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September 13th, 2015
Superior, WI – Maybe it was the new number that did it. On a clear, cool night at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin, Davey Heskin took advantage of a mid-race caution to race past polesitter Scott Neitzel on Friday, September 11th. The win continued an impressive streak in IRA competition in 2015 as Heskin became the 15th consecutive different winner. The streak started way back on June.
It was an emotional victory for Heskin who ran the race as the 56N instead of his usual 56 to honor his grandmother Nancy, who recently passed away. “This is pretty emotional and I definitely did this for Grandma Nancy tonight… I just love this place and I can’t believe we finally got one here,” said Heskin in victory lane. Heskin set the track
record in 2013 but this was Heskin’s first career victory at Amsoil.
It was a rocky start to the night as Scott Uttech and Michael Decker made contact prior to the start of the A-main and the 10th-starting Uttech flipped in turn two. On the start, Neitzel jumped out the lead in his 2W and drove to a sizable lead. The race went green until Ben Schmidt stalled on the frontstretch with mechanical problems. The IRA
point leader would not return.
On the restart, Neitzel led the seventh-starting Heskin, Blake Nimee, Dave Uttech and Russel Borland back to the green. On lap 15, Heskin raced past leader Neitzel in turn number one and never looked back. The top three remained unchanged as the race went green to checkered following Schmidt’s stop. Wayne Modjeski, Phillip Mock and Roger
Crockett waged a fierce battle throughout with Crockett eventually pulling ahead of Modjeski for fourth at the finish.
The charge of the night may have gone to Bill Rose, who made it to seventh from dead last in his back up car. Rose crashed hard over the concrete wall and into a distant retaining fence in heat race action after contact with Neitzel.
July 9th, 2015
Superior, WI – Preparations for the AMSOIL Twin Ports Twin 25s at The AMSOIL Speedway are well underway. The event scheduled for Sunday, August 2nd has become one of the speedway’s premier events. With a payout bulging over $26,000 in purse and bonuses, the Twin 25s is WISSOTA’s highest paying single day Late Model show. Both 25 lap Late Model features are run for identical $1,500 to win, $200 to start payoffs. Because of the balanced purse structure, 10 or more drivers have collected checks in excess of $1,000 for participating in the Twin 25s each year since it’s inception.
Once again Powers & Associates, optometrists will pay a $500 bonus to the driver with the highest average finish in the twin features. If the same driver wins both features the bonus will double to $1,000 for a total winner’s purse of $4,000!
Back again for this year’s running is a Non-Qualifiers Fan participation pool. Como Oil & Propane has started off this year’s pot at $300. The premise of the bonus is to develop a pool of money that will be distributed evenly amongst all non-qualifying Late Models at the AMSOIL Twins. This bonus is in addition to the tow money. The more money raised, the more money divided among the non-qualifiers.
The AMSOIL Speedway will be supporting this year’s long tow bonus. The 3 drivers making the longest tows to the Twin 25s, based on Mapquest mileage, will each receive an additional $100 “gas money”, courtesy of the Amsoil Speedway.
The first 10 Late Model drivers who haven’t raced at Superior in 3 or more years, who preregister, will have their entry fee paid for by AMSOIL. Drivers can call Joe Stariha to preregister at (218) 348-7367.
Longtime local racing supporters, Dennis and Cathy Pattee have added a $100 “hard charger” award to each of the 25 lap features for the driver advancing the most positions in each race.
All Late Model drivers that race at Shawano (WI) Speedway or Jamestown (ND) Speedway on Saturday August 1, 2015 will be given a Free Entry Fee for the 2015 AMSOIL Twin 25’s.
Secondly, because the race takes place on a Canadian holiday weekend, the race always attracts many of our friends to the North. St. Croix Electric has initiated a bonus pot for the highest average finish by a Canadian driver. They have stated the pot at $200 and fan donations will be accepted to help grow this pot that will be paid on top of that driver’s regular winnings.
The complete racing line up for The AMSOIL Twin Ports Twin 25s will include WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and AMSOIL Speedway Pure Stocks. Fans are reminded that the Late Models will run a 25 lap feature followed by the winner’s blind draw determining the inversion for the second 25 lap feature. This inversion will be at least 8 cars, but no more than 16. This year will be the tenth edition of the popular event.
Fans wanting to contribute to either the non-qualifier pot or the highest finishing Canadian pot can do so to either Joe Stariha or Troy Powers.
Jonathan M. Powers
2005, feature 1 Kelly Estey, feature 2 Joey Jensen
2006; feature 1 – Terry Casey, feature 2 – Joel Cryderman
2007; feature 1 – Steve Laursen, feature 2 – John Massingill
2008; feature 1 – Harry Hanson, feature 2 – A.J. Diemel
2009 RAINED OUT
2010; feature 1 – Darrell Nelson, feature 2 – Justin Fegers
2011; feature 1 – Darrell Nelson, feature 2 – Kerry Hanson
2012; feature 1 – Brady Smith, feature 2 – John Kaanta
2013; feature 1 – Brent Larson, feature 2 – Steve Laursen
2014; feature 1 – Jeff Provenzino, feature 2 – Darrell Nelson
September 6th, 2014
Superior, WI –Fan attending the Northern Nationals at Amoil Speedway for the opening night of the two-day show were treated to an impromptu showdown between the finest drivers of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, and the front runners from the renown Knoxville Raceway. After 30 laps of hard fought competition on the banked 3/8 mile oval Dusty “Zoom Zoom” Zomer, of Sioux Falls, SD stood victorious after outrunning former World of Outlaws star and Knoxville Speedway regular Craig Dollansky. Zomer driving the Buffalo Wild Wings car owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise, slipped past the leading IRA rookie of the year contender Bill Rose on lap 19 of the 30 lap contest, and never looked back on chilly Friday evening in Superior, Wisconsin. The Knoxville regulars completed a sweep of the podium with 2014 Knoxville Speedway champion Ian Madsen of St. Mary’s, Australia taking the spot from Rose in the closing stages of the contest. “It’s was a nice race track, I had to work my way up there slowly but surely. I figured the lapped cars might help me a little bit with Bill (Rose) out front”, noted Zomer on working his way from the eighth spot on the starting grid.
“We got the job done two nights in a row”, indicated Zomer as he had claimed the victory on Thursday night at River Cities Raceway in North Dakota. “We have a four race weekend here, and we are trying to do the best we can. I’m glad all the fans stayed up, I know it’s getting a little on the cool side. Thanks to you guys for showing up and I’m glad we could put a good show on”, as Zomer thanked the fans for watching the show in spite of the late hour with temperatures plummeting into the upper 40 degree range.
The A-main had rolled trackside just before 11:00pm, and the tacky racing surface allowed the 410 winged sprints to utilize all 900 horsepower as the 23 car starting grid accepted the green flag. Defending event champion Scotty Neitzel, who was flawless in his drive to victory at the show last season started on the pole for this years event. Dollansky, already graced victory lane in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series competition this year, with a win at the Oshkosh Speedzone back in May found himself on the outside of the front row. At the drop of the green flag, Neitzel got the advantage. Rose who had started inside the second row slipped past Dollansky into the second spot. Paige Polyak of Tiffin, OH the evening’s fastest qualifier rolled to a stop in turn two forcing the first slowdown of the contest with two laps in the books. Zomer had already made his way into the fourth spot. Zomer found his way past Dollansky on the restart he then began to chase down the lead duo of Neitzel, and Rose. The caution flew a second time on lap five when Jordan Goldesberry was involved in a grinding crash which completely destroyed his sharp looking number 65 machine. Goldesberry had tagged the wall while attempting to avoid slowing cars in front of him. He then tumbled violently down the front stretch into turn one coming to a rest upside down. After several anxious moments he climbed from his battered machine unhurt but obvious done for the evening. An open red flag was allowed, which gave teams an opportunity to fuel up their cars to go the remaining distance. On the restart Rose found room at the bottom of the track to make his way by Neitzel for the top spot. On lap seven a twin spin in turn two involving rookie contender Ben Schmidt, and Wayne Modjeski created another slowdown. Underway again Rose set the pace with Neitzel in tow. Zomer continued to challenge from the third spot closing in on Neitzel. That battle allowed Rose to extend his lead on the field. Zomer was able to sneak past Neitzel for the second spot just past the halfway point, and now set out to catch Rose who had built a commanding lead. Zomer was successful in closing the gap Rose had built, and the pair were soon to tail. Zomer had opted to try the high line, and drew even with Rose when the caution waved yet again. This time it was for six-time, and defending series champion Bill Balog who had been seeking his fourth straight series victory. Balog came to a halt in turn two on lap 19 with a broken front axle after having just secured the third spot from Neitzel. When action resumed Rose found himself under immediate pressure from Zomer who managed to throw a slider on Rose briefly taking the top spot. Rose was able to cross over, and briefly retake the lead before Zomer finally gained the upper hand. Dollansky was next to apply the pressure to Rose who had now chose to hug the inside line around the track.
Dollansky rim riding the raceway was able to find the speed to power past Rose on lap 26. Out front Zomer had checked out on the field, with Dollansky giving chase a dozen car length behind. With two laps to go Rose vacated the final podium spot as Ian Madsen worked into the third position. The checkered flag came out with Zomer still holding fast to a comfortable lead. Dollansky would settle for second followed by Madsen, Rose and Neitzel in the top five slots. Davey Heskin would lay claim to sixth followed by Russel Borland who turned in a strong showing this evening challenging Heskin for the sixth spot throughout the closing stages of the race. Two-time IRA champion Travis Whitney finished in eighth followed by 2013 IRA Rookie of the Year Jeremy Schultz. Scotty Thiel completed the top ten finishers. 13 cars finished on the lead lap, with 17 of the 23 starters still on the track when the checkered flag waved. Heat race victories went to Neitzel, Madsen and Schmidt.
23 cars clocked in for qualifying, with Paige Polyak netting the quickest time. In doing so she became the first female to capture fast qualifying honors in a race that was solely sanctioned by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints. She had turned a lap of 13.713 seconds to earn that honor. Zomer was second quick on the evening with a lap of 13.789 seconds followed by Balog whose 13.794 second lap was good for third quick. 22 of the 23 cars on hand qualified within one second of the fastest qualifying mark. The series now packs up and makes a two-hour trip back south to Cedar Lake Speedway for the running of the prestigious 14th annual Jerry Richert Memorial event on Saturday night September 6th. The program showcase the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw 410 winged sprints along with the UMSS 360 winged sprints and the Northern Vintage Stockcar Racers. The Richert Memorial is always one of the premier sprint car racing events held each season and should see a strong field of cars in both divisions. IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.
For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.IRA Sprint
August 16th, 2014
SUPERIOR, Wis.–The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup rolled into the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., on Wednesday afternoon and Rodney Sanders rolled out a few hours later with a $3,000 check and his 21st win of the season.
Johnny Scott claimed the pole position and paced the first dozen laps before giving way to Sanders as they came to complete lap 13.
From there, Sanders was too powerful for any of his would-be challengers and crossed the finish line a little more than three seconds ahead of Scott and Zack VanderBeek.
Making his first USMTS start, Jody Bellefeuille came from the tenth starting spot to finish fourth while Kelly Estey completed the top five.
Sixth through tenth were Jason Miller, Jeremy Houle, Joey Jensen, Rick Rivord and Dereck Ramirez.
Round 8 in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup happens Thursday as the series treks to the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., for the first time in the 16-year history of the USMTS and the second of four $3,000-to-win shows this week.
The Red Cedar Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located east side of Menomonie on SR 29 (at the Dunn County Fairgrounds). Fans should enter the facility using the 21st St. entrance, and all traffic must exit via 21st St. For more information call 715-235-6318 or visit www.redcedarspeedway.com online.
Wissota Super Stocks ($1,000 to win) and Wissota Midwest Mods ($600 to win) will also be racing. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7.
On Friday, its off to Bob Timms majestic Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., for Friday nights action. The weekend wraps up on Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.comonline 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.
June 20th, 2014
NEW CASTLE, Ind.—Tracy Hines has raced at countless tracks over the years in his illustrious career, but there are still a few that he has not turned a lap at. A couple that meet this description are Amsoil Speedway in Wisconsin, and Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota. He’ll visit each this weekend, along with a stop at Angell Park Speedway in Wisconsin, as the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series 2014 campaign continues.
The trio of races up north opens for Hines begins on Friday, June 20 at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin. He then heads to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, on Saturday, June 21. The weekend concludes for the driver of The Carolina Nut Company DRC on Sunday, June 22 at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
“Going to new tracks always keeps you on your toes,” said Hines. “Both tracks up north are places they rarely see our style of racing at it, so that makes it exciting, knowing that we have a chance to make new fans. I’ve heard great things about both Superior (Amsoil Speedway) and Deer Creek (Speedway) and how racy the surfaces are. The competition has been very tight all year with the sprint cars and I would expect the same this weekend.”
Amsoil Speedway will be hosting the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series for the first time. The semi-banked three-eighths-mile traditionally has hosted winged sprint car racing over the years.
Hines has raced at three tracks in Wisconsin in his career in USAC National events, with the majority of those coming at Angell Park Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile. He has also competed at Wilmot Raceway near the Wisconsin/Illinois border.
The race at Deer Creek Speedway will mark the first time that Hines has raced in Minnesota in his career, adding to an extensive list of states from coast-to-coast that he has raced in. Deer Creek is a banked, three-eighths-mile that hosts a variety of racing events each season.
Hines, who has won at Angell Park Speedway in the past with the Badger Midgets, has one USAC National win at the third-mile, with that coming in 2010, with the Honda USAC National Midget Series. He has made one start at Angell Park with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car in 2012, finishing seventh. Last year, he came home second and third in a pair of midget starts at the track just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.
“We are used to running midgets at Angell Park (Speedway), and some of what works driving-wise can be applied when racing a sprint car there,” said Hines. “Being a little bit smaller of a track, finesse and drivability come into play a bit more than horsepower, but having a good engine still is important. These races will be good preparation as we get ready for (Indiana) Sprint Week next month.”
Last week, Hines competed in Indiana Midget Week with the Honda USAC National Midget Series. He picked up three top-five finishes in the four-race mini-series, which was shortened to four races by Mother Nature. He also finished second with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series at Gateway Motorsports Park. Hines enters competition this week, sixth in points with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series.
Tracy Hines Racing would like to thank Primary Sponsors: The Carolina Nut Company, Hansen’s Welding Inc, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts, and MPHG Promotions Inc. Associate Sponsors for 2014 include: ProSource Professional Resources, Turbines Inc., Daum Crop Insurance, Parker Machinery, Stanton Racing Engines and Schipper Family Farms. Product Sponsors that are part of Tracy Hines Racing in 2014 include: Afco Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Autonet Mobile, Indy Race Parts, Bell Racing, Kenny’s Components, Race Bumpers, Hoosier Racing Tires, CSI Competition Suspension, Shadow Graphix, Driven Racing Oil, Sander Engineering, Hughs Brothers and Midwest Sheet Metal.
For more information on Tracy Hines Racing, visit http://www.tracyhinesracing.com. Follow Tracy on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TracyHinesRacin and “Like him” on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Tracyhinesracing.
August 12th, 2013
Superior, WI, — Darrell Nelson and Matt Leer ran off to dominant feature performances, while Curt Myers, Cody Wolkowski and Michael Blevins worked hard to earn their checkered flags on a Friday night at the AmsOil Speedway during which fans got a chance to meet the favorite drivers.
The AmsOil Dirt Track Series program included a season-high 105 entries competing on a smooth, fast race track during a cool, comfortable night. The vast majority of those cars were on trackside prior to the start of the program, as fans young and old alike were invited onto the race surface for an up-close look at the cars and get pictures, autographs and other treats from the drivers.
The features held extra significance to the drivers in the WISSOTA-sanctioned divisions, as on this night the winners of those four main events earned the honor of an entry into the prestigious AmsOil Race of Champions, to be held as part of
the WISSOTA 100 in mid-September in Huron, SD.
What Nelson did to the other drivers in the 20-lap WISSOTA Late Model feature could be described as nothing short of embarrassment. The division’s points leader from Hermantown, MN, started on the pole, beat Don Copp out of turn 2, and ran away and hid, building up a lead that extended to a full straightaway before the race was half over.
Copp, who was bringing out his car for the first time this summer, entrenched himself firmly in second spot throughout the non-stop affair, but behind him there were several spirited battles, including Dave Esse grabbing third away from Steve Laursen and Todd Gehl during the first few laps.
At the crossed flags Nelson was putting backmarkers Robbie Cooper and Scott Herrick in arrears and was well ahead of Copp and the battle for third, which now included Canadian visitor Riley Matthews. Even while slicing his way through slower traffic, Nelson continued to increase his lead over Copp to better than nine seconds – nearly half a lap – with still six laps remaining. By the time the checkered flag flew Nelson had become the sixth different Late Model feature winner at Superior in as many shows this season, with Copp at least three-quarters of a lap behind and only six of the 14 starters on the lead lap. Laursen eventually won the argument over third place, while Esse and Travis Budisalovich completed the top five.
What Nelson did to the Late Model field, however, Leer did to Nelson and the rest of WISSOTA Modified feature grid one race later. After EJ Hietala’s hard first-lap hit into the turn 3 concrete delayed the start of the 20-lap “big mod” headliner, the young man from Bruce worked his way around pole starter Kevin Eder and into the lead. Then, after first-night visitor Brett Hoium spun with one lap in the books, Leer disappeared into the night, opening up a four-second lead before the race reached its mid-point.
Nelson, who also leads the Mod points standings here, used a similar outside move to gain second from Eder just after the restart, and a circuit later Steve Stuart copied the move to take third. It took a few more laps for Jeff Broking to displace Eder in fourth, but with no more caution flags to allow the field to catch up, Leer extended his lead while working his way through slower traffic after mid-race. The field settled in at a steady, speedy pace for the balance of the run, and the advantage was about five seconds when Leer, who hails from Bruce, crossed the finish line for his first-ever feature win on the big Fairgrounds oval. Nelson had plenty of room between himself and third-finishing Stuart, Broking was a distance back in fourth, and Eder barely held on for fifth by edging Al Uotinen, who extended his track record for consecutive feature laps completed to 750. The other three feature wins weren’t quite so definitive, although the WISSOTA Super Stocks kept their caution-flag delays just as minimal during their 20-lap A-main. Pole starter Dave Flynn jumped ahead of a three-wide battle for second on the opening lap, but that battle for runner-up honors got ugly on lap 2, when Kevin Burdick, DJ Keeler and others collected in turn 2 in a crash that eliminated divisional points leader Joe Oliver from the race.
Myers restarted third and edged into the runner-up spot when the green lights came back on, while Donnie Lofdahl and Tristan LeBarge swapped fourth and fifth over the next couple of laps. Myers slowly crept up to the back push-bar of Flynn, and over a ten-lap stretch the veteran from Cameron stayed right in the leader’s tire tracks, occasionally peeking over Flynn’s shoulder for an opening. With three laps to go Myers tried to make his move by looking to the outside, but lapped traffic and a fast car helped Flynn keep him at bay. Then Myers used Kevin Salin’s slower ride as a pick and slipped by as the lead pair took the white flag, and over that final lap Myers established a car-length lead for his third straight AmsOil Speedway feature win. Burdick also took advantage of the traffic to steal second away coming out of the final turn, while Flynn managed to keep Andy Davey a half a car-length back for third. Thirteenth-starting Scott Lawrence finished a distant fifth.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature started with a bone-jarring hit in the first corner and ended with a late-race pass for the win. Originally scheduled for 20 laps, the race was cut to 15 after David Simpson’s car got sideways in turn 1 and
then was hit hard in the driver’s-side door by the nose of Joe Vork’s racer. The race was red-flagged for 15 minutes, and the wreck eliminated a half-dozen racers, including that of Adam Shinn, who suffered a shoulder injury as a result. On the restart Danny Vang pulled around pole starter Ross Fuhrman for the lead, while Wolkowski used a similar move to take third away from Jason Goldfine. Devin Van House began a charge toward the front by overtaking Goldfine on lap 4, just before Mid-Mod points leader Dan Kingsley’s car stalled in turn 4 with a flat right-front tire. Wolkowski drew up alongside Fuhrman and slipped past for third on that restart, but the pass was negated by a three-car pile-up on the backchute.
For the final restart of the race Wolkowski repeated his pass of Fuhrman for second, and within three laps Van House captured third with an inside move. The lead trio then pulled away in close formation, with Van House sneaking a peak around Wolkowski on lap 8 and then completing the pass the next time around. But when Van House made a play for the lead with four laps to go, Wolkowski took advantage and stole second, then looked to the bottom for room to get by Vang, taking over the top spot with two laps left.
The margin of his first feature win of the season here wasn’t much more than a car-length or two for the youngster from Thunder Bay, ON, while Vang did his best to hang on for second as Van House threatened alongside. Fuhrman enjoyed a great run in maintaining fourth throughout the balance of the run, while Goldfine fended off Skeeter Estey for fifth.
A fierce two-car battle for the win highlighted the 15-lap Pure Stock feature. Justin Madsen grabbed the early lead by getting past Ryan Savoy, with Andy Udeen following Madsen through to second. Points leader Blevins, of Hibbing, MN, charged up from his third-row start to move by Savoy on lap 2 and then Udeen on lap 3, and from there the lead pair put on quite a show, quelled only by the occasional caution flag.
The first of those slowdowns came when Lucas Carlson slowed on lap 3, and the next one came just after the restart, when third-running Savoy looped his ride. Under that yellow flag Udeen took his car to the pits for the night with mechanical woes, giving third to Mike Sirois.
With the green flag waiving Blevins threw several challenges at Madsen for the lead, but Madsen kept his poise. Finally Blevins took advantage of a slight opening on lap 6 and slipped past, but Madsen stayed on the new leader’s rear bumper right up until Mark Korte’s car spun with five laps to go.
Blevins, who captured his fifth feature win of the season in six shows, and his fourth straight, didn’t gain any breathing room until the final two laps, while behind him there was plenty of jostling and position-swapping. Madsen held off a determined Sirois and a last-lap threat by Steve Udeen for second. Carlson charged back up through the field after his early-race issues for fifth.
Action at the AmsOil Speedway continues with two special nights of racing during the annual Head of the Lakes Fair. On Tuesday, August 13, the program will feature the Late Models, Modifieds and Pure Stocks, while on Friday night, August 16, racing action will include the Super Stocks, Midwest Mods and Pure Stocks. The show will start at 7 pm on both nights. For more information log on to the track’s website, www.amsoilspeedway.com.
June 15th, 2013
SUPERIOR, Wis – In a matter of about 30 hours, Jason Hughes tripled-up his 2013 season win total and netted his second of the week as the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series invaded the Amsoil Speedway for the first time in the series’ 15-year history. The 2010 USMTS national champion took the lead from Stormy Scott at the halfway point of the 30-lap main event and then led the rest of the way to pocket $4,050 to bring his two-day total to $9,100.
It was his 114th career victory under the USMTS banner as he leap-frogged from seventh to third in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports points standings.
Scott held on to finish second and continues to lead Zack VanderBeek in the points battle which carries a $5,000 top prize for the regional champ.
Craig Thatcher made a late-race pass to garner a USMTS-career-best third-place paycheck while 14-year-old Trevor Hunt finished fourth to score his first top-5 finish.
Hunt also led the first two laps of the feature, making the Rookie of the Year points leader the youngest driver in USMTS history to lead an “A” Main lap.
Dereck Ramirez came from ninth on the 24-car starting grid to finish fifth, while Daniel Hilsabeck, Johnny Scott, Al Uotinen, VanderBeek and 23rd-starting Lucas Schott rounded out the top-10. Corey Dripps raced from 22nd to 11th to earn the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for the second straight night. As a provisional starter, Schott was not eligible for the $100 bonus.
Racing action resumes on Thursday night as Anderson Race Engines brings the United States Modified Touring Series to the Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wis., for the first time. Pits open at 4:30, grandstand gates open at 5, hot laps start at 6:30 and the first green flag will wave at 7 p.m.
The Eagle Valley Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval located 0.3 mile north of Jim Falls on US 178. For More information call 715-382-5367 or visit www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net online.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.
September 11th, 2012
Superior, WI –The final double header weekend of the season for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series took
place in Northern Wisconsin. Day one of the weekend took place at Amsoil Speedway located in Superior. The IRA Outlaw Sprints would make their lone appearance of the season at the track participating in the Northern Nationals held at the 3/8 mile clay oval.
Heading into the contest Bill Balog had put together a streak of four consecutive victories taking wins at LaSalle, Oshkosh, Sheboygan County Fairpark and 141 Speedway, the question was, would the streak continue?
Balog indicated early in the program that he would be in contention for the evening’s main event by setting quick qualifying time of the 24 cars on hand for the program. Balog turned in a lap of 16.012 seconds to pace the qualifying followed closely by Mike Kertscher’s effort of 16.172 seconds.
Three heat races would take place with both Balog and Kertscher collecting victories, establishing themselves as favorites to top the 30 lap A-main contest. The third and final heat event went to Brett Triplett piloting the #79 machine which had been wheeled by Blake Nimee at the start of the season.
With a deep invert in the starting grid, Kertscher and Balog started the main event in the fifth row, with Triplett and current Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series point runner-up Mike Reinke making up the front row for the start of the A-main. The feature contest would wind up going from green to checkered, marking the second time this season feature race would be held without interruption.
At the drop of the green flag it would be Triplett taking over the top spot, while Davey Heskin, runner-up in the 2012 Knoxville Raceway title chase, and Travis Whitney, a two time IRA Sprint title holder began to work their way forward.
Whitney would reach the runner-up spot chasing down Triplett as the race surpassed lap ten. Meanwhile Balog and Kertscher were slicing through the pack making their way to the front behind the lead pair.
Balog continued his charge maneuvering past Whitney and moments later he took over the lead position from Triplett just past lap twelve.
Once out front Balog’s main nemesis would be lapped traffic. Kertscher would follow in Balog’s tire tracks working into the second spot but he was unable to close in on the leader as the laps began to wind down.
By keeping lapped cars between himself and Kertscher, Balog was able to maintain a solid grasp on the lead, and without a caution to put his rivals back on his tail Balog was able to take the victory by a comfortable margin.
Kertscher would hold onto second fending off the challenges of Heskin to claim second. Heskin held onto third followed by Whitney and Triplett. Wayne Modjeski turned in one of his best runs so far in 2012 earning a sixth place finish. Reinke and Scott Uttech were the final cars on the lead lap at the finish taking seventh and eighth respectively. Top rookie Robbie Pribnow finished ninth with Jim Moughan completing the top ten.
The double-header weekend would conclude on Saturday evening September 8th with the running of the Jerry Reichert Memorial race at Cedar Lake Speedway.
After that event just three races will remain on the 2012 schedule with the Frank Filskov Memorial event held at the Sheboygan County Fairpark on Saturday, September 15th. The following Saturday Night on September 22nd the rain delayed Jim Wipperfurth Memorial event will take place at Beaver Dam Raceway. The 2012 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Season will conclude at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Saturday Night September 29th.
For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/irasprints and the series is also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ira_sprints
The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at email@example.com
September 6th, 2012
McHenry, IL – Wisconsin’s Northwoods will echo with the thunder of the 900 horsepower Winged Outlaw Sprints of the IRA Bumper to Bumper Sprint Cars series as the tour presents its final doubleheader weekend of 2012. Since the 2001 season the 410 sprints have participated in the post Labor Day specials held at Amsoil (Superior) Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway with some of the biggest names in open-wheeled racing making their appearances at the events.
Action will get underway on Friday evening as the IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprints are the featured division for the opening of the 24th Annual Northern Nationals held at Amsoil Speedway. The event has seen some huge names take top honors on the 3/8 mile clay oval located in Superior, Wisconsin. Current World of Outlaws point leader, Craig Dollansky, captured the checkered flag in 2000 and World of Outlaws stars Kerry Madsen, Danny Smith and Terry McCarl have all captured wins at this prestigious event. Not to be outdone IRA champions Bill Balog, Travis Whitney, Scott Neitzel, and Joe Roe have graced victory lane along with standout Australian open wheeled pilot, Brooke Tatnell. The winner’s list is a who’s who of sprint car racing. Part of the excitement is knowing that both of this weekend’s high profile events can attract some of the biggest names to challenge the best of the IRA series stars for supremacy.
Friday night will consist of the IRA 410 Outlaw Sprints, WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. Racing will get underway on Friday September 7th with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 6:30 pm. For more information visit www.amsoilspeedway.com
The tour then packs up and heads south to Cedar Lake Speedway located in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The high banked, 3/8 mile oval hosts some of the biggest short track events in Wisconsin and among them is the 12th Annual Jerry Reichert Memorial race. The IRA/Knoxville 410 Sprint Car challenge will present one of the best payouts on the 2012 IRA schedule thanks to the Reichert family and their effort in this special program. Over the years drivers like 2012 Knoxville Speedway 410 champion, Terry McCarl, and Knoxville standouts, Justin Henderson and Scott Winters, have captured
victories. Not to be outdone IRA star, “Mr. Excitement” Mike Reinke, has been a double winner taking victories in 2006 and 2007. Fresh off a win at the Triple Crown event at Cedar Lake back in June, Reinke is poised to become the first
three time winner of the event. Looking to beat Reinke to the checkered flag in effort to pick up their third victory
and place their name atop the win list would be Brooke Tatnell and Terry McCarl. Other wins have gone to former IRA champion, Kim Mock and Don Droud Jr.
Bill Balog, the four-time and defending IRA champ, is the most recent winner of the race having won the 2011 version of the Reichert Memorial. Balog is currently looking to establish a new single season win record for the Bumper to Bumper
IRA Sprints which he could accomplish with a pair of victories this weekend.
Among those representing the IRA sprints this weekend will be two-time series champion, Travis Whitney, along with series stars Reinke, Balog and Neitzel. Young guns, Phillip Mock and Russel Borland, are also looking to add their names to the winners list along with the series top rookie, Robbie Pribnow, who narrowly missed his first feature win of 2012 with a second place run at the Sheboygan County Fairpark this past weekend.
Joining the 410 sprints for the show will be the UMSS Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars. Gates open at 5:00 and racing begins at 6:00. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students 6-16. 5 and under are free.
For more information you can consult www.cedarlakespeedway.com
For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com The Bumper to Bumper IRA
Outlaw Sprints can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/irasprints and the series is also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ira_sprints
The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes, and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 13th, 2012
SUPERIOR, Wis.- The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series is back in action this Wednesday through Saturday, June 13-16, with four night of racing at three top-notch dirt ovals in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
On Wednesday, the USMTS Modifieds invade the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., for the first time in series history. An unknown for most of the touring USMTS titans, local stars such as Al Uotinen, Jody Bellefeuille, Ross Lightner, Rick Rivord and the track’s all-time career Modified wins leader Darrell Nelson among others.
Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing set to begin at 7. Midwest Mods, Super Stocks and Pure Stocks are also on the evening’s card.
The Amsoil Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 3 miles south of Superior on SR 35 (at the Head of the Lake Fairgrounds). For more information call 715-497-8916 or visit www.amsoilspeedway.com online.
Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off the adult ticket price at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cambridge and North Branch on race day. For more information, or to find the location nearest you check out www.caseys.com.
The USMTS Modifieds make another maiden voyage on Thursday when they visit the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn. The track got a new owner during the off-season and the new leadership has made many improvements to the former Golden Spike Speedway, including remodeled VIP suites and a new restaurant area for fans.
Fans will notice immediate improvements to the facility including a completely new racing surface, newly remodeled restaurant building, renovated Wild Country press building plus general clean up, beautification and modernization to the overall facility.
Pits and grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m., hot laps will be held at 6 and racing will begin at 7. Midwest Mods ($500 to win), Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Hornets will also be in action.
The Granite City Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 2.5 miles north of SR 23 on US 10, then 2 miles east on Golden Spike Rd. (CR 3). For more information, call 715-497-8916 or check out www.gcspeedway.com online.
Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off the adult ticket price at Casey’s General Stores locations in Foley, St. Joseph, St. Cloud and Waite Park on race day. For more information, or to find the location nearest you check out www.caseys.com.
Thanks to Casey’s General Stores, Benna Ford and FYE Motorsports, the top three Wissota-legal Modifieds in the feature event on both Wednesday and Thursday nights will earn an extra $200, $150 and $100, respectively, each night.
The weekend wraps up with two nights at the Cedar Lake Speedway near New Richmond, Wis., as part of the classic 14th Annual Masters event. After nearly a decade since their last visit to the historic facility, the USMTS Modifieds joined the Masters event last year as they shared the spotlight with the UMP Late Models during their annual Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” grind.
The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call 612-363-0479 or 715-248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.
Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off the adult ticket price at Casey’s General Stores locations in Beaver Dam, Elkhorn, Kingston and Milton on race day. For more information, or to find the location nearest you check out www.caseys.com.
Each event during the four-race swing will pay $2,000 to the winner of the Swan Energy “A” Main, with more than $60,000 in total prize money up for grabs during the four-night adventure.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
August 18th, 2011
Superior, WI – Due to excessive rain at AMSOIL Speedway the race for this evening has been postponed. The reschedule date will be on Thursday, August 18. For more information visit www.allstarsprint.com or www.amsoilspeedwayImage.com
July 28th, 2011
CAMARGO, IL.- The All Star Circuit of Champions have added a new track to the eight race Thunder Through the Plains extravaganza. Superior Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin will host the traveling 410 sprint car series on Tuesday, Aug. 16 for a $5,000-to-win event.
This is the first time the All Stars have visited the track. The Superior Speedway race is part of the All Stars’ traditional “Thunder Through the Plains” which has taken on a new twist this year. The All Stars have created separate regions with separate point funds for 2011. The Thunder Through the Plains comprises the Western Region with points awarded during
each of the eight events. The overall champion will earn $10,000!
It all kicks off Thursday, July 28 at Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, MB, Canada (rain date of July 29. Following are the dates of the “Thunder Through the Plains:”
July 28 – Red River Co-Op Speedway, Winnipeg, MB – $5,000 (rain date of July 29)
July 31 – Husets Speedway, Brandon, S.D. – $5,000
Aug. 3 – Red River Valley Speedway, Fargo, N.D. – $5,000 (rain date of Aug. 4)
Aug. 6 – Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, Iowa – $5,000
Aug. 8 – Southern Iowa Speedway Front Row Challenge, Oskaloosa, Iowa, $10,000
Aug. 14 – Husets Speedway, Brandon, S.D., $5,000
Aug. 16 – AMSOIL Speedway, Duluth, Minn., $5,000
Aug. 17 – Red RiverValleySpeedway, Fargo, N.D., $12,000
You can bet two-time and defending All Star champion Tim Shaffer ? who has caught fire lately, winning a pair of World of Outlaw events will be gunning for all the cash. However, he trails three-time All Star champion Dale Blaney in the $20,000-to-win Ohio Region and National point standings. Also look for 2010 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year David Gravel to continue to apply pressure to both Shaffer and Blaney as he sits third in both the Ohio Region and National point standings. Also, expect to see 2010 All Star Rookie of the Year Cap Henry, two-time All Star Champion Greg Wilson, Tony Stewart Racing’s Jessica Zemken and more.
With so much money on the line, fans could also see current Knoxville point leader and former World of Outlaw champion Danny Lasoski along with former Knoxville and Huset?s champion TMac Terry McCarl follow the All Stars along with 2011 Kings Royal winner Tyler Walker and a host of other national and regional stars.
For more information go to www.allstarsprint.com
January 30th, 2007
Superior Speedway would like to thank Wissota, DTRA and all the fans, sponsors and drivers that attended their information gathering meeting at the Androy in Superior Saturday. “This meeting allowed both organizations to lay out their proposals, answer drivers questions and concerns and to make our decision easier” commented Butch Erickson, Superior Speedway Co-Promoter. “My partner and I believe that the DTRA provides our fans, drivers and sponsors a superior product and a vehicle for growth. We couldn’t be happier.”
Superior Speedway sanctioned their classes last year with DTRA and experienced some of the largest car counts in the area, fewer repeat winners along with some of the best racing in the upper Midwest. Further, the track point fund doubled, drivers saved money utilizing the Goodyear spec tire program and were able to compete for the DTRA National point fund with little to no traveling.
Greg Parent DTRA board member commented “With the renewed commitment from Superior and recently signed Tri-Oval and Devils Lake Speedways the DTRA member tracks also include Cedar Lake and River Cities Speedways.” “With continued talks with area tracks we look forward to further expanding the DTRA in the Midwest”.
August 30th, 2006
Dan Wheeler has made a habit of visiting the Arnie Ranta Motorsports Winner’s Circle in Superior when he is in town and tonight was no exception. Wheeler blasted off from the 4th starting spot in the 15-lapper and took the lead on lap 3. Once out front, Wheeler quickly disappeared, leaving the battle for second. Deven VanHouse and Tom Smart were engaged in a spirited battle for second, while Nick Lavato was working his way through traffic after starting 9th on the grid. Wheeler was quick to jump back out front after the only caution flag flew on lap 9, but Lavato shot into second on the restart and tried to challenge Wheeler for the lead over the final 5 circuits. While the leaders were racing hard up front, 12th starting Wayne Engen moved in on his teammate VanHouse for third in the late stages, stealing the spot with 3 laps to go. Wheeler was able to hold off Lavato for his 6th win in Superior, but Lavato’s second place finish was good enough for him to secure his first ever Superior Speedway track championship. Engen edged VanHouse and Greg Chesley at the line to round out the top five.
The $2,000 to win Superior FallFest Late Model main event was the second event onto the speedway, which was lead to the green by Tim McMann and Brent Larson. This event saw it’s share of problems, being slowed by 5 caution flags and a red flag throughout the 35-lap marathon event. Larson took command on lap 2 and was gone, while Pat Doar and Steve Laursen were wrapped up in a good battle for second. Terry Casey joined the mix and made it a three-car scramble for second while Larson drove away out front in his #b1. After the fifth caution flag on lap 9, the event went the next 26 laps caution-free and produced a thrilling battle for the lead in the late stages of the event. Doar and Larson began to circle the Superior Speedway side by side with the back of the field just in front of them. Doar would get great runs to the outside of Larson down the straightaways, but a slower car would halt his momentum through the turns, while would allow Larson to drive back off into the lead. This battle occurred for the final 7 circuits, with Larson’s line a bit more open and a little quicker, assisting him to the $2,000 payday. Doar ran second with Laursen third, 11th starting Darrell Nelson in fourth and Harry Hanson rounding out the top five.
The Como Oil & Propane Modified Series 30-lap main event was the next event to come out onto the speedway and saw Brent Larson and Kelly Estey pace the field to the green. Once underway, Larson stole the lead from Estey on the second lap and consistently drove off into the night, leaving Estey to fend off challenges from Darrell Nelson and Joey Jensen. Both Nelson and Jensen marched by and quickly began a great battle for second amongst themselves, while Larson was all alone out front. During the mid-point of the event, Estey, Dean Yrjanainen and Pat Doar were involved in a great battle for 4th, while the leaders were beginning to encounter lapped traffic. Larson raced virtually uncontested to his first ever Como Mod Series feature win and his second win of the evening, capping off a $3,200 payday for the Lake Elmo, Minnesota driver. Jensen snuck by Nelson for second on lap 20 and held it to the checkered with Estey holding off Doar for fourth at the line.
The final feature of the night saw the Pure Stocks rip off a 15-lap non-stop affair with Rick Kesty charging from 7th to the lead on lap 3 and never looking back. Kesty drove off, while Tom Morinville, Randy Visger, Steve Christman and Glenn Dammer were battling for second. Kesty was the class of the field and raced to another Superior feature win, while Visger ran a career-best second ahead of Christman in third.
The Superior Speedway’s year end blowout event is quickly approaching as Budweiser presents the 18th annual Northern Nationals on Friday and Saturday, September 8th & 9th. For more information regarding the remaining events at the Superior Speedway, please check out www.superiorspeedway.com or call (715) 497-8916.