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Eagle Valley Speedway Ends Season on the Trailer

August 30th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin -The Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel the final races of the season and Season Championships due to rain. They will return to racing in the Spring of 2018. The Weigel’s thank the fans, drivers, and sponsors, along with all the employees for a successful 2017 season.

Congratulations to the top five in each class for final points:

Modifieds: Mike Anderson, Kevin Adams, Mike Knopps, Steve Hallquist, Josh Hessler

Super Stocks: Tommy Richards, Jeff Brauer, Troy Fransway, Lukas Koski, Tony Falkner

Midwest Modifieds: Nick Koehler, Shane Halopka, Calvin Iverson, Jake Smith, Denny Cutsforth

Street Stocks: Danny Richards, Travis Hazelton, Dalton Hazelton, Robert Seidler, Braden Brauer

Pure Stocks; George Richards, Nicholas Hazelton, Dean Pronschinske, Cole Hill, Stefan Hogue

Hornets: Kasey Gross, Dan Prissel, Jake Halterman, Dean Butler, Jason Holte.

Lonnie Leu Memorial at Eagle Valley Speedway

August 23rd, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The Eagle Valley Speedway presented the 16th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Krug’s Towing, Lisa Leu, Baxter Engines, and Baxter’s Speed Shop. All six classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were in action. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Michael Truscott, Michael Knudtson, George Richards, and Johny Severtson.

There had been six Modified features run coming into tonight’s action with Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams each having won three. Both drivers continued to have identical five top fives with Adams holding a one point lead in track points. The Modified heats were won by Mike Anderson and Steve Hallquist as Anderson redrew outside pole and rode it all the way to his fifth Lonnie Leu Memorial championship in the Modifieds. Anderson beat pole sitter, Mike Knopps to the point and tried to run away, building up a comfortable cushion. Nick Koehler raced the Gibson owned number 60 into second over Kevin Adams in third.

Koehler used the very low line to slowly reel in Anderson, who was running the middle groove of the raceway. Anderson stated after the race, he knew Koehler was closing but the low line was rough and he was keeping his car out of harm’s way. When Koehler reached striking distance, Anderson moved down into the quicker line and regained a several car length gap between he and Koehler. The two stretched their advantage over the remaining field to a straightaway lead over third finishing Adams at the checkers. Hallquist finished third as Jake Miller had a fine run finishing in the top five.

Entering the night, Tommy Richards and Jeff Brauer had split eight features with four wins each. They both won the Super Stock heats and it was Brauer on the pole for the main event. Brauer moved out to an advantage in the lead, but it was Richards who looked very strong as he raced from his eighth starting position to second within the first handful of laps. Younger brother, Danny Richards was running in third.

The first of two cautions waived for a spinning Tony Falkner and on the restart, Richards chose to start on the outside of row two. Richards immediately pressured Brauer for the lead but Brauer wasn’t going away easy. Brauer made Richards work for the point, but once up front, Richards began to drive away. A second caution on Falkner reset the field, but it made no difference in the running order up front as Richards raced out to a comfortable lead and ran to the win. Brauer ran solidly in second with a comfortable cushion over third finishing Eric Olson. Troy Fransway looked very racy this evening and came home in fourth over fifth finishing Wayne Dean.

With nine features already run on the season, Nick Koehler has scored five feature wins and has not finished outside the top five. Shane Halopka and Michael Truscott each entered the night with two feature wins at the Eagle Valley Speedway in 2017. On this night, three heats of Midwest Modifieds were won by Michael Truscott, Kent Baxter, and Shane Halopka. The B Feature was won by Denny Cutsforth. The front row of Jay Richardson and Gary Baxter led them to green as Richardson took the early lead. Behind him, cars jockeyed for position with Halopka driving to second followed by Koehler in third.

Halopka found the low line to his liking and used it to drive under Richardson for the point. Richardson drove hard and completed a slide job to retake the lead but Halopka countered with the crossover to make it very short lived. As Halopka drove out front, Truscott used the low line to move through the field, passing Koehler for third, and methodically closing in and passing for second and first. Out front, Truscott was too tough as he drove to the win. Halopka was the runner up over Richardson, Koehler, in yet another top five, and fifth finishing Calvin Iverson.

The Street Stocks had run eight features on the season with Danny Richards having scored five wins on his own. The remaining three were split by Ron Hanestad, Shawn Amundson, and Michael Knudtson. Karl and Kyle Gennett won their respective heats as Jacob Hessler and Knudtson started on the front row of the feature but it was third starting Kyle Gennett sneaking under both to lead early. Knudtson ran in second as Hessler and Karl Gennett fought for third as Gennett eventually took the spot. Meanwhile, 10th starting Danny Richards drove through the crowd and took fourth from Hessler.

Knudtson worked low on the leader and moved side by side for the position. As he wrestled away the top spot, Hessler spun, drawing the yellow. Gennett was restored as the leader and under green, Karl Gennett moved to second. Richards tried to drive under Knudtson for third and was able to get inside of him but Knudtson kept him pinned to the infield as they raced down the backstretch. The two made contact entering turn three and Knudtson spun. It was Richards being called with the foul and he restarted in the rear.

Coming to the green, Dalton Hazelton spun resetting the field. A green, white, checkered was on order and in the two lap shootout, there was action everywhere. Knudtson worked low on Gennett for the point and took the lead at the white flag. He was able to hold first through the final lap and be scored a repeat winner on the season. It was Gennett and Gennett in second and third as Richards blasted from the back row to finish fourth in the final two circuits. Travis Loew finished fifth in the exciting event.

Entering the evening, George Richards had won seven of the nine Pure Stock 2017 features with Tyler Wahlstrom and Lucas Kallenbach each scoring one of their own. Richards and Nicholas Hazelton won the heats as Richards took the lead early in the feature and drove to his eighth win at Eagle Valley this season alone. Notably, Leslie Leu led early in the feature and was able to take home second place honors with a strong run after battling with Dean Pronschinske for position for several laps. Pronschinske broke down with two laps remaining while running in third and it was Tucker Quinn taking the position as Kent Deutsch and Wayne Braun rounded out the top five. There were two cautions slowing the action during the race.

Coming into this event, point leader Kasey Gross had scored three feature wins as Jason Bauer has won twice. Jason Holte, Brian Uthe, Chad Prissel, and William Voeltz have each won one feature over the season in the Hornets. Dean Butler, Brian Uthe, and Johny Severtson each carried the checkered flag in their heats as it was Jason Holte and Kasey Gross on the front row of the feature. Holte bolted out to the early lead and looked very good, stretching his advantage over Gross in second. Severtson caught Gross and passed for the runner up position and then set his sights on the leader.

A caution flag flew, eliminating any advantage Holte had built. On the restart, cars went five wide for the third position and, although they made it through the first turns, a debris caution put a pause to the chaos. The restart saw Severtson take the lead but Holte wasn’t quitting as he retook the front on a slide job but Severtson used a crossover to regain first. The front two raced closely for the remainder of the race with Severtson getting the win. A distance behind them, William Voeltz finished third over Chad Prissel and fifth place Gross.

The Eagle Valley Speedway returns August 27, 2017, as they close out the 2017 season with Season Championship Night. All classes will be on the card. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Five Qualify for the WISSOTA Race of Champions at Eagle Valley

August 17th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin –The Eagle Valley Speedway presented the WISSOTA ROC qualifier sponsored by American Heros/River Country COOP. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Jeff Brauer, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and William Voeltz.

The Modified heats were won by Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams as Adams used the draw – redraw format of the evening to start from the outside of the front row of the feature. Adams quickly took control at the drop of the green as Anderson raced from sixth to second to give chase. Mike Knopps looked very good running in third position as eighth starting Nick Koehler raced to fourth. A spinning Jason Richardson reset the field and Anderson chose the outside of row two on the restart. Anderson pulled even with Adams for the lead in the corners, but Adams had better traction getting off the turns and maintained the point.

A Dave Baxter spin slowed the action and on the restart, there was a multicar crash as they came off turn four coming to the green. A red flag stopped the race and Jake Miller was a victim of the circumstances and the only car unable to continue. The restart saw Adams in control as he drove the remainder of the race unchallenged to the checkered flag. Anderson searched every groove to find a quicker way around the speedway and he too finished well ahead of third. Knopps, Koehler, and a recovering Baxter rounded out the top five.

Tommy Richards and Jeff Brauer won the Super Stock heats and it was Brauer, starting third on the field, leading every lap of the main event. Brauer was glued to the low side as scorched the field. Richards raced to second from sixth as Wayne Dean moved to third. As the race wore on, Richards tried various lines to catch the leader, but Brauer was too tough. Meanwhile, seventh starting Dan Nissalke overtook Dean for third.

As Sam Fankhauser was being put a lap down, he spun in turn four and nearly collected second position, Richards. On the restart, Richards mounted a charge and worked the middle of the track to pressure Brauer, but Brauer withstood all thrown his way. As Brauer retook secure control of the race, it was Nissalke who continued to attack and overtook Richards for second. At the line, Dean finished fourth and Troy Fransway had a fine run into fifth.

Four heats of Midwest Modifieds were won by Shane Halopka, Steve Haas, Clark Swartz, and Michael Truscott and set the table for an amazing feature. Swartz and Jake Smith paced the field but it was third starting Nick Koehler leading the first circuit using the low line to gain the front position. The first of five cautions resulting in Darren Olesiak being sent to the rear for a spinning Jason Vokovan. Vokovan, spun again after the restart, and he too was sent to the rear. Under green, Michael Truscott began his strong move for the lead moving into third, and then second to try to challenge for the win.

A spinning Jay Richardson reset the field and the restart saw a multicar crash in turn four as they were trying to finish the initial lap back under green. Koehler was fast on the high side as Truscott ran very strong down low. Coming to the white flag, Truscott successfully completed a slide job for the lead but Koehler wasn’t interested in second position and he made cross over move to retake the point. As the leaders were bearing down on the final turns of the event, Jason Olson spun in front of them and they were able to tightly squeeze past between him and the wall.

The restart of the event was a green, white, checkered run as Halopka joined the fray. As Truscott pulled even on another slider, Halopka got a good run to make it three wide coming to the white flag. On the final circuit, Koehler led as Halopka took control of second and the two raced side by side for the win. It was Koehler in a very close finish over Halopka as Truscott shadowed them in their wake in third. Swartz and Denny Cutsforth rounded out the top five as Richardson had moved back through the field to finish sixth.

The Street Stock heats were won by Danny Richards and Michael Knudtson as Richards passed Braden Brauer and Knudtson on the second lap of the feature and never looked back on his way to the win. Knudtson overtook Brauer and ran alone in second the remaining distance as Brauer raced in third. Ron Hanestad, who pressured at points for third, settled for fourth at the checkered flag, and Travis Hazelton finished fifth.
George Richards and Dean Pronschinske won Pure Stock heats, but it was Richards early and often has he lead every lap of the race, winning by a straightaway. One caution slowed the action as Nicholas Hazelton was spun by James Thur. Patrick Smith, Tyler Wahlstrom, a late charging Cole Hill, and Dean Pronschinske finished in the top five.

William Voeltz and Chad Prissel won the Hornet heats and Kasey Gross was the early leader of the feature as Chad Prissel set chase. A lone yellow flag flew for a hard crash into the turn two wall as Scott Westaby’s night was over and Brian Uthe was called for the foul. Back under green, Chad Prissel worked under Gross in an attempt to take the lead and Dan Prissel moved in to make it a three wide affair. It was Dan Prissel taking control as the other two raced hard for second. William Voeltz took advantage of the battle and moved to make it three wide for second. Voeltz was able to clear his way into the position and tried to track down the leader. At the white flag, Voeltz made it a side by side battle for the lead and the two raced door to door for the final circuit. It was Voeltz by a fender at the checkered over Dan Prissel as Kasey Gross secured third over Chad Prissel. Colin Nyseth finished in the fifth position.

The Eagle Valley Speedway returns August 20, 2017, for the 16th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Krug’s Towing, Lisa Leu, Baxter Engines, and Baxter’s Speed Shop. All classes will be on the card. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Late Rain Causes Cancellation at Eagle Valley Speedway

August 7th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel the WISSOTA AFCO Race of Champions qualifier due to late day rains. They will return to racing action for the American Heros / River Country COOP night with free admission with valid military ID. All classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will be in action.

The following week is the 16th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Krug’s Towing, Lisa Leu, Baxter Engines, and Baxter’s Speed Shop, again with all regular WISSOTA classes racing. The Eagle Valley Speedway will close out their season on August 27, 2017, with the Season’s Championship. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Adams, Brauer, and Koehler all on the High Side

July 26th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–Eagle Valley Speedway presented the best tradition in auto racing with Kid’s Night sponsored by Coca-Cola. All the racecars took to the track after the heats and the kids and kids at heart were allowed to mingle among the cars and drivers. They got treats, pictures, and autographs with laughter stemming from every direction. Once the track was cleared, the features were run with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. The feature winners on the night were Kevin Adams, Jeff Brauer, Nick Koehler, Ron Hanestad, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Brian Uthe.

The modified heats were won by Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson after both had started in the back row of their respective races. It was a pair of Hesslers on the front row of the feature with Anderson and Adams side by side, directly behind. Adams got the jump and took an early lead and restarted at the point after a quick caution. It was Anderson moving into second on the restart and a mirror image of the classic battle the two held in their last race at Eagle Valley began. Adams assaulted the top side of the race track as Anderson shadowed him in the same groove but a slightly different line.

Anderson moved down lower on the race track and Adams looked better up high. Adams began to stretch his advantage as third running Adam Hensel closed on Anderson. Anderson moved back up the track, regained an advantage over Hensel, and began to close on the leader. Catching Kevin Adams is never an easy task though as Adams blasted through lapped traffic. Anderson did close the distance to a few car lengths but it was Adams impressively to the finish line. Hensel ran a solid third as Justin Oestriech and Scott Duval rounded out a very tough top five finishers.

Tommy Richards won the Super Stock heat as the front row of Troy Fransway and Luke Schultz lead the feature to green. The opening lap saw the field three wide at the end of lap one but soon, Brad Ingram spun to draw the caution. The leader on the restart, Troy Fransway, spun in turn four, collecting Eric Schultz and Tommy Richards, ending Schultz’s night. With Fransway relegated to the rear, Jeff Brauer led them to green on the restart but Luke Schultz had a fine run to move to the point. Brauer used his topside momentum and closed back in and retook the lead as Richards moved into second. Richards fought down low to get under the leader as they crossed under the flag stand side by side when a caution flew for a spinning Lukas Koski and Troy Fransway, ending Fransway’s night.

The green flag saw little delay in the fine battle for the lead as Richards continued to storm the bottom of the track as Brauer drove hard on the high side. Ever so slowly, Brauer inched back out and into control, leading the remainder of the race to the win. Richards was a strong second as Luke Schultz looked very good in third. Koski and Tony Falkner finished in the top five.

Shane Halopka, Jay Richardson, and Nick Koehler, won their Midwest Modified heats and Tyler Werner and Bob Wood owned the front row for the feature. As the green flag dropped, it was Wood to the front and he looked very strong for the first half of the race. Calvin Iverson raced impressively in second as Shane Halopka worked his way to third and eighth starting Jay Richardson moved to fourth. The yellow flag flew as Jason Vokovan spun in turn two, resetting the field. Under green, Richardson didn’t come to speed and faded to the back of the pack before he rebounded and began to accelerate.

The caution was shown for a Denny Cutsforth spin and under yellow, Richardson stalled and was pushed from the raceway. It was Shane Halopka driving from inside row two past Wood for the lead and soon thereafter, Vokovan spun, drawing a yellow. Halopka stayed at the point as Wood and Iverson held row two. The restart saw Koehler enter the picture as he moved to the ultra high side of the raceway. Koehler moved into the top three, overtook second, and blasted into the lead. From there, he never looked back as he impressively drove away from the others on his way to the checkered flag. Halopka came home in second over Iverson as Jake Smith and Michael Truscott used late race passes to secure top five positions.

In the Street Stocks, Braden Brauer won his first heat at Eagle Valley Speedway and Danny Richards added to the extensive collection of his heat wins. Brauer was on the front row with Jacob Hessler but it was second row starting Ron Hanestad moving into the lead coming off turn four on the first lap. Hanestad never looked back on the way to the checkered flag. Hunter VanGilder chased him the entire distance in second as Richards finished in third. Jay Kesan and Travis Hazelton rounded out the top five finishers in the caution free event.

The Pure Stocks heats were won by Dean Pronschinske and George Richards as Cole Hill and Nicholas Hazelton led the feature to the start. The first attempt to go racing was aborted and the second attempt was scarred by a stalling Hazelton. Before the race was underway, the entire front row was eliminated when Cole Hill left the track under yellow. Third starting Dean Pronschinske become the pacesetter and he took the lead early. The ever strong George Richards raced to second, closed on the lead and took the top spot. However, soon after, his car lost a rear when and axle, sending him spinning. Pronschinske was back in the lead for the restart, but is was Tyler Wahlstrom on the prowl as he moved from his seventh starting position to drive under the leader for the point. Wahlstrom led the remainder of the race relatively comfortably as Pronschinske beat Pat Smith in third. Mike Grover finished a fine fourth over Ken Larson in fifth.

The Hornets saw Jason Holte, Dean Butler, and Jason Bauer win heats, and although all were involved in the race for the feature win, none could tame Brian Uthe. It was Uthe from the pole as Butler snuck by to lead lap one. Uthe wasn’t going to have any of it as he moved back into the lead the following lap. Holte moved into third and was involved in a physical battle for position with Kasey Gross. Gross took the third position as Kaden Baldwin pounded the front stretch wall, drawing the caution. It was Uthe in the lead as seven cars drove in a tight pack racing for the second position. Uthe used it to his advantage and drove to the checkered flag for the win. The gaggle for second saw Bauer beat Butler in a drag race to the checkers coming off the final turn. Kasey Gross and Chad Prissel finished in the top five as Derek Krumrie, Scott Westaby, and Dan Prissel finished closely behind.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will not be racing on Sunday, July 30, 2017, but will return on Sunday, August 06, 2017, with the WISSOTA AFCO Race of Champions qualifier. All regular weekly WISSOTA classes will be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night. They gave away six on this night of racing!

Bauer in the Swarm and Anderson in a Classic

July 11th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–Eagle Valley Speedway presented the 2nd Annual Hornet Swarm sponsored by Coors Light – Lee Beverage featuring all regular WISSOTA classes. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. The feature winners on the night were Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Michael Truscott, Danny Richards, Lucas Kallenbach, and Jason Bauer.

Fans are not going to be disappointed when the modifieds enter the track and it is Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams owning the front row. Anderson won the heat earlier in the night but it was Adams to the point first in the feature. Adams pounded the cushion on the high side and set a torrid pace. Anderson, who used the low line ran very evenly with the leader. Throughout the event. Adams would secure a car to a car and a half length advantage only to find Anderson closing it back up to attempt to pull even.

The laps clicked off as the two modified aces attacked the track in very different fashions. With five laps remaining, Anderson changed his line slightly to drive even lower in the corners. He began to eliminate what little gap was between the two as he clawed his way under Adams and to the lead with slight advantage at the line with 17 laps complete. Anderson continued to gain and pulled ahead of Adams as it was Adams’ turn to chase the leader. Both drivers were flawless in what was an outstanding feature event. With Anderson driving under the checkered flag first.

There was a yellow flag on the final lap in turn two which drew the caution but the leaders had already finished under green Adams finished second over a fine run by David Baxter in third. Steve Hallquist and Mike Knopps finished in the top five.

Tommy Richards swept the Super Stock action on the night. Wayne Dean lead the feature for the first lap but Richards motored by below him to lead by lap two and never look back The race was slowed by one caution but it did not affect Richards’ run to the checkers. Jeff Brauer ran a strong second over a very fine run for Luke Schultz in third. Wayne Dean finished fourth and Eric Schultz fifth as Dean debuted his Super Stock last week and Schultz did the same on this evening.

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Michael Truscott and Nick Koehler won their heats and finished the feature first and second respectively. It was Jason Richardson leading the feature early and looking good out front. A spinning John Mueller reset the field and on the restart, it was Truscott taking the lead away using the low line. A second caution slowed the action and Truscott led them back to green. Koehler used the highline and pulled even with the leader and perhaps slightly into the lead himself when the yellow flew once again for debris on the raceway. The restart saw Koehler choose the outside of row two placing Jake Smith below him. Smith blasted into second under green, but Koehler found his groove again and regained the position. Truscott himself moved to the high side for the last run to the checkers and won the event. Smith drove home in third over Shane Halopka and rookie Calvin Iverson, who had faded back somewhat and made a charge back to finish an impressive fifth.

One won the battle and the other won the war in the Street Stocks as Travis Hazelton won the heat but Danny Richards charged from his last place starting position in the feature to not only win, but to do it decisively. As Richards stormed through the crowd and before he drove off into the night, rookie and youngster Braden Brauer led early. Jake Hessler, who has been getting more and more impressive as of late, took the point a few circuits later. The race found itself going four wide for the lead as Hazelton and Richards joined the top two with Richards squeezing to the front. Richards was unchallenged in the lead as Hessler claimed the runner up spot. Hazelton drove to third as Brauer and Dalton Hazelton rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stocks were swept by Lukas Kallenbach but George Richards hounded him the entire distance. He was attempting to make is a three feature win night for the Richards brothers for the second week in a row. Kallenbach was too fast though as he got the best of the field on this night and drove home to the win. Richards settled for second as Nicholas Hazelton beat Tyler Hallquist in his first ever night in a race car finishing in fourth. Hallquist, driving the familiar numbered 27, looked very smooth and was certainly not afraid to drive the car hard or out near the wall. His grandfather is a current modified driver and he has an uncle and many cousins involved in the sport. It was quick to see, he has it in his genes. Stefan Hogue finished in fifth.

The Hornet Swarm was the highlight event on the card for the night. The Hornets raced three heats, won by Jason Bauer, Dean Butler, and Chad Prissel. The top twelve cars raced for one hundred dollars to win a dash to decide the starting order of the feature. Kasey Gross won the pole. The drivers decided in the driver’s meeting to start the race traditionally in a two wide set instead of starting the race three wide. Twenty two cars started the feature as Gross lead them to green and took early control.

The first of five cautions in the thirty lap even flew when Ashley Seidler found the front stretch wall. It was Gross in the lead again but Bauer had closed and challenged below him. The yellow lights blinked again when Clinton Wolfe crashed in turns three and four. Once again Gross set the pace but Bauer moved beside him and worked his way to the lead. Gross fought back and regained the point when Lukas Bracken was sent into the turn two wall. Bracken regained his running spot as they were lined up and Bauer was awarded the lead as he had led the last completed lap.

Bauer drove away from Gross in second as Jake Halterman drove into third. It was Chad Junker suffering a flat tire, and as he was limping around the raceway, Lukas Bracken apparently did not seen him and drove hard into is rear in turn two. Junker went to the work area and returned to the rear of the field but Bracken was done for the evening. Under green, Bauer was in control but Gross suddenly slowed running in second, drawing the last caution flag of their event. It was Bauer with no issues driving to the six hundred dollar payday with the win. Jake Halterman won a battle over Chad Prissel in third as Brandon Gleiter and Chad Waldera finished strongly in the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will not be racing on Sunday, July 16, 2017, but will return on Sunday, July 23, 2017, with Kid’s Night sponsored by Coca-Cola. All regular weekly WISSOTA classes will be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Richards Echoes through Eagle Valley – Times Three

July 5th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin -Eagle Valley Speedway presented the Fireworks Special sponsored by Advance Auto Parts and the Budweiser/Rock Fest Ticket Giveaway. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. The modifieds were not on the card. The feature winners on the night were Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Jason Bauer.

Jeff Brauer and Tommy Richards have dominated the Eagle Valley Speedway this season and when one is leading, the other is likely trying to pass for the lead. They both won their heats and with Richards starting outside of the front row, Brauer had his work cut out for him. It took Richards no time to claim the lead and Brauer spent about the same amount of time getting to second. Richards was on the mark as he drove off into the night, being slowed only once for a caution. Back under green, he checked out again. Brauer had about the same advantage over third as he too pulled away for the group. Kyle Oman, Luke Schultz, and Troy Fransway filled out the top five.

Nick Koehler, Shane Halopka, and Kent Baxter each won their respective heats as Koehler went on to win his third feature on the weekend after starting eighth on the field. It wouldn’t start off well though and it was by far an easy task. On the initial drop of the green, Koehler was one of several cars which drove over a still damp area on the racing surface going into turn one. There was a multiple car slow down and spins, causing a complete restart.

As the race was started, it was Bob Wood into the lead as he ran the high groove and Derek Haas setting chase down low. Haas, who has been very fast lately steadily dove deep in the corners and on about lap five wrestled away the lead as Andy Karl followed him through into second. A spinning Ross Fuhrman slowed the action and Haas lead them back to green. Soon, Denny Cutsforth and Eric Klemetson spun with Klemetson being sent to the rear. The restart would show Koehler’s first presence as he had worked his way to second driving the low line around the track.

The restart was short lived as Wood broke down on the racing surface and was pushed to the pits, giving up his top five run. Under green, it was Calvin Iverson who made his bid for the lead. He raced below the leader as Koehler tried to pull even above Haas. It was Iverson as Koehler took control of second and Shane Halopka, who had started seventh, pressed and made his way into third. Koehler continued to attack the cushion and pulled even and passed Iverson for the point; however, a spinning Antonio Pintaro drew the caution and restored Iverson to the lead.

Second running Koehler chose to start on the outside, moving Halopka beside him down low. The restart saw Iverson in the lead running very low with Halopka moving into second in his shadow. Koehler continued to assault the high line, and found himself passing his way back to the lead as Halopka slipped by Iverson into second. The continuing action was classic open wheeled excitement, with two of the very best Midwest Modified drivers around. Koehler ran high at one end and dove low on the other as Halopka hugged the tires all the way around. Halopka inched his way forward and pulled even with the leader as the two battles side by side for the win.

The last caution of the event for a Jason Olson break down put a pause to the drama. It quickly resumed however during a green, white, checkered, two lap shootout. It was Koehler high and Halopka low as the ran side by side. Coming off turn four, it was Koehler winning the race by about one half of a car length to a solid finishing Halopka. Calvin Iverson finished his fine run in third as Andy Karl and Derek Haas both were fast rounding out the top five.

The Street Stock heats were won by Ron Hanestad and Danny Richards as Richards went on to sweep the night. It was the youngster, Braden Brauer leading early from the pole position and looking very good out front for four laps. Richards chased him and was able to drive below him for the lead on lap five. The caution flag flew for a spinning Mike Knudtson as Travis Hazelton was called at fault and sent to the rear on the restart.

The restart saw Richards lead, Knudtson work his way into second, and Brauer in third as the top three ran up against the cushion in the high line. By the halfway point, Jake Hessler had worked his way past Brauer into third and Hazelton recovered from his trip to the back of the pack, driving up to fourth. The remainder of the race saw Richards ease away over Knudtson, who separated himself from third finishing Hessler, Hazelton and Robert Seidler in fifth.

The Pure Stock were swept by George Richards, again… All three Richards brothers swept their respective classes. George simply dominates the Pure Stocks at the Valley. He drove to the lead on the start and never looked back. Dean Pronschinske was involved in a first lap caution, went to the rear, and charged his way back to second. Nearing the end of the event, Lucas Kallenback began to challenge for the runner up position, pulled even at the white flag, and beat Pronschinske back to the line. Nicholas Hazelton finished fourth and Stefen Hague rounded out the top five.

The Hornet heats were won by Jason Bauer, Chad Prissel, and Mark Schoone, as Bauer swept the night. On the drop of the green for the feature, it was two wide for two laps as Schoone eased slightly ahead of Jake Halterman. The race came to an immediate red flag halt when a large crash occurred on the backstretch as the pack was approaching turn four. Jason Holte found himself on two wheels but did not go over, but it was Sean Svee rolling hard near the wall. All drivers were reported unhurt and the race was restarted with three cars eliminated.

It is a rare sight indeed to see a hornet driving against a very high cushion in its truest sense, but Schoone was doing just that out front. Bauer closed below him and moved side by side for the lead. A good battle ensued as it took three laps for Bauer to moved into first on his own. Schoone wasn’t done as he continued to drive the long way around the track and moved side by side with the leader at the white flag. Bauer crowded the upper groove coming through turn two, Schoone had to lift, losing momentum, and Bauer drove home to the win. Jason Helegson, Jake Halterman, and Chad Prissel rounded out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway returns to racing action on Sunday, July 09, 2017, with the 2nd Annual Hornet Swarm sponsored by Coors Light / Lee Beverage. They will take 30 hornets to the feature, starting three wide, running 30 laps, and the winner takes home $600! The feature will be set through passing points, B-Feature, and a last chance race. All regular weekly WISSOTA classes will also be on display. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Too Wet at Eagle Valley Speedway

June 20th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– Rain forced the cancellation of the Eagle Valley Speedway presentation of the 600 Outlaw Mini Mod Series fueled by Liquid Nitro. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were also scheduled on the card. There are no races scheduled for June 25, 2017. The Eagle Valley Speedway will be back in action on Sunday, July 02, 2017, with the Fireworks Special, Budweiser/Rock Fest Ticket Giveaway, featuring all regular WISSOTA classes.

Amundson Grabs Eagle Valley Speedway Sweep

June 13th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– The Northern Vintage Series took to the track at the Eagle Valley Speedway along with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. The feature winners on the night were Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Chad Prissel.

Robert Wood and Shale Halopka won their respective heats as Halopka swept the evening with his eventual feature win. Fran Hanson and Wood held the front row at feature time and the first lap saw the leaders side by side at the line. Wood took the point and was looking good as Josh Smith was debuting his midwest mod and running very strong driving into second. Halopka was on his usual prowl as he moved high and then low to first overtake Smith and then the leader. Wood drove hard and challenged to retake the lead on the backstretch but Halopka was too tough to be passed.

As Halopka began to put distance on the field, eighth starting Nick Koehler came into the picture and overtook third. Denny Cutsforth spun in corner four drawing the only yellow of the event. Halopka still led as second running Wood chose the upper lane in second with Koehler lining up below him in third. The restart saw Koehler make a serious bid at passing for the lead but Halopka withstood the challenge. Koehler did not give up however and continued to try to get above the leader coming off the turns. The final laps were exciting but Koehler had to settle for runner up as Halopka drove to the win. Smith, Wood, and Cutsforth, who recovered from his earlier spin and looked very strong in the final laps, rounded out the top five.

The Street Stocks were swept by Shawn Amundson who had an absolutely wonderful evening. He was seemingly untouchable in both the heat and feature. Amundson started from the pin in both events and was flanked by Travis Hazelton in the feature. The first lap saw terrific side by side racing between the leaders but Amundson claimed the spot. Ron Hanestad raced into second using the highline and tried in vain to catch Amundson. Dalton Hazelton drove to third and settled in. Travis Hazelton drew the only caution of the event but Amundson was unfazed by the restart. He was in command on his way to the checkers and was followed home by Hanestad, Dalton Hazelton, and Robert Seidler.

The Pure Stock were swept by George Richards. Nicholas Hazelton led one lap but Richards moved to the point on lap two and led the rest of the way to the checkers. Dean Pronschinske had a very good run in second and had actually closed a significant gap to reach the tail of Richards late. Richards cracked the whip however and moved back out into a more comfortable lead in the last few laps. Pronschinske was the runner up as he has been looking stronger and stronger lately. Nicholas Hazelton, Jeff Tisdale, and Gary Ladd were scored in the top five.

The Hornet heats were won by Jason Holte and Jason Bauer as Chad Prissel found victory lane in the feature. A spin on the first attempt to start reset the field, but the race went green the entire distance once it was started. Dean Butler looked really strong as he took the early lead and control of the event. Prissel was driving hard as he slowly closed on the leader. With two laps remaining, Butler had a bobble on the backstretch and Prissel pounced as Casey Gross followed him past. Prissel was the leader, as Butler stormed back and closed the distance on the top two. The racing action became physical on the front stretch coming to the white flag as the Prissel and Gross squeezed together and Butler remained in their shadow looking for his chance. The final lap saw Prissel take the win as Gross nipped Butler in a sis by side finish for second. Dan Prissel and Jason Bauer finished in the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway returns to racing action on Sunday, June 18, 2017, as the 600 Outlaw Mini Mod Series fueled by Liquid Nitro invades along with all regular weekly WISSOTA classes. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

EVS 3rd Annual Midwest Mod Special

June 6th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The 3rd Annual Midwest Modified Special sponsored by Tim’s Automotive Machine and Southworth Chevrolet thrilled the nice crowd on a beautiful evening at the Eagle Valley Speedway. In addition, all the remaining classes were also in action with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. The feature winners on the night were Shane Halopka, Kevin Adams, Jeff Brauer, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Kasey Gross.

31 Midwest modifieds took to the track with Michael Truscott, Travis Anderson, Calvin Iverson, and Nick Koehler winning the heats. Cody Carlson won the B-Feature as 14th starting David Simpson, Jason Richardson, and Denny Cutsforth finished in the top four to qualify for the feature.

The feature saw Jake Smith drive off the outside of the front row to take the lead as fourth and fifth starting Shane Halopka and Nick Koehler moved into second and third. A spin on the backstretch slowed the action with five laps in and on the restart, Halopka moved up the tack and into the lead. As Halopka attempted to drive away, Koehler was able to move into second and Jason Vandekamp found his way to third. The leader did not reach lapped traffic until lap 20 of the 30 lap event as the entire pack remained in tow.

As the top three were settled in, Michael Truscott began to challenge for fourth over Smith. The second and last caution was raised as Jason Richardson spun in turn four on lap 24. The green flag saw a run to the checkers as Halopka was rock solid although he was hounded relentlessly by Koehler. At the line, it was Halopka as Vandekamp snagged second very late over Koehler. Smith was scored in fourth as Truscott finished fifth. The remaining top ten included Kenny Kincaid, Denny Cutsforth, Corey Jones, Grant Southworth, and Kent Baxter.

The Modified heats were won by Jake Miller and Kevin Adams as Adams took the lead from the outside of row two and led every lap of feature. There were two cautions slowing the action, but Adams was unchallenged. Steve Hallquist drove well from seventh to finish second and Nick Koehler looked good finishing third in the Gibson owned 60. Jake Miller carried over his heat success with a fourth place run and Josh Hessler took the long way to fifth place after recovering from an early spin in the event and being sent to the back to the pack on the restart. He drove well to climb into the top five.

The Super Stock heat was won by Tommy Richards but at feature time, Jeff Brauer took the lead in lap one and led the entire way to the win. Richards had found his way to second early and he chased the leader the entire distance. Richards was able to close and run in the leader’s shadow and actually got a fender above and below him in the closing laps. Brauer was too fast though as the two continued their terrific on track rivalry. Marcus Simonson, Lukas Koski, and Cole Hanson rounded out the field.

The Street Stocks heat was won by Ron Hanestad as he moved to second behind leader, Travis Hazelton, early in the feature. A spinning Braden Brauer regrouped the field and Hazelton continued to lead on the restart. However, it was Danny Richards using the upper groove to pull even at the halfway mark to take the point. Richard bobbled shortly after taking the lead and Hazelton regained the position. Richards regrouped and once again, passed for the lead. Ron Hanestad tried to grab second place but Hazelton wouldn’t give up, and scrapped his way back into the position solidly. At the finish line, with was Richards, Hazelton, Hanestad, Robert Seidler, and Dalton Hazelton.

There was no shock to the track regulars as the Pure Stock were swept by George Richards. The feature saw Ken Larson lead early, Lucas Kallenbach took it away, and Richards drove from the third row to claim it as his own. Cole Hill was having a fine run in fourth when he spun late on the tricky slick racing surface. Richards survived the restart and drove to yet another win over Kallenbach, Dean Pronschinske, Nicholas Hazelton, and James Thur.

The Hornet heats were won by Jake Halterman and Shane Lindseth but it was Kasey Gross coming from eighth to dominate the feature. Brian Uthe led lap one, Lindseth led lap two, and it was Gross at the point on the third circuit. Gross withstood three separate cautions and each restart saw Dean Butler looking very strong on the respective first laps and he looked as a serious challenger. After each restart, the front runners survived Butler’s charges and settled back in. At the line, it was Gross. Halterman, Dan Prissel, Dean Butler, and Mark Schoone.

As a reminder, the Eagle Valley Speedway will be running Saturday June 10, 2017, and will be off on Sunday June 11. The Northern Vintage Series and all regular WISSOTA classes will be running. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Weather Cancels EVS on Memorial Day

June 5th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The Memorial Day races at Eagle Valley Speedway were cancelled due to poor weather. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will return to action on June 04, 2017. Join the fun at Eagle Valley for the 3rd Annual Midwest Mod Special sponsored by Tim’s Automotive Machine and Southworth Chevrolet featuring all regular WISSOTA classes! Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Speedway UMSS Sprints and Brauer’s Big Win

June 5th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The night before Memorial Day saw Eagle Valley Speedway and the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars joined up with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Passing rain showers early in the night caused a delay which the fans and drivers waited out as the Weigel’s and their crew worked feverishly to get the track back into racing condition. The end result was a fast track with terrific racing action, thrilling the large crowd.

The feature winners on the night were Brooke Tatnell, Jimmy Kouba, Jeff Brauer, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Jason Holte.

The eleven time World of Outlaw winner, who has now won a record nine World Series Sprintcars Series titles in Australia, added the Eagle Valley Speedway to his resume in the UMSS Winged Sprint Cars. Brooke Tatnell chose Jim Falls to debut in the racing series and left little doubt as to his abilities. After winning his heat, he took the lead at the drop of the green of the feature and checked out into the night. Tatnell had just put the fifth position down one lap and was closing on the fourth place when the only yellow flag of the event flew. In the remaining laps he had no issues as he blasted back out to a commanding lead over second finishing Ryan Bowers, who had also won his heat. Chris Graff came home in third after having won both Friday and Saturday nights on the weekend. Jared Goerges brought his wonderful appearing Flying TIger themed car home as the last car on the lead lap and Chase Viebrock drove home in fifth.

It was an all Kouba night as the father and son duo of Jimmy and Jake Kouba each won their heat and finished one and two in the feature. Both Kouba’s started on the front row as Jimmy used his outside start to grab the lead and never look back. Jake Kouba follow him for 20 nonstop laps but never posed a serious challenge for the point. Jeremy Kerzman had a fine run from the seventh starting position to drive home in third. Mike Mueller and Blake Anderson rounded out the top five after starting tenth and eighth, respectively.

Tommy Richards and Nick Oreskovich won the Super Stock heats as Terry Kroening took the lead from pole sitter Tony Falkner at the start of the feature. Jeff Brauer squeezed past Falkner for second as Tommy Richards used the low line to move past all to the point. There were two cautions in turn two which slowed the racing action but Richards was dominating over Brauer and Oreskovich. As the laps began to wind down, Richards settled into a comfortable lead. However, Brauer had other plans as he attacked the cushion and lap after lap moved in closer. With two to go, he had caught Richards and it appeared Richards was unaware. Brauer took the white flag in second, pounded the highside in one and two, and pulled beside Richards entering the backstretch. Richards drove hard into three but Brauer had the speed and momentum to drive into the front and lead to the line and win. Richards finished in second as Oreskovich, Terry Kroening, and Danny Richards rounded out the top five.

Denny Cutsforth, Joe Chaplin, and Nick Koehler won the Midwest Modified heats as it was Calvin Iverson and Cutsforth on the front row of the feature. Jake Smith came from fourth position to the lead in lap one and then continued to lead past the halfway point of the feature. A spinning Jason Vokovan slowed the action and reset the group. A three wide battle for the lead ensued as Joe Chaplin moved to the point and Nick Koehler moved to second. A breakdown by Jason Richardson slowed the action but the restart saw a great battle for the point. Koehler edged into the lead but Chaplin made a bold moved to the top in turn three to regain control.

Once again, a yellow flew, slowing the action as Brandon Copp was called as the cause. Under green, Koehler took the lead but Nick Lindquist caused Hass to spin and the race was slowed. Koehler was scored the leader and he moved away from Chaplin under power and drove to the checkers. Chaplin finished second over Corey Jones, Jake Smith, and Antonio Pintaro as the caution flag flew on the last lap but the checkered and yellow flew together.

The Street Stocks heats were won by Michael Knudtson and Shawn Amundson as Ralph Stark and Armond Love lead the feature to green. On the first lap, there was a three wide battle for the lead but a lap two caution for debris reset the race with Amundson scored as the leader. Under green, Amundson pulled out to a decent lead as Danny Richard had moved from seventh to the runner up position. The hard racing action continued as Ron Hanestad wrestled third away from rookie in the Street Stocks, Armond Love, who was having an impressive run.

Richards reeled in the leader and as he caught him, Dalton Hazelton spun in turn four to draw the yellow flag. Michael Knudtson was called with the foul and Hazelton restarted in his previous position. On the restart, Richards went high and Hanestad low to go three wide and pass the leader. A multi car tangle on the backstretch saw Jake Hessler against the wall, and then rolling over near the track exit. The red flag flew and all drivers were unhurt but Hessler was eliminated. Amundson, who had been reinstated as the leader left the speedway to the work area due to a flat right rear tire and he returned to tag onto the rear of the field. Richards lead the field to green but in restart lap, Travis Hazelton spun. It was Amundson being called this time and he went pit side. The race resumed with Richards in control as well as Hansestadt being in control of second. Knudtson continued to pick off cars on his way to third after starting eighth and enduring a trip to the back of the pack as Love ended his fine run in fourth. Robert Seidler rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stock heats were won by George Richards and Dean Pronschinske as James Thur used the outside front row to take the lead of the feature. Richards had moved into second on lap two and on lap four, he drove past Thur into the lead. Patrick Smith moved to second and the yellow flew for Thur as he spun getting into turn four. The restart was aborted due to a late arriving car from the work area but back under green, Richards stretched his advantage. One last yellow flew as Cole Hill spun in turn two. The restart saw Richards continue his dominance and win once again at Eagle Valley. Smith, Lucas Kallenbach, Andrew Hanson, and Pronschinske finished in the top five.

The Hornet heats were won by Kasey Gross and Dean Butler as Butler held the pole position with Jason Holte starting to his outside in the feature. The feature race turned out to be a one move decision as Butler took the lead and led past halfway with Holte in tow. As they closed on a lap car, Holte dove under Butler, and trapped the leader, taking over the point himself. The remainder of the race saw Holte drive the the checkers with Butler in tow. It was Dan Prissel, Gross, and Lucas Brackin finishing in the top five on the non-stop event..

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, they will complete a weekend double header with the Modifieds back on the card at the Budweiser/Country Fest Night. All regular weekly classes will be present along with a Budweiser/Country Fest ticket giveaway!

June 4, 2017, will feature the 3rd Annual Midwest Mod Special sponsored by Tim’s Automotive Machine and Southworth Chevrolet featuring all regular WISSOTA classes. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Speedway Rained Out

May 24th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–A weeklong period of rain forced the Eagle Valley Speedway to cancel Sunday’s Miller Lite sponsored racing action. Racing will return on Sunday, May 28, 2017, as the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars join up with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. The following night, Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, they will complete a weekend double header with the Modifieds back on the card at the Budweiser/Country Fest Night. All regular weekly classes will be present along with a Budweiser/Country Fest ticket giveaway!

June 4, 2017, will feature the 3rd Annual Midwest Mod Special sponsored by Tim’s Automotive Machine and Southworth Chevrolet featuring all regular WISSOTA classes. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Mother’s Day at Eagle Valley Speedway

May 19th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- A nice crowd was meet by good weather and great racing as JP Mechanical sponsored the Eagle Valley Speedway as the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds along with the Eagle Valley Hornets all took to the track.. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Mike Knudtson, George Richards, and Kasey Gross.

The Modifieds saw Mike Anderson sweep the night’s action with both the heat and feature wins. In the feature, Kevin Adams took early control from the front row as it took Anderson a few laps to get to second position. Mike Knopps had fought hard from his pole starting position to maintain the runner up spot. Once in second, Anderson began to track down Adams, but soon Adams showed smoke, pulled from the raceway, and retired for the evening. A caution was displayed, and Anderson was the leader on the restart and never looked back as he tiptoed to the checkered flag on the slick track. Steve Hallquist drove home in second over Clayton Wagamon, Mike Knopps, and Bryan Hessler.

The Super Stock heat was won by Jeff Brauer, and it looked clearly as if he were going to sweep the night as he took the lead from the outside of the front row in the feature. Brauer blasted the cushion and looked strong as Tommy Richards moved to second using the low line. Directly behind, Jesse Redetzke had moved to third. Richards moved to the high side and by the halfway point, Brauer’s torrid pace was being matched as Richards ran in his shadow. As the laps clicked off, Richards looked under Brauer on the backstretch, but the leader just appeared too tough to pass as he regained control. With two laps remaining, they approached traffic which were fighting for position. Brauer committed to his line and Richards closed to trap him and then drive to the lead. Coming to the white flag, Richards was now scored at the point. The final circuit saw no changes with Richards winning, Brauer in second, Redetzke, Curt Meyers, and Mark Stender rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds heats were won by Michael Truscott and Shane Halopka. The first attempt to start the feature was aborted due to a spin, but they got underway with second starting Bob Wood taking the early lead. Grant Southworth moved to second and Halopka to third. The top six cars were fighting an a very tight group as Halopka moved to the second position and then made good on a bid for the lead. A spinning Denny Cutsforth drew the caution flag resetting excellent tight quarters racing. A super tough crowd which included the likes of Koehler, Halopka, Jake Smith, Southworth, Truscott, and Wood rode in tight formation to the restart.

It was Koehler back in control as they drove four wide for second. Smith powered to the runner up position, but a lap later, Truscott slipped past into second. Truscott closed on the leader and at the white flag, it was Koehler on the low side and Truscott against the cushion. Truscott got a good run through the final set of corners to try to pull outside the leader as a lapped car was between them and the checkered flag. Koehler had the cleanest line and drove to the win and Truscott fell just short of his third feature win on the weekend. Halopka, Smith, and Southworth were in the top five of an outstanding feature event.

Danny Richards and Michael Knudtson won the Street Stock heats as Knudtson drove to the sweep in the feature. It was not as easy as it may sound though. Jake Hessler looked strong off the front row early as Ron Hanestad moved to second. Hanestad worked on the leader, but Hessler was good in the high line. A spinning Armond Love drew the only caution of the event and the restart saw Knudtson in third after starting eighth on the grid. Hanestad chose to start outside of row two and on the restart, they both worked their way under the leader coming off the second turn. As Danny Richards began to work on Hessler for third, Hanestad drove hard to take the lead. He was able to begin to pull even and inside the leader, but Knudson’s preferred line helped him keep the point. Knudtson and Hanestad maintained their battle to the finish line with Knudtson being the victor. It took until the final circuit for Richards to wrestle away third from a very fine running Hessler. Bob Seidler was scored in fifth at the finish.

George Richards swept the Pure Stock action as he has picked up from where he left off last season when he dominated the class. After a spin called for a complete restart in the beginning, Richards drove to the front to lead lap one. Although he endured a two separate cautions by the spinning Cole Hill and another in between for Dean Pronschinske losing a tire, Richards was too tough for the competition, Lucas Kallenbach had driven from last to appear as if he would challenge for the lead, but Richards stepped up his game late and regained an advantage to the finish line. Patrick Smith, Kent Deutsch, and pole sitter Nicholas Hazelton finished in the top five.

Two heats of Hornets were won by Derrick Krumrie and Sean Svee but it was Kasey Gross driving to his second feature win of the year at Eagle Valley. The first lap saw a three wide race for the front spot with Svee taking early control. Gross moved through the field, caught Svee, and took the lead on the high side, never looking back on his way to the win. Svee held a strong advantage in third as six cars battled for several laps for the third position. At the checkered flag, it was settled out in order with Jake Halterman, Brian Adams, Dan Prissel, Krumrie, Jason Holte, and Justin Wolf. However, third through seventh was a fine battle for position.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing on May 21, 2017, as Miller Lite presents all six classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds, along with the Eagle Valley Speedway Hornets all in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Speedway Opens

May 13th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The Eagle Valley Speedway opened the 2017 racing season and move back to Sunday night on May 07, 2017. A nice car count and crowd enjoyed the fine weather as the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds along with the Eagle Valley Hornets all took to the track.. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Michael Truscott, Kyle Genett, George Richards, and Kasey Gross.

The Modifieds saw David Baxter score the heat win as Mike Anderson and Jake Miller led the field to green at feature time. It was Anderson who took the lead at the start and never looked back as the race was slowed only once by a spin by Mike Knopps. Anderson had the field covered as he crossed the finish line with a straightaway advantage over sixth starting Kevin Adams. Adams himself had a comfortable cushion over Miller as Baxter and Steve Lavasseur rounded out the top five.

The Super Stocks heats were won by Adam Soltis and Terran Spacek but it was pole sitter Tommy Richards who left little doubt of the outcome at the drop of the green at feature time. Richards drove out to the point and after a lap four caution for debris, he stretched his advantage significantly over Mark Stender. Following a good battle for position with Terry Kroening, Jeff Brauer found his way to third after starting sixth. Brauer closed on Stender and passed for the runner up position, Stender spun later in turn four and brought out the last caution of the event. Although Richards’ huge advantage was eliminated, he simply drove home comfortably to the checkers after the restart. Brauer finished a strong second over James Cimfl, Adam Soltis, and fifth finishing Lukas Koski.

The Midwest Modifieds heats were won by Shane Halopka, Nick Koehler, and Robert Wood and it was Wood who took early control of the feature from the pole. Michael Truscott raced from sixth to second early as Gunnar Watkins ran the low line in third. As the leaders drove hard on the high side, Truscott was able to use a lap five move and slip into the lead. A caution for the spinning Daniel Tautges however restored Wood to the point for the restart.

Wood used the highline to try to ward off Truscott but Truscott drove to the lead in turn three and four on a well executed slide job. Wood wasn’t quite finished though and immediately pulled off a brilliant crossover to pass Truscott back. Meanwhile, Nick Koehler used the racing action between the two front runners to his advantage and snuck by both down low. Truscott was able to wrestle second away from Wood and within one lap, pulled another power dive under the leader for first.

Jake Smith used the low line and gained ground, moving past Koehler into second prior to an unrelated turn two spin by another competitor, slowing the pace. The first attempt at a restart was aborted due to a spin near the back of the pack, but the second try saw the field go green. Truscott lead as Smith and Koehler attacked, making it three wide for the front coming off turn four to take the white flag. Truscott prevailed however, and regained control on the last circuit to lead the group to the checkers. Koehler was able to take second over Smith as Halopka and Grant Southworth rounded out the top five.

Danny Richards and Karl Genett won the Street Stock heats as the same two drivers led the pack to the start of the feature. Richards immediately took the lead and looked strong until he jumped the cushion on the high side of turns one and two a few laps into the event. Kyle Genett drove by to the lead and never looked back. Karl Genett moved to second as Cody Kummer found himself in third. A spinning Braden Brauer reset the field late, but the Gennetts had no issues with the restart as they drove one two to the finish. Danny Richards recovered to third as Kummer and Travis Hazelton finished in the top five.

Two heats of Hornets were won by Jason Junker and Kasey Gross as Gross made it a sweep on the night, leading every lap from the pole and never being seriously challenged for the win. Gross drove a flawless race as the others set sail to try to catch them. Sean Svee was second over Junker, Travis Hoff, and Jake Halterman.
The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing on May 14, 2017, as JP Mechanical presents all six classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds, along with the Eagle Valley Speedway Hornets all in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Season Champions

August 28th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The Eagle Valley Speedway closed out its 2016 season on Thursday, August 25, 2016, with the seasons championship races. Heats were lined up by points and the features were lined up by the finishing order of the heats. All six classes of cars including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were in action. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Curt Myers, Michael Truscott, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Armond Love.

Firstly, this writer would like to correct last week’s statement reference track champions. Tommy Richards won the Street Stock championship and I inadvertently reported differently. It is important to note my error as Tommy is a great driver and deserves the recognition.

With a front row of Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams, all eyes were on the Modifieds in their feature. Both drivers are in the top five in National Points and a threat to win every night. Anderson dominated the heat to earn the pole and after a two laps battle secured the lead of the feature. Anderson looked in terrific form as he motored to a comfortable lead over Adams who was in his own league as he too drove away from the remaining field. With five laps remaining Anderson began to slow as fuel pressure issues developed. Adams smelled blood and began to close the gap. The two cars drove hard through lap traffic which included very close racing as they were both using every ounce to grab the win. It was Anderson at the checkered flag as Adams had closed the gap but it was Anderson’s night to hoist the checkers. Kevin Eder led a group home well behind the leaders, followed by Jay Richardson and Steve Hallquist.

The Super Stock feature saw Curt Myers and Tommy Richards on the front row as the two drove away from the field. Although Myers led every lap, Richards hounded him and legitimately battled for the lead in lapped traffic. Myers scored the win on his torrid pace to grab another National Championship as Richards settled for second. Behind, Danny Richards was also strong as he dominated the remainder of the field as James Cimfl and Terry Kroening rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds had a crash which was the most brutal impact this writer has ever seen in 35 years of watching racing. At no fault of anyone, a racing incident saw Bob Wood get sent into the turn four wall at full throttle. It was a horrific crash which took the breath of all watching. It was amazing to see Bob get out of the car seemingly unscathed. The design of the CCR racecar did its job perfectly and the collapsible steering column’s function likely convinced every driver of its attributes. Race car drivers are a tough breed and seldom show what they consider weakness, but I am sure Bob was in pain for the days after. It is great you are still with us my friend!

The feature saw an amazing race up front as the outside front row starter, Grant Southworth took the initial lead. Behind him, Michael Truscott and Nick Koehler battled low and high for position. The yellow flag flew for Denny Cutsforth in turns three and four as Derek Haas was called for the caution. The restart saw Cutsforth spin again but a stacked up start was to blame and he did not lose his spot. Upon green flag racing Southworth used the high side to hold the lead as Truscott worked low. Directly behind, Nick Koehler shadowed, looking for his opportunity. Southworth and Truscott began a series of clean slide jobs on alternating ends of the track. It was an outstanding show as Truscott eventually stayed in the lead and led the last short distance to the checkered flag. Southworth finished second over Nick Koehler as Shane Halopka and Jake Smith rounded out the top five. Smith came from the 14th starting position to be the hard charger of the race.

The Street Stock feature was led by pole sitter Mike Knudtson but it was last place starting Danny Richards moving to second on lap two. It took Richards little time to use the high line to drive to the point and rocket away to a straightaway lead. Durand Peterson raced with Knudtson for position nearly the entire distance but Knudtson was scored runner up. CJ Wagner and Travis Hazelton closed out the top five.
The Pure Stock feature had George Richards and Lucas Kallenback on the front row. Richards went on to lead every lap surprising no one. He stretched his advantage over Kallenback who in turn stretched the gap over third finishing Pat Smith as Dean Pronshinske and Nicholas Hazelton rounded out the top five.

The Hornets saw Dan Prissel lead the first three laps before Armond Love drove below him for the point. Brad York used the low line to close and eventually pass Prissel for second at the halfway point. Love stretched his advantage to the finish over York. Dan Prissel beat Chad Prissel in a nice battle for position, claiming third. Jess Seim was scored fifth at the finish.

The Eagle Valley Speedway has completed its 2016 season. The Weigel’s thank everyone involved throughout the year. Thanks go out to the fine weekly sponsors including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who gave away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Three go Three for Three in Four Days

August 24th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action on Thursday, August 18, 2016, with a loaded night of racing. It was the 15th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial, the 1st Annual Northern Hornet Swarm, and the WISSOTA Race of Champions Qualifier race brought by Lisa Leu and Krug Towing! The rains had subsided and the track was ultra-smooth and blistering fast for all six classes of cars including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Michael Truscott, Danny Richards, George Richards, and William Voeltz.
With a regular night of racing held only four days after the rain date make up races, three drivers continued their torrid paces with three feature wins in the Valley in less than a week. Kevin Adams, Danny Richards, and George Richards, each completed the amazing feat. In addition, Curt Meyers won twice to move his total feature win tally to 27 on the season, and Nick Koehler grabbed a pair of features of his own.

The 2016 track points championships were claimed by Kevin Adams in the Modifieds, who used three straight feature wins to nip Mike Anderson for the title. Terran Spacek had a great season winning the Super Stock title as Nick Koehler was fast everywhere, including the Valley as he won the Midwest Modified points race. It was Danny Richards in the Street Stocks and George Richards dominating the Pure Stocks. Chad Prissel was the Hornets champion.

The Modified feature saw pole sitter Kevin Adams take the lead and although he was chased by third starting Mike Anderson the entire distance, he won his third race of the week at the track. Adams lead all 60 laps of feature racing action in the three events. Anderson drove to second followed by outside front row starter Nick Koehler in third. Jay Richardson and Justin Oestreich rounded out the top five of the caution free event.

The Super Stock feature saw Danny and Tommy Richards on the front row, but at the drop of the green, Curt Myers timed the start perfectly and split them for first going into turn one. A spinning Adam Soltis slowed the pace but Myers was strong off the restart. Tommy Richards overtook second as Danny followed. The top three motored away, each holding an advantage over each other and third being well over a straightaway ahead of fourth at the finish. A last lap pass four days earlier by Tommy Richards held Myers to a mere two feature wins in three attempts in four days. However, both had three top twos. Terran Spacek was scored in fourth as Luke Schultz rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature was marred with seven cautions which kept the pack tight throughout the race. The initial start saw a caution which sent Antonio Pintaro to the work area and unfortunately, out of the race as repairs could not be made. The second caution flew quickly thereafter as Jason Richardson and Cole Spacek spun with Spacek being called for the foul at the disagreement of many in the crowd. On the start, Grant Southworth took the lead but a caution for debris slowed the pace again. Southworth held the lead again as Tyler Werner looked very good running in second. Eventually, Jake Smith overtook the second position as Truscott followed him through.

Southworth continued to lead but a spinning Brent Voeltz slowed his pace. Again, the leader took them to green as Truscott discovered speed up high on the track and drove to second and then swept past Southworth for first. The racing action became furious as Smith moved into second and a yellow flag flew again for debris. The restart saw Southworth go low for second position and Smith diving even lower as the top three came off turn four nearly three wide. The terrific action was slowed again as Voeltz’s night ended with another spin. The restart saw Truscott lead as Smith drove low in four and pulled even. One lap later, Smith was scored the leader. Shane Halopka, who had been charging directly behind the fantastic race up front moved into second position. Truscott regrouped and found the high line to his liking again and retook second. With one lap remaining, Truscott drove past the leader at the line and went on for a big win.

Nick Koehler had issues in the race and was not able to try to race for his third feature win in four nights at Eagle Valley. Smith, Halopka, Southworth, and Bob Wood rounded out the top five in a race which was worth the entire price of the admission. Truscott realized the significance of the race win as he grew up watching Lonnie Leu race, noting in his post-race interview he learned a lot from watching him.

The Street Stock feature was lead immediately by outside front row starter Danny Richards as he made no doubt about the outcome and drove away from the pack all the way to the checkers. Again, he was three for three in four days. Behind the leader, Travis Hazelton held second until he was overtaken by Cody Kummer. Mike Knudtson raced to third as Hazelton settled for fourth ahead of Bob Seidler.

The Pure Stocks saw Dean Pronshinske take the lead with Lucas Kallenback chasing. Although George Richards started on the outside of the front row, he slipped back one position. However, when he was able to move down to the inside of the front runners, it became clear, his 14th feature win of the season was not going to be denied. It was three for three in four days for Richards as he motored to the point and held a comfortable lead all the way to the checkered flag. The race was only slowed once for a caution as Nicholas Hazelton lost a tire on the track and was unable to continue. Kallenback claimed runner up over Pronshinske as James Thur followed them to the finish.

The Hornet Swarm pitted 22 drivers racing for a $500 payday. At the drop of the green, Leslie Jackson drove out to the lead as the others trailed for several laps. William Voeltz and Sean Svee ran in the top three until just short of the halfway point. Voeltz used the low line to drive inside Jackson as they raced side by side for the lead for three exciting laps when Voeltz edged to the point. Voeltz looked to be taking command as Svee raced to second and set chase for the leader. Svee was able to close the gap but as they carved though lapped traffic, Voeltz was able to maintain in front.

The red flag was thrown as Anthony Fletcher pounded the turn one wall in a scary and hard crash; fortunately, he did not need medical attention. The restart saw Svee blast down low for the lead in one and two but Voeltz used a well-executed cross over to retake the lead before the end of the lap. Shaun Bangart joined the top two as the top three sped to the finish. It was Voeltz leading to the checkered as Svee claimed second by inches as he and Bangart finished side by side for second and third. Trever Reding and Brad York closed out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, August 25, 2016, with the Season Championships featuring all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Four Double Up

August 21st, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-The Eagle Valley Speedway finally returned to racing action after being rained out every scheduled night since rains fell after the heats on July 07, 2016. With no feature action since June, the Quality Propane race night was held on Sunday, August 14 with make up features and a complete show including all six classes of cars including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, and George Richards, each twice. Other winners included Curt Myers, Tommy Richards, Derek Love, and Derrick Johnson.

The Modified Make up feature saw front row starter Kevin Adams move to the point as Mike Anderson followed into second. As Adams led the race, Anderson hunted the track for a way past. Although Adams led the entire
distance, Anderson challenged by pulling even on the lowside at various times but had to settle for second. Ashley Anderson drove home to third followed by pole sitter Jeremy Gibson in fourth.

Adams doubled up in the second feature as he quickly moved to the lead and led every circuit as Ashley and then Mike Anderson trailed to the checkers. Jeremy Gibson finished fourth.

The Super Stock make up feature saw Curt Myers move from fourth to the lead in the first lap and stretch his advantage to the checkered flag. Danny Richards settled into second, and himself checked out on the remainder of the racers. A fine battle was held for third between Tommy Richards and Dan Nissalke with Nissalke winning out for the position.

The regular Super Stock feature looked like Curt Myers was going to earn his second feature win of the night. However, Tommy Richards had something else on his mind. Myers moved to the lap one lead and stretched his
advantage as Richards raced his way to second. Danny Richards moved to third but it was Tommy who started to reel in the leader. Lap after lap, he closed until on the final corner of the event, he drove past Myers and
on to the checkers. Myers settled for runner up, followed by Danny Richards..

The Midwest Modified make up feature was lead by Jake Smith as Shane Halopka moved to second and Nick Koehler found third in the high groove. It was Halopka who struck first as he moved past the leader on the outside. Smith was quick to battle back however and drove back below to the point. Once in front, Smith moved up the track as Koehler moved side by side with Halopka and and overtook the position. With two laps remaining, Koehler muscled past Smith for the lead down low and took control of the race. As Koehler drove to the checkered flag, Halopka overtook Smith for second. Behind the leaders, Antonio Pintaro and Denny Cutsforth closed out the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature saw a three car stack up on the start involving Mike Knopps, Shane Halopka, and Derek Haas, with Knopps being unable to continue. The restart saw Kyle Johnson own the lead and receive heavy pressure from Jason Richardson. The yellow flew again for a breakdown by Denny Cutsforth and Johnson once again held the lead on the drop of the green. Richardson challenged but Antonio Pintaro overtook him up high. It was Nick Koehler looking unbeatable as he moved to third and soon thereafter split the frontrunners for the lead. Koehler was dominate as he drove away to the checkers for his second win of the night. Five cars battled for second and Richardson was scored second followed by Shane Halopka, Jake Smith, Johnson, and Pintaro.

The Street Stock make up feature was slowed once for a lap one spin by pole sitter Dalton Hazelton, On the second attempt, Danny Richards found the lead and never looked back as he dominated his way to the checkers. Behind him, Mike Knudtson ran second as Ron Hanestad closed and took the position down low. Hazelton ran in fourth as the three finished a straightaway behind Richards.

The regular Street Stock feature saw a terrific race as the group went three wide for the lead in the first lap as Mike Knudtson took the point on lap two. Travis Hazelton and Ron Hanestad settled in behind him. Hanestad got the better of Hazelton as cars raced two wide in tow. Warren Hanson drew the first of two cautions as he spun in turn two. The leaders drove three wide on the restart but a spinning Bob Siedler drew the final caution. The restart saw Hanestad grab the lead as Knudtson raced door to door with Durand Peterson. Peterson took the position and challenged for the lead as Danny Richards found his groove and moved to second. Richards moved side by side with Peterson as the two were even at the line with three laps remaining. There was no change a lap later, but at the white flag, Richards had a slight advantage. A close finish saw Richards lead Peterson over the line by a car length as Knudtson claimed third over Hanestad.

The Pure Stock make up feature saw George Richards take the lead on lap one and drive the remainder to the checkers in the caution free event to yet another win. Richards won over Lucas Kallenback and Pat Smith.

The Pure Stock main event saw no surprises as it took only two laps for George Richards to find the lead and drive to the victory. Dean Pronschinske was the only other leader on the night as he led the first
lap. Richards dominated as Tucker Quinn moved to second over Pronschinske, Jay Barnier, and Lucas Kallenback.

The Hornet make up feature was led early by Jason Bauer as Armond love moved from deep in the pack to grab the lead. A great race for third between the Prissels was settled when Chad took the position and then nabbed second from Bauer. It was Love driving to the win followed by Chad Prissel, Bauer, Dan Prissel and fifth finishing Ashley Seidler.

The Hornet feature saw a spinning Chad Prissel bring out the caution on the first lap. He was relegated to the rear on the restart and began his quest through the pack. Dean Butler took the lead initially until Derrick Johnson closed and took the position running low on the tack. Brad York and Derek Krumrie followed Johnson through to the front. Soon Chad Prissel cracked the top five and continued his charge through the faster group to grab the third position. York drove hard to catch the leader and closed the gap but fell short at the checkered flag as Johnson took the win. Armond Love made a last lap pass of Prissel to take back third as Prissel was relegated to fourth at the line.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, August 18, 2016, with the 15th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Lisa Leu and Krug Towing. In addition, THe Hornet Swarm will see the Hornets race for a $500 payday. To add to the excitement, it will also be the WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier in each WISSOTA class. In case of a rainout, racing will be held Sunday, August 21, 2016. All six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds will be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

IRA Sprint & Traditional Sprint Cancels at Eagle Valley Speedway

July 23rd, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin= The IRA Sprint & Traditional Sprint promoters have made the decision to cancel tonight’s racing program at Eagle Valley Speedway due to severe weather threats in the area.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will be rescheduling the Hornet Swarm to a later date. They will return with double features on July 28, 2016 in all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds in action. Coca-Cola Enterprises will sponsor the night and once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl.

Eagle Valley Gets Close

July 10th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-The Eagle Valley Speedway was able to get the heats in before the sky opened up and rain ended the evening. They will return with double features on July 14, 2016 in all six classes ofars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds in action. JP Mechanical will sponsor the night and once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl.

Eagle Valley Rains Out

July 3rd, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-The Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel the River Country Coop night due to rain. All six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds be in action on July 07, 2016 with fireworks! Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Danny Richards Times Two

June 28th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action on Thursday, June 23, 2016, with Kids Night brought by Budweiser and Rock Fest. All six classes of cars including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were in action. The crowd was greeted with perhaps the best tradition in racing where the kids and families are invited onto the race track to meet all the drivers and get autographs and treats. Smiles and laughter were heard everywhere as a few moments away from racing action pleased the young and the old. It ensures the future of our sport and allows the drivers exposure and a face can be placed with the car. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Danny Richards twice, Michael Truscott, George Richards, and Armond Love.

The Modified feature pitted Ashley and Mike Anderson in the front row as Mike led the first lap and every lap thereafter. Mike stretched his advantage until the halfway point when he turned down the wick as Ashley continued to pound the speedway as he tried to real in the leader. He closed the gap, but Mike was in control and drove to the checkers for his fourth feature win of the season at Eagle Valley. Behind, Cory Bruggeman finished in third.

The Super Stock feature was led by Matt McEatheron until he was spun by Adam Soltis. Ricki Peterson was not able to avoid the leader and made heavy contact on the front stretch. McEatheron and Peterson both were eliminated and Soltis was charged with the foul and relegated to the rear. Danny Richards was scored the leader on the restart. Terran Spacek ran in second but Tommy Richards overtook the position and stalked his brother for the win. The two Richard brothers raced aggressively and cleanly as they ran nose to tail for lap after lap. Tommy searched for a way past his brother but Danny held his own. On the last lap, Tommy made a last ditch effort to steal the win coming off turn four as the two raced to the finish line but Danny was too fast and won the exciting feature. Smiles were abundant everywhere as the Richards family enjoyed their own show they gave the crowd in the stands.

The Midwest Modified feature saw Shane Halopka snatch the lead from his third starting position but soon Jake Smith used the low line to challenge for the lead. A caution flew resetting the field and the restart saw Smith and Halopka race side by side for the front for five laps in excellent racing action. Smith began to inch into the lead as Nick Koehler joined the battle to be the front runner but Koehler drew the caution as he spun on his own in turn two. As Koehler was relegated to the rear on the restart, Smith led but Michael Truscott proved he was a contender too as he drove low on the track to the lead as Koehler blasted from the back to fifth. A spinning Derek Haas reset the field and Truscott led them back to green. Halopka wasn’t finished as he raced into second and challenged for the win but Truscott lead at the finish line. Koehler finished his redemption run from the back to be scored in third by nipping Smith at the line. Gunnar Watkins rounded out the top five.

Ron Hanestad took the lead of the Street Stock feature from the outside of row one at the start. Mike Knudtson challenged for the point on the outside as Danny Richards slipped under both for first. Hanestad didn’t go away and continued to challenge Richards for several laps but Richards inched to a slight advantage. Knudtson began to spar with Hanestad for second as Richards took advantage and stretched his lead on his way to his second checkered flag of the evening. Knudtson secured second and himself stretched an advantage over third finishing Hanestad. Dalton Hazelton finished in fourth as Travis Hazelton was scored in fifth.

The Pure Stocks saw Nicholas Hazelton grab the lead from row two and continued to lead for four laps until, once again George Richards drove low to the point. Lucas Kallenbach overtook second and challenged for the win until he broke and retired late in the event. Richards won yet another feature in his dominating season as Hazelton finished second over Pat Smith and James Thur.

The Hornets were paced by Brett Slowiak and Dan Prissel as Prissel moved to the point early. Armond Love raced from sixth to drive under Prissel for the lead. Love drove a rapid pace and was in heavy lapped traffic at the halfway point but had no issues driving to the checkered flag. Prissel raced in second until he was over taken by Derrick Johnson on the final circuit. Chad Prissel and Jess Seim rounded out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, June 30, 2016, with River Country Coop night featuring all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Richards Times Three Brad Erickson

June 22nd, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin — The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action on Thursday, June 16, 2016, when Gordy’s / Coca Cola Night sponsored all six classes of cars including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Derrick Johnson. The Modifieds didn’t show up in numbers, but they showed up to entertain. The 2016 season has seen terrific Modified racing action as the lower car count feature top quality cars. Jay Richardson used the pole position to gain the advantage on the start in his SSR chassis race car. Mike Anderson moved from third to second early and moved side by side with the leader but Richardson remained the man to beat. Jake Hartung moved to third to make an all SSR top three as Kevin Adams piloted his LG2 to fourth. All four cars remained in a tight group. On lap eight, Anderson took the lead from Richardson after having hounded him for the entire distance so far. Two laps later, as Anderson moved out to an advantage, he moved off the lightning quick but rough bottom to a smoother ride on the high side. Adams tried to ruin the SSR parade as he motored to second and Hartung remained in third. Hartung who continued to work the rougher but faster low line got under Adams for second and set out to chase down Anderson. Anderson, who had decided to remain in his groove until someone could challenge for the lead, led at the white flag. Hartung had closed the gap; however, and showed his move late and made a blistering fast and bold run through turns on and two, but could not clear Anderson. Anderson held his line as Hartung tried one more time in the last set of turns, but Anderson was just too fast as he remained in the lead and drove to the checkered flag. Hartung finished second as they had distanced Adams in third later in the event. It was Richardson in fourth at the end. The Super Stock feature saw Tommy Richards start eighth and win back to back at the Valley.

Eric Schultz spun on the first attempt at a start, as the drivers reformed for a completed restart. At the green, Luke Schultz moved from the outside on Matt McEathron on the front row to grab the early lead. Dan Nissalke was strong as he worked down low and took the lead but Richards stalked behind as he closed, took third, second, and three laps later, took the point. Nissalke wasn’t interested in being runner up though and he refused to go away. He moved beside Richards at the halfway point and retook the lead a lap later. However, Richards readjusted his line and got an amazing run off turn two and stuffed his car under Nissalke for the lead going into turn three. Richards was able to begin to pull away from Nissalke and with two laps remaining, Luke Schultz bobbled in turns three and four and fell from third to sixth. Richards drove on to the win, Nissalke settled for second, and Eric Schultz finished third. It was Mark Stender and Terran Spacek rounding out the top five. The Midwest Modified feature was led by pole sitter Shane Halopka with Bob Wood to his outside. Wood got a good start and grabbed the lead, but a caution reset the field for a complete restart. Halopka adjusted and learned from the first attempt at green and held Wood at bay the second time. Halopka looked strong out front but the yellow flag flew again, this time for Antonio Pintaro’s hood coming up and obstructing his view. Again, Halopka led but Gunnar Watkins used the low line to take the position as Nick Koehler snuck through with him. As Watkins raced low and Koehler ran high, it appeared as if Watkins may get the better hand in the race.

However, the caution flew again as Chris Johnson and Derek Haas tangled and neither car was able to continue. Watkins lead at the halfway point but Koehler slowly inched into the lead on the high side. Koehler continued to lead as Watkins attacked the corners down low and remained in his shadow. On the final circuit, Koehler passed a lapped car in turn three as Watkins followed him past and it was very tight quarters. Both drivers made the pass narrowly but successfully as Koehler drove on to the win with Watkins closely in tow. Halopka finished third as Denny Cutsforth and Clark Swartz rounded out the top five. Once again, the Street Stock feature saw a good amount of action for a small field as pole sitter Ron Hanestad took the early lead over Hunter VanGilder. Mike Knudtson used the high groove to drive to the lead as Danny Richards moved into second. At the halfway point, Richards used the low line to pass Knudtson for first. Knudtson readjusted, moved lower on the track and pulled even with Richards, but Richards was too tough. VanGilder retired with two laps remaining as Richards lead Knudtson and Hanestad to the checkers. The Pure Stocks saw Lucas Kallenback lead early but George Richards took the lead on lap two and drove the remainder to the checkers in the caution free event to yet another win. Richards stretched his advantage over Kallenback, who in turn stretched his lead over third finishing Andy Ladd. The Hornets were led to green by Ashley Seidler and Dillon Pronschinske as cars went five wide on the start. It was Jess Seim taking the lead early as a spinning Jason Holte drew the caution on the second circuit. Seim lead the group back to green as Armond Love and Derrick Johnson joined in the fray and the three went three wide for over a lap before Johnson was able to claim the point. Johnson led as Love ran closely behind when the caution flew as cars contacted Shane Lindseth as he was trying to limp off the tack with mechanical issues. On the restart, is was Dan Prissel overtaking Love for second but Love regained the position after a several lap battle. It was Johnson at the checkers as Prissel made a last lap move to reclaim second by a small margin over Love. Jess Seim and Ashley Seidler both finished their fine runs in the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, June 23, 2016, with the best tradition in racing as Kids Night is sponsored by Budweiser and Rock Fest. All six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds will be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Hartung Impresses

June 13th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action on Thursday, June 09, 2016, when Budweiser and Country Fest sponsored all six classes of cars including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. The wind and warm weather made for a tricky racing surface as it became slick as the night rolled on. Feature winners included Jake Hartung, Tommy Richards, Michael Truscott, Travis Hazelton, George Richards, and Chad Prissel.

The Modified feature pitted Dave Baxter and Ashley Anderson front row as Mike Anderson joined them on lap one as the three raced side by side for the lead. Baxter slipped back to third as the Andersons remained side by side on the second circuit. Mike raced down low as Ashley used the momentum of the high side to lead on lap three. Ashley Anderson lead through the hallway point as Mike Anderson continued to run within striking distance down low. It was Jake Hartung who began to prove he was the force to be reckoned with as he raced below Mike Anderson and set off to chase down Ashley Anderson. Hartung was on rails as he closed on the leader, drove under him for the point, and stretched his advantage to the checkered flag. Ashley Anderson drove home in second as Mike Anderson finished third. Kevin Adams and Jay Richardson finished in the top five of the caution free event.

The Super Stock feature saw Tommy Richards taking the point on three aborted attempts to start the race, only to be relegated back to the original starting position of third each time. First, a spinning Eric Zietlman drew the caution. The second yellow flew for a six car melee in turn three which included the very strong Curt Myers who was able to continue. Don Muzzy went to the work area and returned at the back of the field and Zietlman’s night ended on the hook of a wrecker. The third slow down saw Eric Schultz spinning and Jim Harris stalling at the exit of the track.

The fourth time was a charm as Richards once again drove to the lead and Myers moved to second in the first circuit. Richards was strong though as he stretched his advantage over Meyers. The caution flew again as Myers rolled to a stop in turns one and two ending his night. Richards lost his huge cushion, but it wasn’t a factor as he continued to dominate on the restart. Terran Spacek drove to second and himself stretched his lead over third at the line. Luke Schultz, having a very nice run, built an advantage over fourth place finishing Eric Shultz who was involved in a spirited battle and got the best of Muzzy at the finish.

This writer has been waiting to see Michael Truscott flex his muscles this season as he has been fast, but not as dominant as in the recent past. Starting from the outside of the third row in a stout field, this was his night to shine in the Midwest Modified feature. Shane Halopka grabbed the early lead from the second row but Jake Smith fought back down low to take the point. Truscott used the higher groove to overtake Halopka, close on Smith, and drive into the lead. Truscott didn’t leave the strong runners behind however, as the followed him to the checkers. Smith finished a strong second as Halopka won a nice battle for position over Nick Koehler. Bob Wood drove home to yet another top five finish.

The Street Stock feature saw a tremendous amount of action for a small field as pole sitter Travis Hazelton drove side by side for several laps with Ron Hanestad. Danny Richards joined the duo and drove to the inside of Hazelton for the lead as Hanestad suffered a flat tire and spun. The caution flew and Hanestad ducked into the work area and Hazelton returned to the point. Hazelton led under green as Kolby Kiehl and Richards made it three wide. Kiehl edged into the lead but Richards hooked a tire in the bottom of turn three and spun. The caution saw Hazelton back in first on the restart as Kiehl spun slowing the action before a lap was completed. Again on the restart, Hazelton lead the way as cars went three wide to try to claim the win. It was Hazelton moving out front as Richards searched the racing surface for a way past and Kiehl closed on the leaders. Hazelton was not going to give it up though as he pumped his fist in the air as he drove home to the checked flag. Richards settled for second as Kiehl finished a strong third. It was Dalton Hazelton and Ron Hanestad rounding out the field.

The Pure Stocks saw George Richards take the lead on lap one and drive cover to cover in the caution free event to win his seventh consecutive feature in 2016 at various tracks. Todd Roshell raced to second and held a comfortable lead over third finishing Lucas Kallenbach who won a good battle for position over Nicholas Hazelton. Dean Pronschinke rounded out the top five finishers.

The Hornets saw heavy racing action early for the lead as Austin Berger earned the point from his pole position. Dan Prissel raced to second, but was passed by Derrick Johnson. Second was a coveted position as ninth starting Chad Prissel took the position and chased after Berger. A spinning Ashley Seidler reset the field as Berger lead with Chad Prissel glued to his bumper at the halfway point. Chad Prissel made a fine move to overtake the leader and continue on to back to back feature wins at the Valley. Berger finished second as Jason Junker made a last lap pass for third. Derrick Johnson and Dan Prissel rounded out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, June 16, 2016, with Gordy’s / Coca Cola Night featuring all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Koehler takes the Money

June 7th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action on Thursday, June 02, 2016, when Southworth Chevrolet, Tim’s Automotive, and the Miller Lite / Country Jam Promo presented the 2nd Annual Midwest Modified Special. The recent rains had the racing surface wicked fast as a great car count showed up to compete for the increased payout and the prestigious win. All six classes of cars including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were present. Feature winners included Nick Koehler, Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Mike Knudtson, George Richards, and Chad Prissel.

The Midwest Modifieds had driven cover to cover for two consecutive weeks, but when racing for $1000 in victory lane, the action was more aggressive. The yellow flag flew seven times before it was over, including one red flag condition for the rollover of Jake Smith. The racing action was intense under green as 24 cars took the start of the race. The feature was set up by four heats won by Eric Lamm, Cole Spacek, Nick Koehler, Gunnar Watkins, and a B-Feature won by Brandon Copp. Jason Vokovan, Tyler Werner, and Craig Elliott also found their way into the show finishing behind Copp.

Bob Wood and Curt Myers held the front row as Myers looked tough early. The first caution saw Joe Chaplin stall on the raceway and leave the track under yellow. The restart featured Myers in the lead followed by Wood and Koehler. Soon Koehler, who has been the toughest mid mod driver in the region as of late, swept into the lead. Myers held on to second as Grant Southworth moved to third.

A caution flag flew for derbies on the track and on the restart, Southworth overtook second but Myers fought back. The yellow flag was displayed again as Ross Fuhrman spun in one. Under green, Brandon Copp came to a halt and the caution was displayed again. Halfway through the race, Koehler continued to lead as Southworth and Myers waged a dogfight for the second spot. Gunnar Watkins looked strong in his SSR as he moved to fourth, and 12th starting Michael Truscott took over fifth.

A three car crash on the front stretch slowed the race again as Werner was called for the foul and sent to the rear. Werner spun on the restart drawing another caution and was sent pit side on the two caution rule. An altercation in turn two saw Travis Anderson, Bob Wood, and Jake Smith involved as Smith’s car rolled on its side. The red flag flew, and thankfully, all drivers were unhurt.

They lined up for the last time as they drove to the checkered flag thereafter. It was Koehler with the big win as Southworth wrestled second from Myers on the final lap. Watkins and Truscott were scored in the top five.

The Modified feature pitted Ashley Anderson and Kevin Adams on the front row as Adams took the lead and drove 20 caution free laps to victory. Directly behind him, Jake Hartung, Ashley, and Mike Anderson battled for position on the lighting fast surface, finishing in the same order. Dave Baxter came home fifth.
The Super Stock feature saw Curt Myers start fifth, get into Matt McEathron on the opening lap causing a spin, going to the rear, and driving to the lead on lap five. I can continue on and on, but he never relinquished his lead, driving to yet another feature win. It was Keith Corcilious leading early until the seventh starting Tommy Richards took the point on the high side. His lead was short lived as Myers asserted his dominance. Richards didn’t just go away however, as he stayed within striking distance of the leader and moved in close late in the race. He settled for second at the line followed by the strong run of Ben Hillman in third. Terran Spacek and Dan Nissalke rounded out the top five.

The Street Stock feature was lead to green by Dalton Hazelton and Kolby Kiehl as Kiehl lead early and looked very strong out front. Mike Knutson was fast as he moved through the field, overtook second, and closed on the leader. With three laps remaining, he passed Kiehl for the point and drove on to victory. Kiehl finished second as Danny Richards made a last lap pass of Sam Fankhauser for third. Dalton Hazelton finished in fifth.

The Pure Stocks saw Pat Smith take the lead from his pole position but George Richards passed for the point on lap two. Mike Knopps closed on the leaders and worked under Richards challenging for the win. Dean Pronschinke spun in turn four slowing the action. Richards held the lead as Knopps and Smith lined up side by side behind him. Coming to the white flag, Knopps made a bold move on the inside and took the lead at the line. Richards raced back under Knopps on the backstretch and retook the point on the final lap. Knopps tried the crossover move but was not successful as he settled for second behind the victorious Richards. The exciting race saw Pat Smith, Nicholas Hazelton, and Jeff Kallsen in the top five.

The Hornets saw Brett Slowiak and Jake Halterman on the front row as Halterman took the lead on the green. The first of several yellow flags flew early as Austin Berger spun in turn two and Dan Prissel was sent to the rear on the restart. Halterman again led as Cole Hill stalled on the track and could not clear the racing surface. Shortly thereafter, Chuck Wald spun and needed help off the track. Halterman continued to lead under green but eighth starting Chad Prissel ran him down and took the point. A hard crash into the wall saw Slowiak flip and a red flag condition. Once again, thankfully he was unhurt. The race restarted and saw Prissel driving to his first checkered flag of the year after finished either second or third in all eight of his previous runs. Late in the going, Brad York had moved to second but was overtaken by Armond Love with two laps remaining. It was Halterman and Jason Bauer rounding out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, June 09, 2016, with Budweiser and Country Fest sponsoring all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds be in action. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Anderson over Hallquist in an Epic Battle

May 24th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-Eagle Valley Speedway presented the Kim Parson Trophy Tour and Gordy’s Market night as the crowd was delighted by amazing racing action. The EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were all in action. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Curt Myers, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Derrick Jonson.

The Modified feature proved to be an outstanding battle for the win in a race long scramble for the point. It was a race which will be long remembered by the drivers and fans alike as two veterans raced essentially door to door without ever touching nearly the entire distance. It was Steve Hallquist and Paul Nitzick on the front row to lead the field to green. The yellow flag flew early on the start as Kevin Adams was escorted to the infield as he attempted to make a pass down low. The second attempt at the start saw Hallquist take the lead and Mike Anderson move to the top line to overtake second.

A spinning Brad Seavers drew the caution about a quarter of the way into the event setting up what won’t soon be forgotten. Hallquist lead Mike Anderson and Ashley Anderson to the green on the restart with the remainder of the field in tow. Mike Anderson quickly moved to the high line as Hallquist ran the preferred line down low. Although Hallquist laid down blistering fast laps, Anderson was able to wrestle his car around the top side and grab the lead. Hallquist wasn’t ready to give up the point however as he drove back below Anderson to the front.

The two cars drove door to door for 15 laps as Hallquist was on rails on the bottom and Anderson used every inch of the ultra-high side as his car scrapped against the front stretch wall at least twice at the flag stand. With two laps remaining, Anderson used a strong run down the backstretch to grab the lead and with one lap remaining he moved ahead to the slightest advantage. Hallquist likely ran his best lap of the race which included no faults for either driver on the final circuit, and was able to get a nose under Anderson coming off turn four on the final run to the checkers. It was Anderson who proved to be too strong at the line winning the barn burner. Paul Nitzick finished third over Brad Seavers and Ashley Anderson.

The Super Stock feature pitted Matt McEathron and Luke Schultz in the front row at the drop of the green but Curt Myers drove to the lead in lap one from the fourth position. McEathron spun drawing the yellow and resetting the filed. Upon the restart, Myers lead as eighth starting Tommy Richards moved to second and set chase. Although the race was slowed two more times by the spins of Mark Stender and Troy Fransway, Myers and Richards drove away from the field. Richards lurked in Myers shadow but settled for second at the line. Stender recovered from his early spin to finish a distant third as Schultz finished closely behind in fourth. Fransway, who returned to racing after a several year hiatus and is a rookie in the Super Stock division finished fifth.

The Midwest Modifieds drove cover to cover as Antonio Pintaro held the pole inside of Michael Truscott. It was Truscott to the lead as sixth starting Nick Koehler looked strong early. Koehler used the high line to take over second from Shane Halopka and move side by side with the leader. As they entered lap traffic, Koehler squeezed through for the lead and simply dominated the remainder of the race. Truscott, who had nothing for the winner, was dominant in his own right as he stretched his lead over third finishing Halopka as Bob Wood finished a strong bid for third settling for fourth. Pintaro was scored in fifth.

The Street Stock feature was lead to green by Dalton Hazelton and Kolby Kiehl as a caution on the start eliminated Travis Hazelton. A second attempt saw Kiehl drive to the lead and pace the first two laps. It was Danny Richards finding the lead on lap three as Kiehl remained in his shadow working the low groove. Ninth starting Cody Kummer found his way to third and closed on the leaders. It was Kummer finding a way past Kiehl down low and moving side by side with Richards for the lead. On the final lap, Richards was able to drop down in front of Kummer thwarting his bid for the checkers. Richards won over Kummer, followed by Kiehl, Kyle Gennett, and Dalton Hazelton.

The Pure Stocks pitted James Thur and Nicholas Hazelton on the front row and was quickly slowed as Hazelton spun with the help of Lucas Kallenbach. George Richards used the restart to drive to the lead as Kallenbach spun drawing the yellow. Richards drove off into the night for the win as a terrific battle for second was won by Hazelton. Cole Varsho, Pat Smith, and James Thur rounded out the top five.

A huge group of Hornets pitted Brett Slowiak and Shane Lindseth on the front row at feature time. The drop of the green saw the dominant Derrick Johnson drive from eighth to first in one lap. Although a caution reset the field. It didn’t take Johnson long as he moved back to the front and drove away from Chad Prissel, Armond Love, Brad York, and fifth place finishing Sean Svee.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, May 26, 2016, as Gordy’s Market sponsors all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds take the track. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Speedway Falls to Cold and Rain

May 17th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-Once again, miserable spring time weather forced the cancellation of the Miller Lite / Country Jam Promo races at the Eagle Valley Speedway. They will return to racing action on Thursday, May 19, 2016, with the Kim Parson Trophy Tour & Gordy’s Market sponsoring all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds take the track. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Speedway Shines

May 9th, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– Eagle Valley Speedway presented double features in four classes of cars as part of their Thursday night racing program. Gorgeous weather greeted the race fans as the Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were all in action. Make up feature winners included Matt Leer, Tommy Richards, Mike Knopps, and Derrick Jonson. Regular night feature winners saw Mike Anderson and Shane Halopka win as Tommy Richards, Mike Knopps, and Derrick Jonson doubled up feature wins on the night.

The Modified make up feature saw Matt Leer and Mike Anderson on the front row as the two led a small but star studded field to the start. It was Leer claiming the lead as Anderson and Kevin Adams scrambled for the runner up spot. The lone yellow of the race flew as Anderson spun in turn four, eliminating Leer’s advantage. Leer had no problems on his way to the checkers however, as he drove the high groove to the win. Adams followed him home likewise, followed by Ashley Anderson, Mike Anderson and Paul Niznik.

The Super Stock make up feature pitted Tommy Richards and Mark Stender in the front row at the drop of the green. It was Richards leading lap one but Curt Myers used the low line to snatch the top spot one lap later. Stender battled with Eric Olson for third as Olson claimed the position. Myers looked destined to drive off to a dominating win when mechanical issues saw him pull into the infield and Richards inherit the lead. As the race continued Richards stayed comfortably out front on his way to the checkered flag as Olson and Stender fought for runner up. Olson got the best of Stender in the spirited battle that went down to the final circuit. Tarran Spacek and Luke Schultz rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stock make up saw George Richards and Todd Roshell at the front as Richards took the early lead. Roshell found himself in a battle with Mike Knopps for second as Richards looked to drive away into the night. Knopps took the runner up position after a good door to door run with Roshell. Suddenly, Richards suffered mechanical woes and retired from the event. Knopps took the point and drove the remaining distance to the win. Roshell, Nicholas Hazelton, Cody Tisdale, and James Thur finished second through fifth.

A huge group of Hornets pitted Chad Prissel and Travis Hoff on the front row at make up feature time. It was Armond Love taking the lead at the end of lap one as Prissel followed. Eighth starting Derrick Johnson drove up to fight Austin Berger for the third spot. Prissel pulled off the track as Johnson had claimed third and took over second. Johnson used the low line to track down the leader and make a bid for the win. The two raced door to door as Johnson eventually claimed the spot and drove to the checkers. Love followed with Sean Svee, Kasey Gross, and Dan Prissel filling out the top five.

In the regular night racing action, The Modifieds were paced by Paul Niznik and Mike Anderson. Anderson drove hard from the outside row looking for the low groove and the lead. Matt Leer drove to second, Ashley Anderson third, and Kevin Adams in fourth. Adams had worked his way to third as a lap nine caution on a spinning Brad Seavers reset the field. One the restart, Adams took the high line as Leer spun and Jay Richardson was relegated to the rear. The next attempt at the restart saw second place Leer choosing the outside of row two. Anderson pulled out into the lead as Adams moved into second. Ashley Anderson overtook third and fourth running Leer retired from the event. Anderson stayed down low as Adams hunted for a quicker line. Adams discovered driving in high in turn one and diamonding off the corner. He gained terrific momentum and began to wrestle with Anderson for the lead. Adams found himself partly in the infield in turns three and four trying to get below Anderson’s ultra-low line. Anderson was too strong and did not show fault as the two put on a great show to the finish. Anderson won his first feature of the year in his new SSR as Adams finished a very strong second. It was Ashley Anderson, Paul Niznik and Jay Richardson in the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature saw Antonio Pintaro and Michael Truscott on the front row. In a race filled with twists and turns in the plot at the end, Truscott took the early lead. It was Shane Halopka to second in a terrific battle for position with Nick Koehler. Koehler took the spot as the race settled in coming to the white flag, Koehler squeezed down low in turns one and two inside of Truscott. Contact sent Truscott around, setting up a green, white, checkered dash for the win. Truscott led the two lap sprint as Koehler was relegated to the rear on the restart. In turn two, third place Bob Wood spun as Pintaro was tagged with the caution. Again Truscott led the field to green as Halopka took the lead down low at the drop of the white. Koehler, who had a terrific restart which included a bold high side move found himself in third. He too slipped inside of Truscott on the final circuit to claim second. Truscott finished third ahead of Wood and Pintaro.

The Super Stock field was paced by Keith Corcilious and Adam Soltis. It was Soltis bolting to the point as Mark Stender drove the high side into second. Eighth starting Tommy Richards moved to fourth in the first circuit. Soltis held his own in the low line as Richards eased past Stender into second and began to stalk the lead. At the halfway point, Soltis was negotiating lapped traffic with Richards in his shadow. It was Soltis leading lap 19 as the white flag flew but on the backstretch of the final circuit of the Eagle Valley Speedway, Richards slipped under the leader and drove to the checkers for his second feature win on the night. Solits’ first ever Super Stock win was forced to wait for another night as he drove to second at the finish. Stender beat Eric Olson and James Cimfl rounded out the top five.

The Street Stocks saw CJ Wagner and Dalton Hazelton up front as Wagner led early. It didn’t take Danny Richards long as he drove three wide for second and under Wagner for the lead. Travis Hazelton moved into second as Kolby Kiehl made a bid for the spot. Contact sent Hazelton around and Kiehl to the rear of the filed on the restart. It was Richards driving into the sunset for yet another feature win as Dalton Hazelton came on and drove to second. Kolby Kiehl recovered for third as Travis Hazelton and Wagner finished fourth and fifth.

Dustin Holub and James Thur lead the Pure Stocks to green but George Richards moved to the front early. Eighth starting Mike Knopps made his way to second and the yellow flew for the slowing Cody Tisdale. It was Richards on the restart with Knopps on his bumper. Knopps used the low line to pass for the lead but Richards battled back door to door at the drop of the white. Knopps was too strong though as he retained the lead and was followed to the checkers by Richards. The top five included Todd Roshell, Lucas Kallenbach and Nicholas Hazelton.

Once again, it took three heats to decide the starting lineup of the Hornet feature as Brett Slowiak and Chad Prissel earned the front row. It was Prissel to the front as ninth starting Derrick Johnson carved his way to second. A caution flew for debris and on the restart, Johnson hounded Prissel for the lead. He looked high and then used a cross over move to drive to the point. Dan Prissel Sean Svee, and Armond Love found themselves three wide for third. When all settled, it was Johnson comfortably over Chad Prissel who had distanced himself from third through fifth, Dan Prissel Sean Svee, and Armond Love.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, May 12, 2016, as all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds take the track. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Speedway Falls to Cold and Rain

May 1st, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- Aiserable spring time weather forced the cancellation of the races at the Eagle Valley Speedway. They will return to racing action on Thursday, May 05, 2016, as all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds take the track. Once again, there will be double features in four classes including the Hornets, Pure Stocks, Super Stocks, and Modifieds! Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Eagle Valley Speedway Opener

April 23rd, 2016

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–Thursday, April 21, marked the beginning of a new era at the Eagle Valley Speedway as the move from Sundays to Thursday for racing action began. Springtime weather ultimately won over the evening as rains fell at the start of the Super Stock finale, ending the night too early for the eagerly awaiting fans. Gordy’s Market sponsored the night’s action as all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were in action. Feature winners included Danny Richards and Nick Koehler before the rains forced double features for April 28, 2016 in the Hornets, Pure Stocks, Super Stocks, and Modifieds.

The Midwest Modified feature was dominated by pole sitter Nick Koehler as he made no doubt as to who would take the checkered flag immediately from the drop of the green. Koehler set sail on the high side and never looked back, driving to his second feature win in 2016. Grant Southworth settled into a comfortable second as Antonio Pintaro held third. A terrific battle waged for fourth position between Bob Wood, Michael Truscott, and Shane Halopka. Wood took the position in his new GRT by CCR as the yellow flew for a spinning Colin Hazelton. The field was reset, but the delay did little to thwart Koehler as he continued on to the win. It was Wood who stepped up to claim third and close on Southworth in second, but Southworth held the position to the line. Another three car battle for fourth developed as Halopka, Truscott, and Pintaro fought three wide. Pintaro’s night ended early when he retired from the event as Halopka claimed the fourth position and Truscott rounded out the top five.

The Street Stocks feature was won by Danny Richards as he moved from the inside of row two to the lead on lap one and owned the night. The yellow flew on lap two as Travis Hazelton found himself looking in the wrong direction and going to the tail of the field for the restart. Shortly thereafter, a spinning Kolby Kiehl slowed the action. Under green, Richards stretched his lead as Keith Tourville moved to second. Contact between cars saw Ryan Nelson come to a stop on the racing surface slowing the action, but at halfway Richards had regained his dominance. It was Travis Hazelton driving back through the crowd and developing a side by side race for second with Tourville. Tourville secured the position as Hazelton, Kiehl, and Nate Hauge finished third through fifth in a grouping that was so tight at the line, they appeared they could have been covered together with a blanket.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Thursday, April 28, 2016, as all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds take the track. Once again, there will be double features in four classes! Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

The Richards’ Own the Showdown

September 9th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin -Monday, Labor Day, September 07 the River Country Coop sponsored the Jim Town Showdown Labor Day Special. All six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were in action. The weather finally cooperated after flooding earlier in the week and rain canceled the first night of action, the Eagle Valley Speedway was able to present the last night of racing for the 2015 season and incorporated the Show Down with the Season Championship. Heats were lined up by season long points and the features were set by the finishing order of the heats.

Feature winners included Dave Baxter, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Chad Prissel.

The Modified heat was won by Mike Anderson as he and Dave Baxter sat on the front row of the feature. Baxter used his outside starting position to drive to the high side and the lead. Anderson set chase as the two drove away from the remaining field. A spinning Gary Baxter at the halfway point grouped the cars together and on the restart Dave Baxter returned to the high line in the lead. However, Anderson pounded the low groove and remained in Baxter’s shadow the entire remaining distance. Anderson strained to pull just short of even at the white flag and made one last effort at stealing the win but Baxter was too fast. The impressive Modified rookie, Nick Koehler finished third ahead of Matt Lear and Steve Hallquist.

Tommy Richards and Mike Anderson were the heat winners in the Super Stocks as Richards drove to the lead off the front row and Anderson began to chase for the point. It was Dan Nissalke overtaking Anderson for second and a single caution for a spinning Terry Kroening reset the field at the hallway point. Richards was unchallenged, driving to his 26th feature win in 2015 as all three brothers swept their respective classes on the night. Nissalke beat Anderson as the two raced nose to tail the remaining distance well ahead of Kevin Burdick and Travis Hallquist in fifth.

The Midwest Modified heats were won by Grant Southworth, Nick Koehler, and Robbie Johnson as the trio started the feature one through three. Southworth took the initial lead but Koehler moved to the upper groove and powered past to the point. The two drove in tandem away from the remaining field dicing through lapped traffic, including Chris Johnson who ran faster than Mike Baker ever did, all the way to the checkered flag. Behind them, seventh starting Shane Halopka eventually made his way to third but was a half lap behind the leaders at the finish. Jason Richardson and Mark Thomas completed the top five.

The Street Stocks heats were won by Danny Richards and Ron Hanestad as Richards drove to the lead and on to the checkers unchallenged. Nate Hauge tried to close on the leader early but wasn’t able to gain ground. A spinning Heidi Karshbaum reset the field giving everyone a chance at Richards, but he was too tough all night long. Hauge and Travis Hazelton battled for second as Adam Soltis closed to join them. Contact between the hard charging Dalton Hazelton and Soltis saw Soltis lose track position but shortly thereafter, Hazelton spun in between turns three and four and Soltis used the restart to close on Travis Hazelton and overtake the spot. Travis followed Soltis to the finish in third as Mike Knudtson and Hauge rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stock heats were won by George Richards and Nicholas Hazelton as Richards bested the two off the front row for the lead. Richards began a dominating run as Pat Smith tried to race him down. On the front stretch, something broke on the Smith car and as he was trying to clear the track, he hit a tractor tire protecting a light pole and began to climb the pole. He was unhurt as the safety equipment all did its job but his night was over. On the restart, it was again Richards as Hazelton raced in second and was challenged for the position by Cody Tisdale and his newly purchased car. James Thur drew the last caution of the event resetting the field. Richards drove away from the crowd and on to a convincing win. Behind him, an impressive Tisdale survived a challenge for second by a hard charging CJ Wagner. Dustin Holub drove from 13th to finish fourth ahead of twelfth starting Lucas Kallenbach in fifth.

The Hornet heats were won by Dan Prissel, Chad Prissel, and Dean Butler as the Prissel brothers held the front row of the feature. Chad immediately drove to the lead as Dan followed. Behind them, Dean Butler and Sean Svee raced side by side for third. Suddenly Svee, having appeared to suffer a flat front tire, veered into the back stretch wall.

The restart saw Chad Prissel continue to lead, but Bob Seidler took over second. One lap later, Seidler lost a wheel and tire and he too found the backstretch wall. Again, Chad Prissel led on the restart but this time, his brother had something for him. The two drove several laps side by side before Chad secured the point and drove to the checkers. Dan Prissel finished a strong second over Dean Butler who had a fine run in third. It was Trevor Reding and Jason Bauer closing out the top five.

Just for my own sake of mind, correcting a previous correction, Dan Prissel was the 2015 track points champion in the Hornets. My apologies to the Prissel family for the mistake!

The Eagle Valley Speedway closed out its season with tonight’s action. It will return to racing in April 2016. Janis and Jerry Weigel, along with the entire Eagle Valley Speedway crew thank all the drivers, pit crews, and fans for making the 2015 season a success. Thanks also go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who gave away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Lonnie Leu Memorial

September 2nd, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-Lisa Leu & Krug Towing along with WAXX 104.5 featured the 14th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial at the Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, August 30, 2015. The EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds were all in action. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, Mike Knopps, and William Voeltz.

The Modified heat was won by Mike Anderson as he and Nick Koehler sat on the front row of the feature. Anderson immediately took the lead on the green as Matt Leer raced to second. The racers got in line and all ran the high side with Anderson holding a solid lead. Just past the halfway point of the event, third place running Dave Baxter drew the only caution in a turn three mishap. Anderson led to the restart but Leer got a good run to the cushion in turns one and two as he moved to the point on the backstretch. Anderson dove below Leer at the opposite end of the track and regained the lead. The two featured side by side racing for about three laps when Anderson, who was the leader at the line each time, edged to the point. Anderson and Leer checked out on the remainder of the field as Leer settled for second and Anderson completed a sweep of the night’s action. Behind the leaders, Nick Koehler and Jay Richardson waged an equally impressive battle for the third position, which was taken by Koehler. Scott Miller rounded out the top five.

Tommy Richards and Curt Myers were the heat winners in the Super Stocks as Dave Shackleton and Mike Anderson lead the feature to green. It was Anderson who moved to the point but soon a spinning Terry Kroening drew a caution. Again, Anderson led but Tommy Richards flexed his muscles and passed for first. Anderson wasn’t willing to go away and he used the ultra-high groove to regain the point. A spinning Joel Peterson collected Tony Falkner and the caution light came on again. With Anderson, Richards, and Curt Myers lining up in the top three with their collective 65 feature wins in 2015, it was evident the cream had risen to the top. On the restart, Myers drove low under Anderson to take the position. They raced one, two, three, but entering into lapped traffic, the leader contacted Keith Corcillius in turn one, sending the lapper around and drawing the caution. On the restart, Myers continued to lead as Richards wrestled second position away. Myers suddenly slowed with a flat tire and was forced to retire and the caution reset the final run to the checkers. Richards controlled the restart and on to the win as Anderson finished second. Jeff Brauer had a fine run to third ahead of Dan Nissalke. Fifth place was claimed by 14th starting Darrel Hazelton.

The Midwest Modified heats were won by the youngster Jason Richardson, Michael Truscott, and Shane Halopka. Daniel Tautges and Collin Hazelton redrew the front row but it was fourth starting Nick Koehler who drove to the lead in lap one. An early caution reset the field and set the tone for the race which was marred by the flashing yellow light. The second caution saw Tautges sent to the rear of the field. On the restart, Halopka made contact with Grant Southworth coming to the green as Halopka was sent sliding threw the infield and to the back of the field. Again, on the restart, Chris Johnson hit the front stretch wall and left debris scattered down the front chute. The field was able to resume to green flag racing as Koehler stretched his lead over Truscott who had overtaken Southworth for second. The last caution flag flew as Tautges spun and collected Mitchell Booth, Brad Seavers, and Eric Klemetson. On the restart, Koehler returned to his Sunday drive in the ultra-high line as he drove on to an impressive win. It was Truscott claiming the runner up position over Southworth and Seavers finished fourth over Antonio Pintaro.

The Street Stocks heats were won by Travis Hazelton and Cody Kummer. The front row of the feature saw Danny Richards and Bill Skoug lead them to green. It was Richards quickly moving into the lead and onto the feature win but not without a great amount of action happening behind him. The first of three yellows flew early for Bill Skoug and under caution, Ron Hanestad was forced to the work area with a flat tire. Hanestad returned to the track but retired before the green flew again as there was mechanical damage too. Richards resumed the lead on the restart but the yellow flew again for Skoug. This time Cody Kummer was forced to the work area with a flat tire and he returned at the rear of the field for the restart. Again, Richards drove to a comfortable lead as Hazelton and Sam Fankhauser drove side by side for second. Fankhauser overtook second and the caution flew for the last time as Nate Hauge got a flat tire. Richards resumed to his lead and stretched it out as Fankhauser and Hazelton returned to the battle for second and Kummer closed from the rear to join them. With Richards having the race in control, he drove to the checkers but a three wide fight for position behind him saw heavy contact between Hazelton and Mike Knudtson. Fankhauser drove home in second as Kummer, Adam Soltis, and Knudtson were scored in the top five.

The Pure Stock heat was won by George Richards as Dustin Holub sat on the pole with Mike Knopps starting to his outside. Knopps made little doubt of the event as he drove to the lead at the start and was never challenged for the victory. The race was slowed once by a spinning Lucas Kallenbach but Knopps held strong. George Richards raced to second as Dustin Holub finished third. Nicholas Hazelton and Cody Tisdale closed out the top five.

The Hornet heats were won by William Voeltz and Dan Prissel as Voeltz went on to sweep the nights action. It was Dean Butler on the pole flanked by Voeltz who drove to a comfortable lead and was never challenged until there was one lap remaining in the event. It was Chad Prissel who started sixth and moved to second and began to track down the leader. Coming to the white flag, Prissel drove under the leader. Voeltz fought back and regained control, but again, Prissel drove hard on the bottom in turns three and four and pulled even as the two drag raced to the checkers with Voeltz winning narrowly. Dan Prissel moved from seventh to third as Dean Butler and Jason Bauer finished fourth and fifth.

Correcting a previous article, it is noted Chad Prissel was the 2015 track points champion in the Hornets, not Darrel Komro as errantly reported. Sorry for the mistake Chad!

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Sunday, September 07 and Monday, Labor Day, September 07 as River Country Coop sponsors the Jim Town Showdown Labor Day Special. All six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds will be in action. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl both nights!

The Eagle Falls to Weather

August 24th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel its scheduled action due to poor weather. The racing action will return on Sunday, August 30, 3015, for the 14th annual Lonnie Leu Memorial brought to you by Lisa Leu and Krug Towing. All classes including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds will be in action. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Koehler Wins in an “A” Mod!

August 18th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin- The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action Sunday, August 16, 2015, as Quality Propane and Fuels sponsored the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Nick Koehler, Tommy Richards, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, Mike Knopps, and William Voeltz. In addition, track points champions were decided as the 2015 winners are Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Darrel Komro.
The Modified heat as won by Jake Hartung as Nick Koehler sat on the pole in the Gibson owned 60 with Jay Richardson on his outside. Koehler drove to the initial lead as Richardson settled in, passed for the lead, and set sail.
Richardson looked strong at the point, but Koehler discovered the ultra-high groove and moved back into the lead.

Matt Leer followed suit and moved to second. A spinning Hartung reset the field and put the powerful Leer on Koehler’s rear bumper, but Koehler acted as if he had been there before and cranked it back up on the very high line and left the rest to battle for second. It was Koehler winning his first ever Modified feature in convincing fashion as Leer beat the recovering Hartung. Richardson finished fourth as track champion, Mike Anderson rounded out the top five.

Mike Anderson and Tommy Richards were the heat winners in the Super Stocks and the two later battled for the feature victory. The feature was led to the green by Tony Falkner and Curt Hazelton as Ralph Stark came from the second row to lead early. Meanwhile, Richards and Anderson were putting on a show as they drove through the field to the front. Richards got there first and Anderson followed as the two drove away from third place Randy Spacek. Stark held onto fourth but was overtaken by Scott Geiger. A spinning Falkner reset the field and on the green, Richards hung in the low line as Anderson skated to the cushion on the high side. A Matt Koski spin allowed everyone to regroup and upon going green, Spacek spun as Geiger was called for the foul. They made one last restart and track champion Richards drove to the victory with Anderson in his shadow. Spacek finished third over Stark and Falkner.

The Midwest Modified heats were won by Nick Koehler and Shane Halopka as the two started in the fourth row of the feature and both diced their way to the front. Initially, Antonio Pintaro, who started outside of Bob Wood on the front row, raced to the point. It was Halopka getting past Pintaro for first as Koehler followed him a lap later. At the hallway point, they battled one, two, and three as they entered heavy lapped traffic. A spinning James Kannegiesser reset the field and allowed the trio to group back together. On the restart, Halopka lead but Koehler clawed at the bottom of the track trying to power past. Halopka seemed to weather the challenge and settle in when Brad Seavers found the turn one wall and Koehler was given another opportunity. On the start, Koehler again powered low as the duo raced the final three laps very closely. Koehler was able to get his nose underneath on the white flag lap but the track champion, Halopka was just too good and maintained the position for the win. Pintaro beat Wood and Mike Knudtson to the checkers filling out the top five.

The Street Stocks heat and feature were won by Danny Richards as he notched a clean sweep on his way to the track championship. Travis Hazelton and Nate Hauge led the feature to green with Hazelton taking control. Richards closed on the leader and methodically took the point; however, Hazelton didn’t go away easily. Tyler Wahlstrom closed to battle with Hazelton as Richards began to gain more control out front. As the laps waned, Ron Hanestad was able to catch the two racing for second and make it a three car battle. Although he passed for third, Wahlstrom fought back. At the finish, it was Richards comfortably over the very tight group of Hazelton, Wahlstrom, and Hanestad, as Adam Soltis came home in fifth.

The Pure Stock heats were won by Mike Knopps and Brett Myers as Knopps swept the night winning the feature. James Clausen and Cody Tisdale started on the front row as the two drove nearly two laps side by side for the lead. However, coming off the fourth turn on the second lap, they were joined and the race was four wide at the line. Heading down the backstretch, it was Knopps in the lead over Dustin Holub and track champion George Richards. There were no changes in the top three as Knopps drove away from the other two’s fight for position. Late in the going, Lucas Kallenbach close to battle with Holub and Richard but he settled for fourth. It was Brett Myers finishing fifth at the line.

The Hornet heats were won by William Voeltz and Chad Prissel as Voeltz went on to sweep the nights action. It was Dean Butler and Shane Lindseth on the front row of the feature which took four attempts to get underway. Two minor cautions and one red flag halted racing with the worst incident by far seeing track champion, Darrell Komro drive into the backstretch wall seemingly head on and roll his car. He was not hurt but his night was over. On the fourth attempt, it was Butler driving into the lead but soon thereafter, Voeltz and Bob Seidler joined him to make it a three wide fight for the point. Voeltz secured the position as Seidler moved into second when a spinning Shane Lindseth slowed the pace once again. On the restart, Chad Prissel came to a stop on the backstretch drawing the final caution of the evening. They were able to get a long green flag run as Voeltz stretched his lead over Seidler and Dan Prissel who had a solid lead over fourth running Chad Prissel. Although Chad did close on the second place
battle, he ran out of laps to advance position, and settled for fourth, as Butler was scored in the fifth position.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Sunday, August 23, 2015, as WAXX 104.5 sponsors the Season Championship Race with all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

The Eagle Falls to Rain

August 11th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-The Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel its scheduled action due to heavy storms late in the week and a late thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon. The racing action will return on Sunday, August 16, 3015 as Quality Propane and Fuels sponsors the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

It will be the final night of track points in which several classes have championships up for grabs. In the closest battle, Tommy Richards leads Mike Anderson by 12 and Mark Stender by 28 point in the Super Stocks. Lesser close, yet certainly not official, Shane Halopka holds a solid 46 point lead over Nick Koehler in the Midwest Modifieds, Danny Richards is 34 points ahead of Tyler Wahlstrom and 46 ahead of Nate Hauge in the Street Stocks, and Darrell Komro has a 48 point advantage over Dan Prissel in the Hornets. Mike Anderson and George Richards have each already claimed the season’s titles in the Modifieds and Pure Stocks, respectively.

Richardson Tames the Valley

July 30th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action as JP Mechanical sponsored the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Jay Richardson, Curt Myers, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Kasey Gross.

The Modified heat as won by Steve Hallquist as Jay Richardson and Hallquist held the front row of the feature. It was Richardson who won the race to the high line and the lead. Mike Anderson raced to second and closed on Richardson multiple times but Richardson didn’t falter on his way to the checkers. Anderson put distance on third finishing Hallquist who distanced himself from Pat Hoffmann. Matt Leer went pit side as the field was taking the initial green.

Tommy Richards and Curt Myers were the heat winners in the Super Stocks as it appeared Richards would sweep, but it was Myers who pulled out the broom. The feature began with Rick Peterson and Tony Falkner on the front row as Mark Stender came from the second row to lead early. Falkner held tough and battled for the point but Richards moved to second and then the lead prior to an early yellow flag for a pair of spinning cars. Richards led on the restart as Meyers and Stender waged war for second. The caution was shown for another spin and under yellow, Richards’ car began to smoke and then roll to a halt. He was pushed from the raceway, ending his fine run in the lead. Stender inherited the lead as Myers and Mike Anderson lined up behind him. A row further back, Falkner and Curt Hazelton were having terrific runs in the top five.

On the restart, the front three cars raced hard for the lead as Myers came out on top and Stender took second. The caution was shown when Rick Peterson broke down and the restart saw no changes. Myers distanced himself from a battle for second controlled by Stender. As the leader was coming to the white flag, Hazelton spun drawing the caution. He regained his position for the restart and as the leaders entered turn one, Falkner veered out of line and made extremely hard contact with the turn two wall. The red flag was shown as a medical crew attended to the driver. It appeared he was not seriously injured and the race was finished under a green, white, checkered restart. It was Myers controlling the pace and driving to the win as Anderson took advantage and stole second from Stender. Hazelton completed an excellent run to fourth and Ralph Stark rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds were lead to green in the feature by Brad Seavers and Shane Halopka as Halopka drove to the early lead and on to his third feature win of the weekend. Initially Halopka took the point and Mike Truscott settled into second. An early caution reset the field, but little changed as Halopka continued to lead over Truscott as Jake Smith raced to third. Shortly after the halfway point, a spinning Ross Fuhrman grouped everyone together again. It was Halopka driving to the win as Truscott began to show promise on the low side in the waning laps and closed on the leader but finished in second. Smith beat Seavers as Nick Koehler rounded out the top five.

The Street Stocks heat and feature were won by Danny Richards as he notched a clean sweep. Travis Hazelton and Adam Soltis led the feature to green with Soltis taking control. Behind him cars first went three wide, then four wide for the second position as Tyler Wahlstrom, Hazelton, Jay Kesan, and Richards battled intensely. It was Richards coming out of the group on the high side for the position and he set out to chase down Soltis. At the halfway point, Richards drove to the front, but a spinning Dalton Hazelton reset the field and gave Soltis back his position. The yellow flew again on the restart as Kesan was spun by Travis Hazelton. When racing resumed, Soltis held the lead for two more laps, but Richards would not be denied. Richards drove to the front as Soltis hung tight and tried to battle back. With a few laps remaining, Richards found his legs and stretched the lead as Nate Hauge caught Soltis and the two began to swap positions. It was Hauge at the line over Soltis as Kesan and Tyler Wahlstrom rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stock heats were won by Dustin Holub and George Richards as Richards swept the night yet again winning the feature and adding to his dominance of the class at Eagle Valley in 2015. Cody Stead sat on the pole and was flanked by Lucas Kallenbach as Kallenbach drove to the early feature lead. Eighth starting Richards carved through traffic using the middle groove essentially and took over second position. He took the lead shortly thereafter, but a multicar spin in turn three gave Kallenbach his lead back. Once the race restarted, it took less than a lap for Richards to flex his muscle and drive back to the lead. Mike Knopps overtook second as Kallenbach settled into third. Coming to the white flag, Duke Leu spun and gave everyone one last shot to dethrone Richards during a green, white, checkered finish but he was simply too tough. Knopps drove to second, followed by Kallenbach, Pat Smith and Cody Tisdale who had a fine run in fifth.

The Hornet heats were won by Kasey Gross and Brent Hauge as Gross went on to sweep the nights action. It was Chuck Wald on the pole as Jake Hallerman started the feature to his outside but Wald controlled the early going. On lap three, Austin Berger took the point on the high side, but it was short lived as one lap later, eighth starting Kasey Gross found the lead and never looked back. Gross drove to a substantial lead over Berger, who himself put distance on third running Dan Prissel. Komro closed on Prissel late in the event to challenge for the spot but settled for fourth as tenth starting Shane Lindseth rounded out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Sunday, August 02, 2015, as Gordy’s Market sponsor Kids Night with all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Sweeps Galore at Eagle Valley Speedway

July 22nd, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action as Leinenkugel’s sponsored the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Tyler Wahlstrom, George Richards, and Johnny Severston.

The Modified heat as won by Mike Anderson who went on to sweep the evening as Jake Hartung and Jay Richardson held the front row of the feature. Hartung lead early and began to stretch his advantage over second as Richardson and Anderson raced for position. Anderson eventually overtook second and used the high side to try to track down the leader Hartung, who had moved to a near straight stretch lead. Anderson continued to aggressively attack the cushion as he reeled Hartung in closer and closer. With three laps remaining, Anderson had reached Hartung’s rear bumper and as Hartung clung to his lead in the low groove, Anderson powered to the front on the final lap taking an exciting win. The race ran caution free as Hartung was runner up, followed by Jay Richardson in third, as Steve Hallquist was scored fourth.

Tommy Richards scored another Super Stock feature win after he and Mark Stender won heats earlier in the evening. Matt Koski and Matt McEathron paced the field as Koski took the initial lead. Sixth starting Mike Anderson used an aggressive dive into the corner to overtake all coming out the leader on the strait stretch. Tommy Richards had closed from his eighth starting spot to race Eric Olson for second, and then Anderson for the lead. Anderson held the low line as Richards proved he was faster on the high side. With Richards in the lead, McEathron spun, bringing out the caution. Richards controlled the restart as Olson and Anderson raced bumper to bumper for the runner up position. Stender brought out the las caution of the race with a backstretch spin. Once again, Richards was too tough on the restart and drove on to victory as Olson finished second over Anderson. Darrel Hazelton and Mark Stender claimed the fourth and fifth positions.

The Midwest Modified heats were won by Grant Southworth, Shane Halopka, and Nick Koehler as Koehler went on to sweep the night for the second consecutive week. The feature was led to the start by Travis Anderson and Colin Hazelton as Anderson drove to the early lead. Deeper in the field, Southworth, Smith, Halopka, and Koehler were driving hard through the field coming from their fifth through eighth starting positions respectively. The caution flag flew as Dane Wisniewski spun in turn two. Anderson lead on the restart as Smith battled for the lead in the low line. Smith overtook Anderson and soon thereafter Anderson was spun on the backstretch eliminating him from action.
Smith held the advantage off the restart as a spin in turn two involving four cars found Mike Truscott in the work area and returning to the tail of the field. Again, Smith led, but now Koehler was working the high side for the point and he made it work for the lead. Antonio Pintaro broke down on the tack bringing out the last caution of the night. It was Koehler starting in front and taking it the remaining distance for the checkered flag. Behind the winner, Mike Truscott had been working through the crowd from the rear of the field in the remaining laps. He first relegated Southworth to fourth and then Smith to third, finishing an impressive second. Brad Seavers rounded out the top five.

The Street Stocks heats were won by Adam Soltis and Danny Richards in the only class of the evening which did not have a clean sweep. Nate Hauge and Adam Soltis led the feature to green with fourth starting Mike Knudtson taking early control. Hauge, Soltis, and Tyler Wahlstrom battled for third as Wahlstrom came out on top. He then closed on the leader and wrestled away the point using the high groove. The yellow flag flew when Richards broke down and Knudtson regained the point. Another yellow flag reset the field as Knudtson continued to show the way. Soon, a three car battle ensued for the point as Wahlstrom overtook the leader and Hauge claimed third. Wahlstrom went on for the victory as Knudtson settled for runner up. Hauge, Soltis, and Grabon were scored in the top five.
The Pure Stock heat and feature were swept by the simply unbeatable George Richards as he has dominated the class throughout the year. Cody Stead sat on the pole and was flanked by Nicholas Hazelton as Hazelton drove to the early feature lead. Dustin Holub initially raced with Richards for second and then moved on to take the lead. Soon Richards used the upper line to drive past all and into the first position. Holub followed Richards to the checkered as Nicholas Hazelton won a fight for third over Lucas Kallenbach and Pat Smith.

The Hornets were won by Chad Prissel and Johnny Severtson as Severtson went on to sweep the nights action. It was Dean Butler on the pole as Sean Svee started the feature to his outside but Dan Prissel immediately moved from his second row starting position to take the point. Sean Svee battled back for the lead and held the position until Severtson wrestled it away. As Severtson drove away from the pack Prissel and Brad York fought over third. York gained the advantage and the two overtook Svee. Severtson won handily ahead of York, Prissel, and Svee, as Dan Prissel drove home to fifth.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Sunday, July 19, 2015, as JP Mechanical will sponsor all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

The Richards’ Rule Eagle Valley

July 16th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– the Eagle Valley Speedway was in action as Coca Cola Enterprises sponsored the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Chad Prissel.

The Modified heat as won by Steve Hallquist as Jake Hartung and Jay Richardson held the front row of the feature. Richardson led early but the eventual winner, Kevin Adams moved in to race door to door for first. Adams won out and steadily stretched the distance on the field. Mike Anderson used the ultra-low groove to move into second but Adams was already gone. Anderson tried to close on the leader and stretched his advantage over third where Richardson and Hartung battled side by side for several laps before Hartung wrestled the position away. The race ran caution free as Adams won and Hallquist was scored fifth.

All three Richards’ brothers swept their classes in the night’s action as Tommy Richards capitalized on another racers bad luck to win the Super Stock feature. Curt and Darrel Hazelton paced the field as Darrel Hazelton took the initial lead. Mike Anderson charged to the point and brought Richards trailing behind him. The two drivers drove away from the rest of the field to allow them to fight for third. Anderson began to stretch his lead and seemingly looked quite comfortable until he blew a tire in turns three and four. He immediately went to the work are and retuned at the rear of the pack. Richards became the leader on the restart and moved off to a dominating lead. Behind him, eyes were upon Anderson as he carved his way to second past Mark Stender. A spinning Darrel Hazelton drew a yellow and gave Anderson a chance at Richards but Richards was too tough on the restart and drove to the win. Darrel Hazelton and Tony Falkner took advantage of the caution to finish third and fourth over Stender.

The Midwest Modified heats were won by Brad Seavers and Nick Koehler as Koehler went on to sweep the night. The front row saw Colin Hazelton inside of Bob Wood as Hazelton drove to the early advantage. However, in turn two of the second lap, Hazelton spun in front of the entire field collecting six cars in total. Hazelton, Mike Knudtson, and Austin Ellis were unable to continue as Wood led the restart. Koehler blasted to the lead as Jake Smith followed to second and then beside Koehler for side by side racing for the top position. Koehler moved to a slight advantage but Smith would not go away as he drove the low groove remaining in Koehler’s shadow. Laps clicked off as the two ran a torrid pace in an outstanding event which was not truly over until the checkered flag dropped. Further behind, Brad Seavers outran Shane Halopka for third and Antonio Pintaro finished fifth.

The Street Stocks were swept by Danny Richards as Dalton Hazelton and Nate Hauge led the feature to green. It was fourth starting Richards who spoke loud and clearly as he moved to the front and never looked back, leading every lap of the event. One yellow slowed the pace as Travis Hazelton spun but Richards was too tough to beat off the restart. Tyler Wahlstrom raced to second and closed slightly on the leader late in the event as Hauge had a terrific run in the low groove to third. Dalton Hazelton finished fourth over Rob Grabon.

The Pure Stock heats were won by George Richards and Dustin Holub. The first attempt at the feature start was aborted and the second attempt found Cody Tisdale taking the lead. The yellow flag flew early as Dwayne Braun got a flat tire and went to the work area, restarting at the rear of the field. Tisdale continued to lead on the restart but was passed by Pat Smith and shortly thereafter, retired to the infield. Richards closed from his fourth row starting position to battle inside of Smith for first as Holub moved to third. A spinning Cody Stead brought out the second and last caution as Richards regained control on the eventual restart. Holub gained second position over Smith as Steve Cross and Nicholas Hazelton rounded out the top five.

The Hornets were swept by Chad Prissel but it wasn’t a simple feat as Bob Seidler and Shane Lindseth led the feature to green. Cars immediately went three wide for the entire first lap and on the second lap Seidler and Prissel made it a two car battle for the point. The two literally raced side by side with either having the slightest advantage at the line, depending on the lap, for nearly the entire distance of the race. Seidler ran in the low groove as Prissel drove above him. With two laps remaining, Prissel earned the advantage and moved in front but the two stayed bumper to bumper. Seidler drove low through the last turn and tried to mount a charge to the inside but it was Prissel by half a car at the line. Behind the amazing race for the win, Darrel Komro, Dan Prissel, and Lindseth filled out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Saturday, July 18 as Bob 99.9 FM brings the IRA Sprint Cars to the valley! The following night, Sunday, July 19, 2015, Leinenkugel’s will sponsor all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Night of Sweeps

July 8th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action as Southworth Chevrolet and Tim’s Automotive sponsored racing action with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Darrel Komro.
The Modified heat winner Kevin Adams wasted no time as he took to the high groove at the green of the feature and moved from fourth to the lead on lap one. Adams would never be challenged the entire distance in a race which was only slowed once by caution. Behand Adams, the front row of Jay Richardson and Zack Drews battled for position for several laps. Jake Hartung closed and overtook third and as he attempted to pass for second, spun in turn two. He pulled off the racetrack prior to the restart which Adams again controlled. Drews went on to finish an impressive second as Steve Hallquist had a nice run to third. Mike Anderson and Jay Richardson filled out the top five.

Curt Myers came into the event sporting 20 feature win stickers on his car on the fourth of July weekend and would add to his total as he swept the Super Stocks again. Mark Stender and Mike Anderson held the front row as Anderson moved to the lead and Myers challenged. Anderson appeared up to the task as the two drove away from third place Tommy Richards but began to fade as he gave up the lead and dropped back to battle with Richards. Well past halfway, it became apparent Anderson had a tire going down as it went flat and he came to a stop, drawing the caution. Anderson changed a tire in the work area and returned to the rear of the field. Myers was too strong for Richards as he drove away to the checkers. Stender finished third as Anderson recovered for fourth. Fifth place went to Rick Hallquist.

The Midwest Modified heats were won by Michael Truscott and Shane Halopka which showed a glimpse of things to come. It was Ross Fuhrman and Bob Wood on the front row as Wood grabbed the initial lead. A lap two yellow for a spinning Wayne Braun Jr. and James Kannesgeisser caused a restart with Wood at the point. At the green, Wood drove hard and well on the high side as Halopka moved in to challenge below. Kannesgeisser drew the yellow with a spin and Halopka used the restart to pass for the lead. One lap later, Wood spun on the very high side of turn one and collected Kent Baxter. With Wood relegated to the rear, the race restarted with eighth starting Truscott working under Halopka to challenge for the lead. The yellow flag flew again for the spinning Kannesgeisser slowing the action. Shortly after the restart, Fuhrman spun at the hands of Daniel Tautges. The final restart saw Halopka drive to the win as Truscott tried to battle past in the low line. Behind them, Jake Smith loomed waiting for a mistake to capitalize upon. The three finished one, two, three as twelfth starting Mike Knudtson motored to fourth and Brad Seavers finished fifth.

The Street Stock heat was won by Jay Kesan who started outside of Adam Soltis on the front row of the feature. At the initial green, Soltis spun in turn four as the race was starting drawing the yellow. He was pushed off the track and did not return. Kesan led immediately after the race did begin on the next attempt as fifth starting Danny Richards began to close to challenge. Richards caught the leader and passed for the point on the outside. Tyler Wahlstrom came to a stop in turn one, drawing a yellow flag and shortly thereafter, the yellow flew again as Nate Hauge was sent to the rear for causing Travis Hazelton to spin. Hazelton restarted but couldn’t get to speed and pulled off with the field remaining green. Kesan came back into play and drove below Richards for the lead but a lap or two later, Richards moved back into the lead and stretched the distance over Kesan to the checkered flag. Kesan himself had a comfortable lead over third finishing Wahlstrom as Hauge and Hazelton finished in the top five.

In a night of sweeps, George Richards won both the Pure Stock heat and feature taking the lap one lead over Cody Tisdale and Nicholas Hazelton. Tisdale ran strong in second for several laps as Dustin Holub ran in third. A spinning Pat Smith slowed the action and sent Hazelton to the rear. At the restart, Richards continued on as Tisdale and Holub swapped position. Brent Miller and Steve Cross spun together and Cross was relegated to the rear. The race started again but on the backstretch, Miller spun and collected Cross. Miller was called for the caution as Cross was towed from the track. Under the same caution, Tisdale gave up his position and retired from the event and Smith was scored in third. The remaining distance saw Richards continue to dominate as Holub finished second. Lucas Kallenbach made a last corner pass for third as Smith and Hazelton rounded out the top five.

The Hornet heats were won by Darrell Komro and Chad Prissel as Fred Lunsman and Shane Lindseth led the feature to green. Lindseth lead the opening lap but fifth starting Komro flexed his muscle early and often as he took the lead and never looked back as he drove to a convincing first career feature win. The race for second was won by Dan Prissel and Chad Prissel had a late race dash to third. Lindseth and Langbecker filled out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Sunday, July 12, 2015 as Coca Cola Enterprises sponsors all six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Gets Wet… Again

July 1st, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-The number has grown to eight events in 2015 which have been cancelled or shortened by weather as the River Country Coop night fell to rain. Racing will resume Sunday, July 05, when Tim’s Automotive and Southworth Chevrolet sponsors racing in all six classes with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. As always, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway $1000 to Win Midwest Modifieds

June 23rd, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The Eagle Valley Speedway was in action on Father’s Day as Southworth Chevrolet and Tim’s Automotive sponsored a Midwest Modified special as they raced for $1,000.00 to win. In addition, the Budweiser / Rock Fest ticket giveaway brought six classes of cars to the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Dan Wheeler taking home $1000.00 along with Jesse Glenz, Tommy Richards, Tyler Wahlstrom, George Richards, and Sean Svee.

The field for the Midwest Modified 25 lap feature and battle for a cool grand was set by three heats won by Dan Wheeler, Nick Koehler, and Michael Truscott with Grant Southworth drawing the pole and being flanked by Wheeler on the front row. As expected when racing for bigger money, there were early frantic starts and it took four attempts for the field to go green. The three aborted earlier restarts eliminated Bob Wood and Collin Hazelton but others involved were able to continue. When the race officially began, Wheeler took control at the front and was chased by Southworth, Jake Smith, Shane Halopka, and Michael Truscott.

The race continued with good racing action until a three car spin with Antonio Pintaro, Josh Wahlstrom, and Wayne Braun Jr. regrouped the field with Pintaro being charged with the caution. The restart found Wheeler still in the lead as Smith overtook second and Truscott closed on the high side passing for third and then overtaking Smith. At the halfway point, Wheeler appeared to have a comfortable lead over Truscott, who himself had put distance on Smith. Halopka ran in fourth, and ninth starting Nick Koehler cracked the top five.

Truscott methodically closed on the leader as the laps wore down and on 23 of 25 he swept into the lead on the high side in turns three and four. The two drivers continued with Truscott at the point as they closed on a group of four cars racing for position deep in the field. Truscott continued to use the high groove and darted through traffic well through the middle as Wheeler hung in the ultra-low lane. Still mired in traffic as they closed on the finish line, the crowd was on their feet and the finish appeared nearly too close to call as Wheeler was announced as the winner, overtaking the lead in the last few feet. Truscott was relegated to runner up in what had been an amazing race for both drivers. Jake Smith, Shane Halopka, and Nick Koehler closed out fine top five finishes.

The Modified heat was won by Dave Baxter as the front row of William Fisher and Jay Richardson led the field to the line. Fisher immediately took the lead but was overtaken by Richardson a few laps in. The racing action to be seen was the two last row starters of Mike Anderson and Jesse Glenz as they attacked through the group as if the first of the two to the front would be the eventual victor. Surely enough, Glenz was able to get to the point first as Anderson followed and the two left the remaining cars behind. Glenz eventually stretched his lead to the checkers as Anderson had a large lead over Richardson and Steve Hallquist and Fisher rounded out the top five.

The Super Stock heat was won by Tommy Richards who took his fourth place start in the feature on to a sweep of the evening. It wasn’t an easy task however, as Tony Falkner and Mark Stender set the pace and Stender lead early. Mike Anderson closed on the leader and overtook the point as Richards followed through and eventually moved under Anderson for the lead. With Richards on the low side and Anderson attacking the very high groove, the two cars ran away from the rest of the field. Although Anderson couldn’t make the pass, he was solidly running right with the leader and at times looked as if he was going to complete the move. With two laps remaining, Anderson jumped the cushion in turn two and Richards earned a little breathing room. However, a spinning Curt Hazelton drew the caution flag and set up a three lap dash for the win. Before the restart, Randy Spacek went to the work area and changed a flat tire and retuned to the back of the field. Richards went on to win yet another feature followed by Anderson, Terran Spacek, Stender, and Randy Spacek.

The Pure Stock heats were won by Travis Hazelton and Jay Kesan as the two also held the front row of the feature. The first three laps provided side by side racing for the lead before Hazelton edged out front on lap four. Hunter VanGilder began to close and took second as Tyler Wahlstrom moved to third and then closed to overtake second and move into a side by side battle for the lead. A spinning Nate Hauge drew the caution and reset the field as Hazelton paced the restart. At the green flag Wahlstrom drove below the leader for the point and never looked back as he slowly extended the distance over second. VanGilder raced to second, but Hazelton rebounded and took back the position at the finish. Kesan was scored fourth and Danny Richards filled out the top five.

The Pure Stocks were swept by George Richards as he first won the heat and then drove to the lead from his third starting position in the first lap of the feature and never looked back. Trent Barnhardt was showing speed as he closed on second place Todd Roshell but spun and collected Steve Cross. Richards dominated the remainder of the race after the restart and Dustin Holub overtook Smith for second. Michael Miller finished fourth and was followed to the line by Cross.

The Hornet heats were won by Darrell Komro and Chad Prissel as Shane Lindseth and Dean Butler led the feature to green but third starting Sean Svee drove to the point and never looked back as the race ran caution free. Chad Prissel had a strong run in second, but couldn’t run down the winner. Austin Berger challenged for second for several laps but settled for third at the end. Komro and Dan Prissel filled out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Sunday, June 28, 2015 as River Country Coop Sponsors six classes of cars with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Gets Wet

June 11th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin — With only three complete shows in 2015 and needing a double feature night to accomplish that much, staff at the Eagle Valley Speedway worked overtime to prepare the track after rains from the previous night. It was the Budweiser / Country Fest ticket giveaway with six classes of cars on the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Unfortunately, before the heats could be completed, the rains fell again. The track was not in the condition to endure more moisture and the racing action came to a halt.

They will try again on Sunday, June 14, 2015 as Gordy’s Market presents the WISSOTA Afco Race of Champions Qualifier Night in the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. The EVS Hornets and EVS Pure Stocks will be in action too.

Mark your calendars for the Father’s Day special sponsored by Southworth Chevrolet and Tim’s Automotive on June 21, 2015 when the Midwest Modifieds will race for $1,000.00 to win! As always, on every race night at the Valley, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Doubles Up

June 2nd, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin== racing finally resumed at the Eagle Valley Speedway as previously rain had cancelled five nights and shortened another in the 2015 season. On the last day of May, the Valley was able to race their second event of the year. Miller Lite night including double features in all six classes including the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds.

The May 03 make-up feature winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Dan Prissel. The regular night features saw Curt Myers, Danny Richards, and George Richards double up and Matt Leer, Nick Koehler, Austin Berger each finding victory lane.

The make-up Modified feature was over quickly as front row starters Kevin Adams took the lead over Matt Leer and never looked back. Third running Mike Anderson and fourth place Mike Truscott both pulled off before the checkered flag.

The make-up Super Stock feature was paced by Curt Hazelton and Mark Stender as Stender took the initial lead. Mike Anderson and Curt Myers battled for second and made it three wide for the lead as Myers grabbed the point over Anderson and Stender. Anderson broke on the backstretch and rolled into the infield as Myers stretched his lead, dominating to the checkers over Stender and Hazelton.

The make-up Midwest Modified feature was lead to green by Collin Hazelton and Jake Smith as Smith grabbed the early lead. An intense battle for second ensued between the hard chargers of fifth starting Shane Halopka and seventh starting Grant Southworth. Soon the two made it a three wide battle for the lead. Contact between Smith and Southworth found Smith coming to a stop in turn two after appearing to have dropped a driveshaft and Southworth went to the work area with a flat tire. The restart was led by Halopka with ninth and eighth starting Kent Baxter and Nick Koehler directly behind. Five more laps of green flag racing had found Southworth up to fourth as Bob Wood broke down and brought out the yellow. In the dash to the finish, Southworth blasted to second, nearly catching the winner, Halopka. They were followed to the line by Koehler, Baxter, and John Feirn.

The make-up Street Stock feature pitted Sam Fankhauser and Danny Richards in the front row as they raced side by side for several laps with Fankhauser leading by a nose at the line. Richards slowly eased to the point and went on to win the nonstop event over Fankhauser, Travis Hazelton, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Mike Knutson.

The make-up Pure Stock feature found Stephan Hogue and Trent Barnhardt on the front row but the second row of Todd Roshell and George Richards ran one two after the first lap. A spinning Hogue brought out the only caution as Steve Cross wasn’t able to miss him, ending Cross’ night. Roshell continued on the restart to lead to the checkers over Richards but was later disqualified. Richards was scored the winner, Barnhardt had a nice run to second, Nicholas Hazelton, Hogue, and Wayne Braun rounded out the top five.

The make-up Hornet feature was led by Chuck Wald and Darrell Komro as Komro drove to the lead. Fourth starting Dan Prissel worked the high side and took over the point at the halfway mark of the race. They continued to the checkers closely together as Prissel won over Komro, last place starting Travis Hoff, Brent Hauge, and Chad Prissel.

The regular night of racing action pitted Mike Anderson and Matt Leer at the front of the Modified field for the feature. A bold move by Kevin Adams found them three wide in turn one as Anderson got squeezed out of the middle and Leer blasted to the lead on the high side. Jesse Glenz had a strong performance until he brought out the only yellow of the race rolling to a stop on the front stretch. Leer again controlled the restart as the top three scrapped the walls in the ultra-high groove. Leer went on to win, followed by Adams, Anderson, Jay Richardson, and last stating Kerry Halopka.

The Super Stock feature saw Mark Stender and Tommy Richards on the front row as fourth starting Curt Myers lead lap one and never looked back driving to a dominating victory. Richards settled into second, Stender third, as Mike Anderson and Eric Olson filled out the top five. With about five laps remaining, Anderson passed Sender for third for the only pass for position near the front after lap one.

The Midwest Modifieds were paced by Brad Seavers and Jake Smith as Seavers took the initial lead. On lap two, Shane Halopka raced to the point as he and Grant Southworth waged a several lap battle for the lead. A spinning Colin Hazelton brought out a caution just prior to the halfway point. Halopka restarted first with Southworth and Koehler in tow. Koehler moved into second and went to work on the leader as Halopka drove the bottom groove and Koehler high. Koehler found the lead and the field was reset due to a Josh Hessler caution. At the green, Koehler drove on to the victory as Truscott moved in to battle for second and briefly take the position over Halopka. However, Halopka recovered and they were followed to the line by Southworth and Smith.

The 12’s of Jay Kesan and Cody Kummer sat in the front row of the Street Stock feature as Sam Fankhauser immediately made it a three wide fight for the lead. A spinning Dalton Hazelton slowed the pace, but he regained his position on the restart. Kummer took the lead on the restart as Kesan and Fankhauser battled for second. Kesan gained the spot but seventh starting Danny Richards was making the low line work as he closed to fight for and eventually take second. Kummer and Richards began to put some distance on the field but just as Richards moved to the lead, Andrew Ausmann’s car went up in a tremendous amount of smoke making it impossible for drivers to see as they were bearing down on the dense fog. The caution came out and Kummer regained the lead for the restart. A wonderful side by side battle between Kummer and Richards began as Richards had a slight lead at the white flag and won by less than a car length at the checkered flag. Mike Knutson was able to overtake Fankhauser for third and Hunter VanGilder finished in fifth.

The Pure Stock feature had Nicholas Hazelton and Trent Barnhardt on the front row but the second row of Todd Roshell and George Richards ran first and second after one lap. A lap two crash sent Wayne Braun hard into the turn two wall and drew the red flag. On the restart, Roshell led, but was challenged heavily by Richards. As the two entered lap traffic Richards was pressing hard up high in turns three and four as Roshell made contact with the slower car going a lap down causing a caution. Roshell was relegated to the rear and Richards went on to win as he was unchallenged the remaining distance. Pat Smith finished second over Barnhardt, Duke Leu, and Bob Thompson.

Brent Hauge and Travis Hoff led the Hornets as a three wide battle began immediately for the lead with sixth starting Sean Svee taking the lead on lap two. A close call saw Svee high against the wall on the backstretch as the drivers went four wide for the lead. Damage to Svee’s car ended his night as Dan Prissel took the point. However, Prissel broke down in the lead. A hard crash brought out the red flag as Bill Wolf pounded the backstretch wall. He was unhurt and the racing action continued as Bob Seidler battled Austin Berger at the front as Berger won the fight and lead the last two laps to the checkers. Seidler, Komro, Leslie Leu, and Shane Lindseth followed him home.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Sunday, May 07, 2015 as the Budweiser / Country Fest ticket giveaway brings six classes of cars to the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl! Mark your calendars for the Father’s Day special sponsored by Southworth Chevrolet and Tim’s Automotive on June 21, 2015 where the Midwest Modifieds will race for $1,000.00 to win.

Eagle Valley Speedway Still too Wet

May 29th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The number has grown to six; for the sixth out of seven events in 2015 Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel. This time was due to wet grounds from the heavy rains the day and night before. Racing will resume Sunday, May 31, with Miller Lite night including double features in all six classes with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. As always, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Rain Disappoints Eagle Valley Speedway

May 28th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin –my, oh my…. for the fifth out of six events in 2015 Eagle Valley Speedway was forced to cancel their racing program due to rain. Racing will resume Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, with Gordy’s / Coca-Cola night with free admission to the grandstand and double features! All six classes of cars will be on the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. As always, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Washed Out

May 11th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– brought about a difficult decision for the Eagle Valley Speedway as the heavy rain received midweek, ongoing high winds, cool temperatures, and high probability of rain in the forecast forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Mother’s Day race night. Speedway officials believed it was in the best interest of all involved as the fans, sponsors, drivers, and their crews all deserve the best racing surface and experience possible. Although countless hours were spent preparing the track during the week, the late rain made it impossible to groom it to its final race ready stage.

Jerry and Janis Weigel along with the entire staff at Eagle Valley Speedway are excited for the next scheduled racing event, Sunday, May 17, 2015, as JP Mechanical sponsors all six classes of cars on the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. The night will include a full card of racing action plus make up features for the May 03 event. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Loses to Rain

May 8th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin –The first summerlike days of spring brought the threat of storms to an early May evening and try as they may, Eagle Valley Speedway was not able to out race the rain. Under quickly darkening skies and lightning in the distance, the heats for all classes on River Country Coop night were completed. However, drivers quickly loaded their cars before the features could begin as the wind picked up substantially and the rain began to fall.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to action on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015 as the March of Dimes brings six classes of cars to the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. The night will include a full card of racing action plus make up features for the May 03 event. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Opener

April 27th, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– Race fans of all ages were greeted by spectacular springtime weather and terrific racing action as the Eagle Valley Speedway opened its 2015 racing season. Eagle Valley, the best kept secret in racing and local entertainment, announced its presence with a roar in front of a modest crowd, displaying its newly designed configuration and racing surface. Gordy’s County Market and JP Mechanical sponsored all six classes of cars taking to the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Feature winners included Tim Johnson, Michael Truscott, Curt Myers, Jesse Glenz, and Jeremy Johnson.

The Street Stock feature included heat one winner, Adam Soltis on the pole and heat two winner, Danny Richards mired deeper in the field on the outside of row three. Soltis and outside pole sitter, Tyler Wahlstrom led the field to the green. Immediately, Soltis drove to the lead and Wahlstrom settled into the runner up position. However, soon Tim Johnson moved past Wahlstrom on the low side and took command of second.

A spinning Mitch Kesan tightened the field under caution as Richards drove to the pits with damage and Kesan regained his position on the restart. Soon, the cars were three wide near the front and a spinning Wahlstrom went across the track in front of the entire closing field of cars. Cody Kummer was the only car in the crash which was not able to continue.

At the drop of the green, Soltis controlled the lead but Johnson searched high and low before battling to the lead on lap 12 and never looked back, cruising to the win. Wahlstrom won the battle for second with two laps remaining as Soltis’ last lap charge to regain the position came up just short. Mike Knudtson and Nathan Hauge filled out the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature included early heat winners Jake Smith on the inside of row two and Kent Baxter on the outside of the front row. The starting field was paced by Michael Truscott on the pole who took the early lead; leading long and often he scored the opening night feature win. Initially, Colin Hazelton broke on the pace lap and wasn’t able to make the call as the field drove quickly into the first turns. Grant Southworth found himself spinning after hitting a rough spot in the track. The complete restart found Smith coming around in turns three and four, collecting Southworth and an angry Antonio Pintaro. Smith and Pintaro were unable to continue and the start was attempted for the third time.

Truscott controlled the start and the race as Baxter and Nick Koehler battled intensely for second. Eventually Koehler gained the position on a power slide job as Baxter’s nice attempt at a cross over pass fell short. The embattled 35 of Southworth was chased to the line by Shane Halopka to round out the top five.

The Super Stock feature included heat winners Curt Myers and Mike Anderson from previous in the night as the field followed the front row of Curt Hazelton and Mark Stender to the start. Immediately, Tim Johnson parlayed his third starting position to the lead; however, it was short lived as Tommy Richards came from a row deeper in the field to take the lead on the low side. Sixth starting Curt Myers raced to second and at the halfway point, was closing on Richards as Jesse Redetzke battled into fourth.

The filed was brought back together after Darrel Hazelton rolled to a halt in turn two. On the restart, Tony Faulkner and Curt Hazelton found themselves spun around in turns three and four. The Delaware style restart pitted Richards on the point, followed by Johnson and Myers. On the green, Myers took advantage and drove to the lead as Redetzke secured third from a row deeper. They continued on to the finish with Myers, Richards, Redetzke, Johnson, and Mike Anderson scoring top five finishes.

The Modified feature had heat winner Jay Richardson on the outside of the front row, and the remainder of the field in tow led by pole sitter Mike Anderson. On the initial start as Andersen tried to move to the high side from his inside starting position, Kevin Adams struck and in a bold move, took the lead on the inside from row two. Anderson settled into second as Matt Leer set chase. Richardson had mechanical issues and rolled to a stop in turns one and two, resetting the field. Anderson found himself turned around on the restart as Matt Leer was relegated to the rear of the field. Another restart attempt was aborted as Neal Balduc spun on his own.

Adams looked to be cruising to his third consecutive feature win on various tracks; but the stumble of his race motor spelled doom for him as the car significantly slowed. In the process of slowing, Jesse Glenz shot into the lead and Anderson let up to avoid a collision with Adams and Matt Leer took advantage of the situation. They finished in the same order. Mike Stearns and Neil Balduc rounded out the top five.

The Pure Stock feature, like all other classes this night were lined up by blind draw and redraw including heat winners Mike Knopps and Jesse Bryan. George Richards and Bryan owned the front row for the start as Richards initially took the lead but was soon passed by Bryan. Knopps hounded Richards and passed for the position on the low side and a spinning Steve Cross reset the field.

After a few attempts to get started, Roshell passed Richards and with two laps remaining, Knopps worked past Bryan. A yellow flew for a spinning Cody Stead and Bryan was relegated back to the lead. On the restart, Knopps and Roshell battled intensely as Richard retook the lead. It was short lived though as Knopps slowed on the tack. He went to the work area and reentered the feature as the last car, but with very aggressive driving, he moved from ninth to fourth during a green white checkered restart. Richards himself made an aggressive pass for the lead and regained the position followed by Roshell, Jesse Bryan, Knopps, and Kent Harmen in the top five.

The Hornets took to action with heat winners Kasey Gross and Jeremy Johnson in the front leading the way to green. Action was very fast as the Hornets definitely showed new found speed on the refigured oval. Johnson found the lead early and Dan Prissel blasted into second. The entire class drove at very high speeds with little change in running order as Kasey Gross, Sean Svee, and Scott Westaby filled out the top five.

Racing action returns Sunday, May 03, 2015 as River Country COOP brings you the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds along with the EVS Hornets and EVS Pure Stocks. Once again, Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service will give away a bicycle to one lucky boy and girl!

Eagle Valley Speedway Opener Falls to Rain

April 21st, 2015

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–The fabulous weather during the preceding week to the Eagle Valley Speedway’s 2015 opening night didn’t hold out through Sunday. The races were forced to be cancelled. The Eagle Valley Speedway will now open on Sunday, April 26, 2015 as six classes of cars will take to the track with the EVS Hornets, EVS Pure Stocks, and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Modifieds. Mark it on your calendars to come see the first night with a newly designed track layout and racing surface!

Eagle Valley Speedway Gears Up for 2015

April 6th, 2015

(Jim Falls, Wisconsin) Jerry and Janis Weigel and crew at the Eagle Valley Speedway are busy gearing up for the 2015 dirt track racing season as a practice night is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, and opening night on, Sunday, April 19, 2015. Eagle Valley Speedway in located in Jim Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Racing action happens every Sunday night from mid-April through Labor Day weekend.

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

The valley heats up on both Sunday and Monday on Memorial Day weekend, June 6 presents a WTPA pull, and June 14 brings the USMTS Modified touring series to town. In addition, the wings will be flying on Saturday, July 18 as the IRA Sprint Cars invade. The Lonnie Leu Memorial is scheduled for August 30 and Labor Day weekend brings a double header with two complete shows as the Jim Town Show Down closes out the 25 event season.
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Jim Town Showdown Labor Day Special Night Two Rained Out

September 4th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – The final event of the season, the Jim Town Showdown Labor Day Special night two, scheduled for Monday, September 01, 2014 brought by Gordy County Market was cancelled due to rain. Janis and Jerry Weigel in the group thank everyone for the great season and look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Jim Town Showdown Labor Day Special

September 5th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – River Country Coop sponsored night one of the Jim Town Showdown Labor Day Special. All six classes with the WISSOTA
Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were in action. Winners included Kevin Adams, Tommy Richards, Cory Crapser, Doug Wojcik, Todd Roshell, and Buddy Hanestad.

Matt Leer and Mike Anderson brought the Modifieds to green with Anderson grabbing the lead. National Points leader and perhaps the hottest modified driver in WISSOTA, Kevin Adams made an impressive move and powered to the front. The caution flag flew for Jon Harer and the restart found Adams, who had just won the Silver 1000 in Proctor a few days earlier, blasting back to the lead. Anderson ran a solid second as the two had a large lead over third. One last caution flew on the final lap, causing a green white checkered finish. Adams drove to the win, followed by Anderson. Cody Cimfl had his best career finish in third. Matt Leer and Jake Miller rounded out the top five.

The Super Stock feature had Modified driver Mike Anderson in Jerry Wiegel’s Extreme Chassis car, fresh off a dominating heat win, and Tony Falkner setting the pace. Initially on the start, fourth starting Tommy Richards challenged for the lead, however, Anderson began to pull away. A spinning Trent Barnhardt reset the field, and again Richards challenged for the lead but Anderson began to stretch the distance at the point. A multi-car spin in turn one again slowed the pace. Once again, there was a one lap battle for the lead but Anderson gained control as Eric Olson found second over Richards. Another yellow flag slowed the speed and the complexion of the race changed as under caution as Anderson pulled off with a broken front suspension.

Olson inherited the lead and was chased by Richards when a five car grinding crash on the front stretch occurred, eliminating Don Cimfl, Tony Falkner, Barnhardt, Kyle Heling, and Mark Stender. Olson regained the lead on the restart but Richards was relentless, first working high, then low, and then finally high again for the lead. Olson fought back but couldn’t catch the determined Richards. Jesse Redetzke, Darrel Hazelton, and James Cimfl founded out the top five. They were the only surviving cars from the
original 15 car field.

The Midwest Modifieds came to green behind Nick Koehler and Corey Crapser as Crapser powered to the point with Michael Truscott and fifth start Paul Niznik in tow. Dean Pronschinke rolled to a stop and brought out the yellow. He and Bob Wood visited the work area and rejoined the group. On the restart, Crapser continued to lead as Niznik found second. Soon thereafter, Koehler recovered and raced his way to second and seventh starting Travis Anderson began to make noise on the low side. A spinning Shane Halopka resulted in a multicar crash in turn two. Halopka received damage and was relegated to the rear, Kent Baxter was eliminated and Grant Southworth was damaged but attempted to restart. Shortly after the field came to green, both Halopka and Southworth retired from the event.

Crapser again held the point but Truscott challenged for the lead. Soon, Crapser found his groove and began to pull away. A caution on Brad Seavers slowed the event for the last time. On the start, Crapser drove into the lead and onto the win. Truscott follow him home with Anderson finishing third. Niznik found fourth and Nick Koehler finished in fifth.

The Street Stock feature came to green led by Danny Richards and Jay Kesan with Richards driving into the lead. A three car crash on the backstretch brought out the caution and reset the field. Richards continued to lead as seventh starting Doug Wojcik worked the low side and made his way to second. As Wojcik closed on the leader, he got loose and nearly spun coming off turn four. Richards stretched his lead, but it was short lived as Wojcik recovered and continued his terrific run to the front. With two laps remaining he powered beneath Richards and drove on to an entertaining win. Richards followed him home in second as Kesan, Mike Knudson, and Ron Hanestad finished out the top five.

Mike Chaplin and Todd Roshell held the front row as Roshell drove to the lead. A caution reset the field but Roshell again drove out to a dominating lead as George Richards ran second and Chaplin third. Shortly thereafter, Richards had some sort of issues and retired from the event. Duke Leu brought out the caution, resetting the field. Again, Roshell drove to the lead and on to the win unchallenged. Chaplin was scored in second, followed by Rob Grabon, Jay Barnier Jr., and Cody Tisdale.

Buddy Hanestad and Chad Prissel were in the front row for the Hornets as Hanestad drove to the lead and never saw another race car until he was carving through lapped traffic on his way to a dominating win. Jay Welk won a several lap battle for second over Dan Prissel. Keith Gillitzer and Ashley Seidler rounded out the top five.

The final event of the season scheduled for Monday, September 01, 2014 brought by Gordy County Market was cancelled due to rain.

Season Champions Crowned at EVS

August 27th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – WAXX 104.5 FM sponsored the 2014 Season Championships in all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Cory Crapser, Mike Knudtson, George Richards, and Buddy Hanestad.

For the fourth consecutive week, Kevin Adams was leading and Mike Anderson had moved from fifth to third in National Points. By virtue of their one two finish in the heat, they shared the front row of the feature. Adams immediately powered to the high side and led all twenty, caution free laps, for yet another feature win on the season. Anderson jumped the cushion and lost second to Matt Leer but he made a decisive move to regain the position. Leer attempted a slide job one lap later that resulted in contact and several cars getting bunched up causing a shakeup in the running order. Leer gained second as Jay Richardson captured third. Anderson was relegated to fourth as the trio drove the top side in a tight line to the finish. Steve Hallquist followed them home to finish fifth.

The Super Stock feature had Curt Myers and Tommy Richards setting the pace and just like the other races in the evening, the winner was decided by turn one. After the original start was aborted, Myers drove to the lead and lapped all the way up to the fifth place car. His performance was absolutely dominating, winning by nearly a half lap over Richards, who also had a huge lead over third place finishing Tony Falkner. Sam Fankhauser had yet another smooth run in a Super Stock and James Cimfl rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds came to green behind Corey Crapser and Nick Koehler as Crapser powered to the point and never looked back, stretching his lead in convincing style. Koehler, Shane Halopka, Mike Truscott, and Jake Smith waged a terrific battle for second through fifth. Multiple times, players in this four car challenge got side by side but interestingly, they never changed positions though the entire event. The Street Stock feature came to green led by Danny Richards and Adam Soltis with Richards driving into the lead and appearing destined for a feature win. However, his car began to noticeably have a miss in the motor, and two laps later, it stalled in front of the pack exiting turn four. Everyone behind him was able to miss him and the first and only pass of the night for the lead occurred under yellow. Because Cody Kummer had dropped out on the first lap, there were only three cars remaining. Travis Hazelton also fell by the wayside, leaving Knudtson and Soltis in a two car battle for the win. The race remained quite close the remaining distance as Knudtson maintained the point to the checkered.

George Richards and Mike Knopps held the front row as Richards led at the start of the Pure Stock feature and he too led every lap of the event. Knopps never faded as he remained close to the lead as he fought a three car battle for the position with third finishing Todd Roshell and Pat Smith in fourth. Jay Barnier Jr. who had missed the week before due to damage to his racecar returned to action and was scored fifth at the checkers.

Scott Westaby and Buddy Hanestad were in the front row for the Hornets as Hanestad drove to the lead and controlled the feature which was stopped once for a car losing a tire. Casey Gross used his third starting position and won a long battle with Westaby for second. Jay Welk and Bob Seidler rounded out the top five.

Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 01, 2014 brings the Labor Day special and last races of the season. There will be two complete shows as River Country Coop bring night one and Gordy County Market sponsors night two of what many of the drivers affectionately call the Jim Town Showdown. Car counts will likely be higher as drivers begin to travel for the invitational season with many chasing National Points. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway each night sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Lonnie Leu Memorial

August 20th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – the Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Lisa Leu and Krug’s Towing offered racing in all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Cory Crapser, Danny Richards, Todd Roshell, and Johny Severtson. Krug’s Towing paid out $50.00 bonuses to two drivers chosen via a drawing and they were received by Curt Myers and Andrew Lee.

In addition, it was the last points night of the year and Track Champions were crowned in all six classes. The champions included WISSOTA Modifieds, Mike Anderson; Super Stocks, Curt Myers; Midwest Modifieds, Shane Halopka; Street Stocks, Danny Richards; EVS Pure Stocks, George Richards; and EVS Hornets, Scott Westaby.

For the third week running, Kevin Adams was leading and Mike Anderson was fifth in National Points. Again, Adams had already won at Rice Lake Speedway the night before. In addition, he trailed Anderson by 14 points at the track for the championship at Eagle Valley. An early multi car crash eliminated Anderson from the heat, which Adams won, tightening the gap even further. Adams started outside of Jesse Glenz on the front row of the feature. Before the first lap was completed, Matt Leer rolled to a stop with a tire issue. Leer went to the work area but was not able to make the call for the restart. Adams powered into the lead and did exactly what he had to do to put pressure on Anderson by leading all twenty laps without being seriously challenged. Glenz drove home in second followed by Steve Hallquist. Sixth starting Anderson was scored in fourth, securing the Track Championship and Luke Schilling rounded out the top five.

The Super Stock feature had David Pospyhalla and Curt Hazelton setting the pace, but it was fourth starting Sam Fankhauser taking the early lead. Curt Myers, who is deeply involved in the chase for a National Points Championship drove into the lead on lap two and never looked back. His run to the checkers was halted by a grinding crash as Darrel Hazelton slapped the front stretch wall and then drove hard into the barrier in turn one. On the restart, Myers again drove to a commanding lead. Behind him, Fankhauser, driving Mark Stender’s car for only the third time ran extremely strong in second as he backed up his first career heat win in a Super Stock earlier in the evening. A strong running Matthew Dibb challenged for the position but settled for third in front of Scott Geiger and Tony Falkner.

The Midwest Modifieds came to green behind Antonio Pintaro and Nick Koehler as Koehler powered to the point. However, on lap two, fourth starting Cory Crapser drove to the lead and Michael Truscott found his way into third as he chases a National Points title. The race ran caution free as Crapser disappeared into lapped traffic and was scored the convincing winner. A late charge by Truscott was warded off by second finishing Koehler. Grant Southworth and Shane Halopka rounded out the top five.

The Street Stock feature came to green led by Danny Richards and Adam Soltis with Richards driving into the lead and onto yet another feature win. Soltis held second for the majority of the race but was passed late in the running by Mike Knudtson. Cody Kummer settled with forth after a serious challenge for third on the final circuit. Heidi Karshbaum finished with her second consecutive top five finish at the Valley.

Pole sitter Nicholas Hazelton-Perry was flanked by a dominate Todd Roshell at the start of the Pure Stock feature as Roshell drove to the lead. The lone caution in the race was brought out by Hazelton-Perry, resetting the field. Again Roshell drove to the lead, but George Richards remained close. With two laps to go, Richards used the high side to power into the lead, however, Roshell regained the position before the completion of the lap. Roshell drove home to the win, followed by Richards, Duke Leu, Mike Grover, and Cody Tisdale.

Casey Gross and Scott Westaby were in the front row for the Hornets as Westaby drove to the lead. Johny Severtson closed on the leader and took the point as extremely aggressive driving occurred behind the lead pack. A late yellow flag for Chad Prissel set up a green white checkered shoot out which was controlled by Severtson, who led the group to the checkered flag. Beating and banging by second on back shuffled the order at the finish as Kasey Gross finished second, followed by Travis Hoff, Chad Prissel and last place starting Andrew Lee.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 brings the Family Fun Night, Eve of Devastation. Racing will resume on Sunday August 24, 2014, with the Season Championship Night sponsored by WAXX 104.5 FM. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Kid’s Night at Eagle Valley Speedway

August 15th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Kid’s Night sponsored by Bellatoria Pizza and Gordy’s County Market brought out a nice crowd as one of the best traditions on local track continued at the Eagle Valley Speedway. Driver’s brought their cars out on the track and fans are able to walk among the racecars, drivers, and pit members. They get candy, pictures, and autographs in an event that will help keep racing alive well into the future. Those fans were greeted by terrific racing in all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Michael Truscott, Danny Richards, Mike Knopps, and Scott Westaby.

Once again, entering the week, Kevin Adams was leading and Mike Anderson was fifth in National Points. Adams had already won at Rice Lake Speedway the night before and Anderson was relegated to a backup motor after losing an engine while leading the feature four laps shy of the finish at Red Cedar Speedway. However, for half of the event, neither looked like they were going to win the Modified feature as Matt Leer and Jesse Glenz led the field to green with Leer taking the lead. Glenz settled into second and Adams found his way to third as the entire field ran in the ultra-high groove.

The race was shaping up to be a freight train along the top when at about the halfway point, the caution flag flew for a spinning Luke Schilling. What ensued thereafter was an absolute treat for any fan of aggressive racing and the powerful Modifieds themselves. On the restart, Leer bolted into the lead as Adams followed into second. A fourth turn slider found Adams in the lead but Leer immediately ducked back under regaining the spot down the front stretch. One lap later, again in turn four, Adams slid into the lead, this time as Leer tried to make the same move as the previous lap but spun after apparent contact with a Glenz who was trying to make it a three car battle. Glenz was called for the caution and relegated to the rear.

Leer regained his lead for the restart as Adams chose to start on the outside of Anderson who was scored in third. The first attempt to start was aborted after Glenz spun. On the restart, Anderson drove deep and slid into the lead but as he and Leer battled down the backstretch, Adams gained inside position and powered to the point. Adams drove home to another feature win, followed by Anderson. Leer jumped the cushion with a few laps remaining and faded, eventually pulling off the track, and Jake Hartung raced to third. Glenz and Schilling rounded out the top five in the very entertaining event.

The Super Stock feature had Matt McEathron and Tony Falkner setting the pace. McEathron spun in front of the entire field at the start and somehow was missed by every car. Curt Myers, who is still hot in the hunt for a National Points Championship was called for the caution and sent to the rear. On the second attempt to start, Falkner drove into the lead, followed by Tommy Richards. By the midpoint of the race, Myers had worked his way to third but Falkner continued to lead as he was having the run of his lifetime. A three way battle for the lead began, as Myers overtook second. Falkner however, continued his assault on the cushion and led the field. Myers worked his way past Falkner but the caution was thrown for a spinning McEathron. Falkner regained the point for the restart and held the lead. A spinning Trent Barnhardt brought out the final caution of the event and Myers capitalized on the restart as he powered into the lead and drove home to yet another feature win. Falkner finished a very impressive second as Richards, James Cimfl, and Sam Fankhauser, driving Mark Stender’s car, finished out the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds came to green behind Bob Wood and Antonio Pintaro but a spinning Karl Kolek forced a second attempt. On the start, Wood drove to the lead as Michael Truscott, who also is chasing a National Points title settled into second. Wood ran strong but Truscott moved into the lead on an inside pass. By the halfway point, Truscott was in control and Nick Koehler had raced to second. A caution brought out by Jason Richardson again reset the field. Upon the restart, Truscott continued to lead as Koehler and Kent Baxter fought for second. Koehler secured the position as Baxter, Shane Halopka, and Pintaro filled out the top five finishers.

The Street Stock feature found and immediate three wide battle for the lead as Mike Knudson held the point as he raced Adam Soltis and Danny Richards. Jake Hanson spun running in fourth and brought out the caution. The three front runners immediately went back to their terrific battle as they went three wide for the lead multiple times. Soltis drove around the bottom as Knutson took the high side. The two sandwiched Richards as he drove the middle. Richards was able to find an advantage and drive to the lead. A Chris Johnson caution reset the field but on the start, Richards secured the point and drove to the win. Soltis won a hard fought battle for second over Knudson. Carolyn Nosser and Heidi Karshbaum, the two women drivers in the field finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Pat Smith and Mike Knopps owned the front row of the Pure Stock feature and Knopps powered into the lead and never looked back as the race ran cover to cover, caution free. A last place starting Todd Roshell raced to second but never challenged for the win. George Richards, Mike Chaplin, and Pat Smith finished in the top five.

Chuck Ward and Shane Lindseth were in the front row for the Hornets however, a fifth starting Travis Hoff drove to the lead. As Hoff led the first half of the race, the eighth starting Scott Westaby worked his way to second and began to challenge for the win. Westaby gained the point as Hoff remained close to the end. A spirited three car battle for third was waged between Jay Welk, Bob Seidler, and Armond Love.

Racing will resume on Sunday August 17, 2014, with the Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Lisa Leu and Krug’s Towing. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

National Points Runners Run Strong

August 5th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Quality Propane sponsored the racing action at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, August 03, 2014, presenting the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Michael Truscott, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Johny Severtson.

Although the Modified feature only had seven cars, the quality was second to none with several multi Modified feature winners and Grant Southworth, a Midwest Modified hot shoe jumping into Bryan Nayes’ Quality Propane car. Entering the week, Kevin Adams was leading and Mike Anderson was fifth in National Points and both had posted clean sweeps already on the weekend at the Red Cedar and Rice Lake Speedways. Jesse Glenz, flanked by Neil Balduc led the field to green with Balduc taking the point early. The racing action behind the leader was intense as cars jockeyed for position. The lone caution flag flew when Southworth spun, nearly collecting Anderson. The race changed on the restart as second place Jake Hartung chose the outside of Adams. As the cars took the green flag and entered into turn one, Adams drove in extremely deep and was able to complete a successful slide up in front of the leader in turn two. From there, he checked out on the rest of the field winning his 15th feature of the 2014 season. Behind him, a terrific four car battle ensued finishing with Hartung in second followed by Balduc, Anderson, and Glenz.

The Super Stock feature had much less suspense as Jeff Brauer and Chad Jonson set the pace. Brauer lead lap one, but fifth starting Curt Myers charged to the lead on lap two. The only caution of the race flew for a spinning Curt Hazelton and the restart had Myers in the lead as Brauer chose to start outside of Tommy Richards. Myers made quick work at stretching his lead and drove home for his 18th feature win on the season as he makes a strong bid for a National Championship, entering the week third in points. Brauer finished second, followed home by Richards, Wayne Harris, and Johnson.

The Midwest Modifieds came to green behind Antonio Pintaro and Michael Truscott, who also entered the week leading the National Points. Truscott blasted into the lead and never looked back, running unchallenged to his 17 th feature win on the year. The race itself was slowed near halfway for debris with a strong running Pintaro choosing the outside beside Grant Southworth. Upon the restart, Truscott continued to dominate and Southworth secured second. A great race for third through fifth ensued as Nick Koehler, John Feirn, and Pintaro battled to the end.

Jordan Kurtti and Jake Hanson set the pace for the Street Stocks but forth starting Danny Richards grabbed the early lead and never looked back winning his seventh feature of the season. Behind him, rookie Jake Hanson ran second and was challenged at every turn by Adam Soltis, who entered the week forth in National Points. A good battle was waged every lap of the race as Soltis secured the spot in the last circuit. Hanson finished a very strong third, as Kurtti and Mike Knudson rounded out the top five.

Tucker Quinn and Jay Barnier Jr. filled the front row of the Pure Stock feature and just like his brother earlier on the night, George Richards raced to the lead from the forth position in the first lap. Richards drove unchallenged to his 11th feature win of the season as the action waged behind him as several cars bid for second. Todd Roshell secured the position as Barnier Jr, Pat Smith, and Quinn finished in the top five.

After two heats, twelve hornets took to the feature with Leslie Jackson and Bob Seidler in the front row. Seidler quickly took the lead as the pack followed him to the hallway point when Jasper Drengler began to challenge for the spot. As they fought, Johny Severtson entered the fray, making it a three car battle. Jay Welk crashed hard, bringing out the events only caution, setting up a three lap shootout for the win. Seidler continued to lead the field but Severtson took the lead at the white flag and drove home for the win. Seidler followed by Drengler, Jackson, and Scott Westaby finished out the top five.

Racing will resume on Sunday August 10, 2014, on Kid’s Night sponsored by Bellatoria Pizza and Gordy’s County Market. The kids will get the opportunity to see the cars and meet the drivers on the track as all six classes will be in racing action. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

IRA Sprinters are Wicked Fast!

July 31st, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Bob 99.9 FM sponsored the Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, IRA Interstate Racing Association, 410 Sprint Cars along with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks. Winners including Bill Balog, John Feirn, Adam Soltis, and George Richards.

After a daylong threat of rain, the crowd was greeted with cool weather and amazingly fast racing. The Midwest Modified feature had Darrel Hazelton and John Feirn setting the pace with Feirn announcing very early he was going to be difficult to contend with for the lead. As Feirn secured the top spot, Michael Truscott raced to second and Cory Crapser to third. In the early going, there were moments of three wide racing for the point, but Feirn fought off the challenges. Soon, Feirn, who was running a perfect race on the high side gained a slight edge and the two CRC team cars battled aggressively for the second spot. Two caution flags resetting the field did not unsettle Feirn as he flawlessly drove to the win. Truscott finished second as back row starter, Nick Koehler finished a fine run to third, getting Crapser for the position late in the race. Shane Halopka closed out the top five in an exciting event.

The Street Stock feature was scheduled to have Travis Hazelton on the pole, however, he was on his way to the hospital as his significant other was flirting with labor in the pits. With perhaps another racing Hazelton on the way, the race was started with Bill Skoug showing the way. However, Adam Soltis raced to the lead and never looked back, dominating the event. A fast paced race found Mike Knutson finishing a strong second, followed by Skoug, and Heidi Karshbaum.

The Pure Stock feature was started with Cody Tisdale and Jay Barnier Jr. on the front row. Barnier Jr. looked strong on the start but George Richards roared to the lead on lap one. Richards never looked back as he raced to yet another feature win. Todd Roshell drove from the back row to second as Barnier Jr. had a very impressive run to finish third. Pat Smith and Nicholas Hazelton-Perry filled out the top five.

The IRA Sprint Cars took to the track to run their 30 lap feature to highlight the evening. In a situation that is seldom seen, the leaders of the race actually turned lap times in the feature which were faster than the qualifying times which were held on a heavier racing surface. There was one caution flag in the event, slowing the pace long enough for lap counters to regain their spots and fans to take a breath. All 30 laps were led by front row started Bill Balog as he won his fourth feature of the weekend and his eight out of 13 starts on the season.

The speeds were breakneck and truly the fastest to have ever been run in racing completion at Eagle Valley Speedway. The leader drove sub 13 second laps as he raced himself into heavy lapped traffic. The other top five cars were not shaken however, as they followed through, literally slicing and dicing their way through a maze of cars. Balog was followed to the checkers by Mike Reinke, three time champion Travis Whitney, World of Outlaw driver Booke Tatnell, and Bill Rose.

Racing will resume on Saturday, August 02, 2014, at 2 pm for the Enduro Race. Sunday August 03, 2014 brings the Quality Propane Night with all six classes in racing action. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Eagle Valley Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifier

July 15th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI– Tim’s Automotive and Machine sponsored the 2014 Eagle Valley Speedway WISSOTA Amsoil Race of Champions qualifier. All six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were in action. Winners including Mike Anderson, Curt Meyers, Grant Southworth, Jim Randle, George Richards, and Jay Welk. Make up feature winners from June 22 action included Scott Westaby and Todd Roshell.

The WISSOTA Amsoil Race of Champions qualifier is a special event because pursuant to WISSOTA rules, the heats are always lined up on a luck of the draw system, however, beyond opening night and a few select races in the year, the features are usually lined up on a point invert system. Without getting too technical, a point-average system involves a draw for the heat races and the use of a three-week point average for the feature. Your average finish over the last three weeks at that track decides where you start in the feature. If you qualify for the invert, the lowest average finisher starts on the pole and works its way back to the best average finisher. The break down for the inversion is one heat race – five qualify; two heat races – eight qualify; three heat races – nine qualify; four heat races – eight qualify, and five heat races – five qualify.

The WISSOTA Amsoil Race of Champions qualifier allows a luck of the draw for the heats and those that qualify for the normal invert are given a luck of the draw “redraw” starting position. The feature winner is invited to race in the WISSOTA Amsoil Race of Champions feature at the WISSOTA 100. Each WISSOTA track is allowed one such event during the year.

The Modified feature began with the top eight cars redrawing and putting Mike Anderson on the pole, flanked by Scott Duval. Duval fought hard for one lap for the point which was earned by Anderson and from there forward, Anderson drove off into the night winning the 20 lap feature which went caution free. Duval owned the second position for the entire event as Kevin Adams and Jake Hartung had a spirited, several lap battle for third. Hartung eventually beat Adams for the spot and Jay Richardson rounded out the top five. Grant Southworth tried his hand in an A mod, driving Bryan Nayes’ QP and faired quite well, finishing sixth.

The Super Stock feature had the top eight redraw for position and were lead to green by Shane Kisling and Wayne Harris. Kisling took the early lead but a lap two caution for a spinning Matt McEathron reset the field. On the restart, Harris used the high line to take over the lead as Curt Myers began to work under Kisling for second. A spinning Trent Barnhardt drew the caution and reset the field again. Upon the restart, Myers began to challenge Harris for the lead, pulling even in the corners as Harris regained the spot on the straight stretches. Suddenly, on lap 13 of 20, Harris abruptly slowed and he was able to exit the track without a caution. With Myers at the point, he cruised to yet another win at Eagle Valley. Kisling drove home in second, followed by Tommy Richards, Tony Falkner, and James Cimfl in the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature had the top eight redrawing for position with Cole Spacek and Grant Southworth setting the pace. A tight race at the front between Corey Crapser and Spacek provided contact in turn one on the second lap sending Crapser hard into the wall and then the car rolled over drawing the red flag. With Crapser eliminated and Spacek leaving the track, Southworth found himself in the lead. He made a strong run on the high side dominating the race. Shane Halopka was able to secure second and did cut into the lead late into the event but fell short. Brad Seavers had a strong run in third, followed by Nick Koehler and Kent Baxter.

The Street Stock finale redrew eight with Travis Hazelton and Mike Knudtson sharing the front row. Knudtson took the early lead but was hounded by Adam Soltis on the low side of the track. The two seemingly swapped the lead lap after lap when a caution reset the field. On the restart, Soltis lead the field to green and Cody Kummer began to show his presence. Kummer earned second as Jim Randle passed for third. Soon Randle overtook Kummer and set his sights on the lead. With two laps remaining Randle drove under Soltis for the lead and went on to win. Knudtson regained third, followed by Kummer and Danny Richards in fifth.

The Pure Stock June 22 make-up feature pitted Kent Harmon and Pat Smith on the front row. Harmon took the initial lead and Smith spun, relegating Todd Roshell to the rear. Harmon again stayed strong in the lead after the restart however, eventually faded high on the backstretch and was passed by Jesse Bryan. Unfortunately for the field, Roshell was not going to be denied as he worked from the eleventh position to second. With one lap remaining, he roared into the lead on the low side and won after an impressive run. He was followed to the checkers by Bryan, George Richards, Smith, and Tucker Quinn.

The regular night feature was marred with cautions and started with Jay Barnier Jr. on the point with Kent Harman beside him. However Todd Roshell took the early lead from his third starting position as Barnier Jr. chased in second. A caution was thrown for a spinning Nicholas Hazelton-Perry. Upon the restart, Hazelton-Perry spun again, this time Steve Cross was charged for the caution. A short time later, Tucker Quinn lost a tire, sending it into the wall and bouncing and rolling back through the infield. Again on the restart, there was a caution for another spin, this time sending Pat Smith to the rear. Shortly thereafter, the yellow flew again for debris on the track. Upon the restart, Richards raced into second but soon after the red flag flew for a rolling Hazelton-Perry who got upside down after hard contact with the front stretch wall. With tempers flaring in the pits, the race was restarted as Roshell was challenged by Richards, who drew nearly even at the checkers and appeared to take second. However, Roshell was later disqualified and Richards was awarded the win. Kent Harmon finished second with Jesse Bryan, Barnier Jr, and Cody Tisdale filling out the top five.

The Hornet June 22 make-up feature had seven of the original 12 qualifiers. Travis Hoff and Jay Welk led the field to the green with Hoff taking the lead. Soon, there was a three wide battle for second with Scott Westaby, Eric Klemetson, and Jay Welk. Just past halfway, the yellow flag flew when Kelsey Seidler lost a tire. On the restart, Westaby made a low side more for the lead. Although Hoff was able to fight back initially, Westaby secured the spot and pulled away for the win. Hoff, Welk, Heather Rudy, and Chuck Wald followed him home.

The Hornet feature featured Chuck Wald and Shane Lindseth on the front row. Wald drove to the lead but was passed by fifth starting Jay Welk as Travis Hoff and Scott Westaby followed him through. Westaby eventually passed for second and began to chase Welk. Welk’s five car length lead evaporated and with two to go, Westaby had reeled him in. Welk would not be denied however as he raced to the win, followed closely by Westaby as Travis Hoff, Wald, and Heather Rudy filled out the top five.

Racing will resume on Sunday July 20, 2014 as Leinenkugel’s and JP Mechanical will sponsor all six classes in racing action. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Eagle Valley Beats Mother Nature!

July 10th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI– Mother Nature tried once again to foil the plans of the Eagle Valley Speedway as a heavy storm edged the track just prior to hot laps. The track crew worked hard and got the racing surface in fine form in short order. First on the card were the make-up features from June 22 followed by Coca Cola Enterprises sponsoring all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. In total, there were ten features run with ten separate winners including Steve Hallquist, Curt Meyers, Michael Truscott, Adam Soltis, Mike Anderson, Shane Kisling, Cory Crapser, Mike Knudtson, George Richards, and Jeremy Johnston.

The make-up Modified feature began with Steve Hallquist and Mike Anderson on the front row. Hallquist took the initial lead with Anderson challenging hard for the point. Within a few laps, Hallquist secured the position as Anderson chased, followed by Kevin Adams. The race ran without a caution as Hallquist won his first feature of the year, besting his second place finish on Thursday night in Rice Lake. Anderson and Adams finished a strong second and third as Curt Myers and Cody Cimfl filled out the top five.

The regular night Modified feature once again had Mike Anderson and Steve Hallquist on the front row. This time, Anderson took the point immediately and never looked back as the Modifieds ran their second twenty lap feature without a caution. As Anderson cruised to the win in the lower groove, Hallquist followed home in second. Jake Hartung mounted challenges for the second spot on the high side of the track, but settled for third at the end. Kevin Adams and Luke Schilling closed out the top five.

The make-up Super Stock feature came to the green led by Matt McEathron and Eric Olson as Olson secured the top spot. A caution reset the field as Mark Stender had mechanical issues and upon the restart, Olson again led the way. Willie Johnsen, fresh off his Rice Lake Speedway feature win began to challenge hard for the lead as eighth starting Curt Myers closed in to join in the battle. Myers found the lead near the halfway point and drove away from the field to the checkered flag. Johnsen secured second, and was followed to the line by Olson, Tommy Richards, and Tony Falkner.

The regular night Super Stock feature was paced by Jeff Brauer and Matt McEathron as Brauer found the lead and was chased by Shane Kisling and Willie Johnsen. A pair of quick cautions reset the field and developed a terrific battle for the lead between Brauer and Kisling. Kisling eventually grabbed the top spot on the low side of the track and Tommy Richards found his way through into second and Johnsen ran in third. On the last lap, Richards made a strong move on the bottom to temporarily snatch the lead, but Kisling’s high side momentum carried him off turn four to a close win at the line. Johnsen, Curt Myers, and Brauer finished in a strong top five.

The make-up Midwest Modified feature was paced by Antonio Pintaro and Dylan Goettl and Goettl quickly found the lead and set a fast pace. The yellow flag flew for a spinning Cory Crapser who retired from the event. Goettl continued to show the way on the restart but a short time later spun in front of the field without further incident. With Goettl relegated to the rear of the field, Grant Southworth inherited the lead. However, near the halfway point, Michael Truscott used a powerful high side run to sweep into the lead and never look back. Truscott was followed to the checkers by Southworth, Shane Halopka, Nick Koehler, and Brad Seavers.

In the regular event, Jason Richardson and John Feirn held the front row with Richardson grabbing the early lead. He was pressured heavily by Nick Koehler who quickly found the point. Sixth starting Cory Crapser blasted through the field, passed Koehler, and set sail to the checkered flag as the first b-mod feature winner’s teammate cruised to the win. Shane Halopka had a strong run, securing second over Koehler, as the two high school students, Richardson and Goettl finished fourth and fifth.

The make-up Street Stock feature had Carolyn Nosser and Cody Kummer on the front row but second row starter Adam Soltis found the early lead and led the entire event. Danny Richards fought with Kummer for second as Kummerwon the fight. Mike Knudtson and Jake Hanson finished out the top five.

The regular night Street Stock finale had a pair of 12’s setting the pace as Cody Kummer flanked Jake Hanson. A terrific four car battle for the lead broke out as Kummer, Danny Richards, Soltis, and Knudtson ran so close together it appeared you could toss a blanket on top of the group. They battled for several laps when the caution flag flew for the spinning Knudtson. Knudtson was not at fault and he regained his position on the restart. Once again, the battle resumed as Knudtson made a final lap pass for the lead over Kummer. At the finish, Travis Hazelton had an impressive third place run, followed by Danny Richards and Carolyn Nosser.

The Pure Stock’s only had one feature as Kent Harmon and Duke Leu showed the way until an early caution flag for a spinning George Richards reset the field. Richards regained his position on the restart and quickly drove to the point and never looked back as he stretched his lead over Todd Roshell. A late caution added little suspense, forcing a green, white, checkered finish. Richards won, followed by Roshell, Jesse Bryan, Harmon and Leu.

Thirteen hornets buzzed the track led to green by Chuck Wald and Chad Manor. Third starting Jeremy Johnson would lead early and often although he was hounded the entire distance by Scott Westaby. Johnson won as a strong running Westaby followed him home in second. Mark McQuiston, Jay Welk, and Paul Monpas filled out the top five.

Racing will resume on Sunday July 13, 2014 as Tim’s Automotive and Machine will sponsor the WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Mother Nature is on a Roll – Three in a Row!

July 2nd, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Once again, Mother Nature pulled a cruel trick as the sunny skies of Sunday were following torrential rains from the evening before and extremely wet grounds forced the cancellation of the Eagle Valley Speedway race night sponsored by River Country Coop. Racing action will continue on Sunday, July 06, 2014 as Coca Cola Enterprises brings you all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets taking to the track for competition. As an added bonus, there will be double features in every class due to the June 22 rain out. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Mother Nature too Tough to Beat

June 26th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Hungry to race, the Eagle Valley Speedway tried to cheat Mother Nature and get in the show as Budweiser, Country Jam, and Gordy’s Country Market sponsored all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. With ominous clouds overhead and rains scattered throughout the surrounding area, the Valley had skirted rainfall throughout the day. The heats were completed and the Super Stocks took to the main stage for their feature. However, the rains could hold off no more and the race was halted with just a few laps completed. Soon, it would be realized Mother Nature would win this time and the races succumbed to the elements.

All six classes will return with double features on Sunday, June 29, 2014 with River Country Coop sponsoring the action. As always, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Eagle Valley Recap

June 19th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Although race time was greeted with gorgeous weather, heavy rains on Saturday, Saturday night, and Sunday morning causing area flooding and extremely wet grounds forced the cancellation of the USMTS modified race. The national touring professionals didn’t get their chance to battle it out on the high banks of the Valley.

Racing action will continue on Sunday, June 22, 2014 as Budweiser, Country Jam, and Gordy’s Country Market sponsor as all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets taking to the track for competition. Two free three day passes to Country Jam will be given away! As always, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

USMTS washed out at Eagle Valley Speedway; VanderBeek wears Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region crown

June 18th, 2014

JIM FALLS, Wis.-The second visit to the Eagle Valley Speedway for the United States Modified Touring Series will have to wait until 2015 as Sunday’s event at the Jim Falls, Wis., speedplant has been canceled due to wet weather.

With the unfortunate news for race fans comes good news for Zack VanderBeek who becomes the 2014 champion of the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Except for Friday’s race at the Cedar Lake Speedway where ‘The Z-Man’ dropped out midway through the feature with a broken radiator, the driver from New Sharon, Iowa, was flawless during the previous nine events in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region, including picking up two wins.

In the final standings, VanderBeek edged Stormy Scott by 59 points.

Even without the rain-out, Scott’s only hope Sunday was to win the main event and have Vanderbeek not show up.

With a maximum of 103 points available if a driver can lead the most laps in the feature, VanderBeek’s 45 show-up points would have put the title out of reach by a single point regardless of the outcome of the race.

With his second-place finish on Friday night, Kelly Shryock wound up in a tie with Scott for second place in the regional standings. Johnny Scott finished fourth, Joey Jensen took fifth and the rest of the top 10 spots went to Dereck Ramirez, Daniel Hilsabeck, Clayton Wagamon, Bryan Rowland and Austin Arneson.

All of the drivers finishing in the top 15 or better are automatically qualified for the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship powered by Swan Energy, as well as any other drivers with perfect attendance in the region.

The next show for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy will be this Wednesday, June 18, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., to kick off a whirlwind last half of June that will feature 10 shows in 12 days.

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.

6 Classes of Action at Eagle Valley

June 10th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Southworth Chevrolet sponsored the races at Eagle Valley Speedway as all six classes were in action with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets taking to the track for competition. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Corey Crapser, Danny Richards, Todd Roshell, and Buddy Hanestad.

Steve Hallquist and Mike Anderson led the Modified feature to the green with Friday night’s feature winner, Anderson securing the top spot and leading several laps. A spinning Wayne Poteet brought out the caution and reset the field with Anderson in first and Kevin Adams and Jesse Glenz in the second row. Upon the restart, Adams powered into the lead, bringing Glenz along for second. A few laps later, Anderson rolled to a stop with a severely blown tire, ending his night. Adams went on to win with Glenz, Matt Leer, Curt Myers, and Hallquist filling out the top five.

A pair of 24’s filled the front row of the Super Stock feature as the Hazelton brothers set to duke it out on the start. Darrel Hazelton won the battle and led several laps as Curt hung out in the top five. A caution flew, sending Don Muzzy to the work area and lining up Tommy Richards and Curt Myers on Hazelton’s tail. On the restart, Myers drove to the lead with Richards following him through. Myers extended his lead, going on to win another of several feature wins on the year. Richards finished second, followed by Darrel Hazelton. Shane Kisling bested Marcus Simonson after a terrific battle for fourth.

Dylan Goettl and Kent Baxter held the front row in the Midwest Modified feature with Baxter looking strong out front on the start. Corey Crapser charged from his 7th starting position and was able to real in Baxter, taking the lead on the low side. Crapser stretched his lead through lapped traffic when the field was reset due to a caution. Crapser had the field covered on the restart and drove home for the victory. Baxter finished second, followed by Travis Anderson, Michael Truscott, and fifth place Nick Koehler.

Mike Knudtson and Sam Fankhauser showed the way to the green in the Street Stock feature with Knudtson taking the lead and setting the pace until the halfway point, when Danny Richards methodically worked his way into the lead. Richards went on to win, followed by Knudtson, Adam Soltis, Fankhauser, and Jake Hanson finishing fifth.

The Pure Stock feature had Jay Barnier Jr. and Talon Laabs in the front row with Laabs taking the point and leading multiple laps as Todd Roshell hounded him for the position. Roshell eventually made the pass on the inside but Laabs refused to give up. With two laps to go, Laabs pulled even but Roshell recovered and regained the point. Lapped traffic may have come into play on the last lap as the top four bunched up tightly behind it at the finish line. Roshell was followed by Laabs, George Richards, Mike Knopps, and Barnier Jr. completed the top five.

The Hornet feature came to the green led by Chad Manor and Jay Welk with Welk grabbing the early lead. Soon, fourth starting Buddy Hanestad found his way to the front and never looked back, winning his eighth feature of the season. Scott Westaby, Jay Welk, Chad Manor, and Heather Rudy rounded out the top five.

Racing action continues on Sunday, June 15, 2014 as the USMTS invades the Valley! The nation’s best modified drivers will converge to battle local talents. Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will fill out the action as Eagle Valley Speedway offers up a very special Father’s Day event! As always, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

Regular night weekly racing has the pits opening at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Prices are different for special events such as the USMTS show. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Eagle Valley gets rained out

June 3rd, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – The Eagle Valley Speedway canceled the Miller Lite sponsored races on Sunday, June 01, 2014, due to rain. Racing will resume on Sunday, June 08, 2014 as Southworth Chevrolet brings you six classes, including WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets taking to the track for competition. There will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens and ages 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Eagle Valley Recap

May 28th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Coca Cola, Gordy’s County Market, Baxter’s Engines, and Baxter’s Speedshop brought night one of the 2014 Memorial Day Special at Eagle Valley Speedway in front of a possible record crowd. All six classes were in action with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets taking to the track for competition. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Meyers, Travis Anderson, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Buddy Hanestad.

Ronnie Rihn and Kevin Adams led the Modified feature to the green with Adams taking the lead and never looking back in a race that was slowed once on the initial lap and a second time at about halfway for cautions. It was Adams’ second feature win of the weekend, sandwiching a second place finish at the Rice Lake Speedway the night before. Jesse Glenz raced from his fifth starting position to finish second and Mike Anderson finished a strong third as Jake Miller and Matt Leer rounded out the top five.

Don Muzzy and James Cimfl made up the front row of the Super Stock feature as fifth starting Tommy Richards worked his way to the lead. Richards held a solid point for several laps as eight starting Curt Meyers carved his way to second. As Meyers caught Richards, a several lap battle ensued for the lead. Eventually, Meyers moved to the front passing Richards on the outside running the middle of the track and was able to increase his advantage as laps wound down. Richards came home second, followed by Willie Johnsen, Jim Harris, and Mark Stender.

Fresh off his first heat win of his career, Dylan Goettl held the pole and was flanked by Travis Anderson in the Midwest Modified feature. Anderson took the initial point and led the pack for several laps when he was passed by Josh Smith, who was driving the 7P car. Anderson stayed close as Cory Crapser closed to battle for second. A caution flag reset the field and Smith restarted in the lead with cars side by side behind him. Second place Anderson chose the high side for the restart and immediately it paid off as he challenged Smith on the outside and took the lead with Grant Southworth following him through into second. Anderson went on to win running on the cushion followed home by Southworth. It was Anderson’s second feature win of the weekend after winning at the Red Cedar Speedway two nights earlier. Smith finished third as Shane Halopka and Cory Crapser were scored in the top five.

Kolby Kiehl and Adam Soltis showed the way to the green in the Street Stock feature with Kiehl leading the first lap. Fourth starting Danny Richards raced his way to the lead as a five car battle ensued for the second position. At the halfway point, Richards continued in the front as Kiehl, Soltis, and Mike Knudtson had settled in behind him. A spinning Carolyn Nosser brought out the caution and reset the field, creating a terrific battle for the lead upon the restart between Soltis and Richards. The two fought door to door with Richards taking a very close win at the line. Soltis, Cody Kummer, Mike Knudson, and Kolby Kiehl finished in the top five.

The Pure Stock feature had Pat Smith and Mike Knopps in the front row with Knopps taking the point and leading several laps. Third starting George Richards drove to the lead on the high side and led the remainder of the race. He was followed home by Knopps, an eighth starting Talon Laabs, Todd Roshell, and Terran Spacek.

High school sophomore, Buddy Hanestad made his first appearance of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway count. He swept the nights action having started deep in the field in his heat and fifth in the feature. The Hornet feature came to the green led by Jay Welk and Kasey Gross but Hanestad wasted no time to challenge for the lead. Once at the point, he drove away from the field for his sixth feature win in as many attempts on the season. Scott Westaby finished a strong second over third place Kasey Gross. William Voeltz and Jay Welk rounded out the top five to end the racing action for the first night of the Memorial Day Special.

Racing action continues on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014 at Eagle Valley as Coca Cola, Gordy’s County Market, Baxter’s Engines, and Baxter’s Speedshop bring you night two of the 2014 Memorial Day Special with all six classes! They will take the track again on Sunday, June 01, 2014 as Miller Lite sponsors the races. As always, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. As always, one lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike each night of racing!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens and ages 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Eagle Valley Speedway Recap

May 22nd, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Racing at Eagle Valley Speedway was brought by JP Mechanical with comfortable weather in front of a nice crowd. All six classes were in action with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets taking to the track for competition. Feature winners included Jesse Glenz, Shane Kisling, Nathan Thums, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Mark McQuiston.

In a replay of the week before, Matt Leer and Mike Anderson led the Modified feature to the green, this time with Anderson taking the point for the first several laps. Soon it began to appear Anderson, Leer, Jake Hartung, and Jesse Glenz, back in his own car after mechanical issues the night before in Rice Lake, were going to all become players in the outcome of the race. Anderson appeared to begin to lose speed as Hartung found his way to the lead but was challenged by Leer who took over the lead a few laps later. Glenz moved to second and tried to reel in the leader when just past halfway, a caution flew for a spinning Ronnie Rihn. Under the yellow, Anderson left the competition as mechanical problems ended his run in the front for the second consecutive night. On the restart, Glenz blasted into the lead and drove away from the field for a dominating victory. Leer, Hartung, Cody Cimfl, and Steve Hallquist rounded out the top five. Kevin Adams was in attendance but did not compete due to motor issues in the hot laps, mirroring his problems from the night before in Rice Lake and his last four races.

Troy Falkner and Jesse Redetzke made up the front row of the Super Stock feature but fourth starting Shane Kisling quickly drove to the lead and never looked back. Redetzke, fifth starting Curt Myers, and Tommy Richards were left to battle for the second position. At the halfway point, Myers had secured second and Richards retired from the race. Kisling finished with a commanding lead as well as Meyers having a large lead over third finishing Redetzke. Mark Stender and Don Muzzy finished in the top five.

Brad Seavers and Jake Smith, driving the 7P car tonight, paced the Midwest Modified feature but third starting Jacob Bleess led the first lap. Smith quickly battled back to the point to lead lap two. Nathan Thums closed on the leader and began to become a factor when a lap five caution reset the field. On the restart, fourth place Michael Truscott flexed his muscle and blasted to the lead on the low side. However, a caution flag flew before the completion of the lap and that start was null. On the second restart, Smith maintained his lead and two laps later, Thums found his way past to the point. He went on to win his first Eagle Valley feature. Behind him, a terrific war was waged for second as the position was swapped several times in the last few laps and a near photo finish found Smith finishing second over Truscott. Shane Halopka and Bleess closed out the top five.

Jake Hanson and Danny Richards showed the way to the green in the Street Stock feature with Richards securing the early lead. Third starting Cody Kummer found the lead on lap two and Adam Soltis and Mike Knudtson joined the fray. Soon a four car fight found the drivers two wide and two deep so closely it appeared you could toss a blanket over them. After several laps of amazingly close racing, Richards secured the point, followed by Kummer, Knudtson and Soltis. Once again, Street Stock rookie Jake Hanson finished with another top five.

The Pure Stock feature had George Richards and Todd Roshell in the front row with Richards finding the lead and never looking back. Roshell found himself in a battle with Pat Smith which ended with Smith crashing hard into the front stretch wall. The restart left three remaining cars as rookie Nicholas Hazelton Perry finishing a distant third.

The Hornet feature came to the green led by Jay Welk and Mark McQuiston as McQuiston drove to the lead and was chased by Scott Westaby. Although Westaby remained relatively close, McQuiston went on to win followed by Westaby, Kasey Gross, Welk, and Anthony White.

Join the fun next week on both Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, 2014 at Eagle Valley as Coca Cola, Gordy’s County Market, Baxter’s Engines, and Baxter’s Speedshop bring you the 2014 Memorial Day Special with two complete shows in all six classes! Again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. As always, one lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike each night of racing!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens and ages 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Eagle Valley Started Out on Mother’s Day

May 14th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Mother’s Day racing at Eagle Valley Speedway was brought by River Country Coop with moderate temperatures ruling the evening as Eagle Valley along with neighboring Rice Lake Speedway being the only local WISSOTA tracks to have run races this year. All six classes were in action with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets taking to the track for competition. Feature winners included Jesse Glenz, Shane Kisling, Shane Halopka, Mike Knudtson, Todd Roshell, and Scott Westaby.

Matt Leer and Mike Anderson led the Modified feature to the green and the two battled hard for the high side position as Leer led the first lap. They continued to run one and two for several laps until a midrace caution bunched the field. On the restart, Jesse Glenz powered into second place using the lower groove and set out after Leer. Anderson and Jake Hartung battled for third in the same sort of high side versus low side fight. With one lap to go, Glenz was able to look to the inside of Leer and in the final corner, he edged into the lead. The two drag raced to a very close side by side finish. Hartung won the battle for third as Anderson and Jay Richardson rounded out the top five.

Troy Falkner and Shane Kisling made up the front row of the Super Stock feature and Kisling drove to the lead and never looked back. Fifth starting Curt Myers raced to second position and remained close enough to strike if Kisling were to have made an error, however, that never happened. Tommy Richards, Tony Falkner, and Mark Stender rounded out the top five after having their own multi lap battle for third which occurred a great distance behind the leaders.

Bob Wood and Jeff Klopstein Jr. paced the Midwest Modified feature that was full of hard racing. Wood led the first lap as forth starting Shane Halopka applied serious pressure. Halopka led lap two as seventh starting Michael Truscott quickly raced to third but brought out the caution after spinning on his own. Halopka led them to the green flag and sixth starting Cory Crapser moved into second to challenge for the lead. Crapser briefly took the lead on a slide job in turns three and four but Halopka was regaining the point at the opposite end of the track on the next circuit. The two leaders got together and Halopka spun. Crapser was called for the caution and sent to the back of the field. Halopka went on to win followed by a fast Nick Koehler. Truscott made a strong run from the back row after his spin to finish third. Crapser moved to fourth via a combination of a fast race car and heavy attrition and Nathan Thums finished fifth.

Danny Richards and Adam Soltis showed the way to the green in the Street Stock feature with Richards securing the early lead. The two raced hard for position as a backstretch crash eliminated a visibly angry Richards, Cody Kummer, and relegated Soltis to the rear for the restart. Mike Knudtson led the field to the restart and tried to pull away but Sam Fankhauser battled him on the low side. Fankhauser made a last lap attempt for the lead in turns three and four and was in the lead as they entered the front stretch. However, Knudtson’s high side momentum carried him to a side by side victory at the finish line. Soltis finished third, followed by Travis Hazelton and Street Stock rookie Jake Hanson who had his strongest run of the young season.

The Pure Stock feature had Mike Knopps and Todd Roshell in the front row with Roshell leading early and often, going cover to cover for the win. Sixth starting George Richards secured second as Jesse Bryant, Jeremy Dahl, and Hunter VanGilder closed out the top five.

The Hornet feature came to the green led by Chuck Wald and Jay Welk as Welk took the lead. He was chased by Scott Westaby and Mark McQuiston. On the same lap Welk and McQuiston broke down and brought out the caution. On the restart, Westaby drove to a commanding lead and won going away. Buck Lennox and Chuck Wald, the only remaining running cars filled out the top three.

Join the fun next week on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Eagle Valley as JP Mechanical sponsors the racing action. Again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens and ages 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Eagle Valley Cancelation

April 18th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – Cold weather and snowy conditions have forced the cancellation of both the yearly practice night and the 2014 season opener at the Eagle Valley Speedway which was scheduled for Sunday, April 20, 2014.  Although the weather has not cooperated, the racing surface is ready and the season opener has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will take to the track for competition.

The Eagle Valley Speedway races every Sunday night of the racing season, providing exciting entertainment at an affordable family price.  Located a mere 12 miles from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, it is a great way to end any weekend as the racing action is fast and the show is quickly paced, allowing fans and families to get home at a reasonable hour.  Jerry and Janice Weigel go the extra mile to make sure your racing experience is an outstanding one with souvenirs, terrific food, clean facilities, and a top notch show.   They are providing the Chippewa Valley with an outstanding facility and racing to match in what may unfortunately be the best kept secret in WISSOTA.  Sunday nights are where several National Champions and National Championship contenders will be returning to duke it out on the high banks along with all of your local favorites.

This year’s action includes regular WISSOTA racing on Sundays, April 27, May 4, 11, and 18.  The Memorial Day double header will be held on Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26.

Sunday night racing resumes on June 1 and 8.  On Sunday, June 15, the Midwest Modifieds, Street, and Pure Stocks will provide the supporting action for the US Modified Touring Series. The USMTS will bring in the nation’s best modified drivers to compete for a large purse against the local talents.   It is simply a can’t miss show!  June racing will be filled out on Sunday June 22 and 29.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will enter into July with racing action on Sunday July 6, 13, and 20.  On July 27 the Midwest Modifieds, Street, and Pure Stocks will provide the supporting action for the IRA Sprint Special as the IRA invades the valley and track speed records are in jeopardy. August kicks off on Saturday August 2 with the Enduro Races and WISSOTA racing action returns on Sunday August 3.  The kids will be allowed on the track to meet the drivers, see the cars up close, and take home some candy and treats on Kids Night, August 10.  Sunday, August 17 brings the 13th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial, and the Eve of Devastation is Saturday August 23.  Sunday August 24 offers a rain date for the Eve of Devastation and features the 2014 Season Championship Night.  August closes out with WISSOTA Racing Action in the Labor Day double header with continued racing with the last race of the 2014 season on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

Race night sponsors throughout the season include River Country Coop, Baxter’s Engines, Baxter’s Speedshop, and Tim’s Automotive.  There is a kid’s bike giveaway every race night sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva.  One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike every week!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM.  The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM.  General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens and ages 12 and under get in free with a paid adult.  Pit passes are $25.00.  Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Final Race Night at Eagle Valley

August 29th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Summer struck on the last weekend of August and the final race night of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday August 25, 2013. Leinenkugel’s sponsored the Season Championships in all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Matt Leer, Shane Kisling, Shane Halopka, Doug Wojcik, Talon Laabs, and Scott Westaby.

Jesse Glenz and Matt Leer led the Modifieds to the green as Glenz took early control, however, Leer powered to the lead and Kevin Adams followed him into second. The only yellow flag of the event was brought out by Jay Richardson breaking a front suspension part and finding the turn one wall. On the restart, Leer continued to lead, followed by Adams as sixth starting Mike Anderson raced his way to third. For the last several laps, Adams looked inside of the high flying Leer but was not able to complete the pass as Leer went on to win the feature. Steve Hallquist finished fourth and eleventh starting Neil Balduc rounded out the top five.

The Super Stocks featured rivals, Eric Olson and Shane Kisling on the front row as Kisling immediately took the point. Behind him, a terrific battle for second ensued with Tommy Richards, Olson, and Mark Stender. A caution for the spinning Joel Huse gave the three drivers an opportunity to breath and reset. On the restart, Richards took control of second and attempted to make the pass for the lead in a slightly lower groove than the high flying Kisling for several consecutive laps. A caution once again reset the field but on the restart, Curt Meyers flexed his muscle and took over second as Kisling stretched his lead. A caution was thrown for Jason Vokovan and this time, the restart found Kisling in the lead but Richards back in second and making a serious bid for the win. With two laps to go, he moved inside Kisling coming off turn four and looked poised to take control. However, Vokovan spun again, bringing out the final caution of the event. On the Green White Checkered restart, Kisling again controlled the lead and drove home for the win as Richards had a poor restart and Myers earned second. Jeff Brauer and Olson filled out the top five.

Shane Halopka and Josh Smith paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event. Although the lineup was strewn with strong runners and a great amount of talent, Halopka from the pole was just too much to overcome as he drove unchallenged for the win. Smith ran solidly in second and Grant Southworth and Travis Anderson merely swapped spots at the halfway point as the race ran caution free. Nick Koehler rounded out the top five.

With well over twenty feature wins this year, it was little surprise that Doug Wojcik dominated from the pole of the Street Stock feature. He not only checked out, but it appeared as if he checked out from a completely separate hotel in a different zip code. Front row starter Mike Knudtson eventually finished second but it wasn’t without excitement. He battled early with Adam Soltis for the position but spun on his own. He restarted last, but with a small field of cars, he was soon back in the same battle. Bill Skoug raced his way to third with Troy Fransway and Adam Soltis rounding out the top five positions.

Talon Laabs and Dalton Hazelton filled the front row for the Pure Stock feature as Laabs took the point. Early on, Hazelton battled closely for the lead but eventually fell into line. With two laps to go and Laabs soundly in control, Hazelton began to slow noticeably. Mike Knopps overtook second and Hazelton was able to hold on for third as Todd Roshell and Pat smith finished in the top five.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Scott Westaby and Jay Welk as Westaby took the point. Fifth starting Buddy Hanestad quickly moved to second and started to hound the leader. However, his motor simply shut off during the race, causing him to pull into the infield. Jay Welk regained second and Bob Seidler, Kasey Gross, and Donnie Ducommun filled out the top five.

WISSOTA racing has come to a close for the 2013 season as the next event on the schedule is an October 12, 2013 enduro. Janice and Jerry Weigel provided the Chippewa Valley with an outstanding facility and racing to match in what may unfortunately the best kept secret in WISSOTA. They will be returning in 2014 with great force as six classes including the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Don’t forget your Sunday night racing facility where several National Champions and National Championship contenders will be returning to duke it out on the high banks along with all of your local favorites.

Lonnie Leu Memorial Race at Eagle Valley

August 19th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – On Sunday August 18, 2013, the 12th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Lisa Leu and Gordy’s County Market at Eagle Valley Speedway featured six classes of racing with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Grant Southworth, Nick Wojcik, George Richards, and Brent Voeltz.

Curt Myers and Bryan Nayes led the Modifieds to the green as Myers grabbed the early lead followed by Kevin Adams. Adams made short work of taking the point and drove off to a convincing win as the 20 lap event ran nonstop. Myers finished second, followed by Ashley Anderson, Jesse Glenz, and Bryan Nayes rounded out the top five.

The Super Stocks provided an amazing feature event as front row starters Mark Stender and Eric Olson battled early for the lead as Curt Myers followed closely in their shadows. On lap three, Olson appeared to take the point, but a caution reset the field with Stender back in the lead. The battle resumed on the restart with Olson earning the top spot and began to stretch his legs. A lap eight caution eliminated Travis Shilling and sent Tony Falkner to the work area. The amazingly fast Shane Kisling, who crashed in his heat, causing him to start 22nd on the field, would restart in the sixth position. On the green, Jesse Redetzke ended his top five run as he crashed into the turn one wall. Again the field was reset only to see Matt Wolfe succumb to the same fate. On the third restart, Olson took the lead but Kisling moved to the top side and went three wide for second position. His car was squeezed into the backstretch wall where he began to climb the wall twice, saving it both times. However, he ran out of room and made extremely hard contact with the tire barrier at the exit of the track in turn three. He was unhurt, but his terrific run was ended.

One green lap was completed before the caution flew again. The lap nine restart found Olson taking the point as Myers moved to the extreme high groove and began to gain ground. Myers powered into the lead but Jason Quarders spun in front of the leaders, bringing out the last caution of the event as the decision was made to finish with a green, white, checkered sprint. Myers controlled the last two laps as Olson narrowly beat Stender to the line. Ninth starting Jeff Brauer finished fourth followed by Tommy Richards.

Mike Schnider and Travis Anderson paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event. A first lap caution reset the field as National Points leader Shane Halopka appeared to have a major mechanical failure. Anderson grabbed the lead on the start and was passed on lap three by Grant Southworth who simply checked out from the remaining cars. A few laps later, Justin Oestreich moved into second moving Anderson back to third. The race settled in to the finish and the front three were followed home by Josh Smith and Cole Spacek.

The Street Stock feature was brought to green by Danny Richards and Ron Hanestad as Richards took the lead followed by second row starter Mike Knudtson. There was a caution for a multicar crash on lap six which eliminated Adam Soltis. Richards again lead as Nick Wojcik moved to his inside to battle for the lead. Directly behind them, Doug Wojcik and twelfth starting Cody Kummer rode side by side. Doug Wojcik spun to the infield in turn two but it did not cause a caution as Nick Wojcik forged into the lead. He went on to win followed closely by Richards and Kummer with Sammy Fankhauser and Mike Knudtson rounding out the top five positions.

Andrew Conklin and George Richards filled the front row for the Pure Stock feature as Richards took the point. It appeared he has the race in hand until the last few laps when Dalton Hazelton made a high side move and nearly stole the lead at the checkered flag. Andrew Conklin, Talon Laabs and Hunter VanGilder closed out the top five.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Donnie Ducommun and Mark McQuiston but third starting Brent Voeltz took the point and never looked back. There was a fine battle for second which Jay Welk eventually won over Scott Westaby. Kasey Gross finished fourth and Mark McQuiston fifth as the hornets drove amazingly fast on the black track for the last event of the night.

Racing continues on Sunday August 25, 2013 as Leinenkugel’s brings you the Season Championship and final stock car races of the year. Once again, all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will be in action.

Fantastic Weather Greets Wissota Racing at Eagle Valley

August 15th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Fantastic weather greeted fans at the Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday August 11, 2013. River Country Coop, Bellatoria Pizza and Gordy’s County Market sponsored all six classes of racing with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Matt Leer, Curt Myers, Josh Smith, Doug Wojcik, George Richards, and Brent Voeltz.

When the Modified field took the green flag with Kevin Adams on the pole many fans likely believed they could predict the future. They were wrong as outside front row starter Matt Leer grabbed the lead on the first lap and running the cushion masterfully; he led every lap of the caution free race unchallenged. Adams immediately moved to the cushion behind Leer and he too ran unchallenged for second. Curt Meyers worked the low side to a third place finish as Mark Gerth and Jesse Glenz rounded out the top five.

The Super Stocks were led to the green by Andrew Bleess and Jeff Brauer with Brauer taking the early lead. Soon the fourth starting Curt Myers powered to the point. A lap four spin by Matt Wolfe reset the field and upon the restart, Myers checked out and left everyone else to fend for second. Initially Mark Stender and Brauer battled for second as Tommy Richards and Eric Olson followed closely behind. Richards made it three wide for the position and took over second, and with a few laps remaining, Brauer earned third. Stender and Olson rounded out the top five as Myers won his eleventh Super Stock feature of the year and his second consecutive at Eagle Valley.

Antonio Pintaro and Jason Richardson paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event. A first lap caution reset the field for a second attempt and it was fourth starting Nick Koehler leading the first circuit. Josh Smith, Travis Anderson, Jake Smith, and Shane Halopka ran in the top five through lap 12, when a caution reset the field with three laps remaining. The restart was voided by another caution and they tried again. A frantic three lap dash found Josh Smith stealing the lead on a high side move, securing the position on the last lap. He was followed home by Koehler, Halopka, Anderson and Jake Smith.

The Street Stock feature was brought to green by Andrew Cimfl and Travis Hazelton but Doug Wojcik blasted to a commanding lead from his fourth starting position in the first lap. Wojcik never looked back as he shredded the field for his twentieth feature win of the season. A strong running Danny Richards broke down running second and the final top five included Mike Knudtson, Hazelton, Cimfl, and AJ Kania.

Austin Workman and Jake Hanson filled the front row for the Pure Stock feature but Andrew Conklin, driving the 15P of Clay Potaczek drove to the lead. The yellow flag flew for Talon Laabs losing a tire as the caution was charged to Dalton Hazelton. On lap seven, George Richards motored to the lead and drove away winning his sixteenth feature win of the season. He has won on all but two nights this year at Eagle Valley. Conklin finished second, followed by Todd Roshell, a hard charging Hazelton, and a very nice run found Jake Hanson finishing fifth.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Scott Westaby and Jay Welk with a three lap battle for the lead eventually won by Welk. Soon it was a five car pack battling hard for the point. Kasey Gross earned the lead but Brent Voeltz closed to challenge at the half way point. Voeltz made the move for the lead on lap seven but a caution for debris gave the position back to Gross. The restart featured a three wide battle for the point as Welk rejoined the fray. With two laps remaining, Voeltz grabbed the lead for good and drove on for the win. Welk, Gross, Westaby and Armond Love rounded out the top five.

Racing continues on Sunday August 18, 2013, with the 12th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Lisa Leu and Gordy’s County Market present all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets.

Meyersx2, Richards, Southworth, Wojcik, Another Richards, and Westaby Win at EVS

August 6th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Fantastic weather greeted fans at the Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday August 04, 2013. BOB 99.9 FM sponsored all six classes of racing with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets on Kid’s Night. Feature winners included Curt Meyers winning twice, Tommy Richards, Grant Southworth, Doug Wojcik, George Richards, and Scott Westaby.

At intermission, all the kids in the grandstand were allowed onto the track where they met all of the drivers and saw their cars up close. They received various treats from the drivers along with pictures and autographs. Once again Kris Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling gave away two bicycles to a lucky boy and girl in the crowd, just as they do every week at Eagle Valley Speedway.

The Modified field was headed by Steve Hallquist and Steve Lavasseur with Hallquist taking the early lead and Lavasseur settling into second. Third starting Curt Myers worked his way into second and then tried to track down the leader. With Hallquist on the bottom and driving flawlessly, leading the first 18 laps, Myers moved up the track slightly and inched into the lead with two laps to go. He secured the spot coming to the white flag and won his second feature of the night, his second modified feature for the weekend and his fourth overall feature win for the week. Hallquist finished a strong second, Lavasseur had a great run for third, Jay Richardson, and the seventh starting Mike Anderson was the only driver to finish in the top five that didn’t start in the top five.

The Super Stocks were led to the green by Matt McEathron and Jim Harris with Harris taking the early lead on a fantastic start. Eric Olson on the high side and Tommy Richards in the low groove set off to track down the leader. The caution flew for a spinning Scott Geiger with four laps complete, resetting the field. On the restart, Olson worked low in an attempt to steal the lead, but a four car crash drew the caution again. As the green flew, another spin brought the race to a halt. On the third attempt, Harris again controlled the point as Olson worked low and Richards high seeking the lead. Richards found the lead and Mark Stender entered the fray passing Olson for third. By the halfway point, Olson had motored to second and tenth starting Curt Meyers had found his way to third. Myers took second and in the last few laps, rapidly closed on Richards for the lead. He pulled even for the point at the white flag but a caution for a spinning Jason Vokovan reset the field for a green, white, checkered restart. Again, once racing, they drew even, but again the race was slowed do to a caution. Another attempt to restart was successful as Meyers pulled outside of Richards at the white flag and raced to the win on the final lap. He was followed very closely by Richards and Olson. Stender and Harris rounded out the top five. It was Meyers second Super Stock feature win in as many nights and his ninth Super Stock feature win of the year.

Bob Wood and Antonio Pintaro paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event as there was a three wide race on lap one for the lead. Fourth starting Nathan Thums won the battle for the lead on lap two, followed by Wood and Pintaro. Thums continued his fine run until a Jason Richardson spin reset the field. He continued to lead on the restart, but seventh starting Grant Southworth drove low into the lead and Shane Halopka followed into second. Pintaro’s fine run ended on lap 12 as he spun running in fifth. On the restart, Southworth held strong to win his fourth feature of the season, followed closely by Halopka. The remainder of the top five included eleventh starting Joe Chaplin, Thums, and Josh Smith.

The Street Stock feature was brought to green by Travis Hazelton and Cody Kummer as a seven car feature had four drivers with a combined 30 feature wins on the season. Kummer grabbed the early lead and entered a terrific battle with Danny Richards. However, a lap three spin by Hazelton drew the caution. On the restart, Richards worked high and Doug Wojcik entered the fray and drove low for several laps with Wojcik securing the lead at the halfway point. Last starting Mike Knudtson raced to third as Adam Soltis and Kummer battled for fourth. At the finish, Wojcik won his seventeenth feature of the season, followed by Richards, Soltis, Knudtson, and Kummer.

Troy Potaczek and Todd Roshell filled the front row for the Pure Stock feature but a first lap spin reset the field. After a complete restart, third starting Clay Potaczek drove to the lead and continued to lead to the halfway point. George Richards used the high line to real in the leader and take the point. He never looked back as he cruised to his fifteenth feature win of the season. Potaczek remained close for second as Mike Knopps, Dalton Hazelton, and Talon Laabs rounded out the top five.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Scott Westaby and Jay Welk with Westaby leading early and often. Welk and Armond love battled for second as Welk secured the spot. Mike Peters closed to battle with Love for third and he too won the position. Westaby went unchallenged to a dominating win, followed by Welk, Peters, Love, and Ashley Seidler.

Racing continues on Sunday August 11, 2013, when River Country Coop, Bellatoria Pizza & Gordy’s County Market sponsor all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets.

Cooler Temps did not stop racing at Eagle Valley

July 31st, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Cooler temperatures greeted fans at the Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday July 28, 2013. Quality Propane sponsored all six classes of racing with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Matt Leer, Tommy Richards, Grant Southworth, Danny Richards, Talon Laabs, and Kasey Gross.

As the Modified field gathered for their pace lap, Kevin Adams had mechanical problems and was pushed from the raceway. The remainder of the field was paced by Matt Leer and Jay Richardson with Leer taking the point and never looking back as he drove 20 nonstop laps for the win. Curt Meyers, Jesse Glenz, Jay Richardson, and last starting Steve Hallquist rounded out the top five.

The Super Stocks were led to the green Darrel Hazelton and James Cimfl. Fifth starting Wayne Harris grabbed an early lead as Tommy Richards and Mark Stender were mired deep in the field. A spin by Jason Vokovan brought out the yellow on lap four. On the restart, Richards powered by Harris on the inside to grab the lead and run away from the field for a dominating feature win. Harris, Stender, Hazelton, and Jim Harris followed home for the top five.

Dan Hesch and Dylan Goettl paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event as Goettl took the point for one lap. However, he was quickly overtaken by Nick Koehler who was running the low groove like he was on rails. By lap five, Koehler had extended his lead to a large advantage but the field was reset after a Miranda Carlson spin brought out the caution flag. On the restart, Koehler began to resume his position dominating the race. Suddenly, he pulled into the infield in turn two, ending his terrific run as Grant Southworth inherited the lead. Southworth in turn, ran flawlessly to the end, winning is third feature of the year and second of the weekend. He was followed home by Josh Smith, Hesch, Goettl, and Joe Chaplin.

The Street Stock feature featured Travis Hazelton and Mike Knudtson in the front row with fourth starting Danny Richards leading the first circuit. Behind him was a terrific battle for second between several cars that at times were four wide on the racing surface. Doug Wojcik eventually captured second and set off to try to catch Richards. A Troy Chaplin spin brought out the caution and set up a green, white, checkered sprit to the finish. Richards held off the challenges of Wojcik, as Travis Hazelton, Mike Knudtson, and Jay Kesan filled out the top five spots.

Rob Grabon and Mike Knops filled the front row for the Pure Stock feature as Grabon lead early but was overtaken by Talon Laabs. A caution after four laps reset the field and found eighth starting George Richards in second. On the restart Laabs resumed the lead with Richards in tow as Pat Smith and Mike Knopps battles for third. A lap seven caution again reset the field as Laabs again drove into the lead. With two laps to go, Richards turned up the wick and battled hard for the win. The two cars were dead even at the white flag, but Laabs never wavered, driving home for a close win. Richards finished second, followed by Smith, Knopps, and Grabon.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Scott Westaby and Kasey Gross with Gross leading lap one as Buddy Hanestad closed in to battle for the lead. Gross withstood the initial attack and began to stretch his lead to a large advantage at the finish over Hanestad, Jay Welk, Armond Love, and Ashley Seidler.

Racing continues on Sunday August 04, 2013, when BOB 99.9 FM sponsors all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets

Mahder Wins Second win of the year at Eagle Valley

July 17th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Fans at the Eagle Valley Speedway were treated to another hot day and good racing action on Tim’s Automotive sponsored all six classes of racing with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. In addition, Outlaw Wraps gave away a complete wrap to one lucky Midwest Modified driver. Feature winners included Cory Mahder, Tommy Richards, Josh Smith, Doug Wojcik, George Richards and Buddy Hanestad. Travis Anderson’s name was drawn for the wrap.

The Modified field was paced by Cory Mahder and Bryan Nayes with Mahder taking the point for the first lap, but Nayes powered by on the outside to capture the lead on lap two. Nayes kept the lead until the halfway point with an aggressive attack on the high side when Mahder edged into the lead at the flag stand. As the entered turns one and two, Nayes jumped the cushion and made very hard impact with the wall. The caution flag regrouped the field and ended Nayes’ great run. Mahder lead on the restart with Kent Baxter and Mark Gerth following in suit. The race ran caution free for the remaining nine laps as Mahder picked up his second win of the year, followed an impressive run by Kent Baxter, Gerth, Jay Richardson, and Jesse Glenz.

The Super Stocks were led to the green by Jason Vokovan and Chad Johnson. However a spin by Vokovan negated the first attempt and on the second try, third starting Tommy Richards gained the early lead. Racers behind the leader jockeyed for position and settled into single file formation. Another yellow flew for a spinning Vokovan, resetting the field before the halfway point. Richards continued to lead as Shane Kisling, Eric Olson, Mark Stender, and Chad Johnson followed. A spinning Matt McEathron brought out the caution and on the restart, racing was intense. As they came to the flag stand to complete a lap, Shane Kisling spun and made major contact with the front stretch wall ending his strong run. After the lap 11 restart, the race ran caution free the remainder of the distance. Richards lead the entire event followed by Mark Stender, Olson, Johnson and Don Muzzy.

Ross Fuhrman and John Feirn paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event as Josh Smith jumped up from his second row start and took the early lead. With two laps completed, 12th starting Shane Halopka had found his way to fifth. On lap three, Chad Olsen spun bringing out the caution. A lap later, the action was slowed again by the spinning Jason Richardson with Dean Pronschinke being charged with the caution At the halfway point, Smith continued to lead followed by a side by side battle between Travis Anderson and Halopka. With 11 laps completed, Richardson crashed bringing out the final caution. With four laps remaining, Halopka secured second over Anderson on the start and set off to catch Smith. At the white flag, he pulled even and they raced the final lap. Halopka had a great run off the top side in turn four and looked destined to win in the same fashion as the week before. However, this time, Smith pulled up in front of him, blocking his momentum. Smith won, followed by Halopka, Anderson, Jake Smith, and Andy Karl.

The Street Stock feature featured AJ Kania and Adam Soltis in the front row with third starting Danny Richards leading the first circuit. He was followed by Doug Wojcik, Soltis, and Ron Hanestad. At the halfway point, Wojcik was working the high side looking for the lead as Soltis pulled off. Coming to take the white flag, Wojcik made an aggressive move, battled the entire lap, and took the lead for good coming off turn four. Wojcik won his 12th feature of the year followed by Richards, Hanestad, Cody Kummer, and Kania rounding out the top five.

Jay Barnier Jr. was flanked by Talon Laabs at the beginning of the Pure Stock feature with the two front cars and last starting Jake Hansen involved in a first lap crash. Upon a complete restart, there was lap after lap of two wide, two deep racing that was too close to call. It was an amazing race with solid, clean driving. George Richards found the lead, but the caution flew for a spinning Pat Smith. After the restart, the great action continued as Richards drove to yet another win followed by Dalton Hazelton, Laabs, and Smith.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Jay Welk and Armond Love with Love leading lap one as Buddy Hanestad and Kasey Gross battled for second. The caution flew as Love spun and backed into the wall but he regained his position. Upon the restart, Hanestad drove to the lead and never looked back as the high school sophomore won his second career feature win, having just winning his first the evening before. He was followed by Gross, Welk, Scott Westaby, and Love.
Racing continues on Sunday July 21, 2013, when River Country Coop sponsors the ROC – Race of Champions WISSOTA 100 qualifier. All six classes will be in action with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets.

Anderson, Richards, Halopka, Hanestad, Richards, and Voeltz Win at Eagle Valley

July 9th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Hot muggy weather and the last day of a four day holiday weekend for many brought a smaller than average crowd to the Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday July 07, 2013. JP Mechanical brought the Chris Bjorkstrand Memorial with increased purses in all six classes of racing with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Those in attendance however, were treated to spectacular racing. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Shane Halopka, Ron Hanestad, George Richards and Brent Voeltz.

The Modified field was paced by Bryan Nayes and Neil Balduc with Nayes taking the point for the first few laps, eventually being overtaken by Balduc. However, at about the one quarter race point, Mike Anderson used a daring slide job to take over the lead and Kevin Adams seized the opportunity to quickly move to second. From this point forward, few eyes were trained anywhere else as two of WISSOTA’s very best literally attacked the ultrahigh groove in turns three and four and split their options with Anderson very high and Adams on the tires in turns one and two. Neither driver made any mistakes as they skillfully put on a 15 lap show for the win that was nothing less than impressive. Anderson won, followed home by Adams. Over a straight stretch behind, Jesse Glenz, Neil Balduc, and Jay Richardson filled out the top five.

The Super Stocks were led to the green by Tony Falkner and James Cimfl but third starting Tommy Richards gained the early lead. The racing for second was intense as Mark Stender earned the spot and set out to track down the leader. On lap six, Stender took the lead, sweeping by Richards on the high side but a yellow flag reset the field and gave the position back to Richards. Another yellow curtailed a restart, but the second attempt found several cars exploring the groove that Stender had introduced. Soon, Eric Olson challenged for the lead and gained it briefly but Richards fought back. Shane Kisling entered the fight for second, and then the lead. However, Richards earned the point again and went on to win the feature. The top five included Olson, Kisling, Stender, and Jesse Redetzke as the finished by running the high line, essentially nose to tail. The remainder of the field was left far behind.

Jake Stai and Nathan Thums paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event as Stai took the early lead. Brandon Lofgren brought out the yellow and reset the field with Josh Smith taking the lead on the restart. A Jason Richardson caution brought the field together once again and allowed Stai to regain the point. However, on the restart, Smith again proved his dominance and took the lead. Two more yellows reset the field for the final race to the finish. At the restart, ninth starting Shane Halopka had made it to fifth. The last three laps found Halopka in the high groove and closing quickly for the lead. He pulled even in turn four and his high side momentum carried him to the win by the slimmest of margins. Smith finished a photo finish second place as Cory Crapser, Jake Smith, and Travis Anderson rounding out the top five.

The Street Stock feature featured Travis Hazelton and Kolby Keihl in the front row with Hazelton leading the first circuit. Soon however, Ron Hanestad moved into the lead in the high groove and Adam Soltis took over second on the low side. Hanestad capped his amazing week since bringing out a “new” old car with another feature win. He had finished second twice and won three features in five races during the holiday weekend. Cody Kummer made a late charge to finish second, followed by Hazelton, Soltis, and Danny Richards.

Talon Laabs was flanked by Clay Potaczek at the beginning of the Pure Stock feature with Laabs grabbing the lead as Pat Smith and George Richards battled for second. After a series of cautions, the race settled in and went green to the finish with Richards earning the win, followed by Laabs, Dalton Hazelton, Pat Smith, and Jay Barnier, Jr.
The EVS Hornets were paced by heat winner Brent Voeltz and Buddy Hanestad with Voeltz taking the lead and never looking back. Voeltz was followed to the stripe by Hanestad, Kassey Gross, Scott Westaby, and Armond Love rounding out the top five.

Racing continues on Sunday July 14, 2013, when Tim’s Automotive sponsors all six classes of racing with the WISSOTA

Adams, Kisling, Halopka, Wojcik, Richards, and Voeltz Win at Eagle Valley

July 4th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Nothing short of glorious weather greeted the crowd at the Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday June 30, 2013, when River Country Coop sponsored the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Shane Kisling, Shane Halopka, Doug Wojcik, George Richards and Brent Voeltz.

The Modified field was paced by Steve Lavasseur and Kevin Adams with Adams taking the lead and never looking back. However, the racing action behind him was nothing less than spectacular as multiple grooves were used and passing was occurring everywhere in the pack. Cars raced three wide for positions and the action was defined by a driver starting last on the field, racing to sixth, cutting down a tire, visiting the work area, restarting last again, and just falling short of a third place finish. Adams won with Jay Richardson following close in his tracks in the late going, followed by Leer, Anderson in fourth after gaining a total of 14 positions, and Steve Hallquist rounding out the top five.

The Super Stocks were led to the green by Matt McEathron and Tony Falkner but forth starting Tommy Richards gained the early lead. Curt Hazelton brought out the yellow and the field was reset. On the restart, Shane Kisling used the high side to power into the lead. Although Richards remained very close in second, Kisling won yet another feature. Jesse Redetzke, Eric Olson, and Mark Stender rounded out the top five.

Antonio Pintaro and Dylan Goettl paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event as Goettl took the early lead. Jason Richardson brought out the yellow and reset the field with Shane Halopka and Cory Crapser just behind the leader. On the restart, Goettl again took command but as laps reeled off, Halopka found his way to the lead and Crapser followed into second. The race ran caution free the remainder of the distance, and Halopka won again, followed by Crapser, Goettl, Travis Anderson and Paul Erikson.

The Street Stock feature featured Bill Engler Jr. and Jason Bearden on the front row. An amazing battle between Ron Hanestad, Cody Kummer, and Danny Richards ensued for the lead. Hanestad gained the point, but the caution flew and it reset the field. On the restart, the leaders all got together, ending the night for Richards, and relegating Hanestad to the rear on what he clearly believed was a controversial decision. On the restart, Doug Wojcik powered past Kummer for the lead and Hanestad drove like a man on a mission and moved from last to second in three laps. The race ended with Wojcik winning, followed by Hanestad, Kummer, Mike Knudtson, and Adam Soltis.

Andrew Conklin was flanked by Talon Laabs at the beginning of the Pure Stock Feature with Laabs grabbing the lead. An early yellow reset the field and seventh starting Dalton Hazelton drove into the lead. George Richards wrestled the lead away but a yellow flag put Hazelton back on the point. After the restart, Hazelton pushed up the track in turn four and Richards powered to the front. He went on to win, followed by Hazelton, Terran Spacek, Jay Folz and Laabs.

The EVS Hornets were paced by Jay Welk and Armond Love but Buddy Hanestad took the lead and held it to the halfway point when he was passed by Brent Voeltz. Voeltz continued on to the feature win, followed by Hanestad, Scott Westaby, Kassey Gross, and Welk rounding out the top five.

Racing continues on Sunday July 07, 2013, when JP Mechanical brings the Chris Bjorkstrand Memorial with increased purses in all six classes of racing with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets.

Rain Visited, but did not Stay at Eagle Valley

July 3rd, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – The rain took a short break, allowing the Eagle Valley Speedway and Gordy’s County Market to present the Blaine Brothers Challenge Series Late Models along with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, and Street Stocks. Feature winners included Jake Redetzke, Shane Kisling, Shane Halopka, and Danny Richards.
21 Late Models made their only appearance at Eagle Valley in 2013. Their 40 lap feature paid $2000 to the winner and the starting field offered some of the best WISSOTA Late Model driver’s available, including John Kaanta and Pat Doar who between the two share 50 feature wins on the Challenge Series alone!

The feature lineup was based on passing points in the heats with the top eight redrawing for the first four rows. Iowa’s Nick Beyenhof and the 2011 series champion, Jake Redetzke shared the front row and led the field to green. Redetzke took the early lead and never looked back.

A caution on lap 17 for Adam Hensel rolling to a stop on the track eliminated Redetzke’s half a straightaway lead over the field. However, he immediately retook command on the restart as cars jockeyed for position behind him. On lap 20, Gilberts who had earlier moved into the top five had found his way to second and appeared to have the speed and momentum to catch the leader. Eight laps later as he had reeled in the leader, an altercation with a lap car and hard contact with the turn four wall ended his night and reset the field.

With just over ten laps left, Redetzke once again charged into the lead and never looked back winning his 10th career Challenge Series race as the race ran caution free for the remaining distance. Chad Mahder came to life and moved from fifth on the restart to second at the finish. Nick Anvelink, A.J. Diemel, and Beyenhof would round of the top five.

The Super Stocks were led to the green by Curt Hazelton and James Cimfil but 4th starting Shane Kisling used a bold move to gain the early lead. Tony Falkner brought out the yellow for a lap eight spin. After the restart, the race ran without incident until a lap 16 spin by Curt Myers which set up a four lap dash to the finish. Mark Stender moved in to battle for the lead and finished a close second and Eric Olson and Jesse Redetzke had a very close finish for third as Myers regained and finished fifth.

Ross Fuhrman and Travis Anderson paced the Midwest Modified field to the green for their feature event as fifteen cars set out to do battle. Anderson took the point but a yellow flag flew before the first lap was completed for a Jake Stai spin. Upon the restart, Anderson again took the lead but the race came to a halt due to a fire in the Antonio Pintaro machine. On the restart, Shane Halopka swept into the lead after initially starting sixth on the grid. Anderson and Corey Crapser battled for second with Crapser gaining the position. Halopka raced to yet another feature win essentially unchallenged as Crapser, Grant Southworth, Anderson and Stai finished fifth after being relegated to the rear after his lap one caution.

The Street Stock feature featured Jason Bearden and Mike Knudtson on the front row as Knudtson took early control. Fifth starting Danny Richards raced to the leader on the high side and made a low side move to take the lead. Cody Kummer followed and after a battle with Knudtson, he settled into second. Over the last half of the race, Kummer drove hard and looked inside Richards several times for the lead. However, Richards held true and won, followed by Kummer, Knudtson, Mitchell Kesan, and Beardon.

Racing continues on Sunday June 30, 2013, when River Country Coop brings you six classes of racing with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets.

Eagle Valley Rains Out

June 25th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Although the weather was beautiful at race time, the large amount of rain received throughout the weekend leading up to Sunday forced the Eagle Valley Speedway to cancel the Coca-Cola Enterprises sponsored races on June 23, 2013.

Racing action returns on Thursday, June 27, 2013, when Gordy’s County Market brings you the Late Model Challenge Series! Another can’t miss show when the Late Models invade Eagle Valley Speedway for the only time in 2013! Included on the race card will be the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, and Street Stocks. Pits open at 5:00 PM, main gates at 5:30 PM, Hot Laps at 6:30 PM, and racing at 7:00 PM

Don’t forget Sunday June 30, 2013, when River Country Coop brings you six classes of racing with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets

Eagle Valley Speedway on Father’s Day

June 19th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI– Fantastic weather at Eagle Valley Speedway greeted a nice crowd on Father’s Day when Miller Lite sponsored six classes of racing with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets.

Feature winners included Steve Hallquist, Eric Olson, Joe Chaplin, George Richards, Doug Wojcik, and Kasey Gross.
Mark Hanson and Steve Hallquist led the modifieds to the line as Hallquist took the lap one lead and held off all challengers for his first win of 2013 in his new MB Customs race car. The race was run without a yellow as a very talented field jockeyed for position and settled into line. There were cars working both the high and low grooves in an attempt to gain ground. Fourth starting Jake Hartung never let Hallquist get away and attempted to make passes on the low side during the last two laps, but Hallquist prevailed. They were followed to the finish by Hanson, Jay Richardson, and Mike Anderson.

The Super Stocks have consistently run terrific shows this year and tonight was no exception, as Tony Falkner and Shane Kisling brought them to green with Kisling earning the lap one lead. Falkner brought out the caution on lap three, ending his night and Matt McEathron went to the work area and restarted in the rear. On the restart, third starting Eric Olson made his presence known as he drove into second and began to battle for the lead. Kisling chose the high line and Olson the low as they pulled away from the rest of the field. At the halfway point, Olson attacked again and shortly thereafter, a side by side battle began and continued for several laps. With two laps to go, Olson gained the advantage and in heavy lapped traffic on the final lap, Olson secured the win. Kisling, Mark Stender, James Cimfl, and Trent Kroening rounded out the top five.

In the Midwest Modified feature, Ross Fuhrman and Mike Schnider lead the field at the start with Fuhrman taking the early lead. He held the point for several laps when Robert Ellsworth spun to bring out the caution. On the restart, sixth starting Joe Chaplin took the lead. Another caution was displayed for Craig Elliot as his night ended. The restart put eight starting Shane Halopka behind the leader but Chaplin pulled out to a comfortable lead and dominated the remainder of the event. He was followed to the checkers by Halopka, Nick Koehler, Fuhrman, and Kent Baxter.

Jason Beardon and Mike Knudtson set off the Street Stock battle with fourth starting Adam Soltis taking the point on lap one. A lap latter, sixth starting Danny Richards stole the lead as Doug Wojcik, Cody Kummer, and Knutson fought for third. The only yellow in the event was thrown for Andrew Cimfl, resetting the field. After the restart, Wojcik used the high lane to take over the lead and not look back. The race continued to the checkered flag with Richards, Soltis, and Knutson finishing in the top five.

The Pure Stock race was paced by Trenton Holub and Todd Roshell. Immediately, George Richards drove from the second row to battle side by side with Roshell for two laps. On the third lap, Roshell slipped high and Richards took over. On lap five the field was brought together by a caution for the spinning Holub. The race settled in and continued to the end with Richards taking yet another feature win, followed by Roshell, Dalton Hazelton, Troy Potaczek, and Holub.
Eight Hornets took the green with Justin Franson at the point flanked by Armond Love. Soon, seventh starting Kasey Gross took the lead and never looked back. Behind him, Armond Love held second as Jay Welk and Scott Westaby raced for third. Westaby secured the position and closed to battle with Love, taking another position. Gross cruised to the win leading Westaby, Love, Welk, and Kurt Kadinger in the top five.

Racing action continues Sunday, June 23, 2013 with a full card of racing sponsored by Coca Cola Enterprises.

The Reaper Beats Cool Hand Luke at EVS

June 17th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI– Anderson Race Engines in Chetek, coupled with Southworth Chevrolet from Bloomer sponsored the United States Modified Touring Series along with the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks. A nice crowd was greeted with terrific weather and outstanding racing action at the Eagle Valley Speedway.

Ryan “The Reaper” Gustin, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, and Todd Roshell found victory lane during the special weeknight event.

The USMTS invaded the track as a handful of WISSOTA talent tried to compete with the traveling team. With at least a 100 horsepower disadvantage coupled with different tires and much smaller spoilers, it was not an easy feat. Mike Anderson, Kevin Adams, Ronnie Rihn, and Dean Yrjanainen, all tried but didn’t make the feature. Matt Leer did successfully qualify and finished in the top ten in his WISSOTA car. Jay Richardson and Chad Mahder both qualified in Open Motor cars.
Traveling drivers that have ties to WISSOTA that were driving open cars included Joey Galloway, Keith Foss, Ron Jones, Chris Oertel, Craig Thatcher, Joey Jensen, Adam Hensel, and Eric Pember. 36 modifieds from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Canada set out to do battle.

After missing the feature the night before, two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin won a thrilling 40-lap USMTS Casey’s Cup Series feature event. The track was amazingly fast and multi grooved as ‘The Reaper’ ran down the 16 year old phenom Lucas Schott in traffic to take the point.

Joey Jenson grabbed the early lead from the outside of the front row and led two laps before Schott blasted into the lead from his third place starting position. Gustin moved into the runner-up spot a few laps later, but Schott definitely had the upper hand, setting a torrid pace around the speedway. While in heavy lap traffic at the halfway point Gustin closed and tried to take the lead but Schott kept him at bay. Gustin appeared to back off and “Cool his heals” and when the two got into heavy traffic again on lap 30, he closed and rode the highside for the lead.

Schott didn’t let Gustin get away and mounted a charge in the last two laps, but “The Reaper” made no mistakes and took home the victory. It was his 64th career USMTS win while the kid they call ‘Cool Hand Luke’ held on for a career-best second-place finish.

Jensen finished third followed by Jason Krohn, Stormy Scott, Craig Thatcher, Kelly Shryock, Matt Leer, Johnny Scott and Austin Siebert rounded out the top 10.

The WISOTTA Midwest Modifieds were brought to the start by Bob Wood and Mike Schnider with Wood leading after one. Third starting Dustin Goettl spun in front of the pack and collected several cars, ending the night for Schnider, Joe Chaplin, Travis Anderson and Goettl. Robert Ellsworth was able to visit the work area and rejoin at the back. Upon the restart, Koehler took the lead over Wood but another caution, ending the night for Dean Pronschinke and Jake Stai, negated the pass. Wood led Koehler and ninth starting Shane Halopka to the green. Koehler found the lead on the low side and pulled away as Grant Southworth passed for second at the halfway point. The race ran nonstop the remainder of the distance as Koehler won in convincing fashion over Southworth, Jake Smith, and Michael Truscott finished fifth.

The Super Stock feature may have been decided on the start as Tommy Richards blasted into the lead from the outside of the front row and ran away into the night. Shane Kisling and Curt Myers were left to battle for second, and battle they did, with lap after lap of side by side and nose to tail racing with the position not being decided until the last lap. Kisling, Myers, Mark Stender, who stayed close to the battle for second, and Wayne Dean Rounded out the top five.
Mike Knutson set the pace for the Street Stocks as Adam Soltis found the lead after lap one. Cody Kummer rode up to race with Danny Richards for second. A lap six caution relegated Carolyn Nosser to the rear and the subsequent restart bred another caution, claiming the 3D of Doug Wojcik. Upon racing resuming Richards hounded Soltis on the bottom and Kummer looked for the lead up high. With three laps remaining, Richards took the lead and went on to win over Soltis, Kummer, Knutson, and Carolyn Nosser.

The Pure Stocks were paced by Terran Spacek and Dustin Doughty with Spacek leading lap one. Todd Roshell raced from his sixth starting position to take the lead and tried to run away. George Richards attempted to be the third of the Richard brothers to score a feature victory on the night as he edged into second, but Spacek fought back. The halfway point brought out a yellow as Spacek rolled to a halt coming out of turn four. After the restart, Richards drove in hard on the bottom for the lead but Roshell maintained the point. With eight laps in, Richards spun on his own and pulled into the infield shortly after the restart. With three cars remaining, Roshell went on for the win over Pat Smith, and Dalton Hazleton. George Richards and Terran Spacek rounded out the top five.

Gustin rebounds, wins USMTS thriller at Eagle Valley Speedway

June 16th, 2013

JIM FALLS, Wis. – After a thrilling 40-lap USMTS Casey’s Cup Series event Thursday night at the Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wis., Ryan Gustin was back in familiar territory: victory lane. The win was a complete turnaround from Wednesday night after the Marshalltown, Iowa, speedster failed to qualify for the feature race and had to watch the trailer-a rare vantage point for the two-time defending USMTS national champion.

Thursday’s setting was far more common with a lightning-fast pass-anywhere-you-want racetrack, a field of uncommonly talented drivers and ‘The Reaper’ crossing beneath the checkered flags before anybody else on the racetrack.

From the outside of the front row, Joey Jensen of Forest Lake, Minn., grabbed the lead at the start of the main event. His reign lasted just two laps before Lucas Schott wrestled away the top spot. Two laps later, Gustin moved into the runner-up spot but was showing no signs of challenging Schott for the lead. With no cautions to slow the pace of the race, Schott had pulled out to a comfortable lead by the time he reached lapped traffic just past the halfway point. That’s when Gustin began to close the gap.

Mired behind a pair of back-markers embroiled in their own battle, the 16-year-old from Chatfield, Minn., watched as Gustin powered by on the outside to take the lead away on lap 30.

Schott stayed within striking distance, but Gustin flawlessly executed the final 10 laps to score a $4,000 victory and his 64th career USMTS win while ‘Cool Hand Luke’ held on for a career-best second-place finish. Meanwhile, Jensen and Slayton, Minn.’s Jason Krohn had their own two-man battle going on. Krohn snagged third away from Jensen on lap 19, but Jensen was able to sneak back by the 2007 USMTS national champ with just two laps to go.

Behind Krohn, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region points leader Stormy Scott held off Craig Thatcher for the fifth position while Kelly Shryock, Matt Leer, Johnny Scott and Austin Siebert rounded out the top 10.

Eric Pember started 22nd and finished 15th to earn the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award in his first USMTS race of the season.

On Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, the USMTS Modifieds join the UMP Late Models “Hell Tour” at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for two nights of action during the 15th Annual Masters.

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

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

Eagle Valley Speedway Rains Out, but Big Things are Coming!

June 12th, 2013

JIM FALLS, WI – Rain forced the Eagle Valley Speedway to cancel the Southworth Chevrolet, Budweiser, Country Jam, and Gordy’s County Market sponsored races on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Racing action returns on Thursday, June 13, 2013, when Anderson Race Engines in Chetek brings you the “United States Modified Touring Series”! This event will bring many of the best modified drivers in the nation pitting them against some of the best WISSOTA has to offer. It is a “can’t miss” show with racing starting at 7:00 pm. Included on the race card will be the WISSOTA AMSOIL dirt track series Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks.
Don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday June 16, 2013, when Miller Lite brings you six classes of racing with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets.

Eagle Valley Crowns Season Champs Adams, Kisling, Smith and Wojcik

August 28th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– Eagle Valley Speedway concluded another successful season of racing by crowning WISSOTA winners Kevin Adams in the Modifieds, Shane Kisling in the Super Stocks, Jake Smith in the Midwest Modifieds and Doug Wojcik in the Street Stocks. Clay Potaczek and Kasey Gross will wear the 2012 crowns in the Eagle Valley Pure Stock division and Hornet divisions respectively. All of these drivers made their last trip to the Gordy’s County Market winner’s circle in 2012. These were not the only winners on Sunday night as, appropriately, the bike winners were Carter Soltis son of Street Stock driver, Adam Soltis and Clarissa Bishop, daughter of Super Stock driver, Rich Bishop. Each and every week, Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Chris Oium Blacktopping give away a boys and girls bike to some lucky kids.

The season championship night, sponsored by Leinenkugels, began with the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks taking to the track first in what would prove to be a caution riddled race making up for some pretty caution-free racing throughout the season. Shane Kisling and Tommy Richards shared the front row with Kisling taking the early lead and Richards in hot pursuit followed by Mark Stender, Eric Olson and Wayne Dean. By the end of lap five, Kisling had extended his lead to nearly six car lengths over Richards as the other top five contenders stayed in line. Just two laps later there were two successive cautions resetting the field. With ten laps in it was Kisling once again in the lead and Richards was still hounding him for the top spot. Ben Hillman had moved into third after starting seventh and Jesse Redetzke ran fourth after starting eleventh. Mark Stender had dropped to fifth. Three more cautions preceded the fifteenth lap, but Kisling once again survived all the restarts, although Hillman did make several attempts to get past Kisling to no avail. So, it was Kisling in the lead, Hillman second, Richards third, Redetzke fourth and Stender fifth. Kisling ended the night with a win in his Kisling Auto Body sponsored car with a three car lengh margin of lead. Hillman, Richards, Redetzke and Darrel Hazelton, who joined the top five with five to go, after starting tenth, completed the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds were up next with Cory Crapser and Shane Halopka on the front row. Crapser led the first lap after a quick start, but his night would take a dramatic change as lap two was about to be completed when he went around coming out of turn four resulting in him being sent to the back of the field. With Crapser in the rear, Shane Halopka inherited the top spot and led the next lap. Halopka’s reign as the top driver was also a short one as Jake Smith power passed him during lap three to steal the lead. With five laps of the fifteen lap feature in the books, Smith continued to lead with Grant Southworth in second followed by Halopka. Meanwhile, Nick Koehler and Jake Stai were battling for the fourth spot.
With ten laps in, Smith continued to lead by about a car length over Southworth. Koehler had switched spots with Halopka and was now running third and Stai ran fifth. When the checkered flag flew, it was Smith taking his second feature win of the year in his Mike’s Meats sponsored car followed by Southworth, Koehler, Halopka and Justin Oestreich.

The mighty Modifieds were up next with Kevin Adams and Jake Hartung first to take the green for the start of their feature. Adams made his presence known early and shot to the lead with Hartung hot on his tail. There were three early cautions in this feature, but Adams survived them all and by lap five had a three car length lead over Hartung as Matt Leer ran third. Joining in the fun in the top five were Mike Anderson and Jesse Glenz. With ten laps in Adams had experience a couple of close calls as Hartung tried to make the move for the top spot, but Adams held him off and continued to lead by three. Leer hung in there for third while Anderson and Glenz fought it out for fourth. With five to go, Adams continued to lead by about three car lengths over Hartung. Leer was still in third, but Cory Mahder had moved
into fourth after working his way up from his seventh-place starting spot. Glenz, in the meantime, continued to run fifth. Just after lap fifteen there was another caution when Donald Cimfl went around coming out of turn one. On the restart, Hartung had another chance to grab the top spot, but despite the fact that he cut the lead to just a half-car length, he could not overcome the momentum Adams had built up. In the end then, it was Adams taking the win in his Coors Light sponsored modified. Hartung, Mahder, Leer and Ashley Anderson rounded out the top five.

Cody Kummer and Doug Wojcik led the Street Stocks to the starting line as they lined up for their feature. Kummer and Wojcik had both won their heats earlier and both still had the taste of that victory in their mouths, but it was Wojcik who would be the hungrier of the two as he grabbed the top spot early. With five laps in, it was Wojcik leading by four car lengths over Kummer as Jay Kesan moved into third. Mike Knudtson ran fourth at the time followed by Eric Olson. There was just one caution in this feature and that occurred just after lap six when Carolyn Nosser looped her car coming out of turn one. With the field reset, Wojcik again jumped to the lead followed this time by Kesan. Kummer dropped to the third spot with Knudtson and Olson fighting it out for fourth. With three to go, Wojcik had increased his lead to eight car lengths as Kesan and Kummer battled for second followed closely by Olson and Knudtson who were still engaged in a fight for fourth. When it was all over it was Wojcik taking the win in his Intercomp sponsored car followed by Kesan, Kummer, Olson and Knudtson.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with Clay Potaczek and Todd Roshell on the front row. Potaczek was quickest off the line to take the lead with George Richards in second and Roshell in third. Pat Smith and Bill Skoug ran fourth and fifth. With five laps in, not much had changed in the top five except that Potaczek had increased his lead a bit to three car lengths and Skoug had passed Smith for fourth. With three to go, it was still Potaczek in the lead by around three car lengths with Roshell running second, Richards was running third followed by Skoug and Smith. This feature ended on the white flag lap results as the race ended on a caution for the rollover of Gunnar Zerek in turn one. The winner was Clay Potaczek in his Bob’s Signs and Design sponsored car. Roshell, Richards, Skoug and Smith joined Potaczek in the top
five. A side note here is that Dalton Hazelton was in the house on Sunday night. It was good to see Dalton up and about and all extend their best wishes for continued healing! Keep that basketball goal in sight, Dalton, and good luck!

An ambulance call in the pits delayed the start of the Hornet feature. This feature also began one driver short due to the violent wreck of Cassie Hanestad in her heat race. Hanestad was transported by ambulance and appeared to be doing well after the incident-we wish her the best! Once the feature did begin it was Eric Schultz and Jay Welk who shared the front row. Shultz was off to an early lead with Welk in hot pursuit, but Schultz would come to a stop as lap two was just beginning as his car rolled to a stop in turn two. With Schultz in the pits, Welk assumed the lead followed by Kasey Gross, Robert Ellsworth, Brent Voeltz and William Voeltz. Welk’s moment of glory was just that as Kasey Gross made the move for the lead during lap three, sending Welk to second. With five laps in, Gross continued to lead with Brent Voeltz applying the pressure along with Welk. Also in the top five William Voeltz and Ellsworth were fighting it out for fourth. Despite several attempts by Brent Voeltz to make the pass, Gross had ‘em covered and went on for the win in his Gross Logging sponsored car. Joining Gross in the top five were Brent Voeltz, Welk, William Voeltz and Matt Klukas.

This race concluded the 2012 race season which saw only two weather related cancellations. Jerry and Janis Weigel and their daughter, Stephanie, would like to thank the racers, fans, sponsors, workers and anyone else who helped to make the race year a success during 2012. Please have a great non-race season and enjoy life to the fullest so that you can be back “When the Valley Heats Up” in 2013!

Anderson, Kisling, Oestreich and Olson Win At Eagle Valley’s Lonnie Leu Memorial

August 21st, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– The eleventh Lonnie Leu Memorial shouldn’t have left anyone wanting as all were treated to what many said were the most competitive races of the season at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night.

Mike Anderson picked up his second win of the weekend in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified in a race that saw bumper to bumper racing for much of the feature. A late race caution helped Shane Kisling cap off the weekend with a win in his Super Stock with the margin of win less than a fender. Justin Oestreich of Elk River, MN, made the trip over to Eagle Valley to take the win in a hotly contested Midwest Modified feature. Perhaps the best feature of the night saw fans treated to a Street Stock feature where the outcome could have been any one of five or six cars taking the win. This race was ultimately settled by two cars running side by side for well over half the track with Eric Olson emerging as the winner.

While the WISSOTA portion of the race night was excellent, the Eagle Valley Pure Stockers did a great job in their show as well with Clay Potaczek taking the win. The numbers were down in the Hornet division as Jay Welk led from green to checkers to take the win.

In WISSOTA Midwest Modified action, Kent Baxter and Ross Fuhrman led the field to flagman, Jeff Eisner’s, green flag for the start of their feature with Baxter leading the first two laps as Justin Oestreich moved up from fourth to run second followed by Grant Southworth who had come from sixth. Fuhrman ran fourth as Josh Smith and Shane Halopka battled for fifth.

Two successive cautions, after lap two, reset the field and Baxter once again assumed the lead with Oestreich settling into the second spot. It was evident from the get go that Oestreich wouldn’t be happy running in second and during lap five he made his move when Baxter slipped up a bit, dropping Baxter to third with Southworth moving to second. Meanwhile, Paul Harelstad, in the Jake Stai car, was on the move, grabbing fourth as Halopka hung in there for fifth. By lap ten Oestreich was in control with a four car length lead over Southworth. Harelstad had moved up to third with Halopka in fourth. Nick Koehler had worked his way up from his seventh place starting spot to take fifth as Baxter faded to sixth. Southworth kept the pressure on Oestreich as Southworth searched the track running high and low in an effort to gain track position, but Oestreich had too much of a lead and took the win in his Fry Pan Production sponsored car. Southworth settled for a close second followed by Harelstad, Halopka and Koehler.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up next with Travis Schilling and Chad Johnson sharing the front row. It was Mark Stender, coming from third, who would be the early leader as the cars rounded the track for the first time. Stender was immediately challenged by Shane Kisling, who had started sixth. By the end of lap two, it was Kisling in the lead. With five laps in the books, Kisling was in control and Stender continued to run second as Eric Olson and Wayne Dean fought it out for third and Tommy Richards ran fifth. By lap ten, Kisling was leading by around three car lengths, but there was plenty of action behind him as Olson had moved up to second and Ben Hillman was giving Stender fits for the third spot
after Hillman had started eighth. Richards, at the time, was still running fifth. With five laps to go, Kisling was still in the lead but the margin had been trimmed to just a car length as Hillman was on the move and running second. Olson ran third with Richards moving into fourth as Stender dropped to fifth. With three laps to go, Hillman made his move for the lead, dropping Kisling to second and then disaster struck for Hillman as the car of Brad Kisling pulled up in turn four along the wall, causing a caution. What this meant is that the scoring went back a lap and Shane Kisling was reinstated as the leader. As the laps wound down with Kisling in the lead, Hillman gave it his best shot but ended the night in second by less than a car length. Kisling took his third straight Lonnie Leu Memorial win in his Pro Auto Glass sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Hillman, Olson and Wayne Dean who had moved up to fifth just prior to the caution. Richards and Chad Johnson, who make a late pass on Stender, completed the group.

It was now time for the fans to “sit back, relax and enjoy” the WISSOTA Modifeid feature with Dave Baxter and Jesse Glenz starting on the front row. As the cars completed lap one, it was Baxter in control with Mike Anderson, coming from fourth, in second followed by Mark Hanson, Glenz and Kevin Adams. Baxter’s lead lasted just one lap as Mike Anderson was looking for another weekend win and was on the move searching for something in the top groove. With two laps in, then, it was Anderson in the lead with Baxter running second. As the cars rounded the track for the fifth time, Anderson was still in control, Baxter was running a strong second, Glenz ran third, Adams ran fourth and Matt Leer joined the top five, after starting ninth. With ten laps in, Anderson continued to lead, stretching his margin to about five car lengths but a battle was raging on for second with Baxter, Adams, Glenz and Leer looking for a piece of the winning pie. With five to go, Anderson’s lead had dropped to three car lengths as Baxter hung in there for second, gaining a bit. Meanwhile, Adams had a new contender as Jake Hartung was now running fourth with Glenz in fifth, still being hounded by Leer. In the end, it was Anderson taking the win in his Elwood Express sponsored car. Baxter finished a strong second followed by Hartung, Glenz and Adams.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature started out with a whimper when Jamey Fisher went around in turn three on what was to be the first lap and collected Bill Engler, Jr., in the process. Both cars were damaged enough to have to retire to the pits. Along with Fisher and Engler being out, another top contender, Jay Kesan, retired to the pits at the same time with what was reported to be a flat tire. Three cars short, the race began with Mike Knudtson now on the front row along with Cody Kummer. It was Knudtson who would be the early leader with Kummer in second. Adam Soltis, Eric Olson, Ron Hanestad and Doug Wojcik in the meantime were all running side by side and bumper to bumper in an effort to secure the third spot. With four laps completed, the top six cars were all running in a pack separated by inches and running three wide as Olson emerged as the top dog followed by Knudtson, Kummer, Soltis, Wojcik and Hanestad. Lap ten saw Olson still in the lead, but Knudtson was running right with him in a side by side battle. Only inches back, Kummer and Soltis ran side by side and just a few more inches back Wojcik and Hanestad were engaged, bumper to bumper, as well. Just one lap later, Knudtson made a move on Olson for the lead, passing in the back stretch, but Olson would regain the lead during
lap twelve. Olson and Knudtson then tangled with the result being Knudtson was charged with the caution and was sent to the tail. With three laps to go Olson once again had the lead, but Soltis was on the move as were Kummer, Wojcik and Hanestad. Oh, let’s not forget Knudtson as he wasn’t about to settle for last place and by the time the cars had rounded the track one more time Knudtson was in sixth.

As the cars took the white flag it was desperation time and Olson knew it as he tried to protect the bottom. Soltis had other ideas and managed to get his car’s nose under Olson’s car on the back stretch. As the two cars fought tooth and nail and rubbed a bit coming through three and four it was anyone’s guess who would be the winner. Would it Olson or would it be Soltis? Or would it be someone ready to take advantage of a last second fiasco? Well, as it turned out the leaders came to the flag stand side by side with just inches separating the fronts of the cars for the win. Olson was the winner, getting his first Lonnie Leu Memorial win and his fifth win of the year in his Ladysmith Family Restaurant sponsored car. Soltis took second, Kummer third, Hanestad fourth and Wojcik fifth. Great race! Yes, the Streets Stocks are alive and well at Eagle

Valley Speedway and week in and week out provided all kinds of racing excitement!

Bryan Ciolkosz and Andrew Conklin led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the line for the start of their feature with Ciolkosz taking the early lead, leading the first two laps as Todd Roshell, Clay Potaczek, Jason Havel and George Richards fought the good fight for the remaining top five spots. By the end of lap three, Potaczek had made his move and was in the top spot followed by Roshell, Havel, Richards and Ciolkosz. With half the race completed, it was still Potaczek in the lead with Havel giving chase followed by Roshell, Richards and Lucas Kallenbach who had started tenth.

In the end, it was Potaczek taking his seventh win of the year in his LC Drywall sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Havel, Roshell, Richards, and Kallenbach.

Running their feature prior to intermission, the Hornets ran their feature. There wasn’t any side by side action in this one or and bumper to bumper action either, but there were some bright spots as Jay Welk led this one from flag to flag. Scott Westaby and Armond Love exchanged spots several time for the second spot and had a good battle going on and Cassie Hanestad ran her best race of the season.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Lonnie Leu Memorial race and helped to make it another success!

Don’t forget the” Eve of Devestation” on Saturday, August 25 and then the last race of the season on Sunday, August 26, when it will be Season Championship Night presented by Leinenkugels.

Southworth Chevrolet Presents The Winners: Leer, Kisling, Soltis, Halopka, Richards and Schultz

August 15th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI–Southworth Chevrolet presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night. The evening’s festivities began with a tribute to two drivers injured during the week in separate and unrelated accidents. Dalton Hazelton was involved in a serious automobile accident earlier in the week with the good news being that he was breathing
on his own and off the ventilator as of Sunday morning. The other driver, Clark Swartz, was injured in a racing incident at Red Cedar Speedway and will undergo surgery during the week to repair severe pelvic and leg injuries.

WISSOTA/Amsoil winners for the night included Matt Leer winning his eighth feature of the year and his second of the weekend in his Modified, Shane Kisling winning his twenty-first feature of the year in his Super Stock, Adam Soltis winning his fourth feature of the year, and Shane Halopka winning his eighth feature of the year and his second of the weekend. In the Eagle Valley divisions, George Richards made it win number seven for the year in his Pure Stock and
Eric Shultz picked up another win in his Hornet.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up first on the race program with Ryan Olson and Matt McEathron leading the way. Olson was the early leader, leading for the first three laps with Wayne Dean running in second as McEathron, Tony Falkner, Mark Stender and Shane Kisling fought it out for the remaining top five spots. It was during lap four that Dean made the pass on Olson for the lead, dropping Olson to second. Olson was then relegated to third during lap six when Kisling took over the second spot with Falkner in fourth and Tommy Richards in fifth. As the cars rounded the track for the ninth time, Dean will still in the lead with Kisling hot on his tail. Just as lap ten was in the process of completion, Falkner and Jim Harris tangled coming out of turn three. Falkner required a little time to collect his wits and both his car and the car of Harris were done for the night. When racing resumed, Dean again surged to the lead with Kisling, Olson, Richards and Stender giving chase. Dean’s time in the top spot was not that long lived because Kisling was working on his options and made the pass on Dean coming out of turn four just as lap twelve was coming to an end. Once Kisling had made the pass, he made quick work of the rest of the field as he cruised away for yet another win at Eagle Valley Speedway in his “Godfather” sponsored car. Dean, Richards, Olson and Stender rounded out the top five.

It was announced, just prior to the start of the next feature, that the fans, drivers and track workers had donated over $1500 to the family of Dalton Hazelton as helmets had been passed during the races and at intermission. Up next, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with Ross Fuhrman and Lance Leu on the front row, with Fuhrman taking the early lead, leading
lap one. Behind Fuhrman a hungry herd awaited their chance at the top spot. Travis Anderson moved up from third to grab onto the top spot as lap two ended, sending Fuhrman to second. With Anderson in the lead, it wasn’t long until others moved up in the ranks to join him. Shane Halopka had started sixth and by the end of lap three was running second followed by Jake Smith, Fuhrman and Nick Koehler, who had started eighth. With the race one third done, Anderson continued to lead by about two car lengths with Halopka giving it his best shot in second. Smith continued to run third with Grant Southworth, up from seventh, in fourth followed by Koehler. With ten laps in the order had changed some as Halopka was in the lead having passed Anderson during lap nine. Just a bit back in the pack, Southworth and Koehler had exchanged fourth and fifth several times during the ensuing five laps and were having quite a battle of their own for the fourth spot. With two laps to go and Halopka firmly in the lead, it looked like a sure thing for him, but then two late cautions set up two green, white, checkered situations putting Halopka’s nice lead in jeopardy. Halopka survived to take the win in his T & L Distributing sponsored car, but there was quite a shakeup in the remaining top five with the finishing order after Halopka being Southworth, Anderson, Smith and Koehler.

As Eagle Valley’s announcer always says in part when the WISSOTA Modified come out, “sit back and enjoy”. This feature turned out to be a good one with Chet Atkinson and Bryan Nayes coming to the green flag first for the start of the their feature. Nayes was fastest in getting the job done and led the first five laps by as much as two car lengths over Curt Myers, who had started fifth. Jake Hartung replaced Atkinson in the third spot by the end of lap three and the shuffle for fourth ended up with Matt Leer in that spot followed by Jay Richardson. With ten laps of the twenty-lap feature in the books, Nayes had extended his lead to three or four car lengths over Myers. Leer was clearly on the move after going to the high side. Leer was running third followed by Hartung and Richardson. By lap thirteen, Leer had made the high side work as he shot past Nayes for the lead and by lap fifteen Leer had a seven or eight car length lead over Nayes and the rest of the field. Myers at the time ran third followed by Hartung and Richardson. With the race nearing completion, Leer had almost a full turn lead on Nayes and ended the night winning the feature in his Jo Crazy Café sponsored car. Nayes, Myers, Hartung and Richardson rounded out the top five.

Mike Knudtson and Cody Kummer shared the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Knudtson gaining the early advantage. This race got real exciting real fast when during lap two Knudtson, Kummer and Adam Soltis ran three wide for most of the back stretch with Kummer coming out on top. Kummer’s moment of glory was just that, though, as he only led for just one lap to be replaced by Soltis who this race night was not to be denied. The end of lap five saw Soltis in the lead by two car lengths; Knudtson was running second followed closely by Kummer, Doug Wojcik
and Mike Conrad. The top five at this time and for most of the race, as a matter of fact, were running bumper to bumper around the track. Oh, it wasn’t just the top five, but the whole pack ran just inches from each other for most of the race and they did it without a caution!

Soltis continued to lead by the end of lap ten as Knudtson and Kummer continued to give him fits with a little nudge here and there in the corners at times. Wojcik and Conrad ran tooth and nail for fourth with that spot being swapped on several occasions. Lap twelve saw Knudtson gain the upper hand as he made a pass going very low on the track as Soltis dropped to second. That didn’t last but one lap as Soltis came back and he and Knudtson ran door to door for some time with Soltis inches ahead as they crossed the finish line with one to go. In the end, Soltis and Knudtson continued to run door to door and as they passed under the flag stand for the last time, there was a moment of silence as the officials decided on the winner. The win, by no more than “a silly millimeter”, went to Soltis in his Northern Seamless Gutters sponsored car. Knudtson had to settle for second followed by Kummer, Wojcik and Conrad.

Tracy Hallquist and Gunnar Zarek were set to lead the Pure Stocks to the start, but Zarek was credited with a caution when he jumped the start so Todd Roshell was awarded the front row start in Zarek’s stead. Two more early cautions delayed the start of the race, one caution resulted in Hallquist being sent to the back so the race then started with Lucas Kallenbach and Roshell leading the way-such a deal! The early leader of the race was Roshell who led the first five laps of the feature with George Richards in second, Kallenbach in third, Pat Smith in fourth and Mark Henning in fifth. It was during lap six that Richards put the move on Roshell for the top spot and quite frankly, the rest is history as Richards cruised to victory in his Matco Tools sponsored car. Everyone else pretty much stayed in line to the end with Roshell, Smith Kallenbach and Andrew Conklin rounding out the top five.

At 8:35 the mighty Hornets appeared on the track to run their feature having run heats as well on this race night. William Voeltz and Robert Ellsworth accepted the green for the start of their feature first with Voeltz taking the early lead followed by Kasey Gross, Ellsworth, Jay Welk and Eric Shultz. It was during lap two that Ellsworth hooked a tire and did multiple barrel rolls in turn one with the car landing on its wheels. Ellsworth then promptly turned the car around and continued on his way. Track officials apparently thought they should check Ellsworth out and he pulled off the track to race another day. On the restart, heat winner, Schultz made quick work of the opportunity and shot to the lead and the best the rest of the field could do was to hang on to their spots as Schultz went on for the win in his Ernie’s Bike Shop sponsored car. Gross finished a close second followed by Welk, Voeltz and Scott Westaby who had come from dead last.

Racing resumes on Sunday, August 19, when Eagle Valley Speedway hosts the eleventh annual Lonnie Leu Memorial race. Keep Saturday, August 25, open on your event calendar as that is the night WAXX 104.5 will present the “Eve of Devastation” featuring “Megasaurus” a fire and destruction machine!

Only one more night of racing then remains on the 2012 race season calendar and that is August 26 for the Season Championship night presented by Leinenkugel. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

Hartung, Harris, Crapser, and Wojcik Sing A New Tune on Bob Radio Night

August 7th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– Jake Hartung in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified and Wayne Harris in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock sang “There’s A New Kid In Town” as they drove into Gordy’s County Market’s victory lane. Cory Crapser in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified and Doug Wojcik in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock sang their versions of “Same Old Song” as they cruised into victory lane after they won their feature races on a Sunday race night when Bob FM 99.9 presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway.

Not to be outdone, Dalton Hazelton and Brent Voeltz sang “A Brand New Song” as they won their features in the Eagle Valley Pure Stock and Hornet divisions.

Dylan Goettl and Joe Chaplin led the field to the starting line for the start of the Midwest Modified feature with Chaplin gaining the upper hand as he drove his car to a first lap lead. Chaplin continued to lead and by lap five had a comfortable two to three car length lead over Cory Crapser, from his eighth place starting spot. Crapser was followed by Jake Stai, Goettl and Shane Halopka. By the time the cars had made nine of the fifteen laps, Chaplin was in the lead with Crapser still giving chase. Just a bit behind the top two, Halopka, Stai and Nick Koehler battled for third. Just as lap ten was beginning, the car of Brandon Lofgren spun coming out of turn one and the field was reset due to the caution. On the restart, Crapser saw his chance as he quickly passed the car of Chaplin. Crapser survived two additional restarts and was never seriously challenged as he took yet another win in his Real Truck.Com sponsored car. Rounding out the top five in the Midwest Modified division were Koehler, Grant Southworth, Halopka and Chaplin.

The Super Stocks were up next with Marcus Simonson and Scott Geiger leading the sixteen car contingent on its way to a victory lane finish. Geiger showed early strength as he led the first four laps of the feature while Wayne Dean, Shane Kisling, Tommy Richards and Eric Olson battled tooth and nail for second as they ran three and four wide. Running three and four wide works well as long as everyone behaves themselves, but this action eventually caught up with the contenders
and Shane Kisling ended up the first victim as he pulled his car up against the turn three wall after making hard contact with several other cars on the back stretch during lap five. When racing resumed, Tommy Richards saw his chance and made the pass on Geiger for the lead sending Geiger to second followed by Wayne Harris, Olson and Mark Stender. Three successive cautions after lap five reduced the field by four cars. When racing resumed, Richards once again assumed the lead but Harris was right on his tail. Richards and Harris exchanged spots for the lead on several occasions during laps six through fifteen as the race ran caution free. Meanwhile, Olson moved up to third as Jim Harris and Geiger fought it out for fourth. Just as lap fifteen became history; debris in turn two caused theyellow to fly one more time and on the restart Richards once again shot to the lead with the car of Harris looking like a trunk ornament. The top two ran a great race for two laps and then another caution for the car of Jason Vokovan going around in turn four. As Richards went low and Harris went high on the track on the restart, it was once again a race for the win as the two ran side by side with Harris coming out on top with just two laps to go. In the end, it was Harris getting his third win of the year and his second of the weekend in his Xtreme Chassis sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Richards, Olson, Jim Harris and Geiger.

Jesse Glenz and Steve Hallquist ran side by side in the front row for the start of the Modified feature which saw Glenz dominate early, leading the first two laps as Jake Hartung ran second. Two successive cautions resulted in the car of Jay Richardson having to be towed off the track and the car of Matt Leer continuing, but with heavy body damage. When racing resumed, Glenz once again assumed the lead with Hartung in close pursuit and then one lap later with Mike Anderson applying the pressure to Glenz. With five laps in the books, Anderson had made the pass on Glenz when Glenz blew the cushion between turns three and four. Anderson led for the next two laps with Hartung hot on his heels and Kevin Adams on the move in third. Glenz dropped to fourth followed by Curt Myers. Lap seven saw Hartung go around Anderson for the lead with everyone else staying in line with little space separating the top five runners. The midpoint of the feature saw Hartung still in the lead by three or four car lengths over Anderson. A few car lengths back of the leaders, Adams, Glenz and Myers fought it out for third. Lap fifteen saw Hartung with a bit of a more comfortable lead of around five car lengths as he continued to run strong. Adams had moved up to second, Anderson dropped to third as Glenz and Myers fought it out for fourth. Lap sixteen saw Anderson regain second, but that was short lived as there was another caution when Shaun Kreyer went around coming out of turn three. On the restart, Hartung once again proved too strong for the rest of
the field as he again laid claim to the lead. Anderson stole back second, Adams ran third, Glenz fourth and Myers fifth. When it was all said and done, Hartung had won his second feature of the year in his SSR Race Cars sponsored Modified. Anderson, Glenz, Adams and Myers rounded out the top five.

The Street Stocks were up next with Mike Knudtson and Doug Wojcik on the front row. Knudtson grabbed the early lead, but only led the first lap and the rest of the feature became the Doug Wojcik show. Wojcik still had the taste of victory in his mouth after winning two successive nights at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. With half of the feature in the books, Wojcik still led. His lead was not a big one as Knudtson kept the pressure on with one car length or less separating the top two. Adam Soltis, Cody Kummer and Ron Hanestad were having their own, interesting race just a few car lengths back for third. This race ran caution-free with the only car to leave the race being that of Soltis who dropped off into the pits with four laps to go. Although Wojcik led most of the feature, he never ran away with it as his largest lead didn’t come until there were three laps to go and that lead was just two or three car lengths. But, lead he did and win he did in his Ladysmith Savings and Loan sponsored car. This was Wojcik’s eleventh win of the year and his third of the
weekend making it a nice way to top off a birthday. Rounding out the top five were Knudtson, Hanestad, Kummer and Troy Fransway.

The last feature of the night saw Andrew Conklin and Todd Roshell come to the green flag first for the start of the Pure Stock feature. It was neither Conklin nor Roshell who would lead the first lap, but it was Dalton Hazelton making a quick move from fourth to lead. In fact, Hazelton led every lap of this feature which also ran caution-free. With half of the race completed, Hazelton had a comfortable lead of perhaps five car lengths with Roshell in second. Jay Folz, Danny Richards and Pat Smith in the meantime, were fighting the good fight for third. This race, though, was all Hazelton as he continued to dominate by as many as seven or eight car lengths. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t any other action in the race as the race for second was a good one with Roshell finishing second followed by Richards, Folz and Smith. The win for Hazelton was his second of the year in his Powder Plus sponsored car.

Prior to intermission the Hornets ran their feature with Jay Welk and Rocky Kempe on the front row for the start. Welk led the first lap, but Kempe came on strong during the second lap to steal the lead with Welk dropping to second. With half the race done, Kempe continued to lead. Scott Westaby ran second, Welk third, Brent Voeltz fourth and Eric Albrightson fifth. With two laps to go, Voeltz put on a burst of extra speed as he moved up quickly from second, which he had acquired during lap eight, to grab the lead and to eventually take the win. Voeltz had been out of action for several weeks after his car took a severe pounding, so the win for Voeltz in the Pump House sponsored car was especially satisfying. Rounding out the top five were Welk, Westaby, Kempe and William Voeltz.

Racing action continues on Sunday, August 12 when the races will be presented by Southworth Chevrolet. As the race season winds down, a couple of other dates to keep in mind are the Lonnie Leu Memorial race on August 19 and on Saturday, August 25 a special night entitled “The Eve Of Devastation”. Be there When The Valley Heats Up!

Kisling Chalks Up Win Number Twenty For The Year

July 31st, 2012

Jim Falls, WI–Shane Kisling made it twenty wins for the 2012 race season when he swept the field of WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, July 29, when Quality Propane presented the races. Joining Kisling in the Gordy’s County Market winner’s circle was Kevin Adams in his Modified who added to his win total to make it fourteen wins for the year. In the Street Stock division, Ron Hanestad added to his weekend total by getting by sweeping for win
number two and Josh Smith swept and made it win number two for the year as he bested the Midwest Modifieds. In the Eagle Valley divisions, Clay Potaczek picked up win number six for the year and Robert Ellsworth buzzed past all the other Hornets for a win.

Marcus Simonson and Mark Stender led the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock feature with Stender grabbing the early lead. With five laps in the books, Stender led by one car length over Tommy Richards who had worked his way up from his fourth-place starting spot. Richards was followed closely by Shane Kisling who had come from eighth, Wayne Dean, who had started third, and Eric Olson, who had started seventh. Two cautions during the next five laps slowed the field and bunched them back up with Kisling taking advantage of the situation as he shot to the front. With ten laps in it was Kisling in control followed by Richards, Stender, Dean and Olson. With five laps to go and Kisling leading by two or three car lengths, the race was for second as Richards and Stender fought it out for that spot. Dean hung on to fourth as Olson continued to run fifth. With one to go, the cars remained in the same order with Kisling leading by a couple of car lengths with the only change occurring when Stender made a move on Richards coming out of turn four as the cars approached the flag stand for the last time. In the end, it was Kisling picking up his twelfth win in fourteen starts at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Kisling’s Auto Body sponsored car. Stender, Richards, Dean and Olson rounded out the top five.

In Midwest Modified action, Kent Baxter and Andy Karl led the field for the start of their feature with Karl getting the early advantage for the first lap. By the end of lap two, Karl was relegated to second when Josh Smith, who had started fourth, grabbed the lead as Jake Smith moved in for third after starting sixth. Running fourth and fifth at the time
were Grant Southworth, who had started eighth, and Jake Stai, who had started sixth. With five laps in, Josh Smith had a comfortable lead of five or six car lengths over Jake Smith who ran second. Jake Smith was followed by Southworth, Shane Halopka, who had started seventh, and Stai. By the time ten laps were completed Josh Smith had survived one restart. Southworth had made the pass for second and was being followed by Jake Smith, Halopka and Stai. With the laps winding down, Josh Smith was still in control, but Southworth wasn’t giving up as he hounded Smith for the lead. During most of the last five laps the top five cars ran within a few car lengths of each other, keeping the final outcome in doubt. For Josh Smith, though, there was no doubt in his mind as he cruised to his second win of the year in his JP Mechanical sponsored car. Smith was followed by Southworth, Jake Smith, Halopka, and Stai.

The mighty Modifieds were up next with Dan Hesch, the birthday boy, making his return to the track after a lengthy absence and Curt Myers, making a rare appearance, on the front row. Myers made his presence known early as he quickly moved to the top spot, at least for the first two laps. It was during lap three that Matt Leer, coming from sixth, flew past Myers to steal the number one spot. With five laps in it was Leer in the lead, but Myers wasn’t giving up and neither was Kevin Adams who had come from eighth as the top three ran inches from each other as they passed under the flag
stand. Not far behind, two time feature winner for the weekend, Mike Anderson ran fourth and Hesch hung on to fifth. Mid race saw Leer making a rare bobble as he jumped the cushion coming out of turn one allowing Adams the room he need to take the lead. This sent Leer to second followed by Anderson, Myers and Hesch. With five laps to go, Anderson suddenly pulled up lame in turn four and had to be towed to the pits. This changed the order to Adams, Leer, Myers, Hesch and Jay Richardson. With two laps to go, there was little question about the final winner, but a great battle raged between Leer and Myers for the second spot as Leer went high and Myers went low. In the end, it was Kevin Adams taking a “checked out” win, his fourteenth of the year, in his Barn Yard Buddies sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Leer, Myers, Richardson and Hesch.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Andrew Cimfl and Mike Conrad starting in the top two spots. The field would be noticeably missing current National Point’s leader, Cody Kummer, who has had nothing but heartache the last few weeks having lost a motor earlier and then losing a motor and a transmission during his heat race on Sunday night at Eagle Valley. Kummer’s car was rolled onto the track for a DNF in the feature. When the cars rounded the track for the first time it was neither Cimfl nor Conrad who held the top spot, but it was Ron Hanestad who had come from fourth to grab the lead with Conrad running second. Lap five saw Hanestad comfortably in the lead, but Adam Soltis was on the move and inching up to Hanestad’s rear bumper. Meanwhile, Conrad ran third followed by Danny Richards who had started eighth and Mike Knudtson, who had started fourth. Lap ten saw Hanestad still in the lead with Soltis still giving chase in second. A fierce battle raged on behind the top two as Conrad, Doug Wojcik and Richards ran three wide as they passed under the flag stand. Richards got the top end of that battle as Conrad and Wojcik settled in behind him as the cars moved through corners one and two. When the checkered flag flew it was Hanestad with a decisive win of four or five car lengths in his No Sponsors car. Rounding out the top five were Soltis, Wojcik, Richards and James Vought.

In Eagle Valley Pure Stock action, Pat Smith and Todd Roshell were on the front row for the start of the feature with Clay Potaczek taking the early advantage. With the race halfway completed, Potaczek was in control, but Smith, Danny Richards and Dalton Hazelton were right there with him as the top five cars ran in a pack. In the end, though, it was Potaczek taking his sixth win of the year in his Doug’s Scrap sponsored car. Potaczek was followed by Hazelton, Smith, Richards and Andrew Conklin.

The Hornet feature, run prior to intermission, saw Buddy Hanestad and Robert Ellsworth lead the field to the green. It was Rocky Kempe who would lead the first thirteen laps of the fifteen lap feature when he grabbed the top spot. It was during lap fourteen that Ellsworth made an attempt to pass for the lead and failed as the cars ran in the backstretch. Ellsworth then gave it another try in turn four and completed the pass to go on for the win by a half car length over Kempe. Ellsworth and Kempe were followed by Hanestad, Scott Westaby and Jacob Rubenzer.

Racing resumes on Sunday, August 5, when once again all five divisions will be in action. A couple of dates for the future to keep in mind are August 19 when Eagle Valley will present the 11th annual Lonnie Leu Memorial Race and August 25 when Eagle Valley will present an “Eve of Devastation”. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

A Win On Tim’s Automotive and Machine Night Nets Crapser A Grand

July 24th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– Cory Crapser went home $1,000 dollars richer as a result of his win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified when Tim’s Automotive and Machine presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway. The race, slated to pay $750 originally, grew to a $1,000 payout due to the generosity of other contributors throughout the race evening.Other winners for the night included Kevin Adams, getting his 12th win of the year in his WISSOTA Modified, Shane Kisling getting win
number 19 in his WISSOTA Super Stock and Cody Kummer picking up win number 16 for the year in his WISSOTA Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley divisions, George Richards picked up win number six and Rocky Kempe went home a winner in his Hornet.

In WISSOTA Street Stock action, James Vought and Doug Wojcik were scheduled to start on the front row, but Wojcik was unable to make the call and Ron Hanestad, coming off a Saturday night win at Rice Lake, moved into Wojick’s spot. As the cars rounded the track for the first time it was Vought in the lead with Hanestad giving chase along with Cody Kummer, Troy Fransway and Ralph Stark. The order stayed the same for the next two laps; however, Adam Soltis joined the top five during lap three. It was during lap four that things got really interesting as Vought, Kummer, Hanestad and Soltis all jockeyed for the top spot as they ran three and four wide down the backstretch. It was Kummer who would come out on top as the cars passed under the flag stand for the fourth time with Hanestad, Vought, Soltis and Fransway in hot pursuit. By the time lap five was completed, Kummer was in control of the lead; Hanestad still ran second, Soltis moved up to third with Vought and Fransway fighting for fourth. Lap ten saw Kummer leading by two car lengths over Hanestad and Soltis who were running bumper to bumper as Vought held on to fourth with Fransway still in fifth. The final lap of the fifteen lap feature saw Kummer taking his 16th win of the year in his All Sports Graphics sponsored car followed by Hanestad, Soltis, Vought and Fransway.

The Super Stocks were up next with Tony Falkner and Shane Kisling on the front row. Kisling shot to an early lead, but Falkner ran well as he followed in second as the cars completed lap one. The battle for second was a good one with Matt McEathron, Eric Olson and Tommy Richards all having a shot at the second slot during the first five laps as Kisling continued to lead and pull away from the rest of the field. With five laps in, it was Kisling with a seven car lead. Olson had won the battle for second with Richards, McEathron and Falkner giving chase. The second caution of the race, for a spinning Jason Vokavan, reset the field resulting in Richards moving into second, Olson in third, McEathron in fourth and Mark Stender in fifth, replacing Falkner for just one lap. With ten in the books it was Kisling still leading by two as Richards applied heavy pressure in second. Olson continued to run third followed by McEathron and Falkner. Just after lap eighteen, Vokovan spun again as he excited turn, one bringing out the yellow for the third time and ending his night. On the restart, Richards suddenly pulled into the pits and his night was done. Also, during this same time period, McEathron suddenly slowed in turn one as the result of a drive shaft problem and his night was done. On the second “green, white, checkered”, Kisling and Olson had a good fight going for one lap with Olson nearly getting even with
Kisling at one point, but Kisling proved too strong and went on for his nineteenth win of the year and his tenth in eleven starts at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Tim’s Automotive and Machine sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Olson, Darrel Hazelton, who had put on a late race push to the front, Stender and Marcus Simonson.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were up next with Jay Richardson and Matt Leer on the front row. Leer would be the early leader as Richardson settled into second followed by Mark Hanson, Kevin Adams and Mark Gerth. An early caution occurred when Scott Duval suddenly slowed and stopped with a flat right rear tire. Duval exited for a tire change and when racing resumed Leer once again shot to the front, this time followed by Hanson, Richardson, Adams and Gerth. With three laps in and Hanson in the lead, Leer’s car pulled up lame as his car’s right rear tire had gone down and he exited to the pits
for a tire change. Causing, yet, another caution. When racing resumed Adams seized the opportunity to steal the top
spot. As the cars rounded the track for the fifth time it was Adams in the lead followed by Hanson, Gerth, Richardson and Duval. With ten laps of the twenty lap feature in the books, Adams continued to lead with a five or six car advantage. Gerth had maneuvered himself into second, Hanson ran third, Leer was back in the picture now running fourth and Duval ran fifth. With five to go, Adams had stretched his lead by another one or two car lengths, Gerth still ran a strong second followed by Hanson, Leer and Duval. When the checkered flag flew it was Adams picking up his twelfth win
of the year, and his second of the weekend, in his Larry Shaw Race Car sponsored Mod. Gerth, Hanson, Leer and Duval rounded out top five.

With the field of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds whittled down from the original twenty-eight to twenty, the Midwest Modifieds took to the track for the main event with Grant Southworth and Cory Crapser showing the way. Crapser was the early leader, leading the first two laps as Southworth ran second. During lap three things would change as Southworth went low and Crapser went high and Southworth shot to the lead. With five laps of the twenty lap feature completed, it was
Southworth still in the lead followed closely by Crapser. These two cars waged a great battle for several more laps, but Crapser would soon have enough of running second and by the end of lap six, Crapser had reclaimed the top spot. With ten laps in the books, Crapser had extended his lead to five car lengths as Southworth ran second followed by Kerry Halopka,
Justin Oestreich and Nick Koehler. Two successive cautions after lap twelve resulted in the loss of the cars of Jake Stai and Mark Clements. When racing resumed, Crapser once again shot to the lead. By the end of lap fifteen, Crapser had once again put himself at a five car advantage over Southworth with Ryan Viltz in third, Koehler in fourth and Oestreich in fifth. When the checkered flag flew, Crapser was a thousand dollars the richer in his Car Quest Auto sponsored car picking up his twenty-third win of the year. Southworth had to settle for second followed by Viltz, Koehler and Oestreich. Also, of note is that Crystal Hanson was the winner of the wrap given, by draw, to a lucky winner by Outlaw Wraps and Shane Halopka was awarded the hard charger award by Twists and Tangles Hair Salon after starting seventeenth and finishing seventh.

Rounding out the race program for the evening, the Eagle Valley Pure Stockers took to the track with George Richards and Dalton Hazelton on the front row. Hazelton got off to a great start, leading lap one, but Richards was not to have any part of running second and by the end of lap two, Richards was in the lead with Hazelton running second. By the time the race was half over it was Richards leading by one car length over Hazelton. Clay Potaczek ran a strong third right
behind Hazelton while Pat Smith and Todd Roshell fought it out for fourth. Richards and Hazelton had a spirited fight for the top spot with Richards seldom leading by more than a car length and Hazelton often trailing by only a few feet. In the end, though, it was Richards getting his sixth win of the year in his Richard’s Repair sponsored car followed by Hazelton, Potaczek, Smith and Roshell.

The Hornet feature, run before intermission saw interesting and exciting action early as Rocky Kempe and Jay Welk ran neck and neck for the top spot with Buddy Hanestad running a strong third. Lap five saw Kempe in the lead, Welk in second by a matter of feet and Hanestad close behind. Just a bit back, Scott Westaby and Max Klinger ran fourth and fifth. With ten laps recorded, Welk had taken the lead with Kempe hot on his tail. Hanestad still ran third, Westaby ran fourth and Klinger ran fifth. In the end, it was a turnaround of events as Kempe led the last five laps of the race. Welk had to settle for second followed by Westaby, Hanestad, and Klinger.

Up next is an Enduro race schedule for Saturday, July 28 with a start time of 7:00. This event is open to a variety of cars and will run for either 200 laps or two hours. Should be interesting!

The next regular racing event will be on Sunday, July 29, when once again all five divisions will be in action with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:00 every Sunday night. Be there “When the Valley Heats Up”!

A Birthday Win for Matt Leer at Eagle Valley Speedway

July 17th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– Matt Leer received an early birthday present on Sunday as the soon to be twenty-two year old swept the field in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified division on Sunday. Other WISSOTA/Amsoil winners were Shane Kisling sweeping in his Super Stock, Grant Southworth doing the same in his Midwest Modified, and Troy Fransway picking up his second win of the year in his Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley divisions, it was George Richards with a sweep, picking up his fifth
feature win and Eric Schultz getting win number two for the weekend in his Hornet.

Prior to intermission the Eagle Valley Hornets ran their feature with Rocky Kempe and Scott Westaby leading the field for the start of the race. Kempe was the early leader, leading the first five laps of the feature as Eric Schultz made his move from his fifth-place starting spot, after making the pass in the backstretch, to steal the lead at the end of lap six. Once Schultz was in the lead, he dominated the rest of the field as Kempe held on to second. Back in the pack everyone mostly stayed in line with the cars of Westaby and Jay Welk exchanging places a few times for the third and fourth spots. In the end, though, it was Schultz with the win in his Extreme Building Maintenance sponsored car with Kempe, Welk, Westaby and Buddy Hanestad, coming from dead last, rounding out the top five.

During intermission the kids in the stands, young and old, were invited down on the track to meet and greet the drivers where it seemed like everyone had a great time.

Once intermission was complete, the WISSOTA Super Stocks took to the track with Matt McEathron and Mark Stender on the front row. With two early cautions, prior to the completion of two laps, this feature got off to a slow start, however, once those cautions were out of the way, Stender established himself as the early leader. It wouldn’t take long and Stender would have major contenders as he fought off the challenges of Eric Olson and Shane Kisling as the three of them ran three-wide during several laps with Kisling coming out as the new leader by the end of lap six. One more caution after lap seven saw Jason Vokovan retiring to the pits for bringing out the caution flag for the second time. This
seemed to have little effect on Kisling as he once again surged to the lead with Olson, Stender, Tommy Richards and McEathron in hot pursuit. Kisling continued to lead by five or six car lengths by the time ten laps had been recorded in the books. Olson ran second, Richards ran third, Stender ran fourth and McEathron ran fifth. As the cars rounded the track for the fifteenth time it was still Kisling in the lead by a few additional car lengths. Proud new papa, Tony Falkner, drove off into the pits to be followed by Richards a few laps later and their race night was done. In the end it was Kisling picking up his fourth straight feature win in his Jim’s Automotive Machine sponsored car. Kisling was joined
by Olson, Stender, McEathron and Richards in completing the top five.

Brandon Lofgren and Nick Koehler, coming off a feature win at ABC Raceway the night before, led the Midwest Modifieds to the green flag for the start of their feature. Koehler saw his chance early and shot to the lead with Grant Southworth, coming from sixth, running second as Jake Stai moved up from fourth to run third. Lofgren lost a few spots to run fourth and Shane Halopka ran fifth after starting eighth. Lap five saw the top five running in the same order with the only
change being that Southworth was moving up a bit as the others in the top five remained in a tight group. When lap ten was done, Koehler still was in the lead with Southworth tight on Koehler’s bumper. Stai still ran in third, Halopka ran in fourth and Josh Smith was moving up, in fifth. By the time lap thirteen rolled around, Southworth was making his
move on Koehler and things were getting extremely interesting and exciting. As they passed under the flag stand it was a dead heat as the two ran side by side with Stai still in third, Halopka in fourth and Smith in fifth. As the checkered flag flew, it was Southworth getting his fourth win of the year, in his White City Glass sponsored car, with Koehler’s
car attached to his bumper. Joining in the top five were Halopka, Stai and Josh Smith.

The mighty WISSOTA Modifieds were up next with Steve Hallquist and Dave Baxter leading the way. Hallquist was the early leader, leading lap one with Baxter and Matt Leer applying the early pressure. By the time the cars had made the second circuit, Leer had made his move, from third, for the top spot sending Hallquist to second. With five laps in, it was Leer in control by about five or six car lengths. Leer was followed by Kevin Adams, who had started fifth, Hallquist, Jesse Glenz, coming off of a DNF in his heat after wrecking a drive shaft while leading with one lap to go in the heat, and Baxter. By the time lap ten was completed, Leer was in full command with a seven or eight car lead as Adams was doing his best by going high and low on the track in an attempt to catch Leer. Glenz ran third, at this point, followed by Hallquist and Baxter. With five laps remaining, Leer was in firm control, Glenz had moved up to second, Adams ran third followed by Baxter and Hallquist. Leer, who will be celebrating his birthday on Tuesday, got the win in his NAPA Auto Parts sponsored car. Glenz, Baxter, Jake Hartung, and Mark Gerth, who had put on a late race surge to move up from
seventh with four to go.

What would turn out to be the most exciting race of the night was up next as the WISSOTA Street Stocks took to the track with Troy Fransway and Adam Soltis, coming off an exciting win at Rice Lake Speedway win on Saturday night, paced the field. Fransway would establish himself as the early leader with Soltis tight on his tail. Meanwhile Cody Kummer, Jay Kesan and Mike Knutson were doing their best to unseat the top two. With five laps in, Fransway was still in the lead, but Kummer, Soltis, Kesan and Wojcik were running nose to tail with Fransway as the five passed under the flag stand.

As the top five made their appearance at the flag stand for the tenth time, Fransway was still in control, Kummer ran second a bit higher on the track as Soltis ran low. Kummer and Soltis touched under the flag stand as Fransway maneuvered his car to protect the top spot. Both Kummer and Soltis lost momentum temporarily, but neither suffered damage. Meanwhile, Kesan and Wojcik were patiently watching the events in front of them as they tried to develop a
strategy for a shot at the top spot. With two to go it was still Fransway in the top spot, but Kummer, Soltis and Wojcik ran bumper to bumper once again as inches separated the top four cars as they often ran side by side. In the end, it was Fransway getting his second win of the year as he protected his lead in his Top Notch Roofing sponsored car. Kummer,
Soltis, Wojcik and Kesan joined Fransway in the top five.

The final feature of the night saw Brandon Davis and Pat Smith lead the way for the Eagle Valley Pure Stockers with George Richards moving up quickly from fourth to take the early lead by the end of lap one.

With Richards in the lead, by six or so car lengths by the end of lap five, Smith ran second followed by Clay Potaczek, who had started fifth, Dalton Hazelton and Todd Roshell, coming from sixth. With five to go, Potaczek was in trouble as he made heavy contact with the backstretch wall. Potaczek would complete the lap, but his car was smoking heavily as his rear tire rubbed on a damaged rear fender. Potaczek pulled into the pits and Davis again joined the top five. When the checkered flag flew, it was Richards picking up his fifth feature win of the year in his Ketchum Farms sponsored car. Smith, Hazelton, Roshell, and Davis completed the top five.

Racing resumes on Sunday, July 22 when Tim’s Automotive presents the races featuring a Midwest Modified Special scheduled to pay $750 to win with $130 to start. In addition, a wrap from Outlaw Wraps will be awarded to one lucky driver.

Race of Champions Night Sees Adam Soltis Qualify at Eagle Valley Speedway

July 10th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI–With storms moving from North to South and many fans from the North arriving at the races having driven through rain, track owner Jerry Weigel expressed confidence that Eagle Valley Speedway would escape the rain and the races would go on. Once again, Weigel was right as the vortex that seems to protect Eagle Valley once again worked its
magic and a successful night of rain-free racing was enjoyed by all as River Cities Coop presented the Race of Champions qualifier races.

WISSOTA/Amsoil winners included: Kevin Adams in his Modified, Shane Kisling in his Super Stock, Cory Crapser in his Midwest Modified, and Adam Soltis in his Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley divisions, Clay Potaczek, in his Pure Stock, and Eric Schultz, in his Hornet, went home winners.

The features for the night began with the Hornets who ran prior to intermission. In that event, Scott Westaby and Rocky Kempe would begin side-by-side for the start with Kempe taking the early lead. Kempe ran in the number one spot for six laps, but Eric Schultz was on the move early and by the time the cars rounded the track for the seventh time he had grabbed the lead, sending Kempe to second followed by Westaby, Jay Welk and rookie, Buddy Hanestad. Once Schultz was in command, the best the rest could do was to fight for second with Westaby and Hanestad being the main contenders for
that spot for most of the second half of the race. In the end, though, it was Schultz, in his Kadinger’s sponsored car, taking home the win followed by Westaby, Welk, Hanestad, and Travis Berg.

After intermission the WISSOTA Midwest Modified took to the track with Shane Halopka, coming off a previous night’s win at Rice Lake, and Cory Crapser leading the way. After an early caution, occurring on the initial start, the green
flag once again flew and Crapser seized the opportunity to take the lead with Halopka giving chase along with Jake Stai, Clark Swartz and Josh Smith. This race suffered four early cautions and by the time lap five had been completed Crapser was still in the lead with Halopka doing his best to keep up. Swartz ran third, Jake Smith had moved up all the
way from twelfth, to run fourth, and Josh Smith ran fifth. With half the laps of the fifteen lap feature in the books, Crapser was stretching his lead as Halopka hung on to second with Swartz and the two Smiths still running in the same order. Crapser’s big lead evaporated after lap eight when Dean Pronschinke’s car went around bringing out the yellow flag. No worriesfor Crapser, though, as when once again the green came out he surged to another quick, commanding lead with Halopka running in second, Swartz in third and the two Smiths, this time with Josh in fourth and Jake in fifth, making up the top five. Crapser went on to win this one quite handily in his Dave Running Construction sponsored car. Crapser was followed by Halopka, Swartz, Josh Smith and Jake Stai who had joined the top five three laps earlier.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up next with Mark Stender and Shane Kisling on the front row. Kisling knew he had to establish and early lead as Stender often does well on the Eagle Valley track and Kisling did exactly what he had to do by getting the jump on the rest of the field to take an early lead. With five of the twenty laps in, Kisling was in firm control, leading by almost a full turn as Stender ran second followed by Shawn Huse, Tommy Richards and Chad Johnson. As the crossed flags were shown for the halfway point of the race, Kisling led by a full turn with the other top five staying in line just as they had been since lap five. One more lap in and two successive cautions gave everyone an
opportunity to take another shot at Kisling, but Kisling was just too fast and he survived all challenges and two more cautions to lead with four to go as Richards ran second, Huse ran third, Stender ran fourth and Eric Olson ran fifth. As the checkered flag flew, Kisling crossed the finish line first in his County Corner Store sponsored car, picking up his fourteenth win of the year and his ninth win of ten races at Eagle Valley. Rounding out the top five were: Richards, Huse, Olson and Stender.

Jesse Glenz and Jay Richardson led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green flag with Richardson taking the early lead. Richardson’s moment of glory was short-lived as Glenz led lap two with Richardson in second, Kevin Adams in third, Mike Anderson, coming from seventh, in fourth and Matt Leer, from sixth, running fifth. Glenz continued to lead the first ten laps of the feature with Adams doing his best to grab the top spot as he ran high and low searching for an opportunity to make the pass for the lead. Lap eleven saw Adams seize the opportunity as he went high and then low making the pass for first sending Glenz to second followed by Anderson, Leer and Richardson. Sixteen laps into the race the only caution of the race occurred and the field was realigned and everyone once again had a clean look at Adams with Anderson, coming off a Rice Lake win on Saturday night, being the only one to run high on the track as everyone else, including Adams, ran low to protect their positions. Anderson was able to get up to second, but Adams had the advantage as he went high with one to go and then went low to once again take the win in his CRC Components sponsored car earning his tenth win of the year. Anderson, Glenz, Richardson and Paul Knauf, who had come from seventh late in the race, made up the rest of the top five.

Adam Soltis and Ron Hanestad paced the rest of the field as the WISSOTA Street Stocks began their feature. Hanestad was the early leader with Soltis following in second as Danny Richards, Jay Kesan and Cody Kummer battled for third. Soltis was patient for two laps, but by the time lap three was complete, so was his time in second and he passed Hanestad coming
out of turn four for the lead. With five of the fifteen laps in, Soltis was in control with Hanestad still in second, Kesan in third, Richards in fourth and Kummer in fifth. At this point, the group following Soltis was in a tight pack with just inches separating them from one another, making the race for second an exciting one.

Just as the race was getting to lap ten, Kummer made contact with the back stretch wall. Kummer then slowed in turn four and stopped. Kummer exited to the pits to have the damage checked and returned just as racing was set to resume. With ten laps in, Soltis continued to lead, Richards ran second, Kesan ran third, Jamey Fisher ran fourth and Hanestad ran fifth. One lap later, Kesan moved into second as Richards ran third. With two to go, Soltis was still in the lead but the field behind him was slicing and dicing for position with Kesan in second, Richards in third, Hanestad in fourth and Kummer, who had rejoined the top five stealing the fifth spot from Travis Hazelton. As the checkered flag flew, Soltis came across the line first in his All Paws Pet Lodge sponsored car with Kesan, Richards, Kummer and Hanestad completing the top five. The final feature of the night saw Lucas Kallenbach and Dalton Hazelton lead the rest of the Eagle Valley Pure Stock field to the starting flag with Hazelton leading the first lap of the race. Cay Potaczek grabbed the lead for one lap and then Hazelton came back for the lead as lap three finished. It was Potaczek who would eventually win the battle for first as he was once again in the lead by the end of lap four. With six laps of this twelve lap feature in, Potaczek was still in control and running low as Hazelton ran high on the track in second in an effort to get another crack at the top spot. Following the top two were George Richards, Todd Roshell and Pat Smith. Potaczek and Hazelton had a spirited, clean battle for several more laps until Hazelton slipped up a bit in turn two with three laps to go sending him to third as Richards slid into second. As the checkered flag flew, Potaczek picked up his fifth win of the
year in his Doug’s Scrap sponsored car followed by Richards, Hazelton, Roshell and Smith.

Racing resumes on Sunday, July 15, when kids, young and old, will be able to meet the drivers. At intermission, fans will be allowed to go onto the track to meet the drivers and to get autographs and treats! As usual, racing begins with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:00-be there “When The Valley Heats Up!”.

Kaanta Wins Round Four at Eagle Valley

July 4th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– On Sunday, July 1, Gordy’s County Market presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway, featuring the WISSOTA Challenge Series Late Models. Coming into the night’s races, John Kaanta was a five point leader over Lance Matthees. Kaanta proved, once again, he had the stuff that champions are made of as he motored to, not only a heat win, but a feature win as well on Sunday night.

Shane Kisling continued his winning ways as he picked up another win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock. Kisling was joined in the Gordy’s County Market Winner’s Circle by Cory Crapser who picked up win number seventeen of the year in his Midwest Modified. Cody Kummer also put another sticker on his Street Stock as he picked up win number fourteen of 2012. In Eagle Valley Pure Stock action, George Richards came from a seventh-place starting spot to win.

The Super Stock feature was the first feature of the night and began with Lucas Plank and Shane Kisling on the front row. Kisling immediately shot to the front with Plank and Eric Olson in hot pursuit. A caution occurred just as lap four was being completed when Ryan Olson spun as he came out of turn one. With the field lined back up, Kisling once again grabbed the lead with Olson running in second and Plank in third. At the half-way point Kisling was putting distance between himself and the rest of the field as Olson still ran second followed by Tommy Richards who had worked his way up from his tenth-place starting spot. Joining in the top five, at the time, were Plank and Tony Falkner. A series of two cautions, after lap eleven and lap thirteen, both caused by Mark Stender, sent Stender to the pits and Kisling back to
the front with Olson once again doing his best to get the top spot. Meanwhile Shawn Huse was on the move and was running third after starting eighth. When the checkered flag flew it was Kisling getting another win in his L & L Excavating sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Huse, Olson, Richards, and Plank. Cory Crapser and last week’s winner, Alex VanNatta, lined up side by side for the start of the Midwest Modified feature with Crapser leading the race as the green flag flew. With five of the fifteen laps in the books, Crapser continued to lead with VanNatta hounding him in the second spot. Shane Halopka had moved up from fifth to run third while Grant Southworth had come from eighth to run fourth followed by Nick Koehler. At the midway point, Crapser had a firm grip on first, Halopka moved up to the second spot followed by Southworth, Koehler and VanNatta. Crapser survived two caution restarts to come home the victor in his
Bob Seckora/Coldwell Banker sponsored car. Joining Crapser in the top five were Southworth, Halopka, Jake Smith, who had put on a late race surge, and Koehler.

Coming off a win the previous night in Rice Lake, Doug Wojcik started on the pole with Troy Fransway on the outside for the start of the Street Stock feature. Wojcik was quick to take the lead as Cody Kummer moved up to grab second followed by Jay Kesan who had come from fifth. With five of the fifteen laps in, Wojcik continued to lead as Kummer, Kesan and Adam Soltis had a spirited battle for second. Those four were joined by Mike Knudtson who managed to get his car
into the up-front action from time to time. With five to go, Kummer was done running second and made the pass on Wojcik for the lead as they came out of turn four. Wojcik then had no other option but to fight back and stayed right with Kummer as the cars rounded the track on the way to the checkered. By the time the checkered flag flew, the fans had once again been treated to a great Street Stock feature with Kummer, in his Troy’s Shop sponsored car, winning by just a half car length over Wojcik with Kesan a car length or two right behind. Just a car length or so behind Kesan, Soltis and Troy Fransway continued their battle to the checkered flag.

In Eagle Valley Pure Stock action, Pat Smith and Dalton Hazelton led the field to the green with Smith being the early leader, leading lap one. Hazelton would soon move to the lead and by the end of lap two was in control with Smith running second. Hazelton led five laps, but George Richards was on the move and by the end of lap seven had gone around Hazelton for the lead bringing Clay Potaczek along, sending Hazelton to third. Joining in the top five, at the time, were Smith and Todd Roshell. Once Richards had established himself as the leader the best the others could do was hang on for the ride as Richards took the checkered flag in his Krause Signs sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Potaczek, Hazelton, Smith and Chris Sleep who had moved up to the fifth spot with three laps to go.

The final race event of the evening was reserved for the WISSOTA Challenge Series Late Model feature with A J Diemel, coming off of three successive wins in so many nights, and Jordan Yaggy sharing the front row. Diemel showed his dominance early, taking the lead as the cars rounded the track for the first time. Diemel was not without serious challengers, though, as Scott Gilberts kept the pressure on running in second and John Kaanta followed closing behind in third. Joining Gilberts and Kaanta were two other drivers of serious consideration, Yaggy and Lance Matthees. With sixteen laps in, the top five remained in the same, but Kaanta had moved to second as Gilberts ran third and Matthees ran fourth while Yaggy ran fifth. By this time, Diemel had lapped five or six of the cars in the remaining field and was on his way to what appeared to be his fourth victory in four nights. Just as lap seventeen was beginning, two successive caution flags were thrown, the only two of the feature. This dropped two cars out of contention, Todd Green for mechanical and Kerry Hanson when his number four car sparked the front stretch wall on a restart and then made heavy contact with the turn one wall. When racing resumed, Diemel once again shot to the lead followed by Kaanta, Gilberts, Matthees, and Yaggy. Back in the field, though, it was Jake Redetzke who was on the move. Redetzke had been running seventh for much of the race, but by lap nineteen had replaced Yaggy in fifth and by the end lap twenty one
was running fourth. With ten laps to go, the leaders began to run into lapped traffic and the field tightened up. Diemel was still in control, leading by as much as a full turn over Kaanta. Redetzke now ran third followed by Gilberts and Matthees. By lap thirty-one Diemel was still leading but his margin was dwindling a bit as Redetzke make the pass for second sending Kaanta to third followed by Gilberts and Matthees. Redetzke closed the gab even further on Diemel and more lapped traffic became an issue so that by lap thirty-five Diemel led by just a car length and Redetzke was threatening.
As the cars passed under the flag stand for the beginning of lap thirty-six, Redetzke seized the opportunity and got along side Diemel as the cars approached turn one. As both cars went for the same piece of real estate, they got together and the result was not good for either driver as Redetzke’s car was “toast” and Diemel was credited with the caution. With Redetzke and Diemel out of the picture, that left Kaanta in charge and in charge he was as he drove to the win in his Joe Provo Raceware sponsored car. Joining Kaanta in the top five were Gilberts, Matthees, Yaggy, and Chad Mahder who had put on a late race surge after running seventh or eighth most of the race.

The night’s race events were followed by a fireworks display to celebrate our country’s Fourth of July.

Racing resumes on Sunday, July 8 when River Country Coop presents the Eagle Valley WISSOTA Race of Champions events.

Keep the following dates in mind as these are schedule changes. July 15 will be “Meet the Drivers Night” at Eagle Valley Speedway-a chance for everyone to get on the track and shake the hand of those who entertain us every Sunday night. There will be autographs to be had and keepsakes galore.

Sunday, July 22, will now be Tim’s Automotive Night with rumored advanced pay-stay tuned for more on that in the upcoming news.

As usual, racing begins with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:00 every Sunday night. Be there “When the Valley Heats Up”!

Hartung, Kisling, VanNatta, and Wojcik Roll to Wins at Eagle Valley

June 27th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– If you were looking for action, Eagle Valley Speedway was the place to be on Sunday, June 24, as the track saw an unusual number of rollovers. In spite of the wayward race cars, the track was fast and the racing was entertaining. In WISSOTA/Amsoil racing, Jake Hartung got his first win of 2012 at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Modified while Shane Kisling picked his second win for the weekend in his Super Stock. In the Midwest Modified division, young Alex VanNatta of Minocqua, WI picked up his first win at Eagle Valley Speedway and Doug Wojcik notched his gun one more time in his Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley divisions, Clay Potaczek earned another win in his Pure Stock as did Eric
Schultz in his Hornet.

Feature racing action began with the Midwest Modifieds taking to the track first with Alex VanNatta and Shane Halopka leading the way. This feature got off to a nasty start when Mike Ludwigson violently rolled his car in turn one just after the cars had accepted the green. When racing continued, Halopka shot to the front with VanNatta in tow followed by Jake Stai, Grant Southworth and Nick Koehler. At the end of five laps, of the fifteen lap feature, Halopka was still in control with VanNatta hounding him. Southworth moved up to third followed by Koehler. Cory Crapser had come from eighth and was running fifth. With eight laps in, VanNatta saw his chance and blew by Halopka as they came out of turn four, sending Halopka to second. Southworth hung on to third followed by Koehler and Crapser. VanNatta showed a lot of determination to get his first win at Eagle Valley as he continued his march, putting distance between himself and the rest of the field. By race end it was VanNatta with a comfortable win in his Minocqua Tire and Auto sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were: Halopka, Southworth, Koehler, and Crapser.

The Super Stocks were up next, short three cars, as Jason Quarders was a DNS. Eric Olson and Mark Stender, two of the top contenders most nights, accepted the green only for the feature as their cars were among the wounded, still running.
This race began with a near repeat performance as Scott Geiger spun in turn one as this feature began. Once racing resumed, Shane Kisling shot to the lead, coming from seventh as Darrel Hazelton, driving the Josh Rodewald car, came from fifth to run second. With just one lap in, there was a near repeat performance of the Midwest Modified feature as Travis Schilling rolled his car coming out of turn one, so his night was done. When racing resumed, Shane Kisling seized the opportunity as he once again put his car in first with Hazelton in second followed by Marcus Simonson. Back for third it was a battle between Tony Falkner, Shawn Huse and Tommy Richards. With five laps of the twenty-lap feature in, Kisling continued to lead with Hazelton, Huse, Simonson, and Richards in pursuit. Midway through the race, Kisling was in firm control, Huse moved up to second followed by Richards, Hazelton, and Matt McEathron. With five to go it looked like this one was going to be a yawner until the end as Kisling was motoring away and the rest of the field remained in line. That was until Tony Falkner spun in turn four. When racing resumed, all heck broke loose as cars shot all over the place in turn four as the green flag flew. The result was not good for Simonson, McEathron (who had rolled), Hazelton, and Richards as none of them were able to continue. Net result? Three cars left in contention. When racing resumed, for the remaining five laps, it was, eventually, Kisling taking his second win, in so many nights, in his Moberg Electric sponsored car followed by Huse and Falkner.

Up next, the Modifieds with Steve Hallquist and Jay Richardson on the front row ready to accept the green. It was neither Hallquist nor Richardson who would lead, but instead it was Jake Hartung, coming from third, to secure the top spot. With five laps of the twenty-lap feature in the books, Hartung continued to lead as Mike Anderson, who had started fifth, put on the pressure. Meanwhile, Richardson was joined by Kevin Adams, coming from seventh, in a battle for third and Mark Gerth ran a strong fifth.

Midway through the race, Hartung continued to lead and was putting some distance between himself and Anderson as Adams moved into third followed by Gerth and Richardson. This race ran without a caution, you read that correctly! With five to go, Anderson had narrowed the gap a bit, but still ran second as Hartung rounded the track. Gerth was running third, Adams dropped to fourth and Richardson hung on to fifth. As the checkered flew, it was Hartung getting his first win of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway in his NAPA sponsored car. Anderson, Gerth, Adams and Richardson rounded out the top five.

A pair of Andrews, Ausmann and Cimfl, lined up side-by-side for the start of the Street Stock feature as this race also began with a caution when Ausmann went around coming out of turn one. Ausmann pulled into the pits, followed by Adam Soltis, with a car with a busted an axle that had occured in his heat. When racing resumed, Doug Wojcik, coming from seventh, quickly moved up on the backstretch to take the lead with Cimfl in second. Cimfl’s hold on second was short lived and by the end of lap two, Danny Richards moved up to second followed by Mike Knudtson, Cody Kummer and Jay Kesan.
With five of the fifteen laps in the books, Wojcik continued to lead followed by Richards, Kesan, Knudtson and Ralph Stark. Kummer had pulled into the pits one lap earlier. With five to go, Wojcik was still looking strong as he put some distance between himself and the rest of the field but a determined pack, consisting of Richards, Kesan and Knudtson, were on the prowl as they began to try to close the gap. In the end, though, Wojcik held off all challengers to complete a
sweep in his Intercomp sponsored car. The other top five were: Richards, Kesan, Knudtson and Stark.

The final event of the evening saw Lucas Kallenbach and Todd Roshell first to take the green for the start of the Pure Stock feature. It was George Richards, coming from third, who would be the early leader as the cars completed the first lap. With six of the twelve laps in, Richards continued to lead followed by Clay Potaczek, Roshell, Jay Folz and Kallenbach. All of these cars had been in the same spots since the beginning of the feature except Jeremy Thomson had joined them for a bit to run fifth for a brief time. This race saw three-wide racing coming out of turn two for several
laps, with Potaczek proving to be too strong as he became the leader at the end of lap seven, sending Richards to second.
When the checkered flag flew, it was Potaczek with a win in his Bob’s Recovery sponsored car followed by Richards, Roshell, Folz, and Kallenbach. Completed prior to intermission, the Hornet feature saw Jay Welk and Romie Kowalski, in the Paul Socwell car, on the front row.

Welk was the early leader with Robert Ellsworth putting on the early pressure. At the end of lap three it was Welk falling to second as Eric Schultz came from fourth to grab the lead. With seven laps in, there were three successive cautions for Welk after his car lost a wheel in turn two, for Ellsworth when his car’s front bumper decided the track surface was a better place to be, and Rocky Kempe whose car broke in turn one.

When racing resumed, the race became the “Schultz Goes to the Races” show as he motored away from the field. Schultz took the win followed by Brent Voeltz, who had come from dead last, Scott Westaby, from seventh, Buddy Hanestad, making his first appearance in a race car, and Kowalski, making his debut in a Hornet.

Anderson, Stender, Stai, and Kummer Big Winners on Father’s Day

June 19th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI–The largest crowd of the season, thanks in part to Gordy’s IGA andcCoca Cola, witnessed exciting racing as Miller Lite presented a night at the races at Eagle Valley Speedway.

In the WISSOTA/Amsoil race divisions, Mike Anderson put on a clinic to win in his Modified, Mark Stender bested the field in his Super Stock, Jake Stai showed them how to get it done in his Midwest Modified and Cody Kummer dominated, once again, in his Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley divisions, George Richards scored a victory in his Pure Stock as did Brent Voeltz in his Hornet.

The Super Stocks were up first with Matt McEathron and Tony Falkner on the front row. McEathron was the quickest, taking the lead by the time the cars rounded turn four with Falkner in second. During laps two through six, McEathron continued to lead as Eric Olson moved up to second along with a very quick Tommy Richards who then captured the second spot by the end of lap five. By the end of lap seven, Richards had maneuvered himself into the top spot sending McEathron to second as Olson ran third, Falkner ran fourth and Mark Stender ran fifth. At the midway point of the race, Richards had things well in hand with Olson moving into second followed by Stender, McEathron and Falkner. With five to go it looked like Richards had the win in the bag as Olson and Stender could not keep up. As the white flag flew it was Richards once again, but then bad luck struck and Richards car’s distributor let go as his car painfully slowed, and his night was done. Stender took the quickest advantage and shot to the top spot to take the win in his Carquest sponsored car. Olson and Falkner, along with two others who had profited by way of Richard’s bad luck, Wayne Harris and Brad Edington, rounded
out the top five.

Jake Stai and Jake Smith led the Midwest Modifieds to the starting line for the start of their feature with Stai taking the early lead. Stai, trying to prove that you can’t put a good man down, continued to lead as the cars rounded turn four for the second time with Smith running in second followed by Nick Koehler who had come from eighth, Grant Southworth, and Travis Anderson. With half the laps in the books, Stai continued to lead and then the only caution of the feature occurred. On the restart, Stai once again assumed the lead with Koehler, Smith, Southworth and Anderson all giving chase.
As the checkered flew, Stai had survived for the win in his Kings Inn sponsored car with Koehler, Southworth, Smith and Anderson completing the top five.

The mighty Modifieds were up next with Jay Richardson and Mike Anderson first to take the green. Unfortunately for Richardson his night was a short one as his car lost a driveshaft as the cars were coming out of turn three prior to the completion of lap one. When racing resumed, Anderson was quick to take the lead with Kevin Adams and Matt Leer, who had come from sixth, vying for second. Jesse Glenz, who had started seventh, and Bryan Nayes, meanwhile, battled for third.
As the cars came to the crossed flags, indicating that the race was half over, Anderson had put some distance between himself and the rest of the field as Adams and Leer were still in a fight for second and Glenz ran fourth with Steve Hallquist in fifth. With five to go it was still Anderson in the lead and running in the middle of the track, Leer was still challenging Adams for second as they both ran low, Glenz ran fourth, sometimes going extremely high on the track and Hallquist was still ran fifth. In the end it was Anderson with a back to back win in his Elwood Express sponsored car with Leer in second, Adams in third, Glenz in fourth and Hallquist in fifth.

The Street Stocks have been providing the fans with exciting action week in and week out and the crowd was once again anticipating that would be the case as Danny Richards and Mike Knudtson led the field to the starter’s flag. Richards was the early leader as Knudtson and Doug Wojcik worked on the second spot. Running just behind the top three, Cody Kummer and Adam Soltis fought it out for third. As the cars rounded turn four for the fourth time, Kummer made a great move to the outside in turn four to grab the lead sending Richards to second. A caution for Troy Fransway, who had rolled in turn four during the next lap, stopped the race. Fransway was okay, but his car was unable to continue. When racing resumed, Kummer once again shot to the front with Richards in pursuit along with Soltis, Wojcik and Knudtson. Kummer continued to lead as the race reached the half-way point with Richards, Soltis, Knudtson and Wojcik still giving chase. With five to go not much had changed as Kummer had the field covered and was pulling away but Wojcik had replaced Knudtson in fourth. As the checkered flag flew it was Kummer picking up his eleventh win of the season in his Vince’s Speed Shop sponsored car. Richards, Soltis, Wojcik and Knudtson rounded out the top five.

Pat Smith and Rod Ryba led the way for the start of the Pure Stock feature with last week’s winner, Todd Roshell, taking the early lead, to lead lap one. Roshell would relinquish his lead to Ryba for lap two, as Roshell was then challenged by George Richards for second. Ryba led another lap, but Richards was on the move and by the end of lap five had taken the lead sending Ryba to second followed by Roshell, Dalton Hazelton, and Smith. With three laps to go, Richards was running away from the pack, Ryba had moved back into second sending Roshell to third. As the final flag flew, it was Richards getting his third win of the year in his Richard’s Repair sponsored car followed by Roshell, who had nipped Ryba on the white flag lap, Ryba, Hazelton and Smith.

The Hornets had run their feature prior to intermission with Jay Welk and Robert Ellsworth on the front row for the start of their race. It was Rocky Kempe, though, who would lead the first six laps of the feature as Brent Voeltz followed, after starting seventh. By the end of lap seven, Voeltz was finished looking at Kempe’s rear bumper as he made the pass for the lead, sending Kempe to second. As the racers accepted the checkered flag, it was Brent Voeltz taking the win followed by Kempe, Scott Westaby, Welk and William Voeltz.

Despite the constant threat of rain all night, the races went on without a hitch and the fans were treated once again to great racing. To top it all off, the races were completed just after 8:00. What more could you ask for? Maybe fifteen free bikes? These bikes were courtesy of many who had donated to replace a stolen bike of an employee. Two bikes were once again provided by Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Kris Oium Blacktopping, just like they are every week.

Racing resumes on Sunday, June 24, when the races will be presented by JP Mechanical. All six divisions will once again be in action. Be there when the Valley Heats Up! Hot laps at 5:30 with racing at 6:00.

Ludwigson Scores First Ever Feature Win at Eagle Valley Speedway

June 13th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– Mike Ludwigson raced to his first ever feature win in his Midwest Modified at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, June 10, 2012. In addition to the WISSOTA win by Ludwigson, Mike Anderson, earned win number two of the 2012 in his Modified, Shane Kisling collected win number nine in his Super Stock and Doug Wojcik drove to a win in his Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley Divisions, Todd Roshell got his first feature win and Eric Schultz won in his Four Cylinder Hornet. A nice crowd braved the hot and humid weather for the races presented by Coca Cola and Gordy’s County Market. Even though the car count was down at Eagle Valley, much the same as it had been during the weekend at other local tracks, the racing was nothing short of spectacular, especially in the Street Stock feature! The track maintenance crew of Eagle Valley, under the direction of Jerry Weigel, managed to keep the track in excellent shape with multiple grooves for the entire night, in spite of hot, gale force winds.

On this race night, the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds would take to the track first with Mike Ludwigson and James Bandow leading the way. Ludwigson was an early mover grabbing a substantial lead as heat winner, Joe Chaplin, moved into second followed by Alex VanNatta, Jake Smith and Nick Koehler, coming up from eighth. With five laps of the feature completed, Ludwigson continued to lead with Chaplin still in second, Jake Smith ran third, Nick Koehler ran fourth and VanNatta, with a now smoking race car, ran fifth. The first, of two cautions, occurred after lap seven when VanNatta
pulled his car into the pits in a cloud of smoke which eventually erupted into fire. VanNatta was okay, but his car didn’t fare as well. One more lap was completed and then the second caution of the race occurred when a multi-car backstretch incident claimed the cars of Shane Halopka, who had managed a top five at that point, Jake Smith who had been running second and Joe Chaplin who was running third. When racing resumed, Ludwigson again surged to the lead followed by Truscott, Travis Anderson and Josh Smith. The order of finish remained the same until the checkered flag flew
with Ludwigson scoring his first ever feature win in his Gaber Signs sponsored car. Koehler, Truscott, Anderson and Josh Smith rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were up next with Matt McEathron and Tony Falkner accepting the green first. Falkner was the early leader with just one lap in, but Tommy Richards, coming from sixth, moved to the top spot by the end of lap
two. Richards was able to lead the next two laps but Shane Kissling was on the move and by the end of lap four would steal the lead dropping Richards to second. Falkner hung in there for third as Eric Olson and Wayne Dean battled for the fourth spot. At the mid-point of the race, Kisling continued to lead as Richards kept the pressure on. Falkner continued in the third spot, but Mark Stender had come all the way from eleventh to run fourth as Olson dropped to fifth. As the race progressed, Kisling and Richards ran nose to tail breaking away from the pack and leading at times by half a lap or
more. In the end, it was Kisling holding off Richards to get his ninth win of the season in his Tim’s Automotive Machine sponsored car. Falkner, Stender and Olson completed the top five.

Mike Anderson and Adam Hensel were on the front row of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified feature that started three current and
former national champions. Hensel was the early leader, leading lap one, but an early caution as the cars entered turn two sent Zack Drews to the pits with a busted up race car and Hensel to the rear after he was credited with the caution.
When racing resumed, Anderson who had been running third, assumed the lead with Kevin Adams moving into second followed by Matt Leer, Jesse Glenz, and Hensel who once again was on the move. At the midway point of the feature, Anderson was showing his dominance as he pulled away from the field with Adams and Leer running a distant race for second as Glenz dropped back some along with Hensel. Anderson is not to be denied as he continued to put distance between himself and the rest of the field. Those in the back of the pack dropped like flies as the rest of the field drove away and by race end it was just Anderson, Adams, Leer and Hensel. Anderson went on for his second win of the year in his Samson Funeral Home sponsored car followed by Adams, Leer, and Hensel. Glenz was credited with fith.

The mighty WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks took to the track next with Andrew Cimfl and Mike Knudtson showing the way. As has often been the case this year, the Street Stocks once again were about to put on the best show of the night with the most action and close competition. Troy Fransway was the early leader, leading the first three laps of the race with Knudtson and Adam Soltis fighting it out for second with Cody Kummer, Doug Wojcik and Jay Kesan thrown in for good
measure. The only caution of the race occurred after lap three when there was contact between Soltis and Kummer. Both cars were able to continue with Soltis being sent to the back. In the meantime, Knudtson had a tire go down on his car and he went to the pits for a quick tire change. When racing resumed, Kummer took advantage and secured the top spot
with Fransway running second. In the third spot, Wojcik took a look at his options and decided to run higher on the track as Kesan and fought for fourth. With Wojcik on the move, Kummer continued to lead, but by lap eight Wojcik made his move sending Kummer to second with Kesan running third as Fransway and Soltis now battled for fourth. With two to go, Kummer decided to make another shot for the lead as ran close to Wojcik’s rear bumper and then ran side-by-side in turn three of the white flag lap as they were coming to the checkers. Wojcik was able to hold Kummer off by a few feet to take the win in his American Family sponsored car. Kummer had to settle for second followed by Kesan, Fransway, and Knudtson.

Todd Roshell and Kolby Keih lead the field to the start of the Eagle Valley Pure Stock feature with Roshell taking the early lead Roshell and Keih ran first and second for the first three laps as Clay Potaczek, Dalton Hazelton and George Richards maneuvered for third. The only caution of the feature occurred when George Richard’s car did it own version of “You Picked a Fine Time to Loose Me Lose Wheel”. With part of his axle and his left rear wheel gone Richards spun coming out of turn three and Potaczek and Keih became involved as well. Keih was able to continue but Richards and Potaczek retired to the pits. Roshell once again assumed the lead as Rod Ryba moved into second, Hazelton ran third, Pat Smith ran fourth and Keih ran fifth. Roshell never looked back as he put some distance between himself and the rest of the pack to take his first ever feature win in his Fry Pan Productions sponsored car. Ryba, Hazelton, Smith and Keih rounded out the top five.

The Hornets ran their feature only race prior to intermission with Blake Thums and Rocky Kempe on the front row. Kempe was the early leader with Thums running second for one lap to be replaced with Eric Schultz who had quickly moved up from sixth. It was during lap eleven that Schultz made his move for the lead, sending Kempe to second. In the end Schultz picked up the win followed by Kempe, William Voeltz, Robert Ellsworth, and Scott Wetaby.

Racing resumes on Sunday, June 17 when Miller Lite presents the Father’s Day Races with all five regular classes in action. Keep Sunday, July 1 open on your schedule as that is the day the Late Models make their only appearance at Eagle Valley.

Balog Reverses Fortune with Eagle Valley Speedway Victory

June 6th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI – To say that Bill Balog, the four-time and defending Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint champion was having a bit of bad luck may have been an understatement as the series headed to Eagle Valley Speedway. The stop would wrap up a triple-header weekend. On Friday evening Travis Whitney has scored a victory at Jackson, Minnesota and on Saturday Night Mike Reinke took the win at Cedar Lake Speedway as Balog’s machine expired a motor while leading with two laps to go in the contest.

Heading into Sunday evening’s race at Eagle Valley Speedway Balog had seen three DNF’s in the past four races. Two of which had occurred while he was leading races with only a few laps remaining. Tonight Balog withstood the onslaught of a very competitive field and bested mother nature who would drop occasional sprinkles on the banked 3/8 mile oval to roar to his fourth victory of the season in series competition.

20 of the 22 scheduled starters would answer the call for the start of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint A-main. Polesitter Jim Moughan would get the jump on fellow front row starter Russel Borland to set the pace on the opening lap of the contest. Balog who had started in the fifth position wasted little time in moving forward diving to the bottom of turns three and four and surpassing both Tommy Sexton and Scott Uttech to reach the third position by the third orbit around the raceway.

Moments later Sexton would lose power rolling to a stop on the backstretch and forcing the first slowdown of the
event on lap four. Moughan would lead the field back to the green flag with Borland, Balog and Mike Reinke and Uttech holding down the top five positions.

With the field back up to speed Moughan was again showing the way, while Balog made quick work of Borland grabbing second as the green flag flew. Only two more laps were put in the books before Dave Uttech looped his ride in turn two forcing the second yellow flag.

Moughan was back to leading the way as racing resumed with Balog trying to run down the leader. Reinke would drop Borland
from the third spot before the next caution on lap eight which appeared when second quick qualifier John Sernett tagged the wall in turn one on lap eight and came to a rest against the wall.

The race would be halted for 15 minutes while track officials worked to resolve a lighting issue on the front stretch.

Once action resumed the rest of the contest would be run without interruption. Moughan brought the field back to
the green flag with Balog looking for an opportunity to reach the front of the pack. Reinke, fast qualifier Brooke
Tatnell and Travis Whitney would chase the lead pair holding down the top five spots.

On lap eleven Balog worked the low line through turns three and four to sweep ahead of Moughan for the top spot. Once out front Balog slowly increased his lead on Moughan as the leaders began to work lapped traffic with less than ten laps to go in the contest. Balog would flawlessly work lapped cars leaving no opportunity for Moughan to retake the
lead.

Over the final laps Reinke who had won the A-main the night prior at Cedar Lake Speedway, began to pressure Moughan
for the runner-up spot.

Without any slowdowns to put the field on his rear nerf bar, Balog was able to grab the victory by eight car lengths over
Moughan, who finished in the runner-up spot for the second consecutive night. Heading into the final turns Reinke, who was running third looped his machine giving up the third position to Tatnell. Whitney the winner of the Jackson Speedway
event two nights earlier claimed the fourth spot followed by Borland who rounded out the top five.

Scott Neitzel, Phillip Mock and Scott Uttech were scored sixth through eighth respectively. Reinke recovered from his
spin to be awarded ninth, the final car on the lead lap. Bill Wirth rounded out the top ten, the first car one lap down. 16 cars were running at the conclusion of the contest.

Earlier in the evening Balog, Moughan and Neitzel captured heat race victories.

Whitney turned in the fastest qualifying effort for the second straight night having also set fast time at Cedar Lake
Speedway 24 hours earlier. Whitney’s lap of 12.572 seconds was just two tenths short of a new track record at Eagle
Valley. Reinke was second quick with a lap of 12.653 seconds and Tatnell was third quick with a 12.882 second trip
around the track.

Next week The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series makes its third appearance of the 2012 season at Wilmot Raceway
for an event on Saturday Night June 9th. Joining the Sprint cars for the show will be Modifieds, Mini-Sprints, Street Stocks and a 4 cylinder feature invitational.

Adult admission tickets are just $20. Adults with a military ID will receive a $5 discount. Students ages 8 through 11 are admitted for just $5 and children 7 and under will be admitted free. For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

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

Balog, Kisling , Anderson, Kummer and Potaczek Win WAXX Races At Eagle Valley

June 6th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI–With the IRA Sprinits in town, WAXX 104.5 presented the races on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Also in action were the Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Bill Balong won the main event getting the IRA Sprint win while Shane Kisling picked up win number eight for the season and Travis Anderson picked up win number two for 2012. Cody Kummer made it back to back wins at Eagle Valley to get his fifth win of the 2012 race season while Clay Potaczek earned win number three.

Tony Falkner and Michael Hofer lined up side-by-side for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock feature with Hofer taking the early lead in a race that would suffer from high attrition. Hofer held off all challengers early in the feature, leading laps one through four, but Mark Stender was on the move and by lap five had passed Hofer to take the lead. Stenders moment of glory was just that, though, as Shane Kisling, who had started seventh, took advantage of a caution caused when Falkner went around as he came out of turn three. With Kisling in the lead, Stender settled for second as Lucas Plank, Hofer and Wayne Dean fought it out for third. By lap ten, Kisling was in firm control of the number one spot as Stender and Dean battled for second. The hotly contested third position was up for grabs during much of the latter part of the race as Dean and Plank swapped back and forth. As the race continued, cars began dropping like flies with mechanical issues until, with just two laps to go, only four cars, of the original ten, remained in contention. What was left when the checkered flew was Kisling taking his eighth win of the year followed by Dean, Stender and Plank.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next with Joe Chaplin and Alex VanNatta leading the pack to the green. Chaplin held the lead as the cars crossed the finish line for the first time, but Travis Anderson was on the move and by the end of lap two had secured the top spot. With Anderson in control, Nick Koehler, Van Natta, Cory Crapser and Shane Halopka were left to fight it out for the second spot. With five laps in, Anderson began to pull away a bit but Koehler wasn’t having any part of giving in as Crapser hung on to third. With five to go, Anderson was still in control, Koehler still ran second followed by Crapser, Clark Swartz, who had come from fifth, and Halopka. As the cars passed under the flag stand for the final time, it was Anderson taking his second win of the season followed by Koehler, Crapser, Swartz and Halopka.

Twenty IRA Sprints took to the track next with Phillip Mock and Russell Borland leading the way. Mock was the early leader, leading the first ten laps of the feature. During lap eleven, Bill Balog made his presence known as he shot past Mock for the lead sending Mock to second followed by Mike Reinke, Brook Tatnell and Travis Whitney. By the time the checkers came out it was Balog taking the win with Mock, Tatnell, Reinke and Whitney rounding out the top five.

Danny Richards and Adam Soltis led the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks to the starter’s flag for their feature with Richards taking the early lead. Unfortunately for Richards, his lead and his night would come to an early end as his motor expired on the backstretch during lap two. When racing resumed, Cody Kummer made a nice move to quickly grab the lead and as the old proverbial saying goes, “he never looked back”. With Kummer well in control, Soltis did his best to hang onto second as Keith Tourville, Doug Wojcik and Ron Hanestad mixed it up for third. By the midpoint of the fifteen-lap feature, Kummer was pulling away from the pack as Solitis ran second, Wojcik secured third, Hanestad hung on to fourth and Tourville slipped to fifth. A caution for Andrew Cimfl whose car threw a shoe-he lost a wheel-realigned the field and Kummer once again shot to the lead. As the laps were winding down, Kummer was not, as he widened the lead lap after lap. In the end, it was Kummer taking his second win in so many races at Eagle Valley. This also marked Kummer’s fifth win of the 2012 race season. Soltis, Hanestad, Mike Knudtson and Wojcik joined Kummer in the top five.

The final race of the night saw Pat Smith and Kolby Keih leading the way for the start of the Eagle Valley Pure Stock feature. Smith led the first four laps with Clay Potaczek sticking to him like glue as George Richards, Dalton Hazelton, and Keih exchanged spots for third. It was during lap five that Potaczek made the pass for the lead and from that point on the chartreuse beast was on the move! With half of the laps in the book, Potaczek showed no signs of giving up the top spot as Richards and Hazelton continued to duel for second. Smith was joined by Scott Schoettle in the quest for third. By race end, it was Potaczek taking his third win of the year followed by Richards, Hazelton, Smith and Schoettle.

Come join the fun on Sunday, June 10 when the races will be presented by Coke. All five regular divisions will be in action with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:00. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

Baxter Memorial Weekend Race Night Two Sees All New Winners at Eagle Valley

June 1st, 2012

Jim Falls, WI– There would be no repeat winners on night two of Eagle Valley’s Memorial Day weekend presented by Baxter Engines and Baxter Speed Shops, but the racing would once again prove to be exciting and entertaining. Joining Modified winner, Matt Leer, in victory lane would be Shane Kisling in his Super Stock, Grant Southworth in his Midwest Modified, Cody Kummer in his Street Stock, Jason Havel in his Pure Stock and Rocky Kempe in his Hornet.

The Hornets ran their feature race prior to intermission and Rocky Kempe proved to be dominate as he lead from flag to flag followed the entire race by Bill Odegard and Eric Nelson who exchanged the rights to the second spot many times throughout the race. Odegard and Nelson were joined by Scott Westaby as they fought it out for the runner-up position. In the end, though, it was Kempe earning his third win of the season followed by Odegard, Nelson, Westaby and Blake Thums.

Following intermission, the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds took to the track with Grant Southworth and Jake Smith sharing the front row. Southworth was off to a good start leading the first two laps followed by Cory Crapser who had started third. By the end of lap three, Crapser managed a quick pass and led, but Southworth would have no part of that and once again resumed as the leader by the end of lap four only to be passed by Crapser who then led lap five. Meanwhile, Shane Halopka had moved up from fourth to grab on to the third spot with Travis Anderson, and Josh and Jake Smith fighting it out for fourth. As the battle continued, Southworth once again shot to the lead by the end of lap six and then began his march to victory leaving all others in his wake. In the end it was Southworth getting his second
win of the year followed by Crapser, Nick Koehler, who joined in the fun late in the race, Halopka, and Anderson.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were up next with Shane Kisling and the previous night’s winner, Ben Hillman, leading the way. With last year’s national champion and the previous night’s winner on the front row it didn’t bode well for the other competitors. Just as expected Kisling and Hillman were quick to set the pace with Kisling taking the advantage. Tommy Richards, Rich Bishop and Marcus Simonson had other ideas, though, as they stuck right with the leaders. As Kisling continued to lead with the race at the halfway mark, Hillman kept the pressure on as he challenged for the lead on
several occasions, but Kisling’s car was just too strong after a complete redo following the previous night’s including an engine change. This race was doing well until Ma Nature decided to intervene with heavy winds and rain. With eleven laps in the books the cars were sent off the track and into the work area of the pits. Unfortunately, two drivers had other problems to contend with during the stop as Rich Bishop had a tire go down, sending him to the back. Marcus Simonson, on the other hand, had a bigger problem as he had a rocker arm go bad and his car had to finish the race down a
cylinder. The rains let up after just a few minutes, but then the process of reclaiming the track took another half hour or so. When racing resumed, Kisling again shot to the front with Hillman once again applying the pressure. Tommy Richards was joined by Wayne Dean and Scott Geiger in trying to mount a challenge for the two front runners. In the end, it was Kisling taking the win followed by Hillman, Richards, Rich Bishop, who had moved all the way from dead last, and
Scott Geiger.

Up next, were the mighty WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds with Dave Baxter and Matt Leer first to take the green. Leer was quickest off the line, grabbing the early lead with Baxter tight on his tail followed by Bryan Nayes, Curt Myers, and Kevin Adams. By the end of lap five, Leer continued to lead with Baxter still in hot pursuit. Meanwhile, Adams had moved up to third as Nayes fell to fourth followed by Myers. As the laps began to count down to the midway mark, Leer continued
to put distance between himself and all challengers as Baxter, Adams, Nayes and now Darrell Nelson fought it out for second. With fifteen laps of the twenty lap feature completed the top five remained the same, however, just two laps later Baxter’s car would slow and he pulled of the track with his night done. In the end it was Leer picking up the win with Adams, Nayes, Nelson and previous nights winner, Jesse Glenz, rounding out the top five.

Just as they had the night before, the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks provided the fans with an exciting race as Andrew Cimfl and Jay Kesan lined up on the front row for the start of their feature. Kesan shot to an early lead with Adam Soltis moving up from fourth to latch onto the second spot as Doug Wojcik, coming from sixth and Cody Kuimmer, from fourth, joined Kesan and Soltis for a four car fight for first.

There was ample three and four-wide racing going on during most of this race with the outcome always in doubt even though Kesan appeared to have the upper hand as he led at the end of lap five and lap ten. Soltis continued to run second as the top runners were joined by Sam Frankhauser in the fifth spot. It was just after lap eleven that Wojcik spun coming out of turn one, dashing his hopes for a win and the resulting restarted shuffled the field a bit. On the restart Kummer took advantage and moved on by Kesan for the lead as Soltis hung on to third and challenged for second. Meanwhile, Frankhauser moved up to fourth joined by Mike Knudtson who had started the race dead last. By race end, it was Kummer taking his fourth win of the year joined by Kesan, Soltis, Knudtson, and Troy Fransway who took the fifth as Frankhauser stumbled with a turn four problem.

Last, but not least, the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks took to the track with Colt Hartwick and Jason Havel showing the way. Todd Roshell, coming from third, would be the leader at the end of lap one, but Havel got his act together and by the end of lap two had secured the lead bringing George Richards and Dalton Hazelton with him. The midway point of the Pure Stock feature saw Havel still in lead with Richards running a strong second. Hazelton ran third fighting off a persistent Clay Potaczek who had moved up from sixth.

Havel was able to hold off Richards for the win, his sixth of the year. Joining Havel and Richards in the top five were Hazelton, Potaczek and Koby Keih who had edged out Roshell two laps earlier.

Racing resumes on Sunday, June 3 when the IRA Sprints come to Eagle Valley Speedway to be joined by the Supers, Midwest Mods, Streets and Pure Stocks.

Keep Sunday, July 1, open on your racing schedule as that is the day the Late Model Challenge Series makes an appearance at Eagle Valley.

As usual, hot laps begin at 5:30 with racing at 6:00 each and every week. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

Hillman, Crapser, Glenz, and Olson Score WISSOTA Wins During Baxter’s Memorial Weekend Night One

May 30th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI–Despite heavy rains during the days preceding the start of the two-day Memorial Weekend special presented by Baxter Speed Shop and Baxter Engines, Eagle Valley was ready to accept all comers due to the efforts of owner Jerry Weigel and a host of volunteers who pitched in to get the track in shape. In fact, the track appeared, during the heat races, to be too dry. What many thought would
become a single lane track for feature racing didn’t materialize. After a bit of track maintenance, at intermission, the track proved to be an excellent multi-grove track for the features.

Amsoil/WISSOTA Super Stock racing action saw a spirited battle early in the race between Shane Kisling and Ben Hillman. After starting second in the feature, Kisling was off to an early lead, leading the
first five laps of the feature, but Hillman, who had started third and was running second, shot to the front during lap six and never looked back. Meanwhile, young hot shoe, Michael Hofer, showed the fans that he meant business as he ran the entire race in third place showing signs of moving up all race long as Jesse Redetzke and Tommy Richards exchanged places in the fourth spot. In the end, it was Hillman picking up his first Eagle Valley win of the year with Kisling, Hofer, Redetzke and Richards rounding out the top five.

Heat winner, Nick Koehler, led the Amsoil/WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green flag setting the pace early, leading the first five laps of the fifteen-lap feature. In spite of Koehler’s best efforts, Cory Crapser, coming from sixth, was not be denied as he moved up early in the race to grab the lead by the end of lap six, sending Koehler to second followed by Grant Southworth, Travis Anderson, and Michael Truscott. Crapser was on a mission as he drove away from the field, taking the win with Southworth, Koehler, Anderson and Truscott making up the rest of the top five.

A stellar field of Amsoil/WISSOTA Modifieds led by Steve Hallquist, took to the track next with the early leader, Kevin Adams, coming from second to secure an early lead. It looked like Adams might be
on tap to get another win, but during lap twelve Adams pulled off the track with mechanical problems. With Adams out of the running, Hallquist, who had been running a strong second, inherited the lead and built on that lead to what appeared to be a potential win. Fans in the know, though, had been watching Jesse Glenz as he worked the top coming from an eleventh place starting spot and was slowly, but surely, working his way to the front. By lap fifteen of the twenty-lap feature, Glenz had moved into second and was showing signs of passing Hallquist. With two laps to go, Glenz made his move and ran side by side with Hallquist. In the end it was Glenz taking the win in what proved to be a very exiting feature.
Rounding out the top five were Hallquist, Dave Baxter, Matt Leer coming from twenty-first after a dnf in his heat, and Mark Hanson.

A large field of twenty one Amsoil/WISSOTA Street Stocks took the green with Troy Fransway leading lap one. Fransway’s moment of glory lasted just one lap as Sam Frankhauser moved to the top spot and led the next two laps. Frankhauser, though, had competition and by lap four Eric Olson had grabbed the top spot. Olson went on to win the feature, but three young drivers, Doug Wojcik, his brother, Nick, and Cody Kummer put on a heck of a show as they fought it out for second. With Olson picking up the win, Doug Wojcik, Nick Wojcik, Cody Kummer, and Sam Frankhauser completed the top five.

As usual, the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks put on a great show with George Richards on the pole. Richards was not to be denied as he led every lap to take the win. However, there was more to the race than the Richards win as Jay Folz, Jason Havel, Mike Schnider, Dalton Hazelton, and others fought it out for second in what would prove to be an entertaining event. In the end, it was Richards with the win followed by Havel, Folz, Hazelton, and Schnider.

The Eagle Valley Hornet feature saw Brent Voeltz lead the entire race to take the win followed by Rocky Kempe, Bill Odegard, Paul Sockwell, and Eric Nelson.

The second day of the Memorial Weekend special follows on Monday with next Sunday’s Eagle Valley track action seeing the Bad Habit Car Club kick off their car show on the Sunday morning, June 3, followed by an appearance by the IRA Sprints for the evening race show with the shows being presented by WAXX 104.5. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

Nasty Weather Conspires To Cancel Racing at Eagle Valley Speedway

May 22nd, 2012

Jim Falls WI, – A combination of occasional drizzle, heavy mist, rapidly falling temperatures and high winds lumped together was enough to force the cancellation of the racing program scheduled Sunday night for the Eagle Valley Speedway on what was planned to be River Country Coop night at the track.

Next up for the speedway will be a special Memorial Day weekend doubleheader. Racing will be held on both Sunday, May 27th and Monday, May 28th . Baxter’s Speed Shop & Baxter Engines will present both shows which will feature the six divisions that regularly race at the speedway, the WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks and Hornets.

For both race programs, pit gates open at 4 p.m., spectator gates at 4:30 p.m., hot laps and the draw cutoff is 5:30 p.m. and the first green flag drops at precisely 6 p.m. It is important that the drivers note that both nights will operate under the draw/redraw format.

The Eagle Valley Speedway is just off state highway 178 just north of Jim Falls WI. The track phone number is 715-382-5367 and information can be obtained by called 715-489-0736 or long on to the speedway website at www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Kisling Remains Unbeaten At Eagle Valley Speedway

May 16th, 2012

Jim Falls WI, – The Mother’s Day special at the Eagle Valley Speedway presented by Gordy’s Farm Market saw a good field of cars compete in some exciting dirt track action, and when the final checkered flag had fallen, the driver to beat remains Shane Kisling. The Sarona resident won his third straight feature race in the Super Stocks and dominated the action for the third straight week. Other winners on a beautiful Sunday night included Kevin Adams, Nick Koehler, Doug Wojcik, Clay Potaczek and Rocky Kempe.

Kisling pulled off an amazing move to get to the front of the Super Stock feature early and from that point on, he dominated the field. Tony Falkner and Marcus Simonson swapped the lead back and forth on the opening lap and the pack was wadded up behind them, all looking for an opening to the front. When Jim Harris slid up the track in turn two and took several of the competitors with him to the high groove, Kisling made a bold move to the inside and shot to the front. Accelerating down the back chute, he moved from his seventh starting position into the lead in a lap and a half.

A spin shortly after bunched the field for the only time in the race, but back under green Kisling simply pulled away from the field and eventually built up nearly a straightaway lead on the field. Behind him there was a good race for position with Tommy Richards and Eric Olson eventually working their way into second and third. Simonson head off a late charge from Mark Stender to complete the top five.

Adams backed up a win on opening night in the Modifieds but he was pressed for most of the race by Dave Baxter, who had one of his best runs of the year to date. Mike Anderson and his boss Bryan Nayes battled for the lead on the opening lap but the yellow came out early after Matt Leer caught a piece of the back stretch wall and rolled to a halt, with the wrecker necessary to remove his car from the track.

Back under green, Anderson seized the lead but he was soon challenged by Adams, who had moved up from the third row to race Mike for the lead. Suddenly Baxter came flying up to challenge both cars as he had found a fast line on the low side of the track and had quickly moved into the top three after starting ninth.

Racing off turn two, Adams made a great move as he diamonded off the corner, shooting to the outside of Baxter and driving up under Anderson to take over the lead. Baxter quickly followed into second and was challenging Adams on the low side for the lead. Dave stayed right with Adams for several laps until Kevin found the best lane for him, which was low in turn two and high up on the banking in turn four. Using this groove he then began to gradually pull away from Baxter a little bit each lap.

The race remained under green the rest of the twenty laps, and while Baxter stayed reasonably close, Adams was under no immediate pressure as he raced on for the win. Anderson settled for third ahead of Jesse Glenz while Nayes had his best run to complete the top five.

Seldom this year has Cory Crapser been beaten when starting in the front row of a Midwest Modified feature, but that happened Sunday thanks to a great driving performance by Nick Koehler in what turned out to be a very interesting main event. Koehler and Crapser started side by side in the front row of the feature race with Koehler edging in front at the start and Crapser all over him, challenging. The low side seemed to be the preferred line for the Midwest Mods and when Crapser got under Koehler it looked like Cory would take the advantage. However, when forced to use a higher line, Koehler found that it made him even faster and not only did he fight off Crapser, he started to put just a little distance on him, although Cory continued to challenge on every corner.

A yellow flag for a spin bunched the field, and on the green Koehler again jumped into the lead. However Crapser was a little slow off turn two and it his surprise, Grant Southworth and Josh Smith both passed him with one passing on the inside and the other driving around him. Now Koehler had his Bloomer team mate putting the pressure on him with Smith also trying to be a part of the lead pack.

The rest of the race ran nonstop and while Southworth could get within a couple car lengths of the leader, Koehler never made a mistake and drove on to a well deserved feature win. Smith finished a strong third with Shane Halopka nipping Crapser for fourth at the line.

Wojcik has been close this year but Sunday he broke through and led from start to finish as he took his first Street Stock win of the year. To take the win, he had to fight off a stiff challenge from Jay Kesan who moved up from the third row and rode the bump of Wojcik for many laps. Cody Kummer made a nice charge as he got shuffled back into the pack but then moved to the high side and was able to race back up to third.

As Wojcik rode the low groove and kept the competition at bay, Kummer made several runs at Kesan for second but could not pull off the pass and settled for third. Mike Knudtson and Adam Soltis completed the top five.

The Pure Stock feature was a slam bang affair that saw the yellow wave five times and less than half the field running at the conclusion of the race. Todd Roshell was the early leader but was later involved in a grinding crash on the back chute after he got turned around. Kolby Kiehl and Jay Folz then battled for the lead until Folz went up in smoke and eventually, Potaczek found an opening to get to the front. Once in the lead, he pulled away from the field for his second win of the year. Dalton Hazelton made a nice charge up to second and Dustin Doughty raced into the third spot. Kiehl hung on for fourth with an overheating car and Bryan Ciolkosz completed the top five.

It took Rocky Kempe only a lap to take the lead in the Hornet feature and once in front he ran away to a nonstop win, his second of the year. He was chased home by Jay Welk and Scott Westaby.

Next Sunday night, River Country Co-Op will present another seven division program at the Eagle Valley Speedway. Race time is 6 p.m.

Leer, Kisling, Anderson and Knudtson Win At Eagle Valley

May 2nd, 2012

On Sunday night, Eagle Valley Speedway once again hosted a nice field of cars as fans filled the stands in anticipation of a great night of racing. With a cool wind blowing into the stands and rain threatening, who would have thought that the crowd would have showed up in the numbers they did?

What the fans were looking for and what they got, proved to be the reason why the Valley Heats Up every Sunday night.

Once again the racing surface was multi-grooved with the top proving to be the place to be for those who were “on the move”, especially in the Modified feature. Three young hot shoes, Mark Gerth, Jesse Glenz, and Matt Leer battled for the top spot almost all feature long. To sweeten the pot, throw in a few savvy veterans of the likes of Curt Myers, Steve Hallquist, Buzzy Adams and Darrell Nelson and you’ve got yourself a battle royal.

We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though; as the Hornets ran their feature prior to intermission with double the number of cars that showed up last week. While six cars isn’t anything to write home about, it’s twice as good as last week! On this Sunday night, Rocky Kempe dominated the action with newcomer, Jeremy Johnson and long distance traveler, Kasey Gross, of Gleason, WI, taking the top three honors. Time to get a few more Hornets on the track guys and gals!

After intermission it was time for more feature action with the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks taking to the track with Chad Johnson and 2011 Track Champion, Mark Stender, leading the way. Stender was off to a quick lead, leading lap one. As lap two began, things were going along fine until newcomer, Michael Hofer, in the Les Duellman ride, decided to do a 360 coming out of turn one. When racing resumed, Stender once again assumed the lead with Tommy Richards on the charge, looking for clean air. It was during lap five that Richards made his move for the lead, bringing Shane Kisling along as
Stender dropped to third.

Richards continued to lead, but Kisling was setting himself up for a shot at the top spot as he tried going high and then dropping low, making the move on Richards during lap ten.

Once Kisling saw a clean track ahead of him he was on the move in an attempt to grab his second win in as many weeks at Eagle Valley Speedway as the field began to spread out.

Unfortunately, for Richards, it wasn’t bad enough that he got passed, but his car also hit a marker cone in turn one, causing caution number two of the race with his reward being sent to the back of the pack. To add insult to injury, Richards, a couple of laps later, was credited with his second caution, and the final caution of the feature, when his car and the car of Mike Keller were involved in a two car spin coming out of turn three. Richards, once again, was credited with the caution. With this being his second caution of the night, Richards was relegated to the pits.

Once racing resumed, Kisling continued to lead, as Jesse Redetzke, who had come from sixth, Stender, Eric Olson, from fifth, and Keller fought it out for the top five spots. It seemed that Keller’s car never came back into race form after the spin out and he began to fade a bit.

With two to go, Kisling continued to lead with Redetzke, Stender, Olson and now Hofer the leaders. Remember Hofer? He had come all the way from the back after that 360 early in the race.

By race end it was Kisling taking his second win at Eagle Valley in his L & L Excavating sponsored car followed by Redetzke, Stender, Olson and Hofer.

Next up were the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds with Travis Anderson and Jake Stai on the front row. For the Midwest Mods it was déjà vous all over again. If you remember, last week the Midwest Mods had a heck of a time getting their race
started, well, this week it was even worse with five early cautions. Lucky for everyone involved, except for a couple of cars who were now out of the race for damage, the race continued and ran caution-free for the next fourteen laps.

Not only did the race run caution-free, but it proved to be very exciting and entertaining as positions shifted often throughout the field during the entire race.

Anderson wasn’t about to give up his number one spot as he rounded the track high and low and in the middle to out-fox the contenders. By the end of lap five, Anderson continued to lead with a couple of Smiths, Josh and Jake, the birthday boy, along with long distance traveler, Justin Oestreich of Elk River, MN, and Saturday night winner at Rice Lake Speedway, Shane Halopka.

Lap ten saw Anderson still leading and widening the gap as Josh Smith and Oestreich battled for second followed by Jake Smith and Halopka.

At race end, Anderson had claimed his first feature victory of the year in his Kadinger’s Auto Salvage sponsored car. Oestreich, Josh Smith, Jake Smith, and Halopka rounded out the top five.

A couple of tough acts to follow? Well, maybe, but the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified feature was all that the drivers and fans could have hoped for in pre-race anticipation.

Kent Baxter and Steve Hallquist led the field to the drop of the green as this feature ran with just one caution.

It was neither Baxter or Hallquist, however, who would be credited with the first lap lead as Mark Gerth put on a burst of speed early to take the lead by the end of lap one as he came from third.

Gerth had things well under control for the first three laps, but there was black in his future as Matt Leer, hungry for his second feature win in his Modified inched closer and closer while Jesse Glenz, even hungrier, shoved the nose of his car up close to the rear end of Leer’s car.

It was during lap four that Leer moved high on the track to edge his car past Gerth with Glenz following in Leer’s wake, sending Gerth to third. Meanwhile, Hallquist ran fourth after dropping to third at the end of lap three. Curt Myers was also on the move from his seventh-place starting spot getting closer and closer to Hallquist as the laps ticked off.

Back in the pack Mark Hanson, Kevin Adams, Baxter, and Darrell Nelson contended for sixth in hopes of moving further up.

By mid race, Leer and Glenz had their cars rim-riding the track as Gerth continued to try to get back in the fray. Myers moved up to fourth as Hallquist dropped back a spot to fifth.

With five laps to go, Leer and Glenz moved about as high on the track as gravity would allow, Gerth continued to run third and Myers and Hallquist hung onto their spots.

With three to go, it was still Leer in the lead, Glenz hung onto his bumper, and Gerth hung onto the rear bumper of Glenz as the top three began to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

And then, disaster struck for the 7x ride of Glenz as his car exited the track with apparent mechanical problems with just two laps to go.

Now, the race was between Leer and Gerth for the top spot and despite his best efforts, Gerth was left to watch as Leer drove on for his second feature win of the year in his Jiffy Biffy sponsored car. If you weren’t there, you missed a good one folks as Myers, Hallquist and Nelson rounded out the top five.

Travis Hazelton and Andrew Cimfl led the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks to the line as the green flag dropped for their feature.

Hazelton was the early leader as the cars rounded the track for the completion of lap one, but it was Jason Lang in the “heavy metal” Ford who would come up from his third-place starting spot to lead the next five laps.

With seven laps of the 15-lap feature in the books, Lang gave up his lead to Mike Knudtson who had been on the move from his fifth-place starting spot even though he had been in a minor fender bender after lap four which saw the car of Doug Wojcik retiring to the pits.

Knudtson was not to be denied as he went on for the win in his Titan Air sponsored Streeter. He was followed by last week’s feature winner, Adam Soltis, who made a late race shot with two laps to go. Lang came home third with Danny Richards, and Cody Kummer rounding out the top five.

The final feature for the night saw Jake Stowell and Todd Roshell taking the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the starting line.

After two cautions early in the feature, Dalton Hazelton made a nice move up from fourth to take the lead followed first by Stowell and then a lap later by Jay Folz.

At the midpoint of the race, Hazelton still led, but was being challenged by George Richards who had moved up from ninth. Folz ran third followed by Kolby Keih, who had started seventh and Pat Smith, who had started sixth.

Hazelton ran an excellent race to take the win in his Powder Plus sponsored car. Hazelton was joined by Richards, Folz, Keih, and Smith to round out the top five.

Next week’s races will be presented by JP Mechanical and as is usually the case hot laps begin at 5:30 with racing at 6:00. Be ready for a night of fast action “When the Valley Heats Up”! See the Eagle Valley Speedway website for further information at: http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Eagle Valley Speedway Off to a Great Start for 2012

April 25th, 2012

Jim Falls, WI- A nice field of race cars, a smooth multi-groove track, cool but comfortable weather and a new track sponsored greeted a large crowd of eager fans on Sunday night as Gordy’s County Market presented the first race of the 2012 race season.

The first feature race of the season was off to an auspicious start as the night began with a multi-car pileup in turn one at the drop of the green flag. What turned out to be a nasty start to the year, though, ended up being the beginning of a great night of feature racing nonetheless! Jake Stai led the WISSOTA/ Amsoil Midwest Modifieds to the first green flag of the night with Josh Smith along side. Racing would only last a matter of seconds when six cars tangled in turn one resulting in several cars being taken of the track on the hook and the 2011 track champion, Cory Crapser, off to the pits for a tire change. When racing resumed Stai jumped to an early lead as lap one ended with Grant Southworth, coming from third, grabbing second, as Olson ran third. With five laps in the books, Southworth surged into the lead with Stai settling in for second as Olson continued to run third. Meanwhile, back in the pack, Crapser was picking his way through traffic and had worked his way up to fourth after starting dead last. By lap ten, Southworth continued to lead with Crapser moving tight on his rear bumper. Olson continued to run third with Shane Halopka moving into fourth, after starting seventh, as Stai dropped to fifth. With three laps to go, Crapser made his move and snatched the lead from Southworth and the rest is history! By race end, Crapser had finished as the winner and Southworth finished second followed by Halopka, Josh Smith and Jake Smith, who joined the top five during the last lap.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were up next with Eric Olson and Marcus Simonson leading the way. Olson was off to a quick start, leading the first two laps of the race, with Mike Keller and Shane Kisling battling for the second spot. By lap six, the 2011 National Champion, Kisling, had made his move to grab the top spot as Olson and Keller fought it out for second with Olson running second. Meanwhile a spirited fight was going on for fourth between Tommy Richards and Mark Stender, who had moved up from their seventh and eighth starting spots. By lap ten, Kisling had separated himself from the rest of the field by a considerable margin as Olson continued to run second followed by Keller, Richards, and Stender. Lap fifteen saw the same results with Kisling comfortably in front. At end of the twentieth and final lap, Kisling left no doubt that he would be a force to reckoned with again in 2012 as he took the win followed by Olson, Keller, Richards and Stender.

A stellar field of WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds took to the track next with Darrell Nelson and Bryan Nayes leading the field to the first green of their race year at Eagle Valley Speedway. Nelson took the early lead, leading the first five laps with Nayes, Curt Myers, Kevin Adams and Mark Gerth in a back and forth battle, fighting it out for the remaining top five spots. As lap six was beginning, the second caution of the night and the first and only caution in the Modified feature stopped the racing action as Donald Cimfl spun out in turn three. When racing resumed Adams saw his chance as he surged past Nelson relegating Nelson to second followed by Myers, Gerth and Nayes. Midway through the race, Adams continued to lead with Myers giving him some quick looks as Nelson dropped to third. Matt Leer had been on the move, running fourth after starting eighth as Gerth remained in the top five, running fifth. With five laps to go, Adams continued to lead, but Myers was still in hot pursuit as the front runners began running into lapped traffic. Nelson and Leer ran third and fourth and Jesse Glenz moved into fifth. As the checkered flag flew, Adams, the 2011 National Champion took win. Myers followed in second and Nelson, Glenz and Leer rounded out the top five in what proved to be a race that kept the fans on
the edge of their seats!

Eric Olson and Simon Wahlstrom were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature. Olson shot to the lead early and led the first four laps of the feature with Wahlstrom, Adam Soltis, Cody Kummer, and Mitchell Kesan fighting it out for the other top five spots. The third caution of the night, and the only one in the Street Stock
feature, occurred as lap five began when Danny Richards slowed in turn two after his car and a couple of others tangled a bit. When racing resumed, Olson once again led with Soltis moving into second followed by Wahlstrom, Kummer and Mike Knudtson. It was during lap seven that Soltis had had enough of running second and made the move on Olson for the lead. Olson assumed the second spot for one lap to be replaced by Kummer at the end of lap nine. In the end, it was Soltis taking the win with Kummer still running second. Olson, Knudtson, and Kesan rounded out the top five.

Eagle Valley Pure Stock action would once again prove to be fast and furious as Clay Potaczek and Jason Havel led the field to the green. Potaczek, in a fast looking and brightly colored car, took the early lead with Havel, Pat Smith, George Richards and Bryan Ciolkosz sparing it out for the other top five spots. With six of the twelve laps completed, Potaczek continued to lead as Richards held on to second, Havel ran third and Smith and Ciolkosz fought it out for fourth.
Despite the best efforts of the rest of the field, Potaczek held on for the win with Richards, Kolby Keih (joined in the battle late), Havel and Dalton Hazelton (another late comer) rounding out the top five.

With just three competitors available, the Eagle Valley Hornets did their best to make a race out of the situation. Hopefully, more cars will join in the fun soon and racing will be a bit more exciting for the fans. In spite of the low numbers, the race was competitive with Jay Welk taking the win followed by Scott Westaby and Derek Knutson.

Racing action continues on Sunday, April 29 with another night of exciting racing. As is usually the case, hot laps begin at 5:30 with racing at 6:00. Be ready for a night of fast action “When the Valley Heats Up”! See the Eagle Valley Speedway website for further information at: http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Eagle Valley Speedway Celebrates 2011 Race Season

April 3rd, 2012

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Eagle Valley Speedway celebrated the 2011 race season and presented awards to the top finishers in all five divisions at Eagle Valley’s Appreciation Night.

In addition, the 2012 race season schedule was announced with twenty-three events listed for racers and fans. Among the events listed, the IRA Sprints will take to the track on June 3 and a Challenge Series Late Model race will be held on July 1. Also scheduled, in addition to regular race nights, are a car show on June 3, an “Eve of Devastation” on June 15 and an Enduro race on July 28 with the possibility of another enduro to be added on a date yet to be determined.

Jerry Weigel, on behalf of the ownership/promotions team of Jerry and Janis Weigel, began the night by thanking all those present for coming. He also made special mention of the Eagle Valley Speedway’s sponsors, the racers who faithfully supported the track, the track workers, and of course, the fans who supported the track so well in 2011.

It was also announced that Gordy’s IGA will become a major sponsor for the 2012 season. Watch for more information on this in Gordy’s IGA store advertising, track reports and the new Eagle Valley website created by Vance of Fry Pan Productions.

Race nights will again begin with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:00 with the gates opening at 4:30 for fans. For drivers, the pits open at 4:00 with cut-off at 5:30.

More information on racing, race dates, etc. can be found on Eagle Valley Speedway’s new website found at: eaglevalleyspeedway.net

The night of celebration began with the presentation of trophies to the top five finishers in each division beginning with the Hornet Division. Eric Schultz, with eleven feature wins, out of Downing, WI, was the top finisher followed by Scott Wetaby of Jim Falls, Jay Welk of Cadott, Paul Monpas of Jim Falls, and Brent Voeltz of Glenwood City.

George Richards of Mondovi, WI received the top trophy in the Pure Stock Division with his dominating fourteen heat wins and twelve feature wins. Brandon Lofgren of Taylor, Todd Roshell of Stanley, Dustin Doughty of Ladysmith, and Brian Ciolkosz of Boyd completed the trophy winner group.

In the WISSOTA/AMSOIL Street Stock Division, Jay Kesan of Weyerhaeuser, received top honors after tallying six feature wins. Cody Kummer of Medford went home with the second place trophy followed by Mike Knudtson of Osseo, Adam Soltis of Ladysmith, and Nick Wojcik of Ladysmith.

Matt Leer of Bruce, WI, with eleven heat wins and eight feature wins, took home the top honors in the WISSOTA/AMSOIL Midwest Modified Division. Leer moves up in the 2012 race season to compete in a Modified. Joining Leer were: Cory Crapser of Chippewa Falls, Nick Koehler of Bloomer, Shane Halopka of Greenwood, and Josh Smith of Rice Lake.

With twelve heat wins and thirteen feature wins, top WISSOTA National Points winner, Shane Kisling of Sarona took home top honors in the WISSOTA/AMSOIL Super Stock Division. Eric Olson of Ladysmith garnered second with Jason Quarders of New Auburn, Matt McEathron of Wausau, and Darrel Hazelton of Chippewa Falls rounding out the top five.

Modified WISSOTA National Points winner, Kevin Adams of Cameron, took top honors in the WISSOTA/AMSOIL Modified Division after getting seven heat wins and ten feature wins at Eagle Valley Speedway. Mike Anderson of Colfax, Bryan Nayes of Chippewa Falls, Jesse Glenz of Cadott, and Steve Hallquist of Eau Claire completed the top five of the Modified Division.

Rookie of the year honors went to Dustin Doughty of Ladysmith in Pure Stocks, Nick Wojcik of Ladysmith in Street Stocks, Zach Manley of Cameron in Midwest Modifieds, and Jesse Glenz of Cadott in Modifieds.

The night’s Master of Ceremonies was Darrel Hazelton who once again kept the program moving along, as is usually the case for all Eagle Valley activities. After the awards were presented those assembled were treated to food, drink, music and dancing. Bob Wood provided the DJ service playing a variety of tunes enjoyed by young and old alike!

The 2012 race season begins on April 12 with a practice session beginning at 7:00. Another practice is scheduled for April 19, again at 7:00. The first race of the season will be on Sunday, April 22 for the 2012 season opener which will see all five divisions in action.

Be there “When the Valley Heats Up”!

Adams, Kisling. Leer, Kesan, Richards and Voeltz Crowned Season Champs at Eagle Valley

August 31st, 2011

Sunday August 28, marked the end of the 2011 race season at Eagle Valley Speedway. The season championship races were presented by Leinenkugels. Krug’s Towing threw in prize money for lucky fans that chose the winning drivers.

In WISSOTA/Amsoil action, Kevin Adams was crowned champion in the Modified Division, Shane Kisling in the Super Stocks, Matt Leer in the Midwest Modifieds, and Jay Kesan in the Street Stocks. In the Eagle Valley Divisions, George Richards reigns as champion in the Pure Stocks, while Brent Voleltz won the title in the Hornet Division.

The Eagle Valley Hornets were up prior to intermission for their feature with Eric Schultz and Scott Westaby on row one. Schultz was the early leader with Westaby in second. By mid-race, Schultz still led, but Brent Voleltz was on the move and threatening to overtake the lead, with Rocky Kempe running third, Westaby in fourth and Jay Welk in fifth. With five laps to go, Voeltz made his move for the lead, dropping Schultz to second. For a couple of laps Voeltz led by the narrowest of margins, but in the end was victorious, taking home the championship trophy in his J & J Embroidery and Design-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Schultz, Kempe, Welk, and Westaby.

After the intermission was completed, the Midwest Modifieds took to the track with Shane Halopka and Cory Crapser leading the way. Halopka was fastest off the line, taking the lead by the end of lap one. The only caution of the race occurred after lap four when the car of Ben Schultz spun into the infield as he came out of turn two. When racing resumed, Halopka again took the lead, but you could tell he was up to his neck in alligators as Matt Leer and Crapser did their best to steal the lead.
When the cars came to the flag stand after the completion of lap six, Leer had edged past Halopka for the lead and Crapser was challenging for second, as he ran third. Halfway through the 20-lap feature, Leer still led and was pulling away from the
field. Halopka ran second at this point with Crapser following right behind him while Zach Manley and Clark Swartz fought for fourth. With five to go, Leer still led, but Halopka had made up some distance. Crapser, Manley and Jake Smith followed closely behind. In the end, it was Leer winning the season championship while getting his 19th win of the season in his White City Glass-sponsored car. Halopka, Crapser, Manley and Josh Smith made up the rest of the top five.

In Super Stock action, Shane Kisling and Darrel Hazelton ran side-by-side for the start of their feature with Kisling quickly grabbing the top spot. Tommy Richards was not about to let Kisling run away with another win and put pressure on Kisling. As the first ten laps were being contested, Richards got to within a car length or closer to Kisling on several occasions, but each time Kisling seemed to be able to find the horsepower to burst ahead as he ran the high groove and Richards ran low. By mid-race Kisling still led, Richards dropped back a bit and was challenged by Eric Olson who ran the high groove and then the low in an attempt to get the better of Richards. Meanwhile Darrel Hazelton, Wayne Dean and Jesse Redetzke had an excellent fight going for fourth.

With five laps to go, Kisling moved a bit further away from the field, Richards hung on to second and Olson continued running high and low, searching for an opportunity to gain ground. Dean won the battle for fourth and Hazelton settled into fifth. In the end it was Kisling winning the track championship and getting his thirteenth feature win of the 2011 season at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Moberg Electric sponsored car. Richards finished second, Olson third, Dean fourth, and Redetzke fifth.

If the fans had not seen enough fast and furious action up to this point they were about to get that satisfaction when the Modfieds took to the track with Kevin Adams and Jesse Glenz leading the way for their feature. Glenz was the leader as the cars completed the first lap with David Baxter giving chase. Baxter was able to take the lead by the end of lap two, with Glenz dropping to second, Adams running third, Mark Gerth in fourth and Jimmy Mars in fifth. Baxter continued to lead and by the end of lap five, Adams had moved into second, sending Glenz to third. As the cars rounded reached the flag stand at the end of lap seven, Baxter and Adams were side-by-side with Gerth in third, Glenz in fourth and Mars in fifth. Lap eight saw Adams take the lead, relegating Baxter to second. The only caution of the feature occurred after lap eleven when Curt Myers made contact with the turn one wall. Myers was able to continue and once again Adams shot to the lead. With five laps to go Adams was on cruise control and pulling away from the field as Gerth continued to run second, Baxter ran third, Mars ran fourth and Clayton Wagamon moved into the fifth spot. By race end Adams had won his 28th race of the season and his third of the weekend to secure the track championship in his Quality Cleaners-sponsored Modified. Gerth, Baxter, Mars and Wagamon rounded out the top five.

Jay Kesan and Cody Kummer led the Street Stocks to the green flag for their feature with Kummer taking top honors by the end of lap one. A caution after lap one for a spinning Mike Knudtson realigned the field with Kummer once again in the lead. Kesan was on the move and in his typical end of the season prime, shot to the lead by the end of lap three, with Kummer settling in for second, but still threatening to reclaim the lead. Further back Adams Soltis, Travis Hazelton and Rick Weir battled for third. With half of the race in the books, Kesan still led, as Kummer, Soltis, Hazelton and Weir maintained their positions. With five laps to go, Carolyn Nosser’s and Mitchell Kesan’s tangled as they came out of turn two with Kesan’s car rolling. Kesan was alright, but his car and the Nosser car retired to the pits. When racing resumed, Jay Kesan once again grabbed the lead, Kummer ran second, Soltis ran third, Hazelton was in fourth and Knudtson moved into the fifth spot. As the checkered flag flew, Kesan had won his ninth feature of the year in his Ladysmith Auto Supply-sponsored car and had also won the Eagle Valley Street Stock championship. Rounding out the top five were Kummer, Soltis, Hazelton and Knudtson.

Up last were the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks with George Richards and Dalton Hazelton on the front row. Richards was quick to take the lead as Hazelton ran second. With half of the race in, Richards still led, Hazelton still ran second, Jason Havel ran third, Todd Roshell was fourth and Brandon Lofgren ran fifth. With two to go and Richards in the lead, Hazelton continued to run second, Havel was in third, Bill Skoug was fourth and Roshell ran fifth. The final checkered of the 2011 race season flew and Richards was the final track champion of the season getting his 13th win of the year in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored car. Hazelton, Havel, Roshell and Lucas Kallenbach, who put on a late charge, rounded out the top five.

Jerry and Janis Weigel would like to thank all of the racers and fans who attended Eagle Valley during the 2011 racing season. Thanks also go out to all of the track sponsors, bike sponsors, and anyone else who helped to contribute in a monetary way to the overall race program. Thanks also go out to all the workers who helped to keep the track running smoothly each and every Sunday night.

Although, the regular race season is done, Eagle Valley Speedway has one remaining event on Saturday, September 10, when there will be an Enduro race.

Eagle Valley Hosts The Tenth Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial Race

August 24th, 2011

In honor of a fallen racer, Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, WI, hosted the tenth annual Lonnie Leu Memorial Race on Sunday, August 21. The race night also marked the last track points’ night of the season. Winners included Kevin Adams in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified. This win marked the third straight time Adams scored a win in the Lonnie Leu Memorial Race and it also was Adams 25th win of the 2011 race season. Shane Kisling also captured a win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock, making it back-to-back wins for Kisling, as he tallied his 21st win of the race season.

In the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified Division, Matt Leer drove to his second consecutive Lonnie Leu win and his third win overall in the Leu Memorial competition. In the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock Division, Jay Kesan picked up a win, making it
Kesan’s eighth win of the year. In the Eagle Valley Divisions, George Richards won his twelfth win of the year, as he won his third straight Leu Memorial Race. In the Hornet Division, Rocky Kempe collected the winning prize, while Joe Provinzino picked up a win in his Mod 600.

The Eagle Valley Hornets ran their feature prior to intermission, with Jay Welk and Scott Westaby on the front row. It was Rocky Kempe, though, who shoot to an early lead from his third-place starting spot. Kempe fought off early challenges from Welk and track point’s leader, Eric Schultz, but as the race progressed Kempe was able to put distance between himself and all
challengers to take the win. The yearly points’ winner was Schultz.

After the intermission, the WISSOTA Super Stocks were up first with Shane Kisling and Eric Olson leading the way. Olson got a great start and took the lead by the end of lap one, but track point’s leader, Kisling, showed his strength early as he sent
Olson to second by the end of lap two. Kisling survived two cautions during the first half of the race and after caution
secured the lead, he pulled away from the pack. With four laps remaining, Kisling had marched away from the rest of the competitors to lead by eight or more car lengths. In the end, it was Kisling with the win in his Corner Country Store-sponsored car. Olson, Brad Kisling, Terry Kroening and Wayne Dean rounded out the top five. This win also put the cap on Kisling’s track points’ lead.

Nick Koehler and Shane Halopka were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, with Halopka being the early leader. Halopka led the first two laps of the feature, but track points’ leader, Matt Leer, was on the move from
third. As the cars passed under the flag stand for the end of lap three, Leer had successfully made the pass for the lead, sending Halopka to second as Clark Swartz moved into the third spot and Koehler ran fourth and Alex Van Natta ran fifth. With half of the feature in the books, Leer continued to lead, Halopka continued to run second followed by Josh Smith, Cory Crapser and Clark Swartz. With two laps remaining, Leer was still in the lead and putting some distance on the field as Smith and Halopka battled for second, with Crapser and Swartz fighting it out for third. In the end it was Leer with the win in his Jiffy Biffy-sponsored car. Halopka, Smith, Crapser and Swartz made up the rest of the top five. This insured Leer’s lead
in track points.

The WISSOTA Modified feature was next with Jay Richardson and Kevin Adams sharing the front row. Adams immediately grabbed the lead and proceeded to also put distance between his car and the rest of the field with Mike Anderson, Dave Cain, and Jay Richardson engaged in a fight for second. This feature ran without caution, as Adams motored away from everyone. Meanwhile Cain ran a distance second, as Nayes and Anderson dueled for third. With five laps to go, Adams began lapping the field, Cain continued in second, Nayes ran third, Anderson ran fourth and Dave Baxter ran fifth. In the end it was Adams with the win in this fast and furious race in his CRC Component-sponsored car. Cain, Anderson, Nayes, and Baxter rounded out the top five. This win also sealed the track points for Adams.

Jay Kesan and Carolyn Nosser led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green flag for the start of their feature, with Kesan rocketing to the lead and Mike Knudtson moved into second. With five laps in and following a caution for a spinning Knudtson, Kesan continued to lead with Doug Wojcik running second. Nick Wojcik followed in third as Cody Kummer and Shaun Mann rounded out the top five. At the midway point, Kesan still led, Nick Wojcik moved into second, his brother, Doug, ran third and Kummer and Mann held onto their spots. With the laps winding down, Kesan continued to lead and the others in the top five remained as they were. In the end, it was Kesan taking his eighth win of the year in his Bruce Auto Repair-sponsored car. This win was frosting on the cake for the points’ lead for Kesan. Rounding out the top five were Nick Wojcik, Doug Wojcik, Shaun Mann and Travis Hazelton, who had passed Kummer late in the race.

The Eagle Valley Speedway Pure Stocks were up next with Mike Schuebel and George Richards on the front row. Richards made it look easy as he motored away early for the lead. Behind Richards, Todd Roshell, Schuebel, and Brandon Lofgren battled for second. By the middle of the feature, Richards had established a substantial lead as Roshell, Lofgren and Jason Havel fought it out for second. With two laps to go and Richards in a lock for the win–barring mechanical failure, Roshell and Havel duked it out for second, as Lofgren and Schuebel did the same for third. In the end, it was Richards with his twelfth win of the year to secure the points’ lead in his NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored car.

The Mod 600s were up last with Curt Luhmann and Greg Wohletz leading the way. It was Joe Provinsino, though, coming from fourth to take the lead as he made an excellent quick move to the outside early in the first lap. As Provinsino cruised away, Luhmann and Wohletz were left to run for second, as Bill Baures and John Griffin were left to fight it out for third. In the end, it was Provinsino taking the win in his Joe Provo Racewear-sponsored car. Luhmann, Wohletz, Baures and Griffin rounded out the top five.

Next week Sunday, August 28, marks the end of the regular race season when Eagle Valley hosts the season championship races presented by Lenenkugel’s.

The track events conclude on Saturday, September 10, when Eagle Valley Speedway presents an Enduro race. The previously announced IRA Sprint race is cancelled.

Southworth Chevrolet Races and Kid’s Night a Huge Success at Eagle Valley Speedway

August 17th, 2011

On what was a perfect weather night, Southworth Chevrolet, along with some additional help from Krug Towing, presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway on a night when the track would prove to provide the best racing of the race season.

Winners in the WISSOTA/Amsoil divisions were Kevin Adams in his Modified, Shane Kisling in his Super Stock, Josh Smith in his Midwest Modified, and Nick Wojcik in his Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley divisions, George Richards won in his Pure Stock, while Eric Schultz got yet another win in his Hornet.

The Hornets ran their feature prior to intermission with Jay Welk and Eric Schultz on the front row. Schultz got a good start and was the leader as the cars rounded the track for the completion of the first lap. With half of the race in the books, Schultz continued to lead and showed his strength one more time as he motored away from the rest of the competition. Meanwhile, Welk, Brent Voeltz, and Scott Westaby had a good battle for second. With the laps ticking away, Schultz put more distance between himself and Voeltz, who had won the fight for second. In the end, Schultz picked up his eleventh win of the year. Intermission provided an opportunity for kids of all ages to go down on the track to look at the cars and to meet the drivers. The drivers signed the checkered flags of the kids and presented each of them with various kinds of racing memorabilia and candy. With the intermission completed, racing resumed with what would proved to be the most exciting Midwest Modified feature of the year. On the front row, Aaron Dunbar and Nick Koehler were set to do battle as the green flag flew. An early caution occurred prior to the completion of lap one when Dunbar’s car experienced loss of power as the green flag dropped. With Dunbar slowing, everyone missed the slowing Dunbar car, with the exception of Brad Hudson. Dunbar and Hudson both retired to the pits early and racing resumed with Koehler securing the lead.

With half of the laps in, Koehler continued to lead, as Jake Smith, Josh Smith, Cory Crapser and Matt Leer fought it out for second. With nine laps in, Leer spun out coming out of turn one. When racing resumed, and Leer at the back of the pack, Koehler once again shot to the lead, this time with Josh Smith in hot pursuit, followed by Clark Swartz, who had started ninth.
With three laps to go, Koehler, Swartz and Smith ran three wide as they raced the backstretch, turns three and four and the front stretch. As these three raced side-by-side, Leer, who was in contention for the top five, slowed and pulled into the pits allowing Jake Smith and Alex Van Natta to join the race for the top five. As the white flag flew, Josh Smith was on the move for the top spot with Swartz also edging out Koehler. As the checkered flew, Josh Smith came across the line first to get his second win of the year in his Curt Manufacturing sponsored car, with Swartz, Koehler, Jake Smith and Alex Van Natta rounding out the top five.

With that exciting feature completed, the Super Stocks arrived on the track with Brad Edington and Darrel Hazelton on the front row. Hazelton was quickest, taking the lead by the end of lap one with Edington giving chase, followed by Kevin Hager,
Rick Hallquist and Wayne Dean.

A caution for a spinning David Pospyhalla realigned the field. When racing resumed, Wayne Dean moved up quickly from fifth to challenge Hazelton for the lead, but Hazelton would have no part of it as he picked up the pace, holding Dean off.

With ten laps of the twenty lap feature complete, Dean ducked under Hazelton and got the top spot with Shane Kisling, Eric Olson, and Edington fighting it out for third.

A caution at the end of lap twelve for a spinning Jason Quarders realigned the field one more time. During this caution Dean’s motor compartment erupted in steam from an overheated motor and a blown radiator hose. Dean pulled into the pits, his night
done.

When racing resumed, Kisling saw his chance and quickly made his move to take the lead and the rest is history, or was it? Kisling soon lead by three or four car lengths, but there would be challenges.

Eric Olson, who was running second, had a plan and he moved high on the track as Kisling hugged the bottom. That plan worked great and Olson got to within a car length, but with three to go Kisling also went high on the track and once again
stretched his lead.

By race end, Kisling had won his 19th feature race of the year in his Pro Auto Glass
sponsored car with Olson, Hazelton, Edington and Hager rounding out the top five.

Leading the Modifieds to Flagman Jeff Eisner’s starting flag were Luke Schilling and
Steve Hallquist, with Schilling showing early promise as he led the first four laps,
but Mark Hanson was on the move.

By the end of lap five, Hanson made his move for the lead sending Schilling to
second as Jesse Glenz and Kevin Adams fought it out for third, dropping Hazelton to
fifth.

Hanson looked as if he might have the feature win in his grasp, but by lap 14 Adams
had passed Glenz for second and was pouring on the coals.

With five to go, Hanson still led by one or two car lengths and Adams ran second leading Glenz by one or two car lengths. Back a bit, but still seemingly in contention, Schilling and Jay Richardson ran fourth and fifth.

With two to go, Hanson ran high on the track and Adams ran low. As they rounded turn four of the checkered flag lap Adams got even with Hanson. The two ran side-by-side for much of the lap.

As the cars passed under the flag stand, for the checkered, Adams nipped Hanson by inches to take his 24th win of the season in his Trace Racing sponsored car. Hanson, Glenz, Schilling and Richardson rounded out the top five.

The Street Stocks were up next with Carolyn Nosser and Matt Wolfe on the front row. This race was off to a shaky start as a number of cars got involved with each other as they passed under the flag stand for what should have been the end of lap one.

A complete restart resulted with Adam Soltis being sent to the back. Once racing resumed, Nick Wojcik made a couple of bold, but smooth moves to go from fourth to first.

With Wojcik in the lead, Travis Hazelton, Jay Kesan and Doug Wojcik challenged each other for second with Hazelton being the winner for the next four laps.

As Nick Wojcik continued to lead, Doug Wojcik moved up to run second. Brother, Nick, continued to lead and began to build a substantial lead as Soltis moved into third followed by Cody Kummer and Kesan.

With the laps winding down, the Wojcik brothers continued to put on a show for the top spot. With two to go, Doug got to within one to two car lengths of his brother, Nick. In spite of the fact that Doug put up a great effort, it was not enough and Nick went on to win his fifth feature of the year in his Justice Brothers sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Doug Wojcik, Soltis, Kesan and Kummer.

The final feature of the night saw Mike Schuebel and Danny Westlie take the green first for the start of the Pure Stock feature.

Schuebel was extremely quick off the line shooting to the lead and leading the first five laps of the feature. Unfortunately for Schuebel, who had built up a nice margin, there were three successive cautions after lap five.

On the eventual successful restart, George Richards made his patented restart move to take the lead after running third. Richards survived a couple of more restarts and the race was shortened by a couple of laps due to time constraints, which were due in part to a rollover occurring during lap nine. Bryan Ciolkosz rolled in turn four. Ciolkosz was unhurt, but his car needed to be towed to the pits.

As the shortened race neared completion, Richards pulled away from the field to take his eleventh feature win of the year in his Krause Signs sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Lofgren, Dalton Hazelton, Jeremy Dahl and Dustin Doughty.

Next Sunday, August 21, Eagle Valley hosts the tenth annual Lonnie Leu Memorial race. This race night promises to be a good one. With the track being at its prime for the year, the racing should be fantastic!

Season championship races will be held on August 28, and then two more events will cap off the racing season at Eagle Valley Speedway. The IRA Sprints will be making their second appearance of the year on September 11, one day after Eagle Valley hosts an Enduro race.

Kyle Ryba Memorial a Huge Success

August 10th, 2011

Tim’s Automotive and Machine, with enhanced pay help from Bob Seckora Coldwell Banker, many fans who contributed, and the Ryba family presented the “Kyle Ryba Memorial” races at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night. No extreme heat, no threat of rain, a nice crowd and an excellent field of cars, along with a smooth and fast racing surface were all contributors to an exciting night of racing which saw WISSOTA/Amsoil drivers Kevin Adams, Wayne Dean, Matt Leer, and Jay Kesan pick up feature wins. In addition to that, George Richards and Eric Schultz picked up wins in the Eagle Valley divisions.

The Eagle Valley Hornets were up first for their feature which was run prior to intermission. On the front row were Brent Voeltz and Eric Schultz, taking an early lead, in search of his tenth straight Eagle Valley win. Schultz has been dominate all year long and Sunday night was no exception. Despite the best efforts of all contenders including: Voeltz, Rocky Kempe, Scott Westaby,
and others. Schultz once again pulled away from all his challengers to take his tenth win of the race season.

With intermission and a bit of track grooming out of the way, the WISSOAT/Amsoil Super Stocks took to the track with Mike Keller and Eric Olson leading the way. Keller was the early leader, leading the first six laps of the feature as Wayne Dean, Olson, Steve Thomas and Shane Kisling battled for second. It was during lap seven that Dean made a pass for the lead in turn two and then survived a restart for the race lead, after the only caution of the race, just after the completion of lap seven.
By the midway point of the feature, Dean was still in control and Kisling had secured second as Keller, Dave Mass and Olson contended for third. Kisling got his car bumper up on Dean’s car’s rear bumper on several occasions, but Dean managed to hold him off and by lap seventeen Dean led by five or six car lengths. With two laps to go, it was Dean on cruise control as Kisling faded a bit, followed by Mass, Keller and Olson. This was Dean’s first feature win of the season in a car that has been getting
progressively better and better and a driver who was more patient than he has been in the past.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next with Cory Crapser and Matt Leer showing the way. Leer was quickest off the line and immediately showed his dominance as he pulled away from the field. Three nearly successive cautions after lap seven reset the field and once again Leer pulled away as Shane Halopka, Nick Koehler, Crapser, and Josh Smith fought it out
for second. It was just after lap nine that Koehler spun in turn two, collecting the cars of Smith and Joe Chaplin. None of the three were able to continue and racing resumed with Leer once again in the lead with Halopka giving chase. Another caution after lap ten for a spinning Grant Southworth gave Halopka another hope that he might be able to catch Leer, but Leer once again pulled away. As the white flag flew, Halopka went high and Leer stayed low. As the cars rounded turn four to take the checkered flag, Halopka made his move, but Leer nipped him by a few feet to take the win, his 14th feature win of the year.

With that exciting race in the books, the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds took to the track with Jesse Glenz and Steve Hallquist on the front row. Glenz had a great start and led the first three laps of the race, but Kevin Adams was on the move from sixth and by the end of lap four Adams led. Once Adams had secured the lead, the race was for second, barring a rare mistake by
Adams or a mechanical failure. Fans were not going to be denied excitement as Glenz and Mark Gerth put on a heck of a show for second as Mark Hanson and Mike Anderson fought it out for third. Adams made no mistakes and had no failures and earned his 22nd feature win of the year. Gerth prevailed over Glenz for second and Anderson won the fight with Hanson to take fourth. Hanson failed to scale, so Dave Mass was credited with fifth.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next with Sam Frankhauser and Jay Kesan sharing the front row. Kesan showed quickness early, taking the lead with Frankhauser running in second, as Cody Kummer and Jason Lang vied for third. With half of the feature complete, Kesan continued to lead, as Frankhauser and Doug Wojcik, who had come from seventh, fought it out for second. At that point Lang ran fourth and Kummer ran fifth. With two laps to go, Kesan was in command, leading by seven or eight car lengths as Frankhauser and Wojcik continued to fight for second and Shaun Mann moved in to secure fourth after he started twelfth. Unfortunately, Lang pulled up lame and drove off into the pits relinquishing his spot in fifth to Kummer. Kesan went on to win his sixth feature of the 2011 season with Frankhauser, Wojcik, Mann and Kummer rounding out the top five.

The final feature of the night belonged to the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks with Pat Smith and Josh Rudd on the front row. Rudd was the early leader with Smith settling into the second spot. Five laps into the feature, there were three successive cautions, and when racing resumed that break was all George Richards needed to give him the opportunity to take him to the lead by the time lap seven was completed. With Richards in control, all the rest of the field could hope for was a slip-up by Richards, but that didn’t happen and Richards went on for his tenth feature win of the season.

The next big event at Eagle Valley Speedway will be the Eve of Destruction on Saturday, August 13-this will be a fun time for the whole family with “smash and crash” races, a demo derby, and many other races sure to please the crowd. Sunday night, August 14, regular racing will resume when the races will be presented by Southworth Chevrolet. This will also be kids’ night and the kids and kids at heart will be able to meet the drivers on the track during intermission.

Other events to note on your racing schedule include the Lonnie Leu Memorial Race on August 21 and the return of the IRA Sprints on September 11.

Adams Picks Up Win 21 and Kisling Collects Win 17 at Eagle Valley Speedway

August 3rd, 2011

Jim Falls, WI–On yet another warm and humid summer night, Eagle Valley Speedway along with WAXX 104.5 FM and Quality Propane presented five exciting divisions of racing to the appreciation of the fans in attendance. The addition of more new clay this week, with more to be added in the coming weeks, provided a fast and smooth surface allowing for more grooves of racing and more passing.

The Hornet feature was the first of the night with the race taking place prior to intermission. Even though the number of cars was not up to par with previous weeks and Eric Schultz dominated, the race for second place was a good one. As Schultz motored away from everyone else, Scott Westaby and Jay Welk had a spirited battle for second with Westaby being the ultimate winner of the second spot.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were the first division on the track after intermission with Alex Van Natta and Zach Manley sharing the front row. Van Natta was quick off the line and led this caution-free feature for the first seven laps as Manley hounded him for the first six and Shane Halopka moved up to replace Manley by the end of lap seven. With eight laps in, Halopka made a nice move to take the lead, sending Van Natta to second, followed by Manley, Matt Leer, and Josh Smith. With five laps to go, Halopka stretched his lead with Leer moving up to run second. Meanwhile, Van Natta dropped to third, followed by Manley and Smith. Halopka finished the weekend with a win, his second feature win of the weekend and his fifth for the season, in his Bob Seckora, Coldwell/Banker-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were up next, with Brad Kisling and Terry Kroening on the front row. Kisling led the first lap, but Wayne Dean coming from fourth, led the next two laps as Kisling settled in for second. The only caution of the feature came after lap three when Terry Kroening’s car made hard contact with the wall as he exited turn three. Kroening retired to the pits and the race continued with Dean going high on the track and Shane Kisling going low. Kisling had started eighth and was on the move and by the end of lap four had stolen the lead, sending Dean to second, followed by Eric Olson, Brad Kisling, and Tommy Richards. As the laps wound down, Kisling pulled away from the field as Olson moved into second. Despite the best efforts of the others, Kisling was able to pick up his eighth straight Eagle Valley win, which was also his tenth win overall at Eagle Valley and his seventeenth win of the year in his division.

With Bob Wood and Bryan Nayes on the front row, the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds accepted the green from Flagman Jeff Eisner for the start of the feature. Nayes was off like a rocket leading the first lap and the next five laps as Wood and Mike Anderson fought it out for second with Anderson winning that fight. In addition to the fight going on for second, Jay Richardson and Kevin Adams dueled for the third spot with Adams eventually winning that one. Seven laps into the race, Adams had completed his move to the front to take the lead, stretching his lead to seven or eight car lengths by the end of lap nine. Mike Anderson was on the move as he hugged the bottom while Adams used the top of the track to continue to lead.
With five laps to go, Adams had what would prove to be an insurmountable lead taking the win at the end of lap twenty in his CRC Components-sponsored car. This win was Adams 21st win of the season.

Jason Lang and Adam Soltis led the WISSOTA/Amosil Street Stocks to the line with Lang taking the early lead a Doug Wojcik moved up from third to take second. Wojcik didn’t waste any time as he quickly moved past Lang to take the lead by the end of lap two. Lang dropped to second, followed by Soltis, Jay Kesan and Mike Knudtson. With five laps in, Wojcik had a firm grip on first with Kesan moving into second as Lang and Soltis swapped spots for third. Meanwhile Cody Kummer was moving up from seventh to grab a spot in the top five. With five laps to go, Wojcik had established a dominating lead while Kesan, Soltis, Kummer and Lang continued to fight it out for the other spots in the top five. Wojcik went on to get his seventh feature win of the year in his Johnson Graphics-sponsored car.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up last in what would prove to be a very interesting and exciting feature interrupted just one time for a caution when a car lost a muffler. Kolby Keih and Robert Wahlstrom led the field to the green for the start of the feature with Keih leading by the end of lap one as Wahlstrom ran second with Jay Folz, Dalton Hazelton, and Jason Havel vying for third. Keih led the first seven laps of the feature and was challenged by Hazelton for five of those laps. It was at the end of lap eight that Hazelton made the move to secure the top spot. From that point on, the only serious challenge came from Havel who got his car close to making the pass on Hazelton several times. Hazelton, though, was able to hold Havel at bay, taking his first feature win of the year in his Dirt Digger Race Car-sponsored car.

Next week will end up being a nice pay day for not only the winner of each feature, but for others in the top five as well. Bob Seckora, Coldwell/Banker has matched individual contributions of fans to increase the purse for next week’s races which will be sponsored by Tim’s Automotive. See Eagle Valley’s ad in All The Dirt for the enhanced payouts. Also, keep August 13 open on your entertainment schedule as Eagle Valley presents the Eve Of Destruction with fireworks to follow.

Anderson Brothers, Kisling, and Kummer Help Eagle Valley Celebrate Their Anniversary

July 28th, 2011

Jim Falls, WI, July 24, 2011 marked the tenth anniversary of ownership for Jerry and Janis Weigel of Eagle Valley Speedway and new clay on the track proved to be something to celebrate, as well.

Mike Anderson picked up his 8th win of the year in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified and his brother Travis was a winner in his Midwest Modified. Joining the Anderson brothers in victory lane were Shane Kisling, picking up his 9th win at Eagle Valley Speedway and his 15th WISSOTA/Amsoil win of the year. Cody Kummer picked up his third straight win at Eagle Valley Speedway in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock, while George Richards picked up his 9th win of the year in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock. Rounding out the wins for the night was Eric Schultz in his Eagle Valley Hornet, making it win number eight.

The Eagle Valley Hornets ran their feature prior to intermission with Ryan Michels and Eric Schultz sharing the front row. It was Jay Welk, though, who would be the early leader, leading just lap one. With two laps in the books, Schultz powered ahead of Welk for the lead and never looked back as he took the win in his Kadinger’s Salvage-sponsored car. Finishing second was Welk, with Jerry Zebro in third, Scott Westaby in fourth and Paul Monpas in fifth.

The Super Stock feature was the first after intermission with Terry Kroening and Mike Keller taking the green first from Flagman Jeff Eisner. Kroening showed early promise as he led the first two laps, but Shane Kissling put on an early charge, coming from fifth to take the lead by the end of lap three.

Despite the best efforts of Kroening and Tommy Richards, who had started fourth, Kisling motored away to take the win in his Toys Scrap and Salvage-sponsored car. Kroening settled for second, Richards for third, and Eric Olson and Mike Keller had an interesting battle for fourth and fifth, with Olson winning the fight for fourth.

Up next were the Midwest Modifieds with Grant Southworth and Matt Leer on the front row. The drivers on the front row didn’t know it, but Travis Anderson had a plan as he shot from seventh to first with just one lap in the books. Anderson led the first eight laps of the race, as Josh Smith, who had started fifth, and Leer fought the good fight for second.

Leer was able to take the lead by the end of lap nine, sending Anderson to second as Cory Crapser replaced Smith in the third spot. Meanwhile Dalton Yohnk moved up to fifth from eighth.

A caution after then laps for a spinning Crapser in turn four sent Crapser to the back. As Crapser moved to the rear, and to the surprise of everyone, Leer exited to the pits, yielding the lead once again to Anderson.

Anderson was not to be denied as he completed the rest of the race in the number one spot, taking the win in his Twist and Tangles-sponsored car. Smith finished second, Yohnk third, Crapser managed to get back to fourth and Shane Halopka picked up the fifth spot.

The Modifieds were up next with Mike Anderson and Jay Richardson sharing the honors of being in the front row. Anderson showed his muscle early as he shot to the lead, leading laps one through nine, with Kevin Adams running side by side for a time.

Just as things were getting interesting between Anderson and Adams, Bryan Nayes spun out as he came out of turn one. With the field reset, Anderson once again took the lead, stretched the lead to three or four car lengths and was off for what appeared to be a win. Adams had other ideas and things were going along well as he closed
with a car length and then a half car length with just five laps to go.

Once again, just as things were heating up between Anderson and Adams, Adams did his Cape Canaveral impersonation as his car left the ground after contact with a hole that had developed between turns three and four. Adams’ car came down with a thud, a butt breaker to be perfectly honest, and he lost more than several spots as Anderson drove off.

With three laps to go, Adams got to within one car length, but Anderson had the momentum and went on for his eighth win of the year in his Anderson Auto Repair-sponsored car. Adams took second, Nayes came back to take third, Dave Baxter finished fourth, and Jay Richardson was credited with fifth.

Mike Knudtson and Adam Soltis shared the front row for the start of the Street Stock feature with Knudtson taking the early lead, leading the first six laps until Soltis’ car came to a halt in turn four with a flat tire, causing the first caution of the race.

With Soltis back on the track and in the back of the pack after a tire change, Knudtson once again was off to the lead with Cody Kummer, Jay Kesan, and Nick Wojcik giving chase. At this point It looked good for Knudtson but Kummer, who has been on a terror of late, was right on his tail, making the pass with seven laps to go. Just after the completion of lap ten, Soltis spun coming out of turn one and back to the rear of the pack he went one more time. When racing resumed, Kummer was tasting victory as he motored away from the pack, leading at times by seven or eight car lengths. In the end, Kummer had earned his third straight win at Eagle Valley speedway in his All Sports Sales and Service-sponsored car. Wojcik came home second, Knudtson hung on for third, Kesan for fourth, and Soltis managed to come back to secure fifth.

The last feature of the night was for the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks with Danny Westlie and Dustin Doughty showing the way. Doughty was the early leader as Rod Ryba came from fourth to run second and Pat Smith ran third.

Doughty led the first five laps, but George Richards was on the move from his eighth-place starting spot and he claimed first after the completion of lap six. Most of the action was up front in this feature, as Richards pulled away from the field for the win in his Napa Auto Parts-sponsored car. Doughty finished second, Smith third, Ryba fourth and Brandon Lofgren finished fifth.

Racing continues on Sunday, July 31, when WAXX 104.5 and Quality Propane will present the racing action.

The following week Tim’s Automotive presents the Kyle Ryba Memorial Race with additional help from Bob Seckora/Coldwell Banker and contributing fans. Seckora is matching dollar for dollar anyone contributing to the purse for the Ryba Memorial Race. The goal is to increase the total purse, not just the top pay. By the end of the race night on July 24, enough money had been contributed and matched to guarantee a $500 winner’s payout for the winner of the Super Stock and Midwest Modified feature on August 7. In addition, the payout farther down has also been increased. As additional funds are donated, other classes will be included. See Bob or make your contribution at next week’s races by going to the concession stand at Eagle Valley Speedway where contributions will be accepted. Let’s make this a great payout night for everyone-with your help it can be done!

The Valley Was Too Wet, Too Hot, and Too Humid at Jimtown

July 17th, 2011

Jim Falls, WI–Due to the excessive rains on Friday (over three inches) and the oppressive heat and humidity, Jerry and Janis Weigel decided it was in the best interest of all parties, including themselves, the drivers, and the fans, to cancel the races for Sunday, July 17.

This was not a decision based on whim, as drivers and others were consulted as to their opinion on and all concerned felt the same way–that racing Sunday night would just not be a good idea.

The Weigels invite all of you to join them next week for another night of racing when the valley heats up–but, hopefully, not quite as much!

Adams, Leer, and Kummer Qualify For the ROC at Eagle Valley

July 14th, 2011

Are we in Iowa? All the elements were there for a hot and humid Iowa night except for the pig manure smell as River Country Coop hosted, and Eagle Valley Speedway held its Race of Champions qualifier races on Sunday, July 10. Qualifying for the Race of Champions in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified division was Kevin Adams who uncharacteristically also won his first and only feature of the weekend. Shane Kisling won his feature, but he previously was qualified in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock on Saturday night at Rice Lake Speedway. Matt Leer qualified in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified and Cody Kummer did the same in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock. Also winning features on Sunday night were Jason Havel in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock and John Griffin in his Mod 600.

The Midwest Modifieds were the first division on the track for their feature with Matt Leer and Travis Anderson on the front row. Leer grabbed the lead early as Anderson ran in second for the first two laps. A caution during what should have been lap three was called when Shane Halopka’s car got into the car of Cory Crapser. Both drivers were able to continue, but Halopka
was sent to the back. One more lap was completed and then there was another caution when Joe Chaplin spun, collecting B Jay Huse in the process. Both cars then retired to the pits. When racing resumed, Leer once again was off to the lead, this time with Crapser in hot pursuit. As Leer and Crapser ran one and two, Anderson and Nick Koehler had a spirited battle for third for six laps. With the laps winding down, Grant Southworth began picking off cars one at a time, moving up to fourth. By race end, Bruce, Wisconsin’s, Leer, had won his fifth Eagle Valley Speedway feature, completed a swipe and qualified for the ROC in his Jiffy Biffy-sponsored car.

The Super Stocks were up next with Brad Kisling and Mark Stender showing the way. Stender was off to a quick and commanding lead with Kisling running a strong second. Stender and Kisling maintained the top spots for the first eight laps and then the car of Tommy Richards slowed and came to a stop in the back stretch bringing out the caution. Once the cars were realigned and racing resumed, Stender once again took the lead, but this time it was Shane Kisling who stole the second spot as Eric Olson and Wayne Dean had a heated fight for third. By mid race, Shane Kisling seemed to have found a little extra power and moved from second, shooting to the lead. Two cautions caused the field to adjust and Kisling survived two restarts with Olson and Dean once again embroiled in a fight for second as Brad Kisling and Mark Stender fought it out for third. By race end, Shane Kisling of Sarona, WI, had taken his eighth win at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Moberg Electric-sponsored car.

Dan Hesch and Kevin Adams lined up side-by-side for the start of the Modified feature, which got off to a rocky start when Hesch’s car slowed suddenly coming out of turn two, causing an early caution, resulting in Hesch’s car being pushed into the infield. When racing resumed, Adams was “off to the races” putting distance between himself and the other competitors quickly. Jesse Glenz did his best to close the gap between himself and Adams as the two cars ran virtually the same speed for most of the race. But, running nearly the same speed was not going to be good enough. Adams survived two mid-race cautions and restarts and for a time Mark Gerth ran second with Glenz running third. As Adams continued to lead, Glenz and Gerth swapped places for second, with Glenz winning that fight. Meanwhile, Adam Hensel and Mike Anderson swapped spots for third with Hensel eventually winning that one. In the end, Rice Lake, Wisconsin’s, Adams, had captured a ROC qualifying spot and had won his fifth feature at Eagle Valley Speedway for the year in his Todd’s Crankshaft Grinding-sponsored car.

Mike Knudtson and Cody Kummer were in charge of the starting spots as the Street Stocks took to the track for their feature.
Kummer was the early leader, with Knudtson running a strong second, and Jay Kesan and Nick Wojcik had an excellent race for third. A caution during lap six for a spinning Sam Frankhauser realigned the field and Kummer once again grabbed the lead, this time with Kesan hot on his tail. With two laps to go, Kummer still led, but Wojcik moved into the second spot as Kesan dropped to third and Adam Soltis secured the fourth spot, after battling Jason Lang for much of the latter part of the race. As the checkered flew, Kummer of Medford, WI, had won his second feature in as many weeks at Eagle Valley Speedway and had qualified for the ROC in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored car.

George Richards was looking for yet another Eagle Valley Speedway win as he and Dan Fisher led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the green for the start of their feature. Richards was off to a quick lead and took command early as he pulled away from the competition with Fisher running second, as Dalton Hazelton and Jason Havel dueled it out for third. A caution for a multi-car wreck after lap four saw Clay Potaczek and Dustin Doughty parking their cars for the night and Richards once again was off to a lead. As Richards ran first, Havel moved into second and showed signs of looking for the lead. Hazelton continued to run third, as Fisher dropped to fourth and Brandon Lofgren moved up to fifth. At the midpoint of the race, Havel passed Richards whose car was missing, coming out of the turns. From that point on, Havel continued to lead as Richards hung on for second. As the race ended, Havel of Rice Lake, WI, had won his first feature at Eagle Valley Speedway.

The final feature of the night was the Mod 600s with Greg Wohletz and Brett LaDuke on the front row. Wohletz was the early leader, with Joe Provinzino moving up from his fifth place starting spot to grab second and John Griffin came from seventh to run third. With four laps in, Provinzino’s car suddenly slowed, and although not related, Bob Cizewski’s car spun between turns one and two. Cizewski was able to continue from the back of the pack, but Provinzino’s night was done. When racing resumed, Wohletz again took the lead with Griffin running second, as Bill Baures ran third and Curt Luhmann ran fourth. With three to go, Griffin passed Wohletz for the lead and the eventual win for the Caledonia, MN, resident.

Next weeks races will be presented by JP Mechanical with all divisions once again in action including the four cylinders and exculding the Mod 600s.

The Barron Bullet Shoots to the Win at Eagle Valley’s Dart Challenge Series Late Model Race

July 5th, 2011

Jim Falls, WI–Adam Hensel aka “The Barron Bullet” made his return to Eagle Valley Speedway’s oval a good one as he took the win in a 40-lap feature event on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Joining Hensel in the winner’s circle were Shane Kisling in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock, Cory Crapser in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified, Cody Kummer in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock, and George Richards in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock. On what proved to be a beautiful night for racing, fans packed the stands with one of the largest crowds ever in the facility’s history, with the races being presented by Miller Lite and Coca-Cola.

The first feature race of the night began with Andy Grymala and Eric Olson on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock show. Grymala was quick off the line to take the lead and led the first three laps, as Olson and Shane Kisling battled for second. With three laps in the books, Kisling did what he had threatened to do during the previous two laps and made the pass for the lead with Grymala and Olson left to fight it out for second and Mark Stender and Tommy Richards vying for third. Kisling, of Sarona, WI was able to survive several restarts for two separate cautions about midway through the race to go on to take his 12th win of the 2011 season in his Lakeview Dental-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next with Nick Koehler and Josh Smith leading the way. Smith showed good strength early, taking the lead by the end of lap one, with Koehler and Cory Crapser in hot pursuit. By the end of lap two, Crapser had made a successful pass for second, as Koehler settled in for third and Matt Leer hounding him for the third spot.
Just before the halfway point of the feature, with Smith still leading, Crapser ran second, Leer third, Koehler fourth, and Grant Southworth followed in fifth. With four laps to go in the 15-lap feature, Crapser made his move for the lead, dropping Smith to second as Leer ran third. In the end, it was Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin’s, Cory Crapser, taking his 12th feature win of the year in his GRP Motorsports-sponsored car. This win is something special, when you consider the fact that the previous night Crapser loaded up a basket of a barrel-rolled car at Rice Lake Speedway.

Cody Kummer and Jay Kesan lined up side-by-side for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature, which was next on the race card. Kesan was the early leader as he captured the lead spot by the end of lap one. Kesan had a dancing partner, though, as Kummer glued the front end of his car to the rear bumper of Kesan’s car. Kesan and Kummer ran one and two for 13 laps with Kesan in control. Kummer was tight on his bumper the whole time, as Jason Lang ran a few car lengths back and Adam Soltis was close behind. With the white flag ready to be unfurled, Kummer decided he was sick of being second and made the move to pass for the lead. As the white flag flew, Medford, Wisconsin’s Kummer made the pass, sending Kesan to second. Kummer went on to get his first win of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored car.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with Scott Schoettle and Dustin Doughty on the front row. It was neither of the front row competitors that would take the early lead as track points leader, George Richards, took command early from his third-place starting spot. Richards was soon joined by Jason Havel, coming from fifth, to make the only serious challenge for the lead for the night. Despite two successive cautions during laps seven and eight, the Mondovi, WI native, Richards was able to hold off all comers to take yet another Pure Stock win in his Outlaw Chassis-sponsored car.

Up next—the main event with Adam Hensel on the pin and Mike Prochnow at his side for the start of the Dart Challenge Series Late Model feature. The feature began with a bad start when Hensel was slow getting off the line. After the cars were regrouped, the second start was successful with Hensel shooting to the lead as Prochnow wrestled Jake Redetzke for second.
By the end of lap four, Hensel was still in the lead and Redetzke had moved up to second, followed by Jimmy Mars, Prochnow, and Joel Cryderman.

A caution during lap five for a spinning Jake Hartung, reset the field. When racing resumed Hensel once again grabbed the point, this time followed by Mars, Redetzke, Prochnow, and Cryderman.

As the race neared the halfway mark, Jim Rychtik’s car came to rest against the front stretch wall. Rychtik was fine, but he retired his car to the pits and the race resumed with Hensel once again showing the way, followed closely by Mars.
Moving on a few laps to lap 24, Hensel was on a mission as he stretched his lead to almost a full turn with Mars, Redetzke, Cryderman and now, Steve Laursen, giving chase.

With ten laps to go in the 40-lap feature and lapped traffic looking like it was going to be a factor, things looked like they were once again going to get really interesting as Redetzke was eyeing up Mars for a shot at the second spot.
We didn’t know it at the time, but Mars was having fuel pump issues and would leave the race with three laps to go, sending Redetzke to second as Hensel continued to lead. By race end, Hensel had picked up his second Challenge Series win making the folks in Barron, Wisconsin, once again proud of the “Barron Bullet”.

As of July 3, 2011, Redetzke continues to lead in the Dart Challenge Series points battle, followed by Hensel, Eric Breeschoten, John Kaanta, and Joel Cryderman.

Racing resumes on Saturday, July 9, when Eagle Valley Speedway presents an Enduro race. Sunday night, July 10, regular racing resumes with River Country Coop Night featuring WISSOTA Modified, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Eagle Valley Pure Stocks, and the Mod 600s.

Rookie Gerth Shows The Mods How It’s Done at Eagle Valley

June 29th, 2011

On a rare, near perfect night, JP Mechanical presented the races and the Eagle Valley Speedway faithful were treated to a great night of racing. In this writer’s opinion, it was the best overall racing of the year in all divisions with great battles occurring in all features.

Rookie, Mark Gerth, took top honors for the night in his WISSOTA/Amsoil racing series Modified as he came from mid-pack with
three laps to go in the Modified feature to get his second win of the season. Shane Kisling wasn’t quite as patient, as he waited until mid-race to grab the lead and eventually take his ninth feature win of the year in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock. In WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified action, Matt Leer was successful in making the pass for the lead and the win with five laps to go to get his tenth win of the season. After spinning out in his heat race, it was an excellent end to the
night when rookie, Nick Wojcik, got his second feature win of the year in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley divisions, George Richards picked up win number seven in his Pure Stock, while Eric Schultz garnered win number seven in his Hornet.

The Eagle Valley Hornets ran their feature prior to intermission with Eric Schultz and Jay Welk on the front row. Welk, knowing full well that the points leader was right beside him, shot to an early lead and never looked back, leading the whole way, until? Well, until the last lap when Schultz took a new approach as the two battled door to door. With Welk in the lead, Shultz drove a new line and squeezed out a win as the checkered flag flew, picking up his seventh win of the year. Rounding out the top five were: Welk, Mark Ryskoski, Scott Westaby and Dustin LaBlonde.

After some track grooming and the intermission, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track with Josh Smith and Nick Koehler on point. Koehler say his chance early and took the early lead, leading the first nine laps of the feature. It was during what should have been the completion of lap ten that Koehler and Matt Leer tangled as they approached the flag stand as
Leer was in the process of passing Koehler. The result was a caution and the result of the tangle was that Koehler retired to the pits and Leer moved to the top spot. Once Leer was in the leadership spot, it was going to be a tough job for anyone else to secure it, but Cory Crapser, Grant Southworth (on the comeback after a broken back), and Smith did their best to pass and then just keep up with Leer. In the end, it was Leer getting his tenth win of the season in his Fisk Trucking sponsored car. Crapser, Smtih, Southworth, and B Jay Huse made up the rest of the top five.

Tommy Richards and Lucas Plank making his second trip to Eagle Valley this season led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the line for the start of their feature. Plank was on the move early, grabbing the lead with Richards and Tony Falkner in hot pursuit. Falkner exited to the pits early, leaving Richards and now Shane Kisling to do battle for the second spot. Kisling had started eighth, but was on the move, however, Richards was able to hold him off as Eric Olson also got into the mix for the second spot. As Plank, Richards and Kisling were having a heated battle for the top spot, you could have thrown the preverbal blanket over them, Olson was biding his time for a chance along with Darrel Hazelton. A caution occurred as lap ten was beginning for derbis-no, this is not Nascar, there was parts and pieces on the track. Once racing resumed, Kisling was the fastest on the restart and the rest, my friends, is history. Kisling went on to take his ninth win of the year in his Moberg Excavating sponsored car followed by Plank, Richards, Olson, and Wayne Dean.

Mike Anderson and Dan Hesch had the starting spots for the WISSOTA Modified feature and Hesch was quickest off the line to take the early lead with Anderson putting on the pressure followed by Jay Richardson, Kevin Adams and Kent Baxter. Everything was going Hesch’s way for the first eleven laps and then a caution occurred when Bryan Nayes came to a stop as he came out of turn one. At the same time, Anderson pulled off with a shredded right rear tire. When racing resumed, Hesch again was on his way as Adams, Gerth and Richardson battled for second. As Hesch stretched his lead and things were going his way, a caution occurred during lap seventeen when Jason Swan’s car spun coming out of turn one. And then it happened. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Gerth shot to the lead and with three laps to go kicked in the after burners leaving everyone else in pursuit. With Gerth in the lead, Hesch and Adams fought it out for second as Steve Hallquist moved into fourth with Richardson hanging on for fifth. At race end, Gerth had picked up his second win in his rookie year in his Mars Race Cars sponsored Modified. Hesch, Adams, Hallquist and Richardson completed the top five in this exciting feature.

In WISSOTA Street Stock action, Cody Kummer and Mike Knudtson led field to the green for the start of their feature with Kummer making a quick move to take the lead early. With Kummer in the lead, Adam Soltis ran second as Danny Richards
and the Wojcik brothers, Doug and Nick worked for the third spot. Five laps into the feature, which ran without caution, Kummer began to pull away from the field and stretch his lead.

With eight laps in, Kummer was still in the lead, but Nick Wojcik was on the move and closing. Meanwhile, Richards, Doug Wojcik and Soltis were doing their best to stay in the fray for the top spot. Nick Wojcik was on a rail and by the end of lap nine had made the pass on Kummer. Wojcik had it hooked up and pulled away from the rest to take his second win of his short Street Stock career in his Intercomp sponsored car. Kummer, Richards, Soltis and Doug Wojcik completed the top five.

Scott Schoettle and Dalton Hazelton were first to take the green in the Eagle Valley Pure Stock feature, but Clay Potaczek, coming from fifth was the early leader. An early caution as lap two was being completed saw last week’s feature winner, Dustin Doughty, flip his car in turn four. Doughty was walked away and the car was removed from the track. When racing resumed, Potaczek once again took the lead, but was challenged early by George Richards. Richards was on the move and by the end of lap three had grabbed the lead. Potaczek fell to second as Schoettle, Bill Skoug and Hazelton gave chase. All the chasing in the world wasn’t, apparently, going to make any difference as Richards drove away from the field to take his seventh win of the year in his Ketchum Farms sponsored car. Potaczek, Schoettle, Skoug, and Hazelton rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Sunday, July 3, when the Dart Challenge Series for WISSOTA Late Models will be in action along with the WISSOTA Super Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks and Eagle Valley Pure Stocks.

The 2011 Dart Challenge Series for WISSOTA Late Models is brought to you by Dart Machinery, Lou Fegers Racing Equipment, Joe Provo Racewear, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Brown Engineering, Wehrs Machine Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Howards Cams, Performance Auto, Dirt Track Supply, Chubeck Racing Products, Provinzino Race Cars, Champ Pans, Shocks by Hammer, Sturdy Racing Engines, Trace Racing, CRP Photography, Speednet Direct, Raceceiver, All The Dirt Racing News and Performance Promotions.

Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, WI currently leads the 2011 point standings. Redetzke has four top ten finishes including two second place finishes at Casino Speedway on June 4 and Dacotah Speedway on June 10 aiding in his surge to the top. Marshall Fegers of Mound, MN sits second only 4 points behind Redetzke. Fegers captured a series win at Casino Speedway on June 4 and has secured three other top ten finishes. Rounding out the top five in series point standings include Eric Breeschoten of Buffalo, MN, Challenge Cup XI winner Adam Hensel of Barron, WI and two-time series champion Lance Matthees of Winona, MN.

Sixth through tenth in the point standings includes Cumberland, WI driver Steve Laursen; Chad Becker of Aberdeen, SD; defending series champion John Kaanta of Elk Mound, WI; Joel Cryderman of Thunder Bay, ON and Justin Fegers of Minnetonka, MN.

There will be fireworks following the night’s races.

Eagle Valley Speedway Sees Five Repeat Winners and One First Time Winner

June 23rd, 2011

Father’s Day was a good one for Kevin Adams as he picked up his eleventh feature win of the year in his WISSOTA/AMSOIL Modified. In addition, Shane Kisling picked up win number eight of the year in his Super Stock while Matt Leer repeated for his eighth win of the year as well in his Midwest Modified.

Jay Kesan picked up his fourth win of the year in his WISSOTA Street Stock and Eric Schultz picked up win number six in his Eagle Valley Hornet. The only first time winner was rookie, Dustin Doughty, in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up first on this Sunday Night with Colin Polacek and Eric Olson on the front row. Olson was quickest off the line, leading the first three laps of the feature. By lap four, though, Shane Kisling had worked his way up to the top spot with Olson falling to second, followed by Mark Stender, Polacek, and Allen Amborn. This race only had one caution for debris on the track during lap six. Once racing resumed, Kisling once again shot to a commanding lead, with
Olson once again doing his best to keep up. With three laps to go, Kisling was ahead of the pack by a full turn. Kisling went on to take the win, his eighth of the year, and his third straight at Eagle Valley Speedway in his L & L Excavating-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Olson, Amborn, Stender, and Tony Falkner, who was making his return to racing after his second tour in Afghanistan.

Up next, it was time for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, with Jake Stai and John Moravec leading the way. Stai was the early leader, leading the first four laps with Mike Truscott, Nick Koehler, Matt Leer, and Cory Crapser giving chase. It was at the beginning of lap five that Zach Manley spun between turns one and two. Manley’s car sustained heavy front end damage and he went off on the hook. When racing resumed, Leer made an excellent move to take the front spot, as Stai dropped to second with Truscott and Crapser once again in the mix. During lap six another caution occurred when Stai spun coming out of
turn one, collecting Crapser in the process. Both cars were able to continue with Stai being sent to the rear. When racing resumed, Leer once again kicked in the power to assume the lead, with Crapser following closely in second as Truscott, Shane
Halopka, and Koehler fought it out for third. Leer was able to establish a significant lead to hold off all challenges, taking his eighth win of the year and his third win at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Attwood Well Drilling sponsored car. Crapser, Truscott, Halopka, and Koehler hung in there to complete the top five.

Kent Baxter and Steve Hallquist led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green flag with Hallquist grabbing the lead, leading the first four laps of the feature. Meanwhile, Baxter and Kevin Adams were having a spirited battle for second. By the end of lap five, Adams made the move to the number one spot, as Hallquist, Jason Swan, and Baxter battled it out for second. Not to be outdone, rookie drivers, Jesse Glenz and Mark Gerth, were having excellent runs fighting for fifth. It’s never over ’til it’s over, but the winner of this race was decided, barring unforeseen circumstances, by lap ten of the twenty-lap feature as Adams broke away from the field. In the end, it was Adams with a decisive eleventh feature win for 2011. Hallquist, Glenz, Gerth, and Baxter filled out the top five honors.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Adam Soltis and Jason Lang first in line. Lang, back after being MIA for several weeks, was the early leader, leading the first four laps. By the end of lap five Jay Kesan, celebrating his birthday, took the lead with Lang, Soltis, Cody Kummer, and Mike Knudtson mixing it up for the second spot. Kesan proved to be a determined birthday boy and took his fourth feature win of the year, also making it his third of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Bruce Auto Repair- sponsored car. Lang, Soltis, Kummer, and Knudtson settled for the other top five spots.

Brandon Davis and Bryan Ciolkosz led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to Flagman Jeff Eisner’s green flag for the start of their feature. Trying to win the race on the first lap proved to be disastrous as the some of the cars went four wide coming out of turn three. The result was Clay Potaczek and George Richards tangled, sending Richards up onto the wall between turns three and four. Richards’s night was done as he went off on the hook and Potaczek’s night ended, as well, with right front issues. When racing resumed, in what would prove to be the most exciting feature of the night, Ciolkosz grabbed the lead with Todd Roshell, Davis, and Dustin Doughty vying for second. As the cars rounded the track for the last lap, Ciolkosz was still in the lead and it looked like he would get his first feature win. Brandon Lofgren had other ideas and he attempted a pass from second. Unfortunately, the cars of Lofgren and Ciolkosz made contact with both of them loosing enough momentum for Rookie Dustin Doughty, who had been running third, to pass them both and then go on to take his first ever feature win in his Johnson Graphics-sponsored car. Ciolkosz, Lofgren, Davis, and Roshell rounded out the top five.

The Eagle Valley Hornet feature began with Scott Westaby and Jerry Zebro on the front row. Westaby took the early lead, leading the first four laps as Eric Schultz, winner of all of the other features at Eagle Valley Speedway in 2011, pounded Westaby’s bumper for the lead. With five laps into the books, Shultz took the lead and never looked back to take his sixth straight feature win of the year in his Ernie’s Bike Shop-sponsored car. Westaby, Zebro, Paul Monpas, and Dustin LaBlonde completed the top five spots.

Racing resumes at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, June 26, when JP Mechanical – Plumbing and Heating Night presents the night of racing with all five regular classes seeing action. Keep Sunday, July 3, open on your race calendar as Eagle Valley Speedway hosts the Dart WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series presented by Miller Lite & Coca-Cola.

Special thanks to Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Kris Oium Blacktopping for the Kids bike giveaway every race night!

Adams, Crapser, and Shaw Had Em Covered at Eagle Valley

June 15th, 2011

Jim Falls, WI–A rare, perfect night for racing was on order and the order was delivered on Sunday, June 12, for the appearance of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and four regular Eagle Valley divisions, presented by 99.9 BOB FM and The Big Cheese 92.9 FM. It seems when it comes to Sprints it’s either like them or leave them and, apparently, lots of people like them as the stands were at capacity with an approving crowd. It was appropriate that three-time IRA Champion, Billy Balog, would be the eventual IRA winner as his home is just down the road a bit from Eagle Valley Speedway.

In the WISSOAT/Amsoil divisions, Kevin Adams, in his Mod, and Cory Crapser, in his Midwest Mod, both had their individual features covered as they wheeled their Shaw racecars around the Eagle Valley oval. In the Eagle Valley divisions, wins went to George Richards in his Pure Stock and Curt Luhmann in his Mod 600.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were set to do battle first with Travis Anderson and Josh Smith on the front row. Smith was quickest off the line, taking the early lead, leading the first three laps of the feature until the action stopped for a caution when Jake Stai and Scott Guthrie got together sending both cars to the pits with damage. When racing resumed, Cory Crapser made a bold move to come from the third spot he occupied, prior to the caution, to steal the lead. Smith, along with Matt Leer and Nick Koehler were early contenders for the top spot, but Crapser drove away from the pack. What looked like it could be an easy win for Crapser became a bit doubtful as the laps wound down. With two laps to go, Leer hooked up to Crapser’s rear bumper, but it was too little too late. Crapser held Leer off for a sweep and his seventh feature win of the year in his Bob Seckora/Coldwell Banker sponsored car. Joining Leer and Crapser in the top five were Shane Halopka, Smith, and Koehler.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint feature was up next with Travis Luedtke and Dave Uttech sharing the front row. Luedtke was first to lead, leading for just one lap with Uttech grabbing the lead by the end of lap two. Dave Uttech put on quite a show for the first thirteen laps until his forward progress was stopped when a caution was thrown for the stopped car of Scott Uttech. When racing resumed, Billy Balog seemed to come out of nowhere to shot to the lead and then to never look back. Joining Balog in victory lane were Brooke Tatnell and Scotty Neitzel.

Bob Wood and Kent Baxter led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green starter’s flag for their feature with Wood taking lead, leading the first lap. Baxter would see a clean track for the next two laps to lead laps two and three. With four laps in, Kevin “Buzzy” Adams had done enough following and motored to the lead from his eighth-place starting spot. Meanwhile, a great battle ensued for the second spot as Steve Hallquist, Jesse Glenz and Mark Gerth swapped spots several times. The rest this race story is history as Adams left the field in the dust, earning his ninth feature win of the year in his CRC Components sponsored car.

The mighty Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with what would prove to be a very entertaining feature with pole-sitter, Robert Wahlstrom taking the early lead, leading lap one. Wahlstrom had his few seconds of glory until the other front row
occupant, Dalton Hazelton catapulted to the lead, leading the next two laps. By the end of lap four, though, it was once again the George Richard’s show as Richards won a three-wide battle under the flag stand to secure the top spot. Richards left no doubt that he wanted the win as he drove away from the competition to complete a sweep and take his sixth win of the year in his Richard’s Repair sponsored car. Jason Havel, Brandon Lofgren, Dustin Doughty and Wahlstrom completed the top five.

The Mod 600′s were last up with John Griffin and Curt Luhmann on the front row. Greg Wohletz, coming from third, would be the leader of the first eight laps of this feature with Joe Provinzino, Luhmann, and Griffin giving chase. It was at the completion of lap nine that Luhmann had made the pass for the lead, leading all the remaining laps to complete a sweep and take the win. Wohletz, Griffin, Provinzino, and Bill Baures made up the rest of the top five.

Racing resumes on Sunday, June 19, when it’s Father’s Day. Take the old guy to the races for a treat!

Keep Sunday, July 3, open on your race calendar as the Late Models make their only appearance for the year on the fast Eagle Valley oval. That is the night when the Dart WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series will be presented by Miller Lite &
Coca-Cola.

River Country Co-op Night Cooperates With Hesch, Kislling, Crapser and Wojcik

June 9th, 2011

Jim Falls, WI–Warm temperatures and clear blue skies greeted a near capacity crowd on Sunday, June 5, as they enjoyed the WISSOTA/Amsoil Series races presented by River Country Co-op.

Arcadia, Wisconsin’s Dan Hesch, picked up his first Modified win of the 2011 race season, Shane Kisling of Sarona, WI, scored his sixth Super Stock win of the year, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin’s, Cory Crapser, got win number six in his Midwest Modified, Nick Wojcik of Ladysmith, WI, collected win number two in his Street Stock, Mondovi, Wisconsin’s, George Richards, made it win number five in his Pure Stock, and Eric Schultz of Downing, WI, got win number five in his Hornet.

Jake Stai and Brad Hudson lined up on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Hudson taking the early advantage, leading the first two laps. By the end of lap three, Cory Crapser had moved up from the eighth spot to claim the lead as Hudson settled in for second.

The only yellow of the feature came after lap six and on the restart, Crapser once again shot to the lead, this time with Shane Halopka hot on his tail. As Halopka ran second, Matt Leer moved up into the third spot with Jake Smith and Zach Manley fighting it out for fourth.

Crapser drove away for the his third win of the weekend and his sixth win of the year in his Troy’s Shop sponsored car, Halopka settled for second followed by Leer, Manley, and Josh Smith.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up next with Matt McEathron and Colin Polacek first to accept the green. It was Darrel Hazelton, though, coming from fourth, who would grab the early leading, leading the first five laps of the feature. As lap six was just beginning, Hazelton’s car slowed and stopped on the front stretch and his night was done.

With Hazelton in the pits, Shane Kisling inherited the lead with Eric Olson, Mark Stender, and Wayne Dean battling it out for second as Polacek ran close behind. Polacek exited the track at mid-race and Kisling began to stretch his lead.

Kisling continued to stretch his lead as he motored away, taking his fifth win of the year in his A & J Landscape sponsored car. Olson, Dean, Chad Johnson, and Mark Stender rounded out the top five.

Bob Wood and Dan Hesch lined up one and two for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature with Hesch jumping off to a great start to take the lead. With Hesch in the lead, Jay Richardson, coming from fourth, ran second as Bryan Nayes, coming from sixth, and Kevin Adams, coming from eighth, fought it out for third and Wood settled into fifth.

A series of three yellows after lap seven saw Wood retire to the pits with mechanical problems and Richardson impact the turn one wall very hard and roll. Richardson was okay, but his car was a mess.

When racing continued, Hesch went high on the track and Adams went low. Despite the best efforts of Adams and others, Hesch was able to continue to lead and then to slowly pull away from the field, developing a big lead by the end of lap sixteen.

Hold the phone-Adams wasn’t giving up yet and was once again on the move. By the end of the white flag lap, Adams had raced back to put the front end of his car even with Hesch’s driver’s door.

Hesch obviously sensed the challenge and dug a little deeper. Once again, Hesch pulled away from Adams. As Adams dropped back a bit, Mark Gerth saw his chance and shot into the second spot.

By race end, Hesch had completed a sweep and picked up his first feature win of the year in his Budweiser sponsored car. It was a great win for Hesch after spending several weeks away from the track fixing a badly battered car. Gerth, Adams, Mike Anderson, and Jason Swan completed the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature started with Travis Hazelton and Mike Knudtson on the front row. It was Doug Wojcik, though, coming from fourth, who would take the early lead. Wojcik’s lead didn’t last long as Hazelton poured it on to take the lead by the end of lap two.

As Hazelton led, Jay Kesan, Knudtson and the Wojcik brothers, Doug and Nick, battled for the second spot. With six laps in, Kesan and Doug Wojcik tangled resulting in both cars being sent to the rear of the field.

Once racing resumed, Hazelton once again assumed the lead, but this time only for one lap. Nick Wojcik, who had started sixth, grabbed the lead by the end of lap eight.

As Nick Wojcik led, Kesan was quickly on the move from the rear of the field and was running second, followed by Hazelton, Adam Soltis, and Doug Wojcik.

By race end, Nick Wojcik had defended his lead for his second win of the season in his Intercomp sponsored car. Kesan settled for second followed by Hazelton, Soltis, and Doug Wojcik.

Eagle Valley Pure Stock action began with Brandon Lofgren and Dalton Hazelton on the front row. Lofgren lead the first three laps of the feature, but Pat Smith assumed the lead by the end of lap four, leading laps four and five.

George Richards, working his way up from eighth, made the pass for the lead by the end of lap six. From that point on, Richards walked away from the rest of the field for his fifth feature win of the year in his Krause Signs sponsored car. Clay Potaczek, back after time off for car repairs suffered in a rollover, secured the second spot followed by Lofgren, Jay Folz, and Smith.

The Eagle Valley Hornets ran a feature only with Paul Monpas and Scott Westaby leading the way at the drop of the green.

The early leader of this feature was Eric Schultz who led the first seven laps. With seven laps in, Schultz lost the lead to Jay Welk who had come from fourth. Welk led all the remaining laps of the feature, except the one that ultimately counts.

Welk was passed for the win by Schultz as the final lap wound down. At the checkered flag, Schultz won his fifth straight feature in his Kadinger’s sponsored car. Welk settled for second as Westaby, Monpas, and Dustin LaBlonde filled out the top five.

Adams, Kisling, Leer, and Kesan Win Baxter Night Two

June 2nd, 2011

(Jim Falls, WI) Kevin “Buzzy” Adams made it six wins for the year as he powered to another win in his WISSOTA Modified during night two of Baxter Engines and Baxter Speed Shops second night of a two-night event. Shane Kisling picked up his third feature win of the year in his WISSOTA Super Stock, Matt Leer scored win number six of the year in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified, and Jay Kesan earned win number three for the year in his WISSOTA Street Stock. In the Eagle Valley Pure Stock division, George Richards won another, while Eric Shultz did the same in his Eagle Valley Hornet.

To begin the night’s events the Super Stocks were led to the green flag by Brad Johnson and Matt McEathron. Johnson was quickest off the line, leading the first three laps of the feature with Mark Stender and Shane Kisling battling it out for the second spot.

A yellow after lap three for a spinning Curt Hazelton reset the field and on the restart Kisling made a move up high to take the
lead, with Johnson dropping to second. Meanwhile, Stender and Eric Olson were in a battle for third.

Midway through the race, Jason Quarders spun in turn two, once again resetting the field. Kisling was off like a shot, this time with Eric Olson hot on his tail as Stender tried his best to get around Olson. From that point on Kisling steadily pulled away from the pack to complete a sweep and to take the win, his third of the year. Olson, Stender, Wayne Dean, and Johnson completed the top five.

The Midwest Mods were up next with Matt Leer and Josh Smith on the front row. Leer saw his chance early and jumped to an early lead as Smith settled in for second. On Smith’s rear bumper, Cory Crapser and Jake Smeltzer dueled it out for third, as Jake Smith ran fifth.

A caution for a spinning Darren LaBlonde after lap two reset the field with Leer once again taking the lead. At this point, Crapser moved up to claim second and Nick Koehler was making a move to third. Shane Halopka was also on the move to take fourth, as Josh Smith dropped to fifth. That was the way the leaders ran for the remainder of the race with Leer claiming his sixth feature win of the year. Crapser settled for second and Halopka, Koehler, and Josh Smith filled out the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were next on the race program with Kevin Adams and Kevin Rogers first to take the green flag. Adams left no doubt that he was out to win as he quickly established himself as the leader, but a couple of young guns had other ideas as Rookies Jesse Glenz and Mark Gerth were on the move after each of them had won their heats.

As Adams continued to lead, Jay Richardson, Glenz, Gerth, and Bryan Nayes fought it out for second. Just a bit back, Mike Anderson was also on the move to try his shot in the front.

Midway through the race, Glenz had moved into second, seriously contending for the lead as Gerth followed in his wake. Richardson settled into fourth and Anderson secured fifth.

With three to go, Gerth made the pass on Glenz while the others remained in their spots. By race end, Adams had a one car length advantage over Gerth to take his sixth win of the year. Gerth bested Glenz by one car length. Glenz was followed by Richardson and Anderson.

Danny Hanson and Jay Kesan led the Street Stocks to the line as flagman, Jeff Eisner, dropped the green. Hanson was off to a quick lead, leading the first three laps, but the previous night’s feature winner, Kesan, wasn’t interested in second and made the pass to take the lead by the end of lap four.

Kesan continued to lead and by mid-race Hanson was joined by the Wojcik brothers, Doug and Nick along with Adam Soltis.

As the laps wound down, Hanson had closed the gap to one car length and Doug Wojcik followed another car length or two behind, along with his brother Nick. Soltis was another few car lengths behind to secure fifth. This win was Kesan’s third of the year and his second in as many nights.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks came to the starting line with Gunnar Watkins and Todd Roshell on the front row, but it was Jay Folz coming from third who would get the early lead. Folz led the first three laps, but George Richards had been on the move from fourth and by the end of lap four had passed Folz for the lead.

Once Richards had established himself as the leader, there was little the rest could do. When the twelve-lap feature was complete, Richards had picked up a sweep and his second win in two nights.

Folz, Watkins, Roshell, and Brandon Lofgren completed the top five.

Scott Westaby and Josh Fransway led the Eagle Valley Hornets to the starting gate for the start of their feature. The previous night’s winner, Eric Schultz, came from third to take the lead, leading for the first three laps.

The lead in this race was swapped several times with Jay Welk leading laps five through eight, Shultz leading laps nine through fourteen once again, Rocky Kempe led laps fifteen and sixteen, and then Schultz once again took the lead and the eventual win. Joining Shultz in the top five were Kempe, Welk, Brad Edington, and Scott Westaby.

Racing resumes on Sunday, June 5, when River Country Co-op presents a regular night of racing. Keep Sunday, June 12 open on your calendars when the IRA Outlaw Sprints take on the high banks of Eagle Valley Speedway-a track many of the Sprint drivers put at the top of their list as a favorite. If you haven’t seen the IRA Sprints in action, come check these 410 Sprints out-they equal or better the speed and elapsed times of the World of Outlaw Sprints.

Anderson, Stender, Crapser, and Kesan Win on Baxter Night

June 1st, 2011

(Jim Falls, WI) Mike Anderson, driving the number 57 WISSOTA Modified, picked up his fourth feature win of the year and his second of the weekend, at Eagle Valley Speedway when Baxter Engines and Baxter’s Speed Shop presented night one of a two-day event. Mark Stender picked up win number one of the 2011 racing season, while Cory Crapser made it win number four for the year. In WISSOTA Street Stock action, Jay Kesan picked up win number two for 2011, while George Richards made it win number four for the year in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock. Eric Schultz captured another win in his Eagle Valley Hornet.

The Midwest Modifieds were first to take to the track with Dan Svee and Cory Crapser on the front row. Crapser saw an opportunity early and grabbed the lead, sending Svee to second. It wasn’t long before Crapser started separating himself from the rest of the field, but Matt Leer, coming from sixth, would establish himself as a strong second just two laps into the feature after a succession of two early cautions. Kevin Smeltzer joined in the fun, running a strong third, as Nick Koehler, Shane Halopka and Zach Manley fought for fourth. Crapser and Leer continued to do battle for first, but Crapser ran a flawless race never giving Leer a chance to make the pass. In the end, Crapser had secured his fourth feature win of the year and a
sweep followed by Leer, Smeltzer, Koehler and Halopka.

Next up were the WISSOTA Super Stocks, as Darrel Hazelton and Mark Stender led the field to the green flag. Stender, who always seems to have great starts, shot to the early lead as Hazelton gave chase. Stender and Hazelton did battle for the front spot for the first five laps, as Terry Kroening, Ben Hillman, Jr. Andy Grymala, Mike Keller and Shane Kisling swapped spots for a chance at third. Stender proved to be too strong for the rest as he drove away from the pack even after a four- caution interlude after lap nine. Those cautions would really shuffle the pack and Kisling seized the opportunity to surge to second. At the same time, Jesse Redetzke made a dramatic move from his tenth-place starting spot to grab third, as Hazelton held on to fourth. In the end, it was no doubt that Stender was the winner, as Kisling, Redetzke, Hazelton, and Eric Olson, who came from twelfth, completed the top five.

In Modified action, Kent Baxter and Jesse Glenz were first to take Flagman Jeff Eisner’s green flag for the start of their feature. The rookie driver, Glenz, took the early lead, leading the first two laps as Mike Anderson and Bryan Nayes were working their way up to challenge. By the end of lap three, Anderson had overtaken Glenz as Glenz ran second, Nayes ran third, Baxter ran fourth and Jay Richardson ran fifth. With five laps in, Kevin Adams came from dead last, in a fifteen car
field, to crack the top five to run fourth. Anderson continued to lead, as Nayes and Glenz fought it out for second. Throughout the remainder of the race, excellent battles were going on for every spot. In the end, Anderson had won his second feature of the weekend, Nayes survived for second, Adams moved up to third, Glenz hung in there for fourth, and heat winner, Richardson, managed a fifth. Nick Wojcik and Jay Kesan were on the front row for the start of the Street Stock feature and Wojcik was the early leader, with Kesan hot on his tail. Fighting it out for third, in the meantime, were past
National Champion Danny Hanson, Mike Knudtson, and Doug Wojcik.

With seven laps in, Kesan made the pass on Nick Wojcik for the lead and despite his best efforts, all Wojcik could do was to get back on Kesan’s rear bumper as Kesan took his first Eagle Valley win of the year and completed a sweep. Joining Nick Wojcik in the top five were his brother, Doug, Hanson, and Danny Richards.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks put on a good show despite six cautions which made a short story long. The fact is that the outcome resulted in another win, his fourth of the year, for George Richards.

At one time the feature win could have belonged to Pat Smith or Gunnar Watkins; however, Richards proved to be the better on the restarts, once again, giving him the edge for the win and a sweep. Joining Richards in the top five were Jay Folz, Chaz Ducommun, Kory Hathaway, and Watkins.

The Eagle Valley Hornets ran a feature only and it was dominated by Eric Shultz who picked up his third win of the year. Scott Westaby gave Shultz a serious challenge a time or two during the feature, but was unable to continue the momentum after making some serious moves coming out of turn three. Joining Shultz and Westaby in the top five were Brad Edington, Brendan Uetz, and Billie Anderson.

In addition to the regular classes, there was an exhibition by two chariot racers. These machines are made up of what looks like a chariot powered by a four-wheel driven 500cc contraption up front. Apparently, these racers have attracted some national attention as the Travel Channel was on hand to film their performance.

Day two of the two-day Baxter Engine/Baxter Speed Shops sponsored races will be held on Monday, May 30. The outcome of that night’s races will appear later.

There are several upcoming race events you should mark on your race calendar as Eagle Valley presents CMA Mud Racing on Saturday, June 4, River Country Co-op night on Sunday, June 5, and the IRA Sprints on Sunday, June 12. Be there when the Valley Heats Up one more time!

Kevin Adams Picks Up Season Win Four at Eagle Valley Speedway

May 18th, 2011

(Jim Falls, WI) Sunny skies and a brisk northeast wind greeted drivers and fans at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, May 15. In spite of the cool temperatures, the car count was well up from the previous week and a nice crowd was on hand to witness another night of great racing action.

Kevin “Buzzy” Adams picked up his fourth Modified win of the year, Shane Kisling repeated with his second Super Stock win in as many weeks, Cory Crapser motored to his first Midwest Modified feature win of the 2011 season, Doug Wojcik scored with win number two in his Street Stock, Clay Potaczek made it two wins in his Pure Stock, Eric Shultz was a repeat winner in the Hornet division, and Joe Jasnaoch won the Mod 600 feature.

Kevin Adams and Jay Richardson led the way as the WISSOTA Modifieds took to the track for their feature. Adams immediately jumped to a lead and never looked back as he drove away from the field in dramatic fashion. Despite the dominate performance by Adams there were many spirited battles notably the battles between Steve Hallquist, Mike Anderson, Eric Pember, Mark Gerth, and Craig Thatcher for the second spot. In the end, Adams bested the field for a sweep and his fourth win of the season. Rounding out the top five were: Anderson, Pember, Gerth, and Thatcher with Hallquist holding on to sixth.

In WISSOTA Super Stock action, Darrel Hazelton and Eric Olson led the field to the green for the start of their feature. Olson was the early leader with Kisling hot on his tail followed by Mark Stender, who had started third. Olson led the first three laps, but last week’s feature winner, Kisling, would burn past Olson for the lead with four laps in. From that point, Kisling dominated as the rest hung on battling for second. By race end, Kisling had completed a sweep, picking up his second win of the season. Olson, Stender, Jesse Redetzke, who had started sixth, and Hazelton filled out the top five.

In what would prove to be the most exciting and competitive feature of the evening, Nick Koehler, coming off a win at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night, and Jake Smith accepted the green first for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Koehler led the first lap and then was passed by Smith who led for the next four laps as Cory Crapser, Shane Halopka, Koehler, and Matt Leer fought it out for the second spot. Crapser proved to be the stronger of the contenders and by lap six had passed Smith for the lead as Halopka moved up to the second spot. With ten laps in there was a caution for Brad Hudson when his car slowed and stopped in turn two. When racing resumed, Crapser once again shot to the lead closely followed by Halopka, who still had the taste of win in his mouth from a feature win the previous night at Rice Lake Speedway. Crapser, though, proved to be too much for the rest of the field, completing a sweep and getting his first win of the 2011 race season. Halopka had to settle for second with Leer, Koehler and Mike Truscott, who had started tenth, rounding out the top five.

Mike Knudtson and Jason Lang led the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Knudtson led early, leading the way for the first two laps as Jay Kesan, who had started fourth, Cody Kummer, who had started sixth, and Doug Wojcik, who had started fifth, fought for the second spot. By the end of lap three, Kesan had secured the lead with Knudtson settling into second. Three successive cautions, saw three cars retiring to the pits with the most serious being last week’s feature winner, Nick Wojcik, after he made heavy contact with the wall in turn three. When racing resumed, Doug Wojcik grabbed the lead and never looked back as he drove away from the field. By race end, it was Wojcik getting his second feature win of the year and a sweep. Knudtson, Kummer, Shaun Mann, and Jason Lang finished second through fifth.

In Eagle Valley Pure Stock racing, Bryan Ciolkosz and Pat Smith were first to the flag stand as the feature began. Ciolkosz led the first three laps of the feature as Clay Potaczek, Todd Roshell, Jay Folz, and George Richards fought it out for second. With four laps in, Potaczek grabbed the lead as George Richards did his best to catch up and pass. Potaczek, though, proved to be too strong and went on for his second win of the year. Richards, Folz, Bill Skoug, who started ninth, and Scott Schoettle, who started sixth, completed the top five.

The Eagle Valley Hornets ran a feature only and it ended rather strangely with almost all of the cars disabled due to attrition throughout the race and two multi-car crashes at opposite ends of the track during the white flag lap. In any event, Eric Shultz was declared the winner followed by Mark Ryskoski, Brent Voeltz, Scott Westaby, and Paul Monpas.

It was the first appearance of perhaps four or five at Eagle Valley Speedway for the Mod 600 division. Most of these drivers come presently from the southwestern part of Wisconsin or the southeastern part of Minnesota. The potential is open for others to join this new division and those interested should contact Jerry Weigel at Eagle Valley Speedway. These cars are powered by 600 cc motors and get up to speeds similar to Wissota Modifieds. The division is open to drivers of all ages but drivers are permitted who are as young as 12. Joe Jasnaoch was the winner of the feature with Jeff Matejka, Greg Wohletz, Bill Baures, Bruce Smith, and 12-year old Nicholas Wagner rounding out the field of six competitors.

Racing resumes on Sunday, May 22 with hot laps at 5:30. Keep Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30 open on your race schedule when Eagle Valley, Baxter Engines, and Baxter’s Speed Shop present a two-day race special. Also scheduled are Chariot Races-come check this out when the Valley Heats Up!

Eagle Valley Hosts Ninth The Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial

September 8th, 2010

Jim Falls, Wisconsin-On Sunday, September 5, Eagle Valley Speedway hosted the ninth annual Lonnie Leu Memorial which saw Kevin Adams winning in his WISSOTA Modified and Shane Kisling winning in his WISSOTA Super Stock.  Matt Leer took the win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division while Zach Manley bested the WISSOTA Street Stock division.  In the Eagle Valley divisions, George Richards was a repeat winner in his Pure Stock and Eric Schultz won the Hornet feature.

First up to do battle were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with Grant Southworth and Cory Crapser on point.  As the green flag dropped, Southworth was off to the lead, but he spun coming out of turn one to bring out the only caution of the race.  Once the cars were back in order, Matt Leer, was off and running with Jesse Glenz glued to his bumper. With three laps into the books, Glenz shot past Leer for the lead and Leer settled into second. Meanwhile, Ivan Simmerman ran third, Josh Smith ran fourth, and Crapser ran fifth. At the midway point of the race, Glenz still led and the remaining top five stayed in a tight group as they all hounded him for the lead. With three laps to go, Leer made his move to retake the lead and as the cars passed under the flag stand, Leer was in control, dropping Glenz to second.  As Leer and Glenz separated themselves from the rest of the pack, Simmerman, Smith, and Crapser continued to fight it out for third. In the end, it was Leer with his second Lonnie Leu Memorial race win (the other occurred in 2008).  This marked the twelfth win of the year for Leer in his Specialty Fabricating-sponsored Midwest Modified.  Glenz, Simmerman, Crapser, and Smith rounded out the top five.

In WISSOTA Super Stock action, Andy Grymala and Mark Stender led the field to the start with Shande Kisling making a quick move from fourth for the lead in a race that would also see just one caution occuring during lap four when Eric Olson’s car stalled in the pit entrance as he was attempting to exit the track. Once racing resumed, it was all Kisling as he pulled away at a steady pace.  In fact the only challenge Kisling would face during the entire race was that of lapped traffic.  As Kisling motored away, Mark Stender, Aaron Wilson, Wayne Dean, and Rod Dregney fought it out for second. With the laps winding down and Kisling in the lead, Stender maintained a strong grip on second and Wilson claimed third.  Just a bit further back, Dean and Dregney were joined by Jesse Redetzke, who had come from fourteenth to fight for the fourth spot. By race end, it was Kisling with a commanding win, his eighth win in a row and his seventeenth of the year in his Larry Kisling Machine-sponsored car.  Stender, Dregney, Wilson, and Redetzke rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Modified race may have been the feature with the most cautions for the night, (there were six) but it was also the most exciting feature of the night with plenty of three-wide, four-wide, and at one point, five-wide racing for the lead. Dan Hesch and Keith Tourville led the way at the start of the feature with Tourville taking the early lead.  Tourville was able to survive three early cautions and restarts, but Hesch grabbed the lead after caution number four. Six laps into the feature, Kevin Adams went high, dove low, and made the pass on Hesch for the lead. The tenth lap of the 20-lap feature saw Adams still in the lead and pulling away, Hesch had been relegated to third, as Mike Anderson moved to second and Tourville dropped to fourth.  Meanwhile, David Baxter had quietly worked his way up from eleventh to run fifth. On the white flag lap, Bryan Nayes spun out coming out of turn one and the field was realigned to set up what many thought would be an exciting and interesting finish. On the restart, Kevin Adams made sure that he was in control as he once again shot to the lead.  Anderson challenged early for the front spot, but Adams just had too much momentum built up and went on for the win, his eighteenth of the year in his Barn Yard Buddies-sponsored car.  This was Adams third Lonnie Leu Memorial win!  Rounding out the top five were:  Anderson, Baxter, Tourville, and Steve Lavasseur, who had passed Hesch during lap sixteen.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks came to the track next for their feature with Adam Soltis and Mike Knudtson on the front row. Knudtson was the early leader with Soltis and Cody Kummer fighting it out for second.  Later Jay Kesan would join in the hunt for second as Knudtson continued to lead. By the half-way point, Knudtson still led as Kummer ran seond.   Zach Manley successfully made the move up to third from his ninth-place starting spot, as Kesan ran fourth and Soltis ran fifth. It was during lap twelve that Knudtson slid up the track just a bit giving Manley the opportunity to move in for the kill.  With two laps to go, Manley, Kesan, and Kundtson had broken away from the field and were running nose-to-tail.  In the end, Manley just had too much motor for the rest and he went on for the win, his fifth straight at Eagle Valley Speedway.  This was also Manley’s fifteenth win of the race season in his Jim Leer Trucking-sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were:  Kesan, Knudtson, Kummer, and Danny Richards, who had passed Soltis during lap ten.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with Rod Ryba and Clay Potaczek leading the way.  Potaczek, in the former Nick Wojcik car, which he had picked up on Sunday morning, was the early leader, leading the first three laps. A caution for a spinning Jake Stowell coming out of turn one, realigned the field and Potaczek was passed by George Richards, who had started seventh.  With Richards at the point, Potaczek settled into second , Jason Havel ran third, Ryba ran fourth, and Nick Traynor ran fifth. By mid-race, Richards was still in the lead and the other top five cars remained in line as battles raged behind them for the remaining spots. By race end, not much had changed in the top five and Richards went on for the win in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored car.  This was Richards fourteenth win of the year and a back-to-back Lonnie Leu Memorial win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Potaczek, Havel, Ryba, and Traynor.

Up last were the Eagle Valley Hornets with Eric Schultz and Mark Ryskoski showing the way.  Schultz was the early and only leader of this feature which would see very little change in the overall running order throughout the race.  The only exceptions were two cars dropping out as the feature continued without a caution. In the end, it was Schultz with the win in his Bar Knuckles Mechanics-sponsored car.  This was the third win of the year for Schultz.  Finishing second was Dustin LaBlonde, but he was disqualified due to a suspension infraction, so second went to Ryskoski.   Scott Westaby finished third, Tim Hoverson finished fourth, and Cori Block was awarded fifth.

Jerry and Janis Weigel wish to thank all fans for their support throughout the year, the crowds at Eagle Valley have been excellent throughout the year.  Also thanks go out to the many dedicated workers and business supporters who have helped to make 2010 a successful race year.  Thanks go out to the all the racers who supported the track, as well, for without them there would be no show.

The track year concludes with an endure race, but the regular race year is now done.  Please come back in 2011 and help to make 2011 even a better year for Eagle Valley Speedway, your Sunday night track! 

Adams, Kisling, Glenz, and Manley Are Eagle Valley Track Championships

August 31st, 2010

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–With the racing year winding down, Eagle Valley Speedway, Leinenkugels, and River Country Coop presented the 2010 Season Championship Races on Sunday, August 29.  Winners in the WISSOTA divisions were Modified driver, Kevin Adams, Super Stock driver, Shane Kisling, Midwest Modified driver, Jesse Glenz, and Street Stock driver, Zach Manley.  The Eagle Valley Pure Stock Champion is George Richards and Dustin LaBlonde bested the Hornets.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were first up with Mark Stender and Paul Erikson on the front row.  Erikson was off to a quick start leading the first four laps of the race with a car that began to show smoke early in lap three.  By lap four, Erikson’s car was slowing some and smoking more.  At that point, Shane Kisling, who had been running second, went for the lead.  Once Kisling saw an open track in front of him, he began the checkout process leaving all challengers in his wake.  By lap eight, Erikson’s car had given up the ghost, Mark Stender ran second and the car of many colors, Eric Olson, ran third.  By mid-race, Kisling was on cruise control and putting more distance between himself and the rest of the competition.  At that point the race on the track was for third with Olson and Wayne Dean doing battle as Stender continued to run second and Lance Schilling ran fifth with a motor that was not up to par.  Race end saw Kisling taking a “checked out” win, his fifteenth of the year in his AJ Landscape-sponsored car.  This was Kisling’s sixth straight win, earning him the season championship.  Stender, Olson, Dean, and Schilling rounded out the top five.

Matt Leer and Jesse Glenz led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the start/finish line for the start of their feature.  Glenz saw his chance early and shot to the lead with Leer settling into second. Lap five saw Glenz pulling away, Bob Wood moved into second, and Leer dropped to third.  Meanwhile, Grant Southworth and Travis Anderson fought it out for fourth.  Glenz remained the unchallenged leader midway through the race with Leer once again moving up to second, Anderson ran third, Southworth ran fourth, and Ronnie Rihn ran fifth.

By race end, the victory belonged to Glenz who spanked the field getting his third win of the year and the season championship in his Yellowstone Cheese-sponsored car.  Leer, Anderson, Southworth, and Ivan Simmerman made up the rest of the top five.

In WISSOTA Modified action, Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams lined up first and second for the start of their feature with Adams getting the jump on the field for the early lead.  With Adams in command, Anderson settled into second, with Dan Hesch, Kent Baxter, and David Baxter fighting it out for third.    Midway through the feature, Adams still led as he and Anderson broke away from the field.  Jay Richardson joined in the battle for fourth with Kent and David Baxter    In the end, it was Adams with the season championship win and his seventeenth win of the year in his Larry Shaw Race Car-sponsored car.  Anderson, Kent Baxter, David Baxter, and Richardson completed the top five.

WISSOTA Street Stock feature starters included Cody Kummer and Travis Hazelton on the front row.  Hazelton took the early lead, leading the first three laps.  As lap four began, Hazelton slipped up a bit in turn one and Zach Manley, who had been running second, seized the opportunity for the lead.  By mid-race, Manley was in command with Jay Kesan and Hazelton hanging with him, looking like they might have something for Manley.  Richards ran fourth, but spun during lap six, sending him to the back.  As the laps were winding down, Manley broke away from the field to eventually take his thirteenth win of the year, his fourth in a row, and the season championship in his Main Street Repair-sponsored car.  Kesan, Hazelton, Mike Knudtson, and Mike Truscott rounded out the top five.

In Tomahawk Pure Stock racing action, George Richards and Nick Wojcik led the field to the flag stand for the start of their feature.  With no laps in the books, this race took a unique twist when Wojcik was called for a caution after it was determined he caused Richards to spin in turn four.  Wojcik was sent to the back and Pat Smith joined Richards on the front row.   Once racing resumed, Richards was off to the lead with Smith running second, Mike Schuebel ran third, Brandon Lofgren ran fourth, and Rod Ryba ran fifth.  The half-way mark of the feature saw Richards in command and pulling away.  Wojcik had come all the way from the back to run second followed by Ryba, Smith, and Josh Rudd.  Race end saw Richards taking his thirteenth win of the year and the season championship in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored car.  Wojcik came home second with Ryba, Smith, and Rudd rounding out the top five.

Dustin LaBlonde and Mark Ryskoski led the mighty Eagle Valley Hornets to the green for the start of their feature with LaBlonde showing the way by the end of lap one. LaBlonde continued to lead midway through the feature with Jessi Tripp in second.  Meanwhile, Jay Welk, Brad Garner, and Mark Ryskoski battled for third.  By race end, LaBlonde had taken the win in his Collision Plus-sponsored car.  This was LaBlonde’s seventh win of the year on his way to the season championship.  Rounding out the top five were:  Tripp, Welk, Garner, and Ryskoski.

Racing resumes on Sunday, September 5, when Eagle Valley Speedway presents the Lonnie Leu Memorial Races with all the regular classes once again in action.  Pits open at 4:00 with cut off at 5:30.  Hot laps are run at 5:30 with racing at 6:00. 

Keep Sunday Saturday, September 11, open on your calendar for the second Eagle Valley Enduro.

For further information go to:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net or call 715-499-0736 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              715-499-0736      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 715-613-6428.

Anderson, Dean, Southworth, and Manley WISSOTA Winners at Eagle Valley

August 20th, 2010

Jim Falls, WI–Clear skies, cooler temperatures, and less humidity than had been experienced for a long time, greeted a large crowd in the stands and a large number of drivers in the pits for the race night at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, August 15. Even though the temperature had dropped, the racing action was hot with a full night of regular racing and make-up features for the Pure Stocks and Hornets from the prior week as well.

Racing feature action began with the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks taking to the track for their make-up feature with Nick Wojcik and George Richards on the front row.  Wojcik, coming off a win the previous night at Rice Lake Speedway, was raring and ready to go as he sprang to an early lead.  With Wojcik in the lead, George Richards, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Clay Potaczek had a heated battle running two- and three-wide as they fought for second.   By mid-race, Dalton Hazelton had joined in the battle for second as Wojcik continued to lead.  By race end, it was Wojcik taking his fourth win of the year at Eagle Valley in his Ladysmith Auto Supply-sponsored Pure Stock.  George Richards, Tyler Wahlstrom, Clay Potaczek, and Dalton Hazelton completed the top five.

Next up, were the Eagle Valley Hornets and their run for the make-up feature win with Mark Ryskoski and Rocky Kempe leading the way.  It was Jerry Zebro, though, coming from fourth who would dominate the field and take the early lead. As Zebro continued to lead, the best the rest of the field could do was watch him pull away for the win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Ryskoski, Jay Welk, Rocky Kempe, and Dustin LaBlonde.

Regular race night action began with the WISSOTA Super Stocks with Lance Leu and Chad Johnson showing the way.  The early leader was Johnson as he motored away from the rest of the field. With Johnson in the lead and pulling away, Lance Schilling, Leu, and Wayne Dean battled it out for second with Mark Stender getting involved at times.   The first half of the race belonged to Johnson, but Schilling had other ideas as he got the front end of his car even with Johnson’s rear quarter panel several times about midway through the race.  Unbeknownst to both Johnson and Schilling, Wayne Dean had been picking off cars on his way to the front and soon would become a factor.  As the eleventh lap of the 20-lap feature was being completed, Dean made his move, passing Schilling and getting his right front fender up to Johnson’s left rear fender.  By the end of lap twelve, Dean had squeezed past Johnson for the lead.  As the laps ticked off Dean slowly pulled away, first by a half-car, then by a full car, and finally by several car lengths as Schilling made the move on Johnson for second.  Johnson slowly faded and Dean went on for the win, his second of the year, in his Winona Auto Sales-sponsored Super.  Schilling, Jeff Brauer, coming from eighth, Mark Stender, and Eric Olson, from tenth, rounded out the top five.

Twenty-two WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds lined up for the start of their feature with Brad Hudson and Cory Crapser on the front row.  Ivan Simmerman, coming from third was the early leader, leading the first two laps in a race that would see five early cautions, most of them for one-car spins.  After getting the cautions out of the way and once things settled down a bit, Jake Smith grabbed the lead.  Grant Southworth ran second, as Hudson, Crapser, and Josh Smith battled for third.  With nine of the fifteen laps into the books, Dan Wheeler slowed and stopped on the track, bringing out the sixth caution.  Once racing resumed, Southworth saw his chance and took the lead with Jake Smith dropping to second.   Southworth managed to hang onto the lead for his first career win in his Mitchell Movers-sponsored Midwest Mod.  Jake Smith, Crapser, Jesse Glenz, from ninth, Josh Smith, from eleventh, and Clayton Wagamon rounded out the top five.

Les Duellman and Bryan Nayes led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green flag for the start of their feature with Duellman grabbing the early lead.  Nayes lost his patience early and shot past Duellman during lap two for the lead in a race that would run caution-free.  By the end of lap five, Nayes continued to lead.  Kent Baxter had settled into second and Mike Anderson, coming off a win at Rice Lake the previous night, ran third.  Meanwhile, Clayton Wagamon and Duellman battled for fourth. Lap ten saw Anderson in the lead after passing Nayes during lap eight.  Nayes ran second and Wagamon moved up to third.  Following closely behing, Jay Richardson and Baxter fought it out for fourth. By race end Anderson had taken his thirteenth win of the year and his sixth at Eagle valley Speedway in his Quality Propane-sponsored Modified.  Nayes, Wagamon, Baxter, and Richardson finished off the top five.

A pair of Mikes, Truscott and Knudtson, brought the field to flagman, Jeff Eisner’s, flag stand for the green to start the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Knudtson was the early leader with Truscott settling for second.  Knudtson’s lead lasted just one lap when he was passed by Zach Manley. As Manley motored away from the field by the half-way point, Knudtson continued to run second.  National point’s leader, Danny Hanson ran third after starting sixth.  Jay Kesan, coming from seventh, Truscott, and Doug Wojcik, coming from eighth battled for fourth. By race end, Manley had separated himself from the field to take the win and complete a sweep  in his Stone Lake Oil-sponsored Street Stock.  This win was Manley’s ninth overall and his fifth at Eagle Valley Speedway.

The story doesn’t end there as the official win wasn’t made official until Manley’s motor was completely torn down, both top and bottom.  After inspection, it was found that the motor had passed WISSOTA specifications and by dawn’s early light, Manley was declared the winner.

Regular race night Eagle Valley Pure Stock racing found Dalton Hazelton and Josh Wahlstrom on the front row for the start of their feature. Todd Roshell was the early leader, leading the first two laps.  During lap three the top three cars ran 3-wide for the lead with George Richards coming out in front by the end of lap.  Roshell and Tyler Wahlstrom continued to fight it out for second with Nick Wojcik joining in the fun.  A caution after lap five, realigned the field, and Wojcik seized the opportunity to shoot to the front.  With Wojcik in the lead, Richards Wahlstrom, and Roshell were left to fight it out for second.  Unfortunately, Roshell spun after lap nine and he was sent to the back. With two laps to go, it looked the win belonged to Wojcik as he continued to lead.
“Hold the Presses”  Richards, with a burst of speed, motored around Wojcik during lap eleven to take the lead and the eventual win in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored car.  This was Richards’ eleventh win of the year!  Wojcik, Dalton Hazelton, Brandon Davis, and Josh Wahlstrom rounded out the top five as cars made last minute passes during the last two laps.

The Eagle Valley Hornets were up last for their extended 18-lap feature with Jerry Zebro and Dustin LaBlonde on the front row.   Zebro was the early leader, leading the first five laps of the race.  A caution after lap five for LaBlonde, whose car had stalled, realigned the field.  On the restart, Zebro’s car seemed to have lost power and Rocky Kempe took over the lead.  It should also be noted at this point that Corey Wolfe was docked four spots on the restart for jumping. Kempe continued to lead as Mark Ryskoski, Jay Welk, and Wolfe were in a dog fight for second and Randy Anderson ran fifth.  With seven laps to go, Wolfe shot to the lead, never to be seen again, and took the win, his first at Eagle Valley Speedway, in his Weir Wolfe Graphics-sponsored car.  Kempe, Ryskoski, Welk, and Duke Leu rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Sunday, August 22 when JP Mechanical presents the races with all the regular classes again in action.  Pits open at 4:00 with cut off at 5:30.  Hot laps are run at 5:30 with racing at 6:00.  Only a few events remain on the Eagle Valley race calendar, so if you haven’t yet made a trip to Eagle Valley this year, isn’t it time to do so?

For further information go to:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net or call 715-499-0736 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              715-499-0736      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 715-613-6428.

Eagle Valley Speedway Qualifies Race of Champions Racers on Tim’s Automotive Machine Night

August 13th, 2010

Jim Falls, WI-Despite threatening skies and light rain, Eagle Valley Owner, Jerry Weigel, and his crew hurried the program along to beat the weather and qualify WISSOTA/Amsoil racers for the Race of Champions to be held in Huron, SD, during the third week of September. Winners on Tim’s Automotive Machine Night include Mike Anderson in his WISSOTA Modified, Paul Erikson in the Super Stock Division, Travis Anderson in the Midwest Modified Division, and Zach Manley in Street Stocks.  Manley had previously qualified, so second-place finisher, Jim Randall, should be the qualifier in that division.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were first to take to the feature track with Bob Anderson and Ivan Simmerman on the front row.  Anderson was off to a quick lead, leading the first three laps with Travis Anderson right on his heels.  The end of lap four saw Travis Anderson surging to the lead over Bob Anderson.  Grant Southworth and Jesse Glenz fought it out for third and Ivan Simmerman ran fifth.   Mid-race action saw Travis Anderson still in the lead and pulling away, Simmerman moved to second, Southworth and Glenz were in a battle for third, and Jake Smith ran fifth.   With five laps to go, Simmerman pulled off into the pits, Travis Anderson extended his lead, Glenz moved up to second, Southworth ran third, Smith was in fourth and Bob Wood ran fifth in a race that ran caution-free.  By race end, Travis Anderson had won in his Anderson Race Motors-sponsored Midwest Modified and had qualified for the Race of Champions with his third win of the year.  Rounding out the top five were:  Glenz, Southworth, Smith, and Matt Leer.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were up next with track point’s leader, Mark Stender, and Paul Erickson leading the way.  Stender was the early leader and it looked as if he might check out and leave the rest of the field in the dust. Midway through the race, Paul Erikson, who had been patiently working his way up, eating away at the lead Stender had built, made the pass for the lead with Stender dropping to second.  Eric Olson and Andy Grymala, meanwhile, were fighting it out for third with Wayne Dean in fifth.  Erikson ran unopposed for the remainder of the race, stretching his lead considerably to take the win and the qualifying spot for the Race of Champions in his Sebold Chevrolet-sponsored Super Stock.  Stender, Olson, Grymala, and Wayne Dean completed the top five.

Kent Baxter and Mike Anderson were first to come to the flag stand for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified feature.  Anderon left no doubt of his intentions as he shot to an early lead with Kent Baxter giving chase.  With five laps in and two successive cautions, one for Kent Baxter whose drive shaft pierced his fuel cell, the field was lined back up and Anderson once again surged to the lead with Jay Richardson moving into the second spot.  Mark Hanson and Luke Schilling battled it out for third with Dave Cain entering the picture occasionally for some three wide racing.  As Anderson continued to lead and pull away from the field, Schilling established himself as the second –place car while Richardson, Hanson and Cain battled it out for second. By race end, Anderson had secured a spot in the Race of Champions, had earned his eleventh win of the year, and won his fifth of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Snap On Tools-sponsored Modified.  Schilling finished second, Richardson was third, Cain finished fourth, and Hanson rounded out the top five.

WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock action saw Little Dream winner, Jay Kesan, and Rookie of the Year contender, Doug Wojcik, on the front row for the start of the Street Stock feature.   Wojcik was the first to establish dominance as he led the first two laps of the feature.  Wojcik’s claim to the first spot came to an abrupt end when he was passed by Jay Kesan at the end of lap three.  Kesan looked strong as he led the next eight laps, but it was Zach Manley, who had come from eighth, to steal the lead with five laps to go.  With all of the action taking place for the front runners, there was plenty of action taking place amongst the rest of the field as well as Jim Randall, who had started seventh, and Chanda Fjorden Nord, who had started ninth, were on the move toward the front.  By race end, Manley had taken his sixth win of the year and completed a sweep in his S & R Towing-sponsored car.  Manley had previously qualified for the Race of Champions so second-place winner, Jim Randall will be Eagle Valley Speedway’s qualifier for that race.  Rounding out the next three spots were:  Kesan, Wojcik, and Fjorden Nord.

As the rains continued and intensified, the races were called as soon as the Street Stock feature was complete.  This means that the Pures and Fours will have double features come Sunday, August 15.   Racing resumes on Sunday, August 15 when all the regular classes will again be in action.  Pits open at 4:00 with cut off at 5:30.  Hot laps are run at 5:30 with racing at 6:00.  Only five or six events remain on the Eagle Valley race calendar, so if you haven’t yet made a trip to Eagle Valley this year, isn’t it time to do so?

For further information go to:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net or call 715-499-0736 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              715-499-0736      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 715-613-6428.

Quality Propane/Quality Fuels and WAXX 104.5 Race Night At Eagle Valley

August 4th, 2010

Jim Falls, WI, -On Sunday, August 1, Quality Propane/Quality Fuels and WAXX 104.5 presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway.  While it looked like rain and the air was heavy, the races went on as scheduled on a track that was very smooth and very tacky.

Eric Pember, Paul Erikson, Bob Wood, Cody Kummer, George Richards, and Jessi Tripp all were winner on Sunday night.

Race night feature action began with the WISSOTA Super Stocks led by Colin Polacek and Andy Grymala.  Grymala was the early leader with Polacek glued to his bumper for the first five laps.  As Grymala continued to lead, Paul Erikson was on the move from seventh to grab second by the end of lap six.  For the next four laps, Grymala and Erikson ran door-to-door almost all the way around the track.

By the end of lap ten, Erikson had made the pass for the lead, Grymala dropped to second, Polachek ran third, Lance Schilling ran fourth, and Steve Thomas ran fifth.  There were three quick cautions between laps eleven and thirteen and once racing resumed Erikson once again shot to the lead.

By race end Erikson had picked up his fifth win of the year, his fourth at Eagle Valley Speedway, in his Baxter’s Speed Shop-sponsored Super.  Grymala, Ben Hillman, , Thomas, and Lance Schilling rounded out the top five.

Bob Wood and Josh Smith led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the starter’s flag for the start of their feature with Wood in the lead after lap one.  By the end of lap five, Wood continued to lead as Travis Anderson, Josh Smith, and Jake Smith fought it out for second.

Lap ten saw Wood still in the lead and the rest of the top five were still intact except that Matt Leer had replaced Ronnie Rihn in fifth.  With three laps to go and the only caution of the race occurring, Wood once again surged to the lead with Anderson giving it one last shot to make the pass.

By race end Wood had won his first feature in his Powder Plus-sponsored car.  Josh Smith, Matt Leer, Travis Anderson, and Jake Smith made up the rest of the top five.

Bryan Nayes and Kent Baxter were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature.  Nayes was the early leader with Jay Richardson and Baxter dueling it out for second as Eric Pember and Mark Hanson fought for third.

Midway through the race, Nayes was still in the lead, Pember moved up to second as Richardson, Baxter, and Nate Heinrich battled for third.  Just as lap sixteen was about to be completed, Mark Hanson caused the only race caution as he spun coming out of turn four and the field was realigned.

Once racing resumed, Pember, who had just passed Nayes for the lead at the end of lap fifteen, once again assmed the lead as Nayes held on for second, Richardson ran third, Luke Schilling moved to fourth, and Mike Anderson ran fifth.

By race end, Pember had earned his first win of the year in his Toy’s Scrap and Salvage-sponsored car.  Nayes, Schilling, Anderson and Richardson rounded out the top five.

WISSOTA Street Stock action saw Rick Weir and Adam Soltis on the front row for the start of their feature.  It was Cody Kummer, though, coming from third, who would grab the early lead with Jason Lang, coming from fifth, to run second.

Midway through the race, Kummer still lead as Doug Wojcik ran second after starting seventh.  Travis Hazelton, Jay Kesan, and Zach Manley battled it out for third.

With three laps to go Kummer led by three car lengths over Wojcik, Kesan ran third, Hazelton ran fourth and Danny Richards ran fifth.

By race end, Kummer had earned his second feature win of the year by two car lengths in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored Streeter.  Wojcik, Kesan, Hazelton, and Manley completed the top five.

Eagle Valley’s Pure Stocks were represented at the start of their feature by Jay Folz and Shawn Warner.  Folz was the early leader and led the first two laps with Warner and Nick Wojcik, coming from seventh, fighting it out for second, as Rod Ryba and George Richards dueled it out for the remaining top five spots.

By the end of lap three, Wojcik had taken the lead and led for the next five laps, but Richards was on the move and grabbed the lead by the end of lap eight.

By race end, Richards had gone on for a sweep and his tenth win of the year in his Outlaw Chassis-sponsored Pure Stock.   Wojcik, Pat Smith, Ryba, and Bill Skoug finished second through fifth.

The last feature started at 8:20 and was completed by 8:25. Bille Anderson and Darren LaBlonde led the Eagle Valley Hornets to the flag stand for the start of their feature with Jessi Tripp shooting up from fourth to take the lead.

As Tripp motored away from the field, Eric Schultz, Mark Ryskoski, Dustin LaBlonde, and Jay Welk fought it out for the other top five spots.

By race end it was Tripp with his first win of the season and a sweep.   Schultz, Dustin LaBlonde, Ryskoski, and Jerry Zebro buzzed their way to the top five.

Keep Friday, August 6, open on your entertainment schedule because that is the night when Eagle Valley and Seubert, Inc., present the “Eve of Devastation” with rollover contests, tire races, demo derby, last man races and many more unusual events.  Plus on that night the Green Mamba will do a jet car burn and there will also be fireworks!

Racing resumes on Sunday, August 8, when Tim’s Automotive Machine presents the Amsoil Race of Champions qualifier races.  This event is sure to attract racers from all over who wish to qualify for the WISSOTA Race of Champions in Huron, SD, in September.

For further information go to:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net or call 715-499-0736 or 715-613-6421

Quality Propane/Quality Fuels and WAXX 104.5 Race Night At Eagle Valley

August 6th, 2010

Jim Falls, WI, –On Sunday, August 1, Quality Propane/Quality Fuels and WAXX 104.5 presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway.  While it looked like rain and the air was heavy, the races went on as scheduled on a track that was very smooth and very tacky.  Eric Pember, Paul Erikson, Bob Wood, Cody Kummer, George Richards, and Jessi Tripp all were winner on Sunday night.

Race night feature action began with the WISSOTA Super Stocks led by Colin Polacek and Andy Grymala.  Grymala was the early leader with Polacek glued to his bumper for the first five laps.  As Grymala continued to lead, Paul Erikson was on the move from seventh to grab second by the end of lap six.  For the next four laps, Grymala and Erikson ran door-to-door almost all the way around the track. By the end of lap ten, Erikson had made the pass for the lead, Grymala dropped to second, Polachek ran third, Lance Schilling ran fourth, and Steve Thomas ran fifth.  There were three quick cautions between laps eleven and thirteen and once racing resumed Erikson once again shot to the lead. By race end Erikson had picked up his fifth win of the year, his fourth at Eagle Valley Speedway, in his Baxter’s Speed Shop-sponsored Super.  Grymala, Ben Hillman, , Thomas, and Lance Schilling rounded out the top five.

Bob Wood and Josh Smith led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the starter’s flag for the start of their feature with Wood in the lead after lap one.  By the end of lap five, Wood continued to lead as Travis Anderson, Josh Smith, and Jake Smith fought it out for second. Lap ten saw Wood still in the lead and the rest of the top five were still intact except that Matt Leer had replaced Ronnie Rihn in fifth.  With three laps to go and the only caution of the race occurring, Wood once again surged to the lead with Anderson giving it one last shot to make the pass. By race end Wood had won his first feature in his Powder Plus-sponsored car.  Josh Smith, Matt Leer, Travis Anderson, and Jake Smith made up the rest of the top five.

Bryan Nayes and Kent Baxter were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature.  Nayes was the early leader with Jay Richardson and Baxter dueling it out for second as Eric Pember and Mark Hanson fought for third.

Midway through the race, Nayes was still in the lead, Pember moved up to second as Richardson, Baxter, and Nate Heinrich battled for third.  Just as lap sixteen was about to be completed, Mark Hanson caused the only race caution as he spun coming out of turn four and the field was realigned.  Once racing resumed, Pember, who had just passed Nayes for the lead at the end of lap fifteen, once again assmed the lead as Nayes held on for second, Richardson ran third, Luke Schilling moved to fourth, and Mike Anderson ran fifth.  By race end, Pember had earned his first win of the year in his Toy’s Scrap and Salvage-sponsored car.  Nayes, Schilling, Anderson and Richardson rounded out the top five.

WISSOTA Street Stock action saw Rick Weir and Adam Soltis on the front row for the start of their feature.  It was Cody Kummer, though, coming from third, who would grab the early lead with Jason Lang, coming from fifth, to run second. Midway through the race, Kummer still lead as Doug Wojcik ran second after starting seventh.  Travis Hazelton, Jay Kesan, and Zach Manley battled it out for third. With three laps to go Kummer led by three car lengths over Wojcik, Kesan ran third, Hazelton ran fourth and Danny Richards ran fifth.  By race end, Kummer had earned his second feature win of the year by two car lengths in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored Streeter.  Wojcik, Kesan, Hazelton, and Manley completed the top five.

Eagle Valley’s Pure Stocks were represented at the start of their feature by Jay Folz and Shawn Warner.  Folz was the early leader and led the first two laps with Warner and Nick Wojcik, coming from seventh, fighting it out for second, as Rod Ryba and George Richards dueled it out for the remaining top five spots.   By the end of lap three, Wojcik had taken the lead and led for the next five laps, but Richards was on the move and grabbed the lead by the end of lap eight. By race end, Richards had gone on for a sweep and his tenth win of the year in his Outlaw Chassis-sponsored Pure Stock.   Wojcik, Pat Smith, Ryba, and Bill Skoug finished second through fifth.

The last feature started at 8:20 and was completed by 8:25. Bille Anderson and Darren LaBlonde led the Eagle Valley Hornets to the flag stand for the start of their feature with Jessi Tripp shooting up from fourth to take the lead.   As Tripp motored away from the field, Eric Schultz, Mark Ryskoski, Dustin LaBlonde, and Jay Welk fought it out for the other top five spots.  By race end it was Welk with his first win of the season and a sweep.   Schultz, Dustin LaBlonde, Ryskoski, and Jerry Zebro buzzed their way to the top five.  Keep Friday, August 6, open on your entertainment schedule because that is the night when Eagle Valley and Seubert, Inc., present the “Eve of Devastation” with rollover contests, tire races, demo derby, last man races and many more unusual events.  Plus on that night the Green Mamba will do a jet car burn and there will also be fireworks!

Racing resumes on Sunday, August 8, when Tim’s Automotive Machine presents the Amsoil Race of Champions qualifier races.  This event is sure to attract racers from all over who wish to qualify for the WISSOTA Race of Champions in Huron, SD, in September.

For further information go to:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net or call 715-499-0736 or 715-613-6428.

Hallquist, Schilling, Halopka, and Hazelton are WISSOTA/Amsoil Feature Winners

July 26th, 2010

Eagle Valley Speedway

Jim Falls, WI, July 25, 2010

By Gene Harmelink

                An entire night of racing without any cautions would be unbelievable and it didn’t happened on Sunday night, but throughout all of the features on Sunday night there were just five cautions on a very smooth feature track.

                After coming off of two previous weekend wins at Red Cedar and Rice Lake and being sixteen points shy of leading the points at Eagle Valley Speedway, coming into the race night on Sunday, Shane Halopka and his crew could not have been more pleased when they capped off their week with another feature win on Sunday night in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Division. 

                Lance Schilling picked up his second win of the year in his WISSOTA Super Stock.  Travis Hazelton scored his first ever win in his WISSOTA Street Stock and Steve Hallquist bested the field to get his first career win in a WISSOTA Modified.   In the Eagle Valley divisions, Nick Wojcik picked up his eighth win of the year in his Pure Stock while Hornet track point’s leader, Dustin LaBlonde, netted his fifth win of the year.

                The first main event of the night was the Midwest Modified feature with Shane Halopka and Grant Southworth on the front row.  Halopka was off to a quick and convincing lead by the end of lap one with Nick Koehler, moving up from third, doing his best to keep up.

                Midway through the race, Halopka continued to extend his lead with Southworth in pursuit, along with Jesse Glenz, who had moved up from fourth, plus Koehler, and Brad Hudson, who had come all the way from eleventh.

                Despite the best efforts of those in quest of making a move on Halopka, Halopka dominated to get the win in his Baxter’s Speed Shop-sponsored car.  Not only was this his third win of the weekend, but it was his eighth win of the year.  It may be hard to believe, but it was his first win of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway.  Rounding out the top five were:  Glenz, Southworth, Koehler, and Hudson.

                Ryan Olson and Lance Schilling led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green for the start of their feature with Olson grabbing the lead, leading by the end of lap one.  It was Schilling, though, who made an impressive pass on the back stretch and grabbed the lead by the end of lap two.

                Halfway through the feature, Schilling continued to lead with Olson still trying to catch him.  Shane Kisling had moved up from sixth to run third.  Last week’s winner, Wayne Dean, dropped a spot to run fourth and Eric Olson also dropped a spot to run fifth.

                At the checkered flag, it was Schilling with his second Eagle Valley Speedway win of the year in his Service Central-sponsored car.  Kisling, Ryan Olson, Eric Olson, and Paul Erikson, who had come from eighth, made up the top five.

                Cody Kummer and second in track point’s, Jason Lang, paced the field for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Lang was the early leader, leading the first three laps of the race as Travis Hazelton, who had started third, and Jay Kesan, who had started sixth, fought it out for second.

                By the end of lap three, Hazelton had seen enough of Lang’s rear bumper and made the pass for the lead with Kesan in his wake, as Lang dropped to third.  Doug Wojcik and Chanda Fjorden Nord, meanwhile, battled for fourth.

                The midway point of the race saw Hazelton pulling away from the pack and Kesan was still giving it his best shot to keep up.  Wojcik ran third and Fjorden Nord and Lang fought it out for fourth.  On the bell lap, Kesan made a serious attempt for the lead getting under Hazelton as they came into turn three.  Hazelton and Kesan’s car’s touched as they were door-to-door, but Hazelton prevailed.

                As the checkered flag flew, Hazelton scored his first ever win in his Sunbeam Tavern-sponsored Street Stock.  Kesan hung on to second followed by Wojcik, Fjorden Nord, and Danny Richards, who had started eighth.

                Steve Hallquist and Jason Swan led the Modified feature cars to the flag stand for the start of their feature.  Hallquist, knowing he had a rare opportunity, surged away from the field immediately to grab the lead by the end of lap one.

                As Hallquist was cruising away from the field, midway through the race, Kent Baxter ran high on the track in second as Mark Hanson ran third and stayed low in an attempt to catch Hallquist who, by that time, had pretty much checked out.  Mike Anderson moved up from sixth to run fourth and last week’s winner, Kevin Adams shot up from eighth to run fifth.

                With six laps to go, Hallquist survived two restarts and then went on for his first career win in his Eau Claire Ford-sponsored Modified.  Anderson, Luke Schilling, who had started seventh, Hanson, and Adams latched onto the other top five spots.

                The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks feature saw Shawn Warner and Brandon Lofgren lead the field to the start with Warner leading by the end of lap one.  By the end of lap two, Warner had dropped to third, Danny Richards moved up from seventh to take second, and Rod Ryba moved up from fifth to take first.

                Mid-race saw Richards in the lead.  Richards, after a caution a few laps earlier, saw the opportunity and reacted quickly on the restart.  Nick Wojcik ran second at that point, after starting eighth, Ryba fell to third, Pat Smith ran fourth, and Warner ran fifth.

                With two laps to go, it looked like Richards had the win in the bag, but Wojcik, on the white flag lap, thought otherwise making a pass on the back stretch for the lead. 

                Wojcik picked up a sweep and his eighth win of the year in his Troy’s Shop-sponsored Pure.  Richards, Ryba, Smith, and Warner completed the top five.

                Billie Anderson and Scott Westaby led the way for the start of the Eagle Valley Hornet feature.  It was Rocky Kempe, who had started fourth, grabbing the lead by the end of lap one with Anderson in second.

                Four laps into the race, Kempe still led and Dustin LaBlonde ran second, after starting eighth.  As lap five was nearing completion, Anderson rolled his car coming out of turn one, red flagging the race.  Anderson was fine, but his car was not and when racing resumed LaBlonde passed Kempe on the restart.

                LaBlonde saw nothing but clean air for the remainder of the race, picking up a sweep and his fifth win of the year in his Northwest Refrigeration-sponsored car.  Jerry Zebro, Kempe, Mark Ryskoski, and Westaby rounded out the top five.

                Racing resumes on Sunday, August 1, when WAXX radio presents a regular night of racing. 

                Keep Friday, August 6, open on your entertainment schedule because that is the night when Eagle Valley and Seubert, Inc., present the “Eve of Devastation” with rollover contests, tire races, demo derby, last man races and many more unusual events.  Plus on that night the Green Mamba will do a jet car burn and there will also be fireworks!

                Also, Sunday, August 8, Tim’s Automotive Machine will present the Amsoil Race of Champions qualifier races.  This event is sure to attract racers from all over who wish to qualify for the WISSOTA Race of Champions in Huron, SD, in September.

                For further information go to:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net or call 715-499-0736 or 715-613-6428.

Buzzy, Dean, Simmerman, and Manley Win on Baxter Engines and Baxter’s Speed Shop Night

July 19th, 2010

Eagle Valley Speedway

Jim Falls, WI, July 18, 2010

By Gene Harmelink

                After a cancellation of the races on Saturday night, Sunday dawned a new and brighter day.  An overflow crowd was set to enjoy a great night of racing with 93 cars in the pits ready for action and they would not be disappointed with the show.

                Kevin “Buzzy” Adams made a daring move in turn four of the checkered flag lap to steal the victory in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified feature.  Wayne Dean wowed the crowd when he climbed the fence below the flag stand to accept the checkered flag and then proceeded to do a “Kulwicki Lap” after his first career win in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock feature. 

                Ivan Simmerman captured his first career win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified.   Zach Manley made a turn four pass on the checkered flag lap to take the win in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature.  George Richards got his ninth win in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock and Eric Schultz dominated the Eagle Valley Hornets to get his second win.

                The WISSOTA Super Stocks were first to do battle on the Eagle Valley oval with Shawn Huse and Chad Zastrow leading the way.  Huse was the early leader, leading lap one, but it was Wayne Dean coming from third who grabbed the lead after lap two.

                With Dean in the lead, Huse, Paul Erikson, Mike Keller, and Zastrow battled it out for second.  At the midway point of the race, Dean continued to lead and the top five remained the same except that Wayne Harris moved into fifth after starting twelfth.

                The only caution of the feature occurred after lap thirteen.  Once racing resumed, Dean again surged ahead to the lead with Erikson, Harris, Mark Stender, and Keller giving chase.  By race end, it was Wayne Dean with the win and sweep in his Winona Auto Sales-sponsored car.  Erikson, Harris, Stender, and Keller made up the rest of the top five.

                Ivan Simmerman and Grant Southworth accepted the green flag first for the start of the Midwest Modified feature with Simmerman surging to the lead.  With Simmerman in the lead, Southworth settled into second for two laps to be replaced by Jake Smith.

                At the half-way point, Simmerman continued to lead, Smith ran second, Matt Leer moved up from fifth to run third, Ronnie Rihn ran fourth, and Josh Smith came from ninth to run fifth.

                There was a caution with three laps to go when Josh Smith jumped the berm in turn three and rode the wall nearly to turn four.  On the restart, Simmerman once again took the lead and survived with his first ever win and a sweep in his Art’s Lure and Fur-sponsored Midwest Modified.  Jake Smith, Leer, Rihn, and Nick Koehler settled for the other top five spots. 

                If the Super Stock and Midwest Modified features left the fans wanting more, what they were about to witness was the more they sought and it turned into one of those “you had to be there to appreciate it” races.  Dan Hesch and Kent Baxter were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature.  Hesch took the early lead with Kevin Adams coming from fourth to grab second while David Baxter ran third, Luke Schilling ran fourth, and Eric Pember ran fifth.

                As Hesch and Adams ran within inches of each other, they separated themselves from the rest of the field with Hesch running low and Adams running high.  Midway through the race, Hesch continued to lead as Adams tried what he could to make the pass.  Adams would pass on the backstretch or somewhere else for a moment, but Hesch had the momentum to hold him off.

                When lapped traffic began to be a factor, Adams made a pass for the lead and led laps eleven and twelve, but then Hesch powered by him to lead once again.  Meanwhile, Baxter, Schilling, and Mark Hanson fought it out for third.  

                The only caution of the feature occurred after lap twelve.  When racing resumed, Hesch once again was on the move with Adams glued to his tail.  Schilling moved up to grab third, Mike Anderson entered the picture to run fourth after running seventh or eighth, and Pember hung on to fifth.

                On the checkered flag lap, Adams made several moves to go for the lead with his final move coming in turn four.  As the checkered flag flew, Adams edged out Hesch for the win and a sweep, his eleventh feature win of the year, in his Coors Light-sponsored Shaw.  Hesch had to settle for second with Schilling, Anderson, and Pember rounding out the top five.

                The WISSOTA Street Stock feature was next with Jason Lang and Butch Kummer on the front row.  Lang was the early leader, leading the first two laps.  There were two successive cautions after lap two, but once again Lang hung on for the lead.  With three laps in, there were two more successive cautions and once again Lang survived to take the lead.

                Seven laps into the feature, Lang was passed by Zach Manley who had worked his way up from sixth.  With Manley in the lead, Jay Kesan moved into second after starting eighth, Lang dropped to third, Mike Conrad ran fourth, and Danny Richards ran fifth.

                With two laps to go, the top five cars ran nose-to-tail and any one of them could have been the eventual winner, but Manley held on for the win and the sweep in his Black Bear Motel-sponsored Street Stock.  Kesan, Lang, Conrad, and Travis Hazelton, making a last minute pass, rounded out the top five.

                Jesse Bryan and Brandon Lofgren led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the start for their feature.  Bryan led the first two laps, but was passed during lap three by Pat Smith who then led one lap only to be passed by George Richards during lap four.

                Once Richards was in the lead it was clear sailing for him as he motored away from the field to get a sweep and his ninth win in his Richards Repair-sponsored Pure.  Nick Wojcik came from seventh to take second, Mike Knopps came from fifth to take third, Pat Smith settled for fourth, and Ralph Schultz came from eighth to take fifth.

                Rocky Kempe and Jay Welk, representing the Eagle Valley Hornets, took the green first for their feature, but it was Eric Schultz who would be the early and only leader of their feature.

                As Schultz motored away from the field, Mark Ryskoski and Dustin LaBlonde fought it out for second.  Schultz proved to be the power of the field, taking the win and completing a sweep in his Ernie’s Bike Shop-sponsored car.  Ryskoski, LaBlonde, Rocky Kempe, and Scott Westaby completed the top five.

Eagle Valley Rains Out

July 12th, 2010

Jim Falls, Wi–Dark skies, lightning, and rain were the main event on Sunday, July 11, at Eagle Valley Speedway and the races were called off with just three heat races being completed.

Next week fans will be treated to two nights of racing.  JP Mechanical will present IRA Sprints on Saturday, July 17, along with the regular divisions.  On Sunday, July 18, Baxter Engines and Baxter Speed Shops will present a regular night of racing.  Sunday will also be “Kid’s Night”.  Kids–come prepared to get driver autographs and treats from the drivers.  Flags will be available at the shirt shack.

Pits open at 4:00 PM with a cut off time of 5:30.  Hot laps will be at 5:30 with racing at 6:00.  For further information see:   http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net

Eagle Valley Cancels Their Races for the First Time of the Year Due to Rain

July 4th, 2010

Eagle Valley Speedway

July 4, 2010, Jim Falls, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                With rain coming down and more heading that way, according to the weather radar, Eagle Valley Speedway cancelled the July 4th race night.

                Racing resumes on Sunday, July 11, when JP Mechanical presents a regular night of racing with all regular classes once again in action.  Keep Saturday (note it is Saturday) July 17 open on your racing calendar.  On that Saturday, JP Mechanical will once again be the proud sponsor of the night for the IRA Sprints.  Sunday, July 18 will be Kid’s Night—so load up the kids and come to the track for the kids to get some driver autographs and treats.

                Check  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net for further details.

Hesch, Erikson, Leer, and Richards Are Eagle Valley’s Father’s Day WISSOTA Winners

June 21st, 2010

Eagle Valley Speedway

Jim Falls, WI, June 20 2010

By Gene Harmelink

                A smooth as a baby’s behind track greeted the drivers for Toy’s Scrap and Salvage Father’s Day races at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night and some new faces appeared in the winner’s circle.

                With improved weather conditions and hours and hours of work, track owner, Jerry Weigel, and his team manicured Eagle Valley’s surface into the smoothest surface you could ever desire for Sunday night’s races. 

                Dan Hesch took advantage of the improved surface and motored his way to his first Eagle Valley win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified while Paul Erikson picked up his second Eagle Valley win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock.  Matt Leer picked up his third Eagle Valley win of the year, making it seven total wins for the year, in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified and Danny Richards picked up yet another win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock.  The Eagle Valley Pure Stock win went to Nick Wojcik who got his second win of the weekend and his sixth of the year and the Eagle Valley Hornet win went to Dustin LaBlonde.

                The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up to do battle on Sunday night with Matt Leer and Jesse Glenz on the front row.  Leer was able to spring to an early lead as Ronnie Rihn, winner in his asphalt Late Model on Saturday night, moved nto second and Glenz settled into third.  By lap seven, Leer had established a substantial lead as Rihn continued to run second with Jake Smith in third.  The front runners survived a couple of cautions with Josh Smith moving into second, Rihn in third, Travis Anderson in fourth and Jake Smith in fifth by the end of lap ten.  With three to go, the same five were up front with Leer well established as the leader, but Anderson had dropped to fifth.  By race end, it was Leer with a convincing win, completing a sweep, in his Todd’s Crankshaft-sponsored car.  Josh Smith, Rihn, Anderson, and Jake Smith rounded out the top five.

                Colin “CJ” Polacek and Ryan Olson led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green flag for the start of their feature with Polacek gaining the early advantage, leading the first lap.  As the cars rounded the track for the second time, though, it was Lance Schilling, moving up from third, taking the lead.  Schilling led the next eight laps as Olson and Paul Erikson swapped spots back and forth for second with Erikson grabbing second by the end of lap eight.  Meanwhile, Polacek had dropped back and Eric Olson ran second as last week’s winner, Mark Stender, ran high on the track, in fifth, trying to catch the leaders.  Just past the midway point of the race, Erikson made his move for the lead as Schilling dropped to second, Stender moved to third, Eric Olson ran fourth, and Ryan Olson ran fifth.  With three laps to go, Erikson had an almost insurmountable lead as Stender, still running on the top, did his best to catch him.  By race end, Erikson had won and swept by a comfortable margin in his Sebold Chevrolet-sponsored Super Stock, making this win his second of the year.  Stender, Eric Olson, Schilling, and Ryan Olson rounded out the top five.

                After two interesting and exciting heats, you just knew the Modified feature was going to be a good one with Bryan Nayes and Steve Hallquist leading the rest of the field to the flag stand for the start of their feature.  Nayes established himself as the leader early, leading the first two laps, but Dan Hesch, who had started third, was running a high line, as he had in his heat, and was coming on strong to run second.  Kent Baxter showed excellent speed, coming from sixth, to run third.  By the end of lap three, Hesch had replaced Nayes as the leader, Nayes ran second, Baxter ran third, last week’s winner, Mike Anderson, ran fourth after starting eighth, and Jason Swan ran fifth.  Much of the racing was in three grooves with cars running high, low, and in the middle, but Hesch was the king of the high side as he motored to a win by a full front stretch, picking up his first win of the year and his first ever win at Eagle Valley Speedway.  Anderson had to settle for second and Swan for third.  David Baxter came from dead last to finish fourth, while Nayes came in fifth. 

                Travis Hazelton and Dan Bork led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the start of their feature with Hazelton shooting to an early lead, leading the first seven laps.  With Hazelton in the lead, there was lots of shuffling for the remaining top five with Sam Frankhauser, Danny Richards, Dan Bork, Zach Manley, and Danny Hanson in the mix.  It was during the completion of lap eight that Danny Richards made his move to take the lead from Hazelton and was successful for one lap, but Hazelton came back and led lap nine only to be passed by Richards once again by the end of lap ten.  With Richards in the lead and five laps to go, Hanson grabbed on to the second spot, Frankhauser settled in for third as Hazelton and Manley fought it out for fifth.  By race end, it was Richards with another win, and a sweep, in his Krause Signs-sponsored car.  Hanson, Frankhauser, Hazelton and Manley rounded out the top five.

                Nick Wojcik inherited the front line for the start of the Eagle Valley Pure Stock feature as Brandon Lofgren, who was scheduled to start number one, was unable to make the call.  Joining Wojcik in the front row was Mike Schuebel as they accepted the green from starter, Jeff Eisner.  Wojcik left no doubt that he was in it for the win early as he shot to the lead, leading the first two laps of the feature with George Richards, who had started fifth, right on his tail by the end of lap two.  With three laps in, Richards had surged ahead, and for one lap, held the lead.  Wojcik would have none of that and by the end of lap four was once again in the lead as Richards ran second, Pat Smith ran third, Mike Schuebel ran fourth, and Todd Roshell ran fifth.  As the laps wound down, Wojcik pulled away a bit and by race end was the winner and had swept in his Troy’s Shop-sponsored Pure.  The win was Wojcik’s second in as many nights and his sixth of the year.  Richards, Smith, Schuebel, and Hazelton rounded out the top five.

                Up last on the racing program were the Eagle Valley Hornets with Scott Westaby and Nate Steivang buzzing their way to the green flag.  Rocky Kempe was the early leader, coming from fourth to snatch the lead, but last week’s winner,  Dustin LaBlonde, came from fifth to lead by the end of lap two.  With LaBlonde in command, Mark Ryskoski ran second by the end of lap three as Kempe fell to third and Westaby and Darren LaBlonde fought it out for fifth.  When the checkered flag flew, it was Dustin LaBlonde with yet another win in his G & G Salvage-sponsored Hornet.  Ryskoski, Kempe, Westaby, and Darren LaBlonde made up the rest of the top five.

                Racing continues on Sunday, June 27 with a regular night of racing presented by River Country Co-op.  Up and coming, there will be fireworks on and off the track on Sunday, July 4, when the Dart Challenge Series Late Models and all the regular classes race at Eagle Valley Speedway to be followed by a fireworks show.  See:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net/home.html for further details.

Adams Automotive Night Sees All Repeat Winners

June 14th, 2010

Eagle Valley Speedway

Jim Falls, WI, June 13, 2010

By Gene Harmelink

                Adams Automotive Night was a success in spite of threatening skies and rain almost everywhere else in the vicinity.  The rain missed Eagle Valley Speedway and a good Sunday night of racing was enjoyed by all.

                There were repeat WISSOTA/Amsoil winners including Mike Anderson in his Modified, Mark Stender in his Super Stock, Nick Koehler in his Midwest Modified and Zach Manley in his Street Stock.   In the Eagle Valley Purestocks, George Richards took another win, while Dustin LaBlonde bested the Eagle Valley Hornets.

                Ryan Olson and Tony Falkner led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green for the start of their feature which began with a spectator salute to Tony Falkner as he embarks on his second year-long tour of duty in Iraq, come Tuesday.  Olson was the early leaded, leading the first three laps with Lance Schilling and Mark Stender giving him a run for his money.  By lap four, Stender had taken control with Olson falling to second and Schilling running in third.  Meanwhile, Chad Johnson had moved up from fifth to run fourth and Rich Bishop had worked his way up from seventh to run fifth.  With three laps to go and just one caution in the books, Stender continued to lead and run away from the field as Paul Erikson was on the move from dead last to take second.  On the final lap, Erikson made a final push getting to within a few car lengths, but Stender proved to be too strong and got the sweep, collecting his sixth win of the year in his Quality Propane-sponsored Super.  Erikson, Ryan Olson, Johnson and Bishop rounded out the top five.

                Jake Smith and Nick Koehler were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Koehler taking the early lead.  Smith gave Koehler a run for his money for the first seven laps, but fell to second when Jared Happel moved up a spot to drop Smith to second.  With Koehler still in the lead, the battle was for second with Brad Hudson, coming from sixth to grab second with a few laps to go.  This race only saw one caution.   With five laps to go, Koehler was not only able to survive the caution, but extended his lead for the win, his second of the year, in his Southworth Chevrolet-sponsored Midwest Modified.  Hudson hung on for second, while Josh Smith stole third from Jake Smith and Grant Southworth finished fifth after starting eighth.

                WISSOTA Modified action saw Jason Swan and David Baxter leading the field to starter Jeff Eisner’s green flag for the start of their feature.  Baxter was first out of the box as he led the first three laps in convincing fashion.  It was during lap four, that Baxter’s hope for a win came to an early end when his car spun in turn four sending it into the infield and his night was done.  Swan, who had been running a strong second, inherited the lead with Jay Richardson, Mike Anderson, and Kevin Adams giving chase.  It was during lap seven that Anderson flexed his muscle and shot to the lead with Richardson and Adams following closely behind.  Anderson soon pulled away from the rest and went on for his fourth win in row, completing a sweep, in his Advance Auto Parts-sponsored Modified.  Richardson settled for second with Adams, Swan and Eric Pember rounding out the top five.

                An action packed WISSOTA Street Stock feature awaited the fans next as Mike Knudtson and Jay Kesan led the field to the start of their feature.  Kesan was the early leader, leading the first five laps with Zach Manley hot on his tail.  As the cars came to the starter’s stand for the sixth lap, Manley made a move to pass Kesan for the lead with Kesan dropping to second as Danny Richards hung on for third and Knudtson and Cory Crapser fought it out for fourth.  This race saw four cautions, unlike the previous features, but Manley was able to survive them all for his second win of the year in his Adams Automotive-sponsored Streeter.  Kesan maintained his second place finish, while Crapser moved up to finish third, Kundtson fourth, and Chanda Fjorden Nord captured fifth.

                The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks, eighteen cars strong, saw Brandon Davis and Clay Potaczek on the front row.  Potaczek was the early leader with Pat Smith and Davis giving him a run for the first spot.  Midway through the race, Potaczek still was in the lead, Nick Wojcik had moved up to second after starting sixth, Smith was running third and Davis was fourth with George Richards in fifth.  Two laps later, Richards had engaged the after burner and was the new leader with Wojcik still in second as Potaczek dropped to third.  In the end, it was Richards taking his fourth win in a row, completing a sweep, and his eighth win of the year in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored Pure.  Wojcik, Potaczek, Smtih, and Kory Hathaway completed the top five.

                The Eagle Valley Hornets may have thought that Sunday night was the Enduro race, cancelled due to rain, on Saturday as they had a difficult time getting their feature started.  Billie Anderson and Nate Steivang tried to lead the field to the start of their feature and after three cautions the race was finally under way.  Dustin LaBlonde led the race from eventual start to finish.  This race would see just five survivors of the original eleven cars, with LaBlonde taking a sweep, getting his third win of the year in his Rusk County Abstract-sponsored Hornet.  Mark Ryskoski, Jay Welk, Anderson, and Chad Brindle were the other survivors.

                Racing resumes on Sunday, June 20, when the races will be presented by Toys Scrap and Salvage.  A couple of dates to keep open on your racing schedule include July 4 when the Late Models will be at Eagle Valley Speedway as part of the Dart Challenge Series and July 17 when the IRA Sprints invade Eagle Valley Speedway.  Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

Southworth Chevrolet Night at Eagle Valley Speedway

June 7th, 2010

Eagle Valley Speedway

Jim Falls, WI, June 6, 2010

By Gene Harmelink

                After receiving considerable rain prior to Sunday’s race night, Eagle Valley Speedway near Jim Falls, WI, pressed on with a nice car count and a good crowd on hand to enjoy the races.  Owner, Jerry Weigel, and his crew worked hard all race night long and gave the track additional care, with occasional grading and packing to provide the racers with a decent racing surface come feature time.

                In addition, the new concession building was open for inspection and for use.  This new addition provides the fans with not only a great place to buy and enjoy your track delegacies, but also provides new restroom facilities.  Come check it out!

                The features saw some familiar winners and a few new ones.  Mike Anderson continued his winning ways in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified, taking his sixth win of the year, his third at Eagle Valley, and his second of the weekend.    Paul Erikson won his first feature at Eagle Valley Speedway for 2010 in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock, while Brad Hudson did the same in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifed.  In WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock action, Doug Wojick picked up his second Eagle Valley win of 2010 while George Richards picked up his seventh overall win of 2010 and his sixth at Eagle Valley speedway in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock.  The Eagle Valley Hornets saw a new winner for 2010 when Eric Schultz picked up a win.

                Jesse Glenz of Cadott, WI, and Brad Hudson of Chippewa Falls, WI, led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to starter, Jeff Eisner’s, green flag for the start of their feature.  Hudson was off to an early lead, leading the first two laps, but Matt Leer of Bruce, WI, put an end to Hudson’s lead by the end of lap three.  By lap seven, Leer was still in the lead with Grant Southworth of Bloomer, WI, Hudson, Ronnie Rihn of Bloomer, WI, and Jason Swan of Chippewa Falls, WI, fighting for the lead and for second.  It was during lap eight that Leer’s car had a mechanical failure in turn three, slowed and then stopped on the front stretch, ending his night and handing the lead to Hudson.  Southworth ran second with Josh Smith of Chippewa Falls, WI, Swan, Rihn, and Nick Koehler of Bloomer, WI, making up the top five.  With two laps to go, Hudson was still in the lead and the others in the top five or six were fighting it out for a chance to pass him.  It was during that time that Koehler’s car got loose in turn three and Rihn’s car struck it causing Rihn’s car to roll violently.  Rihn was alright, but his car was a mess and both his car and Koehler’s were retired to the pits.  On a green/white/checkered finish to the race, Hudson picked up his first Eagle Valley win for 2010 in his Bob Seckora, Coldwell Banker-sponsored car.  Southworth, Jake Smith, Greenwood, Wisconsin’s, Shane Halopka, and Josh Smith rounded out the top five.

                Up next for their feature were the WISSOTA Super Stocks with Andy Grymala of Superior, WI, and Chad Johnson of Colfax, WI, on the front row.  Johnson was the early leader, leading the first two laps only to be passed by Paul Erikson of Abbotsford, WI, who had started sixth.  Erikson led as Johnson settled in for second with Mark Stender of Holcombe, WI, Grymala, and Eric Olson of Ladysmith, WI, giving chase.  As Erikson pulled away, the rest of the field battled it out for second in a great exchange of spots throughout the race.  It looked like Erikson would easily win, but wait!  Stender, who had started seventh, slowly, but surely was making up time and with two laps to go was within a two-car length striking distance.  Erikson, though, hung on for the lead and the win in his Corral Bar-sponsored car as Stender made a last ditch effort getting up to Erikson’s door by race end.  Johnson, Olson, and Sarona, Wisconsin’s, Shane Kisling completed the top five.

                In WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified action, David Baxter of Eau Claire, WI, and Keith Tourville of Star Prairie, WI, lined up side-by-side for the start of their feature.  Tourville was off to a great start and an early lead, leading the first three laps of the feature.  It was during lap four that Jay Richardson, of Spring Valley, WI, took the lead after starting sixth.  Richardson continued to widen the gap as he drove away from the field until about midway through the feature when Mike Anderson of Colfax, WI, seemed to have found new life and began to close the gap.  By lap fifteen, Anderson was right on Richardson’s rear bumper as Mark Hanson of Chippewa Falls, WI, Dave Cain of Corcoran, MN, and Baxter fought it out.  By lap sixteen Anderson had made the pass for the eventual win in his Kadinger’s Auto Salvage-sponsored Mod picking up another win, completing a sweep for the night.  Richardson, Cain, Hanson, and Luke Schilling of Granton, WI, rounded out the top five.

                Driving his dad, Butch’s car, Cody Kummer of Medford, WI, and Doug Wojcik of Ladysmith, WI, led the field to the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  This race would see Wojcik leading from flag to flag in a race that would run non-stop.  Fighting it out for second early in the race were Sam Frankhauser of Rice Lake, WI, Jason Lang of Sheldon, WI, Danny Richards, of Mondovi, WI, and Kummer.  Latein the race, as Wojcik continued to dominate, Lang, Richards, Jay Kesan of Weyerhauser, WI, and Frankhauser fought for second with those four completing the top five.  The feature win completed a sweep for the night for Wojcik in his Troy’s Shop-sponsored Streeter.

                Brandon Davis of Chetek, WI, and Rod Ryba of Boyd, WI, led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to start their feature for the night.  Ryba was the early leader, leading the first five laps.  Danny Richards, coming from seventh and proving once again that his was the car to beat, then passed Ryba.  As Richards pulled away from the field, Ryba and the remaining cars in the field did their best to fight it out for second.  Richards pulled off the win and completed a sweep for the night in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored Pure.  Nick Wojcik of Ladysmith, WI, Ryba, Mike Schuebel of Boyd, WI, and Pat Smith of Eau Claire, WI, made up the remaining top five.

                Last on the race program for the night were the Eagle Valley Hornets with Cadott, Wisconsin’s, Billie Anderson and Brad Garner on the front row.  Garner was the early leader as Eric Schultz of Downing, WI, shot up from seventh to take second.  Cori Block of Medford, WI, ran third, and Mark Ryskoski of Medford ran fourth.  Five laps into the race, Schultz passed Garner for the lead as Garner fell to second and Rocky Kempe moved up from sixth to take third.  With four laps to go, the finishing order had been set as Schultz eventually took the win in his Bare Knuckles Mechanic’s-sponsored car.  Kempe, Jay Welk, of Cadott, WI, Dustin LaBlonde of Bruce, WI, and Block rounded out the top five.

                Keep Saturday, June 12 open on your calendar when Eagle Valley Speedway hosts its first of two Enduro races for the year.  Regular racing resumes on Sunday, June 13.

                July 4, 2010, will be a special day at Eagle Valley Speedway when the Speedway presents the WISSOTA Dart Challenge Series Late Models with fireworks to follow.  Be there “When the Valley Heats Up” and lights up!

Anderson & Stender Repeat as Koehler & Hanson Pick Up Their First EVS Wins

June 2nd, 2010

Jim Falls, WI By Gene Harmelink – A beautiful night greeted another large crowd on the second day of the Memorial Day Double Header at Eagle Valley Speedway as over 100 cars assembled in the pits, ready for action.

                Mark Stender picked up his second win of the weekend and his fifth win of the 2010 season in the WISSOTA/Amosil Super Stock division, while Nick Koehler picked up his first feature win of the season in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified.  In WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified action, Mike Anderson picked up his fourth season win, his third at EVS and his second of the weekend, while Danny Hanson picked up another season win and his first at EVS in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Streets.  George Richards continued his winning ways in his Eagle Valley Pure Stock, as did Mark Ryskoski in his Eagle Valley Hornet.  The Fastrak Late Model winner was A J Diemel.

                After sustaining considerable damage to his race car the previous night, Lance Schilling of Chilli, WI, was on the pole for the WISSOTA Super Stock feature with Wayne Dean of Fall Creek, WI, at his side.  Schilling and his car seemed up to the task and the first eight laps were theirs, with Dean and Mark Stender giving chase.  It was during lap nine that Stender made his move, passing Schilling for the lead sending Schilling to second as Paul Erikson shot to third and Dean fell to fourth with Chad Johnson of Colfax, WI, in fifth.  By lap fifteen, Stender had run away from the field, leading by almost a full front stretch, with Schilling and the others still giving chase as they battled for second.  In the end Holcombe, Wisconsin’s, Stender had taken the win in his Ted’s Timber Lodge-sponsored Super with Schilling in second and Erikson in third.  Chad Johnson and Wayne Dean rounded out the top five.

                In the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, birthday boy, Jesse Glenz of Cadott, WI, and Nick Koehler of Bloomer, WI, lined up on the front row, with Koehler surging to an early lead.  As Koehler continued to lead, Matt Leer of Bruce, WI, moved up from third to take the second spot as Bloomer, Wisconsin’s,  Ronnie Rihn, quickly moved up from sixth to take third and Glenz fell to fourth with Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin’s, Brad Hudson, in fifth.  Midway through the race, Koehler continued to lead but was hotly contested by Rihn who appeared to have made the pass.  Koehler held Rihn as Leer mounted a challenge, but it was a little too late as Koehler went on for his first win of the 2010 race season in his Badger Hole-sponsored Midwest Modified.  Leer finished second and Rihn ended up third, as the previous night’s winner, Travis Anderson of Colfax, WI, moved up from eighth to take fourth and Josh Smith of Eau Claire, WI, moved up from twelfth to take fifth.

                John Hazelton of New Auburn, WI, driving a new car, and Pittsville, Wisconsin’s, Eric Pember, in Dale White’s, Tracer, led field to the starter’s flag for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature.  Previous night’s winner, Colfax, Wisconsin’s, Mike Anderson, came from third to take the early lead with Pember, Mark Hanson of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Jay Richardson of Spring Valley, WI, making a run for the money as Hazelton dropped to fifth.  By mid-race, Anderson still led and Pember still ran second, but Dave Cain of Corcoran, MN, had come from ninth to run third, as Hanson and Richardson ran fourth and fifth.  As Anderson ran away from the field the hopes of the remaining field was for second.  Anderson once again proved to have the strongest car, taking his fourth win of the year, his third at EVS and his second for the weekend at EVS, in his Pro Sound-sponsored Modified.  Pember held on for second, Cain for third, and Hanson for fourth.  Granton, Wisconsin’s, Luke Schilling, coming from eighth, took fifth.

                Coming off a Saturday night win, Sam Frankhauser of Rice Lake, WI, was on the pole with Sunday night EVS winner, Adam Soltis of Ladysmith, WI, alongside for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Soltis took the early lead with Osseo, Wisconsin’s, Mike Knudtson, moving up from fourth to take second as Frankhauser dropped to third.  A caution for a spinning Danny Richards of Mondovi, WI, between turns one and two, realigned the field just four laps into the race.  Knudtson took advantage on the restart, leading the next eleven laps with Frankhuser; Alma, Wisconsin’s, Danny Hanson, Kris Macko of Olgilvie, MN, and Soltis giving chase.  With four laps to go, Hanson made the pass for the lead, dropping Knudtson to second.  By race end, Hanson insured his lead by putting some distance between himself and Knudtson, taking the win in his Lindstrom Equipment-sponsored car.  Knudtson settled for second, Frankhauser for third, Macko for fourth, and Soltis for fifth.

                Josh Buckridge of Shell Lake, WI, and Todd Roshell, of Stanley, WI, lined up one and two for the start of the Eagle Valley Pure Stock feature.  Roshell was the early leader with Anoka, Minnesota’s, Tyler English, Pat Smith of Eau Claire, WI, Nick Wojcik of Ladysmith, WI, and Mondovi, Wisconsin’s, George Richards looking to take the lead away.  Two successive cautions occurred after lap three and saw Wojcik going to the pits for repairs and then returning to the rear of the field as George Richards, making one of the famous Richard’s restarts, catapulted to the lead.  Richards continued to lead as Rice Lake, Wisconsin’s, Jay Fotz, Colfax, Wisconsin’s, Steve Zurek, Smith, and Boyd, Wisconsin’s, Mike Schuebel, did what they could to keep up.  Richards pulled away from the field as the race progressed, to take his second win of the weekend in his Outlaw Chassis-sponsored car.  Zurek, Smith, English, and Wojcik, coming from the rear of the field, rounded out the top five.

                In Eagle Valley Hornet action, Nate Steivang of Stanley, WI, and Jay Welk of Cadott, WI, took the field to the green.  Welk led the first lap only to be passed by Rocky Kempe, who then led for the next five laps with Bruce, Wisconsin’s, Dustin La Blonde, Jessi Tripp of Spooner, WI, Welk, and Mark Ryskoski vying for second.  By lap seven, the final fate of the race was determined for the lead as Medford, Wisconsin’s, Ryskoski, made the pass to take the eventual win in his High View Inn-sponsored Hornet.  Kempe, Tripp, LaBlonde, and Welk rounded out the top five.

                The Fastrak feature was all A J Diemel as the Bonduel, Wisconsin, driver dominated the field to take the win with the rest of the field fighting it out for second.   Justin Hirt of Tigerton, WI, took second with David Fieber of Neenah, WI, Brett Swedberg of Shawano, WI, and Jeff Curtin of Shawano, WI, rounding out the top five.

The Weigels of Ealge Valley Speedway want everyone to know they appreciate:  The racers, fans, and track workers who supported the track, Wolfe Trucking of Cornell, Son-Bo Farms, Inc. of Spring Valley, Tim’s Automotive of Bloomer, Stender’s Furnace Repair of Chippewa Falls, Twists and Tangles Saloon of Jim Falls, Elwood Express of Jim Falls, all the regular night race sponsors, all the sponsors who wished to remain anonymous.  Thanks for helping to make the Memorial Day weekend a great weekend!

                Racing resumes on Sunday, June 6, when Eagle Valley Speedway will host a regular night of racing sponsored by Southworth Chevrolet.  Keep Saturday, June 12, open on your calendar when Eagle Valley hosts EVS Enduro race #1.  See:  http://www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net/ for additional scheduled events.

Day One of Memorial Day Double Header a Big Success at Your Sunday Night Track

June 2nd, 2010

Jim Falls, WI, May 30, 2010 By Gene Harmelink – With threatening skies all around, Eagle Valley Speedway pressed on with day one of their Memorial Day Double Header. The night would prove to be a great night of racing enjoyed by a large crowd of spectators and an excellent field of cars.

 

                The whole night could not have been the success it was without the help of additional sponsors including:  Powder Plus of Chippewa Falls, Wolfe Trucking of Cornell, Son-Bow Farms, Inc. of Spring Valley, Tim’s Automotive of Bloomer, Stender’s Furnace Repair of Chippewa Falls, Twists & Tangles Saloon of Jim Falls, Elwood Express of Jim Falls, and a multitude of sponsors who wished to remain anonymous.

 

                Feature winners included Mike Anderson who took home $1,000 for his winning efforts in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Modified, and Mark Stender who took home $500 for his win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock.  Travis Anderson continued the winning Anderson way by taking home $700 for his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified win, and Adam Soltis who received $300 for his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock win.  Other winners included George Richards, taking home $200 for his Eagle Valley Pure Stock win and Ryan Happel who took home $100 for his Eagle Valley Hornet win.

 

                Nathan Thums of Dorchester, Wisconsin and Jared Happel of Galesville, Wisconsin were the first to take the green for the start of the nights’ racing in their WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with Thums grabbing the early lead, leading the first two laps of the race in a race that would run without a caution.  Travis Anderson, seeking his second feature win of the year, dashed Thums’ hopes of a feature win as he passed Thums to take the lead at the end of lap three and quite frankly, the rest is history as far as the win goes, as Anderson drove away from the rest of the field.  With Anderson a speck on the horizon, the rest of the drivers fought it out for second and the battle was a good one with Shane Halopka, Bob Wood, and Thums slicing and dicing for second.  In the end Anderson “was gone” in his Anderson Race Motors-sponsored car.  Halopka succeed in taking second with Wood, Thums, and Jared Happel rounding out the top five.

 

                Chad Tarvis of Cameron, Wiscosnin and Dan Arneson of Eleva, Wisconsin were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature with Arneson in the lead by the end of lap one.  While this race did not go caution-free (there were just two cautions) it was a nail bitter, especially for second through fifth.  Eric Olson came from third to take the lead by the end of lap two and would lead laps two through eight with Mike Keller and Mark Stender running side-by-side with Olson at times for the lead.  A restart, after a caution during lap nine for a spinning Jason Quarders, realigned the field.  At that point, Mark Stender proved to be the strength of the field as he took the lead, after starting tenth.   With Stender in the lead and adding to the lead margin as the laps ticked down, Keller, Olson, Mike Anderson and Donnie Lofdahl fought it out for second as they fought it out for second while they pulled away from the rest of the field.  In the end, Stender took his fourth feature win in his Quality Propane-sponsored car by almost a full front stretch.  Finishing second was Olson, third went to Keller, with Anderson and Lofdahl rounding out the top five.

 

                Dorchester, Wisconsin’s, Kent Baxter, and Arcadia , Wisconsin’s, Dan Hesch led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the start of their feature with Hesch being the early leader, leading the first four laps.  This was a fast and furious race on what appeared to be a very fast track.  An early caution, after lap four for a spinning David Baxter in turn four, realigned the field and Jay Richardson was there to take advantage, leading laps five through ten.  A second caution after lap ten for a spinning Hesch in turn one, once again realigned the field and this time Mike Anderson was there to snatch the lead from Richardson.  With Bryan Nayes hot on his tail, Anderson continued to lead surviving two restarts, one occurring as Nayes spun after lap thirteen, sending him to the back.  As the laps wound down, Anderson pulled away from the field, but Luke Schilling who had come from tenth and was running a high line, did all he could along with Les Duellman who had come from fourteenth, to ruin Anderson’s night, putting on a valiant challenge.  In the end, Anderson proved to be too strong as he took his third win of the year and his second at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Specialty Fabricating-sponsored car.  Finishing second through fifth were:  Schilling, Duellman, Richardson, and Kent Baxter.

 

                Jason Lang of Sheldon, Wisconsin, and Gary Kasperek of Tigerton, Wisconsin, took the green first from flagman, Jeff Eisner, for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Running what appeared to be his best race ever, Jason Lang took the early lead, leading the first nine laps.  A caution after lap nine for a spinning Cody Kummer in turn two, reset the field with Adam Soltis, who was running second prior to the caution, taking the lead challenged by Lang, Gary Kasperek, and Danny Richards.  As Soltis continued to lead, Richards made a few serious attempts at the lead as Kasperek pulled off with mechanical problems.  Lang didn’t give up either as he passed Richards at one point to take second with two laps to go.  In the end, though, it would be Soltis taking his first feature win of the year in his Northern Seamless Gutters-sponsored car.  Richards settled for second and Lang took third.  Rounding out the top five were:  Rich Weir and Cory Hanson.

 

                Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin’s, Mike Harshman, and Bruce, Wisconsin’s, Shawn Warner led the field to the start of the Eagle Valley Pure Stock feature.  It was George Richards with one of his patented starts and a burst of power on the first lap, though, who would take the early lead in a race that would see just two cautions.  Richards was able to survive the cautions and never looked back as Warner and Harshman fought it out for second along with Mike Knopps  and Mike Schuebel.  Richards proved to be the strength of the field as he took his sixth win of the year and his fifth at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored car.  Warner, Knopps, Harshman, and Schuebel ran second through fifth.

 

                Mark Ryskoski of Medford, Wisconsin, and Robert Carpenter, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, were on the front row for the start of the Eagle Valley Hornet feature.  Carpenter was the early leader as he took the former Brittany Olson ride to the front with Ryan Happel and Ryskoski giving chase.  Carpenter was able to hang on for three laps, but was passed by Happel who led the remainder of the race taking his first win at Eagle Valley Speedway.  Ryskoski, Carpenter, Jessi Tripp, and Dustin LaBlonde rounded out the top five.

 

                Racing resumes on Monday, May 31, for the second day of the Memorial Day Double Header.  Beyond that, Eagle Valley will host a regular night of racing sponsored by Southworth Chevrolet on June 6.  Keep Saturday, June 12, open on your calendar when Eagle Valley will host EVS Enduro race #1.

JP Mechanical Night at Eagle Valley

May 25th, 2010

Eagle Valley Speedway Jim Falls, WI, May 23, 2010 By Gene Harmelink

 

                It wasn’t the heat so much as it was the humidity that greeted the fans on Sunday night at Eagle Valley Speedway near Jim Falls, WI.  For the racers, it was a totally reworked and much improved track that provided excellent multi-groove and side-by-side feature racing.

 

                Wins on Sunday night were awarded to Mark Stender, Jason Swan, Cory Crapser, Keith Tourville, Nick Wojcik, and Mark Mark Ryskoski. 

 

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks took the track first with rookie, Lucas Plank, and veteran driver, Rick Hallquist, on the front row.   Hallquist was off to an early lead, leading the first two laps of the feature.  It would be Mike Anderson, though,coming from eighth, who would lead the next three laps as Hallquist dropped to second and Eric Olson held on to third.  A caution, which sent both Olson and Hallquist to the back, after lap five, realigned the field with veteran driver, Mark Stender, taking advantage, after starting seventh and running fourth.  Despite the best efforts of the remaining competitors, Stender widened the gap and pulled away from the field leaving Anderson and Paul Erikson to fight it out for second.  By race end, it would be Stender completing a sweep for the night and picking up his third Eagle Valley win for 2010 in his Cornell Car Quest-sponsored Super Stock.  Anderson, Erikson, Tommy Richards, and Andy Grymala rounded out the top five.

 

                In WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified action, rookie, Cory Jackson, and Jason Swan were the first to take the green for their feature.  Roninie Rihn grabbed the early lead with Swan doing his best to hang on for second while Jake Smith threatened to take second away from Swan.  This race ran caution-free as Rihn continued to build his lead and pull away.  Smith and Swan battled it out for second as Josh Smith and Shane Halopka fought it out for third.  In the end, it was Rihn, completing a sweep for the night and taking his first win of the 2010 race season in his Bob Seckora, Coldwell Banker-sponsored BMS by Mars.  Jake Smith, Swan, Josh Smith, and Halopka completed the top five.

 

                Steve Hallquist and Keith Tourville led the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds to the flag stand for the start of their feature which would see just two cautions, neither of which would contribute to the overall outcome of the feature, but one would see Mike Anderson’s motor go up in smoke.  After struggling much of the early 2010 race season, Tourville would take the early lead and never look back as Hallquist hung on for second until lap six when Kent Baxter snatched second away from Hallquist.  By lap ten, Tourville continued to lead; Jay Richardson had moved up to second, Baxter dropped to third as Dave Cain moved up from eighth to run fourth.  Tourville was just too strong on this race night and went on for the eventual win in his Mas Racing Engines-sponsored Shaw by Taylor.  Cain, Richardson, Kevin Adams, and Mark Hanson rounded out the top five.

 

                Adam Soltis and Jason Lang were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature.  Soltis grabbed the early lead and dominated.  Lang, Butch Kummer, and Cody Kummer were early challengers but Cody Kummer pulled off and Butch Kummer dropped to fifth.  The first eleven laps of the feature belonged to Soltis as Lang, Cory Crapser, driving Zach Manleys’ car, along with Danny Richards, and Chanda Fjorden Nord joined in the fun, battling it out for second.  A caution, after lap eleven for a spinning Mike Knudtson, stopped the race.  As the cars were getting set to realign, Soltis pulled off into the pits, surrendering the lead to Crapser.  Crapser went on to lead the remaining four laps of the feature taking the win and completing a sweep with Fjorden Nord, Richards, Lang and Butch Kummer rounding out the top five.

 

                Shawn Warner and Jay Folz led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the starting line for the Pure Stock feature with Folz leading the first two laps.  Two successive cautions realigned the field with Nick Wojcik moving quickly, coming from seventh to steal the lead.  Wojcik not only continued to lead as the race progressed, but steadily increased the gap as Rod Ryba and Mike Schuebel fought it out for second.  In the end, Wojcik would go on for his fourth win overall and his second victory at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Jerry’s BP-sponsored Pure.  Ryba finished second, but was disqualified, giving the remaining top five spots to Schuebel, Pat Smith, Folz, and Josh Rudd.

 

                Brad Michaels and Rocky Kempe took the Eagle Valley Hornets to the starter’s flag for their feature with Kempe jumping to an early lead.  As Kempe led, Dustin LaBlonde and Mark Ryskoski fought it out for second.  A caution, after lap eight when Kempe and LaBlonde tangled on the front stretch, sent LaBlonde to the back and Kempe to the infield with damage.  On the restart, Ryskoski became the benefactor and assumed the lead.  Ryskoski went on to win his third feature in his Eagle Talon sponsored by Custom Signs, with Michaels, Jay Welk, LaBlonde, and Mike Schreck rounding out the top five.

 

                Racing resumes on Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31 for a Memorial Day Weekend special.  Camping is available, payout is increased for the Sunday night show, and the Fastrak Late Models will join the regular divisions on Monday night.  It promises to be a great racing weekend so be there “When the Valley Heats Up!”

Travis Anderson and Doug Wojcik Get First Career Wins at Eagle Valley Speedway

May 17th, 2010

Jim Falls, WI, May 16, 2010 By Gene Harmelink – Under clear skies, with near perfect weather, an overflow crowd enjoyed an exciting night of racing sponsored by Snapshots by Stephanie at Eagle Valley Speedway near Jim Falls, Wisconsin on Sunday night.

 

                Not only was the overall race night a good one, but it will be a night to remember for two young drivers.  Travis Anderson picked up his first ever win in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified while Doug Wojcik did the same in his WISSOTA Street Stock after moving up from the Pure Stocks.  Joining Anderson and Wojcik in the winner’s circle were:  Kevin “Buzzy” Adams in his WISSOTA Modified, Shane Kisling in his Super Stock, George Richards in his Pure Stock, and Rocky Kempe in his Hornet.

 

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were first up for the night with Jake Smith and weekend double-winner, Shane Halopka, on the front row.  Smith was first to draw blood as he led laps one and two, but it would be Travis Anderson, coming from third, to take the lead by the end of lap three.  Three successive cautions realigned the field and when the green dropped, Anderson once again was the car to beat with Matt Leer and Halopka giving chase.  With six laps to go and Anderson still in command, Halopka and Leer fought it out for second with Mickey Nosser, who had started fourteenth, and eighth starting, Mark Gerth, thrown in for good measure.  Leer’s car suffered a flat tire, with five to go, and he was out of the race giving second to Halopka.  Anderson hung on for his first ever feature win to complete a sweep in his Sampson Funeral Home-sponsored car with Halopka settling for second as Gerth made it to third, Nosser to fourth, and Nathan Thums to fifth.

 

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were up next with Terry Kroening and Chad Johnson leading the way.  Johnson showed tremendous strength early, taking the lead and leading the first four laps of the feature.  It was two-time weekend winner, Shane Kisling, though, coming from fourth, who would take the lead by the end of lap five.  Kisling proved to be the power of the field as he continued to lead, despite three cautions.  For a time, late in the race, it looked like last week’s winner, Mark Stender, might ruin Kisling’s perfect weekend, but Kisling’s car was just too strong, giving Kisling his third weekend win in his Lakeview Dental-sponsored Super.  Stender, Paul Erickson, Johnson, and Lance Leu rounded out the top five.

 

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds were up third to play their version of “Survivor”.  The race started with a caution when several cars got together at the drop of the green on the front stretch, but then it seemed as if this race would go off without a hitch as Keith Tourville and Cory Crapser led the field to the green for a restart.  Tourville grabbed the early lead, leading the first six laps of the feature.  It was Kevin Adams, though, coming from eighth, who would prove to be the strength of the field. Cars, one-by-one, dropped out of the feature, for various mechanical issues, leaving just five cars of the original fourteen who had started the night, remaining by the end of lap twelve.   With the top five decided, the remaining cars fought it out for position, but Adams was heads above the rest on this night, getting the win in his Northwest Wisconsin Refrigeration Service-sponsored car to complete a sweep.  Rounding out the top five were:  Luke Schilling, Craig Thatcher, Bryan Nayes, and Ken Kincaid.

 

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks next took to the track for what would be the most hotly contested feature of the night with three-wide racing taking place often.  Rick Weir and Butch Kummer took the green for the start of the feature with Kummer grabbing the early lead.  With Kummer in the lead, Simon Wahlstrom settled in for second while Kummer’s son, Cody, and Doug Wojcik fought it out for third.  It was during lap four that Travis Hazelton’s car violently rolled on the front stretch collecting Dan Bork in the process.  Fortunately, Hazelton was okay, but both his car and Bork’s car went off on the hook.  Once racing resumed, Kummer once again grabbed the lead with his son, Cody, and Wojcik battling for second as Adam Soltis charged into the top five from twelfth to run fourth.  For several laps Pa Kummer, Cody, and Wojcik ran three abreast at times battling for the lead.  With four laps to go, Wojcik made the pass for the lead and his first Street Stock feature win in his Bruce Auto Repair-sponsored Streeter.

 

                Mike Schuebel and Clay Potaczek led nineteen Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the green for the start of their feature with Mike Harshman, who had started third, snatching the early lead, leading the first three laps.  It was during lap four that Harshman lost the lead to George Richards who then had to fight off the challenges of Nick Wojcik as the top three ran three-wide.  Richards fought off Wojcik and Harshman to take his third Eagle Valley feature win and complete a sweep for the night in his Richard’s Repair-sponsored Pure Stock.  Wojcik, Harshman, Potaczek, and Nick Traynor rounded out the top five.

 

                Brad Garner and Rocky Kempe led the Hornets to the start of their feature with Kempe shooting to the early lead.  To make an otherwise long story short, Kempe led every lap and never looked back as last week’s winner, Mark Ryskoski, and Dustin LaBonde fought it out for second.  Kempe went on to take the win in his Excellence Roofing Service-sponsored Hornet.  Ryskoski, LaBlonde, Eric Schultz, and Trenton Holub filled out the top five.

 

                Racing resumes on Sunday, May 23, when Eagle Valley Speedway once again hosts a regular Sunday night of racing. 

 

                Keep Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, open on your race calendar for a Memorial Day Weekend special.  Camping is available, payout is increased for the Sunday night show, and the Fastrak Late Models will join the regular divisions on Monday night.  It promises to be a great racing weekend so be there “When the Valley Heats Up!”

Richardson, Stender, Leer, and Richards WISSOTA/Amsoil Victors on J P Mechanical Night

May 11th, 2010

Jim Falls, WI, Josh Smith and Travis Anderson were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature with Anderson jumping off to a quick start, leading the first three laps.  It was Grant Southworth, though, who would lead the next several laps until two successive cautions realigned the field.  On the restart, Matt Leer, who had been running second, took advantage of a great start and shot to the lead to eventually pull away from the rest of the field for the win.  For Leer, it was his second feature win of the year at Eagle Valley Speedway and his third feature win overall.  Southworth, Nick Koehler, Bob Wood, and Brad Hudson rounded out the top five.

Tony Falkner and Andy Grymala lined up side by side for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock feature with Grymala taking the early lead.  As the laps ticked off, Grymala stretched his lead putting a comfortable margin between himself and the rest of the Super Stock competitors.  By lap fifteen Grymala was well ahead, but his car began to show signs overheating.  A caution, after lap sixteen for a stalled car on the backstretch, stopped the race momentarily.  With the cars waiting for realignment, Grymala’s car began to steam badly and his night came to an abrupt end, handing the lead over to Darrel Hazelton.  On the restart, with Hazelton on point, Paul Erikson, Mark Stender, Lance Schilling and Chad Johnson gave chase.  Hazelton held onto the lead as Erikson and Stender went high and low attempting to pass.  It wasn’t until the checkered flag lap that both Erickson and Stender made their final attempts at a pass with Erickson going low and Stender going high.  The wily veteran, Stender, with a bold move on the top in turn four, made the pass on Hazelton to take the win and complete the sweep, his second of the year.  That left Erikson in second and Hazelton in third with Schilling and Eric Olson completing the top five.

Steve Hallquist and Keith Tourville led the WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds to the green flag for the start of the Modified feature, with Tourville taking the early advantage, leading the first three laps.  It would be Jay Richardson, driving an extremely fast and well-prepared car, who would take the lead at the end of lap four, after starting sixth.  As Richardson continued to stretch his lead, Tourville, Kevin Adams, Luke Schilling and Craig Thatcher battled for second.  A multi-car incident, after lap nine, sent Tourville to back and Thatcher and Hallquist to the pits with damage.  On the restart, Richardson once again dominated, taking the lead, as Adams and Schilling battled for second.  In the end, it would be Richardson, completing the sweep, with Adams in second, Schilling in third and Tourville, battling back to take fourth, as Michael Truscott settled for fifth.

Dave Keyeski and Simon Wahlstrom were the first to take the green for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature, with Wahlstrom grabbing the early lead.  Wahlstrom led the first five laps of the feature, but Dan Bork who had worked his way up from fifth, snatched the lead by the end of lap six.  Bork then led the next seven laps as Danny Richards, Tommy Richards, Travis Hazelton, and Cody Kummer fought it out for second.  With the laps winding down, Danny Richards made his move and with three to go, took the lead to eventually win the feature.  Bork, Tommy Richards, Hazelton, and Mike Knudtson filled out the top five as Kummer faded to sixth.

Mike Schuebel and Robert Wahlstrom led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the start of their feature with third-starting Mike Harshman holding the first spot by the end of lap one.  Harshman appeared to have the potential for the eventual win, but George Richards, who had started sixth, was making his way toward the front.  With the race at the mid-point, Richards had made his way to the front and took the lead with Nick Wojcik doing his best to take the lead to ruin Richard’s night.  Richards proved to be too strong for the rest of the field completing a sweep, picking up his third Eagle Valley feature win and his fourth win overall.  Wojcik, Jordon Johnson, Harshman, and Jacob Smeltzer completed the top five.

Brad Garner and Mike Schreck led the Eagle Valley Hornets to the green for the start of their feature with Garner fading early, pulling into the infield.  Last week’s Hornet winner, Mark Ryskoski, came from fourth to take the lead and led the entire race to take his second win and sweep of the season.  Ryskoski proved to be too much for the rest of the contenders as Jay Welk and Dustin LaBlonde battled for second with Brad Michaels and Mike Schreck left to pick up the crumbs.

Schilling, Gerth, Anderson, Fjorden Nord Win WISSOTA/Amsoil Features at Eagle Valley

May 5th, 2010

Jim Falls, WI

By Gene Harmelink

WISSOTA Super Stock driver, Lance Schilling, won his first ever Eagle Valley Speedway feature after pulling away from the rest of the field in dramatic fashion during Sunday night’s races.  Mark Gerth picked up his first Eagle Valley Speedway win of the 2010 racing season in the Midwest Modified division as did Mike Anderson in his Modified.  Chanda Fjorden Nord took top honors in her WISSOTA Street Stock while Danny Richards and Mark Ryskoski bested the rest of the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks and Hornets.

Travis Anderson and Mark Gerth led the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA/AMSOIL Midwest Modified feature with Gerth gaining a quick advantage at the end of lap one.  Gerth held on strong as the rest of the field tried to keep up.  Three early cautions, one which sent fourth running, Nick Koehler, to the rear for spinning between turns three and four, regrouped the field with Gerth once again assuming the lead.  As the cars came around for the fourth lap, with Gerth still in control, Matt Leer began to challenge for the lead, but Gerth held off his every move until the final lap when Cory Jackson spun coming out of turn three and Leer passed Gerth and appeared to take the win at the checkered.  It was determined, however, that the yellow had been thrown and the official results were taken from the white flag lap, giving Gerth his first win of the 2010 racing season at Eagle Valley Speedway.  Leer had to settle for second with Grant Southworth, Brad Hudson, and Bob Wood rounding out the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up next in what is turning out to be a very strong and completive field for the 2010 racing season.  Rookie, Chad Tarvis and second year driver, Lance Schilling, were on the pole for the start of this feature with Schilling taking the early lead.  It was all Schilling as the race progressed with Schilling pulling away from the field and checking out midway through the feature.  Three successive cautions, after lap fourteen, realigned the cars with Schilling once again taking the lead, this time to be challenged by Shane Kisling who had come from fifth and Mark Stender, who had come from third.  Schilling, though, was just too fast on this race night and held off all comers to take his first feature win at Eagle Valley Speedway with Kisling in second, Stender in third, Wayne Dean in fourth, and Paul Erikson in fifth.

Michael Truscott and Mike Anderson were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature with Anderson showing muscle early, taking the lead by the end of lap one with Truscott hot on his heels.  Anderson soon proved to be too strong for the rest of the field as he began to separate himself from the pack.  By the end of lap four, Anderson had established quite a margin of lead.  By lap ten, Anderson was nearly a full turn ahead of the field, but Dave Cain, who had started seventh, was beginning to show some signs of challenge after consistently picking off a car or two every few laps.  By lap fifteen, Anderson was still in command with Cain and Truscott giving chase, but Anderson proved to be too much for the rest of the field and by race end he had captured his first win of the 2010 Eagle Valley race season.  Rounding out the top five were:  Cain, Truscott, Jay Richardson, and Kevin Adams.

In WISSOTA Street Stock action, Simon Wahlstrom and Travis Hazelton led the field to the green, for the start, with Hazelton taking an early lead.  This race was marred by three early cautions, but Hazelton held on strong to lead the first seven laps of the race.  By lap eight, though, Hazelton was passed by Mike Knudtson.  At this point in the race, racing for the lead went four wide with Hazelton dropping to second, Chanda Fjorden Nord moved up to third and Danny Richards moved up to fourth.  Knudtson led for just one lap and was passed by Chanda Fjorden Nord who went on to take the eventual win and sweep.  Rounding out the top five were:  Knudtson, Richards, Hazelton, and Butch Kummer.

In Eagle Valley Pure Stock action, Clay Potaczek and Robert Wahlstrom were first to take the green with Wahlstrom grabbing the early lead, leading the first nine laps with Nick Wojcik and Mike Harshman giving chase.  A caution, during lap ten, realigned the field with Danny Richards taking advantage of the restart to snatch the lead and the eventual win and sweep.  Rounding out the top five were:  Wojcik, Wahlstrom, Harshman, and Karl Knopps who had run fourth or fifth most of the night.

Last on the track were the Eagle Valley Hornets, with Bo Verbick and Jay Welk on the front row. Rocky Kempe, who had started sixth, took the early lead.  Kempe led the first six laps with Mark Ryskoski, who had started seventh, giving chase.  Kempe and Ryskoski separated themselves from the field and Ryskoski took the lead by the end of lap seven.  Ryskoski never looked back as he went on for the win and sweep as Kempe’s car gave up the ghost.  Rounding out the top five were:  Dustin LaBlonde, Jay Welk, Cori Block, and Mike Schreck.

Eagle Valley Successfully Completes Night Two of The 2010 Race Season

April 26th, 2010

JIM FALLS, WI-After starting eighth in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature and patiently working his way through the competitors in front of him, veteran Super Stock wheelman, Mark Stender, went on to win during the second night of the 2010 racing season at Eagle Valley Speedway.  Joining Stender in victory lane was Kevin “Buzzy” Adams who also came from eighth to win the WISSOTA Modified feature.  Matt Leer tried out a new setup and was successful in winning his first feature of 2010 in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, while Zach Manley drove a very aggressive race coming from ninth to take the WISSOTA Street Stock prize.  Young Nick Wojcik kept all competitors at bay in the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks and Dustin LaBlonde went on to take his second win of the 2010 race season in his Eagle Valley Hornet.

Wayne Dean and Darrel Hazelton led the field to the start of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature with Hazelton off to an early lead for the first eight laps with Dean right on his bumper.  It was during lap nine that Mark Stender made the pass around Dean to take the second spot while Hazelton continued to lead.  Stender, who obviously had the car to beat, drove around Hazelton during lap eleven as Hazelton dropped to second with Dean still in contention for the win in third.  Two successive cautions after laps seventeen and eighteen realigned the field with Dean making the pass on Hazelton for second as Stender drove away in the lead.  In the end it was Stender with the victory to complete a sweep, Dean in second, followed by:  Hazelton, Dave Mass, and Eric Olson.

Mark Gerth and Matt Leer were the first two cars to accept the green at the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.  Gerth was off to an early lead trying to pick up his third feature win of the short 2010 race season.  Leer, who had made substantial changes to the rear end of his car during the week, was not about to see Gerth get another win and passed Gerth during lap seven.  This race only had one caution occurring prior to the completion of lap one and then ran caution free, so once Leer made the pass, his next challenge was lapped traffic.  Leer was able to maneuver through lapped traffic to take the win, and complete a sweep, with Gerth still giving chase.  Shane Halaopka, who ran third all feature long, finished third followed by Brad Hudson and last week’s winner, Jason Zdroik.

With two exciting feature in the books, the WISSOTA Modifieds were up next with Mike Anderson and Luke Schilling on the front row.  Schilling took advantage of a quick start and led the first two laps with Anderson right behind him.  A caution, after lap two, for a spinning Mark Hanson in turn one, realigned the field and it was Kevin “Buzzy” Adams who would quickly work his way down low to take the lead away from Schilling as Schilling’s car slid high in turns one and two.  With Adams in the lead and Anderson giving chase, the race continued.  Adams went on to drive away from the field, to complete a sweep, with Anderson having to settle for second followed by David Baxter, who had run third most of the race, Schilling, and Mark Hanson who had successfully worked his way back.

Simon Wahlstrom and Cody Kummer were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Kummer taking an early lead.  Kummer’s lead was short-lived, however, as Zach Manley, who had started ninth, shot to the lead by the end of lap two after aggressively passing everyone in his path.  Manley led the first ten laps as Danny Richards pestered him for the lead.  Richards was successful in grabbing the lead during lap eleven and led two laps, but Manley had the taste of victory in his mouth and wanted to satisfy his hunger, taking the lead once again with three laps to go.  Manley went on to take the win, and complete a sweep, with Richards in second followed by Kummer, Doug Wojcik, and Dan Bork.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with Dalton Hazelton and Nick Wojcik leading the field to the green flag.  Young Hazelton must have thought it was “pick on Dalton night” as he was punted two successive times in turn one prior to the completion of lap one.  Once the race got started, Nick Wojcik quickly took the lead with George Richards in hot pursuit.  This race ran caution free as Wojcik continued to lead.  Richards did lead lap ten, but Wojcik managed to come back for the win with Richards having to settle for second followed by Mike Harshman, Josh Bach, and Robert Wahlstrom.

Last up for the night were the Eagle Valley Hornets with Mike Schreck and Rocky Kempe leading the field to the starter’s stand for the green flag.  As is usually the case, the Hornets provide plenty of early action in their feature with lots of attrition occurring throughout the course of the twelve laps.  Rocky Kempe was off to an early lead, leading the first four laps, but his night ended when he threw a tire in turn one, ending his night.  With Kempe out of the picture, last week’s winner, Dustin La Blonde, assumed the lead to eventually take the win, and complete the sweep, over the remaining four competitors whose rides had not succumbed.  Rounding out the top five were:  Mark Ryskoski, Cori Block, Jay Welk, and Mike Schreck.

Check out a non-racing event on Saturday, May 1, when Eagle Valley hosts the Bad Habbit Car Club Show and Swap Meet from 10:00 to 4:00.  Racing resumes on Sunday, May 2 with a regular night of racing.  Be there “When the Valley Heats Up”!

Eagle Valley Opener Couldn’t Be Better

April 21st, 2010

By:  Gene Harmelink 

Sunday, April 18, was the opening day for Eagle Valley Speedway near Jim Falls, Wisconsin, and what a night it was!  Full stands, a nice field of ninety-five competitive cars, great weather, and a well-prepared track were all of the ingredients needed to make for an excellent race night.

Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Jason Zdroik led the field to the first green flag for the 2010 race season with Bob Wood to his outside as the WISSOTA Midwest Mods took to the track.  Zdroik was off to a quick start leading the field to take the lead for the first lap with Wood nipping at his heels.  With five laps in the books, Matt Leer spun in turn two requiring realignment and a restart.  Zdroik again shot to the lead with Wood once again in hot pursuit followed closely by Jesse Glenz, Nick Koehler, and Shane Halopka.  After a final caution, following lap seven , Zdroik again assumed the lead , which he continued to widen, until he took the win with fifteen laps completed.  Rounding out the top five were:  Wood, Koehler, Glenz, and Halopka.

A strong field of very competitive WISSOTA Super Stocks took to the track next with Shane Kisling and Mark Stender leading the rest of the field to the flag stand.  Kisling was off to a quick lead with Stender looking for a way around him.  After two successive cautions, following lap four, the field again took the green with Stender snatching the lead for one lap.  Kisling once again surged to the lead at the end of lap seven with Eric Olson and Mike Anderson following in his wake as Stender dropped to fourth.  It looked like Olson might take the lead, but fate had other ideas, as Olson’s car dropped a driveshaft during lap twelve and his night was done along with Wayne Dean’s night, as Dean pulled off with an over-heating car, while running fifth.  On the restart, Kissling once again surged to the lead with Anderson, Stender, Aaron Wilson, and Lance Schilling giving chase.  It looked like Kissling would hang onto the lead for the win, despite the best efforts of his competitors, but uncharacteristically, Kissling slid up high in turn one on two successive laps and Anderson took advantage.   With three laps to go, Anderson took the lead and continued as the leader to take the win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Stender. Kisling, Wilson,  and Lance Leu.

Dave Cain and Mike Anderson lead the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature with Cain taking command early.  Three laps into the race, and after two successive cautions, Cain once again grabbed the lead with Kevin Adams giving chase.  Despite the best efforts of Adams, Kent Baxter, Jay Richardson, and Nate Heinrich, Cain continued to lead and stretch his lead.  With Cain having the field covered and the lead growing, Cain went on to take win a sweep in convincing fashion.  Rounding out the top five were:  Adams, Baxter, Heinrich, and Luke Schilling who had been running sixth for some time.

A very competitive field of fifteen WISSOTA Street Stocks took to the track next with Jim Randall and Danny Richards on the front row.  Randall, driving the same car he has had for four years with what he described as an “oil leaker motor”, pulled out to an early lead in a race that would see just two early cautions.  Randall was certainly the class of the field as he drove a flawless race with Zach Manely doing a nice job of challenging early along with Richards and Doug Wojcik.  With a few laps to go, Randall continued to pull away to take the eventual sweep as the rest of the field shuffled a bit with the top five rounding out to be:  Manley, Richards, Butch Kummer, and Chanda Fjorden Nord.

The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks took the green flag next with George Richards and William Adams leading the field.  Richards didn’t seem to have missed a beat from 2009, as he was off to an early lead with Chaz Ducommun giving chase along with William Adams.  There was just one caution in this race and that occurred early, giving Richards clear sailing for the duration of the race to take the win by a full turn.  Rounding out the top five were:  Nick Wojcik, coming from eighth, Tyler English, from sixth, Rob Wahlstrom, and Ducomann.

The last division to take their turn on the track was the mighty Eagle Valley Hornet division with Mike Schreck and Mike Warga on the front row.  There were no cautions in this race and Rocky Kempe, who had started third, was off to an early lead, leading the first ten laps of the twelve-lap feature.  It was Dustin LaBlonde, though, who would go on for the win with a pass during lap eleven.  Rounding out the top five were:  Kempe, Warga, Jay Welk, and Schreck.

Racing resumes on Sunday, April 25, when once again Eagle Valley Speedway will be running a complete race program.  Pits open at 4:00 with cutoff at 5:30.  The main gate opens at 4:30 with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:00.  Keep Monday, May 31, open on your calendar so that you can enjoy a special night of racing when Eagle Valley presents the first special of the year when the Fastrak Late Model Touring Series comes to town.

Eagle Valley Speedway Hosts the Lonnie Leu Memorial

August 31st, 2009

Jim Falls, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                On Sunday, August 30, Eagle Valley Speedway hosted the eighth annual Lonnie Leu Memorial Races treating a capacity crowd to another great night of racing.

                Paul Niznik and Kevin Adams led the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature.  It was heat winner, Kevin Adams, who would be the first to the flag stand at the end of lap one and every lap thereafter.  This left the second spot open for contention with heat winner, Keith Tourville, and Mike Anderson in a two-car duel which Anderson eventually won with five laps to go.  A caution, on the white flag lap, when Niznik spun in turn one, meant an early end to the race with Adams being declared the winner, completing a sweep, picking up his second Lonnie Leu Memorial win,  and getting his 22nd feature win of the year.  Rounding out the top five were:  Anderson from seventh, Tourville from fourth, Luke Schilling from ninth, and Brandon Kallenbach from third.

                Terry Kroening and Mike Frolik were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature.  An early caution, after the completion of lap one, claimed a number of contenders, eventually narrowing the field to just ten of the original eighteen starters.  First time track visitor, Mike Frolik, would prove to be the cream of the crop as he led every lap of the feature with heat winner, Eric Olson, doing his best to unseat him.  On several occasions, Olson got to within a half car length of Frolik, but just couldn’t complete the pass.   Frolik picked up the win with Olson in second after coming from fourth.  Rounding out the top five were:  Ryan Olson from fifth, Kroening, and Steve Thomas from tenth.

                Shane Halopka and Curt Myers lined up side-by-side for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.  At the drop of the green, Myers shot to the lead, leading the first ten laps of the feature with Halopka hot on his heels.  As lap eleven ended, Halopka had made the pass for the lead, but Myers would have none of that and reclaimed the lead by the end of lap twelve.  With three laps to go, Halopka once again made a pass for the lead and held on to finish in front.  Rounding out the top five were:  Myers, Matt Leer from seventh, heat winner, Mike Anderson, from fifth, and heat winner, Jason Zdroik, from eighth.

                Thirteen, of the original fifteen WISSOTA Street Stocks, answered the call for the start of their feature with Simon Wahlstrom and Jay Kesan taking the green first.  Heat winner, Ron Hanestad, going for his fifth Lonnie Leu Memorial win, grabbed the lead by the end of lap one, but the winner of the other heat, Cory Crapser, had other ideas as he moved around Hanestad for the lead as lap two ended.  From that point on, Crapser, the National points leader, had his way with the rest of the field going on for his thirty-fifth feature win of the season.   Rounding out the top five were:  Hanestad, Wahlstrom, Kesan, and first time Street Stock driver, Doug Wojcik, from sixth.

                The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks lined up for their feature with Kyle Hunter and Jamey Fisher on the front row.  Fisher was the early leader, leading the first five laps of the feature.  Zach Manley worked his way up from sixth to take the lead at the end of lap six.  Manley’s lead was short-lived as heat winner, George Richards, shot around him taking the lead by the end of lap seven and then taking the eventual win.  Rounding out the top five were:   Manley, Tyler Wahlstrom from eighth, Fisher, and Pat Smith from seventh.

                Previous Lonnie Leu Hornet winner, Mark Ryskoski, and Shawn Warner lined up ahead of the rest of the little buzzers for the start of the Eagle Valley Hornet feature.  Ryskoski, last week’s feature winner, shot to an early and commanding lead, leaving everyone else in his wake to take the win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Robert Carpenter from third, Dustin LaBlonde from eleventh, Cori Block from fourth, and John Haase from tenth.

                The Lonnie Leu Memorial concluded a very successful 2009 racing season at Eagle Valley Speedway.  The Weigels wish to thank all the drivers and fans for their support and pledge that 2010 will bring bigger and better things to Eagle Valley Speedway, including the application of new clay to the track.

Season Championship Night at Eagle Valley Speedway

August 24th, 2009

 On what turned out to be one of the nicest nights of the entire 2009 racing season on the smoothest track of the season, a large crowd enjoyed the season championship races at Eagle Valley Speedway.  The races were sponsored in part by General Beer Northwest, River Country Co-op, and Southworth Chevrolet.

                Crowned season champions in each division were:  Modifieds, Kevin Adams– Super Stocks, Shane Kisling– Midwest Modifieds, Matt Leer–Street Stocks, Cory Crapser–Pure Stocks, George Richards, and Hornets–Mark Ryskoski.

                Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson led the field to the green flag for the start of the 20-lap WISSOTA Modified feature.  Adams was quick to take command and led early, surviving three restarts for cautions.  It was clear that Adams had the car to beat as each time he pulled away from the pack to once again take the lead and the eventual win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Keith Tourville, Anderson, Bryan Nayes, and Aric Lindberg.

                In what would be the most competitive race of the night, Shane Kisling and Mike Keller took the green first in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature.  Kisling was the first to draw blood leading the first eight laps, but Keller, who had been battling door-to-door with Kisling for several laps, passed Kisling for the lead as lap nine ended.  As Keller pulled away a bit, Kisling adjusted his line and once again the door-to-door battle resumed with Kisling regaining the lead by the end of lap eleven.  For much of the remainder of the race, Kisling fought Keller off with the two running side-by-side much of the time.  In the end, though, it was Kisling taking the win in the closest, cleanest Super Stock race all year.  Rounding out the top five were:  Keller, Mark Stender, Eric Olson, and Rick Hallquist.

                Matt Leer and Ronnie Rihn lined up side-by-side for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.  Leer was fast out of the chute and took the lead, never looking back as the race ran with just one caution, that for Rihn when his motor had a flash fire.  Leer was clearly the car to beat, but late in the race he did receive a serious challenge from two of his closest competitors, Shane Halopka and Mark Gerth.  Leer was able to hang on for the win by just a matter of feet.  Rounding out the top five were:  Halopka, Gerth, Grant Southworth, and Curt Myers.

                Cory Crapser and Ron Hanestad have battled tooth and nail for much of the year in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, so, it was appropriate that they would line up first and second for the start of the Street Stock feature.  Athe drop of the green, Crapser took an early lead, but Hanestad was right on his bumper.  Despite his best efforts, Hanestad remained in second the entire race, just out of reach as Crapser went on for the win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Hanestad, Jay Kesan, Simon Walhlstrom, and Gary Kasperek.

                Eagle Valley Pure Stock action saw George Richards and Chad Tarvis in the front row for the start of their feature.  Using his patented quick start, Richards shot to the lead as the others looked on.  As the race progressed there was little doubt of the outcome as Richards pulled away from the field for the win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Mitchell Johnson, Ralph Schultz, Kyle Bitney, and Josh Walhstrom.

                Eric Schultz and Dustin LaBlonde lined up one and two for the start of the Eagle Valley Hornet feature.  It was LaBlonde who would be first to take the lead, leading the first six laps of the feature, but Mark Ryskoski in a brand new Hornet buzzed on by LaBlonde as lap seven ended.  Ryskoski then put a hurting on the rest of the field to take the win.  Rounding out the top five were:  LaBlonde, Mark Bornitz, Schultz, and Mike Peters.

                Racing resumes on Sunday, August 31, when Eagle Valley Speedway presents the eighth annual Lonnie Leu Memorial Race.  Rain date for that race, if needed, will be Sunday, September 6.

Kevin Adams, Ryan Olson, Mark Gerth, and Cory Crapser Score WISSOTA/Amsoil Wins at Eagle Valley

August 10th, 2009

                Tim’s Automotive and Machine presented the races at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, August 9, with additional recognition given to WAXX 104.5 and Quality Propane for their efforts in presenting the cancelled races the week before.

                Nearly one hundred cars were in the pits and a large crowd was on hand in the stands to enjoy the night’s races as Mother Nature did an excellent job making the night an enjoyable one for everyone. 

                John Hazelton and Bryan Nayes led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green flag for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil feature.  Hazelton was off to a quick lead, but his moment in the sun was a short one as his car came to rest in turn two as lap two was winding down.  With Hazelton on the hook, Bryan Nayes took over the lead with heat winner, Mark Hanson, who had started third, giving chase.  Despite the best efforts of Nayes, Hanson, and others, Kevin Adams came charging to the front, from twelfth, to take the lead by the end of lap four.

                From that point on, the rest of the field fought it out for second as Adams stretched his lead from a few car lengths to a full front stretch with Nayes hanging in there for second.  In the end, Adams was the winner, earning his twentieth win of the year in his Todd’s Crankshaft- sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were:  Nayes, Hanson, Jay Richardson, who started fifth, and Kent Baxter, who came from ninth.

                Ryan Olson and Tommy Richards started on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock feature.  Olson was off to a quick lead with Richards giving it a go in second.  By lap three, Eric Olson, who started fourth, moved up to second with John Feirn, who started fifth, glued to Olson’s bumper as Ryan Olson continued to lead.  A caution, after lap four, for a spinning Wayne Harris in turn three, realigned the field with Ryan Olson once again in command.  Eric Olson ran in second, Feirn in third, and Paul Erikson, who started eighth, in fourth.

                As the race reached the half-way point, Ryan Olson still led, Eric Olson ran second, Feirn was in third, Shawn Huse had moved into fourth, after starting seventh, and Mike Keller ran fifth, after starting sixth.  With the laps winding down and five to go, the running order remained the same as Olson and Olson fought it out for first.  In the end, it was Ryan Olson coming home the victor, getting his first ever feature win in his Bob Seckora, Coldwell Banker-sponsored Super.  Rounding out the top five were:  Eric Olson, Huse, Feirn, and Keller.

                Brad Hudson and heat winner, Nathan Thums, were the first to take the green for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature.  Hudson was the early leader, leading the first two laps, but heat winner, Shane Halopka, who started fourth, dashed Hudson’s hopes as Halopka shot to the lead by the end of lap three.  Two successive cautions–one for Kyle Johnson whose car stopped on the backstretch and one for a multiple car wreck that saw Travis Anderson being sent to the rear of the field, reset the field.

                On the restart, Haloka again assumed the lead, but Mark Gerth, who started eighth, and was running third, took advantage of the revamped lineup and used his Tim’s Automotive power to surge to the lead with heat winner, Matt Leer, who started fifth, and was running third, tagging on behind.  Gerth proved to be the strength of the field taking the win in his Mars Race Cars. Com-sponsored car getting his tenth win of the year.  Rounding out the top five were:  Leer, Curt Myers, who started ninth and was running either fourth or fifth for much of the race, Halopka, and Hudson.

                Fifteen WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks lined up for their feature with James Vought and heat winner, Butch Kummer, on the front row.  Vought took the early lead with Kummer running second, but Cory Crapser, who started fourth, was on the move.  By lap four, Crapser had taken the lead with Vought giving chase and Kummer following Vought closely.  Despite the best efforts of Vought, Crapser continued to pull away from the field.  Vought ended up spinning as lap six was in process and he drove off into the pits leaving Kummer and Sam Frankhauser, who started third, to do battle with Crapser.

                With five to go and Crapser in a commanding lead, the rest of the field fought it out for second.  A good battle, for second, ensued with Kummer, Frankhauser, Tommy Richards, who started sixth, and Jay Kesan, who started seventh.  Crapser would go on to take the win, earning his thirtieth feature win of the year in his Mosquito Doctor-sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were:  Kummer, Frankhauser, Richards, and Kesan.

                Heat winner, Mitchell Johnson, and birthday boy, Tyler Wahlstrom led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the starting line for the start of their feature.  This feature was off to a very slow start as it seemed everyone had early race winner’s anxiety or something, as there were three early cautions.  Once things got settled down, Mitchell Johnson assumed the lead, with heat winner, George Richards, who started sixth, giving chase.  By lap three, Richards had won the chase, taking the lead.

                With five laps to go, it seemed that Richards had an insurmountable lead, but heat winner, Cody Kummer, who started eighth, thought otherwise.  Despite Kummer’s best efforts, though, Richards did have too much of a lead and took his eleventh feature win of the year in his Socwell Sales-sponsored Pure.  Rounding out the top five were:  Kummer, Josh Wahlstrom, who started fifth, Chad Tarvis, who started tenth, and Rick Weir, who started twelfth.

                Heat winner, Eric Schultz, and Cody Reilly were on the front row for the start of the Eagle Valley Hornet feature.  Schultz took the early lead, leading the first seven laps of the feature as Dustin LaBlonde, who started sixth, and Mark Ryskoski, who started fourth, battled for second.

                By the end of lap eight, LaBlonde had passed Schultz.  Schultz dropped to second with Ryskoski then left in third.  As the checkered flew, LaBlonde took the win in his Awesome Race Engines-sponsored Hornet–his fourth of the year.  Rounding out the top five were:  Schultz, Ryskoski, Jeremy Johnson, who started seventh, and Brent Voeltz, who started fifth.

                Racing resumes on Sunday, August 16, when the races will be presented by River Country Co-op.  Hot laps are at 5:30 with racing at 6:00.

                Thanks to Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Kris Oium for the Kid’s bike giveaway every race night.

Rain Claims the Night at Eagle Valley, But Make-Up Races Succeed On August 2

August 3rd, 2009

On Sunday night, August 2, 2009, there was a mix of bad news and good news as the rains came early into the new race night program, ruining the Quality Propane and WAXX 104.5 race night.  The good news is that the Pure Stock and Hornet features, from the previous week, were run and completed prior to the start of the August 2 program.  Results of the make-up features follow.

                Racing resumes on Sunday, August 9, when a full race program of WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, and Street Stocks; plus the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks and Hornets.  The races will be presented by Tim’s Automotive Machine.  Hot laps begin at 5:30 with heat racing at 6:00.  Be there “When the Valley Heats Up!”

                In Eagle Valley Pure Stock action, Allen Amborn and Tyler Wahlstrom lined up on the front row for the start of their feature.  It was Rick Weir, however, who started third, who proved to be the power of the field, taking an early lead, leading most of the feature, and getting the first Pure Stock win of his career.  Rounding out the top five were:  Mike Harshman, who started fifth; Cody Kummer, who started sixth; George Richards, who started seventh; and Josh Wahlstrom, who started fourth.

                In the Eagle Valley make-up Hornet feature, Brandon Davis and Mark Ryskoski led the field to the green for the start of their feature.  This proved to be an interesting feature as two cars lost wheels, one nearly impacted the turn four wall, and one car made what appeared to be a unplanned, hasty exit to the pits.  With all the unusual action going on the race continued and ended with Dustin LaBlonde, who started fourth, taking the win.  Rounding out the top five were:  Cori Block, who had started fifth; Brandon Davis; Shawn Warner, who started tenth; and Brent Voeltz, who started sixth.

                 

SUMMARYEagle Valley SpeedwayJim Falls, WIAugust 2, 2009Eagle Valley Pure Stocks12 Lap Feature:  Rick Weir, Mike Hashman, Cody Kummer, George Richards, Josh Wahlstrom, Tyler Wahlstrom, Pat Smith, Jamey Fisher, Mitchell Johnson, Dalton Hazelton, Bob Thompson, Cole Smith, Allen Amborn (dnf)Eagle Valley Hornets12 Lap Feature:  Dustin LaBlonde, Cori Block, Brandon Davis, Shawn Warner, Brent Voeltz, Mike Peters, Mark Ryskoski (dnf), Paul Monpas (dnf), Rocky Kempe (dnf)

Adams, Kisling, Halopka, Hanestad, Wojcik, and LaBlonde are Night Two Winners at Eagle Valley

July 25th, 2009

Jim Falls, WI -Night two of a two-day special at Eagle Valley Speedway brought warmer and dryer weather conditions.  The racers and a near capacity stand full of fans enjoyed equally exciting racing on Sunday night s the track was once again very fast.

WISSOTA Modified action would begin with John Hazelton and Jay Richardson on the front row for the start of their feature.  ichardson was off to a quick start taking the lead and leading for the first twelve laps of the 20-Lap feature.  It was Kevin Adams, hough, who had started fifth, who would pester Richardson for the lead and who would eventually pass as lap thirteen wound down.

Once Adams made the pass, it was all his game from that point forward.  Saturday night’s winner, Keith Tourville, who had started eighth, hounded Adams for the remainder of the race, but was unable to seal the deal and had to settle for second.  Adams took the checkered in his Todd’s Crankshaft and Grinding-sponsored Modified to complete the sweep and win his 18th of the year.  Rounding out the top five were:  Tourville, Richardson, Mike Anderson who started sixth, and Hazelton.

In what was probably Eagle Valley’s best WISSOTA Super Stock race of the year, Terry Kroening and Lance Schilling came to the green first to start the feature.  Schilling was able to grab the lead for one lap, but then new dad, Paul Erikson, who had started third, forged ahead.  With Erikson in the lead, Saturday night’s feature winner, Darrel Hazelton, who had started sixth, glued his car’s front end to the rear bumper of Erikson’s car as Schilling and Shane Kisling, who had started eighth, fought it out for second.

For much of the race, the top four cars battled it out running two and sometimes three wide for the top spot.  It was during lap sixteen that things went south for Hazelton as his car either blew a frost plug or a radiator hose and his night was done.  When racing resumed, Kisling took advantage of the restart and made the pass for the lead and the eventual win in his Sunset Construction-sponsored Super.  The win completed a sweep for the night and gave him a 12-win yearly total.  Rounding out the top five were:  Erikson, Schilling, Mark Stender, who had started fourth, and Mike Keller, who had started seventh.

As is usually the case, the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature was a battle royal with fast and clean racing.  Dalton Yohnk and Jason Swan led the field to the green flag, but it was Mark Gerth, who had started fourth, who would blow past the front runners to take the early lead.  As Gerth led, Yohnk, heat winner, Jesse Glenz, who had started sixth, and Shane Halopka, who had started seventh, fought it out for second.

Five laps into the feature, Shane Halopka had had enough and went to the high side to take the lead with Gerth, Glenz, heat winner, Matt Leer, who had started ninth, and Saturday night’s feature winner, Ronnie Rihn, who had started eighth, left to fight it out for second.  In the end, Halopka would take win in his Lounge Around Bar-sponsored Midwest Modified.  Rounding out the top five were:  Gerth, Glenz, Leer, and Rihn.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature would see the only repeat feature winner for the weekend.  Butch Kummer and Danny Richards were side-by-side for the start of the Street Stock feature.  Kummer had an excellent start and went for the lead early, leading the first three laps of the feature until mechanical failure forced him out of the race.  With Kummer on the sidelines, Ron Hanestad, who had been running third, took advantage and the lead as Richards and heat winner, Jay Kesan, who had started fourth, dueled it out for second.

Midway through the race, Kesan gave it a shot for the lead, but Hanestad had built up too much momentum.  Meanwhile the rest of the field was riddled with a pandemic of some sort and were dropping out like flies.  With seven laps to go, of a 15-Lap feature, the field was down to just three cars. Hanestad went on to win his fifth of the year in his Pro Line Auto Glass-sponsored car with Kesan taking second.

Pure Stock features can often spectacles of disaster, but the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks put on an excellent show on Sunday night as Kyle Bitney and heat winner, Doug Wojcik, began the feature on the front row.  Wojcik left no doubt what his intentions were as he took an early lead.  With Wojcik in the lead and pulling away, the rest of the field was left to battle it out for second.

The fight for second was a good one as Simon Wahlstrom, who had started third, heat winner, George Richards, who had started eighth, Zach Manley, who had started sixth, and Cody Kummer, who had started seventh, swapped spots.  As Wojcik cruised to his first win it Eagle Valley and his fourth win in total for the year in his Jerry’s BP-sponsored Pure Stock, the rest of the top five looked like this: Wahlstrom, Kummer, Manley, and Lucas Plank, who had started twelfth.

It was the “Dustin LaBlonde Show” in the Eagle Valley Hornet Division as LaBlonde, who had started on the front row with Shawn Warner took an early and commanding lead.  As LaBlonde pulled away, the rest of the Hornets were left to fight it out for the remaining spots.  Mark Ryskoski, who had started seventh, ran second for most of the feature and finished second.  Mike Peters, who had started fourth, ran third for most of the feature and finished third.  Rocky Kempe, who had started third, ran fourth for most of the feature and finished fourth.  You guessed it-Cody Reilly, started fifth and finished fifth.

By Gene Harmelink

Tourville, Stender, Koehler, and Crapser Win on Cesspool Cleaner Night at Eagle Valley Speedway

June 5th, 2009

If you’re looking for a speedy race program, then Eagle Valley is the place to be with the entire race program being completed in two hours and ten minutes. As threatening weather headed in their direction, the Eagle Valley race staff moved the program along and got the whole show in on Sunday, May 31, giving the fans their money’s worth in short order.

Keith Tourville, hoping to repeat last week’s Eagle Valley Speedway win, picked up his fifth feature win of 2009 in his WISSOTA Modified and Cory Crapser picked up his thirteenth feature win in his WISSOTA Street Stock. Mark Stender in his WISSOTA Super Stock and Nick Koehler in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified each picked up their first feature win of 2009.

After starting on the outside of the front row for the Modified feature, Keith Tourville was off to a quick lead with fellow front
row starter, Bryan Nayes, settling in for second. Nayes ran second only for one lap as Mike Anderson, who had started fourth, came up to grab second with Nayes dropping to third. A caution, after lap two, for a spinning Scott Duval in turn three, saw Pat Doar credited with the caution. Doar was sent to the back, and the field was re-aligned.

Tourville proved to be the strength of the field as he once again took the lead with Anderson, heat winner, Kevin Adams, and Robby Bunkelman giving chase. By mid race, Tourville had built up a considerable lead with Anderson still running second. Adams ran in third, Bunkelman in fourth, and Nayes in fifth.

With eight laps to go, Adams made a pass for second which he never relinquished. Adams was unable to catch Tourville, though, who had by that time out-powered the rest of the field and led by almost a full turn. At race end, it was Tourville taking his fifth feature win of the season, completing a sweep in his JYM (Junk Yard Mafia) Shaw. Adams finished second with Bunkelman in third, Anderson in fourth, and Nayes in fifth.

Early leader and pole sitter, Terry Kroening, looked like he would run away with the race after leading the first two laps of the Super Stock feature. Kroening, though, spun coming out of turn one as lap three began and he was relegated to the back of the field.

When racing resumed, Stender, who had been running second, was off to a lead and stretched his lead with Shane Kisling, who had started fifth, running second, Darrel Hazelton, who had started fourth, running third, heat winner, Mike Keller, who had started eighth, running fourth, and Eric Olson, who had started sixth, running fifth.

As Stender continued to lead, Kisling, Keller, Hazelton, Olson, heat winner, Shawn Huse, who had started seventh, and Aaron Wilson, who had started ninth, battled for the other top five spots. In the end, it was Stender (yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks) taking his first win of the 2009 race season in his Quality Propane-sponsored Super. Rounding out the top five were: Keller, Hazelton, Kisling, and Olson.

Nick Koehler took early advantage of his front row starting spot taking a commanding lead in a Midwest Modified feature. A feature that would run caution-free. With Koehler establishing an early lead, the rest of the field was left with doing what they could to catch him. Jason Swan, who had started on the pole, gave chase along with heat winner and recent high school graduate, Ronnie Rihn, who had started seventh.

By mid-race, Koehler was widening the margin of lead with Swan and Rihn still giving chase. Heat winner, Jesse Glenz, who had started fourth continued to run fourth and recent graduate, Matt Leer, who started eighth, ran fifth.

By race end, the top five remained together with Koehler taking his first ever feature win in his Rufledt Roofing-sponsored car. Swan, Rihn , Glenz, and Leer rounded out the top five.

Ron Hanestad gave it his best shot in the Street Stock division taking an early lead after starting third. However, Hanestad’s car got too high coming out of turn three just three laps into the feature and heat winner, Cory Crapser, who had started fourth, took advantage and took the lead.

From that point on, it was the Cory Crapser show as Crapser forged ahead increasing his lead as the race progressed. By race end, Crapser had won his thirteenth feature of the year and completed a sweep for the night in his Dave Running Construction-sponsored Street Stock. Rounding out the top five were: Hanestad, Danny Richards, who had started second, Sam Frankhauser, who had started fifth, and Jason Long, who had started first.

In Pure Stock action, heat winner, Josh Wahlstrom, who started econd, was off to an early lead with pole sitter, Kyle Bitney, giving chase. Wahlstrom continued to lead five laps into the race as Tony Falkner, who had started third, replaced Bitney in second.

Half way through the feature, it looked like Wahlstrom had the race in the bag, but fate would deal Wahlstrom a bad hand as he and Falkner made contact during lap eight resulting in a flat left front tire on Wahlstrom’s car. Wahlstrom pitted and he and Falkner joined the back of the pack.

With Wahlstrom and Falkner out of contention, Danny Richards, who had started eighth, took advantage and shot to the lead after running fourth earlier. Richards took the win in the Richards’ Repair-sponsored Pure Stock. Cody Kummer, who had started seventh and had been running sixth for a good share of the race took second. Simon Wahlstrom, who started third, heat winner, Zach Manley, who started sixth, and Kyle Bitney rounded out the top five..

You could have thrown a blanket over the top three Hornets for most of their feature, but it was the car that ran third for most of the feature that would be the eventual winner. Rocky Kempe, who started third, led for the first three laps, but Matt Marvin, who had started second, seemingly put an end to Kempe’s hopes for a repeat to rest as Marvin led the next four laps.

Kempe would have no part of running second and tried to make a comeback only to have his car make contact with Marvin’s car
resulting in Kempe being sent to the rear of the field. With Marvin in the lead for the restart, it looked like the race was his to win
or lose, but a flat left rear tire, would make the final decision as Marvin pulled his car into the infield on the restart.

With Kempe and Marvin out of the picture, Mike Peters, who had been running third, took the lead and the win. Kempe and Paul Monpas, who had started fifth, rounded out the top three.

Keller and Hanestad Win Their First of 2009 at Eagle Valley Speedway

May 22nd, 2009

With clear skies, warm temperatures, a nice car count, and a nearly full grandstand, racing resumed at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, May 17.

Sunday’s racing saw three racers get their first Eagle Valley Speedway win of the year and three racers earned repeat wins.

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division, Travis Anderson started on the pole only to pull off the track just two laps into the race with what appeared to be mechanical problems. With Anderson out of the picture, Michael Truscott, who had started fifth, moved to an early lead, leading for the first three laps. After lap three, Jesse Glenz spun in turn four and he was sent to the back. On the restart an additional caution occurred when Bob Wood spun in turn three and Wood was sent to the back. Once racing resumed, heat winner, Matt Leer, shot to the lead from his previous fifth-place running spot and took the lead with Truscott settling in for second. Leer and Truscott ran first and second for four laps. Mark Gerth then moved into second after starting ninth and replaced Truscott in second. By race end Leer had completed a sweep for the night and a back-to-back feature win, after winning last week’s feature, in his American Family Insurance-sponsored number 30. Gerth finished second with Truscott, Southworth, and Thomas rounding out the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks put on a good show with the top five spots being fought for all race long. Mike Keller started on the pole with Mark Stender to his outside. At the drop of the green, Keller quickly moved to the lead with Stender following in second, Darrel Hazelton in third, Eric Olson in fourth and Paul Erikson in fifth. Eight laps into the race, Tommy Richards spun between turns three and four and heat winner, Aaron Wilson, was credited with the caution, sending Wilson to the back. When racing resumed, Keller once again assumed the lead with Hazelton giving chase. Despite the best efforts of the remaining field, Keller hung onto the lead by a car length or two until the end of the race, taking his first 2009 racing win in his number 31, Keyes Chevy Town-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were: Hazelton, Olson, Erickson and heat winner, Shane Kisling, who passed Richards late in the race.

It was all Kevin Adams in the WISSOTA Modified division. Heat winner, Adams, took an early lead after starting on the outside of
the front row. With Adams in the lead, pole sitter, Bryan Nayes settled into second with Kent Baxter who had started third, running third, Mark Hanson running fourth and heat winner, Craig Thatcher, running fifth. By lap ten, Adams was stretching his lead, even though he had slowed the pace some in an effort to save his tires and Thatcher ran second after making a series of passes during laps two through eight to move from his eighth-place starting spot. With Thatcher on the charge, Adams once again turned up the wick and puts some additional space between his car and the hard-charging Thatcher, but Adams just had too much momentum and Thatcher had to settle for second. Rounding out the top five were Baxter, Robby Bunkelman who had started seventh, and Jay Richardson who had started ninth. Adams win in his Bill’s Distributing-sponsored number 40 was his sixth feature win of the year.

After starting on the outside of the front row, Danny Richards assumed the number one spot in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature and led for the first four laps as pole sitter, Jason Lang, began dropping in the field, pulling off by the end of lap three. By lap five, a hard-charging Ron Hanestad had moved up to take the lead from his fourth-place starting spot with Richards falling to second. Back in the pack, heat winner, Cory Crapser, had moved into third after starting fifth, heat winner, Gary Kasperek, ran fourth after starting third, and Henry Peters of Morden, Manitoba, ran fifth after starting seventh. Hanestad continued to run strong, put some distance between himself and the rest of the field and came home the winner in his self-sponsored car. It was Hanestad’s first win of 2009 and his first in a couple of years. Rounding out the top five were: Crapser, Peters, Kasperek, and Richards.

Nineteen Eagle Valley Pure Stocks once again put on an excellent show with pole sitter and heat winner, Doug Wojcik, taking an early lead. Simon Wahlstrom ran second after starting third. Wojcik led all but two laps of the feature, unfortunately for him those were the last two laps, when he was passed by heat winner, George Richards, who had been working his way up from his eighth-place starting position. Richards had been running second from laps five through ten. Richards picked up a sweep and his third feature win of the year in his Richards Repair sponsored 5R. Rounding out the top five were: Wojcik, Simon Wahlstrom, Mike Harshman, who had started second, and Cody Kummer, who had started sixth.

The Flying Four-Cylinder Eagle Valley Hornets were led to the green flag by Matt Marvin who led the feature for the first two laps. Heat winner, Mike Krause, who had started fifth, had quickly worked his way up through the field and took over the lead by the end of lap three. In the end, it was Krause taking the win in his River Valley Storage-sponsored number 02. Rounding out the top five were: Mike Peters, who had started second, Mark Ryskoski, who had started fourth, Rocky Kempe, who had started third, and Matt Marvin.

There will be no races at Eagle Valley on Sunday, May 24. Racing resumes on Monday, May 25, with a Memorial Day Special.

Adams, Erikson, Leer, Crapser, Kummer, and Peters Winners At Eagle Valley

May 15th, 2009

Jim Falls, WI- Week number two of the 2009 racing season at Eagle Valley Speedway saw Defending National Champion, Kevin “Buzzy” Adams picking up his fifth feature win of the season in the WISSOTA Modified division. In the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Paul Erikson picked up his first-ever feature win at Eagle Valley Speedway and Matt Leer picked up his first win of the season in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified. Cory Crapser picked up his second win in as many nights by dominating the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Cody Kummer cruised to his first 2009 win in the Eagle Valley Pure Stock division, and Mike Peters won a hard fought victory in the Eagle Valley Hornets.

With heat winner, Kevin Adams, starting on the pole, Mark Hanson next to him, and Mike Anderson and Craig Thatcher making up the second row, you just knew the fans were in for a spirited battle in the Modified feature. There was tough competition for second and third, but Kevin Adams took an early lead and never looked back in a feature that would see just one caution when Bryan Nayes spun coming out of turn one just after the completion of lap four. As Hanson, Anderson and Thatcher swapped places several times throughout the race, and Thatcher moving to second with just three laps to go, Adams set it on cruise control and took the win in his Barnyard Buddies Daycare sponsored Modified.

The Super Stock division participants completed their feature race with just one caution as well, that one occurring just after lap
three was completed when Darrel Hazelton spun coming out of turn one. Once racing resumed, pole sitter, Steve Hallquist, continued to lead as he had in the first three laps. Hallquist had it all his way for more than half of the feature, but Paul Erikson, who had started third, and Mike Keller, who had started second, were on the move and threatening with six laps to go. With just three laps to go, Erikson made the bid for the lead and passed Hallquist as they came out of turn two, Keller tried to follow, but his efforts were thwarted and he had to settle for third as Hallquist held on for second. Meanwhile, heat winner, Shane Kisling and the winner of heat one, Aaron Wilson, fought for fourth with Kisling being the victor for that spot. It was the first win of 2009 for the Kulas Body Shop sponsored Erikson and his first ever at Eagle Valley Speedway.

After and winning his heat and starting third in the feature, Matt Leer was off to an early and dominating start in the Midwest
Modified feature. This feature saw just two cautions, with the first occurring just after lap two when Wayne Dean, who had been
running fourth, spun coming out of turn one, collecting John Moravec. Once racing resumed, Leer once again powered away from the field to once again lead with Ronnie Rihn, who had started third, and Mark Gerth, who had started eighth, fighting for second. Midway through the feature, the red flag was thrown when Brian Fuchs’ car went airborne coming out of turn one. The car slammed the wall and the car rolled onto its top. Fuchs was okay, but his car required assistance to be removed from the track. As the race continued, Leer once again took a commanding lead. Gerth took advantage of the restart and by lap ten had taken second from Rihn. Meanwhile, back in the pack, heat winner, Shane Halopka had worked his way up to fourth from his ninth-place starting position and heat winner, Mike Truscott, moved into fifth from his seventh-place starting spot. In the end, Leer took his first win of the 2009 racing season in his Johnson Logging- sponsored Midwest Modified.

Adam Soltis was off to an early lead as he sprung from his third-place starting spot in the Street Stock division. The nice
lead that Soltis had worked for soon evaporated, however, as heat winner, Cory Crapser, who had started fourth, grabbed the lead just three laps into the caution-free race. From that point it was all over but the shouting as Crapser dominated, stretching the lead as the laps ticked off. Soltis held on to second with his nearest competitor, Ron Hanestad, who had started fifth, five or six car lengths behind. Gary Kasperek who had started third, claimed third after dropping to sixth at mid-race and Butch Kummer settled in for fourth, while Danny Richards came home fifth. It was the second feature win for Crapser in as many nights as he cruised to victory in the Dave Running Construction Streeter.

After winning his heat race and starting third in the Pure Stock feature, Cody Kummer shot to an early feature lead and never looked back. Kummer was never seriously challenged, but Simon Wahlstrom driving his brother’s car gave it a try for a few laps as did Zach Manley, who had started seventh and eventually finished second. Kummer took the win in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored Pure with Manley in second; George Richards, who had started eighth, in third; Ron Hoffman, who had started sixth, in fourth and Tony Falkner, who had started ninth, in fifth.

The best fought battle of the night occurred in the Hornet division where Mike Peters and Rocky Kempe fought tooth and nail for the lead almost all race long. Peters, who started second, took an early lead and led the first five laps. Kempe, who had started fourth, took the lead by lap six and led the next five laps with Peters racing him side-by-side. With just a lap to go, Kempe slipped up a bit in turn one and Peters took advantage, taking the lead and the win.

Racing action continues on Sunday, May 17. Pits open at 4:00, cut off time is 5:30; hot laps are at 5:30, with racing beginning at 6:00. Come join the fun where the valley heats up!

Thatcher, Kisling, Gerth and Crapser Dominate Eagle Valley Opener

May 8th, 2009

Eagle Valley Speedway officially opened the gates for the 2009 racing season Sunday night, May 3, after two successive weekends of being weathered out.

In the WISSOTA Modified division, Craig Thatcher returned to the winner’s circle, Shane Kisling picked up his third feature win of
the year in the WISSOTA Super Stock division, Mark Gerth got the win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, Cory Crapser dominated the WISSOTA Street Stocks, George Richards bested all Eagle Valley Pure Stocks, and long distance traveler, Johny Severtson of LaCrosse, WI, took the win in the Eagle Valley Hornet division.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track first with Mark Gerth moving from second to first early. Gerth led the entire
feature and was never seriously challenged by the rest of the field. Meanwhile, back in the pack a good battle for second took place between Scott Erickson, Ronnie Rihn, Matt Leer and Brad Hudson. Leer and Hudson swapped places several times, but it was Leer who would finally take fourth. Order of finish was Gerth, Erickson, Rihn, Leer, and Hudson.

Mike Keller led the field to the green for the WISSOTA Super Stocks, but was able to lead for just one lap. Keller was passed by Shane Kisling during lap two and from that point on it was the Shane Kisling show. Eric Olson, who had started second, held onto second place for the entire race despite the best efforts of Keller, who dropped out of the race after lap nine. Darrel Hazelton, who had started third, hung on to third, Steve Thomas, who had started fifth, moved up to fourth after lap ten, and Aaron Wilson, who had started seventh, made a charge during mid-race to finish fifth.

The outcome of the WISSOTA Modifieds was settled early with Craig Thatcher, who had started on the pole, leading the entire race. Despite his best efforts, after running a variety of lines, Mike Anderson, who had started third, had to settle for second. Joey Jensen, who had started second, dropped one spot and ran third the entire race, but was challenged seriously several times by Keith Tourville, who had started ninth. Tourville finished fourth, while Mark Hanson, who had started fourth, took fifth.

Probably the best race of the night occurred in the WISSOTA Street Stock division which started with a bang when Jeff Antzcak got sideways in turn three during what should have been the first lap. Frankhauser collected several other cars, but all were able to continue. On the restart, Cory Crapser made a bold move from seventh to take second by the end of lap two, with Gary Kasperek , who had started third, in the lead. Crapser soon made fast work of getting to the front and by lap three had the lead, with Kasperek dropping to second. Crapser and Kasperek ran first and second for the next five laps when Jim Randall, who had started second, fought back to second. Mike Conrad, who had started fifth, stayed in the mix. By lap ten, Conrad had moved to third while Kasperek dropped to fourth and Danny Richards, who had started fourth, dropped to fifth. By race end, Crapser had won, Randall took second, Conrad ran third, Kasperek finished fourth and Richards took fifth.

If you wanted excitement and variety, then the Pure Stock feature was just the race you were looking for. It all started at the drop if the green flag when pole sitter, Doug Wojcik, pulled off the track with apparent mechanical problems and George Richards, who had started eighth, jumped the start. After a caution for debris on the front stretch after lap four, it was announced that Richards would be docked four places on the restart and the race resumed with Richards, who was leading at the time, starting in fourth. With Ashley Husby in the lead, the Pure Stocks resumed the race. Husby’s lead only lasted one lap when Zach Manley, who had started seventh, moved up to take the lead. Manley led for three laps, but back in the pack, Richards was on the move. Richards moved into the lead with four laps to go. With three laps to go, Husby and Manley, who had a personal battle going on, made contact and Manley spun in turn four. Husby was sent to the back and Manley was given his second
spot back. On the restart all went well until Jay Folz and Kyle Bitney got together under the flagstand while they were running
eighth and ninth. Folz got sideways and Bitney’s car got under the Folz car, with Fotz rolling in turn one. Both drivers were unharmed, but the Folz car went off on the hook. By race end, Richards had taken the win, Manley hung on to second, Josh Wahlstrom took third after starting second, Nick Wojcik finished fourth after starting tenth, and Tyler Wahlstrom finished fifth after starting sixth.

The Eagle Valley Hornet division was the last to take to the track, with Rocky Kempe on pole. Kempe led the first three laps with Johny Severtson running second. Kempe and Severtson fought it out for most of the race, but Severtson ended up the victor. Mike Peters, who had started seventh, ran either third or fourth for most of the race and finished third. Mike Warga, who started fifth, ran either third or fourth most of the race and finished fourth while Matt Marvin, who started fourth, had to settle for fifth.

Racing action continues on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. Pits open at 4:00, cut off time is 5:30; hot laps are at 5:30, with racing beginning at 6:00. There is a kid’s bike giveaway every race night sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling. Adult admission prices are just $10.00. Kids 12 and under are free and Senior Citizen admission is just $8.00.

Eagle Valley Banquet and Awards Ceremony

January 25th, 2009

The 2008 Eagle Valley Banquet and Awards Ceremony was held on January 17, 2009, at the Old Barn on the Eagle Valley track property located near Jim Falls, WI. There was an excellent turnout of drivers, sponsors, workers, and fans who enjoyed a great
night of socializing.

The evening festivities began with a social hour from 7:00 to 8:00. At approximately 8:00 Jerry Weigel made some introductory remarks which were followed by a delicious meal prepared primarily by Janis and Jerry Weigel. After completion of the meal, the awards were presented to the top ten in each division and the rookie of the year in each division was announced.

In his comments to those present, Jerry Weigel thanked all those who contributed in some way to making the 2008 racing season a success. He specifically singled out his wife, Janis, his daughter, and his son-in-law for all they did throughout the year, including moral support. He also had high praise for all of the drivers who supported the track, the fans, the race car sponsors, the track sponsors, and all the track workers.

He said one of his hopes for 2009 is that each person would encourage someone else to attend the races. One of his wishes for track improvement is to add more clay to the racing surface to provide the drivers with an improved track.

The track schedule was announced with practice scheduled for two consecutive Thursdays, April 9 and April 16. Racing will begin on Sunday, April 19. A Late Model Dart Challenge Series race has been scheuled for July 5, and one Sprint special has been scheduled for a bit later in the season. Weigel indicated that he is in the process of adding another Late Model race and another Sprint race this season, as well. A two-day special is scheduled for July 18 and 19, and the Lonnie Leu Memorial will be on August 30.

The evening continued with many door and driver prizes and song and dance.
by Gene Harmelink

Lonnie Leu Memorial Champions Crowned at Eagle Valley Speedway