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Dunbar and Wojcik Win As Tomahawk Speedway Closes the Doors

September 3rd, 2013

Tomahawk, WI- Duane Dunbar won the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature leading from lag-to-flag and Doug Wojcik, making his first appearance at the track in 2013, grabbed the lead at mid race to take the WISSOTA Street Stock feature win. In other racing action, CJ Hedges capped off the night with another Pure Stock win, while Louis Malluege won
another in his Bandit.

On this race night, each feature winner was presented with a large trophy by Steve Parsons in memory of his daughter, Kim, who was tragically lost in an automobile accident some years ago. It was, more importantly, an opportunity for awareness of promoting organ and tissue donations. A big thanks to Steve for all that he is doing! It was also announced at the pit meeting and later to the fans assembled, that Tomahawk Speedway is for sale and if not sold will not open the doors in 2014. While it came as a shock to hear it, this business decision has been rumored for some time. In racing action, Duane Dunbar started on the outside of the front row along with Dan Melton to begin the night’s feature race in the Midwest Mods and immediately took advantage of his starting spot to take the lead, to eventually lead by about five car lengths at the end of five laps. Running in second was Travis Friske who started fourth, with Shane Halopka in third after starting fifth. Lap ten saw Dunbar still in the lead by about the same margin with Friske and Halopka engaged in a bumper-to-bumper battle for second with Friske holding the advantage. When lap fifteen was in the books, Dunbar was still in the lead, but Friske and Halopka had moved up for the challenge with just a car length separating the top three contenders from one another. In the end, it was Dunbar hanging on for the win in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car with Friske in second, Halopka in third, Bo Bennish in fourth and Dan Melton in fifth.

The Street Stock feature began with Derek Eberl and Cody Kummer sharing the front row. Eberl was quickest to break away from the pack to lead the first three laps. Kummer wasn’t much interested in running second and by lap four had made the pass on Eberl. A caution for Ron Van Dusen spinning out with the aid of Heidi Karshbaum realigned the field. Lap five saw Kummer in the lead with Doug Wojcik taking advantage of the restart to get the second spot. Matt Troutman at the time ran third with Chad Boettcher moving up from the tail to run fourth. Running fifth at the time was Karshbaum, as Eberl dropped to the rear of the field. With seven laps in, Wojcik and Kummer got tangled up between turns one and two. Kummer’s car suffered a broken A-arm and Wojcik continued with the track officials’ blessings. By lap ten, Wojcik was firmly in the lead after taking advantage of the restart one more time midway through lap eight. Troutman dropped off into the pits and so what remained was Wojcik in the lead, Eberl running second after a great restart, Boettcher charging
hard, running third, Van Dusen in fourth and Karshbaum in fifth. Lap fifteen saw Wojcik still in the lead by several car lengths with Eberl and Boettcher engaged in a hardy battle for second. Karshbaum had sneaked by Van Dusen for fourth. When the checkered flag flew, it was Doug Wojcik getting the win in his Jerry’s BP-sponsored car. Eberl held on for second, Boettcher settled for third, Karshbaum held off Van Dusen for fourth and Van Dusen got fifth.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks ran only a feature on this race night with Nate Langberg and Steve Brown substituting for his son, Tad, on the front row. Langberg held the lead for some time, with Brown running second, but coming from fifth was the hottest pure stock, driven by CJ Hedges, Jr., to get to the top spot at about the midway point of the feature.

In the end, it was Hedges with the win in his Oak Ridge Embroidery and Gifts-sponsored car. Langberg took home the second spot with Michael Brown in third, Steve Brown in fourth and John Johnson, Sr. in fifth.

The Four Cylinder Bandits rounded out the night’s regular race program with Louis Malluege winning once again. Malluege won all but two of the year’s features and that was when Kasey Gross came to town. When the checkered flag flew on this race night, Malluege had sealed the deal in his Mustard Seed-sponsored car, after securing the lead
just four laps into the race, after starting dead last. Shawn Holleran took second, Jerry Brickner came in third, Ron Drake, Jr. took fourth, and Heath Heidmann took fifth.

The mechanics and powder puff races were up next with a fourteen-year-old female impressing the crowd with her driving
skills in what turned out to be excellent races in both the mechanics and powder puff races. These are often popular with
specific fans and boring to the general audience, but these races captured the attendance of all in the stands.

The night was capped off with an on track presentation of trophies to the top five finishers in each division with the division winners being Cole Spacek in the Midwest Modifieds, Jordan Kurtti in the Street Stocks, Michael Brown in the Pure Stocks and Louis Malluege in the Bandits.

And so, concludes another chapter in Tomahawk racing history. Stay tuned as the saga continues with hopefully a happily ever after chapter as some vow the track will reopen next year! This author’s hope is that the track will be sold soon, that communication flows early, and that plans can be made by racers for a successful reopening in 2014.

In the meantime, thanks to the drivers and fans that supported the track through good times and bad!

Chicken Dinners for Shane Halopka and Derek Eberl at Tomahawk Speedway

September 1st, 2013

Tomahawk, WI-Shane Halopka made his first trip of the year to Tomahawk Speedway a memorable one by winning the feature in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Division and Derek Eberl, after making a gear change for the night, found the sweet spot of his car to take the win in the WISSOTA Street Stock Division’s feature, to complete a sweep for the night. In the Pure Stock Division, the win went to Tad Brown who crashed during the white flag lap and to Louis Malluege who continued his winning ways in the Bandit Division.

Shane Halopka started on the front row along with heat winner, Travis Friske, but it would be Halopka who would get the early advantage to lead by five car lengths at the end of lap five. Friske ran second, Cole Spacek ran third, as Dan Melton and Bo Bennish fought it out for fourth. By lap ten Halopka had extended his lead to some ten car lengths as
Friske’s car appeared to be losing some of it initial momentum. Spacek, Melton and Bennish continued to run in the same order. It was during lap thirteen that Friske slowed and pulled his car into the pits with his night done. Spacek inherited second and by lap fifteen was running to within seven or eight car lengths of Halopka. When the checkered flag flew at the end of twenty laps, Halopka had picked up his fifteenth win of the year in his Tim’s Automotive-sponsored car. Spacek had closed the gap to four car lengths to finish second, as Melton and Bennish came home third and fourth.

In the WISSOTA Street Stock action, Ashley Wahlstrom and Heidi Karshbaum led the way for the start of their feature. It was last week’s feature winner, Keith Troutman, who would lead the first four laps until Ron Van Dusen looped his car in turn four creating a caution and a restart. On the restart, Derek Eberl, who had started fourth and was running second prior to the caution, saw his chance and passed Troutman for the lead. With ten laps in the books Eberl had widened the gap and was leading by nearly six car lengths, as Troutman continued his quest for the top spot. Van Dusen had moved from the rear of the pack to run third, as Wahlstrom and Karshbaum continued to do battle for fourth with Wahlstrom edging out Karshbaum by a mere half car length. By lap fifteen Eberl had extended his lead to ten car lengths with the rest of the field still in the same order. As flagman Lou threw the checkered, it was Eberl taking the win in his Loader’s Bar-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Troutman, Van Dusen, Wahlstrom and Karshbaum.

Tad Brown and Austyn Booth, driving CJ Hedges car, started on the front row for the start of the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature. Booth was the early leader and led the first four laps, but it was during lap five that Brown made his move to capture the top spot. Brown continued to lead by the end of lap ten with Nate Langberg edging out Booth for second. Michael Brown continued to run fourth while Herb Dettman ran fifth. With fifteen laps in the books Tad Brown still had the lead with Langberg hounding his every move in an attempt to make the pass. Booth still ran third, as Michael Brown and Dettman held onto their spots. With just one lap to go and the checkered flag displayed, Langberg attempted a pass on the backstretch for the lead and in the process got into the car of Tad Brown causing it to go sideways on the track to eventually be struck by Michael Brown’s car. Tad Brown’s car was a mess and he was unable to continue. It was determined by track officials that Tad Brown be declared the winner with Michael Brown second, Booth third, Dettman fourth and Brett Oenning fifth.

In what turned out to be a crowd favorite and probably the best race of the night, the Bandits took to the track next with Evan Call and Shawn Holleran on the front row. It was neither of the two starters, though, who led by the end of lap one as Brandon Langbecker had come up from third to take the top spot. With two laps in, track champion, Louis Malluege, had moved up from fifth to take the lead with Langbecker dropping to second. The two top cars ran in the same order until lap eleven when Langbecker was passed by Jerry Brickner for second as Holleran ran fourth and Heath Heidmann ran fifth. When the checkered flag flew it was Malluege with yet another win in his Jaco’s Hunting Service-sponsored car. Brickner, Holleran, Heidmann and Langbecker rounded out the top five.

The final night of racing for 2013 is August 31 with the regular race night followed by powder puff and mechanics races and then the presentation of trophies for the year.

A Sweep and a Track Championship for Spacek as Troutman Continues His Winning Ways Tomahawk Speedway

August 26th, 2013

Cole Spacek swept a competitive field of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and picked up the track championship as a bonus, while Keith Troutman led all laps to win the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. In Pure Stock action, CJ Hedges added to his win column by tacking up another win in that division; and Louis Malluage sealed the deal in the Bandit division.

After winning at Eagle River Speedway on Tuesday night and a restful week at the Dells, Cole Spacek was ready to take on all comers on Friday night as he first won his heat and then got off to a quick start in the feature to lead by nearly a full turn by the end of lap five. Bo Bennish slowed the pace during lap six when he went around coming out of turn three, but that didn’t slow Spacek much as he once again surged to the lead. Pinch hitting for Bruce Belland for the night, Alex Van Natta ran second in his first race of the year, followed by Tad Schoonover, Duane Dunbar and Travis Friske. By the end of lap ten, Spacek was still in control as Van Natta was replaced in the second spot by Friske and Mike Schnider ran fourth, with Dunbar in fifth. Dunbar had come from the rear of the pack after he was credited with a caution during lap eight. Spacek continued to lead by the end of lap 15, as Van Natta ran second. Schnider and Dunbar were fighting for third as Bennish ran fifth. Friske was no longer a threat as he had pulled his car into the infield as lap eleven neared completion. When the checkered flag flew, it was Spacek with a win, a sweep and a repeat track championship in his JJ Motorsports-sponsored car. Rounding out the field was Van Natta in an impressive run for second after no racing all season, Dunbar coming back from the back of the pack, Schnider who had made his first trip to the track and Bennish.

After a feature win last week, would Keith Troutman be able to repeat? Starting on the pole, Troutman, this week, led every lap from start to finish in the caution-free feature. Even though Troutman dominated the race, the race for second was a good one with Derek Eberl and Adam Soltis trading places for much of the early portion of the race, with Soltis winning that battle to finish second in the end. When the checkered flag flew, it was Troutman with the win in his Bubba’s Garage-sponsored car, with Soltis taking second, and Jordan Kurtti coming home in third after making the pass on Eberl with four laps to go.

Nate Langberg and Tad Brown led the field to the start of the Pure Stock feature with Langberg taking the early lead. It was CJ Hedges coming from fifth, though, who would dominate the race from lap five until the checkered flag to take the win in his Wife and Kids-sponsored car. John Johnson, Sr., Michael Brown, Langberg and Tad Brown rounded out the top five as they ran in a pack vying for the second spot.

Once again, the Bandit feature belonged to Louis Malluege, as he completed a sweep for the night. Malluege won by just three car lengths in his Hugo’s Pizza-sponsored car over Tim Holleran.

Racing continues on Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31, with a two-day special. Racing will begin at 7:00 on Friday and one hour earlier at 6:00 PM, on Saturday.

Friske and Troutman Collect the Hardware at the Tori Stevens Memorial Race

August 18th, 2013

Tomahawk, WI– In what he described as the “biggest race and feature win of my career” Travis Friske took home the Tori Stevens’ Memorial trophy in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Division and Keith Troutman bested the field in the WISSOTA Street Stocks. CJ Hedges, Jr. dominated the class to take home the Tori Stevens’ trophy in the Pure Stocks and Kasey Gross held on to win the Four Cylinder Bandit feature.

A picture perfect night greeted fans and racers on a night to celebrate the life of one of Tomahawk Speedways biggest fans. Tori Stevens left this earth at the young age of just eleven on November 25, 2012. She loved the races and many of the racers, but Travis Friske was her all-time favorite. How appropriate it was that Friske would find himself on the pole for the start of the Midwest Modified feature, this, after having just horrible luck the last few weeks. Friske was off like a shot at the drop of the green and by lap five was leading Cole Spacek by three car lengths. Bruce Belland at the time was running third with Tad Schoonover and Bo Bennish fighting for fourth. With ten laps in the books, Friske continued to lead by two or three car lengths over Bruce Belland who had passed Spacek during lap seven. Bennish ran fourth and Schoonover was in fifth. Lap 15 saw Friske still leading by three car lengths over Belland who was being hounded by Spacek just a few feet behind him. Bennish and Schoonover continued to run fourth and fifth. When the checkered flag flew, Friske had won a popular and emotional race in his Mary’s Hang Out-sponsored car. As the fans stood and applauded, Friske climbed atop his ride. With his trophy held high, he pointed skyward and said, “This one’s for you, Tori”. Belland, Spacek, Bennish and Schoonover rounded out the top five.

In what turned out to be the best race of the night, Ron Van Dusen and Keith Troutman led the Street Stock at the green for the start of their feature. It was neither Van Dusen nor Troutman, though, who would lead the first lap, as Cody Kummer came from his third place starting spot to lead. Kummer led the first three laps, but Troutman worked his way past Kummer during lap four and by lap five led by a car length over Kummer. Jordan Kurtti, at this point, had come from fifth to run third, followed by Derek Eberl and Heidi Karshbaum. With ten laps in, Troutman continued to lead by two car lengths over Kummer as Kurtti ran third. Eberl continued to run fourth and Karshbaum was in fifth. Van Dusen had taken his ride to the pits during lap nine and his night was done. Lap 15 saw Troutman leading by two car lengths over Kurtti who had made the pass on Kummer during lap twelve. Eberl was still in fourth and Karshbaum continued to run fifth. For three or four laps Troutman and Kurtti ran bumper-to-bumper, with Kurtti searching high and low for an opportunity to make the move for the lead. It was during the white flag lap that Kurtti made a last ditch attempt. That was his undoing and he slipped up a bit and lost ground. When the checkered flag flew, it was Troutman taking the win in his Ingman’s Service-sponsored car by inches over Eberl who was the benefactor of Kurtti’s misfortune. Kummer, Kurtti and Karshbaum rounded out the top five.

In the Pure Stock feature, Tad Brown and Nate Langberg lined up side-by-side for the start of their feature with Langberg coming out the leader. Langberg’s lead wouldn’t last long, however, as CJ Hedges, Jr. came charging through the field from his fourth place starting spot to take the lead by the end of lap two. Lap five saw Hedges leading by nearly a full turn over John Johnson, Sr. , who had started third. Michael Brown, meanwhile, had moved up from fifth to run third as Tad Brown hung on to fourth and Lance Rutledge ran fifth. Between laps five and ten there were two cautions, but Hedges continued to lead with Tad Brown in second, Rutledge in third, Johnson in fourth and Michael Brown in fifth. With just one more lap in, Michael Brown was charged with his second caution of the night and his night was done. Hedges continued to pull away and by lap 15 was leading by ten car lengths over Tad Brown. Brown was engaged in a three-way battle with Johnson and Rutledge as Chuck Sundquist ran fifth. When the checkered flag flew it was Hedges taking the win in his Oak Ridge Embroidery and Gifts-sponsored car by a half lap over Tad Brown, Johnson, Rutledge, and Sundquist.

The Four Cylinder Bandit feature began with Ron Drake, Jr. and Tim Holleran on the front row, with Holleran leading the first lap. Holleran’s shot at the point was a short one as Kasey Gross came from third to lead the remainder of the laps of the race leading by seven car lengths at one point. It wasn’t until four laps remained that things got a bit more interesting as Louis Malluege got to within two car lengths of Gross. With the white flag flying, Malluege gave it his best shot but was not able to close the gap completely, losing to Gross by a mere half car length. Gross went on to take the win in his Hilltop-sponsored car, with Malluege in second, Holleran in third and Drake in fourth.

Future race dates include the final track points’ night on Friday, August 23, and a two-day special on Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31.

Dunbar and Eberl Qualify for the Race of Champions at Tomahawk Speedway

August 12th, 2013

Tomahawk, Wisconsin– After suffering major mechanical issues while leading last week’s feature race, Duane Dunbar was able to put the 7X in victory lane this week to qualify for the Amsoil Race of Champions in Huron, South Dakota, scheduled for the week of September 10 through 14. Joining Dunbar in the winner’s circle and in his quest for a qualifying spot for the Race of Champions, was Derek Eberl, who won in a thrilling race that saw him taking the checkered flag by a half car length over last week’s winner, Jordan Kurtti.

For the night’s features, the Tomahawk Pure Stocks took to the track first, with John Johnson, Sr. and Michael Brown on the front row. Brown shot to the lead immediately and by lap five was leading by a comfortable eight-car margin over Johnson. Meanwhile, CJ Hedges, Jr., Nate Langberg and Tad Brown were waging a battle for the third spot. By lap ten, Michael Brown’s lead had dropped to a five-car-length lead, as Hedges motored in second after passing Johnson during lap eight. Langberg and Tad Brown continued to do battle for fourth. Lap fifteen saw Michael Brown leading by just three car lengths over Hedges as Johnson, Langberg and Tad Brown ran nose-to-tail, fighting for third. With two laps to go, Michael Brown spun coming into turn four, but Hedges was called for the caution after he tapped the rear bumper of Brown’s car. This set up an exciting green, white, checkered finish that would see Michael Brown pick up the win in his DAR-sponsored car. Hedges came all the way from the tail to take second, followed by Johnson, Langberg and Tad Brown.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Heidi Karshbaum and Derek Eberl on point. Eberl showed his strength early on and by lap five held an uncomfortable lead of just a half car length over Keith Troutman who had come from fourth. Jordan Kurtti ran third followed by Ron Van Duisen and Karshbaum. Lap ten saw Eberl still in the lead over Kurtti who passed Troutman during lap nine. Troutman ran third and Van Dusen held onto fourth. Karshbaum had driven her car off and into the pits with what appeared to be transmission woes at the end of lap eight. Eberl continued to lead Kurtti by the end of lap 15; however, his lead had dropped to a mere half car length with Kurtti going high and low on the track in an effort to make the pass. Troutman and Van Dusen continued to fight it out for third with Troutman winning that battle. In the end, despite the best efforts of Kurtti to make the pass at various places and using as many lines as he could, Eberl went on for the win in his Compass Land Consultants-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Troutman and Van Dusen.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up next with Duane Dunbar and Bruce Belland on the front row. Dunbar was quickest off the line, leading the field by the end of lap five with Belland just three car lengths behind him. Just behind Belland, Travis Friske, last week’s winner, John Kallas, and Mickey Nosser fought for the third spot. Dunbar continued to lead by the end of lap ten with Friske now in second after passing Belland during lap eight. Belland at this point ran third with Kallas and Nosser running fourth and fifth. Lap 15 and the race still belonged to Dunbar, but just by a half car length over Friske. Belland hung on to third and Kallas ran fourth. Cole Spacek had come from sixth during lap thirteen to run fifth. With four laps to go, Friske went around going into turn one and this caused a caution. With less than one lap to go, Tad Schoonover, who had been running sixth, looped his car in turn one with the assist of Friske and Friske’s night was done, as he was credited with his second caution. In what was otherwise an exciting and very competitive race, the end was a bit frustrating as it ended as the caution had been thrown after the completion of the white flag lap. Dunbar accepted the checkered flag in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car, with Belland taking second, Spacek taking third, Nosser in fourth and Kallas in fifth.

Concluding the night’s race activities, the mighty Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits took to the track with Louis Malluege and Tim Holleran on the front row. Ironic, as these two have been one and two all year long. By the end of lap five, Malluege was in the lead and in control with an eight-car lead over Kasey Gross who had come from fifth. Holleran ran third, with Ron Drake, Jr., in fourth and Kevin Malluege, Louis’ dad, in fifth. Lap six saw the car of Kevin Malluege go around with the assist of Kasey Gross’ dad, Charlie Gross. This realigned the field with Louis Malluege in the lead and Kasey Gross in second. Gross’ car was the only car Louis Malluege had finished second to, all year long. Louis Malluege continued to lead by the end of lap nine, but during lap ten, Kasey Gross made the pass on the younger Malluege to take the lead. Holleran continued in third as the elder Gross ran fourth and Drake ran fifth. It was during the white flag lap that the elder Malluege got into the rear bumper of the Drake car, causing it to spin. However, the race continued with Kasey Gross winning in his Hilltop Auto-sponsored car. Rounding out the field were Louis Malluege, Holleran, Drake and Charlie Gross.

Racing continues on Friday, August 16, when Tomahawk Speedway proudly presents the Tori Stevens Memorial Race. The race is in honor of one of the Speedway’s and many racer’s biggest fans who left this world at 11 years of age on November 25, 2012. Future race dates include the final track points’ night on Friday, August 23, and a two-day special on Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31.

Kallas and Kurtti Kap off Wins at Tomahawk’s Family Night

August 4th, 2013

Tomahawk, WI–John Kallas held off a hard charging Cole Spacek by a half bumper to capture an exciting win and a sweep for the night in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified and Jordan Kurtti motored past a fast Derek Eberl with just two laps to go in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. In the other divisions, Tomahawk’s CJ Hedges, Jr. capped off a perfect birthday week with his second feature win and a sweep for the night in his Pure Stock. Louis Malluege walked off with yet another win and a sweep in his Four Cylinder Bandit.

Tad Schoonover and Duane Dunbar set the pace for the start of the Midwest Modified feature with Dunbar gaining the early advantage to lead lap one. Fighting handling problems, Travis Friske’s car went around coming out of turn one at the beginning of lap two to bring out the caution and then on the restart did the same thing, this time ending up in the infield. Once racing got underway again, Dunbar re-established himself as the leader to lead by about five car lengths by the end of lap five, with Schoonover giving chase, followed by John Kallas, Mickey Nosser and Cole Spacek. With just one more lap in the books, Dunbar’s car suddenly spun coming out of turn three and his night was over as his car was towed
to the pits with a torn up rear suspension. At that point, Kallas inherited the lead and was leading by two car lengths over Spacek by the end of lap ten with Nosser, Schoonover and Bo Bennish rounding out the top five.

Lap fifteen saw Kallas still in the lead, but playing defense as Spacek had moved to within a half car length of the leader. Schoonover had moved into third with Nosser in fourth. Friske was still on the track, but a lap down. Bennish had retired his car to the pits after lap ten with mechanical issues. With the laps winding down, Spacek had attached his car to the rear bumper of Kallas’ car as the two motored around the track. On the white flag lap, Spacek tried to make several attempts at a pass, but Kallas stayed low. Spacek saw his chance as the cars came out of turn four for the last time, getting along side Kallas. As the checkered flag dropped, it was nearly a photo finish, but Kallas nipped out a win by a few inches over Spacek. Schoonover, Nosser and Friske rounded out the top five. This was Kallas’ first win and
a clean sweep in this Midwest Mod sponsored by Cloverland Motors and the Sorenson Family.

In Street Stock action, birthday girl, Heidi Karshbaum, and Derek Eberl were on the front row, with Eberl charging to the lead to lead lap one. With five laps in, Eberl was still in the lead by just a car length over Jordan Kurtti, as Jeff Mullins and Keith Troutman fought it out for third, with Ron Van Dusen running in fifth. With two more laps in, Troutman’s car suddenly slowed and then two laps later exited to the pits with a blown transmission. Eberl was still in command and with ten laps in the books, Kurtti had narrowed the gap to just a half car length, with Mullins giving chase in third. Lap fifteen saw Eberl hanging on to a half car length lead, as Kurtti continued to look high and low on the track for opportunities to make the pass. Mullins was still in third and fading a bit as Van Dusen and Chad Boettcher fought it out for fourth. It was during lap eighteen that Kurtti, in his Al’s Auto-sponsored car used the top side to get around Eberl as the two came out of turn four. From that point on, the race was Kurtti’s, as he held off Eberl for the narrow win. Boettcher, Mullins and Van Dusen rounded out the top five. John Johnson, Jr. and Tad Brown lined up side-by-side for the start of the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature with Johnson getting the early advantage to lead lap one.
Lap five saw Johnson still in the lead by four car lengths, with Nate Langberg in second. Heat winner, CJ Hedges, was on the move from fourth as he ran third, with Shawn Bialas in fourth and Tad Brown in fifth.

Johnson continued to lead with ten laps in the books, but Hedges was on the move, running second and looking for more. Langberg ran third with Michael Brown in fourth and Bialas in fifth. Lap fifteen and the lead belonged to Hedges who had made the pass on Johnson during lap eleven. Johnson hung on to second as Hedges put five car lengths between them and Michael Brown continued his march to the front, running in third. Langberg and Tad Brown battled for fourth. With the checkered flag in hand, Flagman Lou, back in the saddle after successful hip surgery, ended the race with Hedges taking the win by ten car lengths over Johnson. Michael Brown, Langberg and Tad Brown rounded out the top five. It was the second feature win for Hedges in his birthday week, after winning the feature in his Oakridge Embroidery and Gift-sponsored car on Tuesday night at Eagle River Speedway.

Louis Malluege was once again victorious in his Four-Cylinder Bandit. Malluege has won all but one feature all year and his nearest competitor, Tim Holleran, once again came home in second. These guys need some serious competition-come on over to Tomahawk and see if you can meet the challenge with your four cylinder!

Thanks to Game Over Motorsports for the bike giveaways, two happy kids went home with new bikes thanks to the teams of Derek Eberl and Travis Friske. Thanks to all the fans for coming out and making it the biggest crowd of the year!

Racing continues on Friday, August 9, with the Race of Champions races to qualify for the WISSOTA 100 in Huron, South Dakota. Schedule for August 16 is the Tori Stevens Memorial Race to honor one of the Speedway’s biggest fans!

Kurrti Captures Another Street Stock Win As Belland Bests the Midwest Mods

July 21st, 2013

Tomahawk, WI-Jordan Kurtti put on a clinic winning the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, after leading from flag to flag, by three fourths of a lap and Bruce Belland won the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature in a yellow flag special on Friday night. In Pure Stock action, twelve Tomahawk Pure Stocks fought it out with Nate Langberg leading flag to flag while a small field in the Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits saw Louis Malluege pick up yet another win.

After taking second in the heat to last week’s Street Stock feature winner, Derek Eberl, Jordan Kurtti started dead last in the feature, but made his presence felt early by making a power move at the drop of the green to lead the first lap and every lap thereafter.

By the end of the fifth lap, Kurtti was leading by nearly a full turn as he motored around the fast red clay track leaving Keith Troutman and Eberl to battle for second. Ron Van Dusen and Kelly Knutson meanwhile fought it out for the third spot with Heidi Karshbaum retired to the pits with mechanical issues. Lap ten and fifteen were more of the same as Kurtti led by nearly a half lap with Troutman in second on lap ten. As the fifteenth lap was being completed, Eberl made the pass on Troutman for second and Knutson dropped off into the pits saving his car for another day. When the checkered flag flew, it was Kurtti taking the win in his Char’s Café sponsored car. Eberl, Troutman and Van Dusen rounded out the field.

The Midwest Modifed race was one several drivers would, I’m sure, like to have drop out of their memory bank with numerous yellows and some questionable decisions. Dan Melton and Tad Schoonover led the way to the green as ten Midwest Modifieds cranked it up for the feature with Schoonover taking the top spot by the end of lap one. There were actually
eleven Midwest Modifieds scheduled to race at the beginning of the night, but Duane Dunbar was a no show when his transmission let go during hot laps. Lap five saw Schoonover still in control with John Kallas, coming from fourth in second. Prior to the end of lap five, though, there were two cautions one resulting in the loss of last week’s feature
winner, Travis Friske, exiting to the pits with a torn up car due to a snafus on a restart after the first caution. Prior to lap ten being completed, there were three more cautions which ultimately resulted in the loss of Mickey Nosser and John Kallas retiring their cars to the pits after sustaining damage. Once the tenth lap was complete, Schoonover was still in the lead with Bruce Belland challenging for the top spot. Jerry Grasse, Dan Melton and Cole Spacek were involved in a three man chase for third. Lap fifteen saw Belland in the lead after making the pass during lap eleven. Spacek at this point had captured the second spot with Melton hot on his tail as Schoonover dropped to fourth, followed by
Grasse. When it was all said and done half the field was gone with Belland taking the win in his Bay Speed sponsored car. Spacek, Melton, Schoonover and Grasse rounded out the top five.

Tomahawk Pure Stock action was a fast and furious affair with ten cars starting and five finishing. This feature was also yellow flag plagued with only half the field still on the track when the checkered flag flew. Shawn Bialas and Nate Langberg lined up on the front row for the start of the Pure Stock feature with Langberg grabbing the lead at the end of lap one. Two early cautions for debris and a car stalled in the pit exit slowed down the early portion of this feature, but Langberg and Bialas continued to run for the top spot with Langberg in control. The end of lap five saw Langberg in the top spot, Bialas running second and CJ Hedges, Jr. in third after starting seventh. Hedges would retire to the pits soon thereafter with a flat. Lap ten belonged to Langberg with John Johnson, Sr. and Tad Brown working hard for second as Bialas dropped to fourth and Tyler Lunsburg ran fourth after starting tenth. Langberg continued to lead by the end of lap fifteen and Johnson, Sr. was challenging while running second. Bialas had moved back up to third at this point with Lunsburg in fourth and Tad Brown in fifth. Johnson, Sr’s night would come to a flaming end as lap eleven started when the rear end on his car exploded and his night was done. In the end it was twenty laps of excitement in the books with Langberg staying out of the fray and pulling his Tomahawk Liquors sponsored car into the winner’s circle. Tad Brown, Michael Brown, John Johnson, Jr. and Lunsburg rounded out the top five.

With just three cars in the Tomahawk Four Cylinder feature there is not a whole lot to report except that Louis Malluege continued his winning ways taking the win in his Mustard Seed sponsored car. Tim Holleran did a nice job hanging in there for second and Kevin Malluege, Louis’s dad, brought the ole Chevy in for the third spot.

Increased pay continues to bring in new drivers-come check it out and see if you can get a piece of the pie!

Racing continues on Friday, July 26, with all four divisions once again in action. Come join the fun!

Friske and Boettcher Win Intense Races at Tomahawk Speedway

July 15th, 2013

Tomahawk, Wisconsin–Could increased pay lead to intense racing action? That appears to have been the case on Friday night at Tomahawk Speedway when racing in most every feature saw the most competitive and entertaining racing of the year! That, along with increased car counts, as well!

Travis Friske, after starting third in his feature, gained the lead during lap nine to take the win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division. Chad Boettcher came all the way from ninth to win the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. In the Tomahawk divisions, Michael Brown captured the win after running sixth for a time and Kasey Gross, making his first trip to the speedway in 2013, won the Bandit feature.

The first feature of the night saw the Tomahawk Pure Stocks take to the track with Michael Brown leading the first lap, and John Johnson, CJ Hedges, Jr., Nate Langberg and Terran Spacek all battling for the second spot. By lap, two things began to sort out with Johnson in the lead and Hedges right on his tail. By lap five, Johnson was still in control, but Hedges had been passed for second by Langberg, as Hedges, Tad Brown and Spacek battled for third. Lap ten of the Pure Stock feature saw Johnson still in control with Hedges once again running in second, Langberg in third, Tad Brown in fourth and Lance Rutledge in fifth. Meanwhile, Spacek had dropped off into the pits with mechanical issues. Lap 15 belonged to Michael Brown, as he became the benefactor of both Johnson and Hedges being sent to the back on the previous lap when they were involved in what was determined to be a shared caution. Once Brown saw pay dirt he kept his Impala headed for the checkered, as Hedges worked his way back from the rear of the pack to take second. Tad Brown, Johnson and Rutledge rounded out the top five.

Up next were the WISSOTA Street Stocks with Heidi Karshbaum and Ron Van Dusen on the front row. Karshbam would lead the first two laps, as Keith Troutman moved up from third to run second and Todd Brass ran third, after starting fifth. Troutman passed Karshbam for the lead, during lap three, taking Brass, Jordan Kurtti, who had started seventh, and Derek Eberl, who had started eighth, along with him. With five laps in the books, Brass shot to the lead, Kurtti ran second, Troutman dropped to third and Ryan Glembin and Boettcher battled for fourth. By the end of lap ten, Kurtti had passed Brass for the lead, with Boettcher running second and Brass in third. Karshbaum ran fourth and Dustin Miller ran fifth after starting tenth. Troutman was out of the running after being credited with a caution during lap eight. Lap 15 belonged to Boettcher, who had passed for the lead during lap 11. Brass hung on for second with Kurtti in hot pursuit. Karshbaum continued to run fourth and Miller maintained his run in fifth. In the end, it was Boettcher taking the win in his Riverdale Motel-sponsored car, with Brass, Kurtti, Karshbaum and Miller rounding out the top five.

While the Street Stock feature was fast, furious, exciting and quite intense, the Midwest Mods were up next in what would be the most intense race of the night. Tad Schoonover and John Kallas lined up side-by-side for the start of the feature, with Schoonover the early leader and Travis Friske, Jeff Klopstein, Jr., John Kallas and Duane Dunbar giving chase.
Schoonover continued to lead and by lap five was followed by Kallas, Klopstein, Dunbar and Friske. Just as lap five was completed, Kallas and Klopstein tangled going into turn two, with both cars going to the pits for repairs and to the back of the running order on the restart. This would lead to both drivers coming back with a vengeance to make up for the lost track position. In fact Kallas would spin on his own after lap seven and he would then once again start at the back of the pack. By lap ten Friske was in the lead, after making the pass on Schoonover during lap nine. Schoonover dropped to second, as Bruce Belland moved into the third spot after starting seventh and running sixth for most of the previous laps. Kallas had worked his way back up to fourth as Cole Spacek ran fifth. Lap 15 was Friske’s followed by Belland, Kallas, Schoonover and Spacek. Spacek would drop off into the pits with a flat tire and Dunbar moved up to take the fifth spot by lap sixteen. In the end, it was Friske with a crowd-pleasing win in his Game Over Motorsports, Wrap Right Graphics-sponsored car. Belland would finish second by a mere half car length with Kallas close behind, followed by Dunbar and Schoonover.

The final feature of the night featured the Four Cylinder Bandits with Kasey Gross and Louis Malluege on the front row. Malluege, up to this night of racing had won every feature race in 2013, but Gross was there to see that streak broken.
To say that Gross was dominate would be an understatement as he led from flag-to-flag, winning the feature by nearly a full turn in his Hilltop Auto-sponsored car. Louis Malluege would finish second with Tim Holleran and Kevin Malluege rounding out the top finishers.

Racing will continue on Friday, July 19, with all four divisions (MWM, Streets, Pures and Bandits) once again being in action. Increased pay will again be the name of the game. So, drivers, come check it out and give one of the best race track surfaces in Wisconsin a try! The new clay is “stickin” and tacky!

Cole Spacek and Jordan Kurtti Best in Show at Tomahawk Speedway

July 8th, 2013

Tomahawk, Wisconsin–Cole Spacek,in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified, and Jordan Kurtti, in his WISSOTA Street Stock, bested the fields at Tomahawk Speedway. In addition, C J Hedges, Jr. won the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature, while Louis Malluege continued his winning ways in his Four Cylinder Bandit.

It was after two weeks of racing being cancelled due to rainy weather that racing resumed on Friday, July 5. Racing was held under clear skies with comfortable temperatures. Nearly 30 loads of new clay were added to the track during the good weather days prior to the night’s racing and the drivers couldn’t have asked for better track conditions, as the new clay stayed put and made for an excellent racing service.

It was announced at the pit meeting that increased pay will be the order of the day for the remainder of the year in the Midwest Modified, Street Stock and Pure Stock Divisions. In the Midwest Modifieds, the winning pay will now be $275.00, with the Streets getting $250.00 to win,and the Pures $150 to win. In addition, second and third place winnings will be increased.

After the heat races were completed, nearly 500 fans were treated to one of the best track fireworks displays this writer has witnessed.

Once the fireworks display was completed, the features were underway, and the Tomahawk Pure Stocks took to the track first with Lance Rutledge and Tad Brown on the front row. Brown would lead the first three laps with heat winner, CJ Hedges, Jr., who started fifth, taking over the top spot as lap four came to a close. Hedges then dominated for the feature win in his Tomahawk Iron and Metal-sponsored car. Michael Brown, Tad Brown, John Johnson, Sr. and Tyler Musolff rounded out the top five.

Heidi Karshbaum and heat winner, Keith Troutman, were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Troutman was the early leader, leading the first three laps, but Jordan Kurtti came from fourth to lead lap four and the remaining laps of the feature to claim the win, winning by nearly a half lap in his Al’s Auto-sponsored car. Derek Eberl, Chad Boettcher, Karshbaum and Ronald Van Dusen rounded out the top five.

Paul Winker and Tim Holleran led the field to the green flag for the start of the Four Cylinder Bandit race with Holleran leading the first eight laps of the feature. It was during lap nine that Louis Malluege stole the lead to eventually win yet another feature in his Hugo’s Pizza sponsored car. Holleran, Kevin Malluege and Winker rounded out the top four.

Tad Schoonover and Cole Spacek lined up side- by-side for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, with Spacek showing early strength, leading not only the first lap, but every lap thereafter. It was a good night for Spacek as he also won his heat race, after starting fifth. Spacek may have won, but the race to watch was for second as John Kallas, who started fourth and Travis Friske, who started third battled most of the race, with Kallas eventually taking the second spot. So, it was Spacek taking the win in his JJ Motor Sports sponsored car with Kallas, Friske, Duane Dunbar and Dan Melton rounding out the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, July 12, when once again all four regular divisions will be in action.

Friske and Kurtti Score Wins at Tomahawk Speedway

June 17th, 2013

Tomahawk, WI-A beautiful night greeted a nice crowd for the first of two flag signing and autograph events with the next scheduled for July 26. These events give fans the opportunity to go down on the track to meet and visit with the drivers during halftime. It also gives fans the opportunity to collect autographs of their favorite drivers as the drivers sign the fans’ checkered flags.

Travis Friske patiently worked his way around the track to catch a quick Cole Spacek late in the feature for the win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division while Jordan Kurtti led from flag-to-flag for the win in the WISSOTA Street Stock event. In the Tomahawk Speedway divisions, Nate Langberg picked up his first feature win this season in his Pure Stock, while Louis Malluege continued on his winning ways picking up another Four Cylinder Bandit win.

The feature races for the night began with Tyler Musolff and Lance Rutledge on the front row ready to take the green for the start of the Pure Stock feature. It was neither Musloff nor Rutledge who would lead the first lap, as Nate Langberg, coming from third, made an early move to lead the first lap as he drove to the lead. Lap five saw Langberg firmly in command with John Johnson, Sr., who had started fifth, and Michael Brown, who had started seventh, running side-by-side for the second spot. Not much had changed by the end of lap ten except the car of last week’s feature winner, Jason Melton, running fourth after starting sixth, was showing quite a bit of smoke. Lap fifteen saw Langberg still running up front, with Johnson and Michael Brown still fighting it out for second. Melton’s car was still in fourth, smoking more and more, while Rutledge hung on to fifth. When the checkered flag flew, Langberg had squeaked a win by a mere car length, with Johnson hot on his heels. It was the first feature win of the year for Langberg in his Smith Logging-sponsored car. Johnson, Melton (whose car erupted into flames and was fortunately put out by alert track workers), Tad Brown, and Michael Brown rounded out the top five.

The Amsoil WISSOTA Street Stock feature saw Ron Van Dusen and Jordan Kurtti on the front row with Kurtti forging to a quick advantage despite a couple of early cautions. By lap five, Kurtti was leading by two or three car lengths over Cody Kummer who had come from fourth. Last week’s feature winner, Derek Eberl, and Kevin Bogdanovic in the meantime were fighting it out for third with Van Dusen running in fifth. Lap ten saw the cars remaining in the same order but Kurtti had stretched his lead to four or five car lengths over Kummer. Kurtti continued to dominate by lap fifteen with Kummer in second followed still by Eberl, Bogdanovic and Van Dusen. As the checkered flag flew, it was Kurtti with a substantial seven-car lead taking the win in his Al’s Auto-sponsored car. Kummer, Eberl, Bogdanovic and Van Dusen completed the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature saw a disappointing three car group of cars come out to compete, but despite the low number, the drivers made the event an exciting one to watch. Cole Spacek , coming from second, was the early leader with Dan Melton, coming from third, running in second. Travis Friske, who had started on the pole, ran third. Lap five saw Spacek still in the lead with Melton and Friske not far behind fighting for second. By the end of lap ten, Spacek’s lead had dwindled to three car lengths over Friske. Melton had retired to the pits after a ninth lap racing incident between Friske and Melton left Melton’s car without forward gearing. It was during lap thirteen that Friske began his challenge of Spacek and by the end of lap fourteen had made the pass on Spacek for the lead. Despite his best efforts and after running bumper-to-bumper for five laps, Spacek was unable to regain the lead and Friske went on to get the win in his Smith Logging-sponsored car. The race night ended with Louis Malluege and Tim Holleran on the front row of the Four Cylinder Bandit feature with Paul Winker in the third spot. The numbers of this division have remained stagnate this year-time to pull the other Bandits out of the weeds! As has been the case for the entire season thus far, Malluege
dominated the feature getting the win in his Dairyland Storage-sponsored car. Holleran and Winker rounded out the field.

Racing continues on Friday, June 21, when once again Tomahawk Speedway will host racing in the Midwest Modified, Street Stock, Pure Stock and Bandit divisions.

Derek Eberl and Duane Dunbar Score Wins at Tomahawk Speedway

June 8th, 2013

Tomahawk, Wisconsin– Despite heavy rains for the past two weeks, Tomahawk Speedway was once again in action on Friday night with a remarkably tacky racing surface, providing excellent Amsoil/WISSOTA racing.  Derek Eberl bested the field in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Duane Dunbar made a last lap pass in turn four, to take the win in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified. Jason Melton showed the rest of the Tomahawk Pure Stocks how it was done, as Louis Malluege tacked up another feature win in his Four Cylinder Bandit.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Tad Brown of Tomahawk and heat winner, Jason Melton, on the front row. Melton was quick to take command, leading the first lap with previous feature winner, Michael Brown of Tomahawk, who had started fourth, hot on Melton’s heels and Tad Brown right behind, along with John Johnson, Sr. of Lac Du Flambeau. By the end of lap five of the twenty-lap feature, Melton had separated himself from the rest of the field by five car lengths as Michael Brown, Tad Brown and Johnson fought it out for second, with Lance Rutledge doing his best to get in the mix. Lap ten saw Melton increase his lead by another three car lengths, as Tad Brown ran second, followed closely by Johnson and Michael Brown. With 15 laps in the books, Melton continued to lead, stretching the margin by ten car lengths as the rest of the field remained in the same order. When the checkered flew, it was Melton by ten car lengths in his Rhinelander Chrysler- sponsored car. Tad Brown, John Johnson, Michael Brown, and Nate Langberg rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with a couple of Tomahawk drivers, Chad Boettcher and Derek Eberl, on the front row. Eberl took the advantage early, with Boettcher settling into second, as previous feature winner, Keith Troutman of Tomahawk, ran third, after starting fourth, and a couple of Eagle River drivers, Ryan Glembin and Ron Van Dusen, battled for fourth. With five laps in, Eberl was in command with a three-car-length lead, followed by Troutman, Glembin, Van Dusen and Carolyn Nosser of Sheldon, Wisconsin. Boettcher had the misfortune of spinning out earlier and now ran last after Chetek, Wisconsin’s Heidi Karshbaum. Lap ten saw Eberl leading by eight car lengths over Glembin, Van Dusen, Nosser and Karshbaum. Troutman had gone to the pits with mechanical problems after lap seven. Lap fifteen of the 20-lap feature was all Eberl’s as he continued to lead by eight or so car lengths and the rest of the field remained in the same order. When flagman, Guy Carley, threw the checkered flag, the win went to Eberl who had won by ten car lengths. Glembin, Van Dusen, Nosser, and Karshbaum rounded out the top five.

Eagle River’s Tad Schoonover and Rhinelander’s Austin Henricks led the field to the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Schoonover taking control early, followed by Tomahawk’s Travis Friske; heat winner, Hurley’s John Kallas; Marenisco, Michigan’s Duane Dunbar; and Henricks. With five laps in, Schoonover continued to lead by about four car lengths with Dunbar in second and Kallas in third. Previous feature winner, Cole Spacek, ran fourth and Friske ran fifth with all of them fighting for second to Schoonover as they ran either side-by-side or bumper-to-bumper. Henricks had pulled into the pits after lap three with mechanical issues. Lap ten saw Schoonover increase his lead a bit, as Dunbar ran second. Meanwhile, Spacek had made the pass on Kallas, whose car was now without brakes, with Friske bringing up the rear. By the end of lap fifteen, Dunbar was on the move, getting to within a half car length of leader Schoonover. Spacek, Kallas and Friske continued the battle for third. As the checkered flag was ready to drop, Dunbar made a bold move in turn four as Schoonover washed up on the track, with the result being Dunbar getting the win in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car. Spacek, Schoonover, Kallas and Friske rounded out the top five.

The final race of the evening was abbreviated to twelve laps as only three cars were competing. Tim Holleran of Wausau and Louis Malluege, who just graduated from Merrill High School, were on the front row for the start of the Four Cylinder Bandit feature. This race was Malluege’s from the start as he led the entire feature in his Mustard Seed-sponsored car from flag-to-flag. Holleran and Paul Winker of Tomahawk rounded up the top three.

Racing continues at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday, June 14, with another night of exciting red clay racing.

Tomahawk Speedway Races Washed Out

June 2nd, 2013

Tomahawk, WI -The track was prepared, the drivers were gathering in the pits and the fans were arriving for a night of racing, but Mother Nature had other ideas as the floodgates opened about an hour prior to race time.

Racing will resume on Friday, June 7, when once again the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Bandits will take to the track.

As usual, the pits open at 5:00, fan gates open at 6:00, cut off is 6:45, hot laps are at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. Call 715 360 5085 or 715 891 2901 for answers to your questions or go to the track website at: http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/

Spacek and Troutman Score Wins at Tomahawk Speedway Opener

May 28th, 2013

Tomahawk, WI–Cole Spacek bested the field as he completed a clean sweep winning the night’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. After starting fifth in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Keith Troutman made an impressive march to the front to take the win.

In other racing action, Michael Brown scored a feature win in the Tomahawk Pure Stocks after starting fifth and Louis Malluege continued his winning ways, taking the win in the Four Cylinder Bandit feature.

Cool temps greeted drivers and fans but that didn’t deter the fans from showing up in good numbers. Despite a rather low car count in a couple of divisions, the fans were treated to excellent racing on an extremely tacky feature track.

It was the debut night for new track manager, Dennis Lacrosse, and his staff, who did an excellent job of getting the track in shape and running an efficient first night race program. After finishing first and second in their heat, John Johnson, Sr. of Lac du Flambeau and Dan Schultz of Rhinelander led the Tomahawk Pure Stocks to the green flag of Flagman Guy Carley. With five laps of the 20-lap feature in the books, Johnson and Schultz ran first and second, with Nate Langberg of Tomahawk running third after starting fourth. Lap ten saw Johnson still in the lead, but a new challenger, Michael Brown of Tomahawk, was hot on his tail looking for a way around Johnson, as Schultz regained the third spot, sending Langberg to second. Lap 15 saw Brown in the lead after passing Johnson during lap ten. Johnson was relegated to second and Langberg inherited third, as Schultz dropped off the track into the pits with mechanical problems. The checkered saw Brown taking the win after dominating the last ten laps in his self-sponsored car. Completing the top five were Langberg, Johnson, Tad Brown, who had come from eighth, and William Ebben who had started ninth.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with heat winner, Jason Jensen of Eagle River and Carolyn Nosser of Sheldon scheduled to start on the front row. Jensen was late to appear on the track, forfeiting his starting spot to Nosser, with Derek Eberl of Tomahawk moving into the second spot. With five laps completed, Eberl was in the lead, followed by Tomahawk’s, Keith Troutman, who had come from fifth to grab the second spot, as he ran tight on Eberl’s rear bumper. Ryan Glembin of Eagle River ran third after starting third. Troutman was not to be denied and by lap eight had made the pass on Eberl. Troutman continued to lead by three car lengths at the end of lap ten with Eberl doing his best to gain back the top spot. By the end of lap fifteen, Troutman was still in the lead as Eberl continued to hound him, getting to within a car length on several occasions. Glembin ran a strong third. Meanwhile, Bruce Crossing, Michigan’s, Jordan Kurtti had worked his way up from ninth to run fourth as Nosser ran fifth. With three to go, Eberl lost the handle on his car, hitting the infield and coming across the track a couple of times as he slid out of control. In an effort to avoid Eberl, Eagle River’s Ron Van Dusen spun out. The caution was charged to Eberl and the race continued after the restart.
As the checked flag flew, Troutman came home with a victory for his Ingman’s Service sponsor. Rounding out the top five were Kurtti, Glembin, Heidi Karshbaum of Chetek, who had started seventh, and Jensen.

After winning the heat, Cole Spacek of Phillips was joined by Travis Friske of Tomahawk on the front row of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Spacek and Bruce Belland of Eagle River, who had started fourth ran first and second for the first three laps and then Belland slowed and pulled off into the pits with mechanical issues. By the end of lap five, Spacek was dominating, leading Friske by six or more car lengths, with Tad Schoonover of Eagle River hanging in there in third. Lap ten saw Spacek leading by five or more car lengths over Friske, as Schoonover continued in third. Lap fifteen saw Spacek’s lead dwindle to three car lengths as his car appeared to get tight. Friske was smelling a chance as he and Schoonover continued their march to the front. At the checkered flag it was Spacek with a two-car-length win over Friske, in his Phillips Lanes’ sponsored car. Schoonover finished the night off in third. With just three cars making the feature for the Four Cylinder Bandits, the number of laps in the feature was cut to fifteen with Louis Malluege of Merrill and Tim Holleran of Wausau on the front row. While Malluege dominated the race, Holleran put on an occasional challenge. But Malluege just had too many ponies for Holleran to make a pass. The only other contender, Paul Winker of Tomahawk, dropped out early in the race with clutch problems.

Racing continues at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday, May 31, with another night of exciting red clay racing.

Tomahawk Speedway Night Two of Two Sees New Winners

September 3rd, 2012

Tomahawk, Wisconsin-Night two of a two-day event saw new winners including Bruce Belland in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified and Jordan Kurtti in his Street Stock. In the Tomahawk Speedway divisions, Nate Langberg nipped Steve Brown at the line for the win and Louis Malluege capped off his year with a win in his Four Cylinder Bandit.

In spite of losing a few cars to competing tracks, with some of the loss made up by new drivers not there on Friday, the fans were treated to an excellent night of racing which some Chicago fans said was the best racing they have ever seen. To top it off, the weather was excellent and the track was bad fast! In addition the night ended with several special events including several mechanics and powder puff races. That was not all, as the racers, their pit crews and some of the fans were treated by track management to a feed as trophies were presented for the year.

To begin the night of feature racing, the Tomahawk Pure Stocks came to the line with Randy Conner and Mark Brown sharing the front row. Conner was off to a quick start and held off all challengers until lap five when Nate Langberg had had enough and made the pass on Conner for the lead. With ten of the twenty lap feature history, Langberg continued to lead with Steve Brown tight on his tail and Conner not far behind. As the top three raced within feet of each other, three other cars raced nose to tail for the fourth spot as Friday night’s winner, Tad Brown, Mark Brown and John Johnson, Sr. fought it out for fifth. With six laps to go disaster struck for three drivers as Axel Hoogland spun coming out of turn three. As Hoogland’s car sat idle on the track, the car of Mario Grado made hard impact with Hoogland’s car and Mark Brown also got involved in the action. All three cars retired to the pits, Hoogland’s car under tow, Mark Brown’s car pushed to the pits by Steve Brown’s car and Grado’s car limped into the pits on its own. Long story short, their nights
were done.

With six to go, it was shaping up to be a good battle for the winning spot between Langberg and Steve Brown. As the cars rounded the track with two to go, Langberg and Brown ran side by side starting in turn two with Brown gaining the advantage to lead by inches at the flag stand. Langberg fought back and once again got along side Brown in turn two as the final lap began. The cars continued to run side by side as they approached the flag stand and Langberg won by perhaps six inches or less to take the win in a car sponsored by his parents and grandparents along with Tomahawk Warehouse Liquor. Steve Brown, Tad Brown, Conner and Johnson, Sr. completed the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Jordan Kurtti and Derek Eberl on the front row. Kurtti saw his chance early and took the lead with Eberl settling into second. With five laps of the twenty lap feature in the books, Kurtti continued to lead by a very comfortable margin with Eberl still running second. Just behind Eberl, Ron Van Dusen, Brit Broumann and Kevin Maulson were having a spirited battle for third. As the tenth lap clicked off, Eberl had caught Kurtti as Eberl ran high and low searching for a way around Kurtti. Not far behind, Van Dusen, Broumann and Maulson continued to fight it out for third until Maulson went around in turn two, causing a caution, sending him to the back of the pack.

With five to go, the race for the top three spots was getting more interesting as the top three cars ran within inches of each other. Eberl and Van Dusen ran side by side for some time with the end result being Eberl losing the handle a bit and getting too high causing him to fall back. Kurtti continued to lead, but was now being pursued by Van Dusen with Broumann tight on Van Dusen’s bumper. Eberl now ran fourth with Heidi and Steve Karshbaum right behind in a battle for fifth. With two laps to go, Adam Johnson went around between turns one and two causing a caution. Johnson’s night was done when his left rear wheel and axel let go and his night ended on the hook. This set up a green, white, checkered finish as the field really tightened up! When the green dropped, Kurtti shot to the lead with Van Dusen getting a slower start resulting in a finish where Kurtti won by two car lengths in his Al’s Auto sponsored car. Van Dusen finished
second followed by Broumann, Eberl and Heidi Karshbaum.

Although the numbers were down to just six cars for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, the racing quality was not down, nor was the excitement as Bruce Belland and Rob Weber lined up for the green. Weber had a tire go down before the drop of the green, moving Friske to the front row and Weber to the back after a new tire was installed. So, it was neither Belland nor Weber who would take the lead at the start of the race, but Travis Friske stole the lead with a nice move coming out of two on the first lap. With five laps in the books, Friske continued to lead by a four car length margin over Belland as Jeff Klopstein, Jr. ran in the third spot. Dan Melton had moved up a spot to run fourth and Weber
continued in fifth after starting in the back. With ten laps of the twenty-lap feature completed, Friske continued
to lead, but his lead had been cut to two car lengths as Belland continued to work the track for position. With Belland in second, Klopstein held on to third as Weber made the pass on Melton for fourth.

With five laps to go, Friske still hung on to the top spot as Belland and Klopstein breathed down his neck with the top three cars only feet apart. Weber held on to fourth with Melton running strong in fifth. With four laps to go, Friske slid a bit high in turn three giving Belland the room and the time to make the move for the number one spot. Friske recovered fast enough to get the second spot with Klopstein running third followed by Weber and Melton. When the checkered flag flew it was Belland taking an impressive win in his Hughes by about six car lengths over Friske. Klopstein, Weber and Melton rounded out the top five.

To finish off the race night and the 2012 race season at Tomahawk Speedway, the Four Cylinder Bandits took to the track with Louis Malluege and Brandon Langbecker on the front row. Malluege was quickest off the line, taking the lead as Langbecker, Rory Radtke, Andy Rindfleisch and Tyler Musolff fell into line. With half of the fifteen lap feature finished, Malluege continued to lead, and the lead was substantial, as he separated himself from the rest of the field by about ten car lengths. Langbecker continued in second followed by Radtke with whom he had swapped spots on several
occasions. Rindfleisch ran fourth and Musolff ran fifth. With five laps to, Langbecker slowed and off to the pits he went with his race night done. By this time, Malluege had built up such a large lead that despite the best efforts of Radtke, it was going to be Malluege with the win in his Dairyland Storage sponsored car. Radtke, Rindfleisch, Musolff and Langbecker rounded out the top five.

An excellent race night was capped off with the presentation of trophies to the top five finishers and the rookies of the year in all divisions. In addition to that, a fine spread was laid out for all to enjoy. Rookies of the year included Cole Spacek in the Midwest Modified division, Derek Eberl in the Street Stock division, Tad Brown in the Pure Stock division and Tyler Musolff in the Four Cylinder division.

Owner, Ron Van Dusen, would like to thank all the drivers, fans, and workers for helping to make the 2012 race season a good one. Van Dusen is stepping down from management for 2013 and will turn the management reigns over to Dennis LaCrosse. Van Dusen will continue as backer and advisor, but is cutting down on the day to day roll that has consumed too much of his time, according to him.

Tomahawk Speedway wishes everyone a safe, sound and happy off-season and looks forward to providing racers and fans alike with quality Friday night racing entertainment in 2013

Klafka and Soltis Dominate at Day One of Tomahawk’s Special

September 2nd, 2012

Tomahawk, WI–To finish off the 2012 racing season at Tomahawk Speedway a two-day event began with Eric Klafka of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Adam Soltis of Ladysmith, WI, dominating the fields in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. In Tomahawk Speedway division action, rookie, Tad Brown, picked up a win in his Pure Stock, Larry Roper won in the Trucks and Kasey Gross picked up another win in his Four Cylinder Bandit. It was a perfect night for racing and a nice sized crowd, once again, watched exciting racing on the clay oval of Tomahawk Speedway.

The night’s racing action began with the Tomahawk Pure Stocks taking to the track with John Johnson, Sr. and Tad Brown on the front row. Brown was quickest off the line to take the lead with Johnson settling in for second for the first two laps. During lap three, Tad Brown’s dad, Steve, made the pass on Johnson for the second spot bringing Nate Langberg and Michael Brown along with him, sending Johnson to fifth.With ten of the twenty laps of the feature completed, Tad Brown
continued to lead, but his Dad, Steve was right behind him by one car length followed by Langberg, Michael Brown and Johnson. Dave Skopek and Randy Conner, each driving one of Conner’s vintage appearing Fords, a Fairlane and a 1956 Crown Victoria, ran sixth and seventh. Not much changed until the checkered flag flew with the exception of Michael Brown dropping out of contention and into the pits after lap fourteen and Nate Langberg slowing dramatically late in the race.
In the end, then, it was Tad Brown getting his first feature win of the year over the wily veteran, his dad, Steve, in his Gators sponsored car. John Johnson, Sr. finished third with Dave Skopek and Randy Conner completing the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks, thirteen cars strong, were up next with heat winners, Steve Karshbaum and Adam Soltis leading the way. This promised to be an excellent feature, but as fate would have it, three early cautions marred the start and resulted in the loss of Cody Kummer, Steve Karshbaum and Keith Troutman to the pits in separate and unrelated incidents.
Once things got settled down, Soltis was “off the races” so to speak as he grabbed the top spot with Jordan Kurtti, coming from fifth, to run second. With five laps in the books, Soltis continued to lead, Kurtti ran second, Kevin Maulson ran third, Derek Eberl ran fourth, after starting eighth, and Tyler Wahlstrom ran fifth, after starting sixth.
After lap six, the last caution of this feature occurred when Dustin Miller’s rear deck came loose and in the interest of safety he went to the pits to make repairs. In the meantime, as the cars sat idle on the track on the backstretch, Maulson’s car erupted into flames underneath. The fire was extinguished, but so were Maulson’s hopes for the night. When racing resumed, Soltis once again shot to the lead and by lap fifteen Kurtti was still running second followed by Eberl, Wahlstrom and Van Dusen. Heidi Karshbaum, who had been running sixth, exited to the pits at the end of lap thirteen, so the field was whittled down to just seven cars at that point. As flagman, Lou, threw the checkered flag, it was Soltis coming across the line first with a six car advantage in his Vince’s Speed Shop sponsored car, followed by Kurtti, Eberl, Wahlstrom and Van Dusen.

Heat winner, Eric Klafka, and track champion, Cole Spacek, lined up one and two for the start of the night’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Klafka, just as he had the week before, shot to the lead with Spacek falling into second. By the time lap five was completed, Klafka was leading by three car lengths over Spacek as Rob Weber ran third, C J Hedges, Jr. ran fourth and Duane Dunbar ran fifth. With ten laps in the books, Klafka continued to lead as he picked up one additional car length over Spacek to lead by four car lengths. Weber, Hedges, and Dunbar continued to run within feet of each other in the quest for third. During lap eleven, Travis Friske slowed his new Shaw and stopped. Friske exited to the pits for a tire change and returned, but Rich Duerr also exited to the pits and did not return which was a shame as he was donating his earnings for the night to a local youth charity, Kinship. All year long, the Stratford driver has donated his winning, plus other money, to local youth charities as he carries on his “we race for kids” theme. With Friske in the rear of the pack, racing continued and quite frankly the rest of the story is history as Klafka motored to a
dominating victory of six car lengths over Spacek to get his second win in so many weeks. Weber finished third followed by Dunbar and Hedges.

In an exhibition race, four trucks raced of a group that formerly raced at the now defunct Langlade Speedway in Antigo, WI. These trucks continue to race at tracks that will have them and have put in appearances at TNT Speedway and Central Wisconsin Speedway this year to name a couple. The thought is that they, perhaps, would be able to find a Friday night home at the Tomahawk Speedway next race season. In any event, the field had been carved down to three trucks by the
time the feature rolled around as Cory Allen’s truck was a no-show for the feature. That left Larry Roper and Jay Wilberding on the front row with Ed Andraschko in the third spot. This feature was originally supposed to be a ten lapper, but was cut short to eight laps with Larry Roper taking the win followed by Andraschko and Wilberding.

The final feature of the night was that of the Four Cylinder Bandits, who always put on a good show at Tomahawk Speedway. Friday night’s race would be no exception as Tyler Musolff and Brandon Langbecker were first to accept the green with Langbecker taking the top spot followed by Rory Radtke, Kasey Gross, Louis Malluege and Musolff. By the end of lap five, it was still Langbecker in the lead with Gross tight on his tail. Radtke ran third followed by Malluege and
Tim Holleran. With just one more lap in, Gross made a move, coming out of turn one, to sneak by Langbecker on the bottom to take the lead sending Langbecker to third as Radtke also snuck by Langbecker for second. Meanwhile Malluege and Holleran fought it out for fourth. Gross continued to lead by as little as a car length and never more
than three or four car lengths, but that was late in the feature. The best race was for third as Langbecker and Malluege swapped the third spot as they ran side by side for many laps. In the end, though, it was Gross with the win in his Satin Plus Silks sponsored car. Radtke finished second with Malluege winning the third spot battle over Langbecker. Holleran hung in there for a fifth-place finish.

With racing at other tracks in the plans for Saturday night, it will be interesting to see who remains for the second day of racing at Tomahawk and the 2012 Awards Presentation Night. Time will tell, stay tuned!

Spacek, Kurtti, Eberl, Conner, and Radtke Crowned Champions At Tomahawk Speedway

August 7th, 2012

Tomahawk, WI–Rookie, Cole Spacek of Phillips, WI, capped off his first year of racing a WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified with a season championship as the “22 Short” drove a smart feature race to settle for a second-place finish on Friday night. Coming into the night’s races, Spacek was in contention for the top spot with Jim Barttelt, Sr. of
Merrill, WI, but it was neither Spacek nor Barttelt who would win the nights feature as Eric Klafka of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, took the feature win on Friday night.

WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock action saw interesting final results for the night as both Bruce Crossing, Michigan’s, Jordan Kurtti, and Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, Derek Eberl, a Rookie, ended the night tied in track points for a share of the track championship. Once again it was neither Kurtti nor Eberl who won the night’s feature, but Adam Soltis of Ladysmith, WI, drove into victory lane at the end of the night.

The Tomahawk Pure Stock championship went to Hayward, Wisconsin’s, Randy Conner who narrowly defeated Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, Steve Brown for the crown. Conner also won the feature race on Friday night and Brown ended his night in the pits with a “dead horse” as his ignition decided to quit working three laps into the night’s feature.

Long time racer “Radical Radtke”, Rory Radtke, of Tomahawk, WI, an asphalt convert, just like Steve Brown, won the Four Cylinder Bandit championship on Friday night after holding off all competitors. Once again, it wasn’t Radtke who won the night’s feature as the win went to Gleason, Wisconsin’s, Brandon Langbecker.

The championship race night began with the Tomahawk Pure Stocks taking to the track first with Mark Brown and Tad Brown sharing the front row. Mark Brown was quick off the line taking the lead with Tad Brown and Steve Brown giving chase. Following closely behind, Randy Conner and Nate Langberg were giving it their best shot in fourth and fifth. With three laps in, Steve Brown pulled over as his car succumbed to ignition problems. Not only was Brown’s night done, but it dashed all hopes of him taking the track championship as he and Randy Conner were only points apart coming into the night. When racing resumed, Mark Brown once again surged to the lead with Randy Conner seizing the opportunity of the restart to take second, dropping Tad Brown to second followed by Langberg and Ryan Glembin. With ten laps in, it was still Mark Brown in the lead by a car length over Conner. Tad Brown continued in third followed by Glembin and Logan Lannet. One more lap and things changed when Mark Brown slid up the track in turn two allowing Conner to grab the top spot. One lap later, Tad Brown drove off into the pits and his night was done. With five laps to go it was Conner leading by two car lengths over Mark Brown. Langberg ran third with Glembin and Lannet still giving chase. In the end it was Conner with a clean sweep for the night in his Greg’s Restoration sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were
Langberg, Mark Brown, Glembin and Lannet.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature promised to be a good one with Ron Van Dusen and Kevin Maulson in the pole positions. Maulson was the early leader, leading the first lap, but Van Dusen was on a mission and by the end of lap two had aced out Maulson for the top spot, sending Maulson to second. With five laps in the books it was still Van Dusen in the lead as
Maulson continued to run second. Adam Soltis, who had started eighth was on the move and at the time ran third followed by Derek Eberl, coming from sixth, and Cody Kummer, coming from seventh. Just as lap ten was set to end, Van Dusen’s car suffered a flat left rear and his car went around coming out of turn four, causing a caution. Van Dusen, the leader at the time, exited to the pits and did not return surrendering the lead to Soltis. With five laps to go it was Soltis in the lead by a half car length as Kummer applied the pressure. Eberl ran third followed by Kurtti and Maulson. Kummer continued to work the track in an effort to get around Soltis as the laps were winding down, but Soltis had momentum on his side and went on for the sweep in his Northern Seamless Gutters sponsored car. Kummer, Eberl, Kurtti and Maulson rounded out the top five.

Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. and Eric KIafka led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green for the start of their feature with Klafka shooting to the lead. By the time five laps were complete, Klafka led by eight or nine car lengths over C. J. Hedges, Jr. Running third was Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. with Cole Spacek in fourth and Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. in fifth. Ten laps in saw Klafka putting more distance between him and the rest of the field with a full corner lead over Hedges. Spacek had
moved into third followed by Barttelt, Sr. and Barttelt, Jr. With four to go and Klafka leading by almost a full straight, Spacek had made the move for second dropping Hedges to third. The father and son Barttelts still ran in the same order. When the checkered flag flew it was Klafka with the win after dominating the entire race. This was Klafka’s second feature win of the year in his Brahmstedt Farms sponsored car. Spacek, Hedges, Jr., Barttelt, Sr. and Barttelt, Jr. rounded out the top five. Tyler Musolff and Brandon Langbecker were first to accept the green as the Four Cylinder Bandits took to the track for their feature. Langbecker proved to be the class of the field as he led the feature
from flag to flag. The race for second and third were good ones with Rory Radtke running second for the first ten laps. Radtke was replaced in the second spot by Kasey Gross who tried on several occasions to pass for the lead, but Langbecker, on this race night, had too much going to relinquish the lead. When the last lap was in the books, it was Langbecker with the win in his Gleason Bowling Center sponsored car. Gross, Radtke, Holleran and Musolff completed the top five.

Racing resumes with the final races of the year on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 with all regular divisions in action. On Friday it was be business as usual with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. On Saturday the race events will be moved up one hour with hot laps at 6:00 and racing at 6:30.

Kurtti , Spacek, Brown and Gross Win At Tomahawk Speedway

August 19th, 2012

It was see your breath night at Tomahawk Speedway as temperatures cooled dramatically after what seemed to be a long hot summer. As an additional bonus on this race night, in each division, Beer Bellies Pub and Grub presented trophies to the top three drivers.

Cole Spacek came into the night ahead in the point’s standings in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified division by just one point over Jim Barttelt, Sr. Spacek improved his chances of widening that margin on Friday night by winning the feature. Coming into the night, Jordan Kurtti and Derek Eberl were tied in the Street Stock division for top points. Kurtti increased his chances of winning the track points battle by winning the feature in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock division.

Michael Brown won the Pure Stock feature moving him up from fifth in points. Steve Brown and Randy Conner were tied for the points lead in the Tomahawk Pure Stock division coming into the night. Steve Brown picked up a point or two on Conner by finishing second while Conner finished fifth in the feature.

Kasey Gross was the Four Cylinder Bandit winner and a win on Friday night may have moved him up a notch from fourth, but its unlikely going to be enough to catch Rory Radtke who is well out in front.

Tad Brown and Michael Brown lined up side by side for the start of the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature with Michael Brown leading at the end of lap one with Tad Brown in second. By the end of lap five Michael Brown was still in the lead, Steve
Brown had moved from sixth to second and Nate Langberg ran third. Randy Conner ran fourth at this point and Dan Schultz held down the fifth spot. Lap ten saw Michael Brown still in the lead by about five car lengths with Steve Brown running second. Langberg was still in third followed by Tad Brown and Conner. Lap fifteen saw the field spread out with Michael Brown leading by three or four car lengths over Steve Brown while the rest of the field remained in the same order as lap ten. When the checkered flag flew, it was Michael Brown taking the win in his Auto and Truck Repair Sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Steve Brown, Nate Langberg, Tad Brown and Randy Conner.

Adam Johnson and Keith Troutman showed the way for the WISSOTA Street Stocks as the green flag dropped for their feature. Troutman was the earlier leader, leading lap one. It was Jordan Kurtti, though, coming from fifth, who would lead by the end of lap two and who would continue to lead by the end of lap five. Kurtti was followed by Cody Kummer who had some from eighth. Brit Broumann, Troutman and Derek Eberl rounded out the top five at that time. Lap ten saw Kurtti still in the lead by five or six car lengths over Kummer. Broumann continued to run a strong third followed by Eberl,
Troutman and Steve Karshbaum. By the time fifteen laps were in the books, Kurtti had increased his margin of lead to eight or so car lengths over Kummer as Broumann, Eberl and Troutman fought it out for the other top five spots. When the checkered flag flew it was Kurtti taking the win in his North Central Engines sponsored car. Kurtti was joined in the top
five by Kummer, Eberl, Broumann and Troutman.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up next with Travis Friske and CJ Hedges, Jr. the first two cars to accept the green flag from flagman Lou. Hedges took the upper hand and led as Cole Spacek came from fourth to run second by the end of lap five. Eric Klafka ran third, after starting sixth, while Jim Barttelt, Sr. ran third, followed by Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. who had started seventh. By the end of lap ten, Spacek was in the lead after passing Hedges during the previous lap. Klafka ran third with Jim Barttelt, Sr. in fourth and Travis Friske in fifth. Just after lap ten, a caution for a slowing Jim Barttelt, Jr. realigned the field. At the same time, Friske exited to the pits with a flat. Friske later came back on the track, but was a lap down. Barttelt, Jr. was finished and stayed in the pits. With the field regrouped, would anyone have anything for Spacek? Apparently not, as Spacek once again surged to the lead and by the end of lap fifteen was leading Klafka by four or five car lengths as Hedges ran third, Barttelt, Sr. ran fourth and Friske ran fifth. With twenty laps of the feature in, it was Spacek “22 Short” passing under the flag stand first for the checkers in his Wayne Stricker Logging sponsored car. Klafka, Hedges, Barttelt, Sr. and Friske rounded out the top five.

The final feature of the night saw the Four Cylinder Bandits being lead by Brandon Langbecker and Louis Malluege. Malluege was the early leader, leading the first two laps, but Kasey Gross was on a mission from fourth and by lap three had secured the top spot with Malluege being relegated to second. Midway through the race, it was still Gross in the lead by five or six car lengths. Malluege continued to run second followed by Rory Radtke, Langbecker and Bill Martin. When the checkered flag flew it was Gross taking the win in his NAPA sponsored car followed by Malluege, Radtke, Langbecker and Martin.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 24 when once again all four divisions will be in action. The race season is winding down with just two more races after the 24th and those are on August 31 and September 1 with the September 1 races starting one hour earlier.

Kummer and Spacek Qualify For The Race Of Champions At Tomahawk Speedway

August 12th, 2012

Tomahawk, WI– Cooler temperatures greeted drivers and fans as Tomahawk Speedway held their WISSOTA/Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifier Races on Friday night. Not only was it the ROC qualifier, but just a few points separated the top spots in every division. Cody Kummer of Medford, WI, made a rare appearance at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night winning both his heat race and the feature to qualify for a spot in the Street Stock division portion of the Race of Champions in Huron, SD, on September 14. Also qualifying for the Race of Champions was rookie Midwest Modified driver, Cole Spacek of Phillips, WI. Spacek, who came into the night just eight points out of the lead held by Jim Barttelt, Sr., should have seen that margin decrease by finishing ahead of Barttelt in both the heat and feature races.

Winners in the Tomahawk Speedway divisions were Hayward, Wisconsin’s, Randy Conner, in his Pure Stock, who was just five
points out of the lead in that division at the start of the night and Louis Malleuge of Gleason, WI, who came into the night third in points in his Four Cylinder Bandit.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks ran their feature first with Tad Brown and Randy Conner on the front row. Conner was like a shot out of a cannon as the green flag flew, establishing himself as the leader early in the feature with Steve Brown, coming from fourth to run second. By lap five of the twenty-lap feature, Conner was in the lead by nearly five car lengths as last week’s winner, Nate Langberg, fought off Steve Brown for second. Meanwhile, Tad Brown and Austyn Booth
were having a race of their own for fourth. Lap ten saw Connor still in the lead, but the lead had dwindled to just a half car length as Langberg had done some catching up with Steve Brown following within inches behind. Tad Brown and Austyn Booth were still engaged in a battle for fourth. Lap fifteen saw Langbergs car’s front bumper “attached” to Conners car’s rear bumper as the cars passed under the flag stand with Steve Brown once again just a few feet behind Langberg. Fighting for the fourth spot at the time were Tad Brown and Mark Brown who had passed Booth a lap previous. As the race came to a close it was Conner taking the win by a car length, in his Concor Sponsored car, followed by Langberg, Steve Brown, Tad Brown and Mark Brown.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with track point’s leader, Jordan Kurtti, and Steve Karshbaum leading the way. Kurtti was quick to move to the lead and led by the end of lap one, but heat winner, Cody Kummer, who was being shown that night as being second in national points, had come from fifth to run second. With five of the twenty laps of the feature in the books, Kurtti continued to lead, but his lead had been cut to about a half car length as Kummer followed around the track in second. Following Kummer, Steve Karshbaum held on to third with heat winner, Eric Eberl, and Brit Broumann fighting it out for fourth. With ten laps completed, Kurtti was still in the lead and had stretched the margin to two car lengths over Kummer. Eberl had passed Karshbaum for third and Broumann ran fifth. It was at the beginning of lap thirteen that disaster struck for the leader, Kurtti, as he looped his car, unassisted, coming out of turn one. Since Kurtti was tagged with the caution, Kummer was now in control. With fifteen laps in the books, Kummer was in the lead but the rest of the field remained bunched up as Eberl did his best to hang on for second. Broumann ran third at this point as Steve and Heidi Karshbaum put on a good show for fourth. As the checkered flag flew, it was Kummer taking the win by a few car lengths in his Baxter Speed Shop sponsored car to sweep the field and qualify for the Race of Champions. Eberl, Broumann, Kurtti and Heidi Karshbaum rounded out the top five. Cole Spacek and John Kallas led the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Spacek surging to an early and convincing lead. Kallas settled into second with Eric Klafka, who had been out for a few weeks with engine problems, running a comfortable third. During lap five of the twenty lap feature, Spacek remained in control, leading by about five car lengths over Kallas. Heat winner, CJ Hedges, Jr., had worked his way up to third as Duane Dunbar ran fourth, followed by Travis Friske. Klafka had retired to the pits with a broken tie rod during lap four. Lap ten saw Spacek leading by two car lengths over Dunbar who had passed Kallas on a restart after a caution during lap six had sent Hedges to the rear of the field. So, at this point it was Spacek, Dunbar, Kallas, Friske and Hedges who had regained a few spots since
the lap six restart. By the end of lap fifteen Spacek was in firm control with a five car length lead. Dunbar ran second and Kallas ran third. Friske and Hedges rounded out the top five. The end of the feature, at lap twenty, saw Spacek taking the win and qualifying for the Race of Champions in his Three Mile Corner sponsored car. Dunbar, Kallas, Friske and Hedges rounded out the top five.

The final feature of the race night saw Brandon Langbecker and Louis Malleuge lead the way for the start of the Four Cylinder Bandit race. Malleuge led the first lap as he got a great start. Joining Malleuge was Kasey Gross who had moved up from fourth. With the seven of the fifteen laps complete, Malleuge continued to lead with Gross just a car length behind him. Meanwhile, track point’s leader, Rory Radtke, ran third followed by Langbecker and newcomer, Elliot Marquardt. When the checkered flag flew, it was Malleuge taking the win in his Big Musky Construction sponsored car. Gross, Radtke, Langbecker and Marquardt rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 17, when once again all four divisions will be in action.

Kurtti and Barttelt Wow The Crowd At Tomahawk Speedway

August 5th, 2012

Tomahawk, WI–Bruce Crossing, Michigan’s, Jordan Kurtti, had to wait until the last feature of the night to put a little insurance on his point’s lead at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night by getting another win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock. He needed the time as his car required work after a DNF in his heat race. Merrill, Wisconsin’s, Jim Barttelt, Sr., fought off repeated attempts by two young guns, point’s leader, Cole Spacek, and Alex VanNatta, to get a win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified.

Nate Langberg led every lap of his heat and of his feature to get a sweep in his Tomahawk Pure Stock while Kasey Gross picked up another win in his Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandit. Feature racing action began with the Tomahawk Pure Stocks taking to the track first to accommodate a couple of Street Stock drivers so that they could make necessary repairs to their cars after experiencing problems with their cars in their heat race. Two Tomahawk drivers, Tad Brown and Nate Langberg, shared the front row for the start of the Pure Stock feature with Langberg surging to the lead, right where he ended the heat race, in the number one spot. Langberg survived one caution after lap five, but for the most part dominated the race, leading by as much as seven or eight car lengths. It wasn’t until the race was winding down that Langberg received his most serious threat when point’s leader, Steve Brown, cut the lead to four car lengths with five laps to go and then to just one car length as the cars passed under the flag stand for the checkered flag stand. The win gave Langberg his second feature win of the year and a sweep for the night in his Tomahawk Warehouse Liquor sponsored car. Steve Brown, Mike Brown, Randy Conner and Tad Brown joined Langberg in the top five.

Tomahawk’s, CJ Hedges, Jr, and Merrill’s, Jim Barttelt, Sr., led the field to green for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with the wily veteran, Barttelt, having to settle for second as CJ Hedges grabbed the early lead. The feature ran just one lap when the first caution occurred when Duane Dunbar’s car seemed to have a mind of its’ own shooting to the infield just prior to the completion of lap two. Marenisco, Michigan’s , Dunbar, rejoined the field in the back and on the restart Barttelt saw his chance as he passed Hedges early when Hedges bobbled a bit in turn two. Jake Stai of New Auburn, WI, who had started fifth, came along with Barttelt to run second. This sent to Hedges to third followed by Tomahawk’s, Travis Friske, and Phillips, Wisconsin’s, Cole Spacek. With ten laps in the books, Barttelt continued to lead followed by Cole Spacek, Friske, Minocqua, Wisconsin’s, Alex VanNatta, and Dunbar. Stai had the misfortune of spinning coming out of turn one on the previous lap. With five to go in the twenty-lap feature, Barttelt was still in the lead by two or three car lengths, but Spacek was putting on the pressure as he inched up, followed closely by VanNatta. With two laps to go, Spacek spun out as he came out of turn one and the cars were once again regrouped, this time in single file. The green, white, checkered finish to the race would see Barttelt in the lead followed by Van Natta, Friske, Dunbar and Hedges. With one to go, VanNatta got along side Barttelt as the cars ran in the backstretch, but VanNatta couldn’t make the pass work and Barttelt went on for the win in his Wausau U-Bake sponsored car. Van Natta finished second followed by Friske, Dunbar, and Hedges. What happened to track point’s leader Spacek? Well, his car tangled with the Ironwood, Michigan car of Paul Suzik and Spacek was credited with a last place finish.

The Four Cylinder Bandits were up next with Wausau, Wisconsin’s, Tom Holleran, and Gleason, Wisconsin’s, Brandon Langbecker, on the front row. Holleran was the early leader, but only led one lap as Gleason’s Kasey Gross made a bold move in turn on at the start of lap two to steal the lead. The rest of the story is that Gross, who has been dominate for the last few weeks, was dominate again on Friday night as he once again drove to a victory in his Williams Grain Farm sponsored car. Gross was joined in the top five by Rory Radtke, Holleran, Tyler Musolff and Paul Winker.

Up last,, to finish off the night’s race activities, were the WISSOTA Street Stocks with Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Jason Jensen, and Sheldon, Wisconsin’s, Carolyn Nosser, on the front row. This feature began with a whimper as Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin’s, Kevin Maulson, who had won his heat, suddenly pulled into the pits for a quick repair. With Maulson starting in the rear, Tomahawk’s, Derek Eberl saw his chance on the restart to come from fifth to take the lead. Eberl’s moment of glory was short lived, though, as Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Ron Van Dusen, spun in turn three stopping the action, realigning the field. When racing action resumed, Bruce Crossing, Michigan’s, Jordan Kurtti, shot past Eberl on the restart sending Eberl to second followed by Chetek, Wisconsin’s, Steve Karshbaum, Jensen and Van Dusen. With ten laps in, Kurtti was still in the lead, Eberl ran second, Karshbaum ran third, followed by his wife, Heidi, and Van Dusen ran fifth. Jensen was now in the pits after hard contact with Van Dusen during lap nine when the cars tangled on the backstretch. With five laps to go, Kurtti was in the process of running away and hiding. Eberl hung on to second followed closely by the Karshbaums and Van Dusen. In the end, it was point’s leader, Kurtti, taking the win in his Al’s Auto sponsored car followed by Eberl, Steve Karshbaum, Heidi Karshbaum and Van Dusen.

Next Friday will be the WISSOTA Race of Champions Qualifying races with all four divisions once again taking to the track. As usual, hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30.

Steve Karshbaum and Cole Spacek Sweep At Tomahawk Speedway

July 30th, 2012

Tomahawk, WI–Chetek, Wisconsin’s, Steve Karshbaum, picked up his first feature win of the year in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock and Phillips, Wisconsin’s, Cole Spacek, picked up his second feature win of the year at Tomahawk Speedway in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified on Friday night. Joining Karshbaum in victory lane were Tomahawk’s, Michael Brown, picking up his first feature win of the year in his Tomahawk Pure Stock and Gleason’s, Kasey Gross, picking up another
feature win in his Four Cylinder Bandit. Perfect weather, great track conditions, ground pounding and exciting racing, a large crowd, and a nearly $300 50/50 prize winning all made for a great night for everyone to enjoy the second “meet the drivers” night of the 2012 race season.

In Midwest Modified action two Tomahawk drivers, CJ Hedges, Jr. and Travis Friske, lined up side by side for the start of their feature with Hedges gaining the early advantage. Hedges managed to lead the first five laps of the feature until he slipped up coming out of turn two allowing many in the rest of the field time to pass him by. Cole Spacek, who had started fifth, had been on the move for the first five laps and Spacek was the first to see the bobble of Hedges and Spacek took advantage moving up from third where he ran at the time to the lead. Although, Spacek was in the lead, Jeff Klopstein, Jr. of Tomahawk was also on the move and he applied the pressure on Spacek, driving many times to within inches of the rear bumper of Spacek’s car. Klopstein got along side Spacek with just two laps to go as the cars rounded turn two, but Spacek had the advantage and momentum, going on for his second win at Tomahawk Speedway and completing his first ever sweep in his Northern Fence sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Klopstein, Merrill, Wisconsin’s, Jim Barttelt, who had put on a late race surge and is the current point’s leader, Friske and Hedges.

Exciting as the Midwest Modified feature was, the Street Stocks put on the best show of the night in their feature. Steve Karshbaum of Chetek hasn’t had a stealer year, but Friday night things were on the way to a much better night as Karshbaum won his heat and started on the pole for the feature. Alongside Karshbaum, Carolyn Nosser of Sheldon, WI, much improved, waited patiently for the feature to start. Karshbaum, with the taste of a heat win still fresh in his mouth,
took an early lead as Jordan Kurtti of Bruce Crossing, Michigan, shot from fourth to second immediately, sending Nosser to third. The only caution of the entire race night occurred after lap two when Kevin Maulson of Lac DuFlambeau, WI, spun coming out of turn one just as lap three began. With the cars once again in race mode, Karshbaum again led followed
by Kurtti and Nosser. Not far behind, Derek Eberl of Tomahawk was on the move from fifth followed closely by Rhinelander’s, Brit Bromann who had started seventh. With ten laps in, it was still Karshbaum in the lead followed still
by Kurtti within inches and then followed by Eberl who had just passed Nosser. Bromann still ran fifth. With five to go, Karshbaum still led, Kurtti was still trying to pass after making several attempts going high and going low in both turns two and four. Eberl, meanwhile, was still attached to the rear bumper of Kurtti’s car with Nosser and Bromann not far behind.

As the cars rounded turn four for the final time, Kurtti attempted a bold move to make the pass one more time, but it was for naught as he slipped a bit, allowing Eberl to get by and move to up to Karshbaum’s front fender. As the cars sped under the flag stand, it was Karshbaum getting the win by inches over Eberl with Kurtti, current point’s leader, having to settle for third. Nosser and Maulson rounded out the top five.

In Tomahawk Pure Stock action it was Tomahawk’s, Austyn Booth, and Tomahawk’s, Tad Brown, leading the way as they accepted the green flag to start the race. Brown saw his chance early as he led the first three laps of the feature with Booth and then Tomahawk’s, Michael Brown following in second. With four laps recorded in the books, Michael Brown, surged to the front. This sent Tad Brown to second as Booth ran third. Just behind Booth, heat winner and Tomahawk native, Steve Brown, was on the move from fifth followed by Catawaba, Wisconsin’s, Gunard Hoogland. With ten laps completed, Michael Brown and Steve Brown continued to battle with Michael Brown still in the lead. Meanwhile, Hayward, Wisconsin’s, Randy Conner, was working his way up through the field from his sixth-place starting spot and was running fourth behind Tad Brown with Hoogland still in fifth. With the laps winding down, Michael Brown continued to lead as Randy Conner ran second after making the pass on Steve Brown with two laps to go.

As the flag man Lou threw the checkered flag it was Michael Brown picking up his first feature win of the year in his B & R Auto sponsored car. Conner was just inches away from winning, but had to settle for second followed by current point’s leader, Steve Brown, Tad Brown and Nate Langberg who had passed Hoogland with five to go.

The final race event of the evening was the Four Cylinder Bandit feature with Tim Holleran and Brandon Langbecker leading the way. Holleran led for just on lap and then pulled off into the pits surrendering the top spot to Kasey Gross who had come all the way from fifth. Mid-race saw Gross running away and hiding as Rory Radtke, Langbecker and Louis Malluege did their best to make a race for second. Just a little ways back Zach Degner made a lot of noise in fifth. In the end, it was Gross picking up another win in his Hilltop Auto sponsored car followed by Malluege, Radtke, current point’s leader, Langbecker, and Degner.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 3, when all four divisions will once again be in action. Keep August 10 open on your race calendar as that is the Race of Champions Qualifier night.

Fair Special at Thunderhill Regular Points Night Wed August 1st and Info

July 28th, 2012

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) Thunderhill Raceway readies for an action packed night of racing on the 1/3 mile clay oval Wednesday, August 1 for the Door County Fair. It will be for regular track points including all IMCA points. The format will be the same as any regular night of racing with starting positions based on your point average. Please note the start time has been moved to 6:30 to try and allow everyone ample time to make it to the track because of it being a weekday. 6 divisions will be in action with the open wheel Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds, full steel bodied Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars, Butchs Auto IMCA Sport Mods, LaVine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stocks, Lackie Rentals Street Stocks and the Feisty Fours will be in action.

The cost to get in the Door County Fair is only $10, after that your free to walk the grounds taking in the sights and sounds with it then being free to go in the grandstands for the races. Pit passes at the back gate will be $25 per person. The night is presented to you by Sturgeon Bay’s Prestige Yacht Coatings. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side . For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

VanNaata and Kurtti Each Score Another At Tomahawk Speedway

July 22nd, 2012

Tomhahawk, WI–Alex Van Natta and Jordan Kurtti bested the field in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified and Street Stock divisions, while Nate Langberg and Louis Malluege each picked up their first wins of the season in the Tomahawk Pure Stock and Bandit divisions.

After winning the Midwest Modified feature Alex VanNatta and his dad reathed a sigh of relief after having endured a nasty week. VanNatta had mechanical problems at the last race they raced at Central Wisconsin and getting the car to Tim’s Automotive and back in racing form was foremost on their minds as they pulled into a gas station on their way home to Lake Tomahawk. They stopped in Marathon, WI, to fill their hauler with fuel. It was then that they noticed a strange, sizzling sound coming from within their trailer. Upon further inspection they noticed fire coming from what used to be the roof vent. Yes, the interior of their trailer was on fire and everything in it was damaged before the fire was extinguished. The car needed new tin, new shocks, and few other things and much of their equipment was damaged beyond repair due to an electrical fire. Needless to say, a win on Friday night was just what the doctor ordered.

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature on Friday night, Jeff Klopstein, Jr. and Travis Friske led the field to the green flag with Friske taking the early lead followed by Klopstein, Van Natta, winner of the two previous week’s features, Cole Spacek and Eric Klafka. With five laps of the twenty lap feature in the books, the running order remained the same as the top five cars ran in a tight bunch. As lap six was about halfway completed, Van Natta made a pass on Klopstein for second. Spacek, in the meantime, was trying his best to follow Van Natta, but had to wait two more laps to make the move
on Klopstein. It was during lap nine that VanNatta made a backstretch pass on Friske for the lead. At this point the running order was VanNatta, Friske, Spacek, Klopstein and Klafka. By lap fourteen, VanNatta had stretched his lead to five or six car lengths and Spacek made the move in the backstretch to take second. The running order at this time was VanNatta, Spacek, Friske, Klopstein and Klafka. When the checkers flew, it was VanNatta taking the win in his VanNatta Plumbing sponsored car by seven car lengths. Joining VanNatta in the top five were Spacek, Friske, Klopstein and Klafka.

Brit Bromann and Carolyn Nosser ran side by side for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Bromann taking the early lead followed by Jordan Kurtti, Nosser, heat winner, Kevin Maulson, and birthday boy, Derek Eberl. By lap five of the twenty lap feature, Bromann was still in command followed by Kurtti, Eberl, Maulson and Nosser with the top three
cars running just inches from one another. With six in, Kurtti was in the lead after passing Bromann as the cars raced down the backstretch. Bromann was followed by Eberl, Maulson and Nosser. At the halfway point, Kurtti had a five or six car length lead on Eberl who had moved into second during lap nine. Bromann ran third followed by Maulson and Nosser. With fifteen laps in, Kurtti had a commanding lead, leading by nine or ten car lengths as the rest of the cars remained in the same order behind him. In the end it was Kurtti with the win in his Al’s Automotive sponsored car. The remaining top five were Eberl, Bromann, Maulson and Nosser.

Tad Brown and Nate Langberg led the Tomahawk Pure Stocks to the line with Langberg taking the early lead followed by Brown, the winner from the last three weeks, Randy Conner and heat winner, Steve Brown. Conner, seemingly sensing an urgency of getting on the move to catch the speedy Langberg, passed Tad Brown on the backstretch as the cars were into lap two. Meanwhile, Steve Brown also made the pass on Tad Brown, sending Tad to the back. By the end of lap five of the twenty lap feature, Langberg was still in the lead, but Conner was just one car length behind him. With then laps in, Langberg still led with Conner’s car now tight on the rear bumper of Langberg’s car. The two Browns ran a ways behind, still in the same order. Lap fifteen saw Langberg still in the lead as he and Conner ran just inches from each other all the way around the track. With one lap to go, Conner got a little too close to Langberg and after making slight contact lost momentum resulting in Langberg being able to go on for his first feature win of the year in his Calhoun Auto Repair sponsored car. Conner, Steve Brown and Tad Brown rounded out the rest of the field.

The final feature of the race evening saw Tim Holleran and Louis Malluege leading the Tomahawk Bandits to the starting line with Malluege grabbing the early lead followed by Brandon Langbecker, last week’s winner and Friday night heat winner, Kasey Gross, Holleran and Rory Radtke. Gross put the pressure on Malluege after making the pass on Langbecker during the third lap, but by the end of lap seven, roughly the halfway point of the fifteen lap feature, the running
order was still Malluege, Gross, Langbecker, Holleran and Radtke. The only caution of the night came just as lap twelve was about to start. This caution was for parts found on the track. Once the cars were given the green it was about to get real interesting when Gross suddenly pulled off into the pits as did Tyler Musolff who had been running sixth. With Gross out of the picture, Malluege cruised to his first ever win in a feature race in his Big Musky Construction sponsored car. Malluege was joined in the top five by Langbecker, Holleran, Radtke and first time driver, Paul Winker.

Racing resumes on Friday, July 27, when once again all four divisions will be in action with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. Don’t miss an opportunity to give this fast red clay track a try!

Spacek and Van Dusen Are Back To Back Winners At Tomahawk Speedway

July 15th, 2012

Tomahawk, WI–It was another night of exciting and clean caution-free racing at Tomahawk Speedway as rookie, Cole Spacek, made it win number two in so many weeks in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified. Meanwhile, veteran driver, Ron Van Dusen, also repeated in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock. Repeat wins was also the theme of the night in the Tomahawk Pure Stock division with Randy Conner picking up win number three in three successive weeks and Kasey Gross winning his second feature in his Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandit.

In WISSOTA Midwest Modified action, Hurley, Wisconsin’s, John Kallas and Marenisco, Michigan’s, Duane Dunbar lined up on the front row to begin the feature with Dunbar grabbing the early lead, leading the first three laps.

Phillips, Wisconsin’s, Cole Spacek, last week’s Midwest Modified winner, meanwhile, ran second with Kallas in the third spot. It was evident, quite early, that Spacek still had the taste of last week’s win in his mouth and was looking to have another meal of victory. With three laps in, Spacek made his move on the inside of Dunbar as the cars rounded turn four. It was a risking move, but Spacek pulled it off as he shot to the lead with the completion of lap four. This sent Dunbar to second with Kallas in third. Jeff Klopstein, Jr. of Tomahawk, WI, in the meantime, had worked his way
up from seventh to run fourth as Eric Klafka of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, ran fifth. With five laps of the twenty-lap feature in the books it was still Spacek, Dunbar, and the rest in the same order with Spacek leading by a few car lengths. With ten laps in, Spacek had stretched his lead to seven or eight car lengths as Dunbar did his best to keep up. During this lap and the preceding few laps, Kallas and Klopstein were having a spirited battle for third with Kallas hanging on. Just a few feet back, Klafka had his hands full as he did his best to hold off Jimmy Barttelt of Merrill, WI, and Travis Friske, of Tomahawk with all three of them running within inches of each other. With five to go, Spacek continued to stretch his lead which now amounted to almost a full turn. Dunbar, Klopstein, Kallas and Klafka were still giving chase in an attempt to settle the second spot. As the checkered flag flew it was Spacek picking up his second win in a row in his Three Mile Corner Bar sponsored car. Dunbar, Kallas, Klopstein, Jr., and Klafka completed the top five.

Chetek, Wisconsin’s, Heidi Karshbaum, and Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Ron Van Dusen, led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the starting line as they began their feature. Van Dusen, coming off a previous week’s win, shot to an early lead as Karshbaum settled in for second, followed by her better half, Steve, in third. With five laps in, Van Dusen led by five or six car lengths as Heidi Karshbaum continued in second. Running in the third spot was Kelly Knutson of Osceola, WI, who had come from his fifth-place starting spot. Knutson was followed by Tomahawk’s, Derek Eberl, who had started seventh and Steve Karshbaum. With ten laps in, Van Dusen had stretched his lead to seven or eight car lengths as the cars of Heidi Karshbaum and Eberl ran side by side for second with Knutson firmly in fourth and Steve Karshbaum in
fifth. That order changed during lap eleven when Knutson passed on the backstretch for third. With five laps, of the twenty-lap feature remaining, Van Dusen was losing a bit of ground as his lead had dwindled to just four car lengths. Eberl ran second, Knutson was in third. They were followed by Mrs. and Mr. Karshbaum. When the checkered flag flew, it appeared that Van Dusen’s car had mechanical issues as it slowed dramatically just as it passed the flag stand. Van Dusen, none the less, won the feature in his Super 8 of Eagle River and Tomahawk sponsored car. Van Dusen was joined
by Eberl, Knutson, Heidi Karshbaum and Steve Karshbaum in the top five.

Gunard Hoogland of Catawaba, WI and Steve Brown of Tomahawk were first to accept the green flag of flagman, Jeff Trinka, for the start of the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature. Brown, coming off a convincing heat win, left no doubt early that he wanted a repeat in the feature as he motored to an early lead. With five laps in, Brown continued to lead as Michael Brown of Tomahawk, Randy Conner of Hayward, WI, Hoogland, and Tad Brown of Tomahawk did their best to get to the top spot. It was after lap five that Hoogland pulled into the pits with a badly running motor and Nate Langberg of Tomahawk did the same with a dying car, after a short run in third. During the next three laps, Brown was being challenged by last
week’s winner, Conner, who, after repeated attempts in the backstretch, made the pass on Steve Brown for the lead as they came into turn four. With five laps to go, it was Conner in the lead, but Steve Brown wasn’t giving up that easily as he ran tight to Conner’s rear bumper. Brown took several shots at Conner during the final laps, but despite his efforts was unable to seal the deal. In the end, it was Conner with his third win in three weeks in his Link Brothers Ford of Minong sponsored car. Steve Brown, Michael Brown, Tad Brown, and Hoogland completed the top five.

Tim Holleran and Louis Malluege lined up on the front row for the start of the Four Cylinder Bandit feature with Malluege grabbing the early lead as Holleran ran second. With five laps in Malluege continued to lead as Kasey Gross ran second after starting fifth. Joining Malluege and Gross at that time were Holleran, Brandon Langbecker and last week’s winner, Rory Radtke. It was during lap six that Gross made a power move on Malluege, passing in turn three for the lead. This only re-arranged the top two spots, but it meant Gross, who is always fast once up front was in the catbird seat. With three laps to go, Gross had stretched the lead to five or six car lengths as Malluege put up a valiant effort to keep up with the pace. When the race had ended it was Gross picking up his third win of the year in his TNT Tree Farm sponsored car. Gross was joined by Malluege, Langbecker, Radtke and Holleran in the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, July 20, when once again Tomahawk Speedway invites racers and fans alike to come join in the exciting action on the fast, smooth track!

As always, hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. Gate price is the same as it has always been since the track opened with adult’s tickets selling for just $10.00, students, 16 and older, $5.00 and kids 15 and under free!

Cole Spacek Continues A Winning Family Tradition

July 9th, 2012
Tomahawk, WI-- Phillips, Wisconsin native, Cole Spacek, son of veteran Modified driver, Jeff Spacek and nephew of another veteran driver, his uncle,
Randy Spacek, who drives a Super Stock, took his first step to continue a winning tradition in the Spacek racing family by getting
his first feature win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night.

Joining Spacek in the winner's circle was Ron Van Dusen in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock, Randy Conner in his Tomahawk Pure Stock
and Rory Radtke in his Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandit.  With threatening skies and less than ideal temperatures, the fans,
surprisingly, turned out in record numbers to watch what would prove to be, once again, caution-free feature racing and a spectacular
fireworks display which would put many community fireworks shows to shame.  The only unfortunate part of the night was that the car
count was down, but threatening weather in the area, a tornado warning just miles away, and oppressive heat headlining the past few
days, it was to be expected.

To begin the night's feature events, the Tomahawk Pure Stocks took to the track first with Tad Brown and Randy Conner leading the way
to flagman, Lou's, starting green flag.  Conner shot to the lead by the time the cars had rounded turn four headed for the completion of
lap one. With Conner in the lead, in his always very fast Thunderbird, it looked like it was all over but the shouting as Mike Brown, Tad
Brown, Steve Brown and Gunard Hoogland pursued Conner.  Friday night that was not the case as everyone had come to win and they not only
challenged each other for track position, but kept the pressure on Conner for the top spot. With ten of the twenty laps in, Conner continued to lead, but Mike Brown was tight on Conner's tail as they passed the flag stand.  Not
only that, but Tad Brown and Steve Brown had been swapping places for third for several laps with Steve in control at that point.  Not
too far behind, Hoogland ran fifth with the others in his sights. Despite several attempts by Mike Brown to make a final move on Conner for the win, in the end it was Conner taking the win in his
Como Oil and Propane sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were Mike Brown, Steve Brown, Tad Brown and Hoogland.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Ron Van Dusen and rookie, Adam Johnson, on the front row.  Van Dusen surged to an
early lead with Heidi Karshbaum giving chase as she came from third. With five laps of the twenty lap feature in the books, Van Dusen continued to lead, but Jordan Kurtti had come up from dead last to
run second bringing Derek Eberl along for the chase for the lead. With ten laps in and Van Dusen still in the lead, Kurtti continued to put the pressure on as he was tight to Van Dusen's rear bumper
and often up to Van Dusen's rear door as the motored down the backstretch.  Eberrl had attached his car to the rear bumper of
Kurtti's car as Karshbaum ran fourth and Johnson ran fifth. With five laps to go, Van Dusen continued to lead with Kurtti going high on the track and then low on the track in an attempt to pass.
Although Kurtti got side by side with Van Dusen on several occasions, he was never able to seal the deal and Van Dusen went on
to win in his Super 8/Day's Inn sponsored car.  Kurtti, Eberl, Karshbaum and Johnson completed the top five. 

With the wind picking up, the temperature dropping and lighting in the distance, Cole Spacek and CJ Hedges, Jr. led the WISSOTA Midwest
Modifieds to the starting flag with Spacek being the early leader and Hedges in hot pursuit. With five laps in, Spacek continued to lead with Hedges, Jeff Klopstein, Jr., Jimmy Barttelt, Sr., and Eric Klafka in about a
tight a group as you could hope for without any contact. With the race at the half way point, Spacek looked even more determined as he put a bit of distance between his car and the car
of Hedges.  Klopstein continued to run third, Barttelt ran fourth and Klafka ran fifth. With five to go, Spacek had stretched his lead to six or seven car lengths as the others continued to do battle for second.
With one to go, Spacek had extended his lead to a full turn with the others still in line challenging for the second spot.
In the end, it was Spacek with his first ever feature win in his Northern Wisconsin Fence sponsored car.  Hedges, Jr., Klopstein,
Jr., Barttelt, Sr. and Klafka rounded out the top five.

With weather appearing to be moving in and a few drops of rain in the air, the mighty Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits took to the track
with Zach Degner and Louis Malluege setting the pace. Degner was the early leader as Rory Radtke made a quick move up from third to grab second as the cars passed under the flag stand for the
first time. Degner continued to lead as lap three was being completed, but Radtke was putting on the pressure.   By the end of lap four, Radtke
had made his move to take the lead with Kasey Gross, coming up from fifth, to run second as Degner dropped to third followed by Malluege
and Brandon Langbecker. As the race reached the halfway point, Radtke continued to lead as Gross continued to make attempts to catch him.  Everyone else, with
the exception of Langbecker remained in line.   Langbecker pulled into the pits and then came back out to run last with Tom Holleran
running fifth. In the end, it was Radtke hanging on for his second win of the year in his Lion's Lair Tattoo sponsored car.  Gross, Degner, Holleran
and Langbecker rounded out the top five. 

Racing resumes on Friday, July 13, when once again all four divisions will be in action with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at
7:30.

VanNatta and Kurtti Sweep at Tomahawk Speedway

July 1st, 2012

Tomahawk, WI–The largest crowd of the race season enjoyed a beautiful weather night and exciting racing as Tomahawk Speedway as fans saw Alex VanNatta of Minocqua, WI, in his Midwest Mod, and Jordan Kurtti of Bruce Crossing, MI, in his Street Stock, sweep the WISSOTA/Amsoil divisions. In the Tomahawk divisions Randy Conner of Hayward, WI, in his Pure Stock, and Kasey Gross of Gleason, WI, in his Bandit, went home victorious.

Mixing up the starting order, as they do every race night, Tomahawk Speedway saw the Pure Stocks take to the track first with Austyn Booth and Tad Brown leading the way. It was neither Booth nor Brown who would take the lead by the time one lap was complete as Randy Conner came from third to grab the early lead.

As the cars rounded the track for the fifth time, it was still Conner in the lead, but Nate Langberg had come all the way from seventh to run second to put the pressure on Conner. Meanwhile, Michael Brown had come from fifth to run third, Tad Brown ran fourth and Steve Brown, from sixth, ran fifth.

With ten of the twenty laps in, it was still Conner in the lead with Langberg hot on his tail. Michael Brown still ran third as Steve Brown and Tad Brown ran fourth and fifth respectively.

With five laps to go and Conner still in control, Langberg was closing the gap even more as he got up to Conner’s door on several occasions, but was unable to seal the deal. The Browns continued to fight for third with their order being Michael, Steve and Tad.

As the checkered flag flew it was Conner picking up his second win in so many weeks in his Link Brothers of Minong sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Langberg, Michael Brown, Steve Brown, and Tad Brown.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Heidi Karshbaum and Derek Eberl, coming off a TNT Speedway win on Saturday, on the front row. Eberl took the early advantage surging to an early lead with Jordan Kurtti quickly moving up from fourth to run second. Karshbaum dropped to third with Ron VanDusen, Kevin Maulson, Jr. and Brit Bromann having a spirited battle for fourth.

With three laps in, the race saw the first caution when VanDusen spun out in turn four. After aligning the field, Eberl once again shot to the lead, but as the cars rounded turn four Eberl drifted high on the track and Kurtti took quick advantage to grab the lead, sending Eberl to second. Maulson ran third, Karshbaum settled into fourth and VanDusen came from his new last place starting spot to run fifth.

With ten of the twenty laps in the books, Kurtti continued to lead by a couple of car lengths as Eberl fought the good fight for second. Maulson continued to run third with Karshbaum in fourth and Bromann in fifth.

Lap thirteen proved to be bad luck for VanDusen as he spun out for the second time earning him a trip to the pits as Bromann dropped off the track with mechanical problems.

With fifteen laps in, Kurtti continued to lead with Eberl running a close second, by one or two car lengths and sometimes less than that. Karshbaum moved into third with Maulson running fourth and rookie, Adam Johnson, making his debut in a Street Stock after moving up from the Bandit division, running fifth.

With two laps to go, Maulson’s car suddenly lurched as the tune “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Loose Wheel” played in the background. The ensuing caution would mean that this one would end with a green, white, and checkered.

As the cars rounded turn four for the last time, Kurrti was in control taking yet another win for the year in his North Central Engines sponsored car. Eberl, Karshbaum, Johnson, and Maulson would round out the top five.

As if the Street Stock race was not exciting enough, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds would put on an even a better show-perhaps the best Midwest Modified race ever witnessed at Tomahawk Speedway. The track had been fairly dry most of the night and by the time the Midwest Modifieds took to the track they had a dry and very fast track to deal with.

Duane Dunbar and Jim Barttelt, Sr., shared the front row as the green flag flew. Barttelt took the early advantage, grabbing the lead by the time lap one was complete. Dunbar was joined by Jeff Klopstein, Jr., in a fight for second as Alex VanNatta and CJ Hedges, Jr. battled for third.

With five laps of the twenty-lap feature completed, Barttelt continued to lead as Dunbar and VanNatta battled for second.
Klopstein was joined by Cole Spacek in a fight for fourth. With ten laps in, Barttelt continued to lead as VanNatta continued to hound Dunbar for second as they ran within inches of each other often running side by side. Klopstein and Spacek were having their own fight as they sliced and diced just a few car lengths back.

As the cars were completing lap thirteen, VanNatta saw his opportunity and took the chance to pass Dunbar for second as
Barttelt was, at the same time, seeing his margin of lead dwindle.

With fourteen laps in the books and with VanNatta having momentum in his favor, VanNatta made the move for the lead sending Barttelt to second.

With five to go, VanNatta was in command and putting some distance between his car and the rest of the field. Barttelt ran second as Klopstein moved into third and Dunbar dropped to fourth. Spacek ran comfortably in fifth as the four, running in a pack, now chased a common foe, VanNatta .

As the checkered flew, in this caution-free race, VanNatta took the win, his first at Tomahawk Speedway this year, in his Riverside Collision sponsored car. Klopstein finished in second, after passing Barttelt one lap earlier, and Barttelt finished third followed by Dunbar and Spacek.

The final race of the evening would see the Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits take to the track with Tim Holleran and Louis Malluege leading the way. Malluege was the early leader as he showed early strength, but Kasey Gross was on the move from fourth and had moved up to second.

As the cars rounded the track for the fourth time, Gross was completing his march to the front. When the cars reached the flag stand, Gross had taken the top spot sending Malluege to second followed by Rory Radtke, Holleran and Brandon Langbecker. The halfway point of the fifteen-lap feature saw Gross still in control with a comfortable lead of eight or more car lengths. Gross was followed by a pack of cars consisting of Radtke who had secured second, Malluege, Langbecker and Holleran.

Gross went on to increase his lead by a full turn margin and by the end of the feature took the win in his TNT Tree Farm sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Radtke, Malluege, Langbecker and Holleran.

Racing will resume on Friday, July 6, with all four divisions once again in action. Also, on that night fans will be treated to the annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza! You don’t want to miss this one!

Barttelt and Kurtti Score Wins at Tomahawk

June 17th, 2012

Tomahawk, WI–A nice crowd was on hand to enjoy family/meet the driver’s night as the racing gods shown down on Tomahawk Speedway on a warm evening that was near perfect for a great night of racing. It should be noted that there were no cautions for the entire night of racing-a rarity indeed!

Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. showed the field how to get things done as he drove to victory in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified and Jordan Kurtti did the same as he dominated the field in his WISSOTA Street Stock. In the two Tomahawk Speedway divisions, Randy Conner, back in his T-Bird after a couple of nights of R & D in his vintage 1955-6 Crown Victoria, cruised to a victory in his Pure Stock and Casey Gross once again got it done in his four-cylinder Bandit.

The first feature of the night saw Randy Conner and Michael Brown leading the way as the Tomahawk Pure Stocks took to the track. Conner immediately shot to the front as Brown settled into second. Conner and Brown ran nose to tail for the first five laps and then Nate Langberg, who had been running third, stole the second spot from Brown. With the race at the midway point, Conner continued to lead, but Langberg wasn’t giving up as he kept the pressure on, often running within a car length or less. Michael Brown continued to run third with Gunard Hoogland and Steve Brown fighting for fourth. With five to go, it was still Conner and Langberg running first and second with Michael Brown in a strong third. Steve Brown was now in fourth and Hoogland dropped to fifth. By race end, it was Conner taking his first feature win of the year in his Concor Tool and Machine sponsored car. Langberg, Steve Brown, Michael Brown, and Hoogland rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next with Kevin Maulson, Jr. and Derek Eberl on the front row. Maulson was the early leader, leading the first lap, but point’s leader, Kurtti, was having none of that and by the end of the second lap was in control, sending Maulson to second. With five laps in the books, Kurtti was beginning to pull away from the field as Maulson and Derek Eberl battled for second with husband and wife, Steve and Heidi Karshbaum having a family feud for fourth. The midpoint of the race saw Kurtti leading by a full front stretch as the rest remained in line with their own race going on for second. By race end it was Kurtti taking the win by a half lap in his North Central Engine sponsored car. Maulson, Eberl, Steve Karshbaum and Heidi Karshbaum completed the top five.

Cole Spacek, coming off an impressive heat run, and Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. ran side by side for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature. Barttelt was fastest off the line and surged to an early lead with Spacek running second. Last week’s winner, Eric Klafka, ran third with C J Hedges, Jr., and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. fighting it out for fourth. With ten laps of the 20-lap feature in the books, Barttelt continued to lead, Spacek reclaimed second from Klafka, who had run second four laps. Hedges, Jr. and Klopstein, Jr. continued to battle for fourth. Not much changed as far as positions for the remainder of the race and when the checkered flew, it was Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. getting his
first win of 2012 in his U-Bake sponsored car. Spacek captured second, Klafka finished third, Hedges, Jr. finished fourth and Klopstein, Jr. finished fifth.

The last feature of the night saw Tyler Musolff and Louis Malluege coming to the starter’s flag first for the start of the
four-cylinder Bandit race. It was Brandon Langbecker, coming from fourth, who would be the early leader as he made some impressive moves to the front, leading the first lap. Langbecker, though, would only get to enjoy the lead for one lap as
Kasey Gross shot past Langbecker for the lead during lap two, sending Langbecker to second with Malluege settling into third hounded by Rory Radtke and Musolff. With the race at the half-way point it became a double race as Gross and Langbecker battled for first with Gross up front. Meanwhile, back just a few car lengths, Malluege and Radtke were having a fight of their own for third. As the checked flew, Gross crossed the finish line first in his TNT Tree Farm sponsored car with Langbecker not far behind in second. Malluege, Radtke and Tim Holleran completed the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 22, when once again all four of the regular divisions will be in action. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30, all for just $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 10-15, and free for those 9 and younger. Where does your entertainment dollar go further? Throw in great food at the concession stand and you’ve got yourself a great night of family fun for a decent bang for your buck!

Motor Nature Wins The Race

June 10th, 2012

The races for Friday, June 8, 2012, at Tomahawk Speedway were cancelled due to weather concerns.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 15, when once again WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks will be in action along with Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Four-Cylinder Bandits.

As usual, hot laps will begin at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. It’s just $10.00 for 16 years and older, $5.00 for ages 10-15 and those 9 and under are admitted free when accompianed by an adult.

Klafka, Karshbaum, Brown and Radtke Win at Tomahawk Speedway

June 2nd, 2012

Tomahawk, WI– A beautiful weather night, a very racy track and great racing in all divisions marked the second race night of the 2012 race season at Tomahawk Speedway with Eric Klafka winning in his Midwest Modifiecd, Steve Karshbaum besting the field in his Street Stock, Michael Brown taking the win in his Tomahawk Pure Stock and Rory Radtke coming out
on top in his Tomahawk Bandit.

The first feature of the night saw Tad Brown and Michael Brown leading the rest of the Tomahawk Pure Stocks to the starting line for the start. What are the odds that one Brown of the three Browns entered in this competition would come out a winner? Michael Brown shot to an early lead at the drop of the green, leading the first seven laps of the race, as Gunard Hoogland and then Nate Langberg along with Steve Brown fought it out for second. Hoogland’s night would end early when he encountered mechanical difficulties leaving Langberg, Steve Brown and George Brixius to do battle for second. It was during lap nine that Langberg would have enough of looking at Michael Brown’s rear bumper and would make an attempt to pass for the lead. It was during lap ten that Langberg made a successful move to the number one spot. With Langberg in the lead and Brown running second, the action further back heated up between Steve Brown, Brixus and Tad Brown.
Meanwhile last year’s Pure Stock champion, Randy Conner, of Hayward, WI, driving a 1956 Crown Victoria, was trying to work out the bugs in an ill handling car. For all intents and purposes it looked like Langberg had the race won, but during lap fourteen his car suffered a flat and he pulled into the pits. Almost simultaneously, Brixus pulled into the pits as well and his night was done.

A caution for a bumper on the track, gave Langberg a chance for a tire change and he rejoined the field only to than have another tire blow with less than one lap in after the caution. The field was now down to the survivors, all Browns, sending Michael Brown to the lead.

At this point, there was no doubt a Brown would win and Michael Brown was not to be denied as he finished first in the 20-lap feature with Steve Brown in second and Tad Brown in third.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next for their 20-lap feature with Derek Eberl, in the former John Kallas Wild Animal ride, and Jordan Kurtti of Bruce Crossing, MI on the front row.

Eberl was off to an early and commanding start as he quickly left the field in the dust with Kurtti and Steve Karshbaum fighting it out for second.

Eberl led the first five laps, but his car seemed to become a hand full with about five laps in as the rest of the field began to close on him. In spite of handling issues, Eberl continued to lead at the end of lap ten, but then the handling went away as Eberl made a short trip to the infield coming out of turn one. In spite of a quick return to the track, it gave Karshbaum all the time he needed to grab the lead.

With Karshbaum in the lead, Kurtti, Eberl, Kevin Maulsen, Jr. and last week’s winner, Jason Jensen, gave it their best shots to make a move on Karshbaum.

Karshbaum, of Cheteck, WI, though, proved to be too strong and his car handled well as he drove away for the win. Karshbaum was joined by Kurtti, Eberl, Maulsen, Jr. and Jensen in the top five.

WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified action would begin with Dennis Mikkelson of Rhinelander, WI, and Eric Klafka of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, on the front row for the start of their feature. Klafka proved to be strong early as he quickly established himself as the leader with Tomahawk’s CJ Hedges, Jr. moving into second as Marenisco, Michigan’s, Duane Dunbar ran third.
With three laps in, Hedges, Jr. snatched the lead sending Klafka to second as Dunbar continued to run third followed by last week’s winner, Travis Friske, and Jim Barttelt, Sr. of Merrill, WI. At the midway point of the 20-lap feature, Hedges, Jr. continued to lead, but Klafka was showing signs of a comeback. Dunbar still ran a strong third, Barttelt, Sr. moved into fourth and Friske ran fifth. With six left to go, Klafka had seen enough of the rear end of
Hedges, Jr. car and made his move to once again lead. Klafka then began to pull away from the field as he went on to take the win with Dunbar, Hedges, Jr., Barttelt, Sr., and Friske rounding out the top five.

The final feature event of the race evening saw Tyler Musolff and Zach Degner lined up side-by-side for the start of the Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandit race.

Dagner took the early lead with “Radical” Rory Radtke following closely in second as Brandon Langbecker, Kasey Gross, who had finished his heat race driving the last three laps on three tires, and Adam Johnson ran just behind them, fighting for third.

It looked like Degner might just run away with the win as he was pulling away. But, just as lap five was about completed, his car had a flat. A caution was called as he was up against the turn one wall and he went to the pits for a tire change.

When racing resumed, Radtke took advantage of his new found fortune and left the rest of the field to fight for crumbs as Gross, Johnson, Langbecker, and Louis Malluege fought it out for second.

With five laps to go, Johnson mounted a late challenge but Radtke proved to be too strong and went on for his first ever feature win. Langbecker, Johnson, Gross, and Malluege made up the rest of the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 8, when once again four divisions will entertain the fans with great racing on the third-mile red clay of Tomahawk Speedway.

As always, hot laps begin at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. The price is just $10.00 for those 16 and older, $5.00 for ages 10-15 and kids nine and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. A bargin for a great night of entertainment!

Kallas, Van Natta, Follstad, Ryskoski and Beeksma Win At Tomahawk on Day Two

September 6th, 2011

With the racing rained out on Saturday night, Tomahawk Speedway held the second day of their two-day event on Sunday afternoon. With racing scheduled to begin at 3:00, rain delayed racing for an hour on a track that earlier in the day looked to be unmanageable due to continued showers up until 2:00. A big day of racing did successfully happen with racing in five divisions plus mechanics’ races and powder puff races. Without the extra efforts of track personnel working together, this event would have never become reality.

Sixteen year old, Alex Van Natta, got his second feature win of the weekend in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified, while John Kallas did the same in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock. In the Tomahawk Pure Stocks, Bill Follstad tallied a win, while Mark Ryskoski won in the Tomahawk Four- Cylinder Bandit Division. In addition, Patrick Beeksma collected win number two of the weekend in his Ashland Six-Cylinder.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were the first division to hit the track with Carolyn Nosser and John Kallas sharing the front row. Kallas was off like a shot as the green flag dropped, but Nosser was not going to roll over and play dead as she
hounded Kallas for many laps. As the race neared the midway point, Dennis LaCrosse, Jr. pulled into the pits with his race coming to an end after running fourth. A short time later, Heidi Karshbaum caused the only caution of the feature when she spun in turn four. Kallas proved to just be too strong and went on for the second sweep of the weekend in his Coor Light-sponsored car. Nosser and Karshbaum rounded out the top three.

The Ashland Six Cylinders were up next, with Patrick Beeksma and Ron Lillie first to accept the green flag from Flagman Guy Carley. Beeksma showed his dominance early just as he had in the Friday night feature. As the race reached the midpoint, Beeksma was stretching his lead, Bill Anderson continued to run second, Don Muzzy ran third and Ron Lillie ran fourth. By race end, it was Beeksma with the second win of the weekend in his EAS Construction- sponsored car. Anderson, Muzzy and Lillie rounded out the other top spots.

Alex Van Natta and Bruce Belland started side-by-side for the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature with Van Natta surging to the lead by the end of lap one. By lap five, Van Natta continued to lead and Belland ran second three or four car
lengths behind Van Natta. Meanwhile, Travis Friske followed closely in third. Running fourth at the time was CJ Hedges, Jr. with Dennis Mikkelson in fifth. A caution after lap five occurred when Rob Weber’s car veered into the turn two wall after the rear axle let go. When racing resumed, Van Natta once again grabbed the lead with Belland, Friske, Mikkelson and Hedges giving chase. Two laps latter Mikkelson drove off into the pits and his race was done. By lap ten of the 20-lap feature, Van Natta still led, Belland was still in second, Friske was still in third, but Dan Melton had moved all the way to fourth after starting ninth and Scott Weber was running fifth after starting eighth. Lap 15 saw the same running order. A couple of laps later Hedges slid up into the turn one wall and he was done. In the end, it was Van Natta picking up win number two of the weekend in his Van Natta Plumbing-sponsored car. Belland, Friske, Melton and Steve Weber rounded out the top five.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up next with Bill Follstad and Duke Leu on the front row. You could tell that Follstad was hungry for a win as he drove a determined first three laps with Mike Brown, Leu, Randy Conner and Wayne Eskola fighting it out for second. With three laps in, two successive cautions occurred when Jason Melton spun out coming out of turn four and on the restart Keith Troutman got his car sideways coming out of turn two. Once racing resumed, Follstad again took the lead. Follstad was still in the lead by the end of lap five and Conner had moved into the second spot as Brown ran third, Eskola ran fourth and Nate Langberg ran fifth. By lap ten, Conner was on Follstad’s bumper as the remaining cars maintained their positions with Brown, Eskola and Langberg running a tight pattern right behind. By race end, Follstad had claimed the win in his Tomahawk Sports Center sponsored car. Conner, Eskola, Brown and Langberg rounded out the top five.

The Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits were up next with Mark Ryskoski and Zach Degner leading the way. Ryskoski, who is an excellent runner wherever he goes, showed his strength early taking the lead by the end of lap one, with Degner relegated to second. During the first five laps Ryskoski received no real threat, but Degner, Brandon Langbecker, Adam Johnson and Richard Barlowski battled hard for second. It was after lap five that both Johnson and Langbecker dropped off into the pits changing the top five. Ryskoski stretched the lead by lap ten, with Degner running in second, Barlowski in third, Tim Holleran in fourth and Elliot Marquardt in fifth. By race end it was Ryskoski with yet another win. Rounding out the top five were Degner, Barlowski, Holleran and Linc Leu, who inherited fifth when Marquardt dropped out of that race with four to go.

That was not the end of the day’s activities, as there was a Cop and Robber race, several Powder Puff races and several Mechanics’ races. Despite the weather, a good time was had by all in conclusion of the 2011 racing season. Once again thanks to everyone who helped to keep the three-legged stool upright. The racers, the fans and everyone else associated with the track in one way or another.

Van Natta and Kallas Win WISSOTA Portion of Night One at Tomahawk Speedway

September 4th, 2011

Sixteen year-old Alex Van Natta cruised to a WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature win and John Kallas swept the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks in the first night of a two-night event at Tomahawk Speedway. Track champion in the Tomahawk Pure Stock Division, Randy Conner, swept that Division, while Adam Johnson did the same in the Four-Cylinder
Bandit Division. The Ashland Six Cylinders also were on hand with Patrick Beeksma sweeping that division.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Randy Conner and Keith Troutman sharing front row honors. Conner was quick to establish himself as the leader and by the end of lap five had lapped one of the slower cars in his feature. Meanwhile Keith Troutman and Steve Brown battled for the second spot, with Brown securing the second spot by the end of lap three. Midway through the feature, Conner was still in the lead with Brown in pursuit. Troutman, Bill Follstad and Mike Brown had a spirited battle going for third. As the checkered flag flew, Hayward, Wisconsin’s, Conner, had completed a sweep in his Greg’s Restoration-sponsored car with Steve Brown, Troutman, Follstad and Mike Brown rounding out the top five.

The Ashland Six Cylinders were up next with Don Muzzy and Patrick Beeksma sharing the front row. Just as he had done in the heat, Beeksma was very quick off the line, shooting to a significant lead early, as Muzzy and Bill Anderson fought it out for second. Midway through the feature, Beeksma still led, but Muzzy was joined by Anderson and Dale Coddington as they battled for second. In the end, it was Ironwood, Michigan’s, Beeksma, completing the sweep in his Clean Air Heating-sponsored car. Muzzy, Anderson, Coddington and Ron Lillie rounded out the top five.

Dennis LaCrosse, Jr. and Ron Van Dusen led the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks to the green flag for the start of their feature. LaCrosse was the early leader with Steve Karshbaum and Kallas running second and third. The end of lap five saw LaCrosse still in the lead, Kallas running second and Karshbaum running third. Meanwhile Jordan Kurtti and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. were fighting it out for fourth. At the halfway point of the 20-lap feature, LaCrosse still led, with Kallas running a car length behind him as both cars put distance between themselves and the rest of the field. At this point, Kurtti had passed Karshbaum for third and Klopstein ran fifth. With seven laps to go, Kallas made the pass on LaCrosse and Kurtti was on the move in an attempt to grab the second spot. In the end, Hurley, Wisconsin’s Kallas completed a sweep in his Hot Shot Trucking of Minot, North Dakota-sponsored car. LaCrosse, Kurtti, Klopstein, and Karshbaum rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next with CJ Hedges, Jr. and Dennis Mikkelson first to accept Flagman Mike Trinka’s green flag. Hedges was the early leader with Mikkelson and Alex Van Natta dueling for second. The only caution of the night up until this point occurred when the cars of Duane Dunbar and Travis Friske got together coming out of turn one just after lap one was completed. Dunbar’s car went off on the hook, but Friske was able to continue. When racing resumed, Hedges once again shot to the lead with Van Natta giving chase and Mikkelson right behind Van Natta. At the same time,
Friske and Rob Weber were engaged in a good fight for fourth. With five laps in the books, Van Natta had successfully made the pass on Hedges, Mikkelson still ran third, Friske ran fourth and Weber ran fifth. Lap ten of the 20-lap feature saw Van Natta putting some distance between his car and the car of Hedges. Friske had moved up to third, Mikkelson ran fourth and Weber ran fifth. With five to go and Van Natta still in the lead, Hedges and Friske were fighting for second, as Mikkelson continued in fourth and Weber still ran fifth. In the end, it was Minocqua, Wisconsin’s, Van Natta with the win in his Minocqua Tire and Auto-sponsored car. Hedges, Friske, Mikkelson, and Weber rounded out the top five.

As they have done all year long, the Four Cylinder Bandits once again prepared to put on an excellent show with Brandon Langbecker and Richard Barlowski leading the way. Langbecker was the early leader with Barlowski followed closely in second.
The second caution of the race night occurred when Duke Leu spun out in front of Tim Holleran as they came out of turn one, just at the completion of lap one. Once racing resumed and Langbecker again took the lead with Adam Johnson hot on his tail. Barlowski then ran third, Mark Ryskoski moved to fourth after starting seventh, and Zach Degner ran fifth. By the end of lap five, Anderson had snatched the lead from Langbecker and Ryskoski pulled his car into the pits. Meanwhile, Barlowski ran
third, Degner ran fourth and Leu ran fifth. Just one more lap into the race, Leu pulled into the pits. Mid-race saw Johnson still in the lead, Langbecker was running second, Degner ran third, Tim Holleran ran fourth and Brett Oenning ran fifth. In the end it was Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s Anderson with the win and a sweep in his Stick Um Graphics-sponsored car. Langbecker, Degner, Holleran and Oenning rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Saturday, September 3, when once again all four regular classes will be in action, joined once again by the Ashland Six Cylinders. Thanks go out to Shirts, Signs and Designs for supplying the fans with Tomahawk Speedway merchandise and trinkets for the kids every Friday night. Thanks also go out to NAPA of Rhinelander for being at the track every race night with tires and parts for the racers.

Thanks to the loyal fans for being there every Friday night and to the faithful drivers who supported the track all season long. Tomahawk Speedway looks forward to another great year of racing in 2012. Thanks to all the track employees who made sure the track ran in an efficient manor each and every race night. Also, thanks to Midge Conner for stepping up to act as the track photographer.

Boettcher, Soltis, Conner and Barlowski Tops in Points at Tomahawk Speedway

August 28th, 2011

The final night for points at Tomahawk Speedway saw Chad Boettcher winning the track points battle in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified division. Adam Soltis won in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock division, Randy Conner won in the Tomahawk Pure Stocks, and John Barlowski won in the Tomahawk Four Cylinder bandits.

In racing action on Friday night, the Tomahawk Pure Stocks were first to take to the track with Mike Brown and Josh Cole sharing the front row. Cole tried his best to get the early lead, but Brown made contact with Cole as the cars rounded turn one after the drop of the green flag. With that early caution out of the way, and Brown in the back of the pack, racing resumed with Gundard Hoogland rocketing to the lead. Hoogland led the first four laps with Nate Langberg and Randy Conner swapping spots for second, with Conner coming out the winner of that fight. As the cars began the fifth lap, Conner was on the move and passed Hoogland in turn two for the lead. With Conner in the lead, Hoogland was relegated to second followed by Langberg, Bill Follstad, and Steve Brown. With five laps to go, Conner still led, stretching his lead to a full front stretch. Hoogland ran second, Jason Havel ran third, Follstad ran fourth and Langberg ran fifth. By race end, it was Conner with the win in his COMO Oil and Propane-sponsored car, completing a sweep for the night and securing the points title in the Pure Stock division. Havel, Follstad, Keith Troutman, and Hoogland rounded out the top five.

It has been a fast and furious battle for most of the year between John Kallas and Adam Soltis in the Street Stock division. Those two lined up in the second row for the start of the Street Stock feature as Jeff Klopstein Jr. and Cody Kummer led the cars to the green flag. Kummer was quickest out of the shoot, with Klopstein following closely in second as Soltis and Kallas fought it out for third. The midpoint of this caution-free race saw Kummer putting distance between himself and the rest of the pack. Meanwhile, Soltis, Klopstein and Kallas ran bumper-to-bumper and sometimes door-to-door in a battle for second. In spite of the best efforts of the rest, Kummer was just too strong as he motored away for the win and a sweep in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were track points’ champion, Soltis, Kallas, Klopstein, and Jason Jensen.

The Midwest Modified feature looked to be a very good one as Roger Walker and Chad Boettcher led the field to the green flag. Unfortunately for track visitor, Nick Koehler, a gas cap was found on the track and track officials determined it belonged
to Koehler’s car. After track officials tried to get the cap back on the gas tank, it was found that the gasket was also missing and Koehler was sent to the pits as the cap would not stay on without the gasket. When racing commenced, Alex Van Natta took the early lead as he rounded the track at the finish of lap one. Another caution, prior to the end of lap two, sent Boettcher to the rear of the pack for contact made with Walker, which had sent Walker sideways in turn one. Racing resumed and so did Van Natta’s lead with Travis Friske, Walker, Bruce Belland and CJ Hedges, Jr. in hot pursuit. Another caution, after lap six, sent Boettcher to the pits as he was once again the cause of the caution. With the track points’ leader in the pits, racing resumed with Van Natta once again in the lead, followed closely by Belland, Duane Dunbar, Friske and Eric Klafka. Van Natta’s lead came to an end when Belland made the pass for the lead during lap nine. Belland was smooth as he quickly put some distance between his car and the car of Dunbar, who inherited the second spot after Van Natta exited to the pits. With five to go, Belland continued to lead, as Dunbar ran second, Klafka moved into third, Friske ran fourth and Hedges ran fifth. When the checkered flag flew, Belland had taken the win in his Central Timber, Inc.-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Dunbar, Klafka, Friske and Hedges, Jr. Despite spending most of the feature in the pits, Boettcher had accumulated enough points to secure the points’ title.

Last up for the night were the mighty Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits with Rory Radtke and Jay Wilberding on the front row. Wilberding took the early lead with Jennifer Nitzsche moving into second from her fourth-place starting spot. Wilberding survived a couple of restarts as cautions slowed the pace and rearranged the running order, with Mark Ryskoski moving into second. Tim Holleran ran third, Nitzsche ran fourth and Duke Leu ran fifth. Just as the race hit the midpoint, Nitzsche’s car lost a wheel and once again the battle for first intensified with Wilberding challenged by Ryskoski. With five laps to go, Ryskoski made the pass for the lead, the eventual win and sweep. Rounding out the top five were Wilberding, Leu, Langbecker, and Schuppler.

Racing resumes on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3, for the end of the year season wrapup races. Friday will be a regular start time and Saturday will see the races starting earlier at 6:00 p.m.

A Race Night for Tori

August 23rd, 2011

The race night at Tomahawk Speedway began as it usually does with a rendition of the National Anthem, but this night with all cars lined up on the track. The race night then took a twist as the announcer asked everyone to be silent and offer up a prayer of healing for ten-year-old Tori Stevens, one of Tomahawk Speedways biggest fans, who is ill and in the Marshfield hospital.

The race night then began with the Tomahawk Pure Stocks going to the track first with Nate Langberg and Bill Follstad on the front row. Langberg was fast off the line, taking the lead with Follstad following in second, Steve Brown in third, and Randy Conner in fourth. As the top four cars ran bumper-to-bumper, Langberg continued to lead, leading the first eleven laps of the 15-lap feature. Meanwhile, Follstad and Conner had a spirited battle for second with Conner getting the upper hand by the end of lap ten. With four laps to go, Conner made his move to take the lead, sending Langberg to second. In the end it was Conner taking the win and completing a sweep to add to his track points lead in his Guy’s Restoration-sponsored car. Langberg, Follstad, Brown, and Keith Troutman rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next with Ron Van Dusen and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. sharing the front row. Klopstein was quick off the line to take the lead, as Van Dusen settled into second. As lap three was in the process of being completed, John Kallas made the pass on Van Dusen and as Van Dusen fought to get his spot back, the cars of Van Dusen and Kallas made contact, sending Kallas into the infield. Once racing resumed with Kallas getting his spot back and Van Dusen at the rear of the pack, Klopstein continued to lead with Adam Soltis moving up to take second and Kallas running third. For several laps, which followed, Soltis and Kallas ran side-by-side with Soltis hanging on to second. As the race reached the midway point, Kallas passed Soltis for second, as Klopstein continued to lead. At the midpoint Kallas went on to take the lead, with Klopstein in second and Soltis in third. Just three more laps into the race and with Kallas in the lead, Kallas suddenly pulled off the track on the front stretch with a blown power plant. As the cars continued to round the track, Soltis moved into the top spot, as Dennis La Crosse moved into second with Van Dusen running third and Heidi Karshbaum running fifth. Meanwhile, Klopstein was slowing. With five laps to go, Klopstein’s car slowed even more and he exited to the pits with mechanical problems. The racing order at that point was Soltis, La Crosse, Van Dusen and Karshbaum. With four laps to go, Soltis still led, but as he drove into turn four, his car erupted in smoke as he lost his motor and transmission, and then there were three cars remaining, with La Crosse now in the lead. As the checkered flew, La Crosse came across the line first, with Van Dusen giving chase and Karshbaum not far behind. It looked like La Crosse was going to get his first win at Tomahawk Speedway, but he failed to scale and Van Dusen was awarded the win in his Super 8-sponsored car. The remaining four top spots went to Karshbaum, Soltis, Klopstein, and Kallas.

The Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits were up next, with Rory Radtke and Ryan Schuppler running side-by-side as the green flag flew. It was John Barlowski, though, who would come from fourth to take the lead by the end of lap one. Barlowski on this race night proved to have the fastest car, as he not only led, but managed to stretch his lead to a full front stretch over the other ten cars in the feature. This race ran without caution and the best action was for second with Brandon Langbecker, Ryan Schuppler, and Adam Johnson contending for second. In the end it was Barlowski with the win in his Shirts, Signs and Designs-sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Langbecker, Schuppler, Johnson and Charlie Gross.

The final feature of the night saw the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds on the track with Dennis Mikkelson and Chad Boettcher leading the way. Boettcher was the early leader, with Mikkelson and Eric Klafka fighting for second as Duane Dunbar maintained his fourth-place starting spot. Four laps into the feature, Klafka shot to the lead, dropping Boettcher to second as Dunbar moved up to third and Mikkelson ran fourth with CJ Hedges in fifth. With ten laps of the 20-lap feature complete, Klafka continued to lead, Dunbar ran second, with Bruce Belland moving up to third. Travis Friske ran fourth and Roger Walker ran fifth. Just as lap eleven was about to be completed, Boettcher collected Mikkelson, spinning Mikkelson in turn one. Both Mikkelson and Boettcher went to the pits, with Mikkelson returning to go the back of the pack. Another caution occurred one lap later when Friske spun coming out of turn one. When racing resumed, Dunbar saw his chance to go for the lead and he, Klafka and Belland ran three-wide down the backshoot with Dunbar eventually passing as the cars drove under the flag stand first. Three more laps into the race, Belland’s car pulled up lame in turn three with a flat right front tire causing another caution. Belland rejoined the race after a tire change and racing resumed with Dunbar once again in the lead. As this interesting and exciting feature came to an end, Dunbar came home with the win and completed a sweep in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored car. Friske, Klafka, Walker and Belland rounded out the top five.

The race night was not over, as the Midwest Modifieds had to pass through tech inspection in the pit inspection area. Once tech inspection was completed a number of drivers, Follstad, Conner, Belland, Boettcher, La Crosse and Kallas returned to the front stretch to donate their night’s winnings to Tori’s mother to help her with her daughter’s medical expenses. A very nice gesture indeed!

Racing resumes on Friday, August 26, when Tomahawk Speedway presents the final track points night of the 2011 race season.

After that, two other nights of racing remain on the 2011 race schedule with racing on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3. Although the track points will have come to an end, WISSOTA points will be awarded both nights.

Dunbar and Kallas ROC Qualifiers at Tomahawk Speedway

August 14th, 2011

On a night when heavy rain fell within a couple of miles of the Speedway after threatening skies all afternoon, Tomahawk Speedway hosted the Race of Champions qualifier races for the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. Duane Dunbar dominated the second half of the Midwest Modified feature to take the win and qualify for the Race of Champions, while John Kallas edged out Adam Soltis on the checkered flag lap to take the win in the Street Stock Division to qualify.

The night’s feature racing began with the Tomahawk Pure Stocks taking to the track first with Josh Cole and Gunard Hoogland on the front row. Hoogland showed early promise as he led the first four laps with Nate Langberg and Randy Conner battling
for second. It was during lap five that Hoogland lost traction and spun just enough to have the cars of Bill Follstad, Dustin Miller, and Nate Langberg pile up behind him. Follstad’s car was damaged and had to be towed to the pits while the other cars
continued, with Hoogland being sent to the rear on the restart. When racing resumed, Langberg saw his opportunity and shot to the lead, to lead the next two laps. With those two laps completed, another caution occurred when Miller’s car found its way into the infield. Miller went to the pits for repairs and racing resumed. As the cars rounded the track after this caution, track points’ leader, Randy Conner, took advantage and made a nice move on the outside in a surge to secure the top spot. Conner went on to take yet another win and complete a sweep in his CONCOR-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature was next with Heidi Karshbaum and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. leading the way. Klopstein was the early leader as the first lap was completed. With two laps in the books, Adam Soltis shot to the lead, with Klopstein dropping to second and John Kallas running in third. With three laps in the books and Soltis still leading, Kallas made a pass on Klopstein to grab second. For the next sixteen laps it was Soltis in the lead with Kallas right behind him, threatening the whole time to take the lead. As the cars took the white flag, Kallas made his move coming out of turn two. As the cars entered the backstretch the cars ran side-by-side with some rubbing going on. The two cars made significant contact as they entered turn three. Soltis then slowed in turn three in what appeared to be an attempt to block and Kallas motored on by for the eventual win and sweep in his ARS (Accurate Roustabout Service) of Williston, ND-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up next, with Travis Friske and Roger Walker first to accept the green flag thrown by Flagman Mike Trinka. Friske was the early leader, with Duane Dunbar giving chase. Meanwhile, Chad Boettcher, Roger Walker, and CJ Hedges, Jr. fought it out for third. With ten laps of the 20- lap feature completed, Dunbar had closed the small gap between himself and Friske and went for the pass as they came out of turn two. From that point on, Dunbar led and continued to pull away from the rest of the field to take the win and complete a sweep in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car.

Up last-the Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits took to the track with Bobby Sheldon, Jr. and Brandon Langbecker leading the way. Langbecker was quickest off the line, leading the first five laps of the feature. It was during lap six that John Barlowski, coming from fifth, made the pass on Langbecker for the lead. Barlowski proved to be the strongest of the 13 cars that had started the feature, as he went on for the win and a sweep in his NAPA of Rhinelander-sponsored car.

Rookie Hedges Goes Topless and Wins His First at Tomahawk Speedway

August 11th, 2011

An excellent track–the raciest track of the season, and excellent weather greeted the racers and fans at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Keith Troutman and Wayne Eskola on the front row. In this race, which ran 15 caution-free laps, Eskola was quickest as the green flag dropped, with Troutman settling in for second and Randy Conner, Steve Brown and last week’s feature winner, Bill Follstad, fought it out for second. At the halfway point, Eskola continued to lead, but Conner was on the move and closing as Troutman dropped to third, Brown ran fourth and Follstad ran fifth. With five laps to go, Conner saw an opportunity and passed for the lead as the cars rounded turn two. Conner of Suring, WI, completed a sweep as he went on for the feature win, his fifth, in his Greg’s Restoration-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next in what many fans said was the most hotly contested battle of the night. Even though the numbers were not good, the action was exemplary. Heidi Karshbaum and Adam Soltis shared the front row as the race began, but Soltis proved to be the stronger of the two, grabbing the early lead. Meanwhile, John Kallas moved up from fourth to secure the second spot as Jeff Klopstein, Jr. settled into third. Soltis, Kallas, and Klopstein ran bumper-to-bumper for the first ten laps, separated most of the time by just a few feet. With five laps to go, Soltis led and Kallas challenged, trying to get under Soltis as the cars rounded the turns. Kallas was able to get up to driver’s door of Soltis’ car on several occasions, but Soltis proved to be just too strong as the Ladysmith, WI driver went on for the win in his Northern Seamless Gutters-sponsored car.

Travis Friske and Roger Walker led the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds for the start of their feature, with Friske taking the early lead. As the cars came to the flag stand for the third time, Rookie, CJ Hedges, Jr., made his move for the lead, dropping Friske to second as Walker and Duane Dunbar “duked” it out for third. As the race neared the midpoint, Hedges continued to lead as he, Friske and Dunbar ran bumper-to-bumper. Just a bit back a second race materialized in which Walker, Chad Boettcher and Eric Klafka ran in a similar group. With five laps to go and Hedges still in the lead, the top six cars ran bumper-to-bumper with Dunbar replacing Friske in second. On what would have been the white flag lap, Walker’s car began to show an under hood fire, which developed into a major fire, engulfing the entire motor compartment. With the fire out and Walker unharmed, the cars were realigned minus Walker. As the green, white, checkered began, Boettcher got into Friske in turn two and we had another restart, this one successful. As the checkered flew, Hedges was able to win his first ever feature and complete a sweep, as well, in his rookie year as the driver of the Tomahawk Iron and Metal Sponsored- Midwest Modified.

The Tomahawk Bandits were up next with Ryan Schuppler and Jennifer Nitzsche showing the way to what each hoped would be a feature win for them. This feature would prove to be the most entertaining of the night as cars battled for the top five spots for the entire race. Nitzsche was fastest off the line taking the lead with Schuppler giving chase as Casey Gross ran third after starting fifth. With half of the race completed, Nitzsche continued to lead, but Gross was losing ground and now ran third with Adam Anderson moving into third, after starting seventh. With five laps to go, Nitzsche led by just a fender, as Anderson kept the pressure on. Nitzsche and Anderson ran side-by-side for several laps. With two laps to go Anderson completed the pass to take the lead and go on for his second win in as many weeks.

Dunbar and Soltis Win at Tomahawk

July 31st, 2011

A near perfect weather night greeted racers and fans for an exciting night of racing at Tomahawk Speedway. The kids had an opportunity to get the drivers to sign their checkered flags and all the fans had a chance to meet the drivers on the track during intermission.

The feature races were all run with just one total caution on a very smooth and fast track. Duane Dunbar took top honors in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified division and Adam Soltis did the same in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock division. Winners in the Tomahawk divisions were Bill Follstad in his Pure Stock and Kasey Gross in his Four Cylinder Bandit.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Steve Brown and Bill Follstad sharing the front row. Follstad was off like a shot, with Brown following right behind and Nate Langberg, Wayne Eskola and Gunard Hoogland battled it out for third.

Midway through the feature track points leader, Randy Conner, was on the move, running fourth, as Follstad continued to lead, with Brown following by a car length and Langberg right behind.

By race end, Follstad had picked up a sweep and his second feature win of the year in his Tomahawk Sports Center-sponsored car. Brown hung on for second, Langberg finished third, Conner came home fourth, and Eskola rounded out the top five.

Up next were the Street Stocks with Heidi Karshbaum and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. on the front row. Klopstein surged to an early lead, as Adam Soltis moved up from his fourth place starting spot to run second. Meanwhile John Kallas and Cody Kummer fought it out for third.

Soltis kept the pressure on Klopstein and by lap fifteen made the pass on the front stretch for the lead. As Klopstein dropped to second, Kallas and Kummer moved up to put the pressure on as the top four cars ran nose-to-tail.

In the end, Soltis came home the victor in his Colonial Landscaping, Inc.-sponsored car. Klopstein hung in there for second, Kallas for third, Kummer for fourth and Heidi Karshbaum rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds were up next, minus one car. Dennis Mikkelson’s motor dropped a cylinder during the heat race and Mikkelson did not start the feature.

CJ Hedges, Jr. and Duane Dunbar lined up one and two for the start of the feature with Hedges taking the early lead. Despite the best efforts of Dunbar, Hedges was able to keep him at bay for the top spot, as Chad Boettcher, Eric Klafka and Roger Walker fought tooth and nail for third.

Midway through the race, Hedges was still in command. Dunbar looked like he was destined to finish second. Klafka then took third when Boettcher drifted too high in turn two, relegating him to fourth and Walker continued to run fifth.

With four laps to go, Dunbar made a veteran move to take the lead as Hedges dropped to second, then third, and eventually fourth.

By race end, Dunbar had taken the win in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car, with Klafka finishing second. Boettcher regained the third spot, Hedges settled for fourth and Walker came in fifth.

Up last, but not least, were the Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits with Brett Oenning and Jennifer Nitzsche sharing front row honors.

Nitzsche was quickest off the line, taking the early lead with Kasey Gross coming from sixth to run second. Meanwhile Brandon Langbecker, Adam Johnson and Zach Degner had an excellent fight for third.

Things were moving along well until Rory Radtke lost a wheel as he entered turn two, causing the only caution of the race night.

Once the field was reset, Gross saw the opportunity and took it, grabbing the lead, as Johnson moved in to run second. Nitzsche and Bobby Sheldon, Jr. at the same time were having a great battle for third.

By race end, it was Gross taking the win in his Specialty Fireworks-sponsored car. Johnson, Nitzsche, Degner and John Barlowski rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 5, when once again all four divisions will be in action and it will be “Topless Night”. Come see what this is all about-no ladies it not your worst nightmare!

Soltis and Boettcher Win on New Clay at Tomahawk Speedway

July 25th, 2011

Tomahawk, WI, –On a hot and sultry night, the new clay laid down over a week ago held up well as Adam Soltis won the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature and Chad Boettcher bested the field in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature as Miller Beer, Central Beer Distributors, and ESPN Sports Fan 104.4 FM presented the races.

In the Tomahawk Speedway divisions, Nate Langberg won in his Pure Stock and Adam Anderson won in his Four-Cylinder Bandit.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Gunard Hoogland and Nate Langberg on the front row. Langberg was quickest off the line in a race that ran caution-free. The tale to be told here is that Langberg won the feature and won his heat race to
complete a sweep for the night in his Stick Em Graphics and Designs-sponsored car. Hoogland was able to hang on to second, Steve Brown claimed third, Randy Conner captured fourth, after running sixth for most of the race, and Bill Follstad finished fifth.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Adam Soltis and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. leading the way.

Klopstein was the early leader, but that didn’t last but one lap as Soltis made the pass for the lead just two laps into the race. This was an excellent race as the top four cars were evenly matched and separated by just a few feet for the first half of the feature, which once again ran caution-free. The largest margin Soltis had over the rest of the field was five car lengths as Klopstein, John Kallas, and Jordan Kurtti ran nose-to-tail for much of the race. In the end, it was Soltis taking the win and completing a sweep in his Oaks Management- sponsored car. Kallas, Klopstein, and Kurtti rounded out the top four of the remaining cars in the feature.

Heat winner, Eric Klafka and Chad Boettcher led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green for the start of their feature, with Boettcher grabbing the early lead.

This feature had just two cautions for Boettcher to survive, with the first caution being a multi-car affair in which Duane Dunbar, Alex Van Natta, and Travis Friske pitted for quick repairs and then rejoined the field after lap four. Boettcher led as Klafka and Stan Rychlock battled it out for second, with Rychlock taking second at the end of lap eight. As Bottcher continued to lead, Rychlock ran second until lap twelve, when Rychlock spun on his own and then retired to the pits. With Rychlock out, Klafka inherited second, but he was quickly replaced in the second spot as Van Natta made the move for the second spot. On this race night, Boettcher was just too tough for the rest of the field, taking the win in his Super 8-sponsored car. Van Natta, Klafka, CJ Hedges, Jr., and Dunbar filled out the top five.

Rounding out the race night were the mighty Bandits with Jennifer Nitzsche, in the borrowed car of Bo Bennish, and Louis Malleuge accepting the green from Flagman Mike Trinka.

Nitzsche was quick off the line and led the first four laps. A caution for the dying car of Brandon Langbecker reset the field and once again Nitzsche assumed the top spot. Nitzsche’s lead lasted just one additional lap as her car slowed with mechanical problems and was retired to the pits. With Nitzsche in the pits, Adam Johnson moved into the top spot with Bill Martin giving chase. Martin ran second for four laps, but his luck ran out when his right front tire went down and Kasey Gross inherited second. With five laps to go it was Johnson and Gross in a good fight for the number one position. Johnson would prove to have the better car, taking the win in his K & M Window Cleaning-sponsored car, as Gross hung onto second, John Barlowski secured third after starting seventh, Malleuge finished fourth, and Tim Holleran captured fifth, after starting eleventh.

Kurtti, Conner, and a Dunbar Double at Tomahawk Speedway

July 12th, 2011

If your name was Dunbar and you drove a race car, then Tomahawk Speedway was the place you wanted to be on Friday night, July 8. Duane Dunbar won for the second week in a row in his Midwest Modified and so did his son, Marcus, in his four-cylinder Bandit. Also winning on Friday night were Jordan Kurtti in his Street Stock and Randy Conner in his Pure Stock. Perfect weather greeted a nice crowd as Stewart Optical presented four divisions of exciting racing along with gifts for the adults and kids in attendance.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were first to see action with Michael Brown and Josh Cole on the front row. Brown took charge early, leading the first three laps of the race. During lap four Bill Follstad came from his third place starting spot to take the lead as Brown dropped to second. John Johnson moved into third and John Johnson, Jr. settled into the fourth spot. Johnson Jr. spun during lap six and exited to the pits as his night ended. Two laps later, Brown also exited to the pits as Johnson, Sr. ran second and Gunard Hoogland moved into third from his tenth-place starting spot. With two laps to go it looked like Follstad would be the winner, but track points’ leader, Randy Conner, was thinking otherwise. Conner had come from dead last as he had exited to the pits earlier in the race for quick repairs. As the white flag flew, Conner of Hayward, WI, made his move and passed Follstad for the lead and the eventual win in his Como Oil-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks with Carolyn Nosser and Jordan Kurtti leading the way were up next. It would be Jeff Klopstein, Jr., though, who would be the early leader. As Klopstein led, Kurtti attached the front bumper of his car to the
rear bumper of Klopstein’s car. Meanwhile, Cody Kummer and John Kallas battled it out for second, as Nosser settled into fifth.
With ten laps in and ten to go, things were really getting interesting as Kummer and Kallas had caught the leaders and four cars now ran as one. As it turned out, it got too tight and contact was made resulting in the cars of Kummer and Klopstein retiring to the pits with damage. Once racing resumed, Kurtti inherited the lead with Kallas giving chase. Nosser, Jason Jensen and Heidi Karshbaum fought it out for third. The rest of the race was all about Kurtti distancing himself from the pack for the eventual win. It was the sixth feature win of the year for the Bruce Crossing, MI, native in his Al’s Auto-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next with Travis Friske and Alex Van Natta showing the way. Van Natta was off to a quick start taking the lead by the end of the first lap, with heat winner, Chad Boettcher, running in second. With five laps in, Van Natta was still leading, as Boettcher continued to run second and Duane Dunbar moved up for the third spot. It was after lap five that Friske’s car went up in smoke and CJ Hedges, Jr. spun coming out of turn one, causing a caution. One more lap was completed and then it was time for “the big one” as multiple cars were involved in a wreck between turns three and four. The result was that Van Natta, Jim Barttelt, Sr., and Boettcher’s nights were done. Once racing resumed, Duane Dunbar inherited the lead and then the Marenisco, MI, resident proceeded to drive away for his third feature win at Tomahawk Speedway In his Dunbar Service-sponsored car.

Last up for the night were the mighty Tomahawk four-cylinder Bandits with Tim Holleran and Marcus Dunbar on the front row. Dunbar shot to an impressive lead as Holleran settled in for second. Dunbar and Holleran ran first and second for the first seven laps, but then Kasey Gross entered the picture as he passed Holleran for second. A caution for the stopped car of Jennifer Nitzsche caused a caution with eleven laps in. The field realigned and to the surprise of all, the leader retired to the pits. Dunbar once again was in the lead and John Barlowski moved up to run second. Dispite the best efforts of Barlowski and others, the Marenisco, MI, native, Dunbar, went on for his second win in so many weeks in his US 2 Mini Storage-sponsored car.

Kurtti, Conner, and a Dunbar Double at Tomahawk Speedway

July 11th, 2011

If your name was Dunbar and you drove a racecar, then Tomahawk Speedway was the place you wanted to be on Friday night, July 8. Duane Dunbar won for the second week in a row in his Midwest Modified and so did his son, Marcus, in his four-cylinder Bandit. Also winning on Friday night were Jordan Kurtti in his Street Stock and Randy Conner in his Pure Stock.
Perfect weather greeted a nice crowd as Stewart Optical presented four divisions of exciting racing along with gifts for the adults and kids in attendance.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were first to see action with Michael Brown and Josh Cole on the front row. Brown took charge early, leading the first three laps of the race. During lap four Bill Follstad came from his third place starting spot to take the lead as Brown dropped to second. John Johnson moved into third and John Johnson, Jr. settled into the fourth spot. Johnson Jr. spun during lap six and exited to the pits as his night ended. Two laps later, Brown also exited to the pits as Johnson, Sr. ran second and Gunard Hoogland moved into third from his tenth-place starting spot. With two laps to go it looked like Follstad would be the winner, but track points’ leader, Randy Conner, was thinking otherwise. Conner had come from dead last as he had exited to the pits earlier in the race for quick repairs. As the white flag flew, Conner of Hayward, WI, made his move and passed Follstad for the lead and the eventual win in his Como Oil-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks with Carolyn Nosser and Jordan Kurtti leading the way were up next. It would be Jeff Klopstein, Jr., though, who would be the early leader. As Klopstein led, Kurtti attached the front bumper of his car to the rear bumper of Klopstein’s car. Meanwhile, Cody Kummer and John Kallas battled it out for second, as Nosser settled into fifth.
With ten laps in and ten to go, things were really getting interesting as Kummer and Kallas had caught the leaders and four cars now ran as one. As it turned out, it got too tight and contact was made resulting in the cars of Kummer and Klopstein retiring to the pits with damage. Once racing resumed, Kurtti inherited the lead with Kallas giving chase. Nosser, Jason Jensen and Heidi Karshbaum fought it out for third. The rest of the race was all about Kurtti distancing himself from the pack for the eventual win. It was the sixth feature win of the year for the Bruce Crossing, MI, native in his Al’s Auto-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next with Travis Friske and Alex Van Natta showing the way. Van Natta was off to a quick start taking the lead by the end of the first lap, with heat winner, Chad Boettcher, running in second. With five laps in, Van Natta was still leading, as Boettcher continued to run second and Duane Dunbar moved up for the third spot. It was after lap five that Friske’s car went up in smoke and CJ Hedges, Jr. spun coming out of turn one, causing a caution. One more lap was completed and then it was time for “the big one” as multiple cars were involved in a wreck between turns three and four. The result was that Van Natta, Jim Barttelt, Sr., and Boettcher’s nights were done. Once racing resumed, Duane Dunbar inherited the lead and then the Marenisco, MI, resident proceeded to drive away for his third feature win at Tomahawk Speedway In his Dunbar Service-sponsored car.

Last up for the night were the mighty Tomahawk four-cylinder Bandits with Tim Holleran and Marcus Dunbar on the front row.
Dunbar shot to an impressive lead as Holleran settled in for second. Dunbar and Holleran ran first and second for the first seven laps, but then Kasey Gross entered the picture as he passed Holleran for second. A caution for the stopped car of Jennifer Nitzsche caused a caution with eleven laps in. The field realigned and to the surprise of all, the leader retired to the pits. Dunbar once again was in the lead and John Barlowski moved up to run second. Dispite the best efforts of Barlowski and others, the Marenisco, MI, native, Dunbar, went on for his second win in so many weeks in his US 2 Mini Storage-sponsored car.

Bombs Bursting In Air as Dunbar and Soltis Win At Tomahawk

July 8th, 2011

Tomahawk, WI– With the temperatures nearing the century mark and the humidity near there as well, the races were equally hot on the speedy oval known as Tomahawk Speedway on Friday, July 1, 2011.

The largest crowd ever in the history of the clay oval witnessed not only great racing, but a spectacular display of fireworks described by the track announcer as being an ongoing fireworks finale. In addition, the 50/50 for the night netted $370 for a Texan visiting the track. After the fireworks display, the Tomahawk Pure Stocks were on the track for their feature with Josh Cole and Gunard Hoogland first to accept the green flag. Hoogland saw his chance early and shot to the lead with Steve Brown and Nate Langberg dueling it out for second.

Midway through the race, Hoogland was still in the lead as track point’s leader, Randy Conner, joined the fray in the battle for the second spot, and Langberg dropped back a bit. With two laps to go and Hoogland still in command, Conner made a last
ditch effort at the top spot, but it was a little too late as the Catawba, WI, native, Hoogland, drove away for his first ever win in his Kochbook Racing Engines-sponsored pure stock.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Streets Stocks were up next with Larry Roper and Adam Soltis on point. Soltis took charge early as Roper, John Kallas, and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. fought it out for second.

Midrace saw Soltis pulling away from the pack, as Kallas and Klopstein, Jr. waged a spirited battle for second. With three laps to go and Kallas closing the gap, Soltis continued to lead as Klopstein, Jr. dropped back and Roper hung on for fourth. With two laps to go, Kallas was closing the gap as he moved his car up to the back bumper of Soltis. When the checkered flag flew, Kallas got up to Soltis driver’s door, but the Ladysmith, WI, driver, Soltis, (Carter’s Dad) held on for the win in his Vince’s Speed Shop-sponsored car.

Chad Boettcher and Travis Friske led the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds to the start of their feature with Friske taking charge early.

As the race neared the midway point, Friske continued to lead as Boettcher, CJ Hedges, Jr., and Alex Van Natta swapped spots for second. As luck would have it, though, fate intervened when Eric Klafka’s car came to a stop between turns one and two. When racing resumed, Boettcher saw an opportunity and stole the lead, sending Friske to second and Hedges to third. Meanwhile, Duane Dunbar had moved up to challenge Van Natta for fourth. With lap twelve in progress, the cars of Van Natta and Friske tangled in turn two resulting in both cars exiting to the pits with damage. By the end of lap thirteen, Hedges took command and Dunbar moved into second with Boettcher in third and Klafka in fourth. It looked like it might be a repeat win for Hedges, but Dunbar had other ideas as he kicked in the after burners and powered to the lead in the back stretch during lap
sixteen. With the laps winding down, Dunbar showed his strength as he made all the folks in Marenisco, MI, proud, taking the win in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car.

As the wind picked up and the skies lit up with approaching lightning, the Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits took the track for the final feature of the night with Brett Oenning and Brandon Langbecker on the front row.

Rookie driver, Langbecker, took the early lead, leading the first six laps of the feature until the car of Bill Martin, who had been running second, came to a halt in turn four. When racing resumed, Adam Johnson, who had been running third, saw his chance and rocketed to the lead, while Langbecker dropped to second and Casey Gross moved into third, after starting seventh.
Johnson proved to be the cream of the crop on this Friday night. The Merrill, WI, racer went on to take the win in his Stik Um’ Graphic Designs sponsored car. It was an excellent night of racing. As one summer-long vacationer from Kentucky told this writer, “This is a great track; I love the family atmosphere and the great down home racing!”

Racers and fans, come give Tomahawk Speedway a try and join in the fun as racing resumes on Friday, July 8, when once again four exciting divisions will be seeing action.

Dalbeck Dominates and Kallas Takes Win Number One at Tomahawk Speedway

June 20th, 2011

George Dalbeck made his second trip to Tomahawk Speedway in 2011 and dominated for a clean sweep in the WISSOTA/AMSOIL dirt track Midwest Modified Division. John Kallas held off all challengers for a win in the WISSOTA/AMSOIL dirt track Street Stock Division.

In the Tomahawk Speedway Pure Stock division, Randy Conner won the feature, adding to his tally as the track point’s leader, while Jennifer Nitzsche picked up feature win number one in 2011 in her Four Cylinder Bandit. The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Gunard Hoogland and John Johnson, Jr. on the front row. Johnson was off to a quick start, grabbing the early lead, leading the first three laps. With four laps in, Randy Conner had completed the charge from fourth to take the lead. Conner’s car and his driving were both flawless as he drove away from the rest of the field, leaving Johnson, Bill Follstad, and Hoogland to fight it out for the second spot. Midway through the race, Conner had extended his lead to almost half a track while the others continued to battle for second. In the end, Conner had padded his point’s lead with another win in his
COMO-sponsored car. Johnson, Jr., Follstad, Nate Langberg, and Hoogland rounded out the top five.

With last year’s track champion, John Kallas, and 2011 track point’s leader, Adam Soltis, on the front row and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. and Jordan Kurtti right behind them, you just knew the Street Stock feature was going to be a good one. Kallas stepped it up early taking the lead with Klopstein, Soltis, and Kurtti hot on his tail. The front four cars ran the entire race looking like they were attached to one another with many attempts to move forward and claim the top spot. Kallas, though, had other
ideas and despite the best efforts of the others in the top four, continued on as the leader. With one lap to go and Kallas still in the lead, each of the others in the top four attempted to make a move on Kallas, but Kallas was able to hold off all comers to win the feature with Klopstein making a last ditch effort to make the pass at the flag stand. Kallas went on to take his first feature win of the year at Tomahawk Speedway in his Coors Light-Sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Klopstein, Jr., Soltis, Kurtti, and Steve Karshbaum.

George Dalbeck put in his second appearance for the 2011 race season with a front row start, flanked by rookie, Alex Van Natta. Dalbeck was quickest as the green flag dropped, taking the early lead with Chad Boettcher, coming from third, putting in an early attempt for the top spot. Midway through the feature, Dalbeck had ‘em covered as he widened his lead over the rest of the field. With two more laps in, Boettcher must have found a better line on the track and began to reel Dalbeck in. It seems Dalbeck sensed Boettcher moving in on him and Dalbeck kicked in the after burners to once again extend his lead. Back in the field, the best race of the feature occurred for third as Travis Friske, CJ Hedges, Jr., and Van Natta were on a mission. Despite the best efforts of the rest of the field, Dalbeck completed a sweep for the night in his Peter Koruga and Son-sponsored car. Boettcher, Friske, Hedges, Jr., Van Natta, and Eric Klafka comprised the rest of the finishers.

Brett Oenning and Brandon Langbecker were on the front row for the start of the Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandit feature, with Langbecker taking the early lead. It was Jennifer Nitzsche, though, coming from fourth, who would steal the lead by the end of lap two and who would never look back, showing the boys and men how it’s done! John Barlowski and Bill Martin did their best, at various times throughout the feature to unseat Nitzsche, but she was one determined racer who ran a perfect line to hold off all challengers. By race end, Nitzsche had taken the win in her Martin Auto-sponsored car. Martin, Barlowski, Bobby Sheldon, Jr., and Rory Radtke made up the rest of the top five.

It was an excellent night of racing with a nice crowd in attendance for “meet the drivers” night. Many happy kids came off the track after intermission with the signatures of drivers on their checkered flags and a few goodies as well. Another meet the driver’s event will be held on July 29.

Racing action continues on Friday, June 24, with a regular night of racing. Keep Friday, July 1 open on your race calendar when Tomahawk Speedway presents a regular night of racing and Ron’s Fireworks Spectacular.

Tomahawk Speedway Plays Misty for Winners Truscott and Soltis

June 12th, 2011

Tomahawk, WI-Despite record cold temperatures for this time of the year and a steady mist, Tomahawk Speedway was able to complete a full show on Friday, June 10. Michael Truscott made the trip from Chippewa Falls, WI, to take the win in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Series Midwest Modified, and Adam Soltis of Ladysmith, WI, got win number two for the year in his WISSOTA/Amsoil Series Street Stock.

Hayward, Wisconsin’s Randy Conner took top honors in his Tomahawk Pure Stock, and Kasey Gross of Gleason, WI, took a night off of racing his IMCA Sport Mod to take the top spot in the Tomahawk Bandit division. The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Gunard Hoogland and Steve Brown on the front row and Brown coming off the line first to lead the first three laps.

With four laps into the books, Randy Conner made his move up from fourth to take the lead away from Brown, sending Brown to second. As Conner and Brown ran first and second; John Johnson Jr., Bill Follstad, and Nate Langberg fought it out for third.
Midway through the feature, track point’s leader, Langberg, spun out in turn four, sending him to the back. Once racing resumed, Conner once again shot to the lead with Brown, Folstad, and Hoogland contending for second.

In the end, it was Conner taking the win in his Anderson, Hager, and Moe sponsored car. Brown, Follstad, Langberg and Hoogland made up the rest of the top five.

Next up were the WISSOTA Street Stocks with John Kallas and Jeff Klopstein, Jr leading the way. An early caution prior to the completion occurred when Kallas and Adam Soltis made contact, causing Kallas’ car to spin. It was determined that Kallas was at fault and he was sent to the back. Once racing resumed, Soltis shot to the lead with Jordan Kurtti giving chase. With five laps to go, there were two consecutive cautions, first for Steve Karshbaum whose car was losing water and one for the car of Larry Roper who snowplowed his way into the turn three wall. Soltis was quick on the restart and took the lead one more time with Kurtti and Jay Kesan fighting for the second spot, as Klolstein and Kallas duked it out for third. By race end, Soltis had taken his second win in as many weeks with his Northern Seamless Gutters sponsored car. The “Four K’s”; Kurtti,
Kallas, Klopstein, and Kesan finished out the top five.

In WISSOTA Midwest Modified action, last week’s winner, Alex Van Natta, and CJ Hedges, Jr. were first to accept the green flag. Hedges was quick off the line, taking the lead with Van Naata and Michael Truscott doing their best to catch him, and Chad Boettcher and George Truscott tried to play catch up. The mist intensified during this race and it seemed that the chances of passing were minimal; however, passing did occur and, unfortunately, Van Natta pulled to the infield as lap thirteen wound down. With two to go, Truscott pulled up to Hedges’ door and then fell back momentarily. At that point it looked like Hedges would get his first win in a Midwest Modified. Truscott, though, had other ideas and on the white flag lap made the pass on Hedges as they came out of turn two to go for the win and a sweep in his Van Natta Plumbing sponsored car. Hedges, Jr., Boettcher, Travis Friske and George Truscott finishedsecond through fifth.

The Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits were last up with Louis Malleuge and Brandon Langbecker ready to steal the win. Langbecker took the early lead, leading the first three laps with Tim Holleran running a strong second. As lap four was beginning, there was a caution for debris on the track. When racing resumed, Holleran grabbed the lead with Rory Radtke,
Langbecker, John Barlowksi and Kasey Gross fighting for second. With ten laps in, Barlowski spun into the infield after making contact with Radtke and Balowski’s night was done. On the restart, Gross saw his chance and went for the lead, leading the
remaining five laps of the feature for the win in his Tomahawk Bowl sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Jennifer Nitzsche, who had put on a charge for the lead after the restart, Holleran, Bobby Sheldon, Jr., and Malleuge.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 17, when it will be meet-the-driver night for the kids. It will also be a time to have the drivers sign the kids’ checkered flags.

By Gene Harmelink

Rookie, Van Natta Gets His First Win in a Midwest Mod and Soltis Bests the Streets at Tomahawk

June 5th, 2011

Alex Van Natta of Minocqua, WI, got his first win ever as a rookie Midwest Modified driver and Ladysmith, Wisconsin’s, Adam Soltis, picked up his first win of the season in his Street Stock in WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series action on Friday, June 3, at Tomahawk Speedway in Tomahawk, WI.

It was a hot and sultry night with abundant tornado watches, but nary a drop of rain fell as Tomahawk Speedway once again lucked out and got their races in on a carefully manicured, smooth track.

In Tomahawk Pure Stock action, Gunard Hoogland of Catawba, WI, and Austyn Booth of Tomahawk lined up side by side for the start of their feature. Booth was the early leader, leading the first five laps, but Tomahawk’s Steve Brown was on the move and by lap six had stolen the lead from Booth.

Unfortunately, Brown’s car suffered a flat tire just after taking the lead. A caution occurred at the same time for a spinning Josh Cole of Tomahawk. Brown pitted for a quick tire change and rejoined the feature at the back of the pack, surrendering the lead to John Johnson, Sr. of Lac du Flambeau.

Johnson continued to lead as last week’s feature winner, Bill Follstad, of Tomahawk hounded him for the lead. In the end, though, it was Johnson who took the win in his Lake of The Torches sponsored car. Follstad settled for second, followed by Tomahawk drivers, Nate Langberg and Keith Troutman. Gunard Hoogland rounded out the top five.

In the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Jason Jensen of Eagle River, WI, and Larry Roper of Gleason, WI, were first to take the green. It was Ladysmith, Wisconsin’s, Adam Soltis, who would grab the early lead as Hurley, Wisconsin’s, John Kallas, and Baraga, Michigan’s, Jeff Klopsten, Jr., fought it out for second.

Midway through the 20-lap feature, Soltis continued to lead. One lap later, Klopstein Jr. stole the second spot from Kallas. Soltis went on to win in his Oak’s Management sponsored car, completing a sweep for the night and getting his first feature win of the year. Klopstein, Jr., Kallas, Chetek, Wisconsin’s, Steve Karshbaum, and Jensen completed the top five.

Minocqua, Wisconsin’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified rookie driver, Alex Van Naata, started on the pole and by his side was heat winner, Chad Boettcher, of Tomahawk. Van Naata saw his chance early and led the entire race, which went caution-free.

As Van Natta motored away from the pack, Boettcher slowly faded, being replaced by Marenisco, Michigan’s, Duane Dunbar. Last week’s feature winner, Travis Friske, of Tomahawk began working his way up from dead last to take third by the end of lap twelve.

In the end, Van Natta, had picked up his first ever feature win in his Able Distributing sponsored car, followed by Dunbar, Friske, Boettcher and Tomahawk’s CJ Hedges, Jr.

Up last were the mighty Tomahawk Bandits with Louis Malleuge of Merrill, WI, and Bobby Sheldon, Jr. on the front row. Malleuge was the early leader, leading lap one. By the end of lap two, Sheldon, Jr., had made the pass, leading the next thirteen laps.

Adam Anderson of Merrill, WI, had worked his way up through the field and by lap fourteen had assumed the lead, after starting sixth. Anderson hung onto the lead to finish for the win at the end of lap fifteen. Sheldon, Jr., Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s, John Barlowski, Jay Wilberding, and Tomahawk’s Rory Radtke finished two through five.

Racing resumes on Friday, June10, with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. Once again, all four divisions will be in action.

Kids-take Mom and Dad to the races on Friday, June 17 because on that night you will be able to meet the drivers and get your checkered flag signed by the drivers.

Getting into the races at Tomahawk Speedway is a bargain with age 16 and older still just $10.00 per person, $5.00 per person for ages 10 – 15 and if you are age 9 and under, you get in free.

Also, the 50/50 pot Friday night was $306-so, help the Lions and you could go home a winner and also have had a great night of entertainment!

Rain is a Loser as Friske and Klopstein Jr. Win Tomahawk Speedway Features

May 30th, 2011

With threatening skies and a few sprinkles thrown in for good measure, the races were completed on schedule at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday, May 27.

Travis Friske suffered a total motor failure last week, but this would prove to be a great comeback as he motored to a WISSOTA Midwest Modified win with a motor he described as “old and underpowered” prior to the night’s races.

Jeff Klopstein, Jr. coming off a win earlier this week, proved to be too strong for the rest of the WISSOTA Street Stocks as he dominated the field for a win and a sweep.

In Tomahawk Pure Stock racing action, Steve Brown and Bill Follstad led the field to the green flag for the start of their feature. Follstad was quick off the line and took the lead early, leading every lap of the race. Brown, Dustin Miller, John Johnson, Jr. and Randy Conner battled it out for second for most of the race. As Follstad motored away for the win and a sweep, Conner, Miller, Johnson, Jr., and Brown filled out the top five spots.

In the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Jeff Klopstein, Jr. and Larry Roper accepted the green starting flag in a small five-car feature, which would see Klopstein, Jr. dominate the top spot from green to checkered to take the win and complete a sweep. Jordan Kurtti and Adam Soltis battled it out for second, as Roper and Heidi Karshbaum settled for fourth and fifth.

In what would prove to be the best feature of the night, CJ Hedges, Jr. and Travis Friske lined up side-by-side for the start of the WISSOATA Midwest Modified feature. Friske got a jump on the rest of the field to take the early lead. Seven laps into the 20-Lap feature, the cars of Bruce Belland and last week’s feature winner, Jim Barttelt, Sr, tangled, resulting in Barttelt, Sr. being sent to the back.

When racing continued, Friske once again grabbed the lead as Duane Dunbar, who had started fourth, came motoring up to challenge for the lead and Chad Boettcher, who had started fifth, challenged Dunbar for second. Despite the best efforts of Dunbar and Boettcher, Friske was able to hang on for the win. Dunbar, Boettcher, Hedges, Jr., and Belland rounded out the top five.

The final feature of the night, the Tomahawk Bandit race, also was a good one with Louis Malleuge and Jennifer Nitzsche on the front row. It was heat winner, John Barlowski, coming from fourth, who would take the lead by the end of lap one. Barlowski led the first three laps of the feature, but Bill Martin was on the move and snatched the lead from Barlowski by the end of lap four and never looked back, getting the win. Barlowski, Adam Johnson, who started seventh, Rory Radtke, coming from fifth, and Nitzsche took top five honors.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 3, when once again all four classes will be in action.

Barttelt, Sr. and Kurtti WISSOTA Winners Tomahawk Speedway

May 23rd, 2011

A rare beautiful race day greeted fans and racers as Tomahawk Speedway prepared for the second race of the season. Tomahawk Speedway was back to it customary excellent track conditions, providing the racers with a smooth track and the fans with a dustless race experience.

Jim Barttelt, Sr. dominated the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Jordan Kurtti led the entire WISSOTA Street Stock feature to take the win. Nate Langberg survived for a win in the Tomahawk Pure Stock division and Adam Johnson won the Tomahawk Bandit division.

Bruce Belland and Jim Barttelt, Sr. were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division. Barttelt was quick off the line, taking an early commanding lead with Belland following in his wake. This race was marred by five cautions as everyone raced for position, but Barttelt was one determined man as he surged away from the field on every restart. Travis Friske, who had started fifth, was an early challenger as he got to within a few car lengths of Barttelt on several occasions, but during lap ten, Friske’s car showed smoke and then the motor erupted in flames. Friske was okay, but his motor was not. From that point on, it was a matter of playing, “Who can catch Jim?” By race end, Barttelt had stretched his lead and went on for his first win of 2011. Rounding out the top five were: Chad Boettcher, Bruce Belland, CJ Hedges,
Jr. and Jimmy Barttelt, Jr.

With Jordan Kurtti and John Kallas leading the way, you just knew that there would be a spirited battle for the top spot in the
WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Fans were not disappointed as Kurtti shot to an early lead with Kallas just feet behind. Meanwhile, Heidi Karshbaum, Larry Roper, and Jason Jensen battled it out for third. Kurtti and Kallas were evenly matched, but the determining factor in the end, according to both drivers, was that Kurtti was on the new Hooiser while Kallas was on last year’s tires. You may have already guessed, Kurtti went on for the win and a sweep followed by Kallas, Roper, Karshbaum and Jensen.

Bill Follstad and Austyn Booth were first to see the green in the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature. Booth grabbed the early lead with Follstad giving chase. Booth held the lead for the first three laps and then reluctantly relinquished the lead to John Johnson, Jr. who had worked his way up from fourth. Johnson led until lap nine when there were three successive cautions. On the restart, Follstad led for one lap and was then passed by Nate Langberg who had started sixth and who finished off the night with a win. Follstad settled for second, followed by Booth, Johnson, Jr., and last week’s winner, Randy Conner, who had started seventh.

Travis Smith and Jennifer Nitzsche took the Tomahawk Bandits to the starting line for the start of the four-cylinder feature. It was John Barlowski, though, who grabbed the early lead, leading the first nine laps of the feature until his car and the car of Kasey Gross tangled. Both Barlowski and Gross were sent to the rear of the pack as Adam Johnson, who had started ninth, assumed the lead for the eventual win. Bill Martin, Rory Radtke, Tim Holleran, and Gross rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, May 27, with all four divisions once again seeing action. Racing starts at 7:00. Be there a little earlier, though, to enjoy hot laps and other pre-race action.

Tomahawk Speedway Opener a Success on Friday the Thirteenth

May 18th, 2011

(Tomahawk, Wisconsin) Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stop the races at Tomahawk Speedway or so it seems. Despite the fact that it had rained between two and three inches the previous day, despite the fact that it was breezy and cold-the races went on as planned at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday, May 13.

Picking up the wins at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night were: Nick Koehler in a WISSOTA Midwest Modified, Jason Zdroik in a borrowed WISSOTA Street Stock, Randy Conner in the Tomahawk Pure Stock Division, and Rory Radtke in his Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandit.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks took to the track first to begin the 2011 race season at Tomahawk Speedway, with Dustin Doughty and Randy Conner on the front row. Conner was quickest off the line to take an early lead, with Doughty giving chase. With Conner in the lead, Doughty gave chase for the first eight laps, as Steve Karshbaum, Wayne Eskola and John Johnson, Jr. battled it out for third. It was during lap nine that Karshbaum made his move to take second and Doughty dropped to fifth, after losing his tear-offs. Conner proved to be the strength of the field as he motored away for the win.
Karshbaum threatened to overtake Conner until the white flag lap, but Karshbaum made contact with the front stretch wall after coming out of turn four, dropping him to fifth. Finishing second through fourth were: John Johnson, Jr., Nate Langberg, who had made a late race move, and Wayne Eskola.

Next up were the WISSOTA Street Stocks with Jason Zdroik and Jordan Kurtti leading the way. Zdroik shot to an early lead with Adam Soltis, who had started fourth, giving chase. It was the Zdroik and Soltis show for the entire race with Soltis getting up to Zdroik’s rear bumper on several occasions. As Zdroik and Soltis raced hard for the first spot, Jordan Kurtti, Jeff Klopstein, Jr., and Nick Visser had their own battle going for third. In the end, it was Zdroik taking the win and completing a sweep, Soltis had to settle for second with an injured power plant, Kurtti took third, as Klopstein Jr. and Visser rounded out the top five.

With a nice turnout of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on hand due to cancellations at most other tracks in the area, travelers, Matt Leer and Jerry Grasse were on the front row. This race had a hard time getting started with cars jumping the start, early spin outs, etc. The third try was the charm as Matt Leer captured the early lead and Nick Koehler and Cory Crapser giving chase. Leer led the first five laps, but Koehler proved to be a bit stronger and completed the pass for the lead by the end of lap six, with Leer dropping to second. Leer gave it his best shot to recapture the lead, but his car was having handling issues due to rough track conditions and he eventually pulled off after lap 16 of the 20-lap feature. With Leer out of contention, Crapser moved into second, Chad Boettcher surged to third after moving up steadily throughout the race and having started in ninth place, and Grasse moved into fifth, after he had being relegated to last due to a caution he was charged with early in the race. By race end, there was no one who could catch Koehler as he took the win and completed a sweep. Rounding out the top five were: Crapser, Boettcher, Grasse, and Travis Friske who appears to be much improved over last year.

The Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits were last to take to the track with John Barlowski and Brett Oenning first to take the green. Barlowksi, after missing most of last year due to a serious race injury, took the early lead, leading the first two laps with last year’s track champion, Kasey Gross, settling in for second. Gross was not content with second and by the end of lap three had passed Barlowski for the lead, taking Bill Martin with him, as Barlowski dropped back. Meanwhile, Rory Radtke was sneaking up from his fourth-place starting spot. Radtke was the eventual race winner as Barlowski recovered for second. Louis Malleuge finished third after starting eighth, Tim Holleran finished fourth after starting sixth, and rounding out the top five was Jennifer Nitzsche.

The Management and Staff of Tomahawk Speedway would like to thank all the drivers who made the trip to the Speedwa–you made the start to the 2011 race season a success. Thanks also goes out to the large crowd of fans who came and endured less than favorable weather conditions to enjoy the races.

Racing continues on Friday, May 20, with the race program beginning at 7:00. Let’s hope that by then that Mother Nature has something better to offer all of us in the way of race night weather.

Tomahawk Speedway Opener a Success on Friday the Thirteenth

May 15th, 2011

Tomahawk, Wisconsin – Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stop the races at Tomahawk Speedway or so it seems. Despite the fact that it had rained between two and three inches the previous day, despite the fact that it was breezy and cold—the races went on as planned at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday, May 13.

Picking up the wins at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night were: Nick Koehler in a WISSOTA Midwest Modified, Jason Zdroik in a borrowed WISSOTA Street Stock, Randy Conner in the Tomahawk Pure Stock Division, and Rory Radtke in his Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandit.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks took to the track first to begin the 2011 race season at Tomahawk Speedway, with Dustin Doughty and Randy Conner on the front row. Conner was quickest off the line to take an early lead, with Doughty giving chase. With Conner in the lead, Doughty gave chase for the first eight laps, as Steve Karshbaum, Wayne Eskola and John Johnson, Jr. battled it out for third. It was during lap nine that Karshbaum made his move to take second and Doughty dropped to fifth, after losing his tear-offs. Conner proved to be the strength of the field as he motored away for the win. Karshbaum threatened to overtake Conner until the white flag lap, but Karshbaum made contact with the front stretch wall after coming out of turn four, dropping him to fifth. Finishing second through fourth were: John Johnson, Jr., Nate Langberg, who had made a late race move, and Wayne Eskola.

Next up were the WISSOTA Street Stocks with Jason Zdroik and Jordan Kurtti leading the way. Zdroik shot to an early lead with Adam Soltis, who had started fourth, giving chase. It was the Zdroik and Soltis show for the entire race with Soltis getting up to Zdroik’s rear bumper on several occasions. As Zdroik and Soltis raced hard for the first spot, Jordan Kurtti, Jeff Klopstein, Jr., and Nick Visser had their own battle going for third. In the end, it was Zdroik taking the win and completing a sweep, Soltis had to settle for second with an injured power plant, Kurtti took third, as Klopstein Jr. and Visser rounded out the top five.

With a nice turnout of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on hand due to cancellations at most other tracks in the area, travelers, Matt Leer and Jerry Grasse were on the front row. This race had a hard time getting started with cars jumping the start, early spin outs, etc. The third try was the charm as Matt Leer captured the early lead and Nick Koehler and Cory Crapser giving chase. Leer led the first five laps, but Koehler proved to be a bit stronger and completed the pass for the lead by the end of lap six, with Leer dropping to second. Leer gave it his best shot to recapture the lead, but his car was having handling issues due to rough track conditions and he eventually pulled off after lap 16 of the 20-lap feature. With Leer out of contention, Crapser moved into second, Chad Boettcher surged to third after moving up steadily throughout the race and having started in ninth place, and Grasse moved into fifth, after he had being relegated to last due to a caution he was charged with early in the race. By race end, there was no one who could catch Koehler as he took the win and completed a sweep. Rounding out the top five were: Crapser, Boettcher, Grasse, and Travis Friske who appears to be much improved over last year.

The Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits were last to take to the track with John Barlowski and Brett Oenning first to take the green. Barlowksi, after missing most of last year due to a serious race injury, took the early lead, leading the first two laps with last year’s track champion, Kasey Gross, settling in for second. Gross was not content with second and by the end of lap three had passed Barlowski for the lead, taking Bill Martin with him, as Barlowski dropped back. Meanwhile, Rory Radtke was sneaking up from his fourth-place starting spot. Radtke was the eventual race winner as Barlowski recovered for second. Louis Malleuge finished third after starting eighth, Tim Holleran finished fourth after starting sixth, and rounding out the top five was Jennifer Nitzsche.

The Management and Staff of Tomahawk Speedway would like to thank all the drivers who made the trip to the Speedwa–you made the start to the 2011 race season a success. Thanks also goes out to the large crowd of fans who came and endured less than favorable weather conditions to enjoy the races.

Racing continues on Friday, May 20, with the race program beginning at 7:00. Let’s hope that by then that Mother Nature has something better to offer all of us in the way of race night weather.

By Gene Harmelink

Belland Wins Dog Days of Dirt Driftin’ Shootout

September 6th, 2010

Tomahawk, WI–After starting third in the Three Wheelin’ Thirty Midwest Modified Feature, Bruce Belland of Eagle River, WI, waited until lap twelve of the thirty lap feature to make the pass on Duane Dunbar of Marenisco, MI, for the lead and the eventual $750 win.  Other winners for the night included John Johnson, Sr. of Lac du Flambeau taking a $300 win in the Tomahawk Pure Stocks, Jeff Hoogland of Catawba, WI taking the win in the WISSOTA Street Stock division, and Bill Martin winning the Tomahawk Bandit feature.   It was a busy night of racing on Saturday as the Friday night races had been rained out.  In addition to the regular races, including the Three Wheelin’ Thirty Midwest Modified race and Pure Stock enhanced pay race,  a number of mechanics and powder puff races capped off the night.

Dan Zelton of Eagle River, WI, and Brit Bromann of Harshaw, WI, led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green for the start of their feature, with Zelton taking the early lead, leading the first four laps with Jeff Hoogland, who had started third, threatening to overtake him. During lap four, Hoogland made the pass on Zelton.  As Zelton fought back for the first spot, he made contact with Hoogland.  This entanglement also involved the car of Bromann, which ended his night and also the night of Zelton. As the race continued with Hoogland in the lead, the Hartman Brothers of Conover, WI, battled it out for second, exchanging positions periodically, as Heidi Karshbam of Chetek, WI, settled into fourth. Hoogland succeeded in getting the win at the end of twenty laps with Brad Hartman, Kevin Hartman, Heidi Karshbaum, and Zelton rounding out the top five.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up next with Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s, Jim Melton, and Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, CJ Hedges, Jr. on the front row.  Melton was off to an early lead with John Johnson, Sr. of Lac du Flambeau, WI, who had started third, glued to Melton’s car’s rear bumper.  With two laps in, Denny Tushoski of Three Lakes, WI, moved into second to eventually make the pass on Melton by the end of lap five.  Tushoski’s night would end early though as he broke a tie rod, sending him pitside during lap nine. With Tushoski in the pits, Johnson, Jr. inherited the lead as track point’s leader, Wayne Eskola of Brantwood, WI, moved into second after starting eighth.  Randy Conner of Hayward, WI, then moved into third as Nate Langeberg of Tomahawk, WI, and Wayne Nyland of Rhinelander, WI, fought it out for fourth.   On the white flag lap, Eskola attempted to make the pass on Johnson, Sr. and both cars spun out.  Track officials declared the race completed at that point and Johnson, Sr. was awarded the $300 win.  Rounding out the top five were:  CJ Hedges, Jr., Randy Conner, Nate Langeberg, and Bill Follstad of Tomahawk.

The main event of the night’s racing was up next for  the start of the Three Wheelin’ Thirty with Roger Walker of Phillips, Wi, and Duane Dunbar of Marenisco, MI, leading the way. This race began with the only two cautions of the race occurring prior to the competition of the first lap.  One caution was for a sole spinout by Walker, sending him to the back and the other was for a spinout on the front stretch which was a “racing incident”.  Once racing was underway, the race ran caution-free with the outcome determined by racing skill and car setup.

Duane Dunbar was the early leader, leading the first eleven laps of the race until his right rear brake showed signs of failure.   As Dunbar faded, Bruce Belland of Eagle River, WI, who started third, Mickey Nosser of Phllips, WI, who started fourth, Jason Zdroik of Eagle River, WI, who started sixth, and Jim Barttelt, Sr., of Merrill, WI, who started ninth, were coming on strong. With ten laps of the 30-lap feature in the books, Belland continued to lead and was stretching the margin.  Nosser, Zdroik, Dunbar, and Barttelt followed, working their way through lapped traffic.

By race end, Belland left no doubt that he should be the winner of the $750 first place money as he won by ten car lengths over Nosser and had passed all but the top five cars in the process.  Finishing second was Mickey Nosser with Zdroik, Barttelt, Sr., and Dunbar rounding out the top five.

The final regular night race was the Tomahawk Bandit feature with Rhinelander, Wisconsin drivers, Bill Martin and Brandon Miller on the front row.  Martin was the early and only leader in the feature, with Miller and Gleason, Wisconsin’s, Kasey Gross fighting it out for second for most of the feature.

By race end Martin has taken a convincing win.  Gross won the battle for second, Miller settled for third, and Rory Radtke came from dead last to finish fourth.  The fifth-place finisher was Richard Lietz who had originally started third. Mechanic’s and Powder Puff races completed the night’s racing.  Following the completion of the night’s competitions, the racers, their pit crews, and others enjoyed a buffet-style feed and an end-of-the-year awards ceremony and trophy presentations followed by a campfire and music.

Tomahawk Speedway was honored to have none other than track chaser, Randy Lewis of San Clemente, CA, pay the track a visit on Saturday night.  This was track number 1591 on his list of new tracks visited in 54 countries.  Lewis is currently the track chaser leader and his website may be viewed at:  randylewis.org.

Tomahawk Speedway wishes to thank all those who faithfully supported the track in their efforts to provide an enjoyable way to spend Firday nights and ask for your continued support in 2011.  If you would like to become a track advertiser, track financial supporter, or have any ideas on how you might be able to contribute in some other way to make Friday nights even more exciting at Tomahawk Speedway, contact owner, Ron Van Dusen, in one of the following ways.  Call 715-891-2901 or email racing@tomahawkspeedway.com.

Nosser, Soltis, Eskola, and Gross Crowned Track Champions at Tomahawk Speedway

August 29th, 2010

A nice crowd, on a beautiful evening for racing, enjoyed watching Mickey Nosser, Adam Soltis, Wayne Eskola, and Kasey Gross being crowned track champions at Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first for their feature with Nate Langeberg and CJ Hedges, Jr. on the front row.  Hedges, Jr. saw an early opportunity for the lead and seized it to take the lead by the end of lap one, with Langeberg settling in for second. By the midway point of the race, Hedges, Jr. had built up a significant lead, with Randy Conner coming from fifth to run second.  As the eighth lap of the fifteen-lap feature was completed, Langenberg, Conner, and two other cars tangled between turns one and two, resulting in Conner retiring to the pits and Langeberg being sent to the back.  When the race continued, Hedges, Jr. again surged to the lead, but this time track point’s leader, Wayne Eskola, was hot on his tail and Bill Follstad, who had come up from running fourth, was right on Eskola ‘s bumper.  Despite the best efforts of Eskola and Follstad, Hedges, Jr. prevailed for the win in his Tomahawk Iron and Metal-sponsored car.  Track champion, Eskola, Follstad, Mario Grado, and Dan Schultz rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Streets were up next with Jeff Hoogland and Brit Bromann leading the way.  It would be Jordan Kurtti of Bruce Crossing, MI, though, who would come from third to take the early lead. Hoogland and Leo Nippa of Bruce Crossing, MI, meanwhile, fought it out for second as Bromann dropped to fourth and Heidi Karshbaum ran fifth. His race action saw Kurtti still in the lead, with Hoogland challenging for second, while track point’s lead Adam Soltis ran third, after re-starting at the rear when he was credited with a caution after lap four.  Nippa at that point ran fourth and Karshbaum still ran fifth.  With five laps to go, Soltis and Hoogland tangled and again Soltis was credited with the caution sending him to the pits after committing his second caution.  With Soltis gone, the race continued with Kurtti and Hoogland running nose-to-tail. Despite Hoogland’s attempts to pass, Kurtti went on for the win in his Al’s Garage-sponsored car.  Hoogland, Nippa, Karshbaum, and Soltis, the new track champion, settled for the remaining top five spots.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up next with Roger Walker and Jim Barttelt, Sr. leading the field to the flag stand.  Walker showed early strength, taking the lead by the end of lap one with Barttelt, Sr., track point’s leader, Mickey Nosser, Steve Brown, and Darrel Hazelton in pursuit.

The only caution of the feature occurred after lap five when the front end of Hazelton’s car struck the rear of Travis Friske’s car.  Friske went to the pits on the hook, and Hazelton was sent to the rear.

When racing continued, Walker once again shot to the lead with Nosser glued to Walker’s rear bumper.  Barttelt, Sr., Brown, and Jeff McDonald were also in the hunt for the number one spot.

With ten of the twenty laps completed, Walker still led with Nosser hounding him for the lead as the two cars broke away from the field.  Meanwhile, Barttelt, Jr. ran a few car lengths back, as Brown and Hazelton had a spirited battle for fourth a few more car lengths back

With a lap to go and Walker still in the lead, Nosser ran a half or a full car length behind the leader.  Coming out of the last lap on the checkered flag lap, Nosser got up to Walker’s door, but Walker had just too much momentum and went on for the first feature win and his first sweep of his Midwest Modified driving career in his Koch Book Engines-sponsored car.  Track champion, Nosser, Barttelt, Sr., Hazelton, and Brown completed the top five.

Travis Smith and Brett Oenning got the hive alive for the start of the Bandit four-cylinder feature with the race starting out with two early cautions prior to the first lap being completed.  The two cautions claimed three cars, including the car of Oenning. Once racing resumed, Jennifer Nitzsche took a commanding lead, with Zach Degner running second.  Tim Holleran, Austin Henricks, and track point’s leader, Kasey Gross, battled for third. Mid-race saw the leader, Nitzsche, having mechanical problems and retiring to the pits.  With Nitzche out of the race, Gross inherited the lead as part of the “final four”  including Degner, Holleran, Henricks left to complete the feature. In the end, it was Gross with the win and the track championship in his Hilltop Auto-sponsored car.  Holleran and Henricks were second and third.  Nitzsche was awarded fourth and Travis Smith fifth.  Although, he finished third, Degner, was a DQ for failing to scale.

Racing resumes on Friday, September 3, with the running of the “Dog Days of Dirt Drifting Shoot Out” makeup race with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:00.  The Midwest Modifieds will be racing for $700 to win, $400 for second, $250 for third, $175 for fourth, and $100 to start.  The Pure Stocks will also be racing that night for $300 to win.  Also seeing action will be the WISSOTA Streets and Bandits.

Saturday, September 4, will be a full race schedule with awards and trophies, a DJ and Karaoke after the races.  This will also be the makeup date for Friday if needed.  Racing starts a bit earlier on Saturday with hot laps at 6:00 and racing at 6:30.  See: 

Sunday Afternoon at Tomahawk Speedway

August 24th, 2010

Tomahawk, WI– Due to a Friday night rainout, Tomahawk Speedway used Sunday noon and evening to run the make-up races.  A blistering sun and warm temperatures meant that the track would likely require more moisture than man could provide, so track conditions were perhaps not up to their usual high standards.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were first up with Bill Follstad jumping to an early lead with Dustin Miller and Keith Troutman in hot pursuit. As Follstad continued to lead, Miller spun on lap six bringing out the yellow and realigning the field.  Once racing resumed, so did Follstad, in the lead, with Wayne Eskola and CJ Hedges, Jr.  giving chase. With the laps winding down and Follstad still in the lead, Eskola gave the top spot a few looks, but was unable to make the pass allowing Follstad to take the win, his first of the year.  Rounding out the top five were:  Eskola, Steve Karshbaum, Dustin Miller, and CJ Hedges, Jr.

The Tomahawk Bandits were up next with a wild start of three and four cars going for the lead all at once.  Once the group had broken up some, Jennifer Nitzsche came out in front for the early lead with Kasey Gross and Bill Martin giving chase. With five laps to go, Martin chased down Nitzsche for the second as Kasey Gross went to the lead.  By race end it was Gross with the win, Martin in second, Nitzsche in third, Tim Holleran in fourth, and Matt Peterson in fifth.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Denny LaCrosse taking the early lead as Adam Soltis settled in for second. With the track losing moisture it was evident that he who leads had the best shot at winning in the end.  As LaCrosse continued to lead, Mike Truscott, Adam Soltis, and Britt Bromann battled for second. Lap ten saw a restart after a caution.  LaCrosse slipped up a bit as the flag flew, giving the others a chance to go for the lead.  Soltis seized the opportunity and grabbed the lead as Truscott’s car overheated sending him to the pits. From that point forward, it was Soltis going for the win.  LaCrosse, Jordan Kurtti, Britt Bromann, and Jeff Hoogland, running his first race of the season, rounded out the top five.

WISSOTA Midwest Modified action saw Steve Brown taking the early lead from his pole starting spot. With five laps in, there was a caution and the field realigned with Brown once again in the lead and Roger Walker doing his best to get around.  As Walker attempted a pass, his tire was cut down on Brown’s rear bumper and Walker went to the pits. With Walker a non factor, Mickey Nosser moved up to second as Brown continued to lead and Joe Kin moved into third. With everyone on the bottom, Jim Barttelt, Jr went to the top to try to make something happen, but it was to no avail as Brown took the win.  This was Brown’s first heat win, his first feature win, and obviously his first sweep.  Nosser settled for second, Kin for third, Jeff McDonald for fourth, and Bruce Belland for fifth.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 27.  This will be the final point’s night for the track and a good opportunity for travelers to make a visit to the track.  It would also be a great opportunity to get a practice session in preparation for the next weekend, September 3 and September 4 when Tomahawk Speedway ends their season with a two-day WISSOTA point’s event. 

Friday, September 3, will be the night for the “Dog Days of Dirt Drifting Shoot Out” makeup race for the $700 to win, $100 to start WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.  The Pure Stock will also be racing that night for $300 to win with WISSOTA Streets and Bandits seeing action as well.

Saturday, September 4, will be a full race schedule with awards and trophies, a DJ and Karaoke after the races.  This will also be the makeup date for Friday if needed.  Racing starts a bit earlier on Saturday with hot laps at 6:00 and racing at 6:30.  See:  http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/ for further information.

Tomahawk Speedway Beats Mother Nature

August 20th, 2010

Tomahawk, WI–With rain threatening  and almost every other race track cancelling due to weather, Tomahawk Speedway was fortunate to be able to get a complete race program in on Friday night.  With a low car count due to impending weather worries, the program was completed in a record time of just over one hour of intense racing. 

Rookie driver, Brit Bromann, and track point’s leader, Keith Troutman led the WISSOTA Street Stock field to the green flag to start the feature racing for the night.  It was Adam Soltis, though, who would grab the early lead, sending Bromann and then Troutman behind him. At the midway point of the feature, Soltis had established a half straight lead over Troutman and Troutman led Bromann by about that much of a margin as well.  By race end Soltis had completed a sweep and taken his sixth win at Tomahawk Speedway for the year by almost a half lap in his Ladysmith Family Restaurant-sponsored car.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up next with Brian Fuchs and Travis Friske on the front row.  Fuchs was the early leader, but led for just one lap.  By the end of lap two, Mickey Nosser had come to the front from fifth to steal the lead. Midway through the feature, Nosser was leading comfortably with a seven or eight car lead.  At that point, Matt Leer was running in second after starting seventh as Bruce Belland, coming from sixth, and Jeff McDonald, coming from eighth, battled it out for third and Roger Walker ran fifth. Race end saw Nosser winning and completing a sweep in his Mike Warga-sponsored Midwest Modified.  Leer, Belland, McDonald, and Jim Barttelt, Sr. rounded out the top five.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up next with Mario Grado and Heidi Karshbaum leading the way.  Grado was off to an early lead, as Keith Troutman and Bill Follstad fought it out for second and CJ Hedges, Jr. ran in fifth, after starting seventh. The mid-race order changed a bit as Troutman made a successful pass for the lead by the end of lap seven, sending Grado to second.  At that point, Hedges, Jr. ran third, Randy Conner ran fourth and Follstad ran fifth.

With two laps to go, the only caution of the feature happened when Hedges, Jr. spun out in turn two, collecting Follstad’s car in the process.  Follstad was able to continue, but Hedges, Jr. went to the pits for repairs. Racing resumed and once again Troutman took the lead at the end of the “surrender lap” with Randy Conner moving into second.  During the checkered flag lap and with just two turns to make, Troutman, Conner, and Follstad went three wide in turn three with Conner winning that battle to take the win and complete a sweep in his Bob Rose Transmission-sponsored car.  Follstad, Troutman, Nate Langeberg, and Wayne Eskola completed the top five. Rory Radtke and Jennifer Nitzsche led the Tomahawk Bandits to the green flag for the start of the final feature of the night.  Nitzsche was the early leader, leading the first two laps as point’s leader, Kasey Gross, ran second. After passing Nitzsche at the end of lap three, Gross continued to lead midway through the feature with Adam Johnson in second, and Radtke in third.  Meanwhile, Nitzsche ran fourth and Jay Wilberding ran fifth. Gross went on to take the win and complete a sweep in his Gross Logging sponsored car.  Nitzsche recovered a bit to finish second with Radtke in third, Tim Holleran in fourth, and Louis Malleuge in fifth.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 20, when Tomahawk Speedway presents another very exciting night of racing. Coyote Radio B93.7, Miller Beer with their “Free Beer for a Year” promotion, and Tomahawk Speedway will present the Dog Days Dirt Driftin’ Shootout.

Midwest Modified pay will be $700 to win with each starter of the 20-car feature field guaranteed $100 to start.  Pure Stock pay will be enhanced as well with $300 going to the winner.  Also in action will be the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits.  Call Dewey at 715 966-1890 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              715 966-1890      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Jake at 715 218-4230 if you have any questions about the August 20 races.

The pits open at 5:00 and the gates, for fans, open at 6:00.  Hot laps will be at 7:00 with racing at 7:30.  Admission is just $10.00 for age 16 and older, kids 10-15 are just $5.00 and kids 9 and under are free.  See:  http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/ for further information.

Zach Manley and Nick Koehler Qualify for the Race Of Champions

August 13th, 2010

Tomahawk, WI-Jammed packed with activity and excitement doesn’t even come close to describing the action on Friday night, August 6, at Tomahawk Speedway.  The night began with the make-up features from July 30 and then concluded with the full race program of August 6, highlighted by the WISSOTA/Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifier Races.

The make-up feature portion of the night began with the WISSOTA Street Stocks taking to the track with Keith Troutman and Adam Soltis leading the way.   Soltis jumped to an immediate lead with Doug Wojcik giving chase followed by Zach Manley and Keith Troutman. By midrace, Soltis had a commanding lead of three to four car lengths, Troutman dropped off the track as Wojcik and Manley battled it out for second. By race end Soltis had taken the win and completed a sweep in his Northern Seamless Gutters-sponsored car, followed by Wojcik and Manley.

The Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits were next up with Brett Oenning and Zach Degner on the front row.  The early leader was Matt Peterson who had come from fourth.  Degner led the first five laps of the feature, but was hounded by Kasey Gross and Adam Johnson.  At the end of lap six, Degner was passed by Kasey Gross who had started fifth.  Johnson continued to run second as Jennifer Nitzsche and Matt Peterson fought it out for third. Gross went on to win, and complete a sweep, in his Maas Builders-sponsored car.  Johnson, Nitzsche, Peterson and Richard Lietz completed the top five.

Matt Smith and Steve Karshbaum led the way for the Tomahawk Pure Stocks with Karshbaum taking the early lead.  As Karshbaum led, Wayne Eskola, who had come from seventh, Randy Conner from fifth, CJ Hedges, Jr. from eighth, and Karshbaum’s wife, Heidi, fought it out for second. With Karshbaum firmly in the lead at midway and as the race laps ticked down, the others fought it out for second and any other spots that remained. By race end, Karshbaum had taken the win in his St. Croix Transmission-sponsored car.  Eskola, Conner, Keith Troutman, and Hedges rounded out the top five.

The final make-up feature was that of the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with Steve Brown and Travis Friske on point.  Friske was the early leader, leading the first two laps, but it would be visitor, Matt Leer, coming from fifth  and taking the lead by the end of lap three. With Leer in the lead and pulling away, the best the rest could do was to hope for a miracle.  Jeff McDonald, Bruce Belland, Mickey Nosser, and Friske did their best to keep up, but Leer just had too much car and too much lead.

By race end, it was Leer with the win and a sweep in his CarQuest-sponsored Midwest Mod.  McDonald, Belland, Nosser, and Friske completed the top five.   With the make-up features in the book, the heats for the regular night of racing were completed without major incident and the regular night features were underway.

Jeff Klopstein, Jr. and Doug Wojcik were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifier Race with Klopstein taking the early lead.  Klopstein hung onto the lead for just two laps and was passed by Jim Randall who had come up from third.  With Randall in the lead, Zach Manley moved into second after starting fifth while Wojcik, Klopstein and Adam Soltis sorted things out for second while racing two and three wide. A caution with six laps to go realigned the field and Manley took quick advantage passing Randall for the lead.  It looked as if Manley’s lead might be in jeopardy one lap later when he got sideways in turn two and Randall got into the side of his car, but both cars managed to continue without a caution and without losing ground.  With three laps to go, Manley began to run away from the field for the eventual win, a sweep, and his qualification for the Race of Champions in his Main Street Repair-sponsored Street Stock.  Randall, Soltis, Wojcik, and Keith Troutman completed the top five.

The Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits were up next with Zach Degner and Rory Radtke leading the way.  Radtke led the first lap, but was passed by the end of lap two by Jennifer Nitzsche who then led the next six laps.   As lap seven wound down, Kasey Gross made the pass on Nitzsche to take the lead with Adam Anderson, Richard Lietz, Nitzsche, and Radtke battling for second.  By race end it was Gross with his second feature win of the night and his second sweep of the night in his T & D Tree Farms-sponsored Bandit.  Johnson, Lietz, Nitzsche and Radtke completed the top five. Sixteen cars approached the starting line for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifier in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Nick Koehler and Cory Crapser on the front row.   Koehler, who had won his heat in convincing fashion, was off to an early lead with Jeff McDonald and Bruce Belland fighting it out for second as Jason Zdroik and Matt Leer battled for third. Midway through the feature, and four restarts due to cautions,  Koehler continued to lead with Zdroik doing his best to catch up as McDonald, Leer, and Belland battled for third. By race end, Koehler had stretched his lead to three car lengths to take the win, complete the sweep, and qualify for the WISSOTA/Amsoil Race of Champions in his Southworth Chevrolet-sponsored Midwest Mod.  Zdroik, McDonald, George Dalbeck, who had come from eleventh, and Matt Leer completed the top five.

The final feature of the night was that of the Tomahawk Pure Stocks with Nate Langeberg and Keith Troutman on the front row.  Troutman led lap one, but was passed by the end of lap two by Randy Conner who had started fourth. By the midway point of the race, Conner continued to lead and dominate as Wayne Eskola, who had started eighth, and CJ Hedges, Jr., who had started seventh, fought it out for second.  Previous feature winner of the night, Steve Karshbaum, and Langeberg, meanwhile, were battling for third.  By race end, Conner was the winner in his Bob Rose Transmission-sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were:  Hedges, Jr., Eskola, Karshbaum, and Langeberg.

A very busy and exciting night of racing was completed by 10:30.  Racing continues on August 13 when once again all four divisions will be in action. Keep August 20 open on your racing schedule as that should prove to be another very exciting night of racing when B93.7 Coyote Radio, Miller Beer with the “Free Bear for a Year” promotion and Tomahawk Speedway presents the Dog Days Dirt Driftin’ Shootout. Midwest Modified pay will be $700 to win with each starter of the 20-car feature field guaranteed to win $100 to start.  Pure Stock pay will be enhanced as well with $300 going to the winner.  Also in action will be the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits.  Call Dewey at 715 966-1890 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              715 966-1890      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Jake at 715 218-4230 if you have any questions about August 20 races. The pits open at 5:00 and the gates, for fans, open at 6:00.  Hot laps will be at 7:00 with racing at 7:30.  Admission is just $10.00 for age 16 and older, kids 10-15 are just $5.00 and kids 9 and under are free.  See:  http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/ for further information.

If you are looking for a picture of your favorite driver, Scott Resch of Impact Images Photography will be on hand taking pictures throughout the night and will be available after the races, up at the track clubhouse and bar with photos for sale of your favorite driver.

Conner, Anderson, Kallas and McDonald Post Wins at Tomahawk Speedway

July 24th, 2010

Tomahawk Speedway

July 23, 2010—Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                An extremely fast feature track saw Pure Stock driver, Randy Conner of Hayward, WI; Four Cylinder Bandit driver, Bill Anderson of Wakefield, MI;WISSOTA Street Stock driver, John Kallas, of Hurley, WI; and WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver, Jeff McDonald of Eagle River, WI, all take wins.

                The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first to do battle with Heidi Karsbaum of Chetek, WI, and Nate Laneberg of Tomahawk, WI, on the front row.  Karshbaum was the early leader, leading the first two laps.  After a caution, Karshbaum again took the lead, with Randy Conner in hot pursuit.  By lap four, Conner had made the pass, dropping Karshbaum to second.  Meanwhile, Tomahawk residents, Bill Follstad and Keith Troutman battled for third, with Steve Karshbaum thrown in for good measure.

                Midway through the race, Conner had established a nice lead in his Ford Thunderbird, as Heidi Karshbaum and Follstad fought for second, along with Steve Karshbaum and CJ Hedges, Jr.  With two laps to go, Conner had widened the lead, Follstad moved into second, Hedges grabbed third, Steve Karshbaum ran fourth, and current track point’s leader, Wayne Eskola, moved into fifth, after suffering two flat tires earlier in the race.

                By race end, it was Conner picking up his second win of the year in his COMO Gas-sponsored car.  Follstad, Hedges, Jr., Eskola, and Steve Karshbaum rounded out the top five.

                The mighty Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits were up next with Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s, Richard Barlowski and Wakefield, Michigan’s, Bill Anderson, leading the way.  This race ran caution-free with Anderson dominating the field for the entire race in his Dunbar Fabrication-sponsored car.  Current track point’s leader, Kasey Gross, plus Adam Johnson, Jeff Jaeger, and Mike Warga completed the top five and ran in those spots for most of the race.

                In the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks, Keith Troutman of Tomahawk, WI, and John Kallas of Hurley, WI, lined up side-by-side for the start of the feature, with Kallas leading the way for a race that would see just one early caution after lap two.

                Kallas was joined by Zach Manley of Cameron, WI, to the race for the checkers as the two cars ran separated from the field early and ran nose-to-tail or within a car length of each other for the entire race.  Back in the pack, Adam Soltis of Ladysmith, Ron Hanestad of Glenwood City, and Doug Wojcik of Ladysmith fought it out for third.

                By race end, last year’s track champion, Kallas, had bested the field to take the win in his Gentile Construction-sponsored car.  Manley, Wojcik, Hanestad, and current track point’s leader, Keith Troutman, made up the remaining top five.

                Travis Friskie of Tomahawk, WI, and Jeff McDonald of Eagle River, WI, were first to take the green for the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature.  Two cautions early in the feature did not alter the fact that McDonald had the car to beat on this particular Friday night.

                Midway through the race McDonald had stretched his lead over Bruce Belland of Eagle River, Jim Barttelt of Merrill, and Mickey Nosser, who ran close together for second with Travis Friske running fifth.

                By race end, McDonald maintained a seven car length lead over Belland for the win in his New Vision-sponsored car.  Current track point’s leader, Nosser, plus Barttelt, and Friske filled out the top five.

                Racing resumes on Friday, July 30 when the fans will have an opportunity to meet the drivers, get autographs, etc.  For the kids, young and old, grab a checkered flag and get it signed by drivers and come see the cars up close during intermission.

                Friday, August 6,Tomahawk Speedway presents the Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifier night for the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds.  This race is sure to attract racers from all over as they attempt to qualify for the September Race of Champions race in Huron, SD.               

                 The pits open at 5:00 and the gates, for fans, open at 6:00.  Hot laps will be at 7:00 with racing at 7:30.  Admission is just $10.00 for age 16 and older, kids 10-15 are just $5.00 and kids 9 and under are free.  See:  http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/ for further information.               

                  If you are looking for a picture of your favorite driver, Scott Resch of Impact Images Photography will be on hand taking pictures throughout the night and will be available after the races, up at the track clubhouse and bar with photos for sale of your favorite driver.

A “Golden Win” for Ron Hanestad at Tomahawk Speedway

July 17th, 2010

Tomahawk Speedway

July 16, 2010—Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                Ron Hanestad of Glendwood City, WI, made history of sorts on Friday night by getting a “Golden Win”.  It was Hanestad’s  71st career win in the #71h WISSOTA Street Stock.  To say that Hanestad was elated would be an understatement.  As he exited his car in the victory lane he had his hands held high and yelled at the top of his lungs.  After a couple of quick Nelson’s County Market Victory Lane pictures, it was time for five or six quick front stretch donuts in celebration of the win.

                Another driver getting an emotional win on Friday night was veteran driver, Jim Barttelt, Sr. of Merrill, WI, who proved once again that while there may be “snow on the mountain, there’s still fire down below”.  It’s been a while since his last victory lane pictures, but Barttelt certainly had a lot to be happy for as he picked up a win and a sweep in his eleven-year-old WISSOTA Midwest Modified.  With a large crowd of well wishers standing at the track fence, shouting words of congratulations, Barttelt held the checkered flag high for his moment of glory in victory lane.

                In the Tomahawk Pure Stock division, CJ Hedges, Jr. of Tomahawk, WI, took the checkered flag and in the Four Cylinder Bandit division, Matt Peterson of Gleason, WI, was victorious.

                The first division to hit the track for their feature on Friday night was the Tomahawk Pure Stock division, with Austyn Booth and Heidi Karshbaum on the front row.  Booth was the early leader, as Karshbaum fell in second place.  With Booth in control, the cars in the pack behind him fought for position and by the end of lap four, with Booth still in the lead, Heidi Karshbaum dropped to fifth while her husband, Steve, moved up to second, John Johnson, Jr. ran third and Wayne Eskola ran fourth.

                There were two successive cautions, one which resulted in two cars being piled up on the back stretch wall requiring significant wall repairs. On the restart, Eskola shot to the front, with Booth in second, Steve Karshbaum in third, CJ Hedges in fourth, and Bill Follstad in fifth.  With five laps remaining, Hedges passed Eskola for the lead.  Meanwhile, Follstad edged his way up to third, Steve Karshbaum dropped to fourth, and Ryan Valeria moved into fifth, as Booth dropped off the track into the pits.  By race end, it was Hedges, Jr. with the win in his End Zone-sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were:  Eskola, Follstad, Steve Karshbaum, and Keith Troutman, who took the spot after Valeria spun out between turns three and four.

                Travis Friske and Mark Kralicek led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the flag stand for the start of their feature.  Friske was the early leader, leading the first four laps of the feature as the remainder of the field sorted things out.  A caution after lap four for Mickey Nosser, who had been running fourth, realigned the field as Nosser crippled his car to the pits with a broken tie rod.

                Once action resumed, Jim Barttelt, Sr. shot to the lead from second, with Bruce Belland moving up from fifth to take second as Nick Koehler came up from seventh to steal third.  Friske dropped to fourth and Grant Southworth took up the fifth spot after starting eleventh.

                Midway through the race, Barttelt, Sr. had widened the gap, as Belland still ran second and the other cars in the top five remained in their spots.  With five to go, Barttelt, Sr. was still in the lead and running strong with Koehler running second and gaining, while Belland and Southworth fought it out for third and Roger Walker moved up to secure fifth.

                By race end it was Barttelt, Sr. with the win in his U-Bake-sponsored car.  Koehler, Southworth, Belland, and Walker completed the top five.

                The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Ron Hanestad and Keith Troutman leading the pack.  Hanestad shot to a quick lead, with Doug Wojcik making a quick move from third to steal second.  Troutman faded fast and came to a stop on the backstretch with his night done due to mechanical failure.  Once racing resumed, the race ran caution-free with Hanestad in command.

                Midway through the race, Hanestad, Adam Soltis, and Doug Wojcik were running nose-to-tail with the final outcome of the race still in doubt.   With five laps to go, Hanestad suddenly pulled away as the track got drier, leaving Soltis and Wojcik to battle it out for second.  By race end, Hanestad had almost a full corner win lead in his Pro Line Glass-sponsored car.  Soltis and Wojcik rounded out the top three as all other competitors had retired to the pits.

                The final feature for the night was the Four Cylinder Bandit feature with Marc LeDuke and Matt Peterson leading the way.  Peterson grabbed an early lead and led the first ten laps with Adam Johnson running second, Phil Malouf in third, Kasey “I don’t need no stinkin’ramps” Gross in fourth, and Richard Barlowski in fifth.

                With five to go, Anderson stole the lead from Peterson, Gross ran third, Malouf was fourth, and Barlowski was still fifth.  By race end it was Anderson with the win—or was it?  Post race inspection left Anderson with a disqualification, giving the win to Peterson.  Rounding out the top five were:  Gross, Malouf, Kurt Komarek, and Barlowski.

                With that, the race night came to an end on a perfect weather night in which another large crowd enjoyed the racing fun at Tomahawk Speedway.

                Racing resumes on Friday, July 23 when once again all four divisions will be back in action on the fast third-mile oval of Tomahawk Speedway.  Pits open at 5:00; gates open at 6:00, with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30.  See:  http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/ for further details.  The speedway is located three miles north of Tomahawk on County A.               

                Future race dates to keep in mind include, July 30, when it will be the fan’s night to get driver’s autographs and get your checkered flag signed.  Another date of importance will be August 6, when it will be the WISSOTA Race of Champions Qualifier night for the Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds.  The winner’s of those races will have the opportunity to race in the Race Of Champions in Huron, SD, during the WISSOTA 100 scheduled for September 14 through 18.

Nosser and Soltis Win WISSOTA/Amsoil Dirt Track Series Features at Tomahawk Speedway

July 10th, 2010

Tomahawk Speedway

July 9, 2010—Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                Another nice crowd in the stands witnessed one of the most competitive nights of racing Tomahawk Speedway has seen in some time. 

                With the Hodag Country Festival in Rhinelander, WI, attracting a good number of racers away from the races, the track point’s battle tightened up a bit with some of the top runners listening to the likes of George Jones, while their point’s lead dissolved a bit and so too perhaps did a few brain cells. 

                The track on this race night was a little rougher than normal due to the fact that the area had seen over four inches of rain in recent days on new clay that had been applied since the previous race.  Despite that, the feature races ran with just three cautions all race night long and those were for one spin and two mechanical failures.

                The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were first on the feature track with Tomahawk residents, CJ Hedges, Jr. and Keith Troutman leading the pack to the green flag.  Hedges, Jr. took command early and led the entire race, which saw two cautions, to take the win.   This race story is more about who else finished in the top five.   The battle for the other four spots in the top five was among Troutman, Randy Conner of Hayward, John Johnson, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau and Brantwood’s, Wayne Eskola.  Let’s throw Tomahawk’s, Bill Follstad, in the mix as well, as he became a factor late in the race.

                As Hedges, Jr. motored away from the pack, Johnson, Jr. ran second until midway through the race when he was passed by Conner.  As Conner ran second, Johnson, Jr., Troutman, and Eskola fought it out for third.  By race end, it was Hedges with the win and a sweep in his H & S Service Center-sponsored car and Conner in second.  But wait, Conner passed up tech and was disqualified giving second to Johnson, Jr. and third to Troutman.  Eskola and Follstad completed the top five.

                Roger Walker of Phillips and Bruce Belland of Eagle River led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the line for the start of what would be the best feature of the night.  Belland shot to an early lead, leading the first three laps with Wakefield, Michigan’s, George Dalbeck giving chase, along with Mickey Nosser of Phillips.  As Belland, Dalbeck, and Nosser ran three-wide, Jim Barttelt, Sr. of Merrill and Walker fought it out for fourth.

                Four laps into the race, Dalbeck surged to the lead and led for three laps.  By lap seven, Nosser had engaged the after burner and three-wheeled it to the flag stand for the lead with Dalbeck and Belland running side-by-side for second.  With five laps to go and Nosser three-wheeling it almost all the way around the track and leading by a full turn, Dalbeck, Barttlet, Sr., and Belland fought it out for second.  By race end it was Nosser with the win in his Mike Warga-sponsored car.  Dalbeck, Barttlelt, Sr., Eagle River’s, Chad Boettcher, and Belland rounded out the top five.

                In WISSOTA Street Stock action, Ladysmith residents, Doug Wojcik and Adam Soltis, led the way with Soltis shooting to an early lead.  Soltis led the first three but the car of Brit Bromann caused a caution when it came to a sudden stop on the front stretch.  On the restart Soltis again surged to the lead.

                Midway through the race with Soltis pulling away from the pack, Rice Lake,’s, Zach Manley, and Wojcik fought it out for second with Hurley’s, John Kallas, giving chase in fourth and Glenwood City’s, Ron Hanestad, in fifth.

                With five laps to go, Soltis had checked out as Wojcik, Manley, and Kallas fought it out for second.  By race end, it was Soltis with the win in his Bruce Auto-sponsored car.  Wojcik, Manley, Kallas, and Hanestad made up the rest of the top five.

                Rich Barlowski of Rhinelander and Jennifer Nitzsche of Wausau led the Tomahawk four-cylinder Bandits to the green flag for the start of their feature.   Nitzsche was fast from the get-go taking the lead and leading the first twelve laps of the fifteen-lap feature.  Had it not been for a slight bobble in turns three and four during lap thirteen, who knows what might have been?

                With Nitzsche slipping back, Merrill’s, Adam Johnson, who had been running second, took the lead and the eventual win and sweep in his Certified Auto Repair-sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were: Brandon Ross of Bruce Crossing, MI, Kasey Gross of Gleason (on three wheels—lost one in turn four on the checkered flag lap, while running second), Logan Lannet of Bruce Crossing, MI, and Bill Anderson of Wakefield, MI.

                Racing resumes on Friday, July 16, when once again all four divisions will be back in action on the fast third-mile oval of Tomahawk Speedway.  Pits open at 5:00, gates open at 6:00, with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30.  See:  http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/ for further details.  The speedway is located three miles north of Tomahawk on County A.

Dunbar and Troutman Are Fireworks Spectacular WISSOTA Feature Winners at “The Hawk”

July 3rd, 2010

Tomahawk Speedway

July 2, 2010—Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                This race night would begin with makeup features from June 25 in the Street Stock and Four Cylinder divisions due to that night’s partial rainout.  A regular night of racing would follow with fireworks between the heats and features.  It was an action packed night both on the track and in the air.

                A warm bluebird kind of evening greeted the largest crowd ever assembled at Tomahawk Speedway since the track reopened.  Fans would not be disappointed with either the racing or the spectacular fireworks display put on by track owner Ron VanDusen.

                In the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock makeup feature, Adam Soltis would come from third to dominate the entire race.  He received challenges from both Brit Bromann and Keith Troutman early, but midway through the race Soltis had checked out and left the rest of the field by a large margin to eventually take the win in his Northern Stainless Gutters-sponsored car.  Troutman, Bromann, and Brad Hartmann followed Soltis to the checkered.

                The Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandit feature saw lots of action that was once again dominated by the eventual winner.  Steve Melton and Jennifer Nitzsche led the Bandits to the green with Nitzsche taking the early lead.  By the end of lap two, Kasey Gross had come from fourth to take the lead and he never looked back, even though he was challenged all race long by Adam Johnson, who had started sixth and Bill Anderson, who had started eighth.  By race end, it would be Gross with the win in his Gleason Bowl-sponsored car.  Johnson, Anderson, Richard Barlowski, and Mike Warga rounded out the top five.

                The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were first up on the regular night’s race program with Bo Bennish and Keith Troutman leading the way.  Bennish was the early leader in this race that would be plagued with seven early cautions, one of which would eliminate Bennish from the race on lap six.  With Bennish in the pits, CJ Hedges, Jr. took the lead, leading for one lap, but then was passed by the eventual winner, John Johnson, Jr. in his Northern Waste-sponsored car.  Randy Conner, Johnson’s serious threat for nearly half the race, took second followed by Steve Karshbaum, Ryan Valeria, and Wayne Eskola.

                Duane Dunbar and Roger Walker led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green for the start of their feature.  Dunbar was quick off the line and took an early lead by the end of lap one with Walker right behind him.  At the halfway point of this feature, which ran without a caution, Dunbar still led and was widening the gap between himself and the rest of the field, as Jason Zdroik did his best to get to the front from his eighth-place starting spot.  Joining Zdroik and fighting for third, were Bruce Belland, Mickey Nosser, and Walker.  With one lap to go, Belland’s car began to miss badly and he retired to the pits.  By the time it was over, Dunbar had won by a large margin in spite of lapped traffic in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car.  Zdroik, Nosser, Walker, and Jim Barttlelt, Sr., who came from eleventh, made up the rest of the top five.

                The WISSOTA Street Stock feature started with just six cars as the car of Doug Wojcik blew a motor in the heat race.  The front row was made up of former four-cylinder driver, Brit Bromann, and local favorite, Keith Troutman.  Troutman saw his opportunity early and shot to the lead with Bromann running second.  Three consecutive cautions after lap one saw two more competitors out of the race as Ben Pitlik and Brad Hartmann’s cars were damaged in an attempt to avoid a spinning Brit Bromann in turn four.  Once the race resumed it ran caution-free with Troutman once again in the lead.  Adam Soltis worked the top, worked the bottom and got to within the driver’s door of Troutman at one time, but could never make the pass.  When Soltis made one last attempt to pass on the checkered flag lap, he got into the rear quarter panel of Troutman’s car sending Troutman around.  The official finish went back then to the white flag lap, giving Troutman the win in his Ingman’s Service-sponsored car.  Bromman, Troy LaRock, and Soltis rounded out the remaining finishers.

            To finish up the night’s race program, the action packed Four-Cylinder Bandits took to the track with Matt Peterson and Rory Radtke on the front row.  Bill Martin came from third to lead the first and all remaining laps as Kasey Gross came from fifth to challenge.  Joining Gross at the halfway point were Adam Johnson, Bill Anderson, and Peterson, but the best they could do was watch as Martin continued to lead.  By race end, it was Martin taking the win with Gross, Johnson, Anderson, and Peterson fighting for second.

             Racing resumes on Friday, July 9, when Tomahawk Speedway once again brings the fans a complete race program on DARE night.  Pits open at 5:00, gates at 6:00, with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30.  It’s just $10.00 for 16 and older, $5.00 for ages 10-15 and kids under 9 are free.  See   http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/ for further details. 

Belland and Johnson, Jr. Win on a Rain Shortened Nelson’s County Market Night

June 26th, 2010

Tomahawk Speedway

Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                With the time for racing fast approaching, rain showers fell in almost every direction of the track except the direction of the weather headed for Tomahawk Speedway.  Despite some doubt that Tomahawk Speedway would have a race night it was on with the races with a bit of a smaller crowd and a reduced car count.

            In one of the best WISSOTA Midwest Modified features witnessed this year, the fans at Tomahawk Speedway were treated to a feature that saw passing all the way from front to back in a race that ran with just one caution on an extremely fast track.  As if that were not enough, the Tomahawk Pure Stocks put on an equally exciting show with, once again, passing throughout the field and plenty of three-wide racing.  Unfortunately, the rains did eventually make it to Tomahawk Speedway as the WISSOTA Street Stocks rounded the track for the fifth time in their feature, leaving that feature incomplete.  The Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits were also denied their chance to run their feature.

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were first up for their feature with Robert “Chip” Laskowski, Jr. and Jeff McDonald leading the pack.  McDonald was off to a quick start with Laskowksi giving chase.  Meanwhile, Bruce Belland, Jason Zdroik, and Steve Brown fought it out for the third spot.  As the race progressed, McDonald continued to lead, but the battle behind him raged on as Laskowski and Brown dropped back a bit and George Dalbeck and Mickey Nosser moved up.  Midway through the race, at lap ten,  McDonald was still in the lead, with Belland in second, Zdroik in third, Dalbeck in fourth, and Nosser in fifth as the race continued caution-free.

                With six laps to go, Belland, Dalbeck, and Nosser were all in a tight group contending for the first spot but McDonald was able to hold them off.  And then it happened, the only caution of the night!  With five laps to go, Joe Kin’s car decided to take a sharp left turn into the corner four berm and the cars were realigned.  McDonald’s tires failed to refire properly and Belland made the pass with four to go.  As Belland motored around McDonald, Dalbeck and Nosser tried to follow suit, but were unable to get the job done. Bruce Belland was the first driver to use the new Nelson’s County Market winner’s circle getting the win in his Central Timber Inn-sponsored Midwest Modified.  McDonald held on for second as Dalbeck, Nosser, and Zdroik completed the top five.

                In Tomahawk Pure Stock action, John Johnson, Jr. and Keith Troutman led the field to the green for the start of their feature.  Johnson quickly established a lead he would never relinquish for the entire race in spite of five cautions and restarts.  As Johnson motored away from the rest, Troutman, Steve Karshbaum, Randy Conner, and Wayne Eskola stayed in a tight group contending for second.  With a few laps to go and Johnson still in the lead, the other four fought it out with Ryan Valeria joining in on the fun.  In the end, it was Johnson with the win in his Lake of the Torches Casino-sponsored Pure.  Steve Karshbaum, Conner, Eskola, and Troutman rounded out the top five.

                With three laps into the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, large rain drops began to fall and by lap five it was all over as the track had been lost.  The Street Stock and Tomahawk Four-cylinder Bandits will have double features next week.

                Racing resumes on Friday, July 2 when Tomahawk Speedway will have their Fourth of July spectacular with all of the classes in action plus a large display of fireworks during intermission.  Hot laps are at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30.  Enjoy a great night of racing and a fireworks bonus for the low price of just $10.00 per person – age 16 and older, $5.00 per person – age 10 – 15, and FREE for age 9 and under.

Fast and Tacky Track Leads to Exciting Racing At Tomahawk Speedway

June 19th, 2010

Tomahawk Speedway

Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                Racers and fans alike were greeted by a beautiful night for racing on Friday, June 18, as the clouds moved out and the sun (you remember that object don’t you?) shone brightly on what would prove to be a long, but enjoyable night of racing.  The feature track was extremely fast and tacky, which proved to be an equalizer for almost all the drivers.  Unfortunately, with almost everyone in the mix for a win, disaster was lurking everywhere.

                The mighty Tomahawk Pure Stocks, seventeen cars strong, led the way for the first feature of the night with Heidi Karshbaum and Tim Miller on the front row.  Karshbaum took the early lead, leading just one lap after being passed by Bill Follstad, CJ Hedges, Jr, Tim Miller, and Wayne Eskola.  By lap six Follstad’s lead would fall to Hedges as Eskola hounded Follstad, and Randy Conner followed Eskola.  A series of three time consuming cautions signified that the race end would be determined by time expiration when the next caution occurred or the race ran to completion.  The next caution did occur with just twelve laps in the books and Wayne Eskola, driving the Komarek Well Drilling-sponsored Pure, was declared the winner.   Follstad, Ryan Valeria, Miller, and Mark Schuenemann rounded out the top five.

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were up next to take on a lightning fast track with Travis Friske and Bruce Belland first to take the green.  Belland was the early leader, but his lead only lasted one lap as Friske shot to the front at the end of lap two.  Firske led the next three laps but fell to second when Mickey Nosser motored around him, taking the lead at the end of lap five.  As Nosser pulled away from the field, Belland, Jim Barttelt, Sr., Friske, and Steve Brown did their best to keep up as they fought for second.  Three quick cautions occurring after lap nine realigned the field and once again Nosser was off to a quick, and what would turn out to be, substantial lead.  Once more, the caution flag flew after lap eleven, when Barttelt went around in turns one and two, sending him to the back.  Nosser led again after the restart as Belland held on for second and Brown moved up to third.  By race end it would be Nosser with the win in his Mike Warga-sponsored car.   Belland, Brown, Barttelt, Sr., and Brian Fuchs rounded out the top five.

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next in another race where it seemed everyone wanted to go for the win early on a, once again, fast track, which gave all competitors an even edge.  Doug Wojcik and Brand Hartman lined up side-by-side for the start of this feature with Jeff Klopstein, Jr. coming from third to grab the early lead.  As Klopstein, Jr. motored ahead of the field, Wojcik and Adam Soltis had a spirited battle for second with Hartman and Keith Troutman joining in, fighting for third.  By lap five, Wojcik edged past Klopstein, Jr. for the lead and Soltis followed along, as Klopstein, Jr. dropped to third, Troutman moved to fourth and Kevin Maulson settled in for fifth.  All was well and the cars ran in that order until lap twelve when both Troutman and Maulson pulled off into the pits.  Wojcik had extended his lead to five car lengths.  A caution with five laps to go realigned the field and Soltis took quick advantage shooting ahead of Wojcik for the lead.  A series of three cautions after lap eighteen, one of which would send Soltis to the pits with severe front end damage to his car when it was struck by Hartman’s car, after Soltis got loose in turn two, changed the entire outlook of the race finish.  At that point, the race was declared complete and Wojcik was declared the winner in his Jerry’s BP-sponsored car.  Klopstein, Jr., Ron Van Dusen, Mike Knab, and Soltis rounded out the top five.             Kasey Gross and John Barlowski led the Tomahawk four cylinder Bandits to the green for the start of their feature, with Gross taking the early lead, leading the first four laps of the feature.  A caution for a Brett Oenning rollover realigned the field and on the restart, Jeff Jaeger stole the lead from Gross.  As Jaeger pulled away from the field, Gross and Bill Anderson were left to fight it out for second with Adam Johnson and Jennifer Nitzsche battling for third.  By race end it would be Jaeger coming to the checkers first, but he was disqualified and the win went to Anderson.  Gross, Johnson, Nitzsche, and Barlowski rounded out the top five.                Racing resumes on Friday, June 25, when the races will be presented by Nelson’s County Market.  Keep Friday, July 2, open on your race calendar when there will be a fireworks spectacular taking place after the races are complete.

Good For The Fishes, Bad For The Races—Tomahawk Speedway Cancels Due to Rain

June 12th, 2010

Tomahawk, Speedway

Tomahawk, Wisconsin

by Gene Harmelink

Tomahawk Speedway’s races on Friday, June 11, were cancelled due to nearly two inches of rain earlier in the day. 

                Racing will resume on Friday, June 18, when the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks are joined by the Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Bandits to present once again action on one of WISSOTA’S finest and fastest red clay tracks.

                Pits Open 5:00PM, Gates open at 6:00PM, Hot Laps 7:00PM, and Racing 7:30PM.  See http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further information.

Despite The Rain, Zdroik, Soltis, Karshbaum, and Anderson Race On To Victory

June 5th, 2010

Tomahawk Speedway

Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

                What do you do when it rains most of the day and you have a race to put on?  You press on and do what you got to do.  You provide a place for racers to race and for fans to watch a show.  “I know the car count is going to be down and there won’t be much of a crowd, but we’re racing!”, is what Tomahawk Speedway owner, Ron Van Dusen, said at 5:00.  At that time, the sun was shining, there was a breeze, and things were looking more promising as minutes ticked away towards race time.  Van Dusen had prepared for the worst by packing the track tight the day before, previous to the rains, and that seemed to work.  The track was eventually manicured into racing shape with the help of almost every available piece of track equipment and the help of the drivers.  By 8:00, cars were taking the green flag for their heats—a little late, but they were racing.

                On this race night, the Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first for their feature with Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin’s, Mario Grado and Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s, Tim Miller leading the pack to the green flag for the start of the race. Grado led lap one, as Steve Karshbaum of Chetek, WI, was on the move, capturing the lead by the end of lap two and never looking back.  Despite the best efforts of Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, CJ Hedges, Jr., Brantwood, Wisconsin’s, Wayne Eskola and four cautions, Karshbaum continued to lead and pull away, taking the win in his TTT Trucking-sponsored Pure.  Hedges, Jr., Eskola, Grado, and Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Ryan Valeria rounded out the top five.

                The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up second with Keith Troutman of Tomahawk, WI, and Adam Soltis, of Ladysmith, WI on the front row.  Soltis wasted no time and was the leader at the end of lap one.  By the end of lap three, Soltis had showed his muscle and was pulling away from the rest of the field, as Troutman, Brad Hartman of Conover, WI, and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. of Baraga, MI, fought it out for second.  Midrace through this caution-free race saw Soltis leading by almost a half lap while Troutman hung on to second with Ladysmith, Wisconsin’s, Doug Wojcik, taking third and Klopsten, Jr. dropped to fourth.  Soltis was the dominating winner in his Ladysmith/Rice Lake Family Restaurant-sponsored car with Troutman, Wojcik, Klopstein, Jr., and Hartman rounding out the top five.  As Soltis parked his car in victory lane for picture taking, his little boy ran up to the fence for an “awh moment” to wave and say “Hi daddy” to Soltis—you could hear the crowd respond with a collective “awh”!

                Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Bruce Belland, and Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, Travis Friske took the green flag first for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified feature.  Belland was off to an early lead, leading the first four laps.  An early caution after lap two for a spinning car in turn two reset the field and it wouldn’t be long before last week’s winner, Jason Zdroik of Eagle River, WI, would take advantage.  By lap five, Zdroik had gone to the front after starting fifth, with Mickey Nosser of Phillips, WI, who had started fourth, on his bumper closely followed by Belland.  As Nosser and Belland swapped second place back and forth, Zdroik continued to pull away for the feature win in his Van Natta Plumbing-sponsored Mid Mod.  Nosser, Belland, Mark Kalicek of Prentice, WI, and Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, Steve Brown accounted for the remainder of the top five.

                The Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits were up last for their feature with Kasey Gross of Gleason, WI, who had graduated from high school earlier in the day, on the pole.  Jennifer Nitsche was lined up along side Gross for the start as the green flag dropped.  Gross took an early lead, leading the first eight laps in another caution-free race.  By lap nine, Bill Anderson, who had been running either second or third, after starting seventh, had passed Gross and was off all by himself with Gross and John Barlowski fighting for second.  By race end, it was Anderson with the win, Gross in second and Barlowski, Brit Bromann, and Bill Anderson completing the top five.

                Racing resumes on Friday, June 11, when Tomahawk Speedway again presents action packed racing on one of WISSOTA’s fastest red clay tracks.

Hartman, Zdroik, Karshbaum and Anderson Sweep

June 1st, 2010

Tomahawk, WI-A beautiful night greeted racers and a large crowd of fans as Tomahawk Speedway hosted a regular night of racing on Friday, May 28, 2010.

There were sweeps in every racing division with 2009 WISSOTA/Amsoil  Midwest Modified driver, Jason Zdroik, continuing his winning ways and Rookie WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock Hot shoe, Brad Hartman, winning in that division.  Meanwhile, Steve Karshbaum picked up his first wins of 2010 in his Tomahawk Pure Stock while Bill Anderson did the same in his Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandit.

In Midwest Modified action, Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Bruce Belland and Greenland, Michigan’s, Joe Kin, were on the front row for the start of their feature with Belland getting off to an early two-lap lead.  A caution after lap one realigned the cars and Jason Zdroik, coming from sixth, was on the move, taking the lead by the end of lap three.  With Zdroik in the lead, Belland had his hands full as Steve Brown challenged him for second.  Belland’s night came to an early end as his car’s rear suspension broke, sending him to the pits just after lap five.  Zdroik survived several more restarts with Brown doing his best to stay with the leader.  By race end, Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Zdroik, had widened the margin of lead to a full turn, completing a sweep for the night in his Hartman Well Drilling-sponsored car.  Brown hung on for second, challenged by Merrill, Wisconsin’s,  Jim Barttelt, Sr., Joe Kin and Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Jeff McDonald, who had started dead last after his car suffered a fuel pump failure prior to the heat races.

The Street Stock numbers were up to seven at the beginning of the night, but two of the competitors suffered mechanical failure during hot laps, leaving just five racers to fight it out for the win.  Brothers, Kevin and Brad Hartman of Conover, Wisconsin, were side by side for the start of the Street Stock feature with Brad taking an early and commanding lead.  This race would see no cautions as Brad Hartman built his lead with Kevin Hartman and Baraga, Michigan’s, Jeff Klopstein, Jr., exchanging spots for second.  Klopstein, Jr. succeeded in taking second by lap eight and gave serious challenge to Brad Hartman as the laps were winding down, getting side by side with Hartman several times.  Hartman, though, proved to be too strong, giving him the win by a car length in his Hartman Well Drilling and Pumps-sponsored car.  Klopstein, Jr. settled for second with Ladysmith, Wisconsin’s, Adam Soltis, coming from fifth, to take third.  Kevin Hartman and Tomahawk, Wisconsin‘s, Keith Troutman, rounded out the top five.

Chetek, Wisconsin’s, Steve Karshbaum, and Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s, Matt Smith, led the Tomahawk Pure Stocks to the green flag for the start of their feature, with Karshbaum taking the early lead, never looking back, in another caution-free race.  Karshbaum was never seriously challenged until late in the race when Smith, who had been running second for the entire race, got within striking  distance as Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Ryan Valeria, Brantwood, Wisconsin’s, Wayne Eskola, and Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, Bill Follstad, fought it out for third.  Karshbaum took the win and his wife, Heidi, who normally also races a Pure, was off on work assignment in Indiana unable to join in the victory celebration.  Smith finished second with Eskola, Valeria, and Follstad rounding out the top five.

Bill Anderson and Jennifer Nitzsche led the Tomahawk Bandits to the starter’s stand with Nitzche taking the early lead. Anderson, Adam Johnson, and Jayme July raced three wide for second as Nitzche continued to lead the first five laps.  It was Adam Johnson who would win the three-wide battle and eventually pass Nitzche for the lead, leading the next five laps with Anderson hot on his heels.  With five laps to go, Anderson made the pass for the lead and the eventual win in his Sunday Lake Supermarket-sponsored car.  July, Brit Bromann, coming from eleventh, Bill Martin, and Steve Melton, coming from twelfth, rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 4, when Tomahawk Speedway presents action packed racing on one of WISSOTA’s fastest red clay tracks.

Zdroik, Klopstein, Hedges, and July are 2010 Lid Lifter Winners at Tomahawk Speedway

May 16th, 2010

 

Tomahawk, WI–The largest crowd in the short history of Tomahawk’s dirt track enjoyed a near-perfect race night on a smooth-as-glass race surface.  Jason Zdroik, not missing a beat from last year’s Midwest Modified track championship, continued his winning ways.  Jeff Klopstein showed the rest of the Street Stockers how it’s done and C J Hedges and Jamie July dominated the Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Bandits.

Rookie, Travis Friske, and veteran WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified driver, Mickey Nosser, led the field to the green flag for the start of their feature. Nosser grabbed the early lead, leading the first three laps.  It was Jason Zdroik, though, who had started fifth, who would come on strong to take the lead by the end of lap four.  Nosser did all he could, holding a low line, to catch Zdroik who was running a high line on the track. With three laps to go, in the 20-Lap feature, Nosser managed to get within one car length, but Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Zdroik, in the Van Natta Plumbing-sponsored car, proved to be too strong, taking the win to complete a sweep.  Nosser settled for second as Steve Brown came from seventh to finish third.  Jimmy Barttelt finished fourth, after starting sixth and Roger Walker finished fifth, after starting eighth.

Jeff Klopstein, Jr. and rookie, Kevin Hartman, started side by side for the beginning of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature.  The final outcome of this feature was determined early in the race, with Klopstein taking the lead as the other competitors did their best to survive.  By race end, it was just two cars remaining as the rest of the field had succumbed to mechanical failure.  Baraga, Michigan’s, Jeff Klopstein in the Auto Pro Glass & Tire-sponsored car, went on to take the win, with Keith Troutman settling for second.

A strong field of nineteen Tomahawk Pure Stocks took to the track with rookie, Mike Terry and Wayne Eskola on the front row.  Eskola was quick to take the lead, leading the first five laps, despite two successive cautions at the end of lap three.  By the end of lap six, it was C J Hedges in the Tomahawk Iron & Metal-sponsored car, who would steal the lead, after starting third.  With Hedges in the lead and Eskola hot on his heels, the rest of the field fought it out for third.  With three laps to go, Eskola took a shot at regaining the lead, but Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, Hedges’ car, was just too strong, giving Hedges the win and a sweep.  Eskola settled for second, with Chris Nyland, Alex Durand, and Ken Schram rounding out the top five.

John Barlowksi and last year’s track champion, Casey Gross, led the rest of the Tomahawk four-cylinder Bandits to the flag stand for the start of their fifteen-lap feature.  Barlowksi would take the early lead, leading the first three laps, with Gross and Jamie July fighting it out for second.  By lap four, July, had not only passed Gross, but managed to snatch the lead from Barlowski.  From that point on, the rest of the field fought it out for second, as July pulled away in dramatic fashion.  Merrill, Wisonsin’s, Jamie July went on to complete a sweep, with Barlowski in second.  Rounding out the top five were Adam Johnson, Gross, and Jennifer Nitzsche.

Racing resumes on Friday, May 21, when it’s Dare Night.  Kids, take your Mom and Dad to the races—old people need to have some fun too!

Tomahawk Speedway Bids Farewell to the 2009 Racing Season

September 6th, 2009

Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

 

                The final night of racing for the 2009 racing season at Tomahawk Speedway was a good one with not only the regular drivers in action, but any mechanics and ladies who wished to race were welcome to do so.  In addition, the top five drivers and rookies of the year in each division were presented their trophies for the season, food was served and those who chose to do so, enjoyed an after-race band and other festivities.

                Robert Lakowski, Jr. and Dennis Mikkelson started first and second for the start of the WISSOTAT Midwest Modified feature.  Mikkelson took advantage of his starting spot and moved to an early lead, leading the first two laps.  Two successive early cautions caused the field to realign and Steve Brown, coming from third, took an immediate step to take the lead.  Brown led the eleven laps, with Duane Dunbar giving chase.   With seven laps to go, Dunbar passed Brown for the lead to eventually take the win, repeating his previous night’s victory.

                Bill Froelich and Jeff Hoogland lined up side-by-side for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.  Hoogland surged to an early lead, leaving everyone else in his wake and by lap fifteen, had built up an almost full front-stretch lead.  Hoogland’s advance to a win was interrupted by a caution after lap fifteen for Froelich, whose car had a flat right front tire.  Once racing resumed, Hoogland again went on a terror, taking the lead and the eventual win.

                In Tomahawk Pure Stock action, Austyn Booth and Heidi Karshbaum were the first to the green flag for the start of their feature.  Booth was out of the shoot first, grabbing an early lead, but his lead would not last long, as Chris Nylund assumed the lead when the right rear tire on Booth’s car went down, resulting in a caution.  This race turned out to be a caution-filled affair with a total of six cautions, all occurring in the first seven laps.  Once things settled down and everyone decided to race, Randy Conner took the lead and went on to finish first.

                Brandon Miller and John Barlowski led the Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits to the flag stand for the start of their feature.  Track champion, Kasey Gross, was first to draw blood as he shot from fourth to lead the first five laps of the feature.  Bill Anderson, coming from fifth, proved to be too much for the rest of the field, as he assumed the lead by the end of lap six to go on for the win.

                Jim Macki and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. were winners in the mechanics races, while Marcie Melton and Vickie Weber won in the Powder Puff races.

                With the 2009 racing season in the history books, Tomahawk Speedway prepares for the 2010 racing season with a test and tune scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2010 and the first race of the 2010 season scheduled for May 14.

                Owner Ron Van Dusen and his staff wish to thank all of you who have supported Tomahawk Speedway during 2009 a big thank-you for being there and look forward to an even more successful 2010.

 

Dunbar Duo Double Up While Maulson and Hedges Cash In

September 5th, 2009

Tomahawk, WI

By Gene Harmelink

 

                Night one of a two-night event went off without a hitch on a picture-perfect race night with the largest car count in the history of Tomahawk Speedway in the Midwest Modified and Pure Stock Divisions.

                Winners for the night included the Dunbar father/son duo of Duane Dunbar in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Division and his son, Marcus, in the Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandit Division.  Kevin Maulson completed a sweep in the WISSOTA Street Stocks while CJ Hedges, Jr. did the same in the Tomahawk Pure Stocks.

                Phillips, Wisconsin’s Pete Paulis and fellow Phillips resident, heat winner, Roger Walker, lined up on the pole for the start of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.  Paulis was the early leader, leading the first two laps, but fourth-starting Chad Boettcher would come on strong to take the lead by the end of lap three, leading the next four laps.  After a caution for a spinning Jeff McDonald, Roger Walker shot to the lead, leading the next two laps, only to have his rhythm interrupted when the car of heat winner, Mickey Nosser, came to rest in the back stretch after making hard contact with the backstretch wall.  When racing resumed, Walker again assumed the lead, leading the next seven laps.  With five laps to go, Marenisco, Michigan’s, Duane Dunbar had seen enough of the rear end of Walker’s car and Dunbar took over the lead, after starting sixth.  As the laps ticked down, Dunbar widened his lead to finish the victor of the fourteen-car field.

                Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin’s, Kevin Maulson and Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, Matt Troutman, lined up side-by-side awaiting the drop of the green for the start of the WISSSOTA Street Stock feature.  It was heat winner, Maulson, who would take the early lead, with Troutman hounding him for the spot.  With Maulson in the lead, Troutman did his best to keep up, but Troutman got a bit over-aggressive during lap nine, after being passed by track champion, John Kallas, and Troutman spun in turn four.  When racing resumed, Maulson again did his magic, pulling away from the field with Kallas giving chase.  Maulson proved to be too much for the competition and took the checkers, completing a sweep for the night.

                A year ago, the Tomahawk Pure Stock total number of cars was just three, but on this race night, the number of heats was three, with seventeen Pure Stocks lining up for the feature.  Heat winner, CJ Hedges, and Tim Miller lined up one and two for the start of the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature, with Hedges taking the early lead.  Once Hedges cleared the rest of the field, it was all his game as he survived five restarts due to cautions to take the win.

                Fifteen Tomahawk Speedway Four-Cylinder Bandits answered the call for the start of their feature, with Brandon Miller and Marcus Dunbar on the front row.  Dunbar would prove to be the car to beat as he rounded the track to take the lead after one lap.  Dunbar survived a restart for the only caution of the feature after lap seven for a spinning Marc LeDuke to again take the lead and then to go on to take a commanding win, completing a sweep for the Dunbars of Marenisco.

Tomahawk Speedway Pulls the Plug on Friday Night’s Show

August 30th, 2009

                For the second week in a row, Tomahawk Speedway had to cancel the Friday night races, on August 28, due to wet track conditions.               

                Due to the fact that the August 28 race night was supposed to be the last points night and that race program was cancelled, the points stand as of the last race night which means that Jason Zdroik is the new Midwest Modified Champion, John Kallas is the new Street Stock Champion, Chris Nylund is the Pure Stock Champion, and Casey Gross is the Four-Cylinder Bandit Champion.

                Racing will resume with a two-night event to end the 2009 racing season.  Friday night’s, September 4, races will begin at 7:00 with a regular night of racing, featuring the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Streets plus the Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Four-Cylinder Bandits.  Saturday night’s races will begin one hour earlier at 6:00 with all the divisions once again taking to the track, plus there will be Mechanic’s and Power Puff Races.

                An awards ceremony, to which the public is invited, will be held in the bar, at back of the track, after the races on Saturday.  At time there will be the presentation of trophies, a banquet, and a live band

                Thanks to all the fans who have supported Tomahawk Speedway during 2009—we look forward to being your Friday night track in 2010.

Zdroik, Kallas, Nylund, and Bromann Win at Tomahawk Speedway

August 15th, 2009

 After receiving nearly an inch of rain during the morning hours, a hot and humid night greeted drivers and fans of Tomahawk Speedway on Friday night.

                There were repeat winners in all divisions, with Jason Zdroik winning a clean sweep in his WISSOTA Midwest Modified, pushing him up to fifth in National points, while John Kallas also completed a sweep in his WISSOTA Street Stock, vaulting him up to a third-place tie in National points.  In Tomahawk Pure Stock action, Chris Nylund picked up a win, while Brit Bromann bested the Tomahawk Four-Cylinders.

                Steve Brown and Mark Kralicek led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green flag for the start of their feature, with Kralicek taking the early lead, leading the first two laps.  During lap three, Kralicek miscued a bit giving Brown the opening he needed to take the lead.  It was Jason Zdroik, just four laps into the race, who would come from fifth to take the lead and the win in his Hartman Well Drilling-sponsored car.  Rounding out the top five were:  Mickey Nosser coming from seventh, Brown, Roger Walker after starting fourth, and Troy Smart who started sixth.

                Jeff Hooland and Matt Troutman were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, with Troutman taking the early lead, leading for the first lap.  It would be Troutman’s brother, Keith, who would come from third to take the lead by the end of lap two.  Keith Troutman was able to lead until the end of lap five, when John Kallas stole the show, taking the lead during lap six, eventually winning the feature in his Coors Light-sponsored Streeter.  Rounding out the top five were:  Keith Troutman, Russ Chester who came from fifth, Matt Troutman, and Hoogland.

                Travis Fiske and Austyn Booth accepted the green flag first for the Tomahawk Pure Stocks to begin their feature, with Booth taking the lead, leading the first six laps.  A series of four successive cautions for a variety of spins slowed the action and re-aligned the field, with Chris Nylund, who had come from fourth, gaining the advantage to take the lead and the eventual win in his Three Lakes Steel-sponsored Pure.  Rounding out the top five were:  Randy Conner from seventh, Wayne Eskola from fifth, Friske, and Matt Smith from twelfth.

                Brandon Miller and Jay Wilberding lined up side-by-side for the start of the Tomahawk Four-Cylinder feature, but it would be Brit Bromann who would charge from third to take the lead, leading every lap of the feature to take the win in his Howard Bros. Plumbing & Heating-sponsored four-banger.  Rounding out the top five were:  Nick Visser from fourth, Roger Carne from fifth, Bill Anderson from seventh, and Miller.

                Racing resumes on Friday, August 21, 2009, when once again all four divisions will be in action with the racing starting at 7:00.

Marvin Panch, Kevin Harvick’s Crew Chief Races, and Fastrak Late Models

July 21st, 2009

Jim Falls, WI- It was a very busy night at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday night, July 12, with racing in all the regular divisions, plus the Fastrak Crate Late Models. In addition it was “Racing for a Reason” night with over $1600.00 raised for cancer research. To top it off, legendary NASCAR driver, Marvin Panch gave the crowd a bit of history about his career and his take on the night’s races, during intermission. If that wasn’t enough, Scott Naset, Kevin Harvick’s Pit Crew Chief, drove the #4 Midwest Modified provided by the Rihn and Halopka race teams.

Cory Crapser and Robby Bunkelman were on the front row for the start of the WISSOTA Modified feature in what would prove to be a very exciting and interesting race. Bunkelman was off to an early lead as Crapser, Mike Anderson, who had started third, and Keith Tourville, who had started fourth, battled it out for second. Two early cautions realigned the field with Bunkelman hanging on to the lead and Tourville in second. Kevin Adams, who had started eighth, and Craig Thatcher, who had started fifth, battled it out for third.

By lap 12, Bunkelman had begun to stretch his lead and then a caution occurred as Crapser spun. On the restart there was another caution for a spinning Bryan Nayes. The field again took the green flag with Bunkelman in the lead, but Adams was on the move, passing for the lead as lap thirteen ended. It was during lap fourteen that Adams’ and Bunkelman’s cars became entangled with Adams being charged with the caution. Once racing resumed, Bunkelman surged away from the field to eventually take the win with Tourville finishing second, Thatcher in third, Anderson in fourth, and Jay Richardson, who had started twelfth, in fifth.

Ryan Olson and Terry Kroening led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green at the start of their feature with Olson taking an early lead, leading the first eight laps. Kroening, though, drove a very fast line and took the lead, leading laps 9 through 13.

It was during what should have been lap 14 that Olson spun in turn four. Once again the green flag dropped and on the restart, Shane Kisling, who had successfully moved up from eighth to second, took the lead and never looked back. Kisling went on to take the win, his eleventh of the year. Darrel Hazelton, who had started sixth, finished second, Mike Keller, who had started fourth, finished third, Paul Erikson, who had started seventh, finished fourth, and Mark Stender, who had started ninth, finished fifth.

WISSOTA Midwest Modified action began with Grant Southworth and Scott Erickson on the front row. Southworth grabbed an early lead, but Mark Gerth, who had started fourth, moved up quickly to snatch the lead by the end of lap two.

Despite two cautions near the mid-point of the race, Gerth was able to hold off challenges by Matt Leer, who had started eighth, Travis Anderson, who had started third, and Shane Halopka, who had started tenth. By race end, it was Leer picking up his sixth win of the year followed by Leer, Halopka, Anderson, and Erickson.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature turned out to be a battle of endurance, more than anything else, as the remaining four cars in the division battled it out. Danny Richards and Ron Hanestad were on the front row for the start of the feature with Hanestad taking an immediate commanding lead. As Hanestad drove away from the field the rest of the field was left to fight it out for second with Richards and Cory Crapser, who had started third, putting on an excellent show of side-by-side racing for quite a few laps. In the end, though, Hanestad had motored away from the field to pick up his second Eagle Valley win, with Crapser in second and Richards in third. Gary Jones, who also started, dropped out with eight laps in.

Pure Stock action was again fast and furious with Mitchell Johnson and Rick Weir on the front row. Johnson went for the early lead and led the first three laps of the feature, but Cody Kummer, who had started sixth, had his eye on the prize taking the lead by the end of lap four. Kummer calmly drove away from the field, surviving three restarts for cautions, to take the win. Rounding out the top five were: Mike Harshman, who had started fifth, George Richards, who had started seventh, Simon Wahlstrom, who had started tenth, and Josh Wahlstrom, who had started third.

Shawn Warner and Matt Marvin lined up for the start of the Hornet feature, but it was Mike Peters who proved to be the strength of the division as he motored from seventh to first by the end of lap one. From that point on, it was the Mike Peter’s Show as Peters took the win cruising away from the competition to pick up his fourth feature win. Rounding out the top five were: Mark Ryskoski, who had started third, Eric Schultz, who had started eighth, Paul Monpas, who had started fifth, and Bill Niles, who had started tenth.

Justin Hirt and Jeff Curtin led the field to the green for the start of the Fastrak Crate Late Model feature. Curtin would take the early lead with Hirt giving chase as Brett Swedberg, who ad started third, and AJ Diemel, who had started sixth, fought it out for third. Curtin would lead the first seventeen laps in a race that would go caution-free.

It was at the completion of lap eighteen that Diemel was able to clear the rest of the field to take the lead with Curtin falling to second. Diemel would go on to win in dominating fashion, with Curtin taking second, Tom Naeyaert, who had started eighth, in third, Dan Wanta, who had started fifth, in fourth, and Joseph Reuter, who had started seventh, in fifth.

Racing resumes on Saturday, July 18, when Eagle Valley hosts a two-day special featuring Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Hornets sponsored by Baxter’s Speedshop and Baxter Engines. Also, keep July 26 open on your race calendar when the IRA Outlaw Sprints invade Eagle Valley Speedway. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

Zdroik and Kallas Repeat At Tomahawk Speedway

June 3rd, 2009

Jason Zdroik swept the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, winning his sixth feature race win in as many starts and John Kallas won the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, making it his fourth feature win of the 2009 race season.

The night started out with a mixture of sun and clouds, but as the night progressed, clouds rolled in from the northwest and along with them wind and the threat of rain. Just as the Pure Stocks were coming on the track for their feature, the skies opened up and the night was over. Fortunately, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and the WISSOTA Street Stocks had completed their features.

In WISSOTA Midwest Modified action, John Johnson, Jr. and Bruce Belland started on the front row. Belland was off to an early lead with heat winner, Mickey Nosser, who had started fourth giving chase. Belland led the first two laps, but Nosser was just too strong and took over the lead by the end of lap three. Back in the pack, Steve Brown, who had started third and Duane Dunbar, who had started fifth, were fighting it out for third. By lap five, Nosser continued to lead with Belland in second and Dunbar in third.

By mid-race, Nosser still led, but heat winner and track point’s leader, Jason Zdroik, who had started eighth, had worked his way up to second with Belland taking over third once again, as Dunbar fell to fourth, with Brown running fifth. After a restart for a caution, when Jesse Aho spun coming out of turn one, Nosser led for one more lap, but Zdroik, who has been on a roll lately, took the lead by the end of lap eleven.

From that point on, Zdroik dominated the race with Belland taking second after lap thirteen. Nosser ran third, with Dunbar in fourth and Brown in fifth. With four laps to go, Zdroik increased his lead, Nosser once again moved to second, Belland dropped to third, Dunbar continued to run fourth and Brown remained in fifth. That was the finishing order of the feature with Zdroik completing a sweep and taking his sixth feature win of 2009 in his Bremms Bar-sponsored Skyrocket.

In WISSOTA Street Stock action, Bill Froelich and Cliff Houle lined up on the front row for the drop of the green flag. Houle was off to an early lead, with Froelich running second. Houle continued to lead for the first four laps with Froelich dropping to third, as John Kallas, who had started fourth, moved up to second. As lap four began, Kallas passed Houle in turn two, taking the lead, with Houle dropping to second, Froelich in third, Jeff Hoogland, who had started third, in fourth, and heat winner, Ryan Linder, who had started fifth, running fifth.

A caution for Matt Troutman who spun going into turn two just as lap eight began, realigned the field. One lap into the restart, Kallas continued to lead, Hoogland moved up to second, Houle ran third, Linder ran fourth and Keith Troutman, who had started eighth, ran fifth. Another caution just prior to the completion of lap seventeen occurred when Bill Froelich stopped on the track in turn four, after driving over the car’s nose-piece.

With three laps to go, Kallas resumed the lead, Hoogland hung on to second, Houle ran third, Linder ran fourth and Keith Troutman ran fifth. That was then the order of finish with track point’s leader, Kallas, taking his fourth feature win of 2009 in his Cloverland Motors-sponsored Street Stock.

Racing will resume on Friday, June 5, when there will be make-up features for the Pure Stocks, Four Cylinder Bandits, and ATVs in
addition to a regular night of races. Hot laps are at 7:00, with racing at 7:30. See: http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com/index.shtml
for additional details.

Zdroik Double Sweeps and Kallas Does a Sweep and a Half at Tomahawk Speedway

May 28th, 2009

The night was a perfect one for racing on Friday, May 22, when Tomahawk Speedway completed the features of May 15, and a full regular night’s schedule. The spectator crowd was a good one with the highest number of spectators since Tomahawk Speedway opened its doors as a dirt track last year.

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Jason Zdroik dominated with a double clean sweep, winning the make-up feature, after winning the heat on May 15, and then winning his heat and the May 22 feature.

In the WISSOTA Street Stocks, John Kallas’ hopes for a double clean sweep was dashed when he came in second in the heat race of May 22 to heat winner Jeff Hoogland.

Another double sweep occurred in the Tomahawk Pure Stock division when second-year driver, Wayne Eskola, got his first wins ever in his short dirt-track racing career.

The May 15 make-up feature in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds was all Jason Zdroik as he led from start to finish after starting on the pole in his Hartman Well Drilling and Pumps sponsored Sky Rocket completing a sweep. Despite repeated attempts by Jerry Grasse, who started third and finished second and Mickey Nosser who started second and finished third, Zdroik had it all his way. Rounding out the top five were Steve Brown who started fifth and finished fourth and last year’s track champion, Bruce Belland, who started fourth and finished fifth.

The make-up feature in the WISSOTA Street Stocks saw John Kallas in the Fastlane sponsored streeter coming from third to first on the first lap to lead all twenty laps and complete the sweep. Jeff Hoogland, who started second, gave Kallas a serious challenge early on, but was not able to pass Kallas and finished second. Also in the battle for the win early on, Jeff Klopstein, Jr. finished third after starting fourth. Rounding out the top five were Matt Troutman, who finished fourth after starting fifth, and Keith Troutman who finished fifth after starting seventh.

Wayne Eskola, driving a proven winner when it was a pavement “Bomber”, completed a sweep in his Westberg Tree Farm sponsored Pure Stock in the make-up feature. Eskola started fifth and waited until the last lap to make the pass on Ken Schram, who had started third and had led from lap ten. Roger Wilson, who had started on the pole and led the first nine laps, finished third. Rounding out the top five were: K J Fox who finished fourth after starting ninth and Chris Nylund who finished fifth after starting fifth.

In four-cylinder Bandit action, Kasey Gross won the make-up feature after starting on the pole. Bob Schult, driving the only
four-cylinder pickup, finished second after starting fifth. Rounding out the top five were: Dustin Smith in third after starting fourth, Alyssa Garske in fourth after starting sixth, and Gunard Hoogland in fifth after starting second.

As quickly as the last make-up features were completed the regular night’s heats began followed by a complete night of racing.

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature of May 22, heat winner, Jason Zdroik was off to a quick lead by lap two with early race leader and pole sitter Steve Brown settling in for second. Brown ran second for one lap. By lap three, Brown was replaced by Mickey Nosser, who had started second. With Nosser holding on to second, Duane Dunbar moved into third by lap three from his fifth-place starting spot. Third-place starter, Jerry Grasse, was relegated back to fourth, and Steve Brown dropped to fifth by race end. The win marked the second sweep of the night for Zdroik in his Lake of The Torches Casino sponsored car.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature proved to be an exciting one with a tricky ending. Bill Froelich, starting on the pole, led the first three laps to be replaced by Jeff Klopstein, Jr., when Klopstein made a pass for the lead as lap three ended. Klopstein led as John Kallas, who had started fifth worked his way up to second by lap seven passing Froelich. Meanwhile, Jeff Hoogland, continued to battle to maintain his third-place starting spot after dropping to fourth during the early laps. By lap fifteen a battle for fist raged on as Klopstein led and Kallas and Hoogland dueled it out for second. On the white flag lap, Kallas went for the pass in turn two. Klopstein’s car and Kallas’ car made contact and Hoogland shot through for what appeared to be the lead. However, a yellow came out as Klopstein was unable to continue and left the track on the hook, passing up the scale. Because the cars had taken the white flag and there was a caution, the race was officially ended with Hoogland seemingly taking the win. Upon further review, it was determined that Klopstein had come down on Kallas as Kallas was making the pass and Kallas was awarded the feature win, with Hoogland taking second. Keith Troutman, Bill Froelich, and Cliff Houle rounded out the top five. This then marked the second feature win of the night for Kallas.

In Tomahawk Pure Stock action, Travis Friske led the first five laps of the feature after starting second. By lap six, K J Fox, had
moved up to take the lead after starting fourth. It looked like Fox would be the winner, but a last lap dramatic pass in turn three by Wayne Eskola, who had started eighth and who had been running second since lap nine, gave Eskola the win and his second sweep for the night in his Tripoli Propane sponsored car.

The Bandit feature was all Jay Wilberding from lap one until race end. Wilberding started second and never looked back, although
make-up feature winner, Kasey Gross, gave it a shot several times to take the win. In the end, though, it was Wilberding with the win, Gross in second, Jayme July in third, followed by Gunard Hoogland and Travis Smith.

Dang Wrain Wins Tomahawk Speedway Feature On May 15

May 22nd, 2009

With all of the heats completed, except for the Hornets, the rains came to Tomahawk Speedway in Tomahawk, WI, and washed out any hopes for a complete show on Friday, May 15, 2009.

Racing will resume on Friday, May 22, when once again the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks (305 and 350), and Tomahawk Hornets (all types of four cylinders welcome) take to the track. Features will be run from May 15 and then regular racing for May 22 will take place.

Races are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7:00 p.m. Pits open at 5:00 and the spectator gates open at 6:00.

By Gene Harmelink

Tomahawk Speedway Appreciates the Fans

September 6th, 2008

Trophies were presented to the top five track champions in each division with the top awards going to Bruce Belland in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Division, Jeff Hoogland in the WISSOTA Street Stock Division, Wally Laffin in the Pure Stock Division, and
Ken Schram in the Four-Cylinder Bandit Division.

In WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified action Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. and Wayne Dean started on the front row with Barttelt, Jr. jumping to an early lead. Barttelt, Jr. led the first two laps of the feature with Dean settling for second and Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. running in third. A caution occurred after lap two when Barttelt, Jr. made hard contact with the front stretch wall, ending his night. On the restart, Barttelt, Sr. went for the lead with Dean once again running in second, Will Roffers in third, Duane Dunbar in fourth,
and Steve Brown in fifth.

By lap five, Barttelt, Sr. was still in the lead, Dean was in second and Dunbar had moved into third, with Roffers dropping to fourth, as Brown continued to run fifth. Midway through the race, the top five continued to run in the same order, but a great battle was breaking out for fifth with Cody Schmidt and Steve Brown swapping places every other lap. Lap fifteen saw the same running order.

Dean had been showing signs of going for the lead since lap fifteen, but it was during lap eighteen that Barttelt, Sr. and Dean ran side-by-side as Dean attempted to make the pass for the lead. Dean did complete the pass on lap nineteen and then bolted to a nice margin of victory by the end of the race between himself and Barttelt, Sr., to take his first-ever feature win in a Midwest Modified. Rounding out the top five were: Dunbar, Roffers, and
Schmidt.

Dean celebrated by climbing the flag stand and accepting the checkered flag from Flagman Jeff Eisner. Dean then proceeded to do a “Kulwicki” victory lap prior to getting his victory lane picture taken.

In WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock action, Steve Karshbaum and Keith Troutman rounded out the front row with Karshbaum taking an early lead. Karshbaum led the first nine laps of the feature, but it was John Kallas, who had started third and was testing a new power plant just installed that day, who would take the lead after making a pass midway through the feature, after having started third.

Kallas then put his new motor to the test, stretching his lead over Karshbaum to a full turn by lap sixteen. Track champion, Jeff Hoogland, steadily moved up from his fifth-place starting spot to run third, but it wasn’t enough, as Karshbaum just proved to be too strong. Meanwhile, Jordan Kurtti, who had started fourth, was making a charge to the front of his own as Troutman dropped to fifth.

In the end, it was Kallas with the win, Karshbaum in second, Kurtti in third, Hoogland in fourth, and Troutman in fifth. Bill Froelich had to settle for sixth but in a way it was a victory for him as he completed the 100th feature race on a very trusty Adams motor.

The Pure Stocks and Four-Cylinder Bandits only ran feature races on Friday night in an effort to get the program done at a reasonable time to complete the awards festivities.

In Pure Stock action, there was plenty of bumping and grinding as track champion, Wally Laffin, and newcomer, J. J. Woller, led the field to the flag stand for the start of the race. Unfortunately, Woller would not complete the race as his car suffered enough damage midway through the race to be sidelined for the rest of the night.

Wayne Nylund, who had started fifth, proved not only to have the fastest car, but also proved to be the best at avoiding confrontation and entanglement as he went on for the win. Rounding out the top five were: Toby Selmer in second, after starting fourth, Jay Wilberding, who had started third, John Jarrett, who had started sixth, and Wally Laffin.

In the Four-Cylinder Bandit feature, Ryan Schuppler was off to an early lead after starting on the pole, but track champion, Ken Schram moved quickly from third, to take second after the completion of lap three.

By lap seven, Schram had passed for the lead as Schuppler began a slow fade to
eventually finish fifth. By race end, it was Schram with the win, Bobby Sheldon, Jr. in second, followed by Elliot Marquardt, Kurt Komarek, and Schuppler.

The race night ended with a variety of mechanic and powder-puff races. Most notable of the mechanic race wins was one by former Midwest Modified driver, Scott Anderson, piloting the Wayne Dean machine. Anderson doesn’t seemed to have lost the magic touch and appeared to be having way too much fun as he cruised to a victory.

Racing at Tomahawk Speedway resumes on Friday, September 12, when the Speedway
together with Bob Troutman as part of Bubba’s Big Party, will host motor cycle
racing and four-cylinder racing as part of Tomahawk’s Fall Ride and Harley Week.

The last regular night of racing will be on Friday, September 19, when Tomahawk
Speedway will host double-pay Midwest Modified and Street Stock specials, along with Pure Stocks and Bandits.

First Ever Point’s Championships of the New Tomahawk Speedway

September 1st, 2008

Not only did Bruce Belland win the point’s championship on Friday night, he also won his heat and the feature in his Midwest Modified. Belland and Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. began the night with just one point separating them. Both Belland and Barttelt, Sr. won their respective heat races, so nothing was settled at that point. With Belland on the inside and Barttelt, Sr. on the outside of the front row of the feature, the green flag dropped with Belland shooting off to an early lead.

Lap seven saw Belland in the lead and checking out, Barttelt, Sr. was doing all he could to catch up, Duane Dunbar moved up from fourth to third, Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. moved up from sixth to fourth, and Jason Zdroik moved up from eighth to fifth. Meanwhile, Jerry Grasse was on the move from ninth and ran sixth.

A caution occurred after lap seven when the cars of Duane Dunbar and Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. hooked wheels and spun in the backstretch. The incident was declared a “racing incident” and everyone got their spots back. Once racing resumed, Belland again shot to the lead.

By lap sixteen, Belland had stretched his lead to a full turn; Barttelt, Sr. was still hanging on to second, with Barttelt, Jr. showing signs of wanting to go for second. Dunbar had dropped to fourth and Jerry Grasse had moved to fifth.

A caution after lap sixteen occurred when Will Roffers spun in turn one. With Roffers in the back, the race continued and Belland again moved quickly to become the race leader. Barttelt, Sr. tried to pick up the pace, but had to settle for second. By lap twenty, race end, Belland had won in his Zinger’s Bar-sponsored car, clinching the track point’s championship. Barttelt, Sr. finished in second, Barttelt, Jr. in third, Dune Dunbar in fourth, and Grasse in fifth. Jesse Aho, who had started tenth, was awarded the fifth spot, after
Grasse was disqualified from the race.

In WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock action, Jeff Hoogland and John Kallas started on the front row with Kallas taking an early lead at the drop of the green. This race ran caution-free and Kallas took advantage early, leading by a full turn over Hoogland by lap four. With Hoogland in second, Bill Froehlich ran third after starting fourth, Keith Troutman ran fourth after starting third, and C. J. Hedges, Jr. ran fifth after starting fifth.

Midway through the feature, Kallas led by almost a full front stretch, Hoogland ran second, Froehlich hung on for third, Hedges Jr. moved up to fourth, and Jeff Klopstein, Jr., who had started seventh, ran fifth.

By lap fifteen, the order of the cars remained the same, with Kallas leading by a half lap and by race end no changes had occurred either. So, it was Kallas with the win in his Horses Corral-sponsored Streeter, Hoogland in second, Froelich in third, Klopstein, Jr. in fourth, and Hedges, Jr. in fifth.

Jeff Hoogland won the WISSOTA/Amsoil track point’s championship in his Catawba Oil-sponsored number 38.

Tomahawk Pure Stock action saw Terry (Toby) Selmer and Wayne Nylund on the front row for the start of their race. Selmer jumped to an early lead in this caution-free race with Nylund following closely behind. This race, though, belonged to Selmer, as he never relinquished the lead and by the same token, Nylund never gave up his quest for the lead.

In addition to the battle for first, there were also battles for second and third as Denny Tushoski, who had started third and fourteen-year-old Ben Pitlick, who had started fourth, battled for third. About midway through the race, Pitlick managed to get the better of Tushoski for a bit until Tushoski reclaimed second.

Point’s leader going into the race, Wally Laffin, played it smart and stayed out of trouble, running fourth most of the night insuring a feature finish. In the end it was Selmer with the win in his Twin Bay Resort-sponsored car, Nylund was second, Tushoski was third, Pitlick was fourth, and Laffin was fifth.

Wallace (Wally) Laffin, who probably has run more laps at Tomahawk Speedway over the course of his career than anyone currently racing, finished as the track point’s champion in his Wausau Engines-sponsored car.

In Four-Cylinder Bandit feature action, Kyle Hahn and Zach Onsen started on the front row. Onsen appeared to have the fastest car all night long and proved it when he took the early lead in the feature with Michael Warga moving quickly into second from his third-place starting spot. Onsen and Warga ran one and two for the first two laps and then there was a caution for Hahn who lost a wheel coming into turn two.

With Hahn off on the hook, the cars were realigned and racing action resumed with Onson once again taking the lead as Bill Martin passed Warga for second. Hahn returned to the track, but soon was caught up in an incident when he spun on the front stretch swamping his car in the infield just as the fifth lap was nearly completed.

Onsen was again in the lead when racing resumed for lap five with Martin in second, Warga in third, Kasey Gross, who started eighth, in third, Josh Lee, who started fourth, in fourth, and Richard Barlowksi, who started sixth, in fifth.

Lap nine saw another caution, this time for an incident involving Hahn, Gross, and Mark Ryskoski, who started eleventh. Ryskoski was the only driver able to continue of the three and racing once again resumed with Onsen the leader. In the end it was Onsen winning, followed by: Martin, Warga, Lee, and Ryskoski.

Ken Schram came into the night with a insurmountable lead and finished sixth in the feature winning the track points.

Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming Tomahawk Speedway events. These are events you will not want to miss.

Next Friday, September 5, fans will get in free as it will be fan appreciation
night. Hot laps will be at 6:00 with racing at 6:30. This will be a full program of racing, plus there will be mechanic and powder puff races.

On Friday, September 12, as part of Harley Week in Tomahawk, Tomahawk Speedway will host a Bandit Shootout, along with Bubba’s First Annual Tomahawk Fall Ride Classic Motorcycle Races. It’s worth the trip to Tomahawk just to see the thousands of Harleys lining the streets! Special start time on this is 6:00. See: http://www.tomahawkfallride.com for additional information on the Harley Ride.

On Friday, September 19, there will be 30-lap, double-pay specials for
WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks. Pure stocks and Four-Cylinder Bandits will also run.

Grasse, Kallas, Nylund, and Sheldon, Jr. Winners at Tomahawk Speedway

August 25th, 2008

In WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified action, the only caution of any of the features for the night happened prior to the completion of lap one when Dave Miller spun in turn four, resulting in a complete restart with Jerry Grasse and Will Roffers making up the front row. Grasse was off to an early lead with Roffers running second. Grasse and Roffers ran first and second for the first two laps until Roffers pulled off during lap three after his car lost a belt.

With three laps in the books, it was Grasse in the lead, Duane Dunbar, who had started third in second, points leader,Bruce Belland, who had started fifth in third, Jimmy Barttelt, Sr., who had started fourth in fourth, and Dave Miller, who had started seventh in fifth. Steve Brown, who had started sixth, replaced
Miller in fifth by lap eight and the top five remained intact, with Grasse increasing his lead each lap.

In the end, it was Grasse taking the win by almost a half lap, followed by Dunbar, Belland, Barttelt, Sr. and Brown. Jason Zdroik was unable to make the call for the feature after his motor let go in his heat race.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks came to the starting line with Chris Rindfleisch and John Kallas on the front row. Kallas shot to an early lead with Rindfleisch giving chase. By lap three, Kallas was increasing his lead on the rest of the field with points leader, Jeff Hoogland, who had started third, replacing Rindfleisch in the second spot.

By lap six, the running order had been established with Kallas leading by a full turn, separating his car from the rest of the field as is often the case when you have caution-free racing. Hoogland continued to run second, Rindfleisch continued to run third, while Keith Troutman, in the former Roger Walker ride, ran fourth, and Bill Froelich ran fifth. With evenly matched cars, the top five remained the same until the checkered flag, with Kallas a
sweep winner. C. J. Hedges, Jr. did not start the feature as his car went up in a cloud of smoke with a blown transmission in the heat race.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks, running for double pay, came to the line with Jay Wilberding and points leader, Wally Laffin, on the front row. Wilberding was the early leader with Wayne Nylund, who had started third right behind him. By the end of lap three, Tobby Selmer followed in third, after starting fourth, Wayne Eskola ran fourth after starting fifth, and points leader,Wally Laffin, dropped to fifth.

It wasn’t until after the white flag lap that this caution-free race saw any change in position. Coming out of turn two on the last lap, Wayne Eskola made a last ditch effort for third to pass Selmer and was successful. With that pass, Eskola ended up taking third while Nylund finished first, Wilberding came in second, Selmer in fourth, and Laffin finished fifth.

Fourteen-year-old Ben Pitlick of Sugar Camp made his driving debut in a Stan Rychlock prepared Pure Stock and did well after starting sixth and finishing sixth. Pitlick ran a smooth line all night long and loaded up an undamaged car-a great night for the youngster.

A Pure Stock dash for cash was run following the heats, allowing two visiting 305 Pure Stocks to compete with the local 350 Pure Stocks. Doug and Nick Wojcik of Ladysmith drew the pole positions and Doug Wojcik took a commanding lead early with his brother, Nick, dropping to third. By race end, the 305 Cubic Inch motor equipped cars had made an impression with Doug Wojcik taking the win and brother, Nick, coming in second. Representing the 350 Cubic Inch equipped cars, Wayne Nylund finished second, Wayne Eskola finished fourth
after starting fourth, and Toby Selmer finished fifth after starting seventh. For 305 Pure Stocks-call the track, as you’re invited to participate until season end!

The Four Cylinder Bandits came to the line with Mark Ryskoski and Bobby Sheldon, Jr. on the front row. Sheldon, Jr. led laps one through fifteen with Ryskoski giving chase the entire race. This was a tightly fought battle with Mike Warga, who had started fourth, running in third and Richard Barlowksi, who had started third, running in fourth. Meanwhile, point’s leader, Kenny Schram, ran fifth after starting fifth for the first five laps.

By lap six, Sheldon, Jr. led, Rykoski was second, Warga was third, Barlowksi ran fourth, and Kyle Hahn, who had started ninth, replaced Schram in the fifth spot. By lap twelve, Hahn completed a pass for fourth and set up the final running order with Sheldon, Jr. taking the win, followed by: Ryskoski, Warga, Hahn, and Schram.

Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming Tomahawk Speedway events. These are events you will not want to miss.

On September 12, as part of Harley Week in Tomahawk, Tomahawk Speedway will host a Bandit Shootout along with Bubba’s First Annual Tomahawk Fall Ride Classic Motorcycle Races. It’s worth the trip to Tomahawk just to see the thousands of Harleys lining the streets! Special start time on this is 6:00. See: http://www.tomahawkfallride.com for additional information on the Harley Ride.

On September 19, there will be 30-lap, double-pay specials for WISSOTA/Amsoil
Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks.

Regular racing resumes on Friday, August 29, and as usual, hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. See http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Belland, Kallas, Selmer, and Hahn Win Features at Tomahawk Speedway

August 20th, 2008

WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifed action saw Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. and Cody Schmidt on the front row at the start of the feature. Duane Dunbar, who had started fourth, took the lead early with Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. close behind. Dunbar led the first two laps, when a caution occurred for a spinning Will Roffers. Roffers collected the car of Steve Brown in the process. Brown was able to continue, but Roffers went off on the hook with a flat left rear tire. Roffers would later rejoin the field in the back of the pack.

On the restart, Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. got into the rear end of Bruce Belland’s car, causing Belland to spin. Barttelt, Jr. then rejoined the field in the back. On the next restart the cars of Barttelt, Jr. and Roffers made contact and there was yet another caution. Barttelt, Jr. continued, but Roffers retired to the pits with brake problems.

With just two laps completed, the race continued with Dunbar again taking the lead and Bruce Belland hot on his heels. By the end of lap five, Belland had passed Dunbar and heat winner, Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. continued to run third. Wayne Dean, who started eighth, ran fourth, and Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. worked his way back up to fifth.

It was after lap eight that the cars of Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. and Wayne Dean made contact in turn four, with Dean able to continue and Barttelt, Jr. ending his night, going to the pits. Once racing resumed, Belland, in the Zingers-sponsored car, again assumed the lead and held onto it for the win with Barttelt, Sr. in second, Dunbar in third, Dean in fourth, and Mike Brennan, who had started fifth, in fifth.

In WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock action, Keith Troutman and C. J. Hedges, Jr. started on the front row with Hedges, Jr. taking an early lead and Troutman following in his wake. It was Hedges, Jr. and Troutman in first and second for the first two laps. Heat winner, John Kallas, made a move early from fourth to pass Troutman for second by the end of lap three.

A caution for a spinning Ron VanDusen in turn two brought out the first caution for the night. Once racing resumed, Hedges, Jr. again was again the leader with Kallas in second and Jeff Hoogland, who had started fifth, moving into third. Another caution occurred just after lap four when Troutman’s car spun coming out of turn three, collecting the car of Chris Rindfleisch, who had started sixth and was running fifth at the time. Rindfleisch made a quick pit stop and returned to the track and Troutman was able to continue as well.

Once racing resumed, Hoogland quickly passed Hedges, Jr. for the lead, with Kallas doing the same for second. Hoogland and Kallas ran bumper to bumper for seven laps with Kallas making several attempts on the bottom to pass Hoogland. Hoogland, though, shut the door on Kallas and during lap fourteen, Kallas tried a different approach going high in the back stretch and making the pass coming out of three. Once Kallas made the pass, he and Hoogland ran bumper to bumper for a few laps with Kallas finally able to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. By race end, Kallas was the winner and completed the sweep in the Stutzy’s Bar-sponsored car with Hoogland in second and Hedges, Jr. in third, followed by Rindfliesch and VanDusen.

In the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature, Jay Wilberding and Wally Laffin started on the front row, with Wilberding shooting off to a quick lead. With Wilberding in the lead, heat winner, Toby Selmer, who had started fourth, gathered up the second spot. Wilberding led the first eight laps of the race, with Selmer in second and then Wilberding spun in turn two, giving the lead to Selmer.

After the caution, Selmer assumed the lead, with Wally Laffin in second, Wilberding in third, and Wayne Nylund, who had elected to start in the back, in fourth. Another caution after lap twelve, for a spinning Wally Laffin, reset the field with just two cars remaining, as Wilberding pitted and so did Nylund.

Selmer resumed the lead with Laffin giving chase, but Selmer proved to be too strong taking the win in his Twin Bay Pizza-sponsored car.

Heat winners, Bobby Sheldon, Jr. and Kyle Hahn, led the field to the starter’s flag for the Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandit feature, with Hahn taking an early lead. This race, in fact, belonged to Hahn from start to finish as he dominated the rest of the field the entire feature. All Sheldon, Jr. and the rest of the field could do was to compete for second.

Gunard Hoogland did the best he could to gain the second spot all race long, but Sheldon, Jr. had too much of an early advantage and despite Hoogland’s best efforts, Hoogland had to settle for third, after starting third. Rounding out the top five, in this very competitive and evenly matched feature, were: newcomer, Dennis Zuelke, who started sixth, finishing fourth and Rich Barlowski, who started fourth, in fifth.

Racing action resumes on Friday, August 22, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks, and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. See
http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

August 15 will also be the night of a Tomahawk Pure Stock Special. Check the
website and this column for other special races that are being planned in the
upcoming weeks, as the racing season winds down for the 2008 season.

Walker and Barttelt, Sr. Win WISSOTA Features at Tomahawk Speedway

August 10th, 2008

In Street Stock feature action, Bill Froehlich and Chris Rindfleisch led the field to the green flag. It was heat winner, Roger Walker, who had started third, who would surge to the lead at the end of the first lap, with Froehlich settling in for second. Walker led the first four laps by as much as seven or eight car lengths until a caution just prior to the completion of lap five occurred when Rindfleish and Froehlich were involved in a turn four wreck.
Froehlich went to the pits to have dangling parts removed from his car and Rindfleish was sent to the back for the restart.

At the drop of the flag on the restart, Walker again shot to the lead, while track points leader, last week’s feature winner, Jeff Hoogland, who had started fourth, took advantage of the rest of the field and moved to second. Walker and Hoogland battled it out until there was another caution for debris in turns one and two just after the completion of lap nine.

On the restart, Walker once again took the lead with Hoogland’s car glued to Walker’s rear bumper. A mere single car length or less separated the two front runners for the remainder of the race, with Hoogland’s car getting up to the rear wheel well of Walker’s car on several occasions. Walker, though, proved to be too much for the rest of the field and won completing a sweep! Rounding out the top five were: Hoogland, C.J. Hedges, Jr., who had started sixth, Froehlich, and Kelly Knutson, of Osceola, WI, who had started fifth.

The Midwest Modified feature began with George Dalbeck and heat winner, Jimmy Barttelt, Sr., on the front row. Barttelt, Sr. was off to an early lead with Will Roffers, who had started third, close behind, while Dalbeck dropped to third.

Barttelt, Sr. held a commanding lead, leading by as many as five or six car lengths for the first eleven laps of the race, with Dalbeck in second after Dalbeck passed Roffers at the end of lap three. Jerry Grasse of Phelps, WI, also had passed Roffers after lap three, relegating Roffers to fourth while track points leader, Bruce Belland, who had started fourth, ran fifth.

A caution after lap eleven for contact between the cars of Roffers and Jimmy
Barttelt, Jr. resulted in Roffers being sent to the back. Meanwhile, Belland made a quick pit stop for repairs and rejoined the field in sixth-place. Another caution occurred on the restart when Barttelt, Jr. spun, collecting the car of Roffers, but both cars were able to continue.

On the second attempt for a restart, Barttelt, Sr. again led the field with Dalbeck close behind. Duane Dunbar, who had started fifth, had worked his way up to third and Roffers regained some momentum and was running fourth. Everything was going well until just after lap fifteen, when Roffers’ car made contact with the car of Grasse, resulting in Grasse’s car coming to rest after impact with the front stretch wall under the flagstand. Grasse went off on the hook, and Roffers was sent to the pits after being credited with his second caution for the night.

Once racing resumed, Barttelt, Sr. again took the lead, with Duane Dunbar picking up the second spot, Belland moved up to third, Dalbeck dropped to fourth with a car that had developed a bad push, and Steve Brown, who had started seventh, ran fifth. By race end Barttelt had won his third feature in a row, completing a sweep! Rounding out the top five were: Belland, Dunbar, Brown, and Jimmy Barttelt, Jr., who had started eighth.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks came to the line five cars strong, but that would not last for long. Track points leader, Wally Laffin, and Lee Schuppler were on the front row for the start of the feature. Schuppler took command early, leading the first four laps. A caution involving Schuppler and Wayne Eskola, last week’s feature winner, occurred as Eskola tried to pass Schuppler, collecting most of the rest of the field. Laffin, a casualty of the incident, and Eskola, without a driver’s door panel, both went to the pits with neither returning.

With just four cars remaining, there was an attempt at a restrart, but Jay
Wilberding smoked the back stretch wall coming out of turn two, ending his night, causing another caution and only two cars remained as Wilberding drove off into the pits.

The rear stretch lineup man said the line was “looking good” as Schuppler and Toby Selmer, who had started fourth, were left to battle it out for the remainder of the feature with ten laps to go. This turned out to be a battle royal as Selmer attempted to pass Schuppler on many occasions, but Schuppler defended his spot and took the win with Selmer finishing second.

The Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandit division was down from last week’s fifteen cars to twelve cars on this Friday night. Bobby Sheldon, Jr. and Gunard Hoogland led the field to the green flag for the start of the Bandit feature. Hoogland took an early lead with Derek Diels, Ryan Schuppler, James Bathke, and Adam Johnson in pursuit. Hoogland led the first six laps of the fifteen-lap feature and then Jayme July, who had started eighth and had worked his way through traffic very quickly, stole the lead from Hoogland, with Hoogland settling in for second. With two laps to go, July’s car developed mechanical problems and Hoogland moved in for the kill. The last lap saw Hoogland passing July for the win with July having to settle for second. Rounding out the top five were: Schuppler, Rich Barlowski, who had started eleventh, and Mike Warga, who had started tenth.

Racing action resumes on Friday, August 15, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks, and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. See
http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Dunbar, Hoogland, Eskola, and July Take Wins at Tomahawk Speedway

August 4th, 2008

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were led to the green flag by Will Roffers and heat winner, Jimmy Barttelt, Sr., for their feature race. Barttelt, Sr. was off to a quick lead in his Adams powered racer and had the field covered quickly, putting distance between himself and the rest of the field, with Roffers in second. By lap four, Duane Dunbar, who had started fifth, was running second with Roffers dropping to third. Lap seven saw Barttelt, Sr. putting more distance between his car and the rest of the field stretching his lead to more than ten car lengths.

After the completion of lap eight, Roffers brought out the caution flag as he spun in turn two, seemingly dashing his hopes for a good finish. It was after lap thirteen when Barttelt, Sr. seemed to have the race in the bag, that he spun coming out of turn one, sending him to the back.

When lap fourteen began, Dunbar who was running second before the caution, inherited the lead with Roffers, who had worked his way up to third, inheriting second. By lap sixteen, Dunbar and Roffers had broken away from the rest of the competitors and were leading by ten car lengths or more while Barttelt, Sr. was caught behind some slower cars.

With two laps to go, Dunbar and Roffers were only separated by a couple of car
lengths and Barttelt, Sr. had worked his way back up through the pack and up to
third. By race end, Dunbar was the winner with Roffers following a car length or two behind. Barttelt, Sr., Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. and Steve Brown, who ran last much of the race, had worked his way up to fifth, rounding out the top five.

C. J. Hedges, Jr., celebrating his 30th birthday, and Bill Froelich led the
WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks to the green flag for their feature. Froelich took the early advantage, with Hedges settling in for second. Hedges made a bit of a miscue during lap two and Jeff Hoogland, who had started fourth, saw the opportunity and seized it, taking second while heat winner, Roger Walker, who had started fifth, followed in Hoogland’s path to take third, and Adam Soltis, who had started fourth, held onto fourth.

Lap four saw the top four cars break away from the rest of the field by eight or nine car lengths and it looked like any of the top four would be contending later for the win. Hoogland, Walker, and Soltis were threatening to pass Froelich during lap seven and by lap eight all three had made the pass with Hoogland taking the lead, Walker in second , Soltis in third and Froelich dropping to fourth.

During lap eleven, Soltis hit an infield tire between turns one and two, resulting in a caution and in enough damage to his car to end his night. On the restart, Hoogland once again assumed the lead with Walker in second, Froelich in third, Cliff Houle, who had started eighth, in fourth, and Hedges, Jr. in fifth.

With two laps to go, track points leader, Hoogland, was leading by two car lengths over Walker and Walker led the rest of the field by ten or so car lengths. At race end the distance had not changed with Froelich, Houle, and Hedges, Jr. rounding out the top five.

In Tomahawk Pure Stock action, point’s leader, Wally Laffin, and Jay Wilberding were on the front row for the start of the Pure Sock feature. This feature started out with a bang as the cars of heat winner, Wayne Eskola, and Terry (Toby) Selmer made contact and Selmer’s car was the loser with the car coming to rest against the front stretch wall minus a wheel.

Once racing resumed, Laffin rocketed to the lead with Eskola in his wake. Laffin led the first two laps with Eskola’s car stuck to Laffin’s car’s bumper. Three laps into the feature, Eskola shot past Laffin taking a rather commanding lead.

Eskola’s large lead didn’t last long as Jay Wilberding was slowly but surely closing up the margin and by lap ten was making attempts to pass Eskola. At one time during lap ten, Wilberding had moved up to the back of Eskola’s passenger door, but couldn’t make the pass. Pushing his car to the limit, Wilberding suffered a near spin as he got too low on the track coming into four, causing him to lose a number of car lengths.

At the checkered flag, Eskola had completed a sweep after missing a week of racing due to a blown engine. Wilberding settled for second, Laffin was third, Wayne Nylund, who had started fifth, finished fourth and Lee Schuppler, who had started sixth, finished fifth.

A nice field of sixteen cars came to the starting line for the Tomahawk
Four-Cylinder Bandit feature led by Kurt Komarek and Paul Bushar. Mike Warga, who had started third, shot past the front row starters to take the lead, leading the first lap. Heat winner, Jayme July, who had started sixth, quickly worked his way up through the field to take the lead with two laps in the books.

Lap seven saw July still in the lead with Warga running second and Leo Nippa, who had started ninth, in third. A caution during lap eight for a spinning Bill Martin, realigned the field and July once again took the lead. Josh Lee, who had started eighth had been working his way to the front and moved in for second, while Nippa settled for third and Warga ran in fourth.

During lap twelve, Warga got too low on the track, caught the berm and “bicycled” his car for quite a distance. Once all four wheels on Warga’s car hit the ground, Warga resumed where he had left off, not losing a spot in the process.

At the checkered flag, July had completed a sweep and won by at least six car
lengths, Lee was in second, Nippa in third, Warga in fourth and Fred Feger, who had started thirteenth, and quietly worked his way up through the pack, was fifth.

Racing action resumes on Friday, August 8, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks, and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. See
http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Belland and Schunenemann Win at Tomahawk

July 29th, 2008

It was announced at the pit meeting that all divisions would run a few extra feature laps, the Midwest Mods and Streets would run 25 instead of 20 feature laps, and the rate of pay would be increased across the board. This proved to be a good decision as far as the drivers and fans were concerned, that in spite of the fact that skies once again were threatening-rain missed the track by just a couple of miles.

In WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified action Will Roffers and heat winner, Cody Schmidt, started on the front row for the Midwest Modified 25-Lap feature. Schmidt was off to an early lead with Roffers settling in for second. Two laps into the race there was a caution for debris in turn three for parts coming off the car of Jason Zdroik, who had started seventh. Zdroik was sent to the back and once racing resumed, Will Roffers took the advantage and shot to a quick lead with Schmidt in second. Schmidt attempted a pass coming out of turn four as lap four was about to finish and spun. As a result of the spin, Schmidt hit the inside track berm and rolled his car onto its roof, causing caution two. Schmidt’s night was done as his car was removed by wrecker.

Once racing resumed, Roffers once again assumed the lead for lap four with Chad Boettcher, who had started fourth, in second. Roffers continued to lead, but got loose in turn four, recovered, but in the process Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. spun, resulting in caution number three. It was determined that Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. had caused the caution and he was sent to the back.

It was at this point that Bruce Belland, who had started fifth, went to the top of the track and found something that he could use, taking the lead and leading the remaining laps of the race stretching his lead to a full front stretch over Roffers and then over Jason Zdroik. Rounding out the top five were: Zdroik, Boettcher, Roffers, and Steve Brown, who had started eighth.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were led to the starting line by Keith Troutman and Mark Schuenemann. From the drop of the green flag, Schuenemann led until the checkered flag was thrown at the end of 25 laps. Heat winner, Steve Karshbaum, who had started fourth, gave Schuenemann a run for his money for the first four laps until Adam Soltis, who had started fifth, had a solo spin in turn four.

When the green flag dropped on the restart, Jeff Hoogland, who had started sixth, made a nice move toward the front to take second while Karshbaum had a bit of a miscue, sending him to third. Hoogland gave Schuenemann repeated moments of fear as he came up on Schuenemann’s bumper on many occasions, but Schuenemann had just enough momentum to keep Hoogland behind him. Rounding out the top five were: Hoogland, Karshbaum, Soltis, and Bill Froelich, who had
started eighth.

In the Tomahawk Pure Stock division, Jay Wilberding and Wally Laffin started on the front row. Wilberding took good advantage of his starting spot and shot to an early lead, never to look back. The only change in the action occurred just after lap four, when Devin Wilson spun in turn one, sending him to the back. On the restart, Wally Laffin spun in turn one, sending him to the back and we then had two separate races-one for first and one for third. Wilberding won the fifteen lap feature with a smoking finish to his night.
Rounding out the finishers were: Toby Selmer, who had started third, Wilson and Laffin.

The Tomahawk four-cylinder Bandits took the green flag with Paul Bushar and heat winner, Kyle Hahn, on the front row. Hahn was off to an early lead and led the first six laps of an abbreviated 20-lap race, cut to 12 laps due to excessive cautions. Hahn was the cause of a third caution when he lost a wheel on his car coming out of turn two and in the process collected Ken Schram, Gunard Hoogland and Paul Bushar. Hahn and Bushar were unable to continue. Hahn, because he had exited his car, and Bushar, because his car’s front end was wrecked. Once racing resumed, Josh Lee, who had started fourth and was running second, took the lead, leading until the end of the race. Rounding out the top five were: Adam Johnson, who had started fifth, Hoogland, Jason Gaylord, who had started fourth, and Mike Warga, who had started twelfth.

Racing action resumes on Friday, August 1, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks, and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. Call for information on Super Stocks.

The Prison Guard and the Flying Farmer Win WISSOTA Features at Tomahawk Speedway

July 24th, 2008

The feature program began with the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds taking to the track with Brian Fuchs and Steve Brown on the front row. Fuchs was off to an early lead with heat winner and fifth-place starter, George Dalbeck, giving chase. Fuchs led for the first three laps and then Dalbeck made one of his high-powered moves to take the lead. Dalbeck led until lap ten when there was
break in the action for a caution involving a single car spin by heat winner, Jimmy Barttelt, Sr., coming out of turn three. On the restart, Duane Dunbar, who had started eighth and was running second prior to the caution, made a nice pass coming out of turn four to take the lead, with Dalbeck settling into second and Bruce Belland, who had started seventh, running in third. Dalbeck continued to run second and then slowed two laps later, pulling his car into the pits.

With eight laps to go, Dunbar was still in the lead, Belland was running second, Mickey Nosser, who had started sixth, was running third, Chad Boettcher, who had started ninth was running fourth and Will Roffers, who had started tenth, was running fifth. At the completion of lap 15, there was a caution for Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. who had started third and was running sixth, as Junior’s car went up in a cloud of smoke. Once racing resumed, Dunbar once again was off to the lead and continued to set the pace for the rest of the field, with Belland in second. By race end, Dunbar had widened his lead taking his first feature win of the year at Tomahawk Speedway, Belland finished second, Nosser finished third, Boettcher finished fourth, and Will Roffers rounded out the top five.

Winning $100 in the Dash for cash was Bruce Belland and placing second was George Dalbeck with $50 in winnings.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next for their feature with Keith Troutman and Bill Froelich on the front row. Froelich took a commanding lead right from the get-go and led the first three laps. With three laps into the books, the car of C. J. Hedges, Jr., who had started sixth, began to show smoke, but Hedges, Jr. continued. Froelich continued to lead with heat winner, Chris Rindfleisch, who had started third following in his tracks. Cliff Houle, who had started fourth, ran third, Jeff Hoogland, who had started fifth, ran fourth and Keith Troutman ran fifth.

By lap nine, Hedges, Jr’s car was showing heavy smoke and Hoogland was challenging for second. Lap twelve saw Hedges, Jr. pulling off into the pits, Froelich was still in the lead, Hoogland had moved up to second, Rindfleisch and Houle battled for third, and Troutman continued to run fourth.

Lap 17 saw Froelich hanging onto the lead by a fender over Hoogland and Houle
passing Rindfleisch for third. It was lap 18 when Hoogland made the pass for the lead as Froelich’s car began to slow with an electrical gremlin. By lap 20, race end, Hoogland had stretched his lead to ten car lengths over Froelich, Foelich led Houle by three or four car lengths, Houle led Rindfleisch by four and Rinfleisch led Troutman by about the same margin. With the win, Hoogland expanded on his track point’s lead over Roger Walker and the rest of the Tomahawk Speedway Street Stock contenders.

Winning $100 in the Dash For Cash was Jeff Hoogland and placing second was Cliff Houle with $50 in winnings.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks saw their largest car count of the year with six pure
stocks coming to the line for their feature. Jay Wilberding and “The Wildman”,Terry “Toby” Selmer, led the Pures to the green flag, with Selmer jumping to a comfortable lead right off the bat. Selmer had the field covered in this caution-free race with Wilberding, Andy Nylund, who started fourth, and Wayne Nylund, who started third, running bumper-to-bumper and often door-to-door for the second spot. At the end of the race, the top four cars were all running just one car length apart, but Selmer proved to be the victor with a very “wide” Monte Carlo. Rounding out the top five were: Andy Nylund, Jay Wilberding, Wayne Nylund, and Wally Laffin, who had started sixth and ran fifth most of the race.

The Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits were led to the line by Mike Warga and “Crazzy Kenny” Schram. Schram was off to an early lead with Jayme July, who had started fourth, hot on his heels. By lap two, July had passed Schram for the lead, with Schram running second and Ryan Schuppler holding onto his third spot. Midway through the race, July had expanded his lead to a full front stretch, but then a caution came out for contact between the car of track point’s leader, Adam Johnson, and Ryan Schuppler. Johnson was sent to the back and in an unrelated situation, Kurt Komarek who had started seventh and was running sixth, had his car stop on him in turn four with a broken front suspension. When the race resumed after the only race caution, July again assumed the lead and never looked back, taking his second victory of the season. Rounding out the top five were: Schram, Schuppler, Johnson, and Will Lundberg who had started fifth and ran fifth most of the night.

Racing action resumes on Friday, July 25, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks, and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. Call for information on Super Stocks.

See http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Randall Sweeps Streets at Tomahawk Speedway

July 16th, 2008

With a threat of rain in the forecast, the fan count could have easily been low, but the fans turned out in nice numbers for probably the largest crowd of the year to witness a night of excellent racing. As the races ended at 9:15, there was a flicker of lighting in the skies to the west of Tomahawk and in an hour the rains came, dropping a much needed half-inch rain.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds started out the night’s race feature program with Merrill, Wisconsin’s, Jimmy Barttelt, Sr., and Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s, Will Roffers, on the front row. Barttelt, Sr. was off to a quick lead with Chad Boettcher, who had started third, giving chase. Barttelt, Sr. led the first five laps of the feature with Boettcher, heat winner, and Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Bruce Belland, Will Roffers, and Wakefield, Michigan’s,
George Dalbeck, in hot pursuit.

As lap six was being completed, Barttelt, Sr. slid up the track in turn four and Boettcher shot to the lead, dropping Barttelt, Sr. to second. With Boettcher in the lead, Belland moved up to take second by the end of lap seven with Barttelt, Sr. dropping to third, Dalbeck in fourth, and Roffers in fifth.

A caution during lap fourteen, for a spinning Jimmy Barttelt, Jr., reset the field as Boettcher again came on strong to once again take the lead. Just one lap later, Dalbeck spun coming out of turn one, collecting Roffers. Both Dalbeck and Roffers continued in the back of the field, but Roffers’ car seemed to be much slower as it could not maintain the pace of the rest of the field.

It was at about this time, that Belland’s car began to smoke some under the hood area, however, Belland continued to race, running second. With Boettcher in the lead, Barttelt, Sr. moved up to second with Belland in third. With six laps to go, track point’s leader, Belland, pulled his car into the pits and Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. moved up into the top five.

With five laps to go Boettcher continued to build up a comfortable lead with Barttelt, Sr., Barttelt, Jr. Dalbeck and Roffers rounding out the top five. Boettcher went on to take the win in his Super 8 Motel sponsored car and the top five remained the same.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks took to the track next with two Merrill, Wisconsin drivers, Bill Froehlich and Chris Rindfleisch, on the front row. Froehlich was off to a quick lead with Catawaba, Wisconsin’s, Jeff Hoogland, who had started third, on his bumper. With two laps in the books, Rindfleisch settled in for third with Jim Randall in fourth and Laona, Wisconsin’s, Cliff Houle, in fifth.

At the end of lap five, Froehlich, who was running his best race in a long time, still led with Hoogland still in second, Randall in third, Houle in fourth and Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s, C. J. Hedges, Jr., who had started sixth, in fifth. By lap ten, Froehlich was still in the lead, Randall had moved up to second, Hoogland was in third, Houle was in fourth, and Hedges, Jr. was in fifth.

A caution after lap ten when Randall and Rindfleish were caught up in a spin coming out of turns one, resulted in Rindfleisch being sent to the back and with Randall retaining his second spot. It was at this point that the leader, Froehlich pitted, putting Randall in the lead. Froehlich returned quickly and racing resumed.

Randall led lap eleven, but track point’s leader, Jeff Hoogland, had seen enough and passed Randall in turn four, as Randall drifted too high on the track. Hoogland led the next five laps with Houle, who also took advantage of Randall’s miscue, in second, Randall in third, Rindfleisch in fourth, and Froelich in fifth. Shortly thereafter, Froelich pulled his car into the pits and his night was done.

It was during the next lap that Houle checked up trying to avoid a spin and collected Randall. Both cars were able to continue with Houle being sent to the back. Once racing resumed, Hoogland once again resumed with the lead with Randall right on his bumper. Randall attempted several times to make a pass during laps seventeen through nineteen, but was unable to pull it off. It was during the last lap that Randall made a move on the inside of Hoogland, in turn
four, edging Hoogland out of first to take the win and complete a swipe. Rounding out the top five were: Hoogland, Rindfleisch, and Houle.

Jay Wilberding of Rhinelander, WI, and Wally Laffin of Wausau, WI were up next for their Tomahawk Pure Stock feature. Wilberding led the first four laps keeping Laffin in check. At the end of lap five, though, Laffin had passed Wilberding for the lead and led the remainder of the race with Wilberding seemingly attached to his bumper. Wilberding, try as he might, was unable to pass Laffin.

The mighty Tomahawk Four-Cylinder Bandits were the last division to put on a show with Brit Bromann of Goodnow, WI, and Kyle Hahn of Merrill, WI, on the front row. Bromann took a quick lead, with Hahn settling for second, as Catawba, Wisconsin’s, Gunard Hoogland, who had started fourth, moved up to third. By the end of lap five the same three were still in contention, but Merrill, Wisconson’s, Jamie July, who had started eighth, and track point’s leader, Adam Johnson of Tomahawk, WI, who had started ninth, joined the fray.

Lap ten saw Bromann still in the lead with Hahn still in second. Everything remained the same, except that Anderson had passed Hoogland. All was well with Bromann until lap fourteen when his car suddenly slowed in the front stretch and then stopped in turn one. Bromann was then assisted off the track by fellow competitor, Ken Schram of Gleason, WI, who gave Bromann a push to the pits.

With Bromann in the pits, Hahn inherited the lead, Jayme July ran second, Anderson stayed at third, Hoogland ran fourth, and Ryan Schuppler of Woodruff, WI, moved up to fifth. Hahn took the win and the remainder of the field remained unchanged.

Racing action for the night concluded when both the Midwest Mods and Streets were given the opportunity to run a dash for cash with $100 going to the winner and $50 going to second. The Midwest Modified drivers opted not to run a dash, but the Street Stock drivers did. Winner of the dash for cash was Cliff Houle who started on the pole and never looked back. Taking second, after starting third, was Jeff Hoogland.

Racing action resumes on Friday, July 18, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. Call for information on Super Stocks.

See http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Flying Dutchman Wins Two at Tomahawk Speedway

July 7th, 2008

The “Flying Dutchman”, Jeff Hoogland couldn’t have done any better in the win column as he won the make-up feature, his heat, and the regular race night feature in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock division on Friday night. In WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified action, Mickey Nosser won the make-up feature and Bruce Belland topped all competitors to win the regular Friday night feature. There was no Tomahawk Pure Stock make-up race, but Wally Laffin won
the regular Friday night feature. Brit Bromann won the Tomahawk Bandit make-up feature while Josh Lee bested the field for the regular Friday night feature.

After starting on the pole for the WISSOTA/Amsoil make-up feature, C. J. Hedges, Jr. led the first two laps. With two laps in the books, Jeff Hoogland passed Hedges, Jr. with Mike Witberler and Roger Walker following in his wake, relegating Hedges, Jr. to fourth. Hoogland led every lap from that point on, but not without a challenge or two from Witberler and Walker at various times throughout the race. Hoogland went on for the win followed by:
Witberler, Walker, Schuenemann, and Bill Froelich.

Regular Friday night action in the Street Stock division saw heat winner, C. J. Hedges, Jr. and Mark Schuenemann lead the rest of the field to the green flag. Hedges, Jr. was off to a quick lead with Schuenemann in pursuit. With three laps completed, Mike Witberler made a nice move to the front to take the lead with Schuenemann in second, Hedges, Jr. in third, Roger Walker in fourth and, heat winner Jeff Hoogland in fifth. Witberler led for the next sixteen
laps with Schuenemann running second most of that time, Hoogland in third and Walker in fourth. You could have thrown a blanket over the top four cars for most of the last seventeen laps as they battled for the first spot. With one lap to go, Witberler hung on to the lead, but Jeff Hoogland, who had moved up to second, made a pass coming out of four for the win. Rounding out the top five were: Schuenemann, Walker, Hedges, Jr. and Chris Rindfleisch.

In the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified make-up feature, Chad Boettcher started on the pole, but spun coming out of turn two as the green flag dropped and Boettcher was sent to the back with no laps completed. Once the race resumed, Bruce Belland, who had started third, assumed the lead and led for the first three laps. Another caution for a spinning Steve Brown on the front stretch
realigned the field with Mickey Nosser taking quick advantage, moving up from his sixth-place starting spot to take the lead at the end of lap four. Nosser never looked back and built up a considerable lead with Bruce Belland, Will Roffers, George Dalbeck and Jimmy Barttelt,Sr. giving chase. With Nosser in the lead, there was a great battle for second with Belland barely hanging on to
second. Nosser was the eventual winner with Belland, Barttlet, Sr. Barttlet Jr. and Boettcher rounding out the top five.

In regular Friday night action, Pete Paulus and Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. led the field to the green flag for the start of the race. Heat winner, George Dalbeck, who had started third, was off to a quick lead as flag man, Jeff Eisner, dropped the green flag. Dalbeck, a rookie, led for the first six laps followed by Barttelt Jr. Prior to the completion of lap seven, Barttelt, Jr’s. car suffered damage due to contact with the car of Chad Boettcher. Barttelt, Jr. retired his car to the pits with it leaking oil badly. The race
continued with Dalbeck once again taking the lead. Dalbeck’s lead didn’t last long, though, as Bruce Belland passed Dalbeck taking the lead at the end of lap eight. Meanwhile, back in the pack, there was plenty of action with Shane Halopka moving up from sixth to take third, Mickey Nosser moving up from seventh to take fourth and Kevin Monteith moving up from eighth to take fifth. Belland truly was the power of the field for the night in his Midwest Modified as he continued to lead, and strengthened his lead, eventually taking the win with Dalbeck settling for second, Nosser in third, Halopka in fourth and Monteith in fifth.

There was no Tomahawk Pure Stock make-up feature, but in regular racing action, new comer, Wayne Eskola debuted a crowd favorite, the former asphalt bomber originally driven by track legend Mark Listle in Tomahawk Speedway’s asphalt days. Eskola was perfect in his heat run taking the car from green to checkered. In the feature, Eskola started on the pole once again leading the first six laps of the feature. During lap seven, Eskola’s car began to miss badly and make some terrible noises known to racers as the beginning of the end and Eskola limped his car to the pits. With Eskola gone, it was time for Wally Laffin, who was running second to take over the lead. Laffin led all the remaining laps of the race with Jay Wilberding taking third.

The Tomahawk Bandit make-up feature began with Brit Bromann and Gunard Hoogland on the front row. It was Kyle Hahn who took advantage early and led the feature race for the first nine laps but then his car began to miss-fire and Hahn dropped to second. Bromann inherited the lead at that point and Hahn settled for second as his car once again came to life. Bromann continued to lead , Hahn pulled into the pits with two laps to go and Adam Johnson moved up to second. Bromann went on to win, with Johnson in second, Ken Schram in third, Hoogland in fourth and Paul Bshar who had started fourth in fifth.

In regular Friday night action, in the Bandit division, the Lee boys, Robert and heat winner, Josh, were on the front row. Josh Lee was off to an early lead with heat winner, Jayme July, hot on his heels. Josh Lee led for the first five laps, but was passed by July who led the race for the next two laps. Lee would inherit the lead once again by taking advantage of July’s misfortune of losing a wheel just prior to the end of lap eight. Lee led the remainder of the race to be challenged by Adam Johnson often until Johnson drove off into the pits with just one lap to go. Dennis Mikkelson finished second then to Josh Lee while Kasey Gross, Gunard Hoogland, and Ken Schram rounded out the top five.

Racing action resumes on Friday, July 11, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. Call for information on Super Stocks. See http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Tomahawk Speedway Race Night Spoiled By Rain

July 1st, 2008

Double features, presented by Miller Lite, will be run on Friday, July 4. The Miller Lite Girls will be there as well, distributing gifts to the fans. Those who register on July 4 will have an opportunity to win a 2009 Harley Davidson. In addition, the track will have fireworks following the race program.

Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. See http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Tomahawk Speedway Races, Despite the Threat of Rain

June 27th, 2008

Catawba, Wisconsin’s Jeff Hoogland was the winner of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock feature while Eagle River, Wisconsin’s Chad Boettcher bested a stout field of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Kyle Hahn of Merrill, WI, won the main event in the four-cylinder Bandit Division.

The night’s feature events began with the WISSOTA Street Stocks taking to the track first. Rookie Tomahawk, Wisconsin drivers C. J. Hedges, Jr. and Keith Troutman were on the front row for the start of the Street Stock feature. Hedges, Jr. jumped to an early lead with Catawba, Wisconsin’s Jeff Hoogland, who had started fourth, giving chase. Hedges, Jr. led for the first three laps, but was then passed by Hoogland. Meawhile, back in the pack, Troutman had dropped to third while Merrill, Wisconsin’s, Chris Rindfleisch, who
had started third, was working his way back after dropping to fourth.

By lap six, Rindfleish had claimed second, while Hoogland main gained the lead. By lap seven, it was Hoogland in the lead, Rindfleish was in second and heat winner and Phillips, Wisconsin native, Roger Walker, had worked his way up to third from his fifth-place starting spot. In the meantime, Hedges, Jr. had dropped to fourth and Troutman was running fifth. During lap ten, Rindfleish spun in coming out of turn one, but did not cause a caution; however, this doomed him to fifth and Troutman moved up to fourth.

By lap fifteen, Hoogland had stretched his lead over Walker to six or seven car
lengths, while Troutman had moved past Hedges, Jr. to secure the third spot.
Hoogland increased his lead a bit more over Walker and went on to win the feature. Walker, Troutman, Hedges, Jr. and Rindfleisch rounded out the top five. This race was very competitive and saw no cautions.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds next took to the track with Eagle River,
Wisconsin’s Chad Boettcher, and Merrill, Wisconsin’s Greg Metz, on the front row. Boettcher was off to an early lead with Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s Cody Schmidt who had started third, hot on his heels and heat winner, Merrill, Wisconsin’s Jimmy Barttelt, Sr. giving Schmidt a run for his money from his fourth-place starting spot. By lap two, Barttelt, Sr. had passed Schmidt for second and Phillips, Wisconsin’s Mickey Nosser, had moved up from eighth to capture the third spot.

Prior to competition of the third lap, heat winner, Eagle River, Wisconsin’s Bruce Belland, who had started sixth and Merrill, Wisconsin’s Greg Metz, were running side-by-side coming out of turn four, fighting for fourth. Metz was on the inside and Belland was trying to make a move on the outside. Metz slid up the track and Belland had nowhere to go and was pinned up against the front-stretch wall. Belland retired to the pits and Metz started at the back of the pack on the restart.

On the restart, Boettcher once again resumed the lead with Barttelt, Sr. in second. Schmidt moved up to third, Nosser settled in for fourth and Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin’s, Michael Truscott moved up to fifth from his eighth-place starting position.

A caution after lap eight for a spinning Cody Schmidt in turn four, reset the field and on the restart , Boettcher again resumed the lead. Midway through the feature it was Boettcher, Barttelt, Sr., Nosser, Truscott, and Will Roffers, who had started fifth in the top five.

By lap fifteen, Boettcher was still in the lead by a significant margin, Barttelt, Sr. was still in second, Nosser was third, Truscott was fourth and Roffers was fifth. Meanwhile, Barttelt, Jr. had worked his way up to sixth from tenth and Schmidt had worked his way back and was then running seventh.

By race end it was Boettcher taking his first win of the 2008 season with Barttelt, Sr. in second. Rounding out the top five were: Nosser, Truscott, and Roffers. This was another very good feature on a very tacky track.

The Tomahawk four-cylinder Bandits took to the track for their feature next, with Gleason, Wisconsin’s Kasey Gross and Merrill, Wisconsin’s Kyle Hahn on the front row. Hahn took an early lead, with Gross settling for second by the end of the first lap. By lap two, Hahn retained the lead, but Catawba, Wisconsin’s Gundard Hoogland, who was a heat winner and had started fourth, had moved up to second, while Gross faded to fourth. During lap four, Hoogland’s car suffered a flat tire and he was off to the pits. Tomahawk, Wisconsin’s Adam Johnson, who had started sixth, moved into the second spot, while Gleason, Wisconsin’s Paul Bushar, who had started third, and Merrill, Wisconsin’s Jayme July, who was a heat winner and had started seventh, battled for third.

Lap ten saw Hahn leading, Anderson in second, July in third, Bushar in fourth, and Gleason, Wisconsin’s Ken Schram, who had started fifth, in fifth. During lap twelve Anderson took the lead only to spin coming out of turn one, after lap fifteen, causing a caution.

With the field realigned, racing resumed with the drop of the green flag and Hahn once again resumed the lead, while Anderson pulled off into the pits. Another caution prior to the completion of another lap occurred when Gross’ car slowed and stopped. Gross was assisted off the track and into the pits with a push from fellow racer Schram. On the restart, Hahn was off to a substantial lead, which he maintained until race end. Hahn was followed by July, Schram, Bushar and Woodruff, Wisconsin’s Ryan Schuppler, who had started ninth.

The race night concluded with a special ten-lap “Dash for Cash” in the WISSOTA
Midwest Modified Division. This race was won by Jimmy Barttelt, Jr., after he had started second and took the lead from the “get go”. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a $120 cash prize.

Racing action resumes on Friday, June 27, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. See http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Loos and Juedes Sweep Their Divisions at Tomahawk Speedway

June 16th, 2008

On a much improved weather night, more fans in the stands than the previous week and a group of new cars, Tomahawk Speedway hosted another night of Friday night racing on June 13, 2008.

While other parts of Wisconsin had been plagued with an over-abundance of rain during the week, Tomahawk Speedway was fortunate to have dodged that bullet. With improving weather, the crowd showed a nice increase over the previous week, as race fans young and old came to enjoy the races. Each racing division picked up new cars and the track was in a good, tacky condition, making for a great night of racing with all racing completed prior to 10:00
p.m.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were first on the track for their feature with Chad Boettcher and George Dalbeck on the front row. Boettcher showed his strength early, taking the lead at the end of the first lap. There was an early caution, for a spinning, heat winner, Randy Bargender, in turn one, prior to lap two. With the drop of the green, beginning lap two, Dalbeck made a quick move, taking the lead with Boettcher, Jimmy Barttelt, Sr., Bruce Belland and Will Roffers giving chase. Meanwhile, back in the pack, heat
winner, Jared Loos, who had started eighth, and Duane Dunbar, who had started seventh, were picking off competitors on their way to the front. A caution after lap seven, the second for Bargender, sent him to the pits and reset the field once again. On the restart, Dalbeck once again resumed the lead. By lap ten, halfway through the feature, Dalbeck was still hanging on to the lead, Boettcher was running second, Belland was third, Loos had moved up to fourth and Roffers was fifth. Loos had moved up to third by lap twelve and Dunbar had moved up to take fifth. A caution for Boettcher spinning in turn one after lap fifteen, realigned the field. At the end of lap seventeen, Dalbeck had retained the lead, Loos had moved up to second, Dunbar was in third, Belland was fourth and Barttelt, Sr. was fifth. Laps eighteen and nineteen saw the top five changing often, with Loos passing Dalbeck in turn four for the lead and Dunbar moving up to third with a power move, coming from fifth.
Loos went on to take the win and complete a clean sweep, with Dalbeck on his heels. Rounding out the top five were: Dunbar running a close third, Belland right behind him, and Barttelt in hot pursuit. In spite of three cautions, this was a very competitive and entertaining race.

With only three Tomahawk Pure Stocks taking to the track for their feature, it could have been a very boring race, but the competitors kept the racing close and clean. Once again, rookie pure stock driver and heat winner, Travis Juedes, showed his strength early and took the lead. Terry (Toby) Selmer did all that he could by sling-shooting his car out of the front and back stretches into turns one and three to catch Juedes, but try as he might, Selmer
could not get past a very fast and smooth Juedes. Rounding out the field was Wally Laffin, who probably would have done better had he not spun early in the race. This completed a second clean sweep for Juedes.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street stocks took to the track next with Adam Soltis and Bill Froelich on the front row. Soltis was off to an early lead, with heat winner, Jeff Hoogland, tight on his bumper. Uncharacteristically, Hoogland tapped Soltis’ rear bumper coming out of four, causing Soltis to spin and Hoogland was sent to the back after the completion of lap three. On the restart, Hoogland, Bill Froelich and Keith Troutman ran three-wide going to, coming through and coming out of three. Hoogland proved to be the winner of that contest and settled into fourth, while Soltis continued to lead with Butch Kummer, who was running second, after working his way up from his fifth-place starting spot. Roger Walker, who had started third, was battling with Kummer for second and to get the lead. A great battle for the second spot ensued for the remainder of the race and Bill Froelich joined the fray running fifth, beginning with lap eleven. By lap thirteen, Hoogland’s left front
tire showed signs of going down. Hoogland slowed a bit, but not enough to lose his position. Froelich ran fifth until lap nineteen when he pulled into the pits and Troutman took over fifth. Soltis went on to win the feature followed by last week’s winner, Walker. Rounding out the top five were: Kummer, Hoogland, with a flat left front tire, and Troutman. Unfortunately, Soltis was denied the win and was disqualified after refusing to have his car inspected after the feature race and the win went to Walker with everyone else moving up a spot.

The race night ended with the Tomahawk four-cylinder Bandits, 18 cars strong, taking to the track for their feature race. Robert Lee and heat winner, Mike Warga, were on the front row for the feature. Warga was off to an early lead with Lee nailed to his bumper. During lap two, Lee’s car developed a terrible miss and Lee faded to the rear of the field, however, the car recovered and Lee continued. In the meantime, Adam Johnson moved into second, after starting third. By lap four, Johnson had passed Warga and Zach Onson had taken over third, with last week’s winner Jayme July running fourth. Prior to the completion of lap five, Lee’s car lost its hood and Lee retired to the pits, along with a couple of other cars. On the restart, Johnson resumed the lead and led for two laps until Onson rolled his car, going over three or four times, after losing a wheel in turn one. Removal of the car took considerable time, and time at this point was of the essence, as the twenty-minute time limit was approaching. On the restart, Anderson again resumed
the lead with Ryan Schuppler threatening. With eight laps completed and the time limit reached, Dennis Mikkelson swamped his car in the infield, causing the last caution and ending the feature. Anderson took the win with Schuppler, Warga, Jason Gaylord, and Bill Martin rounding out the top five.

Racing action resumes on Friday, June 20, when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Tomahawk Bandits once again take to the dirt. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing at 7:30. See
http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com for further details. Or, call 715-891-2901.

Walker, Belland, Juedes and July Winners at Tomahawk

June 10th, 2008

Owner, Ron VanDusen, made the decision to lightly water the track after hot laps were completed and this proved to provide an excellent racing surface for the feature. The weather cooperated and by race time the skies were mostly clear with temperatures in the 60′s.

The races were presented by Miller Lite and Z104. Thanks to the sponsors for giving everyone an opportunity to register and qualify for a chance to win a camper and to Miller Lite for all the give-aways.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modifieds were first on the track for their feature with Pete Paulus and Jim Barttelt on the front row. Winner of the first heat, Bruce Belland, started third while the winner of the second heat and last race night feature winner, Mickey Nosser, started seventh. The first eight laps of the race went off without a hitch with good, clean racing and plenty of passing. Early in the feature, Belland had secured the lead with Jim
Barttelt, Will Roffers, and Cody Schmidt in close pursuit. A caution after lap eight for a spinning Pete Paulus realigned the field. With the races set to resume no laps completed and there was another caution as Greg Metz slowed and pulled his car into the pits with a bad miss. Racing resumed, but once again no laps were counted, as there was yet another caution for Cody Schmidt whose car spun with assistance from a fellow competitor. With just eight laps
in the books and caution fever behind them, the cars again took the green flag, with Belland in the lead and George Dalbeck pulling into the pits, terminating his night. The remaining twelve laps ran caution-free with Belland maintaining the lead and Barttelt, Roffers, Schmidt and Nosser hot on his heels. With eight laps to go, Nosser had dropped back to seventh with Chad Boettcher moving up from his tenth-place starting spot to fifth. Belland was the eventual winner proving to be the strength of the division.
Rounding out the top five were: Barttelt, Roffers, Boettcher and Schmidt. This completed a clean sweep for Belland.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were next up with just three cars competing for the top spot of the night. There had been four Pure Stocks in the pits ready for racing, but crowd favorite, Terry “Toby” Selmer’s car retired to the pits prior to the heat starting after losing a harmonic balancer. With Selmer out of the picture, the Pures lined up for the feature with Jason Melton and John Johnson on the front row. Melton was off to an early lead with rookie, Travis Juedes, and Johnson close behind. With six laps in the books, Juedes stole
the lead from Melton and went on to take the feature win. Rounding out the field were: Melton and Johnson. This completed a clean sweep for Juedes.

The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street stocks, ten cars strong, took to the track next with C. J. Hedges and heat winner, Ron Van Dusen, on the front row. Charlie “Budman” Anderson was unable to make the call and was a scratch from the feature with his car suffering transmission failure. Hedges was off to a quick lead and led the first two laps with Adam Soltis, VanDusen, Roger Walker, and Chris Rindfleisch giving chase. Just prior to what should have been lap three, VanDusen spun coming out of turn three. At the drop of the green flag on the restart, Walker took advantage, jumping off to a quick lead with Soltis, heat winner, Jeff Hoogland, Hedges and John Kallas close behind. By lap eight, the field had shuffled with Walker still in the lead, Hoogland running second, Kallas in third, Soltis in fourth, and Rindfleish in fifth. By lap twelve, Hoogland was right on Walker’s bumper and Kallas was closing the margin between himself and Hoogland. Bill Froehlich, who had been sixth, spun in turn two just after the completion of lap twelve. On the restart, Walker was again off to a lead as Hoogland was doing his best to make a pass. With his car’s left rear tire going down, Kallas continued to race from laps 14 through 18. Fortunately for Kallas, there was a caution after completion of lap 18 for a spinning VanDusen, thus ending VanDusen’s night. Kallas pitted, along with Soltis, Keith Troutman and, of course, VanDusen. Kallas was the only driver who had pitted, to return to the track as racing resumed with just two laps to go. Walker went on to take the win, with
Hoogland, Rindfleisch, Kallas, and Bill Froehlich rounding out the top five. This was a very interesting, competitive and exciting race.

The final feature for the night was the largest division with 15 Tomahawk Speedway Four-Cylinder Bandits taking the green flag. This division is growing steadily as time progresses and has proved to be a popular one with the fans, as well. Heat winners, Adam Johnson and Jayme July were on the front row for the feature. July was off to an early lead, with Anderson right on his bumper. July led just one lap before Anderson made the pass. There was lots of dicing and slicing in the field as the race continued, but Anderson hung on to the lead until lap nine when his car appeared to fade a bit and July retook the lead. Anderson continued to dog July, but his car
started to show signs of mechanical problems as it began to smoke. With three laps to go, Anderson pulled off and Zach Onson took over the second spot. July proved to be too much for the competition and took the win. Rounding out the top five were: Onson, Jason Gaylord, Johnson and Anderson who had come back on the track after pitting.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 13, with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. The pits open at 5:00 cut off time is 6:45. Further information can be found at: http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com

Tomahawk Speedway Succumbs to Rain and Mist

June 3rd, 2008

With only about a half inch of rain in the gauge from the previous night’s rain, all day looked good with hopes that racing might be possible for Friday night. The track appeared to be in excellent racing condition. However, the mist that fell during the morning and then stopped briefly in the afternoon hours. once again started late in the afternoon to put an end to any hope of racing.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 6, when the races will be presented by Miller Lite. Everyone attending will have an opportunity to register to win a camper trailer. Tomahawk Speedway is located 42 miles north of Wausau, or 12 miles west of Rhinelander or 20 miles south of the Minocqua – Arbor Vitae – Woodruff area near beautiful Tomahawk, WI.

The pits open at 5:00 PM, spectator gates open at 6:00 PM, and cutoff is at 6:45 PM. Hot laps will be at 7:00 PM with racing at 7:30 PM. For further information about the track see: http://www.tomahawkspeedway.com

Nosser and Walker Win Inaugural Tomahawk Speedway Features

May 27th, 2008

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division, heat winners George Dalbeck (23d) and Cody Schmidt (15s) lined up for the front row in the feature. At the drop of the green flag, Dalbeck was off to an early lead. All was for naught, as a spinning Pete Paulus (5p), who had started ninth, spun in turn four and brought out the first caution of the night with Jimmy Barttelt, Jr. (27), who had started seventh, being sent to the back. On the restart, Dalbeck once
again took control and led for the first two laps, building up a considerable lead. At the start of lap three, Dalbeck lost the handle, spinning in turn two, causing caution number two. With Dalbeck in the back, the race continued, but just for a short time. Jimmy Barttelt’s (04), who had started fourth and was running fourth, was forced up into the back stretch wall. With considerable damage, Barttelt’s car came to rest at the pit entrance and went off on the hook. Racing continued, but there was yet another caution. This time for a spinning Pete Paulus who collected several other cars, including Bruce Belland (22b), who had started sixth and was running seventh. Belland’s car sustained enough front-end damage to retire it for the night. Racing then continued, with Mickey Nosser (34) inheriting the lead. Nosser led for the next three laps with Cody Schmidt giving chase and then, you guessed it, another caution! This caution was for Pete Paulus who spun coming out of
turn one. Since this was the second caution credited to Paulus, he was sent to the pits. George Dalbeck also pulled into the pits to have his crew do a quick repair and re-emerged without losing a lap. Racing resumed with Nosser in the lead and Greg Metz (70), who had started fifth, in hot pursuit. Cody Schmidt’s car slowed during lap six and he pulled into the pits. Nosser and Metz raced for the lead for several laps and then Will Roffers (13R) passed Metz, taking second. Roffers threatened Nosser for the lead, but Nosser proved
to be too much for the rest of the field and finished the winner. Rounding out the top five were: Roffers, Metz, Barttelt, Jr., and Dalbeck.

In the WISSOTA Street Stock division, heat winner Roger Walker (5) was on the pole. Joining Walker in the front row was Chris Rindsleisch (17). Walker was off to a quick lead with Adam Soltis (9), who had started third, hot on his heels. Joining in the fray was Jeff Hoogland (38), who had started fourth. In the meantime, Rindsleish had dropped to fourth, closely followed by Jordan Kurtti (26), who had started sixth. The running order stayed the same with
many unsuccessful challenges and great bumper to bumper racing taking place until just after lap twelve, when the first and only caution of the race came out for a spinning Ron Van Dusen (8). Walker once again resumed the lead with Soltis and Hoogland giving chase. Soltis threatened to pass Walker on many occasions, getting up to Walker’s door by lap thirteen and to Walker’s front fender by lap fifteen. By lap seventeen, Hoogland had had enough and made a
nice move, passing Soltis for second. Hoogland then made several attempts to get the lead, but Walker had just enough advantage to retain the lead and take the win. Rounding out the top five were: Hoogland, Soltis, Rindsleish, and Kurtti.

The winner of the Tomahawk Speedway Pure Stocks was Jason Melton (7) and the winner in the Bandit division was Keith Troutman (29t).

Further results for the Pure Stocks and Bandit divisions were unprocessed at the time of the writing of this report.

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY KICKS OFF ’08 CAMPAIGN

May 4th, 2008

The IMCA modifieds will feature fierce challengers including defending track champion Benji LaCrosse. Past champions Todd Dart and Jeremy Jacobs along with last year’s runner-up Shawn Kilgore are among the top challengers for the 2008 crown.

Kyle Kudick was impressive in his rookie season in the modifieds, finishing 6th in points last year. Jay Matthias also finished strong taking 4th in points.

Matt Junio took home his 1st Thunderhill Raceway track championship in 2007, and is also shooting for a repeat performance this season. He will be joined by the other top competitors of ’07, Charlie Kroll, Troy Muench, Shawn Havel and Pat Davister.

In the IMCA hobby stocks, track champion Keith Kickbusch has left the door open for a new champion having departed to the sport mods. State point champion Dave DeGrave heads the contenders with Jarred VanLaanen, the tandem tied for 2nd in points last season.

Marcus Moede now pilots the Keith Kickbusch machine, and dominated 2007’s Fall Classic. Brandon Peterson, Jeff Lautenbach and the LaViolettes also look to match last year’s success.

Charlie Kroll dominated the IMCA sport mod division in 2007, but his late start to the season only netted a 3rd place points finish. Jeff DuBois is the reigning champion, and he is back to defend his crown as well. The car count is expected to improve, with veteran drivers Jeff Vlies, Bernie Reinhardt and Keith Kickbusch making the switch to the division.

Scott Reinhardt followed his brother Bernie’s footsteps by taking the street stock title in 2007, and is now vacating for the IMCA stock cars. Jeremy Wiitala, John Sternard, James Iverson and Jimmy Anderson are some of the top contenders, and one of them could take their first track title.

Returning to the 4 cylinders in 2008 will be two-time defending champion Tony Everard, along with Jason Cornelius and Kipp Burlo. Cornelius and Burlo finished second and fourth respectively in 2007.

For more information, call Woody at (920) 743-7052. The track is located at the John Miles Fair Park in Sturgeon Bay. The website is Www.racethunderhilll.com.