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Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points battles heat up as end draws near

October 24th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa-Just a handful of events remain in this year’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points battles, and titles are up for grabs in nearly every division.

In the USRA Modified division, Jason Cummins of New Richland, Minn., holds the top spot over C.A. Nix of Lawton, Okla., and Dustin Sorensen of Rochester, Minn., who raced against Cummins every Saturday night at the Deer Creek Speedway, followed by Ryan Middaugh of Fulton, Mo., and Trevor Latham of Rogers, Ark.

Cummins, who also won the title in 2010, has registered 20 main event wins as he looks to keep the trophy in the Gopher State, following Lucas Schott’s championship in 2016. Another Minnesota racer, Brad Waits, is currently the only two-time USRA Modified national champ since national points were awarded beginning in 2005.

Decorah, Iowa’s Mitch Hovden is the most decorated driver in USRA history. Gunning for his third staright and fifth overall Holley USRA Stock Car national championship, Hovden’s margin of error shrunk this past weekend when Elijah Zevenbergen Ocheyeden, Iowa, scored a win and a runner-up finish at the Summit USRA Nationals.

Brett Heeter of Kansas City, Kan., lurks in third on the strength of his 20 feature wins this season while Jaime Torres of Las Cruces, N.M., and another 20-time winner, Dean Wray of Jamesport, Mo., are fourth and fifth.

Last year’s Summit USRA Nationals had a major impact on the points battle in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, and last week’s event at the I-35 Speedway helped propel Ryan Gillmore of Springfield, Mo., into the points lead over 2015 national champ Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan.

Dan Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, who sat atop the standings one week ago, is now third but not far behind the top two. Jake Richards of Lansing, Kan., is fourth and Kris Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., holds down the fifth spot.

Matt Jones racked up three straight Out-Pace USRA B-Mod ctitles from the 2007 to 2009, but Dustin Gulbrandson of Sioux Falls, S.D., matched that feat with his third straight USRA Hobby Stock national championship last year. This year, Gulbradnson is once again in the driver’s seat as he looks to become the first-ever USRA driver to win four straight crowns.

Nashua, Iowa’s Matt White picked up his ninth feature win during last week’s Summit USRA Nationals to jump into second place while Brady Link of Waukon, Iowa, sits third with a division-best 12 wins under his belt this season. Chad Lonneman of Adrian, Minn., and Steve Larson of Decorah, Iowa, are fourth and fifth, respectively.

This coming weekend’s Fall Festival at the Mississippi Thunder Speeedway is the final event on the calendar for the USRA Late Models, and Lance Hofer of Cochrane, Wis., is sitting pretty to become the first-ever USRA Late Model national champion.

In their first season as a USRA-sanctioned division, the USRA Tuners have been a steadily growing class with three race tracks-Fayette County Speedway, Mason City Motor Speedway and Nobles County Speedway-adding the division to their weekly programs.

With no more events on those track schedules, the USRA Tuner nationals points will see Kyle Balik of Fort Atchison, Iowa, fending off his brother Mitch Balik for the title. Steve Lane, Dylan Clinton and Ryan Bryant round out the top five.

With one track in the Southwest and a few special events in the region, the USRA Limited Mod division will see Jordan Eddleman of Kirtland, N.M., emerge as the class champion for the second straight season.

The following race tracks and divisions are scheduled to host Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series events through the final weekend of October:

Friday, Oct. 27
Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks).
Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla. (USRA Modifieds).

Saturday, Oct. 28
Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks).
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla. (USRA Modifieds).
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo. (USRA Modifieds, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Click here to see the full schedule of upcoming Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series events.

Drivers competing in a USRA-sanctioned event are eligible to earn national and track points at the racetrack where the points were earned for that class. National points will be awarded to each driver based on his/her best twenty (20) points nights in class from Jan. 7 through Oct. 29. Track points may include all events at that racetrack.

Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions and final points will be announced the first week of November after final results have been submitted and audited.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Sanders edges Cummins on second night of Modified Nationals

September 10th, 2017

Friday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway was capped with a 35 lap, $3,000 to win USRA Modified feature. Jason Cummins, 2017 Deer Creek Speedway Champion led the field to green, with Rodney Sanders on the outside pole.

Cummins initially took the lead, but lost it to Sanders exiting turn four. Cummins stayed close enough to make it interesting and took a final shot at the lead coming to the checkers. However, Sanders held the preferred line, and ultimately the winner’s check in Victory Lane.

On the B-Mod side of things, there were two more rounds of heats. Those heat results, combined with the Thursday results set the field for B-Mains and the front portion of Saturday’s $10,000 to win A- Main. No driver was able to win two heats on Thursday, but Eric Lamm won two on Friday.

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Gustin grinds one out for Grandpa D, outguns Dillard in Mississippi Thunder thriller

May 29th, 2017

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. — The worst part about the checkered flag waving at the conclusion of the USMTS main event Friday night at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway was that it had to end. The best part was that everybody in attendance was finally able to take a breath.

Bob Timm’s reshaping and resurfacing of the Fountain City, Wis., oval during the off-season paid dividends with a 40-lap feature race that could have been called great even without the incredible hair-raising final five laps.

But despite a new look and feel, victory lane felt just like old times with Ryan Gustin holding the winner’s paycheck. It was his fourth career USMTS win at the track, and second straight going back to last fall’s $40,000-to-win USRA Modified Nationals where Gustin edged Scott Bloomquist for the colossal payday.

This one was different for Gustin though.

On Monday, the patriarch of the DeFrance and Gustin families-Dale DeFrance-passed away at the age of 81. He was laid to rest yesterday.

“I’ve never wanted to win a race so bad in my life,” an exhausted Gustin said after he climbed out of his winning mount. “This one’s for you, Grandpa. We love you.”

It was the 82nd career USMTS win for Ryan Friday night.

Cade Dillard was in command most of the way. After starting on the outside of the front row, this season’s winningest driver so far wrestled control away from polesitter Jake Timm, but the boss’s son applied heavy pressure to Dillard for the first couple of laps before settling into the third spot behind the leader and Gustin.

While Dillard checked out slightly, Gustin and Timm waged a furious battle for second while Zack VanderBeek, who won the last race here for the Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental two years ago, began creeping up by taking the shortest route around the high-banked 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Lapped traffic became a factor on lap 12 with the top four runners racing in close quarters, swerving and diving inside and outside of back-markers until the race’s first and only yellow flag waved on lap 17.

On the restart, Gustin’s car faltered and that allowed both Timm and VanderBeek to slip past the two-time USMTS national champ. Gustin fought back with a vengeance, challenging VanderBeek around the bottom in one corner and rubbing elbows with Timm in the next.

Gustin finally edged ahead of Timm for second with nine laps remaining, and VanderBeek snuck underneath Timm one lap later. With five laps to go, lapped traffic was again part of the equation and the fans in attendance got to witness an incredible finish.

After splitting a lapped car, Dillard and Gustin raced side by side down the back-stretch and Gustin took advantage of the momentum shift with a full-throated ‘slider’ into turn three and up to the top of turn four. Dillard, however, was able to cross back underneath to remain the leader by a nose on lap 37.

Dillard returned the favor in the ensuing turn and Gustin made the hard left turn to launch back underneath Dillard, taking the lead as they raced down the back-stretch. Dillard slid up in front of Gustin again in the next corner, and the next, before Gustin finally was able to shut the door with two laps to go.

Meanwhile, while a raging storm was taking place in front of him, VanderBeek snuck up on the leaders as he calmly churned the shortest route around the track and Lucas Schott, who won his two previous USRA Modified starts here, crept into the picture after starting ninth on the grid.

After taking the white flag, Gustin took control and left his three pursuers to fight it out for second. VanderBeek edged in front of Dillard as they exited turn two, and Schott threw one final slide-job at Dillard as they raced through the final left-hand turn.

At the finish line, VanderBeek trailed Gustin by less than half a second while Dillard was able to minimize the damage with a cross-over move at the end to take back third from Schott. The top four crossed the stripe within less than a second of each other.

Never out of it, Timm followed close behind in fifth. Dustin Sorensen, R.C. Whitwell, Jason Hughes, Travis Saurer and Cory Mahder rounded out the top ten.

The Memorial Day Weekend is just getting started, and the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series return to the scene of countless classic clashes as the 15th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge takes place on Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

More than any other race track, it will be the 97th feature race for the USMTS at ‘The Creek.’

Kelly Shryock won the first-ever race here on May 25, 2002, but since that night defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes has a series-best 14 career victories at ‘The Creek.’

Shryock is second on the all-time list with 10 wins here while Rodney Sanders has collected eight checkered flags. Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips have five wins each. Ryan Gustin, Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece. Zack VanderBeek, Joey Jensen and Brandon Davis have each won three times.

Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy Scott and Lucas Schott. Drivers who have visited Deer Creek Speedway’s victory lane one time include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher, Cade Dillard and Tommy Weder Jr.

The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. and grandstands open at 2:30. Slingshots race at 3 on Button Buck Speedway. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6.

The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight with the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus WISSOTA Midwest Mods. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids ages 12 and under get in for $5.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville, Oronoco, Preston, Rochester, Spring Valley and Stewartville plus stores in Cresco, Lime Springs, Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar, Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

On Sunday, the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005, and his most recent came in this event last year. Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here. Jason Hughes and Johnny Scott have each made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

Each of the three Memorial Day Weekend blockbusters will dole out $3,000 to the main event winner, with valuable points awarded to drivers in the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

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

USMTS buckles up for Memorial Day Weekend tripleheader

May 25th, 2017

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.– A tripleheader of events in the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region are on tap for Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28.

On Friday, the series heads to Fountain City, Wis., to battle at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and then it’s on to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday before wrapping up the whirlwind weekend on Sunday at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

One of the most popular weekends and most popular group of racetracks on the USMTS campaign, the series has staged 125 main events between the three locations since 2002.

The 10th Annual “Taste the Feeling” Classic presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona happens Friday, May 26, at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

Nearly ten years ago, Todd Scharkey won the first-ever USMTS race in Fountain City when the track was known as the Tri-Oval Speedway. Kelly Shryock, Brad Waits and Al Hejna also won main events on the old configuration.

Bob Timm took the reins in 2009 and with him came a new configuration for the track, a new clay surface and a new name: Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Since then, Ryan Gustin has posted three USMTS victories. Although his latest happened in 2011, ‘The Reaper’ collected $40,000 by holding off Scott Bloomquist in last year’s USRA Modified Nationals here.

Brad Waits won in 2011 to become the only driver to get the job done on both the old and new track layout, and Jon Tesch won back-to-back races in 2011 and 2012 to be the only other USMTS multi-race winner at MTS. Tim Donlinger, Tommy Myer, Terry Phillips, Jason Hughes, Rodney Sanders and defending race winner, Zack VanderBeek, each have one victory here.

The pit gate will open at 4 p.m. and grandstands open at 5 with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7 followed by green-flag action from USMTS Modifieds, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, REDBOX+ 600 Mods, Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stocks and Harmston Trucking MTS Hornets.

Adult general admission is $20, senior citizens (65 and older) are $18. All students (with valid i.d.) and children ages 17 and under are absolutely free. Pit passes are $35 (6 to 12 years old $15, ages 5 and under free).

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston and Rochester, Minn. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information, call (507) 429-9639 or (608) 687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com online.

The 15th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge takes place on Saturday, May 27, when the 97th feature race for the USMTS at the Deer Creek Speedway happens.

Kelly Shryock won the first-ever race here on May 25, 2002, but since that night defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes has a series-best 14 career victories at ‘The Creek.’

Shryock is second on the all-time list with 10 wins here while Rodney Sanders has collected eight checkered flags. Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips have five wins each. Ryan Gustin, Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece. Zack VanderBeek, Joey Jensen and Brandon Davis have each won three times.

Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy Scott and Lucas Schott. Drivers who have visited Deer Creek Speedway’s victory lane one time include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher, Cade Dillard and Tommy Weder Jr.

The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. and grandstands open at 2:30. Slingshots race at 3 on Button Buck Speedway. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6.

The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight with the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus WISSOTA Midwest Mods. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids ages 12 and under get in for $5.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville, Oronoco, Preston, Rochester, Spring Valley and Stewartville plus stores in Cresco, Lime Springs, Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar, Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

On Sunday, the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005, and his most recent came in this event last year. Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here. Jason Hughes and Johnny Scott have each made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

Each of the three Memorial Day Weekend blockbusters will dole out $3,000 to the main event winner, with valuable points awarded to drivers in the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

With one race in the books, Jason Hughes leads the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region standings. Zack VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, Cade Dillard, Stormy Scott, Dan Ebert, Kelly Estey, R.C. Whitwell, Kyle Prauner and Jacob Bleess complete the top 10.

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

USRA Late Model explosion continues

March 29th, 2017

WINONA, Minn. — Beginning in 2017, the USRA Late Model division will have a national points fund and a national champion will be crowned in the Summit Racing USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway owner/promoter Bob Timm has spearheaded the development and growth of the USRA Late Models, and several new venues are set to welcome the full-fendered machines during the 2017 racing season.

Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa; Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa; Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa; and Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., will work together to add an additional 18 races for the USRA Late Models in 2017.

The following schedule is in addition to all Friday night weekly races at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway:

April 22 – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
May 13 – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
May 20 – Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
May 27 – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
June 16 – Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa
June 17 – Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
June 22 – Cresco Speedway Cresco, Iowa (Fair Race)
June 29 – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. (Firecracker Special)
July 2 – Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
July 27 – Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis.
July 29 – Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Aug. 3 – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Aug. 10 – Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis.
Aug. 12 – Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Sept. 14 – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. (Legendary)
Sept. 16 – Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Sept. 21 – Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis. (Punky Manor)

Please mark your calendars and support as many of these events as you can so we can keep them going, and stay tuned as more events may be added as the season draws nearer.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Davenport Speedway gears up for 2017

March 21st, 2017

DAVENPORT, Ia.– Spring will be here shortly and soon the green flag will drop on the 2017 racing season at the Davenport Speedway. Twenty-one nights of stock car racing action make up this year’s schedule for the dirt track located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Special events figure prominently in this year’s schedule.

The season will start with the REBEL 5K held on Friday, April 7th. The event is highlighted by IMCA Late Models racing on the quarter-mile track. Also racing at the REBEL 5K will be Modifieds, Street Stocks, and SportMods. A $5,000 prize awaits the winner of the Late Model feature.

The following Friday, April 14th, the racing action jumps over to the half-mile track on for the 4th annual Midwest Sanction Showdown. The event is co-sanctioned by the MARS Dirt Car Series and the Corn Belt Clash late model series. Last year,Wisconsin’s Jimmy Mars was victorious in the Showdown. The late models will be joined on the track by Modifieds, Street Stocks and Sport Mods.

The Lucas Oil MLRA late models will return to the Davenport Speedway on Friday, May 5th, as the open late models tackle the quarter-mile oval. The Modified, Street Stock, and Sport Mod classes will be racing for track points.

The Iowa Governor’s Cup, the official stock car championship of the State of Iowa, will see some big changes in 2017. This year’s version of the Iowa Governor’s Cup is the 25th running of the race and will be held on Friday, September22nd. IMCA Modifieds will be the featured class this year, paying $5,000 to win. Sport Mods will pay $2,000to win and Street Stocks $1,000 to win. All races for the one-night event will be on the quarter-mile track.

For the seventh straight year, the Davenport Speedway will offer $2,000-to-win specials for each of our weekly support classes. The IMCA Mod Madness will be held on May 19th, with the Sport Mod Challenge on June 9th. The Street Stock Clash will take place on August 11th.

The Night of Destruction returns on Friday, September 8th. The motorized mayhem includes Cheater Races for the stock car classes and the always popular Trailer Race.

The battle for the2017 Davenport Speedway track championships will start with the Season Opener on April 21st, and conclude with Season Championship night on August 25th. Weekly racing classes will be IMCA Late Model, IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks,and IMCA Sport Mods.

Two of Davenport Speedway track champions for2016 were also crowned IMCA National Champions. IMCA Late Model driver RobTol and of Davenport, won his third national title. Tony Olson captured his first IMCA Northern Sport Mod national championship.

Vintage racing continues to be a fan favorite at the Davenport Speedway. The American Iron Racing Series will visit the Davenport four times in 2017, May 12th, July 7th,August 25th and September 22nd. The Midwest Jalopies will appear three times, April 28th, June 2nd, and July 14th.

Racers will get a chance to try out their new rides before the season begins. A test & tune session will be held, on Thursday, April 6th. The open practice will be on the quarter-mile track.

The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. On weekly points race nights, the pit gates open4pm, with hot laps at 6:15 and racing to follow.

For more information, visit our website at“davenportspeedway.com” or call (563) 652-5302.

2017 DAVENPORT SPEDWAY SCHEDULE
APR 06 TEST& TUNE practice
APR 07 REBEL 5K(Late Model $5,000-to-win,Modifed $1,000-to-win, SportMod and Street Stock)
APR 14 MIDWEST SANCTION SHOWDOWN Featuring open Late Models(Modifed, SportMod, Street Stock-weekly purse)
APR 21 KOEHLER ELECTRIC SEASON OPENER (weeklyclasses)
APR 28 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & VINTAGE COUPES
MAY 05 LUCAS OIL MLRA (Modifed, SportMod, &Street Stock weekly points)
MAY 12 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & A.I.R.S.
MAY 19 MODIFIED MADNESS Modifieds – $2,000-to-win (LateModel, SportMod, & Street Stock weekly points)
MAY 26 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & KIDS NIGHT Bike races at intermission. Kids free admissionwith paid adult.
JUN 02 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & VINTAGE COUPES
JUN 09 SPORT MOD CHALLENGE SportMods – $2,000-to-win (LateModel, Modified & Street Stock weekly points)
JUN 16 WEEKLY POINTS RACING
JUN 23 MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
JUN 30 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & POWDER PUFFRACES
JUL 07 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & A.I.R.S.
JUL 14 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & VINTAGECOUPES
JUL 21 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & MECHANICRACES
AUG 11 STREET STOCK CLASH Street Stocks -$2,000-to-win (Late Model, Modified, & SportMod weekly points)
AUG 18 WEEKLY POINTS RACING (Draw/Re-draw) & KIDS NIGHT
AUG 25 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP & A.I.R.S.
SEP 08 NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION- TRAILER RACE& CHEATERS NIGHT
SEP 22 IOWA GOVERNOR’S CUP($5,000-to-win IMCA Modifed, $2,000-to-win SportMod, $1,000-to-winStreet Stock, and A.I.R.S.)

Hensel, Hofer, Williamson, & Richards Top Feature Winners List

May 26th, 2016

Fountain City, WI- The 2016 season is in full rush! The action continues to be hot, and the days and nights of the approaching summer continue to get hotter!

A picture perfect Friday night greeted race fans and racers alike at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to celebrate the return of NAPA NIGHT. Prizes, awards, fun, & competition were all on the menu for this beautiful Friday
evening of dirt-track action!

HENSEL HAPPY WITH DIRT-DUELLER

Adam Hensel has made a name for himself in the racing community as the type of driver who can strap himself into a race car . . . ANY RACE CAR . . . and make it go fast! Whether it’s an Open Late Model, a WISSOTA modified or, as he showed Friday during NAPA NIGHT at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, a Dirt-Dueller USRA Modified – he’s proven that he’s got ‘The Chops’ needed to take a car to the front of the field! And that’s exactly what he did when successful racer and race car builder Les Duellman called him and offered him a ride behind the wheel of his very own Les Duellman Racing Dirt-Dueller #0; Hensel took that car to the front of the field! After using the second heat race of the evening to get comfortable, Hensel battle a nice group of hard chargers to get at, and stay at, the front of the field during Friday’s “NAPA NIGHT 25-LAP FEATURE”. Second heat race winner Jake Timm, Keith Foss, Dustin Sorensen, 2009 Track Champion John Doelle, & 2011 Track Champion Bob Timm all battled at, or near, the front in an effort to challenge for the lead and eventual win . . . but Hensel was not to be denied. After taking the checkered flag, the Baldwin, WI racer headed for Victory
Lane and a celebration with LDR’s Les Duellman. With a smile that could be seen from the furthest occupied seat in the grandstands, Hensel leapt from the car with his arms thrust in the air and let loose with a celebratory cheer that showed his true enjoyment of the moment. “When Les and the guys from LDR called me and asked if I wanted to drive their car here . . . well, I mean, how could anyone turn down an offer like that,” Hensel explained, “I mean, this car drove like a dream. A huge thank you to Les and the group at LDR, a big big thank you to you fans for coming out to cheer and have a good time, and thank you to NAPA for their involvement here at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!” Jake Timm held on for a second place finish in the feature, followed by Keith Foss and Erik Kanz, who raced from a dead last starting spot up to his fourth place finish.

HOFER NABS FIRST FEATURE WIN OF 2016

Lance Hofer comes from a family of racers – and not just any family of racers . . . a WINNING family of racers. His father, his uncles, his brother have all been successful, and race winning, racers. The Cochrane, WI native enjoyed success from the first few efforts behind the wheel, continued that success and his winning ways up into the Modified ranks . . . but, when he slipped into the driver’s seat of an all new USRA Ltd Late Model at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY his winning was supplemented by another noticeable item – a huge smile.
“This style of Late Model racing is everything this sport needs,” Hofer explained in a recent radio interview, “They really are fun to drive, they really are fast – the fans enjoy the action and the speeds exactly like the
so-called ‘Open Late Models’ . . . but, most importantly, they are affordable. There’s no down-side to this class.” We don’t know if his new found smile is a result of the affordability, the fun or the winning . . . but, it fits his personality well. That smile was in attendance again Friday night after finally picking up his
first feature win of the young 2016 season. After winning the 2015 Track Championship in this division, many thought that he might come right out of the gate winning on opening night – three events, though, is really not too long to wait. “This class is pretty competitive,” Hofer said from Victory Lane, after winning Friday’s 20-Lap NAPA FEATURE, “(Justin) Sass and (Tony) Bahr, Shaun (Mann) and (Troy) Langowski . . . really, the entire field is pretty strong. So, to race to this win tonight makes me feel like we’re turning things around, the way we want them.” Mann finished the evening’s feature just behind Hofer, followed by week #2 feature winner Justin Sass and first heat race winner Troy Langowski.

RICHARDS COLLECTS THIRD IN A ROW

Tommy Richards battled to his THIRD consecutive Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature win, in three events – once again putting the rest of the racers on notice that he’s hoping for an unprecedented fifth straight Track Championship . . . which, at this point at least, appears to be coming via a perfect season! But the stars almost didn’t align for Richards this past Friday night! Former two-time Track Champion Jeff Brauer rocketed away from the field at the start of the 20-lap feature and opened up a commanding lead on the field. As Brauer was establishing what appeared to be an insurmountable lead, Richards was battling heavy traffic in multi-car pack battling from second through tenth. But, then, with the end of the feature nearly in sight a caution flag slowed the field after a spin in turn two. The resultant restart bunched the field back together, removed the huge lead that Brauer had built up, and allowed Richards to do what he always does . .
. work the bottom groove like a master and put together a pass for the lead and the eventual win. Brauer was forced to settle for what had to have felt like a heart-breaking second place finish, followed by Avon, MN’s Eric Martini in third.

WILLIAMSON WINS

Alex Williamson battled from a starting spot outside of the third row, past a multitude of proven talent, and made his way to Victory Lane after winning his first Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature of 2016. After four qualifying heat races, and a last chance B-Main, it was Williamson and his #15W sitting in the Dahl Chevrolet MTS Victory Lane celebrating the win. “A big thank you to my Mom and Dad, my girlfriend, everyone who helps out on the car, all of these sponsors you see on this car – they all, every one of them, help me get to this point, without them I wouldn’t be here in Victory Lane.” smiled Williamson after the win. Pole sitter and fourth heat race winner Jon VanMinsel finished second ahead of young JT Wasmund, who enjoyed his best ever finish at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!

BECKER BACK IN VICTORY LANE

After claiming the 2015 Track Championship in the MTS Sportsman division, Jordan Becker appears ready to control the all new Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stock division in 2016. Becker raced to his THIRD straight feature win, in three nights of racing at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Jeremy Oakes, Derek Sutton and “Crazy Phil” Wernert finished behind Becker’s #4J as the checkered flags waived.

CISEWSKI SMILES WITH SECOND FEATURE WIN

For the second time in three weeks, it was the smile of a 14-year old celebrating in the Dahl Chevrolet MTS Victory Lane after the redbox+ 600 Mod Feature. Hunter Cisewski, feature winner opening night, raced to his second feature win in the competitive division, holding off previous feature winner Chris Gilbertson and pole-sitter Bruce Schmitt for the win.

HARMSTON WINS HORNET FEATURE

Howard Harmston loves the Hornet Class. So much so, that he brought title sponsorship to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to insure that the class could remain for the 2016 season. The Harmston Trucking MTS Hornets 4-cylinder division has produced exciting racing action every night thus far this season . . . but, we’re sure Harmston would consider night #3 the best thus far. After a tight battle with the #29 of opening night feature winner Armond Love, Harmston raced to his first feature win with his #777. Second heat race winner Love, finished second, followed by Brandon Gleiter and first heat race winner JR. Tourtellott.

KRAUSE AND BOLAND WIN SLINGSHOT FEATURES ON THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY

Travis Krause and Brady Boland were master of The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY during the 2016 season opener for the all new Sunshine Refuse A & B Slingshots. Boland raced away from a late race caution to win the B Slingshot feature, while Krause was the class of the field in the A Slingshot feature and collected the feature win!

Racing resumes next Friday night May 27th with another complete night of dirt-track action including the Sunshine Refuse Slingshots on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY with the first green flag of the evening actually waiving at 5:45 for those Slingshot racers. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” resumes immediately following the 6:40 PM Opening Ceremonies with the first green flag at 6:45 to start on-track action provided by the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Limited Late Models presented by Big Toy Storage, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stocks, & Harmston Trucking MTS Hornets!
* Pit gate Opens at 4:00 PM
* General Admission Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue with ALL Students
- even college (23 yrs old and younger with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

Mother’s Day Weekend Starts with Action at MTS

May 11th, 2016

Fountain City, WI – The 2016 Season Opener was a chilly affair during the final weekend of April; but the first Friday night action of May was like a hot and steamy romance!! A large crowd of race fans converged on MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY for the second night of racing at the “Jewel Of The Upper-Midwest” to watch a the
local and area racers battle for glory on a beautiful Friday evening.

CLEAN-SWEEP FOR ANGST

Winonan Josh Angst is well aware of the fleeting nature of success on the race track. Even while enjoying the accolades of being a two-time Track Champion at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, Angst has had to battle through
nights at the track, or even extended stretches of nights at the track, which simply did not produce the successful results to which he’s become accustom. But it’s times such as those which magnify the focus and determination of a champion. And Friday night May 6th allowed Angst to put that focus and determination to work in order to produce another stellar run behind the wheel of his #99 Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified. After an opening night run on a heavy, tacky, “hammer-down” racing surface under near freezing conditions – a fast and smooth, yet slick track, produced under a blasting sun with daytime temperatures nearing 90, greeted the racers on Friday night; and Angst was ready to read the track, make the adjustments and drive on to victory. Twice, as a matter of fact.

After winning the early evening’s second heat race, Angst jumped from the pole position at the start of the night’s “Mother’s Day Weekend 25″ and never looked back at the competition. There were a few moments, early on, during the 25-lap main when other competitors appeared to have the potential to challenge Angst for the lead and the eventual win . . . but, that never occurred. The most likely car/driver to challenge Angst was removed from the picture early in the event when contact coming out of turn four between Keith Foss and Lucas Schott sent Schott’s #69 across the track into Brad Waits’ #24. Waits, the defending Track Champion at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, was nothing more than a passenger as his modified was turned to the right (towards the grandstands) and continued rotating until it slammed, driver’s-side first, into the turn one outside wall! Luckily, Waits was able to exit the wreck under his own power with no visible injuries.

Waits did, however, take a moment to point out his displeasure towards Schott, as the #69 passed by under caution. With green-flag conditions returning to the track Angst resumed his control of the field and led every single lap to the finish – picking up his first feature win of the 2016 season! “The track was good down low, early,” explained Angst in Victory Lane, when asked about his search for the best groove on the tricky surface, “But, then I saw it moving a little higher, and then when I noticed it beginning to take rubber, I jumped up to the very top and stayed there till the checkers.”

Double duty driver Jake Timm, who also piloted a USRA Ltd Late Model during the evening program, battled to a strong second place finish, followed by Foss in third.

SASS SEWS UP FEATURE WIN

Justin Sass climbed from the interior of his Centerville Welding and Repair USRA Ltd Late Model, presented by Big Toy Storage, with a smile on his face that was large enough to match his 6-foot plus height! The smile was partly due to the fact that he had just held off 20 laps worth of challenges for the lead by Late Model ace Curt Luhmann in order to cement his claims on the feature win . . . but, also due to the fact that the win came after A LOT of hard work and help from family and friends.

“I need to thank everyone who helped me – not just for this win, but also just to get back on the track,” said Sass in Victory Lane after the win – he continued via social media later, “Huge thank you to Chris Rolbiecki for making this Rocket fast as (heck). After a part failure in the heat, running the feature wouldn’t have even been possible without Darin Larson and ‘lefty’ Josh Michel helping to get it patched together just in time!”

Luhmann gave up second place to second heat race winner, and defending Track Champion, Lance Hofer with just 2 laps remaining. Jake Timm (mentioned earlier) battled to a fourth place finish to solidify two top-5 feature
finishes in back to back feature race (first the Modified, followed immediately by the Late Model).

RICHARDS COLLECTS SECOND IN A ROW

Tommy Richards battled to his second consecutive Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature win, in as many weeks – putting the rest of the racers on notice that he’s in tip-top form and ready to battle for an unprecedented fifth straight Track Championship. Former two-time Track Champion, and first heat-race winner, Jeff Brauer turned things around from a less-than-satisfying opening night feature finish outside the top-5 to race to a second place finish just ahead of the
#22 of Dan Nissalke

MOUDRY MOTATES TO B-MOD MASTERY

Ben Moudry blocked the high number of cautions from his mind and focused on nothing more than what was necessary to keep his #85 Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod out front. “When a large number of cautions like that happens,” said Moudry after celebrating the win of the evening’s 18-lap feature, “there’s really no way to get your rhythm as a driver. I mean, you have to ignore it . . . but, that is very hard to do after a while.”

Moudry kept the #12K of Casey Knutson behind him and raced his way into Victory Lane. Knutson, meanwhile, had his hands full with third heat-race winner Alex Williamson and Strum, WI’s Ryan Olson who both raced from starting positions outside of the first five rows to compete at the front of the pack! Knutson held on for second just ahead of Williamson.

BECKER BEATS ‘EM AGAIN

After claiming the 2015 Track Championship in the MTS Sportsman division, Jordan Becker appears ready to control the all new Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stock division in 2016. Becker raced to his second feature win in as many nights of racing at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Jeremy Oakes and Brian Scholl fought through a strong 5-car battle to finish second and third respectively.

GILBERTSON GRABS GOLD

Chris Gilbertson first battled, and eventually passed home-town racer Bruce Schmitt for the lead of the redbox+ 600 Mod feature. The opening 12 laps of the 18-lap feature belonged to Schmitt, who’d actually opened up a very commanding lead, early. But, Gilbertson reeled in the leader and began throwing challenges for the top spot right around the half-way point of the main event. Schmitt held onto the top spot until Gilbertson was able to sneak by with his #4G and race on to the feature win. Schmitt held on for a second place finish, just ahead of former Track Champion Greg Wohletz.

MARTENS MASTERS HORNET MAIN

Donald Martens passed race leader Howard Harmston to win the Harmston Trucking MTS Hornet feature, with Rick Slawson finishing third. Racing resumes next Friday night May 13th with another complete night of dirt-track action – which includes the first visit of the year to the LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY by the Sunshine Refuse Slingshots! The first green flag of the evening actually waives at 5:45 for those Slingshot racers followed by a 6:30 PM start for the Harmston Trucking MTS Hornets. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” resumes immediately following the 7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Limited Late Models presented by Big Toy Storage, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, REDBOX+ 600 Modifieds, & Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stocks!
* Pit gate Opens at 4:00 PM
* General Admission Grandstands open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue with ALL Students – even college, 23 yrs old and younger with current Valid Student ID – and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 8th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

2016 Season Opener Heats Up A Cool April Evening at MTS

May 5th, 2016

Fountain City, WI – Opening Night 2016! FINALLY!!!

After months of cold, wind, ice, & snow . . . after months of torches, welding, fabricating, & painting . . . after months of waiting, dreaming, anticipating, & planning . . . FINALLY . . . the racing season IS BACK!!

And despite, or, perhaps, in spite of, a preceding week of rain and the return of cool, if not down-right chilly, temperatures, racers and race fans were rewarded with actual green-flag action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Friday night, April 29th!!

As if to add to the spectacle of returning action, those green-flag laps were filled to over-flowing with side-by-side racing (actually 5-wide on several occasions!), back and forth battles for the lead, last-lap passes for feature wins, and even a few spills & thrills!

But the main story is simply that THE 2016 RACING SEASON AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY IS HERE AND UNDER WAY!!

Mid-week weather did NOT look promising, as rains, clouds and cool temperatures blanketed the surrounding area. With over 110 TONS of new clay laid on the racing surface of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY during the
off-season, speedway owner Bob Timm was blessed with beautiful conditions the previous two weeks – allowing him the opportunity to work the track and whip it into pristine racing conditions. When Friday morning the 29th rolled around, those prior weeks of track prep paid priceless dividends as Timm was able to work with the recent moisture and lay down what turned out to be a very racy surface through the entire evening.

“I’ll be honest,” said Timm Friday night, “I was really worried with all the rain we’d gotten. I started working the track at the very earliest moment I could get on it, and it took me right up until about 2:30 this afternoon before I was actually sure that we were even going racing tonight!”

But dedication like that, and an uncanny skill to prepare a wonderful racing surface for the competitors (and the fans), is why more and more racers are continuing to visit MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Former Track Champion, and Friday evening’s eventual Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified feature winner Lucas Schott voiced what many drivers know, “All of us racers know what weather like what we’ve had can do to a race track, but also we know Bob is going to give us a great track. That’s why we always like coming back to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER (SPEEDWAY).”

That win of Schott’s, by the way, was something to watch.

The two-time (2014 & 2012) Track Champion rocketed out of the pole position starting spot at the beginning of the evening’s 25-Lap Season Opener Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified Feature and led the opening 10 laps of
green-flag racing. But behind his red & white #69 a challenge was brewing as New Richland, MN’s Jason Cummins found a fast groove in the wide turns and was busy racing his way to the front from his starting spot on the outside of the third row.

“I could see him coming, then he flew right by me,” Schott said of Cummins, who grabbed the lead on Lap 10, and held the top spot until Schott altered his line around the speedway and reclaimed the lead on lap 14.

Defending Track Champion Brad Waits spent the opening nine laps racing for second and third before slipping back and settling into his eventual finishing position of fourth.

2013 & 2010 Track Champion Josh Angst was also in the mix as he battle in the top-5 all feature long enroute to his second place finish as the checkered flag waived!

Schott’s feature win gave him a ‘clean sweep’ of the evening after also winning the evening’s second heat race in the division earlier in the program.

BAHR IS BACK

Tony Bahr made a statement Friday night – Despite his Back . . . he is Back!!

“I’ve been out of the game a few years now,” explained Tony Bahr, before Friday’s season opener at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, “I had a broken back, neck surgery, and I just couldn’t race. Sold my Modified. Then I heard
about this division that Bob put together, I kept tabs on it last season, and when I knew that I could get back into racing, I KNEW that this was WHAT I would be racing.”

Bahr was still making minor adjustments to his new USRA Limited Late Model after unloading it at the track Friday afternoon . . . and those adjustments were apparently perfect, as he was able to race his way to the front of the field during the evening’s Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Limited Late Models, Presented by Big Toy Storage feature and start the season off with a trip to Victory Lane!

Bahr first had to work around the #88 of Late Model new-comer Troy Langowski before setting his sights on the #24 of race leader Justin Sass.

Sass led the first 13 laps of the 20-lap feature but didn’t quite have the late-race handling necessary to stay ahead of Bahr. “I could see that Justin’s car was really getting tight as the laps wore on,” explained Bahr in Victory Lane, “That did open up the bottom for me over here in turn two also gave me a pretty good window here in turn four.”

Bahr was able to take the lead on lap 14 and held onto the top spot all the way to the waiving checkered flag!

Defending Late Model Track Champion Lance Hofer put on a strong charge late in the feature, but came up just a bit short and settled for a second place finish just ahead of early race leader Justin Sass.

The 20-lap feature was halted for a scary moment when Bob Fort’s #97 flipped wildly through turn three before tumbling back to earth and landing on all four tires. Despite the car being completely destroyed, Fort was able to climb out under his own power and walk away from the scary crash.

KATH CAPTURES the CROWN

Kylie Kath will be the first to tell you that racing is always unpredictable!

Half way through Friday night’s Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature, Kath was running second behind Jon Van Minsel . . . and, well, it really didn’t look like Van Minsel was catchable. Enjoying a lead that almost half a straight away, it looked like the brand new #1 was going to be celebrating feature win #1 at the end of the feature.

But, racing is unpredictable.

Kath’s green #83 was fast, but Van Minsel was able to jump from his outside front row starting spot and open up a commanding lead over the first 10 laps. Race fans might have been thinking, “Well, this win will be Van
Minsel’s; Kath will have to settle for a battle for second.”

But, racing is unpredictable.

Van Minsel’s downfall was the fact that he was too fast! Go figure. As the leader, he was the first to catch the competitors at the tail of the pack . . . unfortunately for the Decorah, IA racer, those racers at the tail end of the field were embroiled in their own little battle for position. As Van Minsel approached the traffic, his line around the track was impeded – this forced Van Minsel to slow his lap-times just enough to allow Kath to catch and eventually pass him for the lead!

“I could see that we were catching the other cars,” explained Kath from Victory Lane, “Jon went high and he kind of got blocked in there a bit at exactly the same time that my lane on the bottom opened up and . . . I just, kind of, zipped past.”

Van Minsel finished second just a half second ahead of second heat-race winner Parker Kessel in third.

THE RICHARDS RUMBLE

It seems to be a weekly question when the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks pull onto the track at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, “Who can beat Richards?”

Well, who would have suspected that the first racer to beat Richards would be . . . Richards!

Perhaps an explanation is in order.

Tommy Richards is, quite possibly, the King of WISSOTA Super Stock racing at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Four Track Championships in a row with his #7R have proven that this smiley dude KNOWS how to win at the fast and racy “Big 1/3-Mile”! Interestingly enough, the rest of the Richards family is also VERY fast. In years past, Danny Richards has accumulated many feature wins and track championships behind the wheel of a WISSOTA Street Stock, and George Richards has collected feature wins and track championships with his #5R Pure Stock.

Over the winter, Danny Richards decided that in addition to his #3R Street Stock, he was going to also pilot a #3R WISSOTA Super Stock and see if he could beat Tommy at his own game. Who would have thought that it might
happen on Opening Night?!

For 19 laps of the 20-lap season opener, it looked like Danny Richards was going to open up his Super Stock career with a feature win at the track Tommy has mastered.

Danny jumped out to the lead right away on lap number 1, and Tommy followed. A game of chaser and chasee ensued as Tommy tried every trick up his sleeve to sneak by Danny to take the lead. Lap after lap they were either nose to tail or side by side; literally inches apart, yet never once touching!

As if out of a script for a big-budget movie production, the family battle blazed on for the entire feature until through the final turns of the final lap, Tommy’s #7R found an opening, made the pass and raced away with the feature win! A separation of just fifteen one-hundredths of a second separated the related racers when the checkered flag waved.

Tommy pulled into Victory Lane, and Danny followed. Was Danny disappointed? Nobody knows, because he sprang out of his #3R with a HUGE “That was the most fun I’ve ever had” grin on his face and ran straight to Tommy to offer a congratulatory hug! “That was (expletive) AWESOME!” shouted Danny as they both hugged and smiled.

Tommy’s ever-present smile there, just like it always is, “He really ran a perfect race. I thought I could maybe beat him, I just needed the right chance; and I guess I got it right there at the end.”

CISEWSKI – THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FLASH

14 year-old middle school student Hunter Cisewski is going to have the absolute best answer to the age old question of “So, what did you do over the weekend?” when he returns to school Monday morning. His answer? “Not much, just beat 16 other ‘adults’ and won my very first 600 Mod feature . . . that’s about all!”

That’s right, with a smile that seemed like a never-ending arc across his youthful face, Cisewski climbed from behind the wheel of his Modified which was sitting in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane, and simply basked in the glow of what he’d just accomplished.

Former Champions: beaten.
Former Late Model racers: bested.
Multi-year veterans: trumped.

Cisewski held off 600 Mod speedster Chris Gilbertson, who made it a habit to challenge young Cisewski for the lead on almost every turn of every lap. Despite not completing the pass for the win, Gilbertson was full of praise after the race, “I gave him everything I had. Pretty neat, though, to see Hunter get his first feature win!”

Defending Track Champion Kyle Jumbeck finished behind the duo in third.

BECKER AND LOVE ALSO WINNERS

Jordan Becker returned to Victory Lane with his #4J . . . this time, however, as a competitor in the all new Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stock division. “We thought the Sportsman class would work last year.” smiled Becker after the feature win, “Hopefully this new Hobby Stock division, with its matching rules package, will help build up the number of cars and competitors in this class.”

Jeremy Oakes finished second ahead of Bobby Fort, JR. in third.

In the newly sponsored Harmston Trucking MTS Hornet division, Armond Love won the very first feature of 2016 at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, “I started seventh and hoped for the best,” said the Eau Claire racer. “The caution flag came out and we were able to go for it.”

Racing resumes next Friday night May 6th with another complete night of dirt-track action presented by Winona County! The first green flag of the evening actually waives at 6:30 PM for the Harmston Trucking MTS Hornets.

Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” resumes immediately following the 7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Centerville Welding & Repair USRA Limited Late Models presented by Big Toy Storage, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, REDBOX+ 600 Modifieds, & Jailhouse Saloon USRA Hobby Stocks!
* Pit gate Opens at 4:00 PM
* General Admission Grandstands open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue with ALL Students
- even college, 23 yrs old and younger with current Valid Student ID – and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

Ryan Gustin Prevails Night 1

September 12th, 2015

148 cars signed in for the 4^th Annual Mississippi Thunder Speedway B-Mod Nationals Thursday in Fountain City, Wisconsin. 10 Heat Races and eight B-Mains whittled the field down to the top 30 qualifiers. When the 25 lap feature concluded, Ryan Gustin emerged from his family owned IROC Race Car, in victory lane.

Following the heat races the top 10 in passing points redrew for the front five rows. Gustin was fifth in points and redrew and eight to put him on the outside of the fourth row. He patiently worked his way forward and slid in front of Jacob Blees on a mid-race restart.

The top eight finishers in the feature have all qualified for Saturday’s $20,000 to win feature event. The balance of the field will try again this evening with the top eight finishers locking in Saturday’s big one. The rest of the field will take their best qualifying night effort into Saturday’s last chance races.

Tonight live coverage of the event kicks off at 6 PM, with a complete qualifying night, including a 25 lap feature. ORDERING INFORMATION CLICK HERE. (http://racindirt.com/livevideo/)

VanderBeek vaults back into USMTS victory lane at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 17th, 2015

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. -Just two days shy of the one-year anniversary of his last United States Modified Touring Series victory, Zack VanderBeek notched his first win of the 2015 campaign Friday night as the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental rolled into the Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

The stars seemed to align early for VanderBeek when his nephew and crew member Nick Van Hemert drew the No. 33 pill on behalf of his uncle at the drivers sign-in. That put VanderBeeks No. 33z Caseys General Stores LG2 by Owens on the pole for MSD Heat Race #1 which he won handily.

That was good. That always helps VanderBeek said. The draw is so important here when youre racing against the caliber of drivers in this series. We havent done too well in that department as of late, so it was a nice to get a good draw.

Unwilling to taunt karma, the nephew was again entrusted with the feature race redraw duties and again put VanderBeeks machine on the pole by drawing the top slot.

When the green flag waved over the 24-car main event starting field, however, it was Jesse Sobbing blasting into the lead from the outside of the front row while VanderBeek stayed close behind.

Jesse, hes a gasser and he knows how to get around a racetrack, VanderBeek noted. He set the pace and I typically don’t take off really good on initial starts when the tracks a little greasy, so I was just kind of watching him.

Meanwhile, Rodney Sanders and Jason Hughes the two most dominating forces in the first five races of The Hunt and sitting first and second in the championship points standings were charging toward the front of the pack.

Eighth-starting Sanders clawed his way into the third spot behind VanderBeek on lap 10 while Hughes, who began the 40-lapper from the 13th spot, roared into sixth at the same time.

Cory Crapsers breakdown on lap 13 brought out the races first and only caution flag, and VanderBeek made his move when the green flag returned.

Scooting by on the inside of Sobbing, VanderBeek pulled away to lead the 14th lap and began to put some distance between himself and his chasers.

He continued to build his advantage over everybody but Hughes, who worked his way into fifth on the restart, fourth on lap 16, around Sanders for third on lap 17 and then grabbed second from Sobbing with 20 laps complete.

For the final 20 laps, VanderBeek and Hughes recorded nearly identical lap times which differed by about a tenth of a second one way or the other with each passing lap. With that, Hughes was not able to chip away at VanderBeeks ten-car-length advantage until the leader reached lapped traffic in the late stages.

While VanderBeek worked his way through a pack of back-markers, Hughes was able to close the gap in the closing laps but VanderBeek never offered up the bobble needed for Hughes to pounce and rolled to the finish line with a two-car-length advantage over the 2010 USMTS National Champion.

We got that restart early on and the car just come alive there, VanderBeek said in victory lane. Looking behind us I seen (Hughes) was coming and I didnt know where he was running, but he never a got a run and I was just trying to keep it straight and not fight the car too much. It just worked out.

Its been a long year and we simply couldnt be here without the support we get from our sponsors, my family, our crew… it takes a lot to keep up with these guys.

Sobbing remained in third and Sanders was fourth, with Dereck Ramirez rounding out the top finishers in the main event. Lucas Schott, Jesse Glenz, Johnny Scott, Jacob Bleess and Dan Ebert completed the top 10.

It was VanderBeeks 28th career USMTS triumph. The win was worth $3,000 to the 30-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, and his first since Aug. 16, 2014, at the Ogilvie Raceway site of tomorrow nights USMTS action.

Last year, VanderBeek got around Jason Krohn with six laps to go at the Ogilvie Raceway, and then held off Sanders in the closing laps to score the win.

Earlier this year, Stormy Scott netted his second career USMTS win at Ogilvie. Krohn, Jeremy Payne and Hughes each have one win to their credit here.

Presented by Mora Chevrolet and Buick, the first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:30 p.m. Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Hornets will round out the racing action. Adult tickets are $20, seniors and students ages 13-17 get in for $18 and kids ages 12 and under are free.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cambridge, Milaca, Ogilvie and Princeton. Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans in person about a half-mile from the track at the Casey’s General Store located at 400 West Hwy. 23 in Ogilvie from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to WWJO 98.1 FM to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 2.0 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. For more information call 763-267-4572 or visit their website at www.ogilvieraceway.com.

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

Menomonie, Fountain City, Ogilvie in USMTS crosshairs

August 15th, 2015

MENOMONIE, Wis-The United States Modified Touring Series embarks on a three-day trek through Wisconsin and Minnesota this week for the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds of the 2015 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Round 5 of The Hunt kicks off Thursday at the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., on Thursday, Aug. 13, and then its off to the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., for Friday nights action. The weekend wraps up on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn.

Each show will see the winner walk away with at least $3,000.

In last years USMTS debut at the Red Cedar Speedway, Rodney Sanders swept the program to solidify his place at the top of the rankings in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup with his 22nd main event win of the season en route to claiming his second straight USMTS National Championship.

Sanders returns as the points leader again this year seeking his 16th triumph of 2015 but still winless in the first four of fifteen Hunt races. Meanwhile, 2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes already has two wins under his belt after going winless in regional action this season prior to last weekend.

Pits gates swing open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstands open at 5 with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7 p.m. Wissota Super Stocks and Wissota Midwest Modifieds will also compete Thursday night.

Wissota Super Stocks ($1,000 to win) and Wissota Midwest Mods ($600 to win) will also be racing. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7.

The Red Cedar Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located east side of Menomonie on SR 29 (at the Dunn County Fairgrounds). Fans should enter the facility using the 21st St. entrance, and all traffic must exit via 21st St. For more information call 715-235-6318 or visit www.redcedarspeedway.com online.

Ironically, the last two times the USMTS invaded the Mississippi Thunder Speedway it was Sanders and Hughes getting the wins their firsts at the Fountain City facility.

Another former champ, Ryan Gustin, tops the list with three wins at Bob Timms speedplant while Jon Tesch and Brad Waits each have two with Waitss first coming in 2008 at the former Tri-Oval Speedway.

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

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

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

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

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

Zack VanderBeek got around Jason Krohn with six laps to go in last years Hunt showdown at the Ogilvie Raceway, and then held off Sanders in the closing laps to score the win.

Earlier this year, Stormy Scott netted his second career USMTS win at Ogilvie. Krohn, Jeremy Payne and Hughes each have one win to their credit here.

Presented by Mora Chevrolet and Buick, the first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:30 p.m. Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Hornets will round out the racing action. Adult tickets are $20, seniors and students ages 13-17 get in for $18 and kids ages 12 and under are free.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cambridge, Milaca, Ogilvie and Princeton. Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans in person about a half-mile from the track at the Caseys General Store located at 400 West Hwy. 23 in Ogilvie from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to WWJO 98.1 FM to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 2.0 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. For more information call 763-267-4572 or visit their website at www.ogilvieraceway.com.

2015 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEY’S CUP POINTS (after 4 of 15 events):
1. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas … 453
2. 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. … 406 (2 wins)
2. 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. … 406
4. 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa … 398
5. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. … 388
6. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa … 376
7. 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan. … 351
8. 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. … 339 (1 win)
9. 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. … 337
10. J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. … 324
11. IOU1 Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, Minn. … 292
12. 2 Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D. … 289
13. 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis. … 271
14. 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas … 270
15. 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. … 266
16. 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa … 261
17. 40 Brian Green, Pierce City, Mo. … 242
18. 38 Ronnie Gould III, Seminole, Okla. … 211
19. 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. … 182
20. 23k Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. … 159
Other winner:
186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo. (1 win)

For more information about Caseys General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

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

Casey Knutson Celebrates Very First Trip to MTS Victory Lane

August 1st, 2015

Fountain City, WI – The cliché is that “Nice Guys Finish Last”; but Casey Knutson brought the crowd in the grandstands to their feet Friday evening during Fastenal Night at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY as he waltzed into Victory Lane for his very first visit ever . . . and proved that cliché wrong!

This write-up is not intended to take anything away from any other driver who has ever won a feature at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY or even merely taken a lap . . . but the reaction from the crowd when Knutson climbed from the interior of his St. Mary’s Auto Body – Spring Grove Soda Pop #12K was absolutely second to none! The cheers roared from the Western-most corner of the turn-4 grandstands, down the entire length of the front straight grandstands, through the turn-1 grandstands, and continued right on through the pit grandstands and deep into the pits themselves!

I generally try to stay out of my own recap articles, but from a race reporter who has been covering, and attending, stock car racing since the ’70s, this may have been the most unanimous outpouring of congratulatory cheering I’ve EVER heard for a single driver!

The road to Knutson’s very first feature win started several years ago, sitting low in a west-central Wisconsin go-kart. After honing his skill-set for several years on the tight bull-rings, the smiling young man was ready to make the transition to full-sized racing. He put together a USRA B-Mod and hit the high-speed high-banks of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

While he may not have enjoyed immediate success, it was obvious to many, if not all, that the ability and speed was there – given just a little time for ‘polishing’ . . . most expected to see “K-Town” in Victory Lane; and goll-darn-it, if the speed and abilities didn’t get him there, most figured that his bright and sincere smile surely would! And so what if it took two and a half season? All that extended time seem to do was build the anticipation for what many could see was coming soon or later.

Leading up to Friday’s FASTENAL Night, Knutson had enjoyed many great runs and several near-misses at a trip to Victory Lane. That only spurred him on more. “I was SO close the other night,” beamed the eternal optimist Friday during a pre-race interview on the “Live Trackside” radio program, “at first, yeah, I was disappointed that I didn’t get the win. But then I realized just how close I was, and I just know that I’m going to get that first win here sooner or later.”

Many would consider that a near prophetic statement!

After winning the second heat race of the three-heat schedule earlier in the evening, Knutson lined up right next current speed-demon Alex Williamson, who’d fended off a challenge by Knutson just two weeks ago to cement his first feature win of the year.

Right out of the shoot, it was obvious that this was going to be a classic B-Mod battle for the win as no fewer than 6 to 8 drivers threw everything they had at the front of the pack. Williamson grabbed the lead early and led the opening 10 laps as Knutson first fended off friend Jon Van Minsel before setting his sights on Williamson’s #15W, and the lead which it held.

As the pack approached, reached and then passed the half-way point of the 18-lap feature, Williamson and Knutson dueled for the lead with Knutson finally working past to lead the 11th lap and then never relinquishing the top spot. “Alex was setting such a fast pace – he was so fast,” commented Knutson in Victory Lane, “A couple times, yeah, I wondered if I should go try his line, but I was getting the grip I needed . . . so, I kept it right where I was running.

“Man, I just . . . this has been a dream of mine for so long,” bubbled Knutson in Victory Lane, “to be standing here, talking with you Dan; and now, here I am, and well, I’m, I’m, I’m just speechless!!”

Williamson held on for second, and was the first car to pull up alongside of Knutson’s #12K, after the checkered flag had waived, to congratulate the first time winner on the victory; many of the rest of the 21-car field did the same!

Hastings, MN’s Ben Moudry continued his strong showings at MTS by working through the field from an inside fifth row starting spot to a third place finish, while Van Minsel held off current track points leader Parker Hale for fourth.

HOFER, WAITS, RICHARDS, SUTTON, & SEVERTSON MAKE RETURN TRIPS TO VICTORY LANE

Lance Hofer, Brad Waits, Tommy Richards, Derek Sutton, and Johnny Severtson all made return trips to the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane in their respective divisions.

After several weeks settling for Feature finishing positions just behind the winner, Cochrane, WI’s Hofer finally returned to Victory Lane after stealing the lead from Tom Brink at the exact half-way point of the 20-lap USRA Ltd Late Model feature. Brink then dropped two additional positions rolling beneath the checkered flag with a fourth place finish behind Ryan Konkel, who finished second, and Bob Fort, who collected his best feature finish of the year.

Mondovi, WI’s Tommy Richards recorded his EIGHTH Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature win after once again having to start deep in the field. Richards’ #7R started outside of the fourth row, but by lap seven, he was already out front – after Dan Nissalke and Shatney Sanders had taken turns leading the field. Nobody really knows what it’s going to take to beat Richards . . . guaranteed that the rest of the Super Stock field is scratching their heads trying to figure this one out.

Brad Waits remained true to his weekly track and skipped a night at the huge WMDTC event to gather another Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified feature win, and ad to his points lead atop the standings. Jake Timm and 2009 MTS Track Champion John Doelle finished second and third behind Waits’ black #24.

Derek Sutton battled five-time feature winner Jordan Becker and Heat Race winner Jeremy Oakes to claim his third Jailhouse Saloon Sportsman feature of 2015. Becker and Oakes finished second and third respectively, just ahead of Lee Hager and Greg Lammers who completed the top-5.

Johnny Severtson also pulled in his eighth feature win of 2015 in the MTS Hornet division. As the MTS record holder for most feature wins in a single season (11!), Severtson showed once again that he is on pace to replicate or even surpass his 11-win season record! Mark Bornitz finished just behind Severtson in second while Larry Holets brought home his best feature win of the year, finishing third.

CHISHOLM AND SUCKOW GRAB MINI-MOD FEATURE WINS

Jim Chisholm battled several a large field of competitors to the Sunshine Refuse A Mini-Mod feature win on The Lightning Speedway with Cole Suckow winning the Sunshine Refuse B Mini-Mod main event!

Racing resumes next Friday night July 31st with the 7th Annual $1,000-to-win Baehman B-Mod Challenge at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY as the first green flag of the evening waives at 6:00 PM for the Sunshine Refuse A & B Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile “Lightning Speedway”, which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, USRA Limited Late Models presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drink and Steve Yaggy Trucking, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Jailhouse Saloon MTS Sportsman, REDBOX+ 600 Mods, and MTS Hornets!
* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, ALL Students – even college (23 yrs old and younger with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 7th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Crapser, Hofer, Myers, and Wohletz Grab Feature Wins

May 14th, 2015

Fountain City, WI- After spending all day on the dirt track trying to whip MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY into race ready condition following a week of heavy rains, Bob Timm ended the evening sitting on an area of the facility which needed no grooming, no drying and no packing. A 10 x 30 foot piece of concrete which could be rained on 24 hours straight and still support a race car; the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane!

Rains through the entire week had many thinking that MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY might not even see a green flag Friday evening May 8th, but Timm and his track crew got to work as soon as possible after the rains ended to insure that racers and fans alike could enjoy another night of dirt track action, “We’ve been working the track all day trying to get it into shape”, smiled Timm in Victory Lane, “honestly, there was a short time earlier today when we weren’t even sure if we’d be racing tonight. But with the great crew we have here, and a whole lot of equipment, we worked all day to get the track ready for racing tonight.”

After spending all day on the track with heavy equipment, Timm then spent the evening on the track with his Oak Ridge Fabrication #49 USRA Modified and enjoyed something which has mysteriously eluded him for a while – a visit to his own Victory Lane, “You know, after more than 200 feature wins in my career I never thought it would take this long to get another one,” said Timm after pulling away from the likes of Brent Larson, and heat race winners Lucas Schott and Joel Alberts to collect the win, “Almost 2 years, But it’s great to be back!”

CRAPSER MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW

For the second week in a row Chippewa Falls, WI’s Cory Crapser showed the competition the back of his #07 and ended up speaking with the fans from Victory Lane. After 31 cars had battled through four heat races and a B-Main it came down to the opening night feature winner putting in another dominant display on the track to cap the evening. Crapser started from the front row and immediately pulled away from the pack to set up a huge lead; a caution just past the mid-way point of the 18-lap feature allowed Brandon Hare and the rest of the field to restart right behind Crapser and allow the fans the opportunity to see if anyone could battle the leader for the top spot . . . but such was not to be the case.

Crapser pulled out to another lead while Hare’s tires glossed over allowing others to pass his #56H as it faded to a fifth place finish.

Heat race winners Parker Hale and Dan Hovden battled to second and fourth place finishes respectively with Jon Van Minsel racing beneath the checkered flag between them in third.

HOFER COLLECTS LATE MODEL FEATURE WIN

After making a setup change that didn’t work on Opening Night, Cochrane, WI’s Lance Hofer made the perfect adjustments on evening number two of the 2015 season in order to race his #11 USRA Limited Late Model straight into Victory Lane. Almost exactly one year to the date after picking up his very first USRA Modified feature win, Hofer was celebrating with his first USRA Limited Late Model feature win!

In an all new division which is still attempting to grow to car counts which all feel are on the way, Hofer battled through several cautions and challenges from the rest of the field to acquire the win.

What the green-flag action showed is that the new Limited Late Models can give the fans side-by-side battles for position, changes at the front of the pack, and edge-of-your-seat excitement!

Pole Sitter Quinn Arnoldy leapt to the early lead of the 20-lap feature, holding off challenges from Cody Gardner and heat-race winners Justin Sass and Troy Hovey before Hofer was able to work through the battles, take the lead and race on to the victory.

MYERS BACK IN VICTORY LANE AFTER OPENING NIGHT MECHANICAL TROUBLES

On opening night, Curt Myers barely completed a couple laps of his heat race before a mechanical failure sidelined his #1M. This Friday, Myers was back to restart the dominance he’d shown in 2014 at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, putting together a “clean sweep” – winning both the evening’s first WISSOTA Super Stock heat-race as well as the evening’s 20-lap feature.

“Yeah, last week it was a distributor that broke and ended our night early”, said Myers in Victory Lane, after racing from his starting spot outside the fourth row to the front of the field to win the feature, “Tonight we made sure that didn’t happen again.”

Myers worked through the field like a master, making passes for position down low, through the middle and finally right up against the cushion at the top of the banking; all the while showing a smooth finesse that allowed him
to set up shop at the front and race on to an almost 3 second lead over second place finishing Tommy Richards.

Jay Oricchio and Jeff Brauer finished third and fifth, respectively, with opening night feature winner Dan Nissalke finishing between them in fourth.

WOHLETZ BREAKS WINLESS STREAK WITH 600 MOD WIN

After a 2012 MTS Track Championship with his #32 redbox+ 600 Mod, Winona, MN’s Greg Wohletz raced through a strong, yet winless 2014. Opening night 2015 saw Wohletz enjoy a trip to victory lane – but as a car owner of Chris Gilbertson’s #4G . . . not as a driver.

Evening number two of 2015 finally allowed Wohletz to race his way to another feature win. “You know last week was good”, said Wohletz in Victory Lane with a smile on his face, “finishing second to Chris in another car I own – it was good seeing him win – but this is better!”

600 Mod hot shoe Kyle Jumbeck raced strong to a second place finish behind Wohletz but it was Caledonia, MN’s John Griffin who attracted a lot of attention as he raced his #K-9 entry from deep in the field – starting inside the fifth row – to an impressive third place finish ahead of Gilbertson and MTS new-comer Troy Soiney.

BECKER AND WOLFE WIN SPORTSMAN AND HORNET FEATURES

Jordan Becker held off challenges from Steve Dwyer and Jeremy Oakes to grab his first feature win of 2015 in the new MTS Sportsman division. “Worked on this car hard through the winter”, said Becker in Victory Lane, “and then had motor issues on opening weekend. After all that work, it feels great to be here with a win!”

Wisconsin’s Bill Wolfe took advantage of opening night feature winner Johnny Severtson’s mechanical failure and then raced through a three car battle for the lead to win his first Hornet feature, “This is my first night on the track, first night on dirt”, smiled Wolfe in Victory Lane, “Best night ever!”

Sandy Pomery, Hunter Nelson and Fletcher Milene rounded out the top four at the checkered flag.

Racing resumes Friday night May 15th with the first green flag of 2015 waiving at 6 PM for the Sunshine Refuse A & B Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile “Lightning Speedway”, which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, USRA Limited Late Models presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drink and Steve Yaggy Trucking, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, redbox+ 600 Mods, Jailhouse Saloon MTS Sportsman, and MTS Hornets!
* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, ALL Students, even college (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 7th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Schott Backs up 2014 Track Championship with 2015 Opening Night Win

May 8th, 2015

Fountain City, WI – The sights, the sounds, the excitement, the anticipation . . . “Opening Night 2015″ at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY in Fountain City, WI had all of that and more as racers and fans alike ignored cloudy skies and rains in the surrounding area and headed to the track to enjoy the one-week delayed start of the 2015 racing season!

Much of the pre-race talk centered around the many changes offered for the new season as MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY embarks upon its seventh season of racing; two all-new weekly divisions, The Jailhouse Saloon MTS Sportsman& The All New USRA Limited Late Models Presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drinks and Steve Yaggy Trucking along with the weekly return of the 4-Cylinder MTS Hornets joined the extremely popular Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, the fast Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, and the lightning quick
redbox+ 600 Mods to set the scene for an exciting first night of on-track action!

SCHOTT BACKS UP 2014 TITLE WITH 2015 SEASON OPENING WIN

Two-Time, and defending, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY track champion Lucas
Schott opened up his 2014 title defense with a commanding run in the
Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified division, taking command of the
evening’s 25-lap feature from Josh Angst just past the half-way point and
racing his way to the feature win. Schott spent the opening trio of laps
battling pole-sitter Eric Pember for second and this as 2010 & 2013 Track
Champion Josh Angst showed his strengths out front.

By lap four, Schott had dispensed with Pember and began working his way towards Angst to set up a dual for the lead. 10-laps in the making, that dual was then decided as Schott first caught and then passed Angst to claim the lead on lap 14. “I was really pleased with the car tonight,” commented Schott from Victory Lane after the win, “I had to battle with Josh there for a bit, a good race and really the best way to start out the season here.”

Angst and Pember remained second and third as the checkered flags waived while Brad Waits and Cory Crapser enjoyed strong performances racing all the way from the final two starting positions on the grid up to a fourth and fifth place finish, respectively.

CRAPSER STARTS WEEKLY COMMITMENT WITH B-MOD FEATURE WIN
Multi-time National Champion Cory Crapser has made a weekly commitment to competing on Friday nights at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY with both his USRA Modified and his USRA B-Mod, and based upon his past successes, the competition should take notice. “I have always enjoyed racing at this track and I honestly believe that this is one of the two best tracks in upper mid-west,” said Crapser on the local Live Trackside radio program prior to Friday’s first green flag, “and since I’m running USRA with both of my cars this year, this is where I’ll be spending my Friday nights.”

But despite his past glories, with a 27-car field filled almost to overflowing with drivers capable of taking home a feature win on any given night, Crapser would still need to work and race hard to bring home victory. A second heat-race win started Crapser’s night off on a positive note, and lining up third in the 27-car feature allowed his #07 the ability to see the front of the field as the green flag flew to start the 18-lap feature. A quick lap into the running and Crapser was out front with Pole Sitter Tyler Creeley and the rest of the field giving chase. The battles from there on out were all the positions which remained behind Crapser, as the Chippewa Falls, WI racer lead every lap en route to the Opening Night Feature win. Shaun Walski battle Alex Williamson for second while Parker Hale raced from a 17th place starting spot up to fourth just ahead of 2012 MTS Track Champion Erik Kanz in fifth.

KONKEL TOPS LATE MODEL DEBUT
Ever since the initial official announcements of the all new USRA Limited Late Model division, there has been much talk about how this new division will fare, Friday Nights debut showed that this new form of Late Model racing may be exactly what racers and fans both want. The fans enjoyed seeing Late Models on the track, the sights, the sounds and the speed were all there. The drivers enjoyed a Late Model division which was affordable. Ryan Konkel enjoyed success! “Man, I almost don’t have words to explain how I feel,” said Konkel, afterclimbing from behind the wheel of his #13 Discount Liquor Late Model in the MTS Victory Lane after winning the very first feature of this new division,
“I’m so excited to be a part of this!” While the new division will need some understandable time to grow, the eight
cars on hand showed that the term “Limited” applies only to the cost to compete . . . not to the excitement they can provide for the fans. Heat race winner Lance Hofer raced to a second place finish behind Konkel with former
USRA B-Mod National Champ Troy Hovey completing the top 3.

GILBERTSON WINS 600 MOD FEATURE

Chris Gilbertson held off former MTS Track Champion Greg Wohletz to claim the redbox+ 600 Mod feature win. Wohletz completed the opening night feature second with David Benke third.

NISSALKE WINS WISSOTA SUPER STOCK FEATURE

Dan Nissalke just barely survived a late race charge by three-time and defending Super Stock Track Champion Tommy Richards to collect the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature win.

DAHL AND SEVERTSON WIN SPORTSMAN AND HORNET FEATURES

Jeremy Dahl won the inaugural MTS Sportsman feature with Johnny Severtson bringing hope the checkered flag in the new weekly MTS Hornet division.

Racing resumes Friday night May 8th at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. The first green flag is scheduled to wave on “The Big 1/3 Mile” immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, USRA Limited Late Models presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drink and Steve Yaggy Trucking, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, redbox+ 600 Mods, Jailhouse Saloon MTS Sportsman, and MTS Hornets!
* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12,
Senior Citizens $10, ALL Students, even college (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 7th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Announces Tital Sponsors and Bonus Pay for New Limited Late Models

January 31st, 2015

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to welcome STEVE YAGGY TRUCKING and LIQUID NITRO ENERGY DRINKS on board as 2015 title sponsors of the all new Limited Late Model division which will be hitting the fast, wide and racy “BIG 1/3-MILE” for the 2015 season! The involvement of these two title sponsors will help introduce “The
All New USRA Limited Late Models, presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drink and Steve Yaggy Trucking”.

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“MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY has almost made it our normal operation to introduce new and exciting forms of racing to our fans and competitors”, said MTS owner Bob Timm during the announcement, “We were instrumental in bringing the 600 mods to the upper Midwest, and we are very happy with the way that division has taken root and grown in the area. We truly feel that the same will happen with this all new USRA Limited Late Model division; a division which got its start in theory and planning right here at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

“And while I have 100% faith in this new division, it’s very important to the success of the division that we’re able to draw a quality car count so that fans and racers alike can truly enjoy the division on our track,” continued Timm, “to that end I’m extremely excited to announced and welcome the support of two quality businesses to this new endeavor.”

As part of their title sponsorship of the new USRA Limited Late Model division at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, STEVE YAGGY TRUCKING and LIQUID NITRO ENERGY DRINKS are both pumping some bonus cash into the regular payout for 2015. A nice $100 weekly bonus is being added to the already strong payout which has been released for the 2015 season. The full payout can be seen at the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site (www.MississippiThunder.com) on the “Driver Center” page.

“The goal of Liquid Nitro Racing is to help connect members of the local community with competitors in local motorsports,” said Liquid Nitro Beverages Midwest spokesman Matt Bohl, “Doesn’t matter if it’s Late Models, Sprint Cars, Modifieds . . . I just want to help; and I know that Late Models put on some of the best shows on a dirt track – exciting and energetic. To me, this sounds like a perfect match up – Liquid Nitro Energy Drink, New Limited Late Models & MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!”

Steve Yaggy, owner of STEVE YAGGY TRUCKING is joining the support based on his own racing history; As a racer at heart who started racing in the late ’70s and has been a competitive Late Model Owner/Driver since 2001, Steve knows Late Model Racing from that important angle, “I think Bob Timm’s pretty well fixed everything that’s wrong with the Late Model sport dollars and cents wise.” Said Yaggy in a weekend discussion about his support of the division, “In addition to curtailing the cost, Bob’s also designed a class where you don’t need to be a chassis wizard or an engineering master – a father and a son can go race a late model and have some fun!”

Yaggy went on to praise the rules package which has been designed to please both the racers and the race fans, “I think Bob has put together a package that can greatly reduce the cost for the competitors while not at all detracting from the on-track excitement for the fans. I really think it’s going to take a pretty sharp fan to even notice any difference!”

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is truly excited to be looking forward to the 2015 season – and especially the introduction of “The All New USRA Limited Late Models, presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drink and Steve Yaggy Trucking”!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is embarking on its 7th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Begins Releasing Details for an Exciting 2015 Season!

January 30th, 2015

Fountain City, WI- MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY began the new year of 2015 by releasing initial details for what looks to be an amazing and exciting 7th year of action at the fast, wide and racy “BIG 1/3-MILE” situated just an echo away from the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River on the borders of West-Central Wisconsin!

Pay scales have been released for all divisions scheduled to compete at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. In addition to those pay scales, rules packages have been released for two divisions which will be making their maiden voyages on the high-banks of MTS! The first division related news is that after a reduced-schedule trial period in the 2014 season, MTS will welcome 4-Cylinder Hornets back to the track as a regular weekly division. The 2014 series of “Midwest Poker League Flyers” proved to be exciting and fun for both racers and fans alike; “I was impressed by the racers enthusiasm and dedication to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY last year”, said Speedway owner Bob Timm, “The car counts were good, considering a limited schedule – and they really did put on a fun show. I think we’re all excited
to see what they can do through a full season in 2015.”

Another change for 2015 is a re-organization of classes and class structures for full-framed street bodied action. Gone are the WISSOTA Street Stocks and MTS Pure Stocks; replacing them will be an all new “Sportsman” class which
takes the best aspects of both divisions and combines them to create a new division which should satisfy fans of dirt track racing based upon the usage of true ‘street cars’. “Let’s face it”, said MTS race director Chris Abts, “there’s nothing pure about pure stocks anymore. But, we think that the rules for this new ‘Sportsman’ class retain enough of that feel of real street cars hitting the sweeping turns at speed to keep the purists happy.”

And the big announcement for 2015 is the creation of an all new “Limited Late Model” class which has been embraced not only by local and regional racers, but also by the USRA Sanctioning body! “The rules that we put together”, commented Bob Timm, “are focused on true Late Model racing with prices which are much more realistic and approachable. The Late Model Class was simply becoming unaffordable for local racers and weekly tracks alike. We think we’ve put together something that can maybe save this form of racing for weekly tracks and fans. I honestly think both the fans and the racers will see this as a great alternative to NO LATE MODELS at all.” Timm’s thoughts were echoed by a recent post to the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Facebook page (visit here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mississippi-Thunder-Speedway/395524410506808) : “It is official! Limited Late Models will run at MTS in 2015 under USRA Sanctioning! USRA will be paying a 2015 weekly track champion point fund and will be working to put together a national champion point fund for 2016! USRA will be announcing their decision to sanction the class soon! Rules are complete and a preliminary rules package will be posted shortly …. Very excited to see the revival of Late Model racing in our area!” (Rules packages have since been released and posted to the MTS web site – www.MississippiThunder.com)

In addition to pay scales and rules, a tentative 2015 season schedule has been put together which once again puts together all the ingredients necessary to make Friday Nights at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY the “Must Be There” destination for racers and race fans alike!

The tentative 2015 schedule gets the green flag compliments of an open invitation to both racers and fans with the 2015 car show and swap meet schedule for Saturday April 18th at Sugar Loaf Ford of Winona. The newly renovated Sugar Loaf Ford Dealership allows racers and fans to enjoy a close look at all the new machinery from the clean indoor service area.

Once the new machinery has been unveiled, the next date on the schedule is the 2015 Season Opener on Friday April 24th! Other highlights of the 20 week season include:
* USMTS Hunt Race – August 14th
* 7th Annual Rivercity Rumble with $2000 to win for both USRA A & B Mods – July 3rd,
* 7th Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge – July 31st,
* 2015 Season Championships – August 28th,
* 3rd Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals – “$100,000 Weekend” – Sept 2nd through Sept 5th,
* 7th Annual Fall Festival – October 9th & 10th, and
* 3 visits by the Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series,

Rules and Pay Scales have already been posted on the MTS web site and can be viewed on the “Driver Center” page.

The tentative 2015 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Schedule can be viewed on the web site’s “Schedule” page.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is truly excited to be looking forward to the 2015 season – and we hope you will join us for an EXCITING, FUN and FAMILY FRIENDLY FRIDAY NIGHTS!!! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is embarking on its 7th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.
For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY the site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Jason Krohn Pulls Trifecta in Mississippi Thunder Action; Fall Jamboree Next

September 11th, 2014

Slayton, Minnesota- Jason Krohn made the trek to Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) over the weekend, and enjoyed an exceptional outing as he made a clean-sweep of the tripleheader in his Krohn Farms #7k MB Customs Modified .

Jason charged from the seventh starting spot to win his heat race on Thursday night, sending him to the redraw for the feature event. After receiving the fifth starting spot on the feature grid, Krohn raced to the win over Bren Larson, Josh Angst, Lucas Schott, and Lance Hofer.

Round #2 of the weekend was contested on Friday night, and Krohn drew the sixth starting spot for his heat race. He suffered a flat right-rear tire at the start of the heat, but was able to rejoin the tale of the field. Despite starting at the back of the pack, Jason recovered to a second place finish, which sent him to the redraw for the feature. He was the recipient of the outside-front-row starting spot in the main event, and went to claim his second victory in as many nights over Lance Hofer, Jay Richardson, Brandon Davis, and Lucas Schott.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night, as Jason advanced from fifth to finish third in his heat to secure a spot in the evening’s redraw. After once again receiving the second starting spot for the feature, Krohn completed the weekend sweep by crossing the finish line first ahead of Brandon Davis, Lucas Schott, Lance Hofer, and Nate Wasmund.

“It was truly an awesome weekend for our team,” noted Krohn. “Not only was it great to win three features, but most importantly I got to spend a weekend at the track with my family. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better time.”

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

Up next for the team will be the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, which will be held September 18th-20th at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). The weekend will be highlighted by a $5,000-to-win events on Thursday and Friday with a $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday evening. For more information on the event please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Krohn Racing would like to thank Adam Blume, Bill’s Backhoe, Bose Farms, Crop Insurance Specialists, Eibach Springs, Haecherl Constructions, MB Customs, CMD Race Shocks, Real Racing Wheels, Sputs Engines, Subway, Sybesma Graphics, KSE Racing Products, Afco, Dynatech, US Brake, Quick Time Performance Parts, Isky Race Cams, Quarter Master, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Jason Krohn, please visit www.JasonKrohn7k.com .

Crapser pleads the fifth in Fountain City

August 19th, 2014

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.–With a late-race move, Cory Crapser of Chippewa Falls, Wis., scored his fifth Iron Man Challenge victory Friday night as the USRA B-Mods circled the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

Crapser, who started fifth, found a way to get by race-long leader Erik Kanz with two laps to go and secured the $600 winners share of the prize money.

Kanz held on for second to finish ahead of fellow Winona, Minn., racer Shaun Walski while Casey Knutson of Spring Grove, Minn., claimed the fourth spot and Iron Man points leader Dan Wheeler rounded out the top five.

Tyler Creeley was sixth, Jon Van Minsel came from 14th on the grid to grab the seventh spot, defending USRA B-Mod national champion Troy Hovey was ninth and Alex Williamson completed the first ten to the finish line.

Wheeler remains ahead of Crapser by 25 (1215 to 1190) in the Iron Man Challenge points standings while Jared Timmerman sits third with 1097 markers. Fourth through tenth are Jacob Bleess (778), Dustin Kruse (506), Matt Jones (424), Dan Hovden (410), Jake Richards (399), Ethan Isaacs (395) and Kanz (394).

Up next for the Iron Man Challenge is a tripleheader on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, Iowa. Both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS Modifieds on the racing card.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Sanders sweeps USMTS drive through Dairy State

August 18th, 2014

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.–Friday night at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway, the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup made its third stop of the week in the Dairy State and Rodney Sanders milked his third victory and another $3,000 out of the prize pool.

Despite starting on the front row for the 40-lap main event, Sanders fell in line behind Bob Timm at the start of the race, and then drifted back to third when Jason Krohn zipped past both drivers on lap 4.

Sanders got around Timm for second three laps later and began to challenge Krohn for the lead, eventually taking over the top spot with 13 laps complete.

Timm, however, roared back ahead of both drivers on the next lap, but Sanders fought back and reclaimed the lead with 18 circuits in the books.

Meanwhile, tenth-starting Jesse Glenz was clawing his way to the front and raced into the second spot with eight laps to go.

There was no catching the defending USMTS national champion, however, and Sanders sailed on to his 23rd United States Modified Touring Series win of the 2014 campaign.

It also gave the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, his 41st career USMTS triumph, leaving him just one shy of tying the mark of Tommy Myer, who sits fourth on the all-time wins list.

Glenz, who recorded a third-place finish at his home track the previous night, added a runner-up finish to his weekend on Friday night while Krohn came home third ahead of Jeremy Houle, giving the MB Customs chassis a top-four sweep.

Zack VanderBeek, who started 13 after winning the first Real Racing Wheels B Main, climbed the ladder to finish fifth while Myer pocketed a sixth-place paycheck.

Stormy Scott finished seventh after starting 22nd on the 26-car grid and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Lucas Schott, Joe Duvall and Craig Thatcher rounded out the top 10.

The four-day weekend for the rugged USMTS road warriors wraps up on Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn. Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets will round out the racing action. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $20, seniors get in for $16, kids ages 7 to 14 are just $5 and children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Caseys General Stores will have $2-off coupons at their stores in Cambridge, Milaca, Princeton and Ogilvie. John Allen and his Sour Patch Kids/Oreo Modified will be at the Caseys located at 400 W. Hwy. 23 in Ogilvie from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information about Caseys General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 2.0 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. For more information call 763-267-4572 or visit their website at www.ogilvieraceway.com.

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

Josh Angst Masters the Competition to Win the Jim Schell Memorial 25

August 15th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – As race fans gathered to memorialize a racing legend via the “Jim Schell Memorial” at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, little did they know that they were also about to witness one of the greatest battles for a feature win seen in long time.

The highlight of the evening was the “Jim Schell Memorial 25″ for the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds; a feature that saw a four-car battle for the lead over more than the second half of the event. Pole Sitter Lance Hofer jumped from the front row to lead the first 10 laps with his CFR #11; but, as Hofer was leading the pack, second heat-race winner Brad Waits was working through the field like a man on a mission from his fifth row starting spot on the way to battle for the lead. What followed was a four-car battle for the lead between Hofer, Waits & MTS Track Champions Josh Angst and Lucas Schott! For more than 15 laps, the four speed-demons battled each other for the fastest line around the fast 1/3-mile. The final seven laps saw Waits and Angst swap inside and outside lanes multiple times each lap and with just two laps to go Angst cleared Waits and raced his Culver’s of Winona #99 to the feature win! Despite not picking up the win, Waits’ run through the pack was strong enough to net him the $200 Jim Schell Hard Charger Bonus, while Angst gathered the “Wehrs’ Winner’s $100 Bonus” as the weekly feature winner. Schott bested Hofer for third, but lost valuable points to Angst, who is now trailing the 2012 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion by just 21 points with only two regular season points-paying events remaining on the 2014 scheduling following the USMTS special on August 15th.

GULLIKSON ENDS MYERS SUPER STOCK DOMINANCE Curt Myer has been on quite a run at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, winning four of his five features on a limited schedule of visit to the West-Central Wisconsin dirt track. That dominance was cut short by a single position Friday night as Stacy, MN racer Dan Gullikson led flag-to-flag Friday night en route to winning the “Jim Schell Memorial 20″ for the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks. Myers and Gullikson shared heat-race wins early in the evening . . . and, if truth be told, as the night’s feature ended, Myers was visually catching Gullikson’s #00. A couple more laps and the outcome MAY have been different . . . but, ‘mays’ and ‘mights’ don’t win features. Gullikson grabbed the win with Myers close behind, followed by Brian Fetting and Brandon Duellman.

ANDERSON ADDS ANOTHER Ben Anderson has had a smile on his face ever since Steve Reutzel hired him as a ‘fill in driver’ for his son Brandon. In five visits, Anderson has gathered in two feature wins, the second of which came Friday night during the “Jim Schell Memorial” at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Anderson raced away from his front row starting spot, after winning the evening’s second heat-race, and led all 18 laps in convincing fashion to grab the feature win. Less than a second behind was last week’s $1000 Baehman B-Mod Challenge winner Dustin Sorenson with another strong run. Casey Knutson, Tyler Creeley and Jacob Bleess completed the top-5 finishing positions.

PROVINZINO PROVES HIS PROWESS
Joe Provinzino put the pain of a broken foot behind him and raced a newly numbered #5 600 Modified (to honor the number used by the late Jim Schell) to another Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series feature win. “I was in a lot of pain, especially the second half of that race.” said Provinzino in Victory Lane, “It feels good though, to be back here in Victory Lane. (It) means a lot to win in that No. 5 car.”

On the final Friday night before his 16th birthday, Nicholas Wagner started on the pole with his #19x, and tied his best finish of the year, sixth. John Griffin, coming off a non-touring series win the weekend prior, was second, “Good starting position helped a ton,” said Griffin afterwards, “but it was kinda scary out there. My throttle stuck at one point, which is never a good feeling.”

Points leader Curt Luhmann finished third, followed by Chuck Ihde, who recorded his best finish of the year in the LNTS. “In the last few weeks, I’ve changed the setup a bit and the results have begun to show, and I’m really happy to be hitting my stride at the end of the season.” Eli Hershberger was fifth, a finish that vaulted him to second in the series’ point standings.

RICHARDS BROTHER WIN PURE AND STREET FEATURES
Danny Richards extended his points lead over Fred Prudoehl with Friday’s feature win in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock division. Prudoehl’s second place feature finish, combined with his heat race win helped a little in the points battle . . . but Richards’ feature win and second place heat-race finish actually helped his Championship run by stretching his lead over Prudoehl to an un-official 56 points. George Richards picked up another feature win in the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock division, adding it to his heat-race win earlier in the evening to create another ‘clean sweep’ of the pure stock action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Josh Twite lost the lead to Richards late in the feature but held on for his season best finish in second, just ahead of Greg Lammer’s and first heat-race winner Lee Hager.

LaDUKE & BRAUER – MINI MOD WINNERS ON THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY Matt LaDuke and Bradon Brauer won the Sunshine Sanitation A & B Mini Mod features, respectively, on The Lightning Speedway.

Racing resumes Friday night August 15th with the USMTS MODIFIED SPECIAL presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona as part of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, including Iron Man Challenge USRA B-Mods. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the Sunshine Sanitation A & B Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile “Lightning Speedway”, which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by USMTS (including Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds), Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Iron Man Challenge USRA B-Mods (including Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods), Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks, & Midwest Poker League Flyers (Hornets)!
* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $18, Senior Citizens $16,

ALL Students, even college (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Liquid Nitro 600 Modified Touring Series

August 14th, 2014

FOUNTAIN CITY, WI. – Joe Provinzino collected his fifth win of the Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series on Friday night, wheeling Don Werner’s former car, with a No. 5 emblazoned upon the side in honor of Jim Schell.

Provinzino won with a broken foot, in which he suffered a few weeks back while leading at Cresco Speedway. “I was in a lot of pain, especially the second half of that race. It feels good though, to be back here in Victory Lane. (It) means a lot to win in that No. 5 car.”

Nicholas Wagner started on the pole, and tied his best finish of the year, finishing sixth. John Griffin, who came off a non-touring win the weekend prior, was second, and continued his strong effort in the second half of the season. “Good starting position helped a ton, but it was kinda scary out there. My throttle stuck at one point, which is never a good feeling.”

Points leader Curt Luhmann finished third, followed by Chuck Ihde, who recorded his best finish of the year in the LNTS. “In the last few weeks, I’ve changed the setup a bit and the results have begun to show, and I’m really happy to be hitting my stride at the end of the season.”

Eli Hershberger was fifth, and vaulted him to second in the standings.

Provinzino took the lead on lap four, and led the remaining 16 laps en route to the victory.

6th Annual Baehman Law B Mod Challenge at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 1st, 2014

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to once again present the Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge! Friday August 1st,
the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod racers will be battling for a $1,000-to-win payday!

For the sixth year in a row, Baehman Law is ready to celebrate the USRA B-Mod division by hosting the $1,000-to-win Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. A minor $30.00 entry fee is all that’s required from B-Mod racers to compete for the $1,000.000 winner’s pay check . . . and to help crews and fans enjoy the event, pit passes and front gate tickets will remain at the regular weekly event price.

The Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge will also be paying $50.00 tow money to any B-Mod driver who does not qualify for the $1,000-to-win A-Main!!

BAEHMAN LAW B-MOD CHALLENGE PAYOUT

Finishing Position Pay

1st $1000 2nd $700 3rd $500 4th $400 5th $300 6th $250 7th $200 8th $175 9th $150 10th $125 11th on back

Joining in the excitement will be all regular weekly divisions: River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, redbox+ 600 Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks attacking the wide and sweeping corners of ‘The Big 1/3-Mile’; while the Sunshine Sanitation A & B Mini-Mods will again compete on THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series Race at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 12th, 2014

FOUNTAIN CITY, WI. – Curt Luhmann powered to his second win of the season Friday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in the sixth annual River City Rumble, presented by River City Manufacturing.

Fans were out in droves for the Fourth of July celebration, as the grandstands were packed for a fantastic night of racing and fireworks.

Luhmann won from the pole, leading all 25 laps of the Feature, holding off Don Werner in his No. 99 machine. Werner had a solid night, winning his heat race prior to finishing second in the feature.

Asked on where he was beat, Werner said, “Curt just had more straightaway speed, but that’s something we can work on. We can adjust the gears, so that’s something I’ll remember for next time.”

Midway through the race, Luhmann began lapping cars, as the first 14 laps went caution-free, but no one had anything for Luhmann once the race was green for a few laps. He stretched his lead and won by over three seconds.

“It’s great to see this many people out here tonight. It’s special to win on the Fourth of July, no matter what class, so this is just a really cool feeling tonight,” Luhmann said.

Maybe even more impressive than Luhmann’s dominating win was Andy Bohnstengel’s drive to finish third after starting 17th. Just his fourth night in the 35S, he sliced his way to a podium finish.

“We finally got the car set up right, and everything worked well. It was hooked up!” Bohnstengel said on his podium finish.

Kyle Jumbeck piloted the No. 47C to another top-5 finish, coming home fourth, and Greg Wohletz rounded out the top-5 in the No. 32.

“I’m real pleased with it, the track was fantastic. I thought it was going to be slippery, but it actually was pretty grippy. I had a blast!” Wohletz said after the race.

Sanders, Crapser and Duffy Collect Big Payday Wins

July 10th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY was greatly pleased by the huge turnout for the Fourth of July Spectacular – the 6th Annual Rivercity Rumble. One of the largest crowds in memory packed the grandstands as Rivercity Manufacturing and Machining rewarded competitors and fans alike with HUGE payouts, Trophies, Prizes, & Fun!

Visiting USMTS star Rodney Sanders cleaned the slate with a dominant run to the checkers during the Rivercity Rumble 35 – cashing in on a huge payout for the feature win, while Cory Crapser likewise dominated the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod division with a more than $3100 pay day by winning his heat, the special event Dash For Cash as well as the evening’s Rivercity Rumble 30.

But what really brought fans to their feet was local racer Jon Duffy holding off a persistent challenge from Shane Kisling to win the $1000 Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature!

DUFFY DOUBLES UP

For the second time in as many weekends, Winona’s Jon Duffy raced his way to a feature win; this time it was the $1000 to win RIVERCITY RUMBLE 20 for the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. This win was no easy walk in the park however, the 20-car field was filled with both local talent as well as big-named visitors who were drawn to MTS by the extra money in the purse compliments of title sponsors of the 6th Annual Rivercity Rumble – Rivercity Manufacturing and Machining.

While the ‘box score’ shows Duffy starting on the outside of the front row, what it may fail to convey is the fact that Duffy spent almost the entire 20-lap feature battling second heat race winner Shane Kisling’s #2, the #12 of Pole Sitter Brian Fetting (before Fetting fell by the wayside on lap 16), two-time and defending Track Champion Tommy Richards’ #7R, first heat race winner Dan Nissalke, and Andy Grymala’s #24.

The battle to the win came down to Duffy and Kisling battling the final 16 laps almost entirely side-by-side for the lead. Duffy kept his green and blue #47 wound up on the extreme high groove while Kisling spent a majority of the battle in the lower grooves. But as the checkered flag waived, Duffy had the lead and wrote his name in the Victory Logs by a mere .74 second advantage over Kisling.

SANDERS DOMINATES USRA MODIFIED FEATURE

Rodney Sanders knows how to win races. As the defending USMTS National Champion, the racer from Happy, TX has proven that he can travel the entirety of the United States, show up at any track on any date and be a legitimate threat to keep all others OUT of Victory Lane. So, when his name showed up as one of the very first names in the “Pre-Registered” list of competitors for Friday’s 6th Annual Rivercity Rumble . . . you can imagine the thoughts of resignation which might have gone through the minds of other racers planning on visiting MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY for the high-dollar special.

But, racers, by their very nature, being the type of people who are up for a challenge, there were still more than 30 A-Mod drivers who were ready to attack the track to see if they had what it took to sneak past this Traveling Hot-Shoe and break into MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY’s Victory Lane.

Sander’s first visit to the racing circuit Friday night didn’t quite produce the results he’d wanted; starting on the pole his #20 quickly gave up the lead to fellow USMTS Traveler Tommy Myers, and then had to deal with a rather racy Tom Brink before settling for a second place finish.

But the evening’s feature was all Sanders. Starting fourth, inside of the second row – the starting line-up for this special was three wide, similar to what you’ve seen at the world famous Indianapolis 500, Sanders worked his Swan Energy #20 first past Hank Rollinger, Jr’s #59 before battling third heat race winner, and 2011 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion, Bob Timm for the lead. That battle lasted a grand total of five laps; on lap 6 Sanders was the leader and was never once challenged for the top spot again.

“The track was really fast and the car was perfect for this evening,” said Sanders in Victory Lane, after collecting the win by a three and a half second margin over Timm, “A really big thanks to Rivercity Manufacturing, the track and all of you fans for such a great and fun night.” Behind Timm, fourth heat race winner Brad Waits and second heat race winner Lucas Schot
finished third and fourth, respectively, just ahead of Eric Pember’s #89 which completed the top-5.

CRAPSER REPLACES LAST YEARS LOSS WITH THIS YEARS DOMINANCE

One year ago, Chippewa Falls, WI’s Cory Crapser saw his hopes of a Rivercity Rumble win go as flat as his front tire when a lapped car crossed his path and ended his night at the front of the field on lap 20. But this year, Crapser’s dominance was unchallenged and flawless.

Starting in third, from the outside of the front row, Crapser’s #07 surged to the front of the field and instantly began building his lead on the rest of the field. By the time the checkered flag waived 30 laps later, Crapser had lapped half of the 31 car field and amassed a five and a half second lead of the nearest competitor in second.

After winning his heat, the $300 “Dash For Cash” (for winners of the five heat races) and the evening’s feature, Crapser pocketed well over $3100 for his efforts. “I know they worked hard on the track,” complimented Crapser from Victory Lane, “and it showed.” Behind Crapser was defending Track Champion Jacob Bleess who came from sixth to finish second; Jon Van Minsel once again showed his speed, and panache for overcoming obstacles, by turning a 12th place starting spot into a very strong third place finish.

RICHARDS, LUHMANN, BROM, & BRAUER ALSO WIN

Danny Richards added to his win totals by collecting a “clean sweep” Friday night – winning both his heat race and the evening’s 18-lap Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Richards bettered former Track and National Champion Danny Hanson as well as visitor Mike Blowers to claim the feature win.

One of the highlights of the night’s WISSOTA Street Stock portion of the program was the performance and workmanship displayed by Michael Knudtson. On the opening laps of the very first heat race of the night, Knudtson’s #42K spun sideways in turn 1 and then barrel rolled over and over, before rolling back onto all four tires – only to then catch fire! Knudtson climbed from the car safely and unhurt . . . and many assumed that that was the last they’d see of Knudtson and his now crumpled and charred Street Stock. Not so! As the Street Stock feature rolled out onto the track, there was Knudtson behind the wheel of his #42K starting in the 15th and final spot on the grid.

Not only did Knudtson complete the 18 lap feature, he raced his way through the pack to a very competitive 6th place finish!

Curt Luhmann won 25-lap Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series feature, building up a three second lead over first heat race winner Don Werner and Andy Bohnstaengel at the checkered flag.

Zach Brom and Braden Brauer won the night’s Sunshine Sanitation A and B Mini Mod feature, respectively, on the 1/10-mile “LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY”!

Racing resumes next Friday night July 11th with another great night of action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY as part of $5 Fan Appreciate night! Adults and Seniors get into the grandstands for just $5, with Children 17 and under as well as College Students 23 and under (with Valid Current Student ID) admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!! The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the Sunshine Sanitation Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile “LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY” which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, redbox+ 600 Mods, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks!
* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, College Students 23 & under (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Schott, Williamson, Plank Finish First During Fastenal Night at MTS

June 26th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY opened its gates and welcomed the local racing community in to enjoy a prized packed evening in the grand stands and the best edge-of-the-seat on-track dirt track racing action during “Fastenal Night”. With nearly 1500 fans and friends jammed into the stands, and every single seat in every VIP suite filled – and with other tracks in the area unable to keep up with the heavy rains that had visited the area through the previous days, the pits were likewise jammed to almost over-flowing.

Visiting racers were ready to do battle with the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER
SPEEDWAY regulars with top money and Fastenal awards on the line!

One of the MTS regulars ready for the challenge was Rushford, MN’s Alex Williamson. After spending the first third of the 2014 mixed in the battles at the front of the pack, Williamson’s #15 had yet to visit Victory Lane to celebrate a Feature win; however, there was an air of optimism throughout the Williamson crew before Friday night’s first green flag.

But with 33 Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods in the pits, before any celebrations could be planned, there would be four heat races and a 12-lap last chance B-Main needed to even set the running order for the evening’s 18-lap Fastenal Feature. After visiting Iowa racer Brain Mahlstedt won the opening heat race, Williamson found his first challenge of the evening in the second heat race. Former National Champion Cory Crapser lined up alongside of Williamson in the second row, and proceeded to win the heat – just one finishing position ahead of the young red-headed racer.

Former Feature winner Bobby Fort and defending Track Champion Jacob Bleess collected the third and fourth heat race wins, respectively before the final positions of the 24-car field for the feature in the last-chance qualifier.

Mahlstedt, Crapser and Bleess, along with pole sitter Parker Hale all factored into the early battles for the lead as the feature got under way. But, after six quick laps Hale and Crapser found themselves on the outside looking in, both needing to battle back from the back of the pack after a caution.

All the while, out front of the pack was Williamson’s #15. Initial challenges for the position in the lead first came from Brandon Reutzel, himself enjoying one of the best runs of the year with his Rivercity Manufacturing #44. By lap 13 Mahlstedt grabbed second and began an effort to unseat Williamson as the leader. But despite Mahlstedt’s best efforts, Williamson was not to be denied picking up his first Feature win at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY in this 2014 season.

Mahlstedt held on for second with Reutzel rounding out the top three.

SCHOTT RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE

2012 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Lucas Schott has enjoyed a
strong 2014 season thus far, and his strong running continued Friday night
with another ‘clean sweep’ of the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified program.

After Brain Waits and Joel Alberts claimed victories in the first two heat races, Schott held off the Fastenal supported #59 of Hank Rollinger, Jr. to win the evening’s third heat race. But that heat race win was not a guarantee of an easy feature; the posted line up for the main event of the evening had Schott lining up on the inside of the fourth row of the “FASTENAL 25″. But Schott’s command of his #69 and his mastery of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY allowed him to attack the competition in the 18-car field and by just three laps into the 25-lap event, Schott had stolen the lead from opening laps leader Jake Timm.

Behind Schott, Brent Larson, who’d come from a ninth place starting spot had to deal with the #24 of Brad Waits from lap 4 all the way until Waits was finally able to sneak past for second place on lap 18. Waits put forth a Herculean effort to real in Schott, but to no avail; Schott claimed the “FASTENAL 25″ Feature win with Waits and Larson second and third respectively.

PLANK PRODUCES FEATURE WIN PERFORMANCE

Eau Claire, WI’s Lucas Plank took the lead of the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock Feature from pole-sitter Dan Nissalke on lap two, and never looked back. But to think that the feature win was uneventful would be incorrect. While Plank enjoyed running out front for 18 laps of the 20-lap feature, Cameron, WI’s Curt Myers had to claw his way through the field from an eighth place starting spot and by lap 8 Myers was up to second.

But there was a large amount of track, almost an entire straight away, separating Plank’s #71 from Myers’ #33, many thought any hopes for a battle for the win would never materialize. Then, on lap 17, the caution flag waived for trouble on the track. The resultant restart repacked the field for a single file restart which sent the field into a green-white-checkered shootout for the victory.

“Before that caution, I’d seen on the scoring tower that Curt was running second”, said Plank after the feature concluded, “So, then when the caution did come out, I knew it was going to be a battle. Curt is such a good driver, I knew that I had my work cut out for me!”

Myers did, indeed, challenge Plank for the lead and eventual win . . . as a matter of fact, when the two crossed the finish line beneath the waiving checkered flag, they were separated by only 0.03 of a second! Myers had to settle for second with two-time and defending MTS Track Champion Tommy Richards in third.

PROVINZINO WINS 600 MOD TOURING SERIES FEATURE

Joe Provinzino has always been fast in the 600 Mod class . . . Friday night he grabbed his second Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series feature win of the 2014 season. A Touring Series program which is visiting a handful of different tracks throughout the upper Midwest, the 16 race series made it’s second of four stops at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Friday night during Fastenal Night.

After joining Chris Gilbertson and Curt Luhmann as a heat race winner, Provinzino dominated the evening’s 18-lap feature, taking the lead from Luhmann on lap 7 and stretching his advantage en route to the $300 feature win. Luhmann remained in second with Casey Indra in third.

RICHARDS, NEWKIRK, LaDUKE, & BRAUER ALL WINNERS

Danny Richards passed former MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Danny Hanson for the lead on lap 2 of the 18-lap Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature and held on for the feature win. Richards and Hanson, the two heat race winners, finished first and second ahead of the most recent feature winner Shaun Mann in third.

Austin, MN’s Jason Newkirk grabbed his second Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock Feature win in as many visits. Newkirk stole the lead from George Richards and raced his way to the win, while Richards fought off challenges from Jeremy Dahl in the battle for second and third.

Matthew LaDuke won the Sunshine Sanitation A Mini-Mod Feature on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY while Braden Brauer won the Sunshine Sanitation B Mini-Mod Feature.

Racing resumes next Friday night June 27th with another great night of action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the Sunshine Sanitation Midwest Mini Mods and Outlaw Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile “Lightning Speedway” which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, redbox+ 600 Mods, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks!
* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, College Students 23 & under (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series

June 26th, 2014

FOUNTAIN CITY, WI. – It was Joe Provinzino once again standing in Victory Lane on Friday night for Fastenal Night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, as he cruised to his third win of the season, edging Curt Luhmann by .453 seconds in the Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series feature.

Provinzino came from the sixth starting position, but he took the lead on lap seven from Luhmann, who came into the race as the series points leader.

“It was hard to drive tonight because there was a big hole in (turns) one and two, and another in three, so that was the biggest challenge for me out there. I just had to be aware of where they were so they didn’t surprise me”, said Provinzino.

Coming home third was Kyle Jumbeck in the No. 47C, followed by the 4G of Chris Gilbertson, who cracked the top-5 after starting seventh. “I don’t really know what the key was tonight in earning a top-5, but I’ll take a heat win and a top-5 and see what happens”, said Gilbertson.

Polesitter Eli Hershberger wound up fifth and his No. 5 team continue to improve. He won a non-touring race the weekend prior at Fayette County Speedway, and earned his second consecutive top-5 on Friday night. “Momentum and confidence is a lot. It sure seems to help, and the biggest thing I’ve learned is to slow down to go fast”, Hershberger said after the race.

Angst Holds on For KG/Bud Night at MTS

June 3rd, 2014

Fountain City, WI – Another beautiful clear blue skied Friday night welcomed racers and race fans alike to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to enjoy the excitement of the dirt-track battles as well as the fun of one of the longest running racing promotions in the area. Winona Radio’s presentation of KG / Bud Night has been a staple of the local racing scene in West Central Wisconsin for over 24 years, and as they have in the past, on-air personalities and staff at Winona Radio and supporters from Budweiser were eager to flood the grandstands with gifts, prizes and merchandise as a way to say thank you to the fans for turning out for another night of fun at the Fountain City, WI speedway.

“Man, I’m so excited,” said Winona Radios KG 95.3 FM morning personality Gabe Glidden early in the evening’s program, “I’ve been looking forward to and talking about this for a couple weeks or more and what we’re seeing on the track tonight is awesome and exciting!”

Glidden’s comments were nothing short of prophetic, as the evening’s features were, indeed, “awesome and exciting” and kept the fans guessing and cheering until the final checkered flag was waived!

While the Richards’ racing stable had the two WISSOTA classes covered, it was two time and defending Track Champion Josh Angst who put together a run at the front of the pack to insure a visit to Victory Lane. But Angst’s run at the front was not without worry.

With laps remaining in the KG / Bud Night 25 before the checkered flag would wave, a caution bunched up the field for a restart, erasing the lead that Angst had established over his competitors, including the #69 of Lucas Schott. As the field prepared for the restart what caught the attention of fans was that second place starter Schott had given up his outside groove and opted to restart on the inside of the first two-by-two row behind Angst’s #99.

“I chose the bottom to see if I could find a way around Angst,” explained the 2012 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion after the race was over; unfortunately for Schott, that bottom groove did not work well for him, as he backslid to a fourth place finish. Behind second heat race winner Brad Waits (third) and the #4A of Joel Alberts (second).

Angst stayed in the top groove and powered away from the competition to claim the KG / Bud 25 Feature win, “I had to go to the top, and it gave me an advantage,” said Angst, before reflecting on the competition for the feature win. “There are a lot of guys who can win on any given night, and it was good to (be) up front.”

RICHARDS SWEEP WISSOTA CHECKERS

Tommy and Danny Richards swept the WISSOTA portion of the evening’s program, winning both their heat races and features in their respective WISSOTA divisions. Danny Richards worked past multi-time former track champion Danny Hanson to win the evening’s Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature with first time MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY visitor Tyler Wahlstrom completing the top three across the line.

In the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock ranks two-time and defending MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Tommy Richards survived a battle of attrition to win the 20-lap feature. Spoiling the efforts, along the way, of long-time area Super Stock racers John Duffy and Kevin Hager who ran first and second through the first half of the feature. Duffy enjoyed a great battle with Richards over several laps before the #7R finally cemented the pass for position and then went to work on Hager’s lead.

Duffy eventually moved his green #47 to second while Hager settled in for a third place finish.

FORT FIRST IN B-MODS

Bob Fort caught some off guard with his win at the end of the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature. Fort has been near the front in almost every B-Mod feature this season, Friday was his chance to taste victory, followed across the line by defending Track Champion Jacob Bleess, who battled his way to second after starting inside the sixth row of the strong 23-car field.

WERNER WINS ANOTHER

After winning the inaugural Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series event the previous week, Don Werner stormed back for another visit to Victory Lane by winning the regular weekly redbox+ 600 Mod feature. Curt Luhmann made a strong charge after battling Chris Eide for second but couldn’t quit catch Werner’s #99.

HAGER, BRAUER, WILLIAMSON ALSO COLLECT WINS

Lee Hager stepped out of line on a restart and passed Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature leader, and heat race winner, Eric Duellman for the lead, and eventual win. While Hager celebrated the feature victory, Duellman celebrated with him, “I said earlier tonight, that Lee is going to win soon.”

Devin Williamson jumped from the interior of his Sunshine Sanitation A Mini Mod and celebrated a feature win on “The Lightning Speedway”, but rather than focus the spotlight on himself, he used him time in front of the microphone and crowd to wish a happy birthday to a family friend!

Braden Bruaer picked up another feature win in the Sunshine Sanitation B Mini Mod feature.

Racing resumes next Friday night June 6th with another great night of action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the Sunshine Sanitation Midwest Mini Mods and Outlaw Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile “Lightning Speedway” which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Poker League Flyers (Hornets), & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks!
* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, College Students 23 & under (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Waits Dominates Severson Oil Company 25

May 28th, 2014

Fountain City, WI- As Severson Oil Company continued their support of local dirt track racing at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, Brad
Waits continued his winning ways at the banked, black-clay 1/3-mile oval in Fountain City, WI.

After leading 2012 Track Champion Lucas Schott to the checkered flag in the evening’s second, of three, heat races, Waits started outside front row for the “Severson Oil 25″ Feature and put on a display of dominance not seen in a while. Pole sitter Paul Harelstad jumped from the pole position of the 17 car field to lead the first lap, but after that it was all Waits, as the Rochester, MN racer took the lead on lap 2 and never once relinquished the position. Stretching out a lead that took him through lapped traffic all the
way into the top-10 and put almost a half lap between his flat-black NFG sponsored #24 and the second place finisher of Schott, Waits three-wheeled through the ultra-low groove with bite, traction and speed that was unmatched by all.

As a matter of fact, the only real action Waits saw around other cars was as he was picking his way through lapped traffic, “We all like the low groove,” smiled Waits in Victory Lane, after being asked about the pack, “but we got this back up car out and it was really strong!”

Schott finished a distant second with first heat race winner, and defending Track Champion, Josh Angst completing the top three positions.

BLEESS BEST OF THE B-MOD BATTLE

The Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod Feature was a treat for the fans in the packed grandstands. After four heat races which produced high speeds and first time winners, the evening’s 26-car 18-lap main event was an action packed affair which had no fewer than seven drivers battling for and swapping the lead out front of the pack!

The first 12 laps were led by Bob Fort with his #97 while a pack of eight battled and snarled behind him in an effort to get to him and challenge for the lead. On lap 13 the #21 of defending Track Champion Jacob Bleess lead the field for the first time, but he was not alone. Alex Williamson, first heat race winner Tyler Creeley, and two-time and defending feature winner Jon Van Minsel were mixed up in the pack at the front of the field, and chomping at the bit for a chance to lead.

On Lap 14 Williamson worked past Bleess to lead a lap; as Bleess and Williamson battled amongst themselves to see who could use the lowest groove to their advantage, Van Minsel, the evening’s Wing Dam Saloon & Grill Driver Of The Week, ran the extreme opposite line, circling the high-banked 1/3-mile oval in the outermost extreme high line that the track had to offer!

As the battle for the lead, and eventual win, raged on, a late race caution slowed the field and packed them up for a classic ‘shoot out’ to the finish . . . and many, if not all, of the fans in the stands were surprised to see Bleess leave the low line open on the restart. Williamson saw the opportunity and seized it but couldn’t quite pull past Bleess for the lead, which Bleess held for the feature win.

“It was a real fun race,” Bleess said in Victory Lane. “I just battled and found my way up front. I did well on my restarts and stayed on the bottom (groove).”

Van Minsel followed Williamson to the checkered flag in third.

WERNER WINS INAGURAL LIQUID NITRO 600 MOD TOURING SERIES EVENT

The 600 Mod division has been steadily growing since being introduced to the Midwest via MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY four year ago. For 2014 the growth caught the attention of national energy drink LIQUID NITRO ENERGY DRINK, who have come on board for the 2014 season to create The Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series which is a 16 race touring series which will visit different tracks throughout the Upper Midwest Battling for larger race night purses and a lucrative payout at the end of the season based upon final point standings.

On this first visit to MTS, a huge pack of 27 comprised of drivers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois showed up to battle for the money and the win. Through four heats, the speeds were high and the battles were plenty. As the field rolled onto the track the energy in the air was almost palpable; apparently, the energy and excitement was noticed by the drivers as well, as they amped up their own efforts . . . but, just a bit too much. The 20 lap feature was marred by numerous cautions comprised of single and multiple car spins.

The feature wore on minute after minute and when finally the checkered flag waived, defending MTS Track Champion Don Werner held off second heat race winner Bob Cisewski for the win, followed by third heat race winner Curt Luhmann.

Hoisting the over-sized winner’s check over his head in Victory Lane Werner commented on the growth of this style of racing, “To see all these drivers at the track is great. The guys who race here regularly and the drivers from the south of us who are joining in makes this series very exciting, competitive and fun for us drivers and the fans as well!”

BRAUER WINS SUPER FEATURE

Over the final 14 laps of the 20-lap Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, Eyota, MN’s Jeff Brauer first moved from fourth to third, then second and eventually to first with only three laps remaining to win the evening’s main event!

Working past two-time and defending Track Champion Tommy Richards and former WISSOTA National Champion Tim Johnson, Brauer used the final three laps to his advantage to collect the win. “This division is so fast”, commented Brauer in Victory Lane, “Guys like Johnson, Richards, Jason Forehand are always fast, and how about Brian Fetting leading all those laps.” Fetting jumped out front on lap four after working past early race leader Cody Gardner, and lead the next 12 laps before Richards overtook him for the lead.

Richards eventually settled for second just .094 of a second behind Brauer as the two crossed beneath the waiving checkered flag side by side! Johnson completed the top 3 at the line.

JOHNSON WINS SECOND STREET STOCK FEATURE

While Brainerd, MN’s Tim Johnson came up two positions shy of a Super Stock feature win, he collected his second Street Stock feature win of the year at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Johnson made it a clean sweep on the night winning both his heat race as well as the evening’s feature; the feature win coming from a last lap pass for the lead.

As the white flag flew, Johnson was battling Danny Richard’s for the top spot; entering the third turn, Johnson moved to the inside of Richards’ #3R. The two battled side by side through the fourth and final turn with Johnson powered towards the waiving checkered flag and the feature win.

Shaun Mann beat visiting driver Mike Blowers to the line for third.

BOBBY FORT, JR., ZACH BROM & BRADEN BRAUER ALSO COLLECT CHECKERED FLAGS

Bobby Fort, Jr. worked past Lee Hager’s #94 to win the evening’s Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature, “Car was fast racing Lee for the win was fun”, commented the second generation driver from the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane.

Zach Brom outlasted the competition to win the Sunshine Sanitation A Mini-Mod feature, on a night that saw not one but two roll overs on the 1/10-mile Lightning Speedway which sits within the infield of the much larger MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. “I could see that Jett’s car was slowing a little bit, and I knew that I could catch him”, smiled Brom in Victory lane after being asked about his pass for the lead and eventual feature win. JT Wasmund finished second with Devin Williamson crossing the line third.

Braden Brauer bested a nice 11-car field to win the Sunshine Sanitation B Mini-Mod feature on The Lightning Speedway. Brauer was followed across the line by Triton Krause and Brady Boland in third.

Racing resumes next Friday night May 30th with KAGE / BUD Night presented by Winona Radio’s KAGE Radio and Budweiser at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the Sunshine Sanitation Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10 mile “Lightning Speedway” which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, redbox+ 600 Mods, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks!

* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, College Students 23 & under (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Racers and Fans Brave Cool Tempertures For Hot Action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY

May 19th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – While other tracks were cancelling due to rains and cold temperatures, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY staff and
management once again showed their determination to provide an active destination for racers and fans alike. Sure, the temperatures were a bit chilly, but as opening ceremonies were underway at the beginning of the seven o’clock hour, the skies began clearing and sunshine greeted the racers who rolled onto the track for the evening’s program.

And what a program it was!

29 drivers lined up for the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod Feature with only a couple of cautions to slow the on-track battles. Battles for position completely circled the big 1/3-mile, but all of the attention was riveted upon the front of the field as a pack of no fewer than 10 cars continuously challenged each other for an opportunity to get close to the front. At the front for most of the main event was outside pole sitter Dan Hovden, who continuously held off advances by first heat race winner Bob Fort, fourth
heat race winner (and defending Track Champion) Jacob Bleess, two-time former track champion Ben Anderson, and the previous week’s feature winner Jon Van Minsel.

Hovden kept his #16 out front for 16 of the evening’s 18 laps before first Fort, and then Van Minsel stole the top position; Van Minsel leading the most important lap – the last – to claim his second feature win in as many weeks! “The track was smooth and the car was fast up top,” said Van Minsel in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane, “that was some great racing by everyone up front and all the way through the field. A very fun feature.”

Hovden had to settle for what must have seemed like a disappointing second place finish, after leading so long, while Fort, Anderson and Bleess completed the top five finishing positions.

DAVIS AND CUMMINS WOW THE CROWD

Brandon Davis is fast, and he wins races. That about sums up every results article covering a race in which Davis and his #50III modified were in the starting lineup; and that’s pretty much the tail of Friday night’s 25-lap Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified feature.

While it’s true Davis took the lead from last Friday night’s feature winner Lance Hofer on lap three and quickly distanced himself from the rest of the 19-car field, another driver was also turning heads threw the entire feature. As Davis lead lap after lap, the #71 of New Richland, WI’s Jason Cummins was putting on a driver’s clinic for the field and the fans.

On the pace lap, Cummins lined up inside of the NINTH ROW! And combined with his last place finish in the evening’s third USRA Modified heat race, many thought that perhaps this just wasn’t going to be the night for Cummins to shine; but shine he did – like the brightest meteor blazing across the night sky at unmatched speeds.

By lap 2 Cummins was up to 12th. Lap 4, 10th. Lap 5, 9th. Lap 7, 8th. Lap 10, 6th. Lap 13, 5th. Lap 15, 4th. Lap 16, 3rd. Lap 17, 2nd.

And over the final 8 laps, Cummins was visually reeling in the leader, Davis. Nobody will ever know if 5 more laps would have changed the outcome of the finishing order . . . but by the way the #71 was closing in on the #50III, many might agree that perhaps it might have.

While no one will ever celebrate a second place finish more than a feature win, Cummins and his crew are sure to be smiling with the run he made through the pack. But it was Davis who got the face time and photos in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane. A strong performance rewarded with not 1, but 2 bonuses; Davis collected the $100 “Wehrs Winner’s Bonus” given the USRA Modified feature winner every Friday night through the 2014 season, and then was surprised with a second $100 bonus which was handed to him as a wad of 1′s, 5′s, 10′s, & 20′s which was collected by friends and family of the late Blake Hauser who had been memorialized earlier in the evening during opening ceremonies.

“A win like this is great”, said Davis in Victory Lane, “Thank you to Wehrs Machine for their bonus and also a special thank you very much to those fans, friends and family members who pulled this extra bonus money together in memory of their friend.”

Just behind Cummins was Brad Waits completing the top three.

BRAUER BREAKS INTO VICTORY LANE

For the first time this season, former MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Jeff Brauer was able to enjoy a visit to Victory Lane after a dominant run in the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature. While second heat race winner (and defending Track Champion) Tommy Richards, Jason Forehand, Jon Duffy, and Ben Hanke battled fiercely for second, Brauer stretched out a commanding lead which was never to be challenged.

Richards and Forehand eventually broke free of the battle for position to
finish second and third respectively, while Duffy and Hanke completed the
top-5.

SCHWEBACH WOWS ‘EM WITH STREET STOCK WIN

A five car battle for the front of the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature running order was wild and wooly with a ‘Take No Prisoners’ flare that had the crowd Ooohing, Ahhhing and Wowing through the entire 15 lap main.

More than a few taps were traded, as Danny Hanson, Shaun Mann, and Danny Richards battled with Nick Schwebach and Fred Prudoehl to find racing room at the front of the field before the checkered flag waived.

When it did, it was Schwebach by just a bit more than half a second over Hanson, followed by Richards, Mann and Prudoehl.

BORNITZ AND NEWKIRK ALSO WINNERS

Mark Bornitz won the inaugural visit to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY by the Midwest Poker League Flyers, which marked the return of four-cylinder “Hornet” racing to MTS with their first of four visits, while Jason Newkirk bested the 12-car Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock main event.

LADUKE AND BRAUER ARE MINI-MOD WINNERS ON THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY

Matthew La Duke and Braden Brauer were winners during the season opening event for the Sunshine Sanitation A & B Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile Lightning Speedway. La Duke held off Jett Sorenson to win the first A Mini Mod feature of the year while Brauer battled from mid-pack to win the 9-car B Mini Mod feature!

Racing resumes next Friday night May 23rd with Severson Sinclair night at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the Sunshine Sanitation Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10 mile “Lightning Speedway” which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks – highlighted by the first appearance at MTS by the all new Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series!

* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, College Students 23 & under (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Welcomes Wehrs Machine and Racing Supply as New USRA Modified Supporter

May 17th, 2014

Fountain City, WI- MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is pleased to welcome Wehrs Machine and Racing Products to the growing list of supporters who are adding bonus money to the already strong payout at the 1/3-mile oval.

Friday May 9th, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY owner Bob Timm announced that Chad Wehrs from Wehrs Machine and Racing Products was personally agreeing to a guaranteed weekly bonus of $100 for each regular season USRA Modified feature winner! “Wehrs Machine and Racing Products is a great business that is providing excellent services and materials for local, regional and national racers,” said Timm, a successful racer himself, “plus, they make a ton of really nice racing components!”

As part of the agreement, Chad Wehrs has put together the “Wehrs’ Winner’s Bonus” which will add $100 to the already posted payout for the winner of each regular season RiverCity Manufacturing and Machining USRA Modified feature! With the “Wehrs’ Winner’s Bonus”, the feature winner’s payout looks like this:

“WEHRS’ WINNER’S BONUS”

POSITION Winners

1-10 CARS Less than 550 paying spectators
$400 + $100 =$500

11+ CARS Less than 550 paying spectators
$500 + $100 =$600

1-23 CARS More than 550 paying spectators
$500 + $100= $600

24+ CARS More than 550 paying spectators
$500+ $100= $600

All bonus money will be paid in addition to the published MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY regular weekly payout. For example, with 11-23 Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds taking to the track, and at least 550 paying spectators in the grand stands, the “Wehrs’ Winner’s Bonus” purse will pay $600.00 to the feature winner. If there is a rainout, the “Wehrs’ Winner’s Bonus” rolls forward and is ADDED to the following week’s bonus meaning that the following week (with same car count and spectators) would pay $700.00 for 1st!

Thank you Chad Wehrs and Wehrs Machine and Racing Products!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Big Bonus Money, Big Names and Big Fun Visit MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY

May 11th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – Again this season, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY was graced with the presence of a pack of visiting drivers as other tracks in the area couldn’t handle all the moisture Mother Nature poured down on the area. The MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY track crew worked all week to stay ahead of the forces of nature, and aside from the extreme low line which held waters through the mid-week rains and couldn’t quite handle the pounding from the competitors cars, the rest of the track laid in extremely well and allowed the drivers three distinct grooves from which to choose as they were battling their competitors.

On an evening when the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified division had more than 20 championships represented by the drivers on track, it was the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Supers Stocks division that had everyone talking.

Compliments of an ingeniously designed “Roll Forward” Bonus program, the 23 Super Stock drivers were battling for $700 worth of bonus money from Coordinated Business Systems and Brauer Roofing, Inc. $400 of which was for the evening’s feature winner, $200 for the second place finisher, and $100 for the driver completing the top-3.

Needless to say, the field was strong and the on-track action was exciting.

As the green flag waived to send the 23-car field battling into turn one, first row starters Gary Wiersgalla and Tommy Richards (amongst whom three MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championships are represented) started a battle which would last the entire 20-lap feature. For the first five laps, that battle was for the lead, for the last nine laps, that battle was for second; because on lap 11, Cameron, WI racer Curt Myers threw his name into the fray.

Along with Wiersgalla, Richards and Myers, Ben Hanke’s #B0H made it a fun four-car battle for the top spot while other notables such as Jason Forehand, Shane Sabraski, opening night two-time feature winner Tim Johnson, and third heat-race winner Bart Steffen worked the field just behind the lead pack.

But it was Myers who combined his smooth driving skills with the equally smooth racing surface in order to master the field and claim the $400 bonus money which was tacked onto the regular winner’s payout.

Richards and Hanke completed the top three collecting $200 and $100 respectively of the bonus money.

HOFER FINALLY VISITS VICTORY LANE

With his last name and racing pedigree, race fans knew it was only a matter of time until Cochrane, WI’s Lance Hofer visited MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY’s Victory Lane! With a father and two uncles who were so dominant when they were behind the wheel, everybody knew that much of that talent would also be present in this second generation driver.

He’s been close before, but Lance had not yet visited Victory Lane with his #11 USRA Modified at his home track of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Well that all changed Friday night as he left some huge competition behind him in dominant fashion and raced, practically unchallenged, to that first feature win.

With former MTS track champions Josh Angst, Lucas Schott & John Doelle as well as 9-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock behind him, I’m sure Hofer would understand if some race fans expected the outcome to be a little different. But Hofer proved that he has the car and the ability to turn the tables on those former champs, or any other challengers who are ready for the battle.

True, he started from the pole position, but the simple results print out does not do justice to Lance’s feature win run. He battled fellow front-row starter, and former MTS Feature winner, Jeremy Houle early for the lead and then left Joel Alberts very fast looking #4A behind easily through restarts to claim the feature win, which also contained a $100 bonus in the form of the all new “Wehrs’ Winner’s Bonus” which was implemented for the first time for the entire 2014 season this past Friday night.

“I was kind of nervous, but I was up front and wanted to stay up there,” offered a near speechless Hofer in Victory Lane, “I saw so many things coming at me, I just tried to keep going. I’m pretty happy; I don’t know what to say.”

Alberts held off two former track champions, in the form of Angst and Schott, respectively, for second.

MORE THAN LUCK PUTS VAN MINSEL IN VICTORY LANE

Jon Van Minsel’s nickname is “Lucky” . . . but, it was more than luck that put him into Victory Lane Friday Night in the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod Feature. A strong car and his driving skills combined to help him work from his third row starting spot to the front of the field.

While young standout Alex Williamson ran his familiar low line with amazing quickness, Van Minsel let it all hang out in the ultra high groove to work around both Williamson and pole-sitter Brandon Reutzel to grab the lead on lap 13. Opening night feature winner, and defending MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Jacob Bleess, followed Van Minsel to the front from his fourth row starting spot, but ran out of laps to mount a challenge for the win – finishing second ahead of Williamson.

CISEWSKI ON A TWO-WIN STREAK

Opening Night redbox+ 600 Mod Feature winner Bob Cisewski put the rest of the field on notice Friday night by picking up his second feature win in a row, coming all the way from a 13th place starting spot to win the main event. Similar to Van Minsel, Cisewski used the extreme high groove to literally run his Ace Auto #40 around the competition on the way to the feature win.

Defending Track Champions Don Werner and Greg Wohletz finished second and third.

The 600 Mods take next week off at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY as those drivers will be attending the first event of the all new Liquid Nitro Energy Drink 600 Mod Touring Series event at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, IA. Visit www.XcelChassisWest.com for details.

RICHARDS FAMILY WINNERS IN STREETS AND PURES

Danny Richards and George Richards both put the Richards Family into the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane Friday night with Danny behind the wheel of his #3R Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock and George behind the wheel of his #5R Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock.

Racing resumes next Friday night May 16th with another evening of exciting regular season entertainment. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the first appearance of the Sunshine Sanitation Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10 mile “Lightning Speedway” which is located within the infield of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Action on “The Big 1/3 Mile” starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks and the first of four appearances by the Midwest Poker League Four-Cylinder Flyers.

* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, College Students 23 & under (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Mother Nature Wins Round 2 at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May 5th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – What a difference a single week can make! The Friday April 25th season opener at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY was met with blue sky and sunshine which helped produced awesome racing action to start the 2014 season at the high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval just three miles north of Fountain City, WI. But just as that opening night wrapped up, Mother Nature decided that a change of pace was necessary for week number two.

And so, a soggy, wet and chilly week was presented to racers, race fans and speedway owners throughout the upper Midwest; and those soggy, wet and chilly conditions erased all hopes of any on-track action Friday May 2nd at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

So now attention is focused to round number three of the 2014 season – May 9th will see battles resume in all divisions on “The Big 1/3-Mile” as well as the first of two visits to the fast, wide and sweeping turns of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY of the United States Modified Touring Series!

Headed towards Friday’s May 9th program race fans will see that 2012 MTS Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified Track Champion Lucas Schott is right back where was the last time he was a regular weekly competitor at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY – at the top of the point standings. After using 2013 to follow the full USMTS Series as one of their star rookie competitors, Schott racing is returning to focus on weekly competition and he started off 2014 with a feature win at MTS! Following Schott in the standings are Brandon Davis and Steve Wetzstein.

Despite his double WISSOTA feature wins on opening night, visitor Tim Johnson only sits atop the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock point standings while Winona’s Fred Prudoehl combined a heat race win and a second place feature finish to lead the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock point standings.

In the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod division, 2013 Track Champion Jacob Bleess grabbed a feature win to open the year as the current point leader, followed by regular hot-shoe Jon Van Minsel and youth phenom Alex Williamson.

In the redbox+ 600 Mod division, opening night feature winner Bob Cisewski leads multi-division racer Kyle Jumbeck by four points atop the point sheet while Jason Havel currently leads the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock.

As mentioned earlier, the stars and cars of the Farm Boy BBQ USMTS Northern Region, Presented by Day Motor Sports will invade MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Friday night May 9th. Regular weekly Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified competitors will join the Touring Series regulars to see who can master this wide, fast and racy 1/3-mile speedway to hoist the winner’s check in the MTS Victory Lane! The evening’s first green flag is scheduled to wave immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with additional on-track competition provided by Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, REDBOX+ 600 Mods, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Schott, Blees and Johnson-Winners 2014 Season Opener at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

April 29th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – Blue sky, sunshine, and a fast smooth race track . . . what more could the racing community ask for as the 2014 season kicked off with the “6th Annual MTS Season Opener” at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Friday April 25th.

The racers were ready, the fans were ready, and the on-track action did not disappoint. While fans used opening night to make a return pilgrimage to the track, several racers used the night to make return pilgrimages to Victory Lane.

After touring successfully in 2013 with the highly competitive United States Modified Touring Series, 2012 Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified Track Champion Lucas Schott made a triumphant return to regular weekly competition with a commanding clean sweep of the evening’s top division. Piloting his Schott’s Hardwood Floors #69 with smooth and precise determination, the young Chatfield, MN racer bested the top local talent, winning both the evening’s opening heat as well as the main Feature event in convincing fashion.

With a starting position on the inside of the second row many might think that Schott’s move to the front was a simple single lap move, not so. Front row starters Mick Glenn and Steve Wetzstein spent the opening three laps battling for the top spot, with Glenn’s gloss black #18 leading all three before giving way to Wetzstein’s #90 and Schott.

Schott’s calm and calculated driving which has earned him the nickname “Cool Hand Luke” was on full display for the filled grandstands as he spent the next three laps sizing up Wetzstein and putting forth a consistent challenge before grabbing the lead on lap seven and never looking back.

Schott brought second heat race winner Brandon Davis with him around Wetzstein, and many thought Davis’ #50iii would quickly pounce on Schott with a battle royal for the win, but Davis never quite developed the challenge. “Great way to start the season here at MTS,” said Schott after climbing from behind the wheel in Victory Lane, “I knew (Davis) was coming and lapped traffic was going to be there near the end.” Schott and Davis were able to weave through a couple of cars on the tail end of the lead lap, but they never really factored into the outcome. Several efforts by Davis gave the crowd a glimpse of what might have been, but Schott was not to be denied as he opened his 2014 MTS season with a performance very reminiscent of his 2012 dominance to grab the feature win.

Davis, who had started on the outside of the third row, completed the 25-lap feature in second with Wetzstein holding on for third.

JOHNSON PULLS THE DOUBLE

Tim Johnson made the long haul down from Brainerd, MN with two cars, and made the long haul home with a WISSOTA feature win in both!

In the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock division, Johnson jumped from the outside of the second row and immediately grabbed the lead, a lead which he’d hold onto for the entire 18-lap main. Septuagenarian Fred Prudoehl used his pole position start to his advantage and stayed within sight of Johnson the entire feature, racing his “Yellow Deuce” #2 to a second place finish with Adam Soltice coming from the third row to finish third.

In the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature Johnson was also the first to the checkered flag, but despite starting on the outside of the front row, it took Johnson 6 laps to wrestle the lead away from former Track Champion Gary Wiersgalla. Wiersgalla shot from the pole to lead the opening handful of laps before Johnson worked around to take the lead.

Behind Johnson’s #1JR was the #00x of Dan Gullikson – both of them former WISSOTA National Champions, and they raced like former champions, fast and smooth. First heat race winner Gullikson had to work hard, however, to get within reach of even challenging Johnson for the win. Starting on the inside of the fourth row, his feature was full of movement as he worked his way through a competitive field. By lap nine Gullikson cleared Wiersgalla for second and set his sights on the leader.

The second half of the 20-lap feature was Gullikson slowly but surely closing in on Johnson to challenge for the win. But Johnson held off the advances and crossed beneath the waiving checkered flag with a tight .3 of a second advantage over Gullikson.

With the win Johnson claimed the first $200 Coordinated Business Systems winner’s bonus, which is paid ever week in addition to the regular posted winner’s pay, giving Johnson a nice $550 check to enjoy. Gullikson grabbed the Brauer Roofing, Inc. $100 bonus for second with former Track Champion Jeff Brauer earning the $50 bonus in third.

BLEESS BACKS UP 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP WITH B-MOD FEATURE WIN

Jacob Bleess wrapped up 2013 with a MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championship . . . and then was able to enjoy the achievement through the long snowy off-season. But Friday night it was back to work behind the wheel for the Chatfield, MN Youngster . . . and just like last season, the challengers for the top spot were many and strong.

Starting outside of the third row, Bleess was like a tiger stalking his prey. As Alex Williamson jumped from the outside of the first row to lead the first five laps with his #15W, Bleess was hunting from behind. At first Bleess battled with Shaun Walski and Ryan Konkel to break into the top-5; on lap 6 Bleess was able to work past both Williamson and the #1 of Jon Van Minsel to take the lead. Over the remaining 12 laps Bleess and Van Minsel opened up an almost 3 second advantage over the rest of the field, and while Van Minsel was close, the half a second advantage Bleess had was too much to overcome.

“He’s such a fast and consistent driver,” Said Van Minsel about Bleess and the race for the lead, “Fun racing up front with him, but he’s a great racer.”

Bleess knew that one of the early race restarts after a caution was the turning point in the event for him, “I knew on the restart there was a good chance to go around (Williamson),” Bleess said. “He was low and I went high. Once I got out front, I started on top and moved to the bottom.”

Williamson held off Walski for third.

CISEWSKI WINS 600 MODIFIED SEASON OPENER

A solid 16-car field took the green flag for the redbox+ 600 Modified feature and as that green flag waived, series regular Bob Cisewski was mired deep in the pack. Starting mid-pack, in the fourth row, it looked as thoughhis Ace Auto #40 would be relegated to battling for a finishing position outside the top three.

With first heat race winner, and 2012 Track Champion, Greg Wohletz and second heat race winner John Griffin lining up on the front row, and defending Track Champion Don Werner directly behind them in the second row .. . many assumed it might be a three-car battle for the win from the front of the field.

Not So!

Cisewski used the first six laps to slice and dice his way through the pack, then after settling into second for a couple circuits, he made his move around Griffin to take the lead. Also on the move was multi-division racer Kyle Jumbeck, Jumbeck’s #01x came from the outside of the fifth row and followed Cisewski around Griffin to take second.

Cisewski was fast, though, and built up an almost three second lead over the charging Jumbeck to take the checkered flag win in the opening night feature. Jumbeck finished second with Wohletz clearing Griffin late in the race for third.

PURE STOCKS

The Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature was won by Rice Lake, WI visitor Jason Havel after defending Track Champion, and heat race winner, Bobby Fort, Jr. spun his #97 twice during the final race of the evening. George Richards and Lee Hager completed the top three.

Racing resumes next Friday night May 2nd with another evening of exciting regular season entertainment. The first green flag is scheduled to wave immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, REDBOX+ 600 Mods, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks.

* Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
* Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $12, Senior Citizens $10, ALL Students, even college (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Sponsors Return For Wissota Super Stock Super

April 20th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY and specific speedway sponsors are ready, once again, to SHOW THE RACERS THE MONEY!!

For the third year in a row competitors in the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock division will have purse enhancements to look forward to in 2014. In 2012 & 2013 Jay Oricchio (J-Mev Motor Sports & Coordinated Business Systems), launched his support of the Super Stock Class at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY by awarding a $200.00 bonus to the feature winner each and every night with the money rolling over and doubling the next week in the event of a rainout.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to announce that Jay, Coordinated Business Systems and J-Mev Motor Sports will once again be contributing $200.00 a week in 2014 to the Feature winner of the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock division! And to sweeten the deal a bit more, Jay’s support of the WISSOTA Super Stock division is being mirrored by fellow business owner (and competitor) Jeff Brauer (Brauer Roofing Inc.). Brauer Roofing, Inc. will be adding $100.00 to the 2nd place finisher’s take home pay and another $50.00 to the 3rd place finisher’s winnings in each Super Stock feature event. And just like the $200.00 bonus for the feature winner, the Brauer Roofing bonus money will roll over in the event of a rainout, setting the stage for a potential massive payout for a weekly show.

All bonus money will be paid in addition to the published MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY regular weekly payout. For example, with 11-23 Super Stocks taking to the track and at least 550 spectators in the grand stands, the WISSOTA Super Stock purse will pay $550.00 to the feature winner, $350.00 for the second place finisher and a cool $250.00 to the driver rounding out the podium in third. If there is a rainout, the following week with same car count and spectators would pay $750.00 for 1st, $450.00 for 2nd and $300.00 for 3rd.

That is a pretty nice bonus!

“To see support like this from these businesses is pretty awesome,” said MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY owner Bob Timm, “Jay and Jeff are both successful business owners, so to see them bring their businesses into the racing game by way of this monetary support is a great showing of strength for the Super Stock class.”

The only requirement to be eligible for the bonus money is to have the appropriate sponsor’s sticker displayed on both sides of your car. Stickers will be available at the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY scale house.

So, as you can see, the excitement level continues to rise for those racers ready to take the challenge and head to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY for the 2014 season!!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MTS Takes “Family Friendly Pricing” To the Next Level!

April 12th, 2014

Fountain City, WI- MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY owners Bob & Paula Timm and Tom & Tina Lockner are excited to announce their plan to take the “Family Friendly Pricing” promotion to the next level compliments of an expanded “FREE ADMISSION” option for all children and students!! In 2012, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY introduced “Family Friendly Pricing” in order to put the word “Affordable” back into the picture for those race fans who are planning their weekends to include a visit to the West-Central Wisconsin dirt track; for the 2014 season, “Family Friendly Pricing” is even better!

“One of our main goals here at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY has always been to make this a Family Friendly Destination”, said Bob Timm, while discussing the new pricing options, “We want the race fan FAMILIES to know that we are keeping them in mind when we invite them to come to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to enjoy some great dirt-track racing on a Friday night.”

For the 2014 season, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is improving their free admission promotion to not only cover all children 12 and under, but also to include ALL ACTIVE Students with a valid student ID Card – this includes Current College Students with current IDs!!

Additionally, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY will continue its “Family Friendly” price structure at the pit gates. “Not only do we want families to be able to enjoy the evening’s racing action from the grandstands,” continued Timm, “but we also want those families who may be actively competing – and therefore spending the night in the pit area – to also be able to enjoy the night together. The last thing we want to do is split up a family during our sporting events which we feel are so tightly woven around the family unit.”

“Family Friendly Pit Pricing” for the 2014 regular season means that children 5 and under will get into the pits absolutely free (with a signed insurance waiver and parental accompaniment). Children 12 and under who are not competing will be allowed to purchase a pit pass for only $15.00. (Note: Children 12 and under who are competing are still required to purchase the regularly priced $25.00 pit pass.)

“We want all families to enjoy the sport of stock car racing that we present at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY regardless of how they’re involved – as a fan, as a competitor, or as a member of a competitor’s family,” explained Tom Lockner, “and we feel that both of these pricing structures, the “MTS Family Friendly Pricing” and the “Family Friendly Pit Pricing”, will allow families to stay together and enjoy the evening of racing as a family for an affordable price.”

So, don’t worry about re-working your summer budget . . . the 2014 season AT “FAMILY FRIENDLY PRICES” is here!!!

In addition to these special Family Friendly pricing options, regular weekly racing programs have the following single ticket purchase options available: Adult General Admission – $12.00, Senior Citizens (65 and older) – $10.00.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is preparing for its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

Mississippi Thunder Speednway introduces JP Photo as Offical 2014 Speedway Photographer

April 10th, 2014

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to welcome Jordan Potter and his “JPfoto” as the official MISSISSIPPI
THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Photographer for the 2014 season! “Jordan has shown a keen eye and an artistic ability to capture a wide variety of photo opportunities during his previous visits to the track”, said speedway owner Bob Timm, “I’m excited to see what he can do for racers, fans and media representatives who are looking for a visual view of what we enjoy every race night at MTS.”

Jordan will start his run as the 2014 MTS Track Photographer by being on hand at the 6th annual car show and swap meet scheduled for April 19th at Sugar Loaf Ford in Winona, MN.

Jordan has mentioned that he’s looking forward to capturing both the “On-Track action” as it unfolds at the West Central Wisconsin dirt track as well as the related views he spies around the racing compound. “I love photos that really convey the speed we see while the racing is unfolding on the track”, said Potter, “But I also enjoy those non-speed photos that I capture away from the racing surface. Fans cheering, pit crew members working, driver’s focusing . . . those types of images really show the ‘behind the scenes’ developments that some race fans or members of media may not get to see.”

Jordan’s work will be available via his Tumblr site: http://jpfoto.tumblr.com <http://jpfoto.tumblr.com/>

He can be contacted via:
* his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jpotta
* his e-mail: jpottasp4l@gmail.com
mailto:jpottasp4l@gmail.com?subject=MTS%20Photo%20work>
or
* his phone: (507)459-5357

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Introduces Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Mod Touring Series

March 28th, 2014

Fountain City, WI- MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to release information about the all new “Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series”! As mentioned in the official series cover letter, “Liquid Nitro, Xcel Chassis have stepped up huge for the 2014 racing season to bring you the Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series. This will be a 15 race touring series for Xcel 600 mods only. Each event will pay a minimum of $300.00 to win and $60.00 to start for licensed drivers. There will also be additional start money awarded to those drivers that attend all scheduled tour races.”

In addition to those nice numbers for payout, the information cover letter goes on to state that, “There will be a ($2685) point fund paying the top ten spots with $750.00 to the winner and $100.00 to the 10th place finisher. The top 10 in points will be honored at the 2014 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Awards Banquet held on Dec 6th at the Riverport Inn & Suites.”

The 2014 Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series will entertain racing fans on both sides of the Wisconsin/Iowa border as the 15-race series is scheduled to visit four (4) separate tracks en route to crowning the first ever series champion! The 2014 schedule is comprised of four stops each at:

* MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY in Fountain City, WI
* FAYETTE COUNTY SPEEDWAY in West Union, IA
* UPPER IOWA SPEEDWAY in Decorah, IA

as well as three (3) visits to:

* CRESCO SPEEDWAY in Cresco, IA

Mississippi Thunder Speedway owner Bob Timm says this is exactly what this division needs, “Mississippi Thunder Speedway was instrumental in introducing the 600 Modifieds to the Upper Midwest from their usual tracks on the east coast of the US; and we’ve been excited for the class ever since their very first race at MTS in 2009.

“We’ve watched the interest and respect increase in the grandstands and the car-counts grow throughout this introductory period, and now there are enough regular drivers, and even more new drivers joining the class, that a promotional series like this is exactly what can help sustain that interest and continue to grow the class and take it to the next level.”

The entire 2014 Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series schedule is as follows: 2014 600 MOD TOURING SERIES SCHEDULE

Friday, May 16th Fayette County Speedway – West Union, IA
Saturday, May 17th Upper Iowa Speedway – Decorah, IA
Friday, May 23rd MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY – Fountain City, WI
Friday, June 6th Fayette County Speedway – West Union, IA
Sunday, June 8th Cresco Speedway – Cresco, IA
Friday, June 20th MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY – Fountain City, WI
Saturday, June 21st Upper Iowa Speedway – Decorah, IA
Thursday, July 3rd Upper Iowa Speedway – Decorah, IA
Friday, July 4th MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY – Fountain City, WI
Friday, July 18th Fayette County Speedway – West Union, IA
Sunday, July 20th Cresco Speedway – Cresco, IA
Friday, August 8th MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY – Fountain City, WI
Sunday, August 10th Cresco Speedway – Cresco, IA
Friday, August 15th Fayette County Speedway – West Union, IA
Saturday, August 16th Upper Iowa Speedway – Decorah, IA
Saturday, December 6th Riverport Inn & Suites

MTS Awards Banquet

Visit the Mississippi Thunder Speedway website (www.MississippiThunder.com) to find all the informattion about the touring series – Cover Letter, Rules, Schedule, License Application, & Decal Template. Keep your eyes open for a new series web site – coming soon to: www.xcelchassiswest.com. That site is still under construction but will eventually be the go to site for all information about the all new “Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series”!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is preparing for its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

Casey Arneson Wins the 2nd Annual $10,000 to Win Baehman B Mod Nationals at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

September 10th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – The IMCA Sport Mod, the WISSOTA Midwest Mod, the USRA B-Mod, whatever you call it, it’s the dirt track
equivalent of “the third wheel” on a high-school date. For years the division has been looked upon as either a starting place for up and coming drivers, or the resting place for under-funded race teams. It’s a support division that’s used to ‘fill out the card’ at any number of race tracks special events or even weekly programs.

Not any longer.

It took MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY owner Bob Timm, and division supporter Jack Baehman to shine the spot light on the class, bust the shackles off its competitors and introduce it to the crowd as a headline event. In 2012, the First Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals had racers doing double-takes, asking “really?” and trying to shake the disbelief from their minds; it went on to bring drivers from 14 states to the high-speed 1/3 mile just north of little Fountain City, WI and packed the grandstands with people who wanted to see the ‘Everyman’ finally get a chance to compete for the big paycheck.
For racers who normally compete for anywhere from $300 to $500 for a feature win . . . the announcement that the B-Mod Nationals winner would take home a check for $10,000 sounded like a lottery junkies dream come true!

The success of the inaugural edition of the B-Mod Nationals at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY cemented the fact that there would be, at least, a second; and so, 2013 brought about the 2nd Annual $10,000-to-win Baehman B-Mod Nationals!

Again, drivers and fans came from all over the United States knowing that before the first green flag flew . . . every driver had the exact same opportunity . . . the opportunity to race their way to a $10,000 pay day.

But, it wouldn’t be easy. Two nights of preliminary racing, and then a third evening of Last Chance Qualifiers would be needed to fill out the 30 car field which would line up and take the green flag three-wide at the start of the 60-lap Main evening Saturday night September 7th.

And the stories from those qualifying races ranged from heart-warming to heart-breaking, and everywhere else in between.
One racer, Nick Frion, who was amongst the very first batch of drivers to pre-register for the event broke the news via his Facebook account on Wednesday September 4th, the night before the first evening of the 2013 Nationals, that he was going to have to withdraw from the event! A broken motor and a lack of funds was forcing him out of the show. On Thursday
night, there he was in the pits, “My friend Lonnie gave me an engine to use and a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous called me up and said, ‘How much is it going to take to get you to the track and through the weekend?’ He opened up his own personal wallet and financed my run here for the weekend!”

69 year old Steve Moore, traveled up from his home in Missouri and said, “Look, I’m not going to win the $10,000. I know that. But, my goal is to hit the track and have fun. If I can complete just one single lap . . . I will consider this a successful trip and I’ll go home happy.” He lined up his #67 in the fourth heat race Thursday night; the pack came out of turn four, took the green flag and before he’d even gotten to turn one, another car clipped his front end, drove up and over the hood (leaving a tell-tale skid mark inches from the air cleaner) and slammed him nose first into the outside wall; ending his evening. He hadn’t even completed a single lap. Luckily a caravan of friends who’d come with from his home area went to work, fixed the car and got him back out for Friday’s and Saturday’s programs . . . consider it a successful trip.

And then there was Casey Arneson. The 19-year-old Fargo, ND native was ready for his second big win . . . you see, near the beginning of the 2013 season, he’d traveled down to West Plains, MO and won the $10,000-to-win “Reliable B-Mod Special”. Could he buck the odds and win not one but two $10,000-to-win specials in the same year? He was up for the challenge, but it would take every possible event for him to make his dreams a reality.

Thursday night he started strong and won the third of 10 heat races . . . but since transferring into the evening’s A-Main was based on ‘passing points’ and he’d started on the pole and several other drivers had come from the back of the field to just behind him at the finish, it was off to a B-Main.

Arneson won the first of six B-Mains, meaning that he’d made it to Thursday’s Main event. All he needed to do was finish in the top 10 and he’d transfer directly to Saturday’s Big Show.

No luck.

Eleven laps into the 35-lap he was done for the night with a broken machine. So, the work began to get ready for evening number two . . . he’d have to transfer through Friday night’s program.

Friday night: the first of ten heat races, he started his white #2 in fourth and finished second. But again, others in the same race collected more ‘passing points’ and Casey was off to the first of six “B-Mains” – which he won! In Friday night’s 35-lap feature he lined up 14th, outside of the 7th row . . . the car was strong, the driver was smooth, and although he didn’t win the feature, he finish third and was therefore locked into Saturday night’s Main event (Whew).

Saturday’s program was intense, five Last Chance Qualifiers, with 17 cars each from which only the top two finishers would transfer to the $10,000 to win program. Drivers pushed their cars, their competitors and themselves just as hard as possible (and in some cases harder) in a desperate last chance effort to get into the money. 10 drivers from the five LCQ’s filled out the 30-car field, the third through 7th place finishers from each LCQ transferred to the $2,000-to-win Non Qualifier’s feature while the rest loaded up and watched the rest of the evening’s action from the already full
grandstands.

Eau Claire, WI’s Jake Smith held off the likes of 16-feature-winner Troy Hovey and 2013 NASCAR Division 4 National Champion Jason Vande Kamp to celebrate the $2,000 Non Qualifier’s feature win. “I just want to thank my family, my sponsors and my fans for all of their support. Now I just hope that some of this winning momentum can move over to my brother Josh (who qualified for the $10,000 Main Event) and maybe help him win the big show.”

The main event line up was comprised of 30-driver with expectant smiles which were visible even with their helmets on. Come what may, they were all ready to give it a shot and see how they’d do.

Thursday nights feature winner Cory Crapser jumped out front of the field and led the first 24 circuits with his #07. The 3-time former WISSOTA National Champion was an early event favorite by many and through the first half of the 60-lap event, it looked like he and his car were strong enough to live up to those expectations. However, by the time the mid-point pit stop brought the competitors to a stop on the front straight, Cory himself was having doubts, “I don’t know, I was really strong early,” explained the Chippewa Falls, WI racer, now without a smile on his face, “but the track is changing and taking rubber. I don’t know how I’ll be through the second segment.”

2012 USRA National Champion Scott Drake, who’d been fast, but had cut down a right front tire early in the first segment and used the resultant caution to change the tire and remain on the lead lap, was actually positive at the half-way pit stop, “We had that problem pretty early and we’ve made the changes we can; but, I think this track will be racy through the second segment and think I may have something for the field.”

Local favorite Jon Van Minsel, who’d raced straight to the front from his 11th place starting spot and challenged Crapser for the lead throughout the entire first segment was still positive, the there was concern evident in his voice when he shouted, “It’s Tight, Tight, Tight!”

Unlike many of the other drivers during the midpoint pit stop, young Casey Arneson, was smiling, “This car is just about perfect.” With that, he put his helmet back on and prepared to take his future into this own hands.

As the field rocketed back to speed after the midway pit stop, Arneson pulled away from the field and aside from restarts after cautions, he was never seriously challenged for the lead.

As his #2 flashed across the finish line under the waiving double checkered flags of official MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY flag man Larry Dubois, Arneson put his left fist out the drivers-side window and pumped it victoriously! He’d just beaten the 30 best B-Mod racers, and the odds, and won $10,000 – for the second time this season!

Casey Arneson is the 2nd Annual Baehman B-Mod Nationals Champion, placing a USRA B-Mod in Victory Lane!

“I cannot believe the weekend I’ve had here, first everything it took just to get into tonight’s event”, said Arneson after celebrating in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane, “and then to actually win $10,000 for not only the first time, but now also the second time, wow, this is almost unbelievable!”

Arneson’s family and crew were understandably excited as well with the win and swarmed into Victory Lane to enjoy the celebration with Casey; his father putting praise on Casey, the fans and MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, “Bob (Timm) has created something pretty special here with this race track. And I’m not just saying that because we just won here tonight. I’ve raced for over 40 years, it seems like I’ve seen just about every race track throughout the upper Midwest, if not further; and what Bob has here is a jewel. I hope all the racers realize that – those who come here weekly, those who maybe only come for special events like this and also those who’ve never been here. What a joy this weekend has been. And the fans too, I hope they realize what they have right here in their own back yard.”

Clear Lake, IA’s Aaron Benson made the run of the evening, coming from his 2st starting position all the way up to a second place finish. “Congratulations to Casey, what a great win for him! I don’t know if I really could have beaten him, he was so strong and smooth. I those last few restarts I tried giving it everything I had but I just couldn’t quite get
passed him for the lead.”

Crapser, despite dropping as low as fourth at one point was able to take advantage of a late race tangle between Drake, who’d raced his way all the way back up to third, and Chad Clancy got together in turns three and four with just four laps remaining. Benson snuck passed on the restart to claim second, which placed Crapser in third.

“Really, I can’t complain.” Said Crapser, who was the first person to run to Arneson and congratulate him on the win with a huge bear hug, “After being so strong early I didn’t have a winning car there at the end and I was able to take advantage of other’s troubles right there near the finish. I’ll take third.”

In addition to his regular winnings, Crapser picked up a $2,000 bonus as the highest finishing sanctioning body not to win (Crapser competed under WISSOTA Rules); Watertown, WI’s Jeff Steenbergen, who finished fourth, also won a $2,000 non-winning sanctioning body bonus – competing under IMCA Rules.

Three different sanctioning bodies finishing in the top-4; an almost picture perfect ending to a mixed sanctioning body special event.

Van Minsel had a broken battery take him out of his battle in the top-4 with just six laps remaining allowing Chris Gilbertson of Trempealeau, WI to finish fifth – the highest finishing weekly competitor from MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

And while much of the focus was put upon the B-Mod racers, the USRA A Modified racers took an uncharacteristic place in the shadows as the ‘Support Division’! Brad Waits won Thursday night’s $1,000 Feature, with former USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn picking up his first ever MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Feature win on Friday night to claim that $1,000 pay check. On Saturday night, Brandon Davis raced his way to the $1,000 win.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY will wrap up its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ with the Fifth Annual Fall Festival October 4th and 5th. On-track action will be provided by River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, redbox+ 600 Modifieds, and Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks on The Big 1/3-Mile – while Sunshine Sanitation A & B Midwest Mini Mods will be competing on The Lightning Speedway!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Season Championship Night Wraps Up Regular Season Action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

September 2nd, 2013

Fountain City, WI- Driver’s wrapped up the regular season points battles of the 2013 season at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Friday night by pushing it all the way to the final checkered flags of weekly points paying action! And in six of the eight weekly divisions, Track Championships were wrapped up in style with feature wins!

Three repeat championships were awarded as Doug Wojcik and Tommy Richards collected back-to-back MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championships in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock and Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock divisions, respectively, while Josh Angst grabbed his second MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championship in the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified Division (his first was 2010).

For Wojcik and Angst, the Track Championships were gathered in with just a bit of added flair as they were just two of six Champions who also closed out the regular season with feature wins.

Wojcik raced his way to the front of a competitive Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock field to grabbed his 10th feature win of the season, while Angst stepped away from a very strong River City Manufacturing USRA Modified pack to collect his fourth feature win of the year.

In the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod division Jacob Bleess worked his way to the front of the field to nail down his fifth feature win on 2013 just a bit after Bobby Fort, Jr. also completed his Championship winning season with a feature win in the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock division.

Likewise, both track champions on The Lightning Speedway wrapped up 2013 Track Championships with feature wins in the Sunshine Sanitation A & B Mini Mod divisions; Alex Stevens in the ‘A’ division and Matthew LaDuke in the ‘B’ division.

In the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock Division, Dan Gullikson played a bit of a pattern breaker by winning the evening’s 20-lap feature ahead of Richards with Bob Cisewski doing the same, winning the redbox+ 600 Mod feature ahead of Track Champion Don Werner.

Track Champions in all weekly divisions, as well as other top-10 finishers in the division’s points battles, will be crowned and awarded the spoils of a strong season at the 2013 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Awards Banquet scheduled for December 7th at the River Port Inn & Suites in Winona, MN.

Racing resumes next week with the $10,000-to-win Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals scheduled for September 4th through the 7th. Wednesday the 4th is an evening of open practice for USRA Modified and B-Mod competitors from 6 to 9 PM.

* Pit gate Opens at 4:00pm
* $20.00 Car & Driver and $10.00 per pit person
* Grandstands will be open to public at no charge.
* Pit concessions and limited Tower Concessions will be available.

Thursday September 5th is the first night of green-flag action with a 7 PM scheduled start:

* Pit Gate Opens at 3:00pm
* Grandstands Open at 5:00pm
* $30.00 Pit Pass or, $90.00 3 Day pass for Thurs, Fri, Sat, Kids 6-15 $15.00 (non-competitors), Kids 5 & Under Free
* General Admission: Adults $12, Senior $10, Student $5, Kids 12 & Under Free, Family Pass $25
* Kitchen Concessions will be open at 11:00 AM for lunch.
* Open Mechanical Bull riding!
* Post-Race entertainment provided by Rip Rorrin Entertainment

Friday September 6th is the second night of on-track entertainment with a 6 PM scheduled start:

* Pit Gate Opens at 3:00pm
* Grandstands Open at 5:00pm
* $30.00 Pit Pass, Kids 6-15 $15.00(non-competitors), Kids 5 & Under Free
* General Admission: Adults $15, Senior $12, Student $5, Kids 12 & Under Free, Family Pass $35
* Kitchen Concessions will be serving Breakfast from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
* 1st annual MTS Mechanical Bull riding competition with Mens competition paying $200, $100, $50 and Womens competition paying $500, $300, $200 for top 3 finishers decided by popular vote!
* Post-Race entertainment provided by Rip Rorrin Entertainment in the Party Tent directly following the races!

The three-day extravaganza wraps up Saturday September 7th with the third and final night of racing (rain date is Sunday September 8th) with a start time of 6 PM including B Mains, Non-Qualifier feature, $10,000-to-win A Main, & Complete $1000-to-win A Mod Show:

* Pit Gate Opens at 3:00pm
* Grandstands Open at 5:00pm
* $35.00 Pit Pass, Kids 6-15 $15.00(non-competitors), Kids 5 & Under Free
* General Admission: Adults $18, Senior $16, Student $5, Kids 12 & Under Free, Family Pass available
* Kitchen Concessions will be serving Breakfast from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Open all day.
* B Mod – A Main driver introduction ceremony.
* Huge Fire Works display during the show.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Jason Hughes Races to Hunt Win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 22nd, 2013

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes continued his winning ways over the weekend in his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Hughes Race Car/Mullins Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified with a $5,000 win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin).

Another week of the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup began on Wednesday night at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) as 42 entries looked to take a stab at the $3,000 winner’s check. Jason began his night by winning his heat race from the 5th starting spot, which made him the top point’s earner in heat race action. In the redraw for the feature he was the recipient of the 5th starting spot. In the feature he was only able to advance a single position to a 4th place finish behind race winner, Johnny Scott, Dereck Ramirez, and Trent Follmer.

Rice Lake Speedway (Rice Lake, Wisconsin) was the destination for the team on Thursday night, where a $3,000-to-win program was held. A big number at the pill draw left Jason starting 8th in his heat race. He would go on to
advance to a 5th place finish, which sent him to a b-main. In the b-main he finished 2nd to earn the 16th starting spot for the 40 lap finale. In the feature he would go on to advance to an 8th place finish.

Friday night would prove to be the scene of Jason’s seventh win of the 2013 season as he conquered a $5,000-to-win program at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin). Thirty-six entries took to the racy oval for the USMTS program, and a 6th to 2nd run in his heat race sent Hughes to the redraw for the feature, where he received the 6th starting spot. Early in the feature Jason worked his way into the third spot as he began to battle with Stormy Scott for the runner-up position. Hughes would search for different lines around the 3/8 mile oval, and with just four laps
remaining he found a new line and was able to use lapped traffic to his advantage as he rocketed into the lead. Once out front he never looked back on his way to the victory, which came over Rodney Sanders, Stormy Scott, Craig Thatcher, and Lucas Schott.

On the heels of his win Jason rolled into Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota) on Saturday evening for a $3,000-to-win go with the USMTS. Thirty-three entries were on hand for the race, and Hughes would fall just short of locking into the feature via heat race action, but a win in his b-main positioned him starting 13th on the grid for the 40 lap finale.
Despite starting deep in the pack he mounted a strong charge forward to record a 2nd place finish behind race winner, Jason Krohn.

The insanely busy, five-day stretch drew to a close on Sunday evening at Granite City Speedway (Sauk Rapids, Minnesota) with a $5,000-to-win race. Thirty-entries converged on the oval for the program, and via heat race action Hughes locked into the 10th starting spot for the 40 lap finale. He would fail to advance many positions during the feature as he crossed the finish line in the 9th position.

Jason is third in the latest Hunt for the Casey’s Cup standings. Full results from the events as well as the latest standings are available at www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes now looks ahead to a triple header of action in the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup with the USMTS. His schedule is shown below:
August 22nd – USMTS: Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, MO)
August 23rd – USMTS: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
August 24th – USMTS: Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, OK)

For more information on the events please visit www.USMTS.com .

Hughes Race Cars continues to lead the Tiger Rear Ends Manufacturers Championship standings with the USMTS. Hughes Race Cars and their customers are already racking up several wins across the country in the 2013 season. Visit www.JasonHughes12.com for more information on how to join our winning team.

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Road Runner Trucking, LLC, Mullins Race Engines, JRI Shocks, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com .

Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup heats up as Hughes sneaks into Mississippi Thunder Speedway winners circle

August 19th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – Jason Hughes emerged with the victory Friday night after a thrilling 40-lap main event at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway for Round 7 of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. For most of the race, you could have thrown a blanket over the top four of Craig Thatcher, Rodney Sanders, Hughes and Stormy Scott as they jockeyed and
jousted for position in every turn.

Sanders drew the pole but it was Thatcher getting the advantage at the drop of the green flag with Dan Bohr, Hughes and Daniel Hilsabeck in tow. After leading his first lap in United State Modified Touring Series competition, Thatcher proceeded to lead another 23 circuits before Sanders snuck underneath to lead lap 25. Meanwhile, Hughes moved past Bohr on the fourth lap and Scott made his way into fourth on lap 8. The pair shadowed the two front-runners the rest of
the time with Scott edging ahead of Hughes for third on lap 19. With the top three claiming a monopoly on the bottom groove, Hughes moved up the track and went searching for a different line. He found it quickly and reclaimed the third spot from Scott with 26 laps complete and then disposed of Thatcher the next time around.

For the next ten laps, Hughes was able to pull alongside Sanders in the straight-aways but was never able to make the pass. With six laps remaining, a lapped car forced Hughes to go high in turn 1 and Scott was able to pull ahead as they exited turn 2. Hughes, However, regained his momentum and reclaimed the second spot in the next corner. With five laps to go, Sanders had to deal with lapped traffic and Hughes got the assist he needed. Accelerating out of turn 2 on lap 36, Hughes raced past Sanders on the outside and officially took the lead when they crossed beneath the flagstand side by side to complete the 37th lap. Hughes was flawless over the final four orbits of Bob Timm’s immaculate high-banked 3/8-mile oval and took the checkered flag to earn a $5,100 paycheck while Sanders settled for the runner-up position for the second time in as many nights.

Scott and Thatcher finished third and fourth, respectively, while defending track champion Lucas Schott followed the leaders in fifth. Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup points leader Johnny Scott had to scratch and claw his way through the field for the second night in a row, and walked away with a sixth-place finish. Two-time USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin was seventh, Joey Jensen finished eighth, Bohr nabbed the ninth spot and Jake Timm rounded out the top 10.

With seven of 17 scheduled ‘Hunt’ races in the books, Johnny Scott continues to lead a tight formation. Twin brother Stormy Scott is just 12 points behind (700 to 688) while Sanders is a mere 10 markers behind them and Hughes is fourth with 670 points. Jeremy Payne, Zack VanderBeek, Chris Brown, Kelly Shryock, Schott and Dereck Ramirez complete the top 10 in the standings.

VAN MINSEL COLLECTIONS EMOTION-FILLED B-MOD WIN

Jon Van Minsel is a ‘smiler’; before a race, after a race . . . most likely even during a race. During Friday night’s Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod portion of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona program at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, no one would have faulted him for roaming the pits without his trademark smile as less than two weeks ago, the Spring Grove, MN racer, and his entire family laid to rest Jon’s father.

But, as race time rolled around, there was Jon, next to his familiar #1 . . . smile and all. By the end of the evening, that smile was absolutely huge. But there was work, dedication and determination needed to bring forth the success that had the crowd cheering at the end of the 18-lap main event. After winning the night’s third heat race, Van Minsel lined up outside the fifth row for the “Coca-Cola Bottling 18″ feature. As several competitors battled for the lead through the opening 12 laps, Van Minsel had his work cut out for him, needing to work through the top half of the 28 car field. But, like a good ol’ Ginsu knife from a late-80s TV commercial, Van Minsel sliced through the field with smooth and clean precision on his hunt to the front.

While the #1 was working towards the front, no fewer than eight other drivers spent time battling in the top five within legitimate reach of the top spot. Pole Sitter spent the first 11 laps in the lead pack, putting the silver #7M out front on lap 6. Former B-Mod champion Kyle Jumbek spent the first two circuits in the lead before dropping out the top-5 on lap 6. Jake Timm enjoyed two stays out front, leading a total of 6 laps, and B-Mod hot-shoe Parker Hale showed off his brand new Jack Links Beef Jerky “Squatch Stick” wrap at the front of the field for a three-lap stay.

But on lap 13 Van Minsel completed his trek to the top, taking the lead and closing out the feature in style with a great battle for the win with Hale. Van Minsel climbed from his car in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane, thrust his arms victoriously into the air . . . and there was his smile; bigger and happier than ever, “That was fun working through the field like that. And racing with Parker there at the end, he’s a great competitor and it’s fun to race someone like that.” remarked Van Minsel about the race to the win. And when asked about the life-changing events of the past couple weeks, his smile never faltered, “I know that my Dad was in this car with me tonight!”

Hale held on for second, with 2012 Track Champion Erik Kanz completing the top three finishing positions. Looking back, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Van Minsel collected the feature win, as he did turn in the evening’s fasted lap, a 16.617 screamer early in the main that topped the field.

PROVINZINO WINS 600 MOD FEATURE

Joe Provinzino raced with determination Friday night and was not about to let anyone challenge him for the evening’s feature win. “Had some things develop through the early evening that really motivated me to push as hard as I can,” commented the Chanhassen, MN racer. Provinzino jumped from the pole and never once relinquished the lead en route to picking up the feature win. First heat race winner Bob Cisewski finished just inside the top-5, behind 2012 Track Champion Greg Wohletz, current point leader Don Werner and Curt Luhmann at the end of the 18-lap feature.

WOJCIK DOES IT AGAIN, FOR THE 7TH STRAIGHT TIME

Doug Wojcik was an attrition loaded Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature, collecting his 7th straight feature win and 9th of the 2013 season. Shaun Mann and Cory Hanson finished second and third.

SPRUNG, HOFF & LaDUKE WIN ON THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY

Ben Sprung won a caution filled OutLaw Mini Mod $500 to win feature on The Lightning Speedway, while A.J. Hoff collected his third Sunshine Sanitation A Mini Mod feature win of the season with Matthew LaDuke dominating the Sunshine Sanitation B Mini Mod feature.

Racing resumes next Friday night August 23rd with another night of high-speed action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY; bring the family and friends and enjoy Loberg’s Auto Glass & Repair Night on-track action from the River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Redbox+ 600 Modifieds, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks battling on ‘The Big 1/3-Mile’ while the Sunshine Sanitation A and B Mini-Mods will again attack ‘The Lightning Speedway’ for their evening’s action!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web
site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup Heats up At Mississippi Thunder Speedway Winners Circle

August 18th, 2013

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.- Jason Hughes emerged with the victory Friday night after a thrilling 40-lap main event at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway for Round 7 of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey&#x2019;s Cup.

For most of the race, you could have thrown a blanket over the top four of Craig Thatcher, Rodney Sanders, Hughes and Stormy Scott as they jockeyed and jousted for position in every turn. Sanders drew the pole but it was Thatcher getting the advantage at the drop of the green flag with Dan Bohr, Hughes and Daniel Hilsabeck in tow. After leading his first lap in United State Modified Touring Series competition, Thatcher proceeded to lead another 23 circuits before Sanders snuck underneath to lead lap 25.

Meanwhile, Hughes moved past Bohr on the fourth lap and Scott made his way into fourth on lap 8. The pair shadowed the two front-runners the rest of the time with Scott edging ahead of Hughes for third on lap 19. With the top three claiming a monopoly on the bottom groove, Hughes moved up the track and went searching for a different line. He found it quickly and reclaimed the third spot from Scott with 26 laps complete and then disposed of Thatcher the next time around. For the next ten laps, Hughes was able to pull alongside Sanders in the straight-aways but was never able to make the pass.

With six laps remaining, a lapped car forced Hughes to go high in turn 1 and Scott was able to pull ahead as they exited turn 2. Hughes, However, regained his momentum and reclaimed the second spot in the next corner. With five laps to go, Sanders had to deal with lapped traffic and Hughes got the assist he needed. Accelerating out of turn 2 on lap 36, Hughes raced past Sanders on the outside and officially took the lead when they crossed beneath the flagstand side by side to complete the 37th lap.

Hughes was flawless over the final four orbits of Bob Timms immaculate high-banked 3/8-mile oval and took the checkered flag to earn a $5,100 paycheck while Sanders settled for the runner-up position for the second time in as many nights.
Scott and Thatcher finished third and fourth, respectively, while defending track champion Lucas Schott followed the leaders in fifth. Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup points leader Johnny Scott had to scratch and claw his way through the field for the second night in a row, and walked away with a sixth-place finish. Two-time USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin was seventh, Joey Jensen finished eighth, Bohr nabbed the ninth spot and Jake Timm rounded out the top 10.

With seven of 17 scheduled Hunt races in the books, Johnny Scott continues to lead a tight formation. Twin brother Stormy Scott is just 12 points behind (700 to 688) while Sanders is a mere 10 markers behind them and Hughes is fourth with 670 points. Jeremy Payne, Zack VanderBeek, Chris Brown, Kelly Shryock, Schott and Dereck Ramirez complete the top 10 in the standings. Day four of the five-race Northern swing goes down Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn. Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets will join the on-track action at the four-year-old facility with a start time of 6:30.

Adult grandstand tickets are $20 and pit passes are $35. Fans can get $2-off coupons at Casey&#x2019;s General Stores locations in Cambridge, Milaca and Princeton on race day. From 11:30-1:30, Steve Whiteaker Jr. and his Cheetos-sponsored machine will be at the Caseys located at 810 N. rum River Dr. in Princeton. The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located about 2 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. The grandstands have a seating capacity of
nearly 2,000 and also features reserved track-side parking for people to view the race from turns 1 and 2 from their vehicles. For more information, call 763-267-4572 or check out www.ogilvieraceway.com online.

The five-day work week for the rugged USMTS road warriors wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 18, with an encore performance at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

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.

Angst, Sanders, Bleess, Wojcik enjoy Sugar Loaf Ford Night feature wins at MTS

August 13th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – As the 2013 racing season cruises deeper into the final complete month of on-track competition at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, some points battles are heating up, while others are being decided.

Doug Wojcik is one driver who’s trying to complete the 2013 season, and the related points battle, with an exclamation point. The Ladysmith, WI driver picked up his sixth straight Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock Feature win and 8th of the season, taking the lead on lap four after starting the 18-lap main on the outside of the second row.

Wojcik battled with Cory Hanson, Shaun Mann and Danny Hanson to grab the lead, but never once looked back once assuming the top spot. “When you say six in a row, it makes it sound easy, but the drivers who are running at the front are so good that it’s a lot of work.” Commented Wojcik in Victory Lane after the win.

Danny Hanson followed Wojcik across the line in second, yet again, with Cory Hanson rounding out the top three.

ANGST WINNING AGAIN

Similar to Wojcik, Josh Angst turned an outside second row starting spot into a feature win; unlike Wojcik, Angst’s battle to the front was lengthy and required much patience . . . and unlike Wojcik’s 8 feature wins, this win was only the third notch in Angst’s belt for the season at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

The River City Manufacturing USRA Modified Sugar Loaf Ford 25, looked ready to be a surprise first time win for 2009 Track Champion John Doelle, as the Arcadia, WI racer turned a pole position starting spot into a commanding lead through the first 21 laps of the 25 lap main event.

But, on that 22 lap, Angst was there to offer a challenge and take the lead, “I went to the bottom early, and it wasn’t quite as good, and then I found the top side, and it was working really good up there, so I made the move for the lead there,” Angst said. “I knew I had to slingshot by him, but then I knew if I got back to the top I’d be good again.” And that’s exactly how the pass for the lead, and eventual win went for the 2010 Track Champion.

Based on his read of the track, Angst was able to nibble away at an almost 6 car-length lead that Doelle had established over the first 21 circuits, before catching Doelle’s #94JR and making that ‘slingshot’ pass for the lead. “At first they watered the track, and it was a little tight,” Angst said. “I was kind of hoping it would slick off and waited and waited, and finally the track came to me I guess you could say.

Despite losing the lead with the end in sight, Doelle’s second place finish was still a strong showing as the USRA Modified racers prepare for the arrival of the USMTS Stars and Cars next Friday night for the running of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy Presented by The Coca Cola Bottling Company of Winona!

Dan Bohr, Eric Pember and Bob Timm completed the top-5 finishing positions in the 19-car main event.

SANDERS SAUNTERS INTO VICTORY LANE

Just one week after a strong third place feature finish at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, Shatney Sanders improved his finishing position by two spots and raced his way to his first feature win of the 2013 season at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. “We had a lot, and I mean a LOT of work done on this car to get it ready for tonight,” explained Sanders in Victory Lane after the win, “so, yeah, you could say that all of that hard work was worth it!”

Second heat race winner Dan Gullikson finished second, ahead of defending Track Champion Tommy Richards in third – who finished a whole 3-thousandths of a second ahead of Dan Bork in fourth!

BLEESS BACK FOR ANOTHER FEATURE WIN

Jacob Bleess has once again found his stride, and that stride is returning him to his winning ways. The young Chatfield, MN driver visited Victory Lane for the fourth time this season, after stretching a lead out over defending Track Champion and second heat race winner Erik Kanz, who finished second.

Third heat race winner Jake Timm finished third ahead of another strong run for Tyler Creeley in fourth and Josh Angst in fifth.

CISEWSKI, DUELLMAN, HALE, & LaDUKE ALSO WIN

Bob Cisewski grabbed the redbox+ 600 Modified feature ahead of second heat race winner John Griffin.

Eric Duellman raced to his second Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature win of the season, while Jackson Hale and Matthew LaDuke were Sunshine Sanitation A & B Mini Mod feature winners, respectively, on The Lightning Speedway.

Next Friday night August 16th sees the return of the USMTS Stars and Cars to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY with the running of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy Presented by The Coca Cola Bottling Company of Winona! The USMTS Action will be joined by the rest of the fields on the big 1/3-mile with the first green flag scheduled for 7 PM while the Sunshine Sanitation A & B Mini Mods will again be attacking The Lightning Speedway with a 6 PM start!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Final Month of Regular Season Action Underway at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 6th, 2013

Fountain City, WI (August 2nd, 2013) – With August breaking the day before, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY racers and fans entered the final month of regular season action at the fast 1/3-Mile oval. Kwik Trip invited any and all to turn out for the second ‘Fan Appreciation’ night of 2013, and turn out they did – a full grand stands greeted those racers who prepared to attack the track and their competition.

The River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature began with a familiar name in an unfamiliar place, Winonan Brian Albrecht has been behind the wheel of a stock car for many years . . . but it had been a while since race fans were able to enjoy seeing his familiar #6T7 out front. Not only did Albrecht enjoy some time out front, for the first ten laps he held off none other than Brad Waits and every challenge he could offer with his black NFG #24.

Not only did Albrecht hold off Waits’ advances for the first ten circuits, he also turned in the fasted lap of the ‘Kwik Trip 25′ feature, a 16.705 second lap which remained the quickest of the night. But eventually, Waits was able to wrestle the lead away from Albrecht and hold the top spot on way to his third River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature win of the 2013 season at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

In victory Lane, Waits was the first to offer congrats to Albrecht’s strong start, “It’s always nice to see someone like Albrecht spend some time out front – it did take some work to get past him.”

Behind Waits, the action was fast and furious as the fans were offered another treat, that of watching Lee Roy Scharkey spend the first 13 laps battling for position within the top-5. While Albrecht slipped to an eventual 9th place finish, Scharkey held on for a sixth place finish behind second heat race winner Jake Timm in fifth, Tom Brink in fourth and two former track champions in second and third. 2010 Track champion Josh Angst worked around 2011 Track Champion Bob Timm on lap 21 for second.

RICHARDS STEALS THE GLORY FROM ORICCHIO

Similar to the Modified main, fans were treated to the sight of a new competitor our front of the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature. After winning the evening’s second heat race, Jay Oricchio started from the outside of the front row with his #37 and lead the first 15 laps of the 20 lap feature.

Unfortunately, Oricchio lost the lead to defending Track Champion Tommy Richards who snuck between Oricchio running the outside line at the top of the banking and former two-time Track Champion Jeff Brauer who was running the extreme inside groove.

Richards zipped through the middle and led the final five laps to grab the feature win. Brauer add the second place finish to his heat race win from earlier in the evening, while Shatney Sanders put on quite a display racing his #42 from an inside sixth row starting spot to an impressive third place finish.

BLEESS BEST IN B-MODS

Jacob Bleess used a pole position starting spot to win the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod Feature. “Track was great and the car was fast.” was all the soft spoken racer had to say as he celebrated the win in Victory Lane.

While Bleess’ win was a flag to flag run, behind him, the battles were fierce. Dan Wheeler and Jon Van Minsel put on a great performance as they both battle each other while working through the pack; Wheeler coming from a third row starting spot, while Van Minsel initially lined up outside of the fifth row. Both #1 drivers spent almost the entire feature around each other with Wheeler claiming second and Van Minsel third.

WOJCIK WINS FIFTH FEATURE IN A ROW

The Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature came down to an all too familiar battle for the win; defending Track Champion Doug Wojcik and former three-time Track Champion Danny Hanson, racing for the win with hot shoes Cory Hanson and Shaun Mann thrown into the mix for excitement.

After winning the evening’s second heat race, Cory Hanson was ready to continue his strong performance and started out by leading the initial trio of laps before Wojcik swept around for the lead. Danny Hanson, behind the wheel of a borrowed 42K for the night, moved into second on lap four, and from there on out it was Wojcik and Hanson dueling for the win.

Cory Hanson held off Mann for third.

CISEWSKI GRABS THIRD FEATURE WIN

Bob Cisewski claimed his third feature win of the 2013 season in the redbox+ 600 Modified division. Getting through the pack was probably the least of his worries – it was the distractions while under caution that seemed harder to deal with.

Several cautions bunched the pack up near the end of the feature – during each of those caution periods, current point leader Don Werner’s #99 was lined up directly behind Cisewski’s Ace Auto #40; Werner spent the cautions thumping and bumping the rear bar of Cisewski – we’re sure, just to play a little psychological warfare with Cisewski. Unfortunately, the good natured bumper tag got a little too spirited when the two cars became hooked together just before the final restart.

After pulling the cars apart, Cisewski took the green flag and raced on to the win, with Werner second and defending Track Champion Greg Wohletz completing the top 3.

HAGER, HOFF & LaDUKE WIN OTHER FEATURES

Lee Hager raced his way to the front of the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature to claim his first feature win ahead of point leader Bobby Fort, Jr. and Eric Duellman.

AJ Hoff won his second Sunshine Sanitation A-Mini Mod feature of the season on The Lightning Speedway while Matthew LaDuke won the B-Mini Mod feature.

Racing resumes next Friday night August 9th with another night of high-speed action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY; bring the family and friends and enjoy on-track action from the River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Redbox+ 600 Modifieds, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks battling on ‘The Big 1/3-Mile’ while the Sunshine Sanitation A and B Mini-Mods will again attack ‘The Lightning Speedway’ for their evening’s action!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

CRAPSER WINS Baehman law b-mod challenge AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY

July 22nd, 2013

Fountain City, WI – Everyone in the racing community knows the importance of support. Drivers have, want or need sponsors – but tracks have the exact same haves, wants and/or needs. Thankfully enough, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY has just such supporters; one of which is Baehman Law – the title sponsor of Friday’s 5th Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge, a $1000 to win special event topped only by the Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals, the much talked about $10,000 to win special scheduled for September!

“Special thanks to Jack and Stacy Baehman for a successful 5th Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge race!” said MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY owner Bob Timm, after Friday’s program, “Nobody has done more for B-Mod drivers racing at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY over the last 5 years than Jack Baehman! It would not be possible to do these special events without the
support of sponsors; and ones willing to donate as much as Jack are few and far between!”

Thirty USRA B-Mod racers showed up for their crack at the $1000-to-win, $100-to-start, payout for the 25 lap main event. After four heat races, and a last chance qualifier B-Main, the starting field of 26 was ready to attack the track, and each other, for the race to the checkered flag.

On the pole, Winonan Shaun Walski, a successful B-Mod racer looking for a big feature win; scattered throughout the field, the rest of the competitors looking for a trip to Victory Lane – first heat-race winner Jon Van Minsel lined his #1 up on the outside of row three, second heat-race winner Alex Williamson’s #15W on the inside of row two, third and fourth heat-race winner’s Cory Crapser and Troy Hovey shared the two spots in row five, the #23K of defending Track Champion Erik Kanz was inside row three, and 2010 and 2011 Track Champion Ben Anderson’s #39 was way back on the outside of the ninth row (thanks to needing a run through the evening’s B-Main to get to the Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge 25.

From the drop of the green flag, it became obvious that this was Walski’s race to win or lose; after a very brief battle with the #62 of Aaron Haggerty, Walski began a march away from the competition which, lap after lap surely appeared insurmountable. As Walski continued stepping away from the pack, Winona, MN’s Tyler Creeley enjoyed one of his better runs of the season, holding onto the second place spot until the half-way point of the feature, when Williamson took over second for seven laps; Creeley eventually slipped back to a still satisfying 8th place finish.

On lap 19, after craftily working his way through the field, Crapser finally slid his #07 into second and prepared setting up a battle for the lead which everyone fan in the grandstands was craving. Unfortunately, the battle for the top spot fizzled just two laps later when Walski’s #95x slowed exiting turn two! Just like that, Crapser was out front and in control. Hovey, who took home $3000 just a few weeks ago by winning the River City Rumble at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, put forth a valiant effort in hopes of throwing a late-race challenge at Crapser for the lead and eventual win, but Crapser was up to his regular standards of running fast, clean and smooth.

As the checkered flag waived, Crapser’s one second lead was a perfect cushion to ride for the win. “I thought Shaun and I were setting up to have a great battle for the lead there,” said Crapser in Victory Lane, “Unfortunately that never really happened and he slowed just as I caught him.” Hovey settled for a strong second, when asked if he had anything for
Crapser, the Decorah, IA racer was cautiously optimistic, “I don’t know, (the) last two laps (the) middle started getting faster… maybe with five more laps, but we will never know. Congrats to Cory tonight though, he came from a ways back also.”

Jacob Bleess also raced through the pack, starting eleventh, the Chatfield, MN driver completed the top-three finishing positions! Another driver who successfully worked through the pack was Savage, MN’s Dan Wheeler; after winning the B-Main, Wheeler improved 12 positions after starting the A-Main in 17th, to finish fifth just behind Williamson.

RICHARDS RACES BACK FOR WIN

Tommy Richards has used the 2013 season to show that he can race, and win, in more than just the bottom groove at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. The defending Track Champion in the WISSOTA Super Stock division made quite a name for himself in 2012 turning the extreme low line into race winning gold, through 2013, he’s found success using every possible groove available: low, middle and high lines.

Friday night, he used every available groove to get to the front, making up an entire straight away deficit to the #30 of Troy Langowski to take the lead and race on to the win.

Starting outside the third row, Richards had his #7R up to third by the second lap. There he ran, behind young Andrew Bleess’ #2 until lap 10 when he flew past Bleess and then breezed past Langowski the following lap to take the lead – a position he held until the checkered flag ended the 20-lap Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Langowski did not give up another position and finished second, while two-time former Track Champion Jeff Brauer worked back Bleess with four to go, to wrap up the top-3.

SCHOTT – LIKE OUT OF A CANNON?

Lucas Schott made a pass for the lead that silenced everybody during the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature Friday night. A restart on lap 13 of the 25 lap feature had the #99 of previous week feature winner, and 2010 Track Champion, Josh Angst out front, with Eric Pember’s White City Glass #89 and Schott’s #69 side by side in the first
two-by-two row. As the racers put the hammer down exiting turn four, to the waiving of the green flag, Schott jumped to the high-line and passed Angst for the lead, and eventual win, that made everybody sit up and take notice. By the time Schott was sliding into turn three, he’d already built up almost a five car-length advantage over Angst and Pember!

Early in the feature, it looked to many that it was going to be a battle for the win between Pember and Angst; well, those two were still battling each other . . . but it was for nothing more than scraps and second place as Schott continued to pull away with what appeared to be nothing more than ease.

The understatement of the year came from Schott in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane, “Well, I found a line that worked really well for me, so I used it.”

Angst actually turned in the fast lap of the feature, way back on lap 2 . .. an 84.228 mile per hour average speed 16.028 second lap which ended up being the fastest lap of all features throughout the evening. Angst and Pember did, indeed, finish second and third respectively.

WOJCIK, PROVINZINO AND FORT, JR. PICK UP BACK-TO-BACK FEATURE WINS

Doug Wojcik and Joe Provinzino picked up Back-To-Back feature wins in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock and redbox+ 600 Mod features, respectively. Wojcik battled through a small, yet competitive Street Stock field and then held off a hard charging Danny Hanson and Shaun Mann to win, actually, his fourth feature win in row!

Provinzino turned a lap 15 pass for the lead into a pass for the win, as he dove under race leader Greg Wohletz and stole the 600 Mod feature win; Wohletz finished second followed by point leader Don Werner’s #99.

Bobby Fort, Jr. won his third Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature, and second in a row, ahead of Lee Hager and Josh Malchaski.

POOLE, HOFF & WILLIAMSON ARE WINNERS ON THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY

Buzz Poole held off Ben Sprung and raced his way to the Outlaw Mini Mod feature win on THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY as the traveling outlaw series finished Fountain City for ‘Championship Hunt Race 7′ of their 2013 season schedule. Poole picked up the win with Sprung second and Jayden Larson completing the top-3.

In the Sunshine Sanitation A Mini-Mod feature, A.J. Hoff pulled into Victory Lane for the very first time after a marvelous side by side battle with Jackson Hale for the lead, and win! Hale finished second followed by former Track Champion Keagen Einck.

Devin Williamson won the 11-car Sunshine Sanitation B Mini-Mod feature. Williamson was followed across the line by Zach Brom and Braden Brauer.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY will be dark Friday July 26th – no racing as MTS’s “bye week” allows racers and race fans alike to attend the ‘World Modified Dirt Track Championship’; however, action will return to the fast MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY 1/3-Mile Friday August 2nd with a special promotion ensured to pack the grandstands with fans. On Friday August 2nd, ALL FANS will get into the grandstands for just $5 (youngsters 12 and under – still ABSOLUTELY FREE)! Bring the family and friends and enjoy on-track action from the River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Redbox+ 600 Modifieds, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks battling on ‘The Big 1/3-Mile’ while the Sunshine Sanitation A and B Mini-Mods will again attack ‘The Lightning Speedway’ for their evening’s action!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Return Visits to Victory Lane the Theme Durning Joe Signs Night At Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 16th, 2013

Fountain City, WI- Every race night ends up having a theme which seems to permeate the evening, a theme which can quickly sum up the action of the evening; the main theme throughout Joe Signs Night at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY was return trips to Victory Lane.

2010 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Josh Angst turned in an impressive run behind the wheel of his #99 River City Manufacturing USRA Modified. After a second place finish in the evening’s first heat race, Angst lined up in the second row to start the evening’s “Joe Signs 25″. From the drop of the green flag, Angst gave chase to the front row starters – second heat race winner, and defending Track Champion, Lucas Schott and Feature Race winner from two weeks ago, Brad Waits.

At the start Schott, starting on the pole, and Waits, starting outside front row, immediately swapped positions on the track – Schott stepping to the groove at the top of the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY banking, Waits dropping to the bottom. Angst hung out in the battle until lap 15 when he screamed around Waits for the lead and stretched out the advantage through the final 10 laps – pulling in his second feature win of the 2013 season at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY by an almost 4 second margin. Waits and Schott crossed the finish line second and third with Pember making an amazing charge through the field from his 14th place starting spot to a fourth place finish followed by first heat race winner Mike Steensma in fifth.

BRAUER IS BACK IN VICTORY LANE
2010 & 2011 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion ended a spirited battle for the lead by beating 2012 Track Champion Tommy Richards to the finish line by less than half a second at the end of the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature.

The two former Track Champions, who started deep in the field – in the fourth row, each had to work their way through the pack on the way to the front. Early race leader Jon Duffy enjoyed several laps out front at the beginning of the feature before giving up the lead. After making it to the front, Brauer and Richards touched and tapped several times through the closing laps of the 20-lap main with both trying to get to the preferred groove for the race to the finish. Brauer bested Richards in the battle to the win, with Kelly Anderson completing the top three across the finish line.

BLEESS IS BEST IN B-MODS
Grass roots dirt track racing is all about action on the track – sure, teams have sponsors and pit crews and family members who need to be thanked. But on-track results are what REALLY speaks for a racer. Young Jacob Bleess is the epitome of this concept. Outside of the car, this hulking relative youngster speaks with a soft quiet bass voice – behind the wheel, his actions match in personality – calm, calculated, and almost so smooth that you’d miss him in a pack.

But time and time again, this Chatfield, MN racer finds himself near the front of the field, and often times in Victory Lane. Such was the case Friday night at the end of the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature. Bleess jumped from outside the front row and was smooth as silk through the entire 18-lap feature – while the 22 car pack battled fiercely for every inch and option behind him, Bleess led every lap on his way to the feature win. Jake Timm finished second with Jon Van Minsel working through the field from his fourth-row starting position to complete the top 3.

WOJCIK WINS AGAIN
Doug Wojcik is continuing his run up to his hoped for second MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championship. Wojcik came back from a third place heat race finish to claim the feature win after a battle at the front of the field with the #01 of Shaun Mann. Mann’s hopes for a feature win ended with a hard slap against the front straight wall and a bent and battered race car.

Former track champion Danny Hanson followed Wojcik across the line to finish second with Cory Hanson in third.

PROVINZINO PROVES POWERFULL ENOUGH
Joe Provinzino returned to Victory Lane after a hard-fought battle for the win the previous week ended in a second place finish. Before the evening’s first green flag, Provinzino said, “Last week’s race was fun, but you know what it did for me, it challenged me to come out tonight and win.” And that’s exactly what he did; after starting the evening’s feature in 7th, Provinzino work through the field before making his way past the #99 of Don Werner on lap 8 and racing on to win the redbox+ 600 Modified feature.

Second heat race winner Kyle Jumbeck finished third.

FORT, STEVENS & BRAUER ALSO WIN
Bobby Fort, Jr won the evening’s Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature. While Alex Stevens and Braden Brauer were Sunshine Sanitation Mini Mod feature winners on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY ups the excitement next week with the 5th Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge! The Friday night July 19th special will highlight the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods with additional on-track action from the River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Redbox+ 600 Modifieds, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks battling on ‘The Big 1/3-Mile’ while the Sunshine Sanitation A and B Mini-Mods will again attack ‘The Lightning Speedway’ for their evening’s action!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Feature Winners, Crumpled Hopes, a Packed House, and a Fan Fun at MTS 5th River City Rumble

July 9th, 2013

Fountain City, WI- For the fifth year in a row, River City Manufacturing and R & R Machining owners Steve and Kevin Reutzel joined MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to roll out the red carpet for both racers and fans alike by presenting the Fifth Annual River City Rumble! Drivers started submitting pre-registration slips several weeks before the July 5th event
and by the time race night rolled around close to 70 modified drivers were ready to hit the track to battle for their share of the increased payout for the night’s feature finishers!

The River City Manufacturing USRA Modified division wowed the crowd with fast laps, close competition and nearly 30 of the best A-Mod racers the class has to offer. When the evening’s River City Manufacturing 35-lap Main event hit the track there were no fewer than 17 National Championships, 3 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championships, and an almost uncountable number of other Track Championships represented on the super-fast 1/3 mile.

The 26-car USRA Modified field took the green flag for the race to the $3000 pay check being awarded to the feature winner; unfortunately for several of the competitors, the night was filled with bad luck. Four racers, including 5-time WISSOTA National Champion Craig Thatcher failed to complete even a single lap, while six more (including 2009 MTS Track Champion John Doelle, first heat race winner Eric Pember & USMTS Star Rodney Sanders) only completed three laps before heading to their haulers.

But once the early race ‘caution fever’ was put behind them, the remaining drivers attacked the track with enthusiasm and skill and put on a show for the packed grandstands. A majority of the field, including front row starters Brandon Davis and Brad Waits stuck to the bottom groove relying on the moisture laid down in a pre-race watering. But while some
freight-trained around the oval at the bottom of the banking, there were a few brave souls who hung it out and ran the top of the banking; 2012 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY track champion Lucas Schott ran that extreme high line all the way to third place and once into the top three spent the rest of the feature stalking the top two.

While Waits tried time and again to get even lower than race leader Davis, who was already running the low groove, Schott used a unique combination of the high, middle and low grooves attempting to challenge for any advantage he could find. While hanging out in that top groove, Schott turned in the evening’s fastest time – a blistering 16.044 second lap that made him the class of the field.

But a win wasn’t in the books for either Schott or Waits, as Davis put together a ‘clean sweep’ on the evening – after winning the third heat race, he zipped to the $3000 pay day by pulling out to a .5 second lead and winning the main event. Celebrating in Victory Lane after the win, the 2010 National Champion admitted to a pretty straight forward plan that brought him the win, “When I saw all the moisture down on the bottom I knew that was the way to the win.”

2007 USMTS National Champion, and second heat race winner, Jason Krohn halved his starting position of eighth and raced to a fourth place finish while 2010 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Josh Angst held on to claim the final spot in the top-5 finishing spots.

HOVEY STEALS $2500 B-MOD FEATURE WIN

Coming into Friday’s River City Rumble, Decorah, IA’s Troy Hovey had already been enjoying a 9 feature-win start to his 2013 season. By the end of the night, he’d have the crowd on their feet compliments of his last-lap turn-4 pass for the lead and the win!

Through five heat races and two last-chance B-Mains, the crowd watched the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod action to determine the 26-car starting line-up for the 30-lap main.

Starting from the outside of the front row, Parson, KS racer Jeremy Chambers stepped out front and led the first 23 laps of the feature before giving way to fourth heat-race winner Jacob Bleess. Bleess, who made a habit of winning high-dollar specials in 2012 at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, looked ready to repeat his winning ways as he put his #21 out front.

But Hovey was on a mission. Starting from the outside of the fourth row, he’d been slowly but surely making his way towards the front through the entire 30-lap main. Early on his attention was dominated by a battle with third heat-race winner Alex Williamson, two time USRA B-Mod National Champion, and second heat-race winner, Brandon Hare and first heat-race winner Jon Van Minsel.

After dispensing with those battles for position, Hovey caught a huge break on his way to the front when three-time WISSOTA National Champion Cory Crapser, who looked fast enough to claim the win, suffered a lap 20 flat tire after a tangle with a lapped car while battling Chambers for the lead.

But, regardless of ‘what might have been scenarios’, the truth remains that a race’s winner is the car running out front when the checkered flag waives, and Hovey was determined to be that driver of the car out front.

With a drive and determination, Hovey caught Bleess and presented a story-book last-lap turn-four pass for the lead and the win! “The track was perfect, and fast and that battle at the end was fun”, commented Hovey after the win. When asked about the stellar start to the 2013 season that he’s enjoyed he was the first to pass credit elsewhere, “Yeah, ten feature wins already; but I’m not smart enough to make that happen, all the credit goes to my pit crew who put all the work into this car and give me a great ride every time I’m on the track!”

Bleess had to settle for a heart-braking second place finish while Williamson was elated with the strong charge to third.

WIERSGALLA WINS WISSOTA SUPER STOCK FEATURE

Local racer Gary Wiersgalla has been headed in the right direction through the first half of the 2013 season. After a disappointing 2012, the 2009 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion has been back in winning form, racing at or near the front of the field again this year.

So, it was no surprise Friday night when the crowd in the grandstands roared with approval as Wiersgalla moved his #52 into the lead on lap 12 of the 20-lap feature. After winning the evening’s second heat race and starting sixth in the feature line-up, Wiersgalla worked through the field and relieved two-time MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Jeff Brauer of the lead and raced to the feature win!

“You know, it’s been a lot of work to get back here”, said a jubilant Wiersgalla as he celebrated in Victory Lane in front of a with a wildly approving crowd in the grandstands, “The car has been good all year, and tonight that top groove was so fast. When I started moving towards the front I thought, ‘Hey, I might have something for ‘em here tonight’.” Wiersgalla, who lives literally ‘right down the street’ from the track – less than a mile from the track he’s called ‘home’ since he first strapped into a race car – basked in the glow of the approving cheers of the crowd and smiled brightly while thrusting his fists into the air to mark the victory!

Brauer held on for second ahead of Kelly Anderson in third, defending MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Tommy Richards in fourth and Joey Jensen completing the top-5.

WOJCIK WINS STREET FEATURE AGAIN

Doug Wojcik is on a roll again; in defense of his 2012 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Championship, the Ladysmith, WI racer has put together another strong run collecting multiple feature wins to climb in the current season Jailhouse Saloon Street Stock point standings.

Friday night, he again put together a ‘clean sweep’ winning the evening’s first heat race, before holding off challenges for the feature win by both former National and MTS Track Champion Danny Hanson, local hot-shoe Shaun Mann as well as his own brother Nick Wojcik.

Doug Wojcik held the top spot for the entirety of the main event on way to winning the feature, followed across the line by his brother Nick, Mann and second heat-race winner Fred Prudoehl.

The Street Stock portion of the evening’s program was marred early in the night when on the opening lap of the opening heat-race, fan favorite Jane Keating slammed nose first into the turn-one outside wall at full speed! A fifteen to twenty minute lull hushed the crowd as speedway safety personnel attended to Keating inside of her #86 Street Stock. Thankfully Jane was finally able to climb from her car, with assistance from safety personnel and slowly and gingerly walked under her own power to the awaiting safety vehicle.

Late in the evening trusted sources mentioned that Jane may have a long road to recovery ahead of her with a back injury. All members of the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY management, staff and fan base offer their thoughts and prayers to Jane Keating for a complete and successful recovery.

CISEWSKI HOLDS OFF PROVINZINO FOR 600 MOD WIN

Bob Cisewski had his work cut out for him. He had his Ace Auto #40 Modified out front of the Redbox+ 600 Modified field during the evening’s 18-lap feature; but right behind him was the black #89 of Joe Provinzino. Any time Provinzino is on the track, he’s a threat for the win . . . and time and time again, ‘Joe Provo’ has made it look almost easy to pass for the lead and walk away from the field.

But not so this evening; Cisewski ran an absolutely flawless race and fended off multiple challenges by Provinzino, to grab his second feature win of the 2013 season! Defending Track Champion Greg Wohletz followed Provinzino across the line in third with current point leader Don Werner in fourth.

CHISHOLM AND STEVENS ARE MINI-MOD WINNERS ON THE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY

Alex Stevens won a wild Sunshine Sanitation A Mini-Mod feature on The Lightning Speedway that saw a near amazing incident with young Keagen Einck. Closing in on the final laps, Einck’s #66 got sideways between turns three and four. As Einck’s Mini-Mod slid, the right-side tires caught and Einck’s ride left the ground and did a complete 360 degree barrel roll IN MID AIR before dropping back to earth and landing again on all four tires!

In the early evening B Mini-Mod feature Joe Chisholm bested the 12-car field to win the feature!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY races back to action next Friday night July 12th with regular weekly program comprised of River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Redbox+ 600 Modifieds, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks battling on ‘The Big 1/3-Mile’ while the Sunshine Sanitation A and B Mini-Mods will again attack ‘The Lightning Speedway’ for their evening’s action!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Rodewald, Timm, Waits, Wocik Vist Victory Lane at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 2nd, 2013

Fountain City, WI – Race fans flocked to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY in Fountain City, WI Friday night to enjoy the fun and pageantry which is Winona Radio / Budweiser Night – as an event which originally started back in the late ‘80s, it’s one of the longest running, if not THE longest running, racing event promotions in the area, and fans know the fun factor will be high. This year, despite a late afternoon shower, the fun for the fans in the packed grandstands was indeed high;
matched, perhaps, only by the on-track excitement which unfolded before them on the super-fast 1/3 mile.

Much of the talk at the end of the evening concerned the start of the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod Feature. As the pack came roaring out of turn four on the opening lap, the field drifted high on front straight. Driver opinions varied as to where the action actually began, but the #4G of Trempealeau, WI racer Chris Gilbertson, starting on the outside of the third row, was forced into the front straight concrete wall just before the starter’s flag stand at the start finish line.

As sparks filled the air the rest of the field behind continued at full speed into the growing confusion. In a scene similar to a growing wreck on a super-speedway, the crowd of cars involved in the growing wreck continued to grow as the group spun and skidded the remainder of the front straight and towards the bottom of the banking in turn one.

Second heat race winner Alex Williamson, currently battling Gilbertson atop the point standings was almost directly behind Gilbertson and was immediately swept into the wreck. When the smoke cleared, Gilbertson’s orange and black modified was on its roof with Williamson’s #15W sandwiched in the middle of the multi-car pack which had come to rest at the end of the front straight.

While Gilbertson’s night was immediately over, and Williamson would only complete a total of 5 laps after spending a lot of time in the ‘work area’ of the pits with his pit crew trying to fix the damage, the best news was that all drivers involved were OK. Gilbertson minced no words with his post incident comments, “(This is the) side effect of people who can’t hold a line around a race track”, said Gilbertson afterwards, referring to the driver he thought was at fault for the incident, “(he) drove me up the track into the wall in front of basically the whole field.”

Thankfully, all drivers involved were OK.

The remainder of the 18 lap feature featured several great battles up front as Jake Timm held off challenges first from his good friend Parker Hale, and then by defending Track Champion and second heat race winner Erik Kanz as well as Multi-time WISSOTA National Champion Cory Crapser. “This win is so great,” commented Timm, after rolling his #10 into Victory Lane, “Cory was challenging me and I knew that I was going to have to work hard to stay out front.” When asked about racing Hale for the lead through the first 14 laps Timm’s reaction was enjoyable, “Parker and I have been great friends ever since we both started racing against each other in Mini-Mods right here on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY . . . it was great racing him for the lead.” Crapser finished second with Kanz rounding out the top-3.

RODEWALD RIDES HIGH TO FIRST MTS FEATURE WIN
“Can my Dad come down here to Victory Lane?” were the first words out of Lake City, MN driver Josh Rodewald’s mouth when he pulled his helmet off in Victory Lane following Friday night’s 20 lap Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Rodewald had just held off a fierce challenge for the win by Kelly Anderson and defending Track Champion Tommy Richards to grab his first ever MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Feature win, “this isn’t my first feature win ever,” said Rodewald, “but it’s my first here at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER, and it feels great!” Rodewald and Anderson’s battle for the lead, and eventual win, lasted the entire 20 lap feature with both drivers committed to the ultra-high line around the fast 1/3 Mile Dark Clay oval. Lap after lap Anderson would tuck the nose of his #8 J-Mev Motorsports entry right under the rear of Rodewald’s #17. Almost every lap Anderson would take a peak to the inside, often in turn two, in an attempt to get up alongside of the race leader, but Rodewald’s momentum quickly nixed every challenge Anderson offered. Meanwhile, Richards kept his #7R as low as possible and was able, on several occasions, to get up alongside of Anderson to challenge for second and provide a great three-car battle for the lead, but eventually the high-line speeds won out, literally, as Rodewald and Anderson finished first and second ahead of Richards. “Kelly and I are good friends. We pit next to each other all the time.” Said Rodewald after the win, “I know he’s a great driver, and I knew he was going to challenge me for the lead every chance he could.” Second heat race winner, and two-time Track Champion Jeff Brauer finished fourth while pole sitter Lucas Plank held off Gary Wiersgalla for fifth.

DEFENDING CHAMPION WOJCIK BACK IN VICTORY LANE
No fewer than 7 drivers battle for position at the front of the tight Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock field in an attempt to find time out front. Front row starters Shaun Mann and Andrew Ausman were almost immediately three wide with Danny Richards as the green flag waived to send the pack into battle for the evening’s 18 lap feature. Mann’s #01 was exceptionally fast and lead the opening three circuits before defending Track Champion Doug Wojcik and former Track (and WISSOTA National) Champion Danny Hanson joined the battle with second heat race winner Cody Kummer, Richards and Fred Prudoehl filling out the pack. Mann, first heat race winner Wojcik and Hanson battled fiercely, yet cleanly, for the lead through the final 15 laps often times thrilling the full-house with three-wide action. The success of which was not lost on Wojcik when asked about the racing in Victory Lane after holding on for the win, “Yeah, you know, I really should be congratulating all the guys in this race. That’s the way we like to run, hard for the lead, but look, not a scratch or dent on the car; ‘cause I don’t think we ever touched out there tonight.” Mann held on for second with Hanson settling for a positive third place finish just two weeks after the much talked about wreck which totaled his main car on the front straight of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

WERNER WOWs ‘EM WITH 600 MOD FEATURE WIN
“Let me tell you something,” smiled Rollingstone, MN’s Don Werner, after winning the Redbox+ 600 Modified feature, “we should all be cheering the track crew tonight, because they worked hard after this afternoon’s rain and

WOW, THAT TRACK IS FAST!”
After winning the evening’s first heat race, Werner jumped from his fourth row starting position in the feature and spent the first eight laps working his way towards the front. On lap nine he moved his #99 around defending Track Champion Greg Wohletz’ #32, who’d led since taking the top spot from Pole Sitter Brian Laumeyer on lap two, and never once looked back. Werner built up a one second lead over Wohletz and held on for the win, with Liquid Nitro driver Kyle Jumbeck moving through the pack from his ninth place starting spot to finish third.

WAITS RETURNS FOR USRA MODIFIED WIN
After winning the night’s second heat race, Brad Waits’ used a pole position starting spot to step away from the pack to pick up the 25-lap Winona Radio / Budweiser feature win at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. While Waits was leading the pack, first heat race winner Lucas Schott came from inside the third row and completely erased the large lead Waits had built up. Schott, the defending Track Champion at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, closed to within ½ a second of Waits’ #24, but simple ran out of laps before he could throw a solid challenge for position at the leader. Waits took the win, with Schott second and 2010 Track Champion Josh Angst finishing third.

JASON HAVEL WINS PURE STOCK FEATURE
“This is, without a doubt, the BEST track I’ve ever been too!” shouted Jason Havel after winning this Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature. “I’ve raced all over the upper Midwest,” continued the Rice Lake, WI native, “Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, you name it. And this place is the best.” Havel moved his #5 from the third row in the 15-car field to take the lead and hold on for the win with first heat race winner Dustin Doughty and current point leader Bobby Fort, Jr. completing the top-3 as they crossed the finish line beneath the waiving checkered flag.

HALE AND LaDUKE WIN MINI-MOD FEATURES ON LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY
Jackson Hale raced his way to his second straight Sunshine Sanitation A Mini Mod feature win on The LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY while Matthew LaDuke topped the competition to win the B Mini Mod feature.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY races back to action next Friday night July 5th with the 5th Annual River City Rumble including a potential $3500 paycheck for the winner of the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature and up to $3100 to win, with pre-registered bonus, for the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature. There’s extra money on the line for all other divisions competing and the fans will get in on the fun as well with on-sight DJ music and prizes including bikes for the kids and five (5) flat-screen TVs! Watch the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site for details!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Winona Radio-Bud Night Ready to Pack the Grand Stands at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

June 28th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – Friday night June 28th, one of the longest continuously running local racing promotions will once again hit the track in Fountain City, WI; “Winona Radio – Bud Night”, a yearly racing event since the late 1980s, will once again welcome race fans to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY with prizes and fun!

In addition to the prizes, ‘Fan Appreciation’ night plans to pack the grandstands with $5 admission for ALL spectators while children 12 and under will be admitted absolutely free!

The last evening of racing presented a nearly full house with non-stop battles which raged right down to the end of the evening’s features to determine the night’s winners.

* 2010 Track Champion Josh Angst rolled into Victory Lane and moved to the top of the point standings in the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified by sneaking past race leader Dan Bohr with a late race pass when Bohr got caught up on lapped traffic.
* Redbox+ 600 Modified racer Bob Cisewski passed defending track champion Greg Wohletz on the final turn of the final lap to finalize that battle for the race win.
* 2010 WISSOTA National Champion, and multi-year MTS Track Champion Danny Hanson was embroiled in a three-car battle for the Street Stock feature win but ended the evening with a totaled car against the front straight wall!

Race fans should return this week to enjoy more on-track action, and to partake of the prizes while celebrating “Winona Radio – Bud Night”, at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

Gates open at 5 with action by the Sunshine Sanitation Mini-Mods on “The Lightning Speedway” starting at 6 PM. The first green flag on the big 1/3-mile flies at 7 PM with competition in all regular weekly divisions: River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods, Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Redbox+ 600 Mods, & Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Late Race Passes for the Win the Name of the Game at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

June 18th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – Every fan of racing loves to watch a great battle for position; when that battle for position is for the lead, even better. When the battle for lead is in the closing laps of feature. look out, ‘cause the fans will be on their feet, the enthusiasm will be high and the drivers will be pushing just as hard as possible.

Friday night’s action at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY was a race fans dream, as every single feature event of the evening came right down to the final lap to determine who was going to be pulling into Victory Lane.

The true ‘scene setter’ of the evening’s excitement, and surely a feature finish which will be talked about for time to come, was the conclusion of the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature. A five-car battle for the lead, and eventual win, lasted the entirety of the 18-lap main event, and finally spilled over coming out of turn four to the checkered flag.

Pole Sitter Shaun Mann led the opening lap with his #01, while Mondovi, WI’s Danny Richards snuck passed outside-pole sitter Fred Prudoehl’s #2 to move up from his third place starting spot to second. By lap 2, Richards had moved into the lead and stayed out front for the next 11 laps while defending track champion Doug Wojcik and multi-time track champion, and former WISSOTA National Champion Danny Hanson worked through the competition towards the inevitable battle for the win.

For the entire feature, that solid five-car war raged on for racing room and command of the track. On lap 10, Wojcik worked past Hanson for second and on lap 14 Wojcik dispensed with Richards to take over the lead. While the digital scoring shows Wojcik leading the next three laps followed by Richards leading a lap and then Wojcik back out front for the 18th and final trip across the finish line, the trio of Wojcik, Hanson and Richards swapped the top spot at the very least three to four times per lap!

On the final lap both Hanson and Richards were back in front of Wojcik and the battle for the win finally boiled over in turns three and four. Wojcik recounted the events which transpired just in front of him in the final turns of the final lap, “I was running so strong in the high line, and that’s how I got to the front. But when I saw Richards drive so hard into three and then begin sliding up in turn four, I knew that if I wanted to survive, I needed to head for the bottom of the track.”

Richards 3R slid up the banking in turn four and slammed into the #5 of Hanson, sending both cars into the outside concrete in collision so fierce that it dug the front end of Hanson’s car into the racing surface, and simultaneously threw both a shower of sparks and Richards 3R into the air.

The contact was near deafening, and the rapidity in which Hanson’s car smashed to a halt was frightening! Richards ricocheted off Hanson’s car and limped towards the waving checkered flag. But by this time, Wojcik was already long gone and headed towards victory lane. Hanson, understandably, was livid. Climbing from the battered remains of his totaled car he was determined to ‘have a word or two’ with Richards . . . so determined, in fact, that speedway personnel had their hands full to keep the Alma, WI native away from Richards’ 3R.

In the heat of the moment, Wojcik rolled into Victory Lane and enjoyed the spot light, Richards was directed to his hauler with a waiving black flag, and Hanson was left to take the long walk alone all the way back to his hauler . . . but, as the race director, scoring personnel, speedway owners, and even WISSOTA Officials focused on the situation and events which led up to the climactic finish the official results changed.

Speedway owner Bob Timm explained, “We consulted with our own on-track officials, our race director, the scorers and even WISSOTA officials, and final ruling that we’ve come to is that this was a yellow-flag scenario, and we’re reverting back to the previous lap scored. At that time the running order was Richards, Hanson and the Wojcik. Richards, though, received the black flag, and this moved Hanson to the front . . . thereby claiming the feature win.

“We’re sorry that Danny didn’t get his time in Victory Lane”, continued Timm, “but I hope most will understand, that with the commotion on the track, the clean-up crew attending to the wrecked machinery, our safety crew confirming that Danny was indeed ok, and rain showers beginning to appear in the area, a lot was taking place. The first unofficial reaction was to interview Doug Wojcik in Victory Lane, as he crossed the line first.”

Hanson while understandably upset, was able to offer these thoughts, “You can’t drive through somebody to win,” he said. “You just can’t do that. He just came right, square off the bottom and ran me right into the frickin’ concrete.”

Shawn Mann completed the top three in the results.

CISEWSKI CAPTURES 600 MOD WIN WITH LAST LAP LAST TURN PASS

Winona, MNs Bob Cisewski finally blasted his way into Victory Lane with an early August 2012 feature win. Friday night, nothing was going to keep him from a return to Victory Lane . . . not even his good friend, defending Track Champion Greg Wohletz.

It only took Cisewski two laps to move his Ace Auto #40 from the starting position of sixth to second in the running order. For the next 15 laps his sole focus was reeling in the red and yellow #32 of Wohletz, who’d stepped away from the field and opened up a commanding lead. Lap after lap Cisewski slowly but surely closed the gap on Wohletz, and as the duo crossed beneath the waiving white flag for the final lap, Cisewski was there to battle for the lead.

Turns one and two, Cisewski ran the ultra-high line to get up alongside of Wohletz, but Wohletz rocketed out of turn two with a slight advantage compliments of the ultra-low groove which he’d been using almost the entire feature. Turn three saw Cisewski pushing the cushion up high again, and as the two came zipping out of turn four, Cisewski’s momentum carried him just the slimmest distance ahead of Wohletz to claim the win.

“Greg and I are great friends”, commented Cisewski in Victory Lane, “it’s always great racing with him; but, to get this win, I’m speechless.” Cisewski’s post-race comments were almost identical, “You know, it’s always best to win, but if I’m going to finish second, it’s great to see Bob beating me to the line.” Current point leader Don Werner rounded out the top
three as the checkered flag waived.

ANGST TURNING THINGS AROUND WITH A-MOD FEATURE WIN

2010 Track Champion Josh Angst has had his work cut out for him through the initial stages of the 2013 season. Friday night, things were back where he liked them, as he was able to pilot his Culver’s of Winona #99 to a clean sweep winning both the second heat race and the evenings River City Manufacturing USRA Modified Winona County Employees 25 lap feature.

But, like the two previous results already highlighted, Angst’s step to the win came with some late-race action. Decorah, IA’s Dan Bohr wrestled the lead away from local driver Lance Hofer on lap two and looked ready to make his maiden voyage into Victory Lane for the 2013 season. From lap two through lap 17 Bohr’s #66 was out front and seemingly sailing towards
victory. But, a cliché is a cliché because makes sense time and time again . . . this feature was not going to be over until it was over!

In turn four on lap 17 a lapped car slid up the banking directly into the line of Bohr’s high-line missile. Just enough sheet metal was wrinkled to slow Bohr’s momentum, Angst, who’d slowly caught Bohr since stepping into second on lap eight, saw the opportunity and pounced like a stalking tiger.

Angst, then, sailed to his feature win and celebrated a change in his season, “we have struggled a bit early this season”, commented Angst in Victory Lane, “but last night we really got things corrected and tonight shows that we’re back to running the way we can.”

Bohr settled was an obviously heart-breaking second place finish, Hofer and current point leader Jake Timm finishing third and fourth ahead of Brad Waits in fifth.

TOMMY RICHARDS STEALS SUPER WIN FROM WIERSGALLA IN LAST TURN

Defending Track Champion Tommy Richards continued the theme of late race passes for the win. Former Track Champion Gary Wiersgalla, who struggled through a somewhat disappointing 2012, has recently turned the tables and is once again enjoying runs at the front of the pack in the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock division. After a third place feature finish the previous week, his familiar blue and white #52 was enjoying an extended stay at the front of the field as the closing laps of the Super Stock feature approached.

Despite a six-car battle at the front of the field, Wiersgalla remained out front leading the way towards what was an expected win. Wiersgalla led the second lap of the feature before being passed by Kelly Anderson’s J-Mev Motorsports #8 and settling into second until retaking the lead on lap 12 of the 20 lap feature.

But with two laps remaining, Richards put the low groove to work and snuck past Wiersgalla who was running about as high as seemingly possible. The two traded the top spot back and forth with Richards just barely pulling out the win as the two crossed the line almost directly side by side.

Richards enjoyed the win, Wiersgalla settled for second, with Dan Bork, Anderson and Jay Oricchio completing the top five.

WILLIAMSON WINS FIRST FEATURE OF 2013

Young Alex Williamson bested the 22-car Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod main event, holding off Shaun Walski in second, Cory Crapser in third, Chris Gilbertson & third heat race winner Jacob Bleess in fourth and fifth respectively.

BOBBY FORT, JR BESTS THE PURE STOCK DIVISION

Bobby Fort, Jr. took advantage of Eric Duellman’s hard luck and motored his way to his first MTS Pure Stock feature win of the 2013 season. Heat race winner Duellman, who appeared to have the field covered with his #22 saw his hopes for another feature win of the season go up in smoke, had to pull off early and handed the lead/win over to Fort.

Paul Sweazey survived a near head-on collision with the spinning #94 of Lee Hager, and raced to a surprising second place finish with a car that crossed the finish line looking more like a modified than a pure stock. Josh Malchaski rounded out the top three.

HALE AND WILLIAMSON WIN MINI-MOD FEATURES ON LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY

Jackson Hale raced his way to the front of the field and a Sunshine Sanitation A Mini Mod feature on the Lightning Speedway while young Devin Williamson bested the competition to collect

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY will be silent next Friday June 21st as the track keeps it’s lights dark for their 2013 ‘bye week’ . . . speedway owners and management encourage all race fans to visit Winona, MN to enjoy the Steamboat Days festivities. High-speed action returns to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Friday June 28th with the make-up of the fan-favorite Winona Radio KAGE / BUD night, one of the longest running active race track event promotions celebrating dirt track racing since the late ‘80s! Action will continue July 5th with the 5th Annual River City Rumble; extra money for the racers, on-sight DJ music and prizes for the fans including bikes for the kids and five (5) flat-screen TVs! Watch the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site for details!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: http://www.MississippiThunder.com www.MississippiThunder.com

Race Fans from Winona, La Crosse and Monroe Counties Converging on MTS

June 15th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – On the heels of a very successful Fastenal Night June 7th, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to announce that the focus on the fans continues this Friday June 14th with “Winona County Night at the West-Central Wisconsin dirt track! Employees of Winona County will be enjoying the evening’s action from the V.I.P. Suites while fans from La Crosse and Monroe Counties (Wisconsin) will be enjoying the evening’s action absolutely free of charge!

That’s correct, race fans who show up at the main ticket booth showing an official document to prove residency in either La Crosse of Monroe counties (Wisconsin) will be escorted into the main grandstands to enjoy the night’s races with free admission. So, if a race fan lives in one of the below listed Lacrosse Counties, just present their driver’s license (or some other official proof of residency) at the front gate and this Friday June 14th they will get into the races absolutely free!

Bangor
Barre
Burns
Campbell
Farmington
Greenfield
Hamilton
Holland
Holmen
La Crosse
Medary
Onalaska
Rockland
Shelby
Washington
West Salem

After an enthusiastic response from race fans in La Crosse County, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY ownership decided to add Monroe county residence to the fun. The following list of Monroe County cities have been added to the list of spectators which will be granted free admission to this Friday’s races at Mississippi Thunder Speedway!
Cashton
Cataract
Kendall
Meliva
Norwalk
Oakdale
Sparta
Tomah
Tunnel City
Warrens
Wilton
Wyeville

So race fans from near and far should converge at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to enjoy “Winona County Night” – free admission for some, excellent on-track action and fun for all!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Houle, Kisling, Moudry, and Hanson are Victory Lane Visitors on Fastenal Night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

June 12th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – The racing community in West-Central Wisconsin are probably Fastenal would be weekly event sponsors at
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Throughout this hit and miss start to the 20113 racing season, it seems that Mother Nature had gotten into an ‘every other week’ schedule of allowing on-track action at the fast 1/3-mile oval in Fountain City, WI. But this Friday night, Fastenal put together the whole package to bring to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, a packed grand stands of fans, a near uncountable number of prizes, the Carl Edwards #99 Fastenal sponsored Roush Fenway Racing’s 2013 Sprint Cup car, and, yes, blue skies and sunshine! And even after that sun had set, you could say that the sun was still shining on Ham Lake, MN’s Jeremy Houle. Just two weeks into his ownership of a new Mars car Modified, and on his first ever visit to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, Houle politely accepted a gift and ended his evening celebrating in Victory Lane. Let’s roll the tape back and discover the chain of events that led up to Houle’s celebration.

Earlier in the evening Houle had spent the first River City Manufacturing USRA Modified heat race learning the track and sliding his way to a fourth place finish. Meanwhile, Rochester, MN speed-demon Brad Waits dominated the second heat race and cruised to an unchallenged win. Feature time appeared to be a set up for much the same. With Waits starting on the outside of the front row, alongside current speedway point leader Jake Timm, the drop of the green flag was like an invitation for a rapid departure to Waits. With the right pedal down, Waits’ black NFG #24 left the competition behind and almost immediately stretched a lead to an entire straightaway advantage over the rest of the field which were left battling for scraps of positions two and beyond. Lap after Lap, Waits stretched his lead on the field and if the FASTENAL 25 USRA Modified Feature had only been the FASTENAL 19 USRA Modified Feature, Waits would have been a feature winner. But 25 laps was distance, and Waits Modified decided that it only had 19 laps in it for Fastenal Night at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. As Waits crossed the start/finish line on lap 19, it was obvious that things weren’t sounding right beneath the hood. The next time Waits crossed the start/finish line it was without power as he coasted the remainder of the front stretch and came to a stop at the top of the banking in between turns one and two, giving up a nearly half lap lead over the rest of the field. This is, of course, the aforementioned ‘gift’ that Houle received, as his #54 was running a strong second at the time. Six laps later he was in Victory Lane celebrating HIS win of the FASTENAL 25 USRA Modified Feature, “A lot of things can happen in racing,” said Houle, “We’ll take it.” Houle was ecstatic with the win, after starting sixth (outside row three) he spent the first 10 laps battling his way into the top three, just behind Decorah, IA’s Dan Bohr. On lap 15 Houle was finally able to get around Bohr for second, and just four laps later he was inheriting the lead en route to his first ever win on his first ever visit to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. But by no means was it an easy road to victory, as a caution and restart forced Houle to hold off challenges for the win, “I was a little worried when we had that third restart,” Houle said. “I saw the 99 (Angst) and 49 (Timm) coming, but was able to hold them off.” Houle loaded up his hauler a new fan of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, “I’d never been here before, never even seen the place.” Explained the newest feature winner, “but I’d seen everyone talking about it on the internet, saying how great the track and facilities are. Now that I’ve been here . . . it’s safe to say that I’ll be back again.” Bohr held on for second almost 3 seconds behind Houle’s #54 with first heat race winner Bob Timm battling his way to a third place finish from his tenth place start.

KISLING KING OF THE CASH

After yet another rain out the week before, the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock drivers were once again racing for extra money, with the quite popular “Pay It Forward” bonus money doubling up for the third time this season. Coordinated Business Systems, Kyocera & J-Mev Motorsports have guaranteed a $200 bonus, each regular Friday night of racing, to the winner of the Super Stock feature. If a regular weekly event is rained out, that bonus is rolled forward to the next regular weekly event and added to that week’s $200 bonus. Brauer Roofing, Inc has joined this bonus program for 2013 and guaranteed $100 to the second place finisher and $50 to the third place finisher. So the Super Stock drivers were racing for a $400 winner’s bonus, $200 second place bonus and $100 third place bonus in and above the regularly posted purse! Much like a shark that can sense blood in the water, whenever there’s extra money to be won, Sarona, WI’s Shane Kisling brought his #6 to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY and loaded up at the end of the night with a $750 payday for his evening of efforts. Kisling lead all 20 laps of the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature, but raced beneath the flying checkered flag just three quarters of a second ahead of two-time track champion Jeff Brauer in second. Behind the top two, 2009 track champion Gary Wiersgalla raced his way to a third place finish with Dan Bork and Jon Duffy rounding out the top-5. In Victory Lane, Kisling explained his recent changes while searching for victory, “We started the season with Chevy power under the hood, but we’ve switched to MOPAR power, and this Dodge engine is what got us the win tonight!”

MOUDRY MOTORS TO B-MOD FEATURE WIN

Cottage Grove, MN’s Ben Moudry raced his way through a trio of cautions, and resultant restarts, to capture the win of the 21-car Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature. While Moudry raced his way to the win from his starting spot on the inside of the second row, three other drivers were slicing and dicing their way through traffic to improve their finishing positions over their starting spots. Three members of the ‘youth brigade’ were on the move through the pack; and this trio of teenaged B-Mod super stars showed that they were intent on moving forward. Alex Williamson piloted his #15W to a second place finish after starting outside of the third row. Previous feature winner Jacob Bleess moved forward from his tenth place starting spot to a fourth place finish behind a very fact Chris Gilbertson. Meanwhile Jake Timm turned a 17th place starting spot into a 9th place finish.

HANSON AND WOJCIK START A NEW RIVALRY

Who would have thought that a seven car feature would have the crowd on their feet and be the center of discussions throughout the rest of the evening – if not the rest of the week! Former WISSOTA National Champion, and multi-time MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY track champion Danny Hanson looked ready to cruise his way to another feature win. Defending MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY track champion had other thoughts. The final five laps of the 18-lap Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature contained more contact than an UFC bout! Hanson had the lead, Wojcik had the momentum. That scenario was destine to bring the two together in a hard fought battle for the win that brought the crowd in the packed grand stands to their feet. Wojcik erased a lengthy lead held by Hanson by closing in on Hanson’s familiar #5 from several car-lengths back to set up the challenge for the top spot. What followed was an amazing race ending duel of slide jobs, door bangs, tire thumps, bumper rubs, lane changes, blocking maneuvers, and post-race finger gestures that didn’t have anything to do with where each driver finished. Both drivers are very well known for their speed, but are also well known by both fans and fellow drivers, for their usually clean, close and respectful driving. No one knows what turned the tables over this weekend, and the two set aside their normal behavior and basically put a bar-fight finish on display for the crowd. Hanson made his thoughts very clear in Victory Lane, “I think someone forgot that you have to pass by going around a car, and not through it.” We’ll see if Wojcik has a response during next week’s Street Stock feature. Fred Prudoehl, Shaun Mann and Andrew Ausman completed the top-5.

PROVINZINO AND SWEAZEY GRAB WINS

After finishing second to Don Werner in the evenings first heat race, Joe Provinzino turned the tables and built up a commanding lead in the Redbox+ 600 Modified feature on way to the win. 18 laps after the start, along the way setting the evenings fastest lap time (16.011 seconds – 84.317 mph average lap speed), Provinzino enjoyed a more than 2 second lead over Werner as the checkered flag waived. In Victory Lane, Provinzino wasted no time redirecting the attention from himself to others, “More important than my win, I just want to say thank you to all of these fans in the stands and Fastenal for putting together such a great night for everyone. It’s great to look up there and see a packed house.” Provinzino’s smile did fade a bit though as he turned away from the crowd and noticed a quickly growing pool of oil beneath his 600 Modified, “That wasn’t there when I pulled in here, was it? Looks like I’ve got work ahead of me.” Defending track champion Greg Wohletz finished behind Werner in third.

Winona’s Paul Sweazey worked his way from outside of the third row to take over the lead of the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature, and then motored his way to the win. Lee Hager and current point leader Bobby Fort, Jr. rounded out the top three.

STEVENS, LARSON & POOL ARE LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY WINNERS

Alex Stevens lead the entire Sunshine Sanitation A-Mini Mod feature on the Lightning Speedway on way to the feature win ahead of Keagen Einck. Jayden Larson made the trip over from Mankato, MN to clean house in the stacked 11-car Sunshine Sanitation B-Mini mod division. Coming from deep in the starting line-up, Larson passed pole sitter Devin Williamson for the feature win. Buzz Pool pulled in from points unknown to steal the Outlaw Mini Mod feature ahead of Scott Johnson and Matthew Schliesman.

If Mother Nature intends to cooperate two weeks in a row, racing will resume Friday night June 14th with Winona County night at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Carl Edwards’ #99 Fastenal Ford Fusion and a Frenzy of Family-Friendly Fun During “Fastenal Night” at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

June 6th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to announce the extravagant plans for Fastenal Night – Friday June 7th at the West-Central Wisconsin dirt track! First off is the fact that Carl Edwards’ 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup #99 Fastenal Ford Fusion will be on display at the track throughout the evening! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY owners Bob
& Paula Timm and Tom & Tina Lockner are thrilled about Fastenal’s involvement with the weekly event at MTS.

“For the second year in a row, we’re really excited to have Fastenal along for the ride,” said Timm, “With Fastenal’s involvement, we’ll have a night full of prizes, fun in the stands, on-track action, and also the ability to present the #99 Fastenal Ford Fusion to the crowd. We know that all of this combined will be a real treat for our race fans.”

This Friday night, June 7th, race fans can get “up close and personal” with an actual Roush Fenway Racing 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup #99 Fastenal Ford Fusion less than two weeks after its most recent on-track action which provided Edwards with a strong 11th place finish in the 54Th Annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and two weeks before it’s on the
track again at Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400. Carl Edwards is currently enjoying a very strong 2013 season behind the wheel of his #99 Ford Fusion; Edwards is currently second in the point standings (just 30 points behind current point leader Jimmie Johnson) with one win, five top-5 and seven top-10 finishes!

The appearance of Carl Edwards’ #99 Fastenal Ford continues an effort by MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY owners to not only bring the best dirt-track racing action in the area to local race fans . . . but to also present many other exciting and high-profile attractions to the fans as well. For example, since the 2009 grand opening of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, race fans have been treated to specials such as NASCAR star Ken Schrader racing at the fast 1/3-mile track, 1961 Daytona 500 Winner Marvin Panch joining the fans to chat, sign autographs and enjoy a night of racing action, as well as many other exciting special moments.

So race fans, here’s your opportunity to experience another racing high-light at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY:

. Fastenal Night at MTS – Friday June 7th,
. Carl Edward’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup #99 Fastenal Ford Fusion on display in the Hospitality area,
. a Carl Edwards Hat, T Shirt, and Fastenal Flag signed by Carl Edwards for the kids
. First night of the 2013 Kids Club, including:
o First 30 kids (12 and under) get a free tattoo of their choice
o Drawing for Junior Announcer
o Drawing for Junior Flagman
o Drawing for picture with feature winner of their choice
o Candy bar bingo
. Plus the unveiling of an all new ‘bounce house’

So make sure you circle Friday June 7th on your calendar as Fastenal Night at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is shaping up to be a special night with something for everyone!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Defending Track Champions and First Time Visters to Mississippi Thunder Speedway’s Victory Lane

May 14th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – Just one week ago, the buzz rippling through the racing community was how the racing weekend had been snowed out! This week, however, the weather cooperated and track crew at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY whipped the banked 1/3-Mile dark clay oval into a fast and smooth jewel that had racers flirting with early season track record lap times.

The fact that the previous week’s on-track action had been snowed out was, indeed, a big deal as 2013 is the second season for a ‘progression bonus’ guarantee. In 2012 Super Stock driver and car owner Jay Oricchio worked through Coordinated Business Systems, Kyocera and J-Mev motorsports to put up a guaranteed weekly $200 bonus for the winner of each week’s WISSOTA Super Stock feature. In the event that a regular weekly program was cancelled due to weather, the $200 bonus would ‘roll forward’ and be added to the following week’s $200 bonus.

The word spread quickly and drivers enjoyed battling for that extra money – added to the posted weekly purse at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. Fellow Super Stock driver and business owner Jeff Brauer liked the idea so much, that he decided to join the promotion in 2013 with support from his own business Brauer Roofing, Inc. – adding a weekly $100 bonus to the second place finisher’s pay and a $50 bonus for the third place finisher. Again, these would be guaranteed weekly bonuses which would ‘roll forward’ in the event of a cancellation.

So WISSOTA Super Stock drivers were racing for an opportunity to cash in on a portion of the combined $700 worth of bonus money ($400 for the winner, $200 for second & $100 for third) at the end of Friday night’s Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature.

After winning the evening’s first Super Stock heat race, 2010 and 2011 track champion Jeff Brauer used a third place starting spot in the night’s feature to grab the winner’s portion of that bonus money; leading the entire 20 main to grab the feature win, including the $400 bonus money. “This is a great division, and MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is a great facility”, said Brauer in victory lane, “This bonus program is a way for me to support the division and the track . . . and I guess tonight, I’m paying some bonus money, but also taking some back home with me.”

Defending track champion Tommy Richards dueled the entire feature with the #8 of Kelly Anderson for what remained of the bonus cash. Richards, using his all too familiar mastery of the ultra-low groove, battled side-by-side with Anderson through the entirety of the feature before finally claiming the second place finish and its associated $200 bonus. Anderson settled for third and the $100 bonus.

SCHOTT BACK IN VICTORY LANE

2012 River City Manufacturing USRA Modified track champion Lucas Schott showed that his winning ways will continue in 2013 by dominating the 25-lap Modified feature. When the checkered flags waived, Schott’s #69 enjoyed a better than 8 second lead over second place finishing Jake Timm. “Car was strong and the track was beautiful tonight”, commented Schott in Victory Lane, “I never even tried the bottom groove tonight, the high line was fast and the car was perfect, so I just stayed up top and never looked back.”

Timm, who’s racing in both the B-Mod and A-Mod divisions again this year, enjoyed a strong second place finish followed by Hank Rollinger, Jr. in third. Heat race winners Brad Waits and Lance Hofer took home fourth and eighth place feature finishes, respectively.

HOVEY’S LATE DAY DECISION PRODUCES FEATURE WIN

Early Friday, Troy Hovey wasn’t even sure of his racing plans for the weekend. Posting on Facebook the Decorah, IA racer asked, “Haven’t decided . . . go to mts tonight?” Fans, friends, family, and followers quickly responded that he should make the trip to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. By 3:30 in the afternoon, Hovey had made a decision, responding on the social networking platform, “Loaded up and heading to mts to do a little racing”.

By the end of the evening he was very happy that he’d followed the crowd’s suggestions . . . as he was standing in the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Victory Lane after winning the 26-car Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod feature!

Hovey held off a very fast and impressive looking Darren Jonsgaard for the win, just ahead of opening night feature winner Cory Crapser who’d battled with Jake Timm and Ben Moudry throughout the 18-lap feature.

WOJCIK WINS

After collecting the 2012 Street Stock Track Championship, Ladysmith, WI’s Doug Wojcik made some changes for 2013 . . . but winning races was not one of them. “Right now, we’re not really running for points,” explained Wojcik earlier in the evening on the Live Trackside radio program, “This year we’re racing for fun.”

Well, winning, of course, makes everything more fun, and Wojcik was once again wearing his ear-to-ear smile and standing in Victory Lane following the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature. “This is, without a doubt, the best track we visit”, smiled Wojcik after the win, “It’s so fun to race here and that’s why we drive as far as we do to come back to
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER every week!”

Wojcik worked his way through a six-car battle for the top spot to claim the win, just ahead of Danny Richards and pole sitter Fred Prudoehl.

LADUKE INHERITS LEAD AND NEVER LOOKS BACK

“I saw him slowing and then saw him stopped in turn four” was the first thing Cochrane, WI’s Brett LaDuke said after winning the evening’s Redbox+ 600 Mod Feature. Opening night feature winner Don Werner had built up an almost entire straight away lead with just a few laps remaining in the 15-lap main event when he began slowing in turn 2. LaDuke, running second at the time, inherited the lead with a restart and a hungry pack of competitors just behind him.

But LaDuke’s grace under pressure produced a feature win that had him both celebrating and putting on his sales-man’s hat; During his Victory Lane interview LaDuke was happy to point out that not only was his car still for sale, “Now that it’s a feature winning car should make it all the more attractive for anyone interested.”

Curt Luhmann and Bob Cisewski completed the top three.

DUELLMAN PROVES THAT ALL THINGS IMPROVE WITH AGE

Eric Duellman proved that a brand new car is not required to succeed in the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock division. “Not bad for a car that was built back in 1987!” exclaimed Duellman in Victory Lane after a late race pass, on the outside of then leader Paul Sweazey, put his blue #22 out front.

Duellman collected the feature win with Sweazey and Jordan Becker completing the top three. Duellman, we’re sure, celebrated later by singing along with the brand new “Bangin’ Doors” single by his car sponsor “Windy City Cowboy” JD Allen (www.jdallenmusic.com)

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Opening Night ‘Bump and Grind’ at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

April 30th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – In the shadows of a non-existent spring, racers and race fans alike were chomping at the bit for the 2013 racing season to get underway. Some thought it wasn’t possible, some thought it shouldn’t be attempted but most wanted it, needed it and simply wouldn’t go another weekend without it . . . like an itch which needs to be scratched
that simply can’t be ignored, this weekend was going to see race cars on a dirt oval – whether ‘Mother Nature’ cooperated or not.

After dumping snow in the area a week previously, ‘Mother Nature’ teased the racing faithful with sunshine and 70 degree weather Thursday and Friday. So, naturally, the track crew at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY took the challenge and put forth the effort to prepare the fast 1/3-mile oval for the Friday night April 26th 2013 season opener.

By the time the almost 1000 fans on hand at the Fountain City, WI speedway were headed towards their cars in the parking lot, they’d witnessed a wild season opener.

Just over 100 cars attacked the track in hopes of a fun evening. Unfortunately, the soft surface, deep moisture and recent thaw produced a racing surface that growled loud through ruts and berms and bit fiercely at steering wheels and suspension parts. And as the racers tried every setup they could think of, and attempted negotiating every obstacle the track threw at them, they soon learned that survival, rather than victory was the goal of the evening.

No fewer than 9 roll-overs and 21 races later, some were victorious, some were nursing sore wounds and some were simply happy that they’d survived. But, through it all, the 2012 season opener did, indeed, produce some simply amazing on-track action.

After winning the second of three heat races, Brandon Davis held off all challengers to win the first River City Manufacturing USRA A-Mod of the season. First heat race winner Dale Mathison gave Davis a hard challenge, but settled for a second place finish just ahead of Princton, MN’s Andy Jones, in third, 2011 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Josh Angst in fourth with 2012 Track Champion Lucas Schott completing the top-5.

In the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock division, first heat race winner Shane Sabraski somehow made the wild track conditions look almost smooth, distancing himself from all challengers en route to an almost 4 second victory Ben Hanke and Kelly Anderson.

The all new Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods belonged to 3-time National Champion Cory Crapser. Crapser dusted up the division by winning the fourth heat race and then besting the 29 car field’s main event. Michael Truscott and first heat race winner Troy Hovey completed the feature race’s top three.

All eyes were riveted upon the familiar red and yellow #5 Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street stock of Danny Hanson, as it pulled out onto the track for the evening’s ‘streeter’ events. After making a limited foray into the B-Mod division in 2012, Hanson surprised many by returning to the division that has given him no fewer than 5 track and 1 National Championship. And his return to the division would have been a success, with a lead in the feature with just a couple laps remaining. That lead went away in turn three when Sam Fankhauser challenged for the position by diving low into the third turn with only a couple laps to go; the two cars slammed together and slid up the banking, leaving a wide open opportunity for third-place running Cody Kummer

Kummer saw the opening, and pounced with his #12 and never once looked back. Kummer stole the victory with Fankhauser and Hanson settling for second and third.

George Richards returned to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to win the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature, with Don Werner winning the night’s Redbox+ 600 Mod main.

A rough track, yes; a wild night, yes . . . but it was a night of on-track action; MUCH better than sitting home on a Friday night and waiting.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site:www.MississippiThunder.com

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Welcomes Tri Star Engines and Transmissions as New Speedway Sponsor

April 20th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is proud to welcome Tri Star Engines and Transmissions on board as a M.T.S. Event Sponsor for the 2013 season! Tri Star Engines and Transmissions, located in Baldwin, WI, is jumping on board as the Title Sponsor of the May 3rd USMTS program at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

To make the event promotion special, Tri Star Engines and Transmissions has taken a unique approach to their support agreement . . . not only will they be involved in the May 3rd USMTS program, not only will they be on-board as a 2013 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Sponsor, but they’ve also decided to get the fans involved. On Friday night May 3rd, during the USMTS Special, they will be donating a complete “Brand NEW Tri Star 350 cu.in. Crate Engine” to the evening’s 50/50 drawing! There will actually be two drawings as part of the evening’s 50/50 event, the first drawing will, as always, be for half of the cash raised during the evening . . . but the second drawing will be for the 350 engine!

That’s right, one lucky fan will be heading home with a brand new Tri-Star 350 cubic inch Engine valued at over $3000.00!!!

Engine Specs:
* NEW Long Block 5.7L/350 cu.in. (4 bolt main / 2 pc. rear main seal)
* Edelbrock Aluminum Performer Intake
* Quick Fuel SL Series 4 barrel Carburetor
* MSD Distributor
* MSD Ignition Wires
* AcDelco Spark Plugs and Oil Filter
* Oil Pan, Timing Cover, Valve Covers, and Harmonic Balancer
* Assembled and Dyno Tuned for immediate usage

Tri Star Engines and Transmissions is a full service high performance crate engine builder. They design and build engines for all types of OE replacement, racing, performance, marine and industrial applications.

Founded in 1988, Tri Star has over 90,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. They also have a full staff of customer service and technical support representatives available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is pleased, and very excited, to welcome Tri Star Engines and Transmissions as a 2013 Speedway Sponsor!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is embarking upon its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Sponsors Step Up in a Big Way With Purse Enhancements for USRA B Mods and Wissota Stocks

April 15th, 2013

Fountain City, WI –MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is ready, once again, to show the racers the money!! Jack Baehman, of Baehman Law, a longtime supporter of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY and the (newly sponsored) Black Horse Bar amp; Grill USRA B-Mod division, is once again stepping up to the pay window for the 2013 racing season with a significant Contribution to the weekly USRA B-Mod purse payout. Jack has worked closely with MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY management during the off season to try and develop a program that will help out all participants in the B-Mod division who support MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY on a weekly basis. “With the cost of racing continuing to rise every year”, explained Baehman, when unveiling the 2013 payout plans, “I wanted to do something that would help everyone in the class, not just those that run in the top five. This enhanced purse pays more money to everyone in the field from top to bottom”.

But Jack’s support of the Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mod division does not stop at just the weekly purse increase. Once again Jack will sponsor the Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge (July 19th) – the FIFTH annual running of the event – which will pay a minimum of $1000.00 to the winner. And if that’s not enough, Jack has already agreed to return as the title sponsor of the 2nd Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals (September 4th-7th) which pays a record setting $10,000.00 to the event winner!

In addition to one of the best weekly payouts and the above listed events, B-Mod drivers have an incredible 2013 season
coming up at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY; including other notable special events such as the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods race May 3rd, the 3rd Annual Rivercity Rumble paying B-Mods $2000.00 to win, and the $500.00 to win the Fall Festival on Oct 5th. Wrap all this together into a single season and it’s clear why MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is quickly becoming referred to by many as “the B-Mod capital of the country”. It may be nearly impossible to find a Speedway that will award B-Mods racers more purse money in 2013 than MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!

2013 Nightly B-Mod (weekly regular event) payout:
1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $250, 4th $200, 5th $150, 6th $125, 7th thru 10th $100, 11th $90 12th $85 13th thru 24th $80

SUPER STOCK RACERS HAVE PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT TOO
Super Stock drivers also have purse enhancements to look forward to in 2013. In 2012 Jay Oricchio (J-Mev Motor Sports & Coordinated Business Systems), launched his support of the Super Stock Class at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY by awarding a $200.00 bonus to the feature winner each and every night with the money rolling over and doubling the next week in the event of a rainout.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to announce that Jay, Coordinated Business Systems and J-Mev Motor Sports will once again be contributing $200.00 a week in 2013 to the Feature winner of the WISSOTA Super Stock division! And to sweeten the deal a bit more, Jay’s support of the WISSOTA Super Stock division is being mirrored by fellow competitor Jeff Brauer (Brauer Roofing Inc.). Brauer Roofing will be adding $100.00 to the 2nd place finisher’s take home pay and another $50.00 to the 3rd place finisher’s winnings in each Super Stock feature event. And just like the $200.00 bonus for 1st, the Brauer Roofing bonus money will roll over in the event of a rainout, setting the stage for a potential massive payout for a weekly show.

All bonus money will be paid in addition to the published MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY regular weekly payout. For example,
with 11-23 Super Stocks taking to the track and at least 550 spectators in the grand stands, the WISSOTA Super Stock
purse will pay $550.00 to the feature winner, $350.00 for the second place finisher and a cool $250.00 to the driver
rounding out the podium in third. If there is a rainout, the following week with same car count and spectators would pay
$750.00 for 1st, $450.00 for 2nd and $300.00 for 3rd. Pretty nice!

The only requirement to be eligible for the bonus money is to have the appropriate sponsor’s sticker displayed on both sides of your car. Stickers will be available at the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY scale house.

So, as you can see, the excitement level continues to rise for those racers ready to take the challenge and head to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY for the 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’!!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is embarking upon its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods joins USMTS Modifieds at Mississippi Thunder Speedway May 3

April 11th, 2013

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. – The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will be part of the program when the USMTS Modifieds visit the Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Friday, May 3.

The event will have a 7 p.m. starts, and a large field of cars is expected at the track which hosted last September’s record-setting Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals that featured more than 150 entrants.

The season opener at Bob Timm’s high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval is one week earlier on Friday, April 26.

With four races in the books, Jeremy Chambers of Parsons, Kan., leads the points standings for the B-Mods, followed by Kris Jackson, Shawn Strong, Corey Crapser and Steve Muilenburg.

The next event for B-Mods is Friday, April 19, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Stock Cars open their campaign on May 25 at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

REMAINING 2013 IRON MAN CHALLENGE EVENTS:

Fri Apr 19 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (B-Mods)
Fri May 3 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. (B-Mods)
Fri May 17 … LA Raceway, La Monte, Mo. (B-Mods)
Sat May 25 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Sun May 26 … Dodge County Speedway, Kasson, Minn. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Thu Jun 6 … Raceway Park, Jefferson, S.D. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Fri Jun 7 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Sat Jun 8 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Thu Jul 4 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Wed Jul 24 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 25 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Thu Aug 8 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Fri Aug 23 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (B-Mods)
Sat Aug 31 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Sun Sep 1 … Dodge County Speedway, Kasson, Minn. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Sat Sep 14 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Thu Sep 19 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Fri Sep 20 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Sat Sep 21 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)

Final points will be determined by the best 15 finishes for B-Mods and best 10 finishes for Stock Cars. Although a license is not required to compete in an Iron Man Challenge event, drivers must possess a valid USRA Competitor License, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division to be eligible for points funds.

Both Iron Man Challenge champions in 2013 will earn $1,500 as part of the series points fund, plus numerous contingency awards from the many generous USRA sponsors. Each event will also award national points in the USRA Weekly Racing Series

Last season 360 tough-as-nails pilots took part in the Iron Man Challenge, which features the most talented Stock Car and B-Mod drivers on dirt from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. Tom Schmitt is the defending champion in the Stock Car class and Trevor Hunt was the 2012 titlist in the B-Mod division.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Tesch conjures up USMTS ‘Hunt’ victory at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 19th, 2012

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. – Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D., ended his dry spell just 17 days shy of the one-year anniversary of his last USMTS victory as he took the lead from Jason Hughes on lap 17 Friday night to score the victory at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

It was the second career victory for the ‘Wizard of Watertown’ at the Fountain City, Wis., speedplant, and the 33rd of his career competing with the United States Modified Touring Series.

Tesch, whose last win came on Sept. 4 of last year at the Dodge County Speedway in nearby Kasson, Minn., chased Hughes for the first 16 laps before taking charge and leading the final 24 orbits to earn the $3,000 top prize.

Hughes held on for runner-up honors while Joey Jensen, fresh off of his win the previous night, beat USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points leader Ryan Gustin to the checkered flag to take third. Rodney Sanders came from 13th to finish fifth and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Jeremy Payne continued his string of strong runs during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup with a sixth-place result. Zack VanderBeek, Josh Angst, Jason Miller and Mark Teske rounded out the top 10.

Gustin will look to make it two wins in a row Saturday when the series returns to the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa. The grandstands are always full at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds when the USMTS Modifieds come to town as the exciting 1/4-mile short track offers some of the wildest and closest competition on the campaign.

VanderBeek captured his career-first USMTS victory at the Upper Iowa Speedway in 2005, and added another win there three years later. Al Hejna is also a two-time winner along with Gustin, who has taken two of the last three including a 40-lap
thriller this past June. Hughes and Tesch have also visited victory lane at UIS.

Jason Cummins and his #71 Cheetos Modified will be making an appearance at the Casey’s General Store located at 1807 Old Stage Rd. in Decorah on Saturday from 12-2 p.m. Fans can pick up $2-off coupons throughout the day at Casey’s locations in
Cresco, Decorah and Waukon.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow. Also on the racing card will be the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For day-of-race information, call the track hotline at 563-382-9984 or check out www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

The five-night, five-track trek concludes Sunday, Aug. 19, with a return trip to the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., where Gustin picked up a win last month during a USMTS National Championship Series contest.

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/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Jensen rolls to USMTS ‘Hunt’ win at Rice Lake

August 17th, 2012

RICE LAKE, Wis. – The United States Modified Touring Series rolled into the Rice Lake Speedway Thursday night for round 6 of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, and Joey Jensen of Forest Lake, Minn., rolled out with his third victory of the
season and a $3,000 paycheck.

Johnny Scott took the lead at the drop of the green flag to kick off the 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main with polesitter Daniel Hilsabeck following close behind. Five laps later, the rookie driver from Waukee, Iowa, wrestled the top spot away from Scott to lead his first lap in a USMTS feature race.

Scott regained the lead with nine laps complete. Meanwhile, Jensen was hounding the leaders with Ryan Ruter, Kelly Shryock, Adam Hensel and Rodney Sanders all within striking distance.

Jensen made his move after the tenth lap and took control as they wrapped up the eleventh orbit around the 3/8-mile clay oval. Scott fought back, but his bid for the lead ended two laps later when mechanical woes sidelined the Las Cruces, N.M., racer.

Although the field remained close behind, Jensen continued to set the pace through lap 35 when caution waved to set up a five-lap dash to the finish with Sanders and 15th-starting Ryan Gustin on his rear bumper.

With Jensen running the middle groove, Sanders used the low line to duck underneath Jensen on several occasions while Gustin looked for a faster line around the high side of the racing surface. With the white flag waving, Sanders edged in front of Jensen as they streaked down the back-stretch but Jensen pulled blasted back ahead in the final turn and beat ‘The Rocket’ to the finish line by half of a car-length. Gustin settled for third while another rookie USMTS pilot, Adam Hensel, claimed the fourth spot ahead of Hilsabeck at the checkered flag.

Jason Cummins steered the Cheetos machine from 12th to sixth, Jason Miller came from 14th to secure the seventh spot and Shryock held on for an eighth-place finish. Zack VanderBeek was ninth and Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top 10. Stormy Scott finished 11 after starting 24 and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. His younger twin brother got the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

With his fifth podium finish in five starts, Gustin remains the points leader in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series with a 45-point cushion (596 to 551) over Sanders. Stormy Scott is third with 533 markers followed by Johnny Scott (467), Jason Hughes (452), VanderBeek (440), Bryan Rowland (440), Jeremy Payne (429), Ramirez (397) and Shryock (394).

FAST FRIDAY IN FOUNTAIN CITY

The drivers load ‘em up and head two hours south on Friday for another blockbuster battle presented by NAPA of Winona and Fastenal at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

After 40 years of racing under the name Tri-Oval Speedway, Timm assumed ownership and opened Mississippi Thunder Speedway for on-track action in 2009 with a completely remodeled, state-of-the-art racing facility. One of the oldest and most
picturesque towns in Southern Wisconsin, the track is located along the Mississippi River right down Hwy. 35. Take a day and enjoy the hillsides, bluffs and magnificent river views plus many attractions nearby.

Todd Scharkey, Kelly Shryock, Brad Waits and Al Hejna were all winners at the former Tri-Oval Speedway. Since then, Tommy Myer, Tim Donlinger and Jon Tesch have each scored a victory at the new Mississippi Thunder Speedway while Ryan Gustin has three wins and Waits another on the current configuration. Terry Phillips won the most recent event this past April.

Al Hejna and his #7 Snickers machine will make an appearance at the Casey’s General Store located at 1600 Eastwood Rd. SE in Rochester, Minn., on Friday from 12-2 p.m. In addition to each Rochester store, fans can find $2-off coupons at all Casey’s locations Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7 p.m. In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, action will include USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

Saturday’s action takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa. The fifth and final event of the week happens Sunday at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., for another $3,000-to-win show.

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/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Balog Etches Name in Record Books as First Sprint Car Winner at MTS

July 15th, 2012

(Fountain City, WI) – It was a history making night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series made its first appearance at the 3/8 mile dirt oval. Fan who visited the raceway which was built
just four years ago got their first taste of open-wheeled 410 sprint action and they would not go home disappointed.

The evening was full of anticipation as both the raceway and series officials were fighting incoming weather. Mother Nature teased at postponing the event, as rain began to fall when the 30 lap A-main event began to stage on the front
stretch. However, when the brief shower ceased officials were able to push off the field and the event completed before any additional rain arrived at the raceway.

For Balog, the event would be decided coming off the second of three caution periods on lap 12 when he would squirt past part time World of Outlaws standout Brooke Tatnell. From that point on Balog was able to repel Tatnell’s challenges to reclaim the top spot. Tatnell had one final shot at stealing the win from Balog after a late race caution setup a three lap dash to the checkered flag, but Balog was up to the challenge securing his eighth feature win of the 2012 season. Tatnell a former champion in his home country of Australia would finish second only three car lengths behind. Travis Whitney a former champion in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series would cross the line third.

A full field of 22 starters would accept the green flag for the main event which was delayed for 10 minutes as a brief shower passed. Officials knew a heavier storm was less than an hour away and as soon as the rain stopped and the racing surface was in condition for racing the field pushed off to the approval of the crowd.

Scott Uttech fresh off two straight podium finishes at recent events at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway and the Sheboygan County Fairpark would pace the event from the pole position, while Tatnell would accept the green flag from outside the front row.

With the green flag in the air Tatnell would shoot into the lead while Uttech settled into the second spot. Balog and Whitney who shared the second row for the start were busy trying to decide the third position. Balog, the defending four–time series champion wasted little time in moving forward slipping past both Whitney and Uttech by lap four. Uttech was lowered another notch when Whitney shot by to claim third moments later.

Out front Tatnell had built a small lead on Balog as the pair soon began to encounter lapped traffic. Tatntell appeared to have the speed to maintain the top spot as the first of three cautions appeared when Phillip Mock slowed while trying to exit the racing surface.

One the restart Tatnell, Balog and Whitney were lined up nose to tail. Balog immediately went on the offensive and would find the room needed to claim the lead dropping Tatnell into the second spot before the next caution appeared as Todd King made contact with the wall and came to a stop. King was able to rejoin the contest.

Going back to green flag action Balog went back to setting the pace with Tatnell giving chase. Uttech found a new groove to his liking and managed to work past Whitney for the third position.

At the halfway point Balog, Tatnell, Uttech, Whitney and Scott Neitzel would hold the top five positions.

Uttech and Whitney continued their war over the third spot as the pair would toss the position back and forth until lap 18 when Whitney again secured the position.

Out front, the lead duo of Balog and Whitney were showing their talent, slinging their 900 horsepower machines through lapped traffic with Balog maintaining a small margin.

The torrid pace came to an end on lap 27 when Brandon Thone who had been running in the top 10 came to a stop in turn four. This would setup a three lap dash to the
checkered.

As the field roared back to life Balog got a good jump on Tatnell creating the gap he would maintain to the finish.

The leaders were headed for the checkered flag as pair of cars encountered mechanical difficulty. Uttech who had been running in the top five suddenly slowed while Neitzel stalled just off the top of the track in turn three. The yellow checkered was displayed with Balog taking the victory. Tatnell would earn second followed by Whitney.

Reinke would be credited with fourth ahead of Bill Wirth who had another strong showing completing the top five. Earlier in the evening Wirth also captured his heat race fending off the challenges of Balog for the win.

Russel Borland, Dave Uttech, Tommy Sexton who made his return to racing after a wild flip in UASC Sprint action had sidelined him for several weeks comprised sixth through eighth.
King rebounded from his earlier incident to finish ninth and Wayne
Modjeski completed the top ten.

18 of the 22 starters were on the track as the checkered flag dropped.

In earlier action, Balog established the qualifying standard, with his trip around the raceway in 12.344 seconds. Whitney had held the top spot until Balog’s lap and turned in the second quick lap on the day with a 12.390 second
effort. Tatnell was third quick with a lap of 12.565 seconds. Nine drivers managed to click off sub 13 second laps.

Heat victories were captured by Wirth, Tatnell and Dave Uttech.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints now head north in scenic Western Wisconsin as the stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints make their lone stop of the season at Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday Night July 14th. For the first time in two years, the winged outlaw Sprint Car drivers of the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) are set to invade Rice Lake Speedway.

The first IRA sanctioned race at Rice Lake Speedway was run in 2006 with Scott Neitzel picking up the victory. Neitzel repeated his win in 2007 and other race winners at Rice Lake have included Billy Balog in 2008, Tim Kaeding in 2009, and when the IRA last raced in Rice Lake in 2010, the winner was Brooke Tatnell. Sam Hafertepe set the current track record in 2006 when he cranked off a 12.225 second lap on the third-mile track.

Along with the Sprint Cars a full program of racing action is on tap for the Rice Lake Speedway event. joining the sprint cars will be WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is (715) 236-2002 and more information can be obtained from co-owner Dave Adams at (715) 205-2861. The speedway website provides more information at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

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

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

Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints Swing Back Into Action With Three Consecutive Double Header Weekends

July 12th, 2012

McHenry, IL,– After a one week hiatus in the 2012 Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Schedule, the Midwest’s finest 410 sprint racers are set to roar back into action with three consecutive double-header weekends.

Several competitors used the break in the schedule to compete in the World of Outlaws. IRA Series regulars Bill Balog, Mike Reinke, Todd King, Kris Spitz, Matt Vandervere, Wayne Modjeski, Russel Borland, Russ Egan, Bill Warren, Phillip Mock, Scott Uttech, Jereme Schroeder, Johnny Fahl, Brandon Thone and Brian Portschy all turned laps with the World of Outlaws in their Wisconsin events this past week. Reinke was notable in running among the leaders at Beaver Dam before being sidelined with mechanical issues, while Balog finished both events in the top 12.

For the next three weeks fans can fill their Friday and Saturday Nights with open-wheeled 410 Sprint Car action as the series travels the state of Wisconsin appearing at six different tracks. Five of those visits will mark the first appearance at the track for the series this season.

It all begins with the series first ever trip to Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Friday Night July 13th. Located near Fountain City, WI, the 1/3 mile clay oval is on the site of the former Fountain City Speedway. Revamped, reshaped and rebuilt Mississippi Thunder Speedway has become one of the states finest motorsports facilities.

Racing action is set to get underway with time trials at 6:00pm, and racing action begins at 7:00pm. In addition to the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints the track will host USRA Modifieds, WISSOTA Super Stocks, WISSOTA Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway is located at 2895 Hwy 35, Fountain City, WI. You can consult the track website http://www.mississippithunder.com for addition event details.

The following night, Saturday July 14th, the series packs up and heads north in scenic Western Wisconsin as the stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints make their lone stop of the season at Rice Lake Speedway. For the first time in two years, the winged outlaw Sprint Car drivers of the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) are set to invade Rice Lake Speedway.

The first IRA sanctioned race at Rice Lake Speedway was run in 2006 with Scott Neitzel picking up the victory. Neitzel repeated his win in 2007 and other race winners at Rice Lake have included Billy Balog in 2008, Tim Kaeding in 2009, and when the IRA last raced in Rice Lake in 2010, the winner was Brooke Tatnell. Sam Hafertepe set the current track record in 2006 when he cranked off a 12.225 second lap on the third-mile track.

Along with the Sprint Cars a full program of racing action is on tap for the Rice Lake Speedway event. joining the sprint cars will be WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is (715) 236-2002 and more information can be obtained from co-owner Dave Adams at (715) 205-2861. The speedway website provides more information at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

The pit gate is expected to open at 4:00 p.m., the grandstands at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying for the Sprint Cars is slated for 6:30 p.m.

The following week on Friday Night July 20th, the series heads to “Wisconsin’s Horsepower Half-mile” with the first of two planned stops in 2012 at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway. The series will conclude its season at the facility in late September. The fastest track on the 30 race schedule this season the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint drivers reach speeds of 140 miles per hour.

In addition to the 410 sprints, the popular Badger Modified Tour is on the schedule of the evening’s events. IRA sprint car hot laps take place at 6 p.m. with qualifying and racing to follow. For more information check badgermodtour.com or call (920) 676 5990. Dodge County Fairgrounds is located on highway 33 two miles east of Beaver Dam, just west of highway 26.

The following evening on Saturday, July 21st the series heads back to familiar territory with its fourth stop of the year at Wilmot Raceway. The event should prove to be a true spectacle in open-wheeled racing action as the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will be joined by the All-Star Circuit of Champions in a combined program. Nearly 40 sprint cars are
expected for the contest.

The Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints and the tracks own Modified class will be joining the program. Additional information can be found at www.wilmotraceway.com

The last of the double header weekends in July will take place on Friday Night July 27th at the St. Croix Speedway and the following night the series heads to ABC Raceway in Ashland, WI for a show on Saturday Night July 28th.

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

Droste rolls to first Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge victory at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

April 29th, 2012

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. – Tyler Droste took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and then led all 20 laps of the main event Friday night at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway to notch his first victory in the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods.

The 16-year-old from Waterloo, Iowa, started from the outside of the front row and wrestled the lead away from polesitter Josh Gesell on the first lap. He was challenged the rest of the way by Erik Kanz, but held on to pocket the $500 top prize.

Kanz, along with three other Minnesota drivers – Dan Wheeler, Parker Hale and Shaun Walski – rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Brian Mahlstedt, Troy Langowski, Ben Moudry, Jason Schlangen and Alex Williamson.

The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge will be back in action for a doubleheader during the Memorial Day Weekend.

On Thursday, May 24, the series heads to the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, and then on Saturday, May 26, it’s a trip to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

Both USRA B-Mods and USRA Stock Cars will be on the card both nights in conjunction with the Modifieds of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usraracing.

Phillips fastest in USMTS Fastenal feature in Fountain City

April 28th, 2012

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.- Terry Phillips took the lead from Rodney Sanders with 10 laps complete, and then held on over the final 30 circuits to score the victory Friday night as the USMTS National Championship Series paid a visit to the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

In the main event presented by Fastenal, polesitter and track owner Bob Timm took the lead from the outside of the front row and led the first lap, but mechanical woes sidelined the veteran before he could complete a second lap. Rodney Sanders, who has eleven top-10 finishes in eleven points races this season, inherited the point and paced the next nine laps before Phillips powered his way into the lead and took command. Phillips was flawless the rest of the way, and he had to be as Sanders shadowed him the whole way but came up about a car-length short at the finish line. It was Phillips’ series-best fifth overall USMTS victory of the season, but his first in the USMTS National Championship Series which carries a $30,000 check for the series points champion.

Friday’s win was worth $4,000 to the second-generation ace from Springfield, Mo.

King of America Modified Nationals winner and runaway Rookie of the Year points leader Stormy Scott came from the eighth starting spot to finish third while points leader and defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin finished fourth by holding off nine-time titleist Kelly Shryock. Jon Tesch, Mike Sorensen, Chase Junghans, Bryan Rowland and Jason Cummins rounded out the top-10. Earlier in the evening it was announced that Saturday’s event at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., has been canceled due to a dismal forecast promising rain, wind and bitter cold temperatures.

Therefore, next up for the USMTS National Championship Series will be a doubleheader in the Show-Me State next weekend starting on Friday, May 4, with a return to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., and then moving on to the long-awaited series debut Saturday at the historic West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, Mo.

Both events will pay $4,000 to win.

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

Fill in the blank: $10,000 paycheck awaits winner of 2nd Annual USRA Modified Nationals

September 9th, 2011

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.- The 2nd Annual USRA Modified Nationals presented by Elmer’s Auto Salvage is finally upon us, and the hottest open-wheel Modified drivers in the nation will converge on the Mississippi Thunder Speedway this Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 8-10, in search of the $10,000 top prize.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway officials have been readying the facility in anticipation of the week’s attack on the high banks starting Thursday night with an open practice session for all drivers and culminating with the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event on Saturday night.

Also on the racing card this weekend will be the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods racing for $500 to win Friday and $1,000 to win Saturday.

Although nearly 200 drivers are expected to compete during the weekend, the USRA Modified Nationals is all about quality, not quantity. High dollars are on the line and high speeds are on the menu for the Modified event that puts its money where its
mouth is.

Among the pre-entered drivers is racing legend Kenny Schrader who will be racing his USRA RHS Modified both Friday and Saturday nights. In addition to his on-track competition, Schrader will also be driving the NAPA Two-Seater Modified each night that for some lucky fans.

Rodney Sanders is the defending champion of the event the 21-year-old from Happy, Texas, will be looking to make it two straight. Others expected to challenge for the title include Jon Tesch, Ryan Gustin, Tim Donlinger, Zack VanderBeek, Jay Ihrke, Nate Wasmund, Brad Waits, Lucas Schott, Josh Angst, Jason Cummins, Mike Sorensen, Steve Wetzstein, Terry Phillips, Johnny Scott, Tommy Myer, Bobby Swanson, Mark Noble, Al Hejna, Doug Hillson, Mike Steensma, Ron Schreiner, Jeremy Payne, Dereck Ramirez, Kelly Shryock, Corey Dripps, Chris Spieker, Joel Alberts, Bill Clemens, Chase Junghans, Andy Bohnstengel, Brandon Aggen, Jason Krohn and more.

Fan will also have the chance to test their skills in “The Beast” Modified Simulator at the track both days. The Beast is a full-scale dirt modified virtual motion simulator that you will find nowhere else!

In addition to Saturday’s $10,000 winner’s share of the purse, the 2nd Annual USRA Modified Nationals presented by Elmer’s Auto Salvage will also have a $1,000-to-win main event on Friday night. On top of that, Saturday’s 50-lapper will feature a ten-minute red-flag pit stop at lap 20 to allow drivers and their teams to make adjustments for the final 30-lap dash for the cash. The leader at the lap-20 break will earn a $1,000 bonus courtesy of Sunshine Sanitation.

Start times for both days will be 7 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. and grandstands will open at 5 p.m. both days.

On-site camping is available for the entire weekend. Contact the Mississippi Thunder Speedway office at 507-429-9638 for reserved camping registration. For more information about the event or to order tickets, check out www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook, join us on MySpace or follow us on Twitter.

Jon Tesch Scores USMTS Hunt Win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 25th, 2011

Watertown, South Dakota- Over the past two weeks Jon has been in action in the opening rounds of the 2011 Casey’s General USMTS Hunt in his #14 Tesch Motorsports/B&E Concrete/GRT/Sput’s Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified, and on Friday night he claimed the win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin).

Below are blog-style updates of last week’s tour events:

August 17th, 2011 – Jon resumed action on the Casey’s General USMTS Hunt on Wednesday night at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota) in a $2,000-to-win, 40 lap event. The night would start great for the team as Tesch charged from last in his heat race to claim the win, which locked him into the feature’s redraw. In the redraw, Jon would receive the pole starting spot
for the main event with Trent Follmer joining him on the front row.

As the feature went green Tesch jumped to the lead and would build a solid advantage by the time that he began to catch the backmarker on lap 13. Over the next several laps Jason Hughes would work his way up to the second spot, and the duo began to battle for the lead. Lap 28 would see Hughes and Ryan Gustin use lapped traffic to their advantage as they slipped past Tesch as he was pushed back to the third spot. Jon would go on to record a third place finish behind race winner, Hughes, and Gustin. Even though it wasn’t the win he wanted it was still a solid point’s night for the team in The
Hunt.

August 18th, 2011 – Thursday night found Jon at Rice Lake Speedway (Rice Lake, Wisconsin) for a $2,000-to-win, Casey’s General USMTS Hunt event. The $2,000-to-win event drew a field of 35 competitors, and heat race action saw Jon win his heat race to lock into the redraw for the feature. In the redraw, he would receive the fifth starting spot. He would battle in the top five for the duration of the feature before recording a fourth place
finish behind race winner, Ryan Gustin, Ryan Ruter, & Dustin Boney.

August 19th, 2011 – After flirting with victory lane several times over the past several races, Tesch was finally able to seal the deal on Friday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) as he topped the $2,000-to-win event. Forty-two Open Wheel Modifieds entered the event, and Jon started the night by winning his heat race to lock into the redraw, where he would select the second starting spot for the 40 lap feature alongside pole-sitter, Dustin Boney. Jon would find his way to the lead early in the feature event before racing to the victory, which came over Johnny Scott, Ryan Gustin, Tim Donlinger, and Jason Krohn. The win was his second of the season.

August 20th, 2011 – Saturday evening found the #14 GRT House Car with Jon Tesch behind the wheel in action at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) in another $2,000-to-win, Casey’s General USMTS event. Twenty-eight competitors registered for the event, and in heat race action, Tesch advanced one spot from his fifth starting spot to a fourth place finish.
The heat performance was enough to lock him into the feature in the 14th starting position. At the drop of the green flag Tesch would begin to slowly work his way forward, and during the course of the feature he would gain a total of six spots on his way to an 8th place finish at the checkered flag.

August 21st, 2011 – Jon concluded a busy, five day stretch with the Casey’s General USMTS tour on Sunday night at Nobles County Speedway (Worthington, Minnesota). Twenty-six cars entered the event, and after winning the first heat race, Tesch locked into the redraw for the feature event, where he received the fourth starting spot. In the feature the leaders would spend a majority of the feature in lapped traffic as they battled for the lead. By the time that the checkered flag dropped Tesch was shown with a third place finish behind race winner, Jasoh Krohn, and Ryan Gustin.

Jon is currently third in the latest Hunt standings behind Ryan Gustin and Kelly Shryock. Full results and the latest standings are available at www.USMTS.com.

This weekend, August 25th-27th, Jon will resume action with the Casey’s General USMTS Hunt with a trio of events. On Thursday night the tour will invade I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri) before moving onto Cedar County Speedway (Tipton, Iowa) on Friday night and will conclude on Saturday night at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa). For more information, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Taping has also begun for this year’s episodes of Dirt Knights, and once again Jon is one of the featured drivers. Please visit www.DirtKnights.com for more information.

Jon Tesch would like to thank all of his sponsors including B & E Concrete, Team Electronics, GRT Race Cars, Deberg Farms Inc., R & S Auto Technicians, Veeders Collision Center, Choice Drywall, H & B Truck Shop, U1 Motorsports, Bullet Graphics, Central Arkansas Pest Services, Integra Racing Shocks, Lebert Construction, Sput’s Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, Dakota Bumper Auto Body Supply, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Keiser Manufacturing, Fast Shafts, Dry Slik Racewear, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Jon Tesch, please visit www.JonTesch.com .

Tesch topples USMTS titans at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 25th, 2011

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. – Jon Tesch turned in a dominating performance Friday night as Round 6 of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy took place at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

From the outside of the front row, Tesch took control of the 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main at the onset, survived a couple quick cautions in the first four laps and then raced unchallenged to the finish line to score his second win of the season and 31st
of his USMTS career.

Johnny Scott worked his way up to second from the sixth starting spot, but could not reel in Tesch’s machine and settled for the runner-up paycheck a little more than two seconds behind the ‘Wizard of Watertown.’

Points leader Ryan Gustin took third, with 2008 USMTS National Champion Tim Donlinger fourth and 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn fifth. Krohn, who started in the 21st position on the 27-car grid, earned his second Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award with his prolific passing performance. Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock was sixth, Dustin Boney held on for a seventh-place result, Zack VanderBeek earned eighth, Rodney Sanders came from 17th to ninth and Josh Angst rounded out the top 10.

Gustin continues to sit atop the points in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy with a 106-point bulge over Shryock (674 to 568) while Tesch slightly narrowed the gap and is third with 541 points. Defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes is fourth with 535 markers, followed by Scott (496), Krohn (495), VanderBeek (475), Boney (458), Keith Foss (450) and Sanders (443).

The chaos continues Saturday night at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa. Action will also feature the hard-as-nails Iron Man Challenge featuring the hottest USRA Stock Car and B-Mod drivers in the region. Local Hobby Stocks will also compete.

Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at both Casey’s General Stores locations in Webster City.

The Hamilton County Speedway is located 1.2 miles north of US 20 at exit 140, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 5 blocks south on Bluff St. For more information, call the track office at 515-899-2222 or 515-832-5382 on race day or check out www.hamiltoncospeedway.com online.

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

Waits rolls to Rivercity Rumble win

August 9th, 2011

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.- In a matter of 24 hours, Brad Waits went from worst to first as he captured the 40-lap main event Saturday night as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy invaded the Mississippi Thunder
Speedway for the 3rd Annual Rivercity Rumble.

Waits sat out the remainder of the night on Friday after being involved in a crash in his heat race, but on Saturday the driver from Rochester, Minn., sat in victory lane with a $3,000 check in his hands – just one week after pocketing $20,000 at the
World Modified Dirt Track Championship.

Event sponsor Rivercity Manufacturing tempted the previous night’s winner, Ryan Gustin, with a $3,000 bonus if he would agree to start at the rear of the field and could win from there.

Much to the crowd’s delight, Gustin forfeited his second row starting spot and elected start dead last in the 27-car field for a chance at a $6,000 haul. Ben Mattick started on the pole for the WIX Filters “A” Main with Josh Angst on his outside for the drop of the green flag. Angst fended off Mattick and Waits for the first five laps, but Waits muscled his way to the front to lead the sixth lap.

Behind the leaders, Lucas Schott raced outside of Corey Dripps for fourth place with Rodney Sanders joining the battle in the top 5 while Waits and Angst pulled away in a side-by-side race for the lead.

Waits eventually pulled away and left the field to battle it out for runner-up honors.

Meanwhile, Gustin was working his way forward but got no help from the flagman as the first caution flag finally waved on lap 33 when Sanders and Mattick both slowed with flat tires while Gustin hovered in the 13th spot.

Waits bolted away from the field on the restart en route to another win at the former Tri-Oval Speedway where he was virtually unbeatable in year’s past.

Kelly Shryock gained ground and finished second followed by Dripps, Schott and Tim Donlinger. Dereck Ramirez, Bob Timm, Mike Wedelstadt and Doug Hillson rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Gustin also retired from the race with six laps to go due to a flat tire. Although he wound up 19th, simply taking the green flag in his heat race earlier locked up the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points title worth $2,500 for the 20-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa.

Finishing behind ‘The Reaper’ in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points were Shryock, Zack VanderBeek, Sanders, Dripps, Jason Miller, Ramirez, Jason Krohn, Keith Foss and Hillson.

With their top-10 finishes in the final rankings, the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy added Miller, Foss and Hillson to the Class of 2011 who will be chasing this year’s crown.

After winning four regional titles, Gustin will lead all drivers into ‘The Hunt’ with a perfect base score of 80 points. The rest of the top 10 ‘hunters’ behind Gustin are Shryock, Sanders, VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, Johnny Scott, Dripps, Shane Hebert, Krohn and Bryan Rowland.

In all, 46 drivers from 12 different states have earned a spot in this year’s USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy.

‘The Hunt’ begins this Thursday, Aug. 11, in Jetmore, Kan., at the Great American Dirt Track. Last year’s debut at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval saw Kelly Shryock beat Ryan Gustin to the finish line by a bumper as they banged their way to a photo finish to the delight of the fans.

Shryock, Gustin, defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes and dozens of other lead-footed dirt merchants will be on hand and looking to start off on the right foot. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and racing gets underway at 7:30.

For additional information, visit www.greatamericandirttrack.com.

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

Temeyer, Timm top Iron Man tilt at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 8th, 2011

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.- The Iron Man Challenge roared into Fountain City, Wis., Friday night with Justin Temeyer and Jake Timm topping the main events for their first wins of the season.

Temeyer of Independence, Iowa, pocketed the $700 top prize for the USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars as he held off Thursday night’s winner Tory Reicks of Waucoma, Iowa.

Kevin Donlan of Decorah, Iowa, was third; Newton, Iowa’s Mike Van Genderen finished fourth and defending Iron Man Challenge champion Nathan Wood of Sigourney, Iowa, rounded out the top 5.

With the win, Temeyer wrestled the lead in the points standings away from Wood by four points (863 to 859). Van Genderen is third with 778 markers, followed by Steve Jackson (760) and Jeff Joldersma (747), who missed his first event of the 2011 campaign after suffering a roll-over Thursday night in Cresco, Iowa.

Jake Timm of Winona, Minn., put $500 in his pocket for winning the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mod main event at the track his father, Bob Timm, owns and operates.

Defending American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series National Champion Brandon Hare of Elma, Iowa, garnered the runner-up paycheck, followed by Winona drivers Ben Anderson and Shaun Walski, with points leader Matt Lettow of Roland, Iowa, taking fifth.

While Lettow still leads the rankings with 888 points, Hare edged closer with 716 points, followed by Parker Hale (678), Jared Timmerman (650) and Cayden Carter (625).

The Iron Man Challenge returns to action on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, followed by a date at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Nineteen dates at thirteen dirt ovals comprise the 2011 schedule for the second season of the Iron Man Challenge. Points for both classes will be awarded based on a driver’s 10 best nights. Licensed USRA drivers in both classes also earn national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series, and some tracks may also award track points.

The Iron Man Challenge points fund for the Stock Cars carries a $2,000 top prize with the tenth-place finisher earning $200. In the B-Mod class, the points champion will earn $700 with tenth-place taking home $100.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook, join us on MySpace or follow us on Twitter.

Gustin cruises to USMTS win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 8th, 2011

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. – Even though he hasn’t reached his 21st birthday yet, Marshalltown, Iowa’s Ryan Gustin reached another milestone in his young driving career Friday night with a convincing win at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

In addition to recording his series-best 18th win of the season, Gustin’s third career USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy victory at the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval was his 42nd overall which ties him with Tommy Myer for third on the all-time USMTS win list.

Rodney Sanders, who left the Mississippi Thunder Speedway last September with $12,000 after winning the USRA Modified Nationals, jumped out from the pole position to lead the first four laps of the 35-lap WIX Filters “A” Main.

It was obvious early on, however, that Gustin was on the charge as he moved up from starting ninth on the grid to challenge Sanders for the lead by the third lap. By the end of the fifth lap, Gustin was in front and the fat lady was warming up.

Gustin streaked beneath the checkered flags 30 laps later with a quarter-lap advantage over Wasmund, while nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock crossed the finish line in third ahead of Ryan Ruter and Myer, who started 13th.

Thursday night’s runner-up at the Cresco (Iowa) Speedway, Lucas Schott, scored the sixth-place paycheck, Jason Miller wound up seventh and Zack VanderBeek came from 20th to eighth and garnered the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Corey Dripps and Keith Foss rounded out the top 10.

The win was worth $2,000 to Gustin and gave him a nearly insurmountable lead in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points standings. Sitting on an 89-point cushion over Shryock, ‘The Reaper’ simply needs to pull onto the racing surface tomorrow night to secure his fourth regional crown of the year.

VanderBeek is currently third in the rankings with 878 markers, followed by Sanders (809), Miller (752), Dripps (735), Dereck Ramirez (705), Jason Krohn (668), Foss (644) and Jon Tesch (616). With Tesch not in attendance this weekend, the tenth spot comes down to a battle between Doug Hillson, Ryan Ruter and Lucas Schott who are 2, 26 and 28 points, respectively, out of tenth-place.

Upon completing lap 13 Friday night, Gustin also crossed the 600-laps-led threshold. He now has paced 622 main event laps this season. His closest rival in the category is Shryock, who has led 243 laps during the 2011 campaign.

Round 2 of the weekend doubleheader continues tomorrow with a $3,000-to-win main event as part of the 3rd Annual Rivercity Rumble. Pits open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 3 and hot laps start at 5:30 with racing at 6 p.m.

Saturday’s show will wrap up the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points battle and graduate the final class of drivers into this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy.

The track is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com online. USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Mini-Mods will round out the card on Saturday.

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

Kisling and Timm Top Contenders at Mississippi Thunder

July 24th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – It was NAPA Night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and there were many prizes for fans as well as feature winners. Multiple wrench sets, coolers, and more were given away to fans while the feature winners received items such as floor jacks, compressors, and tool boxes. Air conditioning would have been a welcomed prize for anyone, however, racing was still a success as no one spontaneously combusted in the sweltering heat.

Danny Hanson collected feature win number five in the WISSOTA Street Stocks while Ben Anderson tallied another win for the USRA B-Mods. Shane Kisling made his second appearance at the speedway much more lucrative this time as he outran the field in the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Bob Timm was in pure form taking the win in the USRA Modifieds.

John Griffin won the 600 Mini Mods, Mike Stevens topped the Senior “A” Mini Mods, and Keagen Einck took the checkers in the Junior “B” Mini Mod division.

Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature action set off with Jesse Lutz and defending winner Nick Schwebach in the front row. Schwebach took the early lead followed by Fred Prudoehl, Lutz, and heat one winner Ryan Henderson. Schwebach appeared strong out of the chute, but Prudoehl was on the move. Henderson zipped outside of Prudoehl to race side by side for second behind Schwebach. Danny Hanson quickly moved from eighth to fourth while Lutz continued in fifth place. Henderson was running very strong but had to beat Prudoehl and Hanson off with a stick to remain in a solo second place behind Schwebach. Henderson dove under Schwebach for the lead as Hanson dove under Prudoehl for third. The four cars ran in two rows side by side as if the race had just begun. Schwebach slipped high in turn four which allowed Henderson to the lead and Hanson into second place. Henderson and Hanson then battled for the lead. Shaun Mann gained on Schwebach as he entered the top five. Hanson led the field to the checkers in the caution-free race followed by Henderson, Mann, Prudoehl, and Matt Wolfe.

Troy Langowski and Jake Timm started off the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mod feature on the front row ahead of Tucker Breitung and Ben Anderson. An immediate caution in turn one reset the field. Langowski took the lead, but Anderson was around him into first in no time followed by Brandon Hare. Anderson, Hare, and Langowski were followed by Timm and Greg Mattick as drivers raced five-wide for sixth place out of turn four. Another caution reset the field with Anderson on the point and Hare, Timm, and Langowski in pursuit. Timm gained steam as he shot under Langowski into second behind Anderson. Hare moved in behind Timm while Anderson pulled away in the lead. Langowski maintained his fourth-place spot, and Erik Kanz moved in behind to fifth. As the laps wound down, Timm made a charge under Anderson for the lead, but Anderson kept side by side with Timm. Langowski moved back to third, but once again Hare took the spot back. Timm then took over the lead from Anderson, but Timm got a bit squirrely which allowed Anderson back to the lead. Anderson was able to hold on and secure the win and the NAPA air compressor as a bonus. Hare finished second followed by Timm, Langowski, and Kanz.

Shane Kisling started from the pole in the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock main event. Lake City’s Josh Rodewald ran outside pole followed by Gary Wiersgalla and Kevin Hager. Kisling took the lead early while Hager and Wiersgalla raced side by side for third behind Rodewald. Hager gained third over Wiersgalla. Michael Hofer put his nose in on the action as Dennis Earney, Hofer, and Wiersgalla raced three-wide for fourth place. Kelly Anderson slipped into fifth place quickly as there was a lot of movement for fourth and fifth places. In the single-caution race, Wiersgalla’s machine broke away as he exited turn two. Facing the wrong way, Wiersgalla’s machine was hit head on by Jon Duffy with nowhere to go resulting in DNFs for both men. The restart reeled Kisling back into the field as he sat in the front row ahead of Rodewald and Hager. Kisling again headed off into his own world followed by Rodewald while Hofer and Hager raced side by side for third. Hofer slipped back to fifth as Tommy Richards slid under Hager to challenge for the third spot. Richards was on the move as he took over third and left Hager to fend off Anderson and Hofer for fourth. Kisling continued his run up front followed by Rodewald, but Richards also picked off Rodewald for second just after the half-way mark of the race. Anderson ran in fourth as Jeff Brauer and Hager ran side by side for fifth place. Kisling was checked out by this time and headed off for his picture in victory lane. Richards pulled out a second place finish while Anderson, Brauer, and Hofer rounded out the top five.

Heat-three winner Hank Rollinger Jr. climbed into the pole position for the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified main event. Rollinger was pursued right away by Bob Timm and Luke Schott. Schott flew into the lead early, and Timm dipped under Schott, but Schott held his ground. Rollinger raced hard for third as John Doelle closed in followed by Dan Bohr and Shane Wehrs. Schott continued to lead over Timm, Doelle, and Rollinger with no real challenges for some time. By lap 10, Schott moved into lap traffic. A caution with 13 laps down pulled the field back together. Rollinger had been rolling some smoke for several laps, but eventually pulled in during the caution with a flat right rear tire. On the restart, Schott kept his lead over the field while Doelle’s second place he had just taken was stripped back from him by Timm. Brad Waits zoomed his new mod into the top five and became a contender for the lead as Schott, Waits, and Timm briefly ran three-wide for the top spot. Timm eventually got the lead followed hotly by Waits as the two left Schott in their dust in third. Timm was able to pull to a good lead, but Schott gained momentum as Waits then had Schott on his bumper for second place. Timm sailed to the win. Waits pulled in a great first night at the speedway back in a modified followed by Schott. Ben Mattick crept into the top five to finish fourth followed by Bohr.

There will be no races at Mississippi Thunder Speedway Friday, July 29th due to the World Modified Dirt Track Championships at Deer Creek Speedway. Racing will resume on Friday, August 5th on what was to be a night off with the rescheduled USMTS $2,000-to-win show which was rained out on July 15th. The show will also include WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, as well as the 600 Mini Mods, Senior Mini Mods, and Junior Mini Mods. WISSOTA Super Stocks will have the night off.

The following night on Saturday, August 6th will be will be the scheduled River City Rumble Modified Special which will include all regular track classes. Visit www.mississippithunder.com for more details.

Schott Sweeps; Schwebach Sees The View From Victory Lane

July 24th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – Mississippi Thunder Speedway should be the cleanest it has been this season as four drivers swept their divisions. New faces graced victory lane in the multiple main events as double features were run in the USRA B-Mods, USRA Modifieds, and 600 Mini Mods due to the rainout last week. A few more new faces were also on hand in the USRA Modifieds in preparation for the big USMTS show the following week at the speedway.

Les Duellman hit victory lane in the make-up feature after a drought in the USRA Modifieds. Ben Anderson made it through an early melee which resulted in several DNFs to win the USRA B-Mod make-up feature. Jeff Matejka hit the checkers in the 600 Mini Mod make-up feature.

After the make-ups were concluded, regular racing action began. The WISSOTA Street Stocks and WISSOTA Super Stocks delivered flawless main events as they ran caution-free. Nick Schwebach from Caledonia, Minnesota finally found out what it was like to face the crowd in victory lane while Tommy Richards ended his dry spell with a victory in a newly purchased car to sweep the WISSOTA Super Stock division.

Shaun Walski topped a nail-biter in the USRA B-Mod feature over youngster Parker Hale. Luke Schott hit his marks and not only won his first feature at the track in the USRA Modified division, but he also made it a clean sweep. Jeff Provinzino also swept the 600 Mini Mod class.

After the green flag flew in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock main event, three-wide action was seen down the front stretch between polesitter Lee Hager, Nick Schwebach, and Cory Hanson. Hanson came out on top as he led early on. Shaun Mann shot to fourth ahead of Ryan Henderson. Schwebach took the lead over Hanson, but Hanson kept close tabs on first place. Mann made a hard dive into turn four for second but could not make the pass. Schwebach continued his lead over Hanson, and Henderson ran outside of Mann as the two raced side by side for third. Enter Danny Hanson for a race for fourth place. Schwebach was a man on a mission as he never looked back to take his first win. Cory Hanson ran a commendable second followed by Danny Hanson, Henderson, and Mann.

The young front row in the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mod feature consisted of Parker Hale and Alex Williamson. The two took off in a side-by-side battle for the lead through the first lap, but a caution reset the field for a complete restart. In identical fashion to the first start, Hale and Williamson tore side by side until Hale edged Williamson for first. Drew Lawson tailed the two in third place as Shaun Walski bolted into three-wide action with Williamson and Lawson for second. Walski continued to cruise as he searched for Hale out front. Cautions slowed the field again, and multiple restarts ensued. Williamson dropped to the infield on one of the restarts which put Hale on the point followed by Erik Kanz, Walski, Lawson, and Troy Langowski with only five laps down. Walski took the lead from Hale, but he was reeled back in as the class struggled with green flag laps. A single-file restart finally settled things down when Walski mounted a great challenge with Hale for first. The two continued to trade spots for the last half of the race. Walski and Hale ran side by side as they encountered lap traffic. One would take the lead at the line, and by the next lap, it was the other with the edge. With two laps to go, Hale and Walski were dead even at the flagstand. Walski was able to hold steady enough to take the win from Hale. Jimmy Broszeit jumped in to finish third followed by Kanz and Lawson.

Jon Duffy and Tommy Richards marched the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks to the line for the main event as the cars were fast to dice for spots. Kelly Anderson shot into the lead over Richards as Dennis Earney dipped into third. Bob Fort and Duffy ran side by side for fourth as the top three of Anderson, Richards, and Earney put some distance on the field. Jeff Brauer scooted under Michael Hofer and Fort for fourth place as cars ran three-wide down the backstretch. Richards gained on Anderson and moved in low for the lead. Earney ran a short distance back while Brauer attempted again to get under Hofer as the two continued to race for fourth. Richards was able to put some distance on Anderson for the lead while Earney ran comfortably in a solo bid for third. As the track appeared like ice, the cars skated to the finish in the caution-free race. Richards hit victory lane followed by Anderson, Earney, Brauer, and Hofer.

The River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds roared to the green flag as Josh Angst pulled the lead over Bob Timm. An early caution set Angst on the point ahead of Timm, Cole Queensland, Kelly Shryock, and Jeff Rollinger. Angst pulled to the lead while Queensland, Timm, and Shryock ran three-wide for second place. A caution was pulled when Lance Hofer idled just off the track with a flat tire, and when the race resumed, another caution erupted for a spun car. Angst kept on the ball with his starts but soon Timm and Shryock were competing for the lead as well. With only five laps down and after the fifth caution, a single-file restart set Angst, Shryock, and Timm ahead of Luke Schott, Jay Ihrke, Keith Foss, and Ben Mattick. Shryock got under Angst to race side by side for the lead as Schott moved in on the pair. With ten laps down, Shryock took the lead over Angst while Schott decreased the distance between himself and Angst. With each lap, Schott gained considerably on Angst until the two ran side by side for second. Schott made the pass and was on his way to search out Shryock in the lead. As laps were finally sewn together, Shryock continued his lead over Schott, Angst, Timm, and Mattick. At lap 19, Schott climbed within inches to take the lead from Shryock at the line. Shryock darted back for the lead, and then Schott again headed out front. With two laps to go, Schott ran with it and pocketed his first feature win at MTS. Shryock, Timm, Angst, and Mattick rounded out the top five.

Next up will be the USMTS $2,000-to-win show on July 15th which will also include WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and USRA Modifieds as well as the 600 Mini Mods, Senior Mini Mods, and Junior Mini Mods. WISSOTA Super Stocks will have the night off. A regular night of racing will occur July 22nd, and take special note that there will be no racing at MTS on Friday, July 29th due to the World Modified Dirt Track Championship races at Deer Creek Speedway. Visit www.mississippithunder.com for more details.

Lightning Strikes Twice; Redetzke Repeats

July 6th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – The Dart WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series event arrived at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and in more ways than one, Jake Redetzke proved that lightning does strike twice in the same place. Redetzke not only sailed to the big win ahead of 28 other competitors, he back-to-backed the win from Thursday night and also from last year as he was the reigning champion of the event.

The WISSOTA Street Stock count dwindled to half from the night before at the Street Stock Summer Nationals, but Jay Kesan almost made it back-to-back wins like Redetzke. Danny Hanson squashed that goal and sealed the win.

Cory Hanson and Lee Hager found themselves ahead of 13 other hungry drivers in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock main event. Hanson was quick to the lead, but Hager ran a strong second. Danny Richards shot low under Hager, but Hager held his ground in second on the high line. Danny Hanson moved into three-wide competition with Richards and Hager then for second. Jay Kesan galloped from the last invert spot into fifth as Cory Hanson and Danny Hanson raced side by side for the lead. Danny Hanson soon put Cory Hanson behind him as he took off in first place. Kesan moved to the outside and smoothly took second place from Cory Hanson. Richards ran in fourth place behind Cory Hanson, and Hager continued his strong run in fifth as he held off Fred Prudoehl and Shaun Mann. Kesan made some big gains on Danny Hanson for the lead as the two touched lightly in turn four. Hanson kept low as the two put some distance on the field. At lap nine, Kesan raced to the outside of Hanson for the lead. The following lap, the two more than touched in turn four, and Hanson came out in front. Kesan dug in for second place as Cory Hanson and Richards followed some distance back in third and fourth places. Hager and Mann raced side by side for fifth as Ryan Henderson filtered his way through the pack to seventh. Hanson set himself apart from Kesan eventually to solidify his lead. Hager drifted back as Richards moved to third followed by Cory Hanson and Mann. Mann drummed up a challenge for fourth with Cory Hanson but could not make the pass. Danny Hanson grabbed the checkers ahead of Kesan. Richards, Cory Hanson, and Mann capped the top five.

With impending severe weather just across the river in Minnesota, the order of events was altered to have the WISSOTA Late Models run their big main event next. The top six finishers from the B-Main transferred to the main event, and Chad Becker chose to use his provisional and fell to the tail of the field which made it a 25-car starting grid.

The lightning in the distance provided a perfect backdrop for the WISSOTA Late Models at Mississippi Thunder in their main event. In the frisbee redraw for position, Jake Redetzke’s luck continued as he pulled number 1 for the 40-lap race. Jordan Yaggy pulled outside pole followed by Cory Mahder and Joel Cryderman.

At the drop of the green, the dust flew, and Redetzke did too into the lead. Yaggy, Lance Matthees, and Mahder followed like they were trying to outrun the storm on its way. Redetzke took a commanding lead as Matthees tore under Yaggy for second place. Mahder, Cryderman, and Justin Fegers set up shop in the top five. By lap nine, Redetzke was already looking at the taillights of the back of the field. Redetzke, Matthees, and Yaggy spread out and were a distance in front of the rest. Mahder led the next pack in fourth and was soon challenged by Jimmy Mars as the two raced side by side at lap 12. Mars came out on top and made a considerable gain on Yaggy. A caution at lap 19 made Redetzke and Matthees rejoin the field out front. When the race went back to green, Redetzke was like a rocket determined to set himself apart from the field once again. Mars overtook Matthees for second while Yaggy and Mahder raced side by side for fourth. Brady Smith moved into top five contention after starting 14th on the grid as caution two arrived when Brad Waits was tagged and ended up in the front stretch wall. With 23 laps down, a marathon to the finish was in store. Redetzke again moved to the solo lead but with not as much of a gap this time. As the laps wound down, the wind whipped up. Redetzke chalked up another win and repeated as the DART WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series winner at the speedway. Mars, Smith, Matthees, and Fegers rounded out the top five.

Many contingency awards were handed out to the WISSOTA Late Model competitors. A huge thank you goes out to all sponsors for making this event and series successful.

Heat 1 Winner – Allstar Performance $100 Certificate – Brent Larson
Heat 2 Winner – Performance Auto $100 Certificate – Joel Cryderman
Heat 3 Winner – Wehrs Machine & Racing Products $100 Certificate – Eric Breeschoten
Heat 4 Winner- Howards Cams Racing Components $100 Certificate – John Kaanta
Hard Charger – $100 product certificate to Lou Fegers Racing Equipment – Brady Smith
$50 cash award to the highest passing points driver courtesy of Brown Engineering – Brent Larson
Keizer Aluminum Wheels product –Mike Stadel
Joe Provo Racewear Pole Award $50 product certificate – Jake Redetzke
Joe Provo Racewear $50 product certificate – Jimmy Mars
Provinzino Race Cars $50 product certificate to winner of B feature – Chris Oertel
Champ Pans $50 product certificate – Doug Herrick
Dirt Track Supply $25 product certificates – Mike Stadel and Justin Sass
Chubeck Racing Products $75 product certificate to Hard Luck driver – Marshall Fegers
Shocks by Hammer $50 product certificate – Lance Matthees

The Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods then were called to the track as the winds died down. However, after seven laps, the hard rains came and the race was called. They will complete their feature next week. The EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods and the River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds will run double features next week.

So, if you want to get more racing for your dollars, next up on July 8th is a regular night of racing including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and USRA Modifieds as well as the 600 Mini Mods, Senior Mini Mods, and Junior Mini Mods including the double features. July 15th will showcase the USMTS Modifieds for a $2,000-to-win event. A regular night of racing will occur July 22nd, and take special note that there will be no racing at MTS on Friday, July 29th due to the World Modified Dirt Track Championship races at Deer Creek Speedway. Visit www.mississippithunder.com for more details.

Kesan Cashes In On The Street Stock Summer Nationals

July 6th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – Elite Shock Services jumped on board to present the 2nd Annual Street Stock Summer Nationals at Mississippi Thunder Speedway to open up the Fourth of July holiday weekend. As the showcase class, the WISSOTA Street Stocks did not disappoint.

WISSOTA Late Models joined the show as they cased out the track in preparation for their big $3,000-to-win DART WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series event the following night. Twenty-seven WISSOTA Late Models were on hand, and everyone was pushed into the main event. Jake Redetzke was the one to put the $1,000 paycheck in his pocket.

Thirty-one WISSOTA Street Stocks hit the track on a night where it seemed it must have been cooler IN a race car than watching; at least the drivers were not in the sun. Two locals were able to crack the top five, but it was Jay Kesan from Weyerhauser, Wisconsin to claim the honors in the WISSOTA Street Stock main event.

Drivers checked in from the surrounding areas as well as Northern Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, and even Michigan to try their hand at taking home the $1,500 check in the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Four heats and one B-Main later, 24 cars were slated for out-of-car introductions to start off the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature.

A strong and impressive field of Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks set out on a mission with John Kallas as their leader. Adam Soltis and Mike Jans raced side by side behind Kallas for second while three-wide racing between Ryan Henderson, Jay Kesan, and Tim Johnson for fourth followed behind. Kallas ran strong out front as Jans, Soltis, and Kesan fell into line. Henderson and Johnson then raced side by side for fifth when Danny Hanson entered the picture in sixth. Johnson kept working the bottom of the track for fifth, but Henderson held his ground. Kesan made a move on Solits for third place but had to settle back to fourth. With ten laps down, Kallas continued his lead ahead of Jans while Soltis and Kesan moved into a side-by-side battle for third. Johnson and Henderson followed up with side-by-side racing for fifth when the first of two cautions waved over the field. Kallas’ heart sank as he had to settle back into the field on the restart. The restart took off good, but going out of turn two, Soltis appeared to have dropped off the pace. A shuffle of cars, bumper tag, and bottlenecking resulted and at the end of the back stretch, a car got turned into the wall, hit by others and the result was Nick Wojcik rubber side up with Anthony Zvorak, Matt Wolfe, Danny Richards, and Doug Wojcik all involved. All drivers got out of their cars as the red light stopped traffic. After cleanup was complete, the restart set Kallas on the point ahead of Kesan and Jans. Kesan cleared Jans for second with Henderson on his tail. Kesan made his move to take the lead from Kallas, but not so fast; three-wide for the lead between Kesan, Kallas, and Johnson ensued at lap 14. Kesan pulled away briefly, but Johnson rode the low groove and Kallas the high groove as the two raced for second place. Danny Richards charged his topless car, after the backstretch incident, into fourth place ahead of Hanson. It truly was anyone’s race as Kesan, Johnson, Richards, Kallas, and Hanson ran very close. With two laps to go, Johnson was on Kesan’s bumper for the lead. As the final lap appeared, the lead cars nearly got entangled in the lap traffic of Jordan Kurtti whose car had suffered front right suspension damage. Kurtti did a great job of harnessing his unruly machine to allow the leaders through and on to the finish line. Kesan came through with the big win followed by Johnson, Kallas, Richards, and Hanson.

Eric Breeschoten got the jump on pole sitter Jake Redetzke in the WISSOTA Late Model feature over Nick Herrick and Steve Isenberg. As the cars sorted out their spots, Adam Hensel seemed to be the car on the move as he climbed from tenth to seventh in a short time. A caution with five laps down reset the field with Breeschoten out front alone followed by Herrick on the low side and Redetzke in the high groove. Craig Schueffner and Isenberg followed in the second full row as the cars tried to scamper into place at the green. Breeschoten, Redetzke, and Herrick continued up front while Jimmy Mars, Hensel, and Isenberg raced three-wide for fourth place for multiple laps. Doug Herrick waited in the wings behind the bunch in seventh for a spot to open up. At the half-way mark of the race, the top seven cars of Breeschoten, Redetzke, Nick Herrick, Isenberg, Hensel, Mars, and Doug Herrick broke away from the pack. Isenberg and Redetzke attempted a go for the lead on Breeschoten as they encroached on lap traffic. Nick Herrick worked hard to fend off Mars for third, but by lap 20, Mars took the spot. Redetzke got his chance as he snared the lead from Breeschoten. Mars followed into second place as time ran out. Redetzke hit it home with the win followed by Mars, Breeschoten, Nick Herrick, and Steve Isenberg.

Jeff Matejka notched another win in the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods ahead of Brett LaDuke. Curtis Luhmann, Bill Baures, and Joe Provinzino capped the top five.

Mann Finally On The Map; Brauer Backs Up Win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 5th, 2011

By Tracy Hager
Fountain City, WI (June 24) – Jack Baehman of Baehman Law was the host sponsor for the 3rd Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge. In a $500-to-win show for the USRA B-Mods, 21 cars would vie for the big check, but before the green, they would see a lot of yellow.

WISSOTA Street Stock driver Shaun Mann finally found what has eluded him up until this point; victory lane. Jeff Brauer not only pocketed his third win in the WISSOTA Super Stocks at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, he captured the victory in his back-up car after taking a tumble in his heat race at Deer Creek Speedway the previous Saturday. Ben Anderson took home the big paycheck for the 3rd Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge in the USRA B-Mods while Josh Mattick topped the 16-car field of USRA Modifieds.

The Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks started off with a caution when cars bunched up in turn one. Officials then decided the track was a bit slick yet, so several packing and hot laps occurred before releasing them again. As the race began again, Matt Wolfe and Donny Ganz led the pack ahead of Ryan Henderson, Danny Richards, Fred Prudoehl, and the rest as they all stayed in formation through the first lap. At the end of lap one, Ganz pulled to the lead followed by Wolfe, Henderson, and Richards. Richards shot out into the marbles which allowed Henderson to take third place, and then Shaun Mann slipped into fourth. Wolfe continued on the bumper of Ganz while Mann caught up to Henderson in third place. Richards continued to lose momentum while Danny Hanson gained it as he nipped the top five at the half-way point of the race. Ganz, Wolfe, and Mann ran out front as Hanson then zipped by Henderson for fourth place. Wolfe lost some ground which allowed Mann the opportunity to shoot low and take over second place. Hanson then did the same into third and sent Wolfe back to fourth. With 13 laps down, Mann got his golden opportunity to slip under Ganz for the lead as they passed lap traffic, but Hanson was on them like a hound dog. With two laps to go, Mann continued to stay up front while being run down by Hanson, Ganz, Wolfe, and Henderson. Mann nearly made a fatal error as he shot out of turn four on the final lap which afforded Hanson a great run to the finish. But it was Mann to stick his nose where it belonged, or his fender, as he nipped Hanson by that much for his first feature win. Ganz, Wolfe, and Henderson capped the top five.

Brandon Hare and Bob Timm sat atop the field in the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mod main event. Hare took the lead followed by multiple lines of three-wide racing behind him. As the first lap was completed, the first of many cautions waved over the field. Hare, Timm, Shaun Walski, Ben Anderson, and Troy Langowski set up the top five in the restart. Hare and Timm pulled away from the field while Anderson moved into third ahead of Langowski and Walski as the two ran side by side for fourth place. As Timm moved into Hare’s territory, the second caution arrived. Hare again restarted on the point followed by Timm, Anderson, Langowski, and Walski. Walski slipped high and drifted back and was tagged half a lap later which resulted in caution five. Multiple laps were difficult to string together and single file restarts ensued. Hare managed to hang onto the lead each time, but 18 laps and nine cautions later, Anderson took the win from Hare by inches. Langowski pulled a strong third-place finish followed by Timm, and Jeremy Smith.

Twenty laps were in store for the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock feature as Rick Lisowski and Josh Rodewald led the boys to the green flag. Rodewald slipped sideways in turn two but recovered, but not before a stack up occurred behind him. Dennis Earney suffered a tire down in the melee, Gary Wiersgalla had front end damage which retired him for the night, Chuck Nerland received some damage, and Kelly Anderson suffered fatal damage as he was pushed to the pits. The new restart pushed Kevin Hager to the outside pole with Lisowski followed by Michael Hofer and Jeff Brauer. When the race went back to green, Lisowski and Hofer ran for the lead as Hager wound up his machine on the high side for third. Brauer wheeled his backup car into contention while Nerland dropped back and finally to the infield when his munched nosecone flipped up into his view. Up ahead, Hofer shot under Lisowski for the lead but could not make the pass. Hager and Brauer ran for third as the top four pulled away from the pack. Brauer moved up to run side by side with Hager, but Hager managed to hold the spot. Lisowski continued to hold onto the lead over Hofer when Brauer was able to make the move to third ahead of Hager. Tommy Richards found his way through the pack from last place into the top five. Brauer motored ahead and knocked on Hofer’s door for second place, swiped the spot, and then did the same on Lisowski for the lead. At the half-way mark of the race, Richards dipped under Hofer for second place, however, Hofer continued to battle back. Lisowski and Hager held their spots in fourth and fifth respectively. Brauer was able to do a complete turnaround from last week at Deer Creek and go from rollover victim and ER visit to back-up car and into victory lane. Richards pulled a strong second followed by Hofer, Lisowski, and Hager who was also in his back-up car after taking a tumble in the same heat as Brauer at Deer Creek.

Jay Ihrke quickly shot to the lead from the second row in the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature. Pole sitter Josh Mattick ran second to Ihrke followed by Hank Rollinger Jr. as the cars then raced three-wide for the lead. A caution reeled them back in for a complete restart however. Mattick took the lead on the restart while Rollinger wound it up on the high side, but Ihrke was able to shoot under Rollinger for second. John Doelle tried to work over Ben Mattick in the high groove for fourth, when Ihrke made the pass over Josh Mattick for the lead. Rollinger slipped high in turn four which allowed Doelle to take third. The second and final caution reset the field with Ihrke on the point followed by Josh Mattick, Ben Mattick, Doelle, and Rollinger. Brothers Ben and Josh Mattick ran side by side for second while Doelle followed in fourth. Rollinger worked hard to keep fifth place when Lucas Schott flew under Rollinger into the spot. Up front Josh Mattick made several attempts to take the lead from Ihrke, but Ihrke remained strong. By lap 11, Josh Mattick was able to finally make the move to put him out front, but Ihrke remained a force in second. Schott threaded his way through the cars into third followed by Ben Mattick and Doelle. Josh Mattick was finally able to pull away and left Ihrke to contend with the hard-charging Schott. Josh Mattick was able to keep the run going all the way to the checkered flag. Schott had to settle for second followed by Ihrke, Doelle, and Adam Hensel.

Thursday, June 30 will showcase the WISSOTA Street Stocks in the 2nd Annual Summer Nationals. The Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods and WISSOTA Late Models will also be on the card. At this point, $1,500 to win is what the WISSOTA Street Stocks will be vying for. Last year multiple individuals and businesses kicked in extra money throughout the night, so until the paychecks were distributed, no one really knew what theirs would be. Could that be the case again this year? Stop in to MTS to find out.

Following the Street Stock Summer Nationals on Friday, July 1 will be the first stop for the DART WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series at the speedway in 2011. Also competing will be the WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and USRA Modifieds as well as the 600 Mini Mods, Senior Mini Mods, and Junior Mini Mods. Visit www.mississippithunder.com for more details.

Lawson Cruises To First Mississippi Thunder Win

June 9th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – And into June we go with a complete turn of the thermometer going from multi-layers the previous week to as little as possible this week as temps surged into the 90’s. Also hot was Drew Lawson as he turned his ninth place starting spot into his first feature win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Jeff Brauer notched his second win in the WISSOTA Super Stocks while Josh Angst took down the field in the caution-free USRA Modified feature. Jason Raun topped the traveling series in the Dart Corn Belt Clash Late Models as they ended a three-day run from Tipton, Iowa to West Union, Iowa to Fountain City, Wisconsin.

The Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks were off to roam the countryside in search of other tracks to race at or just relax as were the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods.

The EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods played a little bumper tag in the first lap of their main event which resulted in the first caution. Brandon Hare assumed the point followed by Troy Langowski and Ben Anderson. Anderson got a jump on Langowski into second place behind Hare, but Langowski darted right back to take the spot back. Anderson flew around the high side in third place when Drew Lawson showed up to run side by side with Anderson. Parker Hale stepped up his game to tap the top five from his eighth place starting spot. Hare continued to stretch his lead over Langowski as Lawson pulled to a solo third place run over Anderson. With nine laps down, Langowski made a valiant attempt at the lead under Hare, but Hare was able to stay out front. Lawson then made a move into second place as Langowski appeared to be fighting a wandering car. With 12 laps down, Lawson began a mission to challenge Hare for the lead. In no time, Lawson made the pass and cruised out front ahead of Hare. Anderson gained on Langowski and took over third while Hale continued to run a strong fifth. Lawson locked in his first MTS win followed by Hare, Anderson, Langowski, and Hale.

Jon Duffy and Kevin Hager led a fast-paced start in the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Bob Fort dove under both Duffy and Hager into the lead in the first lap, but as the cars entered turn four, Fort went around slowing the field for a restart. The addition of a piece of blue nosecone wedged in the right side of Fort’s machine made it apparent that Duffy was the dealer of the cards and headed to the tail of the nine-car field. Fort took the point followed by Hager on the outside of row two and Gary Wiersgalla on the inside. Michael Hofer and Kelly Anderson followed in fourth and fifth places. Fort set out in the lead while Hager and Wiersgalla raced side by side for second. Hager gained momentum on the high line and flew around Fort into the lead while Wiersgalla followed suit into second. Hofer and Jeff Brauer raced for third spot as Fort drifted backwards. Brauer shot under Hofer for third place as Hager continued to fly out in the lead and lay some ground between himself and Wiersgalla. Brauer then cleared Wiersgalla for second and set his sights on Hager’s lead. With nine laps down, Brauer caught up to Hager and dipped underneath for the number one spot. Hager slipped a bit into the marbles at the time Dennis Earney gained ground and shot into second place behind Brauer. Earney crept up to Brauer’s bumper as the two ran side by side for the lead. Brauer pulled ahead, but Earney and Hager remained strong in second and third places respectively. Brauer zipped to the finish line with another win followed by Earney in second. Hager finished a solid third place followed by Anderson and Wiersgalla.

Josh Angst and Lucas Schott drove the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified field into a fast and furious feature start. Schott quickly turned the track into his own by taking the lead over Angst, Jay Ihrke, and Hank Rollinger Jr. John Doelle dropped into fifth place before running side by side with Rollinger for fourth. Bob Timm then moved into fifth place which sent Rollinger back a spot. Schott pulled away up front and left Angst and Ihrke to duke it out for second place. Angst grabbed second place back from Ihrke and then shot up behind Schott to challenge for the lead. Schott slipped a bit which allowed Angst into the lead, however, Schott battled back. Angst again won over the lead from Schott at approximately lap 12. Angst gave himself a cushion between himself and Schott while Ihrke and Doelle raced for third. Keith Foss moved into the top five ahead of Les Duellman and Timm after starting 12th. Angst laid down a straightaway lead over Schott who was just a car length ahead of Ihrke in second. Schott slipped a bit high which gave Ihrke the opportunity to shoot into second place. With 20 laps down, Angst entered lap traffic but was able to thread his way through with ease. Angst charged to the win followed by Ihrke in a strong second-place effort. Doelle, Foss, and Duellman rounded out the top five in the non-stop event.

Tim Isenberg and Jason Raun sat atop the 25-car feature line-up in the visiting Dart Corn Belt Clash Late Model feature event. Raun was fast to the lead over Isenberg, Justin Mitchell, and Chris Simpson. Early on, the top four spread out, and by lap seven, Raun was already looking at the back bumper of the tail of the field. Raun continued out front of the pack when the first caution flew for a spun car. A restart sorted out the cars again with Raun on the point followed by Mitchell, Isenberg, Simpson, and Lance Matthees. Cautions breed cautions, and so the second caution occurred right away as multiple cars piled up in turn one. Another attempt at a restart on lap 12 shot Raun out to the front again. Isenberg dropped into second place ahead of Mitchell, Simpson, and Matthees. At the half-way mark of the race, Raun had no significant challengers as the cars fell into line. A slowed car in turn two gave way to the final caution and chance for anyone to take over the lead from Raun. At the end of 35 laps, it was all Raun as he grabbed the paycheck for the win over Isenberg, Mitchell, Chris Simpson, and Chad Simpson.

It was an all-Stevens victory lane in the Sunshine Sanitation Mini Mods as Mike Stevens topped the Senior Mini Mods, and Matthew Stevens took top honors in the Junior Mini Mod division.

Next up at Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Friday, June 10th is a regular show which will include WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Super Stocks, and USRA Modifieds as well as the 600 Mini Mods, Senior Mini Mods, and Junior Mini Mods in racing action. Be sure to keep up on all that is happening at MTS and visit www.mississippithunder.com.

Rain Doesn’t Stop Action at Mississippi Thunder

June 8th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – While rain forced cancellations at nearly all regional tracks Friday night, the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City was spared the showers. 85 cars checked into the pits to provide the action. First up was the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, with Richard Weir and Tyler Wahlstrom pacing the 15 car field to the starting line. As the green flag flew, Weir jumped to the early lead in turn 1 with Wahlstrom falling back to second. The rest of the pack followed two and three cars wide. Ryan Henderson, Donny Ganz, and Wahlstrom battled three-wide on lap 2 with Ganz making the pass. Ganz then challenged Weir for the lead as the 3D and 35 raced side by side for a lap. Henderson pushed in turn one, causing several cars to check up and spin out, including Fred Prudoehl in the 2 car and reigning track and WISSOTA Champion Danny Hanson in the number 5. This caution sent Prudoehl to the pit work area for some new rubber.

On the restart, Weir and Ganz resumed their side-by-side battle until Ganz passed on the low side entering turn 3. Wahlstrom drifted high, which allowed Shaun Mann to challenge for the position on the inside. Weir drifted back to 6th as the running order consisted of Ganz, Wahlstrom, Mann, Hanson, and Danny Richards in the 3R. With 5 laps down, Mann and Wahlstrom made contact in turn 1, locked together and slowed out of the groove, allowing Hanson and Richards to pass. The 01 and 83 unhooked themselves and filed back into the groove without a caution being called. Ganz had a 3 car lead, with Hanson stalking him in 2nd and Richards in 3rd.

A caution was called when Wahlstrom spun in turn 4 with 6 laps to go, tightening the field for the remaining laps. On the restart, Hanson tried the low side, then high side, then low side on Ganz trying everything to make the pass. Nick Schwebach moved up to 6th in the 38S, and Prudoehl battled up to 7th after overcoming his flat from the first caution. Hanson made the pass right in front of the flag stand for the lead with 4 laps remaining. As the field moved through turns 1 and 2, several cars got loose and came together causing an accordion-style wreck which had resulted in the 67W of Matt Wolfe and Wahlstrom coming together down the back stretch. Wahlstrom got sideways coming out of turn 2, slid into the infield, and made a hard right to get back on the track, hooked a tire and rolled his car over. Fortunately he was uninjured. When the remains of the 83 machine were towed off the track, the cars were lined up with Hanson’s number 5 on the point.

On the restart, Hanson opened up his lead while the rest of the field settled into single-file formation. Prudoehl made the pass on Weir 35 for 5th. When the checkered flew it was Hanson picking up the win, followed by Ganz, Mann, Richards, and Prudoehl.

Next up on the speedway was the growing 600 Modified class, a division with smaller, lighter cars powered by 600cc motorcycle engines. 13 cars were on hand Friday, with Bruce Schmitt and Nicholas Wagner pacing the field to the green flag. At the start, Schmitt (the former motocross racer) jumped to the lead, with Bill Bauers moving up to second, John Griffin settled into third while Greg Wohletz, Jeff Matejka, and Don Werner battled three wide fourth through sixth. On lap, 3 the field tightened with Bauers and Griffin up to challenge for the lead. They raced three-wide for the lead with Griffin taking it in the K-9, while Bauers moved up to second. Matejka, Justin Zmyewski, and Don Werner battled three-wide for position. Matejka moved up to third, while further in the pack, Joe Provinzino was making his presence felt as he moved up to 7th on the high side. Griffin, a former Dwarf car competitor, made the pass near the halfway point of the race, with Bauers and Matejka in tow. Griffin picked up the win in only his second night of racing at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Troy Langowski took the USRA B-MOD feature from green to checkered to pick up the win Friday, but there was plenty of action behind him. A lap 1 incident involving six cars bent sheet metal and sent Erik Kanz to the pits for a new tire. When the action resumed, it was Langowski and Ben Anderson running 1st and 2nd. Tucker Breitung in his first race of the season got loose in turn one of the 2nd lap and spun in front of the remaining eight cars in the field collecting Erik Kanz. Breitung could continue, however the front-end damage on Kanz’s car was too much and he had to retire for the evening. On the restart it was Langowski, Anderson, Shaun Walski, one, two, three. Walski then got up along beside Anderson, and they raced side by side, meanwhile Brandon Reutzel worked his 44 machine into the top 5. The pack started to string out in the middle of the race, with the 56H of Brandon Hare moving into the top 5 under Reutzel. Walski continued to reel in Langowski and got within two car lengths until a lapped car got in between them. Alex Williamson and Tyler Creely also were moving up through the pack after getting involved in the early cautions.

A Jack Baehman spin in turn 1 brought out the caution, setting up a three lap dash to the finish. On the restart, Hare moved under Anderson to take over third and Greg Mattick moved into the top 5. When the checkered flag flew, it was Langowski picking up the win, followed by Walski, Hare, Anderson, Mattick, and Creely.

Eleven of the region’s best WISSOTA Super Stocks took to the 1/3 mile next. Michael Hofer and Jon Duffy took the green. Hofer Led lap 1, with Gary Weirsgalla in third behind Duffy, with Lucas Plank and Bob Fort racing side by side. Fort took the place, and Weirsgalla moved up to challenge Duffy for 2nd. A Plank spin in turn 2 brought out the caution, and tightened the field back up. Kevin Hager moved up to the 6th spot, until the 22JR of Ben Hillman moved up to challenge. This set up a three-wide race between Hillman, Hager, and Duffy, with Hillman moving up. Jeff Brauer then started to find his groove, and moved up to challenge Weirsgalla for 2nd. Weirsgalla dropped back, only to be challenged by Bob Fort and Hillman. Hillman and Fort both advanced in the waning laps, but nobody could catch Hofer as he cruised to his first feature win of the season. Brauer settled for second, followed by Hillman, Fort and Weirsgalla.

In the USRA A-MOD feature, Ryan York battled Josh Angst side by side, but an incident involving John Doelle and Mick Glenn put the field under caution. On the restart, Angst jumped to the lead, followed by York, Leroy Sharkey, Bob Timm, and Ben Mattick. Jay Ihrke, Todd Sharkey, and Lance Hofer raced side by side for 6th. Clayton Wagamon moved the 14W up to 4th, while Angst increased his lead to a full straightaway. Jake Timm slowed up on the back stretch, bringing out the caution with 5 laps down. On the restart, Wagamon moved up to 2nd, while Mattick moved up to 4th. Bob Timm had his hands full with Jay Ihrke and Shane Wehrs trying the high side to get around him. Timm changed grooves and passed Sharkey on the high side for the position. Ihrke followed Timm around Sharkey. With 3 laps to go, Timm got underneath York for 4th, with Keith Foss following him. Meanwhile, Ben Mattick was having an impressive run moving up to 2nd under Wagamon. A caution involving Glenn and Doelle brought out the caution. With three laps to go, the rear end broke on Andy Bohnstengel’s number 25 spinning him down the front stretch and into the wall. Angst held on the final 3 laps to pick up another checkered flag, with Mattick finishing 2nd, followed by Wagamon, Timm, and Foss.

Next Friday night’s racing features the Dart Cornbelt Clash Late Model special, featuring many of the best Late Model racers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA A-Mods, and Mini Mods also scheduled to participate. The first green flag flies at 7PM.

Ganz and Foss Make Comebacks at Mississippi Thunder

June 7th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – WISSOTA Street Stock driver Donny Ganz made a complete turnaround from last week’s last place in the feature to top dog as he grabbed his first winner’s sticker of the season at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Keith Foss also turned the tables from last week to take in a clean sweep in the USRA Modifieds.

Ben Anderson topped the 19-car field of USRA B-Mods while Dennis Earney made it two for three in the WISSOTA Super Stock division.

The Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks showed their speed and hot competition early on as Donny Ganz took a short lead over Richard Weir and Mike Knudtson. Fred Prudoehl and Shaun Mann shot up to the top five while Danny Richards charged hard into turn four and into Danny Hanson early on. A caution resulted which sent Hanson pitside and Richards to the rear of the field. Ganz assumed the point on the restart but it was short lived when the second caution flew for a scuffle of cars in turn two. Jane Keating turned to stay clear of the others cars, over corrected and her car made a sharp jump up but stayed rubberside down. Ganz again took the lead followed by Knudtson, Mann, Weir, and Prudoehl. With seven down, a tight pack of cars raced up front as Weir was shuffled back to seventh place. Mann managed to slip around Knudtson for second place behind Ganz as Prudoehl fought off the return of Richards into the top five. The top seven cars remained at an even pace for a brief time when Mann, Knudtson, and Prudoehl charged together in turn four which allowed Richards the chance to move to third place behind Ganz and Mann. Ganz continued his strong hold on the lead and made the happy trip to victory lane. Mann, Richards, and Prudoehl finished third, fourth, and fifth respectively while Knudtson nipped the hard-charging Ryan Henderson at the line for fifth by inches.

Jacob Bleess led the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods for their feature event and was tailed by Ben Anderson and Shaun Walski. Erik Kanz and Brandon Hare raced for fourth as Troy Langowski moved into sixth followed by Alex Williamson. Walski dove into second place behind Bleess, but Anderson made a cut through to take the spot from Walski. With five laps down, Anderson snatched the lead from Bleess which left Bleess to fight off Walski and Kanz. A caution realigned the field with Anderson ahead of Bleess, Walski, Kanz, and Hare. Kanz made a grand surge into second place as Hare followed into third. It was short-lived as Hare took second place from Kanz. Walski and Langowski raced for fourth, and with nine laps down, Hare knocked on Anderson’s door for the lead. Hare took over the lead and left Anderson to chase him down. With 12 laps down, a caution for a car in the backstretch wall reset the field with Hare out front followed by Kanz, Anderson, Langowski, and Walski. Hare had to outrun the rest on the restart, and Anderson was able to get under Kanz for second place. Langowski made a charge to third, but then a three-way battle between Langowski, Troy Hovey, and Kanz ensued for the spot. A couple more cautions tossed in resulted in a single-file restart with 13 laps down. Anderson gained the lead over Hare as Langowski remained very strong and took over second place. Langowski was on a mission and began to fight for the lead with Anderson. The white flag flew, but a caution set up a green-white-checkered finish. Anderson made the most of it and took the win. Langowski was not far behind crossing in second followed by Hare, Broszeit, and Hovey.

The 16-car field of Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock hit the track for their feature, and hit the track it was for Curt Hazelton in his first show at MTS. After some synchronized spinning in turn two, as cars avoided the spins, Hazelton appeared to overcorrect and flipped on his lid. Hazelton was reportedly uninjured as he headed to the pits on the hook. A complete restart set Kevin Hager and Gary Wiersgalla ahead of Darrel Hazelton and Jeff Brauer. Wiersgalla shot to the front while Hager and Hazelton kept right on Wiersgalla. At the end of the first lap, nearly four-wide racing ensued. Hazelton grabbed the lead from Wiersgalla as Kelly Anderson took over third from Hager. Cautions two and three were close together and on the restart, Hazelton continued to lead Anderson, Dennis Earney, Wiersgalla, and Ben Hillman. More four-wide racing resulted in Hillman jetting into third place behind Hazelton and Earney, but Earney did not stop at second as he used the high groove to take over the lead. Hillman moved under Hazelton for second while Anderson, Brauer, and Hager followed in spots four, five, and six. Earney continued in the lead, but Hillman gained considerably as Anderson and Hazelton raced each other for third place. Hillman swooped like a fighter jet behind Earney checking out his options to take the lead. On lap 17, Hillman made the charge under Earney for the lead. Anderson, Hazelton, and Brauer followed in the top five as the white flag flew. Earney made a dash back under Hillman for the lead as the two raced side by side. As Earney and Hillman rounded turn four, Earney gained less than half a car length on Hillman to take the win. Anderson, Hazelton, and Brauer rounded out the top five in a thrilling finish.

In a big roar, the River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature took off with Josh Mattick and Jay Ihrke out front. Ihrke appeared to be the dominating force early on as he took a big lead over Mattick, Shane Wehrs, and Keith Foss. Foss then shot under Wehrs into third while Josh Angst and Wehrs traded spots for fourth place. Ihrke gained a big lead quick, but just as quick he was reeled back in when a caution reset the field. Cautions breed cautions, and this race was no exception. Cautions two and three occurred quickly with only three laps down. A scuffle in turn one resulted in multiple DNFs and a lengthy clean up. After the cleanup was complete, Ihrke headed to another big lead over Foss and Wehrs. John Doelle and Angst raced for fourth place while Foss gained ground to race side by side with Ihrke for the lead. Wehrs wanted in on the action and charged into second place behind Foss. At the half-way mark of the race, Foss led the pack followed by Wehrs, Ihrke, and Angst. Josh Mattick regained his composure and climbed back into the top five to race with Doelle and then closed in on Angst for third place. Lucas Schott slowly crawled into sixth place behind Doelle. Foss turned it into two feature wins out of three nights at MTS. Wehrs placed a solid second in his first show at MTS this season followed by Angst, Josh Mattick, and Schott.

The IRA 410 Sprints, sponsored by Winona Radio and Budweiser, will make their first appearance at Mississippi Thunder on Friday, May 20th. WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and USRA Modifieds will join the racing action. Be sure to keep up on all that is happening at MTS and visit www.mississippithunder.com.

Hanson Goes Back To Back At Mississippi Thunder

June 6th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – Night two at Mississippi Thunder Speedway seemed relatively calmer than the opener, but the racing action was definitely stepped up. Multi-line racing and three and four-wide action covered many classes. WISSOTA Street Stock driver Danny Hanson tallied a clean sweep as did Josh Angst in the USRA Modifieds.

Jeff Brauer recovered from a less-than-ideal opener to win the WISSOTA Super Stock main event while Troy Hovey made the pass to steal the win from Ben Anderson in the USRA B-Mod feature.

Keith Foss carried the American Flag for the National Anthem for honors as last week’s Driver of the Week. Unfortunately he was not able to carry over his good runs to this week as he had issues in both his heat and feature races.

Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature action started off in full force with three-wide racing from Matt Wolfe, Tyler Wahlstrom, and Danny Richards. At the cross of lap two, two rows of three-wide racing cluttered up the front stretch. Richards and Wahlstrom ran even for the lead as Danny Hanson shot to third. Soon another three-way fight ensued for the lead. Richard Weir moved into fourth place followed by Shaun Mann and Wolfe as the top eight cars were close and competitive. Lap after lap, no one could really break away as Wahlstrom lead by a fender over Richards. With five laps down, Hanson made the move under Wahlstrom and Richards for the lead but the first caution slowed the field. On the restart, more three-wide racing followed. Hanson was able to pull to the lead while Mann tip-toed into second place ahead of Richards. Ryan Henderson and Wahlstrom battled for fourth place as Hanson settled into a comfortable lead. Henderson gained some steam to pull ahead of Wahlstrom, but Wahlstrom continued to race for the spot. Hanson cruised to his second feature in a row followed by another strong run by Mann. Wahlstrom notched a great third place finish followed by Henderson and Fred Prudoehl.

It was redemption time for the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods as they regrouped after last week’s chaotic feature to running a two-caution feature with a lot of movement. Ben Anderson shot to a big lead over Brian Mahlstedt, but Troy Langowski slid into second quickly. Brandon Hare geared up and moved from sixth to third and was followed by a pack of five cars for fourth place. Nick Frion, Troy Hovey, Erik Kanz, Chad Kosidowski, and Alex Williamson all vied for fourth early on. Hovey came out on top of the pack in fourth followed by Kanz and Frion. Anderson continued his solid lead, but Langowski gained somewhat as Hare moved in too. Kanz made a run on Hovey for third as the two raced side by side. A caution with nine laps down to reset the field with Anderson on the point followed by Hare, Langowski, Hovey, and Kanz. Hare grabbed second and left Langowski to fend off Hovey and Kanz for third place. A second caution set the field up for the final eight-lap sprint. Anderson, Hare, Hovey, and Kanz set the pace as Langowski held Mahlstedt to sixth. Hovey shot under Hare for second enroute to Anderson’s lead. Lap traffic came into play as the laps wound down. At the white flag lap, Hovey capitalized on that lap traffic and zipped into the lead over Anderson. Hovey headed to victory lane on night two for the win. Anderson had to settle for runner up followed by Hare, Kanz, and Mahlstedt.

Jay Oricchio and Jon Duffy set the pace for the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock main, but Duffy spun on the first lap which sent him to the tail of the field for the restart. Oricchio pulled off the track with issues which handed the front row to Gary Wiersgalla and Jeff Brauer. Wiersgalla and Brauer ran for the lead followed by Bob Fort. Kelly Anderson tailed Fort in fourth while Dennis Earney moved to fifth. Caution two waved when Tommy Richards spun in turn four. A restart turned into another restart when Fort sent Wiersgalla around in turn four just before the green waved. Wiersgalla assumed his point spot followed by Brauer, Anderson, Earney, and Kevin Hager. Brauer slid under Wiersgalla for the lead, but Anderson closed in. Brauer, Anderson, Wiersgalla, and Earney led the field while Hager fought off Fort’s resurgence for fifth place. Fort gained the spot back and then moved on to Wiersgalla’s fourth place spot behind Earney. Hager then was able to shoot under Wiersgalla to crack the top five again. At the half-way mark of the race, Brauer, Anderson, and Earney had put a little distance on the field. Hager continued to work on Fort for fourth place as Wiersgalla and Josh Rodewald followed in sixth and seventh. Earney made a move on Anderson for second at lap 14. Brauer managed to lock in the win which sent the 2010 Track Champion to victory lane. Earney, Anderson, Fort, and Hager rounded out the top five.

The River City Manufacturing USRA Modified saw a lot of action as Ben Mattick and Ron Konkel led the field in to the green flag. Bob Timm, John Doelle, and Ryan York raced for third, but Timm quickly raced side by side with Mattick for the lead ahead of Josh Angst. Konkel, Luke Schott, and Doelle raced for fourth place. Schott worked the low groove to take over fourth when a caution waved over the field. Angst then led with Timm chasing in second. Mattick ran in third a short distance behind Timm while Konkel fought off the charges of rookie Jake Timm, Doelle, and Schott. Angst quickly commanded the lead followed by Bob Timm, Mattick,Konkel, and Jake Timm. With 11 laps down, a restart set Angst out front of the pack. Bob Timm, Jake Timm, and Mattick all clustered in turn two for second place. Jake Timm came out the leader of that pack into second place, but continued to be chased by his dad. Angst sealed his first win of the season followed by an impressive run by Jake Timm in second. Bob Timm, York, and Mattick finished out the top five.

Jeff Matejka scored back-to-back wins in the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods. Joe Provinzino, Don Werner, Bruce Schmitt, and Justin Zmyewski rounded out the top five in the growing class at MTS.

Dylan Buckland took the first win of the season in the Sunshine Sanitation Senior Mini Mod feature. Keagan Einck topped the field of five in the Sunshine Sanitation Junior Mini Mod feature.

Join us next week May 13th with all regular classes in action for week three at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Coming up in just under two weeks on May 20th will be the first time at the speedway for the IRA 410 Sprints sponsored by Winona Radio and Budweiser. WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and USRA Modifieds will join the racing action that night.

Earney Stamps Out A Win At Mississippi Thunder Opener

June 5th, 2011

Fountain City, WI – Welcome to 2011 at Mississippi Thunder Speedway! A car count of 94 graced the pits for the season opener as the 2010 Track Champions hit the track to carry the colors for the National Anthem.

Heat race action appeared to be the season-ending features as the close races and competition was fabulous. Richard Weir and Donny Ganz won the two WISSOTA Street Stock heat races. Shaun Walski, Troy Langowski, and Jimmy Broszeit topped the three USRA B-Mod heats. Tommy Richards, Jason Forehand, and Lucas Plank socked it to them in the WISSOTA Super Stock heat races while Ben Mattick, Keith Foss, and Hank Rollinger Jr. started their seasons off with heat wins in the USRA Modified division.

Shaun Mann led the 15-car field in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock main, but it took three attempts to get it right. Mann again shot out front as Richard Weir and Ryan Henderson stayed close on his tail. Mike Knudtson and Donny Ganz bobbled through a rut in turn four which sent Ganz from fourth to about eighth in no time. Henderson sniffed out second and finally took the spot from Weir as the top three pulled away, but it was short lived as caution three waved over the field. With only three laps down, Mann sat atop the field over Weir and Henderson. Danny Hanson quietly moved through the field in those few three laps to settle into fourth ahead of Fred Prudoehl. Henderson showed Mann some muscle but was not able to take over the lead. Hanson crept into third while Danny Richards followed into fourth spot. With nine laps down, Hanson made the move under Mann for the lead, but Mann did not give in as he maintained his momentum and stayed within a car length of Hanson. Henderson held a solo third place while Ganz and Richards ran side by side for fourth place. Hanson eventually gained steam to pull away for the win. Mann started off his season with a solid second place finish followed by Henderson, Richards, and Ganz.

The EngineStore.com USRA B-Mod feature was chaotic to say the least. Erik Kanz started from the pole in the 15-lap feature. Kanz showed strength in each of the restarts but never really got a chance to shine. Eight cautions and 30 minutes later, Kanz hit victory lane followed by Troy Langowski, Ben Anderson, Jimmy Broszeit, and Brian Mahlstedt.

Dennis Earney hit the ground running in the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock feature with Michael Hofer showing his strength outside of row one. Kelly Anderson, Ben Hillman, and Lucas Plank raced three wide for third place early on, but Hillman was able to make the move under the two to take over third. Earney continued his lead over Hofer and Plank as Hillman and Tommy Richards chased for fourth place. Just as the top five began to pull away, a caution slowed the field with four laps down. Earney assumed his spot out front as Plank took second from Hofer. Hillman and Jason Forehand began a surge into third and fourth spots ahead of Hofer when another caution flew. Earney and Plank remained in competition up front; Plank gained some ground, then slipped back, but continued to show he would be a 2011 top contender. Hofer then dropped off the pace forcing another caution. As the cars reset, Earney found himself in contention with Hillman after Plank slipped a bit high which allowed Hillman the opportunity for second. Earney went on to take the first feature of the season. Hillman finished a stout second followed by Forehand, Plank, and Richards.

The River City Manufacturing USRA Modified feature action took three attempts to get it right. Bob Timm and Josh Mattick set the pace followed by Andy Bohnstengel and Luke Schott. But as the drivers gained momentum and with only two laps down, Lance Hofer found himself spun just past the flagstand facing the grandstands. In a chain reaction, Hofer was pounded hard by Jay Ihrke and a multitude of other cars were snared into the web of metal. Approximately eight cars were involved, some fatally ending their night. After a lengthy clean up, Schott took the lead from Timm as Ben Mattick battled in third place. Josh Mattick, Keith Foss, and Ryan York raced in spots four through five as Ben Mattick shot high to take the lead from Schott. Schott held his ground but by lap 12, Mattick took the lead while Schott remained a threat. Caution four and five came together for a self spin by rookie Jake Timm. Ben Mattick took the point over Schott, Bob Timm, Josh Mattick, and Ihrke. Timm and Schott both bobbled heavy through a turn four rut but recovered without incident. Foss gained considerable momentum as he shot into a fight for third with Schott. Foss then focused on Ben Mattick and Bob Timm for the lead. Foss nipped Mattick in the last turn for the win. Timm, Schott, and Josh Angst rounded out the top five.

Don Werner took the early lead in the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods. Jeff Matejka and Joe Provinzino jumped into side by side competition for second place, but it was Matejka to take the spot. Matejka began his rundown of Werner’s lead. Once Matejka got the lead, he never looked back. Provinzino made a valiant effort but had to settle for runner up. Werner, Charlie McNally, and Bruce Schmitt completed the top five.

New things happening at MTS this season include a new Junior Fan Club as well as construction to start soon on the 16×40 corporate VIP Suite. Many specials are on the books including the IRA 410 Sprints, Cornbelt Clash Late Models, and the WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series. For more information on kids’ club, schedule, and to keep up with news, visit www.mississippithunder.com.

Noble, Hare top rain-delayed RE/MAX USRA Modified Nationals preliminaries

September 15th, 2010

FOUNTAIN CITY, WIS. – Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie pocketed $2,000 for winning the rain-delayed preliminary feature Saturday afternoon at the inaugural RE/MAX USRA Modified Nationals at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Kelly Shryock led early on from the pole position, but mechanical problems sidelined the nine-time USMTS National Champion and gave the lead over to Noble, who led the remaining distance. Tim Donlinger grabbed runner-up honors, Tommy Weder Jr. was third, Mike Sorensen came from the 24th starting spot to finish fourth and 23rd-starting Rodney Sanders rounded out the top five.

Jason Cummins was sixth, Jon Tesch finished seventh, Doug Hillson earned the eighth spot, Corey Dripps nabbed ninth and Steve Wetzstein was credited with tenth. In USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mod action, American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series national points leader Brandon Hare of Elma, Iowa, was the winner.

Ben Anderson was second, followed by Erik Kanz, Troy Hovey and Jason Schlangen. Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to Tyler Droste, Jenae Gustin, Troy Langowski, Jacob Bleess and Jake Timm.

A full program of heat races and main events will follow the prelims, which were rained out Friday night and completed early
Saturday.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com[1] or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Brauer Goes Back To Back At MTS; Wasmund Notches First Win

July 19th, 2010

Fountain City, WI – WISSOTA Late Models returned to the speedway on the night sponsored by Lou Fegers Racing.  Mike Fegers was in house and brought plenty of prizes for the fans as well as bonuses for some drivers.  Josh Angst was chosen as the Winona Radio Driver of the Week for his supreme efforts in the USRA Modified division.  Angst currently leads the USRA National Modified Point Standings. Keith Foss clipped the rest of the field for the win in the WISSOTA Late Models while Jeff Brauer remembered where victory lane was in the WISSOTA Super Stocks.  Troy Langowski, Danny Hanson, and Nate Wasmund all cleaned up as they swept their divisions.

Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature action started as Kevin Hager and Shaun Mann waged a great side by side battle for the lead as one moved ahead then the other.  Donny Ganz, Danny Richards, Cory Hanson, and Rick Lisowski all raced for third place.  Mann shot high around Hager into the lead as Richards followed into second.  Hager held strong in third place, but then Cory Hanson charged up to the side of Hager to challenge the spot.  Lisowski then pushed into fourth place when a caution for a spin realigned the field.  Mann led the restart followed by Richards, Cory Hanson, Hager, and Lisowski.  Richards looked to the inside of Mann for the lead and then took it away.  Mann followed in second while Cory Hanson slipped into third.  Lisowski managed to muscle fourth from Hager, and then Danny Hanson climbed into fifth place.  Mann engaged in a great fight for the lead with Richards, but Richards held on.  Danny Hanson continued to climb up the ladder and then moved into side by side racing with Richards for the lead.  Dan Bork moved in on Richards to make a serious challenge on Danny Hanson for first.  With two laps to go, it was Danny Hanson and Bork even at the line as the two wheeled their way through the last laps.  By only inches if that, Danny Hanson recorded another one for the “W” column.  Bork had no choice but to settle for second.  Cory Hanson, Richards, and Mann finished up the top five. Chad Kosidowski looked fierce and strong in the EngineStore.com

USRA B-Mod feature.  Erik Kanz slowed during the first lap with a flat tire and the first of several cautions was pulled out.  Kosidowski again took the point but was reeled back by a second caution.  When a few laps finally latched together, Kosidowski led over Brandon Hare in second.  Troy Langowski charmed his way through the field from his eighth place starting spot into third before running side by side with Hare for second.  Shaun Walski and Brian Schrage ran hard for fourth and fifth.  Langowski took to the inside of Kosidowski with four laps down to take the lead from his brother-in-law.  Langowski proved to be a dominant figure as he never relinquished the lead and headed to victory lane again.  Walski certainly made several attempts to dethrone Langowski, but runner up was what he would have to settle for.  Kanz worked his way back to a third place finish followed by Hare and Parker Hale.

Kevin Glander paced the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks for their 18-lap feature race.  Kevin Hager was on the gas fast and quickly slipped under Glander for second behind Dennis Earney.  Hager made a low charge on Earney as the two ran head to head for the lead.  Jon Duffy moved into third place followed by Tim Williamson and Jeff Brauer.  Hager managed to take the lead from Earney and put a cushion between him when a spin in turn two left Gary Wiersgalla with a flat tire, Colin Polacek with damage to his left rear, and Tim Williamson with a time-out slip to the back of the pack.  Hager assumed the point followed by Earney, Duffy, Brauer, and Bob Fort who moved into the top five.  Hager continued the lead, but Duffy was on his tail.  Brauer then slipped to the inside of Duffy into second and quickly under Hager for the lead.  Fort scooted into third behind Hager briefly before taking over second.  Brauer moved out to a big lead over Fort and Hager as Earney, Duffy, and Tommy Richards fought for fourth place.  The second and final caution for a spun car set the cars up for their final run to the finish with seven laps to go.  Brauer, Fort, Hager, and Earney topped the field at this point, and Fort made a valiant effort to take first, but it was not enough to do the job.  Earney shot to the inside of Hager for third as the two again found themselves in a close and clean side by side battle through the last laps.  With three laps to go, Brauer and Fort were dead even at the line.  Brauer pulled out of the corner to put the distance he needed to make it back to victory lane for the second week in a row.  Fort would settle for second followed by Hager, Earney, and Richards.

Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds started with 19 cars, but they had seven cautions and seven DNFs to go through before the checkers flew.  Chris Gilbertson and Bob Timm pulled to a distance right away as they left Lance Hofer, Ron Konkel, and Adam Stockhausen to fight for third place.  Timm grabbed the lead over Gilbertson while Hofer wrestled third place away from Konkel and Stockhausen.  Nate Wasmund torpedoed into fourth place, but the first yellow flew which sent him back to his spot.  Timm, Hofer, Gilbertson, Konkel, and Stockhausen sat atop the field on the restart.  While Timm ran high out of turn four and Gilbertson ran low, Hofer split the two to take over the lead, but it was brief as Timm regained the spot.  Konkel then moved under Hofer, but Wasmund too had the same idea.  Timm then slipped back to fourth behind Hofer, Konkel, and Wasmund.  Josh Angst and Timm then ran side by side for fourth place.  Konkel managed to finally get the lead from Hofer.  After multiple cautions, Konkel continued his lead over Wasmund, Angst, Stockhausen, and Andy Bohnstengel.  At lap 15, Wasmund made a serious bid for the lead and put Konkel back to second.  Angst then jumped to second as Konkel drifted back to fourth behind Stockhausen.  Wasmund made the happy trip to the infield for his first win at the speedway in only his second visit.  Angst, Stockhausen, Konkel, and Hofer rounded out the top five.

Twelve WISSOTA Late Models were on hand as the class returned for their light schedule at the speedway this season.  Don Schaefer and Dennis Hillson led the field, but a complete restart was in order when Kyle Jumbeck went into a spin in turn two.  Hillson jumped to the lead, but Kelly Anderson charged low to run side by side with Hillson for the lead.  Brad Waits moved into third as Keith Foss, Joe Ludemann, and Schaefer went three wide for fourth place.  Hillson pulled ahead into the lead, but Waits shot low to run at Hillson’s door for the lead.  Foss slipped under Anderson for third while Schaefer held Lance Matthees and Chris Oertel back to sixth and seventh places.  Waits took the lead from Hillson, and then Foss took over second place.  Foss gradually gained spots until he gained the lead from Waits.  With six laps to go, Foss led Waits, Anderson, and Jumbeck who had scrambled back into the top five.  Oertel served up a challenge to Jumbeck for fourth place and took the spot as Jumbeck drifted back.  Foss secured the win followed by Waits, Anderson, Oertel, and Ludeman.

Coming up on Friday, July 23 will be the Rivercity Rumble Modified Special.  USRA Mods and B-Mods will run in addition to WISSOTA Street Stocks, 600 Mini Mods, and A and B Mini Mods.  There will be no WISSOTA Super Stocks.

Myer Tops USMTS Rivals at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 20th, 2010

Fountain City, WI– A fast Fastenal night was on hand at Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Tuesday for the rained out USMTS show from June 25th.  Thirty-three USMTS Modifieds were cranked up and ready to go for the $2,000 paycheck.  Also on the card were the WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and A and B Mini Mods. Blooming Prairie’s Tommy Myer hit the jackpot in the USMTS Modifieds, and winning is nothing new to Tommy Myer at this location.  Myer was the 1994 WISSOTA Modified Track Champion on the former Tri-Oval Speedway. Danny Hanson filed away another win in the WISSOTA Street Stocks after questionable damage could have forced his early retirement from the feature.  Ben Anderson also was a repeat winner in the USRA B-Mod division.  Jackson Hale topped the B Mini Mods, and Alex Williamson clinched another win in the A Mini Mods.

Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature action started with Ryan Henderson and Darryll Foegen hotly pursued by Cory Hanson.  Hanson shot to the high side to take the early lead followed by Dan Bork.  A caution flew when cars stuffed into turn one like a jar of pickles.  Donny Ganz headed to the rear of the field, Danny Richards headed pitside for repairs, and Lee Hager went off on the hook ending his night early.  Cory Hanson then led a slow-paced restart with Bork on his bumper.  Danny Hanson flew under Foegen as the two raced side by side for third place.  Bork gained the lead over Cory Hanson, and Danny Hanson then jumped to second.  Foegen, Shaun Mann, and Rick Lisowski raced for fourth through sixth places as Bork and Danny Hanson put some distance on the group.  Hanson charged to the outside of Bork as the two drag raced down the front stretch.  Mann gained steam as he headed into third place and along came Richards who had recovered nicely from the earlier mishap he was caught up in.  Caution two surprised the field when the leaders got tangled together and went into a spin in turn two.  Bork was charged with the caution and Danny Hanson was put on the point but suffered fan/shroud issues and left many to wonder his longevity in the race.  Hanson, Mann, Richards, Cory Hanson, and then Lisowski were the top five runners with nine laps down.  Danny Hanson set the pace, and soon Lisowski put Mann down a spot; enter Kevin Hager.  Hager slowly picked off cars from his 13th place starting spot and made a slingshot around Cory Hanson, Mann, and Foegen into fourth place behind Lisowski.  Shortly after, the final caution with seven laps to go reset the field.  Danny Hanson, Richards, Lisowski, Hager, and Cory Hanson took off in a very tight restart.  Richards made several attempts at the lead as Danny Hanson and Richards were dead even at the line with a few laps to go.  Lisowski ran solo in third while Hager fought off Cory Hanson for fourth place.  Danny Hanson managed to pull away and take yet another win.  Richards finished second while Lisowski grabbed a strong third place finish.  Hager got himself back in the game with a strong fourth place finish followed by Cory Hanson with another top five.

Chad Kosidowski quickly was sought out by Erik Kanz for the lead in the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mod feature.  Brandon Hare shot to second ahead of Kanz, but Kanz defended the spot as he shot back for the lead over Hare and Kosidowski.  Kosidowski took his turn at the lead again when Hare shot between Kosidowski and Kanz to take first.  A second caution by Parker Hale ended his night and lined the field back up for a restart.  Hare and Kosidowski were quickly hunted down by Ben Anderson and Bob Timm as the pair put Kanz back to fifth.  Troy Langowski worked his way through the field into fifth place while Anderson and Kosidowski raced for the lead.  While Anderson and Kosidowski raced close and hard for second place behind Hare, the two spun in turn one.  Kosidowski slowed his car up by the wall with front end damage while Anderson was given second place on the restart.  Hare, Anderson, and Timm flew three wide for the lead, but Hare managed to pull away slightly while Timm continued to chase him down.  Hare and Anderson were in a prolonged fight for the lead, but Anderson was able to make the move he needed to get out front.  Timm then shot into second and was followed by Langowski in third.  Hare held onto fourth by that time as Anderson pulled away.  Timm and Langowski shared a continuous side by side battle for second when rookie Kylie Kath wove into fourth place ahead of Hare.  Lap after lap, Langowski and Timm ran side by side for second place which allowed Kath to gain ever so slightly on the pair.  Langowski finally made a break for it and got into second place alone.  Anderson registered another win followed by Langowski.  Kath finished a solid third followed by Timm and Hare.

Tommy Myer was fast and ready for action in the USMTS 35-lap main event.  Jason Krohn and Josh Angst embroiled themselves in a battle from the start for second place.  Al Hejna then shot to third ahead of Krohn and Zack VanderBeek.  Angst tried to charm his way past Myer, but Myer held his ground.  Eventually Myer, Angst, and Hejna broke from the pack.  Current MTS USRA Modified point leader Angst continued to nose in front of Myer, and then Myer would shoot back to the lead.  By lap 18, lap traffic came into play and allowed Myer to move through and get a break from Angst.  Hejna closed in on Angst for second as VanderBeek also got a run on Hejna.  With eight laps to go, the first of two cautions slowed the field.  Myer led the restart closely followed by Angst, Hejna, VanderBeek, and Krohn.  Krohn got a good run into third while Ryan Gustin gather some momentum as he ran side by side with Hejna for fourth place.  Krohn grabbed second away from Angst with a few laps to go.  Myer was able to polish off the night with the big win.  Krohn clutched second followed by Angst, Gustin, and Hejna. Friday, July 16 will be presented by Lou Fegers Racing Equipment.

WISSOTA Late Models join the night of racing which will also include the WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA B-Mods, USRA Modifieds, 600 Mini Mods, A and B Mini Mods.  Mini Mod racing begins at 6 p.m. with regular racing action at 7 p.m.  Coming up on Friday, July 23 will be the Rivercity Rumble Modified Special.  USRA Mods and B-Mods will run in addition to WISSOTA Street Stocks, 600 Mini Mods, and A and B Mini Mods.

Bork and Brauer Storm Victory Lane at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 20th, 2010

Fountain City, WI – Fans and drivers were presented with goodies from Kwik Trip as the showcase sponsor of the night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  WISSOTA Street Stock’s Danny Hanson was awarded the Winona Radio Driver of the Week for his double dipping winning ways the previous week at the Street Stock Summer Nationals and the following regular night of racing. Ben Anderson shot to another victory in the USRA B-Mods while Downing, Wisconsin’s Eric Schultz captured the Hornet win.  Joe Provinzino won the 600 Mini Mods from his front row starting spot.  Alex Williamson put another notch in the win column in the A Mini Mods while Jim Chisholm from Osage, Iowa won in the B Mini Mods. Jeff Brauer’s weekly haul from Rochester finally paid off in his first feature win at the track in the WISSOTA Super Stocks.  A strong field of USRA Modifieds were on hand in what can only be described as a prelude to the rain date USMTS show coming up Tuesday, July 13th at the speedway. Twenty-three USRA Modifieds hit the track, and it was Bob Timm to make it back-to-back victories. Dave Smith and Cory Hanson began multiple laps of three, four, and five wide racing in the

Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Kevin Hager ran third while Dan Bork and Fred Prudoehl made it five wide around turn two.  Bork peeled through the pack down the back stretch on his way to side by side racing with Cory Hanson for the lead.  Danny Richards and Danny Hanson climbed through the solid pack of cars into the top five as Bork took the lead.  Hager jumped to the inside of Cory Hanson as he checked out second place.  Prudoehl, Richards, and Danny Hanson tore three-wide for fourth place down the back stretch before it became five-wide between Cory Hanson, Richards, Hager, Prudoehl, and Danny Hanson for third place.  Danny Hanson shot through the group into second when the first caution flew.  On the restart, Bork topped the field followed by Cory Hanson, Richards, Hager, and Danny Hanson.  With Bork out front, Richards looked outside of Cory Hanson for second as Hager looked low.  Once again, three-wide action between Hager, Richards, and Danny Hanson for second place ensued.  Richards grabbed second followed by Danny Hanson and Hager.  Bork set himself up a comfortable lead ahead of Danny Hanson.  Danny Hanson gained some ground on the leader as Richards followed in third.  Hager fought off Cory Hanson in fourth place as Bork continued his dominance out front.  Cory Hanson and Richards waged a close battle for third place ahead of Hager.  With four laps to go, Bork saw the light at the end of the tunnel.  Danny Hanson, Cory Hanson, Richards, and Hager ran in the top five, but Hager’s car broke loose out of turn four which sent him through the rhubarb and back on the track in 11th place.  Shaun Mann then inherited fifth place as the laps cooled to zero.  Bork cruised to victory lane for his first stop there this season.  Hanson had to settle for a mere second place this week.  Richards, Cory Hanson, and Mann rounded out the top five.

Ben Anderson shot to the lead in the 12-car field in the EngineStore.com’s USRA B-Mod feature.  Jack Baehman challenged Anderson, but Brandon Hare quickly took over second place as he was tailed by Troy Langowski.  The top four cars broke away from the pack, and soon after, Langowski tore around Hare into second place.  Anderson, Langowski, Hare, and Baehman cruised ahead as Jake Timm and Erik Kanz raced side by side for fifth place when caution one of six slowed the field.  Anderson again was hotly pursued by Langowski on the restart as the two then raced side by side for the lead.  Anderson pulled away, but Langowski continued to stay tethered to him.  Hare worked the berm in third place as Timm moved to fourth.  A caution nearly every two laps really broke up the racing action, but Anderson was able to retain his momentum to head to the checkers first.  Langowski, Hare, Kanz, and Parker Hale sealed the top five.

Scott Rollinger led a hard charge from the pole of the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock main event.  Brian Fetting and Kevin Hager raced for second and third place while Jon Duffy and Jeff Brauer ran side by side for fourth and fifth.  Rollinger held a strong yet not big lead over Fetting as Hager worked to keep Duffy and Brauer at bay.  With only two laps down, the only caution waved over the field for a spun car.  Rollinger set up out front followed by Duffy, Fetting, Hager, and Brauer.  Duffy looked in on Rollinger’s lead as Hager moved in low to take third from Fetting.  However, Fetting gained significant steam as did Brauer and Bob Fort as they tore through the high side ahead of Hager.  Rollinger remained in control out front when Brauer and Duffy ran side by side for second place.  Fetting, Fort, and then Wiersgalla followed behind when Hager dropped to the infield with a breakdown.  Brauer seized the moment with six laps to go to assume the lead over Rollinger, Fort, and Fetting.  Brauer never looked back as he headed to victory lane for his first time ever at the track.  Rollinger locked in an impressive second place finish followed by Fort, Wiersgalla, and Fetting.

Hot shoe Josh Angst was quickly pursued by Bob Timm in the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified feature.  Heat two winner Adam Stockhausen showed a strong presence as he ran third.  Lance Hofer, Ron Konkel, and Andy Bohnstengel ran for fourth, but an early caution reset the field.  Angst again took the lead, but Timm moved around Angst on the high side to take over the #1 spot.  Angst and Konkel ran side by side for second when Kelly Shryock took over fourth from Stockhausen.  Timm took off and left the rest to deal with second place on back.  Angst, Konkel, and Shryock led the pack when Les Duellman jumped ahead of Stockhausen into fifth place.  Another caution reeled Timm back in to contend with the rest of the pack.  Timm maintained his lead however as Angst and Shryock followed.  Timm again checked out only to be once again reeled back by a caution.  Angst made a grand attempt at Timm’s lead, but Timm was able to pull away.  Angst gained again and pulled himself up to Timm as the two were nearly side by side out of turn four and then again down the back stretch.  A caution with five laps to go set up a great shoot out to the finish.  Angst greatly contested Timm as the two were side by side for first while Jay Ihrke and Shryock were side by side for third.  Timm had what he needed to pull out of turn four and hit the finish line by about two car lengths ahead of Angst for the win.  Shryock, Ihrke, and Stockhausen finished out the top five.

Friday, July 16 will be a regular night of racing which will include the WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA B-Mods, USRA Modifieds, 600 Mini Mods, A and B Mini Mods, as well as the return of the WISSOTA Late Models.  Mini Mod racing begins at 6 p.m. with regular racing action at 7 p.m.

Waits Tops WISSOTA Lates at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 20th, 2010

Fountain City, WI – Day two of the July Fourth weekend events at Mississippi Thunder Speedway brought a field of 40 WISSOTA Late Models to town to collect the $3000 paycheck in the DART WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series sponsored by Joe Provo Race Wear.  The one-caution, 40-lap feature for the DART WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series feature finished up the night with Brad Waits close to the two-day bonus.  But not close enough as Jake Redetzke led flag to flag for the win. Danny Hanson continued his dominance in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks while Troy Langowski topped the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods.  Bob Timm wheeled his way ahead of Josh Angst in the last lap to take the feature win away from him in the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified feature.

Ryan Henderson and Fred Prudoehl led the fast-paced WISSOTA Street Stocks for their feature race.  As cars packed three wide down the back stretch, the first caution erupted when Kevin Hager was pancaked into the wall and blew apart a rotor.  A DNF for Hager, a visit to the tail of the field for Rick Lisowski, and a complete restart was on the books.  On the restart, Dan Bork charged at Henderson for the lead from his now second row start after the second row disappeared from the caution.  Bork made his move around Henderson while Danny Richards raced side by side with Prudoehl for second place.  Princeton’s Cory Rosen was fast and into fourth place as Danny Hanson and Donny Ganz raced for fifth place.  Bork held his lead over Rosen and Richards, but it became a seven-car battle for the lead as the cars shuffled around.  Bork kept a handle on the lead while Rosen chased him down.  Hanson then moved into contention for second place while Richards remained very close in fourth.  The second caution reeled the field back in with Bork at the head of the pack followed by Rosen down low and Hanson up high.  Richards and Prudoehl followed in fourth and fifth.  Bork took off in the lead followed by Rosen when Hanson was shuffled back on the restart.  Hanson regained his composure and climbed back to third in no time.  Bork, Rosen, and Hanson put a gap between themselves and fourth place now held by Chanda Fjorden Nord.  Rosen took the lead from Bork, and then Hanson too passed Bork.  Rosen and Hanson ran side by side for the lead while Bork continued to hold a solo spot in third.  Lap after lap, Hanson and Rosen ran side by side for the lead.  Hanson was the man to make it back-to-back victories.  Rosen finished a strong second followed by Bork, Fjorden Nord, and Richards.

Jake Timm headed to a strong lead in the USRA B-Mod feature.  Brandon Hare and Troy Langowski ran second and third, but Langowski quickly soared into second.  Ben Anderson climbed to third while Erik Kanz and Emory Fretheim raced for fifth place.  A caution reset the field with Timm out front followed by Langowski and Anderson.  Langowski gained considerable ground on Timm, but Timm held his ground.  Timm and Langowski raced side by side for the lead without touching for several laps while Anderson, Kanz, and Troy Hovey hurtled behind them.  At lap 12, Langowski finally made the pass on Timm and shortly after caution two realigned the bunch.  Langowski was able to get a big lead after the restart which left Timm to deal with Anderson for second place.  Anderson managed to wrestle second from Timm, but Timm kept close tabs on the spot.  Langowski grabbed another win this season and was followed by Anderson, Timm, Fretheim, and Kanz to round out the top five.

USRA Modified feature action placed Nate Wasmund and Josh Angst in the front row of the 23-car field.  Angst took the early lead, but a four-car pile-up between turns one and two set up a complete restart.  Angst again took the lead as John Doelle shot to the inside to try for the lead.  Bob Timm and Wasmund ran for third and fourth followed by Jay Ihrke and Lance Hofer.  Angst held off Doelle as Wasmund pulled away from Timm for a solid third place spot.  Timm was left to fight off Ihrke.  Doelle flew too high and into the marbles he went which set him back to fifth. Wasmund inherited second place behind Angst as Ihrke gained on Wasmund.  Doelle regained some ground and pulled back to fourth ahead of Timm.  A caution and another restart later, Ihrke took advantage to get ahead of Wasmund, but Timm had the same idea as Ihrke and Timm raced side by side for second.  Timm gained second place and pulled up to Angst as the two pulled away from Ihrke.  Timm approached Angst as lap traffic created an obstacle for the pair.  With 19 laps of 25 down, Timm made a hard dive under Angst for the lead, but Angst pulled out of the corner still in the lead.  A caution with five laps to go set up the finale.  Angst led but soon a three-way battle for the lead developed between Angst, Timm, and Ihrke.  Angst pulled to a half car length ahead of Timm, but Timm made the last lap pass to take the win from Angst.  Ihrke, Wasmund, and Hofer finished out the top five.

Brad Waits and Jake Redetzke sat atop the front row in the field of WISSOTA Late Models.  Redetzke charged to a big lead over Waits, Chad Mahder, and John Kaanta.  Multiple rows of three-wide racing through the pack lit up the race as drivers charged for spots early on.  Redetzke found his groove early as he tore through the pack followed by Waits.  Waits made several attempts to take the lead, but Redetzke appeared too strong.  Waits was able to gain some ground on Redetzke as they wove through lap traffic.  Mahder continued to hold Kaanta to fourth place while Nick Anvelink and Doug Herrick raced close for fifth place.  The only caution with 24 laps down set Redetzke ahead of the closed up field.  Relief for Waits and Mahder possibly entered their minds as yellow went back to green.  Mahder appeared to gain on Waits slightly with each lap and moved in on Waits as the laps wound down.  Redetzke continued to dominate the field however and pulled away from Waits and Mahder.  Redetzke was able to lead flag to flag to collect the big check.  Waits grabbed another big finish in second after taking the win the previous night at MTS.  Although not what he hoped for on the eve of his 25th birthday, Mahder finished an impressive third place.  Kaanta and Anvelink sealed the top five. Next up at Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Friday, July 9th will be a regular night of racing.

All regular classes will run which include the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods, Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks, Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, RedBox+ A and B Mini Mods, Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods, as well as the return of the Hornets.

WISSOTA Street Stocks Raid Mississippi Thunder Speedway

July 20th, 2010

Fountain City, WI– Welcome to the jungle!  July kicked off big at Mississippi Thunder Speedway with the first annual WISSOTA Street Stock Summer Nationals.  Five strong heats of WISSOTA Street Stocks showed up with hands out for the big paycheck as the purse continued to grow up until a few days before the show.  The end result was a whopping $1500 paycheck for first place.

The WISSOTA Street Stock heat races proved just how bad some wanted the win in what appeared to be a pinball game in some heat races.  However, with all of the travelers, the big paycheck went to none other than current Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock point leader at MTS, Danny Hanson. With the phenomenal help from these sponsors, this event would not be what is has become.  Jailhouse Saloon, Winona Auto Sales, Hanson’s Tire, Pepin Self Storage, Jack Baehman, Dan Bork, Hank’s Racing Supply, Nibbe Grain Hauling, and Lewiston Milk Transport all contributed to the large purse for the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and a big thank you goes out to all of them, the drivers, and fans for a great first-time show.

WISSOTA Late Models also joined the show in what appeared to be a precursor to the following night’s DART WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series event.  It was also a first-time mix of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and USRA B-Mods which ran together.  Although the cars seemed relatively close in competition, it was the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds who prevailed by winning each of the two heats as well as the feature.

Dustin Scott got the clean sweep in the mixed division race. In the WISSOTA Midwest Modified/USRA B-Mod feature, it was USRA driver Chad Kosidowski who got the early lead over fellow USRA driver Erik Kanz.  However, a first-lap caution was charged to Kosidowski, which sent him to the tail of the field.  Ben Anderson shot his USRA B-Mod under Kanz on the restart while WISSOTA drivers Shaun Walski and Dustin Scott closed in behind them in third and fourth places.  Scott tore through the high side in an attempt to steal second from Kanz which turned into a three-way battle down the front stretch with Walski, Kanz, and Scott for second place.  Walski finally made the pass into second, but Kanz fought to get it back while Anderson set up a big lead for himself.  Walski pulled away from AJ Roschen who had moved ahead of Kanz into third place.  Anderson continued his big lead, but Walski and Scott stepped it up as they gained on Anderson.  Caution three for spun cars in turn four set up another restart with Anderson, Walski, Scott, Roschen, and Troy Langowski in the top five.  Walski and Scott continued to fight for second place ahead of Roschen.  Following Roschen was a pack of four to try to steal away fourth place.  Walski gained steam and found himself in contention for the lead with Anderson.  Soon it was a three-wide battle between Anderson, Walski, and Scott for the lead.  Anderson again pulled away, but Scott found his final strength as he took the lead from Anderson with less than six laps to go.  Walski ran down Anderson for second place, but Anderson held on.

Scott was the man to head to victory lane in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified over USRA’s Anderson.  WISSOTA’s Walski had a great finish in third followed by Roschen and WISSOTA’s Jared Happel. Donny Ganz and Ryan Goergen were nestled in the first row of the WISSOTA Street Stocks amongst heavy hitters from all over.  It was immediately a side by side battle for the lead which went three-wide in the fast-paced race.  Goergen took the lead, and Troy Voth shot to second place ahead of Ganz.  Gary Kasperek took second over just as fast though.  With a minimum of eight drivers vying for the lead, it was truly anyone’s game.  Kasperek and Goergen then raced side by side for the lead when Goergen went into a spin with 22 other WISSOTA Street Stocks coming at him.

A caution flew and Goergen was sent to the rear of the field.  Jim Randall had just shot into the top spots and was up for some cat and mouse with Kasperek.  Cory Crapser moved into third place while John Kallas shot his way into fourth as the top four cars slightly broke away from the pack.  Caution two slowed the field when Darryll Foegen spun in turn four.  Randall assumed the lead over Kasperek, Crapser, Kallas, and Ganz.  Randall, Crapser, and Kasperek dove three wide for the lead, but Kallas jumped in on the ride to make it a four-way bid for first.  At the half-way mark of the race, Randall and Crapser were in a side by side battle for first place as were Kallas and Kasperek for third place.  Danny Hanson had worked his way back up after being shuffled back early on to run side by side with Ganz for fifth place.  Crapser then took over the lead when caution four reset the field.  Crapser, Randall, Kallas, Kasperek, and Hanson topped the field at that point.  Hanson gained some serious momentum and shot to second over Randall, Kallas, and Kasperek enroute to Crapser up front.  Crapser and Hanson went door to door for first place as a lot of movement and switching of spots stirred things up.  A caution with four laps to go set up a great shoot-out for the win.  Hanson wrapped up the last four laps in first and was followed by Crapser, Danny Richards, Randall, and Mike Jans who just nipped Kallas at the line for fifth.

A full field of WISSOTA Late Models were on hand for the main event.  Adam Hensel and Doug Herrick sat atop the large field, but Herrick’s car made a hard, fast right turn out of turn four to pull the first caution.  Herrick went to the rear of the field while the rest set up a complete restart in two-by-two fashion.  Brad Waits jumped to the lead over Hensel while Ashley Anderson made a torpedo move into third.  Jake Redetzke and Lance Matthees raced for fourth place as Waits continued to lead the pack.  Anderson picked off Redetzke and Hensel on his way to second place, but Redetzke charged back.  Redetzke and Anderson closed in on Waits, but by lap nine, Anderson took the lead from Waits in turn four.  Redetzke made an attempt at second, but Waits dug in his heels to keep the spot.  As Redetzke charged under Waits down the fronts stretch, Redetzke lifted Wait’s rear up, but Waits kept a handle on the situation and was able to get away from Redetzke to keep second place nailed down.  Hensel then dropped from competition which left Matthees to take over fourth place followed by Ronnie Rihm.  With four laps to go, Matthees dropped off the pace and a caution resulted in a shoot out for the win.  However, as the restart ensued, John Kaanta and Justin Ritche got lodged together out of turn two.  As they slowed down the backstretch, others stacked up behind them.  Scott Gilberts attempted to avert the situation but caught a turning car which resulted in Gilberts’ quick flip to the infield.  Gilberts walked away from his overturned car.  Anderson led the field for the restart, but Waits made a flash move to the outside to take over the lead once again.  Waits sealed the win followed by Anderson, Redetzke, Kaanta, and Rihm.

Kanz and Ganz Win At MTS

June 21st, 2010

Fountain City, WI – In what started out to be a very questionable day for weather and track conditions, it turned out to be a full night of racing with the program ending by 10:30.  A remarkably smooth track greeted drivers at Mississippi Thunder Speedway for the sixth event of the season sponsored by Severson Sinclair of Winona. Donny Ganz collected his second feature win this season in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks in the feature that went flag to flag.  Erik Kanz stepped up his program which sent him to victory for the first time this season in the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods. Gary Wiersgalla turned his eighth place starting spot into another feature win in the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock feature.  Jay Ihrke moved to a quick lead to win his third feature at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified division. Mike Krause made it two in a row in the Hornets while Jeff Matejka topped the 600 Mini Mod field.  Alex Williamson was a repeat winner in the A Mini Mods, and Jackson Hale took the win in the B Mini Mod division.  Winona Radio Driver of the Week for June 4th was Ben Anderson who runs very competitively in the USRA B-Mod division.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature started off in near perfect fashion as Tyler Sass and Michael Knudtson led into the flag.  But by the end of the front stretch, it was a three-way battle for the lead.  Knudtson took the lead early over Rick Lisowski when Fred Prudoehl jumped at a chance for second with Lisowski.  Donny Ganz moved quickly to third, and Dan Bork followed putting Lisowski back to fifth.  Knudtson continued the lead followed by Prudoehl and Ganz.  Prudoehl made a run to the inside of Knudtson for the lead when Ganz set himself up to take the lead from Knudtson.  Ganz and Knudtson charged ahead while Prudoehl held off Bork for third.  Ganz laid some ground between himself and Knudston.  Danny Hanson gained energy and moved into fourth place behind Bork.  Ganz kept up the pace in the lead followed by Knudtson.  Hanson finally cleared Bork for third and moved on to Knudtson.  Lap traffic spiced things up a bit, but Ganz cleared the way to victory lane for the second time this season.  Hanson finished second followed by Knudtson, Lisowski, and Bork in the caution-free feature.

Previous winners in the USRA B-Mods, Brandon Hare and Ben Anderson sat atop the field for the main event.  Hare jetted to the lead, but was immediately chased by Anderson and Erik Kanz.  Hare, Anderson, and Kanz vied for the lead while Jimmy Broszeit shot into fourth.  Kanz tried the high line around Hare, but Hare held his ground.  Kanz made another attempt on Hare and made it stick to take over the lead.  Hare was left to fend off Anderson for second place.  A caution reset the field with Kanz, Hare, Anderson, Broszeit, and Troy Langowski in the top five.  Langowski made a play for third on Hare, but Hare shot back.  Langowski made another attempt, and finally made it work to take over third behind Kanz and Anderson.  A caution for Brian Schrage’s machine going up in smoke restarted the field with Kanz, Anderson, Langowski, and Hare up front.  Caution four slowed the field when Jack Baehman was stopped by the wall.  With three laps to go, six cars remained in play.  Kanz made his final restart and was able to hold the rest back for his first feature win this season.  Anderson, Langowski, Hare, and Broszeit finished out the top five.

Kevin Hager led the WISSOTA Super Stocks with Tim Williamson outside pole.  Two no-shows for the feature dipped the field to eight cars.  An early caution in turn one ended when Jon Duffy and Tommy Richards headed off on the hook, and Jeff Brauer headed to the back of the small field.  A complete restart had Hager and Williamson side by side for the lead as Gary Wiersgalla and Bob Fort ran side by side for third place.  Wiersgalla quickly jumped into a three-way race for the lead.  Hager hit a rut out of turn three which dropped him to third as Williamson took the lead followed by Wiersgalla.  Fort charged by Hager into third place while Wiersgalla slipped under Willamson for the lead by lap five.  Wiersgalla put some distance on Williamson as Fort crawled up on second place.  Phillips, Wisconsin’s Colin Polacek followed Hager in fifth place.  Fort finally gained second place, but it was not an easy task as Williamson held a firm grip on the spot.  Wiersgalla continued his lead followed by Fort and Williamson.  Hager was followed by Polacek, but Polacek dropped to the infield with issues which put Brauer in fifth place.  Wiersgalla tallied another win followed by Fort, Williamson, Hager, and Brauer.

Ron Konkel and Ryan York set the pace in the USRA Modified main event.  Konkel assumed the front spot while Bob Timm, Josh Angst, and York were in a quick three-wide battle for second place.  Jay Ihrke moved into the top five and quickly took over second behind Konkel.  Timm, York, and Angst battled for third place.  Ihrke climbed up on Konkel as the two went head to head for the lead.  Timm peeled away for third place, and Angst took over fourth ahead of York.  At the half-way mark of the race, Ihrke led the field followed by Timm, Angst, and York.  Timm gained ground on Ihrke’s lead by lap 15, but Ihrke maintained the spot.  A caution at lap 20 reset the pack for a five-lap shootout to the finish.  Ihrke was able to hold off Timm for the win.  Angst finished third followed by Andy Bohnstengel in fourth.  A late race surge nearly saw Hank Rollinger nip the top five, but York beat Rollinger to the line. Brad Duellman shot to an early lead over Jay Mensink in the Hornet feature.  Ron Jablonske settled into third place while being chased by Mike Krause.  Krause worked his way under Mensink for second place, but Mensink made a grand attempt at sneaking under Krause to gain the spot back to no avail.  Duellman continued his strong lead, but Krause closed in on Duellman for the lead.  Jablonske lost a tire which brought out the caution.  A few others fell from competition during the caution which left four cars running; Krause, Duellman, Guy Hamernik, and Bonnie Jablonske.  Krause grabbed his second win in as many nights at MTS this season followed by Duellman, Hamernik, and Jablonske.

Jeff Matejka clipped the field of Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods in their feature race.  Charlie McNally finished second followed by Joe Jasnoch, Bruce Schmitt, and Don Werner. Alex Williamson added to his win list that keeps growing in the A Mini Mod feature.  Brandon Reutzel, Alex Stevens, Mike Stevens, and Jerome Kellner rounded out the top five.  Jackson Hale topped the field of seven in the B Mini Mod feature.  Garrett Koster, Matthew Stevens, Spencer Ihrke, Hendrik Welti capped the top five.

The USMTS will blow into the speedway June 25th for a $2000-to-win show sponsored by Fastenal and Stone Machinery.  Also running will be the WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, 600 Mini Mods, A Mini Mods, and B Mini Mods.  Nine-time USMTS Champion Kelly Shryock will pilot the MTS NAPA Two-Seater Modified for one lucky fan.  Tickets can be purchased that night for $2 through the heat races. Thursday, July 1st will be the first WISSOTA Street Stock Summer Nationals and will include WISSOTA Late Models as well as USRA B-Mods.  The Dart WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series will make its appearance at the speedway on Friday, July 2nd.  Stay tuned to the track website for additional class information.  Join us for two nights of WISSOTA Late Model action along with great competition in the others as well.

Weather Wins AGAIN At Mississippi Thunder Speedway

June 14th, 2010

Fountain City, WI – For the fourth time this season, the weather beat the crew, fans, and drivers at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  It was also another night that the WISSOTA Late Models were scheduled to run in an already limited schedule at MTS. The next event will be June 18th with all regular classes competing including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, 600 Mini Mods, and the A and B Mini Mods.  Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes.

Friday, June 25th the USMTS will storm the speedway in a $2000-to-win event.  WISSOTA Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, USRA Modifieds, and the A and B Mini Mods will also compete that night. The July Fourth Holiday weekend will kick off early at Mississippi Thunder with the first Street Stock Summer Nationals including the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks and WISSOTA Late Models on Thursday, July 1st.  The following night on Friday, July 2nd the WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series sponsored by Joe Provo Race Wear cruises into town for a $3000-to-win show.  Also competing will be the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA Modifieds, Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods, and the RedBox+ A and B Mini Mods. As we near the half-way mark of the season, the point race has begun to heat up.  Be on top of it all and don’t miss a night at Mississippi Thunder.

Williamson Cracks The Code At MTS

June 11th, 2010

Fountain City, WI – The Second Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge had a mere 20 cars vying for the $1000 paycheck.  But not only was a driver going to collect big, the fans had a pretty good chance of something as well.

In addition to sponsoring the night, Jack Baehman also would provide a beverage to every person in the stands if one of his four Baehman Law-sponsored cars were to win OR if he himself just finished the race.  Both happened and fans were treated to a beverage of their choice. Joe Provinzino was selected as the previous week’s Winona Radio Driver of the Week.  Provinzino runs competitively in the 600 Mini Mod class. In the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, Danny Hanson managed another clean sweep but had to work for the win over Danny Richards.  Ben Anderson collected his second clean sweep of the season in The EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods. Tim Williamson worked hard for his first feature win this season in the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stock main event.  Josh Angst grabbed another Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Mod feature ahead of the five other remaining cars on the track in a caution-filled feature. USRA Modified driver Jay Ihrke was elected to drive a couple lucky fans in the Mississippi Thunder Speedway two-seater Modified.  Chances to win a ride are sold throughout the night every night at the speedway.

Cory Hanson and Michael Knudtson shot to a fast-paced WISSOTA Street Stock feature as the two tore side by side for the lead followed by Kevin Hager and Fred Prudoehl.  A spin on the backstretch resulted in a restart and two DNFs early on.  Dicing for spots on the restart shot Danny Richards under Knudtson for second place ahead of Hager as Danny Hanson galloped into fifth place.  Cory Hanson continued the lead while Knudtson ripped by Hager for third; Hager dug in and held the spot and left Knudtson to fend off Danny Hanson.  Richards maneuvered his way around Cory Hanson into the lead as Danny Hanson got by Hager for third.  Hager rebounded, but again, Danny Hanson got third back.  Danny Hanson jumped in on Cory Hanson’s second place spot enroute to Richards out front.  Richards, Danny Hanson, Cory Hanson, Hager, and Donny Ganz led the WISSOTA Street Stock field.  As Hager was about to take over Cory Hanson’s third place spot, a caution slowed the pack.  Richards led off the restart followed by Danny Hanson, Cory Hanson, Hager, and Ganz.  Danny Hanson made his move to the outside of Richards for the lead with two laps to go.  Richards darted back to Hanson’s side as they raced side by side for the lead.  Hanson was able to take the win followed by Richards and Hager.  Rick Lisowski was able to sneak into fourth place ahead of Cory Hanson.

The 25-lap, $1000-to-win USRA B-Mod feature showcased 20 drivers ready to race their hearts out.  Six cautions and 13 cars down, Ben Anderson capture the big check which also confirmed a free beverage to all fans in the stands.  Michael Wytaske and Ben Moudry set the pace for the race, but a first-lap caution took out back-to-back winner Troy Langowski and reset the cars for a complete restart.  Wytaske and Moudry tried again and got the race flowing when Anderson moved up on Moudry for second place behind Wytaske.  Moudry then took the lead over Wytaske, and Anderson shot low on Moudry for the lead when another caution for debris slowed the field.  Moudry headed to the pits for work and returned to the back of the field only to be sent to the infield since he went beyond the work area all the way to his pit stall.  Anderson assumed the lead over Matt Jones of Waukon, Iowa and Wytaske.  Anderson laid down a comfortable lead over Jones, Wytaske, Erik Kanz, and Brandon Hare.  Jake Timm made an attempt at fourth but Kanz held his ground.  Jones gained some on Anderson and left a pack of five cars to vie for third place.  Caution three flew over the field when Timm slowed on the front stretch amid a puff of white smoke.  Anderson and Kanz then raced side by side briefly for the lead, but Anderson maintained his spot.  After caution five, Anderson led followed by Kanz, Jones, and Hare.  Anderson slid a bit high into the rough when Jones shot under for the lead.  Anderson regained his composure to take back the lead.  The final caution arrived when Ed Appel’s machine went up in flames down the front stretch.  Anderson led the final restart followed by Jones, Kanz, and Brian Schrage who clawed his way up from 11th place.  Through it all, Anderson grabbed the win, the paycheck, and the ride to Victory Lane.  Jones followed up in second place with Kanz, Hare, and Schrage in third, fourth, and fifth places respectively.

Tim Williamson started outside Josh Rodewald in the 10-car WISSOTA Super Stock caution-free feature.  Dennis Earney zoomed into second followed by Bob Fort, Rodewald, and Kevin Hager as the track got rough again after it was farmed at intermission.  Earney gained the lead over Williamson while Fort followed in third place.  Hager bounced around in fourth place while Gary Wiersgalla rallied into the top five.  Hager and Wiersgalla raced side by side for fourth before Wiersgalla gained the spot which left Hager to settle for fifth.  Earney set himself apart from the rest out front while Williamson continued to hold second ahead of Fort.  Wiersgalla closed in on Fort, and Jeff Brauer got a chance at fifth place when Hager slipped a bit sideways in turn one.  Williamson was able to steal the lead from Earney to take over first while Wiersgalla grabbed second.  Williamson finally found the right combination after two weeks of misery to win his first feature this season.  Wiersgalla had another strong finish in second followed by Earney, Fort, and Brauer. Ryan York of Racine, Minnesota sat atop the field in the USRA Modified main event.

Bob Timm was to be outside pole but was a no-show which allowed Lucas Schott outside pole.  Josh Angst and John Doelle followed in the second row, and Angst quickly overtook York for the lead.  Schott showed signs of trouble and pulled his car to the infield while Jay Ihrke flew into third place behind Angst and York.  Doelle settled into fourth as the top four pulled away from the rest of the field.  A caution for Paul Hamernik’s machine teetering on the inside berm in turn four reset the cars with Angst, Ihrke, York, Leroy Scharkey, and Chris Gilbertson in the top five.  Within seven laps, the car count dwindled from 16 to nine.  Angst continued his high-flying ways while Ihrke kept close.  York, Gilbertson, and Scharkey held their ground in spots three through five when suddenly Ihrke slowed and dropped from competition.  As cars peeled off the track with various issues, Angst was able to take another win from the competition.  York finished second followed by Gilbertson, Scharkey, and “Crazy” Phil Wernert.

Mike Krause pulled his Hornet out of the weeds less than a week prior to the class joining the show at MTS again to win the feature.  Joe Provinzino led flag to flag in the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods.  Brandon Reutzel capped the 11- car field of RedBox+ Senior Mini Mods, while Jackson Hale headed to Victory Lane in the RedBox+ Junior Mini Mods.

June 11th will show the return of the WISSOTA Late Models.  All regular classes including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA Modifieds, 600 Mini Mods, and the Junior and Senior Mini Mods will also be running.  Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes.  For more details, go to www.mississippithunder.com.

Linder and Fort Top Mississippi Thunder Speedway Rivals

June 1st, 2010

Fountain City, WI – In a beautiful start to the Memorial Holiday weekend, graduating track employees and drivers climbed into a convertible to carry the colors for the National Anthem.  Prior to that thanks was given to all veterans for their service, dedication, and honor.

USRA B-Mod rookie Jake Timm was named the previous week’s Winona Radio Driver of the Week for his impressive run in the class.  Timm followed the graduates in carrying the flag for the Anthem as well on REMAX/Results night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

In his first visit this year, Jared Linder pulled out the win in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature in an action-packed event.  Troy Langowski collected his second win in a row in the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods while local driver Bob Fort charged to the front for the win in the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks.  In the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Jay Ihrke also made it back-to-back wins in the 21-car field.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature frontline was a step back in time as Dave Smith and Kevin Hager led the pack for the feature; the pair have raced against each other off and on since the mid 90’s.  Fred Prudoehl shot up to second behind Smith while Hager hung in just barely behind Prudoehl in third.  Rick Lisowski moved up to Hager’s side as Prudoehl took over the lead.  But all of that was null and void when Danny Hanson had a tire go down and a caution flew.  It took two more restarts before two rows of three-wide racing ensued.  Prudoehl again led a few laps, then another caution, Prudoehl led more laps, then another caution.  With ten laps to go and Prudoehl in the lead, Lisowski and Jared Linder battled for second.  Behind the top three, Danny Richards, Donny Ganz, and Dan Bork raced in a pack of three for fourth place while Hanson, Hager, and Smith raced three wide for seventh place.  A caution with nine laps to go, Prudoehl, Lisowski, and Linder continued the lead cars.  A tight restart created three-wide racing as Hanson nipped fourth place from Ganz.  Lisowski pressured Prudoehl for the lead while Ganz gained fourth place back from Hanson.  With four to go, Lisowski spun in turn four and was sent to the tail of the field.  On the final restart, Prudoehl led followed by Linder, Ganz, Richards, and Bork.  Linder and Ganz both checked out the lead, but it was Linder who was able to seize it from Prudoehl.  There was a lot of movement throughout the race and in the final lap as well.  As the cars went into the final turn, Prudoehl attempted to shoot between Shaun Mann and Richards.  Cars went every which way, but it was Linder to win the race followed by Ganz, Bork, Hanson, and Mann.

Mike Kelly and youngster Parker Hale led the 16-car field of USRA B-Mods for the main event.  Troy Langowski shot to third followed by Jake Timm and Brandon Hare.  Kelly pulled away from the pack, but Langowski quickly closed in on the leader.  Hare and Hale ran side by side for third place when a caution reset the field.  Kelly again pulled away, but another caution slowed the field when Hale was spun by Brian Schrage.  Langowski was finally able to take the lead from Kelly while Ben Anderson zipped through traffic into third place.  With ten laps to go, Kelly spun while running second place behind Langowski which brought out the final caution.  Langowski earned the win through all of the cautions to go back to back in victory lane.  Schrage made a valiant effort in returning to the top five after the earlier caution to finish second.

Chad Kosidowski finished third followed by Anderson, and Andrew Kelly. As leaders Kevin Hager and Jon Duffy rounded turn four to complete the first lap of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, a Talladega happened just behind them.  Brian Fetting went into a spin and shot toward the wall.  Along with it, nine other cars came to rest in the pig pile in turn three.  Only the top three cars of Duffy, Hager, and Bob Fort escaped the situation.  As the fans waited to see who would be resurrected from the offering altar, casualties were listed as four; Dennis Earney, Fetting, Adam Kerley, and Michael Hofer.  Once the cars were back in line for the restart, Hager and Duffy got the smaller group going again.  Duffy shot to the high side for the lead but Hager battled back when a caution for debris again reset the field.  Duffy gained control of the lead early as Hager ran a strong second followed by Jeff Brauer and Bob Fort.  Brauer managed to slide barely in front of Hager in turn four to take over second place and then Fort followed which put Hager back to fourth.  Brauer gained on Duffy’s lead, but Brauer shot into a self spin in turn four as he tried to dip under Duffy for the lead.  Brauer went to the rear of the field on the caution, and Duffy assumed the lead followed by Fort, Hager, Gary Wiersgalla, and Ross Dixon.  Fort pursued Duffy for the lead and with six laps to go, Fort took the lead.  Wiersgalla gained control of third place ahead of Hager.  Brauer made up ground as he slid in front of Hager again in turn four to take over fourth place.  Fort had gained a considerable lead and walked away with the win.  Wiersgalla, Duffy, Brauer, and Hager rounded out the top five.

Chris Gilbertson took the early lead in the USRA Modifieds, but high school grad Lance Hofer was fast to second place as he was followed by father-son duo Leroy and Todd Scharkey.  Jay Ihrke shot under Andy Bohnstengel and Todd Scharkey in one shot to take over fourth.  Todd Scharkey fought back and it became three-wide racing for third place between Ihrke and both Scharkeys.  Hofer took over the lead from Gilbertson, and Todd Scharkey jumped into second place soon after.  Scharkey made a big gain on Hofer, but Hofer kept a firm grip on his lead.  Ihrke worked his way under Scharkey for second when Bob Timm darted into third place.  Gilbertson fought back for third on the high side.  Hofer held an impressive lead, but Ihrke gained and eventually pulled the lead from Hofer.  Meanwhile, Todd Scharkey and Timm raced side by side for third while Bohnstengel slipped into fifth place.  Ihkre pulled away from the field as he threaded his way through lap traffic.  Timm gained second place over Hofer, but Hofer did not give up as he ran strong in third.  With two laps to go, a caution realigned the field.  Ihrke kept his lead, but Timm moved to second place and then side by side with Ihrke for the lead.  Ihrke was able to master the track however, and grab his second feature in a row.  Timm, Todd Scharkey, Hofer, and Bohnstengel capped the top five.

The WISSOTA Late Models returned to the speedway for the second time this season, and with that, Doug Herrick and Justin Sass led the 16-car field to the green flag.  Sass shot to a strong lead over Herrick, Lance Matthees, and Dennis Hillson.  Herrick made several attempts at the lead, but Sass proved to be too fast.  Herrick was able to finally take over the lead from Sass with 19 laps to go.  Matthees jumped on second place behind Herrick while Sass maintained third over Brad Waits.  Sass and Waits ran side by side for third as Kyle Jumbeck worked on Jordan Yaggy for fifth place.  Three-wide racing down the front stretch for fourth place ensued as Herrick was chased by Matthees.  Waits made the pass on Sass for third and then got the spot from Matthees to trail leader Herrick.  Waits then engaged in side by side racing with Herrick for the lead.  Herrick was a rocket and could not be beat though.  Matthees finished second followed by Waits, Kelly Anderson, and Chris Oertel. June will kick off with the Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge in a $1000-to-win show.

All regular classes including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA Modifieds, 600 Mini Mods, and the Junior and Senior Mini Mods will also be running.  The night will also include the return of the Hornets.  The Hornets will return on a limited schedule for the remainder of the season.  Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes.  For more details, go to www.mississippithunder.com.

Langowski Back In Victory Lane At Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May 31st, 2010

Fountain City, WI – For the second week in a row, racing occurred at Mississippi Thunder Speedway; that was a big feat this season.  What had started out as an unfavorable forecast turned into a very favorable night at the speedway for some but much less than desirable for many. Attrition was definitely the big word as nearly 20 cars across all classes DNF’d their night.

Gary Wiersgalla made it through the WISSOTA Super Stock marathon which eliminated over half of the cars in multiple melees to win his second feature in as many nights for the class.  Troy Langowski motored through the USRA B-Mod main event to win his first feature of the year.

Danny Hanson collected his second feature of the season in the WISSOTA Street Stocks while last week’s winner Donny Ganz was crowned the Driver of the Week. Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock action took off with three-wide racing down the front stretch between pole sitter Dave Smith, Shaun Mann, and Dan Bork.  Mann took the point out of turn one while Fred Prudoehl charged into second ahead of Smith.  More three-wide racing through turn four resulted in Danny Hanson’s run to fourth place.  Mann continued a strong lead followed by Prudoehl as Bork shot into third ahead of Hanson.  The first caution flew when Kevin Hager took a spin in turn four which reset the field.  Mann remained in front followed by Prudoehl, Bork, Hanson, and Donny Ganz.  Bork, Ganz, and Hanson raced in a tight cluster just behind Mann as Danny Richards crept into fifth place.  Hanson gained control of second place over the cluster of cars when the second caution flew for Michael Knudtson’s spin in turn one.  With seven laps to go, Hanson shot low to race side by side with Mann.  Lap after lap, the two continued their side by side cat and mouse game.  Bork and Richards engaged in their own side by side battle for third while Ganz held Prudoehl off for fifth.  Hanson finally made the move on Mann with one lap to go to take the lead and the win.  Mann proved his strength by finishing second ahead of Richards, Bork, and Ganz.

Jake Timm and Brian Schrage graced the front line in the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mod feature.  The green flagged waved and Timm shot to the lead as he exited turn one.  Troy Langowski moved from fourth to second in his race-long pursuit of Timm.  Schrage and Chad Kosidowski followed Langowski while Ben Anderson shot to the top five fast.  Kosidowski put up a fight for third but Scrage managed to hold on.  Langowski looked in on the lead of Timm several times but nestled back into second.  Schrage fought off Anderson after Anderson picked off Kosidowski for third.  The lead pack of Timm, Langowski, Schrage, Anderson, Kosidowki, and Brandon Hare separated from the rest of the field.  Langowski finally made the pass on Timm but a caution slowed the field when Schrage and Anderson locked together in what appeared to be a failed attempt at leapfrog.  With eight laps remaining, Langowski led the restart followed by Timm, Kosidowski, Hare, and Ed Appel.  Kosidowski worked hard on Timm for second, but Timm managed to keep his composure and stay in second.  Another caution and another restart proved idyllic for Timm when he nearly pulled off the track and ended his second place run.  Timm got back up to race speed when another caution flew which gave him his restart spot back behind Langowski.  With only seven of the 12 cars left, Langowski earned his feature win through all of the turmoil to head to victory lane.  Timm finished a very strong second followed by Anderson, Hare, and Kosidowki.

The Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks started with a field of 15.  On the initial start, a caution flew right away when Brett Dulas lost a spring down the front stretch.  A restart sent Tim Williamson and Jon Duffy on a charge for the lead when several cars clumped together out of turn two that resulted in a caution for a downed tire on Josh Rodewald’s machine.  A second restart surfaced, and Williamson got the jump to take the lead early on.  Duffy and Kevin Glander ran side by side for second place followed by the fierce #4 of Dennis Earney and Michael Hofer.  Duffy, Glander, and Williamson ran three-wide for the lead, but Williamson slipped a bit high and dropped to fifth.  That allowed Gary Wiersgalla into third place ahead of Duffy.  Earney and Glander ran side by side for the lead followed by Wiersgalla and Duffy when a lapped car with a flat bunched several on the back stretch.  Williamson was a victim when he got caught up and his left front was run over eliminating him from competition.  Glander assumed the lead on the restart followed very closely by Earney, Wiersgalla, Duffy, and Hofer.  Wiersgalla moved into side-by-side racing with Earney while Duffy and Hofer did the same for fourth place.  Jeff Brauer, Kevin Hager, and Brian Fetting followed the bunch in sixth, seventh, and eighth places.  Just after the half-way of the race, Wiersgalla shot under Glander for the lead at the exit of turn four.  Earney shot between Wiersgalla and Glander; Earney and Glander locked so hard that a wheel was ripped off and laid in the middle of the front stretch.  The two appeared to be welded together as they came to a stop at the wall entering turn one.  Both drivers were physically uninjured.  With nine laps to go, Wiersgalla assumed the pole followed by Duffy, Hofer, Brauer, and Fetting.  Brauer gained strength and shot to third over Hofer as Hager whipped past Fetting for fifth.  Wiersgalla continued to hold the lead followed by Duffy and Brauer as Hager struggled to overtake Hofer for fourth.  Wiersgalla overcame the trials and tribulations of the WISSOTA Super Stocks to gain his second win in as many nights.  Duffy, Brauer, Hofer, and Hager rounded out the top five. Jay Ihrke used his outside pole start to lead right away in the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified feature.  Andy Bohnstengel raced hard in second as he was pursued by Adam Stockhausen, Josh Angst, and Dan Bohr.  Angst moved into third over Stockhausen while Bohr slowly crept up behind Stockhausen.  Chris Gilbertson moved into sixth place after starting ninth.  With 15 laps to go, John Doelle went into a flip in turn one.  The red flag was waved and Robby Bunkelman was charged with the incident.  Ihrke resumed his lead spot when the race went back to green.  Angst, Bohnstengel, Stockhausen, and Gilbertson charged up behind Ihrke.  Gilbertson flew into fourth which left Stockhausen to fend off Hank Rollinger and Bohr.  Angst closed in on Ihrke as they entered lap traffic.  With seven laps to go, the cars spread out, but a final caution slowed the pack for Steve Lavassuer’s breakdown in turn four.  With a five-lap shoot out, Ihrke was able to hold Angst back and secure his first win at the speedway this year.  Bohnstengel, Gilbertson, and Stockhausen grabbed impressive top five finishes as well as they placed third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Jeff Matejka led flag to flag in the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods.  Nicholas Wagner did the same in the Junior Midwest Mini Mods as did Alex Williamson in the Senior Midwest Mini Mods.

The next event will be Friday, May 28 with all regular classes including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA B-Mods, USRA Modifieds, 600 Mini Mods, and the Junior and Senior Mini Mods.  Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes.  Also in competition will be the WISSOTA Late Models for their second visit this season.  Coming up on Friday, June 4 will be the return of the Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge in a $1000-to-win event for the class.  For more details, go to www.mississippithunder.com.

Ganz Gains at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May 21st, 2010

By Tracy Hager Fountain City, WI (May 14) – Sun, meet Friday.  Friday, meet Sun.  Shake hands and play nice!  The old adage “good things come to those who wait” holds true.  After three weeks of waiting, those good things were drivers, cars, and fans back at Mississippi Thunder Speedway for the first DART Cornbelt Clash Late Model event.  West Concord’s Rick Lisowski was finally crowned the Driver of the Week for the opening night.  Lisowski has been competitive in the very fierce Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks. Donny Ganz gained points and some more credibility as a top contender in 2010 in the WISSOTA Street Stocks as he nailed a clean sweep in the division.  Josh Angst is a man on a mission after notching his second feature win in the Rivercity manufacturing USRA Modifieds in as many nights of racing at the speedway this season. Ben Anderson topped the field of the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods while Chad Simpson cleared his way to victory lane in the big event of the night when the DART Cornbelt Clash Late Models waltzed into town.  The DART Cornbelt Clash brought 36contenders from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota to duke it out for the big paycheck. Donny Ganz used his heat two winning stance to set himself up on pole for the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Mondovi’s Richard Weir pulled up outside pole as the race went to green.  Four-wide racing through turn two set up a green-to-checkered marathon as Ganz quickly got chased by Danny Richards for the lead.  Dan Bork, Danny Hanson, and Fred Prudoehl darted into the top five.  Richards reeled in Ganz while Hanson moved in to challenge Bork for third.  Hanson and Bork raced side by side before Hanson shot under Bork for the spot.  Bork shot right back as Ganz kept hold of the reigns out front.  Richards once again closed in on Ganz for the lead as they ran side by side when lap traffic got into the equation.  Hanson put Bork back to third as the laps wound down.  With two laps to go, Ganz was able to put a little distance on the field and grab the win.  Danny Richards finished a strong second followed by Hanson, Bork, and Tommy Richards. It took a couple tries to get the USRA B-Mod feature in full swing, and when they did, Andrew Kelly was quickly challenged by Tyler Groenendyk from Oskaloosa, Iowa.  Kelly and Groenendyk raced side by side for the lead, but it was Kelly who finished lap one in front.  Brandon Hare ran hard in third ahead of Ben Anderson before Anderson, Hare, and Kelly raced three-wide down the front stretch for second place.  Anderson ducked under Hare for second and moved on to pick off the leader.  Anderson made his move on Groenendyk for the lead which left Groenendyk to fight off Hare and Kelly.  Lap traffic came into play for Anderson, but he was able to slink through virtually unnoticed.  A caution with two laps to go reset the field and gave Hare his chance to overtake Anderson for the win.  Anderson was able to pull off the win and clean sweep in commanding style followed by Hare, Brian Schrage, Tyler Groenendyk, and Ben Moudry. The green flag turned into three-wide for the lead in the USRA Modified feature.  Lance Hofer made a lightning bolt move to the lead, but along with the lightning bolt came the storm as his machine poofed a big cloud and was immediately shut down resulting in the first caution.  Ryan York assumed the lead in the complete restart with John Doelle outside front row.  Leroy Scharkey and Bob Timm charged for third and fourth spots while four-wide racing ensued mid-pack.  A second caution flew when Doelle spun in turn four and collected Timm.  York once again took the point on the restart when Josh Angst flew into second place over Chris Gilbertson and Timm.  Angst had smoothly sailed through the pack and just as smoothly shot past York for the lead.  Timm eventually dropped from competition due to mechanical injuries suffered in the earlier mishap which allowed Hank Rollinger Jr. and Jay Ihrke moving room as the two zipped into the top five.  As Angst tore away from the bunch, Ihrke took over second from York as Rollinger dealt with Gilbertson for fourth place.  Angst was the mover as he went from an 11th place start to victory lane making him two for two this season.  Ihrke’s season is off to a great start as he finished a stout second followed by York, Rollinger, and Gilbertson. The only topless runner Justin Kay started on the pole with Adam Hensel outside in the Cornbelt Clash Late Model feature.  Chad Simpson quickly took the lead followed by Hensel.  Keith Foss dipped inside of Kay for third when a caution for a spun car realigned the pack.  Simpson got a great start but another caution slowed the field when John Kaanta was off the pace down the front stretch.  Simpson again grabbed a big lead as Foss was up on Hensel for second.  Kay held his ground in fourth place when Lance Matthees nosed in on the spot.  A spin in turn four resulted in another caution as Hensel headed pitside with car troubles.  Simpson assumed the lead followed by Kay, Foss, and Matthees.  Foss charged to second while Jake Redetzke closed in on Kay’s third place spot.  As the drivers manhandled their machines on a less than perfect track after the immense rains, they were finally able to string several laps together as they wailed around the oval.  Simpson continued his dominance over Foss, Kay, and Redetzke.  Chris Simpson had worked his way into fifth place from his 12th place start when Redetzke briefly jumped Foss for second.  Foss was able to move up on Chad Simpson’s bumper as they began their journey through lap traffic.  A caution reeled them all back in and set them up with no lap traffic in between.  With eight laps to go, Chad Simpson held Foss and the rest behind him.  The final caution flew when Brad Waits spun between turns three and four.  Eric Pember crashed hard into Waits eliminating them both from competition.  Chad Simpson endured the long haul as he cashed in on the $2,000 check.  Foss was able to secure second followed by Chris Simpson, Jason Raun, and Redetzke. Nicholas Wagner from Trempealeau, Wisconsin led from flag to flag in the opener for the Junior Mini Mods.  Garrett Koster and Jackson Hale closed in on Wagner a few times, but Wagner proved to be too strong.  On the last lap, as Hale made a move for second place, he spun in turn four.  Koster went into a spin to avoid Hale.  Matthew Stevens was not so lucky and ran into Hale.  Wagner logged the win over Koster and Stevens. In the Senior Mini Mods, Alex Williamson also led flag to flag.  Williamson took a considerable lead right away.  Mike Stevens worked on his cousin Alex Stevens for second, but Mike Stevens slipped inside too far and fell back to fourth.  Dylan Buckland made a hard charge on Brandon Reutzel and spun the two which brought out a caution.  Williamson held his ground and won the main followed by Reutzel, Alex Stevens, Mike Stevens, and Dylan Buckland. The next event will be Friday, May 21 with all regular classes including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA B-Mods, USRA Modifieds, 600 Mini Mods, and the Junior and Senior Mini Mods.  Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes.

Clash Next At Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May 9th, 2010

Fountain City, WI – Fridays have been great in the area; if you are a duck. Re/Max Results night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway once again fell to a rainout; the third in a row at the speedway.

In what will feel like a second season opener, fans will have to wait yet another week to see which Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock driver was named the Driver of the Week for the opening night. But next up, cross our fingers, will be the much-anticipated first-ever Cornbelt Clash WISSOTA Late Model event sponsored by Coca Cola in a $2000-to-win show. Travelers, locals, rookies, and veterans will provide a great show as they roar through the sweeping turns at MTS.

Join us for WISSOTA Late Models to please and tease the crowd. Also on the card will be the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, TheEngineStore.com USRA B-Mods, Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, and the Junior and Senior Mini Mods will hit the track for their first event this season. The Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks will not be in competition nor will the Oakridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods.

Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults, $12 for Senior Citizens, and $5 for ages 12 and under. The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. and the pit gate will open at 4:30 p.m. with draw cutoff at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and regular racing action begins at 7 p.m. Join us when the big boys get unleashed at MTS.

Rain Cancels Show At Mississippi Thunder Speedway

April 28th, 2010

Fountain City, WI – Night two at Mississippi Thunder Speedway sponsored by RE/MAX Results was called off in the late afternoon on Friday, April 23rd.  The impending showers prompted promoter Bob Timm to make the call to alleviate drivers and fans from making a haul to the track only to turn around and go home.   The score is tied; MTS one and Mother Nature one.

Opening night Driver of the Week was named, but you will have to join us at the track to find out who that WISSOTA Street Stock driver is.

Racing will resume Friday, April 30th with the first full show which will include the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks, The EngineStore.com USRA B Mods, Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks, Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Oak Ridge Fabrication 600 Mini Mods, as well as the opener for the Junior and Senior Midwest Mini Mods and the WISSOTA Late Models. Racing starts at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for the other classes.  For complete schedule, visit the track website at www.mississippithunder.com.

By Tracy Hager

Hare and Hanson Open 2010 With Clean Sweeps At MTS

April 20th, 2010

FOUNTAIN CITY – The doors are open!  Welcome to the 2010 season as Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin.  Added clay, more cement grandstands, better exit stairs from the booths, and more lights have enhanced the speedway for the 2010 racing season.  WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Supers Stocks, and USRA Modifieds returned as regular classes as did the 600 Mini Mods for the Graphic Image Season Opener. New to the track this year are the USRA B-Mods and the WISSOTA Late Models.  While the USRA B-Mods will be a regular attraction, the WISSOTA Late Models will be on a limited run on the schedule.  However, there will be enough nights on the schedule to crown the first WISSOTA Late Model track champion at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. 

Reigning track champion Danny Hanson started his season off in style winning both his heat and feature in the WISSOTA Street Stock division.  In the class’ debut as well as the driver’s debut at Mississippi Thunder, Brandon Hare from Elma, Iowa topped the field of USRA B Mods.  Local veteran and last year’s track champion, Gary Wiersgalla, started off his season in excellent form grabbing the feature in the WISSOTA Super Stocks.  Josh Angst grabbed a big birthday present for himself as he topped the field of USRA Modifieds. Dan Bork shot to the lead over Shaun Mann in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Danny Hanson dropped in behind Bork quickly while Danny Richards, Mann, and Donny Ganz raced for third place.  Hanson made an effort to take over first from Bork as Richards shot into third place.  Hanson finally made the pass on Bork and put some ground between the two.  Rick Lisowski battled three wide for fourth place with Mann and Ganz when a caution reset the field.  Hanson again maintained his lead when a caution slowed the cars again.  Ganz went to the tail for the spin of Mann, and the cars were off racing again.  Bork continued his pursuit of the lead while Richards followed.  Lisowski and Mann raced close for fourth when Lisowski spun in turn one.  Mann was charged for the caution and the race resumed.  With 12 laps to go, it appeared that the race was going in reverse, but as the drivers finally strung laps together, Hanson was able to lay some ground between himself and second place.  Richards finally cleared Bork for second, and Lisowski followed in third sending Bork back to fourth.  Richards had to settle for second as Hanson capped the night with the win and the clean sweep.  Lisowski had a great showing with a third place finish followed by Bork and Fred Prudoehl. 

Ben Moudry from Protivin, Iowa dashed to the lead over Mike Kelly in the USRA B Mod feature, but a caution restarted the field.  The next time it was Kelly to break out of the chute for the lead, but once again, a caution emerged for a multi-car pileup in turn one.  Whether from overflow fuel, oil on the manifold, or a combination, a couple bursts of flames from a couple cars were put out as the cars were cleaned up and racing resumed.  Kelly assumed the lead but with 16 laps left, he spun going into turn four which collected a host of cars.  Kelly was charged with his spin which handed the lead to Moudry.  Rookie Parker Hale fell into second place followed by Brandon Hare and Ben Anderson.  Hare flew to the high side to challenge Moudry for the lead, but Moudry hung on.  Hare again charged for first as Anderson slipped in front of Hale for third.  With nine laps to go, Hare finally made the pass and made it stick and cruised on to his first win at the track.  Moudry finished second, Anderson finished third, and Hale grabbed a fabulous fourth place followed by Jake Timm to round out the top five. 

Michael Hofer started on the pole for the WISSOTA Super Stock main event inside Gary Wiersgalla.  A complete restart was in order when Brett Dulas spun in turn two.  Wiersgalla shot to the lead followed by Bob Fort.  Jeff Brauer and Dennis Earney waged a side by side battle for third followed by Kevin Glander in fifth.  Wiersgalla set up a strong lead over Fort as Brauer closed in on Fort.  Another caution closed the gap Wiersgalla had set up and then had Fort and Brauer right on his tail.  Earney and Hofer then raced side by side for fourth, but it was Earney to settle in the spot.  As the track became slicker, Wiersgalla continued his lead when the fourth caution realigned the field for a five-lap shootout.  Wiersgalla managed to hold Brauer back and take the first feature win of the season.  Brauer, Fort, Hofer, and Earney finished up the top five. 

USRA Modified feature action saw Lance Hofer pace the field of 14.  Andy Bohnstengel and Rookie Chris Gilbertson raced for second place, but Jay Ihrke quickly swooped into third ahead of Gilbertson.  Adam Stockhausen and Josh Angst ran side by side for fifth place while Ihrke tried to slip under Hofer for the lead.  Ihrke slipped to a stop barely off the track as a caution waved over the field.  Ihrke was charged for the caution and rejoined at the rear of the field.  Angst was on a tear as he galloped his way into the lead ahead of Hofer and Bob Timm who had moved up to second.  Gilbertson remained steady in the top five as Angst jumped to a considerable led over Timm.  Gilbertson held off the hard charges of Ihrke who had worked his way back into the top five.  Gilbertson and Ihrke kept up a great battle for third as they approached lap traffic.  Gilbertson and Ihrke split to pass lap traffic as they raced for third.  Angst continued his stronghold on the field and headed to victory lane for the season opener.  Timm cinched second followed by Ihrke, Hofer, and Gilbertson. Jeff Matejka lead from flag to flag in the 600 Mini Mods.  Dave Freuechte finished second followed by Charlie McNally, Joe Jasnoch, and Don Werner. The first night for

WISSOTA Late Models will be Friday, April 30th, and the Junior and Senior Mini Mods will also open that night.  Next up will be regular racing Friday, April 23rd starting at 7 p.m.  WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA B Mods, USRA Mods, and the 600 Mini Mods will be in action.

USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mods join Mississippi Thunder Speedway line-up in 2010

November 11th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY, WIS. — The Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., will make the USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mods part of their weekly Friday night program beginning in 2010, track owner Bob Timm announced this week.

Licensed drivers racing in the USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mod division at the lightning-fast 3/8-mile high-banked oval will be eligible for track points funds, as well as a lucrative national points funds as part of the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

“We feel the addition of the USRA B-Mod class provides racers with yet another economical class to choose from with a well established set of rules as well as track and national point funds,” Timm said.

Timm, from Winona, Minn., is a veteran Modified driver and a former WISSOTA National Champion, but 2009 was his rookie season in the racetrack promotions business as he took over the reigns of the former Tri-Oval Speedway. With the new role also came a new configuration for the track, a new clay surface and a new name. In addition to the USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mods, Friday night racing at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway also features the exciting USRA Modifieds. More details on the 2010 weekly program are yet to come.

RaceCeivers and AMB transponders will be mandatory in all classes for the 2010 season, track officials said.

For more information about the Mississippi Thunder Speedway, call 507-429-9639 or visit www.mississippithunder.com online.

For more information about the United States Racing Association (USRA), call (515) 832-6000 or visit them online at
www.usraracing.com.

Limoges Captures Big Win at Mississippi Thunder

October 16th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (October 10) – Day two proved to be even colder than the first night with a harsh wind directly blowing right into the grandstands, but many fans braved the weather to usher out the season at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  All new winners graced victory lane.  Triple-duty driver Tim Johnson made it a clean sweep in the WISSOTA Super Stocks as he won from the pole.  Anthony Zvorak had a great run winning the WISSOTA Street Stock season finale, and Bob Timm finally got to the winner’s circle after taking runner-up honors more than a handful of times this season.

Tyler Limoges made his long haul from Redwood Falls, Minnesota pay off with a clean sweep in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division. The 26-car WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature needed a complete restart when Justin Supri spun out of turn three and collected others pulling the first caution.  On the restart, three-wide racing was seen as David Swearingen took the lead.  Tyler Limoges was in hot pursuit of Swearingen, and Shane Sabraski jumped into the action.  Another three-way bid for sixth place erupted as the cars diced for the top spots.  Swearingen continued to lead when a caution for a spin in turn four realigned the cars.  Swearingen again hit the lead spot as Limoges was tailed closely by Jared Happel.  Happel then shot under Limoges and into the lead.  Sabraski zipped into fourth behind Swearingen and was followed by Erik Kanz.  Happel was able to gather steam and pull away from the pack when a caution for spun cars in turn two reeled him back in.  Happel again took the lead and was followed by three-wide racing for second place.  Limoges kept his patience in check as he made several attempts at the lead.  Happel proved to be too strong and continued out front.  Sabraski then made his way into third place and put some distance on Swearingen and Kanz.  With seven laps to go, Limoges finally made the pass that would stick as he took off out front.  Happel managed to hold Sabraski and Swearingen behind him when Tim Johnson crept into the top five after Kanz dropped from competition.  Limoges capped his weekend with a clean sweep.  Sabraski, Happel, Swearingen, and Jason Schill rounded out the top five.

Track Champion Danny Hanson earned the pole in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature with the previous night’s winner Devin Neske outside pole.  Neske quickly shot out front as Hanson, Shaun Mann, and Anthony Zvorak followed.  Four-wide racing ensued through turn two as the drivers shuffled for position.  Zvorak made the pass on Mann to take over third as Neske held off the advances of Hanson for the lead.  A multi-car spin in turn one pulled the leaders back to the pack with Neske, Hanson, Zvorak, and Mann at the top.  Zvorak cleared Hanson on his way into second place as he set his sights on Neske.  Sam Fankhauser put Mann down a spot while Hanson shot back at Zvorak for second.  Chanda Fjorden Nord then made the move to fourth place ahead of Fankhauser.  A caution stopped the field when Justin Pogones shot into the rear left of Lee Hager in turn one which resulted in a broken axle on Hager’s machine.  When racing resumed, Neske continued in the lead when Zvorak once again took over second from Hanson.  Fjorden Nord kept a close watch on Hanson as Tim Johnson and Mann raced side by side for fifth.  Neske, Zvorak, and Hanson drummed up some late-race excitement as they raced close for the lead spot.  With four to go, Zvorak worked the top side to take the lead over Neske.  Hanson appeared to wait it out and it worked when Hanson took over second from Neske.  Zvorak’s late race move shot him to victory lane for the winner’s celebration.  Hanson finished second after winning heat one.  Neske took home third as he did in his heat race, and Fjorden Nord and Mann finished the top five off.

Tim Johnson bolted from Kevin Hager as the WISSOTA Super Stock main event got underway.  Don Eischens dove low to take second place from Hager as the three broke away from the pack.  John Yilek headed to fourth place followed by Gary Wiersgalla.  Johnson kept low to stay ahead of Eischens while Hager kept a strong handle on third place.  Yilek began to gain some ground on Hager as the previous night’s winner Dave Mass moved into sixth place behind Wiersgalla.  Yilek slipped high out of turn two which gave Wiersgalla the opportunity to take over fourth place.  Up front, Johnson and Eischens continued a close battle for the lead.  The sole caution slowed the field for a spun car in turn four.  Johnson still maintained the lead while Hager shot outside of Eischens to try for second place.  Mass made a quick move inside of Hager to take over third place behind Eischens with ten laps to go.  Johnson, Eischens, and Mass began to pull away from Hager when Yilek and Jason Schill closed in on fourth place.  Johnson was able to shake off Eischens and Mass as the two battled for second.  Schill then darted low in turn four and barely cleared Hager to take over fourth place.  Johnson and Eischens closed the gap again as the white flag flew, but it was Johnson to capture the win.  Eischens, Mass, Schill, and Yilek locked up the top five.

John Doelle sat outside of polesitter Bob Timm in the 25-lap USRA Modified main event.  Josh Angst quickly challenged Timm for the lead as did Jason Cummins.  Luke Schilling rode his way into fourth as Steve Wetzstein flew by Doelle into fifth place.  Joey Jensen was on the move as he darted from 10th place into sixth.  A caution closed Timm back up to the pack as the race went back to green.  Four-wide racing through turn four released the cars down the front stretch dropping to only three-wide racing through turn one.  Cummins then grabbed second place from Angst.  Wetzstein looked to the inside of Angst for third but could not make the pass.  Caution two again reorganized the field with Timm still on the point followed by Cummins, Angst, Jensen, and Wetzstein.  Cummins continued to try to steal the lead from Timm when Keith Tourville popped into the top five from nowhere.  As the top three of Timm, Cummins, and then Tourville tried to stuff themselves into turn four a caution for other spun cars tamed the field.  With 13 laps to go, Tourville got into Timm and spun him and also collected other cars.  Tourville’s great run slowed as he headed to the tail for the restart.  Timm charged high as Cummins looked to the inside for the lead, but again, Timm closed the door.  Angst continued his strong run in third while being pursued by Jensen and Wetzstein.  With four to go, the final caution set the field up for the dash to the finish.  Timm was able to keep his composure while being hotly pursued by Angst.  Timm sealed his season with a win; his first of the season.  Angst finished a solid second while Jensen took over third from Cummins in turn four just before the checkered flag.  Wetzstein rounded out the top five. The Hornets made their last appearance of the season, and it was Mark Ryskosky from Medford, Wisconsin to take the win.  Corey Wolfe, Jake Bigelow, Kevin Laufenberg, and Jess Seim finished up the top five.

The inaugural season for Mississippi Thunder Speedway is now a thing of the past.  Great improvements are ahead for the speedway.  Thank you to all drivers, fans, sponsors, workers, and volunteers and anyone else who helped keep racing alive in Fountain City.  The 2009 banquet will be held Saturday, December 12th at the Riverport Inn and Suites in Winona.  Contact the speedway or watch for information on the track website.  Have a great winter, and see you all in the Spring!

Mass Escapes Marathon of Cautions at Mississippi Thunder

October 15th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (October 9) – The pits were overflowing on an extremely cold night to start off the first annual Mississippi Thunder Speedway Fall Festival.  Five heats for both the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and the USRA Modifieds resulted in two B-Mains for each of the classes.  The WISSOTA Street Stocks had a good turnout with 33 cars forcing a single B-Main for the class.  But first a moment of silence was offered for the loss of local veteran racer Marv Fenske.  Fenske passed away of cancer, and two sons, Karl and Derrick, followed in his racing footsteps.  USRA Modified driver Lance Hofer was also acknowledged as the Winona Radio Driver of the Week for the September 4th Pit Stop Challenge Event. Twenty-five WISSOTA Super Stocks registered through the draw booth with a National Championship to be determined.  Dave Mass held a three-point lead over Don Shaw going into the event, but Shaw was not able to cash in on the night he needed.  Mass locked in the championship in convincing fashion with a clean sweep on the night.

Matt Leer immediately took charge of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature over Kyle Jumbeck and Andy Jones.  Three and four-wide racing ensued during the first few laps as Leer held the point.  Jumbeck then made a move on Leer for the lead while Jones followed through to second place.  Leer fought back and ran with Jones when cars tangled on the backstretch which pulled the first of many cautions.  Jumbeck led on the restart as Leer and Jones continued to dart back and forth for second.  Jumbeck pulled out ahead, and Jones settled into second.  Leer then had to contend with Dustin Strand for third place while Shane Sabraski chased them down.  With nine laps to go, Jumbeck dropped off the pace while still leading which handed the point to Jones.  Another caution for a multi-car pile-up in turn four set the bunch back in line with Jones out front followed by Strand, Sabraski, Jake Smith, and Kyle Johnson.  Jones kept his momentum although he fiercely was being pursued by Strand.  Sabraski was able to make the pass into third when Strand scooted low on Jones to take over the lead.  Jones kept at Strand on the high side as he attempted to take the lead back.  Johnson fought for fourth place with Smith when Brandon Davis appeared in fifth place with four laps to go.  The final caution reset the field when Johnson went spinning in turn one and ended with a broken driveshaft stuck in the track.  Davis was charged with the incident which ended his great run to the top.  Strand was able to keep the rest of the field behind him in the final few laps to grab the win.  Jones finished a strong runner-up followed by Sabraski, Smith, and Ryan Olson.

Hurley, Wisconsin’s John Kallas and Brainerd, Minnesota’s Tim Johnson manned the front line in the WISSOTA Street Stock ahead of Devin Neske and Jay Kesan.  A beautiful start had Kallas and Johnson run side by side for the first lap as Neske ran strong in third.  Kesan and Kevin Hager raced for fourth and fifth places when Neske made a considerable charge on Johnson for second.  Kallas held the lead, but Neske looked in on the spot once he made his way around Johnson.  Donny Ganz careened through the pack into fifth place behind Kesan, but Danny Hanson was on the move in sixth place.  By lap ten, drivers began to fall into place, but a caution for debris slowed the field down for a restart.  Kallas led the bunch as he was being run down by Johnson and Neske.  A tight restart made it a three-way fight for the lead when Kesan also joined in.  A caution then flew over the field for a self-spin by Anthony Zvorak.  But as the caution flew, some drivers slowed down and some did not.  Chaos erupted on the front stretch when Chanda Fjorden Nord and Jared Linder spun in turn one which collected Danny Richards.  Dave Smith then drove into the cars as well which ended his night.  With seven laps to go, Johnson assumed the lead, and Kallas tried to slingshot to the lead.  Kallas could not make the pass, and Neske then dove into second place ahead of Kallas.  Hanson gained considerable ground on the top four cars as the laps wound down.  Neske was all over Johnson when a caution for a spin produced a green-white-checkered shootout.  Neske was able to make the pass count to take the lead while Hanson zipped into second ahead of Johnson.

Neske celebrated the win followed by Hanson, Johnson, Kallas, and Ganz. Dave Mass and Don Eischens set the pace for the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, but a caution and complete restart were in store for the bunch.  Mass took the lead, but Eischens remained a constant threat.  John Yilek, Andy Grymala, and Dan Nissalke raced for spots three, four, and five when a big caution literally erupted on the front stretch after Les Duellman got into Jon Duffy which sent Duffy hard into the wall resulting in a fire.  As Duffy attempted to exit his burning car, the emergency crew put out the flames ultimately ending Duffy’s night.  Mass again hit the lead spot as Eischens and Yilek fought back and forth for second place.  And so the race went; caution, Mass leads, Eischens and Yilek race side by side for second place.  Repeat, and repeat again.  After the sixth caution, a single-file restart was ordered.  Lap after lap, Mass and Eischens raced side by side a distance ahead of the field.  Eischens took the lead, but Mass then shot under Eischens and back into the lead.  Jeff Brauer silently pursued the leaders and then challenged Yilek for third with two laps to go.  Mass had then pulled to a comfortable lead over Eischens.  Mass definitely earned his win after all of the cautions as well as his National Championship.  Eischens notched second place followed by Brauer, Yilek, and Nissalke.

USRA Modified feature action started with Kevin Viebrock and Kerry Ledebuhr out front, but Robby Bunkelman took the lead by the end of lap one.  Josh Angst made some powerful moves to quickly contend for second place with Viebrock.  Bob Timm raced into third ahead of Viebrock when a caution for a pile-up in turn one began the train of cautions for the class.  Bunkelman set the pace on the restart as Angst and Timm charged side by side for second.  Joey Jensen continued his pursuit of the leaders as Dan Bohr jetted into fifth place.  Bohr was being fiercely hunted down by Keith Tourville as laps were finally strung together for some uninterrupted racing.  Bunkelman put some distance on Angst as did Angst on Timm.  Jensen and Bohr flip-flopped high lines for low grooves as they sorted out fourth place.  Doug Hillson began to creep up on Tourville as well as Craig Scott to make it a three-way battle for sixth place.  As more cautions reset the field, Bunkelman continued his hold on the lead spot.  Angst and Timm kept the excitement going as they kept the game on for second place.  Bohr moved into fourth place, but Jensen took it back.  With six laps to go, the fifth caution reeled Bunkelman back in to the pack.  With the last release of the cars, Bunkelman shot to the lead and never looked back.  Timm finally made it past Angst into second place as the checkered waved across the field.  Jensen and Scott completed the top five.

By Tracy Hager

Boumeester Clean Sweeps First Attempt at Mississippi Thunder

September 7th, 2009

By Tracy HagerFOUNTAIN CITY (September 4) – No one knew quite what to expect with the 30-lap features ahead with a mandatory 10-minute pit stop at 15 laps.  Jared Boumeester made his trek from Waseca, Minnesota worthwhile in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds while Troy Langowski sailed into the lead in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature late to make the win his.  Dan Bork won in the WISSOTA Street Stock division, and Josh Angst proved to be the man to beat in the USRA Modifieds. Winona Auto Sales, The Jail House Saloon, The EngineStore.com, and River City Manufacturing & Machining stepped up to offer an increased payout for the first annual Pit Stop Challenge.  Prize giveaways, bikes, and more were offered during the night for the last race before the season-ending Mississippi Thunder Speedway Fall Festival October 9-10.  Last week’s WISSOTA Modified first-time feature winner Chris Gilbertson was crowned the Winona Radio Driver of the Week ahead of the night’s events. Dalton Yohnk pulled the pole for segment one of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Erik Kanz firmly planted outside pole.  A great start ended quickly when Jared Happel spun out of turn one and that collected multiple cars.  A complete restart ensued with four-wide racing through turn two, and Yohnk pulled into the lead.  Kanz worked low on Yohnk and finally took the lead when caution two waved.  Yohnk headed the field, and Jared Boumeester moved in behind in second.  Kanz fought off Eric Herbison for third place as Kyle Jumbeck tried to work the cushion into sixth place behind Ben Anderson.  Yohnk continued the lead as Boumeester became a force to reckon with.  Jumbeck shot right between Herbison and Kanz for fourth place as Boumeester and Kanz raced side by side for second place.  A spin in turn two pulled another caution as Kanz limped his car to the infield with front right suspension issues.  Yohnk again led the pack followed by Boumeester, but Jumbeck shot into second fast.  As Yohnk held the reigns in first followed by Jumbeck, Boumeester, Herbison, and Anderson, a three-wide battle for sixth followed them.  Yohnk began to get pressured from Jumbeck as the 15-lap mark approached.  Yohnk, Jumbeck, Boumeester, Anderson, and Shaun Walski topped the field at the half-way mark.  Yohnk was then granted, by way of leading, to roll a dice to determine the invert for segment two.  Four was rolled, and that gave Anderson the pole on the restart with Boumeester outside.  The second row consisted of Jumbeck and Yohnk.  Boumeester shot to the lead over Anderson as the race went back to green.  Yohnk moved low under Anderson for second place, but Anderson rallied back.  Boumeester began to pull away which left Anderson in second.  Jumbeck and Yohnk raced side by side for third as Boumeester moved out to a considerable lead over the pack and into lap traffic.  Anderson also distanced himself from the pack in second place.  With six laps to go, a caution reset the field.  Boumeester was followed by Yohnk, Anderson, Walski, and Happel.  Walski shoveled in some extra coal as he moved from fifth to second, but Anderson took second back from Walski.  Boumeester proved to be too much to handle for the pack as he headed for his first victory lane shot at MTS.  Anderson finished up with a great second place run followed by Walski, Yohnk, and Happel. It was an action-filled two segments for the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Danny Hanson and Dan Bork set the pace, but it was four-wide racing out of turn four to complete the first lap.  Danny Richards moved into third fast ahead of Dan Holland and Cory Hanson.  Scott Olson lost the grip on his car as he came out of turn four and cut down in front of Kevin Hager sending them both into a spin at the end of the front stretch.  Olson went to the tail of the field on the restart as the others lined back up with Bork, Danny Hanson, Richards, Holland, and Cory Hanson in the top five.  A tight restart set up as Bork and Danny Hanson dragged down the back stretch for the lead.  Richards, Cory Hanson, and Holland followed while Hager shot to the inside of Ryan Goergen to race side by side for sixth place.  Danny Hanson grabbed the lead from Bork, and Richards then sniffed out second place right behind Bork.  Danny Hanson continued to lead as the 15-lap mark approached.  Three-wide racing down the front stretch in the final lap of segment one ended when a caution flew as Darryl Foegen was spun.  Holland was charge for the spin and would start at the tail for segment two.  Danny Hanson was then the man to roll the dice for the invert.  Three was the number which gave Bork the pole and Richards outside pole.  Row two consisted of Danny Hanson and Cory Hanson.  Foegen, Donny Ganz, and Hager followed.  Ten minutes of topping off with fuel, tire changes, and driver interviews followed, and then segment two began.  Bork, Danny Hanson, Richards, and Cory Hanson roared down the straight as Hager slipped to the inside of Foegen and Ganz.  Ganz continued to run the high line and took over fourth place from Cory Hanson.  Cory Hanson regained fourth place from Ganz, but Hager then zipped into the spot.  Ganz again gained some momentum and shot to fourth in that high line as Cory Hanson and Hager fought for fifth place.  With nine laps to go, Bork and Danny Hanson raced side by side hard for the lead.  Hager shot under Ganz back into fourth place while Bork regained the lead from Danny Hanson.  Richards appeared to wait it out in third place as Hager tailed him.  Cory Hanson and Ganz raced side by side for fifth place when a caution with five laps to go realigned the field.  Bork led Danny Hanson and Richards as Hager had to contend with the surge from Chuck Nerland for fourth place.  Danny Hanson ran the low groove down the back stretch, Bork led in the high groove.  As Bork set up entrance to turn three, contact between Bork and Hanson sent Bork spinning to the infield.  Hanson was charged for the caution and went to the back of the pack for the few remaining laps of the feature dashing his hopes for the big win.  Bork went on to win his first of the season followed by Richards, Hager, Nerland, and Cory Hanson. WISSOTA Super Stock feature action began with a complete restart when Lance Leu spun in turn one and collected Shawn Huse, Keith Foss, Phil Kendrick, and Greg Mattick.  Tim Williamson and Bob Fort set up for the complete restart on the front line followed by Rod Dregney and Steve Speltz.  Fort drove high into the lead, but Williamson darted right back.  Dregney then chose to shoot under Williamson and Fort for the lead and left Fort and Speltz to race each other for third place.  Gary Wiersgalla, Huse, Troy Langowski, and Kevin Hager followed the lead pack in spots five through eight.  Dregney sustained the lead just ahead of Speltz as Williamson managed to hold Fort at bay.  Wiersgalla and Langowski raced lap after lap side by side for fifth place when Fort tagged Williamson in turn three to pull a second caution.  Dregney led the field on the restart as the laps wound down in segment one.  Dregney, Speltz, Williamson, Wiersgalla, and Langowski topped the field for segment one.  Dregney rolled a four for the invert which sent Wiersgalla to the point and Williamson outside pole.  Williamson assumed the lead, but Dregney popped up outside of him to challenge for the lead.  Michael Hofer gained speed as the race resumed and barreled into sixth place behind Huse and Fort.  Williamson held his ground out front with constant threats from Dregney.  With about eight laps to go, Williamson and Dregney got together low in turn one but both were able to keep going.  Wiersgalla capitalized on the situation to take the lead over Hofer, Langowski, Williamson, and Dregney.  Hager and Fort raced hard for sixth place when Hofer jumped up to make a serious threat to Wiersgalla’s lead.  Williamson’s car then pushed hard in turn two which offered Dregney and Hager the opportunity to jump into fourth and fifth place behind Wiersgalla, Hofer, and Langowski.  Langowski made the move of the race when he flew high around Wiersgalla and Hofer in turn four with three laps to go.  That move stuck and Langowski took the win followed by Hofer who just nipped Wiersgalla at the line for second place.  Dregney finished fourth and Hager rounded out the top five. Jay Ihrke pulled the number one starting spot in the USRA Modified 30-lapper.  Josh Angst started outside pole followed by Andy Bohnstengel and Hank Rollinger, Jr.  Angst and Ihrke ran side by side for the lead to end lap one.  Bohnstengel, Rollinger, and Adam Stockhausen fell in behind the leaders as Bob Timm sliced between Rollinger and Stockhausen into fourth place.  Lance Hofer was on the move as he dove into fifth place within three laps.  Angst and Ihkre pulled away from the field as Bohnstengel and Timm set up their own fight for third.  Angst finally took the point over Ihrke as they all fell into line.  Angst led at the half-way mark of the caution-free segment followed by Ihrke, Hofer, Bohnstengel, and Stockhausen.  Angst rolled a one, so no invert was done for segment two.  The 10-minute pit stop began as cars were worked on, adjusted, and fueled up.  This intermission proved to be a great opportunity for a snack for USRA Modified driver Paul Hamernik when a crew member provided a hot dog to him while the rest of the crew fueled the car up.  Segment two shaped up as the track began to take on rubber which provided a much desired change to the surface for some.  Angst led Ihrke, but Hofer moved smoothly into second ahead of Ihrke while Josh Mattick found his way up to fourth place.  As the final laps closed in, Angst reeled himself into the finish line for the big win.  Hofer finished a fantastic second followed by Ihrke, Mattick, and Bohnstengel. Brett LaDuke shot to the lead ahead of Don Werner in the 600 Mini Mod 24-lap feature.  Jeff Matejka quickly moved in behind LaDuke as Bob Timm followed into third place.  Timm found his groove and stole the lead from LaDuke early on.  Joe Jasnoch gained speed and trailed Werner in fourth.  Matejka slowed as the half-way notch of the race approached.  Timm led LaDuke, Jasnoch, Werner, and Bruce Schmitt after 12 laps to pull into the mandatory 10-minute pit stop.  In the second half, Jasnoch quickly looked under Schmitt and into the lead as LaDuke worked over Schmitt as well for second.  Jasnoch was able to pull away from the pack once he got out front and never second-guessed a thing.  Jasnoch grabbed the win followed by LaDuke, Timm, Werner, and Schmitt. Jake Timm pulled to the early lead in the A Midwest Mini Mod feature and led nearly the whole race.  But a spin in turn four dashed his hopes of a win as Alex Williamson benefitted from the spin.  Williamson ended up a happy young man in victory lane.  Mike Stevens, Jerome Kellner, Brandon Reutzel, and Timm rounded out the top five. B Midwest Mini Mod feature racing was led flag to flag by track champion Mathew Schliesman.  Alex Stevens and Dylan Buckland finished where they started; second and third respectively.  Nicholas Wagner and Matt Stevens rounded out the top five. The season finale is just a month away.  Join us for great racing October 9-10 at Mississippi Thunder for the first annual Fall Festival for two complete shows.  Watch the website for details as the event approaches at www.mississippithunder.com.

A Long Time Coming; Gilbertson Steps Up

August 30th, 2009

 

FOUNTAIN CITY (August 28) – A heavy rain soaked the track as haulers rolled through the pit gate leaving a muddy mess and puddles everywhere.  Track work began and something nearly unheard of in a very long time; a call to all drivers to help roll the track in.  Nearly two hours later, the first heats pulled onto the track for season championship night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Lou Fegers’ Racing Equipment was the sponsor of the night and provided grab bags to the first 100 drivers in the gate as well as numerous prizes for the fans throughout the night.  WISSOTA Street Stock driver Shaun Mann was noted as the previous week’s Driver of the Week and carried the flag for the anthem later that night. In turn two of the initial start in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, pole sitter Josh Appel slipped sideways with the complete field on its way toward him.  With nowhere to go, cars piled into each other leaving a smaller field for the complete restart.  Caught in the melee were Brandon Davis, Ben Anderson, Kyle Jumbeck, Chris Creeley, Cory Breitung, and Curt Luhmann.  Appel retired for the night as many went pitside which moved Travis Krause into the pole position from his original ninth place starting spot.  Paul Neisius proved to be a great challenge to Krause as the race got going, and Creeley fired up his black 90x into third place.  Dalton Yohnk also benefited from the first-lap incident and quickly moved into fourth place, but Chris Gilbertson trailed for the spot when the second caution which involved Erik Kanz and Jumbeck occurred.  Jumbeck suffered major damage and retired for the evening.  Although his second track championship was sealed up, that was not the way Jumbeck wanted to end the regular season.  Krause continued to fend off Creeley for the lead as Gilbertson settled into third place solo which left Neisius and Yohnk to fight for fourth.  Krause was able to shake off Creeley, and then Creeley and Gilbertson ran side by side for second place.  Gilbertson shot high and Creeley shot down low as they gave way to some great action for second place.  With cautions arriving with 12 laps to go and then 10 laps to go, Gilbertson was able to get around Creeley into second and then with a big move on Krause take the lead.  Gilbertson had five laps to settle into the lead when something he did not want to see happened; a caution with only five laps to go.  Gilbertson kept his composure through three more cautions in the last five laps to seal the deal.  Gilbertson climbed atop his car in victory lane to a round of cheers for his first feature win and clean sweep.  Creeley finished a strong second while Yohnk, Jared Happel, and Neisius rounded out the top five when a major pile up on the final lap resulted in a caution-checkered situation.  Krause was tagged for the caution going into the final stretch causing a return to the white flag lap for placement.  Gilbertson also finished second in track points to Jumbeck. Toby Jahnke and Shaun Mann set the pace for the WISSOTA Street Stock main event, but as the cars rounded turn four, Donny Ganz attempted a slide job in turn four on Danny Hanson and pancaked Kevin Hager into the front stretch wall.  A caution emerged as Hager, Jahnke, and Ganz headed to the work area while the others lined back up for a complete restart.  Cory Hanson then inherited the pole and took off on the green followed by Dan Bork and Mann.  Bork was all over Cory Hanson for the lead and shot under Hanson in turn three, but Hanson shot right back in turn four to regain the lead.  Bork was literally on Hanson’s tail and eventually took the lead which left Cory Hanson to battle with Danny Hanson for second place.  Fred Prudoehl and Darryl Foegen settled into fourth and fifth while Danny Hanson flew under Cory Hanson into second place.  Bork and Danny Hanson moved up on lap traffic as they pulled away from Cory Hanson, Foegen, and Prudoehl.  Bork continued his reign in the lead followed by Danny Hanson and Cory Hanson when Prudoehl, Hager, and Foegen chimed in for three-wide racing for fourth place.  Danny Hanson finally got around Bork for the lead and headed to the finish line to win the feature as well as his second track championship in as many years.  Bork finished second followed by Foegen, Prudoehl, and Cory Hanson. Jay Oricchio and Michael Hofer sat atop the WISSOTA Super Stock 20-lap feature, but Hofer quickly shot to the lead after going three wide with Oricchio and Steve Speltz.  Tim Williamson and Troy Langowski raced for fourth place followed by Bob Fort and Dan Nissalke.  Only a few laps in, Speltz slowed on the backstretch which moved Williamson, Langowski, and Nissalke into the top four.  A caution for a car spun into the mud in turn four reset the field with Hofer on the point.  Fort had gained a few spots and took the low side under Langowski.  Langowski made a charge outside of Hofer as the two drag raced down the back stretch.  Langowski took over the lead followed by Hofer, Fort, Jon Duffy, and Gary Wiersgalla.  The cars began to spread out by the half-way mark of the race as they all held their lines and ran the cushion.  Wiersgalla heated up the battle for fourth place with Duffy as the laps wound down to six to go.  Hofer gained some steam to close in on Langowski, but Langowski kept the cruise on and headed to victory lane.  Hofer, Fort, Wiersgalla, and Duffy rounded out the top five.  Wiersgalla clipped last year’s champion Langowski by 4 points to grab his second championship in three years.  If the pattern sticks, it will be Langowski’s turn again next year. Jay Ihrke pulled to a commanding lead over Jeff Rollinger in the USRA Modified main event.  Joel Alberts and Paul Hamernik ran third and fourth, but Hank Rollinger Jr. dove under Hamernik into fourth early on.  Kevin Viebrock then shot under Hamernik as the dust began to fly.  Three-wide racing down the backstretch continued down the frontstretch as well, but a caution emerged and left Kerry Ledebuhr with only three wheels on his machine.  Ihrke resumed the lead position followed by Alberts, Jeff Rollinger, Hank Rollinger, and Viebrock when Josh Angst silently slipped into fifth.  Angst kept his energy focused on the top spots as he next moved to third place.  The third caution reset the field when Hamernik spun into the mud inside of turn four.  Ihrke again manned the lead followed by Angst, Alberts, and Ron Konkel who had worked up from 10th place.  Viebrock ran in fifth place followed by a great battle for sixth place amongst Bob Timm and Jeff Rollinger.  Viebrock slid wide in turn four which gave Timm the chance to move into fifth place.  As more cautions waved over the field, Ihrke continued his top performance in the lead spot.  Angst worked hard in second place while Alberts and Konkel waged a great fight for third place before Konkel zipped into the spot.  With seven laps to go, Ihrke slowed his car due to a broken shock which brought out the final caution as he exited the track.  Angst was handed the lead with Ihrke’s exit, but Konkel was on the move.  Konkel flew around Angst into the lead and never looked back.  As Konkel took home the win, Angst finished second followed by John Doelle, Timm, and Alberts.  Doelle was the big winner though when he grabbed the USRA Modified track championship by 13 points over Angst. Mike Krause led much of the Hornet feature, but it was Johny Severtson to steal the win.  Krause finished second, and Kevin Laufenberg, Ashley Wolfe, and Brad Duellman capped the top five. Jake Timm not only won his feature in the A Midwest Mini Mods but also won the track championship as well.  Brandon Reutzel, Alex Williamson, Mike Stevens, and Nia Gardner finished the feature in the top five as only a feature was run due to the rain delay. B Midwest Mini Mods also ran only a feature due to the rain delay.  Dylan Buckland capped the main event followed by Alex Stevens, Mathew Schliesman, Tanner Brown, and Matt Stevens to finish up the track points’ run in that division.  Schliesman emerged the track champion in the division. Jeff Matejka won the 600cc Mini Mods feature followed by Charlie McNally, Brett LaDuke, Don Werner, and Dave Fruechte.  Matejka also grabbed the inaugural season championship in the division.

Track points are a thing of the past for the 2009 season, and now it is on to the specials.  Friday, September 4th will be the first Pit Stop Challenge event.  WISSOTA Super Stocks, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and USRA Modifieds will be in action for this unique event.  WISSOTA National points will be awarded.  Features will be 30 laps for the WISSOTA and USRA classes and will consist of two segments of 15 laps each.  A mandatory ten-minute pit stop on the front stretch will be allowed for changes of any kind within legality of course, and the driver MUST remain in the car.  The leader of the race after segment one is complete will role a dice to determine the number of cars to invert for the second segment.  A penalty of two positions per minute for a maximum of five minutes will be assessed to any driver who does not complete all pit activity within the ten minutes allowed.  Any pit activities not complete within the extended five-minute penalty period will result in disqualification.  The purse will be awarded at 50% to the finishing order of the first segment and 50% to the finishing order of the second segment.  A $100 bonus will be awarded to the driver in each class that advances his/her position the most following the pit stop.  Check out Mississippi Thunder for this new and unique twist on racing.  All three Mini Mod classes will also be racing beginning at 6:15 p.m.  Regular racing action starts at 7 p.m.  Watch for more details for the season finale at Mississippi Thunder the weekend of October 9th as well.

By Tracy Hager

Wiersgalla Rockets To Victory At MTS

August 22nd, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (August 21) – Racing after days of constant rain when all other tracks in the area canceled?  That is exactly what happened at Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Friday, August 21st to the tune of 136 cars and stuffed grandstands.  The USMTS Modifieds were back in town on their quest to crown a champion.  Forty-eight drivers from across the country and as far away as Texas converged on Mississippi Thunder to beat down the path to the coveted crown.  Rochester’s Tim Donlinger capped the strong field of visitors and locals in the 25-lap, $3000-to-win feature. WISSOTA Midwest Modified drive Kyle Jumbeck proved he earned the title of Driver of the Week when he cashed in on the big paycheck in the Baehman Law Midwest Modified Challenge.  Danny Hanson set himself a nice cushion as he crusades toward back-to-back track championships with a clean sweep in the WISSOTA Street Stocks.  Gary Wiersgalla bolted to the win in the caution-infested WISSOTA Super Stock feature as he works on back-to-back championships as well. It was $1million to win for the WISSOTA Street Stocks at Mississippi Thunder, or so it seemed with all of the beating, banging, and bumping down the front stretch as the race went green.  Cory Hanson jumped to the lead ahead of Tyler Sass and Dan Bork.  Cory Crapser made it three wide with Tommy Richards running his brother Danny’s car and Darryl Foegen for fourth place as Bork was able to come out on top into second place ahead of Sass; Sass then regained the spot.  Crapser then made the pass on Richards and Foegen into fourth.  Danny Hanson quietly slipped under Foegen and Richards for fifth place when Crapser again jumped in three-wide with Bork and Cory Hanson for the lead.  Crapser assumed the point ahead of Bork and Cory Hanson, but Danny Hanson shot to the outside of Cory Hanson into third place.  Richards then barreled into fifth place as Crapser moved into lap traffic.  Bork, Danny Hanson, and then Richards raced close for third place behind Sass and Crapser.  A caution for spun cars in turn two began the melee to the finish.  With eight laps to go, Crapser led the pack followed by Danny Hanson, Bork, Richards, Cory Hanson, and Sass.  Crapser then fell off the pace which allowed Danny Hanson the shot at the lead.  As Crapser regained some speed and tried to handle his car with a broken front left suspension situation, he maintained second place behind Danny Hanson.  Richards then caught up with Crapser in turn four, and Richards drove into Crapser’s front left wheel which resulted in a caution.  The situation called for Richards to head to the back and ultimately ended his pursuit of a win as he headed pitside to fix a flat tire.  The restart set up a green-white-checkered finish with Danny Hanson, Crapser, Bork, Sass, and Cory Hanson up front.  As the cars went into turn four and took the green flag, Crapser was spun setting off another green-white-checkered finish; Bork was tagged with the caution which ended his chase for the win.  Next it was Crapser with a self-spin in turn four as he battled his limping machine to head into the next G-W-C finish.  It took four green-white-checkered restarts for Danny Hanson to finally claim the win.  Cory Hanson capped his best finish in a very solid second place run.  Donny Ganz, Kevin Hager, and Fred Prudoehl all capitalized from the final cautions and laps to enter the top five. Kevin Hager and Steve Speltz belted out a great battle as the WISSOTA Super Stocks headed to their main event.  Speltz worked the high side to move around Hager, but Hager maintained a strong run in the lead.  Michael Hofer, Gary Wiersgalla, and Bob Fort flew three wide as they fought for third place.  Hager slide up a bit high out of turn one which allowed Speltz briefly into the lead.  A caution for spun cars in turn four set up a complete restart and allowed Hager the “lucky dog” to regain the lead spot.  Hager again took the point with Speltz on the outside, but Wiersgalla was very strong as he dove low in turn two into second place, bobbled, and dipped back to third behind Hager and Speltz.  Fort picked up steam as he dove under Wiersgalla for third when a caution flew as Hofer crawled to a stop in turn four.  After Hofer was taken off the track on the hook, Hager assumed the lead followed by Speltz, Wiersgalla, Fort, and Troy Langowski.  Fort, Speltz, and Wiersgalla tore three-wide for second behind Hager, but Wiersgalla was able to squirt between the two to emerge in second place and then quickly into lead.  Hager then scrambled to hold onto second as he was surrounded by the 97’s of Speltz and Fort.  A debris caution realigned the group with 16 laps to go.  Wiersgalla, Speltz, Hager, Fort, and Langowski took off on the green as they all crowded to the low groove.  Shawn Huse and Tim Williamson raced close behind as they ran side by side for sixth place.  Wiersgalla began to distance himself from the field as Fort worked on Hager for second when caution four slowed the pack when Bruce Lutz lost a wheel in turn four.  With 12 to go, Wiersgalla led Fort, Hager, Langowski, and Speltz when Speltz’ machine rolled to a stop pulling caution number 5.  Five laps were then dropped to reveal seven laps to go and a single-file restart.  Wiersgalla, Hager, and Fort tore around the track when Langowski dove under Fort for third; Fort immediately took the spot back as another caution waved.  Wiersgalla, Hager, Fort, Langowski, and Tim Williamson sat in the top five on the restart.  Fort climbed around Hager into second, and then Langowski tried to grab third from Hager, but Hager rallied to hang on.  Fort tried hard to enter Wiersgalla’s property, but Wiersgalla was able to shoot to the win.  Fort followed in second, and Shawn Huse made a big surge into third over Hager and Langowski.  Even though the top five are pretty much locked into the points’ finale as we head into the final night of track points, whom that champion will be is still up in the air as a mere 13 points separates Wiersgalla, Langowski, and Fort; a little déjà vu of 2008 as the championship went right down to the last night as well. So if this piques your interest, you might want to be around for this show. The EngineStore.com WISSOTA Midwest Modified’s $1000-to-win feature started as the cars went four wide through turn two in the first lap.  Dustin Scott moved out in first followed by Dan Wheeler, Travis Krause, and Jesse Glenz.  Kyle Jumbeck, Curt Myers, and Brandon Davis fell into battle for fifth place when Wheeler slowly crept up on Krause.  Scott laid some ground between himself and Krause and soon found lap traffic.  Krause used the lap traffic to his advantage as he gained some ground on Scott.  Wheeler and Jumbeck then darted to each side of a lapped car, but a caution waved when Jumbeck was charged with the spin of Chris Creeley.  Scott once again extended his lead over Krause, Davis, and Wheeler.  Krause, Davis, and Wheeler shot three-wide through turn two for second place when Davis spun; insert caution two here.  Davis was charged with the spin and chose to end his night then.  Scott set the pace on the restart, but Krause got under him in turn two.  Three-wide action between Genz, Wheeler, and Jumbeck for third dressed up the lap, and it was Jumbeck to take the spot followed by Glenz and Wheeler.  Dalton Yohnk then zipped by Wheeler, and Jumbeck took over second from Krause; briefly as Krause fought back.  As they tore down the back stretch, Jumbeck went into a 360° spin but did not miss a beat as he threw the car back into racing, but a caution was thrown and Krause was charged with the spin.  The final five laps were strung together and on the white flag lap, Scott swept too wide in turn two which allowed Jumbeck just what he wanted to take the lead and the big check.  Glenz and Wheeler were also able to capitalize on Scott’s misstep and take second and third ahead of Scott and Yohnk. With a lot of cars and lots of races, at just after midnight, the USMTS Modifieds hit the track for their 25-lap $3000-to-win Hunt for the Championship feature.  Tim Donlinger and Dan Bohr manned the front line with Kelly Shryock and Dean Mahlstedt in the second row.  Jon Tesch quickly moved into contention from his eighth place starting spot into a three-way bid for fifth with Ron Ver Beek and Grant Junghans.  Donlinger continued to hold Shryock back in second when Tesch flew around Bohr into fourth behind Mahlstedt.  Ver Beek and Zack VanderBeek tried to zip into fifth place, but Bohr held his ground.  Tesch was on a mission as he flew into third place over Mahlstedt.  With Donlinger alone out front, Tesch had to deal with Shryock and Mike Steensma who had covered considerable ground from his 13th place starting spot.  A caution at lap 11 allowed Shryock to touch on Donlinger’s lead as Steensma and Tesch duked it out for third place.  Ver Beek was passed up by Steensma for fourth behind Tesch.  Ver Beek then nipped fourth place when Tesch dropped back.  Ryan Gustin was on the move as he made it four wide down the back stretch with Ver Beek, VanderBeek, and Tesch for fourth place.  Donlinger continued his stronghold on the lead followed by Shryock, Steensma, Ver Beek, and Gustin.  A spin on the front stretch pulled the final caution and set up the last seven laps.  Donlinger then had Steensma to contend with for the lead as Steensma and Gustin zipped by Shryock into second and third places.  Shryock and VanderBeek beat it out for fourth place as the final laps closed in.  Donlinger powered on with the advances of Gustin right behind him.  Shryock picked up again and moved back into third, but Steensma nearly stole the spot back.  Donlinger worked hard for the win through the cautions and turmoil to take home the big win and big pay.  Gustin hard charged his way from 18th to second followed by Shryock, Steensma, and VanderBeek.  The Hunt continues as the USMTS moves on to the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa on Saturday, August 22nd.  Hank Rollinger and John Doelle were awarded track provisional starts in the USMTS A-Main, and Doelle was awarded the QuickTime Performance Parts contingency award. Jeff Matejka continued his streak with a feature win in the 600 Mini Mods.  Dylan Buckland cashed in on Rachel LaDuke’s misfortune to take another win in the B Midwest Mini Mods, and Parker Hale visited victory lane again in the A Midwest Mini Mods.

 

And so it approaches; the final night of track points for the inaugural year at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  Although some point races appear to be wrapped up, nothing is impossible come the last night of track points.  Fill your Friday with action-packed racing and see the first champions crowned at MTS.

By Tracy Hager

Jumbeck and Crapser Return to Victory Lane at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 17th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – Harley-Davidson of Winona sponsored the night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway with prize giveaways and introduce Flat Track racing motorcycles to the MTS crowd.  Two green-white-checkered finishes were in store for the fans, and Ben Anderson heated things up in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.  Cory Crapser cleaned things up in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Tanner Brown and Alex Williamson headed to victory lane in the Midwest Mini Mod divisions.

Pete Bushman powered to the lead over Shaun Walski in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature as he rounded turn four very wide to take the green flag.  By turn one, Kyle Jumbeck, Dalton Yohnk, and Walski were three wide for the second spot.  Jumbeck took over second, but Walski did not back down and raced side by side to try to take second place from Jumbeck.  Jared Happel jumped into contention for fourth place with Yohnk, and by lap two, Jumbeck grabbed the lead from Bushman.  Walski pitched hard under Bushman for second place, but Bushman held his ground for a brief time before relinquishing the spot to Walski.  It was then Yohnk’s turn to vie for Bushman’s third place spot as the two darted side by side when Chris Gilbertson moved into fifth place behind Happel.  Travis Krause joined Gilbertson and Happel as the three tore down the track for fifth, sixth, and seventh places.  Jumbeck had pulled away from the pack by this time, and Walski also put some distance on Bushman and Yohnk.  A caution reset the field with 12 laps to go.  Jumbeck let the bunched up group ahead of Walski, Bushman, Yohnk, and Gilbertson on the restart when Ben Anderson’s machine erupted in flames on the restart.  An immediate red flag was issued as Anderson shut his car down and exited the car without injury to himself; the car on the other hand would need assistance to the pits.  As the field went back to green-flag racing, Jumbeck assumed his lead, but Walski was right on his tail.  Gilbertson shot cleanly between Bushman and Yohnk into third place.  Krause zipped into sixth place and began to run side by side with Yohnk for fifth.  At the half-way mark of the race, Jumbeck again pulled away from Walski as Gilbertson seemed to grab some juice and pulled away from fourth-place runner Bushman.  Yohnk continued to fight off Krause for fifth place when Happel took over fifth which sent Krause back to sixth place.  Jumbeck continued his cruise control up front while Gilbertson was able to move in closer to Walski in second place.  With one lap to go, a spin in turn two set up a green-white-checkered finish.  No one had enough for Jumbeck as he was able to head to victory lane with the win.  Walski clocked a fabulous second place finish followed by Gilbertson, Krause, and Bushman. 

Shaun Mann and Lee Hager set a great pace and tight start in the WISSOTA Street Stock main, but Dan Bork was three wide with them by turn one.  Donny Ganz, Cory Crapser, and Kevin Hager all moved fast for the top five spots along with Mann and Lee Hager as Bork notched the lead.  Crapser wove his way between the cars into second place behind Bork, and Kevin Hager seemed to follow Crapser’s trail into third place.  Danny Hanson sailed into fourth place and on Kevin Hager’s tail and soon Hager and Hanson were in a side-by-side race for third place.  Hager held his ground, and Hanson got a bit sideways in turn one which allowed Hager to pull away.  By this time, Crapser had taken the lead from Bork, so Bork was the next car Hager set his sights on.  Bork held strong as Hager tried to take second place.  Hanson tried to recuperate from his earlier slip as he gained on Bork and Hager.  Bork then slipped up in turn one which allowed Hager and Hanson into second and third places.  A caution surfaced when Ganz and Mann spun out of turn one.  Ganz was charged with the incident and went to the tail of the field.  With eight laps to go, Crapser led the field followed by Hanson, Kevin Hager, Bork, and Lee Hager.  Kevin Hager moved ahead of Hanson briefly, but Hanson shot outside as the two race side by side for second place.  Lee Hager ducked under Bork for fourth when a second caution slowed the group.  Crapser again took the point followed by Kevin Hager, Hanson, Lee Hager, and Bork.  Ganz moved himself back up through the field and back into the top five as the final laps closed in.  Ganz challenged Lee Hager for his fourth place as Hanson and Kevin Hager closed in on Crapser.  Just as it appeared Hanson would take the high line around Crapser for the lead, a caution for debris on the front stretch settled the bunch back down for the second green-white-checkered finish of the night.  Crapser earned his third win in three starts at Mississippi Thunder this season.  Hanson grabbed runner-up honors followed not far behind by Kevin Hager. 

Lee Hager had a great run finishing fourth followed by Bork. WISSOTA Super Stock feature action heated up when Tim Williamson and Michael Hofer took off for the lead side by side, but Hofer got sideways in turn two and pulled a complete restart.  As Hofer headed to the rear, Williamson then had to contend with Steve Speltz on the outside pole.  Close racing ensued between Williamson and Speltz when Bob Fort zoomed into third place.  Troy Langowski, Kevin Hager, and Gary Wiersgalla raced hard and close for fourth, fifth, and sixth places, but it was Langowski to take fourth as he set his sights on third place occupied by Fort.  Speltz gained the lead over Williamson, and Fort, Langowski, and Wiersgalla continued to cut the cards for third.  As the race entered the half-way mark, Speltz encountered lap traffic.  A caution slowed the bunch and realigned them with Speltz on the point followed by Williamson, Fort, Langowski, and Wiersgalla.  Fort managed a slide job on Speltz, who has been driving Fort’s second car, and grabbed the lead.  Wiersgalla took a hard dive into turn four as he worked on Fort and Speltz.  Speltz headed hard into turn one and went into a spin which pulled another caution.  A three-lap shoot out was up next for Fort, Langowski, and Wiersgalla.  Fort was able to hold Wiersgalla and Langowski behind to take the win.  Duffy and Williamson rounded out the top five. 

Two names synonymous with Fountain City sat atop the USRA Modified feature lineup; that being Lance Hofer and Jeff Rollinger.  Hofer led briefly, but Adam Stockhausen and Brad Waits quickly made their presence known.  Rollinger dropped to fourth as the flood of other cars moved in.  Waits smoothly glided between Stockhausen and Hofer into the lead.  Hank Rollinger, Jr. jumped to fourth place over John Doelle while Waits pulled away from Stockhausen.  A caution settled the field down as Waits led the restart.  Rollinger was able to clip Stockhausen for second as Doelle followed the two in fourth place.  Josh Angst, Hofer, and Bob Timm flew three-wide for fifth place as Waits continued his enormous lead.  Doelle wound up his machine to chase Rollinger for second, and Timm gained fourth place over Angst.  Doelle and Rollinger displayed a great race for second place, and when Doelle took over the spot, Rollinger then had to contend with Angst for third.  Timm propelled his car under both Rollinger and Angst into third place as the cars then began to spread out.  Another caution set up a final restart with Doelle and Timm hot on Waits’ tail.  Timm got ahead of Doelle as Doelle shot a bit high.  Angst and Rollinger did some fancy footwork for fourth place behind Waits, Timm, and Doelle.  Waits again pulled away from the pack with Timm in a solid second place over Rollinger.  Timm did not have enough laps to get the job done and finished second to Waits.  Doelle cleared third followed by Angst.  Jeff Rollinger got by his brother Hank in the last corner to take fifth. 

Fletcher Milene took the early in the Hornets over Leonard Hicks and Kevin Laufenberg.  Laufenberg then took the lead from Milene, but Johny Severtson was climbing the ladder fast.  Severtson quickly took the lead followed by Ryan Happel and Mike Krause behind him.  Laufenberg held on in fourth place as Milene continued in fifth.  Severtson tallied another win followed by Happel, Krause, Laufenberg, and Milene. 

Tanner Brown took off like a bolt in the B Midwest Mini Mod feature.  Alex Stevens steamed into second place as Rachel LaDuke picked up another spot to move into third place over Dylan Buckland.  Brown continued to lead while LaDuke made several attempts to get around Stevens.  Mathew Schliesman moved around Buckland and into fourth place while LaDuke slipped out of the groove and dropped to sixth.  Schliesman then benefited as he moved to fourth behind Buckland.  Brown was able to hold his ground for the win followed by Stevens, Buckland, Schliesman, and Nicholas Wagner. 

Jake Timm popped into the early lead over Alex Williamson in the A Midwest Mini Mod feature.  Mike Stevens settled in behind Nia Gardner in fourth, and Mac Alberts took over fifth place.  A caution reset the field with Timm, Williamson, Gardner, Brandon Reutzel, and Alberts in the top five.  Timm put some distance on Williamson as he got into lap traffic.  Lap traffic then allowed Reutzel to make a move on Gardner for third place.  Timm continued his strong run out front, but it ended with five laps to go when his car slowed on the backstretch.  Timm pulled to the infield as he watched Williamson assume the point.  Williamson was able to hold the others back and head to victory lane.  Gardner, Reutzel, Alberts, and Stevens capped the top five. 

Jeff Matejka and Don Werner set up the front row for the 600 Mini Mod main event.  Brett LaDuke moved into second place ahead of Joe Provenzino and Werner as Matejka walked away from the field.  Werner fought back into third place over Provenzino half way through the race.  Matejka pressed on with his lead, but LaDuke did his hardest to hang close to Matejka.  LaDuke did not have enough for Matejka and would have to settle for second place behind the repeat winner.  Werner finished third followed by Chris Creeley in Charlie McNally’s ride.  Provenzino finished fifth. Flat Track Motorcycle races were an addition to the night’s events as Harley-Davidson of Winona sponsored the night.  Josh Koch hauled from Cedar to start from the pole and won the event.  Kevin Anderson of Cambridge finished second followed by Bill Hofmeister of Bloomington, Eric Brouhard of St. Paul, and Minnesota City’s Tony Kohner. 

Next Friday will be a great show with the USMTS bunch back in town as their Hunt for the Championship continues with a $3,000-to-win show.  All regular classes will be on hand as well.  The USRA Modified class will continue their pursuit of track points with this show in addition to 100 bonus points for racing the event.  Points are close, adrenaline is rushing, and championships are to be sealed up soon.

Krause Tags the Win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

August 4th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (July 31) – A great count of cars were on hand for Winona Radio KAGE Budweiser Night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway  With three heats in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and USRA Modifieds, it proved to be a very exciting night of racing with intense battles in the WISSOTA Street Stock and WISSOTA Super Stock classes.  The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had their issues stringing laps together, and the USRA Modifieds followed a perpetual winner to victory lane.  Two rollovers in the Hornet division capped off the night. After driver introductions and a signed Frisbee toss for the WISSOTA Street Stocks started off the features for the night, close racing in the single-caution main event got under way.  Lee Hager and Jimmy Patzner led the field, but it was three wide with Dan Bork by the flagstand as the field raced tight.  Patzner pulled ahead of Bork and Hager when Donny Ganz zipped up to Hager’s side to race for third place.  Kevin Hager quickly moved up to the outside of his brother in turn four to race side by side for fourth.  The Hagers touched briefly which nearly sent Kevin Hager on a ride but both were able to hang on and stay at race speed.  Danny Richards used the chance to zip under Lee and Kevin Hager and into fourth place.  With 15 laps to go, the only caution slowed the bunch with a spin in turn two.  Patzner set the pace followed by Bork, Ganz, Richards, and Kevin Hager.  Ganz made the move on Bork to take over second place which left Richards and Bork to tear side by side for third.  Ron Hanestad moved into top-five contention with Kevin Hager when Danny Hanson also joined for three-wide racing down the back stretch.  For two laps, Hanestad, Hanson, and Hager raced close for fifth place.  Hager slipped to seventh and left Hanson, Hanestad, and Bork to race for fourth, fifth, and sixth places.  Up ahead, Patzner fought off the charges of Richards for the lead which left Ganz all alone in third.  Hanestad finally maneuvered fourth place away from Bork and Hanson with eight laps to go.  Richards was able to wrestle the lead from Patzner followed by Ganz, Hanestad, Hanson, Bork, Hager, and Fred Prudoehl as they were all close in line as they moved into lap traffic.  With five laps to go, Richards wove the lead pack through lap traffic on his way to the finish line.  Richards capped his sixth feature win followed by Patzner, Ganz, Hanson, and Hanestad in a very close and powerful race. Shaun Walski used his outside pole start in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event to catapult to the lead over Don Schaefer.  Three-wide racing through turn one ended with a spin by Schaefer, and it was the first of many cautions throughout the race.  All cars managed to avoid Schaefer as he sat facing the wrong direction with the majority of the field heading toward him.  Walski started off the restart with Travis Krause and Dalton Yohnk hot on his tail.  Kyle Jumbeck moved into fourth place ahead of Erik Kanz before Jumbeck shot around Yohnk into third.  With 13 laps to go, another caution for cars spun in turn four reset the field again with Walski still manning the lead spot.  Krause and Jumbeck fought over second place right behind Walski followed by Yohnk.  Chris Gilbertson tore into contention for fourth place with Yohnk as Kanz slipped back to seventh.  As the group recovered from another caution, the cars barreled into turn one.  Walski slipped high into the marbles which allowed Krause and Jumbeck to fight for the lead as Walski dipped back into third place.  With eight laps to go and with Jumbeck in the lead, Jumbeck lost power and crawled to a stop on the front stretch.  Krause then led the bunch followed by Gilbertson, Walski, Tyler Creeley, and Kanz who had worked back up to the top five.  Through it all, Krause was able to score his first feature win of the season and a clean sweep nonetheless.  Gilbertson notched a great second place finish followed by Yohnk, Kanz, and Pete Bushman. Dan Nissalke started from the pole in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, but he was not alone for long as Josh Rodewald, Dennis Earney, and Jon Duffy hung tight.  Bob Fort and Troy Langowski battled side by side for fifth place when a caution for a spinning Gary Wiersgalla set up a restart.  Nissalke manned the front row alone followed by Rodewald, Earney, Duffy, and Langowski.  Earney darted into second when Rodewald took a low groove move in turn three.  Another caution sent Brian Fetting to the tail of the field, and again, Nissalke led the pack.  Earney held on in second, but Langowski was able to creep between Earney and Rodewald to look at the third place spot.  Duffy and John Feirn got into a race for fifth place when Fort charged inside of Duffy.  Nissalke continued to hold the lead followed by Earney, Langowski, Rodewald, Feirn, Fort, and Duffy.  The race continued at a fast, close, and intense pace on down the line as far back as 10th place.  As Langowski and Rodewald continued to flip spots back and forth behind second place runner Earney, Earney’s machine went up in a puff of smoke as he drifted to the infield to wait out the end of the race.  As Nissalke led Langowski and the rest of the pack, Fort robbed Rodewald’s third place position and locked himself into third leaving Rodewald in fourth.  Feirn seized fifth place from Duffy as they all raced close and fast.  At the line, Nissalke clocked the win followed by Langowski, Fort, Rodewald, and Wiersgalla. Adam Stockhausen and Brad Waits revved up to lead the USRA Modified feature race, but before the first lap was complete, a spin in turn four collected several cars.  When laps were finally strung together, Waits took the lead from Stockhausen.  Stockhausen roared in second close behind Waits followed by Les Duellman and Bob Timm.  Hank Rollinger Jr. and Kerry Ledebuhr ran side by side for fifth as Timm jumped on Stockhausen’s second place spot.  Waits extended his lead as Timm ran him down.  Duellman was able to make the pass on Stockhausen for third and Ledebuhr eventually got around Stockhausen as well.  Waits never looked back as he went on to tag the win.  Timm captured a solid second place finish, and Duellman, Ledebuhr, and John Doelle capped the top five. Kyle Patzner set his sights on a win from the pole, but before long, Ron Jablonske took over.  Johny Severtson quickly became a force as he took the lead from Jablonske.  Brock Adamson was able to scoot past Jablonske to take second place followed by Patzner and Kohl Adamson.  A red flag stopped the race when Rick Slawson and Mike Krause tangled on the front stretch in which Slawson entered a series of barrel rolls and finally ended upside right in turn one.  Slawson was uninjured, and the race resumed with Severtson in the lead followed by Brock Adamson, Kohl Adamson, Patzner, and Jablonske.  But another red flag stopped the field when Kohl Adamson’s car did not turn and went straight into the turn one wall near the track exit.  After hard contact with the wall resulting in Adamson’s rollover, the green flag waved for the final time.  Severtson won another one with Brock Adamson following in second.  Jablonske, Patzner, and Kevin Laufenberg rounded out the top five. Jeff Matejka quickly took the lead from Dave Fruechte in the Midwest Mini Mod 600 division.  Fruechte just as quickly took the lead back as Charlie McNally followed in third place.  Matejka took a spin in turn two which pulled a caution to line the field back up.  Brett LaDuke shot to the lead on the restart, but McNally and Fruechte tore around the high side to race for second place.  Matejka picked up spots as he worked toward the front again.  LaDuke soon had to contend with Matejka for the lead as Bob Bautch ran in third followed by Don Werner and Fruechte.  LaDuke had his car cranking as he wailed to the finish for what appeared to be his first win.  But, it was determined that LaDuke jumped the earlier restart and was disallowed the win handing it to Matejka.  Bautch then finished second followed by McNally, Werner, and Fruechte. Mathew Schliesman propelled his car to the lead in the Midwest Mini Mod B feature ahead of Rachel LaDuke and Dylan Buckland.  The three pulled away from the rest of the field early on which left Tanner Brown and Alex Stevens to vie for fourth and fifth places.  LaDuke scooted along behind Schliesman in an attempt to track him down, but he proved to be invincible.  Schliesman grabbed another win and Laduke tallied another second place finish.  Brown finished third ahead of Alex Stevens and Matt Stevens. Jake Timm cruised from the pole in the Midwest Mini Mod A feature followed by Brandon Reutzel, Mac Alberts, and Mike Stevens.  The cars stacked up in the first lap which set up a restart.  Timm assumed the lead as Reutzel tried his almighty best to take the lead.  Alberts and Stevens raced in third and fourth places while Nia Gardner followed in fifth place.  Timm faced no real challenge and headed to victory lane with the win. Join the action as we head into the final month of track points.  For more information, visit www.mississippithunder.com.

By Tracy Hager

Richards, Jumbeck, and Langowski Top Tough Competition

July 19th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (July 17) – Chaos and cautions appeared to blanket the unusually cool night that made it feel like the fall specials were upon us.  And so the fans were in for a wild night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway at the first River City Rumble event sponsored by River City Manufacturing & Machining and R & R Machining. The WISSOTA Street Stocks put on a great show which ended with a caution-checkered.  The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had multiple lead changes in their main event, and the USRA Modifieds ran three and four wide during their feature.  Michael Hofer carried the colors for the National Anthem as the Winona Radio Driver of the Week. The WISSOTA Street Stock main event was a packed and stacked field as it took two complete restarts to get the bunch going.  The first caution occurred as the pack stacked up in turn one, and pole sitter Shaun Mann ended up the wrong way.  Kevin Hager was tagged and sent to the rear of the field for the restart.  The second caution was charged to Darryl Foegen when another bunch got bottled up in turn one that left Foegen sitting and then Danny Hanson slowly came to a stop as well.  On the third try, the guys finally strung laps together as Fred Prudoehl shot to the inside to take second place when Danny Richards made it three-wide briefly with Mann and Prudoehl for the lead.  Richards eventually overtook Prudoehl and Mann, and Mann began to get shuffled backwards when Ryan Linder and Jared Linder climbed into the top five.  Danny Hanson whipped into fifth place after running side by side with Mann.  Richards abandoned the pack and left Prudoehl to contend with the charges of the Linders and Hanson.  Hanson made the pass on Jared Linder, but Linder looked to the low side to try stealing fourth place back.  As Richards and the lead pack of Prudoehl, Ryan Linder, Hanson, and Jared Linder surged ahead, the following pack consisting of Mann, Dan Bork, Lee Hager, and Kevin Hager as they marched forward in their own race for sixth through ninth.  Meanwhile Hanson made a dash under Ryan Linder, but Linder pulled away again to hang on to fourth place.  Hanson then slipped into the marbles which allowed Jared Linder to take over fourth place as Hanson scurried to get back into the mix.  Hanson and Ryan Linder continued to race side by side for multiple laps for the third spot behind Prudoehl as lap traffic came into play.  Bork and Kevin Hager locked coming out of turn four as they battled for sixth place and came to a stop at the end of the front stretch which brought out another caution.  Bork was charged with the caution and chose to retire from the race at that point.  With two laps to go, Richards had lost his big lead and had to contend with the hard charges of Prudoehl and Hanson as well as the Linder boys.  Richards was on the pedal as the green waved followed ever so closely by Hanson, Prudoehl, and Jared and Ryan Linder.  As the white flag lap closed, Hager and the Linders were three-wide for fourth place.  In the last turn of the last lap, Hanson nipped Richards in the rear left which sent Richards spinning.  A caution-checkered was waved, and Richards was declared the winner and Hanson was charged with the incident.  Prudoehl clocked a second place finish followed by Jared Linder, Hager, and Ryan Linder. Eighteen drivers vied for the extra top prize of $500 in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.  Travis Krause returned from hiatus to charge to the lead over Darran Jonsgaard, Jared Happel, and Dalton Yohnk.  Ryan Olson moved into the top five quickly as well and gave Yohnk and Happel something to deal with.  Yohnk shot under Olson and Happel into second place, but Happel shot right back on the high side.  Olson dove low under Yohnk and Happel in turn four as Kyle Jumbeck roared up to Yohnk’s side for second place.  Many lane changes and spots were swapped in a short time which set up the pace for the race.  A caution for a spun car regrouped the field with Krause on the point followed by Jumbeck, Yohnk, Olson, and Happel.  Yohnk and Olson again put the pressure on each other for third place as Jumbeck tracked down Krause.  Lap traffic did not seem to hinder the lead cars as a three-way fight for first ensued between Krause, Jumbeck, and Olson, but a self-spin by Yohnk in turn one set the restart with eight laps to go.  Krause continued to hold off the advances of Jumbeck and Olson when Chris Gilbertson slipped into fourth place ahead of Dustin Scott, Happel, and Shaun Walski who had moved up considerably from his 17th place starting spot.  Jumbeck finally stole the lead from Krause, and then Olson snared the second spot which sent Krause to third.  With four laps to go, a caution for the stopped car of Scott gave Olson the possibility of taking first from Jumbeck or giving Krause the opportunity to take the lead back, but it was not meant to be.  Jumbeck cleared his way to victory lane again as Olson finished second.  Krause made a strong run in third followed by Walski and Kyle Johnson in his first appearance this season at the speedway. Tim Williamson and Kevin Hager sat atop the WISSOTA Super Stock feature line up with Steve Speltz and Troy Langowski in the row behind.  A caution on the first lap erupted when Williamson spun and collected Jon Duffy, Langowski, Speltz, and Phil Kendrick in turn two.  Kendrick suffered fatal blows and was assisted off the track, and Williamson went to the tail of the field on the restart.  The complete restart moved Duffy to the pole inside of Hager.  On the green, Duffy spun low in turn four due to damage to his front left suspension from the previous caution.  Duffy kept going, as did the rest, and Hager was able to take the lead briefly over Langowski.  Gary Wiersgalla made a beeline for second place then as Bob Fort shot next to Hager for third place.  Hager managed to pull away, but Fort insisted the spot was meant to be his.  Hager and Fort raced so close side by side that there could not have been room for a piece of paper, however, no paint was traded as the two sorted out third and fourth places.  With 16 laps to go, a spin by Jay Orrichio realigned the group with Langowski in the lead over Wiersgalla, Fort, Hager, and Tommy Richards who had moved into the top five.  Richards quickly moved around Hager for fourth place as Fort glided under Wiersgalla into second.  Wiersgalla then took the spot back, and then Fort regained second place.  This continued for several laps when Richards’ momentum caught up with him as he clipped Wiersgalla and sent Wiersgalla spinning to the infield.  Richards slowly drifted to the tail of the field on the restart while Langowski resumed his pace in the lead.  As the race progressed, Richards found himself in the top five again to battle with Wiersgalla for second place.  Four-wide racing for the top spots behind heated up the action.  A caution reorganized the bunch when Fort’s machine coughed a big puff of steam and laid down a water trail in turn four.  As a result, Fort headed pitside.  Langowski again held the point on the restart with Wiersgalla and Richards in the next row.  Richards made a daring dash under Wiersgalla into second place, and soon after, Wiersgalla shot way up into the marbles and went from third to fifth in a very short time.  Hager and Speltz then raced side by side for third place, and Wiersgalla joined them as the three criss-crossed, diced back and forth, and changed spots several times as they worked out third, fourth, and fifth places.  Langowski soldiered on through the cautions to head for his picture in victory lane.  Richards polished his night off with a second place finish ahead of Wiersgalla.  Speltz notched a fourth place finish followed by Hager only a half car length behind. Jacob Dahle and Steve Wetzstein manned the front row of the USRA Modified main event followed by 22 of the 28 cars on hand for the $2500 to win race.  As the cars diced for position, several stacked up, and Al Hejna who was running a Brad Waits car suffered front suspension damage and retreated to the pits.  Brad Waits then controlled the front row for the restart followed by Dahle, Layne Meyer, Wetzstein, and Josh Angst.  Three-wide racing arose in an attempt to sort out positions two through five.  As Dahle, Wetzstein, and Meyer tore three-wide around turn one, Kelly Shryock sailed to third when a caution slowed the pack.  Waits again took the point followed by Wetzstein and Meyer, but Meyer quickly got shuffled way back.  Wetzstein was up on Waits’ tail followed closely by Shryock, Dahle, and Angst.  With 24 laps to go, a three-way battle for the lead between Waits, Wetzstein, and Shryock developed, but a caution for debris set up another restart.  As the race resumed, it was Wetzstein to take over the lead from Waits, but Waits charged right back down the front stretch with Shryock right behind him, and again, a three-way fight for the number one spot was picking up.  With 15 laps to go, a caution had regrouped the field, and that was followed by another caution.  At the drop of the green, Waits and Shryock pulled away.  Shryock then took the lead from Waits with 12 laps to go, but Waits stayed within a half-car length of the leader.  Angst jumped into third place over Wetzstein as Kerry Ledebuhr appeared in fifth ahead of John Doelle and Robby Bunkelman with his late-race surge into seventh.  Throw in some more cautions and the race had wound down to ten laps with Shryock in the lead.  Waits chased Shryock as Angst was now in close contention for the lead when caution seven caught Ledebuhr in cars checking up in the corner.  Ledebuhr ended his great run which offered Bunkelman a top five arrival.  Shryock, Waits, and Angst continued to command the crowd’s attention as they raced hard and close for the top spot.  Ron Konkel quietly cruised into the top five which sent Bunkelman back to sixth place.  Konkel then picked off Wetzstein, and left Wetzstein and Bunkelman to run nearly dead even at the line for fifth place.  Shryock was able to cash in on the big win and left Waits to settle for second.  Angst, Konkel, and Wetzstein rounded out the top five. Alex Stevens and Nicholas Wagner led the rest of the pack to the start of the B Midwest Mini Mod race as Matthew Schliesman and Dylan Buckland quickly rose through the bunch to run second and third.  Schliesman got too close and sent Stevens spinning which brought out a caution.  Stevens and Buckland then led the field, but Stevens had mechanical woes and could not get up to speed and pulled to the infield.  Buckland took over the lead in convincing fashion as Ryan Wetzstein pulled into second ahead of Rachel LaDuke and Jackson Hale.  LaDuke quickly was on Wetzstein’s tail for second place but could not make the pass.  Wetzstein slipped a bit high, and LaDuke again tried to take the spot, but again could not make it stick.  As Wetzstein and LaDuke darted back and forth for second, Buckland comfortably had the lead.  LaDuke was finally able to break loose and take Wetzstein enroute to Buckland out front.  Hale then tried to take over third from Wetzstein as the laps wound down.  It was Buckland who scored a clean sweep in the B Midwest Mini Mods.  LaDuke ran an amazing race to finish in second followed by Wetzstein in his first run at the track.  Hale and Dustin Sorensen capped the top five. Jerome Kellner and Lucas Schott led a great start in the A Mini Mod feature as all the cars stayed side by side to nearly complete the first lap.  Kellner was charged the early race caution which allowed Parker Hale and Schott to fight for the lead.  Jake Timm crept into the lead bunch as Nia Gardner also moved into fourth place.  Timm attempted to make an inside pass on Hale for second and made the pass stick when Hale nearly dropped off the front stretch.  Hale scampered back on the track to run side by side with Gardner for third place.  Timm slowly drew himself closer to the lead car of Schott, but Schott was able to maintain the lead and take the win.  Timm finished a solid second followed by Hale, Gardner, and Brandon Reutzel. Heat winner Joe Jasnoch set the pace in the 600 Mini Mod feature along side of Jeff Matejka.  Matejka took the lead early on as Jasnoch, Brett LaDuke, and Dave Fruechte followed.  Fruechte gained speed and took over second place over Jasnoch while Charlie McNally held a strong fourth place.  McNally looped it out of turn one which sent him to the tail of the eight-car field.  A short time later, a red flag stopped the cars when McNally soared head on into the wall at the end of the front stretch and flipped on his lid.  The hard impact left the crowd to wonder how much help McNally would need and how long it would take.  Amazingly, McNally exited his car with a wave to the crowd and headed to the waiting ambulance for his check over.  The race resumed and Fruechte was able to tag the win ahead of Matejka, Jasnoch, Bob Bautch, and Bill Baures.

All regular classes return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway Friday, July 24th.  Six point’s nights remain in the regular season, and a lot is yet to be decided as the points are close in multiple classes.

Wiersgalla and Jumbeck Back In Victory Lane

July 5th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (July 3) – For the second night in a row, fans were treated to some great racing at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City on the holiday weekend.  Gary Wiersgalla got total redemption with a big win in the WISSOTA Super Stocks after coming off a DNF the previous night.  Danny Hanson returned to victory lane in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Josh Angst nailed the win in the USRA Modified caution-draped feature. 

Kyle Jumbeck did a wheel dance as he ran both the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division as well as the USRA Modified class by changing tires and adding a spoiler.  Jake Timm who runs the Midwest Mini Mod division was honored as the Winona Radio Driver of the Week. Green flag and away they went in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with three-wide racing down the front stretch.  Don Schaefer set out first followed by Ryan Olson while Dalton Yohnk, Chris Creeley, and Leigh Volkman tore three-wide down the back stretch for third place.  Caution one arrived when a spin in turn four resulted in what appeared to be five cars in a parking lot sitting side by side.  Schaefer took the point on the restart followed by Olson, Creeley, Volkman, and Yohnk.  Olson quickly assumed the lead by the time turn one appeared and left Schaefer to chase him down.  Yohnk moved into third, and Creeley got around Volkman for fourth.  Kyle Jumbeck got steaming and was into fourth place which sent Creeley back to fifth.  Another caution reset the field with Olson, Schaefer, Yohnk, Jumbeck, and Creeley leading the pack.  Yohnk shot up to give Olson a strong challenge for the lead, but Jumbeck was fast to the inside of turn four to make a bid for second place.  Volkman took a dive down to the infield which pulled a caution.  With 13 laps to go, the final surge was set.  Olson topped the restart once again over Jumbeck, Yohnk, Creeley, and Erik Kanz who popped into fifth.  Olson found himself being chased hard by Jumbeck and Yohnk who ran side by side in second place.  Jumbeck managed to get on Olson’s bumper while Yohnk appeared to try different lines to get back around Jumbeck.  Jumbeck nearly made the pass on Olson in turn one for the lead, but Olson powered back to hold the spot.  Kanz then slipped a bit high in turn four but was able to stay in fourth over Chris Gilbertson who had put Creeley back a spot.  Jumbeck was able to steal the lead from Olson and with four laps to go, Jumbeck laid down a complete straightaway lead over Olson.  Jumbeck mastered the win over Olson.  Yohnk finished third while Kanz and Gilbertson finished fourth and fifth respectively. 

A tight start for the WISSOTA Street Stocks set the pace for the entire race, but a caution before the first lap was complete stopped the cars on the track.  While going out of turn four to complete the first lap, Cory Hanson in his first show this season at the speedway, shot nose first into the front stretch wall and flipped hard on his side.  Emergency personnel helped him from his car, and Hanson was reported to be fine although he was limping as he headed to his “mandatory 15” in the ambulance; a necessity when one rolls.  Another tight restart followed and Jimmy Patzner led the field over Andy Hoch, Fred Prudoehl, and Danny Richards.  Soon Donny Ganz blew in between Kevin Hager and Richards into third place which shuffled Hoch backwards.  Danny Hanson tore outside of Hager and into fifth while Patzner held the lead up ahead.  Ganz moved into second place as Richards, Prudoehl, and Hanson went three-wide for third through fifth places.  Prudoehl and Hanson then raced side by side for fourth when Richards pulled into third.  Hager gained some ground and then challenged Prudoehl for fifth place as the top six ran very close.  Patzner kept hold of the lead followed closely by Ganz, Richards, Hanson, Prudoehl, and Hager.  Ganz was able to find the right time to dive under Patzner for the lead, but Hanson and Richards were right behind.  A three-way contest for the lead was in full swing between Ganz, Richards, and Patzner as Hanson clung close to the bunch.  Ganz grabbed the lead over Richards and Patzner as those two raced side by side for second.  A second caution reeled the field back in to set up the final nine laps.  Ganz, Patzner, Richards, Hanson, and Prudoehl sat atop the bunch, and Richards got the line to challenge Ganz for the lead followed by Patzner and Hanson.  Prudoehl and Hager again battled for fifth place behind the leaders.  Richards took the lead from Ganz, but Ganz and Hanson were still close followed by Patzner, Prudoehl, and Hager who were still trying to sort out fourth, fifth, and sixth places.  Hanson eventually took first spot in turn four but Richards did not let him get away.  Hanson, Richards, and Ganz put a bit of ground between themselves and fourth place as Prudoehl kept Hager and Patzner behind him.  It was Hanson who headed for the photo op followed by Richards, Ganz, Prudoehl, and Patzner. 

Tim Williamson and Kevin Hager set the pace for the small WISSOTA Super Stock field in the feature race.  Gary Wiersgalla ran third followed by Troy Langowski.  Williamson kept a hold on the lead ahead of Wiersgalla and Fort while Langowski and Hager raced close down the back stretch for fourth.  Wiersgalla was able to take the lead from Williamson as Fort fell into line in third place.  The cars all were very close and changing spots within the first six laps, and then they settled into their spots.  Wiersgalla ran alone out front as he put some distance between himself and Williamson.  Fort worked on Williamson for second place and took the spot, but Williamson fought back before Fort was finally able to secure it.  With ten laps to go, Wiersgalla kept hold of the lead while Fort began the chase for first.  Williamson kept a handle on third place as Langowski and Hager followed.  Langowski closed in on Williamson several times but was not able to make the pass.  Langowski seemed to gain a lot of ground, but then Williamson was able to pull away again.  Wiersgalla sealed the win.  Fort finished second followed by Williamson who held off Langowski for third.  Hager capped the top five. 

USRA Modified feature racing had Mick Glenn and Kent Baxter, both first timers this season, sit on the front row as they led the 14-car field.  Glenn was quickly challenged by Baxter for the lead, and Josh Angst, Kerry Ledebuhr, Lance Hofer, and Jeff Rollinger followed behind.  Bob Timm made an advance on Rollinger’s fifth place while Angst quickly made a move under Baxter for the lead.  Baxter shot back on the high side to regain the spot.  Ledebuhr ran in third ahead of Rollinger and Timm who touched in turn four, but Timm got out in fourth place.  Angst finally made his move stick and gained the lead over Baxter, Ledebuhr, Timm, Rollinger, and Hofer.  A spin by Glenn realigned the bunch with Angst on the point with Baxter choosing the outside of second row next to Ledebuhr.  A second caution for a tire down on Hofer’s machine again reset the field.  With only eight laps in, four cautions had already covered the field.  Angst maintained his lead through all of the cautions as Baxter again tried to use the high line to his advantage and take the lead, but Angst was too strong.  Hank Rollinger gained energy and popped into the top five as Timm torpedoed into fourth ahead of Jeff Rollinger.  Timm again had a big surge and plopped himself into third place behind Angst and Baxter and left Ledebuhr and John Doelle to fight for fourth.  Angst captured the win.  Baxter finished a strong second in his first appearance this year.  Timm, Ledebuhr, and Doelle rounded out the top five. Michael Thompson assumed the lead early on in the Hornet division ahead of Kohl Adamson.  Four-wide racing down the backstretch then ensued as Johny Severtson and Ryan Happel joined the lead cars.  Mike Krause also made a charge to tail the group ever so closely.  Severtson darted to the high side and into the lead over Thompson while Happel, Adamson, and Krause raced three wide for third place.  Severtson eventually walked away with the win over Happel, Krause, Adamson, and Brock Adamson. The Second Annual Summer

Nationals for the Midwest Mini-Mods were sponsored by Redbox, Oakridge Fabrication, Joe Signs, and Lou Fegers Racing Equipment.  Two classes of A Mini Mods and B Mini Mods raced for $500 and $200 respectively.  It was Rachel LaDuke who was up and away as the green flag dropped.  Mathew Schliesman soon got inside LaDuke for the lead while Dylan Buckland and Alex Stevens followed in third and fourth places.  Schliesman continued his lead as Buckland made a fast shot into second over LaDuke.  Alexis Schott raced into fifth place when Buckland spun in turn four setting up a restart.  Schliesman assumed the lead followed by Stevens, Schott, LaDuke, and Tanner Brown who clipped the top five.  Another caution when Brown spun reset the group again.  Schliesman held the lead as Stevens, Schott, and Buckland trailed him.  Buckland made another charge into fourth and then third as he moved toward the leader.  Buckland then spun to the infield but regained his composure and got back on the track in sixth place.  Schliesman’s car began to show smoke every once in awhile as the race wound down.  Schliesman grabbed the big check and trophy for the win.  Stevens, Schott, Jackson Hale, and LaDuke rounded out the top five. 

Parker Hale tore off in the lead for the 25-lap A Mini Mod feature event that paid $500 to win.  Alex Williamson ran strong in second, but Hale and Williamson got together slightly which sent Williamson back to fourth behind Cody Gardner and Jake Timm.  Gardner was being tailed very close by Timm while Hale pulled away in the lead.  Williamson held off Lucas Schott for fourth but the two got together hard in turn two which left Williamson facing the wrong way.  A caution was necessary when Williamson could not get his car started after the impact.  Schott headed to the tail of the field as Hale assumed the lead over Gardner, Timm, and Mike Stevens.  Cars bunched up in turn two which allowed Brandon Reutzel into fourth place as Stevens slipped back.  Soon Reutzel and Schott battled for fourth place behind Hale, Gardner, and Timm.  Schott was able to pull away with fourth place and left Reutzel to contend with Stevens for fifth.  Hale extended his lead as Timm and Gardner raced hard for second place.  Hale earned the big win followed by Timm who had capitalized on a restart to take second place from Schott.  Gardner and Stevens capped the top five. Jeff Matejka moved to a fast lead in the 600cc Mini Mod feature over Don Werner and Charlie McNally.  McNally challenged Werner for second as McNally swooped low and then high to find the right moment to take the spot.  Werner pulled away and set up in second place comfortably behind Matejka.  As the laps wound down, Matejka pretty much walked away with the win.  McNally attempted to steal second from Werner in the last turn with a slide job but spun instead.  Matejka locked the win followed by Werner, Brett LaDuke, Joe Jasnoch, and McNally.

A great fireworks display capped off the night.  Regular racing is ahead as the mid-point of July nears.  Now is the time to keep a watch on those very close point races in multiple divisions.

Matthees Masters Mississippi Thunder

July 4th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – An outstanding crowd, fabulous weather, and hungry drivers provided a wild show on Thursday, July 2nd to set off the holiday weekend at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  The Dart WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series’ first point race event got into full swing after its first events were rained out.  Twenty-nine drivers checked in for their first adventure at the new speedway. Steve Laursen, Brent Larson, and Don Copp topped their heats in the WISSOTA Late Models while Adam Hensel won the B-Main and Jake Redetzke notched the Debbie’s Dash win.  Non-stop WISSOTA Street Stock action saw an end to a winning streak while the WISSOTA Super Stocks had drama; lots of drama. 

Shaun Mann sat on the pole for the WISSOTA Street Stock main event inside Lee Hager, but it was Danny Richards who charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag.  Mann and Hager raced for second place while Kevin Hager found the outside groove to his liking to move into the top five behind Donny Ganz.  Richards seemed to pull away early on which left the pieces for the others to sort out.  Danny Hanson quickly made a charge for fifth place as he raced side by side with Kevin Hager.  Ganz dove low under Lee Hager to take over third place.  Richards maintained the lead while Mann held his spot in second.  By this time Hanson had moved into third ahead of Ganz.  The Hager brothers flew side by side of each other for fifth place, and it was Kevin Hager to take the spot.  Kevin Hager worked to steal away fourth from Ganz, but Ganz kept a clamp on the spot.  Mann slipped into the marbles which allowed Ganz and Hager up to a three-car battle for third place with Mann.  By this time, Dan Bork had made his way toward the top five while Lee Hager tried to hold him off.  Richards stretched his lead followed by Hanson.  Kevin Hager shot under Mann in turn four for fourth place behind Ganz.  As the cars began to spread out, Mann and Bork battled for fifth place which occupied them enough to allow Kevin Hager to concentrate on Ganz ahead.  Hanson gained momentum on Richards with three laps to go, and Hanson closed in to a two-car length deficit.  Hanson did not have enough laps and would have to settle for runner-up.  Richards appeared to have evicted the gremlins who had settled into his car in the weeks prior to break Hanson’s winning streak.  Hanson, Ganz, Kevin Hager, and Bork sealed the top five. 

Gary Wiersgalla shot to the lead over Kevin Hager in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature as Tommy Richards followed close in third.  Troy Langowski’s night ended prematurely when he dropped off the pace and ducked into the infield.  Richards took over first from Wiersgalla as first-timer at the track this year Dave Mass got under Hager in turn one for third.  Bob Fort moved fast and under Hager for fourth place and Darrel Hazelton and Hager charged side by side for fifth place, but it was Hazelton who claimed the spot.  Richards continued his lead over Wiersgalla, Mass, Fort, and Hazelton.  Mass began to gain on Wiersgalla’s second place spot and moved in to side by side racing when a caution emerged for a spun car.  Richards sat atop the field on the restart, but Wiersgalla and Mass were right behind him.  Fort poured himself between Mass and Wiersgalla, but Mass was able to take second place and set out to take the lead from Richards.  Fort and Wiersgalla raced close for third while Hazelton and Dan Nissalke made contact while working for fifth place.  A big caution slowed the field when Nissalke’s machine got sideways out of turn four which resulted in a stack up of cars including Dennis Earney, Hager, Jon Duffy, and Tim Williamson.  Nissalke headed off the track and the whole “cautions breed cautions” set in.  First it was a spin by Wiersgalla in which Richards was tagged on the caution, and then it was the big event of the night.  On a restart with six laps to go, Fort got into Mass which stacked up a bunch of cars forcing some to resign for the night.  Fort was black flagged for his addition to the night’s crumpled metal but refused to leave the track.  Discussions with him led the tow trucks to try to hook him up, but he tore off and tried to get back in line.  As Fort got back to the front stretch, the race director and other officials talked with him while a tow truck backed up and hooked him up.  At the same time, officials lined the remaining cars up in a barricade just past the track exit.  Fort’s car was let off the hook as he exited the track showing his displeasure.  Mass then led the restart over Wiersgalla, Hazelton, Brian Fetting, and Duffy.  With two laps to go, Fetting suffered a flat tire which sent him bolting across the front stretch as he made contact with Duffy and Wiersgalla.  Wiersgalla got a flat from the incident and retired for the night.  A green-white-checkered finish was in order, and it was Mass who topped the drama-filled feature.  Hazelton finished a strong second followed by Richards, Duffy, and Hager. 

Twenty-nine WISSOTA Late Models lit up the track with a four-wide salute before their forty-lap feature on their way to a $2,000 paycheck.  Three-wide through turn one on the first lap ended in cars piled up in turn two.  A complete restart was in order, and Keith Foss took the point followed by Chad Mahder, Jake Redetzke, and Lance Matthees.  Matthees shot under Redetzke for third, but Redetzke shot right back.  Brent Larson moved into fifth at the time Foss got himself crossed up in turn two.  While Foss recovered without incident, Mahder assumed the lead and Foss dropped back into the mix in sixth place.  Matthees and Redetzke tore side by side as they raced for second place.  Mahder then began his weave through lap traffic.  A big caution with 27 laps to go occurred when the lapped car of Joe Ludemann spun in turn one.  The spin unfortunately caught third place runner Redetzke and the lapped car of Nick Kramer.  After the three cars were extracted from each other and the wall, a very tight and fast restart set up the final stretch with no more cautions.  Mahder wheeled his ride out front ahead of Matthees, Larson, and then Foss as he regained a top five spot.  Mahder bolted away from the field, but Matthees gained momentum.  Larson held off the advances of Foss for third place.  A close call for Mahder happened when a lapped car nearly lost it on the front stretch as Mahder was passing, but Mahder made the pass and was on his way.  Matthees began to weave through lap traffic and Larson and Foss raced very close for third place.  Don Copp had moved into fifth place and gained ground on Larson and Foss.  With nine laps to go, Mahder dropped off the pace without warning and headed to the infield which handed the lead to Matthees.  Matthees had a big lead over Larson and Foss who continued to battle for what now became second place.  Copp had settled into a comfortable fourth place ahead of Cory Mahder.  With two laps to go, Foss charged inside of Larson for second place, but Larson kept a handle on the spot.  It was Matthees who would take home the $2,000 win in the first event of the Dart WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series event.  Larson was able to hold off Foss for second place, and Copp finished fourth followed by Cory Mahder. Matthew Schliesman topped the B Mini Mods in the first night in a two-night special for the Midwest Mini-Mods Summer Nationals hosted by Redbox+.  Schliesman led Alex Stevens, Dylan Buckland, and Alexis Schott on the green.  Rachel LaDuke three-wheeled her car around turn four to complete the first lap.  Buckland looked to the outside of Stevens for a try at second place, but Stevens was able to pull away.  Schliesman quickly moved into lap traffic when Stevens got a bit too high out of turn two which sent him over the edge.  Stevens was able to keep his car straight and popped back up on the track but was down a lap.  LaDuke snuck around Schott into third place as Schliesman stretched his lead over Buckland.  Matt Stevens had a late-race surge and climbed into fifth place behind Schott.  Schliesman capped the field with another win.  Buckland had to settle for second ahead of LaDuke, Schott, and Jackson Hale. A Mini Mod feature racing saw Lucas Schott and Mike Stevens take the field into the first lap, but a caution in turn four reset the group.  Schott manned the lead while Alex Williamson dove inside Stevens for second.  Charlie McNally took fourth place, and Cody Gardner worked on taking McNally’s spot.  Schott extended his lead over Williamson while Stevens, McNally, and Gardner all vied for third.  McNally came out on top as he began to track down Schott and Williamson.  Williamson began to close in fast on Schott’s terrain while Sydney Alberts looked in on the top five.  Schott continued to widen his lead over Williamson and McNally, but Williamson again gained steam to close in on Schott.  The laps wound down and Schott nearly was taken by Williamson in the last corner.  Schott was able to hold off Williamson for the win.  McNally, Gardner, and Stevens finished out the top five. Friday, July 3rd will be the final night for the Midwest Mini-Mod Summer Nationals as the night will be capped off with a fireworks display.  All regular classes will be on hand for the event.

Anderson Tops WISSOTA Midwest Mods at Mississippi Thunder

July 4th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (June 26) – Friday, June 26th proved to be a turning point in the season as the track showed major improvements on Fastenal and Stone Machinery night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  Great racing action in all classes gave the crowd exciting and action-packed fun. All Lacrosse county residents who showed proof of residency were allowed free entry into the grandstands compliments of Lacrosse Brewing Company.  USRA Modified driver John Doelle was crowned Winona Radio’s Driver of the Week.  Ben Anderson led flag to flag in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division while Danny Hanson collected his third feature in a row in the WISSOTA Street Stocks.

WISSOTA Street Stock feature action appeared to finally revert back to the hard-charging, action-packed, and spot-swapping races that the class is known for.  A caution on lap one set up a complete restart in which Dan Bork inherited the pole position inside of Alma’s Andy Hoch.  Kevin Hager charged to the outside of Danny Richards for third place as Fred Prudoehl made his presence known behind Hager.  Hager tried to move inside of Hoch for second place but could not make it stick and settled into third.  Hoch rounded the turns a bit wider with each lap as he teased Hager for second place.  Prudoehl, Donny Ganz, and Richards tore three-wide down the front stretch for fourth behind Bork, Hoch, and Hager.  Hager was finally able to capitalize on Hoch’s wide corners to take over second place as he began his rundown of Bork.  Meanwhile, Danny Hanson patiently cruised through traffic from his eighth place starting spot in sixth place behind Ganz.  Richards appeared to be nursing his car as he slipped back to seventh.  A very close race pleased the crowd as spots were swapped, multi-line racing, and action blanketed the race.  Bork continued his lead over Hager, Hoch, and Prudoehl when Prudoehl got a bit loose in turn two which allowed Hanson the chance to slip into fourth place.  Bork ran strong out front, but Hager approached Bork’s turf at the same time Hanson broke into third place.  Quickly a three-way race for the lead ensued between Bork, Hager, and Hanson.  Bork and Hager made contact down the front stretch which sent Hager scrambling to regroup his ride.  Hanson then was able to take over the lead followed by Bork, Ganz, and Hager when a caution realigned the field with only two laps to go.  A shootout for the win engaged Hanson, Bork, Ganz, Hager, and Hoch for a great finish.  Hanson took off in front while Hager managed to shoot under Bork into second place.  Richards capitalized on the last caution to regain a top five spot.  Hanson meandered across the line with the win.  Hager finished second followed by Bork, Ganz, and Richards.

Ben Anderson and Pete Bushman brought the front line to the green flag in the Engine Store WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event.  Anderson took the early lead and left Bushman to fend off Chris Gilbertson as the two raced side by side for second.  Dalton Yohnk moved into fourth place while Kyle Jumbeck and Chris Creeley were embattled in a chase for fifth place.  Yohnk got a run on second place but slipped back as Jumbeck climbed into third.  Yohnk, Creeley, and Bushman shot three-wide down the front stretch for fourth place when Jared Happel moved in to challenge Creeley for fifth.  Anderson had moved himself way out ahead of the field while Jumbeck shot under Gilbertson to take second away.  A caution Anderson did not want to see reset the field with Anderson on the point followed by Gilbertson who chose the low side and Jumbeck on the outside line.  At the green, Anderson once again took off and left Jumbeck and Gilbertson to decide on second place.  Dustin Scott slowly had worked his way into the top five and soon looked at taking third away from Gilbertson.  Scott dashed low under Gilbertson and looked in on Jumbeck’s second place spot.  As the high groove came in, Anderson and Jumbeck used that line while Scott dove low under Jumbeck for a chance at second.  With five laps to go, Scott and Jumbeck closed in on Anderson as the two changed spots a few times.  Yohnk took over fourth place from Gilbertson, and once again Jumbeck took second place but Scott remained a constant threat.  At the white flag, Scott had the edge on Jumbeck while Anderson cruised away.  Anderson headed to victory lane followed by Scott who was only inches ahead of Jumbeck.  Yohnk and Gilbertson rounded out the top five.

Kevin Hager and Jon Duffy pulled the field through the initial green flag in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature.  Bob Fort quickly stuffed himself between Hager and Dan Nissalke to take second place over while Troy Langowski tried to work the high line around Hager.  Hager held his ground while Fort had taken over first place from Duffy.  Fort maintained his lead over Nissalke as Langowski jetted up on Duffy for third place.  As Fort extended his lead, Nissalke and Langowski raced for second place.  Duffy had a grip on fourth place when Williamson tried to move in on the spot but spun which pulled a caution.  With six laps to go, Fort then had Langowski and Nissalke to contend with for the lead.  Hager set up a charge on Duffy for fourth place, but Duffy held on to the spot.  As the race wound down, Fort continued his stronghold on the field as Langowski and Nissalke again battled side by side for the runner up spot.  Duffy and Hager also engaged in side by side racing, but it was Hager who pulled away in fourth and left Duffy to contend with Williamson for fifth place.  Fort pulled in his second feature win in a row followed by Langowski.  Nissalke finished a strong third, and Hager pulled across in fourth with Duffy rounding out the top five.

Josh Angst and Bob Timm led the USRA Modifieds in the first lap when a caution for cars stopped at both ends set up a restart.  Angst took the point while Timm, Brad Waits, Jay Ihrke, and John Doelle set their sights on the first spot.  Waits took a peek at the lead but Angst shut him out.  Ihrke chugged into third place over Doelle while Angst got a bit high in turn four which allowed Waits to take the lead.  Doelle raced around Timm for fourth place and then breached Ihrke’s grip on third as well.  With 15 laps to go, Waits had distanced himself from Angst while Doelle closed in on second place.  Lap traffic began to surface as Waits zipped through while Angst and Doelle chased him.  Doelle then took over second place from Angst.  Timm nearly caught Angst in turn two, but Angst managed to hold steady in third place.  Waits took home the feature paycheck followed by Doelle, Angst, Timm, and Ihrke. The Hornets were led into the green flag by Justin Eide and Rick Slawson, but they were quickly picked off by Johny Severtson.  Mike Krause darted through the pack and into second place early on while Michael Thompson moved into third.  Slawson and Kevin Laufenberg duked it out for fourth place as Eide slipped backwards.  Severtson was way out front while Krause tried to reel him in.  A caution with five laps to go set up a mad dash to the finish with Severtson in the lead followed by Krause, Thompson, Kohl Adamson, and Brock Adamson.  With four laps to go, Severtson had a tire go down pulling a final caution and forcing him to ditch the lead.  Krause was a happy camper as he headed to victory lane.  Kohl Adamson and Brock Adamson finished second and third respectively while Thompson and Slawson completed the top five.

Dylan Buckland was on a tear as he led from flag to flag in the B Midwest Mini-Mod feature.  Like a bolt of lightning, Buckland took off which left Nicholas Wagner, Tanner Brown, and Matthew Schliesman to battle for second place.  Before long, Buckland found himself weaving through lap traffic with ease as Rachel LaDuke crept her way into the top five.  A caution reeled Buckland back to the pack when Matthew LaDuke’s machine tired out and needed assistance to the infield.  Buckland once again shot to the lead and never looked back.  Buckland headed for his picture and interview in victory lane.  Schleisman, Wagner, Brown, and LaDuke completed the top five.

A Midwest Mini Mod feature racing started off with Don Werner being chased by Mac Alberts and Charlie McNally.  Jake Timm then moved up to fight for second place with Alberts and McNally.  Nia Gardner slipped into fifth place, and Alex Williamson and Mike Stevens charged side by side for sixth.  McNally reeled in Werner and worked to take the lead.  Werner got a bit wide which allowed McNally a closer peek at the first spot.  Once again, McNally and Werner traded places for the lead while Timm made it a three-wide bid for first.  McNally gained the lead when a caution bunched the cars back up for a sprint to the finish.  McNally charged off to the lead, but Timm had a little something for him and took the lead away.  McNally raced hard to regain the top spot and was all over Timm, but the white flag flew.  Timm, McNally, and Werner were all very close and one slip would have made the difference.  It was Timm who crossed first ahead of McNally, Werner, Alberts, and Gardner. Jeff Matejka started on the pole in the 600 Mini Mod feature ahead of Don Werner and Charlie McNally.  As they tore down the front stretch, McNally put a move on Werner to take over second place.  Matejka stretched his lead while Werner and McNally swapped spots in second.  As Matejka pulled away from the other cars, Werner and McNally raced back and forth several laps keeping themselves occupied so that Matejka could pull farther away.  Matejka grabbed the win followed by McNally, Werner, Dave Fruechte, and Brett LaDuke.

Hanson Doubles Up At Mississippi Thunder

June 22nd, 2009

 

FOUNTAIN CITY (June 19) – Clean sweeps and rolls added to the nights’ excitement before it ended complete; and with no rain at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin as make-up features to complete the previous week’s rainout were run in addition to the full regular show.  Winona Radio Driver of the Week was WISSOTA Street Stock driver Fred Prudoehl of Winona.  

 Make-up feature number one on the night was the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.  Chris Gilbertson shot ahead of Tyler Creeley at the drop of the green flag, and Travis Krause raced side by side with Creeley for second place.  Dalton Yohnk quickly charged to third place over Creeley as Pete Bushman and Dustin Scott wheeled into a fifth for fifth.  Krause’s ride slowed to a crawl after a puff of smoke was seen and the only caution of the race realigned the field.  As Krause went pitside, Gilbertson was challenged by Yohnk, and Bushman and Scott raced side by side for third place.  Kyle Jumbeck made a fast climb into fourth place which dropped Bushman to fifth.  Yohnk took the lead over Gilbertson as Scott closed in on the second spot.  The top four spots of Yohnk, Gilbertson, Scott, and Jumbeck had their own race going a distance ahead of the rest of the field as Creeley took fifth place from Bushman.  Jumbeck dove low under Scott and eventually took second place from Gilbertson.  Yohnk kept a steady grip on the lead followed by Jumbeck and Gilbertson.  Jumbeck finally made the pass on Yohnk and never looked back.  For his sixth win on the season, Jumbeck lead Yohnk, Gilbertson, Scott, and Creeley across the finish line. The Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks grabbed a fast pace from the start of their make-up feature as Kevin Hager and Rick Lisowski led the bunch to the green.  Hager took the lead over Lisowski as Dan Bork moved into a side by side race with Lisowski before jumping on Hager’s bumper early on.  Danny Hanson made some quick moves and jumped into third place in no time.  Fred Prudoehl zipped up to the inside of Bork as a three-way chase for second between Bork, Hanson, and Prudoehl entertained the crowd.  Hanson charged out of the group into second place as his hunt for Hager began.  Hanson looked to the low side on lap four and made the pass on Hager for the lead.  Hanson, Hager, Bork, and Prudoehl were running a very close top four as Donny Ganz closed in on Prudoehl.  Hager made Bork work hard but did not give up second place.  After several sniffs on Hager’s bumper, Bork made the pass into second place while Hanson had laid some ground between himself and the rest of the field.  The lead cars encountered lap traffic, and as they did so, Danny Richards moved into sixth place after starting dead last due to mechanical failures in his heat the week before.  Andy Hoch climbed into fifth place ahead of Richards and Ganz when a caution slowed the field setting up a dash to the finish.  Bork shot inside of Hanson on the restart, but Hanson was able to pull out in the lead ahead of Bork and Hager.  Hanson headed to victory lane, and Bork, Hager, Ganz, and Hoch headed to the scales in the top five. Dennis Earney and Tim Williamson set the pace in the WISSOTA Super Stock make-up feature, but it was Gary Wiersgalla who shot to a fast lead.  Bob Fort barreled through three-wide competition into third place behind Williamson.  Fort then darted under Williamson and took second spot away enroute to Wiersgalla up ahead.  Earney and Troy Langowski battled side by side, and by lap six, Langowski had moved into third place behind Fort.  As the cars spread out, Wiersgalla, Fort, and Langowski raced hard up front.  A caution flew when Fort’s machine slowed due to a flat tire.  The restart set Wiersgalla on the point followed by Langowski, Earney, Williamson, and Kevin Hager.  Wiersgalla and Langowski ran close for the lead ahead of Williamson when Hager got inside Earney for fourth place.  Jon Duffy then tried to work into a challenge for the spot as well.  Duffy raced Earney for fifth place as Hager fought off the two to hang on to fourth.  Wiersgalla got a bit slideways out of turn two which allowed Langowski to take the lead briefly.  Wiersgalla grabbed it back and took the win ahead of Langowski, Williamson, Earney, and Hager. Make-up feature number four on the night was the USRA Modifieds as John Doelle and Andy Bohnstengel headed to the green flag ahead of Paul Hamernik and Roger Niederkorn.  Doelle shot to the lead and left Bohnstengel to contend with Hank Rollinger Jr.  Josh Angst and Adam Stockhausen joined Hamernik as they raced three-wide for fourth place.  Angst galloped out of the bunch and right into second place over Rollinger.  Bohnstengel dropped off the pace which allowed Stockhausen fourth place on his own.  Doelle set himself up a straightaway lead over the field as Angst found a relatively smooth path in second place.  Rollinger kept his distance ahead of Stockhausen when Bob Timm took a shine to fifth place alongside of Hamernik.  Doelle managed to hold the rest prisoners and took the feature win.  Rollinger stole second place from Angst, and Stockhausen finished fourth ahead of Timm. Hornet make-up feature action saw Johny Severtson move from his eighth place starting spot to win the feature.  Brock Adamson of Holmen finished second ahead of Mike Krause, Rick Slawson, and Kevin Laufenberg. With all make-up features in the books and after some track work, next up was the main show of the night with heat action beginning approximately 8:30 p.m.  Clean sweeps were on the horizon for a few drivers while others had trouble keeping their cars upright. WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature action saw Josh Crary take the early lead from the pole, but Erik Kanz moved up to battle Crary for the spot.  As Crary and Kanz occupied themselves, Dalton Yohnk moved inside to take the lead.  Jared Happel slipped into third place over Crary then while Dustin Scott shot into fourth.  Kyle Jumbeck made a great advance into the top spots as he shot down the back stretch, but he just as quickly dropped to the infield with transmission issues.  Yohnk expanded his lead but looped it on his own which handed the lead back to Kanz.  Happel then took the lead from Kanz as Scott moved into contention for second with Happel.  So with Happel in the lead followed by Scott and Kanz, Crary settled into fourth place followed by the charging Ben Anderson.  With eight laps to go, Tyler Creeley spun in turn four which pulled the caution.  Luckily chaos was averted, and the cars set up for a restart.  Happel led the field while Scott and Kanz tried to make it three-wide for the lead.  Scott took over first followed by Happel and Kanz.  A spinning Anderson drew another caution, and with six laps to go, Scott, Happel, Kanz, and Chris Creeley set up to make a dash to the finish.  Scott maintained his lead followed by Happel as Creeley, Pete Bushman, and Kanz engaged in a three-wide battle down the front stretch for third place.  Scott tallied his very first feature win and was followed by Happel in a very strong second place finish.  Anderson regrouped to finish third followed by Creeley and Kanz. Shaun Mann and Kevin Hager revved up the action as the two charged down the front stretch for the WISSOTA Street Stock feature event.  As Hager took the lead, Andy Hoch quickly shot into second place, but Hoch was joined three wide down the stretch by Mann and Danny Richards.  Hager managed to hold off Richards as Danny Hanson jumped into third place over Hoch.  Dan Bork and Fred Prudoehl ran side by side for fifth place in the fast-paced main event.  Richards began his rundown of Hager as Hanson gained ground on the two.  Richards gained momentum to run side by side with Hager down the stretch and a three-way battle ensued for the lead between Hager, Richards, and Hanson.  Lap traffic began to snarl their efforts, but Hager was able to maintain the lead over Hanson for a bit.  Hanson managed to make the move into first place over Hager and Richards while a half track back, Hoch held off Bork and Donny Ganz for fourth place.  As five cars raced for spots four through eight, Richards and Hager chased close for second place.  Hanson gave himself a comfortable lead and was able to win his second feature on the night in convincing fashion.  Hager finished a strong second ahead of a very close Richards in third.  And with a bit of patience, Bork, Hoch, and Ganz crossed the finish line in spots three through five. Dan Nissalke and Bob Fort set the pace in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature.  Fort quickly took the lead over Nissalke while Jon Duffy, Troy Langowski and Gary Wiersgalla battled it out for third place.  Langowski took the high line around Fort and Nissalke into the lead at the flagstand as Nissalke tried to take the lead back.  Fort dove under Nissalke in turn four to once again take the lead back.  Duffy and Wiersgalla raced for fourth place when Langowski caught some holes in turn four.  Langowski avoided a catastrophe and was able to keep his pony pointed in the right direction behind Fort.  As the cars settled into their own space, Nissalke dropped to the infield with a flat; that moved Dennis Earney into the top five.  Langowski looked hard for the lead, but Fort put a stop to that and cruised to the finish line ahead of Langowski and Wiersgalla.  Earney and Duffy rounded out the top five. John Doelle and Ron Britain started on the front row of the USRA Modified feature and were quickly challenged by Kerry Ledebuhr and the young guns of Lance Hofer and Josh Angst.  But Angst quickly dropped off the pace with a flat tire.  A caution slowed the field, and the restart had Doelle, Britain, Kerry Ledebuhr, and Bob Timm lead off.  Timm shot low in a three-wide charge with Britain and Ledebuhr in turn two for second place.  Hofer settled into fifth place as Adam Stockhausen tried to work his way into the top five.  A red flag stopped the pack when Andy Bohnstengel and Roger Niederkorn made contact on the back stretch.  The contact sent Bohnstengel head-first into the wall and into a hard flip.  Bohnstengel was reported to be uninjured as he took his unfortunate slow ride back to the pits.  With 16 laps to go, Doelle stayed in the lead as Timm tried to work the low groove in second place while being closely followed by Angst and Ledebuhr.  Angst had recovered quite well from his prior flat tire and looked at stealing second place from Timm.  As more cautions materialized, laps were cut from the race.  Timm was able to cut inside Doelle for the lead.  Doelle’s car got sideways and was packed hard by Ledebuhr which pulled caution seven.  Timm restarted in the lead followed by Angst, Ledebuhr, Hank Rollinger, and Adam Stockhausen.  The final caution came about when Rollinger caught a hole out of turn two which sent him across the track and Stockhausen was in the wrong place and got caught up with Rollinger.  Rollinger headed to the pits with damage and the race resumed.  As Timm rounded turn three heading into the checkered flag, his car broke loose and sent him rear to the wall.  After making contact with the wall, Timm’s machine did a quick flip and landed upright with one simple flip.  A red flag stopped the field although the race was called complete at that time.  Timm drove his car off the track but was scored a DNF; but still finished in fifth place.  Angst was in the right place and scored the win followed by Doelle, Ledebuhr, and Stockhausen. Johny Severtson made a clean sweep on the night and won the Hornet feature again; twice in one night.  Mike Krause finished a strong second followed by Brock Adamson, Jeremy Johnson, and Michael Thompson. 

Next up is Mid-Season Championship night Friday, June 26th.  The following week the speedway will host its first Late Model WISSOTA DART Challenge Series event on Thursday, July 2nd with support classes consisting of WISSOTA Street Stocks for a $300 paycheck and WISSOTA Super Stocks running for a $500 purse.  Friday, July 3rd will be a regular night of racing.  Thursday and Friday, July 2nd and 3rd will also be the Redbox Midwest Mini Mod Summer Nationals.  Racing begins at the regular time of 7 p.m. on both nights with Minis starting at 6 p.m.

And It Rained….Again

June 17th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – It was Friday in Fountain City, so yes, it rained.  For the entire duration of the shortened program, a light rain kept a steady pace over the track eventually picking up enough to end the night after all heats were completed. But before the inevitable, the evening started out with accolades for the Winona Radio Driver of the Week.

WISSOTA Super Stock driver Gary Wiersgalla was named the previous event’s driver of the week and was the bearer of the flag for the National Anthem.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds then zipped onto the track for their heats although a light rain persisted.  The heat events for all classes progressed to intermission at which time blading on the track began.

The A and B Mini Mods ran their features on the small track as work continued on the main track. Dylan Buckland darted to the lead over Mathew Schliesman in the B Midwest Mini Mod feature.  Alex Stevens, Tanner Brown, and Rachel LaDuke fell into third, fourth, and fifth places.  Schliesman challenged Buckland, but Buckland would have nothing to do with it as he maintained the lead.  Stevens continued to move closer to the lead cars when Schliesman took over first place from Buckland.  Brown and LaDuke remained competitive in fourth and fifth place as Schliesman set his sights on the finish line.  Schliesman won his third feature followed by Buckland, Stevens, LaDuke, and Brown. Nia Gardner led from flag to flag in the A Midwest Mini Mod feature.  Jake Timm, Alex Williamson, and Mike Stevens followed Gardner closely on the start.  Williamson and Stevens waged a good battle for second place while Gardner extended her lead.  Williamson eventually unleashed himself and took over second place as Stevens settled into third ahead of Jerome and Gary Kellner.  Gardner began to lap cars as she headed toward the checkered flag.  In her first race this season, Gardner won top prize followed by Williamson, Stevens, Jerome Kellner, and Gary Kellner.

By the time the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were ready to begin the main events portion of the show, the rain became heavier and ultimately ceased racing for the night.  Double features will highlight racing on Friday, June 19th.  All regular classes will be in action.

Mississippi Thunder Takes Night Off To Perk Up Surface

June 10th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (June 5) – Late Fall track reconstruction, late Spring thaw, and incessant rain so far this season prompted promoter Bob Timm to make an executive decision in cancelling racing action for Friday, June 5.  New clay had already been worked into the smaller track inside the main track which hosts the Mini Mods.

The next big task at hand was to do the same on the main racing surface. The track was dug up and some of the old surface was removed.  Three feet of banking has been added to the front stretch, and the corners have been reshaped to provide more banking as well.  Another 3,000 yards of new clay was also being brought in.

When racing resumes at Mississippi Thunder Speedway on Friday, June 12th, the rework should provide some fabulous racing action and may give some drivers that “do over” they have wanted.  Sometimes a second season opener is a good thing. And believe it or not, Mid-Season Points Night will only be two weeks out when the drivers take to the track on the 12th.  Mondovi’s Danny Richards currently sits atop the WISSOTA Street Stock point standings.  Kyle Jumbeck appears to be setting his sights on back-to-back championships in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.  The WISSOTA Super Stocks are very close as 25 points sets apart the top five with Jon Duffy one point ahead of Bob Fort.  Brad Waits has a 75-point cushion over Winona’s Kerry Ledebuhr in the USRA Modifieds.

Come on out Friday, June 12th to see some great racing.

Wiersgalla Takes First Win of Season; Jumbeck Makes It Five

June 1st, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (May 29) – Jack Baehman Attorney At Law was the sponsor of the night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.  But before the night was over, it was Baehman who should have been on the receiving end of his cash giveaways to those in the stands when he took a tumble in the feature after catching a rut and flipping on his lid.  Baehman was not the only driver to go tires up on the night as two Mini Mods and a Hornet also did acrobatics. Night six at the speedway looked to be a beautiful night with no chance of rain, but as the night moved on, it looked like another night may get shortened by the weather as dark clouds rolled in.  A few spits here and there came down, but the night was pulled off complete; a difficult feat this season.

Fred Prudoehl bolted inside of Phil Wernert to the solo lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature as Kevin Hager shot to second.  Out of turn four to complete the first lap was four-wide racing, and Dan Bork got out on top of the bunch for third place behind Prudoehl and Hager as Wernert drifted backwards.  Kylan Gamez and Donny Ganz tore side by side while Danny Hanson, Danny Richards, and Andy Hoch raced three wide.  Hager went wide out of turn four which allowed Richards and Bork to sneak ahead dropping Hager to fourth.  Hanson then shot inside of Hager when Gamez joined for a three-way battle down the back stretch.  Hanson came out in third place about the time Bork dropped to the infield with mechanical issues.  Richards gained momentum and got within reach of Prudoehl’s huge lead while Hanson ran comfortably in third place.  Hager continued to chase down Gamez who had taken over fourth behind Hanson.  Richards finally was able to grab the lead from Prudoehl by the half-way mark of the race, and then a caution slowed the pack when Tyler Sass was found sitting inside turn four as well as a spun car in turn two.  At the same time, the track took its toll on Hager as he once again drifted pitside when the right balljoint tore out.  That pushed Ganz into the top five on the restart behind Richards, Prudoehl, Hanson, and Gamez.  It was a tight restart as Prudoehl was on Richards’ bumper on the green.  Hanson quickly look to the low side under Prudoehl for second place.  Prudoehl fought back, but Hanson eventually overcame Prudoehl and locked in second place.  Gamez and Ganz ran fourth and fifth when Gamez got a bit wide in turn one which allowed Ganz the opportunity to get closer to Gamez.  With four laps to go, a caution set up Richards on the point with Hanson, Prudoehl, Ganz, and Rick Lisowski in the top five.  Richards pulled away to make it two in a row.  Hanson, Prudoehl, Ganz, and Tyler Sass rounded out the top five.

Cautions and attrition blanketed the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.  The first start saw Tyler Creeley spin out of turn two as he sat on the pole.  Amazingly, all cars got around Creeley, and they fell into a complete restart which handed Creeley’s dad, Chris, the pole.  On that complete restart, Jack Baehman caught a deep rut in turn one which sent his machine into a hard flip.  Baehman was able to get out of his car and take the “mandatory 15” in the ambulance for a check over.  The third try at green-flag racing had Chris Creeley lead over Shaun Walski.  Leigh Volkman, Chris Gilbertson, Dalton Yohnk, Kyle Jumbeck, and Dustin Scott all bunched up for spots three through seven while Walski took the lead briefly from Creeley.  Scott emerged from the big pack into third and eventually second when Creeley slipped back.  A lot of movement in the top spots allowed for great racing for the fans and drivers.  Walski dropped off the pace with a wobbly front right drawing a caution and shortly after that another caution was in the air for Tyler Creeley’s spin.  Scott had gained the lead by this time and led the restart followed by Jumbeck and Chris Creeley.  Yohnk squirted under Creeley for third place while Travis Krause made a big charge into fourth place.  Jumbeck checked out the berm to take the lead from Scott and went by on the back stretch, but Scott did not back down easily.  Yohnk held a steady third as Krause inched his way closer when a caution for a self-spin by Creeley set up the final laps to the checkered.  Jumbeck reeled in another win followed by a strong second place run by Scott.  Yohnk finished a stout third followed by Krause and Pete Bushman who was able to nip the top five when Creeley spun.

Michael Hofer and Dennis Earney earned top spots to lead the WISSOTA Super Stock main event.  Gary Wiersgalla moved into second from fifth place immediately and threatened Hofer for the lead.  Tim Williamson held third place as Bob Fort made a beeline for fourth.  Hofer dropped from first when he slid inside the tires in turn four and reentered the track in fourth place.  Wiersgalla had the lead over Williamson, Fort, and Troy Langowski as the cars bounced through the corners.  Fort looked to the inside of Williamson for second place as Langowski closed in on Williamson as well.  Kevin Hager moved in on Hofer’s fifth place spot while fending off Earney.  Wiersgalla encountered lap traffic and sauntered through as the field spread out.  Wiersgalla had a near-miss when a car almost got sideways in front of him in turn four.  As the cars spread out and the laps wound down, the only real challenge became Hager’s bid for Hofer’s fifth place spot as the two ran side by side.  Fort closed the gap on Wiersgalla, but in the end, it was Wiersgalla who made the trip to victory lane.  Fort finished second only a couple car lengths behind Wiersgalla.  Williamson capped a great run in third followed by Langowski and Hofer.

Hank Rollinger Jr. and Andy Bohnstengel manned the front row in the USRA Modified feature, but it was Rollinger who lit up the track and was a constant threat the entire race.  Rollinger chose the high line as he made his path around the track, and Bob Timm followed suit as he overtook Bohnstengel for second early on.  Josh Angst quickly made his way around Adam Stockhausen into fourth place when Brad Waits ducked low and into fourth place.  The first caution waved for a spun car in turn one, and Rollinger hit the binders just in time to avoid a fatal blow to his car.  Rollinger, Timm, Angst, Stockhausen, and Waits topped the field on the restart where three-wide racing down the front stretch turned into Rollinger in the lead followed by Timm and Waits.  An excellent battle for the lead ensued between Rollinger, Timm, and Waits.  Waits pulled ahead followed by Rollinger and then Timm fell off with a flat tire.  A caution reeled the field back together.  Waits then had to fight off the hard charges of Angst, while John Doelle fought for fourth place with Stockhausen behind Rollinger.  Doelle gave it his all as he moved around Rollinger and Stockhausen into third place.  Waits had stretched his lead over Angst as Rollinger and Doelle raced side by side for third place.  Paul Hamernik wheeled his way into the mix for fifth place and eventually stole the spot from Stockhausen.  Waits continued with his big lead followed by Angst and Doelle as Hamernik shot under Rollinger and into fourth place.  With one lap to go, Hamernik made one last bid for third place and was able to take Doelle on the low side.  Waits logged another feature win followed by Angst in a great second place finish.  Hamernik finished a strong third place followed by Doelle and Rollinger. Hornet feature action began with five-wide racing down the front stretch as Mike Krause sailed into the lead.  Johny Severtson and Kevin Laufenberg ran in second and third place while Dean Grube, Ryan Happel, and Justin Yahnke vied for fourth place.  Severtson dove under Krause for the lead, when Happel and Yahnke raced side by side for fourth behind Laufenberg.  Happel worked his way under Laufenberg into third place while Severtson cruised to a big lead over Krause.  Happel gained some ground on Krause as Yahnke and Mark Bornitz moved ahead of Laufenberg into fourth and fifth places.  As the final lap came to a close, Yahnke was near a fourth place finish, but as he rounded turn four to take the checkered, he caught a rut and cartwheeled to a stop.  A red flag stopped the race, and the race was called complete with a caution/checkered flag finish.  Yahnke got out of his car and took the long ride back to the pits.  Severtson grabbed the win.  Krause tagged second place, and Happel, Bornitz, and Laufenberg finished out the top five. Mathew Schliesman charged to a bid lead in the B Mini Mod feature over Dylan Buckland.  Alex Stevens and Rachel LaDuke settled into third and fourth place.  Schliesman zipped into lap traffic as the others buzzed through as well.  Stevens gained some ground on Buckland while LaDuke fumbled a bit through lap traffic.  The top three of Schliesman, Buckland, and Stevens were able to put some distance on LaDuke.  As the laps wound down, Buckland’s ride began to show some smoke.  Schliesman sailed to another feature win followed by Buckland, Stevens, LaDuke, and Nicholas Wagner. A Mini Mod feature racing began with Charlie McNally and Mac Alberts darting side by side for the lead.  Alex Williamson and Jake Timm also waged a good battle for third place.  Williamson moved up to the outside of Alberts and dropped his right rear just off the edge of the front stretch as he tried to steal second place from Alberts.  McNally held on to his lead, and Alberts held off Williamson until Alberts ran wide in turn four.  Williamson almost made the pass, but stayed in third.  Once again, Alberts ran wide which allowed Williamson and Timm to zip into second and third place.  Cody Gardner made the move into fourth place ahead of Alberts.  McNally walked away with the win.  Williamson finished a solid second while Timm beat out Gardner for third place.  Alberts notched fifth place.

Gustin Blitzes USMTS Field At Mississippi Thunder

May 30th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY, WIS. – The main event for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour was a bit slow to get going Monday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway as back-to-back caution flags slowed the action before a single lap could be completed.

On the third try, however, the field got through the first turn clean and ran the full 30-lap Sunoco “A” Main without another yellow flag. That was unfortunate for 23 of the 24 starters because it was their only hope to catch Ryan Gustin.

From the outside of the front row, Gustin shot to the lead and never looked back as he literally disappeared from the pack. By the time he took the checkered flags, he had lapped half the field and his advantage was more than nine seconds over runner-up Dereck Ramirez.

The win was worth $2,000 to the 18-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, and his second career victory against the Best of the Best in Modified racing at the Fountain City, Wis., oval.

Mike Sorensen finished third behind Ramirez, with Zack VanderBeek fourth and Al Hejna in fifth. Kelly Shryock, Josh Angst, Jon Tesch, Grant Junghans and Steve Wetzstein rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Angst secured his career-first AFCO Pole Award by recording the most passing points during heat race action, then also picked up a contingency award from KSE Racing Products for having the worst draw (eighth) among the eight drivers qualified for the re-draw. The DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year contender also pocketed bonus awards from Isky Racing Cams and QuickTime Performance Parts.

Grant Junghans earned the PBM Performance Products Hard Charger Award by racing from 16th on the starting grid to ninth at the finish line. The 20-year-old from Manhattan, Kan., currently leads the DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year points over Tate Cole, Mike Hansen, Tim Shields and Rich Lewerke.

With his fifth top-10 finish in five races, Wetzstein remains the top dog in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points standings, leading Tesch by 21 markers (456 to 435). Ramirez has 420 points and jumped up to third with his runner-up finish, while Shryock (415), VanderBeek (408), Sorensen (379), Dan Bohr (366), Rodney Sanders (362), Gustin (355) and Jason Hughes (354) complete the top-10.

In the COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year points battle, Sput’s Racing Engines leads over Mullins Race Engines, a.s.i. Racing Engines, Pro Power Racing and JR Motorsports.

Hughes Racing Chassis continues to hold a slight edge over Skyrocket Chassis in the Chassis Builders Championship, with Ramirez Race Cars, TRE Race Cars and GRT Race Cars in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

WHAT’S ON TAP?

United States Modified Touring Series officials and fans are hoping the third time’s a charm as up next for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour is a return trip to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., after two rain-outs earlier this season at the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval.

Jason Hughes is the points leader in the Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region with Johnny Bone Jr., Rodney Sanders, Kelly Shryock, Dustin Boney, Zack VanderBeek, Bryan Rowland, Dereck Ramirez, Chad Wheeler, Scott Green completing the top-10 rankings.

Other Modified specialists expected for this event include Jon Tesch, Tommy Myer, Terry Phillips, Tate Cole, Jeremy Payne, Tim Shields, Steve Holzkamper, Steven Martin, Don Crnkovich, Brian Bolin, Kip Hughes, Brian Green, Jason Krohn, Gary Langworthy Jr., Tony Jackson Jr., Daulton Greven, Tyler Schmidt, Ken Schrader, Jess Folk Jr., Justin Folk, John Allen, Brian McGowen, Dan Daniels, Pat McVicker, Ron Gould Jr., Jake Richards, Tim Setzer, Matt Waugh, Brian Wolfe, Austin Siebert, Tammy Mitchell, Justin Boney, Richard Payne, Curt Potter and Scott Drake.

The touring titans of the USMTS can expect some fierce competition from the home team drivers such as current track points leader Brian Ziegler, Hammer Williams, Bryan Montgomery, Dustin Seevers, Jamie Trimnal, John Brooks, Brad Smith, Jeremy Lile, Ernie Walker, James McMillin, Colt Cheevers, Gary Lewis, Sonny Grace, Randy Grimmett, Michael Mullins, Jay Lyle, Jason Gilmore and Ethan Mullins.

The $2,000-to-win event kicks off another nerve-testing swing that Features nine races at nine different tracks over the course of ten days:

Sunday, May 30 … Lake Ozark Speedway, Eldon, Mo.
Monday, June 1 … Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines, Iowa
Tuesday, June 2 … Hancock County Speedway, Britt, Iowa
Wednesday, June 3 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, Iowa
Thursday, June 4 … Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, Iowa
Friday, June 5 … Murray County Speedway, Slayton, Minn.
Saturday, June 6 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa

Jumbeck and Crapser Double Up at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May 28th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY (May 22) – A long night was ahead for those at Mississippi Thunder Speedway as make-up features were first on the card Friday, May 22nd to start the evening off.  The previous week’s events got cut short by the heavy mist that blanketed the area eventually calling an early end to the show. It was well worth the wait for Kyle Jumbeck, Corey Crapser, and Brad Waits as they all captured double-feature wins on the night.  Crapser’s wins were better yet after coming off a tear down at KRA Speedway the night before.  Crapser’s motor was legal, and after a very long night, or short night of sleep, he proved he was still the man to beat in the WISSOTA Street Stocks. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds grabbed everyone’s attention right away with chaos in the first corner as a pileup set up a complete restart.  Shaun Walski and Dalton Yohnk ran strong in the front but Jared Happel quickly jumped into second over Walski.  Yohnk pedaled hard to hang onto the lead as Happel got side by side when a safety caution slowed the field with four laps down.  Yohnk took the point on the restart followed by Chris Gilbertson and Happel, but Kyle Jumbeck got a good start and was into the lead in no time.  Yohnk continued to fight off Happel, but fell back to third when Gilbertson closed in on him.  Gilbertson then took over third ahead of Yohnk, and Walski settled into fifth place.  Jumbeck put some distance on Happel when another caution caused the field to restart at just over halfway.  Jumbeck, Happel, and Gilbertson set the pace on the restart and cruised to the finish.  Jumbeck clocked feature win number four in as many nights.  Happel finished a very strong second.  Gilbertson, Yohnk, and Walski topped the rest of the field in third, fourth, and fifth. Shawn Krousey and Kevin Hager led the WISSOTA Street Stocks for their make-up feature, but it was Corey Crapser who wailed past everyone early on to take the lead.  Danny Hanson moved up from sixth place to challenge Crapser while Mike Conrad ran a strong third.  Danny Richards and Darryl Foegen nipped the top five as they battled for fourth place.  Crapser stretched to a big lead over Hanson as Conrad, Richards, and Foegen kept momentum behind in spots three though five.  Fred Prudoehl and Dan Bork raced hard for sixth place as they tried to catch up to the lead group.  Richards and Conrad mounted a great side-by-side battle and was the only real challenge of the race.  In what seemed like a very long race due to early cautions, Crapser maintained his lead over Hanson when the final caution slowed the field when Conrad’s machine slowed with a flat tire.  That set up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish.  Crapser was able to fend off Hanson’s attempt at the win.  Bork recovered from an earlier caution charged to him to finish third.  Richards and Foegen filed in fourth and fifth. Jeff Dregney and Tim Williamson sat on the front row for the WISSOTA Super Stock make-up feature.  With just one lap complete however, a caution for cars getting turned around in turn four ended with Michael Hofer going off on the hook.  Dregney assumed the lead followed by Troy Langowski and Jon Duffy.  Duffy made the move to the lead when the second caution stopped the bunch when Phil Kendrick turned sideways and hit the front stretch wall head on.  As Kendrick bounced off the wall, Scott Rollinger hit the binders and put his car into a slide and got into Kendrick.  The two dropped from competition and the race resumed.  Duffy, Dregney, and Bob Fort sat at the front on the restart as the race remained under green until the checkered flew.  Langowski shot inside Dregney for third place down the back chute to move up behind Fort.  Gary Wiersgalla gained momentum as he overtook Williamson for fifth place.  Tommy Richards and Williamson battled for sixth place as Wiersgalla moved into third over Langowski, but Langowski stole the spot back.  Richards and Dregney raced side by side for fifth place when Dregney slipped to the infield and dropped back to eighth place.  Duffy cleared the competition and won the main followed by Fort, Langowski, Richards, and Dan Nissalke. USRA Modified action had Adam Stockhausen and John Doelle bring the field into the green flag.  A complete restart was in order as cars were every which way in turn four on the first lap.  Doelle charged to the lead but Brad Waits dove inside to make it short-lived.  Stockhausen slipped into third place and was tailed by Josh Angst and Ron Britain.  Another caution set Waits on the pole followed by Doelle and Angst as the cars all bounced through turn four.  Ron Konkel had put the moves on and found his way into third place ahead of Angst while Stockhausen tried to catch back up.  Kerry Ledebuhr used the high line to close in on Stockhausen to take fifth place.  With only two laps to go, a caution for debris set the pack up with Waits, Doelle, Angst, and Ledebuhr ready to run.  Waits pulled the win followed by Doelle, Angst, Ledebuhr, and Ben Mattick. Next up were the regular show of heats followed by some much needed track work.  Then the main events of the night took to the track.  First up were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds going three wide after the green flag flew.  Dalton Yohnk shot ahead of Erik Kanz but a restart was in order when Jack Baehman got together with Curt Luhmann.  Luhmann’s car was left inoperable as the right side of the rearend was about a foot off the ground when the left side was rolling on the ground.  As the tow truck assisted Luhmann to his pit, Yohnk took the point for the restart followed by Kyle Jumbeck and Kanz.  Jumbeck got by Yohnk leaving Shawn Walski to purse second place.  Ryan Olson quickly got up behind Walski for fourth place and hop-scotched through turn three into third place.  Soon after, Olson overtook Yohnk for second place when Kanz’ machine slowed out of turn one.  Jumbeck once again led the restart with Olson and Yohnk in hot pursuit.  Walski closed in on Yohnk while Chris Gilbertson worked his way into the top five.  Jumbeck pulled away to win his second feature of the night; fourth on the season.  Olson ran a strong second.  Coming in third was Gilbertson followed by Walski and Travis Krause. WISSOTA Street Stocks barreled three wide down the front stretch as they began their second feature of the night.  Andy Hoch, Dan Bork, Corey Crapser, and Donny Ganz all ran close for the lead.  Mike Conrad and Danny Hanson joined Ganz to vie for fourth place when a caution stopped the pack when Shawn Krousey and Tyler Sass got together on the front stretch.  Sass spun into the front stretch wall, and with absolutely nowhere to go, Lee Hager pummeled Sass’ machine at the flagstand.  Crapser took the front row solo on the restart followed by Hanson and Bork.  Hanson’s car had a bit of a push in turns three and four which allowed Bork up to run side by side with Hanson.  Conrad ran in fifth place behind Hoch by this time.  At the half way mark of the race, Crapser had extended his lead over Bork and Hanson while Conrad followed in fourth place.  Danny Richards moved his ride into fifth place as the race wound down.  Crapser made his return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway worth the trip taking the second feature as well.  Hanson sealed second place with Bork, Conrad, and Richards behind him. Troy Langowski shot to the lead from his third place start in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature event followed by Jon Duffy.  A complete restart was in order however when Tommy Richards nipped Duffy sending him around.  On the restart, Jeff Dregney and Kevin Hager set the pace followed by Langowski and Dan Nissalke.  With two laps down, Langowski took the lead followed by Hager and Richards as Dregney drifted backwards.  Bob Fort was hot on the trail of Hager and Duffy and soon zipped into third place.  A battle for sixth place ensued between Gary Wiersgalla and Tim Williamson which helped the top five pull away.  With more cautions throughout the race, Langowski more than earned his feature win.  Richards notched a second place finish in his rookie year in the WISSOTA Super Stock division.  Duffy, Fort, and Nissalke completed the top five spots. Ben Mattick and Josh Angst led the 21-car USRA Modified field to the green flag, but a complete restart was to be had when a car spun on the first lap.  With another start in the books, three-wide down the front stretch, and dust flying, Bob Timm jumped to the lead, but Josh Mattick went for a 360°.  Mattick kept going but several cars stacked up behind him.  Timm again took the lead, but Brad Waits was not far behind and soon took over first place.  Angst dipped into third place followed by John Doelle, Kerry Ledebuhr, and Jay Ihrke when Angst spun in turn four which brought out yet another yellow flag.  This time Waits took the front spot and was followed ever so closely by Timm and Doelle.  Ihrke soon found himself wagering a bet with Ledebuhr for fourth place.  Timm did his best to catch Waits but could not make it happen.  Waits held off the onslaught of cars behind him and headed to victory lane with the win.  Timm, Doelle, Ihrke, and Josh Mattick rounded out the top five. Mike Krause led the Hornet feature early on, but Johny Severtson quickly shot low in turn three to take it away.  Ryan Happel moved up to third place when a multi-car spin in turn two settled the bunch down.  Fletcher Milene’s car flipped in turn one, but Milene exited his car and was not hurt.  Severtson assumed the lead followed by Krause and Happel as they moved away from Rick Slawson and Kevin Laufenberg.  Happel jetted into second place and tried to mount a challenge with Severtson, but Severtson collected the win ahead of Happel.  Krause, Slawson, and Laufenberg finished third, fourth, and fifth respectively. Mike Stevens grabbed the early lead in the A Mini Mods as Charlie McNally chased him down.  Alex Williamson caught up to the leaders and cruised into third place.  Stevens fought off the tough challenges of McNally but slipped off the track which granted McNally the lead.  Jake Timm then moved into second place followed by Williamson and Brandon Reutzel.  Jerome Kellner and Gary Kellner raced in fifth and sixth places.  McNally never looked back and took the win followed by Timm.  Williamson, Reutzel, and Jerome Kellner sealed the top five. B Mini Mod feature action saw Mathew Schliesman and Alex Stevens out front followed by Dylan Buckland.  Schliesman was fast in first as Stevens ran him down.  Tanner Brown raced hard into fourth place as he tried to chase down the top three.  Schliesman kept a handle on the lead for much of the race, but when the time was right, Stevens stole it away and led the most important lap of all; the last one.  Stevens topped Schliesman, Brown, Rachel LaDuke, and Nicholas Wagner for the win. Don Werner jumped to the early lead over Jeff Matejka and Charlie McNally in the 600 Mini Mods.  Matejka flew down the back stretch as he chased Werner down.  Werner got a bit wide in turn four which allowed Matejka to take the lead.  From there, Matejka checked out on Werner and McNally.  Matejka won with McNally finishing second.  Werner has issues with his car and dropped off the track mid-race.

Another Abbreviated Night At Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May 21st, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – Tina and Tom Lockner of Remax Results and Advisor’s Mortgage were the sponsor of the night and had water bottles, Frisbees, and more for giveaways to the fans on night three at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. The Cochrane-Fountain City Varsity Boys’ Basketball team was on hand to conduct the 50/50 drawing to raise money for their team.

But, for the second week in a row, that not-so-popular lady reared her ugly head and cut the night in half for those strong enough to brave the radar. Promoter Bob Timm had his sights set on beating the rains, but it was not meant to be. As a heavy mist fell on the speedway grounds from the time the gate opened, heat races were herded through in hopes of beating the weather. The heavy mist turned to rain, and as the last USRA Modified race was finished, the show was declared complete. Double features will be on the race card next Friday for the four sanctioned divisions followed by a complete regular show sponsored by Graphic Image of Fountain City. That will open the holiday weekend at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Racing will
begin at 7 p.m.

Monday, Memorial Day, the USMTS will attack MTS to bookend the weekend at the track for a $2000-to-win show. This will be their first of two stops this season at the track. A high car count is expected as this wraps up a seven-race series. Support
classes for the USMTS show will include the WISSOTA Street Stocks racing for $300 to win and the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds racing for $500 to win. National and track points will be awarded for the WISSOTA classes.

Pit entry is $30 for the Memorial Day Special, and the gates will open at 2:30 with racing at 5 p.m. The Mini Mods will start at 4 p.m. Adult grandstand entry is $15 with children 12 years and younger paying just $5.

This is your chance to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness drive as well. USMTS driver Mark Noble will be in attendance driving his modified wrapped in pink in memory of Jolene Skroch. Skroch passed away at the age of 32 after battling
breast cancer two times after initial diagnosis at age 27.

Support the racers, support the track, and support the drive to find a cure for breast cancer.

Duffy Cashes In At Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May 5th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – It was a clean track after the second night of racing at Mississippi Thunder Speedway as there were clean sweeps in every class. Kyle Jumbeck, Danny Hanson, Jon Duffy, and Brad Waits all topped their divisions as did the three Mini Mod classes and Hornet drivers.

Winona Auto Sales jumped on board to offer up some extra money to not only the WISSOTA Super Stocks, the class sponsor, but also to some lucky fans. Five $50 cash giveaways, two $100 cash giveaways, and two bikes were given to fans throughout the night. An extra $550 was also up for grabs in the WISSOTA Super Stocks; $300 was added to the first place prize, $150 to second place, and $100 to third place. Local boy Jon Duffy cruised to victory lane to grab the extra moolah.

Shawn Wehlage and Dalton Yohnk spent some tires-up time in the USRA Modified and WISSOTA Midwest Modified divisions. Wehlage, in his first night out in the Tom Weaver-owned Modified, smacked the front stretch wall just before the flagstand during his heat race. Wehlage flipped hard and ended up on his lid. Wehlage was fine, but the car will need some surgery this week.

With nearly half of the race completed, the USRA Modifieds jumped on the track for their make-up feature from the previous week. Brad Waits picked up where he left off after the rainout; out front. Bob Timm and Josh Angst rattled each other for
second place in the quick race. Kerry Ledebuhr wheeled his car into fourth place followed by Rochester’s Jay Ihrke. As the cars spread out and laps wound down, Waits took the first feature win honors followed by Ledebuhr, Ihrke, Timm, and Angst.

Rookie Tyler Creeley and Erik Kanz lead the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green with three-wide racing down the front stretch. Chris Gilbertson was like a bullet as he moved into first place ahead of Creeley, Kanz, and Shaun Walski. Kanz zipped up to Walski, but Walski snapped back to keep second. Kyle Jumbeck cracked the top five when a caution for Walski as he spun in turn two slowed the field down. Shortly thereafter, a red light stopped the action when Dalton Yohnk and Creeley got together in the middle of turns three and four. Yohnk performed a couple barrel rolls but landed tires down. Creeley limped off the track minus his front right wheel. Yohnk was not injured in the incident and walked away. By this time only two laps were completed and only six cars were left from the 12-car starting grid. Gilbertson, Travis Krause, Kanz, Jared Happel, and Jumbeck led the restart. Krause swept under Gilbertson for the lead while Jumbeck cleared a path on the cushion into third place. Krause dug in to keep his lead ahead of Gilbertson, when Jumbeck eventually took over second place. As Krause kept a handle on his machine, Jumbeck looked inside and then outside as he tried to take the lead. Jumbeck was able to sneak by Krause for the win followed by Gilbertson in a very strong run in third place. Kanz and Don Schaefer finished fourth and fifth, however, upon post-race
inspection, Kanz was deemed illegal with a non-speed infraction and Schaefer neglected to cross the scales, disqualifying them both. That moved non-running finishers Happel and Appel into fourth and fifth places.

One would have thought it was the WISSOTA Street Stocks running for the extra green as a tight, fast start developed into a non-stop main event as Lee Hager and Andy Hoch led the pack. Five-wide, yes, five-wide around turns one and two on the first
lap set the pace for the whole feature. Hoch came out on top followed by Donny Ganz, Mike Conrad, Dan Bork, Danny Hanson, and Kevin Hager as they were all very close. Hanson dove low under Bork for fourth while Hoch tried to hold the reins in the lead. Conrad climbed into second place over Ganz as Bork and Hanson vied for fourth. Soon a three-way bid for the lead between Hoch, Hanson, and Conrad fired up. Hanson managed to get second place and then slipped under Hoch for the lead. Lap traffic snarled the horizon but Hanson was able to put some distance on Conrad and Hoch. Bork gained momentum to move into third place which sent Hoch to fourth followed by Ganz. Danny Richards was on the move throughout the fast-paced race and into the top five at races end. Hanson sprinted to the win ahead of Conrad, Bork, Richards, and Hoch.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up next in their $650-to-win main event. Phil Kendrick and Jon Duffy managed the front row followed by Kevin Hager and Gary Wiersgalla. Visiting driver Shawn Nolan was a force from the start as he moved up to Hager for third place, but Hager was able to settle into third alone. Troy Langowski charged in for fourth place with Nolan before Langowski’s motor went south. Duffy was reeled back in as a caution set the field back up just before the half-way mark of the race. After the restart, Nolan moved low into second place which left Wiersgalla and Hager to fight for third. Bob Fort raced hard into fifth place and then put Hager back a spot. Duffy stretched his lead once again followed by Nolan, Wiersgalla, and Fort. Nissalke now worked on Hager for fifth place. As the race came to a close, Duffy shifted his sights from the finish line to victory lane taking home the whopper $650 paycheck. Nolan made the haul pay off with his heat win and second place in the feature. Wiersgalla, Fort, and Nissalke finished third through fifth respectively.

At the wave of the green flag, the USRA Modifieds flew into three-wide action down the front stretch. Leroy Scharkey took the early lead ahead of Tom Brink. Ron Konkel cleared several cars and was into contention for the lead followed by Brad Waits. John Doelle, Jay Ihrke, and Bob Timm zipped out of turn two three-wide for fifth place as Doelle scraped the back stretch wall. In the next lap, Scharkey was off the pace which pulled a yellow flag. On the restart, Waits was on the point followed by Konkel, Timm, Ihrke, and Brink as they went four-wide through turn two. On that restart, Lance Hofer pounded the wall in turn one bringing out an immediate caution. Waits again held the point on the restart followed by Ihrke. Timm pulled up to Ihrke while Konkel hung in for fourth place. At the half-way mark of the race, Waits put some distance on Ihrke. As Ihrke, Timm, and Konkel battled for second place, Waits began to pick off lap cars. Timm was able to capitalize on a bobble by Ihrke to take second place. Waits looked ahead to the finish taking the second feature of the night for the USRA Mods. Timm finished second followed by Ihrke in third. Konkel and Doelle capped the top five.

Alex Stevens charged to a big lead right away in the B Mini Mods. Jackson Hale, Matt Stevens, and Alexis Schott raced very close for second place as Alex Stevens wound his way through lap traffic. Mathew Schliesman and Rachel Laduke managed their machines around the mini oval behind the leaders. Alex Stevens commanded the race as he headed to victory lane with the win. Schott took second place followed by Hale, Schliesman, and LaDuke.

Troy Hale led the A Mini Mod feature race but not for long as Lucas Schott quickly took over. Jake Timm and Cody Gardner raced side by side for second place as Hale slipped backwards. Alex Williamson chugged up to fourth place ahead of Hale while Schott was being run down by Timm for the lead. Gardner put some distance on Williamson as Schott began to stretch the lead over Timm. Brandon Reutzel gained momentum and moved into fourth place ahead of Williamson. Schott took the win followed by Timm, Reutzel, Gardner, and Williamson.

As the temperatures begin to warm up so will the racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Stop down to see who the next driver will be to visit victory lane.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Roars To Life

April 30th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – A near overflowing crowd was on hand to witness the season opener of the new Mississippi Thunder (and Lightning) Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin. Hosting WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA Modifieds, as well as Hornets and two classes of Outlaw Mini Mods, the newness of it all rolled into a near complete show by night’s end.

After a steady, but brief shower prior to race time, the temperatures cooled down drastically as the lightning show amped up throughout the evening occasionally letting go of some big raindrops. The night finally succumbed to the rains after the USRA Modified feature took to the track.

Kyle Jumbeck started his season off well with a win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and Danny Richards won his first feature at the new track in the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Dan Nissalke nipped the field in the WISSOTA Super Stocks.

The 16-car field of the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds hit the track for their first feature of 2009 with Dustin Scott and Pete Bushman leading the way. Scott made the early move to the lead followed by Bushman and Travis Krause while Shaun Walski and
McAdam Kensmoe battled side by side for fourth place. Scott kept his momentum going as Kyle Jumbeck moved fast through the field and into contention for the top spots. Walski and Krause, as well as the others, seem to enjoy the wide, sweeping turns as
many times three-wide racing ensued around turns one and two. As Scott and Jumbeck continued into lap traffic, a caution emerged for a spin in turn four. They regrouped with eight laps down, when Scott bobbled going out of turn one allowing
Jumbeck the break to take the lead. Walski cruised into third place ahead of Bushman when a second caution realigned the field. Jumbeck, Scott, Walski, Krause, and Bushman topped the restart to a background of impressive lightning. Jumbeck was
able to power away from Scott while Walski reeled in Scott for second place. But in the end, Jumbeck took first-feature honors followed by Scott, Walski, and Krause. Chris Gilbertson used patience throughout the race as he nipped the top five.

Donny Ganz and Dan Bork took the WISSOTA Street Stocks down the front stretch for the feature followed by Toby Jahnke and Mike Conrad, but problems arose right away in turns one and two. In the middle of the turns, Ganz ended up taking a sharp right toward the wall collecting Conrad as others stacked up behind them. The caution set the field back up for a complete restart. Conrad appeared to take the worst beating but was able to continue on. As the race resumed at full speed, Bork took the lead briefly ahead of Ganz, but it was Conrad who was on the move as he soon cleared Ganz and Bork. Another caution a few laps later set Conrad on the point followed by Danny Richards, Bork, Ganz, and Kevin Hager. Conrad stretched his lead followed by a fast-approaching Richards. Hager stole third place from Bork as Richards worked the low side of Conrad for the lead. Conrad self-spun in turn two with three laps to go, which set Richards up ahead of Hager, Ganz, Bork, and Fred Prudoehl. Hager poured it on to charge for the lead, but Richards was able to grab his first feature at the speedway. Hager clocked a second place finish followed by Ganz and Bork. Conrad clawed his way back up to fifth.

Winona’s Dan Nissalke topped the eight-car field of WISSOTA Super Stocks as they went three-wide through turns one and two to start the feature. Troy Langowski and Bob Fort, last year’s first and second place point’s finishers, darted side by side for second place. Gary Wiersgalla took a liking to the new configuration as he made a bid for the third spot over Langowski. Rookie Michael Hofer settled into fifth place, or so he thought, but Jon Duffy moved his familiar blue machine into the top five. Wiersgalla cleared Fort for second place, but Fort shot right back at the half-way point of the race. Big rain drops again started to fall leaving all to wonder again if this was the end of the night. But once again, they stopped as the race continued on with Nissalke out front. Fort nosed in on Nissalke’s territory as the laps wound down when Wiersgalla joined the lead action for three-wide racing around turns one and two. As it went down to the last turn to the checkered flag, it could have been any of three to take the win, but it was Nissalke who made it to the line first just feet ahead of Wiersgalla. Fort was close in third followed by Langowski and Duffy.

The USRA Modifieds hit the track for their feature, but they only got a few laps in when the hard rains came crashing down. Next week will be the continuation of the USRA Modified feature as they will resume on the lap they left off with along with
the Hornet feature and the regular show. There is a lot of great racing ahead for the new track in WISSOTA. Be sure to visit the track website for information regarding the season ahead.

Official results not available at press time.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Excited For Opener

April 20th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – As the ground thaws and the green peeks out, Mississippi Thunder Speedway creeps toward having the first cars on the new track. Tuesday, April 21 will be when the first Test and Tune will take place. Pit admission will be $10 with Test and Tune running from 6 – 9 p.m. A second Test and Tune is possible the following week prior to the season opener on Friday, April 24. Stay tuned for more updates!

New sponsors and new sights abound with the conversion from the famed tri-oval to the 3/8 mile oval including a new Coca-Cola five-position electronic scoreboard. Fans will also welcome a more open area by the main concession stand and beer garden. Monday, May 25 on Memorial Day will be the first of two scheduled USMTS events at the speedway. Keep an eye on the track’s website for more information on support classes for this event which is sure to draw some of the big names of the
USMTS to compete with the local drivers who will no doubt put up a good fight for the big check.

July 2 fans will be treated to the thunder of the WISSOTA Late Models as the Challenge Series makes its appearance at the track. Support classes will be announced at a later date. The following night will be a regular event at the speedway during the Fourth of July weekend. Regular classes this season will be the WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Mods, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA Mods, Hornets, and the Mini-Mods. Be sure to check out one of the newest tracks around and see what is in store for the inaugural season at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in 2009.

Tracy Hager

Good-Bye Tri-Oval Speedway; Hello Mississippi Thunder Speedway

March 6th, 2009

FOUNTAIN CITY – Several people gathered at the Hilltop Bar and Ballroom high atop the bluffs of Fountain City, Wisconsin to honor the final track champions and drivers of the historic three-cornered track. Now but a memory, Tri-Oval Speedway honored first-time champions in all but one of its classes. When the track opens back up in the Spring, it will be a 3/8 mile oval tearing out of the gates as Mississippi Thunder Speedway and under new management.

Tophies were awarded to the top ten in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Super Stocks, and USRA Modifieds. Top five trophies were presented to the Hornets, Outlaw Mini Peewees, Outlaw Mini Juniors, and Outlaw Mini
Seniors.

In the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Danny Hanson clinched his first Tri-Oval Speedway track championship. Three-time track champion Kevin Hager finished second followed by the 2007 Track Champion Brad Dennis. Tom Hund sealed fourth place followed by Dan Bork in fifth place.

Kyle Jumbeck barreled to his first track championship grabbing the WISSOTA Midwest Modified in convincing fashion with 12 feature wins on the season. Following Jumbeck in second place was the 2007 Track Champion Josh Angst. Travis Krause
finished third, Erik Kanz finished fourth, and Chris Gilbertson rounded out the top five.

Troy Langowski capped 2008 with yet another WISSOTA Super Stock Track Championship bringing his track championships total at Tri-Oval Speedway to six. He was chased very closely all season long by Bob Fort, who finished second place. Adam
Stockhausen, Jon Duffy, and Kevin Hager completed the top five.

Brad Waits found his way to the front multiple times in 2008 which led to his first Tri-Oval Track Championship in the USRA Modified division. Josh Angst made it twice as nice also finishing second place in the USRA Modifieds. 2007 champion Bob Timm
remained strong finishing third place while Paul Hamernik and John Doelle finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Michael Hofer won his first track championship by sitting atop the Hornet division followed by his twin brother Lance in second place. Shawn Mann, Carroll Hundorf, and Shawn Applen rounded out the top five in spots third, fourth, and fifth.

Dylan Buckland won the Outlaw Mini Peewee championship followed by Alex Stevens, Rachel LaDuke, Matthew Schliesman, and Tanner Brown. Nia Gardner topped the Outlaw Mini Junior division followed by Alex Williamson, Brandon Reutzel, Mike Stevens, and
Brady Keefe. Cody Gardner took the championship in the Outlaw Mini Senior division followed by Brandon Reutzel, Charlie McNally Jr., Jake Timm, and Don Werner. In 2009, the Outlaw Mini’s will be divided into only two division, ages 10 and under and ages 11 and up. This will allow for the addition of the new 600 Mod Outlaw Mini to join the race card.

Special awards, as voted via the track website, were presented to several drivers. The Most Improved Driver award went to Kyle Jumbeck, and Kevin Hager was voted for the Sportsmanship Award. Bob Timm received the plaque for the Best Looking Car, and the Hard Luck Award was presented to Carroll Hundorf. The Best Appearing Outlaw Mini went to Alex Stevens, and the Rising Star honors went to Kyle Jumbeck. Josh Angst was voted Fan Favorite.

Coming on board with Mississippi Thunder Speedway in 2009 will be River City Manufacturing & Machining as the USRA Modified class sponsor, and Winona Auto Sales as the WISSOTA Super Stock class sponsor. The Jailhouse Saloon will sponsor the
WISSOTA Street Stock division, and The Engine Store will sponsor the WISSOTA Midwest Modified class. Redbox+ will sponsor the Outlaw Mini classes, and Mississippi Thunder Speedway will be the Hornet class sponsor. The 600 Mod Outlaw Mini will be
sponsored by Oak Ridge Fabrication.

A big thanks go to the many people and businesses who helped make the banquet a success, including but not limited to Hank’s Racing Supply who made the trophies for places 6 – 10 possible in the WISSOTA and USRA classes, Maxim Graphics, Mississippi
Welders, Windy Ridge Motor Sports, Motor Parts & Equipment, Lou Fegers Racing Equipment, The Engine Store, Fastenal, and Coca Cola. Also, a huge thank you goes to Bob Timm and the new management of Mississippi Thunder Speedway for hosting the
final Tri-Oval Speedway banquet. Without them stepping in, Tri-Oval would have just faded into the sunset without a proper send off.

And so closes a book in racing history. Tri-Oval Speedway is no more. Possibilities, dreams, and new history are to be made with the new Mississippi Thunder Speedway. The season opener is scheduled for Friday, April 17th, and the start time will be 7 p.m. Keep an eye on the track website www.mississippithunder.com for updates and information leading up to the grand
opening of Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Kallas, Jones, and Duffy Collect Great Pumpkin Features at Tri-Oval Speedway

October 18th, 2008

FOUNTAIN CITY(October 11) – The final night of WISSOTA AMSoil Dirt Track racing for the 2008 season got underway with 140 plus cars in the pits. There were stacked fields and titles to be secured. The night’s activities included an intermission filled with candy and kids on the front stretch as they were let loose to trick or treat their way through the drivers that came out to participate.

Also during intermission, Modified driver Paul Hamernik took “the big pumpkin” through the stands to collect donations for Tri-Oval Speedway veteran driver Tom Grant raced the familiar #91 Late Model back in the 70’s and is currently going through treatment for Pancreatic Cancer. Other drivers trekked through the grandstands as well with their helmets collecting what they could. The grand total from generous fans was $1225! Tom and Carol were very moved, befuddled, and grateful by the outpouring of support. Many thanks go to all who contributed whether it was the change in your pocket or the big bills that were found in the pumpkin. Once a driver, always a driver – Thanks to all!

The WISSOTA Midwest Mods redeemed themselves from the previous night’s caution derby to run an extremely powerful and entertaining race to put an end to their season. South Dakotas Ross Dixon joined the Great Pumpkin Race finale for the first time with a two-point lead over Curt Myers for the WISSOTA Super Stock National Championship. Since neither nor Myers gained enough points between the two shows to throw out a show, place secured his first ever WISSOTA Super Stock National Championship. John Kallas made the long haul from Northeastern Wisconsin in search of points, and points he got; enough to secure the Wisconsin State Championship as well as a top-ten finish in the WISSOTA Street Stock National Points.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks lined up for their final event of 2008 as Ron Hanestad and Mark Schuenenmann sat on the front row. Hanestad jumped to the lead as Allen Gessell Jr. fell in behind in second place followed by Schuenenmann caution on the first lap set up a complete restart, and once again, Hanestad took the lead. Gessell quickly tore into second place ahead of Schuenenmann. John Kallas, Jordan Kurtti, and Kevin Hager chimed into the fast pace and the close racing of the very competitive division. Hanestad held the lead over the hard-charging Gessell as Kurtti took over fourth place from Kallas. Hager tried to get into fourth place as the close, intense racing heated up. Gessell challenged Hanestad for first but was not able to make it happen. The lead cars of Hanestad, Gessell, Schuenenmann, Kurtti, and Kallas were nose to tail when Kallas made the pass to regain fourth place ahead of Kurtti. Dan Bork had charged up to the top five but got too high out of turn two and dropped back a few spots allowing Danny Hanson an opening to move into the top six after rounding turn one. Hanestad and Gessell maintained a stellar pace when Schuenenmann made the move into first place. As the top nine cars ran very close, it was anyone’s guess as to who would take the lead. And then the big one happened in turn two. Kallas, Hanestad, and Hanson stuffed three-wide into turn two resulting in Kallas and Hanestad spinning to the inside berm of turn two.That set off a chain reaction that collected Devin Neske, Hager, Bork, Shawn Krousey, and more. After a lengthy caution to unpeel the cars from one another, Hanson was credited with the caution and sent to the back and the race resumed. Hanestad needed to head pitside for a new shoe while most other competitors were able to continue. Schuenenmann took the point followed by Kallas, Gessell, Bork, and Hager. Kallas dove inside Schuenenmann to try for the lead as Hager was on Bork for third. Gessell and Hager darted side by side when Neske jumped into fourth place. Schuenenmann was able to pull off the win followed by the hard charging drivers of Kallas, Gessell, Neske, and Hager. However, Schuenenmann failed post-race inspection and was disqualified which handed the win to Kallas.

Rich Pavlicek from Casselton North Dakota made the long haul to join the Great Pumpkin Races again in 2008 as he started on the pole in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature next to Andy Jones of Princeton Minnesota Jones jumped ahead of Pavlicek as Travis Saurer quickly was on Pavlicek’s tail in third. Cory Breitung raced into fourth place followed by Jared Happel. Kyle Jumbeck tried to take the high line around Albert Wytaske and Brandon Davis for sixth place on his way into the mix for the top five spots. Jones was fast and into lap traffic by the half-way mark of the race. Pavlicek ran in second place a distance back followed by Saurer. Jumbeck was on a mission as he ran down Saurer to take away third. Happel held onto fifth place when Josh Angst knocked on his door. Jumbeck was on the move and worked his way through lap traffic on his way toward Jones in the lead when a caution for debris when two safety cones ended up in the middle of turn three. A dash to the finish was in store as Jones took the point followed by Jumbeck and Pavlicek. On the restart, three-wide racing through turn one between Jones, Jumbeck, and Pavlicek set up excitement toward the end of the race. Then Angst dove into side-by-side action with Pavlicek. With two laps to go, Jones was able to hold off the track champion to for the win. Jumbeck, Angst, Pavlicek, and Happel scored in the top five.

As the WISSOTA Super Stocks took their final tour around the three-cornered track, Terry Kroening and Winona’s Jon Duffy led the cars in but a caution on the first lap set up a complete restart. Duffy quickly moved to the lead on the second restart followed by Kroening and Kevin Hager. Dan Gullikson shot inside John Feirn and Hager for third place as Duffy checked out in the lead. Wyatt Wolfe Jr. nipped Hager for fifth place when a caution flew for a spin by Curt Myers with only three laps down. Duffy pointed the cars in the right direction and the start was a no-start when a car lost his front left wheel going out of turn two. Duffy once again moved out front ahead of Kroening, Feirn, Gullikson, and Wolfe as three-wide racing ensued for sixth place. Ross Dixon grabbed fifth place as the racing was tight for spots two through five. Duffy pulled away up front and left the others to contend with each other for second place. Tim Johnson gained momentum and began a battle with Kroening for third place while Dixon, Nissalke, and Wolfe chased three-wide for sixth place as the drivers traded back and forth changing positions many times. Duffy, Gullikson, and Johnson pulled away from the rest, and as the white flag flew, Johnson was up on Gullikson for second place, but Gullikson was able to keep him at bay. Duffy “The Flyin’ Fossil” headed to victory lane followed by Gullikson, Johnson, Nissalke, and Dixon But four cautions later, the race still had not begun. When they finally completed a lap, Bob Timm raced side by side with Rollinger for the lead while Tyler Clark and John Doelle raced for third and fourth spots.Another caution set up the field with Timm on the point followed by Josh Angst, and Rollinger. Timm was a rocket and moved out front alone while Angst shot under for second place. Ryan Aho hung out in fifth place before moving ahead of Doelle for the next spot. Doelle, Aho, and Clark changed spots back and forth when Kyle Jumbeck moved his machine into contention for the top five places. Timm was able to manage his second clean sweep on the weekend. Angst finished second to Timm again while Clark, Doelle, and Jumbeck rounded out the top five.

Steve Dwyer certainly did not follow up his feature win in the Hornets from the previous night in the right way. Dwyer caught the inside berm on turn three which sent him into a series of rolls resulting in a lengthy red light to extricate him from his machine.Reports are that Dwyer was observed at the hospital and is doing well with no broken bones or any other issues.

And now the 2008 Tri-Oval season and WISSOTA season is closed. Champions were unofficially crowned and celebrations can begin. Thank you all for a great year, and have a safe off season. See you in the Spring!

Gullikson Tops Stacked Super Stock Field at Tri-Oval Speedway

October 16th, 2008

FOUNTAIN CITY (October 10) – Great Pumpkins Charlie Brown! Devin Neske of Princeton Minnesota won his first main event at Tri-Oval Speedway in the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Dover Minnesota’s Don Schaefer tackled the caution-infested WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, and Dan Gullikson figured out “turn 15” and topped the WISSOTA Super Stock field on the first night of the two-day finale. Bob Timm sprinted his way to the USRA Modified feature win and Steve Dwyer topped the Hornet division.

The pits were packed on opening night of the Great Pumpkin Races with 129 cars plus the Outlaw Mini’s and the Vintage Cars. Drivers from across WISSOTA Country made first appearances at the track as they tried to secure a championship or get that last fix before the snow flies. The top five in the WISSOTA Super Stock National Points were on hand to race as well as five of the top ten in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified National Points. Although the WISSOTA Street Stock National Title was locked in before the weekend’s races, Allen Gessell Jr. was in attendance again this year to compete in the Great Pumpkin races.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up first to fly into heavy racing action for the main event. Toby Jahnke and Lee Hager led the strong field through the first lap in a tight formation but a caution on the first lap set up a complete restart. On the second try, three-wide racing erupted around turn two, and Devin Neske took the lead followed by Dan Bork, Donny Ganz, and Lee Hager. Allen Gessell Jr., Jordan Kurtti, and Ron Hanestad fought three-wide for fifth place when Bork tried to work over Neske for the lead as they pulled away from the pack. Gessell moved in on Lee Hager’s territory for third place as Danny Hanson and Hanestad chased each other for fifth place. Neske and Bork, running first and second respectively, wove their way into lap traffic when Ganz lost it in turn one which collected Tom Hund and Jimmy Patzner. During the caution, Lee Hager dropped to the infield with motor issues after running strong at the front of the field against Danny Hanson and Hanestad. The caution set up a green-green-white-checkered finish with Neske on the point followed by Gessell, Bork, Hanestad, and Hanson. Neske was being tailed by Gessell and Bork when Hanestad, Hanson, and Kevin Hager began a fierce race for fourth place. Bork moved in behind Neske and made it a side-by-side dash at the white-flag lap. In a great finish, Neske topped Bork for the win. Gessell, Hanestad, and Kevin Hager rounded out the top five.

Darran Jonsgaard and Don Schaefer sat on the front row for the twenty-four car field in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event. Jonsgaard shot to the lead but a huge pile up in turn one led to a complete restart. Jonsgaard and Schaefer again led the pack but an even bigger melee involving about twelve cars set up a third try at the start. And yes, a third caution appeared for another restart. Eventually the cars got going in big circles and Schaefer took the lead when Jonsgaard dropped his tail off the stretch between turns two and three. Rich Pavlicek had a good run but got caught up behind Jonsgaard which dropped him back a few spots. Travis Saurer moved into second place followed by Grant Southworth and Brandon Davis. Schaefer maintained his lead over Saurer, Southworth, and Davis as Dan Svee moved up through the pack and into fifth place. After too many cautions to want to count, Saurer chased Schaefer for the lead when Davis moved into third place. After Pavlicek climbed his way back up to fourth place, Kyle Jumbeck slipped in to steal it away as the final laps closed in. Schaefer was able to keep his composure through all of the cautions to make his first visit to victory lane. Davis, Saurer, Jumbeck, and Pavlicek completed the top five.

There was a mix of locals and travelers to provide the fans with a great caliber of drivers in the WISSOTA Super Stocks Tim Johnson of Brainerd and Dan Gullikson of Stacy set the pace in the two-caution main event. Johnson stepped out front early but Gullikson took over the spot just as fast. Dan Nissalke, Bob Fort, and Kevin Hager quickly fought over third place as Kevin Glander moved ahead of Jon Duffy for sixth place. Johnson tried to take the high groove around Gullikson for the lead but Gullikson was able to stay out front. A caution realigned the field with Gullikson in front followed by Johnson, Fort, Nissalke, and Hager. Hager was able to take over fourth place when Nissalke caught the berm and lost a bit of ground. Fort moved ahead of Johnson into second place when the second caution slowed the field. Gullikson settled into first place and left Fort and Johnson to duke it out for second. Troy Langowski slipped into fifth place ahead of Hager and soon tried for fourth. Gullikson was able to move up and out to take the victory. Fort, Johnson, Langowski, and Nissalke followed up with second through fifth places.

In a whopping 28-car field, the USRA Modifieds roared into their main event with Jeff Rollinger and Paul Hamernik in the front row. Hamernik took the early lead over Josh Angst and Rollinger. Leroy Scharkey and Mike Anderson battled for fourth place when John Doelle moved into the action. Angst chased down Hamernik for the lead as the two ran side by side before Angst moved to the front. Scharkey was on the move as he took the inside line to third place. Bob Timm picked off cars and darted into fifth place which sent Doelle back to sixth. The lead cars began to find their way through lap traffic at the half-way mark of the race. Angst left the others on his way through the cars when Timm took over third place from Hamernik. A pin in turn three brought out a caution that Angst did not want to see. The restart put Timm and Rollinger right behind Angst and in no time, Timm took over the lead. Another caution set up the finish with Timm on the point followed by Angst, Rollinger, Doelle, and Scharkey. As cars were stuffed four-wide out of turn three, Timm came out on top with the win. Angst finished a strong second followed by Rollinger, Todd Scharkey who had moved up in the last laps, Rollinger, and Doelle.

Jumbeck and Hanson Seal Championships With Feature Wins at Tri-Oval Speedway

September 2nd, 2008

For those sitting comfortably at the top of the point standings, smooth sailing was the key. Kyle Jumbeck had his first WISSOTA Midwest Modified Championship virtually locked up going into the night as he was 86 points ahead of last year’s champion Josh Angst. And the two finished their feature in just that order. A noticeable absence was Brad Waits. Waits also had secured his first track championship at Tri-Oval Speedway, however, he was not in attendance as he sold his car and called it a season. And it was Angst again who was second in line for the throne in the USRA Modifieds.

The point championship was relatively locked up in the WISSOTA Street Stocks as
point leader Danny Hanson had a 33-point edge over three-time track champion Kevin Hager. But last year’s champion Brad Dennis was a mere two points behind Hager going into the night. Hanson put an exclamation on his first track championship at the speedway with a feature win. And once again, the second place finisher in track points chased the champion across the line in the feature; that being Hager.

WISSOTA Super Stock driver Troy Langowski headed into Friday night with the
possibility to set a tie in Tri-Oval history for the most track titles. John Rogge of Winona held the record for most track championships with six; divided amongst the Street Stock, Hobby Stock, and Late Model divisions spanning 1975 to 1984. Langowski captured his fifth WISSOTA Super Stock title (add one for his 1996 WISSOTA Modified championship) to tie Rogge at six championships spanning 1990 to present. Bob Fort may have come in second in track points, but he made a clean sweep on the night.

Michael Hofer won his first track championship in the Hornets while his twin brother Lance finished second.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks started off the evening’s features with fire hot, intense racing. From the start, they raced three- and four-wide through turn one and into five-wide, yes, five-wide racing through the tri-oval turn two in just the first lap. Quinn Arnoldy and Kevin Hager were fast to charge for first place when Hager’s car pushed going into turn one allowing Jimmy Patzner into second place. Hager regrouped to go three-wide with Danny Hanson and Arnoldy down the front stretch as they vied for the lead just ahead of Patzner. Brad Dennis and Patzner soon were battling for fourth place when Dan Bork joined them for three-wide racing around turn two. Patzner got back into the battle for the lead with Hanson as Hager waited it out right behind the two. Bork maneuvered around Dennis for fourth place as Hager made a move between Patzner and Hanson as they headed into turn two to take over second place. Hanson moved into the lead, but Hager was close behind as they
closed in on the lap traffic obstacle course. Hanson ended the track point season in victory lane as the WISSOTA Street Stock Champion. Hager finished second to Hanson in the race just as he did in the point standings. Patzner finished a strong third followed by Bork and Dennis.

WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature action saw Brandon Larson and Erik Kanz lead the cars to the green as they raced very close up front. Jared Happel and Travis Krause ran side by side when Kyle Jumbeck dove under Krause in turn three to take fourth place and kept going past third and into second place by the end of lap one. Jumbeck took over the lead as Josh Angst followed through to second over Happel, Kanz, and Krause. As the cars began to spread out, Jumbeck and Angst tried to thread their way through lap traffic. Krause slipped into fourth place over Kanz, and Chris Creeley took over fifth. The solo caution of the race restarted the field with Jumbeck on the point followed by Angst, Happel, Krause, and Kanz. Angst furiously chased down Jumbeck but was not able to catch him. Jumbeck sealed up his 12th feature win at the track this season and also his first track championship. Angst, Happel, Krause, and Kanz finished second through fifth respectively, nearly how they finished in track points.

The track championship was on the line in the WISSOTA Super Stocks going into the final points’ night, and more intense racing was yet to be had at the three-cornered track. Jon Duffy and Gary Wiersgalla led a charging pack to a fast start when Adam Stockhausen joined in for three-wide racing in turn two. Kevin Hager moved inside Stockhausen for a look at third, and Langowski and Bob Fort ran side by side for fourth place. Langowski took the high line down the front stretch to take over fourth place when a caution for Wiersgalla’s downed machine slowed the pack. Duffy took the point on the restart, and Langowski moved inside Stockhausen for second place. Fort took the upper line around Hager for fourth place as the top cars ran close. Tim Williamson darted into side-by-side action with Hager for fifth place when Fort found his way around Langowski into third. Duffy maintained his lead followed by Stockhausen, Fort, Langowski, Williamson, and Hager as the top six put some distance on the rest of the field. Once Fort got around Stockhausen for second, he tried to steal the lead from Duffy, but Duffy muscled his way back. Fort took the low groove to finally take the lead with only a couple laps to go. Fort grabbed the win ahead of Duffy, Langowski, Williamson, and Stockhausen.

Paul Hamernik and Bob Bautch slowly took the USRA Modified field to the green in a near perfect start. Tyler Clark torpedoed into third place and soon into the lead over Hamernik. John Doelle dove inside Clark in turn three for close side-by-side racing in a fast and furious race for the lead. Josh Angst became a force in the top spots as did Bob Timm. Timm crept closer and closer to Doelle once he got around Clark. At the white flag lap, Timm and Doelle were side by side to intensify the finish. As the two entered turn three to the final stretch, Timm dipped under Doelle to steal the win. Clark, Angst, and Hamernik finished out the top five.

Friday, September 5th will be a regular race program, and Kids’ Night has been
added. At intermission, the kids will get a chance to go to the cars in the infield to get pictures and autographs. Friday, September 26th will be a regular racing program as well. October 10-11 will mark the return of the Great Pumpkin Races which will include kids dressing up in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating their way through the pits after the races on Friday night. There is more fun to be had at Tri-Oval Speedway yet in 2008.

Breitung Takes The Midwest Mods By Storm at Tri-Oval Speedway

August 25th, 2008

Danny Hanson returned to victory lane in the WISSOTA Street Stocks for the second week in a row. Cory Breitung was a very happy man when he exited his car after the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Bob Fort rose above the small WISSOTA Super Stock field, and Brad Waits won again in the USRA Modifieds.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks had their issues with cautions numbering five in the
feature event. But not before Crazy Phil Wernert paced the field alongside Tommy Richards of Mondovi. Kevin Hager, Fred Prudoehl, and Lee Hager made chase in a three-wide battle in turn two for third place when a caution slowed the field for a spin out of turn one. Richards led Wernert the second go at it as Kevin Hager took the advantage to take over second place from Wernert. Danny Hanson, Jimmy Patzner, and Wernert then did a three-wide charge for third place around turn three and on down the front stretch before another caution for a spin by Sam Averbeck set the field back up for a restart. Richards again took the lead with Hager in hot pursuit, but Hanson had moved in to check out the second spot. As Richards, Hager, and Hanson distanced themselves from the pack, Hanson made a swoop under Hager for second place, but Hager shot right back when the third caution arranged the field in restart formation. With six laps down and three cautions already on the books,
Richards, Hanson, and Hager were still the top three, but Brad Dennis joined the chase for the top spots when the fourth caution slowed the field. With a tight restart, Hanson was all over Richards for the lead with Hager right behind to see it all. Hanson dove inside Richards to run side by side and nearly take the spot when Richards poured it on as he kept the lead. All the while Hanson and Richards diced back and forth, Hager waited to pick up the pieces if anything were to fall. When the final caution slowed the pack, a single-file restart was in order. Hanson had finally maneuvered past Richards and took the point on the restart over Richards and Hager. Darryl Foegen kicked in the turbo and became a force for Hager in the last half of the race. Hanson managed back-to-back feature wins. Richards, Hager, Foegen, and Dennis clinched the top five.

Don Schaefer took the early lead from the pole over Cory Breitung in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature but Breitung quickly made the lead his own. Chris Creeley motored into a strong third place run as Jared Happel followed in fourth place. Kyle Jumbeck moved up from eight to fifth followed by Brandon Davis. Breitung had put some distance on Schaefer and enjoyed the scenery up front. Ryan Olson darted into fifth place, but Davis was able to quickly take the spot when Olson got stopped up by a lapped car. In the non-stop feature, Breitung was way out front by the half-way mark of the race. Jumbeck slipped into third place behind Creeley, but fell back when he pushed going into turn three. Davis was able to keep his momentum up and took over third place followed by Olson who had joined back in the chase. Breitung crossed the line for his first feature win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified.
Creeley, Davis, Olson, and Josh Angst settled the top five.

A very slim field of eight WISSOTA Super Stocks, the lowest to date, saw Jon Duffy take the lead over a strong-running Phil Kendrick. Bob Fort and Tim Williamson chased three-wide with Kendrick for second place when Kendrick went around just out of turn three and into the wall. A complete restart was in order which put Fort on the pole inside Duffy. Troy Langowski and Duffy raced clean and hard for second place when Williamson dropped to the infield with mechanical woes leaving five cars to pursue the win. Kevin Hager shot under Adam Stockhausen for third place while up ahead, Langowski began to reel in Fort for the lead. Duffy, Hager, and Stockhausen raced very close for third place. The second caution for the five-car field came when Hager’s rear was lifted up in the middle of turn two sending him in a spin. Stockhausen was charged with the caution and sent to the back; where he already was in fifth place. Fort took the win followed by Langowski, Stockhausen, Hager, and Duffy.

Bob Timm took a commanding lead in the USRA Modified feature but Bob Bautch kept him in his sights. Hank Rollinger Jr., Josh Angst, and Brad Waits followed when Paul Hamernik darted into sixth place. Waits was back on his game and in a short time flew around Bautch on the high side in turn two in pursuit of Timm’s lead. Angst and Rollinger still battled it out in third place as the anticipated rains began to fall in a heavy mist. Waits shot around Timm for the lead as Hamernik moved in behind Angst in fourth. The mist got heavier but the race went on. Waits checked out and cashed in with another feature win. Angst overcame Timm for second place, and Hamernik and John Doelle finished the top five. The Hornet features was up next and races concluded just in time as the skies opened up to a very soaking rain.

Season Championships will wrap up the month of August on Friday, August 29th. More racing is to come in September on the 5th and 26th. The 2008 season will conclude with the traditional Great Pumpkin Races October 10-11.

The Bounty is Collected as Angst Wins First Feature at Tri-Oval Speedway

August 18th, 2008

WISSOTA Street Stock driver Danny Hanson checked off another one in
the win column to make it three feature wins this season at the track and show why he sits at the top of the point standings.

All good things must come to an end, and they did for Kyle Jumbeck as the bounty was collected in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Josh Angst had his machine hooked up and checked out to cash in on his first feature win of the season as well as the bonus money from the bounty on Jumbeck. Al Hejna stood atop the victory lane platform and took top honors with the visiting USMTS for the $2000 win.

Bill Engler and Donny Ganz fielded the front row in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature event. Brad Dennis jumped on Ganz fast to attempt to steal first place as Engler drifted back. Dan Bork, Darrel Foegen, and Sam Averbeck ran extremely close in the next spots when Bork got a spurt of energy and attempted to go three-wide with Dennis and Ganz going into turn two. Ganz went spinning and a caution realigned the group with Ganz getting his spot back and Bork heading to the tail of the field. As the race resumed, Dennis chased Ganz for the lead while Foegen and Averbeck ran side by side for third place. Down the front stretch, Danny Hanson clawed his way through the field and went three-wide with Averbeck and Kevin Hager for fifth place. Foegen worked to get around Dennis on the high side for second but Dennis would not
allow it. As the two fought it out for second place, Hanson slipped under them both to take the spot. Quickly, Hanson moved in on Ganz for the lead. While Ganz tried to hold back the advances of Dennis and Foegen, Hager closed in to take fourth place. Hanson began to pull away up front as the battle for second became the race to watch. Foegen made the move to second over Ganz while Dennis and Hager raced close for the next spots. Hanson captured his third feature of the season followed by a great run by Foegen. Ganz capped his best run with a third place finish. Dennis held on for fourth and Bork clipped Hager in the last stretch for fifth place.

Jason Sass jumped to the lead as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds tackled the track with the 21-car feature event. Rich Niederkorn was quickly overcome by Travis Krause but a complete restart was in order when Sass’ machine slowed on the front stretch and was packed by Mike Miller. The two were reportedly fine and the race continued. On the restart, three wide racing through turn one and then around turn three heated up the action early on. With only three laps down and restarting from yet another caution, Josh Angst sat on the point followed by Joel Alberts and Chris Creeley. Ryan Olson moved in on Creeley to take over second place when another caution slowed the field for Kyle Jumbeck’s spin in turn three as he appeared to fight a tight car. Angst again took the point as the field was finally able to string laps together to get some racing going on. Olson closed in on Angst, and Alberts, Brandon Davis, and Creeley raced very close for third place before Davis took over the spot. Olson targeted Angst’s coveted first place as the cars stretched out. Olson tried hard to take Angst out of turn one and then again in turn two but could not get enough momentum to make the pass. Olson would have to settle for runner up behind Angst in his first feature win of the season. Angst pocketed an additional $300 for the bounty as well as his regular paycheck in a big
night for himself. Davis, Creeley, and Alberts chased them to the finish line.

In the second appearance of the USMTS this season, Omaha, Nebraska’s Jake Neal and Woodward, Oklahoma’s Tommy Weder Jr. topped the passing points to man the front row of their main event. Dean Mahlstedt quickly zeroed in on the leaders and took over the point early on. Al Hejna moved from seventh to third in a short time as Corey Dripps took the high line in turn two to take over Weder’s fourth place. A caution for Bob Timm’s spin in turn three reset the field with Mahlstedt out front. Hejna took over second place as Dripps darted into third. Tim Donlinger made a fast move into fourth place when Mahlstedt simply dropped to the infield handing his lead to second place runner Hejna. Donlinger slipped under Dripps but Dripps fought hard on the outside groove to stay ahead of Donlinger. Lap after lap, Dripps and Donlinger
chased back and forth for second place. Neal maintained his fourth place spot when Alan Mondus took over fifth place. Hejna closed in on lap traffic which allowed Donlinger a chance to pull up closer to Hejna. Dripps settled into third place over Neal before lap traffic gave Neal the opportunity to try to take the spot back. As the cars started to skate on the black ice and contend more with lap traffic, Hejna, Donlinger, Dripps, and Neal became very close as the last laps surfaced. But it was Hejna who made it to the line with his first win in The Hunt for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship. Donlinger, Dripps, Neal, and Mondus closed up the top five.

Regular racing action resumes Friday, August 22 at Tri-Oval Speedway with two track points’ nights that remain.

HEJNA HITS PAY DIRT AT TRI-OVAL SPEEDWAY

August 18th, 2008

Polesitter Jake Neal led the first circuit of the 30-lap main event before giving way to AFCO Pole Award winner Dean Mahlstedt.

Mahlstedt’s reign was cut short four laps later when mechanical woes sidelined the Clear Lake, Iowa, pilot.

Hejna—also from Clear Lake—assumed the top spot and paced the final 25 laps to claim his first win of the Hunt and third overall this season.

The “A-Train” was followed across the finish line by Tim Donlinger, who scored his second straight runner-up paycheck since winning at the U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., on Tuesday.

Corey Dripps matched his best finish of the season with a third-place showing, while Neal hung on for fourth ahead of Alan Mondus.

Dereck Ramirez, eight-time O’Reilly USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock, Zack VanderBeek, Scott Green and Jon Tesch completed the top-10.

Donlinger was sitting 11th in the points standings after failing to make the main event at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks on Monday, but one win and two second-place finishes later, the Rochester, Minn., veteran has leapfrogged past nine drivers and into second in the Casey’s General Stores Hunt for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship—just 15 points behind VanderBeek (476 to 461).

Tesch is just one marker behind Donlinger in this wild and unpredictable title chase, while Shryock is just another five points back in fourth. Hejna is fifth with 447 points, followed by John Allen (420), Ron Ver Beek (411), Ramirez (406), Tommy Weder Jr. (398) and Mondus (357).

Four of the final 11 races will be held at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where Donlinger has notched six USRA Modified wins this season and was the track points leader before opting to chase the O’Reilly USMTS crown one week ago.

The tenth O’Reilly USMTS National Champion will be crowned on the final night of the 10th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Sept. 18-20 at Deer Creek.

The O’Reilly USMTS National Tour returns to the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, tomorrow for some unfinished business. Mother Nature intervened on Wednesday, forcing the postponement of the 4th Annual Summer Challenge until Saturday.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps start at 6:30. Racing will immediately follow.

A full program featuring Hornets, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobbys, USRA B-Mods and USRA Stock Cars are also on tap.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds).

For race day information, call the track hotline at (563)382-9984 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest news and information from the USMTS — America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.

Langowski Lands A Clean Sweep And Extra Cash at Tri-Oval Speedway

August 11th, 2008

A Tri-Oval tradition returned also as the kids enjoyed Kiddie Car Rides at
intermission. A large group of drivers brought out their Hornets, WISSOTA Street Stocks, and WISSOTA Super Stocks for beaming kids as they were hoisted onto the cars. Drivers made two, three, and four trips with different kids as they took them for a slow trip around the big tri-oval track.

WISSOTA AMSoil Dirt Track racing action began with the WISSOTA Street Stocks as Lee Hager led the field to the green flag in a crawling even pace. Dan Bork jumped from the outside starting spot for the lead early on. Brad Dennis worked over Hager for second place in turn three as Tommy Richards got inside Fred Prudoehl for fourth place. Danny Hanson quickly got up on Prudoehl for the fifth spot and cleared him in turn three. Kevin Hager worked his way up from 12th place to peek at the top five with Darryl Foegen as Bork put some distance on Dennis in second. Richards ran in third place when a caution slowed the pack for a spin on the front stretch. Bork led the pack for a great side by side restart as Dennis, Richards, and Hanson chased behind. Lee Hager and Foegen then danced side by side for fifth place as Kevin Hager and Prudoehl darted for the next spots. As the leaders ran into lap traffic,
Dennis was spun on the front stretch. Dennis managed to not only complete the 360 without collecting anyone, he also gathered his composure to stay on the gas and get back into the race without a caution coming out. As the last laps shook out, Bork tried to shake Hanson off his tail. Bork sailed across the finish line first as Hanson trailed a close second. Richards finished third followed by Lee and Kevin Hager respectively.

WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature action was an anticipated event as the track bounty had increased to $250, and once again, money was added to the bounty. An extra $100 from Winona Auto Sales was offered up. Chris Gilbertson took the early lead over visitor Michael Truscott. Josh Angst moved into second place early on dropping Truscott to third place. Mark Gerth of Menomonie, Wisconsin picked his way through the pack into third place as Kyle Jumbeck maneuvered around Ryan Olson and Brandon Davis into the top five. Jumbeck made the pass on Davis, and unfortunately Davis was not able to chase Jumbeck back as he dropped from competition with mechanical issues. Gilbertson maintained a strong lead as Angst chased close behind. Gerth and Jumbeck were a short distance behind the leaders when Angst nearly took the lead from Gilbertson. Gilbertson held his ground even though Angst, Gerth, and Jumbeck
were closing in. Jumbeck managed to close the gap and take over third spot to
engage in a battle for the lead with Gilbertson and Angst when a caution set the field back in place. Jumbeck capitalized on his inside second row start to take the lead but was reeled back in by another caution. Gilbertson once again had his chance to keep Jumbeck behind him as the green waved for the final time. Jumbeck shot low under Gilbertson for the lead with two laps to go. It was Jumbeck who headed to victory lane for the eleventh straight time. Gilbertson had an amazing run in second. Angst, Olson, and Gerth chased to the finish in third, fourth, and fifth places.

Jon Duffy inherited the pole for the WISSOTA Super Stock main event when Phil
Kendrick was not able to make the call. Dan Nissalke brought up the outside line as the green flag waved to begin the race. Bob Fort and Tim Williamson were fast to make it three-wide with Duffy out of turn one. Williamson was able to jump into second place behind Nissalke when a caution in turn three reset the field. The lights went out, the cars went fast, and the “big one” erupted on the front stretch which eliminated half of the cars when the lead cars of Nissalke and Fort made contact out of turn three. Fort ran out of room in the marbles at the wall which began the domino effect as Adam Stockhausen, with nowhere to go and on the throttle, rear-ended Fort. Fort was sent spinning at the flag stand, and as if a huge magnet were switched on, Dennis Earney, Gary Wiersgalla, and Shaun Wehlage were imbedded in the chaos and each other as well. Tim Williamson and Kevin Hager caught the end of the melee a bit but were able to continue; Williamson after a stop pitside for a
rear right tire. All drivers were reported to be uninjured. As the race resumed after a lengthy caution to extract cars from each other, Nissalke was appointed the lead followed by Troy Langowski, Duffy, Hager, and Wyatt Wolfe Jr. Langowski fought hard for the lead over Nissalke and was able to finally make the pass and take the win. Nissalke held on for second ahead of Kevin Glander, Wolfe, and Williamson. Langowski enjoyed an additional $100 offered up by Winona Auto Sales to the WISSOTA Super Stock winner.

Brad Waits started on the point with Roger Niederkorn as the USRA Modified feature got underway. Bob Bautch fell into third place as Hank Rollinger Jr. and Steve Speltz ran for fourth. Soon after Speltz, Rollinger, and Kerry Ledebuhr charged three-wide into turn two with Speltz coming out in third. Josh Angst cruised his way into fourth place as Rollinger battled three wide again with Ledebuhr and John Doelle this time down the front stretch. Speltz worked hard to close the gap behind Waits out front when Angst moved in to rob second spot. Doelle and Bautch created a hard fight for fourth place behind Waits, Angst, and Speltz when the final lap moved in. Waits came out with another feature win and bypassed victory lane as his machine gave a little poof of smoke as he rounded turn three for the checkered flag. Angst seized his second strong finish of the night and finished second. Speltz, Doelle, and Bautch put a lid on the top five.

August 15th will be marked by the return of the USMTS including WISSOTA Street
Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Hornets, and Outlaw Minis. The points’ chase is close as only 15 points separates the top two in the WISSOTA Super Stocks and 22 points separates the top three spots in the WISSOTA Street Stocks currently with a tie in second place. Join us to see how the points pan out and to see if anyone can cash in on the bounty in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

Williamson Introduced To Victory Lane at Tri-Oval Speedway

August 6th, 2008

Tom Hund gave way to a fantastic battle for the win in the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Tim Williamson was a bit nervous going into the night with changes he made to his car, but they paid off in his first-ever feature win. Bob Timm made it look as if he were going to break Brad Waits’ winning streak, but that was not to happen as Waits overtook him late in the event for the win.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks needed a complete restart to get the fire going when pole sitter Randy Lavigne was sent spinning on the front stretch as the first lap was to be completed. Donny Ganz was charged for the caution, and the outside line moved straight up giving Tom Hund the outside pole. Lavigne challenged Hund for the lead when Dan Bork moved in to swipe second from Lavigne early on. Brad Dennis then began his rundown of Lavigne for third place as Kevin Hager and Fred Prudoehl ran side by side for fifth place. Bork worked hard on Hund for the lead and tried to work the low groove when Dennis overtook Lavigne for third place. Hager also found his way around Lavigne when Danny Hanson galloped his way into the chase for the top five. Hund put some distance on Bork when Hanson closed in on Dennis for third place. A caution slowed the field when Bork looped it out of turn one sending him to the tail of the field. On the green, Hund led Hanson, Dennis, Lavigne, and Hager with eight laps down. Hanson looked inside Hund and Dennis for the lead as Darryl
Foegen shot into fifth place. Hund again put some distance on Hanson and Dennis as the two chased side by side in second place. With two laps to go, Hanson poured out a great challenge for Hund, but Hund had his machine hooked up and pulled off his third feature of the season. Hanson grabbed another runner-up spot followed by Dennis, Hager, and Foegen.

WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature action began with a slow pace into the green which resulted in a stack up out of turn one. A complete restart was initiated as Craig Tradup shot to the point over Don Schaefer and Erik Kanz. Kyle Jumbeck, Brandon Davis, and Josh Angst tore three-wide out of turn two for the fourth spot. Kanz quickly challenged Schaefer for second place and took over the spot when Davis moved himself into third over Schaefer. A caution for a pile up in turn three restarted the field and Jumbeck, Schaefer, and Angst raced three-wide behind Kanz, Davis, and Tradup. Davis made the pass on Kanz for the lead as Tradup slipped up high which allowed Jumbeck to slip into third place and on Kanz’ tail. Ryan Olson quietly crept into fourth place ahead of Angst after starting eighth. Jumbeck whipped his machine around Kanz for second place at the half-way mark of the race in his bid to chase down Davis. Jumbeck positioned himself to overtake Davis, but Davis challenged back as the two were nearly dead even at the line. Kanz sat back in third as Olson and Angst followed. Jumbeck finally made the pass after a valiant effort by Davis to keep him at bay. Jumbeck headed to the photo spot for his tenth feature win in a row. Davis chased into second place and was followed by Kanz, Olson, and Angst.

WISSOTA Super Stock feature action began as Tim Williamson manned the front row with Kevin Hager. Williamson shot ahead of Hager as Adam Stockhausen jumped in behind for third. A caution emerged when Jon Duffy spun just out of turn three which collected Phil Kendrick, David Nastvold, and Jaysen Vaughn in his inaugural run. All four were eliminated from competition. Williamson took the point on the restart followed very closely by Stockhausen, Hager, Gary Wiersgalla, and Bob Fort. Fort dove under Hager in turn three to try to steal third place and got himself out of shape, shot to the infield entering turn one, and back onto the track without a caution flying. Fort suffered some damage from his baja through the infield and dropped from competition soon after. Up front, Williamson relished the empty view as Stockhausen and Hager battled behind him. Troy Langowski ran down Wiersgalla into fourth place when Brainerd’s Tim Johnson slowed with mechanical issues in turn one resulting in a caution. Williamson once again led the cars as Hager fell in behind in second followed by Stockhausen. Langowski charged around Stockhausen into third place and quickly did the same on Hager for second place. Stockhausen was a constant threat to Hager and finally edged Hager out for third place. Williamson managed to keep his distance from the rest and paid a visit to victory lane for his first-ever feature win. Langowski, Stockhausen, Hager, and Wiersgalla polished off the top five.

Bob Timm took the early lead in the USRA Modified feature ahead of John Doelle and Bob Bautch. Brad Waits sailed into third place and quickly second place while Josh Angst moved into fourth place over Hank Rollinger Jr. Waits settled in to pursue Timm for the lead while Doelle established himself in third place. The cars moved into lap traffic when a caution realigned the pack. Timm took the lead followed by Waits and Doelle. Doelle had the energy to try to shoot between Timm and Waits for second, but Waits stepped up to the plate and took over the first spot. Paul Hamernik was on the move by then and moved into fifth place after starting dead last. Waits cruised away while Timm, Doelle, and Angst hunted him down. Waits traveled into lap traffic with two laps to go. Angst tried to take Doelle’s third place spot as the white flag flew. On the final lap, Les Jonsgaard’s machine erupted in flames and a caution was thrown as the race was called complete. Waits, at a comfortable distance ahead of the field, headed to victory lane with the win. Timm, Doelle, Angst, and Leroy Scharkey made the top five cut.

Another night of regular racing action at the tri-oval track continues next Friday. August 15th will be marked by the return of the USMTS. The WISSOTA Super Stocks will not be in competition that evening. Racing action beings at 7:30 p.m.

Jumbeck and Hanson Fend Off Rivals at Tri-Oval Speedway

July 30th, 2008

Danny Hanson wove his way back through the WISSOTA Street Stock field to grab his second victory. And the bounty is on as Kyle Jumbeck won a record nine features in a row at the track. The only other feature winner this season is Travis Krause who sits intently watching in second place in points behind Jumbeck.

Ashley Wolfe won her first feature in the Hornet division and proudly jumped out of her car for her debut in victory lane.

Ka-ching for Brad Waits as he won another feature at Tri-Oval Speedway when the
United States Modified Touring Series arrived and gave the fans different drivers to see for some big dollar racing. Waits secured another big paycheck in taking home his second USMTS win in two nights after winning at Kasson Speedway on Thursday.

Lee Hager took an impressive lead in the WISSOTA Street Stocks as he jumped out
front of Fred Prudoehl. Behind Hager were two rows of three-wide racing that led to an exciting start to the race. The first caution, however, resulted when Tom Hund checked up hard out of turn two, which sent him in a spin and collected Brad Dennis. Hund restarted at the rear of the field as the cars lined back up for another go at it. Lee Hager once again led the pack followed by Prudoehl, Kevin Hager, and Sam “Booie” Averbeck, the current Rookie of the Year leader in the WISSOTA Street Stock National Standings. Averbeck, Prudoehl, and Kevin Hager ran three wide as they came into turn three when Prudoehl severely pushed out which forced Hager into the marbles. Hager lost seven positions but did the noble thing and kept going. Lee Hager made use of the clean air and pulled away from Prudoehl, Dennis, Averbeck, and
Foegen. Danny Hanson pulled his way into fifth place after visiting the pits for a flat tire in an earlier caution. Dennis tried to work on Prudoehl for second place when the two go together ending in Prudoehl spinning. Dennis was charged for the caution. Lee Hager again took the point over Prudoehl, Hanson, Foegen, and Averbeck when Dan Bork and Foegen did some synchronized spinning in turn two. Bork went to the tail for the incident as Lee Hager now had to fight off Hanson who had moved into the second spot over Prudoehl. Hanson finally over powered Hager when the fifth and final caution emerged lining up a single-file restart. Hanson, Hager, and Foegen lined up for what appeared to a million-to-win race in the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Kevin Hager climbed his way back up into spot four followed by Prudoehl and Quinn Arnoldy. Foegen shot under Lee Hager for second as Kevin Hager then chased
his brother for third place. With two to go, the Hager brothers ran side by side to see who would come in third. Hanson was out front and took the win over Foegen. Lee Hager was beat by his younger brother Kevin, and Prudoehl finished fifth.

Jared Happel took control of the lead from the pole in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. A first-lap incident led to a complete restart, and on the restart, it was three-wide racing right away down the front stretch. Chris Creeley and Ryan Olson ran hard for second and third place as Kyle Jumbeck and Travis Krause were side by side behind them for the next spot. Justin Sass struggled to stay in sixth as Jumbeck charged Olson for second place. Creeley’s machine pushed severely in turn one which almost sent him to the wall, but he was able to keep it off and keep it going. Happel held his lead as Jumbeck, Olson, Krause, and Erik Kanz followed. Jumbeck made use of Happel’s fumble out of turn two to take the lead. A caution for some cars tangled up in turn one pulled the cars back into line with Jumbeck on the
point followed by Happel, Olson, Krause, and Kanz. Krause and Kanz split Happel as one went high and one went low to get into second and third places. Jumbeck crack edit wide open and went to get his picture taken for the ninth time in a row. Olson did not lose his touch after his student teaching stint in Australia and finished a stout second. Kanz gets stronger each week and proved that with his third place finish. Krause and Happel wrapped up the top five.

Heart-pounding action mixed with three-wide racing around the tri-oval track started off the big 35-lap event for the USMTS Modifieds. On the first lap, a multi-car pile-up just out of turn two eliminated some cars from competition early. With a complete restart in store, Zack VanderBeek and Brad Waits towed the pack into lightning speeds around the track. Waits pretty much took charge as VanderBeek remained in hot pursuit the whole event. Bob Timm remained a constant threat to the top spots. Al Hejna and Jon Tesch drummed up some action, and Dean Mahlstedt became a force but silently dropped to the infield with issues on his car. Waits then wandered into lap traffic, and began to pick off more cars on his way to the finish line. A caution flew when Paul Hamernik’s car erupted in smoke. With 18 laps down, Waits was reeled back in to VanderBeek, Timm, Tesch, and Hejna. Tesch was able to make the pass around Timm for third place as Tim Donlinger moved into fifth place. Just like any old night, Waits sailed into victory lane and was greeted with a $2000 payday. VanderBeek appears to have tackled the tri-oval and finished second. Tesch, Timm, and Donlinger capped the top five.

Track Management has put up a $200 bounty on WISSOTA Midwest Modified phenomenon Kyle Jumbeck. The $200 will be above the regular pay for anyone who cleanly wins. Jumbeck must finish the race, and he cannot be deliberately taken out or damaged for the win. If Jumbeck wins, he will get $50 of that (above his regular check) and the following week the bounty will INCREASE by $100 making the bounty $250. If Jumbeck wins again, he will get another $50 above his regular pay, and the bounty increases another $100 making the bounty $300.

Regular racing action resumes as we enter August. The points’ battles are heating up as the track point season is amazingly winding down.

WAITS WIN AGAIN, DOMINATES O’REILLY USMTS NATIONAL TOUR STOP AT FOUNTAIN CITY

July 31st, 2008

Waits, who had finished in the runner-up spot in his four previous starts this season, led the final 10 laps of Thursday’s feature then proceeded to dominate Friday’s nightcap, leading all 35 circuits from his outside front row starting spot.

The win, worth $2,000, catapulted the Zumbrota, Minn., ace into third place in earnings for drivers in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region, despite having raced in just half of the eight events.

Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, started on the pole of Friday’s Holley “A” Main, but was no match for Waits and had to settle for second-place at the checkered flag. Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D., finished third, while AFCO Pole Award winner Bob Timm of Rollingstone, Minn., wound up fourth ahead of 17th-starting and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award winner Tim Donlinger of Rochester, Minn.

Jason Hughes, Scott Green, Jake Neal, Josh Angst and Al Hejna finished sixth through tenth, respectively.

With one event remaining in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region, Donlinger holds a healthy 36-point advantage (721 to 685) over Hughes in the points battle. VanderBeek sits third with 659 markers, followed by Hejna (643), Kelly Shryock (632), Brandon Kenny (564), Timm (560), Alan Mondus (549), Dereck Ramirez (529) and Dan Bohr (492).

Bohr, who finished 11th in Friday’s feature race, jumped five spots in the rankings. As one of the drivers among the top-10 in points, Bohr will be eligible for the Top Dog Bonus when the O’Reilly USMTS National Tour visits the Cresco (Iowa) Speedway next Tuesday, July 29, for the final event in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region.

Next Tuesday’s event at Cresco will feature Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace in action, along with Jimmy Spencer as “Mr. Excitement” will serve as Grand Marshall and Master of Ceremonies. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m., hot laps
begin at 6:45 and the first heat race is slated for 7:15.

The Cresco Speedway is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 0.2 miles north of SR 9 on SW 7th (at the Howard County Fairgrounds). For race day information, call the track hotline at (563) 547-3400 or visit
www.rlpromotions.com/cresco online.

Also on the race card USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars, USRA Karl Chevrolet B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Outlaw Hobbys competing for track and national points in the USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series.

Race fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons on Tuesday at all Casey’s General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, New Hampton, Ossian. Zack VanderBeek will have his Cheetos/Casey’s General Stores #33z Skyrocket Modified at the Casey’s location at 601 2nd Ave. SW in Cresco where
he will meet and greet fans from 12-2 p.m.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest news and information from the USMTS — America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.

Langowski and Dennis Share Pattern At Tri-Oval

July 21st, 2008

Brad Dennis from Houston, Minnesota grabbed the feature in the WISSOTA Street Stocks as did Troy Langowski in the WISSOTA Super Stocks. It appears that when one wins his feature, so does the other in the same night. Brad Waits managed to climb his way up from the ninth starting spot to take another feature win, and the answer is yes; Kyle Jumbeck did indeed make it eight in a row in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

Crazy Phil Wernert and Quinn Arnoldy paced the WISSOTA Street Stocks into four-wide racing around turn two on the first lap. Three- and four-wide racing continued as the pack completed the first lap when Brad Dennis emerged out front to lead by lap two. Dan Bork and Danny Hanson were embattled in a chase for third behind Crazy Phil as Darryl Foegen and Kevin Hager ran side by side for fifth place. With so much action and such fast racing, Dennis put some distance on the field as the rest were left to choose who was next. Hager found his way under Bork in turn two and quickly inside Crazy Phil for third place as Bork towed in behind Hager. Dennis got into lap traffic when a caution flew as Crazy Phil’s popping and banging machine came to a stop out of turn two. With six laps down, Dennis led Hanson, Hager, Bork, Foegen and the rest to chase to the finish. Hanson took advantage of the restart and gave Dennis a hard challenge for the lead but could not quite make it happen.
Hager sat comfortably in third with Bork following. Tom Hund got around Foegen a bit earlier to fight it out for fourth place with Bork. Dennis was able to power his way to his third feature win of the season followed ever so closely by the first heat winner Hanson. Hager finished a strong third as Bork and Hund rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had a rocky start as Craig Tradup led the field from the pole. Erik Kanz managed to steer clear and make the pass for the lead early on. Chris Creeley hung tight to the leaders as Josh Angst maneuvered into fourth place. Kyle Jumbeck moved from his eighth place starting spot and quickly gobbled up the next three spots on his way to the top five. Darran Jonsgaard tried to stay in the fight but fell to sixth place. Kanz was alone out front as Jumbeck smoothly th