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Five More New Winners in Rice Lake Speedway Racing Action

May 17th, 2017

Rice Lake WI – Week number four of the 2017 racing season was held Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway on a beautiful Spring evening, and five new winners graced victory lane for the first time this year. Scoring feature race wins on Saturday were Matt Leer, Eric Olson, Joe Chaplin Jr, Hunter VanGilder and George Richards. In the Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds, it was the fourth different winner in four nights of racing while only the Street Stocks and Pure Stocks have seen repeat winners in Jay Kesan and Dustin Doughty with neither of them being able to reach victory lane again on Saturday.

Leer’s win in the Modified main event was a dominating one as he led all twenty laps of the nonstop feature race after starting on the outside pole. He used the high side of the track to get a run on Zack Drews and take the early lead. Drews kept him fairly close in the early going but Leer was eventually able to stretch his margin. While Drews maintained the runner up slot, behind him there was quite a bit of activity as Cory Mahder, Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams particularly were on the move.

Mahder caught Steve Hallquist for the third spot and they had an excellent race for position, running side by side for several laps before Mahder was able to secure the spot. Cory continued to advance, but without a yellow to help him, it took quite a few laps to close on Drews for second.

Leer continued to run easily on an open track and faced few challenges as he drove home for the win, maintaining a healthy advantage over the rest of the field. Mahder caught Drews for second and they raced hard for that position in the final five laps but it was Drews that held off Mahder for runner up honors. Anderson came home fourth while Adams advanced from twelfth to round out the top five.

Olson has been close so far this season and tonight he recorded his first Super Stock win of the season and twenty fifth of his racing career at Rice Lake. He started seventh on the grid but quickly moved into a challenging position. It was Don Cimfl Jr who led the opening laps as the field sorted itself out, with Jim Cimfl, Adam Soltis, Willie Johnsen Jr and Cory Davis all running in a tightly packed group.

Olson found an opening to move into second and just as he started to apply pressure to Cimfl Jr, Don slowed and pulled out of the racing groove with mechanical problems.

Olson took over the lead but he was receiving a strong challenge from Soltis and Johnsen Jr as the race reached its mid point. A spin triggered the yellow at the halfway point of the race and fifth running Davis dropped out with motor issues at this time.

On the green, Olson started to pull away and would continue to stretch his advantage as Soltis settled into second. Nick Traynor, who came from the back of the pack after a heat race fire caused him to pull off in that event, passed Johnsen Jr for third but Willie came right back and made a re pass to get the spot back. That’s how they finished with rookie Cooper Berlin completing the top five.

After a first lap yellow for a multi car spin and collision in turn three, the Midwest Modifieds went green to checkered in their main event. However, the first lap tangle did eliminate last week’s feature winner Shane Halopka from the race. The second try at a start saw George Dalbeck shoot into the early lead over Reid Tiegs and Chaplin Jr. Joe quickly took the second spot as he and Dalbeck became locked in a good battle for the lead. Karl Kolek edged past Denny Cutsforth for third as Austin Ellis and Grant Southworth both looked to move up in the field.

Chaplin Jr caught the leader and after looking for an opening for a couple of laps, he was able to get to the low groove down the back chute and edge past Dalbeck to take over the lead. Dalbeck fought back and the two leaders ran in close formation for a number of laps but Chaplin Jr continued to maintain the groove and did started to ease away from those chasing him as the race neared its conclusion.

Southworth was the driver on the move as he found a line on the track that allowed him to move up and he continued his charge, taking over the fourth spot and then closing on Kolek for that position.

With no yellow flags to alter his lead, Chaplin Jr continued to press on and he drove home for the win which was only his second ever feature win in the Midwest Modified class, with his first coming way back during the 2012 season. Dalbeck, in search of his first ever win at Rice Lake, had to settle for second over a strong running Kolek who held off Southworth for third with Cutsforth completing the top five.

The Street Stock feature was the nights wildest event, and while the list of non finishers was small, the action saw more than a few drivers come from the back to the front and others do just the opposite. The first couple of laps were breath taking as they pack came down the front stretch four wide on the opening circuit and there was still much three wide racing after that with drivers hunting for any kind of opening to muscle their way through.

Dustin White led for several laps and he fought to hold off a swarm of cars behind him. Jay Kesan and VanGilder were most fortunate at finding the holes as they moved up from the fourth and third rows respectively to race into challenging positions. When White slipped up the track, it was Kesan who drove under him to take over the lead as he searched for a track best third feature win.

After a couple of mid race yellows, the last half of the race went nonstop and as Kesan continued to lead, VanGilder started to track him down until Hunter was right on the rear bumper of Kesan. With less than two laps to go and the top two nose to tail, Kesan bobbled in turn one and VanGilder was right there to take advantage and he dove into the lead. Kesan gave it everything he had to take back the top spot, but the best he could do was ride the rear bumper of VanGilder as Hunter drove home for his first win of 2017. Cody Kummer, who was languishing near the back of the pack for much of the race, suddenly caught fire at the end of the event and raced his way all the way up to third at the finish. Shawn Amundson, who was involved in action all over the track, fought his way up to fourth at the end as Sam Fankhauser completed the top five.

The Pure Stock feature also went nonstop green to checkered and it was Rob Grabon who took the early lead when Tucker Quinn went high on the track and opened the door. Mike Blevins and Richards were quickly moving up with Richards finding all the openings to move into second and then drive past Grabon to take over the lead. Blevins moved past Grabon to take over second and then he tried to track down the leader.

Dustin Doughty was on the move also and took the third spot and continued to move up. As Richards moved away to a comfortable lead, the best battle of the race was for second with Blevins and Doughty fighting it out. Doughty was able to go to the outside and make the pass for second but Blevins continued to try and fight back. While George drove home for the win, the battle for second remained a good one with Doughty fighting off all challenges for second. Jason Havel drove a steady race to finish behind Blevins and Grabon rounded out the top five.

Next Saturday night, May 20th, the regular five division program of cars will be joined for the first time by the Mini Mods. The Mini Mods are smaller, open wheel cars powered by motorcycle engines and they are very quick cars. With most of their drivers coming from southern Minnesota, they will put on a complete program of heats and features along with the Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds. On Saturday, May 27th, the winged Sprint Cars and Traditional Sprints will both join the regular racing program.

Balduc and Truscott Thrill Rice Lake Speedway Open Wheel Fans

May 3rd, 2017

Rice Lake WI – Open wheel fans got a show Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as both Neil Balduc and Michael Truscott made outstanding drives to the front of the field as they won their feature races to highlight the racing action on a cold and blustery Saturday night. Also winning feature races as a part of the five new winners Saturday were Scott Lawrence, Sam Fankhauser and Dustin Doughty.

Balduc started fifth on the grid in the Modified feature but he slipped back farther in the field early before he started to make his big charge. In the early going, it was Jeff Spacek and Kevin Eder battling for the lead before Eder was able to throw a slider in turn two and take over the top spot. Running very strong was Pat Hoffman who came roaring up on the low side and moved in to challenge for the top spot with Paul Wrazidlo closely following.

Kevin Adams was also gradually moving up as he worked into the fourth spot by the halfway point of the race. Meanwhile, Hoffman was giving heavy pressure to Eder and nearly got by him on a couple of occasions when suddenly, Balduc started to become a factor. In the last half of the race he drove past Adams and then closed on the lead group.

He was flying as he made up ground at a rapid pace, first moving past Wrazidlo and then Hoffman and closing on Eder. With a low side move, Balduc took over the lead down the back chute and then once in front, he moved away from the pack by several car lengths. Eder tried to fight back but he couldn’t cut the gap and Balduc rode home for the impressive win. For Neil, it was his first ever Modified feature win at Rice Lake and while he isn’t a regular competitor at the track, he has made numerous starts at Rice Lake since he moved up from the Midwest Mods. Eder hung on for second and Wrazidlo completed an impressive run of his own by retaking third ahead of Hoffman with Adams completing the top five.

As far as the most spectacular moves of the night though, that honor should go to Truscott who had to move out the concrete walls as he rode them to great success early in the Midwest Modified feature. Fran Hanson and Alex Smith battled with Shane Halopka and Dan Kingsley on the opening lap but it was Truscott who sent the crowd swooning when he climbed the banking in the first corner and passed six cars on the opening lap of the main event. Somehow he found room to squeeze past Denny Cutsforth coming out of turn four on the opening lap and on lap two drove past Hanson to take over the lead.

Once in front, he settled down to a more manageable pace as he continued to lead the field. Truscott wasn’t the only one coming to the front in a rush however. Grant Southworth started tenth and before too long he was battling for the second spot while farther back in the pack, Paul Suzik had found the outside line too and he was charging forward after starting eleventh.

This race was plagued by yellow flags for single car spins but it seemed like every time there was a lap completed, Southworth and Suzik had both managed to gain another position. Finally, the time limit was reached and a two lap sprint to the finish was called for.

Truscott got away on the green and there was no stopping him as he drove home for the well deserved win. Southworth managed to get all the way up to second at the line as he edged out Kingsley for that spot. Suzik ran out of time to go any farther forward and he settled for fourth, just ahead of Shane Halopka.

Lawrence started on the pole for the Super Stock feature and that was bad news for the rest of the field. Nick Traynor battled with Lawrence briefly but Scott then pulled away to a considerable lead. After two early spins, the race ran nonstop for the last sixteen laps and Lawrence’s comfortable lead started to melt away due to a heavy charge by Eric Olson. After Olson worked his way into second, he began to cut into Lawrence’s lead and by shortly after the halfway point, Lawrence felt the heat of the #1E car.

Olson stuck the nose of his car under Lawrence’s several times dipping into the corners but Scott was able to fight him off. Olson then changed strategies and tried to drive around the high side of Lawrence. He also got that accomplished but just ran out of room and had to drop back in line. The last couple of laps saw Lawrence adjust his line and Olson wasn’t able to make a serious charge late as Scott drove home for his first feature win at Rice Lake since 2013. Kevin Burdick made his first appearance of he year a strong one as he finished a solid third. Traynor had a good run for fourth, holding off Randy Spacek for the spot.

The Street Stocks had some spectacular three wide racing of their own before things settled down a little as the race progressed. Right from the start, Kolby Kiehl and Kirk Bogdanovic raced side by side for the lead with a swarm of about a half dozen cars right behind them. They diced for positions with drivers gaining and losing spots just about as fast.

The only thing slowing down the action were three quick spins that triggered yellows. Fankhauser had his own version of the “move of the night” when he drove to the middle of the track, cut between Bogdanovic and Kiehl and took over the lead. He then started to stretch that advantage as the last dozen laps ran nonstop.

That was until Jay Kesan was able to break loose. Last week’s feature winner started seventh and it took him awhile to get through the strong field of cars but once he got to second, he started to cut into Fankhauser’s lead. The advantage started to dwindle but with no help from a yellow, the nearest Kesan could get was on the final lap when he cut the lead to a car length as Sammy drove home for his first win of the year. Hunter VanGilder had a strong run to finish third ahead of Kyle Dykhoff and Kiehl who held on for a top five.

Another big field of Pure Stocks required a B feature for the second straight week, unheard of in recent years. When the green dropped for the main event, things broke badly quick, as Mike Grover got turned sideways on the front chute with cars scattering in every direction. Three cars were eliminated and the field took the green once again. Zach Beaulieu took the early lead but it wasn’t long before George Richards moved in and made the outside pass to take over the top spot.

Another tangle slowed the action and on the green, Richards found himself challenged by Dustin Doughty for the lead. Doughty pulled up beside Richards and they raced side by side for the top spot, circling the track once before Doughty was able to edge past and take the lead. The final eight laps ran nonstop and Richards was glued to Doughty’s rear bumper, trying to provoke a mistake and gain an opening. However, Doughty was rock solid in the groove and despite George’s all out attempt on the final lap, Doughty maintained his lead and won by a car length over Richards. Jason Havel moved up from seventh on the start to take third but he couldn’t quite catch the leaders on this night. Second year driver Kyle Copp had a strong run for fourth with Beaulieu rounding out the top five.

Before the show started, the Best Appearing Car awards were announced. The winners were Tucker Quinn-Pure Stocks; Chad Eastman-Street Stocks; Joe Chaplin Jr-Midwest Modifieds; John Erickson-Super Stocks and Ryan Viltz-Modifieds.

Another five class program is slated for next Saturday night. Warm ups start at 6:30 pm with the first race on the track by 7 pm. The first special event of the year is upcoming on Saturday, May 20th with the first ever appearance of the Mini Mods along with a full racing program in all other classes.

Kesan Edges Fankhauser In Rice Lake Street Stock Barnburner

April 26th, 2017

Rice Lake WI – After a one week rain delay, the Rice Lake Speedway kicked off its sixty sixth season of racing action on Saturday night with one hundred and thirteen drivers signing in to race. In the highlight event, Jay Kesan and Sam Fankhauser raced side by side for nearly the entire Street Stock main event with Kesan pulling out the win by a car length at the line. Other winners on opening night included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Grant Southworth and Mike Blevins.

Kesan started on the outside of the front row and quickly drove past Dustin White to take the early lead. Fankhauser started right behind Kesan and followed him through the opening to pull into second. Fankhauser was charging hard and he dove to the low side of Kesan in an attempt to take over the lead. Sam was able to nose in front but then Kesan swapped lanes on him and the fight continued for the top spot.

Lap after lap they would circle the track side by side with first Fankhauser and then Kesan edging to a slight advantage but never a large enough lead that one could clear the other. As the laps ran down, the race was still in doubt as they continued to cross the starting line side by side. Kesan made an extra effort and he was finally able to clear Fankhauser as the white flag waved, but Sam gave it an extra burst down the back chute and was able to pull to the quarter panel of Kesan as they raced into the final turn. However, Kesan would run a strong final lap and as they raced to the line, it was Kesan able to maintain a car length advantage to claim the win. Cody Kummer moved into the third spot early in the race and spent the remainder of the event trying to close on the two leaders but settling for third. Kevin Bogdanovic was next in line and Hunter VanGilder came from eleventh to complete the top five.

Mike Anderson was the early leader of the Modified main event with Ryan Viltz and Adams battling behind him. Adams made a move to slip into second and then began to pressure the leader. When Anderson slipped high in turn four, Adams dove underneath him to take over the top spot. Shortly after the yellow flew for liquid on the track which bunched up the field.

However, Adams took off strong on the green and slowly began to build up a strong lead over the field as the last fifteen laps of the race ran nonstop. Anderson was solidly in second but not able to cut into Adams’ lead.

The battle was for third as Steve Hallquist and Neil Balduc moved past Viltz and then spent the rest of the race fighting each other. Several times Balduc got close to making the pass and each time Hallquist would be successful in fighting him off. Balduc nearly pulled off the pass with just a couple of laps left but Hallquist refused to yield. Adams built up a big lead and rode it home for the win. Hallquist did successfully fight off Balduc and Viltz completed the top five.

While Myers has abandoned the Super Stock class, he did jump into a car that he built over the winter for Hurley’s Greg Kuklenski and the maiden voyage of the car was a successful one as he fought off a late challenge from Nick Oreskovich to win the Super Stock feature. Simon Wahlstrom got the jump at the start to take the early lead but Myers came flying up from the second row and swept past Wahlstrom to take over the top spot. Four yellow flags in the opening six laps kept the field bunched but each time the green would fly, Myers would pull away from the pack.

Wahlstrom was soon challenged for second by Randy Spacek and a charging Oreskovich who had started in the fourth row. Both Spacek and Oreskovich got past Wahlstrom but then Simon made a great move on a restart and retook the second spot.

It didn’t last long though as first Spacek and then Oreskovich again passed him for position. The last fourteen laps ran nonstop and Myers built up a big lead, but from the halfway point on, Oreskovich started to cut into his advantage.

Nick continued his charge and in the last few laps, he really closed in. He almost surprised Myers with just a couple laps to go as Oreskovich was clearly picking up speed but Myers dove to the low side of the track and covered up the low groove. Oreskovich could ride Myers’ rear bumper but Curt would not give and opening as he drove on for the win. Spacek finished a close third with Wahlstrom holding on for fourth. Eric Olson was able to pick up the pace in the second half of the race to complete the top five.

Southworth led all the way to win the Midwest Modified main event. He started on the pole and took the early lead over Travis Anderson. Soon Anderson was being challenged by Joe Chaplin Jr as the yellow was busy early in the race. Five yellows in the first six laps, four of which were for debris on the track, kept the field bunched but each time Southworth would reclaim the top spot.

Chaplin Jr was able to battle past Anderson for second and Travis then started to get his hands full holding off Michael Truscott. Truscott moved to the high groove and was able to gain some momentum and he was able to drive past Anderson and then start to close on Chaplin Jr.

Southworth was able to extend his lead somewhat at this point as the battle turned into one for second. Southworth continued to set a strong pace as he drove on for the win. Chaplin Jr. held off Truscott for second with Anderson running a steady pace to get fourth. Paul Suzik and Gunnar Watkins battled for sixth until Watkins slowed and pulled off and Suzik claimed a top five finish.

The first feature race for the Pure Stocks under WISSOTA sanctioning produced the biggest field in the class in several years with a B feature being required to set the feature field competitors. Jason Havel fought off Mike Pratt to take the early lead but Dustin Doughty quickly moved in to challenge. Doughty had a strong line around the track and he was able to duck under Havel to take over the lead.

Blevins then moved in to challenge Doughty for the lead and he was able to edge past and take over the top spot.

Blevins then moved away slightly with Doughty fighting to hold off Havel for second. Doughty was then able to put some distance on Havel and he closed up on Blevins for the lead. A late yellow set up a two lap sprint to the finish and Blevins got away nicely on the green, separating himself from the pack. He maintained his line on the track and Doughty wasn’t able to muster a late race challenge. For Blevins it was his first ever feature win at Rice Lake as the veteran Pure Stock racer looks to challenge once again for the WISSOTA national points title. Doughty held off Havel in a close battle for second with Havel failing post race technical inspection and being scored last. As a result of this, Ryan Savoy was scored third ahead of Kyle Kopp and James Clausen who came from sixteenth to round out the top five.

Voting was done on the Best Appearing car in each class and the winners will be announced next Saturday night. Racing continues in all five divisions next Saturday with warm ups slated to begin at 6:30 pm and racing to follow.

Rice Lake Speedway Opener Rained Out

April 21st, 2017

Rice Lake WI., – Snows earlier in the week, poor drying conditions and a steady downpour on Saturday morning all led to the opening night of the 2017 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway to be postponed.

Track officials will try again on Saturday night, April 22 to get the racing season underway. Pit gates will open at 4 pm and the cars will hit the track at 6:30 pm for warm ups. WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will able to in racing action.

Because the practice night on April 12th was rained out, another attempt to get a practice session competed will be made on Wednesday, April 19th from 6-9 pm. This will be dependent on the weather of course, and the speedway website and facebook page should be monitored for up to date information. Call Dave Adams or Mitch Hansen for the latest information.

Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

April 18th, 2017

Rice Lake WI – The Hall of Fame Committee of the Rice Lake Speedway recently met to consider candidates and conduct the voting for the 2017 Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame class. They will join the forty four members that are currently in the Hall of Fame.

Selection was done in two categories for the Hall. Three drivers and three Friends of the Speedway were selected for induction this coming Summer. Selected in the driver category were Jim Rude, Paul Harelstad and the late Duane Mahder. The Friends of the Speedway group will add Joe Lapcinski, Terry Folz and Clayton Hargrave.

The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday night, August 12th during intermission of the race program on that night. Earlier in the evening, track owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen will host a reception at the track for the new inductees along with the existing members of the Hall.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame, visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net, click on the Hall of Fame icon and read biographies on all the members of the Hall of Fame.

Rice Lake Speedway Set To Begin 2017 Racing Season

April 12th, 2017

Rice Lake WI – In September of 1952, the first sounds of racing engines were heard to roar in the former gravel pit on the North side of Rice Lake Wisconsin. Fortunately, while many things have changed since then, some traditions remain.

When the first motor is fired on Saturday night, April 15th at the Rice Lake Speedway, it will mark the sixty sixth consecutive season that racing action will have taken place at what is now a modern, third mile banked dirt track.

Track owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen have completed preseason preparations and after a practice session slated to have happened on April 12th is completed, the first racing action of 2017 is set to roll off at 6:30 pm on April 15th.

Racing action will take place every Saturday night through Labor Day weekend with several midweek shows also booked. Featured attractions on the weekly cards are the WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks while the Pure Stocks have added WISSOTA sanctioning for 2017 also.

Along with these classes, special events will feature the Late Models, Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars and the Mini Mods.

Other special events include the Firecracker Special on July 3rd, Aquafest trophy races on June 6th, a Super Stock special on July 1st and the Street Stock “Little Dream” race on August 1st .

The opening night special attraction is the judging of the Best Appearing Race Car in each class with the winners to receive plaques the following race night. The recent car show was a big success and the winners, as judged by Cedar Mall officials, were Denny Cutsforth-Best of Show, and class winners were: Nick Traynor-Super Stock, Jake Sandman-Pure Stock, Kevin Adams-Modified, Hunter VanGilder-Street Stock and Tim Ekdahl-Midwest Modified.

Preseason driver registrations have been brisk with a number of new drivers joining long time veterans as track officials are optimistic that strong car counts will exist in all five classes.

The pit gate will open at 4 pm on opening night with the spectator grandstands opening one hour later. The first green flag is scheduled to fly shortly after the 6:30 pm warm up sessions.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile North of Rice Lake, midway between State Highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained from Adams at 715-205-2861 or Hansen at 715-205-1122. The speedway maintains an up to date website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or check the speedway face book page also for late breaking news.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Ready for 2017 Season

April 1st, 2017

Rice Lake WI – As the calendar turns over to the month of April, drivers at the Rice Lake Speedway grow anxious for the first on track activity. As some drivers and crews rush to get their cars finished and lettered for the start of the new season, others wait for the first laps to be turned at the speedway.

Mitch Hansen has already been on the track making final preparations for the first competitive laps of the 2017 racing season and the track is expected to be in top notch shape for racing after a relatively mild Winter.

April 12th is the date many drivers have circled as that is when the first on track action is scheduled. An open practice night is slated for that Wednesday night with cars in all classes invited to work out any kinks in their machines before opening night. A 6-9 pm practice night is scheduled but the speedway website or facebook page should be checked periodically to make sure that no weather related postponements have taken place.

The first night of the 2017 racing season is slated for Saturday night, April 15th with the first green flag expected to fly shortly after 6:30 pm. The same racing program will be presented in 2017 with five classes of cars in action weekly along with a number of special events. WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks will be joined by, for the first time, sanctioned Pure Stocks as all five classes will now race under the WISSOTA banner.

Weekly racing will take place every Saturday night through the Labor Day weekend with several special events and midweek races also on the card. Along with the weekly classes, Sprint cars both winged and non winged, Late Models and Mini Mods will have nights at the track. The Firecracker special will be held on Monday night, July 3rd and special Aquafest trophy races will be held on Tuesday night, June 6th. A Super Stock special will take place on July 1st and the Shaw Trucking Late Model Challenge Series will visit Rice Lake on July 29th. The Street Stock Little Dream race, continuing to gain more national attention each year, will be held on August 1st.

Track officials are optimistic about car counts for 2017 with a number of rookie drivers already registered for action and several drivers returning to racing after having been sidelined for several years.

Among those back on the track for 2017 are Rice Lake’s Chad Eastman and Barron’s Josh Bach. Both last raced regularly in 2012 in the Pure Stock class with Eastman being the division runner up. However, both are moving up to the Street Stock class for 2017. Also joining the Streets in 2017 is Kirk Bogdanovic from Phillips.

Bogdanovic was a top driver in that class who stepped away from the sport a number of years ago. In 2017, he is looking forward to rubbing wheels with his brother Kevin, who has been one of the top drivers in the Street division the last couple years at Rice Lake. A number of other surprises are also in order for opening night fans.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile North of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron county SS. Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or their facebook page for more updates.

Rice Lake Speedway Car Show This Weekend

March 31st, 2017

Rice Lake WI – The annual preseason car show for racers at the Rice Lake Speedway will be held this weekend at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall. The cars will be entered into the Mall at 6 pm on Thursday, March 30 and will remain in the Mall through Mall hours on Sunday, April 2nd.

Organizers believe the Mall will be jammed with race cars as over twenty have already signed up representing all five classes that race at the Rice Lake Speedway. Representatives of the track owners, Adams-Hansen Inc. are expected to be on hand to answer any questions regarding the 2017 racing season and hand out track schedules for the upcoming season.

The on track activity at the speedway begins on Wednesday night, April 12th with a free practice session which is open to the public. Scheduled to start at 6 pm, all classes of cars are welcome to come and shake down their cars before the season opener. The sixty fifth consecutive season of racing in Rice Lake will begin with a five class program on Saturday night, April 15th. Gates open at 4 pm for the drivers with warm ups slated for 6:30 pm with racing to follow. Track officials are excited about the 2017 season with a considerable number of new drivers having already registered their intentions to race and also a significant number of returning drivers have changed classes for 2017 including defending Midwest Modified point champion Ryan Viltz who has moved up to the Modified class for 2017.

The only significant change fans will notice is that the Pure Stock class will be WISSOTA sanctioned for 2017 along with the hold over classes of the Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. This will allow the Pure Stocks to race for national points and with standardized rules, will likely allow more competitors from other tracks to visit Rice Lake.

Anyone with any questions about the speedway and the 2017 season can call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Gather

February 5th, 2017

Rice Lake WI – The 2016 racing season was officially concluded Saturday night, January 28th when racers, crews, fans, sponsors and track employees all gathered for the annual Rice Lake Speedway banquet, hosted by track owners Adams-Hansen Inc. A full house gathered at the Rice Lake Elks Club for the banquet meal that was followed by the awards presentation, door prizes and dancing.

A moment of silence was held before the meal began in memory of four very important people to the racing community that have been lost following the 2016 racing season. Kyle Runkle, Duane Mahder, Jerry Amundson and Tammy Clark were all a big part of the local racing family, and their presence will be sadly missed.

Co-owner Dave Adams was the first to come to the podium following the meal and he gave a brief rundown on what the likely schedule will be for the track in 2017. The annual car show will be held at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall on March 30-April 2. The sixty fifth consecutive season of auto racing in Rice Lake will commence on Saturday night, April 15th. UMSS Sprint Cars will invade the speedway on May 27th. The annual Firecracker special will be held on Monday night, July 3rd. The WISSOTA Challenge Series for Late Models will be at the track on Saturday night, July 29th. The Street Stock Little Dream race is tentatively slated for Tuesday night, August 8th with a rain date of August 9th. The season will conclude with the annual Labor Day weekend doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd. Also on the schedule are Kid’s night, bicycle races, the Hall of Fame night, Aquafest Trophy night and several more special events yet to be booked. The schedule is expected to be finalized toward the end of February.

Adams announced that all five divisions that race at the track will return in 2017 and the only significant change will see the Pure Stock class also sanctioned by WISSOTA for the coming racing season.

Adams then presented one of the evening’s most significant awards on behalf of Mitch Hansen and himself. The “Thanks a Lot “ award goes to an individual who’s help and support of the Rice Lake Speedway has been significant. This year, in a change of pace, Adams presented the award to a loyal race race. Terming her a track “Super Fan”, Adams stated that this lady has never missed a race since he and Hansen took over the track seven years ago and that she is always the first one in the grandstand on race night and also is the first person to return their reservation for the track banquet. The plaque was presented to Irene Galetka.

Ed Reichert then took the stage to give a brief synopsis of the 2016 racing season as well as update the crowd on some of the track’s more significant ongoing events including the Little Dream and the all time feature wins totals for the track.

It was then time for Master of Ceremonies Ben Brost to introduce the top ten in track points in each division, pass out the plaques and trophies and interview some of the drivers.

The Pure Stocks came to the stage first. Moving up from third in track points in 2015, the 2016 Pure Stock point champion was Jason Havel from Rice Lake. Also taking trophies in the top five were James Clausen from Rice Lake, Joel Hinrichs from Chetek, Tucker Quinn from Ladysmith and Rob Holmstrom Jr. from Cameron. Receiving plaques for their sixth through tenth place finishes were Austin Workman from Barron, George Richards from Mondovi, Mike Grover from Chetek, Michael Miller from Rice Lake and Andy Ladd from Cumberland. The Rookie of the Year in the Pure Stocks was Holmstrom.

For the second straight year, the point champion in the Street Stocks was Cody Kummer from Medford. He was followed by Kevin Bogdanovic from Wausau, Kolby Kiehl from Barron, Hunter VanGilder from Rice Lake and Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake. Sixth through tenth in points were C.J. Wagner from Rice Lake, Jay Kesan from Weyerhaeuser, Cooper Berlin from Rice Lake, Ashley Wahlstrom from Rice Lake and Shawn Amundson from Rice Lake. The Street Stock Rookie of the Year was Wagner.

Advancing from a third place finish in 2015, the 2016 point champion in the Midwest Modified division was Ryan Viltz from Chetek. Runner up honors went to Shane Halopka from Greenwood with the rest of the top five comprised of Austin Ellis from Rice Lake, Travis Anderson from Colfax and Denny Cutsforth from Rice Lake. Completing the top ten were Tim Ekdahl from Cameron, Bryce Johnson from Barron, Joe Chaplin Jr from Cameron, the late Kyle Runkle from Chetek and Josh Wahlstrom from Rice Lake. Cutsforth was also named Midwest Modified Rookie of the Year.

Advancing from runner up honors in 2015, Eric Olson from Ladysmith was the 2016 Super Stock point champion. He was trailed very closely by Curt Myers from Cameron, Simon Wahlstrom from Rice Lake who was also named Rookie of the Year in the class, Adam Soltis from Ladysmith and Nick Traynor from Barron with both Soltis and Traynor also being rookies in the class. Completing the top ten were John Erickson from Rice Lake, Jim Cimfl from Turtle Lake, Aaron Wilson from Eau Claire, Kyle Helling from Rice Lake and Lucas Schultz from Cameron.

For the third straight year, Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson finished first and second in the Modified point standings. In the closest battle of the five divisions, Adams, from Cameron, edged out Anderson, from Colfax, by a mere four points to break the track record for point titles won by a driver. “Pistol” Pat Hoffman from Rice Lake finished a strong third followed by Wayne Poteet from Spooner and Steve Hallquist from Eau Claire. The second five consisted of Tim McMann from Duluth MN, Ashley Anderson from Elk Mound, Neil Balduc from Bessemer MI, Mark Hessler from Menomonie and Dave Baxter from Eau Claire.

The evening concluded with the drawing for a multitude of door prizes donated by area merchants, following by dancing and fellowship.

Rice Lake Speedway Banquet Set

January 21st, 2017

Rice Lake WI – The date has been set for the 2016 awards banquet for the racers of the Rice Lake Speedway. Track owners Adams-Hansen Inc has selected Saturday night, January 28th for the banquet which will be held at the Rice Lake Elks Club, located one block East of North Main Street at 36 East Eau Claire Street.

Set to be honored are the top ten drivers in each of the five divisions that race on a regular basis at the speedway led by the five point champions, Kevin Adams, Eric Olson, Ryan Viltz, Cody Kummer and Jason Havel. Also set to be honored are the top rookie drivers in each of the classes. The top ten drivers in each class will also be eligible for a cash drawing that will take place for those drivers in each class that are in attendance.

The social hour begins at 6 pm with dinner to be served at 7 pm. The awards will be make after dinner and there will be door prizes for those in attendance also.

The cost of the banquet is twenty five dollars per person. The cut off date for reservations is January 28th and payment along with the number of people attending should be mailed to Adams-Hansen Inc at PO Box 303, Camerson WI 54822.

Call Dave or Mitch at 715-205-2861 or 715-205-1122 with any questions.

Olson Repeats; Two Last Lap Winners at Rice Lake Speedway Finale

September 8th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The holiday racing doubleheader was completed Sunday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and among the evening highlights were a weekend sweep accomplished by Eric Olson in the Street Stocks, two last corner passes for feature wins and another driver winning his first ever feature at Rice Lake while accomplishing the biggest upset of the night.

The last corner passes were completed by Kevin Adams in the Modifieds and George Richards in the Pure Stocks while Jeff Brauer earned his first ever win at Rice Lake while passing current national point leader Curt Myers in the process. Michael Truscott also tied for the top feature win total in the Midwest Modifieds with his win on Sunday night.

After a first lap spin that necessitated a yellow flag, the Street Stock feature went nonstop with Olson pulling off a difficult pass to take the lead. He went three wide with Kevin Bogdanovic and Kolby Kiehl but was able to get under both of them and move from the second row to take over the lead. Once in front, he slowly but gradually extended his lead. Kiehl slipped into the second spot and tried to chase down the leader while behind the two of them, there was some three wide racing also with Ron Hanestad moving into third.

As Olson motored on, a highlighted battle saw Cody Kummer, Jim Gullikson, Danny Richards and Jay Kesan all battling for position with them swapping positions and lanes on the track in each corner.

However, all were still chasing Olson and no one was able to get close to him as he took the weekend sweep and chalked up his fourth Street Stock win of the year at Rice Lake. Kiehl raced unchallenged in second with Hanestad finishing up third. The battle behind them saw Hunter VanGilder move up to finish fourth with Gullikson rounding out the top five.

Adams accomplished his last lap pass in the Modifieds after tracking down Ashley Anderson in heavy traffic after Anderson had led most of the race. Jeff Davis and Kerry Halopka battled for the lead on the opening lap before Anderson came roaring up from the second row to sweep past them and take over the lead.

The yellow waved on lap five when Steve Hallquist lost power with Jason Gross having no where to go and colliding with Hallquist. This bunched the field but Anderson again shot out into the lead and with open traffic in front of him, he was able to open up a sizable lead. Adams was on the move after starting eighth and he made a nice outside pass on Mike Anderson to take over the second spot. Adams then set off after the leader as Neil Balduc was also on the move, passing Mike Anderson also.

The race continued under the green for the final sixteen laps with Adams gradually cutting the distance on Ashley Anderson for the lead. Still, with only a few laps left it didn’t seem possible that Adams could make up the necessary distance.

However, Anderson caught the back of the pack and it wasn’t just one car but several that were lined up in front of him and running the same line. Ashley was struggling getting by them and Adams began to reel in the leader at a rapid pace. The white flag waved and Adams was still several car lengths behind but Anderson remained stuck in traffic and unable to run his normal pace. As the leaders entered the final corner, Anderson opted to try and drive around a slower car as Adams was rapidly approaching.

As Anderson went high around the lapped car, Adams dove to the low side, found and opening to get past the slower car and with the momentum on his side, he charged to the finish line and in a stunner, he edged out Anderson by less than a car length for the win.

For Adams, it was his fourth feature win of the year at Rice Lake to go along with the track point title. Ashley Anderson added another strong second place finish to a successful weekend of racing with Balduc finishing a strong third. Mike Anderson took the next spot and the top five was completed by Duluth’s Zack Drews.

Mike Grover led all but the final quarter lap as he lost a heart breaker in the Pure Stock feature. Grover and Andrew Hanson had battled early for the lead before Grover claimed the top spot. Jason Havel moved into second before he slowed with a flat tire and triggered a yellow flag, the first of several in the Pure Stock as their difficult weekend of avoiding yellow flags continued.

Grover maintained the lead on the restart but Austin Workman, after winning his first ever on Saturday, was looking for a weekend sweep of his own and put the pressure on Grover, nearly getting inside of him on several occasions. Hanson continued to hang with the leaders while George Richards tried to move up after starting sixth.

Yellow flags for minor spins kept the racers idling around the track as much as racing with Grover continuing to hold off Workman. As Havel tried to charge back up through the field, he spun on the front chute triggering another yellow and due to the time limit, setting up a two lap race to the finish.

Grover was protecting the low groove, holding off Workman who continued to try and get inside him. Richards went for broke as the white flag waved. He moved to the high groove and passed both Hanson and Workman and closed rapidly on the leader. They raced side by side out of turn four but Richards had the momentum and he passed Grover as they raced to the checkered and won a thrilling finish.

Richards has had a productive year at Rice Lake with Sunday’s win being his fifth of the year. Workman completed a good weekend with a third place finish with Hanson and rookie Jack Bowers completing the top five.

The big upset took place in the Super Stock feature where Jeff Brauer tracked down and then passed Curt Myers, the current national point leader in the class after Myers started on the pole and led the opening laps of the main event.

With Myers starting on the pole and in front early, the race seemed to be for the second spot. However, Brauer had other ideas as after starting seventh on the grid, he moved to the middle lane on the slick track and found traction, and he quickly started passing cars as he charged to the front. Zipping past Andy Grymala, Adam Soltis and Gunnar Watkins, Brauer moved into second and started cuting into Myers lead.

A yellow on lap seven for a minor spin bunched the field and on the green, Brauer made his move as he blasted off turn four, ducked to the inside of Myers and took over the lead. Myers immediately tried to fight back but Brauer had a strong line and Myers wasn’t able to cut into the lead. He had one more chance when another spin set up a two lap sprint to the finish.

However, Brauer was not to be denied as he pulled away on the green to drive home for the win, his first ever at Rice Lake. Myers finished a close second. Behind him, a couple of other drivers had made determined charges to the front as Shane Kisling moved from tenth to third and Eric Olson from fourteenth to fourth with Aaron Wilson completing the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature was the last race of the 2016 racing season and for Truscott, a good way to wrap up the year at Rice Lake. Despite only racing at the track on a part time basis, he won his fourth feature race of the year to tie him with Ryan Viltz for the track lead in the division. Truscott started on the pole and led all the way with no one able to offer a serious challenge to him. Austin Ellis came back from Saturday night’s breakdown to finish a strong second as he held that position the entire distance.

Gunnar Watkins finished a strong third and Shane Halopka out battled Viltz for fourth as they went back and forth throughout the race.

Sunday night’s races marked the end of the 2016 racing season at the speedway. Race fans should follow the face book page and the track website to watch for information as to the dates of the annual banquet and plans for the 2017 racing season.

Season Champions Finally Crowned at Rice Lake Speedway

September 5th, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – It took three attempts due to weather issues, but the Rice Lake Speedway was finally able to crown their Season Champions Saturday night with championship events held in all five divisions. With a season high one hundred and twenty three racers from three states and Canada on hand to compete, feature winners included Austin Workman, Eric Olson, Ryan Viltz, Curt Myers and Ashley Anderson. Only one of the five point champions at the track was able to double up as the Season Champion and that was Viltz, while Workman shocked the Pure Stock racers by winning not only his first feature race of the season but his first ever.

The Pure Stock feature was a patience tester with the yellow flag waving a numbing six times for various spins, mostly of a minor nature. Jason Havel, who had dominated the Pure Stock action all year, took the early lead racing off the pole. He was challenged early by Joel Hinrichs and Rob Grabon with Randy Graham and Mike Grover moving in also.

Workman started seventh and was on the move early also as he cracked the top five and kept moving forward. Following a lap five yellow for a spinning car, Havel took off with Grabon close behind. Suddenly, as Havel entered turn three, his car emitted smoke and he slowed suddenly, with Grabon pounding the back of his car hard.

Havel, the six time winner this year, was done for the night and while Grabon suffered some front end damage, he was able to continue. Later that damage would come back to haunt him as overheating problems led to him slowing and eventually dropping out of the race.

Grabon did lead on the restart but he was quickly overhauled by Hinrichs and then Workman who dove to the inside of Hinrichs to take over the lead. The racers then had to endure a series of yellows that kept slowing the field and halting the race momentum.

However, on each restart Workman would fight off the challenges of Hinrichs with the last six laps of the race going nonstop. Hinrichs made a strong challenge on the last corner but Workman fought him off for his first ever career win at the track. Graham finished a close third with Jimmy Holden and Bob Thompson completing the top five. To say that Workman and his fans were thrilled in victory lane would be a large understatement.

The other yellow challenged race was the Midwest Modified feature which topped the Pure Stocks by one in yellow flags waved. Viltz, who started on the pole, had to endure the pressure of the restarts through all those yellows, with Curt Myers challenging on each green flag restart.

Viltz reported in victory lane that he had lost a cylinder early in the race and was running on seven cylinders but he managed to hold the groove and Myers could never get around him for the lead. A couple big crashes marred the action early with a restart pileup ending the night for a couple of drivers.

Through it all, Viltz continued to hold the lead with Myers trying his hardest to drive around Viltz on the corners. Each time that Myers looked like he was going to get a run at Viltz, the yellow would wave and the race would be slowed once again. The four lap sprint to the finish following the final yellow would find Myers once again putting the pressure on but Viltz would fight him off as he recorded feature win number four. Michael Truscott and Travis Anderson were in the lead group for the whole race and they finished third and fourth respectively with Shane Halopka completing the top five.

One of the hottest combos at the end of the year, the Mark Ewert owned and Eric Olson driven #70 Street Stock , hit pay dirt once again as Olson drove past several tough competitors in winning the Street Stock title. Olson started in the second row as Jay Kesan took the early lead after a battle with Kevin Bogdanovic and Cody Kummer. The top group was running three wide while another bunch of cars directly behind them also raced three wide. Kesan had Bogdanovic and Kummer right on his bumper while Olson moved up the track and made a determined drive toward the front, using the long way around the track but finding that his car liked the open track just above his competitors.

Olson battled his way into third and then took Bogdanovic on a restart to move into second place. Olson then closed on the leader and following a lap nine yellow, Olson got a good run on the outside and charged past Kesan to take over the lead.

Once in front, Olson then was able to put a little distance on the field as Bogdanovic also passed Kesan and raced into second. He wasn’t able to cut the distance on the leader though, and Olson drove home for his third Street Stock win of the year, all of these recorded during the last month of the season when the #70 car first made an appearance with Olson behind the wheel and of course, Olson’s win total includes his fifteen grand win in the “Little Dream.”

Bogdanovic settled for second with Kesan close behind while Sam Fankhauser drove up to fourth ahead of Kummer.

While Myers didn’t get the win he desired in the Midwest Modifieds, he did dominate the Super Stocks to take his track leading eighth win of the year. He used the outside pole to race into the early lead with Eric Olson, also looking for win number two of the evening, chasing him. Myers would pull out to a healthy lead while Olson would have to fight off early challenges from Nick Traynor and Jim Cimfl.

Myers would not be pressured in this event, and even though a few yellows bunched the field, each time the green would wave, Myers would again pull away. Olson was also firmly entrenched in second while the battle was for third. Adam Soltis would race up from the ninth position to race into third and then he held on to fight off a charging Tommy Richards, who had moved up from eleventh, for the spot. Cimfl completed the top five.

Ashley Anderson, who has been one of the hottest drivers on the circuit in recent weeks, flexed his muscle as he took his second Modified feature win of the year to complete the program. He used the outside line to roll past Kevin Adams and take the early lead with Adams and Cory Mahder chasing him. Mike Anderson and Jason Gross were also on the move as they raced into the top five.

Ashley continued to hold the top spot with several car lengths on the field until the lone yellow waved on lap fourteen.

Adams went for broke on the green with a big slide into turn one that went under Anderson but when Kevin couldn’t hold his line and slid up the track, both Anderson and Mahder ducked under him to grab the top two spots. Adams then tried to chase down Mahder for second again but wasn’t successful as he had to settle for the “show” position. Anderson continued to pull away from the field and had no problems as he drove on for the championship win. Mike Anderson and Gross retained the other top five positions to the checkered.

Racing action will continue on Sunday night with the second half of the holiday doubleheader, the rinal racing action of the 2016 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Rice Lake Speedway Wet Yet Again; Upcoming Finale Set

August 31st, 2016

Rice Lake WI, August 27 – For the second straight Saturday and sixth of the 2016 racing season, the Rice Lake Speedway was rained out again on its second attempt to hold the Season Championships along with the UMSS Traditional Sprints.

Persistent showers followed by pesky drizzle, so light that it didn’t show on radar but heavy enough to keep the track from being worked in, made it impossible to run the program despite the strong desires of everyone to crown champions on Saturday. It was an especially tough year for the Sprint Cars which were booked twice at Rice Lake this year, only to get rained upon both times.

The Season Championships will now be held this coming Saturday, September 3rd for all five divisions that race at the speedway. All competitors are welcome to attend this race and participate as it is not a “closed” event and anyone, no matter how many many or few times they have raced at the track this year, is eligible to race.

Then, on Sunday, September 4th, the second half of the doubleheader and the final race of the 2016 race season, will be held with a full racing program in all five divisions again. Extra money will be on the line in all classes for the extra distance feature races.

On both nights, the cut off for drivers will be at 6:30 pm with racing to follow. The pits will open at 4 pm and the grandstands at 5 pm. For more late information on this event, check the speedway facebook page or call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861. On race day, the track phone number is 715-236-2002.

Rice Lake Speedway Wet; Remaining Schedule Finalized

August 23rd, 2016

Rice Lake WI– A steady, all day rain ended any chances that racing action would take place Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. It was scheduled to be Season Championship night at the track.

The rest of the schedule for the remaining two weekends of racing for the 2016 season has been nearly finalized with only a few details yet to be worked out.

Next Saturday, August 27th, the rescheduled Season Championships will be held in all five divisions that race at the track. Points will be used to line up the heat races with the highest season point total drivers slated to start at the front of their heats. The finish of the heats will determine the starting order for the Season Championship features to follow.

As a special added attraction, the UMSS Traditional Sprints will also be on hand to put on a full program of open wheel racing, minus the top wings. The Traditional Sprints were rained out in their first attempt to race at the track back in May, but have been booked for an additional appearance this coming Saturday night.

Currently, the UMSS shows a tremendous battle for their point title with veteran Rick Kobs leading young James Giossi by only eight points in their season long point battle, 3772 to 3764. Also in the top five in the points chase are Jake Kouba, Mike Mueller and Jimmy Kouba. Fifteen to twenty Traditional Sprints are expected to tow to Rice Lake on Saturday for their only event on the weekend.

The Bike races, which have been rained out twice, will not be held this coming Saturday due to time constraints.

The racing season will conclude at the Rice Lake Speedway on September 3-4 as the speedway returns to their old two day format for the season concluding events. It will be doubleheader racing on that weekend with full shows each night for all five classes that race at the speedway. The Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks will be WISSOTA sanctioned for the weekend with two full point shows. Also, the Pure Stocks will be in action both days for full shows also. While the Pure Stocks won’t be sanctioned, the WISSOTA Pure Stocks are welcome to attend the event as home track rules will be in effect for the Pure Stocks.

For the first time in 2016, the Hornets will also be racing on that weekend. While it hasn’t yet been determined if they will race both days or just one of the days, they will be racing at some point during the weekend. Again, while this class won’t be sanctioned, WISSOTA Hornets are welcome to attend.

Full details on the schedule and the complete purse breakdown for this event will be determined within the next few days and details should be available on the speedway website and facebook page very soon. Start times for that weekend will also be determined as well as other details. Call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 with any questions.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile North of Rice Lake between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and the speedway website is www.ricelakespeedway.net

Austin Ellis Tops Rice Lake Speedway Winners as Dad celebrates Hall of Fame Status

August 19th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – It was Hall of Fame night at the Rice Lake Speedway Saturday and six new members were inducted into the Hall as a part of the celebration. One of those added to the Hall was Rick Ellis. In storybook fashion, later on Saturday evening Rick’s son Austin would win his first feature event of the year in the Midwest Modifieds and only the second of his career for the fifteen year old to highlight the last point race of the season. A late afternoon downpour threatened to stop the show but Mitch Hansen and Duane Bisonette again performed their magic and produced a good racing surface for the drivers so that the show could be run.

Other new members of the Hall of Fame who were added Saturday included drivers Don “Doc” Cimfl and Dave Erickson along with Ralph Sirek, Troy Newman and the later George Cook.

Along with Ellis, Shane Sabraski also won his first feature race of the year at Rice Lake while other winners included Curt Myers, Eric Olson and George Richards.

Twenty three cars took the green flag for the Midwest Modified main event with Denny Cutsforth leading the opening lap while he received pressure from Josh Hessler, Josh Wahlstrom and Ellis. Only two laps were completed when the yellow flew for a spin. Cutsforth continued to lead on the restart but Ellis went to the high side on the blinding fast track and quickly pulled up beside Cutsforth to challenge for the lead.

Ellis was able to make the pass but a second yellow for debris on the track stopped the action once again and saved Cutsforth who maintained the lead. This time Ellis took the low side and as racing resumed, Austin was able t o get a nose under Cutsforth and take over the top spot. Travis Anderson had moved up among the leaders early, then dropped back some but then again made a charge and he moved into the second spot. At the same time, Shane Halopka, who started way back in row six was making a determined move of his own as he challenged Cutsforth, Kent Baxter and Wahlstrom for position.

The last ten laps of the race ran nonstop and Ellis maintained his torrid pace, not letting anyone get close enough to seriously challenge him. Anderson pushed as hard as he could but he couldn’t close on the leader. It was one year ago this week that Ellis won his first ever feature race and he crossed the finish line to thunderous applause by the crowd. Anderson finished a solid second with Halopka passing the most cars to finish third. Wahlstrom recorded his top five finish of the year and Kent Baxter completed the top five. Ellis becomes the seventh different feature winner in the Midwest Modifieds at the track this year.

Ryan Viltz was the point leader in the Midwest Modifieds and while he didn’t have his best night of the year, his eighth place finish in the feature was more than enough to secure him the point title.

Sabraski showed great patience as he waited for things to settle down in the Modified feature and he gradually worked his way into contention and then jumped at the opportunity to take the lead when it presented itself.

Pat Hoffman led the first thirteen laps of the Modified feature and except for one bad restart, the last of five in the yellow slowed race, he would likely have won his first feature race of the year. Hoffman started on the pole and took the lead immediately with Dave Baxter providing the early challenge. Kevin Adams quickly moved up from the fourth row to challenge and after three straight yellows with four laps complete, Hoffman, Baxter and Adams exchanged some wild moves as they fought for the lead and each time, the yellow would quickly come back out and slow things down.

At midrace, Sabraski started to make his move from the third row and after passing Baxter for third, he closed on the leaders. A lap thirteen yellow for debris on the track bunched the field one more time and when the green flew, Sabraski used the low side to get the jump on Adams and take over second. Then, after leading so long, Hoffman slid high in turn three and opened the door for Sabraski who flew under him to take over the top spot.

The last seven laps of the race ran nonstop and Sabraski ran then pulled away from the field to ensure the win. Adams had his hands full with Baxter who made another charge at the end and Adams nipped Baxter by inches for second. Hoffman rolled home a disappointed fourth while Justin Oestreich came from the back of the pack to complete the top five.

Adams salvaged some satisfaction from the night however. The only point battle that was close saw Mike Anderson lead Adams by one single point going into the evening’s action. They were tied entering the feature race and while Adams finished second, Anderson struggled home in sixth as Adams added yet another track point title to his long resume.

For Sabraski, it was his third ever feature win at Rice Lake in the Modifieds but his first since the 2007 racing season. Sabraski also became the eighth different winner in the class at Rice Lake this year.

Myers was extremely strong as he came from the third row in only two laps to take the lead in the Super Stock feature and then dominate the rest of the event. Myers’ win was his seventh at the speedway this year, making him the top winner at the track in 2016.

Willie Johnsen Jr and Adam Soltis battled for the early lead in the race while Myers quickly tore to the front, passing both high and low and showing dominant speed. He dove low in turn three and slipped under Johnsen Jr to take over the lead and after that, the closest anyone could get to him was when the yellow bunched the field.

While Myers ran away from the field, there was some strong battling going on behind him as Soltis, Aaron Wilson, Sabraski and Eric Olson fought side by side for position.

The last yellow set up a five lap sprint to the finish and once again, Myers pulled away. Sabraski moved into third and challenged Johnsen Jr for the spot while Olson and Wilson continued their battle as they slipped past Soltis.

Myers continued his charge as he drove home for the win with Johnsen Jr holding off Sabraski for second. Wilson and Soltis completed the top five.

Olson broke on the last lap and failed to finish but he had enough of a cushion over Myers that he claimed the point championship in the Super Stocks.

The Street Stock feature was carried out at a furious pace with drivers running two and three wide throughout the field. Rookie Shawn Amundson and Kolby Kiehl had a great early battle for the lead before Kiehl was able to edge into the lead. Ron Hanestad and Sam Fankhauser were right there to battle too and were joined by Hunter VanGilder, Olson and Cody Kummer. The top six or so ran in a tight pack as they tore around the track.

Olson moved to the higher side of the track and was able to drive extremely deep into the corners and move up. After getting by Amundson, he closed on Kiehl and they locked into a side by side battle for the lead. In extremely close racing, Olson was able to edge into the lead while the battle behind him continued to rage.

A late yellow with three laps to go set up a sprint to the finish. Olson was able to pull away from the pack but the battle behind him raged on, with Kiehl, who gets closer and closer to that first win, settling for second with Amundson a strong third. Kummer and Fankhauser were right behind him. Kummer’s finish was more than enough to secure the point title for the Medford resident.

For Olson, it was his second straight win in the Mark Ewert #70 car, having won the Little Dream just ten days ago. Saturday’s win, however, paid just a little bit less.

The two fastest cars in the Pure Stocks this year, George Richards and Jason Havel, locked in battle for the win in the feature race. Richards started in the second row and took the lead in less than one lap. Once in front, he stretched his margin while it took Havel longer to work his way through traffic from the third row before he saw the second spot.

However, a lap ten yellow when Mike Grover got turned around bunched the field and led to a two car battle to the finish. On this night, it was Richards who prevailed as he opened up a two car length lead and rode that margin home for the win. A last corner pass saw Tucker Quinn edge Grover for third with Jay Barnier getting his best finish ever in fifth. For Richards, it was his fifth feature win of the year at Rice Lake.

Havel raced with an extreme handicap on Saturday. He raced despite the fact that he is battling a severe case of diverticulitis and also broke his foot this week. With his right foot in a cast, he bungee corded his right leg behind him so it was out of the way and he drove the gas with his left foot!

But it was worth the effort as his second place finish guaranteed him the point title in the Pure Stocks.

Next Saturday night, August 20th, the Season Championships will be decided in all five divisions. Drivers will be lined up by points earned during the 2016 racing season and they will qualify for the features based on their heat race finishes. The rain date for this event is the following Saturday, August 27th. Also, the rescheduled bike races will be held of all age groups at intermission.

Warmups begin at 6:30 pm with racing to follow. Check the speedway website for late breaking information at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Olson Fifteen Grand Winner at Rice Lake Speedway

August 3rd, 2016

Rice Lake WI, Aug. 2 – One week ago Eric Olson didn’t even have a ride in the Street Stock Little Dream race at the Rice Lake Speedway. But he hooked up with veteran car owner Mark Ewert and Tuesday night he sat in victory lane, the winner of another record breaking event in which the cash contributions from fans and businesses drove the final winning purse up to $15,000.

Fifty five entries from four states were on hand for the twenty second edition of the Little Dream race and with a great crowd on hand, the old record payoff was smashed by nearly a thousand dollars as Olson became the first three time winner of this event. However, Olson, who has raced Super Stocks for a number of years now, last won this race way back in 1997 and his winning purse that night was just over $600!

The WISSOTA Modifieds were on the card also on Tuesday and Dave Cain from Corcoran Minnesota won his first feature of the year at Rice Lake as he topped a strong field of competitors.

The fifty five entrants were narrowed down to twenty six of the best Streets in the area who took the green for the thirty lap main event. Olson started on the pole by virtue of winning the dash and he and Cody Kummer went wheel to wheel for the first two laps before Olson was able to edge into the lead. Some heavy battling was going on behind the top two as Kevin Bogdanovic, Mike Blowers, Sam Fankhauser and Hunter VanGilder fought for position while Justin Vogel and Tim Johnson moved to the top side of the track in an effort to find some open racing room.

Olson continued to lead and he started to stretch his lead out to several car lengths as Kummer tried to stay with him. Bogdanovic settled into third with Blowers running fourth and there continued to be a large group behind them jockeying for position.

Olson was setting a fast pace as his car was rock steady on the track. Near the halfway point of the race he encountered his first lapped traffic but he was able to weave his way through them without trouble as he and Kummer broke away from the field. Johnson was making up ground as he broke into the top five and worked to track down the leaders but with the race staying under the green, it was a slow process to catch the front runners.

With nineteen laps complete, the lone yellow flag of the event flew when Shawn Amundson was turned around on the back chute. This bunched up the field and eliminated Olson’s healthy advantage. One the green, however, Olson was hard on the gas and he started to pull away again. There was a ferocious battle for second as Kummer and Bogdanovic raced side by side for the spot which allowed Olson to stretch his lead as he had open track in front of him.

Johnson continued to charge as he passed Fankhauser for fourth and then started to work on Bogdanovic for third. Another driver that had moved to the second lane and was making time was Ryan Kostreba who cracked the top ten and continued to advance.

Olson was still in control as the laps counted down and he had built a solid lead that was not going to be challenged. Olson continued on unchallenged as he flashed under Shaun Cimfl’s checkered flag to score the record breaking win.

Johnson continued his challenge as he took a shot at Kummer on the last lap but had to settle for third as Cody fought him off. Bogdanovic and Fankhauser completed the top five. Kostreba continued his impressive charge as he ended up sixth after starting eighteenth. The second five also showed Jay Kesan, Jimmy Gullikson, Danny Richards who received the Hard Charger award after starting twenty fifth and VanGilder.

The Modified feature was also a smooth running event which, after spins on laps one and three, went green to checkered the last seventeen laps. Steve Hallquist led the way through the first half of the race, fighting off first Tim Johnson and then Kevin Eder after Eder raced into the runner up slot.

Cain started fifth and was quickly on the move, using both the low and high side of the track.

With a strong move, Cain passed Eder for second and then put the heat on Hallquist for the lead. Several times Cain nearly made the move but Hallquist was able to fight him off with Eder also looking for racing room.

Just at the halfway point, Cain got a good run off turn four and drove past Hallquist on the outside to take over the lead. Once in front, he started to stretch his advantage as Eder then began to pressure for second.

Picking up the pace farther back in the pack was Neil Balduc who drove past first Kevin Adams and then Johnson on the high side. Eder was finally able to get past Hallquist for second but Cain had now built up a substantial lead.

With no more yellows to bunch the field, Cain drove home with little trouble for the win over a strong running Eder. Hallquist held off a late charge by Balduc for third with Johnson completing the top five.

The Rice Lake Speedway wishes to thank all the businesses and individuals that contributed to the Little Dream purse in any way as without their support, this race would not be able to maintain the unique status that it has. Following up the highly successful Late Model Challenge Series race last Saturday night, the speedway has hosted two of its most successful events in the history of Adams-Hansen Inc. owning the track, staged back to back.

There will be no racing on Saturday, August 6th at the speedway as everyone will be taking the night off to recover and rest. Racing will return on Saturday, August 13th with the annual Hall of Fame night when six new members will be inducted into the speedway Hall of Fame. All five divisions will be racing in what will be the last point night of the 2016 racing season. Warm ups are at 6:30 pm.

Fankhauser Tops Rice Lake Speedway Streets in “Little Dream” Tuneup

August 3rd, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – Sam Fankhauser won his first Street Stock feature win of the year Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as the Street Stocks had one last tune up before Tuesday night’s “Little Dream” race. In other racing action, winners included Curt Myers, Kevin Adams, Michael Truscott and Dustin Doughty as well as A. J. Diemel who won the One Main Financial Late Model event that was a part of the program.

The five weekly divisions that race at the speedway ran a full program as well as the special Late Model event for the One Main Financial Series with one hundred and one cars signing in to race. So, with the Late Models, a jam packed pit of one hundred and twenty six cars made for a big night of racing in front of one of the biggest crowds in several years on a great Summer night for dirt track racing.

It has been a rocky year for Fankhauser with things just not going his way from time to time. In fact, he even stepped away from the track for a brief time recently but he was back in full force Saturday night as he recorded one of the most dominant wins of the year in the class. He did start on the pole but he totally dominated the strong twenty car field as he led from start to finish and it wasn’t really that close. He immediately stepped away from C. J. Wagner to take the early lead as Wagner battled to hold off Ron Hanestad and Karl Genett. Two early yellows in the first six laps kept the field bunched but after that, it was green flag racing to the finish.

With things settling down, Fankhauser pulled away from the field while the battle behind him was hot and heavy with Hunter VanGilder and Kevin Bogdanovic making the biggest moves. Both came from the third row to race their way into second and third respectively but neither had anything for Fankhauser.

Eric Olson looked good in his new ride as he battled for position with Jay Kesan and Cody Kummer among others, with the positions on the track being swapped on every turn.

But for Fankhauser, he was a happy and relieved winner as he became the seventh different Street Stock winner so far this year and appears to have peaked at just the right time. VanGilder had a solid run for second ahead of Bogdanovic with Kesan and Kummer rounding out the top five.

Myers continues his charge as he looks to win a second straight national title in the Super Stock class and the Rice Lake Speedway has been very good for him this year as Saturday night’s win was his sixth of the year here, tying him with Jason Havel as the top winner at the speedway.

Brandon Duellman visited for the second time this year and he had a solid run as he led the opening laps after fighting off an early challenge from Jim Cimfl. Duellman continued to show as the leader while Myers, Simon Wahlstrom and Nick Traynor worked their way toward the front. Myers went to the cushion and he charged forward after starting eighth and he soon had tracked down Duellman for the lead.

With a power move off turn four, Myers flew by on the outside and took over the top spot. As the race remained under the green, Myers started to cruise while the battle for second heated up as Wahlstrom caught Duellman for the position. They had quite a race for the spot before Wahlstrom took the position.

Myers continued to motor on and with no yellows to bunch the field, he drove on for an easy win. Things got tight for the second spot though, as Wahlstrom was starting to have mechanical issues and he barely eased his way across the line for second before required a wrecker to return to the pits. Duellman finished a solid third
with Eric Olson making a late charge up to fourth and holding off Shane Sabraski for that spot.

Adams appears to be back on track after going through a tough period of his own in recent weeks. Making only the second start in his new car, he led from start to finish to record his third Modified feature win of 2016 at the speedway. However, despite starting on the outside pole, he had plenty of challenges in the early going. A stubborn Steve Hallquist was not anxious to relinquish the early lead and they had quite a battle before Adams was able to slide past him into the lead. Then it was Mike Anderson who came storming up to battle for the lead with Adams.

Several yellows for minor spins slowed the action with Adams continuing to get the jump on the restarts and maintain the lead. However, Anderson was under the gun as he was now being challenged by Cory Mahder for second. They traded the second spot back and forth through a couple of yellows before Mahder was able to secure the runner up slot.

The last eight laps of the event ran nonstop and Adams was finally able to gain a little distance on the field. However, Jeremy Nelson, making his first start ever at Rice Lake became the driver on the move. He got past Anderson in the late going and nearly stole second from Mahder, with Cory just holding on for the runner up honors. Anderson settled for fourth as he held off Dave Cain for that spot.

It was an interesting evening for Michael Truscott that started out with a first lap crash in his heat. However, he recovered from that to win that event and then with a strong drive he went to the high side to drive around Kent Baxter and record his third Rice Lake Midwest Modified feature win of the year.

Baxter and Dan Kingsley had a strong battle for the lead early before Baxter edged to the front. Kent led a number of laps and it looked like he might be in line to take the win. However, Truscott moved up the track and found plenty of traction as he drove past Kingsley and then closed on Baxter.

Kent pushed for all he was worth but Truscott was just too quick on the top side and Michael drove into the lead in the late going. Several other drivers spotted the quick top side around the same time and Ryan Viltz raced into third where he ran out of time to challenge Baxter for second. Kingsley hung on for fourth and a late charge by Mark Thomas allowed him to complete the top five.

Doughty won his second Pure Stock feature win of the year at Rice Lake as he held off the strong challenge from George Richards to hold on for the win. Doughty started on the pole, moved into the early lead over Dusten Holub and was scored the leader of every lap of the Pure Stock main.

However, the final laps were anything but easy as Richards had systemically moved his way up from the third row, gaining on each restart and at the end, he was tapping on Doughty’s bumper.

George actually got a nose under Dustin on the last lap but Doughty fought him off and the two drivers, who respect each others’ driving , raced clean to the checkered as Doughty edged out the driver who built his car.

Mike Chaplin raced with the leaders throughout the event as he recorded his best finish of the year in third with rookie Cole Varsho again providing a solid finish. Jason Havel was mired at the start in ninth and had to drive hard to complete the top five.

This coming Tuesday night, August 2nd, another of the premier events on the Rice Lake Speedway will be held as the twenty second annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race will be held. Modifieds are also on the card for the race which will begin with warmups at 6:30 pm. The rain date is Wednesday, August 3rd. A reminder also that there will be no racing at the speedway this coming Saturday, August 6th. Racing will resume on August 13th which is Hall of Fame night.

Diemel Edges Redetzke in Rice Lake Challenge Series Late Model Event

July 31st, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – A.J. Diemel swept past pole sitter Jake Redetzke on lap seventeen and then held off a determined late race challenge by Redetzke to win the One Main Financial WISSOTA Challenge Series race Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway.

After scheduled pole sitter Jeff Wildung failed to show on the track for the green and the field was crisscrossed for the start, Redetzke and defending Challenge Series champion John Kaanta took the green side by side and that’s the way they raced around the track for the first two laps before Redetzke edged into the lead. Running the low line, Redetzke edged away from Kaanta while Diemel, who started fifth in the adjusted start, moved to the high side after just a couple of laps and quickly started to make time toward the front.

Also moving to the high side and finding it to his liking was Chad Mahder who had started ninth but was also on the move toward the front. Diemel moved past Jeff Provinzino and Scott Gilberts to take third and then, with another strong move around the rim, drove past Kaanta into second.

The yellow flew with thirteen laps complete for debris on the track and on the restart, Redetzke continued to lead but Diemel was right on him, looking to make the move for the lead as Mahder continued his charge on the top side, working past Gilberts and then setting his sights on Kaanta.

On lap seventeen, the second and final yellow flew for a Chuck Metzger spin in turn four and on the restart, Diemel got a great run off the top side and as the two leaders exited turn four, Diemel blasted into the lead.

Mahder soon followed past Kaanta into third and set off to catch the top two runners. Rick Hanestad found a good line in the middle of the track and he drove past Kaanta to take over the fourth spot.

The race stayed under the green the last twenty three laps of the contest and for most of that time, Diemel continued to hold about a six car length lead on Redetzke, who refused to give up in his chase.

As the race moved into the last ten laps, Redetzke found great traction coming low off the corners and he began to perceptibly cut into Diemel’s advantage. A.J made a slight line change of his own though, and the key move came with eight laps to go and Diemel’s lead cut to three car lengths.

A.J made an outstanding move as he split the tail of the field cars of Steve Isenberg and Nate Beyenhof and that gave him clear sailed for the last few laps. Diemel crossed the line with the two laps cars between himself and second running Redetzke. Mahder continued to pound the cushion for the rest of the contest and while he didn’t challenge the top two, he finished a solid second. Hanestad had a consistent run for fourth with Kaanta settling for fifth.

Key Notes: Diemel earned his first series victory of the season and twelfth career Challenge Series win. …The win was Diemel’s third ever victory at Rice Lake in the Late Models but first since 2006…This was the first time Rice Lake has hosted the Challenge Series since 2008 and the first Late Model race at the track since 2012…Jeff Wildung had redrawn the pole for the forty lap feature race but battery problems prevented him from taking the green flag. Wildung’s crew had trouble replacing the battery and Wildung missed the green with the field crisscrossing for the start…Diemel and Jimmy Mars raced back for the event after a scheduled Corn Belt Series race Saturday in Darlington Wisconsin was rained out. Diemel swapped cars and made the effort pay off with the $2,000 win while Mars opted to let his brother-in-law Scott Gilberts drive the Paul Gilberts owned car that Mars drives in WISSOTA races on occasion…The race, which also featured the five divisions that race weekly at the track drew one of the biggest crowds in recent years to the speedway.

On the move: Chad Mahder from Eau Claire Wisconsin charged from ninth to finish in the third position while Steve Laursen from Cumberland Wisconsin started fifteenth and moved up to eighth in the final order.

Car count: twenty five

One Main Series Comes to Rice Lake Speedway

July 29th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The highly anticipated return of the Late Models to the Rice Lake Speedway happens next Saturday night, July 30th when the One Main Financial WISSOTA Challenge Series makes a stop at Rice Lake’s third mile oval.

Late Models have not appeared at the Rice Lake Speedway since 2012 and a strong field of cars is anticipated for the middle night of a three night swing for the series that also features two nights of racing in the Twin Ports of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

As the Challenge Series moves into the second half of their schedule, this coming weekend’s races could play a big part in who will be crowned the 2016 One Main Financial Challenge Series champion. Currently, Winona Minnesota veteran racer Lance Matthees is the point leader of the series with one hundred and ninety six points. However, Jeff Provinzino from Hibbing Minnesota is as close as close could be, trailing only by a single point. Jake Redetzke, the Eau Claire Wisconsin racer and last year’s runner up in the Challenge Series, is only four points behind Matthees and Jeff Wildung from Nassau Minnesota is only twelve points behind Matthees and well within striking distance.

Since Rice Lake does not run the Late Models on a regular basis, no one has the home track advantage and it will be very interesting to see who comes up with the hot setup to tame the third mile oval and bring home the top prize of $2000.

Redetzke, Matthees and defending Challenge Series champion John Kaanta from Elk Mound Wisconsin probably have as many laps as anyone on this track but drivers such as Chad Mahder, Steve Laursen, Pat Doar and A.J. Diemel can not be overlooked. Many of the top drivers from all over the WISSOTA region are expected to be on hand for the race which will likely feature one of the best fields of Late Models to visit Rice Lake in many years.

As a special bonus, the other five divisions that race on a regular basis at the Rice Lake Speedway will also be on hand for a complete racing program so fans will be able to enjoy a top notch night of Modified, Midwest Modified, Super Stock and Street Stock racing, all WISSOTA sanctioned along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

The pit gate will open at 4 pm on race day with the grandstands opening one hour later. The draw cutoff is 6:30 pm for racers with hot laps and racing to follow.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and co-owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen can be reached at 715-205-2861 and 715-205-1122 respectively.

Check out the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for the latest information on the track or visit the speedway face book page.

“Little Dream”, Big Money for Rice Lake Speedway Racers

July 29th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The nationally acclaimed Street Stock “Little Dream” race returns for its twenty first year on Tuesday, August 2nd to the Rice Lake Speedway.

This race, which features one of the highest purses and first place payoffs in the entire country for the Street Stock type of race car, has become a “must see” event for many fans across the upper Midwest and a race that drivers put on their “bucket list” as a race they must attend if they drive Street Stocks.

Fortified by contributions from the fans and businesses represented at the track that night, the basic purse swells by the end of the evening and every year it is always remarkable to watch the total grow and grow.

Last year, winner Jimmy Randall went home with $14, 152.12 for his victory, an astronomical total for a Street Stock race and a record for the event but one that is sure to be challenged in 2016. With this kind of money on the line, it is no wonder that sixty four drivers representing five states and two Canadian Provinces were on hand to battle it out in front of a jam packed crowd of fans, armed with cash to be distributed to the drivers in many unique ways.

Much of the fun for this event is the almost carnival like atmosphere that the event has and many spectators come just for the entertainment value of the night, whether they are Street Stock fans or not.

Along with the Street Stocks, a full show of WISSOTA Modifieds will also be presented with extra money on the line for this division also. And along with the big money race for the Street Stocks, a non qualifier event will also be held that pays $500 to win, again much more than the Streets are used to running for an a regular basis.

The pit gate will open at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 2nd with spectator gates to open one hour later. Warm ups are slated for 6:30 pm with racing to follow. The Street Stocks will utilize the passing point format of qualifying including a dash to set the top starting positions for the main event.

The 2016 Street Stock “Little Dream” is being presented by Buzz Signs & Graphics with the support of Mahle Motorsports.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile North of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and track co-owner Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861. The raindate for this event is Wednesday, August 3rd.

Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for more information.

Kesan Tops Last Lap Thriller at Rice Lake Speedway

July 19th, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – Ashley Wahlstrom was less than one lap away from winning her first ever Street Stock feature race Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. However, on the final lap Jay Kesan made a great three wide move down the back straightaway on the final trip around the oval and drove into the lead as he won a thrilling main event to highlight the racing program at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Other feature winners on the Saturday night program included Mike Anderson, Curt Myers, Ryan Viltz and Jason Havel. The speedway will now take this coming Saturday off while they prepare for back to back huge events in the coming ten days.

The Street Stock feature race was a barn burner from start to finish with the top eight cars running in a tight pack and swapping positions and lanes on the track on an almost continuous basis. Wahlstrom had taken the lead right from the start as she started on the pole and held off the early challenges of rookie driver Shawn Amundson. Scott Clark made a strong move to find an opening on the low side of the track and he pulled up beside Amundson as both looked for an opening past Wahlstrom.

Ashley was running very strong and smooth as while there was continuous action behind her, she continued to hold the groove on the low side and keep everyone behind her.

Kesan and Cody Kummer eventually worked their way to the outside line and started to move up with Kesan especially having success as he fought his way up to third when the first yellow flew with six laps complete when Kolby Kiehl got turned around.

Wahlstrom continued to lead with Clark and Kesan now searching for a route past her. The wild jockeying for position continued until the second and final yellow was triggered when Kevin Bogdanovic got turned around in turn three.

The last five laps of the race was priceless as Kummer now found himself on the outside lane and he made the most serious challenge that Wahlstrom had seen. Cody was able to pull up beside Wahlstrom and they raced side by side for the lead. When Wahlstrom got just a bit loose off turn four, Kummer edged past into the lead but Wahlstrom fought back and as they took the white flag, Ashley was in front by a nose.

Coming out of turn two on the final lap, Kesan made a bold move to the low side and the leaders raced three wide down the back chute. Kesan was able to edge into the lead with Kummer also moving as Wahlstrom found herself to be the meat in the sandwich. Kummer made a hard charge off the final corner and closed on Kesan, but Jay held on by a bumper to win a most thrilling Street Stock feature. Kummer finished a very close second with Kiehl making a final corner pass as Wahlstrom was shuffled from first to fourth on the final lap. Bogdanovic completed the top five. The win was Kesan’s second of the year at Rice Lake.

Anderson has been on a roll lately and he did nothing to dispel that notion as he won a nonstop Modified feature. Steve Hallquist took the early lead after a brief battle with Scott Miller while Anderson, Kevin Adams and Dave Baxter all began to work their way to the front. Anderson got the best of traffic and as Adams, Baxter, Miller and Mark Hessler fought for position, Anderson was closing on leader Hallquist. It didn’t take Anderson long to make the winning pass and once in front, he began to pull away from the field.

Adams had moved to the third spot and he began a long battle for second with Hallquist. They raced side by side for several laps before Adams completed the pass but by that time , Anderson was long gone. Mike motored on for an easy win, his third of the season here as he continued to build on his track point lead. Miller had his best run of the season as he finished fourth ahead of Baxter. It took Curt Myers ten laps to find the necessary openings to get into the lead in the Super Stock feature, but once he finally moved into the lead, there was no catching him as he earned his fifth Super Stock feature win of the year.

The first ten laps of the race featured a great battle for the lead as Don Muzzy and Adam Soltis went wheel to wheel for the top spot. Back and forth they jockeyed with each taking his turn as the race leader. Meanwhile, Myers gradually worked his way up after starting seventh on the grid and after he caught the lead duo, the fun began. Myers looked high and low but the other two battling for the lead left no room for him and he had to be patient as they worked to settle out who would take the lead. At the halfway point, Soltis finally cleared Muzzy and took over the top spot. Myers then quickly moved to the low side of the track and swept past Soltis to take over the lead.

Once in front, Myers gradually pulled away from the field as Soltis maintained the second spot. Eric Olson finally broke away from traffic and started to climb toward the front, but with the race remaining under the green following two yellows on the first lap, there was just not time to catch the front pack.

Myers motored on for another win while Soltis and Muzzy both earned their best finishes of the year. Olson, the track point leader, settled for fourth with Simon Wahlstrom completing the top five. For the third straight week, the Midwest Modifieds had a rocky go of it in their main event. In fact, the six yellows in their feature race more than exceeded the total of the other four features combined. Most shocking was the fact that before two laps could be completed, two of the most competent drivers in the class had both spun and triggered yellows.

The green flag had no more than dropped when Shane Halopka, starting in the second row, spun by himself and went to the tail of the field. The second attempt found pole sitter Denny Cutsforth spin in turn three and send the field scrambling. The next brief burst of racing was more expensive as Michael Truscott, charging up on the outside toward the front of the field, lost control in turn four and collected a group of cars with four being eliminated from the rest of the contest.

When everyone settled down and racing resumed, the top five cars put on a good battle for position. Ryan Viltz found himself in the lead and while he pulled out to a small lead, there was a fierce battle for position going on behind him. Austin Ellis maintained second but George Dalbeck was putting pressure on him using the higher side of the track and very nearly made the move into second with Travis Anderson and Bryce Johnson following. Halopka, who was involved in two of the accidents, was charging back to the front in his battered looking ride and he got past Johnson to move back into the top five.

Two more relatively minor yellows set up a two lap sprint to the finish and while the continued to be action behind him, Viltz drove on smoothly for his third feature win of the year here, tops in the class for the current point leader. Dalbeck nearly used the high side to get into second but Ellis held him off for the runner up honors while Anderson and Halopka completed the top five.

It was smooth sailing for Havel as he recorded his track leading sixth feature race of the year, dominating the Pure Stock finale. After a first lap yellow slowed the action, Havel used the outside pole to drive into the lead immediately and from there on, he just pulled away from the field. Tucker Quinn, after a heat race mechanical issue, made a nice drive in the feature as he raced through most of the field to take the second spot. He was able to keep Havel in sight, but couldn’t offer any serious challenge.

Joel Hinrichs, Bob Thompson and James Clausen completed the top five.

There will be no racing this coming Saturday, July 23rd as the speedway takes the night off for the Barron County Fair. It also gives the track and the racing teams a chance to prepare for one of the biggest periods in the entire racing season.

On Saturday, July 30th, all five classes will be in action and will be joined by the only appearance of the Late Models in 2016. The One Main Financial WISSOTA Challenge Series will be the main attraction as many of the top Late Model drivers in WISSOTA will be on hand to battle in out for the $2,000 top prize. Jeff Provinzino from Hibbing MN is the current point leader of the series with Jake Redetzke, Lance Matthees and Jeff Wildung close behind in the standings. A full field of Late Models is anticipated on this night.

Then, just three days later on Tuesday, August 2nd, the twenty first annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race will be held. Street Stocks from all over the upper Midwest will flock to the Rice Lake Speedway on that night, all hunting the largest purse payoff in WISSOTA racing and one of the largest in the entire country. Last year Jimmy Randall went home with over fourteen thousand dollars and the sky is the limit in 2016.

More information is available on both events by checking out the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Rice Lake Speedway Schedule Change Announced

July 13th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway has made an announcement about an upcoming schedule change for their 2016 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway.

With the One Main Challenge Series WISSOTA Late Model special scheduled at the track for Saturday, July 30th and then followed up with the Street Stock “Little Dream” race just three days later on Tuesday, August 2nd, the Speedway has decided to take the night off on Saturday, August 6th.

This was originally scheduled to be a full night of racing for the five divisions that regularly race at the track weekly plus bike races. The bike races will be rescheduled to a date yet to be determined.

The schedule now shows a regular five division program of racing on Saturday, July 16th. The following Saturday, July 23rd, the speedway will not be racing due to the Barron County Fair. Racing returns on Saturday, July 30th with a full program in all five divisions plus the return of the Late Models for the Challenge Series race. Tuesday, August 2nd is the date for the annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race plus Modifieds. The track will now take off on August 6th and return to racing on August 13th for a full program plus Hall of Fame night.

For the complete schedule and other announcements, check out the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net .

Two Big Events Upcoming for Rice Lake Speedway

July 14th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – While the Rice Lake Speedway continues with their regular Saturday night racing programs, the management and drivers are already preparing for two huge upcoming events. Over a four day period over the end of July and extending into the first week of August, two of the biggest events of the racing season will come back to back to the third mile dirt oval on Rice Lake’s north side.

On Saturday, July 30th, the One Main Financial WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series comes to the speedway and then on the following Tuesday, August 2nd, the nationally known Street Stock “Little Dream” race will be the featured attraction at the speedway.

The Late Models have not raced at the Rice Lake Speedway since the 2012 season and anticipation is building for the return of them, particularly in such a meaningful event as a part of the Challenge Series. With one event slated before the Rice Lake weekend race, Jeff Provinzino of Hibbing MN is the current series point leader. With drivers like Jason Krohn, Ricky Weiss, Curt Gelling, Lance Matthees, Jeff Wildung, A.J. Diemel and Chad Becker currently in the top ten in points, the very best drivers from a five state area are expected to be on hand in Rice Lake on July 30th.

Area drivers who have some experience racing at Rice Lake such as John Kaanta, Jake Redetzke, Steve Laursen and Chad Mahder are expected to provide a stiff challenge to the traveling stars.

The Rice Lake event is a part of a huge, three night racing weekend for the Challenge Series with “Fender Friday” scheduled on July 29th at the Proctor Speedway, followed by the Rice Lake event on Saturday and the weekend will conclude on Sunday, July 31st with the annual “Twin 25′s” at the AMSOIL Speedway in Superior WI. With three events scheduled in such a close proximity of each other and several other tracks that run Late Models taking that weekend off, a powerhouse field of cars in expected including some surprise entrants.

As a bonus to the race fans, along with the Late Models on July 30th, a full program of racing will also take place in the five classes that normally race in Rice Lake including sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. Extra drivers in these divisions are also expected on that night.

Part two of the Rice Lake spectacular takes place on Tuesday, August 2nd with the twenty first annual running of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race. This race has reached national attention for several reasons, none the least of which is the huge amount that this race pays the winner along with the unique way that the purse is raised.

Last year local racer Jimmy Randall went home with over fourteen thousand dollars for his win in the “Little Dream”, an astronomical amount of money for drivers used to running for around two hundred bucks to win on a normal night. Over sixty drivers from five states and two Canadian provinces were on hand for last year’s event and there is no reason to believe there will be any less this year. This race has managed to raise the ante each year and is twenty thousand dollars out of the question for 2016?

The unique manner in which the purse is raised has been a special thing since the race was first conceived. Fans and businesses contribute cash to various finishing positions on top of the guaranteed purse provided by the track and these people have been instrumental in making this race as special as it is.

Money is contributed to the winner of course, but also to a number of other finishing positions and in often unique ways. Such things as extra cash for the last place finisher, the first flat tire, the first Ford finisher etc. are a huge part of the race and only the imagination limits the ways in which the cash is distributed. Part of the enjoyment of the evening is following along with the announcements of the cash offered, led by the guest announcer of the evening, Scott Tiefs.

Pre entry for this event is now open. Pre entries should be mailed to either the Rice Lake Speedway or Adams-Hansen Inc. at Box 303 in Cameron WI 54822. The pre entry of $100 guarantees that any driver making the main event will be guaranteed $300 starting money. Pre entry ends on July 31st. Any questions about the pre entry should be directed to Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or to F.Y.E. Motorsports who will be administering this racing program.

Along with the Street Stocks, a full program of Modified racing will be held on August 2nd with extra money on the line for the Modifieds also.

Draw cutoff for both of these events will be 6:30 pm with racing to follow.

In a related announcement, because the speedway will be hosting these two huge events on a back to back basis, track management had decided that there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, August 6th. The bike races scheduled for that night will be rescheduled to another date.

For more information, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the speedway face book page.

Viltz and Leer Gain Close Rice Lake Speedway Wins

July 11th, 2016

Rice Lake WI– Ryan Viltz and Matt Leer both won tight feature races to highlight the Kid’s Night racing program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. In Viltz’s case, he fought his way back in the late going after losing the lead part way through the Midwest Modified main event while Leer fought off a strong last lap challenge that saw the top three racers take the white flag three wide. Dominating performances were put on by Curt Myers and Kevin Bogdanovic to also win main events and Jason Havel made the biggest charge of the racing season to date, coming from fifteenth to win the Pure Stock main event.

The top twenty racers in a big Midwest Modified field were gleaned out to start their main event and after some smooth heat race action, the beginning laps of the Midwest Modified main were trying for everyone. Four yellows in the first two laps kept everyone on edge and several of the top challengers either finding themselves in the back of the pack or in the pits.

Among the casualties was point leader Shane Halopka who got caught up in a first lap crash not of his doing and was forced to the pits, with Viltz’s victory later allowing him to take over the track point lead.

After the four early yellows, the field settled down and raced nonstop to the checkered. Viltz took the early lead and after the early shuffling, Joe Chaplin Jr found himself in second after starting seventh. As Viltz rode the high side of the track, Chaplin Jr quickly closed in and took a dive to the inside and took over the lead. Chaplin led for several laps but then Viltz started to mount a campaign of his own to retake the lead.

Coming off turn four, Viltz was able to get to the inside of Chaplin Jr and retake the lead just past the halfway point of the event. After that, Ryan started to gradually pull away and despite Chaplin Jr giving it his all, Viltz got into a groove and stretched his lead to the conclusion of the event. Chaplin Jr. settled for second at the line with Kent Baxter a strong third place. Travis Anderson and Kyle Johnson drove consistent races to complete the top five in a race that saw six of the starting field in the pits by the finish. The win was Viltz’s second feature win of the year at Rice Lake

Tim McMann, in a different Modified this week, started on the outside pole and took the early lead in the main event. Leer made some moves quickly as he advanced from the third row to drive into second. McMann continued to lead when he made the decision to switch lanes on the track and he dropped to the low groove. The decision proved to be a faulty one as Leer got on the gas and blew past McMann, who upon deducing the error of his ways, tried to squeeze back up into the top lane but Leer would have none of it and claimed the top spot.

As Leer put distance on the field, Dave Baxter was the next one on the move as he raced into second and started to close on the leader. Meanwhile, Steve Hallquist and Mike Anderson were also advancing in the pack and racing into contention.

Anderson avoided disaster on lap fourteen when Hallquist lost a driveshaft while in the midst of heavy traffic and Anderson spun to avoid the powerless car and very nearly got drilled for his efforts. However, Anderson was OK to restart the race and he now found himself in third.

Leer continued to maintain the lead and while Baxter drove low into the corners to challenge, Leer was able to continue his momentum and hold him off. The leaders saw the white flag but then another spin slowed the action and set up a two lap sprint to the finish.

On the green, Anderson suddenly came alive and he rolled through the middle of the track, splitting Baxter and Leer and making it a three wide battle as they took the white flag. Leer continued to hold the top side while Anderson dove into second and challenged for the lead. Anderson made a strong slide into the final corner but he could only get to Leer’s rear bumper as Matt hung on for the win. The late race yellow saw the pack scramble and Mark Hessler raced into fourth at the line ahead of Jake Miller. Leer’s win was his second of the year at Rice Lake.

The only thing that kept Myers from running away from the field were the multiple yellows that kept slowing the action in the Super Stock finale. Myers started on the outside pole and after fighting off an early challenge from Nick Traynor, he settled in to lead the pack. However, each time he would start to put distance on the field, a spin would necessitate another yellow and five of them waved in the first half of the race as several of the contenders found themselves relegated to the tail of the field.

The last half of the race went nonstop and Eric Olson, who had moved up from the eighth starting position, was able to keep Myers in sight but was never able to offer any serious challenge.

Myers flashed across the line, happy that the long race was over while recording his fourth Rice Lake feature win of 2016. Olson finished a solid second while Simon Wahlstrom recorded another steady finish as he took the third spot. Bart Steffen raced up from deep in the pack to take fourth ahead of Willie Johnsen Jr.

Mike Knudtson took the early lead in the Street Stock feature as he swept past Cooper Berlin in the early going. However, Knudtson was soon caught by Kevin Bogdanovic and Jimmy Randall. Bogdanovic made an impressive move as he rolled right through the middle of the track and drove past Knudtson to take over the lead. Cody Kummer was also charging as he drove past Randall to take over third and then began to move forward toward the leaders.

Kummer continued to charge and he took over second and was closing on the leader as the race remained under the green. Knudton and Randall were locked in a hard battle for second that got physical with Knudtson spinning and Randall taken to task for the yellow as he went to the rear of the field for the green.

Two more yellows for spins kept the field bunched and the pressure on Bogdanovic as he had to keep the challengers behind him. Kummer, who had made the high side work earlier, opted to try that line again but Hunter VanGilder, who had quietly worked his way up after starting ninth, bolted into second and looked for the top spot. Bogdanovic would have none of it however, and maintained his line as he raced home for his second win of the year here with VanGilder a close second. Kolby Kiehl made a later race charge that saw him find third ahead of Kummer with Knudtson holding on for fifth.

The Pure Stock feature was a wild, scrambled race that saw just as many cars in the pits at the end as those still on the track racing. The tone was set on the first lap when Zach Beaulieu suffered a mechanical failure down the back chute while in heavy traffic and the resulting smash up eliminated four cars and saw Beaulieu treated at the track for an apparent neck injury.

Tucker Quinn took the lead when racing finally resumed with Dustin Doughty chasing him. Havel, who had made a mistake in his heat race and pulled off the track one lap early which resulting in him forced to start in the back of the pack, used the yellows and the cars sent to the rear of the pack to gain many positions early and by the time racing settled in, Havel was in a challenging position.

Following yet another restart at midrace, Havel moved to the outside of Quinn and after a good battle, was able to move into the top spot with Quinn and Doughty continuing to chase him.

One more slow down set up a two lap race to the finish and Doughty nailed his car to Havel’s rear bumper, looking for an opening. However, Jason continued to run at a fast pace and Doughty wasn’t able to find an opening and had to settle for second.

For Havel, the charge to the front was worth it as he recorded his fifth feature win of the year, a track high so far this season. Quinn finished a strong third while James Clausen came from the back to finish fourth ahead of Joel Hinrichs.

Next Saturday night, July 16th, the speedway will host another five division program with warm ups slated for 6:30 pm following the very intense racing action featured this week. The track will then take off July 23rd for the Barron County Fair.

However, when racing resumes after that, it will be with two of the biggest shows of the year. On Saturday, July 30th, the highly anticipated return of the Late Models will take place as the One Main Financial Challenge Series will be presented, featuring many of the top Late Model racers in all of WISSOTA. Along with the Late Models, a full show in all five classes will also take place in what should be one of the most appealing programs of the year.

And then, just three days late, it will be time for the Street Stocks to take center stage as the nationally acclaimed Little Dream race will take place. How much will the winner earn? It’s hard to guess but is $20,000 out of the question? That will be decided on August 2nd. Modifieds will be the under card on that night. More information on both shows will be forthcoming soon.

Five New Winners at Rice Lake Speedway “Firecracker”

July 4th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – To have first time winners at the halfway point of the racing season is somewhat rare but to have five first time winners on the same night at this late juncture of the season is almost unheard of. However, such was the case Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway for the Firecracker special.

In front of a large festive crowd on hand to watch dirt track racing and the time honored fireworks display that the track is famous for, Dave Baxter, Eric Olson, Gunnar Watkins, Jimmy Randall and Dustin Doughty all won their first feature races of the 2016 season at the speedway. All five of the feature races were won in different manners also with some leading most of the way in their events, some driving from far back in the pack and some making late race passes that secured their wins.

Scott Miller and Bryan Hessler took turns leading the opening laps of the Modified main event before Steve Hallquist moved up from the second row and took over the lead. Hallquist was running a higher line on the track and making it work as he stretched his lead until Baxter worked loose from traffic and started to close in. Baxter gradually gained on the leader and before too long they were running side by side for the top spot. They stayed wheel to wheel for two laps until Baxter was finally able to edge past and take over the top spot.

Baxter then began to pull away as Kevin Adams, who started eighth, began to work into contention. He got past Zack Drews and Kerry Halopka and then closed on Hallquist. They had a good tussle for second before Adams was able to sneak by on the inside. The race was then for the lead but Baxter had a good handle on things as he continued to turn solid laps and despite Adams’ best efforts, he wasn’t able to cut into Baxter’s lead to the point of mounting a solid challenge. Hallquist ran a solid third while Drews and Halopka followed. Baxter became the sixth different winner in the Modifieds so far in 2016.

Olson’s win was a much harder one as he took the lead from Simon Wahlstrom with just over two laps to go to claim the Super Stock win. Luke Schultz and John Erickson battled back and forth for the lead in the early going of the event before Wahlstrom found and opening on the low side of the track and shot into the lead. There was considerable jockeying of position in the first few laps and yellow flags galore as the caution waved five times in the first four laps for a series of spins that set some of the drivers on edge.

Finally, things settled down and the last eleven laps ran off nonstop. Wahlstrom continued to lead and while his lead was starting to shrink, he was still able to maintain the top spot as Olson got past Aaron Wilson to take over second. Olson then began to close at a quicker rate and with just a few laps left, Olson was on the bumper of Wahlstrom. Olson dived to the low side of turn one and there was plenty of contact between the two leaders as they banged doors all the way around the corner before Olson was able to shoulder his way into the top spot. Wahlstrom was not able to mount a rally and he settled for second as for the longest time it looked like the Super Stock rookie was going to take his first win in the division.

Instead, it was the veteran Olson that knocked down his first Rice Lake win of 2016. Wilson had a strong run to finish third and Erickson recorded his best finish yet in the Supers as he took fourth while Bart Steffen came from fourteenth on the grid to round out the top five.

Watkins was a surprise winner in the Midwest Modifieds in a race that featured more antics than even the Super Stock main did. It also featured more yellow flags as the yellow bunting waved six times for a variety of spins and minor collisions.

Josh Wahlstrom took the early lead from Cy Hoaglan and then immediately had to deal with a strong challenge from Travis Anderson. Anderson was working the cushion awhile Wahlstrom hung low on the track and they raced side by side as they battled for the lead.

They were not alone in the top rung challenge though, as Austin Ellis, Ryan Viltz, Shane Halopka, Kyle Johnson and Watkins were all running in a tight pack.

Anderson continued to challenge on the top side of the track and several times he would get beside Wahlstrom, only to see the yellow fly four another spin or encounter. Anderson then didn’t get as good a restart and suddenly it was Ellis who was putting heavy pressure on the leader with Watkins moving up along with Halopka. Ellis dove low and nearly got past Wahlstrom as they continued to battle hard for the lead.

Ellis made another low side move coming out of turn four as he tried to force the issue. The two lead cars tangled and both spun into the infield, triggering yellow number six. Ellis was charged with the caution and sent to the rear of the field while the luckless Wahlstrom had a flat tire and was out of the contest, as he was hoping for his first win ever in the division.

With the top two drivers out, Watkins inherited the lead and despite this being his first race of the year at Rice Lake, he ran a solid last couple of laps to keep Halopka and Anderson behind him for the win. Kent Baxter came from midpack to finish fourth and Johnson’s first run of the year here also resulted in a top five finish.

Watkins became the sixth different winner in the Midwest Mods so far this year and for Watkins, it was his first win at Rice Lake since the 2011 racing season when he was driving Pure Stocks. Watkins is a rookie in the Midwest Modifieds and the win here was his first ever in the class.

The yellow flag knew no bounds Saturday, as the normally smooth Street Stocks saw their main event papered in yellow also with four slowdowns in the first half of the race. Things got off to a slow start when Kori Richter and Hunter VanGilder hooked bumpers on the first lap and then on the restart, pole sitter Cooper Berlin had his engine lose power and he was turned around by the field.

Finally, some racing broke out and Kolby Kiehl, looking for his first win ever here, took the early lead. He opened up some distance on the field but then Jimmy Randall picked up the pace and caught the leader. With a dandy move down the back chute, Randall managed to get under Kiehl and take over the top spot.

VanGilder and Jay Kesan got together at mid race, causing another slowdown and after they got back up to speed, Randall started to pull away. The last five laps he ran unchecked as he raced home for thie win while Kiehl remained solid and finished in the runner up slot. Cody Kummer was all over him but had to settle for third with VanGilder next in line. Kesan made a charge from the back of the pack to complete the top five. The Street Stocks have now seen six different winners also.

The Pure Stocks were one of only two divisions to complete their main event without a single yellow flag. Dustin Doughty started on the pole and led all the way for his first win at the speedway since 2013. He pulled away from Mike Pratt and then withstood an early challenge from rookie Cole Varsho. Doughty then began to put distance on the field while the only feature winners in the class here this season, George Richards and Jason Havel, tried to work their way through heavy traffic from the fourth and fifth rows respectively.

Doughty continued to motor on and set a hot pace but Richards was threading his way to the front and when he finally passed Varsho with a few laps left, he set his sights on tracking down Doughty. Doughty had a comfortable lead though, and while Richards did cut into his margin at the end, Doughty maintained his edge to break the stranglehold of Richards and Havel as he took the win.

Richards settled for second with Varsho making his first run ever here a memorable one with a podium finish as he led Havel and Joel Hinrichs to the finish line.

Next Saturday night, July 9th, the rescheduled Kid’s Night at the track will be held. Before the races, the race cars will be lined up on the front chute and the kids can meet the drivers and look over the cars. During the course of the evening, there will be numerous bikes to be given away to the kids also and at last count, the number of bikes to be given away had reached sixty seven!

As always, the action begins with warm ups at 6:30 pm with racing to follow in all five classes. The next special event to appear at the speedway is on July 30th when the Late Models will be on hand as a part of the One Main Financial WISSOTA Challenge Series, the only appearance of the Late Models at the track this season.

Rice Lake Speedway Wet; Firecracker Next Saturday

June 27th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – A hot, windy and sultry Saturday turned into a stormy evening in northwestern Wisconsin and one of a series of fast moving thunderstorm tells hit the Rice Lake Speedway around 5:30 pm, quickly turning what was a well prepared race track into a wading pool and ending all chances of racing on what was to have been Kid’s Night at the speedway.

Next up at the track is one of the highlight events of any racing season at Rice Lake and that is the annual Firecracker special slated for next Saturday, July 2.

The fireworks display is one that has attracted hordes of fans for many years to the track and is a staple of racing at Rice Lake since the sixties. Along with both aerial and ground displays, all five divisions of race cars that normally race at the track will be action for a full race program. Warm ups are slated for 6:30 pm with racing to follow.

Since many race tracks are taking the holiday off, many out of town visitors are expected to join the local racers in what could very well be a memorable evening of racing.

The Kid’s night activities, including meeting with the drivers on the track before the racing program and bike giveaways, with the number of bikes to be given away now numbering over fifty, has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 9th.

Saturday’s rainout marked the fourth weather cancellation for the track already this year.

Kesan, Halopka Win Rice Lake Speedway Thrillers; Myers and Anderson ROC Winners Also

June 22nd, 2016

Rice Lake WI,– After an eleven day break in the racing schedule, the Rice Lake Speedway returned to racing action on Saturday. The AFCO Race of Champions qualifying events for the speedway were the main attractions Saturday, with the four winners in the WISSOTA sanctioned classes earning automatic berths in the WISSOTA Race of Champions event to be held during the WISSOTA 100 in September at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota.

The drivers saved some of their best racing of the season to date for Saturday’s qualifiers with the Street Stock and Midwest Modified features particularly being of championship caliber with Jay Kesan and Shane Halopka winning those events. Other winners who punched their ticket for the ROC race were Curt Myers and Mike Anderson. The Pure Stock feature saw Jason Havel stop George Richards winning streak at three while starting another streak of his own.

The Street Stock feature saw a lot of three wide racing with at least three different leaders during the nonstop main event. Kevin Bogdanovic and Sam Fankhauser started on the front row and they raced side by side in the opening laps with Fankhauser holding the slight lead while Kori Richter and Kesan raced hard right behind them.

Bogdanovic picked up the pace slightly and he pulled up beside Fankhauser who was running his preferred high side line on the track. As they raced side by side, Kesan suddenly made his move on the low side of the track and coming out of turn four, the leaders were three wide. Kesan and Fankhauser gained the slight edge and they continued to run door to door while Bogdanovic slipped back slightly.

For several laps the two leaders continued to circle the track side by side but finally, Kesan gained the slight lead while Fankhauser fell back just a little.

Kesan started to stretch his lead near the end, opening up a couple of car lengths on the pack, who were still battling furiously for position. Bogdanovic picked up the pace again, pulled up beside Fankhauser and took over second.

Kesan continued his strong surge as he maintained his lead and drove home for his first feature win of the year. Bogdanovic edged Fankhauser for second, Richter finished fourth and Cody Kummer came from back in the pack to complete the top five.

The Midwest Modified feature was perhaps even closer than the Streets with the winner not being decided until a last lap pass by Halopka to ensure his first Rice Lake win of 2016. After a first lap spin slowed the action, Travis Anderson jumped into the early lead. But he was soon challenged by both Curt Myers and Shane Halopka. Coming out of turn two, both the challengers got a good run on Anderson and they went three wide for the lead. Myers and Halopka both executed the pass on Anderson, but they found themselves again nearly side by side.

For several laps, Myers would maintain the slightest of leads but then Halopka picked up the pace and they were virtually welded together as they circled the track. The action was stopped when David Simpson lost a good position when he spun in turn four.

On the green, Austin Ellis came from no where to charge up on the outside and nearly steal the lead away from Myers but then Curt retook the top spot on the back chute. Halopka wasn’t giving up and he fought his way back up beside Myers and lap after lap they circled the track in lock step. First Myers would edge ahead for a lap and then Halopka would come back and nose in front.

Meanwhile, the action from the back of the pack was exciting too, as Ryan Viltz, who had problems in his heat and had to start dead last in the twenty car field, had moved all the way up to ninth by the first yellow flag and was continuing to hustle his way toward the front, trailed by Simpson who was also retracing his earlier steps too.

But back up front, the huge battle continued. The two leaders took the white flag side by side, with the issue still in question. They raced in tandem down the back chute but on the final corner Halopka made one last surge and edged ahead, crossing the finish line less than a car length the winner. Ellis made another late charge and he was right with the leaders in third while Viltz completed his charge, moving back up to forth at the finish. Anderson completed the top five.

Myers rebounded from his Midwest Modified disappointment quickly, by immediately jumping into his Super Stock and dominating that twenty lap feature while winning his third feature race of the year here.

Curt muscled his way past Luke Schultz on the green and then drove past Jim Cimfl to lead lap one and he would go on to lead the remaining nineteen also. Nick Traynor and Eric Olson were making nice advances in the field and following the lone yellow of the event on lap nine for a spin, Myers found that his path to victory was going to be a little bit more difficult. Losing his big lead due to the yellow, he found that Traynor was going to stick right on his heels and while Nick never made a serious bid for the lead, one slip up and Traynor would cut into Myers shallow advantage.

However, Myers remained in control and drove home for the win. Traynor, despite slipping up on the last corner of the race and hammering the front stretch wall, chugged home in second with Olson close behind. Adam Soltis had another solid run as he finished fourth and Bart Steffen picked up the pace near the end to complete the top five.

Anderson controlled the Modified main event, starting on the outside pole and driving away from the field in the nonstop main event. He was flying from the green and as the pack battled among themselves, Anderson opened up nearly a straightaway advantage over the field.

Kevin Adams started sixth and it was a tough chore as he worked his way through the field. Fighting him tooth and nail, he passed Pat Hoffman, Kerry Halopka and Mark Hessler and finally eased past Steve Hallquist for second.

However, Anderson was long gone by this time, and with no yellow to bunch the field, Anderson cruised home for his second Rice Lake win of 2016. Behind Adams, the running order saw Hallquist, Hessler and Halopka complete the top five.

Richards would start ninth in the Pure Stock feature due to a track rule that requires anyone winning two or more consecutive Pure Stock features to start ninth. On this night, he wouldn’t be able to overcome that disadvantage as Havel quickly navigated his way up from the sixth starting spot. Michael Miller was the early leader and was doing a good job of holding off the pack until Havel came blasting through and flew into the lead.

With this race also going nonstop, Havel was able to build up a big lead while the action in the pack was intense. Richards was really hung up in traffic and it took him a number of laps to work his way free.

Meanwhile, Dustin Doughty, who had slipped very high on the first corner and lost a lot of positions, was also on the charge. Miller continued to run second but his car started to slow as the motor began to tighten up and Doughty blew past to take over second.

However, Havel was long gone as he recorded his track leading fourth feature win of the season. Richards continued his late race charge, working his way up to third at the finish with Joel Hinrichs and Tucker Quinn close behind while the luckless Miller had his car expire on the final lap and he failed to finish.

The next two Saturday nights feature huge events for the Rice Lake Speedway. Next Saturday, June 25th is Kid’s Night at the track. The race cars will be on the track before the program and everyone will have the opportunity to meet the drivers, many of whom will have things to pass out to the fans. There will also be bike giveaways with over sixty bikes to be given away.

Then, on July 2nd, it’s the annual Firecracker Special at the speedway. Once again, the speedway will present one of the finest fireworks programs in the area along with a full racing program in all five divisions. The night has become a Rice Lake Speedway tradition and the biggest crowd of the year is sure to be in attendance for this show. It will also be the Relay at the Races night for the American Cancer Society and many fund raising activities will be incorporated as a part of the evening’s entertainment. As a side note, the Modifieds will be a part of the race program on July 2nd. They will be racing for national points on that night but not track points.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway, log on to the speedway’s website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or check out their facebook page for up to the minute information.

Kummer, Oreskovich Find Victory Lane; Richards Now Three Straight at Rice Lake Speedway

June 11th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – A special Tuesday night of racing at the Rice Lake Speedway saw two new feature winners and three winners return to victory lane. Cody Kummer fought off the challenges of Jimmy Randall and Jay Kesan to win his first Street Stock main event of the season at Rice Lake while Nick Oreskovich was very impressive in tracking down Shane Kisling for his second Super Stock win at Rice Lake in 2016. George Richards is on fire right now as he won his third straight Pure Stock feature win while Michael Truscott led all the way to beat back a big field of Midwest Modifieds. Finally, the “Hermantown Hammer”, Darrell Nelson, dropped in Tuesday with his Modified and went home with a feature win.

With ninety six cars signed in to race for the Aquafest midweek special and the entire tri-state area represented, the racing action was intense in all five main events. The Pure Stock feature was the first on the track for the night and a seven car battle raged for most of the main event. Tucker Quinn started on the pole and he led a number of laps, being challenged on the high side by James Clausen and Dustin Doughty with Jason Havel, Mike Grover, Joel Hinrichs and Richards all racing in a pack together.

Near the halfway point, things got a little tight going into turn three among the leaders and a multi car crash occurred that eliminated Quinn and Doughty, both with flat tires. Clausen inherited the lead for the green but he had Havel to his high side and when the green reappeared, Havel made his move. Clausen also edged up the track and this opened the door on the inside to Richards, who had started ninth on the grid.

George shot into the lead with Havel then chasing him. The last few laps saw Havel close up on Richards but George held his line and came home the winner by a car length over Havel. Hinrichs finished a solid third with Clausen and Grover next in line. Richards started ninth because of a track rule that requires any Pure Stock
who wins two features in a row to start no better than ninth. He will now return to that starting position when next the track races, having now won his third in a row.

Truscott redrew the pole for the Midwest Modified feature and there was no stopping him Tuesday as he overpowered a strong field of cars. The race got off to a slow start as outside pole sitter Austin Ellis only made it to the first corner before he lost power and triggered the yellow.

Truscott again pulled away under the green as Curt Myers tried to stay with him while Nick Koehler and Shane Halopka battled right behind them. One more spin on lap seven bunched the field again but Truscott had all the answers on this night as with all the region’s top runners right behind him, he pulled away without a problem.
Myers continued to try and stay with him while Koehler, Joe Chaplin Jr and Ryan Viltz all tried at various times to work the high side and move up through the heavy traffic.

With the rest of the race staying under the green, Truscott maintained his edge as he drove on for his second Rice Lake win of 2016. Myers finished a solid second and was trailed by Koehler, Halopka and Chaplin Jr.

Kummer held off a couple of serious challenges to win his first Street Stock feature of the year. While Kummer redrew the pole, his run to the checkered was a tough one with both Jay Kesan and Jimmy Randall pushing him to the limit. While Kummer held down the top spot early, Kesan and Randall raced side by side for second with neither giving an inch. First Kesan got the upper hand and he pulled in to challenge Kummer for the lead.

Following a restart for a spin, Randall took over second spot and followed Kummer closely as Kori Richter, making his first appearance of 2016 along with Danny Richards starting to move into contention. Randall found a hole on the inside and got beside Kummer as they raced for the lead. It appeared that Randall was going to take over the top spot but Kummer moved up the track slightly and made the new line stick as he raced door to door with Randall and then fought off Jimmy to maintain the top spot.

After another yellow that bunched the field, Randall took another shot at the leader when, suddenly, on lap twelve both he and Kevin Bogdanovic pulled up lame at the same time, triggering one last slowdown. Now it was Kesan’s turn to give it one last shot and he pulled up beside Kummer in the last two laps, and he nearly pulled off the pass on the last lap. However, Kummer maintained his line, fought off Kesan’s last corner charge and took his first win of the year at Rice Lake. Kesan finished a very strong second while Richards came from the fourth row for third and was trailed by Richter and Kolby Kiehl, who raced in the top five throughout the event.

Oreskovich has been very impressive in his limited starts at Rice Lake this year and Tuesday night he became the third and final leader of a hotly contested Super Stock main event. Terran Spacek and Shane Kisling raced hard for the lead on the opening lap with Kisling taking down the top spot. However, in just a couple of laps Kisling was being pressured for the lead by Bart Steffen who was running strong right on the tires. Steffen continued his charge and took over the lead as Kisling fought to hold on to second from a charge by Aaron Wilson, Eric Olson and an on the move Oreskovich. Following a spin on lap seven that triggered the yellow, Kisling got on the hammer hard on the high side and retook the lead from Steffen who then settled back into second. Olson and Oreskovich continued their charge with Oreskovich working his way into third.

With five laps to go, the yellow once again flew for a stalled car, bunching up the pack. On the green, Oreskovich took off like a shot and drove around Kisling to take over the lead and once in front, he started to stretch his advantage. Kisling was struggling as his car had lost its grip and Steffen drove back into second with Olson driving into third.

Oreskovich, who left Rice Lake for his regular Saturday night track as the point leader here, continued his charge as he pulled away in the late laps to take his second win of the year at Rice Lake. Steffen raced to a very strong second place finish ahead of Olson. Jeff Klopstein Jr made a huge charge, coming from fifteenth on the grid to edge out Kisling for fourth with Shane fighting off Shawn McFadden by inches to claim a top five spot.

The combination of a good draw and a fast race car was more than the rest of the field could overcome as Darrell Nelson, visiting for the first time in 2016, led all the way for the Modified feature win. Nelson quickly put distance on the field in the early going while a good three car battle for second between Cory Mahder, Kevin Adams and Ashley Anderson took place. Those three jockeyed for the position for a number of laps with them swapped back and forth the positions before Adams settled into second. He then tried to track down Nelson who had built up a nice lead.

A lone spin with seven laps to go bunched the field but Nelson was not in the giving mood as he immediately pulled away from the field once again. Anderson used the top side of the track to get a good run and slip into second ahead of Adams. While Nelson was long gone for his initial win here since last season, Anderson and Adams fought for second with Ashley maintaining the spot to the finish and Jake Hartung crept in on the late laps to make it a three car battle. Matt Leer rounded out the top five.

There will be no racing at the speedway on this coming Saturday, June 11th. Racing will return to the track on Saturday, June 18th with another big event. On that night, the AFCO Race of Champions qualifiers will be held for the WISSOTA sanctioned classes with the winners guaranteed a starting spot in the various Race of Champions events to be held during the WISSOTA 100 in September at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron. Warmups are scheduled for 6:30 p.m on the 18th, with racing to follow. All five divisions will be in action.

Rice Lake Speedway Wet Again; June 7th Next on Schedule

June 9th, 2016

Rice Lake WI– For the second straight week, a wet and dank Saturday caused the racing program at the Rice Lake Speedway to be canceled due to all the precipitation and wet grounds. Track management held out as long as possible on Saturday, but when the storms hit at mid afternoon, the program was forced to be canceled at that time.

However, racers and fans won’t have to wait a full seven days to get their next fix at the speedway as a special Tuesday night program has been scheduled for the speedway on this coming Tuesday, June 4th.

Run in cooperation with the city wide Aquafest celebration, a full program will be run in all five divisions that routinely race at the speedway. It will be a full point program for all classes and with it being on an open night for many racers, some visitors are expected to join the Rice Lake regulars to make things even more interesting. Feature race winners will be competing for the highly prized Aquafest trophies also.

The pit gates open at 4 p.m, the grandstands at 5 p.m, the draw cutoff will be at 6:30 p.m with warmups scheduled for that same time and racing to follow immediately. Due to the midweek nature of the show, the program will be moved along as rapidly as possible to ensure an early completion of the show.

There will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, June 11th.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway, check out the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or their facebook page. Track owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen can be reached at 715-205-2861 and 715-205-1122 respectively and the track phone number is 715-236-2002.

Rice Lake Speedway Sprint Car Special A Wash

June 2nd, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – The UMSS(Upper Midwest Sprint Series) special scheduled for Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway, was canceled due to rain and wet grounds. The special, that was featuring both the Winged and Traditional Sprints, along with a full show of the five classes that regularly race at the Speedway, will not be made up. The Traditional Sprints will, however, join the program at the speedway again on August 27th for the regular season finale.

Next up, weather permitting, will be two programs to be conducted in the next ten days. Next Saturday, June 4th , the regular five classes will return to conduct a full racing program. And then, just three days later, a special Tuesday night show will be held on June 7th will all five classes again in action. It will be the Aquafest Trophy races as a part of the city wide Aquafest celebration and with it being a midweek race night, many travelers are expected to join the Rice Lake regulars in what should be an outstanding midweek presentation.

Both programs will feature warm ups beginning at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow and the cut off both nights will be at 6:30p.m. For more information, visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or check out the facebook page. Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Travis Anderson Tops Rice Lake Speedway Racers

May 25th, 2016

Rice Lake WI, Travis Anderson held off a snarling field of Midwest Modified racers through multiple restarts to record his first feature win of the season Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other winners Saturday, all of them repeating victories from earlier this season were Hunter VanGilder, George Richards, Curt Myers and Kevin Adams.

Austin Ellis got a fantastic start in the Midwest Modified feature as he found an opening on the low side of the track and came from the third row to battle for the lead down the back chute on the opening lap. Ellis and Scott Meeds raced hard for the lead before Ellis took over the top spot. Several cars were quickly cutting through the field to challenge including Anderson from the third row along with Joe Chaplin Jr. and Shane Halopka from row five.

A couple of quick back to back yellows for spins slowed the field and this allowed Anderson to get right on Ellis’ tail. Travis got past the leader once, only to see the yellow come back out but on the next attempt, Anderson once again made the move and took over the top spot.

He was not home free however, as soon Chaplin Jr moved to the top side of the track, took over second and then nearly drove past into the lead before yet another yellow slowed the action. The restarts saw the running order get shuffled often as drivers made moves that sometimes worked and other times saw them fall back. Ellis had dropped all the way back to fourth but he determinedly fought his way back up to second and was now the challenger.

A hard contact on the front chute between Fran Hanson and Brent Miller set up a two lap sprint to the finish and Anderson held his line to race home for his first win of the year here. Ellis finished a solid second with Chaplin Jr, Halopka and Josh Wahlstrom, up from twelfth, completing the top five.

The hottest driver at the track is VanGilder who won his track leading third Street Stock feature of the year on Saturday. He fought his way to a highly competitive victory in a race that saw rookie driver C.J. Wagner very nearly take his first career win.

Wagner started on the outside pole and took the early lead with Kolby Kiehl his toughest early competition. However, quickly moving up through the pack were Chris Peterson, Jay Kesan and Kevin Bogdanovic. The top six or so drivers were running as a tight group and there was much give and take as the drivers switched lines on the track and jockeyed for position. Bogdanovic, Kesan and Peterson all had shots where they came very close to taking over the top spot but Wagner, and in some cases, the yellow flag, kept the running order for the top spot the same.

VanGilder had steadily moved up after starting seventh and he found himself into second and running the low line behind Wagner. Back to back yellows on lap twelve and thirteen put the pressure on the leader and following the last showdown, Wagner, who had been driving a solid race, bobbled entering turn one on the green and lost his momentum.

VanGilder quickly jumped inside him and took over the top spot and other drivers quickly shuffled their way past Wagner. Kesan made a late run on the high side but VanGilder hung on for the win. Bogdanovic came home third with Cody Kummer and Peterson next in line.

Myers made easy work of the Super Stock field to take his second win of the year at Rice Lake. He started in the second row and he shot to the front quickly, passing Jim Cimfl for the lead and running away from the field. At one point, he had a half lap on the pack until one late yellow bunched the action.

Cimfl ran a fine race early with his new car, holding the second spot for a number of laps before he was challenged by Simon Wahlstrom. They had a great battle for second for a number of laps before Wahlstrom took over the position. Nick Traynor, Eric Olson and Adam Soltis were all drivers on the move as they worked their way through the field with the race remaining under the green flag.

It was heartbreak for the rookie Wahlstrom as he was only five laps from his highest finish yet when he stripped out the gears on his car and lost power, triggering the yellow and setting up a sprint to the finish.

Once again, Myers broke free from the pack while another rookie, Soltis, moved into second. Myers drove home for the easy win while Soltis recorded his best finish yet. Olson, who started dead last on the field, continued his charge as he raced up to third and almost caught Soltis for second while Traynor and Bart Steffen rounded out the top five.

Adams won his second Modified feature win of the year but he was pressed by Mark Hessler for the win. They had a tough battle during the first half of the race before Adams was able to edge past for the lead. Hessler had led from the start while Adams and Tim McMann moved into second and third following some early scrambling of the pack. Adams closed in on the leader and while Hessler remained on the top side, Adams worked low and they circled the track side by side for a number of crowd pleasing laps.

Finally, Adams was able to edge into second and McMann, who several times had threatened to pass both the front runners, challenged Hessler for second. They exchanged slide jobs and McMann took over the spot briefly until Pat Hoffman broke with only five laps left, setting up a short sprint to the finish.

While Adams again edged away from the field, this time it was Hessler who reasserted himself into the second spot. Adams put some distance on the field at the end but in a close battle for the rest of the top five, Hessler took second and Mike Anderson stole away third from McMann on the last lap with both running just ahead of Steve Hallquist.

Richards won his second straight Pure Stock feature to make his long drive up from Mondovi pay off. He started in the second row and quickly got past James Clausen to take over the lead. Only one lap was completed before a hard collison between Jim Thur and Jack Bowers slowed the action.

The rest of the race ran nonstop with Mike Knopps and Jason Havel quickly moving into second and third and trying to track down Richards. Knopps was making his first run of the year here and he was flying as he used the high side of the track to slowly track down Richards. As the laps ran down, Knopps continued to close up on the leader with Havel also trying to track down the top two.

Things got wild on the last lap as Richards lost control in turn four and very nearly spun out. Knopps closed up considerably on him and as they crossed the finish line, Knopps was right on the rear bumper of the winner. Havel finished a solid third with Michael Miller and Clausen completing the top five.

Next Saturday night is one of the early season highlight events at the track. Along with a full program in all five of the regular divisions that race at the speedway, the Upper Midwest Sprint Series(UMSS) will be on hand with both of their Sprint Car groups. Both winged and traditional non winged Sprints will be in action with full programs for both classes led by current point leaders Rick Kobs of Deer Park in the traditional and Jerry Richert Jr. from Forest Lake MN in the winged Sprints. This is always one of the biggest drawing events for the spectators of the season and fans are encouraged to arrive early and get their favorite seat. Warm ups are at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow directly. Check out the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net and their facebook page for more information.

Rice Lake Speedway Too Cold, Racing Resumes May 21st

May 17th, 2016

Rice Lake WI,– With the brutal stretch of weather currently in the Midwest, track co-owners Mitch Hansen and Dave Adams made the call on Friday that conditions would be just too cold and miserable for racing to be held on Saturday night. The cancellation was the first of the 2016 racing season after the track had completed its first four programs without incident.

Racing action will now resume next Saturday night, May 21st with a five division program featuring the WISSOTA Polydome sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. Warm ups will commence at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow immediately.

When racing resumes next Saturday, current point leaders Ashley Anderson, Nick Oreskovich, Ryan Viltz, Cody Kummer and Jason Havel will look to stretch the lead in their individual divisions.

The first special event on the 2016 racing schedule comes up on Saturday, May 28th when along with the five division program, both the Winged and Traditional Sprints of the UMSS(Upper Midwest Sprint Series) will be on hand to provide a complete program in each of the sprint classes. Race time that night will be 6:30 p.m also.

Check out the speedway’s new website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for more information.

Three More New Winners in Rice Lake Speedway Action

May 11th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – Three more new winners emerged in racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as the track was able to complete its fourth race of the year without any weather issues. Ryan Viltz came from the fourth row to top the biggest individual field of the year, thirty two Midwest Modifieds, for his first win on the year and was joined as a new winner by Mike Anderson and George Richards. Hunter Van Gilder, meanwhile, won his second Street Stock feature of the year here and Curt Myers, with his first Super Stock win of the year to go along with two Midwest Modified wins earlier this year, becomes the top winner at the speedway to this point. The largest field of the year, ninety nine cars, signed in to race on Saturday night.

Nineteen cars took Shaun Cimfl’s green flag for the Midwest Modified main event with Bryce Johnson and Austin Ellis battling briefly before Ellis secured the top spot. Austin was immediately challenged for that top spot by Grant Southworth and a fast moving Michael Truscott. Viltz, meanwhile, shot to the high side of the track and quickly moved up from his seventh starting spot.

In one of the most spectacular moves of the season to date, Viltz got a great run off turn four and squeezed past both Truscott and Southworth down the front chute and shot into the second spot. He then continued to work the high side and blew past Ellis to take over the lead, an advantage that he quickly built upon.

Meanwhile, Truscott slipped under Ellis to take over second with Southworth motored past Ellis also as both tried to track down Viltz. The lone yellow and the only car not to finish the event was Tanner Byholm who spun with seven laps complete and called it a night.

Viltz continued to work the high side with Truscott and Southworth restarting right behind him and Ryan was gradually able to extend his lead over those two. Charging up through the pack was Shane Halopka and Joe Chaplin Jr as they fought to get into the top five. Halopka moved past Ellis for a position with Chaplin Jr. also doing so.

Viltz was not pressed the rest of the event as he continued to work the high side and drive on for the win. Truscott finished a strong second to back up last week’s win here with Southworth following. Chaplin Jr. continued his late race charge as he drove past Halopka to take the fourth spot on the final lap.

Tim McMann led the opening laps of the Modified main event, a race that would go green to checkered without a single slow down. McMann worked the low side of the track as he edged past Pat Hoffman early and then soon was pressured by Mike Anderson for the lead. Anderson tried the inside but when that line was blocked, he moved to the higher side of McMann and drove past him in turn three to take over the top spot. Anderson started to pull away as McMann was soon challenged by another Anderson, this one Ashley. Coming from the third row, Ashley also moved to the higher line and gradually closed on McMann for second, also making his pass in turn three. Ashley then set out after Mike as Andersons dominated the front of the pack. Cory Mahder was also on the move after starting in row four and he to closed on McMann.

Ashley Anderson started to close up gradually on Mike, but without the assistance of a yellow flag to bunch up the field, the distance was just too much to cut and Mike, who continued to run a smooth race, drove home for the win, with Ashley several car lengths behind in second. Mahder got past McMann for third in the last going and Hoffman had another good run to complete the top five.

After a first lap spin by Rob Holmstrom Jr the Pure Stocks ran green to checkered with George Richards stopping Jason Havel’s win streak at three in a row. Actually, for most of the race it looked like youngster Alex Smith was going to take his first ever career win at Rice Lake until late in the contest things took a bad turn for him.

Smith started on the pole and had a great battle in the early going with Tucker Quinn before assuming the top spot. Smith gradually extended his lead to several car lengths as Quinn was being challenged by Richards and Havel for second. Havel, who started ninth in the field due to his three straight wins, took some time to get through the pack but he soon was moving his way toward the front.

Smith had built up a nice sized lead but once Richards cleared to the second spot, he began to methodically move in on Smith who soon began to feel the pressure as Richards closed. Smith slid a little high and Richards closed right up behind him. Then Smith again slipped high out of turn four and banged into the wall hard with Richards ducking under him to take over the lead.

Smith tried to charge back but he pounded the back stretch wall even harder when he got to high and he damaged his race car, but was able to slow and limp off the track without triggering a yellow. This moved Havel into second and he set off after the new leader. However, Richards worked lapped traffic well and while Havel was able to close to within three car lengths on the last lap, George drove home for his first win of the year here. Havel settled for second after having won the first three features of the season and Joel Hinrichs made a nice run to finish third. Quinn settled for fourth and Randy Graham had another solid run to complete the top five.

The Street Stock feature was a two car battle all the way with Van Gilder holding off Cody Kummer to take his second win of the year at Rice Lake. In the early going Kolby Kiehl and Ryan Glembin raced side by side for the lead with each sharing the top spot at some point during the initial laps. Van Gilder and Kummer were right behind the lead duo and when the openings broke, Van Gilder was in the right spot at the right time and shot past Kiehl to take over the lead. Kummer quickly followed suit and the battle for the lead was on.

Van Gilder showed the way but Kummer was literally right on Hunter’s rear bumper as he probed for an opening, attempting to try both high and slip under the low side. However, Van Gilder remained in the groove and Kummer couldn’t muster enough speed to slip past.

With three laps to go, a spin triggered the first yellow of the race and bunched the field. This was Kummer’s chance but Van Gilder got away quickly on the green and in the remaining three laps Kummer couldn’t muster a charge as Van Gilder took his second victory of the season. Glembin and Kiehl continued their nearly race long battle and in the end, Glembin took his best finish ever at Rice lake with a strong third place showing with Kiehl right behind him. Kevin Bogdanovic recovered from a late spin to charge back up and complete the top five.

While the other four feature races had a combined four yellow flags, the Super Stock main had a mind boggling nine yellow flags before the race shortened event could be completed. While Myers found the lead early and remained relatively unchallenged, the number of twists and turns among the other contending cars was stunning.

John Erickson sat on the pole with Terran Spacek to his outside and they raced side by side on the opening lap. However, Myers was right behind Erickson and he found an opening on the low side and shot into the lead early. As Myers extended his advantage, Kevin Burdick and Jeff Klopstein Jr were working their way into a challenging position. Myers had built up a solid lead but when Klopstein Jr got to second, he quickly began to cut into the advantage as he worked the high side of the track. Klopstein Jr had cut into Myer’s big lead and was just ready to challenge Curt when Klopstein Jr rolled to a halt, the victim of distributor failure.

On the green, Myers again assumed the lead but Burdick and Shane Kisling were arguing about the second spot. In fact, they tangled as they headed into turn three with Kisling banging up against the wall and triggering another yellow. Kisling was restored to his second position but unknown to him, his car had suffered some front end damage and on the green his car shot straight up the track and into the wall hard in turn one, again resulting in another yellow.

After this, a series of four more yellow flags flew for various spins. Finally the last couple of laps were successfully completed and Myers, who wasn’t challenged at the end, took the checkered for his first Super Stock win of the year and third overall. Eric Olson started eleventh and managed to keep his car out of tangles and spins and drove home for the second spot, edging Bart Steffen for that position. Nick Oreskovich spun on lap two, went to the tail and worked his all the way back up to fourth at the end, with Nick Traynor completing the top five in what was the longest feature race of the season.

Next Saturday night the racing action will continue with all five classes again slated to take to the track. Warm ups start at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow immediately.

Traynor Shocks Rice Lake Speedway Racers; Rookie Tops Super Stock Field

April 26th, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – Overcoming a forty five minute rain delay when a shower during the heat races hit the track and threatened to send everyone home early, track officials worked diligently and recovered the racing surface so that the entire program could be completed.

It proved to be a most memorable night for at least one driver as rookie Super Stock driver Nick Traynor, making only his third outing behind the wheel of a Super Stock, led from start to finish and held off some top notch competitors to win his first ever feature race in the division. New winners emerged in two divisions as Hunter VanGilder and Kevin Adams won their first feature races of the season at the track while Curt Myers and Jason Havel repeated opening night triumphs with their second straight wins.

Twenty one cars took the green flag for the Super Stock feature and sharing the front row with Traynor was another rookie in the person of Adam Soltis. Things got off to a slow start to the race as the yellow was displayed before a lap could be completed as Curt Myers got into the back of another car, climbed up on it and then spun. His evening would be done before one lap was complete.

The second attempt saw Traynor and Soltis go side by side before Nick was able to edge into the lead. With Soltis battling hard to maintain second, he was challenged by Willie Johnsen Jr for the spot as Aaron Wilson and Scott Lawrence were also on the move.

Traynor continued to lead as Johnsen Jr slipped into second and started to cut into the leader’s advantage. Some great fighting for position was going on behind them as Jeff Klopstein Jr and Nick Oreskovich were also working their way toward the front of the pack.

Johnsen Jr was working very well on the high side and he nearly slipped past Traynor, only to see the yellow fly for a spin. On the restart, Traynor accelerated away from the field to maintain his slight advantage. Lawrence then made a determined charge that saw him close to Traynor’s rear bumper as the yellow once more set up a two lap dash to the finish.

Traynor got away well and while Lawrence and Johnsen Jr both pressured him, Traynor made no mistakes as he crossed the line to win by a car length over Johnsen Jr who nipped Lawrence for second. Oreskovich continued his march as he moved up to fourth at the end with Klopstein Jr next in line. As might be expected, Traynor was a thrilled winner in victory lane.

Hunter VanGilder has been plagued with mechanical issues during the early part of this racing season but he put all that behind him Saturday as he drove an outstanding race to pass Kevin Bogdanovic with only two laps to go and win his first Street Stock feature of the year. Bogdanovic started on the pole and pulled into the
early lead in a race that would go non stop, green to checkered. VanGilder started in the third row but he got a great start and quickly swept past Ashley Wahlstrom and Kolby Kiehl to take third and put Bob Wahlstrom behind him to move into second.

As Bogdanovic continued to work the inside line, VanGilder moved up the track and was able to keep his momentum rolling and he gradually closed in on the leader. He pulled up beside Bogdanovic down the front chute and swept past him in turn one to take over the lead. He continued his march as he gained more space on the final two laps and drove home the winner. Cody Kummer made up a lot of ground near the end of the event and he came home third of Ashley Wahlstrom who held off Sam Fankhauser for a spot.

Adams wasted little time getting to the front of the Modified feature as he ducked inside of Pat Hoffman and grabbed the lead early. This was also a nonstop main event and Adams used the continuous green flag conditions to build a big lead, one that stretched to a straightaway as the race reached its conclusion. The best battle was for second as Hoffman and Mike Anderson went side by side for many laps beforeAnderson was able to edge past him as Hoffman had his car working well on the top side of the track and for a number of laps, he repelled all challenges from Anderson before Mike was finally able to edge away from him. Adams win was his first of the year at Rice Lake and Anderson settled for second while Hoffman drove and excellent race and was credited with the third position. Steve Hallquist’s first run of the year at the track netted him a fourth place finish as he edged Justin Oestreich for that place.

While Myers had a rough night in the Super Stocks, he eased the pain somewhat by racing to his second straight win in the Midwest Modifieds. Myers was charging early and it took him only four laps to come from the eighth starting spot and edge past Wayne Stricker for the lead. However, Stricker was not about to give up and he
pushed Myers the rest of the way as several restarts during the contest kept bunching the field and each time, Stricker would challenge to take back the lead.

Stricker had his own problems too as he was constantly challenged for second by Tyler Vernon and then later Joe Chaplin Jr and Ryan Viltz. They traded positions back and forth and after each restart it seemed like they jockeyed for position with the running order changing.

This race also saw a late yellow that set the stage for a two lap sprint to the finish. Myers had Stricker on his tail but Curt made no mistakes as he drove home with a one car length lead for the win. Stricker maintained second but there was some shuffling behind him in those late laps and Chaplin Jr came home third ahead of Viltz and Shane Halopka.

The Pure Stock feature was the third nonstop main event on the night and after Jason Havel won last week, he was the driver to beat. Havel started on the pole and led all the way for his second Pure Stock win. He was challenged by Joel Hinrichs however, who ran side by side with him for two laps before Havel was able to edge in front. And Hinrichs managed to stay close to Havel, nearly sneaking by him late in the race when they got into lapped traffic. Hinrichs made one last push on the last lap but he came up a car length short as Havel drove home for the win again. Tucker Quinn drove a consistent race to finish third while Randy Graham debuted his new car with a fourth place finish. Michael Miller was the hard charger of the event as he started tenth on the grid and drove all the way up to fifth at the finish.

Before the races, Best Appearing Car Awards, as voted on by a panel of neutral observers, were made . Named as Best Appearing were Quinn-Pure Stocks, VanGilder-Street Stocks, Viltz-Midwest Modifieds, Traynor-Super Stocks and Ashley Anderson-Modifieds.

Racing continues at the speedway next Saturday, April 30th with all five classes again appearing in racing action. Warm ups start at 6:30 p.m.

Ashley Anderson and Eder Star at Rice Lake Speedway Opener

April 18th, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – Ashley Anderson and Kevin Eder shared the spotlight during the 2016 racing opener Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Eder won his first ever Super Stock feature at the track and was on his way to a huge double win, only to be edged at the line by less than an a car length as Ashley Anderson nipped him in the Modified feature race. Other winners on the sixty fourth consecutive opening night at the speedway included Curt Myers, Tim Johnson and Jason Havel. A nice field of ninety two racers from three states signed in to race on opening night in front of a large crowd on what was a Summer like night in northern Wisconsin.

Eder led most of the Modified feature after taking the lead from the outside pole at the drop of the green. He was chased for most of the race by Kevin Adams who continually tried to slide under him coming out of each corner, but was never able to make the move stick. Matt Leer was a challenger for quite some time also until he spun in turn one and triggered the second yellow of the race with twelve laps completed.

Adams continued to challenge for the lead as Eder still held the top spot but Ashley Anderson and Mike Anderson had both worked their way into contending positions also. Ashley looked to the inside of Adams for second and got beside him on occasion, but each time Adams would fight him off.

One final yellow slowed the action with thirteen laps completed and Adams made an all out effort on the green, sliding under Eder as they raced for the lead in turn one. Adams couldn’t complete the pass however and as Eder held on to the lead, Adams lost momentum and Ashley Anderson moved into second and dropped under Eder. they raced side by side for the lead for several laps with neither driver able to pull away. The white flag saw them still battling side by side for the lead.

In the final corner Eder slid just a bit high and that was Ashley’s opportunity to surge ahead, and he pulled out the win by less than a car length. Mike Anderson came on strong at the end as he pulled past the fading Adams for third with Neil Balduc completing the top five. Ashley’s win was his first Modified win at Rice Lake since the 2012 racing season.

While Eder couldn’t pull off the Modified win, he settled for the next best thing as he won his first ever Super Stock feature at Rice Lake, nipping a fellow ABC Speedway regular in Nick Oreskovich by a car length at the line. Ashland regulars dominated the race with Randy Spacek and Oreskovich battling for the lead for the first half of the race with Eder and another ABC regular, Cory Casari, right behind.

Oreskovich had used the high side to come from the second row right at the start and pull ahead of Spacek into the lead. However, Randy fought back and they went wheel to wheel for a number of laps with Eder always close behind.

Oreskovich continued to hold off Spacek but Eder was closing on both of them as the yellow flew for debris on the track with thirteen laps complete. Eder got a great restart as he was able to pull past Spacek into second and then he maneuvered to the low side and pulled up beside Oreskovich. They ran wheel to wheel as they fought for the top spot with Eder eventually pulling out to a small advantage. Oreskovich maintained the pressure as he went to the high side one last time trying to gain some extra momentum but Eder held him off by a car length for the win. Spacek finished a close third with Curt Myers making a late charge to edge past Scott Lawrence into fourth. Eder’s win was accomplished driving the #80 Super Stock owned by Greg Kuklenski.

The Midwest Modified feature was a close affair for the first half of the event with five drivers battling hard for the lead. Shane Halopka and Joe Chaplin Jr. fought tooth and nail in the early going for the lead with Ryan Viltz also providing plenty of pressure. Near the midpoint of the race, Myers picked up the pace and he was able to drive around the leaders and take over the top spot and once in front, he stretched his lead as the race stayed under the green for the last eleven laps.

Myers continued to pull away from the field as he lengthened his lead over Halopka, who was not able to cut into the Myers advantage. Travis Anderson started to move up at this point after dropping back initially and he got past Viltz to take over the third spot. Austin Ellis also made a nice charge as he got past Chaplin Jr in the late going to crack the top five. The win for Myers was his first ever at Rice Lake in the Midwest Modifieds, as Myers has focused his efforts at the track in recent years on his Super Stock.

Drama prevailed in the Street Stock feature as the leaders got together and a spin resulted, which changed the course of the event. In the early going, Ashley Wahlstrom had one of her best runs at Rice Lake as she raced wheel to wheel with Cooper Berlin for the lead. They traded the lead back and forth with Sam Fankhauser and Kevin Bogdanovic both challenging. Then Cody Kummer picked up the pace as he moved up the track and really started to gain positions.

Kummer continued his charge and was able to drive into the lead but also moving was Tim Johnson, who had started in the fourth row. Johnson was pressing the high side too, and he followed Kummer by moving into second. Johnson continued to charge as he got up beside Kummer and edged into the lead. However, as they battled for the top spot, both wanted the same piece of territory in turn one and Johnson got clipped and went for a spin in front of the pack. While everyone was able to miss him, the restart found Johnson restored to his position and Kummer headed for the tail.

Johnson then began to pull away following another spin, this one that cost Bogdanovic the second spot. One more yellow set up a two lap sprint to the finish and Johnson pulled away from the pack. Several drivers who had faded back somewhat made late charges with Fankhauser racing back up to second and Scott Clark, Wahlstrom and Kolby Kiehl were all able to get back in the top five.

Jason Havel picked up right where he left off in 2015 as the defending track champion raced to the win in the Pure Stock feature. Michael Miller led the opening laps before Havel moved past him and once in front, he opened up a comfortable lead. However, George Richards was not content to led Havel just drive away from the field and using a higher line than most, Richards was able to close the gap, catching Havel with just a couple of laps left. Richards gave it everything he had but Havel maintained his line and Richards had to settle for riding Havel’s rear bumper across the finish line. Joel Hinrichs recovered from an early spin to race his way to third at the finish with Austin Workman and Tucker Quinn completing the top five.

Another five division program is scheduled for this coming Saturday night, April 23rd. Along with racing in five divisions, the winners of the Best Appearing Car awards are scheduled to be announced also. Warm ups begin at 6:30 p.m.

Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Class

April 16th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame committee recently met and selected their nominees to join the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame. The 2016 group with be the sixth group of inductees elected to join the Hall. As in previous years, voting was conducted in two categories. One group will consist of drivers and the second group will consist of Friends of the Speedway which includes such people as car owners, sponsors, former Board Members and supporters of the Rice Lake Speedway along with race fans, race mechanics and employees of the track.

Six new members will make up the class of 2016. Selected as the three drivers of this year’s class are Rick Ellis, Don(Doc) Cimfl and Dave Erickson. The three Friends of the Speedway include Troy Newman, Ralph Sirek and the late George Cook.

The actual induction ceremony will take place on Saturday night, August 13th during the intermission of that night’s racing program. The six new members of the Hall will be feted in a pre race social hosted by track co-owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen at which the thirty eight members already elected to the Hall will also be invited to socialize with the new inductees.

Anyone with questions about the Rice Lake Speedway and its Hall of Fame should access the speedway’s new website at www.ricelakespeedway.net where biographies of all the members are posted.

Rice Lake Speedway Practice Schedule Changes; Opener Still On

April 13th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – Weather conditions have prompted a change in the practice schedule announced for next week at the Rice Lake Speedway. However, the most important news is that the opener, scheduled for April 16th, remains on as scheduled.

Practice sessions had originally been announced for Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th. However, after examining the track and checking on the ten day forecast, it has been decided to delay the practice date until Thursday, April 14th. This will allow the track to have a couple more days of sun and wind before the race cars get on the track for the first time.

The change in the schedule may also be beneficial for the out of town drivers also. Many northern drivers are expected to join the field this weekend and with the practice now slated for Thursday, it will allow many of those drivers to practice on Thursday and then head directly to the opening weekend events on Friday and then back to Rice Lake on Saturday.

The practice session is slated to be from 6-9 pm and drivers in all classes are invited to attend the open practice session.

Then, on Saturday, the sixty fourth consecutive season of racing in Rice Lake commences with the first green flag to drop shortly after 6:30 pm for the Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

For last minute information, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the track face book page. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 or call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

April 16th, Race Night at the Rice Lake Speedway

April 9th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – Since the final checkered flag flew last Labor Day weekend, racers and fans of the Rice Lake Speedway have been waiting for another dirt track fix at the oval on Rice Lake’s North side.

Well, their wait is now over. The sixth fourth consecutive season of racing at the Rice Lake Speedway will commence on Saturday night, April 16th with the first green flag to fly at 6:30 p.m. The early melt and warm up this year has allowed track officials to get on the racing surface early, and despite several light dustings of snow in the last week or so, the track is ready for racing to begin. The ten day forecast is very promising with a gradual warm up predicted, and with temperatures slate to be in the mid sixties and sunny skies for Saturday the sixteenth, it should be an ideal night for the racing opener.

However, before the opening race, the track is slated to host two practice sessions that are very important to the drivers and also help get the track is shape for opening night. They are scheduled to be held on April 12th and 13th, weather permitting.

Opening night will feature the five classes of cars that make up the bulk of the schedule at the track throughout the season. They include WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with Rice Lake’s own Pure Stocks. During the course of the Summer, Traditional and Winged Sprints, along with Late Models, will also be making appearances at the track.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m, the grandstand opens at 5 pm with the draw cutoff for drivers and warmups slated for 6:30 pm with racing to follow immediately.

Fans should monitor the speedway’s new website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or their face book page for updates, particularly about the practice sessions. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 or call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Set to Practice

March 30th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – As the start of the 2016 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway nears, dates for the first on track activity have been announced.

According to track co-owner Dave Adams, practice dates have been scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th. The practice sessions at slated to be held from 6-9 p.m both nights and cars in all classes are invited to attend and get laps in. Everyone in the pits is required to sign an insurance waver but there is no charge for drivers to practice. Fans will be allowed to watch from the spectator viewing areas free of charge also.

According to Adams, track co-owner and track prep guru Mitch Hansen has been on the track even before the calendar turned over into April and as Adams stated, “the track looks smooth, the track looks fast and the track looks ready to race on.”

All this is in preparation for the official opening night, April 16th when officials will open the gates for the sixty fourth consecutive time for racing action to take place in Rice Lake. Headlining the opening night card will be a five division program featuring WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the highly entertaining Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

Many drivers are expected to debut new race cars and a number of new drivers are expected to join the weekly fields as it has been a busy off season in area race shops and garages.

Among the highlight events of the 2016 racing season are the Aquafest Trophy races on June 7th, two appearances by the Sprint Cars, the first appearance of the Late Models since 2012 when the One Main Financial Series visits the track on July 30th , the Street Stock Little Dream race on August 2nd and a two day show to wrap up the season on Labor Day weekend.

In other racing news, two new officials have been appointed to key positions at the race track for 2016. The new track starter will be Shawn Cimfl from Rice Lake. Cimfl brings experience to the position, having flagged previously at tracks in both Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as working with a traveling Sprint Car series.

The new track announcer will be Ben Brost from Eau Claire. Brost will be entering his twentieth year of calling race events, having previously worked at several tracks in central Wisconsin as well as calling the action for virtually every type of motorsports activity around.

The pit gate on opening night will open at 4 p.m with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Warm up start at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Racers Set To Show Cars

March 26th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The first official activity of the 2016 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway is approaching quickly. Drivers are anxious to show off their new racers and new looks to their cars and their chance will come starting Thursday, March 31st when they roll their cars into Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall for the annual car show. Cars will be on display throughout the weekend and drivers in all five divisions that race at the speedway are expected to have their cars on display.

Along with the cars on display, representatives of Adams-Hansen Inc, the owners of the Rice Lake Speedway will be on hand to pass out schedules for the 2016 racing season and talk to fans about the exciting series of events on the schedule at the track highlighted by appearances by the UMSS Sprint Cars, the Street Stock Little Dream Race, the first appearance at the track by the Late Models since 2012 and the season ending double header Labor Day weekend.

Soon after the car show, the first official on track activities start. Practice sessions are tentatively slated for Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th before the sixty fourth full season of racing at the track starts on Saturday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone with questions about the 2016 racing season or drivers wanting to show their race cars at the Mall show should call Adams at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway Sets 2016 Racing Schedule

March 12th, 2016

Pending any last minute adjustments, Adams-Hansen Inc. have released the racing schedule for the Rice Lake Speedway for the 2016 racing season. A twenty two race night schedule has been planned for the speedway with nineteen Saturday night shows, two Tuesday shows and a lone Sunday night program to conclude the racing season.

Variety will mark the schedule for 2016 as along with the regular five class program which includes WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks, the Sprint Cars will make two appearances at the track and the Late Models return for a highly anticipated program also.

The first activity of the 2016 season comes with the annual car show to be once again held at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall. The cars will enter the mall on Thursday, March 31st and will be removed from the mall at the conclusion of business on Sunday, April 3. A large number of drivers are expected to show their new or refurbished race cars and with a considerable number of drivers switching classes for 2016, drivers are more than anxious to show off their new rides.

The first on track activity at the speedway will come by way of practice nights which have been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th . As always, this is a free activity with spectators entering the grounds without charge along with the racers.

The sixty fourth consecutive season opener is scheduled for Saturday night, April 16th with all five classes competing in the lid lifter for auto racing in northern Wisconsin. Regular Saturday night shows are scheduled throughout April and May with pits opening at 4 p.m., the grandstands at 5 p.m with hot laps slated for 6:30 p.m and racing to follow directly.

The first special event of the season happens on Saturday night, May 28th when along with the regular five class program, the Upper Midwest Sprint Series will be on hand at the speedway. Both the winged and Traditional Sprints will be on the card in a program that has developed into one of the most popular and highest drawing of the season.

After another Saturday night show, the next special event comes quickly when the Aquafest Trophy races will be held at the speedway on Tuesday, June 7. Last year, after many years of not having the race, the speedway again became a part of the official Aquafest celebration which is a city wide, ten day ‘fest in Rice Lake. A special race program for all five classes will be held on Tuesday and the speedway will then remain dark on Saturday, June 11th. Being the first midweek race in the area, this event drew a fine field of visiting drivers in 2015 and the same is expected for this year.

Saturday night programs continue on June 18th and fill out the rest of June with the next special being the largest crowd draw of the entire year and that is the annual Firecracker special with one of the best displays of fireworks in the area. The program will be held on Saturday, July 2nd this year with a rain date of July 9th. All five classes will compete along with the fireworks.

The speedway will be closed on July 23rd for the Barron County Fair but that one week break just gives everyone a chance to prepare for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and that is the return of the late Models to the Rice Lake Speedway for the first time since 2012. And it’s just not any Late Model show. The program will feature the One Main Financial WISSOTA Challenge Series which brings many of the finest drivers in all of WISSOTA who follow this series and the $10,000 check that goes to the series point champion. Tied in as the second night of a three night tour by the Challenge Series in the Northland, this race is expected to draw the largest field of Late Models to the speedway in many years. Tentatively, all five classes will also be in action on that night.

And just three days later, the nationally acclaimed Street Stock Little Dream race comes to the Rice Lake Speedway. Who can forget last year’s show when over sixty of the best Street Stocks from a five state and Canada area came to the speedway to fight for the winner’s check with local driver Jimmy Randall going home with over $14,000 for his win! Modifieds will be sharing the card with the Street Stocks on August 2nd with the 3rd slated as the rain date.

Regular Saturday night racing will fill out the rest of August with the Championships slated for August 20th. The 27th will be the rain date for this event with Traditional Sprints joining the racing on that night also.

The season will conclude on September 3rd and 4th with a holiday doubleheader. After several years of being unable to run a doubleheader on Labor Day weekend, the speedway will be back to their tradition of wrapping up the season with two full shows for all classes.

Interspersed over the course of the season will be such special activities as Kid’s night along with bike giveaways, bike races, the Race of Champion qualifier, Hall of Fame night and more.

The Rice Lake Speedway will soon have a new website with updated information. In the meantime, check the speedway’s facebook page or for more information, call Dave Adams at 715-458-2985 or 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway 2016 Schedule of Events: Saturday Night Regular Race Programs
WISSOTA Sanctioned Modifieds-Super Stocks-Midwest Modifieds-Street Stocks-Pure Stock

Pit Gate open-4 p.m., Grandstands open 5 p.m.; Hot Laps 6:30 p.m.

April 1-3 Car Show at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall
April 12 Practice Night 6-9 p.m.
April 13 Practice Night 6-9 p.m.
April 16 Sixty Fourth consecutive Season Opener-five division program
April 23 Regular five division program-Best Appearing Car Awards presented
April 30 Regular five division program
May 7 Regular five division program
May 14 Regular five division program
May 21 Regular five division program
May 28 USMS Winged & Traditional Sprints plus regular five division program
June 4 Regular five division program
June 7 Aquafest Trophy Races five division program
June 11 No Racing
June 18 AFCO Race of Champions Qualifier- Five divisions-Rain Date Aug. 6
June 25 Kid’s Night and Bike Drawings-Five divisions
July 2 Fireworks-Five divisions-Rain Date July 9
July 9 Regular five division program
July 16 Regular five division program
July 23 No Racing
July 30 One Main Financial Late Model Challenge Series plus regular five division program
August 2 Street Stock Little Dream Race plus Modifieds – Rain Date August 3
August 6 Bike Races-Regular five division program-Rain Date for AFCO ROC Races
August 13 Hall of Fame night-Regular five division program
August 20 Season Championships-five division program-Rain Date August 27
August 27 USMS Traditional Sprints plus regular five division program-Rain Date for Season Ch.
Sept. 3 Labor Day Weekend doubleheader- five division program
Sept. 4 Labor Day Weekend doubleheader-five division program

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Celebrate

February 24th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The 2015 auto racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway was officially concluded on Saturday, February 20th when the annual awards banquet for the drivers was held at the Rice Lake Elks Club. Honored were the top ten drivers in season points in the five classes that race at the speedway, along with the top rookie drivers in all five divisions. The speedway had an especially good year with two drivers that raced at the speedway weekly also winning national WISSOTA point titles in Kevin Adams and Curt Myers.

Adams, from Cameron, won the Modified point title with a sixteen point margin on runner up Mike Anderson from Colfax. Others in the top ten included Steve Hallquist from Eau Claire, Kerry Halopka from Wheeler, Tim McMann from Duluth MN, Dave Baxter from Eau Claire, Wayne Poteet from Spooner, Cory Mahder from Eau Claire, Matt Leer from Bruce and Buddy Mayala from Barron.

Jason Forehand made his final year behind the wheel of a Super Stock a good one. Forehand, from Eau Claire, who is retiring from the sport to spend more time with his growing family, was thirty two points better than Ladysmith’s Eric Olson to claim the point honors in the Super Stocks. Others in the top ten included Mike Anderson from Colfax, John Erickson from Rice Lake, Bart Steffen from Eau Claire, Myers, from Cameron, Jim Cimfl from Turtle Lake, Eric Zitelman from Lindstrom MN, Shane Kisling from Sarona and Randy Spacek from Phillips.

Shane Halopka from Greenwood, added another Midwest Modified point title at the Rice Lake Speedway to his resume in 2016. He held a comfortable thirty eight point advantage on Colfax’s Travis Anderson to take the title. Finishing behind them were Ryan Viltz from Chetek, Austin Ellis from Rice Lake, Tito Viltz from Rice Lake, Kent Baxter from Colfax, Michael Truscott from Chippewa Falls, Craig Elliott from Hillsdale, Karl Kolek from Menomonie and Tim Ekdahl from Rice Lake.

Cody Kummer made the long pull over from Medford every Saturday night pay off for him as a consistent year of racing saw him edge Rice Lake’s Hunter VanGilder by thirteen points to win the Street Stock point title. Coming home behind them were Kevin Bogdanovic from Wausau, Adam Soltis from Ladysmith, Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake, Jay Kesan from Weyerhaeuser, Josh Amans from Rice Lake, Kolby Kiehl from Cameron, Rob Grabon from Bruce and Cooper Berlin from Rice Lake.

The closest battle was in the Pure Stock division with the title not settled until the final night of racing. When the last checkered flag flew, Barron’s Nick Traynor held on by a mere four points to edge Rice Lake’s C.J. Wagner for the honors. Chasing them were Jason Havel from Rice Lake, Shawn Amundson from Rice Lake, Brent Miller from Cameron, Bob Thompson from Cameron, Mike Grover from Chetek, Zach Beaulieu, also from Chetek, Tucker Quinn from Ladysmith and Mike Miller from Barron.

Rookies of the year were also honored in all five classes. Named as the top rookies were Kerry Halopka-Modifieds, John Erickson-Super Stocks, Tim Ekdahl-Midwest Modifieds, Hunter VanGilder-Street Stocks and Shawn Amundson-Pure Stocks. Along with winning the Rice Lake honors, VanGilder was also named earlier as the WISSOTA National Rookie of the Year in the Street Stock class.

Master of Ceremonies Scott Tiefs turned the microphone over to track co-owner Dave Adams who gave a quick review of the 2015 season plus an overview of what the 2016 racing season will bring. The 2016 track schedule should be completed soon but the announced opening date for the track was Saturday, April 16th.

The track also took a minute to honor the memory of Scott Zitelman who passed away recently. Zitelman, from Taylors Falls MN, was a long time racer at the track in the Super Stock class and finished eleventh in track points in 2016. His son Eric was a rookie driver at the track in 2016 and finished eighth in track points and was the runner up for Rookie of the Year honors in the Super Stocks.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Ready To Celebrate

February 2nd, 2016

Rice Lake WI – The final wrap up event of the 2015 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway comes on Saturday, February 20th when the racers, their crews and families and track officials gather to celebrate the completion of another successful racing season for the dirt track on Rice Lake’s North side while looking ahead to the 2016 racing season.

The 2015 awards banquet will be held at the Elks Club in Rice Lake, located one block East of North Main Street at thirty six East Eau Claire Street. The social hour will be from six to seven p.m with dinner served at seven p.m with the awards banquet to be held after dinner.

Set to be honored are the five point champions at the speedway in 2015. They include Nick Traynor from Barron in the Pure Stocks, Cody Kummer from Medford in the Street Stocks, Shane Halopka from Greenwood in the Midwest Mods, Jason Forehand from Eau Claire in the Super Stocks and Kevin Adams from Cameron in the Modifieds. The rest of the top ten in each division will also be honored along with the rookies of the year in each of the five classes that run weekly at the speedway. Drivers in the top ten in track points in each division that are present will be eligible for some bonus cash awards.

Tickets are twenty five dollars per person which include dinner and liquid refreshments. Attendees should RSVP Adams-Hansen Inc. by February 13th and anyone with questions should call Dave or Mitch at 715-205-2861 or 715-205-1122.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Compete Outstanding Year

December 2nd, 2015

Rice Lake WI – While the Rice Lake Speedway had one of its best seasons in recent memory in 2015, drivers who raced at the track also recorded some outstanding achievements of their own. In fact, with regular competitors at the track recording two national championships, one national rookie of the year title and another national rookie of the year runner up finish, it was one of the most successful years for local racers ever at the speedway. High ranking drivers received the awards at the WISSOTA National Awards banquet held on November 14th in St. Cloud Mn.

Kevin Adams and Curt Myers, who coincidentally only live about a mile a part just East of Cameron, both won national point titles while competing for points under the WISSOTA sanctioning body. Hunter Van Gilder from Rice Lake was the national rookie of the year in his class of competition and Kerry Halopka finished as the runner up in his class in the rookie standings while his brother Shane finished as the national runner up in yet another class. Several other drivers also had successful seasons, finishing toward the top in national points as well as in the Wisconsin state point races.

For Adams, it was his second straight WISSOTA national point championship in the Modified class and his fifth overall title. He was also the Wisconsin state champion in 2015.

Myers earned the Super Stock national title after finishing a very close third in the points race in 2014 along with winning one previous title in the Street Stock class in 2000. Myers also won the Wisconsin title this year.

Van Gilder moved up to the WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks in 2015 after spending two years running Pure Stocks locally and he was the highest placing rookie in the national point standings as well as finishing third in the Wisconsin state points. Halopka finished as the runner up in the Modified rookie standings after leading that race much of the year while also finishing tenth in Wisconsin points.

Several other drivers who competed at the Speedway also recorded outstanding years. In the Modified class, Matt Leer and Mike Anderson tied for ninth in the national point standings while finishing second and third in the Wisconsin point chase. Dave Baxter finished fifth in the Wisconsin points while Steve Hallquist finished seventh.

Along with Myers, several other Super Stock drivers at the speedway had outstanding years also. Rice Lake Super Stock point champion Jason Forehand finished fifth in the national points as well as finishing third in the Wisconsin points. Mike Anderson recorded his second top ten finish in national points as he took eighth in the Supers to go along with his top ten finish in the Modifieds. He also finished fourth in Wisconsin points. Other Rice Lake regulars in the top ten in Wisconsin points included Eric Olson in sixth and Bart Steffen in tenth.

Shane Kisling, who raced a partial season at Rice Lake, finished fifth in Wisconsin points while Cole Spacek, who raced about half the season at Rice Lake, was the national rookie in the Super Stocks for 2015. His cousin Terran, who also raced a partial season at Rice Lake, finished runner up in the national points behind Cole.

Shane Halopka, the 2015 Rice Lake point champion in the Midwest Modifieds, led the majority of the season in the national points but at the end was edged out for the title by a mere eleven points. Still, he won the Wisconsin state points to go along with a national runner up award. Michael Truscott, who raced the majority of the season at Rice Lake, finished fifth in the national points to go along with runner up honors in the Wisconsin state points. Other top twenty finishers in the Wisconsin state points included Grant Southworth, Travis Anderson, Kent Baxter and Austin Ellis.

Cody Kummer, who was the 2015 point champion in the Street Stocks at the Rice Lake Speedway, also won the Wisconsin state title. Other top finishers in the Wisconsin state points included Sam Fankhauser in fourth, Adam Soltis in fifth, Jay Kesan in eighth and Ron Hanestad in ninth. Kummer, Fankhauser and Soltis also finished in the top twenty in national points.

These and many other drivers are now making repairs or building new cars as they look toward the beginning of the 2016 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway which is expected to begin in mid April.

Viltz and Hartung Top Rice Lake Special With Late Race Passes

September 8th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – The Rice Lake Speedway completed its 2015 racing season with a wrap up special event Saturday night, and topping the list of winners were Ryan Viltz and Jake Hartung, who both made late race passes for the lead in their
respective divisions stick for feature wins. Other winners on the final night of racing included Curt Myers, Jay Kesan and Jason Havel.

The Midwest Modified feature saw the first eight laps run as a jumbled mess with an incredible seven yellow flags during that time period for a variety of spins and other entanglements. Through all the yellow flags, Grant Southworth had been scored the leader although he was receiving heavy pressure from Nick Koehler. Viltz had started sixth on the grid and moved into the third spot following yellow number
seven.

Suddenly, without warning, a race broke out for the lead and everyone settled down and ran off the last twelve laps without a stoppage. Viltz found a hole to the inside of Southworth on the last green and surprised the Bloomer driver as he blasted past him on the low side and took over the top spot. Southworth responded and pulled to Viltz’s rear bumper and the battle was on.

Meanwhile, Koehler found himself in a big battle for third with Mark Thomas who was on the move also. Behind them, another three way battle for position saw the racers swapping spots on every corner. Southworth challenged for all he was worth, but Viltz was putting down some very fast laps and he gradually pulled away from the pack and extended his lead.

Viltz continued on his merry way, and drove home for his third Rice Lake feature win of the year. Southworth finished a solid second with Koehler nipping Thomas for third and Michael Truscott completed the top five.

The Modified feature saw probably the most stunning late race development of the night. Koehler, who was doing double duty, led the first half of the Modified feature, running very well using the high groove on the track. Kevin Adams, who started fourth, gradually worked his way past Cory Mahder for second and then closed on Koehler, diving under him in turn four just at the halfway point of the race to take over the lead. Mahder was also eventually able to pass Koehler while Hartung moved forward from the fourth row.

Adams had built up a comfortable lead over Mahder as Hartung slipped past Koehler for third. With just four laps left in the race, the yellow flew for a spin and things would drastically change once the green waved again. Adams got too high in turn one on the start and Mahder pulled under him while Hartung tried to slip around him also. The leaders raced three wide into turn three with Hartung edging into the lead. Adams fought back and they were still three wide as they again raced into turn one. Hartung made the top side work as he continued to hold the lead but Adams
pushed too hard trying to get under him and he spun around , triggering another yellow with only two laps to go.

Adams retired to the pits and Hartung fought off a couple of challenges from Mahder to score the stunning turnaround victory. Koehler continued his fine run to finish third while Mike Anderson came from tenth to nip Mark Hanson for the fourth place position. The win was Hartung’s first of the year at Rice Lake.

The Super Stock feature figured to be a three way battle between Jason Forehand, Shane Kisling and Myers and that’s just exactly how it played out. Forehand took the early lead from the outside pole while Myers came storming up from the third row to split Kisling and Bart Steffen and move into second. From there, he continued to press Forehand as the field was stopped on several occasions for yellow flags. On each green, Myers would challenge Forehand for the lead but Jason would continue to fight him off.

A restart on lap eleven would prove to be Forehand’s undoing as on the green, Myers made a bold move down the back chute, dived low and was able to squeeze under Forehand to take over the lead. Myers would then edge away from the field as Kisling slipped past Forehand for second. However, the yellows continued to rain down, and following another slow down, Forehand would move up a groove on the track and drive around Kisling to regain second. With two more late yellows, Forehand would try the same move on Myers but Curt was just a little too strong for him and fought off his
serious challenges as he drove home for the win by two car lengths. Kisling would settle for third while Eric Olson fought his way up from the fifth row to edge Steffen for fourth. The Rice Lake Speedway has been a very successful place for Myers this year as his win Saturday was his ninth of the year at the track, tops for any driver.

After a first lap yellow, the Street Stocks would run their twenty lap finale nonstop and while Sam Fankhauser and Jimmy Randall would battle side by side for the lead early, neither would find their way to victory lane. The first half of the race saw Fankhauser and Randall exchange the top spot on a couple of occasions in a crowd pleasing duel. However, they got so busy battling with each other that they seemed to slow the other down, and what was a two car battle suddenly became a five car war as Kesan, Cody Kummer and Kolby Kiehl joined in.

Kesan was especially sharp on the inside and first he got under Fankhauser to shufffle Sam back and then went after Randall. Another low side move did the trick and Kesan shot into the lead. Randall tried to fight back but he gave up another spot as Kiehl was having himself an outstanding run too. Kolby made a late race attempt at Kesan, but Jay was the field covered as he drove on to his second win of the year at Rice Lake. Randall had to settle for third with Fankhauser and Adam Soltis filling the next spots.

Another driver completing a successful year at Rice Lake was Jason Havel, and he drove to his eighth Pure Stock win of the season. Mike Grover was the early leader of the race but Havel was on the move early, driving past first Justin Wineberger and then Grover to take over the lead. Once in front, Havel checked out in the nonstop race and was soon a full straightaway ahead of the field.

C.J. Wagner started eighth on the grid and he gradually worked his way forward, passing Weinberger for second and cutting the lead on Havel somewhat but Jason was on cruise control as he easily took yet another win. Weinberger finished a strong third with Randy Graham making a late race pass of Grover for the fourth spot.

This race concluded the 2015 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway. Follow the speedway’s face book page for off season announcements including the date of the annual banquet and the 2016 race schedule, which is expected to commence in early April.

Season Champions Decided at Rice Lake Speedway

August 31st, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – The next to the last race of the 2015 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway saw Season Championships decided in all five classes. Racing home to the track titles were Jason Havel, Cody Kummer, Shane Halopka, Curt Myers and Kevin Adams. Two make up feature races were also run from last week’s rain shortened program. Winners of those two races were Darrel Hazelton and Dave Baxter and the points from those two races determined that Adams and Jason Forehand would be the point champions in the Modifieds and Super Stocks respectively, to go along with
point titles earned in the other three classes last week by Halopka, Kummer and Nick Traynor.

Shawn Amundson and Havel shared the front row for the Pure Stock feature race with Amundson taking the early lead. Havel was right on Amundson’s tail and quickly made a move for the lead. He drove to the high side of Amundson to take over the top spot before the first yellow was triggered for a spin with four laps complete.

Havel continued to lead on the green but Amundson was not about to give up as he applied extreme pressure to Havel, riding his rear bumper and occasionally giving Havel a nudge to let him know he was right behind him. On two occasions Amundson was nearly able to get past Havel but both times Jason fought him off as the race was interrupted by a couple more yellows for spins.

The last three laps were a shootout with Havel being pressured by Amundson in every corner as Shawn tried everything he could to get the lead back. However, Havel, the veteran campaigner, would not be flustered and he held his line and didn’t give Amundson any openings as Havel drove home for the win. C. J. Wagner finished a strong third and Bob Thompson, making his first start since a medical issue caused him to park his car several weeks ago, finished a solid fourth and Andy Ladd cracked the top five for the first time this year. The win was Havel’s seventh of the year at Rice Lake.

Kummer finished off the regular season strong at Rice Lake, guaranteeing the point title last week and then winning the last two regular season feature races. Kummer had all kinds of pressure from Kori Richter Saturday, but he held off all challenges for the win.

After a first lap wreck eliminated the cars of Jay Kesan and Simon Wahlstrom, the rest of the race went nonstop with Richter trying his hardest to get past Kummer. Kori moved to the second groove and pulled up beside Kummer several times early in the race, but Richter could never quite complete the pass. Meanwhile, Hunter VanGilder started to slow with a deflating tire as both Kevin Bogdanovic and Sam Fankhauser got past him and moved in to make it a four car battle.

Richter continued to pressure Kummer, but Cody would not slip up and Richter had to settle for riding his rear bumper. The last few laps saw Richter tight behind Kummer with Bogdanovic right behind both of them but none of them slipped up and that’s the way they crossed the line at the end. Fankhauser settled for fourth with Adam Soltis completing the top five. Kummer’s win was his third of the season at Rice Lake.

Halopka is chasing a national championship and his clean sweep Saturday was very beneficial to him, as well as granting him the bragging rights in the Midwest Modifieds for the year. Halopka started on the pole and led the entire distance for the win, being pressured only briefly by Travis Anderson early and then on a couple of restarts by Ryan Viltz.

Viltz fell back to fourth early but then drove by both Jamie Bisonette and Anderson to take over second and then he tried to solve the riddle of how to pass Halopka. Viltz tried both the high and low side but neither one was fast enough to catch Halopka, who had moved out to a six car length lead. One of the most impressive performances was turned in by Kyle Johnson, who started seventh on the grid and went to the cushion immediately and he made it work as he drove past car after car on the high side of the track as he marched to the front. Late in the race he passed Anderson for third and was closing on Viltz as the laps ran out.

Halopka cruised home unchallenged at the end as he earned his sixth victory of 2015 at Rice Lake. Anderson settled for fourth at the end with Mark Thomas making a last lap pass of Bisonette as he edged Jamie and Austin Ellis for fifth.

Myers is also chasing a national point title and his victory in the Super Stock feature race was another important one to him. He and Jason Forehand had an intense battle for the lead in the opening laps before Myers was able to edge into the top spot. A lap three grinding collision between John Erickson and Jim Cimfl saw both cars eliminated and Erickson catch a ride in the ambulance to the pit area after he was shaken by the hard hit.

The last eighteen laps ran off nonstop and Forehand was all over Myers as they took turns adjusting their line on the track with Myers first running high and then gradually edging down the track. Mike Anderson was running a close third while on the move using the top part of the track was Ben Hillman. Hillman, making his first run of the year, was looking good as he closed on Anderson in a challenge for the third spot. Myers, meanwhile, had settled in as the leader and began to stretch his advantage over Forehand. Jason made a late change, moving to the high side of the track and it seemed to help him as he closed somewhat on the leader, but he ran out of time as Myers racked up yet another feature win at Rice Lake, his eighth of the year.

Anderson stunned the crowd when he lost control and spun out of the third spot, giving Hillman that position with Bart Steffen and Luke Plank next in line.

In the makeup Super Stock feature from last week, Hazelton surprised by leading all twenty laps in the nonstop race to take his first Super Stock feature race at Rice Lake since the 2009 racing season. Hazelton, who just recently returned to weekly action after missing most of the season, started on the pole, got the jump on Jim Harris and pulled away early to build up a big lead. Eventually Forehand and Anderson worked their way forward from the fourth row, but Hazelton had built up a big lead by then and neither was able to cut into it substantially. Eric Olson had a good run going in second and looked to be the best bet to catch Hazelton when he suddenly dove into the infield with major issues which ended his night of racing.

Hazelton had plenty of distance on the field and he raced home for the big win for the Chippewa Falls driver. Forehand and Anderson followed with Steffen and Harris next in line.

The best was saved for last as after a first lap spin that slowed the action, the Modifieds put on a twenty lap thriller that had the crowd on their feet as they witnessed a great duel between Adams and Mike Anderson that was not settled until the final fifty feet of the race. Adams got the first jump but after the race was called back by the yellow, Anderson got the jump on the second start and took the early lead. Adams tried to stay with Anderson but fell back a few car lengths and was soon being pressured for second by Matt Leer and Dave Cain.

Anderson continued to hold the lead and after Adams withstood the challenges for second, he started to slowly reel in the leader, catching Anderson by the half way mark of the race.

Things then turned into a great battle between the two as Adams slipped by to take over the lead, only to Anderson return the favor and regain the top spot. The leaders caught the back of the pack and things got even more exciting as they tried to wiggle their way through the heavy traffic. As they got caught up with the slower cars, Ashley Anderson, who had charged up from eighth, and Leer both caught the leaders and suddenly four cars were fighting for the lead.

However, Anderson and Adams, sometimes going four wide around the track, went able to separate themselves from their pursuers, and they were left to settle the battle. The white flag saw Anderson with a one car length advantage but Adams closed as they raced down the back chute for the final time. Adams got a great run off the final corner on the high side and as the two strained to get to the line, Adams was able to edge in front by about two feet to take the win in what was one of the best races of the year as the crowd was on their feet for the finish. Ashley Anderson edged Leer for third with Cain completing the top five. Adams, another driver fighting for a national point title, earned his eighth Rice Lake win of the year.

In the makeup feature for the Modifieds, Dave Baxter, continuing a fine season for the Eau Claire driver, won his second feature race of the year at Rice Lake as he led all the way for the win. Baxter was pressured early by Cory Mahder before Baxter was able to stretch his lead. Adams started eighth and had worked his way past Cain into second when a flat tire ended his race and triggered the only yellow of the contest.

Back on green, Baxter once again pulled away from the field and stretched his lead, with Mahder still trying to catch him. However, there was no stopping Baxter as he drove home to a rather easy win over Mahder and Cain. Leer and Mike Anderson were next in line.

The regular racing season at the speedway is now complete. Left on the schedule is a one night special set for next Saturday, September 5th. All five classes will be in racing action with an increased purse for all five divisions. The pits will be open at Noon for any teams wishing to arrive and set up early. The draw cutoff will be at 6:30 p.m with hot laps and racing to follow. Campers are welcome and the lower parking lot has been reserved as the camping area. Any questions on this event should be directed to Dave Adams at 715-205-2861. This one day event will be the final race of the 2015 racing season.

Three Features Completed In Short Rice Lake Program; Season Championships Next

August 25th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway was in high alert mode on Saturday. With storms bearing down on Barron County and a race program to complete, track officials hustled along the show as much as possible.

All the heat races were completed and three feature races were also run under increasingly threatening conditions before lightning and imminent rain resulting in the rest of the program being shut down just before 8:30 p.m. Jason Havel, Shane Halopka and Cody Kummer visited victory lane before the Super Stock and Modified features were postponed until next Saturday. Nick Traynor, Kummer and Halopka earned track point championships with their division points completed while Jason Forehand and Kevin Adams will have to take a green flag to ensure their point titles next Saturday.

The August 29th program will see the two make up features completed followed by a complete program where the five divisions will determine their Season Champions. Heat races will be lined up by points earned during the racing season and the results of the heats will determine the starting order for the five main events. Previously postponed bike races for both kids and adults will be held next Saturday also.

The Pure Stock point race was the closest of the five classes with Traynor leading C.J. Wagner by only two points going into the final track point night of the 2015 racing season. Traynor gained one more point in the heat race before the final feature point race would be run.

Chad Bowers and Mike Grover shared the front row for the Pure Stock feature but Wagner made a strong move on the low side to drive into the early lead. He was quickly joined by both Traynor and Jason Havel in a three car battle for the lead. Wagner continued to lead but both Havel and Traynor were putting the pressure on the leader. Havel dove to the low side and Traynor up top as the leaders raced three wide to the halfway signal. Havel was able to slip into the lead with Traynor also getting by Wagner, who tried to fight back against the two challengers. Traynor moved to Havel’s rear bumper and looked to drop inside Jason for the lead. Traynor continued to pressure Havel and he looked both high and low for an opening with Wagner close behind and Shawn Amundson racing to catch the top three.

Havel stayed in the groove and while Traynor tried everything, he had to settle riding Havel’s rear bumper to the checkered as Jason earned his sixth Rice Lake win of the year, a division high. Traynor settled for second but that was enough to earn him the point title with Wagner, Amundson and Bowers completing the top five. Halopka and Grant Southworth engaged in a spirited battle for the lead in the Midwest Modified feature race before Halopka prevailed to earn his fifth Rice Lake feature win of the year and ensue the track point title.

Jamie Bisonette continued his late season charge and he took the early lead in the main event and led the first half of the race. Halopka and Southworth charged up from the fourth and third row respectively to challenge for the lead as the race reached the halfway point. Behind them, Travis Anderson, Kent Baxter and Austin Ellis were also locked in a three car battle for position.

As the race reached the halfway point, Halopka dove to the inside of Bisonette while Southworth went to the high side and they crossed the line three wide for the lead. Halopka was able to drive deep into turn one and take over the top spot with Southworth charging into second. Grant continued to pick up the pace as he got a great run down the back chute, dove to the inside of the track and took over the lead.

However, Halopka wasn’t done yet as he mirrored Southworth’s move on the front chute and dove low into turn one and retook the lead. Southworth planted his car on Halopka’s rear bumper and tried to once again take over the lead. However, Halopka picked up the pace and following a lap eleven yellow that slowed the field, Halopka was able to maintain the lead the rest of the event.

Southworth gave it his best but he had to settle for second, running one car length behind the winner with Bisonette another car length back in third.

Anderson prevailed in the battle of the second pack with Ellis nipping Baxter on the last lap for fifth.

Kummer wrapped up the Street Stock point chase on a high note as he guaranteed the point title with his second feature race win of the year to end the night’s racing.

A first lap tangle in turn four eliminated the front row for the restart and the shuffled lineup saw Hunter VanGilder in the lead. However, Kummer made a great move on the low side and was able to dive under Hunter to take over the lead.

Once in front, Kummer put on one of his strongest runs of the year as he started to stretch his advantage over VanGilder. A big battle for position saw Kori Richter, Sam Fankhauser, Adam Soltis and Jay Kesan jockeying for position. Fankhauser seemed to have the most success as he used the high side of the track to move up after starting in the fifth row of the main.

The rest of the race ran nonstop and Kummer motored home for the win with Fankhauser continuing to charge and challenging VanGilder for second. Richter and Soltis completed the top five. Just as the Street Stock feature was completed, the lightning grew to the dangerous level and everyone headed for cover as the show was halted at this point.

Next Saturday’s program will be highlighted by seven feature races and track titles will be settled in all five divisions. Warm ups will start at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow.

Track officials also announced that the Labor Day weekend racing will consist of one night of racing on Saturday, September 5th. All five divisions will be in action and an increased purse will be on the line for all racers. More information is expected to be released this week and drivers can call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 for more details.

Austin Ellis Stars at Rice Lake Speedway

August 17th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – Fifteen year old Austin Ellis won his first ever feature race to highlight the racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway on a hot and sticky evening. Other feature winners during the second to the last point
program of the 2015 racing season included C.J. Wagner, Kevin Bogdanovic, Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams.

Ellis, the second year Midwest Modified driver, had won a B feature race last year in his rookie season, but had never won a main event until Saturday night when he held off the challenges of current national point leader Shane Halopka to record the memorable win.

The opening laps of the Midwest Modified feature saw Nathan Thums and Reid Tiegs race wheel to wheel for the lead with both drivers holding the top spot briefly. The yellow waved with two laps complete, the only slowdown of the event.

On the restart, Ellis came charging up from his third spot and passed both competitors as he took over the lead. Once in front, he began to build his advantage as Tiegs and Thums now battled with Travis Anderson, Ryan Viltz and Halopka for position. Ellis continued to stretch his lead while the battle for second intensified, with Halopka going to the high side of the track to eventually move into second. Halopka then set off after the leader, gaining some ground for a few laps but then, the lead seemed to stabilize as Ellis was putting down some good laps.

As the laps ran down, everyone expected Halopka to put on a charge and narrow the lead, but Ellis continued to drive a brilliant race as the lead remained at eight car lengths. The final lap produced another strong effort by Ellis and he drove home unchallenged for the win, to the vocal approval of the crowd. Anderson took the third spot with Viltz and Tiegs completing the top five.

Wagner took his fourth feature win of the year in the Pure Stocks as he continued his battle with Nick Traynor for the track point lead. Tucker Quinn, on a night when his Grandfather was inducted in the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame, led the opening laps of the Pure Stock feature with Wagner, Traynor and Shawn Amundson challenging. On lap four, Traynor and Amundson were furiously battling for third when Amundson went around, triggering the first yellow of the race.

Only one more lap would be run before another spin slowed the action, but the last eight laps went nonstop. Wagner was able to get under Quinn on the green and he took over the lead while Traynor and Jason Havel, coming from the fourth row, were both charging into the top three. Traynor pulled in and began to challenge Wagner for the lead while at the same time, Havel moved into to put the pressure on also.

After having Traynor nailed to his rear bumper, Wagner was able to open back up a two car length lead, which he held to the finish by making no mistakes that would give the challengers an opening. Traynor held on to nip Havel for second by inches with Amundson working his way back up through the pack to fourth ahead of Mike Grover.

Bogdanovic had to withstand intense pressure from Adam Soltis and Cody Kummer to win his second feature race of the 2015 season. Bogdanovic started on the pole but the race was anything but easy for him, as Soltis quickly moved into second and found himself nailed to Bogdanovic’s rear bumper and pressuring for an opening. Kummer moved to the high side of the track and pulled up beside Bogdanovic on several occasions, but could just not complete the pass for the lead. Much of the race saw the top three running in formation as Kummer and Kori Richter behind him continued to try the high side.

A late spin would bunch the field for a four lap sprint to the finish but Bogdanovic would put in his best laps of the race late, as he was able to open a car length lead and no matter what Soltis tried, Bogdanovic kept his line as he drove on for the win. Kummer settled for third with Sam Fankhauser and Richter following.

Anderson won his second Super Stock feature of the season as he held off Jason Forehand for the hard earned victory. Derek Baskin led his first feature laps of the season as he was the early leader until being passed by John Erickson. Erickson was running well on the high side of the track and he also held the lead for several laps until Anderson was able to overtake him on the low side for the top spot. Erickson continued to battle back and try to regain the lead, but he was soon joined by Forehand and Eric Olson in the battle for the lead.

Forehand eventually got to Anderson’s rear bumper while Olson moved to the high side and threatened to pass both on the long way around the track. Anderson continued to hold the lead but he couldn’t put any distance on the field, with Forehand continuing to pressure him in each corner and Olson still trying to sneak by on the top side. While these three were battling, they seemed to be slowing each other down, and Scott Zitelman was quickly closing in, gaining ground on all three of the leaders.

Forehand jumped up to the top side of the track near the end of the race, and he made an all out run on the final lap, drawing up beside Anderson in the last corner but not having quite enough to complete the pass as Anderson kept his line and held on for the win. Zitelman completed his charge as he nipped Olson for third with Bart Steffen coming from the rear to finish fifth.

Adams earned his sixth feature win of the season after a hard fought battle with Mark Hessler that lasted right up to the checkered flag. Tim McMann jumped from the outside pole to take the early lead and with the race staying green, “McAnimal” was able to open up a nice sized lead on the field.

Meanwhile, Adams was working his way up from his eighth starting spot, and he caught the second running Hessler and they had a pitched battle for the position. Finally, Adams was able to slip past Hessler on the high side leaving turn four with a breath taking move and he drove into second.

The race had only one yellow, for a spin with nine laps complete, but that slow down cost McMann his built up lead, and one lap after they returned to racing, Adams drove past McMann of the high side to take over the lead. One lap later Hessler was able to do the same and the battle for the win was on. Adams continued to lead but in each corner, Mark would try to slide under Adams and take over the lead. He came close on several occasions but each time, Adams would be able to beat him out of the corner and retain the lead.

Hessler took one last shot on the final corner with a strong low dive, but again Adams beat him out of the corner as he drove on for the win. McMann finished a strong third with Matt Leer and a charging Mike Anderson just behind them.

The final night for track points will be held next Saturday, August 22nd with the race for the points title in both the Pure Stocks and Street Stocks very close with Traynor still holding a very small lead over Wagner while Kummer extended his lead slightly over Hunter VanGilder Saturday, but their race is still to be decided. Halopka, Forehand and Adams remain comfortably ahead in their divisions.

Season Champions will be decided on Saturday, August 29th with the season to conclude on Saturday, September 5th. Unable to secure the Sunday date that would have made the Labor Day weekend show a doubleheader, the final show will be a one day show on September 5th with details about the event to be announced shortly. Bike races, which were rained out on August 8th, have been rescheduled for August 29th to be a part of the Season Championship night.

As always, warm ups start at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow.

Rice Lake Speedway Under Water; Hall of Fame Inductions Next

August 11th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – Over three inches of rain on Thursday night and poor drying conditions following that down pour led to the cancellation of the races Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Track officials looked at the track early on Saturday, with the hopes that they could prepare it by race time, but the infield was totally under water and many parts of the pits and the rest of the facility were rain soaked.

According to track co-owner Dave Adams, “We really hate to lose a race at this time of the year, and it is possible that the track could have been prepared, but everything else is under water and we hate to tear everything up just for one night of racing.”

The bike races scheduled as a part of the program for Saturday will be rescheduled to a date yet to be determined.

This coming Saturday, August 15th, a full five division program will be presented with warmups at 6:30 p.m and racing to follow. The point season is winding down and the Street Stocks and Pure Stocks currently have the closest battles for track championships. It will also be Hall of Fame night at the speedway with Bruce Davis, Larry Quinn, Chuck Kurtzhals, Jerry Curnow, Don Stodola and Dan Schuster being added to the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame.

On top of all that, Steve Parsons will be on hand to pass out trophies to the feature winners as a part of the Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy Tour on behalf of organ and tissue donation. Learn more about his program at www.Yes/WillWisconsin.org

Check the speedway website or face book page for more updates on the racing season. The website is www.ricelakespeedway.net

Randall Wins Over $14,000 at Rice Lake Speedway “Little Dream”

August 7th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – The 2014 version of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race at the Rice Lake Speedway was so spectacular that everyone wondered if this year’s version of the race could maintain the high standards that this race has set.

They shouldn’t have been concerned. Tuesday night, Jimmy “The Blade” Randall topped a record field of sixty four Street Stock competitors from four states and two Canadian Provinces and in the process, due to tremendous contributions from fans and race supporting businesses, Randall went home with a check for $14,152.12, smashing last year’s record payoff by over $2,000 and setting what is believed to be a national record first place prize for the Street Stock type of race car.

Randall, a local driver from Rice Lake, fought tooth and nail with defending “Little Dream” and current WISSOTA national Street Stock point leader Tim Johnson, making the winning pass with only three laps left in a race that saw the top spot swapped officially three times in the last ten laps of the race. Randall edged Johnson by a car length at the line while third place finisher Jordan Tollakson came from thirteenth to finish another car length behind at the finish.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were also on the card on Tuesday night’s program and current Modified national point leader Kevin Adams fought off a hard challenge from Kevin Eder and Jason Gross to record the feature win in that class.

Twenty seven of the sixty four Street Stocks on hand took the green flag for the thirty lap main event. Randall, who started on the outside pole, raced side by side with another Rice Lake driver, Kori Richter in the early going. While Randall was scored the leader of the first sixteen laps, most of those laps saw Richter either right beside him or, at worst, riding his rear bumper.

Right behind the lead duo, Adam Soltis battled with a charging Jim Gullikson, who had quickly moved up from the fifth row, along with Mike Blowers and Travis Krause. Meanwhile, Johnson was also on the move as he started twelfth on the grid but quickly moved to the low groove and started his charge to the front, with Tollakson, who started just behind Johnson, following suit.

As Randall continued to show the way, with Richter challenging him on every lap, Johnson showed his strength as he worked his way up to third, and by lap fifteen, had caught the leaders. A three car collision on lap sixteen slowed the action, and on the double file restart, Johnson moved up the track and pulled up beside Randall as the green dropped. Jimmy appeared to be having some problems getting through the corners as he car began to slip off the bottom and Richter looked to get inside of him.

As they raced down the back chute following the yellow, Richter dove to the inside of Randall while Johnson went to his high side and they raced into turn three, three wide. However, Richter couldn’t hold his car down in the low groove and he slid up, clipping both Randall and Johnson and sending then spinning, which caused the field to scramble and triggered the yellow once again.

Richter was sent to the tail for the restart and Johnson inherited the lead. Two more quick yellows slowed the action again but then everyone settled down and the last thirteen laps of the race went green. Johnson moved to the point and led the next three laps while Randall and Tollakson battled for second. The double file restart forced Randall to the outside and he found traction in the second lane. He pulled back up beside Johnson and the leaders ran side by side, battling for the top spot. Randall fought his way past Johnson and led laps twenty one and twenty two by inches, only to see Johnson fight his way back into the top spot and lead the next four laps.

Randall was slipping just a bit in the corners as he fell back by nearly a car length but once again Randall made an adjustment as he moved slightly lower on the track and adjusted his entry line to the corners. This worked as once again he clawed his way back up beside Johnson, who was running on the tires on the inside of the track. With two laps to go, Randall once again edged into the lead and as Johnson pushed into turn one, his car slid up the track just enough that Randall was finally able to clear him. The white flag found the top three running nose to tail and while both Johnson and Tollakson gave it their best shot, Randall kept the middle groove working and he drove home to take the win by a car length with Johnson and Tollakson in tow as the massive crowd let out a thunderous roar.

Krause, who had fallen back several position during the mid portion of the race, made a strong charge following the last yellow and also working the high side, raced his way past Gullikson to take fourth at the finish. The second five at the line consisted of Sam Fankhauser, Kevin Bogdanovic, Mike Knudtson who started twentieth, Ryan Pommerer and Kolby Kiehl, who started twenty fourth.

Randall, who won his second “Little Dream”, previously having won the event in 2012, has now taken over $20,000 out of the Rice Lake Speedway with his two wins in this race.

Eight heat races set the grid for the main event using passing points along with three B features that completed the starting field. The non qualifiers race went to Aaron Johnson who opted to forfeit the $500 first place prize and instead start at the tail of the main event. He ended up fifteenth in the thirty lap main event.

Adams started on the outside pole for the Modified main event and led every lap, although things got tight for the leader following a couple of late race yellows. The first twenty two laps of the race went nonstop and Adams, working the high side of the track, had pulled out to a ten car length lead over Eder and Jason Gross. Gross picked up the pace near the midpoint of the event and moved past Eder to take over second and appeared to be cutting into Adams’ lead to some degree.

Meanwhile, the duo of Jake Hartung, defending champion of this event, and Johnson, who was doing double duty running both Street Stocks and Modifieds, were on the move.

A spin on the front chute slowed the action and on the green, Eder picked up the pace and was able to drive back around Gross and take over second spot. Adams briefly tried the low groove but when Eder got right to his rear bumper, Adams again moved back up the track and started to extend his lead.

One move yellow slowed the action with only three laps to go. This time Adams pulled away from the field and extended his advantage while Hartung drove past Gross for third and tried to pressure Eder for the runner up slot. Adams continued to roll on and he drove under the line for the win, unchallenged at the end. Eder fought off a hard challenge by Hartung for second with Gross and Johnson completing the top five.

Racing action continues at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday, August 8th. A five division program will see warm ups begin at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow. At intermission, bike races will be held with divisions for both the kids and adults. Check the speedway face book page for more updates on the racing schedule for the rest of 2015.

AFCO Race of Champions Winners Determined at Rice Lake Speedway

August 3rd, 2015

Rice Lake WI – The rain delayed AFCO Race of Champions qualifiers were held Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway, with the winners automatically qualifying for the Race of Champions event to be held in September during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota. The winners were Kori Richter, Shane Halopka, Curt Myers and Kevin Adams while Jason Havel won the Pure Stock event as a part of the weekly racing.

The Street Stock feature was an extremely competitive event with the top eight cars running in a tight pack in a race that was slowed just once for the yellow flag. Hunter VanGilder and Richter started on the front row together and immediately, they ran side by side as they battled for the lead. Right behind them, Adam Soltis and Cody Kummer were going wheel to wheel with Jimmy Gullikson, Jimmy Randall, Sam Fankhauser and Michael Truscott all clumped tight together behind them.

After a few laps of side by side racing, Richter was able to edge in front as he ran the top side of the track while VanGilder tried to come back at him. Randall and Kummer were really going at it for third with Randall finally able to edge into that position.

Richter was able to stretch his lead to a few car lengths as he adjusted his line through the corners while behind him it was still a constant war for every position. As the laps started to run down, Richter was steering his way past the lapped car of Jason Nelson when Nelson lost control, was tagged by another car and he flew head on into the front stretch wall very hard. Fortunately, he was not injured but the car was much the worse for wear.

The race was restarted with four laps to go and Richter once again stepped away from the field. Kummer, however, took advantage of the restart the most as he got inside Randall for third and then charged toward VanGilder. With a strong move off turn four, he got to the inside of Hunter and took over the second spot. That’s the way they finished, with Richter earning his third feature win of the year at Rice Lake while Randall and Jim Gullikson completed the top five. Richter maintains a very high win percentage as his three wins have come in only four outings with his new car.

In the Midwest Modifieds, Halopka continued a strong streak of performances that have seen him win the last five feature races he has entered over the last two weeks at the three area tracks. His win Saturday was his second in a row here and was done in very dominant style. Halopka started in the second row but Michael Truscott started on the pole and figured to give Halopka plenty of competition. Truscott did lead the first few laps but Halopka got up on the cushion and blew past Truscott to take over the lead only a few laps into the race. Once in front, Halopka controlled the pace and was not seriously challenged the rest of the event.

One yellow flag bunched this race also, and following the slowdown, Halopka once again pulled away. Truscott ran a strong second but was not able to mount a charge on the leader while also finding that no once could challenge him for second. The best race was for third where Travis Anderson made a late race pass to take the spot from Kent Baxter while Joe Chaplin Jr. completed the top five. The win was Halopka’s fourth of the year at Rice Lake for the current national point leader as the current national runner up, Truscott, could not stay with him on this night.

Myers put in a strong performance to win the Super Stock feature, a race that saw some intense three wide racing early in the contest. Jim Cimfl got off to a good start as he edged past John Erickson to lead the first few laps while Myers, Mike Anderson and Eric Olson all raced toward the front. Cimfl continued to hold the edge over Olson but Anderson drove to the low side of him and Myers up on the cushion and the three raced three wide before Myers made the top side work for him. He continued his charge as he roared past Cimfl and took over the lead.

Myers continued to run the top side and with the last fifteen laps running nonstop, he was able to build up a nice sized advantage. Anderson eventually worked his way past Olson for second and toward the end of the event, began to cut into the lead Myers held as the top side seemed to start to slow up and Anderson stayed on the charge, but ran out of laps before he could make a serious bid. Olson finished a solid third with Jason Forehand charging early, only to settle back and run fourth most of the race. Scott Zitelman made an impressive charge as he started last in the field and moved up to a fifth place finish, getting by Bart Steffen in the late going. For Myers, it was his seventh feature win of the year at Rice Lake, tops for all divisions.

Adams took his fifth modified win of the year at Rice Lake, and garnered a place in the RoC event at the same time. He outfought Kerry Halopka in the early going to take the lead with Mike Anderson battling past Mark Hessler to take over second as they split Halopka for positions.

Adams was running the high side but Anderson started to pick up the pace running on the bottom and Adams was forced to adjust his line to protect his lead as Anderson put the pressure on near the halfway point of the race.

A restart after a lap twelve spin proved ugly as the double wide pack, leaving turn four, saw the leader apparently get turned sideways where he spun in front of the entire inside row, which then stacked up one behind the other, leaving a massive pileup and triggering the red flag. Eliminated in the wreck were Matt Leer and Scott Miller with the others able to run, some with damage to sport.

Adams got the lead back on the green, with Halopka making a strong move and taking over second from Anderson. Adams was able to stretch his advantage the rest of the way, coming home without a challenge. Anderson put the pressure on Halopka near the end, but the rookie held on for a strong second place run. Steve Hallquist came from deep in the field to finish fourth and Buddy Mayala recorded his first top five finish of the year.

Havel won a division best fifth feature win as he came from the second row to drive past early leader Nick Traynor and then hold off a hard charge from Shawn Amundson. After Amundson got turned on lap two, the race went nonstop to its conclusion with Havel maintaining a solid cushion over Amundson, who passed Traynor for second. C.J. Wagner came from the back of the pack to finish fourth and Austin Workman, smoke flying from his car, earned his first top five finish of the season.

Attention now turns to Tuesday night, August 4th for the annual running of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race, the best known race on the track’s annual schedule. Last year, Tim Johnson from Brainerd Minnesota was over $12,000 in this race and race officials are hopeful that this incredible record can be shattered once again this year.

Pre entries have been received from North and South Dakota, Manitoba as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin and the record of fifty eight entries, set last year , is hoped to also be challenged.

The premise of this race, where individual fans and businesses help pad the purse by putting money on finishing positions, has not changed since the race was first conceived, and such wild scenarios as money for the first flat tire, first car out of the race, first non Chevy etc, still flourish, making this not only a spectacular racing event but an entertaining night as well. As far as track officials can determine, this is the highest paying Street Stock race of its kind in the entire country and is now starting to receive some national notice in trade publications.

Along with the Street Stocks, the modified will also run a complete racing program and with this being an off night for most racers, some out of town cars are also expected in this class. The modifieds will be running under the point invert system for this event.

Warmups are slated for 6:30 p.m with racing to follow. The advance weather forecast looks favorable but if the race should happen to get rained out, Wednesday, August 5th is the rain date.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and for more information, either call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or check the speedway website or facebook page.

Ryan Bowers Completes UMSS Weekend Sweep at Rice Lake

July 31st, 2015

Rice Lake,WI-Ryan Bowers continues to impress the sprint car racing community, as the young Ham Lake, MN driver earned his fifth UMSS win of the season and eighth career series victory at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday July 25. Bowers also completed a very successful weekend sweep, as he won the UMSS Dan Grams Memorial on Friday night at the St. Croix Valley Raceway prior to heading over to Rice Lake. Bowers, in just his second season behind the wheel of a winged sprint car, is the current UMSS point leader. Bowers earned $1,000 for his victory.

After the usual double round of qualifying race which saw Jerry Richert, Jr. and Thomas Kennedy win Ultimate Sprint Heats while Lou Kennedy, Jr. and Bowers topped the Challenge Races, the top four drivers in passing and finishing points redrew for their feature race starting spots. It was an all-Kennedy front row, as Thomas got the pole position with his dad Lou outside. Richert and Bowers were in row two. The fact that Thomas Kennedy was even racing was rather amazing, as the three-time UM SS winner this season was involved in a very hard crash the night before and had to take a trip to the hospital. Although Thomas was very sore and bruised, once the young driver from Winnipeg strapped into his sprint car he felt okay and was ready to race at Rice Lake. Sometimes “good medicine” comes in different ways, and for many racers that means getting right back into their race car as soon as they can.

Lou Kennedy blasted into the lead at the drop of the green with Thomas a close second. Bowers was up to third behind the Canadian family duo, as the laps clicked by under green flag racing. On lap 11, Bowers got by Thomas Kennedy for second and set his sights on the leader, Lou Kennedy. Bowers closed the gap, and on lap 17 the pair crossed the finish line side-by-side. Bowers was able to take the lead on the following lap and drove to Rock Auto Victory Lane several laps later in the caution-free 25 lap feature race. Lou Kennedy finished second ahead of Thomas Kennedy. Last Saturday’s winner, Jamey Ogston, joined the three-car battle for second late in the race but had to settle for fourth. 2013 UMSS champion Chris Graf finished fifth ahead of three-time and defending UMSS champion Jerry Richert, Jr. The top six cars finished on the lead lap. Completing the top ten finishers was Anna Hippe, Mike Mueller, Reed Allex and Chad Patterson.

Ryan Bowers talked about his fifth win of the season following the race. “I have to thank Mastell Racing and my crew for giving me a great race car and a great opportunity each night. We’ve been fast after those first few races this season, and it’s a lot of fun to drive a competitive car. Those two blue cars (the Kennedy clan) are tough competitors to race against. I’m glad I could keep the winner’s check the past two nights south of the border.” Bowers is in a close championship battle with Graf and Richert, and winning races certainly helps to keep him atop the UMSS standings. By all indications, the championship appears that it will come down to the final race or two of the season.

The next race for the UMSS winged sprints is on Sunday August 2 at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids. This will also be the second of four races in the Midwest Power Outlaw Sprint Car Series. Jerry Richert, Jr. won the opening Midwest Power race at the Deer Creek Speedway. The Granite City races pays $2,300 to win. The Traditional sprints will also join the race program at Granite City for a double division, double the fun night of sprint car racing action.

Aaron Wilson Back in Rice Lake Speedway Victory Lane

July 30th, 2015

Rice Lake WI– Aaron Wilson, who has not raced more than a handful of times in the last two years due to work commitments, held off a strong late challenge from Jason Forehand to win his first Super Stock feature in two years to highlight a big racing program at the Rice Lake Speedway.

With both the UMSS Winged and Traditional sprints joining the program on Saturday, race fans got their monies worth with twenty four races contested over the course of the evening. Sprint winners were Ryan Bowers in the Winged sprints and Rob Caho Jr. in the Traditional non winged sprints. Joining Wilson in victory lane in the track’s regular divisions were Jason Havel, Kori Richter, Shane Halopka and Matt Leer.

Jim Cimfl got a good start and led the first few laps of the Super Stock feature with John Erickson challenging him. Wilson, Jason Forehand and Mike Anderson were all moving up rapidly through the field. Forehand was a terror as he moved up from eighth to second in only two laps and looked ready to dominate the action when, inexplicably, he spun all by himself in turn four,triggering the first of three yellow flags that would fly during the event.

On the green, Wilson charged up to the high side and took over the lead as Anderson, Eric Olson and Forehand, now in the back, resumed their charge to the front. Anderson moved into the second position when another yellow slowed the action which played into Forehand’s hand as he tried to get back through the field.

Wilson continued to ride the cushion up front and Forehand continued to charge, as he passed Olson and then Anderson to climb all the way back up to second. Then, when the yellow waved with five laps to go for a stalled car, it looked like Forehand would have his chance to make the improbable drive back into the lead.

However, Wilson had other ideas and he picked up the pace in the last five laps, as Forehand was not able to cut into his lead; indeed, Wilson actually stretched his lead the last few laps over the first as he drove home for the win and became the seventh different winner in the division this season. Forehand settled for second ahead of Anderson, who himself had initially started at the back of the pack too, with Olson and Scott Zitelman next in line.

Havel had an easy go of it as he won his fourth feature race of the year, tops in the Pure Stock class. The race started out rocky with two yellow flags before a lap could be completed with collisions eliminating two cars. All the early jumbles shuffled the pack and Havel, who had started fifth, quickly moved into the lead and moved away from the field.

Behind him, a good battle for position saw Jim Holden holding the second spot with Nick Traynor, Shawn Amundson and C.J. Wagner all battling each other to move up. Holden, in one of his rare appearances this Summer, proved to be tough to move but eventually Amundson was able to work into the second spot. He took a late shot at the leader, but Havel was comfortably in front and drove home to a relatively easy win. Holden finished a strong third with both Traynor and Wagner tight behind him at the line.

Halopka ran perhaps the most dominating race of the night as he moved effortlessly around the track, using both the high side and the low side as he drove up from the third row to record his third Midwest Modified feature win of the year. Josh Wahlstrom had a good run early as he led the first few laps with Karl Kolek pressuring him. Meanwhile, Halopka , Ryan Viltz and Travis Anderson were all on the move after started in the third and fourth rows respectively. Halopka was especially impressive as he moved all over the track to find holes through which he made passed for position. He blasted past Wahlstrom on the high side to take over the lead and then moved away from the field. Viltz did his best to stay with the leader as he moved into second and tried to chase down Halopka.

One mid race yellow bunched the field but Halopka was again strong on the restart as he pulled out to a five car length lead and Viltz was not able to narrow the distance. The national point leader won for the second night in a row with Viltz and Anderson trailing. Kolek and rookie driver Tim Ekdahl had their finest runs as they completed the top five at the line.

The Street Stocks fielded a strong group of competitors as drivers tune up for the upcoming Little Dream race in early August. However, with the opportunity to showcase the class for that event, instead the race turned into a tedious yellow flag plagued event that dragged on through seven slow downs.

Rob Grabon led his first feature race laps of the season early with Josh Amans and Simon Wahlstrom challenging him. However, spins and stalled cars, mostly for one car incidents, slowed the race repeatedly. One of the yellows saw Amans slow suddenly with issues which ended his challenge for the lead.

Once a few consecutive laps were run, a great battle broke out between Sam Fankhauser and Jimmy Randall for the lead with them soon joined by Kori Richter at the front. Richter moved to the high side of the track and with a power move, drove past both racers to take over the top spot. Fankhauser and Randall continued their duel but now for second as Richter opened up a slight lead over the pack.

The last half of the race nonstop and Chris Peterson started to make his own charge. Moving on the high side of the track, he engaged in a good battle with Fankhauser after Randall had finally taken over second.

Richter continued to drive on without problems and kept a few car lengths over the field as he took his second Rice Lake win of the year. Randall finished a strong second with Peterson overtaking Fankhauser for third and Wahlstrom hung on for fifth.

Mark Hessler and Kerry Halopka battled for the lead on the opening laps of the Modified feature with Hessler eventually gaining the edge. Cory Mahder was a rocket ship early, as he charged quickly through the field, moving up to challenge but then he lost control and spun in turn four, sending him to the back of the pack to try again.

Hessler continued to lead but Leer was now chasing and he pulled up beside Hessler and after a brief battle, took over the lead. Ashley Anderson was also on the move and he drove under Hessler to take over second and he then began to close on the leader.

After a lap seven yellow for a spin, Anderson picked up the pace and drove under Leer and they then went side by side for the lead. Anderson edged ahead briefly but Leer then pickup up the pace himself and retook the lead as a good race raged for the lead. Meanwhile, Mike Anderson had moved up and he and Hessler went side by side for third with the two drivers swapping that position a couple of times.

Leer had a big scare with only four laps left as the leaders got into traffic. Holding a slim lead, Leer tried to get past two slower cars when one spun right in front of him and Leer had to spin his own car to avoid contact. However, no damage was incurred and Leer went back to the nose for the final four laps.

Ashley Anderson hoped that this might be his chance, but Leer had other ideas and he pulled away to record the win, the second in a row at Rice Lake and his second of this weekend. Ashley Anderson finished a strong second with Hessler fighting off Mike Anderson for third while Steve Hallquist held off Mahder from the back for fifth.

Next Saturday night, August 1st, the speedway will try for the second time this year to get in their AFCO Race of Champions qualifying event. Having been rained out on June 20th, for the first time this year tracks have been allowed to schedule a rain date for this event. Feature winners in the four WISSOTA classes will automatically qualify for the AFCO Race of Champions event to be held during the annual WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota in September. The draw/redraw format will be used for all classes next Saturday.

Next Saturday is also the last tune up race before August 4th, when the nation’s biggest Street Stock race will take place as the Rice Lake Speedway hosts its annual “Little Dream” race, an event where the Street Stock winner will likely take home well in excess of $10,000.Last year’s record haul of over $12,000 dollars is hoped to be beaten and entries for this event are already rolling in from all parts of WISSOTA country. Modifieds will also be on the schedule that night for a full program.

Randall Rolls to Rice Lake Speedway Win

July 16th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – It’s July, the racing stakes are starting to rise, and that can mean only one thing, Jimmy Randall is starting to get serious again. Randall, who now races only when the mood hits him and he feels like he needs to tune up his game as the special events start to happen, made only his second appearance of the 2015 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway a winning one as he slipped past Kevin Bogdanovic and then held off a ferocious late challenge by Hunter VanGilder to win the Street Stock feature and highlight the “Saturday on Tuesday” racing program at the speedway.

Also making a splash as the other first time winner was Eric Olson who held off a serious challenge of his own to win the Super Stock feature. Other winners included brothers Mike and Travis Anderson and C.J. Wagner. With the special Tuesday night program completed so as to not conflict with the Barron County Fair, racers and fans now have a nice eleven day break before racing resumes on July 25th.

Bogdanovic took the early lead in the Street Stock feature with Cody Kummer looking to get his second win in a row as he moved into second. Unfortunately, only one lap into the contest, Kummer got into Bogdanovic in turn four, sending him spinning and triggering the lone yellow flag of the race. Bogdanovic went back to the point and Kummer to the rear as racing resumed.

Randall used this opportunity to move into second and he then began to pressure Bogdanovic, trying to sneak under him in every corner. VanGilder was on the move as he drove past Sam Fankhauser to take over third and also closed on the leader.

Randall tried several times before finally being able to get a run inside Bogdanovic down the back chute and slipping into the lead. VanGilder continued his charge as he moved into second and drove to the rear bumper of Randall. VanGilder tried several times to get under Randall for the lead but each time Jimmy would accelerate just fast enough to keep VanGilder behind him.

Hunter took one last shot on the final lap but Randall continued to hold his groove and not make a mistake and Randall drove home for the win with VanGilder locked on is rear bumper. Bogdanovic held on for third as Kummer made the long drive back up through the field to edge Fankhauser for fourth. For “The Blade,” he became the ninth different feature winner in 2015 in the Street Stock class, by far the most winners of any division.

Olson had to hold off one of the hottest drivers in all of WISSOTA in the form of Curt Myers to take his initial Super Stock win at Rice Lake this year. Olson started on the outside pole and after a brief battle with Jim Cimfl, he grabbed the lead. Shane Kisling was on the move early too, and he drove up from the second row to take second and challenge Olson for the lead. Meanwhile, Myers was cutting through the pack, coming from the fourth row to take third and then quickly close on Kisling for second.

They had a brief battle for the position before Myers was able to drive by and take over the runner up slot and then set off after Olson. After an early yellow for a spin, the last sixteen laps of the race ran nonstop and Olson had built up a solid lead before Myers got to second. Curt pushed for all he was worth, several times coming to the rear bumper of Olson but never quite being able to make a serious passing attempt.

As the laps ran down, Myers continued to try every groove on the track but Olson remained firm in his lane and despite an all out charge into the final corner, Olson held on by a car length for the win. Kisling finished a strong third and Cimfl had his best run of the year as he held on for fourth ahead of Jason Forehand.

Mike Anderson had his hands full too, as he had to hold off the heavy challenges of Darrell Nelson and Cory Mahder to win his third Modified feature win of the year at Rice Lake. The event got off to a wild start as Scott Miller and Steve Hallquist went wheel to wheel for the lead on the opening lap. With a bold move down the front chute, second row starter Matt Leer somehow found the room to squeeze between the two front row cars and complete the scintillating move by taking over the lead. However, the glory was short lived as only one lap later, Leer would spin out in front of the entire field in turn one, triggering a four car melee that would end the night for Kevin Adams and inflict body damage to Anderson and Miller.

Miller got the lead back but Anderson wasted no time at all in passing Scott, and Anderson took over the lead. Back in row four, Nelson and Mahder, two of the hottest drivers in the area right now, were both on the move. Nelson was using the high side and Mahder down low, but both were coming to the front of the pack in quick fashion. By the halfway point of the race, Nelson had caught Anderson with Mahder right behind.

However, Mike would not be an easy foil for Nelson as Darrell tried consistently lap after lap to drive around Anderson but he just couldn’t complete the pass. Several times he got to Anderson’s rear bumper and in fact once was up beside him, but each time Anderson would fight off the challenges. Nelson continued to push for the lead and on the final lap tried to drive high around Anderson but Mike was just quick enough off the corner to hold on by two car lengths for the win with Mahder very closely trailing. Dave Baxter continued his strong runs of late by charging from the fifth row to nip Hallquist for fourth on the final lap.

Travis Anderson matched his brother Mike by winning his third Midwest Modified feature race of the year, as he benefited from some mechanical issues that dropped the leader from the event. Tyler Luger and Jamie Bisonette battled on the opening lap of the race but a quick yellow slowed the action. On the second try, Bisonette would use the high side of the track to take the lead, as from this point the rest of the race would go nonstop. Luger moved into second and he had Austin Ellis riding his bumper so Anderson moved to the outside line and was able to drive past both racers and take over the second spot. Bisonette had opened up a several car length lead and this point and it looked like he might be in line for his first feature win in a number of years.

However, with five laps completed he suddenly slowed on the back chute and made a left turn into the infield, the victim of an oil pressure issue. Anderson then inherited the top spot and put a little distance on the field, as Grant Southworth was also using the top side to drive into second place as Ellis, Tito Viltz and Shane Halopka all battled for position.

Anderson continued his charge and was never seriously challenged the rest of the race as he maintained a several car length lead and drove home for the win. A late battle saw Southworth just able to hold off the challenging Ellis for second while Viltz made a late outside charge to nip Halopka.

The Pure Stock feature was a controversial affair marked by pushing and banging and after one car was sent from the track and another to the rear of the field. Wagner emerged unscathed with his third win of the year.

Brent Miller was the early leader of the race with Bob Thompson giving him plenty of pressure. Miller led the first five laps of the race until he was turned around in turn four and the yellow waved. Miller went back to the point but was soon passed by Jason Havel who had worked his way up from the fourth row.

Havel continued to lead but he was soon challenged by Shawn Amundson, who had himself driven up from the fourth row too. Amundson was all over the leader, trying on each corner to get by and take over the lead as there was plenty of contact as the two went at it. Coming off turn two on lap eleven, more contact occurred and this time Amundson got inside Havel as they raced down the back chute with both cars leaning on each other. With Amundson on the inside, they both pushed far up the track in turn three and Wagner, who was running third at this point, drove under both of them to take over the top spot. With the race continuing, Amundson was shown the black flag by the starter and Havel, who had dropped to second, spun in turn two which triggered a yellow.

When everyone was sorted out, Amundson was sent to the pits for rough driving and Havel was sent to the back of the pack for spinning.

The two lap sprint to the finish saw Wagner control the lead and drive home for the win unchallenged. Miller got his best finish of the year in second with Thompson, Nick Traynor and Havel with a late charge, completing the top five.

When racing resumes on July 25th, a special event will mark the night as the UMSS(Upper Midwest Sprint Series) will make their second appearance of the year at the Rice Lake Speedway. Back in May, both the winged sprints and the traditional sprints put on a great show and both classes will again be in action, backed by the five classes that race at the track every Saturday night. Warmups are slated for 6:30 p.m with racing to follow.

Three More New Winners as Rice Lake Speedway Rolls On

July 16th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – The Rice Lake Speedway returned to action after nine days off for the holiday and racing action saw three new, first time winners reach victory lane. All winning in close contests were Cody Kummer, Grant Southworth and
Matt Leer for the first time while Jason Forehand and Nick Traynor returned to victory lane for the second and third times respectively.

Racers will make a quick turnout for the second time this season as after completing Saturday night’s program, racing will quickly return to the speedway with the special pre- Barron County Fair special event on Tuesday, July 14th.

Kummer started on the outside pole for the Street Stock feature race but he was pressured from start to finish in the event which actually saw four cars running within a car length or two for the course of the race. Kummer and Jay Kesan raced side by side during the early part of the race, with Kummer edging ahead slightly at the start. Behind them, Adam Soltis ran third but Hunter VanGilder was on the move as he raced up from the fourth row and got up beside Soltis to battle him for position.

Lap after lap, Kesan worked to get a nose under Kummer and finally he was able to achieve that goal which allowed him to pull up beside the leader. However, Kummer actually gained an advantage by having to move up the track slightly as he found that he ran faster just a little bit higher up the track. To Kesan’s surprise, Kummer continued to motor on as they waged the battle for the lead. VanGilder was now beside Soltis so the top four cars ran tandem, nose to tail.

Kummer refused to yield and he continued to lead but Kesan started to slow slightly and VanGilder moved up beside him as Kesan fell back a car length. Kummer continued to make his lane work but on the last lap VanGilder cleared Kesan for second and raced up to Kummer’s rear bumper, which is where he was as Cody crossed the line as the winner. Soltis was also able to use the outside to edge into third on the final tour as Kesan faded to fourth at the finish with Josh Amans completing the top five. Kummer became the eighth different winner in the division this year.

The speedway was only three laps away from seeing one of its youngest feature winners ever until Southworth was able to edge past Austin Ellis after another great battle had taken place in the Midwest Modified feature.

Ellis started on the pole and jumped into an immediate lead as he pulled away from Kent Baxter. Nick Koehler and Southworth battled wheel to wheel for second with Shane Halopka, Travis Anderson and Ryan Viltz swapping positions behind the top three. Two quick yellows for spins kept the field bunched but on each green, Ellis would once again hold the lead. Southworth was working the outside lane and gradually he edged past Koehler to take over second and he then began to close on Ellis as the top six cars continued to run in a tight pack.

Slowly but gradually, Southworth continued to gain ground on Ellis on the outside and by the midpoint of the race, they were racing side by side for the lead. Southworth continued his charge and he was able to edge into the lead, using the outside of the track in a crafty manner to gain momentum and edge past Ellis.

Austin refused to yield easily and he tried to charge back as for the first time he went a car length down to the Bloomer car dealer. Unfortunately, as Austin pushed hard into turn one he caught one of the marker tires which grabbed his car and spun him out, triggering the yellow flag and ending for this night at least, Ellis’s attempt for that first big win.

With only three laps remaining, Southworth took off into the lead but now the driver on the move was Viltz. He jumped to the outside and drove past Koehler to take over second and he made a desperate last lap rush at the leader. His bold charge came up just a car length short as Southworth hung on for win number one in 2015 and became the seventh different winner in the class in 2015. Koehler settled for third with Halopka and Anderson trailing.

Leer hung on for an intense, nonstop twenty lap Modified main event victory that saw some great racing throughout the pack and hard racing for the lead. Scott Miller and Steve Hallquist battled for the lead in the early laps with Hallquist eventually taking the spot. Leer then moved up to challenge for the lead as Kevin Adams worked his way to the front after starting in the third row and Dave Baxter following his tire marks as both moved to the front.

Leer made a low move inside Hallquist and was able to take over the lead exiting turn four. Adams then moved in to challenge Hallquist also with both he and Baxter eventually able to slip past.

Leer was moving away from the field at this point so when Adams finally gained second, he had some work to do to caught the leader. Lap after lap, he gradually closed the gap and Baxter was still closely tailing Adams as both moved into position to challenge for the lead.

Adams tried both high and low and several times pulled to the rear bumper of Leer but just couldn’t complete the the pass. Adams pushed the cushion higher and higher in an attempt to gain first, but each time Leer was solid in his groove and couldn’t be moved. Adams made one last move on the final lap but the best he could do was get to Leer’s rear bumper as Matt drove home for the win. Baxter finished a very close third with Hallquist and Mike Anderson next in line. Leer became the seventh different winner in the open wheel class this year.

Forehand had things in hand for most of the Super Stock feature until two late yellow flags made things a little interesting. In the early laps, Forehand made a great move as he split John Erickson and Jim Cimfl and shot into the lead before one lap was completed. With clear track in front of him and no yellows to slow the action, Forehand quickly opened up a huge lead over the pack.

Eric Olson eventually worked his way into second and tried to catch the leader, but his primary focus was trying to hold off Mike Anderson for second. They had a great battle for second for many laps as Anderson tried everything he could to get by, but Olson held him off and gradually pulled away from him.

However, the driver on the move was Bart Steffen and he picked up the pace and moved past Anderson to take over third. Forehand lost his big lead when back to back yellows for spins set up a green, white and checkered finish. However, Jason powered away on both occasions as he drove home unchallenged for his second win at Rice Lake. Olson held off Steffen for second with Anderson and Jim Harris rounding out the top five.

Traynor won his third Pure Stock feature on the year which ties him with Jason Havel for most wins. Havel finished on Traynor’s rear bumper but couldn’t make the pass that he needed for the win. The race was yellow plagued with two spins before a lap could be completed and Traynor taking advantage of all the shuffling of positions to come from the second row and take the early lead.

C.J. Wagner raced into second but Havel was able to get past him and then close on the leader with Shawn Amundson also on the move. One last spin triggered a two lap sprint to the finish and while Havel was glued to Traynor’s rear bumper, Nick made no mistakes as he drove on for the win. Amundson got past Wagner for third with Bob Thompson completing the top five.

Racing on Tuesday, July 14th will begin with hot laps at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow. There will be no racing at the track on July 18th due to the Barron County Fair. Racing will return to the track on Saturday, July 25th with a special event on the card.

For the second time this year, the popular UMSS winged and Traditional sprint cars will join the program in one of the shows that draws one of the biggest crowds of the year. A full program in all five divisions that race at the track weekly will also be on the card, along with full shows for both sprint classes. Again, hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m.

Check the speedway website for updates or the Rice Lake Speedway facebook page.

Kintner, Mahder Top Rice Lake Speedway Firecracker Special

July 4th, 2015

Rice Lake WI,– Tyler Kintner and Cory Mahder topped the open wheel divisions as both scored their initial feature wins of the season at Rice Lake’s Speedway Firecracker special on Thursday night. Other winners on this special night of racing included Curt Myers, Hunter VanGilder and Shawn Amundson.

Kintner’s win was his first ever at the Rice Lake Speedway after he won the MidWest Modified main event in what was the closest and most competitive main events of the evening. Kintner and Kent Baxter raced side by side for the entire distance of the main event and also had four other cars tight behind them as the lead pack exceeded a half dozen cars for most of the event.

Kintner started on the pole with Baxter outside of him and thats the way they ran for the entire distance of the race with Kintner working the low side and Baxter up racing off the cushion. Never were they more than half a car length apart with the official lead at the finish line alternating on virtually every lap. Dan Kingsley started right behind the lead duo and on several occasions he nearly stole the point from the front two and he stuck his nose between the leaders and nearly pulled off a bold pass on several occasions. Michael Truscott, Shane Halopka and Grant Southworth were just inches behind the leaders as they battled for position and also looked for an opening to get by the leaders.

The lone yellow flew with nine laps complete and Baxter was scored the leader of the previous lap, so he took the point but as soon as the green came out, he went upstairs and Kintner pulled up beside him again and the battle was on. This time Southworth pulled past Truscott and moved in to challenge Kingsley for third. With three laps to go, Baxter rode just a bit higher in turn one and Kintner was able to clear him for the first time in the race as they took the white flag. Both pushed hard on the final tour, but being so equal and with neither making any further mistakes, Kintner flashed under the line with a one car length advantage for the win. Southworth would complete his charge as he edged out Kingsley for third with Halopka completing the top five.

Kintner, the Iron Ranger from Hibbing Minnesota, has been having an excellent season to date racing the northern tracks and his win Thursday added to his feature win totals as he was rock solid all night.

Mahder has been racing through a lot of tough luck this season but everything came together for him Thursday as he led from start to finish in the Modified main event. Again in this race, it was another Baxter, this time Dave, who provided the challenge for the race distance. Mahder got the early jump on Jake Hartung but Baxter came roaring up from the second row to quickly move into second and challenge Mahder for the lead.

Following a lap four yellow for a spin, Baxter dove low in turn two and pulled up beside Mahder in a race for the lead, but Cory worked off the cushion and held off Baxter while Hartung remained a close third. Scott Duval moved into the fourth spot with Mike Anderson, Kevin Adams and Kerry Halopka battling behind them.

Mahder continued to hold the lead while Baxter pushed hard and raced two car lengths behind as the top three cars worked the cushion. While they remained close, no one was able to execute a change of position but just as they caught lapped traffic, another spin with only two laps to go slowed the field again.

However, Mahder got a great start and opened a slight lead over Baxter and over the last two laps, Cory continued to show the way as he drove home for the win with Baxter and Hartung trailing. Adams made a late rush and moved ahead of Duval to finish fourth.

Myers continued on the roll that has led him to nineteen feature wins at area ovals already this season as he raced up from the third row to take the Super Stock feature race. The Supers had a terrible time of it early in the contest, with four yellow flags in the first lap for a variety of spins and collisions.

Front row starters Eric Olson and Aaron Wilson got into it before they made it through the first corner of the race with Wilson done for the night and Olson sent to the rear of the field. This gave Shane Kisling the pole and he led the opening laps of the race as a couple more spins put the race in neutral more often than not.

Finally, everyone settled down and racing commenced with Kisling still the leader. Myers quickly moved to the front as he passed Andy Davey and then Scott Zitelman to move into second. He then closed on the leader and while Kisling pushed as hard as he could, Myers was able to sweep past him on the outside and take over the lead. Also on a charge was Jason Forehand who started in the fourth row and closed on the leaders, passing Kisling to take over second and then slowly began to close on Myers.

A grinding collison on the front chute with seven laps complete eliminated the cars of Derek Baskin, Terran Spacek and Patrick Heikkinen and bunched the field again and this time Myers didn’t get away from Forehand, who raced only a couple of car lengths behind the leader and dove low on each corner, trying to get past Myers. The last thirteen laps of the race ran nonstop and Forehand was a constant challenge, pushing Myers on every corner as several times he got to within a car length as they raced off the corners.

However, Myers was not about to relinquish the lead, and he hit his marks the last few laps and kept Forehand behind him for his sixth feature win of the year at Rice Lake. The drive of the race was put on by rookie Super Stock driver Jeff Klopstein Jr who started thirteenth on the grid, moved steadily toward the front and in the waning laps, swept past Kisling to earn a podium finish. Davey completed the top five.

VanGilder, the rookie Street Stock driver, recorded his fourth feature win at Rice Lake in what was a somewhat controversial decision. Along with the Supers, the Street Stocks were the other class that had their feature race problems, with the yellow waving five times during their main event.

The trouble started early as point leader Cody Kummer, scheduled to start on the outside pole, broke during the parade lap and was done before the green flag waved. Tyler Wahlstrom took advantage of this to take the early lead in the race but battling for second, Jay Kesan and Kolby Kiehl came together, triggering a yellow that sent Kesan to the pits while Kiehl got his spot back.

The driver on the move was Josh Amans who had started sixth and moved to the high groove early. He made that line work and he marched to the front, sweeping past Wahlstrom to take over the lead. VanGilder was on the move too, starting in the fourth row and racing into contention, as he battled with Adam Soltis for position. Danny Richards was also moving up quickly, but when he inadvertently got into the back of Kiehl, he went to the tail as the yellow waved once again.

Through all this Amans continued to lead as he looked for his first win of the year and following one more yellow for a stalled car, the race boiled down to a four lap dash. VanGilder was right behind Amans, and as the leaders dove into turn one, VanGilder dropped very low on the track and dove to the inside of Amans, where there was contact. As Amans slid up the track, VanGilder took over the lead. Jimmy Gullikson, who had been working the high side of the track, moved into second and put the challenge on VanGilder as the luckless Amans retired to the pits with a flat tire. Gullikson tried a last lap maneuver to get by VanGilder on the high side but it didn’t work and Hunter drove home for the win in the wild contest. Tyler Wahlstrom had his best finish as he came home a solid third with Soltis and Kiehl trailing.

Amundson recorded his first ever feature win last Saturday night and he liked victory lane so much, he decided to return again for the Firecracker. He led a nonstop Pure Stock feature from green to checkered, although he had plenty of pressure from Jason Havel in the race.

Amundson took the lead immediately with C.J., Wagner, Havel and George Richards challenging. Havel got past Wagner to take over second and the race was on. Lap after lap, Havel ran on the rear bumper of Amundson, looking for just one mistake. But Amundson refused to yield. He hit his marks and kept the #5 behind him. In the late going, Havel tried hard to get under Amundson, but Shawn continued to hold his line and not make a mistake.

One last try on the final lap saw Havel pull to Amundson’s rear bumper, but Shawn stayed low and drove home for the win. Wagner finished a close third with Richards and Nick Traynor next in line.

There will be no racing at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday, July 4th. The next scheduled event at the track will be on Saturday, July 11th with a full, five division program slated to begin with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, July 14th, the Barron County Fair races will be held at the the track. The special, Tuesday night show will feature all five classes in racing action so as not to conflict with the Barron County Fair. The event will be for track points but will utilize the draw/redraw format of qualifying. Again, hot laps are slated for 6:30 p.m with racing to follow.

Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for updates on the schedule or the speedway’s facebook page.

Richter Shocks Rice Lake Speedway Regulars

June 30th, 2015

Rice Lake WI,– Due to schedule quirks and rain, it’s been eighteen days since the last race at the Rice Lake Speedway. So, when racers pulled into the track on Saturday, it was almost like the opener again with a number of new cars and drivers on hand for the first time this year. It was also Kid’s night at the track with over sixty bicycles given away along with many door prized for the adults on hand too.

Making the most impact of any of the new drivers by far was Kori Richter. The veteran from Rice Lake, who ran a Super Stock one night this year at the track but hasn’t seriously raced since he retired in 2007, put together a Street Stock along with another veteran racer Mark Ewert and they debuted the car Saturday night. When the final checkered flag flew, Richter had left the strongest field of Street Stocks of the season in his dust as he drove to a feature win in his initial appearance of the year.

It was a good night for the Anderson brothers from Colfax too as both Mike, in the Modifieds and Travis in the Midwest Mods, won their second feature races of the season at the track. Other winners included Shawn Amundson, who had a special night of his own as he won his first ever feature race at the track and Tim Johnson who dominated the Super Stock feature.

Sixteen Street Stocks took the green flag for their main event in a field that included defending national champion Tim Johnson but it was Jay Kesan and Simon Wahlstrom who battled for the early lead. Hunter VanGilder looked to be part of the lead pack also with Richter quickly moving up after starting in the fourth row. Kesan Wahlstrom and VanGilder continued to battle for the lead but others like Cody Kummer were also on the move as a pack of about ten cars ran in the lead group, changing positions and trading lanes on the track on every lap.

Two yellows with five laps completed for spins bunched the field even further and Richter, who had worked his way up to third, took off like a rocket on the restart as he drove to the cushion and powered around Kesan to take over the lead. Richter, looking quite comfortable in the lead despite his lack of experience driving this car, started to edge away from the field as the field for second got more intense with Kummer and Sam Fankhauser challenging Kesan for second.

One more late yellow when Adam Soltis got turned set up a two lap sprint to the finish. Richter took off but nearly jumped the cushion as Kesan got beside him down the back chute. But using lots of speed, Richter was able to outrun Kesan on the high side and came home with a two car length win. Kummer came from the fifth row for third trailed by Fankhauser and Soltis. For Richter, it was his first Street Stock feature win since a lone triumph during the 1998 racing season and it first win at the track since 2007.

Also scoring a significant feature win was Shawn Amundson. The third generation racer from Rice Lake has been solid in his first full year of racing and Saturday everything fell into place as he recorded his initial checkered flag. Amundson started on the outside pole and quickly pulled away from Tucker Quinn to take the early lead. As Amundson added to his advantage, a big battle broke out for the second place with C. J. Wagner moving into that position where he was soon challenged by Jason Havel and Mike Knopps. Havel and Wagner were battling very hard for that spot when they bumped and Knopps took advantage of the situation to drive by both of them and take over second.

Meanwhile, Amundson was solid as a rock as he put distance on the rest of the field until a late race spin set up a three lap dash to the wire. Once again Amundson took off strong as we wasn’t about to allow the three car battle behind him affect his position. He put distance on the field and wasn’t truly challenged as he drove on for the significant win. A bumper banging duel for second saw Havel prevail over Knopps for second with Wagner and Nick Traynor next in line.

Travis Anderson was driving a rocket ship Saturday as he dominated the Midwest Modified field to record his second win of the year at Rice Lake. He started on the pole and quickly put distance on the field as Kent Baxter, Grant Southworth and Ryan Viltz battled for second. Viltz was the driver on the move as he dove low and moved past both Baxter and Southworth to take over second. While Anderson put distance on the field, Tito Viltz and Shane Halopka also joined the battle for second as four cars raced for the spot.

Spins on lap five and seven bunched the field and both times Ryan Viltz made a big dive low in turn one in an effort to get past Anderson but both times Travis fought off the challenge and then gradually put a little distance on the field. Ryan remained strong in second but the race for third saw Southworth and Tito Viltz continue to duel with Michael Truscott making a big charge after he had a bad opening lap and dropped to midpack.

As Anderson motored on to the win with Ryan Viltz chasing, Truscott continued his charge as he dove low and took over the third spot late in the race. Southworth held off Tito to complete the top five.

Johnson, chasing the absent Curt Myers in the national Super Stock point race, won a strange Super Stock feature. Spins and crashes dominated the early part of the event after the three previous feature races had been run off exceedingly smooth. Four yellows in the first two laps reduced the field by over 50% when they finally decided to settle down and start racing.

Johnson started on the outside pole and managed to stay in front of all the carnage early, and when nonstop racing finally broke out, he quickly moved away from the pack. Showing significant speed after a slow start to the season, Aaron Wilson moved into the second spot and was able to stay with Johnson once the racing broke out. The top two put distance on the rest of the field and for the last eighteen laps, Johnson continued to maintain about a three car length margin over Wilson, who refused to go away.

However, Johnson has not won multiple national championships by making mistakes and he continued to motor on for his first win of the year at Rice Lake in the Supers. Wilson finished a fine second with the promise of perhaps even better things in the near future. Mike Anderson passed a slowing Jason Forehand late in the contest to finish third with Bart Steffen completing the top five.

The biggest field of the night was in the Modified class and all nineteen cars on hand took the green flag for a race, that unfortunately, closely resembled the Super Stocks in terms of number of yellows and the high rate of retirees from the event.

Mark Hanson took the early lead in the race with Matt Leer and Mike Anderson challenging him. The top three were putting on a good race for the lead with both Dave Baxter and Tim McMann moving in to add to the lead pack.

The first yellow flew with six laps complete when current national point leader Kevin Adams rolled to a halt after contact. His night was done and on the restart, Anderson was able to get around Hanson to take over the lead. Leer, Hanson and Baxter then engaged in a good battle for second as the race remained under the green until past the halfway point when the yellow flag became a far to common occurrence.

As Anderson continued to lead, Leer challenged Hanson for second until mechanical issues sent him to the pits and later Hanson would spin while battling for second which ruined his night. Gradually, Tim Johnson, doing triple duty as usual, worked his way into contention after starting in the fourth row. Through the last five laps of the race, he became the main competition for Anderson as he looked to drive around Mike on the high side on the last few restarts.

Through things got close on the last couple laps, Anderson put off the challenges from Johnson to hold on through the long contest to record his second Rice Lake win of the year. Baxter finished a solid third with McMann and rookie Kerry Halopka completing the top five.

Racers will now make a quick turnaround as the biggest spectator drawing event of the year at the track takes place next Thursday, July 2nd when the speedway presents its annual Firecracker special. Trying to get off the holiday night when most communities have their fireworks displays, and with July 3rd being the legal holiday this year, the speedway will hold its annual Firecracker special on Thursday night. Spectators are urged to get to the track early to secure the best seats, as this event typically packs the facility to its limits. The draw for racers closes at 6:30 p.m and racers running late are encouraged to call to get a spot in the lineup. For the racers, the draw/redraw format will be used for this race with with hot laps and racing to follow the 6:30 p.m cutoff. All five classes will be in competition on Thursday. It will also be Relay at the Races night with many activities planned as a part of the American Cancer Society relay.

If the Thursday, July 2nd race gets rained out, the rain date for the fireworks will be on Saturday, July 4th. However, if racing is completed as scheduled on Thursday, there will be no racing at the track on July 4th.

Call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122 with any questions or check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the speedway facebook page.

Rice Lake Speedway Wet; Kid’s Night Upcoming

June 24th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – Heavy overnight rains, along with continuing showers on Saturday that ended attempts to work the track resulted in the cancellation of racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. The AFCO Race of Champions qualifiers, with the winners of the four WISSOTA sanctioned divisions automatically qualifying for the Race of Champions event to be held at the WISSOTA 100 in Huron South Dakota in September, have been rescheduled for August 1st with the draw/redraw format to be in effect that night.

Upcoming to the speedway will be two of the biggest attractions of the entire racing season. Next Saturday, June 27th, will be Kid’s Night at the track. The drivers will bring their race cars on to the speedway before the program starts and fans will be allowed to go down on the track to visit with the drivers and their crews and pick up goodies that most of the drivers provide. There will also be a huge bike drawing for the kids with well in excess of fifty bikes having already been donated by drivers, fans and businesses with more expected by race night. Fans are encouraged to get to the track early so that they can register their kids and take advantage of all prerace activities.

Then, only five days later, the biggest spectator draw of the entire racing season takes place on Thursday, July 2nd with the presentation of the annual Firecracker special. Along with a full program in five divisions of racing, the annual Fireworks display, considered one of the best in the entire area, will be shot off after sunset with both aerial and ground displays as a part of the program. With Friday, July 3rd being celebrated as the legal holiday, a huge field of both fans and racers is expected on July 2nd with both groups encouraged to get to the track early for best seating and parking.

With the speedway running on July 2nd, there will be no racing at the track on Saturday, July 4th. However, if the Firecracker is rained out on July 2nd, the complete event will be held on Saturday, July 4th.

For both events, draw cut off for drivers is 6:30 p.m with hot laps and racing to follow. For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the facebook page. The speedway phone number is 715-236-2002 or Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Bogdanovic Bedazzles Rice Lake Speedway Foes

June 14th, 2015

Rice Lake WI– Kevin Bogdanovic was the number one star of the special Tuesday night racing program at the Rice Lake Speedway honoring the city wide Aquafest celebration. Winning his first feature race anywhere since the second Clinton administration was in office, Bogdanovic held off a stout field of Street Stocks to highlight the racing program. Also winning his first feature race at Rice Lake in quite some time was Mike Knopps in the Pure Stocks while Ryan Viltz, Curt Myers and Kevin Adams, who are all familiar with victory lane at Rice Lake, added to their 2015 feature win totals.

Bogdanovic started on the pole for the Street Stock feature race but his win was anything but an easy task as he was hounded the entire fifteen laps of the main event by a series of competitors. Bogdanovic fought off the early challenges of Jimmy Randall before he settled in as the leader and for most of the early laps, he rode on top with Ron Hanestad nailed to his rear bumper while Randall rode the high side of the track beside Hanestad.

Cody Kummer was working his way into contention as he began to pressure the leaders also as the top six or so ran in tight formation. Hanestad was really picking up the pace and a couple of times he nearly got a nose under Bogdanovic as they battled for the lead.

The first twelve laps of the event went nonstop but then, after a spin that triggered a yellow, two more quick yellows appeared before another lap could be scored. Finally, all out racing continued and Bogdanovic picked up the pace, running three solid laps and not giving Hanestad any opportunity to steal the win. For Bogdanovic, who was out of racing for quite a few years before returning in 2015, it was his first Street Stock win ever at Rice Lake and his first feature win since 1999, when he topped Kevin Adams in a Street Stock battle at the old Monster Hall Raceway near Unity Wisconsin.

Also returning to victory lane after a long absence was Mike Knopps who won the Pure Stock feature. The Pures had a tough time of it on Tuesday, with five yellow flags in the first six laps bogging down the pace and preventing all out racing. Knopps, who started on the pole, withstood early challenges from Nick Traynor before Jason Havel became his chief challenger. Havel was able to work into the second position and he looked both high and low on Knoops, trying to find a way past him between yellow flag slowdowns. Finally, when the drivers were able to put down some consecutive green flag laps, Havel nearly got past on the outside of Knopps before yet another yellow waved.

The two lap sprint to the finish saw Havel again try to drive around Knopps, but Mike was too strong to pass in the short time left, and Knopps drove under the checkered flag with a car length advantage over Havel. C. J. Wagner finished a tight third just ahead of Traynor while Mike Grover had another good run to complete the top five.

The Mid West Modified feature started out slow also, with three yellow flags in the first three laps, after which they settled down and had nonstop racing after that point to the checkered. Tito Viltz and Paul Suzik battled on the opening lap for the lead, with Tito edging into the top spot. Brother Ryan Viltz was shot out of a cannon from the third row and within a lap was battling for the lead. He found an opening on his brother and took over the top spot.

The brothers Viltz then engaged in a spirited battle for the top spot with Tito trying all sorts of maneuvers to get back past his brother. Travis Anderson and Shane Halopka were both also on the move as they raced into third and fourth and looked to pressure the leaders. Back farther in the pack, Cory Crapser was also charging after he started in the fifth row.

Ryan Viltz managed to open a slight lead on his brother while the fastest car on the track was clearly Crapser at this point, as he continued his charge, moving past both Halopka and Anderson and working into third.

However, the top two leaders had opened up a healthy lead by this time, and they continued to race on ahead of the field. Ryan Viltz competed his drive unchallenged and garnered his second Rice Lake win of the 2015 season. He was followed to the checkered by brother Tito, Crapser, Anderson and Halopka.

The Super Stocks followed a familiar pattern as they endured three yellow flags in the first three laps, followed by a nonstop finish of the last seventeen trips around the oval. Nick Oreskovich was the early leader and twice Eric Olson nearly got by him before the yellow flag bit his efforts at making a leading pass.

On the third attempt, it was Jason Forehand who got to the outside of Oreskovich and he flew past him to take over the lead. Forehand was on a rail and he rapidly pulled away from the pack while Oreskovich battled with Olson, Bart Steffen and a charging Curt Myers.

Myers came from the fourth row and he came in a hurry, squeezing past Steffen for third and then duplicating the effort as he moved past Oreskovich to take over the runner up slot. However, by this time Forehand was gone, having opened up a straightaway advantage on the field. Myers pushed as hard as he could, but he was not making up the distance nearly fast enough.

Suddenly, the unthinkable happened to Forehand. With only four laps to got and victory within sight, his car suddenly emitted a tremendous “bang” from under the hood and Jason immediately lost power and he idled his way into the infield. Myers inherited the lead and with a big lead himself now, cruised home for his track leading fifth feature win of the year at Rice Lake. Steffen had a solid run, as he drove past Oreskovich to take over the second spot. Olson and a charging Randy Spacek also moved past Oreskovich to complete the top five.

Adams led all the way for his fourth Modified feature win of the year at Rice Lake. He started on the pole and eased away from Kevin Eder to take the early lead. Soon Eder was passed by first Dave Baxter and then Cory Mahder. They then engaged in perhaps the best side by side battle of the night as they ran many laps around the track with neither giving an inch. Finally, after a long battle for the position, Mahder was able to edge into second.

Just then, the lone yellow of the race flew and bunched the field and Mahder had his shot at the leader. However, Adams got up on the wheel and slowly but surely once again drew away from the field as Mahder tried to stay with him. The driver to watch at this point was Jason Gross, who was carving his way forward in the field after starting eleventh. He cracked the top five and continued to move forward as the laps ran down.

Adams made it exciting at the end as on the last corner of the race he got crossed up and went bouncing into the infield. With dirt flying, Adams bounced back over the marker tires in the corner, found his way back on to the track and still had just enough of a cushion to beat Mahder across the line by a couple car lengths. Baxter finished a strong third, and Gross ended his charge in fourth as he passed Eder at the end.

There will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, June 13th. The next event at the Speedway will be when racing returns to the track on June 20th. This night will be the AFCO Race of Champions qualifier with the winners in the four WISSOTA divisions that race at the speedway automatically qualified for the AFCO Race of Champions event to be contested in September during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron. The draw/redraw format for qualifying will be utilized in all divisions that night. The rain date for the qualifier is August 1st.

Other events upcoming at the speedway include Kid’s night on June 27th and the Firecracker special on Thursday, July 2nd.

Minnesota Drivers Cop Rice Lake Speedway Wins

June 7th, 2015

Rice Lake WI,– Minnesota drivers Dave Cain and Jimmy Gullikson slipped across the border Saturday into the Badger State, rolled into the Rice Lake Speedway and then returned across the border later in the evening bearing feature win stickers and checks to prove that both won their first feature races of the year at the track. Joining those two in victory lane for the first time in 2015 was local driver Tito Viltz while both Curt Myers and C. J. Wagner continued to build on their win totals for 2015.

With weather bearing down on the track, officials sped up the proceedings as much as possible and despite one short delay during the Modified heats to pack after a brief sprinkling of rain, the final checkered flag flew at 9:11 p.m.

Cain’s victory was relatively easy as he drew the outside pole for the Modified feature and led all twenty laps. A spin and a collision stopped the race twice before more than one lap could be completed and eliminated three cars from action. After that the race went nonstop to its finish and Cain cruised away from the field, winning by nearly a straightaway.

The best race was for the second spot which Kerry Halopka held for many laps, fighting off challenges from Steve Hallquist over and over. Finally, with just a few laps to go, Hallquist rolled under Halopka in turn three and slipped into the runner up slot, which he maintained to the finish.

Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams battled for position for much of the race with Anderson finally establishing his claim to the position. Late in race Tim McMann picked up speed and edged out his son in law for the fifth spot.

The Street Stock feature was probably the best race of the night with Gullikson holding off a late charge by Kolby Kiehl to gain the win. Bob Wahlstrom and Kiehl started on the front row but when they both went high up the track on the first lap, Josh Amans shot under them to take over the lead. However, Gullikson was on the move quickly after starting in the third row, and he drove under Amans who slid up the track and Gullikson took over the lead. Sam Fankhauser, Hunter VanGilder and Adam Soltis were battling hard for position behind them and after getting such a bad start, Kiehl really picked up the pace. Moving to the higher groove, he was able to drive by car after car and moved past Amans to take over second and then began to close on Gullikson.

With only a few laps left, Kiehl caught the leader and then made several attempts to pass. He was able to get to Gullikson’s bumper on several occasions, but he couldn’t quite execute a pass and Gullikson continued on home for the win with Kiehl tailgating him. The win was Gullikson’s first ever Street Stock victory at Rice Lake.

Amans held on for third as Soltis made a late charge with VanGilder completing the top five in a race that went nonstop green to checkered. The Midwest Modified feature did not quite as smoothly as the yellow waved four times during this event. The race started off with a wild scramble on the opening lap that saw Karl Kolek take the early lead. Tito Viltz moved up quickly from the third row and was able to drive past Kolek to take over the lead.

Joining Tito in the front group were Shane Halopka and Ryan Viltz as the top three moved away from the field each time the race stayed green for any length of time. Halopka especially was pressuring Tito and tired several times to squeeze under him in the corners but wasn’t able to pull off the pass. Ryan Viltz eventually retired from the race with a flat tire, opening up the third position to Austin Ellis. Halopka continued to put the heat on T. Viltz but Tito was strong in the groove as he drove home to the popular win, his first of the season. Halopka and Ellis trailed and two rookie drivers, Tim Ekdahl and Kyle Runkle, both earned their first ever top five finishes.

Myers continued to flex his muscle in the Super Stock class as he made a strong statement in moving from the fourth row quickly to take the lead and then drive away from the Super Stock field. Jim Harris and Bart Steffen battled on the opening lap for the early lead with the nod going to Harris. Mike Anderson then quickly moved in and took over the top spot from Harris. Meanwhile, Myers was moving to the front quickly with a bold move on an early restart seeing him gain two positions and he shot between Eric Olson and Jason Forehand to move into third. He then dispatched Harris and pulled in on the leader.

Anderson did not give up easily however, and he and Myers battled side by side for two laps before Curt was able to drive deep into turn three and edge into the lead. Once in front, he then began to gradually pull away as the race remained under the green the last sixteen laps. Anderson tried hard but he was no match for Myers on this night as he settled for second and Myers rolled to his fourth feature win at Rice Lake already this year. Harris had his best outing of the year as he drove home a solid third with Steffen and Forehand completing the top five.

The big three in the Pure Stocks, C.J.Wagner, Nick Traynor and Jason Havel battled it out once again for the win saturday. After four yellow flags for spins in the first two laps, the drivers finally settled in and started to race. With all the spinning and changing of positions, Wagner found himself in the lead with Havel second. Traynor then was able to duck under Havel and take over the second spot and he then closed on the leader.

However, Wagner had a good line and despite Traynor tapping on his rear bumper on the final lap, Wagner held him off for his second feature win of the year. Havel followed a close third with Mike Grover having another solid finish in fourth. Tucker Quinn recovered from a lap two spin to move back through the field and complete the top five.

The racers will make a quick turnaround as racing action continues this coming Tuesday, June 9th with the Aquafest Trophy races at the speedway. As a part of the city wide celebration, racing will take place on Tuesday and then the speedway will remain dark on Saturday, June 13th. All five classes will be in action on Tuesday with the draw-redraw format being used to qualify for the main events. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing to follow in what will be a full point program for all five divisions.

Rice Lake Speedway Makes Revision To June 9th Race

June 2nd, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – Dave Adams, co-owner of the Rice Lake Speedway along with Mitch Hansen, made a revision for the special, Tuesday night race program scheduled for June 9th at the Rice Lake Speedway.

“I’m expected a lot of out of town cars for this race,” stated Adams. “So, to be more fair to the drivers that don’t race here every Saturday and give everyone an even chance, this program will utilize the draw-redraw format rather than the point average system used for the weekly shows.”

The Aquafest Trophy races, run as a part of the city wide, Rice Lake celebration, have returned to the official Aquafest list of events after a number of years and drivers will be racing hard to earn the trophies.

This program will still award track points and fans are reminded that because the speedway will be running this special Tuesday night program, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, June 13th.

Draw cutoff and hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing to follow. Scheduled to be in action are the WISSOTA Polydome sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Auqafest Race at Rice Lake Speedway June 9th

June 1st, 2015

Rice Lake WI – An old tradition will be renewed at the Rice Lake Speedway on Tuesday night, June 9th. For many years, one of the highlights of the racing season and most sought after feature wins was the Auqafest Trophy race at the Rice Lake Speedway.

This year that tradition will be renewed but with a new twist. The Rice Lake Auqafest Committee and Adams-Hansen Inc, the owners of the Rice Lake Speedway, have partnered to renew the traditional Auqafest Trophy races at the Rice Lake Speedway, but on a new race night.

On Tuesday, June 9th, the speedway will present a very special Tuesday night edition of racing featuring all five classes that race at the Rice Lake Speedway in a full racing program, battling for the highly sought Auqafest trophies. But then the speedway will be off on Saturday, June 13th so racers and fans can enjoy the activities of the Auqafest.

Because this program will be presented on a night when no other tracks are racing, and due to the high amount of rainouts that have prevented many tracks from getting much racing accomplished so far this year, a full field of racers in all five divisions is expected with a number of out of town visitors anticipated. This program will utilize the regular point average system for racers and will be a track point program for all five classes.

The cut off for racers will be 6:30 p.m (drivers, call if you’re running late) with hot laps and racing to follow immediately. Call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 with any questions. The speedway phone number is 236-2002 and the speedway facebook page will be updated with any weather related information.

Rice Lake Speedway Way Too Wet

June 1st, 2015

Rice Lake WI – A week of rain topped by an all day rain on Friday along with poor drying conditions on Saturday all conspired to cause the racing program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway to be canceled. The cancellation was the first Saturday night program of the year to be lost to the weather.

Racing action will resume on Saturday, June 6th with a five class program featuring four WISSOTA Polydome Racing Series classes along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow immediately.

To check on the speedway, visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or log on to the speedway facebook page for the most current announcements.

Baxter Nips Balduc By Inches in Rice Lake Speedway Thriller

May 27th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – In a race that saw three different leaders in the last three laps, Dave Baxter made a last corner move to nip Neil Balduc by inches and win the modified feature race Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. With close finishes predominating, other winners Saturday included Curt Myers, Shane Halopka, Adam Soltis and Jason Havel. The special event series, the UMSS, visited the speedway for the first time this year also and their winners included Lee Grosz in the winged Sprint Cars and Joseph Kouba in the Traditional Sprints.

Balduc led the majority of the Modified feature after starting on the pole but he was pressured from the drop of the first green flag. Steve Hallquist and Baxter were racing hard right behind him while Kevin Eder went to the cushion immediately and stayed with the leaders also. Ashley Anderson, Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams were also moving forward after starting farther back in the pack.

Balduc continued to run the low line and hold the lead but Baxter was right behind and gradually Eder made the top side work too and he closed up to make it a three duel for the lead.

A mid race spin bunched the field and after that, Balduc had plenty of company. Eder was relentless on the high side and slowly he began to reel in the leader. Each lap he would gain a little ground until, with five laps to go, he edged past Balduc and into the lead. Once in front, Eder opened up a couple of car lengths on the field.

However, just as he was about ready to receive the white flag, suddenly the car lost control in turn one and he spun, taking himself out of the lead. The resulting yellow bunched the field for a three lap sprint to the finish. Balduc continued to lead but this time Baxter jumped to the outside and pulled up beside Balduc as they raced to the wire. Baxter was ahead by inches as they took the white flag but Balduc fought back in front down the back chute. Baxter got a great run on the final corner and burst past Balduc as they raced to the line to win by a foot or so. Ashley Anderson made some great progress near the end of the race and he closed up to finish a close third with Adams and Hallquist completing the top five.

Willie Johnsen Jr led the first sixteen laps of the Super Stock feature before Myers was able to drive past him on the high side late in the event and take his third Rice Lake Speedway win of the year. Johnsen Jr. was closely pursued by Mike Anderson most of the race after he got by Nick Oreskovich to take over second.

Eric Olson, Shane Kisling, Myers and Jason Forehand were in a pack close behind the top two and they engaged in a series of three wide, position swapping battles most of the first half of the event. Anderson was a close second when his car suddenly emitted a cloud of smoke and he rolled to a halt on lap twelve, his night completed. This gave Myers the chance to move up to row two for the restart and with an open track in front of him, he was able to move to the high side and he began to close on the leader. Just as in the Modifed main, the lead whittled down a little lap after lap and on lap seventeen, Myers made a strong run off turn four to drive by Johnsen on the high side and take over the lead.

Olson was making a big push of his own also, and he dove under Johnsen Jr to take over second but he ran out of time to challenge the leader as Myers drove home for the win. Forehand settled for fourth with Kisling close behind to complete the top five.

The Midwest Modified main event came right down to the finish also, with two late passes for the lead in the final five laps settling the issue. Tyler Vernon started on the pole and led much of the first half of the race. He was pressured by Kent Baxter, Tito Viltz and Travis Anderson in the early going with Shane Halopka, Michael Truscott and Curt Myers starting to drive toward the front.

Vernon continued to lead as he raced on the bottom side of the track but again, the top side started to be the place to be as Truscott went to the cushion and gradually roped in the leader. Using the high side exclusively, Truscott was able to drive past Vernon on lap nine and take over the lead.

At this point, the yellow flew three times in a row for spins and a multi car collision that stopped the action. Bad luck hit Vernon at this point as he had a tire go flat, and his race was over.

This put Halopka right behind Truscott for the restart and Michael wasn’t sure whether to stay on the top side on drop low. On the final attempt to get the race restarted, Truscott opted to run the low side but when he slipped up the track, Halopka dove under him and took over the lead. Truscott then moved back to the cushion but Halopka had his line established and he drove home for the win after the late race pass. Myers continued to charge and he moved into third in the late going when he finished ahead of Viltz and Baxter. The win was Halopka’s second of the year at the track.

After being close on several occasions, Soltis finally broke through and got his first Street Stock win of the year. While Soltis led the entire race, the victory was far from easy as he had first Sam Fankhauser and then Cody Kummer all over him looking for a path past him.

As Soltis led, Kummer worked his way up from the third row until he was glued to Soltis’ rear bumper and he put extreme pressure on the leader. Mitch and Jay Kesan, Fankhauser and Hunter VanGilder all battled for position behind the top two. As the laps ticked off, VanGilder was able to find a couple openings and he moved into third place and began to pressure the top two.

Kummer made several bold attempts to dive under Soltis in the corners, and he got very close to taking over the top spot. However, when with just two laps to go he tried one more time, he found himself slidding off the bottom groove and VanGilder slipped past him for second.

The battle for second gave Soltis all the room he needed as he hung on for the win with VanGilder and Kummer next in line. Jay Kesan worked his way up further as he nipped his son at the line for fourth.

By far the easiest win of the night went to Havel in the Pure Stocks as he triumphed for the third time at the track this year. Mike Miller was the initial leader of the race but when he slid up the track and drove Justin Weinberger with him, Havel knived between Randy Graham and Mike Grover and suddenly found himself in the lead with an open track in front of him and no one near him.

Havel quickly put distance on the field as Nick Traynor and C.J. Wagner moved up into the chasing positions. A mid race collision triggered the yellow flag and bunched the field and while Traynor and Wagner tried to stay with the leader, Havel was motoring away from the field with no one able to pressure him. Traynor and Wagner finished in the next positions while Grover put together his best run of the year to finish fourth ahead of a quickly closing Brent Miller.

A full five division program will be contested next Saturday, May 30th with a 6:30 p.m scheduled warm up time. The next special event at the speedway will be on Tuesday, June 9th with a mid week program being run in conjunction with Auqafest. All five classes will be racing in a full program and the speedway will then take Saturday, June 13th off so everyone can enjoy Auqafest.

Kesan Tops List of New Rice Lake Speedway Winners

May 17th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – Jay Kesan won the Street Stock feature race by a razor thin margin to highlight the first time winners Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Also taking their first feature wins of the year at Rice Lake Saturday were Jason Forehand and C.J. Wagner while both Michael Truscott and Kevin Adams became multiple winners.

The Street Stock feature was one of the most intense feature races seen during the early part of the 2015 season with the drivers coming to the finish line three wide after much two and three wide racing throughout the field during the race.

Kevin Bogdanovic took the early lead in the race with Adam Soltis and Sam Fankhauser quickly moving in to challenge him. Kesan moved up from the third row to be a part of the lead battle and by moving to the outside groove, Kesan worked his way into second and repeatedly tried to drive around Bogdanovic, who himself was fighting for his first win also.

In heavy traffic in turn four, Kesan was turned around with three laps complete and the yellow flew. Kesan was restored to his position on the restart and then things got crazy. A mad scramble in turn two on the restart found at least a half dozen cars getting together and Cooper Berlin going for a quick rollover as a result of the mess. Berlin, Scott Clark and Kolby Kiehl were all eliminated from further action.

Bogdanovic continued to lead on the restart but he remained under the gun until Fankhauser finally was able to pass him for the lead. Kesan and Cody Kummer also moved past and these three then engaged in a spirited battle that saw them racing two and three wide for the rest of the event. Fankhauser would continue to hold a sliver thin lead with Kesan pulling up beside him down the chutes on every lap and Kummer trying to nose inside of him. Coming for the white flag, Kummer tapped Fankhauser whick broke his momentum for a second and allowed Kesan to once again get up beside him. The leaders then raced three wide going into the final corner with Kesan using the high side of the track to gain just enough edge that he flashed under the finish line by a nose over Fankhauser with Kummer an extremely close third. Bogdanovic held on for fourth with Hunter VanGilder working his way back up to fifth on the final lap also.

Forehand has been win less for over a year at the speedway but he took care of that dubious streak with a strong run for the Super Stock feature honors. Bart Steffen and Cole Spacek battled early for the lead with Steffen grabbing the top spot. However, Forehand quickly moved in from the second row and swept around Steffen on the high side to take over the lead. Once in front, Jason quickly put some distance on the field as all eyes turned toward Curt Myers who was making a determined run toward the front.

Coming from the fourth row, Myers made some bold moves as twice he stuck his car in the middle of the three wide sandwich, but both times he was able to drive deep into the corners and gain the edge he needed. He moved into second and then set off after Forehand, who had built up a nice sized lead by this point. The race remained under the green and while Myers was able to cut into Forehand’s lead slightly, Jason maintained a fast pace that was tough to overcome.

Forehand continued to run at a fast pace and with no yellows to aide Myers, Forehand drove home with a comfortable margin for the win. Steffen fell back slightly but then made a nice advance as he ended up third with Eric Olson charging up to fourth at the end over Spacek.

Wagner topped the Pure Stock field for his first win of the year as he fought off challenges from Shawn Amundson to grab the top spot. Justin Weinberger led his first laps of the season at the speedway as he moved from the outside to hold the top spot early. Soon however, he was challenged by both Amundson and Wagner . Jason Havel was also on the move after starting in the sixth row and he was on a mission as he moved to the front. Havel fought his way into third and then challenged Amundson for position. There was contact between the two and Amundson went around in turn two.

Shawn was returned to his position and Havel headed for the pits.

The race turned out to be a two lap sprint to the finish and Wagner maintained his line as he fought off Amundson to take the win. Nick Traynor came back from a flat tire on the opening lap to get back up to third while Dusten Holub got his best finish at fourth ahead of Bob Thompson.

Truscott took his second Midwest Modified feature win of the year after a hard battle to get past Karl Kolek for the win. Kolek led his first laps of the season and in fact, held the top spot throughout the first half of the race, despite constant pressure by Truscott. As Michael tried to work by on the low side, Ryan Viltz went to the cushion and began to close the gap on the top two. Just as Viltz was ready to make a pass, Truscott jumped up to the high side himself and with a power move, blew past Kolek to take over the top spot.

With Truscott in charge, Nick Koehler and Shane Halopka were both charging to the front. Koehler moved into second and tried to track down the leader with Halopka also working toward the front of the pack.

Two collisions near the midpoint of the race slowed the action and eliminated several cars. This gave Koehler his chance and he nearly not under Truscott in turn one, but Michael fought him off and in the last few laps guarded the lead as he drove on for the win, with Koehler and Halopka close behind. Viltz hung on forfourth and Kolek earned his first top five finish.

Adams earned his third Modified win of the year after a hard fought battle to get to the front of the pack. Matt Leer started on the pole and led nearly the first half of the race. Pat Hoffman was having a great run as he held second and with Adams tearing up from the fourth row, they battled hard for the second spot until Adams was able to get passed him.

A yellow bunched the field and took away Leer’s lead and on the green, it was a hard fought battle for the top spot. Adams tried high and low and finally was able to dive under Leer in turn three to take over the top spot.

Mike Anderson was making a charge of his own and he raced up into third and then began to pressure Leer for second. It was a very tough race for position and the two drivers got together in turn three as they fought for the spot. Leer went around and the yellow flew again. This time Leer got his spot back and Anderson opted to call it a night.

The last half of the race saw Adams continue to lead with Cory Mahder then making a determined march into second as he raced the low side past Leer. Adams was in the groove on the high side and despite Mahder’s charge, Adams maintained his lead for the win. Leer finished third ahead of Tim McMann and Kerry Halopka.

Next saturday night, May 23rd brings one of the most popular race events of the year to the speedway. Along with a complete, five class program featuring the divisions that race weekly at the track, the Upper Midwest Sprint Series (UMSS), will bring two classes of Sprint Cars to the track. Fans of both the winged Sprints and the Traditional non winged Sprints will get their wish as both divisions will run complete programs. This holiday weekend event will see warmups at 6:30 p.m. With racing to follow. Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the speedway facebook page for more information.

USMTS Race at Rice Lake Speedway Canceled

May 15th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – The United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) special race scheduled for Thursday, May 14th at the Rice Lake Speedway has been canceled. The announcement was made mid-morning to day by track co-owner Dave Adams along with USMTS head Todd Staley.

With a forecast that called for a ninety per cent chance of rain by rain time and rain slated to continue throughout the evening, it was decided that in the best interests of both the competitors and spectators that an early cancellation call should be made.

“We wanted to run this USMTS race,” stated Adams. “However, every weather media that we’ve checked with gives us virtually zero chance of getting the show in. There is no point in getting all our spectators on the road, and the race teams to burn expensive fuel to get here, only to find us under water and with no chance to race.”

The USMTS schedule has no available options for rescheduling the race, so the program will be lost for 2015.

“We’ve had really bad luck trying to get a USMTS race in for the last few years.” declared Adams. The rain out marks the third straight year that the Spring race has been rained , or snowed out, with a “Hunt Race” in 2013 the last time the series has been successfully able to complete a program at Rice Lake.

A regular, five class program is next scheduled for the speedway this coming saturday, May 16th. The next special event on the speedway calendar is the Auqafuest trophy races slated for Tuesday night, June 9th.

Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2105 Hall of Fame Members

April 30th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – The Hall of Fame Committee of the Rice Lake Speedway met recently and voting was done to determine the newest members that will be added to the speedway’s Hall.

Voting was done in two categories and named as members of the 2015 class for the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame in the Driver’s category were Bruce Davis, Chuck Kurtzhals and Larry Quinn. Elected in the Friends of the Speedway category were Jerry Curnow, Don Stodola and Dan Schuster.

These six gentlemen, members of the fifth class elected to the Hall, will join the thirty two existing members of the Hall. The official induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 15th as a part of the racing program that night at the speedway.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame, visit the Hall of Fame link on the speedway’s website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Adams and VanGilder Dazzle at Rice Lake Speedway

April 29th, 2015

Rice Lake WI- It was a night of historic achievements Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Kevin Adams broke the week old tie he held with Dave Morgan and became the all time feature win holder at the Rice Lake Speedway as he won his one hundred and fourth main event win. On the other side of the spectrum, Hunter VanGilder, in only his third time ever behind the wheel of a WISSOTA Street Stock, outraced veteran campaigner Adam Soltis to win his first ever Street Stock main. Travis Anderson became the first driver in Rice Lake Speedway history to win a main event using WISSOTA’S new concept motor while former track champions Curt Myers and Jason Havel both reached victory lane for the first time in 2015.

Adams started eighth in the Modified main event but quickly worked his way up to third as defending point champion Mark Hessler fought his way past Matt Leer to take the early lead. Adams worked past Leer to take over second and then gradually closed in on Hessler, who continued to lead the way.

Adams tested the inside on Hessler on a couple of occasions in turn two but each time Mark was able to fight him off. The winning move came on lap eleven and was a spectacular pass in turn three. The lead duo came up on a lapped car entering turn three and Hessler hesitated for just a second. Adams shot to the outside of Hessler, squeezing past between Hessler and the outside wall, then cut down low on the track to clear the lapped car. Adams slid high in turn one but was able to gain just enough traction to retain the lead and then edge away from Hessler.

One yellow slowed the field on lap thirteen and on the restart, Adams was able to power away from the field. Steve Hallquist, who moved into third when Leer suddenly dropped out, had a great restart and took over the second spot from Hessler. Adams continued to pull away in the remaining laps as he drove home to feature win number one hundred and four at the speedway. Hallquist had a great run for second with Hessler settling for third. Cory Mahder and rookie Kerry Halopka completed the top five.

VanGilder started on the pole for the Street Stock main and took the early lead, but when he slid out in turn two, Adam Soltis was right there to take over the lead. Sam Fankhauser moved to the outside line and started to work in on the leaders while Jay Kesan was charging to the front after starting in the fourth row.

A lap eight yellow for a spin bunched the field and on the green, Soltis continued to lead. VanGilder briefly lost second to Fankhauser but then fought back and took the spot as Kesan continued to work the high side and also nearly stole the spot.

Soltis looked to be in charge when suddenly, he slid out in turn two and VanGilder was jolly on the spot to power past him on the inside and take over the lead. Soltis tried to fight back, but VanGilder was strong and he began to pull away from the field.

No one was able to offer a challenge in the few remaining laps and the rookie driver drove home to the cheers of the crowd for the impressive win. Soltis hung on for second over Fankhauser with Kolby Kiehl making a late charge into fourth while Cody Kummer, relegated to the back after an early spin, fought his way all the way back into fifth.

Anderson and Tad Bretting has a hard battle in the early going of what turned out to be a nonstop Midwest Modified main event. After running side by side for a couple of laps to start the event, Anderson was able to edge in front of the pack. Bretting was then challenged by Grant Southworth for the second spot along with Ryan and Tito Viltz. At this point, Anderson was putting distance on the field while the battle for second remained strong.

Southworth took over second and se t off after the leader while Shane Halopka moved to the outside and really began to pick up the pace. He drove up to third and began to track down the top two, who had managed to move away from the field. Anderson continued to lead as Halopka drove up beside Southworth and both caught Anderson as the white flag waved. Halopka went for broke on the final corner but slid up the track and Anderson, shaking off some back luck from early this season, drove home by a car length for the win over Southworth with Halopka right behind. Tito Viltz settled for fourth while Michael Truscott drove from deep in the field to complete the top five.

Myers made an impressive comeback after falling back early in the Super Stock main. Willie Johnsen and Randy Spacek raced hard in the initial going before Spacek was able to edge past and take over the lead. Randy put a little distance on the field and looked strong up front. Behind Johnsen, there was a big battle for position with Myers, Nick Oreskovich, Eric Olson, Mike Anderson, Shane Kisling and Jason Forehand all fighting hard for places.

Myers started in the second row but when he slumped all the way back to fifth, he changed his line in turn three, moving up the track and immediately finding success. He began to pick off his competitors one at a time, eventually driving his way up to second with a pass on Johnsen and then rapidly closing on the leader within a couple laps.

Continuing to use the high side, he pulled up beside Spacek and then blew past him off turn four to take over the lead. Once in front, he began to put distance on the field.

The lone yellow of the event occurred at the halfway point, and back under green, Myers pulled away from the field. Johnsen got a good restart and moved past Spacek into second. They battled hard the rest of the event with Johnsen holding off Spacek for second as Myers drove home easily for the win. Kisling, in his first outing of 2015, moved up steadily at the end, along with Mike Anderson, and they completed the top five.

Defending point champion Havel showed that he can win in a General Motors product as well as his venerable Thunderbird which has been legislated out of local racing action. Rookie Shawn Amundson was the early leader of the event, but a hard charging C.J. Wagner drove under him to take over the lead. Havel was also on the move as he drove into the second spot with George Richards and Nick Traynor forming a five car break away pack.

Wagner looked in control of the race until he broke traction off turn two and Havel jumped to the inside and took over the lead with the top five still running close together. A late spin set up a three lap sprint to the finish and while Wagner stayed nailed to Havel’s rear bumper, Jason brought his car under the line first for the win. Amundson finished a solid third with Richards and Traynor close behind. Before the racing program, the Best Appearing Car in each class was honored after voting was done last week. The winners were Amundson-Pure Stocks; Bob Wahlstrom-Street Stocks; Tito Viltz-Midwest Modifieds; Scott Lawrence-Super Stocks and Leer-Modifieds.

Also, Buddy Mayala was honored with a birthday cake and was interviewed on the track before the racing program began. Mayala, the oldest driver in all of WISSOTA and one of the oldest in the entire country, celebrated his eightieth birthday on Saturday at the track and amazingly, continues to race his Modified every Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Mayala began his racing career in 1954.

Five division programs continue the next two Saturday nights at the speedway with hot laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m before the first special event of the 2015 race season occurs on Thursday, May 14th when the modified stars of the United States Modified Touring Series visit the speedway to take on the best of the regional stars in a three thousand dollar to win main event. Midwest Modifieds will join the card that night.

Adams Tops Rice Lake Speedway Modifieds; Ties Record

April 20th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – The Rice Lake Speedway opened up the 2015 racing season Saturday night in style, as the sixty third consecutive opener at the venerable track on the cities’ North side saw one of its long standing records tied.

Kevin Adams won the opening night modified feature and in doing so, tied “The King” of the Rice Lake Speedway, Dave Morgan, for all time feature wins at the track by recording his 103rd main event win.

Other winners on a breezy, windy and increasingly threatening night included two defending WISSOTA national champions in Tim Johnson and Shane Sabraski along with Michael Truscott and Nick Traynor on the five division program.

Adams’ win was not an easy one as Kevin started in the third row of the modified main and had three different drivers challenge him mightily before the final checkered waved.

Dave Cain and Mike Anderson sat on the front row and as the green flew, things got wild right from the start as Bob Broking dove low in turn one and he and Cain slid up the track opening the door to Anderson. Adams found a hole on the low side of the track and quickly stormed into second and closed on Anderson and before a lap was completed, Adams had the lead.

As Kevin opened up a slight advantage, Anderson was quickly challenged for second by Cain. Shane Sabraski moved to the high side of the track and he quickly picked up the pace, eventually moving past both those drivers into second and then closing on the leader. Sabraski got right to the rear bumper of Adams and made several strong attempts to pass Kevin, nearly getting the job done.

The lone yellow for a spin with twelve laps completed bunched the field and Sabraski got a bad restart, losing two positions on the start. Cain used the outside to take over second and he then closed on the leader. As Adams fought to hold him off, Cain used the top side to run right on Adams’ bumper, with the Minnesota veteran pushing the cushion very hard.

Cain made his move to go around Adams in turn two but he got just out of the groove, broke traction and spun wildly across the track down into the infield. Fortunately, the field was able to avoid him and the race remained under the green.

This gave Anderson his chance as he had been gradually moving back up after sliding back in the field earlier. In the last few laps he dove hard into the corners and slid right up to Adams rear bumper but he couldn’t make a passing move and had to settle for second, two car lengths in arrears of Adams. The last corner of the race saw Cory Mahder blow a tire and he forfeited third to Sabraski with Johnny Broking completing the top five.

The non stop Super Stock feature saw Sabraski overcome a couple of fast drivers to take the win. Nick Oreskovich sat on the pole and got the jump on the pack but before a lap could be completed, Scott Lawrence moved up beside him to challenge and then take the point. However, Lawrence soon felt the heat of Sabraski behind him as Shane moved up the track and swept past the top two runners to take over the lead.

Jason Forehand fell back early but then he too found the top groove and really started moving forward in the field, moving back into the top five and then marching even farther to the front. He blew past Olson and Oreskovich on the high side and moved into second, with the chase to catch Sabraski then on.

However, Sabraski was very quick in front and he continued to set a quick pace.
Forehand was able to close the gap somewhat, but Sabraski was still comfortably in
front as the nonstop race didn’t allow the field a chance to catch up and bunch
behind the leader.

Oreskovich ran a strong race and finished a solid third with Olson hanging in behind
him and Mark Stender also completing a strong drive with a top five finish.

Michael Truscott had a strong 2014 campaign and he showed he’s ready to match that this year as he led from start to finish in the Midwest Modified feature event. He started on the outside pole and quickly got the jump on Grant Southworth to take the early lead. Young Austin Ellis moved into the second spot using the high side while the Viltz brothers, Ryan and Tito, battled behind him.

As Truscott continued to hold the point, Shane Halopka was the driver on the move, as he charged up from the fourth row and, using two yellow flags for minor spins to aide him, eventually moved past both Viltz’s to take over third.

A late race spin set up a three lap dash to the finish. Truscott stepped away on the green but Ellis stayed right with him while Halopka tried to dive under both of them. However, they remained in the same running order with Truscott taking the win and the second year driver Ellis recording his best ever finish ahead of Halopka. Tito Viltz hung on for fourth while Shane Sabraski, in his third feature race of the night, charged from the sixth row to complete the top five.

Tim Johnson is the defending national champion in the Street Stocks along with winning last year’s Little Dream race and the Brainerd Minnesota driver let it be known that he will be tough to beat once again as he stormed up from the third row to win a relatively easy main event.

His main challenger was Kyle Dykhoff who took the early lead from Sam Fankhauser and led the first few laps. Johnson moved past Justin Pogones into third and then closed on the leaders. Following a lap six yellow for a spin, Johnson moved to the outside, a spot most drivers were ignoring during this event and using big power and strong handling, he motored past the front runners to take over the lead. Once in front, he had relatively smooth sailing with an open track and no one knocking on his door.

The driver on the move was Cody Kummer who started in the fourth row and gradually worked his way into contention. He drove past Pogones and Fankhauser in the late going to take third and was challenging Dykhoff for second when the checkered waved. Johnson had a comfortable margin at the finish as Fankhauser and Pogones completed the top five.

A hard fought battle in the Pure Stocks saw Nick Traynor come from the third row to take the opening night win. Dusten Holub and Jason Havel took turns up front holding the early lead until Traynor moved into position and was able to pass them.

The race was stopped on lap four after a grinding crash in turn four that involved Shawn Amundson and Bob Thompson. No injuries were reported in the accident.

Traynor was able to take the lead following the restart with Havel and C.J. Wagner, who himself moved up from the fourth row, battling for second. On the last lap, Havel charged hard into the fourth turn in an effort to get under Traynor, but Nick had him covered as he drove on for the win. Brent Miller hung around and finished in the fourth spot, one position ahead of Holub.

Next Saturday night, racing action will continue in all five divisions with hot laps slated for 6:30 p.m. Best Appearing Car awards will be given out before the races start. The first special event on the speedway schedule comes Thursday, May 14th when the USMTS modified series will visit Rice Lake, along with the WISSOTA Midwest Mods on the card also.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Set To Show Cars

March 26th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – With the snow mostly melted and the temperatures rising, thoughts of area race fans and drivers have turned toward the upcoming racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway.

The first activity of the season, building toward the sixty third consecutive season opener on April 18th at the speedway is the annual car show.

To be held once again at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall, the racers will roll their shiny new machines into the Mall on Wednesday night, April 1st with the cars staying in the Mall during regular Mall hours through Saturday, April 4th when they will be removed prior to Easter.

According to Adams-Hansen Inc. spokesman Kevin Adams, seventeen cars have already signed up to appear in the Mall and there may be more to add to that list before April 1st.

The first on track activity at the speedway is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th when a practice night will be held at the track from approximately 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Spectators are welcome to come to the track and check out the activity as there will be no charge to watch the action that night. The first race of the 2015 racing season is scheduled for Saturday night, April 18th will hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow immediately. As in previous years, the regular race programs will feature five classes of cars including the WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake pure stocks.

The first special event of the season is slated for Thursday night, May 14th when the cars and stars of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) bring their nationally known drivers to Rice Lake to challenge the locals in a forty lap feature event that will pay $3,000 to the race winner. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds will also be on the card that night.

Any driver that would like to enter their car in the Mall show or anyone needing information about the upcoming racing season should contact Dave Adams at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Celebrate

February 25th, 2015

Rice Lake WI, – A full house was on hand Saturday night, February 21st at the Rice Lake Moose Lodge as racers, crews, friends and families helped the top drivers celebrate their accomplishments during the racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway. The speedway honored its top drivers as they wrapped up the 2014 racing season and looked forward to 2015.

The top ten drivers in all five classes that race at the speedway weekly were honored as well as the Rookies of the Year in each class along with some special awards given to track employees.

Upon completion of the meal, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies Scott Tiefs gave a brief overview of the 2014 season at the speedway.

Ed Reichert then gave a review of some of the more interesting statistics generated during the racing season and followed up with an update on the all time track records and record holders in each class of competition.

Track co-owner Dave Adams then came on stage to thank everyone involved with the operation of the speedway as well as give a preview of the 2015 track schedule.

Twenty four races at on the track schedule for the 2015 racing season. The annual car show at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall will once again open up the season with the show scheduled from April 1 through April 4th.

The first on track activity is scheduled for Thursday night, April 16th with an open practice session slated and the 2015 season opener is scheduled for Saturday night, April 18th with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Among the special events slated at two appearances by the Upper Midwest Sprint Series on May 23rd and July 25th. Both the winged and non winged cars will appear on the card both nights.

The United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) is scheduled to bring their high powered open wheel cars to the track on Thursday, May 14th. The last two years their special event has been cancelled by bad weather and track officials are hopeful that the third time will indeed be the charm.

The speedway is partnering with both the Auqafest and Barron County Fair committees in 2015. On both occasions, the speedway will run a special Tuesday night program sponsored by each group and the speedway will then remain dark on the Saturday night of both events.

The Firecracker special along with fireworks will take place on Thursday, July 2nd with a rain date of July 4th.

The biggest race at the speedway all year will take place on Tuesday night, August 4th with a rain date of August 5th when the annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race will be held. With a first place prize of over twelve thousand dollars last year, speedway officials hope to keep the ante increasing in 2015.

Season Championships are slated for August 29th and the season will conclude with a Labor Day weekend doubleheader scheduled for September 5th and 6th. More special events could still yet be added to the tentative schedule.

The top ten drivers in points in each class were then introduced by Tiefs to the crowd.

Leading the way in the Pure Stocks was Jason Havel from Rice Lake. He was followed by John Erickson from Rice Lake, C.J. Wagner from Rice Lake, Hunter Van Gilder from Rice Lake, Jay Folz from Rice Lake, Bob Thompson from Cameron, Joel Hinrichs from Chetek, Rob Grabon from Bruce, Brent Miller from Cameron and Jimmy Holden from Rice Lake.

The point champion in the Street Stocks was Ron Hanestad from Glenwood City. He was trailed by Cody Kummer from Medford, Adam Soltis from Ladysmith, Kolby Kiehl from Cameron, Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake, Troy Chaplin from Barron, Scott Clark from Cameron, Josh Amans from Rice Lake, Heidi Karshbaum from Chetek and Simon Wahlstrom from Rice Lake.

The Midwest Modified point champion was Greenwood’s Shane Halopka. He was trailed by Tito Viltz from Rice Lake, Travis Anderson from Colfax, Ryan Viltz from Chetek, Nick Koehler from Bloomer, Josh Wahlstrom from Rice Lake, Dan Tautges from Colby, Joe Chaplin Jr. from Cameron, Austin Ellis from Rice Lake and Mike Schnider from Rice Lake.

Tops in the Super Stocks and winning his first title ever was Willie Johnsen Jr. from Superior. Behind him were Jason Forehand from Eau Claire, Eric Olson from Ladysmith, Jim Cimfl from Turtle Lake, Kyle Helling from Rice Lake, Curt Myers from Cameron, Bart Steffen from Eau Claire, Jim Harris from Menomonie, Patrick Heikkinen from Eveleth MN and Scott Zitelman from Taylors Falls MN.

Grabbing his first point title in thirty one years of racing and topping the Modifieds was Mark Hessler from Menomonie. Chasing him were Mike Anderson from Colfax, Kevin Adams from Cameron, Matt Leer from Bruce, Pat Hoffman from Rice Lake, Tim McMann from Duluth MN, Scott Miller from Rice Lake, Cory Mahder from Eau Claire, Paul Brust from Rice Lake and Steve Hallquist from Eau Claire.

Named as Rookies of the Year were Dusten Holub from Chetek-Pure Stocks; Cory Dykhoff from Perham MN-Street Stocks; J. Wahlstrom-Midwest Modifieds; Derek Baskin from Menomonie-Super Stocks and Cody Cimfl from Rice Lake-Modifieds.

Cash prizes went to a random driver in each division and the winners were Hessler, Harris, Ellis, Karshbaum and Grabon.

Adams also presented “Thanks a Lot” awards to track employees Dale Johnson and Joe and Lanette Grilley.

Numerous door prizes were then handed out with the top prize, a new rifle donated by Henry Wisconsin going to VanGilder.

The complete schedule should be ready to be posted on the track website soon and race fans should continued to monitor ricelakespeedway.net along with facebook to find the most current information as the racing season approaches.

Rice Lake Racers Set To Celebrate Season

January 28th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – Adams-Hansen Inc., the owners of the Rice Lake Speedway, have announced that the annual awards banquet to celebrate the 2014 racing season, will be held on Saturday, February 21st.

The banquet will be held at the Rice Lake Elks Club, located at 36 East Eau Claire Street in Rice Lake. The social hour will be held from 6-7 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards to be given out following the meal along with many door prizes.

Set to be honored will be the top ten drivers in track points in all five divisions that regularly race at the speedway. The top rookie drivers in each division will also be honored and the top ten in each division that are in attendance are eligible for cash prizes also.

The cost of the banquet will be $25 dollars per person which includes the meal along with soda and adult beverages. Anyone wishing to attend the banquet must RSVP to Adams-Hansen by February 7th including a check made out to Adams-Hansen Inc and sent to Box 303, Cameron WI 54822.

All questions concerning the awards banquet should be directed to either Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

Season Championships Decided at the Rice Lake Speedway

August 26th, 2014

Rice Lake WI,- Season Championships were decided Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as the racing season winds down to a conclusion and track points earned during the season were used to line up the heat races with the results of the heats used to start the main events. The five winners on Saturday, who could proudly hoist their trophies as champions were Cory Mahder, Eric Olson, Tito Viltz, Jay Kesan and Jason Havel. The racing season will conclude next Saturday for 2014.

Mahder jumped into an immediate lead in the Modified main event as he came off the outside of the front row to grab the top spot from Mark Hessler. As Mahder immediately put distance on the field, Hessler was being challenged for second by Kevin Adams. The two veterans roared around the track, slicing and dicing as they tried to gain the edge on each other. Finally Adams was able to slide past Hessler in turn four and take over the runner up slot. However, by this time Mahder had built up a substantial lead and with no yellows to close up the field, catching Mahder would be a daunting task.

Meanwhile, Dave Baxter, Mark Hanson, Mike Anderson and Matt Leer were having a good four car battle for position behind the leaders. Adams was able to cut into Mahder’s advantage somewhat and Cory got hung up once in lapped traffic and Adams closed to about two car lengths in arrears, but once Cory cleared traffic, he was again able to extend his lead as Adams had to deal with the same traffic. At the line, Mahder was comfortably in front as he earned his second Rice Lake win of the year. Adams settled for second with Hessler finishing a solid third with Baxter and Hanson trailing.

The Super Stock feature provided an excellent three car battle for the lead as Olson and Jason Forehand started out the action by racing side by side for the first three laps unitl the yellow waved for a minor spin.

Back on the green, Olson had a narrow edge running the low side while Forehand pulled even with him on each straightaway as he rode the high side. Soon they were joined by another competitor as Curt Myers had come barreling up from the fourth row to make a challenge. Several times Myers dove to the middle ground and the leaders raced three wide in a crowd pleasing duel.

With twelve laps completed, the yellow waved for another spin and things got really wild on the restart as Myers again tried to slip between the leaders, throwing a massive slide job that saw him briefly edge past Forehand. However, Jason ducked back under Curt and retook the top spot and they raced on. The last few laps saw Olson remain rock solid in the low groove and no matter how hard Forehand and Myers pushed, they just couldn’t get past Eric who drove on for his sixth Rice Lake win of the year. Shane Kisling showed a strong effort with his newly rebuilt car and he finished a close fourth with Bart Steffen also close behind.

The Midwest Modified feature was also a three car battle and things in this race got really wild with only two laps to go. Tito Viltz had gotten the jump at the start and took the early lead with Shane Halopka and Ryan Viltz chasing him. They raced in close formation with Halopka trying to nose under Tito on every corner while Ryan worked the higher side of the track. They were close throughout the first half of the race as farther back in the pack, Austin Ellis, Reid Teigs and Jason Schill were also fighting for real estate.

Tito continued to hold the slimmest of leads until the yellow flew with only four laps left for a spin. On the restart, Tito bobbled in turn two and his car shot up toward the wall, opening the door for Halopka to pull up beside him. They tore into turn three side by side, each driving dangerously deep into the corner, but Tito was able to regain the edge down the front chute. Halopka tried the high side on the final tour but he came up a car length short as Tito drove on for his second win of the year. Brother Ryan finished a close third with Schill and Teigs next in line.

The Street Stock feature was called by many on hand to witness it as one of the best races of the entire season with four different leaders in the fifteen lap contest and winner Kesan not taking the lead until about fifty feet from the finish line!

Ron Hanestad and Cody Kummer raced side by side at the start with them battling for the early lead. When Hanestad slid out of the lower groove, Kummer filled it and edged into the lead. However, one lap later Hanestad returned the favor and retook the top spot. As they were battling, Sam Fankhauer and Nick Wojcik were glued to their rear bumpers, also looking for an opening to get to the front. Kesan and Kirk Bogdanovic raced hard from deeper in the pack and made it a six pack battling for the lead.

Wojcik looked particularly strong as he probed the leaders, looking for an opening. He was able to use the higher groove to drive into second and then he tried the same move for the lead. As he made his challenge, Kesan was also picking up the pace and he raced into third. Wojcik became the third leader of the race as he edged past Kummer on the high side of the track and opened up a two car length lead, which looked huge in this race.

Kesan continued his march as he drove into second and closed up on Wojcik who had moved back down the track after taking over the lead. Kesan was closing quickly and he looked to the low side of Wojcik but Nick had the groove covered. As the leaders raced to the white flag, Kesan made the move to drive around Wojcik and he pulled up beside him. They raced down the back chute for the final time side by side and they were still door to door in the final corner and both dove as deep as they could into the final corner but no one even touched. They came flying to the finish line and just at the last second Kesan made a surge and was able to nip Wojcik by a bumper in a thriller for the win. Kesan, a late arrival to the racing season in 2014, finished up the regular season with two straight feature wins. Kummer finished a very close third with Hanestad and Fankhauser also in the lead pack.

Havel continued to be the most dominating driver at the track as he won the Pure Stock feature but it was a struggle as he was tightly followed the entire race by C.J. Wagner. Havel led from the pole but Wagner quickly moved in to follow him into second with Joel Hinrichs and John Erickson battling for third before Hinrichs took the spot.

Two yellow flags at midrace for spins kept the field bunched and on every green, Havel was shadowed by Wagner. Havel was solid in the groove and was just fast enough that while Wagner could stay close, he could never muster a serious passing challenge. At the finish, Havel drove home with a car length lead over Wagner and Hinrichs. Erickson remained in the fourth spot while a post race technical violation saw Brent Miller elevated to fifth at the finish. Havel’s win was his eighth overall at Rice Lake this year which makes him the highest winning driver at the track.

The 2014 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway wraps up next Saturday, August 30th with a one day invitational. All five classes will race full programs with extra money on the line for the competitors. The top prize in the modifieds will be $1,000, the super stocks will be racing for $800 to win, the Midwest modifieds $600, the streets $500 and the pure stocks $300. The racing will be using the draw/redraw format and while the top four classes will be WISSOTA sanctioned, the pure stocks will be an open show with all 305 engines legal to participate.

As well as the drivers, the fans will have an added reason to be on hand. Fan Appreciation night will also be celebrated with many door prizes. There will also be a hog roast and party open to everyone following the racing program.

The pit gates will open at 4 p.m., the draw cutoff is 6:30 p.m. and racing will follow at 7 p.m. Any questions should be referred to either Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122 or Dave Adams at 715-205-2861.

Myers and Adams Continue to Roll at Rice Lake Speedway

August 19th, 2014

Rice Lake WI- Curt Myers and Kevin Adams, both in the hunt for WISSOTA national point championships, helped their cause Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as both won feature events in their respective divisions as the final track points race of the year was held. Other feature winners included Ryan Viltz, Jay Kesan and Nick Traynor.

With the track points wrapping up on Saturday, five point champions were also declared at the end of the evening’s racing and they included: Mark Hessler-Modified, Willie Johnsen Jr-Super Stock, Shane Halopka-Midwest Modified, Ron Hanestad-Street Stock and Jason Havel-Pure Stock.

The speedway received a half inch of rain in just a few minutes in a late afternoon Saturday cloud burst which made for some muddy conditions in the pits and required considerable effort by the track crew to make the track race ready, but after a one hour delay the racing proceeded as planned as the drivers did a nice job of adjusting to the track conditions.

It took Myers only three laps to proceed from his third row starting spot to take over the lead and then cruise the rest of the way in the Super Stock feature. Don Cimfl Jr. and Scott Heikkinen battled for the lead on the opening lap but Myers quickly found his way to the front using the high side of the track and with a power move off turn four, blasted into the lead.

He quickly put distance on the field while the focus of the action switched back in the pack where Jason Forehand and Willlie Johnsen Jr. were making a determined charge of their own. Forehand ducked under Cimfl Jr. and then raced past Eric Olson into the second spot with Johnsen Jr. following his tire tracks. Forehand was quickly advancing and it looked like he could provide a legitimate threat to Myers’ lead.

However, with eight laps completed, Forehand got a little too low in turn four and he hit the infield marker tires which on this night were reinforced with several tons of mud and it smashed down the front end of his car including the bumper and the nose cone and Jason rolled to a stop, his evening done. After that, Myers just had to hang on in the lead through three more yellows caused by minor spins as he cruised home for his third Rice Lake win of the year. Johnsen Jr. fought his way past Olson for second with Bart Steffen coming from deep in the field to finish fourth ahead of Cimfl Jr. with his best run of the year.

Adams had to make a determined charge to come from the fourth row to win the Modified feature on what was a blindingly fast track. Scott Miller fought off Cody Cimfl to take the early lead and Miller put together one of his best runs of the season as he led the first eight laps. Matt Leer was on a charge as he came up from the third row to race past Cimfl and Paul Brust and take over the second spot with Adams trailing him.

The race took a big turn after a lap seven spin when Leer opted for the low side on the double file restart. Adams blasted past him on the cushion to take over second and one lap later squeezed past Miller in turn four to take over the lead.

One more yellow set up a four lap dash to the finish and while Leer was able to run within a few car lengths of the leader, Adams was never in serious jeopardy for the lead. Kevin drove home for a track leading sixth feature win of the year and his twenty first overall at area tracks. His next Rice Lake win will tie him with Dave Morgan as the all time feature win leader at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Leer finished a strong second with Mike Anderson making a late race charge that saw him move up to third and Tim McMann came from deep in the pack for fourth ahead of Hessler.

Viltz came from the third row to win the nonstop Midwest Modified feature race and secure his fifth Rice Lake win of the year. Dan Tautges had his best run of the year as he took the early lead and led the first half of the race with Travis Anderson, Viltz and Jason Schill chasing him. Viltz was able to drive into the second spot and then, two laps later get to the inside of Tautges in turn one and take over the lead. Schill was flying too, and he took the second spot and the top two then battled for the win.

Viltz continued to maintain a two car length lead and while Schill pushed as hard as possible, he wasn’t able to cut into the lead of Viltz and Ryan drove home for the win. Tautges had his best ever run at Rice Lake as he finished a solid third with Anderson and Nick Koehler pressuring him.

Kesan has only recently gotten his Street Stock on the track and it didn’t take him many weeks to grab his first win of the year in a hard fought battle with Ron Van Dusen and Kirk Bogdanovic. Van Dusen, making a rare appearance at the track, led the opening laps and was running a solid race with Bogdanovic pressuring him for the lead. Several times Kirk got a nose under Van Dusen but each time Ron would fight him off. Meanwhile, Kesan had moved into the third spot and he watched the battle for the lead shape up in front of him.

When Bogdanovic got a little high one time in turn two, Kesan was right there to jump under him and take over second, after which he quickly began to pressure Van Dusen for the lead. Using the same move later, Kesan would get under Van Dusen and take over the lead down the back chute. Bogdanovic would finally get past into second too but Kesan stayed in the groove and drove on for the win. Van Dusen had a career best at Rice Lake with his third place finish with Adam Soltis and Hanestad next in line.

The Pure Stock feature saw Traynor win his second feature race of the year and first since very early in the season, a season that for him has seen lots of mechanical issues and many missed nights at the track.

However, Saturday things fell into place for him as he came from the third row early to find an opening and slip past Tucker Quinn and John Erickson, who were fiercely fighting for the lead, to gain the top spot. He then had to endure lots of pressure from Bob Thompson who was stalking him for the front spot while C. J. Wagner, Havel and Darwin Brown all moved to the front.

Thompson got turned around with only two laps to go which triggered the yellow and before the race could finish another lap, Jay Folz lost control in turn one after making a brilliant charge into contention after starting twelfth.

Wagner had inherited second and he now pinned his car to the rear bumper of Traynor and it was up to Nick to hold off the field. He smoothly rode the fast lane around the track and while Wagner challenged him fiercely, Traynor held on for the win. Thompson finished a strong third with Havel and Brown trailing.

The racing season is rapidly winding to a close at the speedway. Next Saturday, August 23rd, the Season Championships will be held in all five divisions with warm ups slated for 6:30 p.m. Then, on August 30th, the season finale will be held. This year, the Labor Day weekend show will be limited to one night on Saturday, with extra money in the purse for all classes along with Fan Appreciation night which will include door prizes, a hog roast after the races for fans and competitors alike and drink specials. Check the speedway website for more details on this event.

Bart Steffen Wins First Ever Feature at Rice Lake Speedway

August 13th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – Fifth year Super Stock driver Bart Steffen of Eau Claire won his first ever feature race to highlight Hall of Fame night Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other winners Saturday included Mark Hessler, Ryan Viltz, Sam Fankhauser and Darwin Brown while the two make up features that were completed after having been rained out two weeks ago went to Kevin Adams and Cody Kummer.

Steffen drove a whale of a race to top the field in a highly competitive Super Stock feature that saw three different leaders during the twenty lap main. Steffen started on the outside of row two and it wasn’t until the second half of the race that he became the third different leader of the event and would eventually go on to record the memorable win.

Darrel Hazelton was the early leader of the race as he fought off Steffen and Eric Olson in the early going. Meanwhile, Curt Myers was on the move from row four and after he moved to the cushion, Myers really picked up the pace, passing car after car as he charged to the front.

The leaders went three wide with Myers blowing by on the high side for the lead and Steffen using the low side to race into second with Olson chasing. However, Steffen continued to run his line and he began to reel back in Myers who was working the high side.

On lap nine, a spin bunched the field and on the restart Myers attempted to run the inside line. However, that move failed and Curt came sliding up the track which opened the door to Steffen who charged by and took over the lead. Olson followed him through and took over second with Myers then moving back to the cushion. Olson was all over Steffen looking for an opening but Bart continued to hold his line and not make a mistake as Myers continued to work the high side.

Olson made one late charge as he tried to nose under Steffen, but once again Bart maintained his line and drove home for the memorable win with a car length on Olson and Myers another length in arrears. Jason Forehand held on the fourth spot as he edged out Willie Johnsen Jr for the position.

Point leader Hessler put another feather in his hat as he won the nonstop Modified feature race after opening up a big early lead and then holding off Matt Leer and Kevin Adams for the win. Hessler wasted little time in moving from the second row quickly to find an opening on the low side of the track and burst past Scott Miller to take the lead.

Once in front, Hessler quickly put some distance on the field before Leer found the top groove and started to move up. Adams started in the fourth row and when he finally maneuvered to the top side also, he began a charge toward the front, blowing past Zach Drews and Steve Hallquist and closing on Leer.

Hessler was way out front as Adams started the first of many attempts to get past Leer, but Matt was able to withstand all Adams’ attempts. But they seemed to help each other pick up the pace and as Hessler worked through traffic, they began to significantly cut the distance.

Mark was able to work past two lapped cars with just a couple of laps left, and that was enough edge to hold off the duo chasing him as he won his second feature of the year at Rice Lake. Leer withstood a last lap charge by Adams to take second with Mike Anderson and Cory Mahder completing the top five.

Earlier, Adams put on a charge as he drove from the third row to win the make up feature, which was originally scheduled for the July 26th program. Steve Hallquist got the jump on Leer in that event and led for a number of laps until Adams was able to drive past him on the high side. Once in front, Adams was able to maintain his advantage in a race stopped only once, before a lap was completed. Hallquist hung tough, stayed within a couple car lengths of the leader and recorded a solid second place finish with Mahder charging after him at the end. Leer and Dave Baxter completed the top five in that event.

Viltz withstood all kinds of pressure from Nick Koehler to record his fourth feature win of the year. Josh Wahlstrom was the early leader but Viltz went to the high sideof the track and drove from the third row into an early lead as challenger Travis Anderson spun out of contention.

Viltz continued to lead while Koehler found his way into second from the fourth row and then began to apply pressure to the leader. Several times he nosed under Viltz but Ryan was able to fight him off but Koehler persisted and continued the challenge. Viltz was just as determined not to turn over the lead and while Koehler tried his best, Viltz hung on for the win with Koehler on his rear bumper. Point leader Shane Halopka drove up to a solid third but ran out of time to catch the leaders with Tito Viltz and Mike Schnider rounding out the top five.

Fankhauser charged up from the third row using the high side to grab the lead and then hold off several challengers to record his fourth feature win of the year. Chris Peterson took the early lead away from Troy Chaplin to show the way in the early going as challenger Jay Kesan fell victim to a flat tire as the leaders raced in heavy traffic.

Fankhauser quickly moved to the outside line and was able to drive past cars as he soon found himself beside Peterson and with a burst of power, he drove into the lead.

Cody Kummer followed his line and also drove past Peterson for second.

As the last ten laps of the race remained under the green, Fankhauser began to pull away from the field. Peterson picked up the pace again and was able to drive past Kummer to claim the second spot while Kummer settled for third with Ron Hanestad and Simon Wahlstrom next in line.

In the Street Stock make up from July 26th, Kummer used the same high side maneuver to better use as he swept past Kolby Kiehl and then drove away from the field for his second win of 2014 at Rice Lake. Hanestad again fought his way through the pack and came from the fourth row to claim second over Simon Wahlstrom. Kiehl settled for fourth and Wayne Engen earned his first top five finish of the year.

It took Darwin Brown only two weeks to win his first Pure Stock feature race of the year. After last week’s first appearance of the year resulted in a second place finish, he did that one better this week as he took home the Pure Stock honors. Brent Miller was the early leader of the race and despite lots of smoke coming from his car, he was setting a fast pace.

As he likes to do, Brown moved to the top side of the track and swept past challengers Rob Grabon and John Erickson and closed on Miller. Continuing his high side charge, he rode to the outside of Miller and drove into the lead off turn four.

As Brown began to edge away from the pack, Hunter Van Gilder was making a determined charge from midpack and with just a couple of laps left, he was able to drive past Miller and take over second.

The race remained under the green the rest of the way and Brown motored on for the win with Van Gilder finishing second. Miller’s third place finish was his best yet with Grabon and Erickson, in his new ride, completing the top five.

Next Saturday, August 16th, will see the final time to earn track points for the 2014 racing season and at the conclusion of the evening, five point champions will be determined. Also on Saturday, the twice postponed bike races for kids and big kids will be held at intermission. August 23rd finds Season Championship races being held and the season concludes on August 30th with a one day special featuring an expanded purse, a fan appreciation night with door prizes, a hog roast and music to wrap up the night.

Johnson’s Little Dream Win at Rice Lake Speedway Nets Over Twelve Grand

August 7th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – The twentieth annual renewal of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway smashed all records for this event. This unique event, in which the purse the drivers’ race for is largely funded by fan contributions, set all kinds of new records Tuesday.

An event record fifty eight WISSOTA Street Stocks, representing five states and two Canadian provinces signed in to race and thanks to some incredibly generous fans, the winner of the thirty lap main event, Tim Johnson of Brainerd Minnesota, after the final figures were fully calculated, went home with twelve thousand, two hundred and forty one dollars and ninety eight cents! This broke the old record by nearly four thousand dollars and is believed to be a national record payoff for this type of car as fans dug deep into their pockets to reward the Street Stock drivers’ efforts. In the companion WISSOTA Modified main event, Jake Hartung earned his first ever feature win at Rice Lake.

The fifty eight cars were narrowed down through qualifying action with twenty five taking the green for the thirty lap main event. Johnson, who had driven from eighth starting position to win the dash and earn the pole, took the early lead. Cody Kummer battled Johnson for a couple laps and then settled into the second position. Kummer was soon challenged for the second position as Ron Hanestad and Eric Olson moved in to race him for the second spot.

Olson was especially strong on the outside and he moved outside Kummer where they raced a number of laps side by side as they fought for the spot. Meanwhile, Johnson was gradually stretching his advantage over the field as the race remained under the green.

Jimmy Randall picked up the pace after starting in the fourth row as he too liked the outside lane and he drove past Olson and then challenged Kummer for second. Randall continued his charge and took over second but Johnson had established a considerable lead by this point.

Johnson started working through some heavy lapped traffic but he continued to show the way with no one really able to close in on him as Randall tried his best to cut the gap while Olson and Kummer went back to their previous battle for position.

It seems that the race would go nonstop when a spin in turn four slowed the action with only five laps remaining. On the double file restart, Randall dove to the high side and got a good head of steam and pulled to the back fender of Johnson. However, Tim turned up the wick and while Randall continued to push hard, Johnson again started to draw away from the pack. He remained in control the rest of the way as he won by about four car lengths and edged closed to the forty win mark for the season. Randall finished off strong while settling for second and Kummer’s late charge after the yellow saw him move back into third.

Kirk Bogdanovic made a late rush that saw him charge from thirteenth to fourth with Olson completing the top five.

The second five consisted of Hanestad, Nic Klein, Mike Knudtson, defending champion Sam Fankhauser and Justin Pogones. Twenty four of the twenty five starters completed the distance.

The Modifieds showed off their smooth driving skills with a nonstop thirty lap main of their own. Jesse Glenz was the early leader but Paul Brust charged back under him to challenge and then briefly take over the lead. Hartung started in the second row and using the high side, he came charging quickly to the front. First he passed Glenz with a tight move in turn two and then swept past Brust to take over the lead. Once in front, he gradually pulled away from the field as he exhibited a dominating presence on the track.

Brust maintained the second spot for a number of laps but eventually was overtaken by Mike Anderson who drove around him and then dropped back into the low groove.

Cory Mahder was on the move too, and after starting seventh, he gradually moved in to pass Brust and then put heavy pressure on Anderson.

At this point Hartung was maneuvering through some very heavy traffic but doing so smoothly that he lost little ground. Mahder continued to pressure Anderson and finally snuck under him coming off turn four. Once he cleared Anderson, he took off after the leader and as Hartung continued to work through traffic, Cory was able to close the gap slightly.

However, Hartung had too much cushion for Mahder to catch him and after racing nonstop from green to checkered, Hartung spaced two lapped cars between himself and Mahder as he drove home for his first win at Rice Lake. With some fan contributions for the Modifieds also, Hartung took home $1,300 for his efforts. Behind Mahder, Anderson drove home third with Brust running a steady race for fourth and Mark Hessler made a late charge to round out the top five.

The second five consisted of Jeff Spacek, Steve Hallquist, Kevin Eder, Glenz and Ashley Anderson. Another smooth running race saw twenty four of the twenty five starters still on the track at the races conclusion.

The Street Stock non qualifier main went to Bob Wahlstrom who recorded his biggest win in the Street Stocks with the victory that came over Kolby Kiehl and Bill Skoug.

Racing action continues at the speedway on Saturday, August 9th with a five division program featuring WISSOTA sanctioning Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. As a bonus, make up feature races in the Modifieds and Street Stocks from a rain shortened program two weeks ago will be held. It will also be Hall of Fame night and eight new members will be enshrined in the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame. Warm ups begin at 6:30 p.m.

Eric Olson Double Winner at Rice Lake Speedway

August 5th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – It was a glorious Saturday night for Ladysmith’s Eric Olson at the Rice Lake Speedway. Not only did he win the make up feature race for the Super Stocks in an event that was left over from last week’s rain shortened event, he came back to win the regularly scheduled main event also to score a rare double win.

On a Saturday night that was again threatened with a weather issue, with showers during the Modified heat races triggering a seventy five minute rain delay, other winners included Kevin Adams, Shane Halopka, Ryan Viltz, Jimmy Randall and C.J. Wagner.

In the make up feature race, Olson engaged in a blazing duel with one of the hottest Super Stock drivers in all of WISSOTA right now in the presence of Curt Myers and outfought him for the win. Scott Zitelman led the opening lap of the race until Olson came up from the second row and powered into the lead. Myers was quickly on the move from the third row using the high side and he gradually rolled into contention. Continuing the high side, Myers was able to drive up around Olson and take over the lead. Myers was not able to put any distance on Olson however and Eric started to fight back as the race moved into the second half of the event.

Olson closed back up on Myers and they raced side by side for the win. With only a couple of laps left, Olson nosed back in front as Myers started slipping a bit on the top side. Curt pushed hard but he was receiving a challenge of his own as Jason Forehand drove up from the fourth row to catch the leaders. At the line, Olson was the winner by a car length with Myers holding off Forehand for second. Point leader Willie Johnsen Jr. drove up to fourth ahead of Zitelman at the line.

The regularly scheduled Super Stock feature found a real log jam at the front of the pack in the opening laps as three wide racing dominated the early laps. Derek Baskin got his first taste of leading a feature race as he led the opening laps before Darrel Hazelton moved in front and showed the way for several laps also.

Olson was navigating his way through the heavy traffic from the fourth row and he finally was able to drive past Hazelton and take over the lead. Forehand and Myers were again charging through the pack with Forehand coming from the fifth row and Myers all the way back from the seventh row. Olson continued to lead the pack but Forehand closed in on him as the laps ran down. Myers was showing smoke but he continued to charge as he worked his way into third.

A late yellow bunched the field and Olson had his hands full with Forehand at the end but he held him off for his second win of the night with Myers a close third. Zitelman also had a great night with his second top five finish and Jeff Brauer completed the top five. Olson’s wins were his fourth and fifth of the year at Rice Lake.

Steve Hallquist led the first half of the Modified feature race using the high side of the track after coming off the front row. Adams started sixth and slid past Pat Hoffman and Dave Mayala to move into second and then began to pressure Hallquist for the lead.

Adams tried several times to slide under Hallquist but Steve fought him off until Adams was finally able to squeeze past in turn one. Hallquist remained close as the yellow flew on lap thirteen for a spin.

On the restart, Cory Mahder was on the charge as he used the low side to move past Hallquist and close on Adams. Jason Gross also found the low side worked for him as he continued a charge that started from row six. In the closing laps Mahder made several strong challenges to Adams, several times showing his nose inside Adams but never quite able to complete a pass as the leaders thrilled the crowd with their close racing action.

Adams finished up with a two car length advantage as he drove home for his fourth Rice Lake win of the year. Mahder finished a strong second and Gross had his best Rice Lake run in some time in third. Hallquist hung on for fourth and Hoffman completed the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds also made up a feature from last week and in that event Halopka made a late charge that saw him earn his third Rice Lake win of 2014. Dan Kingsley led the opening laps with Travis Anderson charging up to challenge him. Anderson was fast and continued to pressure Kingsley for the lead. Unfortunately, Anderson got into turn one just a little too hot and clipped the leader, triggering a yellow flag that sent him to the tail.

Kingsley continued to lead as Halopka worked his way up from the third row and Shane was able to get under Kingsley to take over the lead. Tito Viltz was also on the move and he drove into third and began to pressure Kingsley for second. Halopka continued to stretch his lead as he drove home for his third Rice Lake win of the year. Kingsley held off Tito for second with Nick Koehler driving up to the fourth spot ahead of Joe Chaplin Jr.

Ryan Viltz made up for some bad luck in the first feature when he came charging up from the fourth row to take the regularly schedule main event. Rookie Austin Ellis lead the first five laps of the main event. After a lap three tangle in turn four that eliminated the cars of Reid Teigs, Tito Viltz and Joe Chaplin Jr., Ellis continued to lead with Anderson and Kingsley challenging him. Ryan Viltz used the high side for the second feature and with a couple more quick yellows to bunch the field, he moved again to the high side and blew past Ellis to take over the lead. Halopka was gradually moving up and when Anderson dropped out, Shane took over the second spot.

However, he couldn’t keep up with Viltz and instead received his own challenge from Koehler who was making his own determined charge from the fifth row. As Ryan Viltz drove home for his third feature win of the year, Koehler ducked under Halopka to take the second spot at the line. Kingsley had another solid finish while Ellis recorded his second top five at the track.

The Street Stock drivers were tuning up for the Little Dream next Tuesday, and they were driving particularly hard. While this didn’t translate into a lot of yellow flags, the one wreck did much damage to the current point leader. Cody Kummer edged ahead of Troy Chaplin to take the early lead in the Street Stock main with a huge bunch of cars racing tight behind them for position. Coming out of turn four, there just wasn’t enough room for everyone to operate and the cars of Scott Clark and Chaplin were turned into the wall with Josh Amans backing into the wreck. All three were eliminated with significant damage.

Kummer continued to lead on the restart but he was receiving heavy pressure from Sam Fankhauser. With Kummer concentrating on Fankhauser, Jimmy Randall came charging up unnoticed and after starting in the fourth row, he blew past the leader on the high side to take over the lead.

The rest of the race ran nonstop and on each corner, Kummer would dive to the bottom and try to get under Randall for the lead but Jimmy would hold his line and edge ahead as they raced down the chutes. Right up to the finish, Cody would continue to press the issue but Randall had his line and he didn’t flinch as he drove home for his second win in 2014 with only limited appearances at the track. Kummer finished up second as he held off Fankhauser with Adam Soltis and Ron Hanestad rounding out the top five.

The Pure Stock feature got off to a rocky start as first pole sitter Jay Folz spun in front of the field in turn one and on the restart, leaders Rob Grabon and Mike Chaplin got together with Chaplin stalling after the contact.

Finally, things settled down with Grabon leading the first half of the race as he went after his first Rice Lake win. A spin at the halfway point saw Wagner get a great restart and take over the lead from Grabon. Joel Hinrichs blew a tire and contact sent John Erickson into the wall, triggering another yellow with three laps to go.

Wagner now found “Mr. August”, Darwin Brown on his tail and Darwin drove to the high side trying to sneak by into the lead. Jason Havel had also worked his way up through the pack into third and the two Ford Thunderbirds chased the leader.

Brown nearly pulled off the move on the high side but Wagner hung is his line and took his third win of the year. Brown, in his first outing of the year, finished a strong second with Havel, Hunter Van Gilder and Bob Thompson, up from eighteenth , completing the top five.

Because of the long rain delay, the bike races scheduled for Saturday were postponed in the interest of time. Upcoming on the speedway schedule next is the highly anticipated Street Stock Little Dream race on Tuesday, August 5th. Sixty or more Street Stocks may be on hand as track officials and the participating public hope to set a new record for the winning purse for the Street event. Also on the card are WISSOTA Modifieds racing for extra money also.

Saturday, August 9th will see a full program of racing in all five classes along with make up feature races in the Street Stocks and Modifieds from the rain shortened program two weeks ago. It will also be Hall of Fame night and eight new members will be added to the Hall.

Track officials also announced their plans for Labor Day weekend. This year, the final event of the year will be a one night show on Saturday, August 30th. Drivers will be racing for an enhanced purse on that night and it will also be Fan Appreciation night. There will be many fan prizes, a hog roast , music and other fun for both the participants and fans. Expect more announcements on this event soon.

Rice Lake Speedway Schedule Updated

July 31st, 2014

Rice Lake WI – On Saturday, July 26th, the Rice Lake Speedway was hit by a dangerous storm just as the Pure Stock feature was completed. The other four feature races in the WISSOTA classes were originally all rescheduled for Saturday, August 2nd. However, the owners at the Rice Lake Speedway have decided to modify that make up schedule.

On Saturday, August 2nd the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks will make up their feature races from last Saturday. The WISSOTA Modifieds and Street Stocks will make up their feature races on the following Saturday, August 9th.

” We have bike races scheduled for this coming Saturday, and we don’t want the evening to last too late,” stated track co-owner Dave Adams. “Also, with the Little Dream coming up the following Tuesday, August 5th, we don’t want to force the Streets and Modifieds to run too many races this coming weekend, and potentially damage their cars so they can’t race the Little Dream.”

Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on August 2nd with racing to follow. Kids are reminded to bring their bikes and join in the racing.

For more information, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or call Adams at 715-205-2861.

20th Annual Street Stock Little Dream Bigger & Better Than Ever

July 30th, 2014

The 20th edition of the annual Street Stock Little Dream Race is quickly approaching at the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014.

The event features one of the most unique purse structures in all of motorsports where fans and local businesses are asked to donate and contribute to the purse to see how high the winner’s share can grow to throughout the event.

In 2013, winner Sam Fankhauser raced away with a WISSOTA Street Stock record payoff of $8,020 to win this traditional mid-week event. 2012 winner Jim Randall took home a then record $6,108. The event has seen payouts over $3,000 in each of the last four events and should easily break the $5,000 to win mark in 2014 for the third consecutive year.

Fankhauser said when asked about the biggest win of his career, ‘it was definitely unbelievable! The Little Dream is a race that I always wanted to race in when I was growing up, so to be able to win it was unreal. I can’t thank everyone enough that has helped me get to this level in my racing career. I was so shocked that I had won it, I didn’t really know how to take it or even believe that I won it until the next day! I am definitely looking forward to trying to become a back to back Little Dream champion this year!’

The Little Dream has seen 4 multi event winners during the previous 19 seasons with Eric Olson, Scott Clark, Scott Paulson and Cory Crapser winning the event twice. Olson and Clark will be looking for their third Little Dream title this season, while Tim Johnson, Jay Kesan, Randall, Royce Jawaski and Fankhauser will be looking to win the event for the second time. Fankhauser will also be looking to become the only back-to-back Little Dream champion since Crapser did it in 2006 and 2007.

The 2014 edition will once again feature WISSOTA Street Stocks as the headline division with 10-lap heat races, an 8-lap pole dash, 12-lap b-mains, a new 15-lap non qualifier race that pays $500 to win / $100 to start and the traditional 30-lap main event. Passing points will be used for this event for the second straight year as well. The 8 drivers out of the pole dash will automatically qualify for the feature along with the next 8 in total passing points from the heat races. 8 more drivers out of b-mains will also qualify for the feature event and the driver that tows the farthest to compete will be given the 25th and final starting spot in the main event.

The base payout for this event is already a very good $800 to win / $200 to start event. If drivers pre-enter by August 1st, the start money in the feature raises to $300 to start.

St. Cloud, Minnesota based FYE Motorsports Promotions has been hired to come in and operate the event for the second straight season and will bring many of its own staff to assure a smoothly run operation from start to finish. WISSOTA Modifieds will also be on the card as the second division in action on the night with a $1,000 to win / $125 to start program.

The event is sponsored by www.BuzzSigns.com and Mahle Pistons.

Gates will open at 4pm with draw cut off at 6:45pm. Racing action is set to begin at 7pm.

Street Stock car entry fee of $100 will be required along with the regular $25 pit pass. Modified drivers will be required to pay a $25 fee at the draw window along with the regular $25 pit pass.

Entry forms can be found at www.FYEMotorsports.com/events/littledream.

If anyone would like to donate to the purse before the event takes place, they should email clsracer@hotmail.com for details or be sure to stop by the donation table at the base of the announcer’s booth on race day to place your contribution.

For more information, please check out www.RiceLakeSpeedway.net or call Chris at (715) 497-8916.

Mike Chaplin Tops Stormy Rice Lake Speedway

July 29th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – Only one feature race was completed Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway before officials ordered the facility evacuated due to impending severe weather as second year Pure Stock driver Mike Chaplin won his first ever feature race. The remaining four features for the WISSOTA classes will be completed next Saturday night before another full program is presented.

Chaplin took the early lead in the Pure Stock main with Jay Folz, Bob Thompson and Rob Grabon all putting heavy pressure on him for the lead. An early tangle between Jimmy Holden and Andy Ladd caused a yellow flag and eliminated both cars.

Chaplin continued to lead with at least five more cars running in a swarm and battling for position behind him. Thompson and Folz got together and Folz stopped with a flat tire, triggering another yellow flag.

Chaplin now found Grabon putting on heavy pressure as Hunter Van Gilder also became a strong challenger. Other contenders fell by the wayside as first Joel Hinrichs was turned and then, with only two laps to go, Thompson spun in turn four triggered a quick sprint to the finish.

Chaplin led but Van Gilder was right on him and drew up beside him as the leaders saw the white flag. Chaplin continued to put on a strong run as he fought off Van Gilder’s last lap challenge and held on for the memorable win. John Erickson came out of no where on the last lap, made a daring move up against the wall and squeezed past Van Gilder on the high side to take second at the line. Grabon and Hinrichs completed the top five as point leader Jason Havel had to battle for every inch on the fast track and could only move up to sixth.

With weather conditions rapidly going downhill, the Midwest Modifieds rushed to the track and made one attempt to start their main event, which resulted in a first lap spin and a yellow flag. At this point officials then called for the evacuation of the facility with a tornado warning issued for an area directly West of the track. Within minutes it started to rain so the evacuation was a moot point as rain would have ended the racing anyway.

Next Saturday, August 2nd will now become a very full night of racing. The four postponed features from Saturday night, WISSOTA modifieds, Midwest modifieds, super stocks and street stocks, will all be made up next Saturday as well as another full program in all five classes. To top that off, there will be bike races for the kids at some point during the evening.

This program will set the stage for the Little Dream race scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th with a raindate of August 6th. Street Stocks will compete for a possible record payoff and will be joined by a full program of WISSOTA modifieds. Track officials report that entries are pouring in for the event and a possible record number of racers may be present for the event.

Visit the speedway website for more information on the speedway at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Baxter and Randall Join Rice Lake Speedway Winner’s List

July 23rd, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – Racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway saw two more new drivers join the list of feature winners for 2014 while the top winner at the track won yet again. Dave Baxter and Jimmy Randall won the WISSOTA Modified and Street Stock features respectively and took home their first wins at the track
this year while Jason Havel added to his top winning total for the year. Others winners on a balmy and breezy Saturday night included Ryan Viltz, Willy Johnsen Jr.
and Curt Myers.

Baxter has shown times this year when he has been very fast but has not been able to put together a complete race, but that all changed Saturday as Dave led from start to finish in the Modified main event. He came off the top side to take the early lead with pressure being applied by Pat Hoffman and Steve Hallquist. As Baxter continued to race the cushion, Cory Mahder started to move forward after starting fifth in the field. He got past Hallquist and then Hoffman to take over second and then tried to track down the leader.

Two quick midrace yellows for minor incidents bunched the field and on the final green, Baxter got a surprise as Hoffman got a great restart on the low side and shot into the lead down the back chute. However, Baxter got back up on the cushion and blasted past Pat through turn three to again claim the top spot.

The last few laps of the race saw Baxter continue his solid pace and while Mahder could run within a few car lengths of the leader, he never was able to make a solid challenge for the lead. Mike Anderson made a late charge to move up to third in the finishing order after starting in the fourth row and Mark Hessler and Hoffman ran next in line.

For Baxter it was only his second ever Modified win at Rice Lake with the last one coming during the 2012 racing season.

Randall has been making noise recently at area tracks and Saturday night he added Rice Lake to his list of tracks won at as he fought off a tough field of Street
Stocks with a late race move that proved to be the winning one. Once again, Simon Wahlstrom was one of the major players in the Street class as he again led a number of laps during the main event. Kirk Bogdanovic was his early challenger with Ron Hanestad and Randall then moving in to join the group fighting for the lead along with Sam Fankhauser, Scott Clark and Adam Soltis as a seven car wad battled all around the track, changing lanes and positions on the track on nearly every corner.

Wahlstrom continued to show the way while Hanestad and Randall had a great battle
for second with Bogdanovic before Randall finally found an opening on the high side and shot into second. He then began to pressure the leader, looking to his outside lap after lap when finally, with only three laps to go, he shot past Wahlstrom to take over the lead.

Randall didn’t have any breathing room however, as Clark was now the driver on the move as he wedged his way into third and then pressured Wahlstrom.

The final two lap sprint to the finish after a spin triggered another yellow saw Randall maintain a two car length lead as “The Blade” drove on to his first of the
year at Rice Lake and became the eighth different Street Stock winner to date in 2014. Clark continued his charge as he got past Wahlstrom for second with Hanestad
and Fankhauser completing the top five.

The Pure Stocks put on perhaps their best feature race of the year as eighteen cars took the green, the race ran nonstop on only one car failed to complete the distance with none being lapped.

Havel had to work his hardest to get the win Saturday and it took until the white flag lap for him to see the front of the field. Bob Thompson led many laps of the feature as he tried to get his first win of the year. Behind him a great battle took place as Hunter Van Gilder and Rob Grabon went side by side for a number of laps battling for second with Havel having worked up from the ninth starting position to ride behind and try lap after lap to pass both of then, unsuccessfully. Finally, with only a couple of laps left, Grabon got pass Van Gilder but both cars slid up the track and Havel drove under both of them.

Jason then closed on leader Thompson and when he slid up the track in turn one, Havel drove under him to take over the lead. On the final lap Grabon made the same move as Thompson settled for third after having led most of the contest. Van Gilder and Joel Hinrichs completed the top five. For Havel it was his track leading seventh win overall as he has lost only three feature races at the track all year.

Other than a lap two collision that eliminated the cars of Josh Wahlstrom and Terry Sirek, the Midwest Modified feature also went without a stoppage and this enabled Ryan Viltz to race up from the fourth row and win his second main of the year.

Rookie Austin Ellis led the first few laps and he proved tough to pass as he improves every week. Viltz had to work his way through traffic and a low side move saw him gain much ground and put the leader in sight.

Finally, after attempting on a couple of occasions, he was able to make a move and drive past Ellis to take over the lead. Once in front, he disappeared from the field and built up nearly a straightaway lead over the pack as he cruised home for the win. Brother Tito made a late race charge and passed Ellis for second with only a couple of laps remaining. Shane Halopka came back from a heat race breakdown to claim fourth ahead of Travis Anderson.

The Super Stocks ran twin features that included a makeup feature from June 28th that was held over due to rain. In that event, point leader Willie Johnsen Jr. got to the front early and lead the rest of the contest to record his second feature win of the year. Jason Forehand chased Johnsen and did close up at the end, but Johnsen hung on for the win. Eric Olson settled for third with Kyle Helling and Derek Baskin completing the top five.

Saturday’s regularly scheduled main saw Myers get past Jim Harris after some hard battling and then put distance on the field. A spin on lap seven bunched the pack but Curt again pulled away from the field.

Bart Steffen made a strong run up to second and at one point was gaining on the leader but Myers again picked up the pace in the late going for take his second win of the year here. Forehand settled for third at the finish ahead of Harris and Johnsen Jr.

All five classes will be on hand again next Saturday night for a race program that begins with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. ON July 26th bike races for the kids and adults will be the halftime entertainment and entries are already rolling in for the Street Stock Little Dream race scheduled for Aug. 5th with a rain date of Aug. 6th. Modifieds will be the support class for the Little Dream with $1,000 on the line for the winner of the open wheel cars.

Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for information on the races or FYE Motorsports for special news on the Little Dream.

Rice Lake Speedway IRA Sprint Show Rained Out

July 14th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The much anticipated visit by the Interstates Racing Association (IRA) sprint cars to the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday has been rained out.

Showers and thundershowers swept across Minnesota and into Wisconsin on Saturday after noon, and with them any chance for the speedway to host their annual visit by the IRA. The program will not be rescheduled.

Racing will continue next Saturday, July 19th with a full program featuring WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake pure stocks. The super stock feature race that was rained out on June 28th will also be made up next Saturday.

Hot laps are slated for 6:30 p.m. next Saturday with racing to follow.

Adams Doubles at Rice Lake Speedway Firecracker

July 6th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – Before possibly the largest crowd in the three years that Adams-Hansen Inc. has owned the Rice Lake Speedway, Kevin Adams, looking the strongest he has during the 2014 racing season, won the Modified feature and then doubled up on his pleasure by also winning the makeup feature in the Modifieds left over from last Saturday night’s rain shortened program. Other winners at the Firecracker special were Willie Johnsen Jr, Nick Koehler, Scott Clark and C.J. Wagner.

One hundred and twenty eight race cars from three states signed in to race Thursday and the large throng on hand was treated to a twenty six race program. Adams bookended the night by winning the first and last events on the racing program.

The makeup feature was the first event of the night and Adams would come from the fifth starting spot to take the win in a nonstop race. Steve Hallquist led much of the first half of the race after having an early battle with Dave Baxter for the top spot. Adams moved to third and then fought several laps before he was able to get by Baxter also. He closed on Hallquist and they raced hard side by side for a couple of laps before Adams was eventually able to edge into the lead. With the race staying under the green flag, Adams widened his gap over the field as Mike Anderson moved up from eighth to challenge Hallquist for second.

As Adams drove home for the win, Hallquist held off Anderson for second in earning his best finish of the year to date. Scott Miller also had a strong run as he finished fourth ahead of point leader Mark Hessler.

A full field of twenty four cars took the green for the second Modified main with Anderson starting on the pole and taking the early lead as he edged away from Hallquist. Cory Mahder started in the second row but he was on the move as he passed Justin Ritchie and then Hallquist to take over second.

Adams started seventh on the grid and also moved forward quickly, getting by Paul Brust and Pat Hoffman on the low side and moving in to challenge Zach Drews for position.  Adams was able to race past Drews for third and he then set off after the leading duo of Anderson and Mahder.

The yellow flag waved one lap short of the halfway point and this bunched the field. Adams moved to the high side of the track on the green and found immediate success on a part of the track that no one seemed to be running. He drove past Mahder for second and then closed on Anderson. With a strong run off turn four, Adams drove past Anderson to take over the lead. As Adams started to pull away, Mahder also moved to the top and he was able to drive past Anderson for second. The rest of the race saw the top three run in that order, with no changes. Drews, making his first start of the year, finished a strong fourth while Curt Myers came from fifteenth to complete the top five. The wins were Adams’ second and third of the year at the track in 2014.

Kevin Burdick was the early leader of the Super Stock main event with pressure coming from Gunnar Watkins and Johnsen Jr. Willie found an opening and slipped into the lead and started to put a little distance on the field. The battle for second was intense as Watkins fought with Jason Forehand, Burdick and Andy Davey for the position.

Forehand and Watkins had a pitched battle for second with Jason eventually able to slip into the position. Johnsen Jr was running a strong race and no one was able to close in on him, until a late yellow, the first of the event, set up a three laps dash to the checkered.

Johnsen Jr got away well on the start, and opened up a couple of car lengths on the pack. The battle remained heavy for second but Forehand was able to hold on to the spot with Davey stealing third from Watkins on the last lap while Burdick completed the top five. For the track point leader Johnsen Jr, it was his first ever feature race win at Rice Lake.

Koehler led from start to finish to earn his first Midwest Modified feature win of the year at Rice Lake. The win was anything but easy though, as he had to fight off several challenges for the lead. As Koehler edged into the lead early, he was pressured heavily by Cole Spacek who raced to his inside. Later in the race, Nathan Thums moved to the high side and temporarily raced into second and then nearly got past the leader. While these battles were taking place, the driver on the move was Ryan Viltz who had started in the fourth row. Gradually working his way to the front, he got past Thums for second and then closed in on Koehler.

Viltz gave it all he could as he pushed the cushion in the late going but while he got to within a couple of car lengths of the leader, Koehler held his line and drove home for the win. Spacek made a late burst that saw him nip Thums for third at the line and Mickey Nosser completed a great run, coming from fifteenth to fifth at the finish.

Clark and Ron Hanestad spent the vast majority of the Street Stock feature racing side by side and it wasn’t until the last lap that the decision was finalized. Hanestad started on the pole and took the early lead but he was challenged first by Simon Wahlstrom and then Clark. Clark pulled to the inside of Hanestad and that was the way they ran for most of the fifteen laps. Clark was ahead by about a car length but Hanestad would get a good run off the high side and then pull back up beside Clark. They continued this pattern as the laps ran down with Wahlstrom just behind them and Jimmy Randall using the high side to try and catch them all.

Down to the wire they raced in the same pattern and while Hanestad had a good run off the top side on the last lap, Clark had just enough momentum to fight him off by a car length for the win. Wahlstrom had his best finish of the year as he finished a solid third with Randall coming in behind him and Adam Soltis nipping Kirk Bogdanovic on the last lap to complete the top five. For Clark, it was his first Street Stock win at Rice Lake since the 2009 racing season but the forty third of his career at Rice Lake.

Wagner would take his second Pure Stock feature win of the year in a wild race that draw the yellow wave several times. Rob Grabon took the early lead and led the first few laps with John Erickson, Jason Havel and Wagner all challenging him. Havel moved into second and dove to the inside of Grabon, but he almost spun and dropped back a couple of spots. Wagner and Erickson then battled for second as both closed on the leader.

Havel’s night would come to an end when he spun in turn four and was clipped by another car, damaging his front end.

On the restart, both Erickson and Wagner would get by Grabon and they had their own battle for the top spot, with Wagner taking control. Grabon’s night would come to an end when in a three wide battle for position, cars would touch and Rob’s car would suffer a flat tire, ending his night.

Wagner continued to lead but Hunter Van Gilder would be on the move and he drove past Erickson in the late going for second. Van Gilder tried to catch Wagner at the end but C.J. drove home for the win. Erickson settled for third as he held off Joel Hinrichs and Jimmy Holden had his best finish of the year, completing the top five.

There will be no racing at the speedway this Saturday, July 5th. The next event slated for the track will be on Saturday, July 12th and it is another big one. The annual visit of the Interstates Racing Association (IRA) winged sprint cars will be on that night and defending point champion Billy Balog will lead a group of twenty to twenty five of the winged warriors to the speedway. There will also be a full program in all other classes that normally race at the speedway except for the Modifieds that have the night off.

There will also be one extra race as the Super Stock feature race from June 28th that was postponed by rain will also be held that night. Race time is slated for 6:30 p.m.

Rice Lake Speedway Make Up Feature Schedule Altered

July 3rd, 2014

Rice Lake WI – Saturday, June 28th, the Rice Lake Speedway got three of their feature races completed before torrential rains hit the track and ended the activities at that point. The Super Stock and Modified features had yet to be run and it was announced that both events would be made up as a part of the July 19th program at the track.

However, track management has decided to alter that schedule. The Modified feature will be made up this coming Thursday, July 3rd as a part of the special Firecracker event slated at the track. A full racing program in all five classes plus a colossal fireworks display will accompany the program.

The Super Stock feature will be made up on Saturday, July 12th as a part of the racing program that night which will feature an appearance by the Interstates Racing Association (IRA) winged sprint cars. All classes but the Modifieds will also compete that night in a full racing program. The Modifieds will have the night off.

There will be no racing at the track on Saturday, July 5th unless the Firecracker event on July 3rd gets rained out. July 5th will serve as the rain date for that program.

Any questions should be directed to Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Wagner, Viltz and Olson Beat Rice Lake Speedway Rains

July 1st, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – Looking at the weather radar all afternoon, it was more of a question of when, not if, the rains would hit the Rice Lake Speedway saturday. However, with a quick running program and everyone hustling things along, the Rice Lake Speedway was able to get three of their five main events completed before the deluge hit and C.J. Wagner, Ryan Viltz and Eric Olson took home feature wins before the rest of the program was postponed with the Super Stock and Modified features to be made up next month.

All three drivers earned their first feature wins of the year at the track and all three wins were tough, hard fought contests.

Mike Grover started on the pole of the Pure Stock feature and led the first round with a scramble on the second lap causing the running order to be jumbled even though the yellow flag was not displayed. Six time winner Jason Havel was on a charge as he came from the fourth row to quickly move into contention. With a strong move on the high side, Havel swept into the lead on the third lap and the race appeared to be over.

However, Wagner stayed close to Havel and at one point nearly got by him coming off turn two. The lone yellow of the event flew at the halfway point and bunched the field.

On the green Wagner shocked the crowd and perhaps even himself and he powered past Havel and took over the lead. Jason would run close behind Wagner in an attempt to get the top spot back but he wasn’t up to the challenge. Havel’s motor seemed to sound off pitch and he appeared to be lacking power as he could stay near Wagner but not truly challenge him.

As the laps ran down, Wagner stayed in charge, never gave Havel an opportunity to retake the lead and took his first win of the year , at the same time stopping Havel’s five race winning streak. A good battle for third saw Joel Hinrichs come up from the fourth row to edge John Erickson for the spot with Hunter Van Gilder coming from the tail of the field to complete the top five.

Following a pattern established during the last couple of weeks, the Midwest Modified feature got off to a shaky start with three yellow flags in the first five laps before everyone settled down. The first yellow was the most damaging as an opening lap spin by pole sitter Mike Schnider triggered a multi car pileup with contenders Tito Viltz and Grant Southworth eliminated before the race had hardly started.

On the green, Ryan Viltz found an opening and quickly shot into the lead with Nick Koehler and Shane Halopka battling for second. They traded the spot back and forth several times before Koehler established the position as his.

Two more yellows slowed the action but each time Viltz would pull away on the green, leaving Koehler and Halopka to battle behind him. On the move was Darrel Hazelton who started eleventh guest driving in the class for the first time this year. He found his car to be working well in the higher lane and he drove around several cars and closed on the contenders. He had a spirited duel with Halopka for third before securing the position.

The last ten laps ran nonstop and Viltz was just cruising up front and was never pressured as he took his initial Rice Lake win of the year. Koehler finished a solid second with Hazelton sparkling in a third place finish ahead of Halopka and Travis Anderson.

Olson was spectacular as he topped another strong field of Street Stocks for his first win in the division this year. Troy Chaplin, seeking his first win, led the opening laps and was fighting tough to keep the top spot. Early he was pressured by Simon Wahlstrom who almost got by him as Adam Soltis and Scott Clark looked to challenge. Olson started seventh on the grid and was able to find an opening on the low side that shot him into contention.

The front pack consisted of about six cars as Adam Soltis, Sam Fankhauser and Ron Hanestad along with Cody Kummer were slicing and dicing with a number of changes in position on every turn of the track.

Olson continued his charge as he moved into second and then challenged Chaplin for the lead. Eric continued to put the pressure on and he was able to duck inside Chaplin and take over the lead. Once in front, he put distance on the field in a manner not seen very often at the track this year while behind him, the rotating of positions continued. Clark finally secured second but he had nothing in the way of a challenge and settled for that spot. Fankhauser came from the fifth row to take fourth at the end behind Soltis while Kirk Bogdanovic came out of no where at the end, stealing the fifth spot at the line after starting thirteenth.

Just as this race was completed, the winds suddenly picked up and within seconds, the skies opened up, sending down a torrent of rain that quickly made the track too wet to race on and thus ended the program. The Super Stocks and Modifieds will have feature races to make up and at last word, those events are planned to be added to the race program on July 19th.

Next up at the speedway will be the annual Firecracker special, featuring all five classes in a full program of racing along with one of the best fireworks displays in the area. This event will be held on Thursday, July 3rd with hot laps slated for 6:30 p.m. The rain date for this show is Saturday, July 5th. However, if the race program on July 3rd is completed as scheduled, there will be no racing at the track on July 5th.

On July 12th, sprint fans get a treat with the annual appearance of the Interstates Racing Association (IRA) winged, outlaw 410 cubic inch fire breathing sprints with former Barron County resident Billy Balog currently leading the series points. A full program of Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be held with the Modifieds having the night off. Then, on July 19th, the regular five class program of racing will resume with the two makeup feature races from Saturday added to the card.

Race fans should monitor the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for the latest racing news concerning the track.

Hessler Tops RoC Winners at Rice Lake Speedway

June 25th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – Dominating performances by Mark Hessler and Ron Hanestad allowed them to claim invitations to the Race of Champions event during the WISSOTA 100 as it was RoC qualifying night Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway. A tremendous late race charge by Grant Southworth and a hard fought victory by Eric Olson also allowed them passes to the big event while Jason Havel continued to dominate the Pure Stocks with yet another win.

Feature winners Saturday night automatically will qualify for the prestigious Race of Champions event held during the WISSOTA 100 in September in Huron South Dakota and for three of the four winners, it was also their first feature wins at Rice Lake this year.

Hessler started on the inside of row two for the Modified finale and after easing past Buddy Mayala, Hessler pulled up beside Paul Brust in a battle for the lead. They raced side by side for several laps before Hessler again eased past on the high side of the track. With Mark working the middle and upper side of the track, he then began to march away from the field as Brust began to field challenges from Cory Mahder for second. Mike Anderson was also on the move after starting ninth on the grid and he drove past Scott Duval for fourth and continued to charge.

A yellow at the midpoint of the race bunched the field but once again on the green, Hessler smoothly began to move away from the field. Mahder took over the second spot and tried to stay with Hessler but Mark gradually pulled away from him. Anderson continued to charge as he drove past Brust and began to close on Mahder.

The rest of the race went nonstop and Hessler continued to march, as he drove under the checkered without a challenge. Mahder held off a late rush by Anderson to claim second with Brust and Duval completing the top five.

Unbelievably, for Hessler it was his first Modified feature win at Rice Lake in thirty years, with Mark last winning a main event at the track during the 1984 racing season and his last win in any class being a Late Model triumph during the
2003 season.

Southworth made the most sterling charge of the night as he came from the fifth row to win the Midwest Modified feature and record his first win at the track in two years. The race had its share of difficulties in the early going with four yellow flags in the first five laps for minor spins, one of which included Southworth being turned around on the opening lap.

Once everyone settled down, it was Shane Halopka taking the lead with heavy pressure coming from Ryan Viltz and Nick Koehler. Tito Viltz also moved into the lead pack and Southworth also hustled up to become part of the lead bunch.

Grant was making all the right moves and he drove into third and then took second as he found success moving up the track. He closed on Halopka and very nearly took over the lead before falling back slightly and having to deal with a pressing Koehler.

One last yellow for debris with six laps left bunched the field and on the green Southworth made his move. Again using the second lane, he drove up beside Halopka and this time he stayed there. The leaders raced around the track side by side with Southworth gaining a razor thin margin with two laps to go. He took the white flag and while Halopka pushed as hard as he could, Southworth had his momentum and he drove home the winner by a car length for a stunning victory. Koehler finished a strong third with Tito Viltz and Travis Anderson next in line.

Another first time winner for the year and qualifier was Hanestad in the Street Stocks. With the strongest field of the year on hand, Ron picked a great night to put on a dominant performance. In a class where the winning margin is often measured in inches, Hanestad drove away from the field with a dominating performance. He started on the outside of row one and quickly broke away from Simon Wahlstrom and then started to drive away from the field.

Behind him, the racing was intense as Wahlstrom fought to hold off Sam Fankhauser, Adam Soltis, Eric Olson, Scott Clark and others as the jockeying for position was breathtaking. As Hanestad motored away from the field, a wild scramble took place as the leaders hit lapped traffic with Wahlstrom getting shuffled back and Clark finding the opening to move into second. In the later stages of the event, Clark began to close somewhat on Hanestad but with no yellow appearing, Ron drove on to his first win of the year at the track. Clark put on an impressive performance as he came from tenth to second with Soltis, Wahlstrom and Olson completing the top five.

Olson may have come up short in the Street Stock main, but the Super Stock feature belonged to him. Suddenly having a dominating car, Olson won his second straight win a the track and third of the season as he backed up his big win in the George Rhoe Classic held ten days ago.

However, the win was anything but easy as track point leader Willie Johnsen Jr led in the early going and refused to go away as the leaders ran side by side for much of the contest. Johnsen was running the higher groove and led for a number of laps until Olson was able to work under him. They raced together for several laps before Olson was able to edge past for the lead. Meanwhile, there was a side by side battle for second as Bart Steffen and Jason Forehand argued for that spot with Forehand eventually taking the upper hand.

Even as Olson took the lead, Johnsen was still right on his tail and working to get past for the lead again. However, in the late going Eric began to put a little distance between himself and the field and with a nonstop race, he drove on for the win. Forehand made a late rush and edged past Johnsen Jr for second with Steffen and Jim Harris completing the top five.

It took Havel only half a lap to take the lead in the Pure Stock main event after that it was the field that tried to catch him without success. The Pure Stock feature was plagued by yellow flags with five stoppages in the first four laps, after which everyone settled down and started to race.

C.J. Wagner moved to the second spot and spent most of the race chasing Havel without success. Wagner was able to stay relatively close, but could provide no serious challenges to the front runner. Hunter VanGilder moved up from the fourth row to third and raced in that position most of the event. Rob Grabon had his best run of the year, coming from the fifth row to finish fourth with C.J. Hedges Jr. completing the top five.

A five class program will again be contested next Saturday night, June 28th before everyone prepares for the next big special, the annual Firecracker event on Thursday, July 3rd that will feature a full night of racing plus a great fireworks display. Both events will start with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow.

Firecracker Special Scheduled For Rice Lake Speedway

June 24th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway will celebrate the Independence Day holiday in a big way with the annual Firecracker special slated for the speedway on Thursday, July 3rd.

Traditionally the largest crowd of the year gathers at the speedway on Rice Lake’s north side for the Firecracker special which offers a full racing program plus one of the best fireworks displays in the area.

A full racing program will be held for all the divisions that normally race at the track and that would include WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, Midwest modifieds, super stocks and street stocks along with the Rice Lake pure stocks and hornets.

With this being a off night race and with the holiday falling on the next day, a considerable number of visiting drivers are expected to join the regular Saturday night competitors to provide a top notch racing program and after dusk, the fireworks display which will feature both ground and aerial displays will be held. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the speedway early and secure their favorite seats. The pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps will commence at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

The rain date for this event is Saturday, July 5th. However, if the program on July 3rd is completed as scheduled, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, July 5th and racing will resume on Saturday, July 12th with the annual appearance of the unlimited winged outlaw sprints of the Interstates Racing Association, featuring current point leader and defending champion and former Barron County resident , Bill Balog.

Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for more information

Rice Lake Speedway Returns to Action on June 21st

June 18th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – After taking last Saturday night off following the successful running of the George Rhoe Classic on June 14th, the Rice Lake Speedway returns to action on Saturday, June 21st.

For the drivers in the WISSOTA sanctioned classes, it will be an important night as it will be the qualifying night for the Race of Champions event at the WISSOTA 100. All four of the feature winners in the WISSOTA sanctioned classes will automatically qualify for the AMSOIL Race of Champions events to be held during the WISSOTA 100 in September at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota.

For the spectators and the kids in particular, it will also be a big night. June 21st is Kid’s Night and at least forty bikes will be given away to kids in attendance at the races. Also, the Mid Northwest Region of Thrivent Financial and Russ LaPoint will sponsor the event and will be giving away one hundred bike helmets plus there will be door prizes for both kids and adults.

Hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with racing to follow. For more information, visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Eric Olson Wins George Rhoe Super Stock Classic

June 11th, 2014

Rice Lake WI- Eric Olson took the lead on lap six from Curt Myers and the fended off challenges from Shane Sabraski and Myers to win the third annual George Rhoe Classic for WISSOTA Super Stocks Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other feature winners on the “Saturday on Tuesday” program included Mike Anderson, Tito Viltz, Sam Fankhauser and Jason Havel.

With one hundred and twenty three cars signed in to race and thirty five Super Stocks, the fastest twenty four took to the grid for the forty four lap main event for the Rhoe honors. Olson sat on the pole but was out accelerated by Myers who took the early lead riding the high side with Olson close behind and being challenged by Dexton Koch and Shane Kisling. Defending champion Sabraski started seventh on the grid but quickly moved up through the pack and found himself in third by the time the yellow waved for a spin with four laps completed.

Myers continued to lead on the restart with Sabraski also trying the high side. Olson picked up the pace running low on the track and he drove past Myers to take over the lead. Olson’s margin remained small as Myers and Sabraski battled for second while Kisling and Nick Oreskovich raced side by side behind them. Myers and Sabraski continued to fight for second but Olson maintained the lead as the laps ground by.

At the halfway point Olson continued to hold a two car length lead on Sabraski who had taken over the second spot with Myers trying hard to get back into second. Kisling and Oreskovich continued to race side by side with Tim Johnson starting to close on them.

Olson started to work through lapped traffic but he had no large problems as Sabraski continued to ride close behind him. Kisling was able to secure the fourth spot in traffic and when Oreskovich got tangled with traffic, Johnson shot past him.

After thirty two laps of nonstop racing, the yellow flew for debris on the back chute with only eight laps left. On the green, Olson got a great start as he put more distance on the field while Myers used the high side to slide up to second However, it only took Sabraski a couple laps to take back the spot and he then closed to within a car length of Olson, who was being very careful in the corners. Sabraski took one last shot at Olson of the final lap, but Eric maintained his line and drove home in front by a couple car lengths for the win. Myers settled for third ahead of Johnson with Oreskovich making a late move to round out the top five. The second five consisted of Kisling, Bart Steffen, Koch, Wayne Stricker and Tommy Richards.

Olson’s win was his second straight at Rice Lake this season but this win will pay the highest amount to the class this year as Eric went home with $2,000.

Anderson fought off challenges from Mark Hessler and Cory Mahder to win his first Modified feature of the season at Rice Lake. In the early going he battled side by side with Hessler as they traded the lead back and forth a few times before Anderson established the lead as his. Hessler continued to work the high side of the track as Mahder moved past Paul Brust and Dave Baxter to race into the third spot and close on the leaders. Anderson continued to run the low side with Hessler up top and Mahder tailgating Anderson.

Eleven laps were completed before the first spin of the race triggered the yellow and then two more yellows occurred before a lap could be completed.

Finally, racing resumed with Anderson continuing to lead with Mahder putting on the pressure and Hessler still hanging around. Cory rode the rear bumper of Anderson the last few laps but Anderson made no mistakes and drove home for the win with Mahder edging out Hessler for second. Kevin Adams and Brust had battled for much of the contest with Adams pulled away near the end for fourth.

Viltz withstood the pressure of some of the fastest Midwest Modified drivers in the area to earn his first feature win of the year. He started on the pole and first had Cory Crapser challenge until he slid high and Michael Truscott ducked under him to take over the runner up slot and put the pressure on Viltz. Nick Koehler was having a great run as he moved from fourteenth to fourth by the time the yellow waved on lap five for a spin.

Viltz continued to hold off Truscott as Koehler moved past Crapser for third and pressured the top two runners. A series of spins caused the yellow to wave four more times as it was difficult getting more than a lap or two accomplished at a time.

A late tangle set up a two lap sprint to the finish and while Viltz got away strong, Crapser was the one charging as he got past both Koehler and Truscott to climb back up to second. He took a shot at Viltz on the final lap but Tito was too strong and drove home for the win. Koehler settled for third ahead of Truscott and Kent Baxter who completed the top five.

Danny Richards took the initial lead in the Street Stock feature but he slid up the track and triggered a three wide battle with Simon Wahlstrom and Fankhauser which Sam won as he took over the lead. Three times the yellow waved in the first four laps but then everyone settled down and raced hard. Tim Johnson was on the move and he edged past Wahlstrom for second and closed on the leader.

As the green stayed out, Johnson was nailed to the rear bumper of Fankhauser but Sam was giving no openings as he continued to hold the lead. Adam Soltis, Eric Olson, Scott Clark and Richards were in a big group that was battling for position behind the lead group. Clark eventually found the openings he needed to drive up into third but the lead was clearly being dominated by Fankhauser and Johnson.

Near the end of the event, Johnson made one last charge and he was tight on Fankhauser’s bumper as they took the white flag. Johnson tail gated him around the track, but Fankhauser gave no openings and drove home for his third Rice Lake win of the year. Clark finished a strong third with Josh Amans up from twelfth to fourth ahead of Olson.

Havel continued to rule the roost in the Pure Stocks with his fifth win in six nights of racing. He started in the second row and had some trouble getting past Terran Spacek and Mike Knopps but was eventually able to drive past them on the outside and take over the lead. Both drivers hung tough and stayed within striking distance of Havel as the yellow flag waved on a couple occasions and kept the field bunched.

With the time limit up, a green white and checkered finish was called for, but as the field came down for the white flag, a car in turn two stalled minus its driveshaft. Since this yellow ended the race, the race was scored back complete on the last green flag lap. Following Havel in the official finish were Knopps, Spacek, C.J. Wagner and Hunter VanGilder.

There will be no racing at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday, June 14th in deference to the city wide Aquafest celebration. Racing action will return on Saturday, June 21st with a full program in all divisions and the WISSOTA classes will complete in their Race of Champions qualifier for the WISSOTA 100 with all four feature winners in the WISSOTA sanctioned classes automatically entered in the Race of Champions event to be held at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota in September. Warm ups are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Rice Lake Speedway Tries, But Rain Wins Out

June 2nd, 2014

Rice Lake WI, May 31 – Despite the rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, a solid field of race cars and a group of hearty race fans showed up at the Rice Lake Speedway Saturday night, mindful that most areas around the track were already receiving heavy rain.

After the track was rolled in and hot laps held, the first Pure Stock heat assembled and racing began. However, only two laps in the first heat were completed before it started to rain lightly, the track got slick and starter Troy Holder called for the caution flag. The cars made laps in the light rain, trying to save the track before they were sent to the pits. After waiting a few minutes, the rains started to pick up and it was clear that the racing program would have to wait for another night. The postponement was the first since the original season opener back on April 19th had to be scrapped.

Next up for the Rice Lake Speedway is a full program of racing in all classes next Saturday, June 7th and then just three days later, on Tuesday, June 10th it will be the third annual George Rhoe Classic for Super Stocks with the Supers racing for $2,000 to win and $200 just to start the forty four lap classic. Also on the card will be a full show for WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. The speedway will then take Saturday, June 14th off.

For more information, visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.com

Rhoe Classic, “Saturday on Tuesday” June 10 at Rice Lake Speedway

June 1st, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The George Rhoe Classic and a full racing program are the highlights of a special Tuesday night show at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Slated for Tuesday, June 10th, the special attraction is a forty four lap, $2,000 to win and $200 just to start main event for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. The third annual George Rhoe Classic is in memory of a great friend of the Rice Lake Speedway and friend to many in racing, George Rhoe. The race is one of the highest paying Super Stock races in all of WISSOTA and a large field of cars representing several states is expected to be on hand to compete in this race. Defending champion Shane Sabraski from Rice Minnesota is off to anther strong start early in this racing season and already holds a feature win at Rice Lake in a early season visit to the track. The first winner of this event, Tim Johnson from Brainerd Minnesota is also expected to participate as well as many of the top Super Stock drivers in the region. Current track point leader Willie Johnsen Jr. hopes to keep the big money at home along with other weekly competitors like Shane Kisling, Jason Forehand, Eric Olson, Bart Steffen and others.

This night is dubbed “Saturday on Tuesday” for as well as the Super Stock special, a full program will be held for the other four classes that race at the speedway. This would include WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. This is a full program for both track and national points with the draw/redraw format used for all classes. Being a special midweek night of racing, a number of out of town drivers are expected to take advantage of this special night of racing.

The pit gate will open at 4 p.m. on June 10th, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the draw cutoff and hot laps to commence at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow immediately.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a banked, third mile clay oval located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron County highway SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 for race day information or contact owners Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

With this special Tuesday night event, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, June 14th. The WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier, originally slated for June 14th, has been moved to Saturday, June 21st when regular Saturday night racing will resume.

Joseph Kouba Earns Second Career TSCS Win With Rice Lake Victory

May 28th, 2014

Rice Lake, WI–It’s been a while since Joseph Kouba sat in Victory Lane. To be precise, it was July 30 back in 2011 in a non-winged sprint car. Fast forward nearly three years, and Kouba returned to Victory Lane with an impressive performance in the 25 lap UMSS Traditional sprint car feature at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday night May 24. Kouba raced from his pole starting position and was never seriously challenged for the top spot throughout 25 tours around the 1/3 mile banked dirt oval.

For the second straight night, another impressive heat race win by young Chase Viebrock saw the “New Richmond Nightmare” earn high in points following the heats. Unlike the previous night at SCVR when Viebrock was also high point driver but had to start near the tail of the feature to complete his three race rookie orientation, at Rice Lake Viebrock was able to pull the redraw pill. His luck was not the most fortunate, as Chase pulled the eight pill. This put a pair of Koubas on the front row. With Joseph on the pole position and his cousin Jake on the outside, the 25 lap feature was ready to get underway.

Joseph Kouba shot into the early lead right down on the bottom lane, as drivers jockeyed for positions behind him. Mike Mueller was moving forward quickly from his ninth starting spot, and soon Mueller was in a great battle for third with Johnny Parsons III behind the Koubas. Mueller got by Parsons on lap nine and set his sights on the leaders. The race was stopped with eleven laps scored when Jake Kouba jumped the cushion in turn one, bounded off the concrete wall and flipped over once. Jake was fine, but his night was done as the 2K sprinter rode the wrecker to the pits. On the restart, Joseph Kouba continued to show the way up front. Mueller closed in several laps later, but the brakes in his #87 sprinter were starting to fade. With a fourteen lap run straight through to the checkers, Joseph Kouba came home victorious, Mike Mueller finished second ahead of Parsons. An entertaining battle throughout a good share of the race between Robby Caho, Denny Stordahl and Viebrock saw those three drivers finish in that order behind Parsons.

The Traditional sprints return to their usual Friday night track on May 30 at the St. Croix Valley Raceway. Fans can follow the TSCS non-winged sprint by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com or by liking us on our Facebook page.

Fankhauser Edges Out Rice Lake Speedway Win; Richert and Kouba Top Sprints

May 27th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The UMSS winged and traditional sprints were the featured attraction Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and they didn’t disappoint the large crowd on hand as Jerry Richert and Joseph Kouba won their respective divisions. The five regular classes that also compete at the speedway were in action too, and Sam Fankhauser became the first repeat winner in the street stocks as he made a late race pass to take his second win of the year at Rice Lake. Other winners included Cory Mahder, Eric Olson, Shane Halopka and Jason Havel.

The street stock feature event was a highly competitive race that saw a group of eight and sometimes nine cars all racing in the lead pack and jockeying for position on every lap. After a first lap yellow when the front end broke on Andy Cimfl’s car, the race ran nonstop from that point to its conclusion. For the second straight week, Troy Chaplin led the majority of the contest as the second year driver looks for his first ever win, but again Saturday, he came up short after giving a good effort.

Chaplin took the immediate lead with Kolby Kiehl just behind him and challenging on every corner. Josh Amans worked to the low side while Cody Kummer tried to go to the high side around the entire pack. Fankhauser started in the third row and he and Ron Hanestad continually moved around the track, seeking small holes to which they could fill and gradually work toward the front. Scott Clark and Adam Soltis were in the next row and they also were a part of what was a real wad of cars all wanting the top spot.

Kummer made a supreme effort to get by on the top side but he wasn’t able to get the move accomplished and he fell back and Fankhauser then tried to use the high side.

As the race continued, Chaplin continued to hold the lead but he was rebuffing challenges constantly. Finally, with only four laps to go, Fankhauser was able to position himself beside Chaplin for the lead and with a hard run down the back chute, he edged past Chaplin for the lead.

Then the gates broke as first Clark and then Kummer were also able to get past the previous leader. The race wasn’t over yet though, as Clark, looking for his first win still, charged in on Fankhauser who was still running the higher line. Clark blasted off the final corner and came up just a half car length short as Sam held on for the win. Kummer settled for third with Chaplin and Hanestad completing the top five.

Mahder started on the pole for the modified main event and led all the way for his first Rice Lake win of 2014. He pulled out to a comfortable lead right off the bat as Jesse Glenz battled past Pat Hoffman to take over second and try and track down Mahder. Kevin Adams was on the move along with Mike Anderson as they worked their way into contention. Lap six saw the yellow fly as Destin Lorimor got into the back stretch wall hard and rolled to a halt.

Mahder again took off strong on the start and pulled away as Adams moved in to challenge Glenz for second. When Jesse slid up the track, Kevin took the spot and then set after Mahder as Anderson moved into third. The top three were all pretty even and as the laps ground down, no one seemed to be able to make any distance between the three. Mahder carefully worked through traffic on the final few tours, and while Adams was able to close in some, Mahder never received a serious challenge as he took his first win here in 2014. Glenz held on for fourth and Mark Hessler worked his way into the top five late in the event.

Patrick Heikkinen led the first lap of the super stock feature before Shane Kisling was able to take over the lead from him. Soon Olson charged up from the second row and he was able to work the low side and drive under Kisling to take over the lead. Luke Plank was moving up smartly from the third row with Willie Johnsen Jr. following him and they battled their way past Kisling for position also. Bart Steffen and Jason Forehand were also moving and soon it was a four car battle for the second spot while Olson continued to cruise up front.

A lap thirteen spin closed up the field and proved costly to Plank as while Olson was able to get away again, Plank was surrounded on all sides on the restart with Steffen driving under him for second and Forehand taking him on the high side. Johnsen also got by him as Luke was shuffled back to sixth. Steffen seemed to close on Olson some but then Eric got back up on the wheel and started to edge away again.

He maintained his margin as he became the fifth winner in five races in the super stocks. Steffen had to hold off a late challenge by his buddy Forehand to maintain second and Plank was able to regain a position from Johnsen Jr to complete the top five.

It was a tough night for the Midwest mods as a couple of multi car wrecks in the main event plus lots of spins in the qualifying action led to a tedious part of their program. While there weren’t a lot of cars not able to go the distance, most completed the race with lots of body damage, including winner Halopka. In fact, Halopka triggered the first yellow of the event after three laps when he got turned in corner four and the yellow waved.

On the restart, Nathan Thums, who had led from the start, again held the point but behind him they tried to go four wide off turn two and it wasn’t a wise decision as several cars tangled, blocking the track and triggering a red flag. This action cost Tito Viltz, Joe Chaplin Jr and Mike Schnider their participation in the rest of the event.

Thums continued to lead on the restart as Halopka worked his way into second while Travis Anderson, Josh Smith and Dusty Brown battled for position also.

Once more, three cars got together off turn two and while all were able to drive away, the yellow flew once again. This proved to be the key moment of the race though, as on the restart Halopka was able to get up beside Thums and drive deep into the corner and make the winning pass. With only a few laps left, Halopka then pulled away to guarantee his first triumph at Rice Lake. Thums finished a strong second as did Smith with his new ride while Anderson had to settle for fourth while Brown earned his first top five finish of the year.

The beat goes on for Havel as he won his fourth Pure Stock feature in five nights. Once again it was a tough struggle but Jason prevailed in the late going with another pass for the win. Bob Thompson led for many laps of the main event with Joel Hinrichs and John Erickson challenging. Havel was able to get to the outside and move up after starting eighth, and he raced into the top three when a lap nine yellow for a spin slowed the action.

On the green, Havel again drove to the outside and he was able to move up beside Thompson and then drive past him down the back chute to take over the lead. Erickson was also able to squeeze past Thompson and move into second and on the final two laps, he did close on Havel, who was carefully running the corners. Erickson made a mighty push on the final corner but the best he could do was to draw to Havel’s rear bumper as Jason motored across the line for another win. Thompson settled for third with Hinrichs and C.J. Wagner next in line.

Next Saturday, May 31st, there will be a regular program of racing in all five classes with the hopes that there will be enough Hornets on hand to run their first program of the year. The George Rhoe Classic for super stocks comes up on Tuesday, June 10th paying big bucks in that class and it will be “Saturday on Tuesday”, as the other classes that run at the speedway will all be on hand for a regular, point paying program. The speedway will then be silent on June 14th as the racers take the night off before returning on June 21st for the WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifying night. All programs see hot laps at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow. Check the speedway website, www.ricelakespeedway.com for more information.

George Rhoe Classic Finalized for Rice Lake Speedway

May 23rd, 2014

Rice Lake WI – Details have been finalized for the third annual George Rhoe Classic to be held at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Scheduled for Tuesday night, June 10th, this race honors the memory of a great friend to the Rice Lake Speedway and all of racing, George Rhoe. Super Stocks will again be the focus of the evening’s racing as the third annual event will again pay one of the top purses for the Super Stock class in all of WISSOTA. Last year, Rice Minnesota’s Shane Sabraski went home with $2,000 plus contingencies as he topped the forty four lap main event. Sabraski is expected to be on hand to defend his title along with the 2012 winner of this race, Tim Johnson from Brainerd Minnesota. Those two, along with thirty or more Super Stock drivers from the area look to bring home the top prize and Wisconsin drivers like Curt Myers, Jason Forehand, Shane Kisling, Scott Lawrence and Tommy Richards hope to keep the money in Wisconsin this year.

In a new twist to the program this year, all the other divisions that weekly race at the speedway will also be in action. That would include WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake pure stocks. All four classes will compete in full racing programs and with WISSOTA points on the line, out of town drivers in all divisions are expected to add to the fields on that night.

Intercomp, headquartered in Medina Minnesota will once again supply contingency sponsorship for this event.

With the race action on Tuesday, June 10th the speedway will take the night off on Saturday, June 14th with the Rice Lake Auqafest in town.

Pit gates are slated to open at 4 p.m. on June 10th with the grandstands open at 5 p.m. The draw cutoff will be at 6:30 p.m. with hot laps at that time and racing to follow. Draw/redraw will be in effect for the drivers. There is no rain date for this event and there will be no racing at the speedway on June 14th, whether or not the Rhoe Classic is held.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a third mile clay oval located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin. For more information on this event and the Rice Lake Speedway, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.com or call track co-owner Dave Adams at 715-205-2861.

Cain Doubles In Rice Lake Speedway Modified Action

May 19th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – Dave Cain was happy he made the decision to return to the Rice Lake Speedway Saturday night. The Corcoran MN veteran and former WISSOTA National Modified Champion made the trek back to Rice Lake Saturday night after the Modified feature fell victim to rain last week and he made the trip worthwhile, winning both the makeup feature and the regularly scheduled event. Throw in a heat race triumph and Cain scored a rare clean sweep of the open wheel cars. Other winners Saturday included Curt Myers, Shane Sabraski, Cody Kummer and Jason Havel.

Sixteen of the twenty qualified cars from last Saturday’s rained out Modified main returned to take the green and what developed was a rather strange event, with cars dropping like flies from the event for various reasons. Mike Anderson got around Jake Miller to take the early lead but he was soon challenged by Jesse Glenz for the top spot. Glenz was flying and he raced under Anderson to take over the lead and immediately began to put distance on the field. Anderson was unable to keep pace with Glenz as Cain started to move into contention by passing Tim McMann and taking over the third spot. Anderson fell to the bad luck that many were having when he blew a rear tire and limped off the track. This turned over second to Cain but he was a full straightaway behind Glenz.

Then the unthinkable happened. Glenz, less than two laps away from an overpowering victory suddenly lost power and stopped on the back chute, the victim or rear end problems. Suddenly, Cain found himself in the lead and he cruised home the last two laps to beat McMann, Mark Hessler, Paul Brust and Matt Leer to the finish in a race that saw only half the starting field take the checkered. However, despite all the drop outs, when the regularly scheduled program commenced, only the cars of Glenz and Kevin Adams were missing and both borrowed rides to run the rest of the program.

The Modified finale was much closer and produced a bit of controversy. Again Anderson found himself on the front row for the start and once more he took the early lead. Leer and Cory Mahder were battling for second along with Neil Balduc when Mahder went around, triggering a yellow flag. Anderson continued to lead as Cain worked his way up from a fourth row starting spot. Eventually Cain would move into second and then the battle was on as he tried to get past Anderson.

The leaders were running hard and close and going into turn one they both drifted up the track with Anderson running out of racing room as Cain edged past him for the lead. However, Anderson didn’t back down, and he ran right behind Cain, trying to dive under him in each corner.

A late spin set up a two lap sprint to the line and Anderson gave it his best, getting under Cain off turn four as they came dangerously close together. However, Cain held on and flashing under the line with a car length advantage at the checkered over Anderson. Hessler had another solid finish in third, edging out Shane Sabraski and Ashley Anderson, who started twelfth.

Myers continued his hot streak at area tracks, winning the Super Stock feature with a dominating performance. Shane Kisling took the early lead and looked to be hard to catch, but Myers was able to reel him in and with a hard dive into turn three, drove under Kisling to take over the lead. Once in front, Myers checked out on the field as the battle settled in behind him for position. Willie Johnsen Jr. was on the move and then Eric Olson also picked up the pace. Kisling started to struggle and slipped back in the field as Johnsen moved into second. However Olson was having his best run of the young season and he drove under Johnsen for second.

With the race going nonstop, Myers built up a comfortable lead as he cruised to the checkered. Olson finished a strong second with Johnsen Jr edging out Sabraski by inches for third and Wayne Stricker completed the top five.

Sabraski found success in his third entry of the night as he edged Ryan Viltz for the Midwest Modified feature win. Travis Anderson outfought Mike Schnider to take the early lead in the Mid Mod feature but Sabraski and Tito Viltz were battling hard to get to the front. Sabraski was able to find an opening following a yellow when Mike Truscott was sent airborne by another competitor and slowed, triggering a yellow flag.

Sabraski bolted into the lead but Tito wouldn’t let him get away as he continually challenged the former National Champion. But the driver on the move was Ryan Viltz as he charged up from the fourth row to battle his brother in a body rubbing, entertaining battle for second.

As Ryan edged past Tito for second, Tito tried just a little too hard to regain the spot and he spun in turn four, setting up a two lap sprint to the finish. Ryan Viltz had plenty to offer Sabraski on the green as he got even with Shane off turn four. The final lap saw them race side by side and coming off the final corner, Sabraski had just enough to hold off Ryan for the win. Shane Halopka put on a strong charge to get up to third ahead of Nick Koehler and Anderson.

The Street Stocks also put on a great, five car battle for the lead in their nonstop main with Cody Kummer finding the openings to drive to the front late in the contest and take his first win of the year. Simon Wahlstrom had by far his best run of the season and led a number of laps, with heavy pressure from Kummer, Ron Hanestad, Adam Soltis and Scott Clark. Wahlstrom continued to hold the lead while the cars behind him were in a wild frenzy, swapping positions and places on the track constantly.

Kummer managed to get on the inside of Wahlstrom and make a pass for the lead down the back chute, and as the four behind him continued to duke it out, Cody was able to gain a couple of car lengths while they battled each other.

Kummer continued to set the pace as he drove home for the win, with Hanestad making a late rush for second ahead of Clark, Soltis and Wahlstrom.

A late yellow flag allowed Jason Havel to make a pass of Hunter VanGilder and become the first three time winner at the speedway as he won yet another Pure Stock main. VanGilder had started on the pole and led the entire contest, fighting off challenges from Joel Hinrichs and Nick Traynor. Havel started ninth on the grid and patiently worked his way to the front, taking over the spot from Traynor following a yellow on lap eight.

Havel pressured the leader but VanGilder hung tough but as they were racing for the final tour, James Clausen got into the front stretch wall, triggering a yellow and setting up a two lap sprint to the finish.

This time Havel was able to get under VanGilder down the back chute. They raced side by side through turn three but Havel took the lead as they raced to the white flag and he extended his advantage by a car length on the final lap, taking the win. VanGilder finished a close second and was chased home by Traynor, Hinrichs and Jay Folz.

Next Saturday night, May 24th, the first special event of the year comes to the Rice Lake Speedway. Not only will all five classes that normally race at the speedway be in action for a full program, but the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series(UMSS) will be in action as well. Following a very successful program at the track last year, they will return with not one but two different types of sprint cars. Both the winged sprint cars and the non winged, traditional sprints will run full programs and nearly three dozen of these cars are expected to be on hand.

Warmups are slated for 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Burdick Surprises Rice Lake Speedway Super Stocks; Havel and Truscott Repeat

May 13th, 2014

Rice Lake WI,- Kevin Burdick took advantage of a flat tire by leader Curt Myers and made a late race charge to earn his first ever feature win and highlight the racing program Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway. Jason Havel and Mike Truscott became the first multiple winners of the 2014 racing season while Sam Fankhauser won his first main event of the season. The last program on the schedule, the modified feature, fell victim to a rain shower and will be made up next Saturday night.

Nick Oreskovich took the early lead in the super stock main event but was soon challenged by Myers for the lead. Curt worked both high and low on Oreskovich and was finally able to edge past him down the back chute to take over the top spot. However, Oreskovich didn’t give up and when Myers got too high in turn two, Nick pulled back beside Myers in a battle for the lead once again.

As the top two slugged in out for the lead, Willie Johnsen Jr, Bart Steffen, Jason Forehand and Burdick were battling for position. Myers was able to edge back into the top spot but just one lap after the halfway signal from starter Troy Holder, Myers suddenly slowed on the back chute, triggering a yellow with a deflated right rear tire. Curt opted to call it a night at this point and Oreskovich inherited the lead.

However, he was challenged by Steffen for the lead until Burdick moved up the track and started edging in on the top two. He continued his high side charge and down the front chute, was able to drive past Oreskovich and take over the lead. Forehand was also making a charge as he too moved up the track and in the last couple of laps also passed Oreskovich. However, Burdick had built up a nice lead and the Proctor MN driver drove home for his first ever win at Rice Lake. Scott Lawrence came from sixteenth to complete the top five.

Havel wasted little time getting to the front of the pure stock field and earning his second win at the speedway this year. Bob Thompson out battled Randy Graham to take the early lead but Havel and C.J. Wagner were soon challenging for the lead. When Thompson slid up the track, Wagner was right there to take over the lead with Havel following him into second. Havel worked hard on Wagner and when C. J. gave him an opening on the inside of turn four, Havel dove for the spot and took over the lead. Wagner refused to yield and stayed within a couple car lengths of the leader.

On the last lap, Wagner took a big charge to try and slip under Havel but he couldn’t quite pull it off and settled for the runner up slot. John Erickson had a solid run to finish third while Hunter VanGilder came from fourteenth to fourth with Joel Hinrichs trailing.

Truscott won his second Midwest modified feature of the year as he caught a break when the two leaders tangled and Truscott was able to slip past both of them. Nick Koehler took the early lead in the main and was the man to beat from the beginning. However, Tito Viltz came in to challenge him, trying a few times to drive past the outside of Koehler but not quite able to pull off the move. As they continued to battle for the lead, Kevin Eder and Paul Suzik were also fighting for position. Truscott made some clever moves to get through traffic as he raced up from the fourth row and put himself into the third position and challenging.

Viltz moved to the second lane and he was able to creep up beside Koehler in the battle for the lead. Just as Tito made the pass, the lone yellow of the event waved for debris on the track.

This set up a four lap sprint to the finish and the ending was wild. Again Viltz was able to pull beside the leader down the back chute, this time on the inside. They dove hard into turn three and they got together which upset and slowed both cars. Truscott took advantage of the situation to fly by both drivers on the high side and take over the lead. The previous leaders got going again but there was only a couple laps left and Truscott drove on for the win. Viltz regained his pace but settled for second with Koehler right behind him. Eder and Suzik had battled most of the race and Eder edged past his northern rival at the line for fourth.

The street stock feature saw a similar situation occur as in the Midwest modified main and Fankhauser was the beneficiary with his first win of the year. Second year driver Troy Chaplin led the majority of the feature race as he sought his first ever win. After getting by Bob Wahlstrom on the first lap, Chaplin led Kolby Kiehl and Cody Kummer in the early going. Adam Soltis and Josh Amans moved in to challenge while Fankhauser and Scott Clark were also on the move.

Fankhauser moved to the outside and started to advance with Clark also making strong advances. Fankhauser drove past Soltis and then closed on Chaplin as the laps started to run down with Clark following into third. Sam pulled up beside Chaplin and just made the pass when the yellow flag flew for a spin.

Chaplin regained the lead for the restart with only four laps to go with Fankhauser and Clark behind. Again Sam went to the high side and started to work up beside Chaplin. Going down the back chute Fankhauser pulled beside Chaplin when Clark suddenly bolted to the low side and the leaders went three wide into turn three. Clark and Chaplin made some contact and both struggled to maintain control. Fankhauser blew past both of them on the high side to come out of the corner as the leader. The yellow flew for debris with Clark’s door ripped off, but the lap was scored complete and Sam was the new leader.

The two lap sprint to the finish saw Fankhauser pull away while Chaplin was able to hold off Clark for second. Soltis finished fourth ahead of a fast closing Ron Hanestad.

The modifieds took to the track for their main event but a spin on the first lap caused the yellow and at this point the rains started to fall. With the intensity of the rain picking up, the cars quickly scattered back to the pit area and the program was called complete. The modifieds will make up their main event next Saturday.

Next Saturday, May 17th, there will be another complete show in all five classes plus the makeup feature race in the modifieds. On May 24th, another five class program will be held plus the UMSS winged and traditional non winged sprints will both be in action for a big holiday program. Hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

Red Cedar Speedway Wet Once Again

May 12th, 2014

Menomonie WI – The Red Cedar Speedway racing season is rapidly shrinking, all before a race car even gets to turn a lap in competition. For the third straight Friday, the speedway was forced to cancel its opening night program of the 2014 racing season. A reported three inches of rain on Thursday along with cold and damp conditions on Friday made the race track unsuitable for racing and impossible to bring into racing shape on Friday.

So, with the hopes that the fourth try will be the lucky one, the speedway has rescheduled opening night to Friday, May 16th. Baxter’s Speed Shop and Dirt Track Specialties will present the program that will feature WISSOTA sanctioned late models, modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Red Cedar pure stocks. The pit gate will open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands at 5 p.m. Draw cutoff is 6:30 p.m. with racing to begin a half hour later.

Monitor the progress of the Red Cedar Speedway at www.redcedarspeedway.com, their face book page or call the track at 715-235-6318.

Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Members

May 9th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The Hall of Fame Committee of the Rice Lake Speedway met recently and voting was done to determine the newest members that will be added to the speedway’s Hall.

Voting was done in two categories and named as members of the 2014 class for the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame in the drivers category were Dave Zimmerman, Don Smith, Phil Strenke, Bob Conners and Howie Olson. Elected in the friends of the speedway category were Bob Heffner, Dick Kelnhofer and Milo Hegna.

These eight gentlemen, members of the fourth class elected to the Hall, will join the twenty four existing members of the Hall. The official induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 9th as a part of the speedway program on that night.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame, visit the Hall of Fame link on the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

USMTS Modified Event at Rice Lake Speedway Canceled

May 8th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – It was announced this afternoon that the United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) event scheduled for Thursday, May 8th at the Rice Lake Speedway has been canceled due to weather concerns.

Track owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen spoke on the phone with USMTS President Todd Staley on Tuesday and they jointly reached the decision that the event should be canceled at this time so as to avoid teams traveling to Wisconsin from long distances, only to have the race rained out. At press time, the weather forecast for Thursday showed an 80% chance of thunderstorms and possibly severe weather.

Originally scheduled to be a three night tour for the USMTS as the opening events of the Farm Boy BBQ Northern division, the event at Ogilvie Minnesota had been canceled earlier this week due to wet weather conditions that have not allowed them to even run a race yet this year and the USMTS was hesitant to travel North with the remaining two shows in jeopardy.

The USMTS and the Rice Lake Speedway are is discussions about rescheduling the event to a later date this Summer. Racing action will continue at Rice Lake on Saturday, May 10th with a program featuring WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake pure stocks and hornets. Race time is 6:30 p.m.

Minnesota Drivers Take Rice Lake Speedway Money Home

May 6th, 2014

Rice Lake WI,- On a cold and blustery early May evening, with even a few sprinkles of rain from time to time, the Rice Lake Speedway was able to get their second Saturday night of racing completed as scheduled. The cry from many of the drivers at the completion of the program was to double the guard on the border as Minnesota drivers escaped across the state line with the big money in the two top
divisions at the speedway.

Don Eischens, who was a close runner up last Saturday in the Modified main, topped the field in the open wheel cars while defending WISSOTA national champion in the Super Stocks, Shane Sabraski, despite driving with an awkward looking brace on his right arm, ran away with the Super Stock finale. Other feature winners Saturday included Shane Halopka, Adam Soltis and Nick Traynor.

The drivers were provided with a fine smooth two groove track Saturday and they responded with an excellent series of main events with four of the five features not decided until late race passes with only Sabraski dominating the Super Stock action. However, there were also some good battles in that race behind Shane for position.

Eischens came from row three to win the nonstop main event for the Modifieds. Mark Hessler fought off the challenges of Keith Tourville to take the early lead as first Tim McMann and then Pat Hoffman challenged him. Meanwhile, Eischens was quickly moving his way into a challenging position using primarily the top side of the track. Along with him, Kevin Adams and Cory Mahder were also on the move racing up from the fourth row.

Eischens caught Hessler for the lead but Mark didn’t turn over the spot willingly, as Eischens had to work very hard before finally sliding under Hessler in turn four to take the top spot. Hessler didn’t back down though, as he moved right back up behind Eischens as they continued to race for the lead.

Meanwhile, Adams got past Hoffman for third and set off after the leaders who had a considerable edge on him. In lapped traffic, Eischens momentarily bobbled and Hessler got back beside him with only a couple of laps remaining, but Don was able to pinch off Hessler and hold on.

Adams was closing the gap quickly, and just as Hessler went to make one last attempt on the final lap, Adams appeared to his inside. This gave Eischens just the advantage he needed and he pulled away by two car lengths to record his first ever Modified win at Rice Lake. Adams went to the top side on the final corner and nipped Hessler for second with Mahder and Hoffman completing the top five.

After a first lap yellow for a stalled car, the Super Stocks too ran a nonstop main event. Willie Johnsen Jr. got the jump on Shane Kisling and pulled into the early lead. Sabraski quickly moved up from the second row after fighting off Jason Forehand. He ducked to the inside of Kisling for second and then repeated the move just two laps later to take over the top spot from Johnson.

Once in front and with no yellows to slow his progress, Sabraski then gradually pulled away from the field. However, the battle for second and fourth were both good ones. Kisling tried for many laps to get past Johnsen, but Willie hung tough while behind them, Scott Lawrence has his hands full as Forehand, Eric Olson and Tommy Richards swapped spots and then looked to get by him.

With only a few laps left, Kisling was able to duck under Johnsen for second. Willie stayed right with Shane and challenged to get the spot back, but Kisling then fought off all challenges to come home second behind the strong running Sabraski. Lawrence maintained fourth with Forehand next in line.

If not for a late yellow flag, there might very well have been a different winner to replace Soltis as the Street Stock winner, but he was able to hand on and fight off Ron Hanestad to take the checkers.

After a rather slow start with two yellows in the first lap, the Streeters hunkered down and put on some of the closest side by side racing of the evening. Soltis was able to take the top spot away from Kolby Kiehl but he had a six pack of cars right behind him. Scott Clark, Josh Amans and Danny Richards were battling in tight formation and running side by side.

Hanestad tried the outside line and it initially didn’t work as he slipped back to the fifth spot but then slowly but surely, he started to gain momentum on the high side and be began a charge back up through the pack. He drove past Richards and then Clark and pulled up beside Soltis as the laps ran down.

Hanestad edged in front of Soltis coming off turn four with three laps to go but just as it appeared he had cleared Adam for the lead the yellow flew for a two car spin in turn four and the pass was negated.

A three lap sprint to finish after a single file restart saw Soltis make his car as wide as possible as Hanestad tried to find a way by. Clark was also pressuring on the low side as both drivers sought a route past the leader. However, Adam remained strong on the final circuits and drove home for the win with Hanestad nipping Clark by inches for second. Richards finished a strong fourth with Amans next in line.

Halopka used the Hanestad line around the outside to nip Grant Southworth with two laps to go and win a thrilling Midwest Modified feature race. A big field of Midwest Mods took the green flag and other than a couple of minor spins early in the event, everyone put on a good show with twenty three of the twenty five starters still running at the end with all on the lead lap.

Southworth and Tyler Luger battled early with Grant eventually edging into the lead as he aimed to set WISSOTA history by becoming the first crate engined winner in sanctioning body history. Tito and Ryan Viltz battled hard for third with Halopka a part of that group. Halopka aggressively drove to the high side of the track and was able to start to edge ahead of the pack for third and then second as he put Luger in his rear view mirror.

Southworth was battling hard for the lead, and Halopka had his difficulties trying to get past the Bloomer driver. While they raced for the lead, Mike Truscott was in the midst of another charge to the front, such as he had accomplished last Saturday night.

Halopka continued to try the high side of the track and finally, with only three laps to go, he was able to get up beside the leader and they drive deep into the corner and take over the top spot. He then gained a couple of car lengths on the final two laps to take a hard earned victory. Ryan Viltz, driving with a motor borrowed from his brother, finished in the third spot as he held off Truscott and Sketter Estey for that position.

The Pure Stocks didn’t disappoint either, as their main event was a dandy that saw them run nonstop from green to checkered with a seven car pack battling all the way to the finish. Bob Thompson was the early leader but he was then split by Jay Folz and John Erickson who then battled for the top spot. Traynor ducked to the low side and replaced Erickson for position and he and C. J. Wagner then all fought for the lead. Meanwhile, last week’s winner Jason Havel was on the move from eighth starting position and soon joined the pack battling for the lead.

First Traynor and then Folz would take the lead as they battled back and forth with Wagner, Havel, Thompson and Erickson all clawing for the front spot. Coming for the white flag, Traynor took the lead while Havel made a bold move to the high side of the track. Traynor held on for the win while Havel was able to squeeze past both Wagner and Folz to finish second while Thompson settled for fifth.

Awards for the Best Appearing Cars were handed out before the races and the winners were Hunter VanGilder, Amans, Mike Schnider, Forehand and Mike Anderson. Regular racing action continues next Saturday night for all classes with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. The next racing action at the speedway will be this coming Thursday, May 8th when the USMTS Modifieds will be at the track. Top national drivers stars will take on the best of the local and regional drivers with $2,000 on the line for the winner with everyone looking to put a stop to Rodney Sanders winning streak as the Happy Texas driver has been hot of late on the touring circuit. Also racing Thursday will be the Pure Stocks and the WISSOTA Midwest Mods. Race time is 7 p.m. Check the speedway website and face book page for updates at www.ricelakespeedway.com or call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861.

USMTS Modified Series comes to Rice Lake Speedway

April 30th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The first special event of the 2014 racing season comes to the Rice Lake Speedway on Thursday, May 8th when the United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) makes a stop at the Rice Lake Speedway.

This group of modified racers, who spend most of the year traveling around the country, will be making only one stop at Rice Lake this year after having lost a race at the local track last Spring due to a record May snowfall.

Featuring some of the top open wheel modified drivers in the country, they will be taking on the best of the local and regional drivers with a $2,000 check on the line to the winner of the Rice Lake main event.

This year the USMTS is divided into four regions plus the National Championship Series that comes at the end of the season. The Rice Lake event will be the first of the fifteen race series for the Farm Boy BBQ Northern Region and as such, it will be an important race for drivers wanting to do well in that region. Each region has a point fund as well as individual night earnings, and a certain number of drivers from each region’s points automatically qualify for the national championship series, thus making a strong start in any region imperative.

Among the national driving stars the local fans can expect to see are last year’s winner Stormy Scott and brother Johnny from New Mexico, Texas driver Rodney Sanders, Oklahoma drivers Dereck Ramirez and Bryan Rowland, Missouri’s Rick Beebe, Terry Phillips and Austin Siebert and Iowa drivers Daniel Hilsabeck, Kelly Shryock, Zack VanderBeek and Cory Dripps. Many other touring drivers run the series from time to time so there could be a number of other long distance travelers that night.

Set to take them on and defend the local territory are a strong contingent of area drivers that would include Lucas Schott, Jake Timm, Bill Byholm, Joey Jensen, Jason Gross, Clayton Wagamon, Doug Hillson, Craig Thatcher and Adam Hensel. Regular Saturday night racers Kevin Adams, Matt Leer, Mike Anderson and Scott Miller along with others will have their feet to the floorboards that night in an attempt the keep the big money at home.

Joining the USMTS on the race program May 8th will be the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. Both classes will run full programs and for the Midwest Modifieds, it will be an opportunity for travelers to catch an additional point show in the early season.

The pit gates are expected to open at 4 p.m. on May 8th with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a third mile oval located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron county highway SS. The track phone number s 715-236-2002 and more information can be found by either logging on to the track website at www.ricelakespeedway.com, their face book page

Visiting Drivers Grace Rice Lake Speedway Victory Lane

April 29th, 2014

Rice Lake WI, – Dan Gullikson and Mike Truscott made their first visits to victory lane at the Rice Lake Speedway since the 2007 racing season to highlight the season opener Saturday night. As the sixty second consecutive season kicked off Saturday, Tim Johnson also drove into victory lane for the first time in two years while many time winners Jason Havel and Kevin Adams also won main events.

The opening event of the 2014 racing season saw a nice field of cars on hand representing three states on a blustery and cold April Saturday night.

Gullikson’s super stock win came in a race that saw the only big crash of the night and one that robbed the fans of a potential great battle for the win. Dave Flynn and Nick Oreskovich sat on the front row for their finale with Oreskovich grabbing the early lead. However, Gullikson moved up from the second row to challenge Oreskovich for the lead. Flynn was running right behind the lead duo with Tim Johnson quickly moving up from the fourth row to challenge along with Eric Olson, Shane Kisling and Jason Forehand.

The leaders found themselves running in a tight six car pack as Gullikson continued to challenge Oreskovich for the lead.

Coming through turn two, Flynn lost control and spun across the track, chipping Johnson and sending his car airborne. Olson crashed in Johnson, Kisling crashed into Flynn and Forehand also got a piece of the mess, triggering the only red flag of the night.

Unfortunately, all four were eliminated from the action with Forehand ducking into the work area for a tire change.

Back under green, Oreskovich continued to hold the lead but Gullikson made a strong move in turn three to slide in front and take over the lead. Once in front, he started to pull away from the pack while Willie Johnsen moved in to challenge for second. Forehand was tearing back up through the pack after his pit stop and he moved into the top five.

Gullikson built up nearly a straightaway lead as he cruised to the win. Forehand continued his charge as he got past the slowing Oreskovich, who was battling a power steering issue, to take second. Johnsen got nipped by Oreskovich for third with Jim Harris completing the top five.

Truscott put on perhaps the most impressive run of the night as he moved up from the tenth starting position to win his first feature at Rice Lake since a 2007 street stock win. A pair of #91 cars of Cory Karshbaum and Paul Suzik battled for the early lead with Karshbaum claiming the top spot. Battling behind the leader for position were Joe Chaplin Jr, Denis Czech and Shane Halopka with Truscott on the move from the fifth row.

Karshbaum continued to lead but Suzik pushed him hard while Truscott continued his charge. Working both the low and high side of the corners, he continued his relentless charge, and soon found himself battling with Karshbaum for the lead. With a strong low side move, Mike took over the top spot and then started to move away from the field.

Suzik also tried to get past Karshbaum as they worked side by side, while Czech, Halopka and Chaplin Jr raced for third. Halopka found himself in the mud on the front stretch infield, the yellow flew and Shane was placed back in his spot for the four lap sprint to the finish.

Truscott pulled away on the start and was unchallenged the last four laps. The #91 cars continued their battle right to the finish with Karshbaum edged Suzik for second and Czech edged Halopka for fourth.

Johnson, who stops at Rice Lake a time or two each year and has a remarkable record of taking home the big bucks when he shows up, did it again Saturday as he dominated the street stock main event. Johnson, whose last street stock win in 2011 at Rice Lake was the “Little Dream” and also took the Rhoe super stock special in 2012, led from start to finish to take the street stock honors.

Tim started outside in row one and Cody Kummer gave him a hard push for a couple of laps before Johnson gradually began to pull away. With only a first lap yellow for debris to slow the event, Johnson gradually and relentlessly pulled away from the field.

However, Kummer had his hands full with a rejuvenated Scott Clark for second. Clark, a former kingpin in the street stocks until taking a few years off and running just a few events last year, came out for the opener with a vengeance, as he put on a strong challenge to Kummer.

Kummer was up to the challenge though, and while Clark drew beside him for second on several occasions, Cody hung tough and brought home the second place prize behind a cruising Johnson. Sam Fankhauser raced up from the fourth row to take fourth ahead of Ron Hanestad.

Havel has been a big winner in the pure stocks for the last several years at area tracks and he started out 2014 with another Rice Lake win. Havel started on the outside of row one and took the early lead, an advantage he would maintain throughout the nonstop main event. Former point champion Nick Traynor had a nice run too, as he took the second spot right at the start and hung right with Havel, staying within a couple of car lengths most of the race.

While the leaders pulled away from the pack, John Erickson was making the charge of the event, having started in the eleventh spot and quickly moving to the front. Erickson joined a good battle between Jimmy Holden, Joel Hinrichs, C.J. Wagner and Jay Folz and that group of cars slugged it out for position.

Traynor made a big dive at Havel as the white flag waved but he couldn’t quite get under Jason, who drove on for the win. Erickson continued his charge as he raced into third at the line ahead of Holden and Hinrichs.

Adams won the modified feature but he was pushed right to the finish by a relentless Don Eischens who would not give up the challenge and nearly pulled off the win.

Mark Hessler was the early leader of the race with Keith Tourville and Tim McMann challenging him for the lead. McMann put considerable pressure on Hessler and nearly got by on a couple of occasions. Meanwhile, Adams was moving up from the seventh starting position using the low side of the track and with a dive under McMann, moved into second.

Adams then put the pressure on the leader and slid past Hessler in turn four to take over the top spot. Eischens took a little longer to get to the front, but once he pulled into second, he began to close on Adams and the race was on. Eischens found a nice line on the track and quickly closed on the leader. With a dive into turn four, Eischens slid under Adams to take over the lead but Kevin got up on the wheel and returned the favor in turn one.

A late race yellow for debris set up a five lap sprint to the wire and Eischens remained glued to Adam’s rear bumper off turn two on each lap. Kevin adjusted his line near the end of the race and that allowed him to gain a couple of car lengths, a margin he held to the finish. Hessler hung on for third ahead of a charging Pat Hoffman and McMann.

Racing action will continue next Saturday night with hot laps slated for 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The first special event of the season will be on Thursday, May 8th when the United States Modified Touring Series will visit the Rice Lake Speedway. WISSSOTA sanctioned Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks will join them. Race time is 7 p.m.

Rice Lake Speedway Set To Open April 26th

April 23rd, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway is scheduled to start their sixty second season of racing at the dirt track on the north side of Rice Lake on Saturday, April 26th. After a one week delay due to wet grounds, everything is in order for racing to commence this coming Saturday.

According to track co-owner Dave Adams, as of Monday morning, things are ready to go at the speedway. “The track and pits are dry and everything is ready for racing to begin,” according to Adams. “We are supposed to get some rain midweek, and we’ll just have to see how that affects things.”

The Wednesday, April 23rd practice session at the speedway is also still planned. On Wednesday, the practice will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and all classes of cars are welcome to participate. Spectators are also encouraged to drop by the track and check out the practice as there is no charge at the spectator gates.

On Saturday, the pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps slated for 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. Set to compete will be WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake pure stocks. Also making their initial appearance will be the new class added for 2014, the four cylinder, front wheel drive Hornet division, added as a “feeder” class and a way for new drivers to try out dirt track racing without a huge investment.

A number of special events are slated during the year at the speedway with the first big show slated for May 8th with the United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) is booked to invade the speedway with their band of traveling stars from across the country.

Race fans should check the speedway website, the face book page and the 20/20 racing forum for updates as the week progresses. The speedway website is www.ricelakespeedway.net. The track phone is 715-236-2002 and Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway on hold for Seven Days

April 17th, 2014

Rice Lake WI,- The Rice Lake Speedway, scheduled to open their 2014 racing season on Saturday, April 19th, has been forced to postpone the start of the season by one week.

According to track co-owner Dave Adams on Monday morning,” The grounds still aren’t fully dry and it sounds like we will be having a cool and possibly wet week. Things just aren’t quite ready to go yet, and it will be better if we wait on more week and that way we can insure that the track will be in top shape for the first racing action.”

So the revised schedule will find practice night at the track moved to Wednesday, April 23rd with the first green flag of the 2014 season scheduled for Saturday, April 26th with hot laps slated for 6:30 p.m and racing to follow.

Featured in racing action will be WISSOTA sanctioned modifieds, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and street stocks along with the Rice Lake pure stocks and the brand new, four cylinder Hornet class that is slated to make its debut at the speedway in 2014.

In other racing news, a tentative date for the George Rhoe Classic for super stocks has been established. The race, which is the third annual, high paying event for the supers, wasn’t originally listed on the track schedule. However, track management decided that they wanted to bring back the event for another year, and with the permission of the Rhoe family, it will again bear his name. The race is set for Tuesday, June 10th. Purse information and other classes to be competing that night are expected to be announced shortly.

Race fans are encouraged to check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the facebook page to get further updates on the season opener as well as other news from the speedway.

Anyone needing further information about the speedway and the 2014 racing season should contact Adams at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway Car Show Set

March 27th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – While it may not look like it outside, the 2014 dirt track auto racing season is drawing closer, and the Rice Lake Speedway is setting in motion plans for the upcoming season.

The first event on the schedule is the annual car show, and that will take place at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall on April 4-6. The race cars will enter the Mall on Thursday evening, April 3rd and will be released on Sunday the 6th.

Cars from all six divisions that compete weekly at the speedway are expected to be on hand, including some cars from the newest division at the speedway, the Hornet class. This division is for four cylinder cars and is expected to attract new and inexperienced drivers trying out the world of dirt track racing at a more affordable price. Along with the Hornets, returning to the speedway will be the Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks, all sanctioned by WISSOTA auto racing along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

Most drivers from last year are returning for 2014 with some new drivers also expected to take to the track and on display will be their new or reworked cars, looking their best before they take to the track for the first racing action.

Despite the late Spring, track owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen remain optimistic that the first scheduled activities at the track will proceed as planned. A practice night has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th and the first green flag of the sixty second consecutive year of racing at the Speedway is slated for Saturday, April 19th with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow.

A number of special events are already on the schedule and several more are still in the exploratory stage but the first special of the season will be an appearance by the United Stated Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday, May 8th. The track owners and track officials will be on hand at the Mall to talk about the schedule and will have rules available for the new Hornet class for those interested.

Anyone that would like to display their car in the show should contact Adams at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway Sets Awards Banquet

March 5th, 2014

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway will have their annual Awards Banquet, honoring the top drivers that raced in 2013 at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday, March 8th.

The event will take place at the Rice Lake Elks Club, at 36 East Eau Claire Street in Rice Lake.

The social hour will be from 6-7 p.m. with the family style meal to be served at 7 p.m. Following that the awards banquet will be held with the top ten point drivers in each of the five classes that race at the speedway to be honored. Also set to be honored will be the top rookie driver in each division. The top ten in each division will also be eligible to win some cash prizes during the evening also.

The will also be door prizes to be awarded with free beer and pop all evening, courtesy of Adams-Hansen Inc.

The deadline to order meal tickets in Thursday, March 6th and anyone needing tickets at the last minute should call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or stop by Adams Automotive in Cameron.

The 2014 race schedule for the Rice Lake Speedway is expected to be revealed at the banquet and the speedway has already announced that a sixth class, the four cylinder Hornets, will be a part of the weekly racing program in 2014.

Mahder’s Last Corner Pass Nets Rice Lake Speedway Win

September 4th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – A last corner pass by Cory Mahder in the Modified thirty lap main event highlighted the second half of the holiday doubleheader at the Rice Lake Speedway that put a wrap on the 2013 racing season. Other winners on a cool and blustery Sunday night included Jason Forehand, Ryan Viltz, Jimmy Randall and Jason Havel.

While Mahder was the driver that took home the biggest check, it was Jesse Glenz that controlled the Modified feature race for most of the distance and until the very end, appeared to be ready to score the win. Mahder started on the pole and took the early lead but Glenz went to the cushion immediately and began to gain ground. Jesse continued to ride the high side around the track and after he picked up momentum, he was ready to make his move.

Two straight yellows for minor spins with one lap completed kept the field bunched, but after that the last twenty nine laps ran nonstop and Glenz soon used the high side to blast past Mahder down the front chute and start to pull away. As Mahder soon had to battle with Matt Leer for second, Glenz began to disappear from the pack as he built up nearly a straightaway advantage over the field. Leer challenged Mahder strongly and attempted a slider into turn one to slip past but Mahder fought back down the back chute and retook the second spot. After that, Leer feel back slightly but was still close to Mahder.

As the race continued, lapped traffic was heavy and became an issue. Glenz was having trouble getting through some of the slower traffic and while he continued to hold the top spot, Mahder was slowly cutting into his advantage.

As the laps started to wind down, Glenz got in some deep traffic and Mahder started to cut the advantage at a rapid pace. Jesse was stuck behind two cars he couldn’t get past, and he had to reduce his pace accordingly as Mahder smelled blood and closed even more rapidly.

As the white flag flew, Jesse knew that Mahder was right behind him, but he was still blocked. He attempted to pass the slower cars on the high side but when he couldn’t accomplish that, he ducked low to block the third turn. Mahder went to the high side and pulled beside the leader. As they raced out of the last corner, Glenz put the horn on the slower car in front of him and moved him to the infield, but this cost him time and Mahder found an opening on the high side, was able to keep his speed up ,and passed the leader in the last few feet before the finish line, winning by just over a car length in a startling turn of events. Leer finished a strong third, Mark Hessler moved up strongly to finish fourth and Scott Miller completed the top five.

Forehand and Aaron Wilson battled in out in a competitive Super Stock main event with Forehand overcoming the early lead established by Wilson. Aaron had taken the lead right from the start but was challenged by Eric Olson, Jesse Redetzke and Forehand in the initial part of the race. Redetzke was using the high side of the track and nearly edged past Wilson before the next challenge came from Forehand who was working the low side of the track.

He made a strong dive into turn one and beat Wilson out of the corner to take over the lead. Several yellow flags spread out over the race kept the field bunched and never allowed Forehand to build up any kind of lead as Wilson continued to try and get the lead back with Olson challenging also and Redetzke continuing to climb the banking.

A late yellow set up a two lap sprint to the finish but Forehand restarted strongly and moved out to a two car length lead and he refused to allow Wilson to get any closer and they finished in that order. Olson remained strong in third with Redetzke next in line while Scott Zitelman, after falling back in the pack made a late charge and raced back up to fifth.

The Midwest Modified feature was a race long battle between the brothers Viltz, with Ryan coming out on top of Tito for the win. Jake Smeltzer started on the pole and was battling with Mike Truscott in the early going but when he left the bottom side of the track open, Ryan Viltz dived to the opening and got a good run which allowed him to move into the lead. Tito, on the other hand, was working the high side of the track and he quickly powered around traffic to move from the third row into a challenging position and began to attack his brother. Tito tried several times to edge past Ryan on the high side but couldn’t quite get past. However, a few laps later, Ryan would slide off the bottom in turn two and Tito cut to the inside and stole the lead away from Ryan.

Yellow flags would prove to be Tito’s undoing as after a restart for a spin, Tito would push too hard into turn one and slid up the track, opening up the inside to his brother, who then regained the lead.

After a lap fourteen yellow when Don Drew slapped the wall, the six lap shootout saw Tito try everything he could to regain the lead, but Ryan was equal to the task as he raced home for the win. Truscott finished a strong third while Jake Smith established himself in fourth early and stayed there the entire race. Travis Anderson got the hard charger award after coming from nineteenth to fifth on his birthday.

The Street Stock feature was expected to be a two car shootout between Sam Fankhauser and Jimmy Randall and that’s exactly how it played out. They started beside each other in the front row and on the first lap swapped positions as Fankhauser pushed up the track from the low side in turn one and Randall cut under him as they raced down the back chute. Side by side for the lead, Fankhauser edged ahead with Randall running just to his inside and challenging in each corner.

Several laps continued in this fashion and while the leaders battled, they seemed to be slowing each other down as third running Ron Hanestad was catching both of them. Sammy slipped a little too high in turn one and Randall was able to squeeze past him to take over the top spot with Hanestad close behind.

A yellow flag set up a seven lap race to the finish and while Randall continued to run the middle of the track, Fankhauser found some traction very low on the track and he started to close on the leader. Each lap he closed up just a little and he tried to nose under Randall on several attempts. Sammy looked like he was ready to make a big move on the final lap, but as the leaders took the white flag, a slow car was running the low side of the track, right in Fankhauser’s way. He had to get out of the accelerator briefly, and that was the race as Randall drove on to take the win with Fankhauser a couple car lengths in arrears. Hanestad finished a strong third ahead of Jay Kesan while Adam Soltis came from deep in the field to complete the top five.

Another last lap pass for the win occurred in the Pure Stock feature where Havel got past C.J. Wagner on the final tour for the win. Nick Traynor started strongly and he looked to be in control of the race in the early going as he endured a couple of early yellows to maintain the lead in the race. Both Havel and Wagner moved in on Traynor but Nick continued to hold the lead in what shaped up to be a battle to the finish. Bad luck hit Traynor as just when the other two challengers caught him, his car developed motor problems and he lost power, slowing and was soon out of the race.

Wagner took advantage to take over the lead at this point, but Havel was close behind. Jason moved to the second groove, and he pulled up beside Wagner and was ready to take over the lead when just then, the yellow flew for a spin.

This set up a two lap sprint to the finish and Havel was able to once again execute the same move. While Wagner pushed as hard as he could, Havel was able to drive around him on the final circuit and took the win by a car length over the track point champion. John Erickson came home third with Bob Thompson and Randy Graham next in line.

This race concluded the 2013 racing season at the speedway. Racing is expected to resume in the early part of April, 2014. Race fans can follow the off season happenings at the speedway on the track website, www.ricelakespeedway.net to find information on the track’s banquet and next year’s schedule.

Richards and Hanestad Rice Lake Speedway Opening Night Winners

September 3rd, 2013

Rice Lake WI – George Richards and Buddy Hanestad topped the feature races on opening night of the Rice Lake Speedway Labor Day weekend doubleheader Saturday. With storms on the way, speedway officials hustled through the program that saw qualifying heat races for the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with qualifying and main events for the Pure Stocks and Hornets.

Twenty four Pure Stocks started their main event which was the highest paying Pure Stock main in the area this year. C. J. Wagner got the jump on Jason Havel to take the early lead. Havel was quickly challenged by Richards, Nick Traynor and Jeremy Dahl for the second spot as heavy traffic was the norm in the early going.

Two laps were completed when Hunter VanGilder was spun in turn four and the first yellow flag of the event flew. Wagner continued to lead with Richards becoming a threat as he battled Havel for second. The worst wreck occurred on the next lap as Lee Hager got sideways on the front chute and then spun in very heavy traffic where he was slammed hard by Mike Blevins, Rob Grabon and Dan Hensel with all four cars being eliminated from the race.

Wagner still held the lead on the green but Richards moved past Havel to take second as Bob Thompson and Darwin Brown were starting to move into contention. John Erickson rolled to a halt as the race went under yellow once again.

On the restart Richards used the high side of the track and was able to pull ahead of Wagner and take over the lead. Once in front, George was able to maintain about a two car length lead with a heavy battle taking place for second as Wagner and Havel fought for the position. Meanwhile, Brown continued to battle his way to the front as after starting sixteenth he moved into the top five. Brown then moved past Traynor into fourth and closed on Havel.

A lap eleven spin slowed the action and on the restart Wagner pushed hard, nearly getting a nose under Richards on several occasions as George continued to run the high side of the track but was able to edge past Wagner each lap down the chutes. Brown pulled up beside Havel and they raced hard for the third spot with Brown also using the higher side of the race track.

One last yellow for a stalled car set up a five lap dash to the finish. Richards got off to a strong restart and put a few car lengths on the field as the battle shifted to second where Brown had pulled up beside Wagner in a battle for second. Brown nearly squeezed by with two laps to go and then made another rush on the final circuit. As Richards raced home unchallenged for the win, Brown edged past Wagner to take the second spot. Havel and Traynor rounded out the top five. Richards earned $700 for his win.

The Hornet feature saw Scott Westaby take the initial lead in the fifteen lap headliner but after a yellow for a Derek Reding stall, Hanestad used the low side to pull past Westaby and take over the lead. One lap later Bob Seidler hammered the turn three wall, triggering another yellow flag.

Hanestad continued to lead on the restart with Westaby maintaining second. William Voeltz was the driver on the move as he started tenth on the grid and first drove past Kris Kaphing and then Jay Welk to race up to third spot.

The race remained under the green the rest of the way and Hanestad drove a smooth race and continued to maintain his lead. He was never seriously challenged as he drove home for the win worth $500 to the second year driver. Westaby finished a solid second with Voeltz next in line and after a long battle, Welk edged out Kaphing for fourth.

Sunday, September 1st the four WISSOTA divisions will run their main events along with another full show for the Pure Stocks. Hot laps go at 6:30 p.m. with racing to begin at 7 p.m.

Season Champions Decided at Rice Lake Speedway; Finale Upcoming

August 27th, 2013

Rice Lake WI,- It was Season Championship night Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway with the drivers lined up based on points earned during the racing season, and when all was said and done, the five drivers sharing victory lane were Mike Anderson, Jason Forehand, Ryan Viltz, Jimmy Randall and Jason Havel.

While it was Season Championship night, the drivers will all have one more chance to visit victory lane when the season wraps up next Saturday and Sunday with the Labor Day weekend special.

There were no huge upsets Saturday as drivers who had run well at the speedway all season did so again on Saturday. In the Modified division, Anderson got the jump on Kevin Adams to take the early lead and he controlled the entire twenty lap main event. As Adams struggled to stay with Anderson, Mike pulled out to a six car length lead while Adams was being challenged heavily by Dave Baxter for second. Their battle continued as Anderson pulled away from the field.

A lone yellow at the midpoint of the race bunched the field, and this time Adams was able to stay with Anderson better, challenging on the inside for the lead right after the race restarted. However, Anderson fought off Adams and then opened up a two car length lead again as Baxter now found himself battling for third with Paul Brust.

The rest of the race wrapped up with Anderson continuing to maintain his advantage as he drove on for his third feature win at Rice Lake in 2013. Brust eventually got past Baxter for third with Mark Hessler completing the top five.

The biggest heart break of the night had to go to Eric Olson who was solidly in first in the Super Stock feature when he lost the steering on his car at the halfway point of the race, barely missing the wall but ending his night nevertheless. Olson had gotten the jump on Shane Kisling to take the early lead, with Kisling then fading back as both Forehand and Aaron Wilson drove past him for position.

Olson was being challenged closely by Forehand for the lead, but Eric continued to hold the top spot until coming down the front chute the car suddenly veered toward the first turn wall, with Olson sliding to a halt just before making a heavy impact.

Forehand inherited the lead and it was Wilson’s turn to pressure him as Aaron tried both high and low, getting to the rear quarter panel of Forehand’s car but just not being able to complete the pass. Aaron went for broke coming off turn four, but when he slid out and nearly clipped the wall, that gave Forehand the cushion he needed drive home for his second win of the year here. Scott Zitelman had his best run of the year to take the third spot, with Bart Steffen and Kisling next in line.

Viltz was the only Point Champion to also win a Season Championship race as he controlled the Midwest Modified feature event from start to finish. After two aborted starts, the race finally began with Viltz getting the jump on Shane Halopka for the early lead. Halopka pressured Viltz early but Ryan was making some strong laps and started to put distance on the field. Meanwhile, Tito Viltz picked up the pace and he drove under Halopka to initiate a good battle for second. They swapped the spot a couple of times with Halopka in front in turn four, only to slide out and allow Tito to drive under him and take over second.

A yellow at the midpoint of the race bunched the field, but Ryan Viltz again pulled away in front. The battle for second continued but Tito continued his strong run as he fought off every challenge to finish second behind his brother, who earned his second Rice Lake win of the year. A disappointed Halopka settled for third with Josh Smith and Travis Anderson trailing.

The Street Stock feature presented the closest battle for a win along with the biggest crash of perhaps the entire racing season. With eighteen cars taking the green flag for the race, the action was tight in the early going. Sam Fankhauser and Jimmy Randall battled as the race started, but before a lap could be completed, second row starter Kolby Kiehl got sideways on the front chute in heavy traffic, got tapped and he rolled onto his roof right in front of the flying pack. He was impacted hard by another car as he was inverted with several other cars crashing either into him or each other as they tried to avoid the mayhem.

Fortunately, while Kiehl was a little shook up, he was uninjured although the same couldn’t be said for his car. All told, along with Kiehl, the cars of Troy Chaplin, Jason Bearden, Cooper Berlin and Simon Wahlstrom were all eliminated with significant front end damage.

In all, it took three attempts to get the first lap of the race completed, but when everyone settled down and started racing, a great battle broke out between Randall and Fankhauser. Randall had gotten the jump on the high side and he continued to run higher on the track while Fankhauser tried on every lap to duck under Randall for the lead. Also in a big battle for third were Doug Wojcik and Eric Olson with Wojcik finally claiming that position and setting out after the leaders. Unfortunately, Doug pushed a little too hard in turn four and spun out, triggering another yellow flag.

Randall and Fankhauser continued their battle for the lead, with Sam continuing to look under Randall. In almost every corner, Fankhauser would get the nose of his car under Randall’s , but Jimmy would always get the edge as they accelerated off the corner.

As the laps ran down, the battle remained unchanged. Fankhauser gave it his best effort off the final corner, but again Randall accelerated to beat him by a car length at the finish. Olson finished a strong third as he held off Ron Hanestad and Adam Soltis for position. It was Randall’s second win of the year here.

Havel continued his strong season with yet another Pure Stock feature win. He started on the pole and fought off John Erickson in the early going for the lead. C. J. Wagner was on the move and he drove past Erickson for second with Darwin Brown also moving up quickly from the third row. Brown was going for second when he unfortunately made contact with Wagner, who spun triggering a yellow.

Havel continued to lead on the restart with Erickson reclaiming second. Another yellow slowed the action and Wagner had to pit for a fresh tire. Havel would lead on the green with Erickson trying to stay with him. Jay Folz used this opportunity to move into third and challenge Erickson.

The last half of the race saw the leaders remain equally spaced from each other, with Havel claiming his fourth overall win at Rice Lake in 2013. Erickson finished a strong second ahead of Folz with rookie Rob Grabon home fourth ahead of Jimmy Holden.

The 2013 racing season will conclude at the Rice Lake Speedway next weekend. On Saturday, August 31st, qualifying heats will be held for the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. Along with this a full program will be held for the Pure Stocks and Hornets. For the Pures, it will be their highest paying event ever at Rice Lake with the feature winner guaranteed $700 while the Hornets, making their first ever start at Rice Lake, will race for a $500 top prize.

On Sunday, September 1st , last chance qualifying and the four main events for the WISSOTA classes will be held along with another full program for the Pure Stocks. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. both days with racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, pick up the phone and call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Labor Day Weekend Special Wraps Up Rice Lake Speedway Season

August 21st, 2013

Rice Lake WI – The 2013 racing season will conclude August 31st and September 1st with a two night special at the Rice Lake Speedway. Six classes of cars will have the opportunity to race over the weekend with the headline event being Sunday night’s feature races. However, there will also be special events on Saturday including the highest paying Pure Stock race in speedway history.

On Saturday, August 31st , WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds will run qualifying heat races. $10,000 in contingency product awards will be on the line for the qualifying events as well as starting positions in Sunday’s main events for the WISSOTA classes. Also on Saturday , a complete program of Pure Stocks, featuring a $700 to win main event will be contested and for the first time in speedway history, the four cylinder Hornets will compete at the track in a complete program also with the feature winner to take home $500.

On Sunday, September 1st , last chance qualifying events will be run for the WISSOTA classes, followed by main events. Also, the Pure Stocks will compete in another complete racing program of heat races and a feature event. For the Pure Stocks, any 305 cubic inch motor is legal running home track rules. Drivers should bring their rule books if coming from beyond the local three track area.

Modifieds will be racing for a top prize of $1,000, the Super Stocks $800, the Midwest Modifieds $600 and the Street Stocks $500. The draw/redraw format will be used to line up main events.

The pit gate will open at 4 p.m. both days with the draw cut off at 6:30 p.m. Hot laps and racing will follow and there will be free camping on the grounds all weekend.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a third mile banked track located one mile north of Rice Lake, midway between state highway 48 and Barron Co. highway SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002. For more information, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

Halopka Dominates Rice Lake Speedway Mid Mods

August 17th, 2013

Rice Lake WI, – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and the Rice Lake Pure Stocks ran as support classes for the United States Modified Touring Series event Thursday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and Shane Halopka along with Jason Havel were
dominating winners of their respective divisions. The USMTS race was won by Stormy Scott from Las Cruses New Mexico.

After battling his way into a qualifying spot in his heat race after drawing poorly, Halopka made up for it by redrawing the outside pole for the main event. That was bad news for the competition as Shane grabbed the lead from Reid Tiegs and led all twenty laps of the main event.

After two first lap yellows, the second of which saw Alan Bohlman Jr parked on top of Cole Spacek’s car, the race ran nonstop for the last nineteen laps with Halopka leading all the way. Travis Anderson moved into second and tried to stay with Halopka but he was eventually passed by Ryan Viltz for that spot. Viltz also tried to track down the leader but there was no slowing Halopka Thursday as he stretched his margin to nearly the length of the straightaway.

The race for third was a good one as Anderson tried to protect his position from Mike Truscott who was working the high side of him. Truscott couldn’t make the pass however and Grant Southworth then moved up to the high side and with a fine move in turn one, swept past Anderson to take over the third spot. However, the laps ran out on him and he has to settle for the third position at the finish. Anderson was slowed by a deflating tire in the late going and Truscott took the fourth spot with Nick Koehler following.

For Halopka, it was his second win at Rice Lake this year as the point runner up in the Midwest Modifieds becomes the first repeat winner in the division all season.

Havel has been having bad luck at the track the last couple of weeks, but he shook that off Thursday with a strong performance in the Pure Stocks, dominating for the win and pulling away from point king C.J. Wagner along the way. Havel started on the pole and established an immediate lead with a good battle amongst Jared Amundson and Nick Traynor for second. Wagner was on the move from the third row, and he swept to the high side of the track and took over second.

The race got stuck on lap four, with three straight yellow flags slowing the action, the worst of which was a chain reaction collision eliminate Dustin Doughty with front end damage.

Havel continued to lead as the last ten laps of the race ran nonstop and he pulled away from Wagner as the race progressed. A good battle for third saw Amundson fighting to hold off John Erickson, Bob Thompson and Traynor. In the last few laps Thompson picked up the pace on the high side and raced into third with Traynor and Erickson next in line. The victory was Havel’s third at the track in 2013.

The next racing action at the Rice Lake Speedway will be on Saturday, August 24th when the Season Championships will be held. Racing will be WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Pure Stocks. Cars will be lined up in their heat races by points accumulated during the racing season with the feature races set by the heat race finishes. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Wrapping up the racing season at the speedway will be a two day event on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, September 1st. Hornets will join the other racing classes for the first time ever at the track, with a special event for the Hornets along with the Pure Stocks on Saturday along with qualifying for the other four classes and main events along with another Pure Stock show on Sunday.

Stormy Scott super in Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup clash at Rice Lake Speedway

August 16th, 2013

RICE LAKE, Wis. –Stormy Scott led all 40 laps Thursday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and scored his second main event during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

The 2012 USMTS Rookie of the Year drew the pole position for the start of the race, and that was the closest the rest of the field ever got.

After the heat, we thought we would be pretty good with the setup we had, Scott explained after the win. I knew we were going to run the low line and anybody who wanted to pass us would have to do it on the outside.

But nobody got close enough to try. Rodney Sanders started next to Scott on the front row and chased him throughout the race, but was never able to challenge even when heavy lapped traffic surrounded the leader. “I just focused on hitting my lines,” Scott added. “I kept looking at the scoreboard and seeing Rodneys number, so I figured he was all over me back there.”

Scott’s advantage at the finish line was just under three seconds. The win was worth $5,000 with his Big Dog Buy-In and it was the 18th win of his career, breaking a tie with Sanders for tenth on the all-time wins list.

Craig Thatcher was a close third while Jason Krohn earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award by racing from 13 to fourth in the feature. Jeremy Payne finished fifth with Jon Tesch, Joey Jensen, Jason Hughes, Johnny Scott and Ryan Gustin rounding out the top 10 finishers.

Stormy Scott cut into his twin brother’s points lead, and trails by just 17 points after the sixth of 17 races comprising the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. Sanders is third, followed by Hughes, Payne, Zack VanderBeek, Chris Brown, Kelly Shryock, Dereck Ramirez and Trevor Hunt.

Friday night will find the fearless USMTS lead-footed speed freaks at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. Presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona, the action will be joined by USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Street Stocks and 600 Mods with the first green flag scheduled for 7:00.

Get there early to watch the Midwest Mini Mods and Outlaw Mini Mods at 6:00 on the short track. A family pass pack is just $40 and gets in two adults and up to three children. Adult general admission is $18, seniors get in for $16, students ages 13-18 are $9 and children ages 12 and under get in for free.

Coupons good for $2 off adult general admission will be available Friday at Caseys General Stores locations in Sparta as well as Oronoco, Preston and Rochester in Minnesota.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked dark clay oval 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 Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., and the five-day work week for the rugged USMTS road warriors wraps up on Sunday 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.

Scott expands points lead with ninth win of season, first during Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup

August 17th, 2013

NEW RICHMOND, Wis.-Johnny Scott took one giant leap toward his goal of becoming the next USMTS National Champion Wednesday night as he landed in victory lane after the 40-lap main event at the Cedar Lake Speedway.

The 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., started seventh on the 26-car grid and wrestled the lead away from his teammate, Dereck Ramirez, with 11 laps remaining. Outside front-row starter Trent Follmer, who won his first and only USMTS feature
here in 2002, beat polesitter Ryan Gustin to the flagstand to lead the first lap and stretched his lead out until the first caution.

Working the high line around the high-banked 3/8-mile speedplant, Ramirez powered by Follmer to lead the twelfth lap. Follmer changed his line and followed in the new leaders tracks while Scott now had an open track in front of him on the low side of the racing surface. Scott caught Ramirez at the halfway point but Ramirez moved down to test the bottom
groove. Two laps later, he returned to the long path around with Scott alone on the bottom.

The two ran side by side for eight laps before Scott finally was scored the leader at the end of the 29th circuit. Ramirez switched to the low line a few laps later, but it was too little too late as Scott maintained a four-car-length advantage to the checkered flag. Including the Big Dog Buy-In bonus money, Scott walked away with a $5,200 paycheck
for his efforts. It was his ninth win of the season and his first during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

Overall, it was the 21st win of his career, tying him for eighth on the all-time wins list with Zack VanderBeek. Both are former USMTS Rookie of the Year Award winners. Follmer made late-race charge and nearly slipped past Ramirez, but he settled for third place in the end. Jason Hughes wound up fourth and Rodney Sanders passed ten cars en route to his fourth top-5 finish in The Hunt. Real Racing Wheels & Main winner Jason Krohn took sixth, Craig Thatcher was seventh, Joey Jensen earned an eighth-place finish, Darrell Nelson came from 22nd to 9th and Brandon Jensen rounded out the top-10 at the finish line.

On Thursday, the mighty USMTS Modifieds return to the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wis., for a 40-lap main event presented by Bills Distributing. Also racing will be WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Race time is 7:00.

On race day, fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in North Branch and Wyoming, Minn.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile north of Rice Lake, between SR 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained by calling 715-205-2861 or by checking the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Friday will find the fearless USMTS lead-footed speed freaks at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., Saturday’s action takes place at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., and the five-day work week for the rugged USMTS road warriors wraps up on Sunday 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.

Mahder Tops Rice Lake Speedway Modifieds

August 14th, 2013

Rice Lake WI, – Cory Mahder drove around Kevin Adams with just a few laps remaining in the event to win the Modified feature and highlight the last track point earning program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other feature winners on Saturday included Eric Olson, Josh Smith, Doug Wojcik and C.J. Wagner as along with Wagner, Sam Fankhauser, Ryan Viltz, Aaron Wilson and Adams earned track point titles.

It was also Hall of Fame night at the track and drivers Axel Dahlberg, Jerry Amundson, Phil Prusak and Dick Briesemeister along with Friends of the Speedway Mary Lawrence, Doug Zimmer, Bud Ellis and Dr. R.A. Doctor were inducted into the Rice
Lake Speedway Hall of Fame. Dave Baxter and Mark Hessler waged a furious battle during the first half of the Modified feature Saturday, with Hessler working the cushion and Baxter racing off the low side of the track. Lap after lap they came off turn four side by side and then set off to complete another lap riding side by side. Paul Brust and Scott Miller were racing hard for third while Adams and Mahder worked their way forward after starting farther back in the pack. While Hessler and Baxter continued to battle for the lead, Adams worked the high side and took over third with Mahder continuing to follow him.

Just at the halfway point, bad luck struck Hessler as his car started to smoke badly with some kind of apparent rear end failure. He made one more lap before rolling to a halt in turn three. Baxter inherited the lead and led one lap but coming off turn four, Adams went to the high side and Mahder was able to sneak under Dave, and the leaders raced three wide down the front chute. Adams used the cushion to take the lead with Mahder edging into second as the yellow flew again for a spin.

With only a few laps left, Adams again jumped into the lead but Mahder closed in on the leader. Mahder was gaining time in turn three and four as Adams couldn’t come off the cushion as well there as he could in turns one and two. Mahder blasted through the low side and roared into the lead down the front chute. Adams wasn’t able to stay with the new leader and Cory completed the run, building up a three car length lead on the final lap. Mahder’s win was his first at Rice Lake since a 2011 Late Model win, before he switched over to running Modifieds. Baxter completed a strong run for third with Brust and Jamie Davis completing the top five.

Jason Forehand blasted off the outside pole in the Super Stock feature and built up a big lead running the outside line, and without a yellow flag, he likely wouldn’t have been caught. However, after racing past Scott Zitelman into second, Olson caught the break he needed when the yellow flew for a spin.

On the restart, Olson immediately put the pressure on Forehand and Eric was able to drive under the leader and take over the top spot. Forehand tried to fight back but Olson was able to stretch his lead to a few car lengths while Aaron Wilson raced his way into third and tried to close on the top two. The top three runners then maintained about the same distance between each other in the late going, with no one able to advance themselves as the top three finished in that running order. Zitelman hung on for fourth at the finish with Bart Steffen completing the top five. It was Olson’s second Rice Lake Triumph of the 2013 racing season.

Rookie Mike Schnider led his first feature laps of the season and looked very good doing so as he fought off Grant Southworth and Joe Chaplin Jr in the early going to lead the opening laps of the Midwest Modified feature. However, Smith, making one of his rare Rice Lake starts in 2013 was flying on the cushion. He came tearing up from the third row and blasted past the leader to take over the top spot. As Smith started to extend his lead, the action was on behind him as Ryan and Tito Viltz, along with Shane Halopka, were all battling their way to the front of the pack. Ryan found an opening on the low side of the track and drove past Schnider to take over second with Halopka following him.

A late yellow set up a four lap sprint to the finish but there would be no stopping Smith on this night. He roared away from the field and while Viltz was able to maintain second, he could provide no serious challenge to Smith, who became the
first repeat feature winner in the division during the 2013 racing season. Halopka settled for third, Schnider finished off a good run in fourth and Chaplin Jr settled for fifth.

Another driver who exhibited tremendous speed and power Saturday was Street Stock driver Doug Wojcik. After a grinding first lap crash eliminated Ashley Wahlstrom and Jason Bearden, Kolby Kiehl and Scott Clark battled for the early lead. However, Wojcik went to the cushion and blew past both the leaders, taking over the lead and immediately stretching his advantage. Sam Fankhauser, Adam Soltis and Josh Amans were all working their way up through the field but up front, Wojcik was blowing away the field as he threw his car into the turns more like an open wheel driver would as opposed to a full bodied car.

Clark was having a good run, but he was unable to cut into Wojcik’s lead and while Fankhauser eventually took third, he couldn’t gain on either of the front runners. Wojcik continued to motor on and he earned his second feature win of the year at the track. Clark had his best run off the year to date for second with Fankhauser trailing. Bad luck hit Soltis when he spun on the final lap with Amans credited with fourth while rookie Cooper Berlin came from fourteenth to five at the finish.

Wagner came back from a bad crash last Saturday and with the point title on the line, he responded to take his second feature win of the year and ensure his first track title. Rookie Hunter VanGilder was the early leader with Wagner moving up from fourth starting spot to race into second. Wagner made a low dive in turn one and took over the lead. VanGilder continued to run second with Bob Thompson and Jared Amundson among those battling behind him.

A lone yellow flew with ten laps complete when Jimmy Holden rolled to a halt and on the green, John Erickson made a great charge racing the cushion as he drove around VanGilder and very nearly got past Wagner. However, C.J. was able to fight him off and while Erickson finished a strong second, Wagner hung on for the win. VanGilder had another strong finish and after another rookie Rob Grabon was disqualified for a technical violation, Amundson was elevated to fourth in the finishing order with Thompson next in line.

The next racing action at the speedway will be this coming Thursday, August 15th, when the cars and national driving stars of the United States Modified Touring Series invade the Rice Lake Speedway. The Hunt for the Casey’s Cup event will pay the winner $3,000 to win the Modified main and the best local and area competitors are preparing for the challenge. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and the Rice Lake Speedway Pure Stocks are also on the card with racing to begin at 7 p.m. The will be no racing on Saturday, August 17th and drivers will then return to the track on Saturday, August 24th to battle it out for the Season Championships. The season will then conclude with racing on Saturday August 31st and Sunday, September 1st for the annual Labor Day weekend special.

No Races at Rice Lake Speedway August 17th

August 12th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway has decided not to hold races on Saturday night, August 17th. Originally scheduled as a to be determined (TBD) night, the speedway first had decided to hold races that night but now has decided not to race on that date. Many of the track employees had made other plans when it was thought that there would be no racing on that date, and in their best interests , the speedway has decided to take that night off.

However, two days earlier, August 15th , one of the biggest races of the year will come to the speedway when the United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) brings their Hunt for the Casey’s Cup to the track. Presented by Bill’s Distributing, this forty lap, $3,000 to win main event will feature all the national driving stars of the USMTS racing against the best regional and local competitors in what is expected to be some of the fastest Modified racing the speedway has ever seen.

Also racing on that night will be the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and the Pure Stocks. The Midwest Modifieds will be racing for an enlarged purse and a strong field of drivers is expected in that class along with the always entertaining Pure Stocks. Draw/redraw will be in effort for those two classes that night. Race time is 7 p.m.

After taking August 17th off, the speedway returns to action on Saturday, August 24th with the Season Championships scheduled for all five classes.

The 2013 racing season will then conclude on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st with the annual Labor Day weekend doubleheader.

For more information, visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Leer’s Last Lap Pass Nabs Rice Lake Speedway Win

August 5th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – Matt Leer’s last lap pass for the Modified feature win was one of three last lap feature winning moves on an exciting evening of racing Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Leer also became one of four first time winners at the speedway on Saturday, with only Adam Soltis becoming a repeat winner. Soltis was one of the other last lap winners along with Shane Halopka who himself became a first time winner at the track this season along with Eric Olson in the Super Stocks and Darwin Brown. It looked like Jason Gross was going to be the Modified winner on Saturday, as he led nineteen laps before being overtaken on the final tour of the oval. Gross started on the pole and got the jump on Buddy Mayala and then began to build up a substantial lead in what turned out to be a nonstop main event. Leer had to fight his way past a strong running Scott Miller to move into second and by the time he got to the position, Gross had at least half a straightway advantage on him.

As the race remained under the green, Leer slowly but surely began to close the margin but it wasn’t until the last five laps that he began to cut the lead considerably as Jason began to lose traction in the corners with Leer gaining much ground on him. With two laps to go, Leer closed to the rear bumper of Gross and got a strong run off turn four. Matt dove to the inside as they came down the front chute and with Gross trying to protect his position, the two leaders got together. Both got sideways but both straightened out and raced on. Gross continued to hold a small lead as they raced down the back chute with Leer again trying to get inside Gross. Flying through the final corners, Gross slid out just a little and Leer dove inside him. They raced to the line with Leer winning by a car length. While the two leaders battled, this gave Kevin Adams the chance to catch them, and he flashed across the line just another car length behind Gross. Mike Anderson and Paul Brust completed the top five. The second race to provide a breathtaking finish was the Midwest Modifieds where Halopka overcame Tito Viltz on the last corner for the feature win. Don Drew out battled Mike Schnider early as the out of retirement Hall of Famer led his first feature laps of the season. However, Tito came charging up from the third row to challenge and after a wheel to wheel battle, Viltz was able to edge into the lead. Three yellows marked the first three laps of the race, but after that the Midwest Mods ran nonstop and as Tito started to pull away, Halopka was able to come from the seventh starting position to move into second past Drew, dragging Ryan Viltz with him. Tito continued to lead but Halopka was pushing very hard in the corners as he started to close the gap. With two laps to go, Tito had his car push out in turn two and Halopka used that time to really cut the lead. They flashed under the white flag nose to tail with Halopka looking for an opening. Racing into turn three, Tito’s car again pushed up the track and Halopka made a cross over move and ducked under Viltz. They raced to the line and Halopka took the win by a car length in a startling turn of events. Ryan Viltz finished a close third with Travis Anderson and Drew behind them.

The other nail biter was in the Street Stock finale where Soltis edged out Josh Amans by inches for his second win at Rice Lake this year. The race had a scrambled start with three quick yellow flags in the first two laps and some jockeying of position. Rookie Troy Chaplin led his first feature laps when things settled down but following the last restart, Amans, who came all the way from eleventh on the grid and Soltis, from eighth, split the lead with Amans moving into the lead and Soltis trailing him. The top two drivers got away from the pack and started their own private battle for the lead. Amans was leading with Soltis right on his tail, but when Josh slid up the track, Soltis was right there to race under him. However, Amans wasn’t done yet, as he made the higher side of the track work, and as the laps ran down the two put on a great show, running lap after lap, side by side and not even touching. It was some of the best Street Stock racing seen all year, and as the white flag waved, they were still side by side. They continued like that down the back chute and in the final corner Amans broke traction for just a second, giving Soltis the break he needed. As they flashed under the checkered, Soltis edged ahead by half a car length for the win. The leaders had slowed each other down with their late battle , and Sam Fankhauser nearly caught both on the final lap, as he finished only a half car length behind Amans in third. James Vought had a strong run from the back of the pack for fourth with Chaplin earning his first top five finish.

Olson has won at the track this year in the Street Stocks but Saturday marked his first win of the year in the Super Stocks. He got to the front quickly and after a short battle with Scott Zitelman, moved into the lead. Shane Kisling and Aaron Wilson were chasing him, with Wilson moving to the high side and following a lap twelve yellow for a spin, taking over second. For a few laps Wilson seemed to be gaining on the leader, but then Olson settled down and picked up the pace and maintained his margin. Wilson couldn’t get any closer as Olson drove home with room to spare for the win. Kisling maintained third but two drivers who started deep in the field picked up the pace at the end and raced into fourth and fifth. Jeff Brauer found the high side and he worked all the way up fourth at the end with Bart Steffen following him and both were closing on the leaders but ran out of laps at the end.

In typical Darwin Brown fashion, the veteran driver waits until August to show up at the track and then wins right off the bat. It was his first night out Saturday, but he wasted no time in earning his first win of the year in the Pure Stocks. Mike Grover gave a good account of himself Saturday, taking the early lead and fighting off several challenges for the top spot. However, Brown moved up from the third row and using the higher side of the track, was able to edge past Grover and take over the top spot. Following a lap four yellow when point leader C.J. Wagner had a wheel sheared off in a collision, Brown continued to lead with John Erickson making a determined drive up to the front after starting ninth on the grid. He raced into second and got close to the leader but the smooth driving Brown, wheeling his trademark Ford Thunderbird, didn’t give Erickson any openings and drove home for the win. Nick Traynor had a solid run for third with Jay Folz and Bob Thompson completing the top five.

Next Saturday night is Hall of Fame night at the speedway with eight new members being inducted into the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame. Next Saturday’s show is one of only two point nights left at the track, with some very close point battles going on. On Thursday, August 15th, The USMTS Modifieds make an appearance with their national driving stars taking on the local competitors in a $3,000 to win event. Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks will also race. The bikes races, rained out last Saturday, will be a part of the program on August 24th, which is also Championship night at the speedway before the season closes out with racing over the Labor Day weekend, with a doubleheader scheduled to wrap up the short 2013 season.

USMTS Hunt Comes to Rice Lake Speedway

August 4th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – The United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) is coming to the Rice Lake Speedway on Thursday, August 15th. As a part of their year end series, The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup event will pay $3,000 to the winner of the main event.

The Casey’s Cup is the twenty race, wrap up series for the USMTS season in which drivers have worked all year to qualify for the Cup. The Cup encompasses races at tracks in eight states throughout the month of August and into September with the Cup champion being crowned at Minnesota’s Deer Creek Speedway in September. While a select group of drivers have qualified for the Cup, which provides a separate point fund at the conclusion of the series, many other drivers will be on hand simply racing for the $3,000 top prize offered that night.

At press time, the twin brother combination of Johnny and Stormy Scott, from New Mexico are running first and second in the Cup point standings. Some of the other nationally known Modified drivers currently in competitive positions in the Cup points include Jason Hughes from Oklahoma, Kelly Shryock and Zack VanderBeek from Iowa, Rodney Sanders from Texas, Jeremy Payne and rookie standout Trevor Hunt from Missouri along with Ryan Gustin from Iowa and Missouri veteran Terry Phillips.

Some of the regional stars expected to be on hand to challenge these drivers include Lucas Schott, Joey Jensen, Ron Jones, Jason Krohn, Dave Cain, Kelly Estey, Craig Thatcher and Eric Pember.

Some of the top local drivers are also expected to give it a shot on that night including Kevin Adams, Mike Anderson, Matt Leer and Tim McMann. All told, forty or more Modified drivers will likely be on hand that night.

Along with the USMTS stars, two local divisions will be in action. The WISSOTA sanctioned Midwest Modifieds will be running along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. This is a change in the schedule that should be noted as Midwest Modifieds have replaced the Super Stocks that were originally slated to appear that night.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15th with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Draw cut off for the drivers will be at 6:30 p.m. with racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake between state highway 48 and Barron County highway SS. The track phone number on race day is 715-236-2002 and for more information, either log on to the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or call co-owner Dave Adams at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

August 3rd, 2013

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway will induct eight more people in the Speedway Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 10th.

The new inductees in the drivers category are Axel Dahlberg, Phil Prusak, Dick Briesemeister and Jerry Amundson. The inductees in the friends of the speedway category include Bud Ellis, Doug Zimmer, Dr. R.A. Doctor and Mary Lawrence.

The Rice Lake Speedway will hold a reception for the new members as well as the other members already a part of the hall at 5 p.m. in the speedway restaurant. The formal induction ceremony will take place at intermission during the racing program that night at the track.

Included with the induction ceremony is a regular night of racing in all five classes that race at the track on a weekly basis.

Anyone desiring more information on the speedway Hall of Fame should contact Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net to see a complete list of the Hall of Fame members.

Fankhauser Tops Little Dream Race; Record Payoff Set

August 1st, 2013

Rice Lake WI- Despite early evening rains that threatened to cancel the show and fog later in the evening that eventually ended the race prematurely, the Rice Lake Speedway prevailed and completed the 2013 version of the WISSOTA Street Stock Little Dream race and local driver Sam Fankhauser was the one most pleased by this. He led every lap of the Street Stock feature race and thanks to generous contributions by fans and area businesses alike, a new record first place payoff was set for the event and Sam went home with $8,020 for his efforts. In other racing action, Talon Laabs won the Pure Stock feature while the Modified feature fell victim to the fog.

After overnight rains Monday into Tuesday morning deposited three quarters of an inch of rain on the track, the track prep crew was put into crisis mode to get the track whipped into shape for the night’s activities. They managed to do so and everything seemed on schedule until about 6:30 p.m., when despite forecasts to the contrary, it started to lightly rain again. The rain continued for quite some time and very nearly caused the event to be postponed, but eventually it would stop and once again the track prep crew was put to the test to try and reclaim the racing surface once again. They would come through again, however the program was now nearly two hours behind schedule.

After all the preliminary events were completed, twenty six of the fifty three Street Stocks entered in the program took starter Troy Holder’s green flag to start the thirty lap main event. Fankhauser , who had redrawn the pole position, jumped into the early lead with heavy pressure from Danny Hanson. Ron Hanestad, Mike Jans and Jordan Tollakson were right behind them and battling hard for position. Jans appeared the fastest of them at that point as he drove into third and started to close on the leaders.

A stalled car slowed the action with nine laps complete and Fankhauser continued to lead on the green, but Hanson was all over him trying to get by for the lead. Jans fell back on the restart with Tollakson then moving into the third spot while Danny Richards also began to close on the leaders. Two more minor yellows near the mid point of the event kept the field bunched as Fankhauser continued to show the way.

Sam was still the leader but at the halfway point Tollakson took advantage of a restart to take over the second spot and close within a couple car lengths of the lead. Meanwhile, farther back in the pack defending champion Jimmy Randall was on the move after starting eleventh on the grid. He moved to the high side of the track and started picking off the front runners as he closed in on the leaders. By this time, another issue came into play as the fog, which had been getting heavier and heavier, now made it increasingly tough to see the back straightaway and the drivers were also starting to have visibility problems too. A lap twenty one spin by Dave Read bunched the field again and as Fankhauser jumped back into the lead on the green, Randall drove past Tollakson to take second and the battle was on. As the laps ran down, Randall pulled right up behind Fankhauser and tested him, trying several moves to get past. As the white flag waved, Randall went for broke. He drove very hard into turn three and tried to get under Fankhauser but in his efforts to do so, he made contact with the leader and sent him spinning into the infield. Instead of the checkered flag waving, a yellow instead was required. Fankhauser was restored to the top spot and Randall called it a night, but as the race was being reorganized, the fog got extremely heavy, to the point that visibility was impossible and the safety limit was reached. The yellow and checkered were waved simultaneously and the race was called complete with twenty nine laps scored. Fankhauser happily went to a soggy victory lane to collect his rewards while the rest of the top five at the finish were Tollakson, Hanson, Chris Peterson and Richards. The second five at the finish consisted of Adam Soltis, Tim Johnson, Allen Gessell Jr, Christina Wollak and Cody Kummer.

Laabs, last year’s Rookie of the Year in the Pure Stock class, made his first appearance of the year a winning one as he collected his first ever feature win in a wild Pure Stock main event. C.J. Wagner took the early lead in the race with John Erickson moving up to pressure him for the lead spot. Jason Havel was also on the move after starting beside Erickson in the third row and following a couple of yellow flags, Havel was able to get beside Wagner and after a brief battle, take over the lead. Meanwhile, Laabs, who started seventh on the field, was also charging toward the front and he also got past Wagner to take over second. Havel had a few car lengths on the pack but Laabs cut into his lead and pulled in beside him. After a yellow for debris on the track, the leaders started racing side by side with Laabs on the inside and Havel high on the track. They battled hard for the top spot and as they raced into turn three , they touched slightly. Laabs took over the lead and Havel slid up the track and stalled. A yellow was required, Laabs was judged the new leader while Havel went to the tail of the pack. The last few laps saw Laabs pull away from Wagner and take the win. Behind them, Dan Hensel, in his first appearance of the year at the track too, came on for third ahead of Nick Traynor and George Richards who started sixteenth.

Following the Street Stock feature the fog continued to get worse and it was impossible to run the Modified main event. All drivers qualified for their main split equally the money between themselves.

The 2013 version of the Little Dream race saw a record fifty three drivers from five states and Canada enter the event.

Racing action continues this Saturday, August 3rd at 6:30 p.m. with all five classes in action. The next special event at the speedway is on Thursday, August 15th when the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) comes to the speedway for one of their Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Championship series races paying the Modified winner $3,000. The USMTS event in April at the track was rained out so this event is highly anticipated. Also racing that night will be the Pure Stocks and the Super Stocks.

Rice Lake Speedway Rained Out, Focus on Little Dream Race

July 30th, 2013

Rice Lake WI,- Drizzly wet weather and October like temperatures, along with a miserable wind chill factor for July that would not abate all conspired to cause the racing program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway to be cancelled. While the cancellation was the first for the track in over a month, it was the ninth race lost to the weather in 2013, nearing a dubious track record in that category. The bike races, scheduled for kids and adults alike during intermission, will be rescheduled and fans should check the speedway website and face book page to get the date for that event when it has been determined.

Racing action for all five divisions will continue next Saturday night, Aug. 3 with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow.

However, the next racing activity for the speedway will be this coming Tuesday, July 30th when the annual Little Dream race for WISSOTA Street Stocks will be held. The highest paying Street Stock race in WISSOTA and one of the highest in the entire Midwest will see the winner take home a big check at the end of the night. This unique race sees fan and local business people contribute to the final payoff for the winner, as well as for the other finishing positions along with a number of other colorful categories.

Last year’s winner, Jimmy Randall of Rice Lake, took home $6,108 for his victory in 2012 and track officials are shooting for the $10,000 mark for this year’s winner.

For the first time ever, along with the Street Stocks, the WISSOTA Modifieds will participate as a part of the program and they will be racing for at least $1,000 to win their main event with that purse subject to increase based on sponsors and other contributions. The Modifieds are expected to field a large group of cars for this special midweek show. Rounding out the night’s activities are the always entertaining Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

The draw cutoff will be 6:30 p.m. for the Tuesday night show with hot laps also at that time and racing to follow. Wednesday, July 31st has been reserved as the rain date with times the same.

For more information, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or call track co-owners Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122. The track number on race day is 715-236-2002.

Little Dream Race Comes to Rice Lake Speedway July 30th

July 24th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – When Eric Olson won the first Street Stock Little Dream race in 1995 at the Rice Lake Speedway, the top prize, enhanced by contributions from fans and businesses, saw him take home $780 for the win. Some sixteen years later, when Jimmy Randall won the Little Dream on July 31st, he went home with the unbelievable amount of $6,108 for winning the main event.

The concept of this event, first conceived by track officials back in 1995, was for the track to set a basic purse for the entry level WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks and then let the fans at the track and the businesses represented on race night to enhance the final purse. And the concept took off like wild fire. Each year the fans and local businesses have increased the purse even more and it has turned the night into just more than a race, but a happening. And the donors are very creative, with money contributed for everything from the first car to get a flat tire, to the last place finisher to the highest placing non Chevy and almost every other concept that can be imagined. Drivers wait anxiously for the final amounts to be announced and last year the fans blew the top off the place when it was announced that Randall won
over six thousand dollars for his efforts. This year the speedway has guaranteed $800 to win the race and $125 to start the main but it is certain that the final totals will be much higher than that. In fact, the speedway has announced that their goal, with the help of the spectators of course, is to make the top prize $10,000 or more in 2013.

Much of the credit for raising these large amounts of contributions should go to track announcers Scott Tiefs and Scott Erickson, who work the cooperative crowd who come prepared to contribute to the payoff.

Defending champion Randall is expected to be on hand to defend his title along with former Little Dream winners Olson, Scott Clark and Jay Kesan, The top Street Stocks from all over WISSOTA are expected to be on hand with fifty cars likely to try and qualify for the main event.

In a major program change for 2013, WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds will also be on the card along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. The Modifieds will be racing for at least $1,000 to win their main event with the final amount still depending on some potential sponsors plus fan contributions on race night for that class also. A big field of Modifieds is expected to be on hand along with the always exciting Pure Stocks.

The 2013 Little Dream, presented by Buzz Signs & Graphics will see the pit gates open at 4 p.m. on July 30th with the spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. The cut off for the drivers will be 6:30 p.m. with hot laps at that time also and race time will be at 7 p.m. A rain date of Wednesday, July 31st has been established with times the same.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron county highway SS. The track phone number for the third mile banked oval is 715-236-2002. For more information on any aspect of the race, call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

More information on the speedway is available at the speedway website which is www.ricelakespeedway.net

McMann and Karshbaum Record Milestone Rice Lake Speedway Wins

July 23rd, 2013

Rice Lake Wi- Tim McMann and Cory Karshbaum both has stories to tell after the racing action concluded Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Winners in the two open wheel divisions at the speedway, both recorded their first ever Rice Lake
wins in these open wheel classes. Adam Soltis took his first win of the year at Rice Lake also while other winners included Aaron Wilson and Jason Havel

The Modified main event saw Steve Hallquist jump into the early lead using the cushion to his advantage to race away from the field. The rest of the field was racing in tight action when, one lap into the race, one of the biggest crashes in recent years took place.

Battling for third, Buddy Mayala and Dave Baxter got together racing into turn one. They locked together and spun up the track, blocking most of the speedway as the balance of the field pounded into turn one. Before everyone could get slowed down, eleven cars stacked up in the corner with the damage varying from car to car. Three cars were eliminated with Jerry Weigel, Matt Leer and Mark Hessler all unable to continue. Many others sported sheet metal damage and a few made pit stops to make repairs.

When racing resumed, Hallquist again tore away from the field, opening up some distance over the pack. Meanwhile, McMann, Mark Hanson, Kevin Adams and Mayala had a great battle for second, with much three wide racing and jockeying of position.
McMann eventually took the second spot while the other three continued to battle.

A yellow flag on lap ten slowed the action and changed the complexion of the race. Adams rolled to a halt with a flat tire which dimed his hopes of victory while Hallquist lost his sizable lead at the same time.

On the green, McMann moved up to challenge Hallquist for the lead and they raced side by side for the top spot. McMann was making the inside line work and he edged past Hallquist to take over the lead. Meanwhile, Pat Hoffman, who had started
thirteenth, was on the move too, and he edged into the third spot and closed on Hallquist too.

A couple of late spins with two laps to go kept the pressure on, but McMann remained strong in his lane and he drove on for the win. Hoffman edged past Hallquist for second with Mayala claiming fourth and Adams tore back up through the field to complete the top five. For McMann, it was his first ever Modified win at Rice Lake and his first overall win at Rice Lake since a 1986 Late Model triumph.

Karshbaum didn’t have to wait nearly as long as McMann as the Chetek driver was making only his third start in a Midwest Modified this season after selling off all his Super Stock equipment and contemplating retirement. However, he got a great offer from Curt Myers that brought him back into the sport in an open wheel car for the first time, and after a couple of races to shake things down, he took advantage of a good starting position to bury the field Saturday.

After an opening lap spin, the race ran green to checkered and Karshbam quickly pulled away from Bryce Johnson to open up a margin on the field. Travis Anderson made a nice move to find second and he then tried to reel in Karshbaum. Tito and Ryan Viltz, along with Shane Halopka tried to make up ground after starting farther back in the field, but with the fast pace and no yellows to bunch the field, it was tough to make up ground.

Karshbaum continued to set a torrid pace and he actually started to put more distance on the field as the race progressed. At the finish line, he had a healthy margin over the field while Anderson settled for second over Tito and Ryan Viltz with Halopka following. Not only was it Karshbaum’s first win, he became the seventh different winner in the class in seven nights so far this year.

Soltis has had a bunch of top five finishes so far this year but until Saturday, had yet to crack victory lane. However, he changed that with a nonstop win which he led from start to finish. He inherited the lead when pole sitter Heidi Karshbaum dropped out on the parade lap, and he used the break to his advantage, quickly jumping into the lead and putting distance on the field. Chris Peterson and Sam Fankhauser were both on the move, having started in the third row but charging toward the front. Another moved was Doug Wojcik, who after starting ninth moved to the outside and started picking off cars on each lap.

However, with the race remaining under the green, it was tough catching the leader. However, Peterson started to make some progress late in the race and closed up as the white flag waved. In the final corner he got close enough to tap the leader, but that’s as close as anyone would come as Adam drove on for the win. Fankhauser settled for third ahead of Wojcik and Jay Kesan. Soltis became the sixth different winner in the class already this year.

Just as in the Modified feature, a yellow flag at midrace played a significant difference in the Super Stock feature. Shane Kisling had moved to the cushion immediately and after driving past Scott Zitelman and Jim Harris, had burst into the lead. He made the cushion work well as he pulled away from the field. Meanwhile, a great battle for second had broken out as Jason Forehand, from the third row and Wilson, from the fourth row, raced side by side for second. Lap after lap they battled side by side, but their race kept either from breaking lose and perhaps tracking down the leader while at the same time Eric Olson was trying hard to catch both of them.

Just as Wilson broke past Forehand, the yellow waved for a spin on lap twelve and cost Kisling his lead. On the restart, Wilson pulled up beside the leader and they raced side by side for the lead, Wilson on the low side and Kisling working the cushion. With less than five to go, Wilson edged ahead off turn four to take over the lead with Forehand then moving in to challenge too. Wilson continued his run and flashed under the checkered flag for his second victory of the year. Forehand finished second with a disappointed Kisling settling for third ahead of Olson and Zitelman.

After having seven different Pure Stock winners, Havel became the first repeat winner of the 2013 racing season. Havel got past early leader Hunter VanGilder and led the rest of the contest, a race that was slowed several times for minor spins. On each restart, Havel would put distance on VanGilder while a good battle raged for third with Rob Grabon and C.J. Wagner battling for position.

The last six laps ran nonstop and Havel once again pulled away to score a relatively easy win. Rookies VanGilder and Grabon finished second and third with Wagner and Jimmy Holden completing the top five.

Racing action continues Saturday, July 27th with another five division, point program scheduled to start with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, July 30th, the much anticipated Street Stock Little Dream race will take place with Modifieds and Pure Stocks also on the card. Race time that night will be 7 p.m.

Kisling, Hanestad Win Rice Lake Speedway Thrillers

July 16th, 2013

Rice Lake WI- Shane Kisling and Ron Hanestad won last lap feature race thrillers to highlight the racing program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Four of the five feature race winners were first time winners at the track in 2013 while in the companion IRA 410 Sprint Car feature, former Barron County resident Billy Balog dominated the feature event, winning his ninth feature win of the year within the organization and fifty fourth of his career.

Kisling and Eric Olson engaged in a thrilling Super Stock feature race that was so close that the drivers had to check with timing and scoring before determining which driver should enter victory lane. The nonstop main event saw Willie Johnsen Jr. give a good account of himself also, leading nearly the first half of the feature race after starting on the outside pole. Wheeling on the high side as he likes to do, Johnsen Jr avoided Scott Zitelman, the pole sitter who suffered suspension problems in the first corner and shot right up the track in front of the field but managed to avoid everyone and get to the infield as the race remained under the green. Johnsen then grabbed the lead with Kisling moving up from the second row to take second. Gradually Shane closed in on the leader and then caught him and they raced side by side for a couple of laps before Kisling was able to beat Johnsen Jr to turn three, slide up the track and then take over the lead.

Kisling then began to stretch his advantage to nearly the length of the straightaway before Olson suddenly picked up the pace and passed Johnsen Jr for second.

Eric then began to reel in Kisling at a very rapid pace and with a few laps left, caught the leader. Eric first tried high and then dove to the low side. Down the back chute they pulled even and as the white flag waved, Olson was the leader by inches. Side by side they raced down the back chute one last time and through turns three and four. Both were straining for speed as they came off the final corner but Kisling got a little better run off the top side and won by a fender at the line. Meanwhile, Johnsen Jr and Bart Steffen raced the last few laps side by side for third with Johnsen Jr holding on for that spot while Aaron Wilson completed the top five. Kisling became the first repeat winner in the division, with six winners now in seven nights of racing.

The Street Stock feature was no less exciting with four cars bunched together as they raced toward the checkered flag. Rookie driver Cooper Berlin got the jump on Ashley Husby to take the early lead with Adam Soltis moving into second. Berlin led the first few laps before Soltis was able to get inside him and take over the lead racing down the back chute. Hanestad then moved into second and started out after the leader, who had opened up some distance over the field.

Gradually Hanestad began to reel in the leader while at the same time Sam Fankhauser and Cody Kummer were also chasing down the leaders. Hanestad caught Soltis with five laps to go and looked for a way by. Ron dove to the low side and just edged past Soltis when the yellow waved for a two car incident in turn four, the first yellow of the event. Soltis was restored to the lead in the single file restart.

The three lap sprint to the finish saw Hanestad jump to the outside on the green and pull up beside Soltis. Meanwhile, Fankhauser tucked in behind Soltis with Kummer nosing ion behind Hanestad. They raced in this two wide, two deep formation to the finish. Coming off the final corner, Hanestad found traction as Soltis slid just slightly and that was enough for Ron to gain the small edge he needed to cross the line by less than a car length for the win. Fankhauser edged Kummer for third with Mitch Kesan completing the top five. For Hanestad, it was his first win of the year at the track and he became the fifth different winner in the division so far this year.

After a first lap spin by polesiter Cody Cimfl, the Midwest Modified feature race ran nonstop and it was another action packed event. Rookie Mike Schnider inherited the lead as he fought off Bryce Johnson for the top spot. Ryan Viltz was on the move quickly, working from the third row toward the front. Viltz was using the higher side of the track and finding great traction in the corners as he kept the power on and drove around cars on the high side. Viltz continued his strong run as he powered past Schnider to take over the lead, after which he began to pull away.

A great five car battle for second continued with much exchanging of position each lap. Travis Anderson made some great moves as he found a couple of openings on the low side and with a bold move in turn one, shot up into the second spot. Shane Halopka was bottled up in traffic for many laps but finally broke free and moved to the high side. He raced into third and began to track down Anderson.

Viltz continued unchecked as he drove on for his first win of the year and became the fifth different winner in six nights of racing. Halopka continued his charge but came up a car length short as Anderson hung on for second with Joe Chaplin Jr and Tito Viltz completing the top five.

Matt Leer ended a period of frustration with his first Modified feature win of the year Saturday. He started on the outside of the front row, built up a big lead in the nonstop main event and then withstood a late challenge by Mike Anderson for the win. As Leer pulled away in front, Steve Hallquist was running a strong second with Scott Miller settling into third. Anderson and Kevin Adams were battling their way toward the front after starting farther back in the field. They both eventually caught Hallquist and a great battle for second took place with Hallquist hanging tough for several laps before Anderson finally got under him and Adams slid past him too. Anderson set off after Leer while Adams soon dropped out suddenly, giving third back to Hallquist.

Anderson was able to close some on Leer, but with no yellow to aid his efforts, Leer continued on to win the race. Mark Hessler came from mid pack to finish fourth ahead of Miller.

Jay Folz willingly accepted a break when leader Jason Havel had mechanical problems that saw him spin while in the lead and Folz then held off two strong challenges to take his first win of the year in the Pure Stock finale. Pole sitter Hunter VanGilder had trouble on the opening lap, slowing and drawing a yellow flag. On the second try, Folz found and opening between Nick Traynor and Jimmy Holden and shot into the lead. Once in front, Folz led for a couple laps but was soon challenged by Havel, who was flying up from the third row. Havel got to inside of Folz and made the pass to take over the lead.

Once in front, Havel put distance on the field as Traynor and a charging John Erickson closed on Folz.

Suddenly, without warning, Havel had problems in turn one and spun, triggering the yellow flag and ending his night. Folz inherited the lead for the three lap sprint to the finish with Erickson and Traynor giving him a strong challenge. Both Traynor and Erickson pushed hard on the final lap, but neither could get Folz out of the groove as Jay drove on for the win, making it seven different winners in seven nights of Pure Stock racing. Traynor edges Erickson for second while C.J. Wagner and Jarod Amundson drove from mid pack to complete the top five.

Race fans are reminded about the recent schedule change for the speedway. A proposed Tuesday night, July 16th race has been cancelled and instead replaced by a race added on Saturday night, July 20th. All five classes will be racing on July 20th which will be followed by another Saturday race on July 27th. The next big special on the race schedule is Tuesday, July 30th with the annual Street Stock Little Dream race slated. Also racing with the Streets on July 30th will be the WISSOTA Modifieds and the Pure Stocks.

Sprints To Rice Lake Speedway, Schedule Change Announced

July 7th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – Following a successful Firecracker special racing event on July 3rd, the next scheduled event at the Rice Lake Speedway will be on Saturday, July 13th when the winged, 410 cubic inch sprint cars of the Interstates Racing Association make their annual appearance at the track. For the past several years, the IRA Sprints have become a fan favorite at the track with large crowds coming to watch the winged cars fly around the third mile oval.

With a special connection to the local area, five time and defending IRA point champion Billy Balog is expected to lead a field of around two dozen of the winged Sprints to the track on July 13th. Balog, whose family is from the Barron County area and resided in the area before moving to the Milwaukee area, started the season on the slow side, but has been on a tear lately and has regained the point lead in the IRA. Going for his sixth consecutive title, Balog will return to a track that has treated him very well and in fact, Balog is the defending winner of this event in 2012.

Also expected to be on hand is rookie sensation Jeremy Schultz who currently rides second in series points and is locked in a rookie battle with Lance Fassbender. Also currently in the top five in points is a former winner at Rice Lake in Scotty Neitzel along with Tommy Sexton and Russell Borland.

Along with the Sprints, a full program in the five other classes that race at Rice Lake, including the WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks will be in action.

The pits will open at 4 p.m. with the spectator gates being opened at 5 p.m. Sprint Car qualifying is slated for 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. More information is available on the speedway website and face book at www.ricelakespeedway.net

The speedway also announced this week that the Tuesday night, July 16th Barron County Fair race special has been changed to Saturday night, July 20th. There will be no racing on July 16th now with a full, five class program instead scheduled for Saturday the 20th.

Halopka Brothers Sizzle in Rice Lake Speedway Firecracker

July 7th, 2013

Rice Lake WI,- In front of the largest crowd of the season and with the biggest car count of the year in the pits, the Firecracker special Wednesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway was a huge success for the track. But even more successful were the racing Halopka brothers as with stirring drives through the pack, Kerry and Shane finished first and second in the Midwest Modified feature event to highlight the holiday program. Making it even more special for them was that both drove around defending national champion Cory Crapser to make their successful moves.

Other winners during the holiday race night were Jared Amundson, Eric Olson, Scott Lawrence and Kevin Adams.

Twenty cars took the green flag for the Midwest Modified main event and it was Crapser, sitting on the pole, that took the early lead. He was challenged in the early going by Joe Chaplin Jr and Travis Anderson while the Halopka brothers, who started in rows three and four were also moving into a challenging position.

Two yellow flags for minor spins in the first four laps kept the field bunched, but each time Crapser would again pull into the lead. The majority of the field was running the low side of the track but when Kerry and Shane moved to the second groove they immediately found success. Driving past Travis Anderson, they moved into second and third and continued to close on Crapser. Kerry was very strong racing into the corners and on lap eight in drove deep into the turn and edged past Crapser into the lead. One lap later a two car tangle would trigger a final yellow flag.

On the restart, Kerry Halopka continued to hold the lead with Shane now pulling up beside Crapser in a battle for second. They raced side by side with Shane also using the second groove to move past Crapser. Kerry continued his strong pace and raced under the line for the win with Shane a strong second. On the final lap Ryan Viltz also had success on the high side as he edged past Crapser to take the final trophy spot while Anderson completed the top five. It was Kerry Halopka’s first win at the track in 2013 as there have been no repeat winners in the division so far this year.

Amundson won a yellow flag plagued Pure Stock feature after starting on the pole position. He was scored the leader of every lap but it was far from easy as he was challenged all the way, mainly by a strong running John Erickson. Jay Folz and Hunter VanGilder were also early contenders with Jimmy Holden and C.J. Wagner racing in the lead pack. Several yellows for one car spins slowed the pace including one that saw contender Dustin Doughty turned around.

Through it all, Amundson continued to lead with Erickson becoming his primary challenger. Several times John stuck a nose under Jared but was not able to complete the pass. With the time limit for the race up, a late yellow set up a two lap sprint to the finish. Amundson took off with Erickson in close pursuit but fittingly, a tangle among the leaders saw Folz forced into the wall and the race finished under the yellow with the finish determined from the white flag lap. Folz was restored to third behind challenger Erickson with Wagner and Doughty completing the top five.

For Amundson, it was his first win at the track since the 2007 racing season which was the last year that Jared raced on a regular basis.

It was a wild Street Stock feature that saw the winner at one point late in the race turned around as a furious battle took place for the top spot. Cody Kummer was the early leader with James Vought, Olson and Sam Fankhauser challenging him for the point. This race also had more than its share of yellow flags and spins and stalled cars slowed the action several times.

Kummer received his hardest challenge from Olson and near the midpoint of the race, Eric was able to drive under Cody and take over the top spot. Fankhauser moved into second with Doug Wojcik racing into third. Fankhauser looked low while Wojcik tried to move up the track and both continued to closely follow the leader.

With only three laps to go, Fankhauser tried to get under Olson off turn two but it didn’t work and contact saw Olson spin wildly up the track. Fankhauser damaged his own car in the incident and was done for the event with Simon Wahlstrom and Vought also being collected. It became a three lap sprint to the finish and while Wojcik tried everything he could, Olson would not falter as he held on for the win. Kummer settled for third, Jimmy Randall came from the back of the pack for fourth and Chris Peterson, in his first night out, completed the top five. Olson becomes the first repeat winner in the Street Stock class this year.

After a first lap yellow for a spin, the Super Stock feature went nonstop with Jason Forehand taking the early lead, only to be quickly passed by Lawrence for the lead. Lawrence built up a few car lengths advantage as Shane Kisling attempted to work into a challenging position also. Near the midpoint of the race, Forehand started to pick up the pace again and closed down the lead Lawrence held as Jason moved up the track and found it to work. He closed to near the rear bumper of the leader, but as the laps ran down, Lawrence refused to buckle under the pressure and maintained his line to take the win by a car length over Forehand. Bart Steffen made a nice advance as he moved up from the fourth row with steady driving and late in the race moved into third. Olson came from the back of the pack after a heat race wreck to finish fourth ahead of Aaron Wilson.

The only feature event of the night to go clean from start to finish was the Modified main. Adams started on the pole and after a brief challenge from Ashley Anderson in the first couple of laps, Adams gradually pulled away from the field for a relatively easy win. Anderson maintained second all the way while Mark Hessler started and finished in the third spot. Mike Anderson gained a few spots after starting in the third row and came home fourth while Ross Prochnow fought off brother Brent to finish in the top five.

There will be no racing Saturday night, July 6th at the speedway. The next racing action at the track will be on Saturday, July 13th with the appearance of the IRA Sprint Car series in town as the 410 winged Sprint Cars make the only appearance at the track in 2013. Former local resident Billy Balog is expected to lead a group of about two dozen of the Sprints to the track in a program that has always been entertaining. The other classes that race at the track will also compete in a full, point program as well.

The speedway announced an important schedule change in July as well. Having originally planned not to race on July 20th during the Barron County Fair and instead hold a Tuesday night program on July 16th, track owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen have decided to race on Saturday, July 20th and scrub the Tuesday night show. Both competitors and fans had come to the owners, stating that it was much easier for them to get to the track on Saturday, rather than on a non holiday Tuesday night. Also announced Wednesday was that for the remainder of the racing season, the draw for competitors will now be extended to 6:30 p.m on race nights. Hot laps will still be scheduled for 6:30 with racing to follow but the draw window will remain open for an extra half hour to allow the large number of out of town drivers ample time to get to the track and still register to race.

Four New Winners at Rice Lake Speedway

July 2nd, 2013

Rice Lake WI,- Racing action returned Saturday night to the Rice Lake Speedway after an eighteen day break due to the weather and four drivers found victory lane for the first time in 2013 with one driver winning his second straight main event at the track. Aaron Wilson, Tito Viltz, Doug Wojcik and Dustin Doughty all visited victory lane for the initial time this year while Kevin Adams was the repeat winner. The drivers picked a good night to top their divisions as it was Tim Parsons Memorial Trophy Tour night and Steve Parsons was in victory lane to present each winner with a beautiful trophy for their accomplishments.

Adams started eighth in what turned out to be a nonstop Modified main event. While Scott Miller got the jump on Mark Hanson and led the opening laps, Tim McMann quickly moved into the second spot and put the heat on Miller. Adams quickly moved up from the fourth row, finding a couple of holes to drive forward quickly in the field where he then began to challenge the leaders. With both Miller and McMann running the low line, Adams jumped up to the second groove and drove up beside McMann. Easing his way past his Father-In-Law, he then moved in on Miller. Scott was running a strong race and it took Adams a couple of laps until he drove past on the high side into the lead. Once in front he eased away from the pack, building a comfortable lead as the race remained under the green. Miller continued his best run of the year as he fought off all challenges from McMann to finish second while Mike Anderson raced past Paul Brust into fourth and that’s where they remained the rest of the event. Wilson was another driver who used the high groove to his advantage on the black, slick race track presented to the drivers Saturday. Steve Tesch started the feature as the leader, taking the top spot from Scott Zitelman and holding the position for several laps. Wilson quickly moved to the top side from the third row and quickly moved in to challenge Tesch as Eric Olson, Shane Kisling and Jason Forehand all moved toward the front.
Wilson swept past Tesch to take over the lead and then began to put distance on the field. Olson worked into second and set after the leader but Wilson had opened up the better part of a straightaway over the field. All that went away with eleven laps complete when debris on the track triggered the yellow flag.

On the restart, Olson was all over Wilson as he challenged for the lead. However, Wilson fought off Eric’s pressure and then gradually began to pull away again. Tesch found himself in a battle with Forehand for third while Bart Steffen and Zitelman battled for position. Wilson continued on as he drove away for the win with Olson, Forehand, Tesch and Steffen completing the top five. Tito Viltz pulled away from Mike Schnider at the start of the Midwest Modified feature to take a lead which he would hold for the entire event. In the early going it was easy for him as he put distance on the field. A great five car battle for second saw Schnider fighting with Grant Southworth, Kerry and Shane Halopka and Ryan Viltz for position. They did much jockeying for position before Viltz found an opening on the inside and shot into second. He then tried to track down his brother who had built up a comfortable margin. Southworth moved into third while the Halopka
brothers continued to argue for a spot. Southworth suddenly slowed coming off turn two and gave up the third spot for the infield. Tito’s big lead dissolved when, with only two laps to go, a spin slowed the field, followed by another spin on an attempted restart. The third try was the charm and while Ryan tried his best, little brother Tito was the fastest in the family on this night as he drove on for the win. Ryan, Shane and Kerry Halopka and Schnider completed the top five.

Rookie Street Stock drivers Troy Chaplin and Bob Wahlstrom battled on the opening lap of the main event with Wahlstrom taking the lead position. Keith Tourville started in the second row and moved in to challenge Wahlstrom as a wild scramble was going on in the first five rows of cars. Tourville found and opening on the low side and drove into the lead. Cody Kummer moved into the second spot until Doug Wojcik drove past him to take the runner up slot. Wojcik moved to the second lane on the track and with a power move, swept past Tourville to take over the lead. After that, Doug began to extend his advantage slowly but surely. Tourville continued to run second but there was plenty of pressure being applied as Jay Kesan gradually worked his way into contention. Sam Fankhauser, who started ninth, was also slowly driving to the front. The race remained under the green and Wojcik was cruising up front, safely ahead of the pack. Kesan continued his charge as he began to close on Tourville while Fankhauser moved past Kummer and continued to advance. However, the laps ran out and the leaders finished in that running order. Doughty started on the front row of the Pure Stock feature but his win was not an easy one by any means. While he was scored the leader of every lap, he had constant pressure on him for most of the event and several yellow flags to manage. Jared Amundson eventually found his way into the second spot and was glued to the rear bumper of Doughty. Jason Havel started eighth and charged his way up to third where he pressured both Amundson and Doughty for position. Two yellow flags in the last four laps set up intense restarts with Amundson all over Doughty and Havel looking both high and low for an opening. However, Dustin continued to hold his line and didn’t give Jared and opportunity as they crossed the finish line nose to tail, first through third. Nick Traynor came all the way from twelfth to finish fourth, right ahead of C.J. Wagner. For Doughty, it was only his second ever feature win at Rice Lake.

The speedway has some interesting upcoming events. This coming Wednesday, July 3rd, is the always wildly popular Firecracker Special, featuring one of the finest fireworks displays in the area along with a full racing program in all five divisions. Fans are advised to arrive early and choose their favorite seats in the grandstand for this event. The rain date for this event is Saturday, July 6th. However, if the program is completed as scheduled on July 3rd, the speedway will take Saturday night off and there will be no racing that night.

On Saturday, July 13th, the speedway will again come alive, this time to the sounds of unlimited Sprint Cars as the Interstates Racing Association (IRA) will be on hand with their winged cars for a complete show as well as racing in the other five classes. Billy Balog, a former Barron County resident, is seeking his sixth straight IRA point title and is expected to headline the show.

Then, a new event will take place as for the first time, the speedway will host a special Tuesday night racing program on July 16th. This Tuesday night race will again feature the five regular classes that race at the speedway and the Barron County Fair special will then allow everyone to enjoy the Fair as the track will take Saturday, July 20th off.

For more information on the speedway, check the speedway website and face book page at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Rice Lake Speedway Prepares For Firecracker Special

June 29th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – The biggest spectator event of the year at the Rice Lake Speedway is rapidly approaching. On Wednesday, July 3rd the speedway will celebrate the holiday with the annual Firecracker race.

This traditional race dates back to the 1960′s when the Indianhead Stock Car Racing Association, a non profit club that owned that track at that time, first proposed the idea of having fireworks at the track to celebrate the holiday. At that time, the fireworks were purchased by the track with members of the association handling the entire process of setting up the fireworks and shooting them off. From the beginning, both aerial and ground displays have been a part of the show and that tradition remains today.

The fireworks show was done for many years on the 3rd and then at some point was changed to the closest Saturday to the fourth. When Adams-Hansen purchased the track three years ago, one of the things that they did was to restore the tradition of having the fireworks show on July 3rd.

Along with the fireworks, a full program of racing will be held in the five classes that regularly race at the Rice Lake Speedway including WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. This race will be a full show for both track and national points and of note to the racers, this show will use the draw/redraw format for qualifying.

Huge crowds have been the norm for this event so spectators are advised to arrive at the track early to secure the best parking and seating locations. The pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with spectator gates to open at 5 p.m. Race time is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks will be shot off as soon as it is dark so that the little ones won’t miss the show.

The rain date for the Firecracker special is Saturday, July 6th. However, if the event comes off as planned on the 3rd, there will be no racing on July 6th as the speedway will take that Saturday off.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron County highway SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and fans can get more information on this event and the entire speedway schedule at their website or on facebook at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Rice Lake Speedway Wet; Schedule Changes Announced

June 24th, 2013

Rice Lake WI- An inch and a half of rain overnight Friday added to an already saturated racing surface proved far too much for the Rice Lake Speedway to take. When track prep crews found the surface too wet to even get their equipment on the race track Saturday morning, a quick decision was made and the show was canceled before Noon on Saturday. So far this 2013 racing season the Rice Lake Speedway has lost eight shows to go along with only four races completed by mid June, a less than dubious record that is being shared with many race tracks across the Midwest.

Because Saturday’s program was to have featured the Race of Champions qualifying events for the WISSOTA 100 and by rule of WISSOTA can not be rescheduled, the track point champions at the end of the year in all four of the WISSOTA sanctioned divisions will be the automatic qualifiers for the Rice Lake Speedway to that event.

Schedule changes and announcements for the upcoming weeks were also made by the speedway Saturday. Next Saturday, June 29th, will be the rescheduled Kid’s Night and among the prizes given out to the kids, over forty bicycles have already been lined up. If an individual or race team would like to give away a bike, please contact Main Street Repair in Cameron as soon as possible. Also, the June 29th race will be known as the Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy night as a part of the Kim Parsons tour. Feature winners will receive some fantastic trophies from Steve Parsons in memory of his daughter and to bring forward the issue of tissue donor awareness.

It is only about a week and a half until one of the biggest races of the year at the speedway, the annual Firecracker special. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd and along with a full program in all five classes that race at the speedway, one of the finest fireworks displays around will be shot off at the track. This display has become a tradition at the track since the 1960′s and both aerial and ground displays will be a part of the show. The rain date for this show is Saturday, July 6th. If however, the show goes off as scheduled on July 3rd, there will be no racing at the track on July 6th. It was also announced that while the race will be for both track and national points, the draw/redraw format for qualifying will be used on that night.

For more information, visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Rice Lake Speedway ROC Races Scheduled for June 22

June 18th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – Following the very successful George Rhoe Classic on June 11th, and having taken ten days off for the Rice Lake Auqafest, the Rice Lake Speedway returns to action on June 22nd with an important race.

Scheduled on June 22nd are the AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifiers with the feature winners in the four WISSOTA sanctioned classes automatically qualified for the AMSOIL Race of Champions event to be contested during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron South Dakota in September.

Last year, two of the four drivers that qualified through the Rice Lake Speedway qualifiers ended up winning their respective main events in Huron with both Jimmy Randall and Kevin Adams bringing back home titles to Wisconsin.

Each track sanctioned by WISSOTA holds a qualifying event during the season and then all the qualified drivers in each class battle in out in South Dakota for determine the overall champion.

A full racing program will be contested in all four sanctioned classes including the Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds. The Rice Lake Pure Stocks will also compete in a full program.

Race time is 6:30 p.m. on June 22nd and regular admission prices will be in effect for this event. For the racers, the draw/redraw format will be in effect for all five divisions. For more information, check out the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Sabraski Dominates George Rhoe Classic

June 14th, 2013

Rice Lake WI, – Shane Sabraski’s dominance of the second annual George Rhoe Classic for WISSOTA Super Stocks at the Rice Lake Speedway was complete. Not only did he win the first heat race, he redrew the front row for the main event and then led all forty four laps of the main event to take home over $2,000 back to Rice Minnesota. But although he did lead all the way, his route to victory was not an easy one as he had Curt Myers stalking him for the entire distance of the main event while Sabraski fought some overheating issues of his own.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks and Pure Stocks also participated in the race program with Sam Fankhauser and Jason Havel coming home the winners in those events.

Twenty five Super Stocks took starter Troy Holder’s green flag for the forty four lap grind with Sabraski using the high side to take the initial lead from Myers. Dan Gullikson and Ben Hillman fought for the third spot, a race that would take a number of laps before Hillman would finally secure the spot. Scott Lawrence would slide into the fifth position but was challenged by Joe Oliver, Willie Johnsen and Eric Olson.

Sabraski would continue to hold the lead with Myers riding very close behind and occasionally looking to the low side in an attempt to slide under the leader. Hillman and Gullikson continued to battle with Lawrence holding off a swarm of cars behind him.

The first yellow flew for a spin with ten laps complete. Sabraski fought off Myers’ attempt to get past him on the green and the running order up front continued to be the same. Hillman was finally able to slip past Gullikson for third while the battle for fifth continued.

Back in the pack, two drivers were making a concerted charge to the front after starting deep in the field. Shane Kisling from the tenth row and Jason Forehand from the eleventh row were both marching toward the front of the field, as they gained position after position while using the whole race track.

Lap eighteen saw Seith Kramer roll to a halt, slowing the action once again. The double file restart saw Sabraski again get away into the lead while Myers fought off Hillman for third. Lawrence was briefly able to get past Gullikson for fourth but Dan eventually would retake the spot.

Cory Tammen was on the move until it appeared he broke a suspension part and he started fighting to control the car in the corners. His problems resulted in a spin on lap twenty nine, which slowed the action and saw Tammen retire from the event.

Once again, Sabraski fought off Myers’ challenges as Curt tried to drive deep into corner three on a couple of occasions but each time Sabraski held his line and fought off Myers. Gullikson was able to power past Hillman and take the second spot while Kisling continued his march as he took fifth from Lawrence.

Debris stopped the action and set up an eight lap dash to the checkered flag. Myers continued his assault, driving deep into the corners and trying to sneak under Sabraski, but Shane was smooth and solid and he held his line and wasn’t spooked by Myers attempts. Curt gave it one last shot on the final corner but Sabraski had his line and drove home to the win by two car lengths as he earned one of the biggest paydays that the Super Stocks will have available all year.

Myers finished a solid second with Gullikson edging out Hillman for third and Kisling finished fifth. The second five saw Forehand earn the Hard Charger award as he finished sixth ahead of Lawrence, Dexton Koch, Olson and Jesse Redetzke.

In victory lane, Sabraski noted that the yellow flags played into his favor during the race. “Every time my engine temperature would get to 240 degrees, it seemed the yellow flag would come out. I’d idle around the track in first gear and cool the engine to 190, and then we’d go racing again,” Shane stated. The yellow flags, distributed as they were about every ten laps during the main also allowed Sabraski to avoid lapped traffic, one of the things that could have messed with his momentum.

Fankhauser continued his strong runs of late as he won his third Street Stock feature in the last five days. Fankhauser started on the outside pole, powered past Eric Olson on the start and led all twenty laps of the main. Although Fankhauser wasn’t able to drive away from the strong field, he was able to maintain an almost constant and consistent three car length lead until the very end of the race. Cody Kummer moved into second and chased Fankhauser most of the race with Olson, Adams Soltis and Doug Wojcik chasing.

Wojcik made the hardest charge of the event as he worked his way up from a seventh starting spot. He made a number of passes and eventually worked his way into third.

The lone yellow of the event waved with eleven laps complete when Jimmy Randall rolled to a halt. Fankhauser again pulled away but the battle was for second with Wojcik trying to work under Kummer. Doug was eventually able to ease past Cody and take over the runner up slot. He then pushed hard trying to catch Fankhauser in the closing laps and on the last corner drew close to Sam’s rear bumper but Fankhauser was in control as he raced under the checkered flag for the win. Kummer settled for third ahead of Olson and Soltis.

Havel won his first Pure Stock feature of the year at Rice Lake in a nonstop main event that saw only one car not make the distance. C.J. Wagner was the early leader of the race as he fought off Jimmy Holden to take the early lead. Holden stayed close behind until Havel picked up the pace and raced into second. Havel closed on the rear bumper of Wagner and with a strong outside move in turn two, drove past the former leader and powered to the front.

Once in front, and with the yellow not being a factor, Havel opened up a slight lead over the field, one which he maintained the entire distance.

Late in the race, Holden picked up the pace and on the final lap he was able to edge past Wagner to take the second spot, the best finish ever for Holden in his short one year plus racing career. Rookie Hunter VanGilder had another solid run with a fourth place finish ahead of John Erickson.

The Rice Lake Speedway will take this coming Saturday, June 15th off in deference to the city wide Auqafest celebration going on this weekend. Racing will continue on Saturday June 22nd. All five classes will be in racing action and the WISSOTA classes will be battling for the Race of Champions qualifier with the winners locked into the Race of Champions event during the WISSOTA 100 at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron S.D. in September. All racing will be under the draw/redraw format on that night.

But before that event, on Thursday June 20th the Monster Truck Throwdown will be happening at the Rice Lake Speedway. A free pit party for all paid admissions will start at 5:30 p.m. and the Throwdown starts at 7 p.m. Come early and meet the drivers and see the trucks up close.

More information is available on the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Thompson Back in Rice Lake Speedway Winners Circle

June 11th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – Bob Thompson, who waited a very long time to get to victory lane before finally winning a main event last year, didn’t have to wait nearly as long for the second victory to occur. Thompson, who raced in various classes for the
last thirty years before finally winning a feature race last year, was one of five new winners in the 2013 racing season Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other winners on Saturday included Sam Fankhauser, Nick Koehler, Jason Forehand and Kevin Adams.

On a night when rain was predicted to fall, it instead turned out to be a very nice night for racing and a good sized crowd and nice turnout of racers was on hand as the speedway completed its third night of racing during the 2013 season.
Thompson started on the outside pole in a field of twenty Pure Stocks to take Troy Holder’s green flag and Bob immediately started battling with Jimmy Holden for the lead. Thompson was able to grab the front spot but still faced heavy pressure from Mike Chaplin and John Erickson. The yellow flag flew frequently in the early going, with three stoppages after one lap was scored complete. The most significant yellow was for opening night winner Hunter VanGilder who lost a wheel in turn three after moving into a challenging position. Thompson continued to hold the top spot as Erickson was all over his back bumper. Jason Havel, who started seventh on the grid, proceeded to the front also and he
began to challenge Erickson for second while C. J. Wagner, the last winner at the track in the Pure Stocks, also came to the front. Once again the yellow flew with seven laps complete for a spin which again bunched the field. Thompson set the pace on the restart but Havel moved to the outside in the double file restart and tried to get past the leader while Erickson continued to work the low side. Havel nearly pulled off the pass but slid high, and he dropped back and set up for one last shot as the white flag waved. Again Jason tried the high side but he slid out in turn two again and Thompson continued to hold him off while Erickson rode his rear bumper. Erickson was waiting for a mistake to occur but Thompson maintained his line and drove home for the win by a car length. Havel tried once again to get by on the high side but he slid out and Wagner took the third spot from him at the line with Holden completing the top five.

A yellow flag slowed Pure Stock feature was offset by a Midwest Modified main even that went nonstop from green to checkered with Koehler taking the win. Nick, who won his first feature ever at Rice Lake last year, continued his strong performance in the early season by holding off Shane Halopka for the win. Koehler pulled out to a nice sized early lead, fighting off the challenges of Tito Viltz and Kerry Halopka but his main challenger ended up being Shane Halopka. Shane started on the outside of row three, but using the high side of the track, he was able to drive past his brother and Viltz to take over second. He then began to gradually close in on Koehler. Continuing to use the higher line, he pulled up
beside Koehler and very nearly got past him for the lead, but Nick was able to successfully fight him off. Halopka continued to press him and tried the high side again. He appeared ready to set up Koehler as the white flag flew, but a lapped car on the high side forced Halopka to pull back in line. So he tried a low side dive on the final corner but Koehler had the line covered and drove home for a one car length win. Viltz finished third while Josh Smith made a late drive to take fourth from Kerry Halopka. Fankhauser won an action packed Street Stock main that saw him facing the wrong way in front of the field at one time but he recovered from that to take the victory.

Bob Wahlstrom and Andy Cimfl shared the front row and they along with Heidi Karshbaum and Ashley Wahlstrom battled in the early going. Ashley found an opening and moved into the lead with Adam Soltis tearing up from the third row to challenge
quickly. Soltis tried to move into the lead in turn four but got run up the track and Fankhauser, who has started one row further back, used the opportunity to drive into second. When Wahlstrom slid up the track in turn one, Sam dived to the low side and took over the lead. Then things got interesting as Fankhauser and Wahlstrom got together in turn three with Sam being turned around in front of the entire field. The “big one” was avoided though, and Fankhauser was restored to the top spot for the restart.

Sam then pulled away from the field as Soltis tried to track him down. Cody Kummer and Ron Hanestad has a good battle for third as they swapped the position back and forth before Kummer settled down with it. Fankhauser was just too strong for the field Saturday, and despite the best efforts of Soltis, he was not able to cut into the advantage and had to settle for second. Cooper Berlin, in only his second time behind the wheel of a Street Stock, was able to record a solid top five finish.

With only one yellow flag to slow the action in the Super Stock feature, Forehand was able to take an early lead and build on it and then at the end fight off a late race challenge from Shane Kisling and Dan Gullikson for the win. Forehand started on the top side of row one and pulled to the early lead as Bart Steffen and Aaron Wilson battled for second. Kisling soon joined in to challenge with Gullikson gradually working his way up after starting in row four.
Forehand had nearly a straightway lead on the field when Kisling broke free into second and Shane then set to run down Forehand. Gullikson broke free next and he also set off after the leader. Gullikson moved to the inside of Kisling and then battled for second while both closed on the leader. As the laps ran down, the battling duo closed to within a couple of car lengths but Forehand refused to make a mistake as he maintained his line and held on for the win, despite the fact that Kisling closed to his rear bumper on the final corner. Gullikson made a last ditch attempt to get past Kisling but settled for third with Wilson and Eric Olson completing the top five.

Mark Hanson and Paul Brust battled for the early lead in the Modified main event. Adams started in row two and he was able to slide between those two cars as the field raced into turn three and he beat Hanson out of the corner to take the lead. Adams then opened up a slight advantage as the battle for second now raged. Cory Mahder, after starting sixth was on the move and he was able to get past Hanson and then Mark Hessler to take over second and he then set off after Adams. Meanwhile, Dave Cain was also working his way into contention after starting in the fourth row.

Mahder cut into Adams lead, being especially efficient in turn three where he was able to drive deep into the corner and cut the distance between the leaders. As Cain moved into third, Mahder took a couple shots diving inside Adams, but Kevin was able to beat him out of the corner and hold on. Two late yellow flags gave both Mahder and Cain shots at the leader but each time Adams was up to the challenge as he held them off. Near the end, Cain tried hard to get under Mahder for second and this actually gave Adams an advantage to pull away by a couple of car lengths. The top three finished in that order with Hessler recording another solid finish in fourth while Hanson took his first top five of the year, holding off Brust.

Earlier in the evening, the awards for the best appearing car in each class were awarded based on voting on opening night. The winners were Pat Hoffman(Modified), Andy Grymala(Super Stock), Heidi Karshbaum and Sam Fankhauser(Street Stock tie), Joe Chaplin Jr(Midwest Modified) and Hunter VanGilder(Pure Stock).

On Tuesday, June 11th, the speedway will hold its first midweek event of the 2013 racing season. The second annual George Rhoe Classic will feature WISSOTA Super Stock as the premier class, with forty or more cars expected to be on hand chasing a $2,000 check for the winner. Drivers from several states are expected to be on hand for this race which takes the green flag at 7 p.m. WISSOTA Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be featured.

This will be the only racing action of the week at the speedway as the track will remain dark on Saturday night due to the Aquafest celebration which will be in full swing.

For more information, check the speedway website and facebook at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Rhoe Classic Super Stock race Slated for Rice Lake Speedway

June 5th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – The George Rhoe Classic for WISSOTA Super Stocks, one of the highest paying Super Stock races of the entire year for WISSOTA Super Stock drivers, will be held Tuesday night, June 11th at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Last year the George Rhoe Memorial race, to honor the memory of one of the speedway’s and areas most loyal and supportive fans of all time, drew a fantastic field of fifty nine of the best Super Stocks from a three state area plus Canada for a memorable race that saw Brainerd Minnesota’s Tim Johnson fight off all challenges from Shane Sabraski, who would go on to become the 2012 WISSOTA national Super Stock champion.

The Rhoe family has allowed the Rice Lake Speedway to continue to use the Rhoe name and this year’s race, the second annual Rhoe Classic, will again feature a great purse for the Super Stocks. The forty four lap main event will pay the winner $2,000 plus all starters in the main event will be guaranteed at least $200. Intercomp Scales will also provide contingency prizes for the drivers plus $5,000 in contingencies from the Contingency Connection will also be awarded to drivers during the evening.

Along with the Super Stocks, a complete race program will also be held for the WISSOTA Street Stocks and the Rice Lake Pure Stocks with all racing to use the draw/redraw format.

Last year’s race saw twenty five of the fifty entries make the main event and race the first thirty two laps of the feature without a yellow flag. The top three finishers in Johnson, Sabraski from Rice Minnesota and Dan Gullikson from Stacy Minnesota were battling right down to the checkered flag and the Minnesota sweep serves as a challenge to the top Badger state drivers such as Tommy Richards, Shane Kisling, Ben Hillman, Aaron Wilson, Jason Forehand and many others to return the hardware to Wisconsin.

The pit gate will open at 4 p.m. on June 11th with the drivers cutoff at 6:30 p.m and racing scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a third mile banked clay track located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron County highway SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and for information during the week, call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861. Also check the speedway website and facebook for late news at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Rice Lake Speedway Too Wet Again

June 4th, 2013

Rice Lake WI,- Speedway officials held out as long as they could Saturday, but when the light, persistent rains refused to abate, the track eventually got too wet and they were forced to call the racing program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. The cancelation marked the seventh race lost already during the 2013 racing season and with only two races completed, the speedway batting average is even worse than the collective batting average of the Milwaukee Brewers!

A five class program featuring the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks is slated for Saturday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. The best appearing car awards in each class, judged earlier this season, will be handed out before the races begin on Saturday.

Then, on Tuesday, June 11th, the next special event of the racing season will take place. The second annual George Rhoe Classic for WISSOTA Super Stocks will be run. This race is one of the biggest paying Super Stock races in all of WISSOTA with $2,000 earmarked for the winner of the forty four lap main event. Last year, the biggest one night car count for a WISSOTA Super Stock event in all of WISSOTA was on hand to battle it out with Tim Johnson from Brainerd MN taking the big money. WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks as well as the Pure Stocks will also be racing.

With no racing on Saturday, June 15th due to the Rice Lake Aquafest taking place, a big crowd is expected to be on hand to see drivers from three states and Canada race. That race will take the green flag at 7 p.m.

Then, on June 20th, the monster trucks take over the Rice Lake Speedway. With some of the biggest names in the monster truck world to be on hand, this will be another night where the stands are expected to be packed.

More information on all these events can be found at the speedway website, www.ricelakespeedway.net

Tatnell In Photo Finish Over Hahn At Rice Lake

May 29th, 2013

Rice Lake, WI–Sometimes in certain sports it becomes a game of inches. Such was the case on Saturday night May 25 at the Rice Lake Speedway during the Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS) winged sprint car feature race. It became a race of inches in the closest finish in UMSS history. Brooke Tatnell of Forest Lake, Minnesota narrowly edged past 2010 UMSS Champion Cody Hahn in a photo finish at the line. With the official finish in doubt immediately after the checkers flew, UMSS series officials had to check the video replay. Mark Meeks of Meeks Video, the official videographer of the UMSS was on hand, and his replay became the center of attention in order to determine the winning car at the finish line which was the flagstand.

It was an incredible feature race, especially over the last half of the race. The best field of UMSS sprints ever assembled at the Rice Lake Speedway saw a strong contingent of 22 cars sign in, and all of them were able to start the feature. At the end, a smiling Brooke Tatnell stated, “At the flagstand I had Cody by about a half a wheel; three feet up the track he had me by a half a wheel.” Tatnell, who had led the entire distance from his outside front row starting spot, was under serious pressure from both Scotty Thiel and Hahn in the closing laps. Earlier in the day on his Facebook page, Tatnell indicated he was heading to Rice Lake with his “Tat’s Chariot #25″ sprint car after Knoxville Raceway rained out. He was hoping for improved luck, as both his wife Amy and his young daughter Emma were after him to change his recent misfortune and win a race. Daughter Emma’s reason was rather important, as she wanted a new Barbie Doll. Mission accomplished by the smallest of margins!

With a large holiday weekend crowd on hand and the pits filled with race cars, the UMSS was poised to put on a show that many fans will not soon forget. The standard double round of qualifying races were run, as Tatnell, Thiel, and Lee Grosz topped the heats while Rick Kobs picked up his first sprint car win in Challenge Race #1 and Kurt Davis raced to the front in Challenge Race #2. Thiel, who was looking for another weekend sweep of UMSS races like he accomplished last August, was the high point driver after the two rounds. Thiel drew the number four pill for the feature race invert. This put Jennifer Eriksen and Tatnell on the front row. Amazingly Eriksen was able to race after a hard crash the night before at St. Croix Valley Raceway, and she did very well to put herself in position to earn a great starting spot.

Tatnell blasted into the early lead, as Thiel quickly moved to second. The first caution blinked on with seven laps scored after contact between Jerry Richert Jr. and Eriksen results in a flat tire on her car. Eriksen dropped out of the race. Three laps later at the halfway mark the final caution flew when Kevin Nickel and rookie Gunner Cummings tangled on the back stretch. Nickel retired from the race with a flat tire while Cummings restarted at the tail. The race had been somewhat interesting up to this point, but it was about to get real interesting over the course of the final 10 laps.
A few laps after the restart, Thiel began pressuring Tatnell. Suddenly Hahn was flying on the bottom of the track and reeling in the leaders. Soon it was a three car battle. As the three leaders began to work lapped traffic in the late stages of the race, it quickly became apparent that any one of them could emerge victorious. Several times Hahn pulled even with Tatnell while Thiel poked his nose into the mix. With a couple laps remaining, it looked like Hahn was going to race to the lead but Sye Anderson slowed and worked his way to the bottom of the track in order to head to the infield. This caused both Hahn and Thiel to alter their lines just a bit. Hahn was right back at Tatnell coming to the white flag. The race off of turn four on the final lap saw Hahn take the lead in the bottom lane, but the momentum Tatnell gained off the high side was just enough to propel him to a slim victory. For Tatnell, it was his 19th career UMSS feature win and no doubt one of the closest of his storied racing career.

Rounding out the top five finishers in the feature was Hahn, Thiel, Grosz and 10th starter Chris Graf. Davis, Richert, Kobs, 2009 UMSS Champion Leigh Thomas, and Jason Tostenson completed the top ten. Nineteen cars finished the race with the top five cars separated by no more than a half of a straightaway at the finish. Race fans who were on hand at the Rice Lake Speedway certainly witnessed an outstanding UMSS feature race during the sixth appearance at the track since the series was founded in 2009. More great action is in store for the UMSS winged sprints, and fans can follow the 2013 season on our website at www.umsprints.com or become a friend of the UMSS on Facebook.

After a weekend off, the UMSS is back in action on June 7 at the Princeton Speedway for the 12th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial paying $1,200 to win followed the next night by their only 2013 appearance at the Ogilvie Raceway for the “Big O Showdown” event with $1,000 to win thanks to some sponsorship both nights from GRP Motorsports. As evidenced by two great opening weekend shows, be sure and catch the thrills and excitement of UMSS winged sprint car racing at a track in your area.

Anderson Repeats In Rice Lake Speedway Holiday Event

May 28th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – Mike Anderson made a late race pass in the Modified feature event, preventing Curt Myers from scoring double evening victories and at the same time becoming the first repeat winner of the 2013 racing season at the Rice Lake
Speedway. Besides Anderson and Myer, other winners on the second night of the 2013 season included Josh Smith, Jimmy Randall and C.J. Wagner.

The Sprint Cars of the UMSS were also on hand and their winners included Brooke Tatnell in the winged Sprints and Rob Caho Jr. who won the traditional non winged main event.

With the biggest car count for a regular season event in over a year on hand, four heats whittled down the field for the Modified feature race with Pat Hoffman on the pole position. However, outside front row starter Mark Hessler took the early lead with Hoffman and Anderson chasing him. Myers quickly moved in to challenge and the battle for second was a good one while Hessler maintained a slight edge.

Anderson drove into second and began to pressure Hessler for the lead, with Myers also closing in. The yellow flag flew when Jeff Spacek, in the top five and on the move toward the front, rolled to a halt with liquid trailing from the rear of the car.

On the restart, Myers picked up the pace and he slid past Anderson for second and then dived under Hessler to take away the lead. However, Hessler and Anderson refused to go away and the top three engaged in a good battle for the top spot,
going three wide in turn four at one point.

Two more quick consecutive yellows slowed the action and set up a seven lap sprint to the finish. Myers held the lead but Anderson moved to the low groove and pulled in to challenge. Anderson pulled beside Myers and driving through turn four, slid past and took over the top spot. In the last couple of laps he extended his lead and drove on for the win. Myers finished a solid second and near the end Kevin Adams moved past Hessler for third with Ashley Anderson completing the top five.

Nick Oreskovich took the early lead in the Super Stock feature with Eric Olson and Myers, who quickly moved up from the third row, applying pressure. After an early yellow flag, Olson got a quick jump on a restart and dove under Oreskovich to take over the lead with Myers challenging him for the top spot.

Myers began to apply heavy pressure on Olson as he looked to the outside of him. Just as Myers pulled up beside Olson, Eric slowed with a flat left rear tire and he rolled to the infield as Myers took over the lead.

Curt then started to build up a good sized lead while Ben Hillman and Dave Flynn were both on the move toward the front. Hillman was working the higher side of the track and was able to drive past Oreskovich and take over second.

With twelve laps complete, a yellow was triggered by a spin and the field bunched. Hillman made a strong move on the green, and pulled up beside Myers, going for the lead. However, Myers was up to the challenge and fought Hillman off. Suddenly, Flynn was the driver on the move and he closed on Hillman for second. Using the low side, he drove under Ben with a few laps left to take over second, but by this time Myers had again opened up a few car lengths on the field and drove on for the win. Oreskovich finished in the fourth spot with Jason Forehand completing the top five.

Smith was very strong in winning his first Midwest Modified main of the year. Joe Chaplin Jr led the early laps of the main with Smith, Ryan Viltz and Shane Halopka battling him for the lead. Chaplin was racing well, and while the other cars behind were close, they could not make a passing move.

Smith moved up the track, got a good run on Chaplin and blew past him coming off a corner to take over the lead. Smith pulled a few car lengths on the field as the battle now shifted to second where Viltz was challenging Chaplin for the spot with Halopka right in the mix also. Viltz was finally able to race past Chaplin into second and he set off after Smith. However, Josh had built up a considerable lead and he was maintaining and actually building on it as the laps ran down. Smith remained fully in control and he raced to the checkered with Viltz, Chaplin Jr, Halopka and Grant Southworth chasing.

Randall used his patented outside moves to dominate the Street Stock feature event. An all female front row saw Ashley Wahlstrom out speed Heidi Karshbaum at the start and take the early lead. Randall started in the third row but using the second lane, swept past Adam Soltis and then Wahlstrom to take over the lead. Once in front, he started to put distance on the field as Soltis fought hard to try and stay with him. With the race remaining under the green, Randall continued to edge away as Sam Fankhauser moved in to challenge Soltis for second. Sam was able to drive to the outside of Soltis where they raced side by side for several laps, battling for the position. Eventually Fankhauser was able to edge into the spot but by then Randall had a comfortable lead which he maintained to the finish. Soltis held on for third with Olson and Cody Kummer engaging in a fender banging duel for fourth that Olson eventually won.

Jared Amundson was the early leader in the Pure Stock feature but he received heavy pressure right from the start with John Erickson, Jay Folz, Wagner and Jason Havel all battling with him for the lead. There was much scrambling going on and Wagner was able to find an opening and shoot into the lead. Havel eventually worked his way into second and set off after the leader.

However, Wagner was running strong and in the last five laps after the final yellow, Havel pushed hard but had to settle for second as Wagner raced on for the win. Erickson ran a strong third with Hunter Van Guider charging up from the fifth row to finish fourth ahead of Nick Traynor.

Regular racing action continues next Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. with the first midweek special of the season slated for June 11th when the George Rhoe Classic for Super Stocks will be held.

Anderson Brothers Shine In Rice Lake Speedway Opener

May 20th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – It took seven attempts, but finally on Saturday, May 18th the Rice Lake Speedway was able to get their 2013 season opening event in the books. Fittingly, after six postponements due to extreme weather conditions, the speedway had to ride out a day long rain before the precipitation stopped at mid afternoon, the skies began to brighten and the temperatures soared.

Taking advantage of the chance to finally get a race completed, Mike and Travis Anderson, racing brothers from Colfax, each won open wheel Modified events to top the racing action. Mike won the Modified feature while Travis won the Midwest
Modified go while other feature winners on opening night included Shane Kisling, Eric Olson and rookie Hunter VanGilder.

Mike Anderson started on the pole of the Modified finale and was never seriously
challenged throughout the twenty lap event. As Anderson opened up a lead over Kurt Myers, Kevin Adams slipped past Mark Hessler to take over the third spot. Adams gradually caught up to Myers and the battle for second was on while Hessler remained close. Adams put several challenges on for second but Myers continued to hold the spot.

The first yellow occurred with twelve laps complete as Wayne Poteet spun in turn four and Hessler banged off him as the yellow flew. Despite some major body damage, Hessler was able to continue on in the event.

Anderson continued to hold the lead on the green but Adams dove to the bottom lane and slipped past Myers to take second. He then closed on Anderson in the first challenge Mike had seen during the race. However, as Adams pushed his car to the maximum, He got crossed up in turn one and spun, triggering the yellow again and
ending his chance to challenge for the win.

Anderson pulled away on the green from Myers while the drivers on the move in the late going were Tim McMann and Matt Leer. McMann used the low line and was able to drive up to third at the end while Leer slipped under Kevin Eder on the final corner to take fourth as Anderson drove on for the win.

Travis Anderson’s route to victory was not near as easy. Cody Carlson and Kevin Marlett exchanged the lead in the early going of the Midwest Modified main as the big, twenty five car field had a tough time making green flag laps with four yellow flags in the first three laps for various spins. Finally, the field settled down enough to get some racing in, with Marlett continuing to hold the lead with Anderson working into second ahead of Kent Baxter.

Coming off turn four, Anderson was able to get under Marlett and take over the top spot with Baxter moving in behind him to challenge in second. From back in the pack, Ryan Viltz and Shane Halopka were gradually working their way forward after starting in the sixth row, and both started to contend when the racing smoothed out.

Viltz worked his way into second but then Halopka stormed past him to take the runner up slot and took off after Anderson. However, the laps ran out and Travis drove home for the win. Baxter hung on for fourth spot at the finish with Josh Smith completing the top five.

Defending track point champion Kisling started out the season with a bang as he fought off a challenge from Ben Hillman to take his first feature win of the year. Kisling started on the outside pole and pulled away from Bart Steffen to take the early lead. Jason Forehand took the second spot early, with Hillman chasing him while back in the pack, Curt Myers was on the move.

As Kisling rolled up front, Forehand suddenly slowed with a major mechanical problem and Hillman drove past him into second. Ben then put the hammer down, and began to close the gap on Kisling as he pulled to Shane’s rear bumper. Myers was now up to third and edging in on the leader also.

Hillman took several shots at Kisling, but Shane continued to hold him off as the race reached its midpoint, when the yellow flew for Eric Olson, who spun to avoid another car.

Kisling took off on the restart, but Myers dove hard to the low side and moved up beside Hillman for second. Curt edged ahead for the position as the battle waged on. While Kisling began to get away, the race for second continued. Hillman battled back and they raced side by side for the spot. Finally, on the white flag lap, Hillman was able to drive under Myers and take over second but Kisling was safely in front as he drove on for the win. A last corner pass saw Olson edge past Joe Oliver for fourth at the line.

Olson’s luck was a little better in the Street Stocks, where he drove to a start to finish, non stop win. He started on the outside pole, got the early jump on Keith Tourville and then began to pull away from the field. However, while Olson seemed in control at the point, a great battle developed for second as Cody Kummer drove past Tourville and was then followed up Sam Fankhauser. Sammy then closed on Kummer and they had a great battle for second, that saw them race for much of the event, side by side. Neither would give an inch as they tore around the third mile oval, and they jockeyed back and forth for the spot.

While they were racing hard, Adams Soltis and Jimmy Randall were also arguing for the next spot. With just a couple of laps left, Fankhauser was finally able to edge past Kummer on the low side and take the spot but Olson had a comfortable lead as the defending point champion opened the season on a strong note. Soltis held off Randall in a battle for fourth.

Hunter Van Gilder, in only his second time behind the wheel of a stock car, pleased and thrilled the big crowd as he held off all challenges by Jason Havel to take the Pure Stock feature. Van Gilder started on the outside pole and took the early lead, as two yellows slowed the early going. When racing settled down, Havel drove to the second spot and was all over Van Gilder, rapping on his rear bumper in an effort to get by. However, Van Gilder was smooth and steady and gave Havel no openings as the race moved on.

Lap after lap, Havel would challenge but Van Gilder would fight him off. On the final tour, Havel would try to dive under Van Gilder in the last corner, but Van Gilder powered off the corner and held on by a car length, waving his arm out the window in excitement as he crossed the line for the win. Newcomer Mike Chaplin drove a strong race to take third as he fought off C. J. Wagner and Jay Folz for the spot.

Racing action will continue next Saturday night with a 6:30 p.m. start time. The first special event of the season is scheduled next week with the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) due to arrive. Along with the 360 winged Sprint Cars, for the first time ever the UMSS will also showcase their traditional Sprints, which are nonwinged Sprints so two distinct and different groups of Sprints will be in action. And in a change from the original schedule, all other divisions will be in action also. Originally the Super Stocks and Streets were slated to have the week off, but with so many shows already lost to the weather, it was decided by the track owners to run all classes next Saturday.

Rice Lake Speedway Races Stopped Once Again

May 15th, 2013

Rice Lake WI, – Once again, the weather failed to allow the Rice Lake Speedway to open their 2013 racing season on Saturday. This time the culprit was cold temperatures and steady, extremely high winds that produced occasional snow showers and brutal wind chill factors. Saturday’s cancellation marked the sixth straight race lost to the weather as the track, scheduled to open on April 13th, has yet to see any racing activity in 2013.

Another attempt will be made to start the season next Saturday, May 18th with the first green flag scheduled to wave at 6:30 p.m. Fans and competitors should check the speedway website and facebook for updated information throughout the week. The track website is : www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Record Snowfall Shuts Down Rice Lake Speedway Racers

May 5th, 2013

Rice Lake WI, – A freak May storm dumped a record total of 17 inches of snow on the Rice Lake area starting Wednesday night into Thursday, closing area schools and creating travel problems. One of the casualties of the storm was the season opening event slated for Saturday night, May 4th at the Rice Lake Speedway.

In this most challenging of Springs, it marked the fifth consecutive race lost to the weather already this year including the United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) event originally slated for Thursday night.

Speedway officials, led by track co-owner Mitch Hansen, had the track ready for racing action this week until the weather shut them down, will try again next week.

The schedule now shows practice nights slated for the track on Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th , both at 6 p.m. and the season opener is now slated for Saturday, May 11th with the first green flag scheduled to be dropped at 6:30 p.m.

Topping the racing bill on Saturday will be the WISSOTA sanctioned modified with sanctioned Midwest modifieds, super stocks and street stocks joining in along with the highly competitive Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

Race fans and participants should monitor the speedway website and facebook next week for updates. The website is www.ricelakespeedway.net. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and Dave Adams can be reached during the week at 715-205-2861.

USMTS show cancelled; Rice Lake Still Hopes to Open Saturday

May 3rd, 2013

Rice Lake WI – The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event scheduled for the Rice Lake Speedway on Thursday, May 2nd has been cancelled. Due to track conditions at some of the tracks involved in the weekend swing and a questionable weather forecast, the entire three day swing through Wisconsin and Minnesota has been cancelled. There is a possibility that a makeup date for the Rice Lake event may be scheduled, so fans should monitor the Rice Lake Speedway website as well as the USMTS website for possible developments.

In terms of the season opener, now scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, things are not a whole lot clearer on that event at this point either. A scheduled practice session slated for Wednesday, May 1st has been put on hold for the time being due to a wet forecast for that day.

“This is not an ideal situation,” according to track co-owner Dave Adams. “But with the weather forecast, we are just going to have to play it by ear the rest of the week to see if we can sneak in a practice and the opener Saturday. The track can’t take a whole lot more moisture so what happens in the coming few days will determine whether or not we can race on Saturday.”

Race fans should monitor the speedway website and other media sources in the coming days for late updates on whether a practice session can be slated and whether the opener is still on as scheduled for May 4th.

The speedway website is www.ricelakespeedway.net and Dave Adams can be reached during the week at 715-205-2861. The track phone number on race day is 715-236-2002.

Rice Lake Speedway Race Opener and Schedule Update

April 25th, 2013

Rice Lake WI- Following an eight inch overnight snowfall in the Barron County area, for the third time this Spring season the Rice Lake Speedway has been forced to make adjustments in their race schedule regarding practice and opening night along with the first upcoming special event.

Two practice nights slated for this week along with the opening race of the season, scheduled for Saturday night, April 27th have been cancelled. The opening night of the regular season, the sixty first for the speedway, is now slated for Saturday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. featuring WISSOTA sanctioned street stocks, super stocks, Midwest modifieds and modifieds along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

There is also important news regarding the first special event of the 2013 race season. The highly anticipated visit by the USMTS(United States Modified Touring Series) to the Rice Lake Speedway on Thursday, May 2nd, is still uncertain at this point. Drying conditions in the upcoming days leading up to the race will likely determine its fate.

The Rice Lake race is part of a three day swing by the USMTS the week of May 2nd through the 4th, and the three promoters involved in this swing, Bob Timm of Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Nate Fischer of Ogilvie Raceway and Dave Adams of the Rice Lake Speedway will be in communication with each other early next week to determine the status of that three day series. The USMTS is fully aware and supportive of the situation with their hope being that all three events can be held.

Race fans are encouraged to pay frequent visits to the Rice Lake Speedway website for updates, and as soon as a final determination about next Thursday’s race is made, the website will be updated. There is also the possibility that a last minute practice session may be conducted at some point next week also, so drivers should be aware of that and be checking the website for that information also.

The speedway website is www.ricelakespeedway.net and Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Rice Lake Speedway Postpones Opener Once Again

April 18th, 2013

Rice Lake WI, – For the second consecutive week, the Rice Lake Speedway has been forced to postpone the 2013 season opener. Continued bouts of snow and cold temperatures have left the speedway still extremely wet and with cooler than normal temperatures and more precipitation forecast for this week, there is no way the track will be in shape for racing this weekend.

Hoping the third time will be the charm, practice sessions are now slated for the track for Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th with the sixty first annual opener for the speedway slated for a 6:30 p.m. green flag on Saturday, April 27th .

The Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy Tour night, slated for April 20th, has now been moved to June 29th. On opening night, the best appearing car in each of the five divisions that race at the speedway on a regular basis will be judged, with the winners to be announced the following week.

The adjusted race schedule now only provides one Saturday night show before the first big, special event of the 2013 racing season. On Thursday, May 2nd, the USMTS(United States Modified Touring Series) stars will be in town to compete in a Casey’s Cup qualifier event that will pit some of the best modified drivers from throughout the country competing against the best of the local and regional drivers. Last year, Chris Brown from Texas won the spring race at Rice Lake and drivers such as Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown Iowa, Rodney Sanders of Happy Texas, Terry Phillips of Springfield Missouri and about forty other traveling stars will take on the area’s best. Also on the card that night will be the Midwest Modifieds and the Pure Stocks.

To monitor news about the race opener, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861. The track phone number is 715-236-2002.

Rice Lake Speedway Opener Postponed

April 5th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – Dave Adams, co owner of the Rice Lake Speedway, announced on Wednesday , April 3rd , that the season opener for the Rice Lake Speedway, scheduled for April 13th, has been postponed.

“Due to the late Spring and poor drying conditions, there is no way the track will be ready to be raced on by next week,” stated Adams.

The revised schedule for the speedway shows practice sessions slated for Wednesday, April 17th and Thursday, April 18th before the sixty first opening night for the venerable speedway on Saturday, April 20th with the first green flag slated to be waved at 6:30 p.m.

Featured again this year on the weekly program will be WISSOTA sanctioned Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. Special events dot the racing calendar for the 2013 season with the first special slated for Thursday, May 2nd when the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) brings their traveling stars racing for the Casey’s Cup to town to take on the best of the local and area open wheel drivers with Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks as the support divisions.

To keep up to date on the happenings at the Rice Lake Speedway, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Celebrate

March 13th, 2013

Rice Lake WI, – Around two hundred and fifty people gathered Saturday night at the Elks Club in Rice Lake as the 2012 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway wrapped up with the awards banquet hosted by track owners Dave Adams and Mitch
Hansen.

The top ten drivers in track points in each of the five divisions that race at the speedway were honored along with the rookies of the year in each class as well as some other special presentations that were made.

Track co-owner Dave Adams started off the evening by giving his annual “State of the Track” address in which he covered the highlights of the 2012 season and also gave a preview of what the track schedule will look like for 2013 as well as some of the improvement projects on tap for the track.

Track announcer Scott Erickson then took the stage to introduce the top ten in each division and interview some of the drivers as far as their racing plans for the upcoming season.

Topping the Modified point standings for an incredible fifth consecutive year was Kevin Adams from Cameron. Second in the standings was his father-in-law, Tim McMann from Duluth Mn. They were followed by Matt Leer from Bruce, Paul Brust from Rice Lake, Pat Hoffman from Rice Lake, Scott Miller from Rice Lake, Aric Lindberg from Dallas, Mike Anderson from Colfax, Jerry Weigel from Jim Falls and Buddy Mayala from Barron.

The Super Stock point champion was Shane Kisling from Sarona. He was trailed by Aaron Wilson from Eau Claire, Eric Olson from Ladysmith, Kirk Bogdanovic from Phillips, Jason Forehand from Eau Claire, Ben Hillman from Menomonie, Wayne Harris
from Bloomer, Bart Steffen from Eau Claire, Cory Karshbaum from Chetek and Andy Grymala from Superior.

The brothers Viltz topped the field in the Midwest Modified division. Ryan, from Chetek, edged his brother Tyler(Tito) from Rice Lake by a scant seven points for the honors. They were followed by Shane Halopka from Greenwood, Travis Anderson from Colfax, Joe Chaplin Jr. from Cameron, Terry Sirek from Rice Lake, Kerry Halopka from Wheeler, Grant Southworth and Nick Koehler, both from Bloomer and Cody Cimfl from Mikana.

The Street Stock division had the closest finish of any with only a single point to the good allowing Eric Olson from Ladysmith to edge out Cody Kummer from Medford for the track honors. Finishing a close third was Adam Soltis from Ladysmith with the rest of the top ten consisting of Jimmy Randall from Rice Lake, Jay Kesan from Weyerhaeuser, Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake, Jamey Fisher from Rice Lake, Heidi Karshbaum from Chetek, Doug Wojcik from Ladysmith and Josh Amans from Rice Lake.

The Pure Stock point champion was Joel Hinrichs from Chetek. He was chased by Chad Eastman from Rice Lake, Bob Thompson from Cameron, Jay Folz from Rice Lake, Kolby Kiehl from Cameron, Mike Schnider from Rice Lake, John Erickson from Cameron, Jason Havel from Rice Lake, Talon Laabs from Stetsonville and Randy Graham from Trego.

Named as the rookies of the year for 2012 were Laabs-Pure Stock, Fisher-Street Stock, Cimfl-Midwest Modified, Bogdanovic-Super Stock and Leer-Modified.

The prestigious “Thanks a Lot” award went to Kathy and Gary Rowe who have helped the speedway out in a myriad of ways over the years and have donated many hours of their time volunteering and assisting the track owners as needed.

Megan Adams, who heads up the Kid’s Club, also thanked all the volunteers who helped her out with that organization.

Retiring track photographer Doug Zimmer continued his yearly practice of handing out copies of some of his favorite photos to those pictured.

The top ten in points in each division that were on hand were eligible for a cash drawing and the winners were: Eastman-Pure Stocks; Soltis-Street Stocks; R. Viltz-Midwest Modifieds; Olson-Super Stocks and Leer-Modifieds.

With the completion of the 2012 season, all thoughts now focus on the upcoming racing season which is just a few short weeks away. The season will start off with the annual car show to be held again at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall. The dates will be April 4-7. Practice sessions are slated for April 10th and 11th and the 2013 season opener, the sixty first consecutive in track history, will be on Saturday, April 13th .

Among the highlights of the season are two appearances by the United States Modified Touring Series, the Street Stock Little Dream race, a Super Stock special , the fireworks on the 3rd of July, appearances by both winged and non winged sprint cars, a WISSOTA Modified special, and a two day wrap up program that will also highlight a Pure Stock invitational. Non racing action at the track will include a bull riding event and a monster truck show. A complete press release on the official schedule is expected to be released within a week.

For the latest information on the speedway, log on to the track website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Rice Lake Speedway Racers Celebrate

February 20th, 2013

Rice Lake WI – Adams-Hansen Inc., the owners of the Rice Lake Speedway, have announced the date for the annual track banquet. The celebration, which will honor the top drivers from the 2012 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway, will be held on Saturday, March 9th at the Elks Club in Rice Lake.

The Elks Club is located just off North Main St. in Rice Lake at 36 East Eau Claire St. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The meal, served family style, will consist of ham, scalloped potatoes, meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, a tossed salad, vegetable, roll and beverage. Free beer and pop will also be served all evening.

Set to be honored will be the point champions in all five divisions that race regularly at the speedway. This will include Kevin Adams from Cameron, Shane Kisling from Sarona, Ryan Viltz from Chetek, Eric Olson from Ladysmith and Joel Hinrichs from Chetek. The rest of the top ten in points in each class will also be honored along with the top rookie in each division. The top ten will be eligible for cash prizes during the evening. There will be live music after the ceremony and door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Anyone who would wish to attend the banquet and has not yet returned their request should contact Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122.

The speedway has also announced that the pre season car show will be held at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall from April 4 through April 7 and the first race of the 2013 racing season is scheduled for Saturday night, April 13th.

Randall Repeats At Rice Lake Speedway

September 5th, 2012

Rice Lake WI- The second half of the Labor Day holiday doubleheader was completed Sunday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and the only repeat winner of the weekend was Jimmy Randall. For the second straight night Randall won a hard fought Street Stock battle while the other winners on Sunday included Mike Anderson, Aaron Wilson, Nick Koehler and Jay Folz.

Mike Knudtson and Ron Hanestad battled early in the Street Stock feature with Hanestad eventually claiming the top spot. Randall started fifth but quickly moved to the high side of the track and raced past Keith Tourville and Adam Soltis to move into third and then motored past Knudtson for second.

He closed on the leader and after a lap six yellow for a stalled car, Randall pulled up beside Hanestad and the two veterans battled it out. Side by side they raced for five laps with Hanestad low and Randall on the top side. Jimmy was able to keep his momentum up and slowly but gradually edged past Hanestad a few feet a lap. Finally, Randall cleared Hanestad to claim the top spot but Hanestad was not done as he stayed within a car length of Randall and continued to apply the pressure. Near the end of the race, Randall opted to drop to a lower groove and Hanestad was right on his bumper but Jimmy never faltered and he brought home the win with Hanestad nailed to his rear bumper. Knudtson put in a solid run to finish third with Eric Olson edging out Adam Soltis for fourth. Anderson killed the Modified field as he won by a straightaway over Kevin Adams in a nonstop twenty five lap finale. Matt Leer took the early lead with Anderson quickly moving in to challenge him. Anderson, who car has been terrific on slick race tracks, swept past Leer to take over the top spot and once in front, he began to extend his lead. Adams moved in next to battle Leer and they had an extended fight for the position with Paul Brust nipping at their heels. Adams tried for several laps before he was finally able to execute the pass of Leer and move into second . Anderson was long gone up front with his only issue the high number of back markers he had to work through. However, they didn’t slow him down and Adams was unable to cut into his healthy lead. At the finish, he still had the better part of the straightaway over the field. Brust moved past Leer and closed on Adams, but Kevin held on for second. Ross Prochnow battled with Leer and Brust for much of the race for third and while he never was able to make the pass, he ran a solid race to complete the top five.

Wilson edged out Eric Olson in a terrific Super Stock battle that was altered by a couple of late yellow flags. Mark Stender had the pole for the Super Stock main and things got exciting right off the bat as Stender, Rick Simpson and Steve Thomas went three wide on the opening lap for the lead with Olson nearly making it four wide until he wisely backed off. Thomas was able to make his bold move work and he took over the lead as Stender and Simpson continued to battle. Thomas continued to maintain the lead as Olson picked up the pace and moved into second and began to close on the leader. Meanwhile, Wilson, who started seventh on the field was also on the move as he used the same line as Anderson did to sweep around cars on the slick track and drive toward the front. As Olson moved to the rear bumper of Thomas, Wilson continued his charge on the outside and he drove past Olson for second and one lap later, Thomas for the lead.

With the race staying under the green, Wilson opened up his advantage and had nearly half a straightaway on the field when the yellow flew for debris with only four laps to go. On the restart, Wilson stayed low on the track and Olson jumped up in the groove that Aaron had been using and suddenly the leaders were side by side. Olson looked ready to make the pass when the yellow flew again. The restart saw Wilson again stay low and once again Olson jumped up beside him but the yellow saved him one more time. A third attempt saw Mike Keller lose his brakes as the fourth place car of Keller and Thomas crashed, with both eliminated from the contest. Finally, with a two lap sprint to the finish, Wilson again got up on the outer side and Olson dived to his inside. However, the momentum of the top side worked again for Wilson and while Olson poked a nose under him in each corner on the last two circuits , Wilson hung on for the hard earned win. The rest of the top five finishers all made hard charges, as Cory Davis moved from ninth to third, Wayne Harris Jr. from twelfth to fourth and Shane Kisling from thirteenth to fifth.

Late yellow flags played a big part in a somewhat controversial finish of the Midwest Modified main event. Nick Koehler started on the pole and took the early lead with Kerry Halopka chasing him. Ryan Viltz moved up from the second row to take over second from Halopka and then move in to challenge for the lead. Three yellow flags kept the field bunched and the action tight as Viltz continued to pressure Koehler. Mike Truscott was picking up the pace on the high side of the track as he drove past Shane and Kerry Halopka and then battled with Grant Southworth for position. With the laps running down and Viltz unable to find an opening inside of Koehler, he jumped up the race track and it immediately paid dividends. He was able to slowly crawl up beside Koehler and as the white flag was just about to be displayed, Viltz edged past Koehler down the back chute, only to see the yellow wave for a spin at the back of the pack. On the restart, Viltz again moved up the track and once again pulled up beside Koehler. Viltz edged past into the lead as the white flag waved but once again, the yellow came out for a spinning duo of cars. Track officials consulted to determine if the race was complete but then made the rare decision to make it a one lap sprint to the finish. This time, Koehler got a good break on the green and while Viltz again tried to get up to the top side, he came up a half car length short as Koehler took the checkered flag over the aggravated Viltz who had to settle for second. Truscott made a good drive to finish third in front of Southworth and Shane Halopka got up on the high side late to drive back into the fifth spot.

Folz inherited the lead midway through the Pure Stock feature and then held off a determined charge by John Erickson to take the win. Todd Roshell had the pole for the Pure Stock feature but multi time winner Jason Havel started on the high side and quickly moved into the lead. Erickson charged up to second with Folz following him through traffic to move into third. Havel maintained his lead as Darwin Brown and Bob Thompson were both on the move from midpack. Kolby Kiehl got turned around with four laps complete and the yellow flew with Havel continuing to lead as the race resumed. Folz picked up the pace and he was able to edge past Erickson for second but both were several car lengths behind Havel. A yellow on lap nine for another spin bunched the field when shockingly, as the field idled down the back chute, Havel suddenly slowed and made a hard right turn off the track and returned immediately to his trailer, his evening done. Folz inherited the lead at this point and while Erickson drove hard into each corner , nearly edging up beside the leader, Folz maintained his solid line and drove home for the close win. Thompson continued his long charge as he raced from twelfth to finish a strong third while George Richards came from thirteenth to fourth with Brown coming from the back of the pack to complete the top five.

This weekend’s action completed the 2012 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway. While racing is expected to resume in mid April of 2013, race fans should monitor the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for information about the upcoming banquet, the schedule for 2013 and some other big announcements. There is also a truck pull scheduled at the track this coming Saturday at 5 p.m. Call Mitch Hansen at 715-205-1122 for information on the truck pull.

Ashley Anderson Tops Rice Lake Speedway Modifieds

September 3rd, 2012

Rice Lake, WI–Ashley Anderson won his first feature race at the Rice Lake Speedway since the 2005 racing season as he topped the Modified field on the opening night of the annual, two day Labor Day Weekend special. Other winners on a busy holiday night of racing included Shane Kisling, Grant Southworth, Jimmy Randall and Darwin Brown.

Anderson had the outside pole for the Modified headliner and took the early lead as he immediately jumped to the cushion to edge past Mark Gerth. Only two laps were completed before Aric Lindberg rolled to a halt bringing out the first yellow of the race. Before another lap could be completed, Doug Gustafson got turned around and the yellow waved once more.

After that, the race went nonstop green to checkered and Anderson was flying on the cushion as he pulled away from the field. Mark Hessler battled with Mark Hanson for third before Hessler claimed the spot with Cory Mahder running behind them. Kevin Adams was also on the move after starting in the fifth row.

Anderson continued to hold a comfortable edge with Adams moving into the top five and pressuring Mahder for a position. As the laps started to run down, Gerth picked up the pace as he started working the low side, and he began to slowly reel in the leader. It was down to about three car lengths with two laps to go and Gerth was continuing to close. On the last lap, the leaders split a lapped car and Anderson was able to get past on the back chute, carry his momentum through the last set of corners and race home with a car length advantage and earn his first Modified win since returning to the class earlier this Summer. Gerth finished a strong second with Hessler, Mahder and Adams trailing.

Kisling did the most passing of any of the feature winners as he rode the top side of the track from the fourth row to secure the Super Stock triumph. Wayne Dean got the jump on Kevin Eder to take the early lead in the race. While Dean led, he was soon challenged by Dave Flynn who moved up from the second row after getting by Eder for second. Flynn made a hard drive into turn one and edged past Dean to take over the top spot.

Meanwhile, Kisling had immediately taken to the cushion and after waiting for the traffic to clear, began a charge toward the front of the pack. He edged past Eder to take second, just as the yellow waved for Dean who had looped in turn four.

With the green back out, Kisling continued his charge with Aaron Wilson also on the move from the fifth row, tucking in behind Kisling. Shane drove past Flynn on the high side to take over the lead with Wilson then moving into second. Wayne Harris Jr. was also using the top side and he drove into third as he passed Flynn while Eric Olson also made ground toward the front.

Wilson pushed as hard as he could, but he wasn’t able to cut into Kisling’s lead. After a heated battle, Eder was turned around in turn four, and the yellow flew one more time with only two laps to go. Kisling was strong on the restart and he
wouldn’t give Wilson an opening as he drove on for the win. Eder made a great charge on the high side at the end as he edged past Harris Jr. for third with Flynn completing the top five.

Southworth completed a dominating performance as he led from start to finish in the nonstop Midwest Modified main event. He started on the pole, got the jump on Doug Toepper and took off with the lead. Mike Truscott moved into the second spot and tried to stay with Southworth, but he was soon challenged by Nick Koehler for the position. Meanwhile, Shane Halopka was on a tear as he tore up through the field after starting in the fourth row. Using the high side, he race past Jimmy Randall and then Koehler as he moved toward the front. Continuing his charge, he drove past Truscott to take over second and then set off after Southworth.

However, the race remained under the green and after Grant had built up the big lead, the was a lot of catching up to do. Halopka pushed as hard as he could, but Southworth continued his strong run as he crossed the line in front with space over the rest of the field. Koehler made a late race pass to take third from Truscott and Tito Viltz charged up to fifth at the finish.

Randall made another one of his patented moves to take the Street Stock feature. Chanda Fjorden-Nord was the early leader as she got the jump on Ron Hanestad to l had the opening rounds. Randall quickly moved in to challenge Hanestad for second as Eric Olson, Chris Peterson, Jay Kesan and Adam Soltis formed a close running pack behind the leader.

Randall moved into second over Hanestad as the yellow waved three times in the first five laps for minor spins. When all over racing commenced, Randall moved in to challenge Fjorden-Nord for the lead and he was able to gain some momentum through the corners and sweep past her for the point. Once in front, he put a few car lengths on the field while Hanestad continued to challenge Chanda for second.

A late yellow for debris set up a four lap sprint to the finish. Randall pulled away from Fjorden-Nord on the late restart, and drove home for the win. Hanestad tried the high side but it cost him as he dropped a position, with Olson edging him for third while Soltis completed the top five.

Jay Folz was the early leader of the Pure Stock main event with Dustin LaBlonde racing up to challenge him for the top spot. Brown started in the third row and also quickly moved into contention as John Erickson and Jason Havel were moving to the front also. Brown was able to cut through traffic and with a strong move, edge past
Folz to take over the lead.

Havel was also charging too, and he slipped into second and set off after Brown as the two Ford Thunderbird pilots tore around the track. The yellow flew with only three laps to go after Chad Eastman lost power and stalled on the back chute. On the green, Havel was pushing hard going for the lead and he slipped up the track with Erickson moving under him to take over the second spot. However, Brown was not to falter and he drove on for the win with Erickson and Havel trailing. Folz made a nice recovery after falling back in the pack and he raced back up to fourth with LaBlonde completing the top five.

One hundred and forty four cars from three states and two Canadian provinces signed in to race on the opening night of the doubleheader and the entire program was completed by 10:45 p.m. Another full show will be contested on Sunday night starting at 6 p.m.

David Reutimann To Race at Rice Lake Speedway

August 30th, 2012

Rice Lake WI – Official word has been received that NASCAR driver David Reutimann will be racing this weekend at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Reutimann, forty two, is a native of Zephyrhills Florida and has had racing experience in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the Truck Series as well as short track racing experience on both dirt and asphalt tracks across the entire United States.

David is currently thirty fourth in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. He has made eighteen starts in the series this season and has earned nearly 1.8 million dollars so far this season. He drives a Toyota for Tommy Baldwin Racing and shares the ride with Danica Patrick.

Reutimann has made one hundred and eighty nine starts in the Sprint Cup Series and has won twice with his biggest win the 2009 Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he also finished sixteenth in 2009 Cup standings.

Reutimann and his equally famous father Buzzy are very accomplished dirt track racers and race in Florida every February at their home track, the East Bay Raceway. In fact, Reutimann builds Modified chassis and is expected to race a car he built. He will be driving a car owned by the Jason Gross Racing Team out of Cushing and will be racing in Rice Lake on both Saturday and Sunday.

Reutimann is will known for his work with the David Reutimann Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support children, families and people in need through donations to numerous charitable organizations.

Reutimann will have his souvenir trailer on hand and will be available for autographs following the races. The Labor weekend doubleheader at the Rice Lake Speedway will take place on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. Racing will be WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Speedway Pure Stocks. Race time is 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net for more information.

Holiday Doubleheader Will Wrap Up Rice Lake Speedway Season

August 26th, 2012

Rice Lake WI – A successful 2012 dirt track racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway will wrap up on Labor Day weekend with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. Competing in full racing programs on both Saturday and Sunday will be the four WISSOTA sanctioned classes, the Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

Last year, the speedway ran its first triple header program over the Labor Day weekend, and while it was highly successful with one hundred and sixty different drivers competing over the course of the three days, the triple header was very demanding on the drivers, track workers and even the fans. So, for 2012 the decision was made to cut the program to two nights, with Saturday and Sunday being selected as the best evenings to race.

Even with one less night of racing, the field of cars is still expected to rival last years’, and feature winners last year that are expected to return include Jason Havel, George Richards, Jay Folz, Cody Kummer, Jimmy Randall, Adam Soltis, Shane Halopka, Ryan Viltz, Ben Hillman, Andy Grymala, Kevin Adams and Paul Brust.

Extra money will be on the line for the drivers with the Modified victor taking home $800 each night, the Super Stocks winner earning $600, $500 to the Midwest Modified winner and the Street Stock and Pure Stock winner taking home $400 and $200 respectively. All the other positions will see an increased payoff also.

Racing action on both Saturday and Sunday will start at 7 p.m. The pits will open at 3 p.m. with the draw cutoff at 6:30 p.m. The race format will be draw/redraw both nights. Free camping will be allowed in the lower parking lot all weekend.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a third mile, clay oval located one mile north of Rice Lake between state highway 48 and Barron Co. SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and co-owner Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861. Visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net to learn more about the Rice Lake Speedway.

Rice Lake Speedway Crowns Season Champions

August 26th, 2012

Rice Lake WI,- Despite the threat of rain, and with a few sprinkles falling from time to time, the Rice Lake Speedway was able to complete their regular season of racing Saturday and also crown Season Champions.

Crowned as Season Champions in the five divisions that regularly race at Rice Lake were Darwin Brown, Adam Soltis, Ryan Viltz, Aaron Wilson and Kevin Adams. The UMSS Sprint Cars were the special attraction Saturday, and their feature race as won by Robby Thiel of Sheboygan.

Brown won what was a rather disjointed Pure Stock main event that had considerable action as a part of the feature race. Jason Havel had the pole position but he was challenged on the first lap by Jay Folz. Brown dove to the inside and they raced three wide down the back chute on the opening lap. Havel clipped Folz who spun and was collected by Bob Thompson. Folz was restored to the top spot, Havel went to the rear and Thompson made a quick pit stop to repair damage.

Brown came storming up on the restart and got past Folz to take over the lead. Folz then slowed with problems and the yellow flew again. Brown continued to lead on the restart over Kolby Kiehl and C.J. Wagner. Meanwhile, back in the pack, both Havel and Thompson were charging back up through the field along with Chad Eastman who also had to make a visit to the work area.

Havel continued his run back to the front as he moved into third and began to challenge Kiehl for second. However, there was contact between the two in turn two, and Kiehl stalled, bringing out the third and final yellow of the event. Havel was judged at fault, and with it being his second yellow of the event, he was sent to the pits.

The last three laps finished up with Brown continuing to build on his lead as he drove over the finish line with a considerable lead over Kiehl and Wagner. Thompson and Eastman, who both pitted, completed the top five. However, in post race technical inspection, the car of Wagner failed to meet specifications and was disqualified. This moved much of the field up one position and elevated Mike Chaplin into the top five. The win was Brown’s second of the year at Rice Lake.

The Street Stock feature was probably the best race of the night and had three different leaders during the fifteen lap event. Adam Soltis sat on the pole and got the jump on the field but before one lap was completed, Jimmy Randall had used the high side to move into the lead. Two early yellows for minor spins kept the field bunched, but Randall used the middle of the track to maintain the lead with Soltis fighting to stay with Randall. Right behind them, Cody Kummer and Jay Kesan were side by side, battling with Eric Olson also looking to be part of the action.

Kummer started to make his move as he got past Soltis and then moved up beside Randall for the lead. They continued to race wheel to wheel with Kummer edging ahead by a nose when the final yellow flew on lap seven for debris.

Kummer maintained the lead on the restart but Randall refused to give up and he clawed his way back up beside Kummer and they went tooth and nail for the lead with Olson nosing into the action behind Randall. Once again, Randall was able to edge into the lead as Soltis made a charge on the bottom and when Kummer elected to move up behind Randall on the top side, it opened the door for Soltis and he pulled up beside Randall as the laps ran down.

Soltis nosed ahead as they saw the white flag, but Randall pulled up beside Adam down the back chute and they raced into the final corner side by side. Soltis got a great run off the final corner, and he flashed under Randy Davis’ checkered flag with a half car length win. Olson edged Kummer by inches for third with Kesan completing the top five. The win was Soltis’ second at the track this year and he picked a good night to pick up the win.

Ryan Viltz dominated the Midwest Modified main event. Ryan sat on the pole for the feature with brother Tito beside him. Ryan got the jump on the field, opened up a lead and led the entire distance in the nonstop main. Tito stayed with Ryan for a few laps but Ryan eventually extended the lead as Tito had his hands full with Shane Halopka in a battle for second. Halopka was all over Tito for second but couldn’t find an opening as they chased the leader.

Ryan flashed across the line with a comfortable lead as he earned his sixth Rice Lake win of the year and Tito maintained second ahead of Halopka. It was a Bloomer battle for fourth with Nick Koehler holding off Grant Southworth.

Wilson drove a great race as he earned his third feature win of the year at Rice Lake and fought off some tough challenges. Shane Kisling sat on the pole and was the early leader of the event with Ben Hillman close behind. Eric Olson was also in the mix but when Wilson moved to the middle of the track he was able to build up some momentum and eventually work his way into contention.

Slowly but surely, he edged past Hillman and then closed on Kisling. Shane was running the low side, and Wilson edged up beside him in a battle for the lead. Keeping his momentum up, Aaron edged past Shane to take over the lead near the
midpoint of the race.

Wilson was then able to put a few car lengths on the pack with Olson picking up the pace and starting to challenge Kisling for second. Eric made several attempts and then had a big run down the back chute where he went side by side with Kisling. However, contact was made between the two and Kisling spun around.

The yellow waved, and Kisling was restored to second with Olson sent to the tail. The last five laps saw Wilson again pull away from the field while Hillman moved up the track and drove past Kisling to take over second. Wayne Harris Jr. finished fourth ahead of Andy Grymala.

Adams fought back after getting a slow start to take the Modified finale. Matt Leer was the early leader but Mike Anderson moved to the middle groove and was able to drive deep into the corners and take over the top spot. Paul Brust out fought Adams to take the third spot with the leaders running in a tight pack. The lone yellow flew when Mark Hessler, on the move forward, suddenly slowed with mechanical issues and stalled on the edge of the track.

On the green, Anderson continued to lead with Brust moving into second and looking strong as he chased Anderson with Adams giving up another spot to Scott Miller. Adams appeared to be dead in the water when he suddenly discovered a fast lane using the very high side of the track. He immediately picked up the pace as he blew past Miller and Brust and then Leer. Matt jumped to the top side after he was passed and the two closed on leader Anderson.

As the laps ran down, Adams closed at a rapid pace and with a strong run off turn four, Kevin drove into the lead. Mike tried to fight back, but Adams was on a rail at that point, and he extended his lead by a few car lengths in the closing few laps of the race. Anderson was able to fight off Leer for second as Adams drove on to a track best seventh feature win. Cory Mahder was the man on the move as he raced up from ninth to fourth at the finish, edging past Brust in the late going.

Saturday’s racing completed the regular season at the track. One weekend of racing remains for the drivers with a doubleheader of racing scheduled next weekend. There will be racing on both Saturday, September 1st and Sunday , September 2nd. All five classes will be in action with full shows both days and many extra cars are expected with more money on the line for the drivers over the holiday weekend. Track co-owner Dave Adams reports he has been fielding many inquiries from drivers all over the region and a considerable number from Canada. Despite some conflicting reports, race time will be at 6 p.m. both nights with gates opening at three. Check www.ricelakespeedway.net for more information.

Rice Lake Speedway Wet; Season Championships Next

August 20th, 2012

Rice Lake WI, – Despite only having a 30% chance of rain in the forecast, a strong thunderstorm hit the Rice Lake Speedway at just before 6:30 p.m., ending all hope quickly of getting in a racing program as everyone ran for cover. Saturday was slated to be the last track point night of the 2012 racing season, thus the points championships have now be decided by the will of nature.

There were two point championships that were potentially hanging in the wind Saturday, but the cancellation decided both of them. In the Street Stocks, Eric Olson won the title by the narrowest of margins over Cody Kummer. With a white flag pass of Kummer last Saturday, Olson finished one position ahead of Kummer and that proved to be his margin of victory, a single point.

Ryan and Tito Viltz had traded the point lead back and forth in recent weeks in the Midwest Modified class, but with the rainout Ryan will finish seven points ahead of his brother in the final standings.

The other three point leaders had a more substantial lead over their competition and basically just needed to start Saturday’s races to guarantee titles. They were Kevin Adams in the Modifieds, Shane Kisling in the Super Stocks and Joel Hinrichs in the Pure Stocks.

Attention will now focus on the rest of the racing season which consists of three more nights of racing. Next Saturday, August 25th, the Season Championships will be decided in all five classes. The drivers will line up for their heat races based on points earned over the season, and will qualify for their feature races based on heat race finishes.

However, there will be more than just the five regular classes on the card. The UMSS Sprint Cars, who were rained out earlier this year in their scheduled appearance at the track, will return to put on a full show also. The winged sprints, who look just like their more high powered brethren of the Outlaws but have smaller motors, feature a number of drivers primarily from Minnesota that travel with the series and have visited the Rice Lake Speedway on a couple of occasions previously. The current point leader of their series is Jerry Richert Jr. from Forest Lake MN.

The season will then conclude on Labor Day weekend. As has been done for many years, the speedway will wrap up the racing season with a doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 1st and Sunday, Sept. 2nd. All five classes that normally race at the speedway will be in racing action and all classes will be racing for extra money . Gates will open both days at 3:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7 p.m.

Forehand and Havel Top Rice Lake Thursday Special

August 18th, 2012

Rice Lake WI, – The WISSOTA Super Stocks and Pure Stocks ran along with the USMTS Modified special Thursday night at the Rice Lake Speedway with Jason Forehand and Jason Havel claiming the feature wins. The feature wins for both drivers were their third of the season at Rice Lake. The USMTS portion of the program was won by Joey Jensen of Forest Lake MN.

Nineteen cars took Randy Davis’ green flag for the Super Stock main, with Forehand and Ben Hillman immediately battling it out for the lead. They raced side by side with Steve Thomas slipping into third while Scott Lawrence and Shane Kisling were both on the move.

Forehand continued to battle side by side with Hillman edging ahead on the high side by then Forehand swapped spots on the track with Hillman and moved right back beside him. The field stacked up in turn two with six laps complete, triggering the first yellow flag of the event.

The battle for the lead continued on the restart but Forehand was then able to edge in front and open up a car length lead. Kisling moved in to challenge Hillman for second, and Shane edged ahead for the spot until he briefly lost control in turn four and Hillman moved back past him. Eric Olson was on the move after starting in the fifth row, and he moved in to challenge the leaders along with Aaron Wilson.

The last half of the race ran nonstop with Forehand continuing to hold the lead while Hillman and Kisling chased him hard. Hillman made one last charge on the final circuit but he came up a car length short as Forehand drove home for the win. Kisling finished a close third with Olson and Thomas next in line.

Jay Folz started on the pole and led the first eight laps of the Pure Stock feature with a host of drivers challenging him for the front spot. First John Erickson applied heavy pressure with Chad Eastman and then Jason Havel moving in to challenge. Havel was on the move after starting fifth and he took second from Erickson and closed on the leaders.

Havel was able to get to the inside of Folz and they raced side by side down the front chute before Havel was able to edge in front. One lap later the lone yellow flag flew for a spin by Eastman after he and Darwin Brown got together.

Havel took off on the green and was able to open up some distance on the rest of the field as he raced home for the win. Folz held off a hard challenge from Erickson to finish second with Eastman next in line. Rookie Jimmy Holden lost a top five finish when he spun in the final corner and Bob Thompson was able to motor past him.

Racing action continues Saturday night, August 18th with a five class program that will be the last point show of the 2012 racing season with champions in all classes determined. Race time is 6:30 p.m.

Thompson’s Long Wait at the Rice Lake Speedway Ends

August 7th, 2012

Rice Lake WI, – Bob Thompson figures he’s been racing for about thirty years now. He has raced Mini Stocks, Bombers and even Trucks, all classes that the speedway doesn’t even run any more. But in all that time, no feature wins. Saturday
night at the Rice Lake Speedway that all changed when he fought off a fierce challenge from Jason Havel to record the Pure Stock feature win and a long overdue first ever trip to victory lane. Other winners Saturday as the speedway moves into the final month of their regular racing season were Cody Kummer, Ryan Viltz, Wayne Harris Jr and Kevin Adams

Talon Laabs led the opening lap of the Pure Stock feature as the rookie driver is quickly picking up the pace as he fought off early challenges from Dustin LaBlonde. Thompson started third and he found an opening on the low side of the track as he drove under LaBlonde and then edged past Laabs to take over the lead. Two laps later Laabs got sideways in turn four, Jay Folz rolled to a halt and the yellow flag waved.

Thompson continued to lead on the restart but LaBlonde was having a great run as he continued to hold second over a charging John Erickson, Kolby Kiehl, Darwin Brown and Havel. Havel continued to move up and before too long he was challenging LaBlonde for second.

After making that pass he quickly closed on Thompson and the battle was on. Several times Havel tried to nose under Thompson but Bob fought him off. Finally, after intense battling in turn four, contact was made between the lead cars and Thompson went for a wild spin down the front chute, with fortunately no contact with other cars resulting. Thompson was restored to the lead for a four lap sprint to the finish.

Thompson moved away from the pack on the green with LaBlonde involved in a heavy battle for second with Erickson and Brown. Thompson continued to stay in the groove and maintain his lead and the happy Cameron driver drove home for the historic win. In celebration he made a polish victory lap after the win. Amazingly, Thompson’s win came only two weeks after he went for a wild barrel roll down the back chute that was initially thought to have destroyed his car. Using a hood and fenders that don’t quite match the rest of the car, it’s performance seems to have not been altered. Thompson also became the tenth different Pure Stock winner of the season at the track.

LaBlonde had a great run of his own, as the seldom racing driver held off Brown and Erickson to take a career best ever second place with Kiehl completing the top five. Kummer has been going through a tough time of late with lots of mechanical issues as the current national point leader struggles to finish races. Saturday he used a good starting position and wily racing skills to hold off Jay Kesan and take his fourth Rice Lake win of the year.

Kummer came off the outside pole and jumped into the lead immediately with Kesan quickly taking second and the stalk began as Kesan shadowed every move made by Kummer for fifteen laps. Jay was all over the leader for the entire distance, trying both high and low to get by Kummer for the lead. Several times he got up beside Cody, but each time he just couldn’t quite complete the pass for the lead and rather than rough up the leader, Kesan instead raced him clean.

One last attempt in the closing laps came up short and Kummer raced home the winner by a car length. Adam Soltis was closing on the leaders at the end but ran out of time and settled for third ahead of Josh Amans and Ashley Husby who both recorded their best finishes of the year.

Doug Toepper took the early lead over Terry Sirek in a fast paced Midwest Modified main event stopped only once by a yellow flag. However Toepper held the lead only briefly as Kerry Halopka found an opening on the low side of the track and blasted past Toepper to take over the top spot. Viltz also found day light quickly as he raced up from the third row to challenge Halopka.

Viltz’s car was working great and he went to the second lane and drove right around Halopka to take over the top spot. With no yellow flags to impede him, Viltz pulled away from the field and opened up nearly a straightway advantage on the field. Jake Stai and Tito Viltz also worked their way up as they sought to challenge for second.

Tito and Stai battled hard with Tito eventually gaining the third spot, after which
he set off after Halopka. Ryan Viltz was alone up front as he raced home for his fifth win of the year at Rice Lake. Kerry Halopka completed a strong run in second as he held off the charging Tito Viltz with Stai and Travis Anderson completing the top five.

Harris Jr. put in a strong performance to hold off a stout field of Super Stocks and record his second win of the year at Rice Lake. He did start on the pole but he and Jason Forehand quickly got down to brass tacks as they battled for the lead. Forehand briefly showed his nose as the leader but then Harris Jr. fought back. He slid up in front of Forehand as they exited turn four, and contact between the two sent Harris Jr off on a wild slide through the rain soaked infield, sending up a roster tail spray of water and mud.

Harris Jr. was restored to the front for the restart, and the last eighteen laps of the Super Stock main ran nonstop. Harris Jr. next received a challenge from Cory Davis who was running close behind him. Ben Hillman was also on the move to pull in and challenge Davis for second while Shane Kisling and Aaron Wilson were also racing side by side.

The top five started to tighten up with Davis and Hillman close to the leader. However, Harris Jr. continued to run a strong line and he repelled all the challenges the pack could provide to him.

Davis gathered his run for one last challenge on the final lap and he was able to slide to Harris Jr.’s rear bumper, but Wayne held his groove and raced home the winner by a car length. Hillman settled for third ahead of a fast closing Wilson and Kisling.

Adams put on a dominating performance as he came from the fourth row to win a track high sixth feature win of the year. Aric Lindberg got the jump from the outside pole and was the early leader of the event. He was running strong and continued to hold the lead as Jerry Weigel moved in to second and tried to close on him. Meanwhile, Adams was rushing forward from back in the pack as he maneuvered between cars and moved into the third place. He caught Weigel off turn two and blasted past him down the back chute. Then, after catching Lindberg, he flew past him and into the lead which he quickly expanded on.

As Adams moved away from the pack, Mike Anderson picked up the pace on the bottom side of the track. He drove past Weigel and then, after a brief battle, Lindberg for second. However, by this time he was a straightaway behind the leader and Adams drove home for an easy win. Lindberg completed a solid run in third with Weigel and Tim McMann completing the top five.

Big races highlight the racing schedule in the coming weeks to the track. Next Saturday, August 11th, is the 60th anniversary race for the speedway and along with that, the second class of inductees to the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame will be presented. Set to be inducted are: Dave Palmquist, Dave Adams, Ben Ryba, Jack Shimon, Don Drew and Louie Foss.

On Thursday, August 16th, the United States Modified Touring Series will make their second appearance of the year at the track. This race, part of “The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup”, will pay $3,000 to the winner of the Modified main. National driving stars in the Modified class will take on the best of the regional and local drivers. Adams-Hansen Inc. is bringing in NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace for this show. Wallace, with extensive experience in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series as well as being a well known television commentator for NASCAR events, will be racing his own dirt Modified on that night. He will be also driving the speedway two seat Modified and three rides with Wallace will be raffled off to the public.

Check the speedway website, www.ricelakespeedway.net for more information on these two shows as well as the rest of the speedway schedule for 2012.

USMTS and Wallace Come to Rice Lake Speedway

August 6th, 2012

Rice Lake WI – Coming off a highly successful visit to the Rice Lake Speedway in April, the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) is making a return visit to the Rice Lake Speedway on Thursday, August 16th. And not only will the stars of the USMTS be on hand but NASCAR star Kenny Wallace will be on hand that night also to race his own Modified against the best open wheel drivers in the country.

The visit to Rice Lake will be the sixth race in the fifteen race mini series for the group known as The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, sponsored by the Casey’s General Store chain of stations across the Midwest. This mini series will visit tracks in Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa as well as Wisconsin with the point titlist of the series to receive a cool $15,000. All races in the series pay $3,000 to win and $275 just to start the main events.

Nearly sixty Modifieds were on hand at Rice Lake for the April show and a big field is also expected for their return visit. Such top name drivers as Ryan Gustin, Jason Hughes, Stormy and Johnny Scott, Derek Ramirez, Terry Phillips, Jeremy Payne plus many others are expected to test the Rice Lake oval. Chris Brown from Texas won the April race and he is also expected to be in attendance. Top regional talent such as Dave Cain, Joey Jensen, Jason Thoennes, Jason Miller, Darrell Nelson and Kelly Estey are expected to give the travelers all they can handle. Local favorites Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson are also expected to challenge the USMTS regulars.

However, as an added bonus, track owners Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen have signed NASCAR star Kenny Wallace to make an appearance that night also.

Wallace, the forty eight year old veteran from Missouri started his racing career in 1982 and is the youngest of the three racing Wallace brothers. Rusty, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and Mike, an accomplished racer himself, compete the racing family.

Wallace made his first NASCAR start in 1988 and has made the most Nationwide Series starts in the history of that series. He has also made three hundred and forty Sprint Cup starts. Kenny is also the popular host of two programs on SPEED TV.

Known as “Herman the German” and “The Hermanator” for his gregarious manner and enthusiastic personality, Wallace has also developed himself into an outstanding dirt track Modified driver. He will be bringing his own Modified to the Aug. 16th show and will be very competitive against the best of the best. Also, not only will Kenny race, but he will drive the Rice Lake Speedway two seat Modified and will be giving three rides to fans through a lottery for which tickets can be purchased on race night. Wallace will also be available after the program to sign autographs for all the fans.

Along with the USMTS, the WISSOTA sanctioned Super Stocks and the Rice Lake Speedway Pure Stocks will also run a complete program.

The pit gate is expected to open at 4 p.m. on Aug. 16th with the spectator gates to open at 5 p.m. The draw cutoff for drivers is at 6:30 p.m. with the first race to hit the track at 7 p.m.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a banked third mile oval located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron county highway SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and owner Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway, visit the speedway’s website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Randall Breaks The Bank at Street Stock Little Dream

August 1st, 2012

Rice Lake WI – Jimmy Randall has been trying to win the Street Stock Little Dream race for many years. The local driver has been painfully close on a couple of occasions, coming as near to victory as being just one lap short with a flat tire on one occasion. However, Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway Randall put in a dominating performance as he took the lead on lap nine and led the rest of the thirty lap main event in winning the Little Dream race for WISSOTA Street Stocks.

Randall, known as “The Blade”, picked the perfect night to win his first ever Little Dream, as the first place and overall purse to all three classes smashed the old record.

The Little Dream, a unique race where fan and business cash contributions boost the basic purse established by the promoters, broke all records Tuesday, and when the final tabulations had been made, Randall made the short tow home with an extra $6, 108 dollars in his driver’s suit, an all time record for a WISSOTA Street Stock event. Extra contributions also boosted the Late Model purse, where Mike Prochnow earned $1,830 for his win and Darwin Brown who won the Pure Stock event.

Twenty five cars took starter Randy Davis’ green flag for the Street Stock headliner with Keith Tourville moving off the cushion to take the early lead over Ron Hanestad. Hanestad was riding close on Tourville’s bumper as Randall pulled up
beside Hanestad in a battle for second. Close behind them were Doug Wojcik and Chanda Fjorden-Nord while defending champion Tim Johnson was on the move also.

Randall edged past Hanestad and then closed on the leader. Randall looked to the outside of Tourville and when that didn’t work, he dropped to the low line and was able to motor past Keith to take over the lead.

Randall put a few car lengths on the field until the yellow flag waved for a spin on lap thirteen. On the green, Randall continued to lead while Tourville and Hanestad continued their great battle for second. A driver on the move was Eric Olson who started tenth on the grid and worked his way into the top five and was continuing to move forward. As Randall extended his lead, the battle for second became a battle of three, as Johnson worked the entire track in an attempt to get by the duo fighting for second. Olson also continue his charge as he worked his way forward. Soon he was right behind Hanestad and then, with some nifty moves, was able to move past Ron and then Tourville to take second.

Randall’s half a straightaway lead vanished again with only five laps left after Christina Wollak slowed with a flat tire, and Olson and Hanestad found themselves side by side right behind Randall. Jimmy again took off with Olson securing second and trying to track down the leader. However, Randall continued to hit his marks and he pulled away by about three car lengths. Jimmy was not going to falter, and he continued his strong push in the last few laps to flash across the line as the winner, with Olson running second. Hanestad held off Tourville for third while Adam Soltis came from fifteenth to round out the top five. Sam Fankhauser got the Hard Charger award, moving from twentieth on the grid to ninth at the finish as twenty three of the starters were still on the track at the finish on a night when forty five Street Stocks signed in to race.

The Late Models made their sole appearance of the year at the track a good one, with a fine main event that saw the issue in doubt until the final corner. Scott Gilberts got the jump on Chad Mahder to lead the opening laps as Mahder worked the cushion while Gilberts ran the low side. Mike Prochnow and John Kaanta were both on the move with Prochnow slipping past Mahder and Kaanta also following suit.

When Gilberts pushed up in turn two, Prochnow was right there to jump on the opening and take over the lead. Kaanta continued his push as he took over second and closed on the leader. Just as Kaanta was moving beside Mike, the lone yellow waved for a spin by Ben Hanke.

The restart saw Prochnow continuing to hold the lead but Kaanta was all over him after he outfought Gilberts to retain second. Lap after lap, Kaanta would edge outside Prochnow in the turns but Mike would fight off Kaanta’s pressure, with
Kaanta getting perilously close to the wall on several occasions. As Prochnow continued to fight off Kaanta, Jake Redetzke used the opportunity to close up and suddenly it was a three car battle for the lead.

They continued to run in a tight pack as the laps ran down. Suddenly, Gilberts, who had fallen back, moved to the cushion and immediately began to pick up the pace. He closed on the leaders and it was a question of whether he would have enough time. As the white flag waved, Gilberts roared up beside Kaanta as they raced into turn one but Scott pushed up the track and lost precious time. Prochnow continued to block Kaanta as they raced into the last corner, but Gilberts made a big run off the high side on the final corner and blew past Kaanta, finishing just a car length short in his attempt to overtake Prochnow for the win. Redetzke settled for fourth while Mahder completing the top five.

The Pure Stock feature saw Mike Schnider take the early lead until he slipped up and C. J. Wagner passed him for the top spot. Wagner continued to lead for several laps until Darwin Brown got past him with a move in turn three. As Schnider dropped out with a flat tire, Jason Havel became part of the action. Sent to the tail as the cause of a lap two spin by Brown, Havel worked his way all the way back up to second and began to pressure Brown as the two Ford Thunderbirds battled for the lead.

Havel tried his best, but Brown held him off for his second straight win at the speedway. Wagner settled for third ahead of Chad Eastman and Dustin Doughty.

Racing action continues at the speedway on Saturday night, August 4th with a five class program scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The next special event at the speedway will be the second appearance of the USMTS Modifieds in 2012. On August 18th, the USMTS will appear at the speedway as a part of their “Hunt” series with $3,000 on the line to the winner. Super Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be in action that night. NASCAR driver and commentator Kenny Wallace will be on hand that night to race his Modified and also give rides in the speedway two seater Modified.

Randall Rolls at Rice Lake Speedway

July 30th, 2012

Rice Lake WI, – Jimmy Randall, looking to tune up his car for Tuesday night’s Street Stock Little Dream race, continued on his recent hot streak as he won his second straight Street Stock main even and fourth of the season Saturday night
at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other winners during the fast paced Saturday night program included Ryan Viltz, Aaron Wilson, Mike Anderson and Darwin Brown.

The program started with a solemn ceremony as the speedway lost two members of its racing family this week. Long time racer in several different classes at the track as well as a sponsor of many other racers, forty six year old Keane Laakson lost his battle with ALS on Thursday. Also, long time fan of the speedway and father of Modified driver Pat Hoffman, Dick Hoffman also passed away this week after being stricken by a stroke.

Hoffman and Laakson family friend Paul Brust both had their Modifieds on the front straightaway and were joined by family and friends as track announcer Scott Tiefs spoke about both gentlemen. Brust’s car also displayed a special wrap that featured a picture of a smiling Laakson on it. Both men will be sadly missed by their racing family.

With the Street Stocks biggest race of the season coming up Tuesday, everyone was fine tuning their cars for that race and the result was another memorable main event Saturday.

James Vought and Josh Amans battled on the opening lap before Vought claimed the top spot. James continued to lead for one more lap before Simon Wahlstrom made a strong move to the low side and took over the top spot. The front group of nine cars were running incredibly close as they jockeyed and maneuvered their way to the front.

Randall started sixth on the grid and patiently worked his way forward as he jumped on the openings when they became available as the leaders raced three wide on several occasions.

While the front group remained close together, Eric Olson was on a mission as he charged forward after starting thirteenth on the grid. Soon he had worked his way into a challenging position.

Wahlstrom continued to do a good job leading but Randall and Adam Soltis tracked him down with them splitting Simon and taking over the top two spots. Randall edged into the lead but Soltis was right beside him as they raced lap after lap. Olson continued his frenetic charge to the front and moved into third, where he then set his sights on the top two. Soltis continued to challenge Randall for the lead, but Jimmy was able to maintain a slight edge. Olson then began to pressure Soltis heavily for the runner up slot.

In the last few laps Randall continued to hold off Soltis by a car length while Soltis was able to keep the flying Olson behind him for second. Ron Hanestad and Jay Kesan completed the top five in the nonstop main event.

Along with Randall, also earning his fourth Rice Lake feature win of the year was Viltz. The Midwest Modifieds also ran a nonstop main event with Tanner Spacek taking the early lead. Spacek , running the cushion looked good for the first few laps until Viltz, who was flying up from the third row, was able to get to the inside of Spacek and take over the top spot.

Viltz then began to open up a lot of space on the field, as Tito Viltz, Shane Halopka, Joe Chaplin Jr and Travis Anderson all caught Spacek and began a crowd pleasing battle as they swapped positions on the track on nearly every lap.

While Ryan Viltz opened up nearly a straightaway lead on the field, Halopka made a last corner pass to take second over Tito Viltz who was followed by Chaplin Jr and Anderson.

Wilson earned his second Super Stock win of the season in a hard fought battle that wasn’t secured until the very end of the race. Bart Steffen jumped into the lead from the outside pole and in his best run by far this season, he led the first eight laps of the race with Cory Davis pressuring him hard on the cushion while Wilson worked the low side. As Wilson tail gated Steffen, Davis continued to push the cushion in an attempt to slip past Steffen.

Wilson was able to then work past Davis and Aaron then moved to the middle of the track where he very gradually edged up beside the leader. With a strong move off the corner, Wilson was able to edge past Steffen to take over the lead.

Eric Olson was making a charge in his Super Stock, just as he did in the Street feature, and he came from the fourth row to move into third and then slip past Steffen to take over second.

A late yellow set up a six lap race to the checkered and on the green, Olson did his best to get under Wilson for the lead. Ben Hillman, who had started eleventh on the grid, jumped to the cushion and drove past Steffen to take over second. Olson continued to pressure Wilson for the lead, but Aaron had developed good rhythm in the corners and he held off Olson’s challenge for the win. Steffen regained his line and in the last two laps got past Hillman again to secure third at the line with Davis completing the top five.

Anderson won his third Modified feature race of the year at Rice Lake as he held off a hard challenge from Tim McMann and Jeff Spacek for the win. McMann came off the outside pole to take the early lead and despite three early race yellows, McMann continued to show the way. Anderson moved into second and began to challenge for the lead while Spacek went to the cushion to make it a three car battle.

Anderson was able to slide under McMann to take over the lead but Tim refused to roll over and he stayed close to Anderson, challenging him on every corner. After falling back slightly , Spacek picked up the pace and closed on the leaders, nearly getting by McMann on several occasions. McMann also continued to challenge Anderson for the lead, and while both McMann and Spacek made last lap bids, the top three finished nose to tail at the line. Kevin Adams made a mid race pass on Mark Hessler for position, and those two rounded out the top five.

Brown led all the way to win to win his first Pure Stock feature of the season but it wasn’t nearly as easy as it might have sounded. He took the early lead, and after Bob Thompson’s challenge for the top spot was ended by a spin, Joel Hinrichs moved in to challenge. In between several yellow flags for minor spins that slowed the action and kept the field bunched, Hinrichs challenged heavily for the lead on several occasions. Hinrichs would slip inside Brown in the corners but Darwin, running one lane up the track, would maintain his momentum and hold on to the lead, despite the fierce challenges that would see the leaders touch on several occasions.

Following the last yellow with five laps to go, Jason Havel got past Hinrichs to take over second and he began to challenge Brown for the lead. Jason also got his nose inside Brown on several occasions, but Darwin has his line locked in, and he drove home for the win by a car length over Havel with Hinrichs right behind them. Kolby Kiehl came from seventeenth on the grid to finish fourth ahead of John Erickson. Brown’s win was his first since June 13th of 2009 as he became the ninth different Pure Stock driver to visit victory lane this year.

Racing action continues Tuesday with the annual Street Stock Little Dream race. Last year’s event paid over $3,300 dollars to winner Tim Johnson and track management is aiming to break the five thousand dollar to win mark this year. Also on the card will be the only appearance of the WISSOTA sanctioned Late Models at the track this year. A number of drivers have been contacted and it is hoped that a full field of Late Models will be in attendance. The Pure Stocks will also be on the program for a complete show of heats and a feature event.

The pits will open at 4 p.m. with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. The first race will see the green flag at 7 p.m. After that, a regular five class program of racing will be held on Saturday, August 4th.

Chaplin’s Prayers Answered at Rice Lake Speedway

July 23rd, 2012

Rice Lake WI–After racing in the Street Stocks for a couple of years and then taking some time away from the sport, Joe Chaplin Jr. returned to racing in the Midwest Modified class a couple of years ago. Since that time, he has been struggling to get his first feature win in the class. This year he got a new race car which has improved his performance, and Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway everything came together as he led from start to finish to earn his first ever feature win. Other winners on a comfortable Saturday night included Kevin Adams, Shane Kisling, Jimmy Randall and Jason Havel as some of the more dominant drivers from the year all flexed their muscle. Chaplin Jr. got the jump on Jake Stai to take the early lead, but two yellow flags in the first lap slowed the action, the second of which saw point leader Tito Viltz take a spin with fortunately, everyone able to avoid him.

Following the second yellow, the final fourteen laps of the main event ran nonstop and Chaplin Jr was under the gun the entire time. First Stai challenged him and then, after a tough battle, Ryan Viltz got past Stai and moved in to put the heat on Chaplin Jr. Joe continued to hold his line as Viltz was all over him, looking both high and low by the halfway point of the race. Travis Anderson and then Shane Halopka both got past Stai, and began to close on the leaders also.

Viltz continued to pressure for the lead, and with about five laps left got beside Chaplin Jr. down the front chute and into turn one. However, Joe kept the hammer down and was able to fight off Viltz down the back chute and maintain the lead. Ryan made several more attempts in the closing laps but Chaplin Jr. continued to hold his line as he raced home with the win by two car lengths. Anderson and Halopka were both closing fast at the finish with Stai completing the top five. Chaplin Jr. became the seventh different winner in the Midwest Modified class this season. Adams shook himself out of a recent funk as he cut through the Modified field like a hot knife through butter as he quickly drove up to the front from the fourth row to earn his fifth feature win of the year here, tops for all divisions at the speedway so far.

With the drop of the green flag, Steve Hallquist and Paul Brust battled in the early going for the lead, with Hallquist leading the opening tour and then Brust driving under him to take over the lead. Jerry Weigel and Mark Hessler battled side by side for third with Adams able to slip between Tim McMann, Ross Prochnow and Matt Leer down the back chute and move toward the front. As Brust continued to hold the lead, Adams resumed his march to the front, sliding under Hessler and then Hallquist to take over second. He then closed up on Brust who was running the low line and with a power move, swept past him through turn four and down the front chute to take over the lead.

As the race remained under the green, Adams then began to check out on the field with the battle then settling on second. Leer had gotten shuffled back early but he was now charging toward to the front while at the same time McMann had caught Brust for second and was trying to find a way by him.

Leer went to the cushion and quickly began to reel in the two battling for second. With Adams alone out front, it was a three car cluster for second with Leer driving past McMann on the final lap and coming up a half car length short as Brust held on for second with Hessler rounding out the top five.

Kisling dominated a small Super Stock field on this night as he recorded his fourth main event win at Rice Lake. Kirk Bogdanovic and Eric Olson battled for the lead in the early going but Jason Forehand found an opening on the low side of the track and he raced up to second and then continued his charge on the low side to take over the lead.

Aaron Wilson rolled to a halt with steering issues with five laps complete which bunched up the field. On the green, Forehand continued to lead but Kisling moved to second and quickly closed on Forehand. Kisling moved in to challenge Forehand and was able to drive past him down the back chute. Forehand tried to power back under Kisling in turn one and nearly pulled off the move, but Kisling held on and then gradually began to pull away. With the last fifteen laps of the race running green, Kisling gradually opened up a half straightaway lead that he maintained to the finish. Forehand had a strong hold on second which he didn’t relinquish, and Olson settled for third ahead of Bogdanovic with Pat Jungerberg getting his best finish of the season.

After a first lap yellow for a slowing Adam Soltis, the Street Stock feature ran nonstop from green to checkered. With both Soltis and Cody Kummer pitting, they would begin their charge from the back but for the rest of the field, it was bad news as Jimmy Randall started on the outside pole and led the event from start to finish. He had some early pressure from Sam Fankhauser but was able to drive past Sam and take over the lead and from that point on , everyone was chasing him.

As Randall pulled away, Jay Kesan closed in to challenge Fankhauser for second and with Sam running the low line, Kesan was able to drive around him and take over the runner up spot. Eric Olson and Ron Hanestad then began to pressure Sam, but Fankhauser made an adjustment and moved up the track which made him tougher to pass. Randall and Kesan continued to stretch their margins, and while Olson and Hanestad pressured Fankhauser the rest of the way, Sammy hung tough to claim the third spot over them as Randall drove on for his third win at Rice Lake.

The Pure Stock feature had a wild finish and also saw the first rollover of the regular season. John Erickson and Brandon Davis battled in the early going with Davis claiming the top spot. Brandon continued to show the way as while he was under constant and heavy pressure, he refused to give up the top spot. Erickson was all over him and Dustin Doughty, Bob Thompson, Jason Havel and Joel Hinrichs were all lumped together as they battled.

Finally, Erickson was able to get inside Davis and he took over the lead with the rest of the pack still running close together. Then, with the laps winding down, Erickson slipped high in turn two and Havel shot past him to take over the lead. Doughty wound up facing the wrong direction in the middle of the turn and Thompson clipped him with the right rear of his car. Thompson’s machine was turned sideways, dug into the track and then barrel rolled down the back chute. The red flag flew for the accident with Thompson checking out O.K., but his car along with those of Doughty and Randy Graham were eliminated in the melee.

The running order was scrambled for the last two laps, with Havel taking the lead and then holding off the charge of Hinrichs for the win. Erickson finished third ahead of a charging Chad Eastman with Jay Folz completing the top five.

Upcoming at the speedway in the next ten days are a regular , five class program of racing on Saturday, July 28th and then on Tuesday, July 31st, the well known Street Stock Little Dream race will be held at the speedway. The track will try to break their record, set last year, for the highest paying Street Stock race in WISSOTA with fan contributions paving the way. Also on the card will be the lone appearance of the Late Models in 2012 and Pure Stocks will also be competing. That event will have a 7 p.m. start time with Wednesday, August 1st reserved as the rain date.

Balog Sweeps Weekend With Rice Lake Victory In Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Action.

July 17th, 2012

Rice Lake, Sometimes you just get in the zone. An unstoppable rhythm that leads to success. Billy Balog is squarely in the middle of that zone and is in no hurry to leave.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series wrapped up the first of three consecutive double header weekends with its first stop to Rice Lake Speedway since the 2010 season. Balog would charge from his 10th place starting spot then outrun Brooke Tatnell to earn his ninth A-main victory of the 2012 season in front of a packed house.

Like the program the night before at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, the field was left chasing Balog’s #17b entry to the finish line. Tatnell would wind up in the second position for the second straight night after he pulled off a last corner pass on Kim Mock to steal the position. Mock garnered his second third place performance of 2012 after leading much of the main event, a solid showing for the young second-generation racer who is edging closer to his first career
series feature win.

The 30 lap feature contest would run from green to checkered, the first main event of the season to go without interruption. The full field of 900 horsepower machines set a blistering pace on the racy banked third-mile clay oval finishing the contest in less than seven minutes.

As a result of his efforts, Balog has climbed to second on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series win list compiled back to 1986. He now has 36 career victories to his credit having surpassed passed two other series champions, Donny Goeden and Kim Mock, who recorded 35 and 34 wins respectively in their careers during that time frame.

Only nine-time series champion, Joe Roe, who has amassed an amazing 61 wins which matched the number of his car, sits ahead of Balog on the win list. Starting in the fifth row, both Balog and Tatnell would thrill fans as he charged through the field starting with the drop of the green flag. 21 of 22 drivers scheduled for the main event were able to answer the call and Mock who started on the pole of the contest, would outgun Russel Borland for the opening lead of the event.

Two-time series champion, Travis Whitney, would place himself into the third position in the opening rounds. Mock showing great poise and car control began weaving through back markers on lap 10 with Borland holding fast to second turning in one of his strongest performances of the year. Whitney began to fade as Tommy Sexton reached the third spot. Sexton,
showing that he’s fully recovered from a violent flip in a USAC show at Wilmot Raceway a few weeks ago ran down Borland to reach the second spot at the halfway point of the contest.

At the halfway mark Balog and Tatnell reached fourth and fifth respectively as the tandem charged through the pack. Balog would pull off a darning pass before the 16th lap whipping past both Borland and Sexton to reach the runner-up spot. In spite of his best efforts Mock was unable to hold onto the lead position and on lap 21 Balog roared past securing the lead which he would hold the final nine circuits.

With no cautions to slow his pace Balog would reach the finish line without further challenge as second place became hotly contested. Tatnell had reached Mock’s tail with five laps to go but Mock was driving a flawless line around the track.

Coming to the final turns Tatnell was able to find a line which allowed him to draw even with Mock as the duo powered off turn four in a drag race to the finish line. Tatnell’s momentum allowed him to reach the stripe in second by a matter of feet, as Mock settled for the third spot. Sexton recorded a solid fourth place showing having run in the top five the entire distance of the contest. Scott Uttech recorded his third consecutive top five finish having charged from the 11th spot on the grid to finish fifth.

Borland turned in one of his best performances of 2012 with a sixth place finish while Mike Reinke, Scott Neitzel, Todd King, and Whitney completed the top ten finishers. 13 drivers were still on the lead lap as the checkered flag flew.

20 of the 21 starters who accepted the green flag were still running at the finish. Dave Uttech had dropped from the event in the closing laps, while Bill Warren who had mechanical difficulties was unable to take the opening green flag.
Heat race wins would go to Sexton, Mock and Reinke. Reinke would pull off the closest victory of the evening in his heat race. Hugging the low line he ran down Kris Spitz coming off turn four reaching the checkered flag by a matter of inches ahead of Spitz to take the win.

In qualifying for the evening action Balog narrowly missed the track record of 12.225 set on August of 2006 by Sam Hafertepe. Balog had clocked in a lap of 12.306 seconds earning fast time edging Tatnell who laid down a 12.438 second effort. 12 drivers eclipsed the 13 second mark and the top 20 were just one second apart in qualifying.

This week the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are back in action for another double-header weekend. 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. It is the fastest track on the 30 race schedule this season, where the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint drivers reach speeds of 140 miles per hour.

In the series’ last appearance at the facility last September Mark Dobmier outran Brooke Tatnell and Mike Kertscher to score the win. Mike Reinke and Balog were victorious in the two other appearances for the series at the Dodge County Fairgrounds last season.

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.

Representing the All-Star Circuit of Champions will be co-point leaders Tim Schaffer and Dale Blaney along with Paul McMahan, Cap Henry and David Gravel. You can fully expect IRA series regulars Balog, Reinke, Neitzel, Mock, and Borland to defend their home turf as well as defending Wilmot Raceway champion, Sexton.

The Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Sprints and the track’s own Modified class will be joining the program. Additional information can be found at www.wilmotraceway.com

The last of the three consecutive 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

Leer Tops Rice Lake Speedway Modifieds for First Time Ever

July 16th, 2012

Rice Lake WI, – Sharing the card Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway with the IRA Sprint Cars, some very dramatic racing action took place. When the evening’s action was completed, among the highlights was one driver getting his first win in a new division of racing, one driver who won his first ever feature race and another driver who won his first feature of the season at Rice Lake. Along with this were two photo finishes for wins and another last lap pass that determined a winner. In the companion Sprint Car main event, local favorite Billy Balog made a lap twenty one pass for the lead after starting tenth on the grid and went on to win the nonstop thirty lap main event for the Sprint Cars.

Matt Leer moved up to the Modified class this year and is currently the highest rated rookie in all of WISSOTA, but until Saturday he had not won a feature race at his home track. That all changed when he made a last lap pass on Mark Hessler to
claim the main event in the Modifieds. Steve Hallquist and Buddy Mayala started on the front row of the Modified main event but before a lap could be completed, Hessler charged up from the second row, split the front row cars and took the lead. Leer quickly charged up to second as the yellow flashed for Mayala, who had slowed in turn four.

On the green, Hessler would again take the lead as he ran the cushion and pulled away from the pack with Leer trying to stay with him. Scott Miller moved into the third spot and was then challenged by Paul Brust and Kevin Adams. Hessler continued to hold the lead, building up a comfortable advantage as Leer tried working the bottom line. As the laps started to tick off, Leer very gradually closed in on the leader as Adams was finally able to pass Brust and take over the third spot. Leer closed on Hessler with about five laps to go and looked to the inside in turn one, but Mark fought him off and opened up a little distance. Leer continued to challenge and he closed in again for one last push. As they took the white flag, Leer got inside Hessler as they raced into turn one. Leer edged into the lead down the back chute and stretched it even further as he got a great run off turn four and beat Hessler, who had led the entire way until the end, by about a car length for the win. Adams finished a distant third with Brust and Miller close behind.

Second year driver Chad Eastman celebrated his first ever feature win after he took the nonstop Pure Stock main event. Jay Folz and Kolby Kiehl battled in the early going with Folz securing the top spot. Eastman moved up from the second row using the outside and he was able to avoid some of the wild dicing for position that took place all around him. He continued his surge as he raced past Folz to take over the lead. As Eastman continued to hold a slight lead over Folz, C.J. Wagner, Bob Thompson, Joel Hinrichs and Mike Schnider were involved in a wild scramble for position. Schnider was finally able to take the third spot and he set off after the leaders. However, Eastman was running a strong line, and he never wavered as Folz pressured him for the top spot. With the race staying under the green, Eastman maintained his pace and beat Folz across the line by two car lengths for his first ever feature win as he became the eighth different Pure Stock winner so far this racing season. Folz finished a solid second and was pursued by Schnider, Kiehl and Wagner.

The first photo finish was in the Street Stock feature, where three cars crossed the line with less than a car length separating all three. Adam Soltis took the early lead from Jamey Fisher but he was soon challenged by Eric Olson for the top spot. Olson was also receiving pressure from Jay Kesan, Jimmy Randall, Sam Fankhauser and Cody Kummer. Randall was especially quick as he moved forward to engage in a hard fought battle with Kesan and Olson and then Kummer joined the group. Lap after lap they raced in a tight pack, swapping positions and racing inches apart, often in three wide formation.

Soltis continued to lead but Olson was sneaking a nose under him in each corner, looking for an opening. Just as the field took the white flag, Randall dumped all his water in turn one and Fankhauser spun, triggering a yellow and a two lap sprint to the finish.

On the green, Soltis continued to lead but Kummer got a great restart and motored past both Kesan and Olson and closed on Soltis for the lead. Olson rallied and closed back up. They raced three wide, side by side down the back chute on the final lap and continued in the same formation off the last corner. As they raced to the line, Soltis was able to get the best run in the middle of the track and he flashed across the line a bumper’s length ahead of Kummer, who himself edged out Olson by inches for second. Rounding out the top five were Chanda Fjorden-Nord and Kesan. It was Soltis’ first win at Rice Lake this year and he becomes the seventh different Street Stock factor so far.

The other photo finish was in the Super Stocks where Shane Kisling edged out Jason Forehand in a classic two car battle that saw the lead exchanged three times in the last eight laps. The early leader was Kirk Bogdanovic who fought off challenges from Jim Harris to take the early lead. Bogdanovic led the first four laps as he was then challenged by Eric Olson and Forehand. Following a lap five yellow for a spin, Forehand got up on the outside and drove past Bogdanovic to take over the lead. Meanwhile, Kisling, who started eighth on the grid, was making his way forward after he also finally settled on the high side. He got past Aaron Wilson and then closed on Olson, who had moved into the second spot. The yellow flew again with twelve laps completed for another spin.

On the green, Forehand again took off with the lead while Kisling used the high side to drive past Olson and move into second. Continuing to work the cushion, he charged forward and drove past Forehand to take over the lead. Kisling maintained the lead for a couple of laps, but then Forehand charged back into contention as Kisling seemed to slow a little on the high side.

With just a couple of laps left, Forehand drove back under Kisling to take over the lead, but it was a tenuous one. Kisling fought back and as they took the white flag, Forehand’s lead was less than a car length. Forehand bobbled slightly in turn two, and Kisling was able to pull up beside him as they raced off the final corner. The top side continued to be Kisling’s friend as he got a good run off the cushion and edged ahead of Forehand by about a hood length, recording his third Rice Lake win of the year. Olson hung on for a solid third with Wilson and Bogdanovic trailing.

The Midwest Modified feature got off to a bad start when contender Shane Halopka spun on the first lap and had to go tail back. Joe Chaplin Jr. then took the lead but briefly as Tito Viltz powered past him to take the top spot. Travis Anderson and Paul Harelstad battled for second but both were soon overtaken by Ryan Viltz who was flying to the front. Ryan closed up on his brother and the battle was on. Tito continued to lead but Ryan was challenging his every move.

On lap eight, Kerry Halopka got tangled up and ended up spinning, triggering the third and final yellow of the event. Under the yellow, Ryan Viltz suddenly slowed and headed for the pits. This gave Harelstad the second spot and he tried his best to flag down Tito Viltz once the green came out, but Tito was in cruise control as he maintained his groove and opened up some distance on the field at the end. Winning his second feature of the season at Rice Lake, it was his first victory since opening night. Harelstad continued to edge closer in his