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Punky Manor Challenge of Champions

September 27th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin (September 21, 22, and 23, 2017) the Red Cedar Speedway presented the 38th annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions sponsored by Bill’s Distributing & Tim’s Automotive. Amazingly warm temperatures greeted the crowd and a total of 217 race cars through three nights of action. The track conditions were absolutely perfect, blazingly fast, and arguably the best in memory for the Punky. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models (30), Modifieds (31), Super Stocks (32), Midwest Modifieds (44), Street Stocks (23), and Pure Stocks (24) competed, In addition, the Red Cedar Speedway Hornets (13) and both the Limited Dirt Late Models (13) and 600 Mini Mods (7) were all in action.

Feature winner included AJ Diemel, Jake Hartung, Dan Gullixson, Tony Bahr (twice), Mike Knudtson, George Richards, Jeremy Johnson, and Jeff Provinzino. The format included heat races being lined up by draw and the top 16 feature qualifiers decided by passing points. The features were filled out by B Features with the top four taken out of the Midwest Modifieds and top eight from the remaining classes.

The WISSOTA Late Models saw three heats won by AJ Diemel, Jimmy Mars, and Darrell Nelson, as Jesse Glenz won the B Feature. In the A Feature, outside front row starter Jake Redetzke took the early lead as pole sitter Jimmy Mars settled into second and set chase. An early multi car crash in turn one saw Chad Mahder and Michael Keller unable to continue and Travis Budisalovich sustain enough damage to be eliminated a few laps later. Jim Carlson was able to restart the feature.

The restart saw Redetzke power out to a several car length lead as Mars and Diemel began to battle for second. Diemel took the position as Nelson and Rick Hanestad filled out the top five. Diemel continued his charge on the high side, closed the gap on the leader, and took the point for himself. Mars followed suit and moved to second as Redetzke settled into third.

Laps continued to click off in the 40 lap event as Mars inched closer to the leader. He got a terrific run off of turn four and moved outside of Diemel on the front stretch. Diemel tried to move back up in front of Mars but Mars was already there and he was squeezed against the wall with a spectacular shower of sparks. Both cars avoided a spin as Mars dropped back in behind the leader. However, there was a great amount of tire smoke from the 28 and shortly thereafter a tire blew out, drawing the yellow and abruptly ending the ten time Punky Manor winner’s night.

The restart saw Diemel run unchallenged the remaining distance to the checkered flag as Nelson moved to second and Fegers moved to fifth. The top five finishers included Diemel, Nelson, Redetzke, Hanestad, and Fegers. After starting 13th in the B Feature and 21st in the A Main, John Kaanta finished sixth as Lance Matthees, Mike Prochnow, Nick Anvelink, and Jeffrey Massingill rounded out the top ten. The retiring Harry Hanson was scored in 11th at the checkers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds saw four heats won by Brandon Jensen, Jake Hartung, Michael Truscott, and Kevin Adams, as Kelly Estey won the B Feature. It was Hartung and Jensen on the front row of the feature as Hartung took the early lead and dominated the 30 lap event which was slowed only twice for cautions. The race track was blistering fast as it was first Kevin Adams who chased Hartung in the runner up spot. As the leaders were running in heavy lapped traffic, Cory Brugeman slowed on the front stretch, providing the only break in the action.

Coming back to green, there was a three car crash on the tail end of the group drawing the yellow. The restart saw Dave Cain move to second over Adams as Hartung left the crowd behind. Jimmy Mars moved to the top three from deep in the field as Mike Anderson, who also started outside the top ten moved to fifth. They continued at impressive speeds to close out the event and Hartung added another big trophy to his case. The top five finishers included Hartung, Cain, Mars, Adams, and Anderson. Cory Mahder, Darrell Nelson, Jeremy Nelson, Michael Truscott, and Brandon Jensen rounded out the top ten.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks saw four heats won by Jeff Brauer, Nick Oreskovich, Eric Olson, and Tommy Richards, as Brian Mikkonen won the B Feature. In the A Feature, Dan Gullixson moved from inside the second row to the lead as outside front row starter Oreskovich moved to second in in front of Brauer. They continued to scorch the speedway for 18 consecutive laps with Steve Thomas in fourth and Eric Olson running in fifth. Tommy Richards made a moved for the top five as Luke Schultz stalled on the inside of the backstretch and the yellow flew.

The last eight laps ran green as Gullikson lead the entire way to the checkers. Richards drove to second but Oreskovich took the position back and Ben Hillman made a fine late charge into fourth. The top five finishers included Dan Gullikson, Nick Oreskovich, Tommy Richards, Ben Hillman, and pole sitter Jeff Brauer. Steve Thomas, Scott Lawrence, Eric Olson, Shawn Huse, and Brian Mikkonen, who came out of the B Feature, rounded out the top ten.

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Antonio Pintaro, Travis Anderson, Wayne Stricker, Derek Haas, and Matt Klukas won their respective heats. Michael Truscott won the first of two B Features as Tony Bahr moved from ninth to win the second. It was the pole sitter, Jason Richardson early in the feature but he developed issues and lost power on lap five, trapping Travis Anderson directly behind and starting a chain reaction crash. Richardson was out as Anderson suffered body damage to the nose. In the resulting crash behind, Matt Klukas, Jesse Bryan, Michael Truscott, Calvin Iverson, Jesse Aho, and Mark Kangas were collected with Kangas being unable to continue.

Notably on the restart, Tony Bahr had already cracked the top five as David Swearingen brought the field to green. Unfortunately the lead was short lived as he spun and was relegated to the rear. Sticker lead the parade to green but Bahr swiftly moved into second and made short work of the leader. Bahr took the point and was not going to look back as he completed an amazing run to the feature win.

Meanwhile, Travis Anderson moved into second on the high side. Stricker was spun on the inside of turn two and it was Mark Thomas surprisingly called for the yellow as the spin looked to have possibly been caused by a different driver. The restart saw Bahr and the outside row move forward as Karl Kolek moved into second and Halopka into third. In the final run to the finish, it was Bahr to the win as Halopka overtook second.

In an amazing passing fest, Tony Bahr parlayed an 18th position start to the win as Shane Halopka moved from 19th to second. Karl Kolek and Travis Anderson finished third and fourth as the third B Feature qualifier to finish in the top five saw Michael Truscott come from 17th. Jake Smith, Wayne Stricker, and Jesse Aho, were followed again by B Feature runners Clark Swartz who started 20th as Shadow Kitchner drove from 23rd to a top ten finish.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks saw three heats won by Danny Richards, Jay Kesan, and Michael Knudtson. Knudtson and Richards held the front row of the feature as Richards drove to the lead and continue to lead until the first caution of the event which was a red flag incident involving five cars. A restart was aborted and a second restart saw Knudtson appear to make initial contact with the leader coming off turn two. Knudtson drove inside Richards and drag raced him to turn three where he drove inside the leader, made contact, and drove him out of the bottom groove all the way to the loose dirt near the wall. Knudtson made the pass to the lead on the extremely aggressive move, drawing a loud reaction from the crowd.

Under green, Knudtson led as Richards chased through a series of three more yellow flags which kept the pack tight. Eventually under green, Richards moved inside of Knudtson in turn three but raced him cleanly through the corner. Knudtson maintained the point but on the straightaway down the backstretch, Richards spun the leader much the the delight of the fans. With Richards relegated to the rear for the on track payback, Knudtson raced unchallenged to the win.

The top five finishers included Michael Knudtson, Jay Kesan, Adam Soltis, Karl Genett, and Kyle Genett. Hunter VanGilder, Travis Loew, Braden Brauer, 23rd starting Ron Hanestad, and Robert Seidler rounded out the top ten.

The WISSOTA Pure Stock heats saw Lucas Kallenbach, Dustin Doughty, and Kyle Copp win the heats as it was George Richards dominating the feature from outside the second row. It was pole sitter Kyle Copp leading lap one and Richards taking over from there. The first yellow flag flew for William Fisher coming to a halt on the backstretch on lap four. The restart saw Krysta Doughty come to life and pass Dustin Doughty and Copp to move to fourth.

Kent Harmon’s decent run went up in smoke on on lap 14, diminishing Richards’ very solid lead. On the restart, Dustin Doughty made a fine move to second from outside the top three. A three car caution saw Dean Pronschinske sent to the rear and back under green, it was a short lived run as a spinning car slowed action again. Once again back under green and as the leaders were taking the white flag, Kent Deutsch rolled to a stop on track.

The green, white, checkered finish saw George Richards, Jeff Tisdale, Kyle Copp, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Dustin Doughty finish in the top five. Dean Pronschinske rebounded to sixth as Tyler Hallquist, Lou Puzio, Nicholas Hazelton, and Chad Bowers finished in the top ten.

The Red Cedar Speedway Hornets saw Jeremy Johnson and Bradley York win the heats and Jeremy Johnson sweep the night in the feature. Johnson took his pole starting position all the way to victory lane. It was York early but a caution regrouped the feature and it was Johnson in the lead on the restart. Dean Butler moved to second but faded as Johnson motored away.

Two separate cautions brought Johnson back to the pack, but other than Jason Junker taking second and trying to close late, Johnson had them covered. It was Johnson, Junker, York, Butler, and Alex Waldera in the top five. Derrick Reed, Colin Nyseth, Chad Halterman, Jordan Langer, and Craig Oas were scored in the top ten.

The Limited Dirt Late Model heats were won by Denny Cutsforth and Kyle Johnson but Tony Bahr made no doubt about the feature as he won his first of two feature wins on the weekend. Firstly, it was Cutsforth in the lead as Shaun Mann overtook the lead on lap two as Bahr moved to second. Bahr methodically reeled in Mann and moved side by side with the leader. A two lap battle ensued before Bahr took the point. It was Lance Hofer dicing through traffic to the third position as he closed on the front two as they moved through lapped traffic to the checkers.

Bahr, Mann, Hofer, Justin Sass, and Cutsforth were in the top five. Johnny Emerson, Dennis Larson, Matt LaDuke, Barry Johnson, and Robbie Johnson were all scored in the top ten.

The 600 Mini Mods saw John Griffin win the heat and Joe Provizino won the feature. There was one caution and Chris Gilbertson challenged for the lead late. At the line it was Provizino, Gilbertson, John Griffin, Chad Dugan, and Chris Abts in the top five.

The Red Cedar Speedway has concluded its 2017 racing season and will return in April 2018.

Red Cedar Speedway Championships

August 30th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway, Keyes Chevrolet, Mars Racing, Snap-On by Aaron Wold, and Quality Auto Body presented the 2017 Season Championships. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets were all in action. Feature winner included Mike Prochnow, Kevin Adams, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and William Voeltz.

In the Season Championship format, heat races are lined up according to season points with the highest on the pole and working the way back down through the points. The features are lined up straight up from the heat finishes. Rains throughout the week and both on race day and shortly before the scheduled start of the event saw a delay in the beginning of the night’s action. The track crew and driver’s alike scrambled to get the track back into racing condition. The racing surface was very tacky and fast but also provided for a relatively narrow racing groove. Heats and features were shortened up somewhat to allow all classes to be able to compete on the evening.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models saw Mike Prochnow win his heat and sweep the night in the feature. Prochnow was never seriously challenged on his way to the win. There was little passing as the premium class assaulted the track at high speeds. Ricky Hanestad started on the outside of row one and drove home in second, in front of Jake Redetzke, John Kaanta, and Mark Hessler.

The Tim’s Automotive and Machine Modified heats her won by Kevin Adams and Josh Hessler as Adams made short work of starting on the pole, grabbing a large lead, and driving to the win. Mike Anderson settled into second but broke down before the finish, relinquishing the position to a very stout appearing Tony Schill. Steve Hallquist, Kerry Halopka, and Hessler rounded out the top five.

The General Beer Super Stock heats were won by Tommy Richards and Jesse Redetzke. The pole sitter Richards went on to win the feature, but it was more difficult than in the two higher classes. Richards lead from the green flag as Redetzke and Ben Hillman raced side by side for second. Redetzke took the position, closed on Richards, and challenged for the lead on the high side. A caution for a spin reset the action and Redetzke chose to start on the outside of row two.

On the restart, is was still Richards up front, but Hillman took control of second as Dan Gullixson took over third. Redetzke faded somewhat to fourth. Once again, a spinner slowed the race and this time Hillman chose the outside of row two on the restart. Richards brought them to green and led the remainder of the event as Hillman shadowed him to the line. Gullixson finished in third ahead of Redetzke as Steve Thomas rounded out the top five.

Nick Koehler, Travis Anderson, and Shane Halopka scored heat wins in the Midwest Modifieds as Koehler led the field to green in the feature. Koehler got bound up on the first lap with a bobble in turn two which trapped Anderson behind him and Halopka took advantage moving from third to the lead. A caution flag on lap five reset the field with no change in the running order. One lap after the restart, the 15 car spun, collecting Denny Cutsforth. The restart saw a multicar melee which delayed the action once again.

Back under green, Halopka went high in turn two and Koehler made an impressive move to get by for the lead. Koehler set sail as Halopka settled into second and Josh Smith along with Grant Southworth moved up and Anderson sat in fifth. A second spin by the 15 car slowed the action for the last time. The green flag flew and the top five ran to the checkers without a change in the running order.

The Street Stocks saw Danny Richards and Mike Knudtson win the heats and finish one two in the feature. Richards was never challenged until late for the win. Initially, Knudtson had to hold off a hard charging Danny Hanson but they settled in throughout the race. A sudden spin by a fifth running Ashley Wahlstrom saw much of the field scramble to miss her with Jake Hessler sustaining damage. The race was restarted but the yellow flew when much of Hessler’s body on the passenger side of the car tore free and came to rest on the track.

The restart saw Knudtson attempt a bold pass by driving well over the tires with little but his outside tires still on the raceway. He was able to get underneath Richards twice, but Richards withstood the challenge and drove on to the win. Knudtson finished second over Danny Hanson, Kolby Kiehl in fourth, and a last starting Braden Brauer who drove through the field for a fifth place finish.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Kent Harmon and George Richards and it was Harmon leading the first several laps of the feature. Richards first looked under the leader but could not make the pass. He readjusted and moved up the track and was able to drive to the point. Once out front, Richards drove away as Harmon was able to finish second over Pat Smith, Krysta Doughty, and Jeff Tisdale.

William Voeltz and Derrick Krumrie won their heats and they too finished one two in the feature. It was Voeltz bolting out front to lead every lap as Krumrie was able to run with him but not challenge for the pass. A distance behind, Jordan Langer, Dean Butler, and Bradley York ran together to settle the eventual top five.

Realtor Shelly Watkins paid out $50.00 to the hard charger as second starting George Richards was the only non-pole starting winner on the night. All six classes were won from the front row.

The Red Cedar Speedway has concluded its regular season and will not race again until September 21, 22, and 23 for the 38th Annual Punkt Manor Challenge of Champions presented by Bill’s Distributing and Tim’s Automotive and Machine.

Rain Wins at Red Cedar Speedway

August 21st, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin-Due to heavy rains throughout the week and poor dying conditions, the Red Cedar Speedway was forced to cancel the Keyes Chevrolet and Mars Racing Season Championship Night and reschedule the same. On August 25, 2017, Snap-On by Aaron Wold and Quality Auto Body will present the Season Championship races. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and RCS Hornets will be in action. Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field

Mars Tops Duane Mahder 55 at Red Cedar Speedway

August 14th, 2017

Menomonie WI – Jimmy Mars led from start to finish to top the first annual Duane Mahder 55 held Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. The Late Model race honored the long time Late Model racer who was killed in a work related accident last November. The race was part of the Shaw Trucking WISSOTA Challenge Series and saw thirty one racers pull to Menomonie from three states in an attempt to win the $5,555 top prize offered.

After qualifying was complete, a twenty six car field was set to take on the fifty five lap Challenge Series race with Steve Laursen and Mars sharing the front row. The initial attempt to start the race didn’t get far as Cole Spacek rolled to a halt before a lap could be completed.

In a bizarre incident, Spacek and Mike Keller had crashed while stopping to drop off the flags the drivers were carrying for the pre race ceremonies and Keller was pushed off the track before the race even started and Spacek lasted less than a lap before his damaged car was done for the event.

The second attempt went smoother with Mars using the high side of the track to take the early lead with Laursen close behind. A.J. Diemel, Mike Prochnow and Marshall Fegers were both close behind as the top five managed to break away early from the field.

Mars continued to show the way and started to stretch his lead before the yellow came out once again for a Massingill spin in turn three. No damage resulted and the race was quickly restarted again. Diemel was on the move now as he drove past Laursen to take over second with Prochnow following his line and moving into third. Jesse Glenz and Rick Hanestad were also advancing in the field as both threatened to break into the top five.

Mars continued to maintain the lead while Prochnow moved in to challenge Diemel for second when the race was stopped for a spectacular accident on the front chute. Laursen and Glenz were battling for the sixth place when they got together as they raced off turn four. Laursen, on the outside, jumped the right front wheel af Glenz’s car and was launched into the air. With the front of his car high in the air, he rode nearly the length of the front chute in a giant “wheelie” with the air under the car causing it to ride high into the air and nearly go over backwards. It may have actually tipped over backwards except that it slammed into the fence entering turn one and then crashed down to the track where several drivers narrowly missed crashing into the stranded car.

Laursen was stunned briefly, and it took several minutes for him to get out of the car but he eventually was able to exit the vehicle on his own power. Because of the length of the clean up, the built in fuel stop was executed at this point, with twenty two laps completed.

Mars led Diemel, Prochnow, Fegers and Pat Doar at this point with Glenz, Hanestad, John Kaanta, Jeff Wildung and Lance Matthees following.

The fuel only stop was quickly handled and the field was ready to start again with Mars once again jumping out to a comfortable lead. With the halfway point quickly upon the drivers, Hanestad was on the move as he quickly gained two spots to crack the top five. Prochnow was also putting the pressure on Diemel and with a low side move, Mike was able to take over the second spot.

Mars continued to control the field with one last yellow slowing the action when Kerry Hansen spun with forty laps complete, which set up a fifteen lap sprint to the finish.

By this time the track was starting to take on rubber and most of the field had moved to the lower groove and once the green came back out for the final time, the pack was running the low side. Diemel got stuck on the outside for the restart and after trying to make the top side work, he fell back several spots as he couldn’t get back in line. Prochnow remained fairly close to Mars at this point while the one driver able to make the top side of the track work was Mark Hessler who gained several spots following the last yellow as he rolled past several competitors on the high side.

Things got a little dicey for Mars in the last few laps as he came up on a slower car that was also running the low side of the track and he had some difficulty getting by him. A couple times he tried to drive around the slower car, only to not be quite able to complete the pass and have to quickly dive back in line.

Coming for the white flag, Mars got very high in turn four as he again tried to pass on the outside but Prochnow was also up the track and unable to take advantage of the opening. Mars tucked back in line behind the slower car, maintained his position as crossed the line as the winner of the first annual Mahder Memorial 55.

Prochnow finished a close second worth $4,055 and Hanestad completed his late charge as he got up to third at the finish, good for $3,055 for the Boyceville driver. Fegers and Kaanta completed the top five with Kaanta maintaining his point lead in the Shaw Trucking Challenge Series.

The second five at the line consisted of Diemel, Doar, Hessler, Wildung and Jake Redetzke with nineteen of the twenty six starters still on the track at the finish and only one not on the lead lap.

The grandstand at the Red Cedar Speedway was jammed for this first annual event and a festive crowd enjoyed the Late Model action.

Notes: With Duane Mahder’s son Chad not having a WISSOTA legal entry for this race, Buddy Hanestad loaned his car to Mahder for the evening. A special wrap was put on the car which depicted the paint scheme of one of Duane’s most famous cars and Chad drove that entry Friday night. In fact, it was a car that Chad had driven in Arizona in February before Hanestad acquired it. After having mechanical problems in his heat, Chad thrilled the crowd when he came from eleventh starting spot to win the B feature before mechanical problems again saw him drop out of the main.

Kerry Hansen came out of a six year retirement to race the Mahder 55 Friday. The central Wisconsin veteran wanted to honor is friend Mahder so he turned to his long time car owner Mike Seubert, who was a co-sponsor of this event, and Seubert provided him with a car which they wrapped in Hansen’s famous bright yellow colors. Hansen said this was a one night deal only and that he would go back into retirement immediately.

Joe Provo Racewear had race event t-shirts for the Mahder 55 but he completely sold them out before the first green flag of the race was dropped as the fans were hungry for souvenirs on this night.

Jake Redetzke had a huge bright orange #55 on the door of his race car to honor his close friend Chad Mahder’s father Duane on this night. Redetzke’s own number #27 was beside the other number and much smaller in height.

The track provided a very nice color program with a biography of Mahder’s life and a list of all the sponsors of the event but it was very much in demand too and supplies of it disappeared quickly.

Scott “Bulldog” Anderson was instrumental in obtaining most of the sponsorship money for this race that paid a much higher purse than the standard Challenge Series purse and many of the paying positions had numbers that ended in fifty five to honor Mahder.

Many of the drivers and crew members were seen wearing old Duane Mahder shirts from throughout the years that must have been drudged out of the back corners of closets for this event.

Swedberg was disqualified after finishing fifth in the second heat race for not scaling after the event. He did come from twelfth in the B feature to qualify for the main event.

Richards, Knudtson and Doughty Top Red Cedar Speedway Feature Winners

August 14th, 2017

Menomonie WI, – As a part of the Shaw Trucking WISSOTA Challenge Series Duane Mahder 55 race at the Red Cedar Speedway, WISSOTA sanctioned Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks also raced full programs and the winners of those events were Tommy Richards, Mike Knudtson and Dustin Doughty.

The Super Stocks raced a highly competitive feature event which, after two yellows before two laps were completed, then went nonstop the rest of the way. Jim Harris had a great run as he led most of the first half of the race after starting on the pole. He was receiving heavy pressure from both Steve Thomas and Jeff Brauer who took turns challenging him but each time he managed to fight off their advances.

It would be Thomas on the high side and Brauer on the low side trying to edge past him and each time they would get beside him, he would manage to beat them out of the corners and hold on to his lead. Time after time this would happen but Harris continued to hold the point and beat off the challengers.

However, slowly but surely, Tommy Richards was on the march after starting on the outside of row four. Gradually he moved up and by the halfway point, he was part of the mix going for the lead.

Working his way into position, he soon found himself in second and the prime challenger for Harris. With a strong move off turn four, Richards drove to the inside and took over the top spot.

Once in front, he gradually worked to gain a bigger advantage as the fight was left for the second spot. Continuing his strong run, Richards didn’t let anyone get close to him in the late going as he continued to stretch his margin all the way to the checkered flag. Thomas had a great run for second as he held off Brauer with Eric Olson nipping Jesse Redetzke for fourth on the final corner. Harris did fade back in the late laps and had to settle for seventh after a strong early run.

Knudtson won yet another Street Stock feature after coming from the fourth row to take the lead late in the contest. Bob Wahlstrom was the early leader, as despite a smoking car he was able to hold off the pack for several laps. Rookie driver Travis Loew then drove past Wahlstrom to take over the top spot as Wahlstrom eventually had to retire to the pits.

Loew held the lead for a few laps himself as he looked for his first ever victory but Knudtson was just too strong and he drove past the rookie and took over the top spot. Once in front, he was able to extend his lead as the real battle was for position behind him.

Knudtson continued to maintain a comfortable lead and drove home for a relatively easy win with Ron Hanestad moving into the second spot late and claiming that position ahead of Danny Richards. Ashley Wahlstrom moved up through the field to get fourth ahead of Dalton Hazelton.

Jeff Tisdale took the early lead in the Pure Stock feature but Doughty was very quick to get to the front after starting in the fourth row. He passed his wife Krysta and then split the challenges of Kent Harmon and George Richards to get into second and then he continued his charge as he swept past Tisdale to take over the lead.

After a mid race yellow for a minor spin, the last seven laps of the race stayed green to checkered and while Doughty didn’t have a huge lead, he had a comfortable one that he maintained. The biggest battle was for second with after trading spots back and forth, Harmon held on to get the second spot with Richards close behind. Lucas Kallenbach crossed the line fourth but was disqualified following the event which moved Tisdale into fourth ahead of Krysta Doughty.

Next Friday night, August 18th, it is Season Championship night in all seven divisions. The rain date for that event will be August 25th. Next Friday night will be the last night for track points also. As always, race time is 7 pm at the Dunn County Rec Park.

See the speedway website or check their facebook page for late breaking news.

USMTS rained out at Menomonie, headed for Superior

August 13th, 2017

MENOMONIE, Wis.-The fourth round of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental at the Red Cedar Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 10, has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Heavy rain last night coupled with a promise of more this afternoon and i nto the evening has prompted officials to pull the plug on tonight’s show.

The series heads for the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., on Friday, Aug. 11. The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 5. Hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow at 7 p.m. Wissota Super Stocks, Midwest Mods and Pure Stocks will also be running.

Tickets are $20 for those ages 13 and older while. Coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at the Casey’s General Store located at 302 SR 23 South in Sandstone, Minn. Cory Crapser of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and his No. 07 Mountain Dew Spiked Lemonade modified will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and fans can get a special “Hot ticket” worth $5 off admission directly from the driver.

Kids ages 12 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $30. Suites are also available by calling Joe at (218) 349-7367.

The Amsoil Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 3.0 miles south of Superior on Tower Ave. (SR 35), at the Head of the Lake Fairgrounds in Superior, Wis. For more information, visit amsoilspeedway.com.

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

Anderson in the Mods at Red Cedar

July 31st, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway presented the Dunn County Fair Night and Double Buzzer Hornet Special Night Two presented by Tractor Central. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets were all in action. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Jeff Brauer, Shane Halopka, Mike Knudtson, George Richards, and Derek Krumrie.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds heats were won by Kevin Adams and Cory Mahder but it was Mike Anderson racing from sixth to the win at feature time. Chet Atkinson moved from the pole to lead lap one of the feature when an early yellow flag flew for a spinning Brandon Jensen and Mike Knopps as Knopps was sent to the rear. Atkinson led the restart but Jake Hanson and Jason Richardson were involved in a caution in turn four. Neither car continued. Once again under green, Atkinson was under heavy pressure by Cory Williams, but Mike Anderson powered under both to the point. Anderson continued to lead as Mark Hessler used the high side to move to second and seventh starting Mahder moved to third.

A spinning Josh Hessler collected Steve Hallquist and slowed the action for the final time. Anderson enjoyed a several car length lead as Hessler and Mahder raced side by side for second and Adams raced side by side with Ashley Anderson for fourth. Late in the running Anderson was enjoying a comfortable lead as Mahder claimed second and drove very hard to try to close. It was Anderson by several car lengths at the checkers with Mahder finishing in a strong second. Hessler, Adams, and Ashley Anderson were in the top five.

The General Beer Super Stocks ran three heats with Ben Hillman, Jeff Brauer, and Tommy Richards each driving under the checkers. The very strong Brauer on the pole for the main event showed writing on the wall as he endured three cautions on his way to leading every lap of the event. Early, he and Rick Hallquist moved away from a large pack racing for third but Brauer stretched his legs and moved out to a straightaway advantage.

The first caution saw a rare spin by Richards and he was relegated to 19th on the restart. The yellow flew immediately again as Tony Falkner spun. It was Brauer at the point as Steve Thomas moved into second. A final caution was drawn by a spinning AJ Morissette.

Back under green it was Brauer to the checkered flag undaunted. There was great racing action behind him as several tough drivers had a shoot out for the top five. Meanwhile, Richards was attacking the track in a fervor as he blasted from the back and tried to break into the front runner’s action. Thomas looked solid in second as Hallquist drove home in third. Jesse Redetzke finished fourth and Ben Hillman bested Richards for fifth.

There were four Midwest Modifieds heats as Gunner Watkins, Grant Southworth, Travis Anderson, and Denny Cutsforth each won their battles. The feature start saw an immediate chain reaction caution as they took the green. There were at least eight cars involved as Calvin Iverson and Josh Smith moved to the work area and the rear on the start. The 15 car was not able to continue.

Pole sitter Shadow Kitchner lead lap one but the race was stalled due to a four car incident in turn two. Iverson was not able to continue. Again, it was Kitchner but Shane Halopka had quickly raced to second from fourth. A caution flag flew for a spinning Cutsforth, which included perhaps some misguided extracurricular action while under yellow. Not long after restarting, Cutsforth spun again and was relegated pit side.

The green flag saw Colin Chaschuk becoming hung up on the inside of turn two and the yellow flew again. As they returned to action, it was Halopka snatching the lead as Mark Thomas moved to second. Travis Anderson moved into third as Gunnar Watkins followed him into fourth. Gant Southworth was able to overtake fifth as they all raced unchanged the remainder of the race as Halopka took the checkers.

The Street Stocks saw Michael Knudtson and Danny Richards win the heats as Knudtson swept the night, winning the feature. It wasn’t all that easy however, as 14 year old Braden Brauer drove from the outside of the front row to lead the race and look very strong. Although Knudtson was able to get near Bauer, the leader looked very good chasing his first feature win. A yellow flag flew on one occasion as Danny Richards was called for a lap nine caution. It was the break Knudtson needed as he used an aggressive inside move at the restart to take the lead. He went on to pull away for the win but Brauer was impressive in second. Richards used the remaining laps to scorch his way back into the top three. Ron Hanestad and Ashley Wahlstrom rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Kent Harmon and George Richards as Richards swept the night. Kent Deutsch lead early as Krysta and Dustin Doughty trailed in the top three. Dustin Doughty moved to second and then the lead. Meanwhile, Harmon and Richards battled for second as a spinning Cole Hill drew the caution. The green, white, checkered restart saw Richards challenge Doughty on the outside for the win. At the white flag they were side by side and continued to remain the same the entire last lap as Richards bested the two by a fender at the checkered flag.

Chad Walera and Derek Krumrie won their heats as Krumrie went on the sweep the night and the entire Double Buzzer Hornet Special winning both heats and features. A first lap caution saw Waldera spin and collect William Voeltz, Ross Hoffman, and John Wilson. All four cars were eliminated. Jason Holte took the lead but Bradley York drew the caution with a very hard trip into the turn four wall. On the restart, Krumrie overtook Leslie Jackson and closed on the leader. Holte bobbled once in turn four and Krumrie pounced for the lead. Krumrie drove to the win and was followed to the line by Holte, Jackson, Jordan Langer, and Dean Butler. However, the technical check after the race drew disqualifications for Jackson and Butler. Langer was scored in third, as Colin Nyseth and Dave Clausen were awarded top five finishes.

The Red Cedar Speedway is off on August 04, but returns with a vengeance the following week. Thursday, August 10, 2017 features the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Special plus USRA Limited Late Models and WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. One night later, the WISSOTA Challenge Series / Mahder 55 Memorial Race brings $5555.55 to win the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models. The Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks are also in action. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Seventh starting Michael Knudtson earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Career Night for Bart Steffen at RCS

July 9th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin–the Red Cedar Speedway and Dick’s RV sponsored Military Night with free grandstand admission with Military ID, a weekly racing series event. All seven classes were in action with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets. Feature winner included Jesse Glenz, Kevin Adams, Bart Steffen, Bart Steffen again, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, and William Voeltz.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models saw Jesse Glenz sweep the night’s action in convincing style. He started fourth in the feature and ran down early leader Mark Hessler to take the point. As Glenz left everyone far behind, Hessler had a fine run in second, followed by a charging Mike Keller, Buddy Hanestad, and Mike Prochnow.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds had heat winner Kevin Adams in the front row of the feature and the chase was on for the checkers. Adams pulled into the front position and set a fast pace as seventh starting, and heat winner, Mike Anderson blasted his way into second. Anderson chased hard as Ashley Anderson moved to third position from his eighth position start. A caution flew for the spinning Tony Schill resetting the field with Adams out front and Mike Anderson on the inside and Ashley Anderson on the outside of the second row. The restart saw Mike Anderson make a bid for the lead down low But Adams did not waiver. As Mike continued to pound the low groove, Ashley ran in the preferred upper line and overtook second and the running order remained unchanged to the finish. Josh Hessler looked outstanding coming from ninth to finish fourth behind the three modified standouts. Steve Hallquist rounded out the top five.

The General Beer Super Stocks ran two features on the night with the first having been postponed from a week earlier. It was Bart Steffen and Jim Harris on the front row of the first feature but a five car crash on the first lap reset the field and saw Harris relegated to the rear.

Steffen, who appeared extremely comfortable up front, moved out to an advantage in the lead. The race was slowed for a second caution, which eliminated three cars. Again, it was Steffen out front as Dan Nissalke, battled Ben Hillmann and Dan Gullikson fought with Tommy Richards for position. It was Steffen leading every lap of the event driving to his first win of 2017. Nissalke finished a strong second, followed by Dan Gullikson, Richards, and a charging Cory Davis.

Hall of Famer Red Steffen has long had bragging rights to his countless career wins, including having won the first race ever at Red Cedar Speedway and winning twice in the same day three times. However, he had never won twice at the same track on the same night. His son did just that as he lead every lap of the make up feature, his heat, and the regular feature. He looked amazing out front and his feat was popular with the drivers and fans alike. I sat near the Steffen family and observed their excitement during the events. It truly is what this sport is all about.

The heats were won by Tommy Richards, Ben Hillman, and Bart Steffen, as it was Steffen rounding out his career best night by coming off the front row. It wasn’t easy however as Rick Hallquist drove the lower groove to challenge for the win. As the two front cars battled hard, Richards lurked in their shadows. Steffen got the best of the side by side run with Hallquist and soon Hallquist found himself in a side by side tussle with Richards. With five laps remaining, a spin on the front stretch packed the cars together. It was Steffen again out front as Richards solidly claimed second over a very strong running Hallquist. Ben Hillman found his way to fourth as Dan Gullikson rounded out the top five at the finish line.

Josh Wahlstrom, Clark Swartz, and Shane Halopka scored heat wins in the Midwest Modifieds as Tyler Werner and Calvin Iverson led the field to green in the feature. Werner grabbed the point by inches as he and Iverson raced door to door for several laps and swapped the point multiple times. A caution for a spinning Brent Voeltz reset the field and it had been Werner’s turn at the front the last time at the line. Werner led as Denny Cutsforth took second on the start but it was Halopka coming from seventh to pass Cutsforth for position. Once in second, Halopka tracked down the leader and passed for first. He was on a mission as he never looked back the rest of the way to the checkers. Cutsforth got past Werner late as Travis Anderson and Josh Wahlstrom rounded out the final five.

The Street Stocks saw Danny Hanson and Ashley Wahlstrom win the heats as Danny Richards was too tough to handle in the feature. After an aborted attempt, the feature got underway with Jake Hessler and Wahlstrom racing side by side up front. The caution flag flew resetting the field with Hessler being scored as the leader. Under green, Wahlstrom worked low and into the lead slightly as the top two drove hard for the win. It was Richards splitting the difference and making it three wide up front. Richards broke free and took the top position as Mike Knudtson followed him through. A spinner reset the field once again and shortly after going back to green, the last caution of the event flew as cars struggled on the slick racing surface. On the restart, Knudtson bobbled, Richards moved to a comfortable lead, and Wahlstrom retook second position. Danny Hanson drove to third, Hessler had a fine run in fourth, and rookie Armond Love looked good running with the frontrunners, finishing in fifth.

The Pure Stocks were swept by Dustin Doughty as he drove from his front row starting position to dominate the event. In second, Jeff Tisdale looked good as cars behind him were scrambling for position, The only caution of the event was brought out by George Richards when he spun on his own, which is as rare as seeing a unicorn. He restarted in the rear of the pack. It was Doughty to the checkers as Kent Harmon earned the second position over Tisdale who held of a charging Richards at the line. Pat Smith rounded out the top five.

William Voeltz and Chad Waldera won the Hornet heats as Voeltz raced to the sweep in the feature. At the end of lap one, it was Voeltz, Derrick Reed, and Leslie Jackson in the top three and they remained in the same order until Derek Krumrie took over third on the final lap. Waldera finished in fifth.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing on Friday July 14, 2017, as Dean and Sue’s Bar and Grill along with Design Built Structures sponsor all seven classes of cars. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and RCS Hornets will all be on hand. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Eighth starting Danny Richards earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Hanestad at Red Cedar Speedway

July 3rd, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway presented Pack the Stands Night with half price grandstand admission featuring the NVSR Vintage Cars and UMSS Traditionals (Sprint cars). The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and RCS Hornets were also in action as. 24-7 Telcom sponsored the racing night. There were no Late Models or Modifieds on the card. Feature winners included Nick Koehler, Ron Hanestad, Dustin Doughty, William Voeltz, and Jimmy Kouba. A rainstorm just before the event delayed the start of racing and the Super Stock feature was postponed to next Friday night due to curfew rules.

Josh Smith, Travis Anderson, and Nick Koehler scored heat wins in the Midwest Modifieds as Koehler went on to sweep the night in the feature action. The initial start was aborted due to a spin, but the second attempt saw pole sitter Derek Haas take control and look very fast out front. A spinning John Wilson slowed the action a few laps into the event and the restart saw Koehler already sitting in second position after starting sixth on the field.

Under green, Koehler searched high and low for a route past the leader, but Haas was too strong. Meanwhile, Gunnar Watkins had driven from seventh to third and he started to pressure Koehler. The yellow flag flew again as Andrea Keeney and Shadow Kistner spun in turn two with Kistner being called at fault. Again on the restart, Haas looked great as Koehler pressured but could not take the position. The yellow flew again for Kistner as his damaged car was not able to clear the raceway.

The attempted restart was aborted again for a caution, and when the field was finally under green, it was Koehler with an outstanding start to get inside of Haas. Haas battled back, bobbled, and Watkins and Josh Wahlstrom took advantage, getting past for second and third. The caution raised its head again as Steve Haas was spun and returned to his position on the restart. One last green flag flew as Koehler and Watkins moved out front together in a run to the checkers and Wahlstrom held off Travis Anderson in a side by side battle for third.

As the leaders were finishing, a spinning car in turns three and four collect Dan Larson Jr. who rolled over on the raceway. The red flag was displayed, reports indicated the driver was safe and well, and the remainder of the field finished under the red flag condition. It was Denny Cutsforth scored in fifth and Derek Haas in sixth.

The Street Stocks saw Mike Knudtson and Sam Fankhauser win the heats as Ashley Wahlstrom took the lead of the feature from the pole. Wahlstrom lead early as Jake Hessler ran second in front of Ron Hanestad. Warren Hanson spun in turn two to draw the first caution of the event. The restart saw Hanestad drive into the lead but Fankhauser made extremely hard contact with the turns one and two wall. The red flag flew and the car was heavily damaged but reports indicated the driver was not seriously injured.

Once again under green Wahlstrom restarted as the leader, but Hanestad was quicker and moved to the point in the low line. Danny Richards began to challenge Wahlstrom for the runner up spot, and after a battle, drove underneath her, bringing Knudtson with into third. As the three stellar competitors set out to settle it on their own, Knudtson worked under Richards. Armond Love spun in turn two, just moments before Knudtson spun under Richards in an attempt to take second. Love was called for the caution and a green white checkered restart was in order.

Richards moved to the outside of Hanestad on the first of the two laps and looked as if he would steal the show; however, Hanestad regained control coming the white flag. It was Hanestad topping the field as Richards drove home in second over Knudtson. Wahlstrom finished fourth over Hessler at the line.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Jeff Tisdale and Michael Blevins. It was Dustin Doughty dominating the feature as he moved from fourth to the lead in turn one at the start in a aggressive bid for the point. Dean Pronschinske looked fast as he moved into second but behind him there was a three car battle for third as Kent Harmon, Tisdale, and George Richards fought for the position. Soon Pat Smith joined the fray. In front, Doughty was checked out on the field as Harmon worked low on Pronschinske, grabbed the position, and Richards followed him through. The yellow flag flew on the final lap but the race was called official and Doughty won in a no doubt about it fashion. Harmon was the runner up over Richards, Pronschinske, and Smith in fifth.

Derek Krumrie and Bradley York won the hornet heats as York bolted from the pole position to the lead in the feature. York ran out front as Jordan Langer moved into second position. A caution flag flew when Adam Hackbarth crashed on the front stretch. Unfortunately, a sponsor sign blocked this writer’s view so I can not report on the cause. The restart saw ninth starting William Voeltz move to second and begin to challenge for the lead. He and York raced side by side for two and a half laps before York was passed for the point as they approached the white flag. It was Voeltz, York, Langer, Dean Butler, and Sean Svee in the top five.

The traditional sprints were dominated by the Kouba’s as Jimmy and Jake Kouba both won their heats and Jimmy won the feature, leading every lap. Jake Kouba raced to second and challenged for the lead a few separate times, but was unable to claim the position. Their complete results and write up are available at the UMSS Traditional website.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing action on Friday July 7, 2017, as Dick’s Rv presents Military Night, offering free grandstand admission with military ID. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and RCS Hornets will be on hand. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Ninth starting William Voeltz earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Three Go Back to Back at Red Cedar Speedway

June 18th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin–the Red Cedar Speedway, Thunderhill Speedway, and Trail Dodge presented the Outlaw Mini Mod Series along with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets. There were no Modifieds on the card. Feature winner included Mike Prochnow, Dan Gullixson, Jake Smith, Sam Fankhauser, George Richards, and Derick Krumrie.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models saw Mike Keller win the heat and sit of the pole for the feature as he was flanked by Greg Nippoldt at the drop of the green. It was Keller leading early but by lap five, Mike Prochnow came from his fourth starting position to take the point and never look back in the caution free event. Keller maintained a strong second over Jesse Glenz, Buddy Hanestad, and fifth finishing Cole Spacek,

The General Beer Super Stock heats were won by Dan Nissalke, Jesse Redetzke, and Tommy Richards but Dan Gullikson is going to start to believe it is easy after winning the feature for back to back weeks. They don’t come easy in this class though as the yellow flag flew on the first lap and Jesse Redetzke was called for the caution. On the second attempt, Rick Hallquist moved from his pole position to the lead as second starting Eric Olson set chase. Olson used the high line to move into the lead, but third running Gullikson went even higher, got a terrific run off turn four, and passed both top two cars for the lead.

As the race wore on, Tommy Richards moved into third and Redetzke had cracked the top five from the tail of the field. A spin in turn two reset the pack for a three lap run to the checkers. Gullikson was undaunted as he led the remaining laps for the win. Hallquist had a late surge to race back to second as Richards finished third. Olson and Redetzke rounded out the top five.

Nick Koehler, Shane Halopka, and Gunnar Watkins, scored heat wins in the Midwest Modifieds as Josh Wahlstrom and Jesse Bryan led the field to green in the feature. The first attempt was aborted due to a spin but the second try saw Wahlstrom in the lead. Soon the yellow flew a again for a multi car incident in turn two which sent Matt Klukas to the rear. The field restarted once again only to be slowed by a spinning John Ford. Under green, Wahlstrom looked tough out front but Josh Smith used the high side to challenge. Another caution, this time drawn by a spinning Justin Claussen, once again slowed the pace.

The restart saw the high side to Josh Smith’s liking as he drove to the lead. Jake Smith followed suit to drive into second and the two began a several lap side by side run for the win. Jake Smith found the lead over Josh as Shane Halopka entered the picture. Halopka passed into second and charged hard on the leader. At the checkered flag, it was Jake Smith in a very impressive run narrowly over Halopka. Koehler used the final laps to charge into third as Josh Smith, and Wahlstrom rounded out the top five finishers.

The Street Stocks saw Hunter VanGilder and Sam Fankhauser win the heats as Fankhauser made it a sweep for the night after starting outside Ron Hanestad on the front row of the feature. Two cautions ended two initial attempts to start the race, but Fankhauser took control when it was finally under green. Hanestad ran second as Kolby Kiehl was in third and seventh starting Danny Richards used the high groove to race to fourth. At the halfway point, it was unchanged other than Richards had moved to third.

Richards raced to moved two wide for the second position when Mike Knudson was spun drawing the yellow. He regained his position on the restart as Genett was called for he foul. It took Richards a lap or so to get back to his top speed after a restart, which allowed Fankhauser to pull away and Hanestad to regain second. Richards retook second and set off to run down the leader. Ashley Wahlstrom spun late, drawing the final caution and once again, Fankhauser had a very good start and Richards took a bit to get to speed in the highline. It was all Fankhauser was going to need as a combination of a fast car and great starts vaulted him to victory lane. Richards, who was very fast in his own right, finished runner up. Kiehl had a fine run to take third as Hanestad faded somewhat late in the event finishing fourth over VanGilder in fifth.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Pat Smith and Kent Harmon as the feature was led to green by Kent Deutsch and Jeff Tisdale. Early in the feature, Krysta Doughty moved to the point but it was George Richards racing off the high side who passed Doughty to secure the lead and never look back. Cautions slowed his run to the checkered flag however as firstly Harmon was spun causing Tisdale to go to the tail of the field. Later, both Krysta and Dustin Doughty slowed on the track in seemingly unrelated incidents. Krysta Doughty went to the work area, returned to the track, but retired shortly thereafter. Dustin Doughty pulled off under yellow. Five laps were remaining as Richards continued to dominate and Harmon ran a strong second to the finish. Pat Smith had a good run to third over Tisdale and Stefan Hogue finished in fifth.

Dean Butler and Jason Bauer both looked unbeatable in their heat wins as Chad Walera and Jake Halterman led the Hornets to the green in the feature. The feature didn’t get rolling until its fifth attempt, but once it was under green, it went cover to cover to the checkers. Derek Krumrie lead every lap as he was followed to victory lane by Bauer, Bradley York, Halterman, and Jordan Langer.

The Outlaw Mini Mods were swept by current points leader Andy Zimmerman as he lead every lap in his heat and the feature. The remaining results were not available as of this writing, but will be available at http://www.batwingchassis.com/outlaw-mini-mod-series soon.

The Red Cedar Speedway will not be racing on Friday June 23, 2017. It will return to action on return to racing on June 30, 2017, as 24-7 Telcom presents Pack the Stands Night with half price grandstand admission. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and RCS Hornets will be on hand along with the NVSR Vintage Cars and UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars. There will be no Late Models or Modifieds on the card. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Fifth starting George Richards earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Its Anderson at Red Cedar Speedway

June 11th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway, DKS Construction, and Lewis Bjork Plumbing presented the WISSOTA Race of Champions night as the feature winners qualified for the Race of Champions during the WISSOTA 100. Feature winner included Mike Prochnow, Ashley Anderson, Dan Gullixson, Travis Anderson, Danny Richards, Kent Harmon, and Derick Krumrie.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models saw Rick Hanestad win the heat and Mike Prochnow drive from the pole position to the checkered flag in a race which was only slowed once for a stalled car. John Kaanta hounded the leader for three quarters of the race and was able to pull even in turns three and four on multiple laps. The higher line of Prochnow allowed his momentum off turn four to lead each lap. Later in the event, AJ Diemel caught Kaanta and after a fine battle for the position, it was Diemel in second at the finish. Kaanta, Hanestad, and Jesse Glenz rounded out the top five.

The Tims Automotive Modifieds were swept by Ashley Anderson as Tony Schill won the other heat. On the initial start, there was a chain reaction caution which saw Jay Richardson spinning. A restart saw Kelly Anderson and Mark Hessler bring the field to green. Hessler immediately took the lead, but Ashley Anderson took the point away one lap later. As Anderson began to dominate the event, one of the front runners, Jake Hartung spun and collected Kevin Adams. It was Hartung called for the foul and the short break did nothing to thwart Anderson as he immediately moved back out front to a comfortable advantage. At the finish, it was Hessler with a fine run in second, followed by Brandon Jensen, Kevin Adams, and Tony Schill in the top five.
One of the most argued calls in racing is the slide job which ends with a caution. The Super Stock feature was greatly affected by a call which could easily have gone either way late in the event. The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Jesse Redetzke and Cory Davis. The feature was lead to green by Rick Halquist and Tony Falkner but Tommy Richards closed to challenge for the lead immediately. Halquist and Richards were side by side after one lap but Richards soon moved out front on his own.
Jesse Redetzke moved to second and began to chase the leader. It was Richards on the high side and Redetzke on the higher side as he skirted the concrete with his line. As they ran nose to tail, Dan Gullikson made his way from eighth to third. A pair of spins by Jay Oricchio a few laps apart slowed the action and kept the group packed tight. A green, white, checkered restart was called and with spectacular racing up front it was Richards with one lap to go. A caution in turns one and two on what appeared to be the white flag lap slowed the pace. The decision was made to restart the race and finish under green.

As they restarted, Gullixson was scored in second with Redetzke in third and Richards still the leader. Redetzke drove into the first set of corners low and very hard and was able to slide in front of Richards for the lead but Richards collided with the back of Redetzke. Cars were sent scattering and spinning . The track officials made the decision the challenger had cleared the leader and although Redetzke had slowed significantly due to the slide job, Richards who had momentum was responsible to make an evasive maneuver to avoid the collision. Richards was called with the caution and he left the racetrack on his own accord. Once again, a green, white checkered restart was in order and it was Gullixson inheriting the lead!

Gullixson was too strong for the challengers in the final circuits as Dan Nissalke powered to second and Cory Davis made a hard charge to third. Redetzke slipped to fourth late and Tony Falkner earned a top five finish.
Austin Ellis, Clark Swartz, and Gunnar Watkins, scored heat wins in the Midwest Modifieds as. Shadow Kistner and Denny Cutsforth led them to green in the feature, A lap one spin reset the entire field and on the second attempt, Cutsforth took the lead as Travis Anderson moved to second. Anderson worked low and took the lead and the race would not be slowed by any further cautions as Anderson ran away and hid from the rest of the pack. He led by a straight stretch as he drove under the checkered flags. Watkins spent much of the race running in second but was overtaken late by runner up finishing Nick Koehler. Austin Ellis, who dominated his heat, moved to fourth in the feature and looked very good. In a very nice run, tenth starting Matt Klukas drove to finish fifth.

The Street Stock Feature saw Michael Knudtson win the heat and the pair of Ron Hanestad and Knudtson on the front row elicited images of the great things to come. Outstanding racing was about to ensue, but it wasn’t the front row stars who shined the brightest. In lap one, it was Knudtson by inches and lap two it was Hanestad. As Hanestad looked good on the point, a spinning Warren Hanson came around in front of the leaders. The restart saw Hanestad at the front with Danny Richards and Knudtson directly behind. Under green, Richards was able to pull even with the leader. A clean battle began and with three laps remaining, Richards squeezed by for the point. Although Hanestad chased, he was forced to settle as runner up to Richards at the line. Knudtson took third over Ashley Wahlstrom and after recovering from an earlier spin, Hanson raced to fifth.

The Pure Stocks saw Dean Pronschinske and Kent Harmon win heats as Harmon wasn’t done for the evening and he swept the action winning the feature. Michael Miller and Harmon owned the front row for their finale. A lap one caution for a blown tire sent George Richards to the work area and restarting last. It was Harmon leading immediately, and he never looked back in his run to the checkers. Dustin Doughty made an early physical dash to the second position as he forced his way through traffic. Lucas Kallenbach drove from sixth to third as Richards recovered to finish fourth. Krysta Doughty was scored in fifth at the finish.

Bradley York and Jason Holte won Hornet heats as Jordan Langer and Derek Krumrie held the front row of the feature. It was Krumrie early and often as he lead the entire event. It was York racing to second and Voeltz to third early. The top three stretched their advantage from the remaining cars as late in the event, Voeltz got past York for second. Jason Holte raced his way to fourth as Langer was scored in fifth. Krumrie was unbeatable out front however, as he drove flawlessly to the win.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on June 16, 2017, as Thunderhill Speedway and Trail Dodge sponsor the Outlaw Mini Mod Series plus the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets. There will be no Modifieds on the card. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Eighth starting Dan Gullikson earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Mahder Wins the Mods

June 7th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway and E.O. Johnson Business Technologies presented the 2nd Annual Modified Special with unsanctioned modifieds which allowed open motor competitors to race against WISSOTA legal cars. In addition the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Late Models were on the card. Feature winners included Cory Mahder, Jesse Glenz, Tommy Richards, and Grant Southworth.

The unsanctioned modified event saw local, regional, and national runners compete for the increased payday.
Among the local weekly competitors, Brandon and Joey Jensen, AJ Diemel,

Jimmy Mars, Jake Timm, Lucas Schott, and Craig Thatcher showed up in A Mods to race. It was Matt Leer and Craig Thatcher winning from the pole and Kerry Halopka and Joey Jensen winning from the outside of the front rows of their respective heats.

The passing points format worked well for Cory Mahder and Lucas Schott as both finished second in their heats after starting sixth as the two filled the front row of the feature. Under green, it was Mahder taking the lead as Schott set out to chase him down. The leaders raced at a quick pace and soon found themselves in lapped traffic. A terrific battle ensued as they fought their way through the heavy back markers and the race remained under green, allowing no relief.

Schott was able to move even with the leader on more than one occasion in traffic, but Mahder was flawless as he carved his way and others followed in his wake. Late in the event, Jake Hanson was spun coming off of turn two resetting the field as Joey Jensen, who was running with the lead group, was called for the caution. Under green, Mahder lead the handful of remaining laps under heavy pressure; however, the defending race champion, Lucas Schotts, was forced to be the runner up as Mahder ran a perfect race to the checkered flag.

Don’t think for a moment though that the only racing action was at the point. Behind the leaders there were outstanding battles being waged and trading positions and passing was essentially nonstop. Ashley Anderson started 16th and moved his way to finish third as AJ Diemel drove from eighth to fourth. Mike Anderson, fresh off winning the Minnesota Modified Nationals with a $12,500 payday after coming through a B Feature and starting 14th on the grid, moved from 11th to finish fifth in this event. Very worth of mentioning was Jake Hartung who finished just outside of the top five in sixth after having started 25th on the field.

Other noteables included Matt Lear in seventh, Jimmy Mars and Craig Thatcher finished eighth and ninth, and Cory Bruggeman in tenth after starting 18th.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models were swept by Jesse Glenz as he drove to the front of the feature after starting fourth. It was Greg Nippoldt leading the charge for several laps until Glenz was able to reel him in and make the pass. Once out front, Glenz drove to the checkered flag unchallenged and in dominating fashion. Nippoldt continued his great run to finish second over Mike Prochnow, Jimmy Mars, and Michael Keller.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Jim Harris, Dan Nissalke, and Tommy Richards as Adam Soltis and Nissalke lead them to green in the feature. Nissalke took the early lead and looked very tough out front as cars jockeyed behind him for position. Sixth starting Ben Hillman closed into the top three and worked on Soltis for the position when the yellow flag was displayed for the spinning Mike Siewert.

Back under green, Nissalke still looked good in the lead as ninth starting Tommy Richards moved in to challenge for the top three. Nissalke ran hard as Hillman drove the high groove and Richards moved down low. There was an outstanding three car battle for the lead that was worth the price of admission itself. The caution flew once again as Jay Oricchio was spun in turn one. Under power the leaders returned to exactly where they left off in their fine race for the point. Hillman found himself in a door to door battle with Soltis who had rejoined the leaders as Richards moved beside the leader himself.

Nissalke did everything he could to hold off Richards as the two battled cleanly for first but as Richards made his way to the point he began to stretch his advantage. Hillman won the tussle with Soltis and he too moved in on Nissalke. The two ran side by side as Jesse Redetzke came into the picture to try to stake his own claim for the position, It was Richards comfortably late at the checkered flag as Hillman was able to take second. Nissalke finished his great run in third over Redetzke and the fifth finishing Soltis.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds saw Jake Smith, Gunnar Watkins, and Michael Truscott score heat wins. Clark Swartz and Denny Cutsforth were on the front row at feature time as Swartz took the early lead but a caution flew for a multi car incident which was called on Brady Larson. The restart saw Swartz again in the lead as Travis Anderson moved into second position and seventh starting Grant Southworth found third.

The top three raced hard for position as Southworth found the upper groove to his liking. He was able to move past the others into first. Southworth began to drive away from the group as Swartz ran hard in second and Anderson, although could get inside Swartz, could not make the pass for the position. The final yellow flag flew again as Larson spun in turn two and was sent pit side. The restart saw Southworth lead the remaining laps for a strong win as Shane Halopka got past Anderson and worked on Swartz to the finish. It was Swartz hanging strong in second as Halopka, Anderson, and Smith rounded out the top five.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on June 09, 2017, as DKS Construction & Lewis Bjork LLC present the WISSOTA Race of Champions Night. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway Hornets will all be in action. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Ninth starting Tommy Richards earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Too Wet at Red Cedar Speedway

May 22nd, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin- The Serve Pro of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties sponsored races at the Red Cedar Speedway were cancelled due to weeklong rains. The Red Cedar Speedway will return to action on Friday, May 26, 2017, with the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars plus the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Red Cedar Hornets. The Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Modifieds, and Late Models will not be on the card.

June 2, 2017 brings the Modified Special with unsanctioned modifieds plus the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Super Stocks, and Midwest Modifieds presented by E.O. Johnson Business Technologies.

Kolek Gets First Win at Red Cedar

May 16th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin- Sports Rider presented the best tradition in racing with Meet the Driver Night as they.sponsored the Red Cedar Speedway and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Red Cedar Hornets. Feature winners included AJ Diemel, Ashley Anderson, Jesse Redetzke, Carl Kolek, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Jeremy Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heat was won by Jake Redetzke as AJ Diemel rode his outside front row starting position to the victory at feature time. Diemel quickly jumped out front over Rick Hanestad and Jake Redetzke as the group stretched out. The race ran caution free but at about two thirds through the race, Diemel nearly spun on his own in the lead. Hanestad charged hard to take advantage, but to no avail. Diemel regained control of his car and the race and drove to the win. Hanestad, Redetzke, Mike Prochnow, and John Kaanta were scored in the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Mike Anderson, and Ashley Anderson score heat wins. Ashley Anderson and Greg Chesley held the front row as a first attempt to start the feature was stopped by a Jay Richardson spin. Under green, Ashley Anderson took control but a spinning Mark Hessler restacked the field. Again, Ashley Anderson lead, but eighth starting Cory Mahder closed to second and challenge for the point. Mike Anderson had worked his way to third and he too tried to eat into the lead. With three laps remaining the leader began to smoke heavily but he didn’t slow as he drove to the victory. Mahder finished an impressive second as he hounded for the win throughout the event. It was Mike Anderson, Jake Hartung, and Steve Hallquist in the top five.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Dan Gullixson, Ben Hillman, and Eric Olson. Rick Hallquist and and Chad Gullixson held the front row as Steve Thomas blasted from the second row to impressively take the lead on lap two. It was Jesse Redetzke closing to second as Tommy Richards and Dan Gullixson drove up to challenge. Kyle Helling was spun on the backstretch and the yellow flew. On the restart, Thomas jumped the cushion in turn two and Redetzke took advantage driving to the point as Thomas slipped back to fifth. A debris caution later reset the field for the final time. Under green, Richards drove hard to try to snatch the win from Redetzke. He pulled even at the white flag and they raced the final circuit closely as Redetzke won the drag race off turn four to the checkers. It was Richards, Dan Gullikson, Hillman, and Thomas in the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds ran three heats won by Travis Anderson, Nick Koehler, and Jesse Bryan. Derek Haas and Shadow Kitchner paced the group to the start of the feature as Denny Cutsforth came from the second row to immediately take control of the race. Soon, contact on the front stretch sent several cars spinning and but Clark Swartz and Calvin Iverson off on the wrecker. Cutsforth continued to lead as Karl Kolek moved to second as Travis Anderson and Shane Halopka made their presence known. A large crash in turn two which involved five cars slowed the action.

On the restart, the leader spun on his own in turn two and himself collected more cars. A green white checkered attempt saw a spinning Kitchner draw the last caution. The race was restarted with Koleck on the point with Anderson and Halopka directly behind. The white and green were shown simultaneously and a one lap charge saw Kolek win his first ever feature as Halopka grabbed second over Anderson on a very close finish by the top three. Nick Koehler finished fourth as Tyler Werner finished a strong run from eleventh in fifth.

Ron Hanestad and Michael Knudtson won the Street Stock heats as it was Jess Seim and Travis Loew leading the parade to the start of the feature. Loew lead early as Danny Richards closed from his fourth row start to take second and then move into the lead on lap two. Knudtson moved to third and Ron Hanestad to fourth. Knudtson overtook second and chased Richards who held a slight advantage. Knudtson closed to the leaders bumper when the yellow flew for a Robert Wahlstrom spin. On the restart, Richards held the lead and Kolby Kiehl moved to third. The last few laps saw Knudtson pressure greatly for the lead but Richards held the spot to the finish. The top four were in a tight bundler as Knutson, Kiehl, and Hanestad all finished closely. Loew was scored in fifth.

The Pure Stock heats were topped by Dean Pronschinske and Dustin Doughty as James Thur and Jeff Tisdale led the pack to green in the feature. Tisdale brought out the yellow on the start, and a second attempt saw Christa Doughty on the front row. It was Chista Doughty out to the lead early, as George Richards cut through the crowd from tenth into second. Richards took the lead, Doughty fought back, but Richards was too tough, retaking the lead on lap four. He continued at the point to the checkered flag. Dustin Doughty moved to second and Kent Harmon overtook Krysta Doughty for third. Pronschinske finished fifth.

Two heats of Hornets were won by William Voeltz and Sean Svee. The feature saw Josh Creighton and Adam Hackbarth bring them to green. It was Jordan Langer taking the early lead over Voeltz. But Jeremy Johnson drove by both on the low side to take the lead. It looked as if Johnson was in control but later in the run, Voeltz began to close. The white flag was displayed but a three car wreck drew the yellow causing a green, white, checkered finish. On the final circuit, third running Jason Holte made a terrific save but lost multiple positions. Johnson ran to the checkered up front, followed by Voeltz, sixteenth starting Bradley York, Svee, and Langer.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on May 19, 2017, presented by Serve Pro of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway and Hornets will all be in action. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Tenth starting George Richards won the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Knudtson Steals One at Red Cedar

May 9th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin—Design Built Structures.sponsored the Red Cedar Speedway and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks and Hornets. Feature winners included John Kaanta, Ashley Anderson, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Michael Knudtson, Michael Blevins, and Bradley York.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heats were won by Mike Prochnow and John Kaanta and once again, it was pole sitter Kaanta who led the feature from cover to cover. Darrell Nelson closed late to pose a challenge for the lead, but Kaanta was cooler than the other side of a pillow, and picked up the pace to ease back out into a two car advantage to the checkered flag. Aj Diemel, Mike Keller, and Jake Redetzke rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Cory Mahder, Mike Anderson, and Matt Leer score heat wins. The polesitter Ashley Anderson took the lead and never looked back as he eased away into the night on a nonstop run to the checkered flag. Mike Anderson moved from the second row into the runner up position followed by fifth starting Mahder, Matt Leer, and Kerry Halopka.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Jesse Redetzke, Jim Harris, and Tony Falkner. It was Falkner’s first heat win and it came while celebrating his birthday. The initial start of the feature was slowed due to a spinning Luke Schultz. The second attempt saw Adam Soltis move to the point. A few laps later, the strong running Chad Gullixson, fresh off leading all but the last lap of his heat, spun and drew the caution. Soltis held the lead on the restart, bud Danny Richards eased past to take the top spot.

A spinning Schultz saw him back the car into the turn three wall and slow the action once again. Back under green, it was Troy Fransway making hard contact into the turn three wall as the Super Stock drivers struggled for grip on the slick racing surface. As they restarted, Richards found himself challenged by Solitis but was holding his own. A multi car spin and crash in turn four brought the field to a halt and eliminated several midpack cars. The restart saw a one lap sprint to the line which Richards covered. Solitis cruised home to a solid second place over Ben Hillman, Bart Steffen, and Steve Thomas. The fourth and fifth finishing cars were both on their first night out for the year.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds ran four heats won by Jacob Smith, Nick Koehler, Peter Jokinen, and Shane Halopka. The front row of Tyler Werner and Jake Smith led them to the green and after an aborted first try, it was Werner leading early. Werner controlled the race for several laps when a spinning John Ford regrouped the field. Werner had a slight bobble after coming to green on the restart and Jake Smith squeezed to the lead. Smith set the pace but a charging Koehler moved low and inside for the point.

Soon, Michael Truscott, who had started in the fourth row, found his way into third and then to second position as Shane Halopka followed him to through. Koehler looked in control at the white flag, but a spinning car drew the yellow. A green, white, checked shootout saw Koehler pick up where he left off and motor to the victory. Halopka moved into second on the start, but Truscott rebounded to retake the position on the last lap. It was Gunnar Watkins making a big move in the two lap shootout coming from outside the top five to fourth as Jake Smith rounded out the top five.

Sam Fankhauser and Hunter VanGilder won the Street Stock heats as it was Armond Love and Ashley Wahlstrom leading the parade to the start of the feature. It took four tries to get a lap in under green with the third attempt being the most costly as Wahlstrom appeared to stall at the start, collecting several cars in the meley. Officials called for a single file start and Love held the advantage. Under green, Danny Richards went low as Fankhauser went high and they drove three wide for the lead. It was Richards, then Fankhauser, as Michael Knudtson drove into third.

Hunter Van Gilder took advantage of Knudtson sliding high and he drove into the top three. It was Fankhauser hounding Richards for the lead, moving underneath and making it a two wide battle for the win. Richards was strong however, as he weathered the storm at the moment and moved back to the point alone. Knudtson was able to regain third and he moved in to challenge the leaders as they battled each other. On the final lap, Fankhauser again was able to pull even with Richards and on the backstretch, they made heavy contact. It was Knudtson seizing the moment as he moved high and past for the lead a half lap from the checkers. Fankhauser suffered a flat tire and Richards set chase for Knudtson. Richards was able to challenge for the lead before the checkered flag flew, but he would run out of time as Knudtson beat him to the line. VanGilder was scored third as Fankhauser was able to limp to fourth over fifth finishing Jake Hessler.

The Pure Stock heats were topped by a couple of local strong runners in Kent Harmon and Dustin Doughty but it was the defending national champion, Michael Blevins claiming the feature win. The start of the feature saw Jeff Tisdale leading but Krysta Doughty moved to the front. One lap later, Tisdale drew the caution with a spin. Dustin Doughty went to the work area under yellow and both restarted from the rear. On the restart, Harmon and Blevins split the leader as it was Blevins getting the better of the two for the top spot. Last place starting George Richards, who had missed his heat race, moved into the top three.

A caution flag was displayed for debris on the frontstretch and under yellow, Dustin Doughty left the race. The restart saw Harmon make a serious challenge for the lead but Blevins prevailed and drove to the win. It was Harmon in second as cars waged a three wide scrimmage for third. At the checkered flag it was Richards, Krysta Doughty, and a recovering Tisdale in fifth.

Two heats of Hornets were won by William Voeltz and Jason Holte. The feature saw Bradley York and Derek Krumrie bring them to green. It was York, then Sean Svee early as Jordan Langer filled out the top three. Voeltz made significant contact with Krumrie in turn three, collecting Jason Holte dropping them all off the pace but the race remained green. The yellow flag flew shortly thereafter for an unrelated spin and the field was reset. It was York controlling the pace and race all the way to the win as Jordan Langer continued his strong 2017 campaign, coming home in second. Sean Svee was scored in third as Holte and Voeltz recovered to finish in the top five.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on May 12, 2017, as Sports Rider presents the best tradition in racing with Meet the Driver Night. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Sixth starting Michael Blevins won the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

Kaanta Leaves Them Behind

May 3rd, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin -Pistol Pete’s Custom Cycles and Cubby’s Bar sponsored the Red Cedar Speedway and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks and Hornets. Feature winners included John Kaanta, Dave Cain, Tommy Richards, Grant Southworth, Ron Hanestad, Dustin Doughty, and Jordan Langer. Michael Truscott won the Midwest Modified April 21 make up feature.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heats were won by Darrell Nelson and Jimmy Mars but it was pole sitter John Kaanta who dominated the feature from cover to cover. The nonstop event saw Kaanta drive into the night unchallenged to the feature win. Rick Hanestad ran strongly in his own right as he held a solid lead over Jake Redetzke at the finish. Darrell Nelson and Jimmy Mars rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams score heat wins. The outside front row starting Dave Cain took control of the feature over pole sitter Mitch Anderson and set sail into the night. Cain drove unchallenged to the victory but the fastest car on the track was eighth starting Adams as he methodically moved his way to second at the finish. Matt Leer, Mike Anderson, and Darrell Nelson finished in the top five.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks night was swept by Tommy Richards but it wasn’t an easy task. After an aborted start of the feature, the race was underway with outside front row starter, Cody Overton getting high coming out of turn two. Overton found himself against the backstretch wall and suddenly he spun and began a multiple time violent roll over down the backstretch. The oncoming swarm of racecars was able to avoid him as parts of his car littered the track. In a testament to the car builder and safety equipment, when he finally came to rest, he was able to climb from the overturned Super Stock unhurt. The car; however, was destroyed.

After the red flag was lifted, yet another attempt was made to start the feature. Richards immediately moved out front to claim the lead. Soon thereafter a spinning Luke Schultz slowed the action. Once again, it was Richards in front at the green, but Jesse Redetzke made a bold hard charge into turn one and pulled even. He took the lead running down the backstretch and looked to be ready to claim the win as his own. The yellow flag flew for a spin before the lap was complete however, and that is all Richards needed.

Richards regained his lead on the restart and got up on the wheel and drove hard. Redetzke chased closely but one bobble in the turns allowed Richards to stretch an advantage. The leader moved out to comfortable lead as laps clicked off and drove his way to the checkered flag. The remaining cars spread out as Ben Hillman and Tony Falkner finished in the top four.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds ran two features as the makeup saw Michael Truscott drive from the front row to victory lane. Nick Koehler challenged for the point early but settled in and ran second. Gunnar Watkins, Shane Halopka, and Dan Wheeler finished in the top five in the caution free event.

The regular night action saw Travis Anderson, Clark Swartz, and Nick Koehler carry the checkers in their respective heats. It was Travis Anderson and Josh Wahlstrom leading the field to green at feature time. Anderson Immediately took the led as Grant Southworth tried to track him down. A yellow for the spinning Jesse Bryan reset the field and Southworth capitalized on the restart. He quickly moved to the front as Anderson settled into second. At the halfway mark, ninth starting Michael Truscott had moved to third. He eventually caught Anderson on the white flag lap and moved to second but Southworth would drive to the win relatively comfortably. Shane Halopka and Wahlstrom finished fourth and fifth.

The Street Stocks saw Michael Knudtson and Kyle Dykhoff with their respective qualifiers. The feature saw Ashley Wahlstrom move to the lead at the start as Ron Hanestad hounded her for the position. Hanestad found a way inside her in turns one and two as behind him the entire top eight diced for position. The race continued as Hanestad moved out to a decent lead and Wahlstrom fended off the advances of Danny Richards and Knudtson.

Hanestad had found his way into lap traffic and worked it perfectly as Wahlstrom’s car began to smoke very heavily. As Hanestad raced to the white flag, Warren Hanson spun and drew the yellow flag. The field was reset for a green, white, checkered finish. Upon the restart, Richards got up and out of the groove causing him to lose positions. Hanestad held true to his line as Kyle Genett tried had to rip the win away on the final circuit. It was Hanestad at the live over Genett as Michael Knudtson, Sam Fankhauser, and Danny Richards followed them home.

The Pure Stock heats were topped by Kent Harmon and the defending national champion, Michael Blevins. The start of the feature saw Dustin Doughty out front over George Richards. A spin in turn four slowed the action and after restarting, a hard crash between Cole Hill and Krysta Doughty saw them leave on a hook.

Once again, under green, Richards drove past Doughty and begin to drive away from the pack. With a comfortable lead, the yellow flag flew for the final time after Richards had taken the white flag. Not all cars on the lead lap had taken the white; however, so the field was caused to restart. The one lap green, checkered restart saw Doughty inside Richards very early and into the lead. The start was upheld and although Richards fought back to a side by side run down the backstretch, Doughty retook control in the last set of turns to run to the checkered flag and win. A disappointed Richards settled for second and Kent Harmon, Michael Blevins, and Dean Pronschinske were all scored in the top five.

Two heats of Hornets were won by William Voeltz and Jeremy Johnson. The feature saw Sean Svee lead early as Jordan Langer and Johnson drove up to make it three wide for the point. It was Langer finding the top spot as Johnson moved to second. At the halfway point, Johnson’s car dropped debris on the racing surface and he was relegated to the rear. Langer inherited the lead and looked strong out front under green. Johnson sliced his way back through the field, moved to second, and at the white flag, took the lead. Langer fought back as the two appeared glued together on the final circuit. The entire top four finished extremely closely with Johnson appearing to take the win. Further review saw Johnson being disqualified and Langer winning the race. The final run down scored Bradley York in second as William Voeltz, Derek Krumrie, and Lucas Brackin earned top five finishes.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on May 05, 2017, presented by Design Built Structures. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who one from the furthest position in the field. Fourth starting Jordan Langer appears to have won the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

2nd Annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker Classic

April 29th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin –The Red Cedar Speedway presented the 2nd Annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker Classic as Accurate Construction, T&T Construction, and Sport Rider of Altoona sponsored the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models who were all in action seeking an increased payout at the window.

Randy Buss was an instrumental figure in multiple aspects at the Red Cedar Speedway beginning as a child when his parents were very involved at the track. Randy was a car owner, pit man, volunteer, and board member throughout his adult lifetime. He also was a board member for WISSOTA itself and fought hard for the racers. He was inducted into the Red Cedar Speedway Hall of Fame in 2014, and passed away from cancer in 2015. His family is still involved greatly at the track. As I have stated before, Randy would be humbled, perhaps speechless in reference to his name and memory gracing the opening event of the season. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Kevin Adams, and Jesse Redetzke. The Midwest modified feature was postponed until next week due to time restraints.

As is common with springtime racing in Wisconsin, the ground is still unsettled from the winter’s frost and was both tacky and soft. The track crew did a fine job to prepare after the local area received two inches of rain in the week leading up to the event. The only sunny day conducive to track drying occurred on race day itself. As can be expected under such conditions, the track surface deteriorated over the course of the evening and track officials and driver’s alike battled Mother Nature in an effort to put on the show. 94 WISSOTA sanctioned cars in four classes faced off and pounded the racing surface mercilessly.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heats were won by Jeff Wildung, Mike Prochnow, and Jimmy Mars as Prochnow and Cole Spacek paced the filed to green in the feature. Prochnow immediately blasted to the lead and set off into the night, setting a torrid pace. It was Mars coming from inside the second row to take second as he too drew away from Jake Redetzke. With Redetzke comfortably in third, Rick Hanestad established himself in the fourth position. Jeff Wildung found himself in the fifth spot as the division blasted around the raceway no stop to the finish. Truly, Prochnow was in a field of his own as he dominated from point to victory lane.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Kevin Adams, Jake Hartung, and Neil Balduc tally heat wins. Zach Johnson and Hartung thundered toward the drop of the green with the 19 car starting field in tow at feature time. Hartung was on fire as he pulled out into the early lead and took control as he moved to an advantage over third starting Tony Schill. The first caution of the event saw Matt Leer slow in turns three and four. The restart saw Hartung remaining up front with eighth starting Neal Balduc finding his way to second. Meanwhile, seventh starting Adams attacked the track head on and began to pound his way to the front as he moved past Balduc into the runner-up position.

Another yellow flag once again slowed the field as the green white checkered, two lap restart, included seven remaining cars. On the start, Adams used a dive into turn one and powered to the point coming off two. Hartung was not finished however, as he tried to return the favor on the opposite end of the raceway. Hartung’s bold move came up short as he was not able to clear Adams as they came out of turn four side by side in extremely close quarters. Adams took the white flag and looked to be in control, if control is possible in tight racing. Hartung tried one last time in the last set of corners but his car broke free and spun, collecting Jay Richardson in the fray. Adams won a dandy with Balduc, Jake Wildman, Shill, and a caution restored Richardson rounding out the top five.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Dave Mass, Cody Overton, and Tommy Richards as it was Richards and Cooper Berlin holding court at the beginning of the feature. It was Richards early as fourth starting Ben Hillman charged to challenge. As Hillman took the lead a yellow flag slowed the pace and Richards regained the point on the restart.

Under green, Jared Zimpel took his shot at taking the lead from Richards when Dave Mass joined the party and the three went three wide for the front spot. Richards regained control but a caution regrouped the field and Zimpel was scored the last laps leader. Back under power, Hillman and Mass began a high speed struggle for third as the yellow flew again as the leader broke down and was forced to retire. To add to the drama of an action packed event, Richards, who regained the lead with the loss of Zimpel, left the track with issues under the caution flag. Mass was now scored the leader as the field retook the green.

It wasn’t a good time to look away as a second place running Hillman got high an the track and faded slightly as Overton moved into second and the first signs of the nineteenth starting Jesse Redetzke arose as he appeared in third. Overton found the wall in turn four and slowed off the race pace but the field was able to remain green. Mass had a sizable lead over the second running Redetzke when the final yellow of the race flew for debris on the raceway.

Mass lined up for the late race charge to the checkered flag with Redetzke and Hillman tucked directly behind. Mass held a tight lead at the white flag when coming to the final set of turns on the last lap, Redetzke made an inside move that brought fans to their feet as he willed and skilled the Dan Arneson owned car into the lead as he streaked to the checkered flag with Mass being forced to settle for second. It was Hillman in third as Troy Fransway and Cooper Berlin rounded out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds saw four heats won by Shane Halopka, Michael Truscott, Nick Koehler, and David Swearingen. A large B Feature saw the early leader roll as fifth starting Travis Anderson had closed to challenge for the lead. The caution flew to reset the field and clear the track and Anderson lead the remainder to the win. The feature event was postponed due to time and a track curfew.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on April 28, 2017, presented by Pistol Pete’s Custom Cycles and Cubby’s Bar. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action. Once again, Relator Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who one from the furthest position in the field. Nineteenth starting Jesse Redetzke earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing. Once again, there will be double features in a make up for the Midwest Modifieds.

Punky Manor Challenge of Champions

September 29th, 2016

The Red Cedar Speedway held the 37th Annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions in Menomonie, Wisconsin on September 22, 23, and 24, 2016. Heavy rains leading up to the event had many wondering if it would be possible
for the track crew to get things ready for racing action. They were able to get the track race ready for Thursday and improved on it’s condition throughout the weekend. A complete show was run for the Hornets, Pure
Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks on Thursday night. Racing resumed for the heats for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models on Friday and
concluded with their B-Features and A-Features on Saturday night.

The feature fields were set up by qualifying heats which were lined up by luck of the draw. A passing points system was used, in which each finishing position is allotted a specified amount of points. The points
increase for each position from last to first. Drivers further earn points for each position they gain in the race. The combination of the finishing position points added to the points accumulated for gaining positions
determined each driver’s score. The features were then aligned with the highest scores starting first and so forth on back through the field.

Winners includes Jimmy Mars in both the Late Model and Modified divisions as Curt Myers and Michael Truscott won the Super Stock and Midwest Modified events, respectively. Thursday night, Michael Knudtson won the Street
Stocks as Kent Harmon topped the Pure Stocks and Jason Holte won his first ever feature in the Hornets.

The Late Model feature was set after Travis Budisalvich won the B-Feature as Mark Hessler, Harry Hanson, and Brett Swedberg finished in the top four to qualify for the main event. It was the top two qualifiers of Scott
Gilberts and Lance Matthees who lead the 24 car field to green. Matthees immediately used the top line to take the lead as Darrell Nelson followed him through from the outside of row two. A spinning Mike Keller was the only slowdown in the 40 lap affair as the group was reset early. Matthees drove back out into the lead as Nelson trailed behind. However, Nelson suffered a breakdown and was able to clear the raceway with the entire
field getting past without incident.

It was Jimmy Mars who inherited second position as he was already on the move from his fifth starting spot. Shortly thereafter, Mars used the highside to power to the lead and it was quickly realized the winner wouldn’t be in question as he asserted his dominance over the field. John Kaanta moved to third but Scott Gilberts was able to race himself back into contention for the runner up spot as he first overtook Kaanta and late in the event snuck underneath Matthees for second. The track began to rubber up relatively early as the cars moved to the bottom and the running order remained essentially unchanged the remainder of the event.

It was Mars who was able to pass lapped cars and put distance between himself and the remainder of the field. By race end, he had over a half a lap advantage at the checkered flag. Gilberts, Matthees, Kaanta, and Jake
Redetzke rounded out the star studded field.

The Modified feature was set after Cory Bruggeman won the B-Feature as Jay Richardson, William Byholm, and Brent Prochnow finished in the top four to qualify for the main event. It was the top two qualifiers of Jody
Bellefeuille and David Baxter who lead the 24 car field to green. It was in the first set of corners fourth starting Jake Hartung lost power causing his car to spin near the wall. He was moved the the back for the restart, losing 20 positions in the process. As a point of interest, he drove all the way back to battle for sixth place when mechanical issues ended his night. It was Bellefeuille who grabbed the lead as sixth starting Cory Mahder reeled him in and patiently passed to the point using the low line.

A second and final caution flew for Steve Hallquist when he pulled off but was not able to get far enough clear of the track. Immediately, Mahder resumed the lead but Bellefeuille was not finished as he motored to the upper groove to pull even. Mahder was able to weather the storm and retook control. Behind him Jimmy Mars has charged to second followed by Ashley Anderson in third. Mars hounded the leader, caught him with three laps remaining, and drove beneath him for the lead with two laps to go. Mars wouldn’t be caught for his first feature win of the night. Mahder backed up his big win the week prior with a second place finish. Ashley Anderson and Bellefeuille rounded out the top five.

The Super Stock feature was set after Lucas Plank won the B-Feature as Brian Mikkonen, Scott Lawrence, and Eric Olson finished in the top four to qualify for the main event. It was the top two qualifiers of Curt Myers
and Jesse Redetzke who lead the 24 car field to green. Redetzke used the top line to appear as if he was going to earn the point, but Myers used a bold first lap move to power into first. The first of three cautions
slowed the action as James Harris and Tony Falkner spun with Falkner being called for the foul. The field retook the green but a Steve Thomas spin slowed the pace.

Myers motored out to a comfortable lead as Jeff Brauer ran in second and Tommy Richards moved to third. Richards began to battle for the second position and although he briefly secured the same, Brauer regained it shortly thereafter. The final caution flew for a car which broke down and
was unable to clear the track. Under green, Myers continued to lead as Ben Hillman overtook third. It was Myers all the way to the checkered flag as Hillman put a stamp on his father’s induction into the track’s Hall of Fame earlier in the evening when he used a las lap run to overtake Brauer for second. Tommy Richards and Nick Oreskavich claimed the fourth and fifth position.

The Midwest Modified feature was set after Justin Claussen won the B-Feature as Clark Swartz, Denny Cutsforth, and Matt Klukas finished in the top four to qualify for the main event. It was the top two qualifiers of
Jake Smith and Travis Anderson who lead the 24 car field to green. Smith took the initial lead and stayed out front for three laps with Michael Truscott taking second and Anderson in tow in third. The first yellow of a
caution strewn race flew Justin Claussen. On the restart, Smith led for a lap but Truscott was too quick as he moved to the point a lap later. The second caution was thrown for a spinning Shane Halopka. It was Truscott again as Anderson was able to take the second position. The top two stretched away from the remaining field as both were well in control of their positions.

The caution was shown for a Clausen and Reid Tiegs spins which was called on Tiegs as Clausen left the track. Under green, once again the top two moved out to comfortable leads as David Swearingen, Grant Southworth, and
Nick Koehler battled hard for third. A debris caution slowed the pace again and they restarted only to be slowed by Marcus Dunbar and Derek Haas spinning with Haas being relegated to the rear. On the restart, Truscott and Anderson moved back to the highside as Swearingen and Southworth fought side by side for third. A caution for debris reset the field again.

On the restart, is was Swearingen getting past Anderson for the second position but a spinning Haas drew the last yellow of the event. Truscott continued to lead and Anderson regained second. It was Truscott cruising
to his first ever Punky Manor feature win as Anderson motored home as a strong runner up. Southworth was able to get the best of Swearingen and Clark Swartz drove to fifth at the line after coming through the B-Feature.

Thursday night’s portion was highlighted by Mike Knudtson’s blast from the eighth starting position to the win to continue his 2016 dominance of the Red Cedar Speedway. Sam Fankhauser lead early from the pole until a
caution for debris sent Warren Hanson to the back. It was still Fankhauser under green but Knudtson had already carved his way to second. Another caution flag flew for the stalled Jacob Hessler. On the restart, Knudtson took advantage and motored to a lead he would not give up. Fankhauser bobbled and Danny Richards overtook second.

Another caution on Warren Hanson ended his night when he drew the yellow trying to free his car which was caught in the heavy clay on the highside of the track. The restart saw Knudtson very strong as Richards and Fankhauser got hooked up. It was Richards recovering for third as Fankhauser dropped back to sixth. Eric Olson capitalized and moved into second. A final yellow flag was thrown for debris but it did not thwart Knudtson’s run. Upon getting back up to speed, he drove away from the pack for the win. Richards ran in second and was able to put distance on third finishing Olson who in turn had a comfortable lead over Fankhauser and fifth finishing Danny Hanson.

The Pure Stocks saw pole sitter Dustin Doughty blast to the advantage on the start of the feature however a three car caution slowed the pace and Dean Pronschinske was relegated to the rear. Doughty continued to lead on the restart as George Richards moved to second. The caution flew again with a Jay Barnier breakdown. On the restart, the yellow was flown for debris on the track. Unfortunately, it was the exhaust of the leader and he was sent from the point to the pits.Tenth starting Kent Harman raced side by side for the lead as the race resumed. Harmon was scored the leader but Richards passed him just as Tucker Quinn crashed hard drawing the red flag. Quinn was out and Harmon was restored the lead for the restart. At the green, it was Harmon as Pronschinske had raced from last to fifth. The race continued to the checkered flag with Harmon scoring the big win ahead of Richards. Cody Tisdale lead fourth place Pronschinske as Krista Doughty rounded out the top five.

The Hornets were led to green by Jason Holte and Sean Svee with the yellow flag flying early for the pole sitter losing his bumper cover on the first lap. A complete restart saw Holte drive to the point and continue to hold the position for the entirety of the event. It was Holte’s first ever feature win and he did it in convincing fashion. Although he did not run away from the pack, he was in control the entire distance. There was a caution at the halfway point to pack the group together and give all the chasers a shot at the leader. He survived the restart and once again, another caution, the third and final slow down of the race. It was Holte leading cover to cover as William Voeltz finished runner up. Armond Love, Sean Svee, and Bradley York rounded out the top five.

56 cars took the green on Thursday and 134 cars were in attendance for the main portion of the program. In total, 190 cars competed on the weekend.

Red Cedar Speedway Season Championship

August 28th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin- Friday, August 26, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway held the Season Championships presented by Snap-On by Aaron Wold and Quality Auto Body. All seven classes of cars were in attendance as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models competed. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Mark Gerth, Shane Halopka, Curt Myers, Michael Knudtson, Dustin Doughty, and Bradley York.

The Late Model feature saw Mike Prochnow blast from the pole to a convincing victory 20 laps later. The caution free event saw Mark Hessler move to second over Pat Doar, and Rick Hanestad. Ninth starting Mike Keller drove a second Prochnow car and looked very good in a Late Model as he worked on Hanestad late but settled for an impressive five place finish.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw a spectacular race up front between Mark Gerth and Ashley Anderson. It was Anderson up high early as Gerth used the bottom to challenge. Gerth pulled even and the two drove side by side until Gerth bobbed in turn two. Anderson moved to a small advantage, but Gerth worked his way back into contention. Once again, he drove low and wrestled the lead away from Anderson. Gerth went on to win the barn burner followed by Anderson as Cory Mahder, Kevin Adams, and Mike Anderson closed out the top five.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks were paced by pole sitter Curt Myers who wasted no time to move out to a commanding lead. Although Myers car showed smoke the entire distance, he survived to cautions to drive on to his 29th feature win of the season. The second of the cautions involved several cars with heavy damage to both Luke Schultz and Tony Falkner. It was Gunnar Watkins finishing second over Lucas Plank, Bart Steffen, and Eric Olson.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds endured a first lap caution involving several cars as Kyle Johnson was called for the foul. The remainder of the pack lined up for a complete restart and immediately, Shane Halopka took the lead and pounded the cushion on the high side as two more cautions wouldn’t rain on his parade. There was an amazing race behind the leader as Grant Southworth, Nick Koehler, and Michal Truscott aimed to please. Although one last caution for Tyler Werner’s spin gave the runner ups another shot at the leader, it was all for not. Halopka was the winner over Koehler, Southworth, Truscott, and Travis Anderson.

The Street Stock feature saw Sam Fankhauser take the point on the green followed by Michael Knudtson and Jay Kesan. Kesan used the low line to overtake second as a spinning Ashley Wahlstrom slowed the action. Adam Soltis was called for the caution and was sent to the rear. Knudtson charged on the restart and got under the leader as Shawn Amundson and Hunter VanGilder closed on the top two. At the white flag, Fankhauser pulled even for the lead as the two raced side by side for the final circuit. Knudtson regained a slight advantage and won a very close race to the checkers. Fankhauser was scored second ahead of Kesan, Amundson and VanGilder.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks were led early by Kent Harmon as Dustin Doughty moved high and pulled even. The two raced side by side for several laps before Doughty eased into the lead. A spinning Dustin Heier reset the field and the two leaders returned to two wide action. Lucas Kallenbach began to smoke heavily and eventually spun drawing a red flag. The restart saw Doughty take control and drive to the win over Harmon, Brett Myers, Cody Tisdale, and James Thur.

The WAYY 790 Hornets feature was led by a tight five car pack of racers for the first four laps. The group could have been covered by a blanket as they fought it out for first. It was Bradley York claiming the position over William Voeltz when the yellow flew. The restart saw York take control as Jess Seim moved to second. Voeltz retook the position and closed on the leader but York was fast to the checkered flag. Voeltz settled for second over Seim, Leslie Jackson, and Jordan Langer.

The Red Cedar Speedway regular season has come to a close. They will return to racing action for three nights beginning September 23rd for the 37th Annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions presented by Bill’s Distributing. Thursday night will be a complete Show for WISSOTA Street Stocks and the Red Cedar Speedway Pure Stocks and Hornets. Friday, September 24, features the qualifying heats for WISSOTA Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Midwest Modifieds. The 2016 season will close out on Saturday, September 25 with the B-Features and A-Features for the Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Midwest Modifieds.
Late Model Feature: Mike Prochnow, Mark Hessler, Pat Doar, Rick Hanestad, Mike Keller, Mike Goodremote, Steve Isenberg, Buddy Hanestad, Todd Green

Red Cedar Cancels

August 24th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin -Friday, August 19, 2016, early rain and poor drying conditions forced Red Cedar Speedway to cancel for the sixth time in 2016. They return to racing action Friday, August 26, 2016, for the Season Championships featuring Weekly Racing Series Event presented by Snap-On by Aaron Wold and Quality Auto Body. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will be on the card.

Congratulations to the 2016 Season Points Champions: Late Model – Rick Hanestad, Modified – Mike Anderson, Super Stock – Curt Myers, Midwest Modified – Nick Koehler, Street Stock – Mike Knudtson,
Pure Stock – Kent Harmon, Hornets – Derrick Johnson

Truscott Wins Mid Mod Special at Fair

July 31st, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin- Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway hosted the Dunn County Fair Night Racing Event night one, featuring a Midwest Modified Special and the N.V.S.R. Vintage Sprint Cars presented by Mid-West Family Broadcasting.

28 Midwest Modified were in attendance to battle for the $750 payday. The feature line ups was set through four heats and a B-feature with passing points deciding the final order. Three heats were won from the pole position as Grant Southworth, Gunnar Watkins, and Karl Kolek each were successful. The fourth heat was won by Michael Truscott from the sixth starting position. Other notable drivers in passing points included Jake Smith racing from seventh to second in heat one. Travis Anderson moved from fifth to second in heat three as David Swearingen started seventh and finished second in heat four. The B-Feature was won by Robbie Johnson as Brent Voeltz, Jonathan Olmscheid, and Andrea Keeney all raced their way into the main event.

The A-Feature was won by Michael Truscott as he led the entire distance to the checkered flag after earning the pole position. Fifth starting Grant Southworth was able to mount a late charge for the victory but fell short at the line as Truscott was just too strong. Third starting David Swearingen had a fine run to finish in the third position. Travis Anderson started fourth, faded to near mid pack, and made a charge back to finish fourth. Karl Koleck raced from seventh to fifth at the checkers making him the only car in the top five who didn’t start in the top five.

Austin Ellis, Gunnar Watkins, Joe Chaplin, Jake Smith, and Kyle Johnson finished in the top ten. Johnson started 13th on the grid, otherwise, nine of the top ten finishers started in the top ten. Johnathan Olmscheld drove from 23rd on the grid having come through the B-Feature to finish 16th, making him the hard charger.

Thomas Returns to Victory Lane

July 31st, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin- Friday, July 29, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway hosted the Dunn County Fair Night Racing Event night two, featuring $5 Grandstand Admission presented by Tractor Central. A very large crowd enjoyed a replay of meet the drivers on the track before the races and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and WAYY 790 Hornets were all in action. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Mark Gerth, Ben Hillman, Mark Thomas, Ron Hanestad, Dustin Doughty, and Jeremy Johnson.

The Tractor Central Late Model Feature was led every lap by pole sitter Mike Prochnow; however, Jesse Glenz hounded him the entire distance. Prochnow was fast in the upper to middle groove as Glenz dove hard down low
lap after lap. Glenz nearly made the pass on separate occasions, but Prochnow was just too good driving on to the win. Rick Hanestad followed in the leader’s footsteps but could not mount a charge to overtake them. Buddy
“The Bomb” Hanestad had a fine run in fourth position as Steve Isenberg rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive and Machine Modified feature was slowed only once as Cory Mahder found the turn two wall on the second circuit. The restart saw Steve Hallquist in the lead but he was overtaken by Mark Gerth soon after. Mike Anderson made a very bold move to overtake Hallquist and move to second. Gerth drove very well on the high side as he maintained a cushion over Anderson to the checkered flag. Anderson, who was closing the gap late in the event, hunted the track for a way to catch the leader and had a strong run in his own right as he moved well away from third. Cory Bruggeman led the remainder of the pack to the finish line over Dave Cain
and Hallquist in fifth.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks saw another son of a Red Cedar Speedway racer from yesteryear in victory lane as Jan Hillman’s son, Ben led every lap from the outside of the front row. However, it took a perfect final
corner to make it happen as Adam Soltis race a fantastic race down low and made a serious bid for the win on the final circuit. Hillman’s “Checkers or Wreckers” style which makes him a fan favorite came into play for the win as Soltis looked to steal away the victory. Hillman drove into turn three and through the final set of corners as a high side ace, hitting the final turns perfectly tight against the wall. Hillman won excitingly over Soltis.

The race itself saw plenty of other action too as an initial caution flew for a spinning Tony Falkner. The restart was aborted for a bad start, followed up by another caution on the next attempt charged to Eric Schultz. The field was relegated to a single file attempt which was successful as Hillman led and James Harris race very well down low. Again, the yellow flag was raised for a spinning Kyle Helling. The restart saw Soltis make his move to second as Lucas Plank moved to third. A final caution set up the great finish on a green, white checkered run. Plank, Harris, and Gunnar Watkins filled out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds saw pole sitter Karl Kolek lead the first lap as the outside front row starter, Mark Thomas took the lead on lap two by pounding the cushion on the high side. Clark Schwartz moved into second and set chase after the very fast leader. At the halfway point, it was still Thomas over Schwartz as Austin Ellis moved to third and Shane Halopka and Grant Southworth found their way into the top five with hard racing.

The first of a series of cautions flew for Mitchell Booth spinning in turn four, dissolving a comfortable lead for Thomas. On the restart, Thomas held the point as Southworth picked up the pace in the highline and moved to
third. Schwartz was fast down low as he battled inside Thomas for the lead and got the better hand coming off turn two but the yellow flew again for Brent Voeltz with four laps remaining. Thomas was scored as the leader as the field returned to green. Again, Southworth had a terrific restart running the highline and overtook second from Schwartz.

The final caution flew when Gunnar Watkins was turned into the wall resulting in very hard contact and extensive damage to his SSR Chassis racecar. The restart was relegated to single file as Thomas got a great
start and gave himself a little breathing room over Southworth. Southworth recovered, closed the gap, and made a last corner attempt to drive by for the win, Thomas held strong as Southworth raced beside him along the front stretch wall to the checkers. It was Thomas by a nose as Southworth settled for second on consecutive nights in the same fashion. Schwartz finished a strong third over eighth starting Nick Koehler. Austin Ellis looked good rounding out the top five after having won his heat race with a last corner pass earlier in the evening.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature did not hold the same drama as the week prior, but was still a fine race, nonetheless. Ron Hanestad moved to the front early as Cody Kummer followed into second. A caution flag flew as Hunter VanGilder spun at the hand of Sam Fankhauser and the field was reset. Again, it was Hanestad as Fankhauser blasted from eleventh to fifth in the first lap and a half. A spinning Warren Hanson drew the caution as the field had settled in. The restart saw Hanestad in control as Mike Knudtson raced to second after a side by side battle with Kummer. The final slowdown occurred as Fankhauser broke down and couldn’t clear the racing surface. The single file restart saw Hanestad drive to victory lane as Knudtson followed him home. Kummer finished third over VanGilder and Ashley Wahlstrom.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks saw the Outlaw Chassis duo of Dustin Doughty and George Richards move to the front and never look back. The two drove on to finish one and two in a caution free event. Kent Harmon won a nice battle for position over Lucas Kallenbach and went on to claim third. Cole Varsho and Brett Myers rounded out the top five as Kallenbach faded late.

The WAYY 790 Hornets saw William Voeltz take the initial lead and look good out front when a three car spin in turn two brought out the only caution of the event. On the restart, Derrick Johnson moved side by side with the leader as the two raced door to door for the point. It was Johnson moving to first as Armond Love followed into second. Voeltz wasn’t ready to give up though as he retook second and tried to run Johnson back down. The top three settled in and raced the remainder to the event without drama as Jake Halterman and Bradley York raced hard against each other to claim fourth.

The Red Cedar Speedway is not racing next week. They will return to racing action on Friday, August 11, 2016 for the Open Wheel Extravaganza featuring United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), Midwest Modifieds, and Liquid Nitro Mini Mods.

Now THAT was Close

July 24th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin- Friday, July 22, 2016, the drivers, Red Cedar Speedway crew, and the fans endured oppressive heat to entertain the UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars presented by DKS Construction. The addition of Sprint Cars along with sunny skies and the heat caused black and tricky track conditions yet allowed for close racing and finishes. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and WAYY 790 Hornets were all in action. There were no Late Models on the card. Feature winners included Jimmy Kouba, Cory Bruggeman, Jesse Redetzke, Nick Koehler, Mike Knudtson, Kent Harmon, and Sean Svee.

The UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars saw Jimmy Kouba start from the pole and take the lead as Rick Kobs searched the track for a way past in second. A terrific race ensued as the top two ran very closely throughout first half of the 25 lap event. Kouba began to stretch his advantage as Kobbs himself stretched his lead over Jake Kouba in third. In heavy lap traffic, Kobbs sprang to life and closed to the leader and swept past in the top line to the point. A lap later, Jimmy Kouba used the low groove to regain the lead off turn four. It was a lead which Kauba would not relinquish as he drove to the finish and the win in the nonstop event. Kobs finished a very strong second in front of Jake Kouba, James Giossi, and Anna Hippe in fifth.

The Tim’s Automotive and Machine Modifieds saw Cory Bruggeman drive what may have been the highest line coming off turn two in this writer’s memory. Bruggeman used a unique style of tiptoeing very high through turns one and two and using the only heavy tack area on the track as he skimmed down the backstretch wall. He drove from the outside of the front row to lead the first two thirds of the feature. It was fifth starting Mike Anderson feathering the throttle in an equally ultra low groove as he closed on the leader and moved to the lead. Anderson continued to lead the event as Bruggeman didn’t go away and stayed extremely close. Anderson, who struggled to get traction off of turn four made up for the difference the remainder of the track with a gentle right foot. Bruggeman used momentum to pull beside Anderson at the white flag as the two raced door to door for the final circuit. Again, Bruggeman used his line to get a great run down the backstretch and make the pass for the win through the final set of turns. Behind the great race at the front, Mark Gerth had a good run to finish third as Ashley Anderson and Jake Hartung had strong runs in the top five.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks have seen familiar names for the old school race fans this season with Steffan and Plank names both posting wins. Tonight was no different as Redetzke waived the victory lane banners. Jesse Redetzke, who started in fourth was absolutely dominate in the Dan Arneson owned Super Stock; Arneson himself being an old schooler. It was Adam Soltis in the lead at the start as Chad Gullixson raced hard in second. It was Redetzke who masterfully ran the ultra highline to overtake the front runners and move away from the pack. Gunnar Watkins closed to second as Curt Myers drove a loaner car to third. As Redetzke got into heavy traffic, Watkins closed in to challenge. However, once cleared, Redetzke eased away. A lone caution flag reset the field late and the crowd was going to see just how good Redetzke was on this night. Watkins chose the upper position, placing the torrid Myers below him in second. It was Redetzke who was the show however as he again sprinted to the win. Myers squeezed a highline run on the backstretch by Watkins and claimed second. Lucas Plank and Adam Soltis closed out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modified were paced by Mark Thomas and Robbie Johnson as Thomas took the early point. An early caution flew for Dan Roach and the field was reset with Thomas alone one the front row. On the restart, Gunnar Watkins ran in second as seventh starting Nock Koehler moved to third. Koehler overtook second and the yellow flew again for Roach, ending his night. The restart saw the top three move three wide as Koehler exerted his 2016 stronghold and moved to the lead in the low groove. It was Watkins using the highline to secure second over Thomas through the middle. One final yellow flew for Matt Klukas setting up a sprint to the finish. It was Koehler having nothing to do with the others as he drove away for the win. Ninth starting Shane Halopka used the low line to overtake second position late. Thomas faught back to finish third over Watkins and fifth place finisher Clark Schwartz.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature saw only three cars take to the track. Don’t look away though as they put on a spectacular show. There were at least six lead changes at the line and likely at least two times more throughout the race. It was Ron Hanestad early but Michael Knudtson challenged to the point. Both cars began a battle which was epic as they used every line imaginable, passing and repassing high, low, and in the middle. The two veterans were amazing as they pulled every trick from their bags including cross overs and aggressive diamonding of the corners to blast by down low. It was Knudtson in a squeaker late to win yet again in Menomonie. Hanestad was very close in second as Ashley Wahlstrom likely had the best seat in the house, running a strong race directly behind in third.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks saw a caution flag on the first lap of the feature which sent Brett Myers to the work area. He returned to the tail end of the field for the restart. It was Kent Harmon coming from the outside of row two after the order had been shuffled to take the lead at the end of lap one. Jeff Tisdale was having a fine run as he moved into second and Tyler Lamm settled into third. James Thur brought out the caution flag when a breakdown spread a great amount of fluid on the track. On the restart, Harmon lead but Tisdale was strong as he closed and used the outside to edge into first. Harmon moved back to challenge making it two wide at the white flag. The two raced side by side for the final circuit as Harmon won the very close battle at the checkered flag. Myers recovered for third in the shadows of the leaders as Pat Smith and Wayne Braun Jr. rounded out the top five.

The WAYY 790 Hornets saw Derrick Krumrie take the lead at the green as William Voeltz and Sean Svee battled for position directly behind. Voeltz went low and Svee high as they split the leader and drove side by side for the point. Derrick Johnson followed suit into third. A caution flag slowed the action and Svee was scored as the leader. The restart saw Svee in command when a caution involving Armond Love, Dean Butler, Jordan Langer, and Krumrie ended Butler and Krumrie’s evening. Again Svee lead the pack as Voeltz and Johnson battled side by side for second and Love ran in the shadows in fourth. A final caution for a Jason Holte finish set up a green, white, checkered finish. It was Svee who was very strong to the checkers followed by Johnson, who won the battle for second over Voeltz. Love and Langer rounded out the top five.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Thursday, July 28 for Fair Night #1 with a Midwest Modified Special Plus N.V.S.R. Vintage Sprint Cars presented by Midwest Family Broadcasting. The following night, Friday, July 29, 2016, for Fair Night #2: featuring $5 Grandstand Admission presented by Tractor Central. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets will be in attendance.

Schmidt Dominates Late Models

July 20th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin–Friday, July 15, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway held the Race of Champions Qualifiers presented by Trail Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Serve Pro in memory of Private First Class, Tyler Mathews. $100 was donated to a random driver in each class by the luck of the roll of dice. It was a terrific night of racing with great friends and his family sharing his memory with laughter. The family gave the extra money to Late Models – John Kaanta (4th), Modifieds – Dustin Nelson (9th), Super Stocks – Lukas Koski (17th), Midwest Modifieds – Mark Thomas (17th), Street Stocks – Hunter Vangilder (3rd), Pure Stocks – Pat Smith (8th), Hornets – Ross Hoffman (12th).

All seven classes of cars were in attendance as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models competed. Feature winners included Jim Schmidt, Jake Hartung, Dustin Nelson, Nick Koehler, Mike Knudtson, George Richards, and Derrick Johnson.

The Late Model feature was led by Jim Schmidt and Mark Hessler as Schmidt moved to the lead and led the entire distance cover to cover in the caution free event. Rick Hanestad overtook Hessler for second as Kaanta raced to finish fourth as the track locked down at the finish.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds were led to green by Jake Hartung as Cory Mahder took the lead from the outside of row one. Hartung overtook the lead from Mahder and pulled away from the pack. Seventh starting Mike Anderson dove below a pack of racers to move to fourth and raced door to door with Ashley Anderson. After a long and intense battle it was Mike claiming third over Ashley as the two finished behind Mahder and the winner, Hartung.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks were paced by Dustin Nelson and Steve Thomas as Nelson led lap one. On lap two, Nelson’s biggest competitor, Curt Myers stormed on the high side and shot down into third from his eighth place starting position. The yellow flag flew as Troy Fransway stalled turn one. On the restart a battle between Nelson and Myers ensued as Nelson ran the bottom line and Myers attacked on the high side. The two swapped the point until Nelson moved to a car length advantage. Once again, the caution flew for Dave Shackleton as he was clearing the track. On the restart Nelson held the lead as Myers moved to race door to door. Behind the leaders, Thomas and Lucas Plank waged a side by side war for many laps until Plank broke free and started closing on Myers. Nelson moved to the point on his own as Plank brought the crowd to the edge of their seats as he closed even with Myers at the white flag but settled for third by inches at the finish.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds found Nick Koehler quickly moving out to a near straight stretch lead over Michael Truscott in second. A little further behind Robbie Johnson was overtaken by Gunnar Watkins who had won a battled with Jake Smith for position. The yellow flag flew for Bob Wood and Jason Richardson spinning in turn one, resetting the field and dissolving Koehler’s huge lead. He controlled the restart but soon another yellow was thrown for a Denny Cutsforth spin in turn four. Upon the restart, again Koehler remained strong, leading the entire way to the checkers. Truscott was scored in second over Watkins.

The Street Stock feature saw Cody Kummer move to the front early as the leaders bobbled in turn two. Kummer held strong in front as exciting battles occurred all the way back to a door to door race between Ashley Wahlstrom and Kevin Bogdanovic in the rear. Up in front Micheal Knudtson closed on Kummer and used the top line to overtake the lead. Knudtson continued his Menomonie dominance as he led to the finish over Kummer and third finishing Hunter Vangilder.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks were paced by Pat Smith and Kent Harmon with Harmon taking the lead early. A couple laps in a yellow was thrown when Lucas Kallenbach spun in turn two collecting Pat Smith. Smith’s night ended with a flat tire. On the restart, Harmon held his position in the lead, but George Richards and Dustin Doughty raced door to door wanting to take home the win. Again the caution flew due to a James Thur spin in turn two. With only a few laps remaining, Richards took advantage of the restart and drove to the lead and led the parade to the checkers over Harmon and Doughty.

The WAYY 790 Hornets feature was led early by Bradley York while Derrick Johnson and Jess Seim battled door to door behind him. It was William Voeltz who swiftly drove below everyone to overtake the point. However, the dominate Derrick Johnson flexed his muscles and passed for the lead and held it through one caution period due to Dean Butler stalling in turn one. It was Johnson at the finish over a strong running Sean Svee who claimed second. William Voeltz rounded out the top three.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 22, 2016, with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and WAYY 790 Hornets. It will be the UMSS Traditional Sprint cars and DKS Construction bringing the action.

Pures Dominate Challenge… Almost

July 10th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway presented the Hornet & Pure Stock Special featuring Kid’s Club Night sponsored by Kyote’s Den Bar & Grill and Lewis Bjork LLC. It was an entertaining night as once again, the greatest tradition in racing was realized as drivers took to the track and offered treats and autographs to the kids in the stands. Young and old got to meet the people behind the helmets and racecars. It is a definite way of keeping the sport alive. In addition, the challenge was held between the Pure Stocks and the Hornets as for the second in as many years the Pures won, but it wasn’t easy! The Late Models took the night off so there were six classes of cars were in attendance as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Cory Mahder, Lucas Plank, Nick Koehler, Mike Knudtson, Kent Harmon, and Derrick Johnson. Dustin Doughty won the challenge.

The Pure Stock Hornet Challenge starting lineup was set by luck of the draw and Lucas Kallenbach and Kent Harmon represented the Pures from the front row. In the second row, Jess Seim and Jeremy Johnson trailed to the green in their Hornets. Kallenbach led lap one as Harmon used the higher line to overtake the lead on lap two. It was sixth starting Derrick Johnson who set up to give the crowd a thrill as he moved to the highline and closed into third. Johnson was able to dispatch of Kallenbach and pressure Harmon for the lead. With Harmon running low and Johnson high, Johnson inched to the point. Harmon wasn’t going to give it up though as he pressed harder and retook the position. Ninth starting Dustin Doughty was on rails as he moved in to tussle for the win. With two laps remaining, he pulled even with Harmon as Johnson shadowed closely in third. In a photo finish, Doughty won as Harmon came literally inches from sweeping the night. Johnson, who had brought the crowd to their feet earlier finished a very impressive third over the Pures of Kallenbach and Myers.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds were paced by Jay Richardson and Cory Mahder as Mahder took the initial lead and never looked back, leading the entire distance to the checkered flag. Fifth starting Ashley Anderson drove to second but was unable to run down the very fast leader. It was seventh and eighth starting Kevin Adams and Jake Hartung finishing third and fourth as Mark Gerth had a strong run in fifth. The only spin of the event occurred on the final lap as the lapped car of Jeremy Gibson spun collecting Mike Anderson as Anderson’s night ended on the back of a tow truck.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks provided excellent racing action and an exciting finish which saw a Lucas Plank standing in victory lane. The Plank name has graced the winners circle multiple times throughout the years as Lucas sports the same number as the legend, Leon Plank. It was an exciting victory for him, his family, and the old school fans in the stands. It was the pole sitter, Rick Hallquist who led early but Plank drove to the point on lap two. Gunnar Watkins overtook second as seventh starting Curt Myers moved to third. Myers was able to get past Watkins as he set his sights on Plank. Methodically, he closed the gap and drove beside the leader to challenge for the win. The two raced side by side until Myers edged out front in the higher groove. Plank wouldn’t be rattled though as he fought back down low. Plank retook the lead and moved out to a slight advantage but in the waning laps, the leaders found heavy lapped traffic as Myers closed back in. It was Plank who was too fast tonight as he held his position and drove to the impressive victory. Myers was forced to settle for second as Watkins drove home in third. William Johnsen and Hallquist rounded out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds were escorted by pole sitter Josh Hessler as outside front row starter Clark Swartz did all he could to make it two weeks in a row after a miserable start to the year in Menomonie. It was Swartz taking the early lead and looking strong when on lap three, a spinning Denny Cutsforth drew the caution. On the restart, Nick Koehler closed to challenge for the lead as he went side by side for first, and after a good battle, overtook the position. Koehler drove on to the win as Swartz ran a strong second. Shane Halopka came from eighth to third at the line as David Swearingen and Austin Ellis rounded out the top five.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature saw Jacob Hessler and Warren Hanson in the front row as Ron Hanestad pounced early for the lead. Michael Knudtson raced into second but was overtaken by Sam Fankhauser.

The top three ran in a tight group but Hanestad looked stout in the lead. A spinning Hanson reset the field and on the restart, Fankhauser pushed up into Hanestad in turn three. Hanestad was physically forced out of his groove and Fankhauser overtook the point as Knudtson followed him through. Knutson was able to use an inside move on the leader and he began to lead the very tight top three parade to the checkers. It was Knudtson, Fankhauser, and Hanestad in a tight grouping at the finish.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks saw Pat Smith and Cody Tisdale in the front row at the drop of the green but it was Kent Harmon who drove from fourth to the lead. Cars went three wide behind Harmon for second but two separate cautions set up a significant amount of passing for the remainder of the race. Both Lucas Kallenbach and Dustin Doughty found their way to the tail end of the field in separate incidents. It was Harmon stretching out his advantage as Brett Myers ran in second throughout the event; however, Doughty charged from the rear to overtake the runner up position late in the race. Myers held strong for third over the recovering Kallenbach who was followed to the finish by Dean Pronschinske.

The WAYY 790 Hornets were led to green by Derrick Johnson and Jess Seim as the two held a good race for the lead but a caution reset the field. On the second attempt, Johnson took the lead which he would never relinquish as he drove to the checkered flag undaunted. Jess Seim raced strong in second until he was overtaken by William Voeltz late in the event. A green, white, checkered finish set up by the breakdown of Leslie Jackson did little to upset Johnson’s dominance. Voeltz followed him home ahead of Seim, Armond Love, and Jeremy Johnson.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 15, 2016, with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and WAYY 790 Hornets. It will be the Race of Champions Qualifier sponsored by Trail Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

Hanestad Breaks Out

July 3rd, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin-Friday, July 01, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway was able to race for the second week in a row as beautiful weather kicked off the Fourth of July weekend. Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill and Dick’s RV sponsored the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and WAYY 790 Hornets. There were no Modifieds on the card. Feature winners included Rick Hanestad, Eric Olson, Clark Schwartz, Mike Knudtson, Dustin Doughty, and Derrick Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models were paced by Jim Schmidt and Mike Prochnow as Schmidt drove to the lead at the drop of the green. Rick Hanestad moved to second but Schmidt led past the halfway marker. A spin set up very heavy contact between Joel Collins and Rick Ming ending both driver’s nights. The lone caution of the event was the break Hanestad was seeking as he was trying to end a near two year drought from victory lane.

Although the winners circle has eluded Hanestad, he is always a top contender for both feature wins and track championships. As the field went back to green, he got his nose under the leader coming off turn two as the two drag raced for the lead down the backstretch. They made side by side contact as it was Hanestad proving to be too strong to hold off. Once in the lead, Hanestad pulled away from the pack to win his 88th career feature in the Late Models. John Kaanta moved to second after having started seventh and Jake Redtzke slipped by Schmidt late in the going for third. Steve Isenberg was scored fifth at the checkered flag.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks raced for a $700 payday and the racing action was good. Rick Hallquist shared the front row with Cory Davis as Hallquist took the lead on the green. Gunnar Watkins worked hard to get below Hallquist, but Hallquist did more than merely hold a line as he was fast pacing the field. On lap four, however, Watkins made the move and snatched the lead. Shortly thereafter, Lukas Plank was unable to clear the racing surface upon a breakdown drawing the only caution of the event. Watkins lead Hallquist, Davis, Eric Olson, and Bart Steffen in the top five back to green. Hallquist was aggressively fast as he got under Watkins for the point. The two raced hard for the lead and made contact in turn three. Both cars pushed up out of the groove and were freight trained as Watkins slipped back to fifth and Hallquist even further. The race rightfully remained under green and Hallquist retired from the event.

It was Eric Olson who led the parade past the leaders as Cory Davis followed. Steffen overtook the second position as he seems to shine when the tracks slick off. Ninth starting Curt Myers broke into the top three late in the event. It was Olson claiming the big check as the veteran drove unscathed to the checkers. Steffen, Myers, Davis, and Watkins rounded out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modified were paced by Clark Schwartz and Gunner Watkins. A week after mechanical problems before the car was even unloaded, ruined his night, it was Schwartz who was too tough for all challengers. He led every lap in the event, and although he didn’t pull away from the field, looked very fast in his efforts. After struggling the week prior and the feature being called short due to time constraints, the Midwest Modified were only allowed two cautions before being relegated to single file restarts.

At the green, the caution flew early causing a complete restart. When up to speed on the second attempt, Josh Hessler pounded the wall between turns one and two and the pace was slowed. Under racing action again, Schwartz led as Watkins worked in second. Shane Halopka and Nick Koehler attacked the cushion as Travis Anderson followed in fifth down low. The caution flew again for debris on the raceway and the single file restarts were initiated. Under green, Swearingen, who had started fourth and dropped out of the top five, found his way back in as he too found the high groove fast. It was Koehler spinning and collecting Brent Voeltz, Justin Claussen, Jesse Bryan, Swearingen, Darrel Hazelton, and Karl Kolek. Hazelton and Kolek both endured heavy damage and were eliminated from the event.

The race restarted the final time as Schwartz drove to the checkers undaunted and Halopka was able to take over second place. Watkins finished third and Swearingen fourth as Kyle Johnson had a nice run from his 12th starting position to round out the top five.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature saw Karl Genett take the early lead from his pole position as Michael Knudtson stayed glued to his rear bumper. Cody Kummer worked the cushion from his outside front row starting position but on lap four, it was Knudtson slipping into the lead. A lone caution flew for Jacob Hessler not being able to clear the track after a break down which reset the field. One again, Knudtson lead on the restart and although he showed smoke for several laps, he drove home to the victory. Kummer finished a solid second, followed by Kyle and then Karl Genett. Travis Hazelton finished in fifth.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks had a major rollover in its heat action as Nicholas Hazelton flipped several times and although he was uninjured, he was unable to continue on the night. The feature was led early by Jeremy Dahl as Kent Harmon spun but the race remained under green and he dropped from near the front to last. Before another lap was scored, James Thur drew the caution and Harmon caught a break and restarted in third, the position he was running the last scored lap. On the restart, Dustin Doughty powered to the point as Harmon took second from Dahl. Brett Myers drove to fourth and battled for third as Doughty drove away from the field to the checkered flag. With two laps remaining, Myers took over third but the gap to second finishing Harmon had grown too large. Cody Tisdale also overtook Dahl late in the going. It was Cole Varsho being scored in fifth after Dahl failed a postrace inspection.

The WAYY 790 Hornets saw a rollover of their own as Dean Butler was uninjured after he flipped several times in turn three in his heat action. It was Armond Love on the pole flanked by Derek Krumrie at feature time. Love drove to the lead at the drop of the green as Derrick Johnson and William Voelz followed behind. Love was strong; however, Johnson was better through turn two and pulled even for the lead. Voeltz decided it was a good time to make it a three wide battle for the point as they approached lapped traffic. Love made contact with Jason Holte as he was putting him a lap down. Holte spun, drawing the caution and Love was forced to the work area and restarted 12th in a green, white, checkered showdown for the win. It was Johnson inheriting the lead, which he never relinquished over the last two laps. Voeltz finished second, followed by Bradley York and Jordan Langer. Love blasted from the rear on the restart to move to fifth in the final two circuits.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 08, 2016, with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Kyote’s Den Bar & Grill and Lewis Bjork LLC sponsor the Hornet & Pure Stock Special (No Late Models) featuring Kid’s Club Night.

Kaanta Dominates Red Cedar Speedway

June 28th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin-Friday, June 24, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway saw amazing weather after no racing for a month. There were no scheduled races in Menomonie the previous week and having had rained out four of the five weeks previous to that, it was almost like a season opener. EO Johnson Business Technologies and Gordy’s Market sponsored the night as the tricky racing surface was smooth but very slippery and offered competitive races for the wins. Seven classes of cars were in attendance as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models took to the track. Feature winners included John Kaanta, Ashley Anderson, Bart Steffen, Travis Anderson, Mike Knudtson, Dustin Doughty, and Derrick Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models were paced by Buddy Hanestad and Mark Hessler as they drove side by side before Hessler claimed the spot. It was John Kaanta who shined however, as he masterfully carved the track like a surgeon. Kaanta, the King of Smooth drove past Buddy Hanestad for second and closed on the lead. He overtook the lead from Hessler and began to drive away from the field. Kaanta dominated as he checked out and Rick Hanestad trailed and battled Buddy for third. Kaanta drove on into a different zip code to the checkered flag. It was Buddy Hanestad coming on late as he held everyone else at bay and passed Hessler for second later in the going. Rick Hanestad did the same as he snatched third from Hessler at the line. Jake Redetzke rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds were paced by Steve Hallquist and Kerry Halopka as Hallquist led early. Ashley Anderson closed from the fourth starting position to drive through the middle line to the lead. Fifth starting Jake Hartung moved under Hallquist and set his sights on the leader. Cory Williams drew the only caution of the event when he couldn’t clear the track on a breakdown. Eighth starting Mike Anderson moved to third as Ashley Anderson continued to lead and drive to the victory. Hartung stayed close to Ashley but settled for second. Mike Anderson finished third over Mark Gerth who debuted his new MB Customs modified. Hallquist was scored fifth at the line.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks saw pole sitter Rick Hallquist share the front row with Chad Gullixson as Hallquist took the lead on the green. Bart Steffen overtook second as Gullixson settled into third. Curt Meyers battled from his eighth starting position and was able to overtake third after a good battle by Gullixson. Steffen worked to get under Hallquist but he held true at the line. Luke Schultz and James Harris spun to draw the caution as Harris restarted in the rear. Myers quickly overtook the lead on the restart but a lap wasn’t completed before Eric Schultz spun and Kyle Helling was called for the caution.

The restart saw Hallquist push up in turn three as Myers made contact and the two became hooked together. They dropped positions rapidly and both fell out of the top five before they separated from each other. The race remained under green as Steffen had found the lead. A yellow flag reset the field but Steffen wasn’t going to relinquish his lead as he restarted and drove to the victory. Ben Hillman made it difficult as he shadowed Steffen to the line. Myers overcame the earlier mishap and finished third. Gullixson had a fine run in fourth as Gunnar Watkins closed out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modified feature was filled with dramas as the 23 starters endured five cautions, four of which involved multiple cars and one of which drew the red flag, to finish under yellow due to elapsing the time limit set by the track. Gunnar Watkins led the first lap when the first caution saw four cars involved in turns one and two. The race was restarted with Watkins on the point when the yellow flew again for another five car wreck in turns three and four. They restarted again but Kyle Runkle spun on his own and was relegated to the rear. This time on the green, Travis Anderson used the low line to drive beside the leader at the start and inside to the lead through turns one and two. Anderson continued to lead until the next lap when the red flag flew for a multi car crash coming off turn two onto the backstretch. Seven cars were involved with five being unable to continue the race. Tyler Werner, Jason Richardson, Kyle Runkle, Robbie Johnson, and Justin Claussen, all went to the pits with major damage. Karl Kolek went to the work area and was able to tag onto the rear of the field.

Anderson suffered a flat front left tire as he ran over debris on the track. He elected to not give up his lead and led the field to the green as the drivers were told of a green, white, checkered restart. Anderson who tried to hang on for two laps did not appear affected by the flat tire as he quickly re-established his lead. The final caution flew for a crash involving Kolek, Jake Hanson, and Shane Halopka. The checkered flag was thrown under yellow as Anderson claimed the win from his fourth starting position. It was Watkins in second, followed by sixth starting Jake Smith and ninth starting Nick Koehler. Jesse Bryan rounded out the top five.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature saw Ashley Wahlstrom and Hunter VanGilder in the front row. VanGilder drove to the lead as Michael Knudtson closed to take the lead on lap two. Knutson stretched his advantage to the finish and won impressively. VanGilder retired late in the event as Wahlstrom finished second and Hanestad third.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks were led early by Jeremy Dahl as Dustin Doughty closed to fight for the win. It was Doughty overtaking Dahl as the two raced early. Dahl suddenly spun drawing a caution and he retired early for the evening. Doughty continued to lead as Kent Harmon drove to second. A spinning Lucas Kallenbach drew a yellow flag and reset the field. It was not problem for Doughty however, as he simply stretched his lead to the checkered flag after the restart. Kent Harmon finished second ahead of Pat Smith, Jeff Tisdale, and Kallenbach.

The WAYY 790 Hornets were led to green by Lucas Brackin and Jordan Langer but Derrick Johnson made an impressive first lap, three wide pass for the lead on the first lap after starting eighth. Johnson went on to dominate the event as William Voeltz raced to second as Bradley York, Armond Love, and Jordan Langer closed out the top five.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 01, 2016, with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. There will be no Modifieds on the card as Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill and Dick’s RV sponsor the action.

Red Cedar Cancels

June 13th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin– June 10, 2016, on a very warm day, a late afternoon thunderstorm knocked out power and dumped short but torrential rains forcing the Red Cedar Speedway to cancel its racing action. They do not return to racing action until Friday, June 24, 2016, with the weekly racing series event presented by EO Johnson Business Technologies and Gordy’s Market. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will be on the card.

Red Cedar Wet Again

June 7th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway was forced to cancel its racing action again as rains fell throughout the area. They will return to racing action Friday, June 10, 2016, with the weekly racing series event featuring Half Price Admission (Grandstands only) presened by ServPro of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will be on the card.

Red Cedar Speedway Too Wet

May 29th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin-Friday, May 27, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway was forced to cancel its racing action as rains fell throughout the area. They will return to racing action Friday, June 03, 2016, with the weekly racing series event featuring Kid’s Club Night (No Late Models) presented by 24-7 Telcom. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will be on the card.

Modified Special at Red Cedar Speedway

May 24th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin-Friday, May 20, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway invited traveling modifieds and allowed them to run an unsanctioned event for increased pay sponsored by Mars Racing and Keyes Chevytown USA. Four classes of cars were in attendance as the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Late Models, along with the unsanctioned “Open” modifieds took to the track. Feature winners included Lucas Schott, Jesse Glenz, Curt Meyers, and Nick Koehler.

To this writer’s embarrassment, I cannot locate my entire results, therefore I can only go by my racing action notes. I will try to update complete finishing orders when they are available to me. Please accept my most humble and embarrassed apology.

The stars of the night were the open modifieds as several sanctioning bodies were intermingled together on the
track. Cars were allowed to run with the rules of their own sanctioning body with an 8000 RPM rev limiter on their motors. Three heats were run and the cars were lined up by passing points for the feature. Mike Anderson won the pole position by virtue of his last place to first run in his heat. The outside front row starter was Jake Hartung as he gained more heat points by starting fifth and finishing second as Lucas Schott and Craig Thatcher both won their respective heats from the front row.

Mike Anderson (WISSOTA) drove to the early lead as Schott (open) followed through to second. A lap three caution reset the field as Anderson again led. Schott used the high line to move to the point on lap four and Jake Hartung (open) moved past Anderson into second. As the front group approached traffic, Hartung and Anderson tightened the gap on Schott. Hartung powered into the lead and Anderson challenged for second. On lap 20 of 30 in heavy lapped traffic, Hartung got into Paul Nitzik (WISSOTA) causing Nitzik to spin. Hartung was relegated from the lead to the rear of the field at the restart.

Schott again lead the field but a caution involving Matt Leer (WISSOTA) and Cory Bruggeman (WISSOTA) slowed the pace. Schott, who gained his advantage on amazing restarts maintained the lead at the green. Anderson and Thatcher (open) battled for second and closed the gap on the leader. A spinning Chris Ortel (open) slowed the action for the final time as Hartung was called for the foul. But again, Schott’s terrific ability to gain distance on the field on restarts was paramount. During the last run for the checkered, Schott gained a four to five car length advantage on the front stretch on the green. Although Anderson was able to cut that distance in half over the last five laps, he followed the 19 year old sensation to the checkers.
Thatcher, who throughout history is considered the man who owned the Red Cedar Speedway in the modified division, having won five National Championships claiming the track as his home, could do nothing with Anderson and finished a strong third. Chad Mahder was scored in fourth.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models were paced by Buddy Hanestad and Chad Mahder as it was the soon to be graduating high school senior, Hanestad who blasted into the lead and led for a hand full of laps as his father, Rick Hanestad fought with Mahder for second. Mahder held the position and overtook the lead on the high side as the elder Hanestad moved under his son into the runner up position. Eighth starting Jesse Glenz moved to third as Rick Hanestad took the lead below Mahder. Mahder wasn’t giving up, however, as he forged back out front. Hanestad moved back into the lead with two laps remaining but Mahder again moved out front coming to the white flag. A spinning Mike Prochnow slowed the action, setting up a green, white, checkered restart. Hanestad was placed back in the lead as they reverted to the last completed lap’s leader. Mahder, who had been running high on the track chose to start inside of row two, placing Jesse Glenz on his outside. On the restart, Glenz took advantage of that decision, and blasted to the cushion, took the lead, and drove to the checkers ahead of Hanestad and Mahder.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks saw pole sitter Ben Hillman flanked by Bart Steffen at the start. It was Hillman early, but sixth starting Curt Myers caught him and moved to the lead on lap two. A spinning Luke Shultz reset the action as Tony Falkner was relegated to the rear on the restart. Myers was not shaken whatsoever as he dominated the remainder of the race. It was Hillman in second followed by a distant battle for third won by Jesse Redetzke over Lucas Plank. Eric Olson finished in fifth.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds were lined up after a B Feature was won by Josh Wahlstrom. Karl Kolek held the pole as Gunnar Watkins sat outside him. The yellow flew before a lap was scored as Collin Hazelton was sent to the rear. On the second attempt, Clark Swartz found himself on the wrecker with heavy damage in turn four. The third attempt saw Kolek claim the lead as Shane Halopka moved to second and eigth starting Nick Koehler found third.

As Kolek led, Halopka battled down low and Koehler up high as they tried to steal the point. Koehler motored to the front as Michael Truscott joined the battle in fourth. Halopka was able to move to second and Truscott followed him through to third when a spinning Brent Voeltz slowed the action. It was Koehler, unstoppable on the outside, running so high at times it appeared he had one foot in the parking lot. David Swearingen claimed third briefly, but Truscott fought back. A late yellow reset the field but Koehler was just too tough as Halopka finished second over Truscott and a late charge by Gunnar Watkins saw him fourth at the line.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, May 27, 2016, with the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars PLUS Weekly Racing Series Event (No Late Models or Modifieds) presented by Cubby’s Bar and Pistol Pete’s Custom Cycles. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will be on the card.

Red Cedar Speedway Wet and Cold

May 17th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin-Friday the 13th featured a full moon, rain, cold weather, and winds forcing the cancellation of the Kid’s Club Night presented by Conrad’s Auto Salvage and Thunder Hill Speedway. Racing will return on Friday, May 20, with the Modified Special presented by Mars Racing and Keyes Chevytown USA. This is an unsanctioned modified event sure to draw travelers competing for the increased payout. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Late Models will also be in action. There will be no Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, or Hornets on the card.

Diemel Dominates Red Cedar Speedway

May 9th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin –Friday, May 06, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway saw unseasonably warm weather and changing track conditions as they put on their weekly show sponsored by Hauk Motorsports. Seven classes of cars were in attendance as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models took to the track. Feature winners included AJ Diemel, Ashley Anderson, Curt Meyers, Shane Halopka, Mike Knudtson, Jeremy Dahl, and William Voeltz.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models were paced by Mike Prochnow and Chad Mahder as Prochnow took the lead at the green. Fifth starting AJ Diemel was on rails as he ran down second place John Kaanta and set sail for the leader. Diemel caught Prochnow and a spirited battle for the point ensued. On lap seven, Diemel was side by side and edging into the lead as he spun after contact coming off of turn two. It was Prochnow tagged with the caution and on the restart, Diemel drove away from the pack to an eventual straightaway win over Jimmy Mars who had moved to second after a battle with Kaanta for the position. Kaanta finished a strong third over Ricky Hanestad and Jake Redetzke.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds were paced by Kerry Halopka and Mike Anderson as Halopka took the early lead and Cory Mahder used the low line to move into second. Mahder continued his strong drive under Halopka for the lead as Mike Anderson followed into second and Ashley Anderson moved to third. Mahder looked comfortable when he blew a tire and came to a stop on lap eight of 18. Mike Anderson took over the front position and he too looked strong as the race continued on. Kevin Adams car was upset with contact with a tire in the corner as he spun and collected Darrell Nelson on lap ten. It was Mike Anderson again as Halopka tried to make the highline work and battle for the lead. Ashley Anderson found the quicker line through the middle and overtook second and moved to the lead with two laps remaining. Ashley Anderson drove home to his third feature win overall on the season as Mike Anderson finished in the runner up position. Matt Leer used a late charge to finish third over a hard charging Jay Richardson and Nelson in fifth.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks saw pole sitter Rick Hallquist unable to make the call as the reshuffled order saw them led to green by Luke Schultz and Tony Falkner in the feature action. The yellow flew before a lap was scored as a spinning Kyle Helling collected Adam Soltis. On the second try, Falkner took the lead but seventh starting Curt Myers only took two laps to drive to the front. Gunnar Watkins settled into second as Jesse Redetzke and Bart Steffen followed. Luke Schultz drew the yellow as he hooked a tire in turn three sending his car out into the path of Falkner. The caution eliminated Myers’s huge lead but it was merely a short delay in his dominance. At the checkered flag, it was Myers unchallenged as Redetzke won a good battle for second position over Watkins. Lucas Plank finished fourth over Steffen.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds saw 23 cars take the green at feature time as Tyler Werner was flanked by Tyler Byholm in the front row. The initial start saw Jack Barta spinning, drawing the yellow and a complete restart. The second attempt looked good but Steve Hass lost a wheel before a lap was scored. The third time was a charm as Byholm moved out into the lead. Shane Halopka found his way to second and David Swearingen moved to third. A caution for a pair of 15’s saw Barta return to his position and Karl Kolek head to the pits.

Halopka used the restart to overtake the lead and shortly after, a multi car crash drew a red flag condition eliminating Jesse Bryan and Bob Wood as Mitchel Booth was charged with the foul. The race restarted and saw Halopka drive to the victory as Michael Truscott used a last lap pass over Byholm for second. Nick Koehler and Clark Schwartz rounded out the top five.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature saw Donald Cook and Hunter VanGilder in the front row. VanGilder drove to the lead as Michael Knudtson spun and collected the remaining cars in the field. Ron Hanestad went to the work area but wasn’t able to return to racing action. VanGilder again led on the green as Knudtson moved to second. A spinning Donald Cook drew the caution and Cook retired. VanGilder led the restart but Knudtson challenged both high then low before taking the position and driving on to the win. It was VanGilder in second comfortably over Kyle Genett in third.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks saw Jeff Tisdale and James Thur in the front row at the drop of the green. It was Tisdale early as he raced with Jeremy Dahl for the lead. Dahl took the point as Kent Harmon closed into second. Harmon moved to the higher groove as the two raced side by side for the front spot. Harmon edged into the lead with two laps to go when suddenly smoke billowed from his engine bay and he slowed to a stop, drawing the yellow flag. It was Dahl unchallenged over the green, white, checkered finish as Brett Meyer came home second over Tisdale and Thur.

The WAYY 790 Hornets were led to green by Ross Hoffman and Matthew Scott as the first attempt at a start was slowed due to debris. It was Hoffman earning the point as sixth starting William Voeltz closed to second and spun with the help of Armond Love. Voeltz used the restart to dart into the lead and drive away to a commanding lead and on to the checkered flag. Shadow Kitchner held second until Derrick Johnson took the position. It was Kitchner finishing third over a recovering Love and Bradley York.

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, May 13, 2016, with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. There will be no Modifieds on the card as Kid’s Club Night presented by Conrad’s Auto Salvage and Thunder Hill Speedway sponsor the action.

Oreskovich Sweeps To Rice Lake Speedway Win; Bogdanovic Wins Close Street Main

May 3rd, 2016

Rice Lake WI– Nick Oreskovich came from the fifth row to power into the lead following a mid race yellow flag and from there he drove on to his first ever career win to highlight the racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Kevin Bogdanovic scored an exciting win that saw three cars within a car length as they flashed across the finish line while also winning feature races in not quite som dramatic style were Michael Truscott, Matt Leer and Jason Havel.

It was a bone chilling night for racing in northern Wisconsin but a hearty crowd was on hand to see the biggest field of cars yet this season as ninety five racers from three states signed in to race Saturday.

Twenty one of them took Shaun Cimfl’s green flag for the Super Stock main with rookie driver Adam Soltis taking the early lead. Soltis was challenged first by Terran Spacek and then Jeff Klopstein Jr. for the top spot while Curt Myers and Oreskovich led the pack of those charging to the front.

Klopstein Jr. took over the lead as he swept around Soltis but Myers was a man on a mission as he passed Soltis and then challenged Klopstein Jr. for the lead. Oreskovich was also on the move as he too used the high groove to pass Eric Olson and Simon Wahlstrom and move into fourth and then challenged Soltis for third.

Myers made several attempts to move past Klopstein Jr. but each time he was repelled. The race was one lap short of its midpoint when the first yellow flew for a spin. On the green, Myers got a great run on the outside and swept past Klopstein Jr. on the high side to take over the lead, only to pull up lame in turn four with a powerless car. The yellow waved again, Klopstein Jr. was restored to the lead and Myers was done.

Oreskovich used the same move as Myers on the green and he made it stick too as he drove past Klopstein Jr. to take over the lead. Oreskovich then pulled away from the field as the remainder of he race stayed under the green. Klopstein Jr. was alone in second and the real battle was for third as Wahlstrom, Soltis, Olson, the Spacek duo of Randy and Terran and Aaron Wilson all battled for position.

Oreskovich rolled on and was unchallenged the last few laps as he earned his first ever at this track. He will remain the Super Stock point leader, even though he will vacate that position when northern tracks open in the coming weeks. Klopstein Jr. finished a fine second while Soltis recorded his best finish in the Supers. Olson
made a nice charge to end up fourth ahead of another rookie in Wahlstrom.

The Street Stock feature saw the smallest field of cars but that didn’t keep it from being a wild event with more than its share of yellow flags and a thrilling finish. Cooper Berlin and C.J. Wagner battled for the lead on the opening lap of the feature race but two yellows in the first three laps for spins shuffled the field early and often.

Bogdanovic came up from the second row, dove to the low groove and found himself in the lead. Soon he was challenged by Jimmy Randall, running the higher side of the track as he likes to do. Several times he pulled up beside Bogdanovic but just couldn’t quite pull off the move to take the lead. Yellows for spins and stalls kept the race from gaining much momentum but each time racing resumed, the same scenario took place as Bogdanovic remained glued to the bottom and Randall tried to drive around him.

After Ashley Wahlstrom hit the front stretch wall and triggered another yellow, the call from the officials was to shorten the race by five laps which set up a green, white and checkered finish. Again on the green, Bogdanovic continued to lead with Randall providing a renewed challenge for the lead. However, this time they were joined by Cody Kummer who was riding the bumper of Bogdanovic. The leaders hit the final corner side by side as Randall tried to drive by on the high side and as they flashed across the finish line, Bogdanovic finished up a half car length in front of Randall with Kummer another half length behind. Sam Fankhauser and Ryan Glembin completed the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature was a real tight one for the first half of the event until Truscott found a fast line around the track and was able to pull away. The first seven laps were frenetic as Bryce Johnson and Paul Suzik ran side by side for the lead with Tyler Vernon and Truscott right behind them. The traffic was very
tight as the top eight cars pulled away from the field and were running in a close pack.

Suzik was able to edge into the lead and Truscott passed first Vernon and then Johnson to move into second when the yellow waved for the sole slowdown of the race.

On the green, Truscott got a good run on the high side and was able to slip past Suzik and take over the lead. Once in front, he gradually pulled away from the field and developed a comfortable lead. Vernon pulled in to challenge Suzik for second and after a brief battle, Vernon was able to take over the position.

But the driver on the move was Ryan Viltz. Mired in the eighth position at the halfway point, on the lone restart Viltz jumped to the high side of the track and made that line work. With the majority of the field racing lower on the track, Viltz started picking off car after car as the laps ran down. He swept past Curt Myers, Deven Van House and Joe Chaplin Jr. and continued to charge. While Truscott rode home unchallenged for the win, Viltz pulled up beside Vernon on the last lap and in a photo finish, nipped Vernon for second at the line. Chaplin Jr. came home fourth with Shane Halopka completing the top five.

The Modified feature got off to a slow start when Kevin Adams spun in turn one and collected a couple of cars. After sorting out that event, the race resumed with Matt Leer edging out ahead of Neil Balduc for the lead. Balduc was running close and putting the pressure on the leader while Cory Mahder moved up into third. Leer
started to pull away with the top five runners spreading themselves out. Gradually, Mahder started to close in on Balduc with Kevin Eder also starting to bunch up behind the leader.

Leer continued to roll and he had no problems as the rest of the race ran green, he had no challengers and he took a relatively easy win. Balduc fought off the late challenges of Mahder and Eder to finish second with Ashley Anderson completing the top five.

The biggest field of Pure Stocks of the season was on hand Saturday, and despite that plus the fact that he was handicapped to the ninth starting position, Jason Havel still rode home with his third straight feature win in the division. Krysta Doughty took the early lead over a challenging Brent Miller and Joel Hinrichs while
Havel was on the move quickly to race into a challenging position. There were three yellow flags before two laps could be completed as there was considerable shuffling of positions due to the slow downs.

Doughty continued to lead but following the third restart, Havel was able to get a run on her and slip past into the lead. Hinrichs continued to challenge for the second spot while behind them the spins and collisions continued to break out as he proved hard to get more than a lap or two put together before the yellow would once again fly.

Finally, a green, white and checkered finish was called for. Havel pulled away from the pack once again and drove home unchallenged for his third straight here this year. Doughty had a stiff challenge from Hinrichs at the end but she held on for second as he debut here this year was a successful one. Hinrichs finished a very
close third and Andy Ladd also had a sterling run for fourth. Randy Graham moved to the front, spun and then worked his way back up to a top five finish.

Following the race, the shocks of the winner and third place Hinrichs were claimed and they accepted the claim so the official finish was unchanged.

Saturday night racing now moves into the month of May with four shows scheduled and warmer weather promised. Regular five division programs dominate the next three Saturday nights while the first special event of the season comes on May 28th when the UMSS(Upper Midwest Sprint Series) comes to town with both winged and traditional nonwinged Sprint Cars joining the regular five class program.

As always, warmups start at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow directly.

Red Cedar Speedway Features Repeat Winners

May 2nd, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin– Friday, April 29, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway recovered from consistent rains during the week to present Dirt Track Specialists and Air Tec Sports night. The heavy spring like racing surface provided fast speeds and constant action. Seven classes of cars were in attendance as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models took to the track. It was deja vu all over again as five feature winners repeated from the week before. Feature winners included Jake Redetzke, Kevin Adams, Curt Meyers, Travis Anderson, Sam Fankhauser, Kent Harmon, and Derrick Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models heats were won by Jesse Glenz and Jim Mars as Buddy Hanestad and Chad Mahder led the feature to green. It was Mahder in the early lead as Buddy Hanestad followed in second. Hanestad’s car was upset in a rut and spun in turn two on the second lap. He stayed on the throttle and came to rest nearly straight as the entire field narrowly missed him in a fine display of driving talent by everyone involved.

On the restart, Mars made a bold move to become a factor from his eighth starting position but it was fifth starting Redetzke who drove to the lead and on to dominate the event. As Redetzke drove to over a straight away lead to the checkers, Mahder battled with Mars and Kaanta. Mars moved into second but wasn’t able to carve into Redetzke’s dominance as Kaanta wrestled away third. Mahder finished fourth as last place starting Jason Krohn finished fifth at the line.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds heat winners were Matt Leer, Cory Bruggeman, and Kevin Adams as Kerry Halopka and Cory Mahder owned the front row of the feature. After a failed first attempt at a start, the field came to green with Mahder claiming the spot. A quick yellow flag however involved Matt Leer, Tim Johnson, Robbie Johnson, Bryan Hessler, and Jody Bellifeuille. Tim Johnson and Hessler were unable to continue as Leer was sent to the rear.

It was Mahder on the start as Halopka settled into second. Kevin Adams drove inside third and second and set sail to track down Mahder. Adams caught Mahder and after a spirited battle for position, moved to the lead and pulled away. It was Adams continuing the defending National Champions theme on the night as he drove to the checkered flag. Mahder finished a strong second as Halopka impressed in third. Paul Nitzik drove to fourth and Bruggeman finished in the fifth spot.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks included heat winners Curt Myers and Ben Hillman as they were led to green by Tony Falkner and Luke Schultz in the feature action. Falkner took the lead as Hillman challenged up high but a spinning Adam Soltis slowed the action. Again Falkner led the group under green but starting eighth is seemingly meaningless to Curt Myers, as with a big move he took over the point. Myers has been the giant who seems impossible to slay in Menomonie in 2016 as he drove into the night to yet another feature win in his bid to repeat as National Champion.

Seventh starting Time Johnson, 2015 runner up in the national points, drove to second and a significant lead over third finishing Lucas Plank. Plank himself impressed over Gunner Watkins who drove from last on the grid to finish fourth. Bart Steffen rounded out the top five in what had been great racing action from third on back. Falkner held the position well but was eventually overtaken as the race settled out in the final laps.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds had four heats won by Grant Southworth, Shane Halopka, Nick Koehler, and Jake Smith, as George Truscott won the B-Feature earning the right to start near the back of the A main. A front row of Travis Anderson and Shane Halopka promised for a good race and no one involved disappointed. Anderson, whose car was nearly destroyed in the Punk Manor to end last season and severely damaged twice already in the previous two nights at the Red Cedar Speedway this year, quickly proved he was fast and grabbed the lead. Southworth moved from his second row start into the second position.

The yellow flag flew early as Tony Schill came to a stop in turn two and Gunnar Watkins retired under caution. It was Anderson out front on the restart but two laps later, Halopka violently struck the turn one wall drawing the caution and ending his night. Again Anderson led the field on the green but Tanner Byholm was squeezed into the wall on the start. The track was cleared and Southworth and Smith lined up in row two to challenge for the win. Upon going green, the two battled for position and Anderson tried to drive away. Smith pushed up the track, Southworth took the position, and eighth starting Koehler took advantage and claimed third.

As the race came to its conclusion, Southworth challenged for the lead and the two drove side by side. In the final lap, Southworth had a great run but Anderson was too tough, taking the win at the line. Koehler lurked immediately behind in third as Jake Smith recovered for a strong fourth and Austin Ellis impressed in fifth.

The defending National Champion, Tim Johnson, won the heat as the Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature was paced by Ashley Wahlstrom and Ron Hanestad. Hanestad took the early lead as they went three wide behind him and three wide behind the group fighting for second. Seven cars raced in a very tight group until Sam Fankhauser grabbed the lead on lap two. Michael Knudtson found his way to second and the lone yellow in the event flew for debris on the track.

On the restart, Fankhauser held the point and Knudtson chose to start on the outside of Hanestad in row two. It was Fankhauser with a strong run, essentially unchallenged to the win. Knudtson held a solid second as Hanestad led Cody Kummer and Karl Genett to fill out the top five.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat winners were Mike Knopps and George Richards as Dean Pronschinske and Jeremy Dahl had the honors of the front row at feature time. An aborted first attempt at green saw Dahl drive to the lead in the second attempt. Brett Meyers moved to second to challenge but it was eighth starting Kent Harmon using the low line to drive to the front. Richards and Knopps followed through to second and third. Richards moved to the high line and drove into the lead as Harmon battled back down low. The two raced side by side as Knopps lurked immediately in their shadows.

Harmon edged into the lead as Knopps followed in the low groove to second. Richards drove hard to regain the position and was scored in second at the white flag. The three raced very closely on the final circuit and went three wide in turns three and four as Harmon gained the advantage toward the finish line. An unrelated caution flag was displayed before they finished their charge and the amazing race finished under yellow. The white flag lap was how they were officially scored with Harmon winning, followed by Richards, and Knopps. It was Brett Meyers and Jeremy Dahl filling out the top five.

The Value Implement Hornet heats were won by Derrick Johnson and Bradley York as Jordan Kuhn and James Kurschner paced the field to green in the feature. It was Kurschner grabbing the point until eighth starting Derrick Johnson carved his way to the lead on lap two and never looked back on his drive to the checkers. William Voeltz and Dean Butler made it a three car battle for second as Voeltz claimed the spot. Butler battled with York for position finishing third and fourth respectively. Sean Svee rounded out the top five.
The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, May 06, 2016, with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Thur, Jeff Tisdale, Dean Pronschinske, Wayne Braun Jr, Tyler Lamm.

Red Cedar Speedway Opens for all Classes

April 25th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin-he Red Cedar Speedway Kid’s Club Night presented by Sport Rider provided terrific racing action on a cool spring evening as early season racing saw several travelers.  Seven classes of cars took to action as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models took to the track.   Feature winners included Jake Redetzke, Kevin Adams, Curt Meyers, Grant Southworth, Tim Johnson, Kent Harmon, and Derrick Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models heats were won by Rick Hanestad and Late Model rookie Jesse Glenz as Mike Prochnow and Jake Redetzke led the feature to green.  Redetzke immediately grabbed the point and drove nonstop to the checkers in a convincing fashion.  It was Jesse Glenz, fresh off his first Late Model feature win the previous Saturday who claimed second and held the position the entire event.  Seventh starting Jimmy Mars drove through the pack to claim the third position as Prochnow was relegated to fourth and John Kaanta made a last lap pass of Hanestad for fifth.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds heat winners were Ashley Anderson and Neil Balduc as Tim Johnson and Kevin Adams held the front row of the feature.  Adams immediately moved to the front on the cushion but the yellow flag flew before lap one was completed and a full restart was in order.  Again, Adams moved to the high side and drove the distance to the win.  Rookie Modified driver, Cory Bruggeman, who also won a feature the previous week, moved to second and flexed his muscles.  Mike Anderson used the low line to overtake third and move in to challenge Bruggeman.  Mike Anderson was able to overtake second and tried in vain to reel in the leader.  Eighth starting Ashley Anderson moved to third and closed on second but finished behind Mike Anderson at the line.  Bruggeman held onto fourth as Matt Leer finished in the fifth spot.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks included heat winners Bart Steffen and Curt Myers as they were led to green by Rick Hallquist and Lucas Plank in the feature action.  Hallquist spun in tur two on the first lap and was relegated to the rear.  On the second attempt at a start, Plank took the point.  However, the eyes were all on row four as Tim Johnson and Myers carved their ways to the front.  Gunnar Watkins claimed the lead as Myers ran him down and took the spot.  The two car battled back but Myers had nothing to do with it and retook the position and stretched the lead.  Late in the race, Tony Falkner broke down directly in front of the leader.  Myers narrowly avoided a collision and after the yellow, he paced the field back to green with five laps remaining.  Watkins struggled on the restart and Johnson took advantage.  Johnson then dove low on the leader but Myers held his position and stretched the gap to the checkers.  Johnson followed home in second as Plank claimed third, followed home by Watkins, Jesse Redetzke, and Super Stock rookie, Adam Soltis.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds had four heats won by David Swearingen, Curt Myers, Tad Brettig, and Nick Koehler.  Travis Anderson started at the tail of the B-Feature and drove his way to the win to start near the back of the A main.  A front row of Swearingen and Grant Southworth saw Southworth take the lead on the high side and Myers moving into second.  Myers made a bid for the lead on lap four as he passed for the position, but a spinning Brettig slowed the action and Southworth regained the point.  A mishap at the front of the field on the restart started a chain reaction crash coming to green as cars piled up behind the leaders.  Travis Anderson, Jason Schill, and Antonio Pintaro were all eliminated with heavy damage on each car.

The next restart saw Shane Halopka come to a stop on the backstretch, again drawing a caution.  The field came to green as Nick Koehler drove into second and challenged for the lead at an attempt for his third feature win of the young season.  It wasn’t to be however, as Southworth withstood the challenge and took his second feature win of the season, his first in WISSOTA action on the year.  Koehler drove home to the runner up position as Michael Truscott finished third.  In his first night in a brand new SSR Chassis, Midwest Modified rookie, Gunnar Watkins impressed with a fourth place finish on his birthday.  It was Swearingen filling out the top five.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks took to the track with heat winner Cody Kummer on the inside of row two behind Michael Knudtson and Ashley Wahlstrom.  Knudtson took the initial lead as Sam Fankhauser moved to second on the high side.  A spinning Wahlstrom brought out the only yellow of the race.  On the restart, cars went three wide with Tim Johnson coming out in the lead.  Johnson drove away to a straightaway lead and on to the win as Fankhauser claimed second over Knudtson.  Kummer finished fourth as Ron Hanestad brought the ageless 71H to fifth at the finish.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat winner was Brett Meyers as Kent Harmon and Mikel Pratt showed the way to green in the feature.  A lap one caution saw Dean Pronschinske spinning and James Thur retiring from the event.  Harmon drove to the front as Jeremy Dahl and Brett Myers raced for second.  Dahl took the position and worked on the leader as Myers ran in their shadows.  Harmon maintained the top position as Myers claimed second and closed to challenge.  Myers used the upper grove to inch into the lead at the white flag and the two raced side by side the remaining lap.  Harmon regained the lead at the line and won by a fender at the exciting conclusion.  Dahl dropped out on the last lap as Cody Tisdale took third over Mike Pratt.

The Value Implement Hornet heats were won by Derrick Johnson and Armond Love as Bradley York and Love held the front row of the feature.  A first lap caution eliminated Dillon Pronschinske and the field was reset.  Love led on the green as Johnson closed to challenge and Dean Butler drew the last caution of the event which set up a great run to the checkers.  Johnson took the lead on the inside but Love battled back.  They raced side by side until Johnson used a crossover move to pass into the front and to lead the way to the checkers.  Love followed home in second as William Voeltz claimed third.  Sean Svee and Bradley York rounded out the top five

The Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, April 29, 2016, as Dirt Track Specialists and Air Tec Sports brings you the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets.

1st Annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker Classic

April 19th, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway presented the 1 st Annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker Classic sponsored by T & T Construction, One Main Financial, and Accurate Construction. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models were all in action battling for increased payout at the window. Randy Buss was an instrumental figure in multiple aspects at the Red Cedar Speedway beginning as a child when his parents were very involved at the track. Randy was a car owner, pit man, volunteer, and board member throughout his adult lifetime. He also was a board member for WISSOTA itself and fought hard for the racers. He was inducted into the Red Cedar Speedway Hall of Fame in 2014, and passed away from cancer in 2015. His family is still involved greatly at the track. I believe he would be humbled and speechless in reference to his name gracing the opening event. Feature winners included Darrell Nelson, Ashley Anderson, Curt Meyers, and Nick Koehler.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heats were won by Brad Seng and Scott Gilberts as Seng and late model rookie Jesse Glenz paced the filed to green in the feature. The inside line, led by Grand Forks, North Dakoda’s Seng, move out front as Darrell Nelson and Rick Hanestad followed. Soon, Nelson moved to the higher groove and battled side by side for the point. Two laps later, he owned first and drove off into the night to a margin of nearly a half lap at the checkered flag. Seng ran alone and unchallenged for second as Hanestad finished third over Scott Gilberts and fifth place John Kaanta.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Matt Leer and Cory Mahder win heats as Ross Prochnow and David Baxter led the action to the green flag. The modifieds had a tough time getting going as in the first corners Kevin Adams lost control, spun, and collected Cory Mahder, Tim Johnson, Luke Schilling, and Bryan Hessler. Adams’ car was heavily damaged and he was the only driver unable to continue. The second attempt of the start was again aborted due to a caution which found Mahder the victim and leaving the track. Try three found Baxter spinning in turn four eliminating him for the night. The fourth time saw the yellow fly for Brent Prochnow as he came to a stop on the racing surface. He was able to go to the work area and return in the rear. The fifth attempt to get lap one in the books was successful and saw Matt Leer move to the point.

Dave Cain used the lower line to challenge for first and as he wrestled away the lead, the yellow flew as Brent Prochnow once again came to a stop, ending his night. The restart saw Leer regaining his position and Mike Anderson in third from his eleventh place starting position; however, Anderson had lost his brakes. On the restart it was Ashley Anderson who overtook all three and moved out front. The yellow flew for the final time on lap 14 as Hessler came to a stop in turn three. Ashley Anderson drove unchallenged to the checkered flag followed home by Leer, Cain, Ross Prochnow, and Corey Bruggeman.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by 2015 National Champion Curt Myers and Tommy Richards as 2015’s runner up Tim Johnson and third place Richards held the front row. An amazing start saw Johnson shoot to the lead as Ben Hillman joined the battle and Richards made a bold move to claim the point. Hillman spun in turn three, drawing the caution and resetting the field. After one failed attempt to restart, they were able to get things rolling as Richards shot to the lead. However, Myers was going to have nothing to do with a close race as he overtook second, classed on the leader, and overtook Richards on the low side. Myers drove away from the pack to near a half lap lead.

On lap 13, Hillman came to the stop on the backstretch. Once again, on the restart, Myers left the others behind as Richards began to struggle. Johnson moved to second as a fast Nick Oreskovich overtook third and Jesse Redetzke battled on the outside in fourth. A Gunnar Watkins spin drew the yellow after Redetzke had overtaken third. On the restart, another two car incident slowed the pace again with four laps remaining. Myers quickly blasted out front and drove to the win impressively over Johnson. Oreskovich regained third over Redetzke and Bart Steffen was scored in fifth.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds saw three heats won by Travis Anderson, Michael Truscott, and Curt Myers. The feature was lead to green by Nick Koehler and Truscott and it was Koehler to the lead, and after surviving five cautions, he led every lap to the checkers. Initially, Southworth and Truscott fought side by side for runner up as Truscott claimed the spot on the high side. David Swearingen was the first yellow as he came to a stop on the track. The restart saw a crash in one and two as Southworth was eliminated when he was spun by Myers and struck by Clark Swartz who had nowhere to go.

The race returned to green bringing a good race for second between Truscott and Travis Anderson. A spinning Truscott collected the strong cars of Anderson and Shane Halopka, eliminating all three. On the restart, Karl Kolek spun, slowing the pace. Back under green, Curt Myers, who had raced from the rear of the field to fourth spun drawing the caution flag. Going green, Koehler continued unchallenged and when coming to the white flag, Matt Klukas spun directly in front of the leader. The green, white, checkered finish saw Koehler the winner over Dan Wheeler, Schwartz, Tyler Kitner, and Karl Kolek.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on April 22, 2016 featuring Kid’s Club Night presented by Sport Rider. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks,vModifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action.

Season Championship

August 25th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Friday, August 21, 2015, as Today’s WAXX 104.5 FM sponsored the 2015 Season Championships in the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Kevin Adams, Mike Anderson, Ron Hanestad, Mike Knopps, and Leslie Jackson as every winner on the night scored a clean sweep winning both heat and feature.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models saw Mike Prochnow win the heat and lead every lap of the feature to win the season championship. Rick Hanestad drove from the outside of row one to finish second as AJ Diemel beat Jake Redetzke and John Kaanta in the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Kevin Adams and Ashley Anderson win their heats as Adams swept the nights action. Adams drove to the lead from the pole position as the first of several cautions saw Jay Richardson spin in turn two. After the restart, Mark Hanson spun in turn two and Ashley Anderson was called for the caution and relegated to the rear. The green flag flew as Adams led the way but a spinning Matt Leer slowed the action again. The race resumed but a debris caution reset the field one last time. Mike Anderson worked low to get to the lead under Adams but last starting Jake Hartung came to battle Anderson for second. It was Hartung who gained the advantage and opportunity to race Adams for the lead but Adams was too tough. At the line it was Adams, Hartung, Mike Anderson, Ashley Anderson, and Matt Leer who finished fifth.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Jason Forehand, Jesse Redetzke, and Mike Anderson as Anderson went on to sweep the night being the only feature winner in the evening not coming from the front row. Forehand lead lap one, but Anderson took over the position from his third starting position on lap two. However, Joel Peterson came to a stop on the backstretch, drawing the caution and restoring Forehand to the lead. Another caution flew quickly resetting the field again and as the came to green, Forehand had his hands full as Anderson hugged the tires and Forehand drove the high side in a battle for the point. Again, the yellow flag flew with Forehand with the advantage. Anderson immediately resumed his relentless battle for the win and was not going to be denied as he took the point and led to the line for his tenth Super Stock feature win of the season. Forehand finished a strong second as 11th starting Lucas Plank drove to third. Jesse Redetzke finished fourth over fifth place Cole Spacek.
The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds three heats were won by Shane Halopka, Grant Southworth, and Michael Truscott as Halopka held the pin for the feature and went on to win the season championship. Halopka took an immediate lead as the race was slowed early for debris on the track. He drove back to the point on the restart as Truscott settled into second. Behind them, Grant Southworth raced his brand new MB Custom racecar for the first time and battled with Jake Smith for position. Halopka proved his dominance as he drove to a straight stretch lead before a spinning Jason Richardson drew the caution and set up a green, white, checkered finish. It was Halopka winning his 21st feature of the season as Truscott, Nick Koehler, Grant Southworth, and the ninth starting Mark Thomas rounded out the top five.

Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks saw heat winners Ron Hanestad and Jim Randall on the front row and the pole position was all Hanestad needed to drive to another win in his seemingly ageless racecar. Randall settled into second as Adam Soltis and Mike Knudtson fought door to door for third and Kori Richter raced against Sam Fankhauser for fifth. Hanestad stretched his dominating lead over Randall who in kind stretched his lead over the battle for third which was won by Soltis over Knudtson as Richter claimed fifth at the finish.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat was won by Mike Knopps as he went on from the pole of the feature to sweep the championship. Behind Knopps, the feature had a good battle for second position between Jesse Bryan and Jason Havel which wasn’t settled until the final circuit as the finishing order was exactly like they started with Knopps winning and Bryan, Havel, Brett Myers, and Kent Harmon rounding out the top five.

The Value Implement Hornets saw Leslie Jackson sweep the night’s action as she sat on the pole of the feature after winning the heat. Jordan Langer was on the outside of row one, but it was Jackson who took the early lead and never looked back as she drove off into the night for the feature win. Langer and third starting Darrel Johnson battled for the runner up spot with Johnson in the high groove and Langer down low. They ran bumper to bumper and then door to door for the position as it was Langer earning the runner up spot. Johnson finished third, followed by Matthew Schaar and Jake Hallerman in fifth.

The Red Cedar Speedway will not be in action for the next month until it reopens for the 36th annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions two night invitational sponsored by Bill’s Distributing. They will race both Friday and Saturday nights on September 25 and 26, 2015, as the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action.

Rodney Sanders Rolls to First USMTS Hunt Win of 2015

August 19th, 2015

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders powered his Swan Energy #20 MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified to his 21st victory of the season with a win in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup event at Red Cedar Speedway.

On Thursday night Rodney Sanders headed to Red Cedar Speedway (Menomonie, Wisconsin) for the fifth night of action in the Hunt for United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup presented by S&S Fishing & Rental. Winning his heat from 3rd, Sanders transferred into the feature event in the 2nd starting spot. Battling for a $3,000 payday, Rodney cruised to his 21st victory of the season leading all 40 laps. Jason Hughes, Jesse Sobbing, Jake Hartung, and Brent Larson followed Sanders to the finish line.

The following night brought Sanders to Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) for another round of action in the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup sanctioned by the USMTS. Drawing a field of 32 cars, Rodney edged his way into the feature event with a 3rd place outing in his heat. Starting in 8th, Rodney Sanders advanced four positions in the 40-lapper, finishing behind Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, and Jesse Sobbing with Dereck Ramirez rounding out the top five.

Rodney traveled to Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota) on Saturday for night seven of the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Transferring into the feature with a 2nd place outing in his heat, Sanders earned the 2nd starting spot for the finale. Battling for a $3,000 payday in the Casey’s General Stores A-Main, Rodney Sanders fell three positions retiring a 5th place finish behind Stormy Scott, Jason Hughes, Ben Kates, and Zack VanderBeek.

Rodney continues to lead the USMTS Hunt of the Casey’s Cup standings as he pursues his third-straight title. For complete standings and more results from these events, please visit http://www.usmts.com/> www.USMTS.com .

The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup roars forward this weekend with a pair of events in Kansas and Oklahoma. On Friday evening the tour rolls into Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) before sanctioning an event at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) on Saturday evening. For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, S&S Fishing and Rental, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Wehrs Machine, All-Star Performance, Wilwood Breaks, Driven Race Oils, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .

Red Cedar Speedway Cancels due to Heat

August 19th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway cancelled their racing action on Friday, August 14, 2015, due to the very high heat index. They will resume racing on Friday, August 21, 2015, for the Season Championship presented by Today’s WAXX 104.5. Heats will be lined up by points and the feature straight up by finishing position in a clash for the trophy. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action

USMTS comes to Town with Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks

August 18th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin- The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Modifieds invaded Menomonie along with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA Super Stocks who were also on the card! Feature winners included Rodney Sanders in the USMTS Modifieds, Jason Forehand, and Nick Koehler.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks had three heats. In the first heat, Jesse Redetzke ran out front the entire distance won over Steve Thomas and AJ Hoff. In the second heat Mike Anderson took the lead early and led until the last lap when he was overtaken by Curt Myers as Eric Olson settled for third. In the final heat, Jason Forehand used his pole starting position to dominate, winning over Bart Steffen and Dan Nissalke.

The feature saw Forehand and Redetzke on the front row as the two battled side by side until Forehand was able to secure the point. A spinning Luke Schultz reset the field, but Forehand was up to the task as he again motored out front. Fifth starting Curt Myers had found third and he and Redetzke tried to catch the leader as eighth starting Mike Anderson passed into fourth but was a significant distance behand the lead trio. As laps clicked off, Forehand never relinquished his lead. Myers overtook Redetzke for second as the two remained close to the leader. Anderson closed to near Redetzke, but ran out of laps to challenge the lead group. Eric Olson was the fifth place finisher.
The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds had two heats with Grant Southworth winning the first over Shane Halopka and Michael Truscott. The second heat saw its complexion change on the first lap as Nick Koehler, Travis Anderson, and Dave Shackelton were involved in a three care melee in turn two. Koehler lost control gathering the other two drivers and he was the only car to be able to continue as the other two received significant damage. Koehler kept his position due to track officials blaming the racing surface for the incident. It was the only break he needed as he dominated the heat. Karl Kolek and Ben Schultz finished in the top three.

Koehler redrew the pole for the feature as Cody Bruggeman flanked him on the outside and Koehler immediately drove to the lead. A spinning Eric Klemetson reset the field and on the restart Shane Halopka overtook Southworth for second. They settled in and ran in a line toward the checkered flag as Koehler led to group over Halopka, Southworth, Truscott and Kolek. Bruggeman brought out the final caution as he broke down and couldn’t clear the racing surface. The restart saw no changes to the end of the race as the top five were followed to the line by Travis Anderson as he moved from last on the grid to sixth.

The USMTS offered competitors from Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas as the 40 lap feature was won by Happy, Texas’ Rodney Sanders over Watts, Oklahoma’s Jason Hughes. The results are available on their website as is an article on the racing action.

Drivers who have raced at the Red Cedar Speedway on a more regular basis in the past or currently who were in attendance with USMTS Modifieds included Tony Bahr, Erick Pember, Rich Loftus, Craig Thatcher, Brent Larson, Jason Miller, Cory Casper, Jay Richards, and Chris Ortel. In addition, Jesse Glenz, Cory Mahder, Ashley Anderson, Jake Hartung, and Mike Anderson drove their WISSOTA legal cars against the bigger motored brethren. Glenz and Mahder made the feature through passing points and A. Anderson, Hartung, and M. Anderson raced their way in via the B-features, one of which was won by Ashley. Hartung raced from 17th to fourth, A. Anderson from 14th to sixth, M. Anderson from 21st to seventh. Glenz faded from sixth to 12th, and Mahder, who ran in the top three after starting fourth was eliminated by a one car crash just past the halfway point, relegating him to 18th.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, August 21, 2015, for the Season Championship presented by Today’s WAXX 104.5. Heats lined up by points and the feature straight up by finishing position in a clash for the trophy. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action.

Sanders on the money in Menomonie

August 16th, 2015

MENOMONIE, Wis.–Rodney Sanders claimed his first win during the 2015 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental Thursday night with a decisive victory at the Red Cedar Speedway.

From the outside of the front row, the two-time defending USMTS National Champion rocketed to the lead at the drop of the green flag and built a hefty 10-car-length lead over the first 14 laps.

Five cautions throughout the 40-lapper allowed the field to remain close throughout the race, but the 25-year-old from Happy, Texas, never faltered and never trailed en route to his 17 United States Modified Touring Series feature win of the season and 62nd of his career.

Jason Hughes, who vaulted to victory in two of the previous four Hunt races last week, made his way to the front from the 18th starting spot but was never able to make a charge at Sanders and settled for the runner-up paycheck in the end.

Jesse Sobbing came from 13th to finish third and Jake Hartung finished fourth after starting 17th. Hartung also went to the rear of the field when a spin on lap 14 sent him to the back.

Brent Larson was fifth while Ashley Anderson, Mike Anderson, Casey Arneson, Joe Duvall and Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top 10.

The series travels to the Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Friday where it was Sanders and Hughes getting the wins their firsts at the Fountain City, Wis., facility in the previous two USMTS visits there.

Ryan Gustin, who now sits just nine wins ahead of Sanders on the all-time USMTS wins list in third, tops the list of former winners at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway with three wins at Bob Timms speedplant. Jon Tesch and Brad Waits each have two with Waitss first coming in 2008 at the former Tri-Oval Speedway.

Terry Phillips, Tommy Myer and Tim Donlinger have also visited victory lane at the new configuration while other former winners on the long gone tri-oval layout include Al Hejna, Kelly Shryock and Todd Scharkey.

Racing action presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona starts at 7 p.m. with USRA Late Models, USRA B-Mods, Wissota Super Stocks and Hornets also racing. Get there early and enjoy some Mini-Mods action on the Lightning Speedway beginning at 6 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $18 and seniors 65 and older get in for $16. Students 23 years of age or younger (with valid current student ID) and all kids ages 17 and under get in for free. Pits are $30 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12 and children ages 5 and under get in for free.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston and Rochester.

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

The tripleheader weekend wraps up Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn.

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

Points Champions Crowned as Watkins get his First Feature Win

August 10th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Friday, August 07, 2015, as Kim Parson Memorial Trophy Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Tour Night presented by Mars Racing and Keyes Chevytown brought the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Feature winners included Chad Mahder, Steve Hallquist, Gunnar Watkins, Travis Anderson, Sam Fankhauser, Jesse Bryan, and William Voeltz.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models came into the night with a terrific battle for the track points championship with Mike Prochnow holding a four point advantage. Both drivers did exactly what they needed to do in winning their heat races, carrying the four point difference into the feature event. Buddy Hanestad was the pole sitter as Chad Mahder used his outside front row starting position to drive to the lead and race to the feature win essentially unchallenged. At the green, Hanestad moved quickly into the second position and tried in vain to track down Mahder. It was Prochnow who blasted the high side on the first lap and moved from eighth to third on the grid. John Kaanta challenged Prochnow for the position for several laps but Prochnow withstood the challenge and closed in and followed Hanestad to the line and winning the points battle. Kaanta and Jake Redetzke rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modified point battle was also a close one as Mike Anderson entered the night with an 18 point margin over Ashley Anderson. After both cars raced to the invert from the back of their heats, Mike Anderson only needed to start the feature to secure the track championship, which he did. It was Steve Lavasseur starting on the pole as Steve Hallquist used the outside front row starting position to drive to the lead and race to the feature win; however, it wasn’t quite that simple. As Hallquist drove to the point, Jesse Glenz raced to the second position and Kevin Adams to third. Ashley Anderson brought out the caution as he came to a stop on the track and the field was reset. Hallquist again drove to the lead as Adams used the highline to overtake Glenz and close on the leader. Adams powered to the lead, but one lap later, Hallquist took it back. As the two raced side by side in a terrific fight for position, Adams edged out front down the backstretch but entering into turn three, his car spun and he backed it into the wall violently. The yellow flag was displayed and Adams drove from the track, retiring for the evening.

Again it was Hallquist to the lead as Glenz began to close with Mike Anderson following on his rear bumper. As the duo caught the leader, Robbie Johnson came to a stop and drew the caution. On the restart with three laps remaining, Hallquist drove out to a few car length lead. Glenz and Anderson followed him to the checkers as David Baxter and fifteenth starting Mark Hanson filled out the top five.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks found a 22 point margin between Jason Forehand and Jesse Redetzke with Mike Anderson only seven more points back. It was Lucas Plank and Rick Hallquist on the front row as fourth starting Jason Forehand took the lead on the backstretch of the first lap. Forehand stretched his margin over second place Bart Steffen who was locked in a battle with Gunnar Watkins. Mike Anderson blew a tire, bringing out the first caution of the event. On the restart, Forehand continued to show the way but he broke down in the lead, drawing a yellow flag, which moved Steffen to the lead on the restart. The battle for the point was a good one as Watkins drove hard underneath Steffen and edged out front. Once there, Watkins counted down the laps toward his first ever Super Stock feature win to the delight of the crowd. Stephen followed him home in second as Jesse Redetzke finished third. Lucas Plank and Derrick Baskins rounded out the top five and Jason Forehand was crowned the season champion.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds entered the night with Shane Halopka holding a 20 point lead over Jake Smith for the season championship. As the dust settled, it was Halopka winning the championship. Josh Wahlstrom and Mitchell Booth sat on the front row as a yellow flag for debris stopped the action after one lap with Wahlstrom in the lead. On the restart, Travis Anderson drove to the front with Jake Smith in tow. A caution was called on the spinning Kent Baxter as Grant Southworth was called for the foul. Again, Anderson was in front as racing action resumed. By the halfway point, Anderson had stretched his advantage and Nick Koehler had closed to third behind Smith. Soon, several car lengths behind the leader, Koehler, Smith, and Halopka battled for second. It was Koehler taking the position and closing slightly on Anderson as they ran to the checkers. Anderson won over Koehler, Halopka, Smith, and the visiting Jason Schill.

Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks saw Sam Fankhauser with a 17 point advantage in track points over Hunter VanGilder as Fankhauser did everything he had too to make sure there would be no doubt. It was Ashley Wahlstrom and Adam Soltis on the front row as Soltis drove to the point. Fankhauser used to higher groove to move to second and eventually to the lead. VanGilder blew a tire and brought out the first caution as he went to the work area and returned in the rear. Under caution, Fankhauser began to smoke noticeably but he retained the lead on the green. Third running Ashley Wahlstrom pushed up the track and was passed by Mike Knudson and Danny Richards. Soon thereafter, she limped to the pits with a broken front suspension. The smoking car of Fankhauser stretched the advantage as Knudtson overtook second. At the white flag, Soltis spun and Richards was relegated to the rear. A green, white, checkered restart saw Fankhauser drive to the win as Knudtson won a side by side battle with Soltis for second. Ron Hanestad and Danny Richards rounded out the top five.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock track championship was won by Jason Havel as with s 52 point lead, he secured the title by showing up at the track. In the feature, Brett Myers and Pat Smith held the front row as Myers drove to the lead. Behind Myers, Kent Harmon, Jesse Bryan, and Havel battled for second. Havel suffered a flat tire and returned from the work area in last after the caution. It was Myers continuing to lead as Bryan began to attack using the inside line. With two laps remaining, Bryan secured the lead. Coming through the last set of corners on the final lap, Myers was able to get a nose below the leader, but Bryan was too strong, winning the feature. Kent Harmon finished third over Havel and Smith.

With the absolute dominance exerted by Jeremy Johnson in the Value Implement Hornets, it is hard to believe there could have been a points championship in question. However Voeltz has also been dominate over the remaining field and although he seemingly couldn’t ever catch Johnson, he himself had a fine season and only trailed by 20 points. Jordan Langer and Dean Butler lead the pack to green as a multicar crash aborted the first attempt. On the second attempt, Butler took the advantage as the dominator, Johnson suffered a flat tire and retired from the event. Voeltz closed on the leader and drove to the point. The yellow flag flew for the last time on the night as Jasper Drengler suffered mechanical issues ending his night after coming from last on the grid to fourth. Voeltz blasted back out front and checked out on the field, winning the feature as Butler finished a distant second but having a strong run over his foes in tow. Lucas Wulf, Langer, and Dillon Pronschinske rounded out the top five. Although Voeltz did everything possible to win the championship, Johnson held on firmly to the title.

Red Ceder Speedway returns to racing action on Thursday, August 13, 2015, when the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Modifieds invade Menomonie! This folks, is one of the best shows available anywhere as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks are also on the card! The following night, Friday, August 14, 2015, the Season Championship presented by Today’s WAXX 104.5 will see the heats lined up by points and the feature straight up by finishing position in a clash for the trophy. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action.

Hanestad Shines over Fankhauser

August 2nd, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Friday, July 31 2015, as AirTek Sports presented the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Feature winners included Kevin Eder, Jason Forehand, Shane Halopka, Ron Hanestad, Jason Havel, and Jeremy Johnson. There were no Late Models on the card.

The Tim’s Automotive Modified heats were won by Matt Leer and Mike Anderson as Steve Hallquist and Kevin Eder held the front row feature. Eder immediately moved to the lead in the high groove and drove the entire distance cover to cover without a caution to his second feature win of the season in Menomonie. Kevin Adams raced to second and tried to catch the leader, and although he closed the gap, never mounted a serious challenge. Mike Anderson ran in third until the later going when Ashley Anderson took the position and Matt Leer finished fifth.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Mike Anderson and Gunnar Watkins as Steve Thomas and Rick Hallquist paced the feature field. Hallquist led lap one, but fourth starting Jason Forehand took the point a lap later. Mike Anderson moved from his eighth starting position to overtake third on lap four but a hard Tony Falkner crash in the turn four wall reset the field and gave Thomas back third position. On the restart, Forehand again drove to the lead as Thomas and Hallquist circled the raceway side by side. Behind them, Anderson used every inch of the raceway grounds other than the parking lot to try a way past the duo. As Forehand began to check out on the field, Anderson went ultra-low in turns one and two making it three wide. He made contact with Hallquist and both spun. Anderson was called with the foul and retired for the event. Hallquist regained his position on the green, white checkered restart. It was Forehand easily over Hallquist and Thomas as Gunnar Watkins finished fourth and Bart Steffen fifth.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modified heat winners were Shane Halopka and Nick Koehler as Halopka ran from eighth on the grid to take the lead early and dominate the event until the later stages when a caution gave Mike Truscott an opportunity to try to steal the show. Josh Hessler and Brent Voeltz sat on the front row but second row starter Travis Anderson drove to the early lead and looked strong, leading the first six circuits. Jake Smith had raced to second, but Halopka took the position and then closed on Anderson, sweeping past quickly. Halopka began to stretch his lead over Anderson, Truscott, and Smith, as Nick Koehler joined the battle for the top five. With the race nearing the finish, Jake Hanson spun in turn four, bringing out the first of three late race cautions. On the restart, Truscott raced below Halopka and appeared poised to drive to the win; however, Dave Shackleton found the turn two wall resetting the field. Again, Truscott blasted the low line and showed his strength as he had Halopka on the ropes but one too many yellows few for Truscott as the third caution flew for Jake Hanson who had to be towed from the racing surface. The green, white, checkered restart saw Halopka regain his dominance and drive to his fourth consecutive checkered flag as he had won all three nights last weekend. Truscott was scored second ahead of Anderson, Smith, and Koehler.

Ron Hanestad said earlier and again in victory lane that he was happy his car made it onto the trailer to get to the track. He had been fighting mechanical issues for the season and he believed he had found the problem during the week leading up to winning both the Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock heat and feature. It should be noted though, it didn’t come easy as he and Sam Fankhauser put on a show worth the price of admission. The two sat on the front row and immediately raced side by side until Fankhauser found the slightest of advantages on lap three. They continued to drive side by side with Fankhauser on the outside and Hanestad on the inside. Laps counted down and they never broke formation, nor did they touch. Just past the halfway point, Hanestad moved to the lead by inches.

He stayed there for two laps, but it was Fankhauser answering back and taking the same precarious lead. Again two laps later, Hanestad found the lead and was able to muster enough momentum to clear the eleven machine. Once he had cleared into the lead, he no longer had to pinch his car down on the tires in the corners and was able to move to a more comfortable advantage to the checkers. Fankhauser scored a second place finish as the battle for third, which was excellent in its own right, was won by Mike Knudtson over Adam Soltis and Hunter VanGilder.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat was won by Jason Havel as he went on to sweep the night’s action in the oddest of fashions. Pat Smith and Kent Harmon were on the front row of the main event as Harmon drove to the lead and appeared to be the car to beat. He led about ten laps when Jesse Bryan was able to draw even and edge into the lead. Bryan crossed the finish line first over Harmon as Havel was scored in third and Smith fourth. Cody Tisdale had retired from the event early and was scored fifth. However a post-race inspection found the same infraction in both the winner’s and runner up’s cars. They were disqualified and Havel was given the feature win sticker and check. Smith and Tisdale moved to second and third respectively.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by Darrel Komro and Jeremy Johnson as Johnson went on to sweep the nights action. Bradley York and Scott Hayden paced the feature as they circled the track neck and neck the first lap. On lap two, Hayden edged out into the lead but it was short lived as seventh starting Johnson found the lead a lap later. It was Johnson driving the distance to yet another feature win in 2015. William Voeltz raced to second place getting past both fourth finishing Komro and third running Hayden. Derrick Johnson rounded out the top five.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, August 07, 2015, as the Kim Parson Memorial Trophy Tour Night are part of the weekly racing series event presented by Mars Racing and Keyes Chevytown, Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action.

Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge!

July 31st, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Thursday, July 23, 2015, for the Dunn County Fair as Pistol Pete’s Custom Cycles presented the UMSS Traditional Sprints with Pure Stocks and Hornets. In addition, the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge which paid $500 to the winner answered the question of which class was faster! Feature winners included Rick Kobs, Jesse Bryan, and Jeremy Johnson. It was Bryan taking the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge as the top three finishers were all Pure Stocks.

The UMSS Traditional Sprints took to the track for two heats, two challenge heats, and their feature. The heats were won by Deer Park, Wisconsin’s Rick Kobs and Stacy, Minnesota’s Mike Mueller. Kobs came from last to win the first challenge heat and Prior Lake, Minnesota’s Neal Matuska won the second. The feature race pitted the two challenge winners on the front row as Kobs took the lead on the green and led all but one of the 25 laps to the checkers. It wasn’t necessarily and easy feat; however, as Chase Viebrock closed on him and appeared poised to steal the show. As the leaders were approaching lapped traffic, Elk Mound, Wisconsin’s Blake Anderson appeared to lose a motor. Kobs was able to squeeze by but Viebrock made contact with the leader and spun in the fluids on the track. Unlike WISOTTA rules which would have placed Viebrock back in the second position for the restart because the caution was not his fault, he was relegated to the rear of the field. Under UMSS rules, if a car comes to a stop on the track, they go to the rear.

On the restart, Wyoming, Minnesota’s Rob Caho, Jr. challenged for the lead and led a lap, but Kobs proved too strong. Kobs quickly regained the position and drove the remaining distance to the victory as Caho Jr. remained close. The two stretched their lead over third finishing Jimmy Kuba of Byron, Minnesota, and fourth place James Giossi of New Richmond, Wisconsin. Viebrock made an impressive comeback from the rear to finish fifth.
The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks heat winners were Jesse Bryan and Kent Harmon as the two held the front row of the feature and Bryan went on for a triple sweep of the evening. At the drop of the green, Bryan blasted into the lead and drove into the night as he piloted the 21b to a commanding win. There were races for position as Jason Havel worked on Harmon for second and Dustin Doughty and George Richards raced for fourth. Harmon began to fade and the eventual top five finishers were Bryan, Hovel, Richards, Doughty, and Myers. It was Harmon as the first man out for the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge finishing sixth.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by Jeremy Johnson, Leslie Jackson, and Kevin Kadinger as the feature lined up straight up pitting Jeremy Johnson and Leslie Jackson on the front row. It was Jackson taking the early lead but a spinning Dean Butler drew the caution. On the restart Jackson again took the point, but one lap later, Johnson used the high line to take the position and never glance back. William Voeltz drove under Jackson for second, only to find her drive back underneath him a lap later. The yellow flew again, as for the third time in the night, having happened in hot laps and in his heat, Alex Waldera lost a wheel. His struggles ended his night and shortly after the restart, the fourth place Jesse Tripp dropped out of contention. It was Johnson winning over Jackson, Voeltz, Scott Hayden, and Derrick Johnson as the top five qualified for the Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge set for later in the evening. Tenth starting Bradley York was the first non-qualifier in sixth. He would start; however as Derrick Johnson could not make the call.

A crowd favorite Pure Stock vs. Hornet Challenge was held as the top five finishers from the night’s feature redrew for starting position in a battle for $500 to the winner. The Pure Stocks enjoyed a good draw as the first three starter were all from their class. Dustin Doughty and Jessy Bryan held the front row as George Richards and William Voeltz, the highest starting Hornet followed them to green in row two. Bryan drove to the immediate lead as all five Pure Stocks moved into the top five. The remaining five Hornets raced in a swarm behind them.
With nine laps in, Brett Myers made a bold move to overtake third, but spun and brought out the caution. He left the raceway and Doughty retired from the race under yellow. On the restart, the action began as the Hornets could out accelerate the much larger Pure Stocks. Jeremy Johnson raced to third and Voeltz to fourth before Jason Hovel spun and Scott Hayden was sent to the rear of the field for the restart.

As the race resumed, Bryan moved back to the lead as Richards and Hovel battled for second. It was Jeremy Johnson who brought the crowd to his feet as he continually blasted the corners and tried in vain to sneak underneath the two coming off the turns. Bryan went on for the big payday as Richards ran a close second. Hovel finished third over Johnson who proved he can definitely wheel a car as he challenged the big brothers picking up a $100 check for the highest finishing Hornet. Leslie Jackson finished fifth in a fine run.

Dunn County Fair Night

July 29th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Friday, July 24, 2015, as Tractor Central presented the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Matt Leer, Mike Anderson, Shane Halopka, and Hunter VanGilder.
The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heat was won by AJ Diemel as Mike Goodremote and Chad Mahder held the front row of the feature. Goodremote took the early lead as Mike Prochnow overtook second position and Rick Hanestad drove to third. Prochnow took the lead near the halfway point, but Goodremote fought back to regain the position. As they entered into lap traffic, Prochnow had a better line and moved back out front for good. Goodremote and a lap car made contact, causing him to lose momentum and fall back slightly and soon thereafter, Hanestad was able to close and take over second position. The yellow flag flew resetting the field, but Prochnow controlled the restart and drove home to the feature victory. Hanestad followed him to the checkers in second as Goodremote, Mahder, and Diemel rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modified heats were won by Jake Hartung and Matt Leer as Leer went on to a sweep for the evening. It was Mark Hanson on the pole as Leer used his outside front row start to blast the high side and drive to victory lane, leading every lap of the event. The lone yellow flag of the race flew as Jesse Glenz and Jake Hartung spun early with Glenz begrudgingly going to the rear for the restart. Leer went right back to work in the lead as Hanson settled into second. Leer stretched his lead as Kevin Adams was able to race to second and run away from third position. As the race settled in, Jay Richardson ran on his own in third as Hartung, Mike Anderson, Hanson, and Ashley Anderson raced hard for fourth. Hartung broke free from the group and closed to challenge Richardson as the two Andersons separated to battle for fifth. As the race wore on, Adams cut into Leer’s huge lead as he closed to within near striking distance but ran out of laps. Richardson claimed third over Hartung, and Mike Anderson won the fight for fifth.

Gunnar Watkins won the Johnson Motors Super Stock heat as he sat outside of Rick Hallquist on the front row of the feature. Watkins lead early as Mike Anderson and Jason Forehand moved to second and third respectively. Anderson used the high line to overtake the lead and the yellow flew shortly thereafter as Tony Falkner stalled in turn three. On the restart, Anderson continued on the point as Forehand gave him his only pressure of the race. The two raced hard and clean for the lead but Anderson gained control and drove away. Forehand drove away from third place Jesse Redetzke but began to fade and eventually drop out. Anderson drove to a half lap lead at the checkers as Redetzke finished second. It was Steve Thomas finishing third over Bart Steffen and Hallquist.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modified heat winners were Shane Halopka and Karl Kolek as Halopka went on to sweep the nights action in the feature. It was Jake Hanson and Craig Elliot on the front row of the main event as Travis Anderson powered to the early lead from the outside of row two. On lap two, Anderson continued to lead, but Halopka had swiftly moved from eighth to second. One lap later, Halopka drove to the lead and never looked back as he dominated the event. By lap five, 13th starting Dave Shackleton has settled into fifth with an impressive run through the field in his own right. Halopka drove away from Anderson as Anderson likewise distanced himself from third finishing Jake Smith who was involved in a several lap three car race for position with fourth finishing Kolek and Shackleton who was scored in fifth at the line.

Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock heats were won by Mike Knudtson and Cody Kummer as Kolby Kiehl and Knudtson held the front row of the feature. It was Knudtson who took the lead on lap one but the yellow flag flew early as Travis Hazelton spun. On the restart, Ashley Wahlstrom and Hazelton got together in the first turn, as the yellow flew again. Another restart attempt was aborted as Kiehl came to a stop on the track with mechanical woes. They tried again, and this time all went well as Knudtson drove to the lead followed by Hunter VanGilder. Soon, VanGilder drove to the point as Cody Kummer followed him into second. VanGilder continued to lead in the low groove as Kummer aggressively tried every move he knew to get past. He tried multiple times to root the leader out of the low line and power underneath to no avail. With two laps remaining, he moved to the middle groove but on the final lap, he made contact with VanGilder, sending VanGilder around. The race was ended under caution as VanGilder was given his spot back and awarded the win. Kummer was relegated to the last car on the lead lap and Knudtson was scored in second. Danny Richards finished third ahead of Ashley Wahlstrom and Noah Grinstead in fifth.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 31, 2015, as AirTek Sports present the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets. There will be no Late Models on the card.

On a Night for Pink Yellows Rule

July 22nd, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin-The Red Cedar Speedway presented “3-day at the Races” benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A great amount of funds were raised for an excellent cause, including one fan donating the entire 50/50 pot back to the effort. Over $600 in that one donation added to an impressive total! The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets were on tap. One week after an amazing night of racing action, the event was full of controversy and very strange events; however, feature winners included AJ Diemel, Jesse Glenz, Jason Forehand, Nick Koehler, Ron Hanestad, Kent Harmon, and Sean Svee.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model finale was one of the few normal features of the night as the track seemed to lock down and it ran cover to cover without a caution for the entire advertised distance. The heats were won by Rick Hanestad and AJ Diemel as Buddy Hanestad and Todd Green paced the field to the start. Fifth starting Rick Hanestad cruised to the front as Buddy Hanestad settled in behind him. AJ Diemel closed and overtook the Hanestad tandem and took control of the race on lap two. Mike Prochnow was able to wrestle third from Buddy Hanestad as they each ran comfortably in their own zone the remainder of the race. Diemel led them to the checkers over Rick Hanestad, Prochnow, the rookie Buddy Hanestad, as Joel Collins finished fifth. The most impressive run was that of Buddy Hanestad as he held his own against some of the best local talent available, securing his first top five finish of his young WISSOTA racing career.

One week after the most amazing race in recent memory, the Tim’s Automotive Modifieds feature was scarred by controversy and angry competitors and fans alike. The heats were won by Kerry Halopka and Mike Anderson as Jay Richardson and Jordan Hessler held the front row. Richardson immediately took the lead as third starting Steve Hallquist and sixth starting Mike Anderson charged into the chase. A spinning Cory Williams brought out the caution and he went to the pits aggressively. As the field was restarted, a Super Stock was pushed from the infield onto the backstretch by a wrecker as the field came bearing down upon them. The yellow flew, and fortunately for all, a very scary situation caused nothing more than another caution. On the restart attempt, the field bunched up and Cody Cimfl spun. Another restart was attempted as the second row of Mike Anderson and Hallquist were run into from behind. Anderson’s car turned sideways stacking the field as Jesse Glenz took the opportunity and jumped to the outside and drove by all to the lead. The restart was not aborted as Glenz went on to lead the remaining laps over Richardson. Anderson recovered to finish third as Hallquist and Ashley Anderson finished in the top five in what was a six lap feature. Tempers flared post-race in addition to angry competitors voicing their concerns with track officials.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Eric Olson and Bart Steffen. In the feature, Tommy Richards and Rick Hallquist paced the field as Richards took early control. Eighth starting Jason Forehand drove to second in two laps and on lap three, he powered into the lead. The first of several yellows flew for a spinning Derek Baskin. A stacked up restart found Gunnar Watkins shuffled out and he came to a stop on the racing surface. With seven laps in, Mike Anderson spun coming off turn four and on the restart, Tommy Richards chose the outside of row two and drove into the lead. The yellow flew again and Forehand returned to the point and held off Richards on the next start. Derrick Baskin spun again to bring out the last caution of the event and he was sent to the pits. In a strange, first for this writer, green checkered restart, the green flag and white flag were shown simultaneously. A one lap dash to the finish found Forehand in control followed by Richards, Olson, Jesse Redetzke, and Steffen. Unaware the drastically shortened race was completed, drivers continued to remain under power after the checkered flag creating a frightening situation; fortunately, the yellow light was displayed to slow their actions.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds heat winners Travis Anderson and Nick Koehler also graced the front row of the feature as Koehler put his brand new race car in the lead early. However, a spin on the first lap involving Michael Truscott and Shane Halopka drew the first of seven yellow flags and sent Halopka to the back of the field. The start again found Koehler in a familiar position as he drove to the lead followed by Anderson and Dave Shackleton. A spinning Josh Hessler drew the caution as he was narrowly missed by several drivers. The restart was aborted as Kyle Johnson looped it in turn four. The race restarted but was soon stopped as Hessler’s second caution of the night sent him pit side. The restart found Johnson in the wall but continuing as Ben Shultz and Jake Hanson spun with Shultz being sent to the tail. The restart again saw Johnson spinning with Brent Voeltz as Johnson was sent to the pits on the two caution rule. A green, white, checkered restart was called as Koehler continued to dominate at the white flag. Another caution flew as the white flag was thrown and the race was completed under yellow. Koehler was strong in his new car and was followed home by Anderson and Truscott who had battled for position for the entire five laps of green flag racing. Jake Smith and Dave Shackleton rounded out the top five.

Adam Soltis and Sam Fankhauser won the two Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock heats as Don Cook and Danny Richards owned the front row of the feature. One the start, Fankhauser and Richards made contact in turn three as Richards spun collecting Dalton Hazelton and Richards was sent to the rear of the field. A second attempt at a start found Fankhauser and Soltis coming together in the same spot as the previous yellow with Soltis spinning. Fankhauser survived another caution as Soltis was sent to the rear. On the third start attempt, the cars went four wide as Hunter VanGilder drove to the point. Seventh starting Ron Hanestad moved to the high line and drove to second, closed on the leader, and soon took the point. Eighth starting returning driver Kori Richter showed he will be a force to reckon with as he drove to third and was involved in a battle for position with a hard charging Richards. Hanestad went on to win in a controlling manner as VanGilder, Richter, Richards, and Soltis finished in the top five.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat winner was Jason Havel as Jake Barta and Brett Myers filled out the front row of the feature; however, it was fourth starting Ken Harmon who found the point early and often. A yellow flag bunched the field but Harmon continued to lead as Hovel closed to challenge. Myers found speed midrace and he too closed on the leaders. With two laps remaining, Hovel attempted to make the pass for the lead in the high lane but pushed up the track and Harmon maintained control as Myers slipped into second. Harmon drove on to the win as Hovel recovered and won a close battle for second over Myers. Mike Grover followed them home and Cody Tisdale finished fifth.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by William Voeltz and Jeremy Johnson as Voeltz and Sean Svee paced the feature. The night’s craziness began immediately as fourth starting Johnson blasted to the lead, but an early caution reset the field. On the second start attempt, Johnson completed the same move and led down the backstretch. Voeltz made contact with Johnson going into turn three and Johnson was sent up into the wall drawing another yellow flag and ending his night. Voeltz was relegated to the back of the field. On the third attempt for a start, Svee took advantage and drove out to the lead and eventual win, driving essentially unchallenged for the victory. Leslie Johnson ran fast in the low groove, driving to second. Voeltz recovered from his early trip to the back of the pack and finished third. Bradley York and Derrick Johnson filled out the top five.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, June 26, 2015, as Old Dutch and Slush Puppie present the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets.

On a Hot July Night

July 13th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin =The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Friday, July 10, 2015, as Dirt Track Specialties, Autism Awareness, and Baxter’s Speed Shop present the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Matt Leer, Eric Olson, Grant Southworth, Kori Richter, Jason Havel, and Jeremy Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models were owned by Mike Prochnow as he swept the nights action. It was Buddy Hanestad starting inside of Prochnow in the feature, and as Prochnow drove off into the night, Buddy Hanestad raced Rick Hanestad for several laps before his dad took the position. With about 15 laps into the event, Buddy spun in turn two and gave up his strong running third position and eliminating a half track lead for Prochnow. With Rick Hanestad and Scott Gilberts lined up behind on the restart, Prochnow had no issues and made quick work of the remaining laps. Rick Hanestad pulled away from Gilberts in third as Joel Collins and Buddy Hanestad rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modified heats were won by Ashley Anderson and Kevin Adams as Matt Leer and Jay Richardson held the front row feature. Leer immediately moved to the lead as Dave Baxter followed to second. Ashley Anderson closed and passed into second before the only slowing of the race occurred when Kerry Halopka spun. Leer lead off the restart as Ashley Anderson and Baxter battled side by side for position. Baxter moved to second and closed to battle for the lead but Leer held on for the feature win. Baxter was a close second over Ashley Anderson, Kevin Adams, and Mike Anderson.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Mike Anderson and Eric Olson as Rick Hallquist and Olson paced the feature field. Olson drove to the lead as Anderson went to the high side and chased in second. Anderson drove to the lead but a spinning Chad Gullixson reset the field and restored Olson to the lead. This was the break Olson needed as he stayed out front the remainder of the race for the feature win. Anderson challenged the entire distance, pulling even on the backstretch multiple times but Olson didn’t falter. With two laps remaining Anderson, who had seemingly covered every inch of track seeking an advantage lost some ground as Olson moved out to a few car length advantage to the finish. Eighth starting Jason Forehand closed and finished a strong third. Bart Steffen and Lucas Plank rounded out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modified heat winners were Jake Smith, Nick Koehler, and Dave Shackleton as a pair of 19’s sat on the front row with Antonio Pintaro and Josh Wahlstrom. Wahlstrom took the initial lead from the outside as Shackleton and Grant Southworth closed from their outside row starting positions. The three went three wide as Southworth motored to the lead and Shackleton moved to second. Nick Koehler took third away from Wahlstrom and the action was slowed for a spinning Mitch Booth. Southworth continued to run strong out front as cars raced two wide behind him until eleventh starting Shane Halopka joined making it a three car race for second. The paced was slowed one last time as Karl Kolek spun in turn four and Ryan Johnson was tagged for the foul. Southworth lead again, and as drivers went three wide for second, Shackleton was shuffled out of the mix and Koehler closed and challenged for the lead. Southworth was first to the line followed by Koehler, Halopka, Jake Smith, and Austin Ellis.

Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock heats were won by Sam Fankhauser and Cody Kummer as the very tough duo of Ron Hanestad and Danny Richards held the front row of the feature. Hanestad drove to the lead as Richards challenged; however, Hanestad moved up to try the high line and opened the door behind him. Adam Soltis first overtook second and then the leader as Kummer followed to second. Suddenly Kori Richter made his presence known and swept inside all, charging into the lead. At the halfway point, Richter continued in the front challenged by Soltis as Hunter VanGilder and Kummer fought for third. Kummer eventually dropped out of the race as Richter stretched his lead over the second finishing Soltis. Further behind, VanGilder earned the third position after the three car battle with Hanestad and fifth finishing Fankhauser.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks heats were won by Jason Havel and Mike Grover as Cody Tisdale and Pat Smith were on the front row of the main event. Smith took an early lead as sixth starting Jason Hovel closed to challenge and move to the point. Brett Myers took over second position and began to close the large gap made by Hovel. Hovel began to stretch his lead to the checkers as Myers moved away from Smith. Smith too had a significant lead over fourth finishing Kent Harmon as Jesse Bryan finished fifth in a caution free event.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by William Voeltz and Jeremy Johnson as Johnson and Lucas Wolf paced the feature. Again, Johnson drove to the lead and was chased by Voeltz the entire distance to the checkered flag. The race was stopped on three occasions for cautions with one of them eventually eliminating the strong running Leslie Jackson. It was Wolf finishing third as Bradly York and Derrick Johnson rounded out the top five.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 17, 2015, as Snap-On by Aaron Wold and Quality Auto Body, Inc. present the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets.

Fankhauser in a Thriller

July 7th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin -The Red Cedar Speedway was in action on Friday, July 03, 2015, as 24/7 Telcom and Red Cedar Speedway Kid’s Club sponsored the nights action. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets were all in attendance. In what is one of the best traditions in racing, drivers took their race cars onto the track and the kids were allowed to meet them up close and receive treats and candy. It is a terrific way to foster growth in the racing world with potential future drivers and fans themselves. Feature winners included John Kaanta, Kevin Adams, Jason Forehand, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Jeremy Dahl, and Jeremy Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heat was won by Rick Hanestad as Greg Nippoldt and John Kaanta sat in the front row of the feature. Kaanta made quick work of taking the lead as he never looked back in the caution free event. Jake Redetzke was able to close in second as the leader approached lap traffic, but Kaanta drove through the lappers flawlessly and on to the checkers. The third row of Mike Prochnow and Rick Hanestad finished third and fourth as Chad Mahder rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modified heats were won by Kevin Adams and Ashley Anderson as Adams and Jay Richardson held the front row. Adams immediately moved to the lead as Richardson followed and fifth starting Jake Hartung drove to third. The only slowing of the race occurred when Steve Hallquist and Mark Hanson spun with Hanson being called for the foul. On the restart Hartung overtook Richardson and challenged Adams for the lead on the low side. Adams was too strong, but Hartung didn’t go away, making for an interesting battle in the front. Eighth starting Ashley Anderson overtook third and slowly closed on the leaders, but there weren’t enough laps for him to be a factor in the win. Richardson finished fourth and Hallquist fifth.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Jason Forehand and Mike Anderson. In the feature Mark Smith and Tony Falkner paced the field but Smith started early before the green. A second attempt saw Smith spinning in turn two and another complete restart saw Smith in the rear and Mike Anderson, who had already moved to the lead in both start attempts move to the outside of row one. Anderson immediately drove to the lead and began to drive away from the field. Jesse Redetzke raced to second and Andy Davey to third but late in the event a stalled Jeff Klopstein drew a caution. The field was reset as Anderson’s near strait stretch lead was erased. On the restart Davey attempted a slide job in turns three and four on Anderson and they made heavy contact but Davey became the leader and Jason Forehand moved to second. The pace was slowed for another caution flag and on the restart, Anderson repaid with a slide job in three and four with heavy contact with Davey. Davey dropped out of the top five and Anderson out of the race with a flat tire. Forehand took advantage and cruised the rest of the distance for the feature win as Redetzke and ninth through eleventh starting Gunnar Watkins, Eric Olson, and Lucas Plank rounded out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds heat winners were Travis Anderson and Brent Voeltz as Voeltz and Mike Knudtson held the front row of the feature. The first attempt at a start saw major movement near the front of the field, but a spinning Josh Wahlstrom reset the pack and sent Ron Jablonske to the rear. A full restart saw Kyle Johnson take the lead, but Dave Shackleton found the turn one wall and Knudtson was eliminated with resulting damage. A third attempt saw Voeltz lead lap one. Kyle Johnson passed for the lead on lap two as Shane Halopka and Jake Smith followed and filled out the top three. A spinning Douglas Carlson who was very narrowly missed by Jake Hanson, drew another caution. On the restart, drivers went three wide as Halopka eased into the lead. On the final circuit, Smith worked inside Halopka and took the lead down the backstretch but Halopka regained the point on the high side of turns three and four and drove home to the win. Smith followed closely to the line as Kyle Johnson was scored in third. Seventeenth starting Karl Kolek had a terrific run to the fourth position and Travis Anderson finished fifth.

Hunter VanGilder won the heat and he started outside of Ashley Wahlstrom on the front row of the Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature. The five cars in presence didn’t allow their small numbers to affect them as they put on the best show of the night. VanGilder took the early lead as Sam Fankhauser, driving Don Cook’s car, moved to second and Adam Soltis to third. Fankhauser was able to move into the lead down low as Soltis charged to second and took the lead a lap later. Fankhauser fought back, regaining the lead on the high side as last starting Jim Gullixson moved to third. The fading VanGilder lost a tire drawing the caution and successfully retuned from the work area to rejoin the field. As Fankhauser lead them back to green, Gullixson got crossed up in turn two, saved it, and nearly pounded the wall on the backstretch nearing the pit exit in turn three. Again, he impressively saved the car. Soltis challenged for the lead on the bottom of the track and passed for the point coming to the white flag. Soltis held the lead coming into three but pushed up the track badly in turn four as Gullixson and Fankhauser made it a three wide drag race to the line. It was Fankhauser winning, followed by Gullixson and Soltis. VanGilder finished fourth and Ashley Wahlstrom, who had retired from the event, was scored fifth.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks heat winner was Jesse Bryan as Jeremy Dahl and Mike Knopps were on the front row of the main event. Dahl used his pole starting position to move to the lead and dominate the race. Behind him, it was Kent Harmon who moved to second and Jason Hovel to third. However, shorty past halfway, Havel drove up on the inside tires in turn three. His car got up on two wheels but he was able to save it from rolling over. He shot across the entire track trying to regain control and nearly hit the turn four wall. The impressive save saw him drop to near the back of the pack. Meanwhile Jesse Bryan moved to third but Tyler Lamm was able to overtake the position. One lap later, Bryan got into Lamm, Lamm spun, the yellow flew, and Bryan was relegated to the rear. After the restart, Dahl continued to rule over Harmon. Bryan was able to recover and finish third over Havel and Lamm respectively.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by Bradley York and Jeremy Johnson. There was seemingly little in question as to the eventual top two as two of the most dominate Hornets, Johnson and William Voeltz, paced the feature. True to form, Johnson drove to the lead and was chased by Voeltz the entire distance to the checkered flag in a caution free event. Behind them; however, it was eighth starting Leslie Jackson who drove through traffic, overtook fourth finishing Bradley York, and began to close on the leaders. Her third place finish was impressive. Derrick Johnson crossed the line in fifth.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 10, 2015, as Dirt Track Specialties, Autism Awareness, and Baxter’s Speed Shop present the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Pure Stocks and Hornets.

Red Cedar Shines

July 1st, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin – the Red Cedar Speedway sponsored by Old Dutch and Slush Puppie presented the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Feature winners included Jimmy Mars, Darrell Nelson, Mike Anderson, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Kent Harmon, and Jeremy Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heats were won by Mike Prochnow and Rick Hanestad as Buddy Hanestad and Chad Mahder graced the front row of the feature. Mahder quickly moved to the lead and led the first two circuits as forth starting Rick Hanestad closed and moved below him for the front spot. Eighth starting Jimmy Mars moved to second on lap three on the high side and blasted past Rick Hanestad for the point four laps later. As Mars extended his lead to a half lap by the checkered flag, Rick Hanestad maintained second. AJ Diemel moved to the third position as Mahder finished fourth and Mike Prochnow ran fifth.

The Tim’s Automotive Modified heats were won by Darrell Nelson and Ashley Anderson as Zach Drews and Steve Hallquist held the front row. Hallquist took the lead as Mike Anderson closed to challenge on the high side. Anderson could get beside the leader but couldn’t complete the pass. He changed his line to the low groove to try to find a way to the lead as Darrell Nelson took advantage and moved to second in the highline. Ashley Anderson moved into third likewise. Soon, Nelson was able to work his way to the leader and drive under for first. Ashley Anderson accomplished the same and closed to challenge Nelson late, but Nelson led to the checkers. Ashley Anderson, Steve Hallquist, Mike Anderson, and Dave Baxter finished in the top five of the nonstop event.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Mike Anderson and Jason Forehand. In the feature, Cole Spacek and Rick Hallquist paced the field as Spacek took the initial lead. Behind him, Hallquist was in a battle for second with fifth starting Anderson and eighth starting Jason Forehand. A lap three spin by Jesse Redetzke moved him to the back. The restart found Anderson outside of the second row and it was the only break he needed. Driving deep into turn one and sweeping into the lead coming off turn two, Anderson didn’t look back as he drove on to his sixth Super Stock feature win of the year. Spacek ran hard in second, but was overtaken at the white flag by Forehand. Redetzke recovered from his early caution to finish fourth over Gunnar Watkins in fifth.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds heat winners were Travis Anderson and Grant Southworth as Karl Kolek and Josh Wahlstrom held the front row of the feature. At the start, fourth starting Shane Halopka wasted no time and swept to the lead, and despite a few cautions which slowed the action, he led the entire distance to the win. In the early going, sixth starting Jake Smith moved to second and shortly thereafter, Robbie Johnson spun collecting Ben Schultz ending Shultz’s night and resetting the field. Michael Truscott restarted fifth and used the high side to drive to second and try to track down the leader. Andrew Inman spun in turn two, again resetting the field. Grant Southworth used the restart to advance into third as Halopka sailed to his seventh feature win of the season over Truscott, Southworth, Smith, and Kolek.

Sam Fankhauser and Danny Richards won the two Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock heats as Kolby Kiehl and Richards held the front row of the feature. One the start, third starting Fankhauser moved to the lead but on lap two, the yellow flew for a spinning Kevin Bogdanovic. The first attempt at a restart was aborted and the second was led by Fankhauser again. Richards followed and challenged Fankhauser the entire remaining distance, but Fankhauser completed the sweep of the night. Adam Soltis moved past Hunter VanGilder for third as Cody Kummer followed suit and relegated VanGilder to a fifth place finish.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks found heat winner Kent Harmon sweeping the night’s action for his second consecutive feature win. It was Brett Myers and George Richards on the front row as Myers led after one lap. Harman moved inside for the point on lap two as Jason Hovel moved to second. Jesse Bryan flexed his muscles and drove to third, under Hovel for second, and edged into the lead on the backstretch. Harmon fought back and regained the point as Bryan and Havel battled door to door for position. Hovel found the middle of the track to his liking and moved past Bryan and then edged to the lead at the white flag. Harmon held his own and drove back to the front with a half lap remaining. It was Harmon at the line by half a car over Hovel, closely followed by Bryan in third. Richards was scored fourth and Mike Grover fifth.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by William Voeltz and Bradley York as Voeltz and Sean Svee paced the feature. Voeltz took the immediate lead, but Jordan Langer drew a lap two caution. On the restart, fifth starting Jeremy Johnson moved to second and began to close on the leader. Two laps later he moved under Voeltz to the point; however, Voeltz battled back for the lead at the halfway mark. Johnson wasn’t finished as he moved outside the leader and fought side by side, eventually moving back out front. As the two drivers continued to battle to the checkered flag, Jesse Tripp closed to join but ran out of laps to gain position. Johnson won his ninth feature of the season over Voeltz as Tripp, Darrell Komro, and Svee rounded out the top five.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 03, 2015, as 24/7 Telcom and Red Cedar Speedway Kid’s Club present the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets.

On a Night for Pink Yellows Rule

June 22nd, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin– The Red Cedar Speedway presented “3-day at the Races” benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A great amount of funds were raised for an excellent cause, including one fan donating the entire 50/50 pot back to the effort. Over $600 in that one donation added to an impressive total! The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets were on tap. One week after an amazing night of racing action, the event was full of controversy and very strange events; however, feature winners included AJ Diemel, Jesse Glenz, Jason Forehand, Nick Koehler, Ron Hanestad, Kent Harmon, and Sean Svee.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model finale was one of the few normal features of the night as the track seemed to lock down and it ran cover to cover without a caution for the entire advertised distance. The heats were won by Rick Hanestad and AJ Diemel as Buddy Hanestad and Todd Green paced the field to the start. Fifth starting Rick Hanestad cruised to the front as Buddy Hanestad settled in behind him. AJ Diemel closed and overtook the Hanestad tandem and took control of the race on lap two. Mike Prochnow was able to wrestle third from Buddy Hanestad as they each ran comfortably in their own zone the remainder of the race. Diemel led them to the checkers over Rick Hanestad, Prochnow, the rookie Buddy Hanestad, as Joel Collins finished fifth. The most impressive run was that of Buddy Hanestad as he held his own against some of the best local talent available, securing his first top five finish of his young WISSOTA racing career.

One week after the most amazing race in recent memory, the Tim’s Automotive Modifieds feature was scarred by controversy and angry competitors and fans alike. The heats were won by Kerry Halopka and Mike Anderson as Jay Richardson and Jordan Hessler held the front row. Richardson immediately took the lead as third starting Steve Hallquist and sixth starting Mike Anderson charged into the chase. A spinning Cory Williams brought out the caution and he went to the pits aggressively. As the field was restarted, a Super Stock was pushed from the infield onto the backstretch by a wrecker as the field came bearing down upon them. The yellow flew, and fortunately for all, a very scary situation caused nothing more than another caution. On the restart attempt, the field bunched up and Cody Cimfl spun. Another restart was attempted as the second row of Mike Anderson and Hallquist were run into from behind. Anderson’s car turned sideways stacking the field as Jesse Glenz took the opportunity and jumped to the outside and drove by all to the lead. The restart was not aborted as Glenz went on to lead the remaining laps over Richardson. Anderson recovered to finish third as Hallquist and Ashley Anderson finished in the top five in what was a six lap feature. Tempers flared post-race in addition to angry competitors voicing their concerns with track officials.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Eric Olson and Bart Steffen. In the feature, Tommy Richards and Rick Hallquist paced the field as Richards took early control. Eighth starting Jason Forehand drove to second in two laps and on lap three, he powered into the lead. The first of several yellows flew for a spinning Derek Baskin. A stacked up restart found Gunnar Watkins shuffled out and he came to a stop on the racing surface. With seven laps in, Mike Anderson spun coming off turn four and on the restart, Tommy Richards chose the outside of row two and drove into the lead. The yellow flew again and Forehand returned to the point and held off Richards on the next start. Derrick Baskin spun again to bring out the last caution of the event and he was sent to the pits. In a strange, first for this writer, green checkered restart, the green flag and white flag were shown simultaneously. A one lap dash to the finish found Forehand in control followed by Richards, Olson, Jesse Redetzke, and Steffen. Unaware the drastically shortened race was completed, drivers continued to remain under power after the checkered flag creating a
frightening situation; fortunately, the yellow light was displayed to slow their actions.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds heat winners Travis Anderson and Nick Koehler also graced the front row of the feature as Koehler put his brand new race car in the lead early. However, a spin on the first lap involving Michael Truscott and Shane Halopka drew the first of seven yellow flags and sent Halopka to the back of the field.

The start again found Koehler in a familiar position as he drove to the lead followed by Anderson and Dave Shackleton. A spinning Josh Hessler drew the caution as he was narrowly missed by several drivers. The restart was aborted as Kyle Johnson looped it in turn four. The race restarted but was soon stopped as Hessler’s second caution of the night sent him pit side. The restart found Johnson in the wall but continuing as Ben Shultz and Jake Hanson spun with Shultz being sent to the tail. The restart again saw Johnson spinning with Brent Voeltz as Johnson was sent to the pits on the two caution rule. A green, white, checkered restart was called as Koehler continued to dominate at the white flag. Another caution flew as the white flag was thrown and the race was completed under yellow. Koehler was strong in his new car and was followed home by Anderson and Truscott who had battled for position for the entire five laps of green flag racing. Jake Smith and Dave Shackleton rounded out the top five.

Adam Soltis and Sam Fankhauser won the two Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock heats as Don Cook and Danny Richards owned the front row of the feature. One the start, Fankhauser and Richards made contact in turn three as Richards spun collecting Dalton Hazelton and Richards was sent to the rear of the field. A second attempt at a start found Fankhauser and Soltis coming together in the same spot as the previous yellow with Soltis spinning. Fankhauser survived another caution as Soltis was sent to the rear. On the third start attempt, the cars went four wide as Hunter VanGilder drove to the point. Seventh starting Ron Hanestad moved to the high line and drove to second, closed on the leader, and soon took the point. Eighth starting returning driver Kori Richter showed he will be a force to reckon with as he drove to third and was involved in a battle for position with a hard charging Richards. Hanestad went on to win in a controlling manner as VanGilder, Richter, Richards, and Soltis finished in the top five.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat winner was Jason Havel as Jake Barta and Brett Myers filled out the front row of the feature; however, it was fourth starting Ken Harmon who found the point early and often. A yellow flag bunched the field but Harmon continued to lead as Hovel closed to challenge. Myers found speed midrace and he too closed on the leaders. With two laps remaining, Hovel attempted to make the pass for the lead in the high lane but pushed up the track and Harmon maintained control as Myers slipped into second. Harmon drove on to the win as Hovel recovered and won a close battle for second over Myers. Mike Grover followed them home and Cody Tisdale finished fifth.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by William Voeltz and Jeremy Johnson as Voeltz and Sean Svee paced the feature. The night’s craziness began immediately as fourth starting Johnson blasted to the lead, but an early caution reset the field. On the second start attempt, Johnson completed the same move and led down the backstretch. Voeltz made contact with Johnson going into turn three and Johnson was sent up into the wall drawing another yellow flag and ending his night. Voeltz was relegated to the back of the field. On the third attempt for a start, Svee took advantage and drove out to the lead and eventual win, driving essentially unchallenged for the victory. Leslie Johnson ran fast in the low groove, driving to second. Voeltz recovered from his early trip to the back of the pack and finished third. Bradley York and Derrick Johnson filled out the top five.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, June 26, 2015, as Old Dutch and Slush Puppie present the
WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets.

The Prochnow Family Win at Red Cedar Speedway

June 16th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin– With beautiful weather and unbelievably good racing greeted race fans as DKS Construction and Rice Lake Speedway presented the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets were also in action but the Late Models were not on the card. Although the car count was down, the racing action was absolutely amazing, including a modified feature for the ages. Feature winners included Ashley Anderson, Jason Forehand, Travis Anderson, Mike Knudtson and Jason Havel.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds heat winner Ashley Anderson went on to sweep the night in what was the best race this writer has seen in a long time. The epic battle started with Steve Hallquist and Kerry Halopka leading them to green, but it was Kevin Adams who lead lap one. Ashley Anderson raced to second as Mike Anderson closed to challenge. Mike Anderson was able to wrestle second position as the top three cars drove into the night and waged an amazing fight for the lead. Adams frantically searched for the fastest way around the oval as Mike Anderson blasted the high side and took multiple attempts at diving low to take the lead. Adams held on to the point, but Mike Anderson was inching closer and closer to taking control as Ashley Anderson trailed very closely behind.

The three modified masters used every ounce of their abilities to put on an amazing show. Suddenly, Mike Anderson’s front tire hit the turn three wall as he had been driving precariously close. His car slapped the concrete hard and began to climb the wall. Somehow, Mike Anderson was able to save the car from a viscous crash and just as amazingly, Ashley Anderson was able to avoid running into him as he was running the same line. Adams continued to lead as Mike Anderson was able to limp the entire distance of the track to get off at the pit exit with a flat front tire. Ashley Anderson used the opportunity to scrape along the wall and begin to pass for the lead coming to the white flag but Adams fought back and with a failed slide job, pinned Ashley Anderson to the wall coming off turn four. There was heavy contact but neither driver lifted as they separated and continued to battle with Adams at the point. Ashley Anderson powered back to the lead on the backstretch and led the way to the checkers in an epic race which will be remembered by all who were there to witness it. Corey Williams finished a distant third as Jay Richardson and Kerry Halopka filled out the top five.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Jason Forehand and Lucas Plank. In the feature, Tony Falkner and Chad Gullixson paced the field and the first start attempt was scrapped as Ryan Bebeau spun in turn two. On the second attempt, Gunnar Watkins drove to the lead and on lap two, sixth starting Jason Forehand and eighth starting Mike Anderson had moved to second and third. A terrific race ensued as Watkins maintained the lead but was pressured heavily on the low side by Forehand. Anderson continued to stay in the mix as he sought an opening to advance. With two laps remaining, Forehand took advantage of lap traffic and in a veteran move, drove into the lead and on to the win. Watkins was able to fend off Anderson as they trio sped to the checkers. Jesse Redetzke finished fourth followed home by Plank.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds had three heats with Michael Truscott, Antonio Pintaro, and Travis Anderson scored as winners. Pintaro sat on the pole with Ben Schultz for the start of the feature as two attempts to begin were aborted with the second including a backstretch crash which eliminated Mitchell Booth. When the race did start, Schultz took the lead on lap one as Anderson moved to the high groove and closed. On lap two, Anderson drove to the lead and was followed by Shane Halopka and Truscott. Truscott moved to second on the low side and took the lead on lap seven in turn four on a clean slider. The yellow flag flew for a spinning Doug Carlson, restoring Anderson to the lead. However, Truscott passed for the point on the restart but Anderson moved up even higher to the ultra-high line and swept back into the lead. Another yellow slowed the intense action as Robbie Johnson spun in turn two. Anderson was too strong though as he found his way back to the wall the entire distance around the track and went on to score an exciting victory. Halopka got past Truscott in the late going as Nick Koehler and Dave Shackleton rounded out the top five.

Cody Kummer won the single Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock heat as Mike Knudtson started the feature outside pole sitter Ashley Wahlstrom. Knudtson immediately took the lead as Kummer closed to challenge. The race continued with Kummer trying to get below Knudtson for the lead and the two racing side by side several times. Knudtson proved too strong as he drove home to the victory over Kummer and Hunter VanGilder made a last lap pass over Wahlstrom for third. Adam Soltis was the fifth place finisher.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat winner was Jesse Bryan as Mike Grover and Jeff Tisdale filled out the front row of the feature. On the second attempt for a start Jason Havel led Grover by inches after the first lap. Bryan raced to second and set off to chase down the leader. As Hovel maintained his lead and eventually began to stretch it to the checkered flag, Bryan ran a comfortable second. A several lap race ensued for third as Kent Harmon eventually took the position over Grover and Tisdale finished fifth.

The Value Implement Hornets heats were won by Jeremy Johnson and Jesse Tripp. At the start of the feature, William Voeltz immediately made it three wide for the lead and secured the point at the end of the first lap. Eighth starting Johnson quickly closed to take the lead on the backstretch in lap two but Voeltz fight back and regained the point. One lap later, Johnson edged to the front in a side by side battle for the lead. Voeltz remained close but began to fade with two laps remaining as Johnson drove home to his eighth feature win of the season. Voeltz finished second, as Bradley York raced to third over Derrick Johnson and Jess Seim.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, June 19, 2015 with a fund raising night with all monies going to the “3-day at the Races” benefitting the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets will be in action.

Red Cedar Speedway Falls to Rain

May 31st, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin- the Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill, MDA Fill the Boot Night at the Races at the Red Cedar Speedway fell to rain. Racing will resume on Friday, June 05 as Tractor Central and Pomp’s Tire sponsor the WISSOTA Afco Race of Champions Qualifier Night for the WISOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models. The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets will also be in action.

Shackelton Dominates Red Cedar Speedway

May 25th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin — Dick’s RV presented Military Night at the Races with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Feature winners included John Kaanta, Kevin Eder, Mike Anderson, Dave Shackelton, Hunter VanGilder, George Richards, and Jeremy Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models had one heat with Jake Redetzke taking home the win. In the feature, John Kaanta drove out to the early lead and remained in front the entire race. Kaanta earned his first victory in 2015 in an orderly fashion as most racers hugged the tires and ran single file in the low groove. Rick Hanestad ran a solid second place and had closed the gap on the leader late in the event. Mike Prochnow, AJ Diemel, and Jake Redetzke filled out the top five. Mark Gerth drove home to a solid sixth place finish in Jimmy Mars’ car.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds heat winners included Steve Hallquist and Mark Hanson but it was pole sitter Kevin Eder who drove to the lead. Eder easily survived both early and late caution flags driving to the victory after a green, white, checkered restart which pitted Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson in a battle for second behind him. Earlier, a lap two caution saw Anderson go around in turn one as Brandon Jensen was charged with the foul. Shortly after the restart, Matt Leer spun in the same area and he was relegated to the rear. The race saw several green laps and found Eder checked out on the field. A late yellow flag flew for a spinning Robbie Johnson, setting up the two lap fight for runner up earned by Adams behind a dominant Eder. Mark Hanson drove home to fourth and David Baxter finished fifth.

Two Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats found Rick Hallquist and Eric Olson as winners. In the feature, the front row starting Hallquist lead early but was passed by Gunnar Watkins. Soon Mike Anderson flexed his muscle through the middle of the track as he drove to the point and into a large lead. Sixth starting Jason Forehand charged to second and was very fast in the late going, but Anderson, after splitting through three lapped cars on the back stretch in the last lap, maintained a solid gap for the win. Forehand, Watkins, Hallquist, and Jesse Redetzke were scored in the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds had three heat winners after Dave Shackelton scored and exciting hard charging victory in heat one and Jake Smith and Tanner Byholm won their respective events. The front row of Byholm and Shackelton led the field to green as Byholm drove to the lead and Shackelton set chase. On lap four, Shackelton powered to the lead but soon thereafter a multicar wreck in turn two damaged several cars. Shackelton was scored the leader and restarted on the point and drove to a solid lead which was erased by a spinning Ron Jablonski. Again on the restart, Shackelton took command and drove the remaining distance to a large lead and victory. An eleventh starting Shane Halopka made the high groove work as he finished third behind Jake Smith. Michael Truscott and Nick Koehler filled out the top five.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks took to the track with heat winner Sam Fankhauser starting fourth as Adam Soltis and Hunter VanGilder lead the field to green. VanGilder took the lead and was pressured heavily by Soltis until the final circuit when Soltis momentarily pulled up lame on the backstretch. VanGilder made no costly mistakes and drove to the victory. Fankhauser finished second followed by Kummer, a recovering Soltis, and Noah Grinstead.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat winner Kent Harmon started outside of Ron Hoffman and took the early lead. However, third starting George Richards was unbeatable in the middle groove as he drove to the lead and away for the victory. With three laps remaining, Jesse Bryan secured second over Harmon. Jason Hovel drove to fourth and Jeff Tisdale to fifth at the finish.

The Value Implement Hornets have claimed their own community in the pits with 17 cars and heats were won by Jeremy Johnson and Darrel Komro. Pole sitter William Voeltz was flanked by Komro as Voeltz found the early lead as Komro pounded the backstretch wall. On the start of lap two, Travis Sandley rolled multiple times in turn one bringing out a red flag. Sandley was unhurt, but his car appeared destroyed. After a long clean up, the race resumed and Jeremy Johnson found the lead but the yellow flew again as Zack Hinshaw broke down and couldn’t get off the raceway. The race was restarted with a green, white, checkered finish as Johnson won yet another feature followed by Robert Seidler, Voeltz, Leslie Jackson, and Bradley York.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, May 29, 2015 as Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill sponsors MDA Fill the Boot Night at the Races and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets.

Red Cedar Speedway too Wet

May 16th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin– Overnight soaking rain left the Red Cedar Speedway too wet to race; although track workers tried, they could not get the track in condition for the racing program. Racing will resume on Friday, May 22 as Dick’s RV presents Military Night at the Races. All military personnel will receive free admission with a valid military I.D. WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets will all be in action.

Track Crew Victorious at Red Cedar

May 11th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin–Heavy rain on Thursday and cool, cloudy, and windy conditions on Friday had the crew at the Red Cedar Speedway scrambling to prepare for racing action. Upon their success, Trail Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Thunderhill Speedway sponsored the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Jesse Glenz, Mike Anderson, Jake Smith, Ron Hanestad, Jesse Bryan, and Jeremy Johnson.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models entered the track with heat winner Jimmy Mars starting fifth on the field as pole sitter Jake Redetzke was flanked by Mike Prochnow on the front row. Prochnow immediately powered to the lead, and as he was chased by Redetzke, a terrific battle for third ensued as Darrel Nelson, John Kaanta, and Mars fought for the position. By the halfway point, the race had settled in with Prochnow having a comfortable lead over Redetzke and Kaanta having earned third. However, Mars found speed later in the race and took over third and tried to track down Redetzke. There were not enough laps remaining as Prochnow won his first of the year in relatively convincing fashion over Redetzke, Mars, Kaanta, and Nelson. The Late Models welcomed their newest competitor as Buddy Hanestad made a respectable run in his first ever WISSOTA sanction division, the Late Models, none the less.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds heat winners Darrel Nelson started the feature fourth and Jesse Glenz on the pole. Glenz was flanked by Bill Byholm at the start as Glenz blasted into the lead and off unchallenged for the convincing victory. The racing action was heavy from second on back as Cory Mahder, Ashley Anderson, and Darrel Nelson fought for position. A lap 14 caution relegated Kerry Halopka to the rear of the field. The remaining four laps saw Glenz dominate as Ashley Anderson won a spirited battle for second over Mahder. Nelson and Matt Leer rounded out the top five.

With the Johnson Motors Super Stocks heat winners Jesse Redetzke and Jason Forehand mired deep in row four, the front row of Tony Falkner and Rick Hallquist led the field to green. Tony Falkner started strong at the point and led until third starting Mike Anderson found room on the inside to sneak into the lead. As Anderson tried to drive away from Bart Stephen, Falkner, and hard charging Forehand and Redetzke battled for third. With six laps scored, Hallquist couldn’t get clear of the racing surface as he suffered mechanical woes. On the restart, Anderson showed the battle would be for second as he drove to a comfortable lead. However, a spinning Tom Karris tightened the group as Gunner Watkins was charged with the caution. Again, on the final restart, Anderson charged on to a solid victory over Stephan, Redetzke, Forehand, and the twelfth starting Lukas Plank.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds entered feature action with heat winners Austin Ellis starting fourth, Grant Southworth fifth, and Travis Anderson in ninth. Pole sitter Brad Seavers and Dave Shackelton led the field to green as Smith made a three wide move and drove off into the lead. A lap five caution for a spinning Josh Hessler reset the field, but again, Smith controlled the start over Shackelton as Southworth had worked to third, Mike Truscott to fourth, and Travis Anderson cracked the top five. One lap later, Bob Wood stalled on the backstretch and after the stoppage in action, Smith resumed at the point. Southworth overtook second, and Anderson drove to third. One the final circuit, Southworth made a last ditch effort to drive into the corner hard to attempt to take the lead but Smith held his own. He was followed to the line by Southworth, Anderson, Truscott, and Shackelton.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks took to the track with heat winner Sam Fankhauser on the outside of row two as Hunter VanGilder and Mike Knudtson owned the front row. Immediately Knudtson drove to the lead as VanGilder won a battle for second and closed to challenge. On lap five, a spinning Cody Kummer sent Fankhauser to the rear on a restart and Adam Soltis was eliminated in the resulting contact. On the restart, Kummer and Knudtson’s cars got hooked together and VanGilder drove to the lead. However, a spinning Kolby Kiehl drew another caution and Knudtson regained the point. Again on the restart, VanGilder challenged for the point on the inside as cars battled three wide directly behind. Ron Hanestad made his presence known as he found his way to second and hounded the leader hard. Knudtson dropped out of competition along with Kummer and on the final lap, VanGilder pushed up the track in turn two and Hanestad pounced for the lead. Hanestad drove home for the victory followed by VanGilder, Fankhauser, Kiehl, and Cooper Berlin.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stock heat winner Jesse Bryan swept the nights action, winning the feature from fourth starting position. Ron Hoffman and Brett Myers led them to the start as Myers took the early lead followed by Bryan, George Richards, and Jason Hovel. Bryan made a strong pass on the low side for the point on lap five and one lap later, Myers found himself turned around hard into the backstretch wall. As Myers night came to an end, Hovel was flagged with the caution. Bryan led the remainder of the race although Richards ran a close second. Kent Harmon finished third, Hovel recovered to fourth, and Cody Tisdale was scored fifth at the finish.

Once again, the Value Implement Hornets proved popular as 17 cars came to race with heat winners William Voeltz and Jeremy Johnson starting on the outside of rows three and four. Darrell Komro and Leslie Jackson were in the front row as action went four wide on the start. A lap two caution reset the field with Komro at the point. Voeltz raced Jackson for second as Johnson closed on the battle. Voeltz found the lead but Johnson closed and the two battled door to door for the lead as Johnson inched his way to the front. A final caution resulted in a green, white, checkered restart at which Johnson cruised to the win over Voeltz, Komro, Sean Svee, and Jess Seim.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, May 15, 2015 as J&D Manufacturing brings you the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets.

Anderson Notches Career Win 100

May 7th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin- The threat of showers throughout the afternoon didn’t thwart a modest crowd at the Red Cedar Speedway’s night two of action in the 2015 season. Stepping Stones Food and Funds night presented by Keyes Chevrolet and Mars Racing featured the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. In addition, the Pure Stocks and Hornets had their makeup features from night one.
Feature winners included AJ Diemel, Mike Anderson, Eric Olson, Shane Halopka, Cody Kummer, Mike Knopps, Jason Hovel, Bradley York, and Jeremy Johnson.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks included heat winners Eric Olson and Mike Anderson as the front row of Rick Hallquist and Cole Spacek led them to green. Anderson quickly made his presence known as he made it three wide and drove to the lead, however after two laps, he quickly began to fade with a flat tire. Olson moved to the lead on the bottom and never looked back as he completed the sweep on the night. Jason Forehand finished a strong second as Lukas Plank, Jesse Redetzke, and the 13th starter, Gunnar Watkins finished out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds entered feature action with heat winners Dave Shackelton starting fourth and Kent Baxter and Shane Halopka filling out row four. Pole sitter Brad Seavers and Nick Koehler led the field to green as Koehler drove off into the lead. However, an early caution eliminated Shackelton and relegated Halopka to the rear of the field. An attempted restart was aborted as debris from Jake Olson’s car moved him to the back of the pack.

On the restart, Koehler again took the point but was challenged by Cory Bruggeman. Meanwhile, ninth starter Travis Anderson had found his way to third to make it a three car battle for the lead. On lap five, Daniel Tautges brought out another yellow and the lineup at the restart had shown Halopka was on the move, already making it to mid pack. At the green, Koehler again took the lead as Anderson moved to second and Austin Ellis to third. Soon however, all eyes were on Halopka as he mowed down the field in the high grove and closed on the front of the pack. In a three wide move, he overtook second and two laps later he caught the leader. Koehler held a one car advantage at the white flag, but Halopka had an amazing drive down the backstretch and blasted into the lead. Halopka went on to complete the last to first run, followed home by Koehler, Anderson, Bruggeman, and Ellis in the top five.

After the opening night’s amazing feature in the Tim’s Automotive Modifieds heat winners Jesse Glenz and Matt Leer were buried deep in the field and Jordan Hessler and Mike Anderson held the front row. There was no tense excitement on this night as Anderson immediately rocketed into the lead and drove cover to cover on the high side chasing and securing his 100th career feature win, winning by nearly a half a lap over second place, Modified rookie, Kerry Halopka. Ashley Anderson raced to third as Matt Leer and Cory Mahder rounded out the top five.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models entered the track with heat winner Rick Hanestad flanking the pole sitter Jake Redetzke on the front row. Redetzke grabbed the early lead but Hanestad was able to power to the front on the high side on the track. Hanestad continued to lead until his car violently slapped the entrance of turn three wall and he was forced to retire. With Redetzke back at the point, AJ Diemel began to challenge for his second Red Cedar Speedway feature win in as many events. Diemel made a bold move diving low in turns three and four and swept into the lead and on to the eventual victory. He was followed by Redetzke, Brent Larson, and Mike Goodremote, the only remaining competitors.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks took to the track with heat winner Mike Knudtson outside of Hunter VanGilder on the front row. Although there were only five cars present, they ran closely enough to cover them all with a blanket. VanGilder took the early lead with Cody Kummer setting chase. Sam Fankhauser had a tire blow out entering turn three and the resulting spin collected Adam Soltis, eliminating both contenders. The restart found Kummer in the lead as he led to the finish, followed by VanGilder and Knudtson in the top three.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks included heat winners Jason Havel and Jesse Bryan as they were led to green by Kent Harman and Bryan. Harman immediately drove to the lead but was challenged by Mike Knopps. With Knopps high and Harman low, Nick Traynor made a bold move into turn three making it three wide for the lead. He powered underneath the leaders to the point but couldn’t finish the move and spun directly in front of the oncoming field, collecting Brett Myers. Both cars were finished for the night. After the restart, Harman and Knopps resumed their battle but Knopps made a nice cross over move for the pass on the low side and drove on to the victory. Harmon followed, along with Havel, Bryan, and Shawn Amundson filling out the top five.

The Pure Stock make up feature which was run at the beginning of the night found pole sitter Jason Havel driving to the lead but bobbling in turn three as Nick Traynor dove to the point. Kent Harman closed to challenge Traynor for the lead but Havel made an excellent move to sweep past both back to the point through turns three and four. Havel drove away from the pack to a significant margin for the win. Traynor finished second, followed by Knopps, Jesse Bryan, and Kent Harman in the top five.

A swarm of Hornets invaded the speedway as 19 Value Implement Hornets took to the feature including heat winners Jeremy Johnson, Darrell Komro, and Bradley York. Unfortunately, multiple earl incidents didn’t allow for long green flag racing as the race was cut short due to time limits. It all began as the red flag was displayed when one car started on fire before reaching the flag stand at the start of the race. On the start, another competitor slide down the backstretch sideways and amazingly, the entire field missed him and the race continued until a car lost a wheel and it went bounding down the track. The green, white, checkered restart found Bradley York the winner, followed by Johnson, William Voeltz, Leslie Jackson, and Darrell Komro.

The Hornet make up feature found sixth starting Jeremy Johnson in the lead on lap one. Scott Hayden raced to second, but slipped to fourth as Johnson stretched his lead to over a straight away. Johnson dominated for the win as William Voeltz, Bradley York, Sean Svee, and Dillon Pronschinske filled out the top five.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, May 08, 2015 as Trail Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Thunderhill Speedway brings you the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets.

Red Cedar Speedway Cold and Wet

April 28th, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin– Cold and wet conditions caused the Red Cedar Speedway to cancel the Conrad’s Auto Salvage race event. Racing will resume on Friday, May 01, 2015, when Stepping Stones Food and Funds night presented by Keyes Chevrolet and Mars Racing brings you the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. In addition, the Pure Stocks and Hornets will have their makeup features from night one.

Red Cedar Speedway Opens Season 42

April 21st, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin — The gorgeous weather which met a large opening night crowd for the Red Cedar Speedway’s 42nd season opener shed no premonition for the night to come. Seven classes of cars took to action as the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models took to action. Racers and track workers were ready to perform and entertain; and that they did, under less than ideal track conditions. The more than casual fans of racing are aware spring time in Wisconsin and the frost leaving the ground can lead to unpredictable racing surfaces which tend to be full of both traction and unfortunately ruts.

Feature winners included Tim Johnson, Shane Halopka, Jesse Redetzke, Cory Mahder, and AJ Diemel. Due to time constraints, the Pure Stock and Hornet features were delayed until next week. Delays in the action were caused by multiple cautions and two roll overs in the night.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks were the first class to take to the track for feature action as Lucas Plank and Jesse Redetzke won the two heats earlier, with Redetzke scoring his win from the sixth starting position. Nick Oreskovich and Tommy Richards paced the Super Stocks to the start with Oreskovich taking the early lead as Richards drove the high side closely behind. Redetzke soon began to show he was a force as he closed on the leaders on the low side of the track.

As Richards began to show signs of a problem and started to fade, Redetzke powered to the lead under Oreskovich, bringing Curt Myers in tow into second. Jason Forehand joined Myers as the two tried to track down the leader. Myers was able to mount a charge and peak underneath Redetzke for a short lived lead, but Redetzke was too strong as he roared back to the front. Myers wouldn’t give in as he continued to pressure for the lead as a spinning Oreskovich brought out the caution.

A Delaware style restart posted Redetzke alone on the point with Forehand and Myers in the second row. Redetzke drove away for the eventual win as Myers and Forehand battled for the runner up. Myers gained the position and Tim Johnson grabbed third late. Forehand and Gunnar Watkins rounded out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds entered feature action after Tad Brettig and Ben Schultz both parlayed outside front row starts and Michael Truscott charged from fifth starting position to win their respective heats. The normal race fan wouldn’t have a lot of doubt Shane Halopka could win the feature from his pole position start, which he did. However, it wasn’t as cut and dried as it may seem. Firstly, the strong Kent Baxter flanked him and secondly there were 15 laps to run to decide a winner. That winner wasn’t decided until the final turn.

Halopka did take the early lead off the start but Truscott flexed his muscle and drove past to the point. Halopka was able to stay close, but Truscott certainly looked tough out front. As the race wore on, both cars entered into and cleared lapped traffic very well as Baxter maintained a comfortable third. In the waning laps, Halopka was able to mount a charge down the backstretch, but Truscott was simply too strong as he regained the lead. The two ran together; however in the last turn, Truscott hit a rut, violently turning his car toward the wall. Although he was able to gather it back up and not crash, Halopka stuck lightening quickly and took advantage of the misfortune. Halopka led to the line, with Truscott following home in a both disappointing and grateful second position. Baxter, Cory Bruggeman, and Dave Shackelton closed out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds were sure to put on a show is it pitted Cory Mahder and Kevin Adams on the front row with the extremely tough traveler, Blake Jetvig, Matt Leer, and Mike Anderson in the top five. Several hundred feature wins were represented in the elite group. The remaining field was further compiled of excellent runners. Add this to the fact Mahder went from eighth to second and Adams from sixth to win the first heat, and Leer won the second heat from fifth, it appeared as if action was guaranteed.

The first ten laps of the feature was outstanding as Adams worked high and Mahder low for two laps at the green until Adams had to grab a handful of steering wheel as he bounced through turn two and Mahder secured the point. Adams began to lurk toward the front as Leer secured third and Anderson and Jetvig battled for the fourth position.

A caution flag flew just as action was being spread everywhere on the track, drawing the group tight once again. On the restart Anderson came to life but soon his left front suspension broke as he three wheel the car into third and tried to close on the leaders. His modified dug into the racing surface in turn three and as his complete left suspension and wheel tore free from the car and the yellow flag flew once again.

On the restart, Mahder powered to the lead and led the remaining one third of the race. Adams lost a position to Leer but battled back as David Baxter joined the battle for third. Mahder was never seriously challenged the rest of the way as he drove to a what became a solid victory late in a race that was packed with action for two thirds the way through. Adams finished second, Baxter drove from 14th to third, Leer and Kerry Halopka, who has made an impressive move from the Midwest Modified to the “A-mod” finished out the top five.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models entered the track with the two heat winners, Rick Hanestad and Scott Gilberts mired deep in the pack in the fourth row as the Schmidt’s owned the front row at the start. AJ Diemel proved he was a force to be reckoned with as he moved in to make it three wide off turn four on the first lap. There was contact, causing Diemel to spin. Jim Schmidt was relegated to the rear of the field on the complete restart as Diemel moved up to the outside of the front row.

At the drop of the green, Diemel made quick work of Justin Schmidt and set off into the night. Mike Prochnow raced to second and Gilberts moved to third. As the two waged a battle for second, which Gilberts eventually won, Diemel stretched his lead to an eventual near half lap as sixth place was in danger of going a lap down at the finish. Jake Redetzke and Greg Nippoldt closed out the top five.

My apologies with the Street Stock results as to do to a note issue, I am going by memory. The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks took to the track and were led to green by Justin Pogones. Ashley Wahlstrom showed she wasn’t afraid of the boys and applied immediate pressure, fighting with the lead pack. A yellow flag flew early for a crash which eliminated Wahlstrom and a second competitor. The restart found defending National Champion Tim Johnson in the lead within a lap as Pogones and Ron Hanestad followed. Sam Fankhauser, who was relegated to the back during the first caution turned up the wick and blasted his car to forth and was soon joining the leaders. A roll over by Kolby Kiehl brought out a red flag. Upon the cleanup and restart, the race finished without incident as Johnson won, followed by the Pogones, Fankhauser, Hanestad, and Cody Kummer in the top five.

The late hour and poor and even further deteriorating racing surface caused the Red Cedar Speedway to postpone the running of the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets until next Friday night.

Red Cedar Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, April 24, 2015 as Conrad’s Auto Salvage brings you the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets. In addition, the Pure Stocks and Hornets will have their makeup features.

Red Cedar Speedway Gears Up for 2015

April 6th, 2015

(Menomonie, Wisconsin) Red Cedar Speedway officials are busy gearing up for the 2015 dirt track racing season as opening night, Friday April 17, 2015 quickly approaches. Red Cedar Speedway in located at the Dunn County Rec Park in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Racing action happens every Friday night from mid-April until late August, and then resumes for one last weekend at the end of September for the historical Punky Manor Challenge of Champions.

Weekly, seven classes of cars take to action at the 3/8th mile, semi-banked, clay oval including the Hornets, Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and the Late Models. Each class will compete for track championship points and drivers in the five WISSOTA classes will further wage battle for rookie of the year, state, regional, and national points championships.

The speedway is very proud to announce individual class sponsors:
• Value Implement Hornets
• Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks
• Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stocks
• Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds
• Johnson Motors Super Stocks
• Tim’s Automotive Modifieds
• T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Models
June 05 brings the WISSOTA AFCO Race of Champions qualifier and August 13 the USMTS Modified touring series invades along with Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks on the card. August 14 is the season championship event and the 36th annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions rounds out the season on September 25 and 26, 2015. In total the Red Cedar Speedway has scheduled 22 nights of racing action.
Due to allowing drivers to compete in two very high paying events away from the track regionally, there will be no Late Models on either June 12 or July 31. July 24 brings the Dunn County Fair with $5.00 track admission to the grandstand, but the Hornets and Pure Stocks will not be performing.

See you at the track! bradatthetrack@gmail.com and www.facebook/bradatthetrack.com .

Mars and Nelson Top Punky Manor Challenge at Red Cedar Speedway

September 22nd, 2014

Menomonie WI,- Jimmy Mars and Darrell Nelson, two of the premier racers in the Upper Midwest, topped the WISSOTA late model and modified features respectively as the thirty fifth annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions was concluded Saturday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Other feature winners included Shane Halopka in the Midwest modifieds and Shane Kisling in the super stocks while the street stock main event was cancelled due to the city imposed curfew.

After a forty minutes driving rainstorm seventeen laps into the super stock feature ultimately ended that event, the races resumed two and a half hours later for the modified and late model mains with a track that was considerably different than it had been earlier in the evening. The rain made the track extremely tacky and perhaps even overly fast as the last two events were yellow flag and wreck strewn races with much damage being inflicted. Fortunately, while a lot of cars were torn up, no injuries were reported.

Rick Hanestad was the early story in the late model forty lapper, as he outgunned Harry Hanson to take the initial lead. The tone of the race was set early as a couple of cars got together in turn four, spinning and smacking the outside wall and with much of the field charging down toward them, cars were left to crash and slide into each other, blocking the track and triggering a red flag. Although there were no injuries, five cars failed to restart the event including Pat Doar who’s car suffered significant damage along with Duane Mahder who went hard into the outside wall.

On the restart, again it was Hanestad making the tough move to drive around the outside of Hanson and take the top spot while Mars also worked past Hanestad into second. The next part of the race saw Jimmy continually challenge Hanestad for the lead but Rick was running strong and refused to yield the top spot. Jake Redetzke and Adam Hensel were having a heated battle for second as defending champion Scott Gilberts and Mike Prochnow also moved into a challenging position.

Mars got to the inside of Hanestad on several occasions but just couldn’t make the pass as Hanestad continued to use the middle groove and keep Jimmy pinned to the bottom of the track and Mars didn’t use the opportunity to slide up in front of the leader either. As they battled, Redetzke and Hensel were swapping the third spot back and forth as the pace continued to be a withering one. Three more yellows for spins kept the field bunched and Hanestad continued to lead through lap twenty three. Going green following that slowdown, Mars again picked up the pace and got to the low side of Hanestad and finally, three laps later he was able to complete the pass and take over the lead. With the longest period of green flag racing of the event, Jimmy was gradually able to stretch his lead to ten car lengths as Hanestad was now being pressured by Redetzke for second. Jake would continue to put the heat on Hanestad until making the pass and taking over second. One last yellow was triggered when A.J. Diemel rolled to a halt which set up a four lap sprint to the finish. Mars and Redetzke got away clean in first and second but the battle for third was intense. Gilberts made a great low side move and was able to jump from fifth to third with just a couple of laps left. Up front, Mars drove home unimpeded for yet another Punky win, his fifth in the late models and seventh overall. Redetzke finished a solid second with Gilberts charging up to third ahead of Prochnow and Hanestad who faded at the end. The second five consisted of Hensel, John Kaanta, Hanson, Jeff Massingill and Brandon Jensen. Only thirteen cars from the twenty seven car starting field were
still running at the end.

Meanwhile, Nelson stopped Mars’ two year winning streak in the modifieds, topping Jimmy in a hard fought contest that was slowed seven times by yellows and again saw barely half the starting field complete the distance due to wrecks and mechanical issues. Nelson did lead all the way in the thirty lapper although a late race pass by Mars was negated by a yellow flag. In the early going, Nelson got the jump on Dave Cain and while Darrell was able to open a slight lead, Cain and Mars swapped the second spot through five yellow flags in the first seven laps as spins and crashes cut the field down considerably.

Once racing settled in, it was a two car battle for the lead as Mars eased past Cain a final time for second and then closed on Nelson. The two MB cars tore around the track at high speed, with Mars looking to the low side of Nelson and then also testing the top side but Darrell refused to yield the top spot.

Scott Duval and Kevin Eder were locked in a tight battle behind Cain for position with Duval eventually taking the spot and dragging Brent Prochnow behind him.

As the laps started to wind down, Mars increased his pressure and again looked to the low side of the leader. Coming down the back chute, Mars was finally able to get under Nelson for the lead but before the lap could be scored, there was a spinner on the front chute that triggered the seventh and final yellow with eight laps remaining.

Nelson got away clean on the restart and gained his biggest advantage of the race at this point and Mars was not able to over an answer with Darrell driving home for his first ever Punky win. Mars settled for second ahead of Cain, Duval and Prochnow with the second five consisting of Matt Leer, Dave Baxter, Brian Mikkonen, Rick Niemi and Neil Balduc.

Kisling led wire to wire in the super stock main event which was rain shortened to seventeen laps. Shane started on the pole and drove to an early lead with Jesse Redetzke and Mike Keller challenging. Kisling selected the high side of the track and was very fast on the cushion and he started to pull away from the field. Redetzke was running the cushion too, but he was challenged by Keller who tried the low side, Ben Hillman up top and Jason Forehand who moved up from row four to also fight for position.

After a couple of early yellows, the race stayed under the green for a number of laps and Kisling continued to pull away from the field. Redetzke maintained second but it was Forehand who was on the move and after trying the high side, he dropped back low and was able to move past Hillman and Keller into third.

A few raindrops began to fall at this point and as the intensity started to pick up and the track started to shine from the rain, starter Rick Cook showed the yellow flag and the field was soon sent to the pits. The down pour then occurred and after the rain had stopped and track prep was instigated, the super stock drivers voted to call the race complete after seventeen laps.

The top five in the official running order showed Kisling followed by Redetzke, Forehand, Keller and Hillman with the second five including Tim Borgeson, Tom Karis, Bart Steffen, Mike Anderson and Tommy Richards.

Halopka has dominated the Punky like no other driver as Shane won his third straight Punky in the Midwest modifieds and fifth overall in the nine years the class has been a part of this event.

This race was also run before the rains hit and the track was much different, which in part was the reason that only two yellow flags slowed the action. Halopka started on the pole and built up a good sized early lead over Dave Shackleton. In the early going, Halopka was the only driver able to work the low side as the rest of the field was running up against the wall but as he margin started to shink, Shane also moved up the track. It took a number of laps, but eventually Michael Truscott worked his way into second and set off after the leader.

Truscott was able to gradually narrow the margin and as the race fell into its last five laps, Truscott had closed to within a car length of the leader. Meanwhile, the Bloomer duo of Grant Southworth and Nick Koehler were also on the charge as they moved near Shackleton who was running third.

Truscott drew to the rear bumper of Halopka and as the white flag waved, Michael made the only move he could. He tried to dive low in turn one and throw a slide job at Halopka but he didn’t quite have the speed to do so and when he slid back up the track, Halopka and held him off and indeed, had gained several car lengths. Shane then completed the rest of the final lap and drove home for the win. Southworth was able to take the third spot late in the race ahead of Shackleton and Koehler while behind them the finishers were Kerry Halopka, Cory Bruggeman, Carey Lepage, Cole Spacek and Jesse Ogston.

By the time the late model feature was completed, it was past the track curfew and the street stock feature was cancelled with the drivers splitting the pay equally among themselves.

The Punky Manor concluded the 2014 racing season at the Red Cedar Speedway with racing expected to resume next April. For happening during the off season at the speedway, fans are reminded to monitor the speedway’s website at www.redcedarspeedway.com or the speedway’s facebook page.

Red Cedar Speedway Opens Punky Manor Challenge of Champions

September 21st, 2014

Menomonie WI- The thirty fifth annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions opened at the Red Cedar Speedway on Friday night with preliminary qualifying events in anticipation of the feature events which will be held on Saturday night.

One hundred and forty one cars signed in to race for opening round action on Friday with seventeen qualifying heat races completed. The program was rushed through with thunderstorms bearing down on the speedway and the whole show was completed in less than two hours with lightning flashing all around by the time the last races were held.

B features and the five main events will be contested on Saturday night with the first green flag scheduled to fly at 5 p.m.

Kaanta Tops Red Cedar Speedway Finale

August 25th, 2014

Menomonie WI, – The Red Cedar Speedway wrapped up their regular season Friday night at the Dunn County Rec Park and benefitting from another driver’s bad luck, John Kaanta drove home a late model feature win to highlight the racing action. Other winners on a hot and muggy August night were Kevin Adams, Ben Hillman, Shane Halopka, Ron Hanestad, Jason Havel and William Voeltz.

The Late Models had one of their better fields of cars of the season as several drivers tuned up for the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions next month at the speedway and first timer Jesse Redetzke took the early lead from the pole. Redetzke led the first few laps until Kaanta and Brent Larson moved in to challenge him. Kaanta pulled in low behind Jesse and tried to get by him on the low side, but Jesse continued to hold the low line and Kaanta was blocked.

Larson spotted this and went to the high side of the track and he blew past Redetzke to take over the lead. Larson quickly put distance on the field as Kaanta continued to work on Redetzke, with John eventually going to the top side also to take over second. However, Larson had built up a considerable lead and while Kaanta tried, he wasn’t able to cut into the lead. Meanwhile, Scott Gilberts, Mike Prochnow and Rick Hanestad were also closing in to challenge Redetzke for third.

Things changed dramatically with five laps to go when Larson suddenly slowed on the back chute, the victim of a flat right rear tire. Larson pulled off and called it a night with Kaanta inheriting the lead. However, things weren’t totally safe for Kaanta as on the green Prochnow drove to his inside and briefly took over the lead but Kaanta reclaimed the top spot down the back chute and then edged away from the field in the last few laps to take his second win of the year at Red Cedar. Hanestad made a late rush to take over second from Prochnow with Gilberts and Redetzke completing the top five.

Adams continued his recent hot streak on area ovals with his second Modified feature win of the year at Red Cedar. The Modifieds went nonstop from green to checkered with Mark Hanson the early leader. Adams was right behind Hanson and took several stabs at getting by him before he was successful in slipping past in turn four. Once in front, Adams started to stretch his advantage as Hanson battled with Matt Leer for second.

As Adams continued to pull away, Leer moved into second with Ross Prochnow and Mike Anderson also moving up when Hanson clobbered the third turn wall.

Adams was able to extend his lead to nearly a straightaway as he drove home unchallenged for the win. Anderson picked up the pace dramatically in the last few laps as he drove under first Prochnow and then Leer to nab second at the finish. Hanson held on for a top five finish.

Riding the cushion as he likes to do, Hillman drove up from the third row to win his fourth Super Stock feature win of the year at Red Cedar. It was a tough battle as Brad Johnson had his best run of the year as he led the opening laps with Mike Keller and Hillman challenging him. While Keller tried the low side, Hillman went to the cushion and drove past Johnson to take over the lead. Keller fought hard as he battled Hillman for several laps but Ben then began to pull away. Eric Olson was on the move as he closed on Keller and then drove past him to take second while bad luck hit Johnson as a flat tire knocked him out of the action.

Hillman continued to run the top side as Olson began to cut into his lead. Eric made a late rush to close to within a couple of car lengths of the leader, but Hillman continued on as he drove home for the win. Keller held on for third with Bart Steffen and Jason Forehand next in line at the finish.

If there was anyone in the pits who’s luck was worse than Larson, it may have been Nick Koehler who was probably already celebrating his Midwest Modified feature win when things took a dramatic change on the final lap and he ended up losing the race to Shane Halopka.

After Kyle Johnson lost power on the start of the Midwest Modified main, veteran Dave Shackleton took the lead. Shackleton was working the high side where he was challenged by Halopka and Koehler. Nick was flying on the low side of the track and he drove under Shackleton to take over the lead.

Koehler then began to pull away from the field and no matter where on the track Halopka tried to race, he couldn’t cut the margin that Koehler was building up. Eventually Nick had the better half of the straight away on the field. Shackleton was locked in a good battle for third with Jake Smith and Kerry Halopka while Shane Halopka continued to chase Koehler.

As the laps ran down, Koehler continued to extend his lead and he took the white flag as did most of the field. Going down the back chute, he came up on the backmarker of Brent Voeltz who had lost power and was slowing dramatically. The yellow flag came out and the official’s decision was to run the last two laps again.

On the green, Koehler received heavy pressure from Shane Halopka and Shackleton who again went to the cushion. Pushing hard to hold off the field, Koehler inadvertently got his rear tire in some liquid that was on the track from another leaking car, and his car slid out, opening the door to Halopka. The white flag came out and the damage was done, as Koehler couldn’t catch Halopka on the final tour with Shane driving home for his fourth feature win of the year. A chagrined Koehler had to settle for second ahead of Shackleton, Smith and Kerry Halopka.

Another nonstop feature race saw the Street Stocks go without a yellow as Hanestad recorded his second win of the year here. Although Ron started on the pole, he slumped to third in the early going as Adam Soltis drove into the lead with Chris Peterson and Nick Wojcik also applying heavy pressure. Soltis was running the low line with Peterson and Wojcik tucked on his bumper so Hanestad moved to the high side. Slowly he gained ground and after a number of laps, he edged up beside Soltis as they battled for the lead. Slowly but surely, Hanestad eased into the lead as Soltis couldn’t match his speed in the corners.

Once in front, Hanestad started to stretch his margin with Soltis still under the gun. Ron drove home for the win, with Wojcik finding an opening late in the race to slip into second ahead of Soltis, Peterson and Mike Knudtson.

The closest finish of the night saw Havel edge past Jesse Bryan on the final lap to win the Pure Stock feature. Bryan had led from the start but was under heavy pressure from Hunter Van Gilder, Kent Harmon and Havel. With Bryan guarding the low side, Havel edged up to the second groove and had success as he moved up to second and he then began to close on the leader. Using very much the same line as Hanestad would later, Havel got closer and closer to the leader as the laps ran down. Side by side at the white flag, they both drove dangerously hard into the final corners as both were on the edge of control. Havel was able to carry his momentum just a little bit better coming to the checkered and he took the win by a fender length for his first of the year at Red Cedar. Behind Bryan, the order included Harmon, Van Gilder and Brett Myers.

Voeltz got into the lead immediately in the Hornet main event and drove away from the pack, winning by nearly a straightaway in the nonstop main event. He was chased home by Dillon Pronschinske, Brad Hoffman, Jordan Langer and Darrell Komro.

The final racing event of the 2014 racing season will be the 35th annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions to be held on Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th. The exact format, starting times etc. will be announced in the coming days so race fans should monitor the speedway website and face book page for updates on this event.

Redetzke Tops Season Championship Winner’s List at Red Cedar Speedway

August 18th, 2014

Menomonie WI – Season Championship titles were decided in all seven divisions that race weekly at the Red Cedar Speedway on Friday and topping the list of winners was Late Model driver Jake Redetzke, who in winning his main event won for the first time since he visited victory lane on opening night of the 2014 season. Other drivers crowned as champions were Ross Prochnow, Jason Forehand, Kerry
Halopka, Cody Kummer, Hunter Van Gilder and William Voeltz.

High point drivers for the season started on the pole positions for their heat races with the finish of the heat races determining the main event lineups, but surprisingly, not a single point champion was able to double up by winning a track championship.

Mike Prochnow started on the pole for the Late Model feature race with Rick Hanestad to his outside and Redetzke, starting behind him tried to sneak under him in the early going. They slapped together briefly with Prochnow continuing to hold on to the lead. Redetzke made several runs at him but Mike continued to hold the top spot.

Hanestad then took a shot at Prochnow as he tried to pass him also but neither driver was able to get the pass completed. Just past the halfway mark, Prochnow was able to open up his biggest lead and he looked like he might survive the storm. However, at this point Redetzke then picked up the pace once again and made a determined drive back toward the front. Prochnow started to slip up in the corners and Redetzke was making clear progress. With five laps left, Jake was able to duck under Prochnow and take over the lead and with Prochnow pushing hard to try and retake the top spot, Redetzke was able to extend his advantage. Hanestad made a late race charge and was able to race under Prochnow also at the line for second. John Kaanta also made a late race move under Scott Gilberts to take fourth.

Ross Prochnow led all the way as he was able to control the Modified field and win his first feature race of the year at Red Cedar. He started on the pole, was able to beat Ashley Anderson to the cushion and once in front, he gradually pulled away from the field. The race ran nonstop and Ashley wasn’t able to stay with Prochnow who continued to ride the cushion and eventually opened nearly a straightaway lead over the pack.

The best race was for third where Brent Prochnow and Dave Baxter spent most of the race running side by side with Cory Williams making a late charge to join them and make it a three way battle. At the line, it was Baxter who took the spot with Brent settling for fourth ahead of Williams. Ross became the eighth different Modified winner at the track this season.

The Super Stock feature also ran green from start to finish and Forehand led all the way for his third Red Cedar win of the year. He started on the outside pole and got the early jump on point champion Mike Keller. Forehand was using the high side of the track and keeping his momentum up, he was able to gradually put some distance on the pack. Eric Olson made a charge working the low side and he drove under Keller for second and then started to reel in the leader.

The race got close near the end as Olson was definitely cutting into Forehand’s advantage, but Eric ran out of laps and despite a hard charge on the final tour, came up a car length short as Jason drove on for the win. Keller settled for third with Bart Steffen and Gunnar Watkins completing the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds had a terrible time getting their main event started. Polesitter Shane Halopka got turned around on the back chute on the opening lap in heavy traffic and the result was an eleven car pile up that eliminated three cars from the contest. The second attempt was no better with another grinding crash in turn four that eliminated another three cars and the third attempt saw yet another tangle that scratched a couple of more cars from the contest.

With nearly half the field gone, racing finally broke out and it was the Halopka brothers that battled for the win. Kerry found some traction on the high side of the track and shot away from brother Shane and they spent the rest of the race chasing each other. Shane would continue to work the low side of the track but Kerry had his momentum, and he rolled through the corners and kept Shane at bay.

Shane kept the pressure up but Kerry was equal to the task as he rode a smooth line to the finish and picked a great night for his first win of the season. Shane settled for second with Travis Anderson a close third. Nick Koehler came from the back after the first lap jingle to take fourth ahead of Jake Smeltzer.

A good three car battle took place in the Street Stock feature, despite a short field made even shorter due to some mechanical issues during the heat race. Cody Kummer, who sat on the pole, came on to win his third feature of the year at Red Cedar, despite falling to third place in the running order at one point. Kummer and Adam Soltis battled hard during the early laps which included a little paint swapping. In fact, they were so busy battling each other on the low side of the track that Chris Peterson used the top side to swing past both of them and take over the lead. Soltis moved into second and lap after lap he tried to maneuver past
Peterson but just couldn’t complete the pass at Chris continued to ride the high side and Soltis couldn’t get enough traction to drive under him.

Kummer was able to take advantage of the situation and slip past Soltis for second and he then began to challenge Peterson for the lead. Where Soltis wasn’t able to get the necessary speed to drive under Peterson, Kummer was able to get the job done as he drove under and then past the leader in turn two. Once in front, Cody was able to stretch the margin by several car lengths as he drove on for the win. Peterson held on for second ahead of Soltis with Mike Knudtson and Travis Hazelton completing the top five.

Second year driver Van Gilder won his second feature race of the year at Red Cedar and his first championship of any kind as he was able to rally from the third position to make a late race pass and take the win.

Van Gilder started on the pole but Jesse Bryan was able to drive around him and take over the lead. While Van Gilder tried hard to retake the lead, he wasn’t able to complete the pass and when he slipped up the track, Kent Harmon passed him for second.

However, Van Gilder stabilized things and when Harmon pushed up the track himself, Hunter was right there to retake second. He then closed on leader Bryan who was having his own problems holding his car down in the corners.

With just a couple of laps left, Bryan pushed up the track again and Van Gilder was jolly on the spot to drive under him off turn four and take over the lead. Hunter very carefully guarded the low groove the last couple of laps and with Bryan and Harmon on his tail, he drove home for the win. Mike Grover and Cody Tisdale completed the top five.

Starting on the pole, five time winner Buddy Hanestad seemed to be the overwhelming favorite to win the Hornet feature race, but someone forgot to tell William Voeltz. After Hanestad took the early lead, Voeltz tracked him down and made a strong pass on the low side after Buddy started having trouble getting through the corners. Once in front, Voeltz navigated skillfully through the heavy lapped traffic and stretched his margin. Hanestad couldn’t fight back for the lead as he was receiving heavy pressure from Jeremy Johnson as they battled for second.

Voeltz continued to drive on and without a serious challenge, he took his second win of the year at the track and claimed the championship. Hanestad did fight off the serious challenges of Johnson for second with Dan Prissel and Brad York next in line.

The speedway will complete the regular season with a full racing program next Friday, August 22nd. All seven divisions will be in action with racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

After next Friday, the Red Cedar Speedway will then be in preparation mode for the thirty fifth annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions which is scheduled for Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th.

Sanders sweeps USMTS debut at Red Cedar Speedway

August 18th, 2014

MENOMONIE, Wis.–Rodney Sanders solidified his place at the top of the rankings in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup with his 22nd main event win of the season Thursday night at the Red Cedar Speedway.

The Rocket made it a clean sweep of the program by winning his heat race and earning the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award by earning the most passing points among the 44 entrants.

Johnny Scott started on the pole for the second straight night and jumped out to an early lead, but fifth-starting Jason Krohn grabbed the top spot as the field completed the tenth lap.

Sanders, who started eighth, methodically worked his way to the front and eventually passed his teammate for the lead on lap 24.

From there, the only thing left to do was scribble Sanderss name on the giant-sized winners check for the second night in a row.

The win, was worth $3,000 to the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, and helped him expand his lead in the points as he eyes his second straight USMTS national championship.

Krohn held on to collect the runner-up paycheck with local favorite Jesse Glenz scoring a third-place finish in his career-first start in a United States Modified Touring Series event.

Multi-time Wissota national champ Craig Thatcher was fourth and Brent Larson finished fifth while earning his second Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award of the season. He started 15th.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Jake Hartung, Lucas Schott and Stormy Scott.

Racing action presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona starts at 7 p.m. with Wissota Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets also racing, plus the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods. Get there early and enjoy some Mini-Mods action on the Lightning Speedway beginning at 6 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $18 and seniors 65 and older get in for $16. Students 23 years of age or younger (with valid current student ID) and all kids ages 17 and under get in for free.

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

Mass and Koehler Top Red Cedar Speedway Special

August 17th, 2014

Menomonie WI, – The WISSOTA Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds ran a special event in conjunction with the USMTS Modified show on Thursday at the Red Cedar Speedway. With extra money on the line, big fields of cars were on hand in both classes and the winners, both first time winners at the track this year, were Dave Mass and Nick Koehler and both drivers made late race passes for their
respective wins. The Super Stock feature went nonstop from green to checkered with Ben Hillman and Bart Steffen battling for the lead on the opening lap. Hillman went to the high side and that gave him the edge he needed to pull into the lead but Steffen remained close.

Eric Olson was on the move early too and he drove past Tommy Richards and Jesse Redetzke to move into third and he began to challenge the leaders. Mass was also on the move from the fourth row and he quickly caught and then passed Olson.

Mass continued his charge as he drove into second with Steffen starting to fade just a bit. Olson followed Mass’ move and took the third spot.

Mass then closed on Hillman as the top side seemed to be slowing down a little bit and Mass, the Minnesota visitor, drove underneath Hillman down the back chute and took over the lead. Olson continued to move forward and he took over second from Hillman a few laps later.

Mass gradually pulled away over the remainder of the event and eventually opened his lead to about ten car lengths. Olson completed a strong run in second with Hillman finishing up third. The rest of the top five saw Richards have a steady run for fourth with point champion Mike Keller completing the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds matched the Super Stock’s efforts with a green to checkered run in their main event also. Jake Smith and Koehler shared the front row but neither one of them could grab the early lead as Cory Crapser blasted to the cushion and took the lead before one lap could be completed. Crapser threatened to run away with the show in the early going as he opened up some distance on the pack as Koehler, Michael Truscott, Grant Southworth and Ryan Viltz battled hard for position behind him.

Eventually Koehler would solidify the second spot and then began a gradual drive that would see him narrow the gap on Crapser and begin to pressure the leader. Crapser continued to run the high side while Koehler was bouncing over the tires on the extreme inside of the track but Nick began to pick up the pace and as the race drew near a finish, he was putting serious pressure on Crapser.

With an inside move in turn one, he was able to get a good run and he drove under Crapser and took over the lead. Cory tried to fight back but Koehler actually stretched his margin in the later laps and he drove home for an impressive win. Crapser had to settle for second with Truscott next in line. The rest of the top five had a good battle with Southworth scored fourth ahead of Viltz at the finish.

Rodney Sanders from Happy Texas was the winner of the USMTS Modified portion of the show.

Racing continues on Friday, August 15th when the Season Championships are decided in all seven divisions that race at the speedway. Race time will be 7 p.m.

Race of Champions Winners Determined at Red Cedar Speedway

August 12th, 2014

Menomonie WI,- As the season winds to a close at the Red Cedar Speedway, much was on the line for the racers Friday. In the WISSOTA sanctioned classes, the feature winners would receive automatic invitations to the AMSOIL Race of Champions event to be held during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota in September. Also, since it was the last night for track points, seven point champions would also be determined at the conclusion of the racing program.

Winning feature races Friday and locking in spots at the Race of Champions were Mike Prochnow in the late models, Jake Hartung in the modifieds, Shane Halopka in the Midwest modifieds, Ben Hillman in the super stocks and Mike Knudtson in the street stocks. Other feature winners Friday were Buddy Hanestad and Jesse Bryan.

Determined to be point champions for the speedway were Mike Prochnow, Jake Hartung, Mike Keller, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Jeremy Dahl and Buddy Hanestad.

Prochnow and Rick Hanestad went into the feature race in a flat out tie for the point lead in the late model division. However, Prochnow wasted little time settling the issue as he started on the pole and drove away from the field for an easy win, his second of the year at Red Cedar and the only late model driver to win more than one main event during the season. Hanestad started outside of Prochnow and tried his best to stay with him, but Prochnow pulled away as the race progressed, with only one minor spin to slow the action.

At the finish, Prochnow had a considerable lead over Hanestad, Scott Gilberts, Brent Larson and Greg Nippoldt who trailed the winner.

Things were much more dramatic in the modified main where a mechanical issue with only two laps left changed the course of both the feature event and the season point championship. Mike Anderson led by five points going into the main event and after redrawing the pole, jumped into the early lead. Anderson was pressured hard by both Ashley Anderson and Hartung as he rode the cushion with Ashley trying to drive under him on the low side and Hartung trying to split the other two front runners. Frequent caution flags slowed the action and a couple of the contenders either spun themselves out of the action or were involved in other people’s messes as the field was substantially reduced.

A yellow with two laps left set the stage for a shootout with Mike Anderson having Hartung and Ashley Anderson on his tail. As they took off on the green, Mike Anderson’s engine began to sputter and a cloud of smoke came out of it as engine failure shut the leader down and with that, his chances of becoming the point champion.

Hartung restarted on the pole with only two laps to go and the point title just needing him to complete the race, but he made it exciting when on the final lap, he jumped the cushion and plowed into the turn one wall. However, he kept his foot on the gas and bumped his way through the corner, repeatedly rapping the wall until he finally could disengage from the concrete. Ashley Anderson closed on the disabled car of Hartung, but Jake limped across the line with a car length advantage to take both the win and the point title. Ross Prochnow recovered from an early wreck to finish third ahead of Steve Hallquist and Brent Prochnow as only a handful of cars finished the event. It was Hartung’s second feature win of the year at Red Cedar.

Keller needed to only start the Super Stock feature to take the title and while he did that, there was quite a battle for the feature win. Luke Plank took the early lead and got a nice sized lead as Jason Forehand took the second spot after a good battle with Eric Olson. However, Hillman was riding the substantial cushion which he likes and he quickly swept into the second spot and closed on Plank. Continuing his strong run, he blew past the leader and opened up a big lead as the race continued under the green.

Hillman never let up and he built a big lead as he drove under the checkered for his third win of the year at Red Cedar. Forehand continued his strong runs of late as he secured the second spot but couldn’t catch Hillman. The rest of the top five saw Olson take third ahead of point champion Keller and Plank.

Halopka needed to just take the green to win the Midwest modified point title and he did that along with fighting off Michael Truscott to win his third feature race of the year. The Midwest Mod feature had more than its share of issues too, with five yellow flags to slow the action and a couple of grinding wrecks too.

Pole sitter Grant Southworth jumped the cushion on the opening corner and then got turned in turn three and he went headlong into the concrete wall, ending his night early. Meanwhile, Shane Halopka had jumped to the cushion too, but it worked for him as he came from the eighth starting position to drive by the pack and by the time the second yellow waved on lap three, he had grabbed the lead.

After that, the race turned into a two car shootout as Michael Truscott did everything he could to get past Halopka but was never able to complete the pass. The frequent yellows have him several chances and he was able to nose his car under Halopka’s several times, but Shane remained strong on the cushion and would beat him out of the corners. One last show on the final corner came up empty and Halopka drove home for the win, his third at Red Cedar.

Behind Truscott at the finish were Kerry Halopka, who secured the runner up position in the point standings, Jake Smeltzer and Nick Koehler.

Fankhauser had a six point lead over Adam Soltis as the Street Stocks rolled out for their last track point run of the year. Mike Knudtson, driving his back up car, took the early lead by fighting off Soltis in the early going. Fankhauser went to the cushion and really picked up the pace and he was able to drive past Knudtson and take over the lead after a long and tough battle. However, Knudtson would not go away and stayed within a couple car lengths of the leader.

After fading back slightly, Knudtson seemed to adjust his line in the corners and he really started to pick up the pace. He quickly reeled in the leader as the race reached its conclusion and as they took the white flag, they were side by side. Still locked together down the back chute, they both dove into turn three and when they came out the other side, Knudtson had a better run off the corner and he edged out Fankhauser by a car length for his second win of the year. Fankhauser settled for second and the point title with Chris Peterson, Soltis and Cody Kummer next in line.

Jeremy Dahl needed to only start the feature to secure the pure stock point title and while he did so, he still wasn’t able to garner his first feature win of the year as Bryan won his fifth main of the year after a good, three car battle. Kent Harmon took the early lead but Dahl moved in to challenge him for the lead. Bryan also came flying to the front and the leaders went three wide, with Bryan taking over the top spot as Harmon spun, triggering a yellow flag.

Bryan continued to lead over Dahl while Harmon raced back up to the third spot, only to lose a muffler on the track which caused both a yellow and his dismissal from the race. The last four laps saw Dahl continue to pressure Bryan but Jesse continued to show the way as he drove on for the win. Hunter Van Gilder made a late charge to get third with Brett Myers and Randy Burton trailing.

Buddy Hanestad entered the feature race with a four point lead over Jeremy Johnson and by keeping Johnson behind him the entire race, Hanestad secured the point title.

As far as the main event itself, it proved to be a tough contest between Hanestad and William Voeltz. Voeltz moved up from the second row to grab the lead and he led much of the event with Hanestad driving up beside him on several occasions.

Near the end of the race, the battle heated up with the top two running side by side. Coming for the white flag, Voeltz bobbled and Hanestad shot past him to take over the lead. That car length that Buddy gained could not be won back on the final tour of the track and Hanestad drove home for his fifth Red Cedar win of the year over Voeltz, Johnson, Leslie Jackson and Dan Prissel.

Next weekend will feature a big doubleheader of racing at the Red Cedar Speedway. On Thursday, August 14th, the cars and stars of the United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) will make their first ever appearance at the Red Cedar Speedway featuring the high powered open wheel cars and driving stars from across the country taking on the best of the local and regional drivers. Such national names as Rodney Sanders from Texas and the Scott brothers from New Mexico will lead the charge against well known area drivers like Craig Thatcher and Joey Jensen. WISSOTA sanctioned super stocks and Midwest modifieds will also race and thanks to generous contributions from Miller Lite and Southworth Chevrolet, the supers will be racing for a thousand dollars to win and the Midwest modifieds $600.

Then on the following night, Friday, August 15th, season championships will be settled in all seven classes that normally race at the Red Cedar Speedway. Heat races will be lined up by points accumulated during the season long racing and the feature races will be lined up by the heat race finishes with seven champions crowned during the course of the evening. Both events take the green flag at 7 p.m. Check at www.redcedarspeedway.com or the track face book page for more information.

Mike Anderson Edges Glenz in Red Cedar Speedway Modified Run

August 4th, 2014

Menomonie Wi, – It this would have been the WISSOTA 100, Dakota State Fair Speedway promoter Orville Chenoweth would have owed Mike Anderson an extra $1,000 for his last lap race pass promotion, but since it was the Red Cedar Speedway instead, Anderson was satisfied to settle for the feature win and in doing so, took over the track point lead.

Other winners on Friday night included Jason Forehand, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Jesse Bryan and Jeremy Johnson.

Mark Hanson and Brent Prochnow battled for the lead on the opening lap of the Modified main event while Jesse Glenz beat Kevin Adams to the high side of the track to take third and then quickly closed in on the leaders. Glenz powered by the front two also to take over the lead. Meanwhile, Anderson was running the low side of the track and he gradually closed into contention as he raced under Prochnow into second.

The top two then engaged in a crowd pleasing battle as they raced lap after lap around the track nearly side by side. One lap Glenz would hit the cushion right and he would edge ahead and then on the next lap, Anderson would make a good tour on the bottom and surge into the lead.

Meanwhile, Ashley Anderson came charging up to third as Prochnow and Adams battled for the next position. However, the top two racers separated themselves from the field as they continued their private battle. As the laps ran down, nothing changed as the top two jockeyed back and forth. They took the white flag nearly side by side but going into turn one, Glenz got too high and caught the wall which dragged him down and when he couldn’t get off the concrete, Anderson took advantage to move under him and secure the lead. Jesse threw his car into turn three in a bold move to catch Anderson, but Mike had too much of an edge as he drove on for his third win at Red Cedar, the only Modified driver to have won more than one main there this year.

Glenz settled for a strong second with Ashley Anderson next in line and Adams who finally passed Prochnow for that position.

While the Modified feature was an entertaining one, the strongest individual performance of the night was probably turned in by Forehand, who came from the ninth starting spot to run away from the field in the nonstop Super Stock main event. Kenny Davis, Tom Karis, Ben Hillman and Gunnar Watkins were locked in a big battle in the early going of the Super Stock main. With about eight cars in the lead bunch, Forehand quickly moved into contention as he was running strong right on the low side of the track. Karis continued to maintain the top spot while Hillman and Watkins battled right behind and beside him for position.

The top three were still going at it for position when Forehand caught the top three and in a tremendous move off turn four, he dove to the low side and while all three cars slid up the track, he shot off the corner on the bottom and drove into first just that quick. He took the halfway signal the next time around in what was a spectacular run to the front. And once he gathered the lead spot, he was long gone as he stretched his lead to nearly a full straightaway.

The charge then shifted to Eric Olson, who was making his own run from the third row and also using the Forehand line on the bottom of the track. As Jason drove on to his second Red Cedar win in a row, Olson completed his own impressive run as he passed Karis in the last couple of laps for second. Watkins got by Hillman right at the end to take the fourth spot.

Another driver winning his second Red Cedar feature in a row was Halopka and he earned the victory with a hard fought win over Nick Koehler, aided in part by a well placed yellow flag late in the event.

Jake Smeltzer and Travis Anderson were the early battlers for the lead spot but Koehler got up on the high side and blasted past both of them to take over the lead. Halopka worked his way up from the eighth starting position using all lanes on the track. After a hard battle , he took second from Smeltzer who was having a strong run of his own.

Halopka sized up Koehler for the lead, trying both high and low and finally finding an opening on the inside off turn one and he shot into the lead.

However, Koehler didn’t give up and after adjusting his line on the track, he came charging back at Halopka and as he came charging off of turn four with the momentum to take over the lead, the yellow flag waved.

With only two laps left, Halopka got a good restart while Koehler got too high in turn one and lost time. Halopka then drove on for the win with Koehler recovering for second. The late race scramble saw Kerry Halopka come roaring up to third as he got past Smeltzer with Anderson completing the top five.

After a first lap scramble saw Adam Soltis into the turn four wall and trigger a yellow, the Street Stocks ran a nonstop main event. Fankhauser got to the front early and he led the rest of the way. Mike Knudtson tried to put the pressure on him but Fankhauser maintained his lead without too much of a challenge. Ron Hanestad gradually worked his way to the front and made it up to third spot as the laps ran out with him edging out Jimmy Randall and Cody Kummer for position.

Bryan got into the lead early in the Pure Stock feature, passing Hunter Van Gilder to take over the top spot. Once in front, he led the rest of the way with Jeremy Dahl trying to track him down. However, Bryan was strong and didn’t let Dahl close on him as he maintained his lead and drove on for his fourth feature win of the year at the track. Randy Burton worked his way up to third with Kent Harmon and Brett Myers completing the top five.

The Hornets competed in one of their best main events of the year with a three car battle raging for most of the feature race. Jeremy Johnson took the early lead but he was soon challenged by William Voeltz, last week’s winner. Voeltz took over the lead at one point but Johnson then regained the lead with a turn one pass. Meanwhile, Buddy Hanestad came roaring up from the fourth row and main it a three car battle for the lead. They raced in a pack during the late laps of the race and coming for the checkered flag, Hanestad tried to split the leaders as he went for the win. He got by Voeltz but came up a half car length short on Johnson as Jeremy took his first win of the year. Dan Prissel and Brad York completed the top five.

Next Friday night the Red Cedar Speedway will host its AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifier event. The feature winners in all five WISSOTA sanctioned divisions will automatically qualify for the Race of Champions event to be held during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota in September. Late Models will return to the program and it will be the last point race of the 2014 racing season with point champions to also be determined at the completion of the main events. Race time is 7 p.m. and the program is sponsored by Keyes Chevytown and Mars Racing.

Kummer Repeats in Red Cedar Speedway Fair Race

July 28th, 2014

Menomonie WI,- The Dunn County Fair was in session Friday, July 25th and the drivers of the Red Cedar Speedway were the entertainment for the evening. With two makeup feature races to be run left over from last week, it was a full night of racing action and the closest event saw Cody Kummer win his second straight Street
Stock feature as he edged out Chris Peterson for the honors. No less than five drivers won their first feature race of the year also.

Kummer won for the second straight week in a battle that went right down to the finish. Danny Richards was the early leader but he faded back as Mike Knudtson and
then Kummer took over control. Peterson started in the third row and then moved to second when Sam Fankhauser had a major mechanical issue that put him into the
infield. Peterson was working the high side of the track and he was able to pull up beside Kummer.

They ran lap after lap side by side with Peterson edging into the lead a couple of times. With just a couple laps left, Peterson got a little high in turn three and Kummer again took over the lead. Chris gave it one last shot on the final lap, but Kummer hung on for the win. Adam Soltis charged up to make him a close third at the finish with Knudtson and Ron Hanestad next in line.

Rick Hanestad won his first late model feature race of the year after fighting his way past Greg Nippoldt for the lead. Once in front, he stretched his lead to a
comfortable margin in a race that ran nonstop. Scott Gilberts drove up into the second place but couldn’t challenge Hanestad with Mike Prochnow, A.J. Diemel and
Nippoldt completing the top five.

The make up late model feature was all Prochnow as he started fifth but got up on the cushion and passed Gilberts, Jerry Bloom and Nippoldt in one strong rush, and
once in front, he pulled away as again the late models completed their main event without the yellow flag being needed. Nippoldt finished a strong second and was
trailed by Diemel, Hanestad and Gilberts.

Hanestad’s son Buddy won the makeup Hornet feature race. After surviving a first lap jingle, he restarted fourth and quickly blew past the leaders and then ran away for the win. He was trailed by Jeremy Johnson, Jess Seim, Dan Prissel and William Voeltz.

Voeltz came back in the Hornet nightcap to win his first feature race of the year at Red Cedar. He started fourth in the main and after getting by leader Prissel, he pulled away to a comfortable lead, only having to deal with lapped traffic late in the race.

He crossed the line with a comfortable margin over Johnson and Hanestad, who got hung up in traffic early trying to get to the front of the field. Prissel and Brad
York rounded out the top five. Jason Forehand made quick work of the biggest super stock field of the year and in doing so, won his first at Red Cedar in 2014. Steve Thomas was the early leader of the race that saw a gaggle of about six cars racing in the lead pack in heavy formation. After Curt Myers and Tom Karis tangled as a part of the huge wad of cars, the yellow waved.

Forehand made perhaps the move of the night on the restart as he went from fourth to first in the restart, finding a hole that he was able to drive through and come storming out the other end as the leader.

Forehand quickly put distance on the field as there was no one able to stay with him. A late yellow when contender Ben Hillman was clipped by lapped traffic triggered the yellow, but Forehand was solid on the restart and drove away once again for the win. Thomas finally kept his car running for the full distance and came home second in the main while Gunnar Watkins thrilled the crowd with his frequent wall banging efforts as he raced up to third after starting seventeenth in the main. Tommy Richards and Luke Plank completed the top five.

Jake Hartung won his first modified feature race of the year after taking advantage of a restart to move past early leader Brent Prochnow. Prochnow took the lead at the start of the event and led the first eight laps. However, on a restart following debris on the track, Hartung got a big start and slid up the track in front of Prochnow taking over the lead. Dave Baxter was having a strong run too and he moved into second with Prochnow chasing.

Hartung built a strong lead as most of the front runners ran the high side of the track. Unfortunately, Baxter got a little too high, smacked the wall and flattened a tire, caushing him to slow and trigger a late yellow.

Hartung took off strong on the restart and drove on for the win with Prochnow settling for second. Mike Anderson made a late race charge to drive up to third with Keith Tourville and Jay Richardson next in line.

Jason Richardson came ever so close to winning his first feature race ever before a late yellow allowed Shane Halopka to pass him and earn his first Red Cedar win of the year. Richardson started on the outside pole and jumped into the early lead. Running strongly, Richardson extended his lead as Nick Koehler and Travis Anderson tried to catch him. Halopka was on the move after starting seventh as he ducked under Anderson and then Koehler and began to close on the leader. Whether he would have caught Richardson became a moot point when the yellow blinked on with ten laps complete after a spin.

On the restart, Richardson got off the bottom just enough to give Halopka a hole and the Greenwood hot shoe took advantage of the opportunity as he ducked under Richardson to take over the lead. Jason stayed close until he was challenged for second by Koehler. They got together racing for the position which opened up the door for Grant Southworth to move into third as Halopka drove home for the win. Anderson rounded out the top five.

Krysta Swearingen and Jesse Bryan both led the pure stock feature before George Richards came hustling up from the fourth row and using the outside line, drove into the lead. Once in front , he held off strong challenges from Mike Knopps and Jeremy Dahl to record his third win of the year at Red Cedar. Bryan faded back to fourth with Kent Harmon chasing him home.

Upcoming on the Red Cedar Speedway schedule are races next Friday, August 1st with Airtec Sports and Dick’s RV the nightly sponsors. Late Models have the night off but all other classes will be racing. The AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifier is slated on August 8th and the first ever appearance of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th. Check the Red Cedar Speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com for more information.

Kyle Johnson Tops Red Cedar Speedway Racers

July 20th, 2014

Menomonie WI, – Five first time winners graced victory lane Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Three drivers also earned their first ever wins at Red Cedar but it was “Quick” Kyle Johnson who stunned the crowd as he ran away from the field to win his first ever Midwest Modified feature race. Sharing the top honors were Jay Richardson who won his first ever feature race in twenty nine years of racing at Red Cedar and second year driver Kent Harmon who also visited victory lane for the first time since starting his Pure Stock career.

Johnson has been around racing most of his life, helping his father “The Hawaiian Flash”, Mike Johnson during his long racing career until starting racing himself the middle of the last decade. Racing on a very limited budget, both generations would race as hard as they could until their equipment gave out, and then they would be sidelined until they could muster the dollars to get back on the track. Even this year, Kyle has made only limited appearances at area tracks after blowing a motor very early in the season, but Friday the stars were aligned and he ran away from a full field of Midwest Mods.

Rookie Austin Ellis took the early lead from the outside pole after a rocky first start saw Nate Spence end up on his side, and set a fast pace with Johnson moving from the second row to challenge him for the lead. Ellis led for several laps until Johnson was able to make a high side move and drive into the lead. Still, Ellis hung right with him as Johnson continued to ride the high side. Shane Halopka was on the move too, and he drove up from the fourth row to battle for second and then passing Ellis for the position. Halopka tried to move in on Johnson but Kyle was riding the cushion and was very fast and Halopka wasn’t able to narrow the margin. Kyle continued as his fast pace and never faltered as he drove home with a comfortable margin to record the historic win. Behind Halopka, Ellis garnered his best finish to date with a third with Kerry Halopka and Grant Southworth, from eleventh, rounding out the top five.

Richardson has driving in many different classes at the speedway over the years, but Friday night was the first time that everything came together for him and he drove home for a resounding victory in the Modified feature. Jay started on the outside of row one but he had to play second fiddle for a number of laps as rookie Jordan Hessler paced the field. Hessler was running strong and it took quite a few laps before Richardson was able to make a high side move and drive into the lead. Once in front, Jay gradually pulled away in the nonstop main, until he had a comfortable working margin. Hessler continued his solid run as Cory Williams moved into third and tried to track him down. Up front, Richardson continued in his groove and drove away from the field as he raced home unchallenged for the win. Hessler also finished off a solid drive by coming home second ahead of Williams while Jake Hartung made a late charge from eleventh to finish fourth ahead of Steve Hallquist.

Brett Myers was the early leader in the Pure Stock feature until Harmon moved up from the second row, found an opening on the low side and drove into the lead. Once in front, Harmon put a little distance on the field while a heavy battle for second broke out, and Jason Havel found room to move into second. He then attempted to flag down Harmon while the battle behind him continued. Harmon was rolled up front, and Havel wasn’t able to cut into his margin, even as the laps ran down. Harmon continued to maintain his lead as the leaders took the white flag. Battling for position, Myers and Jeremy Dahl got together under the flag stand and Myers went for a spin. Since all cars took the white flag, the race was called complete with Harmon earning his first ever win over Havel.

Krysta Swearingen blew a radiator hose and spewed water all over the track under the final yellow and things got worse for her after she weighed in light and was disqualified. Dahl ended up in the third position and was scored ahead of Randy Burton and Cody Tisdale. Olson earned his first Super Stock win of the year with a strong performance. Steve Thomas was the early leader but when a fueling problem hit him, he slowed on the back chute and stacked up the field which resulted in Gunnar Watkins and Tom Karis getting tired up and triggering a lengthy yellow.

On the green, Olson shot into the lead and started to put distance on the field. A big battle for second saw Mike Keller come charging up from the fourth row and drive into the position using the high side. A spin triggered the yellow again and due to time constraints, the race went green, white and then checkered. Another spin delayed the final laps, but when it was finally completed, Olson powered away from the field and fought off a late challenge from Keller to take the win. Jason Forehand finished third while Luke Plank moved up from twelfth to finish fourth. Gunnar Watkins crossed the line fifth but was disqualified for a wheel issue, giving the position to Darrel Hazelton. After a first lap spin, the Street Stock feature went nonstop and the field spent the entire event trying to track down Kummer. Cody took the lead early from the outside of row one and then put some distance on the field before Adam Soltis moved into second and tried to track him down. Soltis would get within three car lengths but from that point, he could get no closer and Kummer had his line and was rock solid up front. Despite pressure from Soltis and Sam Fankhauser, Kummer drove home for the win. Soltis had to settle for second ahead of Fankhauser, Mike Knudtson and Jake Hanson.

The Late Model and Hornet features fell victim to the track curfew and will be made up next Friday night, July 25th. The Dunn County Fair will be in full swing next Friday and admission to the races will be just $5. WAXX 104.5 and Tractor Central will sponsor the races which will feature a full program in all seven classes plus the two makeup feature events. Race time is 7 p.m.

Southworth and Soltis Take Long Route To Red Cedar Speedway Wins

July 13th, 2014

Menomonie WI – After a month off due to rainouts and the July 4th holiday, the Red Cedar Speedway was back in action Friday night. Apparently the track scriptwriters had been working overtime during the break as Grant Southworth and Adam Soltis won feature races in about the most unusual manner possible. For Southworth, he came from dead last in a sixteen car field to win the Midwest Modified feature while Soltis pitted midway through the Street Stock feature to replace a flat tire, returned to the track and from the back, still won the main event.

Other winners who found victory lane in a more conventional manner included John Kaanta, Mark Hessler, Ben Hillman, Jesse Bryan and Buddy Hanestad.

Southworth started sixteenth in the Midwest Modified feature after breaking a driveshaft while leading his heat race but with the help of Mike Anderson who loaned him a driveshaft, Southworth was ready to roll by feature race time. Second year driver Luke Shackleton took the early lead in the race with pressure from Nick Koehler and Jake Smeltzer. As Southworth blistered his way toward the front of the pack, Kerry Halopka was also making some strong moves from the third row as he moved to the high side of the track and raced his way up to second.

Shane Halopka and Travis Anderson were also making themselves part of the lead pack as Kerry Halopka continued his charge, taking over the lead when Shackleton slipped high.

The yellow flew for a spin with eight laps complete and by this time Southworth had cracked the top five. He continued his charge, moving past Koehler and Anderson into third as the Halopka brothers battled for the lead before another yellow set up a three lap sprint to the finish. Southworth found himself on the high side in row two but on the green his car was working beautifully on the outside and he blew past both of the Halopkas to take over the lead. In the remaining laps he pulled away from the field as he left the rest of the field muttering to themselves over his dominating win, his first of the year at Red Cedar. The Halopka brothers continued on to finish behind Southworth with Koehler and Anderson completing the top five.

In the very next race, Soltis earned a track high third win of the year in the Street Stocks in a very unusual way also. The Street feature saw Ron Hanestad start on the front row and take the initial lead with Mike Knudtson and then Soltis challenging. Adam pulled up beside Hanestad on several occasions but couldn’t make the pass as Ron ran the high side. Sam Fankhauser picked up the pace and soon it was a three car battle for the lead. Coming off turn four, Soltis was on the low side, Hanestad up against the wall and Fankhauser tucked in between the two and they barreled three wide down the front chute. However, there was contact between the three and while they all continued on, both Fankhauser and Soltis suffered deflating tires that slowed their progress.

Shortly after this, the yellow flew as Andrea Keeney had an engine fire that saw her stop quickly on the track. Fankhauser pitted but chose to call it a night as he headed for his trailer. Soltis replaced a tire and returned to the track on the tail, even though there were only six cars running at this point.

Hanestad continued to lead on the restart while Soltis cut through the field like a hot knife through butter as he was soon back up to second. Charging low into the corners, he was able to pull past Hanestad who chose to stay on the top side. As Soltis pulled away, Hanestad dropped down the track but it was too late. Soltis continued on unchallenged the rest of the way for the win with Knudtson, Jake Hanson and Derek Borchardt next in line.

The late model feature got off to a wild start as pole sitter Jimmy Mars got turned around in corner one on the opening lap and Rick Hanestad crashed into him. Both cars were eliminated from the contest before a lap could be completed.

The restart found Mike Prochnow inheriting the pole and he took the early lead with Kaanta moving in to challenge him. The leaders were battling on the back chute when they came together and Kaanta had to hit the binders to avoid the wall. This seems to get Kaanta fired up as he came charging back with a vengeance and two laps later blew past Prochnow on the high side of the track to take over the lead.

Once in front, he started stretching his advantage as Brent Larson moved into second and tried to track down the leader. A.J. Diemel also passed Prochnow and set off after the top two. However, the rest of the race remained under the green and Kaanta was not to be challenged as he drove home for his first Red Cedar win of 2014. Larson and Diemel were next in line with Jake Redetzke and Prochnow filling out the top five.

Hessler continued his strong season to date with his first Red Cedar modified win of the year. Steve Hallquist took the early lead and held that position for several laps while Hessler moved to the low side of the track and started to close in. Continuing to use the bottom line, Mark was able to drive under Hallquist and take over the top spot. Ross Prochnow and Mike Anderson were both moving up as Anderson came from the fourth row and began to close on Prochnow as they raced for third.

Meanwhile, Hessler continued to smoothly roll on the low side and while Hallquist was able to narrow the lead slightly, he never became a serious challenger as Hessler drove home for the win. Hallquist did finish a strong second in front of Prochnow as Jake Hartung nipped Anderson on the last lap for fourth.

Hillman got to the front early and cruised to his second super stock win of 2014. Chad Johnson took the early lead but Hillman found an opening on the low side and shot past Johnson into the lead and he was not seen again by the rest of the field as he drove away from the pack. There was, however, a real battle for second as Johnson fought off challenges from Steve Thomas, Jason Forehand and Tom Karis. Mike Keller was able to find some openings and he made a solid charge from the fourth row, finally edging past Thomas into second and trying to cut into Hillman’s big lead.

However, Ben was too far out in front and drove home for the win with Keller settling for second. Thomas finished a solid third with Johnson getting his best finish of the year ahead of Forehand.

Krysta Swearingen took the early lead in the pure stock feature but Bryan found an opening on the low side of the track and shot into the lead. Once in front, he opened up a big lead as the battle for second was intense. Jeremy Dahl was able to work his way through traffic and finally get into second but by this time Bryan was long gone as he earned his third win of the year, matching Soltis, Travis Anderson and Buddy Hanestad as leaders for the year. Behind Dahl, Kent Harmon, Swearingen and Randy Burton filled out the top five.

Buddy Hanestad cruised to yet another hornet feature win as he started on the pole and drove away from the field, building as much as a straightaway lead on his way to an easy win. His only challenge was fighting his way through lapped traffic. Jeremy Johnson came from the fourth row to finish second in front of William Voeltz, Mark McQuiston and Dan Prissel.

Racing continues next Friday, July 18th on MDA Fill the Boot night sponsored by Value Implement. All classes will race and the first green flag flies at 7 p.m.

Red Cedar Speedway Washed Out

June 30th, 2014

Menomonie WI,- A mid afternoon gully washer hit the Red Cedar Speedway and with it, any chance of racing Friday night was also washed away. It marked the second straight rainout at the track and the fifth cancelation of the 2014 racing season as at the halfway point of the racing season, Red Cedar has been able to hold only five events.

The Kid’s Night activities planned for Friday will be rescheduled to a date that has yet to be determined. There is no racing at the track this coming Friday, July 4th, in deference to the holiday.

The next racing event at the speedway will be on Friday, July 11th. It will be Autism Awareness Night at the track and the presenting sponsors are Dean & Sue’s Bar and Thunder Hill Raceway. Racing will begin at 7 p.m. with WISSOTA sanctioned late models, modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks scheduled to compete along with the Red Cedar pure stocks and hornets.

Check the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com for any updates on the racing season.

Red Cedar Speedway Racing Canceled

June 22nd, 2014

Menomonie WI, – Due to all the rainfall of this week, saturated grounds and poor drying conditions, the races scheduled for Friday night, June 20th at the Red Cedar Speedway were canceled.

The Kid’s Club Night activities and the Relay at the Races, both scheduled for Friday, will be rescheduled for a later race this year.

Racing will resume on Friday, June 27th with a seven division program highlighted by the return of the WISSOTA Late Models. The event sponsors for next Friday include Old Dutch & Slush Puppie and the first green flag falls at 7 p.m.

Check www.redcedarspeedway.com for more information on the track.

Andersons and Hanestads Dominate Red Cedar Speedway

June 15th, 2014

Menomonie WI- If your last name wasn’t either Anderson or Hanestad, it was tough to find victory lane Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. For the second straight Friday, brothers Travis and Mike Anderson won open wheel feature races while Uncle Ron and Nephew Buddy Hanestad won fendered class car main events also. In the other classes were neither family had a member racing, Ben Hillman and George Richards were also main event winners.

Mike Anderson went right to the front quickly in the Modified main event. After starting in the second row, he dove between front row starters Jay Richardson and Mark Hessler in the first corner. He got past Hessler but had a tense moment as he and Richardson came together briefly. However, they both corrected and Anderson went on to race Cory Williams for the lead.

They ran side by side for a couple laps before Anderson edged away and then gradually built up his lead as the event progressed. Williams was having his best run of the year as he maintained second and tried to track down Anderson while another Anderson(no relation), Ashley, moved into third.

Mike Anderson continued to motor away from the field as he danced along the concrete wall and drove home for his second straight win at Red Cedar. Williams completed a strong run in second with Ashley Anderson barely lasting to the line to finish third. A race long battle saw Brent Prochnow edge out Jake Hartung to complete the top five.

Travis Anderson made the move of the night when he drove up from the fourth row to win his second straight and third on the year Midwest Modified main event. Anderson had worked into the fifth spot on the opening lap as he found the high side to be the place to be. With a big head of steam going into turn three, he managed by the barest of margins to squeeze past Shane Halopka on the high side and with an incredible burst, fly past the four cars in front of him and take over the lead by the time the field reached turn one.

Anderson then expanded his lead as he raced the cushion with Halopka eventually getting past Nick Koehler and Jake Smeltzer to take over second. Grant Southworth was on the move from the fifth row also and he pulled into third and looked to challenge Halopka.

A yellow flag on lap eight bunched the field but Anderson took off on the green again and stretched his lead as Halopka tried to keep up. Travis was in no mood to have that happen though, as he pulled away from the pack and drove home for the win. Halopka tried the low groove late and he had to rush back to the top side to hold off Southworth for second with Koehler and Kerry Halopka finishing next in line.

The theme of the night was the high line and those that could find it and use it properly were successful. Such was the case for Ron Hanestad, who was chasing Adam Soltis and Sam Fankhauser until he discovered how fast the top side was. With that knowledge he closed in on the leaders and when Soltis slipped up out of the low groove, Fankhauser went low inside him and Hanestad went to the top to do the same. Using his momentum, he was able to power past Fankhauser also and take over the lead.

Sammy then tried to get past Hanestad by working under him, but the Glenwood City veteran would have none of it as he continued to ride the berm and keep his momentum up. Ron would encounter no problems the rest of the way as he raced home for his first win at Red Cedar. Behind Fankhauser and Soltis, Mike Knudtson and Danny Richards completed the top five.

It took Buddy Hanestad one half lap to go from fifth into the lead in the Hornet feature. After he managed to avoid a wall grinder on the back chute that eliminated two cars, it was clear sailing the rest of the way as he drove on for his second Red Cedar win of the year. Jeremy Johnson kept Buddy within range but could never provide a strong challenge as he raced home second and led William Voeltz, Mark McQuisten and Dean Butler across the finish line.

Hillman used the pole position to his advantage as he led from start to finish to take his first Super Stock win of 2014. In the early going, he was challenged by Eric Olson who raced wheel to wheel with him before Hillman edged away. Then Curt Myers moved into second and threw a series of challenges toward Hillman as Myers powered deep into the corners and tried to slide up in front of the leader. Several times Myers nearly pulled off the maneuver but each time Hillman would be him out of the corner.

Eventually Myers started to lose ground and he fell back several car lengths from the leader. From that point on, with no yellows to bunch the field, Hillman was home free as he drove on for the win over Myers and Olson. Mike Keller battled with Jason Forehand for nearly the entire race for position with Keller getting the nod at the line.

The Pure Stocks had a shuffling of the running order quickly in their main event and George Richards found the holes in the pack to race up from the third row to take over the lead. Once in front, Hunter VanGilder tried to track him down with Jeremy Dahl eventually moving into third. However, Richards had the race under control and he took home his second win of the year at Red Cedar. Randy Burton finished fourth while Jesse Bryan raced up from the back of the pack to round out the top five.

Next Friday night, June 20th, it will be Kid’s Club night at the track and the Relay at the Races will also be held. Sponsored by 24/7 Telcom and Pomp’s Tire, the Late Models will be welcomed back to action and the seven class program is scheduled to take the green flag at 7 p.m.

Anderson Brothers Dominate Red Cedar Speedway

June 8th, 2014

Menomonie WI,- It was a glorious Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway for the racing Anderson Brothers out of Colfax Wisconsin as shortly after Travis won his second Midwest Modified main event of the year at the Dunn County Speedway, Mike won his first Modified feature also as the family swept the open wheel classes at the track. Four other first time winners at the track this year included Mike Knudtson, Aaron Wilson, Brent Larson and Buddy Hanestad while Jesse Bryan won his second Pure Stock main of the year.

For Travis, the win was a sweet one as he held off some of the fastest Midwest Modifieds in the area to take his second Red Cedar win of the year. He started on the inside of row two but with a great move on the opening lap found an opening on the inside down the back chute and took the lead before the first lap was complete. Kerry Halopka challenged briefly before being overtaken by Nick Koehler who then closed on Anderson and gave him a strong challenge for the lead.

The brothers Halopka soon battled for position while Mike Truscott was on the charge also. Koehler put heavy pressure on Anderson for the lead and several times got to inside but wasn’t quite able to make the passing move. Near the end of the event, Nick again made a charge and the leaders raced into turn three side by side. A slower car lurked right ahead of them and as Travis got around on the high side,Nick got into the back marker leaving turn four and that car spun, triggering a yellow flag. The call went against Koehler and he was sent to the tail with only three laps remaining.

Anderson got a great restart as the cars right behind him got involved in their own little battle. While Travis extended his lead and drove on for the win, Shane Halopka took advantage of the yellow to gain several positions and end up in the second spot with Truscott trailing. Grant Southworth and Kerry Halopka were next in line.

Mike Anderson had to fight off a race long challenge from Jake Hartung to take the Modified win. He, just like his brother, started inside row two and was able to duck under Jay Richardson and Ross Prochnow and take an early lead. Hartung and Prochnow waged a hard battle for second as they leaned on each other before Hartung took the spot and then closed on Anderson. Lap after lap, Jake would try the second groove and while he would close on Anderson, and several times draw beside him, Mike would always pull away slightly on the chutes.

While the battle for the lead raged, Cory Mahder moved into third and tried to track down the top two runners. Hartung continued his challenge but Anderson was up to the fight and he drove home for the win with Hartung a close second. Mahder finished a solid third as Jesse Glenz nipped Kevin Adams on the last lap for the next position.

Wilson has been an infrequent competitor at the track this year and in only his second strt of the season took a caution plagued and time limit shortened Super Stock feature. It took three tries to get the first lap in and once again, that magic row two starting spot worked as Wilson ducked past Ben Hillman to take the early lead. Hillman and Mike Keller battled for the second spot until they got together in turn one, triggering yet another yellow bunting.

While Wilson continued to lead, benefitting from all the slow downs was Eric Olson as he charged up from the seventh row to third and then, on the final green, he got past Keller for second. He then tried to catch Wilson but Aaron was in the groove as he expanded his advantage and drove home for the win. Keller finished a solid third behind Olson with Gunnar Watkins and Luke Plank completing the top five.

As usual, the Street Stock feature was a battle right down to the wire with Knudtson holding off Ron Hanestad and Sam Fankhauser for the win. Hanestad took the early lead with Knudtson and Fankhauser racing side by side behind him as the top three broke away from the pack. Hanestad continued to lead but the other two were all over him and just as Fankhauser moved to the high side to try and drive around Hanestad, Ron bobbled and that gave an opening to Knudtson who drove into the lead.

The rest of the race saw Knudtson hold the lead but Hanestad and Fankhauser, jockeying side by side were right on Knudtson’s bumper and any mistake would have cost him. However, he hung in his groove and drove home for the win with Hanestad nipping Fankhauser for second with Cody Kummer and Adam Soltis next in line.

Larson drove to an easy victory in the Late Model feature, taking the lead away from Greg Nippoldt early and then driving off to a considerable lead in the nonstop main event. Later in the race, Rick Hanestad would pick up the pace and drive past Scott Gilberts into second and close considerably on Larson but he ran out of time as Larson rode home for the win. Mike Prochnow settled for fourth at the finish with Nippoldt trailing.

Fan favorite Krysta Swearingen slowed early in the Pure Stock feature after starting on the pole, and following a yellow flag for her stalled car, Kent Harmon took the early lead. He was soon challenged by Bryan and when Harmon slipped up the track, Jesse roared past to take over the lead. Once in front, he started to stretch his margin as Hunter VanGilder and Jeremy Dahl also passed Harmon. Both of them tried to track down the leader but Bryan was strong and lead the rest of the way for the win.
Following VanGilder and Dahl, Randy Burton and Harmon completed the top five.

Buddy Hanestad made short work of the Hornet class, passing Bob Seidler two laps into the main event and then driving away from the field in another non stop main event. Hanestad built up a huge margin as he drove home for an easy win over William Voeltz, Seidler, Dan Prissel and Mark McQuisten.

Conrad’s Auto Salvage and WXCE-WLMX Radio will co sponsor next Friday night’s race action. The Late Models will have the night off but the other six classes will compete in a full racing program with the first green flag to drop at 7 p.m.

Truscott and Soltis Double Up at Red Cedar Speedway

June 1st, 2014

Menomonie WI,- Mike Truscott and Adam Soltis added to the list of repeat winners at the Red Cedar Speedway as the track enjoyed their third night of racing in the 2014 racing season on a smokin’ hot Friday night. Truscott turned in perhaps the most impressive performance of the night as he roared up from the fourth row tow in the Midwest Modified main event. Meanwhile, Soltis edged out Sam Fankhauser by the narrowest of margins to claim his second street stock win of the year. Other winners Friday included Scott Gilberts, Ashley Anderson, Mike Keller, Hunter VanGilder and Leslie Jackson.

After a first lap spin, the Midwest Modified main event ran nonstop and Truscott was the driver on the move immediately as he used his outside starting position to climb the banking and quickly move to the front as he made some breath taking moves to quickly move up to the third spot. He continued his charge as he went around Kerry Halopka and then closed on leader Cory Crapser.

The two, nearly identical CRC Motorsports battled for the lead with Crapser trying to fight off Truscott but it just took Truscott about a lap to squeeze up high in turn four and he then proceeded to motor by Crapser and take over the lead. Once in
front, with no yellows to bunch the field, he simply drove away from the competition to record his eighth feature win already this year at area tracks.

Crapser moved up the track but Grant Southworth was working well on the bottom and he caught and passed Crapser for second late in the contest. Shane Halopka also made a late rush but Crapser held him off for third with Kerry Halopka completing the top five.

The Street Stock feature ran nonstop and while the field was small, the drivers put on a show that had the crowd on their feet. Soltis took the immediate lead over Jake Hanson while Fankhauser and Mike Knudtson battled for second. Soon the top three were running close together with Fankhauser trying lap after lap to get a nose under Soltis. Adam was using the track well and keeping up his momentum and Fankhauser was thwarted lap after lap. When Sam got a little high, Knudtson jumped him for second and then started to pressure Soltis himself.

Fankhauser picked up the pace again and retook second and made one more late race charge on Soltis. They took the white flag side by side and maintained that posture all the way down the back chute and through the final corner. They came to the line welded together and as they passed the line, it was anyone’s guess who took the win. However, the official decision had Soltis the winner by the narrowest of margins. Knudtson settled for a close third with Kolby Kiehl and Hanson trailing.

Gilberts won his first Late Model feature of the season with a dominating performance, made close only when he got hung up in traffic in the late going. Scott started on the pole and when Mike Prochnow pushed up the track in the first corner, Gilberts shot into the lead, a lead he would hold throughout the race. Prochnow was soon challenged for second by John Kaanta and Jake Redetzke as they tried lap after lap to get by Prochnow but were unsuccessful. Finally Kaanta was able to nose into second but by this time Gilberts was a full straightaway in front.

Scott continued to drive alone in front until he got hung up behind a lapped car and his lead began to shrink dramatically. Finally he was able to bull his way past the slower car and when Kaanta had his own troubles with the lapped car, Gilberts was able to regain his wide margin and drive home for the win. Redetzke moved into third late in the race with Prochnow and A.J. Diemel also in the top five.

Ashley Anderson scored a very similar win to Gilbert’s as he took the lead right from the start of the Modified main event and then disappeared into the night, building his lead to a full chute also on the field. Kevin Adams spent many laps trying to pass Ross Prochnow for second but he couldn’t get the job done and Jesse Glenz was right there to slip past Adams and then close on Prochnow.

Ross made one slip and Jesse jumped at the chance to move into second and then try to flag down the fleeting Anderson. However, with no yellows to aid him, there was no chance as Ashley drove home for the win by a wide margin. Adams never did get past Prochnow as Ross hung on for third and Jake Hartung settled for fifth.

Act three of the same scenario saw Keller take the lead from the front row in the Super Stock feature, pull out to a big lead as the race ran without a caution and drive home by a wide margin for the win. As Mike drove away from the pack, Curt Myers was busily on the move from the fourth row, working hard high and low to find openings and make passes. He managed to get himself up to second but Keller was long gone and he had to settle for the second place position. Jason Forehand made a late charge to take third ahead of Gunnar Watkins and Luke Plank who completed the top five.

Kent Harmon led the opening laps of the Pure Stock feature and it looked for the longest time like he might win his first feature race ever. However, VanGilder was close behind and when Kent pushed up the track in turn four, Hunter was right there to jump on the opportunity and take over the lead. VanGilder opened a little margin on the field as Jesse Bryan and Jeremy Dahl tried to get past Harmon too. Finally Dahl found an opening and moved into second and tried to track down the leader but he ran out of time as VanGilder drove home for the win. Bryan settled for third ahead of Harmon and Brett Myers.

Hornets made their first appearance of the year at the speedway and then dueled it out in and interesting main event that saw a pack of five and six cars in the lead group throughout the race. After a first lap crash that saw two cars into the wall on the back chute, the rest of the race ran without a yellow and outside pole sitter Leslie Jackson took the early lead. She was pressured by William Voeltz who raced side by side with her for a number of laps as Jeremy Johnson, Chris Dyke and Buddy Hanestad gradually worked their way to the front. Jackson continued to hold her line and the lead while a battle raged behind her. Near the end, Hanestad moved into second after starting dead last in the thirteen car field and he made one last charge for the lead. However, Jackson had her groove and she drove home for her first win ever. Hanestad finished a very close second with Dyke, Johnson and Voeltz trailing.

A seven class program is again scheduled for next Friday night at 7 p.m. with Mars Racing and Keyes Chevytown presenting the show.

Diemel Takes Red Cedar Speedway Late Models; Myers Repeats

May 26th, 2014

Menomonie WI – A spectacular Friday brought out a big crowd and a good field of race cars to the Red Cedar Speedway on Friday night, and A.J. Diemel took advantage of the opportunity to win his first ever regular season feature win at the track as he dominated the late model main. Four other first time winners at the track included Kevin Adams, Travis Anderson, Sam Fankhauser and George Richards while Curt Myers became the lone repeat winner from last Friday night’s opener.

The nonstop late model headliner saw John Kaanta slip a little high in turn one on the opening lap with Mike Prochnow then taking over the lead. Prochnow maintained the lead for the first few laps as Diemel moved into second and closed on the leader. Diemel tried the high side and then dropped to the low side coming off turn four and as they raced under starter Rick Cook on lap six, Diemel took over the lead. From that point on, A.J. gradually pulled away from the field and eventually stretched his margin to about half a straightaway on Prochnow. The best battle on the track was for third as Kaanta and Rick Hanestad raced many laps side by side, sometimes in very close action, before Rick was able to take the spot away in the late going. Jake Redetzke completed the top five.

After two, first lap spins by contenders Ashley Anderson and Ross Prochnow saw them forced to the tail of the field, Adams inherited the lead on the third attempt and quickly moved away from the pack. Cory Williams, Luke Schilling and Jake Hartung had a good battle for second with Hartung using the high side to eventually take the position.

As the race remained under green, Adams was able to maintain his advantage while Hartung tried to cut into the sizable lead. The best charge was put on by Mike Anderson. He started tenth on the grid and gradually moved to the front of the pack, using the second groove on the track. Late in the race he made a pass on Brent Prochnow that gave him the third spot with Cory Mahder completing the top five.

Myers displayed incredible speed as he won his second straight super stock main event at Red Cedar. He started eighth on the grid but moved to the high side of the track and quickly moved into contention. Driving deep into the corners, he got past Mike Keller for second and then closed on Steve Thomas who was holding the top spot.

Thomas did not fold easily as Myers made several attempts, thwarted by Thomas, until Curt was finally able to get up beside Thomas and drove past him down the back chute. Still, the race remained close as Thomas stayed within a couple of car lengths but couldn’t mount an attempt at a challenge as Myers drove on for the win. Luke Plank moved into third early in the event and solidly stayed there for the whole race while Gunnar Watkins and Bart Steffen had a good battle for position behind him.

Fankhauser was the winner of a confusing and controversial street stock main that saw Sam first across the line, then Cody Kummer awarded the win and interview and later yet, the call was overturned and Fankhauser got the first place check, points and trophy.

The first lap saw a tangle and a yellow flag and on the restart, Fankhauser came roaring around the outside, possibly a bit too early and took the initial lead. Sam pulled away from the pack with Cody Kummer moving into second and trying to chase down the leader. However, Fankhauser had a big lead and he crossed the line with a comfortable margin, or so it seemed.

However, as Fankhauser stopped in the infield, he was informed that he had been docked two spots for jumping the initial restart. Kummer then took the trophy and held the interview as the feature winner. Later, it was determined that Fankhauser should have been penalized the two positions during the race following a lap thirteen yellow for a spin. Since he wasn’t, track officials ruled that the win by Sam should stand and the official finish found him winning ahead of Kummer, Mike Knudtson, Adam Soltis and Kolby Kiehl.

Anderson shook off a spate of bad luck early in the season to take his first Midwest modified main event of the year as he held off a charging Shane Halopka for the win. Luke Shackleton took the early lead as he looked for his first feature win ever and he continued to hold the top spot for the first few laps with Anderson moving into second. However, Shackleton slid high and Anderson drove under him to take over the top spot with Halopka following the line to take over second.

Shackleton was then involved in the most spectacular wreck at the track so far this season when he lost control in turn four, piled nearly head on into the concrete wall and then flipped onto his top. The red flag incident saw Shackleton unhurt but the car was badly damaged. Six laps remained in the race and Anderson held the point as Halopka was all over him for the lead. Shane tried to go high on the last lap but the move didn’t work and Travis held on for the win. Nick Koehler came from deep in the pack for third ahead of Grant Southworth who also came from the back and Kerry Halopka.

Jay Folz, Hunter VanGilder and Jeremy Dahl battled in the early going for the Pure Stock lead before Dahl took the spot. A couple of spins slowed the action and jumbled the field as Richards took advantage of the slow downs to work his way toward the front after having a flat tire in his heat and starting tail back in the main.

The final yellow with two laps to go allowed Richards to get to the rear bumper of Dahl and when Jeremy moved off the bottom in turn two, Richards was right there to drive under him and take over the top spot. Dahl tried a last lap move to regain the position but Richards held him off for the win. Folz came back for third ahead of VanGilder and Jesse Bryan.

Next Friday, May 30th , DKS Construction will present the racing program which again starts at 7 p.m. Adding to the program, the Hornets will make their first appearance of the 2014 racing season and will run weekly the rest of the year.

Truscott Wins A Thriller In Red Cedar Speedway Opener

May 18th, 2014

Menomonie WI, – Mike Truscott continued his streak as perhaps the hottest driver in the Wisconsin region with a last lap pass to win the Midwest Modified feature and highlight the forty first annual opener at the Red Cedar Speedway. Other winners on a cold and blustery May night included Jake Redetzke, Cory Mahder, Curt Myers, Adam Soltis and Jesse Bryan.

Nick Koehler took the early lead in the Midwest Modified main event and actually led the entire race except for perhaps the last fifty feet just before the finish line as that’s where Truscott overtook Nick to claim the win. Koehler was able to build up a good sized lead in the early going as Kerry and Shane Halopka battled for second while Truscott moved up from the third row to challenge them.

A lone yellow flag with six laps complete for a spin bunched the field but Koehler again pulled away at the start. Truscott was on the move however, as he was able to split the Halopka brothers and move into second and he then set off after Koehler. As the laps ran down, Mike continued to narrow the lead and by the white flag lap, he was able to attempt a pass. He went to the high side of Koehler through the final corner, built up a head of steam and edged past Nick at the line, winning by just a couple of feet. The Halopka brothers continued their battle throughout the race with Kerry holding on for third ahead of Shane while Grant Southworth completed the top five.

Redetzke won the Late Model feature after trading the lead several times with Lance Matthees and then holding off a late charge from Rick Hanestad to win his first main of 2014. The early laps saw some spectacular swapping of position as Redetzke and Matthees traded lanes on the track and dived back and forth, exchanging the lead position twice a lap for a couple of laps in a row. Finally they settled down with Redetzke maintaining the top spot and Lance trailing by several car lengths. Ranestad then picked up the pace and drove past Matthees into second, just before the yellow appeared at mid race for a spin by Justin Ritchie.

Redetzke took off on the green once again and built up some distance on the field while Matthees was the meat in a sandwich with A.J. Diemel and Jimmy Mars blasting past him, one on each side. Near the end of the event, Hanestad started to close in and drew to Redetzke’s rear bumper as the white flag waved, but Jake held his line and took home the win over Hanestad. The identical #28 cars duked it out for third with Diemel holding off Mars and Matthees completing the top five.

Mahder led from start to finish to win the Modified feature and while Jesse Glenz closed in the last laps, Cory was never seriously challenged. Mahder blasted off the outside pole and built up a solid early lead while Matt Leer, Brent Prochnow and Steve Hallquist battled for second. From the fourth row, Kevin Adams and Glenz were both on the move as they knived through the field on their way to the front. Adams was able to drive into the second spot with Glenz following him while both chased after a fading Mahder.

Adams’ night came to an end with a puff of smoke off turn two and he retired to the infield with Glenz left to chase down the leader. While Jesse was able to cut the distance somewhat, Mahder continued to cruise home as he took the win. Prochnow ran a strong third with his new ride and Mike Anderson and Mark Hessler made late rushes to crack the top five.

Another driver who has been hot in the early season, Myers put on a dominating performance as he won the Super Stock main event. Rick Hallquist started on the pole and led the first lap but it was Bart Steffen who was able to drive under him and take over the lead. Myers started in the third row, but with a bold move to the high side of the track, he quickly drove into third and then set about picking off the leaders. He drove past Hallquist and then challenged Steffen for the lead.

Using that same high side, he drove deep into the corners and on the second attempt was able to drive past Bart and take over the top spot. After that, Myers went on cruise control and maintained a comfortable margin over Steffen the rest of the way. The best battle was for third as Willie Johnsen Jr also used the high side to close on Hallquist and Gunnar Watkins. Johnsen was just able to get past both drivers on the last lap when Derek Baskin nosed into the wall under the flag stand on the final tour and the race was yellow and checkered flagged with the finish going back to the white flag lap. This saw Johnsen Jr placed into the fourth spot officially with Hallquist running a strong third and Watkins trailing both.

A nonstop Street Stock feature saw Soltis start in front and finish there as he took a solid lead from Mike Knudtson right at the start and drove home without a real challenge to take the win. The battle was for second as Knudtson fought to hold off Sam Fankhauser and Ron Hanestad for the position. Fankhauser used the high side to move into second but on the final lap slipped just a little high and in a wad as they crossed the line, it was Knudtson taking the second spot over Sam with Hanestad right behind them. Kolby Kiehl completed the top five at the line.

A late charge by Bryan saw him take his first Pure Stock feature win as he passed Hunter VanGilder with just a couple laps left to record the win. VanGilder has started in front and had led the entire distance but as the race neared its conclusion, Bryan and Jeremy Dahl both began to close on the leader.

When VanGilder slid up the track with two laps to go, Bryan drove under him to take over the lead and as he put distance on the pack, Dahl made the same move to take over second and trail Bryan home as they took the checkered flag. VanGilder settled for third ahead of Kent Harmon and Krysta Swearingen.

With the first race of the 2014 racing season finally in the book, officials of the Red Cedar Racing Association are hoping for good weather the rest of the year on Friday nights. Next Friday, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday, all military personnel with be admitted to the races free of charge with proper military ID. The program is sponsored by J & D Manufacturing and race time is 7 p.m. on Friday nights at the Dunn County Rec Park.

Red Cedar Speedway Postpones Opener Once Again

May 5th, 2014

Menomonie WI, – For the second straight Friday, the Red Cedar Speedway has been forced to postpone their opening night of racing for the 2014 racing season.

A week of near epic rains and cool temperatures have made the Fairgrounds far too wet for any hope of racing to take place this week.

Track officials will make a third attempt to get the season going on Friday, May 9th when the now scheduled opener will be sponsored by Norske Kitchen & Kro and Trail Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

Pit gates are expected to open at 3 p.m. for opening night only with the grandstands to open at 5 p.m. The draw cutoff is 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 7 p.m.

On hand to entertain the fans will be WISSOTA sanctioned late models, modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks.

Keep up with developments at the track by logging on to the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com , their face book page or call the track at 715-235-6318.

Red Cedar Speedway Preps for 2014

April 19th, 2014

Menomonie WI – Officials of the Red Cedar Racing Association, who operate the Red Cedar Speedway at the Dunn Co. Rec Park, are anxious to get the 2014 racing season under way. The only thing holding them back right now is the weather.

Having already cancelled the proposed opener on April 18th due to cold weather and wet grounds, track officials are hoping that by the 25th things will have warmed up enough to get racing started.

Currently, the big issue getting the season started is getting the water turned on to the facility, and Dunn County can’t do that until it warms up sufficiently so that the water pipes don’t break at night. Until it warms up, things are on hold.

That doesn’t mean however, that there has been inactivity behind the scenes. Association officials have been busy planning the season and lining up sponsors while setting special events.

WISSOTA sanctioned race classes dominate at the track with the late models, modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks all running under WISSOTA rules. The Red Cedar pure stocks also race every Friday night and the four cylinder hornet class will begin their season at the track on May 30th.

An exciting new event at the track this year will be the first ever appearance of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) at Red Cedar with national driving stars in the modifieds taking on the best of the local and regional drivers. That event will be held on Thursday, August 14th and will be followed up by the Season Championships the following night. The regular season will conclude on August 22nd and the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions will conclude the race season on Friday and Saturday, September 19th and 20th.

The Dunn County Fair will feature two nights of racing action with an enduro slated for July 24th and Fair racing the following night, July 25th with both nights offering admission for only $5.

The AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifiers will be on August 8th, the late models will take off the nights of June 13th and August 1st and there will be no racing on July 4th.

All admission prices will remain the same for 2014. On opening night, the pits will open at 3 p.m. to expedite things, while the rest of the season will see pit gates opening at 4 p.m. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., the cutoff for racers will be 6:30 p.m. and the first race will take the green at 7 p.m.

Race fans and participants should check the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com and their face page where the latest information relative to when the opening night will be will be posted. The track phone number is 715-235-6318.

Gilberts Surprise Winner Of “Punky” at Red Cedar Speedway

September 22nd, 2013

Menomonie WI- Scott Gilberts inherited the race lead with only four laps to go when Jimmy Mars broke and then held off late challenges by both Nick Anvelink and Chad Mahder to win the thirty fourth annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions Late Model event Saturday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Other winners on a busy Saturday of all day racing at the track necessitated after Friday night’s preliminaries were postponed by poor track conditions included Mars in the Modifieds, Kevin Eder in the Super Stocks, Shane Halopka in the Midwest Mods, Doug Wojcik in the Street Stocks, George Richards in the Pure Stocks and Buddy Hanestad in the Hornets.

Twenty four Late Models took starter Rick Cook’s green flag to start the Late Model forty lap main event with Mars, who started on the pole, getting the early jump on outside pole sitter A.J. Diemel. However, Diemel quickly moved in to hallenge Mars for the lead and they raced hard for the top spot in the early going. It was only five laps into the race when Diemel slapped the front stretch wall while racing for the lead. He rolled to a halt and was done for the night as the yellow flag flew.

Mars then moved away from the pack as John Kaanta took over the second spot. Mars continued to pull away from the field as Anvelink, who started sixth, moved in to challenge Kaanta for second with Gilberts also rolling forward from his fourth row starting spot. Mars continued to pull away from the field and worked his way through heavy traffic as Anvelink passed Kaanta for second with Gilberts soon dropping Kaanta another position.

Mars had the better part of a straightaway lead over Anvelink as the race moved into its later stages. In fact, thirty one laps of nonstop action were completed before Mars, only four laps away from victory and alone up front, suddenly slowed and then stalled on the back chute, ending his attempt to garner his sixth Late Model “Punky” and seventh overall. Mars’ problem was later diagnosed as a bad ignition switch.

Anvelink inherited the lead but on the double file restart Gilberts powered to the outside on the green and swept past Anvelink into the lead while Mahder, who started twenty first, suddenly became a challenger as he blew past Kaanta into third and threatened to challenge the top two.

Three yellow flags in the last four laps added to the drama, the last of which saw Mark Rose climb the front stretch fence and ride out a frightening flip just as the leaders came out of the last corner of the race running for the win. Rose was unhurt but the wild flip set up a two lap sprint to the checkered.

Gilberts jumped into the lead but Anvelink drove hard to the low side in turn three and pulled beside the leader. Gilberts got up on the wheel and fought off the challenge as Mahder nearly slipped by both of the other contenders on the high side. On the last lap Gilberts fought off Anvelink and then slid up the track in the final corner with Mahder pulling to his rear bumper but Gilberts hung on to win by a car length over Mahder with Anvelink falling to third. Darrell Nelson and Rick Hanestad completed the top five as Gilberts took the $5,000 top prize.

Mars was able to complete the deal in the Modified feature as he overcame a strong performance by Mike Anderson to take the open wheel race. Mars had the pole for the Modified feature also, but Anderson used the outside to run op the cushion and drive past Mars to take the lead. After a four car collision slowed the action early, the first nineteen laps went nonstop with Anderson continuing to hold the lead and Mars challenging on the low side on every corner. Cory Mahder moved into third ahead of Mark Gerth and the top four continued to run in that order as Anderson had to deal with some heavy lapped traffic. Several times Mars closed in as the leader fought through the traffic, but each time Anderson was able to clear himself just before Mars made a move past him.

Near the halfway point of the thirty five lapper, Mars began to methodically close the gap, working the low side of the track and edging up on the leader. With a strong drive into the turn, Mars was able to edge ahead of Anderson to take over the lead, just as the yellow was triggered by a slowing car.

On the green, Anderson took a shot at Mars but Jimmy was able to power away as Anderson slid up the track but remained second with Mahder continuing to run third. Dave Cain was on the move after starting sixteenth and he cracked the top five and continued to charge. Up front, Mars continued to build on his lead and eventually stretched it to nearly a straightaway.

With open track Mars never hit lapped traffic to slow his charge and he drove home for his second straight “Punky” Modified win and the $2,000 top price. Anderson finished a strong second with Mahder and Cain trailing while Darrell Nelson completed his second top five finish of the night.

Eder led all the way to win the Super Stock feature although he was challenged early by Ken Truscott and later by Aaron Wilson. Eder was closely pursued in the early going by Truscott before Wilson dove past on the low side to take second. He began to close on the leader and it looked like a battle was on but as the race continued, Eder was able to stabilize his lead and maintain the distance he held on the field.

Later in the race Randy Spacek made some strong moves to crack the top five and then challenge even further. However, up front Eder was in control and drove on for the win over Wilson. Spacek’s late charge saw him move up to third and shuffle Truscott back a position with Luke Plank completing the top five.

Halopka has been strong at Red Cedar all year and he put on another dominating performance Saturday as he led from start to finish in the Midwest Modified main event and was never really challenging after the first few laps. Grant Southworth put some pressure on Halopka in the early going but Shane gradually pulled away as Southworth faded later in the race with some suspension issues. Josh Smith moved into the second spot as he battled with Travis Anderson for position but both were well behind the leader and not in position to challenge him.

With only two yellow flags in the main, Halopka was able to motor on without interruption and no one was able to challenge him as he drove on to the win. Smith held on for second over Anderson while Mike Truscott made a big charge from thirteenth to fourth with Ryan Viltz chasing him.

The Street Stock feature saw numerous yellow flags and one of the late yellows bit race long leader Sam Fankhauser with Wojcik able to drive past him for the lead and eventually the win. Fankhauser had led from the onset of the event with Adam Soltis challenging in the early going along with Mike Knudtson. Wojcik started seventh but quickly moved into position to challenge by riding the high side of the track. Wojcik took third when Soltis was forced into the wall and on the green closed in to challenge Fankhauser for the lead. They were battling hard with Sam holding off the challenge as Wojcik looked to his inside on every corner. After trying several times, Wojcik moved to the high side himself and was able to power past the leader to take over the top spot.

A late race yellow for debris bunched the field and on the green, Knudtson surprised everyone by powered past Wojcik to take over the lead. It looked like Knudtson might pull off the stunning upset but Wojcik got back in rhythm, powered to the inside of Knudtson and retook the lead with only a couple of laps left. Knudtson tried to fight back but had to settle for second as Wojcik took the win. Fankhauser ended up third with Ron Hanestad and Danny Richards completing the top five.

The Pure Stock feature saw Krysta Swearingen and Jason Havel battling for the lead in the early going. Their fight for the lead got physical as they swapped paint first on the front chute and then again in turn one. The end result was tough for both of them as Havel ended up planted into the turn two wall while Swearingen had an even more unpleasant result as she climbed the turn two wall and barrel rolled twice down the back chute before coming to rest. Both drivers were unhurt physically but ready to carry on the discussion until separated by track officials.

Dustin Doughty inherited the lead and led briefly but he couldn’t hold back the charge of George Richards who powered past him to take over the top spot and then pull away from the field. He built his lead to nearly a straightaway as he drove home to an early win, his third straight in the Pure Stocks at the “Punky.” Mike Knopps made a late charge as he roared up to the second spot after starting ninth with Hunter VanGilder hanging on for third. Behind him, Doughty and Jimmy Holden finished off the top five.

Another dominating win was hung on the field by Buddy Hanestad as the Hornets were a part of the “Punky”. Hanestad quickly got to the front and once in the lead, drove away from the field for an easy win. Mark McQuisten moved up to take the second spot ahead of Dan Prissel, Dustin Shackleton and Justin Lamm.

One hundred and eighty one cars completed in the “Punky”, including thirty two Late Models in what was the final event of the 2013 racing season at the Red Cedar Speedway.

Randall Tops Red Cedar Speedway Street Stock Finale

August 18th, 2013

Menomonie WI, – The regular season finale took place Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway as drivers fought for late season feature wins while also tuning and testing for the upcoming Punky Manor Challenge of Champions race to be held
September 20th and 21st .

In what may have been the most closely contested main event of the night, Jimmy Randall fought his way to the front and then held off a late charge to take his first Red Cedar win of 2013. Also making his first appearance of the year in victory lane was Travis Anderson with other winners including Mike Prochnow, Kevin Adams, Ben Hillman, Jason Havel and Brent Voeltz.

The Street Stock feature field was anything but large but the nonstop main event saw a great four car battle for the lead most of the event before Randall broke away. Mike Knudtson took the early lead with Danny Richards challenging him hard. Sam Fankhauser moved in to make it a three car battle with Fankhauser looking under Richards on every corner. Randall then drove in to make it a four way fight for the lead as the front runners jockeyed on every lap, exchanging positions and places on the track.

Randall found a hole right in the midst of the battlers and down the front chute split the pack and my turn two he had grabbed the lead. As he stretched his advantage to a few car lengths, the fight for second continued with Knudtson putting
on a charge and taking the spot. Randall was running higher on the track than the rest of the front runners, but Knudtson started to reel him in on the final few laps, drawing very close on the final circuit but Randall hung on for the win.
Fankhauser settled for third with Richards and Adam Soltis also in the top five.

Anderson was badly in need of a feature win after an extended period of hard luck racing and Friday he made it happen, besting the Midwest Modifieds in another nonstop main event. Anderson started in the second row, but he got a great start,
blasting past Mark Thomas and Jake Smith to take the lead before one lap was completed. There was some heavy battling back in the pack and that allowed Anderson to put some ground on the field.

Josh Smith, Nick Koehler, Grant Southworth and Shane Halopka were among the drivers moving toward the front but all were chasing Anderson. Koehler and Halopka particularly had an excellent battle for second, with them swapping the position a
couple of times before Halopka claimed the spot. However, Anderson had built up a solid lead and he drove home for the win with Halopka, Koehler, Josh Smith and Southworth finishing in that order.

Prochnow controlled the Late Model field, getting to the front fairly quickly after he passed early leader Scott Gilberts. Once in front, the battle was for second as Prochnow opened up a comfortable lead over the pack. Rick Hanestad picked up the pace as he drove past Gilberts and settled into second, but he could provide no serious challenge to Prochnow, who raced home for his fourth Red Cedar win of the year. Jake Redetzke made a late charge to take third ahead of Gilberts and Ron Prochnow, who came out of retirement Friday to run the second Prochnow Farms entry.

Adams made a nice run up through the field to record his fourth Red Cedar feature
win of 2013. Mark Hanson had his best run of the year as he led the opening six laps
of the main. Adams started in the third row and moved up to challenge Ross Prochnow
for second. After a brief battle, he took that spot and then closed on Hanson with
Mark Gerth following him to the front.

Adams pulled up beside Hanson and with a strong run on the high side, shot past
Hanson to take over the lead. Gerth then moved in to challenge Hanson for second. Unfortunately, they touched in turn one and Gerth was done with a flat tire while their scramble allowed Prochnow to grab second. As Adams built up nearly a
straightaway lead, Cory Mahder made a late rush from the fourth row and slipped past Prochnow for second. Hanson and Mike Anderson completed the top five.

There was plenty of action in a hard fought Super Stock main with the yellow flag getting a workout in this event which saw a variety of spins slow the action five times. Jason Forehand was the early leader but he was then tracked down by both Hillman and Steve Thomas and they split the leader, with Hillman then blasting into the lead.

However, there still was plenty of action for position as Tommy Richards, Aaron Wilson and Eric Olson were among those really moving through the field. Olson was working the low side and with his best effort of the year, he drove into second
before the last yellow waved with four laps to go.

Hillman continued to lead on the restart but Olson had a bad start and dropped to fourth as Wilson moved into the runner up slot and put pressure on the leader. What looked to be a battle to the finish turned instead into a bizarre finish as two of the top five cars had trouble on the last lap.

Hillman continued to drive on for his fourth Red Cedar win but Wilson developed steering problems and the last lap and limped home fifith. Meanwhile, Olson and Thomas were battling on the final lap for fourth when they touched and Olson got a flat and he failed to finish. Richards came out of no where to finish second with Forehand gladly grabbing third ahead of Thomas and the slowing Wilson.

Pure Stock feature racing saw Havel earn his second Red Cedar win of the year. Kent Harmon was the early leader and he showed the way for a couple of laps before Havel found an opening on the low side of the track and shot into the lead. George Richards was also on the move as he drove into second and looked to challenge Havel. Unfortunately for George, he lost control in turn four and spin with Harmon clipping him and both cars were out of the race.

Havel took the lead on the restart with Jeremy Dahl pressuring him but Havel found his groove and drove on for the win. Hunter VanGilder, Andrew Conklin and Mike Grover wrapped up the top five.

The Hornet feature saw Voeltz get to the front early and cruise home for his fifth Red Cedar win over Mark McQuisten, Leslie Jackson, Dean Butler and Dustin Shackleton.

The Red Cedar Speedway will now prepare for the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions. Race fans should check the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com for the schedule of events and purse information on the Punky.

Season Champions Crowned at Red Cedar Speedway

August 11th, 2013

Menomonie WI, – It was Season Championship night for the 2013 racing season Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. While four of the track point champions also won Season Championship honors, there were also several surprises as the racing season winds down to a close.

Winning titles Friday were Jake Redetzke, Jesse Glenz, Tom Karis, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Dustin Doughty and Eric Schultz. The regular season will conclude with a full seven class racing program on Friday, Aug. 16th.

Mike Prochnow, the Late Model point champion, sat on the pole for the Late Model main event. However, on the slick racing surface it was outside starter Redetzke that got the jump and moved into the lead. Prochnow fought hard to stay with him but fell back a few car lengths. Brent Larson and Chad Mahder battled for the third spot, with Mahder eventually moving to the bottom and driving into that position.

Redetzke opened up a comfortable lead over Prochnow but late in the race two yellow flags slowed the action and allowed the pack to catch him. The first was triggered when Redetzke drove extremely hard into turn three to get under a lapped car and the resulting action was a spin by the other racer.

On the green, Larson was able to squeeze under Mahder and regain third, only to have the yellow fly for another spin. The last three laps were completed with Redetzke comfortably in front, ahead of Prochnow, Larson , Mahder and Rick Hanestad. While Redetzke was third in track points, it was his first feature win of the year at Red Cedar.

Earlier, the Late Models completed a makeup feature from a rain shortened program two weeks ago. In that event, Larson moved to the outside lane and drove around both Prochnow and Redetzke to gain his second feature win of the year at the track. In that event, Redetzke, Prochnow, Hanestad and Scott Gilberts completed the top five.

In the nonstop Modified Championship race, Mike Anderson sat on the pole and fought off Mark Hessler to take the early lead. However, after building up a several car length advantage, Glenz, who started third, began to make his move. He raced past Mark Gerth into second and then began to close on Anderson. As Mike slid up the track on the icy corners, Glenz was able to keep his car bolted to the low side and he drove under Anderson to take over the lead.

The race continued under the green and Glenz pulled away as Anderson was unable to fight off Gerth, who also moved up and passed him for second. Cory Williams also had a strong run for fourth with Cory Mahder completing the top five. For Glenz, he reported in victory lane that it was his first ever Modified feature win at the track. Point champion Kevin Adams raced badly in his heat, falling back and starting the main event mid pack. He continued to drop back and eventually pulled off the track.

Karis, despite being only eighth in track point in the Super Stocks, raced very strong all night, winning the first heat from the fourth position and ensuring the pole for the main event. And in the feature, after fighting off Jesse Redetzke in the early going, Karis simply pulled away from the field for a relatively easy win. Redetzke dropped out early with a flat tire, and Mike Keller raced up into second. Twice in the early going the yellow waved, but both times Karis pulled away on the restart as he drove to a relatively easy with, with Keller not even close to keeping up with him. For Karis, it was his third Red Cedar win of the year. A strong run was put in by Luke Plank, who started eighth on the grid but raced hard to the front, driving under Aaron Wilson for third and nearly catching Keller for the runner up spot. Rick Hallquist also had a good run to complete the top five. Point champion Ben Hillman had a rough night, sliding back into the pack early on in the feature race.

Halopka was one of four Point Champions to also take the Season Championship runs Friday. He started on the pole and in a nonstop main event blitzed the field, winning by a comfortable margin. He also won a division best fifth feature race of the year. A good battle saw Grant Southworth and Mike Truscott race side by side for the majority of the event, after Truscott moved up from the third row. Eventually Mike would make the outside lane work and edge past Southworth for the position. The runner up slot did remain in question for the whole race, but Truscott was able to hold on for the position. Nick Koehler and Josh Smith also finished in the top five.

The Street Stock feature was a barnburner, even though only four cars actually took the checkered flag. Point Champion Sam Fankhauser held the pole but like many of the other feature races Friday, the outside was the place to be on the slick track and Adam Soltis edged past Fankhauser to take the early lead. Fankhauser was right on Soltis’ tail and looking to slip under Adam and retake the lead. Chris Peterson also was moving up and the race quickly became a three car battle.

A lap four yellow for a spin further bunched the field, and on the green Soltis got a bad start with Fankhauser shooting up beside him on the low side and Jimmy Randall on his outside. They raced three wide for nearly a lap with Fankhauser able to edge back into the lead. Soltis was eventually able to fight off Randall for second and he then edged back into the battle for the top spot. Lap after lap, Soltis would pull up to the door of Fankhauser but Sam would edge away down the chutes. The scenario didn’t change and going into turn one on the last lap, Soltis again edged up beside the leader. They were nearly side by side as they raced down the back chute when, without warning, Soltis’ car emitted a cloud of smoke and he ground to a halt, ending his run. Fankhauser completed the last lap and took the win, for a track leading eighth victory. Randall claimed second ahead of Mike Knudtson and Peterson while Soltis was credited with fifth.

Point Champion Doughty also claimed the Pure Stock Season Championship but it was with a wild finish. Doughty started on the pole for the main event but outside runner Jeremy Dahl took the lead early . Dougthy was running about a car length behind and straining to catch the leader, but Dahl continued to hold the top spot. Several times Doughty was able to edge up by the leader but each time Jeremy would fight him off. As the white flag waved, Doughty would make one last attempt. Driving into the final set of corners, Doughty put his car deep into turn three and was able to pull up beside the leader. As they raced off the final corner they made contact which continued down the front chute as they strained for the finish line. Dahl was hooked to the rear bumper of Doughty and they both got sideways. Continuing on the power, they slid across the line facing the grandstand with Doughty first to break the tape. Dahl slid across second with rookie Hunter VanGilder home for third ahead of Jesse Bryan and Mike Knopps.

As they have all season it was Point Champion Eric Schultz and Brent Voeltz battling in out for Hornet honors. Having split all the feature wins between themselves, they again battled it out for championship honors. Schultz got the early lead and despite Voeltz’s best efforts, he wasn’t able to catch the front runner. Schultz crossed the line for his sixth win of the year with Voeltz close behind and the brother-in-laws celebrated in victory lane with a “burn down” between the two cars. Jeremy Johnson, Buddy Hanestad and Chris Dyke rounded out the top five.

Next Friday night’s regular season finale starts at 7 p.m. with the Rice Lake Speedway sponsoring the show as drivers tune up for the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions, slated for September 20th and 21st. Next Saturday night at 7 p.m., the track also presents the second enduro of the season with the main scheduled for two hundred laps or two hours, which ever comes first. Check the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com for more details.

Many New Winners in Red Cedar Speedway Racing

August 4th, 2013

Menomonie WI,- With four feature races left over from last Friday’s rain shortened program plus another full night of racing to present, it was a busy night Friday at the Red Cedar Speedway with no less than ten main events to run. And despite this being the last points program of the 2013 racing season, fully half the feature races, five to be exact, were won by drivers earning their first wins of the year at the track.

Curt Myers, Ross Prochnow, Jason Forehand, Shane Kisling and Chris Peterson all were winners for the first time Friday night as they joined Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Dustin Doughty, Brent Voeltz and Eric Schultz in celebrating victory.

The Modified class saw two new winners Friday. Myers won the makeup main event after starting in the second row. Following an opening lap pile up right on the front chute that eliminated Robbie Johnson, Jay Richardson and Mark Hessler, Brent Prochnow and Jesse Glenz battled for the lead. Myers made a bold move low in turn three and was able to squeeze under both his competitors and come out the leader. Once he took the lead, he extended his advantage riding the low groove, and as the rest of the race ran nonstop, no one got the chance to close in on him as he drove home to a relatively easy win. Glenz eased past Prochnow into second and held that spot the rest of the race with Cory Mahder making the biggest charge, coming from tenth to finish third ahead of Prochnow and Kevin Adams.

Ross Prochnow switched rides at the break between programs and with a good redraw and a fast track, he led from start to finish in the second Modified feature. Driving Doc Cimfl’s #45c car, Ross beat Matt Leer to the cushion and jumped into the early lead, an advantage that he maintained and built as the race progressed. Once again it was Mahder that passed the most cars as he started sixth on the grid and in the late going got past Myers for second. He tried to close on Prochnow in the late going but ran out of laps before making any serious charge. Myers finished third with Leer and Mark Gerth next in line.

Along with the Modifieds, the Super Stocks also saw two new winners. After an opening lap pileup in the makeup feature that eliminated Bart Steffen, Ben Hillman and Gunnar Watkins, Mike Keller pulled into the early lead. However, he was soon
challenged by a pack of drivers with Forehand able to find the openings in the wad of cars and drive into the lead. Once in front, he started to stretch his advantage and drove on the rest of the way for the win. Tom Karis moved up from the fourth row to secure the second spot at the finish with Jesse Redetzke, Aaron Wilson and Chad Johnson following.

The second feature for the Supers saw Shane Kisling start on the pole and lead all the way for his initial Red Cedar win of the year. After making repairs, Hillman, along with Wilson, did the most charging in the second event as they both moved up from the fourth row. Hillman made a serious challenge to Kisling late in the race and caught him with just a couple of laps to go. A last lap, low side dive into turn four came up just short and he settled for second at the finish with Wilson next in line. Karis and Eric Olson finished off the top five.

Halopka raced up from the fourth row to win his fourth Red Cedar victory of the year in a tough race with Justin Supri and Grant Southworth. Supri had led from the start after starting on the pole, but Southworth and Halopka caught him, and after a yellow flag slowed the action, they split the leader with Halopka going by on the low side and Southworth up top. Those two then engaged in a tough race for the lead, with some swapping of positions before Halopka secured the top spot near the end of the race. Kerry Halopka made a late charge that saw him move up to the third spot in the finishing order with Travis Anderson and Supri completing the top five.

Two features were held for the Street Stocks with the first one being picked up on lap eight, just as they were running last week when the rains became too heavy. Fankhauser was in the lead at that point and the “Eight Grand Man” continued to
dominate as he drove home unchallenged for his seventh win of the year at Red Cedar, tops for all drivers at the track. A good battle for second saw Danny Richards edge out Mike Knudtson, Cody Kummer and Peterson for position.

In the second feature Peterson was dominant. He started on the front row and drove away from the field, opening up a large lead on the pack. Even a late yellow didn’t slow him down as he rebuilt the lead once racing resumed. It was his first win at the track since the 2006 racing season, with much of the gap in time being spent in retirement until he returned in force to racing in just the last few weeks. Troy Fransway completed a tough run when he squeezed out Adam Soltis for second at the finish with Kummer and Knudtson next in line.

Doughty completed a championship run in style with his second feature win of the year in the Pure Stocks. But it was heartbreaker for Mike Grover, who lead the majority of the race after passing Kent Harmon as he sought his first ever feature win. Grove appeared to be in good shape until a yellow with just two laps to go bunched the field. On the green, Doughty was able to get past him and then drive home for the win. Jeremy Dahl also overtook Grover in the late going to take second with Grover holding on for third ahead of Hunter VanGilder and Jesse Bryan.

Only two drivers have won Hornet feature races all season and they continued to dominate Friday. In the makeup feature Brent Voeltz started on the pole and drove wire to wire for the win, his fourth of the year at Red Cedar. His co conspirator in dominating the class, Eric Schultz, finished second with Buddy Hanestad, Jeremy Johnson and Chris Dyke next in line. In the second feature, Schultz bored his way to the lead after starting in the third row and took his fifth win of the year at the track. Hanestad, Johnson, Bill Greifzu and Justin Lamm completed the top five.

Since it was the last point night, point champions were crowned in six classes with the Late Models to be finalized following their makeup feature race scheduled next Friday before the Season Championships are held. The point champions were Schultz, Doughty, Fankhauser, Shane Halopka, Wilson and Adams and they will start their respective heat races from the pole next Friday on Season Championship night. The finish of the heats will determine the starting order for the main events, when champions will be crowned in all seven classes. Race time is 7 p.m. next Friday.

Southworth and Dahl Top Short Red Cedar Speedway Program

July 28th, 2013

Menomonie WI – With the Dunn County Fair is full swing, it was a long and damp Friday night of racing at the Red Cedar Speedway. Showers that hit the Menomonie area around 6:30 p.m. caused a two hour rain delay to the start of the program and when the showers returned later in the evening, it ultimately resulted in several of the feature races being postponed until next Friday night. The Pure Stocks and Midwest Modifieds got their main events in and the Street Stocks were part way through their feature when the rains hit for a second time, making the track too slippery to run on and with the late hour, it was too late to wait out the precipitation a second time.

Next Friday, Aug. 2nd, racing will begin with the conclusion of the Street Stock feature followed by Super Stock, Modified, and Hornets features left over from Friday night’s incomplete program. A full program of racing will then follow.

Feature winners for the two classes that were completed Friday were Grant Southworth who topped the Midwest Modified feature and Jeremy Dahl who won the Pure Stock main event.

The Midwest Modified main had plenty of action including two stoppages for wrecks before a lap could be completed, one for a roll over by Jason Richardson from which he emerged unhurt. When everyone settled down, Southworth jumped into the lead with heavy pressure from Dylan Goettl and Nick Koehler. Josh Smith came flying to the front from the fourth row and he pulled to the inside of Southworth and briefly took over the lead. However, Southworth got back up on the cushion and retook the top spot as Smith faded back on a restart.

Shane Halopka was then the main challenger, having also worked his way up in the pack. He tried repeatedly to get under Southworth but Grant was fast on the outside of the track and refused to yield the lead. Halopka took one last shot but had to settle for second as Southworth took his second Red Cedar win of the year. Smith fought his way back up to third at the end with Goettl and Koehler next in line.

Dahl led all the way in the Pure Stock feature after starting on the pole and pulling away from the field. After a first lap yellow when Hunter VanGilder got stuck in the mud inside turn one, the race went nonstop with Dahl maintaining a comfortable margin while Randy Burton, Dustin Doughty and Pat Smith battled behind him. Late in the race, George Richards, who started seventh, moved to the second lane and was able to drive around Smith and then Burton to take over second. He tried to close on Dahl but ran out of time as Jeremy raced home for his third feature win of the year at the track. Burton, Smith and Jesse Bryan completed the top five.

Next Friday night, Aug. 2nd, the Late Models will have the night off. However, there will still be plenty of racing with make up features for the Super Stocks, Modifieds and Hornets along with the completion of the Street Stock feature, which was just short of half completed when the rains hit again. Once the make up features are done, a few racing program will then commence for the six classes on hand. It will be the last program of the year for track points at the speedway. The Kid’s Club will start the evening’s activities at 6 p.m. with Dirt Track Specialties(Art Golden) and Praxino Productions sponsoring the evening’s racing. The Late Models will make up their feature race on Friday, Aug. 9th right before the Season Championship races which are scheduled for that night also. Check the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com for more information.

Prochnow Edges Redetzke in Red Cedar Speedway Late Models

July 21st, 2013

Menomonie WI- Mike Prochnow edged out Jake Redetzke in a nonstop Late Model headliner to highlight the racing action Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Other winners on a lovely night for dirt track racing in West Central Wisconsin were Kevin Adams, Tom Karis, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Dustin Doughty and Brent Voeltz.

Prochnow and Redetzke shared the front row for the Late Model finale with Prochnow getting the jump on the green flag. However, Redetzke quickly dove to the low side of the track and grabbed the top spot from Prochnow. They weren’t done battling yet however, as Prochnow returned the favor and retook the top spot. After that, the rest of the twenty lap event saw Redetzke try every trick in the book to again take the top spot but Prochnow would have none of it, continuing to roll along in the front spot. Several times Redetzke would get to the rear bumper of Prochnow but each time Mike had just enough momentum to hold off Jake, who tried both high and low to no avail. On the last lap Redetzke tucked low and tried to wedge himself under Prochnow but Mike had the low line covered and Redetzke had to settle for tailgating Prochnow to the finish line. For Prochnow, it was a division leading third win of the year at Red Cedar. A.J. Diemel closed on the leaders at the end but had to settle for third with John Kaanta and Rick Hanestad completing the top five.
Adams quickly moved to the front to take control of the Modified feature event. Steve Hallquist took the initial lead from the pole but Adams moved up rapidly to make it a three wide battle for second along with Mark Gerth and Cory Williams. Adams was able to shoot between the other two cars and then drift up to the high side of the track. He blasted down the front chute and moved past Hallquist to take over the lead. Once in front, he quickly put distance on the field as the race remained under the green flag. The battle turned to second with Gerth and then Williams able to gain a position while Ashley Anderson also moved in to challenge for position. As Adams moved away from the field, Gerth first battled with Anderson and then Williams for second but both times he held them off and continued to run second. Adams had most of a straightaway lead at the finish as he took his third Red Cedar win of the year with Gerth, Williams, Anderson and Cory Mahder next in line.

Karis held off a strong late charge from Ben Hillman to take his second Super Stock feature win of the year at the Dunn County oval. Jason Forehand and Mike Keller battled for the lead early before Keller established himself as the race leader. Karis was on the move from the second row and using the high side of the track he closed on Keller, finally making the pass for the lead down the front chute. It took Hillman a while to break loose from traffic but he eventually moved up from the fourth row and started to close on the leader. As the laps ran down, Ben really picked up the pace and rapidly began to close on Karis. As the white flag waved, Hillman caught the leader but with both running the high side, Hillman had to try a different groove on the final tour. He dove low in turn three and eased up beside Karis, but his car wouldn’t stick and Karis motored away from him as they raced to the checkered and Hillman had to settle for second. Keller raced home third with Aaron Wilson and Jesse Redetzke next in line.

Shane Halopka had a good battle with his brother Kerry and Jake Smeltzer before laying claim to his third Midwest Modified feature win, a division high at the speedway. Smeltzer was the early leader of the race with Travis Anderson, Mike Truscott and the brothers Halopka all battling behind him for position and jockeyed for track rights. Anderson found an opening on the low side of the track and barreled up to second but Smelzer remained strong and refused to yield the lead. A couple of spins slowed the action and on the third try a big stack up occurred in turn one with the cars of Anderson, Justin Supri and Ben Schultz all being eliminated from the race. The move then occurred on the green as both Shane and Kerry Halopka were able to split the leader with Shane then taking over the lead. Kerry was held off by Smeltzer and the remainder of the race saw those two battle for second as Shane pulled away from the pack. Shane continued to increase his lead while Smeltzer had his best run of the year, holding off Kerry Halopka for second with Truscott and Grant Southworth finishing behind them.

Fankhauser continued his powerhouse year at the Red Cedar Speedway, winning a track leading sixth feature race already this year. It was a hard fight though and it took a strong late race change to overcome Ron Hanestad for the win. Troy Fransway took the early lead but he was overtaken by Adam Soltis , who was looking for his first win of the year. However, Hanestad had moved to the cushion and found that line to his liking as he moved in and then over took Soltis for the lead. It took Fankhauser a few laps to find his line, but once he did so he steadily closed on the top two. He drove past Soltis and then closed on Hanestad as the race neared its conclusion. Ron tried his hardest but he couldn’t hold off the charge of Fankhauser as Sam drove underneath him and took over the top spot with just a couple laps left. He expanded it on the final lap to take the win with Hanestad, Soltis, Fransway and Derek Borchardt chasing.

Doughty was the lone first time winner as he held off some strong competitors to take his initial Pure Stock win of 2013 at Red Cedar. Jake Hanson was the early leader of the race with a giant wad of cars battling for position right behind him. Trying to move up besides Doughty were George Richards, Jeremy Dahl and Jason Havel among others. However, Hanson continued to hold on to the lead until lap six when he lost control and spun right on the front chute with everyone able to avoid him. Doughty inherited the lead on the restart but he was also challenged hard, just as Hanson had been. Richards found the second spot with both Havel and Dahl also battling hard to move up. On the final lap, Richards pulled to the rear bumper of Doughty and when Dustin slowed to protect the low side in turn three, a chain reaction bumper collision occurred among some of the leaders, resulting in a wild scramble to the finish. Doughty was ahead of it all as he raced home for the win with Dahl taking second at the line ahead of Richards, Hunter VanGilder and Havel.

Voeltz fell back early but then recovered to win his third Hornet feature of the year and wrap up the night of racing. Jeremy Johnson found the lead early after starting in the front row with Eric Schultz moving into second. However, Voeltz picked up the pace and after passing Schultz for second, also drove past Johnson to take over the lead. Johnson continued to pressure him but Voeltz was up to the task as he raced on for the win. Schultz had to settle for third with Buddy Hanestad and Andrew Lee next in line.

Next week, dirt track racing will take place on Friday night, July 26th during the Dunn County Fair, which dates back to 1885. Admission to the races will be just $5 for adults with the show being sponsored by Tractor Central and WAXX 104.5. There is a $2 admission fee to the Fair after 4 p.m. on Friday with more information available on the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com

Race of Champions Winners Decided at Red Cedar Speedway

July 14th, 2013

Menomonie WI – It was Race of Champions qualifying night Friday at the Red Cedar Speedway and the winners of the feature races in the five WISSOTA sanctioned classes would be automatically qualified for the Race of Champions event to be held
during the annual WISSOTA 100 to be held at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota in September. The five winners Friday who punched their ticket for the special event in September included Brent Larson in the Late Models, Mark Gerth in the Modifieds, Ben Hillman in the Super Stocks, Kerry Halopka in the Midwest Modifieds and Sam Fankhauser in the Street Stocks. Winners in the other divisions included George Richards in the Pure Stocks and Eric Schultz in the Mini Stocks.

Larson started on the outside pole for the Late Model headliner and he outgunned Jake Redetzke right at the start to take the early lead. Redetzke settled into second and set out to track down Larson while a good battle for third saw Chad
Mahder, Mike Goodremote, Mike Prochnow, John Kaanta and A.J. Diemel battling in a fierce fight for position.

Larson continued to maintain his lead through the halfway point of the event when the yellow flew for a spin which bunched up the field. On the green, Larson again showed that he was the class of the field on this night as he once again gradually pulled away from Redetzke, who was doing everything he could to try and cut down Brent’s lead. Diemel settled into third with Kaanta following him. There were no more challenges for Larson as he motored home for the win, his first at the track this year. The following running order remained unchanged with Goodremote fighting off Prochnow to complete the top five.

Gerth led from wire to wire to win the Modified main event showing much of the same dominance that Larson did in the Late Models. Mike Anderson attempted to stay with Gerth on the start but Mark got up on the cushion and once there, started to pull away. Anderson slapped the wall hard in turn three and while he was able to retain second, Gerth took advantage to pull away.

The race was stopped only once when Kevin Adams hammered the wall in turn one and on the green, Gerth was again able to get up on the cushion and pull away from Mike Anderson. Ashley Anderson three wheeled his way up from the third row to drive into the third spot while the battle raged behind him for position. Gerth continued to hold a half straightaway lead which he maintained to the checkered to earn his first Red Cedar win of 2013. Mike and Ashley Anderson followed with Mark Hessler making a late dive past Jay Richardson for the fourth spot.

Hillman and Mike Keller went side by side for a couple of laps at the start of the Super Stock feature, but then Hillman powered off turn two to edge ahead of Keller,
and once he did that he moved to the cushion and took over, with his lead becoming substantial as the race moved on. Keller settled into second but he was soon challenged for the position by Aaron Wilson who had moved up from the third row. Jesse Redetzke was also on the move after starting one row farther back.

A late yellow for debris on the track bunched the field and while Hillman got a strong restart and again pulled away from the field, Keller had problems on the start with Wilson moving into second briefly before Redetzke made a low move and
drove under him for the second spot. They continued to battle in the remaining laps, but Hillman was long gone as he drove on for his third win at Red Cedar. Redetzke completed his strong run for second ahead of Wilson, Luke Plank and Keller.

The Midwest Modified feature saw the most passing of any of the main events with winner Kerry Halopka storming up from the third row to get the eventual win. Early in the race, Nick Koehler and Josh Smith battled for the lead with Koehler
eventually securing the position. Travis Anderson and both Shane and Kerry Halopka were on the move to the front too, and soon a pitched battle broke out for the lead. They were joined by Dustin Scott, who had started in row four and there was a big gaggle of cars fighting for the lead.

Coming out of turn four, Koehler was in the middle of the track with Anderson trying to get under him when Kerry Halopka, working the cushion well, boldly went around both of them on the high side to take over the lead. Scott was on the move too along with Shane Halopka and they battled for second while at the same time fighting to take over first.

A late spin set up a three lap sprint to the finish and Scott gave it his all , diving under Kerry Halopka on the restart and nearly getting past for the lead. However, Kerry held tough on the outside and held off the severe challenge to maintain the lead. Things remained hectic right to the finish but Kerry held on for the win, his second at the speedway. Shane Halopka tried to get past Scott on the final lap but settled for third with Anderson and Koehler next in line.

Fankhauser continued the theme of dominating runs as he led from start to finish to win the Street Stock feature. In fact, Fankhauser has been the most dominating driver at the track this season, winning his fifth feature race of the year Friday. Sam got the lead on the opening lap and pulled away from the field in the nonstop main event. Adam Soltis tried to stay with Fankhauser and if fact did cut his lead in the late going, but Sam nevertheless drove home for the win. A good battle for third saw Cody Kummer edge out Ron Hanestad for the position with Ashley Wahlstrom cracking the top five.

Richards had an easy time of it too, winning his third Pure Stock feature of the season. He started on the pole and got a big lead early, only to see the yellow flag cut his margin. George continued to lead on the restart but Jeremy Dahl had raced his way up from the fourth row to second and he gave it his all to catch Richards for the lead. However, George was a little bit quicker and maintained his margin as Dahl pushed hard but had to settle for second. Randy Burton finished a strong third ahead of Hunter VanGilder while Dustin Doughty came from the back early to complete the top five.

Eric Schultz was the early leader of the Hornet main event but he was tracked down and passed by both Brent Voeltz and Jeremy Johnson. However, following a midrace yellow flag, Schultz picked up the pace and first re passed Johnson and then caught Voeltz. They went side by side, leaning on each other heavily as the brother-in-laws fought hard for the win. On the last lap they again got together, pushing on each other and in the last corner Schultz was able to move Voeltz over and drive home for the win, his fourth of the year at the track. Behind Voeltz, Buddy Hanestad came home third with Jeremy and Devin Johnson following.

Earlier in the event, Dave Clausen went for a roll in turn three but almost before starter Rick Cook could get the yellow flag out, Clausen drove away from the accident under his own power, with only a flat tire to show for his wild ride. Clausen gave the crowd a wave as he limped to the pit area.

Next Friday night racing action continues with the Kid’s Club back in action at the track starting at 6 p.m. Snap-On and Quality Auto Body present the racing next Friday and on July 26th, it will be Dunn County Fair racing at the track with $5 admission courtesy of Tractor Central and WAXX 104.5 fm. Raced time both nights is 7 p.m.

For more information on the speedway, check the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com

Plank Tops List of First Time Red Cedar Speedway Winners

July 8th, 2013

Menomonie WI, – Luke Plank won his first ever Super Stock feature race Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway to top a list of eight first time winners at the track. On a night when five makeup feature races were held along with the regular seven class program, other first time winners this season at Red Cedar included Ron Hanestad, Jesse Redetzke, Mike Anderson, Scott Gilberts, Nick Koehler, Cory Williams and Adam Hensel. Other winners on the evening included Sam Fankhauser, George Richards and Eric Schultz who scored the only double wins on the night.

Schultz won both the Hornet feature races. He led flag to flag in the makeup feature after starting in the front row of that race. The regularly scheduled feature proved to be much tougher to win after he had to battle his way up from the fourth row. The leaders ran four wide into the first turn before Schultz used the bottom side of the track to move into the lead and pull away in the late going in the nonstop race.

Richards won the Pure Stock feature, his second win of the season at Red Cedar. The feature race was a hard fought with Jake Hanson leading until he spun out, at which time Dustin Doughty took over the top spot. Doughty survived being spun out himself while leading and was restored to the point. The last few laps of the race saw a great three car battle between Doughty, Richards and Jeremy Dahl. Richards edged ahead on the final lap and when Doughty went for broke to try and regain the top spot, he spun and lost a couple of positions as Dahl moved back into second.

Hanestad started on the pole for the Makeup Street Stock feature and he ran away for the win, with only Cody Kummer able to keep Hanestad within range. Hanestad also quickly raced past Ashley Wahlstrom to take the lead in the regularly scheduled feature but then Fankhauser came from the fourth row in a stirring drive to take the lead and the win. Fankhauser was able to use the upper side of the track to drive past Hanestad and become the first four time winner at the track in 2013.

Koehler raced past Jake Smith to take the lead in the Midwest Modified feature and once in front, he rode the rest of the way for the win. Brothers Shane and Kerry Halopka closed on Koehler at the end but ran out of time before being able to mount a serious challenge.

Redetzke started on the pole for the Super Stock makeup feature and he led all the way for the win. Ben Hillman tried to run the cushion and challenge, but Redetzke maintained his solid lead for the win. The regularly scheduled main event saw Plank take the early lead, hold on through five yellow flags and not waved as he earned his first ever win in the Super Stock class. Tom Karis chased him home but couldn’t catch the Eau Claire driver.

Anderson put on a strong run as he came from the third row to win the makeup Modified main event. Anderson was able to run anywhere on the track he needed to as he threaded his way through the pack and went on for the win. Williams was just as dominant as he led the regularly scheduled Modified feature from start to finish. After a lap four yellow for a collision, Williams then pulled away from the field to win by a comfortable margin. Ashley Anderson fought off Jay Richardson to finish second.

Gilberts led all the way in the Makeup Late Model feature. He pulled out to a good sized lead in the nonstop main event until Mike Prochnow started to whittle into his lead. On the last lap Gilberts got dangerously high in turn two and Prochnow nearly got past, but Gilberts regained his line just in time to hold on for the win. The regularly scheduled Late Model main saw Hensel lead from start to finish with no one able to stay with the Baldwin driver. He pulled away to a comfortable lead early and then cruised the rest of the way.

Next Friday, July 12th, the AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifying events will be held at the speedway. The feature winner in each WISSOTA sanctioned class will be the Red Cedar representative at the Race of Champions event to be held during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota in September. This program will be sponsored by WXCE-WLMX and Baxter Speed Shop. Race time is 7 p.m.

Red Cedar Speedway Late Model Special Washed Away

June 29th, 2013

Menomonie Wi, -  Same song, different verse. It doesn’t seem to matter this year at the Red Cedar Speedway whether it’s a regular Friday night event or a special, the weather continues to treat the racetrack with the same distain.

Friday night’s Blaine Brothers WISSOTA Challenge Series race for the Late Models was rained out after a heavy shower rolled through the Menomonie area during the late afternoon and made the track far too wet to be repacked with the track’s time constraints. The event will not be made up.

The speedway will try again next Friday night at 7 p.m. with an especially big night in the offering. The Kid’s Club will start off the evening at 6 p.m. and it will be MDA “Fill the Boot” Awareness Night presented by the Menomonie Fire Department.

On the track the activity will be intense and nonstop. A full program will be presented for all seven classes that race regularly at the speedway and along with that, five makeup feature races from the June 21st program that was rain shortened will also be held when only the Pure Stocks and Midwest Modifieds completed their main events.

For more information about the Red Cedar Speedway, check the speedway’s website and face book page at www.redcedarracing.com

Southworth Tops a Short Red Cedar Speedway Night

June 23rd, 2013

Menomonie WI – It was Friday night so that could mean only one thing; it was again time to rain. In what has turned out to be a reoccurring theme to the 2013 racing season at the Red Cedar Speedway, track officials were again battling the weather, this time oncoming thunderstorms packing a wallop. Last Friday night the track was able to squeeze the racing program in between aggravating showers, but Friday the rains came much quicker and harder and only two feature races were able to be completed before the skies opened up. The remaining feature races will be rescheduled. The Midwest Modified and Pure Stock features were able to be run before the rains hit and Grant Southworth won his first Red Cedar main of the year while rookie sensation Hunter VanGilder won his second straight Pure Stock main event.

The Midwest Modified main event was scheduled for fifteen laps but with the weather coming in and a trio of yellow flags to slow the action, the event was twice cut in length and ended up being a ten lap contest. Second year driver Ben Schultz very nearly earned his first ever career win as he led the majority of the contest before being overhauled in the last going.

Schultz started on the pole and led from the onset with Southworth and Nick Koehler battling him for the front spot. Mike Truscott, Shane Halopka and Josh Smith were also on the charge as the drivers seemed to be driving about as wild as the skies looked.

However, Schultz continued to show the way with Southworth particularly continuously trying to get past for the lead. Truscott hooked a marker tire coming out of turn two which caused the car to lock up, throw its driveshaft out and spin down the track. A big wreck was avoided but both Truscott and Koehler were eliminated from the event.

It was a two lap sprint to the finish and Southworth was finally able to get to the inside of Schultz down the back chute and take over the lead. Halopka got by also and made a rush at Southworth on the final lap but he came up short as Grant took the win. Josh Smith rebounded from an early spin to take third with Schultz and Kerry Halopka next in line.

VanGilder was the early leader of the Pure Stock feature with Dustin Doughty immediately challenging him for the top spot. Jason Havel was on the charge after starting in the fourth row and finding an opening on the low side of the track, he quickly moved into second with Jeremy Dahl also charging on the high side of the track.

Havel and Dahl split VanGilder coming off turn two with Havel driving into the lead and Dahl moving into second.

However, as the field raced into turn one, Havel lost control and spun to the inside of the track. VanGilder was able to avoid hitting Havel but George Richards, who was close behind, smashed into VanGilder. Somewhat surprisingly, VanGilder was able to restart the race and moved back to the lead as Havel went to the rear and Richards was eliminated with car damage.

It was a green, white and checkered finish and VanGilder took off with Dahl in close pursuit. Dahl tried the high side but VanGilder fought him off as the white flag waved. VanGilder made a solid final lap, rolling smoothly through the corners and Dahl wasn’t able to muster a challenge as he settled for second while the rookie took his second straight win at Red Cedar. Doughty settled for third while Havel tore back up through the pack to take fourth ahead of Jesse Bryan.

The five remaining feature races will be made up in two weeks. They will be a part of the Friday, July 5th program that will also feature the Kid’s Club at 6 p.m. that night which will also be MDA “Fill the Boot” night sponsored by the Menomonie Fire Department.

The reason that the features can’t be made up next week is that another huge event will instead be featured next Friday. In the second biggest Late Model event of the year, the Blaine Brothers WISSOTA Challenge Series comes to the Red Cedar Speedway. Sponsored by Tractor Central, the Late Model feature will pay $3,000 to the winner with a large field of Late Models representing several states expected to be on hand. Also racing next Friday will be the Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks with the Hornets having the night off.

The pits will open at 3 p.m. next Friday with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. Admission prices will be $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and kids twelve and under always free. Pit admission is $30. A special note is that racing will start slightly earlier next Friday with the first green flag scheduled to wave at 6:45 p.m.

For more information, check the speedway website at www.redcedarracing.com

Wilson Makes Late Rush for Red Cedar Speedway Win

June 16th, 2013

Menomonie WI,- On a night when thunderstorms were rumbling all around the Red Cedar Speedway and lightning was flashing in all directions, there was plenty going on at the racetrack itself. Two drivers became repeat winners on the season including the first three time winner of 2013, two more winners became multi time winners at the track, and there were two first time winners including a rookie who came back after being turned around in the feature race to win his first ever feature at Red Cedar.

The first three time winner of 2013 was Sam Fankhauser as he won another Street Stock main event. His win was not an easy one even though the Street Stock field was a bit on the small side Friday. Mike Knudtson took the lead from the pole and hung tough for several laps. Ron Hanestad and Adam Soltis were side by side behind Knudtson, looking for a path past him. Meanwhile, Fankhauser started in the third row and gradually moved into contention. When he found the inside line blocked, Sam jumped up a lane where very other drivers were running and gradually made his drive to the front.

Gaining a little each lap, he was able to gradually drive past Soltis for second and then close on Knudtson. Using the same strategy, Sam eased past Knudtson to take over the lead with Soltis following suit a few laps later. Sam built up a few car lengths on the field but in the late going Soltis started to close back up using the low side, but Fankhauser held on by a couple car lengths to take the win. Knudtson got hung up in traffic late in the race with Hanestad taking third from him while Troy Fransway completed the top five.

The other repeat winner was Modified driver Kevin Adams. He started in the third row and watched an early battle between Matt Leer and Brent Prochnow that got physical early. Leer had started on the pole but Prochnow soon moved in to challenge him. They both dove low in turn three and got together with Leer spinning and Prochnow actually driving right up over Leer’s car. Remarkably, both cars were able to drive away with Leer restored to the lead.

However, on the green, Leer was soon challenged by both Adams, who dove by him on the low side and Curt Myers who passed high. Those two then went side by side before Adams was able to slide into the lead. Shortly after, Myers suffered mechanical problems and dropped out with Mark Hessler then taking the second spot.

Adams had built up a half straightaway lead which Hessler tried to cut down while at the same time trying to hold off Mike Anderson. At the halfway point, Hessler and Anderson swapped lines on the track but the margin between them stayed about the same. Adams continued motoring on unchallenged as he drove home for the win with Hessler finishing ahead of Anderson. Paul Brust, in his first appearance of 2013 had a solid fourth place finish with Cory Williams fighting off Prochnow for fifth.

Aaron Wilson earned his second Super Stock win of the year at Red Cedar when he tracked down Mike Keller with only two laps to go to take the lead. Keller had started in the third row but had found his way to the front quickly and with some nifty moves on the inside lane, grabbed the top spot. While the field battled behind him, Keller took off and gained over a half straightaway lead on the pack. Steve Thomas challenged early and Ben Hillman made an exciting charge on the outside from the back row, but eventually Wilson worked his way into second.

However, Keller appeared to be comfortably in front and without a yellow to benefit Wilson, Keller’s lead seemed comfortable. However, Keller was dealing with some rear end suspension issues that were slowing him down badly and along with some hard driving by Wilson, Aaron closed the lead rapidly. With only two laps to go, Wilson caught Keller, dove under him going into turn one and came out the leader. He expanded his margin on the final lap to take the win while Keller limped home second. Jason Forehand came from the fifth row to third with Curt Myers and Eric Olson next in line.

Brent Voeltz earned his second Hornet win of the year in a race that barely beat the rain. With rain imminent, the Hornets took off for their main event that saw a good three car battle between Voeltz, Eric Schultz and Jeremy Johnson. Voeltz and Schultz exchanged the lead several times, sandwiched in between a couple of yellow flags for spins. Following the second yellow, Voeltz was able to secure the lead with Schultz close behind. As the field was on their last lap, the rains started in earnest and the race was yellow flagged, scored complete on the white flag lap and called complete. Voeltz earned the win with Schultz, Johnson, Jess Seim and Dan Prissel finishing in the top five.

Josh Smith took his first win of the year in the Midwest Modified feature that saw the first “big one” of the year at the speedway. Justin Supri held the pole and led the first lap but as he was being passed by Jake Smith, the yellow flew and called back the lead change.

The restart saw a packed field racing close together. As they came off turn four, Jake Smith got wide and then slid back across the track as he was battling for the lead. He made hard contact with Jake Smeltzer, slowed and then angled back across the track toward the outside wall. The field was storming down on him and cars started colliding with each other at high speed. Travis Anderson was crashed into from behind, his car hit the inside marker tires for corner one, the car was launched into the air and crashed down upside down to the track. At the same time Mike Schnider and Kyle Steffen piled into Jake Smith in another grinding crash. While Anderson was shaken, he climbed out of the car under his own power with six cars being eliminated in the grinding wreck.

Supri took the lead again but he was battling with Grant Southworth and then got together in turn one. Again the yellow waved, Supri got the lead back and Southworth left with a flat tire.

The fourth attempt at racing saw the rest of the race go nonstop. Supri continued to lead until he was challenged by Josh Smith, who made the pass and then pulled away from the field. While Smith pulled comfortably away, there was some good racing behind him. The brothers Halopka were locked in a big battle for second that wasn’t decided until the final lap when Shane took the spot from Kerry. Mike Truscott raced into fourth and Supri held on for fifth.

The other first time winner was Pure Stock rookie driver Hunter VanGilder, who path to victory was a rocky one. Taking the lead from the pole, he soon was challenged by Dustin Doughty for the spot. Doughty looked to his inside on several occasions but Hunter was able to fend him off. Doughty made another hard charge for the top spot but the leaders tangled in turn two and VanGilder spun into the infield. Doughty was ruled to be the instigator and he went to the tail of the pack for the restart.

VanGilder wasn’t out of the woods yet, as he had Jeremy Dahl challenging him on the restart. However, Hunter put together several strong laps in a row and was able to stretch his margin in front. Dahl wasn’t able to muster a challenge in the remaining laps and Hunter, in only his second appearance ever at the track, took the win. Jesse Bryan finished a solid third with Doughty racing his way back into fourth ahead of Randy Burton .

Next Friday night, June 21 is Kid’s Club night at the track. Kids should arrive at the track by 6 p.m. to join in all the activities for this night in a program sponsored by 24/7 Telcom and Conrad’s Auto Salvage. The Late Models will return to the program next Friday also. On June 22nd, the speedway’s first enduro of the season will be held and on June 28th, one of the biggest Late Model events of the year will be on tap as the Blaine Brothers WISSOTA Challenge Series comes to the Red Cedar Speedway.

Many Winners In Red Cedar Speedway Action

June 9th, 2013

Menomonie Wi,- With four leftover feature races to be completed following a premature rainstorm last Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway, there was racing action galore for the fans Friday night. The four left over mains were won by Ben Hillman, Jake Hartung, Mike Prochnow and Eric Schultz with the seven winners from the regularly scheduled program being Rick Hanestad, Kevin Adams, Tom Karis, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser and George Richards while Schultz became the only double winner, taking both ends of the Hornet action.

The makeup feature for the Late Models saw Prochnow get to the front quickly from his second row starting position, and once in the lead, he drew away from the field to build up a comfortable margin in the nonstop contest. There was a good battle for second with John Kaanta ending up in the position trailed closely by Jake Redetzke and Chad Mahder. Scott Gilberts completed the top five.

The regularly scheduled Late Model finale saw Hanestad grab the top spot immediately and lead throughout the entire contest which again went nonstop. Gilberts moved into second after Hanestad had built up a good sized lead, and Scott was able to cut into the margin considerably, but he came up short as Hanestad took his first win of the year at Red Cedar. Kaanta, Redetzke and Mahder completed the top five.

Hartung got past early leader Mark Hessler in the makeup Modified main, and once he was in front he quickly pulled away from the field. This race also ran nonstop and Hartung eventually built up nearly a straightaway lead over the field. Hessler held second most of the contest until a late rush by Mike Anderson saw him charge into the second spot with Cory Mahder also moving past Hessler while Mark Gerth completed the top five.

The regularly scheduled Modified feature saw Jesse Glenz take the early lead. Soon he was challenged by Adams and they ran side by side for a couple of laps in an exciting duel before Adams was able to edge into the lead. Once in front, Kevin was able to expand on his advantage in what was again a green to checkered finish. Mahder again made a serious charge through the field from his fourth row starting position and he got by both Hessler and Glenz near the end to finish second. Gerth once again finished fifth in the run down.

The makeup Super Stock feature saw a great battle between Gunnar Watkins and Steve Thomas for most of the contest. Watkins had the early lead until Thomas used the high side to draw up beside him, and they then raced wheel to wheel most of the event, despite the fact that Thomas’ car was smoking every heavily. However, with only two laps to go, Watkins caught a marker tire in turn four which caused him to spin, and Thomas then suffered an engine fire under the yellow with the result that the top two cars were both out of the running. Hillman inherited the lead for the last two laps and held off Jesse Redetzke, Aaron Wilson, Rick Hallquist and Bart Steffen for the win.

The regularly scheduled Super Stock feature saw Eric Olson and Tom Karis battle in the early going before Karis pulled away. He built up a huge lead as the race continued under the green, but gradually Olson began to reel him in. Olson closed in a rush the last few laps but came up just short as Karis hung on for his first win of the year. Mike Keller fought off Hillman for third with Luke Plank completing the top five.

The Street Stock feature saw Sam Fankhauser and Cody Kummer battle in the early going before Fankhauser secured the spot. Once in front, he gradually began to pull away from the field while a good battle was under way for second. Adam Soltis was finally able to get past Kummer for second with Jimmy Randall following Soltis. However, Fankhauser was strong and the pack couldn’t catch the leader, who drove on for his second win at Red Cedar. Ron Hanestad eventually finished fourth with Kummer settling for fifth.

The Midwest Modified feature race may have been the most exciting of the evening. Travis Anderson was able to work past Jake Smeltzer and Justin Supri to take the lead and after he was in front, he pulled away to a healthy margin. However, there was an intense battle for second that saw a swarm of about eight cars battling hard. Mike Truscott moved to the high side of the track and he was able to race into second with Shane Halopka, Grant Southworth and Josh Smith all continuing to fight in out for position. The yellow flew for a spin which took away Anderson’s big lead and allowed Truscott to close on his rear bumper. However, on the green, Anderson showed his muscle as he once again opened some distance on the field. Meanwhile, Halopka had pulled up to challenge Truscott for second. Once again the yellow light blinked on for a spin with only three laps to go. Anderson again took the lead, but Halopka got past Truscott for second and then took off after Anderson. Running the tricky high side, Halopka pulled up beside Anderson and as they raced out of turn four, Shane edged into the lead. He continued to build on his advantage and flashed across the line for a hard fought win, his second of the year at Red Cedar. A disappointed Anderson settled for second with Truscott, Smith and Kerry Halopka completing the top five.

Richards threaded his way through the pack to get the lead in the Pure Stock main and once in front he had to fend off two challenges in the late going due to yellow flags. George didn’t falter and he held off Jeremy Dahl, Dustin Doughty, Randy Burton and Jesse Bryan for the win.

Schultz made it a clean sweep for the night when he won both of the Hornet feature races. The makeup feature saw Schultz get to the front early and dominate, winning over Dan Prissel, Jeremy Johnson, Brendan Uetz and Ray Ellsworth.

In the evening’s finale, Schultz had a tougher go as he had to get around Johnson for the lead and that proved to be a tough task. However, Eric eventually was able to make the winning pass and he then held off Johnson, Jay Welk, Ellsworth and Prissel for the win.

Racing action will continue next Friday, June 14th with the first green flag to drop at 7 p.m. The Late Models will have the night off, but the other six divisions will all be in racing action for a full program.

Kerry Halopka Tops Short Red Cedar Speedway Program

June 3rd, 2013

Menomonie WI, – Under increasingly threatening weather conditions, the Red Cedar Speedway was able to get their racing program started on Friday night, and before the rains and dangerous lightning hit the track, three of the feature races were completed before track officials shut down the action for the night. Feature winners for the three main events completed included Jeremy Dahl, Kerry Halopka and Doug Wojcik.

The Halopka win was the most compelling of the three as there were three different leaders in the final laps of the feature race and Halopka didn’t take the lead until the final lap. Jake Smeltzer was the initial leader of the race but Justin Supri found an opening on the low side of the track and powered into the lead. As Supri extended his lead, Nick Koehler, Jake Smith and both Shane and Kerry Halopka were working their way toward the front. Koehler was able to drive his way into second as he gradually began to close on Supri but Shane Halopka picked up the pace on the high side and drove by Koehler into the runner up spot and began to quickly close on the leader.

Shane pulled up beside Supri as starter Rick Cook prepared to wave the white flag. Supri had a lapped car in front of him and he had to hit the brakes and Halopka barreled past him into the lead. However, a spin in turn four as the leaders came back around the track triggered the yellow, and Supri was restored to the lead for a two lap dash to the finish.

On the green, Shane Halopka elected to take the low side and as he rode the rear bumper of Supri, Koehler pulled up beside Supri in a battle for the lead. As the pack hit turn one, Supri developed a terrible push and his car shot right up toward the wall. The contenders behind him all had to take evasive action and Kerry Halopka found a hole and rushed into the lead. Koehler tried to catch him on the final corner but Kerry prevailed to take the win. Brother Shane came home third while Supri lost eight positions on the last lap.

Sam Fankhauser found an opening on the low side of the track on the first lap to shoot from the second row and take the lead in the Street Stock feature. Wojcik came storming up from the fifth starting sport to quickly move into second. He closed on Fankhauser and the battle was on.

Several times Wojcik tried both the high and low side of Fankhauser but Sam managed to fight his off. Finally, at the half way point of the event, Fankhauser got a little high entering turn three and opened the door for Wojcik who dove past him and took over the lead. He then extended his advantage to a couple car lengths and despite Fankhauser’s best efforts to retake the lead, he had to settle for second as Doug took his first Red Cedar win of the year. Adam Soltis, Ron Hanestad and Ashley Wahlstrom completed the top five.

Randy Burton led the opening laps of the Pure Stock feature but he couldn’t fight off Jeremy Dahl who drove past him to take over the lead. Jason Havel moved into second and tried to track down Dahl but he couldn’t be caught as he drove on for his second win this year at Red Cedar. Burton held on for third with Krysta Swearingen and Mike Grover in the top five also.

The Super Stock feature took the green flag when a quick burst of rain made the track slick and put the event under the yellow. With threatening conditions all around the area and lightning crackling in the sky, Red Cedar officials opted to call the show at that point in the name of safety.

Next Friday night, there will be makeup features for the Super Stocks, Modifieds, Late Models and Hornets which will then be followed up by a full racing program in all seven divisions. Race time is 7 p.m.

Mike Prochnow Races To Red Cedar Speedway Victory Lane

May 27th, 2013

Menomonie WI,- Mike Prochnow held off a strong late race challenge from Jake Redetzke to win the Late Model feature race and highlight the racing action Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway.

On a night when the track officials successfully beat off the threat of incoming rain and got the program completed as scheduled, other feature winners included Jake Hartung, Aaron Wilson, Jake Smith, Sam Fankhauser, Jeremy Dahl and Brent Voeltz.

The Late Model feature, which ended up going green from start to finish, got off to a wild start as Scott Gilberts and Chad Mahder battled on the opening lap until Prochnow found an opening on the low side of the track and drove past both of them to become the early leader. As Prochnow moved out by a few car lengths, Mahder successfully fought off the challenge of Gilberts for second with Redetzke then taking the third spot.

Prochnow would continue to hold the lead with Mahder occasionally getting close enough to provide some challenge. However, Redetzke soon closed to Mahder’s rear bumper and the toughest race was for second. Finally, with just a few laps left, Jake was able to get under Chad in turn two and take over second with John Kaanta also following suit.

Redetzke made up quite a bit of the working margin on Prochnow in the remaining few laps, but his all out charge on the final lap came up short, and Prochnow drove on for the win. Mahder had to settle for fourth with Gilberts completing the top five.

Hartung started on the pole, got the initial jump on Steve Hallquist and led the distance in the nonstop Modified feature race. Hartung had one early challenge as Mike Anderson moved up from the second row and closed on Hartung. Anderson was working a higher groove and moved up beside Hartung, poised to take over the lead. However, he slid high and dropped back, and Hartung took advantage of this to move into the line that Anderson was using, and once he locked in there, he pulled away from the field as the laps ticked off. Anderson ran alone in second as he struggled to keep up with the leader. Cory Mahder made the biggest move of the event, as he started eighth and the opening night winner raced his way past Hallquist in the late going to take the third spot with Jesse Glenz completing the top five finishers.

The Super Stock feature was the one main event that did not go smoothly with several yellow flags, all for minor spins, keeping the field bunched and the action choppy.

Luke Plank started on the pole and led a number of laps with Wilson moving to the higher groove on the track and then closing. Aaron swept past the leader on the outside and then began to move away from the field. Several times, Wilson had built up a considerable advantage, only to have the yellow flag wipe out his lead.

Steve Thomas and Jesse Redetzke were both challenging Plank for second until they were joined by Ben Hillman. The opening night winner had started fourteenth in the filed after having heat race problems but with some hard driving and yellows to benefit, he worked his way into a challenging position.

One late yellow set up a two lap sprint, and while Wilson once again pulled away, Hillman was able to drive by on the outside and take the runner up position. Plank hung on for third with Thomas and Redetzke following.

The Midwest Modified feature saw the Smith brothers from Eau Claire battle in out for the feature win. Similar to what happened at another track earlier this year, Jake Smith found himself in the lead with brother Josh putting the pressure on him for the top spot. Jake had led from the outset of the race while Josh had worked his way up from the third row, eventually getting by Travis Anderson and Grant Southworth to take second. He continued to charge as he closed on Jake with the laps running down.

Josh went for broke on the last corner, attempting to dive under Jake and take over the lead. His bold move backfired when he lost control and spun sideways. As Jake flashed across the finish line, Josh fought to get his car straightened out, but by the time he was moving again, both Southworth and Anderson had passed him for position. Kerry Halopka completed the top five.

Fankhauser made a late race charge to get under Troy Fransway to take the Street Stock main. Fransway had taken the lead from the start, but Fankhauser was right behind to challenge him. Sam looked several times to get under Fransway, and he was finally able to do so. However, Fransway refused to fold and they raced several laps side by side before Fankhauser was finally able to edge past into the lead.

However, Fankhauser was now under the gun himself, as Adam Soltis had raced into third and then took the runner up slot. He closed on Sam with Ron Hanestad also moving in close. The top three ran bumper to bumper at the end but Fankhauser held off all challenges to record the win. Fransway had to settle for fourth with Bob Wahlstrom next in line.

The Pure Stock feature saw Randy Burton take the early lead but he was soon challenged by Dahl for the front spot. Jeremy drove past into the lead, and once in front, he maintained that position the rest of the event. Dustin Doughty raced into second and held on to the finishing position ahead of Burton, Mike Grover and Andrew Conklin.

The Hornets made their first appearance of the 2013 racing season and a good sized field was on hand. William Voeltz led the early laps of the race with challenges coming from Eric Schultz and eventually, Brent Voeltz. Brent Voeltz swept past on the high side to take over the lead and once in front, his biggest task was not to make a mistake on the restarts after a couple of yellow flags slowed the action.

B. Voeltz continued to lead and drove on for the win with Schultz charging past W. Voeltz on a late race restart to take second. Jay Welk moved in late to take the fourth spot ahead of Jeremy Johnson.

Racing action will continue next Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway with all seven divisions again in action with the first race at 7 p.m.

Rain Once Again at Red Cedar Speedway

May 18th, 2013

Menomonie WI, – After finally getting their opening race in last Friday, the pattern more normal to the 2013 racing season to date returned Friday, as rain moved in by mid afternoon and the racing program Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway was canceled.

The speedway will attempt to get their second show in next Friday, as the long holiday weekend begins. Scheduled for next Friday is Annabelle’s Catering & J & D Manufacturing night at the track although that schedule may be changed due to the large number of race nights already lost to the weather. Also scheduled to make their first appearance of the year is the Hornet division, joining the WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks.

Race time is 7 p.m. on Friday and the speedway’s website, www.redcedarracing.com can be checked for updated information.

Mahder Family Festival at Red Cedar Speedway Opener

May 12th, 2013

Menomonie WI, Under sunny skies the Red Cedar Speedway was finally able to open up the fortieth season of racing at the Dunn County oval, and it was a glorious night for the Mahder family. Cousins Chad and Cory both won main events to highlight the racing action Friday. Chad dominated the Late

Model event while Cory won a thrilling last lap decision in the Modifieds while other winners on opening night included Ben Hillman, Shane Halopka, Cody Kummer and Jason Havel.

Cory’s win against a small Late Model field was rather decisive. The event got off to a rocky start when Todd Frank lost control going into turn one on the opening lap and backed his car hard into the wall, nearly climbing out of the ball park. Amazingly, after such a hard contact he was able to restart the event, although he soon dropped out with obvious damage to his racer.

Scott Gilberts took the initial lead on the restart but Mahder quickly moved in and ducked under Scott in turn four to take the lead. Once in front, he quickly stretched his advantage as the battle was for second with Mike Prochnow and Gilberts arguing for the position.

Prochnow eventually took the spot but by then Mahder had a half straightaway lead. Mike was slowly able to cut into Mahder’s lead, and at one point he cut it to about two car lengths. However, at this point Mahder seemed to pick up the pace and in the later stages of the race he began to stretch his lead again. Prochnow gave it his best shot but on this night he had to settle for second behind the high flying Mahder. Gilberts, Rick Hanestad and Mark Rose completed the top five.

Cory Mahder’s Modified win was much more difficult to come by. In fact, it wasn’t decided until Cory made a last lap move to edge past Kevin Adams and claim the victory. Steve Hallquist took the initial lead on lap one but Mahder made a strong move from the outside of row two, and with a low drive in turn four, he took the lead before one lap was completed. Hallquist and Bob Broking were battling for second with Adams, Johnny Broking and Jake Hartung close behind.

As Mahder stretched his lead, the battle for second got even tougher as Brandon Jensen came flying up from deep in the field along with Mike Anderson to make a cluster fighting for second. As Hallquist and Bob Broking fought for second, they slowed for an instant in turn two fighting for traction, and Adams took advantage of the situation to motor by on the outside and gain two positions. However, by this time, Mahder had opened up nearly a straightaway lead on the field as Adams set about cutting into his lead.

However, Mahder’s big lead went by the wayside when Johnny Broking rolled to a halt and the yellow waved with thirteen laps complete. On the green, Adams and Anderson were all over the leader in a great battle for the lead, but only one more lap was completed before a spin slowed the field. On the next try, Adams got a great run on the high side and edged past Mahder to take over the lead when the yellow flew once again as Mark Gerth hammered the fourth turn wall.

Adams had the lead for the restart and he put several car lengths on the field as Mahder, Jensen and Anderson battled right behind him. However, Adams jumped the cushion coming to the white flag, and gave up most of this lead. He was a car length ahead as they headed into turn one but Kevin got just enough off the bottom that Cory was able to get under him. They raced side by side down the back chute but Mahder had the bottom and Adams slid up the track has he tried to stay with Cory in turn three. Mahder powered over the finish line with the smallest of margins for the win in the exciting race while Adams nipped Jensen for second. Anderson and Cory Jorgensen completed the top five as the field was badly diminished near the end.

Andy Grymala and Mike Keller battled for the early lead in the Super Stock main with Keller eventually gaining the spot. Jesse Redetzke and Hillman went to the high side of the track and began to close on the leader. Hillman was able to find an opening and drove past Keller to take over the lead, but once he was in front, Keller and Redetzke stayed in close contact with him.

A yellow for debris set up a four lap finish and while Hillman opened up a slight lead on the green, Keller and Redetzke continued to battle for second with Aaron Wilson also closing in. Hillman continued his strong Red Cedar runs from last year as he motored on for the win. Redetzke nipped Keller for second in a very close finish with Wilson and Grymala completing the top five.

Jared Lindner grabbed the early lead in the Street Stock feature but he was soon challenged by Sam Fankhauser for the point. Unfortunately, Sam lost his grip in turn four and spun, triggering the only yellow of the event. Lindner continued to lead on the restart but Kummer, who started sixth on the grid, was on the move as he got past Ashley Wahlstrom to take over second. Kummer continued to charge and he was able to get under Lindner and take over the lead.

With the race remaining under the green, Kummer continued to stretch his advantage as Adam Soltis was the driver charging, moving from the seventh spot to eventually take over third. However, despite some overheating problems near the end, Kummer was able to drive on for a convincing win over Lindner and Soltis. Mike Knudtson was able to nip Wahlstrom for fourth on the last lap.

The Midwest Modifieds had the largest field of cars and they were the only class to run a nonstop main event. And it turned out to be a cakewalk for Halopka, who started in the front row and drove away from the field. Shane dominated the race from start to finish and won by nearly a straightaway over the field. Rookie Mike Schnider started on the pole and he hung tough for several laps in second before he was overtaken by Travis Anderson for the spot. Josh Smith was also on the move as he drove up to third while engaged in a good battle with Mike Truscott for position. Smith began to challenge Anderson for second as the laps ran down. However, up front Halopka was just cruising as he drove on for the victory. Anderson held of Smith for second with Truscott and Justin Supri completed the top five.

The Pure Stock feature had a wild finish with the official finish being decided after a technical inspection of the cars. Krysta Swearingen was the initial leader of the race and led a number of laps until Jason Havel was able to overtake her for the lead. Havel built up a good sized lead until Jeremy Dahl raced into second and he then began to cut into Havel’s edge.

Dahl caught Havel as the white flag waved and when Havel got trapped behind a lapped car on the final circuit, Dahl got to his inside as they raced down the back chute one last time. With Dahl on the low side, both cars went tearing into the final corner and both slid way up the track with Dahl recovering first to drive across the line for the apparent win.

However, in post race technical inspection, Dahl’s car was found to have an irregularity involving the carburetor and he was disqualified from the event. Havel was awarded the win with the adjusted finish showing Jesse Bryan in second followed by Randy Burton, Dustin Doughty and Swearingen.

Hornets are slated to join the field for racing action next Friday night, with the first green flag to fly at 7 p.m.

Red Cedar Opener Nixed Once Again

May 4th, 2013

Menomonie WI – It continues to be the same old song for Wisconsin dirt tracks as the May 3rd opening night at the Red Cedar Speedway has been postponed once again; this time by wet weather, a less than favorable forecast and cold temperatures.

Including Friday night’s cancellation, the speedway has now lost the first four events on their 2013 racing schedule.

They will try again to start the racing season off with the opener now scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10th. The opening night is scheduled to be March of Dimes & Value Implement Military night at the track with WISSOTA sanctioned late models to headline a card that also will include modifieds, Midwest modifieds, super stocks, street stocks and pure stocks.

Race fans should also be aware that the first enduro of the 2013 racing season is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at 7 p.m.

For more information on the Red Cedar Speedway and to check the latest news, log on to the speedway website at www.redcedarracing.com

Red Cedar Speedway Forced to Alter Schedule; Opener now May 3rd

April 20th, 2013

Menomonie WI, – The Red Cedar Speedway has again been forced to alter their 2013 racing schedule due to inclement weather conditions. Dealing with the Spring that will not come, or perhaps the Winter that just won’t quit, for the second straight week the speedway has been forced to move back their opening race event.

However, this time, instead of just moving the opener back one week, they have now set the opening night at Friday, May 3rd. According to Red Cedar Board spokesperson Carla Prochnow, ” the water hasn’t even been turned on at the Fairgrounds yet and won’t be until the night temperatures stay above freezing. And who knows when that will be!”

“Once that is accomplished there is still a huge amount of drying and cleanup work to be done before we can even think about racing. May 3rd is unfortunately just a more realistic goal.”

Opening night will now be sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Technical College with five classes in racing action including the WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Red
Cedar Pure Stocks. Expect upcoming announcements on rescheduling of sponsorships on nights already lost from the racing schedule.

Race time will be at 7 p.m. on May 3rd and for more information about the happenings at Red Cedar Speedway, long on to their website at www.redcedarracing.com

Red Cedar Speedway Season Opener Planned

April 13th, 2013

Menomonie WI – With the original planned opening night of the Red Cedar Speedway on April 12th now postponed, track officials are crossing their fingers that the race facility will dry out enough for the 2013 racing season to begin on April 19th .

A midweek snow storm with heavy, wet snow is now zeroing in on west central Wisconsin, and how much damage that inflicts and if the promised warm up next week will be enough to allow racing to begin is now the sixty four thousand dollar question.

If things work out for the best, the 2013 racing season is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on April 19th with the Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy Tour for organ and tissue donor awareness race. Steve Parsons will be on hand that night to bring more information on that subject to what is expected to be a huge opening night crowd.

Highlighting the racing action will be WISSOTA sanctioned late models, modifieds, Midwest modifieds and super stocks along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks. The hornet division will be added to the race program in June.

For further information on the Red Cedar Speedway and to monitor the prospects of the opener coming off as planned, check out the speedway website at www.redcedarracing.com

Diemel Dominates Punky Manor Challenge of Champions

September 25th, 2012

Menomonie WI,- A. J. Diemel swept past Jake Redetzke on lap six and then pulled away from the field as he scored a dominating win in the thirty third annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions Late Model event completed Saturday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Other winners on the final night of racing at Red Cedar for the 2012 racing season included Jimmy Mars, Ben Hillman, Shane Halopka and George Richards.

Redetzke sat on the pole and took the early lead as he edged past Nick Anvelink down the back chute. Meanwhile, Diemel, who started on the outside of row two, quickly moved up the track to build up his momentum and drove past Jimmy Mars and Anvelink on his way to the front. Redetzke had built up a five car length lead but once Diemel was clear from traffic, he quickly moved up on Jake and with a power move, swept past him on the high side down the back chute to take the lead. Once in front, he quickly put distance on the field as the battle now focused on the second spot.

Mars picked up the pace after a few laps and took third from Anvelink and then gradually began to close on Redetzke for second. Meanwhile, Diemel had caught the back of the pack and was starting to lap cars already. Mars moved up on Redetzke and as the field took the halfway signal from starter Rick Cook, Mars drove past Redetzke to take over second. However, Diemel was a straightaway in front of Mars and gave no indication that he was going to back off on his frantic pace.

Scott Gilberts and Mike Prochnow were locked in a good battle for fourth until Gilberts got hung up in traffic and lost a number of positions as he actually was forced off the inside of the track before he was able to disengage himself from a
slow running car.

Diemel had a little trouble with the traffic also, nearly running up the back end of one car and also nearly catching the wall off turn four but he refused to back off and was finally able to again find open track space. However, during all this, Mars was not able to close on the leader.

Diemel continued his frantic pace, lapping up to the ninth place car before the race was over. The race remained under the green from start to finish with no yellow flag slowdowns, which also played into Diemel’s hands as he didn’t have to worry about any late race charges from other drivers. At the line, Diemel still had a straightaway lead over his team mate as A.J. earned his third Punky title of his career. Mars finished a solid second ahead of Redetzke and Anvelink. Lance Matthees picked up the pace in the second half of the race to drive past Prochnow and eventually finish fifth.

The second five consisted of John Kaanta, Prochnow, Chad Mahder, Gilberts and Brent Larson. Diemel earned $5,000 for his third Punky title.

Mars made up some for not winning the Late Model feature by dominating the Modified main event. Jimmy started on the pole, fought off a brief challenge from Dave Cain and then led the rest of the thirty lapper to score an easy victory. After the leaders raced side by side for the first lap, Mars edged in front of Cain to secure the lead as most of the leaders went to the low side. Kevin Adams, who started outside row two, opted to try the high side out and it worked for him, as he swept past first Mike Anderson and then Cain to take over the runner up slot. However, by this time, Mars had the better part of a straightway lead over Adams, and the scenario of the Late Model race was very much similar to how the Modified race played out.

Despite the best efforts of Adams, Mars continued to maintain his solid lead, even as the leaders raced through lapped traffic. Mars was able to move around the track as will, and when he came upon slower running cars, he simply drove up around them and then returned to the lower line where he seemed most comfortable. Meanwhile, Adams was racing off the extreme high side, and while it was enough to hold the third place running Anderson behind him, he was never able to close on Mars.

The Modified feature raced under the green for thirty laps nonstop also, and at the finish Jimmy had a straightaway on the pack. Anderson started to close on Adams at the end, but Kevin had enough lead to hold on to second while Cain settled for fourth ahead of Cory Mahder.

Hillman started on the outside pole and led the entire twenty five lapper for the Super Stocks, but his win was not done the easy way. Steve Thomas pressured Hillman in the early going but when he opted to try the low side and get around Hillman, Cory Davis was able to drive past him into second. Scott Lawrence was in the battle early while Jesse Redetzke and Aaron Wilson were both on the move. Hillman continued to hold the lead but Thomas started to pick up the pace again, and he was able to drive past Davis and retake second , after which he started to close on the leader as most of the top cars were running the high groove up next to the wall.

Wilson was one of the few running lower on the track and he continued his charge, moving into the top five after starting eleventh. Thomas continued to close on Hillman as the laps ran down, when suddenly the yellow flew for the first time in
the event with only five laps left.

Thomas opted for the low side on the restart but it didn’t work as Davis got the jump on him , but fortunately for Thomas, another yellow called back the start and the second time, Thomas chose the high side.

The five lap sprint saw Thomas riding the rear bumper of Hillman, looking for an opening. Wilson had edged past Davis for third and on the final lap, Thomas went for broke, driving very deep into turn one. However, he jumped the cushion and got hung up on the wall and by the time he pulled the car back into the groove, Wilson has snuck under him for second. Hillman continued to motor on for the win in his Mopar powered car as Davis and Redetzke completed the top five.

Halopka put on a dominating performance as he led the nonstop Midwest Modified main event from start to finish. He started on the pole and got the jump on Josh Smith to take the early lead. As Halopka pulled away, the battle was for second with Ryan Viltz driving under Smith to take the spot. Cory Crapser was tight on Viltz’s tail, and he swept into third and continued to pressure Viltz for the runner up slot. Halopka continued his strong pace, and the rest of the pack was unable to stay with him. Even as the leader got into traffic, Shane continued to work through the slower cars without any problems as his lead continued to mount.

Mike Truscott started ninth, and he was able to drive into the top five and then close on the battle for second. He joined Crapser in trying to get past Viltz as they raced in a tight formation. However, Halopka was far in front of them and he drove home for his third Punky win in the seven years that the Midwest Mods have been a part of the program.

Viltz held off the pack to finish second but Truscott made a strong move on the final lap to edge past Crapser for third with Jake Smith completing the top five.

Richards won his second straight Pure Stock title in the Punky and survived being right in the middle of two crashes before a lap was completed to get the win. The Pure Stock main got off to a wild start as pole sitter Jeremy Dahl and Clay Potaczek raced side by side down the back chute. Dustin Doughty tried to make it three wide as they raced into turn three and there just wasn’t room for everyone with Potaczek spinning and sliding up to the wall right in front of the entire pack. The result was a grinding eight car collision as car after car piled into the wreck. Four cars were eliminated and a fork lift was needed to separate Richards from another car. Amazingly, after the cars were unstacked, Richards was able to continue in the race.

However, George’s tribulations weren’t over yet. With the restart order badly shuffled due to the elimination of Dahl and some cars forced to pit for repairs, Richards found himself right in front for the restart but going into turn three on the first lap, George was turned around right in front of the entire pack. This time, every one missed him and as the yellow flew again, George was restored to the front for the third attempt at racing.

This time, things went much smoother and Richards drove into the lead with his battered car with the pack chasing him. Through process of elimination, Jay Folz found himself in second after starting eleventh on the grid. However, he was being challenged by Chad Eastman, who himself had started fifteenth on the grid.

Richards started to pull away from the pack while the battle was on for second. Eastman was able to duck under Folz and take over second. However, they were far behind the leader and after a lap three restart, Richards was able to pull away from the pack and was unchallenged as he drove on for the win. Eastman finished a strong second ahead of Folz, while Doughty survived a trip to the back of the pack and a lap three crash into the wall to finish fourth ahead of Kory Hathaway.

Saturday night’s racing action completed the 2012 racing season at the Red Cedar Speedway. Race fans should monitor the track website, www.redcedarracing.com over the winter to get information on the track banquet and news regarding the 2013 racing season which is expected to start in mid April.

Kummer Tops Opening Night at Punky Manor Challenge of Champions

September 24th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – One hundred and forty eight cars from four states signed in for opening night action at the thirty third annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions held at the Red Cedar Speedway. Friday night featured qualifying events for four divisions with the Street Stocks running a complete program and Cody Kummer from Medford took home the victory.

Eighteen cars took the green flag for the Street Stock main event with front row starters Eric Olson and Kummer battling in the early going. The race was stopped twice in the early going, once when defending champion Mike Knudtson lost power on the green and one lap later when Mitch Kesan spun.

After that, the race ran nonstop as Olson and Kummer continued to argue over the top spot. Eventually Kummer would use the top side of the track to edge past Olson and take over the lead. Danny Richards was battling hard with Troy Fransway and Jay Kesan for the third spot.

As Kummer continued to hold off Olson, the battle for third continued when suddenly Kesan spun at the top of the front chute. He did a complete spin and kept going and while there was no contact, many cars behind him were forced to take evasive action with the running order badly scrambled and some drivers losing considerable time as the green light remained on and the race continued unabated.

This gave the leaders a big cushion over those behind them and left it to Kummer and Olson to settle the issue. Olson continued to challenge on the low side as Kummer gave him that groove, preferring to run higher on the track. However, Cody continued to maintain his momentum and while Eric tried his best, Kummer failed to make a mistake and drove home the winner by three car lengths over Olson. Richards held off Fransway in a good battle for third with Cory Hanson completing the top five.

Heat races and dashes for the Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Modifieds and Late Models completed the rest of the program. Dashes for the highest finishing cars were held in each class with the Modified and Late Model held over until Saturday as the curfew fell.

In a brief ceremony before the evening’s events started, Woody Wall, Leon Plank, Jerry Redetzke and Ron Prochnow were inducted into the Red Cedar Speedway Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, there will be two dashes, B features for all four classes and then the main events. The Pure Stocks will also be on hand Saturday and will run a complete program too. Race time is 6 p.m.

Last Lap Passes Net Tourville and Hillman Red Cedar Speedway Wins

August 19th, 2012

Menomonie WI- It was the regular season finale at the Red Cedar Speedway on Friday night and while there were no track points on the line and the championships had been settled, there was still plenty of good, hard racing to be carried out. Last lap passes for the wins netted Keith Tourville and Ben Hillman wins while other winners included Jeremy Dahl, Shane Halopka, Mike Anderson, Jake Redetzke and Eric Schultz who won both the curfewed Season Championship left over from last week along with the regularly scheduled event Friday.

The Street Stock feature was possibly the most controversial of the night and very likely the closest finish of the season at Red Cedar. Eventual winner Tourville started on the pole and led the opening lap, but one lap two exited turn two he was turned around by another car and Sam Fankhauser, with no where to go, crashed into him. Both cars were able to restart the event, but both suffered some damage in the collision.

Tourville was passed by a high side riding Ron Hanestad who took over the lead. Hanestad continued to ride the high side and maintain the lead as Tourville found himself challenged by Mike Knudtson and Adam Soltis.

As the laps ran down, Tourville was able to close back up on Hanestad who continued to maintain a slight lead. As they took the white flag, Hanestad still had a couple of car lengths on the leader as they raced down the back chute. Tourville threw his car low into turn three and then drifted up the track toward Hanestad. Ron was tight against the outside wall as Tourville came up on him and they then raced to the finish line, with Tourville edging out Hanestad by perhaps a bumper length for the win, his third at Red Cedar in 2012. Knudtson finished a close third and was trailed
by Soltis and Troy Fransway.

The Super Stock main event featured the other close finish, with the Super finale a wild event from start to finish. The #2 cars of Gunnar Watkins and Bart Steffen started on the front row and raced side by side for the first two laps with neither driver able to gain an advantage. They were stacked up behind the leaders and there was a group of eight drivers in the lead swarm. Going down the back chute, Tom Karis dove between the leaders with Steve Thomas squeezing up against the wall and they drove into turn thee a hair raising four wide. Karis went shooting through the hole to take over the lead as somehow they all made in through the corner without wrecking.

Karis then extended his lead but Ben Hillman was on the move from his seventh starting spot. He drove his way past Thomas to take second, and then closed on the leader. Hillman reeled in Karis as the laps ran down with both running the high
groove. Hillman was on Karis’ tail, but he couldn’t find an opening. As the leaders took the white flag, Hillman threw his car hard into turn one on the low side. He was able to pull up beside Karis as they raced down the back chute where Hillman again threw his car low into the corner. He then drifted back up the track and was able to squeezed past Karis and take the lead.

With Karis nailed to his rear bumper, Hillman crossed the line for his seventh Red Cedar win, tops at the speedway in 2012. Thomas finished third with Shane Kisling racing up to fourth ahead of Aaron Wilson.

Dahl dominated the Pure Stock feature to get his sixth win of the year at the speedway. Mike Grover led the opening lap of the main before Dahl came charging up from the fourth row and blew past him for the lead. Once in front, Dahl opened up
nearly a straightaway lead on the field while the battle was for second. Grover continued to hold the spot with Jesse Bryan all over him looking for an opening. As Dahl drove home unchallenged, Grover was able to hold on until the last lap when he slipped high in turn two and Bryan drove under him for the runner up position. Behind them, Randy Burton and Gunnar Zurek completed the top five.

Halopka did a great job driving up from the fifth row to get his fourth Red Cedar Speedway win in the Midwest Modified feature. A.J. Roschen was the initial leader but then he was overtaken by Jake Smith who held the lead for several laps with plenty of pressure from Grant Southworth and Ryan Olson. Halopka moved up through the field, catching traffic just right and making all the right moves as he drove into contention.

Finding room on the inside of the track, he drove under Smith to take over the lead. Olson moved to the high side again and passed Southworth for second.

While the first ten laps of the race went nonstop, the yellow then flew five times in the next three laps, with a resulting slow down of the action. An attempted last restart saw a number of cars stack up on the front chute and eliminate the cars of Travis Anderson, Josh Smith and Roschen. At this point the time limit ran out and the race was checkered two laps early. Behind Halopka, the top five included Olson, Southworth, Jake Smith and Mark Thomas.

A late race pass gave Anderson his third Modified win of the year at the track in what was a wild main event. Matt Leer and Mark Hanson started side by side and it was Hanson that used the cushion to drive past Leer and take the lead. As Hanson started to stretch his lead, there was a big battle going on for the position behind him as Leer fought to hold off Craig Thatcher and Mark Gerth. Kevin Adams and Anderson, from the fourth and fifth rows respectively , were on a mission to the front with Adams banging off the outside wall and Anderson hugging the inside tires.

Adams was able to squeeze past Thatcher and then Leer and move into second while Anderson was right behind him while continuing to race the low side. There were only a few laps left when Adams moved into second and he set out after Hanson. Disaster struck Hanson as he raced off turn four as his abruptly lost power with a banging and then silent engine. Adams was at full power and a big collision was narrowly avoided as the pack closed on the stalled leader.

With the culprit being a bad battery, Hanson was out of the event. Adams inherited the lead but with only four laps left, Adams got into the heavy but choppy cushion and he got sucked into the wall. By the time he had freed himself, Anderson had drove under him and had taken over the lead. Adams pushed hard in the remaining few laps, but he came up a car length short as Anderson hung on for the win. Thatcher finished third with Leer and Brandon Jensen next in line.

Redetzke stormed past Rick Hanestad at midrace and then pulled away from the pack to win Late Model feature number four at Red Cedar. Hanestad had out fought Kerry Hanson to take the early lead but was no match for Redetzke when he got his momentum going. John Kaanta also moved up and swept past Hanestad for second, but he was most of the straightaway behind Jake, and with the event going non stop green to checkered , he was never able to cut into Redetzke’s lead. Scott Gilberts also moved up to take third place with Hanestad finishing ahead of Mike Prochnow.

The Hornet Season Championship was a victim of the curfew last Friday, and was made up this week. Schultz took the lead after early leader Brent Voeltz lost power and was involved in a grinding crash on the back chute that eliminated three cars for the rest of the evening. Schultz took the lead at that point and held off the charging Jeremy Johnson for the win and the title. Robert Ellsworth, Derek Baskin and Brenden Uetz completed the top five.

The regularly scheduled feature saw Schulz storm forward from the seventh starting spot, aided by a couple of early yellow flags. He then built up a big lead and held off another late race challenge from Johnson for the win. Matt Klukas finished third and held off Uetz and Baskin.

The speedway will now sit idle until September 21st and 22nd when one of the crown jewels of WISSOTA auto racing, the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions will be held.

The format for the thirty third edition of this annual race, named in honor of a racing champion killed in a highway accident, has been announced.

On Friday, September 21st, qualifying heats will be held for Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models. A full program of Pure Stocks will also be held. On Saturday, September 22nd, the B features and feature races for all four classes will be held, along with a full program of Street Stocks. Full purse information and other race details are expected to be announced shortly.

New Winners Emerge as Rice Lake Speedway Celebrates Sixty Years of Racing

August 14th, 2012

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway, the oldest continually operating speedway in northern Wisconsin, celebrated its sixtieth year of operation Saturday and also added its second group of Hall of Fame members. Added to the Hall were Don
Drew, Dave Palmquist, Dave Adams, Louie Foss, Jack Shimon and Ben Ryba.

Despite it being the seventeenth night of racing in 2012, two new winners emerged in racing action as Nick Wojcik and Jay Folz both won their first feature wins of the year at the track. Other winners of prized sixtieth anniversary trophies were Matt Leer, Wayne Harris Jr. and Tito Viltz.

Rookie driver Mike Chaplin took the early lead in the Pure Stock feature and led the opening two laps until he got crossed up in turn four and triggered the first of what would be several yellow flags during the Pure Stock main. Folz inherited the lead for the restart but he had Joel Hinrichs, Jason Havel, Chad Eastman and C.J. Wagner all putting the pressure on him. Another spin triggered a yellow and Havel was forced to pit to change a flat tire.

Folz continued to lead with Hinrichs his main challenger while Eastman and Wagner continued to battle for position. Two more quick yellows for minor spins kept the field bunched and when things were finally sorted out, it was left to Folz to fight off Hinrichs for the win. Joel made several strong attempts and got beside Folz once, but Jay fought him off and as they raced to the checkered, he held on by a car length for his first win of the year. The incredible balance of the Pure Stock field was maintained as Folz became the eleventh different winner in the class this year, a track leading statistic. Havel made a great charge back up through the field and got by Eastman on the last lap for third with Wagner completing the top five.

Wojcik, a college student at the University of Northwestern Ohio, snuck home for the weekend to get some racing in, and things turned out well for him as he recorded his first win of what has been a very brief racing season for him. Hall of Famer Butch Madsen made a start Saturday in Richard Froemel’s car and led the opening lap. On lap two, under heavy pressure, Madsen and several other contenders got together in turn one, necessitating a yellow flag. All were able to restart but before another lap could be competed, Chanda Fjorden-Nord spun and triggered another yellow. Back under green, as Madsen was dueling with Jay Kesan and Eric Olson for the lead, Wojcik found an opening on the low side of the track and shot under Butch to take over the lead. Nick was able to expand it slightly as the battle for second continued with Kesan eventually moving into that spot.

Madsen was involved in another tangle at the midpoint of the race and damage to his car forced him to call it a night. Meanwhile, Wojcik continued to lead but Kesan was putting heavy pressure on him as Olson and Cody Kummer also battled back and forth behind the leaders.

On a night when the Street Stocks had an unusually tough night of staying under the green, one more late spin set up a four lap sprint to the finish. Wojcik continued to have Kesan all over him as Jay tried to squeeze by on the low side without success and then tried to drive around Nick while the battle for third continued. At the finish, Wojcik hung on by a car length for the win over Kesan, with Olson sneaking under Kummer at the white flag for third. Josh Amans kept his nose clean and moved up from fourteenth to fifth at the finish. Nick’s win made him the eighth different driver to visit the Street Stock victory lane in 2012.

The Midwest Modified feature got off to a shaky start when front row starters Grant Southworth and Joe Chaplin Jr got together in turn one with Southworth spinning and triggering what turned out to be the only yellow flag of the event.

On the restart, Tito Viltz shot into the lead and the rest of the field would spend the race trying to chase him down. Shane Halopka moved into second and would set out after Tito, while brother Ryan Viltz was working his way up through the field after starting eighth. He got by Chaplin Jr and then Mike Truscott and tried to track down the leaders.

With no yellow flags to slow his pace, Tito kept his foot to the floorboards and maintained a nice advantage as he drove to his third Rice Lake win of the year. Halopka finished a solid second with Ryan Viltz, Truscott and Chaplin Jr. completing the top five.

Wayne Harris Jr. is on a hot streak right now with his Super Stock and Saturday he won his second straight main event. Counting a Sunday night win, it was his third straight night to visit victory lane. Brad Edington took the early lead in the main event but Harris Jr. quickly moved in and drove past Edington to take over the top spot.

With the rest of the pack battling furiously for position, Wayne took advantage of the situation to pull away from the field. Edington continued to run a solid third while Eric Olson and Aaron Wilson raced side by side for third.

With the race staying under the green, Harris Jr. continued to build his lead as he set a blistering pace that no one could keep up with. Olson and Wilson raced for many laps side by side for third before Wilson claimed the spot. As the laps ran down, Edington started to fade while Wilson and Ben Hillman both picked up the pace.

Harris Jr. continued in a different time zone, and he won by a straightaway for his third Rice Lake win of the season. Wilson made a late charge and drove around Edington for second as Brad settled for his best finish of the year with Olson
holding off a late rush from Hilllman.

Matt Leer made some adjustments to his car after a bad run last Saturday and the results were immediately noticeable and the result was his second Modified feature win of the year. Robby Bunkelman and Aric Lindberg battled for the lead early, with Bunkelman securing the top spot. However, Leer quickly moved in to challenge him and Matt got a strong run off turn four and took over the top spot. Bunkelman then got locked in a heavy battle for second with Paul Brust and Mark Hessler as Leer moved away from the pack slightly. Tim McMann then picked up the pace as he raced past Brust and then Hessler and took over the second spot.

Leer continued to run strong up front and there was no catching him on this night as he continued on for the win. McMann completed his strong run by holding off a charging Hessler at the end for second while Bunkelman and Brust completed the top five.

Next week will be a busy one at the track. On Thursday, August 16th, the United States Modified Touring Series will make their second appearance of the year at the speedway. Their year end closing series, “The Hunt for the Casey’s Cup” will bring forty or more of the best Modified drivers in the country to the Rice Lake Speedway to battle for the top prize of $3,000 where the traveling stars will take on the best of the local and area open wheel drivers. Race time Thursday is 7 p.m. WISSOTA sanctioned Super Stocks and the Rice Lake Pure Stocks will also compete in a draw/redraw program. On Saturday, the final point race of the 2012 racing season will take place. A full program in all five classes will be held with the first green flag to fly at 6:30 p.m. The regular season will conclude on August 25th when Season Championships will be held in all five classes and the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) will make their initial appearance at the track after being rained out earlier this year. Wrapping up the season will be the Labor Day weekend doubleheader with all five classes racing a full program on both Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd .

Season Champions Crowned at Red Cedar Speedway

August 12th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – It was Season Championship night Friday at the Red Cedar Speedway and one hundred and nine cars signed in for racing action in the seven classes the speedway now runs. Drivers lined up for qualifying races based on their season long points earned and the feature races were lined up straight off the heat race finishes.

There were several close finishes in the main events and when the final checkered flag of the night was waved, crowned as Season Champions were Jake Redetzke in the Late Models, Mike Anderson in the Modifieds, Ben Hillman in the Super Stocks, Shane Halopka in the Midwest Modifieds, Jay Kesan in the Street Stocks and Jeremy Dahl in the Pure Stocks. The Hornet feature fell victim to the track’s curfew and will be made up next Friday night as a part of the regular season finale.

Redetzke and point champion Mike Prochnow had a good battle in the Late Model feature with them spending much of the contest racing side by side. They shared the front row and Prochnow used the outside to edge into the early lead over Redetzke. John Kaanta moved into the third place with Scott Gilberts following him through the pack. Redetzke closed on Prochnow and dove to his inside where he pulled up beside Mike. They raced side by side with Redetzke making numerous attempts to get by, but each time Mike would edge out past him again. Time after time, Redetzke would push to the inside of Prochnow but Mike would continue to hold him off. Meanwhile, Gilberts was riding the tail of Kaanta as they battled for third. Just past the halfway point, Jake made another rush at Prochnow and this time he was able to get up beside him and as they raced down the back chute, he edged in front of Mike for the first time and was able to clear him as they moved into turn three.

Mike stayed close for a couple of laps and tried to fight back, but Jake was able to eventually pull away and put some distance on Prochnow in the late going. Mike started to fade with Kaanta quickly closing on him and making an attempt to pass on the low side. Redetzke was able to stretch his lead in the last few laps as he drove on for his third feature win of the year at Red Cedar. Kaanta actually edged past Prochnow with a couple of laps to go, but Mike fought back and took the spot at the line with Gilberts and Kerry Hanson following.

Anderson had to fight his way past Mark Gerth to win the Modified title after Gerth got the jump on Cory Williams to take the early lead. Anderson came from the second row to move into second and he began to pressure for the lead. First working the low side without success, he then moved to the cushion and closed on Gerth. Meanwhile , Kevin Adams had moved into third and was trying to catch the leaders while Brent Prochnow, Craig Thatcher and Jake Hartung were having a good battle for position.

Anderson was able to gain momentum on the high side and racing through turn three, he swept past Gerth to take over the lead. Gerth was able to stay relatively close, but not able to put on a serious challenge. After a lap seven yellow, Anderson again put some distance on Gerth and maintained it the rest of the event as he took his second Red Cedar win of the year. Gerth finished a strong second ahead of Adams, with Hartung moving into fourth ahead of Prochnow at the finish.

The Super Stock feature also saw a good two car battle for the lead after some early surprises. Steve Thomas was on the pole and he edged into the early lead ahead of Jesse Redetzke and Ben Hillman with Aaron Wilson also becoming a part of the lead pack. Thomas continued to hold the lead with plenty of pressure behind him but on lap seven , Thomas lost control and spun all by himself in turn four and the yellow flag waved.

Thomas went to the tail and Hillman inherited the lead. However, Ben was quickly challenged by Wilson who was on the move forward. Wilson was putting heavy pressure on Hillman who was trying to hold him off using the low side.

Going through turn four, Hillman bounced to the outside and Wilson dove inside him in an attempt to pass for the lead. However, Hillman’s being forced to the outside actually proved to be a blessing as he found momentum on the high side and actually started to stretch his lead again over Wilson. Despite the best efforts of Wilson, Hillman worked the high side to his benefit as he drove home the winner by three car lengths to earn his sixth feature win at Red Cedar. Tom Karis made another strong run to the front to take third ahead of Eric Olson and Cory Davis.

The Midwest Modified feature was another down to the wire, two car battle for the lead with the issue not decided until just over a lap remained in the event. Cory Crapser and Shane Halopka sat side by side in the front row with Crapser edging into the lead using the low side of the track. However, Halopka was not going to give up easily and he pushed the cushion hard, racing off the turns on three wheels and edging up next to Crapser each time they would race down the straightaways. Lap after lap, Halopka would fly off the corners and pull up beside Crapser, but each time Cory would have just enough to hold him off as they went into the next turn.

The race was red flagged after a hard crash in turn three on lap ten. Clark Swartz, Jake Smeltzer and Mark Thomas all came together hard, and Swartz was complaining of a hip injury afterward. City of Menomonie Fire and Extrication crews were summoned to the scene and Swartz was removed from his car and transported to the local hospital for evaluation. At press time, no further word on his condition was available.

After a lengthy delay, the race was restarted with six laps to go. Once again the same battle broke out, as Crapser ran the low line and Halopka was pushing the outside , three wheeling off the corners and racing up to challenge on each
straightaway. Shane remained within a car length of Cory and one time they even made a little contact coming off turn two. With just over a lap to go, Crapser bobble in turn four and his car got sideways with him losing momentum. Halopka
went flying by on the outside and while Crapser tried to recover on the last lap, Halopka wouldn’t give up the lead as he raced to the title and his third Red Cedar win of 2012. A wild scramble on the final lap behind the leaders saw Nick Koehler, who had moved up to challenge the leaders at one point spin, with Grant Southworth coming from tenth on the grid to finish third ahead of Jake Smith and Travis Anderson.

Despite a small field of Street Stocks, they didn’t disappoint as they probably ran the closest and most crowd pleasing of all the feature races with the leaders racing three wide most of the main event. Jimmy Randall started on the pole but it was Jay Kesan on his outside that was able to edge into the early lead. As Randall raced to catch Kesan, Keith Tourville moved to the cushion and made it work. He edged past Kesan to take over the lead but he couldn’t but his challengers away, and with a lap both Kesan and Randall had caught him as they raced around the track. Kesan had the
inside , Randall squeezed into the middle and Tourville ran the high side as they raced lap after lap in three wide formation. Never once touching each other, they nevertheless continued to race at top speed in the three wide formation.

And behind them, Adam Soltis and Ron Hanestad were racing side by side and no more than a couple of car lengths behind the leaders. It was an impressive display of driving that was very entertaining. Near the end , Randall faded back about a car length and Kesan and Tourville were left to settle the issue. Tourville pushed as hard as he could, but Jay had the momentum and he edged the hard charging Tourville by less than a car length for the win. Randall finished third with Hanestad edging Soltis.

Jeremy Dahl started on the outside pole of the Pure Stock feature and ran away with the event. He took the lead immediately and pulled away from the field. The race was stopped once for a spin, but on the green he again pulled away to maintain a big lead all the way to the finish and earn his fifth feature win at Red Cedar. There was a spirited battle for second with Randy Burton eventually taking the position ahead of Krysta Swearingen. Jesse Bryan and Mike Grover completed the top five.

Next Friday, August 17th, the regular season finale will be held at the speedway. Along with a complete show in all seven classes that race at the track, the Hornet Season Championship race, postponed Friday due to the track curfew, will also be held. Race time is 7 p.m.

Bunkelman Tops Red Cedar Speedway Modifieds

August 5th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – It was the regular season finale Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway and point titles were decided in the six divisions that were in action Friday. And, although it was the last regular season event of the year, four first time winners found their way to victory lane on a stifling Friday night led by Modified feature winner Robby Bunkelman. Other first time winners in 2012 at the speedway included Tom Karis, Jay Kesan and Jeremy Johnson.

Securing point titles at the track following racing action Friday were Rocky Kempe, Bill Skoug, Adam Soltis, Cory Crapser, Aaron Wilson and Mike Anderson while Scott Gilberts wrapped up the Late Model title last Friday.

Bunkelman and Keith Tourville ran side by side nearly the entire Modified main event before Bunkelman was able to edge out to the smallest of advantages late in the contest to take his first win of the year here. While Tourville and Bunkelman battled for the lead, Kevin Adams, Jake Hartung and Mike Anderson fought for the third spot. They raced side by side too and jockeyed back and forth for position on the track. First Bunkelman would surge ahead slightly and then Tourville would turn a good lap and move back in front. Bunkelman would finally make the middle groove work just a little bit better for himself and he would pull in front by a car length. Also picking up the pace was Mark Hessler who fell back slightly and then began to climb back into the battle by using the high side of the track. At the finish, Bunkelman won by a car length over Tourville with Hartung fighting off a charging Hessler for third while Adams completed the top five. Robby became the ninth different winner in the Modified class this season at the speedway.

A late race pass allowed Karis to win his first Super Stock main of the season. Eric Olson was the early leader as he fought off the challenge of Jason Forehand. Then Mike Keller, up from the third row moved to the middle of the track and he was able to edge past Olson to take over the lead. Jesse Redetzke also moved in to fill the lead pack until Karis started to make his move midrace. Tom came charging up and quickly moved into contention as he drove past Redetzke and
Olson and closed on the leader. Karis gradually worked down inside Keller and with a strong move in turn four, slid up past the leader to take over the point. Keller then dropped to the inside line and tried to return the move, as he very nearly got past Karis to retake the top spot. Meanwhile, Aaron Wilson had really picked up the pace after starting eighth, and he drove past Olson and began to close on the lead duo. Keller continued to challenge Karis for the lead, and on the final corner made one last strong move but he came up a car length short. Wilson ran out of time as he was closing rapidly on both the front runners at the checkered with Olson and Redetzke completing the top five.

Kesan was a first time winner in a nonstop Street Stock main event. Keith Tourville was the early leader of the race with Kesan and Troy Fransway applying the heavy pressure early. Fransway was able to duck under Tourville and take over the lead but just when it looked like he might start to pull away, Kesan picked up the pace and gradually edged past Fransway on the low side to take over the point. About this time also, Adam Soltis began to charge as he raced past Tourville and Fransway and closed on Kesan. Kesan continued to run his clean line and while Soltis found his rear bumper on the
last lap, he wasn’t in a position to make a passing attempt and settled for second behind Kesan. Fransway hung on for third ahead of Tourville and Mike Knudtson.

Also winning his first feature of the year was Hornet driver Jeremy Johnson. He started on the pole of the twenty one car feature and after a first lap tangle slowed the action, he took off on the restart and built up a big lead. However, as
the race progressed, Brent Voeltz began to track him down and at the finish, only a car length separated the two as they raced to the finish line. Derek Baskin had his own battle as he fought off Jay Welk for third with William Voeltz completing the top five.

A wild opening lap scramble in the Midwest Modified feature saw cars spinning in all directions as they collided with each other and on the second attempt to start the race, the field was short four cars. Jake Smith jumped into the early lead but Travis Anderson was putting the heat on, and was able to drive past Smith in the corner and take over the top spot. Smith wasn’t giving up though, and came right back to pressure for the front spot. Behind them, there was quite a battle going on as Cory Crapser and Shane Halopka tried to work their way to the front as well as battle each other for position. While they gradually made progress through the pack, the green flag remained out and Anderson and Smith were able to open up quite a lead over the rest of the field. Smith continued to press the issue, but Anderson had his groove and refused to wilt under the pressure as he raced home for the win. Crapser and Halopka closed somewhat on the leaders but had to settle for third and fourth as Clark Swartz raced into fifth at the end.

The Pure Stocks had only a handful of cars Friday, but their nonstop main event produced the closest finish of the night. Dustin Doughty led all but the last hundred feet of the main event, but it was the most important part of the track
surface that he couldn’t claim on the last lap as he was edged out by four time winner Jeremy Dahl. Doughty led from the onset of the race but Dahl gradually worked his way forward after starting fifth on the grid. He closed in and tried to pass Doughty in the first turn but both cars slid up the track and Dustin continued to lead.

As the laps ran down, Dahl again closed up and moved to the high side of Dustin. They raced side by side down the back chute and continued to be door to door and they raced down to accept the checkered flag. They were right together as they
crossed the line , and the officials were needed to make a decision as it was almost too close to call. Dahl received the win with inches to spare of second place Doughty with Krysta Swearingen, Randy Burton and Jesse Bryan next in line. Point champion Bill Skoug failed to finish but had just enough cushion in the points to hold off Dahl.

Next Friday night, August 10th, the Late Models return as Season Championships will be decided in all seven classes that now run regularly at the speedway. Cars will be lined straight up for the heat races by points earned during the 2012 season and will qualify for the feature races based on their heat race finishes. Race time is 7 p.m.

The season will then conclude on August 17th with a regular, seven class show that will also function as the rain date for the Season Championships if needed.

Mike Prochnow Sweeps Red Cedar Speedway

July 29th, 2012

Menomonie WI – The Dunn County Fair was in full session on Friday and racing at the Red Cedar Speedway was a part of the Fair. For Mike Prochnow, he’s probably hoping that the Fair is going every Friday night as he swept the boards clean, winning but the Late Model feature race and the make up feature from last week’s curfew shortened night plus a heat race for good measure.

The number five was prominent for other drivers as Jason Havel, Ron Hanestad and Ben Hillman all won their fifth feature race of the year at Red Cedar Friday. Other winners on a race crammed night that saw ten feature races contested due to last week’s shortened show, were Shane Halopka, Kevin Adams, Rocky Kempe, Brenden Uetz and Mike Anderson.

Prochnow drove around Steve Isenberg early in the Late Model feature after Isenberg had taken the lead from the pole, and once in front Prochnow pulled away for an easy victory. As he drove away from the field, Rick Hanestad began to move up is he passed Chad Mahder and caught Isenberg but had to settle for third at the finish. Mahder and Scott Gilberts completed the top five.

The Makeup feature, another nonstop event, was even easier for Prochnow as he started on the pole and drove away from the field again, finishing nearly a straightaway in front of Hanestad. Gilberts, Greg Nippoldt and Todd Green completed the top five in a short field of entrants. Prochnow’s wins were his third and fourth of the year at Red Cedar, by far the tops in the division.

Anderson made a nice drive up from the fourth row to win the nonstop Modified feature event and earn his first Red Cedar Speedway win sticker of the year. Ross Prochnow and Brandon Jensen battled in the early going before Prochnow went to the
cushion and took the lead, at one point building up a pretty substantial advantage. However, Anderson was on the move after starting eighth and as the track got slicker and slicker, he seemed to run better as he drove under car after car getting to the front. Eventually he got into second and as the laps ran down, quickly reeled in Prochnow and dove under him in turn three and then beat him back to the top to take the lead with only a couple of laps left. Once in front, he stretched his margin as he became the eighth different Modified winner he this season. Prochnow’s run was the best of his short season to date, with Mark Hessler continuing his solid runs for third ahead of Kevin Adams and Mark Gerth.

Adams won the makeup feature, his fourth of the year at Red Cedar. He started in the front row, beat Matt Leer to take the early lead and then held off a late charge by Gerth to take the win. Adams built up several good sized leads, only to have the yellow flag bunch the field. At the finish, Gerth was challenging but Adams maintained his groove to take the win. Brent Prochnow finished third with Jesse Glenz and Craig Thatcher completing the top five.

Hillman started in the third row of the Super Stock feature, but while the rest of the field was running the low line, Ben moved to the high side and quickly drove past the pack like they were standing still. Tommy Richards had found the lead, and Hillman had to battle with him for several laps before he was finally able to secure the point, but once in front he pulled away from the field in yet another nonstop main event. Aaron Wilson made some nice moves as he worked up to second from the fourth row, and at one point looked to be closing on Hillman. However, the lead stabilized and at the end of the contest, Wilson had to fight hard to hold off Richards who was making a comeback after giving up the second spot earlier. Steve Thomas drove up from the fifth row to get fourth ahead of Mike Keller.

The Midwest Modified feature was one of the more competitive events of the night with a good three way battle between Travis Anderson, Shane Halopka and Ryan Viltz before Halopka took the lead and eventually the win, late in the contest. Justin Supri was the early leader with Jake Smith providing a challenge until Anderson moved in to take second. Travis made a solid move to the high side of the track, where there was a lack of cars and was able to make the pass and move into the lead.Halopka and Viltz were on the move from the third and fourth rows respectively though, and they found their way to second and third. Halopka pressured Anderson for the lead, but Travis covered the low groove so Viltz, with a power move of his own, moved to the second lane, drove around Halopka and then edged past Anderson but just then ,the yellow flag waved and the move was negated.

For the next few laps, the three continued to battle for the lead, but the yellow continued to plague the action, with the good race being interrupted three times by spins. Finally, they were able to get some laps run off, and Viltz got under Anderson to take the lead, only to have Halopka move back beside him in a fierce race for the lead.

Once again the yellow waved, with a five lap dash in store. However, the outside lane stopped working for Viltz, as on the green Halopka moved into the lead by racing by on the low side and Viltz had nothing for him as Shane pulled away for his second Red Cedar Speedway victory. Viltz hung on for second while Cory Crapser moved into third late in the event and finished ahead of Josh Smith and Anderson.

The Street Stock race was yellow flag plagued and time limit shortened, but again it was Hanestad who made the high side work as he drove to yet another Red Cedar win. Troy Fansway found his way into the lead early with a snarling pack nipping at his heels. Hanestad found the top side open as he gradually worked his way up from the eighth starting spot, and he was able to edge past Troy and take over the lead. Keith Tourville utilized the frequent yellows and some hard driving to move into second and he started to ride the rear bumper of Hanestad.

Four times the yellow waved between laps nine and ten and finally, a two lap sprint for the checkers was called for. Hanestad guarded the low groove on the restart and while Tourville stayed right with him, Ron kept his line as he drove home for the win. Fransway finished a solid third ahead of Mike Knudtson and Sam Fankhauser.

Havel made a last lap pass to win the Pure Stock main event. Dustin Doughty had led from the start and had built up a good sized lead which was wiped out by a pair of yellow flags, the second of which saw contenders Jesse Bryan and Jeremy Dahl get together with Dahl sent to the tail. Havel started ninth but as the track dried out, his Thunderbird got faster and faster.

The four lap sprint to the finish saw him close on Doughty and then worm his way under Dustin in turn one on the final tour. Havel accelerated down the back chute to take over the lead and extended it as they raced back to the finish line. Bill Skoug battled his way to third at the finish ahead of Bryan and Randy Burton.

Rocky Kempe and Brenden Uetz split the Hornet wins with Kempe coming on to take the makeup feature after early leader Eric Schultz hammered the fourth turn wall and turned over the lead to Kempe who held off Jeremy Johnson for his second win of the year.

Uetz won the final event of the program and won his first main ever at Red Cedar after the event got off to a wild start with a violent crash just as the green flag was waved that resulted in a flip by Dan Prissel and several other cars grinding together. Uetz came from the eleventh starting spot in a race marked by all kinds of activity to get the win ahead of Derek Baskin.

The racing season at Red Cedar is rapidly drawing to a close. Next Friday night the Late Models take the night off while the other six classes run their final point race of the season. All seven classes return on Aug. 10th for the Season Championship races and then one final program will be held on Aug. 17th before the track shuts down in preparation for the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions. Race time next Friday night is 7 p.m.

Sabraski Tops Gene Johnson Memorial At Red Cedar Speedway

July 22nd, 2012

Menomonie WI – Shane Sabraski made his first appearance of the year at theRed Cedar Speedway a winning won as he topped the Gene Johnson Memorial Super Stock special and rode back home across the border to Minnesoa with an extra $1,200 in his wallet. Other feature winners included Cory Crapser, Ron Hanestad and Jeremy Dahl on a night when the track’s curfew saw three feature races postponed until next Friday.

The Johnson Memorial race for the Super Stocks was the headline event on the program Friday, and twenty one cars out of a field of twenty three on hand to the green flag for the thirty lap main event. Shawn Huse and Mike Keller battled in the early going of what would turn out to be a crash filled event that saw only nine of the starters still running at the checkered flag. Huse and Keller raced side by side for several laps before Huse secured the top spot. Ben Hillman moved in to challenge the top two while Sabraski, who missed the redraw and started seventh in the race, gradually worked his way into a challenging position. The first big wreck occurred with six laps complete as five cars crashed together hard in turn three. Despite a lot of major sheet metal damage, only the car of Rick Hallquist was eliminated.

Huse continued to lead but it was now Hillman that was putting the pressure on him for the top spot while Sabraski worked his way into third and was closing on the leaders. Also on the move were Aaron Wilson and Jesse Redetzke as both crashed the top five and were looking to move farther forward. Two more minor yellows kept the field bunched but it was now Sabraski that was flexing his muscle as he moved past Hillman for second and closed on Huse. Working the low side, Shane was able to get under Huse and drive into the lead at the halfway point of the race. One lap past halfway the wildest wreck of the event occurred when a car spun in turn four, other cars took evasive action and Chad Johnson was punted from behind, launching him up on the car of Mike Keller and over on to his roof. A red flag was necessary but all drivers were reported unhunt. The same couldn’t be said for the race cars however, as Johnson, Bart Steffen and Keller were all eliminated with heavy damage.

Sabraski continued to lead on the restart and while he worked the low groove, Hillman moved to the cushion and started to close on the leader. He nearly got even with Sabraski at one point until Shane got his rhythm going and then he began to
gradually edge away from the field. One lap spin set up a six lap dash, and Hillman once again made a run on the high side, which Sabraski once again fought off. Hillman then seemed to lose his groove and Wilson closed in to challenge him.
At the finish, Sabraski was comfortably in front as he took the checkered while Wilson’s late charge saw him take the second spot from Hillman. Brad Edington, with a badly beaten up car from involvement in two crashes, worked his way back to the front and finished fourth ahead of Tom Karis. The other cars to complete the grind were Dexton Koch, Gunnar Watkins, Redetzke and Marcus Simonson with Redetzke losing a number of positions at the end due to a deflating rear tire.

The Midwest Modifieds got their main event in and Cory Crapser dominated again to win a track best sixth feature win of 2012. He started on the outside pole and quickly moved away from Jake Smith to take the lead. However, Jake’s brother Josh
was on the move using the very high side of the track and he stormed up to challenge Crapser for the lead, at one point getting beside the leader. However, three yellow flags flew in the first five laps of the race, and those delays seemed to break Josh Smith’s momentum and allow Crapser to secure his groove , because once all out racing resumed for the last ten laps of the event, Crapser then gradually pulled away to build a comfortable margin. Nick Koehler moved in to challenge Smith for second but it was Shane Halopka who was the primary mover, working his way up from the fifth row to challenge both Koehler and Smith for position. Crapser continued to motor on as he recorded a reported twenty first feature win of the year on area tracks, while Smith held off a furious charge by Halopka for second. Koehler settled for the fourth spot ahead of Shane Sabraski, running the second of three cars that he would compete in on Friday.

The Street Stock Feature would be another furious battle, with Hanestad using the outside line to record his fourth feature win of the year at Red Cedar, tying him with Cody Kummer for track honors. Kummer was also a big player in the event as he went wheel to wheel with Troy Fransway in the early going before securing the top spot. As Kummer continued to
lead, he was challenged by Adam Soltis on the low side with Hanestad jumping to the high side after starting in the third row. Ron was able to make the high groove work, and he closed in on the leaders as Soltis continued to haunt Kummer for the lead. With those two locked in combat and working the low side, Hanestad found room up top and motored by the leaders before they could react.

Once in front, he continued to work his groove while Kummer and Soltis continued their battle. At the finish, Hanestad drove home for another win with Soltis edging out Kummer for second. Fransway and Jay Kesan, recovering after getting booted early, completed the top five.

Bill Skoug took the early lead in the Pure Stock feature but Dahl quickly moved up from the second row to challenge and then take over the lead. Once in front, he rode out three yellow flags but was basically unchallenged as he drove home for his third Red Cedar Speedway win of the year. Skoug held on for second ahead of Scottie Schoettle. Dustin Doughty crossed the line fourth but was docked two spots for a jump, so the official finish found Krysta Swearingen in fourth trailed by Jesse Bryan.

Next Friday night will be another busy and action packed night at the track. The Dunn County Fair, held yearly since 1885 will be in full swing next weekend. In the grandstand on Friday, all seven classes will be in action with a full racing program of heats and features. Along with that, make up features in the Modifieds, Late Models and Hornets, left over from Friday’s program will also be held. Race time is 7 p.m.

Red Cedar Speedway Cancels July 6

July 9th, 2012

Menomonie WI,- Racing Friday, July 6th at the Red Cedar Speedway was canceled “in the best interest of the health of our fans, drivers, and track staff due to the forecasted excessive heat index.”

The qualifying races for the WISSOTA Race of Champions event were scheduled for Friday, and information about the possibility of rescheduling those events and a potential date were unavailable at press time.

Racing will resume at the Red Cedar Speedway at the Dunn Co. Rec Park on Friday, July 13th at 7p.m. with a regular program featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Diemel Dominates Red Cedar Speedway Wissota Late Model Challenge Race

July 1st, 2012

Menomonie WI, – Taking the lead on lap nine, A.J. Diemel dominated the Dart Challenge Series special for Late Models Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. For Diemel, it marked his second win on the series in forty eight hours after also
controlling the feature race in the Wednesday night event at the Deer Creek Speedway. There were regularly scheduled feature events for the other divisions that race at Red Cedar, and those winners included Mark Hessler, Mike Keller, Cory
Crapser, Troy Fransway and Jason Havel.

All twenty eight Late Models entered Friday took the green flag for the forty lap main event with Steve Isenberg using the pole position to lead the opening lap. Scott Gilberts picked up the pace from the outside and moved into the lead past
Isenberg on the second go round. Meanwhile, Diemel, who started in row two, quickly picked up the pace by moving to the high side of the track and he passed first Mike Prochnow and then Isenberg to move into second and close on the leader.
Finding a sweet spot right in the middle of the track, Diemel pulled up beside Gilberts and they raced hard for the lead, running side by side for two laps. Finally, Diemel was able to swing past Gilberts and take over the lead. Once in
front, he quickly started to put distance on the field. Meanwhile, Jake Redetzke was on the move after starting seventh on the grid. Redetzke pulled past Rick Hanestad, Mike Prochnow and then John Kaanta as he moved into third and closed on Gilberts. As the race remained under the green, Diemel continued to extend his lead as Redetzke closed on Gilberts, and on lap fifteen, Jake took over the second spot and then set off after the leader. Diemel was running in some heavy traffic at this point, and Redetzke was able to cut the lead to about seven car lengths as Diemel fought his way through the traffic. On lap twenty two Kaanta moved past Gilberts to take over the third spot as the top three continued to distance themselves from the field. Diemel was finally able to disengage himself from the pack of slower cars, and once he broke free he was able to again start to pull away as Redetzke then faced the same swarm of cars. Diemel was in complete control and no one was able to offer any kind of challenge to the former eastern Wisconsin star, recently relocated to Elk Mound. He swept home for the three thousand dollar victory in a race than ran nonstop from green to
checkered. Redetzke finished a solid second ahead of Kaanta, Gilberts and Prochnow. The second five at the finish included Hanestad, point leader David McDonald, Nick Beyenhof, Lance Matthees and Chad Mahder. Twenty four of the starters will still on the track at the finish with eleven still on the lead lap as Diemel becomes the eighth different Late Model winner at the track in 2012.

Hessler became a repeat winner as he led from start to finish in the Modified main event. Hessler started on the outside pole and quickly passed Keith Tourville to take the early lead. Mark Gerth moved into second and set off after Hessler who was running the high groove up against the wall. Jesse Glenz, Jake Hartung, Craig Thatcher and Cory Williams were all battling for position behind the leaders with much jockeying for position. As the race stayed under green, Hessler continued to control the field as no matter what Gerth tried, he wasn’t able to close on the leader. Hartung worked his way into third and Thatcher drove past Glenz to take a position. Hessler continued to maintain a large margin that he rode to his second straight win at Red Cedar. Mike Anderson nipped Ross Prochnow on the last corner to crack the top five.

Keller held off Aaron Wilson in a battle to the wire to record his first feature win in over a year in taking the Super Stock main event. Keller started in the second row but quickly got past Rick Hallquist and Brad Johnson to take over the top spot. Keller then began to put distance on the field while Wilson gradually moved his way up from the forth row. Wilson found a good line on the track working the low side and he was able to sweep into second, albeit a goodly distance behind the leader. However, a collision between Brad Edington and Shawn Huse with only four laps left closed up the field.
On the green, Wilson nearly stole the lead but Keller was able to fight off Wilson who had gotten up beside him. Meanwhile, a wild scramble for third saw Tom Karis, Johnson and Steve Thomas mixing it up. Wilson made one more charge at the leader, getting beside Keller down the back chute on the final lap. They raced wheel to wheel through the final corner but Keller was able to keep his momentum up and he swept home for the win. Johnson was the beneficiary of the last lap maneuvering as he raced home third ahead of Karis and Thomas.

Crapser won his fifth Midwest Modified main event of the year at Red Cedar, giving him the top spot in feature wins at the track so far in 2012. The feature event had a tough time getting under way, with three yellow flags before a single lap could be completed. Once racing got under way, Clark Swartz took the early lead, while Crapser benefited from the yellow flag fever, moving up from ninth to third without passing a car as the yellows scrambled the running order. Crapser pulled up behind Swartz, following him for a couple laps until Clark slipped high in turn four and Crapser then drove under him for the lead. The rest of the race ran nonstop and Crapser pulled away to record an easy win. Swartz hung on for second with Josh Smith, Nick Koehler and Shane Halopka trailing. Koehler put on the best show, pitting for a tire change on the first yellow and racing back up through the field to nip Halopka on the last lap for fourth.

When the Street Stocks were adding to the weekly program in 2012, Troy Fransway came out of retirement after being away from the sport for five years. Friday he won his first feature at Red Cedar since his return in a caution shortened event. Fransway and Jared Lindner battled for the lead in the early going as the yellow waved three times in the first four laps. When racing resumed, Fransway edged ahead of Lindner, only to see the white flag surprisingly waved. Fransway hung on the last lap to record the win with Lindner, Ron Hanestad, Sam Fankhauser and Ashley Husby trailing.

Krysta Swearingen was the early leader in the Pure Stock feature, but when she slid high, Jeremy Dahl and Dustin Doughty battled for the spot. Dahl hung on and took the lead as Doughty spun and was clobbered by Gunnar Zurek. Dahl continued to hold the lead on the green, but Havel came storming up from the fourth row to challenge and then drive right Dahl to take over the lead. Once in front, Havel pulled away and a late charge by Dahl to try and take back the top spot fell short as Havel drove ho e
for his fourth win at Red Cedar. Scottie Schoettle came on to take third ahead of Swearingen and Jesse Bryan.

Next Friday night, the AMSOIL Race of Champions entrants from Red Cedar Speedway to the event to be held during the WISSOTA 100 will be crowned in all five sanctioned divisions. The feature winners next Friday will be automatically entered in that event to be held in September in Huron S.D. The draw/redraw racing format will be used and Hornets will also make their fourth appearance at the track in 2012. Race time is 7 p.m.

Hanestad Dominates Late Model Field at Red Cedar Speedway

June 24th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – Rick Hanestad got to the front early, pulled away from the pack and rode home to an easy win in Late Model racing action Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Hanestad was one of five feature winners who visited victory lane for the first time at Red Cedar in 2012. Only Aaron Wilson, with his second Super Stock win of the year, was a repeat winner Friday. The other first time winners included Mark Hessler, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser and Bill Skoug.

Kerry Hanson and Cory Mahder shared the front row of the Late Model finale, but before a lap could be completed, Robby Bunkelman lost the driveshaft in his car and the yellow flag waved. The restart saw Hanson and Mahder again battle for the lead but Hanestad soon joined them in a three way fight for the top spot. At one point, Hanestad thought about splitting the other leaders as they battled but he instead waited until they got sorted out and then he picked off Hanson and then drove past Mahder to take over the lead.

Once in front, he put some distance on the field as the fight for second then dominated. Scott Gilberts picked up the pace and he was able to drive into second while A.J. Diemel moved up to battle Hanson for position.

The race remained under green and Hanestad continued to pull away from the field, building up nearly a straightaway lead over the field as Gilberts was not able to close on him at all. Diemel raced into third and started to close the distance on Gilberts, but they remained in the same running order to the finish. Hanson fought off John Kaanta over the second half of the race to hold fourth place.

Hessler fought off an early challenge from Jake Hartung and got to the cushion, where he was able to race away from the field early in the Modified main event. Hartung and Mark Gerth then fought for second with Ross Prochnow and Brandon Jensen joining the battle. As Hessler moved away from the pack, the battle behind them intensified with Prochnow and Jensen coming together, which triggered a yellow flag and eliminated both cars from the race.

Between lap ten and eleven, the yellow waved three times for minor spins, but once the full scale racing resumed, Hessler again got up on the cushion and drove away from the field. While the battle for second was heavy, Mark used this opportunity to disappear from the field. Mike Anderson worked his way up from the fifth row and eventually took over the second spot, but he was well behind Hessler and couldn’t dent his big lead. Gerth made a late charge that saw him drive past Hartung for third with Cory Williams completing the top five runners.

Wilson had his car performing well as he moved up from the fourth row to win his second Super Stock feature of the year. Chad Johnson held the lead briefly until he was overtaken by Tom Karis. Wilson had been moving up using the cushion, but when Karis beat him to that line, Aaron simply moved down to the middle of the track and drove under Karis to take over the lead. Once in front, Wilson maintained a comfortable edge as the last ten laps of the event went nonstop and Wilson
controlled the field for the win. Jason Forehand and Mike Keller both made charges from deep in the pack to hit the top five as Forehand came from ninth to third behind Karis, with Jesse Redetzke wedged in between him and the thirteenth starting Keller who completed the top five.

Shane Halopka, back in his old car after his top ride was wrecked at another track recently, swept past Clark Swartz to take his first Midwest Modified win of the year. Swartz jumped into the lead from the outside pole, but the action was quickly shut down when Jake Smeltzer came off the wall and spun down into traffic on lap three, collecting Mark Thomas and Dave Shackleton. Both Smeltzer and Thomas were eliminated from the event by the hard collision.

Swartz continued to hold the lead on the restart but Halopka was on the move, closing in and then driving past Clark to take over the lead. A good battle broke out behind them as Kevin Smeltzer, Travis Anderson, Nick Koehler and Cory Crapser
jockeyed for position. As Halopka pulled away and Swartz ran comfortably in second, Koehler picked up the pace as he found an opening on the inside and raced up to third, with Smeltzer holding off Crapser for fourth at the finish.

Fankhauser dominated the Street Stock feature, starting on the pole and pulling away from the field in the nonstop main event. While Sam put distance quickly on the field, the battle for second was a dandy with five drivers swapping positions on the track on each lap. Mike Knudtson held the spot briefly but when he started to fade it was Keith Tourville who took over the spot and tried to fight off Adam Soltis, Cody Kummer and Ron Hanestad. They went at it on each lap as they swapped lines on the track. After fading back slightly, Soltis really picked up the pace at the end of the race and moved up to second, with Kummer following him past Tourville. Hanestad also charged up at the end, nipping Tourville for the fourth spot as Fankhauser rode home for the early win.

Krysta Swearingen battled with Jesse Bryan and Skoug in the early laps of the Pure Stock feature. The action got tight with Jeremy Dahl rolling to a halt with a flat tire and triggering the yellow flag.

Skoug motored past Bryan on the green and took over the lead, which he then started to build on. Bob Seidler was having a great run in first appearance of the year, as he battle with Bryan and Randy Burton for position. Skoug continued to maintain a comfortable margin and Burton moved into third and started a battle with his team mate Bryan. While Skoug continued on for his first win of the year, Bryan fought off Burton for second with Seidler next in line and Swearingen awarded fifth at the finish.

Next Friday will bring one of the biggest races of the year to the Red Cedar Speedway. The Dart Challenge Series, WISSOTA’s traveling series for the Late Models, will make its first appearance at Red Cedar in a number of years. Upwards of thirty Late Models from a four state area are expected to be in racing action with many of the biggest names in the Late Model ranks to be on hand to take on the tough local competitors. A hefty check for $3,000 in on the line for the winner of the Late Model main event.

Along with the Late Models, a full program in all five of the other classes that race at Red Cedar will also be held which includes the WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. , the spectator gates at 5 p.m. and race time is 7 p.m. Adult tickets for this big show are reasonably priced at $15 with students and seniors admitted for $10 and all children 12 and under are admitted free.

Kummer, Thomas Roll at Red Cedar Speedway

June 17th, 2012

Menomonie WI – Cody Kummer and Steve Thomas continued their winning ways at the Red Cedar Speedway as both drivers became repeat winners and added to their win totals that have made them among the top winners at the track so far this season.
Also adding to their win totals as multiple time winners at the track this year were Cory Crapser, Matt Leer and Eric Schultz while Randy Burton won his first ever Pure Stock main event.

Thomas survived a heated battle with at least two other drivers to take his second straight Super Stock feature win and third of the season at Red Cedar. Brad Johnson jumped off the pole to become the initial leader as he set a hot pace with Rick Hallquist and Thomas chasing. Thomas swept past Hallquist into second and closed on the leader as Ben Hillman and Aaron Wilson charged up from the middle of the pack to challenge also. Thomas continued his strong run as he took over the lead but Hillman was equally impressive as he moved to the low groove and worked his way up to second. A yellow flag bunched the field and Hillman dove again to the low side and was able to slide up under the leader in turn four. However, Thomas fought back and using the high side edged back into the lead on the following lap. Hillman continued to challenge, trying to beat Thomas into every corner while Mike Keller had picked up the pace and was challenging Wilson for third. Hillman continued to ride right on Thomas’ tail until with a sudden bang and a puff of smoke, Hillman lost power and was done. At just about the same time, Thomas hammered the wall in turn four, badly bending the rear end of his car and triggering a yellow for debris. The two lap sprint to the finish saw Keller make a serious charge for the lead and the front runners slapped together a couple of times as they battled for the lead, the last time down the back chute on the white flag, with Keller nearly losing control. Thomas drove on for the win and Keller recovered to finish second with
Wilson, Brad Edington and Tom Karis in the top five. Kummer continued his hot streak on area ovals but his path to victory was just as difficult as that of Thomas. Cody had to fight off numerous challenges from several drivers throughout the Street Stock feature race. Ashley Husby was the early leader of the event with Mike Knudtson then taking over for her, but Sam Fankhauser, Troy Fransway, Kummer, Ron Hanestad and Adam Soltis were all challenging. Keith Tourville came from the back of the pack to a top finish placing until he lost a driveshaft and was done, triggering the yellow flag.

Fankhauser made a strong run on the green and was able to edge past Knudtson for the lead with Kummer and Hanestad also following. Cody tried several times and was finally able to edge past Fankhauser to take over the lead but Sam battled back, looking to the low side on every lap. On the final tour the leaders ran side by side ith Fankhauser looking on the low side. Kummer held tough and edged out the win by a car length. Unfortunately for Fankhauser, after the race he was disqualified from the event for losing a weight on the track during the race. This moved Hanestad to second in the final running order with Knudtson, Fransway and Jared Lindner completing the top five.

Kummer’s win was his fourth at Red Cedar and ties him for the lead in wins at the track as well as being his tenth so far in 2012.

One of the other four time winners so far this year at Red Cedar is Cory Crapser, who recorded his fourth Midwest Modified win with a relentless drive to the win Friday. Crapser started ninth in the field but using the low line was soon able to move into contention. Kevin Smeltzer was the early leader but was then overtaken by Justin Supri who moved away from the field. Crapser continued his charge as he got under the Halopka brothers who were having their own battle for position. Smeltzer went up the track and Crapser then took second. He then set off after Supri who was catching up to the back of the field and trying to negotiate his way through traffic. Justin got on the outside of a slower car, who then ran him up the track and slowed him down. Crapser jumped on the opportunity and dove to the low side and blew past Supri to take over the lead.

Once in front, Crapser then pulled away in the final few laps to record the win. Supri hled on for second with Shane Halopka racing up to third ahead of Smeltzer and his brother Kerry.

Leer won his second Modified feature win of the year in a strong performance as he held off the challenges of Mike Anderson in the late going. Jay Richardson jumped off the outside pole to take the early lead, but Leer quickly moved up from the second row and drove past Richardson into the lead. Leer started to pull away up front as Anderson, Jesse Glenz and Kevin Adams were having an active battle for position as all three were also advancing toward the front. Anderson used the low groove as he drove up to second and set his aim on Leer.

The lone yellow flew at midpoint for debris and on the green, Leer again took off with Anderson trying to track him down. Adams and Richardson were having a good battle for third, with Kevin eventually prevailing and taking the position. In the
last few laps, Anderson gave it his all but Leer had the field covered as he drove on for the win. Richardson had his best run of the year as he took fourth with Glenz completing the top five.

Burton won his first ever Pure Stock feature in a nonstop main event. The third year driver started on the pole and broke to an early lead which he maintained as the race continued under the green. Jeremy Dahl eventually moved into second and started to cut the lead that Burton held, gradually whittling down the distance between the leaders. Dahl pushed as hard as he could but Burton maintained his line and drove home for the memorable win. Scottie Schoettle finished third and was chased home by Bill Skoug and Dustin Doughty.

Eric Schultz started on the pole, built up a big early lead and then withstood heavy late pressure from Brent Voeltz to take the Hornet feature race. In the late going, Voeltz was beating on Schultz’s bumper on several occasions, but Eric was up to the pressure as he drove home for the win, his second in the three appearances the Hornets have made at the track in 2012. The top two were followed by Rocky Kempe, Jeremy Johnsen and William Voeltz.

Next Friday, June 22nd, a regular racing program will be presented at the speedway. The Late Models will return and it will be their final tune up before the Challenge Series special for Late Models is presented on June 29th. Race time on Friday is 7 p.m.

Brandon Jensen, Travis Anderson Earn Career Firsts at Red Cedar Speedway

June 10th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – Brandon Jensen and Travis Anderson etched their names in the record book at the Red Cedar Speedway as both earned their first ever career feature wins at the speedway to highlight the racing action on a steamy Friday night. Other feature winners Friday included John Kaanta, Steve Thomas, Cody Kummer and Jeremy Dahl.

The open wheel classes provided the historic feature wins with Jensen started on the outside pole and leading all the way for his first ever Modified win at the Dunn County oval. He got the jump on Mark Hessler and led the early going with Cory Williams then taking over the second spot. Brent Prochnow and Mike Anderson were racing hard for position with Craig Thatcher on the move after starting in the fourth row.

Jensen continued to show the way with a comfortable lead over Williams as Thatcher worked his way into the third spot with Anderson squeezing past Prochnow to gain a position.

The lone yellow of the event flew with eleven laps complete and on the green, as Jensen again resumed the top spot, Thatcher drove under Williams to take over second. He began to close on Jensen as the laps ran down and took a couple shots on the low side of the leader. While he was able to get close on a couple of occasions, Jensen held solid in his high side groove and raced home to the win with two car lengths to spare. Williams finished a solid third with Prochnow regaining fourth from Anderson on the final lap.

Travis Anderson had a tougher go of it in the Midwest Modifieds, not taking the lead until the twelfth of fifteen laps in the feature race. For the first eleven laps, second year driver Kerry Halopka showed the way and he was looking good for his first ever feature win until the yellow flag spoiled his party. Anderson had worked his way into second after starting fifth as there had been a wild scramble for position behind Halopka with drivers swapping positions on nearly every corner.

Jake Stai, Jake Smith, Grant Southworth, Nick Koehler, Ryan Viltz and Cory Crapser were all part of a swarm of drivers battling hard for the third spot as Anderson trailed Halopka who continued to lead.

A spin on lap twelve provided the only yellow flag of the feature race and proved to be Kerry Halopka’s undoing. On the green he left a hole on the bottom and Travis Anderson blasted through the opening to take over the lead. As Halopka tried to hold on, they went three wide for the second spot and again on the next lap. Anderson continued to hold the lead as he drove on to the noteworthy win with Crapser using a low side move on the final lap to shot into second. Viltz, in his first appearance here this year, raced home third after starting ninth with Koehler and Shane Halopka completing the top five.

The other first time winner, though just for the year and not his career, was Kaanta, who passed Chad Mahder on lap seventeen for the lead in a nonstop Late Model main event. The Late Model feature was a two car battle all the way and not decided until near the end of the event. Mahder started on the outside pole and used the high side to take the early lead after a brief battle with Greg Nippoldt for position. Kaanta started in the third row and quickly moved up, dispatching Rick Hanestad and Cory Mahder and then driving past Nippoldt for second.

As Chad Mahder continued to ride the cushion, Kaanta closed in and began the first of a series of attempts to slip under the Eau Claire driver. Lap after lap, Kaanta would power into turn three and try and drive under Mahder for the lead, but each time Chad would slip past again on the high side with Kaanta tucking in behind him again. Lap after lap the joust would continue, with the leaders breathtakingly close as they exited turn four.

Finally, with only three laps left, Kaanta got enough of a run down the back chute that he was able to slip under Mahder and clear him for the lead. Chad tried to fight back and stayed glued to John’s rear bumper the rest of the way, but he couldn’t muster the muscle needed to regain the lead as he settled for the runner up position. Jake Redetzke made a late race charge from the fourth row to take third and began to reel in the leaders at the end while Nippoldt had his best run at fourth ahead of Scott Gilberts.

The Super Stock feature was all Steve Thomas as he raced to his second feature win of the year at Red Cedar. He started on the outside pole and quickly put distance on the field, despite two early caution flags for minor spins. Once the racing resumed, Aaron Wilson tried the low side and put some pressure on Thomas briefly, but Steve eventually began to pull away and Wilson was forced to move back to the high side.

Ben Hillman moved up after starting eighth and briefly edged past Tom Karis for third, but eventually the dominant high side saw Karis regain the spot and Hillman forced to jump back to the top side too. The twelve laps ran off nonstop and Thomas continued to dominate with the top four spots remaining unchanged with Jesse Redetzke completing the top five.

Kummer earned his third Street Stock win of 2012 as he slipped past Keith Tourville in the early going and once in front, held off the pack the rest of the way for the win. Tourville received plenty of early pressure from Mike Knudtson before he claimed the top spot until Kummer found an opening and shot into the lead. While Cody continued to hold the top spot, there was some heavy scrambling for position behind him as Tourville, Knudton, Ron Hanestad, Troy Fransway and Adam Soltis were all jockeying for track position.

Soltis got turned around with six laps remaining which necessitated the second and final yellow of the event. Kummer continued to maintain the lead on the green and held his spot as he raced on to the win with Soltis coming through late to take second ahead of Hanestad, Tourville and Fransway.

The Pure Stock main led off the feature parade and while there was plenty of jockeying for position, there was also a lot of banging which resulted in two yellow flags before the first lap could be completed. When everything was sorted out, Dahl, who had started last in the small field, found an opening and shot into the lead.

From that point, he pulled away for an easy win which was his second of the season at Red Cedar. Scottie Schoettle came on for second as he held off Randy Burton, Jesse Bryan and Krysta Swearingen the rest of the event.

Next Friday night, June 15th, racing action continues with the first green flag to wave at 7 p.m. The Hornets will make their third appearance of the season at the track and the Late Models will take the night off.

Hillman Repeats; Four Other New Winners at Red Cedar Speedway

June 3rd, 2012

Menomonie WI,- Ben Hillman continued his hot streak in the Super Stock division as he won his third straight feature race to highlight the racing action Friday night. There were also four new winners on Friday including Scott Gilberts, Nick Koehler, Scottie Schoettle and Eric Schultz while Kevin Adams and Ron Hanestad added wins to their season totals.

Hillman has already won on all three of the area dirt tracks this season and he continued his early season push by adding another victory here at Red Cedar Friday. Hillman started eighth on the grid for the Super Stock finale and gradually worked his way into contention as Jim Harris led the opening laps of the event. After a collision stopped the race with three laps complete and knocked out Adam Ayotte and Tom Karis, Harris continued his charge at the front with Jason Forehand moving into the runner up slot.

Forehand moved in and when Harris slid high in turn four, Forehand drove under him to take over the lead. Hillman worked into the third spot and then also got past Harris to take second. Forehand continued to lead but Hillman caught him and after experimenting with a low side pass, moved to the outside and found a line that worked as he drove past Forehand in turn one and then began to gradually pull away as the last fifteen laps of the event ran nonstop. Hillman recorded his fourth win of the season at Red Cedar to lead all drivers with Forehand finishing second. Mike Keller and Jesse Redetzke made late charges to move to third and fourth while Aaron Wilson came from the tail to complete the top five.

Adams won his second straight Modified feature and third of the season at Red Cedar with a quick move to the front. Mark Hessler and Matt Leer raced for the lead on the opening lap, with Hessler just barely edging into the top spot. Adams quickly moved in and racing off turn two, was able to cut to the middle groove and edge past Leer and then drive to the cushion in turn three and move past Hessler to take over the lead. Once in front, Adams then began to pull away from the pack with Mike Anderson moving up from the third row to take the second spot. He kept Adams with sight, but was never able to mount a serious charge as the Modifieds raced green to checkered nonstop. Leer maintained the third spot most of the way while Craig Thatcher charged up from eleventh to nip Hessler for fourth on the final lap.

Hanestad became the other three time winner when he topped a wild Street Stock feature race. The event was stopped twice before a lap could be completed, once when Doug Wojcik ran out of racing room and hammered the third turn wall.

When things finally settled down it was Hanestad and Keith Tourville battling for the lead with Cody Kummer and Mike Knudtson also being factors. Hanestad used the low side of the track while Tourville rode the cushion with Kummer, Knudtson and Adam Soltis also nosing in for a piece of the action.

With multiple yellows, the race was cut due to time limits and the two lap sprint to the finish saw Hanestad hold off all challenges by Tourville for the win with Kummer, Soltis and Sam Fankhauser completing the top five.

Scott Gilberts made his move at just the right time to assure himself of his first Late Model victory of 2012. The nonstop Late Model feature saw Scott Duval start on the pole and move away from the pack to establish a rather strong lead early on in the race. Gilberts worked by Brent Larson for second and then took off after Duval who was sailing along comfortably in front. John Kaanta was on the move too, as he started in the fourth row and charged up to third.

Gilberts gradually caught up to Duval in the second half of the race and tucked in behind him, looking for an opening while Kaanta was flying up from third and closing on both the leaders. Gilberts made the decision to move up a lane and t worked as he was able to drive by Duval and take over the lead. Kaanta continued his charge as he flew past Duval in turn four and closed on Gilberts as the white flag waved. Kaanta closed on Gilberts at a rapid pace and with a hard charge off the final corner, attempted to pass Scott but in a finish that had the crowd on their feet, Gilberts held off “The Sheriff” by half a car length for the win. Duval finished a solid third with Jake Redetzke hustling to fourth ahead of Mike Prochnow.

Koehler earned his first ever feature win at Red Cedar as he held on in a wild Midwest Modified main event. Jake Stai and Grant Southworth started on the front row but the field didn’t make it past turn two before a multi car wreck stopped the action. The restart saw Stai, Southworth, Jake Smith, Kerry Halopka and Travis Anderson all battling for the lead. They were scrambling wildly for position and in the meantime, Koehler was gradually working his way up from the front row.

The yellow waved again when Cory Crapser, who got steel metal pushed into a tire on the first lap mess, blew a tire and littered debris all over the track. Back to racing, Koehler made a great move to take over the lead while Anderson, Smith and now Shane Halopka battled behind him. The yellow waved twice more for spins, once when Anderson and Halopka got together but both were bailed out when debris was spotted as the cause of the yellow.

Crapser, who took advantage of the multiple yellows to work his way back into the mix, suddenly shot back into second and became the primary challenger to Koehler. Cory dove to the inside of Nick and almost got by when for one last time, the yellow waved again for a spin.

Koehler knew he needed to protect the bottom lane and on the two lap sprint to the finish, carefully guarded the low lane. On the last corner the leaders were banging on each others bumpers and the race to the line was a scrambled mess, but Koehler held off Crapser for the win. Southworth lost a driveshaft on the last corner, costing him a good finish as Halopka, Anderson and Smith completed the top five. Krysta Swearingen led the opening lap of the Pure Stock feature until Schoettle got past her and then he led the rest of the contest for his first win of 2012. Bill Skoug moved into second and then battled with Jeremy Dahl, with the result being an impact between the two that saw Skoug stopped in turn four. He was returned to his position and the race continued. Skoug kept putting the pressure on Schoettle, but Scottie held his line and drove on for the win of Skoug. Jesse Bryan, Randy Burton and Dahl completed the top five.

Brent Voeltz led the early laps of the Hornet main event until Schultz came flying up from the fourth row. Schultz survived a banging incident with Rocky Kempe, then moved into the lead and once in front, drove away from the field in the nonstop main event. Voeltz raced home second ahead of Kempe, Jeremy Johnson and Matt Klukas.

Racing action continues next Friday at 7 p.m. with a six division program.

Prochnow Whips Red Cedar Speedway Late Model Rivals

May 28th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – Mike Prochnow recovered from a less than scintillating heat race performance to blitz his Late Model competitors and take the main event in racing action Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Other winners on Friday night
included Kevin Adams, Ben Hillman, Cory Crapser, Cody Kummer and Dustin Doughty. There were no new winners Friday night as the dominant players in each division are starting to emerge with four drivers winning their second Red Cedar features of the season while two are now three time winners.

Prochnow started on the pole of his heat race but faded badly, dropping all the way to fourth at the finish so the team set about making some changes for the main event. They definitely made their car faster as Mike came charging up from the third row to eventually take the win. Rick Hanestad was the early leader and fought off some early pressure from Brent Larson to maintain the lead. As Hanestad controlled the front spot, Prochnow made his run to the front, getting past Steve Isenberg and then sliding past Larson for second.

He closed on Hanestad and drove under him down the back chute, taking over the top spot. Mike then put distance on the field as the battle then shifted to the second spot where Jake Redetzke had raced his way through traffic from the seventh starting spot and closed on Hanestad. However, Rick held him off in the closing laps to get his best finish of the year as Prochnow raced home for his second win at Red Cedar. Redetzke settled for third ahead of Isenberg and Cory Mahder in the nonstop Late Model main event.

Adams used a dominating performance to win his second Modified feature of the year at Red Cedar. He started in the second row and quickly moved past Keith Tourville into second where he then challenged Mark Hanson for the lead. Adams was able to get to the low side of Hanson and sling past him into the lead. Once in front, Adams started to put distance on the field while the battle for second intensified as Jesse Glenz raced Hanson hard for the spot while Craig Thatcher started to move up from the fourth row and fought Rich Lofthus for position.

The yellow waved with six laps complete for a spin, bunching the field. Bad luck hit Hanson on the green as he jumped the cushion and impacted the first turn wall hard, slowing his efforts and eventually ending his night. Thatcher continued his charge and he moved into third and pressured Glenz for the position. Craig nearly pulled off the pass but Glenz fought back hard and retained the spot. The rest of the race remained under green and Adams gradually extended his lead while Glenz fought off Thatcher and then solidified the position. Lofthus hung tough as he finished fourth ahead of Cory Williams.

Steve Thomas looked to claim his first Super Stock feature win of the year as he took the early lead with Tom Karis and Mike Keller challenging. Hillman started in the third row and wasted little time charging to the front as he successfully worked the low side and was able to drive under Karis to take over second. Also on the move was Aaron Wilson as he passed cars and moved into a challenging position.

Hillman continued to press the issue and he raced to the inside of Thomas to take over the top spot. Hillman then checked out on the field, building a comfortable lead until a late yellow bunched the field. Ben again pulled away on the restart and had a comfortable margin at the finish. Hillman’s win was his third here, tying him for the top winner so far this year at the speedway. Thomas finished a strong second and Wilson raced past Karis in the late going for third with Shawn Huse completing the top five.

Hillman is tied for the track lead in wins with Crapser, who used a late yellow flag to charge up from third and steal the win in the Midwest Modifieds. Clark Swartz had led the entire contest and was only five laps away from win number one when the yellow waved after Justin Supri got into the wall on the front chute. Swartz had fought off race long challenges from Travis Anderson while the brothers Halopka battled behind them. Crapser started ninth on the grid, moved up to fifth and then seemed stuck there. However, he continued to work the track and found a burst of speed that carried him up to third just before the yellow waved.

Swartz brought the field down slow for the lap eleven restart and Crapser took advantage, charging to the cushion from the second row and powering past both Anderson and Swartz as they raced off corner two.Once in front, Crapser immediately stretched his advantage while there was much shuffling behind him. Shane Halopka also took advantage of the late yellow, moving from fourth into second while Anderson moved up to third and Swartz slumped to fourth at the finish. Nick Koehler
came on late to secure a top five finish too.

Kummer took his second Street Stock feature race of the year, quickly moving from the second row to duck under both Mike Knudtson and Sam Fankhauser on the opening lap and take the lead. Fankhauser lost his nose piece which triggered an early
yellow flag and then Fankhauser and Knudtson got together on the green which triggered another yellow.

Kummer continued to hold the lead as racing continued with Adam Soltis moving past Knudtson for second. Keith Tourville was having a good run until he slowed with problems, triggering yet another slow down.

Kummer continued to lead on the green with Knudtson retaking second from Soltis as Doug Wojcik also moved into contention. As the race continued, Knudtson started to move in and he provided a late challenge to Kummer, but Cody hung on for the win with Knudtson and Soltis close behind. Jared Lindner was able to complete the top five.

Doughty took his second straight Pure Stock main, leading from start to finish in the nonstop main event. Doughty was pressured early by Randy Burton and just as it looked like Burton might drive by on the high side for the lead, he slowed with mechanical issues and pulled into the pits.

Doughty then had to fight off the challenges of Jesse Bryan but he managed to hold the groove and keep Bryan behind him for the duration of the event, taking the win. Jeremy Dahl finished in the third spot and was trailed by Scottie Schoettle and Bill Skoug.

Next Friday the Hornets return for their second appearance of 2012 and the seven class program will commence at 7 p.m.

Thatcher In Victory Lane at Red Cedar Speedway

May 20th, 2012

Menomonie WI,- Craig Thatcher made his return to the winner’s circle as he topped a wild Modified main event to highlight the Friday night racing program at the Red Cedar Speedway. There were three other first time winners in Dustin Doughty, Josh Smith and Rocky Kempe while Rick Hanestad, Ben Hillman and Jake Redetzke made their second visits of the year to victory lane on a night with a big seven division program.

The Modified main event topped a wild night of racing that included a heart stopping multi car crash that saw defending national Modified champion Kevin Adams ride out a series of wild barrel rolls in an accident that took out a number of Mars. Matt Leer took the initial lead from the outside pole but there was a huge cluster of cars battling right behind him for position and there was little give and take going on. Mark Hanson fought Leer for the top spot as the pack racing dangerously close together at high speed.

They somehow made it four wide through turn four but when they tried the same thing in turn one, the results were disastrous. Adams’ car jumped up on the side of another car, his racer dug into the racing surface and he took off in a wild series of wicked barrel rolls down the track. The huge cluster of cars he was racing with tried to take evasive action with a series of crashes insuring. Adams bounced out of his car unhurt, but the machine was heavily damaged. Also involved and not able to continue were Mark Hessler, Steve Hallquist, Jerry Weigel and Jay Richardson.

Leer continued to lead on the restart with Brent Prochnow challenging him but it was Thatcher who was on the move. He found an opening on the low side of the track and was able to shoot past three cars on one corner, which gave him an open shot at the leader. Leer tried to fight off the former national champion but Thatcher was strong on the bottom of the track and he ducked under Leer to take over the lead.

Also on the move was Mike Anderson who had started in the sixth row but was making steady progress. Late in the event he also got under Leer to take over the second spot. He started to cut into Thatcher’s lead but ran out of time as Thatcher raced home for the win. Leer held on to the third spot over Hanson and Brandon Jensen. Thatcher became the fifth different winner in five nights of Modified racing.

Another first time winner was Smith, who won what may have been the most entertaining race of the night in the Midwest Modified feature. Nick Koehler fought off Kerry Halopka to take the early lead but he was soon joined by fellow Bloomer
resident Clark Swartz as they battled wheel to wheel for the lead. For several laps they jockeyed back and forth with first one and then the other edging in front. Smith started in the second row and was hanging right in there with the leaders while Cory Crapser worked his way up from the fifth row to battle side by side with Smith.

Josh went to the extreme high side of the track and nearly pulled into the lead before a yellow flag slowed his challenge. Undaunted, he again went to the top of the track in a bold move and was able to squeeze past Swartz on the sigh side to take over the lead. Crapser then made a move on the bottom and was able to race into second. Koehler picked up the pace and those three raced for the win, with Smith fighting off his challengers while scrapping off the wall on several occasions. Crapser finished second ahead of Koehler with Swartz and Shane Halopka next in line.

Jason Havel raced to what appeared to be his fourth Pure Stock win of the year but in post race inspection, he refused to give up his transmission on a claim and was therefore disqualified which elevated Dustin Doughty to his first win of the year. Krysta Swearingen made some bold moves on the high side in the last going, and raced her way up into what would eventually be second place. Bill Skoug, Jeremy Dahl and Randy Burton completed the top five.

Jake Redetzke claimed his second Late Model win of the year in a nonstop twenty lap finale. Cory Mahder charged past Greg Nippoldt and Chad Mahder to take the early lead but it didn’t take many laps for Redetzke to move up from the third row to
challenge. He closed in on Cory, but Mahder wasn’t in the mood to easily give up the lead, and Jake had to try both high and low to find a way by. Finally, he got a good run off the high side and blasted into the lead as they raced down the front chute.

Once in front, he gradually pulled away from the pack while John Kaanta put on the charge after starting in the fourth row. He gradually worked his way to the front and caught Mahder with a few laps left. Sliding past Cory on the high side, he moved into second and started cutting into the leader’s advantage, but Redetzke was too far out front to be caught as he drove home for the win. Cory Mahder held off his cousin Chad for the third spot with Mike Prochnow completing the top five. Hillman won his second Super Stock feature of the season in a hard fought battle with Jesse Redetzke and Eric Olson. Redetzke and Steve Thomas battled for many laps in the Super Stock feature before Olson caught them to make it a three car battle. Suddenly Hillman appeared on the scene and he was able to drive to the low side and charge past the group and take over the top spot. Aaron Wilson also became a player as he got a good run on the top side and nearly stole the lead before a yellow slowed his progress. The late yellow bunched the field and Hillman had his hands full, but he held off Redetzke and Olson to claim the win. When both Thomas and Wilson dropped out with mechanical issues near the end, Mike Keller and Wayne Harris Jr both raced into top five finishes.

Veteran racer Hanestad has suddenly become a force in the Street Stocks, winning his second straight feature race at Red Cedar. Despite the fact he started on the pole, the win was not an easy one and he actually needed a late race move to take the win. He did battle in the early going with Mike Knudtson and Adam Soltis for the lead, with Soltis claiming the top spot. They were soon joined by Eric Olson, who had moved up from the fourth row to challenge. Hanestad went to the high side of the track, a move not necessarily one that he would normally do, but it worked on this occasion and he got great momentum and blasted into the lead.

The last few laps were thrilling, as Olson and Soltis both tried to drive under Hanestad for the lead, but the veteran held on for the win, with the Ladysmith drivers finishing behind him. Knudtson and Keith Tourville had their own battle for position, with Knudtson claiming the spot.

Rocky Kempe recovered from an early spin to claim the Hornet win, as that division made their first of several appearances for the year at Red Cedar. Jeremy Johnson and Dave Clausen followed Kempe home in their main event.

Next Friday night will be Military night at Red Cedar with the Memorial Day holiday on the horizon. All active and retired military members will be admitted to the races free, with proof of service required. Race time Friday night will be 7 p.m. with a regular six division program scheduled.

Twelve Different Feature Winners in Red Cedar Speedway Racing

May 13th, 2012

Menomonie WI, May 11 – The Red Cedar Speedway was able to defeat its two most persistent foes, the weather and the track curfew, in presenting one of the biggest programs in recent memory at the speedway. With last Friday night’s rainout following the heat races, Friday the speedway was able to run off the six leftover feature races and then present another full racing program and was able to completed the program well before curfew and only minutes before a line of showers, that would have ended the racing early, hit the track. There were twelve different feature winners during the night’s action, and of that winning group there was one driver that won his first ever feature race plus three more drivers that won their first ever features at Red Cedar. The winners included Mike Prochnow and Steve Isenberg in the Late Models, Cory
Williams and Rich Lofthus in the Modifieds, Steve Thomas and Aaron Wilson in the Super Stocks, Grant Southworth and Jake Smith in the Midwest Mods, Keith Tourville and Ron Hanestad in the Street Stocks and Jeremy Dahl and Jason Havel in the Pure Stocks.

Isenberg led all the way to win the Late Model headliner. He started on the pole and pulled away from the field in what was a nonstop main event. Isenberg’s charge was such that by the end of the race he had nearly a straightaway lead over the field. A.J. Diemel raced his way into second early and tried to catch up to the flying Isenberg, but there was no catching him Friday. Cory Mahder fought off a last lap challenge from Mike Prochnow to finish third with Scott Gilberts completing the top five. The win was Isenberg’s first ever in the Lates at Red Cedar.

In the makeup feature, Prochnow got to the front early and led all the way in that event. Cory Mahder chased Prochnow for a couple of laps before being overtaken by Diemel and for the second time Friday, Diemel chased but had to settle for runner up honors. Cory Mahder recorded his second “show” finish of the evening with Jake Redetzke and Gilberts, again fifth, completing the top three.

Lofthus led all the way to earn his first win of the year and first in his new Hughes Modified chassis. He started on the pole and pulled away from the field, stretching his lead to nearly a straightaway until Don Brightbill, caught in traffic
amongst the leaders, got turned around with only three laps left in the event. Lofthus didn’t let the bad break bother him, as he pulled away again on the restart to take the win. Brandon Jensen had a solid run to take second ahead of Mark Gerth. Craig Thatcher moved up from the seventh row to take fourth ahead of Mike Anderson. Cory Williams led all the way to earn the win in the Modified makeup feature, his first ever Modified win at Red Cedar. Despite a broken rear suspension that kept his car in a permanently “hiked up” position, he was able to fight off a late race challenge from Anderson to take the win. A late spin set up a sprint to the finish but Williams held off the hard challenges of Anderson to take the victory. Brent Prochnow finished third ahead of Jake Hartung and Kevin Adams.

Rick Hallquist and Andy Grymala battled early in the Super Stock feature before Hallquist took the top spot. However, Wilson was on the move from the third row and swept past Hallquist on the high side to take over the lead. Despite strong pressure from Hallquist, Wilson eventually moved away from the pack to establish a strong lead. Ben Hillman charged up from the fourth row late in the event, but he couldn’t catch Wilson who drove on for the win. Hallquist finished a strong third ahead of Grymala and Jim Harris, both recording their best finishes of the year at Red Cedar.

The makeup event saw Thomas get to the front early and fight off challenges from Wilson for the win. A hard crash in turn three involved Hallquist and Hillman who were battling with the leaders knocked Hillman out of the event. Wilson tried to
close late in the race, but Thomas turned aside his challenges to take his first win of 2012. Brad Edington had his best run to date as he finished third with Jesse Redetzke and Mike Keller trailing.

Smith earned his first ever feature win in style, as he ran away from the pack in the nonstop Midwest Modified main event. He started on the pole and just dominated, as his lead was nearly a straightaway before the conclusion of the race. Kerry Halopka also had his best run ever as the second year driver took second early and held off all challenges to take the runner up honors. The event finished under the caution as a wild tangle on the final lap saw a spinning car nearly take out the leader and then impact third place Nick Koehler. Koehler, who got a wrecked car in the incident, did earn the third place prize as the race was scored back to the white flag. Southworth finished fourth ahead of Travis Anderson.

The makeup feature probably was the most incident filled of the night. The yellow waved three times during the event and also had a wild finish. Southworth started on the pole and led all the way for his first Red Cedar win, but it wasn’t quite as easy as it sounds. While he did lead all the way, a late yellow made things very interesting. Cory Crapser, who spun and triggered the first yellow of the race, gradually worked his way back into contention and when a late spin set up a two lap sprint to the finish, Crapser came flying up on the outside on the green. He pulled up to challenge Southworth on the last lap for the win, with Grant nipping him by half a car length for the win. However, Crapser was docked two spots for jumping the last restart and Shane Halopka was awarded second place pay. Smith completed a great night by finishing third ahead of Crapser and Anderson.

Hanestad won the Street Stock feature as held off the challenges of several other drivers for his first win of the year. In the late going Sam Fankhauser gave Hanestad all the pressure he wanted, but when Sam hit the wall and gave himself a
flat tire on the final lap, Hanestad was home free for the win. Adam Soltis finished second and was trailed to the line by Keith Tourville, Ashley Husby and Jared Lindner.

The makeup feature saw Fankhauser again in a wheel to wheel battle , this time with Tourville and after a very entertaining race, it was Tourville who hung on for the win. Fankhauser settled for second ahead of Cody Kummer, Mike Knudtson and Lindner.

The Pure Stocks engaged in a pair of nonstop main events. In the regularly scheduled event, Havel came roaring up from the fourth row through heavy traffic to find the lead early, and once in front he checked out on the field for his third win in four tries at Red Cedar. Jesse Bryan settled for second and was followed by Krysta Swearingen, Scottie Schoettle and Dahl.

Dahl controlled the make up feature, quickly moved to the lead from the second row and then cruising home after that. Bryan earned his second runner up honors of the night with Bill Skoug, Schoettle and Swearingen next in line.

Racing returns next Friday night with the action reverting back to the regular starting time of 7 p.m. The Hornets will make the first of several appearances at Red Cedar in 2012 so it will be a seven division program next Friday.

Red Cedar Speedway Rain Shortened; Double Features Next Friday

May 6th, 2012

Menomonie WI, May 4 – Rain has been the order of the day recently in the Red Cedar Valley, and again on Friday the storms came marching in toward the Red Cedar Speedway. A fast paced program allowed fourteen qualifying events to be completed in
just over an hour, but just as the Pure Stock feature rolled on to the track, the rain, which had been dripping for the last couple of heat races, picked up in intensity and the track quickly became too wet, ending the racing program at that
point.

Next Friday night, May 11th, will be a very busy night at the speedway. The six feature races that were rained out tonight will be made up and that will be followed by a complete program of racing. There will be no increase in admission for this
program which will include twelve feature races plus preliminary heat race contests.

Due to the extra events however, there will be no hot laps on Friday and the racing will start one half hour earlier, with the first race to take the green at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the Red Cedar Speedway, visit their website at www.redcedarracing.com

Havel, Crapser Repeat at Red Cedar Speedway

April 28th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – Jason Havel and Cory Crapser, both with late race passes, became the first repeat winners in racing action Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. While those two drivers were able to duplicate opening night wins, four
new winners also emerged in Keith Tourville, Ben Hillman, Kevin Adams and Jimmy Mars.

Jeremy Dahl led the majority of the Pure Stock feature and it seemed that there would be no way that he could be kept out of victory lane. He started on the outside pole and quickly established the lead, which he continued to maintain by a few car lengths over Scottie Schoettle. Team mates Randy Burton and Jesse Bryan battled for third while Havel traded the fourth spot back and forth with Bill Skoug.

A spin with only five laps left bunched the field, and when the green came out,
Havel suddenly took off like he found another gear that no one else did. He went flying by Bryan and Burton, then passed Schoettle and closed on Dahl. With an opening on the inside down the back chute, Havel powered past Jeremy and took over
the lead. Just as the field took the white flag, there was a grinding collision on the front chute as Gunnar Zurek lost control and was hit very hard by Dave Nogle. Zurek needed a little assistance getting from his car and the race was scored
complete to the white flag with Havel the winner over Dahl, Schoettle, Burton and Skoug.

The Street Stock feature saw Ron Hanestad jump into the initial lead but before one lap could be completed, the leaders were nearly four wide down the front chute as Mike Knudtson, Adam Soltis and Keith Tourville all fought for the top spot. After a little jockeying, Tourville was able to find an opening and he drove into the lead.

Sam Fankhauser came charging up from the third row to close on Tourville, and they fought for the lead for several laps with Tourville able to fend off all Sammy’s charges.

Tourville picked up the pace and was able to put a few car lengths on Fankhauser, who himself was being challenged by Knudtson for second. The order stayed the same as the laps ran down, and Tourville drove home for the win. Fankhauser continued to chase him with Knudtson a close third while Soltis and Hanestad rounded out the top five.

Travis Anderson was less than a lap away from winning his first feature of the year until Crapser made his last lap pass after charging up from well back in the pack for the win. The win was a challenge for Cory, as he started ninth on the grid and had to work his way forward, survive two near incidents and yet came home for the win.

Anderson led from the get, go with Jake Smeltzer and Josh Smith giving him plenty of heat with both making attempts to take over the lead. The beginning of the contest was trying , as there were five yellow flags in the first three laps, including an incident on the back chute where Crapser got turned around and did a wild spin in front of trailing pack of cars.

He was restored to his spot, undamaged, and the race continued. Anderson continued to lead when the drivers finally settled down and started to race, with Smeltzer continuing to challenge as Crapser moved up to fight Smith for third. However, Smith lost control in turn three, Crapser had to hit the brakes to avoid him, but when Smith slid off the track the race continued with Crapser losing time and distance to the leader.

Anderson continued to lead but Crapser really got on the loud pedal, as he reeled in the challengers and raced his way back up to second. As the white flag waved, Anderson got just high enough in turn one that Crapser had room on the bottom and he shot past Travis to take over the lead. Anderson tried to fight back in the last corner but he came up short as Crapser drove on for the win. Smeltzer finished third, with Mike Truscott’s opening race here landing him a fourth place finish in front of Clark Swartz.

Ben Hillman got up on the cushion and flew to the Super Stock feature win. Brad Johnson took the early lead but Hillman soon closed in and was able to slide past into the lead. Once in front, he powered away from the field to nearly a straightaway lead while Johnson fought to hold off Jason Forehand , Tom Karis and Shane Kisling for second.

A late yellow set up a three lap dash to the checkered but Hillman once again pulled away from the field. Forehand used the low side to move into second but he was no match for Hillman, who drove away for the win. Johnson had a good run as he fought off Kisling for third with Karis completing the top five.

Jesse Glenz and Cory Williams battled in the early laps for the Modified lead with Glenz taking the spot and putting a few car lengths on the field. Kevin Adams moved into third and gradually pulled in beside Williams, but Cory put up a tough fight as they raced hard for position and closed on Glenz.

Jesse had been showing some signs of smoke coming from his car coming off the corners and just as the leaders got three wide, he blew a tire and shot to the top of the track. Adams took advantage to shoot between the other two cars and powered into the lead. Eventually Glenz rolled to a halt and the yellow flag waved.

Adams then moved away from the field as Curt Myers moved in to challenge Williams for third. They jockeyed back and forth for the spot until Myers finally took it away just at the end of the race. Adams cruised the rest of the way for the win while Williams held off a last lap charge from Craig Thatcher for third. Mike Anderson drove from deep in the pack to complete the top five.

A.J. Diemel battled with Chad Mahder for the early lead in the Late Model feature before Mahder secured the top spot. Jimmy Mars wasted little time moving in as he drove around Diemel for second and then closed on Mahder. With Mahder running the cushion, Mars made a move on the low side of turn three, got tremendous bite and shot past Mahder down the front chute to take over the lead.

Once in front, he settled in to his groove and gradually pulled away from the field as the race ran non stop. Diemel continued to pressure Mahder for second as Jake Redetzke made a steady charge from farther back in the pack.

Mars continued to motor on and he took the checkered flag with lots of open track behind him. Mahder held off Diemel for second with Redetzke getting past Scott Gilberts in the late going for fourth.

Racing action will continue next Friday night, May 4th with all six classes back in action. Race time is 7 p.m.

Redetzke Brothers, Leer Make Red Cedar Speedway Opening Night Headlines

April 22nd, 2012

Menomonie WI, – The Red Cedar Speedway started its thirty ninth year of dirt track racing Friday night, and the new, six class program of racing got its first test. Highlighting the opening night of racing were the brother act of Jake And Jesse Redetzke, who both won feature races to keep the family happy while Matt Leer wasted little time in winning his first feature race since moving up to the Modifieds this year. Other winners on a cool Friday night included Cory Crapser,
Cody Kummer and Jason Havel.

Jake held off constant pressure from Jimmy Mars to take the Late Model headliner, a race that ran nonstop from green to checkered. Redetzke started on the outside pole and jumped into an immediate lead over Kerry Hanson with Mars quickly moving in to challenge. He swept past Hanson to take over second with Scott Gilberts also quickly following Mars into third. The top three runners moved away from the field, with Redetzke able to keep a slight advantage over Mars while Gilberts lurked closely behind. As the laps ran down, Mars summoned his biggest challenge of the event, as he closed to the rear of Redetzke and then made a low side dive as lapped traffic became a factor. However, Jake held off the pressure and when Jimmy jumped the cushion in turn four, he lost several car lengths with only a couple of laps to go. Jake maintained his line to take the win over Mars, with Hanson moving up to third after Gilberts dropped out with a flat tire in the late going. Ashley Anderson and Craig Schueffner completed the top five as the only cars still running at the end of the race.

Jesse made a late race pass on Jason Forehand to secure the Super Stock win and meet his brother in victory lane. Forehand and Mike Keller battled for the lead in the early going of the Super Stock finale, with Redetzke, Steve Thomas, Shane Kisling and eventually Ben Hillman moving in to make up the lead pack. Redetzke got past Keller for second and then closed on the leader. Jesse made an inside move on Forehand and down the back chute took over the lead. Jason tried to dive low in turn one and return the favor, but Jesse had moved out to a slight lead by that point as Forehand had to worry about holding off Keller. Jesse increased his advantage over the last couple of laps and drove home for the win with
Forehand, Keller, Kisling and Thomas completing the top five. It was reported that this was the first time that both Redetzke brothers had won feature events on the same night at the same track.

Friday was only the second time out for Matt Leer racing in the Modified class, but he found out that experience can be over rated as he drove to his first win ever in the class, topping a tough field of competitors for the win. Leer and Curt Myers battled for the lead on the opening lap but Leer was able to secure the spot and open up a slight advantage. Meanwhile, Mike Anderson was on the move in his green machine as he passed Myers to take over second. Leer had built up a few car lengths lead by that point, but Anderson slowly closed in. Craig Thatcher was on the move after starting in the fourth row, and he closed on Myers in a battle for third. Leer continued to hold the top spot but when Jake Hartung rolled to a halt, it set up a two lap dash to the checkered flag. Anderson went all out on the green, but he got too hight in turn one and slid up the track, giving Leer some margin for error as the white flag waved. Leer continued to control the field as Anderson now had his hands full battling Thatcher for second. Leer drove home for the win, with Anderson holding off Thatcher for second. Myers and Brent Prochnow completed the top five.

Crapser dominated the Midwest Modified main event, after charging up from the thirdrow to take the lead early in the contest. Kerry Halopka and Jake Stai fought for the lead on the opening lap with Stai taking the top spot. While move of the field chose to go low into the corners, Crapser jumped to the high side and by the time the first lap was scored, he had moved from sixth into second. He challenged Stai for the lead, and while Jake was able to fight him off for a lap, Crapser eventually moved past Stai to take over the lead. Now on the move was Shane Halopka who started in the fifth row but didn’t stay there long. Soon he was battling his brother for the third spot and he continued to charge to the front.
Crapser was long gone as he raced into lapped traffic as the race remained under green after an aborted first attempt to race. Shane Halopka eventually got past Stai to take the second spot but Crapser continued to charge all the way to the checkered flag. Stai got his best finish in his short career with a third ahead of Clark Swartz and Josh Smith who rounded out the top five.

The Street Stock feature went nonstop and Kummer dominated the event , leading from start to finish. He got a big jump on Jared Lindner at the start and quickly pulled away from the pack, leaving the rest of the field to battle for second. Adam Soltis moved into second but he then received pressure from Danny Richards and Sam Fankhauser. Fankhauser was on the move particularly, as he moved up from the fourth row to battle first Richards and then Soltis for position. Eventually Sam moved into second, but Kummer had built up a huge lead, and while Fankhauser closed up somewhat at the finish, Kummer drove home for the win. Richards finished ahead of Soltis and Keith Tourville to complete the top finishers.

The Pure Stock feature had a wild finish that included a double flip at the finish line of the event. George Richards started on the pole and led most of the event. Jason Havel started in the second row but got shuffled back at the start, and he spent most of the race fighting his way back into a contending position while Scotty Schoettle, who started tail back in the field also worked his way into contention. Richards had the lead but Havel was closing in on him when Gunnar Zurek lost a wheel with only two laps to go, setting up the finish to be a wild one. Richards continued to lead on the green ,but Havel came charging up on him and as the raced down the back chute on the last lap, Havel got inside Richards to take over the lead.

Havel continued to lead as they raced out of the last corner and just as he crossed the line for the win, the pack was bearing down to the finish. Cooper Berlin was turned sideways right at the finish line and he slid and then rolled over on his roof. The field took evasive action with cars sliding in every direction. Dustin Doughty was turned sideways and he started a series of hard barrel rolls into turn one while Jeremy Dahl crashed into the wall in turn one also.

Fortunately there were no injuries in the wild scramble but car damage was significant to at least a couple of the involved machines. Richards was scored second at the finish with Schoettle, Krysta Swearingen and Kolby Kiehl completing
the top five.

All six classes will be in action again next Friday, April 27th with the first green flag to drop at 7 p.m.

Red Cedar Speedway Falls Victim to Broken Main

April 16th, 2012

Menomonie WI, – The date probably explains it all, but the Red Cedar Speedway found an innovative way to lose their opening race program of the 2012 racing season Friday. A broken water main reportedly led to flooding in the concession stand and restrooms, forcing track officials of the Red Cedar Racing Association to postpone the opening night of the thirty ninth racing season at the Red Cedar Speedway.

The speedway will make its second attempt to start the season next Friday, April 20th with racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The pits will open at 4 p.m., spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., and pit cut and hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Scheduled to compete are WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks. New to the weekly racing schedule will be WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks while the Hornets will compete
seven times also over the course of the summer.

Spectator admission remains unchanged at $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and kids twelve and under are admitted free of charge.

Among the speedway highlights for 2012 are the Dart Challenge Series race scheduled for June 29th, The Dunn Co. Fair Race on July 27th, Season Championships August 10th and the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions slated for September 21st and 22nd.

Red Cedar Speedway Opening Race Scheduled

April 4th, 2012

Menomonie WI – Spring has arrived and so has the opening dirt track race of the 2012 racing season at the Red Cedar Speedway. The thirty ninth consecutive season stock car racing opener at the Red Cedar Speedway, presented by the Red Cedar Racing Association, is scheduled for Friday night, April 13th .

Stock car racing, a staple for Dunn County residents at the Rec Park on Menomonie’s east side, will be contested with six divisions in action after changes during the off season. Despite off season rumors, track officials want everyone to know that Late Models will again be a part of the weekly program. WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models will be joined in weekly action by the Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks. New to the weekly schedule will be WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks, who return to the weekly show after having been dropped from the program several years ago. The addition of the Street Stocks has many drivers in that division excited and is expected to help pack the pit area with competitors in all divisions. Featuring concessions from Springbrook Meats, the pit gates will open at 4 p.m. weekly, with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. and the first green flag to drop at 7 p.m. sharp. Spectator admission remained unchanged with adult admission at $12 and kids twelve and under admitted absolutely free. The track phone number is 715-235-6318.

The Red Cedar Speedway will be racing every Friday night through August 17th with the season concluding Punky Manor Challenge of Champions scheduled for September 21st and 22nd.

Red Cedar Speedway Sends Their Thanks

December 15th, 2011

Menomonie WI – The Board of Directors, members of the Red Cedar Racing Association and all the racers and employees would like to send their thanks to all the media outlets for their help and support during the 2011 racing season. We wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and look forward to continuing to work with you as the 2012 auto racing season approaches.

Hanson New Winner In Red Cedar Speedway Finale

August 23rd, 2011

Menomonie WI, – Mark Hanson in the Modifieds and Brent Voeltz in the Hornets became first time winners at the Red Cedar Speedway on the final night of the regular season at the Dunn County oval. Other winners on a cool and breezy Friday night included Ashley Anderson, Shane Kisling and Matt Leer.

Wayne Stricker and Dave Baxter paced the field for the Modified feature race with Baxter edging into the early lead. However, Hanson quickly moved up from his second row starting spot to challenge Baxter, and following an early yellow flag, Hanson swept past Baxter on the cushion to take over the lead. Brandon Jensen and Jesse Glenz also moved into contention but when Glenz was turned around in turn three, the yellow flew again.

Hanson continued to show the way as he powered around the high side of the track and he gradually pulled away from the field. Craig Thatcher was also working his way forward after starting in the fourth row and he closed in to challenge Jensen. Brent Prochnow was also flying to the front after starting deep in the field. While the battle for second and third continued, Hanson was long gone as he had nearly a straightaway on the field at Rick Cook’s checkered flag. Jensen fought off all challenges to hold on to the second spot ahead of Thatcher with Prochnow and Mike Anderson completing the top five.

Voeltz stopped the five race winning streak of Eric Schultz in the Hornets, driving past Brenden Uetz on the first lap and then leading the rest of the race. Uetz held on for second at the finish with Jay Welk, Dave Clausen and Tracy Hallquist completing the top five. Action got hot and heavy in the Late Model feature race, with a midrace collision eliminated the top two runners and opening the door for Anderson to take his second Red Cedar win of the year. Scott Duval and Kerry Hanson battled in the early going for the front spot in the main event, with Duval eventually using the high side to edge past Hanson. Once in front, Scott opened up some distance on the field as a good battle raged for position behind him. Jake Redetzke picked up the pace from the second row, and moved into the runner up slot. He then began to gradually reel in the leader, as Anderson, Jake Hartung and Scott Gilberts also battled for position.

Redetzke caught Duval for the lead near the halfway point of the event, and Jake made several attempts to pass Scott, only to be turned back. Finally, Jake was able to get to the inside of Duval and dive into the lead, only to slide up the track in turn four. Duval dove to the inside of Redetzke down the front chute in and attempt to reclaim the top spot, and as they attempted to set their cars for turn one, theycame together with Redetzke spinning backward up the track and slamming into the turn one wall. Redetzke was done with front end damage, and Duval, judged to be at fault was sent to the back of the back but he opted to pull into the pits instead.

This gave Hanson the lead on the restart but Anderson used the top side to blow past Kerry and take over the lead. Once in front, Ashley pulled away in the final laps to record the win. The battle for second remained spirited with Hartung edging Chad
Mahder, Mike Prochnow and Gilberts.

Kisling won his second Red Cedar feature of the season in a hard fought battle with Jesse Redetzke and Ben Hillman. Redetzke started on the pole and battled with Luke Plank before he was able to claim the top spot. Kisling started right behind Redetzke and after passing Plank, he moved to the high side to challenge Redetzke for the lead. They raced side by side for a couple of laps before Kisling was finally able to edge past and take over the lead. Hillman was also heading to the front after starting in the third row, and he took over the third spot and moved into to challenge Redetzke. Kisling had opened up some distance on the field, but as the laps started to wind down, the second and third place cars started to close on him. Hillman made an attempt to get under Redetzke for second but was repelled. The pack was within a car length or two by the final lap, and when Kisling jumped the cushion on the final corner, it made for an exciting scramble to the line, but Shane prevailed over Jesse and Ben to take the win with Plank and Steve Thomas completing the top five.

The nonstop Midwest Modified feature saw Leer come from the fourth row to take his fifth Red Cedar win of the year, tying him with Kevin Adams and Jason Havel as the biggest winners at the track in 2011. Clark Swartz made a great move on the opening lap as he moved from the second row to take the lead before a lap could be completed. Justin Supri, Grant Southworth and the Smith brothers were all battling furiously for position but both Leer and Shane Halopka were able to navigate through the traffic and move into the second and third places eventually. When Swartz left the bottom side open, Leer was able to drive under him and take over the lead.

Halopka was really moving up also, as he took second and began to challenge Leer for the lead. However, when the top runners got into traffic, Leer was able to take advantage and open up some distance over the pack. Halopka cut the lead down again, but Matt had enough cushion to drive home for the win. Swartz held on for a strong third, with Supri and Jake Smith next in line.

Havel started on the pole of a short field of Pure Stocks and quickly established a comfortable margin on the pack. Jeremy Dahl drove as hard as he could, but he wasn’t able to close the distance as Havel went nonstop for the win. Chris Wert raced home third with Jason Supri and Jason Stevens chasing.

On a season when the speedway suffered through six rainouts, the track will now be silent until September 23-24 when the grand finale will be the annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions race. Under a new format initiated this year and only announced this week, classes have been added to this year’s show and the order of events has been changed. For the first time ever, the Late Models will run two full shows at the Punky, having qualifying heats and feature races on both Friday and
Saturday night. The Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds will run their qualifying events on Friday and the B features and feature races will be contested on Saturday night. Also, the WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks will run a full race program on Friday night and the Pure Stocks will run a full program on Saturday night. Race time will be 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. More details about the purse structure and admission prices will be announced shortly. Check the speedway website at www.redcedarracing.com for that information.

Track Champions Crowned at Red Cedar Speedway

August 14th, 2011

Menomonie WI, – The rains that caused a lot of tracks to cancel Friday night missed the Menomonie area, and it was a pleasant night to crown Season Champions in all five divisions that routinely race at the speedway. The proud winners who can call themselves Red Cedar Speedway 2011 Season Champions include Chad Mahder, Mark Gerth, Tom Karis, Matt Leer and Gunnar Watkins. Mahder, Gerth and Leer were also point champions at the track while the other two victors were upset
winners.

For Mahder, despite being the point champion, it was his first win at the track in 2011 but he made it definitive as he dominated the Late Model main event from start to finish. He sat on the pole and jumped into an immediate lead over Ashley Anderson in what turned out to be a nonstop twenty lap contest. Anderson tried to stay with Mahder but he slipped up the track and Mike Prochnow was right there to take advantage and move into second. Prochnow tried to stay with Mahder, but Chad had his car hooked up Friday, and he drove away from the field, eventually stretching his lead to nearly a straightaway. The best race was for the fourth spot where John Kaanta dogged Jake Hartung lap after lap before finally ducking under Jake on the last corner of the race to take the position. Prochnow settled for a strong second place finish with Anderson third as Mahder’s decision to pull his old car out and run that proved to be a wise one. The Late Model division has proved to be the most competitive in 2011 with Mahder becoming the seventh different feature winner in the division at the speedway.

Gerth held the pole for the Modified main event in what turned out to be another nonstop feature race. While Gerth held the pole, and jumped into the initial lead, Kevin Adams used the high side to race past Gerth and lead the first couple of laps. Gerth remained solid in the low groove however, and as the outside groove gradually went away, Gerth steadily moved back beside Adams and gradually drove under him for the lead. Adams tried his best to stay with Gerth, but the low groove was the place to be and with Gerth a master of the low side, he gradually extended his advantage over Adams. As the leaders fought for position, Mike Anderson and Ross Prochnow also ran side by side as they fought for the third spot. They jockeyed for the position back and forth with them trading the advantage for most of the race.

Gerth continued to stretch his lead as he built it up to half a straightaway with his only worries coming when he got into lapped traffic and he had to change his line. Adams was able to close the gap then, but Mark was able to get past the back
markers and once in open traffic, he again stretched his margin as he drove on for his second Red Cedar win of 2011. Adams settled for third with Prochnow moving ahead of Anderson in the late going for third. Brandon Jensen completed the top five.

The third point champion to also claim a feature win Friday was Leer and he had to withstand the race long challenges of Shane Halopka to claim the title. Leer started on the pole but had Cory Crapser immediately challenging for the lead. However,
Crapser tried the high side and that didn’t work for him, as he gave the second spot up to Halopka before he could get back in line. The one driver seemingly able to make the top side work was Clark Swartz who came up to challenge Halopka for that
spot.

The Midwest Modified feature was plagued by five yellow flags, four of which came in the second half of the event and kept the field tightly bunched and the drivers anxious. On each restart, Leer would continue to protect the bottom lane with
Halopka trying to get a nose under Matt and sneak into the lead. With all the yellows in the late going, Halopka continued to press for the lead but Leer was able to repel his advances. On the last sprint to the finish , Shane gave it his best effort and nearly got under Leer, but Matt once again fought him off as he drove home for his fourth win of the year at Red Cedar. Crapser was able to fight his way back up to third at the finish while Mark Thomas gradually worked his way up after starting eleventh on the grid to get past Swartz in the late going for fourth. While most of the racers found the low groove to be the best way around the track Friday, the Super Stocks somehow managed to make the high groove the best route. At least Tom Karis was able to do that and the result was a track title for the Menomonie veteran.

Ben Hillman was scheduled to start on the pole, but the point champion hurt his motor while winning a heat race and he had to scratch out of the main. This moved Steve Thomas up to the pole and he took the early lead. However, Karis , who started
outside row one moved to the cushion and he was able to keep his car straight and tight up agains the wall and gain the momentum he needed to drive past the sliding Thomas and take over the lead. Thomas tried hard to fight back, but when he started to slide out of his groove, Karis was able to edge away from him.

The second half of the race got bogged down, and also had the biggest crash of the
night by far. Following a slowdown for debris on the track, the restart saw a tightly packed field thunder into turn one. At a most unfortunate time, Shane Kisling was reported to have broken a brake rotor, and he crashed at full speed into the car of Aaron Wilson, shoving Wilson into the first turn wall where his car climbed high in the air and then flipped. With no where to go, several other cars on the high side of the track plowed into the wreck, creating a massive pile up. While Luke Plank limped away from the scene with minor injuries, no other injuries were reported but the cars of Wilson, Kisling, Jesse Redetzke, Plank, Brad Johnson and Brad Edington were all eliminated.

The three lap sprint to the finish saw Thomas continue to press Karis for the lead while Jason Forehand, who started sixteenth on the grid, slipped past Mike Keller to take third and was on the charge.

Thomas gave it his best effort to try and get under Karis at the end, but Tom continued to work the high side and he drove on for his second win of the year at Red Cedar. Thomas’s all out effort on the final corner left the low side open and Forehand ducked under him to steal second at the line, with Keller and Bart Steffen completing the top five.

Watkins finished eighth in track points in the Pure Stock class and started in the third row of the Pure Stock championship run, a race that was ultimately decided in the tech area following the contest. Jason Havel sat on the pole but in a great move on the opening lap, Bill Skoug , who started in the second row, moved to the high side and drove around Jeremy Dahl, Chaz Ducommun and Havel as the leaders went four wide to take the top spot.

Havel fought back and led briefly , but Skoug continued to drive up the track and was able to again move past Havel who slid out in the turns. Havel continued to press for the lead, and when he again slid up the track, Watkins was right there to take over the second spot. From this point, Watkins tried to track down the leader, but Skoug had his car in the groove and drove away from the pack for the apparent win.

However, in the tech inspection following the event, Skoug’s car was disqualified for unauthorized springs and shocks on the car, handing the track championship and his second win of the year at Red Cedar to Watkins. Havel settled for second with Ducommun, Dahl and Brandon Lofgren completing the top five.

The speedway will conclude the 2011 regular season next weekend. On Friday, August 19th, a regular program with racing in all five classes will be held with the lineups based on point average. Then, on Saturday, August 20th, the second enduro of the season will be held at the track. The racing season will conclude on Friday and Saturday, September 23-24 with the annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions race sponsored by Budweiser and Tim’s Automotive Machine. The exact format and competing classes for that weekend have yet to be determined with an announcement expected within a week.

Mark Hessler Tops Red Cedar Modifieds; Points Champions Decided

August 8th, 2011

Menomonie WI,- Mark Hessler won his first feature race in two years in topping the WISSOTA Modified feature event to highlight the racing program Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Other feature winners on the last regular Friday night of racing in the 2011 racing season were Steve Thomas, Shane Halopka, Bill Skoug and Eric Schultz.

The point championships were also on the line Friday. Chad Mahder clinched the Late Model title last weekend as the Late Models had the night off Friday, and Jeremy Dahl had such a big lead all he needed to do was take the green flag in the Pure
Stock feature to assure himself of that title. However , the other three divisions were very close and Friday night’s features would decide those four titlists.

Hessler led all the way to win his first Modified feature race at Red Cedar in the last two seasons as he started on the outside pole and jumped into the early lead. Kevin Adams and Mark Gerth were battling for the point title with Adams holding a two point lead as the green flag dropped for the main event. Steve Hallquist and Mark Hanson challenged Hessler early while most of the other action involved Adams. Racing his way up from the fourth row, Adams was slashing through traffic when he and Brent Prochnow got together with both then hitting the wall in turn three. Prochnow was done while Adams limped to the work area to replace two flat tires.

Hessler continued to lead on the green but it was only one lap later when Bryan Nayes got into the wall in turn three and Adams, with no where to go, plowed into him, necessitating another trip to the work area. Hessler continued to lead with Ross Prochnow now on the move into second and Gerth was gradually working his way to
the front also.

One more yellow occurred with six laps complete when once again Adams was the third party in the collision after Steve Lavasseur and Wayne Stricker got together initially.

The last nine laps went nonstop and Hessler pulled away from the field as his car was working excellently in the top groove. Ross Prochnow remained a solid second and while Hanson made a last lap attempt to slide under Gerth for third, it failed and
ultimately provided Gerth with his razor slim margin of victory in the points.

Adams came from the back of the pack with half his body bashed in and the other half flapping in the wind, but when he couldn’t make a last lap pass on Mike Anderson for fifth and Gerth held off Hanson, Gerth won the title by a mere point.

Thomas did all he could to win the Super Stock point title, as he won his third main event of the season but it proved to not be quite enough as Ben Hillman raced his way far enough forward to edge Thomas by four points. Brad Johnson started on the
pole and with his finest run of the year, led the first five laps of the event as Thomas, Mike Keller and Jason Forehand chased him. Unfortunately for Johnson, his motor didn’t hold together past the five lap mark and with oil and smoke all over the back chute , he rolled to a halt.

Thomas took the lead on the restart, and riding the cushion, pulled away from the
pack. Forehand pulled in to challenge Keller for second, but a yellow for a grinding
three car crash on the back chute saved Mike while eliminating the cars of Tom
Karis, Jay Quilling and Bernie Christiansen.

Thomas continued to lead on the green as both he and Forehand, still alive in the points race, tried to do the best they could to improve their position. However, Hillman got up on the cushion and moved forward well from his fifth row start, and when he drove past Forehand in the late going to take third, he guaranteed that the title would be his. Keller held on for second in the feature while Shane Kisling rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modified race was just as close as when the green flag flew for the feature race, Cory Crapser held a one point lead over Matt Leeer. Mark Thomas started out with his best run of the year as he took the early lead with a real battle going on behind him for second. As Thomas continued to hold the top spot, Nick Koehler, Kevin Smeltzer, Zach Manley, Justin Supri and Clark Swartz all battled for position with Shane Halopka moving up from the fourth row and Crapser and Leer also advancing.

Two early yellows kept the field bunched but each time Thomas would continue to lead with Manley moving into second and putting on the most pressure. Finally, Zach would get to the low side of Thomas and take over the lead. The race remained very competitive as Supri moved to the cushion and really was on a charge as he raced into second. Then it was Halopka’s turn as he found some racing room in the middle of the track and was able to split Supri and Manley and take over the top spot. Meanwhile Leer and Crapser were both moving to the front too as they carried on their personal battle.

Halopka took his fourth Red Cedar win of the year, tops for the division as he held off the heavy challenges of Supri for the top spot. Leer found a late opening and moved into third and when Crapser got edged by Manley for fourth by inches at the line, that gave the title to Leer by a single point.

Todd Roshell, in his first appearance of the year at Red Cedar , took the early lead in the Pure Stock finale with Gunnar Watkins chasing him. Jason Supri, Kory Hathaway and Dahl were all on the move from farther back in the pack but the top two had established a good early lead.

That all changed in a split second as Roshell grenaded a motor down the back chute, dumping liquid all over the track while at the same time Watkins slowed with steam coming from under the hood of his car, with both the top runners done at the same time.

Chaz Ducommun inherited the lead and held off Skoug for a lap before Bill moved to the high side and drove past the leader to claim the front spot. Ducommun tried to stay with Skoug, but Bill had the groove covered as he drove on for his third Red Cedar win of 2011. Ducommun held on for second while Dahl, who won only one main event but was remarkably consistent all year, settled for third and the point title. Hathaway and Rod Ryba completed the top five.

The Hornets have raced at Red Cedar five times in 2011 and the #7s car has sat in victory lane all five times. Friday Eric Schultz won another easy win although for the first time this year he didn’t lead every lap as Jeremy Johnson led the opening round before Schultz blew past him and disappeared into the Dunn County night. Brenden Uetz ended up claiming the runner up honors with Brent Voeltz, Ben Passa and Jerry Zebro completing the top five.

Next Friday night, August 12th, 24/7 Telecom and Keyes Chevytown present the 2011 Season Championship races. The Late Models will be back and all five classes will be in action with the heat races lined up by points the drivers have earned all season and the feature races determined by the finishing order in the heats. Race time is 7 p.m.

Mars Edges Prochnow For Red Cedar Speedway Win

July 31st, 2011

Menomonie WI, – For the first time in a number of years, the Red Cedar Speedway raced during the annual Dunn County Fair and a huge crowd was on hand to enjoy the racing action. There were several close finishes Friday but the highlight event was the Late Model feature where Jimmy Mars and Mike Prochnow battled it out to the wire with Mars taking the win. Other winners Friday included Kevin Adams, Jason Forehand, Shane Halopka and Jason Havel.

The Late Model main event went nonstop with Jake Redetzke, fresh off a $10,000 win last weekend pulling ahead of Ashley Anderson to take the early lead. Scott Gilberts and Prochnow were close behind and challenging while Mars was slowly working his way up after starting in the fourth row. Prochnow picked up the pace and moved into the runner up position, where he began to put heavy pressure on Redetzke for the lead. Jake pushed up the track in turn one and Mike dropped under him and took over the top spot. After that, Prochnow moved back to the cushion and started to put distance on the field.

Mars began to move up with greater ungency, as he raced past Gilberts and then Redetzke to take over the second spot. However, he was still half a straightaway behind Prochnow with the laps running down. However, Mars really started driving
deep into the corners and he rapidly closed on Prochnow, and it was clear it would be a close finish.

Jimmy drove low in turn one and edged ahead of Prochnow, only to slide up the track and give Mike an opening on the low side. As they raced to the white flag, they were side by side but Prochnow now had the inside line. Powering off the cushion, Mars remained even as they raced down the back chute. Mars remained high on the track and got a great run off turn four while Prochnow couldn’t hold the bottom and Mars accelerated ahead by a car length or two to take the win as the crowd was on its collective feet. It was Mars’ third win of the year at Red Cedar, and he is the only driver in the Late Models to have been able to win more than once in 2011. Redetzke held on for third with Gilberts and Rick Hanestad completing the top five.

Adams continued his assault on area tracks with his Modified, winning his fifth feature win at Red Cedar, tops for any driver in any division and nineteenth overall. He started eighth on the grid but quickly made some strong moves as he cut through the middle of the pack and advanced to the third spot. The lead was held by Mark Hessler who was also receiving a hard challenge from Ross Prochnow.

Spins on lap three and four bunched the field, with the top three cars battling on each restart. Following the second yellow, Adams made a strong move low in turn one and was able to slide up the track and edge into the lead while Prochnow used the
high side to take second. The top two then began to pull away from the field as both moved to the cushion. Hessler was receiving a strong challenge from Mark Gerth and Craig Thatcher for the third spot as Adams gradually began to pull away from
Prochnow.

A late yellow slowed the action again, with Adams again drawing away from Prochnow on the green. Kevin Eder came from no where to charge into third on the restart as he used the extreme high side of the track. Adams kept Prochnow several car lengths behind as he completed the win while Eder held off a last lap challenge from Gerth for third with Hessler rounding out the top five.

The Super Stock feature was a three car battle before Forehand came on to win his second main of the year at Red Cedar. Tom Karis sat on the pole and beat Tommy Richards into the first turn to take the lead. Karis was working the cushion, and he
put some distance on the pack early. Shane Kisling then moved into second and closed on Karis. Shane tried several times to get past Karis, but Tom continued to get a good run off the top side and held off all Shane’s challenges.

A lap six yellow for debris bunched the field, and Forehand, who was running third put on a charge as he squeezed past Kisling on the green to take over second and then began to move in on Karis. Forehand then moved in on Karis and the race was on
for the lead. Back and forth they went, Forehand first getting slightly ahead on the low side but then Karis charging back on the corners working off the cushion. They continued to jockey for the lead, with Forehand finally edging ahead with only a few
laps left. Karis gave it everything he had, but he came up just short as Forehand drove home for the win. Kisling ran third for the remainder of the race with Aaron Wilson and Richards next in line.

Halopka recovered from near disaster to win his third Midwest Modified feature race of the year. Jake Smith was the initial leader with Travis Anderson, Jordan Hessler and Josh Smith challenging him. Halopka, Matt Leer and Cory Crapser were all on the charge from the fourth and fifth row toward the front. Halopka had moved into third when he got too high and bounced off the wall, losing several positions. However, a fortuitous yellow flag for a spin saved him, and he moved back up to third for the restart. Halopka then put on the pressure, as he drove under Jake Smith to take over the top spot.

Crapser moved past Leer for second, and tried to track down Halopka for the lead. However, Shane was in the groove and he withstood all challenges to record the win. Leer settled for third with Josh Smith and Anderson next in line.

The Pure Stock feature also had a good battle for the lead, with three drivers fighting it out right to the checkered flag. Jeremy Dahl eased past Gunnar Watkins to take the early lead with Bill Skoug and Havel moving in to provide a challenge also. Havel was able to get under Skoug to take over second and he then closed on Dahl for the lead. They battled side by side for a couple of laps until Havel was able to get under Dahl and take over the top spot. However, Skoug was not done as he moved up the track and found success as he charged back up to make it a three car battle once again. Havel continued to run the bottom and Skoug moved past Dahl and then closed beside Havel as the race neared its conclusion.

Skoug threw caution to the wind as he tried to work the high side on the final lap. However, he slipped up just enough that Havel was able to take the advantage and he held on for his fourth Red Cedar win of 2011. Behind the top three, Dustin Doughty made a late charge to take the fourth spot with Chaz Ducommun next in line.

Racing action continues next Friday night at 7 p.m. with Coca Cola night at the track. The Late Models have the night off while the other four classes will conclude their points season at the speedway as the year rapidly winds down. On August 12th
the Season Championships will be held in all five classes and the regular season concludes with a full show on August 19th.

Scott Gilberts Tops Red Cedar Speedway Late Models

July 25th, 2011

Menomonie WI, – Scott Gilberts won a nearly race long battle with Ashley Anderson and claimed his first Late Model feature win of the 2011 season Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Gilberts was joined in victory lane for the first time also by Pure Stock driver Gunnar Watkins while Kevin Adams, Steve Thomas, Cory Crapser and Eric Schultz all returned to the winner’s circle.

Gilberts and Caley Emerson battled in the early laps for the lead with Gilberts finally using the outside line to take the top spot where he was quickly joined by Chad Mahder and Anderson in a continued battle for the lead. Mahder took a shot at the leader but couldn’t complete the pass and that gave Anderson his opening to drive to the low side and move into second. He pulled up beside Gilberts on several occasions but just couldn’t complete to move into first.

Yellows for minor spins on lap eight and eleven broke up the battle briefly but once under green again, Anderson would pull up beside Gilberts in turn two on every lap but Scott was superior on the cushion in turn four and would again edge back in front. This continued throughout the race but late in the contest Mahder would rally to close and make it a three car duel. Anderson gave it his best shot on the final lap, but Gilberts held him off. Mahder also blasted the cushion on the final corner and was able to edge Anderson by inches for second with Cory Mahder and Mike Prochnow also in the top five.

Watkins has had a whole season’s worth of mechanical issues already this year, and the second year Pure Stock driver was looking to turn around his bad luck with a front row starting position Friday. He fought off Jeremy Dahl to take the early lead and then had Dahl struck to his rear bumper the rest of the way. Dahl continued to pressure Watkins through two yellow flags but Gunnar continued to hold the lead. Storming up through the field was rookie driver Tony Dubois and he got under Dahl to
take over the second spot. Watkins was fighting a badly overheating car in the final laps but he managed to stay in the groove and fight off the challenges of Dubois to take his initial win of the year at Red Cedar. Dahl settled for third in the running order while Krysta Swearingen charged up from the sixth row to take fourth ahead of Kory Hathaway.

Adams became the top winner at the speedway in 2011 when he won his fourth feature event in the Modifieds, in a tough battle with another rookie, Mark Gerth. Gerth had taken the lead for the green as fought off Luke Schilling and Craig Thatcher to run up front in the early laps. Adams was on the charge from the start, quickly moving up from the fourth row into contention with Tony Bahr close behind.

Gerth continued to hold the top spot as Adams moved into third and a yellow came out for a spin. Adams was able to slip past Thatcher on the green and when the yellow came out one lap later for a stalled car, that put Adams right behind the leader.
Adams got a great run off turn two and ducked to the inside of Gerth to take the lead, but Mark wasn’t ready to give up and he returned the favor on the next lap as he reclaimed the top spot.

Adams kept persisting though, and down the back chute he was able to edge past Gerth and slide up in front of him to claim the lead. Once in front, he was gradually able to edge away and increase his margin. Bahr had charged on the bottom on the last yellow and had moved into third, but in the late going he faded somewhat with Thatcher and Mike Anderson able to pass him in the final standings.

Steve Thomas won his second Super Stock feature event of the year but first since opening night as he got to the front early and fought off a tough challenge from Ben Hillman for the win. Thomas rode the cushion and built up a big lead over the field while Hillman fought his way into the second spot after starting in the third row. Thomas’ big lead evaporated due to a mid race yellow flag and he was in for a battle the rest of the way.

Both the leaders were high on the cushion with Hillman dogging Thomas’ every move. Meanwhile, Luke Plank and Jason Forehand had found the low side to their liking, and they started to close the gap the top two runners had built up. Late in the race, Thomas felt the pressure as Hillman attempted to stick his nose under the leader, but Steve held tough in his line to take the win over all efforts by Hillman. Cory Davis worked his way into a top five finish late in the contest.

Travis Anderson led the majority of the Midwest Modified feature but in the late going he fell victim to the pressure of Crapser as Cory took his third win of the year at Red Cedar. Anderson was up on the cushion and led a trio of Bloomer drivers, Grant Southworth, Clark Swartz and Nick Koehler in the early going. After a lap one spin slowed the action, the rest of the race went nonstop and there was some wild battling going on in the pack as drivers threw caution to the wind in an effort to get to the front in the balanced field. Anderson continued to hold off the pressure as Swartz moved into the second spot and took a run at the leader.

Suddenly, Crapser, who had started in the fifth row, came charging up using the low side of the track. Making his car work where the others couldn’t his “hell for leather” charge on the low side got him into second, and from there he drove under Anderson to take over the lead.

Crapser then pulled away and Anderson started to struggle in the corners on the last few laps, surrendering second to Swartz and then third to a late charge by Matt Leer while Southworth completed the top five.

The Hornets have raced at Red Cedar four times this year and every one of those races have found the #7s car in victory lane. Friday Eric Schultz drove the car and led from virtually the start to record an easy victory over Jeremy Johnson, Jay Welk, Jerry Zebro and Brent Voeltz.

Next Friday the Dunn County Fair will be on at the Rec Park and for the first time in a number of years, stock car racing will be a part of the Fair. A full, five division race program will be held on Friday, July 29th and it offers a great economical bargain for race fans. Everyone that enters the Fair will be charged $1 but then tickets to the race program will be only $5, a great savings for the fans. A big crowd is expected so race fans are encouraged to get to the track early and enjoy the Dunn County Fair before the first green flag flies at 7 p.m.

Red Cedar Speedway Rained Out

July 18th, 2011

Menomonie WI,- There was lots of rain in west central Wisconsin on Friday, so it came as no surprise when the announcement was made that Dean & Sue’s night at the Red Cedar Speedway had been rained out. It was the seventh weather related
cancellation of racing during the 2011 racing season to date.

Next Friday night, the Red Cedar Racing Association will attempt to get another show in. Scheduled for Friday July 22 will be a regular five class program featuring WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks. The Hornets will also make their fourth appearance of the year at the track. Dirt Track Specialties along with Baxter’s Speed Shop will be the presenting sponsors on what will be Fan Appreciation night at the track with special activities planned to go along with that promotion. Race time is 7 p.m.

Check the speedway website, www.redcedarracing.com for more information.

Mad Dog Bites Rice Lake Speedway Foes

July 13th, 2011

Rice Lake WI, – Mark “Mad Dog” Hanson shook off an season that has so far been marked by mechanical failures and bad luck to outrun the field and record his first WISSOTA Modified feature win of 2011 Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway.
Hanson became the only first time winner of the evening Saturday as Shane Kisling, Ryan Viltz, Doug Wojcik and Jason Havel also tasted victory on a steamy Wisconsin race night.

Hanson started on the outside of the front row in what would turn out to be a nonstop main event and he out jumped Dave Mayala to take the early lead. As Hanson put distance on the field quickly, there was an intense battle for the positions behind him as the drivers dueled three and four wide, jockeying for an opening to the front of the field. Tim McMann found an opening and advanced from the third row to take the second spot with Shaun Kreyer and Kevin Adams also on the move. Adams continued his charge as he slid past Kreyer to take third and then moved in to take on his Father-In-Law for the second spot.

Meanwhile, Hanson continued to run a smooth line around the high side of the track as he maintained the lead he had built up. Lap after lap, Adams continued to try and pass McMann, diving up from the bottom of the corners. However, McMann had his own smooth line on the high side and he refused to cut his Son-In-Law any slack. As the laps ran down, the battle for second saw both drivers start to cut into Hanson’s lead, and the margin was down to about three car lengths. However, Hanson continued to hit his marks and rode the high side home for the win. A last lap charge by Adams saw him nip McMann by inches at the line for second with Kreyer and Paul Brust completing the top five.

Kisling earned a division best third feature win in the Super Stocks in a race that very much mirrored the Modified run. Kisling also started on the outside of the front row, led the entire contest which also went nonstop and while he wasn’t severely challenged for the lead, the battle for second was much like the Modified event turned out to be.

With Kisling out front and looking unbeatable, the focus was on the second place battle which was a dandy. Steve Thomas had gotten past Aaron Wilson to take the second spot but he was soon to feel extreme pressure from Jason Forehand. The two young veteran drivers raced side by side around the track for many laps, trading the position back and forth and never making contact with each other. They even exchanged grooves on the track with first Thomas and then Forehand taking the low side and the other able to stay right next to them, thanks to a racy, wide track. Eventually Forehand was able to take the spot and the battle for second had allowed them both to close the gap on Kisling. However, Shane still maintained a comfortable edge as he took Randy Davis’ checkered flag. Behind Forehand, the battle for third raged just like the previous battle for second had, and at the line Eric Olson edged Thomas by inches for third with Ben Hillman completing the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature event saw a surprise finish with the lead being changed on the final corner. Joe Chaplin Jr. and Darren LaBlonde shared the front row but current national point leader Cory Crapser somehow found a way to advance from the third row to the front and after one lap he was the leader. It looked like he might make a runaway of the race, but Tito and Ryan Viltz moved forward as they battled for the second spot. Ryan wheeled past his brother to take over second, and when the lone yellow of the race flew with six laps complete, it gave the rest of the pack
another shot at Crapser.

Crapser continued to lead under the green but Ryan Viltz was all over him, diving low and three wheeling his car through the corner. He attempted an inside pass in turn one and the cars came together but Crapser continued to hold the advantage. However, the contact had given Crapser body damage and his left rear tire started to smoke with metal rubbing on it. After trying the low side several times, Viltz moved to the second groove and while he was able to pull up beside Crapser in the corners, he was never quite able to complete the move.

Ryan tried the high side one last time on the final lap, and just as he dove into turn three, Crapser’s tire blew. Crapser immediately lost speed as he fought to control the car. Viltz was able to steer to the outside and drive around Crapser in the few yards before they crossed the line to take his second win of the year at Rice Lake , but first since opening night. Crapser was able to limp across the line for second, nipping Matt Leer with Tito Viltz and Josh Smith completing the top five.

The only class that seemed to have issues Saturday was the Street Stocks where several yellows and one big crash slowed the action.

Things started off with a bang when Carolyn Nosser lost control as the pack raced out of turn four on the opening lap and when she spun back up the track, had contact was made with Jimmy Randall. Several other cars piled into the wreck and when the damage was assessed, Nosser , Randall and Josh Wahlstrom were all eliminated from the contest.

Cody Kummer took the lead on the restart and led for a number of laps with Jay Kesan providing plenty of pressure on the leader. Meanwhile, Doug and Nick Wojcik, Sam Fankhauser and Adam Soltis all battled for position.

Kesan continued to apply major pressure on Kummer as he drove deep into the corners and began rapping on the rear bumper of Cody’s car. Still Kummer continued to show the way as the laps ran down and Kesan turned up the heat. Again the leaders made contact in turn four and once again down the front chute with Kummer going for a wild spin across the track with the rest of the pack fortunately able to avoid him. Kesan was judged to be at fault for the incident and he opted to call it a night
with Kummer restored to the lead.

However, things weren’t over for Cody yet, as Doug Wojcik got a great start and was able to find the smallest of openings inside of Cody in turn one and he took over the lead. While Cody tried his best to regain the point, the laps ran out on him and Wojcik claimed his fifth feature win of the year at Rice Lake, second only to Kevin Adams in numbers of feature wins. Fankhauser raced home third ahead of Soltis and Ashley Husby.

It looked like veteran Bob Thompson was going to win his first feature win in many a year Saturday, but a late race charge by Havel saw him take his third Pure Stock win of the season. Thompson started on the outside of row one and got the jump on Darwin Brown to lead during the early going. Thompson was working a fairly high groove on the track but he made it pay as he pulled away from the pack.

A yellow when Mike Schnider was turned around bunched the field but Thompson continued to lead as the race resumed. A great battle for position saw Brown, John Erickson and Nick Traynor fighting for spots. However, Havel was on the move as he methodically worked his way forward from the fourth row and once he got into second, he began to close rapidly on Thompson as the laps ran down, catching and passing Thompson with only two laps remaining. Thompson held on for a strong second place finish with Traynor, Erickson and Brown completing the top five.

Racing action continues next Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. sharp, when it will be TRAXXAS Radio Control Car night at the speedway.

Anderson Shines In Red Cedar Speedway Racing Action

July 11th, 2011

Menomonie WI,- It was a great night for Mike Anderson at the Red Cedar Speedway Friday. Not only did he win the Modified Race Of Champions qualifier for the WISSOTA 100 at Huron South Dakota in September, he also dominated the Modified special that was completed after being rained out three laps into the event last Friday night. Other feature winners in the WISSOTA classes Friday night also qualified for the AMSOIL Race of Champions at Huron and they included Jimmy Mars, Shane Halopka and Ben Hillman while other feature winners included Jason Havel in the Pure Stocks and Eric Schultz in the Hornets.

Anderson totally dominated both Modified feature events; in fact he led every lap of feature racing that the Modifieds had on Friday. In the RoC qualifier, he started on the outside of row one and powered away from Steve Hallquist in the beginning,
quickly opening up a large lead as he ran the cushion on the extremely slick race track. As Anderson pulled away from the pack, the battle was for second with Hallquist trying to hold off Mark Hanson, Mark Gerth, Jesse Glenz and Brandon Jensen as there was a swarm of about ten cars in a tight pack jockeying for position.

Anderson was long gone up front, with Gerth eventually moving into the second spot. With the racing running nonstop however, Anderson had nearly a straightaway on the second place runner at the end. Jensen held off a late charge by Kevin Adams for third with Glenz completing the top five.

The Modified special was restarted on lap four, right where the competitors were shut down last week when the rains started. Glenz was in the lead but when he chose to guard the low side on the lap four green, Anderson, sitting on the outside on the double file restart, blew right past him to take over the lead. Once in front, it looked like a replay of the first feature as he disappeared into the night, leaving the rest of the pack to battle for second. Glenz held the spot stubbornly for a number of laps but Adams was finally able to wrestle the position away from him.

The yellow flew for the only time with seventeen laps complete and the rest of the field got their only shot at Anderson. However, on the green Mike once again pulled away, this time from Adams who was struggling to hold off Glenz for second. Anderson established about half a straightaway lead on Adams, who could do nothing to catch the flying Colfax resident. Late in the race Gerth made a charge from the fourth row, and with only a couple of laps left used the low side to edge past Adams and take over second. Behind those three at the finish were Glenz and Craig Thatcher. Anderson’ wins were his second and third of the year at Red Cedar and he went home with a nice $2,000 check for his evening’s activities.

Mars eased his way to his second feature win at Red Cedar as he made a late move to take over the top spot in the Late Model event. Kerry Hanson had his best run of the year for a number of laps as he held the top spot with Mike Prochnow, Cory Mahder and Scott Duval battling back and forth for second. Mars started seventh on the grid and didn’t crack the top five of the race until it was half done. Meanwhile, Prochnow had managed to take over the lead as he looked for his first win of the year at Red Cedar. In the second half of the event, Mars seemed to find another gear on the field as he drove under Duval, Hanson, Mahder and then Prochnow to take over the lead with five laps to go. Once in front, he pulled away from the pack to score a comfortable win, his second of the year at Red Cedar as he became the first repeat winner of the 2011 racing season. Prochnow hung on for second ahead of Mahder, Duval and Jake Hartung.

Hillman punched his ticket for a trip to South Dakota with a dominating performance in the Super Stock main event. He started on the second row and quickly moved to the cushion where he blew by Jim Harris and Aaron Wilson and quickly opened up a big
lead in the main event which went green to checkered nonstop.

As Hillman pulled away, Wilson also found his way to the top side which helped solidify his second place position. Jesse Redetzke gave the Arneson #20 car a good ride, and despite the fact that he beat on the concrete wall on nearly every lap, e
turned in a solid performance to finish third ahead of Ashley Anderson, again driving the Quilling #33 and Luke Plank. Hillman’s win was his second of the year at Red Cedar.

Halopka came back from a big crash at another track on Sunday night to win his second Midwest Modified feature event at Red Cedar and also pack his bags for Huron. He had a tough battle though as Kevin Smeltzer gave him everything he wanted and more before finally taking the checkered flag. Smeltzer took the early lead running the cushion as Halopka moved to the low side of the track and while Shane was eventually able to edge into the lead, Smeltzer never gave up and continually pulled up beside Halopka down the chutes after getting a strong run off the banking.

Near the end of the race, Cory Crapser picked up the pace and after a tough battle was able to edge ahead of Smeltzer into second. He threw everything he had at Halopka on the final laps, but Shane held tight as he took the win. Behind the top three, Clark Swartz and Zach Manley completed the top five.

Havel took his third Pure Stock win of the year in a race that featured a wild last lap that had to be sorted out by track officials. Scottie Schoettle had been the leader for most of the event until Havel picked up the pace near the end and drove under first Jeremy Dahl, then Chaz Ducommun and then Schoettle to take the lead. Ducommun moved into second and then made an all out blitz to try and take the win on the last lap. He made contact with Havel on the last corner and both cars spun, with the rest of the field taking evasive action as the finish was scrambled with Schoettle crossing the line first.

However, track officials ruled that Ducommun was the offender on the final lap, the race was scored complete on the white flag lap and Havel was awarded the win. Schoettle was recorded second, but apparent third place finisher Tony Dubois failed to pass tech inspection. That gave Jason Supri the third spot ahead of Randy Burton and Dahl.

Schultz blew away the Hornet field as the division was making their third appearance of the year at Red Cedar. Schultz won by a considerable distance over Mark Ryskoski and Rocky Kempe.

Next Friday night all five classes will be in action again on Dean & Sue’s night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Race time is 7 p.m.

Halopka Wins Red Cedar Thriller; Modified Special Rescheduled To Next Week

July 4th, 2011

Menomonie WI, – Shane Halopka edged past Kevin Smeltzer on the final lap to win the Midwest Modified feature event on a weather altered night of racing Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. On a race night that started out as a scorcher and ended with everyone racing to evade the incoming storms, Shane Kisling and Jason Havel were also feature winners before the rains shut down any further racing action.

The Modified feature race was able to be started , and three laps were completed with Jesse Glenz scored the leader when the rains started and everyone quickly made for shelter. This race will be completed next Friday, with the competitors still racing for the $1,500 top prize. Whether the race will be run in its entirety or restarted at the point the rains came had not yet been determined at press time. Fans and competitors are encouraged to check the speedway website: www.redcedarracing.com where that information will be posted.

Cory Crapser took the early lead from the pole position in the Midwest Modified main event but he couldn’t shake Kevin Smeltzer who stayed right with him. Crapser was running the low side of the track while Smeltzer was bumping off the wall on the high side on occasion, but Kevin continued to challenge and did poke his nose into the lead also. Meanwhile, Halopka moved up after a good battle with Matt Leer to take over the third spot and then began to close on the leaders. Leer had his hands full also as he battled with Mark Thomas and Justin Supri for position.

Halopka closed in on the front running duo, and as Smeltzer edged ahead of Crapser, Halopka also challenged Smeltzer for the lead. The laps were running down, and the top three continued to run in a group. Halopka was able to split the leaders and edge into the lead but Smeltzer continued to work the high side successfully. On the final lap Halopka was low and Smeltzer got one good last run off the cushion and they raced to the line side by side with Halopka taking the win by about a half car length. Crapser finished a solid third with Leer holding off Supri for the next finishing position. It was Halopka’s first win of the year at Red Cedar.

The Super Stocks ran a nonstop twenty lap main event with Steve Thomas edging ahead of Jason Forehand to take the early lead. Thomas was also working the high side of the track as he raced dangerously close to the concrete wall but continued to edge away from Forehand. Kisling picked up the pace from the second row and he drove past Forehand for second. Kisling began to close in slightly on Thomas, but Steve still continued to hold a comfortable lead.

Forehand slipped back into a battle for third with Tom Karis and Ashley Anderson started to move up and make it a three car battle for position. Kisling started to make the middle groove work, and he began to close in on Thomas for the lead. With eight laps remaining, Thomas got into the third turn wall hard, and badly damaged the sheet metal on the right side of his car. He lost a lot of ground as Kisling closed up beside him and on the following lap pulled past to take over the lead.

Kisling then began to quickly pull away as the contact with the wall had obviously damaged Thomas’ car. Kisling stretched out the advantage the last few laps and drove home for his firs win of the year at Red Cedar, as this division remains the most balanced in terms of different feature winners in 2011. Anderson made a late move to split his competitors as he took home third place honors ahead of Forehand and Karis.

Havel earned his second Pure Stock win of the year at Red Cedar after flagging down early leader Bill Skoug. Skoug had taken the lead early from Tony Dubois and led the first half of the event until Havel came charging up from the third row to drive under Skoug and take over the top spot.

Havel then began to pull away but Skoug would not give up the chase and in the late stages of the race Havel seemed to slow and Skoug caught back up to him. Skoug made a stab to retake the lead as the leaders came to the white flag and they banged together on the front chute.

Both drivers maintained control with Havel regaining a slight edge which he continued on the final lap. Skoug made one last charge on the low side but Havel out accelerated him down the front chute to take the win. Jeremy Dahl finished in the third spot with Jay Folz and Kory Hathaway trailing.

With storm sirens wailing in the back round as severe weather was apparently on the way, the Modifieds took the green flag for their forty lapper. Jesse Glenz used the pole to take the early lead, with a spin slowing the action with only three laps completed. The field took the green again, but then the rains started falling before they could even make another round. The yellow flag waved, the field was sent to the pits and the decision was quickly made that with more weather on the way, the show was complete for the night.

Next Friday night will be an incredibly important and busy night. All classes will return for a full racing program as the Late Models will be back after a one week hiatus to compete. Not only that, but next week is the qualifying night for the AMSOIL Race of Champions event to be held in September during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota.

All feature winners in the WISSOTA sanctioned classes will receive automatic births in this prestigious event so that makes the feature races just that much more important next Friday night.

Adding to all this, the Modifieds will also be completing their forty lap main event rained out tonight, and that race pays $1,500 to the winner as the second highest paying race for the Mods of the entire year at Red Cedar.

Also on the card will be the third appearance of the Hornets in 2011.

Race time is 7 p.m. with Slush Puppy/Old Dutch being the presenting sponsor for the event.

Rain & New Winners Highlight Chateau

June 27th, 2011

Lansing, MN –Four new faces entered victory lane at Chateau Raceway this week. Aaron Sletten, Dan Wheeler, Jesse Olson and Jacob Dahle all recorded their first feature wins. Close to 80 cars checked in for this weeks race program. The beautiful day quickly turned cloudy and when the first USRA Modified heat got one lap completed, the rain came. It was a quick burst, but the track became too slick and the cars were sent off of the speedway. After a delay of a little over an hour, the cars came back to the track. The order was shuffled a bit and the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks ran their feature first. The early stages drivers played it safe and tippy toed around the slick track. Speeds gradually increased as the laps clicked off.

Aaron Sletten took the lead from row one, but he had Keith Weber in his tire tracks most of the way. There was only one caution in the race on lap seven and the drivers did a great job despite the conditions. Weber remained close to Sletten, but could not muster enough speed to make a pass. Stacy Krohnberg took third from Matt Brooks on lap 9 while the field remained mostly single file. In the later stages of the race, Adam Godeke came alive on the top side of the track. Godeke passed cars on his way to the front and took second when the white flag flew. Godeke made things exciting on the final circuit, but Sletten held him off at the line for his first win this season. Weber ran third while Brady Krohnberg was fourth and Stacy Krohnberg fifth.

After the USRA Modifieds and Hornets ran their heat races, the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stocks were ready for their 15-lap feature. It started with a bang when several cars tangled on the frontstretch. Briana Grinstead was knocked from contention in the wreck. Jason Barber and Mike Blowers raced for the lead with Tony Shaner right on their heels in third. Barber held the advantage until lap three when he drifted just a bit too high in turn two. That allowed both Blowers and Shaner to zip by. Blowers would hold the lead for the remainder of the race to win his second of the season. Shaner had a great run in second while Barber finished third. A.J. Zvorak and Jesse Stahl rounded out the top five.

Troy Dahle sped to the lead in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Taylor Ovrebo and Deven Sutter trailed and Sutter took second on lap two. Kylie Kath nabbed the fourth spot while Dan Wheeler cracked the top five. A caution on lap two slowed the pace. Dahle took off on the start, but on lap three his car slowed in turn four. The pack did a good job to avoid the leader when he exited the track. Ovrebo then found himself in the lead, but not for long. Wheeler flew from fifth to the lead in just a couple of laps and then Ovrebo spun with Kath in turn four and out came the caution.

From there it was all Dan Wheeler when he decimated the field and lapped up to the seventh place car. It was Wheeler’s first win at Chateau this season while Kath finished a distant second. Greg Pfeifer Jr. came home third with Jason Born and Cody Gardner in the top five. It took three attempts to get the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature race going. Richard Harms used row one to assume the point. Jesse Olson was on the move and stole the lead from Harms on lap six.

Olson drove away for his first win the year at Chateau. Laura Curry drove a good race to finish second. Greg Gutt finished in the third position with David Moriarty and Harms fourth and fifth. Jacob Dahle led the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature from green to checkered to get his first checkered flag this season. Dahle took off, but had Brandon Davis glued to him for most of the 25-lap race. The leaders touched lap traffic on lap 11, but Dahle still led with Davis right there. On the final lap, traffic played a role once again. Dahle came up on lapped traffic in turn three and that allowed Davis to close in fast. They went in and out of the lapped cars and Dahle crossed the line first while Davis nipped at his rear bumper. Jason Cummins took third with A.J. Wiste and Doug Hillson in the top five.

Andrew Lokenvitz won his fourth straight S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornet feature over Noah Grinstead and Kaitlyn Stark.

Next Friday, July 1; it will be the AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifier for the WISSOTA Street Stocks and WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. The feature winners will be qualified for that race to be held at the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in September.

Two New Late Model Winners At Red Cedar Speedway

June 27th, 2011

Menomonie WI – Two Late Model features were held at the Red Cedar Speedway on Friday to make up for a rain shortened program two weeks ago, and first time winners topped both events as Rick Hanestad and Brent Larson drove home to the wins.
They joined with Pure Stock driver Scottie Schoettle to become first time winners for the 2011 racing season at Red Cedar. Kevin Adams and Cory Crapser charged through the fields to win their respective main events and Cory Davis and Ernie Schultz became repeat winners to highlight a busy Friday night at the Speedway.

Hanestad led all the way to win the make up Late Model feature after starting on the outside pole. The event got off to a shaky start with a five car pileup in turn one on the opening lap that eliminated Scott Gilberts and Jake Hartung for the event.
Hanestad got up on the cushion and moved into the immediate lead, chased by Cory Mahder, Mike Prochnow and Scott Duval. Ashley Anderson and Ron Berna were both on the move as they raced into the top five positions and continued to move forward.

The rest of the event went nonstop and Hanestad continued to be the Captain of the ship as he controlled the event from start to finish. Berna completed an impressive charge as he worked his way into second at the finish ahead of Anderson, Scott Duval and Kerry Hanson.

The regular Late Model headliner saw Larson lead all the way from the pole for the win, in what was an easy first part of the race until Jake Redetzke came from deep in the pack to make things interesting. Larson checked out on the field early, with
Cory Mahder and Gilberts having a great battle for second as they sliced and diced on the tacky track, running very close together as they were soon joined by Duval and Chad Mahder to make it a four car battle for position.

Redetzke started in the sixth row, but fresh off of a $4,000 win Thursday night in North Dakota, he was not content to just ride around as he got up on the cushion and made a determined charge to the front. He was picking off cars in quick fashion and soon found himself in the runner up slot. He closed in on Larson, who was feeling his first challenge of the night, and made some serious attempts to get by Brent.

The yellow flag flew with sixteen laps complete and the restart seemed to help Larson as he was able to open some distance on Redetzke, who made a late charge but it came up short as Larson held on for the win. Cory Mahder took the third spot over
his cousin Chad with Anderson completing the top five.

Adams may have recorded the charge of the year so far, as the Cameron driver came from the seventh row to win the Modified feature in what was a scintillating event. A technical issue following the first Modified heat race saw the top three runners, Adams, Mark Gerth and Eric Pember all disqualified so all three had to start at the back of the pack for the main event, leading to some real fireworks as they charged toward the front.

Mike Anderson took the early lead in the main event with Bryan Nayes applying considerable pressure as Craig Thatcher moved in to make it a three car battle up front. Nayes looked to the bottom on several occasions and nearly snuck by, as Thatcher looked on, waiting for an opening for himself.

Meanwhile, the three amigos from the tail of the pack were racing as if their hair was on fire as they tore through the field with some astonishing moves. Soon, Adams has up to fourth with Pember and Gerth close behind.

Nayes was continuing to pressure Anderson for the lead, but he tried too hard in turn three and spun, triggering the yellow flag and giving Adams the break he needed. He started in the high groove beside Thatcher and right behind leader Anderson and on the green he tore into the corner, closing up beside Anderson in a great battle for the lead. They raced side by side for the top spot with Adams edging into the lead. However, Mike would have one more chance when with only three laps to go, Jesse Glenz, having a great top five finish, also spun and triggered the yellow bunting.

Adams would lead on the green but with two laps to go, Anderson got a great run into turn one and edged under Adams to take over the lead. However Kevin just laid back for a second and then dived back under Anderson for the top spot as the crowd went wild. Adams had Anderson on his bumper as he took the white flag. Mike made one more hard dive into the last corner as Adams drove home for his third win here, but when Anderson slid high, Thatcher was right there to edge him by inches for the second spot. Pember and Brandon Jensen completed the top five as only Gerth failed to charge from the back to a top finish, completing his run one spot short of a top five finish.

A five car crash on the opening lap eliminated two Super Stock top runners from the event and dinged up a lot of other equipment. Luke Plank took the lead on the restart and led a number of laps until Davis, who had moved up from the third row,
slid past him for the lead. Davis put some distance on the field as Aaron Wilson used the high side to drive into second and he then began to close on the leader. Plank lost a top five finish when his car suddenly burst into flames and the red flag was needed.

On the restart, Davis was able to get away from the pack as he drove home for his second straight win at Red Cedar. Wilson finished a solid second ahead of Jason Forehand. Ashley Anderson, subbing for Jay Quilling, came home fourth ahead of Chad
Johnson.

Josh Smith had his best run of the year, taking the early lead from Dusty Brown and leading a number of laps of the Midwest Modified feature race. Smith was eventually challenged by Shane Halopka for the position with Smith successfully fighting off
Shane on several occasions. As those two battled for the lead however, Cory Crapser suddenly appeared from the fourth row and dove to the low side, making it a three wide battle down the back chute. Crapser continued his charge as he pulled into the lead with Halopka now second and pressuring him.

Justin Oestreich was having a good run also as he moved into the third spot and began to chase down the leaders. However, Crapser continued his strong run as he took his second feature win of the year here. Halopka finished a strong second but Oestreich had issues at the inspection center and he was disqualified for a violation. That moved Matt Leer into third ahead of Zach Manley and Smith.

Schoettle got his first Pure Stock win of the year as he led all the way, front start to finish. He was pressured in the late going by Chaz Ducommun but withstood the challenges as he drove on for the win. Jason Supri finished third ahead of another rookie driver, Ton Dubois while a third rookie, Colt Hartwish lost his best finish when he failed to scale following the event. He was replaced in the official running order by yet another rookie, Dave Nogle.

The Hornets made their second appearance of the year at Red Cedar, and just like on their last race here, Ernie Schultz destroyed the field, leading from virtually the green flag on and stretching his lead during the entire ten lap event. He finished nearly a straightaway ahead of Jay Welk, Brad Edington, Brendan Uetz and Bill Voeltz.

The wild action of the Modifieds Friday should be just a warm up session for next week. On Friday, July 1st, the featured attraction will be a Modified special paying $1,500 to win the main event. A big field of cars is expected on Altoona Family Child Care Center night at the track. While the Late Models will have the night off, all other classes will be running a full program. Race time is 7 p.m.

Seven Different Winners In Red Cedar Speedway Race Action

June 22nd, 2011

Menomonie WI, – Under threatening skies and with an occasional sprinkle, the Red Cedar Speedway was able to complete their racing program Friday night. With three left over feature races to run from last week’s rain abbreviated program, it was a full night of racing action that saw seven different drivers visit victory lane.

The list of feature winners included Kevin Adams and Bryan Nayes in the Modifieds, Cory Davis and Tom Karis in the Super Stocks, Jeremy Dahl and Butch Madsen in the Pure Stocks and Matt Leer in the Midwest Modifieds.

Leer became the biggest winner at the track so far this year as he won his third Midwest Modified main event in a crash riddled and yellow flag plagued event. Nearly half the starters were eliminated in crashes, several in two grinding wrecks that caused major damage to several cars.

Jordan Hessler led much of the early going in the race with Jake Smeltzer and Justin Supri applying plenty of pressure. Supri got turned around in the early going but was restored to his position and later a grinding head on crash eliminated Travis
Anderson.

Leer started in the fourth row and gradually worked his way into contention, helped by the three yellow flags during the first half of the race. Leer worked his way into a challenging position and then was able to split the leaders and move into the top spot, although he was pressured hard by Hessler who nearly got the position back.

One more big crash eliminated Zach Manley, Mike Truscott, Jake Smith and Cory Crapser before the last few laps could be completed.

Leer hung on for the win and the battle for second continued with Supri taking the position ahead of Hessler, Smeltzer and Nick Koehler.

The Modified feature was one of the few races to go nonstop with Robby Bunkelman and Jason Swan battling in the opening laps with Swan holding on to the spot. Adams started in the second row and quickly moved into contention. He made a power move to the high side down the front chute and blasted past Swan to take over the lead. Once in front, he quickly put distance on the field, extending his lead to nearly the length of the straightaway.

The battle then shifted to second with Brent Prochnow, Jesse Glenz and Mark Gerth eventually moving in to join the fight. Adams continued on to become the first repeat winner in the division this year while Prochnow made the inside work as he
took the second spot over a late rushing Gerth, Glenz and Jay Richardson.

The Makeup Modified feature saw Nayes win his first ever Modified main event in a wire to wire win. Nayes started on the pole and quickly took the top spot, flying around the tacky track with Steve Hallquist and Mike Anderson in pursuit. Nayes continued to hold the top spot with Anderson moving into second and Brandon Jensen also getting into the mix. Nayes continued strong up front as he staved off the best challenges that Anderson could offer.

Anderson’s run came to an end when his motor blew and Jensen then took up the chase. A late yellow for a spin set up a three lap sprint to the finish but Nayes was up to the challenge. Bryan remained strong and fast and gave no opportunities to the other drivers as he drove home for the historic win. Jensen finished a strong second over a late rush from Paul Knauf with Hallquist and Gerth completing the top five.

Davis took his first Super Stock victory of the year at Red Cedar in a tight battle with Aaron Wilson and Jesse Redetzke. Redetzke, driving Dan Arneson’s car, got up on the cushion and led the first half of the feature race with Wilson applying pressure on the high side while Davis worked the low side of the track.

Davis was able to pick up the pace and drive under Redetzke to take over the lead while Wilson continued to work the cushion. Cory was able to maintain the lead despite heavy pressure from Wilson to take the win. Jason Forehand made a late rush that saw him move from thirteenth to third at the finish ahead of Redetzke and Steve Thomas.

The Makeup feature for the Super Stocks saw veteran Karis battle back for his first win of the year in a two car battle with Mike Keller. Karis battled with Eric Olson before taking the top spot and then he soon felt pressure from Keller for the lead. They battled back and forth before Keller secured the top spot and moved to a slight advantage. A yellow for a spin bunched the field and on the green Karis found renewed speed as he moved back up beside Keller and raced his way back into the lead.

Keller continued to dive hard into the corners on the low side and close up on Karis, but each lap Tom would fight him off for the point. Keller made one last attempt on the final tour but Karis held him off by a car length for the big win on a night when his back up car was driven by long time speedway favorite Robear Dielke. Ben Hillman moved up to the third spot at the finish with Wilson and Olson completing the top five.

The Pure Stock feature saw Scottie Schoettle take the early lead over Dalton Hazelton and Jason Supri. However, Butch Madsen was charging up from the ninth starting spot and within a couple of laps was right behind Schoettle. Madsen saw an opening on the low side and he dove for it. Unfortunately, in his efforts to get the lead, he managed to dump Schoettle backwards and the yellow flag flew. Schoettle was restored to the lead and Madsen went to the tail.

Schoettle continued to lead but he was soon challenged by Dahl who moved up from the third row. Jeremy was able to drive into the lead and in Scottie’s haste to try and regain the top spot, he managed to turn Dahl around and he ended up going to the tail of the field.

Dahl was then in control and he drove on for his first win of the year. The big battle for second saw Kory Hathaway edge Chaz Ducommun for the spot with Jason Supri and Randy Burton next in line.

The makeup feature went much better for Madsen who started in the second row and quickly drove past Ducommun for the lead. Dahl eventually worked his way into second and tried to chase down the Rice Lake veteran to no avail as Butch drove on for yet another win in his long and sterling career. Ducommun settled for third ahead of Gunnar Watkins and Chris Wert.

Next Friday, June 24th, will be WQOW TV 18 night at the track. All five divisions that normally race at the track will be in action and the Late Models will be running double features to make up for the rain shortened show two weeks ago. Race time is 7 p.m.

WISSOTA Modifieds

Manley Shines Over Cloudy Red Cedar Speedway

June 12th, 2011

Menomonie WI, – Zach Manley won his first ever WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature race on a rain shortened Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. When the rains increased in intensity following the Midwest Modified main, the rest of the program had to be cancelled with the remaining feature races to be made up in the next two weeks.

A big field of twenty three Midwest Modifieds took the green flag from Rick Cook for their main event with Manley jumping into the early lead off the outside pole. However, before a lap could be completed a multi car tangle occurred in turn two and the race went yellow.

The second attempt went better, and Manley again took the lead with A.J. Roschen chasing him. The pack soon began to tighten up with Nick Koehler, Jordan Hessler, Matt Leer and Travis Anderson soon becoming one large group of cars jockeying for position. Manley continued to maintain a comfortable cushion but the battle for second and beyond was heavy.

Another yellow for a spin on lap six bunched the field again, but Manley was equal to the task as he again put distance on the pack. Leer was on the move and he drove into the second spot while Cory Crapser, who was sent to the tail on the first lap tangle, had already worked his way back up into the top five. Crapser continued to charge as he got under both Anderson and Koehler to move into third.

The last nine laps of the event proved to be a shootout, and while Leer challenged Manley a few times, Zach held his ground and didn’t give Leer the opening he needed and the former Street Stock standout drove home for his first open wheel win ever. Leer finished a solid second with Crapser, Koehler and Roschen trailing.

Next Friday, June 17th, with be Snap 0n Tools and Quality Auto night at the speedway and it will be a busy one. A full program will be staged for the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks. In addition, the makeup feature races from tonight’s weather out will be held for the Modifieds, Super Stocks and Pure Stocks.

The Late Models are scheduled to be off next Friday night and they will return on June 24th, WQOW TV 18 night, when they will run their makeup feature event.

Race time Friday night is 7 p.m.
By Ed Reichert

Doug Wojcik, Adams Continue Rice Lake Speedway Domination

June 8th, 2011

Rice Lake WI, – Doug Wojcik and Kevin Adams both earned their third feature wins in five nights of racing and continued their domination of their respective divisions to highlight the racing program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. While both drivers came from deep in the pack to win their main events, other winners on a beautiful Saturday night for auto racing included three first time winners in Shane Kisling, Cory Crapser and Nick Traynor.

Wojcik methodically picked his way through the field in the Street Stock main event as he came from the fourth row to win another feature at Rice Lake. In a race stopped just once for a debris yellow flag, there was a lot of passing and switching
of positions throughout the pack.

Cody Kummer took the early lead from the outside pole as he edged ahead of Josh Amans for the initial lead. Kummer continued to lead for the first few laps in a strong run as Adam Soltis moved into the second spot and put the pressure on Kummer. Meanwhile, as the pack jockeyed behind him, Doug Wojcik moved to the front quickly as he found a hole in the pack and quickly drove into the third spot. Brother Nick Wojcik and Jay Kesan were also moving up quickly.

Doug Wojcik was able to get past Soltis for second and then closed on Kummer. Doug made a strong move to the bottom of the track and was able to drive past Cody and take over the lead. As Doug moved away from the pack, Soltis was able to take second but Nick Wojcik was also charging and he closed on the fellow Ladysmith driver.

While second year driver Doug Wojcik motored on for the win, Nick got past Soltis in the late going to make it a family sweep. Kesan raced into fourth at the finish while Kummer settled for a top five finish.

The Modifieds did the Street Stocks one better by running a nonstop twenty lap finale with Pat Hoffman and Shaun Kreyer battling in the early going for the lead, until Brent Prochnow came charging up and took over the lead. Adams remained mired
in the pack for a few laps until he found the cushion and then he took off like he put his race car in another gear.

Adams flew around car at a rapid pace and quickly moved into the top three. As Prochnow and Mike Anderson were battling for the lead, Prochnow moved to the bottom to hold off Anderson and in that second, Adams motored to the open high side and blew past both cars to take over the lead. Once in front he kept the hammer down, and opened up nearly a straightaway advantage on the pack. The battle was now for second as Anderson and Prochnow raced side by side for a number of laps with neither able to establish any superiority.

Adams continued his hot pace and drove home unchallenged for the win, while Anderson edged past Prochnow with only a couple of laps left to take second. Mark Hessler came from the back row to tip Tim McMann for fourth at the line.

The Super Stock feature was a spirited contest throughout that got off to a rough start when Jason Forehand broke on the first lap on the front chute in heavy traffic, causing many in the field to take evasive action. The first lap issue eliminated both Forehand and Wayne Dean from the event.

On the restart, Shane Kisling blasted from the outside pole to take the early lead, with several drivers in hot pursuit. Scott Clark, Aaron Wilson, Tony Bahr, Steve Thomas and Ben Hillman were all fighting hard for position and jockeying on the track.

Three minor spins slowed the field and on each restart the double file lineups produced a new and different scenario as some drivers preferred the high side while others wanted to go to the bottom and it led to some wild jockeying for property once the green flag reappeared.

Veteran Bahr was able to squeeze past Wilson for the second spot, and driving a Kisling back up car, the battle for the lead soon found two identical cars running nose to tail. Bahr put the heat on Kisling, but Shane was steady on the cushion. On the last lap Bahr dropped low in turn four and tried to sneak under Kisling but Shane had him covered for his first win of the year at Rice Lake. Thomas was able to work his way into third at the line ahead of Hillman and Eric Olson.

Josh Smith led the opening laps of the Midwest Modified feature with Zach Manley and Crapser quickly moving in to challenge. Crapser was flying as he took over the second spot while Matt Leer was on the move from the fourth row. Crapser continued his charge as he took over the lead, ducking under Smith when he got too high in turn four. Leer followed suit as he drove into second but Manley was close behind and battling for the spot also.

Entering turn three, the two cars got together with both spinning and triggering the yellow flag. Crapser continued to lead but Leer, who was restored to second, was close behind and pressuring the leader. However, Leer was showing smoke from a tire, apparently rubbing against something as a result of the contact during the previous spin. Leer made it only a few laps before the tire went flat and he limped off the track as the race remained under the green.

Crapser then pulled away with Shane Halopka trying to track him down but the best battle was for third as Smith fought to hold off both Tito and Ryan Viltz. They continued to slug it out with much three wide racing during the final part of the event.

Crapser drove home for his first win here with Halopka settling for second. Tito Viltz was able to fight his way to third with Smith splitting the Viltz brothers in the final order.

It was heart ache in the Pure Stock feature for Gunnar Watkins. Watkins took the early lead in the event as the high schooler attempted to go back to back, having won last Saturday night also. He continued to hold the point through the first part of the race, withstanding pressure from Dustin Doughty and then John Erickson, Nick Traynor and Jamey Fisher.

Watkins continued to hold the lead when the yellow flew for a slowing car. However, when the race was ready to restart, Watkins, who was leading the pack suddenly lost power and stalled as the field took evasive action to avoid him. Gunnar was not able to get the car to refire and he retired to the pits.

Traynor inherited the lead with heavy pressure from Fisher until his motor went sour and he was forced to call it a night also. This moved Erickson back into second and he did his best to make a pass for the lead, but Traynor held tough and fought off all the pressure for the win. Erickson finished second ahead of C.J. Wagner, Jay Folz who came from the fourteenth starting spot and Krysta Swearingen.

Next Saturday night will be the LaVerne and Bill Crapser Memorial Race presented by Bob Seckora-Coldwell Banker. The feature races for the WISSOTA divisions will also be the qualifying events for the AMSOIL Race of Champions event to be held during the WISSOTA 100 in September at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota. The feature winners Saturday will automatically be qualified for that prestigious event. The draw/redraw format of formulating the starting lineups for the main events will be used next Saturday.

Gerth Tops Red Cedar Speedway Modified Opponents

June 5th, 2011

Menomonie WI, – Mark Gerth, a rookie Modified driver with only a handful of starts behind him, topped a strong field of the open wheel cars to highlight the racing action on Relay at the Races night at the Red Cedar Speedway. Bill Skoug won his second Pure Stock feature race of the season while first time winners to victory lane included John Kaanta, Jason Forehand and Cory Crapser.

The Modified feature race saw Cory Williams jump into the early lead with pressure from Mark Hessler and another rookie, Jesse Glenz. Hessler was nailed to Williams’ rear bumper on the low side while Glenz raced around the top side, trying to edge
past both those drivers. Meanwhile, Craig Thatcher and Kevin Adams were quickly moving up from mid pack to become part of the action also.

A lap five spin bunched the field and then the intensity really picked up as while Williams continued to hold off Hessler, Gerth had moved up from the fourth row to challenge as the field ran three and four deep battling behind the leaders.

Another spin two laps later bunched the field up again and this time Gerth, who had worked his way up to second, made a bold move to jump up to the high side on the restart and fly by Williams down the front chute to take over the lead. Mark then
extended his advantage while Thatcher also used the high side and eventually worked past Williams to take over second.

However, Thatcher found himself quite a distance behind the leader and with Gerth locked in, Craig was never able to close up the gap as Gerth drove on for the meaningful win. Adams was able to drive past Williams for third on the final lap with Glenz completing the top five. Skoug became the track’s second repeat winner of 2011 as he topped the nonstop Pure Stock finale. Skoug started on the pole and took the early lead over Chris Wert. Meanwhile, Jay Folz, who had started in the second row, picked up the pace and drove past Wert to take over second and began to close on the leader.

Folz caught the leader and when Skoug slid up the track exiting turn four, Folz dropped under him and looked to be able to take over the lead. Unfortunately, just at that time Skoug came shooting down to the inside and caught the rear end of
Folz’s car, turning him sideways right in front of the pack. While Skoug was able to keep going and retain the lead, Folz was narrowly missed by several cars before he could straighten out his machine and keep going, but he lost a considerable distance
on the leader and was not a factor during the rest of the event.

Wert found himself back in the runner up position but he wasn’t able to close the gapand Skoug drove on for the win. Chaz Ducommun had early on moved into the third spot, and he retained that position throughout the rest of the race with Scottie
Schoettle and Kory Hathaway chasing him to the line. Topping the list of first time winners was Forehand, who won another nonstop feature race as the Super Stocks went green to checkered. Forehand started in the third row of the event but quickly moved to the front after he found some racing room in the low groove early. Bernie Christiansen held the top spot early with lots of pressure from Tom Karis and Mike Keller until Forehand arrived on the scene.

Jason was able to continue his low side challenge and when Christiansen moved up the track, Forehand was right there to take over the lead. Once in front, he quickly checked out on the field as the battle for position focused on Christiansen trying
to maintain his position. As Forehand continued to motor on, with no one able to stay with him, Keller finally took over the second spot with Karis also getting by Christiansen.

Forehand drove on to the victory with Late charging Luke Plank and Ben Hillman also able to crack the top five.

Crapser came charging up from the third row to take the Midwest Modified feature event after a hard battle with Zach Manley. Manley, another rookie driver, started on the pole and led the opening laps with Justin Supri challenging him. Crapser was making some bold, low side dives into the corners that sent the dust flying as he got under first Supri and then the leader to take over the top spot. His prime challenger would end up being Shane Halopka, who started in the fourth row but used the high side of the track to move into the second spot eventually. Shane would close to about five car lengths of Crapser, but once they settled in the distance between the top two would remain fairly consistent throughout the remainder of the event.

The top two runners stayed about the same distance apart the rest of the race, with Crapser driving home for the win. Manley held on for third with Clark Swartz trailing while Matt Leer had a good battle with Supri and Jake Smith before taking
the fifth spot.

Kaanta was shut out of victory lane in 2010 at the Red Cedar Speedway but he made sure that 2011 wasn’t a repeat as he dominated yet another nonstop feature event in the Late Model finale. Kaanta started in the front row with Rick Hanestad and after a first lap battle, used the high side of the track to edge into the lead. Scott Duval was on the move early as the veteran driver but Late Model rookie drove into the second spot using the low side of the track and began to close in on the leader.

Duval made several attempts to drive under Kaanta and got close a couple of times before Kaanta began to assert some superiority and started to pull away from Duvy. Hanestad settled into third but he started to receive a challenge from Jake Hartung for the position with Jake Redetzke also closely trailing the duo.

Kaanta continued to smoothly lead the field, dropping low in turn one and then racing high on the west end of the track. Duval remained strong and unchallenged for the second spot as the top two flashed under Rick Cook’s checkered flag. In the last
couple of laps, the third place runners were side by side and on the final tour of the track, Hartung was able to take the spot from Hanestad. Redetzke also had a late challenge that resulted in Chad Mahder securing the fifth spot.

Next Friday, June 10th is Dick’s RV night at the speedway and all five classes will again be racing, with the first green flag to fly at 7 p.m.

Same Old Wet Song For Red Cedar Speedway

May 30th, 2011

(Menomonie WI)- It was the same song, different verse for the Red Cedar Speedway on Friday. For the fifth time already this season, the racing program scheduled for Friday night was rained out. This time the showers stayed away until late afternoon, but once they arrived, the grounds quickly became too wet for any hope of racing action to commence.

Clear Channel Radio’s Relay at the Races will be rescheduled for a date later this summer. Next Friday, all five classes will be running again at 7 p.m. on Sailer’s Meat Market Night at the track.

Then on Saturday, June 4th, the first enduro of the year will be held. This event is running on the raindate, having been rained out on May 14th.

Check the speedway’s website, www.redcedarracing.com for more information.

Anderson Dazzles Late Model Foes At Red Cedar Speedway

May 21st, 2011

(Menomonie WI) Ashley Anderson made a high side charge from the forth row to drive by the leaders in the late going and win his first Late Model feature of the season at the Red Cedar Speedway in Friday night racing action. Matt Leer became the
first repeat winner as he took the honors in the Midwest Modifieds while other winners tonight included Mike Anderson, Ben Hillman, Jason Havel and Ernie Schultz.

Eighteen cars took the green flag for the Late Model headliner with front row starters Chris Oertel and Cory Mahder battling for the front spot initially. Rookie Late Model driver Scott Duval quickly moved in to challenge along with Scott Gilberts and Jake Hartung. Mahder secured the top spot but when he jumped the cushion in turn two, Duval was right there to take over the lead. Duval was riding the high side himself as Gilberts moved low and took over second and then began to close on the leader. Meanwhile Anderson was slowly working himself into position as he continued to climb toward the front of the pack. Duval continued to show the way, as Gilberts continued to press on the low side but Duval was smooth on the cushion and continued to fight off every charge that Gilberts could muster. As the laps ran down, Duval continued to show the lead and it appeared an upset was in the making. However, with just a few laps left, Duval jumped the cushion in turn four and Gilberts was able to drive under him for the lead. When Duval got over the cushion again in turn one, Anderson was there to take over second.

Gilberts had built up a few car lengths advantage but Anderson, flying on the high side quickly reeled in the leader and blew by him on the front chute to take over the top spot. With only three laps remaining, Rick Hanestad rolled to a halt on the back chute, triggering the only yellow flag of the event. On the green, Anderson powered away from Gilberts and the field as Chad Mahder got a good restart and gained two spots up to third where he finished ahead of Duval and Hartung. A late race pass in the Modified feature after the race long leader jumped the cushion in the same spot as had happened in the Late Models made that race strangely similar to the Late Model finale. In this case it was Steve Hallquist who led the majority of the event until bad luck caught up with him.

Unlike the other main events Friday, the Modifieds had a tough time getting their finale going with three yellow flags in the first three laps. Once they settled down, Hallquist beat rookie Jesse Glenz to the cushion and took off from the field. Mike Anderson worked into second and repeatedly tried to work the low side to get by Hallquist, but his efforts were unsuccessful. Another rookie, Mark Gerth , was holding off the challenges of Craig Thatcher for third. Anderson continued to pressure the bottom lane, but Hallquist remained smooth on the top and maintained the lead. That is, until there were only three laps remaining when Steve got too high in tricky turn four and jumped the berm, with Anderson
buzzing past him on the bottom to take over the lead. Steve tried to fight back, but when he got too high again he gave up a couple more spots. Anderson held off the pressure of the rookie Gerth the rest of the way for the win, with Thatcher, Hallquist and Brandon Jensen trailing.

Aaron Wilson took the early lead in the nonstop Super Stock finale, but when he gave up the top side to Ben Hillman, Ben blasted past him to take over the lead. As Hillman stretched his advantage, there was a big battle for second with Mike Keller, Jason Forehand, Dan Gullikson and Steve Thomas all fighting for position. Gullikson was finally able to drive around Forehand and secure the runner up slot and he then proceeded to chase Hillman. For awhile Gullikson was able to cut into Hillman’s lead and he made a couple of attempts to drive under Hillman, but eventually Hillman picked up the pace and opened up more of a lead. In the closing laps he drove home unchallenged to take the win, with Gullikson, Forehand, Thomas and Keller completing the top five.

Leer made a late race pass to take his second straight Midwest Modified feature win to highlight what was a very good open wheel race. Rich Lofthus got the early jump on Travis Anderson to take the lead but he was soon joined in a battle for the top spot by fellow Bloomer resident Nick Koehler. After a brief battle, Koehler was able to drive around Lofthus and take over the point. Meanwhile, Leer was working his way up from the forth row but the focus was farther back in the field where Shane Halopka and Cory Crapser were both making dramatic runs through the field as they worked their way into contention. The race remained under the green with Koehler continuing to lead but Leer was closing in as the laps ran down. Crapser and Halopka continued to roar to the front with both moving into the top five. Just a couple laps remained in the event when Leer discovered that he could get a great run off the low side in turn two. After closing to the bumper of Koehler, he tried that move with success with two laps to go and shot into the lead. Leer stretched his margin on the final two rounds to take the win over Koehler. Crapser charged from sixteenth to third and was closing at the end. Halopka came from tenth to forth with Lofthus completing the top five. Scottie Schoettle took the early lead in the Pure Stock feature, only to spin in front of the entire pack in turn two. Disaster was avoiding when everyone missed him and the race stayed under the green flag. Jason Havel found room on the low side of the track and then shot into the lead. Once in front, he pulled away from the pack in his flamin’ five, and the battle was for the second position. Havel drove home an easy winner with Jeremy Dahl fighting off the field to take second ahead of Chaz Ducommun, Mike Schnider and Nick Traynor.

The Hornets made their first ever appearance at the Red Cedar Speedway and it was Ernie Schultz that put his name in the record books. He started on the pole and drove away from the field, winning by nearly a straightaway over a closely bunched
pack behind him. Brad Edington, Rocky Kempe, Chad Edington and Ron Jablonske completed the top five.

A good field of over one hundred cars signed in to race tonight and the Red Cedar Speedway track officials beat the weather, completing the nineteen race program in two and a half hours. Next Friday night Clear Channel Radio will sponsor the Relay at the Races night with many activities associated with the Relay for Cancer ongoing. Race time is 7 p.m. and all five classes that normally compete will be in action.

Red Cedar Speedway Forced to Postpone Once Again

May 15th, 2011

(Menomonie WI) – High winds, falling temperatures and the chance of reoccurring mist and light rain all combined to force the cancellation of the racing program Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway.

It was a difficult decision for the Red Cedar Speedway Board of Directors to make as the racing surface was in racing condition, but with the unfavorable weather forecast, the decision was made in the best interests of future racing at the track.

The enduro scheduled for Saturday, May 14th was also postponed. The enduro has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 4th at 7 p.m.

Racing action will return to the Red Cedar Speedway next Friday, May 20th at 7 p.m. A full five division program is slated and for the first time in the history of the Red Cedar Speedway, the Hornet division for four cylinder cars will be making an appearance. Citi Financial will be the presenting sponsor.

Mars Landing Successful In Red Cedar Speedway Opener

May 8th, 2011

(Menomonie WI) – The fourth attempt to get the 2011 racing season under way at the Red Cedar Speedway was successful, with a big crowd, full pit area and sunny skies to boot. National driving star Jimmy Mars was home this weekend, and he made
it look easy with an unchallenged win in the Late Model feature to highlight the racing program on opening night. Other feature winners Friday included Kevin Adams, Steve Thomas, Matt Leer and Bill Skoug.

The first two attempts to get the Late Model feature going resulted in yellow flags and a two car collision eliminated Kerry Hanson from further action. On the third attempt, Jake Redetzke, who had bobbled on the earlier false starts, this time got a much better start and jumped into the early lead. Mars moved up from the second row to quickly bird dog the leader as he looked for an opening. Five laps into the event, Mars got a strong run off turn two and ducked under Redetzke to take over the lead. Once in front, he then gradually moved away from the field.

The pack got shuffled when John Kaanta got sideways in turn four and while a major collision was avoided and the race remained under green, several cars were able to take advantage and make a quick move toward the front.

As Mars moved away from the pack, Chad Mahder advanced from the seventh starting spot to take over third from Mike Prochnow and then set out after Redetzke for third.

Mars had to be careful as he worked through traffic in the closing laps but he cruised home with nearly a straightaway advantage over the field. Redetzke held off a late rush by Mahder for second with Prochnow and Ashley Anderson completing the top five.

Adams for off a tight three car battle as the defending track champion took the Modified main event. He started on the pole and was able to edge past Mark Gerth into the high groove and take the early lead. Craig Thatcher and Dave Cain quickly
moved into the second and third spots as the top three drew away from the field. Adams maintained his slight lead as Cain dropped to the low side of the track and raced Thatcher side by side for second.

After a few laps Thatcher was able to contain Cain and solidify the second spot but he seemed unable to close in on Adams. The margin between the two remained relatively static, but one mistake by Adams and Thatcher was ready to pounce. However, that never occurred and Adams drove home with several car lengths to spare for the win. Cain maintained third as Brandon Jensen made a nice run up to the fourth spot from the fourth row while Brent Prochnow completed the top five.

The Super Stock feature had a couple of lead changes in the last few laps that kept the race very interesting right to the checkered flag. Jason Forehand used the top side to take the initial lead with Steve Thomas, Shane Kisling, Ben Hillman and Luke Plank battling behind him. Thomas got up on the high side himself and he really picked up the pace as he went buzzing by Forehand to take over the lead.

Once in front, Steve put a little distance on the pack while the battle for second remained a hot one with Kisling, Forehand and Hillman arguing for the position. Kisling moved to the high side to take over second and then he gradually began to reel in the leader. In fact, the top four cars all bunched up in the waning laps as they raced for the win.

Kisling was able to get to the inside of Thomas off turn two and powered into the lead as the laps ran down. However, Thomas would have none of that and on the following lap, Steve was able to get back under Kisling and regain the lead as the white flag waved. Kisling tried to return the favor in turn one but his car jumped out from under him and moved up the track and Hillman was quick to take the position.

Ben pushed hard on the last lap but Thomas hung on for the win. Kisling settled for third ahead of Forehand and Aaron Wilson.

The Midwest Modified feature was also a crowd pleaser with some good battles for position and a late race pass for the win. Ryan Viltz led the early going of the main event but he was then tracked down by Cory Crapser who moved into the lead. Viltz remained right there to continue battling him but he was joined by Matt Leer, Clark Swartz and Jordan Hessler.

Leer was able to get past Viltz and take over the runner up slot and he began to close on Crapser for the lead. Meanwhile, Shane Halopka was making a strong run also as he pulled into a challenging position. With five laps remaining, Crapser slipped up the track just enough that Leer was able to power under him in turn one and take over the top spot. Halopka continued his charge and he got past Crapser also and closed on Leer. An all out charge on the final lap came up short as Leer took home the win. Crapser held on to third followed by Viltz and Swartz.

The Pure Stock feature was not quite as smoothly run as the other main events. Several yellow flags slowed the action and one of the incidents saw the leader planted in the infield.

Chaz Ducommun was the early leader of the race, but he was challenged by Randy Burton and Nick Traynor. Traynor was able to take over the top spot but the battle continued as Burton, Gunnar Watkins, Bill Skoug and Kory Hathaway all were battling for position. Skoug found an opening on the bottom side of the track and was able to drive into the lead, but shortly after in a heavy battle to maintain that spot, he was turned around in turn four and the yellow flag waved.

Skoug was returned to the lead for the three lap sprint to the finish with Hathaway becoming his main threat. Kory went to the extreme high side of the track and drew even with Skoug on the final circuit but he bounced off the turn three wall and lost enough momentum that Skoug was able to drive home for the win. Hathaway gathered himself and was able to come home third. Apparent third place finisher Traynor weighed in light and was disqualified, moving Jeremy Dahl, Jason Supri and Ducommun into the top five.

Racing action in all four classes will continue next Friday, with the first green flag set to drop at 7 p.m.

Red Cedar Speedway Forced To Postpone Opener For Third Time

May 2nd, 2011

(Menomonie WI) The third time was not the charm for the Red Cedar Speedway as association officials were forced to postpone the opening race for one more week after an assessment of the race track on Thursday.

Continued bouts of snow and rain over the last ten days have kept track crews from getting on the track, and the new clay which was applied to approximately 50% of the racing surface after the completion of the 2010 season has acted like a blotter, soaking up the moisture and without proper drying conditions, led to a very spongy racing surface.

So despite the fact that Friday is predicted to be the first nice day in nearly a week, it was the unanimous feeling of the Board of Directors of the Red Cedar Speedway that the most prudent thing to do would be to wait one more week, rather than compromising the quality of the racing on opening night and possibly doing damage to the track’s surface that might take weeks to repair.

So, the speedway will now attempt to start the 2011 racing season on Friday, May 6 with a complete show of WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks along with the always exciting Red Cedar Pure Stocks. Sailer’s Meat Market of Elmwood and Coca-Cola will present the opening night activities.

The pits will open at 4 p.m., the grandstands at 5 p.m. and the first green flag will drop at 7 p.m.

For more information on the Red Cedar Speedway, call the information number at 715-235-8175 or log on to the speedway website at : www.redcedarracing.com

Red Cedar Speedway Postpones Opener Again

April 21st, 2011

(Menomonie WI) – For the second straight week, adverse weather conditions have forced Red Cedar Racing Association officials to postpone the 2011 season opener at the Red Cedar Speedway. Originally scheduled to start the season on April 15th, wet weather pushed back the opener one week. Now, another week filled with rain, cool temperatures and yes, even some snow, have combined to cause another week’s delay.

Racing is now scheduled to begin on Friday, April 29th with a full show of WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks all in action. The pits will open at 4 p.m., the grandstands at 5 p.m., the cutoff is 6:30 p.m. and the first green flag drops at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Red Cedar Speedway, go to their website at www.redcedarracing.com or call the track at 715-235-6318.

Red Cedar Speedway Opener Delayed

April 8th, 2011

(Menomonie WI) – The Red Cedar Speedway is postponing their season opening race by one week with the opener now slated for Friday, April 22nd. Originally scheduled for an April 15th opener, the late Spring and wet weather have conspired to force the postponement. With the new clay on the track and poor drying conditions to date, it was felt by the Board of Directors that it would be better to wait one more week and allow final preparations on the third mile oval so that it will be in top condition for opening night.

Action is now slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd with a five class program featuring WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks. The pits are slated to open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand gates at 5 p.m.

Anyone needing further information about the Red Cedar Speedway racing season should call 715-235-6318 or check the speedway website at www.redcedarracing.com

Larson Gains Pole for Punky Manor Challenge of Champions

September 26th, 2010

Menomonie WI, – The opening night of the thirty first annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions presented by Bill’s Distributing and Tim’s Automotive Machine was contested Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway despite attempts by Mother Nature to wash out the show. Under sullen gray skies on a cold and windswept night in west central Wisconsin, one hundred and thirty four drivers signed in an attempt to qualify for the main events on Saturday night.

Jake Redetzke won the Late Model dash to place himself on the pole for the $4,000 to win Late Model main event on Saturday night. Justin Fegers will start outside Redetzke in row one while Brent Larson joined those two as heat race winners.

Other heat race winners on the opening night included Joey Jensen, Kevin Adams, Jimmy Mars and Craig Thatcher in the Modifieds, Steve Thomas, Paul Erikson, Ben Hillman and Rick Kobs in Super Stocks and Grant Southworth, Rich Lofthus, Mark Gerth
and Cory Crapser in the Midwest Modifieds.

The Punky Manor Challenge of Champions in run in honor of Neil “Punky” Manor Jr, a Late Model champion at area tracks and a driver on his way to big things when he was killed in a highway accident.

Main events for all four classes will be contested at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Red Cedar Speedway Wet; Championships Rescheduled

August 16th, 2010

Menomonie WI, – Friday the 13th lived up to its billing this time for sure. After a night of storms Thursday that saturated the racing surface, more storms on Friday morning made it impossible to prepare the track and the Season Championship races Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway were postponed.

Fortunately, track officials built such a contingency into their season schedules and the championships , sponsored by 24/7 Telcom and Keyes Chevytown, will now be held on the last night of the regular season at the Speedway, Friday, August 20th at 7 p.m. All five classes will be running their Season Championships on Friday the 20th , with the racers lined up by track points accumulated during the season in their heat races and the finish of the heats determining the lineups for the main events. Regular ticket prices are in effect and the pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with the main grandstand opening at 5 p.m.

It will be a busy week for the speedway and track officials as the second enduro of the year is scheduled on Saturday, August 21st at 7 p.m. featuring one hundred or more street type cars in a no holds barred battle for one hundred laps or two hours, which ever comes first. Race fans are invited to attend both events and wrap up the regular season in a big way at the Red Cedar Speedway. Following next weekend, the only event left on the racing calendar for the Red Cedar Speedway will be the 31st annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions scheduled for September 24-25 and sponsored by Budweiser and Tim’s Automotive Machine.

Red Cedar Speedway Wet; Season Championships Next

August 3rd, 2010

Menomonie WI,- Hydrogen and oxygen molecules joined right over the Dunn County Rec Park late on Friday afternoon as has happened much too often in 2010. In layman’s terms, the end result was that the Red Cedar Speedway was rained out again which ended the regular season at the track. Red Cedar ran a total of eleven nights of racing during 2010 with rain being a big factor in the short season.

With this being the final scheduled point night of 2010, point champions were crowned in absentia with the race cars remaining in th