Eagle Valley Speedway, Jim Falls, WI – Eagle Valley Speedway finally hit a night of decent weather to get their 2011 opener underway on Sunday, May 8. With the races presented by JP Mechanical, a large crowd was on hand to enjoy an exciting night of racing on a very smooth track.
The highlight of the night was Matt Leer picking up his third win of the weekend in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Division. Getting their first feature wins of the WISSOATA race season were: Mike Anderson in his Modified, Shane Kisling in his Super Stock, and Nick Wojcik in his Street Stock. Eagle Valley Divisions winners were: George Richards in his Pure Stock and Eric Shultz in his Hornet.
Zach Manley and Michael Truscott led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the line for the start of the first race of the season. Manley took the early advantage, leading the first ten laps of the feature with Cory Crapser giving chase for the first eight laps. It was during lap nine that Matt Leer completed the move up to second from his seventh-place starting spot as Crapser dropped to third. For most of the first ten laps, Jake Smith ran third after starting eighth and Nick Koehler ran fourth, after starting ninth. With five laps remaining, Leer went for the pass and snatched the lead. Leer was not to be denied and went on for the win despite the efforts of Manley to reclaim the front spot. In the end it was Leer with the win, followed by Manley, Crapser, Smith, and Koehler.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks were up next with Shane Kisling and Darrel Hazelton on the front row. Kisling was quick to take the lead as Hazelton and Mark Stender battled for second. With nine laps in, Jason Quarders had a solo spin and the field realigned, after a restart, with Kisling once again showing his dominance. From that point on it was the Shane Kisling show with everyone else fighting it out for second. By race end, Kisling had completed the only sweep of the night and had stretched the lead for the win with Stender, Hazelton, Eric Olson, and Jon Duffy in his wake.
With Kevin Adams and Andy Jones sidelined with mechanical problems, the WISSOTA Modifieds took to the track with Steve Hallquist and Bryan Nayes leading the way. Nayes was quick off the line taking an early, commanding lead leading the first eight laps of the feature. It was Mike Anderson, though, who was on the move from his fifth-place stating spot who would take the lead by the end of lap nine with Nayes dropping to second. Hallquist, who had run second for a time, continued to run third with Jay Richardson and Dan Hesch fighting it out for fourth. Anderson was not to be denied and pulled away from the rest of the field to take the win with Nayes, Hallquist, Hesch and Richardson filling out the top five.
In what would prove to be the most exciting and competitive race of the evening, Mike Knudtson and Travis Hazelton led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green flag for the start of that division’s feature. Rookie Street Stock driver, Nick Wojcik, saw an early opportunity and grabbed the lead at the end of lap one. Young guns Cody Kummer, coming from sixth, ran second and as Doug Wojcik settled into third. With eight laps in, Nick Wojcik continued to lead with his brother, Doug, doing his best to catch up in second as Kummer ran third. Meanwhile back in the field excellent battles continued for fourth and fifth with Hazelton, Danny Richards, and Jay Kesan swapping places on many occasions. Nick Wojcik was not going to be denied his first Street Stock win as he took the checkered with his brother, Doug, finishing a strong second. Kummer, Kesan, and Richards were not far behind as they rounded out the top five.
Bryan Cjolkosz and Todd Roshell led the Eagle Valley Pure Stocks to the line for the start of their feature. Roshell was the early leader, but Jay Folz came from third to take the lead and led for laps two through eight. It was at the end of lap nine that George Richards made the final push to lead after working his way up from his seventh-place starting spot. Richards went on for the win, his second of the weekend, with Folz, Clay Potaczek, Roshell, and Pat Smith making up the rest of the top five.
The Eagle Valley Hornets completed the evening’s race program with Billie Anderson and Mark Ryskoski on the front row. Ryskoski was off to an early lead, leading the first four laps, however, Eric Shultz overtook Ryskoski by the end of lap five and went on for the win. Ryskoski, Brent Voeltz, Jay Welk, and Scott Westaby completed the top five.
Racing continues at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, May 15, with all five classes seeing action once again. The race program begins with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:00.
Don’t forget that on Saturday, May 14, Eagle Valley presents the Bad Habit Car Show, Swap Meet, and Burnout Contest with music to follow in the Old Barn Bar.
For future reference, remember that also coming up are the CMA Mud Races on June 4 and the always exciting IRA Sprints on June 12.
By Gene Harmelink