “Dash for Cash”, and in the feature event. “Smokin” Joe Ramaker of Boise, ID., started in the seventh position in the feature, only to take advantage of each opportunity to move up, and this landed himself the second place finish. Coming from Lethbridge, AB., seasoned Bill Boyce usually doesn’t make many mistakes on the track, as it shows in his racing. Boyce started fourth, and his consistency moved him up one position, to the third place finish.

We at the Electric City Speedway would like to thank all in attendance for their patronage. We would like to invite you all to come out this week, on Tuesday, July 3rd , where we will be featuring the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Modified, and the Late Model classes, as well as our local Not So Pure Stock class. And we will be racing Wednesday, July 4th. On the agenda for the 4th are the Wissota sanctioned Street Stock, Super Stock, Modified, and the Late Model classes, as well as the local Not So Pure Stock class.

The raceway is a wonderful place to celebrate your 4th of July festivities, as they do offer the best seats in the house for a spectacular view of ALL the cities firework displays. And, if by chance we are racing during the City of Great Falls firework display, we will stop the race, enjoy the show, and continue racing as soon as they finish.

The gates open at 6:00 p.m., races scheduled to commence at 7:00 p.m. We look
forward to seeing you and your families there.

Saturday Night Racing at Electric City

June 15th, 2007

As the Miller Light Super Stocks came out Ryan Wells showed off an awesome new paint scheme: all black with neon orange outlined number 5 on the side. Alan Adams from Helena also made his début for the season. Alan is the brother of Josh Adams and son of Hank, all of which are from Helena and each races regularly in Belgrade, we’re waiting on Hank to show us he remembers how to run our fast track. The first heat also brought the first disqualification as Bob Feist, also out of Helena,overshot the turn and collided with Brian Bayer, also a Helena native. After Feist parked his car for the heat Bayer Ran his best race of the season as he picked up his first win of the season. The second heat rolled out with Pacer Popham and first time out Harvey Wells on the
front row. Pacer a former National Champ in the Street Stock division
and Wells a fast young driver from Belgrade made an awe inspiring show
as they raced as hard as I’ve ever seen. Pacer wound out first and Wells
second in the heat.

Budweiser Modifieds were the next up with the Rockstar Juiced Not so Pure stocks in the on deck position. Rookie of the year hopeful, Joey Price and veteran driver Gary Hill drove as hard as their cars could handle as Joey nearly held Hill off, Gary Hill went on to win. The second heat lived up to the excitement of the first as Dave Freeman rocketed away from the pack as Jody Kropp and Chad Johnson ran side by side in a tight battle for third and fourth. Jody eventually won the battle but Freeman won the war as he flat ran away from everyone else.

The pure stocks heats were fast and exciting as several cars used the entire track including the walls to get around the racetrack.

Beau Brown started outside the third row as the sun went down on Great Falls and it didn’t take him long to pass everyone and ran away like a man possessed. Casey Steffenson starting deep in the field moved with precision picking cars of two to three at a time. As fast as Casey moved through the field Brown extended his lead on the pack. As Casey moved into second, Brown had nearly half a lap lead moving into lap traffic, his rear end broke handing the lead and win over to Steffenson.

An over anxious Brian Bayer jumped the start in the Miller Light Super Stocks. Pacer Popham and Brian Bayer came around to try it again and Pacer got the hole shot into turn one. Carmi Wells looked as if he raced here weekly and Ryan Wells, no relation, chased him down in third. Cherokee Azure used up his front bumper as he got into the back of Mike Waller. The races went fast again until Richard Azure, brother of Cherokee, had more mechanical troubles. As the race restarted Pacer, Carmi and, Ryan drove away from the pack in a three way battle for the trophy, Pacer would end up on top as Ryan Wells passed Carmi on the final corner.

The Budweiser Modifieds and Maurice Myre set the pace for the next race. Maurice a young driver from Great Falls races in a two car team with his dad Jim Myre, a long time racer. Maurice has improved more than any other driver out there as he held off track veteran, Jody Kropp. Jody and Maurice raced side by side for lap after lap and just as it looked Kropp would get the advantage a caution came out resetting him back to second. The car went away from Maurice as the tires heated up and the track started to dry a bit. Jody Kropp showed his skill as he timed the shot right and flew into first place and Maurice struggled to keep up. Kropp would go on to win saying that the track was still a little too tacky for his liking!

The Rockstar Not so Pure Stocks rounded out the field of regular drivers and started off with a bang as Josh Aho lost an axel on the start and literally was run over by a hard charging Travis Cushman. Joey Tinker started on the pole and began his race in good shape until an incident involving Michael Price, took both of them around collecting Tyler Falkenhagen taking out three of the top four cars. Price would restart at the back of the field as Falkenhagen and Tinker got third places back up front. Dustin Moore stared second and as he tried low for the lead he spun around collecting a door full of Sangrey. As the laps wound down and several lead changes occurred Tinker wound out up front again and Cushman slammed the wall sending sparks flying high into the air accenting the amazing view of the city lights. The night ended with a conclusion that everyone will be talking about next week as Dave
Flansburg and Brice Miesmer, who was driving his brothers car for the first time this season, finished so close for second and third that we had to check the video before declaring Flansburg second place.

Electric City Speedway

June 1st, 2007

As the O’ Reilly Autoparts street stock heats got underway Casey Steffenson, Adam Burrows, B.J. Warehime and, Marvin Gonzales went four wide into turn one. Everyone made it though with Seffenson and Burrows out front. Meanwhile Casey Brown picked cars off one by one as he moved up to third Steffenson and Burrows tangled and crashed in the final corner of the final lap and Casey Brown emerged on the other side with the win.

The Miller Light Superstocks rolled out next and they did not disappoint. Curt Popham, Mike Waller, Ryan Wells and, Ryan Faching raced four wide and never less than double file as they chased down Richard Azure in their heat.

The Budweiser Modifieds finished up the heats and as Mark Wermling cut a tire in turn four Jody Kropp, Joey Price and, Vernon Hill ran all over each other in turn one. Joey Price made contact and spun around on the following restart. A three car battle including Vernon Hill, Jody Kropp and Mark Wermling brought the race to and end as the make-up main events started.

Street Stocks went first and Brad Norris just flat drove away from John Price, Mike Anderson and, Casey Seffenson. John Price cut a tire in front of Steffenson and was pushed around in front of Matt Smith, Smith would continue. Brad Norris and Casey Steffenson would put on a show of McDunn Race Engines as they ran away from the pack in a two car battle. As the race wound down, Cody Baily would go up in smoke and when the smoke cleared Norris would be the winner.

The Budweiser Modifieds followed with their make-up main and the excitement
grew as Gary Hill and Chad Johnson made contact sending Johnson to the wall in turn three. Dave Freeman spun after contact with Gary Hill collecting Josh Adams and Jim Zaremski tangled up in turn one. On the restart Jody Kropp ran into the back of Joey Price and jumped up on the wall doing a short skateboard impression. Mark Wermling and Jim Myre would drive away from the pack as the race restarted again and seemed to have a good race going until Myre spun out coming on to the front straight. Mark Wermling wouldn’t look back until the race was over taking the win.

After a short intermission the Miller Light Supers would take the track. Bob Fiest was out to and early lead as Pat Lamere chased him down Sharid Lee rolled up third. The three raced hard and clean until the rest of the pack
caught up. Mike Waller, Richard Azure, Curt Popham, Emory Wells, and Ryan
Faching raced it out bringing the three car lead group in. Faching moved
into second and Popham tried to make it four wide coming out of four, causing Sharid Lee and Pat Lamere to hook bumpers. Sharid would spin and break an unknown part removing his car from the race. Faching would move to the lead in a great, competitive race and take the win.

The Miller Light Streets would run next and in an amazing race going nearly
five wide into the first corner and emerging four wide on to the back
straight. Casey Brown led as Brad Norris moved to second. Steffenson moved
through the field car by car as he showed his skills behind the wheel. Bo
Brown ran a great race as well. John Price brought out the first caution
with more tire troubles. Jeremy Castro ran fifth in a fast clean race as
Shane Heagle lost a tire on the track. Steffenson chased Casey Brown to the
finish but could not get by. Brown would go on to speak after the race like
a gentleman.

As the Budweiser Mods started racing several accidents occurred in the pack, one blocking the track entirely, causing the race to be restarted again. As the drivers settled down the races smoothed out some. Russ Wolf would spin in front of the leaders and be missed amazingly by all. Jim Myre then broke in turn two bringing out another yellow. Last lap Rock broke and spun in turn one. Zaremski would be struck by the bad luck next as he spun collecting Freeman in turn four. Hacksaw Jack Norris would lead from flag to flag as he would repeat what his nephew did earlier. Jack was the track champion last year with only one feature win. This Win brings his career total to only two but he’s a man on the rise showing loads of talent.

The Rock star Not So Purestocks would finish up the night with an exciting 20 lap feature. Rich Wermling drove his son’s car to victory but the real story was Chris Meismer and Josh Aho battling it out as they drove through the field. Amanda Sandvig dynamited her engine leaving a small oil slick that claimed Michael Price’s car. Kody Harvie ran up front until he was asked to park his car until he could put his fire suit on correctly. Taylor Falkenhagen, Josh Aho and, Chris Meismer fought for second, third and, fourth all the way to the end. The night was long but exciting and most cars weren’t hurt badly enough to junk. The drivers agree Great Falls is the most exciting and fastest track in the state. For more check out www.electriccityspeedway.com

Summer is here!!!

May 9th, 2007

Our Not So Pure Stock , Street Stock, Super Stock, and Modified. We also enjoyed a showing at intermission from two gentleman, Tim Sack and Dick Tabacco, racing their motorcycles and attempting to gather attention to Flat
Track racing. If you are interested in more information regarding this, you can go to electriccityspeedway.com.

As in most nights of racing, there are many changes in positions throughout the
race. In the Street Stock feature, last years track champion, Casey Steffenson,
started in the back of the pack, and in the first couple of laps had made his way to leading the race, until his water pump gave out and he had to pull in in the final laps of the race, giving another strong competitor, Adam Burrows of Belgrade, the feature win. Our Modified feature race was a wonderful display clean and competitive racing, as Maurice Myre attempted to over take one of our most talented and seasoned drivers, Jodi Kropp, for several laps before finally pulling it off, and as anybody who knows about racing, luck is a big part of it. And at the next restart, Maurice lost his transmission, giving Jodi the position back. Our feature winner of this race, Jim Zaremski, has not been in a modified for 4 years, and is driving the car as if he had never left the seat. He led the entire race to take the win.

All of us at the speedway look forward to seeing you next Saturdaday, May 12th. The gates open at 6p.m. and racing begins at 7:30p.m.

Ramaker Lights Up ASCS Rocky Mountain Region at Great Falls

September 5th, 2006

While Ramaker secured his third career ASCS Rocky Mountain Region feature win by leading the final handful of laps, fifth-place finisher Patrick Bourke put the clamps on the 2006 series title, becoming the sixth different series champion in as many years.

Gee jumped into the lead at the outset and paced the opening five circuits before the caution flew for a Dustin Hall spin. On the ensuing restart, Brent Kronfuss charged into the lead and set his sights on career-first series win.

But Kronfuss paced the field for only two rounds before being clipped by a spinning Teri Snedigar and looping his mount. Kronfuss rejoined the chase at the tail.

Back under way, Gee set the pace and survived several cautions along the way, only to surrender the lead when he hit the frontstretch cone on a lap 25 restart and was relegated to the rear.

Ramaker assumed the point and led the final laps to score the win in front of Bill Boyce, Josh Ostermiller, Rocky Borys and Bourke. Kronfuss raced back through the field to snare sixth, with Trevor Kirkland, Geoff Beck, Tyler Pinceman and Paxton Lambrecht completing the top ten.

Kirkland, Ramaker and Boyce each scored heat race wins.

David Hoiness escaped injury after a wild flip over the guardrail, through the fencing and into the parking lot during the second heat race. Chip Roe also scratched from the feature after receiving word that his land in Big Timber, MT, was being evacuated due to forest fires.

ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Results:

Locked In from Saturday night’s feature: Paxton Lambrecht, Tim Gee, Brent Kronfuss and Josh Ostermiller.

Heat Winners: Trevor Kirkland, Joe Ramaker and Bill Boyce.

“A” Feature (30 Laps): 1. 29-Joe Ramaker, 2. 1-Bill Boyce, 3. 12-Josh Ostermiller, 4. 4q-Rocky Borys, 5. 27-Patrick Bourke, 6. 9k-Brent Kronfuss, 7. 37-Trevor Kirkland, 8. 22-Geoff Beck, 9. 99-Tyler Pinceman, 10. 7x-Paxton Lambrecht, 11. 14-Jeff Heffner, 12. 4-Tim Gee, 13. 02F-Josh Fellows, 14. 74u-Dustin Hall, 15. 397-Kyle Bates, 16. 240-Teri Snedigar, 17. 77-Mark Sweet, 18. 9m-Ricky Montgomery, 19. 33-Stuart Selby, 20. 9-John Jacob, 21. 72-Phil Dietz. DNS: 27dd-David Hoiness, 35-Chip Roe.

ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Patrick Bourke 2,150, 2. Jeff Heffner 1,988, 3. Josh Fellows 1,940, 4. Ricky Montgomery 1,689, 5. Keith Rauch 1,675, 6. Eric Miller 1,629, 7. Mark Sweet 1,626, 8. John Jacob 1,562, 9. Nick Haygood 1,510, 10. Dustin Hall 1,507.

Lambrecht is Electric in ASCS Rocky Mountain Opener at Great Falls

September 4th, 2006

After leading the early stages, Lambrecht chased down Brent Kronfuss on the 15th round to take command for keeps.

Lambrecht gunned into the lead at the outset and paced the opening eight circuits before Kronfuss charged to the front. Kronfuss led just two rounds before action was interrupted when Dustin Hall and Phil Dietz tangled and both flipped. John Jacob and Jeff Heffner tangled as well in the ensuing melee. There were no injuries although all four were done for the night.

Following another caution two rounds later for a tangle involving current series point leader Patrick Bourke and Mark Sweet, Lambrecht wasted little time racing back into the lead.

Lambrecht was never headed the rest of the way, with Tim Gee slipping by Kronfuss at the line to snare the runner-up slot. Kronfuss settled for third, with Josh Ostermiller and Joe Ramaker rounding out the top five.

Trevor Kirkland, Tyler Pinceman, Rocky Borys, Bill Boyce and Geoff Beck completed the top ten.

Heat races were topped by Beck, Kronfuss and Boyce.

NAPA-MDA Racing for a Cure Late Model Series Coming to Electric City

July 13th, 2006

The Stockett-Sand Coulee Volunteer Fire Dept. will pass “the boot” in the grandstands to raise funds and awareness for MDA. Electric City Speedway will be donating $1.00 per adult ticket sold and the touring drivers will pass a helmet in the pit area for donations to the MDA.

Discount coupons are available at the eight local NAPA Auto Care Centers. These coupons offer a $2.00 discount at the Speedway on your adult ticket purchase. The NAPA Auto Care Centers will then donate $1.00 for each one used at the Speedway to the MDA. Stop by any of the following locations to get your coupon: 15th St. Cenex, Auto Diagnostics, Carl’s Auto Care, Carnahan’s Towing & Repair, Fleet Maintenance, Mitchells’ Crash Repair, Northside Autocare or Westgate Towing & Repair.

The funds raised will go towards local patient services per Paula Garvin, District Director, Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.

Gates will open at 6 pm, with racing at 7:30. Tickets are available only at the gate on race day. Adult (age 18-69) tickets will cost $14.00 (don’t forget to bring that NAPA coupon); Youth(13-17) tickets will cost $10.00; Children(6-12) tickets will cost $3.00. Under 6 and 70+ admitted at no charge. Additional parking is available in the Big Sky Bus lot using their 9th St. gate. More information is available at www.ElectricCitySpeedway.com or calling (406) 727-4884.

The tour group will then speed on to Belgrade, Billings, and Sheridan after their Great Falls stop.

Cut Bank Boys Clean House in Great Falls

July 7th, 2006

The Ironman Tour was so named because it involved 5 races in 5 days and included 1062 miles of driving in between all the fun. The first night was in Belgrade at Gallatin International Speedway where Cooper and Lighthizer both had a tough night will some damage. Chad Johnson finished 2nd in the Modifieds coming from deep in the field. One Great Falls racer went along on the “Tour”. Jack Norris also known as “Hacksaw Jack” made the entire tour and he and his crew provide some extra help with gear changes etc. I’d like to hear the story on why they call him “Hacksaw”.

After a pretty good night in Belgrade, it was off to Billings on Saturday where Norris finished 6th in a 24 car field and Chad finished 11th in the Modifieds. With Cooper and Lighthizer in the Superstocks it was a split end. Lighthizer finished 6th in a 20 car field, but Cooper was crashed hard with heavy damage to the door bars. Also along on this tour was the flagman from Great Falls and Belgrade, Tim Smith. Tim lives in Cut Bank and makes a 570 mile loop each week just to be the flagman. It seems this trip was ordained from on high since when the boys arrived in Sheridan, WY on Sunday, the track was in need of a flagman. WOW! No problem, they brought their own with them.

Cooper had to set out Sheridan because of the damage he got in Billings, but that didn’t stop him from cheering on the Montana boys there in the “Cowboy” country of Wyoming. When the IRONMEN arrived back in Great Falls Monday, it was off to Harold Woyths frame rack for Cooper to repair the damage and make the 1st of two days in Great Falls. While the track was getting watered “special” (two hours of rain) the crews were believing the sun was going to shine and it did. With PERFECT water on the track Mondays racing was fast on a wide smooth track. The Ironmen were in great shape with Lighthizer winning the Superstock feature with Cooper hot on his heels finishing 3rd. In the Modifieds Hacksaw Jack took 2nd and Chad Johnson finished 5th.

On the 4th of July this bunch was rearing to go and couldn’t wait to get to the track. Cooper had put in his order for a somewhat “dry slick” track and everyone laughed knowing that mother nature often makes the track what it is. The Superstocks ran first in the features and Cooper WOULD NOT BE DENIED! Passing on the inside and the outside he moved to the front after having to earn it from a very fast Bob Fiest. Good clean racing by all with Cooper, Lighthizer and Fiest making the top three. In the Modifieds, Chad Johnson put’r to the wood and took the win with Hacksaw Jack finishing 5th.

Also pictured here is another Cut Bank Boy! Shane Hegele broke a long dry spell winning the Streetstock feature in Great Falls on July 4th. Hurray for Cut Bank and thank you for your participation at Electric City Speedway.

Oh ya, Hacksaw Jack missed this photo op but anyone who made this tour, did not MISS THE FUN! Let’s make it official and plan for an IRONMAN TOUR IN 2007!

Spint Action Electrifies Electric City Crowd

May 22nd, 2006

It was still great to see the sprints. Trever Kirkland especially liked the sprint show since he won his first ever feature in Sprint. We consider Trever to be one of our “home town boys” even though he lives in Helena, we are the “historic” race track for the family Kirkland. They tell me Trever’s Grandfather put many a lap around this old track in the early years of Montana racing.

After Friday nights Destruction Derby in the Sprint Cars, Saturday night looked like it might be another rough night when Brandon Harkness #29 flipped in hot laps. But then in the feature it looked like it might go green to checkers until a slight interruption in the action was caused by Harkness getting into the back of Miss 240 on lap 17. It took a while to realign the field and then just after the green Trever Kirkland #37 and Jeremy McCune #0J hooked bumpers on the restart. Once they got going again, Joe Ramaker took off and for a while looked like he might lap the field. His closest competition was Bill Boyce #1. Boyce was showing the strength of his will to win by a strong run on Saturday after a major flip on Friday. Just after the checkers in a heat race on Friday, Boyce and Brent Kronfuss came together sending both flipping off turn one. Kronfuss landed outside the fence in the parking lot. His car was destroyed. His team made valiant efforts to get the car back for the feature, but there was just too much frame damage it would not have been safe to continue. Boyce was able to make repairs and finished 6th in the feature. There is no doubt the fan’s enjoyed the Sprint racing this weekend. Lots of cars and plenty of action. The next Sprint racing in Great Falls will be the “Montana Nationals” with Fred Brownfield’s Northern Sprint Tour visiting for the second year in a row on June 23 & 24th.

Local racers had a great weekend with new people running at the front. It is great to know that when you go racing, you DO have a chance to win. Pat Lamere proved that by winning his first feature in the Superstocks on Friday. Dave Azure won in the Streetstocks and Jody Kropp bested a strong 2nd by Jim Myre.

On Saturday, it was Chad Johnson (3J) in the Modifieds, with Ryan Wells in Superstock and it was all Casey Steffenson in Streetstock. An early spin put Casey to the rear of the field, but not for long. A man on a mission he passed the field on the outside for the win.

Huber Nets First Modified Win at Electric City

May 15th, 2006

The concrete ate him and was all she wrote for #9 flying machine. Mark had visions of reentering the race and almost did except for some carburetor damage. But one man’s misery is another man’s blessing as they say and Steve Huber moved in to 1st place on the 3rd lap and didn’t look back. Even on the restarts Steve’s horsepower kept him ahead of the always fast Dave Freeman. I know there is a lot of celebrating in the Huber camp. This was his first feature win in the mod. With the strong competition on hand for every race, winning a feature event in Great Falls is not easy.

Next up were the 17 Not so Pure Stocks. Wild eyed and ready for action the Oppelt Brothers got together on the back stretch which sent Jimmy Oppelt spinning and collected Taylor Falkenhagen and a couple of others. Taylor’s car was crushed as was his heart. Taylor is always fast and he came to race not wreck. The 16 year old 3rd generation racer will be back hopefully next week. Marvin Gonzales collected his second feature win of the young season.

In the Wissota Streetstock division it was all Casey Steffenson. Casey showed why he was track Champion last year as he ran away from the field. Eventually Dave (Cherokee) Azure and Hank Adams moved up at least see Casey as they raced hard for 2nd and 3rd, but that is about as good anyone could do this night.

In the Wissota Superstocks Bob Feist had the run going and if it weren’t for one bad corner the story would have been all about him. Bob, a veteran racer took the lead early and held on through the whole race and then with only 3 laps to go, he got high coming out of turn two and that was all Sherid Lee need to take the lead. Pat Lamere was right there to take advantage of Bob’s error and moved into second. It was still a good finish for Feist who has had several years of tough luck. Maybe he’s got it working now and can run up front more often.

Rossner Comes from 10th to Win Superstock Main

May 8th, 2006

For a while it looked like no one would be able to catch Richard Azure (2) who lead from the start. Richard is sporting a one year old Brunette chassis this year and it seems to like him a lot. Chris Dunn (6ss) looked good also this week after taking a heavy hit last week on opening night. Chris finished 3rd with the always lurking Bill Cooper (48) on his heels.

In the Modifieds it was Mark Wermling (9) AGAIN coming from 12th to pass Chad Johnson (3j) who had Rock Degele (1) putting the chase on finishing 3rd. Degele said the track was too smooth and too tacky. Wermling said it really didn’t matter what the track was, he was going to the front. No brag, just fact.

Sixteen started the Not So Pure Stock event and MOST finished. Gordo Oppelt (3jr) came from the near back to finish first over Mike Pistelak (2) and Bobby Myre (98). These guys were generally nice to each other, but it was very good racing and the fans loved it.

It was Street Stock this week that took the beating. Hank Adams (77) formerly known as “The Wagon Master” took the win after being spun on the last lap, last turn by “The other 77, Warren Samoy”. Samoy quoted Earnhardt and said “he didn’t mean to wreck him, only rattle him a little.”

Worst wreck of the night had to be the unfortunate Adam Burrows (18B) who was put into the concrete by Roger Kuehn (21). Kuehn must have hit the gas instead of the brake.

Racing continues next Saturday night with Streets, Supers, Mods and Not So Pures.

Photo credit: Alan Herrig

Electric City has Two Hot Nights to Open 2006

May 1st, 2006

Unfortunately Mike Waller in his brand new Affordable got involved in a heavy crash in the Super feature on Friday night with Chris Dunn. They were both trying to avoid someone else and got T-Boned. Both drivers were ok, but cars are HURTING.

Saturday night the racing was also great with Mark Wermling (#9 Mod) coming from the back twice. After winning the feature on Friday, Mark was placed at the back by the “point average” system and it was like setting a bone out for the dog the way he went after the win. Finished second only because he ran out of laps. He is known locally as the “Outlaw” not because he is BAD but because he is the master of the unexpected. He goes where others fail to try and makes it work.

Cal Rossner also put on a great show on Saturday after spinning early in the feature and then having to come from the back he really set out to get them. He also came up one short finishing second to the super FAST John Lighthizer. Lighthizer could easily been the feature winner in Superstock both nights except for an unfortunate incident involving Pat Lamere as they raced for the lead with only two laps to go.

Street Stock feature winner Friday was the always fast Warren Samoy and on Saturday last years Champions showed that he still has it as Casey Steffenson put on a great show leading almost every lap.

The Not so Pure Stocks put on what could be judged the best race of the weekend with Gordo Oppelt winning the feature on Friday. Unfortunately, a broken tie rod put him out of Saturdays action, but Marvin Gonzales got his show going and took the win.

Rain Can’t Stop Wermling This Time

July 18th, 2005

Unfortunately, some of the action was not so smooth in the Modified class particularly. The Mod feature win went to Mark Wermling who has been “so close” so many time lately only to be denyed by some unfortunate happening. Not the case this time as Mark and Jody Kropp put on an awesome inside, outside race for the win.

Great racing in the Not so Pures and Streets and how about the Late Model Main? Did anyone else notice how many “wheelies” the Late Models were pulling out of the corners? Rock Degele said he had to “finish his donut” before he got serious about chasing Jimmy Z… but it was TOO LATE this time Rock. Last Lap Rock waited too long and it was Jimmy Z by a nose at the line.

Warren Samoy finally got the monkey off his back with a win in the Street and the feature race in the Not so Pure Stocks went to DAD (Daron Falkenhagen) in the #12. Taylor took the weekend off for some summer recreation and dad “just couldn’t let the car sit”.

A special race for the Not so Pure Stocks went to JT Johnson. Billed as the “Magnificent 7″ it is a race for all non-feature winners and by the end of the season, seven of those people will have gone home with a special feature win. JT was certainly “pumped up” having lead this race from the green!

The Wild West Superstock Tour was unfortunately “rain on” with only five laps complete and with the hour late, management submitted to the weather and will reschedule the feature event later this month. A great field of supers were on hand and will just have to return for a rerun on this one. Early leader was our friend from the south of Montana, Tom Pozer. Tom was looking strong holding off a challenge from Vern Hill subbing in the #6ss for Chris Dunn. Behind them at the rain was Curt Popham, Pacer Popham and Chuck Fleming. I wonder if we can “re-create” this track for the finish of this race because it looked like it was to be an unforgettable race with Pozer setting the pace on this field.

Northern Sprint Tour Win to Randi Miller

June 27th, 2005

Following a rain delay of more than two hours, racing for the 37-car field began shortly after 9:00 PM with Miller parking in the winner’s circle shortly after the witching hour of mid-night.

“It was the kind of track I like tonight, heavy and fast,” commented Miller. “I just kept my composure and concentrated on the win. The car started to get loose in the high groove late in the race so I went to the bottom and it worked well.”

”I enjoy running with the Northern Sprint Tour. They’re a good group of cars and I’d like to do it again. We’re not running for points anywhere, just pick and choose so we may race the NST Speedweek.”

Miller grabbed the lead on the opening lap from Friday night’s winner and pole sitter Gary Taylor, by going high on the opening green flag and held command for the full 40-laps of the A-Feature event.

At the mid-point of the race Miller led by almost a quarter lap with Taylor closing the gap some as they worked the traffic with less than 10-laps to go. Taylor, from Snohomish, WA saw his chance to make a challenge for the lead disappear on lap 34 when he coasted to a stop in turn two with a flat left rear tire.

Finishing second to Miler was Brock Lemley of Ferndale, WA. “I didn’t think I had a chance of catching him,” said Lemley, “but on that last couple of laps I was able to close on him. I gave it my best but Randi was too good.” I have to thank my crew for all that they do. The give me a great car on a small budget and they are all awesome people.”

Third place went to Rick Fauver of Everett, WA who commented, “It’s been a long weekend. We ran poorly yesterday and everyone has worked his tail off. Just a big thank you to everyone.”

The B-Feature went to D. Smith of Cottage Grove, OR. Nutter challenged as the leads worked traffic, but the Central Point, OR driver lost his traffic advantage to a yellow flag on lap-7. With an open track, Smith opened an eight car length lead with Nutter, Travis Jacobson of Lake Stevens, WA, Morinville, AB driver Geoff Beck and Marc Huson of Sedro Woolley, WA followed. Huson mad a strong bid for the last A-Feature transfer spot but was foiled by a yellow on the white flag lap.

In heat race action the first heat went to Jay Burns as the Huntly, MT driver led all laps. Heat two saw Tyler Pinceman of Morinville, AB take the top spot, holding off a determined Miller the last two laps.

Heat three went to 16-year-old rookie Jared Ridge of Monroe, WA as he held Taylor at bay the entire 10 laps.

In the nights final heat race it was Billings, MT driver Phil Dietz showing everyone the fastest way to the finish line.

In the dash Taylor took the win over Miller, Ramaker, Lemley, Fauver, Bill Boyce, setting the first six positions in the A-Feature line up.

Billy Nutter set fast time for the night with a 12.569 second lap, just .02 seconds of the track record.

SUMMARY

Fast qualifier: Billy Nutter – 12.569 sec.

Heat 1 (10 laps): Jay Burns, Bill Boyce, Trevor Kirkland, Josh Dewitt, Billy Nutter, Drew MacDonell, Brady Dart, David Gilmore, Rob McNulty.

Heat 2 (10 laps): Tyler Pinceman, Henry Van Dam, Randi Miller, Danny Horner, Dale Smith, Travis Jacobson, Randy Pierce, Stuart Selby, Jerry Brown.

Heat 3 (10 laps): Jared Ridge, Gary Taylor, Rick Fauver, Travis Rutz, Marc Huson, Geoff Beck, Jeremy McCune, Brendan Boyce, Paul Zimmerly.

Heat 4 (10 laps): Phil Dietz, Dean Herman, Brock Lemley, Joe Ramaker, Jay Cole, Paxton Lambrecht, Shawn Smith, Marc Dupperon.

Dash (6 laps): Taylor, Miller, Ramaker, Lemley, Fauver, Bill Boyce.

B-Main (15 laps): D. Smith, Nutter, MacDonell, Beck, Huson, Dart, Dupperon, Lambrecht, Cole, Gilmore, McNulty, Pierce, McCune, Selby, Zimmerly, Brown, S. Smith (DNS).

A-Main (25 laps): Miller, Lemley, Fauver, Bill Boyce, Horner, Nutter, Kirkland, D. Smith, Dietz, Taylor, Herman, Rutz, MacDonell, Beck, Van Dam, Pinceman, Dewitt, Ramaker, Burns, Ridge.

Young Ryan Wells Holds Off Veterans for Win

June 20th, 2005

While officials were at a loss to explain the unusual line up that occurred while using the Speed Net software, racers got their rule books out and took track management to school on the “point average” method of lining up cars. After some very heated instruction, a line up was posted with gentleman Cal Rossner #73 agreeing to start at the back of the field along side the undefeated Pacer Popham #32.

An awesome race then took place with the young Ryan Wells #5 taking the veterans to school on how to race Superstock. Pacer and Cal put on a great race from the back of the field with both of them passing last years State Champion Curt Popham #13 on their way to the front. Bill Cooper #48 was also in the fray and mixing it up with Cal and Pacer.

Pacer was the first of the fast ones to challenge Young Ryan and after several laps of side by side racing, it looked like he would get it done until a turn two spin put the undefeated Popham to the back of the field for a second time.

The next one to challenge Young Ryan was Bill Cooper. Coop tried the high line and then the low groove with good clean racing and still Young Ryan held his line. Cooper then found turn two slick and around he went and to the back of the pack. Meanwhile 3rd and 4th place was being heavily contested by Cal Rossner and Curt Popham with Curt spinning into the side of Cal in turn one. Both continued with Curt going to the back.

It was like a new race with THE KID out front and the veterans on the prowl. Pacer made it by Cal to challenge Ryan one more time but the boy was just too tough. Pretty neat for Ryan Wells to win his first Feature event at Great Falls since his Grandfather had been a regular racer at Great Falls in the 60’s. It’s in the genes.

There was plenty of great action in the other classes, but the Superstock race stole my heart!

Weatherman Proved Wrong, Racers Right

June 13th, 2005

First feature of the night brought 18 “Not so Pure Stock” drivers to the fans and these people came to race and not wreck. The earily leader was Joey Tinker in the #14 Chevy, but Gordo Oppelt #3jr was on a mission and he soon moved up to take the lead. Gordo repeated winning his second feature this year making it two in a row. A much better time for Gordo this year after a hard luck season in 04.

Worry about the weather brought the traveling Montana Late Model Tour out next to be sure the traveling series had every chance to complete their feature if weather should attempt to rule the night. Wow, what a race! After a near crash at the green a damaged #6 Ron Fuller lead for a couple of laps until the damage took its toll and Ron faded to the back and then was unable to continue. The quiet lion Rock Degele #1 moved into first place and lead until Dave Freeman #11X moved up on the outside and took the lead with only 4 laps to go.

There was no shortage of racing behind the leaders with Rory Minster #8m, Jim Zaremski #68, Kelly Hample #36, Bob Scott #56 and Rich Herman #4ii sometimes three wide for 3rd place. It was difficult to know which race to watch with Rock and Dave up front and more action behind them. Then with Freeman taking over from Rock all eyes were on the two racing for the win. Rock was driving to win and so was Dave. Going into turn two, Degele lost it and everyone was sure it was over, and then never one to give up, Degele mashed the gas and rocketed out of the mess he was in and passed Freeman in turn three for the last lap win. Degele’s new nick name is said to be “Last Lap Rock” since he has won several races at ECS on the last lap.

Next up was Super Stock with the undefeated Pacer Popham #32 holding off all competition again. There is no doubt that rookie John Lighthizer #68 will be a winner this year, but Bill Cooper #48 wasn’t going to let him do it this night. Cooper likes the VERY high groove but it was not quite there for him this time. Good enough for second though.

Next up Street Stock: Another barn burner of a race with Dave Azure #188 and Casey Steffenson #67 exchanging the lead every lap (absolute fact) for the entire race. Azure lead most of the laps at the scoring line, but the race was much closer than that. Steffenson, took the lead with a half a lap to go, but some REAL close racing put Azure back in the lead for the finish. Jim Smith #23 was a strong challenger until another broken axel lead to his dnf.

The modifieds put on a good race, but after all the previous action of the night, it might have seemed a bit calm. But not for Chad Johnson #3j who challenged Dave Freeman 11X throughout the whole race. This was Johnson’s best run of the season and he was up for it.

There was a lot more action, but you just had to be there. Be there next week for Streets, Supers, Mods and Not so Pure Stock.

ALL SPRINTS ALL WEEKEND JUNE 24th, 25th. NST Returns. Fred Brownfield expects more than 50 Sprints!!! Montana’s largest ever SPRINT SHOW and right here in GREAT FALLS!

Memorable Memorial Weekend Action at Electric City

June 7th, 2005

With a field of 26 cars in the pure stock class there was no shortage of action. It is fun to watch the Rookies look for a way around the track. They are finding new race lines that even many veterans did not know were there. Joey Tinker and Dusty Muzzana put on a great race in the heat for Pure Stock. Anthony Naves and Kody Harvie made it a great show in the next heat with several laps of side by side action which Kody ended up winning.

Chris Dunn is still checking the new ride in Superstock and gave us several thrills to remember in the Heat race. By feature time he had the car pretty much figured out and handling well. Up and comer John Lighthizer finished second to Pacer Popham in the feature.

Vern Hill brought out a new modified this week but unfortunately broke early and was out for the main event. Steve Huber and Chad Johnson put on a memorable heat race with some excellent side by side action eventually won by Steve Huber.

There were several travelers on hand this week with three purestocks making the tow from Stevensville and Beau Brown in Street Stock coming in from Deer Lodge. Also on hand was Dallas Whiting coming all the way from Dillon. A good crowd was here which is surprising considering all the camping that goes on Memorial Day weekend.

With all the Purestocks on hand, a Consolation feature pared the field down to 16 cars for the Main Event. A last lap mêlée resulted in those cars running in the back of the consi getting a finish putting them into the main feature. Interesting turn of events.

The Pure Stock Feature started off with Gordo Oppelt leading from the pole. Kyle Hirschi thrilled the crowd spinning front of the pack. Everyone got around him and action continued until lap 17 when Steve Henle from Stevensville broke the right rear axle and rolled in turn one. Steve said he saw ground and sky and then a red and white car driving over his hood. Kyle Jarvey was also taken out in that wreck as was #59 Lester Oswald. Gordo Oppelt finished strong for the victory.

Steve Huber lead in the Mods early with Mick Miesmer close behind. On lap three Miesmer took over and did not look back. This was the first win for Miesmer in modifieds.

Street stock had lots of action with several yellows. Some deserved and some given to others who might have questions. But that’s racing, right? Jim Smith out lasted the competition on what had become a dry slick track.

Doctor Danger completed the show with an awesome flash of fire and smoke.

Boyce Wide-Open to the Checkers

July 29th, 2004

And yes…sometimes less is more!. We didn’t have as many cars as I thought we would, but the racing is sometimes better when there is more room to manouver. On Friday night we saw Boyce, Ramaker, Sprulock and Fleming duke it out for at least 15 laps of uninterupted wide open racing. You don’t need brakes on this race track. I love seeing the sprints race when they go caution free for 15 and 20 laps at a time and on Saturday night we had the pleasure of seeing 27 laps of wide open high flying sprint racing. Unfortunately, Spurlock wacked the wall on the front stretch after a restart which left Ramaker, Boyce, Fleming and Duperron to fight it out for the win. Fleming had the lead for quite a while but traffic and some hard racing by Boyce changed that. Ramaker came on strong at the end and passed Fleming but fell short of taking Boyce at the end.

When all is said and done, Boyce is definately the toughest competitor seen in Montana Sprint racing. He wins a lot in Great Falls and but for turn 4 incident in Belgrade a couple of weeks ago, he would be 6 for 6 there.

Thanks to all who raced. I loved it and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

Bigger and Better……….Right?